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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/11/22)

Let the Owen Hart Cup begin!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

AEW begins the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments!

History is being made as both the Men’s and Women’s Tournaments begin! Will Toni Storm strike down Jamie Hayter in their highly anticipated opener? Will a Charismatic Enigma or Relentless One lead the charge?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Adam Cole VS Dax Harwood; wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • CM Punk VS John Silver; Punk wins.
  • Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Danhausen; Nese wins.
  • FTW Championship: Ricky Starks VS Jungle Boy; Starks wins and retains the title.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter; Storm wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round No Holds Barred: Jeff Hardy VS Darby Allin; Hardy wins and advances to the semifinals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round: Adam Cole VS Dax Harwood!

The Undisputed Elite looks to start on their promise that they will win this historic tournament! But will Adam Cole make sure the Owen Hart Cup is all about the Boom? Or will Dax the Ax represent for FTR, his family and for the Harts?

The bell rings and fans are fired up for Dax. Dax and Cole circle, tie up, and go around. Cole puts Dax in a corner, the ref counts and Cole lets off. Fans say, “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” along with Cole, but Dax lets it go. Cole pie faces Dax, but still Dax lets it go. They tie up, Cole wrenches to a wristlock but Dax rolls, wrenches and slips around to headlock for a takeover! Fans cheer, Dax grinds but Cole makes it a cover, ONE! Dax holds on but Cole fights his way up and puts Dax in a corner. The ref counts, Cole lets off to say, “ADAM COLE BAY-” CHOP! Dax ROCKS Cole, CHOPS him again, then EuroUppers!

Dax whips, Cole reveres to kitchen sink knee! Cole rains down fists on Dax, lets off, but brings Dax around for a NECKBREAKER! Fans rally and Cole bumps Dax off buckles. Cole digs his boots in but lets off as the ref counts. Cole ROCKS Dax against ropes, fans duel, Cole whips. Dax slides under, JABS, JABS, and JABS, then DECKS Cole! And again! Cole swings but into a takedown! Cole denies the sharpshooter but Dax gets a cradle! TWO, Cole has it now, TWO! Dax whips, Cole KICKS and Dax staggers away. Cole whips and POSTS Dax low! Dax falls out of the ring and a count begins. Cole goes out after Dax and brings him up to RAM into steel steps!

Dax writhes and Cole soaks up the cheers and jeers. Cole refreshes the count, he drags Dax back up, and RAMS him back into steel steps! Cole smirks as he refreshes the count again. Dax clutches ribs, Cole goes back out after him and stomps those ribs! Dax sputters as he scrambles away but Cole pursues. Cole ROCKS Dax, follows him further along, then ROCKS him again. Dax CHOPS, Cole KNEES low! Dax grits his teeth, Cole refreshes the count, and Cole POSTS Dax again! Fans boo as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cole takes a moment to catch his own breath before he puts Dax in the ring. Cole stalks Dax, brings him around and JAMS a knee into Dax’s back. Cole has the arms for a motorcycle stretch but Dax endures. Fans rally as Dax fights up and Dax mule kicks, forearms, and runs, into a cobra twist! Cole digs his elbows into those bad ribs but Dax endures. Dax fights, fans rally, and Dax pries free to switch the twist onto Cole! Cole hip tosses out fast but backs off to check his bad arm. Cole drives in elbows into Dax’s shoulder and then clamps on a chinlock. Dax endures, moves around but Cole grinds him into the mat.

Dax fights up as fans rally again. Dax gets to his feet to throw body shots! Dax headlocks, Cole powers out then CLOBBERS Dax with an elbow! Cole paces while Dax writhes, and Cole brings Dax up to bump off buckles. Cole throws forearms, talks some trash, throws more forearms, and Dax staggers. Dynamite returns to single picture as Cole hits Dax low. Cole wrenches, whips Dax corner to corner hard, and Dax bounces off buckles to hit the mat! Cole smirks as he looms over Dax. Fans rally and duel as Cole drags Dax up. Cole pushes Dax around, pie faces him, talks some trash, but Dax snarls as he gets up.

Dax throws a haymaker, Cole ROCKS Dax with a forearm! Dax swings, misses, Cole ROCKS him again! Cole ROCKS Dax against ropes, wrenches and whips but Dax reverses to reel Cole in for a GERMAN SUPELX! And Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax still has the waistlock but Cole switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back! Cole holds on, but Dax switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax finishes his hat trick and fans fire up! A standing count begins as both men are down. Dax drags himself to the apron and up the ropes as fans chant for “FTR! FTR!” Cole ROCKS Dax first, climbs up after him, but Dax hits back!

The two brawl, Dax sends Cole down! Dax adjusts to DIVING- NO, Cole moves, but Dax lands on his feet! Pop-up, REBOUND POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Dax just grits his teeth and gets back up. Dax throws off his elbow pad but Cole BOOTS him first! Cole reels Dax in, GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Cole is annoyed. Cole goes to a corner, tunes up the band, a shoutout to his hero, HBK. Dax slowly gets up, Cole runs in, but Dax gets under the superkick! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dax hurries to whip but Cole reverses!

Dax goes up, leaps again, SUPERKICK! Cole covers, TWO!! Into a ghost pin, TWO!! Cole and Dax both survive and fans are thunderous! Another standing count starts as fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Cole gets to a corner and he aims again. Dax storms over, into a mule kick! Cole goes up, leaps, PANAMA- NO! Dax block sit with a ropebreak, to ALABAMA SLAM! Cole scrambles to get ropes, then he BOOTS Dax away! Cole resets on the corner, PANAMA SUN- NO, Dax back drops it, rolls Cole and gets him up, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and no one can believe it! Another standing count starts as fans are electric!

Dax gets up and he grimaces. Fans rally up as Dax gets the legs and steps through! SHARPSHOOTER!! Cole endures, Dax sits deep, but the bad rib is a problem. Cole fights, tries to turn, and Dax can’t hold it! Dax falls off the hold and flops to the apron. Dax drags himself up, Cole runs in and BLASTS Dax to the railing! Dax is down and a ring count begins. Fans rally for Dax but the count is already 5 of 10. Dax reaches, crawls, gets back to ringside at 7, but he flops off the apron! The count is 9, Dax springs to life and in at 9.9!! Cole is furious so he gets Dax’s legs! Cole wants to, and does STEAL THE SHARPSHOOTER!

Dax endures, he reaches out, but Cole drags him away! Cole sits deep on the hold but Dax keeps fighting! Dax can’t, the ribs hurt! Dax taps, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by submission (advances to the semifinals)

Cole is going on to the next round, one step closer to keeping his promise. But who will he be meeting in the semifinals? We’ll find out in the main event!

 

Rampage will be early again this week!

Another round of NHL playoffs means this Friday’s Rampage will be at 5:30 Eastern, 2:30 Pacific! Make sure to schedule accordingly so you don’t miss a thing!

 

AEW hears from Jeff Hardy and Darby Allin.

Speaking of that main event, the Charismatic Enigma tells Darby that tonight is the night their worlds collide and their chemistry embraces one another. The Relentless One says no one wants to see these two exchange headlocks, that’s not what this match will be about. This will about getting crazy, getting psycho and do everything they live for. Jeff said it best, they’re more stuntmen than wrestlers. They’ve studied each other closely, this energy is going to be different. Darby knows fans want to see someone going to the hospital after tonight. Hell, Darby wants to do that. This is what they live for.

Darby even asked Tony Khan to just waive the rules and let these two go nuts. The people will see what this dream match is really all about. Will Tony give Darby want he wants tonight? Will it be a No Holds Barred Owen Hart Cup match?

 

Hangman Page is here!

The AEW World Champion is here to join commentary, because he wants to watch what happens with his own eyes.

CM Punk VS John Silver!

Before the Best in the World goes 1v1 with the Cowboy for #PrettyPlatinum at Double or Nothing, the Meat Man gets himself some! Will Johnny Hungy devour CM Punk? Or will it be #ClobberingTime on Long Island?

Punk wears a New York Islanders hockey jersey for Tavares, number 91, to get Long Island on his side. A nice try, as Long Island’s own Silver makes his entrance with the Dark Order seeing him out. Silver says hey to Brian “Q” Quinn of the Impractical Jokers before he gets in the ring. The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up. They tie up, go around, and Punk puts Silver in the corner. The ref counts, fans duel, and Punk lets off at 4 to then go outside and soak it all in. Punk gets back in, circles and ties up with Silver again, and Punk headlocks. Punk grinds Silver down but Silver fights up to wrench out and headlock.

Punk powers out, Silver runs Punk over and fans cheer as he flexes. Silver runs, Punk drops, hurdles and goes to hip toss but Silver makes that a backslide! TWO, and Punk slides out. Silver waits as Punk cools off. Silver goes out, Punk gets back in, and Punk drops an elbow as Silver slides in. Punk ROCKS Silver, clinches in a corner, but Silver turns things around to fire off fast hands! Fans fire up as those forearms and stomps keep flying! The ref counts, Silver lets off at 4 and Silver brings Punk up for more. Silver goes up the corner, reels Punk in, TORNADO- NO! Punk tosses Silver, then CLOBBERS him!

Fans boo as Dynamite goes picture in picture. Punk goes back for Silver, brings him up, and scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Punk stalks Silver to ropes, talks trash on Q, whips Silver and hits a body shot, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Punk stays cool while Silver gets to ropes. Silver CHOPS, ROCKS Punk, CHOPS him again, then ROCKS him again. Silver whips, Punk reverses and kitchen sink knees Silver down! Punk looks at Hangman, then goes back for Silver. Punk hits an atomic drop, then turns Silver for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Punk is annoyed but he clamps onto Silver with a chinlock.

Silver endures, fans rally, and Silver fights up to throw body shots. Punk knees low, whips Silver to a corner, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Punk goes corner to corner. Silver dodges and Punk hits only buckles! Punk gets stuck a moment but he flops out of the corner, and Silver ROCKS Punk with a forearm. Silver dodges, CHOPS, dodges and KICKS! Silver KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Silver fire sup, runs, but Punk spins him around to a backslide! Silver rolls through to KICK, KICK and SUPERKICK! Then deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Punk survives but fans fire up for Silver!

Silver runs into the corner to ROCK Punk with a forearm! Silver then hops up, reels Punk in, TORNADO- NO, Punk denies it again! Silver dodges, goes up, jumps and TORNADO DDT hits! Cover, TWO! Punk survives another one but Silver says it’s time to go around! Fans fire up with Silver as he gets Punk in the torture rack. Punk fights free, ROUNDHOUSES, and Silver goes to a corner. Punk runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Then short arm LARIAT! Punk mocks the flex, and he drags Silver up to whip, CALF KICK! Punk goes out to the apron and he looks at Hangman. Fans rally and duel, Punk is taking his time just staring at the champ.

Punk aims at Silver, handsprings in, and steals BUCK SHOT?! Cover, Punk wins!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

Hangman is done on commentary, not that he said much, and he storms right to the ring! Punk waits on him, and fans fire up as the two get in each other’s face! Punk asks if Hangman’s mad. Last week, it sounded like Hangman’s taking this all a little personal. Punk doesn’t know why Long Island doesn’t like him, but when it comes to them, Hangman and the title, it isn’t personal. It’s just business. Punk used to wake up and ask himself, “Are you a good guy?” This morning, Punk asked himself, “Are you the champ?” Punk’s answer was YES.

Last week, Hangman said he was going to destroy Punk? Well Punk just destroyed Hangman’s boy, that is a blueprint for what happens at Double or Nothing. And at the end of the night, Hangman will shake Punk’s hand, conscious or unconscious. Punk offers Hangman the chance now, but Hangman just flips him off! Fans love that #CowboySh*t, but will Hangman still have the AEW World Championship after taking Punk on 1v1?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, Britt Baker & Rebel.

Tony Schiavone says in the opening round of the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, Britt Baker takes on the joker, whoever that will be, and Hayter takes on Toni Storm. Britt says this only makes sense given the conspiracy that exists in AEW against her. She can’t really prepare for her opponent, but she doesn’t care, she’ll still win. And so will that lovely lady, Hayter. See, here’s the thing about storms. When storms first come rolling in, they’re all violent and exciting. But then eventually, they pass. Tonight, the Storm is over and a Hayter is on the forecast. Schiavone asks if Britt realizes that if they both win, we get Britt VS Hayter in the semifinals.

Hayter says they shouldn’t worry about that right now. It’s fine, no worries. And if it does happen, at least it’ll be a fair fight, and the better woman will win. Britt gives a smirking look to Rebel, will Hayter end up hoping the joker takes out the Doctor?

 

Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Danhausen!

The Premier Athlete has had beef with both the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil, Hook, as well as the very nice, very evil “demon waif” making his AEW in-ring debut here tonight! Will Danhausen prove his powers here tonight? Or will he suffer his first loss in AEW right out the gate?

The bell rings and fans rally up behind Danhausen. Nese is annoyed but he circles with Danhausen. Nese then flexes on Danhausen, so Danhausen CURSES him! Sterling gets on the apron to yell at Danhausen, interrupting the casting, and Nese CLOBBERS Danhausen! Nese then runs side to side, PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, Nese wins!!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall

This is all because of Sterling! Danhausen had no chance with Sterling there distracting him on Nese’s behalf! But Sterling gets on a mic to shout, “Are you shocked?! Oh, sorry! I’m not!” Sterling tells Nese that Danhausen got a televised entrance but Nese didn’t! What do we think about that? Nese runs to PREMIER KNEE again! Sterling says Tony Nese will just have to continue to embarrass all the internet meme wrestlers! He wants another one, and even sits Danhausen up. Nese brings down his kneepad, but here comes HOOK! Sterling is freaking out and Nese is squaring up as two of Long Island’s own are about to collide!

But then Nese and Sterling bail once Hook is in the ring. Danhausen flounders up while Hook stares down Nese. Fans want #Hookhausen but what does Hook say to the handshake? He accepts! Fans are thunderous, but then Hook just leaves on his own. Will this team-up of Cold-Hearted, Very Nice Devils be what humbles the Premier Athlete?

 

AEW returns and Wardlow is being escorted to the ring.

He’s still cuffed and has no music, but now his tron says “Boo Wardlow!” That tron must be MJF’s personal creation since it’s so cheap. But Wardlow has no choice but to get in the ring with security all over the place, as well as Shawn Spears armed with a chair. Mark Sterling has returned since MJF is another of his clients. And then a trailer for the new season of Dark Side of the Ring plays? Chris Jericho is narrating, “In the middle of the most barbaric match in the history of All Elite Wrestling between top star, MJF, and PG Punk…” Jericho realizes this is about MJF, and he sure ain’t narrating for that a-hole after all they’ve been through.

Wait, how much is the paycheck? Wow, okay, Jericho will do it. The amazing MJF was well on his way to a victory that felt like a dream, but it soon became a nightmare. Taz, “MJF’s consigliere,” says that his boy, MJF, the King of Long Island, had it won, but then Wardlow… Jake Roberts says Wardlow screwed it up. Taz can’t even speak, but Jake the Snake says Wardlow’s a bad man. He gave the Dynamite Diamond Ring to the wrong man in CM Punk. Then Wardlow attacks innocent security guards, costing MJF against Shawn Dean. Take it from Barry Horowitz, “legendary Jewish wrestler,” that Dean is a jobber!

Jericho continues to say that out of the kindness of MJF’s heart, he gave Wardlow TV matches. But that greedy piggy wanted more. The amazing MJF has therefore decided to sit down with Wardlow to talk over his contract. And in the most magical place in the world: Long Island, New York! Because he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he is better than you, and you know it. And of course, we return to present and the fans, being locals, are all chanting for MJF. MJF makes his entrance in an Islanders jersey of his own, with his name on it. MJF fist bumps fans for once, even copies CM Punk doing some crowd dives, then goes to the ring.

MJF gets the mic to cut his music so he can hear the cheers. Wardlow rolls his eyes and MJF conducts the fans. MJF tells Wardlow, “Now that’s a symphony, b*tch.” But let’s just be honest, Long Island. MJF loves you SOB’s, he really does! But unfortunately, we gotta talk to Wardlow. Let’s be honest, it’s a tale as old as time: a true underdog story, Biblical even, with David (MJF) and Goliath (Wardlow). The younger, smaller but way more jacked and humble and Salt of the Earth, Jewish prince from the holy land, and not Israel but the most magical place in the world, LI, NY! Versus the big dumb stupid oaf.

But we all know why we’re here. They’re to discuss the conditions Wardlow must clear to get his match with MJF at Double or Nothing, and then if Wardlow wins at DoN, since MJF is the “Mensch of the Centch,” then MJF lets Wardlow out of his contract. But before all that, since MJF is so humble, he wants to give Wardlow a chance to talk to his people. Fans boo but MJF has them hold on. They have an opportunity to show the world what Long Islanders are all about. So under no circumstances, wink wink wink, would he want each and every one of them to get up out of their seats and boo Wardlow out of the arena.

To reiterate those in the cheap seats. You’re all poor but you’re still beautiful. MJF winks almost every word as he says, “The last thing I would want each and every single one of you to do is create the loudest boo in the history of professional wrestling. We got that, Long Island?” Yes! So then, the floor is Wardlow’s. And the booing begins. Wardlow takes up his mic, but the mic doesn’t seem to be working. MJF says that’s really weird. He can’t hear Wardlow, can anyone? Nope! Should they let him try? No! Really? Then fine, he’s not gonna speak.

But let’s talk those conditions. And let’s be honest, because they’re being honest right now, right, Long Island? Wardlow is kind of the worst. And karma is coming his way for everything Wardlow did to MJF’s best bud back in the day, the American Roller Coaster, Cody Rhodes. Oh, what? He shouldn’t bring up 2024? That’s funny, neither does the guy in the back. Anyway, don’t worry. Back to now. Wardlow, if you want MJF at DoN, you’ve gotta get whipped. Yeah, MJF will take his belt and not just whip Wardlow once, twice or three times. Not four times, not five, not six, seven, eight, or nine. Shawn Spears, if you would.

Spears takes off his jacket and winds it up. How many times? TEN!! And if Wardlow gets past that, then he’ll have to wrestle Spears inside a solid steel cage. Wardlow laughs at that, but MJF doesn’t know why. Last time MJF checked, Wardlow’s 0-2 in a cage. And he isn’t done, either. This is not just any cage match, no no no. It will have a special guest referee, and his name is MAXWELL! JACOB! FRIEDMAN! And Wardlow, if you somehow get past that, MJF will give him the DoN match. But wait, they didn’t even get to what will happen there if Wardlow loses. Fans want to know, right? YES!

If Wardlow loses at Double or Nothing, he will never be allowed to sign a contract with AEW, forever! So what does the “War Pig” say? Is he too scared because this is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he’s better than you, and you know it?! Wardlow gets the pen but he struggles to sign it because of the cuffs. MJF is frustrated already so he has them uncuff Wardlow. Sterling and Spears says that’s not a good idea. MJF says he knows what he’s doing. The cuffs are undone, MJF tells War Pig to sign, and Wardlow stands up to sign on the dotted line. Okay, put the cuffs back on and take him away.

Wardlow smirks as he lets the guard get close, and MJF calls Wardlow a coward. Then Wardlow SMACKS the guard off the table! And then TOSSES The table at the rest! Any that are still up, Wardlow DECKS, BOOTS and shoves away! Spears shields MJF as Wardlow finishes up with haymaker after haymaker! MJF tells Spears to go get Wardlow, but Wardlow DECKS Spears, too! And now MJF is all alone! Long Island freaks out, and MJF runs, only to get caught! Wardlow brings MJF back in, but Sterling gets on Wardlow’s back! MJF gets away but Wardlow throws Sterling down! Fans love it as Wardlow sets the table back up!

Wardlow rips off his shirt, snarls as Sterling gets up, and fans are okay with this happening to Sterling! POWERBOMB through the table!! MJF says Wardlow is not going to survive to make it to PPV, but will Wardlow prove MJF dead wrong?

 

AEW hears from Samoa Joe and his enemies.

Samoa Joe says, “One week, your ROH Television Champion will face the joker in his Owen Hart quarterfinal match-up. Since I’ve walked into AEW, all I’ve been faced with is jokers.” Sonjay Dutt says Joe is sleeping and wishing and dreaming and praying that maybe Jay Lethal is the joker. Ha, it’s not! Joe says he’s been dealing with “fools and clowns like Sonjay Dutt, like Jay Lethal, and their gargantuan protégé.” Dutt says Joe is probably wanting after Satnam Singh, the one in a billion! But it’s not him, either! But here’s a joke for Joe: an old adage that they’d say in India. Lethal knows it, too. “Your stomach is big, but your brain is small.”

Joe vows that he will win the Owen Hart Cup, and then he will come for Lethal and crew to settle things his way. Will Joe be able to trump whatever wild card is thrown his way? Or will the joker be the one laughing all the way to the next round?

 

FTW Championship: Ricky Starks VS Jungle Boy!

Before Team Taz’s #AbsolutePowerhouses take on Jurassic Express for the AEW World Tag Team Championships, we see how #StrokeDaddy and Jungle Jack Perry match-up 1v1! Will JB be a dual champion going into the tag title match? Or will Starks show JB exactly what FTW is all about?

The introductions are made, the orange belt is raised, and we see just who is an absolute man!

The two circle and fans rally. They tie up, go around, Starks waistlocks but JB drop toeholds. JB floats to a facelock, Starks switches that onto him, but JB slips out to get the arm. JB hammerlocks, Starks rolls to switch the hammerlock and then he slaps and kicks JB around! Starks taunts JB but JB gets up and rushes in. Starks gets around to waistlock, JB switches and SLAMS Starks down, then floats the facelock. JB gator rolls with Starks and then kicks him around in return. JB slaps Starks over and over, Starks gets up to waistlock again. JB snapmares free, but Starks bridges to snapmare.

JB bridges to snapmare again, but Starks sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE, and JB headlocks for a takeover. Starks headscissors, JB kips free and gets in Starks’ face. Fans cheer the exchange but Starks is annoyed. JB blocks the sucker punch to ROCK Starks and knuckle lock one hand. JB goes for a corner but Starks reels him in to knee low! Starks SLAPS JB, then he brings him up in a knuckle lock. Starks goes up, rebounds and arm-drags! Starks kips up and strikes his pose! Fans fire up and Starks grins, but turns around into a CHOP from JB! JB knuckle locks, goes up the corner, and jumps around and around to rebound and arm-drag! Then dropkick!

JB kips up as Starks bails out, and fans fire up as JB copies the pose! The ring count starts as Dynamite goes picture in picture. Starks gets in but JB WRECKS him with a dropkick! JB goes out after Starks, CHOPS him, then follows him along the way. JB CLUBS Starks, fist bumps Q, then CLUBS Starks down. Starks hobbles away but JB follows after. JB CHOPS again, and shouts out more fans. JB keeps with Starks, CLUBS him against the apron, then refreshes the count. Starks goes to bump JB off the apron but JB blocks and body shots to SMACK Starks off the apron! JB then puts Starks in and hurries after.

Starks FLAPJACKS JB on ropes! JB writhes and clutches his ribs but Starks storms over to stomp him down! Starks kicks JB around, chokes him against the ropes, and the ref counts. Starks lets off at 4 and JB gets to a corner. Starks drags JB up, climbs up and swivels hips before he rains down fists! The ref counts, Starks gets 5 before JB hits an atomic drop! JB then dropkicks Starks down, covers, TWO! JB keeps on Starks, brings him up, and whips him to ropes. Starks reverses and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes! Cover, TWO! Starks is annoyed but he drags JB into a rear bearhug. JB endures the squeeze but Starks switches to body scissors.

JB throws elbows as Dynamite returns to single picture. Starks keeps on the squeeze but JB elbows free. JB rolls away while Starks shakes out the stars. Starks gets up, runs but into an elbow! JB ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! JB whips, Starks reverses but JB CLOBBERS him JB starts to rally, then scoops, but Starks slips off. Starks shoves, JB with the COMEBACKER! Fans fire up with JB and runs corner to corner, but Starks puts JB out! JB GAMANGIRIS, then steps in, TORANDO- NO! Starks blocks to bring JB around, for a suplex! JB knees free, tiger feints for the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Starks survives but JB drags him back up. Starks shrugs him off but JB ROCKS him at the ropes. JB brings Starks around, whips but Starks reverses to backslide! TWO! Starks underhooks, but JB blocks the lift to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO as Starks bridges up! Starks still has the arms hooked, and he lifts JB to the Canadian rack! JB slips out and arm-drags free! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Starks survives and fans rally up as JB gets Starks up. JB suplexes but Starks fights free and whips. Starks SPEARS the comebacker down! Cover, TWO!! Starks is fuming, drags JB up, but JB trips him to get the leg!

Starks flounders but the SNARE TRAP is on!! Starks endures, panics, is already red in the face, but he claws his way over, to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and JB lets go. Starks gest to the apron but JB brings him up. Starks HOTSHOTS JB away! Starks hurries to grab the FTW belt! Is Starks going to run away and use Champion’s Advantage? But Swerve Strickland rushes down to stop him! Starks hurries into the ring, into JB’s victory roll! But the ref is busy with the belt, and with Swerve! Swerve says to get in the ring, JB’s already got more than three on Starks! Starks gets free at like 8, and then Starks CLOBBERS JB!

Starks reels JB in, ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (still FTW Champion)

Swerve realizes he screwed up, but here come Christian Cage and Luchasaurus! They bump past Swerve to get in the ring and check on JB. Swerve tries to explain what he was doing, but they don’t care. Starks & Hobbs get in Swerve’s face now, but here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One backs up Swerve, will they make sure they’ve got next should Team Taz win the tag titles? And speaking of, JB is rather distraught over his loss. Captain Charisma walks up to JB to pat him on the shoulder and bring it in. Will the Jurassic Express be able to keep on track when they take on Starks & Hobbs?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring.

The Influencer, the Wizard, the Demo God, Chris Jericho leads Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker out and Long Island sings Judas. There’s a podium in the ring and Parker goes up to it. “AEW Galaxy! Welcome to our victory speech!” Menard steps up now to say, “You wanna know what really turns me on? You wanna know what makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard?!” Uh, no… Well it’s the fact that he gets to stand here as part of the greatest faction in the world, the Jericho Appreciation Society! Jericho then steps up to say, “There’s a lot of hometown heroes here tonight. I’m one of them, did you know that?”

Jericho says he was born “just down the road” in Manhasset, but then he moved away pretty damn quick cuz this place is a dump! Aw c’mon, you guys know it sucks. Oh, does some nerd in the crowd have a problem with that? Jericho’ll throw a fireball at you, because he’s a wizard! Jericho says the JAS did exactly what they said they would do when they “systematically eliminated Santana, Ortiz, and that piece of trash, Eddie Kingston. They are gone! We win, they lose.” Hager raises Parker’s hand in victory while Jericho tells Santana, Ortiz & Kingston to just stay at home. Especially Kingston. Because Jericho 2:16 says “I just burned your face!”

And besides, Kingston has to stay home and take care of his wife. He’s gotta make sure she feels better. If she doesn’t, have her give Jericho a call. Garcia says the story stays the same every time a pro-wrestler steps to a sports entertainer: every single time, the sports entertainer wins! Jericho takes the mic back but here comes JON MOXLEY! The Maniac is a pro-wrestler for sure as he comes in through the crowd! And on top of that, he’s a good friend of Kingston’s, and an enemy of Jericho’s! Moxley makes it to ringside, but Jericho gives him one chance to go on another extended sabbatical of three months. Get outta here now!

Because guess what? There’s only one Moxley, and five JAS! Uh, Moxley isn’t alone. Here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! And WHEELER YUTA! And hell, count William Regal, too! The full Blackpool Combat Club is here, and Jericho says that’s still 5v4! But fans are chanting for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” And from under the ring, it’s the MAD KING! Eddie is here, even with his face badly burned, and he brought Santana & Ortiz! Jericho and his society turn around and see them! Those three on one side, BCC on the other, 6v5 and fans chant at the JAS, “You F’d Up! You F’d up!” And just as it sinks in for Jericho, the brawl begins!

Bryan is after Menard, Ortiz has Parker, Santana and Moxley are after Hager, Yuta has Garcia, and of course Kingston’s after Jericho! Kingston CHOKES Jericho, even! The BCC, Santana & Ortiz throw the others out, but Hager goes to save Jericho! Regal goes after Jericho to reel him in and DECK him! The JAS goes running for it as the Kingston and company stand tall! Will the sports entertainers survive these violent and angry pro-wrestlers?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Rosa VS Deeb.

Good ol’ JR says, “If you want somebody that can out-think ya, that’d be Serena. Serena Deeb is very cerebral.” Dustin Rhodes says Deeb took things into her own hands in a dastardly way, and people took notice. Schiavone says that as much as he knows how great a competitor Deeb is, he doesn’t think Thunder Rosa can be beaten. Dustin says he mentors, coaches and supports Rosa 110%. JR says Rosa is more physical than Deeb, and Schiavone adds that Rosa pushes herself. The champion is the favorite, because she is the champion. La Mera Mera is the frontrunner for winning at Double or Nothing, but will the Professor of Pro-Wrestling have a winning formula?

 

Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter!

The Lightning From Down Under has competed in and even won her fair share of tournaments, and looks to make even more history with this one! But will this Storm fizzle out? Or are Hayters gonna hate it when it’s #ToniTime in the semifinals?

The bell rings and the two tie right up. They go around, Storm headlocks but Hayter endures the grind. Hayter slips out the back, headlocks Storm, but Storm rolls her to a cover. ONE, but Hayter holds on to shift to a facelock. Storm switches the facelock onto Hayter, they roll, and Storm hooks an arm. Hayter fights up, Storm throws her down hard for a lateral press, ONE! Storm keeps on the facelock but Hayter throws body shots. Hayter gets free and gets away to a corner. Storm steps to Hayter but Hayter stays back to catch her breath. Fans rally and duel, the two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then go shoulder to shoulder!

The test of strength is a deadlock, but Hayter starts bending Storm back. Hayter sweeps a leg, cover, ONE as Storm gets her hand up! Hayter puts it down, ONE as Storm gets the other up. Hayter puts Storm down, Storm bridges up! Hayter CHOPS Storm on the stomach! Things speed up, Storm redirects and basement dropkicks! Hayter bails out, Storm pursues and throws forearms! Storm puts Hayter in, Hayter gets moving and she BOOTS Storm off the apron! Storm is down and Hayter dusts herself off as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Hayter goes out after Storm, drags her up and snap suplexes her to the floor hard! Storm writhes and pounds the mat but Hayter gets in the ring. Hayter counts along with the ref but Storm drags herself up and to the ring at 5 of 10. Hayter stomps Storm right down! Hayter digs her boots in at the corner, the ref counts and Hayter lets off at 4. Hayter then drags Storm up, whips her hard into buckles, then brings her around to do it again! Cover, TWO! Storm gets back to the corner but Hayter mocks the fans. Hayter CLUBS Storm, Storm kicks from below, it’s scrappy even with Storm on the mat! Hayter drags Storm up to snap suplex!

Hayter takes her time soaking up heat while Storm writhes. Now Hayter covers, ONE! Hayter is annoyed that Storm is still in this but she clamps on a headlock. Hayter grinds Storm, shifts to a facelock, but Storm endures. Hayter hooks an arm, she has a grovit of sorts, but Storm fights up. Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm throw body shots. Hayter blocks the whip, then CHOPS! Storm CHOPS back, so Hayter CHOPS again! They go CHOP for CHOP, neither letting go of the wrist! They start throwing forearms, DOUBLE FOREARMS take them both down! Fans fire up while both women get to corners.

Storm fires herself up and fans rally behind her! Storm runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then she hauls Hayter up, TORNADO DDT! Tonight is Tornado Night, apparently! And furthermore, Storm goes to the apron as Hayter bails out, TORNADO DDT to the floor! Storm drags Hayter back into the ring, then climbs up the corner. Hayter stands, Storm leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hayter barely gets that shoulder up! Storm is frustrated but she drags Hayter back up. Hayter fights the Alabama lift, then catches Storm for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and now Hayter is frustrated.

Hayter drags Storm back up, ripcords, but Storm ducks and gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hayter flounders to a corner and Storm hurries after her. They both go to the apron, and Storm fires forearm after forearm! But Hayter gets her, APRON URENAGE!! Hayter drags Storm back in and fans are fired up! Hayter RAMS Storm into a corner, hoists her up top, and then goes up after her. Hayter HEADBUTTS Storm, then brings her up, SUPERPLEX! But she holds on to get Storm up, but Storm cradle counters! TWO!! Storm dodges Hayter’s haymaker to backslides, Hayter rolls through, but into the STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Well, at least now Britt won’t have to worry about facing a friend in the next round. But the question will be, will Storm be facing the Doctor? Or the joker?

 

AEW hears from Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian.

The Face of the Revolution says he will make everyone put respect on his name and the AEW TNT Championship. This Friday on Rampage, he faces someone who is a brother to him, is a former tag team partner, and is someone he traveled the globe with many times over in Frankie Kazarian. It’ll be friendly fire but the title is on the line, so it will be hot as hell. But there can only be ONE Face of TNT. And this Friday, we’re looking at it. Scorpio will SCU there.

As for the Heavy Metal Rebel, Lexi Nair interviews him about this match. How is he feeling about taking on a former tag partner? Kaz has a lot on his mind, but he gets interrupted by Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti. Sammy has some thoughts for Kaz. Kaz has history with Sky, but that man Kaz knew is not the one he’s facing this Friday. That man is dead, and this one will stab Kaz in the back. Kaz can’t trust Scorpio. Trust? A lecture on trust from these two? Sammy, Kaz has been around a long time, he knows who he can and cannot trust. More importantly, he trusts himself, and ultimately, that’s all he needs. So go be unlikeable somewhere else.

Sammy hopes Kaz is right. And he says he’ll SCU later. SamTay kiss before heading out, and Kaz says Sammy’s vlog sucks. But will the Heavy Metal Rebel be ready for anything against American Top Team’s leading man?

 

Double or Nothing’s Buy-In has a match!

After the shocking defeat and the amazing moment in the ring, #Hookhausen has a match against Tony Nese & Mark Sterling! Will Smart Mark and his premier client regret angering the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil into doing something very nice, very evil?

 

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Opening Round No Holds Barred: Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy VS Darby Allin w/ Sting!

Tony Khan has approved the special request of these two daredevils! Now nothing, not disqualifications, not count-outs, not even self-preservation, will hold back the Charismatic Enigma and Relentless One! But then whose body lasts longer and moves on to the semifinals?

The bell rings and Darby rushes to SHOTGUN Jeff down! Jeff gets out but Darby DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and Darby is fired up! Fans fire up with him as he brings out chair after chair after chair! He’s got about eight chairs! Darby starts setting the chairs up and fans are fired up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Darby goes from chair square to a chair rectangle, using all eight chairs! Jeff crawls to the ring but Darby hurries after. Jeff FLAPJACKS Darby onto the steel steps! Darby checks his face while Jeff moves the steps around. Sting and Matt give Jeff space, but Darby RAMS into Jeff. Darby whips, Jeff reverses but Darby leaps over the steps!

Darby rolls and comes back, only for Jeff to leap off the steps and CLOBBER Darby! Fans fire up while Jeff shakes out his arms. Jeff hobbles over to reposition the steps again. The steps are now on their side, and with the top facing Darby. Darby gets up but Jeff drags him onto the steps. Darby slips off to RAM Jeff into the post, and almost into Matt! Matt hurries to get away and Darby puts Jeff in the ring. Darby drags Jeff up but Jeff fights back through the ropes. TWIST OF HOTSHOT! Jeff then goes looking, and he brings out a LADDER! Fans love this already as Jeff brings that ladder into the ring!

Dynamite goes picture in picture as Jeff hurries to get in. Darby grabs the ladder for his own, but now he and Jeff tug-o-war over it. They both drop the ladder to go after each other! Jeff kicks low, reels Darby in, but Darby fights free to hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Jeff survives but Darby grabs the ladder. Darby moves it aside and he drags Jeff around. Darby runs, springboards, but Jeff catches the Coffin Splash! Jeff spins Darby around to JAWBREAKER! Darby flounders to a corner, Jeff rallies the fans and gives Darby the HARDYAC DROPKICK! Darby flops out of the ring but Hardy has to steady himself a moment.

Sting coaches Darby but Jeff goes out after him. Jeff stomps Darby, smacks him off those chairs, and again, before going into the ring. Jeff hobbles, gets that ladder, and stands it up. That is a TALL ladder as Jeff makes sure it is intertwined with the ropes. Darby is sprawled on his own chair rectangle, and fans fire up as Jeff starts climbing! Jeff reaches the top of that ladder, but Darby hurries up the other side! Jeff hurries to meet Darby as Dynamite returns to single picture, but Darby YANKS Jeff down! Hardy gets crotched on his enigma! Darby kicks Jeff down, then Darby climbs! Darby’s up top real fast, and he copies Jeff’s usual pose, before a SUPER FULL METAL SWANTON!!!

Fans lose their minds from Darby and Jeff crashing on the chairs!! It’s hard to tell if the chairs or the human beings are in worse shape! The ref checks on Darby and Jeff but somehow they’re both still conscious. Darby pushes chairs aside as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Darby manages to get Jeff in a headlock and drag him to the ring. Darby pushes Jeff in, then climbs the corner! But Jeff drags himself to the apron on the other side. So Darby adjusts course, APRON COFFIN DROP only gets apron as Jeff moves!! Matt still checks on his brother while the ref and Sting check on Darby. Jeff goes out as fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!”

Jeff drags Darby onto the steel steps. TWIST OF FATE to the steel! But Jeff isn’t done there, he throws off his shirt and goes up the corner! Fans are ready to lose their minds again as Jeff aims, SWANTON onto steel steps and only steps! Darby dodges, the steps get bent, and now the ref checks Jeff! Jeff is somehow okay to continue, and Darby is somehow hobbling his way over to Jeff. Darby drags Jeff up, puts him in the ring, then Darby goes up the corner again. COFFIN DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!? And into a ghost pin into the ladder!! JEFF WINS!!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Even Matt is shocked! But somehow, someway, Brother Nero snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! Now will he render Adam Cole OBSOLETE? Speaking of, the Undisputed Elite, from Adam Cole to reDRagon to the Young Bucks appear on stage. Will Cole be the first to represent the Undisputed Elite in the Owen Hart Cup finals? And what of Kyle O’Reilly taking on Rey Fenix?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Dynamite here, and an awesome start to the Owen Hart tournaments! Good promo from Britt and Hayter, Storm VS Hayter was great stuff, but of course Hayter and Britt weren’t going to be facing each other next round. Storm gets a great win, and I can’t wait to see who the women’s tournament joker will be. I have a feeling Britt finds a way to win, no matter who it is, but it’ll be a great match to give us Britt VS Storm. Cole VS Dax was an awesome opener, and they had a lot of great references to the rivalry of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, especially with Cole using the Sharpshooter to win. Cole is moving on, it’d be pretty wild if he and Britt both won the tournaments.

The main event was badass because of how they made it No Holds Barred. Jeff and Darby went balls to the wall with that, and WOW that ladder top Swanton onto those chairs. Not to mention how that wasn’t even the end! I think this is the second time steel steps have been bent like that in AEW. But then Jeff winning was actually quite the shock. I thought Jeff was going to drop out early so that the Hardys and the Young Bucks could build towards Double or Nothing. I suppose it can still happen next round with Cole beating Jeff, and we do get a dream match of Cole VS Jeff. Joe and Lethal’s team have a good promo to hype up Joe VS Joker, can’t wait to see who they get for that, too.

Good vignette to hype up Rosa VS Deeb, and a good promo from Scorpio as well as a good promo from Kaz with Sammy all to hype up the TNT Championship. I do like that Sammy thinks Kaz should be careful of Scorpio still being a Heel, but Sammy being a Heel himself, he could just be messing with Kaz. Nese squashing Danhausen to then give rise to #Hookhausen was great stuff, and everyone is going to love that Buy-In tag match. I expect Sterling takes the loss so that Nese stays unpinned and unsubmitted in AEW, and then Nese loses to Hook 1v1 down the line. Hell, I bet fans get Hookhausen to the tag titles because fans love them both so much.

The FTW Championship was great stuff, but I had a feeling something screwy would happen. Starks retains, and then we got great stare downs from Team Taz, Keith & Swerve, and Jurassic Express. Jurassic Express VS Starks & Hobbs is good, but I wonder if they’ll step this up into a Triple Threat. A Triple Threat can be a great way to get the titles off Jurassic Express without actually hurting them. And with Jungle Boy needing Christian to encourage him, we could be seeing Jurassic Express falling apart and turning on Christian or vice-versa. FTR can come back to the AEW World Tag titles after Double or Nothing, perhaps getting their big moment at All Out.

The contract signing for MJF VS Wardlow was great stuff from top to bottom. MJF had Long Island on his side, they played along with him perfectly, and so much of what MJF is putting Wardlow through is a great callback to MJF VS Cody. The Dark Side of the Ring parody was genius, too, especially with Jericho’s narration. Wardlow will somehow, someway make it through the whipping, the rigged cage match, and will get to beat up MJF. And speaking of Jericho, the JAS had a great segment, and I like that the BCC are reinforcing Kingston’s team. It is good continuity since Moxley is Kingston’s friend, and with Yuta going to Japan for Best of the Super Juniors, Moxley and Danielson make Kingston’s team five, we could get JAS VS Team Mad King in Blood & Guts or some other big match.

There was also a lot of genius stuff in Punk VS Silver with Hangman on commentary. Punk played being Heel this time to keep us guessing after Hangman’s promo last week felt almost Heel. Turns out, Tavaren left the Islanders so that’s why it was the perfect jersey for Punk to wear. Punk VS Silver was a great match in itself, and Punk stealing Buck Shot to win was wild. Punk had a great promo to get on Hangman’s nerves, and Hangman just flipping Punk off was a fitting response. Their match at Double or Nothing still feels like it could go either way, Vegas is going to be electric that whole match.

And for those wondering, all the extra Tornado DDT’s from tonight, they’re all in honor of Fuego Del Sol. It seems that after a surgery from last month, Fuego’s neck is now left with a one inch hole in it! He shared a picture of it on his Twitter, but being that it is a hole in his neck, be careful if you go looking for it. On behalf of the Chairshot, I hope Fuego gets well soon and can return to the ring.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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Double or Nothing is on Sunday, so Dynamite sets the table! Will AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland use Nick Wayne to send a message to Christian Cage?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; Trent & Roddy win.
  • FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith; Hook AND Shibata win and will both challenge Chris Jericho for the title at Double or Nothing.
  • Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal; Takeshita wins.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne; Swerve wins.
  • Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly; Malakai wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Team Triple J; Bryan wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom!

Don Callis is on commentary as “both his guys” are teaming up as an unlikely duo against another unlikely duo! Will the Aerial Assassin get help from the former International Champion in gaining momentum for his match with the current International Champion? Or will it be #JustTrent and the Savior of the Backbreaker standing tall tonight?

The teams sort out and Ospreay starts against Roddy, but then Cassidy and Trent rush each other on the outside! Ospreay sees that and is distracted, so Roddy CLUBS Ospreay! The fans fire up as there is brawling in and out of the ring! Roddy ROCKS Ospreay, CLUBS him, then whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Then Ospreay PLANCHAS Trent! Cassidy goes up to CROSSBODY Roddy! Cassidy then DIVES onto Trent and they hit the desk! PIP PIP CHEERIO for Roddy! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps on Roddy but Roddy fights the underhooks! Bennett gets on the apron, Taven throws in a belt, but Ospreay kicks that belt back out.

The ref reprimands The Kingdom but Roddy clinches to an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Roddy tags in Trent and Trent storms up on Ospreay. Trent drags Ospreay up, CHOPS him, then stalks him to a corner. Trent stomps Ospreay, brings him up to ROCK him, but Ospreay ROCKS Trent back! Ospreay fires more forearms, then runs, but Trent CLOBBERS him! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy pushes Ospreay down and rains down fists! Roddy stomps Ospreay, drags him up, but the fans rally up. Roddy stomps Ospreay, fires body shots and a CHOP, then keeps on him with a clinch, Ospreay ROCKS Roddy in return!

Ospreay fires more shots but Roddy DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE!! Roddy clamps onto Ospreay with a chinlock and he grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay fights up. Ospreay throws body shots then ROCKS Roddy! Roddy knees low, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay slips free to shove and back drop! The fans fire up while Roddy flounders around! Both men crawl, hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy goes up, Roddy gets under the jump, but Cassidy just BLASTS Trent! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Roddy stops the DD! Roddy sends Cassidy to the corner, but Cassidy goes up and out!

Roddy runs in but Cassidy bumps him off buckles! Then he goes side to side to bump Roddy off more buckles! And then back the other way! The fans fire up, Cassidy climbs, but Trent YANKS Cassidy down! Cassidy is stuck up top, Roddy goes up after him! GUTBUSTER on the top buckle! Then Trent drags Cassidy from the corner! The fans boo as Trent hauls Cassidy up, but Ospreay makes the save! Ospreay sends Trent into barriers! Roddy WRECKS Ospreay with a dropkick! Then he gives Cassidy an APRON BACK SUPLEX, and Trent SPEARS Cassidy down! The fans boo as Trent & Roddy stand tall, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Trent flexes, Roddy drags Cassidy up, and Roddy ROCKS Cassidy. Roddy puts Cassidy in, stomps up and stomps on him in a corner, then brings him over to bump off buckles. Tag to Trent, but Cassidy fires off forearms! Trent knees low, Cassidy sits down, and Trent stomps him at the ropes. The ref counts, Trent lets off at 4, and The Kingdom taunts Cassidy. Trent gets Cassidy’s legs to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cassidy sputters and falls out of the ring, The Kingdom taunting him. Trent distracts the ref and The Kingdom stomps away on Cassidy! Roddy then drags Cassidy up to put him in the ring. Trent covers, TWO!

Trent is annoyed but he drags Cassidy up to tag in Roddy. They mug Cassidy, Roddy CHOPS Cassidy, then Roddy clamps on with a chinlock. Cassidy fights up but Roddy CHOPS him again! Cassidy grits his teeth, stands up, but Roddy CHOPS him down! Roddy soaks up the heat, then drags Cassidy up to pull on his arms. Cassidy endures the motorcycle stretch, fights up, and he works to put his hands in pockets! Roddy turns him around to CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture, Cassidy puts his hands up, and then in his pockets! Roddy swings, misses, but he reels Cassidy in. Cassidy rebounds to SHOTGUN!

Cassidy works his way over, kips up, and hot tags to Trent and Ospreay! Ospreay rallies on Trent with haymakers! Ospreay whips, Trent reveres but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Roddy runs back in to knee low! Roddy & Trent double whip, but Ospreay handsprings to DOUBLE PELE! The fans fire up, Ospreay covers Trent, TWO! The fans fire up and Ospreay has Trent in a corner. Ospreay runs in but Trent dodges! TORNADO- NO, Ospreay stops the DDT to suplex. Trent slips free, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy runs in to KNEE Ospreay! Then back suplex, but Ospreay sunset flips it! TWO!!

Roddy runs up but into a CHOP! Ospreay runs, into a kitchen sink knee! Roddy goes side to side to forearm again and again and again! Then the atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this and Roddy is frustrated. The fans rally, Roddy drags Ospreay up, and Roddy reels Ospreay in to suplex. Ospreay slips free, ducks Roddy’s knee, and tucks him in! CHEEKY NANDOS! Tag to Cassidy, and Ospreay Electric Chairs Roddy for the POWERBOMB! Then Ospreay goes up, gives Cassidy a thumbs up, and then hits the LEAP OF FAITH! Cassidy’s turn, he LAZY ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Roddy is still in this but Cassidy throws off his elbow pad!

Cassidy aims in a corner, but Trent grabs his foot! Cassidy kicks Trent away, Roddy runs up, but Cassidy BOOTS him! Cassidy goes up, but Roddy GAMANGIRIS! Roddy then goes up after Cassidy, but Cassidy fights the suplex! The fans rally, Ospreay joins in and he knocks Roddy down! Trent gets up to get Ospreay, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! But Ospreay lands on his feet! The fans are thunderous, and Ospreay BOOTS Trent into the DEEP IMPACT! Roddy CHOPS Ospreay, ROCKS Cassidy, then KNEES Ospreay. Roddy runs, into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Tilt-o-whirl DDT from Cassidy!

Cassidy covers, and Ospreay keeps Trent back, but Trent powers through to break it up! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Trent rises first, “This is Awesome!” as he rips at a buckle pad. The ref says stop it, and then Cassidy mule kicks Trent! SICK KICK from Roddy! The Kingdom distracts the ref, Callis hops off commentary to anchor Cassidy! Roddy can’t suplex him like that! Roddy gets mad at Callis, Callis hurries away, END OF- STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! OSCUTTER!! But as the ref checks Roddy, The Kingdom run in! Ospreay dumps them both out! And then builds speed to FLY! Down go Taven & Bennett!

The fans are thunderous but WARDLOW CLOBBERS OSPREAY! The fans boo as the War Machine comes outta nowhere! ORANGE P- NO, Roddy ducks and Trent’s BUSAIKU KNEE hits! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Roddy & Trent win!

Winners: Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Kingdom’s numbers are just too much, and now they’re beating down Cassidy & Ospreay! Callis is furious, but then where’s his family!? Trent DECKS Cassidy, Roddy grabs the International title belt! BELT SHOT to Ospreay! Trent won’t let Callis get close, either! SNAKE BITE on Cassidy! Ospreay is busted open! Roddy tells Ospreay he will never have this title! Then Roddy drags Ospreay up, reels him in, and hits END OF HEARTACHE!! Ospreay flounders and writhes, and Roddy paints himself with Ospreay’s blood. Is nothing going to stop The Undisputed Kingdom from conquering AEW?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson want their own Elite security to get a good look at who they’re looking for. Nick then says, “Hey, Darby Allin, ya p*ick! You attacked The Elite unprovoked last week, so guess what? You’re barred this week.” Matt adds that in the interest of having the safest locker room in the business, sorry, no Darby allowed tonight. Matt tells the security to be very careful, Darby is resilient. He broke his foot, practically got Final Destination’d by a bus, and he’s still standing, and out for blood! Do NOT let this man in the building! What’re they doing still standing here? Get to your positions! And tuck your shirts in!

In walks Sonjay Dutt and he wants to commend these two for the great job they’ve been doing, and for knowing how to take care of problems. Darby won’t be an issue tonight. Last Saturday, they took care of two more problems in FTR thanks to The Righteous & Lance Archer. And tonight, it all comes to a head. Sonjay’s Indian Giant destroys the American Dragon. Matt says if Satnam beats Bryan, cool. But if he hurts Bryan, great. Alright, so long as the money’s in the envelope with a few rupees, because tonight, Satnam breaks Bryan like a pencil! HAHAHAHAHA! Sonjay heads out, Matt tells everyone to keep the energy up, next segment! Can he get some water? Thanks.

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

Bakersfield, California fires up as The Bang Bang Gang brings their gold to the ring in a little black wagon. Granted, they don’t need all nine belts, just the one set that represents the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships. Though, they do like to mix and match as they hold one each. Jay White gets the mic and hushes the crowd before saying, “Well, well, well, look at you! The greatest three man team in the game is here!” Fully Cocked Colten Gunn! Switchblade Jay White! And… Austin! THE Unified Trios Champions, the Bang Bang Gang! And White knows what they want. Guns up for the Bakersfield Gold Members~!

But y’know, on that note, White thinks there might be one very special little gold member out there walking around feeling confused, asking himself how he ended up in the situation he’s in. How he ended up burning int he spotlight at the feet of the Bang Bang Gang! That one little gold member is… Pac? Puck? Pock? Pack, but without K. Oh. Okay, okay, Pack. Let White tell him how you ended up here! You made three big mistakes! One: when the Bang Bang Gang is walking down the halls, you run, scatter, turn the other way. What’d Pac do? Looked at them with… that face.

Mistake two: When Bang Bang Gang handled Bang Bang Gang business in this ring with “Azucar” Rocky Romero, one little Bastard decided to stick his ugly bastard nose where it doesn’t belong. Mistake three and biggest of all, Pack, is questioning them. He asked, begged, pleaded for them to make him care, so they gave him what he asked for. But see as the- WAIT! Pac is on the tron! And he tells the Bang Bang Toy Guns that this is what he’s talking about! They warmed him up a bit. And he can’t even be made at them. Like they said, he provoked them first. But gentlemen, three on one? That’s not exactly fair now, is it?

So allow Pac to introduce them to his amigos. His hermanos! His LUCHA BROTHERS! The fans fire up as Penta El Zero Miedo, Rey Fenix y The Bastard, Pac, all stand as one! Death Triangle is reunited! White & The Gunns get ready, but Pac TACKLES White while the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK the Ass Boys! Pac throws adown fists, the others brawl, and the fans fire up! Pac ROCKS Colten, ROCKS Austin, but White knees low! White puts Pac in a corner but Pac dodges to stomp away! Death Triangle stomps away on the whole Bang Bang Gang! They then SUPERKICK everyone out! The fans are fired up but the Bang Bang Gang is in retreat!

Pac gets a mic to tell the boys, “You think you’re hard? Well this Sunday, Double or Nothing, AEW Unified Trios Championships! You think you’re hard? I guess we’ll find out.” Death Triangle wants gold again, will they take it from the Switchblade and his boys?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Learning Tree makes his way out, “Big Bill” Morrissey right behind him, because Jericho is joining commentary for what’s up next.

FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith!

While the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil wants payback on The Learning Tree, so does The Wrestler! They and The Bounty Hunter fought and won last Saturday on Collision, and now they all fight for a chance to go Double or Nothing with Jericho! Will wins big to then go after Jericho “For The World?”

The bell rings and Keith BOOTS Hook right down! Keith runs up on Shibata, Shibata dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP int he corner! Hook storms up to fire hands on Keith! Shibata pushes Hook aside to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Hook pushes Shibata, the rivals stare down, but Keith RAMS Hook into Shibata! Keith then fires forearms on Hook. Keith runs, but into a SAYANAGI! Hook shoots around, REDRUM, but Shibata gets Hook in a SLEEPER! Keith DOUBLE JAWBREAKERS free! All three men stagger to their feet, and Hook clinches Shibata for an EXPLODER! Shibata comes back to BELLY2BELLY Hook!

Keith gives Shibata an EXPLODER! Hook gives Keith an EXPLODER! Shibata hits an STO on Hook! All three men are down again and the fans fire up! Keith, Hook and Shibata slowly sit up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Shibata runs up on Keith, throws him down, and has a HEEL HOOK! Shibata endures, crawls back, and has the ROPEBREAK! Shibata doesn’t have to but he does let off given the hold won’t count for anything now. Shibata drags Keith back, steps through, and FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCKS! Keith fights it, but Shibata clamps it on tight! But then Hook throws down forearms on Shibata! Shibata lets Keith go, crawls to a corner, and Hook drags Shibata up. Hook throws knees into Shibata, then brings him out of the corner to TOSS him out of the ring! Hook then goes for Keith, but Keith wrenches to a HOOK KICK!

Hook falls, Keith goes to a corner, and Keith huffs and puffs. Keith drops a knee on Hook’s head, covers, TWO! Keith huffs ‘n’ puffs more, and he CLUBS Hook to ropes. Keith CHOPS, then follows Hook around the way. Keith CHOPS again, then clinches, but Hook fights the exploder! Hook slips around but now Keith fights the exploder! Keith fires down elbows, but Hook still lifts! Keith fires down more elbows, but Hook tries again! EXPLODER! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and Hook rises. Hook stalks Keith, but Keith avoids the crossface forearms! Hook turns around, Keith KNEES him down!

Keith drags Hook up, underhooks, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Keith hits the TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Shibata breaks it! The fans rally, Shibata kicks and bumps Keith off buckles. Shibata BOOTS Hook in a corner, then runs to BOOT Keith! Shibata rains down forearms on Keith, then runs to BOOT Hook! Shibata HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Keith! Shibata drags Keith up for a HALF HATCH! Cover, Hook breaks it! Hook knees low, clinches, T BONE SUPLEX! Shibata goes to a corner, Hook grabs Keith. Hook clamps on the REDRUM! But Keith RAMS Hook into a corner! Hook goes up and he goes for a HANGING REDRUM!

Keith RIDING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he goes up, reels Hook in, DIAMOND DUST! PENALTY KICK from Shibata! Shibata gets Keith up, fireman’s carries, and USHIGOROSHI! Shibata stares Jericho down before putting on the FIGURE FOUR, with HEEL HOOK!! Keith endures, Hook gets in! REDRUM on Keith!!! Keith endures double submissions, he TAPS!! Then who wins?!? The ref has the two men let off of Keith, and declares they BOTH win?!

Winners: Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (both challenge Chris Jericho for the title)

The fans don’t want a draw, they want Hook and Shibata to fight it out! But Jericho gets on the mic and says yeah, he agrees! Hi, Bakersfield! He just wants to get camera time, right? But Rick Knox, what an interesting call. Two winners, two contenders, makes his job a little harder at Double or Nothing. But such is life, huh? Just gotta say, Hook and Shibata, he’s proud of you both for everything they’ve picked up from The Learning Tree and the Jericho Vortex. But he’s gotta warn you, as the longest reigning For The World Champion in history at over 33 days, he’s just getting started.

So even though it’ll be the first-ever Triple Threat “For The World” Rules match, he’ll walk out of Vegas the winner. Thanks, everybody! But he’s not losing to anyone ever, okay? Thanks, guys! Tony Khan texts Tony Schiavone, and it is official! The first ever FTW Triple Threat, will going Double or Nothing only guarantee Jericho loses?

 

Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal!

The Alpha wants to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, but he’s only getting a Title Eliminator match at Double or Nothing. Will the Zen Assassin simply be used as a warm-up and a warning for Jon Moxley?

The bell rings, Takeshita knees Sydal low then CLUBS him down! Takeshita brings Sydal up to CLAW Sydal’s face, then lets off as the ref reprimands. Takeshita drags Sydal up, and throat chops him! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Takeshita deadlift suplexes Sydal for a BRAINBUSTER! Takeshita stands up, snarls, and he  stomps Sydal around. Takeshita gives taunting kicks as Sydal sits up, and then Takeshita stands him up. BLUE- RANA! Sydal dropkicks the legs out, then BASEMENT DDTS! Sydal hurries to the apron, then the corner! Sydal goes up, leaps over Takeshita, then keeps going, but into the BLUE THUNDER BOMB!

Takeshita and Callis agree, time to break Sydal! Takeshita stands Sydal up, winds up, ALPHA FOREARM! Cover, Takeshita wins!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Takeshita made quick work out of Matt Sydal, but then offers a handshake, The Code of Honor if you will. Sydal accepts it, but then Takeshita ripcord deadlifts Sydal into a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN!! No honor, no respect, and the fans boo! But Callis loves it! Takeshita stomps away on Sydal, but then here comes Moxley! The Maniac was gonna be here either way, and Takeshita wants to know where he’s coming from! Moxley slips in from the crowd, has a mic, and he steps up to Takeshita. Then he DECKS Takeshita with the mic! The fans cheer Moxley on as he paces around. Moxley kneels and tells Takeshita he’ll see him at Double or Nothing.

Takeshita sent a message with his win over Sydal, Moxley just sent his response! Will this Title Eliminator turn into a slobberknocker?

 

The Young Bucks speak, again.

Nick tells Darby Allin, “you stupid idiot,” that they know he’s watching from somewhere in Bakersfield. They saw him on the travel list, but again, he is banned from the arena! The tech staff is given wanted posters of Darby just so they know, and Matt says it’s time to actually run this show. But sitting at gorilla, right in their spot, is Swerve Strickland! The Realest asks, “What up, turds?” Oh, sorry, is this one of their seats? Matt says it’s fine, he’s the champ, he can make himself at home. Good to see him, by the way. Also, has he seen Darby? He’s banned from the building. Swerve takes a copy of the poster, crumples it up, throws it away, and says no, he has not.

Anyway, hit his music, his match is up next. Matt says yes, of course. Someone do it! Is it this idiot’s job over here? Press the buttons! The music gets going, and Bakersfield is now “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” But will Nick Wayne simply be Christian Cage’s sacrificial pawn in this game he’s playing?

Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne!

The bell rings and Nick throws his shirt at Swerve. Swerve takes that shirt, rubs his junk on it, then throws it back. The two step up, the fans rally for Swerve, and then Nick bails out. Swerve is annoyed, storms out after Nick, but Nick slides back in. Swerve sighs, slides back in, but Nick slides back out. Nick plays cat ‘n’ mouse with Swerve as he again slides in just as Swerve slides out. Swerve feints the slide, and now he has Nick! The fans fire up as Swerve fires off body shots! Swerve whips Nick right into barriers! Nick sputters, Swerve says if Nick wants a father, Swerve will be that father. Swerve takes off his regular belt to SPANK Nick with it!

Swerve gives Nick a good lashing, Nick hobbles away, and the ref reprimands. But the fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” So Swerve winds up and LASHES Nick’s butt! Nick falls over, Swerve puts his belt back on, and the fans chant, “Thank You, Swerve!” Swerve leaves Nick behind to uncover a crossbar! Swerve brings Nick over but Nick fights back! Nick body shots, but then Swerve back drops Nick into the ring! Swerve then steps in to dropkick Nick down! The fans cheer and Swerve pushes Nick around. Nick goes to a corner, Swerve runs up but Nick puts Swerve on the apron! Nick blocks a shot, and bumps Swerve off the exposed crossbar!

Swerve staggers, Nick triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Swerve staggers away again, and Nick goes to the apron. PENALTY KICK! Then ASAI MOONSAULT, but Swerve catches Nick! But Nick swings to DDT Swerve on the floor! Both men writhe, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick drags Swerve up and RAMS him into barriers! Swerve falls in a heap, Nick soaks up the heat, and then Nick stalks Swerve into the ring. Nick clamps onto Swerve, then KNEES him in the back! Swerve staggers up, Nick kick shim down! Nick puts Swerve on ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4 and soaks up more heat. Nick then stalks Swerve, snapmares him, and scrapes his soles off Swerve’s face! Nick swaggers as he soaks up heat, but Swerve gets up to fireman’s carry! Nick flails to get free, and he CLAWS Swerve’s face! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick is on him with a snapmare and KICK!

Swerve grits his teeth, Nick eggs him on, and Swerve stands. Swerve snapmares and KICKS Nick! Swerve frowns as Nick stands back up, and the two get forehead to forehead. Nick CLAWS Swerve’s face again! The ref reprimands, Nick lets off, and he kicks Swerve. Swerve hits back, but Nick mule kicks! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick CLAWS at his face again! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4, and Nick soaks up more heat. Nick taunts Swerve, avoids the kick, then taunts Swerve more. Swerve swings blind as Nick taunts him, JABS him, and repeat. Swerve runs up, misses again and Nick JABS! Nick still taunts Swerve, but Swerve ROCKS him!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve CHOPS Nick, then UPPERCUTS in the corner! Swerve snapmare, gator rolls, and deadlift suplexes, but Nick knees free! Nick then TOSSES Swerve out, goes up and out to the apron, then ASAI- NO, Swerve anchors him on the corner! APRON BACK SUPLEX! Nick falls to the floor and the fans fire up! The ring count starts, Swerve slides in at 4 of 10, and then goes back out to the apron. Swerve aims as Nick sits up, and the fans fire up for the KILL STOMPS to the floor!! The fans are thunderous as Swerve drags Nick up and puts him in the ring. Swerve says this is what Nick wanted!

Swerve goes up the corner, Nick eggs Swerve on! KILL- BOOTS from below! Nick somersault clutches, TWO! Swerve gets out, runs in, but into buckles! Roll up, feet on ropes! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS! Then somersault and CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Nick is beside himself and Swerve scowls as he sits up. The fans fire up for Swerve but Nick says he’s gonna take Swerve’s House! HOUSE- NO, Swerve blocks the call! Swerve slips around to get a BACKBREAKER, then a power lift into a POWERSLAM! The fans are thunderous again and Swerve drags Nick up. Swerve says, “I am sorry.” But then HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

The Realest apologized for his past with Nick Wayne, but that didn’t mean he was gonna show mercy. But then LUCHASAURUS ATTACKS! The monster now called Killswitch takes Swerve out and of course The Patriarch & Mother Shayna are here. Luchasaurus CHOKES Swerve while Christian checks on his favorite son. But Swerve LOW BLOWS the dinosaur and DUMPS him out! Christian doesn’t know until he turns around! Christian wants Swerve to hold on, but then he runs away! Swerve pursues, HOUSE CALL drive-by for Luchasaurus! Swerve chase Christian right up the ramp and backstage!

Cameras follow as we go through gorilla, then to the hallways! Christian tries to block the path as he hurries for the parking lot! Christian finds the rental, throws the valet out, and then drives off, leaving his “family” behind! But then someone pulls up in front of him! It’s PRINCE NANA! Nana was waiting in the parking lot for this! Swerve grabs at Christian, they brawl through the car window, and Swerve drags Christian out! Then he throws Christian into the production truck trailer! And then back into the rental! Swerve beats down on Christian but Christian gets loose. Christian is going up the rental? Swerve pursues, Christian kicks at him!

Both men get on the roof of the car and the brawl continues! Swerve kicks low, DDT onto the roof! Christian sputters, flounders to the hood, and Nana has a chair! Nana hands it to Swerve and Swerve takes aim! But Christian moves before the Car-Chair-To! Christian runs away, but he better be heading to Las Vegas. Will Double or Nothing be the end of The Patriarchy?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Rampage!

This Friday before Double or Nothing, Rampage will be at a special start time of 6:30 PM Eastern! Make sure your DVR is ready for this special edition!

 

Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly!

Speaking of Double or Nothing, before the Dark Father brings out the darkness inside Adam “Edge” Copeland, he must settle things with #CombatKyle. Will Malakai simply use Kyle to sharpen his edge before he becomes the Face of TNT? Or will this not be The End of Kyle O’Reilly?

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans rally up, the two slowly approach, then feel things out. They test the waters with kicks and jabs. They go around, Kyle keeps looking for an opening but Malakai clinches him. They go to ropes, Malakai turns things around on Kyle, but he lets off cleanly. The fans cheer, the two reset, and they feel things out again. Each man still tests the waters, and Kyle shoots in for a leg. Malakai fights it, Kyle goes for an arm but Malakai arm-drags free. They start throwing kicks but also guarding! Kyle BOOTS, Malakai BOOTS, and both men ELBOW JAB! Both men KNEE low! Both men back down and the fans fire up!

Malakai snarls, he headlocks Kyle, but Kyle powers out. Malakai runs him over, covers, ONE! Kyle goes for legs, Malakai blocks and throws more knees. Malakai shoves Kyle then sweeps the legs. Malakai runs and springboards, but Kyle kicks Malakai’s legs out! The fans fire up as Kyle storms up on Malakai. Kyle KICKS, SLAPS, and KNEES, but Malakai sweeps the legs again! The fans fire up, Malakai drags Kyle up, and KICKS him now! Kyle hobbles, goes to kick but Malakai blocks and KICKS back! Kyle fires a forearm, Malakai grabs the leg to then JUMP KNEE! Kyle tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up! Malakai paces while Kyle is dazed, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle sits up, shakes out the stars, but Malakai goes out to KICK! Kyle staggers away, Malakai KICKS him against barriers. Kyle KICKS back, KICKS again, but Malakai puts the leg on barriers! Malakai KICKS the leg and Kyle falls back! Malakai drags Kyle up, KICKS him against the apron, then KICKS him again. Malakai puts Kyle against barriers and KICKS! Kyle slumps down and Malakai paces. Malakai drags Kyle up but Kyle fires forearms and KICKS in return! Malakai BOOTS Kyle away! Kyle checks his chin, Malakai puts him in the ring. Malakai storms up but Kyle KICKS! Malakai KNEES low! Then Malakai grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Kyle grits his teeth as he toughs it out, but Malakai stomps him down. Malakai looms over Kyle, Kyle kicks at him from below. Malakai grabs the leg, and has a KNEE LOCK! Kyle endures as Malakai pulls on the leg! Kyle reaches out, fights with his free leg, and Malakai lets go. Kyle stands, hobbles, but Malakai blocks his kick! DRAGON- NO, Kyle sits down on the leg whip to have an ARMBAR! Malakai clasps hands, fights around, but Kyle pulls on the grip! Dynamite returns to single picture, Malakai hooks Kyle for a waistlock, but Kyle fights up. Kyle pries at the hold, wrenches out with a double wristlock, but Malakai KICKS the bad leg!

Kyle staggers back, yoyos int he ropes, but Malakai blocks the lariat and ELBOWS Kyle! Malakai reels Kyle in to suplex, Kyle knees free then fires more knees! Kyle fires off a strike fest, then WRINGS Malakai’s arm out! Malakai staggers away but the fans fire up! Kyle runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Kyle wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! But Malakai ROCKS Kyle! Kyle blocks a kick to KNEE and SNAP GERMAN! AX and SMASH! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up while Kyle grits his teeth in frustration. “This is Awesome!” as Kyle rises up. Kyle storms over to Malakai to KICK the bad arm! And KICK! And KICK! And KICK!

Kyle snarls as Malakai stands, so the KICKS keep coming! Malakai ROCKS Kyle, Kyle ROCKS Malakai! The forearms go back and forth, then Kyle KNEES low! Malakai fires a body shot, Kyle fires a one-two! Malakai gives that one-two back, so Kyle kick-kicks! Malakai fires off a flurry of his own, but Kyle fires forearms !Malakai blocks a kick, Kyle slips free, double leg takedown! GROUND ‘N’ POUND, then ARMBAR! Malakai fights it with a strong S grip, but Kyle gets the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Malakai endures and scrambles around while the fans fire up! Malakai reaches out, fights up, and Kyle shifts his grip.

Malakai ELBOWS Kyle, KNEES him, then suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Malakai is beside himself! Malakai storms over to Kyle, gets a leg, but Kyle steps over to KNEE! AX and- ELBOW from Malakai! Kyle stays up, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES hit! Both men wobble, Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS! Malakai feints then THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

Kyle got caught by that change in flow, and he just faded to Black! But wait! The lights all turn red! Malakai looks around in confusion, but this can only mean one thing. BLOOD FROM ABOVE?! It’s like something outta Carrie! Malakai is not just drenched, he’s fumbling around from how slick the canvas is! And then, on the tron, walking down the steps… is EDGE! “Malakai. Malakai~! Up here. Be careful what you wish for.” Edge grins and he has fangs! “See you soon.” Is Malakai going to regret bringing out that side of The Rated R Superstar?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight!

The Leading Lady and her understudy have had just about enough of Saraya & Harley trying to troll there way to the spotlight, and now look to finally end this farce! But given she’s still parading around in Serena Deeb’s banner, will the AEW Women’s World Champion be ready for The Professor’s test this Sunday? Or will the madness truly go off the rails this close to Double or Nothing?

The teams sort out and Harley starts against Mariah, a partial rematch from last Saturday. The irony that Mariah’s Toni cosplay is also a Harley Quinn cosplay but Harley Cameron is in all black. The two tie up, Mariah waistlocks, but Harley reaches back, headlocks, and grinds. Mariah powers up and out, drops down, Harley rolls and kicks low! Harley clinches but Mariah ROCKS her! Mariah whips, Harley goes up and out, then ducks Mariah to RAM into her! Harley ROUNDHOUSES Mariah away, goes up and in, then talks trash on Storm. Harley runs but Mariah follows, trips Harley, then keeps moving to SHOTGUN!

Mariah smiles and the fans fire up as she paces around. Mariah gets Harley up, scoops, and SPIN-OUT SIDEWALK SLAMS! Then Mariah fireman’s carries, but Harley slips free to tag Saraya. Mariah waits on Saraya and the two circle. But then Saraya backs away to ropes for defense, she wants the REAL Toni Storm! The fans fire up, and Mariah tags Toni! The two former friends circle now, and Saraya ROCKS Storm! Storm ROCKS Saraya, repeat! The fans fire up as they go back and forth, and are definitely on Storm’s side. Saraya kicks low, whips, but Storm reverses and hits a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then tags Mariah.

Storm scoop SLAMS Saraya, then Mariah offers herself up. Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her onto Saraya! Cover, ONE! Saraya is tougher than that, but Mariah tags Storm back in. Mariah now scoops, but Storm is a bit sturdier. So Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her on Saraya again! ELBOW DROP, cover, TWO! Tag back to Mariah, she brings Saraya up and fires forearms. Mariah snapmares Saraya, runs and KNEES Saraya down! Saraya flounders, has the ref check her, and Harley runs in to CLOBBER Mariah! Toni storms in but the ref stops her, completely missing the crazy one going after Mariah! Saraya has Harley slip away and she stomps Mariah now.

Saraya does jumping jacks to show off her cardio, and then she HEADBUTTS Mariah as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Saraya stalks Mariah to ropes, puts her through them, and then steps onto the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref reprimands and counts, Saraya lets off, and then she steps back inside. Harley storms right up to AX KICK Mariah down! The ref reprimands and Saraya just shrugs. Saraya drags Mariah around, whips her to the corner, then tags in Harley. They mug Mariah, Harley stomps away, then stands her up. Harley digs her boot in, lets off at 4, and then Saraya CHOKES Mariah while Harley argues with the ref! Luther protests, Storm is furious, but the Outcasts get away with that. Harley covers, TWO!

Harley stays between Mariah and Storm and drags her up. Harley bumps Mariah off buckles, tags Saraya, and they mug Mariah some more. Saraya TOSSES Mariah out, storms out after her, then drags Mariah up to RAMS her into barriers! Saraya taunts the fans, soaks up the heat, and blows a mocking kiss to Storm. Saraya digs her boots into Mariah, the ref reprimands, but Saraya drags Mariah up and into the ring. Saraya keeps Mariah from Storm, tags in Harley, and Harley RAMS Mariah into the corner! Harley then brings Mariah around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Harley argues the count as Dynamite returns to single picture,

The fans rally, Harley drags Mariah up, but Mariah ROCKS Harley! And ROCKS her again! And again, and again and again! The fans fire up as Mariah just hammers away! Harley shoves Mariah away, brings her around, then JAWBREAKER! Harley runs up, Mariah dodges, and DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS collide! Mariah crawls hot tag to Storm! Storm CLOBBERS Harley, BLASTS Saraya, then goes up and over Harley! Storm runs back at the corner, blocks Harley’s boots, and puts her in ropes for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Saraya returns but into JAB after JAB! Saraya falls, Harley returns, but Storm HEADBUTTS!

The fans fire up as Storm poses! Storm then runs to SPLASH Harley in a corner! Harley sits down, Saraya runs in, but Storm drop toeholds Saraya into Harley’s hips! Storm laughs at them, then she drags Harley up for a SKY HIGH! Cover, but Saraya BOOTS it apart! Mariah returns, dodges the haymaker to HEADBUTT a la Storm! Mentor and protege help each other up, pose for a close up, then they each get an Outcast. “This is Awesome!” as they put Harley & Saraya up top! They each climb up, CLUB away, then coordinate. But Harley & Saraya each SMACK Storm & Mariah off buckles! STEREO SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! The Outcasts double cover, TWO!!!

Saraya & Harley coordinate now, they get Storm & Mariah in corners to stomp mudholes in! The ref counts, Saraya & Harley let off to coordinate again. They both storm back up for more, but Storm & Harley put a stop to that! They set those boots down, to plant some wet ones on their enemies! Consider their fates sealed with a kiss, because now we get STORM ZERO and MAYDAY!! Harley is then fed to a STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Mariah win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

This dynamic duo dominates, and now they again adorn Storm with Deeb’s banner. But wait, Serena Deeb is here! She SMACKS Luther down with a chair!! Then she JAMS Mariah, and HEADBUTTS Storm! The fans are torn as Deeb grins. Deeb brings out a SHOE! HIGH HEEL TO THE FACE!! Deeb grins as she watches Storm crawl, then she picks the chair back up. Deeb uses the chair to take a seat on Storm’s back, and then pulls on a leg! FULL METAL HALF CRAB! Storm taps out, not that this is a legitimate hold in any way! The ref reprimands, other refs rush out to tell Deeb to stop, but Deeb only lets go when she says!

Deeb has just made Storm suffer, and she takes her banner back. Will she also take that AEW Women’s World Championship when she and Storm go Double or Nothing?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

No matter what happens at Double or Nothing, there will be an AEW World Championship #1 Contender’s Casino Gauntlet match! The winner will receive their shot at the title at Forbidden Door in New York!

 

The Bang Bang Gang regroups backstage.

They have their wagon of gold and are laughing off that surprise from earlier. Jay White’s pretty sure he knows what Death Triangle wants! They want Bang Bang Gang’s loot! They want Bang Bang Gang’s gold~! You want the gold? This is who you bring? The Lucha Bros? When White already has THE GREATEST brother tag team behind him? Colten says it’s just as White says, The Gunns ARE the best brother tag team in the world. And if you wanna shot at the titles, you gotta earn it! So how about a Gunn fight in the Collision Corral. Penta & Fenix are brothers, but so are The Gunns! Penta & Fenix are former AEW World Tag Team Champions, but so are The Gunns!

And Austin says don’t worry, they won’t be hard to find. Just walk into town, look above the saloon doors, and you won’t see “Cero Miedo,” it’ll say GUNNS UP! The Bang Bang Gang is locked and loaded, will Death Triangle win the right to fight for the gold?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt!

The American Dragon always fights against corporate corruption, that’s why he’s standing up against The Elite alongside Team AEW this Sunday! But The EVPs have been doing everything they can to make Anarchy in the Arena a foregone conclusion. Will the One in a Billion be just the thing to ruin Double or Nothing? Or will Bryan prove everyone’s the same size when down on the ground?

As the two get in the ring, Satnam gets right in Bryan’s face. Well, Satnam’s chest does, as he’s quite literally head and shoulders above Bryan. Satnam goes to pie face Bryan but Bryan pushes that big hand away. The bell rings, the fans fire up with “YES! YES! YES!” and the two circle. Satnam puts Bryan in a corner, but Bryan dodges the chop to KCIK, KICK and KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan climbs up to fire hands but Satnam shoves him away! Satnam BOOTS Bryan down and the fans boo. Satnam stands Bryan up to bump off buckles, then stalks him to another corner. Satnam winds up to CHOP!

Bryan sputters and falls over, and Satnam soaks up the heat. Satnam drags Bryan up, suplexes, and holds Bryan up! Then the SLAM! The fans boo more while Bryan flops out of the ring. Satnam goes out after him, then RAMS him into steel steps! Sonjay clears the desk of the drinks, the action figures, the hood, everything, but then the whole thing falls apart! Satnam kicks the steel steps aside, drags Bryan over. The fans tell Sonjay how he messed that one up, but Satnam still lifts Bryan. Bryan goes to the apron! Bryan KICKS Satnam, and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan gets space, runs up, and FLYING KNEES!

Satnam staggers but stays up, so Bryan resets! FLYING KNEE again! Satnam staggers and takes a seat in the corner of the barriers! Bryan runs in to DROPKICK Satnam down! The fans fire up and Bryan rises. The fans want that again, so Bryan runs back in, only for Satnam to get up and catch him! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Bryan writhes, Sonjay is all fired up, but the fans boo. Satnam shoves Bryan into the ring, Sonjay and the rest of Team Triple J applaud, then mockingly say “YES! YES! YES!” Satnam steps in for a cocky cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this, but Sonjay pulls at a buckle pad. Satnam YANKS it right off!

Satnam storms up on Bryan, drags him up but the ref won’t let him use the bare buckle! Sonjay argues with the ref, so Bryan LOW BLOWS Satnam! Now that Satnam’s cut down to size, Bryan runs and BUSAIKU KNEES!! Satnam even hits the bare buckle! Bryan keeps moving, but Satnam still grabs him! So Bryan KICKS at the legs! And CLAWS at the eyes! And KICKS at the chest! “YES! YES! YES!” Then BUZZSAW! Satnam stays up!? This is a sturdy tree! He CHOPS Bryan, and then he looms over Bryan. Satnam hauls Bryan up, suplexes, but Bryan slips free! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Satnam drops to his knees as Bryan keeps going!

Bryan then shifts to the omoplata, and puts on the biggest LEBELL LOCK ever!!! Satnam endures, TRIPLE J ATTACKS!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Bucks said themselves that this wasn’t about getting the win but about inflicting damage! Jeff Jarrett runs the ref off while Lehtal drags Bryan up. Jarrett gets his guitar, but Bryan slips free! Jarrett avoids hitting Lethal, but then Bryan dodge shim again! BUSAIKU KNEE for Lethal! BUSAIKU KNEE for Jarrett! Sonjay tries to sneak in, but Bryan has the guitar! Sonjay clubs Bryan, but it was weak! Bryan swings, Sonjay dodges, and Satnam PUNCHES through the guitar!! The mugging continues, then Satnam hits a SPLASH in the corner! The fans boo, but now The Bucks make their way out here!

Matthew & Nicholas step out of the Codyvator and they have that envelope! That’s the payment for this hit job on Bryan! Jarrett CHOKES Bryan, then rains down fists! Sonjay receives the payment, and it looks good to him. The Bucks have Jarrett stand down, he did great. They shake hands, then The Bucks get to stomp Bryan! The fans boo as the EVPs drag Bryan to center, sit him up, and give him an E V P- NO! Bryan avoids the knees and they hit each other! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan fires hands on Matt, “YES! YES! YES!” But here comes The Rainmaker! Bryan is ready for Okada, but then JACK PERRY ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Scapegoat takes down Bryan, and now The Elite all mug him! Ripcord, RAINMAKER LARIAT!! This isn’t over, either, as they drag Bryan out of the ring and up the ramp! And surprise! There’s a table waiting! But wait, who is this pulling up to the arena? It’s DRABY ALLIN! He fist bumps Tony Khan, who drove him here!! TK can travel now!? Darby storms into the ring, armed with some kind of airsoft gun! The Elite is freaking out, but here he comes! That’s not an airsoft gun, that’s a FLAMETHROWER!! The Elite freaks out even more, and then Bryan finally gets to fight back! He fires off KICKS on Nick, then TOSSES Nick down through the table!!

The fans are going nuts, and Anarchy in the Arena is only going to be crazier! Will nothing stop the revolution against The Elite’s “revolution?”


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Dynamite as the go-home to Double or Nothing. For one, that was a wild way to end the show. I should’ve figured Bryan would win against Satnam, and making it by disqualification technically protects Satnam’s first singles loss. Satnam did have a great showing otherwise. The Bucks had good promos with how they banned Darby from the arena all night, which naturally meant he was showing up at the end there. Great surprise that it was Tony Khan who got him there, and then that flamethrower gun was a wild move, too. Nick ended up with serious road rash from that table crash but I would think he’s okay. But unless The Elite turns things around on Saturday, the go-home math says The Elite wins Anarchy in the Arena.

Great opening tag match from Ospreay & Cassidy VS Trent & Roddy, and I like the subtle details of Callis wanting to help Cassidy more than Ospreay. Trent & Roddy win here because there’s a very good chance Ospreay takes the title and Cassidy gets revenge on Trent. Takeshita squashing Sydal so hard was a little surprising, but Moxley getting the better of Takeshita was not. As I’ve said on the other articles, Takeshita is surely getting a win off Moxley since it’s just a Title Eliminator, and there’s a very good chance we get Moxley VS Takeshita at Forbidden Door. As such, Moxley should definitely beat Evil at NJPW Dominion in early June.

Very good tag match from Storm & Mariah VS Saraya & Harley, with a great win for Storm & Mariah but then great ambush by Deeb. Deeb stands tall, so it feels like Storm wins at Double or Nothing, maybe with help from Mariah and Mina Shirakawa to get us towards mentor VS mentor for the heart and mind of Mariah. Really good stuff out of Bang Bang Gang and Death Triangle, but Bang Bang Gang needing a backstage promo to establish they aren’t just giving up a title match was redundant. Have them say all that from the stage so that it saves time. But given that we’re getting Penta & Fenix VS Gunns, I would think Death Triangle is earning that match. Who knows how the title match goes, but it seems like a shame if Pac loses another PPV title match.

Great match from Malakai VS Kyle, a lot more than I was expecting to get as the go-home. And then what a wild mind game move from Edge, that “blood” hit so fast and hard! Brood Edge is making his AEW debut, but I can’t be sure on the math. Malakai won a match but Edge basically stood tall with that blood prank. Great Triple Threat from Hook, Shibata & Keith, but I’m rather surprised by how they did the finish. Could just be coincidental, but it was a little too much like what we saw last night on NXT with a double pin finish to make a title match into another Triple Threat. Pretty sure Hook and Shibata are now going to cancel out and Jericho retains.

Great match from Swerve VS Nick Wayne, great win for Swerve, and great segue right into that attack and chase scene. Great return for Nana there, but Christian running away muddies the math. I don’t think Swerve is losing, so something must happen on Collision to turn things around in Christian’s favor.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/18/24)

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

Deonna Purrazzo wants to tear into Thunder Rosa, but she’ll have to settle for Robyn Renegade first! Will The Virtuosa fine tune her style for La Mera Mera?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Lee Moriarty w/ Anthony Ogogo; Kyle wins.
  • Rush VS Cody Chhun; Rush wins.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade; Deonna wins.
  • Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ Billy Gunn; Cage wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kyle O’Reilly VS Lee Moriarty w/ Anthony Ogogo!

#CombatKyle may have lost out on the TNT Championship, but he isn’t going to stop the comeback over it. Will he build back up towards another title opportunity? Or will #TAIGASTYLE prove he’s the one deserving of those chances?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, Kyle and Lee tie up, Kyle waistlocks, but Lee wrenches out. Kyle wrenches to waistlock, but Lee sits to switch. Kyle switches, facelocks, wrenches, but Lee rolls and rolls until he rolls free. The fans rally as the two circle again. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, but Kyle gets under. Kyle lifts but Lee fights that. Lee lifts but Kyle fights that. Kyle tries again, but Lee trips him! Kyle uses his leg guard, trips Lee, knuckle lock cover! ONE as Lee gets an arm up! Kyle pushes it down, ONE as Lee gets the other arm up. Kyle puts that arm down, TWO as Lee bridges!

The fans cheer this technical exchange, Kyle jumps but Lee catches him! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Kyle scrambles around, slips free, ARMBAR! Lee clasps hands, stacks Kyle, TWO! Lee rolls Kyle to get the SLEEPER! Lee also has body scissors! But Kyle pulls on Lee’s leg, and that makes Lee let go of the sleeper! Kyle gets the leg, twists for a toehold, but Lee rolls over. Lee reels Kyle in, headlocks, then cravats. The fans rally, Kyle wrenches free to cravat back. Lee ELBOWS Kyle in the chin! Lee BODY SHOTS, then BODY SHOTS again! Lee runs but Kyle KNEES Lee low! Kyle snapmares, runs, then SLAPS Lee!

The fans fire up but Lee gets up. They get face to face, then go forearm to forearm! Kyle fires off fast strikes and he KICKS the legs out! Kyle wrenches to YANK the arm, then CLUBS it! Kyle wrenches, YANKS the arm again, then wrenches to an ELBOW- NO, Lee shoves Kyle away! Kyle runs up but Lee BUCKLE SHOTS him! Kyle staggers away, the fans are torn, and Lee runs up to KICK the bad leg! Ogogo applauds, Lee fires himself up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lee stomps Kyle down, drags him back up, and top wristlocks. Lee isolates that arm, flexes, and STOMPS the arm! Lee paces around, drags Kyle up, and SNAP HALF HATCHES! Cover, TWO! But Lee still has the arm and he hammerlocks it, to then SNAP LOCK it! Kyle endures, grabs at Lee, but Lee bridges and moves around. Lee traps the one arm, pulls on the other, and then makes it a RECLINER! Kyle endures as Lee leans back! Lee lets off as he loses the hold, but then he stomps the bad arm! Lee soaks up the heat as Rampage returns to single picture. Lee grinds Kyle’s bad arm, but Kyle fights up to throw body shots.

Kyle wrenches, ELBOW- NO, Lee has a SLEEPER now! Kyle rolls but Lee holds on tight! Kyle fights up to back suplex! Lee lands out, but Kyle KICKS! SLAPS! KNEES! KICKS! LEG SWEEP! The fans fire up and Kyle snarls as Lee goes to a corner. Kyle runs up to forearm smash! Kyle wrenches, ELBOW BREAKERS, and hits a BIG back suplex! HEEL HOOK! Lee endures and fights towards ropes! ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go, Lee stands, and Kyle KICKS the leg out! Kyle runs up but Lee dodges the kick to SOBAT! Kyle goes to a corner, Lee runs in, but Kyle blocks the boot! Kyle shoves Lee down, KNEES him, then reels Lee in.

Lee wrenches out of the suplex, to SNAP the fingers! Lee runs up to BOOT Kyle in the corner! Kyle falls, Lee covers, TWO! Kyle survives but Lee reels him in, BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Kyle endures, powers through to clasp hands, and he deadlifts Lee into a CAPTURE SUPLEX! Lee is dazed and Kyle slowly rises. The fans fire up, Kyle storms up, and KICKS Lee’s arm! Lee KICKS Kyle’s arm in return! Kyle KICKS again, but Lee KICKS again! They KICK and KICK and KICK! The fans are behind Kyle, both men block kicks, so they start throwing palm strikes! The fans are thunderous! Both men let the other go, but then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE!

The fans are thunderous as Kyle and Lee are both down! A standing count starts, both men slowly rise, and they stagger into each other. Lee gets Kyle first, suplex and- NO, Kyle knees free! GUILLOTINE! Lee wrenches free to RAM shoulders! Lee wrenches, to ELBOW- NO, Kyle wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER! Hammerlock, GUILLOTINE HOVERBOARD COMBO!!! Lee endures, and he uses his free arm to pry free! For HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Kyle drops into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! Lee is fading fast, but he deadlifts Kyle with the one arm! Only to go out! Kyle is free to PENALTY KICK!! Kyle gets Lee up, to ORANGE CRUSH into the ARMBAR! Lee taps, Kyle wins!!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

Shane Taylor Promotion takes another loss on the night, but it was a hell of a fight against Kyle O’Reilly! But Kyle is going to face Malakai Black this Wednesday, will Dynamite be The End of Kyle’s comeback?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

Lexy Nair is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn. First off, congrats on the recent success of the newest video. Thank you, Lexy. And Bowens is facing Brian Cage in tonight’s main event, how- Daddy Ass has us stop there. Let’s talk about everyone going crazy, running wild. The Embassy turning on Swerve, The Elite abusing their authority. Billy isn’t sure if Lexy has watched older wrestling, but Billy has a thing about authority. So if they wanna get wild, if they wanna go nuts, that is right up their aisle!

Caster says that’s right! He also thanks Lexi for saying those nice things about his song. But that song was about him and Bowens going back to the Tag Division. If you read the lyrics, which are great lyrics, but none of those team decided to wrestle The Acclaimed. Perhaps they’re a little too afraid to wrestle the best team alive. So they took the first match they could find, and that turned out to be Bowens VS Brian Cage 1v1. Sure, Brian is The Machine, but there are a lot of machines that are now antiquated, and we know Brian doesn’t have AI in his brain. In fact, he can’t update his software! It’s about time Bowens takes Brian to the junkyard!

Bowens says that’s right! Platinum Max & Daddy Ass said it themselves, there is a lot of chaos and madness going on in AEW! Bowens tells Brian and his cronies that they decided to side with The Elite, well you’re looking at the foundation of AEW! The best tag team alive, the best homegrown stars, The Acclaimed! That train is gonna roll right through Brian tonight, courtesy of the Scissor King! Because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! Say it again, EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!! The Five Tool Player is fired up, but will he need all those tools to dismantle The Machine?

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

El Toro Blanco is back again, and this time he is looking to reach the top of AEW. Will he stampede through everyone put in his path until he is adored with AEW gold?

The bell rings, the fans rally up with “FOUR C! FOUR C!” Chhun runs up but Rush dodges! Chhun hits buckles, then Rush CLOBBERS him! Chhun sits in the corner checking his jaw, but Rush goes to the far side. “If you mess with the bull…” You get BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Chhun to a cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Rush stands tall, but he doesn’t even care to celebrate, because this was more an inevitability than a victory to him. But then he sees Chhun stirring, and Rush drags him out of the ring! Rush CHOPS Chhun right down! Then he whips Chhun hard into barriers! The ref reprimands but Rush THROWS Chhun around again! Rush fires down fists, the fans boo as Rush DECKS Chhun! Rush won’t stop, he finds his favorite bright green cord! Rush LASHES Chhun, even as more refs rush out here! Rush CHOKES Chhun with the cord!! The refs all shout for him to stop, and Rush does. But he wants everyone to remember: Nothing happens unless HE says so!!

Rush storms off, spits on Chhun, and then grabs a chair! The refs warn him, so Rush simply stands on the chair to soak up the heat. Will nothing and no one stop Rush from rampaging his way to the top?

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

She notes that to close Collision, Lance Archer & The Righteous viciously attacked FTR after the match. Bryan Danielson walks out, Lexy asks for a medical update. Well, The Elite put a bounty on Team AEW’s heads, and it seems to have worked. FTR won’t make it to Dynamite next Wednesday. But the Elite also failed, because here’s the thing. The Elite wants to change the world? They don’t even show up on Saturdays! And the failure is that Bryan is still here! So this Wednesday, Bryan will be on Dynamite. The Elite can take whatever shot they want, but they better get it done the first time. Otherwise, they won’t like the consequences.

Bryan heads out, but are The EVPs going to make sure no one makes it to Double or Nothing to oppose them?

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

The Virtuosa is still seething over her many run-ins with Thunder Rosa, but it seems their rematch isn’t destined to happen just yet. Will Deonna one-up La Mera Mera by beating Robyn worse than Rosa did?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they knuckle lock. Deonna spins to wrangle Robyn, but Robyn rolls back. Robyn wrenches, wristlocks, but Deonna rolls, rolls and gets free. The fans cheer, Deonna smirks, but Robyn runs up. Robyn waistlocks, Deonna switches, but Robyn switches back. Deonna pries free to switch again, then she trips Robyn up. Deonna runs, Robyn stays low, then Robyn hits a rolling fireman’s carry takeover! Robyn runs up but Deonna ducks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Robyn staggers up into an arm-drag! Deonna has the armlock, the fans cheer, but Robyn endures.

Robyn fights up, Deonna hits another takeover, and she traps the arm. Deonna makes it a cover, ONE as Robyn gets the shoulder up. Deonna knuckle locks, wrenches, then clamps onto the arm. Robyn fights up to whip free, then runs to sunset flip! Deonna stays up, then slaps the arms away to clamp on an ARMBAR! Robyn fights around, flails, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deonna lets go at 4, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deonna stalks Robyn, brings her around and whips, but Robyn holds ropes. Deonna ROCKS Robyn, Robyn still holds ropes! Deonna ROCKS Robyn again, whips, but Robyn reverses. Robyn ducks the forearm, and the backhand, then clinches for a HALF NELNSON FACEBUSTER! Robyn fires up, she sits Deonna up, and runs to SHOTGUN her down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is frustrated, but she drags Deonna back up and bumps her off buckles. Robyn CHOPS Deonna, smirks, and winds up to CHOP again! Robyn says one more time, then puts some stank on it. But Deonna dodges to CHOP back! Deonna whips corner to corner, but Robyn reverses.

Robyn runs in, but Deonna puts her on the apron! Robyn ROCKS Deonna first, steps in, but Deonna ARM CODE BREAKERS! Robyn writhes, Deonna storms over, and Deonna drags Robyn up. Deonna knuckle locks, wrenches, then top wristlocks to wrangle Robyn. Deonna traps the arm for a SNAP LOCK! Cover, TWO! Robyn clutches the arm but Deonna is on her again. Deonna pulls on the bad arm, then top wristlocks. Robyn endures as Deonna thrashes the arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Deonna wrenches Robyn’s arm. Robyn ROCKS Deonna, but Deonna wrenches again. Robyn fires off a flurry of forearms and the fans fire up! Deonna shoves Robyn but Robyn LARIATS on return! The fans fire up with Robyn, then she wrenches Deonna to reel her in, put her in ropes, and KNEE her! Robyn runs to then STOMP Deonna down! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and Robyn is frustrated. The fans rally, Robyn drags Deonna up, then fireman’s carries. Deonna slips free, shoves, and BOOTS Robyn down! Deonna slashes her throat and vows to end this! The fans fire up as Deonna drags Robyn up.

Deonna Gotch hooks, but Robyn slips free! Robyn pump handles, but Deonna arm-drags free! Deonna BOOTS the lariat, ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA!! Robyn taps, Deonna wins!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

Deonna didn’t even need Venus De Milo, but then she puts that on Robyn anyway!! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Deonna makes Robyn suffer in Rosa’s place! But wait, here comes Thunder Rosa!! La Mera Mera rushes the ring, but Deonna runs away! So when does the part about regretting to mess with a Jersey girl come in? Rosa checks Robyn, and Deonna slithers back in! Deonna CLOBBERS Rosa from behind! Oh so that’s the part about Jersey? Rosa gets up, though, and Deonna retreats again. Rosa runs Deonna down and grabs her by the hair! Rosa drags Deonna back to the ring to RAM her into the apron!

The fans fire up as Rosa tells Deonna to fight her now! Rosa puts Deonna in, Deonna rolls out of the ring and runs into the crowd! The fans boo as Deonna flees into the night. When and where will Deonna have to give Rosa this fight?

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

“I have done things people dream about. I’ve made money, faced legends, won championship after championship after championship. And you might not wanna hear this, but that was easy. And that doesn’t mean I don’t relate. I understand a normal person put in my position would fail. Because since time began, when people wanted to see a star, they’d look up at the Sky. And all that does is put me in the perfect place to reach down and lift you all up here with me. So to all the fans around the world, I’m coming back. And I’m here for you.” But will this comeback finally be the time Scorpio Sky reaches the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

Lexy Nair says Sonjay asked for this time, what is on his mind? Sonjay says first off, he sure doesn’t need Lexy here so hit the bricks. Skedaddle, peace, see ya. Lexy sighs and leaves, and Sonjay says this is for Bryan Danielson. The Elite have put a price out on Bryan’s head, and Sonjay just got off the phone with them, they have worked out quite the deal. Bryan says he’ll be on Dynamite, and so is Sonjay. But no, Sonjay isn’t the one that’ll take him out once and for all. This Wednesday, it will be The American Dragon VS… The Indian Giant! Yeah, that’s right! The one in a billion, Satnam Singh!

And y’know what? Dragon meat is expensive, so hopefully he goes well with a little chicken masala. This Wednesday, it will be one hell of a cookout! Sonjay laughs to himself, but will Bryan be the one with the last laugh after taking on this giant roadblock?

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

Yes, Rampage returns to Friday nights next week, BUT at a special time of 6:30 Eastern, 3:30 Pacific! Make sure your DVRs know so you don’t miss this special Double or Nothing weekend edition!

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

The Machine turned on Swerve and then got beat by Swerve, crossing him off the list of top contenders. But will he reboot and head for other title opportunities? Or will The Acclaimed prove they can get it done in any division?

As always, Platinum Max has a diss track! “I heard Brian Cage got captain plans. We leave you bleeding so hard, you got menstrual cramps! Damn you are ugly, lookin’ pathetic. You are so small, get off the Ozempic! When did Brian Cage stop lifting weights? Beat him so bad, whip his ass into shape! Run you outta town just like Daim, because in Portland, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens then says, “PORTLAAAAND~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does~! The fans are fired up, but will Cage get his stuff in in response?

The bell rings and the fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Cage and Bowens circle, tie up, and Cage shoves Bowens away! Cage flexes, fans are torn, and Cage says to scissor that. Bowens has Cage hold on, and then Bowens flexes. The fans cheer for Bowens, and he does scissor that! Cage runs up, Bowens gets around, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Cage TOSSES Bowens to a corner, takes a swing, but Bowens dodges! Bowens CHOPS and CHOPS, but Cage shoves Bowens away. Cage runs up, Bowens gets under and kicks low. Bowens whips, Cage reverses, but Bowens goes up and over. Bowens hurdles, headlocks, but Cage powers out.

Bowens hurdles, slips around the lariat and DDTS! Cover, ONE!! Cage is tougher than that but the fans fire up behind Bowens. Bowens gets Cage up but Cage SPINEBUSTERS him! Cage says no more scissors! Cage storms up to RAM into Bowens! And RAM in again! And then CHOP! The fans “WOO~!” while Cage stalks Bowens. Cage bumps Bowens off buckles, then says one more time! NOT! Cage trolls the fans, whips Bowens, then runs up to UPPERCUT! LARIAT! SAIDO! Cage asks who betta but the fans are torn. Cage storms over to Bowens, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Cage CHOPS, ROCKS Bowens again, then CHOPS again.

The ref counts, Cage whips corner to corner, then runs up. Bowens dodges the splash, blocks the kick, CLUBS the knee then KNEE JAMMERS into a DRAGON SCREW! Cage writhes and flounders to the apron while Bowens catches his breath. Bowens storms up, brings Cage up, but Cage swings! Bowens ducks, feints, then kicks the legs out! Cage hits apron on the way down, and Bowens aims. Bowens slingshots but Cage moves, so Bowens just goes to the apron. But Cage blocks the Penalty Kick to bring Bowens down, POST BOMB!! Cage gloats, then leaves Bowens behind, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Bowens writhes, Cage goes back out to drag him up, and RAMS him into barriers! Cage brings Bowens around, SMACKS him off the apron, then drags him up again. Cage whips Bowens hard into steel steps! Bowens falls over in a heap, Cage flexes, then Cage refreshes the ring count. Cage drags Bowens up but Bowens pushes him away. Cage BOOTS Bowens down, then brings him up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Cage gloats some more, steps into the ring, and storms up on Bowens. Bowens kicks low, throws hands, but Cage JUMP KNEES! Cage digs his boots into Bowens at the ropes, lets off, and Bowens sputters.

Cage CHOKES Bowens again, the ref counts, and Cage lets off again. Cage drags Bowens up, scoops and uses him for bicep curls! Cage then TOSSES Bowens away! Cage swaggers around, flexes, and covers, TWO! Bowens KICKS Cage from below! And kicks him again! Cage KICKS Bowens, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS Bowens! Cage clamps onto Bowens with a chinlock and grinds him down! Bowens endures, Cage grinds him into the mat, but the fans rally up. Bowens fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Cage KNEES him away. Cage wags his finger, gloats a bit more, then runs corner to corner to forearm smash!

Cage soaks up more cheers and jeers as Rampage returns to single picture. Cage run sin, but Bowens BOOTS him! And BOOTS again! Bowens goes up, leaps, but Cage catches him! Cage suplexes, but Bowens cradle counters! TWO!! Cage escapes but Bowens ducks the discus! Bowens hobbles but he still ROCKS Cage, throws more hands, but Cage SOBATS! KICKS! Cage runs, Bowens follows. Cage dodges, Bowens redirects and spins Cage for Rock, Paper, Scissors, SUPERKICK! The fans fire up with Bowens! Bowens mule kicks, front kicks, runs and FAMOUSERS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Bowens can’t believe it!

The fans rally up and Bowens rises. Bowens waits on Cage, runs up to clinch, but Cage fires elbows! Cage waistlocks, full nelsons and SLAMS Bowens down! Cover, TWO! Cage is frustrated, but he wants Bowens to get up. Cage runs up, Bowens moves aside to KICK Cage in the ropes! Then DRAPING APRON DDT!! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Bowens rises, drags Cage up, and fireman’s carries! Cage fights that to POST Bowens! And ENZIGIRI! Bowens flops around the corner, Cage brings him up from inside! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Bowens is still in this and Cage is beside himself!

Cage starts up Terminator drums, the fans join in, and he drags Bowens up. Cage pump handles and lifts, but Bowens slips free of the driver! Bowens runs but Cage ducks the kick to roll Bowens up! Bowens rolls through, and he ducks the discus! The SOUTHPAW hits! Cage reels Bowens in, suplexes, DRILL- NO, Bowens slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! And SUPERKICK! Cage falls, Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but the fans fire up! Bowens huffs and puffs and fires back up! Bowens waits on Cage, fireman’s carries, but the bad leg stops him! Cage shoves Bowens at the ref!

Cage runs up, Bowens sends him at the ref! Bowens waistlocks but Cage LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Cage reels Bowens in! DRILL CLAW!!! Cover, Cage wins!!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

Bowens may be an excellent former Tag & Trios Champion, but sadly he isn’t at the level needed as a singles guy. Will The Acclaimed have to regroup and focus on going after The Elite? Will The Machine be granted golden opportunities by said Elite?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage to once again follow up Collision, but I’m relieved that next week is going to be a partial return to normal schedule. Because as great as the matches here were, they just felt thrown together to tangentially tell stories. For example, Kyle VS Lee was a great match but Kyle has beef with The House of Black but they didn’t want Kyle getting one over on Buddy or Brody before facing Malakai next Wednesday. Shane Taylor Promotions deserves a touch better than being fed to the bigger stories, but maybe they come around as a trio after Double or Nothing to face like Bang Bang Gang or something.

And even our main event was an example of this. Great promo from Acclaimed, great rap from Caster as usual, but also a good choice for Cage to still win out. Cage has done singles champ stuff, is going to be the singles champ guy in whatever the former Mogul Embassy becomes after this, or even just a singles guy all on his own. Rush of course squashes his opponent tonight but him going after Chhun after was a good touch. At the same time, I kinda wanted the ref to reverse the decision and disqualify Rush after the match, throwing him into a worse rage and beating up on Chhun more. And again, why no La Faccion Ingobernable? Donde esta Dralistico, Preston Vance y Jose?

Good match from Deonna VS Robyn but of course Deonna won. Rosa going after Deonna and Deonna running away was not what I was expecting, it’s rather disappointing, and why not just give us their rematch with escalated stipulations already? Deonna VS Rosa in a Last Woman Standing maybe? Iron Woman Match so that it goes right to half an hour? Something cool like that would really show Tony Khan finally wants to do more with the Women’s Division after promising it like two or three times already.

And very good promos from Bryan and Sonjay Dutt to set up Bryan VS Satnam. I would think Bryan wins, but there’s a good chance Team Triple J goes after him post match anyway. As I just said in the Collision article, Anarchy in the Arena being No Disqualifications of the highest level, we could actually get way more than just the eight men advertised as the roster starts choosing sides, a very Avengers Civil War/Endgame type situation.

My Score: 8.6/10


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