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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/18/22)

It’s Tuesday night, and you know what that means!

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AEW Year 4

TUESDAY Night Dynamite is loaded!

There are FOUR different championships on the line for this special Tuesday Night Dynamite! How will the landscape in AEW change on this golden night?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle VS Best Friends; win(s) and
  • Interim AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm VS Hikaru Shida; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho w/ Jake Hager VS Dalton Castle w/ The Boys; Jericho wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: Death Triangle VS Best Friends!

The Bastard is no longer AEW’s one and only double champion as he lost the AEW All-Atlantic Championship to Orange Cassidy. And Cassidy said that was just the start! Will he become the Freshly Squeezed Double Champion when he and his Best Friends, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta, win the trios titles? Or will Pac, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo make sure that never happens?

The introductions are made, the trios titles are raised, and #TitleTuesday starts with a grudge match!

The teams sort out, Pac starts with Trent, and at the bell, Pac rushes in but BOOTS Cassidy! Chuck checks Cassidy while Trent rolls Pac up, TWO! Pac’s rage almost got him! Trent headlocks, Pac powers out but Trent runs him over! Things speed up, Pac hurdles and runs but Trent drops. Trent hurdles, Pac leaps, and Trent LARIATS Pac down! Fans fire up while Pac scrambles away. Tag to Penta, he SUPERKICKS Trent! Chuck tags in but so does Fenix! The Lucha Brothers shove Chuck to a corner, Penta GAMANGIRIS and Fenix somersault FOREARMS! Trent whips Fenix out but Fenix lands on the apron! Penta gets Trent, MONKEY FLIP ENZIGURI COMBO!

Fans fire up as both Best Friends are down! Fenix goes up to SWANTON Chuck! Cover, TWO! The Kentucky Gentleman is still in this but Fenix keeps him down with elbow drops. Penta brings Chuck around, Fenix goes up, but Trent CLUBS Penta! Fenix jumps down to shove and ROCK Trent, then CHOP him! Fenix ROCKS Trent again, goes up, but Chuck CLUBS Fenix to get a crucifix! ALLEY-OOP SPINEBUSTER! Chuck tags in Cassidy! Best Friends stand Fenix up and Cassidy climbs up, but Pac pulls him down! Penta KICKS Trent’s leg, Fenix ROCKS Chuck! Death Triangle sends Best Friends out, and they say, “CERO! MIEDO!”

Everyone builds speed to TRIPLE TOPE!! Direct hit on all the Best Friends and Cincinnati is fired up! Death Triangle puts Cassidy in, coordinate, and Pac keeps Cassidy down with a knee. It’s a choke, the ref counts, and Pac lets off. Pac KICKS Cassidy down, drops a knee, then digs his knee in again. The ref counts, Pac lets off but fans rally up. Pac sits Cassidy up, tags Penta, and Death Triangle set up. Pac KICKS Cassidy, Fenix KICKS Cassidy, and then Penta KICKS Cassidy! Then TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Fenix drags Cassidy up. Fenix brings Cassidy over, and CHOPS! The fans are stinging from that AEW goes picture in picture.

Fenix CHOPS Cassidy again, tags Pac in, and then Fenix CHOPS Cassidy again! Pac brings Cassidy up, he encourages the fans to rally up, and Pac winds up, to snapmare. Pac trolls the fans and wraps on a chinlock to grind Cassidy down. Cassidy endures, kicks around, fights the hold, but Pac stomps him down! Pac stands Cassidy up in a corner and puts him up top. Pac riles up the fans, climbs up after Cassidy, but Chuck yanks him down! Pac ELBOWS Chuck, then he goes after Cassidy again. Trent gets in to CLUB Pac and climb up after him! Pac throws elbows on Trent now, and Trent staggers away. The Lucha Brothers rush in but Best Friends DECK them!

Both Chuck & Trent climb up after Pac now, but then Fenix & Penta CLUB and KICK them! The Lucha Brothers grab Best Friends, Pac still has Cassidy, DOUBLE POWERBOMB AND SUPERPLEX IN STEREO!! All six men are down and Cincy is giving a standing ovation! The ref checks the legal men, Pac and Cassidy are okay to continue so a standing count starts. Pac sits up first and stands at 5 of 10. Pac snarls, he looms over Cassidy, and he dares Cassidy to get up. Cassidy crawls to a corner and he eggs Pac on now. Pac grabs at Cassidy, drags him up by his hair, and stares Cassidy dead in the eye.

Dynamite returns to single picture and Pac SOBATS! And KICKS! And SOBATS again! Pac reels Cassidy in, suplexes, but Cassidy hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Penta runs in to SLINGBLADE Cassidy! Penta runs at Chuck but gets a Sexy Chucky Knee! Fenix springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG Chuck, and DOUBLE STOMP! Trent kicks Fenix, puts him in a corner, and hits a TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Trent fires up, but Pac KNEES Trent low! Pac whips Trent, Trent reverses but Pac falls to the floor! The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK Trent down! Cassidy ducks their clotheslines to DOUBLE- NO, the rana is blocked!

Pac returns as The Lucha Brothers hold Cassidy up, Pac DROPKICKS Cassidy in that Tree of Woe style position! Chuck returns but Fenix DECKS him! The ref reprimands, this is to be 1v1, but Death Triangle drags Cassidy and rolls him into a wheelbarrow with Pac. Penta runs, CODE BREAKER and then DOUBLE STOMP from Fenix, into a GERMAN SUPLEX from Pac! Bridging cover, Best Friends break it in time!! Fans fire up and Fenix KICKS Chuck out of the ring. Penta throws Trent out, slides out, but Trent ROCKS Penta! Fenix goes out after Chuck to throw hands, but Chuck POSTS Fenix! Pac has Cassidy in a drop zone and climbs up!

Cassidy rolls away as Pac leaps so Pac lands on his feet. Trent ROCKS Pac, Chuck kicks, and then they hit SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Pac flounders, Penta tags in, but he runs into a kick from Chuck, STUFFED PILEDRIVER, and a feed to Trent’s STALLING PILEDRIVER! Fans fire up and Best Friends coordinate, for a HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Trent & Chuck drag Penta up into the hammock position and Cassidy climbs up, HAMMOCK SPLASH!! Cover, Pac stomps it apart! Pac kicks Chuck, KICKS Trent, then stomps Trent down! Pac stomps Cassidy, stomps Chuck, then snarls as he paces.

Pac helps Penta to the corner and he tags in. Pac then grabs the bell hammer! Fans boo as Pac gets in the ring, but Fenix stops Pac! Fenix says they don’t need to win like this! Fenix takes the hammer away, and Cassidy rolls Pac up! TWO!!! Cassidy rushes in, Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! But Cassidy is up on his feet! ORANGE PUNCH!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Hot tags to Trent and Penta! Penta GAMANGIRIS Trent, then has Pac set up! STEP-UP DE- NO! Trent blocks the Destroyer, tucks Penta in, and Chuck is up top! STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Fenix breaks it in time!!!

Chuck whips Fenix to a corner, runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Fenix somersaults, DOUBLE CUTTER for Best Friends! “This is Awesome!” as Penta and Fenix coordinate. Penta tags Fenix in, Fenix springboards at Trent, but Trent gets under! Fenix Tiger Feints to HEEL KICK! Fireman’s carry, Fenix throws some knees, BLACK FIRE DRIVER! Cover, Death Triangle wins!

Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

Fenix got The Bastard to do this the right way, and it worked out in the end! Pac apologizes and they celebrate together, will the Death Triangle be stronger than ever now?

 

AEW hears from Jon Moxley and Hangman Adam Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “There is a sense of accomplishment coming back to Cincinnati, I left here with nothing. To come back as kind of a conqueror, there is a sense of satisfaction.” The Cowboy says he and Moxley have been in AEW three years now, “and in three years, I think we’ve beaten just about everyone there is to beat, except for each other. Last year in the Casino Ladder Match, at the end of the match, me and Moxley were on top of the ladder. Punches back and forth and back and forth, and who broke first? It wasn’t me.” Moxley says, “There is no man on this planet that is gonna walk into my home, my city, my home arena, and take anything outta my house. No effing way.”

Hangman says that title is Moxley’s, but the 18th is going to be his night. Angry, frustrated, battered and beaten, the Cowboy keeps coming back. But is this the Cowboy’s Comeback in the Maniac’s backyard?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker and friends.

Tony Schiavone says Toni Storm defends the Interim AEW Women’s World Championship against Hikaru Shida tonight, but The Doctor and her sidekicks are interested in watching that match. Britt says, “Interested? Mildly. ‘Extremely disgusted’ would be the right word, Tony, that Jamie Hayter or myself are not the current Interim Women’s World Champion.” Hayter says, “Mark our words: by the end of 2022, one of us will be Interim AEW Women’s World Champion.” Actually, jump ahead. One of them will be THE AEW Women’s World Champion, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. “Toni Time is over! Shida later!” Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

 

Interim AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm VS Hikaru Shida!

Baker and Hayter aside, the Lightning From Down Under VS The Shining Samurai is a match ten YEARS in the making! They first faced off in Japan, and we saw them team up just last week, and now we see this clash come to AEW! Will Toni Time keep on keeping on? Or will Shida add a THIRD belt to her collection?

The introductions are made, the AEW title is raised, and interim or not, we see what it takes to reign in AEW!

The bell rings, fans rally up and the two shake hands to show there is respect here. Storm and Shida circle, fans duel, and the two tie up. Shida powers Storm to a corner, the ref counts, and Shida lets off fast. Storm and Shida reset as the dueling gets louder, and the two tie up again. Storm headlocks, Shida throws body shots but Storm hits a headlock takeover. Shida headscissors, Storm moves around to hop and pop free to then get a headlock again. Shida fights up, throws body shots, and powers out, only for Storm to run her over! Storm speeds things up, rolls and kicks Shida, then whips. Shida slips around, runs again and DROPKICKS Storm down!

Fans fire up with Shida, she goes out and climbs the ropes. Storm DECKS Shida first! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK Shida to the floor! Fans fire up for that Sweet Hip Music as AEW goes picture in picture.

Storm drags Shida up and RAMS her into the apron! Storm puts Shida in, storms up on her, and stomps her around. Shida throws body shots but Storm ROCKS Shida with forearms. Shida shoves, Storm kicks low, and then Storm drags Shida up to wrench the hair! Shida pulls hair, Storm CLUBS her to a corner, and then Storm stomps away. Storm drags Shida up, wrenches the hair again, and Storm THROWS Shida to a corner! Storm storms up on Shida, drags her up and wrenches the hair again, to TOSS Shida across the way! Cover, TWO! Storm clamps onto Shida and pulls the arms back for a grounded motorcycle stretch!

Shida endures, moves around, reaches out with a foot, but Storm pulls on the arms for a proper motorcycle stretch. Shida fights up to her feet, turns things around, but Storm turns it back around! Storm makes Shida take a knee, then she shifts to a chinlock to grind Shida to the mat. Shida moves and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets off but Storm gives Shida some toying kicks. Storm drags Shida up, for a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Storm is annoyed but she drags Shida up. Shida throws body shots but Storm CLUBS her. Shida throws forearms, Storm throws them back, and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Shida gets the edge with a flurry of forearms and fans fire up! Shida runs, but Storm kicks low! Storm runs, but into a RANA! Fans fire up and Shida runs in, blocks the lariat and ROCKS Storm! Shida whips and KNEES down Storm! Fans fire up as Storm goes to a corner, and Shida climbs up to rain down fists! Shida goes all the way to TEN, and then pushes Storm out. Shida adjusts and jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Shida hurries to reel Storm in but Storm wrenches out to fire a forearm! Shida gives it back, they go back and forth, and fans rally with each shot! Storm HEADBUTTS but Shida ENZIGURIS! Both women are down and fans love it!

A standing count starts but Shida grits her teeth as she goes to a corner. Shida goes out to the apron and fans rally up. Shida climbs, but Storm CHOPS her first! Storm climbs up and brings Shida up. Storm has a gut wrench but Shida fights free. Shida HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Storm falls back, Shida adjusts, METEORA! Shida drags Storm up to gut wrench and DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives but Shida roars as she resets! Shida suplexes but Storm slips out! Storm waistlocks, Shida switches and shoves to then go to the corner, VENUS SHOOT misses! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Shida ends up in a corner and Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm drags Shida up, fans duel as Storm TORNADO- NO, Shida blocks the DDT! Shida suplexes, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives as Shida couldn’t get it all, but Shida still has more to give! KATA- NO, Storm ROCKS Shida first! Storm reels Shida in, but Shida back drops free! Storm sunset flips Shida, ONE as Shida has the PRAWN HOLD! TWO!!! Storm escapes, blocks the Tamashi and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! But Storm holds on, brings Shida up again, but Shida throws elbows to fight free!

Shida runs, Storm ROCKS Shida and hits the TORNADO DDT with the ropes! Storm hauls Shida up, STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still Interim AEW Women’s World Champion)

But here come Hayter & Rebel! Hayter stomps Storm down! Rebel has a crutch, and here comes Britt from the stage! They’re ruining the celebration, especially with Britt wearing a Steelers jersey in Cincy! Britt swaggers her way to the ring while Hayter and Rebel stomp away, but wait! Here comes SARAYA! She runs down and Britt dares her to do something! So Saraya CLOBBERS Britt! Saraya fires off hands, Britt hits back, they brawl while Rebel CRACKS Storm with that crutch! But Saraya brings Britt along to TOSS her over the railing!! Hayter hurries to help Britt, but here comes RIHO!!

Fans fire up as the former AEW Women’s World Champion rushes in! Riho dodges the crutch swing to SHOTGUN Rebel! Hayter runs in but Riho dumps her out! Riho goes up top, and SUPER CROSSBODIES Hayter down! Fans are thunderous as Riho saves Storm and helps her up. Storm hugs Riho in thanks, will Riho earn herself some Toni Time down the line? And just where have Britt and Saraya ended up brawling to the back?

 

WARJOE speaks!

In response to The Embassy’s attacks and the arrival of The Kingdom, the AEW TNT Champion, Wardlow, says he has “zero tolerance for disrespect. So now that you have, we get to teach you a lesson. And we can do it however you want: collectively, individually; either way, we are going to physically hurt you.” The ROH World Television Champion, Samoa Joe, dares them to “pick a championship. Your choice. I know right now you’re thinking to yourselves, ‘This is a golden opportunity.’ That cackling bird walking around ringside, she’s telling you, ‘Boys, this is our shot!'”

But Joe will explain to them what this really is: they are two men who have six million ways to die, and they still chose the wrong ones. Will the arrival of Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven soon turn into the departure of The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Renee Paquette is with Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, and what an insane 2022 they’d had so far! The AAA World Tag Team Championships, the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships and even the ROH World Tag Team Championships, and they are still #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships. When are they planning on adding to the collection? Dax knows they and Renee go way back, and for the better part of a decade, Cash & Dax have been wanting to become the Greatest Tag Team of All Time. Now, Dax doesn’t know if they’ll ever truly reach that goal, but 2022 is a great starting point.

Yes, they are the ROH, IWGP and AAA World Tag Team Champions, but coming with that is a big target on their backs. So whether it’s AAA’s Dragon Lee & Dralístico, ROH’s Gates of Agony, or even last week, the return of ROH’s The Kingdom! They’re all gunning for tag titles, that huge target is even bigger. But ultimately, targets or not, FTR want those fourth belts, the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Cash says they’ve had the best year of their careers, a dream year, but at the end of the day, they have to have those AEW titles back. They have to become two-time AEW World Tag Team Champions, or they just can’t live with themselves.

Right now, they are the rightful #1 contenders, so- Wait, in walk Swerve In Our Glory, Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee. Swerve says, while munching on a Crunch bar, “I know y’all ain’t talking about #1 contendership up in whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” But first of all, Swerve knows FTR has been putting their priorities in every other company but AEW, and now they wanna make claims? Six to seven months now, they’ve been #1 contenders, and now they wanna come at AEW? No, Swerve & Keith deserve that spot, not FTR. Keith speaks up, frustrated with Swerve talking. For once, Keith apologizes for Swerve.

And for once, the past few weeks, Keith actually agrees with Swerve. They do deserve a shot. FTR also agrees, Dax has respect for both Keith & Swerve. So if they want the shot at the AEW World Tag titles, then next week, Norfolk, Virginia, for the first time ever, FTR VS Swerve In Our Glory, to name THE #1 Contenders. Keith says, “Indubitably.” Fans cheer and Swerve can’t even! But FTR says this is their house, bitch! Will the #TopGuys stay on top of the AEW Rankings? Or will Swerve & Keith earn their way back to a shot at The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Darby Allin, Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt.

Alex Marvez makes sure everyone here understands that while Lethal & Sonjay requested this time with Darby, AEW Management is insistent on the No Physicality Agreement being upheld. Lethal says he did that so he could ask Darby for a rematch. Darby won a couple weeks ago, but Lethal says that was a fluke! Lethal would prove to Darby, the world, and to his best friend, Sonjay, that Lethal can beat Darby any time he wants! That’s why they’re here. Wow, all this just for a rematch? Yeah, two weeks ago, Darby did win, and he’ll beat Lethal again, so that Lethal will want another match, and it’ll keep going again and again and again.

Sonjay steps in to tell Darby that he should listen to what Sonjay has to say. Sonjay & Lethal know Darby’s weakness, and it wasn’t just Sonjay & Lethal who came up with it. “A good, close personal friend” pointed out exactly what Darby Allin’s weakness is. And now that he sees Darby up close, Sonjay thinks Darby looks like a “trash panda.” Darby tells Marvez to leave now. Lethal agrees, and Darby asks them, “You know my weakness, huh?” Darby shoves Lethal! And then he shoves Sonjay! So Lethal DECKS Darby! So much for that NPA! Lethal and Sonjay mug Darby, they go along towards the garage door, and Lethal RAMS Darby right into it!

Lethal puts Darby under the door and holds him down! Sonjay presses the button to close the door! It lowers right on Darby’s ribs! Darby is being squeezed and crushed while Lethal stomps away! Then Lethal goes around to the other side, and he puts Darby’s legs in the FIGURE FOUR! Darby is being tortured but security and staff rush in! They shout at Lethal, he lets Darby go, but will Darby even be able to make it to that rematch now?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Schiavone is with the Blackpool Combat Club’s leader, William Regal! Schiavone says the main event is Cincinnati’s own, Jon Moxley, defending his title against Hangman Page! Regal says yes, and it is for the AEW World- Wait! Here comes MJF! We all knew MJF was going to show up sometime tonight, and now he’s showing up to interrupt this interview! Fans are fired up to see Maxwell Jacob Friedman as he joins Regal in the ring. MJF shows he is putting the Dynamite Diamond Ring away, and Regal shows he does have his brass knuckles. MJF says he’s not here to fight, he’s here to talk. Regal puts the knuckle dusters away, and MJF steps closer.

MJF says, “Now here’s what’s gonna happen. I’m gonna tell a story, and I don’t care how long it is, you’re gonna listen. Because whether you realize it or not, you owe me that.” Fans boo as they aren’t so sure, but MJF continues, “Cincinnati, bear with me. When I was 19 years old, training in the business for one year at the Create A Pro-Wrestler Academy, one fateful day, I get pulled over to the side by my trainers, Pat Buck & Bryan Myers.” Fans applaud those names and MJF says yeah, they’re great guys. But they told MJF, “Kid, congrats, your hard work’s paid off. We got you WWE extra work.”

And to some, that might not sounds like a lot, but to MJF, it was the only show in town and it was an honor and opportunity. An opportunity is all MJF needed, so he packed his best gear, his best suit, and drove to the Barclays Center. Then, MJF and the extras were greeted and spoken to by none other than Sir William Regal. Regal told them, “You are all gonna go to the ring and have tryout matches before the show’s proceedings tonight.” Regal then had them all go against random opponents, put in a single file line, and MJF’s match was set to go on second. The first was two young dreamers, with the onlookers being Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, Adam Pearce, and William Regal.

The wrestlers locked up, Malenko rang the bell and told them to get out. The second match was up, the pressure was on, MJF got his turn. He was shaking like a leaf, got in the ring, and knew he wasn’t fighting for a contract, but fighting for his life! “Cuz make no mistake about it, Will, professional wrestling is my life!” Fans cheer that! MJF says after his match, he was soaking wet with sweat from winning, and all four judges looked at him like he had eight heads. Then Regal pulled MJF away from the group and told him, “Follow me.” Regal led MJF to a separate room where it was just the two of them, and Regal said, “Kid, you’ve got three minutes to sell yourself to me. Go.”

“And boy, did I.” By the time MJF was done talking, Regal’s jaw was on the floor. And then Regal picked it up and said something MJF will never forget. Regal said, “Kid, I’m gonna get you a job here today.” MJF huffs and puffs as he asks, “And then what happened, huh? And then what happened? And then… I realized in that moment, I did it. I was no longer gonna be looked at by all the naysayers as a 5-foot-nothing, ADD riddled Jew boy, NO NO! I was gonna be a Superstar!” Fans cheer that, but there’s clearly still more. MJF says he had done it, he had accomplished his dream, and then, with a crooked grin, Regal asked, “How old are you, kid?” And MJF said, “19 years old, sir.”

Regal looked at MJF and said, “Kid, I’m sorry, but you’re much too young.” Fans boo now, seeing the twist. MJF said his heart stopped, his dreams evaporated, and in one fell swoop… Fans chant at Regal, “You Effed Up!” MJF says Regal then “resuscitated” MJF with his version of hope. “Kid, I don’t like to put my name on many people, but when I do, they get jobs here.” The list is small, but the list is as follows: Claudio Castagnoli; Bryan Danielson; and Cincinnati’s own, Jon Moxley. Regal told MJF that he saw something in MJF. When MJF “becomes of age,” Regal will put his name on MJF! But until then, MJF should go home, work his ass off, and every single month, send Regal a match and a promo.

So that’s what MJF did. MJF busted his ass! Month one, Regal responds, “Maxwell, thank you so much, I look forward to reviewing your progress.” Month two, “Maxwell, thank you so much, I look forward to reviewing your progress.” Then month three came, and after Regal told MJF to send in a match and a promo, Regal send MJF a promo that MJF still has saved to his phone to this day! Regal can smirk all he wants now, but he sent MJF this promo that MJF has read every single day since, so he’ll read it now! Fans cheer, liking the sound of that.

Here’s the email Regal sent: “Max, I’m a very, very busy man. I’ve got talent from all over the world to watch, and I’ve just had to sit for minutes watching you,” and this was in quotations, “‘show me your acting skills.’ Do not reply to this, but how would this make me say, ‘Oh, I know. Let’s hire Max.’ Make a name for yourself in the wrestling world and you’ll get noticed. That means being a high level performer. When you do, trust me, I’ll know. Unfortunately for you, the game has changed. The WWE exclusively hires the best talent in the world to the top world-class athletes. When you’re one of them, then maybe send me your stuff. Yours Sincerely, William Regal.”

Fans boo but Regal still smirks. MJF says that is the email Regal sent to a 19-year-old kid, “a CHILD WITH A DREAM! And you squandered it!!” MJF wants Regal to look at him. This is REAL, dammit! When MJF read that email, he wanted to quit pro-wrestling and his life. That email made MJF want to KILL HIMSELF!! Regal still smirks as MJF gets emotional, but Cincy fires up for MJF as he says, “But then I realized, if I did, then you and all the naysayers would win, and I couldn’t have that, now could I, Will? No no.” And now, the tables have turned. This is 2022, and Regal is nothing more than “a sad, withered old man who got FIRED!”

MJF tells Regal that Regal has snuck into MJF’s company like a rat, “sticking to talents far better than you ever were, like a succubus!” And y’know who MJF is? He’s MJF! The 26-year-old kid on top of the business as as generational talent! Fans agree there! And MJF is also the man who Regal’s former employers now would be willing to take several human lives simply to get MJF to put pen to paper in the bidding war of 2024. MJF wants Regal to look at him, MJF reads that email every single day. But not to put a chip on his shoulder, no. He just needs that for a good, hardy laugh. That’s who Regal is to MJF now: “nothing more than a joke.”

And y’know who MJF is about to become? AEW CHAMPION OF THE WORLD! Because he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman! And he’s better than you, and you know it!! MJF throws down the mic, Cincy gives him a standing ovation, even though that means MJF is gunning for their hometown hero. Regal picks up the mic to say, “Job well done. You mentioned being 19 and being a child. At 16, I left home and went to work on a carnival, and was having to fight grown men to get into this industry. I wasn’t trying to cast you aside, Max. I saw exactly in you what I’m seeing now, and it’s making me happy.

“I saw somebody who was going to be a big, big star. I wanted to light a fire under your backside. One, because we live in a day and age where you can’t have grown men smashing your face in when you’re 16, and when you’re 17, and when you’re crying every single night that you go to bed and there’s blood running out of every hole in your body and you want to quit, but you won’t let yourself, because at 17, I said, ‘No! I will not quit! I will keep going because I am going to be a professional wrestler!’ And if a bloody email is what it took to get you to this place, and you’ve held onto that for 7 YEARS… You’ve had it easy, sunshine.”

Regal says this is what MJF has had! He’s had it easy! MJF mastered something that he forgets, they spent several times together where Regal told MJF, “This is what you need to get good at, sunshine. You need to practice. Every time you brush your teeth, you need to stand and talk and practice and get so people take notice of you when you pick up a microphone.” Regal could see how talented MJF was then, and he watched MJF VS Wheeler Yuta last week, so he sees what an incredible talent MJF is now! MJF is 26, but before MJF was even born, Regal was insulting Mr. Schiavone, beating people up, and yet he would never lay a hand on Schiavone.

Regal is what they’d call an ODV, an Ordinary, Decent Villain. Anyone that steps between the ropes, that’s fair game. But you never put your hand on someone like Schiavone. Regal wanted MJF to be where he is, and knew he had it in him. The only problem is, MJF let Regal down because he took shortcuts. MJF hasn’t done anything to prove anything to Regal yet! Just because MJF gets paid here doesn’t prove anything. Just because he makes lots of money doesn’t prove anything. MJF hired people to do his dirty work, he hides behind a diamond ring to knock people out. Regal doesn’t need a ring to knock people out. When Regal used the brass knuckles, it’s just because he likes hitting people with brass knuckles!

“Max, don’t take any shortcuts. You wanna be a real bad guy? You wanna be The Devil? Then make a name for yourself by doing it right. Beat everybody that stands in front of you, and I don’t care what liberties you take with your pettiness, just get to that place. But if you want to be The Devil, show the world right now.” Regal turns around! “Or are you just going to take another shortcut and so you can come out here and act like a victim, and whine and cry.” MJF takes out the diamond ring and puts it on! Fans boo but Regal just stands still. MJF is conflicted. Regal turns back around with a smirk, but then sighs and says, “You still have a lot to prove.”

Regal drops the mic and leaves MJF with his thoughts. MJF has the Casino Ladder Match poker chip, but will he reconsider cashing it in tonight?

 

Dalton Castle speaks.

The Peacock sees Jericho with the ROH World Championship, and he says, “It’s not fair to the viewers, it’s not fair to Ring of Honor, and unfortunately, it’s up to me and my Boys to do something about this. There is gonna be a forest fire of color, and I am gonna leave Cincinnati the NEW ROH World Champion!” But will Castle be able to dethrone #THEOCHO? We find out in mere moments!

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

Renee is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions and Billy Gunn, and she says ever since they won the titles, everyone wants a piece of them, especially Mark Sterling. Billy first wants to welcome Renee to AEW, “and yes, someone is trying to take away the phenomenon that everybody in this building and the millions… and millions of people are doing at home, called scissoring.” Anthony Bowens this Friday, live in Jacksonville where The Acclaimed was born, it will be The Acclaimed VS Tony Nese & Josh Woods! Caster adds, “That’s right!” “Titles VS Trademark!” “That’s right!” “And we’re gonna get back to scissoring, because EVERYONE loves the Acclaimed!”

“That’s right! And Mark Sterling, you wanna cool us off and get involved with what we’ve got going on? No, we’re hot forever. So Smart Mark, AKA Shart Mark, on Friday night, we’re gonna stomp you in the nuts!” Bowens kicks at the ground to demonstrate, and that’s a mic drop. Will Caster & Bowens win back their right to scissor finger? Or will “The Varsity Athletes” steal something else from a more popular team?

 

Renee Paquette has a sit down interview with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta.

She says first thing’s first, she wants his reaction to unfortunately losing to Chris Jericho for the ROH World Championship. Bryan says it is never fun to lose a match, but especially to Jericho and for the ROH Championship. That title means so much to Bryan, and is part of the person and wrestler he has become. So yeah, not ideal. Renee says one thing we can all see is the reaction to what went down with Daniel Garcia. How has that been sitting with him after a week? Bryan says he had high hopes for Garcia. Bryan looks at Garcia as someone who could not just be the next Bryan Danielson, but even surpass him as a technical wrestler.

Bryan has seen Garcia do so many incredible things at such a young age, that with the right guidance, Garcia could be the best wrestler they’ve ever seen. Renee points out that she notices Yuta’s reactions to this. Yeah… “The best wrestler you’ve ever seen.” Yuta can’t believe Bryan is surprised by how things went down last week. Has Bryan not paid attention? Yuta and Claudio have, they saw this a mile away. Garcia was clearly using Bryan. Garcia has “Dragonslayer” in his tron, and he was tricking Bryan to get what he wants and what Jericho wants. Garcia is a snake! And Bryan didn’t see it.

Yuta thought that when he bled to be Blackpool Combat Club, it meant something. It means something to Moxley, who is AEW World Champion. It means something to Claudio, because he agrees with Yuta. Claudio sees it. But maybe Yuta shouldn’t have met his hero, because this clearly doesn’t mean anything to Bryan. Yuta storms off, Bryan isn’t sure what to make of this. Is the BCC going to crumble, all because of Garcia’s betrayal?

 

ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho w/ Jake Hager VS Dalton Castle w/ The Boys!

The Wizard vows to desecrate the legacy of Ring of Honor one former world champion at a time. He started by defeating Claudio, and then he continued by cheating the American Dragon and Bandido. Will he do even worse to The Peacock? Or will Dalton Castle become DUAL ROH World Six Man and World Heavyweight Champion?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, THE world title is raised, and we see how much longer #THEOCHO lasts!

The bell rings, Jericho offers the Code of Honor, and Castle reaches out to accept, to then stuck his hand down his tights! Castle rummages around for a MIDDLE FINGER! Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Castle throws forearms, Jericho throws forearms, then Jericho whips. Castle reverses and CLOBBERS Jericho! Fans fire up as things speed up, Castle runs Jericho over! Castle hits a BIG hip toss, and fans fire up more! Castle runs in but Jericho throws him out! Castle lands on his feet, the Boys fan him off, and it seems there are even extra non-Tate-Twin Boys. for back-up. Castle cools off, then fires himself up!

Cincy gets fired up, too, Castle gets in, and he catches Jericho to an EXPLODER! And then another! Jericho hobbles and Castle drop steps to EXPLODER again! Castle gut wrenches Jericho up, Jericho fights but Castle still throws him around! And around, and around! GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Castle is annoyed but Hager distracts! Castle DECKS Hager and fans fire up. Castle says, “Bring me a Boy!” Brent gets in and Castle THROWS him at Hager! Direct hit! Now Brendan gets in, Castle THROWS him at Hager! And then Boy 3 gets in and Castle THROWS him at Hager! Down goes Rock Hard Hager!

Fans fire up and Castle clamps onto Jericho with a rear bearhug. AEW goes picture in picture as Castle rolls Jericho around, then chicken wings the arm to throw down elbows! Castle clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Jericho. Castle shifts to a facelock but Jericho rakes eyes! Jericho soaks up the heat, storms up and ROCKS Castle, then has Castle in a corner. Jericho fires off forearms, Castle hits back! Castle forearms, CHOPS, repeat, and he backs Jericho down to the other corner! Castle whips corner to corner, runs in but Jericho BOOTS! Castle falls, The Boys fan him, but Jericho flips off them and the fans in Cincy!

Jericho drags Castle up, reels him in, and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho kicks Castle around, then has the cocky cover, TWO! Jericho drags Castle up, brings him around, but Castle throws body shots. Jericho throws a forearm then bumps Castle off buckles. Jericho fires point blank clotheslines like the Tribal Chief, then hoists Castle up top. Castle claws at Jericho but Jericho ROCKS and CHOPS him back. Jericho climbs up, brings Castle up, but Castle resists. Jericho and Castle throw body shots, but Castle GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down! Castle adjusts, and the Peacock LEAPS, into a dropkick! Jericho knocks Castle out of the sky!

Castle and Jericho are both down but Jericho stands first to soak up the cheers and jeers. Dynamite returns to single picture and Hager soaks up the heat along with Jericho. Jericho storms up to Castle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, and again! Castle turns it around to CHOP Jericho! And forearm! And CHOP! And then CHOP LARIAT! Castle whips corner to corner, runs in again, but Jericho dodges! Castle hits buckles and tumbles out of the ring! Castle staggers up as The Boys fan him off. Jericho triangle jumps but Castle trips him up! Castle goes side to side and back again for a DROPKICK! Jericho falls to the floor and fans fire up!

Castle slides in the ring, then runs to DIVE! Jericho hits railing, Castle throws forearms and then he whips. Jericho reverses, Castle Tiger Feints to RANA! But Hager runs in! Castle dodges, and The Boys swarm Hager! Fans fire up but Hager explodes out! Hager fights but the Boys keep him cornered! Jericho and Castle get in the ring, things speed up, and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The Boys snatch the bucket hat! Fans fire up but Hager is pissed now! Hager shouts, “DON’T! TOUCH! MY! HAT!” He starts throwing Boys all around ringside! He BOOTS Boy 4! He DECKS Boy 3! He throws Brendan into railing!

Hager takes back the hat and puts it on. “I like this hat!” Castle WRECKS Hager, but Jericho rolls Castle! TWO, but Jericho trips Castle! Jericho turns Castle but Castle makes it a cradle, TWO!! Castle clinches, rolls Jericho around, JULIE NEWMAR CLUTCH!! Jericho is caught in that body scissor cobra clutch combo, but he fights free with the free hand! Jericho rains down forearms, then gets the legs! Jericho turns Castle, for the WALLS OF JERICHO! Castle endures, Jericho sits deep, but Castle fights his way forward! ROPEBREAK! The fans are thunderous but Jericho thinks he won! The ref tells him no, that was just the ropebreak!

Jericho argues with the ref, as always, but Aubrey Edwards doesn’t take that! Jericho turns to Castle as Castle rushes in! Jericho dodges a lariat, but the LEFT SIDE comes in! Cover, TWO!! Castle can’t believe how close that was! But Jericho throws forearms, so Castle gives them back. They go back and forth, Castle HEADBUTTS but Jericho CHOPS! They just go back and forth, forearms and CHOPS, but Castle gets boxing elbows in! Castle runs, but into a throat chop! Jericho LIONSAULTS, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Castle is too tired to be frustrated, but fans are thunderous again!

“This is Awesome!” as Castle drags Jericho up. Castle goes to Alabama Lift but Jericho CLUBS away on his back. Jericho underhooks the arms, but Castle wrenches out. Jericho dodges the swing, but Castle catches him to the Alabama! BANGARANG!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives Castle’s best shot but Castle smiles?! Castle SLAPS Jericho, ROCKS him, and brings him up. Castle throws forearm after forearm, after forearm after forearm! Jericho wobbles, swings, but into a catch. Castle tries an elbow but Jericho ducks, JUDAS EFFECT!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)

Jericho managed to pull that one out without cheating! And the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society appears to celebrate, but Jericho has the music cut. “All Honor the Ocho! I said I was gonna desecrate the legacy of ROH, and I’m doing it! ROH champions: out! ROH ring announcers: done! Even ROH commentators…” Jericho has the JAS go after Ian Riccoboni! Menard & Parker drag Ian from the desk, and Jericho aims the belt! But Jerry Lynn grabs the belt from Jericho to yell at him about this! Jericho LOW BLOWS Lynn! And then scoops him, to TOMBSTONE Lynn on the belt!!! The ultimate disrespect!

Security and refs rush out as Jericho celebrates his win. The Wizard continues to cross line after line, will anyone be able to stop his reign of terror?

 

Christian Cage speaks.

“Now there’s been a misconception lately that somehow, somehow, I brainwashed Luchasaurus. Now that couldn’t be the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, I think it’s pretty obvious, Jungle Boy, that as far as intelligence goes, Luchasaurus was the brains of your team, was he not?” Luchasaurus nods in agreement. “We are through with you! We are on to bigger and better things, my friend. In fact, it’s gonna be all gold from here on out. If you have a championship, if you are a champion in AEW, this is your warning. Because the reality is about to give you a bitch slap in the form of My Right Hand of Destruction, Luchasaurus.”

 

Backstage interview with The Baddies.

Renee tries to get a word with Leila Grey & Kiera Hogan, but they tell her they don’t have time! They’ve got business to take care of. But then the Baddies walk into their leader, Jade Cargill, and she asks where her belt went. She doesn’t see it. Kiera explains they’ve been looking for Nyla Rose everywhere but they can’t find her. Jade says duh, that’s because Nyla’s not here! How did they not know that? Leila says they do have something. Uh, Kiera has something. Kiera found out that Nyla will be in Jacksonville for Rampage. Is that right? Then perfect, because Jade will be in Jacksonville for Rampage. In fact, she’ll walk right to the ring and demand her belt back.

Jade looks at the camera and says, “Tony Khan, here’s the deal: either you get Nyla Rose to bring me my belt because she’s too much of a chicken sh*t; or I will hijack your show for sixty minutes. See you Friday.” Will the Native Beast have no choice but to turn over the AEW TBS Championship? Or will Jade have no choice but to turn Rampage into #ThatBitchShow?

 

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page!

Quite the homecoming for Cincinnati’s own, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. This has been building for three years, and now we will finally see The Maniac VS The Cowboy 1v1, and for the greatest prize in AEW! Will the hometown hero keep this belt home with him? Or will Cincy see some serious #CowboySh*t?

The introductions are made, Moxley makes his way through the crowd, and #TitleTuesday ends with one for the ages!

MJF is spotted clutching his poker chip, but Hangman doesn’t wait for Moxley to make it to ringside! Hangman goes hunting, and the brawl is on! Fans are thunderous already as Hangman makes Mox take a seat, and then BOOTS him down! Fans are torn but mostly boo as Hangman snap suplexes Moxley on the floor! The ref reprimands but Hangman doesn’t go to ringside, he goes up the bleachers. Hangman finds his way to the railing and spots where he left Moxley. Fans are torn again as Hangman sets up to SUPER ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Moxley! Hangman revels in the fans losing their minds while AEW goes picture in picture!

Hangman paces, he sits Moxley up and he kicks him against the wall! Hangman drags Moxley up, brings him around with a cravat and then throws him into more barriers, But Moxley turns things around to ROCK Hangman! And ROCK him again! And again! Fans are getting even closer to the action as Moxley just punches away on Hangman’s head! Moxley brings Hangman with him along the way, and gives him headlock punches! Moxley then climbs up onto the barriers for fans to see and cheer. Moxley leaps to AX HANDLE Hangman down! The ref insists they get this to ringside, but Hangman kicks low and RAMS Moxley into railing!

Moxley, already a bit bloodied, staggers and sits down. Hangman punches away on that bloody forehead, then takes a taste of Moxley’s blood! Hangman then puts Moxley in the ring and gets on the apron, only for Moxley to DECK him! Hangman staggers now, Moxley builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and both men are down on the floor! Moxley stands up, he brings Hangman up, and he ROCKS Hangman with a right. Moxley follows Hangman around the way, keep son him with CHOPS, and then puts Hangman in the ring. The bell finally rings, and this is finally a match, only for Moxley to throw Hangman back out!

Moxley goes out to whip Hangman, but Hangman reverses and Moxley hits steel steps! Dynamite returns to single picture, Moxley flops over, and Hangman storms over. Hangman drags Moxley up, and smacks him off the steps! Hangman rains down fists as the ring count climbs, and fans are torn as their hometown hero is even bloodier now. Moxley staggers away punch drunk, but Hangman follows him into the ring. Moxley leans against ropes, Hangman storms over again and drags Moxley up. Fans duel, Hangman snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Hangman KICKS Moxley in the back! And then BOOTS him in the face!

Moxley sits up to egg Hangman on! Fans fire up and Hangman throws more hands on the bloody forehead. Hangman reels Moxley in, but Moxley trips Hangman to tie up the legs! FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Hangman endures and Moxley flips Hangman off! Hangman tells Moxley, “F YOU!” but Moxley just thrashes the leg lock more! Hangman throws hands, and he digs fingers in that forehead wound! The ref reprimands and counts but Moxley lets the leg lock go so he can get away. Moxley goes to ropes again while fans rally up. Moxley has a crimson mask, he goes to a corner, and fans duel harder.

Hangman CHOPS Moxley, Moxley snarls and goes to another corner. Hangman storms up to CHOP again! Moxley shakes his head, stomps around, and he eggs Hangman on! Hangman CHOPS, but Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And forearm! And CHOP! Repeat! Moxley whips corner to corner, Hangman reverses and Moxley hits buckles hard! Moxley falls to the mat, Hangman storms over and brings Moxley up. Hangman scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and fans are torn again. Moxley rushes in to CUTTER! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Hangman gets to a corner and Moxley rises.

Cincy is loud for Moxley now and he runs in to clothesline! Moxley climbs up to rain down fist, and then he BITES Hangman’s forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Moxley lets off, only to climb up and BITE Hangman’s forehead again! Moxley hoists Hangman up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him to CLAW Hangman’s back! Moxley stands Hangman up to SUPERPLEX! Double knuckle lock cover, TWO! Moxley turns those knuckle locks into DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley then shifts to an ARMBAR! Hangman clasps hands to resist, Moxley pries at the fingers, but Hangman fights. Moxley pries the fingers apart, ARMBAR!

Hangman flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4, and wait, MJF has disappeared from his VIP skybox. Moxley goes out on the apron, he drags Hangman up, but Hangman fights! Hangman Alabama Lifts, APRON DEADEYE!! Both men flop down as AEW returns to picture in picture.

The ref checks and somehow Moxley is okay to continue. Hangman gets in the ring, but he has to get Moxley. Hangman hobbles his way over, he stands Moxley up, and he CHOPS! Hangman follows Moxley around the way, CHOPS him again, and then puts him in the ring. Hangman BOOTS Moxley down! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but Hangman drags Moxley by a leg. HALF CRAB! Moxley endures as Hangman sits deep! Moxley powers up to turn and roll, and he gets Hangman’s leg to trip him! Moxley drags Hangman into an STF! Hangman endures now, but he gets the ROPEBREAK fast!

Moxley lets off quickly, he drags Hangman up and puts him in a corner. Moxley RAMS into Hangman, and again, and again! Moxley gets space but Hangman moves, Moxley POSTS himself! Hangman storms up to throw haymakers on the bloodied face of Moxley. Hangman puts Moxley up top, CHOPS him, and Moxley wobbles. Hangman climbs up, but Moxley ROCKS him with a forearm! Hangman hits back, they brawl up top, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley throws boxing elbows. Moxley hooks Hangman’s arms, but Hangman throws body shots. Hangman HEADBUTTS, then stands up, for a SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!

Hangman crawls to the cover, turns Moxley over, TWO!! Fans rally and duel as both men rise. Hangman drags Moxley up, Alabama Lifts, but Moxley fights it! Hangman ROCKS Mox, runs, but Mox shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Hangman lands on his feet! Moxley blocks the lariat, but the SOUTHPAW comes around! Fans fire up, Hangman runs, but into Moxley’s KING KONG LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! The ref checks Hangman, and then he has Doc Sampson check him. Hangman could be out cold, or he could be concussed. Moxley backs down and fans boo, they don’t want this to end! But the ref calls for the bell!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by referee stoppage (still AEW World Champion)

The hometown hero wins, but not the way he wanted. William Regal goes to the ring to celebrate with Moxley all the same, will Hangman have to fight his way back to this title once again? As for Moxley, he gets the mic to address the crowd. “Ladies and gentlemen, I hope and pray that Hangman Adam Page recovers to 100%, can walk again, talk again, play with his little baby again, and come perform for all you fans again. But this is a dangerous game that we play, and you gotta have guts to play it. You gotta risk it all to play it. You gotta put every single thing on the line every time you step into this ring if you want to be successful in professional wrestling.

“And since I’m on live television, and I’m out here, and I’ve still got a lot of energy in me, I was watching earlier while I was getting ready, and some little [censored] is talking a lot of s*it. And I usually just let him talk his s*it because basically, he’s not worth breaking a knuckle on. But the Yankees didn’t go into extra innings so we still got some TV time, so… If MJF, you wanna prove just who the hell you say you are, why don’t you get your little suburban ass out here in my ring in Cincinnati, right now!” Fans like the sound of that, and here comes MJF! And he has a ref! And his chip! Is he cashing in!? MJF puts the ref in the ring, but then Regal asks him what’s the play.

MJF is still in street gear, he throws down his scarf and takes off his shirt, and the ref has the belt. Moxley flips MJF off to egg him on, but then MJF bails out? MJF tells Regal if he is to earn this, then hold onto the chip! MJF runs to commentary, grabs a mic, and he shouts, “You wanna talk about me cutting corners? Nah. You wanna talk about me being a man? These people KNOW I’m a man!” Regal chuckles but MJF says, “Here’s what’s gonna go down! I’m gonna cash that chip in, but when I do, I don’t want you at 50%, I don’t want you right after a match. I want you 110%! I don’t want any excuses!

“I wanna make sure, that when I beat you, clean, smackdab in the middle of that ring, that there’s not a GADDAMN QUESTION that I’m better than you and you know it! I’m cashing my chip in… FULL GEAR! Because for the first time, look at me when I say this, Regal, you piece of s*it! For the first time in my miserable life… I’m gonna earn it.” Fans fire up for that one! Regal grins and Moxley seems up for that. MJF is going to do things the right way, and Moxley grabs the mic. It seems there’s difficulties, Moxley is annoyed, “the show’s going downhill.”

But his response to MJF is explaining just what MJF will earn: the heel of Moxley’s boot in his mouth; MJF’s teeth rolling around in his mouth and going down his effin’ throat; Moxley’s fist right up MJF’s ass; MJF’s throat getting squeezed until his head turns purple and pops off like a Pez dispenser; a date with destiny, a date a lot of people don’t make it out of the ring standing, a date with Moxley, the best wrestler in the world, the AEW World Champion! And we’re gonna find out just what MJF is made of as Moxley makes an example out of him to show the whole world that getting in the ring with Moxley is dangerous as all hell!

November 19th can’t get here soon enough! Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman finally put his money where his mouth is? Or will the Maniac prove that once and for all, no one messes with the Maniac?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome AEW, and when they established there’d be four title matches, I just knew those would be the only matches, and that each match would be awesome. Opening with the Trios titles makes a lot of sense, as does Death Triangle retaining, but I’m a little unsure about that bit where Fenix stopped Pac from cheating. By normal conventions, that moment would’ve cost them. But at the same time, AEW is refraining from having another AEW Double Champion so soon. I suppose Death Triangle did need to establish they talked among themselves about Pac’s cheating, and the fastest way to do that is in a match, not in a promo segment.

Good promo from Britt and friends to lead into the women’s title match, and a great women’s title match at that. I figured Storm would retain, and of course Britt’s crew goes after her. Saraya going after Britt was a logical move, and I suppose this means AEW is going to clear her. I just hope it’s more a tag match and not 1v1. Riho returning is great, that makes for a great number of match-ups, including Riho VS Storm. Good bit from Jade & The Baddies to set up a confrontation for Rampage, and chances are, we get a brawl from Jade and Nyla to set up a title match for Full Gear. Part of that build should be Marina Shafir and even Diamante joining Nyla in a Six Woman Tag against The Baddies.

Good promo from WARJOE to call out The Kingdom, though taking them on in singles matches is not what I expected. Really good segment from Lethal and Darby to set up their rematch, which will be a wild one after that garage door vice spot. Really good promo from FTR and Swerve In Our Glory, that is going to be a great tag match that I honestly can’t predict. FTR could take on The Acclaimed but then it’d be a shame for Acclaimed to lose those belts. But I feel like Swerve In Our Glory is just one loss away from breaking up, and I feel like the best time for that would be in another loss to The Acclaimed.

The Acclaimed also have a good promo calling out Sterling’s stable, and I just knew we were getting Titles VS Trademark. The Acclaimed will of course win so that they can have an even bigger scissor finger celebration than National Scissoring Day, especially with it being a homecoming to Jacksonville and I would think Daily’s Place. Good promo from Christian Cage to call out champions, but with WARJOE busy, I feel like Luchasaurus is either going after FTW Champion, Hook, or All-Atlantic Champion, Orange Cassidy. Either is fine, but I don’t see Luchasaurus dethroning either. Hook is still in that weird space where he hasn’t even been pushed to his limits, and Cassidy should be feuding with Ethan Page over Ethan’s promo calling out all comedy characters.

That was a really good sit-down interview promo for Yuta and Bryan. I sensed Yuta would be upset by this whole Garcia thing, and here it is! Granted, I didn’t sense nor wanted Garcia defaulting back to JAS, but still. Yuta says the others agree with him, is Bryan going to get kicked out of the faction he suggested forming? Or is Bryan going to see things Yuta’s way and give up on Garcia? We got an awesome match out of Jericho and Castle, and I like that they just threw in a couple jobbers to be the extra Boys, just so Hager would have more people to throw around. Jericho wins 99% clean, as Hager could be considered a distraction, but I suppose at some point, Jericho would win clean against someone. Jericho doubling down by wanting to hurt Riccoboni and then hurting Jerry Lynn was some good Heel Heat, I can’t wait to see who is next for his ROH hit list.

And of course, just amazing stuff out of MJF, Regal, and how it relates to the world title. MJF again digs down deep and bares part of his soul, and even then Regal throws that all back in his face because MJF was being biased. The main event was building into something awesome, it is a damn shame Hangman got hurt. I think I speak for everyone at The Chairshot in wishing Hangman all the best, he has really worked hard to get where he is now. But MJF coming out to establish that he won’t do a Money in the Bank Heel cash-in but more a Face cash-in is great stuff. Moxley VS MJF at Full Gear is going to be awesome stuff, and they’ve got a full month to build it, so who knows what further twists and turns happen along the way.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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