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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/9/22)

A deadly Dynamite!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW arrives in Atlantic City!

Hangman Page defends his AEW World Championship against Lance Archer, in a TEXAS DEATHMATCH! Will the Murderhawk Monster end the cowboy shizz?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS The Blade; Wardlow wins.
  • Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Isiah Kassidy w/ AHFO VS Keith Lee; Lee wins and advances to the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match.
  • FTR VS CM Punk & Jon Moxley; Punk & Moxley win and Punk gets his rematch with MJF.
  • AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS A.Q.A; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • The Professor’s 5 Minute Rookie Challenge: Serena Deeb VS Katie Arquette; Deeb wins.
  • AEW World Championship Texas Deathmatch: Hangman Page VS Lance Archer; Hangman wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Wardlow finishes set-up for something.

He sighs as he brings out cardboard cut-outs of MJF and walks down a beige plaid carpet. Fans chant for “CM Punk! CM Punk!” but as the cut-outs show, these are highlights of MJF’s dirty win over the Best in the World. Wardlow then gives Justin Roberts his introduction notes. “Ladies and gentlemen, introducing first, being accompanied by pro-wrestling great, Tully Blanchard, they are the living legends, FTR.” Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler make their way out with Tully, all holding glasses of champagne as they strut to the ring. “Next, we have the greatest accountabilibuddy of all time, the Chair Man, Shawn Spears.”

Spears makes his way out, chugging the bottle of bubbly. And Spears gives Justin a big folder to read, “Soon to arrive to the ring, he hails from the most magical place in the world, Plainview, Long Island, New York. He is the three-time Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion, the man who has never been beaten clean in the middle of the ring and is undefeated in AEW. The man who pins shoulders on mats and bangs all the rats; the king of All Elite Wrestling; the undefeated, undisputed, uncrowned AEW World Champion; the past, the present and the future of professional wrestling; the greatest of all time; the sprawl god; the Salt of the Earth…

“The man who beat PG Punk twice in that dumpster fire known as Chicago in the M-M-M-MID west, ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause to the man who is better than you, and you know it… Maxwell Jacob Friedman, MJF.” Fans boo as MJF makes his entrance from the center of the stage, with men carrying him on a palanquin and young women leading the way in fancy dresses. MJF blows kisses to the Atlantic City crowd as they boo and jeer. The palanquin is brought right up to the apron, the young ladies give MJF kisses, that redhead really going for it.

MJF gets in to work up into a big group hug, that oddly doesn’t include Wardlow. And then confetti falls from the ceiling! MJF gets the mic to have his music stop. “It’s hot in AC tonight, baby!” So he’ll make this perfectly clear, he’s holding the mic so settle down. He’s pretty sure he made it crystal clear that he is the best wrestler on the planet. Not Kenny Omega, not Bryan Danielson, not Adam Cole, not Hangman Page. No no, you’re looking at the Best in the World! Scratch that. He beat Punk twice in Chicago, he’s better than the best in the world! But last week was bittersweet, he must admit. Fans tell MJF to STFU but he says he’s just getting started.

Last week, as MJF was on top of CM Punk after beating him twice in Chicago, a lot of emotion came over him. He realized he beat someone he grew up watching. So he leaned over to whisper two heartwarming words into his ear: “You Suck!” MJF high-fives Spears for the gottee, but seriously. If anyone deserves to hear “Thank you,” it is the man who helped him beat CM Punk twice in Chicago. That strapping young man’s name is… SHAWN SPEARS! What? Spears helping him in the warm-ups really helped. Fans chant, “Wardlow! Wardlow!” but Spears says given MJF’s historic win, he got MJF a gift!

Spears points to the titantron, and it’s a new graphic! “Better than the Best in the World, and you know it!” New shirt, too! Available now on AEW Shop. They can get that right now? Wow! But hold on, hold on. MJF isn’t here just to party, he’s here to make a statement. MJF is better than Bret in Canada, better than Piper in Portland, and damn sure better than Punk in Chicago! “It’s time I become your NEW AEW World Champion!” Fans boo that idea as hard as they can. But here comes CM Punk! No music, just Punk waving Tony Schiavone over.

Schiavone hurries over with a mic, and Punk says, “Gosh, y’know, I’m watching the monitor in the back, and you’re talking about beating me in Chicago. Your win in Chicago is about as suspect as your tan! I’m a little bit of an island amongst myself. I don’t like to ask for help. Luckily today, I learned from my mistake a couple of weeks ago.” Pinnacle is a bunch of jackasses that like to beat up one guy, so today, Punk’s got some friends. Fans fire up as out comes DARBY ALLIN and STIIIING! And they’ve brought baseball bats!

Punk warns the Pinnacle, “Take the jackets off, get your the dress shoes off, this is going to go one of two ways. I’m either gonna get what I want, or I’m going to come down here with my friends and I’m gonna beat it outta you!” Punk wants a rematch! MJF says he won twice, but Punk says he isn’t even talking to him! Punk means the guy who really beat him, WARDLOW! Cuz let’s face it. The whole lotta Pinnacle wouldn’t have won a thing if it wasn’t for that guy. And big man, listen up. You can be on the end of this beating, or you can grow some balls and leave those jerks. MJF wants everyone to just hold on!

First of all, MJF won all by himself! We all know it! Punk hopes Wardlow is hearing this. MJF says second of all, Wardlow hangs with Pinnacle not just cuz he’s under contract with MJF, but because he is their best friend! Everyone knows that! Max, shut up. MJF wants to say third of all, but Dax asks Punk if Punk thinks Dax likes dressing like this. No, he doesn’t look good in a damn suit. Dax is more comfortable in his ring gear. But if Punk’s talking rematches, then how about the absolute best tag team in this world getting a rematch?!

Punk talks it over with Sting and Darby, and all Dax had to do was ask. Punk, Darby and Sting have been itching for a rematch from Greensboro, especially since it lets him get his hands on “lil’ Max.” MJF still wants everyone to hold on! No way MJF wrestles in the cesspool of Atlantic City! Plus, this does give MJF an idea. If Punk wants a rematch against MJF, and MJFTR wants a rematch with Punk, Darby & Sting, then how about we roll the dice? Tony Khan will love this, too. Given the condition Punk’s in, if he can beat the greatest tag team, FTR, with any partner he chooses, MJF will give Punk any match, any time, anywhere!

However! The deal is, it can’t be “twiddle dumb or twiddle dipsh*t,” Darby and Sting. Of course. Those two have to head to the back, so good luck finding someone who doesn’t hate Punk’s guts! In the meantime, Wardlow, suit up because you’ve got a match up next. MJF is gonna keep this party rolling, because he is better than the Best in the World, and you know it! Will Punk find someone to join him against the AAA Tag Team Champions? Will he then win and get his rematch with MJF?

 

Andrade El Idolo meets with Darby & Sting backstage.

Schiavone holds the mic for Andrade as this “business” meeting finally happens. Finally, Andrade finds Darby’s boss. Nice to meet you, Senor Sting. Andrade knows, Darby knows, and everyone knows that the kid works for Sting. Sting thought Darby made it clear that’s not the case. Darby thought he did, too. A couple things, Andrade. One, Darby isn’t a kid. Number two, if you wanna talk to Darby and have a dispute with him, just talk to him mano a mano. Darby says Andrade needs to stop wasting his time. Darby has better things to do than work for Andrade. Like become the next TNT Champion.

Andrade smirks and says Darby will work for him. They have something in common. Darby wants that TNT Championship, but Andrade IS the next TNT Champion. Andrade leaves, and Sting can tell he means it. It seems the lines have been drawn, will Darby handle his business before Andrade snipes that title?

 

Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS The Blade!

The accountabilibuddy follows Mr. Mayhem out, who got ready as quickly as he could. Will the Pinnacle’s War Dog take one step closer to that Face of the Revolution Ladder Match? Or will he be cut down by the Andrade Hardy Family Office’s main mercenary?

Blade CHOP BLOCKS Wardlow from behind! The bell rings to get this on record as Blade stomps a mudhole into Wardlow! The ref backs Blade off, Wardlow gets up and hobbles to another corner. Blade runs in, but into a back elbow! Fans chant for Wardlow as he gets the bad leg moving. Blade kicks the leg out, throws forearms, then runs. Wardlow CLOBBERS Blade! Blade staggers up, Wardlow gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Wardlow still has to get his bad leg going, but he storms up on Blade for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Spears cheers Wardlow on, and Wardlow stalks Blade for a third OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Wardlow hobbles on the bad leg as Spears coaches him up. Blade bails out, Wardlow goes out after him and bumps him off the apron. Wardlow walks better as he RAMS Blade into a post! Spears says to keep on him as AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade CHOPS, Wardlow CLUBS Blade! Wardlow SMACKS Blade off the chair in the corner! Wardlow walks off the pain in his leg, stomps Blade, then puts him in the ring. But then Wardlow drags Blade out to POST him! Blade staggers, kicks the bad leg, then hurries away. Wardlow still stalks Blade, drags Blade up and bumps him off the apron. Blade is dazed, Spears steps up but Wardlow says he’s got this. Spears backs off, but Blade kicks Wardlow low! Then throat chops him! Blade whips. Wardlow reverses and Blade hits the apron! Wardlow puts Blade in, Spears is fired up but Wardlow again says he needs to stay out of this.

Wardlow walks up the steel steps and Spears looks worried. Wardlow gets in, Blade ROCKS him with a right! Blade kicks low, Wardlow kicks back! Wardlow ROCKS Blade, puts him in a corner and stomps his leg in return. Wardlow hobbles, CLUBS Blade, and snarls as he reels Blade in. Wardlow suplexes, and even with the bad leg, he holds Blade up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Wardlow flexes, makes the pecs dance, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Blade CHOPS, but Wardlow just gets pissed! Blade CHOPS again, Wardlow RAMS Blade into the corner! Wardlow RAMS his shoulder in, EuroUppers, then RAMS his shoulder again!

Wardlow repeats shoulders and EuroUppers but lets off as the ref counts 4. Wardlow rushes in, Blade KICKS him first! Then again! Wardlow staggers to the corner, Blade runs in, but Wardlow turns jump kick into POWERBOMB! Fans fire up and Wardlow has adrenaline helping him through the pain. Fans want “One More Time!” so Wardlow obliges! He gets Blade up, reels him in, POWERBOMB! Fans still want more, so Wardlow drags Blade up and in, for the third POWERBOMB! And then right back up for the FOURTH POWERBOMB! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

The Powerbomb Symphony comes to Atlantic City, but of course Spears adds a CHAIRSHOT encore! Spears heads out and Wardlow’s mood is ruined. But did Wardlow at least prove he is worthy of the Face of the Revolution match?

 

Penta El Zero M has a message.

Alex Abrahantes says, “Penta says that when Malakai misted his face, he spit into his soul.” Penta drives into a graveyard and pulls out a shovel. “Penta says that if Malakai Black wants to live in darkness, he should be prepared to face the consequences. Penta says, ‘It’s time to rise, Penta Oscuro!'” The darkness within Penta is being resurrected! Will the House of Black regret pushing him this far?

 

Chris Jericho heads to the ring!

The mandatory meeting for the Inner Circle has come, and so Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager are following Le Champion out. But where are Santana & Ortiz? Fans still sing Judas for Jericho, and Jericho gets the mic. “Listen, I know that I said the whole Inner Circle was going to be out here tonight, but honestly, we haven’t seen Santana & Ortiz all day.” But here they come, on their own, as Proud ‘n’ Powerful. They aren’t wearing Inner Circle gear in any way, perhaps already sending a message to Jericho. Jericho says alright, he sees what they’re doing. That’s cute. They do deserve their own spotlight.

But something not cool was a couple weeks ago, when they refused to tag Jericho in during their Six Man Tag against Daniel Garcia & 2point0. They embarrassed Jericho, it was demeaning, and it robbed the fans who paid good money for their tickets of seeing Jericho wrestle. That’s unacceptable, disrespectful, and Jericho just wants to know why. Santana tells Jericho, “Enough with this corny sh*t. For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with this seeing the cup half full kind of mindset. But sometimes, you just got to see things for what they are and call a spade a spade. And at the end of the day, Chris Jericho only cares about one person, and that’s Chris Jericho.”

Any little fight they’ve had, anything they’ve had to shift their focus towards, has always been for the advancement of one person, and that’s Jericho. Is Santana wrong? And at any time it seems Santana & Ortiz have had a bit of spotlight, or making towards the top prize that is the AEW World Tag Team Championships, what happens, Jericho? It gets shut down, thrown to the side, so that they can come to his rescue! Is Santana wrong?! Fans say, “NO!” Santana says he ain’t done, either. Funny that they’re all out here, because Santana & Ortiz came out here to tell Jericho that the days of them playing second fiddle are over and done with!

And don’t raise the mic, Santana still ain’t finished. At the end of the day, it was Jericho always in their way! Jericho was always keeping them from having a bigger spotlight than him! It was always the fans who kept them going! Santana continues more, “I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you, and I’ll tell you,” as he points to Jericho, Sammy and Hager each in turn, and the same to the fans at home, look at Ortiz’s face and thank him with everything you’ve got. If not for Ortiz, Santana would’ve dropped Jericho’s ass a long time ago! Now Jericho can speak.

Jericho says Santana reminds himself of Eddie Guerrero. Super hyped up, blames everyone else, but goes back to an issue about the tag titles that Eddie Kingston planted in their heads. Kingston, what the hell has he ever done for Santana in AEW? What stroke does he have in AEW? ZERO! Jericho is the influencer here! And since he brought them here, on October 2nd, 2019, they’ve been in the main event of Pay-Per-Views, Dynamites, Rampages, and have made more money than they ever have before! And yet they still wanna put their shortcomings on him?!

Santana & Ortiz had a chance to be tag team champions on February 17th, 2021. But they lost to the Young Bucks. That had nothing to do with Jericho. Yet they wanna pool all their problems on him? Jericho brought them into the Inner Circle, he could kick them the hell out! As a matter of fact, when Jericho thinks about how he put this faction together, with attitudes like this, he has to ask himself, “Maybe I invited the wrong two members of LAX to join.” Oh no… Does Hager still have the numbers of Homicide and Hernandez? Santana goes to choke Jericho!! Sammy jumps in to stop them both, and reminds them that they are a family!

Jericho tells Sammy to shut up! Then Jericho immediately regrets it. Fans chant for Sammy and Santana tries to get Sammy to see things his way. Sammy tells Jericho to save the apology. He doesn’t know what’s going on right now, but he still loves these guys. They’re his family. Inner Circle forever, that’s what they always said. But to be honest with Jericho, Sammy’s goal is to become one of the greatest champions in pro-wrestling ever. And all this bickering, that’s not going to help things. So maybe… Sammy takes off his vest?! “I’ve quit this group before, and unless you guys can figure this s*it out, I’m gonna quit it again.”

The Spanish God has given an ultimatum to all sides of the Inner Circle! Ortiz grabs the mic to say, “What do you expect, Chris? You’re throwing around threats. First Sammy walks away, what’s next?” Jericho could’ve have it more twisted. He’s acting like Eddie Kingston’s never done anything for Santana & Ortiz? He couldn’t be more wrong. Just like the Inner Circle, Kingston is a brother in arms. And one thing is for sure, all this bickering they’re doing in the ring, it isn’t going to settle anything. So here’s a history lesson for where Proud ‘n’ Powerful come from.

“Where we come from, if we have an issue, we don’t settle it by doing this,” and he makes a talking motion with his hand. “We deal with it by using this.” And then he makes a fist! So next week, Santana & Ortiz VS Jericho & Hager! They settle it once and for all! Jericho says he never wanted it to come to this, but if they want a fight, then they’re gonna get one! And after Jericho & Hager slap them around, Santana & Ortiz will have an attitude adjustment. If they don’t, they’ll have to make some changes. See you next week. Attendance is mandatory! Will having a match be what makes or breaks the Inner Circle?

 

Backstage interview with Roppongi Vice.

Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero are with Schiavone, and coming up on this Friday’s Rampage, Roppongi Vice has its reunion against the Young Bucks! Rocky’s 100% and is ready! The world is ready for this! But then the Bucks show up because they saw on the format that they were having this interview. Matt & Nick don’t want to say hi, they wanna go! And then Adam Cole attacks from behind! Matt watches Cole stomp Rocky, and Nick facelocks Trent so Cole can LOW BLOW him! Matt & Nick sit Rocky up, “If you know what’s coming, say it with us out loud.” B T E TRIGGER! Then they get Trent up, and Cole sees someone walking up.

JAY WHITE?! The Switchblade is here in AEW!? And he RAMS Trent into the truck! Jay compliments Nick’s earrings, are things about to get Too Sweet in All Elite?

 

Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Isiah Kassidy w/ AHFO VS ???

Well, he may not have won the TNT Championship on Rampage, but one half of Private Party has another shot, if he wins this to go to the ladder match. But who is his opponent? We find out, after the break.

Dynamite returns, and it’s KEITH LEE!! The Limitless One is here, is he about to make this All E-LEE-TE Wrestling?

The bell rings and fans sing, “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~!” Lee soaks it up, Kassidy fires up and gets in his face! Quen hypes Kassidy up, too, but Lee TOSSES Kassidy across the ring! Matt Hardy is freaking out! Lee then drags Kassidy up by his head, but Kassidy throws forearms! Kassidy kicks low but Lee blocks the whip to reverse and HURDLE! Things keep going, Lee CROSSBODIES Kassidy down! Kassidy hurries out of the ring as fans fire up. “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP!” Lee goes out, Quen puts Kassidy in. Quen shrugs, Lee says he sees him. Lee gets up, Kassidy punches but Lee blocks to buckle bump Kassidy.

Lee slingshots to CROSSBODY again! Kassidy twitches on the mat as Lee rises up. Lee looms over Kassidy, drags him up and brings him in. Lee smiles, but Kassidy slips under and around to dropkick! Lee wobbles, Kassidy runs, but Lee follows. Lee runs through the clothesline to POUNCE Kassidy out of the ring! Quen and Hardy can’t even register what happened! Hardy bails, going through the crowd! Lee fetches Kassidy, puts him in the ring, and keeps his eyes on Quen. Quen backs off, Kassidy distracts the ref, and Quen tries to grab Lee’s leg. Lee boots Quen away, but Kassidy triangle jump HOTSHOTS!

Lee staggers down, Quen shouts and Kassidy builds speed to TORNILLO! Both men are down, Kassidy hurries to get back in! Kassidy lets the ring count handle this, and Lee slowly rises. Lee stands at 5, gets in at 6. Kassidy runs in to fire off, but Lee shoves him away. Kassidy comes back for more, Lee shoves him away again. Kassidy mule kicks, BOOTS, but Lee just gets mad. Lee SWATS the screw high kick! Lee looms over Kassidy again, brings him up and fans rally. Lee shoves, pops Kassidy up, to the fireman’s carry! BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (advances to the Face of the Revolution)

Quen attacks from behind! Lee shrugs him off, but Quen dropkicks and dropkicks !Lee just roars, Quen dodges, Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK! Lee falls out of the ring, and Kassidy PLANCHAS! But Lee catches him! Quen runs and FLIES, Lee drops Kassidy to catch Quen! Lee then POWERBOMBS Quen onto Kassidy! Lee drags Quen back up, to APRON POWERBOMB! Now Keith Lee can enjoy the moment. Have we just seen the Limitless Face of the Revolution?

 

AEW hears from Britt Baker, Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa.

The Doctor says, “Just to make things clear for those who didn’t get it the first time, I brought in Mercedes Martinez. I paid her.” But La Mera Mera says she is never surprised. And at Rampage, it was no different. Britt makes sure Mercedes understands this time, that her rematch with Rosa will be a No Disqualifications match! Mercedes says No DQ means no excuses. “Everyone knows that the OG Badass performs best when there’s no rules.” But Rosa promises Mercedes that she’s not backing down. Next week, Rosa is ready for No DQ, and guess what? Mercedes has no idea what she’s gotten herself into!

 

Sammy Guevara returns for a cue card promo.

AEW goes picture in picture as Sammy “says,” “Earlier tonight, I set down my vest. I walked away. I did what you said, Chris. I ‘shut up.’ My actions spoke volumes, though. Not about the unraveling of the Inner Circle. Instead, the TNT Championship. Last week, I retained my title. But that doesn’t mean I’m safe. Andrade… Darby… And now… Keith Lee. My focus belongs on one thing: the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match! No matter who enters, or who wins, I will be watching! I will be ready! I am a FIGHTING champion! Let the revolution begin! Sincerely, Sammy Guevara, your UNDISPUTED TNT Champion.”

 

FTR VS CM Punk & ???

The bet is on, and the #TopGuys are doing MJF’s dirty work again. Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood stand in the way of a rematch, who joins the Best in the World against The Pinnacle? It’s MOXLEY!! MJF and Spears are watching backstage, they can’t believe the Maniac is working with Punk! Will FTR stand a chance against two of the best in the world?

The teams sort out, Punk starts against Dax and fans are all fired up! Punk and Dax circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks for a takeover. Punk headscissors, Dax kips free and they stand off. Dax and Cash talk real quick, Dax and Punk tie up again, and Dax headlocks. Punk powers out, Dax runs him over, then things keep moving. Dax counters hip toss with a hip toss but Punk arm-drags then hits a headlock takeover. Dax headscissors, Punk kips free, and the two stand off again. Dax throws a tantrum while Punk smirks. The two circle again, tie up, and Dax spins Punk around to tag in Cash. Cash CLUBS Punk’s arm then wrenches it to a wristlock.

Punk endures as Cash hammerlocks, then Cash shifts to a headlock. Punk powers up, powers out, but Cash runs him over! Things keep moving, Punk hip tosses Cash down! Then arm-drags! Punk has the armlock now, Cash reaches out but Punk wrenches. Cash breaks free and gets away to his corner. Fans cheer for Moxley as Cash tags Dax. Punk hears the chants, does the shoulder slink, and tags in Moxley! Mox and Dax circle, they tie up, and Moxley headlocks to a takeover. Dax headscissors, Moxley kips free but Dax headlocks for the takeover. Moxley fights up, Dax grinds the hold, but Moxley powers out.

Dax runs Moxley over, things keep moving, and Moxley scoops to SLAM Dax! Moxley runs, PENALTY KICK! Then another PENALTY KICK! Moxley sits Dax up for a third PENALTY KICK! Moxley drops an elbow, covers, ONE! Moxley wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, then tag to Punk! Dax claws at Moxley but Punk kicks Dax down. Punk stomps Dax to a corner but Cash swipes at him. The distraction allows Dax to CHOP BLOCK a leg! FTR soaks up the heat, Dax GROUND DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Tag to Cash, they stomp the leg then straddle attack it! Cash “surfs” on the bad leg but lets off at 4, for a DEATHLOCK SNAP!

Cash talks trash, Dax tags in and he SHOVES Cash to add to the DEATHLOCK SNAP! Punk writhes, Cash mocks the pain, but Dax drags Punk up. Fans rally but Dax puts Punk in a corner. Dax CHOPS, Punk shoves Dax, but Dax CHOPS again. Punk haymakers, then dodges, and Dax hits buckles! Both men are down and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Cash and Mox! Moxley rallies on Cash, whips him to ropes then back drops him! Moxley gets Cash right up, X PLEX! Kick to Dax, Dax slips out of the suplex, but Moxley standing switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cash returns, Mox gets around him, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Mox kicks Dax, then kicks Cash! DOUBLE DDT!! Fans fire up as FTR bails out. Moxley builds speed, but Cash trips him! Cash hurries in, Punk springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Punk gets the bad leg moving, he PLANCHAS, but FTR catches him! Moxley DIVES! Down goes everyone! Fans are loving this and AEW goes picture in picture!

Moxley and Punk regroup and get back up. Moxley gets Cash up and in, but Dax yanks Mox out. Mox RAMS Dax into railing! Moxley gets back in after Cash but Cash bails out. Moxley pursues, he fights both FTR members, but they mug him to the corner of railings. They RAM Mox into apron, but then Punk fires off on Dax! They fight in the corner, Moxley hits Cash back. Punk stomps away on Dax. Moxley TOSSES Cash over railing! Mox and Cash brawl in the crowd and the ref hurries to keep with them! Moxley throws hands, Cash staggers around, Moxley CLAWS Cash’s head! The ref reprimands, Mox stops to sit Cash down and CHOP him!

Moxley CHOPS Cash more, Punk snap suplexes Dax to the floor! Moxley brings Cash back to ringside, but Cash RAMS Moxley into steel steps! Cash gets Moxley up and smacks him off the apron. The ref tries to restore order but things move to the timekeeper’s table. FTR gets Moxley up for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX through the table! Moxley is down, Punk hobbles over as the ref checks on him. Moxley’s still in this somehow, FTR mocks his pain. Punk rallies with the fans and Moxley rises from the wreckage! AEW returns to single picture, the count is 4 of 10 as Moxley flounders over.

Moxley grits his teeth at 5 of 10, but he’s still on his knees. The count gets to 8, Moxley pushes himself up and in at 9! Cash stomps away on Moxley, digs his knee in, then drags him over to tag in Dax. FTR stomp away and dig their boots into Moxley. The ref counts, FTR lets off at 4, and Tully says to finish this. Dax EuroUppers Moxley down, then tags Cash back in. They DOUBLE GUILLOTINE CATAPULT Moxley into buckles! Cover, TWO! Moxley has a bloody cut on his head but he’s still in this. Dax tags in, he basement dropkicks Moxley down! Dax drops a leg, an elbow, and a headbutt! Cover, TWO!

Dax is frustrated but he keeps Moxley down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Moxley fights up, but Dax ROCKS Moxley with a right! Mox ROCKS Dax back, but Cash hooks tights! Moxley still spins Dax around, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Cash tries but Mox denies the bulldog to a SAIDO! Fans fire up, Dax rushes Punk but Punk fires off hands! Moxley has no one to tag! Punk BOOTS Dax, hurries back but Cash BLASTS him off the apron! Cash uses the corner SHINING WIZARD, a la Punk! Cash then brings Mox over, tags in Dax, and FTR coordinates, WHEELBARROW LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!!

FTR can’t believe Moxley is still in this, but Dax goes up the corner. MACHO ELBOW misses! Moxley hurries, Cash tags in. Cash runs in, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Moxley and Cash are both down! Moxley sees his corner, hot tags to Dax and Punk! Punk rallies on Dax, whips and CALF KICKS! Fans are thunderous as Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD! And short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Punk gets up, brings Dax up, but Dax shoves him to EuroUpper! Dax CLUBS Moxley, too! Dax puts Moxley up top, Cash climbs the other corner. But Punk shoves Cash down! Moxley fires off on Dax, then slips inside for an Electric Chair Lift!

Punk and Moxley coordinate, DOOMSDAY DEVICE!! Fans are electric as Moxley PLANCHAS out onto Cash! Punk covers Dax, TWO!! FTR survives and Tully is relieved. Cash is after Moxley on the outside, TORNADO DDT to the floor! Cash gets the ring bell!? Dax ROCKS Punk, suplexes, but Punk slips out and O’Conner Rolls! TWO, into the BELL SHOT!!! Dax hits a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!?? Punk survives and no one can believe it! This is how bad Punk wants after MJF! Dax drags Punk back up, EuroUppers hard, and Punk falls to his knees. Dax dares Punk to get back up, and then stands him up for another EuroUpper!

Punk leans against ropes, Dax stands him up again to EuroUpper, into arm hooks! Dax tags in as he and Punk spin around. Punk BOOTS Cash down, flips over the backslide, and fireman’s carries! Cash gets in, Dax blocks GTS, BIG RIG!! Cover, Moxley breaks it!! All four men are down and fans are loving this! “This is Awesome!” and still not over as Moxley sticks close to Punk. All four men stand, FTR throw haymakers but Punk and Mox give them back! It’s a brawl back and forth in stereo, and Punk and Moxley get the edge! Double whip, FTR reverses but Punk spins Dax around. Dax slips off so Punk lifts Cash!

Moxley kicks Dax low and underhooks the arms! Cash flails to get free, and he sends Punk into Mox and Dax! FTR hurries to get Punk in position, but Moxley saves Punk by putting a SLEEPER HOLD on Dax! REAR NAKED CHOKE! Punk catches Cash’s crossbody for the ANACONDA VICE!! Cash is tapping but the ref is too busy with Moxley and Dax! TULLY gets in!? He SMACKS Punk with his jacket! Punk is more annoyed than anything. Punk laughs and the ref sees Tully in the ring. Punk blocks a punch, scoops Tully to the fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP on Tully!! Cash rolls Punk with tights! TWO!!!

Cash gets Punk up, but Punk fireman’s carries! Moxley intercepts Dax quickly, PARADIGM SHIFT and GO TO SLEEP simultaneously!! Cover on Cash, Punk & Moxley win!

Winners: CM Punk & Jon Moxley, by pinfall (Punk gets his rematch with MJF)

And MJF is throwing a fit! Anytime, anywhere, in any kind of match Punk wants! Will MJF survive the rematch with THE Best in the World?

 

AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS A.Q.A!

Undefeated at 26-0, the inaugural TBS Champion and her lawyer promise she’ll continue to 27-0. But will the 25-year-old graduate of Booker T’s wrestling school become the 1 in 27-1? Or will A.Q.A find herself SOL in her AEW debut on #ThatBitchShow?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if AQA can weather the storm that’s coming.

Jade and AQA circle, tie up, and Jade headlocks. Jade spins it around to a waistlock and a SLAM! AQA scrambles away and Jade says that’s one. Jade dares AQA to bring it, and they tie up again. Jade wrenches to a wristlock, grinds AQA down, but AQA fights up. Jade wrangles AQA down to the mat again, but AQA kips up, hooks a leg, but Jade shoves her away. AQA arm-drags Jade down! AQA gets a short arm scissor, but Jade rolls through and deadlifts AQA with one arm! And she flexes with the other arm! ELECTRIC CHAIR SLAM! And then Jade kips up! Fans cheer the power and athleticism as Jade gets AQA up.

Jade whips, flapjacks but AQA dropkicks! Jade tumbles out of the ring, AQA slides but Jade dodges to then DECK AQA! Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture and Jade smacks AQA off the apron.

Jade smacks AQA off the apron again, drags her back up, and THROWS her into the railing! Jade takes her time fetching AQA, and snap suplexes her to the floor! Jade kips up again while AQA is dazed. Jade drags AQA back up and throws her into the ring. Jade stalks AQA as she staggers around. Jade brings her in, but AQA JAWBREAKERS free! AQA runs, but leaps into Jade’s arms! Jade sighs and rolls her eyes before she hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! And again, Jade kips up. Jade says that’s three now. Jade drags AQA up just to throw her down, then drops an elbow! Cover, ONE but Jade lets off because she says that’s not enough.

Jade does push-ups just to show off! Jade gets five in, sees AQA going to the corner, and she “dribbles” before she DUNKS on AQA! Jade ROCKS AQA, hoists her up top, and tells her “I’m! That-” AQA ROCKS Jade with forearms! Jade ROCKS AQA back, and again, then lifts AQA off the corner! Jade carries AQA around before she DROPS her! Then she drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO!! AQA actually kicks out and Jade is upset. AEW returns to single picture, Jade drags AQA back up. AQA breaks free to ROCK Jade with more forearms! JUMPING FOREARM! Jade is still up so AQA throws her whole body at her!

Jade is still only wobbling, so AQA runs, to SLINGBLADE! Both women are down, AQA grits her teeth and fans fire up. Sterling coaches Jade but AQA is up first. AQA staggers over, brings Jade up, but Jade ROCKS her back! Jade whips, AQA tilt-o-whirls, DDT!! AQA puts Jade in the drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, AQA takes aim, SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! That’s the closest anyone’s come to beating Jade! AQA hurries back up top, fans fire up again! Jade gets up to trip AQA and ROCK her! Jade whips AQA, AQA BOOTS her back! Jade fires off forearms, hoists AQA up top, and throws more forearms.

AQA shoves Jade, leaps into her arms, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Jade chicken wings and deadlifts AQA, for the JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

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

And still undefeated! She’s 27-0 and only getting stronger, can anyone ever stop the force of nature that is Jade Cargill?

 

Adam Cole and the Young Bucks speak.

Brandon Cutler says they’re live, and says Matt’s tan looks great. Thanks, Brandon. Matt says this Friday night on Rampage, it’ll be the Young Bucks VS Roppongi Vice, who are supposedly at 100%. Right? Remember earlier? Nick says it’s time they climb back to the top of the rankings. Those tag team titles are coming back to the Bucks. And Adam Cole says speaking of Rampage, just like earlier tonight, if the Bucks need any back-up, Jay White’s their guy. Matt’s glad Cole mentioned White. Would it have killed Cole to even just text that he was going to invite someone like White?

Matt isn’t sure Cole’s aware, but uh, at one point, Jay White and Kenny Omega were archenemies. What’s going on here? Cole knows all that, but at this point, trust him. He’s never steered them wrong in the past, and so they can trust White. They may be The Elite now, but remember the oath: When you’re Bullet Club, you’re Bullet Club 4 Life. And just like White made a statement tonight, the Bucks make a statement on Rampage. And Cole has a statement of his own that he has to make. He’ll catch up with them in a bit. Okay. Cutler, did you know about White? He thinks he saw something on Reddit about it. Just what is going on around here?

 

The Professor’s 5 Minute Rookie Challenge: Serena Deeb VS Katie Arquette!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling, the Wolf, has a mic to say, “The last time you people saw me, it took me under three minutes to defeat Skye Blue. And let’s be real, there’s not a woman in the back that is on my level.” In fact, Deeb thinks there’s not a woman that can even go five minutes with her! So that’s why tonight, she issues the Professor’s Five Minute Rookie Challenge. Emphasis on rookie. Her opponent should be honored that she has the privilege to be in the ring with Deeb! And sweetheart, if you wanna put your life on the line, Deeb will gladly be the one to dig that grave. Is Deeb taking no prisoners here tonight?

The bell rings, the clock is ticking, and Deeb ties up with Katie. They go around, Deeb puts Katie in a corner. Deeb grinds forearms in, the ref counts, Deeb lets off at 4, but then EuroUppers! Deeb laughs and swaggers as she waits on Katie. Deeb gives Katie a free shot from behind. Katie waistlocks, Deeb switches and spins Katie around, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Deeb mockingly shakes Katie’s hand, omoplatas the arm, and even takes some time to mock Katie. Deeb gets the leg, SERENITY LOCK! Katie taps right away, Deeb wins

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

With four minutes to spare! Deeb says, “I told you.” But will there come a rookie that Deeb finds can hang with her?

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express and Gunn Club.

Jungle Boy recounts that the Gunn Club attacked Christian Cage, and they threw him in the snow. But what bothers JB most of all is their entitled attitudes. Gunn Club think they deserve to be in the top five. Colten Gunn says there’s been a lot of talk on what the Gunn Club deserves. But why wouldn’t they? JB says the simple matter of fact is that in the ring, Gunn Club is NOT on Jurassic Express’ level. Austin counters with how he and his brother are gorgeous and athletic. And to go old school, Billy says, “If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya. New champs.” Nice! Gottee! But will Gunn Club take those titles off Jurassic Express? Or will they truly be nothing more than Ass Boys?

 

AEW World Championship Texas Deathmatch: Hangman Page VS Lance Archer!

For whatever reason, Jake the Snake Roberts and Dan Lambert criticized the validity of the champ’s cowboy credentials. But the Murderhawk Monster simply wants to rip the gold out of Hangman’s cold, dead hands! In a match where only knockout or submission wins, will Archer prove #EverbodyDies? Or will Hangman break out some serious #CowboyShit and keep the title around his waist?

But wait! Hangman and Archer are already brawling backstage! Hangman RAMS Archer into the road cases, then into the scissor lift! Hangman pushes Archer up the steps to gorilla position, fans fire up as Hangman CLUBS him along. Archer DECKS Hangman in return, then choke grips! The bell rings to get this on record, and Hangman fights free with elbows. Hangman takes off the belt, to CLOBBER Archer with it! Archer staggers, Hangman RAMS him through the glass in the Murderhawk Monster door! At least it gets used… Fans fire up with Hangman and he throws off the vest, then gives the belt to the ref.

Hangman fetches Archer from the tunnel, Archer is already bloody! Hangman runs Archer down the ramp and into the ring. Hangman aims from the apron as Archer staggers up. Slingshot, BUCKSHOT!! Archer flops out of the ring, the standing count begins! If Archer can’t get up, he’s lost! The count is 5 of 10 quickly, but Archer stirs. Hangman paces as he waits, the count is 7, but Archer stands at 9! Hangman PLANCHAS! Down goes Archer, and Hangman gets back in the ring. Hangman builds speed, DIVES, into a trash can lid! Archer takes Hangman outta the air, then SMACKS Hangman over and over!

Oh, now Lambert shows up to be in Archer’s corner. And he’s working on undoing a corner?! Archer staggers around, Lambert finishes unscrewing the crossbar! Archer SMACKS Hangman off a chair, Jake the Snake coaches him on. Archer drags Hangman up, TOSSES Hangman over railing, and then follows after to throw Hangman into the wall! Archer choke grips, to CHOKE- NO! Hangman lands on top of the barrier, kicks Archer away, and QUEBRADAS! Direct hit and down goes Archer! Fans are loving this “COWBOY SH*T!” as Hangman hobbles. Hangman brings Archer back to ringside but he realizes the top rope is gone! No more Buckshots!

Hangman glares at Lambert, grabs a corner, but Archer uses the ropes to reel Hangman in for a LARIAT! Archer pushes the ref aside to finish unhooking the top rope. AEW goes picture in picture as Archer ripcords and HELLACOASTERS!

Archer fires up but he has to wait on the standing count. Hangman is stirring, so Archer sees the hook on the end of the crossbar! Archer goes after Hangman’s face, and digs the hook into Hangman’s forehead!! The ref reprimands, but it’s not like there’s any disqualifications in this match! Archer lets off, the ref checks Hangman, but Archer goes out to bring out a TABLE from under the ring! And then a second table! Hangman is of course bleeding from where the hook got him, and Archer sets up the tables near the ring. Lambert tries to give Archer suggestions but Archer tells him to shut up.

Archer finishes setting the tables up, and Hangman flops out of the ring. Archer keeps looking for things under the table, and he brings out kendo sticks and a trash can. Archer goes to Hangman, kicks him and ROCKS him, then stalks him around the corner. Archer DIGS his fingers into the wound! Archer pushes Hangman back into the ring, moves things out of the way, and then brings Hangman up. Archer ROCKS Hangman with a right, and Hangman leans against the second rope. Archer goes to the apron, drags Hangman up and reels him in. Archer of course aims for the tables, but Hangman fights back!

Archer CLUBS Hangman, hoists him up, and AEW returns to single picture as Archer scoops. Hangman fights free of the inverted crucifix to ROCK Archer with forearms! Archer drops to a knee, Hangman Alabama lifts! Archer fights that off to choke grip! Hangman throws elbows! Hangman gets in the ring, BOOTS Archer, but Archer holds onto the ropes to stay up! Hangman BOOTS again, Archer wobbles! Hangman sputters through his own blood, to run in, but Archer ROCKS him first! And then throws him into the buckle! Hangman flops to the apron, Archer goes out after him. Archer pulls up the floor mats!

Jake the Snake gets involved, short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up for Jake, but Archer won’t let Jake have any more fun. Hangman kicks Archer back, and hits the DDT! Hangman says, “How’s that?!” and Jake just flips him off. Hangman gets Archer up, puts him back in the ring, and Hangman gets a kendo stick. Fans fire up as Hangman swings the stick around. Hangman SMACKS Archer on the back! Archer seethes, but Hangman SMACKS him again! Archer is firing up from these SMACKS! Hangman SMACKS away on Archer’s head! Hangman sets up the trash can, but Archer blocks the kendo stick!

Archer takes the stick, BREAKS it, then CHOKE SLAMS Hangman on the trash can!! That can is folded in half, and Hangman is down! The standing count begins, it’s already 5 of 10. Hangman sits up at 6, Archer uses a FORK to dig into Hangman’s wound! Archer JABS away! Fans chant, “You Sick F*ck” as Archer tastes the blood! Archer follows Hangman out of the ring, and CANNONBALLS off the apron! Down goes Hangman, and Archer holds up the belt as if he’s already won! The standing count begins, Archer looms over Hangman. Archer drags Hangman back into the ring, and looks under the ring for more.

Archer puts chairs in the ring, throwing them really. One almost hits Hangman, but Archer finds one with barbed wire woven into it! Archer is almost salivating as he puts that chair in the ring. Hangman flounders up, Archer BOOTS him down! Archer then gets the steel ring steps and brings them around. Archer used these last week, he wants to do it again! Archer scoops Hangman, inverted crucifix, BLACKOUT on the steel steps!! Hangman bounces off them, and fans are losing their minds! Archer grins as the count rises, but then the ref takes a moment to check. Hangman is somehow still in this, so Archer gets him back in the ring!

Archer has Hangman up, CLUBS away on his back, but Hangman snatches some of the barbed wire! Archer gets Hangman up, but Hangman throws down barbed wire fists! Hangman fights free of the bomb, puts the wire around his arm, ROLLING ELBOW! And then another ROLLING ELBOW! Archer BOOTS, ripcords, but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman fires up and fans fire up with him. Hangman gets the barbed wire off his arm, he uses the ref to handspring?! BUCKSHOT off the apron and THROUGH THE TABLES!!! Both men are down and the fans are losing their minds!

A standing count begins on both men! We’re at 4 of 10 as Hangman stirs. Lambert shouts for Archer to get up, but we’re at 8 of 10! Hangman stands and gets in the ring, the count hits 10!! Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by knockout (still AEW World Champion)

The Murderhawk Monster couldn’t kill the fighting spirit of the Millennial Cowboy, but here comes ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! Cole’s said he wants the world title, so he gets right in the ring to snatch it from the ref. Cole looks at the belt, Hangman realizes someone else is in the ring with him. Cole puts the belt on Hangman’s shoulders, then pats the belt. The Panama City Playboy is coming for Pretty Platinum, will Hangman be ready when he does?


My Thoughts:

An AWESOME episode for AEW here. And for once, they give us two women’s matches on one Dynamite! Granted, the second was Serena Deeb’s own personal challenge where she literally won’t give anyone more than five minutes with her. But it works in story because Deeb is very arrogant, and she made a point of it being rookies, not veteran talent. Deeb took her time and still got it down in a minute, so I bet this escalates to where someone really does give her trouble. This could be a great thing for one of the newer stars, like those we’ve seen on Elevation or Dark, while still building Deeb up until Shida makes a return.

Jade Cargill VS AQA was a pretty good match, and certainly a good showing for AQA. But of course, Jade wins. That streak is going to climb, and there’s even a chance Jade might get a shot at the AEW Women’s world title before losing at this point. Britt, Mercedes and Rosa have a good promo to set up the rematch, and I figured it’d be No DQ. Rosa will win, she’ll go after Britt at Revolution, and depending on the details, like Hayter’s growing distrust of Britt, Rosa might end up winning. Rosa is definitely the one that should take the title off Britt to go with their great feud from last year. No idea who takes the TBS title off Jade, though.

We got a pretty great opening segment with the Pinnacle, Punk and more. Of course MJF completely downplays Wardlow’s importance, and I like that Punk was the one to suggest Wardlow leave the group. Of course MJF tells Punk to find someone other than Darby or Sting to team with, and what a great surprise that it was Moxley. No Bryan Danielson tonight but he might bring up his offer to Moxley on Rampage. Of course Moxley and Punk win, and I would think Punk challenges MJF to a match at Revolution, and perhaps it’ll be an Ironman match to add onto how MJF was rubbing it in that he won “twice” in one night, so that whoever gets the most falls wins.

Wardlow gets himself another great win, they should’ve just made this the Face of the Revolution qualifier that puts Wardlow in, but maybe they’re going to let those matches fill up the coming weeks since we’ve still got a month before the PPV. Andrade had a good promo with Darby and Sting, and I would think both Andrade and Darby are going to be in the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match. They will probably cancel each other out and branch off into a match where if Andrade wins, Darby has to work for him, but then I think Darby wins just so we don’t have to go through those couple of weeks where Darby does stuff for Andrade.

We got good promos from Jurassic Express and Gunn Club to hype up their tag title match for Rampage, and I’m pretty sure Jurassic Express wins. Penta has a great vignette and Alex Abrahantes does a great job narrating, and Penta Oscuro = Pentagon Dark, he’s reviving his Lucha Underground persona! Pentagon Dark VS Malakai Black 1v1 is going to be awesome stuff that helps build the feud of Death Triangle VS House of Black. The Inner Circle “mandatory meeting” was good stuff, but also how I expected. Santana & Ortiz are basically halfway out the door, and so is Sammy. The tag match next week should definitely go PNP’s way, and they split off to go after Jurassic Express for Revolution, who knows if they win.

Tony Khan teased some new arrivals and “forbidden door” stuff, and y’know what? He delivered! Super Kliq jumps Roppongi Vice, but Switchblade helps out! We definitely need more Bullet Club in AEW, as we really only got Kenta to this point. Obviously, COVID is in the way of a lot of that, but what a great way to add dimension to the story developing within The Elite. And then KEITH LEE shows up and hell yes, he is in the Face of the Revolution match. I wanted Wardlow to win that, get the TNT title and clobber MJF with it in his Face turn, but maybe All E-LEE-TE Wrestling is the way to go, because Keith Lee definitely deserves the spotlight.

And WOW that main event. Texas Deathmatch just by name implies it’s going to be brutal, but this was something else. This even outdid some of the “Unsanctioned” Lights Out matches we’ve seen. It was incredibly clever for Lambert to take away the top rope so Hangman couldn’t do Buckshots over and over, but then also for Hangman to find a way around that and that to be the winning move. Hangman’s had one of the more competitive and literally bloody reigns for an AEW World Champion, that’s gotta earn him some points with people. But of course, Cole gets his moment at the end handing the belt to Hangman, that could make for one hell of a match at Revolution.

My Score: 9.2/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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