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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/29/22)

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AEW Double or Nothing 2022

Once again, AEW raises the stakes!

AEW brings Double or Nothing back to Las Vegas, so place your bets! Will Hangman Page be better than the Best in the World, CM Punk?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Buy-In – #Hookhausen VS Tony Nese & Mark Sterling; #Hoohkausen wins.
  • MJF VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins and terminates his contract with MJF.
  • The Young Bucks VS The Hardy Boyz; The Hardy Boyz win.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill VS Anna Jay; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Death Triangle; The House of Black wins.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Finals: Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; Cole wins.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Finals: Britt Baker VS Ruby Soho; Baker wins.
  • Mixed Trios: Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti VS The Men of the Year & Paige VanZant; MOTY & VanZant win, Kaz and Sammy CANNOT challenge Scorpio for the TNT Championship ever again.
  • Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly; Kyle wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Serena Deeb; Rosa wins and retains the title.
  • Anarchy in the Arena: Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz VS The Jericho Appreciation Society; The JAS wins.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Jurassic Express VS Team Taz VS Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland; Jurassic Express wins and retains the titles.
  • AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS CM Punk; Punk wins and becomes the new AEW World Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Buy-In – #Hookhausen VS Tony Nese & Mark Sterling!

Two of AEW’s most popular young stars were once at odds, but the Premier Athlete made them both his enemies out of jealousy and spite. And so, the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil and the Very Nice, Very Evil overlord join forces! Will Nese & Sterling regret ever wanting them to #SendHook? And to a lesser degree, Danhausen?

The teams sort out and fans are fired up as Hook starts against Nese. They circle, Nese is not taking Hook seriously but Vegas is roaring for Hook. Nese flexes on Hook, but Hook tackles him! Nese scrambles and Sterling regroups with him! Sterling says the ref needs to get control of Hook, this is ridiculous! But Danhausen tags in? Hook allows it, Nese laughs at Danhausen because of how he put him away under 15 seconds. Nese lets Danhausen have the headlock while fans are fired up, and then Nese powers out to run Danhausen over! Fans boo but things speed up. Danhausen hurdles, but Nese fakes out the drop. Danhausen avoids the elbow drop!

Danhausen then dodges the corner splash! And Nese staggers, into a CURSE! Fans fire up but Nese feels no such curse. Danhausen hurries to a corner and BOOTS Nese, then goes up to FLYING RANA! Nese flounders, Sterling tries to get in, but Danhausen uses a CURSE! Sterling falls on his face! Sterling scrambles out of the ring to check his nose. But Nese CLOBBERS Danhausen! Nese rains down fists while the fans boo but Nese soaks it all in. Nese drags Danhausen up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags Sterling in. Sterling stomps a mudhole into Danhausen but lets off to shimmy and shake. Sterling talks trash on Hook, but Hook just sticking a leg in scares him off.

Sterling tags Nese, Nese talks trash on Hook and kicks Danhausen. Nese whips Danhausen to a corner hard! Danhausen bounces off buckles and Nese flexes. Fans boo but Nese kicks Danhausen around. Nese has Danhausen in a corner, stomps him, then tags Sterling in. Fans rally for Danhausen but Sterling suplexes him up and over! Then he “runs” to drop a leg and miss! Tag to Nese, he DECKS Hook! Fans boo but Nese brings Danhausen up, Danhausen counters the haymaker into a spin and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hook is back, too! Danhausen crawls, avoids Nese’s grip, hot tag to Hook!

Sterling runs away to leave Nese hanging! Hook throws Nese with an uchimada! Then a HARD corner clothesline, into a TAZ PLEX! Sterling tags in?! He defends it was just an encouraging pat on the back, but Hook TOSSES Sterling into the ring! Sterling writhes, but Nese rushes in to waistlock! Hook switches, Nese tries to turn things around but Hook gut wrenches for the EL CAMINO! Hook then catches Sterling for a TAZ PLEX! Fans fire up, Hook drags Sterling back up, and slashes the throat! But Danhausen wants in? Fans want it, too! Hook shrugs and tags Danhausen in! Danhausen fires up, to cover! HOOKHAUSEN WINS!

Winner: #Hookhausen, by pinfall

And they fist bump to celebrate! Is this the beginning of a journey to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

MJF VS Wardlow!

Try as he might, Maxwell Jacob Friedman could not keep the War Dog down under his thumb. And he couldn’t keep this match from happening, either! But can he find a way to keep Wardlow under contract and absolutely ruin the rest of his life? Or will Wardlow prove MJF isn’t better than anyone else so that the whole world knows it?

Wardlow is escorted from the holding cell and to the ring. Fans chant for “WARD~LOW,” and they tell MJF he F’d up big time! Fans erupt as soon as Wardlow walks out on stage and down the ramp. The cuffs are undone, the chanting echoes throughout the arena, and MJF bails out as soon as Wardlow steps in the ring. MJF wants Wardlow backed off so the ref has Wardlow step away. Fans want Wardlow to “F HIM UP!” in reference to MJF. MJF gets annoyed, but he gets in the ring. The bell rings, and MJF bails right back out. Fans boo but MJF just soaks up the heat. Wardlow stays cool as MJF paces around with the ring count.

MJF tells Wardlow to back off, and he does. Fans taunt MJF with, “HE SHOWED UP!” in reference to MJF apparently not doing his meet ‘n’ greets. Wardlow argues with the ref and MJF rushes in! MJF cheap shots Wardlow, but he doesn’t budge! Wardlow then reels MJF in! MJF scrambles away and fans boo. MJF tells Vegas to shut up, but then he says this is happening on his time. Wardlow goes out after MJF but MJF gets back in the ring to soak up the heat. MJF then dodges Wardlow again, except Wardlow drags him up to the apron! MJF shoulders in, slingshot sunsets, but he can’t bring Wardlow down!

Wardlow drags MJF up to reel him in! Bot MJF BITES Wardlow on the top of his head! MJF throws a forearm, then another, but Wardlow just flexes on him. So MJF pokes Wardlow in the eye! The ref reprimands but MJF doesn’t care. MJF headlocks, only for Wardlow to power up. MJF ducks and dodges, rolls under the boot, and waistlocks. Fans chant, “MJF, F U!” but Wardlow bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, MJF drops then jumps, but Wardlow catches him! MJF hurries to RANA out of the bomb! Cover, TWO! MJF suddenly clutches his leg! Wardlow doesn’t trust that MJF’s leg is actually hurting, and neither do the fans.

The ref still has to be sure, and we all catch MJF digging the Dynamite Diamond Ring out of his trunks! MJF looks up and realizes he’s been caught. The ref takes the ring away and pats MJF on the shoulder! MJF realizes he’s dead and he begs for mercy! MJF says no one wants to see him get hurt, but fans chant, “YES WE DO!” MJF says he’ll double Wardlow’s pay! No, TRIPLE! Wait, wait, QUADRUPLE! Hmm… Wardlow shakes on it, but that’s to trick MJF. Wardlow won’t let MJF go, and he smiles. Wardlow kicks low, reels MJF in, and fans are thunderous! POWERBOMB!! Fans are loving this but we all want that “ONE MORE TIME!”

Wardlow conducts the crowd and obliges, he gets MJF up again! POWERBOMB!! But the symphony has only begun and Wardlow is feeling it! He gets MJF back up again, for a POWERBOMB!! That’s three, but we still need the quartet! Wardlow gets MJF up, for the POWERBOMB! Roll right back up, a FIFTH POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow lets off?! Everyone is enjoying the karma being dealt out to MJF! Wardlow says here’s one more! Fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” and POWERBOMB NUMBER SIX!! Well, is half a dozen enough? Fans are chanting “TEN! TEN! TEN!” Wardlow gets MJF up again and LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN here in Vegas!

Wardlow takes in a deep breath, this is cathartic! And y’know what? He agrees, let’s go to 10! Wardlow brings MJF up, POWERBOMB NUMBER EIGHT! NUMBER NINE!! The straps come down for NUMBER TEN!!! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (freed from his contract with MJF)

FREEDOM! “WARD~LOW” has literally thrown MJF away and is now free to sign directly with AEW! As for MJF, medics get a neck brace, backboard and stretcher to get him out of here. Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” at MJF, has Wardlow not only rid himself but all of AEW of the Scourge of the Earth?

Tony Schiavone interviews Wardlow on the stage, and he reports that Tony Khan has made Wardlow ALL ELITE! Wardlow loves seeing the graphic, as do the fans! And they chant again, “You Deserve It!” in a positive light. Now that we have #AllEliteWardlow, will we also see Wardlow become a champion?

 

The Young Bucks VS The Hardy Boyz!

Two tag teams that defined their generations, two tag teams that redefined tag team wrestling, and perhaps the top two tag teams ever! Matt & Nick Jackson, Matt & Jeff Hardy, Elite VS Delete, but who gets to say Vivaaa~ Las Vegas?

Fans are fired up as the teams stare down. The teams sort out and Matt Hardy says “DELETE!” Matt Jackson says “ELITE!” “DELETE!” “ELITE!” They push each other, say their catchphrases, and then they tie up. Hardy wrenches, wristlocks, but Jackson rolls, kips up and breaks to dropkick! Fans fire up as Jackson soaks up the heat. Nick says that was too easy for his Matt. The Matts tie up again, Hardy wrenches but Jackson hammerlocks. Hardy reaches down to trip Jackson but Jackson kicks Hardy into the corner. Hardy comes back into a leg sweep, cover, ONE! Hardy sweeps now, cover, ONE!

Jackson gets in Hardy’s face and points to the imaginary watch, saying time’s up for the Hardys! Fans rally and duel, Hardy and Jackson tie up. Jackson gets around to waistlock but Hardy backs him into the corner. Hardy throws back elbows, then tag to Jeff! The Hardys double whip but Jackson avoids the double back elbows, and he power walks to tag in Nick. Nick and Jeff circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Hardy headlocks but Nick powers out, only for Jeff to run him over! Jeff does his dance, but Nick kips up! Nick stares Jeff down, kicks low, then headlocks back. Jeff powers out, Nick runs him over, and does his own Jeff dance!

Fans boo, but Jeff trips Nick, then DECKS him! And CLOBBERS him! Nick bails out but Matt joins Jeff in mocking the Bucks Flex! Nick gets in, but he trips on the rope! Then the Hardys double clothesline Nick back out! Matt Jackson gets in but the Hardys are right on him. They double whip, double back elbow, then FIST DROP SENTON COMBO! Fans fire up for the Hardys while Nick & Matt regroup. Brandon Cutler is there while the Bucks talk strategy. Matt Hardy calls Nick out with “YOU SUCK!” Nick gets in but the fans start chanting for Cutler! Nick is pissed and he shoves Cutler for making this about him!

Fans boo and Nick gets in to SLAP Hardy! Tag to Matt and he shoulders into Matt. Jackson slingshots up and over but Hardy CLOBBERS him! Hardy kicks low, snap suplexes, then tags in Jeff. Nick runs in but the Hardys get him for a DOUBLE GOURD BUSTER onto Matt Jackson! The Hardys then double whip, set up, but Nick saves his brother from Poetry in Motion and GAMANGIRIS Jeff outta the air! Matt Hardy rushes Matt Jackson but gets a back elbow! Jackson goes up but Hardy CLUBS him on the back! Hardy brings Jackson out in a crucifix but Nick SUPERKICKS Hardy down! Fans are torn but the Bucks soak up all of it.

Nick drags Jeff up from the outside and puts him in. Jackson stomps Jeff while Nick tries to get fans to chant, “That was Awesome!” Fans do chant along, and Matt stomps Jeff more. Matt Jackson gets Jeff up, and he uses Jeff’s hands to tell Matt Hardy, “SUCK IT!” Jackson bumps Jeff off the buckle and Jeff falls back. Tag to Nick, SLINGSHOT SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Nick taunts Matt with some shimmies, then he scrapes his soles off Jeff’s face. Fans fire up, Nick bumps Jeff off buckles and tags his Matt back in. The Bucks double whip, Jeff ducks to come back and DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Jeff crawls, but Cutler trips Matt Hardy up!

Fans boo Cutler now but Nick applauds and gives thumbs up. Nick stomps Jeff, drags him up, and whips him to the corner. Jeff reverses, Nick reverses back and ROCKS Jeff! Nick pie faces, goes up the corner, WHISPER IN THE WIND FLOPS as Jeff moves! Jeff goes up, steadies himself a moment, then shows Nick how to WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up again and rally as they crawl for their corners. The standing count is climbing, hot tag to Matt Hardy! Hardy rallies on Nick, whips him to ropes, then DECKS him! Hardy gives Nick “DELETE!” buckle bumps over and over!

Matt Jackson rushes in but Hardy gets him for forearm after forearm! Then he gives Jackson “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Cutler gets up, HE gets “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Cutler flops to the floor, SIDE EFFECT for Nick! Cover, TWO!! Hardy shrugs that off, he wants the Twist! Hardy kicks low but Nick shoves him away, and Matt Jackson holds ropes to dump Hardy out! Nick then goes to the apron, PENALTY KICK! The Bucks dare Jeff to bring it, and Jeff flips them off! Nick shoulders in, then slingshots, FACEBUSTER! Handspring MOONSAULT, but Hardy dodges to CLOBBER Nick! Jackson WRECKS Hardy, skins the cat, but Jeff dropkicks him!

Jeff lines up a shot on the apron, but Nick SJUPERKICKS him down! Jeff still falls on both Matts! Fans fire up and Jackson gets the Hardys both up. Nick goes up a corner, fans fire up again, SUPER CANNONBALL onto the Hardys! Fans fire up and the Bucks get Matt Hardy back in. Nick grins as he looms over Hardy and rains down fists! Nick then snarls, but Hardy eggs him on! SHINING WIZARD! Tag to Matt Jackson, he drags Matt Hardy over and Nick climbs. RISKY BUSINESS! Cover, TWO! Jackson says okay, if the moonsault and splash won’t do it, how about this? Jackson slaps Hardy around, then reels him in.

Hardy fights to switch, Jackson switches back but Hardy backs Jackson into the corner. Nick runs in, Hardy moves so the SHINING WIZARD hits Matt Jackson! Nick realizes the booboo, but he hurries back to the apron. But Hardy dodges again, PENALTY KICK hits Cutler! Fans fire up, Nick realizes the second booboo, but he runs into a back drop! Jeff is back up, he LEAPS and CLOBBERS Nick! Hardy catches Jackson for an APRON SIDE EFFECT! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! The Hardys regroup while the ring count starts. Matt Hardy gets Matt Jackson back in and Jeff goes to their corner.

Jeff tags in, the Hardys double whip Jackson, set up and somehow, someway, POETRY IN MOTION! Direct hit and Jeff drags himself to the outside. Jeff goes up, Matt sets up, but no Twist! Matt Jackson trips and CATAPULTS Matt Hardy into Jeff! Then Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP Matt Hardy across Matt Jackson’s knees! Matt Jackson gets up top with Jeff, but Jeff JAWBREAKERS! Matt Jackson falls, Jeff throws off his shirt! Fans fire up again, SWANTON FLOP! Matt Jackson hauls Jeff up, to STEAL the TWIST OF FATE! Nick STEALS the SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? WHAT!?!?

Fans are thunderous again, “This is Awesome!” and they truly mean it here. The Bucks drag Jeff up and have his arms. B T E- NO! Jeff ducks and knees hit each other! DOUBLE JAWBREAKERS! But the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK back! DOUBLE SUPERKICK for Matt Hardy, too! Fans are thunderous again and Matt Hardy tries to get his brother up. The Hardys slowly rise, but the Bucks SUPERKICK them over and over and over and over and over!! Fans fire up as the Bucks raise their hands! But the Hardys are getting back up? The Bucks tell them to stay down, Matt SPITS at Nick, Jeff flips off and SPITS at Matt!

DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Matt Hardy! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Jeff Hardy! Double covers, TWO!?!?! Vegas is electric while the Bucks are shocked! Cutler moves steel steps around for the Bucks, and they put it up on its side! Jeff probably remembers this from his match with Darby Allin not all that long ago. Matt Jackson SMACKS Jeff off them, then hauls him onto the steps. Matt climbs up with Jeff, Nick aims from the corner?! Fans are freaking out but Jeff fights Matt Jackson and Matt Hardy has Nick! Crucifix for the RAZOR’S EDGE!! Jeff SLAMS Matt Jackson on the steps and CLUBS him! Fans fire up as Matt Hardy fires down hands and Jeff climbs up!

Hardy DECKS Cutler to keep him away! Jeff aims at those steps, FULL METAL SWANTON!! TWIST OF FATE for Nick!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and no one can believe it! Nick staggers around, into another TWIST OF- NO! Backslide counter, TWO!! SIDE EFFECT!! Then another TWIST OF FATE!! Jeff tags in and he goes up again! Fans are all standing for this one! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Hardys win!!

Winners: The Hardy Boyz, by pinfall

Jeff celebrates with the fans, then returns to celebrate with his brother! The Hardys are now, then and once again the best tag team, but will they be able to cement this legacy with some gold?

 

The Acclaimed Gunn Club have fun in Las Vegas!

Viva Las Vegas, the Acclaimed have arrived! And also the Gunn Club, don’t forget. Right, right, of course. ASS~ BOYS! Guys, c’mon. But hey, everyone’s jacked. They’ll document everything so Daddy can watch it back later. They’ll scissor everybody on that strip!

Billy Gunn returns later that day and finds them all passed out in their room. And the bathroom. The Ass Boys are disappointment but the Acclaimed are just hilariously adorable. Bowens is throwing up the scissors in his sleep? Billy tucks Caster in, quickly scissors Bowens, and hopes they sleep well.

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill VS Anna Jay!

The inaugural TBS Champion is still undefeated at 31-0, and the Queenslayer is already among that number. But will Number 99’s second try be the one that gets it done? Or will the Star of the Show just be another guest star on #ThatBitchShow?

But speaking of shows, Vegas showgirls accompany Jade during her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with the Baddies looking on, who proves they’re the baddest in AEW?

Fans rally up and the two tie up right away. Jade puts Jay in the corner, lets off, then knees her low. Jade whips corner to corner, run sin but Jay BOOTS her! Jay goes up, leaps, but Jade catches her! Jade scoops, Jay slips off and waistlocks but Jade bucks that. But Jay catches Jade for a sleeper! Jade back suplexes before the Queenslayer hold can lock in, but Jay turns for a CROSSBODY! Jay doesn’t cover, she runs and leaps, but Jade catches her! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up! Jade EuroUppers and kicks Jay, to then snap suplex! Jade kips up again, then CLOBBERS Jay!

Fans rally, Jade goes up the corner to the very top, and she AX HANDLES Jay down! Jade toys with Jay, then goes to another corner. Jade climbs again, Jay gets away to the far corner. Jade changes her mind, gets in and kicks Jay again. Jade uppercuts, lines up her shot, and dribbles in to back elbow! Jade then shoves Jay down, goes up the corner, but Jay trips Jade up! Jay ROCKS Jade, goes up and brings Jade up, SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both women are down, and the Baddies grow worried! Jade and Jay stir, fans rally up, and Jay drags herself up the ropes. Jay is in the corner, Jade runs in but into an elbow!

Jay BOOTS Jade, dodges Jade then HEEL KICKS! Jay runs but Jade rushes at her. Jay dodges to LARIAT but Jade stays up! Fans fire up, Jay runs in at the corner, but Jade puts her on the apron. Jade swings but misses, Jay HOOK KICKS! Jay pushes Jade, climbs up the corner, and leaps for a BLOCKBUSTER! Jade bails out to slow this down, but Jay pursues! Jade kicks low, but Jay shoves Jade into steps! Jade gets back in the ring, the ref is busy checking her, and the Baddies attack! But Jay kicks Kiera Hogan, then she kicks Red Velvet! Jay reels them in for DOUBLE DDTs to the floor! The Baddies are down, Jay fires up, and she gets in, but into a BOOT!

Jade drags Jay up, hooks her up, JADE- NO! Victory roll, TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Both women are down and fans fire up again! But wait! Here comes Mark Sterling! He’s still sore from losing to #Hookhausen, but he won’t let another of his clients down! Sterling complains to the ref, but he slides his crutch into the ring! Only for Jay to grab it first! Jay JAMS Jade, then uses it for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Crutch goes bye, Jay covers, TWO!! Jade survives Sterling’s mistake and he is freaking out! But here comes JOHN SILVER! The Meatman gets Sterling with a kick and BRAINBUSTER to the floor!!

Fans fire up as Silver evens things with Sterling, but Jade gets Jay with an EYE OF THE STORM! Cover, TWO!?! Jay survives but Jade drags her up! Chicken wings for the JAD- NO! Another victory roll, and Jay sweeps the legs! QUEENSLAYER CLUTCH!! The Baddies are freaking out, the fans are thunderous, and Jade fights up to her feet! Jay holds on tight but Jade RAMS her into buckles! Jade is free, runs in, but Jay dodges! Jade hits buckles, fans fire up and duel, and Jay climbs! Jade hurries to spin Jay around on the ropes! Jade goes up after Jay, they throw elbows at each other, and now MALCOLM BIVENS/STOKELY HATHAWAY appears?!

Fans are going nuts but Jay can’t believe how many people Jade has on her side! Jay and Jade keep throwing elbows, and Jade gets those chicken wings! SUPER JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

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

What a stacked deck! Hathaway gets in to celebrate with The Baddies, Jade is 32-0!! But they set Jay up to teach her a lesson! Wait, here comes KRIS STATLANDER! Fans fire up as Kris stares all the Baddies down! Especially Red Velvet. And that’s not all! Here comes ATHENA!!! Formerly Ember Moon, the now #FallenGoddess is now in AEW! She stands alongside Jay and Kris against The Baddies and fans are going nuts all over again! Hathaway advises the Baddies to let this go for now, but somewhere, someway, this is going down! Who will be the one to finally give Jade Cargill that first loss?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Death Triangle!

Malakai Black has slowly but surely spread his influence in AEW, and has brought in Brody King and Buddy Matthews to reinforce their message. But PAC, Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix are standing up to their intimidation because they have #CeroMiedo! Will the fearless trio take control of the darkness? Or will the House always win when it’s Double or Nothing?

The House of Black has war paint, but Death Triangle comes prepared! Pac has his own hybrid mask, and Lil’ Penta sees the team off with Alex Abrahantes. The trios are tense but they still sort out, and it’s Fenix to start against Malakai himself. Fans chant for “CERO! MIEDO!” as Fenix and Malakai circle. They tie up, and Malakai wrenches. Fenix wrenches, Malakai wrenches, but Fenix wrenches back. Malakai wrenches again but Fenix breaks free. They knuckle lock, Malakai kicks low and whips Fenix, but Fenix handsprings against ropes! Fenix swings a haymaker but Malakai ducks to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! But Fenix lands on his feet!

Fenix gets Malakai up, but Malakai blocks the haymaker to fire off a strike fest! But Fenix gets around to waistlock. Malakai switches, shoves, but Fenix RANAS! Fans rally for “LUCHA LIBRE!” as Fenix dodges to tiger feint and rewind, HEEL KICK misses as Malakai ducks! But Fenix sits down to avoid the Black Mass in time! Fenix crosses his legs as he stares Malakai down! So Malakai sits with him! Fans are fired up and then both men kip up! Malakai knees low, gets a wristlock, tag to Buddy. Buddy goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS but to Malakai’s arm as Fenix turns things around on them! Fenix pushes Buddy to the corner, but Buddy BOOTS him!

Buddy elbows Pac down but Penta ducks! Buddy goes up and over as Fenix runs in, but he turns around into a SUPERKICK! Tag to Penta, and Penta dodges and ducks, only to be sent out. Buddy runs but stops himself as Penta slithers in! Buddy says no no, and mocks Cero Miedo! Fans boo, Buddy blocks Penta’s chop and fires off his own strike fest! Foot stomp, but Penta avoids the knee! Penta mule kicks, KICKS, but Buddy ducks the roundhouse! Buddy back suplexes but Penta lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! Tag to Pac, Penta RANAS Buddy out! Then Penta hears Buddy coming, and gets right in his face!

Fans fire up as the two stare down, and Penta shouts, “CERO! MIEDO!” Then Pac SHOTGUNS Buddy! Buddy tags Brody and fans are fired up! Pac fires forearms but Brody DECKS Pac! Brody drags Pac up, ROCKS him with a right and has him in a corner. Brody CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Brody runs in but Pac BOOTS him! Pac goes up, but Brody SHOVES him down! Brody DECKS Penta, Fenix springboards in but Brody DECKS him outta the air! Death Triangle regroups and Brody builds speed?! Only for Death Triangle to all get in! The House reinforces Brody, fans are thunderous, and the brawl is on!!

Buddy throws Penta out, Malakai throws Fenix out and Brody CLUBS Pac down! Buddy whips but Penta reverses and Buddy hits railing! Brody & Malakai double whip Pac at the corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Pac dodges Malakai to whip back at Brody! Malakai slides under Brody and Brody runs in, but Pac gets out of the way. Malakai ROCKS Pac, but Pac still dodges Brody! Brody comes back to CLOBBER Pac! Fenix FLYING ARM-DRAGS and DOUBLE STOMPS Brody! Malakai fires off a strike fest on Fenix, step-up ELBOW! Penta runs in, springboard SLINGBLADES! Buddy is up top, METEORA!

Pac returns, he sobats, KICKS and SOBATS again, only to run into a BOOT! Buddy runs in, Pac bypasses to POISON-RANA!! Pac keeps moving, LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as all six men are down!! They cheer for “A E DUB!” Brody returns, he stalks Pac, but Pac throws body shots. Brody shoves Pac and gets him for a SCRAPBUSTER! Brody drags Pac back up, and CHOPS him back down! Tag to Malakai and they mug Pac. Malakai hauls Pac back up, KICKS him to the corner, then snapmares him into a chinlock. Pac endures as Malakai squeezes tight. Fans rally, Pac fights up, but Brody tags in. Pac arm-drags Malakai but Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Pac, Brody runs Pac over!

Buddy tags in then aims from the apron, slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Buddy JAMS Pac with a knee, tags to Brody, and they bump Pac off buckles. Brody runs in to SPLASH Pac! Fans bark it up with Brody and he roars as he goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL! But he only gets buckles as Pac moves! Fans fire up, Pac crawls, but the House rushes in! Hot tag to Fenix and he starts firing off CHOPS! The House mugs Fenix but Fenix shoves Malakai into Buddy! Then Fenix hoists Malakai up onto Buddy’s shoulders, and he mule kicks the legs out! Buddy BOMBS Malakai! Penta gets in, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK, then uno, dos, tres! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

The Lucha Brothers say “CERO! MIEDO!” They DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO onto Brody & Malakai! The brothers get Brody in and “This is Awesome!” Death Triangle coordinate, Penta wheelbarrows with Fenix, VICTORY ROLL SPLASH while Pac MOONSAULTS! Double cover, TWO!!! Brody survives but Death Triangle just regroups. Fenix fires up, “ANIMO!” Fans fire up with Fenix, and he brings Brody up. Fans rally but Brody throws body shots! Brody shoves, but Fenix comes back, step-up dropkick! Buddy rushes in but is sent back out! Fenix DIVES, but Buddy withstands it to suplex Fenix to the floor! FOSBURY FLOP from Pac!

Malakai MOONSAULTS Pac! Penta FLIES onto Malakai!! Fans are thunderous but there’s still Brody! They cheer Brody on and he figures what the hell! Brody builds speed, and FLIES! He clips apron but still hits Buddy, Pac and Penta! Brody puts Fenix in, the House regroups! Brody ROCKS Fenix, Malakai ELBOWS him, Buddy TOSSES Fenix into the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, but Penta and Pac barrel in to break it up! Brody tags Malakai, fans hope these trios “FIGHT FOREVER!” But it has to end somehow, and the House of Black all suplex the Death Triangle, only for the Death Triangle to escape each one!

Death Triangle shoves the House into itself, then everyone takes a corner! BOOTS for Malakai from Pac! GAMANGIRI for Brody from Penta! SOBAT for Buddy from Fenix! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Buddy! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from Brody! Pac tags in, TRIPLE SUPERKICKS take Brody out! Malakai staggers, into a sobat! Pac suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Buddy breaks it! Penta grabs Buddy but Buddy throws Penta out. And he throws Fenix out! Buddy goes out to the apron and brawls with Fenix. Buddy shoves Fenix into Penta, and then Fenix staggers. Buddy reels Fenix in, but Penta uses Fenix as a step to get an APRON DESTROYER!!

Fans lose their minds as Buddy goes down! Fenix fires off forearms on Brody but Brody ROCKS Fenix! Fenix KICKS Brody, Penta drags Brody out along the apron! Fenix goes up, FLYING DOUBLE STOMP DDT to the floor!! Malakai is all alone with Death Triangle! He eggs them on, blocks Penta’s kick but not Pac’s SUPERKICK! Or Fenix’s SUPERKICK! Penta is free and he SUPERKICKS Malakai down! Death Triangle says they’ll end this now! Fenix and Pac go up top on corners, Penta has Malakai all tucked in. “CERO! MIEDO!” But Malakai escapes, BLACK MASS for Penta! Fenix leaps, tiger feints, into BLACK MASS!!

Pac swings, misses, ducks Black Mass and ENZIGURIS! Malakai is down in the drop zone and fans fire up! Pac goes up top, but Buddy hurries in! Pac avoids Buddy to GAMANGIRI him down! 450 over Buddy to hit Malakai! But Buddy whips Pac, only for Pac to slide, get around, SNAP GERMAN! Pac tosses Buddy onto Brody! But Malakai aims at Pac! Waistlock, but Pac switches to SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up and Alex wants this to finish! But the ref is busy with Alex. Pac LOW BLOWS Malakai while the ref isn’t looking! Pac says this is for that misting! But wait! The lights go out!! Is another member of the House here? JULIA HART!! SHE MISTS PAC!!!

Alex is freaking out, BLACK MASS hits Pac! Cover, House of Black wins!!!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

Julia Hart shows her true colors! The darkness in her heart has taken over, and she tips things in favor of the House! Will their influence only spread until all of AEW is theirs?

 

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Finals: Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!

When this tournament began, the Undisputed Elite promised one of them would take this tournament’s cup, and as it stands, the Panama City Playboy is poised to fulfill that prophecy. But will the Samoan Submission Machine prove them oh so wrong? Or will the first name on that trophy read, “Adam Cole BAYBAY”?

The bell rings and fans rally and duel already. Cole and Joe circle, tie up, and Joe wrenches and wristlocks. Cole rolls, rolls, but Joe gets away. Fans chant for “OWEN! OWEN!” the man we honor with this tournament. Joe and Cole tie up again, and Joe puts Cole in a corner. The ref counts, Joe lets off slowly, and Cole tries to bring Joe into the ropes! Joe gets away and he stares Cole down. Cole comes back, he and Joe circle again. They feel things out, Cole calling for a test of strength. Joe reaches, Cole gets the hand but Joe JABS! And JABS! And JABS! Joe JABS over and over in the corner and fans fire up!

Joe lets off the jabs to CHOP! Cole staggers to another corner but Joe HEADBUTTS! “Joe is gonna kill~ you” and Joe bumps Cole off buckles. Joe whips corner to corner, back elbows then PELES! Fans fire up but Joe works on keeping his bad arm loose. Joe drags Cole up, EuroUppers him down, then looms over Cole. “C’mon, BAYBAY!” Joe JABS, Cole throws a body shot. Joe headbutts but Cole throws more body shots! Cole forearms, runs, but into a BIG elbow! Cole bails out and Joe pursues. Joe CHOPS Cole, follows him to the corner, and CHOPS him again! Joe gets space and fans fire up, Joe runs back in, into a SUPERKICK!

Cole hurries to get Joe up and POST him, bad arm first! The ring count climbs but Cole hauls Joe up to POST him! Cole refreshes the ring count, he goes around and follows Joe to the ramp side. Cole puts Joe in, then throws crossface forearms! Cole puts Joe on the ropes and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Cole lets off and soaks up the cheers and jeers. Cole goes back to throw a forearm but Joe CHOPS! And CHOPS! And JABS and JABS! But Cole kicks the bad arm! Cole wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Cole lets off at 4. Cole drags Joe up and he goes after the bad arm with a top wristlock.

Joe endures, fans rally and duel, and Joe fights up. Cole talks trash but Joe throws hands to get free, but Cole hits an ARMBAR DDT! Cole goes to a corner and climbs up the ropes. Joe stands, Cole leaps, but Joe blocks the Panama Sunrise to tie up the knees, DOUBLE KNEE BUSTER! Fans rally as Cole bails out. Joe grabs at Cole but Cole PELES Joe away! Cole runs in at the corner, URENAGE! Joe sat Cole down, but he leans against the ropes. Cole drags himself away, Joe stalks him to JAB, JAB, JAB! Joe whips, and atomic drops to then BOOT Cole down, and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Cole survives and Joe is frustrated with his bad arm.

Joe drags Cole up, reels him in, but Cole wrenches out to ROCK Joe! Cole runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Joe grits his teeth and works on getting his bad arm moving. Joe drags Cole up and reels him in, then lifts him up to the Canadian Rack! Cole slips free and PELES Joe down! Cole throws forearms, runs, and kicks Joe’s back drop away! BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Cole clamps on a CROSSFACE! Joe reaches back, and gets his feet under the ropes, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Cole lets off at 4. Cole stomps Joe, then aims. SUPER- NO! Joe blocks, tucks Cole in, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, into an STF!

Cole endures as Joe has him down! Cole reaches for ropes, Joe gets that far arm, modified RINGS OF SATURN! Joe uses his good arm to keep the hold, but Cole kicks with his legs! ROPEBREAK! Joe lets go and fans rally up. But wait, here comes Bobby Fish! Joe goes after Fish while the ref is busy with Cole, Fish HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Cole BOOTS Joe, then brings down the kneepad! Cole runs, but Joe ducks the Boom! COQUINA CLUTCH!! Cole fades but Fish gets up, Joe DECKS him! Joe CHOPS Cole down! Joe snarls, he gets Cole up but Cole mule kicks the arm! Then SUPERKICKS Joe! Joe roars, SUPERKICK! Joe still roars, SUPERKICK! THE BOOM!! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (Inaugural Men’s Owen Hart Winner)

Cole’s prophecy comes true, but with some help from an Undisputed Elite ally. Who wins the women’s tournament to join Cole in the winner ceremony later tonight?

 

Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Finals: Britt Baker VS Ruby Soho!

The Doctor has already been AEW Women’s World Champion, but the Runaway is practically starving for something to hang her hat on. Will the trophy read “D M D” as Britt joins her boyfriend, Adam Cole? Or will Ruby’s Destination Unknown be her name in the history books?

Both Britt and Ruby get live music played for their entrances, but while Britt has one guitarist, Ruby has the entire band of Rancid! The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally and duel, they tie up, and Britt pushes Ruby back to a corner. The ref counts, Britt lets off but pie faces Ruby. Ruby shrugs that off and resets. They tie up again, Britt wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but Ruby reaches around. Britt snapmares Ruby, covers, ONE! Fans rally as the two circle again. Ruby and Britt tie up with knuckle locks, Britt drops to wrench and wrangle Ruby. Fans duel, Britt digs a knee into Ruby’s head, but Ruby kips up to wrench and cording hold!

Britt pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Britt wrenches, Ruby wrenches, but Britt throws a forearm! Ruby holds the wrist, even as Britt tries to break free. Britt ROCKS Ruby, but Ruby still holds on to wrench again! Britt CHOPS, Ruby yanks the arm! Britt tries for ropes, but she puts Ruby in a corner. Ruby holds on, even as Britt fires forearms! Ruby refuses to let go! Britt keeps trying, pulls hair and whips free to then kitchen sink knee! Britt pushes Ruby down to cover, TWO! Britt brings Ruby up, ROCKS her again, then brings Ruby around to whip Ruby to the corner. Fans rally, Britt stomps Ruby, then brings her out.

Britt spells out DMD, ROCKS Ruby, then whips her in again. Ruby goes up and leaps to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Ruby starts rallying with lariats, then she blocks a kick to KNEE Britt down! Britt bails out, Ruby goes out to APRON MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up but Ruby clutches her ribs. Ruby may have gone double-edged but she gets Britt up. Britt ROCKS Ruby then RAMS her into railing! Britt brings Ruby out, but Ruby snap suplexes Britt! Ruby drags Britt up, puts her in and climbs up the corner. Britt hurries but Ruby ROCKS Britt! And again! Ruby adjusts, but Britt trips her up! Ruby ends up stuck on the top rope!

Britt turns Ruby over to YANK her down off the corner! Britt stomps away, rains down forearms, but fans boo. The ref counts, Britt lets off and Ruby sputters. Britt taunts Ruby, CLUBS her in the ribs, then stomps her! Britt soaks up the cheers and jeers, but seems upset by the jeers having majority. Britt drags Ruby towards a corner and YANKS her into the post! Britt then pulls Ruby into the post! The ref counts, Britt lets off and BOOTS Ruby back in. Britt gets in at 5 of 10, and she kicks Ruby around. Britt toys with Ruby but the ref reprimands. Britt drags Ruby up b her hair, but Ruby throws body shots and a CHOP!

Ruby CHOPS, whips, but Britt reverses to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and GROUND OCTOPUS! Ruby moves around, fans duel, but Britt throws elbows into the ribs! Britt gets a leg, it’s a modified BOW ‘N’ ARROW! But Rub makes that a cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Ruby, Ruby ROCKS Britt! Ruby throws more forearms but Britt gets mad. Ruby CHOPS, Britt fires forearms! Ruby CHOPS, whips, but Britt reverses again to ripcord and DECK Ruby with an elbow! Britt goes up a corner and aims, but Ruby ROCKS her first! Ruby ROCKS Britt again, then again! Ruby climbs up after Britt and fans rally again. Ruby headbutts, CLUBS, and brings Britt up, SUPERPLEX!

Fans fire up and Ruby has to drag herself up. The standing count begins, fans rally, and Britt grabs Ruby’s hair by 5 of 10. Britt says fans don’t care about Ruby, and she fires off forearms! Ruby forearms back! Ruby starts to get the edge but Britt hits back. Fans rally as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Ruby gets the edge again and fans fire up! Britt staggers, but DOUBLE FOREARMS take both women down! The standing count is back but both women stir. They’re up at 5 of 10 again, and Britt has the fisherman. Ruby slips out of the swing, but Britt blocks No Future! Britt sits Ruby up for a SUPERKICK!

Britt runs, Ruby avoids the stomp and rolls Britt up, TWO! Britt kicks low, mule kicks a leg, SUPERKICK! But Ruby kicks back, KICKS again, then SAIDOS! Ruby hurries to a corner and fans fire up! Ruby is up top, SUPER SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives and Ruby is frustrated but also in pain from her ribs! Ruby snarls and gets Britt up. Fans rally, Ruby hoists Britt up top, then climbs up after her. Britt hits back, Ruby throws shots, but Britt SUPER GOURD BUSTERS! Then the CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!? Ruby survives and shocks Britt! But Britt brings out the glove! Britt puts the glove on, spells out DMD, and she clamps onto Ruby!

Ruby resists, pushes up from the Rings of Saturn and rolls free! But Britt snatches her arm to drag her right back down! RINGS OF SATURN! But Ruby blocks the hand! Ruby pushes things to a cover, TWO!! But Ruby has the arm, wrench and NO FUTURE! Then the trip, and Ruby steps through! Fans are going nuts, for Ruby’s take on the SHARPSHOOTER! It’s deep and fans are thunderous as Britt endures! Britt reaches, crawls, bites her own finger to ignore the pain! Ruby lets off to SMASH the knee, then SHARPSHOOTER!! Britt endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Ruby lets go in frustration and fans are thunderous!

Britt gets into the corner, Ruby runs in but misses! Britt runs but into a BOOT! Ruby goes up, reels Britt in, and hops on for a victory roll! TWO!! Britt has it back, BRITT WINS!

Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (Inaugural Women’s Owen Hart Winner)

The bad ribs held Ruby back and now Britt joins Cole in history! But rather surprisingly, Britt gives some respect to Ruby by helping her up. Britt goes up to the stage where Tony Schiavone awaits to hug in celebration. Cole appears, he hugs and kisses Britt in celebration. Schiavone formally introduces the winners, Britt and Cole, and then says that 18 months after the tragic passing of Owen Hart, his wife, Dr. Martha Hart, created the Owen Hart Foundation. Martha is here tonight to honor Owen and tonight’s winners. Vegas welcomes Martha as she makes her way out with Tony Khan. She goes to the podium as fans chant for Owen.

Martha says thank you for that warm welcome, but then fans respond with, “Thank You, Martha!” Martha thanks the fans again, it is so amazing to be here in Las Vegas and the T-Mobile Arena. It is with great anticipation that we meet this moment in history where the amazing contributions of Owen Hart, one of the most incredible artisans of wrestling, are celebrated in the squared circle. “It is with deep, heartfelt sincerity that I thank Tony Khan, Chris Jericho, the producers of Dark Side of the Ring, the entire AEW crew who are incredible, Pro-Wrestling Tees, our legal teams, my sister, Virginia,” her children, OHJ & Athena, and of course the foundation committee.

But most of all, Martha thanks the fans for making this event possible. “It goes without saying that our partnership is a match made in heaven.” This tournament was truly fit for a queen and king, for Owen was the King of Harts, so this had to be a great tournament. But heavy lie the heads that wear the crowns, you titans of the ring who have earned your place in history. Let us congratulate these winners of the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments. The Owen Cup is theirs to enjoy, until we meet again. Next year, Martha hopes to see everyone wearing beautiful hats like hers. Martha takes a bow, then presents the special Owen Hart commemorative belts!

Martha presents Cole with his and they hug. And of course, Britt is presented with hers, they hug, and lastly, the Owen Cup! The shining silver trophy is held up, and fans cheer this moment. With this, where will the AEW power couple, the inaugural King & Queen of Harts, go from here?

 

Mixed Trios: Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti VS The Men of the Year & Paige VanZant!

It’s been a long and winding road, filled with twists and turns, property damage and theft, and even a redesigned TNT Championship! But now, the Heavy Metal Rebel, the Spanish God and the Brazilian Blackbelt Beauty finally get their chance at revenge on Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky, and American Top Team’s leading lady! And if they fail, Kaz and Sammy can NEVER challenge Scorpio for the TNT Championship again! Have Kaz and SamTay fallen for Three Card Monte? Or will they come away with the jackpot?

The trios sort out, and Scorpio starts against his former friend, Kaz. They circle, but then Sammy tags in. Fans boo and Kaz is a little annoyed, but Scorpio tags Ethan. Ethan ROCKS, kicks and ROCKS Sammy again! Ethan whips and CLOBBERS Sammy! Ethan says he’s been waiting for this! He rains down fists from all sides! Ethan roars, then gets Sammy up, but Sammy RANAS free of the Ego’s Edge! Things speed up, Sammy flips over and dropkicks Ethan! Sammy kips up but Ethan is still up. Ethan choke grips, trophy lifts, and then POWERSLAMS Sammy! Cover, TWO! Tag to Scorpio, but Sammy tags Kaz.

Tay tells Kaz to go do his job, then asks if Sammy is okay. Scorpio arm-drags Kaz, Kaz arm-drags Scorpio, they both try to arm-drag and that cancels out. Kaz sobats, knee lifts, but Scorpio dodges to dropkick! Fans fire up and some chant for “S C U!” but Scorpio brings Kaz up. Scorpio whips, Kaz rolls of Scorpio’s back, things speed up and Kaz scoop SLAMS! Then springboard LEG DROP! Fans fire up with Kaz and he puts Scorpio in the corner. Tag to Sammy, Sammy struts but Kaz tells him to focus on Scorpio. Tay says let Sammy do what he wants, but Scorpio RAMS him into a corner!

Scorpio fires knees, then body shots! The ref counts, Scorpio just keeps firing hands, but he lets off to soak up the cheers and jeers. Scorpio drags Sammy up, whips, but Sammy reverses. Scorpio stops himself to BOOT Sammy! Sammy has the ref check his eye, Tay CLAWS Scorpio’s back! Fans boo, Lambert complains but Tay takes a bow. Sammy CLOBBERS Scorpio and Tay says he’s doing so good. Sammy goes to the apron, springboards in, FLYING CUTTER! Fans fire up but also boo. Kaz wants Sammy to cover but Sammy just flips PVZ and Ethan off! SamTay double suplex Scorpio down! Cover, TWO!

Sammy is frustrated but he drags Scorpio up. He asks if Kaz is going to work with him. Tag to Kaz, Kaz ROCKS Scorpio. Kaz CHOPS, whips Scorpio corner to corner, then runs to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Kaz facelocks, Ethan tells a kid to shut up about tapping out to that. Scorpio fights up, throws body shots, but Kaz knees low. Kaz CHOPS Scorpio, but Scorpio blocks the whip. Scorpio whips. Ethan grabs Kaz but Kaz fights them off! GUILLOTINE LEG DROP for Ethan, but COMPLETE SHOT from Scorpio! Fans fire up and Tay just jumps in to DECK PVZ! Sammy says that was a home run! He and Tay then spin around together and kiss.

Kaz shouts to the idiots to give him a tag! Scorpio fireman’s carries, but Kaz slips out! Scorpio and Kaz go around, CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING!! But Scorpio RAMS Kaz into the corner! Kaz still holds on, Sammy reaches out to tag in! Sammy struts and Kaz gets in his face! They start shoving, Scorpio shoves them into each other! Scorpio crawls to his corner, hot tag to PVZ! PVZ and Tay finally face off and fans are thunderous! Tay pie faces but PVZ just smirks. PVZ TACKLES Tay and rains down forearms! Tay gets away but PVZ CLOBBERS her! And again! Fans fire up as PVZ waistlocks, lifts, BIG back suplex!

Tay flounders, PVZ runs in and handsprings to the back elbow! PVZ reels Tay into a fireman’s carry, but Sammy saves Tay! Fans boo but PVZ figures what the hell? BODY SHOT! Then tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fans fire up as PVZ mocks Sammy, and then eggs Tay on. Drop toehold and Tay falls into Sammy’s groin! PVZ drags Tay up, reels her in, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Tay survives to keep Sammy’s TNT title hopes alive! But PVZ drags Tay up, reels her in, but Tay wrenches out and hits a drop sayanagi! Tay tells PVZ to STFU, BOOT in the corner! Tay goes side to side, BOOT! Then the other way, another BOOT!

Tay talks more trash and BOOTS PVZ down! Cover, TWO! Tay is surprised but she hurries to get PVZ up. PVZ ROCKS Tay, then runs to swipe at Sammy! Tay CLOBBERS PVZ, SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Sammy is so proud, he has to hug and lift Tay up for a kiss. But he’s not paying attention, the Men of the Year get in. Sammy wants Kaz to help him! Kaz gets in to tell Sammy “EAT SH*T!” MOTY mug Sammy, PVZ and Tay hit DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS! Sammy fights Scorpio off but Ethan CLOBBERS Sammy! Ethan whips, Sammy goes up to dropkick! SLINGSHOT CUTTER from Scorpio! But Kaz shoulders in to SLINGSHOT DDT!

Kaz tags in off Tay, and he DECKS Ethan! Then SLINGSHOT CUTTER to Scorpio!! Cover, TWO!! Ethan knees Kaz low then whips, but Kaz reverses to send Ethan out! Tay storms in, upset at Kaz for tagging in. Kaz tells her to just worry about herself, and then Kaz dodges! Sammy SUPERKICKS Tay!!! Sammy realizes what happened and Vegas is losing their minds! Kaz TOSSES Sammy, but Ethan ROUNDHOUSES! Scorpio TKO!! Men of the Year win!!

Winners: Men of the Year & Paige VanZant, by pinfall (Sammy and Kaz are BARRED from the TNT Championship)

American Top Team take back the titles SamTay stole, and now two contenders are crossed off the list! Will Scorpio ever lose his title now that the Spanish God and Heavy Metal Rebel are no longer a problem?

 

Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly!

The Relentless One is seeking vengeance for #KillerKyle injuring Sting’s leg! But will he be able to get even with the Undisputed Elite’s MMA maestro? Or will this be where Darby’s own daring-do destroys him?

The bell rings and the two circle, and Darby goes for a leg. Kyle avoids it but Darby goes for another. Darby tries again, Kyle steps over and KNEES Darby down! Kyle gives palm strike ground ‘n’ pound, then wants the armbar! Darby gets the ropebreak, Kyle lets off at 4 and stomps Darby down! Fans rally for Darby but Kyle stands him up for knees. Kyle wrenches but Darby fires forearms. Kyle fires off strikes, then sweeps the legs! Darby is already spitting blood from a busted lip but Kyle gets him up to wrench and YANK the arm. Kyle RAMS shoulders, then VICES the arm between elbow and knee!

Kyle wrenches the arm again but Darby tries to claw eyes. Kyle ELBOW BREAKERS, then he hammerlocks the arm and lifts Darby up. Darby fights with elbows but Kyle still hits NORTHERN LIGHTS! Darby writhes, Kyle covers, TWO! Kyle keeps cool and he paces around, taunting Darby. Darby sits up but Kyle KICKS him. And KICKS! Darby snarls and fires off boxing elbows! Darby runs, but Kyle KNEES him against ropes. Kyle runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Darby hurries after Kyle to CHOP BLOCK a leg! Darby then gets around to GUILLOTINE! But Kyle powers out to suplex!

Darby slips out, SCORPION DEATH DROP! That one’s for Sting! Fans rally, the standing count climbs, and Darby gets up at 3 of 10 to run. Darby springboards, Kyle catches the Coffin Splash but Darby switches the waistlock. Kyle wrenches free and drags Darby down with a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Darby throws knees but Kyle stands him back up. Darby throws more knees, gets free, but Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS! Kyle shoots in, Darby KNEES! Darby avoids the yoyo to THROWBACK STUNNER! Kyle flops out of the ring, Darby builds speed and DIVES- NO, Darby’s legs give out and he tumbles out into Kyle!

The ref checks them both and somehow they’re both okay to continue. Darby gets up, puts Kyle in, and fans fire up! Darby drags himself in but Kyle bails out the other side. Darby just DIVES again! INTO A GUILLOTINE!!! Kyle catches Darby and squeezes the life out of him! The ref says let go, this won’t end outside the ring like this! Kyle lets go, puts Darby in the ring, and he climbs up a corner. But Darby SLAPS Kyle first! Darby climbs up after Kyle, SUPER STEINER, but Kyle sunset flips! Darby counters with LAST SUPPER! TWO!! Kyle escapes, but Darby ROCKS him with a forearm!

Kyle fires off a strike fest, and sweeps the legs! Darby flounders, Kyle storms over, but Darby cradles! TWO, and Kyle suplexes Darby for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO, ARMBAR!! Darby clasps hands but Kyle gets the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Darby endures, fans rally and duel, and Kyle GRAPEVINES the leg! Darby fights up, spins things around, SCORPION DEATHLOCK!! Kyle endures, crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Darby lets go, if mostly because he’s exhausted. Kyle drags himself to the apron and fans rally up. Darby runs in but Kyle ROCKS him. Kyle boots, into a DRAGON SCREW!

Darby hurries up a corner, APRON COFFIN DROP!! Both men tumble down and fans are fired up again! Darby drags Kyle up and in, then goes to the top rope again. COFFIN DROP into an ARMBAR!! Darby clasps hands, Kyle gets them apart!! Darby rolls it up, TWO! Kyle lets Darby go, but he and Darby go forehead to forehead. Then they go forearm for forearm! Back and forth, harder and harder, then Kyle fires off Kowata Kicks! Darby fires off palm strikes! Kyle KICKS a leg, then grabs Darby’s chain necklace! Darby uses that to HEADBUTT! Both men drop and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and both men stand at 4 of 10.

Kyle SLAPS Darby, grabs at the chain and puts it in Darby’s mouth! CHAIN ASSISTED GORY STRETCH, and the chain breaks!! Kyle puts Darby in a SLEEPER! Darby is fading, Kyle lets him go to PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE?!?! PENALTY KICK again! Cover, TWO!!! Kyle just goes again, PENALTY KICK!! Kyle goes up top, KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall

The Relentless One lived up to that nickname, but perhaps so did #KillerKyle! Kyle gets the win here, will this serve to get Kyle closer to some gold?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Serena Deeb!

La Mera Mera and the Professor of Pro-Wrestling are no strangers to each other, and are no strangers to putting in 110% just to get even half as far as they have. This will be a masterclass for sure, but who leaves Vegas knowing they are the leader of the pack?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is willing to put it all on the line!

Deeb and Rosa circle, fans rally up, and they tie up. They go around onto the ropes, off the ropes, back on ropes, then on the mat! They stand back up and fans fire up. They end up in a corner, the ref counts, and Deeb lets off. Fans duel, Rosa and Deeb like that, and they tie up again. Rosa waistlocks, Deeb pries free to switch. Rosa switches, trips Deeb, and floats to the facelock. Deeb slips out to wrench and wristlock. Rosa wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS. Deeb slips through and spins to wrangle Rosa. Rosa bridges to avoid the cover and fans cheer this technical exchange. Rosa headscissors, Deeb kips up. Deeb headlocks for a takeover, but again Rosa headscissors and Deeb kips free.

Fans fire up as the two stand off. Deeb and Rosa circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. They go around, Rosa hooks a leg, and Rosa bends Deeb back! Fans fire up as Deeb bridges, Rosa still gets the shoulders down. TWO as one arm comes up, Rosa pushes it down, TWO as the other arm comes up. Rosa tries again, TWO as Deeb bridges again. Rosa hops on but Deeb stays up! Fans fire up, Rosa brings Deeb up but Deeb reels Rosa into a double wristlock flip into the sunset, TWO! BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Rosa endures, shifts to get a cover, ONE! Rosa tries again, TWO!

Rosa slips around to a SEATED SURFBOARD! Rosa brings Deeb way back, then has the PENDULUM SURFBOARD! Deeb endures so Rosa drops, turns her over, and bridges back, TWO! Deeb kicks low, “This is Wrestling!” as Deeb whips. Rosa ducks and dodges and runs Deeb over! Fans fire up, things speed up again, Rosa whips Deeb away and keeps things going. Arm-drag then another, and Rosa trips Deeb to jackknife! TWO, Deeb EuroUppers but Rosa blocks and hooks the arms. They fight for control, Rosa tries to Gory Especial but Deeb rolls off her back. Rosa kicks low, RHODES UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as she takes a deep breath!

Rosa runs in but Deeb dodges and Rosa hits buckles. But Rosa still dropkicks Deeb down! Fans fire up with Rosa and she builds speed. Rosa slides but Deeb dodges. Rosa comes back but Deeb ducks to HOTSHOT! Deeb POSTS Rosa, then drags her in through ropes! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Rosa flops down to the floor and Deeb goes out after her. Deeb puts Rosa in, storms up on her and brings Rosa up to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Rosa gets to a corner but Deeb brings her up to EuroUpper. Fans rally and duel, Deeb hoists Rosa up top backwards. Deeb CLUBS Rosa, climbs up and hooks Rosa up, ELEVATED GORY ESPECIAL!

The ref counts, Deeb lets off at 4 and Rosa flops to the mat. Deeb soaks up the heat, drags Rosa up, and Deeb shoves Rosa to catch her into a cobra twist! Deeb adds a neck wrench to it but Rosa endures. Fans rally and Rosa fights out to hip toss Deeb! Deeb comes back to EuroUpper! Rosa forearms, Deeb uppercuts! Rosa forearms again, Deeb uppercuts again! Rosa CHOPS! And CHOPS! And forearms! Deeb rebounds but into Rosa’s LARIAT! Rosa keeps going, another lariat and then a scoop! SLAM, and fans fire up with Rosa as she gets Deeb back up. Rosa whips Deeb hard into a corner, face first!

Deeb checks her face while fans rally up. Rosa runs corner to corner, A-LIST LARIAT! And then SWINGING KNEES! Fans fire up and Rosa keeps going, dropkick against ropes! Deeb staggers, Rosa hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rosa grows frustrated but fans rally up. Rosa brings Deeb up, scoops, but Deeb fights free. Deeb reels Rosa in but Rosa wrenches out. Deeb wrenches, wrenches, and hooks Rosa up, in an IRON OCTOPUS! Rosa endures, fans rally, and Rosa powers free! Deeb sunset flips, ONE, but Deeb has the leg to step through. Rosa kicks Deeb to a corner, but Deeb elbows her back.

Deeb goes up the ropes, and drags Rosa into a ROLLING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Deeb is seething! Deeb drags Rosa up, reels her in again, tucks the arms, but Rosa fights free, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and a roll back into a CROSSFACE! Deeb endures, fans fire up, Deeb rolls to a cover, TWO! Rosa holds on but Deeb moves around. Another cover, TWO! Deeb pops free to get Rosa’s leg! STRETCH MUFFLER! Rosa endures, fights up, but Deeb thrashes the leg! Rosa rolls, has Deeb’s leg, and she SMASHES it into the mat again and again! Deeb kicks Rosa way with her free leg, but Rosa dodges. DOUBLE LARIATS take both women down!

Fans are fired up as the standing count starts. Fans chant, “SI SE PUEDES!” for Rosa as she and Deeb rise. Rosa goes to a corner, Deeb runs in but Rosa BOOTS her! Rosa goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS to Deeb while she stands! Then DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Deeb lives but Rosa drags Deeb back up. Rosa ROCKS Deeb, runs, but Deeb follows to CHOP BLOCK! Deeb gets the leg, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Rosa endures as the “WOO~” echoes out! Rosa sits up, Deeb SLAPS her! So Rosa SLAPS back! Deeb SLAPS again, so Rosa SLAPS again! It’s a SLAP fight in the leglock!

Rosa rolls the hold over but Deeb rolls it through, only for Rosa to roll it more! They roll and roll, and then fall out of the ring! The leglock is undone but both women are down! Fans fire up, Rosa hobbles up and roars! Rosa drags Deeb up, puts Deeb in, and she steps in, only for Deeb to get the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb tucks Rosa in, DEEBTOX!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Rosa survives but Deep HIP DROPS the leg! Deeb drags Rosa from ropes, hooks up the arm, and turns Rosa over, SERENITY LOCK!! Rosa endures, reaches, but Deed drags her away! Deeb drags Rosa up to tuck her back in, POWERBOMB! Deeb ties up the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!!

Rosa endures, fans rally and she gets the ROPEBREAK again! Deeb lets go at 4 but in frustration! Deeb drags Rosa up again, reels Rosa back in and tucks the arms again, but Rosa back drops! Sunset flip counter, but Rosa blocks that, TWO!! Rosa ROUNDHOUSES Deeb! Deeb staggers to a corner, Rosa runs in but knees a buckle! Deeb goes up top, Rosa ROCKS Deeb first! Rosa climbs, gets her bad leg moving, and fans fire up again! Deeb fights the superplex, they both throw body shots back and forth, and Rosa HEADBUTTS! Rosa goes to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX! But then she rolls through, for the scoop and FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!! Cover, Rosa wins!!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

Rosa and Deeb went tooth ‘n’ nail, and in the end, Rosa is victorious! Will Rosa’s road as champion only get harder from here?

 

Anarchy in the Arena: Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz VS The Jericho Appreciation Society!

Pro-wrestling VS sports entertainment! Violence and chaos VS cheesy crap! Only one can stand tall when anything can happen here tonight! Will Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, The Mad King and Proud ‘n’ Powerful prove to Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matt Menard, Angelo Parker and “The Wizard” leading them that when push comes to shove, pro-wrestling tears sports entertainment in half every time?

The JAS has matching street fight gear of white jeans and hats, and they wait for the BCC + PNP to get halfway down the bleachers before they attack! The anarchy is on already and fans get even closer to the action! Kingston’s after Jericho, Santana and Ortiz have Garcia and Hager, and it seems Moxley and Bryan have Menard and Parker. This has to end in the ring, but Kingston fishhooks Jericho first! Bryan and Parker have ended up ringside already, Moxley brings Menard along, Kingston keeps Jericho from running away to the upper level! Moxley sends Menard into seats! Parker and Bryan brawl around the back, Santana SMACKS Garcia with a chair!

Moxley helps Kingston with Jericho, but then Menard attacks Moxley! Also, Wild Thing hasn’t stopped playing at all. Santana DECKS Garcia, Moxley snap suplexes Menard! Kingston chokes Jericho, Bryan rains down fists on Parker! And Wild Thing starts over! Garcia sends Santana into railing, Moxley DIGS A FORK into Menard’s forehead! Jericho finally gets away from Kingston, but Moxley finds him and tosses him over tables! Santana snap suplexes Garcia! Jericho uses some kind of sunglasses stem shank on Moxley! Menard is BLEEDING all over his forehead but he and Kingston just keep going!

Hager and Ortiz have tables set up! Garcia is helping Hager with Ortiz, Kingston punches Menard down the way. Jericho tries to get away on a Rascal wheelchair, but Moxley gets him in a SLEEPER! Kingston shows off Menard’s crimson mask and fans love it! Moxley headlocks and punches Jericho as they go closer to ringside. Moxley knees low, throws more hands, but Jericho smacks him with someone’s workbag! Santana & Ortiz put Hager in the ring, they might be looking to end this! DOUBLE SUPLEX! Jericho and Moxley keep brawling, Kingston and Menard go up the stairs. Ortiz covers Hager, TWO!

Jericho and Moxley crash through barriers! Menard punches Kingston up against a wall! Jericho DECKS Moxley! Jericho grabs the soundboard and SMASHES it! No more Wild Thing! Moxley ROCKS Jericho! Bryan stalks Parker,, Menard and Kingston brawl in the hallway! Now we can hear Kingston and Menard talking trash and grunting while they brawl. Bryan and Parker continue up higher and higher into the crowd! Bryan is not letting off, and Kingston has Menard right in front of fans in the pavilion! PNP has Hager, STREET SWEEPER through tables!!! Fans lose their minds, as if this all wasn’t nuts!

Moxley SMACKS Jericho with the jib cam! Moxley stalks Jericho through the crowd, Garcia SPEARS Ortiz through the timekeeper’s table! Menard and Kingston are using mustard and ketchup now! They’re brawling on the floor! Bryan smacks Parker off a camera! Garcia turns the steel steps sideways, drags Ortiz onto the apron, and then over to the steps! FULL METAL PILEDRIVER!! Bryan RAMS Parker into the camera again! Parker is busted open! Kingston sends Menard into the merch stand! Bryan goes after Jericho now! And he still punches Parker, too! Menard RAMS Kingston with a maintenance ladder!

Moxley returns to CLOBBER Jericho! Parker and Jericho hurry to ringside but the BCC are in pursuit. Parker CLOBBERS Bryan with a bell! Garcia has found Kingston and is hammering his wounds! Jericho and Moxley suplex onto chairs! Fans rally for “A E DUB!” and Moxley has a cooler! He CHUCKS it at Jericho’s head! Garcia gags Kingston with a belt and then drags him along the pavilion! Garcia and Kingston throw hands, kicks, Garcia drags Kingston down and CHOKES him with the belt! Then he actually does drag Kingston! Jericho rains down fists on Bryan, then gives Moxley the WALLS OF JERICHO on top of a table!

The table breaks underneath them! Jericho clutches his leg! Kingston turns things around on Garcia, only for Garcia to send him into a wall! “I’m like that!” Moxley and Jericho brawl to the ring, Moxley gets into the ring to DIVE on Jericho! FIGURE FOUR on the ramp! Garcia throws elbows! Hager CHOKES Moxley to stop Moxley, but Bryan goes after Hager! Garcia SHINING WIZARDS Kingston down! Bryan KICKS Hager against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Moxley undoes a ring rope!? Hager suplexes Bryan to the ramp! Kingston staggers, a crimson mask on his own face now as he stomps Garcia!

Kingston stalks Garcia back to the arena, and Moxley has undone the entire top rope! He JAMS Jericho with a crossbar, then he YANKS the rope up Jericho’s crotch! Garcia and Kingston brawl inside a freight elevator! Moxley LASHES Jericho with the buckle bar! Bryan hooks Hager with one of the other turnbuckle bars! Santana & Ortiz have found more tables for them and 2Point0! “This is Awesome!” as those four brawl! Moxley has a table! Hager CLOBBERS Bryan and now wraps him around the ropes that remain. Santana SNAKE EYES Parker off tables, Jericho SMACKS Moxley with a chair!

Moxley JABS Jericho back. Parker and Menard are on tables, then PNP bring in a ladder! The ladder is set up between the tables, PNP start to climb! Moxley KNEES Jericho out of a chair! Moxley brings out a BARBED WIRE PANEL! Hager has an ANKLE LOCK, but Bryan fights it with one of his own! PNP are at the top of the ladder, for SYNCHRONIZED SPLASHES through the tables!! Fans lose their minds over that one! Jericho BLASTS Moxley with a fire extinguisher! The ref checks on Moxley while Hager and Bryan get themselves back up in the ring. Moxley manages to crawl back, too, it seems these four are the only ones in any good shape, comparitavely speaking.

Moxley gets in the ring, as does Jericho. They all meet in the center, Jericho punches Bryan so Bryan punches Jericho. Jericho punches Moxley but Moxley punches Hager. Bryan brawls with Jericho, Moxley brawls with Hager, and fans fire up as the fists fly as they all stand back up! Bryan gets a SLEEPER on Jericho, Moxley snapmares Hager, STEREO HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan finally drags Jericho into the LEBELLE LOCK! BULLY CHOKE for Hager!! Jericho and Hager endure, but here’s Kingston! WITH A CAN O’ GASOLINE!? Fans are freaking out already! Hager and Moxley fall out of the ring, Bryan keeps Jericho down!

Kingston gets in, and he dumps the gasoline ALL OVER JERICHO. And a bit of Bryan, too. Bryan gets pissed, now they fight!! Moxley gets in to stop his friend and his tag partner from fighting! Jericho SMACKS them all with a chair!! Hager returns to CLOBBER Moxley onto the barbed wire panel!! Fans lose their minds again! Jericho JUDAS EFFECT on Kingston! Jericho hurries to wipe himself clean of the gasoline, then Hager sets Bryan up for Jericho. CROSSBAR SMASH!! Cover, TWO!??! Bryan survives and fans are thunderous! Hager and Jericho mug Bryan, “You’re a stupid son of a bitch!” Bryan fights back and fights free!

Fans fire up as Bryan throws forearms all over the place! And KICKS! Bryan KICKS away on Hager in what’s left of a corner! Again and again and again! Then he DECKS Hager with a forearm! Hager gets up, shoves, but Bryan dodges, BUSAIKU KNEE! Jericho has the chair! BUSAIKU KNEE through the chair!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Jericho survives and no one can believe it! Referees finally get Moxley out of the barbed wire but Bryan gives Jericho KICK after KICK after KICK! BUZZSAW! Fans are thunderous as the American Dragon stands tall! “Now I’m gonna his F***ING HEAD IN!” But Hager has Floyd the baseball bat! Hager CLOBBERS Bryan’s legs!!

Jericho has the WALLS OF JERICHO, and Hager uses a rope to CHOKE Bryan!!! Bryan endures but he’s out! JAS WINS!!

Winners: The Jericho Appreciation Society, by submission

This was not just anarchy, this was violence and malice! And somehow, someway, the SPORTS ENTERTAINERS won! But can they even call themselves that with how far they pushed themselves to win this fight? Or is that just the magic of The Wizard and his Jericho Appreciation Society?

 

Andrade El Idolo speaks.

El Idolo says he is not here in AEW to lose. He “acquired” the AFO from Matt Hardy, but this group is not working! They’re all losers! Jose, do you have the contract? Yes, the new contract for Andrade’s new business partner. No, his new friend. This man is the top wrestler in the world! One of the best! You know him, right? Y-Yes, of course! There’s a knock at the door, and Andrade has Jose answer it. IT’S TORO BLANCO, RUSH!! Andrade welcomes his long time friend, and they Los Ingobernables fist bump! Is AEW now property of the ungovernables?!

 

Backstage interview with The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert.

Lexi Nair asks them how it feels to finally put their rivalry with Sammy to bed? Uh, how does Dan feel? Golden! How does Scorpio feel? Oh so good. And for Ethan, a man who’s been pissed off every few weeks these last few months, he’s feeling great. Hell, it felt real good to get his hands on Sammy! But to be honest, it feels even better to be finished and done with those pieces of trash and finally finally finally move on to bigger and better. They’ve been going up and down the road, and now the book is finally closed. Kaz and Sammy will NEVER challenge for Scorpio’s TNT Championship. So who is next? Who thinks they have what it takes to be the Face of TNT?

In walks DANTE MARTIN! Angel Dorado tells Scorpio that just because Sammy can’t, doesn’t mean Dante can’t. Okay, okay. Scorpio has seen Dante wrestle, and he’s a great talent with a hell of a future. But he is not ready for the fire. If Dante wants it, come to SoCal and you’ll get your shot. But when you’re down on your back, looking up at the Hollywood sign, just remember that you asked for it. S C U in SoCal!

 

AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Jurassic Express VS Team Taz VS Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland!

Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus won these titles in a Triple Threat, but will they lose them in one? Or can they somehow find a way to stop Ricky Starks, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, as well as #SwerveInGlory?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if this gamble pays off in Las Vegas!

Team Taz snatches at the belts but JB shoves Starks. The belts are put aside, all the teams jaw at each other, and then Team Taz attacks them all! Starks brawls with Swerve, Hobbs is after Luchasaurus, but Keith gets Hobbs! JB and Luchasaurus meet at the corner to STEREO MOONSAULT everyone else down! Jurassic Express coordinate, ELBOW DROP SIDEWALK SLAM on Starks! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus scoops, Starks slips out, staggers, Swerve tags himself in off Luchasaurus! Starks rushes in but Swerve rolls and EDDY GORDO RANAS! Starks knees low, tags Hobbs, but Swerve gets away.

Swerve and Hobbs circle, Swerve tries a takedown but Hobbs stays up. Hobbs shoves Swerves away to CLOBBER Swerve! Fans fire up, Hobbs hauls Swerve up but Swerve wrenches. Hobbs shoves Swerve away but Keith tags in! Swerve and Keith pinball Hobbs, then Keith fireman’s carries to toss into the ROLLING ELBOW ENZIGURI COMBO! Tag back to Swerve and he BOOTS Starks! Keith SPLASHES Hobbs, Swerve back elbows, Keith SPLASHES again! Feed to a JUMP KICK! Swerve trips to jackknife, JB gets in to break it. Fans sing “OH~ Bask in His Glory!” Swerve talks trash on JB but Hobbs picks him up!

Swerve shoves Hobbs away, JB tags in! Things speed up, JB hurdles then RANAS! Then JB DIVES on Swerve and send shim into railing! JB keeps moving, another DIVE! And then JB FLIES, but Keith catches him! Swerve BOOTS Luchasaurus, Keith POWERBOMBS JB onto Luchasaurus! And again! Keith brings JB up to put in the ring and Swerve gets in, but Hobbs tags off him! Hobbs tells Swerve to get to his corner, then Hobbs stalks JB. Hobbs brings JB up, suplexes, and stalls! SLAM, and fans fire up. JB gets up to CHOP, and CHOP, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs wrenches, DECKS JB, then tags Starks.

Starks stomps JB, drags JB up, then brings him around to whip. Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Starks strikes his pose and fans fire up! Starks taunts Keith & Swerve while he gets JB up and brings him around. Starks whips JB to the open corner but JB BOOTS him! JB runs in, Starks spins, knuckle locks, CHOPS, and he goes up to tightrope walk. Starks shows off, but JB trips him up! That was absolutely not what Starks wanted. Hobbs tags in while Keith & Swerve laugh at Starks. Hobbs has JB’s leg but JB ENZIGURIS! But Luchasaurus is still down! JB dodges Hobbs, Swerve tags in and fires forearms!

Swerve runs, ROCKS Hobbs, then goes again. Swerve dodges, and CLOBBERS Hobbs! Fans fire up and Swerve runs in to uppercut at the corner! Swerve kicks a leg out, goes up, FALLING UPERCUT! Luchasaurus is back but Swerve trips and BOOTS him down! Starks returns but Swerve TOSSES him onto Jurassic Express! Starks lands hard and Keith says, “OH~ MY GOD~!” Then Keith gives Swerve a hand in going up, up and MOONSAULTS onto the group! Fans fire up, Swerve shoulders into Hobbs and then he slingshots in to somersault, but Hobbs grabs him for a lift! Swerve sunset flips, Hobbs brings Swerve up again to pop-up, but Swerve RANAS! CALF KICK!

Swerve pushes Hobbs to a cover, TWO! Keith gets in and he pops Hobbs right up! Swerve goes up, but Hobbs fights this combo move off! Hobbs gets to the top rope, has Swerve, SUPERPLEX! Luchasaurus is back, though, and he tags in off Swerve! Starks gets in, but gets run over! Luchasaurus BOOTS Keith, clamps onto Hobbs and fires off hands in the corner! Swerve runs in but get a FLAPJACK, and a clothesline! Starks runs in but Luchasaurus catches him to RAM into Hobbs! Back body block for Swerve, Team Taz dodges but Luchasaurus DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up and Luchasaurus choke grips Hobbs!

Hobbs pries free but Luchasaurus BOOTS him! Keith tags in and fans want to see this! We have three certified titans in here! Hobbs swings on Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus blocks! Keith talks smack but gets smacked for it! Luchasaurus handsprings, TAIL WHIP for Keith, ROUNDHOUSE for Hobbs! Choke grips for them both?! But they choke grip him back! DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!! Keith and Hobbs circle now and fans fire up again. The hands start flying, Hobbs runs but Keith catches him to TOSS him out of the ring! Keith then decides to build speed!! Keith FLIES!! Direct hit on Jurassic Express and Hobbs!!

Keith puts Luchasaurus in while fans are thunderous! Keith looms over Luchasaurus, fans sing for him again, but Luchasaurus sits up to choke grip! Keith breaks free, back elbows, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS! Luchasaurus fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, ONE!! Luchasaurus and Keith get back up, and they stare down. The hands start flying again! Keith gets the edge, but then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Hobbs is up top!? For a DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous again as everyone is down! JB and Starks are back, they tag in off Keith and Luchasaurus. JB kicks, whips, but Starks reverses. JB kicks, TORNADO-

NO! Starks trips JB, stacks with feet on the ropes! But Christian stops that! Hobbs YANKS Christian down and RAMS him into steps! JB dodges Starks to DIVE onto Hobbs and fire off hands! JB checks on Christian but he says to get in. Starks SPEARS JB! Cover, TWO!?!? Starks is furious and fans can’t believe it! Swerve gets in, Starks shoves him back out. Starks gets JB up, underhooks, rebound off ropes for the ROSHAMBEAUX!!! Cover, Luchasaurus breaks it!! Starks kicks Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! Swerve tags in off Starks, Luchasaurus turns around into Hobbs’ SPINEBUSTER!

Swerve runs in, Hobbs pops him up but gets STOMPS! Fans fire up and Swerve drags JB up and in. Half nelson, but JB switches. Luchasaurus runs in but Swerve gets away, the BOOT hits JB!! Keith POUNCES Luchasaurus! Swerve gets JB up for Keith to pop-up! Swerve is up top, SWERVE IN GLORY!! Cover, HOBBS BREAKS IT!! Hobbs fires off haymakers, Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Keith keeps on Hobbs at the ropes, Starks uses the FTW belt to CLOBBER Keith!!! Fans boo but Hobbs runs at Swerve, only to get POST! Swerve gets JB up, JB SUPERKICKS! Starks returns, he has the belt again! But Christian trips Starks up again!

Swerve rolls JB up, TWO!!! JB rushes in but Swerve fakes him out, kicks a leg and BUZZSAWS! Swerve is up top, but JB avoids the stomps! JB goes up, hops back, fires down fists, but no Poison-Rana! Luchasaurus helps JB, THORASSIC EXPRESS!!! Cover, JURASSIC EXPRESS WINS!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

The numbers weren’t in their favor, and yet they still come out on top! Though, Captain Charisma was a bit of a third man in this match. But after coming away with this huge victory, will Jurassic Express be all but unstoppable?

 

AEW World Championship: Hangman Page VS CM Punk!

This is the moment of truth! The Cowboy revealed that he has lost his respect for The Best in the World, because to Hangman, CM Punk doesn’t respect this title! Hangman wants to expose and destroy Punk, but Punk says this isn’t personal, it’s just business. Will Hangman do what’s best for business and deny Punk this title? Or will there be no more #CowboySh*t when it’s #ClobberingTime?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it is time to see just who is The Best in the World!

Fans are dueling but the Punk fans are louder. Hangman and Page stare down, then slowly approach. They get forehead to forehead and fans fire up. Punk shoves Hangman but Hangman comes back to shove Punk. They tie up, Punk puts Hangman on ropes and really crowds him as fans duel. The ref counts, Punk lets off, and they tie up again. Hangman puts Punk in a corner, grinds his forearms in Punk’s face, but lets off as the ref counts. They go again, Hangman pushes Punk but Punk turns it around to CHOP! Hangman just grins. Hangman CHOPS, Punk CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, Punk headlocks!

Punk puts Hangman in a corner, the ref calls for the break but Punk scuffs Hangman with a forearm. Hangman scowls but shrugs that off. Fans duel hard as ever as the two circle again. They tie up, are in a deadlock now, but Punk headlocks. Hangman powers out, Punk rams shoulders but Hangman ROCKS him with a right! Hangman headlocks, Punk powers out but Hangman rams shoulders. Punk forearms, CHOSP but Hangman CHOPS! We’re back to a CHOP fight, Punk sends Hangman stinging. Punk stomps Hangman in the leg, then whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Hangman sits up but Punk snapmares and covers, ONE!

Punk clamps onto an arm and fans duel as Hangman endures. Hangman gets up and backs Punk to a corner. Hangman elbows and ROCKS Punk out of the break! Hangman stomps a mudhole into Punk and fans are torn. Hangman snarls as he comes back for Punk and CHOPS him. And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Punk CHOPS back, CHOPS again, then turns Hangman around to CHOP him on the back! Punk whips corner to corner hard, and Hangman bounces off buckles. Punk whips Hangman to ropes, body shots and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Cover, ONE! Fans still duel but Punk’s side is still stronger.

Punks talks Hangman to ropes, brings him up, and scoops to SLAM! Hangman gets up as the “COWBOY SH*T!” is getting louder. Punk scoop SLAMS again, and now fans boo! Punk takes it in stride as he gets Hangman up to scoop and SLAM again. Punk then goes to a corner and climbs up top. Hangman stands, Punk leaps, CROSSBODY, but Hangman rolls through! Hangman brings Punk up to FALL AWAY SLAM! And a kip up! Fans fire up but there are still those who boo him, too. Punk is on the apron, Hangman TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Punk goes down, Hangman PLANCHAS to take him down!

Fans fire up, some taunt Hangman, but Hangman paces. Fans rally and duel, things starting to even out. Hangman brings Punk up and RAMS him into railing! Hangman refreshes the count, and digs Punk’s head into the steel steps! Hangman lets off, the ring count is 3 of 10 but Hangman puts Punk in at 4. Hangman is on the apron and he soaks up the cheers and jeers. Hangman gets in, drags Punk up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Punk forearms, Hangman forearms, Punk gets the edge but runs into a ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up, but Hangman doesn’t cover. Hangman wants fans to get louder, both the positive and the negative.

Punk gets to a corner, Hangman is right on him. Hangman CHOPS, then brings Punk up to wrench and whip corner to corner! Punk hits chest first, fans duel, “F U HANGMAN!” “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman drags Punk up, whips him corner to corner but Punk reverses, only for Hangman to CLOBBER him! Hangman goes to the apron, takes aim, and fans fire up! Hangman wants it all to get louder so the fans do get louder. Punk rises, Hangman aims, but Punk BLASTS him! Punk knew Hangman’s moveset too well for that to work. Hangman flounders but Punk goes out after him. Punk runs in, into a pop-up APRON BOMB!

Fans duel again and Hangman goes up the corner. Punk gets in before the moonsault so Hangman FLYING LARIATS! Hangman tosses Punk back out, and he still wants to go up top! Punk CLUBS Hangman and keeps him down! Punk then climbs up after Hangman, but Hangman slips down. Punk drags him back up, to SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up and a standing count begins. The count is 5 of 10 before either guy gets up. Hangman uses ropes to stand at 6, Punk ROCKS him. Hangman ROCKS Punk back, so Punk fires off more forearms! SOBAT, KICK and a whip, to CALF KICK! Hangman gets to a corner, Punk runs in and SHINING WIZARDS!

Punk headlocks to BULLDOG! Punk then goes to the apron while Hangman is dazed in the ring. Hangman slowly gets up as Punk takes aim. Springboard FLYING LARIAT! Punk fires up and fans are torn again, but Punk steps through, but Hangman throws hands! Punk staggers away, but he fireman’s carries! Hangman slips off, Punk slips around to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Punk keeps his focus and fans rally back up as he climbs. But Hangman ROCKS him first! Punk tumbles to the floor! Hangman hurries out and goes up the corner again, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit but Hangman hobbles back after Punk.

Hangman puts Punk in, fans rally up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” as he aims. Punk slowly gets up, Hangman slingshots, BUCK- NO! Takedown and step through, SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans are even more torn over this! Hangman endures as Punk sits deep! Hangman reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, reprimands Punk, and Punk lets go. Fans rally, Hangman clutches his leg, and Punk slingshots, but his leg doesn’t hold up! Hangman fireman’s carries! But Punk slips off to trip Hangman! Hangman kicks Punk with his free leg! Punk flops back to the apron and fans rally up again.

Hangman hobbles over, Punk ROUNDHOUSES him away! Punk aims, slingshots, but the legs still don’t hold up! Punk still manages to PUNK SHOT! Cover, TWO! Hangman won’t go down to Punk’s bootleg Buckshot! Punk then calls for his move, by saying night night to Hangman. Punk hobbles over, fireman’s carries, but Hangman slips off and spins Punk around! Fireman’s carry, Punk fights it! Hangman goes to a corner again, Punk runs in, SHINING- NO! Punk got caught! LAST RIDE!! Jackknife roll through to the Alabama Lift! DEADEYE!! But the leg slows Hangman’s cover, TWO!?!? Punk survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman grits his teeth and hobbles back over. Fans get loud as Hangman says night night to Punk! Hangman drags Punk up, fireman’s carries, but Punk flails to get the ropes! Hangman pulls, tosses Punk, but Punk ROUNDHOUSES! But Hangman still fireman’s carries!? GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, TWO!??! Now no one can believe this! Fans rally and duel hard as ever while Hangman and Punk stir. Punk checks his chin, but Hangman gets in his face. Hangman throws a forearm, but Punk gives a haymaker back. Hangman haymakers, Punk forearms! Hangman stands Punk up to ROCK him with an elbow! Punk KICKS the bad leg!

Punk staggers, KICKS the leg again, then throws big forearms! Hangman hits back, they go back and forth and fans rally. Punk gets the edge again, runs, but into a BOOT! Hangman winces from the pain in his leg but fans rally up. Hangman manages to run, but into Punk’s BOOT! Punk runs, but Hangman clotheslines them both out of the ring! Hangman hurries to get Punk up, and TOSSES him over the timekeeper’s table! Hangman picks up the belt to say it is his, and Punk will never have it! Fans duel, the ref takes the belt back, and Hangman puts Punk in the ring. Hangman aims, tunes up the band, and fans rally up with him.

Punk stands, Hangman slingshots, BUCK- Fireman’s carry! Punk swings Hangman around, the ref gets hit with the boots! Hangman slips off and LARIATS Punk down!! But then Hangman realizes what happened to the ref. Hangman checks on the ref, but then he thinks as he looks at Punk and the world title belt… Fans boo, they don’t want Hangman to do this! Hangman hobbles over to get the belt. Hangman glares at Punk, and he wants Punk to get up! Punk does sit up, and he wants Hangman to show mercy! Hangman looks at the belt, then at Punk. Hangman throws the belt down, fans fire up for their Cowboy!

Slingshot, into a spin and fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, Punk wins!!!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Champion)

Hangman did it the right way, but that cost him the title! Punk is a champion in wrestling again after what feels like forever! And if this is how hard he fought to get this belt, how hard will he fight to keep it? How hard will Hangman have to fight to get this belt back?


My Thoughts:

What a night for AEW right here. Was this perhaps the biggest, longest Double or Nothing yet? It sure felt like there was more to it than before. And I can’t really complain about too much, a lot of this was great stuff. Well, okay, there are things I can bring up. There seemed to be technical and production aspects that weren’t the best, but just minor annoyances. And that I just knew Cole & Britt would both win the tournaments. And in the case of the Anarchy in the Arena match, that was exactly the chaos I expected where we couldn’t really appreciate everything going on, but we got to see everything that mattered in the end. I see now that they saved the dysfunction between Bryan and Kingston for this very moment, and that is why JAS won.

Jade Cargill is great in the ring and on the mic, but boy she sure ends up protected. But at least it’s as a Heel, Heels would want ways to ensure their victory. Bivens/Hathaway apparently swooping in to take Jade away from Sterling is a wild move, but Bivens is such a great talker, he’ll fit right in with The Baddies. The dysfunction between SamTay and Kaz was played up about as I expected, but I was surprised Kaz and Sammy lost. But I suppose it’s the best way for everyone to move on from this. Maybe Kaz and Sammy feud as they’ll blame each other for the loss. And I love that Dante Martin wants next. He’ll give Scorpio one hell of a match, but I would think Scorpion wins.

The main event was great stuff but in trying to figure out the crowd reaction, even commentary thought fans didn’t like the “preening” and needing to play things up both guys were doing. AEW being different from WWE, you go in expecting almost nonstop action and the character stuff is in the selling and facial reactions, not having to look to fans for the energy. A Heel like MJF can taunt a crowd to get them to boo more, but when Hangman was ready to slingshot, he should’ve just stayed focused on Punk. And while Hangman going Heel here would’ve been pretty wild, I do like how they kept him Face and now he’s a former champion.

I had a feeling his next chapter would be about finding his way back, and hopefully they can iron out the wrinkles with how this first reign went. And as for Punk, this win opens up a floodgate of matches he could have for the rest of this year and maybe beyond. And if AEW can manage it, we might see Punk VS Omega before we see Omega VS Hangman and/or Punk VS Hangman II.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/14/24)

Toni Storm is on a Rampage!

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The Leading Lady “rehearses” for The Forbidden Door.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Mina Shirakawa wants her spotlight, but Toni Storm must first test her mettle against “Titanium” Alex Windsor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino; Shota wins.
  • Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo; Satnam wins.
  • PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Pac wins.

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Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor!

The Leading Lady knows her beloved, budding protege’s past partner is coming for her prized possession, but she is looking to send a message tonight. Will Mina Shirakawa hear that message loud and clear? Or will Titanium Alex be nobody’s tune-up?

Speaking of, Alex doesn’t even wait for the bell, she goes after Toni the moment she’s in a corner! The fans boo but the bell rings and the ref reprimands. Alex fires off haymakers on Storm, then bumps her off buckles. Windsor soaks up the heat, whips Storm back in, then runs up to CHOP! Windsor soaks up more heat, then runs back in, but into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fast hands, then fires up! The fans are with her and Storm gives Windsor a point-blank HIP ATTACK! And then another! And then another! Storm winds up, the fans fire up, and BOOM, another hip attack! Windsor tumbles out while the fans cheer.

Storm runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Windsor off the apron! Storm calls Mariah over, nuzzles her, then goes after Windsor. Storm CLUBS Windsor, drags her up, then reels her in. Windsor fights the suplex, throws body shots, and then swings, but Storm DECKS her first! Storm goes to the ring but Windsor gets her for a wheelbarrow! Windsor SMASHES Storm off the apron! Windsor KICKS Storm, gets her back up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Storm flounders, Mariah is concerned but Windsor gets in her way. Windsor CLUBS Storm, HAMMERS away, then soaks up the heat. Windsor slides into the ring and Mariah checks on Storm.

Windsor taunts Storm, then goes back out to fetch her. But now Luther stands in Windsor’s way to keep her from getting at Mariah. Windsor drags Storm up, whips her, and POSTS her! Storm staggers around, Windsor runs up to CLUB her again, then throws body shots! Windsor CLUBS Storm, soaks up more heat, but Storm RAMS Windsor into barriers! The fans fire up as Storm rolls into the ring. The fans rally as Windsor drags Storm to a corner, to SLAM the legs into the post! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, but Windsor YANKS Storm out to CLUB her down. Windsor rolls into the ring while fans rally behind Storm.

Luther & Mariah check on Storm, but Windsor goes out again. Luther says to stay back, but Windsor SHOVES Luther into Mariah, which sends Mariah into Storm! The fans boo but Windsor stomps away on Storm, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Windsor drags Storm up and ROCKS her with a forearm! Storm sputters and staggers around the way, but Windsor stalks after her. Windsor has Storm against barriers to CLAW the eyes! Windsor puts Storm in the ring, drags her to a cover, TWO! Storm is tougher than that, and Mariah scowls at Windsor. Windsor fires forearms on Storm, ROCKS her, then whips Storm to ropes to run her over! Cover, TWO! Windsor grows frustrated but she drags Storm up for a cravat. Storm endures the neck wrench, but Windsor throws in knee after knee!  Storm throws body shots but Windsor whips her to a corner.

Windsor runs in but Storm dodges! Rampage returns to single picture as Storm blocks boots, puts Windsor in ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Windsor writhes, Storm goes to the far end, and the fans fire up for the close up! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC! And then the fisherman SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm storms around. She drags Windsor up and reels her in, but Windsor wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Storm HEADBUTTS back! Storm runs, but Windsor clothesline at ropes! And again! And then a RIGHT ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and the fans rally up!

Windsor drags Storm up but Storm drags her into a cradle! TWO, SHINING WINDSOR! Cover, TWO!! The fans rally for Storm again but Windsor snarls. Windsor storms up on Storm, drags her up, short arm- NO, Storm dodges the lariat, runs, and smothers the pop-up to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Storm breaks through Iron Will Windsor, and revels in the praise of her adoring public. She also holds Mariah close, but will she still have both once she passes through The Forbidden Door? Or will the Fighting Gravure Idol steal more than just the spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Harley Cameron.

Arkady Aura is with The Outcasts’ crazier component, and says she’s a bit surprised to see Harley without Saraya, considering the big win last week. Yeah, yeah, who cares? Saraya is not here as a form of protest! All these women are all declaring for the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament. Oh~, declaring~! What are we? Royal subjects? Oh, a royal decree from the king! Or maybe we’re more old Southern women, “Oh, I do declare!” The only one who should be declaring anything is Saraya. Because the winner gets a world title shot at All In. And who was it that won last year at Wembley Stadium? Saraya! What a declaration!

And with that said, Saraya’s done it before, and she will do it again. And now Harley declares this interview over, goodbye. Then from Harley’s mouth to the world’s ears, will Saraya make sure she is the one crowned the 2024 Queen of Harts before crowning herself champion once again?

 

AEW hears from Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo.

La Mera Mera tells “Deonna, you might’ve been a little bit busy, but there were some flashing news. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Collision. And as a tradition, Thunder Rosa always likes to pick a fight. And who else than you?” But The Virtuosa asks back, what does Rosa not understand here? Rosa’s selfishness has forced Deonna to embrace her own. But La Mera Mera isn’t owed anything. From where Deonna comes from, those who want respect must show respect. And those who refuse get respect beaten into them. Saturday Night Collision, Rosa VS Deonna, NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! And Deonna asks what Rosa thinks happens when her head collides with a chair.

Rosa says nothing will stop her from showing Deonna the real respect of a warrior. No disqualifications, no problems. Happy Anniversary, Collision! But who will celebrate by standing over the other’s battered body?

 

Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have broken away from Swerve’s House to do things their way. So far, so good, for them. But will their opponents wish it’d been another three sent into The Cage of Agony?

The trios sort out, Tupu starts against Kaun, and the two circle. Liona distracts Tupu and Kaun DROPKICKS Tupu into the corner! Kaun CHOPS, then fires off forearms! The ref counts, Kaun bumps Tupu off buckles to then fire off more forearms. Kaun CHOPS, the ref has him back off, and Kaun runs in. Tupu goes up and over, keeps moving, and Gutierrez tags in. Kaun CLOBBERS Tupu but Gutierrez kicks low! Gutierrez whips but Kaun reverses. Gutierrez ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Liona sneaks a tag. Gutierrez hurdles but turns around into a BOOT! Liona CLOBBERS Gutierrez! Liona looms over Gutierrez, drags him up, then BODY SHOTS!

Liona BODY SHOTS again, and again! Gutierrez falls, but Liona drags him up again, to LARIAT! The fans rally as Liona drags Gutierrez over and tags in The Machine. Gutierrez fires haymakers on Liona, but they do nothing! Liona SPINEBUSTERS Gutierrez! Cage smirks, Marston tags in, and Marston ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a BIG back drop! Cage drags Marston up, reels him in, puts one out, an d gives Marston a POWERBOMB! Cage then tags to Kaun, Liona steps in with him. Tupu runs in, dodges The Gates, but Cage SUPERKICKS him! Then the Gates get Tupu up to CLOSE THE GATES!

Cage drags Marston over, and the trio TRIPLE SLAMS him! Kaun covers, The Cage of Agony wins!

Winners: The Cage of Agony, by pinfall

This dangerous trio is only more dangerous now that they’re the ones in charge! Will they be right on the heels of the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions?

 

Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino!

It’s another Forbidden Door appetizer as Azucar “welcomes” The Roughneck back to AEW! #SHOOTER has learned a lot from Jon Moxley over the past four years, will he show all those lessons have paid off? Or will Rocky make it clear Shota’s still got a lot to learn?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship here. The fans cheer, the two tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Rocky rolls, slips around, facelocks and cravats. Shota swim moves to wrench and wrangle Rocky to the mat. Rocky stands, Shota wrenches and wristlocks, but Rocky pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Rocky wrenches through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Shota endures, powers out and throws Rocky down. Shota has the toehold, then digs a knee into the knee. Rocky turns over, stands up, clinches, and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Rocky slowly lets off, and then CHOPS!

Shota just stares Rocky down! The fans fire up, and Shota winds up to CHOPS! Rocky staggers and sputters, Shota fires forearms! Shota spins, Rocky ducks the elbow, but runs into a scoop and DROP! Then a basement dropkick! The fans cheer and Shota does a dance similar to Mercedes Mone’s! Shota stomps Rocky around, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Shota CLUBS Rocky again, but Rocky grits his teeth. Shota ROCKS Rocky against ropes, then has him in a corner. Shota stomps and UPPERCUTS, then he stalks Rocky. Shota stomps Rocky, UPPERCUTS again, then whips to ropes. Rocky holds ropes to BOOT back!

Shota runs up but Rocky DUMPS Shota out! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Shota’s head hits the desk and the ref checks him out while Rampage goes picture in picture.

It seems Shota is okay so the ref goes back to the ring. Rocky stands, fires up, and gives us some Latino Heat. Rocky puts Shota in the ring, drops a knee into the back, then stomps Shota before dropping a knee on the chest! Cover, TWO! Shota toughs it out but Rocky drags him up. Rocky KICKS the bad arm, wrenches it, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Shota goes to ropes, Rocky puts him through ropes, to KICK again! Rocky goes up a corner, gives some more Latino Heat, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota flounders, Rocky covers, TWO! Rocky argues the count but the count was fair, so Rocky clamps onto Shota with a cobra clutch!

Rocky thrashes Shota around but Shota endures. Shota fights up, throws elbows, but Rocky CLUBS him on the back. Rocky TOSSES Shota out, then aims from the apron! CROSSBODY, but Shota catches him! Shota pops Rocky up but Rocky slips free, so Shota SHOTGUNS him down! Both men are on the floor on the outside and the fans rally up. Shota rises up, fetches Rocky, and puts him in the ring. But Rocky DROPKICKS Shota back! Shota is down in the corner and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Rocky clotheslines Shota in a corner! Rocky keeps going, and clotheslines again! Then he keeps going, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota pounds the mat. The fans rally behind Shota and he aims at Rocky at the ropes. Slingshot, APRON DDT! The fans fire up again as Rocky flops to the floor! Shota puts Rocky in, then goes up a corner. Shota aims as Rocky flounders, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shota hurries to clinch, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rocky survives but Shota stays focused. Shota waits on Rocky to rise up, then runs in, IGNIT- NO, Rocky makes it a backslide!

Shota rolls through the cover, blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! Shota staggers to a corner, Rocky runs in. Shota dodges, runs in, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! Rocky goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Rocky pounds the mat, the fans rally behind him now, and he aims from a corner. Shota rises, Rocky runs in, SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Rocky roars! The fans are torn as Rocky drags Shota up. Rocky fires forearms, but Shota just eggs him on! The fans like that, so Rocky fires more forearms! Shota roars, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! And cravat, for the SLICED- NO, Shota poops free!

Shota POP-KNEES, then IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives but Shota takes aim from the corner now! A shoutout to Ospreay here with his BLAZE BLADE!! And then PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota wins!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Roughneck does indeed prove that what he learned from his senpai, his upperclassmen, have indeed made him into a great wrestler! But will he become one of the greatest wrestlers as he continues to battle all around the world?

 

Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo!

The One in a Billion is a big, big man, but he still has a lot to prove if he wants to be the best of the best. Will he finally start building on a win streak? Or will Rosario overcome this mountain of a man?

The bell rings, and Satnam offers a handshake? Rosario takes it, but Satnam won’t let go! Rosario kicks and kicks and CHPOS and CHOPS, but Satnam’s grip is too strong! And speaking of, he grabs Rosario by the neck, to PO-UP BEARHUG!! Satnam ragdolls Rosario! Rosario is OUT, Satnam wins!

Winner: Satnam Singh, by pinfall

Satnam TOSSES Rosario aside, having made quick work of the mere mortal. Sonjay Dutt gets in the ring with a mic to say, “Hey hey hey hey hey! Bubba (Jay Lethal), tell ’em, what’re you gonna do?” Lethal takes the mic to say ladies and gentlemen, Satnam Singh is on a freakin’ roll! Satnam just squashed Grillo in record time, and Lethal is so impressed that not only will he beat his opponent tonight, but he and Sonjay have a little side bet that Lethal can do it even faster than what Satnam just did. Satnam chuckles and Lethal says he’s done waiting! Bring that poor shmuck out here! Did Lethal not read the match card? Lethal’s up against THE BASTARD!!

Fans fire up as Pac makes his entrance out here. Pac already said he was in a bad mood on Dynamite, and surely Lethal taking him lightly isn’t helping things. Will Pac make sure Sonjay wins that side bet with Lethal?

PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

The bell rings, Pac dodges Lethal to flying-mare! Pac has the headlock, Lethal puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Pac lets go but Lethal stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Lethal stops and walks it off. Sonjay knows he’s already won the side bet but he still wants Lethal to win the match. Lethal tosses Pac out, but Pac lands on the apron. Pac RAMS into Lethal, slingshots up and over, then comes back, only for Lethal to hip toss! Lethal cartwheels but Pac kips up! Pac SUPERKICKS Lethal, Lethal bails out, so Pac runs to FLY! Direct hit and Pac stares through the camera into the souls of the AEW roster!

Pac drags Lethal up, but he’s wary of Satnam. Pac puts Lethal in, goes up, and fans chant “HE’S OUR BASTARD!” Lethal rises, but Sonjay distracts the ref! Pac hops down, BOOTS Lethal, but Satnam trips Pac! And YANKS him out! The ref saw that one! The fans cheer as the ref EJECTS Satnam! Team Triple J is freaking out, but Lethal rains down fists on Pac. The ref counts, Lethal lets off but the fans sing ‘Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” to Satnam. Lethal whips Pac hard into railing, then RAMS him into the POST! Lethal then runs to DROPKICK Pac down! Sonjay mockingly asks if Pac’s hurt, but the ref tells him to back off!

Lethal tells Sonjay to cool it so he doesn’t get kicked out. Lethal drags Pac up and into the ring while Sonjay mouths off to fans. Lethal drags Pac up, but Pac fires body shots. Lethal TOSSES Pac out, builds speed, and Lethal fakes the dive to Fargo Strut instead. The fans “WOO~” with Lethal and he smiles. Sonjay says Lethal’s the man! Lethal then goes out to fetch Pac, but Pac whips! Lethal reverses, Pac hits steel steps! Sonjay mocks Pac again with a fake apology, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal leaves Pac behind, and he counts along with the ring count. Pac is still down at 5 of 10, but he drags himself up with the apron. Pac flounders in at 8, but Lethal stomps him down! Lethal drags Pac up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole. Lethal RAMS Pac into the corner, snapmares him into a chinlock, and he grinds Pac down. Pac endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. The fans rally as Pac breaks free! Pac ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Pac whips Lethal, Lethal reverses then TOSSES Pac out! Lethal wants the ring count again, but that’s just all distraction so Sonjay can stomp away!

The fans boo and try to point Sonjay out, but he scurries away. Lethal gets the ref to finally count, and then joins in. Pac is still down at 5, drags himself over, and Lethal grows anxious. Pac rises up and drags himself in at 9! Lethal runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac survives by a literal foot but Lethal drops elbow after elbow on that leg! Lethal just keeps going with elbow after elbow, then soaks up some heat before dropping a knee on the knee! Cover, TWO! Pac toughs it out but Lethal covers again, TWO! Lethal argues the count, the ref says it is a fair count, so Lethal drags Pac around by the leg.

Lethal stomps away on Pac’s leg, and Rampage returns to single picture as Lethal steps through. Pac kicks but Lethal blocks that, and now Lethal steps through on that leg. Pac kicks again, Lethal blocks again, but then Pac kicks Lethal away! Lethal comes back, trips Pac, and steps through, but into a cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, gets around, back suplex! Pac lands out, so Lethal handsprings, but Pac SHOTGUNS Lethal while he’s upside-down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sonjay coaches Lethal but the fans rally for Pac. A standing count starts, Pac drags himself up with ropes to stand at 5.

Pac storms up, blocks a shot to ROCK Lethal! Pac ROCKS Lethal again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, to SHOTGUN BOOT! Lethal is dazed and Sonjay is worried as Pac goes up a corner. Pac watches like a hawk, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lethal stays in this and Sonjay coaches him again. The fans rally for Pac as he watches Lethal rise again. Pac waistlocks but Lethal fights the lift. Lethal trips Pac, powers through, but Pac kicks and kicks and kicks! Lethal lets go, but he KICKS Pac’s leg out! Lethal drags Pac up, for a SHIN BREAKER! Then DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal steps through, for the FIGURE FOUR!!

Pac endures, Sonjay tells him to quit, but the shoulders are down! ONE as Pac tilts to the side! Pac reaches out for ropes but Lethal thrashes and pulls on that leg! Pac fights over to the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go, the ref checks with Pac, but Pac says he’s still in this. Lethal rains down fists, then goes to a corner. The fans boo as Lethal climbs, and Lethal calls his shot. But Pac goes up to get a leg! Lethal CLUBS away on Pac, then drags him up top. Lethal reels Pac in, but Pac fights the lift! Pac back drops Lethal away! The fans fire up and Pac adjusts. Sonjay stresses out as Pac aims, but Sonjay gets on the apron!

Pac hops down, runs up and BOOTS Sonjay down! The fans cheer, but Lethal is lurking! Lethal runs in, Pac dodges, but Lethal switches to SNAP GERMAN! Lethal handsprings, but Pac sidesteps to run! But Lethal still hits a CUTTER! But that wasn’t lethal enough, so Lethal handsprings again! LETHAL- NO, Pac dodges to LARIAT!! And then, BRUTALIZER!! Lethal is caught, he QUITS, Pac wins!!

Winner: Pac, by submission

Pac makes Lethal suffer a few seconds longer before letting go. That’s what Lethal gets for calling The Bastard a shmuck! Pac is going to be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament, will he win it all to go All In for the AEW World Championship?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, even with an extra squash match for the fun of it. Cage of Agony are definitely rolling, not sure they’ll be going for the trios titles while a Heel faction like Bang Bang Gang has them, but Cage, Kaun & Liona would definitely be a tough challenge for them. And I really liked that they segued from Satnam’s squash win to Lethal’s great main event with Pac. Great win for Pac to build momentum towards the Owen Hart Cup, I do like the possibility of Pac being in the main event of All In. Whether Pac is facing Ospreay or Swerve for the world title, he’ll give us great promos in the build and an awesome match in Wembley.

Great match from Rocky and Shota, and a great win for Shota. There might be something in the works for Forbidden Door, but I don’t see Shota getting in on title stories in AEW. Really good promo from Deonna and Rosa, and their No DQ match is going to be awesome stuff. That match can really go either way, but something tells me that Deonna wins. As it stands, we’ve got two Face champions in the Women’s Division, and that won’t change after Forbidden Door, so Deonna is a very strong Heel to go after Storm or Mone. And speaking of, great opener out of Storm VS Windsor, which I clearly thought was gonna be the main event but oh well. Still a good showing for Windsor and a good win for Storm, and Storm has momentum going to Forbidden Door, though she surely isn’t losing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/12/24)

AEW loves gold~!

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Who’s going to Long Island?

The Forbidden Door card isn’t set in stone, but it is covered in gold! Will Ospreay and Mercedes Mone each defend their AEW titles, but will they keep them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Dustin Rhodes VS Jack Perry; Jack wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Rush VS Deonn Rusman; Rush wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Mark Briscoe VS Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita; Roddy, Fletcher & Konosuke win.
  • Samoa Joe & Hook w/ Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe & Hook win.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Zeuxis; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Nick Comoroto w/ Jacoby Watts; Garcia wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Rey Fenix; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

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Swerve Strickland is here!

The fans fire up as the AEW World Champion and Prince Nana make their way down to the ring. Nana gets a mic for Swerve, and Swerve asks Des Moines, Iowa if they’re ready for Dynamite tonight. Better yet, are they ready for Forbidden Door in a couple weeks? The fans cheer and Swerve says they should be. Because in one corner, it is The Billy Goat, the International Champion, Will Ospreay! And in the other, THE AEW World Champion, The Mogul, the history maker, Whose House? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” And it is for Swerve’s AEW World Championship. Two absolute bona fide stars, the best of this generation, collide for the gold. Two absolute killers-

Well. More like  one killer, because Swerve told Ospreay about 10 years ago that once Ospreay develops that killer instinct, there’s nobody in this industry that can stop him. That has been true. Let’s go back to Forbidden Door last year. Ospreay VS Omega, and Swerve saw a killer, an assassin, get the job done. Fast forward to Revolution 2024, Ospreay VS Takeshita, and again, the Assassin got the job done. Then Dynasty in April, Ospreay VS Danielson, The Assassin got the job done. Double or Nothing? Hmm, not quite. Didn’t really see The Assassin. Because when it comes to Swerve, he is not a target you want to hesitate on.

Swerve got the nickname “Killshot” for a reason. If you don’t pull the trigger, she sure as hell will. But that doesn’t mean Swerve doesn’t respect Ospreay. No, no, Ospreay is International Champion, defending night in, night out. Hell, he’s defending it tonight, against Rey Fenix! That’s a fighting champion, unlike some EVPs that have yet to defend those belts ever since winning them. But then someone comes out here to stop Swerve. It’s Kazuchika Okada! The Rainmaker tells Swerve to stop as he, said EVPs, and The Scapegoat all walk out on stage. And Okada mockingly asks, “Whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

Okada says no, it’s his house, B*TCH! Nicholas tells Okada to relax, and he apologizes to Swerve. Okada gets very defensive of his friends. But The Elite is here to address some business that Swerve is part of, but that’s in a minute. Nick wants to talk about how DOMINANT The Elite has been! They took out Kenny Omega! They broke Eddie Kingston’s leg! And at Anarchy in the Arena, they DESTROYED “Team AEW!” Half this roster is gone because of THEM! And it feels pretty damn good. All the trolls and the bots online doubt them. Even the wrestlers in the back don’t think they’re violent enough!

WELL GUESS WHAT! The EVPs challenge AEW’s best in the most violent match in AEW: BLOOD & GUTS!! And Matthew says this is where Swerve comes into the picture. The Elite step to the ring, and they tell him that they don’t exactly love what he’s said about them, and admittedly, they didn’t get off on the right foot. But The Elite digs Swerve, they dig his style, he is cool. Swerve is young and a champion, just like all of them. So The Elite is here to ask him a question: Does he wanna stand side-by-side with winners? Side-by-side with champions? Matt wants to ask if Swerve wants to #ChangeTheWorld.

Swerve, traditionally, Blood & Guts is 5v5, and there’s only four of The Elite. So will he be their fifth man? The fans say no but Matt says to make it official, he’s always wanted to see Swerve in their sneakers. Matt offers his own pair of Young Bucks Reeboks to Swerve. Swerve says first off, he doesn’t wear size nines. Second, pear necklaces? Matt, no one wears those anymore. Third of all, he’s a businessman, he does his own stuff. Fourth of all, he’s also a philanthropist, so Nana, if you would. Nana TOSSES the Reeboks to the crowd! Free size nines for someone! The fans cheer the charity but Matt has The Elite calm down.

But see? What’s that buzzing around? Oh, it’s an injury bug. And it just landed on the champ! The Elite and Swerve all get ready to fight, but here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn look just as ready to fight! The Elite bails out, and then Christopher Daniels hurries out here, too! The Fallen Angel turned Interim EVP says normally, he’d let a brawl like this go on all night long, but tonight is a full show of wrestling! Tonight, there’s TWO big title matches, and our opening contest is a qualifier for the TNT Championship Ladder Match! That means everyone out of that ring and to the back right this minute!

Well, except for Jack Perry. Because he’s having his match right now, against this man! DUSTIN RHODES! The fans cheer as The Scapegoat no longer has all the time in the world to prepare! Will it only be natural that Dustin Rhodes makes Jack Perry choke on that silver spoon of his?

AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Dustin Rhodes VS Jack Perry!

The bell rings and Dustin fires hands on Jack! Dustin CHOPS Jack in a corner, stalks him to another, but Jack CLAWS Dustin’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Jack CLUBS Dustin. Jack CHOPS, fires forearms, then whips. Dustin CLOBBERS Jack on the return! Jack flounders, Dustin is right on him, and CHOKES Jack with his T-shirt! Dustin drags Jack up by his hair, but Jack grabs a buckle pad! The ref counts, Dustin CLUBS Jack, but the buckle pad comes free! Jack ELBOWS Dustin, TOSSES him out of the ring, then AX HANDLES from the apron! Dustin hits back with body shots, then scoops, but Jack slips free to POST Dustin!

Jack brings Dustin around, RAMS him into steel steps, then starts pulling up the floor mat! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Jack scowls as he goes back for Dustin. Jack drags Dustin up, CLUBS him, reels him in, but Dustin fights the lift! Dustin back drops Jack onto the concrete! We see Dustin is still busted open from hitting that post, and the ref checks him while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Dustin seems alright to continue, and he storms over to Jack. Dustin puts Jack in the ring, storms in, but Jack CLUBS him down! Jack rains down forearms, lets off so the ref can check Dustin, and Dustin crawls to ropes. Jack storms up on Dustin to CHOKE him on the ropes! The ref counts, Jack lets off at 4, but then he CHOKES Dustin again! The ref counts again, Jack steps away, and Dustin sputters, that crimson mask starting to match his face paint. Jack goes out of the ring, and is he putting something in his boot or taking something out? Either way, Jack then brings a chair over to the ring!

Dynamite returns to single picture, the ref sees that chair and takes it right away from Jack, but Jack CLUBS Dustin! Jack CHOKES Dustin, and he is fiddling inside his boot again! The ref counts, Jack lets off, and then mocks Kenny Omega with the finger gun! BANG and Jack runs, into a SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up as Dustin finally gets back at Jack! The fans rally up, Dustin slowly sits up, and Jack follows. Jack stands but into an UPPERCUT! Jack ROCKS Dustin, but Dustin eggs him on! The fans fire up and Jack fires forearm after forearm! Dustin kick slow, RHODES UPPERCUTS, then runs to BOOT!

Dustin keeps going, and he hits a BULLDOG! Jack flounders around, Dustin storms after him in a corner. Dustin climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count along and Dustin goes all the way to TEN! Dustin lets off, flips Jack off, then puts the legs in the ropes! Jack’s wide open and the ref reprimands. Dustin says fine, he’ll get the chair! The ref says no, no chair! The ref takes the chair away, and Dustin hits SHATTERED DREAMS! The fans cheer, and Dustin gets Jack in the dragon sleeper. Jack snapmares free, but Dustin blocks the superkick! Dustin spins Jack to JAB! JAB! JAB! And then flip, flop, fly and dirty bird! BIONIC ELBOW!

The fans fire up as Dustin gets Jack up and in, for the CROSS RHODES! Cover, TWO!!! Jack survives and Dustin is beside himself! Dustin pounds the mat, the fans rally up, and Dustin rises up! Dustin gets fired up, and he brings Jack up and in. Dustin suplexes, but Jack wrenches out to KNEE low! Jack RAMS Dustin into the bare buckle! Dustin goes down, Jack pushes him out and heads for the bare concrete! DDT on the cement!! Jack leaves Dustin behind, letting the count handle this. The fans boo but the count climbs while Dustin is down. Dustin reaches out at 4 of 10, sits up slowly at 5, and then flounders at 7.

The fans rally as hard as they can, and Dustin stands at 9! Dustin slides in at 9.9 and Jack is stunned! But then Jack laughs at Dustin still trying to get up. The fans rally for Dustin as he drags himself up with the ropes. Dustin pushes the ref aside to run up on Jack, but Jack LOW BLOWS Dustin!! Payback behind the ref’s back, and Jack paints himself with Dustin’s blood. Jack then lines up the shot, “We all have to sacrifice, Dustin.” Dustin flips Jack off! Jack KNEES Dustin down!! Cover, Jack wins!

Winner: Jack Perry, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

The Scapegoat just made Dustin the sacrifice needed for him to qualify. Jack gives a smile as he looks at the TNT Championship, will he be the final piece to a new Golden Elite?

 

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

Renee Paquette is with this eclectic trio as they are teaming together tonight to face some common enemies. However, it was only just last Saturday on Collision that Cassidy and Kyle were opponents. How are they gonna make this work tonight? Kyle says hold on, they’re all pros. They can be against each other on Saturday and tag on Wednesday just fine, and now they’ve got Mark Briscoe with them! Renee says okay, then let’s address the elephant in the room. Kris Statlander put her hands on Orange, Trent’s go this own issues with him, the entire Don Callis Family is now coming for him, what is he going to do about this situation?

Cassidy says it looks like there are a few people who have his back. But there is one person he definitely knows does, and in walks Willow Nightingale. Mark asks if he could say something real quick. Now, Renee, you’re bringing up last week, but that’s things in the past. You don’t get where you’re going by looking in the rearview mirror. Today is today, and the word of the day is: conglomeration! This is a conglomeration of dangerous individuals right here in these three men, who are in dire straits! Roddy Strong, Kyle Fletcher, Konosuke Takeshita, they’re coming for you boys!

Mark has Kyle O’Reilly right here! What he gonna do? He’ll snatch your leg off and kick you in the face! YES! That’s the answer! He’ll do it all! And then we have the mighty man with a plan, with his hands in his pockets! But watch your jaw cuz he gonna rock it! OC, Orange Cassidy! They comin’ for you! You got three bad boys, but these are the three most dangerous, most unpredictable men in pro-wrestling right here! Tonight, you boys are in trouble! There’s only one thing you can do, and that’s get your asses whooped! It’s going down in Des Moines, Iowa! Let’s get it! RARARARAR! Mark is fired up, it has Kyle motivated, and Willow sure loves it!

Renee says wow. Cassidy asks how Renee’s doing. Great now. How’s Cassidy? He’s okay. One wild and wooly trios match is on its way, will The Chicken, Violent Artist & Freshly Squeezed make sure Roderick Strong & The Don Callis Family feel every bit of that fire?

 

Rush VS Deonn Rusman!

El Toro Blanco told off Maxwell Jacob Friedman last week in regards to the hypocrisy and bias from the fans. Will Rush show everyone, but especially MJF, that Rush runs things now?

The bell rings, Rush and Rusman circle, and then Rush CLOBBERS Rusman! Rusman flops out of the ring, Rush goes out and CHIPOS him! Rush whips Rusman hard into railing, then hard into more railing! Rush THROWS Rusman into railing, CLUBS away on him with haymakers, and the ref reprimands. Rush lets off, soaks up the heat and tells MJF that this is coming for him! Rush CHOPS Rusman, puts him in the ring, and then stalks Rusman to a corner. Rush CHOPS, CHOPS, then sits him down to stomp away! The ref counts, but Rush goes corner to corner! BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Rush just destroyed Des Moines’ own, but it seems he’s not done. He goes up to Justin Roberts, snatches the mic, and tells Iowa to shut up! Rush drags Deonn around, steps on his head, and then laughs! “Typical American, like all of you. WEAK!” Rush drags Deonn back into the corner, stomps away on him, and then goes corner to corner, but here comes MJF! The fans fire up as The People’s Scumbag still stands up to bullies! MJF takes the jacket right off, and he runs right down to the ring! MJF and Rush brawl! They go haymaker for haymaker, security hurries out here, but Rush and MJF DECK them one at a time! Rush HEADBUTTS the last guy!

Rush and MJF snarl, and they see they’re alone with each other. The fans are thunderous for MJF, and the brawl is on again! Christopher Daniels is back out here, shouting at them to stop, but MJF BITES Rush’s forehead! Rush gets away, but he drags MJF out of the ring! Rush sends MJF into railing, then runs him down, but MJF turns it around! MJF TOSSES Rush up and over barriers! The fans fire up as the brawl continues out in the crowd! Rush SMACKS MJF off railing! Rush and MJF continue fighting in the bleachers! Security does what it can, MJF CLAWS Rush’s face then throws him down! Des Moines is all fired up for MJF!

MJF CHOPS Rush, brings him to the stage and then around the back! MJF throws headlock punches as he keeps going, but Rush sends MJF into a road case! And then throws a crate at MJF! Daniels keeps shouting at them to stop but MJF SPINEBUSTER Rush through a table!! MJF rains down fists, CHOKES Rush, but Rush CHOKES MJF! They both separate, but then Rush throws a trash can! The locker room hurries over to separate these two, but Rush and MJF are far from through with each other! How much wilder can this get?

Well BREAKING NEWS from Tony Khan! MJF and Rush will have it out next week to OPEN Dynamite, in a COMMERCIAL FREE match! What won’t these two do to take the other out?

 

Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Mark Briscoe VS Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita!

We heard from Freshly Squeezed, Violent Artist & Sussex County Chicken earlier, now it’s time to see them in action! Will they tear down The Savior of the Backbreaker, the Aussie Arrow & The Alpha? Or will the combined forces of The Undisputed Kingdom & Don Callis Family be too much for even this all-star conglomeration?

The teams sort out and Callis joins commentary while Cassidy starts against Roddy. This is a rivalry revisited, but then Cassidy looks over to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle is staring daggers at Roddy, so Cassidy tags him in! But then Roddy tags out to Kyle Fletcher! Fletcher’s a bit annoyed but now we get Kyle and Kyle circling. O’Reilly gives a kick, Fletcher gives a forearm, and they go back and forth! Fletcher kicks low, headlocks, but O’Reilly powers out. Fletcher runs O’Reilly over then keeps moving, but O’Reilly kitchen sink knees! O’Reilly gets Fletcher’s arm, wrenches, and tags in Mark! Mark CLUBS Fletcher’s arm, wrenches, and puts him in a corner.

The fans cheer as Mark CHOPS, whips, but Fletcher reverses. Mark goes up and around to DECK Fletcher! Fletcher falls back, and Konosuke tags in. Mark eggs Konosuke on, so Konosuke fires a forearm! Mark give sit back, they go back and forth, until Konosuke CLAWS Mark’s eyes! Konosuke whips, Mark gets under the boot to BODY SHOT! Mark bumps Konosuke off buckles, CHOPS him, then tags Cassidy! Cassidy goes up to CROSSBODY, but Konosuke catche shim! Konosuke SMACKS Mark with Cassidy, BOOTS O’Reilly, then hits a LANDSLIDE! Konosuke runs to SLIDING KNEE! Konosuke stomps away on Cassidy, then rains down fists!

Callis admits on commentary that he told Konosuke to just hurt Cassidy for being a turncoat. Fletcher tags in, the Family double whips Cassidy, but Cassidy ducks the lariats to DOUBLE RANA! The fans fire up as Konosuke tumbles out of the ring! O’Reilly FLYING KNEES Konosuke down! But then Roddy WRECKS O’Reilly with a dropkick! Mark runs up to dodge Fletcher, then DIVE onto Roddy! Cassidy is stunned seeing that, but then Fletcher DIVES onto Mark! Cassidy sees Kyle and Kyle brawl, then Konosuke and Mark join in! Roddy does, too, then Cassidy SPRINGBOARD CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous!

Cassidy then stares down Trent. Trent and Cassidy argue, but Konosuke DECKS Cassidy! Trent says that’s what happens! The Don Callis Family high-fives and stands tall with The Kingdom while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Konosuke stands on Cassidy, Fletcher stomps him, and then they put Cassidy in the ring. Fletcher hurries in to whip Cassidy to ropes. Fletcher ELBOWS Cassidy down, covers, TWO! Fletcher drags Cassidy over, bumps him off buckles, and Roddy tags in. Roddy CHOPS Cassidy, brings Cassidy around to scoop and BACKBREAKER, then he tags Takeshita. Konosuke stays between Cassidy and his team while taunting him. Cassidy slowly rises, and he fires a chop. There isn’t much to it, but Cassidy throws more and more and starts getting some force behind the shots! So Konosuke DECKS him! Konosuke stalks Cassidy as he flounders, then tags in Fletcher.

Fletcher & Konosuke double whip Cassidy to run him over! Then they BLAST O’Reilly & Briscoe! Fletcher soaks up the heat, then drags Cassidy up by his arm. Fletcher scoops to SLAM Cassidy, then soaks up the heat. Tag to Takeshita and he stomps Cassidy. Konosuke snapmares Cassidy, goes up a corner, and soaks up heat before the SUPER SENTON! Konosuke then deadlifts Cassidy in a waistlock! Konosuke goes for the full nelson, but Cassidy reaches for his pockets! Konosuke shoves Cassidy to ropes, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT! Konosuke then HOTSHOTS Cassidy off ropes!

Konosuke runs to LARIAT Cassidy down! Cover, TWO! Konosuke CLUBS away on Cassidy, tags Roddy in, and Roddy goes for legs! Cassidy fights the turn, reaches for his corner, but Roddy YANKS Cassidy back! Dynamite returns to single picture as Roddy BLASTS Briscoe! O’Reilly avoids the cheap shot and he glares at Roddy. Cassidy rolls Roddy up! TWO, and hot tag to O’Reilly! O’Reilly rallies on Roddy with kicks and forearms and knees! O’Reilly whips, Roddy stops himself and tags in Fletcher! But O’Reilly BOOTS Fletcher, and he DRAGON SCREWS Konosuke in the ropes! Fletcher returns to kick but O’Reilly kicks back!

O’Reilly fires off strikes, SWEEPS the leg, but Konosuke returns! Konosuke BOOTS O’Reilly, whips corner to corner, but O’Reilly goes up and over! Fletcher runs in but is sent into Konosuke! O’Reilly blocks Fletcher’s kick, hands it to Konosuke, then he gets Konosuke’s leg! CHAIN DRAGON SCREW! Roddy is back and he KNEES O’Reilly low! OLYMPIC- NO, O’Reilly slips free, ELBOWS Roddy, and hot tags Mark! The ROH World Champion dodges Roddy to BOOT the ROH Television Champion! O’Reilly ROCKS Roddy, fires off, and Mark fires off on Fletcher! The fans fire up as Mark sets Fletcher up for O’Reilly’s BOOT!

Mark now brawls with Roddy while O’Reilly waistlocks Fletcher. Fletcher elbows free, Roddy CHOPS Mark, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! Roddy runs, but Mark ROCKS him! Mark CHOPS Fletcher, CHOPS, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Roddy storms up but Mark blocks to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! The fans fire up as Mark hits the crane stance! Roddy blocks the kick, half nelsons, but Mark breaks free to PELE! The fans fire up with Mark, he runs in, but into a BOOT! Roddy goes up but Mark UPPERCUTS him down! The fans fire up, Mark builds speed and Cassidy tags in. Mark WRECKS Roddy with a dropkick!

Mark avoids Konosuke’s leg sweep, and O’Reilly JUMP KICKS Konosuke down! Mark CANNONBALLS Fletcher down! Mark calls to Cassidy and puts Fletcher in for him. Cassidy is up top and Fletcher stagger sup, into the DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!?! Fletcher survives and shocks everyone! Cassidy throws off his elbow pad and the fans fire up! Cassidy aims, but Konosuke anchors his feet! Fletcher runs up, GAMANGIRI! SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! O’Reilly is back but Fletcher ducks the roundhouse! SUPERKICK! Fletcher runs, into a KNEE! Roddy gets O’Reilly, BACKBREAKER! But Mark gets Roddy, spin and FISHERMAN BUSTER!

Konosuke runs up, Mark kick shim and reels him in. Mark underhooks but Konosuke wrenches out for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cassidy runs up, but turns Blue Thunder into a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fletcher runs up, Cassidy gets around! Fletcher switches and shoves, but Cassidy tilt-o-whirls! Fletcher says no to the DDT, suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy holds Fletcher down so O’Reilly can AX & SMASH! Then with Cassidy, SHOTGUN HIGH LOW!! Cassidy hurries up the corner, but Roddy is there to anchor him! Kyle SWEEPS Roddy’s legs! But Kyle GAMANGIRIS Cassidy!

Fletcher goes up, but Mark sneaks a tag! TURNBUCKLE BRAINBUSTER for Cassidy!!! Fletcher covers but the ref tells him it’s not Cassidy! FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, RODDY BREAKS IT!! But O’Reilly clamps on with a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Roddy puts O’Reilly in a corner, the ref is busy with them as Mark underhooks Fletcher. Des Moines declares “This is Awesome!” as Fletcher fights the lift! Konosuke returns, Mark dodges him once, but the ALPHA ELBOW hits the mark! And then the POWER DRIVE KNEE!! Fletcher gets Mark up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Family & Kingdom win!!

Winners: Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

The conglomerate could not keep up with the chaos, and now the ROH Television Champion has pinned the ROH World Champion! Will the Protostar look to take Briscoe’s belt for his own? And wait, Trent is going after Cassidy on the outside! Konosuke stomps away on Briscoe, and Fletcher joins in! Meanwhile, The Kingdom keeps Kyle O’Reilly isolated, saying this isn’t his fight! The fans boo as Trent sends Cassidy into steel steps! But here comes The Babe with The Power! BUT WAIT! Kris is attacking her in the tunnel!! Kris throws Willow down, stomps her, and Stokely has the mic to say wake up, Willow.

Well, he tried. But hey, when she watches this back, there’s a message for her. The next time Willow gets in the business of Kris & Stoke, they won’t be dragging her on stage. They’ll be dragging her to the ER! The fans boo but Big Stoke takes a pic of this for posterity. Is there any hope for Cassidy and Willow with enemies all around them?

 

Backstage interview with Rey Fenix.

Renee Paquette is now with The Immortal Firebird ahead of his main event match, where he has the opportunity to become a two-time International Champion. His first run was cut short due to injury, but he has been an AEW World Tag Team and AEW World Trios Champion, as well as champion all around the world. Earlier, he told Renee that of course he knows just how good Ospreay is, but Fenix is one of one. Then will that one of one become the two-time two-time International Champion? Or will the Firebird be taken down by an Ospreay?

 

AEW hears from Shingo Takagi!

“My time is coming! TOKI GA KITA! I’m Shingo Takagi, The Rampaging Dragon, The NEVER Openweight Champion. The AEW Owen Hart Tournament? I’m ready. Now, The Japanese Dragon is in America. That’s all I wanted to say.” Is the Owen Hart Cup about to go through a Forbidden Door of its own?

 

Christopher Daniels speaks.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m back. And I’ve got some news regarding The Elite. Now Matthew & Nicholas Jackson, Kazuchika Okada, next week, Tony Khan has decided that you will wrestle in Eliminator matches. Matches where if your opponents win, they will earn title shots for the World Tag Team Championships and Continental Championship respectively. Now Okada, you’re used to having all seconds barred from ringside, but Matthew, Nicholas… Tony Khan has decided that your match next week will have all seconds barred from ringside! NO outside interference! And we’ll get a chance to see how elite you really are.”

The Fallen Angel lays down the law on behalf of TK, but then who will get themselves some golden opportunities at The Elite’s treasure?

 

Samoa Joe & Hook w/ Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

The Samoa Submission Specialist told the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil that they would handle Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari on their terms, and they did just that last Saturday night! Now they take that fight from locker room to ring, will Joe & Hook humble the pompous Premier Athletes? Or will Nese & Daivari prove they’re not just big muscles and big bank accounts?

While Nese & Daivari are making their entrance, we cut to the “Shibata Cam” as Joe & Hook prepare on their side of gorilla. Joe has a theory why Taz loves orange so much. They’re from New York, Syracuse is known for orange, boom. Hook says nah, Taz hates Syracuse. Figures. Okay, quick stretch, and let’s go. Joe & Hook storm out the tunnel and CLOBBER The Premier Athletes from behind! The fans fire up and Sterling panics as Joe & Hook beat Nese & Daivari down! Hook keeps Daivari on the ramp while Joe sends Nese into the LED! Shibata’s cam catches Joe storming up on Sterling. Joe says WORLDSTAR~!

Joe drags Nese down the ramp, Sterling is furious, but Joe puts Nese in the ring. The fans are singing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and the bell rings. Nese stomps and kicks at Joe, then runs, but Joe ELBOWS him down! The fans fire up, Joe waits on Nese, and then JABS! JABS! BODY BLOW! JAB! Repeat! Joe fires off in the corner, RIDGE HANDS Nese down, then tags in Hook. Joe drags Nese up, he and Hook double whip, then Joe clotheslines Nese in the corner. Feed to Hook’s LARIAT, and the fans fire up! Hook drags Nese up, but Nese TACKLES Hook! Tag to Daivari, the Premier Athletes mug Hook!

The fans boo, the ref counts, and the Premier Athletes let off. Daivari tags Nese, and they stomp away on Hook! The ref counts, Sterling says they have ’til five! Nese lets off, tags Daivari back in, and they stomp away on Hook again. The fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Nese steps out. Daivari bumps Hook off buckles, pushes him out, then goes up the corner. Daivari CROSSBODY FLOPS as Hook learns from Joe’s style! Nese runs up, Hook gets around, T-BONE! The fans fire up and Hook runs, but Sterling trips him up! The fans boo but Daivari CLOBBERS Hook! Daivari & Nese stomp Hook, but Shibata runs up to DECK Sterling!

The fans fire up as The Wrestler doesn’t let the ambulance chaser turned manager get away with one! Nese swings on Joe but gets caught into a SLEEPER! Daivari drags Hook up, wrenches an arm, but Hook ducks the Lion’s Lariat to get the REDRUM!! Body scissors, and then Daivari TAPS! Joe & Hook win!

Winners: Samoa Joe & Hook, by submission

OH, Shibata’s had Sterling in a sleeper this whole time! No wonder Sterling wasn’t protesting! But while Nese & Daivari are Premier Athletes, we know Joe, Hook & Shibata are some dangerous men! Will this trio take over AEW by putting all their opponents to sleep?

 

AEW hears from Stephanie Vaquer.

La Primera says, “Mercedes, I will give you props. You are one of the best. And now, you are coming for the title that was ‘supposed to be yours?’ Hmm. Your arrogance is just plain offensive. I work hard every day, all over the world, instead of just sitting around and walking on red carpets. This belt is mine, and it’s not going anywhere. At Forbidden Door, Stephanie Vaquer is going to become the first-ever NJPW Strong AND TBS Double Champion. Because I am La Primera.” To be the best, you gotta beat the best, so will Vaquer prove she’s truly THE best when she dethrones The CEO?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Zeuxis!

Well speaking of The CEO, she’s now in action against Vaquer’s CMLL Women’s Tag Team Championship partner, the very title Vaquer wants being on the line! Will Mone prove she’s not just a fighting champion, but that she’s got what it takes to stay champion? Or will La Diosa Guerrera use her Puerto Rican Power to make her and Vaquer into a Two Woman Power Trip?

The introductions are made, the TBS title is raised, and we see who will walk through The Forbidden Door!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Zeuxis puts Mone on ropes, then pulls hair! The ref counts, Zeuxis lets off, and Mone is annoyed already. Zeuxis eggs Mone on but the fans rally behind The CEO. Mone and Zeuxis tie up, Zeuxis waistlocks, spins Mone, then gets around again, to flying-mare! Zeuxis chinlocks and grinds Mone down, but Mone fights up fast. Zeuxis shifts to a headlock, Mone powers out, but Zeuxis runs her over! Things keep moving, Mone drops but Zeuxis rolls. Zeuxis sidesteps Mone, hurdles, then drops down but Mone rolls! Mone does her dance, the fans cheer, but Zeuxis kicks low!

Zeuxis mocks the dance, CLUBS Mone, then whips. Mone tilt-o-whirls, just manages the second time, and DEJA VU RANAS! Mone then waits on Zeuxis, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Zeuxis is tougher than that but Mone keeps cool. Mone CHOPS Zeuxis, knuckle locks, then goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! The fans fire up with Mone, she runs up at Zeuxis, but Zeuxis rolls her up, with a bridge! TWO!! Mone escapes that, but Zeuxis ROCKS her, then ROUNDHOUSES her! Mone drops to her knees, Zeuxis BOOTS her, then runs. Mone runs and trips Zeuxis, then drags her out! Mone uses the desk to FLYING ARM-DRAG again!

The fans fire up with Mone, then storms up on Zeuxis. Mone puts Zeuxis in, drags her up, but Zeuxis fights the suplex! Zeuxis ROCKS Mone, SWEEPS the leg, then SHOTGUNS her off the apron! Mone tumbles, Zeuxis builds speed, and Zeuxis DIVES! Direct hit with the tope suicida, and then Zeuxis RIPS a fan’s sign for Mone! The fans boo but Zeuxis soaks it up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref checks Mone and she’s okay to continue, so Zeuxis drags her up. Zeuxis puts Mone in the ring, then CHOKES her on ropes! The ref counts, Zeuxis lets off, and she argues with the ref. Zeuxis then drags Mone up, whips her corner to corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Mone sits down, Zeuxis swaggers back to the far side, and then runs in to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Mone’s tougher than that and Zeuxis grows frustrated. Zeuxis drags Mone back, hooks up the legs, and then pulls on the arms! Right up into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Mone endures, so Zeuxis drops her, but keeps the legs hooked. Mone turns things over and goes for Zeuxis’s arms!

Mone pulls, pulls and pulls into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Zeuxis endures, Mone drops her hard, and is finally free of the leg hook. Mone storms up, drags Zeuxis up, but Zeuxis ROCKS her! Zeuxis TOSSES Mone by her hair, then soaks up more heat. Zeuxis goes over to Mone, drags her around, and clamps on a CAMEL CLUTCH! Zeuxis makes Mone smile with fishhooks, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Zeuxis then ties up Mone’s legs and pulls her into the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Dynamite returns to single picture as Mone endures being bent back! Mone manages to pop free and cover, TWO! Zeuxis and Mone both rise, and Mone blocks a kick!

Mone KNEES Zeuxis, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Mone survives and Zeuxis is seething! Zeuxis vows to end this, and she drags Mone up. Zeuxis fireman’s carries, but Mone turns pop-up into RANA! Cover, TWO!! Zeuxis escapes, and she RAMS Mone into a corner! Zeuxis RAMS in again and again, then SLAPS Mone! The fans boo but Mone BOOTS Zeuxis back! Mone goes up, leaps, sunset flip, but Zeuxis rolls through! POINT-BLANK METEORA! Cover, TWO! Mone survives again and Zeuxis scowls. Zeuxis wheelbarrows, but Mone makes it a BULLDOG! The fans fire up as both women are down!

Mone rises, Zeuxis is in a corner. Mone runs in to DOUBLE KENE! Zeuxis sits down, so Mone METEORAS! Snapmare and Mone goes up top! METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Zeuxis survives and Mone is shocked! Mone brings Zeuxis up to snap suplex, and that’s Una Amiga! Then another for Dos Amigas! Zeuxis blocks the third, wrenches and reels Mone in, underhooks for a TIGER LUNG BLOWER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Mone survives and Zeuxis is beside herself! “This is Awesome!” as Zeuxis climbs up, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Mone moves! Mone runs, rolls, slips around, and Gory Especials for the MONE MAKER!! Cover, Mone wins!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

The CEO got more than she bargained for out of Zeuxis, but nothing she couldn’t handle! Will Mone make sure that she not only holds onto this gold, but adds the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship to the collection?

 

AEW hears from Mina Shirakawa.

The Fighting Gravure Idol says, “AEW, you love me~!” Mariah May helps read the résumé: a FIVE-TIME Stardom Champion; singles, tags, trios, she’s done them all! Mariah always knew Mina was special, and that America would fall in love with her. Mina says she used to be a model, but wanted to put on a big show. Her entrance is colorful, exciting, energetic, and of course, sexy! Mina & Mariah founded Stardom’s Club Venus, won the tag titles together, and Mina has always been like a big sister. They love wrestling and being together.

Mariah assures us, when that switch flips, she goes from “kawaii Mina-chan” to one of the most dangerous women Mariah’s ever seen. And that’s why Mariah’s glad they’re friends. Mina says she’s come to America and AEW to take over! She wants all the matches, all the gold! You want Mina? She wants everything~!

Cut to Mariah by Toni Storm’s side.

The protege snuggles up with her mentor, The AEW Women’s World Champion, and we also have Luther and Renee Paquette. Renee says we just saw the video package from Mina, and while Mina is a very credible opponent, she is also very… close with Mariah. Toni says that was hardly a video worth watching. Mariah thanks “Miss Storm” for getting her into the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she will not let Storm down. Storm knows. And secondly, Mariah is happy that Mina is coming back next week! Sigh. And? She wants to do a contract signing with Storm, face to face. Storm scowls but Mariah says she will host it to keep everyone on the same page.

Renee says before that, Storm does have a match on Rampage against Alex Windsor. Oh what a tangled web we weave when everyone wants a shot at the “wide load that holds the gold!” Nevertheless, Storm’s chin is lifted, her tits have persevered, and you ALWAYS watch for the shoe! Come, Mariah, time for a waxing. They head out, Luther shrugs and follows. Will the Leading Lady use “Iron Will Windsor” as a mere warm-up for the real attraction? Will Mina behave herself when she and Storm are face to face next Wednesday night?

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

“The Redwood” welcomes us all to TV Time with The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho. “If there is one thing that Chris has taught me, it’s that it’s never too late to start learning, and it’s never too early to start winning. Am I right? This guy knows what I’m talking about!” With that in mind, here he is! The Socrates of Pro-Wrestling, The Guru of Giving Back, The Michael Jordan of Michael Jordans! The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho! Jericho makes his entrance, “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith following behind as the tron now says Jericho’s been “For The World” Champion for 53 days. Jericho waves hi to everyone as he steps into the ring.

Jericho gets his own mic and says, “Hi, guys~! Hi, everybody~! Who wants more TV Time? You know I do! I also wanna says thanks to all the Branches, this new Learning Tree T-shirt just came out 15 minutes ago on Shop AEW, already one of the fastest selling shirts in AEW history. Thanks, everybody~! Who wants one? Who wants one?” The fans cheer, but Jericho doesn’t throw the shirt. Jericho also wants to add that he was eating some corn backstage at catering, and he knows it was grown right here in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s gotta say, it was a little bit ripe and here’s why, because he knows a little bit about farming.

You need to grow corn in fertile, well-trained soil with a pH level of 6 to 6.8. This corn was about a 7, and that doesn’t work for Jericho, brother. So next time, please fortify the soil with more compost if you wanna make better corn. Jericho smiles and Keith says unless you wanna grow some lame ass corn, RESPECT Chris Jericho! And speaking of respect, Jericho knows they all respect each other here. The Learning Tree respects all of his Branches in the Jericho Vortex, both out here in the arena, at home watching on TV, and the wrestlers in the back. And there are a couple youngsters who need a little advice to reach the next level.

Let’s bring ’em out right now. Everyone give it up for Marq Quen & Isiah Kasisdy, Private Party! The fans do cheer as Quen & Zay make their way out, Big Bill vibing to the theme song. Private Party steps into the ring, and Jericho says if they’re gonna do shots, make sure they have a designated driver. But also, Jericho wants to say they have been doing great work. Right, everybody? Private Party’s high-flying is off the charts, next level, and they’ve done great things. The one thing they haven’t been doing lately, though, is winning matches. The reason for that is that their basics just aren’t up to snuff. Jericho doesn’t know who trained them, but he wasn’t very good.

And since Jericho was trained by the late, great Stu Hart over 33 years ago in the Hart Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jericho knows a thing or two about doing the basics properly. Headlocks, running the ropes, proper takedowns. He saw them fly off the top rope, but they don’t even do that properly! It’s technically unsound, guys. Zay says well, how about he teaches them? Zay wants to see it. Quen wants to see it! And pretty sure everyone in Iowa wants to see it! In fact, Jericho is a legend, an OG. Some might even call him… The Caitlin Clark of AEW. Iowa likes that shoutout! Kevin says respect.

Jericho says yeah, he might even throw a three-pointer! He’ll show them how to climb a corner, just as the late, great Owen Hart, one of the greatest high-flyers of all time, showed him. Jericho shows you put a foot here on the bottom rope, then the second, then the very top. See? That easy. And then you stand and do a move. Makes sense? yes, thanks for this lesson. Did they learn from The Learning Tree? Yes, they did. But here’s a lesson from them! Zay TRIPS Jericho up! Jericho gets stuck on the top, Keith runs up but Quen TOSSES him! Bill’s too busy making sure people are admiring Jericho to know what’s happened!

Bill turns around, sees what happened, and then he runs up! Private Party DUMPS Bill out, then they build speed to DOUBLE DIVE! Down go Bill & Bryan! The fans fire up as Zay uses that lesson to climb, and SWANTON BOMB! Quen does the same, so he can hit a SHOOTING STAR! Bill & Bryan run back in but Private Party gets outta there! Quen & Zay just taught us that Jericho’s arrogance makes him gullible. But will the Redwood & Bad Apple make sure Quen & Zay pay for their disrespect?

 

The Forbidden Door has an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match set!

After Jon Moxley retained the title in a wild Lumberjack match, he dared anyone to step up to the plate. And who stepped up? Tetsuya Naito did! Moxley took the title from Naito in Chicago, so now Naito looks to return the favor in Long Island! Naito’s a big baseball fan, will he knock this one out of the park? Or will Moxley strike him out, for good?

 

Bullet Club Gold speaks.

Bang Bang Gang has so many title belts, they’re using them as weights for a good pump. Austin Gunn says it is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Collision, and all they keep hearing about is how badass The House of Black is. But what? Are they returning? In action? Sitting all crisscross applesauce? What do they even do?! Colten knows! Lights off. Lights on. OOOH~!! How scary~! The House of Black call themselves “the reapers of the trios division,” but three-quarters of the trios champs say otherwise. All they reap is GOLD~! Juice Robinson says ooh~, House of Black~! They want some action on Saturday night?

Then how about some action with the Bang Bang Gang? They ARE the Collision Cowboys! Collision is the House The Bang Bang Gang Built! And in Youngstown, Ohio, this town ain’t big enough for the both of ’em! The House’s asses are getting kicked! DO YOU GET IT!? Juice smacks #Cardblade, and Austin says if they’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Will the Bang Bang Gang really shoot down Malakai, Brody & Buddy? Or will they all regret it in The End?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Nick Comoroto w/ Jacoby Watts!

The Red Death has gotten back on track as he chases down the International Championship, but he still needs more. Will he get more than enough out of the Wrecking Ball that stands before him? Or will the teachings of HE, Jacoby, finally lead Comoroto to a bright future?

The bell rings and Comoroto runs up, but Garcia dodges! Garcia fires off fists int he corner, lets off, then stomps away! The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in, but lets off to runs side to side. BOOT WASH! The fans fire up, Jacoby is upset, and we see Will Ospreay watching this. The Aerial Assassin may have Fenix to worry about in the main event, but seems he’s keeping an eye on Garcia. Garcia goes corner to corner at Comoroto, but Comoroto scoops and trophy lifts! Garcia slips free, reels Comoroto in, and hits a SAIDO! We also see MJF watching this now, hand wrapped in an icepack. Could the Wolf of Wrestling be interested in Garcia’s future, too?

Garcia drags Comoroto up, into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Comoroto flails but that grip is tight! Comoroto fades, but Garcia gives him the RED CROSS! Cover, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall

The fans are all fired up with Garcia, and he raises his fists, to do his dance! Garcia made quick work of a big opponent, but will he be going after bigger and better soon enough?

In fact, Renee walks over to Ospreay and notes Garcia’s made it very clear he wants a shot at the International Championship. In moments, Ospreay puts that title on the line against Fenix, but how is his body holding up after all these defenses against all these different wrestlers? Well, the body is fine. He’d love to stay and talk about how sick a wrestler Garcia is, but he does have to focus on Fenix. His mind is elsewhere because of Forbidden Door. So uh, he’s got a match to deliver, and a contract as well. See you soon. Ospreay heads out, will he still have his gold when he arrives in Long Island?

 

PAC speaks.

“What a triumphant return to the company. Loss after loss, failure after failure. I have been extorted and trodden on by every Tom, Dick & Harry going, and I’ll be honest with you… It’s humiliating. I’m supposed to be a bastard, but I feel like a bitch. But good news? The good news is, that ends now. I am done with apathy. I’m angry, I’m angry again! And I am at my very best when I’m angry. So here’s what’s gonna happen. I will be entering the Owen Hart Cup. I will be winning the Owen Hart Cup. And I will go on to claim my AEW World Championship opportunity at Wembley Stadium.

“Because I will be DAMNED if a talent of my caliber never gets his Wembley moment. And I will be DAMNED if a talent of my caliber never wins the biggest prize in this industry! This will be my redemption story. Oh, and one more thing. Bang Bang Billy Gang? Don’t you dare for one second think that Death Triangle has forgotten what you did to us. We don’t forget.” The Bastard’s sinister smile surely means bad things for all who stand in his way. Will Pac take the Cup to then go All In on the world title?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of it being the one-year anniversary, we will see another Forbidden Door appetizer as The Blackpool Combat Club is in another 8 Man Tag! They’re taking on Rocky Romero, Lio Rush and the NEW Undisputed NJPW Tag Team Champions, TMDK’s Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls! Will Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta keep up the momentum from last week? Or will Azucar, The Bad Child & The Mighty score an early victory for NJPW?

 

AEW Blood & Guts 2024 is official!

While The Elite want to fight the best of the best, we still don’t know who is stepping inside the double-ring, double-cage! However, we know that it will all go down on Wednesday, July 24th, in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena! Who will be brave enough to face Jack Perry, Kazuchika Okada & The Bucks on that brutal battlefield?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

Speaking of facing The Elite, Christopher Daniels has found contenders to take on the champions in the Title Eliminators! First, The Young Bucks have had beef with The Acclaimed, so now they’ll settle this in a match! Can Max Caster & Anthony Bowens earn some golden tickets to the tag titles? And then

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Rey Fenix!

We know The Aerial Assassin is ready, we know The Immortal Firebird is ready, so all that’s left is to do the damn thing! Ospreay drops off his signed title match contract to Nana & Swerve as they sit ringside, will he still be golden stepping into The Forbidden Door? Or will Fenix lighten his luggage on the way to Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who flies high, and who crashes and burns!

The bell rings and the fans fire up as these two stare down. The fans already cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this one possible. Fenix and Ospreay step up, and the forearms start flying! The fans cheer as they go forearm for forearm, neither man backing down! They do hit harder, and Ospreay ROCKS Fenix! Then CHOPS! Then whips, but Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges to tiger feint rewind! Ospreay ducks the heel kick, Fenix ducks the hook kick! Fenix kicks low, whips, but Ospreay handsprings! Fenix dodges to handspring, and Fenix hits a LETHAL INJECT- NO, Ospreay handstands out of the cutter!

Fenix avoids Ospreay’s Buzzsaw kick, then kips up! Both men stand off and the fans are thunderous already! Iowa cheers “Both These Guys! Both These Guys!” and Ospreay blocks Fenix’s superkick. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix again, CHOSP again, then whips again. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges again, then RANAS! Ospreay tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up! Fenix goes up and up and tightrope walks, but Ospreay avoids the kick to BOOT! Fenix CHOPS! Fenix blocks a boot, puts that leg in ropes, but Ospreay just slips inside. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, builds speed, and BOOTS Fenix down! The fans fire up and Ospreay gets that energy to build!

Ospreay aims, PLANCHAS, but Fenix slides in! Fenix BOOTS Ospreay, steps out, and FLYING RANAS! Fenix then gets Ospreay back in, to springboard FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Fenix frowns, but the fans rally as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Fenix clamps onto Ospreay, traps an arm, and then pulls on the other. Fenix learned this one from Penta, but Ospreay fights it off! Fenix CLUBS Ospreay, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Fenix CHOPS, then stalks Ospreay to another corner. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, ROCKS him again, then ROCKS him again! Fenix CHOPS back! And ROCKS Ospreay in return! Fenix fires off in the corner, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Fenix wrenches to WRING Ospreay out, into an omoplata, and RINGS OF SATURN! Ospreay endures, even as Fenix digs an elbow into the ribs! Ospreay fights around, but Fenix CLUBS him again and again!

Fenix drags Ospreay up to run and basement DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Fenix BUZZSAWS Ospreay! Ospreay writhes and Fenix fires up. Fenix goes to the far side, comes back as Ospreay stands, and CLUBS him to a corner. Fenix CHOPS, and CHOPS, and Swerve seems mildly impressed. Fenix snapmares Ospreay, traps an arm, then pulls on the other. Ospreay fights but Fenix has the double wristlock. Fenix CLUBS the arm, pulls on it, but Ospreay fights free. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, but Fenix CHOPS Ospreay! Fenix eggs Ospreay on, so Ospreay fires another forearm. Fenix CHOPS again, and that fires Ospreay up!

Ospreay CHOPS, and CHPOS, but Fenix knees low! Fenix CLUBS and HAMMERS Ospreay, Dynamite returns to single picture, and then Fenix says “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix whips, Ospreay reverses but Fenix tilt-o-whirls, into the IRON OCTOPUS! Ospreay endures, fights up and THROWS Fenix away! The fans fire up again as Ospreay goes to a corner. Fenix runs in, Ospreay BOOTS him away, then Ospreay goes up and out to springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Swerve is still only mildly impressed as Ospreay kips up. Ospreay drags Fenix up but Fenix fires a forearm. So Ospreay fires a flurry!

Ospreay whips, Fenix reverses, but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Ospreay hurries to cover, TWO! Fenix stays in this but Ospreay stays cool as the fans rally up. Ospreay brings Fenix around, reels him in and underhooks, but Fenix back drops free! Ospreay staggers up, Fenix runs in, but into an elbow! Ospreay goes up, Fenix somersaults to SHORYUKEN! Fenix climbs up after Ospreay, but Ospreay fires forearms in return! Fenix drops back, comes back, and JUMP SOBATS! Ospreay wobbles, Fenix goes to the apron, and then Fenix climbs up. Ospreay fires forearms in return, then ROCKS Fenix!

Ospreay HEADBUTTS Fenix, Fenix sits on the rope, but then Fenix jumps up to SUPER DUPER STEINER!! Only for Ospreay to land on his feet!! He’s done stuff like that before, but it’s still amazing every time he does! As such, Des Moines is thunderous as Ospreay dusts himself off. Ospreay runs up, dodges Fenix, and then tilt-o-whirl DDTS! But Fenix handsprings through!? Now that’s wild! Ospreay is just as stunned as the fans, but then things speed up again. Tiger feint rewind, HEEL KICK! HOOK KICK! Ospreay loads up, HIDDEN- NO, Fenix dodges! Osprey ducks a roundhouse, Fenix blocks a roundhouse, but then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES hit!!

Both men wobble, Fenix SOBATS! Fenix whips, Ospreay reverses, and SPANISH- NO, Fenix smothers that, only for Ospreay to lift Fenix up! AIR RAID BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives that modification and the fans are thunderous again! Fenix and Ospreay slowly stir, “This is Awesome!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture again!

Ospreay waits on Fenix, then calls his shot! But Fenix falls over! Ospreay stops his jump, Fenix rolls out of the ring and to the floor. Ospreay keeps cool, letting the ring count handle this. Fenix is still down at 5 of 10, but he rises up at 7. The count is 9, but Fenix slides in at 9.5! Fenix staggers but he hasn’t given up! Ospreay eggs him on, so Fenix fires forearm after forearm! Ospreay DECKS Fenix with just one! The ref checks Fenix while Ospreay paces. Fenix is still in this so Ospreay sits him up. Ospreay gives Fenix Kawada Kicks! Ospreay tops it off with a KICK, and Fenix flops back over! Ospreay waits on Fenix, and Fenix rises again.

Ospreay eggs Fenix on, then CHOPS him back down! Fenix reaches out, sits back up, and Ospreay brings him around. Fenix CHOSP, but Ospreay CHOPS! Fenix falls back over, Ospreay gets Des Moines fired up again, and Fenix flounders. Dynamite returns to single picture again, and Fenix CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOSP! Ospreay DECKS Fenix again! Ospreay stands Fenix up, DECKS him again, then stands him back up. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, but Fenix suddenly tilt-o-whirls into an IRON OCTOPUS!! The fans fire up as Ospreay endures, powers up again, but into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Ospreay escapes, and Fenix hurries to a corner. Ospreay runs up, Fenix ELBOWS back, then goes up and QUEBRADAS! Ospreay gets under, only for Fenix to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Ospreay escapes again and the fans fire back up! Fenix stands Ospreay up to fireman’s carry, but Ospreay slips free to underhook! STORM- NO, Fenix somersaults through to a cover, TWO!! Fenix BOOTS, whips, but Ospreay reverse to TIGER WALL KICK, ENZIGIRI, and then springboard! OSCUT- NO! Fenix turns that into a back suplex! Ospreay lands out, dodges the elbow, and springboards again! OSCUTTER!!

Both men are down and the fans are fired up again! Ospreay crawls to a cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as neither man is done yet! Ospreay rises, he pulls off the elbow pad, and he takes aim from the corner. Fenix sits up, into the HIDDEN- SOMERSAULT RANA! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay stands up, into Fenix’s SUPERKICK! Ospreay goes to a corner, Fenix says “ANIMO!!” Somersault and- HIDDEN BLADE!!! Ospreay isn’t done there, he goes to the corner. Swerve actually looks intrigued as he sees Ospreay climb up. Ospreay looks over at Swerve and now Swerve stands up. Does Ospreay dare do what it looks like he’s gonna do?

Ospreay says this is HIS house! Swerve takes off the sunglasses in indignation, as Ospreay steals the KILL STOMPS!! Fenix flounders, Ospreay reloads, HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

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

The Aerial Assassin continues to show his arsenal is endless, and that he can even use someone else’s weapon just as masterfully! Swerve storms up to the ring, and now the champions both stare down. Ospreay smiles and offers a handshake, but Swerve says Ospreay thinks this is a game. Does Ospreay think Swerve’s playing with him? This is LIFE they’re playing with! This title changes your LIFE! Swerve’s the one standing in between Ospreay and that! Ospreay is still that immature little child Swerve met 10 years ago! Ospreay wants to keep having these matches? Then keep doing that week after week, because he can’t hold the world on his shoulders! He’s not strong enough!

But then Ospreay SNATCHES the belt right out of Swerve’s hands! The fans are going nuts as Ospreay looks at both belts, and then puts them both on his shoulders! Swerve scowls as Ospreay says it looks like he is strong enough. The fans chant “OSPREAY TWO BELTS!” Swerve steps closer, and says Ospreay’s lucky they’re still friends. Anybody else does this, he puts them in a grave. Swerve takes his title back, and Ospreay points to the Forbidden Door sign in the rafters. Will we see Ospreay Two Belts become a reality? Or will AEW still be Swerve’s House?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite here, a lot of great wrestling, but I wouldn’t say this was a full show of wrestling as Daniels said. That first hour was definitely much more wrestling than talking, but then like hitting a speedbump, there was TV Time with Chris Jericho. Now, that was probably on purpose, because that’s the gag. Jericho continues to be this obnoxious and disingenuous locker room leader that does things like a kids show host talking down to grown adults, and it’s hilarious to me. Especially put alongside Bill constantly bringing up these sayings that I doubt Jericho actually taught him, and Bryan demanding respect on Jericho’s behalf. But at the same time, of course Private Party showed Jericho up, and now we’ll get Private Party VS Bill & Bryan for like Rampage or Collision.

Great opening promo segment here, we got a LOT out of it. For one, Blood & Guts is coming back, The Elite VS some other form of Team AEW, which has at least Swerve and what looks like Acclaimed & Daddy Ass. I kinda wouldn’t mind if they just kept this at 4v4 but there’s a lot of potential for finding a fifth man for each side. And y’know what? Hangman Page needs to be in this match. Hangman has his beef with Swerve, but he might also dislike how The Bucks have handled things, so he could pull a swerve and turn on The Elite to help Team AEW. I also like that instead of the tradition of shirts, The Elite is using Reeboks as the recruiting item.

Another thing was it gave a great segue into Dustin Rhodes VS Jack Perry. Should’ve figured Dustin would bleed, and that he would lose. Jack Perry gets his shot at the title he was gonna be gifted, and depending on who else gets in on this match, there’s still a very good chance Jack wins just to rub this in everyone’s faces. Now, Daniels making Title Eliminators, Acclaimed VS Bucks, there’s a good chance The Acclaimed finds a way to win so that they’ll force a tag title match at Forbidden Door or some point along the way, but certainly before Blood & Guts in late July. And they’re probably still working on who is facing Okada, to try and make it someone who stands a chance.

Great squash win for Rush, and great brawl with MJF. I don’t know why AEW needs to make Rush “foreigner who talks trash on America” when he could just talk trash on MJF directly, but whatever, great brawl with MJF and great move giving us a commercial free grudge match next week. Great promo segment from Cassidy, O’Reilly & Briscoe, Mark Briscoe is a highly underrated promo guy because everything he said felt so natural, off the top of his head, and it had such great energy. Kyle’s face during that was basically my face, I was loving it all. Great Six Man Tag, and I suppose the Heels winning makes sense, especially with all the extra guys on the outside. And of course Kris gets her shot on Willow. Definitely gonna need a Mixed Tag/Mixed Six/something big for this story’s blowoff(s).

Great stuff from Joe & Hook just punking out The Premier Athletes, hilarious even with how Shibata had another camera and then got after Sterling. Not sure why Josh Woods hasn’t gotten involved yet but maybe they wanted to keep this from being a trios thing just yet. Good promo from Bang Bang Gang to call out The House of Black, and if not for Edge’s leg injury, I feel like he’d be leading The House in fighting Bang Bang Gang for the Unified Trios AND TNT Championships, so that one faction would have (for whatever goofy reason) TEN belts to carry around. In fact, they could’ve been the Blood & Guts match instead. But instead, I fear The House of Black is being fed to Bang Bang Gang to help build them up now that Juice is back.

Pac had a very good promo to put his comeback in perspective. Maybe Pac gets in on the TNT Championship story to be the one guy other than Jack Perry who could win. And then maybe we get Death Triangle having a feud for all those belts instead of House of Black? Hard to say, but something has to go right for Pac at some point. Very good promos from Mina, Mariah and Storm, especially with Mariah trying to be peacekeeper. Shingo Takagi having a quick message to say he’s getting in on the Men’s Owen Hart Cup is great stuff. The Rampaging Dragon is a great wrestler, has a great attitude, he’ll make the tournament a lot of fun.

Great match from Mone VS Zeuxis, both women looking great. But naturally, Mone was gonna win that so that we stay on track towards Mone VS Vaquer. Very good promo from Vaquer, and while it’s all kayfabe, I like her telling Mone is horribly arrogant to think any belt was made for her. I said before that it’d be awesome if Vaquer actually won and that angered Mone into becoming a Heel that then goes after the women’s world title. At the same time, Vaquer being a CMLL talent, she probably loses to let Mone be the one going between AEW and NJPW. As wild as it would be for Vaquer to hold four belts at one time, that’s a lot of work, so it’s more reasonable for Mone to be doing double duty and let Vaquer focus on her CMLL belts.

Garcia got quite the quick win over Comoroto, which certainly serves his story of being title worthy. Ospreay watching made all the sense in the world but MJF’s is an intriguing one. MJF is from Long Island, Garcia is from Buffalo, could there be a New York connection going? And of course Ospreay VS Fenix was an awesome main event, it wasn’t gonna be anything less, even if the title wasn’t on the line. Swerve being ringside was good for that final moment where Ospreay uses Swerve’s move just to add on to his own stuff. Great closing confrontation, and it seems Ospreay’s story is mostly that wrestlers who’ve been here just a few years more than him still look down on him on some level.

Now, I’m still thinking Ospreay will pull double duty on Forbidden Door, which could be him trying to earn that respect from Swerve by retaining one title while going for another, but it might just upset Swerve that Ospreay thinks he can win twice on one night. All the more reason Swerve will retain at Forbidden Door, but they probably won’t do that. Ospreay might end up losing the belt before Forbidden Door, proving Swerve is right that Ospreay can’t do it all. There’s a lot of variables here, and that does make it pretty fun to see how it goes.

My Score: 9/10


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