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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (5/23/22)

Houston gets Elevated!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

Houston becomes ROH-Town!

For the second time on AEW Dark: Elevation, Mercedes Martinez defends the ROH Women’s World Championship! Will this OG Badass still be undisputed?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ethan Page VS JD Griffey; Ethan wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Mercedes Martinez VS Hyan; Martinez wins and retains the title.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS The Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart; The Butcher & The Blade win.
  • Lee Moriarty VS Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Moriarty wins.
  • Skye Blue & Yuka Sakazaki VS Emi Sakura & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Sakura & Nyla win.
  • Anthony Ogogo w/ The Factory VS Mysterious Q; Ogogo wins.

QUICK NOTES

Another Elevation with the ROH Women’s World Championship, probably shouldn’t be that surprising. That ROH TV deal is still in the works so YouTube is a great way to showcase the titles. At least, the titles on wrestlers who aren’t big AEW stars. Maybe Jonathan Gresham can defend his ROH World Championship somewhere on an Elevation or Dark. Meanwhile, it’s also cool to see some crossover with ROW, Reality of Wrestling, Booker T’s promotion. It is headquartered in Houston so obviously this would be the time to get them on the card. Pretty sure Ogogo will beat Mysterious Q, though, despite Q being THE ROW Champion.


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

Willow Nightingale is on a Rampage!

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Will the Babe with the Power pass the test?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

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

 

AEW takes a closer look at Ultimo Guerrero.

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

 

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/19/24)

The Owen Hart Cup returns!

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AEW heats up the summer!

As AEW heads for The Forbidden Door, stars head for the Owen Hart Cup! Who will begin their journey toward the Calgary Stampede?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • MJF VS Rush; MJF wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly, Mark Briscoe & Dante Martin VS Zack Sabre Jr, Roderick Strong, Konosuke Takeshita & Kyle Fletcher w/ Don Callis; Cassidy, O’Reilly, Briscoe & Martin win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Title Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS The Acclaimed; The Acclaimed win and earn a future title opportunity.
  • 2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and advances.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Rhett Titus; Garcia wins.
  • 2024 Men’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: PAC VS Claudio Castagnoli; Pac wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

MJF VS Rush!

The Wolf of Wall Street’s return really angered El Toro Blanco, and then Rush’s attitude towards him upset MJF! They brawled hard last week, but now they’ll get to fight uninterrupted! And for that matter, this match will be uninterrupted as there will be NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS! Will MJF remind Rush that he is better than him and he knows it? Or will MJF mess with the bull only to get the horns?

The ref has to keep between the two as Rush steps inside the ropes. The bell rings and the hands start flying! Fairfax fires up as these two go forearm for forearm, then Rush gets the edge. MJF shoves Rush, gets around him, then headlocks. Rush powers out, MJF ducks ‘n ‘dodges, then struts over the dropdown! MJF swivels hips but Rush puts some stank on the CHOP! MJF smirks, puts stank on his own CHOP, but Rush just brushes it off! And he gives MJF a check-up on his boys! MJF shoves Rush, Rush eggs MJF on, then puts his arms back. MJF says alright, and he winds up. The fans fire up, but MJF wants more!

The fans fire up more, and more, and more, then MJF pokes Rush in the eyes! The ref reprimands but the fans cheer, and Rush goes to a corner. MJF storms up on Rush, the ref keeps him back, and Rush HEADBUTTS MJF down! The ref checks MJF’s nose, then he reprimands Rush. Rush just soaks up the heat before he stomps away on MJF! MJF crawls to ropes, blood in the mouth, but Rush drags him up for body shots! Rush whips, then he back drops MJF! MJF writhes, Rush soaks up more heat, and he tastes some of MJF’s blood! Rush stomps away on MJF, then SLAPS him across the face! Rush whips again, but MJF sunset flips! TWO!!

Rush escapes, then DECKS MJF! The ref checks MJF and Rush soaks up more heat, but MJF is still in this. MJF goes to a corner, Rush paces, and then Rush storms up to fire forearms! The ref counts, Rush lets off, and Rush hears the fans rally up for the fans. Rush goes corner to corner to feint the dropkick, flip everyone off, and he BOOTS MJF! Rush rolls back to tranquilo, but MJF CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up as MJF rains down fists! Rush pulls at MJF’s nose, rains down fists, then DOUBLE STOMPS! Rush clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a motorcycle stretch. The fans rally as MJF endures, so Rush goes back to the chinlock.

MJF fights up, throws body shots, then runs, but Rush dodges to SNAP GERMAN! MJF sits up, into a KNEE! Cover, TWO! MJF stays in this and crawls to a corner, but Rush seethes. Rush hears the fans dueling, and he stomps away on MJF in the corner! Rush scuffs MJF, SPITS on him, but the ref backs Rush off. Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S- NO, MJF dodges! Rush writhes from crashing down and the fans rally up again. Rush rises and he drags MJF up, but MJF cradles! TWO!! Rush escapes again, MJF gets around to backslide! TWO! Rush sits up, into a SUPERKICK! MJF hammerlocks and lifts Rush, for a CRADLE DDT! Cover, TWO!!

MJF is frustrated, he checks his teeth, and then stands back up. MJF storms back over to Rush, drags him up, but Rush stops the suplex to fire hands! Rush whips, but MJF stops himself to CLAW Rush’s back! MJF reels Rush in, Rush fights free and whips. MJF goes up and over but the leg jams! Rush runs up, but MJF steps over to SNAP PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Rush stops the ref’s count with his own hands! MJF seethes but then he aims from the corner. Rush rises, the fans rally, and MJF runs in, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY into buckles! MJF slumps down but the fans rally and duel again!

MJF stands up, Rush goes to the other corner. Rush runs back in but MJF pops him up to mule kick! MJF goes up, leaps, but into a HAYMAKER! Rush reels MJF in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and Rush is surprised! Rush tells off Fairfax while MJF staggers up onto wobbly legs. Rush SUPERMAN PUNCHES MJF right outta the ring! Rush paces while MJF flounders around. Rush goes out to stand MJF up and CHOP! MJF staggers around but Rush whips him hard into barriers! Rush gets MJF up to whip hard into railing! And then hard into more railing! MJF slumps over but Rush just gets him up, to THROW him into barriers!

Rush dribbles MJF’s head off the barriers, KNEES him in, then CLUBS away with heavy hands! Rush says this is going to be HIS company, cabron! Rush stomps MJF, leaves him behind to refresh the count, then talks smack on the “tough guy hero” of AEW. The fans rally for MJF but Rush SMACKS him into railing again! MJF sputters while Rush gets a chair! The ref reprimands but Rush slides the chair into the ring. The ref goes for the chair, but this is so Rush can get the bright green cable! Rush LASHES MJF! And LASHES him again! And LASHES him again! MJF writhes, and now Rush CHOKES MJF with the cable!

Rush dribbles MJF off the floor, but leaves him be as the ref storms over. The fans boo but Rush snatches a sign to rip it up! The fans boo but Rush puts MJF in a corner of the railing. Rush goes to the far side, revs up and runs in, but MJF drop toeholds Rush into the chair! MJF refreshes the count, puts Rush on the apron, and goes up to join him. MJF suplexes, but Rush fights free! Rush ROCKS MJF, MJF comes back, OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to the floor!! Rush soaks up all the heat while MJF sputters. Rush drags MJF up, puts him in, and has MJF in a corner. The fans boo but Rush just soaks it all up.

Rush “kicks dirt” at MJF, then goes corner to corner! BULL’S- LARIAT!! MJF turns it around and both men are down while the fans fire up! MJF and Rush stand, Rush swings but into a SPINEBUSTER! MJF rains down furious fists! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and he bumps Rush off buckles again and again and again! The fans count all the way to TEN! MJF then climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans count again, and we go to nine, before MJF BITES Rush’s forehead! MJF lets off, Rush goes to the apron, but MJF brings him in, HEATSEEKER! MJF then gets Rush up, suplexes, and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall

Maxwell Jacob Friedman showed that not only could he take it, but he could dish it out! But wait, who is sarcastically clapping on the tron? It’s The Cage of Agony and Hechicero! The Machine “congratulates” MJF, and welcomes him back. Brian Cage also adds that the EVPs wanted him to pass along their congratulations, as well, especially after all the “lovely things” MJF had to say about them. So much so, that at Forbidden Door, the hometown boy with the bum shoulder has a nice surprise waiting for him, and that is Hechicero. Hechi then tells MJF that he talks a lot about this and that, but this is the Alchemist of Lucha Libre!

Hechicero promises that when he and MJF face off, he’ll break MJF’s arms and it’ll be the end of him! Toa Liona adds a roar, and clearly The Young Bucks have put a hit out on MJF. But will The People’s Scumbag prove that no matter the language, he’s better than the rest, and they know it?

 

Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy, Mark Briscoe, Dante Martin & Kyle O’Reilly.

Renee Paquette is with Freshly Squeezed and his all-star teammates for tonight. The conglomeration seems to have added one more since last time. Cassidy says c’mon, Renee. Oh, of course. Renee turns to the ROH World Champion, and Mark says if he may please… “Now it was only one week ago this very evening that I stood here and I proclaimed today is today, and we’re not gonna get where we’re going by looking in the rearview mirror. And then I proceeded to go get pinned and lose the match for my team, my bad boys. It will not happen again! But I ain’t focusing on that, because the word of the day is vengeance! Today, the word of the day is redemption!

“That’s right! There’s two words of the day today! The conglomeration is here, and today, we have Mr. Hey You Get Off My Cloud, Dante Martin! My fellow participant in the TNT title ladder match at Forbidden Door! But tonight…” Jack Perry steps in! The Scapegoat gives The Chicken a smirk as he moves on, and Mark tells Jack to get his ass outta here! They ain’t worried about yesterday or tomorrow! Tonight, it’s an ALL-STAR 8 MAN! Let’s go, baby! Mark heads out, Kyle says he’ll follow that man anywhere! Dante says hell yeah! Cassidy offers Renee a friendship bracelet. She’d love one! Thanks. Cassidy asks Renee who was that guy, in reference to Jack Perry.

Well, Cassidy is still his usual self but everyone else on the team is all fired up! Will they take the fight to Roderick Strong, The Don Callis Family and their fourth man, Zack Sabre Jr? Or will someone #JustTapOut?

 

Will Ospreay is here!

Fairfax fires up as the AEW International Champion makes his way out to the ring, but he’s not the only one, because here comes Swerve Strickland! The AEW World Champion has Prince Nana dancing to the song as he goes to the ring, and we’re getting one more face to face between these two ahead of their match at Forbidden Door for Swerve’s title. Both champs get the mic and the fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Ospreay then says here we are again, same ring at the same time again. Last time, before Ospreay snatched that belt from Swerve’s hands, Swerve said he couldn’t carry the weight of both worlds.

Well oddly enough, Ospreay seems very capable of doing that. Allow him to remind Swerve that he held THREE different championships from THREE different continents, at the same time. The fans cheer that! Ospreay says he is going to test Swerve. Swerve learns what the world already knows, and that is that Ospreay is the best in the world today! The fans cheer but Swerve says this is where Ospreay’s already messed up. Swerve is the best. He of course has been watching Ospreay, he has eyes and ears everywhere in this business.

That said, they’ve been taking two different paths the last five years, and it all culminates at Forbidden Door for the AEW World Championship. How fitting is that? Ospreay, holding multiple international championships, and Swerve holding down two different words: Pro-wrestling, and entertainment. And Swerve’s been doing it all by himself. But don’t make him forget, last year at Forbidden Door, Ospreay VS Omega. Ospreay didn’t win on his own. Is that what Ospreay will do to win this title? The Don Callis Family will help him try, and Swerve does mean try, to take the title?

Oh, is that what Swerve thinks? Swerve thinks Ospreay needs Don Callis? Do the fans think Ospreay needs Don Callis? “NO!” Ospreay says trust him when he says he does NOT need Don Callis or the Family, he can do this by himself. The Don Callis Family is watching backstage, and Don himself doesn’t seem too happy to hear that. But Ospreay says that seeing as how we’re bringing up last year, why stop there? Ospreay beating Omega was only the start of the Summer of Ospreay! After that, it was Kazuchika Okada, then Shingo Takagi, then Chris Jericho at All In Wembley! Bruv, while Swerve had a hit row, Ospreay had a hit list, and he didn’t miss a single one!

The fans like that one, and then Ospreay asks if Swerve feels that pressure. Ospreay feels it, cuz he sees Wembley on the horizon. Swerve should feel the pressure because this is going to be his first title defense in THE main event on a PPV! And everyone wants to see Swerve. What if the “Killshot” is just centimeters off? Is Swerve that confident? Why? Because Ospreay won’t use that one move? Nah, bruv. Whether it’s the Oscutter, Stormbreaker, or he caves Swerve’s head in with the Hidden Blade, the next morning, Swerve wakes up without that title. And that pain he feels walking down the ramp won’t be as bad when he looks at the crowd and admits Ospreay is on another level!

That pain won’t be as bad, but what he feels if Ospreay does use Storm Driver? Swerve won’t walk out of the arena, so he better be thankful. Swerve laughs that off and says Ospreay keeps using “If” over and over. Swerve is the world champ, he doesn’t go off “if” but off certainty! Swerve is the world champion, and while this may be his first PPV main event as such, this is Ospreay’s first PPV main event PERIOD, bruv! And Ospreay has Swerve to thank for that! Ospreay’s list of people to get here, yeah, it’s real nice. Let’s talk about his friends, like Shota Umino and Mercedes Mone, them doing the dances on social media.

What’s Swerve’s point? Swerve’s point is that he does not have friends! He got rid of them! Anyone that came for him for this title, anyone he had to go through for this title, they are bodies now! Numbers on a list, names on a grave, and they mean nothing to him! Question for you, Ospreay: if Swerve breaks one of Ospreay’s legs, who is Ospreay then? If Swerve breaks Ospreay’s arm, will the people still love him? You can break Swerve’s legs, arms and shave him bald, he is STILL Swerve Strickland, the wrestler, the rapper, the businessman, the actor, the podcaster! None of that changes! This business will eat you up. Look what it did to Swerve.

Swerve tried to help Ospreay, telling him that he has to sacrifice and sacrifice and sacrifice that much more to be in this position. But Ospreay doesn’t get that yet. Ospreay has to sacrifice the things he loves. Hell, he has to sacrifice the love he has for this business, for his wife and son! Ospreay ain’t ready for that. Ospreay stops Swerve there and says to never mention his son again. Don’t make this personal. Nana speaks up and says this is not the place nor the time. Save this emotion, save this fire, save all you’ve got, for the AEW World Championship at Forbidden Door! “Whose house?” Ospreay says “MY HOUSE!!”

Ospreay goes to leave but Swerve has the music stop. Question: what if Swerve does want to make this personal? Because when it comes to this world title, it is always personal. When Ospreay goes home, send Swerve’s regards to Alex & Harry. Ospreay storms right up into Swerve’s face! This is ready to explode, all it needs is a ref and the bell! Will either man survive this battle on Long Island now that Swerve’s lit the fuse?

 

The Don Calls Family reacts.

Trent is riled up, saying Ospreay is betraying the family and you don’t do that. Konosuke is also upset. Kyle says Ospreay didn’t mean that, but Don has everyone calm down. Don knows Ospreay better than his own mother. It’ll all be fine. Let’s just go. Trent and Konosuke follow down, but what is Kyle feeling when he’s known Ospreay the longest?

 

8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly, Mark Briscoe & Dante Martin VS Zack Sabre Jr, Roderick Strong, Konosuke Takeshita & Kyle Fletcher w/ The Kingdom!

We heard from the conglomeration, and we know tensions are high on the other side, but everyone needs to focus on Forbidden Door. Will Freshly Squeezed be ready for the Front Man? Will the Violent Artist prove that he doesn’t need the Savior of the Backbreaker? Will future opponents in The Chicken and Angel Dorado be able to coexist? Or will ZSJ, Roddy & The Don Callis Family all be feeling good in Fairfax?

The teams don’t even sort out, they just start throwing hands! Well, mostly, as Cassidy takes his time stepping in, and ZSJ waits patiently. Roddy TOSSES O’Reilly, Konosuke has Dante and Mark goes after Fletcher. Cassidy takes off the denim jacket, puts it aside, then takes off the shirt. The sunglasses are handed off to the ref, and then Cassidy puts his elbow pad on. Their teammates have stopped brawling, so Fletcher gets in to CLOBBER Cassidy and Mark gets in to DECK ZSJ! Fletcher and Mark fire off hands now, then Mark CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Mark whips, Fletcher holds ropes, but Mark runs up.

Fletcher puts Mark on the apron, GAMANGIRIS him down, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Mark at the ramp! But O’Reilly KNEES Fletcher down! Roddy DECKS O’Reilly, steps out, but O’Reilly gets a HANGING KNEEBAR! The ref reprimands and counts, Mark gets in and has a chair! But the chair is set up and Mark runs, only for Konosuke to BOOT him down! Konosuke soaks up the heat, but turns around to see Cassidy. Cassidy waves hi, Konosuke runs up, but Cassidy sits down in the chair to avoid the lariat! Also Roddy is still suffering the kneebar but oh well.

Cassidy DROPKICKS Konosuke up and out! Cassidy builds speed, but ZSJ is in to dump him out! Cassidy lands safe on the apron, ROCKS ZSJ, but ZSJ gets him in a ROPE OCTOPUS! Mark uses the chair to FLY onto Fletcher! The fans fire up with Mark and Dante TOSSES ZSJ out. The others group together, Dante builds speed but Konosuke slides in. Dante ducks ‘n’ dodges to then jump and RANA! The fans fire up and Dante then goes up and up and up, to ESCALARA CANNONBALL! Down goes everyone and the fans are thunderous as Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Roddy clutches his leg, Dante and Mark regroup with Cassidy. Mark throws hands down on Konosuke, gets ZSJ up and UPPERCUTS! Mark stomps Roddy, and The Kingdom check on their guy. Mark POSTS Konosuke, Cassidy tags O’Reilly, and in steps ZSJ! This is itself a dream match of technicians and the two feel things out. They tie up, ZSJ rolls O’Reilly and floats around. O’Reilly keeps his leg guard up so ZSJ backs off. They go again, ZSJ facelocks but O’Reilly trips him. O’Reilly floats from leg to arm but ZSJ slips away. The two reset as fans fire up. They go again, and ZSJ waistlocks, but O’Reilly switches.

ZSJ switches, O’Reilly rolls, KNEEBAR! ZSJ sits up to get an ARMBAR! O’Reilly moves around, slips out, and has an ANKLE LOCK! ZSJ reels O’Reilly into a headlock, but O’Reilly powers out. ZSJ drops onto the dropdown for a ghost pin! TWO, but ZSJ wrenches O’Reilly and tags in Fletcher. Fletcher CLUBS O’Reilly’s arm and then CHOPS! O’Reilly hits back, Fletcher fires another forearm, and the Kyles go back and forth! O’Reilly KICKS, then RAMS Fletcher into the corner. Mark tags in, he UPPERCUTS Fletcher, then runs him into buckles! Mark CHOPS, brings Fletcher in, and suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER!

Fletcher flounders away but Mark stomps him in a corner. Mark climbs up, rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Roddy goes after Mark, the ref reprimands, and Fletcher takes a swing. Mark dodges, but men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Cassidy and ZSJ! The fans fire up as these two meet again, and ZSJ keeps Cassidy from putting his hands in his pockets! So Cassidy wrenches, spins ZSJ around, but ZSJ spins Cassidy to wrench and wrench and wrangle! Cassidy kips up, WRINGS ZSJ, but ZSJ kips up to wrench and cording hold.

Cassidy drags ZSJ down, goes for a leg, but ZSJ pops Cassidy into a sunset flip! TWO, and ZSJ cravats! Cassidy endures, rolls, but ZSJ holds on! The fans rally, ZSJ headlocks, and Konosuke tags in as Cassidy powers out. ZSJ bails out, Konosuke DECKS Cassidy! The fans boo, The Kingdom is all fired up, and Roddy snipes a tag! Roddy and Konosuke argue, that lets Cassidy tag O’Reilly! O’Reilly KIKCKS away on Konosuke and Roddy! The fans fire up, Roddy ducks so Konosuke takes the ENZIGIRI! O’Reilly JAWBREAKERS Roddy, runs, but Taven distracts the ref so Bennett can trip O’Reilly up! STRONG KNEE!

Roddy reels O’Reilly in for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy rains down fists on O’Reilly, then soaks up the heat from the fans. Roddy stalks O’Reilly, drags him up, and CHOPS! The fans rally, Roddy CHOPS again, but Kyle hits back! They brawl forearm for forearm and O’Reilly gets the edge. Roddy kicks low, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! O’Reilly blocks a chop, wrenches and WRINGS the arm! Tag to Dante and ZSJ storms in. Dante dodges to fire off forearms! ZSJ gets around, Roddy runs up but Dante BOOTS Roddy to arm-drag ZSJ! Then Dante DOUBLE RANAS! Konosuke runs in, Dante dodges to DECK Fletcher!

Dante dodges Konosuke again, goes up and around then GAMANGIRIS! Springboard, Fletcher takes the CROSSBODY! Dante runs but Konosuke BOOTS him! Konosuke goes up but Dante jumps up! Dante fires hands, but Fletcher YANKS Dante down! Dante staggers, Fletcher reels him in and sends him up to Konosuke! SUPER POWERBOMB!! High stack, Mark & Cassidy break it! They get tossed out by the rest, but Mark brawls with Roddy! Roddy signals to Konosuke but Konosuke still tags in. “This is Awesome!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture again.

Cassidy, O’Reilly and Mark are all down on the outside, but Dante fires body shots on Konosuke. Dante rises up, Konosuke shoves him and DECKS him! Cover, TWO! Konosuke is annoyed but he drags Dante up. ZSJ tags in, even though Roddy tries to snipe it again. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Dante, UPPERCUTS him again, and UPPERCUTS him again! Dante falls into the corner, ZSJ tags Roddy in, and Roddy stands Dante up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! The ref counts, but Dante fires hands in return! But Roddy DROPKICKS Dante down! Konosuke & Fletcher BLAST Dante’s team while Roddy covers, TWO!

Roddy is annoyed but he steps on Dante to tag in Konosuke. The whole team gets in, and they whip Dante to a corner. ZSJ runs in to UPPERCUT! Roddy runs in to ELBOW! Fletcher runs in to forearm SMASH! Konosuke runs up but Dante dodges! Dante’s team hurries in to get the others out of the ring! O’Reilly sends Roddy into railing! Mark hits a forearm SMASH on Konosuke! O’Reilly adds his own! Dante GAMANGIRIS! Dante and Konosuke are down and the fans rally up! Dante and Konosuke crawl for their corners, Konosuke anchors Dante’s leg, but Dante fights up to ENZIGIRI! Dynamite returns to single picture as Dante continues to crawl!

Hot tag to Mark and teh fans fire up! Mark dodges Fletcher to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Mark whips, Fletcher reverses but Mark BOOTS ZSJ! Mark then dodges Fletcher, ROCKS Roddy, CHOPS Fletcher, repeat! The fans fire up as Mark just keeps throwing shots! Roddy gest around but Mark BOOTS Fletcher! PELE for Roddy! Konosuke is up and he CLAWS Mark’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Konosuke runs, into a fireman’s carry! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Mark hurries up top, O’Reilly tags in, FORGGY BOY! O’Reilly is up, tag to Dante! KING KONG KNEE DROP! Dante goes up, Cassidy tags in before the MAMBA SPLASH!

Cassidy rises up, the fans fire up, LAZY ELBOW! Cover, Fletcher breaks it! Roddy & ZSJ also stomp Cassidy, but Mark jumps in! Mark brawls with ZSJ, Cassidy TOSSES Fletcher, ‘This is Awesome!” as Cassidy throws off his elbow pad! But ZSJ anchors Cassidy’s foot! HELLUVA KICK!! Tag to ZSJ and Konosuke snapmares Cassidy. ZSJ stands on Cassidy’s hand to torture the other! Mark SLAPS ZSJ, ZSJ eggs him on. So Mark hits the crane stance! ZSJ blocks the kick but gets an EXPLODER! Fletcher gets in, kicks Mark and suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! O’Reilly is in, Fletcher jumps a kick to ROLLING ELBOW! But O’Reilly knees low, GUILLOTINE FACELOCK!

Roddy drags O’Reilly off Fletcher for a BACKBREAKER! Dante JUMP KNEES! Konosuke runs on to JUMP KNEE Dante! Cassidy is up top, CROSSBODY but Konosuke catches him! But he gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy holds Konosuke so O’Reilly can AX & SMASH! Then Dante springboards, CANNONBALL! Dante keeps going, he DIVES onto The Kingdom! Mark sees Konosuke get out, so he CANNONBALLS from the apron! O’Reilly and ZSJ meet again, and ZSJ blocks a kick to PELE an arm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS O’Reilly down but Cassidy tilt-o-whirls! ZSJ says no to the DDT, GUILLOTINE!

ZSJ suplexes, but Cassidy STUN DOG- NO! ZSJ turns that into a SLEEPER! Then a scoop and ZACK- NO, Cassidy slips free to O’Conner! But ZSJ pops free to get the EURO CLUTCH! O’Reilly KNEES it apart! Fletcher SUPERKICKS O’Reilly! Cassidy gets up, he and O’Reilly HIGH LOW on Fletcher!! ZSJ staggers, tags Roddy, and Roddy BOOTS Cassidy! KNEE! Scoop and FACEBUSTER! But O’Reilly takes the STRONG KNEE for Cassidy! ORANGE PUNCH for Roddy!! Cover, Cassidy’s team wins!!

Winners: Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly, Mark Briscoe & Dante Martin, by pinfall

This all-star appetizer of Forbidden Door was a feast! But then Jack Perry DECKS Dante outta nowhere! The Scapegoat’s a jackass but he gets outta there! Mark and Konosuke brawl, and this all leaves Cassidy and ZSJ to stare down. Hands up, and into pockets! Cassidy has the big win here tonight, but will ZSJ make sure “Orange Bollocks” isn’t Freshly Squeezed?

 

Mercedes Mone speaks.

“Hola, Stephanie. Gracias for sending me your partner, Zeuxis, last week to ‘soften me up.’ She fought so hard, but all she really did was give me that taste of the lucha style I love so much. You say I’ve been sitting around? B*tch, I’ve been training and working my ass off to get that title that should’ve been mine. So let’s set things straight. Arrogance? No, sweetheart, that is confidence of someone who has walked the red carpets, somewhere you have never been. I am making history all over the globe. And at Forbidden Door, the titles aren’t just up for grabs, they’re mine to claim. So you wanna be La Primera? Well let’s see if you can handle La Jefa.

“There’s a price to pay when you mess with Mercedes Mone.” The CEO is coming for it all, but will she become the Two Belt Boss? Or will Stephanie Vaquer set a new standard when she becomes a Quatro Crown Queen?

 

Rush snarls backstage.

A hand pats him on the shoulder, and he turns to see it’s Don Callis. Don says this is an opportunity for him. Is the Don Callis Family looking to add El Toro Blanco to the mix?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships Title Eliminator: The Young Bucks VS The Acclaimed!

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson have certainly been two-faced about being The Elite. They want to #ChangeTheWorld, but into something more to their liking, and they’ve started making things personal with Max Caster & Anthony Bowens. But will The EVPs continue to hold down the AEW Tag Division? Or will Platinum Max & The Five Tool Player earn themselves some golden tickets back to the top?

But of course, Caster has a diss track on deck! “Hey, combined, son, your height is-” Wait, what happened? Oh no, someone cut Caster’s mic!! The fans boo as we’re denied the bars Caster was spitting, and we see it was the doing of Kazuchika Okada! The Rainmaker is at gorilla, and he claims he pressed the wrong button. He also claims he’s sorry, and fakes tears, to then go stone faced, “B*tch.” Well, Okada’s raining on The Acclaimed’s parade too, and The Bucks go after them at the ramp! But Caster & Bowens turn things around with big hands! This returns to ringside, but Nick whips Bowens hard into railing!

Caster sends Matt into barriers, scissor fingers the front row, then brings Matt around. Bowens hits Nick back but Nick kicks low. Bowens back drops Nick onto the ramp! Bowens then rains down forearms, but this still isn’t a match! Bowens whips Nick to barriers, Caster puts Matt in the ring, and now it’s a match! Caster brings Matt around, UPPERCUTS him to a corner, and the fans fire up as he UPPERCUTS again. Caster whips Matt to ropes but Matt reverses, but Bowens sneaks a tag. Caster sunset flips, Matt stays up, but Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER onto the knees! Matt writhes, tags in Nick, but The Acclaimed send him to the corner.

Bowens runs in to clothesline, Caster runs in to ELBOW! Bowens runs in to forearm SMASH! Bowens sends Nick to Caster, scoop and SLAM! And then Caster holds Nick open, for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Bowens shakes out his bad leg, then drags Nick up. Tag to Caster, the Acclaimed mugs Nick, but Nick JAWBREAKERS back! Tag to Matt, but Caster hip tosses him! And hip tosses again! Caster whips, Matt reverses, and Nick gets a cheap shot in! Caster DECKS Nick, kicks Matt, then whips him to the corner. But Matt DROPKICKS Bowens down! Caster CLUBS Matt, whips him, runs in, but Matt dodges! Caster hits buckles then falls out of the ring!

Nick is there to stomp and CLUB Caster, then looms over him by commentary as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick stalks Caster, drags him up and into the ring, all while Matt mugs Bowens on the other side. Bowens clutches the bad leg but Matt stomps Caster to a corner. Matt then stomps Caster in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Matt says let’s have a good show. Caster kicks low! Caster fires hands on Matt but Matt RAMS him into the Bucks’ corner! Matt snapmares Caster, tags Nick, and Nick slingshot SENTONS! Nick flexes and soaks up the heat, Matt applauds, and Caster goes to ropes. Bowens manages to stand but Nick ROCKS Caster! Nick CLAWS Caster’s back, keeps him from Bowens and bumps Caster off buckles.

Nick tags Matt in, but Caster hits back with kicks and haymakers! But Matt scoops to BACKBREAKER! Tag to Nick, and he slingshot LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO! Caster stays in this but Nick stays between him and Bowens. Nick RAMS Caster into the corner, tags Matt, and The Bucks hoist Caster up top! The Bucks then climb up, bring Caster to the top, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Caster fires back! Caster CLAWS Nick and he falls! Caster DECKS Matt, then adjusts, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Caster bounces off, the fans fire up, and Caster hot tags Bowens! Bowens CLOBBERS Matt, CLBOBERS Nick, then fires off hands!

Bowens ROCKS Matt, fires kicks on Nick, then runs to LEAP FROG FAMOUSER! But the bad leg is bothering him again! Bowens still fires off on Matt, but he can’t superkick! Matt smirks, and SUPERKICKS Bowens! Cover, TWO! Bowens survives, goes to ropes, but Matt says it’s fine. Matt runs corner to corner, but into an ELBOW! Bowens goes up but Matt SUPERKICKS the legs out! Matt has Bowens draped out, tags Nick, and they DRAPING SWANTONG BOMB! Cover, Caster breaks it! The fans fire up but Matt TOSSES Caster! Nick tags Matt back in, they flank Bowens, then they go for the arms! Bowens resists but E V P TRIGGER blocked?!

The fans fire up as Bowens fires off hands! Rock, Paper, Scissors SUPER- NO! Nick blocks, and Matt SUPERKICKS the leg! Nick sweeps the legs! Bowens sits up, into a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Bucks then pump up their Reeboks! The fans boo the merch plug, but Bowens gets another DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, Caster break sit again! Caster fires off hands now, then whips Nick, Nick reverses, Matt DUMPS Caster, and then Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK! Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, GAMANGIRI, ROCK and whip Bowens! Matt scoops, Nick goes up, but Bowens slips free! Bowens sends Matt into Nick!

Bowens reels Matt in to waistlock, but Matt switches with Bowens! Bowens switches with Matt, but Matt grabs the ref, and LOW BLOW MULE KICKS!! The fans boo but The Bucks get away with that one. Tag back to Nick, and The Bucks sit Bowens up, for the E V P TRIGGER!!! Cover, CASTER BREAKS IT AGAIN!! The fans are thunderous but Nick TOSSES Caster! Nick DIVES and takes Caster down! Nick then TOSSES Caster over barriers! Matt bumps Bowens off buckles, steps out, and then Nick hoists Bowens up top. Matt goes up, Nick gets under Bowens, and the Bucks hit a SLICED BREAD BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?!

Bowens survives and shocks The Bucks! The fans rally up but Nick tags Matt. Matt grabs Bowens’ bad leg, KICKS away on it, and then lets off to watch Bowens writhe. Bowens sits up, Matt grabs one of the title belts! The fans boo, Bowens stands, but he ducks the belt shot! Matt avoids hitting the ref! The ref reprimands about the belt, but Nick has the other belt! Bowens ducks again, BELT SHOT hits Matt!! Bowens then TOSSES Nick! Bowens reels Matt in, THE ARRIVAL! Caster goes up, MIC DROP!! Cover, THE ACCLAIMED WIN!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)

Billy Gunn hurries out here to celebrate with his guys! Bowens & Caster pulled through and now they get a shot at the titles! The Bucks vow that this is all they’re gonna get, will they make sure to stack the deck against The Acclaimed?

 

Samoa Joe & Hook walk ‘n’ talk in the hall.

The Samoan Submission Specialist always wanted to know, what is the best slice in New York? Easy, it’s Bari’s by Hook’s place. Joe says the problem with New Yorkers. They talk too much. Their rent’s too high, and act like the best stuff is always by them. If it was Joe, he’d go for the worst place because that’ll have the best deal, since no one wants to live over bad chopped cheese. Hook says yeah, that makes sense. Then they gear up in front of the Premier Athletes’ door, just like last time. But then Joe has Hook hold on. Joe’s getting bored dealing with these guys, so when they go in there, Hook needs to be a little extra.

Extra? Yeah, extra. Aight. They bust in, Hook shouts, “GOOF TIME!” but there’s no one there. There is a note, though. Joe reads it. “Dear belligerent savages, I expected this barbarism. Therefore, I challenge you to a three-on-three wrestling contest on Collision against my associates. Signed, ‘Smart’ Mark Sterling.” Joe groans. Fine, we got a fist fight this weekend. They all in? Hook says bet, and Katsuyori Shibata behind the camera uses text-to-speech to say, “I am going to smash these goofy b*tches.” Joe smiles, and then makes fun of Hook going with “Goof time.” What? He said “be extra.” Okay, we’ll workshop that.

Joe, Hook & Shibata head out, will they tear down Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods once and for all?

 

Mariah May is in the ring.

The protege of Toni Storm says it is now time for the Forbidden Door AEW Women’s World Championship contract signing. The fans cheer, and Mariah introduces herself as the host for tonight. Introducing first, the challenger, “Mina Shirakawaaa~!” The Fighting Gravure Idol struts her way out to the ring, already wearing gold on her outfit in anticipation for the title match. Mariah holds the ropes open, then gives Mina a friendly hug before Mina takes her seat. Then Mariah introduces THE AEW Women’s World Champion, “Timeless” Toni Storm! The fans cheer as The Leading Lady of AEW makes her way out, Luther by her side.

Mina is annoyed that Mariah holds the ropes open for Storm, and also that Mariah and Storm give cheek kisses. Storm takes her own seat, and Mariah says, “Ladies, icons, friends. This match is going to be very difficult for me. I know what you’re both capable of, and I understand that you need to prove who the best woman is. But I just want you to know that… I love you both.” The fans go, “Aww…!” Mariah says no matter what happens- Mina interrupts by saying, “Mariah, shut up!” Storm is upset for Mariah but Mina tells Storm that in Stardom, Storm was a legend. In AEW, Storm became a star. But as champion? Storm got soft! Storm got weak!

“Everybody says ‘We Want Mina~!'” Fans are torn, but Mina says no one wants Storm anymore. And at Forbidden Door, Mina takes the title and she takes “her girl.” Mina signs her part, and she’s playing for more than just the title. Storm tells Mina if she raises her voice to Mariah like that again, and Storm will slap Mina’s bloody tits off! The fans fire up and Storm says, “You don’t want Toni Storm? Well… This buffet is wide open, so grab a bowl and line up!” What? “Because darling, I have some advice for you. Chin up. Tits out. And watch for the SHOE~!” Storm signs her part, and the match is official!

The fans cheer, Mariah takes the mic back and says it is official. Mina tells Mariah that SHE must choose! Mina or Storm! But then out comes Saraya! She tells everyone to shut up! Even the fans! She is so sick and tired of this, and of these girls! She didn’t come alone, b*tch! Well, she has Harley Cameron by her side, but wait! ANNA JAY sneaks in from the crowd! Anna drags Mina out to POST her! Saraya gets in to DECK Mariah while Harley drags Storm out to send her into barriers! The Outcasts and Anna clear the table and bring it around! They prop it up in a corner, go after Mariah, and Saraya reels her in.

But Storm gets in to SHOE ATTACK! SHOE for Harley, SHOE for Anna, GERMAN SUPLEX for Saraya! Saraya flounders around, Storm says kiss this! But Saraya moves, SWEET HIP MUSIC through the table!! The Outcasts have added a new member, and yet Mina has Mariah on the stage to stay safe. Has Mariah already made her choice? Or is it Mina making the choice for her?

 

Claudio Castagnoli speaks.

“Owen Hart Cup quarterfinals. Eight hopefuls vying to win the tournament, to get a shot at the AEW World Heavyweight Championship at All In in London. Now, as the ‘voice of reason,’ I would like to say that myself and Pac are the prime candidates for that spot at Wembley. Pac, I know we’ve had our differences, but I’m looking forward to stepping into the ring with you. Let’s not do this for selfish reasons. Let’s not do this for me, let’s not do this for you, let’s do it for all the fans in Europe and all the fans watching AEW at home. Let’s do it for something bigger. Pac, when you and me collide, let’s do it for wrestling.”

 

The Owen Hart Cup brackets are revealed!

We know tonight is Claudio VS Pac in the main event, but there will also be Bryan Danielson VS Shingo Takagi, Rey Fenix VS Jay White, and then Jeff Jarrett VS a wild card yet to be determined! And for the women, we have Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb, Deonna Purrazzo VS Hikaru Shida, Mariah May VS Saraya, and the match we have up next! Will the Galaxy’s Greatest or the Native Beast storm their way into the semifinals?

2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Nyla Rose!

Stokely Hathaway tells us to get on our feet and out of our seats, because every night is #StaturdayNight! But will Kris take her first step to getting in Willow’s way of a repeat? Or will Nyla be the hometown anti-hero Fairfax and the DC Metro area can believe in?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, then break. The fans rally for Nyla and that annoys Kris. The two tie up again, Kris stomps a foot then powers Nyla back. Nyla digs her heels in to push forward, but Kris knees low. Kris CHOPS Nyla, ROCKS her, then runs to RAM her, but Nyla stays up! The fans fire up and Nyla runs, to RAM and run Kris over! Kris kips up, then chest bumps Nyla. Nyla whips Kris to a corner! Nyla then stomps away on Kris but the ref counts. Nyla lets off at 4, but then digs her boot in! The ref counts again, Nyla lets off and “apologizes.” Nyla runs in, but only gets buckles!

Kris runs up but Nyla BOOTS her! Nyla runs to CROSSBODY! Nyla fires up, the fans are with her, but Kris bails out. Stokely checks on her but Kris gets up. Nyla stomps Kris’ foot! Nyla drags Kris onto the ropes, then goes up a corner. But Kris gets free to BLAST Nyla to the floor! The fans boo but Kris soaks it up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kris waits on Nyla while the ring count climbs, but Nyla rises up slowly. Stokely talks a lot of smack, but then Kris steps out to KICK Nyla back down! Kris CLUBS Nyla, SMACKS her off the steel steps, then mockingly says, “Oops.” Kris then BOOTS Nyla back down! Kris puts Nyla in the ring, then slingshots up and over to ELBOW DROP! Cover, but Nyla’s in the ropes. Kris hooks the legs as she covers, TWO! Nyla stays in this but Kris bumps her off buckles. Kris stomps away on Nyla in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Then she stomps Nyla all over again! The ref reprimands, Kris lets off, and then soaks up the heat.

Kris goes back for Nyla, CLUBS her, then brings her around. Nyla fires body shots in return, but Kris ROCKS Nyla! Kris fires more shots, but Nyla just gets mad! Kris apologizes, but Nyla storms up, so Kris drop toeholds her into buckles! Kris then drags Nyla up to run up and UPPERCUT! Kris brings Nyla around, CLUBS her down, then ROCKS her with forearms and a CHOP! Kris runs, CROSSBODIES, but Nyla catches her! Nyla pops Kris up but Kris slips free to CHOP BLOCK! And BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO! Kris is annoyed, but she rains down fists before clamping on a chinlock. Nyla endures and Dynamite returns to single picture.

The fans rally as Nyla fights up. Kris hops on as a backpack, but Nyla runs and RAMS Kris into buckles! Kris holds on, Nyla staggers, but she RAMS Kris into buckles again! Nyla is free, clotheslines, then whips corner to corner. Nyla runs to back body block, and LARIAT! The fans fire up and Nyla rises! Nyla runs in again, to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla fires up and the fans cheer. Nyla runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and Stokely is relieved, but Nyla drags Kris up again. Nyla reels Kris in, lifts, but Kris punches free of the bomb! Kris ROUNDHOUSES, then kicks a leg out!

Kris runs to SCISSOR KICK Nyla down! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and the fans rally up again! Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone, goes up the corner, and 450 FLOP as Nyla moves! Nyla CLOBBERS Kris, covers, TWO!! Kris survives and Nyla is furious! The fans rally up behind her, though, and Nyla goes up the corner now! But Kris ROCKS her first! Kris climbs up, Nyla shoves her down! Kris rises again, trips Nyla up, then goes side to side so she can BOOT Nyla! Kris drags Nyla off the corner, for a TOMBSTONE!! Cover, Kris wins!!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Stokely then calls out Willow! After what he and Kris did to Willow, they know she wants to beat their asses. But if Willow lays a finger on either of them, she’ll be pop-lockin’ in the same cell as Justin Timberlake. But then Willow gets Stokely’s attention on the tron! Willow says hi to Fairfax, and wishes everyone a Happy Juneteenth. Oh, and Stat… “Congrats” on the win. Kris is on to the second round. And in case they missed the brackets, but Willow has Deeb this Friday on Rampage in Fairfax. And when Willow wins and moves on to the second round, there will be no more running. Willow will get to whoop Kris’ ass!

And then Willow will be one more step closer to her goal of going on to Wembley Stadium. So see you Friday! Willow smiles, but will she pulverize the Professor of Professional Wrestling? Or will Serena’s test be too much even for last year’s Queen of Harts?

 

Backstage interview with Private Party.

Renee is with Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy, as well as their personal bouncer, Cheesecake, and brings up that last week, they made quite the impression on TV Time with Chris Jericho when they did some serious damage on The Learning Tree and his crew. Are they looking to take some of that momentum into their match with Komander & Metalik on Rampage? Quen says they’d be stupid if they didn’t. But if there’s one thing The Learning Tree learned, it’s that Private Party ain’t no joke. But speaking of Jericho, he says hi and steps in, waving to the camera. Big Bill & Bryan Keith are with Jericho, and he admits, Private Party did get the upper hand on them last week.

But they had to cheat to do it, didn’t they? But que sera sera, right? Jericho still wants to give his “branches” a lesson, and this week’s lesson is this: When facing luchadors like Jericho did as “Corazon De Leon (Lionheart)” all those years ago, as one of the biggest starts in Mexico’s history, Jericho always avoided the “martinete,” aka the piledriver. Whenever someone tried to use that, he said that doesn’t work for him, brother, and just didn’t do it. So keep that in mind! Thanks, guys! Thanks! Jericho leaves, Bill lets Private Party know they made “quite the first impression.” But not all first impressions are good.

Though, they are looking forward to the match with Private Party on Saturday Night Collision. Oh, and that match on Friday? They’ll be watching. Uh, appreciate that. Bryan says if these two cabrons want to tope conjilo, they better respect Jericho! Redwood and Bad Apple head out, and Kassidy says what they need to respect is the enda. Enda what? THE ENDA THIS- Quen stops Zay there. Back to you, Excalibur.

 

Daniel Garcia VS Rhett Titus!

While the International Champion has his eyes on Swerve, the chase after the International Championship continues for Red Death. Will Garcia prove himself worthy in time to step through the Forbidden Door? Or will he just have to wait on the other side to see Ospreay in the ring?

The bell rings, Rhett runs in and SPLASHES Garcia in the corner! Rhett fires off fast hands, stomps away, but the ref counts. Rhett lets off at 4, mocks the dance, then dismisses it with a wave. Rhett runs corner to corner, but Garcia gets up to SHOTGUN! Rhett falls back, the fans fire up, and Garcia gets Rhett up to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Garcia drags Rhett up for a second TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Then he gets Rhett up again, a third TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up for the hattrick, and Garcia reels Rhett into the GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Rhett flails, but he fades out! Garcia lifts Rhett up for the RED CROSS!! Cover, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall

Another big win for Garcia in the ring, but wait, Daddy Magic is getting jumped on commentary! The Gates of Agony are beating down Matthew Menard, and now Brian Cage & Hechicero are storming down the ramp at Garcia! Menard is thrown into the ring as a distraction, Cage & Hechi CLOBBER Garcia! La Jaula de la Agonía beats down on Garcia & Menard for what happened last Saturday on Collision! They get Garcia up, ROCK-A-BYE BOMB!! The fans boo but Liona CHOKES Garcia! But wait, here comes MJF! The Wolf of Wrestling was called out by Hechicero so he TACKLES Hechicero! And he CLAWS Cage’s eyes!

Kaun & Liona run up, MJF dodges, and then MJF asks them to take it easy. They storm up, into DOUBLE LOW BLOWS! The fans cheer as MJF pulls one over on the hole team! MJF stomps away on Hechicero but Cage GERMAN SUPLEXES him! Hechi clamps on and he beats down on MJF! Roll into the inverted RINGS OF SATURN! Hechi might break an arm tonight! MJF endures, the fans boo, but here comes WILL OSPREAY! The Aerial Assassin won’t let these bullies do what they want, and he fires off shots on Cage! Hechi lets MJF go as Ospreay BOOTS Cage! Ospreay fires hands on Hechi but Cage CLUBS Ospreay!

Cage & Hechi double whip but Ospreay handsprings to DOUBLE PELE! The fans are thunderous, and MJF rises up! MJF clotheslines Hechicero up and out while Ospreay does the same to Cage! The fans fire up, Ospreay and MJF back up but bump into each other! They turn around, see who it is, and they stare down. The fans lose their minds over this first time face to face! Garcia sits up to see what’s going on, and MJF gives a nod of respect. MJF leaves, and then Ospreay offers Garcia a hand. Garcia accepts and these two stand together. Will Garcia get his shot at that title Ospreay has right now? Or will Ospreay soon have two belts in his collection?

 

Backstage interview with Will Ospreay.

AEW returns as Renee catches up with Ospreay and asks what that stare down with MJF was about. Ospreay says he couldn’t give a crap about MJF, Ospreay went out there because he saw Garcia needed help. But then Brian Cage storms back here, security trying to slow him down! Ospreay dares The Machine to try it! How about Collision, then? Cage says yeah, and put that title on the line while you’re at it! Ospreay says alright then! Saturday Night Collision for the International Championship! Cage says he’ll kick Ospreay’s ass AND take his gold! The Machine backs down for now, and Ospreay says he’s a wanker.

Ospreay holds tight to his belt, and perhaps realizes his hot head got him into some trouble. But will Ospreay be able to survive a Collision with Cage to still bring his title to Long Island?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of Willow VS Deeb in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, we will see a TNT Championship ladder match qualifier as old friends Lio Rush and Action Andretti go 1v1! Both men are fast and furious personified, but who will be too fast for the other to stop?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

It is official! We are getting Ospreay VS Cage for the Intercontinental Championship! Will the Aerial Assassin be able to stop The Machine? Plus, after seeing The Bucks in their title eliminator match, Christopher Daniels has finally found someone for Kazuchika Okada to face! CMLL’s Ultimo Guerrero gets his shot at The Rainmaker, will he also be getting an AEW Continental Championship match out of it? Plus, MJF will be in Memphis, what will he have to say about his plans going forward?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Forbidden Door!

As the Owen Hart Cup tournament has some international flair, the match of AEW’s Bryan Danielson and NJPW’s Shingo Takagi will take place on Sunday, June 30th! Will the American Dragon be able to slay the Rampaging Dragon of Japan? Or will Takagi prove that #TOKIGAKITA, this is his time?

 

2024 Men’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: PAC VS Claudio Castagnoli!

The Bastard is in a foul mood, but the Swiss Superman said earlier tonight that this moment isn’t about either of them. Both men want to represent Europe in the tournament and go All In, but who is the one that takes a step closer to Wembley?

Meanwhile, Bryan Danielson has joined commentary to watch his friend and fellow Blackpool Combat Club member in action. They’re on the same side of the tournament bracket, so there is potential Bryan meets the winner of this match. Plus, Bryan just wants to see these two incredible wrestlers have it out. The bell rings and the two run in! Pac SHOTGUNS Claudio, then goes right up top! Claudio lost track of Pac but turns around, into the MISSILE DROPKICK! Claudio tumbles out of the ring, Pac hurries after him! Pac whips, Claudio stops himself, and Claudio ROCKS Pac! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS!

Claudio eggs Pac on, whips him, but Pac reverses! Claudio hits railing, and then Pac whips him into barriers! Claudio hobbles, Pac puts him in the ring, and then Pac climbs the corner again. MISSILE DROPKICK! Claudio tumbles, Pac goes to the near corner and climbs up again. But Claudio bails out this time, not wanting a third missile dropkick. Bryan says that’s smart, but Pac hops down to go out. Pac runs in around the way, but Claudio FLAPJACK UPPERCUTS him!! Fans lose their minds over that one, and even Bryan is fired up! Bryan says that is what you’re dealing with when you face Claudio, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Claudio drags Pac up, whips him hard into railing, then he winds up to run in. Claudio UPPERCUTS Pac against railing! Pac flops down, Claudio still hobbles with the pain in his hip, but Claudio feeds off the energy from Fairfax. Claudio brings Pac around but Pac fires body shots! Pac CHOPS, but Claudio seethes. Pac ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio FLAPJACKS Pac off the apron! Claudio shoves Pac into the ring, hobbles up to the corner and then climbs. Pac rises, turns around, and Claudio FLYING AX HANDLES! Down goes Pac and Claudio grits his teeth. Cover, ONE!! Pac is still in this but Claudio clamps on with a chinlock.

Claudio grinds Pac down, but Pac fights up to his feet. Pac fires body shots, only for Claudio to scoop and SLAM! Claudio runs, and DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Claudio stays on Pac with a cross between cravat and chinlock stretch. Pac endures, even as he’s twisted sideways, but the fans rally up. Pac fights around but Claudio HIP DROPS him. Claudio shakes out the bad leg, kicks at Pac, but Pac seethes. Dynamite returns to single picture. Claudio slaps Pac around, then scuffs him. Pac gets mad as he stands up, but Claudio fires a forearm. Pac gives it back, they go back and forth, but then Claudio shoves Pac away!

Claudio runs up but Pac BOOTS him! Claudio just comes back, only for Pac to dodge! Claudio POSTS himself, then tumbles out to the apron! Pac goes to the apron, runs up, and FLYING RANAS! The fans fire up while Claudio writhes. Pac goes up to mule kick from the apron! Then Pac TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULTS! The fans fire up as Bryan says that was pinpoint precision! Incredible stuff and the fans certainly love it! Pac refreshes the ring count, then aims again, ASAI- NO, Claudio catches Pac! But Pac swings to TORNADO DDT to the floor! Pac puts Claudio in and even Bryan is a bit worried for Claudio.

Pac goes up to the apron, and springboard ELBOW DROPS! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives and Pac sighs. The fans rally, Pac storms up on Claudio and gives those scuffing kicks and pie faces back. Pac eggs Claudio on, Claudio snarls and ROCKS him! Pac fires back, they go back and forth! Claudio fires fast hands, then an UPPERCUT! Pac goes to ropes, Claudio runs up, but Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! Claudio rises and roars! But Pac BOOTS him! And SOBATS! And front KICKS! And SUPERKICKS! Claudio falls, the fans fire up, and Pac makes sure Claudio is in the drop zone. Pac goes up top again, for the BLACK- NO, Pac bails out as Claudio moves!

Claudio UPPERCUTS Pac down!! Cover, TWO!!! Pac survives and shocks even Bryan! Bryan points out Claudio has finished matches with that level of uppercut, and yet Pac survives. But wait, Claudio gets Pac’s legs! Time for the SWING~! The fans fire up and count along, and Claudio goes around TEN times before he tosses Pac! Pac is dizzy, Claudio gets moving, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says you get so much power and speed from Claudio, and now he ties Pac’s arms up. RICOLA- NO, Pac slips free of the bomb and has a BRUTALIZER! Claudio is standing as he endures the hold, but he’s turning red!

Claudio kneels, but he refuses to give up! Claudio rises, reaches out, and Bryan says this is how much this means to him! Pac sunset flips, but Claudio rolls through! SHARPSHOOTER!! The fans are thunderous as Pac endures! Pac reaches out, but Claudio drags Pac away! Claudio sits deep on the hold, but the fans rally! Pac keeps moving, Claudio goes for the arm, CROSSFACE! Claudio rolls Pac away from ropes, even! Pac endures, even as Claudio pulls back! But Pac fights around, pushes this to a cover, TWO!! Claudio lets go in time, but Pac wheelbarrows, victory rolls, TWO!! Claudio escapes, UPPERCUTS but into a backslide!

Claudio fights that, so Pac inside cradles! TWO and Claudio has the cradle! TWO and Pac has it back! TWO!! They let go, Claudio goes for legs but Pac steps over! Pac tries a roll-up but Claudio steps around to sit down! TWO and Pac sunset flips! TWO and Claudio cradles, TWO! Ghost pin, PAC WINS!!

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

Even Bryan is shocked! The Swiss Superman gets snatched by a technical wrestling move and is disappointed in himself. So much so, that he rejects Pac’s handshake of respect! Bryan tries to tell Claudio that stuff like that happens, but Claudio says not to someone like him. The Bastard must now wait until Forbidden Door to know who he faces, what kind of dragon will he look to slay in the semifinals?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite with a lot of build in a lot of stories. For one, awesome match from MJF and Rush to open, and they really did keep it commercial free, there was not even one picture in picture break during that time. MJF of course wins, he’s on the return push. But I did find it intriguing that, since Tony Khan gave up on La Faccion Ingobernable, Don Callis has reached out on behalf of The Family. At the same time, great bit of the Don Callis Family being unsure about Ospreay after that great promo segment between Ospreay and Swerve. Swerve certainly does love making things “personal” in his feuds, I just hope for his sake, this isn’t the one time it backfires and he loses.

Now, Ospreay still has his hands full with the International Championship and is perhaps only making it harder on himself. He gets involved with helping Garcia against The Cage of Agony, instead of Dalton Castle which would’ve made sense from how Collision went. MJF also has his interest in Garcia so there’s some logic to him going out there, and everyone loved seeing Ospreay and MJF in the same ring together. Brian Cage sure isn’t winning the International Championship on Saturday but it’ll be a great match, and I’m still thinking Garcia gets his shot very soon. As I’ve said since Ospreay won the Forbidden Door title shot, they could easily make him do a double header and that’s why Ospreay goes 1-1. It’s just a question of: which title does he win and which does he lose?

Another week, another great promo from Mark Briscoe. And then that “All-Star 8 Man Tag” was a lot of fun, and I mean a lot of fun. Just chaotic enough and we got a great win for the Faces. Jack Perry getting involved right after was also good, and he of course picked on Dante Martin because Dante is not quite the scrapper as Mark Briscoe or Konosuke Takeshita are. Action and Lio for Rampage is going to be great stuff, but I’m pretty sure Lio wins as Action and Dante are teammates and AEW’s not gonna make teammates face each other like that. And we also got good interactions of Cassidy and ZSJ, that match is going to be a lot of fun, too.

Awesome stuff with The Bucks and Acclaimed. I especially liked Okada messing up the rap and then being a jerk about it. The match itself was awesome, it was like the titles were on the line already. And with Acclaimed winning here, I have a feeling they lose out in the title match, though surely with plenty of shenanigans to protect The Acclaimed while putting heat in The Bucks. It would also help in giving The Acclaimed reason to join Swerve against The Elite in the coming Blood & Guts match they teased a month in advance. Also, I like that a CMLL wrestler is getting their shot at Okada, that’s a nice opportunity for Ultimo Guerrero there.

Good promo segment from Private Party with Team Learning Tree, and I knew as soon as Private Party was on screen, we’d see Jericho show up. Good lines from Bill and Keith as usual, and Private Party is gonna be busy. They’re gonna have a great match with Metalik y Komander on Rampage, and they’ll have a very good match with Jericho & Bill on Collision. Just not sure who Private Party can find as a third man to take on the full Learning Tree team in a Six Man Tag as the blowoff. Really good promo segment from the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio to set up their Six Man Tag with the Premier Athletes, and I would think Joe, Hook & Shibata win rather handedly.

Good promo from Mercedes Mone, but doesn’t change my personal feeling of wanting her to lose just to pop her ego. But as I said before, Mone will win so that Stephanie Vaquer isn’t having to go all over the world. Great promo for the contract signing between Storm and Mina, but I feel like they’re forcing Mina to Heel it up since Storm is of course the fan favorite. Mina doesn’t need to be mean to Mariah to make this a tough choice for Mariah to choose between her mentors. Especially with The Outcasts showing up and recruiting Anna Jay to their side. That’ll be a very good Six Woman Tag, and I feel like Storm’s team will actually lose. Mariah is facing Saraya in the Owen Cup, so go-home math says Mariah loses to then win later. Plus, Mina and Storm can argue and put Mariah in the middle.

Then great Owen Cup matches tonight. Kris VS Nyla was really good, and a solid win for Kris. Good promo from Willow ahead of her own match, and yeah, we’re definitely getting Kris VS Willow in the semifinals, right? Great main event from Pac and Claudio, and I figured Pac would win, but it was a great sequence of pin attempts that really kept us guessing. And waiting on Bryan VS Takagi for Forbidden Door probably is for the best. It will certainly be the quarterfinal finale while we see Rey Fenix VS Jay White, as well as a wild card determined to defeat Jeff Jarrett. Pac VS Bryan is good for story, it creates tension between Bryan and Claudio since Claudio couldn’t beat Pac and will take offense to Bryan thinking he can. But Takagi is a lot of fun to watch…

My Score: 8.9/10


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