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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/2/22)

Chicago’s on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Things are picking up speed in the Windy City!

AEW goes All Out on Sunday, but they’re on a Rampage tonight! Who will meet The Elite in the World Trios Championship Tournament finals?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament Semifinals: Best Friends VS The Good, The Bad & The Hungy; The Good, The Bad & The Hungy win and advance to the finals at All Out.
  • Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Blake Christian; Fenix wins.
  • Mixed Tag: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Ruby Soho & Ortiz; Soho & Ortiz win.
  • Ricky Starks VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Starks wins.

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AEW World Trios Championship Tournament Semifinals: Best Friends VS The Good, The Bad & The Hungy!

Everyone, including Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Trent Baretta, thought it was going to be The Dark Order’s 3, 4 and 10, but then Preston Vance went down with a knee injury. Then we thought Evil Uno was stepping in, only for Andrade El Idolo to beat him down! So in the end, Hangman Adam Page stepped up to help his friends! Will the Cowboy help John Silver & Alex Reynolds ride into All Out? Or will the tournament finals be Freshly Squeezed?

The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Hangman. Fans are fired up already as the two stare down. Wait, Danhausen gets in the ring? The ref reprimands but Hangman says it’s okay. Cassidy moves aside, and Danhausen throws up the #JoinTheDarkOrder hand? But then he builds up energy to CURSE Hangman! Wait, it didn’t work? Is #CowboySh1t too powerful to curse? The ref says Danhausen’s had his fun, and he EJECTS him! The fans boo and even Hangman thinks that’s unfair. The Elite are watching backstage, though, as Cassidy rolls Hangman up! TWO!! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls but Hangman blocks the DDT!

Hangman powers up to suplex but Cassidy slips around to a sleeper! Cassidy’s a backpack, and he decides he’s the cowboy riding a bucking bronco! Hangman frowns, Cassidy gives a thumbs up, but Hangman snapmares free. Things speed up, Cassidy hurdles but then has Hangman stop! Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Then he dodges a boot, only for Hangman to avoid the shotgun dropkick! Cassidy avoids the sliding lariat, and the two stand off! Fans cheer, the two circle, and both men slowly back up. Fans fire up for “Freshly Squeezed,” but Silver and Trent tag in! Best Friends and Beaver Boys rush each other and the brawl is on!

Silver & Reynolds whip Best Friends at each other, but Trent & Chuck do-si-do! Silver & Reynolds dodge, but then so do Chuck & Trent! Best Friends HUG! GOT to give the people what they want! But then Silver & Reynolds both waistlock them! Best Friends elbow free, standing switch and shove Silver & Reynolds at each other! Silver & Reynolds stop themselves from colliding, and they– No, nevermind, Best Friends shove them into each other so they can’t steal the hugging thing. Then they give Silver SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent drags Silver up, puts him in the corner and puts him up top. Trent & Chuck both climb, then Cassidy tags in.

Cassidy flexes as he hooks up, but Hangman gets in to throw Cassidy away! Hangman then drags Chuck and Trent down, and he helps Silver off the corner like a babby. Fans cheer and Silver gives a Cassidy style thumbs up. But Cassidy fires off the “devastating” shin kicks! Hangman turns to look at Cassidy while setting Silver down. Cassidy powers up, but Silver pushes Hangman out of the way to take the- Well, actually, Cassidy stops, surprised to see that. Silver gets mad and swings on Cassidy, but Cassidy dodges to SUPERKICK! Hangman BOOTS Cassidy, but gets a SEXY CHUCKY KNEE! Reynolds BOOTS Chuck!

Reynolds dodges Trent’s knee, but now the TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up, Silver runs in, and he CLOBBERS Trent with an uppercut! Everyone is down and fans fire up for “Johnny Hungy!” Cassidy slides back in, he crawls over and covers Silver, TWO! Cassidy drags Silver up while AEW goes picture in picture.

Cassidy brings Silver to the corner, Trent tags in, and they mug Silver. Tag to Chuck and Best Friends suplex Silver up. They hold Silver up together then SLAM him down! Chuck covers, TWO! Chuck is upset, he covers again, ONE, so Chuck stomps Silver down! Chuck drags Silver up and around, bumps him off buckles, then tags Cassidy. Cassidy brings Silver around and flexes, but Silver suplexes Cassidy! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Silver hot tags Hangman! Hangman CLOBBERS Cassidy, BOOTS Trent, but Cassidy dodges him in the corner. Chuck runs in but is put on the apron. Cassidy runs in but gets an elbow!

Hangman tags Reynolds, then triangle jump LARIATS Chuck! Rampage returns to single picture as Reynolds coordinates with Hangman. Hangman pops Reynolds up and uses the powerbomb position to BOOST Reynolds up and out of the ring to MOONSAULT onto Best Friends! Fans fire up but Cassidy is up top! Cassidy LEAPS, but into Hangman’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up then PLANCHAS, but onto Reynolds! Best Friends used Reynolds as a shield! Trent and Chuck get Hangman for a DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the timekeeper’s table! Trent snatches a water bottle to take a drink.

Fans lose their minds over the damage done, but Reynolds spins Cassidy for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cassidy goes down, Reynolds covers, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Reynolds BLASTS Best Friends! Tag to Silver as The Elite still watch, and Silver whips Cassidy to ropes. Cassidy holds ropes, puts Silver on the apron and then blocks his haymaker. Cassidy goes to buckle bump but Silver blocks and GAMANGIRIS! Silver CANNONBALLS onto Chuck, CLOBBERS Trent, then gets in the ring! Cassidy backslides but Silver slips through! Silver KICKS, KICKS and SUPERKICKS! Then suplexes, into STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!

Cassidy runs, into a LARIAT! Fans fire up with the Meat Man as he gets Cassidy up, but BEACH BREAK outta nowhere!! Trent DECKS Reynolds while Cassidy covers, TWO!! Silver survives but Best Friends coordinate! They drag Silver up in the dragon sleeper wheelbarrow and Cassidy climbs up onto the shoulders of Trent & Chuck. HAMMOCK SPLASH!! Cover, Hangman breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous and Hangman tosses the Best Friends out! Hangman shouts to Silver as fans rally up. Cassidy drags Silver away, Silver boots him back, tag to Hangman! Hangman ROCKS Cassidy, climbs up top, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS on Chuck!

Hangman gets back in, he BOOTS Cassidy away then goes up! But Trent goes up after him! SUPER GERMAN- Hangman lands on his feet?! And then ROLLING ELBOWS Trent! ROLLING ELBOW for Cassidy! Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!! Cover, Best Friends breaks it!! Reynolds & Silver throw Best Friends back out, then Hangman tags Reynolds and Reynolds tags Silver. The Good, The Bad & The Hungy are all in the ring as fans fire up. Hangman whips Cassidy to the corner, Silver GAMANGIRIS, Reynolds ROLLING ELBOWS, Silver ENZIGURIS, Reynolds STUNNERS! Silver waistlocks and holds Cassidy up, but Trent SPEARS Hangman off the apron!

Cassidy fights free, cradles Silver, TWO!! Silver escapes and Cassidy goes to a corner. Silver runs in, Cassidy puts him up top and Chuck tags in. Chuck SUPERKICKS Reynolds into Trent’s Alabama Lift ‘n’ Tuck! Best Friends hit Reynolds with STRONG ZERO to the floor!! Chuck gets back in, drags Silver off the top, RUNNING AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, Hangman breaks it!! Fans are thunderous but Chuck whips Hangman to ropes. Hangman slips out to the apron, BOOTS Chuck then loads up, BUCK- NO, Chuck ducks, Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES Hangman! Chuck clotheslines Hangman up and out! Silver rolls Chuck, DARK ORDER WINS!

Winners: The Good, The Bad & The Hungy, by pinfall (advance to All Out)

The Elite seem to have mixed feelings about this. Hangman, Silver & Reynolds manage to win this one by the skin of their teeth, but they’re still going to the tournament finals! Will Hangman and his new friends overcome Hangman’s old friends to become the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions?

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“Ishii. Last time we met, you defeated me, and I’ll take it for what it is. You were the better man that night. But I’m different now. I’ve walked that Kings Road path a little bit further. I’ve learned more. So Strong Style Pitbull, bring everything you have. Bring your lessons, because I will bring mine. And this time… I will move on.” Will the Mad King overcome the Stone Pitbull and rise up the ranks?

 

Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Blake Christian!

The Immortal Firebird takes on one of the fastest rising stars in wrestling today to see if he can get some momentum before the Casino Ladder Match. Will Fenix be ready to go All Out? Or will #AllHeart show he is worthy of being #AllElite?

The bell rings and the two step up. Fenix rolls Blake but Blake rolls through. Fenix sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Fenix stomps but Blake blocks and kips up! Blake steps over to WHEEL KICK! Fenix ends up on ropes, Blake whips him to ropes, but Fenix reverses. Blake reverses back, hurdles over then trips Fenix up to DROPKICK him down! Blake AND Fenix kip up and fans fire up! Fenix blocks Blake’s kick, CHOPS him, then runs to go up and around him for an arm-drag! Blake gets up, Fenix mule kicks then knuckle locks. Fenix CHOPS, CHOPS again, then goes up and up, only for Blake to trip him!

Fenix lands safe on the second rope and wags his finger, but Blake CHOPS him in return! Fenix kips up on the top rope to FLYING ARM-DRAG!! Fans are thunderous and Fenix brings Blake up. Blake ROCKS Fenix but Fenix CHOPS him down! Fenix runs, Blake dodges but Fenix slips out to the apron. Blake handspring heel kicks Fenix down, then builds speed to FLY! Blake lands on his feet out of the Fosbury Flop and he puts Fenix in the ring. Fans fire up with Blake, but Fenix loosens his chin strap to get a bit more serious. Fenix gets under Blake’s springboard and SUPERKICKS him on the return!

Fenix CHOPS Blake, then CHOPS him again! Fenix brings Blake around, gets him up in the Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! And then another scoop, a knee, then a BLACK FLAME DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

It was a good fight, but Fenix breaks All Heart to show he has no mercy! Will Fenix fight that hard against even his own brother, Penta, in the Casino Ladder Match?

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Lexi Nair says this Sunday at All Out, the FTW Champion will defend his title against his “biggest challenger yet” in “Cool Hand Ange,” Angelo Parker. But speaking of, the Jericho Appreciation Society barges in! Parker says he’s been looking for Hook for weeks. Parker asks Hook, “What if?” That’s a scary question, isn’t it? What if Cool Hand Ange beats Hook? What if Parker takes the FTW Championship? What if Parker exposes the myth of Hook? Hook stares Parker in the eye and then puts the title down so he can throw off his shirt! Matt Menard tells Hook to calm down. This isn’t the streets of New York! Menard’s not sure what Hook thinks is going on here!

There is a time and a place, and that time and place will be this Sunday night in the All Out Zero Hour. The boys will be getting a taste of the title! The JAS backs off, and Hook storms off the other direction. But what if Parker regrets ever wanting them to #SendHook?

 

Mixed Tag: Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo VS Ruby Soho & Ortiz!

More members of the Jericho Appreciation Society are in action as the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions are here, giving each other a kiss good luck. This is a non-title match, but it is a grudge match after the controversy used to win one for #SamTay. Will things be a bit more fair and square for the friends of Eddie Kingston? Or does the JAS have another trick up their sleeves this week?

The teams sort out and Ortiz starts against Sammy. Sammy rushes in but into a body shot! Ortiz CLUBS Sammy, ROCKS him, then CHOPS him. Sammy is stinging and Ortiz shoves him into a corner. Ortiz fires off body shots into Sammy’s back, then climbs up to grind his forearms into Sammy’s face! The ref counts, Ortiz lets off, but then Ortiz fires off crossface forearms! Ortiz CLAWS Sammy’s back, then shows those tiger claws! Tay shouts at him but Ortiz just frowns at her. Ortiz wheelbarrows Sammy but Sammy holds onto the ropes! So Ruby KICKS Sammy in the face! Tay storms over but into a PENALTY KICK!

Fans fire up with Ruby and Ortiz as they flex, and AEW goes picture in picture. Ortiz looms over Sammy, drags him up, and HEADBUTTS him down! Ortiz shakes it off and brings Sammy back up. Ortiz puts Sammy in the ropes, hooks him up, and pulls him back in a motorcycle stretch while Ruby talks smack on Sammy. The ref counts, Ortiz lets off, and Ruby fires off KICKS now! Payback from all the cheating last time! Ruby then sees Tay storming over again, PENALTY- NO, Tay blocks it to trip Ruby up! Tay then RAMS Ruby into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Sammy throws Ortiz into the ropes!

Ortiz sputters while Sammy argues with the ref. Tay puts Ruby’s bad arm in between steps and post, then BOOTS the steps! Ruby clutches her hand, it might’ve been broken all over again! Fans boo but SamTay eggs them all on! And of course they kiss. Ortiz CHOPS Sammy! Ortiz and Sammy brawl, Sammy knees low, then Sammy CLUBS Ortiz down! Sammy hammers away on Ortiz, then drags him around. Sammy puts Ortiz through ropes and CHOKES him! The ref reprimands, Sammy lets off at 4, and Tay gets a cheap shot in! Tay taunts the fans while Sammy CLUBS Ortiz more. Sammy tags Tay in and they double suplex Ortiz!

The ref reprimands but Tay tags Sammy back in so technically it’s all fine. Sammy soaks up the heat, but Ortiz throws body shots! Sammy KICKS Ortiz down, clamps on a chinlock and then CLUBS away on Ortiz’s face as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Sammy CHOPS Ortiz in the corner! Ortiz rushes Sammy but Sammy powers him back into the corner! Sammy lets off but Tay gets her shots in. Sammy brings Ortiz up and he soaks up the heat before he RAMS into Ortiz. Sammy slips out to the apron, ENZIGURIS Ortiz away, then kisses Tay again. Sammy springboards but Ortiz gets under! POWERSLAM! Ortiz rolls, hot tag to Ruby! Ruby SPEARS Tay! Then hits an STO! And then another STO! Ruby drags Tay up, brings her around and HEADBUTTS away! Tay staggers around, Ruby blocks her boot to KNEE her back!

Sammy tags back in, slingshots, but Ortiz dodges! Ruby shoves Sammy into Ortiz’s atomic drop! LARIAT, and then Ruby runs, wheelbarrow SPLASH! Ortiz adds a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Ortiz grows frustrated but the fans fire up! Ortiz tags Ruby, but Sammy TOSSES Ortiz! Ortiz lands on his feet but Ruby tilt-o-whirls to DD- NO, Sammy stops that and sets Ruby down. Sammy smirks but Ruby HEADBUTTS him! Ruby then wheelbarrows, but Tay catches her! WHEELBARROW DDT! Cover, Ortiz drags Tay away! Sammy ENZIGURIS Ortiz! Fans tell SamTay, “You Suck!” SamTay say no they don’t! They double suplex again, but Ortiz slips free!

Ruby returns, she waistlocks Tay while Ortiz has Sammy, SNAP GERMAN for Sammy, O’Conner Roll for Tay! RUBY & ORTIZ WIN!

Winners: Ruby Soho & Ortiz, by pinfall

Even Jericho admits, that was a great match! SamTay is furious that Soho & Ortiz win, and even more so that they’re looking at the AAA Mixed Tag Team Championships! Will there be a title match tiebreaker in the near future?

 

BREAKING FOR ALL OUT!

That tiebreaker is sooner rather than later! Just added to the Zero Hour is the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship match, SamTay VS Soho & Ortiz! Will the newlyweds be celebrating on Sunday? Or will their honeymoon phase be over after losing the gold?

 

Backstage interview with The Good, The Bad & The Hungy.

Lexi Nair is with Hangman, Reynolds & Silver to congratulate them on their win tonight. Hangman says that no one expected this, but- Don Callis walks in… Callis congratulates this trio, too. And this is great! Not just the win, but for how Hangman is handling himself. Callis couldn’t be more proud of him. A few weeks ago, two of his best friends in the world ask for Hangman’s help, he blew them off, but then joined Silver & Reynolds and let everyone find out on television. Unbelievable! Hangman’s getting annoyed but Callis says hey, screwing your friends over for power and money isn’t really Hangman’s thing, but Callis still liked it.

Hangman tells Callis to get out. Callis says he’s been doing seedy stuff for years, so trust him when he says it gets easier each time. Reynolds & Silver have Hangman calm down and tell him to forget what Callis said. Will the Good, the Bad & the Hungy show Callis he’s wrong when they win the AEW World Trios Championships?

 

Mark Henry has a sit-down interview with Jade Cargill and Athena.

The World’s Strongest Man has the AEW TBS Champion and her Baddies on his left and the Fallen Goddess on his right. Mark says Jade and Athena have been at each other’s throats for months now, and it is all finally coming to a head at All Out. Some say Athena is going to be Jade’s greatest competition. Jade laughs at that, and says, “Greatest competition? To be honest, Mark, this has been drawn out way too long. She should’ve lost about three, four weeks ago.” Athena has Jade stop there, and says the only reason this has gone on so long is because Jade is genuinely afraid that Athena will beat her and take the title.

Wait, Athena? Beat Jade? Jade is so tired of “ungrateful bitches” coming on the scene, thinking they deserve a shot at her title. It doesn’t work that way, Charity! Maybe they should adjust this girl as something else. Kiera Hogan says Athena should just be called Number 37. Jade likes that! Athena gets out of her seat and says SHE is the one tired of Jade. Jade says Mark should let Athena stand up and say what she’s gotta say. Athena says she will say what she says to your face because that is what she does. That s what every woman in this company Jade just disrespected deserves! Oh, she disrespected them? Oh yeah you did, honey!

Athena says “We eat this, we breathe this, this is our lives! And you come in with your 37-0, over the course of two years, and you think that you’re better than everyone?” Jade yawns as Athena goes on. Jade says she’s “The S*it.” No, she is not! She’s not? She’s not! And this Sunday at All Out, Athena will not only be the one that beats her, but she’ll be the one that beats her for every woman in the back that has had to deal Ms. That Bitch! Will Athena change that 37-0 to 36-1 and be THE ONE to finally take that title from Jade?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve In Our Glory and The Acclaimed.

Tony Schiavone is with Keith Lee, Swerve Strickland, Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and Billy Gunn as these teams will battle for the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Billy says there is no doubt Keith & Swerve are great, but come Sunday, they will be the second best team in AEW. Caster says that’s right. The Acclaimed have the most wins in AEW history, they’re the best homegrown team, and they have the number one selling T-shirt in “Scissor Me, Daddy A$$!” This is NOT Swerve’s House, this is THEIR house!

Bowens says, “Long story short, boys, The Acclaimed are gonna beat your Timon & Pumba looking asses all over the streets of Chicago. We’re taking home gold because everyone loves The Acclaimed.” Keith has some advice then. No more raps, no more jokes. In 48 hours, The Acclaimed need to prove to themselves that they’re more than just stereotypes. Swerve says he’s actually pissed about this. The Acclaimed’s getting on his nerves! Three years, The Acclaimed has been here, they’re the best homegrown AEW tag team, that’s great. Bravo, congrats. But for three years, Caster’s been cutting stupid little rap jokes while Bowens lets his partner down because his body gives out.

It’s going to take a lot more than this to come up against Swerve In Our Glory. They’re the mountains of AEW, made of rock, gravel and stone. And last time Swerve checked, rock beats scissor. The words are flying, but at All Out, we’ll see the fists fly instead! Will The Acclaimed make a change in order to become champions? Or will they have no choice but to #SwerveInOurGlory?

 

FTR & Wardlow are here!

Fans fire up to see the gold-studded trio as they bring the IWGP, ROH & AAA Tag Team Championships, as well as the AEW TNT Championship, to the ring. Fans chant, “F T R! F T R!” while Dax Harwood gets the mic. “Man, that’s for us?” Fans cheer and Dax continues, “For the better part of about a decade, I’ve tried to make sure that we come out here, and we’re tough guys and we’re mean and we growl, but I’m gonna get a little sappy, okay? There was a time in my life, and I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir right now. There was a time in my life where I felt worthless, and I felt at the bottom of the barrel.” Outside of his social circle, Dax felt like no one loved him.

But then 2022 happens. All the fans happened. From there, Dax’s life, FTR’s life, FTR’s career and momentum completely turned around, and he realized there is love. But he also realized that not everyone’s gonna love FTR, and that’s okay. That’s alright with Dax. Some of those people are the journalists who like to write and talk about the PPV, All Out. They question why this Six Man Tag is even happening. What is the point of it? What does that match even mean? Well Dax is here to tell you that this match means a hell of a lot to him! He understands that he is looking in the rearview mirror of his career, and there’s more behind him than in front of him.

“Every single match goes to our legacy. Every single match goes to the legacy of my life and my career. And speaking of my life, as a grown-ass adult, just like all of y’all, there’s three things you don’t mess with in life. Friends, money, and family” But Dax is interrupted from the stage as Chris Sabin says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Hello, boys!” The Motor City Machine Guns, Sabin & Alex Shelley, as well as Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh, all walk out on stage to say hello to everyone. Now, for those who don’t know, Sabin will make the introductions. This is the tag team that defined an entire generation of wrestling. They represent the greatest city in modern civilization: Detroit, Michigan.

They are Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley, The Motor City Machine Guns! Shelley says, “Hey, shut up! You two.” Dax says this is about 10 THOUSAND people calling MCMG “A-Holes,” if you can’t hear it. Shelley frowns but it’s because MCMG is from Detroit. But Shelley wants FTR to understand something. Objectively speaking, FTR is the greatest tag team walking the planet. Shelley can tell, because they’re dragging Fort Knox through every airport metal detector, and there’s a chance FTR’s bank accounts are a little bit deeper, too. Maybe six, seven, eight figures? But one thing MCMG has that FTR doesn’t is the influence and respect of the locker room!

When MCMG walked in to AEW, every wrestler on the roster stood up! And on Sunday, you think the “piecemeal” Pinnacle is going to beat this? Understand something! MCMG, Lethal & Sonjay have been together for almost 20 YEARS, and they’ve seen EVERYTHING this industry has to offer! This here, the four of them–recognize the hand symbol?–are a family! Sonjay says Dax talks about no one should mess with their friends, money and family. Well this Sunday, this team messes with all of them! Because what’re FTR & Wardlow gonna do? Come down and fight like Dax’s “eight year old little brat?” That sets Dax off and Sonjay just laughs!

Dax almost gets up the ramp but Cash and Wardlow hold him back! Sonjay says Dax can try it, but they have the 7’4″ One in a Billion, Satnam Singh up here! Even Sonjay can take Dax with that! Wardlow keeps Dax back and Lethal mockingly holds Sonjay back, but will nothing stop this from exploding at All Out?

 

Mark Henry speaks with tonight’s main eventers.

QT Marshall is surprisingly without The Factory as the World’s Strongest Man says QT is facing Ricky Starks tonight, and it seems like everyone- It seems like what, Mark? With all due respect, has Starks ever given a man like “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs his word? QT didn’t think so. QT promised Hobbs that QT would get the job done by himself. And look! The Factory isn’t here! Because in the end, everyone will know QT’s word is his bond! Starks says, “Your bond, huh? Your bond? Hey, that’s really cool, I’m glad that you’re doing it by yourself. But I got good news and I got bad news. The good news is yes, you get to be by yourself as the big star.

“The bad news is, I gave you no choice but to do it by yourself!” Starks has the camera follow him, and Starks shows QT that he’s jammed The Factory’s door shut! No one is getting out to help QT now! QT is furious but it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Wait, QT has made his way back to his team’s locker room and is trying to open the door. Starks CLOBBERS QT! Starks whips but QT reverses and Starks is sent into road cases! QT smacks Starks off more of them, then headlocks Starks to bring him to gorilla. QT goes through to where the crowd is and they head for ringside!

QT whips but Starks reverses and QT hits barriers! Starks stalks QT, smacks him off more barriers, then climbs up barriers to dribble QT off them! Starks rains down fists and fans are fired up as the shirt comes off! Starks strikes his pose, jumps and AX HANDLES QT! QT staggers away, Starks pursues, CLUBS him, but QT hits back! QT whips Starks into railing, then runs in, only for Starks to TOSS him to ringside! Starks puts QT in the ring, the bell rings, and our main event begins! Starks RAMS QT into a corner, fires off body shots and fans fire up! The ref counts as Starks digs his boots in, and Starks lets off at 4.

Starks storms around and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Starks drags QT up, throws hands, then stalks QT to ropes. Starks whips, QT reverses, but Starks stops himself and kicks the back drop away! Starks runs in but QT dodges and DROPKICKS Starks into ropes! QT throws off his shirt while Starks sputters on the mat. QT drags Starks to the ropes and CHOKES him! The ref counts, QT lets off at 4, and he talks trash on the fans. Starks flounders, QT drags him up and brings him around to suplex high and hard! QT smirks, runs and drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! QT is annoyed but he ROCKS Starks with a right.

QT looms over Starks, pushes him down and drops an elbow! Then another elbow! Then, he stands on Starks’ face and mocks his pose. The ref counts, QT lets off at 4, and he soaks up the heat from the fans. Starks sits up and snarls but QT taunts Chicago more. QT goes back to Starks and Starks fires off haymakers! Starks ROCKS QT, whips him to ropes but QT reverses to CLOBBER Starks! QT taunts the fans again then mocks their rallying applause. QT CHOKES Starks on the ropes, CLUBS him with a crossface forearm, then ROCKS him with a right hand. QT throws more hands but Starks counter punches!

Starks ROCKS QT, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. QT reverses, runs in, but is put on the apron. QT BOOTS Starks, climbs up the corner, but Starks ROCKS him back! Starks climbs up after QT, but QT ROCKS Starks! Starks drops off the corner and QT adjusts. Starks gets fired up and he ROCKS QT back! Starks climbs up and goes to the very top rope! SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Rampage returns to single picture and the standing count begins. Starks and QT get up, they throw hands, Starks gets the edge! Starks whips, QT handsprings and NEURALIZERS!

Fans boo QT as he runs in, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Starks fires up, spins QT around and uses the ropes for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! QT survives but the fans still rally for Starks! Starks grits his teeth, but the Factory got free! Aaron Solo distracts the ref, Cole Karter shouts to QT, and Nick Comoroto slips QT his gold watch! QT has them like brass knuckles, but Starks dodges the sucker punch! QT almost hits Solo! Starks runs in, QT dodges, Starks SPEARS Solo off the apron! QT rolls Starks up, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that and shoves QT’s feet off! QT argues but Starks runs in to clothesline QT and himself out of the ring!

Starks drags QT up, puts him in, but Karter is there! Starks CLOBBERS Karter! Comoroto runs in but is sent into steel steps! Starks gets back in but QT KICKS the ropes! The ropes jam Starks up and QT waits on Starks to stand. DIAMOND- NO! Backslide! TWO!! Starks and QT get up, Starks runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DIAMOND CUTTER OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!?! Starks survives and shocks QT! QT drags Starks up, dragon sleepers, CROSS- NO! Starks snapmares free and runs in at the corner. QT goes up and over and Starks hits buckles. QT runs, Starks dodges, SPEAR!! Starks fires up, drags QT up, ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Starks wins!!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

That was an absolute fight! But Will Hobbs is on the stage! The Powerhouse storms down to the ring, he and Starks brawl! The fans go wild but referees rush out to stop this! Fans boo, they want to “Let Them Fight!” Starks gets loose to CLOBBER Hobbs! They brawl, the refs try again, and then Bryan Danielson comes out to confront Chris Jericho talking trash! The Lionheart and the American Dragon stare down while Hobbs gets loose to SPLASH Starks in the corner! The refs separate Hobbs and Starks again while Jericho and Bryan talk some trash. Which way will the wind blow in the Windy City when these grudge matches go All Out?


My Thoughts:

A very good go-home for All Out, with the biggest thing being that Soho & Ortiz won the Mixed Tag Match to now have a title match on Sunday. The Mixed Tag Match here was very good, building off of things from last time, but I’m not sure the match on Sunday will be any better. At the very least, I don’t see Soho & Ortiz winning. SamTay will probably retain and only lose these belts to a team from AAA. Fenix VS Blake Christian was also a surprising addition to the card, and of course Fenix wins. Not sure why this couldn’t have been a women’s match, or y’know, just not part of the card so there could be more time for everything else.

Great promos from Athena and Jade, and while the kayfabe reason of Jade not being a workhorse champion is a logical one, we all know why this took so long to build. But in the end, this match will be great stuff, but I can’t be sure if Athena wins. If AEW put more effort into properly pacing women’s division feuds, this would feel like the time for Jade’s streak to stop and she can drop the TBS title so she can then pivot to the top title. But because of how long it’s taken, Athena sadly doesn’t feel like the one to win. And just as sad, there doesn’t feel like there’s anyone in the AEW Women’s Division who could stop Jade, unless you go with the world title contenders.

We got a great promo segment from The Pinnacle and the unofficial Four Horsemen of ROH/Impact. I do get where Dax is coming from, with how there should’ve/could’ve been a TNT Championship and/or ROH Tag Team Championship, but I also like that he was willing to say FTR aren’t spring chickens anymore. I still say this Trios match will give us the separate TNT and ROH title matches, so they’ll be able to use the next couple of months to build those matches for Full Gear. And very good promo from Keith, Swerve & The Acclaimed. Both sides made good points about homegrown VS former WWE, but also that something clearly didn’t click for The Acclaimed to not get closer to the titles. That match is going to be great stuff, but I don’t see Keith & Swerve losing here.

Good promo from Kingston, but he’s always great at talking. Kingston VS Ishii II is going to be awesome. Parker, Menard and Hook had a good interaction, but I don’t see Hook losing. The Trios tournament match was an awesome opener, but of course Hangman’s team wins. Since we can’t get The Elite VS The Undisputed, we’re getting Elite VS Hangman and his new friends. Callis’ promo was a good attempt to sew seeds of discord, and even without that, Hangman’s history with The Elite will definitely be the story of the match. Given that, it’s no longer a given the Bucks will be Trios Champions, we could end up with Hangman & Dark Order finding a way to snatch this from them.

And we got a very fun main event segment. Good transition from promo to brawl to match. Obviously, The Factory wasn’t going to stay out of this so it was clever that Starks did his best to block them. Starks still wins, but then he and Hobbs have a great show closing brawl. Their match could go either way, too, but as long as the story is strong, and there’s a plan for both guys in the aftermath, it’ll be just fine.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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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

  • 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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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.

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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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