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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/8/23)

Fallout from Revolution!

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California is still All Elite!

The Revolution is done, but the action continues! AEW Dynamite is in Sacramento, who will be living it up like kings in this new chapter?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Jay Lethal w/ Team Triple J; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • Ruby Soho VS Skye Blue; Soho wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS AR Fox & Top Flight; The JAS wins.
  • Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds; Moxley & Claudio win.
  • AEW TNT Championship Falls Count Anywhere, Anything Goes: Wardlow VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Hobbs wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Jay Lethal w/ Team Triple J!

While neither #OrangeHausen nor Jarrett & Lethal dethroned the Gunns at Revolution, there is still some major beef to be settled between Freshly Squeezed and Lethal himself. Will Cassidy keep hold of this title? Or will the belt soon be added to the collection?

But wait, in a big surprise, the referees are already banning Lethal’s back-up from ringside! Cassidy and Lethal will truly go 1v1! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, there are some technical mishaps with commentary and the PA system, and uh, this is how Dynamite begins!

Lethal is upset but he rushes Cassidy, only for Cassidy to headlock and takeover. Lethal kips free, but Cassidy hits another headlock takeover. Lethal fights up, powers out, and arm-drags, but then Cassidy arm-drags back! Cassidy blocks an arm-drag to backslide, TWO! Cassidy reels Lethal in for a headlock takeover! Fans rally for Freshly Squeezed as Lethal stands up. Lethal back suplexes but Cassidy lands on his feet, to headlock takeover again! Lethal fights up, wrenches out but Cassidy arm-drags again. Cassidy has a top wristlock but Lethal makes it a ghost pin! TWO! Fans rally and duel while Lethal and Cassidy reset.

Fans boo as Lethal bails out to shake out his arm. Cassidy waits in the ring, Lethal hears the fans booing, and Lethal takes his time returning. Cassidy goes out after Lethal, they go around the ring, and Lethal gets in. Cassidy avoids the handspring to tilt-o-whirl, but Lethal throws him down! Lethal steps through the legs, Cassidy rolls him up! TWO, and Lethal fireman’s carries. Cassidy slips free, Alabama Lifts, but Lethal sunset flips! Cassidy sits on it, TWO! Lethal catches Cassidy for a BACKBREAKER, but Cassidy powers out of the rest of the combination. Lethal handsprings, but Cassidy PENALTY KICKS him down!

Fans fire up while Lethal clutches his arm. Lethal goes to a corner, Cassidy brings him up and YANKS his arm against ropes! Lethal bails out, Cassidy builds speed, and Cassidy DIVES, into a fireman’s carry! But Cassidy slips free to POST Lethal! Lethal clutches the arm again but Cassidy drags him up. Cassidy whips but Lethal reverses and Cassidy hits steel steps! Cassidy clutches a knee but he stands back up and goes around the corner. Lethal slides in at 5 of 10, Cassidy stands on the apron at 6, but Lethal gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Cassidy falls to the apron while Lethal shakes out the bad arm.

Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Lethal!” “Lethal Sucks!” Cassidy gets to the corner but Lethal tells Sacramento to shove it. Lethal drags Cassidy up, wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Cassidy reverses. Cassidy runs in but is put on the top rope! Lethal then CHOP BLOCKS the bad leg! Cassidy falls to the apron and then the floor, and the ring count returns. Lethal decides to strut rather than pursue. Fans boo and “WOO~” but then Lethal goes out to BOOT Cassidy down! Lethal refreshes the ring count, brings Cassidy up and RAMS him into the apron! Lethal gets the leg, drops an elbow on the knee, but that was double-edged because of the bad arm.

Cassidy stands but Lethal is on him, and carries him, to SHIN BREAKER against the post! Cassidy writhes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Lethal soaks up the heat while the ref checks Cassidy. Cassidy shakes out the bad leg, he’s still able to go. Lethal waits in the ring as the count climbs again, and Cassidy hobbles up. Cassidy slides in at 6 of 10, but Lethal stomps away on him! Lethal drags Cassidy to drop an elbow on the knee! And again, and again! And again, and again! And again! And again! Lethal just doesn’t stop! Lethal thrashes the leg around, then stomps it! Lethal stalks Cassidy to a corner, digs his boots into the bad leg, but lets off as the ref counts. The ref reprimands, Lethal “apologizes,” then he goes after Cassidy again. KNEE JAMMER!

Lethal stands on the bad leg, then soaks up the heat from Sacramento, before he SMASHES the knee into the mat! Cover, ONE!! Cassidy hangs tough, but Lethal looms over him. Lethal drags Cassidy up, snapmares, and then pulls on the leg in a modified stump puller! Cassidy endures, fans rally up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Lethal lets off of the stump puller to soak up more heat. Lethal mocks putting hands in pockets, but Cassidy grabs the bad arm! Cassidy KICKS the arm, then throws haymakers! Lethal throws them back, they go back and forth, and Lethal kicks low. Lethal suplexes but the bad arm holds him back!

Cassidy wrenches the bad arm, Lethal suplexes, but Lethal blocks Stun-Dog Millionaire! Lethal shoves Cassidy, Cassidy rebounds and tilt-o-whirls, to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally up for Freshly Squeezed as Cassidy crawls to a corner. Cassidy stands, shakes out the bad leg, and dodges as Lethal runs in! Cassidy goes to the apron, fires haymakers on Lethal, then climbs the corner. Lethal CLUBS the bad leg! Lethal ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy throws forearms in return! Cassidy adjusts, but Lethal CHOPS! Lethal climbs up to join Cassidy, but Cassidy resists the superplex!

Cassidy fires off on Lethal, CLUBS away on him, and Lethal hops down. Cassidy leaps, DEEP IMPACT!! Cassidy hobbles, runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives the consecutive DDTs but Cassidy throws off the elbow pad! Cassidy even slashes his throat! ORANGE- NO, the bad leg gives out! Lethal grabs that leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR!! Cassidy fights the hold, Lethal kicks him down! Lethal pushes the pressure but Cassidy fights! Cassidy drags himself and Lethal over, reaches out, but then he turns it over to get the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Lethal lets off, and Cassidy goes to the apron.

Lethal storms over, goes out after Cassidy and CHOPS! Fans rally and duel, Lethal CHOPS, and Cassidy “chops.” Lethal CHOPS again! Cassidy grits his teeth to “chop” again. Lethal throws haymakers, then eggs Cassidy on. Cassidy winds up, to CLUB! And CLUB! And CLUB Lethal into the ring! Cassidy ducks the enziguri, slingshots, but into a trophy lift! Lethal drops Cassidy, Cassidy lands on his feet, but that jams the bad leg! Lethal runs to PENALTY KICK the bad leg! FIGURE- CRADLE!! TWO!! ORANGE- NO, LETHAL COMBINATION! Fans boo as Lethal goes up the corner! MACHO ELBOW onto knees!

Cassidy hobbles up, runs in, into a CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Lethal skipped to the injection but it wasn’t enough! Fans fire up and duel again as Lethal fireman’s carries Cassidy. HOTSHOT on the ropes, then mule kick to the bad leg! Lethal handsprings, but the bad arm gives out! ORANGE PUNCH!!! Cassidy covers, Cassidy wins!!

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

Cassidy had a strategy and it paid off! Cassidy keeps his record setting All-Atlantic Championship reign going, but Lethal grabs the Golden Globe! The ref stops Lethal from getting in the ring with it! Lethal and the ref argue, but someone else sneaks into the ring! JARRETT HITS THE STROKE!!! Fans boo the Last Outlaw being a coward, but he has his guitar! SMASH HIT to the bad leg!! Best Friends rush out here, Jarrett runs for it! The damage was done, will Cassidy be able to keep on fighting after that cheap shot?

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

Renee Paquette is with the Face of the Revolution, and he will be challenging Wardlow for the AEW TNT Championship. How is he feeling? Hobbs says it is so unfortunate that Wardlow’s car got broken into and that he lost his gear, his boots. His life must be in shambles right now. Now look at a man like Hobbs. Would that have happened to Hobbs? Not on these streets. But there is one thing Wardlow has left, and that is being a champion. And tonight, Hobbs takes that. Will the Book of Hobbs have an unfortunate ending for the Maestro of Mayhem’s second movement?

 

Ricky Starks is here!

The Absolute finished things off with The Ocho with another win at Revolution! Fans cheer and Starks gets the mic. “Wow. For the past, I dunno, ten, eleven days, I’ve spent my time here in California, San Francisco, now Sacramento tonight. And on top of that, I beat Chris Jericho at Revolution, so I think I’m having a hell of a week!” Fans cheer that! Starks says week after week, he has taken down the JAS, Chris Jericho, and has done it all from TV to PPV. And people are asking, “What’s next?” Starks says the answer to it is, “I’m not sure.” But he will say this, the question that really weighs on his mind is not “What am I gonna do next?” It’s, “Where am I gonna go next?”

But then BULLET CLUB is here!? And in from behind, JUICE ROBINSON ROCKS Starks, then THE JUICE IS LOOSE! Starks is down after the modified DDT and #RockHard stands over him. Juice grins, he just made AEW Too Sweet! But will he prove to be better than The Absolute?

 

Backstage interview with Wardlow.

Tony Schiavone is with the TNT Champion and brings up that it was a tough night for him last night given his car was broken into. Where is his head at tonight? “I’ve dealt with a great deal of loss lately. Fortunately, some buddies of mine let me borrow some clothes,” he says as he motions to the 7 Star FTR tank top. “So since I’m dressed for the occasion, how ’bout we do this Falls Count Anywhere, Anything Goes? Cuz tonight I was planning on teaching Hobbs a lesson in respect, but now, I’m going to demolish him. I may not physically have the title, but I AM the TNT Champion! And no man on this earth is going to take that from me!”

The War Dog is ready to do anything and go anywhere, where will this title fight end?

 

Renee Paquette is in the ring.

She introduces at this time The Runaway, Ruby Soho! Fans are torn as she makes her entrance, flanked by the outsiders, Toni Storm and Saraya! And they of course have their spray paint. Ruby goes to the ring alone and joins Renee. Renee says it was a “pretty interesting turn of events” at Revolution, with Soho joining Storm and Saraya. The question on everyone’s mind is, of course, “Why?” Fans boo and Soho just smirks. It’s obvious, isn’t it? It shouldn’t come as a surprise. “You all created this monster. Let’s just run it back real quick, Renee. My very first title match here in AEW was at Grand Slam against Britt Baker. And when she beat me, these people were thrilled.”

Fans even chant “D M D!” now, so that proves Ruby’s point. Ruby fast-forwards past that to the semifinals of the Owen Hart Tournament, where Ruby faced another “homegrown” in Kris Statlander. Fans cheer that name and Ruby says fans all love “Stat.” But while Renee wasn’t in AEW yet, surely she remembers that response after Ruby beat Kris. Not a warm one. Yeah, no, the fans BOOED Ruby out of the building! Fans boo now and Ruby smirks. Ruby says then we get to Revolution, when AEW’s favorite homegrown, Jamie Hayter, pinned Ruby in the middle of the ring. And we ALL love Hayter, right?

Ruby realized in that moment that no one was ever gonna come to her defense. No one was gonna be mad when she lost. And no one here in AEW was ever gonna really appreciate her! But she’s not the only one! Toni Storm came here, she wasn’t appreciated from the get-go! In fact, the company didn’t appreciate Toni enough to call her an actual champion, she was an “interim” champion. And then the fans all begged Saraya to come out of retirement! Yeah? And she does! And then these “fat, neck-bearded trolls” came after her at a moment’s notice! “We’ve been outcasts since the day we came into AEW.”

Ruby says they came here to help rebuild the AEW Women’s Division. “But you can’t build on broken foundations, you can only demolish and start new. And the broken foundation is the entitled little sh*ts in the back! The broken foundation is the rookies who think that they deserve the world! Because Tony Khan and all of you people give it to them! So speaking of entitled rookie, why don’t we go ahead and bring out my opponent, another homegrown in Skye Blue.” Skye makes her entrance and fans cheer! Skye is all fired up hearing what Ruby said, but will she be able to prove Ruby wrong?

Ruby Soho VS Skye Blue!

Ruby stomps Skye the second she slides into the ring! The bell rings, Ruby rains down fists, then she drags Skye up to throw her out. Ruby goes out after Skye and whips her into barriers! Ruby taunts the fans in the front row, then POSTS Skye! Ruby stalks Skye, KICKS her in the side, and Skye writhes. Ruby talks more trash, she drags Skye up and puts her in, then stalks her to a corner. Ruby goes to the opposite corner while fans boo, and Skye stands. Skye hobbles forward at Ruby, but Ruby ENZIGURIS her down! Fans rally for Skye but Ruby looms over her. Ruby kicks Skye around, taunts her, and Skye reaches out at her.

Skye SLAPS Ruby! Ruby ROCKS Skye! Ruby whips, Skye dodges and spins her around but Ruby wrenches out to hit an STO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Skye and Ruby smirks, somewhat amused. She’s still in control as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Ruby pushes Skye’s face into the mat, stands on an arm, and while Skye tries to hit Ruby away, Ruby STOMPS the hand! Skye writhes and goes to a corner, but Ruby CHOKES her on ropes. The ref counts, Ruby lets off, but then she stomps a mudhole in the corner. The ref counts again, Ruby CHOKES Skye and shouts in her face, then lets off. Ruby paces around, storms up on Skye, and taunts her. Skye ROCKS Ruby with a forearm! Ruby eggs Skye on, so Skye throws more forearms! Ruby CLAWS Skye’s face and puts her in the corner! Ruby grinds her forearms in, the ref counts but Ruby lets off at 4 to taunt the fans.

Ruby brings Skye up, ROCKS her with a forearm, then ROCKS her again! Ruby ROCKS Skye a third time, but Skye gest around to roll Ruby up! TWO, and Ruby CLOBBERS Skye! Cover, TWO! Ruby is growing frustrated, but she stands Skye up and bumps her off buckles. Ruby stomps Skye then paces around. Ruby stomps Skye more, lets off as the ref reprimands, and then she stands Skye up. Ruby CHOPS Skye and Skye flops to the ropes. Ruby bumps Skye off buckles again, then ROCKS her with a forearm. Ruby pie faces Skye, goes corner to corner, but Skye dodges! Ruby goes up as Dynamite returns to single picture, but Skye catches the headscissors!

Skye throws Ruby to the apron, ROCKS her with a forearm, then runs, but Ruby avoids the shoulder! Ruby mule kicks, then she makes everyone look at “homegrown baby.” Ruby pushes Skye back into the ring, drags her up and reels her in, SAIDO! Skye flounders to ropes but stands up again. Skye eggs Ruby on despite staggering around. Ruby storms up to SAIDO Skye again! Ruby is amused that Skye fires up! Ruby runs in, but Skye avoids the kick! Skye falls over, but she avoids another kick! Ruby is getting annoyed now, and she brings Skye up to ROCK her with forearm after forearm! Skye ROCKS Ruby back!

Skye runs, ROCKS Ruby again, then whips. SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Snapmare and SUPER0 NO, Ruby blocks the kick, but the BASEMENT-GIRI hits! Skye fires up, runs but misses as Ruby dodges. Skye BOOTS Ruby away, goes up top, and leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Skye growls, she runs, and hops on, but Ruby shrugs her off! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK from Skye! Skye full nelsons, lifts, but Ruby slips free and pulls hair! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Ruby wins!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

Skye fought hard for being an “entitled brat” of a rookie. But here come Saraya and Toni! They have plenty of spray paint, and they surround Skye. Saraya sits Skye up, Ruby shakes the can, and she sprays Skye right on the chest. But here comes WILLOW NIGHTINGALE! She was Ruby’s friend and she comes out to confront Ruby. Ruby pushes Willow away but Willow wants Ruby to talk this out. But Storm and Saraya CLOBBER Willow! They stomp away, and Ruby doesn’t even care. Ruby drags Willow up, wrenches and NO FUTURE! Ruby puts Skye next to Willow, and Saraya takes care of spraying them both with the green L.

Fans boo but the outsiders stand tall. Will the AEW Women’s Division find itself in a civil war soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee is with the Cowboy who survived Texas Death. Renee knows how Jon Moxley is doing, but how is Hangman doing? Physically, he’s been better. But in his mind and soul, all is well. Sunday, Hangman let that heart blacken and go somewhere with no light. Not because he wanted to, but because he had to. Let this serve as a warning. If you wanna push Hangman, Hangman will take you to hell. He’ll rip your flesh, he’ll choke you until life leaves your body, and then he’ll just ride back up.

Renee asks if it is safe to say things between him and Moxley are finally done. Hangman says that he’d given her a lot of flack for these interviews, and he owes her an apology. Especially for Sunday. He is sorry for what Renee had to see. But if she wants to blame someone, don’t look at Hangman. And as far as Moxley, after Texas Death, for Hangman, he’s finished. Renee thanks Hangman for his time. Will the Cowboy ride on towards something gold now that he’s out of the darkness?

 

MJF speaks.

“With a tear in my eye, you wanted to doubt me? You wanted to question my ability in that ring? Yeah? You people are worried about my mental health? MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET CHECKED! MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET YOUR BRAIN CHECKED! Because you actually thought that Bryan Danielson was on MY level! He’s the best in the world my ass! I just made the Dragon tap out. I snapped his wing clean off. And baby, I’m the devil. I got horns growing outta my forehead. I got a silver tongue. And got the grandest prize of ’em all!” MJF gives Triple B a big kiss, and says his back isn’t against the wall. He’s feeling good. Time to celebrate! Daddy is single and ready to mingle!

But he won’t end here! March 15th, the Ides of March, happens to be the birthday of the greatest wrestler on God’s Green Earth! MJF will stroll on in to Winnipeg, and celebrate that he is the most complete wrestler today. And he won’t just have some simple birthday party, that’s for chumps. MJF is gonna have a “re-bar-mitzvah.” Nobody is gonna dethrone the Devil of AEW, because his Reign of Terror has just begun. If MJF can even cheat an Ironman match, what can ever stop him now?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

He welcomes us back to Dynamite in Sacramento, and welcomes one of the greatest tag teams, FTR! Fans fire up as Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood return to Dynamite after returning at Revolution. FTR goes to the ring, and Schiavone welcomes them back. We all saw them coming in here with a purpose. Cash says Tony’s gonna have to speak up, the fans are all fired up for “FTR! FTR!” Schiavone says it’s well-deserved. Cash says he missed this. “So we said over and over again how great 2022 was for us, but right now, I wanna talk about how bad the last few months have been.”

They lost to the Acclaimed, to the Gunns, lost three other sets of titles in about two months, and then we lost one of their best friends in Jay Briscoe. Fans cheer for “JAY! JAY! JAY!” and Cash glances to Heaven as he says, “We love you.” FTR knew they needed to step away, they needed to take a breath and recharge. But right now, they can NOT sit home and watch Austin & Colten call themselves the best team in wrestling! Yes, they’re good, they’re the current champions, and they are the future of AEW, but they’re also “spoiled, entitled, disrespect little a-holes.” Fans agree there!

Cash continues by saying the Ass Boys’ dad, Billy Gunn, gave them they could ever ask for! Every opportunity and advantage! Something Cash’s dad could never give him. Private education, jobs with the great wrestling company in the world. But what Cash’s dad DID give him was knowing how to fight, and knowing how to be respectful. Cash is gonna teach them everything his dad did that Daddy Ass should have.

Dax says that he’s come out here and talked about how much he cares about his wife and daughter, but now he wants to talk about someone else he cares about: all the fans. In a time where he felt that he was incapable of being loved, the fans loved him. In a time where he felt he couldn’t find love, pro-wrestling gave him love. That is why Dax loves this industry! And this ain’t some ra-ra, Babyface “Yay me” speech. But dammit, he loves y’all, too! Fans chant for “FTR!” to show their love now.

Dax says that in December, FTR closed the book on the greatest trilogy of matches they’ve ever had. And even though they didn’t win that night, Dax knew they and the Briscoes did something special for this business. But that feeling was taken away by the Gunns. The last memory Dax has with one of his best friends in this industry was taken away from him by them! And he will never forget that. So now, it’s time for retribution! Now it’s time to get even! It’d be so easy to fight them and beat their asses, but now FTR has to hit Austin & Colten where it hurts. Now they gotta beat them and finally become AEW World Tag Team Champions!

Fans cheer as Dax says they gotta do it for them, for the Briscoes, and for the fans! #TopGuysOut! Dax & Cash are back with a vengeance, but will they kick the Ass Boys’ asses down but good?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & Leila Grey.

Renee is with The Baddies and says Jade is 53-0, easily the most impressive record in AEW History. But is Jade feeling challenged at this point? Pfft, what’s a challenge? Leila says there are no challenges for Jade. Exactly. Jade is undefeated at 53-0, has ran through every woman here in AEW and in the United States. So seeing how they’re going to Canada, where Renee is from, why not we bring out the best Canada has to offer. Jade is so big on charity, “why won’t one of you wack-ass Canadians step up and get stepped on?” Jade and Leila head out, who will answer the open challenge?

 

Six Man Tag: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS AR Fox & Top Flight!

Chris Jericho is still stinging from losing to Ricky Starks again, but surely with Daniel Garcia & Sammy Guevara by his side (and Hager, Parker and Menard in his corner), he can rebound and feel on top of the world again. Will The Ocho feel like number one again? Or will the Coldest Team in the Game put the JAS on ice?

The trios sort out and Fox starts against Jericho. The two step to each other, Jericho shoves Fox but Fox fires haymakers! Fox whips, Jericho reverses but Fox KICKS him! Fox goes Matrix to dodge, then does it again! And again! Jericho gets annoyed but he storms up into an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Fox runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Fox then skins the cat and swinging dropkicks! Jericho bails out, Fox builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! The JAS is furious but Fox brings Jericho up. Fox puts Jericho in, Jericho scrambles and hugs Sammy as defense! Fans taunt Sammy but he tags in.

The Spanish God circles with Fox, knuckle locks, but then kicks low! Sammy scoops and SLAMS, then he brings Fox up. Jericho steps in, Le Sex Gods double whip to double shoulder Fox! Then they pose together! The rest of the JAS gets in on it, too. The fans boo, Top Flight shout at the goons to get off the apron, and Sammy brings Fox up. Sammy whips, Fox holds ropes and Darius tags in. Fox BOOTS Sammy, Sammy comes back but Fox jumps over. GAMANGIRI from Darius, and then Fox reels Sammy in to back suplex. Sammy lands on his feet, hurries away, and he hugs Garcia! Fans boo but Garcia tags in.

Garcia runs in but into an arm0drag! Darius brings Garcia up, whips, but Garcia reverses. Dante tags in, Darius blocks the hip toss, and Darius arm-drags Garcia to then feed him to Dante’s shoulder. Darius shoves Garcia out and Dante ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Dante flexes. Dante puts Garcia in the ring but Parker distracts him. Dante kicks at Parker and he backs off. Dante springboards, into a HAYMAKER! Garcia flexes, Sammy gets in to hug him, and Jericho spoon-hugs Sammy. Fans boo the JAS being idiots while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Garcia drags Dante up, bumps him off buckles, then fires UPPERCUTS! Tag to Sammy, he CHOPS! Sammy tags Jericho and Jericho grins as he CHOPS Dante. Jericho CHOPS Dante again and again, then swings, but Dante blocks and counter punches! Dante fires off, runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho soaks up the heat, pretends he can’t hear the fans, then drops an elbow on Dante. Jericho taunts Darius and Fox, drags Dante away and tags in Sammy. Le Sex Gods split the wishbone! Sammy swaggers, clamps on a chinlock, and he grinds Dante down. Dante endures, fans rally up, but Garcia tells them to kiss this.

Dante fight sup, but Sammy throws him down! Sammy shifts his grip, drags Dante up and tags in Jericho. Jericho bumps Dante off buckles, hoists him up top, then CHOPS! Jericho climbs up, fires forearms, then brings Dante up. Dante resists the superplex, throws body shots, then GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down! Dante leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and the JAS is relieved. Dante and Jericho crawl for their corners, but Sammy runs in to BLAST Darius and Fox! Jericho tags Garcia! Garcia CLOBBERS Dante! Garcia stomps away, roars and flexes, then he drags Dante up and around.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Sammy tags in. Sammy snapmares Dante, clamps the chinlock back on and digs his knee in. Fans boo Sammy and rally for Dante and Dante fights up. Dante throws body shots, shoves Sammy away, then BLASTS Jericho! But Sammy picks Dante up! Dante fights that, and MONKEY FLIPS Sammy so hard, Sammy does a 450 onto his face! Fans fire up, hot tags to Garcia and Fox! Fox rallies on Garcia, ELBOWS in the corner, then snapmares and rolls, to a CUTTER! Jericho runs in to CHOP! Sammy adds a kick, Le Sex Gods double whip, but Fox holds ropes to stop himself.

Jericho runs in but is sent out! Sammy runs in, Fox kicks a leg out and Sammy ends up on ropes! Fox rolls, runs and SLIDES on Sammy to also WRECK Jericho with a dropkick! Fans fire up for that two-for-one, and Fox goes up top. Sammy staggers, but he avoids the 450! Fox keeps rolling to dodge Garcia, then he goes up and up and FLYING DOUBLE CUTTERS!! Cover on Garcia, TWO!! Garcia survives but Fox drags him over to tag in Darius. Fox drags and rolls Garcia for a CUTTER! Darius deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Darius and he brings Garcia back up.

Garcia pulls hair to stop the German Suplex! Garcia even BITES an ear! Tag to Jericho, he runs in, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Darius runs, baits him in and elbows! PELE! Cover, Sammy and Garcia both break it! Dante and Fox go after them, throw them out, and Dante builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Garcia! But Sammy JUMP KNEES Dante! Fox BOOTS Sammy from the apron! Parker checks on Sammy, but Fox IMPLODER SENTONS them both!! Fans are thunderous as Jericho runs at Darius. Darius goes up and over, but runs into a BOOT! Darius comes back, RANA- NO, SPINEBUSTER from Jericho!

Jericho has the legs, he turns Darius! Fans fire up as Darius turns that to a cradle, TWO!!! SUPERKICK to Jericho! Jericho distracts the ref as Darius runs, Hager CLOBBERS Darius with Floyd the Baseball Bat!! JUDAS EFFECT!!! Cover, JAS wins!!

Winners: The Jericho Appreciation Society, by pinfall

Yep, all of the JAS helps Jericho get this one! They all celebrate together, and Jericho gets a mic. He hands it to Parker and Parker says, “Ahem. AHEM! What you just witnessed was the single greatest Trios victory in AEW history! So Sacramento, do Cool Hand a favor, and LIGHT! THE! BEAM~!” Fans are torn on him shouting them out, but Menard gets the mic now. “Did you know that tonight marks the one year anniversary of the Jericho Appreciation Society? For over 52 weeks, the epitome of sports… enner-tay-ners!” Garcia gets the mic to say that “after such a beautiful victory,” it is only fitting that the JAS are the #1 contenders to the Trios titles!

Fans boo that but Sammy adds on. “Not only that, but the JAS is also the sexiest group alive, baby!” Hager says he likes his sexy hat! Jericho says that they’re deeming themselves the NEW #1 contenders to the AEW World Trios Championships, “so House of Black! Turn out your lights, do one of the greatest entrances in pro-wrestling history, and get your asses in this ring, NOW!” Fans do like that idea. And the lights DO go out! But for “CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON~!” The Elite! The, the, Elite, are here instead! Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks are the former Trios Champions, and Omega says, “Oh, hi, Chris.

“For the better part of three years, we’ve stayed out of your lane. You haven’t gotten yourselves involved in our business, and we haven’t gotten ourselves involved in yours. I’d like to think that that comes out of a place of mutual respect, but however, when you talk about the Trios Championships-” Wait, Don Callis cuts Omega off there. Callis wants to handle this, and fans boo. “Y’know, Chris, everybody knows that it was The Elite that established the World Trios Championships. And after the match that they had at Revolution, it’s very obvious that they are the #1 contenders, not you guys.

“And Chris, on a personal note, you and I have been friends for what? 33 years? And I fully agree with those that say that you are one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time!” Fans do cheer that. “Unfortunately, Chris, you’re only the second best wrestler from Winnipeg.” The JAS keep that from hurting Jericho too much, but the fans agree, it’s “KENNY! KENNY!” Callis says that if he himself had a couple of months to train, Jericho would end up THIRD! Jericho tells Callis to get his wormy ass down here and bring his stupid friends! He’ll go right here, right now! But then the lights turn off again!!

Malakai Black talks from the tron. “Boys, boys, there’s no need to fight. No, you are both equally as deserving to be humiliated in your hometown. So next week, if you want these…” The tron cuts out, and then the House of Black is here in person, standing between The Elite and JAS! “Come get ’em!!” Fans fire up, is that what it sounds like? Is this going to be a TRIPLE THREAT TRIOS MATCH!? The lights go out, there’s a commotion, and then the House of Black is gone. The JAS are ready, the Elite is ready, but Don Callis is worried. Will the biggest names in AEW all #FadeToBlack?

 

Tony Khan speaks.

“I’m here tonight because the AEW All-Atlantic Champion, Orange Cassidy, has requested an Open Challenge match next week in Winnipeg against Double J, Jeff Jarrett. I’m honoring that request. Next week in Winnipeg, it will be Orange Cassidy VS Jeff Jarrett, and this match represents an important milestone for our company. I’d like to tell you about it on behalf of AEW and Warner Brothers Discovery. Next week marks the fifth and final defense of the AEW All-Atlantic Championship on international soil. It is the only AEW championship to ever change hands on international soil.

“And next week, in partnership with Warner Brothers Discovery, to support the release of Shazam: Fury of the Gods, next week in Winnipeg, it will be Orange Cassidy VS Double J, Jeff Jarrett, for the AEW International Championship! Next week in Winnipeg, we will level up the championship. It will be a huge match, a huge milestone for AEW, and all of us are so excited for the release of Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and we can’t wait for Wednesday Night Dynamite in Winnipeg. Orange Cassidy VS Jeff Jarrett, for the AEW International Championship as we level up the championship in AEW!”

 

Bryan Danielson speaks.

“I always thought I was doing this for my kids. I was forced to retire. But I wanted to teach them, if you love something, you gotta fight for it. And uh, what I realized out there tonight, Max was right. This whole time, my whole career, has been legs, lungs, heart, and never giving up. And that’s always what I thought was best. To fight! To just fight and fight and fight and fight. And when I woke up from being unconscious, and I’m in the LeBell Lock, my first instinct was to effing fight. Then as I was fighting, I realized I can’t feel my arms. And my left leg didn’t have any strength anymore.

“And when Max said, after the Ironman match, I wouldn’t be able to play with my kids, it dawned on me. He was right. I was putting myself before my family. More than tapping out, that made more ashamed than anything else. It’s time for me to go home.” The American Dragon lost more than just a match, but will we ever see him back in AEW again?

 

Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds!

While Hangman says things are done between him and The Maniac, it seems the Blackpool Combat Club and Dark Order still have business to settle! Will Moxley and the Swiss Superman tear down the Numbers? Or can Johnny Hungy & Alex Handsome take the fight to the BCC like Evil Uno did?

The teams sort out, but the BCC just attack! The bell rings as Moxley CLUBS Reynolds and Claudio CLUBS Silver! Moxley TOSSES Reynolds out, goes out after him, and sends him into barriers! Claudio digs his boots into Silver, the ref counts and Claudio lets off. Tag to Moxley while Yuta taunts Reynolds, and the BCC mugs Silver. Moxley CHOPS Silver, but silver CHOPS back! Silver CHOPS Moxley, Moxley ROCKS Silver! Tag to Claudio, the BCC mugs Silver more, then Claudio fires hands. Silver fires forearms in return! Silver whips, Claudio reverses and he LARIATS Silver down! Fans rally for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” as Claudio drags him back up.

Silver blocks the suplex, knees free, then suplexes Claudio! Claudio fights that, suplexes again, but Silver knees Claudio again. The struggle for control continues, and Silver gets Claudio up and over! Fans fire up but Moxley tags in to drag Silver away. Gator roll, cover, TWO! Moxley drags Silver around, stomps away on Silver’s stomach and ribs, then JUMP STOMPS! Tag to Claudio, the BCC mugs Silver with stomps. Claudio drags Silver up, scoops and SLAMS him, then drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Claudio wraps on a chinlock and grinds Silver down. Silver endures and Moxley taunts him but the fans rally up.

Silver grits his teeth, fights up to his feet, and he backpacks Claudio to RAM him into buckles! Claudio UPPERCUTS! And then fires off fast hands, then another UPPERCUT! Claudio whips corner to corner hard, then runs in. Silver FLAPJACKS Claudio onto buckles! Fans fire up and Silver tags Reynolds! Reynolds dodges Claudio, BOOTS Moxley, then dodges Claudio again to back elbow! Reynolds keeps moving, FLYING UPPERCUT! Then a wrench and FOREARM! ROLLING ELBOW! Reynolds keeps moving and he DIVES into Moxley! Fans fire up as Reynolds then hits a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK on Claudio!

Reynolds hurries in, waistlocks, but Claudio elbows free. Claudio storms up, into a BOOT! Reynolds goes up, but Claudio BLASTS Reynolds to the floor! Fans fire up, Claudio wants after Reynolds but the ref keeps him in the ring, and Moxley CLOBBERS Reynolds in the distraction! The BCC is in control as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Claudio flexes, tags Moxley, and Moxley fetches Reynolds. Moxley TOSSES Reynolds over the timekeeper’s table! Moxley soaks up the cheers and jeers while the ring count climbs. Reynolds drags himself back up but Moxley fetches him again. Moxley puts Reynolds in the ring, then in a corner, to CHOP! Moxley hoists Reynolds up, goes up after him, and CLAWS Reynolds’s back! The ref reprimands but Moxley SUPERPLEXES Reynolds down! Cover, TWO!! Reynolds is still in this but Moxley keeps him down with a CROSSFACE! Reynolds endures, Moxley rolls him to a ghost pin, TWO! Moxley tags Claudio and smothers Reynolds.

Claudio stomps Reynolds, then scoops and SLAMS him! Cover, TWO! Claudio clamps onto Reynolds with a chinlock and leans all his weight on him. Silver rallies the fans, Reynolds fights to his feet, but Claudio whips Reynolds away into the corner. Claudio then runs in to KNEE Reynolds down! Cover, TWO! Silver scuffs Claudio with his boot and Claudio storms up on him, but the ref keeps these two apart. Claudio goes back to Reynolds, clamps onto an arm and pulls on the double wristlock. Reynolds endures, fights up, and Reynolds reaches out. Dynamite returns to single picture as Reynolds fights with elbows.

Claudio knees low, shoves Reynolds to a corner, and runs in, but Reynolds dodges! The knee hits buckles and Claudio tumbles up and out! Fans fire up and Reynolds crawls for his corner. Claudio slides in to intercept! Facelock and gator roll keeps Reynolds from Silver! Claudio keeps pushing Reynolds back but fans rally. Reynolds fights up, powers Claudio back step by step, but Claudio knees low again! Claudio swings on Silver but Silver ducks it. The two stare down, Claudio turns around into a BIG back drop! Claudio sunset flips, but Reynolds stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Claudio and Reynolds crawl, and Claudio anchors Reynolds’s leg. Reynolds boots Claudio away! Hot tags to Moxley and Silver! The Meat Man SHOTGUNS the Maniac, then fires off KICK after KICK after KICK! Fans fire up, Silver runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, into a waistlock! Moxley fights the lift, elbows free, but Silver BOOTS him down! Silver has Moxley on the ropes, runs and BOOTS him in the back! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES into the bridge! TWO!! Moxley survives but fans rally with Silver. Silver and Moxley stand, and Moxley KICKS a leg out! Moxley KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, but Silver blocks to DECK Moxley!

Silver rains down fists! Moxley drags him into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! Silver endures, fans rally, and Silver rolls free to float over, STRAITJACKET CROSSFACE! Silver throws down KNEE after KNEE! But Claudio STOMPS Silver down! Claudio drags Silver up, UPPERCUTS him, and eggs him on. Claudio brings Silver up to UPPERCUT! Claudio slaps Silver around, kick shim, then runs, but Reynolds intercepts! FLAPJACK UPPERCUT COMBO!! Fans fire up and Silver tags Reynolds. Moxley runs in, into a GAMANGIRI! The Beaver Boy Blitz hits, until Moxley catches Reynolds to a SLEEPER! Claudio drags Silver out!

Reynolds flails, reaches out, but Moxley shifts to a  HALF ‘N’ HALF! And then, DARS CHOKE!! Reynolds flails, Moxley keeps on tight, Reynolds TAPS! The BCC wins!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli, by submission

But then Moxley shifts to a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Fans boo but Claudio and Yuta keep the ref away from Moxley! Silver CLUBS away on Moxley! But Claudio gut wrenches Claudio to TOSS him out of the ring! Claudio goes out, Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE!!! Reynolds is OUT, but here comes UNO! Uno BLASTS Yuta! Uno gets in to stomp Moxley down! And CLUB away on him! Fans are thunderous for Uno as he fires off forearms! Claudio is shocked, but Yuta gets in to CHOP BLOCK Uno! Yuta keeps on Uno with stomps! Then he drags Uno up. But here comes HANGMAN!!

The Cowboy runs into the ring and gets in Moxley’s face. Hangman checks on the Dark Order, fans fire up for “COWBOY SH*T!” Claudio steps up and turns Hangman around, but Hangman DECKS him! Yuta and Moxley are upset, but Claudio CLOBBERS Hangman! The BCC beat down Hangman! Fans boo, refs rush in, but now Uno fights with Yuta! Hangman flounders around, trying to get up, and the fans chant “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!” Things seem to be far from over for the BCC, how will Hangman and the Dark Order respond?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

Renee is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and Billy Gunn, and says things didn’t go their way at Revolution, so what is next for them? Bowens says that obviously, things didn’t work out, but The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass are on the road back to the tag titles! And that includes here tonight in #Scissormento. Because EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED! Caster says that’s right! They’re the People’s Choice, the People’s Voice, and- Wait, the JAS’s Menard & Parker interrupt the “wonder boys.” What a consolation prize. Yes, everyone loves The Acclaimed, even Parker & Menard!

But y’know who really loves The Acclaimed? Chris Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society. They love rap music! Love it! So here’s a proposition. You know, they know, Renee knows, the FANS know, that The Acclaimed are sports enner-tay-ners at heart! So how about they join up? The Acclaimed laugh at that one. Billy says that was good. That was funny. But no chance, with Menard’s bootleg Michael Jackson Thriller lookin’ ass. They’re on TV more than you guys, just leave them alone. The JAS swung and missed hard on that one. Will they just have to face the House of Black and Elite with the numbers they have?

 

AEW TNT Championship Falls Count Anywhere, Anything Goes: Wardlow VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Just as the Mayhem of Maestro avenged the betrayal of Samoa Joe, he finds himself running headlong into the fray once again. This is War, but will this freshly minted title reign survive? Or will this be the greatest chapter in the Book of Hobbs yet?

Wait, Wardlow’s not making his entrance. He and Hobbs are already brawling backstage! Hobbs CLUBS Wardlow, opens the car door, and brings out the brass ring to JAM Wardlow with it! Then he pushes Wardlow at the door. Wardlow stops from being crushed in the door and he throws hands on Hobbs! Wardlow throws hands, Hobbs throws them back, then tries again. Hobbs whips Wardlow into the car door, and bends it off the frame! Then he digs Wardlow’s face into the rear passenger side window! Wardlow tries to fight back but Hobbs throws a body shot. Hobbs grabs a keg, and he CHCKS it! Wardlow narrowly dodges it!

Wardlow kicks low, the ref decides to ring the bell so that this is on record as Hobbs SMACKS Wardlow off the hood!  Then Hobbs brings Wardlow around, and suplexes Wardlow onto the hood! They climb up onto the car, and Hobbs reels Wardlow in. But Wardlow BACK DROPS Hobbs onto the windshield! Cover on the broken glass, TWO!! Hobbs is still in this but Wardlow snarls. Wardlow drags Hobbs over and around, throws him into plastic crates, then SMACKS Hobbs with a plastic crate! They go to wood palettes as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Wardlow brings Hobbs away from the palettes but Hobbs digs a PRYBAR into Wardlow’s face! Hobbs kicks low, stalks Wardlow around the way, but Wardlow kicks Hobbs low. Wardlow then THROWS Hobbs into boxes! And then more boxes! Hobbs hits back, and SMACKS Wardlow off a road case! They go into a truck trailer, and Hobbs SMACKS Wardlow with a 2-by-4! Wardlow kicks Hobbs low in return, brings him deeper into the trailer, and RAMS him into a wall! Hobbs RAMS Wardlow into a wall, but Wardlow RAMS Hobbs into a wall. Hobbs turns things around, throws hands, but Wardlow dodges and Hobbs punches the wall!

Wardlow RAMS Hobbs into the wall, then CHUCKS him through the back wall!! Hobbs is down in wooden wreckage but Wardlow covers him. TWO!! Hobbs survives but Wardlow drags him back up. Wardlow brings Hobbs out of the trailer, further down the parking garage, and SMACKS him with a trash can! Hobbs staggers towards a production truck but Wardlow bowls him into the viewing area backstage! Wardlow stalks Hobbs but Hobbs hits him low! Hobbs storms after Wardlow as they go around the backstage area. They throw more hands, Hobbs has a chair! Hobbs SMACKS Wardlow on the back!

Hobbs brings Wardlow around to whip, but Wardlow reverses! Hobbs hits a brick wall, literally! And then Wardlow SMACKS Hobbs with a chair! They start heading for gorilla! Dynamite returns to single picture, they’re now by the stage! They go behind the fans and then up to ringside. Wardlow TOSSES Hobbs over the barriers! Fans fire up while Hobbs writhes. Wardlow drags Hobbs up, puts him in the ring, and fans duel between “WARD~LOW!” and “POWERHOUSE!” Wardlow hits a SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs stands up and roars! To SPINEBUSTER Wardlow in return! But Wardlow stands up!?

The titans stare down and fans are thunderous as the haymakers start flying! Wardlow gets the edge, he ROCKS Hobbs, then winds up, to LARIAT! Hobbs sits up but Wardlow fireman’s carries! F5!! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and fans want tables! Wardlow drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs slips free of the bomb! Hobbs ROCKS Wardlow, shoves him, then hits another SPINEBUSTER! Roll through, and then a whip, for another SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives but Hobbs snarls. Hobbs goes out and takes off the safety padding on the barriers! Hobbs RAMS Wardlow right through the barriers!!

Fans lose their minds while a standing count starts on Wardlow. Hobbs looks under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up as Hobbs sets that up at ringside. Wardlow stands at 5 of 10, fans rally for the table, and Wardlow SPLASHES Hobbs with water! Wardlow fires off haymakers and puts Hobbs on the table! Wardlow climbs, fans freak out already, SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the table!!! Fans lose their minds all over again, and Wardlow covers, TWO!?!? Hobbs survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Wardlow drags Hobbs up and reels him in. POWERBOMB to the ramp!!

Hobbs writhes but that took a lot out of Wardlow, too. Both men are down, but Wardlow stalks Hobbs as he crawls up the ramp. Wardlow brings Hobbs to the stage! Wardlow CLUBS Hobbs, and they go to commentary! Wardlow reels Hobbs in and fans fire u. But QT MARSHALL is here!? And he SMACKS Wardlow on the back with a chair! But it just pisses Wardlow off!! Wardlow choke grips, but QT LOW BLOWS, and then HEADSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo QT, and going by his shirt, he is the man behind QTV! QT HEADSHOTS Wardlow again! Fans boo but QT grins as he helps Hobbs up. QT says Hobbs has this now!

Hobbs drags Wardlow up, he and QT get Wardlow up for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB off the stage!! The standing count starts and QT helps Hobbs stand. Wardlow stirs at 6 of 10, but he’s still down at 8! The count reaches TEN, Hobbs wins!!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

QT celebrates like he won this belt or something, but he did have a huge part in helping Hobbs! The promise from months ago comes through tonight, is QT going to help co-write the Book of Hobbs into the record books?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite to follow a PPV, though I must say as I did on Sunday that Tony Khan really booked himself into a corner with the TNT Championship. Wardlow being the victim of a car burglary just kinda makes this decision even more painful. But ignoring that, he put two guys who he was trying to push in a collision course and Wardlow gets the short end of the stick. It’s great for Hobbs to be Face of the Revolution and new champion, but it feels like there should’ve been a different route for the title itself. Darby should’ve retained to face Hobbs instead, with Wardlow and Samoa Joe settling their score separately.

At least Falls Count Anywhere and QT Marshall interfering protects Wardlow on some level. Though at the same time, they only just started hyping “QTV” last week, and we didn’t even get one QTV promo. Granted, anything they did would’ve felt like a ripoff of “NXT Anonymous” or Scrypts. But QT should’ve just shown up without warning to make this even more shocking. And now, it seems like Tony Khan has booked himself into other corners. Wardlow of course has to come back for the TNT title to get revenge on Hobbs and QT, and at this point, no one can tell how the title match will go. But if Wardlow were to lose the rematch, how is he supposed to move on to another title without looking weak again?

Speaking of, we got great promos from MJF and Bryan Danielson to respond to the Ironman match result. Bryan’s was much more powerful because of the emotion he displayed. As for MJF, he doubles down on being obnoxious, and he’s gonna have a “re-bar-mitzvah,” which is to say, a new celebration of becoming a man. He is of course just daring someone to crash the party and become his next challenger as we head for Double or Nothing in May. Starks had a really good promo, and just as it seemed like he was going to aim for a title, Juice Robinson shows up! The Bullet Club theme was easily a teaser for Jay White but Juice showing up kinda swerves us all. Starks VS Juice will be good stuff, though, and can help Starks bide time until a title story is clear for him to join.

And great promo from FTR to call out the Gunns, especially putting it in the perspective of how Final Battle was the last time Jay Briscoe would wrestle. FTR is definitely going to beat the Ass Boys, but I feel like they need to have a stipulation match to escalate from where things left off. Great promo from Ruby before her match with Skye. I almost wanted to say, “Why’re you booing? She’s right!” Not so much that fans turned on her or never supported her, because that’s typical Heel stuff. The “broken foundation” is the part she made good points with, but she obviously couldn’t lean too hard into the real problem being Tony Khan not booking more than one women’s match each week.

Great match from Ruby and Skye, and speaking of not really booking the Women’s Division the best, only NOW is Willow involved in this story despite her being a friend and tag partner for Ruby. But now after this, surely Willow joins Britt and Hayter as part of Team Homegrown to take on the outsiders. Jade and Leila have a good promo, as always, and it was fitting Renee was there when Jade threw shade at Canada. Not sure who they’ll find. Off the top of my head, Impact has Taya Valkyrie and Taylor Wilde, both Canadian by birth. That’d be a great way to get Impact and AEW working together again, though Jade surely wins.

Great All-Atlantic Championship match to open the show, and great win for Cassidy. Still nothing on the Golden Globe going back to Paul Walter Hauser but oh well. And Cassidy VS Jarrett having a match next week is going to be great stuff. Them finally making the title the “AEW International Championship” is good, they should’ve had it that way since the start. It’d be buzzworthy if Jarrett won the title, but fans love Cassidy so much, surely Cassidy keeps the belt during the name change. And with it being truly international now, I hope we get a ton of wrestlers of all sorts of nationalities going for the belt on the way to Double or Nothing.

Great Six Man from JAS VS Fox & Flight, but of course the JAS cheats to win. Even if they didn’t cheat, they were gonna win to get Jericho back up from his losses. The JAS wanting after the Trios titles is great, and I love the Triple Threat Trios match. Truly nine of the best are going to face off, and it is going to be so chaotic and awesome. Also I like that the JAS is trying to recruit so that they have even more numbers to overwhelm opponents. But also, of course the Acclaimed said no, and I’d love a feud of Acclaimed VS Menard & Parker just for the raps Caster can come up with. The Triple Threat likely goes the House’s way since this will be their first defense and they need to look strong. Though, look what we just saw in Wardlow VS Hobbs…

And great tag match out of BCC VS Dark Order. BCC wins, of course, with Moxley and Claudio being as strongly booked as they are. But they’re clearly full Heels now after beating up on The Dark Order. Hangman had a great promo where he made it clear he wanted to be done, but he’s getting dragged back in. I would love to see The Good, The Bad & The Hungy have one more go against Moxley, Claudio & Yuta. But at the same time, Texas Death should’ve been the blow-off, so I can’t be sure what they have to do to truly end this so that Hangman and Moxley can both move on.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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Chris Jericho puts the roster to the test!

In order to reach The Learning Tree, contenders will have to battle through an FTW Contender Series until only one remains! Who fights their way to a shot at The Ocho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo; Ospreay wins.
  • FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Hook wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero; Shibata wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages; Keith wins and advances.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy; Cassidy wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay; Deeb wins.
  • Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel; Wayne wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Bryan & FTR win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Aerial Assassin gave Roderick Strong one last warning on Dynamite, but this is about paying back that knockout shot last week! Will “OSPREAY! OSPREAY!” be cashing receipts tonight? Or will it be Rumble, Bad Man, Rumble?

But before things get going, here comes The Undisputed Kingdom. Roddy, Taven & Bennett walk on out, clearly not leaving things at the face to face on Wednesday. Roddy joins commentary, the bell rings and Ospreay runs up to SHOTGUN Shane! The fans fire up while Shane bails out! Ospreay aims and PLANCHAS! Down goes Shane and the fans fire up with Ospreay! Ospreay gets Shane up and puts him in, Roddy says “Good for him.” PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, ONE!! Shane gets up, Ospreay kicks and CLUBS him, then fires forearms! Ospreay whips but Shane blocks. Ospreay CLUBS and SOBATS, then reels Shane in.

Shane suplexes first! Ospreay slips free, waistlocks, but Shane switches. Shane shoves, HURDLES, then CLOBBERS Ospreay! The Kingdom applauds while Shane paces around. Shane talks some trash, drags Ospreay up, and HEADBUTTS him! The fans rally for Ospreay, Ospreay fires forearms, but Shane ROCKS him right back! Ospreay flops out to the apron, the fans boo Shane, but then Taven talks smack. The ref tells Taven to back off, Shane tells The Kingdom this is how you finish the job! Shane CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay sputters with the air going out of his lungs! Shane mocks the fans, Roddy says keep up those chops.

Shane stands Ospreay up against the post, tells Roddy to watch this, but then Ospreay POSTS Shane! Ospreay runs up to TORNADO- NO, Shane stops that and pops Ospreay around! Ospreay slips free, and shoves Shane into The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Roddy is furious! Ospreay SPLASHES Roddy with The WOOOO Energy! But while the ref is busy with The Kingdom, Ogogo sucker punches Ospreay! The fans boo but Ogogo soaks up the heat, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane looms over Ospreay, drags him up, and brings him around to put on the apron. Shane CLUBS away on Ospreay, the ref counts, and Shane goes up the apron. Shane runs  and APRON LEG DROPS! Ospreay sputters and flounders away, but Shane storms in after him. Shane paces, the fans rally up, and Ospreay fires forearms in return! Shane KNEES low, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Ospreay writhes, Shane shoves him to a cover, TWO! Ogogo says it’s that close. Shane talks trash on the fans, then drags Ospreay up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay goes to a corner, and Shane storms up to HEADBUTT him!

Shane BODY BLOWS Ospreay and Ospreay staggers away. Shane talks Ospreay, ROCKS him again, and Ospreay drops to his knees. Shane drags Ospreay back up, to JAB! JAB! And JABS! Ospreay drops to his knees again, but Shane brings him right back up for a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures the squeeze as Collision returns to single picture. The fans rally, Ospreay fires forearm sand gets free! Ospreay fires more shots, but Shane CHOPS! Ospreay staggers, grits his teeth, and the fans fire up! But Shane CHOPS again! Ospreay headbutts the buckles to fire up! Shane CHPOS, Ospreay CHOPS, and Ospreay CHIOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS!

Shane CHOPS again, Ospreay staggers away, and Shane whips. Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Roddy says so much talent, but Ospreay is still an idiot child fraud! The fans rally up for Ospreay, Ospreay kips up, and he runs up to BOOT in the corner! Ospreay shoves Shane away, goes up top, and BLINDSIDE CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Shane is tough but Ospreay loads up the arm! The fans fire up as Ospreay aims, Ospreay runs in, but into a KNEE! Ospreay swings, Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves, and then HEADBUTTS! Ospreay wobbles, Shane reels him in, URENAGE! Shane SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Shane is shocked!

The fans fire up as Shane huffs and puffs. Shane brings Ospreay back up, scoops, but Ospreay fights around to Electric Chair and spin! But Shane blocks the rana to POWERBOMB! Shane stands Ospreay back up, but Ospreay ducks a lariat! The SOUTHPAW finds Ospreay! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and even he’s surprised! The fans are thunderous, Shane grits his teeth and drags Ospreay up. Shane runs, but into a SPANISH FLY?! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and Roddy is mad that Ospreay even did that! But then The Kingdom stand in Ospreay’s way! Ospreay redirects, OS- NO, Shane blocks, scoops, MARCUS GARVEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?

Shane is losing his cool while The Kingdom is losing their minds! Shane tucks Ospreay, lifts, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay BOOTS, “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay goes up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay first, then climbs up. But Ospreay slips out to tuck Shane in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And AGAIN! Ospreay fires up, THIRD CHEEKY NANDOS! Then Ospreay uses the corner to help with the Canadian Rack! STORM BREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Kingdom is in shock seeing the BIGGEST Stormbreaker ever! Ospreay glares at Roddy as Roddy steps to the apron. But The Kingdom flanks the ring, get in and mug Ospreay! The fans boo as Bennett & Taven beat Ospreay down! They double whip, but Ospreay holds ropes! Ospreay then DUMPS both Taven & Bennett out, BOOTS Roddy off the apron, then FLIES to take out Taven & Bennett! The #BillyGOAT gets away clean, will he be able to take The Kingdom down and bring the International Championship home to The Don Callis Family?

 

Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley says, “At Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, Konosuke Takeshita-san will try to score himself a shot at the IWGP (World Heavyweight) Championship. He’s been a hell of a blue chipper for quite some time. Now, he’s got a new attitude, some new representation. And he came after me. Me. Trying to put a big ol’ notch in that gun belt. Hey, I get it. I’ve done far worse. What’s my secret? What’s the secret of the BCC? When you stand where I stand in this sport, you get used to being a target. How do we survive? Guys like you, The Callis Family, you’re in it for the gold, you’re in it for the green and chasing fame and fortune, adulation, Instagram, all that.

“BCC, we don’t give a rat’s ass about any of that. We do this because this is who we are. This is our nature. We don’t hunt because we are hungry, we hunt because we are lions. We like it. We never, ever play for money. We play for blood.” Claudio Castagnoli adds that a lot of times, he’s the voice of reason here. Even when no one listens, it’s fine. Things just keep repeating and repeating and he doesn’t like standing here to talk to the camera, because it is the most awful thing to do. What matters is going out there and showing it week after week! And y’know how many people stand back here and tell you how good they are? How great they are?

They have passion! They practice their lines in the mirror! Then they come here, tell you how really, really good they are, and how it’s just been their dream all their lives. And it’s all fake! So fake because they don’t live it one day of their lives. It’s like The Emperor’s New Clothes. Only the BCC can see it. They see through the fake, through the facade. They see through it because while others try to make a name off BCC, that’s a big mistake. You are dealing with the real deal right here! Moxley likes it. Takeshita, you started this game. At Double or Nothing, the BCC finishes it. Will The Maniac tear down The Alpha and send a message to the rest?

 

BREAKING NEWS for AEW’s “Path to All In!”

The first-ever AEW “Summer Series” is heading to the Arlington ESports Stadium, and will be based there for six whole weeks! Collision on Saturday, July 20th, ROH Death Before Dishonor on Friday, July 26th, Collision on July 27th, Collision on Thursday, August 1st, then Saturday, August 10th AND Saturday, August 17th! Make sure you get your tickets starting in June so you can be part of this inaugural event!

 

AEW hears from Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

It was backstage after Dynamite that The Learning Tree, after getting patched up, told Hook, “Wow, I can tell that I touched a nerve there when you hit me with that microphone and made me bleed my own blood.” But Hook, Jericho isn’t mad. It tells him that Hook is learning what it takes to be a champion again. Hook was the “For The World” Champion, and will be again some day, but it’ll take some time. Hook is still learning. Jericho is glad Hook is in the #JerichoVortex and hit him hard enough to make him bleed. It really hurts, but y’know what? It also makes Jericho proud. Makes him proud to see Hook get a little more serious! This is serious business!

This is what The Learning Tree is here for! To make Hook a better person and a better wrestler, both inside the ring and out. Jericho will need stitches, and will gladly get them. Because it is proof that Hook is learning what The Learning Tree is teaching. So in a roundabout way, thank you, Hook. And good luck in the qualifiers. Wow, that really hurts. Really got him with that mic. Hook is “learning,” but will he be the one teaching Jericho a thing or two?

 

FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Learning Tree is giving opportunities to those who are worthy, but it will still come down to who is the most deserving. Will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil prove he’s the only one deserving? Or will Johnny #SendHook to the back of the line?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Hook. The two circle, Johnny tests the waters with kicks. The two tie up, Hook headlocks, and Hook wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Hook hits a SAYANAGI, and Johnny staggers to his feet. The fans rally as the two circle again. They tie up, Johnny ROCKS Hook! Hook wrenches back to SAYANAGI again! Hook clamps on for a wristlock, but Johnny fights up. The fans duel, Johnny fights up and trips Hook up. Johnny runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Hook is tougher than that but Johnny rains down forearms and elbows! The fans duel more as Johnny keeps throwing down shots!

Hook wants an arm but Johnny slips around to cravat. Johnny cranks the neck, Hook endures and fights up. The fans rally and duel, Hook pries at the hold to then power Johnny into a SAIDO! Hook runs up to LARIAT! Johnny staggers back up, Hook clinches and throws knees! Hook TOSSES Johnny across the ring! Johnny gets up in a huff, kicks, but Hook catches him! LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Hook and he storms around. Hook brings Johnny up but Johnny JAWBREAKERS! Johnny ROCKS Hook, Hook ROCKS Johnny! Hook fires more shots, but Johnny kicks low! Hook dodges the lariat, but almost runs into Taya!

The ref reprimands Taya for being on the apron, but Hook turns around into a FLYING CHUCK! Johnny goes to the corner, climbs up, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS as Hook moves! Hook is mad now, and he clamps on for REDRUM!! Johnny fights but Hook has the hooks in! Johnny TAPS, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is now moving on to Dynamite’s Triple Threat #1 Contender’s match! Will he make Jericho regret not just giving him the match?

As Hook heads out, Shibata makes his entrance! The Wrestler is also in this series, and he gives Hook a fist bump as they cross paths. Will Shibata join Hook in that Triple Threat? Or will Azucar make things sweet?

FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero!

The bell rings, the two shake hands, and the fans cheer. Shibata and Rocky circle, the fans rally up, and the two feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata gets around to waistlock, but Rocky switches. Shibata switches, Rocky goes for a leg, but Shibata waistlocks again. Rocky wrenches out to a wristlock but Shibata spins and wrenches back. Rocky rolls but Shibata wrangles him! Shibata double wristlocks, but Rocky powers Shibata to ropes. Shibata still holds onto the wristlock as Rocky tries to whip. The fans rally, Rocky throws knees and powers out this time. Shibata stops himself to stomp Rocky on the back!

Shibata gets a leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~!” as Rocky endures. Shibata puts on pressure, but Rocky crawls for ropes! ROPEBREAK, and Shibata lets go quickly. Shibata stomps Rocky, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again. Shibata runs, but Rocky catches him into an IRON OCTOPUS! The fans cheer while Shibata endures! Shibata fights up, pops free and throws Rocky down! And it’s back to the FIGURE FOUR! Rocky endures again while fans “WOO~!” Shibata puts on the pressure, Rocky pries at the main leg, but Shibata pulls on Rocky’s legs. They roll, roll, and end up in the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, the leglock is undone, and Shibata brings Rocky up to bump him off buckles. Shibata fires forearms, UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again. Shibata goes corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Rocky kicks again, Shibata bocks, so Rocky reel shim in for an UPPERCUT! Rocky goes up and jumps, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Rocky stands and he stomps Shibata. Shibata sits up, Rocky KICKS him in the back. Rocky wrenches an arm, YANKS it, then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS Shibata in the bad arm, then brings Shibata around. Rocky turns Shibata over, traps the right arm and he pulls on the bad one, SACRIFICE! Shibata writhes and clutches the elbow. Rocky storms up to hook that bad arm and KNEE DROP! Rocky drags Shibata up, wraps the bad arm around the ropes, and then digs his boots in. Rocky CHOPS, Shibata drops to his knees, but Rocky wrenches again. ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS the bad arm again! And again!

Rocky cravats to snapmare Shibata, then runs to basement dropkick! Rocky fires up and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, Rocky KICKS Shibata in the arm! Shibata eggs Rocky on and the fans rally up. Rocky KICKS again, but Shibata stands! Rocky KICKS, and KICKS, but Shibata just steps into them! Shibata DECKS Rocky and the fans fire up! Rocky is dazed but Shibata brings him up. Shibata CHOPS and the fans “WOO~!” Shibata CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS and UPPERCUTS and runs, but Rocky dumps him out! Shibata stays on the apron, and gets a SLEEPER! The ref counts, Rocky wrenches free to HOTSHOT the arm! Rocky reels Shibata in through ropes, to KICK, KICK and he goes up! MISSILE DROPKICK!

The fans fire up, Rocky drags Shibata to a cover, TWO! Rocky frowns but stays focused as he brings Shibata up. Rocky cravats, Shibata pushes out of Sliced Bread! Rocky’s leg jams, Shibata CLOBBERS him! Shibata comes back, leg scissor takedown into the HEEL HOOK!! Rocky flails, reaches out, but Shibata keeps him back! Rocky crawls his way over, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans are torn as Shibata lets Rocky go. Shibata stomps Rocky, drags him up, and fires off forearms. Shibata UPPERCUTS, then stomps Rocky down. Shibata goes corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up but Shibata’s not done!

Shibata hits a HALF HATCH, then covers, TWO! Shibata clamps on a SLEEPER! Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, pops free to somersault clutch, TWO! Shibata swings, Rocky gets under and backslides, TWO! Shibata escapes, gets a leg, ducks the enzigiri but not the REWIND! Rocky rolls up deep, TWO!! Shibata escapes again and the fans fire up! Rocky and Shibata reset, Rocky UPPERCUTS, then HAYMAKERS! Rocky runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Shibata runs to PENALTY KICK! Then he gets Rocky’s legs, for the FIGURE FOUR!! Rocky endures, flails, but he’s at center! Rocky TAPS, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

And with that, we’re two thirds of the way to that contender’s match! Shibata shows Rocky respect, Rocky shows it back, and Rocky tells Shibata to go win that title. Will The Wrestler get past the Triple Threat to get another shot at Jericho?

Well, just like Shibata did with Hook, Bryan Keith makes his way out while Shibata’s leaving. The Bounty Hunter gives The Wrestler a tip of the hat, will this be the final piece to the puzzle? Or will things get literally much bigger for Dynamite?

As the Iron Savages make their entrance, Jacked Jameson tells “all you fat morons, skinny idiots, and Low T Losers to shut up.” The fans boo instead, but Jameson says he rode the Max Rail Line from the airport to the hotel downtown, and all along the tracks, it is filled with trash! Now that they’re here in the Moto Center, it’s funny, because it’s also filled with trash! The fans boo being insulted, but Jameson says he can’t wait to leave this dump. But this is the Sauce Hoss, Beefcake Boulder! He’s sippin’ sauce, livin’ hoss, and taking everybody to #TIDDYCITY! And then he just attacks Keith!!

FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages!

The bell rings and Boulder fires big elbows and clotheslines into Keith in a corner! Bulky Bronson and Jacked Jameson cheer him on, but Keith slips free of the scoop! Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then runs, but into a BOOT! Boulder drags Keith up, scoops him again, and flexes as he carries Keith around. POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Keith is tougher than that but Boulder tells Jameson to pass him that Savage Sauce! Jameson gets on the apron but the ref tells him to hop down. This is all a distraction so Bronson can get involved! Boulder brings down the straps but Keith sends Bronson into Tiddy City!

Bronson falls, Keith BITES them tibbies! The fans fire up, Keith runs, but Boulder ELBOWS him down! Boulder goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Boulder wobbles, Keith goes up and reels him in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat)

Now that was a BIG win for Bryan Keith! The Triple Threat is set, will The Bounty Hunter be just one step away from having his prize?

 

Backstage interview with Pac.

Lexy Nair has found The Bastard somewhere in the bowels of the arena, and says that last week, The Bang Bang Gang had a message for him. Does Pac care to respond? Pac says he couldn’t care less! But obviously, he saw their little message. Credit where credit is due, those guys are very funny chaps. Hilarious, even. And typically, they’re naughty behavior would really ruffle his bastard feathers. But not today. He couldn’t care less. Pac hasn’t felt a thing in weeks! And you expect him to care about those idiots?! In fact, let this be an open invitation! Make him feel something! Make him feel anything, boys! He’s begging you, daring you! Make him care. Try harder.

And as for Lexy, just leave him alone. She nods and leaves. The Bastard is in no mood, but will that all change the next time Bullet Club Gold takes aim at him?

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

AEW returns from break, and wait! They’ve attacked Pac! They drag him out here on stage! Jay White kneels beside Pac, gets a mic, and makes Pac sit up. “I bet you care now, don’t you? Bastard.” The Switchblade & The Gunns leave Pac down and out, and White says he told Pac to stay out of their business. Is Pac going to heed the Bang Bang Gang’s warning? Or is he only going to escalate things from here?

 

The Patriarchy speaks.

Christian Cage tells Nick Wayne, “You have a match right here tonight on Collision. And it’s jut a precursor to this coming Wednesday on Dynamite, because you are gonna be facing… Swerve Strickland. I know you’re ready for it. Yo have our support.” Nick thanks Christian, and says he’s been meaning to talk with him. A year ago, when Swerve jumped him in the garage, Nick was just a boy. A kid. But ever since teaming with Christian, he has changed. Nick is now a man! And tonight, this is just a warm-up. Nick knows he can beat Swerve on his own. Nick heads out, Christian & Mother Shayna beam with pride. Will Swerve’s House soon end up in Wayne’s World?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy!

Freshly Squeezed is certainly feeling out of sorts after Trent Beretta made things all about #JustTrent. But likewise, Private Party might have to get serious as sadly, Marq Quen is again on the shelf. Cassidy or Kassidy, who wins to get themselves back on the right track?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Cassidy as he and Kassidy circle. Zay runs up, Cassidy trips him but Zay kicks him away. Things speed up, Zay hurdles, Cassidy leaps over, then they keep moving. Cassidy arm-drags, Zay needs a moment, and the fans fire up. Zay runs up, Cassidy dodges, but now Zay arm-drags! Cassidy hobbles up, blocks a hip toss, then he wrenches to a backslide! TWO, and Cassidy reels Zay in! Zay rolls Cassidy, TWO! Cassidy sweeps to cover, ONE! Zay sweeps to cover, ONE! They keep going back and forth, then Zay goes Matrix! But Cassidy powers him down, ties the legs up, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

The fans fire up while Zay endures, and Zay pops free to cover! TWO, Cassidy avoids a boot, then shows punch! Zay stumbles back, the fans fire up! Zay bails out and wants a timeout. Cassidy does give him time on the outside, and Zay paces around. The ring count climbs, Zay hurries up but Cassidy BLASTS him off the apron! Cassidy builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Zay avoids the desk! Don Callis is watching backstage and approves. Cassidy goes out after Zay to ROCK him with a right, then Cassidy refreshes the count. Cassidy ROCKS Zay again, refreshes the count again, taking a pause to lounge on the apron.

Cassidy DECKS Zay this time, then he puts his hands up. The fans cheer as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy runs up at Zay, to SHOTGUN him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Cassidy kips up. Cassidy stalks Zay, drags him up, and whips him into more barriers! But wait, Trent is walking down the bleachers! Th efans boo but Cassidy is distracted, and Zay attacks! Zay CLUBS away, then shoves Cassidy down. Zay whips Cassidy, Cassidy reverses, Zay goes up the barriers! Zay flips up and over, then RAMS Cassidy into barriers! BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Trent pretends to be concerned as Zay puts Cassidy in.

Zay climbs up, leaps, but Cassidy gets away! Zay rolls, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Zay drags Cassidy up, whips Cassidy into a corner hard, and Cassidy tumbles up and out! Trent applauds, the ring count starts, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Zay leaves Cassidy behind, Cassidy rolls his way towards the apron but the count is 5 of 10. Cassidy stands and rolls in at 7, only for Zay to DROPKICK him back out! Zay then goes out to get Cassidy, and whips him hard into barriers! Zay mocks the hands in pockets, then he stomps away on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up and puts him in the ring, then slingshot SENTONS! Zay mocks the hands in pockets some more, then soaks up the heat with a mocking thumbs up. Zay then mocks the “devastating” kicks! Zay kicks and kicks, but Cassidy fires body shots in return! Zay gets around to hit a BIG back suplex!

Zay talks trash, stalks Cassidy, then drags him up. Zay CHOKES Cassidy on the ropes, but the ref counts. Zay lets off at 4, argues with the ref, then drags Cassidy up. Zay whips Cassidy hard into buckles! Cassidy falls in a heap and flops right out of the ring. Zay drags steel steps over, talks a little trash on Trent, then grabs Cassidy. Zay SMACKS Cassidy off the steps, talks a bit more smack on Trent, but Trent tells him to focus on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up to the very top of the steps, and Trent says go ahead. Zay lifts, Collision returns to single picture, but Cassidy fights back! Cassidy back drops Zay to the floor!

The fans rally for Cassidy as he gets in the ring. Cassidy grits his teeth, Trent frowns, and Zay rolls back in. Cassidy drags himself up with the ropes, the fans rally, and Zay storms up, but into counter punches! They go back and forth, Zay eggs Cassidy on, so Cassidy ROCKS him again and again! Zay RAMS Cassidy into a corner, then reels him in, to suplex! STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! The fans fire up, Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! The fans fire up again while Trent scowls. Cassidy grits his teeth, kips up, and the fans cheer! The elbow pad comes off and Cassidy throws it at Trent! Cassidy aims at Zay, for the ORANGE- NO Zay ducks!

Cassidy tries to Alabama Lift but the back gives up! Zay CLUBS away, reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy powers up! Zay sunset flips, TWO!! Cassidy escapes, kicks, but Zay blocks and flips him off! Step over WHEEL KICK! The fans rally, Cassidy goes to a corner, and Zay runs up! Cassidy sends him into buckles! Cassidy runs in, Zay dodges, Cassidy tumbles up and out! Cassidy bumps Zay off buckles, runs him side to side for another! And then another! but Zay triangle jump STUNNERS! Cassidy wobbles, Zay reels him in, but Cassidy back drops him to the apron! Zay gets up, Cassidy BOOTS him! Zay BOOTS back!

Cassidy roars, DOUBLE BOOTS send both men down! The fans fire up as Cassidy and Zay flounder around. Cassidy sees Trent, the ref has them both calm it down! Trent says he’s just watching, he’s a good boy. Zay CALF KICKS Cassidy against barriers! Zay puts Cassidy in, but Cassidy comes back! Zay dodges the Orange Punch and it almost hits the ref! Cassidy turns around, dodges Zay, but the ref ends up helping Zay with SILLY STRING!! Cassidy staggers up, Zay runs, tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Zay keeps going, he climbs a corner! SWANTON BOMB to Cassidy’s back! Cover, TWO!!! Zay can’t believe Cassidy survives!

The fans rally, Trent is upset, but Zay drags Cassidy up and reels him in. Cassidy lifts to BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Trent is disappointed but Callis is pleased. Is Cassidy really going to end up turning to the dark side- er, Don Callis Family? Lexy interviews Trent at ringside, saying we saw him attack his former best friends. And now he’s here in the front row to watch the match. Clearly, this is far from over. Trent says being here ringside, it is plainly obvious that he is a better wrestler than Cassidy! The fans boo but Trent says the only reason Cassidy won was because he cheated! Trent claims Cassidy is a sociopath who thinks rules don’t apply to him! But they do! Rules matter!

But while we’re all out here, Trent wants to issue a challenge for Double or Nothing! A straight up wrestling match! Trent VS “that narcissist,” Orange Cassidy! Cassidy DECKS Trent!! Cassidy drags Trent over the railing, security separates them fast! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but we’ll see that soon enough. Will Trent suffer for what he did? Or will his delusional ego fuel him until he’s gotten rid of all his former Best Friends?

 

Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is preparing to take on the AEW Women’s World Champion, “Timeless” Toni Storm. Double or Nothing is just over a week away, will Deeb use the Star of the Show to tune-up for the leading lady?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Deeb throws her shirt at Anna, then kicks her low! Deeb CLUBS away, reels Anna in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Deeb keeps on Anna by tying her up in Paradise! Deeb sits on Anna while Anna is stuck! Deeb then rallies the fans, runs up and DROPKICKS Anna out of Paradise! The fans cheer, Deeb brings Anna up, but Anna fires off forearms! Anna whips, ROCKS Deeb, then snapmares. Anna runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Deeb staggers up, Anna reels her in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Deeb stumbles away, Anna ROCKS her in a corner! Anna whips Deeb corner to corner, runs up, but blocks boot!

Deeb reels Anna in to KICK Anna, then slips out to the apron. Deeb avoids Anna’s shoulder thrust, to get her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! The fans cheer Deeb as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb storms in, drags Anna up, ripcords and ELBOWS her, then wrenches to hook Anna up, IRON OCTOPUS! Anna endures, even as Deeb bends her fingers! Anna fights her way forward, ROPEBREAK! Deeb holds until the ref counts 4, then she whips. Anna reverses but Deeb turns hip toss into takedown! Deeb sits down, has the legs, and turns Anna over for the SEATED SURFBOARD! Anna endures as Deeb rocks the boat, then Deeb lets off to hook the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Anna escapes, but Deeb TOSSES her out! Deeb runs up, but Anna ROCKS her back! Anna storms in, but Deeb gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Deeb runs, and she BLASTS Anna off the apron! Deeb then storms out after Anna, drags her up, and reels her in. TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! Anna flounders, Deeb fires up, and Deeb gets Anna into the ring. Cover, TWO, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Deeb has Anna in a COBRA TWIST! Anna endures, pries at the hold, and HIP TOSSES free! The fans fire up as Deeb stands up, and Anna cradles! TWO, and Anna dodges Deeb to CLOBBER her! And ELBOW her down! Anna fires up, runs corner to corner, ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! Anna whips corner to corner, runs in, LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up and Anna whips again, but Deeb reverses. Anna still catches Deeb for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Anna hurries to get Deeb up, whips her to ropes, but Deeb dodges now! Deeb dodges again, then LARIATS Anna down! Deeb fires up and the fans are torn.

Deeb stalks Anna to a corner, runs up, but into a BOOT! Deeb roars, blocks the boot, ELBOWS Anna and hooks her up in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Anna hobbles, Deeb reels her in, but Anna switches! Deeb switches, Anna fights the nelson and elbows Deeb. Deeb shoves Anna to SNAP GERMAN! Then Deeb wrenches, hammerlocks, and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO!! Anna survives but Deeb keeps her focus. The fans rally for Deeb and she brings Anna up. Deeb reels Anna in, but Anna wrenches out to HOOK KICK! Anna runs, Deeb follows, CHOP BLOCK! Then Deeb stomps the bad leg, drops an elbow on the knee, then drops another elbow!

But Anna gets the QUEENSLAYER!! Deeb pushes back to a cover, TWO!! Anna lets Deeb go, gets her back up, Gory Especial! But the bad leg stops her! Deeb backslides Anna, rolls her through and reels her in! Deeb tucks the arms, for the DEEB-TOX!! But that’s not all, Deeb kicks Anna over to get that leg! HALF CRAB! Wait, Luther is out here? He is taking Deeb’s banner?! Anna TAPS, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

Deeb sees what that butler is up to, and she’s furious! Deeb can’t believe Storm would be so petty as to have her manservant take her banner! Mariah May walks out here now, she and Luther hold the banner open for all to see, but what’s this about? Oh well here comes Toni Storm herself! The Leading Lady looks at the banner, and strips behind it!? The banner is now a dress that wraps around Storm as she kicks off her shoes! Deeb is even angrier now, and she chases after Storm! Storm and entourage run away, will Deeb strip Storm naked of that Women’s World Championship?

 

Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel!

The Prodigy of The Patriarchy, the honorary son of Christian Cage, is looking to get payback on Swerve himself next Wednesday. But will he be ready to make AEW into Wayne’s World? Or will he struggle to even get past the acrobatic wonder that is Jack Cartwheel?

The bell rings, Wayne runs up to BOOT Jack down! Wayne stomps away on Jack, lets off to soak up heat, and then takes aim again. Wayne runs corner to corner, but Jack cartwheels away! And cartwheels again! Jack runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Wayne bails out, Jack CARTWHEEL KICKS him down! The fans fire up for Jack, and he builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP, emphasis on flop! Wayne avoided disaster, then gets Jack up and into the ring. Wayne says he’s too smart for that, and he rains down fists! The fans boo as Wayne lets off, and he slams Jack down. Wayne stands on Jack’s face, scrapes him, then PENALTY KICKS him!

Wayne flexes and soaks up heat, then goes back to Jack. Wayne pats Jack on the face, goes up and up, into WAYNE’S WORLD!! Wayne goes to cover, but then says no, that’s not good enough. Wayne sits Jack up, tells Swerve that he’ll be waiting. “Whose House?”! HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Wayne wins!

Winner: Nick Wayne, by pinfall

Message sent, but surely The Realest doesn’t sweat Nick Wayne. Will Swerve make Wayne’s World come crashing down? Or is this a trap game so close to Double or Nothing?

 

Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

It would seem there’s a bounty out for The Elite’s opponents in Anarchy in the Arena. The American Dragon, Cash & Dax don’t mind, though, because they’re always down for a fight! Will AEW’s Top Guys prove to the EVPs that if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself? Or will The Murderhawk Monster alongside good o’ Dutch & Vincent show that #EverybodyDies?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against Vinnie. The fans rally up, the two circle, and they tie up. Dax puts Vinnie in a corner, Vinnie turns things around, and Vinnie smothers Dax. Vinnie throws body shots, lets off as then ref counts, then throws more body shots. Vinnie brings Dax around to scrape off the ropes! The ref reprimands, Vinnie lets off, and he whips corner to corner. Dax hits buckles hard, and Vinnie gets in Dax’s face! “This is for the EVPs, man!” Vinnie whips corner to corner, Dax reverses and CHOPS Vinnie down! Dax snap suplexes, drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax keeps Vinnie from his corner, tag to Cash.

Dax feeds Vinnie to Cash’s knees, then Cash fireman’s carries. He and Dax work together, assisted GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cash headlocks, Vinnie powers up but can’t power out. Cash hits a takeover, grinds Vinnie down, and Vinnie fights up. Vinnie powers up, drops down then ELBOWS Cash! Vinnie says, “Dig what I’m saying?!” Vinnie stalks Cash to the corner, tags Dutch, and The Righteous mug Cash! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Dutch DECKS Cash. Dutch scoops Cash to SLAM him down! Dutch smirks at Dax, then drags Cash up. Dutch whips, Cash goes up and over and keeps moving! He even ducks the boot!

Dutch scoops, Cash slips out to JAB! JAB! JAB! Cash bobs ‘n’ weaves then DROPKICKS! Tag to Dax, FTR double whip Dutch to double body shot, and DOUBLE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Dutch is tougher than that but Dax keeps on Dutch. The fans want Bryan, Dax whips but Dutch reverses. Dax BOOTS back, goes up, FLYING BULLDOG! Archer gets in to choke grip! Bryan and Cash make the save, Vinnie joins in, and it is a brawl! The fans fire up as Bryan TOSSES Vinnie! Cash ROCKS Archer, Dax throws Dutch out! Bryan runs Vinnie into barriers, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Bryan has people move aside so he can sit Vinnie in the corner. Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan then runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Vinnie into barriers! Bryan revels in the cheering, FTR keeps after Archer and Dutch. Cash CHOPS Archer, Bryan SMACKS Vinnie off the apron, and Cash high-fives fans before he CHOPS Archer again! Cash leaves Archer behind so he can help Dax with Dutch. Vinnie turns things around on Bryan, Cash HEADBUTTS Dutch! Cash puts Dutch in the ring, then scares Vinnie off. Bryan & FTR regroup, but Archer still gets a shot in on Bryan!

The teams regroup, Dax DECKS Vinnie before getting in the ring. Dax runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Dutch BODY CHECKS him! Cover, TWO! Dutch looms over Dax, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Vinnie, the Righteous mug Dax, and the ref counts. Vinnie slaps Dax around, brings him around and snapmares, then clamps on a chinlock. Vinnie squeezes tight but Dax endures and Collision returns to single picture. The fans boo but Dax endures. Dax fights up and the fans rally up. Dax throws body shots, but Vinnie ROCKS Dax! Vinnie puts Dax up top, climbs up after him, but Dax throws hands in return!

Vinnie falls back, but Dutch storms up! Dax throws hands on him, too! Dax then leaps, but into a BOOT from Vinnie! Vinnie then BASEMENT FLATLINERS! Cover, TWO! Vinnie drags Dax up, puts him in the corner and tags Archer. Archer BODY BLOWS, then he ROCKS Dax! Dax flops through ropes, but Archer brings him back in. Archer runs corner to corner to ELBOW! Archer keeps moving, and he ELBOWS Dax again! Archer keeps going, but Dax dodges! The fans fire up and Dax storms up. Archer puts Dax up top! Archer ROCKS Dax, then inverted crucifix lifts! But Dax CLAWS Archer’s face and BITES his forehead!

Dax steadies himself up top, but Archer STEP UP KNEES! Archer runs again, but only gets buckles! Archer staggers, Vinnie tags in! Vinnie gets Dax’s legs, but Dax kicks Vinnie away! Dutch tags in, runs up, but Dax avoids the elbow drop! Hot tag to Bryan! The fans fire up as Bryan fires off forearms! Dutch stays up so Bryan CHOPS, CHOPS and KICKS! The fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every KICK! Bryan whips, Dutch reverses but Bryan goes up and over! Bryan keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to LEAPING LARIAT! Portland is thunderous as Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Bryan winds up, BUZZ- NO, Dutch ducks it!

Dutch shoves Bryan to ropes, Bryan stops himself, and Dutch runs up. Bryan dumps Dutch out, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Dutch hits railing! The fans fire up as Bryan puts Dutch back in! Bryan goes up, Dutch stands, Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Down goes Dutch, Bryan kips up! Vinnie runs up, Bryan dodges! Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Bryan & Cash coordinate, cash DROPKICKS Dutch! Bryan DROPKCISK Dutch while Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Cash PLANCHAS Vinnie, Bryan runs, but manages to escape the Scrapbuster! Bryan wrangles Dutch into the omoplata! Dutch fights around, but ends u in the LEBELL LOCK!

Archer STOMPS Bryan! Cash runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Archer gets Dax, for the CHOKE SLAM!! Archer roars, he and Vinnie stomp away on Bryan! The fans boo but Dutch joins in. Dutch then tags Vinnie, The Righteous gets Bryan up, AUTUMN SUNSHINE!! Cover, Cash breaks it!! But Archer SHOVES Cash out! Vinnie goes up, Archer runs in but Cash sends him into steps! Bryan trips Vinnie! Cash tags in, Bryan goes up! Cash goes to the adjacent corner! Bryan has Vinnie for the SUPERPLEX!! That’s the Power, Cash SPLASHES for the Glory! Cover, Dutch runs up! Cash moves, Dutch SPLASEHS Vinnie!

Cash fires off on Dutch, then runs to LARIAT! Archer BOOTS Cash! Archer hoists Cash up top, but Bryan’s back! BUSAIKU KNEE! But Dutch hits a SCRAPBUSTER! But Cash hits a TORNADO DDT! Vinnie has Cash for a roll-up! TWO!! Vinnie back suplexes but Cash lands out! Dax gives Cash a lift up and over, then Vinnie turns around into the SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, Bryan & FTR win!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

Three-fourths of Team AEW made it work, and surely The Elite is not happy about this! But then The Righteous attack! Archer hits Bryan with an APRON CHOKE SLAM! This was never about the match but about the damage done! AUTUMN SUNSHINE for Dax!! Archer goes looking under the ring while The Righteous get Cash up. Vinnie finds a chair! Archer CHOKES Dax, Dutch JAMS Cash with the chair! That chair is set down, Archer uses another to JAM Dax again and again! The fans boo, but no back-up is coming with Eddie injured and Darby absent. Archer lifts Cash, for a FULL METAL BLACKOUT!!

Cash writhes on top of the steel, but the torture isn’t over! The chair is put on top of Dax and Vinnie goes up! FULL METAL SWANTON BOMB!! But here comes Daniel Garcia! He has a chair, too! Garcia JAMS Archer, DECKS Vinnie, then hits a SAIDO on Dutch!! Garcia runs up to clothesline Dutch up and out! The fans fire up as Garcia runs off Vinnie and Archer, too! But was the save a little too late with FTR suffering the worst of it? Are The Elite going to make sure there’s no one to even be on Team AEW?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of Collision here, and of course more is set up for Double or Nothing. Very good promo from Moxley and Claudio, and Moxley VS Takeshita is made, but it will just be an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship  Eliminator, not a straight up title match. Maybe that means Takeshita wins so that he earns a title match for Forbidden Door, and then he loses there. Though, if that’s the case, Moxley must be getting past Evil at NJPW Dominion just a few weeks before Forbidden Door. Moxley’s great in the ring and all but I’m starting to agree with Shota Umino in his interview, where he said NJPW should not be some feeder to AEW.

Interesting for AEW to have Collision stationed in one spot for a six week stretch like that. Is this to make up for bad ratings/attendance for Collision? I mean, if they keep Collision interesting during that time, sure. Having something like tonight’s FTW Contender Series could help. I figured Hook would make it in, and same for Shibata. It seems the new attitude for The Iron Savages won’t count towards anything on AEW programming, Keith took Boulder out pretty easy. Hook VS Shibata VS Keith is going to be great stuff, and seeing as Jericho’s promo naturally called out Hook, there’s a good chance Hook wins. Though it’d be a great twist in the story if it wasn’t Hook or even Shibata but Keith getting his shot so that he can have another PPV title match under his belt.

Great stuff out of Ospreay VS Taylor, and I figured Ospreay would win. Great little brawl of him fighting off The Kingdom, though I was kinda hoping at least Kyle Fletcher would show up to connect the dots on Don Callis Family backing each other up. Great match of Cassidy VS Kassidy, even with Trent showing up ringside as a partial distraction. Great win for Cassidy, and Cassidy VS Trent is now made for Double or Nothing. That could go either way depending on how this courting of Cassidy goes for Don Callis, which also probably relates to how things go for Ospreay in that International Championship match. I still don’t want Cassidy to go Heel and I still don’t see Callis making a Face run work.

Very good promo from Pac to call out Bang Bang Gang, and wow I didn’t think Bang Bang Gang would get him so soon. Still unclear if this becomes a trios thing even though the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions do need to defend those titles at some point. But even just Pac VS White 1v1 would be awesome stuff, would love to see it. Good promo from The Patriarchy, and of course Nick Wayne wins, even though this has also been his first singles match in months. He sure isn’t beating Swerve but that probably ends up just a set-up so the Patriarchy can beat Swerve down, keeping the go-home math in Swerve’s favor.

Very good match from Deeb VS Anna, and what an out of the box move for Storm to take Deeb’s banner and make it a dress. Still hard to say what happens at Double or Nothing, but the fans are still just so in love with Storm, it doesn’t feel like she’s losing the title. And great Six Man Tag main event, great win for Bryan & FTR but I should’ve figured there’d be a beatdown. Garcia making the save is great, and honestly it’s a little surprising he wasn’t “the fourth man” over Darby. Garcia has teamed with FTR before, there’s history with Bryan when Garcia was torn between Bryan and Jericho, something about that makes even more sense than Darby just not liking The Bucks & Jack Perry.

But at the same time, Anarchy in the Arena being No Disqualifications, Garcia can still get involved to help. In fact, many AEW wrestlers could get involved to turn this into AEW’s Avengers Civil War/Endgame whatever. Which would be a great way to top off the PPV that makes five years of AEW, honestly.

My Score: 8.7/10


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