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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/13/22)

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AEW Fyter Fest 2022

Fyter Fest is back in a big way!

AEW is putting up a ton of gold for Fyter Fest 2022! From Wardlow’s first TNT Championship defense to a World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, to an Interim World Championship Eliminator! Will the All Elite landscape change tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Orange Cassidy; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
  • Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita; Moxley wins and denies Takeshita a title match.
  • Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Claudio Castagnoli VS Jake Hager; Claudio wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay; Deeb wins.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Young Bucks VS Team Taz VS Swerve in Our Glory; Swerve in Our Glory wins and are the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends!

This is the first defense of Mayhem Era, and you can bet Wardlow will not take this lightly! Will Wardlow’s freshly minted red ‘n’ black belt stay with him? Or will this title end up Freshly Squeezed for Fyter Fest?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and tonight, this is war!

Fans rally for “WARD~LOW!” Cassidy “pumps” himself up and flexes, and calls for a test of strength. Wardlow obliges, but then Cassidy puts up both hands, to put them in his pockets! Wardlow grabs Cassidy by his arms, and carefully brings the hands out. The pockets end up turned inside-out, and Wardlow RIPS them away! Cassidy stares at Wardlow as he brings the straps down and flexes back. They step to each other, and Cassidy puts Wardlow’s straps back up for him! Fans cheer as Cassidy flexes again. Wardlow nods and swings but Cassidy dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Wardlow powers out! Wardlow kicks low and he reels Cassidy in!

Cassidy slips out, rolls back, but Wardlow dodges. Cassidy runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Wardlow cartwheels through!? Fans fire up and Cassidy is shocked! Cassidy says his eye is bothering him and wait, Trent goes after a buckle pad! The Best Friends are trying to help Cassidy by any means necessary, but this is rather obvious. Oh, because this is really a distraction for Chuck to bring out a CHAINSAW! But then the ref sees that, too! The ref takes the saw away, and tells Chuck and Trent they’re EJECTED! So much for their plan. ORANGE PU- NO, Wardlow blocks it! Cassidy fires off the shin kicks, but they do nothing! Well, actually, that’s normal.

Wardlow backs Cassidy down to the ropes, but the ref has him back off. SWEET SHIN MUSIC! Wardlow is just annoyed, and he rushes at Cassidy, only to be dumped out! Cassidy builds speed and DIVES, into Wardlow’s arms! POP-UP, but Cassidy slips off! Cassidy shoves Wardlow but he blocks hitting the post! Cassidy eggs Wardlow on and leads him around the way, to the ramp side. Fans sing, “Wardlow’s gonna kill~ you!” as Cassidy continues to egg him on. But Wardlow senses something, and he checks under the ring. He found DANHAUSEN! Very nice, very evil, but apparently very obvious to Wardlow.

Cassidy hurries around the way as Danhausen builds up power. But then Danhausen thinks it’s better to not curse Wardlow, and just pats him on the shoulder. But then ORANGE PUNCH!! Wardlow staggers around, gets in the ring, but Cassidy hurries in to ORANGE- NOPE! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cassidy flounders out of the ring while Wardlow checks his chin, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cassidy sits up and clutches his back while Wardlow paces. Wardlow makes sure his jaw is working, and then waits on Cassidy. The ring count climbs but Cassidy gets in at about 7 of 10. Only for Wardlow to hoist him up for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cassidy flops out the other side but Wardlow pursues. Wardlow drags Cassidy up, puts him in, but Cassidy bails out the far side again. Cassidy catches his breath but Wardlow storms up that way. Wardlow brings Cassidy up, to trophy lift and TOSS into the ring! Wardlow then jumps up to the apron like a Beast and get in after Cassidy. Wardlow hauls Cassidy up, suplexes him up, and holds him up!

Fans rally as Wardlow SLAMS Cassidy down at 10! Cover, TWO! Wardlow is fine with that, he just drags Cassidy back up to whip into the corner hard! Cassidy bounces off the buckles and crawls back into the corner. Wardlow storms up on Cassidy again, hauls him up and Dynamite returns to single picture as Wardlow whips Cassidy corner to corner the other way. Cassidy goes up and out, Wardlow runs in but Cassidy ducks to bump Wardlow off the buckles again and again, a total of 10 times! Fans fire up, Cassidy climbs, and Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY into Wardlow’s arms! Wardlow pops Cassidy up but Cassidy slips out to CHOP BLOCK!

Cassidy CHOP BLOCKS again and Wardlow hobbles! Cassidy RAMS him into buckles, then RAMS him into the other corner! Wardlow staggers, into an Alabama Lift! Wardlow’s too much, and he gets Cassidy up! Cassidy holds onto a leg to deny the bomb so Wardlow CLUBS Cassidy! Wardlow gets Cassidy up, but Cassidy DDTs! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls, and DDTs! Cover, ONE!! Cassidy is surprised Wardlow is getting up, but he runs in and ORANEG- NO, Wardlow ducks the punch to fireman’s carry! F10!! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow is shocked that Cassidy survives! Fans rally up, and Wardlow says it’s time!

Wardlow drags Cassidy up, reels him in, POWER- No, Cassidy fights with fast hands! Cassidy tries to rana but Wardlow holds on! Cassidy CLUBS at Wardlow’s hands but Wardlow uses one arm to POWER- NO, RANA! Cassidy sends Wardlow out and then DIVES to send him into railing! Cassidy POSTS Wardlow, then POSTS him again! Cassidy puts Wardlow in as fans fire up! Cassidy climbs up to DEEP- NO, no flying DDT, Wardlow powers him to a suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Wardlow wobbles, into an ORANGE PUNCH! Wardlow’s still up, Cassidy Alabama Lifts, BEACH BREAK! Cover, TWO!!!

Fans are thunderous as Cassidy grits his teeth and takes off the armband! Wardlow slowly rises, Cassidy takes aim, ORANGE- POWERBOMB!! High stack, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Cassidy got serious, but it wasn’t enough against the always serious Wardlow! Best Friends return as Wardlow drags Cassidy up, but it’s because Cassidy won Wardlow’s respect. They fist bump and move on, who is next on the warpath for Wardlow?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Wizard is heading to the ring ahead of next week’s Barbed Wire Everywhere Death Match with Eddie Kingston to speak about that very match. Jericho gets the mic to say, “I stand out here in front of you tonight not as Chris Jericho the sports entertainer, or Chris Jericho the Wizard, or Chris Jericho the rock star. I stand in front of you as Chris Jericho the living legend, and Chris Jericho, Eddie Kingston’s superior!” Jericho wants to address what Eddie’s been saying. Firstly, Jericho did not make Eddie a liar, because Eddie is not a liar, Jericho promises him that. But Eddie is confused, and here is why.

Eddie challenged Jericho to a Barbed Wire Everywhere match, the first one ever, and Eddie would do it so that every drop of blood Jericho sheds would be for his friends. Oh, really? Friends? With friends like his, huh? Everything Eddie does when it comes to friendship turns to mold. “Being friends with Eddie Kingston is a worse curse than anything Danhausen could ever conjure up, and let’s go through the list.” Fans boo but Jericho tells them to shut up. Jericho starts with Ortiz, Eddie’s friend: Jericho shaved his head and took his dignity. Santana, Eddie’s friend: the JAS took him out at Blood & Guts.

Bryan Danielson, a mere acquaintance, and Jericho took him out at Anarchy in the Arena. JERICHO did that! We don’t know when Bryan’s coming back! Then there’s Ruby Soho. “Eddie’s Ruby.” What did that get her? A mangled hand and a crushed career. And the reason why that is, you stupid SOB, is because she’s your Ruby, Eddie! You should’ve taken better care of her, but now look what happens. But Eddie challenged Jericho to the Barbed Wire Everywhere match, but why? Because Eddie’s a mark for Terry Funk and Onita and Sabu. But how many of those has Eddie had? And how many has he won?

Because Jericho won the very first Barbed Wire match in Canadian history at the tender age of 22! Jericho tasted the “sweet sting” of barbed wire’s bite, and even though it was unbearable, deep down inside, Jericho felt pleasure. Jericho is just as sadistic and maniacal as Eddie, but Eddie underestimates that! Eddie underestimates Jericho because of all Jericho’s great accomplishments in this business, and his movie star good looks. Jericho says next week, Eddie won’t be able to do that, because he’s not facing Chris Jericho, he’s facing THE PAINMAKER! The undefeated persona in AEW, and that’s no lie, because just like Eddie Kingston, Jericho is not a liar.

So why is Jericho accepting this match? Here’s why: THIS IS IT! This is the final fight between them! And what a saga. But once Jericho wins, Eddie can crawl back into his little hole and continue drinking and drugging and being depressed and having problems and every other excuse he has, to cover up deep down that Eddie knows he’ll never be on Jericho’s level! If Eddie wants blood, then he’s got it. Because once again, as Eddie said, every drop of blood for Jericho is one of his sins. But the only thing that can wash away that is a tidal wave of Eddie’s own blood so much that Noah, the Ark and all the animals would be jealous!

If Eddie wants blood, he’s got it! Because Eddie isn’t a liar, he’s just a loser! Jericho has issued his ultimatum, will The Painmaker crush the Mad King once and for all?

 

Eddie Kingston and friends respond.

The mad King says yeah yeah, he sees the difference. Jericho gets five minutes and Eddie gets this. But Eddie still tells Jericho, “Bring your Painmaker. Please! Bring the most violent person you can bring, because it’s not gonna matter. Look what you did to Ruby.” Ruby Soho shows off her arm in the cast, and Eddie has Ortiz show his shaved head. Eddie says Jericho will pay with every ounce of his blood! Eddie is going to hurt him and enjoy it! And see you at Barbed Wire Everywhere! Yeah, that’s his out line. But will Eddie’s actions speak volumes next week?

 

Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita!

The Maniac defeated The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, to have this belt, and he defeated the House of Black’s behemoth, Brody King, to keep it. But now, the Future of DDT is getting his own opportunity! Konosuke has proven himself worthy of being the future, but is the future now? Or is it still too early for Konosuke to beat Jeeeeeeeeeooooon MOXLEY~?

William Regal is on commentary, and he already loves the idea of these two warriors fighting their hearts out. The bell rings and Konosuke and Moxley stare down. Fans rally, the two slowly circle, and Moxley calls for a test of strength. Konosuke obliges, they knuckle lock, but then back off. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, Moxley wrenches and hammerlocks, but Konosuke reaches back to headlock. Konosuke grinds but Moxley slips out the back to put the headlock on Konosuke. Konosuke powers out, they RAM shoulders, but Konosuke runs to RAM Moxley again. Moxley RAMS Konosuke and Konosuke RAMS Moxley, again and again!

Moxley SLAPS then CHOPS Konosuke! Headlock takeover and Moxley has Konosuke on the mat. Konosuke fights up, powers up and powers out, and things speed up for Konosuke to CALF KICK Moxley down! Moxley gets up, Konosuke CHOPS him! Moxley snarls and he CHOPS back! Konosuke CHOPS and he waits on Moxley. Moxley CHOPS, Konosuke CHOPS, fans “WOO~” with every shot. Konosuke ROCKS Moxley, runs, dodges one but Moxley LARIATS Konosuke on the return! Fans fire up and Moxley paces around Konosuke. Moxley drags Konosuke up, for a PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Konosuke’s still in this so Moxley ties up the legs.

Moxley gets a chinlock, it’s a modified Queen Angelito! Fans rally, Konosuke endures and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets off but drags Konosuke to the apron. Fans rally, Moxley reels Konosuke in but Konosuke hooks the ropes. Moxley CLUBS Konosuke, but Konosuke fights out to throw a forearm! Moxley throws it back, they brawl on the edge! Fans fire up. Konosuke blocks a boot to spin Moxley around! APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley did his best to shield that but still flops to the floor. Konosuke runs in but Moxley dodges! Konosuke keeps from hitting steel steps, and the brawl is back on!

Konosuke knees low, puts Moxley in, and gets on the apron, but Moxley BOOTS him to the floor! Fans fire up and Moxley soaks it up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Moxley paces around while a ring count starts. Konosuke stands up at 5 of 10 but Moxley goes out to fetch him. Konosuke is bleeding from that boot to his head, so Moxley punches him right on the forehead! Moxley sits Konosuke down by the railing to punch the wound, dig at it, and BITE at it! Moxley is tasting blood and he puts Konosuke in the ring. Moxley drags Konosuke up, CHOPS him, and then hoists him to the top rope. Moxley climbs up after Konosuke to BITE his forehead again! Moxley digs his elbow into the forehead, then he brings Konosuke up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Moxley keeps Konosuke down with knuckle locks, and gives him DRAGON STOMPS a la Danielson! Cover, TWO! Moxley keeps his cool and he paces around Konosuke like a shark. Moxley puts Konosuke on the ropes to BEND him back! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4, but Konosuke ROCKS Moxley with a forearm! Moxley eggs him on and the forearms keep flying, Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley shoots around to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Konosuke is dazed behind his crimson mask as Moxley paces again. Moxley gets Konosuke’s legs, drags him back and STOMPS his stomach to then stand on the forehead!

Moxley stomps Konosuke’s bloody face and fans fire up. Moxley drags Konosuke up but Konosuke fires off boxing elbows! Konosuke ROCKS, whips but Moxley reverses, only or Konosuke to duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Konosuke has a wild look in his eyes! Konosuke fires forearms to back Moxley down to a corner, then he whips corner to corner. Konosuke roars, runs and BOOTS Moxley in the corner! Konosuke goes corner to corner but Moxley follows to clothesline! Moxley brings Konosuke out, suplex, but Konosuke slips out! Moxley fights the waistlock but Konosuke hits a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Konosuke snarls and goes to a corner! Konosuke climbs, fans fire up, and Konosuke FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Moxley clamps onto Konosuke with a SLEEPER! Body scissors, then ARMBAR! Konosuke fights that but Moxley breaks the grip! Konosuke kicks and flails around while he endures, and he rolls to get the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go and fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Moxley eggs Konosuke on. Konosuke stands and Moxley SLAPS him! Konosuke fires a forearm, then another, and another! Moxley runs, into a RANA! Moxley bails out and Konosuke builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp!

Fans lose their minds as Konosuke drags Moxley up and in. Konosuke goes up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Konosuke can’t believe it! Moxley and Konosuke throw forearms, fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” This has to end somehow, and Mox is firing boxing elbows. Konosuke ROCKS Moxley again, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, so they go again, DOUBLE LARIATS! They’re still up, Moxley shoots around to get the SLEEPER, but Konosuke makes it a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Konosuke has a cover by just his foot! TWO!!! Moxley is up but Konosuke hurries after him.

Konosuke whips, Moxley blocks the knee, PARADIGM SHIFT OUTTA NOWHERE! And then HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Konosuke is all but out, so Moxley hits a DEATH- NO, Konosuke flips through to ROCK Moxley again! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!?!? Moxley barely tilts over to avoid that loss! But Konosuke keeps hold, tries for a wristlock but Moxley fights. Konosuke adds another wristlock to have a straitjacket, but Moxley reverse headbutts! Moxley slips out to HEADBUTT from the front! And again, and again, and DEATH RIDER!! MORE HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL! BULLY CHOKE!! Konosuke taps, Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (DENIES Konosuke Takeshita a title match)

The Best in the World better have been watching this, because the Maniac is holding it down! Will Moxley stay undefeated as interim champion to one day meet CM Punk in an UNDISPUTED AEW World Championship match?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Julia Hart says, “You’re free to make whatever choice you want. But you’re not free from the consequences of that choice.” Malakai Black says, “Take venom, Darby, when you oppose The House. Once it’s slowly trickling through your system, you’re left with the agony of it.” Brody King says he didn’t need Darby’s praise at the end of last week’s Dynamite, and he didn’t need to be told what he had earned. And we see footage of Brody King attacking Darby at a meet ‘n’ greet with fans! Brody doesn’t need to be told anything from Darby. “For years, I watched you ascend. But now, I’m getting mine by taking yours.” Will the Relentless One be put down by the House?

 

Christian Cage and Luchasaurus are here!

Captain Charisma has the mic already as he leads the way for his own personal Godzilla. Christian says to Luchasaurus’ opponents waiting in the ring, “Now, I don’t know either of you from Adam, but there’s something I find extremely annoying about you two, The Varsity Blonds. Now, Pillman, it’s not even that stupid mullet you’re walking around with, although you’d fit in quite nicely with those here in Georgia. Here’s the thing, Pillman, just like Jungle Boy, you had a father. But your father was a legend in this business. ‘Legend’ are other people’s words, not mine. Brian Pillman, your father was average at best.”

Brian Pillman Sr. wasn’t a multi-time world champion like Christian! That being said, Christian still respects that Pillman Sr. spilt blood, sweat and tears in the middle of the ring. And Christian is sure he wouldn’t mind Christian saying that Pillman Sr. would be appalled at how his final contribution to this business was Pillman Junior! Griff Garrison keeps BPJ from rushing out at Christian, but then Christian points out that Griff went on social media this week, and posted this picture. It was just himself? Christian wasn’t sure what he hated about this at first, but the hair, the look, the physique, the athleticism, the aura, Christian couldn’t see it at first.

But then it hit Christian like a ton of bricks. Doesn’t he look like Jungle Boy? Luchasaurus storms to the ring, is Christian going to have Luchasaurus use the Ivy League MVP as a proxy for JB?

Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Griff Garrison w/ Brian Pillman Jr!

The bell rings and Luchasaurus corners Griff. Griff slips away to fire a forearm but Luchasaurus grabs Griff with both hands to TOSS and SPLASH! Luchasaurus hauls Griff up, pops him around and GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Griff bails out, Luchasaurus pursues while BPJ rallies the fans. Griff tries to hit back but Luchasaurus CHOPS him on the back! Griff falls over but Luchasaurus drags him back up to dig into the post! Christian says to do it, and Luchasaurus BOOTS Griff into the post! Luchasaurus puts Griff in, storms up on him, and he drags Griff up into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!!

Christian says that’s not enough, do it again! Luchasaurus obeys, CHOKE SLAM!! And then, TARPIT STRETCH!! Griff taps, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by submission

But this still isn’t enough for Christian, he has Luchasaurus TOSS Griff out! Luchasaurus clears the table in the timekeeper’s area! BPJ rushes over and stares Luchasaurus down, but then Christian storms up. BPJ stares at Christian, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Luchasaurus drags BPJ up and puts him on the table, to then drag Griff over and CHOKE SLAM Griff onto BPJ! The table doesn’t break, either, so Luchasaurus CHOKE SLAMS Griff again! The table breaks, and the Varsity Blonds might’ve just been broken with it! Will nothing stop this monster and his master from laying waste to the roster?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard and Angelo Parker as he says next week, Dynamite: Fyter Fest part 2, Shark Week presents the Barbed Wire Everywhere match, with the JAS in a shark cage! Wow, a shark cage, huh? Are we really talking about shark cages? Menard says the JAS has had just about enough with cages! Parker says they have questions, too. How high is this cage going to be up in the air? Schiavone doesn’t know. Menard wants to know about if Eddie’s buddies, Claudio, Ortiz and them. Are they going to be free to walk around all “willy nilly?” NO WAY! Put them in a cage, too!

Parker wants to get answers, and he brings out his switchblade! Take it easy, it’s just a comb. Menard & Parker storm off, and Garcia gets why he’s being put in that cage. He’s nasty, violent and dangerous, something Wheeler Yuta wants to be. But Garcia says Yuta is just cosplaying, he’s not tricking nobody. So if Yuta wants to take Garcia’s identity from him, Garcia will take that ROH Pure Championship from Yuta. Will the JAS behave while in the cage? And will Death Before Dishonor on July 23rd be the death of The Decoder’s reign?

 

AEW has news on All Out 2022!

It will be a week long event like no other that unites wrestling fans from around the world! All Out returns to Chicago once again, and all that week, you will witness the power of Dynamite, the energy of Rampage, and all the spectacle of an AEW PPV! Wednesday, August 31st! Friday, September 2nd! Sunday, September 4th! AEW is going all out for All Out, get your tickets this Friday before they’re all out!

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Schiavone is with the former world champion, who just got off his phone. The Cowboy had a great showing in last week’s Royal Rampage match, but he was eliminated by the eventual winner, Brody King. Hangman says he’s a little disappointed, but- Wait, John Silver & Alex Reynolds run in and say if Hangman’s disappointed, imagine how bad they feel! They’re FUMING! Look at Number 3! Smoke coming out of his ears and everything. But now, they want to issue a challenge to the House of Black! They will beat down “those spooky perverts.” They’ll bring the fight on behalf of Hangman! With their fists!

Hangman says he appreciates that, and says they can have at it. Oh yeah, they will! They’ll have all the attitude they want! BELEE DAT! Uh, okay, sure. Will Rampage get Dark Order?

 

Jim Ross joins Dynamite for the second hour!

Good ol’ JR is here for Fyter Fest, because these next few matches are going to be slobber knockers!

 

Claudio Castagnoli VS Jake Hager!

Once upon a time, the Swiss Cyborg and the Rock Hard Sooner were a formidable force together. But now, these forces are set to collide to prove who was always the better half! Will it be the BCC or the JAS with another point up in this ongoing feud?

The bell rings and Claudio BLASTS Hager with a EuroUpper! And then Claudio reels Hager in, but Hager back drops before the Gotch hold! But Claudio sunset flips through it, to then get the legs! Hager scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go, Hager gets up and Claudio BOOTS him down! Fans who remember chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!” Claudio is amused, and he goes out after Hager, but Hager dodges to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans boo while Hager roars, and Hager drags Claudio up and into the ring. Fans rally, Claudio is in a drop zone, so Hager runs in and goes up, HAGER BOMB but Claudio gets his knees up! Only for Hager to block that counter!

Hager drags Claudio by his leg, for an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio rolls and puts Hager on ropes! Fans fire up and Claudio runs, to SWISS 1-9! Cover, TWO! Hager gets to a corner, Claudio throws body shots then whips, but Hager reverses and CLOBBERS Claudio in the corner. Hager throws point-blank clotheslines, but Claudio blocks to EuroUpper! Claudio fires more EuroUppers, and body shots, but Hager turns things around for more point-blank clotheslines! Hager runs side to side to CLOBBER Claudio again, then goes the other way, only to miss! Claudio EuroUppers, runs, and EuroUppers again!

Regal is loving this on commentary again as Claudio dropkicks the legs out, and BASEMENT BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to an apron and he aims at Hager. Claudio shoulders into Hager, then brings him over to bump him off buckles! And again, and again, and again! The fans count all the way to 9, Claudio CLUBS Hager for the tenth! Claudio climbs up but Hager trips him up! Hager then hauls Claudio off the corner for a RUNNING SPINEBUSTER! Claudio gets to a corner, Hager gets him up for furious body shots! Hager then TOSSES Claudio across the ring, and runs in for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!

Claudio gasps and sputters but Hager soaks up the heat while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Hager drags Claudio up to CHOKE him on the ropes, then CLUB him on the back. Hager stands Claudio up to then CHOKE him against the buckles, and CLUB him again! Claudio staggers away but Hager is after him in another corner. Hager throws a heavy body shot, and he stalks Claudio to another corner to JAB at him. Hager toys with Claudio but Claudio BOOTS him for it! And EuroUppers, and throws body shots. But Hager clinches to BELLY2BELLY! Hager paces around Claudio, drags him back up, and suplexes, only for Claudio to block!

Claudio fights to suplex Hager up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hager writhes while Claudio rises, and Claudio throws haymakers and elbows! Claudio whips, Hager reverses and BOOTS Claudio down! Cover, TWO! Claudio flounders to a corner but Hager hurries after him. Hager drags Claudio up into a top wristlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Claudio fights up, throws body shots, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in, into a BOOT! Claudio runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Hager drags Claudio back up and reels him in, short arm LARIAT!

Hager drags Claudio up again, but Claudio ducks this time to springboard FLYING EUROUPPER! Direct hit and fans fire up while both men are down! Claudio and Hager stir, they throw haymakers from their knees, then up to their feet. Claudio gives EuroUppers from all sides, then whips to EuroUpper in the corner! And back the other way! And Claudio keeps moving to DROPKICK Hager down! Hager bails out and leans against railing but Claudio goes out and runs in, EUROUPPER against the railing! Fans are thunderous and they fist bump Claudio before he drags Hager up. Claudio puts Hager in, goes up a corner, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Claudio keeps cool as Hager survives, and fans want the swing! Claudio is always one to oblige, he says it’s time to go for a swing! He trips Hager, and SWISS SWINGS him immediately! Fans count to 10, Claudio steps through and has the SHARPSHOOTER! Hager endures, reaches out, but Claudio drags him away to sit deep! Hager reaches out, but he’s waiving to the back! Menard & Parker rush out! Claudio lets Hager go to swing on Ever-Rise, but then he turns around into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! That Rock Hard Bottom was not enough! Hager fist bumps with the JAS then drags Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK!

Claudio kicks away with his free leg but Hager holds on. Claudio keeps kicking, and he kicks Hager to a corner! Then he gets Hager for a BIG back suplex! Claudio gets the legs, hooks them up, but Parker talks trash! Claudio DECKS him into Menard! Hager runs in, but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! And then, double tuck for the RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, Claudio wins!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

A standing ovation for that incredible display of power! Claudio scores another win for the Blackpool Combat Club, will he keep things rolling until he brings gold to the BCC, too?

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Lexi Nair once again interviews the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, and she brings up that he is still undefeated. Is it safe to say a title shot is in his future? Hook just shrugs and walks off. Well, that wasn’t a no. Will the champions of AEW be worried Tony Khan will #SendHook their way?

 

Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.

Schiavone is with #ThunderStorm and their new shirts. Rosa had a great AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator with Miyu Yamashita at Tokyo Joshi Pro’s Summer Sun Princess, as we all saw via AEW Dark. Rosa says yes, it was a banger! After two-and-a-half years away, she returned to TJPW as AEW Women’s World Champion, but she won’t lie, she lost. But Miyu is on her way to the States to get that title shot! Rosa was also excited last week because she got to tag up with her girl, Toni! And they ARE the ThunderStorm! They’re ready to take on anybody who wants it!

Britt Baker walks in to say, “Okay, that’s enough. We’ve heard enough of this Thunder Rosa promo for the next decade!” And look who’s back! Britt and Jamie Hayter tried to stay away, because as The Role Model, Britt was trying to let the others have the spotlight. But let’s face it, AEW is a disaster without her! A natural disaster. Get it? Thunder Storm is so cute! Those shirts look great. But uh, Jamie & Britt are well aware of the flooding, destruction and carnage a thunderstorm can cause. So luckily for them, and unfortunately for Rosa & Toni, Britt & Hayter know how to handle a Thunder Storm. Rebel brings in a big sandbag.

Britt makes Schiavone hold it, telling him to try “carrying” that for a month. Rosa says she can’t wait to BURY Britt with it! Will the Doctor and her sidekicks regret coming right back onto Rosa’s radar?

 

Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay!

The Professor of Pro-Wrestling wants after the ROH Women’s World Championship, given her betrayal of Mercedes Martinez last week. But will the Queenslayer derail those ambitions this close to Death Before Dishonor? Or will she just be an appetizer for the Wolf of Wrestling?

The bell rings and fans rally for Anna from Savannah. She and Deeb tie up. Deeb headlocks, spins and hammerlocks to then spin and trip Anny, to then hook her up into a GEDO CLUTCH! ONE, but Deeb headlocks for a takeover. Anna headscissors, Deeb kips free and and headlocks again. Anna endures the grind, powers out, but Deeb runs her over! Deeb taunts Anna, runs, blocks Anna’s hip toss to go for a hip toss, but Anna blocks that to arm-drag! Anna runs in to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Anna runs to BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Anna and she runs in to BOOT Deeb into the corner.

Anna runs in but Deeb slips outside. Anna stops from hitting buckles to grab at Deeb, but Deeb slides under to roll Anna into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Anna endures, fans rally up, and Anna powers her way to a cover, TWO! Anna runs in, gets around, and has the QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER!! Deeb flails, claws at the hold, reaches out, and gets in the ropes for the ROPEBREAK! Deeb keeps moving and she HOTSHOTS Anna down! Anna sputters, Deeb rushes in to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Anna survives and gets out of the ring but Deeb is seething. Deeb soaks up the heat as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Deeb fires up the fans and builds speed, to then stop, go out and SMACK Anna off the apron! And again! The Wolf taunts the fans who thought she was going to fly. Deeb puts Anna against the railing, in front of her family, before the CHOP! But Anna turns it around to CHOP Deeb! Deeb pokes Anna in the eye! Then Deeb tells Anna’s family off before putting Anna back in the ring. Deeb pushes Anna down, tells her family to watch this, and then she scrapes her sole off Anna’s face! Deeb sneers as she puts on a BULLY CHOKE! Anna endures, moves around, fights up, and throws body shots! But Deeb CLUBS her back down!

Deeb drags Anna up, puts her through the ropes, and turns her for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Deeb smirks as she looms over the hometown hero. Deeb drags Anna up, headlocks for another takeover, then floats right to turn Anna over with her legs. Deeb hooks the legs up, mocks the Dark Order hand, and uses it to CLAW Anna’s face! The ref reprimands, Deeb lets Anna go to then drive elbows into Anna’s shoulder. Deeb wraps on a straitjacket stretch but Anna endures again. Anna fights up, turns the straitjacket around, but Deeb gets around again to BACKSTABBER! Anna flounders to a corner and Deeb runs in, only for Anna to BOOT her away!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Anna storms up and fires off forearms on Deeb! Fans fire up with Anna as she ROCKS Deeb then CLOBBERS her! And again! Anna dodges Deeb to CLOBBER Deeb again! Deeb goes to a corner, Anna runs in to LEG LARIAT! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Anna is frustrated but she drags Deeb up to the QUEENSLAYER! Deeb endures, pries at the hold, drops and tucks the arms to flip Anna over! EURO CLUTCH, TWO!! Anna escapes but barely! She dodges Deeb again, but Deeb blocks the hip toss to spin Anna around and around and around, and a bit more, before reeling her in! DEEB-

NO, no Deebtox, a HARD back body drop! But Deeb holds on to sunset flip! TWO, and Deeb keeps the body scissors to stand and squat on Anna! Anna is being folded up as Deeb pulls on her arms in this modified motorcycle stretch! Fans rally as Anna endures, and she powers up to push Deeb back to a cover! TWO, Deeb kicks low! Deeb whips, Anna reverses and kicks low to then hook and HEEL KICK! Anna whips Deeb to a corner, but Deeb dodges to send her into the corner! Deeb puts one leg in the ropes and holds the other leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Anna flounders and clutches that leg, but Deeb’s right on her!

But Anna uses that to drag Deeb down! QUEENSLAYER WITH BODY SCISSORS!! Deeb is flailing, fighting, gets the scissors open but Anna still has the sleeper! Deeb stands, arm-drags free, and she keeps the arm to omoplata! SERENITY LOCK!! Anna taps, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

But Deeb makes Anna suffer by holding on! But here comes MERCEDES! The OG Badass drags Deeb off Anna to TOSS her out! That’s what Deeb gets for betraying Mercedes and bullying the younger generation! But will Mercedes make sure Deeb gets everything she deserves at ROH Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with The Baddies.

Schiavone is with Jade Cargill as she stands with Kiera Hogan on one side, and Leila Grey is with Stokely Hathaway on the other. Schiavone says there has been a lot of talk between The Baddies and Athena & Kris Statlander. That is why there will be a match this Friday on Rampage. Jade once again tells Schiavone to “cut the sh*t,” and says no one is worried about those bitches. Kiera, are you worried? Nope, they ain’t worried about nothing! Exactly. And shouldn’t Leila be fetching them water or something? Jade already beat her ass. Kiera asks what Leila is even still doing here? Stokely has Leila stay calm so they can address the elephant in the room.

Stokely has heard people are mad, but just trust him. He is for The Baddies the same way Wu Tang is for the children, alright? “Kris, Athena, this Friday on Rampage, we gon be watching you.” Stokely says to head out, but Kiera says Leila can try all she wants, she ain’t never gonna be a real Baddie. That’s all, period! Will there be no peace within The Baddies’ house until Red Velvet returns?

 

Jay Lethal crashes commentary!

Just as Excalibur was previewing the ROH Death Before Dishonor card and the coming ROH World Television Championship match, Lethal tells him and everyone else that all we need to be concerned about is that it is about HIM removing the title from Samoa Joe! Lethal has said it 1000 times, he is the LONGEST reigning ROH TV Champion! And Joe’s student will embarrass him! Will Lethal prove he is more lethal than the Samoan Submission Specialist once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Anna Jay.

Schiavone is standing by as a medic checks Anna’s leg after that match with Deeb. But then in walks Anna’s old friend in Tay Conti. Poor Anna. Her first match back in months and this happens. Anna tells Tay that at least she’s not someone who slammed Ruby Soho’s hand in a car door! Well, maybe Anna should have, because then she’d be on TV more. Tay says that she still likes Anna, she really does. But Anna needs to make better choices for her career. Just think about it. Is Tay trying to recruit Anna to the Jericho Appreciation Society? Or will Anna stay loyal to the Dark Order?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Young Bucks VS Team Taz VS Swerve in Our Glory!

Matt & Nick Jackson heard all the talk about “best tag team today” between the #AbsolutePowerhouses and the Limitless House, and decided to do something about it! Will it be a #SuperkickParty to close out the night? Will Ricky Starks & Will Hobbs bring these titles to Team Taz? Or will Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland make All Elite Wrestling #BaskinTheirGlory?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and tonight we go TRIPLE OR NOTHING!

In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at a time, so Team Taz is happy to step aside as Keith starts against Matt Jackson. Fans already sing, “OH~ Bask in His Glory~!” as Keith and Matt circle. They tie up, Matt headlocks, but Keith powers up to carry Matt.  Matt thrashes the headlock, Keith powers out, but Matt dodges. Matt bobs ‘n’ weaves to dodge the fast hands, but Keith blocks the superkick! Matt ducks the JUMP KICK, and can’t believe Keith even got up there! Matt quickly tags out to Nick, and Swerve wants in. Keith tags him in and now we switch to the speed formation.

Swerve trips Nick, Nick avoids the stomps but Swerve knuckle locks him while he’s down. Nick kips up, spins through, CHOPS Swerve and goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~,” only for Swerve to handspring through the arm-drag! Fans fire up, things speed up, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Nick flips up and around but Swerve dodges to show off his own agility. Swerve then puts Nick out, but he swaggers a bit too long and Nick BOOTS him. Swerve shrugs that off and comes back, Nick backflips off the apron, but Swerve handsprings up and out to join him! DOUBLE DROPKICKS cancel out, both men kip up and get in each other’s face!

Fans are thunderous already for this display, and both men slide in. Things speed up again, Nick arm-drags Swerve to an armlock! Nick scowls while he has the hold but fans rally up as Swerve stands up. Nick wrenches, keeps Swerve from ropes, then wrenches, only for Starks to tag in off Swerve! Nick dodges Starks and Starks knuckle locks with Matt! Starks and Nick CHOP Matt and Swerve, and both go up the corners. They tightrope walk and meet on the same side! They each ask what the other is doing, but Swerve and Matt trip them both up! Nick and Starks land on their bucks, and then flop back into the ring.

Matt tags in off Nick, taunts Keith then runs into Starks’ elbow! Starks runs in but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express starts up! Swerve gets in, but Matt gets him for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt flexes and fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” But then Keith tags in off Swerve, and he stares Matt down. Matt runs in but he can’t get Keith up. Hobbs runs in and Matt still tries to do the double, but that’s more like a quadruple! Hobbs and Keith double suplex Matt to SLAM him down! Hobbs and Keith stare down and fans fire up, but Nick and Starks CLUB Keith while Swerve CLUBS Hobbs!

Swerve drags Hobbs away with a headlock while Starks and Nick double whip Keith. Keith reverses to crisscross and TOSS Starks and Nick! Everyone else bails out, Matt is up and Swerve tags in with Keith. They get Matt up and trap him for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Matt is stinging but Swerve kicks him down. FALLING UPPERCUT! Keith brings Matt back around and Swerve goes up but Matt BELL CLAPS Keith and SHOVES him into Swerve! Swerve falls, Matt dropkicks Keith out, and fans fire up with Matt calling for the “SUPERKICK PARTAAAY~!” But Starks tags in off Matt! No superkicks yet, and Starks tags Hobbs.

Starks whips Swerve, hip toss into a BACKBREAKER from Hobbs! Hobbs then hauls Swerve up to put him on the top rope, and CLUB him! Then he whips Swerve into Starks’ DROPKICK! Team Taz strikes a pose together and fans fire up! Starks says this is whose house? HIS house, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Starks stalks Swerve then drags him up to scoop and SLAM! Starks runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Starks keeps on Swerve but Swerve digs at Starks’ face! Starks puts Swerve in a corner to CHOP! Starks pretends he hurt his hand on that, but Swerve hits back. They brawl, Starks DECKS Swerve then rains down fists and stomps! Starks digs his boots in, the ref reprimands, and Starks lets off at 4. Starks hauls Swerve up, Hobbs tags in, and Team Taz mugs Swerve in their corner. Hobbs suplexes Swerve to hold him up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but Hobbs drags him away from the other corners.

Tag to Starks, Starks goes up and strikes a pose before the AX HANDLE to Swerve’s back. Stark smocks Keith conducting the fans, but Swerve CHOPS him! Starks staggers all the way to the Bucks’ corner, Nick tags in off him, but Starks still runs in to bring Swerve up. Starks RAMS Swerve into the Bucks’ corner, Nick stomps a mudhole into Swerve, but he lets off at 4 to soak up the cheers and jeers. Nick drags Swerve up, tags Matt, and the Bucks coordinate. GUTBUSTER to NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Matt struts around like he’s doing a victory lap, and he taunts Team Taz! The ref has to keep Hobbs & Starks back while Matt fetches Swerve.

Matt uses Swerve’s hands to tell Keith to “SUCK IT!” and now the ref has to keep Keith back. Matt ROCKS Swerve, he tags Nick, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve fights the double team. Swerve sends Matt at Nick, then runs in, into a double hip toss! The Bucks handspring but Swerve kips up to DOUBLE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Swerve and the Bucks are down! Swerve flounders his way over, hot tag to Keith! Starks runs in but gets run over! Keith hits Hobbs, runs Matt over, then runs Nick over! Keith sees targets in every corner, so he SPLASHES Nick, SPLASHES Matt, then SPLASHES Starks!

Nick runs in but Keith moves, the SPLASH hits Starks! Matt runs in, Keith moves again, the SPLASH sandwiches Nick and Starks! The Bucks stagger away together and Keith grabs Starks, to TOSS at them both! Keith takes out three men at once and the fans are thunderous! Keith sees The Bucks regrouping by the ramp, so he builds speed! But Team Taz drags him out! Hobbs & starks mug Keith but Matt WRECKS them with a dropkick! Nick builds speed and Matt holds the ropes, Nick FLIES but Keith catches him! Nick freaks out as Keith POWERBOMBS him into Matt! Keith pushes the Bucks in and brings Nick up again.

Keith pops Nick right up, but Nick fights free! Keith snarls but Hobbs tags in. Hobbs ROCKS Keith, and fans fire up as the big men stare down! Hobbs shoves, Keith shoves back. Hobbs RAMS Keith, Keith RAMS Hobbs back. Keith dodges Hobbs this time, but then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES COLLIDE! Both men go down in heaps and fans are thunderous again! Fans hope these teams all “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow. Keith gets Hobbs up at the corner, but Hobbs fights back! Hobbs HEADBUTTS again and again until Keith falls, then Hobbs stands up top!? POWERHOUSE FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

Hobbs can’t believe Keith survives, he and Keith slowly stir. Nick tags in off Keith, but Hobbs kicks low. Tag to Starks, Team Taz double whip Nick to a corner, and then Starks runs in. Nick BOOTS him, elbows Hobbs, then goes up, only for Hobbs to get him with an Electric Chair! Starks knuckle locks Nick to go up and up and tightrope walk, for an ABSOLUTE DOOMSDAY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Starks can’t believe it! Nick crawls away, Starks runs in, but the spear is sent into buckles!! Swerve tags in off Starks while Nick tags Matt. Swerve blocks a kick, slips around, BACKBREAKER!

Swerve runs to LARIAT Matt inside-out! Matt is in a daze and Swerve gets him up, only for Matt to back him into the corner. Nick tags back in as Matt arm-drags Swerve away. Matt SUPERKICKS but Swerve goes Matrix! Only for Swerve to kip up into Nick’s SUPERKICK! Keith gets in but Matt SUPERKICKS him! Keith stays up so Nick SUPERKICKS! Keith is still up, so the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Keith only drops to a knee?! Starks gets in, too, and he’s just as shocked! Starks offers his help, and they ABSOLUTE TRIPLE SUPERKICK Keith down!! Starks poses with the Bucks, but then they DOUBLE SUPERKICK him!

Hobbs gets in, the Bucks dodge him but he SPLASHES the referee!! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS send Hobbs back into the ref! The Bucks decide to capitalize, and they get the belts! Matt has the belt, he smirks and aims at the enemies, but Starks SUPERKICKS Matt back!! Starks gets the belt, takes aim, but Swerve BOOTS Starks down! Swerve grabs the belt, but who is he going to hit? Swerve’s looking at Keith!? Why!? But then Swerve says no, he’s not gonna do Keith like that. But then Matt LOW BLOWS Swerve!! Matt will do Swerve like that, and he CLOBBERS Keith with the belt! And he CLOBBERS Hobbs, and he CLOBBERS Swerve!

The ref is up, Matt covers Swerve, TWO!!! Swerve survives and Matt can’t believe it! But Nick gets in, the Bucks have Swerve for a B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Starks breaks it!! Nick tosses Starks, Matt gets Swerve in the gut wrench, and Nick springboards, into Keith’s arms! Swerve slips off, TOSSES Matt, and Keith pops Nick up for the ROLLING ELBOW ROLLING KICK COMBO!! Matt runs into a POP-UP, and Swerve is up top! SWERVE SPIRIT BOMB!! Cover, Team Taz breaks it!! Fans are electric as Hobbs gets Keith up for a SPINEBUSTER! And then Hobbs gets Swerve for a SPINEBUSTER onto Keith!!

Hobbs spots Nick, SPINEBUSTER onto Keith again!! Matt staggers up, SPINEBUSTER onto Nick AND Keith!! Powerhouse Hobbs has Savannah on its feet while everyone else is down! Hobbs drags Matt over, tags in Starks, and Starks runs at Swerve. Swerve boots, somersaults, but Starks avoids the stomps to roll Swerve up, TWO! Starks hurries to deadlift gut wrench Swerve, into the Canadian Rack! But Swerve slips off, swings, misses, dodges, STARKS SPEARS!! Cover, Nick breaks it!! Matt returns, aims at Keith, but Keith blocks the superkick! Matt slips out of his shoe, Brandon Cutler is protesting but that distracts the ref from seeing the SHOE BOP!

Nick staggers into a SHOE BOP of his own! Hobbs runs in, but Keith clinches and TOSSES Hobbs to the floor! Keith aims, but Starks grabs at him to fire a haymaker! Keith falls to the apron, Starks drags him up, but Keith HEADBUTTS Starks away! Swerve uses Keith as a springboard to MOONSAULT onto the Bucks and Hobbs! Fans are thunderous again as Starks builds speed, into the POUNCE from Keith!! Keith builds speed and FLIES!? He wipes out Hobbs and the Bucks! Swerve is up top, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, SWERVE & KEITH WIN!!!

Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions)

The Bucks have been dethroned!! The confetti flies for Swerve & Keith, because this is THEIR house, and these are THEIR titles! They held it together as a team, and they are now THE best team in AEW! Will everyone now #BaskInTheirGlory?

Thanks to this YouTube exclusive, we hear from the champions after Dynamite goes off the air!

Keith has the mic first and fans chant for him, “KEITH LEE! WOOP WOOP!” Keith thanks the fans for that, and thanks Swerve from the bottom of his heart. Keith won’t take up much time with Rampage coming up, but he will say this. “I only have three people in my world I consider extremely close to me. One of them, I’ve known for about two-and-a-half decades. And I know what y’all’re thinking. ‘Gaddamn, Keith, you old as sh*t, ain’t ya?’ I’m 37, but as you can tell, I’m young in the legs, baby.” But he says about his friend, Lascelles King, “I’ve known him since 1998. I found out a little while ago that there’s a chance that he may have cancer.”

Keith says most fans probably know, but he nearly died last year. He kept quiet about it until it had all past. There isn’t much that gets to Keith, but when it comes to those he loves, finding out two days ago that Lascelles has stage four colon cancer, Keith dedicated this match to him, and to his other buddy in JD Griffey. “The fact is, I didn’t care if we won or lost. The fact is, this is a brotherhood, and I’m devoting my everything to that.” So this was more than just a victory for Keith, Swerve, their story, this is for Lascelles King and Keith’s love! Keith will always be there. When Keith gets back to Texas, he’ll drive to Austin and see Lascelles ASAP.

Keith wants Lascelles to stay strong and fight! Fight harder than they did here tonight, than Keith did to live through his, and he will be there for Lascelles. Fans cheer the heart and the passion from Keith, and on behalf of him and the Chairshot, let’s all cheer Lascelles King on in his fight against cancer.


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode and an awesome start to Fyter Fest 2022, which will technically now be four AEW shows, because even Rampage becomes Fyter Fest each Friday. The TNT Championship of Wardlow VS Cassidy was great, with Best Friends outright wanting to be Heel to try and cheat Wardlow. But it was all comical so they’re clearly not staying Heel. Wardlow is the master at countering Heel tactics, since he was by MJF’s side all that time. Wardlow of course retains, so I’m surprised this was against Cassidy. At the same time, Wardlow’s going to build a head of steam to have a really strong reign. Also, good to see the TNT Championship is keeping its own title of Most Changed Belt Design, resetting to the black ‘n’ red for Wardlow.

Great promos from the Jericho Appreciation Society members and Eddie Kingston to hype up next week’s Barbed Wire Everywhere Death Match with a shark cage on the side. Or, rather, in the air. I’m a little worried they’re raising the cage when it’s going to have five grown men inside. Maybe Sammy Guevara is staying away on purpose so that there’s one less body in the cage. Jericho bringing back The Painmaker is cool, and very “sports entertainment” of him to up the ante in this match. I would still think Eddie wins to properly cap this off and get the distinction of being the Painmaker’s first loss in AEW.

Moxley VS Konosuke was another awesome match, and perhaps Konosuke’s newest “best match yet” here in AEW. Naturally Moxley wins to deny Konosuke a title shot, but Konosuke is definitely contender material for the TNT and All-Atlantic Championships. Good promo from The House of Black, but I feel like we should’ve already known about that “attack” from Brody on Darby. Perhaps a little too much reliance on fans keeping up with their social media. But anyway, Brody VS Darby is going to be an awesome match to kick Fyter Fest up another gear. Another good Heel promo from Christian sinking to new lows, and Luchasaurus just decimates the Blonds. I don’t know when JB is supposed to return but maybe Matt Hardy gets after Luchasaurus 1v1 while we wait.

I feel like they could’ve/should’ve told us sooner that All Out was going to be in Chicago again. But it’s still cool to know the tradition continues, and that Chicago will be hosting AEW all that week. It being in Chicago, it might also be a good opportunity for CM Punk to give us a health update so we know when to expect him back. Good moment with Hangman, Silver and Reynolds, but Silver & Reynolds are totally getting destroyed by Malakai & Brody while the House of Black builds momentum. Hook had a promo with Lexi Nair, but it’s about the same as all his others. I do think Hook should go for a title now, but he also does need to have matches that last more than a few minutes. His cool guy personality and how fans love him only goes so far.

Lethal has a decent promo to call out Samoa Joe one more time, but I still can’t be sure how that one goes. Thunder & Storm sticking together is interesting, but it really only makes sense if AEW is going to dip back into a Women’s Tag Division. Britt is back, so her fans are happy, and I wonder if she and Hayter end up the high profile fodder for #ThunderStorm to get going as a team. And as I figured with what we saw on AEW Dark, Miyu Yamashita is coming to America to face Rosa, we’ll have to wait and see when and where that title match happens. I would think Rosa retains, and I have a feeling Britt takes Rosa on for the title again to return to that feud.

Good promo from The Baddies, and of course Jade and Kiera are still against adding Leila Grey as a Baddie. This is starting to feel like what was going to happen with NXT’s Diamond Mine had WWE kept Stokely Hathaway/Malcolm Bivens, but maybe AEW will do it better. Athena & Statlander having a match on Rampage is cool, that’ll be a momentum builder before they face Jade & Kiera, which will give Leila her chance to prove herself. Claudio VS Hager was an awesome match, and of course Menard & Parker try to help Hager win, and of course Claudio overcomes that to take the win. Claudio is also building momentum towards titles, maybe he takes on PAC?

Deeb VS Anna was a great match, probably Anna’s best and that is after her taking on Jade Cargill twice. Great use of Anna’s family ringside, but of course Deeb wins. Deeb VS Mercedes is happening, so this was a great momentum builder but also a great chance for Mercedes to go after Deeb. Their title match is going to be awesome stuff, and it is starting to feel like either woman could win. Anna and Tay also had a good promo backstage, so that’s clearly a feud in the making. And we got an awesome Triple Threat Tag main event, everyone looked amazing in it, and what a great surprise that Keith & Swerve won.

This whole time, I thought FTR VS Bucks for All Out was a shoe-in, but this makes the win that much greater. Keith & Swerve can still have that dysfunction story play out, but it is great that they got major titles in a major company when WWE could’ve done the same thing with them and totally dropped the ball on them both. Also, what a powerful post-show promo from Keith, I really do mean all that about hoping Lascelles King well.

My Score: 9.2/10


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

Roll the dice!

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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

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

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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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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