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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/18/23)

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Ricky Starks takes on Jake Hager and his stupid hat!

Ricky Starks looks to tear down the Jericho Appreciation Society piece by piece, and he’s starting with bucket hat wearing Rock Hard Jake Hager!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Jay Lethal; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • The Young Bucks VS Top Flight; Top Flight wins.
  • Ricky Starks VS Jake Hager w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society; Starks wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Bandido; Bryan wins.
  • Willow Nightingale VS Toni Storm w/ Saraya; Storm wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS KUSHIDA w/ Kevin Knight & The DKC; Darby wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW mourns the loss of Jay Briscoe.

 

AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Jay Lethal!

This episode of Dynamite is certified Freshly Squeezed! But with neither Best Friends or Lethal’s alliance allowed ringside, this will truly be 1v1! Will Lethal be able to beat Cassidy again like he did back in August? Or will Cassidy get serious here in Fresno?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who gets it done all on their own!

The bell rings and fans rally for Cassidy but Lethal wants a timeout. Fans boo but then Lethal looks up to the bleachers. Wait, Jeff Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh are walking down the steps! Fans boo more, but there’s nothing anyone can do because they’re here as members of the audience! Guess that’s their loophole around Tony Khan’s ringside ban. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Lethal rushes in! Cassidy dodges Lethal, comes back, but Lethal ducks the Orange Punch! Lethal trips Cassidy, “WOO~!” but Cassidy turns Figure Four into a cradle! TWO, and Lethal rushes in. Cassidy drops, hurdles, but Lethal blocks the hip toss!

Lethal tries to hip toss but Cassidy blocks it! Cassidy slips around to hook the arms! Backslide, TWO! Cassidy has the wrist but Lethal whips Cassidy to a corner. Cassidy goes up and out, but Lethal DECKS him! Fans boo but Sonjay, Satnam & Jarrett cheer. Jarrett wants to hop the railing but Sonjay tells him no, they have to stay part of the crowd. Tony Khan said Sonjay would be fired if they violate the ban. Lethal goes out to fetch Cassidy, but DANHAUSEN appears! Danhausen is checking for tickets. Sonjay produces them, and Danhausen checks them. Seems they’re okay, and then he waves someone over? It’s Trent & Chuck! And they have popcorn!

Cassidy gets in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES! Lethal hits railing! Cassidy puts Lethal in the ring as Chuck & Trent make their way to the same area Jarrett and the others are seated. Cassidy keeps things moving, he tilt-o-whirls, but Lethal HOTSHOTS him! Lethal rains down fists on Cassidy then stomps away. Lethal drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Lethal lets off at 4, and fans cheer as Danhausen changes from being an usher to being in Cassidy’s corner! Lethal tosses Cassidy out while Jarrett and the boys cheer him on. Cassidy crawls around the way and Lethal goes out to the apron.

Lethal walks down the steps, he brings Cassidy around, and he RAMS Cassidy into the apron! Cassidy grits his teeth, the ring count climbs, but Lethal whips Cassidy into the POST! Cassidy goes flying and fans boo while Lethal’s friends cheer him on. Lethal goes into the ring to give us a strut. Danhausen boos and the fans give thumbs down. Cassidy gets in the ring, but Lethal drags him up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Lethal clamps on for a chinlock. Cassidy endures as Lethal leans on him. Fans rally for Cassidy, Trent and Chuck munch popcorn, and Cassidy fights up. Lethal knees low, then scoops and SLAMS!

Fans boo as Lethal swaggers around. Lethal goes to a corner and climbs up, but Cassidy crawls away. Lethal hops down, he goes to the next corner, but then Cassidy crawls away from that one. Lethal is annoyed but he goes to the third corner, only for Cassidy to crawl to the fourth! Fans fire up but Lethal hops down, and bypasses the fourth to the first! HAIL- NO, Cassidy gets his boot up, only for Lethal to block it! Lethal steps through, but Cassidy kicks him away and into buckles! Cassidy gets up, runs in, but is put back on the apron. Cassidy bumps Lethal off the buckles again and again, all the way to “OCHO!” and then TEN!

Fans fire up as Lethal staggers. Cassidy climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cassidy keeps moving, but Lethal follows! Lethal fakes Cassidy out and suplexes! But into STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Lethal wobbles, Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Lethal and Cassidy are both down, Sonjay argues with Jarrett to stay put, and fans rally up. Cassidy crawls to the apron, then stands up. Cassidy goes up the corner and fans fire up! Lethal stands, for DEEP- NO, he catches Cassidy to the LETHAL COMBINATION! Then the handspring, LETHAL- NO, Cassidy just moves out of the way! Lethal crashes down, and off comes the elbow pad!

Fans fire up as Cassidy takes aim. ORANGE- NO, fireman’s carry! A TOSS, and the LETHAL INJECTION!! But Cassidy flounders right out of the ring! Lethal is furious, Sonjay again keeps Jarrett back, but then Chuck dumps his popcorn on Sonjay’s head! Jarrett wants to fight back but Sonjay says no, that could still cost him! Lethal drags Cassidy back into the ring but the ref hurries over to settle everyone down. Wait, Jarrett sneaks his guitar to Lethal! Only for Danhausen to snatch it away! Payback for them stealing Paul Walter Hauser’s Golden Globehausen! And then Danhausen CURSES Lethal! And plays the guitar.

Danhausen runs as Lethal chases him, and they get in the ring, Cassidy wheelbarrows Lethal to a VICTORY ROLL! TWO!!! ORANGE PUNCH!!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)

Best Friends helped out, and now they join Cassidy in celebrating! Double J is furious, but Sonjay keeps him back. Satnam rushes into the ring and he grabs Best Friends! Sonjay hurries in to calm the giant down! This will get Sonjay fired! Satnam shoves them down, and Trent asks what his problem is! But then Jarrett gets his guitar back and aims for Cassidy! But Sonjay stops him, too! They argue, and the ref dares someone to do something! Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! And he fires off the “devastating” shin kicks on Sonjay! Sonjay throws off his jacket, but now Lethal and Jarrett hold him back! Lethal says up yours, and Team Triple Jay leaves.

Fans boo, but Best Friends go back to celebrating. They give Cassidy the popcorn, and they GROUP HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! But will Best Friends give Triple Jay what they deserve soon enough?

 

The Young Bucks w/ Brandon Cutler VS Top Flight!

Matt & Nick Jackson are fresh off their AEW World Trios Championship win in that Best of 7 Series that went all the way to match seven and Escalara de la Muerte! But now, they face off against the Coldest Tag Team in the Game, Dante & Darius Martin, who won big in that Three Kings Christmas Battle Royal. Will Top Flight earn themselves and AR Fox some golden tickets to the trios titles? Or will it be a Superkick Party in Fresno?

The teams sort out and Dante starts against Nick in a showdown of younger brothers. They circle, tie up, Nick wrenches and wristlocks but Dante handsprings and wrenches back. Nick uses the ropes to flip through, then he wrenches back. Nick wrenches Dante again, but Dante just flips through to WRING out Nick! Fans fire up, but Nick kicks low to headlock. Dante powers out, Nick runs him over, but things keep moving. Dante hurdles, rolls and headscissors, but Nick handsprings, dropkicks cancel out! They both kip up and Dante says he did his faster. Fans fire up but Nick pie faces Dante. So Dante ROUNDHOUSES Nick!

Nick staggers, Matt tags in, and Matt has Dante cool off. Then he throat chops him! Matt mocks Dante checking the time, but Darius tags in. Matt whips Dante but Darius slips in, and as Dante returns, LEG SWEEP BULLDOG COMBO! Fans fire up as Darius fires off on Matt. Darius runs in, Matt puts him on the apron but Dante tags in. Darius CHOPS Matt, Dante runs in and A-LIST LARIATS! Darius tags back in, snap suplexes Matt down, and Dante slingshot sentons! Nick runs in, into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Top Flight double suplex Matt but Nick makes the save! Darius runs in, but into double dropkicks to the legs! Darius flies face first into buckles!

The Bucks aim at Dante, Dante elbows Nick away, then he elbows Matt away. Dante goes up, but the Bucks mule kick his legs out! Dante gets stuck in the ropes, Darius is in the other corner. Nick runs in but Darius puts him on the apron. Matt runs in but Darius ducks, only for Matt to catch his dropkick! Matt CATAPULTS Darius into a GAMANGIRI! Darius ends up on Matt’s knees, Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP Darius, then rolls to DRAPING BACKSTABBER Dante! Fresno fires up for the Bucks and they regroup in their corner. Nick tags back in as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick brings Dante up to rain down fists! Nick goes all the way to “OCHO!” and then TEN! Nick swaggers a la Savage, then he sucker punches Darius. Nick drags Dante up but Dante fires a forearm! And another! Nick swings but misses, Dante mule kicks and whips. Nick tumbles up and out to PENALTY KICK Darius! But Dante BLASTS Nick off the apron! Dante then builds speed, only for Matt to CLOBBER him! Matt swaggers about, then drops a fist. And then another! And then has a cocky cover, TWO! Matt is annoyed but he drags Dante up to ROCK him with a right hand. And then another! Matt bumps Dante off buckles, fires off hands, then stomps a mudhole in!

Matt lets off as the ref counts and he soaks up the cheers and jeers. Matt tags Nick, Nick drags Dante up and brings him around to scoop. Nick carries Dante around, then SLAMS him with some stank! Nick drops a leg, brother, then another! And then another! Nick taunts Dante to reach out to Darius, then he SPITS at Darius! Darius spits back! Nick takes that wad of gum, and puts it in his own mouth! Darius doesn’t even know what to make of that. Nick drags Dante up, tags Matt, and the Bucks mug Dante. They double whip Dante to ropes, but Dante holds ropes to avoid the Superkicks!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Nick runs in, but Dante jumps up and over! Nick tumbles out, Matt runs in, whips Dante to the corner, and Matt blows a kiss to Darius. Matt runs in, into a BOOT from Dante! Dante then front flips over Matt, only for Nick to trip Darius! Fans are torn as the Bucks deny the tag! Matt stomps Dante, drags him up, and whips him corner to corner. Dante reverses, Matt goes up and over, and Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD! And GAMANGIRI! And elbow smash! Then BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Matt tags Nick back in, then he drags Dante into the drop zone. They coordinate, RISKY BUSINESS! Cover, TWO!

Dante crawls but Nick drags him from Darius. Tag to Matt, the Bucks drag Dante up and double whip to ropes. Dante handsprings out of the double hip toss to double arm-drag! Dante keeps moving, ducks ‘n dodges to RANA Matt away! Fans fire up as Matt flounders! Dante crawls, hot tag to Darius! Atomic drop, and haymaker after haymaker to Matt! Matt tries to hit back, but Darius just blocks to ROCK Matt, and then LARIAT! Darius BLASTS Nick for good measure! Darius BOOTS Matt away, goes up and over and redirects Matt into a SPANISH FLY! And then a DIVE for Nick! Fans are thunderous as Darius goes up top!

Darius leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Matt survives but Darius fires up. Darius stands Matt to fire forearm after forearm after forearm! Matt shoves Darius away, but swings into a back suplex! Matt lands on his feet, Nick sneaks a tag, Darius DECKS Matt! Nick springboards, Darius dodges, ducks ‘n’ comes back, into a SUPERKICK! Dante tags in and springboards, but Nick gets under! Nick runs, hurdles, Matt tags and Nick sunset flips! Dante rolls through to jackknife, but Nick bridges up and brings Dante around! Backslide feed to the gut wrench! Nick hurries to the apron, but Darius trips him up! Dante escapes the piledriver to shove Matt!

Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante SUPERKICKS! Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Matt is down, fans are thunderous, and Dante goes up! Darius tags before the ASAI MOONSAULT onto Nick! Darius drags Matt up, reels him in, “This is Awesome!” as Dante returns! NOSEDIVE BOMB!!! Cover, NICK BREAKS IT!! The Bucks survive by nanoseconds! All four men are down and Fresno is thunderous for “A E DUB!” as a standing count starts. Nick drags Matt to their corner, then he tags in. Dante runs in but Nick dumps him out! Darius runs in but Nick shoulders into him! “Hey, Darius! SUCK IT!” FACEBUSTER for Darius, cartwheel MOONSAULT for Dante!

Nick returns to slingshot and DESTROYER on Darius! Cover, TWO!?! Darius survives and Nick is stunned! Fans are thunderous again while Nick stands back up. Tag to Matt, the Bucks bring Darius up and bump him off buckles. Matt gives a shoutout to Jay Briscoe with a kiss to the armband. Matt Electric Chair Lifts Darius, Nick goes up top, DOOMSDAY DEVICE!! Cover, Dante breaks it!! Dante brings Matt up, throw shim out, but Nick runs in! Dante dumps Nick out onto Matt! Dante builds speed and he springboards, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! The Bucks hurry back into the ring, they have Darius by the arms!

The Bucks sit Darius up, B T E TRIGGER but Darius ducks! Knees collide, Darius kicks Nick away and rolls Matt up, TOP FLIGHT WINS!!!

Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall

As great as the Bucks felt coming out of the Best of 7, they slept on Darius & Dante just a bit here! Matt takes onus for the lost, but will he, Nick and Kenny Omega need to be razor sharp if they want to hold onto their AEW World Trios Championships?

 

The Gunns are here!

Though, everyone was expecting The Acclaimed next… Austin & Colten storm down to the ring while fans boo, but the Gunns grab mics. Fresno taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” but Colten wants them to show respect to the best tag team in the world! Austin waits but fans keep chanting “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin says, “Last week, The Acclaimed embarrassed us on national TV!” Fans cheer that! Austin says what fans keep forgetting is that the Gunns made The Acclaimed popular! The Gunns MADE the Acclaimed champions! They even gave them their own dad! But the Gunns promise that that is the last time The Acclaimed embarrass them!

But wait! Here comes the Acclaimed now! Austin says NO NO NO! CUT THE MUSIC! And sadly, the music is cut. Austin won’t let us hear rhymes, this isn’t about Fresno! Bowens says maybe they shouldn’t then. Caster asks Fresno, “Did y’all come to hear the Ass Boys talk? Or do y’all wanna hear me freestyle?” Fans cheer for the rap! Caster says to shut off Austin’s mic and play the music. And so that happens! “Acclaimed on the mic, got the atmosphere. Y’all only got a job cuz your dad works here! Your last name got class, boys. Billy Gunns’ sons, better known as the Ass Boys! And now I’m done with the lyin’. Y’all the worst kids since Hunter Biden!

“Up in Fresno State, y’all’re so bitter. You’re not the bullsh*t, you’re the sh*tters!” Bowens then says, “FRRRESNOOOO~! The Acclaimed! Have arrived!” But no time for scissor fingers, The Acclaimed get right in the faces of Austin & Colten! The shoving starts, then the brawling starts! But Daddy Ass hurries in to get his boys off his sons?! Billy and Austin shout at each other, Austin storms off and Colten joins him. The Ass Boys are done with this, but Billy gets a mic. “Well, I’m sick and tired of this, and I’m tired of you whining, the self-privileged two that you think that you are. And you two are tag champs, let’s start acting like it.”

Fans are surprised Daddy Ass is laying down the law. But Billy says that if his sons have some kind of issue, then tell ya what, next week, they’re all going to sit down and hash this out. So now all he has two words for ya. Fans say “SUCK IT!” but Billy says, “FAMILY THERAPY!” Billy leaves on his own, is he hoping to get the super group back together?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee Paquette is with The Cowboy, and she has of course spent time with Jon Moxley since his match with Hangman just last week. How is Hangman feeling? Physically fine, but as Hangman said before, after that first match, Moxley took something from Hangman. Hangman told Moxley to his face that he’d beat Moxley for the world title, and that didn’t happen, so Moxley took Hangman’s word from him. Hangman feels like with this win in the rematch, he at least has his word back.

Renee says Moxley said something rather interesting to her this past week. She understands that Hangman and Moxley are elite level performers and athletes, but Moxley said that Hangman really pushes him to be a better version of himself. That he both “despises and cherishes” Hangman. What is Hangman’s response to that? Is that really what he said? Yes it is. Well, Hangman understands the nature of pro-wrestling. Their first match, Moxley put Hangman to sleep. But then Moxley made jokes about it. So Hangman told Moxley to his face that he’d knock Moxley out cold if he had to in order to win, and he did that.

If Moxley has something to say about that, then he can say so to Hangman’s face, and Hangman will gladly go again. That’s how Hangman feels about that. Renee then asks where Hangman goes from here. Well, Renee did say something earlier that reminded him of where he’d like to go, and the tough conversations Hangman would like to have. And to mend some fences that have been needing mending for a long time. But Hangman won’t get too specific, he’ll just leave it at that. Renee thanks him for his time, and Hangman does ask how Moxley’s doing.

Honestly, he’s been hurt one way or another for the ten years Renee’s known him, but Moxley always dusts himself off. That’s good. If she gets the chance, can she tell Moxley that… Nevermind, it’s dumb. Hangman thanks her and heads out. Just what was it that Hangman wanted to say to Moxley? And when and where will The Maniac return to action?

 

Ricky Starks VS Jake Hager w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society!

There’s already been a lot of back and forth between the Absolute and the “JAS Holes,” with Starks already owning a win over Chris Jericho. But the JAS isn’t done with Starks, so will Rock Hard Hager be the one to finish it? Or will Starks put the hurt on Big Hurt and that purple bucket hat of his?

Fans sing Judas as Jericho joins commentary. Starks then makes his entrance and Jericho says we are going to watch the demise of Ricky Starks. Jericho doesn’t wanna just see it, he wants to feel it and to smell it! The bell rings and Hager ties right up with Starks. Hager powers Starks to a corner, Starks pushes back, and they go along the ropes and into another corner. Hager fires off body shots, the fans rally for Starks, and the ref counts. Hager lets off at 4 and Angelo Parker hands him the bucket hat. Hager puts it on and shouts, “I like this hate!” Hager mocks the Starks pose, then he whips Starks to ropes, to then run him over!

Starks flounders, Daddy Magic mocks Starks, then Hager whips Starks to a corner. Hager runs in, but into a BOOT! Starks CHOPS, bumps Hager off buckles, and he snatches the hat! Starks puts the hat on, kicks Hager’s legs out, then brings Hager up with a knuckle lock. Starks goes up and up, and goes Old School, only for Hager to yank him down! Hager scoops, Starks slips out and shoves Hager out! Starks runs, slides, but Hager catches him for knees! Hager whips Starks at a corner, but Starks manages to slip between the ropes! Starks comes back around, into a BOOT! Hager roars as he has his hat back! “Don’t touch my hat!”

Parker kicks dust at Starks and Hager drags Starks up. Hager RAMS Starks into railing, refreshes the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Hager distracts the ref, allowing Parker & Menard to mug Starks! They get away with that, and then Hager fetches Starks. Hager puts Starks in, Starks goes to a corner, and Hager storms over. Hager throws body shots, Starks falls to his knees, and Hager flexes. Hager puts his hat aside and stalks Starks to a corner. Starks CHOPS Hager, so Hager CHOPS back! Hager stands on Starks at the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Hager lets off, but then Hager hauls Starks up for a BELLY2BELLY SLAM! Hager gets Parker to go look under the ring. Parker & Menard bring out a TABLE! The ref reprimands but they still set the table up.

Hager CLUBS Starks in the corner, CLUBS him more, and then digs his knee in. The ref counts, Hager lets off and he sees the table is ready. Hager goes to Starks but Starks kicks low! Hager powers Starks to a corner and throws another body shot! Starks falls over, and he clamps onto Hager’s legs. Hager sighs, stomps Starks, and then hauls him up. Hager throws a hand but Starks slips around it! Starks fires off in return! The fans fire up, the ref counts, Starks DOUBLE HAMMERS as Dynamite returns to single picture! Starks fires off as he climbs, but Hager brings him out! Hager heads for where the table is, but Starks slips free!

Starks dropkicks Hager to the apron! Parker & Menard move the table aside as Hager tumbles to the floor. Starks runs and WRECKS Hager with a dropkick! Parker rushes in but Starks slides him along the table! Menard rushes in but Starks CLOBBERS him! Starks gets in the ring, Hager rushes at him! Starks sidesteps the shoulder to KICK Hager back! Starks goes up to springboard, FLYING CROSSBODY! Fans fire up, Starks keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Starks as he goes back for more, but Hager throws him away! Hager BOOTS Starks down, then goes up, HAGER BOMB into boots!

Hager staggers and Starks runs in to spin him around! TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Hager survives but Jericho is upset on commentary. Starks beats his chest as Fresno fires up again! Starks strikes his pose, but Menard is on the apron! Starks DECKS Menard! Starks sees Parker and swings on him, but Parker catches him! Hager rushes in, Starks sends him into Parker! Parker goes down, Hager staggers around, into Starks’ SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

Jericho is furious! Menard and Parker regroup, but here come Sammy Guevara & Daniel Garcia! Starks gets outta there before the numbers game gets him again! The Absolute has two big wins over the JAS, will he get the rest of them soon enough?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“I’ve been looking forward to a day like today since I got injured six months ago. I’d been imagining and fantasizing what it would be like to get back in front of the AEW fans, what it would be like to feel that rush again. And my God, Los Angeles did not disappoint one bit.” Cole vows that he will run AEW, and that he will run over anyone who stands in his way. It’s a new Adam Cole, but will he still be the same undisputed talent he always has been?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone is with Garcia, Guevara and Jericho himself, and Jericho is furious. Jericho says, “Ricky Starks has been insulting us, he’s been mocking us, he’s been evading us, and worst of all, he’s been beating us! But next week, it’s all gonna end, because I’ve requested a tag team match with Ricky Starks and his little buddy, Action Andretti, that orphan! Against Sammy Guevara & Chris Jericho, Le Sex Gods!” Daniel Garcia says that he’ll get his hands on Action this Friday Night Rampage, he wants to get after Starks, too. He wants to be Jericho’s partner over Guevara.

Sammy says, “Wow! This is exactly what we’ve talked about! I’ve trained you for this! I’m so proud of you.” And then Sammy hugs Danny. When Garcia beats Action on Friday, if he beats him, he CAN have Guevara’s spot on Dynamite. And y’know what? Sammy believes in Danny so much, he got Garcia new ring gear! Leather pants? Well, whether we get #LeSexGods or #Garciacho, next week is when Starks’ lucky streak ends for good! The JAS is all on the same page, but will they all end up taking another upset loss to Starks & Andretti?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Bandido!

The American Dragon needs to stay undefeated in singles competition until February 8th, and so far, he’s 2-0! But where The Future failed, will the Most Wanted succeed? Or will Bryan keep the streak alive?

The bell rings and Fresno fires up as the two stare down. Bandido has a huge fanbase here, they’re red hot for him! Bryan and Bandido shake hands to show respect, and they circle. They tie up, Bryan wrenches and wristlocks but Bandido rolls, handsprings and breaks free to show finger guns. Bryan kicks the “gun” away and the two circle again. Fans rally for Bandido even harder, and Bandido fires up from that! He and Bryan tie up, Bryan headlocks for the takeover, and he fights off the headscissors. Bandido endures the grind, keeps his shoulders up, and he headscissors after all. Bryan rolls, pops free and hooks up the legs!

Bryan has the Deathlock and fans rally. DEATHLOCK SNAP! And then Bryan gets the arms to turn Bandido over, SURFBOARD CRADLE! TWO, and the two stand off. Bryan shows his finger guns, and Bandido nods respect. Fans fire up as the two reset and circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Bandido drop toeholds and he drags Bryan down. Bandido hooks up the legs, SLAPS Bryan, and Bryan knows what Bandido’s after! Even so, he can’t keep his arms away and Bandido pulls Bryan up and up and into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Fans fire up as Bryan endures one of his favorites, but he manages to slip free!

Bryan KICKS Bandido in the leg, has a standing toehold and he uses it to turn Bandido over. Bandido crawls but Bryan drags him back. Bryan hooks the legs, he grabs the arms, but Bandido’s power game helps fight! But not for long, as Bryan pulls those arms back again! Bandido powers up again, crawls, but Bryan STOMPS the knees! Bryan aims his finger gun again but Bandido aims his back. And goes double! BANG! Fans fire up and Bryan applauds. The two circle again, tie up, and Bryan headlocks. Bandido powers up and out, but Bryan runs him over! Things speed up, Bryan sunset flips, but Bandido rolls through to hook Bryan up!

Bandido has a SURFBOARD CRADLE of his own! TWO as Bryan gets his left shoulder up! Bandido pushes it down, TWO as Bryan gets the other shoulder up! Bandido tries again, TWO as Bryan curls! Bryan then bridges, sits up, and fans fire up as Bryan throws short headbutts! Bryan gets up and over to sunset flip, TWO!! Bandido trips Bryan, ties the legs up, but Bryan fights free! Bandido says it was that close as fans applaud. Bryan is a little annoyed, but he and Bandido circle. “This is Awesome!” as the two knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder, forehead to forehead, and Bryan knees an arm to KICK and KICK and KICK!

Bryan monkey flips but Bandido lands on his feet! Things speed up, Bandido hip tosses but Bryan blocks! But then Bandido uses his insane strength to lift Bryan up and TOSS him anyway! Bandido gets the legs, ties them up, and even gets the arms! EL NUDO LAGUNERO!! The Blue Panther’s signature hold keeps Bryan off the mat! Bryan endures, fights free, and then scrambles out of the ring! Fans boo but Bandido builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp and Bandido hurries back in! Bandido builds speed again, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp again and fans are thunderous! Bandido fires up and he finger guns again.

Bandido puts Bryan in and he springboards as AEW goes picture in picture! Bryan KICKS Bandido out of the air! Bryan smirks as he slows down the fan favorite, but fans chant “YES! YES! YES” because he’s still a fan favorite, too! Bryan stands Bandido up to EuroUpper him down! Bryan stands Bandido up again, to EuroUpper again! Bryan stands Bandido up a third time, Bandido hits back, but Bryan EuroUppers him down into the corner! Bryan drags Bandido up again, scoops him, and puts him in the Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS away on Bandido, but he lets off as the ref counts.

Bryan goes corner to corner, to basement dropkick Bandido outta the Tree! Then Bryan drags Bandido back, hooks up the legs, and pulls on the arms. Up, up and away into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Bandido endures, Bryan tips back to have a ROMERO CRADLE! TWO!! Bandido escapes but Bryan keeps his cool. Fans rally up, Bryan brings Bandido back up, and Bryan EuroUppers again! Bryan whips Bandido to ropes to kitchen sink him down! Bandido flounders and fans fire up as Bryan stalks him to ropes. Bryan brings Bandido up to CHOP! Bryan has Bandido against ropes, and CHOPS him again! And EuroUppers!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Bryan fires off fast hands! Bryan whips but Bandido rolls Bryan up! TWO, and Bryan runs in, into a POP-UP FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down, and a standing count starts. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise. They stand at 6, Bryan CHOPS! But Bandido CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! Bandido CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS, Bandido CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers! And again! And then he KICKS away on Bandido in the corner! Bryan whips corner to corner, Bandido reverses, Bryan goes up and over but into a SUPERKICK! Bandido goes up and up and TORNILLO CROSSBODIES!

Bandido and Bryan hurry up to their feet, Bandido ducks and SOBATS at the same time! Bandido says BANG and reels Bryan in. Fans fire up as Bandido suplexes, holds Bryan up, for “OCHO!” and beyond! Fans fire up as Bandido still holds Bryan, before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Bryan gets his shoulder up as Bandido couldn’t fully cover. But Bandido just goes to the top rope! Bandido takes aim, gives us some Latino Heat, for a FROG SPLASH! Onto knees!! Bryan drags Bandido around, into the LEBELL LOCK!! Bandido endures, fans are thunderous, but Bryan shouts “TAP!” as he pulls way back!

Bandido continues to fight forward, reaches out, but Bryan gets that arm! RINGS OF SATURN!! Bandido kicks with his feet, to get the ROPEBREAK! Fans are thunderous as Bryan lets go in frustration. Fans love “A E DUB!” for this one, but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan aims and KICKS! And KICKS! Fans make these “SI!” kicks! “SI! SI! SI!” Bryan runs in to BUZZ- NO, Bandido blocks! Bandido SHOVES Bryan away, Bryan returns, but into a scoop! Torture rack and flip, GO TO SLEEP! Bryan ends up at the ropes, Bandido runs in, 21 PLEX! But Bryan lands on his feet?! Bandido turns around, into a drop toehold!

Bryan hooks an arm, La Magistrol, TWO!! Another drop toehold, another arm hook, but Bandido trips Bryan to La Magistrol! TWO!!! MJF was almost saved from that Ironman match right there! Bandido and Bryan rise as fans rally back up. Bryan goes to a corner, Bandido storms up and throws forearms. Fans hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow. Bandido throws body shots and fast hands! Bandido CHOPS, then rallies the fans with “SI SE PUEDES!” Bandido whips corner to corner, runs in, but Bryan tosses him up and out! Bryan then builds speed and WRECKS Bandido with a dropkick!

Bryan then goes to the apron, aims, and FLYING KNEES Bandido back down! Fans cheer and jeer and Bryan soaks it all up! Bryan puts Bandido in, goes up the corner, but Bandido SHORYUKENS! Bandido climbs up after Bryan, throws forearms but Bryan fights back! They brawl up top, fans rally, and Bandido gets the edge. Bandido stands on the very top, brings Bryan up to join him, for the SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! Bandido crawls to Bryan, pushes him to ropes while fans lose their minds, and here comes the 21 PLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!?!? Bryan survives Bandido’s best shot and no one can believe it!

Bandido drags Bryan up and underhooks the arms. Bryan resists the lift, fans are thunderous, and Bryan wrenches out to ROCK Bandido with a forearm! Bandido gives it back! Bryan gives another forearm, but Bandido SLAPS! Bryan forearms, Bandido SLAPS, and they go back and forth, throwing wild shots! Bandido fixes his mask, Bryan ROUNDHOUSES him! Bandido SUPERKICKS in return! Bryan wobbles, Bandido reels him in, to suplex, only for Bryan to knee free! Bryan drags Bandido down but Bandido fights off the LeBell! Bandido deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan shifts around to RANA! Bryan runs in, Bandido pops him up, but Bryan uses that to get a backslide!

Bandido slips free, both men run, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (now 3-0 in 2023)

Bryan succeeds again! But of course MJF has to interrupt via the titantron! “Hey, Bryan. I just felt that you and these people didn’t deserve to see me live. Actually, I’m beginning to feel a little bit underappreciated around here. Bryan, I’m not deaf and I’m not dumb. I hear, I see, I read everything that you and all these ‘fans,’ have to say about me. Claiming that I am not worthy, I am not deserving of my position here in this company. I’m beginning to think people have forgotten just exactly who the hell I am and how the hell I became your world champion. And I take that very personally.”

To think that after all the moments he’s given us. Saying we’re fickle people, that’s an understatement. MJF tells Bryan what he doesn’t seem to understand: Since they first crossed paths, Bryan has only been dealing with “masked” Max. Masked Max likes to keep things light, likes to keep things fun. But Bryan will find that the further he goes on this journey, the further he gets to Revolution and the One Hour Ironman match that Bryan thinks he wants… The more the mask will begin to slip away. “And Bryan, you don’t want that, man. Sh*t, nobody does.” Bryan may think he’s a dragon, but not even a dragon is a match for the monster behind the mask.

Fans boo and Bryan doesn’t seem affected by MJF’s words, but will MJF show his “true” form soon enough?

 

Saraya, Toni Storm and Hikaru Shida meet backstage.

Saraya isn’t sure what Shida was thinking last week, but that was a “stupid, idiotic move” for her to throw the kendo stick into the ring! Storm calms Saraya down and says it wasn’t Shida’s fault that Britt got the stick. Storm knows Shida. Shida is solid, she’d never do anything like that on purpose. The problem here is the “AEW Homegrown girls” being in this little bubble! They don’t know what Storm & Saraya know! Shida is flabbergasted like she was when Saraya chose Storm! But speaking of homegrown talent, Storm faces Willow Nightingale tonight. And Storm will show her, just like she will everyone else here, why Storm is the best. Saraya agrees. And Shida, you stay backstage.

Saraya and Storm head out, and Shida wants to say something, but she just sighs. Shida may not have meant to cost Saraya & Storm, but did that mistake only make these two into monsters?

 

Backstage interview with Brian Cage & Prince Nana.

Renee is with The Machine and announces the official word that next week, Bryan Danielson’s win streak runs into Brian Cage! Huge match right there, how does Cage feel about that? How does he feel? It’s about damn time! But then MJF walks in. “Brian Cage. The Machine, right?” That’s him. Good, that’s what MJF needs. MJF needs a Machine. And what he has potentially for Cage, with all due respect, is “more money than you gentlemen have ever seen in person your entire lives. I don’t care if you win, I don’t care if you lose, but I do care that you break his arm. Sound doable?” Cage says he can work that out. Good. And then MJF SLAPS Cage!?

Cage grabs MJF by the head! Is MJF crazy?! Does Cage want the money or not? Nana calms Cage down and has him think about the money. Cage lets MJF go, and MJF says that feeling Cage has right now is hate. MJF learned the hard way and at a very young age that there is no greater motivator. “So next week, use it. Pleasure doing business with you.” MJF gives Nana the money, and now The Machine is all fired up. Will he slay the American Dragon so that MJF doesn’t have to?

 

Willow Nightingale VS Toni Storm w/ Saraya!

While the Lightning From Down Under and The Revolution lost to the Pillar & the Killer, the always optimistic Willow and Ruby Soho won a brutal Street Fight against TayJay! Will Willow keep the momentum going from Rampage? Or will Fresno be on #ToniTime after tonight?

The bell rings and Storm circles with Willow. Willow offers a handshake, Toni takes it, and they tie up. Storm arm-drags Willow, Willow comes back and they tie up again. Storm headlocks, Willow powers up but can’t power out as Storm holds tight. Storm hits a takeover, but Willow rolls it to a cover, ONE! Storm holds onto the headlock, but Willow lifts! Storm fights that off, so Willow powers up and out of the headlock. They RAM shoulders, Willow rebounds and runs Storm over! Willow flexes, runs, but Storm drops. Willow rolls, Storm tries a hip toss but Willow blocks it to an arm-drag and cover! ONE!!

Storm gest up, Willow ducks her elbow to whip and lift, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Willow runs, BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Willow is annoyed, Saraya coaches Storm, and fans rally up. Willow storms in to fire off a forearm! Willow whips corner to corner, Storm reverses but Willow handsprings through! Fans fire up, Storm nods in some respect, and offers the handshake back. Willow goes to take it, but Storm SLAPS her! And then BOOTS her down! Saraya says to get her, and Storm stomps Willow out of the ring! Willow is on the apron, Storm runs to HIP ATTACK her to the floor! Storm goes out after Willow to AX HANDLE her down!

Fans boo but here comes Shida! Storm bumps Willow off the apron, whips her into railing, and AEW goes picture in picture! Shida storms over but Saraya tells her to get back. Shida keeps her distance, but she explains she’s out here as support. Saraya lets her stay, and Storm is in the ring as the ring count starts. Willow drags herself up at 5 of 10, staggers at “OCHO!” and gets in at 9! But Storm stomps her down! Storm kicks Willow around, drags her up, and EuroUppers her to a corner. Storm stands on Willow, the ref counts, and Storm lets off. Storm stand Willow up to TOSS her across the way! The ref reprimands about hair pulling and Storm apologizes.

Storm digs her boots in, the ref counts and Storm lets off again. Willow throws body shots but Storm knees low and CLUBS her down. Storm CLUBS Willow more, and more, and Saraya smiles. Storm kicks Willow but Willow throws a forearm! Storm CLUBS Willow down again, then clamps on a seated full nelson! Willow endures, even as Storm leans on the hold. Willow fights up, but Storm throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands again but Storm clamps the full nelson again. Willow endures, fights back up, but Storm thrashes her about! Willow still endures as Dynamite returns to single picture!

Willow breaks the nelson and elbows Storm away! Willow runs in to back body block! Willow whips corner to corner, runs in and back body blocks again! And then LARIATS, snapmares, and BOOTS! Fans fire up behind Willow as she whips Storm, for a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Saraya rallies for Storm but fans rally for Willow. Willow climbs up the corner, Storm stands, and Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm ends up in a corner, Willow runs corner to corner, but Storm avoids the CANNONBALL! Willow hits buckles, Storm goes corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm drags Willow up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up while Storm and Saraya are frustrated. Storm drags Willow by her legs, but Willow drags Storm to a cradle! TWO, and Storm swings. Willow dodges, runs and POUNCES Storm to ropes! Fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow roars, runs corner to corner, and she CANNONBALLS! Willow drags Storm out to a cover, TWO!! Storm survives, Saraya is upset and that just distracts Willow so Storm can roll her up! With tights!! Storm wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Willow points out the cheating to the ref, but Saraya runs in to CLOBBER her! Saraya and Storm stomp away on Willow and fans boo! Shida is shocked, she gest on the apron, but it’s RUBY who rushes in to make the save! Storm & Saraya bail out while fans rally for Ruby. Ruby asks what the hell this is about, and Shida seems unsure what to make of this. Will the Runaway help Willow get payback on Saraya and Storm?

 

The Firm speaks.

Stokely Hathaway says that supposedly, the locker room is buzzing because Jungle Boy is telling everyone that he’s done with them. Well, the Firm isn’t done with Jungle Boy! And just like he said to Big Bill Morrissey, it is EMBARRASSING that they lost to people named “Hook” and “Jungle Boy.” Ridiculous names! Ethan Page says that’s where he steps in. Ethan says Stokely’s been letting him have his fun making Isiah Kassidy’s life a living hell while still having a blast with Matt Hardy on Dark and Elevation. But the fun is done! JB wants to tap out Moriarty?! This Friday, it’s payback! Will All Ego take down Jack Perry? Or will he just end up deflated on Rampage?

 

Backstage interview with Konosuke Takeshita.

Renee is with The Future and says that in his short time here, he has already garnered so much respect from both the wrestlers and the fans. In his match with Bryan Danielson just last week, it was an incredible showing, but how does he feel after that match? Konosuke says he enjoyed wrestling Danielson, one of his heroes, and he learned so much. He is now going to watch Bryan’s back because he doesn’t trust MJF. Konosuke goes off on MJF in Japanese, and Renee asks for a translation. “It means MJF is an asshole.” Perfect! Then if Bryan is supposed to worry about “unmasked Max,” will “unmasked Max” have to worry about undeterred Konosuke?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS KUSHIDA w/ Kevin Knight & The DKC!

While the Relentless One and the Icon are heading to Yokohama, Japan for Keiji Mutoh’s final match this weekend, one of NJPW’s best has come here to answer the always open Open Challenge! Will the Timesplitter add another title to his list of accolades? Or will Darby stay the fighting champion through to WrestleKingdom 17 part two?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Darby’s time is up!

The bell rings and fans rally for Darby. Darby and Kushida circle, tie up, and Darby waistlocks. Kushida switches, Darby switches, repeat, but Darby rolls away. Fans rally and duel as the two circle. Darby avoids Kushida’s drop toeholds, but Kushida uses a leg guard to pursue. Darby still keeps his distance so Kushida stands and the two go again. Kushida shoots in, waistlocks, and shifts to a full nelson. Darby breaks free, switches, but Kushida throws him down. Kushida hammerlocks an arm but Darby fights up and slips around to hammerlock Kushida. Kushida tries to spin it around but Darby spins with him to hold onto the hold.

Darby then steps through for a flying-mare, and he clamps on a chinlock. Kushida fights up, Darby shifts to a headlock, but Kushida powers out. Darby runs Kushida over, things speed up, Darby rolls to trip Kushida and cover. ONE, but Darby rolls to get an arm! Kushida moves around, drags Darby down, but Darby gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida lets off quickly and cleanly, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Darby and Kushida reset and go again. They knuckle lock, Kushida knees an arm and trips Darby to have a standing toehold. Darby endures, Kushida traps the other leg, but Darby fights free to roll and reel Kushida in.

Darby has a headlock, Kushida powers out, and Kushida sidesteps to then hip toss, cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans fire up while Darby bails out. Kushida builds speed, but Darby ducks the baseball slide! Darby waistlocks, Kushida reverses and has an arm, but Darby goes around and around to send Kushida into railing! Fans fire up and Darby slides into the ring, but Kushida drags Darby back out! Kushida slides in, Darby follows, but Kushida PENALTY KICKS the arm! Darby clutches his elbow and crawls to a corner, but Kushida digs his boots in. The ref counts, Kushida lets off quickly, and he wrenches the arm.

Kushida wrangles Darby, steps over to hammerlock the arm with his leg, and then Kushida TWISTS! Darby writhes while Knight and DKC applaud. Fans rally but Kushida stalks Darby to a corner. Fans duel, Kushida CHOPS Darby. Kushida whips corner to corner, runs in, but Darby goes up and over. Darby comes back to COFFIN SPLASH! Darby keeps moving, springboards, but Kushida waistlocks! Kushida spins Darby and spins himself, ROLLING ELBOW! And PELE- NO, Darby blocks the kick to stand Kushida up! Darby fires off palm strikes, a headbutt, rolls and runs, CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Kushida escapes and bails out to the LADOJO boys.

Knight fans Kushida off and DKC coaches Kushida, but Darby goes up top! Darby SUPER CANNONBALLS! DKC and Knight take the hit as Kushida gets away! Fans fire up, and Kushida goes after the arm! RUNNING ARMBAR BULLDOG!! Darby writhes and the ref checks him while AEW goes picture in picture.

Darby has the ref back off, he isn’t letting this stop him. But even Sting looks a bit concerned for that arm. Kushida drags Darby up by that arm, puts him in the ring, and stalks him. Kushida drags Darby up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! Darby snarls, throws a forearm, and then another. Darby runs, but into a SHOTEI! Down goes Darby, and Kushida shouts out Jushin Thunder Liger with his pose and spin. Kushida then waits on Darby as he crawls to a corner. Kushida goes to the far side, runs corner to corner, RUNNING SHOTEI! Darby flounders away and Kushida stalks him. Cover, TWO! Darby shows his toughness but Kushida goes after the arm!

Kushida hammerlocks the arm again, hooks the far arm, and even a leg! Darby endures this modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow as Kushida pulls him backwards! Kushida lets off on the leg to step over and wrench the arm! Kushida has both arms trapped, for a RECLINER SNAP! Darby writhes and clutches each arm, but Kushida looms over him. Kushida kicks Darby to ropes, then basement dropkicks! Darby crawls to the corner, Kushida drags him up, and Kushida CLUBS the bad arm! Kushida then stands on the arm, to STOMP it! Darby writhes more, but fans rally up. Kushida drags Darby back up as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans duel again but Kushida CHOPS! Darby snarls, and he fires a forearm! Kushida CHOPS, Darby CHOPS in return! Kushida CHOPS again, eggs Darby on, so the forearms start flying! Kushida forearms, Darby forearms, but then Kushida KICKS the bad arm! Kushida pie faces Darby, but Darby fires off fast hands! Darby fires off more forearms, whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida CROSSBODIES! That had some impact on it! Kushida comes back, bobs ‘n’ weaves as Darby throws hands, and then Kushida PELES! Darby staggers, Kushida rushes up and whips, but Darby reverses. Kushida handsprings, into a dragon sleeper! SCORPION DEATH DROP!

Fans fire up as both men are down! The standing count begins, the LADOJO boys coach Kushida up but Sting just watches Darby. The count is 5 of 10, Kushida and Darby sit up at 6. Darby snarls as he stands at 7, and he drags Kushida up. Darby puts Kushida on the ropes to SLAP, SLAP, and SLAP! Darby runs, Kushida follows, HANDSPRING KICK! Darby flops out of the ring and Kushida goes to the apron! Kushida waits, Darby stands, and then Kushida runs in to FLYING KNEE the bad arm!! Fans fire up again, the ref checks Darby but Darby refuses to give up. Kushida wants a count and he gest on the apron.

Darby grabs at Kushida’s legs but Kushida kicks him away. Kushida then drags Darby up to the apron by the bad arm, only for Darby to break free! Darby fires off forearms, but Kushida BOOTS him! Darby ELBOWS Kushida, then hops up, THROWBACK STUNNER on the apron!! Darby flops to the floor while Kushida goes flying back! Kushida then flops down just like Darby and the ring count is on both of them! Fans rally up and Darby stands at 3 of 10. Darby brings a chair over, the ref reprimands and wants this to get in the ring. Darby sits the chair up, makes Kushida take a seat, and he throws forearm after forearm!

Kushida fires back but Darby fires off a flurry as we’re past 6 of 10! Kushida finally sits, and Darby slides in at 7. Darby climbs the corner as the LADOJO boys shout to Kushida. Darby SUPER SENTONS, but Kushida catches him to an ARMBAR!!! Kushida thrashes the arm on the floor but Darby endures! The ring count restarts even as Kushida pulls way back on the arm! And the wrist, too! The count is 5 of 10, Kushida lets Darby go and gets back in the ring! Darby drags himself up with one arm, but the count is 7! And then “OCHO!” Darby gets in, but he avoids Kushida’s grip by sliding back out! Kushida roars and he goes to the corner.

Kushida drags Darby up by that bad arm, in a top wristlock! Fans are thunderous as they duel, and Darby ends up on the top rope. Both men stand, for a SUPER INVERTED ARM-DRAG!! Darby flounders, Kushida rolls to get the arm! HOVERBOARD!! But Darby clasps his hands behind his back to relieve the pressure! Knight tells Sting that he might wanna throw in the towel. Knight even has a towel just in case. Sting tells Knight that ain’t happening, and he uses the towel to wipe the sweat. Sting throws the towel to the fans, free souvenir! As for Darby, he fights up and reaches for ropes! But Kushida rolls Darby away! But Darby uses that to get up and SPINEBUSTER!

Darby has Kushida’s legs! Darby steps through, hooks them up, for the LAST SUPPER!! Cover, DARBY WINS!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Kushida is stunned as Darby snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! The TNT Champion is still Relentless, but will that arm be a problem at WrestleKingdom in Yokohama? Darby offers a handshake with his good arm, and Kushida accepts it. Kushida also holds up a finger to say he’ll gladly go one more time. Kushida then raises Darby’s hand in victory, will we see this showdown happen again down the line?


My Thoughts:

This was a great Dynamite, and with pretty good flow. Great opening match with the All-Atlantic Championship, and I like the detail of the ringside ban that neither side actually obeyed. That was all hilarious stuff, and of course Cassidy finds a way to win. If this feud continues, I feel like Cassidy VS Jarrett for the title should happen. Now, if Triple Jay still have the Golden Globe, I would also love if it was Title VS Golden Globe so that Cassidy can avenge Paul Walter Hauser. Great promo segment with Gunn Club and Acclaimed, and I find it rather interesting that only now does Billy Gunn decide they need to talk this out before having another match. “Family therapy” won’t go well, and we’ll probably get Acclaimed VS Gunns for the tag titles.

Really good promo out of Hangman Page and Renee Paquette, with Hangman again teasing that he wants to reconcile with The Elite. At the same time, he also teased that he wanted a tiebreaker with Moxley, but he held back because he knows Moxley is kayfabe recovering. Maybe they’ll give us that match at Revolution. And speaking of The Elite and Hangman’s “fences” that need mending, really good vignette from Adam Cole to add to the hype return from last week. I would love an interaction between the Adams to see if we get a rematch of those two. And there has to be a way to tie The Dark Order into this given their friendship with Hangman.

Good promo from Stokely and Ethan to hype up Ethan VS Jungle Boy, which is not the next step I expected in this feud. That match could go either way, but I would Ethan wins so that The Firm can look like a threat for once. Also I like that Ethan’s promo let us know that there have actually been story developments on Elevation and Dark. And great promo from Konosuke to say he’s staying part of this MJF VS Bryan storyline. I’m pretty sure Konosuke said more than “MJF is an asshole,” but I love that he’s showing some great personality and wit in summarizing it like that. I really do hope we get to see Konosuke confront MJF should MJF try and directly get involved with Bryan’s matches.

Speaking of, Bryan VS Bandido was an awesome match. This is exactly how I knew this series of matches for Bryan was going to go, where Bryan wins but his opponents look amazing. Then Brian Cage being made into Bryan’s next opponent, that match is going to be awesome. MJF had a really good promo directed towards Bryan, and a really good promo talking to Cage. But I would love if at some point, MJF pushes one of Bryan’s opponents to the points where they just hand the win to Bryan so that MJF will have no choice but to be in the One Hour Ironman Match. MJF needs to get some comeuppance in this, and that’d be a great way to do it since he doesn’t wrestle on TV.

Awesome match out of Bucks VS Top Flight, and I loved that the Bucks went for a reference to the Briscoes. But I did not expect Top Flight to win, so that was a great surprise. We also got a great match out of Starks VS Hager, and of course the JAS tried to help Hager win that. Great promo from Jericho, Sammy and Garcia, and I like that Sammy made a deal with Garcia on trading spots in the tag match. Garcia VS Andretti is going to be great for Rampage, and that could go either way, but I would think Garcia wins to team with Jericho. #Garciaco is a sad tag name, especially with “The Death Wizards” right there. Garcia is Red Death, Jericho is The Wizard, boom, Death Wizards.

Really good promo from Saraya, Storm and Shida before Storm VS Willow. I did not expect Saraya & Storm to turn Heel in this but that’s a great twist. Oh, and of course it works to AEW’s overall “We don’t like WWE” motif. Saraya and Storm were in WWE before AEW (but also other promotions), and they’ll have this odd bias against the AEW originals. Shida seemed torn, given she is also someone who got going in her career before AEW, but she also doesn’t like the attitude Saraya and Storm have. Storm VS Willow was great stuff, but of course Storm cheats in her Heel turn and of course Saraya attacks.

In a nice twist, Ruby Soho is a former WWE talent who is on the side of AEW, and I’m sure we’ll get a great match of Saraya & Storm VS Soho & Willow. Then maybe Shida will be forced to choose a side. I would think Shida sides with AEW and we still get Saraya VS Shida at Revolution. And I suppose this helps Hayter turn Face since fans love her anyway. And then we got an awesome main event for the TNT title. Kushida gave Darby a great match on the technical front on top of the Strong Style, but Darby did great in finding a way to win. With AEW and NJPW still working together, I would love to see more NJPW stars showing up and challenging for the midcard titles.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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Can Papa Gunn breathe with the Switchblade?

The Bang Bang Scissor Gang wants to run AEW, but they need to prove they can work together, no matter what! Will Jay White, Colten & Billy make a winning combination?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Hobbs wins.
  • FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions; FTR wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson; White, Colten & Billy win.
  • Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost; Deeb wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama; Bryan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Just last night on Rampage, The Spanish God called out the Don Callis Family, and then got jumped by the Don Callis Family! Callis and the rest of the family has been banned from ringside, as has Chris Jericho, this must be settled between Sammy and Hobbs! Will there be anything left of Sammy to return home to his wife and daughter? Or will The Book of Hobbs call for no mercy and no remains?

The moment Hobbs hops off the corner, Sammy JUMP KNEES! The bell rings, Sammy runs up to JUMP KNEE again! Hobbs staggers around, but he catches Sammy to TOSS him to a corner! Hobbs runs in, Sammy dodges and RAMS in! Sammy ENZIGIRS, Hobbs staggers, and Sammy springboards, FLYING CUTTER! The fans fire up as Hobbs staggers back to his feet. Sammy runs up to clothesline Hobbs and himself out of the ring! Sammy shouts, “I’m a freakin’ Collider now!” Sammy gets the steel steps in place and the fans fire up. Sammy comes back to whip Hobbs but Hobbs reverses! Sammy leaps the steps!

Hobbs runs up, but Sammy sends him into railing! Sammy repositions the steps, gets space and runs in, to use the steps to LEAP! But Hobbs catches Sammy, and WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM on the steps!! Sammy writhes and flounders away but Hobbs tells the ref to get outta the way. The fans boo, Hobbs soaks it up, and Hobbs drags Sammy up. Hobbs says Sammy wanted this, and he brings Sammy around to DECK him with a haymaker! The fans duel, Hobbs scoops Sammy, APRON POWERSLAM! And again! And again! Hobbs then SLINGS Sammy into railing! The fans fire up as Hobbs says one more time!

Hobbs hauls Sammy back up, for a fake out. Hobbs doesn’t do what the fans want him to do, he does what he wants. Hobbs moves the other set of steps around, brings Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into railing! Hobbs asks Kevin Kelley what he’s going on about but Kevin isn’t sure Hobbs means. Hobbs tells Kevin to stand up so Kevin does, and then Hobbs demands Kevin hand over his belt. His belt? Hobbs tells him again, give over the belt. Kevin gives in and hands said belt over. Hobbs then takes the belt and uses it to LASH Sammy on the back! Fans are torn but Hobbs LASHES Sammy again!

Sammy writhes, Nigel tells Kevin this is his fault. Hobbs winds up, Sammy dodges the belt to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK again! Sammy grabs a chair, and he SMACKS Hobbs with it! And then HEADSHOT! Hobbs flounders against railing but the fans fire up as Sammy stalks him. Sammy tosses Hobbs the chair to KICK it into him! Then Sammy cravats, uses the steps, but Hobbs turns the cutter into a TOSS over the railing! Sammy’s leg clips the top, but Hobbs hauls him back up and over! But Sammy slips free, and CUTTERS to the steps!! Sammy gets the belt now and he LASHES Hobbs in return!

Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table! The fans fire up as Sammy sets the table up nearby. Sammy has security move aside, so he can slide that chair off the table and into Hobbs! Sammy then adds another table! If one is good, more must be better! The fans fire up with Sammy as he has those side by side. Hobbs goes to the apron but Sammy climbs up. Sammy aims and leaps, but Hobbs catches him again!! And he SPINEBUSTERS Sammy through the tables!!! All of Springfield, Missouri lose their minds while the ref checks on both men, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Hobbs snarls as he slowly rises up out of the wreckage. Sammy stirs but Hobbs clears out the debris to bring him up. Hobbs HEADBUTTS Sammy and Sammy staggers away. Sammy gets in the ring but Hobbs pursues. Hobbs climbs the corner?! Hobbs then FLYING LARIATS! The Powerhouse proves he can fly, then he covers, TWO!! Sammy survives but Hobbs grinds him into the mat! Hobbs talks trash on Sammy while he fishhooks the nose and pulls on the ear! Hobbs then drags Sammy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Sammy drops to his knees. Hobbs looms over Sammy, eggs him on, and the fans rally up.

Hobbs talks more trash, stands Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into another corner! Collision returns to single picture as Sammy crawls around. Hobbs looms over Sammy again, slaps him around, and then whips him into another corner! Hobbs runs up, Sammy dodges and Hobbs hits buckles! Sammy uses the corner to help in the torture rack! Fans fire up as Sammy carries Hobbs, and GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, TWO?!? Hobbs survives and Sammy is shocked! The fans rally as Sammy hurries to find himself something more. Sammy takes a monitor from the timekeeper!

Sammy brings the equipment into the ring, MONITOR SHOT!! But that’s not enough so Sammy looks around outside. He finds another table! The fans are thunderous as table number three is put in the ring. Sammy hurries after Hobbs but Hobbs LARIATS Sammy inside-out! Hobbs storms around, grabs the table for his own and sets that up near a corner. Hobbs goes back for Sammy as the fans rally up, and Hobbs hauls Sammy up. Sammy JAWBREAKERS back! Hobbs wobbles, but Sammy SUPERKICKS! Hobbs still wobbles, so Sammy springboards and FLYING- NO, Hobbs catches him again! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!!

Sammy survives and now Hobbs is furious! Hobbs runs to BOOT Sammy down! Hobbs goes out while Sammy flops off the apron. Hobbs looks around under the ring, and he brings out a fourth table! The fans fire up as Hobbs brings this one to the ramp side. Hobbs sets that up, stomps Sammy to keep him down, then he goes to fetch a fifth table! The fans are thunderous, this might be the most tables in a non-table match! Hobbs hauls Sammy up, scoops him, and aims, but Sammy slips free to POST Hobbs first! Sammy fires up again while Hobbs staggers around. Sammy chugs a fan’s beer, then SMASHES Hobbs with the bottle!

The fans fire up as Hobbs ends up on the tables! The fans give Sammy another beer, to SMASH it on Hobbs again! Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a LADDER! The fans are loving it, because now we’ve entered TLC territory! Sammy gets that ladder in the ring while the fans lose their minds! Sammy moves table number three outta the way so he can stand his ladder up. And it’s a big ladder! Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” because this is extra crazy even for Sammy! Sammy climbs to the second highest rung, takes aim, and shoutout to Jeff Hardy! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as the ref checks Sammy. Sammy gets Hobbs up and into the ring and the fans fire up again. “This is Awesome!” as Sammy takes table number three and sets it back up! Hobbs flounders, Sammy pushes him onto that table and punches him down. Sammy then goes to the corner, which is comparatively short, but Hobbs shoves the ref into Sammy!! Sammy is stuck on the top rope and Hobbs snarls as he storms up after him! Hobbs brings Sammy up for the scoop! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, Hobbs wins!!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

All that damage done to Hobbs and he still took the win! Is there no stopping the Don Callis Family with the Powerhouse behind it?

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley is with Claudio Castagnoli as he shares a story. “When Claudio first comes to America, he shows up at the gym to train with William Regal and Dave Taylor. When Dave pulls up, Claudio’s sitting on the front step, there’s no cars around. Dave says, ‘How’d you get here?’ Claudio says, ‘I walked.’ Dave says, ‘From the airport? 20+ miles?’ Claudio says, ‘Yeah.'” That was day one. You think 20 minutes is a lot to Claudio? It’s nothing, he’s a freak. Moxley is a freak in a different way, needing to get hit in the face a couple times just to wake up. And while Moxley’s not a sprinter, he can run all day and all night.

You will never win a war of attrition with the BCC. When it’s a game of who can endure, you have no chance. But the BCC don’t get paid by the hour and they don’t wanna wrestle like they do. So time limit draws for them are unsatisfactory. So congrats, FTR, you pissed them off! Good job. But if you wanna challenge them for Revolution, you wanna pay homage to tag team wrestling in one of the wrestling Meccas, Greensboro, North Carolina, they accept. The four of them will show the world that all that history is just that. This is 2024, this is AEW, the BCC are the elite of the elite, and this sport evolves.

Claudio, what’s Moxley thinking of right now? Well, tag team wrestling, Midnight Express, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Arn ‘n’ Tully, Crockett Promotions, its entire history. And about FTR, how they look to the past, how they wanna bring back the past. The BCC looks to the future. The BCC creates the style and the wrestling that they wanna see today. So FTR, if you wanna live in the past, fine. But if you wanna step into the future, that path is through them! And all you have to do is just be better than Moxley & Claudio.

Moxley also keeps thinking, that can’t be all that FTR had. Because it feels like they unloaded all their heavy artillery, every magazine, while the BCC barely pulled the trigger. If FTR want to be big names in Greensboro, then they’ll have to swim in deep, deep waters. Claudio tells FTR to bring the whole bag of tricks, because they’ll need it. The match is set, but just how far will both teams go to settle the score?

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are ready for another fight with the BCC, but for right now, they’ve got the STP! Will the #TopGuys still be FTR? Or will Lee Moriarty & Shane Taylor himself prove they’re in that conversation now?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Lee and Dax tie up, Lee waistlocks and headlocks, then wrenches to hammerlock. Lee shoves Dax then claps at him, but Dax keeps it cool. Dax tags Cash, Cash runs up but Lee avoids him. The two feel things out, tie up and go around, then break the deadlock. They reset, tie up again, and Lee wrenches to spin Cash and wrangle him. Lee steps over, has La Magistrol, TWO! Lee pushes Cash around and then dances at him. Cash storms up but Lee backs off. Lee smirks at Cash then resets with him. They tie up, Lee headlocks, but Cash powers out.

Cash drops, drops, and hurdles to then ELBOW Lee down! Then arm-drag! Cash has the armlock and he slaps Lee around. Cash tags Dax, whips Lee, drop toehold and elbow drop! Fans rally up and Dax brings Lee up. Dax wrenches but Lee powers him to the corner! Tag to Shane but Dax gets away. Shane and Dax circle, talk some trash, and tie up. Dax headlocks, Shane powers up and out, but Dax RAMS him! Shane says not today! Dax runs again, RAMS again, but Shane stays up. Dax RAMS Shane again, and again, but Shane scoops! Dax slips free, waistlocks, but Shane bucks the O’Conner. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, but stays back to avoid hands.

The fans fire up as Dax and Shane reset, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Shane powers up and out, Dax SHOTGUNS him! Shane comes back but Dax avoids the senton! Dax wrenches, but Shane LARIATS! Shane drags Dax up, tags Lee, and STP mugs Dax. Lee throws knees, snapmares Dax and basement dropkicks! Lee drags Dax up, ROCKS hi, but Dax puts him in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Dax brings Lee around, wrenches, but Lee ROCKS Dax! And CHOPS him! Dax CHOPS again! And again! Lee swings, Dax ducks and picks Lee up, but Shane tags in before the atomic drop! Lee hobbles away, Dax ROCKS Shane!

Dax runs up to whip Lee but Lee reverses. Dax rebounds off buckles to CLOBBER Lee, but Shane CLOBBERS Dax! Cover, TWO! Dax survives, Shane talks trash on Cash, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Dax up, puts him in a corner, then winds up to CHOP! Dax sputters and Shane talks more trash. Shane stands Dax up, winds up, and CHOPS again! Shane keeps Dax in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Dax falls back! Shane talks more trash to Cash but the ref keeps Cash back. Shane tags Lee, STP mugs Dax and Lee puts Dax in a corner. Lee fires forearms, then climbs up to rain down fists! Lee gloats but Dax CHOPS from below! Lee stomps but Dax CHOPS! They clinch, go around, and end up on ropes. Shane tags in, he throws hands on Dax! Shane scoops and SLAMS Dax, then stares Cash down while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shane has Dax in a bearhug! Dax endures the squeeze but the fans rally up. The ref checks Dax, the hand drops once. The hand drops twice! But then Dax comes back to life! And he BITES Shane’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Shane lets Dax go. Dax back suplexes, but falls over under Shane! Shane covers, TWO! Tag to Lee, and STP gets Dax up. Lee whips Dax but Dax turns the back drop into a cradle! TWO, and Dax CHOPS! Dax puts on a SLEEPER, but Lee RAMS him iont a corner! Tag to Shane, Dax fires hands on STP! Dax swings, Lee gets around to IRON OCTOPUS!

Shane runs up to KNEE Dax! Dax staggers to a corner, Shane clotheslines, then URENAGES! Shane goes up the corner, Cash shouts to Dax, but Shane leaps! Shane FLOPS as Dax moves! Dax and Shane crawl, hot tag to Lee! Lee drags Dax back but Dax hops up and up and hot tags Cash! Cash rallies on Lee, JAB, JAB and HAYMAKER! HAYMAKER for Shane! CHOP for Lee! Cash UPPERCUTS Lee, CHOPS him, then brings Lee out to LARIAT! Shane storms up but Cash spins him and UPPERCUTS! Cash runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and LARIATS Shane down! Fans fire up but Lee is back! Cash gets around, SLEEPER, into UPPERCUT!

Lee rebounds, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and bails out while the fans fire up. Cash drags Lee up from the apron, suplexes, but Shane trips Cash! Lee lands on Cash, TWO! Lee waistlocks, Cash switches, but Lee switches! Cash bucks the O’Conner but Lee distracts the ref so Shane can DECK Cash! Lee rolls Cash up, TWO!!! Cash survives but Lee brings him up. Lee whips Cash at the corner but Cash BLASTS Shane! Cash goes up and over Lee, then does it again! Tag to Dax, sunset flip leads to the pop-up, BULLDOG BOMB! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

BCC said FTR live in the past, but they used an old school finisher to win! Cash gets the mic now as the fans chant for FTR, and Cash says, “So a few weeks ago, Jon Moxley said, ‘Step up, and get stepped on.'” The fans boo that, but Cash tells Moxley, FTR is like a couple roaches. It’ll take much more than getting stepped to kill them! The fans cheer that! So that said, if BCC has anything more to say, they know where FTR’s gonna be. Dax tells Moxley & Claudio that he heard everything they had to say. They talked about differing styles and different eras, how FTR are throwbacks and the past is what they care about.

“That’s not what this is about. Moxley, you’ve been here since almost the beginning. For almost five years, you’ve been the king of AEW. This is your castle! This is your house, Mox! And I see you, Mox. And I see Claudio, and I see Bryan. I see you walk around the back, and people cower and they fear and they drop their eyes because they’re afraid of you. I think the reason you’re pissed off is you found a couple guys who ain’t scared of you.” The fans cheer that, too! FTR ain’t scared. But if Moxley is the king and this is his castle, it’s been said that to be a king, you gotta kill a king. So Revolution, FTR comes for the king’s head. #TopGuysOut!

The fans fire up as Dax & Cash are ready to be more elite than the elite of the elite! Will either team be left standing after the Revolution?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

La Mera Mera is ranked #2 in the Women’s Division, and we know the AEW Women’s World Championship is spoken for in terms of a challenger. Will Rosa then look to solidify her spot in the TBS Championship chase?

The bell rings and Rosa circles with Monroe. They tie up, go around, and Rosa waistlocks to SLAM Monroe down. Rosa then facelocks, waistlocks, but Monroe switches. Rosa pries the hold to switch, hammerlock, and then chicken wing! Rosa wants the crossface, too, but Monroe wrenches out to hammerlock back. Monroe pulls hair, talks trash and CLUBS Rosa. Rosa gets mad now. Monroe whips, Rosa reverses and CHOPS! Monroe goes to a corner, and Rosa CHOPS her again! Rosa fires off forearms then bumps Monroe off buckles! Rosa says this is how you climb the ladder! Rosa CHOPS Monroe again!

Rosa winds up but Monroe ducks this chop to stomp Rosa in return. Monroe pie faces and CHOPS Rosa, then CHOPS! Monroe winds up, UPPERCUTS, then snapmares! Monroe cartwheels but Rosa avoids the boot! Rosa rolls Monroe then basement KNEES Monroe down! The fans fire up and Rosa runs side to side, DROPKICK against ropes! Monroe sputters but Rosa drags her up. Fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Rosa roars, wants Monroe back up, and Monroe slowly rises. The fans rally as Rosa reels her in. Rosa puts on out, package and TIJUANA BOMB! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

“You see this? I’m climbing the ladder, because as we know, Thunder Rosa knows how to work hard.” Rosa vows this is her time, will her comeback be unstoppable?

 

Backstage interview with Kris Statlander, Willow Nightingale & Stokely Hathaway.

Renee Paquette is with The Galaxy’s Greatest, The Babe with the Power and #BigStoke, bringing up the “choice words” from Skye Blue & Julia Hart last night on Rampage. What is their reaction? Stokely wants to start by saying he doesn’t appreciate that hostility. What happened last week, he apologized for. Did he put it on social media at like 3AM and then delete it five minutes later? Absolutely! But the past is the past. Stat said it best, they worry about the future, and that includes those two- Willow says think before you speak, Stokely. “Ho…ly cow, you got something to say.”

And Kris points out Skye is always looking for a fight, so maybe, since they’re 1-1, they go 1v1 next week and Kris beats dat ass. This eclectic trio is ready to fight it out, but will they be able to tear down The House of Black?

 

Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson!

As the Bang Bang Scissor Gang looks to dominate all of AEW & ROH, they are trying a team remix! Max Caster has a rap for the occasion! “Acclaimed & The Bang Bang, we the real savages. ‘Bout to bring the fight like me against management! These guys’re so mad, they prolly see red!” Oh no, Caster loses the flow! This is a travesty! Bowens takes over to say, “SPRIIINGFIELD, MIZZOU-REEE~! The Bang Bang Scissor Gang has arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass!” And he does~! Will Billy, his son Colten, and the Switchblade make a killer trio? Or will they all end up sipping the Savage Sauce?

The trios sort out and White wants to start, but so does Billy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” so White says okay, Billy can start. Billy stares down Beefcake Boulder and the two circle. They tie up, Billy headlocks but Boulder powers up and out! Billy RAMS Boulder, neither falls, and Boulder shows off #TiddyCity! Billy says okay, “SUCK IT!” and eye poke! Billy then runs Boulder over! The fans fire up, Billy runs and drops an elbow, but Boulder moves! Boulder then runs Billy over! Boulder swivels hips, tags Bulk Bronson, and they get Billy up. It’s time to visit the city! But Billy turns it around and shoves Bronson into Boulder!

Billy brings Bronson over, tags Colten, and they whip, body shot, BOOT and DROPKICK! The father-son combo has the fans fired up, and Colten brings Bronson up. Colten whips Bronson to a corner as White argues with Jacked Jameson. Colten goes to a corner, finger guns with his dad, but Jameson now argues with Billy. The ref is busy breaking those two up as Colten runs in, Boulder pulls Bronson to safety! Colten tumbles up and out and to the floor! Austin and Bowens check on Colten but Bronson SMACKS Colten off the apron! Bronson puts Colten in, covers, ONE!! Bronson drags Colten up and FLAPJACKS him off buckles!

Bronson goes up the ropes to HIP DROP Colten! Tag to Jameson, he HIP DROPS Colten! Boulder tags in, he stomps around and the fans fire up. Boulder brings Colten up, to suplex high and hard! Boulder then says bang bang to mock BBSG. Boulder shakes those hips, tags Jameson, and they double whip Colten, only for Colten to BLAST Bronson! Colten DUMPS Boulder, ELBOWS Jameson, hot tag to White! White may have sniped that one, but he CHOPS Jameson down! And he gets Bronson by his hair, and CHOPS! White CHOPS Jameson, fires off JABS then CHOPS! JAB, CHOP, repeat! CHOP, CHOP, and CHOP!

Bronson runs in but White sends him into Jameson! White then CHOPS Bronson! White whips Bronson but Bronson reverses. Bronson runs up but White dumps him out hard! Jameson runs up but into an URENAGE Cover, Boulder runs in, but White moves! The SPLASH hits Jameson! Boulder freaks out, and White kicks low! Billy gets in, FAMOUSER! The fans fire up as that sends Boulder tumbling! White CHOPS Bronson, Colten CLOBBERS him out of the ring! White shrugs and gets Jameson for the BLADERUNNER!! Cover, BBSG wins!

Winners: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

It was a rocky start but a smooth finish as the hybrid trio works out! Will this super group be untouchable all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Lexi Nair is with the American Dragon ahead of his main event match tonight against Jun Akiyama. Some consider this a dream match. Bryan says yes, but what Lexi didn’t say and should’ve said is that this the legendary Jun Akiyama. This is a man Bryan respects as one of the greatest wrestlers in history! Someone who is Eddie Kingston’s hero! And Eddie will be on commentary tonight, watching Bryan wrestle one of the greatest wrestlers, and beat him. Bryan vows to defeat the man that is Eddie’s hero. Bryan wants to make it clear, he respects Jun Akiyama and every single thing he has done. But do you know who Bryan does NOT respect? Eddie Kingston.

Bryan says Eddie just made this thing, that their match at Revolution is about a handshake. That if Eddie wins, Bryan has to shake Eddie’s hand and show him respect, and he thinks that’ll kill Bryan inside. And maybe it will. Because Bryan does NOT respect Eddie, and do you know why? Because if Eddie was asked to do a promo, do you know how he’d do it? Lexi’s interviewed him, right? And what would he say? “Oh, the boom! Oh the lights! Oh, you’ve got shoes on! Oh!” Then he’d say this, that and whatever, storm off and that’s it. He is NOT a professional, has NEVER been a professional!

Bryan has known Eddie for 20 YEARS, and Eddie is someone who had more potential than anybody Bryan has ever met, and he WASTED it! WASTED it until just this last year! But not only does Bryan not respect Eddie, Eddie’s waste of potential just pisses Bryan off. That is why Bryan will win against Eddie at Revolution for the Continental Triple Crown. The American Dragon wants to destroy the Mad King, but will he start with the Japanese legend?

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

The Bounty Hunter wants gold, but he’ll have to step into the shadows first. The House of Black has been nothing but brutal and sadistic, will Malakai add Keith to the body count?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Keith stares Malakai down, and both men hear the fans cheering. Malakai and Keith circle, tie up, and Keith wrenches and wristlocks. Malakai moves around, spins through and wrenches to snapmare. Malakai headlocks but Keith slips out to wrench and wristlock again. Malakai snapmares and chinlocks but Keith wrenches out again. Malakai breaks free, tripos Keith but Keith kicks him away. Malakai storms back up but Keith trips him to cover, ONE! The two stand off and the fans rally up. Malakai and Keith reset and circle again. They tie up, Malakai ROCKS Keith, then ROCKS him again!

Malakai whips, Keith reverses but things speed up. Keith BOOTS Malakai down! Fans fire up with Keith and he storms up on Malakai. Keith ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! Malakai KNEES Keith away, but Keith KICKS in return! And KICKS! Malakai KICKS back! Keith steps over, snap suplexes, and he then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Malakai snarls but the fans rally with Keith. Keith brings Malakai around, reels him in, underhooks, but Malakai slips free of the lift! Keith fireman’s carries but Malakai slips free to KICK! Malakai blocks a kick to ELBOW Keith down! Keith goes to the apron and Malakai drags him up.

Keith GAMANGIRIS back, but Malakai BOOTS Keith down! Keith hits railing on the way down and Malakai snarls as Collision goes picture in picture.

Keith sits up, clutches the back of his head, and Malakai goes out after him. Malakai drags Keith up, KICKS him against railing, then BOOTS him! Keith staggers away, Malakai runs up and BOOTS him again! Malakai has Keith against railing, KICKS him again, and Keith drops to his knees. Malakai stands Keith up to put him in the ring. Malakai runs up but Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Malakai is in a corner but Keith whips him corner to corner. Keith runs up, blocks a boot, but Malakai KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Malakai keeps his eyes on Keith, then pushes him down for a knee drop!

Malakai paces while Keith checks his face. Malakai drags Keith up, but Keith CHOPS! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Keith down! Cover, TWO! Keith stays in this but Malakai stays on him with a scoop and SLAM! Malakai drops another knee, then covers, TWO! Malakai keeps cool and he clamps onto Keith with a chinlock. Keith sputters as he endures, and he fights up to his feet. Keith throws body shots, then knees, but Malakai knees in return! And UPPERCUTS! Keith ROCKS Malakai with a forearm but Malakai gives it back! They go shot for shot, Collision returns to single picture, and Malakai snapmares to KICK Keith!

Malakai stands Keith back up but Keith drags him into a cradle, TWO! Keith ROCKS Malakai, Malakai hits back, then Malakai blocks a boot. Keith dodges, Malakai dodges, but Keith DECKS Malakai! And LARIATS! The fans rally as Keith LARIATS again! Keith scoops for the EXPLODER! Malakai slowly rises and the fans fire up! Keith fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up for Keith as he aims at Malakai. Keith drags Malakai up, underhooks, but Malakai fights and the leg gives up! Malakai shoves Keith to a corner, but Keith pops Malakai up. The knee still holds Keith back so Malakai CLUBS Keith on the back.

Malakai waistlocks but Keith elbows free, and uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! A standing count starts but the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10, but they stir at 6. Keith and Malakai both sit up like a Deadman! Then they stand and fire forearms again! Keith KICKS, Malakai forearms, they fire more shots, then Malakai KICKS! Keith ROCKS Malakai, but Malakai trips Keith! Keith blocks the knee to fire boxing elbows! ROLLING- NO, Malakai knees low and sweeps the legs! Malakai runs up to BOOT Keith to a corner! Malakai runs in, is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Keith first!

Malakai goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Malakai wobbles up top and fans fire up! Keith climbs, brings Malakai into a clinch, but Malakai throws down elbows! Malakai HEADBUTTS Keith down, adjusts, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Keith sputters, Malakai BOOTS and JUMP KNEES! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Keith escapes and Malakai is stunned! The fans fire up but Malakai brings Keith up. The fans rally, Malakai takes aim, BLACK- NO, Keith ducks! KNEE! And then underhooks! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and the fans are thunderous!

Keith goes to a corner, gets his bad leg moving, and he aims at Malakai. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin runs into THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

The Dark Father returned to singles action, and he was victorious! But then the lights go out? Why? Malakai’s already here! But then the lights come on and Mark Briscoe is here with a kendo stick! Malakai wants Mark to show mercy, but here come Buddy & Brody! Mark dodges Buddy to SMACK Brody! And then a SMACK for Buddy! Mark ducks the heel kick to UPPERCUT! Mark gets the kendo stick back, takes aim again, but then thinks of something else. He has a STEEL SPIKE! The same kind Julia Hart stabbed Mark with just a couple weeks ago! Mark aims at Malakai, but Malakai dodges! The spike stabs the buckle pad!

BLACK MASS, and then DANTE’S INFERNO!! The House of Black took Mark’s revenge and turned it around on him. Will Mark learn that no matter what, The House Always Wins?

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is looking for her path to a championship, and you do that by winning. Deeb had studied up for Kiera Hogan, but cards are subject to change. Will Deeb still pass the pop quiz? Or will she be iced out of the title chase already?

The bell rings and the two circle. Deeb and Frost tie up, and Deeb wrenches to a wristlock. Frost trips Deeb, knuckle lock covers, ONE as Deeb gets a shoulder up. Frost pushes the arm down, ONE as Deeb gets the other arm up. Frost tries again, ONE as Deeb bridges! They stand, go around, and Deeb straitjackets Frost. Frost powers out to straitjacket Deeb in return. Deeb wriggles and wiggles through the straitjacket to put it back on Frost. Deeb brings Frost to her knees, then digs her knees into Frost! Frost endures as she’s bent back, so Deeb tosses her away! The fans cheer and Deeb flexes.

Deeb and Frost tie up, Frost headlocks, but Deeb wrenches out to arm-drag Frost away. Frost goes to a corner, Deeb runs up but Frost BOOTS her! Frost cartwheels over then basement dropkicks Deeb down! Frost whips, Deeb reverses but Frost goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans fire up but Deeb runs Frost over! Deeb says this is HER ring. Things speed up, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags into a takedown, spinning toehold into a TRAILER HITCH! Frost endures, Deeb pulls on the foot, but Frost has the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go quick and fans cheer her own as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb waits on Frost while she’s on the apron. Frost shakes out the legs, steps back in, and then Deeb runs up! Frost puts Deeb in a corner, CHOPS her, but Deeb CHOPS back! Deeb CHOPS but Frost pushes Frost to CHOP again! Frost stomps a mudhole into Deeb, then brings her around for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Deeb flounders to ropes but Frost hobbles over. Deeb kicks low, UPPERCUTS and Frost staggers back. Deeb UPPERCUTS again, swings but Frost dodges the chop to stomp and UPPERCUT! Frost snapmares Deeb and clamps on a headlock. Deeb endures and fights around. Frost facelocks, Deeb still fights up, but Frost throws Deeb down! Cover, TWO!

Deeb goes to ropes but Frost storms over. Frost bumps Deeb off buckles, goes corner to corner and RAMS into Deeb! Then she handsprings and RAMS in again! Frost lets off to then bring Deeb up and CHOP! Deeb sputters while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Frost has Deeb in another clinch. Deeb powers up and out, drops down then blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Frost writhes and Deeb pounds the mat. The fans rally, Deeb winds up and CLOBBERS Frost! And CLOBBERS her! Deeb JABS, JABS and JABS! Deeb winds up, the fans fire up, but Frost kicks low! Frost whips Deeb, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again, to LARIAT! The fans fire up with Deeb and she shakes the ropes! Deeb drags Frost up, whips her to a corner but Frost reverses. Frost runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb brings her in to KICK! Deeb then goes out, catches Frost in the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb stalks Frost as she staggers away, and then reels her in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Frost survives but Deeb looms over her. Deeb drags Frost up, reels her in, and tucks the arms, DEEB- NO, Frost fights off the Deebtox and back drops free! Deeb goes to a corner, Frost runs up to GAMANGIRI! Deeb staggers, Frost runs up, cartwheel and spin, CHILLA DRILLA! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Frost is furious! Frost aims, spins, but Deeb ducks the roundhouse to ripcord and ELBOW! Then wrench, hammerlock, and PEPSI TWIST! The fans fire up and Deeb gets the leg! HALF CRAB! Frost endures, but taps! Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

The Professor didn’t even need the full Serenity Lock, she’s just that good. Deeb gets the mic and says, “The Women’s Division in AEW is heating up, baby!” Fans cheer that! “Now, I put the locker room on notice when I came back, but I’ll remind you again. Any woman that wants to step up in this ring, any woman that wants to join this Women’s Division, the Professor will be here waiting in Deeb’s Dojo, waiting for the best, because I’m here to elevate this Women’s Division!” The fans cheer that, too! Deeb says, “When The Professor wrestles, the lights don’t turn out. When The Professor wrestles, the picture doesn’t go black ‘n’ white.

“But when The Professor is in the ring, I wrestle! And Serena Deeb is back to claim the division, and I’m here to put the wrestling back in All Elite Wrestling!” The fans fire up for that one! Deeb has called out the champions, will she get to take a title away from one of those champions?

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

Springfield cheers on The Mad King as he joins commentary, just as Bryan said he would. But he isn’t putting on the headset just yet, he must want to wait on the legend. Will Eddie’s hero slay the American Dragon? Or will Bryan beat Blue Thunder like he did Blue Justice?

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

The bell rings and Bryan stares Jun down as the fans rally up. They both hear the fans mixing “YES! YES! YES!” and “HAI! HAI! HAI!” The two circle, feel things out, and Jun backs Bryan down. Bryan gets around, they still look for control, and then knuckle lock. They keep going around, then clinch, then Bryan waistlocks. Jun wrenches but Bryan grabs a leg. Bryan waistlocks, the fans duel, and Jun spins to get the arm. Bryan puts Jun on ropes, the ref counts, and Bryan lets off slowly. Bryan pats Jun on the shoulders then backs away. Jun nods and resets with Bryan. They tie up, Jun headlocks, and he grinds the hold.

Bryan powers up and out but Jun runs him over! Things keep going, Jun runs Bryan over! Bryan trips Jun, turns him over, and hooks up the legs. The fans rally as Bryan grabs at the arms. Jun resists but Bryan pulls the arms back. Jun fights that off, so Bryan STOMPS the knees! Bryan drags Jun, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Bryan drops a knee on the knee and he pulls on the leg! Jun endures, keeps his shoulders up, and the fans rally up. Bryan pulls the leg, Jun reaches out, but Bryan drags him from ropes. Bryan drops an elbow on the knee but Jun catches him for a chinlock! Bryan fights that off but ends up in an ARMBAR!

Bryan rolls, slips out the back and ties up the legs. The fans rally, Bryan has the deathlock and he SNAPS it! Jun endures, Bryan stands up to SNAP it again! Bryan then stands up again, bridges back, MUTA LOCK! Jun endures, claws at Bryan’s face, and the ref reprimands! Jun lets go but Bryan lets the leglock go. Jun hobbles over, stomps Bryan down, then throws hands. Bryan stands but Jun wrenches the arm. Jun twists the wrist and bends the fingers! Then ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan drops to his knees and the fans fire up! Jun stalks Bryan, pushes him and KNEES the arm again and again!

Jun hammerlocks the arm but Bryan fights up. They go around and around and Bryan SLINGS Jun to the floor! Jun stands, but Bryan DIVES into a forearm! Jun evens things up and goes to the apron as Collision goes picture in picture.

Jun stands Bryan up, to APRON EXPLODER! Both men tumble to the floor but Jun stands up first. Bryan sits up and Jun hears the ring count. Jun drags Bryan up, RAMS him into steel steps, then pushes him into the ring. Jun stalks Bryan to a corner, sits him up, and then runs corner to corner for a KNEE! Jun snapmares to a cover, TWO! Bryan is hanging in there but Jun clamps on with a chinlock. Bryan endures as Jun digs his knee into Bryan’s back. Bryan fights up, powers Jun to a corner, and the ref moves aside. Bryan is free, and he KCISK! And KICKS! And KICKS! Jun eggs Bryan on!

Bryan KICKS Jun again and again but Jun just takes it! Jun ROCKS Bryan, snapmares, and runs to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Jun drags him out to the apron! Jun then stomps away on Bryan, but lets off as the ref counts. Jun stomps Bryan again, then shrugs as the ref reprimands. Jun stomps Bryan again and Collision returns to single picture. Jun lines up a shot, and the fans fire up as Jun APRON KNEE DROPS! Bryan flops to the floor and the fans fire up again! The ref checks Bryan, he’s somehow okay to continue, so Jun drags him up. Jun brings Bryan in for a suplex but Bryan fights it! Bryan suplexes Jun to the floor!

Bryan refreshes the ring count, then aims from the apron, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Jun and fans fire up! Bryan drags Bryan up and puts him in. Bryan climbs, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Jun stands and Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Jun ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up again and the fans are with him. Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again! Bryan keeps going, but Jun LARIATS! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Jun storms back up to Bryan. Jun drags Bryan up but Bryan wrangles him down! LEBELL LOCK!! Jun endures, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bryan lets go fast but in frustration. Bryan drags Jun around, and he goes to a corner! Bryan climbs up, but Jun stands! Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan! Jun fires more hands, climbs up, and fans fire up with Jun! But Bryan throws body shots! And a HEADBUTT! Jun hops back, Bryan goes up, MISSILE- KNEE!! Jun counters and then reels Bryan in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Jun keeps his cool. Jun sits Bryan up for knee after knee, then runs, into a takedown! HALF CRAB! Jun endures but Bryan shifts his grip for an ANKLE LOCK! Jun endures again, reaches out, but Bryan reels him in! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Bryan huffs and puffs while the fans fire up! Jun sits up slowly and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! The fans chant but Jun blocks! Jun CLUBS the leg, then EXPLODERS! The OG Exploder hits and Jun covers, TWO! GUILLOTINE CHOKE! Bryan is stuck in body scissors, too! Bryan fights, pushes, tries to stack but Jun keeps his own shoulders up! The fans rally and Bryan throws body shots! Bryan shifts and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Jun lets go, and then runs up to KNEE Bryan! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES back! And then GERMAN SUPLEX! Jun is right back up! EXPLODER! SLIDING KNEE!!

Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! The fans count along with the standing count, and both men are down at 5 of 10. Bryan and Jun go to corners, the fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” Bryan and Jun stand at 8, and they run in, DOUBLE BUSAIKU KNEES!! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Jun and Bryan rise, and Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan shakes his head, and he ROCKS Jun in return! Jun ROCKS Bryan again, so Bryan ROCKS Jun again! The fans rally as the forearms keep going back and forth! They go faster and faster, and June DECKS Bryan!

The fans fire up again as Jun waits on Bryan. Bryan sit sup, Jun brings him in, fisherman and- NO, Bryan fights and arm-drags free! Jun runs up but into a KNEE from Bryan! Jun falls over but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan goes to the corner, aims, “YES! YES! YES!” Jun rises up, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The American Dragon survives the Japanese legend, and Eddie says he gives Bryan his due. Eddie’s problem with Bryan was never about his talent, the problem is Bryan’s problem with Eddie. Bryan gives Jun his due by shaking his hand. But then Bryan flips Eddie off! So Jun SLAPS Bryan! Jun doesn’t like the disrespect shown and Bryan apologizes. Bryan offers another handshake, Jun takes it, but Bryan LOW BLOWS Jun! Eddie runs up to TACKLE Bryan! The fans fire up as Eddie punches away on Bryan! The ref reprimands but Eddie doesn’t care, he just keeps hitting Bryan! But then Claudio runs up to tackle Eddie!

The BCC beats Eddie down, but then here comes FTR! Cash & Dax brawl with Claudio & Bryan! The fans fire up as FTR runs the BCC off! BREAKING NEWS via Tony Schiavone! Wednesday Night Dynamite, Six Man Tag: FTR & Eddie VS Bryan, Claudio & Moxley! Will the Top Guys and Mad King finally beat some respect into the BCC?


My Thoughts:

A really good Collision here, lots of good story build for both Revolution and just in general. Great opening match with the No Disqualification match, but I’m surprised Hobbs won after all the stuff Sammy was doing. I mean, that’s good for Hobbs, he really should be winning things. Maybe it’s also to build Hobbs up so that when the Don Callis Family ends up fighting Ospreay & Fletcher, Ospreay & Fletcher are made even bigger deals when they beat Hobbs & Takeshita. Good win for Rosa and really good win for Deeb, both are going strong at perhaps just the right time. Deeb also had a really good promo, both should definitely be challenging for titles after Revolution going towards Double or Nothing.

Great trios match for Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and of course there was a moment of dysfunction where White gets the tag and not Billy. BBSG still wins, but I’m more surprised by Caster losing the flow on his rap. If that was legit, I feel bad for him, but maybe he wrote himself into a corner with “red” and the rhymes being bad (something something head, something something dead). I mean, he did just say he and management argue, maybe he held himself back because he didn’t want Tony Khan upset over blatantly naughty rhymes. And also, despite me wanting them to actually go for more gold, it feels like we’re just a moment away from BBSG breaking up and fighting for all the trios titles.

Great match from Bryan Keith and Malakai Black for the hell of it, and it gives Malakai a solid singles win. When Malakai hasn’t had one of those in awhile, that’s only because he hasn’t had a singles match in a long time. A little surprising Mark Briscoe didn’t get away with his ambush. He could’ve just bailed out when Buddy & Brody showed up but I guess that wouldn’t be in-character for Mark. Maybe Keith will be an ally for Mark against The House of Black since FTR is a bit busy right now. Speaking of which, great tag match of FTR VS STP and of course FTR wins. Good promo from BCC to set up the rematch at Revolution, I feel like they should make a point that the time limit isn’t 20 minutes but I can’t even remember if PPVs have time limits on matches.

And great tie-in of BCC with the main event tonight. Bryan VS Jun was a great match, Eddie was great on commentary because he knew Jun’s moveset and style so he was saying what was coming. Bryan won, of course, adding another Triple Crown Champion to the list since he’s coming after Eddie’s Triple Crown. I had a feeling Bryan was going to disrespect Jun, but it was only because Jun told him to respect Eddie. Great brawl to set up Eddie & FTR VS BCC for Dynamite, that’ll make for a strong go-home going towards Revolution.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/23/24)

The Young Bucks are on a Rampage!

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The EVPs demand your respect!

As Revolution approaches and the AEW World Tag Team Championship match looms, Matthew & Nicholas Jackson look to stay sharp in the ring! Who will feel their wrath as proxies to Darby Allin & Sting?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Trios Triple Threat: Private Party & Matt Sydal VS Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Bryan Keith, Komander & Penta El Zero Miedo; Keith, Komander & Penta win.
  • The Young Bucks VS Jonny Lyons & Cappuccino Jones; The Bucks win.
  • Mariah May VS Anna Jay; Mariah wins.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Jake Hager; Roddy wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Trios Triple Threat: Private Party & Matt Sydal VS Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Bryan Keith, Komander & Penta El Zero Miedo!

With all the trios titles belonging to the Bang Bang Scissor Gang, many others are trying their hands at the trios game. Will Isiah Kassidy, Marq Quen and the Zen Assassin open their third eyes? Will Dante, Darius & The Sight to See be flying high? Or will the Bounty Hunter, the AAA Cruiserweight Champion and The Man with No Fear steal the spotlight from them all?

In this form of Triple Threat, only two trios are legal at one time, so Action steps up to stare down Sydal. The fans rally up as the two talk some smack, and they circle. They tie up, go around, and Sydal headlocks for a takeover. Action stands up but Sydal hits another takeover. Sydal then snapmares but Action handsprings through! Fans cheer and the two go again. Sydal tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Action handsprings through again! Action dusts himself off, but Sydal runs up. Action wrenches, CHOPS, and then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up as Action DROPKICKS Sydal down!

Action kips up and smiles while Top Flight talks some smack to Private Party. Action then runs and IMPLODER TORNILLOS onto Sydal! Cover, ONE, but Action tags Darius. They double whip Sydal, but Sydal KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS! Fans fire up with Sydal and he gets a “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” chant going. Sydal KICKS Darius’ leg over an dover, but Darius catches him to a pump-handle GUTBUSTER! Then GAMANGIRI! Sydal flounders away, Bryan Keith tags in! Keith runs up but Darius headlocks. Keith powers up and out, Darius RAMS him, but Keith rebounds to BOOT! Darius falls, Kassidy tags in!

The fans rally as Zay dodges Keith, fires “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” and then ROCKS Keith. Zay whips, Keith reverses, but Zay goes up and Quen tags in. Zay RANAS Keith into Quen’s GAMANGIRI! Then Quen springboards to SPLASH Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith is still in this and he tags out to Penta! The fans fire up as Penta somersaults in, but Quen shows he can somersault, too. The fans rally for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta tells Quen to listen, CERO! MIEDO! Queen says okay, but “What do we want? SHOTS!” Quen shoves Penta, so Penta takes off the glove. The fans fire up, and Penta makes the pass to Alex Abrahantes!

Penta says again, CERO! MIEDO! Another pie face, but Dante tags in off Quen. Dante shoves Penta but then Komander tags in. Quen jumps on Dante, he and Penta mug him, and then everyone else rushes in! It’s a nine man melee and the ref reprimands them all! Things spill out, Dante and Komander stay in. Dante breaks free to JUMP KNEE, then runs, but Komander dodges! Dante mule kicks, whips, but Komander reverses to hook Dante up, COBRA TWIST, into a tilt-o-whirl RANA! Fans fire up as Dante flounders to a corner. Komander runs corner to corner but Dante dodges! Komander elbows back, then SUPERKICKS!

Dante flounders away, Komander jumps up top, and Komander tightrope walks to ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up as Komander covers, TWO! Komander tags Penta before he runs in, but Dante jumps up and over! Penta runs in to SLINGBLADE! And then SLINGBLADE again! Dante staggers up, into a SUPERKICK! Action tags in to springboard, into a SUPERKICK! Private Party sends Darius into barriers! Penta tags Keith, puts Action in a corner, and GAMANGIRIS! Komander runs in, Penta is the step stool for Komander to FLYING FOREARM!

Komander feeds Dante to Keith’s fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, Zay breaks it! The fans rally, Quen tags in off Keith, and Quen stomps away on Action as Rampage goes picture in picture!

Quen stomps and stomps but the ref counts. Quen lets off to drag Action up and bump him off buckles. Quen runs up to RAM Action, then tags in Zay. Private Party keeps Action trapped, Zay ENZIGIRIS Action down! Zay stomps now, “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay lets off to kick-step, then he tags Sydal. They stomp Action, “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Sydal lets off to rally the fans, then he drags Action up. Action throws body shots but Sydal CLUBS him down. Sydal stands Action up again to back suplex, but Action lands out, only for Sydal to HEEL KICK! Tag to Quen and Quen slingshot SENTONS!

Rampage returns to single picture as Quen stomps Action back to the corner. Tag to Zay, Quen snap suplexes Action down for Zay to slingshot SENTON! Zay smirks and then drags Action up. Zay puts Action in the corner, CHOPS, then tags Quen. Private Party double whip Action to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up as Action and Private Party are all down. Action crawls, Quen grabs at a foot but hot tag to Dante! Dante rallies on Quen, whips, but Quen reveres. Quen runs in at the corner, Dante slips out to the apron and Quen hits buckles. Dante then goes up and around to GAMANGIRI!

Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, Keith breaks it! Darius runs up to CHOP Keith, but Keith ROCKS Darius! Keith runs, but Darius follows to HOTSHOT BULLDOG! And then GAMANGIRI! Darius steps in, but into a KNEE! Keith runs up to SHOTGUN Darius out of the ring! Keith pursues, but Action is there to go after Keith. Action fires forearms, Dante turns around to see Zay. Zay dodges Dante to then FLY out onto Keith, Darius & Action! Dante whips Sydal up and out but Komander tags in. Komander BOOTS Sydal, Dante BLASTS Penta, and Komander gets Sydal in an APRON ROMERO SPECIAL!

Dante builds speed and he FLIES over those two to wipe out Keith and his own teammates! Komander lets Sydal go, Sydal mule kicks Komander down! Sydal goes up the corner, to APRON METEORA! But Penta’s right there! APRON FEAR FACTOR!! Penta rises but Zay springboards, triangle jump STUNNER! Quen gets in, Zay gives him the boost to go up and up and SUPER SWANTON onto everyone else!! The fans are thunderous and Zay takes a bow. Zay then waits as Quen puts Penta in. Zay puts Penta up top, GAMANGIRIS, and then GIN ‘N’ JUICE DESTROYER!! Penta turned things right around on Private Party!

Keith runs in, Quen BOOTS him first, but Keith roars! Keith RISING HEADBUTTS to send Quen down! Penta sets up as Komander builds speed, BOOSTED TORNILLO onto the cluster outside!! The fans are thunderous again but Sydal rushes Penta! Penta sidesteps, Sydal springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! And then Penta tucks him back in, FEAR FACTOR!! Cover, Penta’s team wins!

Winners: Penta El Zero Miedo, Komander & Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A huge win for this eccentric trio, will they be hunting down The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass? Or will they try for the Bullet Club Gold’s gold instead?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

After taking a week off for the NBA All-Star Game, Saturday nights are once again good for a fight. Thunder Rosa and Serena Deeb each return to in-ring action, will these two rivals keep pace in the chase for gold? And we just saw Bryan Keith win big in the trios match, but he’ll jump right back into singles action against Malakai Black! Will the Bounty Hunter get another big win in his hunt for opportunity? Or will the Dark Father prove the House Always Wins?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Renee Paquette is with Saraya and Harley and isn’t sure how much they’ve been watching Ruby Soho & Angelo Parker, but those two are off on their path of romance. Saraya DGAF about Soho x Parker!! She has things going on, too! That traitor isn’t getting under her skin even a little bit! Harley calms Saraya down, and they do breathing exercises. Why’s Harley flicking her tongue when she does that…? But Saraya wants to talk business. Y’know how her family is big famous wrestling royalty in the UK? Well, see, she has a special announcement. Her brother, “Zodiac” Zak Knight, has just become All Elite!!

Saraya has her brother walk into frame, and yeah, he’s scary, right? Zak could’ve been yours, Ruby! Saraya was gonna set Ruby up with him, “the most eligible bachelor in the Norwich area!” And Ruby messed that up just to be with that greasy, slimy, whatever Parker is! Harley says yeah! Just look at Zak! Isn’t he hot? He’s so hot! The whole Knight family is hot! Saraya is a bit taken aback by that, and she sprays water at Harley. Harley just embraces it so that doesn’t make for a good deterrent anymore… Saraya says it’s okay, Harley’s about to be fixed. But Saraya also promises, “Things are about to get really spicy around here.”

The Outcasts head out, and Zak’s scowl scares Renee a bit. Will Ruby & Parker regret making their romance public?

 

The Young Bucks VS Jonny Lyons & Cappuccino Jones!

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson used, or rather abused, their power as Executive Vice Presidents of AEW to have an AEW World Tag Team Championship match at Revolution. However, they are also very upset at the continued disrespect. Will that really stop after they take their frustrations out on these young indie guys?

The teams sort out and Nick starts against Lyons. Nick doesn’t even bother taking off his trilby (or is it a fedora?) as he circles with Lyons. Nick calls for a knuckle lock but then kicks low and CLUBS away! The fans boo but Nick soaks it up. Nick whips Lyons, Lyons reverses but Matt tags in. Nick hurdles then whips Lyons, Lyons ducks Nick but Matt CLOBBERS him! Matt takes off his suit jacket to then drags Lyons up. Matt TOSSES Lyons to the corner, Lyons tags in Cappuccino! The fans fire up for Cappuccino as he circles with Matt. Matt mockingly applauds, also calls for a knuckle lock, but also kicks low!

Matt CLUBS away on Cappuccino, just like Nick, but then Matt cools off. Matt brings Cappuccino up to throw hands, whips him to ropes, but fakes the superkick to DDT instead! Fans boo but Matt drags Cappuccino up. Matt whips Cappuccino to the corner, he and Nick coordinate to LARIAT GAMANGIRI COMBO! Tag to Nick, he BLASTS Lyons, and then Matt whips Nick in so he can go up and over and PENALTY KICK Lyons! Matt stomps Cappuccino, stands him up, then HOTSHOTS him into Nick’s DISCUS LARIAT! Tag back to Matt and he drags Cappuccino up. The fans rally as hard as they can, but Cappuccino gets the MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, The Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall

Well, turns out they call that the “Tony Khan Driver” now, seems they don’t care to be associated with the Wrestling Observer anymore. But then they feel disrespected when the ref hesitates to raise their hands? Nick gets the mic to tell Paul Turner that when he raises their hand, what name did he use? Did he really just call him “Nick?” That is disrespectful! Next time, it’s a fine! And Schiavone, please, join them in the ring. Fans boo and Schiavone isn’t sure what to do. But they are EVPs, he doesn’t really have a choice… Schiavone joins the Bucks, and Nick promises they won’t harm him.

Last week, Schiavone was in the ring with them and Nick swears, he tripped on his own shoe, knocked into Schiavone and that is why Schiavone fell over. Nick wants to make it clear, and he apologizes for that. Matt says to show how sorry they are, and how much they love him, they got him a $25 Amazon gift card. They are sorry, Schiavone, but that isn’t the only thing they’re sorry about. See, they’re also sorry that, uh… they can’t get the bloodstains left by Darby Allin & Sting out of their $5,000 suits. Schiavone says yes, that is a problem… Will they rescind the $1,000 fine on them by any chance?

Sorry, no, they can’t do that. But there are a couple things that they won’t be sorry about. The first thing is beating the hell out of Darby for all the trash he talked about them publicly. The second thing, and this is one Schiavone will really like, is them taking Sting and pinning him to the mat, saying goodbye to one of the most legendary careers in all of pro-wrestling! Fans boo but Matt continues to tell “Stinger,” call them Father Time. Because just like time, the Bucks are undefeated. And just like time, the Bucks are coming for Sting! “Now everybody, let’s have a great show! There’s a great line-up on the way!

“Tony’s over there at the desk, he’s one of the best play by play guys in the business! C’mon, everybody! AEW chant on three? One, two, three! A E DUB! A E DUB! Alright, let’s go~!” Matt fist bumps Schiavone, then leaves with Nick. The farce continues, but will there be nothing even Darby & Sting can do about it? Or will the Icon still find a way to retire on top?

 

Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.

Rampage returns and he welcomes a young man who has had a busy year. He’s a brand new father but fighting the Don Callis Family, it’s Sammy Guevara! Tulsa cheers as The Spanish God heads to the ring, back on his feet after the ambush by Will Hobbs. Schiavone shakes hands with Sammy, and Schiavone congratulates Sammy on last week’s win against Jeff Hardy. But now, to the comments Callis had for Sammy just last Wednesday Night Dynamite. The insults he hurled at Sammy, Callis clearly has it out for him.

Sammy says it is a mix of emotions. Last week, he got in the ring with a childhood hero in Jeff Hardy. But on the other hand, he’s pissed off because Hobbs put him through a table! Sammy tells Hobbs that Sammy always knew Hobbs had endless potential, and superstardom written all over him. But he can do that all on his own! Hobbs doesn’t need Callis sucking the life out of Hobbs’ career! Hobbs is a star all on his own, but it’s too late now for him to figure that out because he’s pissed Sammy off. So enough talk! Get your ass out here so they can fight! The Don Callis Family music plays, but it’s only Callis walking out here.

Callis has a mic to taunt Sammy, “Look, everybody! It’s Mr. Mom! You’re back at work after nursing the child. I mean, the only thing you’ve done of any note in the last six months is reproduce, and you shouldn’t be proud of that. Dogs do it. Even these people can do it!” Fans boo but Callis says Sammy used to be a great athlete. He used to be a guy Callis wanted in the Family. But now, Sammy has become like so many others: a weak, pathetic little cuck! Sammy doesn’t get what Callis is doing repeating himself, but then HOBBS gets in from the crowd side! Sammy dodges, SUPERKICKS, and Hobbs bails out!

Sammy eggs Hobbs on, then builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Hobbs! Sammy says bang bang, and he gets a chair! Sammy winds up to SMACK Hobbs on the back! Hobbs hobbles but gets in the ring. Sammy pursues, aims again, and he JAMS Hobbs low! Then SMACKS him on the back! Sammy throws off the jacket, waits on Hobbs to turn around, but Hobbs fights off the torture rack to LARIAT Sammy inside out!! Callis smiles as he tells Hobbs to end this! SPINEBUSTER! And then another SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs is gonna do Sammy like he did Jericho! Hobbs hauls Sammy up, scoops and WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!!

Hobbs stands over Sammy and Callis applauds. The Powerhouse has all but pulverized Sammy, and Callis even gets his shots in! Will the Don Callis Family make sure there’s nothing left of Sammy to go home to his wife and daughter by the end of this?

 

Skye Blue speaks.

“I had that match. I had it won, if it wasn’t for that bald headed, sad, poor excuse of a man, I would’ve had it and I deserved it. I had that win and I deserved it, on my own.” Julia Hart calms her down and says it’s okay. They will have their comeuppance. And while seeking their revenge, they will dig three graves: one for Willow, for Kris, and for Stokely. But who does Skye want first? Whoever will step up. Whoever has the balls enough to step up and fight her! Will the Chicago Skye continue to darken until she blots out the light?

 

Mariah May VS Anna Jay!

Toni Storm’s superfan still wants to prove herself to her hero, but that really depends on if Storm is even watching this. Will Mariah finally have Storm’s approval? Or will the Queenslayer still be the Star of the Show?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and they go along the ropes. They end up in a corner, get out of a corner, and Mariah pulls hair. The ref counts, Mariah lets off and shoves Anna, but Anna doesn’t budge! Anna smirks as she and Mariah rest and tie up. Anna waistlocks, shoves, but Mariah slides to sweep the legs! Mariah runs but Anna dodges the dropkick! Anna runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Anna then ROCKS Mariah, whips her, but Mariah reverses to ROCK Anna! Mariah bumps Anna off buckles, then puts some stank on the DOUBLE CHOP! Mariah brings Anna around to bump off buckles, and CHOP again!

Mariah eggs Anna on so Anna CHOPS! Mariah CHOPS! Mariah bumps Anna off buckles, then digs her boot in as Rampage goes picture in picture!

The ref counts, Mariah lets off at 4, and she brings Anna into ropes to hook her up. The ref counts as Mariah chinlocks Anna against ropes, but she lets off at 4. Mariah kisses Anna on the cheek, then runs to DROPKICK Anna in the back! Anna falls out of the ropes and Mariah soaks up the heat. Mariah stands Anna up, runs, and SHOTGUNS her down! Anna flounders out of the ring and Mariah takes a bow. Mariah then goes out to stalk Anna, and she brings Anna around the way. Mariah puts Anna against barriers to CHOP her! And SPANK her! Mariah laughs while Anna hobbles away. Mariah pursues to then CHOP again!

Anna is stinging while Mariah dusts herself off. Mariah hears the count but she whips Anna into the barriers first! Mariah then leaves Anna behind and “apologizes” to the ref. Mariah goes back out after Anna, soaks up the heat, and vogues for the camera. But Anna throws body shots and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Mariah CHOPS back! Mariah pushes Anna into the ring, takes her time posing before going back in, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as Anna whips Mariah to a corner. Mariah slips out to the apron, avoids Anna’s haymaker, and ROUNDHOUSES in return! Anna staggers, Mariah shouts and climbs up, but Anna ROCKS her! Anna then gets space, runs up, and HEEL KICKS! Anna then wrenches the arms, ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO! Anna grows frustrated but she drags Mariah up and hooks the arms. Mariah blocks the Gory Especial to backslide hard, TWO! Anna sits up, into a KNEE THRUST! Mariah says it’s time to end this, and she hauls Anna back up. Fireman’s carry, but Anna slips free! QUEENSLAYER!!

Anna hops on as a backpack, but Mariah RAMS her into buckles! Mariah is free, and she puts Anna up top. Mariah DOUBLE CHOPS, then gets some space. Mariah runs up to STRATUSPHERE! Anna flounders away and Mariah shouts out Storm! Mariah runs up, but the hip attack misses! Anna runs up to kick, dragon sleeper, and BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO?!? Mariah survives and Anna grows frustrated! The fans rally as Anna sits Mariah up, into the QUEEN- NO, Mariah blocks the sleeper! Anna fights through to have the QUEENSLAYER! Mariah flails, reaches out, but she BITES Anna’s arm!!

The ref reprimands but Mariah is free all the same! Fireman’s carry, MAYDAY DRIVER!! Cover, Mariah wins!

Winner: Mariah May, by pinfall

One thing is for sure, Mariah is just as looney as her role model! Will she follow in Storm’s footsteps to become a champion in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Ruby Soho & Angelo Parker.

Renee is with the lovey-dovey couple, how’d the date go? Ruby says she felt it went really well. Parker is relieved, he didn’t wanna say it first and be wrong. It was incredible, everything he hoped it’d be, he had a great time. Renee points out that in the opposite direction, Saraya is becoming unraveled. If they didn’t hear her comments earlier, she had some rather choice words. And apparently, she was going to hook Ruby up with her brother? Ruby says that’s weird and Renee agrees. Plus, Zak is more like a poor man’s Tom Hardy, big pass. Parker isn’t sure being Norwich’s Most Eligible Bachelor is a bad of honor, either. And honestly, “wrestling royalty?” That’s a stretch.

Ruby tells Saraya that she said she doesn’t care, that Ruby doesn’t get under her skin, but here’s the reality: for the last year, Saraya told Ruby that Ruby needed Saraya, when it was really the other way around. Saraya is sad and unhappy without Ruby. And say all you want about Ruby, but talk bad on Parker and that’s when they have problems. Ruby said she needed space, and in that space, she found something real. And Saraya may be sick of hearing it, of seeing it, but hey, why not invite everyone along? Bring the cameras, bring the crew, and they’ll shove this right down Saraya’s throat!

Parker’s pretty fired up. He says Ruby’s hot when she’s mad. Ruby thanks him for the compliment, and the two head out to get some drinks. Will they make Saraya so sick of love she’ll never dare speak their names again?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Jake Hager w/ Hornsby!

The Undisputed Kingdom were bullying Orange Cassidy, and apparently the Big Hurt didn’t like seeing that. Will Oklahoma’s own break the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will Roddy be too strong even for the All-American Sooner?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Hager and Hornsby. Roddy and Hager circle, tie up, and Hager powers Roddy to a corner. Roddy slips free, shoves Hager, and fans boo. The two reset, they circle again, and Roddy gets around to waistlock. Roddy then turns Hager around to CHOP, but Hager doesn’t budge! Fans fire up and Roddy is a bit scared, so Roddy bails out. The Kingdom pep talk Roddy while the ring count climbs. Roddy hurries in, dodges Hager, then things speed up. Roddy leaps but Hager catches him! Hager puts Roddy in a corner, runs up but into a BOOT! Roddy CHOPS, but Hager catches it?!

Fans fire up as Hager TOSSES Roddy, then CHOPS him! And CHOPS him again! Hager whips corner to corner hard, runs up, but Rodd bails out again! Hager snarls, goes out after Roddy, and stalks him around the way. Matt Menard’s on commentary, he says watch out for “these bozos,” Taven & Bennett. Hager stares them down as he walks past, then fires off on Roddy! Roddy tumbles, Hager puts him in the ring, but Roddy KICKS Hager in the ropes! Roddy CLUBS away on Hager, then tells Tulsa to shut up! Roddy runs, but into a BOOT! Hager storms up, puts Roddy in a corner, and then TOSSES him across the ring!

The fans fire up as Hager LARIATS Roddy down! Cover, TWO! Roddy stays in this but Hager digs his knees into Roddy! Roddy flails and reaches out but Hager traps the arms. The ref counts as that knee gets a bit high on the chest and into the neck area. Hager lets off, but he puts Roddy in a corner to fire off body shots! Roddy staggers away as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Hornsby cheers Hager on as he clotheslines Roddy in the corner! Hager ROCKS Roddy while talking trash to The Kingdom, then he hauls Roddy up top. Hager climbs, brings Roddy up, but Roddy clubs at Hager’s leg. Roddy throws body shots, slips underneath, and then kicks the legs out! Hager ends up stuck in the ropes, and Roddy runs to STRONG KNEE him in the back! Hager falls and Roddy stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Roddy lets off to flex, but only The Kingdom cheers him on. Roddy stands on Hager in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, but then he springboard stomps Hager down!

Roddy gets the legs and has Hager in ropes, for the ROPE GUILLOTINE! Hager sputters, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy keeps Hager down by dropping knees, then he digs a knee into Hager’s back. Roddy has the chinlock but Hager endures and fights up. The fans rally, Hager throws body shots, and then Hager runs, but into a DROPKICK! Roddy hurries to cover, TWO! Roddy drags Hager from ropes, stomps him, then paces around while The Kingdom talks trash on Hager. Roddy glares at Hornsby but Hornsby dares him to do something! Roddy goes back to Hager to rain down fists! Roddy then lets off to put Hager in a corner.

Taven seems to be talking trash on Hornsby, probably calling him a Melvin like does everyone. Roddy stands Hager up to CHOP! And CHOP! And then he scoops to BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roddy keeps Hager down with another chinlock, again digging in a knee. Hager endures, fights up, and Rampage returns to single picture. Hager throws body shots and is free, but Roddy CLUBS, KNEES and runs, but into a lift! Roddy sunset flips, Hager stays up and he drags Roddy up to TOSS to a corner! Roddy BOOTS, ENZIGIRIS and then OLYMPIC SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Roddy grows frustrated as Hager stays in this.

Hornsby smacks the steel steps to rally the fans, and now Bennett glares at him. And then Taven comes in from the other side, Hornsby realizes he’s in a 2v1 situation here. Hornsby wants them to calm down, but then he pulls out a SUPER CONFETTI POPPER! It goes off and Hornsby says take that! The Kingdom still storms up on him, but here comes Orange Cassidy! The AEW International Champion is returning the favor to Hager by helping out his buddy. The Kingdom says fine, bring it then! Cassidy says hold on, he has THE HAT! He throws the purple bucket hat into Hager, and Hager loves that hat!

Cassidy then dodges Taven, shoves him into Bennett, and down they go! Cassidy rains down fists, and Hager powers up with the hat!! Roddy runs up but Hager LARIATS! And LARIATS! And OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES! The fans are thunderous as Hager says, “I like this hat!!” Then Hager runs corner to corner, goes up and up, and hits the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Hager snarls! But Taven sends Cassidy into railing! The 2v1 has gotten the better of Cassidy, and Roddy JAWBREAKERS Hager! Hager staggers, Roddy storms up, OLYMP- NO, Hager slips free to GUT RWENCH BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Roddy survives, but Hager has the ANKLE LOCK!! Roddy flails, rolls over, and he kicks from below! Hager still holds on, ANKLE LOCK! Roddy flails, reaches out, but Taven throws Cassidy into the ring! The ref is distracted by that, Taven & Bennett get on the apron but Hager CLOBBERS them both! Roddy STRONG KNEES!! Hager falls, Roddy covers, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

Despite having back-up and the power-up, Hager still couldn’t beat the numbers game! Roddy is rolling towards Revolution, will he be taking the International title away from Cassidy?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage that was again booked to have story. The Bucks of course won their match, but they did what I was hoping they’d do in changing up their style. They purposefully didn’t use superkicks, and then they are apparently changing up the names of their finishers as if to say Heel Bucks don’t care about their YouTube show or Dave Meltzer. Their post match promo was good, too, but it didn’t really add too much more to the heat they’ve already got. And pretty good promos out of this Ruby VS Saraya story. I thought Ruby VS Saraya was just going to be the thing, but now it feels like they might give us a Mixed Tag of Ruby & Parker VS Saraya & Zak.

Really good Trios Triple Threat to open, and I love that it was Keith, Komander & Penta winning rather than taking a loss to the established-ish trios. The feud of Private Party and Top Flight really needs to be settled by just those teams anyway. Pretty good promo from Sammy Guevara to call out the Don Callis Family, but of course it turned into Hobbs beating Sammy up. Good promo from Skye and Julia, I really thought AEW would’ve figured out a contender to the TBS Championship by now, but maybe that’ll happen very quickly in the next week. Really good match from Mariah May and Anna Jay, and a really good win for Mariah. But you can bet Storm didn’t pay attention to this at all, just like the other times.

And very good main event from Hager VS Roddy, with The Kingdom of course overbooking this. The bit with Hornsby was fun, and Cassidy showing up was also a logical move. I like that Hager’s hat is now the same as Cassidy putting hands in his pockets, but of course Hager lost out. Roddy needs momentum going into the title match so he had to win this one, and he probably just waits it out while Cassidy gets worn down. But at this point, it’ll probably still take a lot of cheating for Roddy to win the International title and bring it into The Undisputed Kingdom.

My Score: 8.7/10


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