AEW makes its debut in the North!
AEW makes a Dynamite debut in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! And to commemorate the moment, we get Jericho VS Danielson 3 for the ROH world title!
- “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage; Luchasaurus wins.
- WARJOE VS The Factory; WARJOE wins.
- Swerve Strickland VS Billy Gunn w/ The Acclaimed; Swerve wins.
- ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Bryan Danielson; Jericho wins and retains the title.
- Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel; Storm & Shida win.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC VS Orange Cassidy; Cassidy wins and becomes the new AEW All-Atlantic Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Renee Paquette is here!
Toronto goes wild as Mrs. Moxley makes her AEW debut! She introduces herself and welcomes us to Dynamite. “Joining me now is Canada’s own Christian Cage!” Fans are torn as Captain Charisma makes his way out on stage. She asks him how it feels to be back in Toronto, and he says it feels great. “And as the face of not only the city of Toronto but the country of Canada, I’m gonna go ahead right now and guarantee a victory tonight. And not just any guarantee, I’m talking this guarantee is locked in. This guarantee is 100%. It’s like the Toronto Maple Leafs losing in the first round of the playoffs guaranteed.” Toronto boos at being trolled.
But without further ado, Christian introduces his “Right Hand of Destruction,” Luchasaurus! The treacherous T-Rex makes his way out and Christian goes with him to the ring. Will this battle be what finally ends things between the former Jurassic Express members?
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage!
The bell rings and JB rushes to SHOTGUN Luchasaurus! JB fires off but Luchasaurus TOSSES JB into the corner! JB dodges Luchasaurus to fire off fast hands! Luchasaurus shoves him away, then pops JB up to throw him to the apron. JB shoulders in, slingshots up and over to keep moving, and he SHOTGUNS Luchasaurus onto ropes! Fans fire up while Christian is on commentary. JB copies Christian with how he stands on Luchasaurus! Then he slingshots to ROCK Luchasaurus with that same uppercut! Christian says that’s cute, JB learned something. But JB turns around into a choke grip! Christian says this is why he dropped JB.
But JB wrenches and HOTSHOTS Luchasaurus! JB slides in, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then leaps, but into Luchasaurus’ arms! Luchasaurus pops JB around, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Fans are torn but Christian likes what he sees as JB goes to a corner. Luchasaurus storms over, drags him up, but JB CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, he sits JB up on top to DECK him to the floor! Fans rally as Luchasaurus clears off the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus brings the table over and Christian wants Luchasaurus to put him through the table! Fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” and Luchasaurus gut wrenches JB up.
JB fights free before disaster strikes, and he ROCKS Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus POSTS JB in return! Fans boo as Luchasaurus refreshes the count. Luchasaurus drags JB up and then swings, but JB ducks! Luchasaurus’ hand hits POST! JB grabs that arm and wraps it around the post! Fans fire up as JB BOOTS the arm! Luchasaurus staggers away, JB refreshes the count then pursues. JB KICKS the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it, but Luchasaurus RAMS JB into the apron! And into railing! Luchasaurus drags JB up to whip him hard into railing! JB goes down in a heap and Luchasaurus refreshes the count.
Fans rally as Luchasaurus drags JB up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Christian likes what he sees while AEW goes picture in picture.
JB crawls into the ring but Luchasaurus stands on his back. Luchasaurus digs his heel in but JB endures. Luchasaurus stomps JB down, then pulls at the KT tape! Luchasaurus takes those strips off, then stands JB up so he can CLUB him on the back! JB writhes on the mat but he refuses to give up. Luchasaurus drags JB up but JB throws body shots! Fans fire up but Luchasaurus CLUB SJB, then suplexes to TOSS JB! JB writhes more and Luchasaurus paces. Luchasaurus stalks JB to a corner, watches him stand up, and then RAMS into him! JB falls over and Luchasaurus roars. Luchasaurus drags JB up and CHOPS him!
JB sputters but he CHOPS back! Luchasaurus whips JB corner to corner hard, and JB tumbles and lands on his head! Luchasaurus drags JB out of the corner to loom over him. Luchasaurus stands on JB’s face for a cover, TWO! Luchasaurus stands on JB’s face again but JB moves around. Luchasaurus digs his heel in, it’s basically a choke now and the ref counts. Luchasaurus steps off, but then stands on JB for another cover, TWO! Luchasaurus’ foot is in JB’s face but he bench presses it away! Dynamite returns to single picture as JB fights and gets free! Luchasaurus runs in but JB ducks and Luchasaurus POSTS himself!
Luchasaurus tumbles out and towards the table. Fans fire up as JB builds speed, JB DIVES! But Luchasaurus catches JB, for a CHOKE- RANA into the POST! Luchasaurus wobbles but Christian tries to stay confident. But JB fireman’s carries?! Luchasaurus is too big for that, especially with JB’s bad back. Christian says this is what he meant about JB has no brains. Luchasaurus gut wrenches but JB slips off! JB ROCKS Luchasaurus, Luchasaurus choke grips but JB WRINGS the arm and SUPERKICKS! Luchasaurus wobbles on the apron, JB RAMS into him! JB builds speed to SUNSET FLIP POWREBOMB Luchasaurus through the table!!
Fans lose their minds and Christian freaks out! That should be a disqualification! But the fine print is that Luchasaurus introduced the table, it was fair game! Fans rally as JB drags Luchasaurus up out of the wreckage and into the ring. But Christian Cage storms off commentary to go down the ramp! Christian shouts at JB but JB stares him down. Luchasaurus sits up like a dead man, and JB knows it! JB rushes in to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! JB runs but Luchasaurus pops him for a FLAPJACK and LARIAT! Fireman’s carry, POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!?! JB survives and fans fire up!
Luchasaurus stands while fans rally for “JUNGLE BOY! JUNGLE BOY!” Luchasaurus drags JB up, hauls him up and puts him on the top rope. Luchasaurus climbs up and fans boo as he goes to the very top. But JB throws body shots! JB slips out to CLUB Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus sits on the top rope and JB CLUBS him again. JB climbs up behind Luchasaurus, he punches away on Luchasaurus’ head! Fans count all the way to TEN, and then JB puts Luchasaurus in a Tree of Woe. JB goes corner to corner, but Luchasaurus headscissors to SPIKE JB! And then BUCKLE BOMB RAZOR’S EDGE! Then the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are thunderous and Christian is shocked to see JB survive! Fans rally harder but JB is still down. Luchasaurus shakes out the bad arm, drags JB up, and straitjackets to torture rack. But JB fights with elbows! JB is free, Luchasaurus wobbles but he goes after him again. JB ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a scoop and torture rack! But JB hits a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! JB drags Luchasaurus up and chicken wings! Christian is furious but Luchasaurus Electric Chairs free! But JB POISON-RANAS!! JB then hooks Luchasaurus up from here, KILLSWITCH!! Cover, TWO!?!?
No one can believe it, but Luchasaurus lives! But JB CLUBS away on Luchasaurus, into the SNARE TRAP!! Luchasaurus drags himself and JB over, Christian is there to shout at him to keep going, but JB pulls Luchasaurus’ arm back! Luchasaurus reaches with the other, ROPEBREAK! JB lets go and tries to drag Luchasaurus back. But Christian anchors Luchasaurus’ arm! JB is furious and he goes out after Christian, but the ref stops him. JB goes up, Christian distracts, and Luchasaurus choke grips! SUPER CHOKE SLAM!!! And then a torture rack, to the EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT!! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
Captain Charisma gets a huge assist in this, and Luchasaurus stands tall! Is this the end of Jungle Boy’s mission of revenge? Or will he come back even more determined?
Backstage interview with The Firm.
Renee is with Ethan Page, Stokely Hathaway, and surprisingly, Jose the Assistant to La Faccion Ingobernable. It seems there is cause for celebration as a big deal has just been finalized. And then Matt Hardy storms in, Private Party behind them, and Hardy demands to know what they’ve done! Stokely says Hardy wanted his boys free, so they’re free! And guess what? Stokely purchased Private Party’s contracts using The Firm’s allowance, so now those contracts belong to Stokely! Hardy said he wanted them free from the likes of The Firm, too! So then how about Hardy fights All Ego in Toronto, the contracts on the line!
Everyone’s fired up, and Ethan says he’s down to fight in Toronto any time! Hardy cares about Private Party, right? Damn right he does! Then let them fight their own battles. Isiah Kassidy’s been smirking at Ethan, so how about a fight on Rampage this Friday? If Kassidy wins, the Private Party is free of The Firm. Hardy and Marq Quen pump up Kassidy to whip that ass. But then Ethan says in return, when Ethan wins, Hardy also belongs to The Firm! That seems to change things, but Hardy still pumps Kassidy up. Then they can do the Hardy Party right! Will Kassidy go on a Rampage and win their right to party?
WARJOE VS The Factory!
The dominant duo of the AEW TNT Champion and the ROH World TV Champion are back in action again, but we already have QT Marshall and his team in the ring. QT has a mic to say, “So WARJOE, huh? That’s how creative those two are? I mean, you take both your names and shorten them to put it together. War, Joe. War, Joe.” Fans chant for “WAR~ JOE!” and here they come! Will the Maestro of Mayhem and the Samoan Submission Specialist prove that a team by any other name would still kick major ass?
The teams sort out and QT sends Aaron Solo at Joe? Solo’s not even his tag partner! Joe TOSSES Solo, then QT and Comoroto attack! The ref rings the bell, Comoroto kicks Wardlow out but Joe isn’t bothered by QT’s haymakers. Wardlow drags Comoroto out, Joe atomic drops QT and BOOTS him down! SENTON! Wardlow smacks Comoroto off the apron, then CLUBS him down! Joe JABS and JABS and JABS away on QT to sit him down. Joe then drags QT up to the top rope, but Comoroto attacks! Joe CHOPS Comoroto! And CHOPS! And HEABUTTS! Comoroto falls out of the ring, but QT LEAPS! Only for Joe to walk out of the way.
Fans fire up and Joe tags Wardlow in! They mug QT, Wardlow uppercuts then RAMS QT, and repeat! Wardlow whips, QT KICKS back! Fans cheer for “WARD~LOW!” but QT says up theirs! But he turns around into a HEADBUTT! Wardlow then winds up to LARIAT QT down! QT flounders but tags Comoroto. Wardlow dodges to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then OVERHEAD again! Wardlow clinches but Comoroto BELL CLAPS! Comoroto RAMS into Wardlow in the corner, then again and again! Comoroto lets off, scoops Wardlow, but Wardlow slips off, shoves and SPINEBUSTERS!
Tag to Joe and fans fire up! Joe gets Comoroto into the drop zone for Wardlow to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans are thunderous for the COQUINA CLUTCH!! Comoroto is OUT, WARJOE wins!
Winners: WARJOE, by submission
The match is over, but the fun’s just beginning! QT staggers in, Joe grabs him by the head and feeds him to Wardlow! POWERBOMB! Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME! ONE MORE TIME!” so WARJOE obliges! Joe feeds QT to Wardlow again, but here comes The Embassy! Prince Nana laughs as he leads Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona out. Nana says, “Ladies and gentlemen, WARJOE!” Those guys are so disappointing, sticking their noses where it doesn’t belong: in Embassy business! Cage takes the mic to say they’re cutting the symphony crap off. No one wants to see that again. Fans boo in disagreement.
But Cage says no one wants to see WARJOE interfere when The Embassy had FTR right where they wanted them! Fans boo in disagreement again. Cage says in fact, is FTR even here? Cage hasn’t seen them. Knowing them, if it was up to Cage, he wouldn’t even let them into Canada! But wait! HERE’S FTR! The ROH, IWGP and AAA Tag Team Champions are in Toronto and Toronto is thunderous for them! Dax Harwood has a mic but he loves the raucous crowd here tonight. But see, there’s three Embassy, but WARJOE just had a hard ass night of work here! Dax can’t let them work Friday, too.
So FTR has the perfect partner for this match. He’s an Ontario native, and Rampage on Friday is what? Cash Wheeler does the math. Ten? TEN! TEN! Fans like where this is going! This is The Pinnacle, after all. SHAWN SPEARS is back! Fans fire up as the Perfect Ten, PERFECT10N, the Chair Man, the missing piece of The Pinnacle, makes his return to AEW! And he grabs Solo to feed him to FTR’s BIG RIG!! Fans fire up as the Embassy bails for now. Will the Pinnacle go on a Rampage and take down The Machine and the Gates of Agony?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Matt Menard, Angelo Parker and of course, the ROH World Champion, Chris Jericho, ahead of the ROH World Championship main event. Parker tells Bryan Danielson, “You’re a piece of garbage. Man, I wish I could stand here and say everything that’s happened recently has been strictly business, but that would make me a liar. Bryan, you made this personally by constantly trying to poach Daniel Garcia. YOU made this personal when you broke up our happy family.”
Menard shouts at Garcia! Then he gets quiet as he asks, “Do you think this is fun for us? Do you think it was fun for us when we sent you a giant, steaming piece of humble pie? I PROMISE YOU… It hurt us a lot more than it hurt you.” Chris Jericho says Garcia is family to them. He’s a son to Menard & Parker and a little brother to Jericho. And Bryan, last week, you forced Jericho to have to hurt his little brother. Garcia hasn’t returned Jericho’s calls or texts and it is tearing Jericho apart. Jericho has said sports entertainers beat pro-wrestlers every time. Schiavone again says it’s more like “systematic cheating.” Oh, of course you would, Schiavone.
But tonight, Jericho vows to be The Lionheart, “the greatest wrestler to ever come out of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. I’m gonna out wrestle you, Danielson. I’m gonna out fight you, Danielson. And I’m gonna leave T-Ront still Ring of Jericho Champion. The Ring of Jericho Era has arrived. All Honor the Ocho.” Will Jericho keep his promise and play things like a pro-wrestler? Or will he be unable to hep himself and do things like a sports entertainer?
Swerve Strickland VS Billy Gunn w/ The Acclaimed!
“Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” At least, that’s what Swerve wants it to be. But he isn’t here about houses, scissors, rapping or anything fun like that. Swerve wants to BREAK Daddy Ass so he can get back at Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and those AEW World Tag Team Championships. But first, Platinum Max drops another diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, I’m a beast with words. Billy Gunn about to beat down Sneaky Swerve! Yo, you gonna need a new nose. Have your face swollen, lookin’ blacker than Trudeau’s! You wear fake gold, you’re a poser. How you gonna be a hoe in a hoser? Got the whole place laughing at you. We put you on the ice like Austin Matthews!”
Bowens gets the mic to say, “TOOOORONTOOOOOO~! The Acclaimed… have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But will this be Daddy’s House? Or will Swerve be the rock that crushes his scissors?
The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ SCISSOR ME, DADDY~!” Billy revels in it and Swerve says okay. Billy takes off the number one selling shirt to show off those abs! Billy and Swerve get in each other’s face and Swerve talks some trash. Swerve shoves Billy but Billy ROCKS him with a right! Billy bumps Swerve off buckles, then brings Swerve into a headlock. Swerve powers Billy to ropes, powers out of the hold, but Billy runs him over! Fans fire up and Billy shows off the Deep V! Things speed up, Billy hurdles and he runs Swerve over! Then Billy shows off more hip! Swerve is flustered, Billy whips him but Swerve goes up and out and elbows back.
Swerve slingshots in to dropkick a leg out! Swerve swaggers now while fans boo and AEW goes picture in picture.
Billy bails out, Swerve goes out and takes aim from around the way. Swerve runs up to CHOP BLOCK! Billy hobbles away, Swerve reels him back in to RAM him into steel steps! Swerve then drags Billy up with a fishhook to the face! The ref reprimands, Swerve lets off with a shove, then he puts Billy in the ring. Swerve covers, ONE!! Billy’s still got it but Swerve goes after a leg. Swerve has a unique toehold, he CLUBS Billy, and then he wraps Billy up with a chinbar so he can throw shots into the ribs. Swerve shifts to go for an arm, and he whips, but Billy reverses. Billy runs in but into a BOOT! Swerve goes up for a FLYING STOMP to the leg!
Billy goes down and Swerve smirks as he stalks Billy. Swerve drags Billy around by the bad leg to stand on it, and then SMASH the knee! Billy clutches his leg but Swerve mocks the singing. Swerve stomps Billy more, drags him around and gets the legs to go after the bad knee. Billy fights but Swerve pulls on the leg. Billy pulls hair to bring Swerve in for haymakers! Swerve lets go of the leg and Dynamite returns to single picture. Billy hobbles up but Swerve is after his leg. Swerve CLUBS the thigh, then he facelocks. But Billy suplexes first! Swerve slips out and shoves Billy out of the ring! Fans boo while Billy clutches his leg again.
Swerve aims, slingshots and KNEE DROPS Billy right there! Swerve taunts the fans and then gets in the ring. Billy hobbles, drags himself up and gets on the apron at 7 of 10. Swerve brings Billy in to throw body shots! Fans boo and Billy flops down onto the mat. Fans rally, “Let’s Go, Daddy!” but Swerve fishhooks Billy. Swerve runs but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Billy is down again and Swerve drags himself to a corner. Fans fire up as Billy rises, and Swerve rushes in, into a LARIAT! And another! Billy suplexes to JACKHAMMER! Billy shows he’s still got it, and he drags Swerve back up. Billy tells Swerve… “SCISSOR IT!” Billy runs but Swerve dodges!
Swerve gets to another corner, runs back in, but he blocks a boot for a KNEE JAMMER! Billy hobbles, Swerve SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOTS! Fans boo but Swerve goes up the corner. Swerve says scissor this. KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!?! Billy survives and Swerve can’t believe it! Fans fire up for Billy but Swerve aims from a corner. Billy rises, Swerve has a wily grin and he runs in, HOUSE- NO, Billy swats that away to roll Swerve, and then MILLION DOLLAR- NO, arm-drag to a cover, WITH ROPES! SWERVE STEALS THE WIN!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Fans boo but here come The Acclaimed! They didn’t like how Swerve did Daddy Ass dirty. They go to Billy’s side to check that leg but Swerve tells them all to “SUCK IT!” But The Acclaimed try to cheer Billy up. They… “HOLD ON A SECOND!” Really? Mark Sterling comes out with Tony Nese and another petition. Sterling sarcastically says, “Sorry, where you guys about to scissor in there? Yikes.” But that means they ignored his emails. They have a very important document here. This has been issued to them by the greatest country in the world, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
Toronto boos but Sterling says this document says he now owns the term, “SCISSOR ME” in professional wrestling! That means The Acclaimed can no longer do the hand symbols, they can no longer say the words, “Scissor Me,” and they can no longer sell their shirts! Fans tell Sterling off but Sterling tells the “potty mouths” to quiet down. Wait, hey! They can’t do what they’re doing! The Acclaimed go to scissor finger, but Sterling says fine! Do it! Because when they do, Sterling can sue them so hard, they’ll be stuck in the courts for months and have to forfeit their titles! Sterling says he is willing to work with them on this, though. There are some ideas.
“But until then, folks… SCISSOR ME, DADDY NESE!” And they do scissor! They rub it all in our faces, but is Sterling implying The Acclaimed will have to put up the titles to get back their favorite catchphrase?
Backstage interview with MJF.
Alex Marvez notes that last week, we started seeing a different side to Maxwell Jacob Friedman. After his win against Wheeler Yuta, Yuta offered a handshake, and it appeared MJF actually seriously considered that offer. That is, until The Firm attacked. And it was rather curious seeing MJF interact with William Regal during that moment. Just what is happening? MJF wants to explain but Stokely steps in to say, “Max, we did it! We caught Yuta lacking and we put that boy to sleep!” MJF, “Hey, I get it, dude! This is great! The ol’ Dynamite trope, I’m in the middle of an interview and you interrupt me. That’s hysterical!” MJF is sure everyone else finds this so funny.
But y’know who doesn’t? Daddy MJF doesn’t. Now Daddy MJF is gonna have to put Stokely on timeout. Okay, bud? And by the way, strike two. Strike one was when The Firm got involved in MJF’s business when he didn’t ask them to. If Stokely does that again, strike three, MJF will have to fire him. “So now here’s what’s gonna happen. For job security purposes, what you should do is take your Carlton Banks wardrobe wearing ass outta my shot. Buh-bye. Buh-bye, thank you.” MJF then turns to Marvez to finish the interview. You wanna know about MJF and Regal? “The Villain, right? Willie, by British little buddy, in my world, you’re about as villainous as Mary Poppins.”
MJF and Regal have a dark past, one Regal probably doesn’t remember while he was up on his high horse. But MJF assures us, Regal does not want to be reminded of it, and MJF is not afraid to tell. And for Yuta, was MJF going to shake his hands? Quite frankly, MJF isn’t even sure. He’s been doing a lot of self-reflection this week, and he has come to terms with the fact that at a very young age, MJF had to learn the hard way that nice guys finish last. And he’s no idiot. He knows everyone in the back hates his guts, probably wants him dead, and that makes up a large number of the fans, too.
But guess what? You don’t have a clue what it’s like to be MJF, waking up every morning, splashing water in his face, looking in the mirror and knowing he has no choice but to be the bad guy! MJF has broken his hand many times punching his own reflection. So if you don’t like him, TOUGH SH*T! Cuz guess what? When MJF walks through the curtain, he doesn’t like himself either! But that is what it takes to be world champion, then by hook or by crook, he’ll do it. He is the man with the plan, the man with the chip, and the man… who is a generational talent. We may have in fact seen a new side to MJF. Will this be what MJF needs to become AEW World Champion?
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone in the ring.
Schiavone says, “We’re live on Dynamite, and I don’t mind telling ya, in front of the greatest wrestling fans in the world here in Toronto, Canada, but next week, we are live on a Tuesday night, and we will be live in Cincinnati with a world title bout between Jon Moxley and Hangman Adam Page. With that in mind, the AEW Champion of the World, Jon… Moxley!” The Maniac makes his entrance from the crowd like always and fans fire up as he goes to the ring. Schiavone says we are six days away from seeing Moxley defend the title in his hometown, and not just against anyone but against a former world champion in Hangman Page.
Moxley says, “After three years, DAMN it’s good to be in Toronto!” Toronto cheers to have him here, too! “And for much of that three years, I have been the AEW World Champion, and they have come from far and wide, in all shapes and sizes and styles, to try and knock me from off the top of the mountain. They want what I got, but they ain’t walked a mile in my shoes. See, being world champion ain’t all fun ‘n’ games, it ain’t easy. You got a target on your back, everybody wants something from you, your time, your energy. You live every day in physical pain.
“Everybody wants to see you fall, and while other guys get there and they can’t handle it, they crumble under the pressure and self-destruct, some faster than others… The world champion does not have the luxury of being anxious, does not have the luxury of fear or doubt or hesitation or second guesses. Being the world champion is a dirty, dirty job, and you gotta be ruthless and indiscriminate. But gaddamn, I love this job.” And that brings Moxley to “our boy, The Cowboy, Hangman Page.” But speaking of, here he comes! Fans fire up as Hangman gets some pyro as he makes his way out to the ring!
Hangman circles with Moxley and he holds his hand out. Moxley hands over the mic and Hangman says, “Whatever you have to say about me, I want you to say it to my face. No, no, actually… You said it all last week. You said you respected who I was in the ring, you said you respected me as a person. And I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that coming from you, that meant the world to me. Because I have watched you for these past three years. And I’ve come to respect who you are in the ring and who you are outside of it, too. You are a hell of a champion, a hell of a father, a hell of a husband.
“And there have been times in the past three years when I looked at you, and I saw the kind of man I wanted to be.” Fans notice MJF is in the VIP box, though, holding onto his chip. Hangman says MJF can watch all he wants but he better listen. “Last week, you shattered the illusions I had about you when you called me a ‘nice kid.’ Is that how you feel about me, huh? You think I’m a kid? After all the niceties, the compliments, you wanna call me a kid? Is that how you feel about me? Answer me, I’m asking you a question! Am I a kid to you?” Moxley says, “That’s exactly what I think about you.” MJF chuckles at that.
Moxley says Hangman isn’t the same guy who knocked him off a 20 foot ladder one year ago. Next week in Cincy, if Hangman gets the shot to take Mox out, Mox doesn’t think Hangman has it in him to pull the trigger. Hangman says Mox might be right. He isn’t the same guy he was this time last year. Hangman hesitated in May and it cost him the title. He went through the Trios Tournament with his best friends and he failed! He’s had to watch week after week as his friends seemingly disappear. Hangman’s old friends have disappeared. And for all that Hangman did, he is left with nothing!
So no, he’s not the same! He’s angry, frustrated, can’t sleep at night, depressed and anxious! The medicine isn’t working, but Hangman is still here because he is a MAN! He is 31 years old, a former world tag team champion, a former world champion. He’s watched family members be lowered into the ground, and he’s brought new life into this world, just like Moxley. Hangman is a husband, father, has been choked until his face turned blue, and has been beaten in that same face over and over, but he keeps coming back because he is a MAN, DAMMIT!! Hangman even punches himself a couple times to get the point across! MJF’s even enjoying popcorn now.
Hangman knows what he has to do in Cincy, and he doesn’t care if Moxley’s cousins are there, if Moxley’s sister is there, or if his mother’s there. Hangman will beat Moxley within an inch of his life to take back the thing he never should’ve let slip away. And look at Hangman now! He has nothing but a shot and his word. Well, that and a bloody bruise he gave himself. But Hangman says next Tuesday, he has his shot, he gives Moxley his word, and he vows to be the NEW AEW World Champion. MJF is loving where this is going. Hangman wipes the blood from his brow and wipes it on Moxley’s shirt to say that is his word. But fans chant for MJF as he leans in with the chip.
Hangman says unlike MJF, Hangman wanted to come out here to tell Moxley all that face to face, man to man. Hangman drops the mic and pushes past Moxley, but then turns around to look at Moxley as he paces. These two leave it at this, but will there be any stopping this war in Cincinnati?
AEW hears from Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson.
The Wizard says, “In just one week, a sports entertainer took over the entire history of ROH, changed the narrative.” The American Dragon says, “I am honored to be considered one of the many, as one of THE BEST ROH World Champions of all time. It made me who I am today.” Jericho says Ali VS Frazier, Steamboat VS Flair, those are all trumped by Jericho VS Danielson. It has been five YEARS since Jericho has wrestled in his home country of Canada, and he expects nothing less than a hero’s welcome. Bryan shouts, “I lose battles, Chris Jericho, but I don’t lose the war!” Jericho will pillage the legend of Bryan Danielson, but Bryan vows to take the ROH title where it belongs and win this war.
ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Bryan Danielson!
Surprisingly, Bobby Cruise is willing to make the introductions for this match given what Jericho did to him last time. But Jericho also vows to “pillage” and ruin the legacies of every great ROH World Champion on the list. Will he continue that blasphemous crusade against ROH? Or will #THEOCHO stop here in the tiebreaker round?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the bell rings. The Code of Honor is offered by Jericho. Bryan kicks it away! Then he ducks the kick to roll Jericho up, TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Jericho CHOPS, repeat! Bryan then HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Bryan fires off body shots and knees against the ropes, then he whips. Jericho reverses but Bryan turns dropkick into a CATAPULT! Jericho goes up and out and falls to the floor! Fans fire up and Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Bryan drags Jericho up and scoops him to SLAM him on the floor!
Fans finish singing Judas on their own since Jericho used his Lionheart theme. Bryan puts Jericho in the ring, but Jericho CHOPS back. Bryan HEADBUTTS then throws body shots in the corner. Bryan SOBATS, KICKS, and climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, Bryan gets all TEN in! But Jericho CHOPS again! And again! And again! Jericho climbs up to then rain down fists of his own! Jericho gets TEN, then he lets off. Bryan CHOPS back! And CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Bryan KICKS Jericho in the corner, CHOPS, but Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Jericho has Bryan in a corner, hoists him up top, and he CHOPS again!
Jericho climbs up, fans fire up, and Jericho throws more hands! Jericho gets all TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up as Jericho flexes and AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho soaks up the cheers from Toronto while Bryan gets to ropes. Jericho storms up on Bryan, SLAPS him around, but Bryan trips Jericho up! Bryan ties up Jericho’s legs, KNEES him in the side, and then flexes on him. Bryan throws down more KNEES, then he fishhooks Jericho! The ref counts, Bryan lets off at 4 and reminds him he has until 5! Bryan then stands Jericho up, shoves him and RAMS into him, then shoves him to CLUB him on the back! Jericho falls to his knees, and Bryan KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS, and KICKS, and KICKS! Bryan fires off KICKS from both sides, then BUZZSAWS! Jericho falls over, Bryan covers, ROPEBREAK!
Bryan is annoyed but he drags Jericho up to shove and RAM into him again. And shove to CLUB him again! Jericho falls to his knees against ropes while Bryan soaks up the cheers. Bryan shouts out Jushin Thunder Liger with his pose, but Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS and KICKS in return! And SOBATS! Bryan scoops Jericho to SLAM him, then he covers, TWO! Bryan clamps on a rear bearhug to keep Jericho down. Jericho fights up, Bryan brings him around to HEADBUTT his back! Dynamite returns to single picture as Bryan shoves and CLUBS Jericho again! And then another shove, but Jericho ROCKS Bryan!
Jericho ROCKS, CHOPS and whips, but Bryan reverses. Jericho catches Bryan for a DDT! Bryan goes to the apron, Jericho triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up while Bryan goes to the floor. Jericho runs again, triangle jump PLANCHA! Fans fire up more and Jericho drags Bryan up to CHOP! And CHOP! And whip into railing! Jericho brings Bryan into the ring, climbs up the corner, and he blows a kiss to the fans. Jericho reaches the top, but Bryan trips Jericho up! Bryan throws hands while fans rally for “O~CHO! O~CHO!” Bryan climbs up to underhook the arms, for a BUTTERFLY SUPERPLEX! And then the LEBELL LOCK!!
Jericho endures, Bryan throws elbows into the ribs! Bryan goes back to the crossface, Jericho pries at the hold, and Menard futilely tries to push the ropes towards Jericho. Fans rally up, Jericho moves around and he rains down fists on Bryan! Jericho has the legs, for the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous as Bryan endures now! Jericho sits deep on the Walls but Bryan grits his teeth. Bryan turns, slips through, grabs Jericho’s legs and pushes Jericho down! Bryan throws hands into the abs! And then forearms at Jericho’s face! Bryan drags Jericho by his legs, to steal THE WALLS OF JERICHO!!
Bryan sits deep and shouts “YES!” Fans are torn, “YES!” “NO!” but Jericho works to turn! Jericho tucks Bryan into a cradle, TWO!! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jericho down! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Bryan keeps his cool. Bryan wags his finger but fans know, “This is Awesome!” Bryan steps over Jericho to hook him up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans duel, “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” Jericho blocks the elbow to fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth and goes to a corner. Jericho storms up to KICK Bryan down! Then LIONSAULT FLOPS as Bryan moves!
Bryan hurries up top and leaps, FLYING KNEE! Bryan resets on the other corner, for another FLYING KNEE! Fans are torn as Bryan goes up again. Jericho stands, but he CODE BREAKERS Bryan out of the air!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and the JAS can’t believe it! Bryan and Jericho sits up and they throws hands. Bryan HEADBUTTS, Jericho throws more hands but Bryan throws more HEADBUTTS! They stand up, Jericho CHOPS but Bryan CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, but Jericho backs Bryan to a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but so does Jericho!
Bryan ducks a Judas Effect! Jericho ducks the roundhouse! Jericho shoves Bryan into the ref!! The ref falls out of the ring, Bryan ducks another haymaker, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans are thunderous but the JAS hurry to grab the ROH belt! Menard slides that in to Jericho, Jericho takes hold of it, is he going to be a sports entertainer in the end? Jericho aims as Bryan slowly rises, but Bryan stares Jericho down. Wait! Here comes DANIEL GARCIA! He snatches the title from Jericho! Fans are torn as Garcia tells Jericho to do this the right way. Jericho shoves Garcia, Garcia shoves back, Bryan BUSAIKU KNEES Jericho!!
But then Garcia CLOBBERS Bryan?!?! Fans are freaking out! Is Garcia still part of the JAS!? Menard & Parker get the ref in the ring, Jericho crawls to the cover, and Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)
The ROH Pure Champion stays loyal to the JAS and he hugs it out with Jericho! But here comes the BCC! Wheeler Yuta, Claudio Castagnoli and William Regal will not stand for this! They chase off the JAS, is this the end of the war? Or just another battle lost?
Backstage interview with Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero.
Renee is with The Vicious Vixens as they shine up the AEW TBS Championship, and Vickie makes sure Renee addresses Nyla as the AEW TBS Champion. But with all due respect, she isn’t actually champion yet. No need to worry about details, Renee. Cuz, isn’t she, though? Renee, this may be your first day on the job here, but possession is nine-tenths of the law. So to quote Stallone, “I AM the law!” But then in walks Anna Jay “A S.” Jay tells Nyla that she sees her parading with the belt, acting like it’s hers. Here’s an idea: Nyla should wrestle the sports entertainer, Anna Jay, this Friday on Rampage so that Jay can take the belt so she can show Nyla and Jade what a REAL champion looks like.
Vickie wants to discuss this but Nyla says no, it’s cool. Let’s remix this. So Anna Jay A S, show up on Friday, and Nyla will whoop that A S S. Will the Native Beast prove she can be a better fighting champion than Jade Cargill? Or will the UNDEFEATED and actual champion have something to say about this?
Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel!
A match meant to happen months ago finally happens in Toronto! The Lightning From Down Under & The Full Metal Warrior want to finally get some payback on The Doctor and her assistants, will they find such satisfaction here tonight? Or will Britt & Hayter earn themselves some golden opportunities against the Interim AEW Women’s World Champion and the now DUAL Regina de Wave and International Ribbon Tag Team Champion?
The teams sort out and Hayter starts against Shida. Hayter waves to Storm but Shida calls out Britt. Hayter shoves Shida, so Shida ties up with Hayter. They go around, fans rally for Hayter, but Shida shoves her down! Shida wants Britt, so Britt reaches out. Hayter reaches out, only to sucker punch Shida! They’re not gonna give Shida what she wants, and Hayter CLUBS Shida. Hayter ROCKS Shida, then sings, “O~ CANADA!” Hayter CHOPS, whips, but Shida shoots around, redirects and DROPKICKS Hayter down! Fans fire up and Shida puts Hayter in the corner. Tag to Storm and she fires off on Hayter!
Storm wrenches a pigtail to CLUB away on Hayter’s back! Fans fire up, the ref reprimands the hair pulling, so Storm lets Hayter go. Storm runs, BOOTS Hayter down, then drags her up to whip her into a corner. Storm runs in to UPPERCUT, then she trips Hayter up. Storm goes corner to corner but Britt anchors Storm! Fans boo but Hayter BOOTS Storm down! Fans like Hayter and cheer as she stomps and CLUBS away on Storm, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Hayter dusts off her hands, snap suplexes Storm and covers, TWO! Britt says Hayter’s so good, and Hayter drags Storm up. Hayter bumps Storm off buckles, tags in Britt, and Britt digs her boots into Storm! Hayter sucker punches Shida, Britt lets off and Britt pulls Storm into the post! Britt pulls and pulls but the ref counts. Britt lets off to argue with the ref, and so does Rebel, but Britt slides in to keep Storm from Shida. Britt taunts Shida, then tags in Hayter. They mug Storm, Hayter stomps a mudhole in, but the ref counts. Hayter lets off to then DECK Shida! Shida is furious and the ref reprimands, but Hayter just distracts so Britt can get a shot in.
Hayter runs in to CHOKE Storm while the ref is busy with Shida now. Hayter drags Storm up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Hayter kicks Storm around, keeps between her and Shida, then wraps on a chinlock. Storm endures as Hayter thrashes her around and leans on the hold. Storm endures, fights back up, and she throws body shots. Hayter throws Storm by her hair! Hayter “apologizes” to the ref, then she CLUBS Storm. Storm ROCKS Hayter, Hayter ROCKS Storm, they go back and forth and then wobble. Hayter swings but Storm ducks to hit a NECKBREAKER! Hayter crawls over, Dynamite returns to single picture, hot tags to Britt and Shida!
Shida runs in, Britt ducks ‘n’ dodges and ripcords, but Shida blocks the rolling elbow! Shida knuckle locks to fire off forearm after forearm! Fans fire up as Shida whips and KNEES Britt down! Britt goes to a corner, Shida storms over to climb up and rain down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, but Hayter grabs Shida! Shida CLUBS Hayter, to SUPERPLEX her in! But Britt kicks Shida, only for Shida to slip out of the fisherman, to suplex Britt onto Hayter! Fans fire up as Shida goes out to climb the ropes, for the SPRINGBOARD METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Shida keeps her focus.
Fans fire up as Shida aims, KATAN- NO! Britt blocks, Hayter reels Shida in, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Storm runs in, swings but into a clinch! IRISH- NO, Storm wheelbarrows into a BULLDOG! Britt runs in, spins Storm and fisherman’s, FISHERMAN SCREW! Rebel gives Britt the glove! Fans fire up but Shida ROCKS Britt first! Shida ROCKS Hayter, ROCKS Britt, repeat! Shida runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Hayter runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Britt runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, but Storm breaks it in time!! Fans fire up, Hayter whips but Storm reverses to toss Hayter! Britt ROCKS Storm, but swings into a TORNADO DDT!
Shida hits the SLIDING ELBOW! Shida feeds Britt to Storm’s STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER! Storm drags Britt for Shida to cover, but Hayter barrels in to break it! Fans fire up and Hayter fires up! Hayter drags Storm up but gets a HEADBUTT! Shida goes up to FLYING ENZIGURI on Hayter! Storm goes out to TORNADO DDT Hayter to the floor! Shida brings Britt up, “This is Awesome!” FALCON- CRADLE! TWO!! Britt hurries to clamp onto the RINGS OF SATURN! LOCKJAW but Shida rolls it up! TWO!! Britt is furious, but Shida spins her to ROCK her! And then reels her in, FALCON ARROW!! Cover, but Britt flips it! TWO, Shida sits on it! TWO!!
They roll and roll, Shida has the cradle! SHIDA & STORM WIN!
Winners: Toni Storm & Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The former AEW Women’s World Champion snatches this away from another former AEW Women’s World Champion! Will this earn Shida a shot at the Interim title? Or will she have to keep on fighting for that opportunity?
The Butcher & The Blade speak.
Andy Williams shouts, “Hey, Claudio! Hey, Mox! You crumbs! You tried to make Rush look bad by throwing around his kids.” Braxton Sutter says, “News flash, slick: good luck on Rampage this Friday when you’re in there with a couple of real men! The Butcher & The Blade, we kick ass!” Then they both shot, “FIGHT US!” back and forth. Bunny steps in to bite at the camera. Will the mercenaries of LFI take out the Blackpool Combat Club? Or will they be the ones taken out?
AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC VS Orange Cassidy!
The Bastard is still AEW’s first and only Double Champion, but through nefarious means each and every title match. He thought he hammered Orange Cassidy out of commission, but Freshly Squeezed is back for revenge! Will Cassidy be the one beating Pac to a pulp? Or will it be hammer time once again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Dynamite in Toronto has an explosive main event!
The bell rings, Pac dodges an Orange Punch! Pac SOBATS, KICKS, SOBATS again, then runs and SHOTGUNS Cassidy down! Pac roars, fans are torn, but Cassidy fires off forearms! Pac shoves Cassidy away to UPPERCUT him in the corner. Pac whips corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS Cassidy! Fans rally for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Pac taunts the fans to keep going. Pac brings Cassidy up, puts Cassidy’s hands in his pockets for him, and then mocks Cassidy with “devastating” shin kicks! Cassidy sighs, but Pac “powers up,” and “powers up,” more, but Cassidy SHOTGUNS him! And no-hands kips up!
Pac bails out, Cassidy builds speed and DIVES! But Pac catches him!? And turns that into a FALCON ARROW to the floor! Fans fire up and lose their minds while Pac blows snot on Cassidy. Pac pretends he can’t hear the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.
Pac paces while the ring count climbs. Pac drags Cassidy up, brings him around, and he grins as he RAMS Cassidy into railing! Pac BOOTS Cassidy, drags him up and then brings Cassidy around to put him in the ring. Pac stalks Cassidy, circles like the shark he is, and he BOOTS Cassidy down! Pac dares Cassidy to get up, and Cassidy sits up, into a mule kick! Cassidy sits up again, kicks feebly, but Pac just eggs everyone on. Pac stomps away on Cassidy, then drags him out of the ring to drop him on the floor. The ref reprimands but Pac drags Cassidy even further away! They go all the way up the ramp!
The ref hurries after them as they just about reach the stage. The ref reprimands, but Pac drags Cassidy up to scoop and TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER to the ramp!! Pac talks trash in Cassidy’s face, then tells the ref to go back to the ring already. The Bastard leaves Cassidy behind, wanting a ring count to start. The ref argues with Pac, but Cassidy is stirring as the count begins. Dynamite returns to single picture, fans rally for Cassidy, but he’s so far away! Cassidy rolls down the ramp! Genius! Cassidy is already back to ringside, and he flounders the rest of the way! We’re past 5 of 10, we’re at 7, and Cassidy staggers and falls at 8!
The count is 9, but Cassidy surges in at 9.99!! Pac puts on the BRUTALIZER!! Cassidy kicks and flails, he starts fading, but then a second wind helps Cassidy fight his way around to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Pac holds until 4! Pac is frustrated but the ref tells him to respect his authority. Pac cools off and he slides back out to go tot he timekeeper’s table. The ref intercepts him and tells him, “Not today!” We’ve seen this three times already, the ref knows to watch Pac. But Cassidy DIVES to take out Pac! And then again to DIVE for a TORNADO DDT!! Pac is bent and Cassidy puts him in! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls, and DDTs!!
Fans are thunderous as Cassidy kips up, to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Pac survives impact after impact and Cassidy is beside himself! Fans rally, Cassidy goes to a corner and he goes up. “This is Awesome!” as Cassidy reaches the top. Cassidy watches Pac slow roll out to the apron, and Cassidy smirks. It’s a very Cassidy thing to do. Cassidy nods and adjusts, and he still leaps! But into a BOOT! Pac reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy turns that to an APRON BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy pushes Pac into the ring, he throws off the elbow pad, and fans fire up! Pac stands, for the ORANGE- NO, Pac ducks under to fireman’s carry! NORTHERN LIGHTS!
But Pac doesn’t cover, he wrenches to a BRUTALIZER!!! Cassidy endures as Pac pulls him back! Cassidy pushes through, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Pac lets off in 4 and is even more frustrated. Pac has a bloody ear somehow, but he ignores that to go out. And he goes for the hammer! But then someone grabs Pac! Disguised as part of the ring staff, it’s DANHAUSEN~! The Very Nice, Very Evil Overlord is making sure this is fair and square! But he does… CURSE PAC!! Pac DECKS Danhausen! Pac blows snot at him, too! But then the ref gets in Pac’s face! Fans fire up as the ref tells Pac the law, so Pac hands the hammer over.
But while the ref puts that hammer back, Pac grabs a spare hammer from under the ring!! Pac aims at Cassidy, fans boo, but Cassidy RIGHT HOOKS first!! Cassidy grabs the hammer, the ref tells him not to do this, and Cassidy roars in anger. Cassidy grits his teeth, but he hands the hammer over. But Pac rolls Cassidy up! TWO!! Cassidy dodges to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cassidy is seething and fans are thunderous again! Cassidy reloads in the corner, roars with all his might, ORANGE PUNCH!!!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (NEW AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
The Bastard tried his nasty tricks, but they all backfired! We have a Freshly Squeezed champion, and that is Orange Cassidy! Orange confetti flies as the Best Friends get in the ring. They all HUG! GOT to give the people what they want! Will Cassidy take this, his first title in AEW, to new heights?
A great episode for AEW here, great first time in Canada for them, and some great stuff set up for the weeks to come. Great main event for the All-Atlantic Championship, but I was rather surprised it was the main event with the ROH title also on the card. But I suppose if there was going to be a new champ crowned, it works to make that celebration be the closing moment so fans finish Dynamite happy. And now, as I’ve been saying, I see Cassidy VS Ethan Page happening for this title, after we see Ethan VS Kassidy. That is an interesting way to riff on the “poaching” stories, and I’m not really sure which way that match will go, either result could be a lot of fun.
Speaking of the ROH title, again surprised that wasn’t the main, but again, probably didn’t wanna leave fans feeling sour. The match itself was awesome, but I was very disappointed that they had Garcia go back to JAS. Feels like a missed opportunity like with Britt VS Hayter but whatever, I suppose this keeps the lines clear in BCC VS JAS. If we get Garcia VS Bryan again, that’s fine, that’d be an awesome ROH Pure Championship match to see what these two can do under those rules. Who knows who faces Jericho next, though I’ve said who is still out there to face that I’d wanna see. There’s a lot of possibilities going to Full Gear, so who knows.
Great to see Renee showing up, she already had great interview promos with the various stars tonight. Great bit from Nyla and Anna Jay, that will be a fun match but I think Jade will show up to snatch the belt back. Somehow, someway, we get Jade VS Nyla for Full Gear. Good opening with Christian for him to get Heel heat with Toronto, and an awesome match from Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. But of course Christian interferes to help Luchasaurus win. JB VS Christian will have to wait for Full Gear at earliest because of Christian’s legit arm injury, but when that finally happens, it’ll be a great one.
WARJOE is now a thing, so that’s cool. Of course they beat The Factory, and of course The Embassy starts trouble. And of course FTR shows up to put a stop to that. But what a great surprise that Shawn Spears is back! The Pinnacle minus MJF is all Face, and they’re going to have a great match against The Embassy for Rampage. It could go either way, but since FTR already beat the Gates of Agony, I feel like Pinnacle wins to get past them once and for all. Great stuff out of Billy VS Swerve, including Caster’s rap. But of course Swerve cheats to win as he is the Heel in all this. I just can’t believe Sterling’s gone from MJF’s attorney to frivolous lawsuits to trademark squatting. That titles VS trademark is totally happening, though.
Great tag match from Storm & Shida VS Britt & Hayter. Great win for Shida to get her back into the AEW Women’s title conversation. She’s already got two belts, I don’t think she’ll get the AEW title as a third, but she would give Storm one hell of a match. I still think Full Gear should be Storm VS Hayter for some real hot stuff, all it takes is Hayter getting another win in the next couple weeks to be #1 contender (not that AEW’s own site has updated in weeks). And it’ll definitely be Hayter, not Britt, as Britt might be reserved as Saraya’s opponent for Saraya’s highly anticipated return to in-ring action, assuming Saraya gets cleared in time for Full Gear.
And we got some just incredible promos tonight! MJF putting Stokely in his place and then sharing all that about his self-esteem, that was wild stuff. And then we got great promos from Moxley and Hangman to hype up their title match next week. Hangman’s was stronger, but I just don’t see Moxley losing the title in his hometown. But at the same time, I don’t think it matters which one wins, MJF could/should totally cash in, just to see how fans will react. Fans might compel MJF to go Face, he’s already walking that line. And should MJF get that belt, then it works that Full Gear will be in New Jersey, which isn’t too far from New York, so it’ll practically be a home game for MJF when he takes on Mox, Hangman or both.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/27/23)
Onward, to Seattle!
Dynamite begins the countdown to WrestleDream!
It’s another big week for AEW! And before Swerve Strickland returns home to Seattle, he and Hangman Page sign on the dotted line!
- Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Willow Nightingale; wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn; wins.
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/23/23)
It’s an ABSOLUTE Death Match!
Ricky Starks finds a way to up the intensity from All Out!
As if a Strap Match wasn’t enough, Ricky Starks wants revenge on Bryan Danielson in a Texas Death Match!! Will this be an ABSOLUTE blood bath?
- AEW TNT Championship Triple Threat: Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin; Christian wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Hook & Rob Van Dam VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager; Hook & RVD win.
- Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Kiera Hogan; Julia wins.
- Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Andrade El Idolo; White wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Workhorsemen; FTR wins and and retains the titles.
- Texas Death Match: Ricky Starks VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins.
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Darby Allin speaks.
“Tonight I win back the championship that changed my life from Christian Cage and Luchasaurus. I’m not a stupid man, I know this is gonna be a Handicap match. But I am gonna walk out the new Face of TNT.
Christian Cage speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, Darby, you’re challenging myself and Luchasaurus in a three way match for the TNT Championship. Let me remind you that Sting is not allowed at ringside and I don’t like your chances. We will remain the Face of TNT now and forever. Do you understand me?”
Ricky Starks speaks.
“Bryan Danielson, you have never tapped me out. I passed out. You’re talking to a guy that’s been to Heaven, so if you’re looking test God, look no further than Absolute Ricky Starks. Tonight, I put you six feet under.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Ricky Starks, you’re in a lot of trouble for challenging me to a Texas Death Match. A match where to win, you have to knock somebody down and keep them down. Here’s the thing, people have been trying to keep me down my entire career, and nobody has succeeded yet. And Ricky, you sure as Hell won’t succeed tonight either.” Will the American Dragon once again slay the Absolute?
AEW TNT Championship Triple Threat: Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin!
As the Relentless One just said, this might as well be a Handicap Match, because you can bet Captain Charisma and his Right Hand of Destruction are united in destroying Darby. Will Darby even survive this match? Or will he find a way back to former glory?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who really wears that title after this!
The bell rings and Darby is wary of his enemies. Fans rally for Darby, but Christian bails so this turns into a 1v1 match. Luchasaurus and Darby circle, and Luchasaurus taunts Darby with a test of strength. Darby throws POCKET SAND! And then he DIVES onto Christian! Darby RAMS Christian into steel steps, then puts him in the ring! Darby hurries to CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby keeps moving and he DIVES onto Luchasaurus! Down goes the dinosaur! But Christian pokes Darby in the eyes, and HOTSHOTS him to the floor! Luchasaurus is up and he drags Darby over to RAM into railing!
Fans rally for Darby but Luchasaurus is on him again! Luchasaurus whips Darby into more railing! Fans actually duel as Luchasaurus fetches a chair for Christian then puts Darby in. Christian soaks up the cheers and jeers, then he sits Darby in the chair to CHOKE him on the ropes! Christian stands on Darby, the ref reprimands but there’s nothing to be done in a Triple Threat. Christian drags Darby up, and CHOKES him against the chair’s back! Christian says Darby did this to himself. But then Darby throws hands! Luchasaurus CHOKES Christian, then BACK SUPLEXES him and the chair!
Luchasaurus goes to cover but Christian tells him no, they need to do more damage. Luchasaurus goes out to fetch more items, but Christian covers Darby! TWO! Darby is still in this but Christian TOSSES him out! Christian goes out to stand Darby up, and CHOPS him against the railing! Darby staggers, Christian and Luchasaurus surround him, then they double whip him hard into steel steps! Darby tumbles up and over, fans boo Christian, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Christian flexes, then stalks Darby. Christian SMACKS Darby off steps, then Luchasaurus brings Darby around to CHOP against the apron. Darby flops over and Christian is there to whip him into more railing! Darby staggers all around, Christian & Luchasaurus stalk him to the other corner. Christian gets the chair again to JAM Darby! And again! Darby staggers and stumbles away but Christian follows after. Christian pushes Darby into the ring, then brings him up. Christian has Luchasaurus stand back. Christian talks trash right to Darby’s face, pie faces him and smears the face pain before he CHOPS and CHOPS!
Christian tells Luchasaurus what to do, then he runs at Darby. Darby dodges to send Christian out! Darby fires off on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus shoves him back and HEADBUTTS him down! Luchasaurus stands on Darby’s back! Darby endures, even as Luchasaurus steps all over him! Darby crawls to a corner, Luchasaurus brings him up and Christian throws hands on Darby! Collision returns to single picture as the mugging moves to the corner. Fans boo as Christian & Luchasaurus double whip Darby into a corner. Luchasaurus runs in but Darby dodges and Luchasaurus POSTS himself!
Fans fire up as Christian runs in, Darby dodges and he POSTS himself! Roll up, TWO! Oklahoma roll, TWO! Christian kicks low to suplex, but Darby slips out, SCORPION DEATH DROP! Fans fire up as Darby climbs! But Luchasaurus drags Christian to safety! So Darby just SUPER COFFIN SPLASHES!! Fans are thunderous as both men go down! Darby puts Luchasaurus in the ring, climbs up, and Luchasaurus stands. Darby MISSILE- NO, Luchasaurus catches him! JURASSIC- NO, Darby slips out! Darby BOOTS Luchasaurus, then hits a DIAMOND DUST! But Christian has the title belt!
Christian aims but Darby ducks! SHOTGUN! Down goes Christian! Darby runs in but Luchasaurus catches him, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Darby flops out of the ring and Luchasaurus sees the belt. It is rightfully his, so he picks it up! Fans cheer that he finally holds HIS belt! Christian storms in but Luchasaurus won’t give it back! Christian asks for the belt back, fans say “IT’S YOUR BELT! IT’S YOUR BELT!” Luchasaurus still hands the belt over to Christian, but then Darby shoves Christian into Luchasaurus! And then Darby BELT SHOTS Luchasaurus!! Cover, TWO?!? Luchasaurus survives but Darby PENALTY KICKS!
Darby goes up to COFFIN DROP!! But Christian returns to POST Darby! Cover on Luchasaurus, CHRISTIAN WINS!!
Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Well, at least now Christian will be rightfully holding onto this belt. Sleazy as he is, Captain Charisma truly reigns as the Face of TNT, will Darby have to move on to a new goal? As for Luchasaurus, he sees Christian’s hand be raised, and then Christian hugs him? Well, when one wins, they both win, right? Christian has Luchasaurus lift him onto his shoulders, then Christian raises the belt high above his head. Will Luchasaurus ever be his own man? Er, dinosaur.
Backstage interview with The Don Callis Family.
Alex Marvez is with Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara and Don Callis himself, and says that the wrestling world is buzzing with what we saw on Rampage. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho are united, along with Kota Ibushi, and challenged the DCF for WrestleDream! Don says it makes him sick just thinking about Omega and Jericho on the same side, when Don is the one who put them both on the map! And now, they’re name dropping Kota Ibushi. Ibushi is a wrestling legend, but his weakness is Kenny Omega. Kenny Omega loves Kota Ibushi, they are closer than brothers, and that kind of emotion makes them weak! They always have been!
Don isn’t worried. As great as Omega, Jericho and Ibushi are, Don has Sammy Guevara, who left Jericho laying. Don has Konosuke, “The Alpha,” who earned that name when he beat Omega twice in one week! And Don has another family member. This man beat Jericho and Omega in the course of two months, and that is WILL OSPRAEY! So you want WrestleDream to become a nightmare? Don doesn’t think so. Omega, Ibushi & Jericho will face the strongest Don Callis Family ever! See you in Seattle, where they finish it once and for all!!
Backstage interview with Christian & Luchasaurus.
Collision returns as Tony Schiavone congratulates the NEW TNT Champion. Christian says yes, every legitimate title defense has solidified him as the UNDISPUTED TNT Champion! He dedicates this victory to Nick Wayne’s mom, and Nick Wayne’s late father, who must’ve been cheering Christian on from Heaven. But anyway, Christian is finally finished with Darby once and for all, bring on the next challenger! Actually, Tony Khan just announced that Christian’s first defense will be at WrestleDream in Seattle. And it will be a classic match-up. They’ve gone back and forth, so this will be BEST 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS!
Christian is furious! He storms off to find Tony Khan, but will it matter? Will Darby finally have justice against Captain Charisma?
Hook & Rob Van Dam VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager & Anna Jay!
The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just beat the former Jericho Appreciation Society members last night in a Mixed Six Tag with help from his new friends. But now he joins forces with an old friend of his dad’s! Will Hook and RVD prove they’re a one of a kind team? Or will they underestimate the sports… enner-tay-ners?
The teams sort out and fans are fired up for RVD already. RVD lets Hook start against Daddy Magic, though, and fans still rally behind Hook. They tie up, Menard arm-drags, and Menard gloats. Fans boo but Hook resets with Menard. They tie up, Hook waistlocks, hammerlocks, and he trips Menard to a facelock. Menard fights up but Hook spins and hammerlocks and headlocks and hits the takeover! Hook then goes for an arm, but Menard fights against the top wristlock. Menard knees low, tags Parker, and Parker whips. Hook holds ropes, ELBOWS Parker back, but Anna trips Hook up! Parker CLOBBERS Hook and stomps away!
Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Parker tags Menard. They double whip Hook to a corner, Parker whips so Menard can whip him into the corner but Hook dodges! Hook then wrenches Menard, and points to the corner! Fans fire up as Hook tags in RVD! RVD takes the handoff, he wrenches to a wristlock and fans rally up. RVD brings Menard around, arm-drags him away, but then Parker CLOBBERS RVD! Fans boo but Menard throws hands. Menard whips, RVD rolls off Menard’s back and body scissor roll-up! TWO, but RVD blocks a kick to WHEEL KICK! Parker kicks RVD, but RVD blocks the buckle bump and KICKS back!
RVD goes up to JUMP KICK! “You Still Got It!” RVD watches the ex-JAS regroup, but they get away before he can dive! So he just gets everyone to join in on a “ROB! VAN! DAM!” Hager throws a fit for his team, but Collision goes picture in picture.
RVD waits as Menard & Parker talk strategy. Menard slowly returns, talks some trash, and he seems to call out Hook. RVD obliges and tags Hook in. Hook and Menard circle, then Menard kicks low! Menard whips Hook into Parker’s boot! The ref reprimands but Menard stomps Hook around. Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then distracts the ref so Parker can CHOKE Hook! RVD protests but Parker tags in to throw hands. Parker JABS, then whips Hook to DROPKICK him down! Cover, TWO! Hook is still in this while Collision goes to break.
Collision returns as Parker tags Menard. They double whip Hook but Hook holds ropes to KICK Menard and TOSS Parker! Menard rushes in but Hook TOSSES him out! Hook hurries but Parker intercepts with a tackle! Fans boo but Parker drags Hook away from RVD. Hook wrenches free, clinches, and hits the EXPLODER! Fans fire up while Hook and Parker are down! Hook crawls, Anna shouts at Parker to move, but Menard crawls in as fast as he can. Hot tag to RVD! RVD rallies on Daddy Magic! Then he SUPERKICKS Cool Hand Ange! WHEEL KICK for Menard! RVD runs, for the ROLLING THUNDER!
RVD covers but Menard kicks it apart! Fans boo Menard but he brings RVD up. Menard scoops, RVD slips free and blocks a kick to step over and WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as RVD goes to a corner. But then Anna distracts the ref and Hager has a chair! RVD dodges to KICK the chair into Hager! Hook gets in Anna’s face, Parker storms up on him, but Hook turns it around, REDRUM!! RVD goes up, takes aim, FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!! Cover, #HookVanDam wins!
Winners: Hook & Rob Van Dam, by pinfall
Michigan’s own comes back home and wins big! Will RVD have one more title run in him? Will Hook’s newest run not be stopped?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
He has two titles to defend now, with the ROH World Championship in one hand and the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship in the other. And he knows WrestleDream is AEW’s love letter to the late, great Antonio Inoki. The Mad King wants to face the man who best embodies Inoki’s vision today, and that is Katsuyori Shibata. This won’t be just about the NJPW Openweight but also the ROH World title. He wants Shibata to bring his all because that’s what Eddie is gonna do. But then, will Eddie remain the two belt king? Or will we soon see The Wrestler become a TRIPLE CHAMPION?
The Dark Order speaks.
John Silver says, “This world has gotten outta control.” Alex Reynolds says it’s just too much, too fast, and it needs to stop. Evil Uno asks us who we will turn to “when it’s all done?” Happy music plays over destruction and desolation. “You need structure. You need rules. You need order. The Dark Order! Because The Dark Order is good! And we’re here for you!” Uno sneaks in some Italian, “But not forever.” Will you trust these creepy grins? Will you #JoinDarkOrder?
The Kingdom speaks.
Matt Taven says “Neck health is important!” Best Friends are a bunch of liars! When Trent hurt his neck, was Chuck by his bedside? NO! And now these Melvins wanna take away what The Kingdom earned, what they deserve, their shot at the ROH World Tag Team titles!? They will show these dorks what people who don’t celebrate neck health deserve! And Mike Bennett says Chuckie T got some of that last night. A punch to the wiener and a piledriver! So next Saturday is piledrivers in support of neck health! And then they will see how close Best Friends really are, how strong they really are. They aren’t stronger than The Kingdom, and they damn sure ain’t #NeckStrong!
Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Kiera Hogan!
The Lady of the House was truly Hartless against Skye Blue last night, bringing out The Babe with The Power. However, Willow Nightingale was then attacked backstage to keep her from competing tonight! So Skye’s other friend is stepping up! Will the Hottest Flame burn this witch down? Or will the House always win?
The bell rings and Kiera rushes up to ROCK Julia! And again and again! The fans rally up as Kiera whips Julia into ropes, runs side to side and HIP ATTACKS! Kiera bumps Julia off buckles, waistlocks, but Julia bucks the O’Conner. Julia runs up to throw Kiera down by her hair! Fans rally, Julia stands on Kiera’s hair and pulls the arms! The ref reprimands, Julia steps off at 4 to then stomp Kiera down! Brody says to stay on her so Julia CLUBS away on Kiera! Julia kicks Kiera around, drags her up and SMACKS her off the mat! Julia stomps Kiera again, drags her back up, then snap suplexes! Julia grins as she then rains down fists!
The ref reprimands about closed fists so Julia lets off. To then let off with one more! Julia paces around Kiera, brings her up, but Kiera throws hands! Kiera ROCKS Julia, BOOTS her, then ROUNDHOUSES! Julia wobbles, Kiera runs in, but Julia spins Kiera for an STO! Standing MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Julia is still on her with a chinlock! Kiera endures, fans rally up, and Kiera fights up. Kiera throws body shots, blocks a punch to give a punch, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Julia! And again! Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN Kiera into the corner! Fans fire up as Kiera goes corner to corner, but Julia sends her into buckles!
Julia drags Kiera up to throw her by her hair again. Brody says keep on Kiera, so Julia whips her to a corner. BACK ELBOW! Julia grins as she snapmares, and then KICKS Kiera in the back! Julia drags Kiera up, SMACKS her off the mat, and then runs, to BLINDSIDER! Julia says the House always wins. HARTLESS STRETCH!! Kiera taps, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by submission
A 25-0 win streak for The Lady of the House, but she isn’t satisfied! She puts Kiera back into HARTLESS!! But here comes Skye Blue! She was on the other end of this so she’s making the save now! But again, Julia hides behind Brody. But then Brody moves and Julia BLACK MISTS Skye!! Julia strikes again! Brody asks, “Do you see this? Do you see this!? This will not end! This violence will not end! 25 matches, over two dozen bodies stacked, and this will not end until we get to the one. The last loss! KRIS STATLANDER! Next Sunday, Seattle, Washington, WrestleDream, put your TBS title on the line. Or the body count continues to rise.”
But Julia wants Kris to understand: The House ALWAYS wins. Will the Galaxy’s Greatest look to end the streak? Or will the TBS Championship fade to black?
The Righteous speak.
Death walks. You dig what they’re saying? Ol’ Vincent & Dutch are pure, are divine, and are the corpse of decency nailed to a post of greed and moral decay, draped under the shadow of purity. But now they expose MJF & Adam Cole, and purify the lie that is “Better Than You, Baybay.” You dig what they’re sayin’, man?
Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Andrade El Idolo!
The Switchblade and his Bang Bang Gang called out The Face of Latino Wrestling, saying White’s reputation is more widespread than Andrade’s. Will White make Andrade famous for losing to him? Or will Andrade become famous for beating Jay White?
The bell rings and the fans already taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” White says this is Andrade’s moment in the spotlight! They tie up, go around, and Andrade powers White to the corner. The ref counts, Andrade lets off slowly, but White SLAPS him! White uses ropes as a defense and the ref backs Andrade off. White and Andrade reset, Juice is liking this, but then Andrade headlocks. Fans rally up, White endures the grind, and White powers up and powers out. Andrade runs White down, and then goes to run, but Juice is in the way! The ref reprimands but White knees Andrade! White headlocks and hits the takeover.
Juice and the Gunns shout “ARMAS ARIBA!” Andrade endures, fights up, and he powers out. White slides out, says to heck with it, but Andrade slides! White dodges, Andrade dodges back, and Andrade CHOPS White down! White sputters but Andrade puts him in the ring. Andrade climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY! Andrade bounces off the cover, but he drags White back up. BCG are worried as Andrade snap suplexes! Uno AMigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gets White up again, gives us some Latino Heat, then hits THREE- NO, White silps free and pulls hair! The ref rephrimands, they’re in the corners and Andrade HEADBUTTS!
White BOOTS back, goes up, but Andrade triangle jump DROPKICKS White to the floor! BCG hurry to check on their captain but Andrade goes out after him. Andrade puts White in, covers, ONE! Austin rubs it in, that was UNO! Andrade seethes but he drags White up. Andrade whips White to the corner, but White dodges the splash to clothesline and DDT! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this but White stays focused. White goes to the corner to CHOP! White RAMS into Andrade again and again, the ref counts but White lets off at 4. To then CHOP! White whips corner to corner but Andrade blocks to BOOT!
Andrade goes up but White CHOPS again! White fireman’s carries, to TKO HOTSHOT! And then White BLASTS Andrade down! Andrade hits railing, BCG swarm like a pack of hyenas, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Colten does a victory lap for White and White goes out to fetch Andrade. White brings Andrade around to SMACK him off the apron, then he pulls hair to APRON GOURD BUSTER! Andrade falls to the floor, Juice taunts him with a dance, and White flexes as he refreshes the ring count. White and the BCG all flex and pose, then White puts Andrade in the ring. Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! White is frustrated but the count is fair. White stalks Andrade to the ropes to CHOKE him and fishhook his face! The ref counts, White lets off, and Andrade CHOPS! And BOOTS! White blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW!
White strums the air guitar to let Tanahashi know he’s thinking of him. Then he GROUND DRAGON SCREWS the same leg! Andrade writhes to the ropes but White wraps the bad leg around them! The ref reprimands, White lets off, and then White drags Andrade up to HALF HATCH into the corner! Then White gets the legs to high stack, TWO! Andrade is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Andrade into a chinlock and he grinds Andrade down. But Andrade fights up as Collision returns to single picture! The fans rally, White grinds Andrade down again, but Andrade still endures.
Fans rally more as Andrade keeps fighting. White shakes his head but Andrade stands to throw body shots! White throws Andrade down by his hair! The ref reprimands but White storms back up, into a cradle! TWO!! White kicks the bad leg! Andrade falls and clutches that knee, but White sits him up. White CHOPS! Andrade sputters and White talks trash, but Andrade pie faces him! Andrade eggs White on so White CHOPS him! Andrade still eggs White on so White CHOPS! White finger guns, but Andrade dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Fans fire up as both men are down! The standing count starts and both men stir.
BCG coach White, White drags Andrade up, and “This is Awesome!” as they go forearm for forearm! Andrade CHOPS, White CHOPS! Andrade CHOPS, White wobbles and staggers, but White comes back to CHOP! Fans rally as the CHOPS just keep going! White kicks, Andrade blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And then DRAGON SCREW again! Andrade runs, ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER White! Fans fire up but the BCG worries for White. Andrade kips up! El Idolo has plenty of gas left in the tank and he has White in a corner. Andrade goes corner to corner, for CIEN- NO, the BCG drags White out to safety. So Andrade goes up to ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!
Fans are thunderous as Andrade takes out the whole Bang Bang Gang! Andrade puts White in, climbs up again, and then MOONSAULTS, lands on his feet, DOUBLE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! White survives and Andrade is frustrated, but the fans are loving this! Andrade looms over White, brings White up, and reels him in, White drops down but Andrade CLUB S him! Andrade full nelsons, White break sit to switch, but Andrade fights the sleeper! White CHOPS! And CHOPS! White runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up as White flops down. Andrade drags White up but White SAIDOS Andrade up and out of the ring!!
The ref hurries to check but Andrade is somehow able to continue. White drags Andrade up and into the ring, storms up on him, and clinches, for the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!?! White pushes that arm back down, TWO!!! Andrade survives but just barely! White clamps onto Andrade with a sleeper, brings him up, but Andrade fights the suplex. White staggers, blocks the boot, KNEE BREAKER! Andrade shouts about his leg, which has given him trouble in the past. But White CHOPS! And CHOPS! Both men hobble, but Andrade boot feints to ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!??! White survives and fans are loving this match all over again!
White and Andrade stir, then White crawls to a corner. Andrade stands, fires up and runs, CIEN SHADOWS!! Then the hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT!!! Cover, Juice helps White with the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo as BCG gets away with one! Andrade is beside himself, but he drags White around by a leg. Fans “WOO~!” as Andrade steps through! FIGURE FOUR! White endures, the “WOO~” echoes out, but White CLUBS away at Andrade’s leg! Andrade pushes up to the FIGURE EIGHT! The Ass Boys distract the ref so Juice can CLOBBER Andrade with his Cowboy of the Month award!! White is free of the leglock!
White drags Andrade’s deadweight up to hit BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
Andrade being alone was doomed from the start with Juice and the Gunns backing White up! And then they all taunt Andrade while he’s down! Andrade takes his first AEW loss, but will he back for venganza? (Vengeance in Espanol.)
“All In, Wembley Stadium. Did to me what you’ve been doing to me the last 14 years of my life. You used me, then you walked away. Sure did have a lot to say on social media. Sure did have a lot to say on TV. And then when I confronted you… Called you over and looked you in your eyes, you walked away. Tough keyboard warrior. You did what you always do: You ran from your problems. Guess what? You’re not gonna be able to run much longer.” Will there be a clash of the proud ‘n’ powerful on the horizon?
Shane Taylor Promotions speaks.
Shane Taylor himself says that on paper, Shane Taylor VS Keith Lee may not seem like much of a rivalry. But Keith knows better, doesn’t he? They came into ROH at the same time, established “The Pretty Boy Killers” and DOMINATED the tag division. Lee Moriarty says to tell ’em! Shane says that from ANS to War Machine to The Briscoes, they took ’em all out! But then Keith went to go work for “the other billionaire,” while Shane stayed and became an ROH legend! The world got to see Keith be limitless, but now it is Shane’s time on the biggest stage! And the only thing standing in the way IS Keith.
Shane says if it is to feed his family, then he will put Keith in the GROUND! Before Shane takes everything Keith has, Keith must step in the ring with The Best Damn Technical Wrestler, Lee Moriarty. Will #TAIGASTYLE bring Keith down to size? Or will Moriarty #BaskInHisGlory?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Workhorsemen!
The open challenge of opportunities continues as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler give JD Drake & Anthony Henry their shot. But with WrestleDream and a rematch with Aussie Open on the horizon, will the Top Guys get caught off guard? Or will FTR be bringing the gold to Seattle?
Speaking of, Aussie Open is here! Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are dressed to the nines and they join commentary to watch this one with their own eyes. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are the true Top Guys!
The teams sort out and Cash starts against Henry. They circle, feel things out, and Cash denies Henry a leg takedown. Henry comes back, gets around to a waistlock, but Cash fights up to facelock. Henry slips free, gets around again, facelocks again, and then gator rolls to hammerlock! Cash has the ROPEBREAK, and the two separate. They reset, circle, and tie up. Henry gets an arm to wrench it but Cash slips around to fireman’s carry takeover! Henry headscissors but Cash kips up. Henry wrenches, wristlocks, but Cash rolls, kips up and wrenches to WRING Henry out! Fans cheer but Henry keeps moving!
Henry kips up to then back drop, step over, and Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Henry DROPKICKS Cash down! Henry drags Cash up, wrenches, tag to JD. They mug Cash, JD whips Cash toa corner but Cash avoids the chop! JD avoids a chop, and the two stare down. Tag to Dax, and fans rally up. Dax and JD step up, tie up, and Dax headlocks. JD powers out, Dax RAMS JD, but JD CHOPS! Fans fire up seeing how hard that one hit! JD puts Dax in the corner to CHOP again! JD eggs Dax on so Dax CHPOS! And CHOPS! AND CHOPS! Dax whips, JD reverses to atomic drop, then scoop and SLAM! FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!!
JD keeps on Dax, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! Tag to Henry, and he runs to then come back and forearm smash! Tag to JD, feed to the LARIAT! NECK TWIST! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dax hangs in there but JD looms over him. JD stomps Dax, throws hands, then tags Henry. The Workhorsemen CHOP and KICK and KICK and KICK! Dax snarls and eggs Henry on so Henry KICKS! Dax CHOPS! Henry KICKS! Dax CHOPS! They go back and forth, KICK and CHOP! Henry SOBATS, but Dax suplexes to a BRAINBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Henry wobbles but he tags JD.
JD runs to swing on Cash but Cash dodges, only for the LARIAT to get him! JD keeps moving, SHINING WIZARD! Dax ends up in the Workhorsemen corner, and JD CANNONBALLS! Tag to Henry, Henry goes up, and JD tags back in. Henry DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Then Henry FLIES to take out Cash! JD is up< SCRAP METAL MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives being squashed and the fans lose their minds just from seeing it! But wait, Cash has Henry, GORY BOMB to the apron!! Dax runs up on JD but JD ROCKS him! JD goes up, to FLYING- POWERBOMB!! Step through into SHARPSHOOTER!!
JD endures, fans rally, but JD taps! FTR wins!
Winners: FTR, by submission (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Aussie Open says okay, then it’s on! WrestleDream will mark the anniversary of the instant classic back at Royal Quest! Mark Davis gets a mic to say, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” The fans reply “OI OI OI!” Davis says congrats, and keep those belts bright. Because FTR is in the fight of their lives! Fletcher knows Aussie Open says it a lot, but FTR once said themselves that Aussie Open is the best tag team in the world today! And they’ve heard the complaints, “What happened to the Aussie Open that took FTR to the limit in a five star classic?” Well, they admit they haven’t lived up tot he hype, but that is why they challenged FTR to this match!
Aussie Open needs to prove to to the people, they need to prove it to FTR, and they need to prove it to themselves that they ARE everything they say they are! Dax has a mic to say yeah, okay. Aussie Open were sacrificial lambs to Max and his best friend. They were sacrificial lambs to Chris Jericho and his best friend. But what Dax wants from them, what he is begging them on his hands and knees, he wants the biggest, baddest bastards in the world, because on October 1st, WrestleDream, Aussie Open faces THE BEST TAG TEAM IN HISTORY! Fans cheer that! And Dax says if Aussie Open don’t bring that, then don’t even show up. #TopGuysOut.
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi Nair is with Miro’s hot and flexible wife, and says this is the first time we’ve seen her since she surprised everyone at All In London, which was also the first time anyone in wrestling has seen her in two years. So the question is, why now? CJ says that The Redeemer, who she loves so much, has lost his way. She wanted to help him be champion again. But unfortunately, he’s rather preoccupied with the past and… temptations. But then in steps Miro! He says his only temptation is her. And her temptation is this: the lights, the cameras, the fame. It changes you. CJ says she loves the hustle, the puzzle, the chase, and helping those she loves! It makes her come alive!
Miro says his righteous path was to save “them.” And if CJ stays, that means he’d have to… To what? Save her? What were their wedding vows again? Well, they each have to do what they each have to do. They will each walk their own paths. But if there is any love in Miro’s heart for CJ, then please, do not lay a hand on any of her future clients she’s going to manage here. Okay? Can he promise that? Miro leaves without giving an answer. Will pro-wrestling come between husband and wife?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleDream!
As if it wasn’t already big enough, the TBS Championship IS on the line! Kris Statlander is giving Julia Hart her shot, but will Mama Kris be the one running the house after October 1st? Plus, a massive Fatal 4 Way Tag match! The Young Bucks, The Gunns, The Lucha Brothers and #OrangeHook battle for an AEW World Tag Team Championship opportunity, any time they want it! Who will have some highly valuable golden tickets in their pockets?
Texas Death Match: Ricky Starks VS Bryan Danielson!
These two truly went all out in their Strap match, and while The American Dragon won, Ricky Starks holds to the fact he didn’t tap out, he passed out! Will that unstoppable fighting spirit help Starks win this even more brutal rematch? Or will this be an Absolute thrashing that puts this one to bed?
Starks attacks Bryan the moment he’s in the ring! The bell sounds and Starks fires off hands! Bryan gets up to hit Starks back, they scrap in the corner and Starks gets the edge! Starks stomps away on Bryan, stands him up, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Starks throws body shots, UPPERCUTS, then goes up the corner to rain down fists! Fans count to five but Bryan DUMPS Starks out! Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Down goes Starks and fans fire up! Bryan finally gets his jacket off to drag Starks up and CROTCH Starks on railing! Bryan runs to CLOBBER Starks! Bryan then goes out after Starks and throws hands!
Bryan then hits Starks with someone’s drink! And RAMS him into the trash can! And then dumps the trash on Starks! Bryan goes after Starks with headbutts, going up the bleachers! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan drags Starks up, ROCKS him with a left, then brings him along, only for Starks to send him into barriers! Starks RAMS Bryan into more barriers, then runs up, into a body shot! Bryan KICKS Starks against barriers, again and again and again! Fans fire up as Bryan then HEADBUTTS Starks and pushes him along back to ringside. Starks goes over the railing on his own but Bryan is after him!
Bryan HEADBUTTS, Starks CHOPS, then Starks TOSSES Bryan into the front row! The fans help Bryan up, as does security, but Starks goes to the apron. Starks springboards to CROSSBODY into the pile!! Fans lose their minds while Collision goes picture in picture.
Starks dumps Bryan back to ringside and then drags himself up and over. Starks stands Bryan up to CHOP! Bryan staggers away to commentary but Starks storms after him, Bryan SMACKS Starks off the desk! And CHOPS him against the desk! And again! And again! Bryan HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS again! Bryan snarls, puts Starks in the ring, then storms up to get a leg. Bryan twists the ankle to turn Starks over, then he grabs the other leg. Bryan hooks the legs up, and he fishhooks Starks’ face! Then Bryan gets the arms, and pulls, pulls and pulls Starks into the ROMERO SPECIAL!
Starks endures, Bryan sets him down, and then Bryan drags Starks into the DRAGON SLEEPER as Collision goes to break!
Collision returns and Starks is clawing at Bryan’s face! Starks has a mic so everyone can hear him egging Bryan on. Then Starks dribbles Bryan’s face off the desk! Bryan’s forehead is busted open! Starks lets Bryan fall over, then throws hands right to the wound! Fans rally for Bryan and boo Starks, but Starks drags Bryan up to put in the ring. Starks drags Bryan to the corner, to YANK him into the post! Starks ROCKS Bryan, SLAMS the leg into the post, then ROCKS Bryan again! Starks uses the microphone to jam at the wound! Fans boo but Starks grabs a chair. Starks has Bryan’s leg, to SMACK it against the post!
Bryan writhes away into the ring but Starks is after him. Starks CHOKES Bryan with the chair! Then Starks JAMS Bryan! Starks then traps Bryan’s leg inside the chair! Fans boo more as Starks goes up the corner! But Bryan gets free and he SMACKS Starks! And SMACKS him again! And again! And again! Starks is stuck up top and Bryan brings him up to throw hands! Bryan climbs up, brings Starks tot he very top, but Starks trips Bryan! Starks throws more hands, and BITES the bloody forehead! Starks SPITS, then he throws down fists! Fans tell Starks he’s sick, but he just does his pose! Only for Bryan to punch back!
Bryan adjusts, to SPIDER SUPERPLEX Starks down! Fans fire up as Bryan manages to sit up again! Bryan huffs ‘n’ puffs and adjusts position again, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Starks is sent tumbling into the other corner, and Bryan is getting a second wind! Starks sits up as the standing count starts, but Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up, to BUZZSAW! Fans fire up while Starks flounders. The standing count starts again but Starks grabs at the chair. Bryan is in the corner, aims and runs in, but Starks CHUCKS the chair into his face!! Fans boo as Bryan goes down!
Starks stomps Bryan, the standing count starts, and fans chant for tables. Starks brings Bryan up by his hair, mocks the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” while treating Starks like a rodeo horse, and Collision goes picture in picture again.
Starks drops a knee on Bryan! And then another! Starks goes out to look under the ring, ignoring the table, to then bring out a STRAP! Starks swings that around, he wants to continue where All Out left off. He LASHES Bryan, and LASHES him again, and again! Then Starks CHOKES Bryan with the strap! Bryan endures but Starks hits a STRAP BULLDOG! Starks lets off for the standing count to start, and Bryan is still floundering at 5 of 10. But Bryan rolls out of the ring to get back to his feet! Starks hurries out after Bryan but into a CHOP! Bryan UPPERCUTS, ROCKS, and then POSTS Starks! Starks falls over and Bryan staggers away.
Bryan’s crimson mask is growing but he can still see Starks. Bryan drags Starks by a leg, but Starks SMACKS Bryan with a steel chain! Bryan ends up back in the ring but still down for the standing count. Starks grins and gets in to wrap the chain around his fist. Starks aims to FULL METAL KNUCKLE! Collision returns to single picture as Bryan staggers, then drops to his knees. Starks swings again but Bryan dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Starks staggers around, Bryan runs back in and CHOPS! Starks CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! They throw hands and CHOPS, and then Bryan KICKS and KICKS! Starks blocks to SLAP, SLAP, and so on!
Fans fire up but Bryan dodges, only for Starks to SPEAR!! Starks roars, and he wraps the chain around Bryan’s neck! Just like Bryan did with the strap!! Starks bends Bryan back and squeezes tight! Bryan is fading, but he shakes his head! Bryan isn’t giving up, but he might pass out like Starks did! Bryan is purple!! Starks lets go, and he wants the count! The count begins, Bryans putters and stirs, but is still down at 5 of 10. Starks watches from the corner as we hit 8 of 10! Bryan rises up at 9, but Starks grabs the chain again! Starks squeezes tight, and then drags Bryan up into a HANGMAN’S GORY ESPECIAL!
Bryan kicks and goes to ropes! Bryan uses ropes to get up and over and get free!! Fans are thunderous but Starks is primed to run in! SPEAR into a takedown!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Starks flails, grabs the chain and he throws hands! But Bryan grabs that chain, to wrap it around Starks!! Starks freaks out as he relives All Out!! Starks is purple, and he passes out! The count starts, Bryan keeps on Starks with the chain, but Starks revives!? Starks powers up, powers out and he rains down fists!! Fans are thunderous, but Bryan just turns things around! Fans are even more fired up! Bryan lets off on Starks and both men rise.
Bryan HEADBUTTS! Starks throws a haymaker! HEADBUTT! Haymaker! HEADBUTT!! Both men flop over! Bryan shakes out the stars, “This is Awesome!” The count is 6 of 10, both men stand. Starks swings a chair, but Bryan dodges! Bryan returns to BUSAIKU KNEE through the chair!! Fans fire up again as Starks flounders. Bryan says it is time to kick Starks’ head in!! Bryan gets Starks’ arms, and he fires DRAGON STOMPS!! Again and again and again, and again and again and again! But Starks SPITS at Bryan! So Bryan just STOMPS him more!! Fans fire up, Starks checks his face but also has blood coming from his eyebrow.
Bryan backs off, brings down his kneepad, and he wraps the steel chain around his knee! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for giving them this main event, and Bryan stares Starks up. Bryan runs in to FULL METAL KNEE!!! Starks is down, and the count begins! Bryan crawls away at 5 of 10, drags himself up at 8, and the count hits TEN! Bryan wins again!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Starks wanted revenge, but he only got another vicious fight and crushing defeat. Big Bill and Wheeler Yuta come out to check on their respective allies. Bill helps Starks stand, as does Yuta with Bryan. Yuta and Bill get at each other, but Starks has them all stand down. Is this Starks’ way of showing Bryan respect for the absolute war they just went through? And where does Starks go from here?
A great Collision here, and some more added to WrestleDream just as I was hoping. Julia had a good match with Kiera, she mists Skye, but instead of calling out Willow for a PPV match, she wants Kris and the TBS Championship. That will be a good match for WrestleDream but I feel like Kris wins that. Really good tag title match from FTR VS Workhorsemen but of course FTR wins so that their match with Aussie Open is now a title match. No idea who wins that but we all know it will be a match of the year contender. And I think something rather interesting is that Fatal 4 Way contenders tag match, and that detail about a title match “at any time.” Is a team going to win and then Money in the Bank those AEW tag titles away from whoever wins? Because that’d be awesome, actually.
Speaking of which, really fun tag match of Hook & RVD beating Menard & Parker. Of course Hook & RVD win, which helps give Hook & Cassidy momentum going into that WrestleDream Fatal 4. RVD is probably in AEW to be part of the fun, have more of these really good matches, but I can’t really say he is actually after another title reign of some kind. Then big stuff from Eddie Kingston, putting up TWO championships up in his match with Shibata. That’s one huge first defense for the ROH World Championship, but I would think Eddie retains. As awesome as it’d be to see one man with three singles titles, there’s no good story of Eddie losing the belts he worked so hard to have so soon.
Don Callis has a good promo in response to the Six Man Tag challenge, but of course Will Ospreay is the third man, even though I would’ve loved for them to bring in someone really good that really needs something to do. But whatever, Ospreay brings star power, and there is story here already where Ospreay’s faced all three men, Omega, Ibushi & Jericho. It’ll also be an awesome match with Ospreay in it, but I would think Jericho & The Golden Lovers win. It’d also be great if Daniel Garcia helped tip the scales in Jericho’s favor, completing the double turn of Garcia and Guevara and perhaps giving us Garcia VS Guevara.
Really good TNT Championship Triple Threat that was really a handicap match. While I was thinking Christian was going to force Luchasaurus to give him the win, Christian instead opportunistically takes the win from Darby in where he has to pin Luchasaurus. And yet we’re getting a Best 2 Out of 3 Falls match at WrestleDream. That will make WrestleDream even longer, but maybe that is where it all comes to a head with Nick Wayne being in this story. Great match from White VS Andrade, but of course Bullet Club Gold helps White win that one. I know there hasn’t been a lot of interaction between Andrade and La Faccion Ingobernable since Andrade turned Face, but this would be the time for LFI to show their new aggression while also helping Andrade against BCG.
And of course, a great Last Man Standing match in the main event. Oh, yeah, that was a Last Man Standing match they dressed up as Texas Death even though it wasn’t like we weren’t going to notice. Literally earlier this year, AEW Revolution, Hangman VS Moxley, THEIR Texas Death Match was Knockout, Standing Count or Submission/Verbal Forfeit. But I guess since they already played their hand of Starks taking a loss by fainting, meaning Starks would never tap out or say “I Quit,” they could only go with the KO/ten count finish. Still a great match, but I’m just a stickler for labeling things what they are, and this as Last Man Standing, not Texas Death. But I did like Starks having Bill stand down. Makes me think that Starks could be a future ally to the BCC.
My Score: 8.9/10
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