AEW is in the Good Land!
There’s action brewing in Milwaukee as the AEW International and AEW TNT Championships are both on the line! Will Dynamite be Freshly Squeezed? Or will Orange Cassidy #FadeToBlack?
- Darby Allin VS Swerve Strickland; Darby wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QTV VS Silas Young; Hobbs wins and retains the title.
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Buddy Matthews; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Brandon Cutler & Michael Nakazawa; Moxley & Claudio win.
- The Outcasts w/ Saraya VS Skye Blue & Riho; The Outcasts win.
- Chris Jericho w/ Daniel Garcia VS Keith Lee; Jericho wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin VS Swerve Strickland!
The Relentless One beat #TAIGASTYLE to keep pace with Sammy Guevara and Jack Perry, but his old rival came back to get him. Will the head of the now Mogul Embassy show us all this is his house? Or will the merger fail to get him a W against a determined and angry Darby Allin?
The bell rings and fans rally for Darby. Swerve offers a handshake, but Darby shoots in, gets around, THROWBACK STUNNER! Swerve tumbles out and Darby builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Darby puts Swerve back in! Darby goes up but Swerve bails out! So Darby just SWANTONS the floor! Darby hits Swerve and the railing but he’s right back up! Fans fire up again, Darby puts Swerve back in, but Swerve bails out again. Fans boo Swerve but Darby is after him. Only for Swerve to trip Darby up! Darby hits the apron, Swerve drags him off to SLAM him on the floor!
Fans rally for Darby but Swerve jumps and STOMPS Darby down! Fans boo Swerve as he talks trash. Swerve climbs up onto the railing, but Darby trips him up! Swerve hits railing, falls to the floor, and Darby refreshes the count. Darby drags Swerve up and whips him hard into more railing! Fans fire up as Swerve takes a seat, and Darby runs in to COFFIN SPLASH against railing! Darby brings the steel steps over! Fans rally up, Darby refreshes the count, and Darby stalks Swerve. Darby drags Swerve up the steps, but Swerve trips him again! Darby lands hard on the steel, then Swerve drags him down the steps!
The count is climbing, Swerve runs in, and he BOOTS Darby back down! Swerve drags Darby up, puts him in the ring, and he pushes Darby to a cover. TWO, but Swerve clamps onto Darby. Swerve grabs at Darby’s studded belt. Darby fights, Swerve CLUBS Darby, and he pulls the belt off Darby! Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo are watching backstage as Swerve LASHES Darby with his own belt! Swerve talks trash, does it again, and again, even as the ref reprimands. Swerve lets go of the belt, but Darby gets it to trip Swerve with it! Darby rains down fists, then lets off. Swerve goes to a corner, Darby COFFIN SPLASHES!
Darby runs in again, Swerve dodges and CALF KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Swerve CLUBS him down. Swerve hammers away on Darby, and then uses Darby’s own chain necklace to gag and choke him! The ref counts, Swerve lets off, HOUSE CALL! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this but Swerve snarls. Milwaukee rallies up for Darby as he crawls to ropes. Swerve stalks Darby as Darby goes to the apron. Swerve stands Darby up, but Darby hits back! Darby BITES Swerve’s ear!! The ref counts, Swerve throws hands, trips Darby and SUPERKICKS! Darby dangles off the apron, Swerve SLINGSHOT WOE STOMPS!!
Fans are thunderous as Darby hits the floor. Swerve clutches an ankle but he’s still in control as AEW goes picture in picture.
Swerve hobbles up, heads for Darby, and he soaks up the heat from the fans. Swerve drags Darby up and in, grabs at an arm and traps it. Swerve gets the other, RINGS OF SATURN! Darby endures, even as Swerve fishhooks! The ref reprimands, Swerve lets off and he CLUBS Darby. Darby goes to the corner and Swerve eggs him on. Swerve stomps Darby but Darby kicks back. Swerve grabs the leg to YANK Darby out, and he stomps away! Swerve drags Darby up, reels him into a torture rack, and he bends Darby back before the RACK DROP! Swerve holds on, stands up, and RACK DROPS again! Then another RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!!
Darby is hanging tough but Swerve wraps on a waistlock. Swerve makes it a rear bearhug to squeeze the air out of Darby. Darby endures, fans rally up, and Darby fights up to his feet! Darby throws hands, but Swerve squeezes tighter to wrangle Darby down. Darby snarls, keeps fighting, and he backs Swerve down. Swerve throws Darby into the corner! Swerve backhands and Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve snapmares, somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Fans boo but Swerve goes up the corner. Darby sits up, springs up, and he trips Swerve! Swerve’s in the Tree of Woe now!
Darby pulls Swerve’s boot off, and he twists the ankle, then BITES the foot!! The ref reprimands and counts, but Darby lets off at 4. Fans fire up as Darby stomps away on Swerve! Darby drags Swerve around, rolls him and has the KNEEBAR! And HEEL HOOK! Swerve endures, CLUBS at Darby’s arms, but Darby holds on. Swerve rolls, drags Darby up but Darby fights the suplex! Swerve SLAPS Darby! Darby ROCKS Swerve! They go back and forth, Darby bobs ‘n’ weaves, but Swerve KNEES! Darby runs, springboards, COFFIN- GERMAN SUPLEX! Swerve drags Darby up to arm-drag him down!
Now we see Jungle Boy watching from backstage as Swerve brings Darby up. Swerve suplexes, but Darby hits a SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Darby crawls to a cover, TWO! But he STOMPS the bad foot, then SLAPS Swerve! Darby has the KNEEBAR again!! Swerve endures, grits his teeth, reaches out, crawls his way over, to get the ROPEBREAK! Darby holds on until 4, even as Swerve kicks at him. Swerve goes to the apron, but Darby goes to the corner. Swerve trips Darby up! Swerve brings Darby off the corner with an Electric Chair, but Darby decides to SUPER POISON-RANA to the floor!!!
Fans are losing their minds while both men are down at the ramp! Darby stands first, puts Swerve in, and goes up again! COFFIN DROP!! But Prince Nana hurries down the ramp! He gives Swerve the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Swerve’s investment pays off! Darby chases Nana up the ramp, but here comes The Machine, Brian Cage! Darby leaves it at that, goes back to the ring, but gets a HOUSE CALL!! Swerve goes up the corner, takes aim, KILL STOMPS!!! But the bad ankle slows him down!! Cover, TWO!!!! Darby survives and Milwaukee is electric! Swerve is furious, he drags Darby up, but Darby stomps the bad foot!
Darby runs, but Cage trips him! The ref notices and reprimands The Embassy! The ref EJECTS them!! Fans fire up as Nana & Cage have to leave, but Swerve gets a chair! Only for Darby to WRECK Swerve first! Swerve scrambles back up, into a CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!?! Swerve escdapes, but Darby gets the leg! LAST SUPPER CRADLE! Darby wins!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
In Darby’s personal series with Swerve, he just got back-to-back wins! But wait, here comes Maxwell Jacob Friedman. The AEW World Champion has Triple B around his waist, and a mic in his hand. What will MJF have to say to this Young Pillar? We find out after the break.
AEW returns as MJF enters the ring.
And of course, he has them cut his music so he can talk. “Freaky Deaky Darby! Guys, I know you’re not very bright around these parts here in M-M-M-M-MID-waukee, but I’m holding the microphone, so shut it.” Darby already looks exasperated with MJF. MJF tells Darby, “I’ll give you credit where credit’s due, that was an incredible match. Everybody give it up for Darby Allin, huh?” Fans cheer because that much they can agree on. But MJF says it was especially impressive considering Daddy Sting wasn’t out here for Darbs. Truly inspirational.
“But of course it was great, because Darby Allin, you are in fact great. If anybody knows, it’s me. For crying out loud, at Full Gear 2021, I’m not afraid to admit it, me and you had one of the greatest matches in the history of professional wrestling. And I’m also not to admit it, yes, even though you’re a sh*tty little emo shmuck, pound for pound, you might be one of the best people I’ve ever stared across from the ring and that’s a fact. However, I’ve got two words to say that will prove unequivocally, that my name is Maxwell Jacob Friedman,” and he tells the fans he’s sick of them doing his catchphrase so shut up!!
Fans boo more, but MJF tells Darby that those two words are “headlock takeover.” HAH! Right! Remember? He beat Darby with a move so simple, and yet Darby thinks he can take Triple B of him? MJF knows Darby is about as bright as everyone in this arena, meaning he most likely suffered 30 concussions, but Darby is NOT on the level of The Devil. Darby has a mic, and he asks MJF if he’s happy. What? Is MJF happy? Has anything MJF ever done in life made him happy? Darby met MJF six years ago wrestling in front of 30 people, and MJF always said, “The moment I make it to national television, all my problems will wash away.”
Well, MJF’s here. Nothing’s changed. He’s champion. Nothing’s changed. Darby was in MJF’s shoes. He thought that when he made it to national TV, he’d love life. So Darby chased the material things, but they’re just that: material. And they don’t mean a damn thing! In Darby’s first year at AEW, he checked himself into therapy because he refused to be the guy who seemed happy on the outside, but was dying on the inside. Fans cheer that, and Darby tells MJF he should try therapy some time, it’s beautiful. But the biggest thing Darby found out through therapy, it didn’t matter about his success, but about if his family and loved ones were living happy lives.
And so what did Darby do? He stopped thinking about “Me Me Me,” and started giving back. The money Darby’s made here, he bought his parents a new house, and helped his dad retire. And no, he doesn’t mean Sting, because Sting’s not his dad, he’s Darby’s best friend in the entire company. Fans cheer that! Darby tells Max that this is just a 15 minute ride, that’s all. And Darby refuses to get off the ride and then wonder, “Who’re all these random people I let into my life? Who’re all these people I have nothing in common with, let into my personal life?” Darby isn’t like MJF. He won’t lower his morals to be somebody in this world.
So if MJF has something to say, keep talking! Fans fire up for Darby and MJF is rather surprised. MJF asks Darby if he knows what he is. Darby is “an arrogant little boy.” Darby really thinks that Darby is special? That he doesn’t have to go through what people have been going through for decades in this sport to make it to the top? MJF is so sick and tired of Darby and Jack and Sammy whining about MJF’s “morals.” Morals kill careers in this sport, and that’s a fact! Darby stands here like he’s some sort of daredevil, but MJF thinks Darby is just a coward. Darby is a coward because he doesn’t have the balls to sacrifice what must be sacrificed.
Does Darby think MJF is an idiot? Does Darby think MJF isn’t aware that he’ll end up on his deathbed alone? That if there is an afterlife, that MJF won’t get into Heaven? MJF wants to make something clear to Darby: “I could give a sh*t.” Because as long as the title comes with him, that’s all that matters! That is the difference between MJF and the others! MJF is willing to do whatever it takes, but not Darby. No, no. Listen and listen good. “I am willing to do whatever it takes to leave a legacy in this sport, and by the time I am down, my legacy will read as follows: MJF, THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!”
Fans boo and Darby shakes his head. MJF says Darby can keep his morals, because Darby’s legacy will read: Darby Allin, STING’S B*TCH!! Darby frowns and fans boo, but wait! Here comes STIIIING! Fans fire up as The Icon walks down to the ring to join his protégé and MJF. Sting howls, fans echo it, and Sting circles around MJF. Sting tells Max that he wants to know what all this talk of Daddy Daycare and stuff is about. Sting wants MJF to know that offends him deeply. Sting isn’t really a daycare kind of guy. He’s more like a… Oh, let’s see… A cheerleader! Sting has a black ‘n’ gold pompom? And he bops MJF with it a couple times.
Y’know what, Max? Sting has a fever! And the only cure for that fever is more pompoms! He just keeps bringing out pompom after pompom and throws them all at MJF! Fans chant “POMPOM! POMPOM!” and MJF tells them to shut up. Sting says he must have offended MJF. But Sting will stop if MJF stops talking about this Cody Daycare stuff. Oops! Did he say Cody? He said CODY! And the truth hurts, doesn’t it!? Because MJF had a cheerleader, a support system, and Sting is the same for Darby, just as a young surfer Sting had a support system under the name Ric Flair. Fans “WOO~!” and Sting thanks “Slick Ric” for putting Stinger on the map.
Sting says from there, he evolved, we’ve got Crow Sting and Wolfpac Sting, Too Sweet. Love ya, Kevin. Love ya, Scott. And then it’s maybe a bit obvious, but Sting’s got a little Joker left in him. But what Sting doesn’t have is a hunger or thirst for this world title. “Let’s face it, I’m just gonna be real with everybody here, including you. Showtime is almost over.” MJF says duh. But showtime is just starting for DARBY! Sting tells MJF to mark his words, Darby WILL be AEW World Heavyweight Champion, that is a promise! IT! IS! SHOWTIME!! Darby tells MJF that this “fake, plastic world” is not taking Darby alive.
Darby is leaving the same person he came in, but also the man who ends the reign of terror to become the NEXT AEW World Champion!! Fans fire up again, but MJF SPITS on Darby! Then he runs away! Fans boo as the Devil of AEW is more like a chicken. Will Darby be the one to fry that chicken? Or will one of the other Young Pillars win the race to be #1 contender?
AEW TNT Championship: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QTV VS Silas Young!
The champ put out the challenge, and it has been answered by Milwaukee’s own! Will the Book of Hobbs add another victim to the list? Or will this chapter be written by the Last Real Man of Professional Wrestling?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see how this story continues!
The bell rings and Silas throws forearms! Fans fire up, Silas runs, but Hobbs CLOBBERS him! Hobbs fires up, brings Silas up and whips him to ropes, for the SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo as Hobbs stands over Silas. QTV cheer, Hobbs drags Silas up to a torture rack, then hits TOWN BIDNESS!! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winners: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
At least Silas is already home, so he won’t have to go far. But the TNT Champion completely conquers a former ROH World TV Champion. Will anyone ever stop the Book of Hobbs? Wait, QT Marshall drags Silas up the ramp! Fans boo, but then someone is on the tron. It’s Wardlow! He finds Hobbs’ car in the parking lot. He tells the attendant to run away, and so he does. Wardlow then tells Hobbs, “Nice car.” Wardlow has a pipe! He starts SMACKING and SMASHING and SCRATCHING it all up! Hobbs can only watch as his beloved Monstar Mobile is beat up! The windshield gets smashed by a stanchion!
But Wardlow isn’t done. He sees a FORKLIFT nearby! Milwaukee fires up as Wardlow gets behind the driver’s seat! Wardlow runs it right into the side! The forks stab through the window, then Wardlow lifts the car and tips it over! Wardlow even lets the forklift run into the car again! Hobbs is furious but the damage is done. Except, Hobbs still has Silas as his captive! And there are tables just off stage! Team QTV mocks the conducting as Hobbs brings Silas in, but Wardlow makes his way on stage!! Team QTV hurries away and Hobbs brawls with the War Dog! Fans fire up, Hobbs knees low, and the rest of the locker room hurries to stop this!
But then they all get tossed aside, too! Wonder if AEW Dark will take a hit because of this… Hobbs and Wardlow keep brawling, BJ Whitmer and Pat Buck walk out, but even they might agree with the fans, “LET THEM FIGHT!” Aaron Solo jumps on Wardlow, QT backs Hobbs down, but Wardlow SLAMS Solo down! BJ and Pat tell Wardlow not to, but fans are cheering for “WARD~LOW!” Wardlow sides with the fans, as he brings Solo up! POWERBOMB through the tables!! QTV might be without one of their reporters for a bit, but will Wardlow make sure Hobbs loses that title?
Jay White speaks.
“Some of the greatest professional wrestlers, if not the greatest professional wrestlers in history, have been members of Bullet Club. But there has been no duo greater than ‘Switchblade’ Jay White & Juice Robinson. King Switch and Rock Hard! Top shelf gunslingers! AKA, the Bang Bang Gang. We are Bullet Club high rollers!” Juice adds that last week, Ricky Starks got another ass kicking. And not just from Juice but from his good friend, King Switch. They’re just getting started here! Ricky bit off far more than he could chew. How’d that Bladerunner feel, by the way?
Jay tells “Mr. Absolute” that the Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling is here to claim what is rightfully his! This is only the beginning. This will be the greatest era of Bullet Club ever, because Jay & Juice are taking over AEW! This is Bullet Club Gold. Will BCG soon have some gold to go along with that?
AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!
The tables have turned on Freshly Squeezed! He and his Best Friends challenged for the AEW World Trios Championships but failed to take them. And now, the Aussie Juggernaut is after Cassidy’s title to add them to the House of Black’s collection! Will Buddy succeed where others have failed? Or will nothing break Cassidy’s fighting champion spirit?
The introductions are made, the International title is raised, and we see who has, uh, whatever!
The bell rings and fans rally for “Freshly Squeezed!” as he stares Buddy down. Cassidy decides to sit in his corner like Buddy does, but then Buddy stands. Cassidy stands, fans rally, and the two approach. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Buddy TOSSES him to a corner! Cassidy dodges, blocks a kick but Buddy boots Cassidy away. Cassidy comes back, Buddy goes up and over, but then Cassidy keeps moving. Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Buddy out! Fans fire up, Cassidy fakes Buddy out, and sees the slide coming in. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Fans fire up but Buddy swings on Cassidy!
Cassidy bobs ‘n’ weaves and SHOTGUNS Buddy out! Cassidy kips up, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Cassidy puts Buddy back in fast. Cassidy goes up, leaps, but Buddy catches him! Buddy pops Cassidy up, but Cassidy RANAS him into buckles! Cassidy runs, another tilt-o-whirl, for the DDT! Cassidy kips up, takes aim, ORANGE PUNCH! But the bad hand hurts Cassidy!! Buddy rolls away to ropes while the ref checks Cassidy’s hand. Doc Sampson also comes over to check, did Cassidy do more damage to himself than he did to Buddy? The wrap is taken off, Cassidy moves his fingers, but Buddy storms over to STOMP the hand!!
Fans boo Buddy while Cassidy gets away. Cassidy checks his already damaged hand and AEW goes to picture in picture.
Buddy goes out after Cassidy, grabs that bad hand, and SLAMS it off steel steps! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, Buddy lets off and backs away, bumping Doc Sampson as he goes. Doc checks Cassidy’s hand again, but Cassidy shakes his head. Cassidy doesn’t want this stopping the match but this could be playing right into Buddy’s hand. Trent & Chuck check with Cassidy but he tells them to stop worrying, he’s got this. Trent trusts Cassidy, but Buddy is right on that bad hand! He STOMPS it against the steel!! Cassidy writhes on the floor, but Buddy drags him up, just to stand on the hand, and STOMP it again!
Buddy drags Cassidy up to the corner, and he rips away the covering on a crossbar! Buddy puts the fingers in the gap and bends them!! The ref counts, Buddy stops at 4, but Cassidy again clutches his hand. Buddy climbs up the corner, and he stands on the hand on top of the crossbar! Cassidy can only endure, but Buddy lets off as the ref counts again. Buddy now drags Cassidy up, to dig the fingers deeper into the gap! The ref reprimands again, Buddy lets off, and Cassidy gets his hand free as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans boo but Buddy’s game plan has gone perfectly so far, to Julia’s delight.
Fans rally up, Buddy BOOTS Cassidy on the apron! Buddy drags Cassidy into the ring, hoists him up top, and fires off forearms. Cassidy hits back! Cassidy adjusts, BOOTS Buddy, then leaps to BLOCK- NO! Buddy blocks the blockbuster! Cassidy slips free, runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy blocks the DDT! Buddy suplexes, Cassidy knees free and whips Buddy out to the apron! Buddy swings, but Cassidy blocks to buckle bump! And then runs Buddy side to side to buckle bump again! And then back the other way! Fans fire up and Cassidy climbs the corner. Cassidy leaps, into a SUPERKICK!
Buddy catches his breath, but Cassidy SUPERKICKS back! Cassidy then runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but no DDT! V-TRIGGER! Cassidy wobbles, drops to the apron, and Buddy snarls. Buddy drags Cassidy up, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! APRON BEACH BREAK!! Both men are down and out as fans lose their minds! The ring count climbs, Champion’s Advantage will favor Cassidy, but Julia shakes her head. The count is past 5 of 10, Buddy sits up at 7. We’re at 8 but no one is standing! The count is 9! Both men spring in at 9.5!! Fans fire up and both men crawl. They both head for each other, and Buddy throws a forearm!
Cassidy throws a forearm in return! Buddy throws another forearm! Cassidy throws another forearm in return! Buddy forearms, Cassidy forearms, repeat! They both stand, the forearms keep going, and they pick up the pace! Fans rally as Cassidy gets the edge, but Buddy blocks to strike fest! SOBAT! KICK! STOMP to the foot! Cassidy drops to a knee, so Buddy STOMPS the bad hand! Buddy digs his heel in, then gives Cassidy “devastating” kicks. Buddy copies Cassidy and Cassidy looks annoyed. Cassidy has Buddy hold on, and he puts his hands in his pockets again! Fans fire up, but Buddy V-TRIGGERS Cassidy down!
Buddy suplexes Cassidy, but Cassidy hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Fans fire up and Cassidy is feeling it! Cassidy runs in at the corner, but into a BOOT! Buddy goes up, but Cassidy JUMP FOREARMS! Cassidy climbs, fans fire up, but Buddy fights back. Buddy fireman’s carries, but Cassidy fights free! Cassidy shifts around, spins and SUPER TORNADO DDTS!! Buddy bails out and fans are thunderous, Cassidy DIVES to DDT TO THE FLOOR! Cassidy puts Buddy in fast, goes up the corner, DEEP IMPACT! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives the hattrick of DDTs, but Cassidy throws off his armband!
Cassidy aims as Buddy stands, but Buddy ducks the punch! Shove and V-TRIGGER! Pump handle, but Cassidy victory rolls! TWO!! ORANGE PUNCH!!! Cassidy covers, TWO!?!? Buddy survives, perhaps because Cassidy’s hand isn’t 100%! Julia is glares but fans say “This is Awesome!” Cassidy drags Buddy up, fires up, but Buddy blocks the punch! Buddy twists the wrist, reels Cassidy in, POP-UP KNEE!! Buddy brings Cassidy up again, but Cassidy shoves him away. Cassidy dares Buddy to hit him again! But then he falls over! Buddy runs, Cassidy springs up! But Buddy stops, so the Orange Punch whiffs!
Cassidy falls over, that might’ve been his last gasp! CURB STOMP!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cassidy survives and shocks everyone! But Buddy hurries to pump handle, but Cassidy slips free to MOUSE TRAP! CASSIDY WINS!!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Freshly Squeezed survives! But will it be all for not if that bad hand keeps Cassidy out of action?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage this Friday!
Rampage will be on at a special start time of 9:30 PM Eastern or immediately after NBA coverage on TNT.
AEW hears from Christian Cage.
Luchasaurus stomps bricks while Captain Charisma descends into the darkness. Christian stands with his Right Hand of Destruction, and says, “Some things have changed.” Does this mean it is only a matter of time before we see the landscape of AEW change with them?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Renee Paquette congratulates Cassidy on his win, but asks him about the hand. Trent says the hand is fine! Look at him! Cassidy is still the champ, he’s defending his title every week, and is on the title run of his life! “To be honest, makes the boys a little bit jealous.” Chuck says, “Speaking of titles, heard what happened in Japan. Aussie Open, IWGP Tag Team Champions. How ’bout you guys fly on over here to Milwaukee, and fight us Friday night on Rampage?” Fans like the sound of that! Hands in, boys. Oh, sorry. Renee subs in for Cassidy. On three, BOOM! Wait, there was no count. Well, that aside, will the NEW tag team champions accept the challenge?
Ethan Page is in the ring.
“Alright, listen up! Ethan Page and The Firm have hit a bit of a rough patch. Matt Hardy cracked me over the head with the FTW title and cost me the match! Hook beat the living crap out of Stokely Hathaway, and that man is still injured. And then there’s the whole contract situation. Literally, I have been a mess. I haven’t been able to tan, I haven’t gotten my hair cut. And yet, I woke up, I threw gel in my hair, and I look ten times better than all you disgusting Milwaukee hillbillies!” Fans boo but Ethan says this is how it’s gonna go. Ethan needs answers! He wants to know why Hardy hit him in the head with the title, and what exactly “that moron” put in the contract!
Ethan says Hardy still works for him, so Ethan demands answers, RIGHT NOW! And out come Isiah Kassidy & Matt Hardy! Kassidy says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Nobody played you. You played yourself, my boy! And that’s facts.” Hardy tells Ethan that he’s been in wrestling a long time. He should know that you gotta read the fine print in any contract you sign. Yes, Hardy did manipulate Ethan to make him think they were best friends. Why? Because Ethan is the biggest “hole of the ass” Hardy’s met in his entire life! And Ethan treated Hardy & Private Party like trash. That’s why Hardy worked Ethan into signing the contract.
But does Ethan really wanna know what the contract said? YES! Well, it said that if Hook defeats Ethan Page, then #HardyParty is NO LONGER under The Firm! Fans cheer but Ethan tells them to shut up. And Hardy says the contract also gives Hardy permission to choose their next match, right down to location and stipulation. So here’s the stipulation: When #HardyParty wins, they will never be under contract with The Firm again! And that means finally getting away from Ethan and Stokely. Oh, that’s what Hardy wants? Very interesting. But here’s the thing. There’s more than just Ethan and Stokely in The Firm.
Morrissey & Moriarty CLOBBER Hardy & Kassidy from behind! Moriarty feeds Hardy to Ethan while Morrissey punches away on Kassidy! Fans boo, The Firm mugs #HardyParty! Moriarty DECKS Kassidy, stomps him in a corner, and then Morrissey feeds Hardy to Ethan. But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is here, and he TOSSES Moriarty! And he CLOBBERS Ethan! Hook dodges Morrissey, fires off hands, ROCKS Morrissey, but runs into a choke grip! But Hook just slips free to clinch! Only for Ethan to CLOBBER him from behind! The Firm now mugs Hook on top of #HardyParty!
WAIT! Here comes JEFF Hardy!! The Charismatic Enigma is back, and he even has a chair! Jeff JABS and SMACKS Ethan! Then JABS and SMACKS Morrissey! And JABS and SMACKS Moriarty! Morrissey runs in, but Jeff dumps him out! Then Jeff CHUCKS the chair at Moriarty’s face! Fans are thunderous and Jeff gives Moriarty a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, tears off his shirt, and aims for the SWANTON BOMB!! The fans are thunderous as the Hardy Boyz are reunited! Hook and Kassidy hug it out with Jeff, too! The Firm thought they had the numbers, but now they don’t! Will the #HardyParty finally be free of all that funny business?
Kenny Omega speaks.
“First, I wanna thank AEW for giving me the time to speak to you guys. I wanna thank you fans for your comments, your prayers, your support. I wanna thank the doctors for being so quick and on hand that day. It could’ve been much worse if you guys weren’t there to help us out. I speak to the Bucks almost every day. And we promised each other that this problem that you have with us, BCC, we would take care of it in the ring. I mean, we’ve all been here before. This is wrestling, these things happen, it’s commonplace. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. You wanna make a headline. We get it. You made the impact.
“But when you hurt Don, left in a pool of his own blood, with his skull split open, concussed, I take it personally. And I get it. He’s not the most likeable guy. You’re not gonna see his room filled with Get Well cards or flowers. But he’s still family. And when you mess with someone’s family, that’s when you cross a line. So I’d love to say now it’s blood for blood, but you guys probably wanna hear that. That’s music to your ears. So it’s not gonna be blood for blood. What I’m gonna do to you when I see you next is gonna be much worse. Much, much worse.” The Cleaner issues his warning, will the Blackpool Combat Club heed it?
Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Brandon Cutler & Michael Nakazawa!
Speaking of the BCC, the Maniac & the Swiss Superman were called out as bullies by The Elite’s buddies, who are the only ones standing. Will Cutler & Nakazawa still be standing after this? Or will the Blackpool Combat Club have completely wiped out the Elite’s presence in AEW?
The BCC’s entrance happens picture in picture as they take their time moving through the crowd to ringside. Dynamite returns to single picture as Cutler & Nakazawa make their entrance. But then they get jumped at the ramp! Fans boo as Moxley & Claudio don’t wait! They drag Nakazawa up to POST him! Cutler is sent into railing! Moxley grabs a chair, JAMS Cutler with it again and again, then digs it into Cutler’s neck! Claudio dribbles Nakazawa’s face off the apron! Fans boo, but Claudio doesn’t stop! Cutler is sent into steel steps! Claudio shoves Nakazawa down, and Nakazawa is busted open!
Nakazawa sputters and flounders while his blood sprinkles the mat. Fans boo but the BCC soak up the heat. Somehow, Nakazawa drags himself up to the apron and into the ring. Moxley tells the fans not to change the channel, this isn’t over yet. The bell finally rings, Claudio kicks Nakazawa around, but fans rally up. Nakazawa stands to CHOP, but it doesn’t do anything! Claudio SLAPS Nakazawa, but Nakazawa throws forearms! Claudio eggs Nakazawa on, the forearms keep flying! Claudio ROCKS Nakazawa, but Nakazawa throws his shirt off! Nakzawa and Claudio throw forearms! Nakazawa ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat!
Fans fire up as Nakazawa backs Claudio down! Nakazawa CHOPS, fires up, runs, but into a LARIAT! And then the SWING!! Nakazawa endures as he goes around TEN times, and then his shoes fly off! Claudio steps through, SHARPSHOOTER!! But CUTLER returns! Cutler is also busted open, but he throws hands on Claudio! Claudio doesn’t even budge! Claudio TOSSES Cutler out, wraps Nakazawa up, but Nakazawa back drops Claudio away! Milwaukee is thunderous but Moxley tags in. Moxley sees Nakazawa crawl, hot tag to Cutler! Cutler fires haymakers on Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Cutler!
Cutler SLAPS Moxley! Moxley HEADBUTTS away on Cutler! And then fires off forearms! And then BITES Cutler’s nose!! Moxley runs, Cutler dodges and LARIATS! Moxley stays up and snarls. Cutler staggers, runs again, and LARIATS! Moxley wobbles, Cutler wobbles, but Cutler still runs! But into Moxley’s KING KONG LARIAT!! Moxley drags Cutler up, for the DEATH RIDER!! And then, facelock, shift and BULLY CHOKE!! Moxley squeezes tight, but Nakazawa CLOBBERS Moxley!! Claudio rushes in, and he gives Nakazawa HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Moxley gives Cutler DRAGON STOMPS!
Fans boo but Cutler and Nakazawa are both ragdolls! The ref calls it, the BCC wins!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli, by referee stoppage
But that doesn’t stop the BCC! Claudio drags Nakazawa up, RICOLA BOMB!! Moxley pulls Cutler’s safety mask off and throws it away! Yuta gets in the ring, he punches away on Cutler! Moxley gets a mic and demands to know where the Young Bucks are! And the Cowboy, Hangman Page! And “that goofy ass looking Don Callis!” Where are they? Moxley knows where: Still at the hospital! Yuta and Claudio stomp Cutler as Moxley says The Elite have glass jaws, glass bodies, and glass egos! That’s not elite. THIS is elite! The BCC puts the Elite in AEW! But wait! KENNY OMEGA is here!!
Fans are thunderous as The Cleaner tricked the BCC into thinking he wasn’t here! He dares the BCC to bring the fight but Moxley thinks Omega’s nuts. Wait! The BUCKS are here, too!! They slip in to DOUBLE SUPERKICK Claudio & Yuta! And then Omega goes after Moxley! Fans are thunderous as The Elite gives it all back to Moxley! They punch and stomp and kick, then they drag Moxley up! BTE TRIGGER! Omega grabs something from under the ring. The toolbox?! The Bucks BLAST Claudio off the apron as Omega brings that into the ring. Omega grins, aims at Moxley, and runs in, but Matt stops him?
Fans boo but Matt says he has something better: the SCREWDRIVER! Just like the BCC did to Hangman, the Elite wants to do that to Moxley! Moxley SPITS at the Elite, so Omega says fine! But then Claudio drags Moxley to safety! The screwdriver stabs the buckle pad! The BCC get outta there, throwing drinks and other stuff at The Elite. What will it take to settle things between these two warring factions?
Backstage interview with The Mogul Embassy.
Tony Schiavone is with Swerve, Cage and Prince Nana, and he says they’re angry. Nana says, “Angry? Angry? Ain’t nobody angry over here, my friend. We’re actually very happy. Darby, you went out there and did everything that this man has taught you to do!” Swerve tells Darby that Darby’s success is a testament to Swerve’s legacy. Swerve created Darby! And they don’t even have the full Mogul Embassy here. See, the list of beef Swerve has in AEW is growing second by second, day by day. And uh, Swerve has an idea. He still has some scores to settle! They’ll get all that done! They’ll leave here with something! Is Swerve right? Nana says yes he is! #HoodiesUp!
The Outcasts VS Skye Blue & Riho!
Speaking of beef, Ruby Soho, Toni Storm & Saraya have been stirring the pot and heating this up in the AEW Women’s Division. And they’ve got some Grade A beef with the young upstart and the inaugural AEW Women’s Champion! Will the Runaway & Lightning From Down Under be tasting sweet victory or bitter defeat here in the Good Land?
The teams sort out, but then Storm & Soho just attack Riho & Skye! Soho TOSSES Riho while Storm stomps Skye! Storm drags Skye up, UPPERCUTS her, then has her against ropes. Riho storms up on Saraya to get her to back off. Storm CHOPS Skye, UPPERCUTS again, then whips. Skye tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Storm! Skye kicks but Storm blocks it, only for Skye to spin and BASEMENT KICK! Storm flounders, hot tags to Ruby and Riho! Soho runs in but into a DROPKICK! Riho whips, Soho reverses, but Riho handsprings over! Riho whips Soho to ropes, but soho stops herself to stomp Riho!
Soho KICKS Riho in the side, covers, but Riho goes Matrix to escape! Riho runs to DROPKICK Soho again! Tag to Skye, she and Riho DOUBLE DROPKICK Soho! Storm shouts at them, but Riho DECKS her! Saraya is upset by that, and the Outcasts regroup. But Skye helps Riho go up and up and SUPER CROSSBODY! Down go Storm & Soho! Fans fire up with Riho & Skye as AEW goes picture in picture.
Skye fetches Soho, puts her in, and Riho tags Skye. Skye goes to the apron while Riho climbs, but Saraya trips Skye up! Riho sees that, still leaps at Soho but Soho gets clear! Soho runs in to STO! Soho rains down fists, then lets off to soak up the heat. Storm likes what she sees as Soho drags Riho up and bumps her off buckles. Soho stomps Riho, tags Storm, and the Outcasts dig their boots in. The ref counts, the Outcasts let off, but Storm stomps Riho one more time. Storm UPPERCUTS, ROCKS and buckle bumps Riho. Storm stomps Riho more, brings her around, and snap suplexes! Storm drags Riho up and tags Soho.
The Outcasts bump Riho off buckles again and again and again, but then let off as the ref counts. Storm tries to get a cheap shot in but the ref is watching her. Soho stomps Riho but Riho hits back! Soho pie faces Riho, Riho ROCKS Soho! Soho snarls, throws hands, but Riho ROCKS her back! And again, and again! They scrap, Soho knees low! Soho throws Riho down by her hair! Soho sits Riho up and wraps on a chinlock. Soho thrashes Riho around but Riho endures. Riho fights up as fans rally, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Soho CLUBS Riho, brings her around, and then clinches, but Riho rolls Soho up! TWO!!
Soho runs in, Riho dodges, hot tag to Skye! Skye fires off forearms on Soho! Soho shoves her away, but Skye spins her around to SMASH! Skye whips to SHINING WIZARD against ropes! Storm tags in before the snapmare and Soho scrambles away. Storm runs in to YAKUZA KICK Skye down! Storm ROCKS Skye with a forearm, Saraya tells fans to shut up, and Storm puts Skye on ropes. Storm runs, but Skye dodges! The hip attack misses and Storm falls to the floor! Soho rushes in, blocks Skye’s kick, but Skye blocks the knee to ROUNDHOUSE! Soho falls, Skye aims and Saraya runs away, Storm takes the PENALTY KICK!
Skye SUPERKICKS Saraya, then FLYING RANAS Storm! Fans fire up with Skye and she puts Storm in! Skye goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, Soho breaks it in time! And then hits a SAIDO! Riho runs in to wheelbarrow, victory roll, STOMP 182! Storm BOOTS Riho! Skye SUPERKICKS Storm! Soho reels Skye in! Skye switches to feed Ruby to Riho. Riho tilt-o-whirls, SUPERKICK CRUCIFIX DRIVER COMBO!! Strom runs in to GERMAN SUPLEX Skye! Skye flounders, Storm aims! SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then the STORM ZERO!! Cover, The Outcasts win!
Winners: The Outcasts, by pinfall
Love ’em or hate ’em, The Outcasts put this one away as a team! But then they mug Skye! Riho runs in to go after Storm, but she gets mugged, too! Fans boo, but Saraya has the spray paint! She fist-bumps with her girls before they bring Riho up. They paint Riho with the L, then hit her with the TRIPLE POWERBOMB! But wait! Here comes Jamie Hayter! The AEW Women’s World Champion runs in, but she just gets mugged 3v1, too! Fans chant for “DMD! DMD!” and so here comes BRITT BAKER! She CLOBBERS Soho, SUPERKICKS Storm, and then gets after Saraya! Saraya and Britt fire forearms!
Fans fire up, Britt gets the edge! But Saraya turns things around to fire off on Britt! Saraya whips, Britt reverses to kick! Saraya is down, Britt runs, but the Outcasts get Saraya outta there! Fans boo but the Pillar & Killer stand tall in the end. Will they and all of the Outcasts’ enemies look to humble them once and for all?
Chris Jericho w/ Daniel Garcia VS Keith Lee!
The Wizard, Le Champion, The Ocho talked about Adam Cole disrespecting The Red Death in how he celebrated his return victory. However, the Limitless One sees Jericho doing nothing but disrespecting everyone he defeats. Will Keith humble the Demo God? Or will Jericho show that no one is limitless?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Keith. Jericho doesn’t like them singing, “OH~ Bask in His Glory~” but Keith revels in it. Keith and Jericho step up, and Jericho CHOPS! Keith nods, Jericho CHOPS again! And again! And again, and again, and then runs, into Keith’s shoulder! Jericho sits up in a daze, and Keith gives him a respectful kiss on the forehead. Fans laugh and Jericho is stunned. Jericho gets mad, runs in, but Keith palms his head to SLAM him down! Keith throws body shots, haymakers, and elbows in the corner. Keith stands Jericho up to GRIZZLY- NO, Jericho blocks! So Keith knees low!
Keith stands Jericho up again, but Jericho kicks low! Jericho throws forearms and CHOPS, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Jericho sits down in a corner, but Keith stands him up to RAM Jericho and throw body shots! Keith bumps Jericho off buckles, whips him corner to corner, and then runs in to SPLASH! Jericho staggers but Keith pushes him aside. Garcia is rather shocked as Keith looms over Jericho. Keith drags Jericho up, whips him hard into a corner, and then SPLASHES again! Fans fire up, and Keith brings Jericho around. Keith scoops, SLAMS Jericho into the drop zone, and then smirks as he climbs the corner.
Fans fire up but Garcia distracts. Keith tells Garcia to watch himself, but Garcia just does his dance. Jericho CLUBS Keith from behind! And CLUBS him again! Jericho pushes Keith to the apron, triangle jumps and DROPKICKS! Keith goes to the floor and Garcia soaks up the heat. Jericho does, too, while AEW goes picture in picture.
Keith swipes at Garcia but Garcia gets away. Jericho wants after Keith but the ref has him stay back. This allows Garcia to stomp away on Keith! Garcia gets back before he gets caught, and Jericho goes to the apron. Jericho drops AX HANDLES on Keith’s back! Jericho RAMS Keith into the post, then throws body shots! And then he RAMS Keith into railing! Garcia is fired up while Jericho catches his breath. Jericho goes back for Keith, puts him in the ring, and goes up a corner. Jericho soaks up the heat, then leaps at Keith, for more AX HANDLES! Keith goes down and Jericho soaks up all the heat.
Jericho paces around Keith, slaps him around, and avoids Keith’s hands. Jericho stomps Keith, scrapes his face, then soaks up more heat. Jericho drags Keith up and onto ropes, to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Jericho lets off at 4, and he backs off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Keith falls over while Jericho mocks the fans. Jericho rains down fists on Keith, lets off, and soaks up more heat from Milwaukee by flipping them off. Jericho goes back to Keith as Dynamite returns to single picture, and Jericho CLUBS Keith down. Fans boo but Jericho just grins as he sits Keith up. Jericho ROCKS Keith with forearms!
Keith staggers up, Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Keith grabs Jericho to whip him to a corner. Keith runs in, but into a boot! Keith staggers back, Jericho goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK! Keith falls, Jericho soaks up even more heat, then he LIONSAULTS! Garcia fires up while Jericho covers, TWO! And with power! Jericho is stunned that he got sent flying off. Jericho stomps away on Keith, then eggs him on. Jericho runs, ROCKS Keith with forearms, then runs again. But Keith LARIATS! Jericho staggers up, and Keith runs him over! And then SPLASHES in the corner! Keith clinches Jericho, but Garcia anchors a foot!
Fans boo but Keith kicks Garcia away. Garcia defends his innocence, but Keith runs around. Jericho runs in, but Keith blocks the lariat! Keith clinches, lifts Jericho up, but Jericho throws forearms. Jericho runs, into a LARIAT! Fans rally, Keith drags Jericho up, and Keith pops Jericho up! But Jericho pops free, rolls Keith up, TWO! Jericho kicks Keith to ropes, kicks him against ropes, but Keith pushes Jericho away. Jericho comes back, Keith barrels through the lariat to POUNCE! Jericho hits the ropes and fans are thunderous! Garcia panics while Keith drags Jericho into a drop zone.
Keith goes up the corner, fans fire up, and Keith MOONSAULTS! ONTO KNEES!! Jericho clutches his knee, that might’ve hurt him more than Keith! Keith grins, he pops Jericho right up, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Garcia is getting frustrated for him. Keith drags Jericho up again, reels him back in, and picks him up for a- NO, Jericho slips free to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands but Jericho trips Keith, tries to turn him, and fans fire up for the WALLS OF JERICHO! Keith endures as Jericho sits deep! Keith grits his teeth, fights his way forward, and Garcia says he knows Keith wants to give up!
Keith says no, and he reaches out! But Jericho drags Keith just enough! Keith still fights forward, ROPEBREAK!! Jericho lets go, thinking he’s won. The ref tells him no, that was the ropebreak! Jericho is beside himself, he runs, but into a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Keith hurries up to clinch and TOSS Jericho across the ring! Fans fire up as Jericho flounders up. Keith fireman’s carries, but Jericho grabs at the ref! Garcia CLUBS Keith in the back! Keith doesn’t budge, but he still drops Jericho so he can DECK Garcia! Fans fire up, and Keith drags Garcia back up! Keith TOSSES Garcia into the ring!
Garcia scurries around, he and Jericho both stand up, and Keith DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up and Garcia flops out of the ring. Keith aims at Jericho in the corner again, but Jericho dodges! Keith hits only buckles! CODE- NO, Keith blocks it! Keith powers up to bring Jericho in, for a SPIRIT BOMB!!! But Keith can’t make the cover, and Jericho crawls away! Garcia distracts the ref again! Jericho makes it to ropes, Keith crawls after him, but SWERVE appears! He CLOBBERS Keith with the ring bell!! Keith falls back and the ref has no idea what happened! Fans boo as Swerve sneaks away, and Jericho covers! Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Swerve scores one for his vendetta against Keith! Garcia celebrates with Jericho, but here comes ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! Cole checks on his friendly rival in Keith, and fist bumps him over the effort. Cole and Keith start to leave, but then Cole looks back at Jericho like Jericho did Cole. Jericho didn’t learn humility or respect, he just got lucky. Jericho may not get respect, but will he get the fight with Cole that he wants?
A great Dynamite here, lots of great build in stories as well as great action. For one, great opener out of Darby VS Swerve, with AEW doing a good job tying stories together again. Darby wins but has a great promo segment with MJF and Sting to keep him truly on par with JB and Sammy. And then we saw Swerve’s promo with The Mogul Embassy to foreshadow Swerve’s interference in the main event. Jericho wins because of that, and good move to have Adam Cole show up to parallel Jericho coming out after Cole VS Garcia. They’re taking their time building to Cole VS Jericho but that’s fine, this will be a big part of Double or Nothing.
Silas getting squashed was a shame, he’s better than that. But I guess they needed to have time for Wardlow to smash up Hobbs’ car and then brawl with Hobbs. That powerbomb through the two tables was rough, though, because the second table didn’t break and Solo’s head clipped it. Hopefully Solo is okay. But Hobbs VS Wardlow is happening and it could go either way. Chances are, QT will try to interfere like he did the first time, Wardlow will destroy him, and he’ll still beat Hobbs to get himself back up. Let’s just not have Samoa Joe return again to try and get both television based titles. Someone new needs to get in the mix here already.
I was actually surprised they did both titles back to back. Cassidy VS Buddy was great stuff, especially with the story of Cassidy’s bad hand being the focus. Cassidy pulled it off, and I like Best Friends being bold in calling out Aussie Open. Best Friends won’t win but this will give Aussie Open a successful defense before facing a NJPW team. I just wish Rampage didn’t have to worry about basketball getting in the way. But whatever, Rampage is looking to be a really good show either way with that title match and a few other things. And we got another short promo from Christian and Luchasaurus. Christian being vague is fine, but I’m just assuming he and Luchasaurus are waiting for a title story to be clear. Honestly, have Luchasaurus go after Cassidy so that he’s being opportunistic.
Really good promo stuff from Ethan, Matt Hardy and Kassidy. Great brawl from The Firm and #HardyParty, with Jeff Hardy making a great return. Matt was a bit redundant saying this coming match is to undo the contracts with The Firm when that was part of the Hook thing. Or did he not explain clearly and Hook’s win was just to give Hardy Party a match against The Firm to then fight to get out of contract? Well, anyway, Matt gets to choose, and I’m pretty sure we’re getting Ethan, Morrissey, Moriarty and possibly Stokely against Hook, the Hardy Boyz and Kassidy. And if that’s the case, can we get “The Firm Deletion” as a cinematic match?
Good promo from Jay White and Juice Robinson, but it feels like they’re ignoring what is going on in NJPW in regards to the Bullet Club stuff. David Finlay more or less kicked White out of the Club to take over, and then he got Taiji Ishimori and Kenta on his side to do the same to El Phantasmo. ELP either joins forces with Tama Tonga & Hikuleo, or ELP joins White and Juice so that Bullet Club Gold VS Rebel Club is a proper Bullet Club Civil War. But first thing’s first, Jay & Juice are taking on Starks, and maybe Starks gets a teammate. It should be Action Andretti since Action faced Juice and also stuck with Starks through the JAS story.
Really good stuff out of the Women’s Division. Really good match for Outcasts VS Riho & Skye, and the usual numbers game helped The Outcasts win. And good brawl with Outcasts, Hayter & Britt. That’ll be a good tag match, and at this point, the pacing is fine since we have to get to Double or Nothing with this. And in parallel, great stuff out of BCC VS Elite. For one, fans got behind Cutler & Nakazawa hard as they valiantly fought through getting all bloody. But of course, the BCC won out and beat those guys down. And good fake-out in the promo from Omega, The Elite showing up was a great surprise. And that screwdriver attack attempt was a nice detail. In both cases, these have to be Blood & Guts matches to make Double or Nothing 2023 the biggest yet.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/1/23)
Best Friends are on a Rampage!
Will tonight be Very Nice, Very Evil or whatever?
Greetings humans! Danhausen is back in AEW, and to celebrate, he teams with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta & Hook in a Very Nice, Very BIG 8 Man Tag!
- 8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order; OrangeHookHausen & Trent win.
- Six Man Tag: The Don Callis Family VS ???; The Don Callis Family wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander; Shida, Skye & Statlander win.
- Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana; Penta, Vikingo & Komander win.
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8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order w/ Jake Hager!
OrangeHausen, HookHausen, OrangeHook, all of the above, and #JustTrent take on Daddy Magic, Cool Hang Ange, Alex Reynolds & Evil Uno in a big, super team-up type deal! But will the Very Nice, Very Evil Best Friends be victorious together? Or will the rogues gallery standing against them earn themselves quite a lot of golden opportunities all at once?
But wait, as Big Hurt Hager gets the VNVEBFs to turn their backs, the rogues attack! Fans boo, the bell rings, and all but Danhausen is tossed out of the ring as he tosses Reynolds instead. Uno CLUBS Danhausen, Cassidy is sent into railing, and Uno puts Danhausen in a corner. Uno CHOPS him, soaks up the heat, and then storms up. Danhausen kicks low, throws hands, but Uno kicks back. Uno whips corner to corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Danhausen runs up to RANA! Uno tumbles, fans fire up and Danhausen catches Reynolds as he runs in, wrench and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up as Danhausen kicks low and tags Hook.
HookHausen double whip Uno, Uno holds ropes and Menard tags in. Menard, Parker and Reynolds all get in, but then so do Trent and Cassidy! The eight men are stare down, and the brawl is back on! The ref reprimands but the Dark Order & X-JAS get the edge. They all have someone in a corner, then they all coordinate to quadruple whip! But the Best Friends all reverse that, X-JAS and Dark Order crash into each other! And then Best Friends set up in the corners… and Hook needs to be coaxed a little bit, for the GROUP- NO, they all get kicked low! Fans boo as X-JAS & Dark Order reel them in, but the Best Friends QUADRUPLE SUPLEX!
Fans fire up because now we get the GROUP HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Hook then goes after Parker with body shots, but Menard storms up. Menard hits low, scoops Hook, BACKBREAKER and Parker KNEES Hook down! But Trent JUMP KNEES Parker down! Menard kicks low and POWERBOMBS Trent! Cassidy dodges Menard to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Uno CHOPS Cassidy down! Danhausen baits Uno in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Reynolds runs in, spins Danhausen and ROLLING ELBOWS!
Hook is back up, T-BONE for Reynolds! T-BONE for Parker! Uno is up, he kicks low and whips. Hook reverses that to clinch and T-BONE! Extra large serving for Uno there! But wait, here comes Wheeler Yuta! The ROH Pure Champion wants to taunt Hook like he has been for weeks now, and then Menard CLOBBERS Hook in the distraction! Yuta joins commentary while Menard bumps Hook off buckles, and reels him in for a big suplex! Tag to Parker and he stomps Hook down. Parker stomps more, then pushes Hook around. Parker tags Uno, they mug Hook. Uno then bumps Hook off the boots of Menard and Reynolds.
Reynolds tags in, he runs side to side to ELBOW Hook! Uno SPLASHES, short arm LARIATS, and Reynolds covers, TWO! Reynolds stands on Hook’s head, fans boo but the Dark Order and X-JAS soak up the heat. But Hook clinches! Reynolds fights with forearms, then he bumps Hook off buckles. Tag to Menard, he stomps Hook then lets off to distract the ref, Uno and Parker CHOKE Hook while Rampage goes picture in picture!
Menard stomps Hook, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a right. Menard pushes Hook around, soaks up the heat, but turns around into a CHOP! Menard trips Hook, drags him back, and tags Parker in. Parker CLUBS Hook down, then stomps him. Parker taunts the Best Friends, flicks his hair gel at them, then goes back to Hook. Parker CLUBS Hook, tags Uno, and they mug Hook some more. Uno scrapes his laces on Hook’s face then tags Parker back in. Parker stomps Hook, but Hook powers Parker back! They end up on ropes, Parker KNEES Hook back! Parker then BLASTS Cassidy off the corner!
Rampage returns to singe picture as Parker goes after Hook, and Hook gets around to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Parker tags Menard but Hook LARIATS Menard down! The fans fire up as Hook and Menard crawl, hot tags to Trent and Uno! Trent rallies on Uno, then on Reynolds! GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent still has Reynolds but Reynolds fights the nelson. Uno runs in but Trent ducks, the BOOT hits Reynolds! Trent HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES Uno away! Trent runs in at Reynolds but into a BOOT! Reynolds goes up but Trent YANKS him down for a SAIDO! Fans fire up with Trent!
Trent tags Cassidy, and Cassidy storms up to “unleash.” But then he really does fire off BOOT after BOOT on Dark Order! Yuta sighs as this is typical Cassidy. Cassidy dodges the Dark Order’s double lariat to DOUBLE SHOTGUN! Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Uno stops the DDT to suplex! Only to get STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy keeps moving but Uno BOOTS him! Uno hooks Cassidy up, for SOMETHING EVIL! Cover, Trent KNEES it apart! Fans fire up, Reynolds BOOTS Trent! Reynolds runs in to BOOT Cassidy in a corner! Reynolds puts Cassidy up top!
Reynolds ROCKS Cassidy, climbs up, but Trent runs up to get Reynolds! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Cassidy adjusts, and Danhausen tags in! But so does Menard! Menard says do NOT do what he thinks he’s gonna do! But then Danhausen CURSES him! And yes, the PURPLE HAT! Hager is pissed, Parker tries to calm him down, but then Hager runs in! Danhausen dodges, Trent & Cassidy dump Hager out! Menard grabs Danhausen, Parker runs in to get the hat back! But Hook gets Parker in the REDRUM!! Menard lets Danhausen go, but Danhausen rolls him up! BEST FRIENDS WIN!
Winners: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta, by pinfall
Not only is X-JAS furious, but Yuta says this is unbelievable. But will the Decoder have to worry about the much more Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts & Anna Jay.
Renee Paquette is with Saraya, Ruby Soho & The Star of the Show to say they are teaming up for the first time in Six Woman Tag action. Saraya says yes they are, and sorry for cutting Renee off, Renee knows Saraya loves her, but… Isn’t Anna just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Ruby sighs and Saraya says “Liza Minnelli” is in a time out so shush. Anyway, Saraya thanks Anna for teaming with them, Lord knows they’ve needed some extra help around here. And also, they do have something in common that is giant, greasy, irritating, and needs to be handled. Oh, speaking of, here it comes.
Parker walks in, apologizes for not being here sooner, and then says hi to Ruby. But uh, yeah, the guys are ready to go, they’ll be out there for her, team effort! Um, no, Anna doesn’t want the boys out there. Especially Parker. What? But Saraya says this is why she loves Anna! She’s great. Yeah, she is. Hey, no, stop looking at Ruby. Saraya drags Ruby along, leaving Parker alone. Will the X-JAS still even be the X-JAS anymore with all this drama?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Schiavone says that 28 years ago, in this town, at the Mall of America, two men were in the main event for the very first wrestling match ever on TNT. It was Sting VS Ric Flair. And Schiavone wants to also say that the final match on TNT back then was Sting VS Ric Flair. So it gives Schiavone a sense of pride to welcome one of Minnesota’s favorite sons, as well as STIIIING~! The Icon makes his way out to the ring and fans howl for him. Schiavone then introduces the Nature Boy, the Minnesota native, Ric Flair! Fans “WOO~!” as Flair makes his way out now, and hugs Sting in the ring.
Schiavone has them bring it in. Wednesday night, they announced the location of Sting’s final match at AEW Revolution, March 3rd, 2024. It will be Greensboro, North Carolina, where these two set the standard for a great televised wrestling event. Sting stands at 24-0, the longest undefeated streak standing, and we’re just two weeks away from tickets going on sale. Sting asks to take the mic, and he howls for the fans! The fans howl back and Sting says Minneapolis, lots of great memories here! Not only did he and Ric do the first and last WCW shows on TNT here, but they did the very big, gigantic- Oh, can’t really say that on TV, sorry. Copyright and stuff.
But the massive match at Mall of America, everyone knows about it. Sting’s had great matches here against and with Lex Luger, Bam Bam Bigelow, and lots of other great memories. So good to be back. Thank you for those memories. Thank you, Tony Khan, Tony Schiavone and the Nature Boy! WOO~! Ric takes the mic now, and he says, “Wow. From 1972 ’til today. And believe it or not, I’m still alive. And that’s saying a lot, heh. Because I’ve covered a lot of ground and had a lot of fun. But there are three or four people that are always gonna be special in my life, and you’ll love these names.
“Dusty Rhodes, Ricky The Dragon, and a guy that I think I’ve wrestled at least 15 hundred times over our career, the great–and the word ‘Icon’ does not even enough to begin to say what a man he is. I’m so serious, to be back in my hometown in this moment, and this ride. This is an incredible ride. Think about the history of our business. I’ve been there with him since ’88, and I’m gonna be there with him in the end. And man, that doesn’t happen in real-life, guys. And y’know what? We’ve stayed as respectful and honest with each other as the day we met, and that’s really unusual. You’re the man, brother.”
Fans cheer, and Ric says, “We’re gonna dance all night and dance a little longer. We’re gonna stay up all night and stay a little longer. I cannot tell you where we’ll be at like the old days, but you know we’ll be going AEW strong! WOO~!” Fans echo “WOO~!” with Ric and Schiavone says Ric will be there for Sting at AEW Revolution, tickets on sale soon! The Icon and Nature Boy are riding off into the night, and we have the when and where. Now all we need is, who faces Sting in his final match?
Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida, Kris Statlander & Skye Blue.
Renee is now with the Shining Samurai, the Galaxy’s Greatest and Chicago Skye as she says a lot has changed in the AEW Women’s Division after Full Gear. Shida lost the AEW Women’s World Championship to Toni Storm, and Statlander lost the AEW TBS Championship to Julia Hart, the same match Skye Blue was in. Does tonight feel like a way to get momentum back? Kris says it has been a hard pill to swallow. “You work so hard for something, and you come back from multiple injuries, you come back and change yourself so many times, and you obtain something so precious, and it’s just taken away in a matter of seconds.”
And worse yet, Kris wasn’t the one who got pinned. Oh, okay, blame Skye when Kris had plenty of chances to win the Triple Threat, and didn’t. Shida tells them to stop. She also lost a title, she also feels angry, but not towards them. Not towards her partners. They can take their anger out on their opponents tonight! Kris agrees with that, and so does Skye. Will this trio of stars be able to bring down The Outcasts and Star of the Show?
The Don Callis Family VS JAH-C
So what if they lost the Like A Dragon Street Fight? “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs did damage to Paul “The Giant” Wight like no man has ever done before, and there’s still a lot left in the tank for Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita. Will they only be made stronger from that loss?
The teams sort out, Hobbs starts and Jah throws hands! Hobbs doesn’t even flinch! Jah runs, but Hobbs CLOBBERS him! In runs ??? but Hobbs picks him up to SPINEBUSTER! D runs in but Hobbs SPINEBUSTERS him, too! Fletcher & Konosuke step in, they all get a man up, and in synchronized formation, we get the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM, GRIMSTONE and BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, The Don Callis Family wins!
Winners: The Don Callis Family, by pinfall
Fans boo but Callis celebrates with his “family.” Then Callis gets a mic to talk. “Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega! The Golden Jets! You put two of the greatest of all time into a tag team and what do you got? You got a team that could be the most dominant of all time. And I know that wins and losses matter here in All Elite Wrestling. But in the Don Callis Family, the only thing that matters is winning! And whether it’s singles, tag, or trios, the Don Callis Family will continue dominating until there’s nowhere for the Golden Jets to hide in AEW!” The ultimatum has been issued, will it only be a matter of time before AEW belongs to the DCF?
Prince Nana & Brian Cage talk with The Workhorsemen.
Nana says it is an unbelievable time for the Mogul Embassy. Cage says it’s always a great time. Nana says the Gates of Agony are in NJPW World Tag League, killing it and bringing home that money. But tonight, Nana needs to hire some help, and that brings in JD Drake & Anthony Henry. Nana has been watching them, he likes their style. That is why tonight, he needs their services. And this could be a huge opportunity for you both to step up to the plate and to prove a point. To impress Swerve Strickland, too. So tonight, Nana’s paid them, get the job done, and we’ll see if they can join the team. But he believes in them!
Nana & Cage head out, will Scrap metal & The Saint of Augusta help The Machine bring down the luchador trio in tonight’s main event?
Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander!
Both sides have said what’s on their mind, but it’s the emotions in their hearts that could make or break these team-ups. Will Saraya be able to keep things together between Anna and Ruby? Or will it be Shida who struggles to keep Skye and Kris on the same page?
The teams sort out and Kris starts against Anna. The fans rally as the two circle, then tie up. Kris waistlocks, SLAMS Anna, then drags her up to tag Shida. The former champs double whip, sweep and ELBOW Anna down. Then they shake hands to DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Shida covers, TWO! Tag to Skye and she wrenches Anna to a JAWBREAKER! Anna blocks the superkick but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Skye pushes Anna around, but Kris tags herself in. Skye lets that go, to then tag herself back in! But Kris tags back in again! They argue, but then Shida tags herself in to get them both to stop.
But then Anna hot tags Saraya! Saraya gets around Shida, Shida gets around Saraya, but Saraya mule kicks Shida! Saraya runs, but Shida ENZIGURIS first! Shida fires up, the fans are with her, and Shida torture racks! Saraya endures, but Ruby says put her down! So Shida DROPS Saraya! Ruby storms in but Shdia kicks her low, and snap suplexes her onto Saraya! Fans fire up as Shida covers Saraya, TWO! Shida tags Skye in and Skye keeps Saraya from her corner. Skye whips, runs up and SHINING WIZARD on the ropes! But Anna distracts the ref so Saraya can keep Skye stuck, and Ruby ROUNDHOUSES Skye down!
Fans boo but Saraya howls to the moon. Saraya stomps Skye, insults her, and whips her to the corner as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, lets off to distract the ref, and Ruby digs her boot in! Anna pulls Skye’s hair to help out, then Saraya storms up to bump Skye off buckles. Tag to Ruby, she stomps away on Skye, but lets off as the ref counts. Saraya tells fans to shut up while Ruby drags Skye around. Skye throws body shots, then JAWBREAKERS! Ruby staggers back, Saraya tags in, and the Outcasts mug Skye! Saraya has Skye in the ropes to throw knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off, and she pushes Skye back in. Saraya keeps Skye from her corner, taunting Shida and Kris, then she stomps Skye.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, tags Anna and Anna CHOKES Skye! The ref counts, Anna lets off, and then Anna CHOKES Skye on ropes! The ref counts again, Anna lets off and distracts the ref so Saraya can SLAP Skye. Anna bumps Skye off buckles, Ruby tags in, and Anna ROCKS Skye. Ruby CHOPS Skye, stalks her to a corner, and stands her up, but Skye avoids the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Skye and Ruby sputter and drop to their knees while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and hot tag to Kris! She BLASTS Ruby, drags Saraya up and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, but Anna kicks it apart! Anna drags Saraya back and tags herself in. Anna stands Kris up, wrenches and HOOK KICKS! Then Saraya KNEES Kris down! Cover, TWO! Anna drags Kris up, QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! But Kris powers up to back suplex free! Ruby runs in, STO! Skye SUPERKICKS Ruby! Saraya YAKUZA KICKS Skye! Shida ROCKS Saraya, whips her but Saraya reverses, only for Shida to JUMP KNEE! Anna BOOTS Shida! Kris runs up, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna tags Ruby and they get Kris up.
Anna HOOK KICKS, then Ruby SUPERKICKS but Kris pulls Anna into it! Ruby panics, Kris tags Skye and Electric Chair Lifts Ruby! SLAM and CODE BLUE!! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander, by pinfall
The dysfunction wasn’t enough to bring down Skye and Kris, they made it work and now celebrate together! As for Anna, she is furious with Ruby, and Saraya pulls Ruby along like an angry mother with her daughter. Are the Outcasts going to be on the outs sooner rather than later?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
Firstly, the Continental Classic continues, and the Gold League’s third round has been set: Jon Moxley VS Rush; Jay White VS Jay Lethal; and Swerve Strickland VS Mark Briscoe! Will El Toro Blanco be the one to serve The Maniac that first L in the tournament? Will Lethal and Briscoe finally get on the board?
And after being the one to score the pinfall in tonight’s Six Woman Tag, Skye Blue gets her shot at “Timeless” Toni Storm and the AEW Women’s World Championship! Will Skye finally make it through the Storm to grab the gold on the other side?
Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana!
While the AEW World Trios Champions, Billy Gunn & The Acclaimed, are down and out, trios are forming and fighting their way up. Alex Abrahantes’ league of luchadores want their shot, but will they make it through a Rampage? Or will The Mogul Embassy learn that having #CeroMiedo is priceless?
The trios sort out, and Cage starts against Komander. Cage kicks Komander low right at the bell, then whips him to ropes. Komander handsprings, Cage dodges but Komander dodges back, then RAN- NO, Cage blocks that to pop Komander up! But Komander sunset flips! Cage drags Kmoander up to OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Penta tags in, then GAMANGIRIS Cage! Penta goes up to CROSSBODY! And then he dodges to SUPERKICK! Henry tags in, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off hands. Henry gets around to make Penta kneel, and he DROPKICKS Penta away! Henry soaks up the jeers, but Penta tags Vikingo!
Viking springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Henry! Fans fire up as Vikingo then whips Henry corner to corner. Henry reverses, but Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! Vikingo forearm smashes int he corner, goes up and fans rally, for the IMPLODER DRAGON-RANA! And then the DREAMCAST KICK! JD tags in and fans rally up. JD says “SUCK IT!” and then dares Vikingo to chop him. Vikingo winds up as fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” CHOP! JD nods, but he wants another. Vikingo CHOPS again, and JD huffs and puffs. JD swings, Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges but JD CHOPS Vikingo down after all!
JD then powers Vikingo to ropes to BIEL him across the way! JD taunts Penta, whips Vikingo, but Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges again to CORKCCREW RANA! JD flounders out, Cage and Henry run in, but Penta & Komander SUPERKICK them first! Henry bails out, Penta gives Komander a boost, saluting MISSILE DROPKICK! Cage tumbles out, fans rally as the luchadores coordinate, and “CERO! MIEDO!” TRIPLE DIVES!! Some cleaner than others, and JD pops Vikingo back up to CLOBBER him off the ropes! Komander stomps Cage, and puts him in the ring as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Komander hurries in, Penta BOOTS JD to join Komander. But Henry trips Komander! Penta runs up, SUPERKICKS Henry, then makes sure he knows, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but into a SPIN POWERSLAM! Cage drags Komander up for a deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Cage flexes, Henry & JD join in, and then JD stalks Komander. JD drags Komander up, DECKS him, then stalks him to ropes. JD puts Komander in the corner, CHOPS, and then tags Henry. The Workhorsemen mug Komander, Henry throws body shots, then he runs in to forearm smash! JD tags, LARIAT, NECK TWIST and SLINGSHOT SENTON!
Nana likes what he sees as Komander writhes. JD drags Komander up, keeps him from the lucha corner, and he CLUBS Komander back down. JD drags Komander up to scoop and SLAM! JD goes up a corner, to then VADER FLOP as Komander moves! Henry tags in, he drags Komander from the corner, then ducks the enziguri! But Komander rolls free and hot tags Vikingo! Vikingo springboards to CROSSBODY! Vikingo SOBATS Henry, runs but into a cheap shot from Cage! The ref reprimands but Henry throws Vikingo down by his hair! NECK TWIST! And a headscissor squeeze, even!
Henry lets off to then stand Vikingo up, for another NECK TWIST! Tag to Cage and he RAMS Vikingo into a corner! And again! And then he CHOPS! Cage wrenches Vikingo, scoops him, and does bicep curls before he FALL AWAY SLAMS Vikingo! Cage flexes, taunts Cero Miedo, and he drags Vikingo up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Vikingo lands on his feet! Vikingo waistlocks, Cage elbows free then whips Vikingo to ropes. But Vikingo slides under, only to get caught! But Vikingo then PELES! Hot tag to Penta as Rampage returns to single picture! Penta dodges Cage to then SLINGBLADE Cage down! SLINGEBLADE again!
The Workhorsemen attack, double whip, but Penta KICKS JD and SUPERKICKS Henry! Penta runs in to wheelbarrow Cage, victory roll and DOUBLE DDT on the Workhorsemen! Fans fire up and Penta SUPERKICKS Cage! Tag to Komander and he goes up top to MISSILE DROPKICK JD! Penta hauls Henry up, ALLEY-OOP into a MISSILE DROPKICK from Vikingo!! Fans lose their minds over that one, and then Penta sets up so Komander can use him as a step, HANGTIME DROPKICK on JD in a corner! Cage staggers up, Penta has his target, SUPERKICK! Komander springboards, FLYIGN CODE BREAKER! And he holds on for Vikingo to DOUBLE STOMP Cage!
Penta goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS of his own! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives because he’s a Machine! But Abrahantes rallies the fans for his team. Penta hauls Cage up, reels him in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Cage wrenches out to JUMP KNEE! Penta falls into the tag with Komander, and Komander springboards, but Cage SWATS him! Cage whips Komander to the corner, tags Henry, and Cage runs up to MONKEY FLIP Komander into JD’s POWERBOMB!! Then JD CATAPULTS Kmoander into Henry’s SUPERKICK! Henry goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMP BACKBREAKER of their own! Cover, Vikingo breaks it!!
JD TOSSES Vikingo, Penta SUPERKICKS JD! Cage fireman’s carries Penta for F10! Vikingo returns with a springboard, FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Henry is back, he steps over and reels Vikingo in, PILEDRIVER! But Penta catches Henry now, half nelson, pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! JD is up, Penta kicks but JD blocks it! JD has Penta for the underhooks, the SILENCER! Komander returns, JD ducks his roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! But Cage waistlocks Komander! Komander fights with elbows, but Henry runs up! Komander ducks, the ENZIGURI hits Cage! Nana is furious, and Cage CLOBBERS Henry!!
Nana says no more, they’re done. JD asks what the hell, but Cage shoves JD. Vikingo DREAMCAST KICKS JD! The Embassy is leaving, they don’t want to hire Workhorsemen anymore? Well Penta says “CERO! MIEDO!” and FEAR FACTOR!! Komander is up top, he tags Vikingo before giving Henry CIELITO LINDO! Komander DIVES onto JD! Vikingo adds on the 630 SENTON!! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: Penta El Zero Miedo, Komander & El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The implosion of Nana’s team all over a misunderstanding gives Penta’s team their first victory together! Will Penta, Komander y Vikingo take this momentum to next beat Action Andretti & Top Flight?
A really good Rampage here with a lot of tag team action. There must be something in Cassidy’s contract about opening shows, though, because that 8 Man Tag certainly felt main event worthy. But then it made sense in story that it had to go first so that the X-JAS could be in action before Anna, and Anna would tell Parker to stay in the back during her match because of how Ruby would be involved. Great win for Cassidy’s team, and great win for the Faces in the Women’s Trios match. Rather surprised Skye is getting her shot at Storm so soon. Yes, she interrupted Storm’s acceptance speech moment, and won here, but why not give us a promo segment between them first, then the match on Winter is Coming. But at the same time, debut in Montreal, they want it to be important.
Of course Don Callis Family squashes jobbers, but I like that we got to see Hobbs, Konosuke and Fletcher all in red ring gear. And seeing Don Callis’ Last Supper parody, it makes me think he wants a total of 11 faction members. I say 11 because “Judas” is already accounted for in Jericho. So far, he has five, Callis really is gonna have to recruit tag teams and/or trios if he wants an easier time of filling out the group. Really good main event from Penta’s team going against Cage & Workhorsemen. Of course the Faces win, but also it was clear the Workhorsemen were going to take the loss for the Heels. Kinda wished Cage would beat down the Workhorsemen after the loss, not because of the “misunderstanding” trope, but that’d probably take away from the Faces celebrating.
And given Rampage is prerecorded, turns out that was for the best this week. I’d only just heard today about how… controversial Ric Flair got in his part of the promo segment. Flair also tweeted about it, both apologizing and not apologizing for what he said. This is gonna be a long three months if everyone has to worry about Flair spouting off the stuff he got away with in the 1980s when he was much, MUCH younger. That aside, the entire segment was redundant anyway, we heard them talk on Dynamite, this is the same crowd that heard it all, it’s just a waste of time.
My Score: 8.5/10
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