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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/20/22)

AEW returns to the Steel City!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

Will the Doctor be in the Owen Hart Tournament?

Britt Baker returns to in-ring action in her hometown! Will #Brittsburgh go wild for the former AEW Women’s World Champion in tonight’s Owen Hart qualifier?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • CM Punk VS Dustin Rhodes; Punk wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Dante Martin, Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; The Blackpool Combat Club wins.
  • Wardlow VS The Butcher; Wardlow wins.
  • Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Jungle Boy VS Kyle O’Reilly; Kyle wins and advances to the tournament.
  • Hook VS Anthony Henry; Hook wins.
  • Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Britt Baker w/ Najee Harris & Pat Freiermuth VS Danielle Kamela; Baker wins and advances to the tournament.
  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Andrade El Idolo; Darby wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk VS Dustin Rhodes!

The Best in the World and the Natural finally meet and Pittsburgh is ready for it! But with his pursuit of the AEW World Championship on the line, will Punk be able to keep focus? Or will Dustin remind us all why he’s been here for FOUR DECADES?

The bell rings and fans rally already as the two circle. They approach and then shake hands. Fans cheer the respect shown and the two feel things out. They tie up, then break, and they circle again. They tie up, Dustin wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, then headlocks. Punk powers out but Dustin runs him over. Things keep moving, Dustin whips but Punk hurdles, only for Dustin to arm-drag him! Punk hip tosses back but Dustin kangaroo kicks! Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. Fans rally and duel as the two get up again. They circle, feel things out, tie up, and Punk headlocks for a takeover.

Dustin headscissors, Punk kips free to headlock and takeover again. Dustin headscissors again, but holds on tight. Punk rolls and turns Dustin over to hook up the legs. Fans duel as hard as ever as Punk gets the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dustin fights it, Punk makes it a cover, TWO! Dustin arm-drags Punk again! Punk goes for a leg, trips Dustin and has a heel hook! Dustin endures while fans rally. Punk drags Dustin around, covers, TWO! Dustin wrenches to wristlock then knuckle lock. Dustin uses a straight arm lever to HOTSHOT that arm! Punk goes to a corner but Dustin CHOPS him! Dustin wraps the arm around ropes, then whips Punk corner to corner.

Punk BOOTS back, hurries to fireman’s carry but Dustin slips off to roll-up. TWO, but Dustin arm-drags again! Dustin has the armlock, fans rally as Punk endures, and Dustin even digs an elbow into the shoulder. Punk gets up, whips Dustin away but Dustin ducks and dodges but misses the crossbody! Dustin flops and falls out of the ring, clutches his knee, but he refuses to let this stop him. Fans rally for Dustin and Punk goes out to fetch him. Dustin shoves him away, walks off the bad leg, and Punk pushes him into the ring. Punk gets in, gets the bad leg, but Dustin KICKS him with the other!

Punk snarls but he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! And then he YANKS the leg before dropping another elbow! Dustin clutches the knee and snarls but Punk looms over him. Punk drags Dustin to ropes to put the leg on and hip drop! Fans rally and duel while Dustin crawls to a corner. Punk gets the bad leg and hip drops it again! Dustin seethes in pain but he refuses to call it. Punk gets the leg, drags Dustin around and then drops another elbow, then even knees! Punk YANKS the bad leg, but Dustin gets up and hobbles away. Fans fire up and Punk stalks Dustin. Punk KICKS the leg as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Punk KICKS the leg out from under Dustin, covers, TWO! Punk checks the count but it was fair, so Punk drags Dustin back around. Punk grabs both legs now, to HEADBUTT down low! Cover, TWO! Dustin gets up in a huff and he ROCKS Punk with haymakers! Dustin scoops but the bad leg gives out! Punk falls on Dustin and covers, TWO! Punk keeps cool, mocks Goldust, then gets the leg. But Dustin throws uppercuts from below! Punk stomps Dustin in the gut! Punk drags Dustin around, steps through, but Dustin makes the leglock a cradle! TWO, and Dustin LARIATS Punk down! Both men are on the mat but Dustin is powering up!

Dustin storms after Punk in a corner but Punk kicks the bad leg! Punk snapmares Dustin, and drops an elbow on the leg! Punk gets Dustin’s leg and puts it back on ropes to hip drop again! The ref reprimands but Punk goes for another. Dustin BOOTS Punk up and out! Punk tumbles and now he clutches an arm! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally up. Dustin goes to the apron, but Punk sweeps the legs with a roundhouse! Dustin lands hard on the apron, but Punk spins him around. Punk has the legs but Dustin boots him and POSTS him! Dustin then WRINGS Punk into the apron!

Fans fire up as the ref tells them to get in the ring. Punk rolls into the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Dustin gets in soon after. Dustin storms over, Punk wants the leg but Dustin knees him away! Punk KICKS the leg, Dustin CLUBS the bad arm! Punk KICKS, Dustin CHOPS! Punk throws a haymaker but Dustin gives it back! Punk then KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Dustin throws body shots, dodges Punk’s clothesline and back drops him! Punk gets up but Dustin rallies with lariats! Fans fire up with Dustin and he has Punk in a corner. Dustin climbs up, rains down fists, and fans count along, all the way to 9, where Dustin gives dirty birds before TEN!

Dustin hops down, but he forgot about his bad leg! The leg jams and he crawls to a corner. Punk runs in but Dustin moves and Punk knees buckles! Dustin hits CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives but Dustin is too tired to be frustrated! Fans rally up as Dustin gets himself back to the corner. He runs at Punk but into a fireman’s carry! Dustin uses ropes to get free, and then he kicks low to Rhodes Uppercut! And POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Punk escapes but Dustin shakes his head. Dustin grits his teeth, drags Punk back up, and he dragon sleepers! But Punk drops to kick Dustin away! And then CHOP BLOCK!

Dustin is down, Punk hurries to get the leg! Punk steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Fans “WOO~!” while Dustin endures. Dustin’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits up! Punk puts as much pressure as he can on the hold and Dustin falls back again. TWO, and Dustin grabs Punk’s hand. Dustin SLAPS, Punk SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Dustin even eggs Punk on while he fires off SLAPS! Dustin then works to turn the hold! Punk resists and turns it back! Dustin just uses that to go the other way! Dustin turns the hold onto Punk, but Punk gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, the hold is undone, and Punk goes to the apron.

Punk drags himself up the ropes as fans rally. Punk aims, springboards, but into a body shot! Dustin then hurries to dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES! But Dustin ain’t done there! Dustin reels Punk in, for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives and Dustin is shocked! Both men are down but the fans are thunderous! Dustin stands, Punk follows. Dustin shouts out his dad with JAB after JAB after JAB! Flip, flop, fly, but ROUNDHOUSE from Punk! Dustin rebounds into the fireman’s carry! But his bad arm! Dustin slips to a sunset but Punk sits on it! PUNK WINS!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

The Natural did not go to sleep, but he could not escape that last one! He does still show respect to Punk and Punk shows it back. Will these two meet in the ring again some day? Will Punk be AEW World Champion by then?

But speaking of the champion, here comes Hangman Page! The Cowboy got past Adam Cole on Rampage, so it’s time to move on to bigger and better! Punk and Page stare down and fans are losing their minds! Punk gives a nod and heads out. Will this be the showdown we see this summer?

 

Wardlow arrives.

But then security stops him at the door? Mark Sterling has them move aside, and he thanks “Wardy” for showing up to work on time. But listen, going forward, when Wardlow arrives, security will bring him right to his closet- er, locker room. And then from locker room to the ring and then right out of the building. So if Wardlow wants to bring his luggage to the ring with him, that’s totally fine. Okay? Got it, Mark. But Sterling says he “forgot.” Wardlow needs to wear handcuffs while on the premises. A security guard cuffs Wardlow, and then Sterling “remembers” his message from MJF to Wardlow. “Eat sh*t, Pig.”

Wardlow tells Sterling, “Oink oink, bitch.” And can someone help him with his bags? Will the War Dog have no choice but to powerbomb and run tonight?

 

Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Dante Martin, Lee Moriarty & Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson!

The American Dragon, the Maniac and the Decoder proved they can be a team on Rampage, and now they’re going to show that they can be an unstoppable team by winning all over again! Will Angel Dorado, TYGA STYLE & The Son of the Enforcer see what they could be a part of up close and personal?

Teams don’t even sort out, the BCC just attacks! Moxley’s after Brock, Bryan’s after Moriarty and Yuta is after Dante! Mox and Bryan throw Brock and Lee out while Yuta just stomps away on Dante! The attacks continue outside, and the bell rings as Moxley whips Brock hard into railing! Yuta gets Dante’s legs, hooks those up, then gets the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dante pops free to cover, TWO! Dante gets around Yuta to whip him to ropes, then hurdles to ENZIGURI! Yuta staggers, Dante wrenches to a wristlock, but Yuta pulls on an ear to put Dante in the corner! Tag to Bryan and they mug Dante while fans fire up.

Bryan ROCKS Dante with a EuroUpper, then he puts Dante in a corner to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! CHOP, then run, to DROPKICK! Dante staggers about while fans fire up for Bryan. Bryan runs back in but Dante slips out and slingshots around to ROUNDHOUSE! Dante springboards but Bryan gets under. Dante then hurdles to dropkick Bryan down! Moxley tags in but Dante dropkicks him, too! Fans fire up, Dante tags Brock and Brock rushes in to LARIAT Moxley down! Brock stomps a mudhole into Moxley in a corner and fires off hands! The ref counts, Brock lets off to whip corner to corner.

Brock runs in but Moxley dodges! Brock hits buckles, Moxley hits him with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Tag to Bryan, Moxley hangs Brock out to dry and Bryan climbs up. Dynamite goes picture in picture as Bryan hits the FLYING KNEE! Brock flops to the floor and Bryan soaks up the cheers. Arn checks on his son but Yuta gets Brock up to RAM into steel steps! No mercy from BCC as Yuta puts Brock in and Bryan gets Brock for a neck wrench. Brock endures, Bryan fish hooks his face, then rakes the eyes. Tag to Yuta, they mug Brock, then Yuta CLUBS Brock down. Yuta clamps onto Brock’s face with fish hooks!

The ref reprimands, Yuta lets off, and he CLUBS Brock again. Brock elbows back but Yuta stomps him down. Yuta drags Brock up, tags Mox, and they mug Brock. Moxley CHOPS Brock, has him against ropes for knees, then he scoops and SLAMS Brock down. Moxley then stomps Brock, ties up the legs, and tags in Yuta. Moxley turns Brock over for Yuta to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yuta clamps onto Brock, tags in Bryan, and they mug Brock some more. Bryan KICKS Brock in the chest, and then KICKS him again! Bryan facelocks but Brock fights his way towards his corner! Bryan turns Brock around to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!

Bryan gets an ARMBAR! Brock scrambles but Bryan tags Moxley in. Moxley stomps Brock, then chinbars and hammerlocks. Moxley turns Brock over, pulls on the other arm, bends the fingers, but Brock endures. Dynamite returns to single picture and Arn coaches Brock. Moxley keeps torturing the arm, then YANKS it! Moxley flips off Moriarty but the ref keeps him back. Moxley DECKS Brock, brings him up, DECKS him again, then runs. Brock hits a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as both men are down, and hot tag to Bryan and Moriarty! Pittsburgh’s own rallies on the BCC! BOOT from Bryan, then a PENALTY KICK for Yuta!

Moriarty springboards in to FLYING FOREARM Bryan! Moriarty kips up and Pitt fires up! Moriarty fires off knees but Bryan SLAPS him! So Moriarty SLAPS back! Bryan SLAPS again, EuroUppers again and again, then runs, into a EuroUpper! Moriarty whips, Bryan reverses but Moriarty turns it around to capture SAIDO! Cover, TWO! But into BORDER CITY STRETCH! Bryan endures the chicken wing crossface and gets to his feet, LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Dante tags in to missile dropkick! Moxley tags in and flips Dante! Dante slips around, Moxley falls out, Dante goes up to springboard and PLANCHA!

Dante puts Moxley in, goes up and up to NOSE- NO! REAR NAKED CHOKE! Moxley smothers Dante but Moriarty BUZZSAWS! Moxley doesn’t care, he wants more! Moriarty BUZZSAWS again, Moxley still has Dante, so Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS Moriarty down! Bryan gets Moriarty’s wrists, Brock runs in, but Yuta dropkicks Brock down! DANIELSON STOMPS for Moriarty! Yuta and Moxley give Brock and Dante stereo hammer ‘n’ anvil elbows! Pittsburgh is loving this! The ref has the others get out, so Moxley finishes with PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, BCC wins!

Winners: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall

That’s 2-0 for what could be the most dangerous trio in wrestling today! Will the BCC soon take over AEW?

 

The Elite are on the Cutler Cam.

“Brandon, are we live?” “We’re live, pal.” “Thanks, man.” Wait, what? No “shut up, Brandon?” Kyle O’Reilly says YES shut up, Landon. Guys, what’s up? Where are the Young Bucks’ rompers and $5,000 shoes? Where are the feisty Bucks of old? Okay, yes, they’re not seeing eye-to-eye after the Bucks lost to FTR. But reDRagon lost to Jungle Cruise, Cole lost to Hangman twice! Bobby Fish says, “Wait, we lost?” Kyle says things have to turn around and they need to live up to the name: The Undisputed Elite! That’s them! So tonight, Kyle will qualify for the Owen Hart Cup by kicking Jungle Boy’s ass!

Cole says, “Dammit, Kyle, you’re right.” They all did lose, but as a team, they can’t be stopped! The Bucks’ friends are gone, but Cole is still here, Kyle and Fish are still here. Cole knows as a unit, they can’t be stopped. So next week, Undisputed Elite Open Challenge for a 10 Man Tag! They’ll remind themselves and everyone just how dangerous they can be. There’s a reason Cole named this group the Undisputed Elite. The Bucks put the elite in it, the others need them. Cole also has something else to take care of, but please think about it.

Cole heads out, reDRagon tells Brandon to cut. Kyle surprises himself for remembering the name. But will AEW all remember just how good the Undisputed Elite really is?

 

AEW hears from Samoa Joe and his enemies.

Joe tells Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt that they may have gone out and found themselves a titan, a massive man. Lethal tells Joe that it was a surprise Joe even came out seeing the destruction that was going on during Rampage. Satnam Singh double choke slammed The Boys, blasted Dalton Castle, and played basketball with Jonathan Gresham’s body! Yet, Joe came out with his pipe! Joe is sure Lethal & Dutt feel safe and comfortable. Dutt says for the last 22 years, he has been the greatest professional wrestler India has ever produced, but Singh will carry on that legacy! Lethal says Joe can’t do a thing! Singh is one in a BILLION!

Joe says Lethal does not understand his teacher. He does not understand the kind of man he is. Like everything in this world, there are things that are inevitable. And now, Joe coming after Lethal is inevitable. But Singh tells Joe to get ready, “Your time is coming.” Will the skyscraper that is Satnam Singh send Samoa Joe falling to his doom?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says is time for the HUGE announcement promised for tonight! He introduces the AEW President and CEO, Tony Khan! Tony and Tony shake hands, and fans are fired up. Khan thanks them for that, and he promises this is going to be big. “Ladies and gentlemen, the president of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Ohbari-san!” And yes, THE Takami Ohbari walks out to shake Khan’s hand. But then Adam Cole interrupts? “There’s only one person who should make an announcement of this magnitude, and that person is Adam Cole Baybay.” Cole is one of the biggest stars to ever wrestle in Japan, and this announcement wouldn’t even be possible without him.

So to get to it, June 26th, the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, AEW and NJPW present: Forbidden Door! Two of the biggest powerhouses giving us an event like we’ve never seen before! Rampage gives us a preview this week, because in an Owen Hart Qualifier, it’ll be Adam Cole VS TOMOHIRO ISHII. Fans are going nuts already but Cole’s not done. The Owen Hart tournament finals will be at Double or Nothing in May, and Cole promises us a member of the Undisputed Elite will take the whole damn thing! And speaking of special moments, Cole has a special friend who wants to say hello.

IT’S THE SWITCHBLADE! Pittsburgh goes nuts as Jay White, leader of Bullet Club, appears! White takes the mic from Khan to say, “Thank you for the introduction, Adam, very kind. It’s very fitting that I would be here for an announcement like this, seeing as the last time NJPW held such a large joint event, I single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden! So, let me make this very clear. It’s not about NJPW. It’s not about AEW.” Fans cheer for Bullet Club and ” Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” White says it’s about the Undisputed Elite! AND Bullet Club. “Because it’s still OUR era.” White throws up the Too Sweet and leaves, but just what will happen as both companies open the Forbidden Door?

 

AEW shares a Marina Shafir highlight reel.

This was just from last night’s episode of AEW Dark, where Shafir easily put away Alejandra Lion.

Jade Cargill, Mark Sterling, and even Red Velvet and Kiera Hogan, finish watching that reel.

And while Jade yawns, Velvet and Kiera say, “Boo! Boring!” and throw popcorn at them. Jade says moving on from Shafir, will these two be in her baddie section for Rampage? Of course! They do need the hottest in that section. Sterling reminds us that on Rampage, we will see Jade Cargill VS Marina Shafir, for the TBS Championship. Jade tells him to shut up about that, she isn’t even worried. Shafir calls herself The Problem? Well Jade’s a problem solver. So see you Friday, bitch!

 

Wardlow VS The Butcher!

The Pinnacle may have kicked the War Dog out of the group and tried to drag him through the mud, but he isn’t just some pig about to be slaughtered! Will a Powerbomb Symphony ring out in the Steel City? Or will the AFO’s mercenary do exactly what MJF paid him to do?

And speaking of, Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s music plays, but he has them cut his music. He’s up in the VIP box with Shawn Spears! MJF says sorry, they wanna boo him? Well he doesn’t care, he sees who they cheer, and his name is Ben Roethlisberger! And they also cheer that pig, Wardlow! But Wardlow is a nobody, just like all the fans here! “And since he IS a nobody,” MJF says while he and Spears dump their popcorn onto the fans below, “he’ll be coming out to no music! Send the pig out here!” Security guards accompany Wardlow, just as Sterling told him they would, and Wardlow is still cuffed! Fans chant his name since there’s no song accompanying him.

Wardlow goes to the ring, the cuffs are removed, and the bell rings. Wardlow and Butcher stare down, and then they rush each other! They ram shoulders, but neither falls. They ram again and Butcher eggs Wardlow on. They ram again, then Butcher throws a forearm! Wardlow hits back, Butcher hits again, and fans fire up as Wardlow gets the edge with haymakers! Butcher growls, ROCKS Wardlow, but Wardlow grows. Butcher BITES Wardlow’s forehead! The ref counts, Butcher lets off but he fires off shots in the corner. He even HEADBUTTS over and over! Butcher whips Wardlow to ropes but Wardlow busts the clothesline to CLOBBER Butcher!

Wardlow rallies, runs Butcher over, and Butcher bails out! Fans fire up as Wardlow paces around. But Butcher gets chairs! This isn’t about winning, but about hurting Wardlow! The ref confiscates one chair, then the other. Butcher still paces on the outside, and he dares Wardlow to come out. Wardlow dares Butcher to come back, and Butcher returns to the ring, just to trip Wardlow up! Wardlow boots Butcher away and goes out after him, only for Butcher to RAM him into apron! And then into railing! Butcher CLOBBERS Wardlow, whips him back into the apron and clotheslines again! Then back the other way!

Butcher brings Wardlow around to POST him! Butcher tries again but Wardlow blocks! Wardlow elbows Butcher, POSTS him back, then reels him in! Fans fire up, but Butcher POSTS Wardlow to avoid the bomb! Then Butcher APRON BACK SUPLEXES! MJF and Spears finally eat popcorn as they enjoy what they’re seeing. Butcher gets Wardlow in the ring to then CLOBBER him! Butcher drags Wardlow up, reels him in, POWERBOMB! High stack, ONE?!? Even Butcher is shocked! Wardlow seethes as he gets back up. The straps come down and fans fire up! Butcher runs in but Wardlow kicks low!

Wardlow reels Butcher in, fans are thunderous, for the POWERBOMB!! MJF and Spears are worried now as Wardlow gets Butcher back up! POWERBOMB! Fans want that “One More Time!” and Wardlow gets Butcher up for a THIRD POWERBOMB! But that’s not enough! Here’s a FOURTH POWERBOMB! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

MJF paid good money for nothing! But per the edict, MJF’s guards come back. Wardlow scares one, but the cuffs are put back on. Wardlow blows a kiss to MJF, when and where will Wardlow finally get his hands on MJF?

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“On Rampage, me and you, Garcia, and your JAS, all your friends and your King Jericho, not allowed in the building! Santana & Ortiz, not allowed in the building! So it’s just me and you, partner! Jericho, watch what I do to Garcia. Because everything I do to Garcia, I’m gonna do to you. Everything I do to Garcia is meant for you! I’m gonna have fun with you, boy. I’m gonna rip you real good. And when it’s all said and done, all your friends and family in Buffalo ain’t gonna recognize you. You reap what you sew. But people like me, my man? I don’t sew, I just reap.” Will Kingston become a grim reaper this Friday Night Rampage?

 

Owen Hart Memorial Men’s Tournament Qualifier: Jungle Boy VS Kyle O’Reilly!

While Jurassic Express retained the AEW World Tag Team Championships, there’s another prize for the taking. Will Jungle Boy swing into this inaugural tournament? Or will Kyle be the first of the Undisputed Elite to put their name in the hat for the cup?

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans rally up as these two circle. They tie up, Kyle waistlocks but JB switches. Kyle switches back, JB drop toeholds and floats to a facelock. Kyle slips out to facelock, JB slips away and fans cheer the opening exchange. They go again, feel things out, knuckle lock and go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. JB gets under but Kyle fights off the back drop. Kyle tries to turn it around but JB stops that. JB monkey flips and rolls back but Kyle fights the cover. Kyle pushes at JB’s arms, turns him around, drags him to a cover, ONE as JB gets his arm up.

Kyle moves to get that arm down, ONE as the other arm comes up. JB kips up, CHOPS then goes up and up, to rebound and arm- NO! ARMBAR! JB scrambles to the ROPEBREAK and Kyle lets off. Kyle stomps JB into a corner, stands him up to fire off strikes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kyle comes back, he wrenches and whips JB corner to corner, but JB goes up and over. JB keeps moving, he ducks and dodges then rolls off the back to slide under and dropkick! JB kips up and fans fire up, and JB stands Kyle up to CHOP! Kyle ROCKS JB with a forearm, but JB CHOPS back! JB CLUBS Kyle, then wrenches.

JB YANKS the arm, Kyle wrenches back but JB ROCKS him. Kyle hammerlocks, JB throws an elbow but Kyle wrenches to sweep the legs! JB clutches the arm but Kyle digs a knee in. Cover, TWO, but Kyle gets the arm for a top wristlock. JB endures and fans rally up. JB fights up and throws body shots, then runs. Kyle ducks, JB sunset flips, but into another ARMBAR! JB makes it a high stack, TWO! JB sobats, runs, but into a KNEE! Kyle underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX, and a roll through to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX again! BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER tops it off! Fans fire up while Kyle covers, TWO!

Dynamite is picture in picture as Kyle gets a body scissors. Kyle also uses a chinlock, but JB fights that much off. Kyle traps an arm as part of the hold now, then gets the chinlock back. JB pushes back to a cover, TWO! Kyle lets JB go but stomps him down. Kyle stalks JB but JB back elbows. Kyle KICKS JB against ropes, then has JB in a corner. JB BOOTS back, BOOTS again, and Kyle backs off. Kyle storms up, blocks the boots this time and KICKS the bad leg! Kyle looms over JB, toys with him a bit, and he rains down elbows and forearms! JB can only guard as Kyle KNEES him! Kyle drags JB up but JB throws body shots!

Kyle HEADBUTTS JB, KICKS him down, then paces. Kyle drags JB into a chinbar, and he digs his elbow into JB’s face. The ref reprimands so Kyle shifts to a cobra clutch. JB endures but Kyle shifts right to a grounded cobra twist! JB still endures, Kyle drag shim into a cover, TWO! Kyle wrenches an arm, grinds JB down, but JB throws haymakers. Kyle holds onto the arm, JB throws more shots, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, JB throws more body shots but Kyle trips him! JB boots Kyle away as fans duel. JB gets to a corner, then he elbows, ROCKS and CHOPS Kyle!

JB whips, Kyle reverses but JB CLOBBERS him! JB keeps moving for more forearms, but Kyle bypasses to KICK a leg out! Kyle runs, but into an uppercut! JB runs but sees Kyle coming and dumps him out! JB then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Kyle hits railing! JB hurries back in, Kyle grabs a leg! Kyle brings JB out to whip him into railing! But JB rebounds for a COMEBACKER! JB fires up and fans fire up with him as he drags Kyle back up. JB puts Kyle in, takes aim and steps in, but into a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! JB sits on the apron, Kyle storms over, but JB shoulders into him! Step-in TORNADO DDT! And GUILLOTINE!

Kyle endures, fights up to lift JB, and Kyle throws body shots to then clinch JB in a head ‘n’ arm triangle! JB lets go to get the ropebreak, but Kyle pump handles that arm to EXPLODER! JB staggers up, Kyle runs in to KNEE him! JB rebounds to COMEBACKER again! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally and duel, the standing count starts, but JB and Kyle go to opposite corners. JB runs in corner to corner, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle runs in but JB OVERHEAD Belly2Belly throws Kyle into buckles! JB drags Kyle up but Kyle wrenches the arm! Kyle has JB in a corner and throws knees!

Kyle hoists JB up top, climbs up after him and still wants that arm! JB throws body shots, slips under and trips Kyle up! JB then drags Kyle into a Tree of Woe, only for Kyle to rake eyes! Kyle adjusts, but JB CLUBS him first! JB gets Kyle for headlock punches! The ref counts, JB lets off at 4 but then stomps Kyle in the Tree! The ref counts again, JB runs corner to corner to basement dropkick! Kyle flops out of the Tree, JB drag shim back by a leg. JB grits his teeth, sits Kyle up and says it’s done. JB runs, but Kyle ducks the blindside lariat to kick, knee  and KICK! JB hops the sweep to SUPERKICK! Kyle staggers, into a tilt-o-whirl and roll, to a body scissor clutch! TWO!!

Kyle gets JB’s leg! ANKLE LOCK! JB endures, rolls through, and he has a leg! SNARE TRAP!! Fans fire up, Kyle crawls around with JB on his back, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, JB lets go in exhaustion! “This is Awesome!” as JB drags Kyle to a drop zone. JB then goes up the corner, only for Kyle to kick his legs out! Kyle then goes up after JB, to SUPERPLEX! Roll back but JB catches the cradle, TWO!! Kyle has JB up again, BRAINBUSTER! But Kyle isn’t done there, he goes up top! KING KONG KNEE!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall (advances to the Owen Hart Men’s Tournament)

The killer Canadian is entering the tournament! Will he do Canada and the Undisputed Elite proud by taking the cup? As for JB, he apologizes to Christian Cage for failing him. Captain Charisma says he didn’t fail, and the two head off. Will JB just have to focus on defending those AEW World Tag Team Championships for now?

 

Backstage interview with MJF & Shawn Spears.

Alex Marvez says The Butcher couldn’t get the job done, and then MJF snatches the mic! Spears calms MJF down and MJF says yes, Butcher failed, but there’s a lot more money where that came from. MJF is a snake, and when he said those words, men, women and children around the world grew sick to their stomachs. How could a man so proudly say he’s a snake? Well much like a snake, when MJF decides that you are his prey, it doesn’t matter how big or how bad someone is. All it takes is one bite. Spears produces more money, and MJF gives it over to Jake the Snake! Don’t look surprised. This is what the world’s about.

Jake says that while some people need diamonds and title belts, that is for the little boys who chase the ladies. Jake chases money. And when the time is right, and that’s right now, Jake can smell it from a mile away. This will be like when Wardlow was a little boy lying to grammy just so daddy won’t slap him again. Hell is for children! Remember that! But then Lance Archer storms in and slaps the money down! He doesn’t need to be paid extra, he just wants to fight Wardlow! And if anyone, and he means anyone, gets in the way, #EverybodyDies! The Murderhawk Monster is next up, will he be the one to lay waste to Wardlow?

 

Hook VS Anthony Henry!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil has been on Rampage after Rampage and is now 6-0. But for the first time since his debut, he’s on a Dynamite! Will his streak hit lucky number seven? Or will he stumble before the Premier Athlete gets a chance to face him?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Hook goes for an arm and wrenches through to ankle pick. Henry kicks at him but Hook gets a HALF CRAB! Henry gets the ropebreak, Hook holds on until 4. Hook then goes right after Henry in the corner with heavy hand and knees! Then he TOSSES Henry across the way! Hook whips, reels Henry in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Tony Nese and Mark Sterling are in the crowd to take notes but Nese doesn’t seem that impressed. Fans cheer Hook, though, and he runs ropes. Henry ducks once but the BLINDSIDE lariat hits! Hook then throws crossface forearms! And-

Wait, is that Danhausen? Danhausen CURSES Hook! But it still doesn’t do anything. Hook just CLUBS Henry more, before wrapping on REDRUM!! Henry taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Danhausen gets a mic to says it’s enough! He’s had it up to here with Hook! Hook things he can just ignore Danhausen week in and week out, then toss around and decimate these hard body super fools? NO! If Hook won’t be cursed by Danhausen, he will FIGHT Danhausen! Pittsburgh goes nuts as Hook looks at the finger pointed at him. Danhausen brings his finger back, but Hook just shoulder bumps him. When and where will Hook rip into his very nice, very evil stalker?

 

Backstage interview with Frankie Kazarian.

Tony Schiavone says Kaz, 10-1 in 2022, is here to make a challenge. Kaz is calling out Sammy Guevara! But then Scorpio Sky walks in. Kaz’s former SCU tag partner apologizes for interrupting, but this is very important. Since Battle of the Belts, Scorpio has time to reflect. 402 days undefeated, TNT Champion, Tag Team Champion, Face of the Revolution. One hell of a run, but none of it is possible without Kaz. Five years ago, Scorpio called Kaz for a favor. Scorpio was struggling, and he needed a shot. They formed SCU, the rest is history. But now, Scorpio has another favor.

Yes, Kaz wants to be TNT Champion, but Scorpio wants him to wait a little longer. Scorpio is going to challenge Sammy, get that belt back, and then he will give Kaz the first shot. Kaz tells Scorp that he’s always had his back. And he always will. Kaz is gonna let The Closer take his shot first! Will the Spanish God be willing to go another round with Scorpio Sky?

 

Thunder Rosa speaks.

“Last Saturday, at Battle of the Belts, well Thunder Rosa beheaded The Beast. Nyla Rose, you thought I was gonna be a stepping stone for you to retake the AEW Women’s World Championship? Damn, girl, you were absolutely wrong. I am nobody’s stepping stone! I have shown, over and over again, that I am one of the best in the world. And to continue to show that, I have to face the most experienced and the best competitors that there are. One defense done, and now it’s time to go Double or Nothing.” La Mera Mera is planning on taking this title to Vegas, but who will meet here there?

 

Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti are in the ring.

The Spanish God gets the mic as he stands with the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty, and as Pittsburgh boos him, to say, “I love this. I feel on top of the world, right where I should be, as TNT Champion for a third time.” And with the love of his life, Tay. They kiss, and they say they love each other. Sammy also loves the fans. The ones that cheer and support them, he will give you his everything forever because they deserve it. But for the rest of you, and he can hear you, those that turned on them the first chance they got, he asks why. Is it cuz his girlfriend is hotter than theirs? Well they have one option: #BeMad.

“Oh so it’s gonna be like that, huh, Sammy?” Scorpio barges out with Ethan Page and Dan Lambert behind him. So it’s just screw the fans and Men of the Year, as well as all the people that supported him by watching those stupid vlogs? Well guess what? The feeling in this room is not screw us. It’s screw YOU, SamTay! Oh, really? Screw them? Ethan shouts at Sammy to shut the hell up! There’s not a single ass in the seat tonight that’s here to hear Sammy talk! And the only reason Men of the Year aren’t ripping Sammy’s head off his shoulders and putting 12 stitches in that ugly ass face is because Dan Lambert decided tonight is about business.

So shut your mouths, open your ears, and listen to #DynamiteDan! Fans actually cheer Lambert as he says Grandpa Lambert always said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” And that’s true, because while they have big dreams and the energy to go anywhere they like, they just lack the experience to make the wise choices. Sammy’s a perfect example, because he risks everything in the ring to earn the respect of the fans, and now he’s all up in his feelings, acting like some high school DOUCHEBAG who can’t keep his tongue out of his girlfriend’s mouth! But here’s one more choice: either Scorpio gets his rematch, or Scorpio & Ethan go to the ring to give Sammy the pounding Tay dreams about!

SamTay talk it over, and Sammy tells Dan, “I don’t give a sh*t about your or your dead grandpa.” All Sammy does care about is a match. So fine, they’ll have a rematch for the title next week, if SamTay gets their mixed tag match. What do they say? DONE! Well then, next week, it’s a LADDER MATCH! Sammy adds one last caveat before signing off, but will the Spanish God survive when he gives Scorpio Sky a fair shot?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Brody King says, “The last time we addressed you, we said that we would turn your eyes black. And yet, you kept us waiting, because you refused to draw blood.” Buddy Matthews says, “So the House had to change the narrative, because the House felt it needed to do so.” No fire will be resurrected, and the ashes will be washed away with the rain of shame. Malakai Black appears to say, “The House is owed a debt. Icarus flew too close to the sun, so next week, the sun dies.” Is the House of Black looking to extinguish Fuego Del Sol once and for all?

 

Owen Hart Memorial Women’s Tournament Qualifier: Britt Baker w/ Najee Harris & Pat Freiermuth VS Danielle Kamela!

The Steel City is ready for this one! The Doctor is back in action for the first time since losing the AEW Women’s World Championship, and she’s going for quite the prize! Will Britt continue to add to her accolades? Or will The Beautiful Vision make this real ugly for #Brittsburgh?

The bell rings and fans are thunderous for “D M D! D M D!” Britt and Kamela tie up, Kamela waistlocks then shoves, to then gloat and mock the chants. Kamela and Britt reset, tie up, and Kamela waistlocks again, to then SLAM Britt down. Kamela holds on as Britt fights up. Britt headlocks, wrenches, and hammerlocks. Kamela fights but Britt snapmares and ghost pins, TWO! Kamela gets up but into another roll up, TWO! Britt kicks low, brings Kamela in, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Britt leads the fans in “DMD” chants, then she ROCKS Kamela with a forearm. Britt ROCKS Kamela more, then climbs up to rain down some fists! But Kamela slips out to trip Britt up! Kamela brings Britt up to bump off buckles, then she goes corner to corner for a BLINDSIDE BRONCO BUSTER! Kamela bumps Britt off more buckles, throws her down, then soaks up the heat. Kamela stomps Britt around, but Britt throws body shots. Kamela CLUBS Britt down, shoves her down, then steps on her to go to the corner. VADER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kamela tries again, TWO! Kamela is annoyed but Britt hits back.

Kamela CLUBS and hammers Britt, this is some of that Super Bowl 43 grudge right now. The ref counts, Kamela lets off, and Britt mule kicks! Kamela kicks back, stomps away in the corner, then drags Britt out to WRING her arm! Kamela runs to CLOBBER Britt, then high stack! TWO, and right into the crossface! Kamela slips away to then CLUB Britt back down! Kamela drags Britt up into a chinlock and she grinds Britt down. Britt endures, pulls Kamela’s hair, but the ref reprimands. Britt fights up but Kamela throws her down again! Kamela soaks up heat while pacing around Britt. Kamela mocks Britt, lines up the shot, and KICKS Britt down!

Kamela says the kick was good, then takes a bow. Dynamite returns to single picture as Kamela taunts Najee and Freiermuth. She snatches the Terrible Towel to CHOKE Britt with it! The ref reprimands, Kamela lets Britt go to then swing around the towel. Britt TACKLES Kamela! Fans fire up as Britt rains down forearms! Kamela kicks free and kicks low to whip, but Britt ducks to ROLLING ELBOW! Kamela staggers, Britt ROCKS her again! Britt ROCKS Kamela more, has her against ropes and just fires off! The ref counts, Britt whips but Kamela reverses, only for Britt to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Britt reels Kamela in.

Britt whips, Kamela reverses again but Britt dodges in the corner to SUPERKICK! Kamela staggers, Britt reels her in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Kamela flounders, Britt aims and CURB STOMPS! Britt calls to Freiermuth and he gives her a Steelers glove! Fans fire up as she puts it on, and wraps Kamela up, LOCKJAW!! Kamela taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission (advances to the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament)

The crowd goes wild! Britt gets the mic to tell Pittsburgh that finally, they have a woman in the ring with a mic who knows how to use it. The last few weeks have been very clear, and that is the division is a disaster without her. Let’s see what they’re left with without their DMD. T0here’s Ruby Soho, the Runaway, who literally needs to run away instead of coming out looking like a redheaded rascal. There’s Toni Storm, who sadly has Britt’s girl, Jamie Hayter, in round one. And guess what, Toni? If you thought cake to the face was bad, just wait until Hayter mops her face with the ring. Toni will wanna leave here, too.

And last but not least, if you noticed, Jade Cargill said Pittsburgh is ugly. The only people here tonight wanting to see Jade are the ones she gave free tickets to. And the latest addition to that “Baddies” club is Red Velvet, who if no one else remembers, Britt whooped Velvet last year. But the baddies can sit down, THIS is the baddest bitch on the block! And your future Owen Hart Women’s Tournament winner. Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

 

AEW hears from Serena Deeb and Hikaru Shida.

The Professor of Pro-Wrestling says this all started seven months ag in Philly. Serena said it then that Shida is not on her level, but Shida asks, “How long are we doing this? Let’s finish this!” Next week on Dynamite, they will end this, and they each vow to end the other! This will end where it started, because it will be a PHILLY STREET FIGHT!! Chairs, tables, kendo sticks, the challenge is accepted! Who survives this grudge match in the land of extreme?

 

Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Andrade El Idolo!

That’s right, the Relentless One and the leader of the AFO are going around one more time, with the ONLY way to win being when you stuff your opponent into that pinewood box! Who will not so much win as survive this grim showdown in the Steel City?

Dynamite returns and Darby makes his entrance. The bell rings and the fans fire up. The BLADE appears ringside and Darby swings at him with his skateboard! Blade gets away but Andrade waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Darby lands on his feet! And JAMS Andrade with the board, then SMACKS him on the back with it! Darby eggs Blade on then JAMS Andrade again. Darby has to swipe at Blade again, but Marq Quen rushes out! The AFO is getting involved as always as Quen beats Darby down! Andrade high-fives his guys and they stalk Darby to a corner. Andrade stomps away on Darby, then soaks up the heat.

Darby bails out of the ring, but the AFO go out after him. Andrade tries to open the coffin but gets a splinter perhaps. Darby gets up to JAM Blade and JAM Quen! Then he steps on the coffin to LEAP, but Andrade catches Darby to SLAM him through railing! Darby crawls but Andrade grabs the skateboard. Andrade SMACKS Darby with it! Then Andrade lets Blade and Quen stomp away on Darby while he goes back for the coffin. A fan has a “I’m here for Darby Allin” sign, but Quen takes that and rips it up! But this fan takes off his Sting mask, and it’s ACTUAL STIIIIIIING! Sting beats up Quen and Blade!

Fans are thunderous as Sting keeps after Blade and Quen while Andrade keeps after Darby. These five are brawling through the crowd, Sting uses the trash can to hit everyone, and Darby rakes Andrade’s eyes! They move along the walkway, Sting throws Quen and Blade into railings, break ’em down, then keep going towards the crane mic. Andrade knocks Darby down, brings him over, and fans are loving this! Andrade fireman’s carries Darby but Darby fights free! Darby sends Andrade into the railing on the stairs! Blade is after Darby while Sting drags Quen up to the upper level! Sting has Quen up on the railing but Quen pokes his eyes!

Quen kicks Sting, Blade passes him a chair, and Quen SMACKS Sting! Sting doesn’t flinch!! Sting CHOPS Quen, then SHOVES Quen onto Blade and Andrade! Sting then goes up higher and fans are thunderous! Sting FLIES!! Direct hit on everyone!! Fans lose their minds while Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Sting manages to get up, he and Darby regroup, and Sting howls and beats his chest! Sting goes after Blade, Darby is after Andrade. Darby uses a chair to SMACK Andrade! Sting brings Quen along now, Darby takes Andrade back towards ringside. Andrade whips Darby into and over the railing! Darby flounders and clutches his ribs while Andrade paces about. Andrade puts chairs in the ring, then hauls Darby up to SNAKE EYES off the apron! Darby flops, Andrade catches his breath, and Andrade puts Darby back in. Andrade gets the chair and wedges it in the corner. Andrade then storms over to Darby and fires up.

Andrade CLUBS Darby, but Darby just seethes. Darby throws forearms but Andrade gives them back! Darby staggers but he hits Andrade back. Andrade fumes but Darby throws more shots. Andrade winds back, but kicks low! Then he RAMS Darby into the chair! Andrade dusts off his hands while Darby is down in the corner. Andrade goes out to look under the ring, but he can’t find anything so he just takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Andrade holds the chair up high before he wedges it into Darby’s face! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans boo and Andrade soaks up heat. Andrade powers up and runs corner to corner, but Darby throws the chair at him!

The chair hits Andrade in the legs, and then Andrade hits buckles! Darby runs in to hop on and CODE RED! Darby kicks Andrade out of the ring, hurries up the corner and takes aim! SUPER COFFIN- NO! Andrade catches Darby for a GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Fans rally behind Darby but Andrade drags him up and over towards the coffin! The lid is up, Andrade SLAPS Darby into the coffin! And we see now that the lid is covered in thumbtacks! No wonder Andrade pricked a finger! But Darby has to block the lid from closing, meaning those tacks dig into his forearm! Darby then mule kicks Andrade away!

Andrade comes back to ROCK Darby, and then drag him up to suplex to the ramp! Andrade brought Darby halfway up the ramp with that, and he looks to the steel grate walkway by the stage. Andrade drags Darby up again, to suplex! Darby fights it, throws knees, then body shots. But Andrade still tries! Darby fights more, Andrade powers through to suplex and TOSS Darby onto the grate! Darby writhes, Andrade storms over and drags him back to the ramp. Andrade drags Darby down the ramp towards the coffin. Andrade hauls Darby up, RAMS him into steel steps, and then drags him up again.

Andrade scoops Darby, SNAKE EYES off the apron, and then Andrade boots the coffin? He’s breaking the lid off it! Andrade wants to use the lid as a weapon! The lid is attached pretty securely, so Andrade scoops Darby and carries him up to the apron! But Darby throws elbows! Darby turns things around, THROWBACK STUNNER HOTSHOT COMBO! Andrade falls towards the coffin, and Darby DIVES! Direct hit and they both fall into the coffin!! Fans are thunderous as Darby drags himself out. Darby puts Andrade’s legs back in, then gets the lid! Andrade sits up, but Darby SLAMS the lid into him!

Jose the assistant runs down, Andrade’s last hope! Jose steps on the lid to keep Darby from trying again, and then he BOOTS Darby! Jose rips off his shirt like he’s muy macho, and he reels Darby in. But Darby back drops Jose onto the lid! Jose gets tacks to his back, then Darby SLAMS the lid onto Andrade! Darby then jumps onto the lid to shut it completely, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin

Sting returns to regroup and celebrate with Darby, these two stand tall over the AFO once again! Even the Hardy Boyz show up to say Darby just DELETED Andrade! Darby slammed the lid on Andrade, but has he turned the page on his grudge with El Idolo?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Dynamite here, lots of great stuff leading into the Summer. For one, Tony Khan’s newest announcement was indeed huge, as they are officially working with NJPW and giving us a crossover event. I cannot wait to see what great match-ups we get in AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door. Of course, Cole VS Ishii for Rampage this week is a great sampler, and I would think Cole qualifies for the Owen Hart tournament. Jay White showing up to basically say Undisputed Elite and Bullet Club are on the same side was cool, but I bet something happens where they won’t be. UE VS any five guys will be a great 10 Man next week, too.

Great stuff from the Owen Hart tournament qualifiers tonight, too. I figured Kyle would win over JB because even without Cole promising Undisputed Elite winning the whole thing, Jurassic Express has the tag titles. Jurassic Express will be busy defending those at Double or Nothing so they don’t need to be in the Owen Hart Cup, as Kyle called it. Britt VS Kamela was pretty good stuff but it was definitely more for Britt’s homecoming than anything. Britt of course wins because of the hometown hero power as well as just her being more established than Kamela. Britt had a hard hitting promo that kept her Heel despite Pittsburgh loving her, and any of those names she called out will meet her (and lose to her) in the tournament.

But speaking of Velvet and Jade, I’m surprised they’re on the same page now. They basically hated each other in their feud, but I guess that’s just how it is in wrestling. When you and your rival end up the same, both Heels or both Faces, you’re allies now. The way they keep having Jade play it off like Shafir isn’t good enough, the more I think Sharfir becomes the one in 29-1. That would be pretty nuts, and then it totally frees Jade up to go after the world title. We got a great promo out of Rosa calling out basically everyone else, so Jade VS Rosa would make for a great Double or Nothing title match.

Deeb and Shida have a great vignette, their Philly Street Match is going to be wild and could go either way. I’m leaning towards Shida, though, as a momentum builder for the Owen Hart tournament. Good vignette from Samoa Joe, Lethal and Lethal’s group. I guess Joe will have to fight through Singh to get to Lethal, and that’ll actually be a really good first match for Singh. Eddie Kingston has another great promo, and his match with Garcia is going to be awesome. Kingston VS Jericho II should definitely happen for Double or Nothing, alongside a separate Santana & Ortiz VS Ever-Rise.

Punk VS Dustin was an awesome opening match, Dustin does still have it, but naturally Punk wins. Hangman staring Punk down basically solidifies that their title match is for Double or Nothing, and it is going to be a killer match. The Six Man Tag was also great stuff, and of course BCC wins. I was a little surprised it was Lee Moriarty and not Lee Johnson, but it makes sense with Moriarty as one of the names Bryan dropped when this story started. Moriarty should still definitely join up. That way, Bryan & Mox can Two Man Power Trip in AEW, Moriarty & Yuta can do the same in ROH for a huge Four Man Power Trip.

An interesting promo from the House of Black. I guess they’re after Fuego still, but does Fuego turn or join Death Triangle? Everything with Wardlow and the Pinnacle was great. MJF having Sterling as a messenger for the crappy deal Wardlow got tonight was great, as was Wardlow and Butcher having a great hoss fight. Wardlow of course wins, and MJF of course escalates. Archer and Jake had a good promo, Wardlow VS Archer is gonna be wild, and somehow, someway, Wardlow wins. I thought Hook was gonna face Nese tonight, but him tapping out Anthony Henry was still good. Danhausen finally having a match in AEW is going to be awesome, I can’t wait to see it.

In perhaps surprise of the year, we got a double turn between SamTay and American Top Team. I guess that’s just how bad things have got for Sammy where he’s the lesser of two jackasses when compared to Dan Lambert. But one way or another, we got the Mixed Tag Match coming, and Sammy is going to use that ladder match to keep the title from Scorpio. Kaz will step up after, Sammy probably gets another win, and who knows where it goes from there. And of course, an awesome main event in that Coffin Match. Sting and the AFO getting involved should’ve been obvious, but I did love Sting did the “wearing Sting mask” joke again.

If there was even another minute left at the end of the show, I am confident Darby was going to SUPER Coffin Drop to shut the lid on Andrade. The Hardys also got to show up at the very end so they get paid this week. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean things are over between AFO and Darby-Sting-Hardys. But at the same time, how much more do they escalate things? Maybe the final blow-off is Hardys VS Private Party since Quen & Kassidy betrayed Matt and now Matt & Jeff are gonna teach them a lesson. That would actually be great stuff, especially if it’s No Disqualifications.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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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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