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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/12/22)

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AEW Year 4

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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • “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?


My Thoughts:

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


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

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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

The Young Bucks speak.

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

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

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chris Jericho is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal!

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

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

 

The Young Bucks speak, again.

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

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

Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Rampage!

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

 

Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

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

 

The Bang Bang Gang regroups backstage.

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by disqualification

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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