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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/5/23)

It’s MJF Day!

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There’s gold in Long Island!

AEW returns to Long Island, and it will be a GOLDEN Dynamite! Plus, Maxwell Jacob Friedman is going to celebrate who else but himself on MJF Day!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks VS Juice Robinson; No Contest.
  • AEW World Trios Championships: The House of Black VS Best Friends; The House of Black wins and retains the titles.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker VS Riho; Hayter wins and retains the title.
  • Sammy Guevara VS Komander; Sammy wins.
  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Ethan Page w/ Matt Hardy; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS ???; BCC wins.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Careers: The Gunns VS FTR; FTR wins and become the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks VS Juice Robinson!

After getting past the Jericho Appreciation Society, The Absolute wanted to move on to big things, i.e. championship gold. Instead, he got Rock Hard Robinson! But Juice played cat ‘n’ mouse in Missouri, leading to this fight in Long Island! Will Juice still be hard? Or will Starks break him down?

WAIT! Is that Jay White?! IT IS!! And then Juice shoves the ref down to go after Starks! Starks shoulders into Juice first, then hurries in to throw hands! But the Switchblade rushes in, Bullet Club mugs Starks! Fans are going nuts as Juice and Jay beat Starks down! White and Juice hug it out, and then White drags Starks up. But Starks fights back! Starks throws hands on White, but Juice runs up to LEG LARIAT! Juice tells White to finish this, and White storms up on Starks! Fans chant “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” before the BLADERUNNER! White gives Starks a kiss good night, is Bullet Club going to take over AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Tony Schiavone brings up last week, Adam Cole’s big in-ring return and win over Daniel Garcia, and then Jericho walking out to the ring. What was Jericho’s reason for going out there? Jericho says he has nothing against Adam Cole. Cole is a tremendous talent and a huge part of AEW, and Jericho is happy that Cole is back after nine months. Jericho is always happy to see someone return from serious injury. Cole had a great match against Garcia and he won. Britt Baker goes out there, Cole’s got the girl. The streamers fly, and Cole’s got the celebration. But it kept going on and on and on and on.

Meanwhile, Daniel Garcia, “one of my right hand men in the Jericho Appreciation Society, and one of the greatest talents of this generation or any other, is lying in the ring as you continue to celebrate. You punked him out, Cole. You made him look like a piece of trash. And I had to put an end to it. It’s unacceptable, and I had to stop your disrespect.” But then someone clears their throat and walks in. Keith Lee was passing by and he heard Jericho talking about disrespect. But since Keith’s been here, Mr. Jericho, you are the poster boy for disrespect. Now, Keith won’t harp on the things Jericho has done to show this, but Keith has had a couple wars with Adam Cole.

And while Keith may not be particularly fond of Cole, he does respect him. Jericho, perhaps, next week in Milwaukee, will learn a thing or two about respect. Keith gets in Jericho’s face and Jericho backs off. Will the Limitless One humble Le Champion?

 

AEW World Trios Championships: The House of Black VS Best Friends!

The darkness creeps in, and gold is about to shine! Malakai Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews knew Orange Cassidy’s virtue would be his downfall, and quite literally used Trent Beretta & Chuck Taylor against him. Will Best Friends be left in the dark? Or will the trios titles become Freshly Squeezed?

Dynamite returns as Cassidy & Best Friends make their entrance, in Sue Beretta’s minivan! The introductions are made, the trios titles are raised, and we see what happens when polar opposites collide!

Trent and Malakai start while fans rally for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” The two circle, tie up, and Trent waistlocks. Malakai drop toeholds, floats to a facelock but Trent slips out to a hammerlock. Malakai sits up, gets to his feet, switches and double wristlocks, but Trent trips Malakai to a headlock. Malakai rolls Trent to a cover, TWO! Trent holds on, Malakai throws body shots. Malakai ROCKS Trent, Trent ROCKS Malakai, repeat! Fans fire up as the shots keep going, and Malakai knees low. Malakai whips, Trent comes back to kick the legs! Trent ROCKS Malakai, whips, but Malakai reverses.

Trent goes up and over, back suplexes, but Malakai sunset flips through it! TWO, and Malakai comes back. Things speed up, Trent STANDING METEORA! Fans fire up, Trent brings Malakai up and CHOPS him! Tag to Chuck, and Best Friends double whip to the open corner. Chuck whips Trent in but Trent blocks a boot! Malakai goes up to KNEE Trent away! Malakai sweeps Chuck’s leg, then brings him to the House’s corner. Tag to Brody and the Kings of the Black Throne mug the Kentucky Gentleman. Brody brings Chuck around to CHOP! And CHOP! And whip, to run Chuck over! Brody runs, but Chuck avoids the senton! ENZIGURI!

Buddy tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Chuck has the armlock but Buddy headscissors. Chuck kips free, wrenches, wristlocks, but Buddy breaks free! Cassidy tags in and fans fire up! Cassidy takes off his sunglasses, throws them at Buddy, and they bounce of Buddy’s biceps. Buddy swings hands, Cassidy bobs ‘n’ weaves, but Buddy avoids the Orange Punch, only for Cassidy to avoid the V-Trigger! Buddy comes back, waistlocks, Cassidy switches, but Buddy switches back. Things speed up, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges, to tilt-o-whirl, only for Buddy to block! Buddy powers up and inverted crucifix, to the LAWN DART!

Cassidy hits buckles and sits up in a daze. Tag to Malakai, he stomps Cassidy, then tags Brody. Brody BLASTS the Best Friends off the corner, then stands Cassidy up to CHOP! Tag to Buddy, and Brody BLASTS Best Friends again! Buddy drops knees on Cassidy, but Best Friends get in! The ref stops them, but then Malakai and Brody get in. Cassidy stands up to ROCK Buddy, and the brawl is on! Trent fires off on Malakai, Brody TOSSES Chuck! Malakai BOOTS Trent out, then runs at Cassidy. Malakai stomps Cassidy, Brody TOSSES Chuck into railing! Malakai goes corner to corner, but Cassidy tosses him up and out!

Buddy runs in at Cassidy but gets a BOOT! Cassidy runs in, pop-up RANA! Buddy tumbles out of the ring, but Brody sits Chuck down in a chair. Fans hoot and bark with Brody, and he runs in to SPLASH Chuck against the barriers! Cassidy tags Trent and goes up top! Cassidy SUPER TRUST FALLS, but Malakai & Buddy catch him! They SLAM Cassidy on the apron! Trent WRECKS Malakai & Buddy with a dropkick! Fans fire up as Trent builds speed, to FLY! But he gets caught, too!? DOUBLE POWERBOMB on the apron! Then they feed him to Brody’s BIG forearm! The Best Friends are all down on the ground while Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Brody drags Trent up and puts him in the ring. Brody drags Trent up to ROCK him, then whip corner to corner hard! Trent tumbles up and out and to the floor! Brody watches as Chuck crawls to Trent. Brody goes out after them, kicks them around, and then puts Trent back in the ring. Brody drags Trent up, CHOPS him down, then looms over him. Trent sits up but Brody drags him up to DECK him! Tag to Malakai, they mug Trent, and Malakai drags Trent up again. Malakai puts Trent in a corner to fire off strikes. Malakai snapmares and KICKS Trent in the back, cover, TWO! Malakai clamps onto Trent with a chinlock.

Malakai shifts to a seated Cobra Twist, and Trent endures. Fans rally, Trent fights up, and Trent arm-drags free! Malakai comes back to CLOBBER Trent! Tag to Brody, he and Malakai mug Trent more, then double whip him to ropes. They DOUBLE ELBOW, then Brody tags Malakai back in. Malakai drags Trent up but Trent throws hands. Trent runs, but into a fireman’s carry! Malakai throws Trent but Trent lands on his feet! Trent reaches out but Malakai keeps him from Best Friends! Trent throws forearms, but Malakai kicks low. Trent ENZIGURIS in return! Both men are down but Trent crawls over, hot tag to Cassidy!

Malakai runs in but Cassidy bumps him off buckles! AEW returns to single picture as Cassidy climbs up. CROSSBODY! Buddy jumps in but Cassidy dodges to shove him right out! Brody runs in, but Cassidy ducks, Brody DIVES out onto Buddy & Malakai! Fans fire up as the House is used against itself! Trent & Chuck get in, they give Cassidy the boost to SUPER SENTON out onto the House! And then they HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Cassidy puts Malakai in, Trent & Chuck drag him up, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM POWERBOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives!

La Faccion Ingobernable is spotted ringside. Rush, Dralistico y Preston Vance must have their eyes on the trios titles. Fans rally up for Cassidy as he takes aim. Cassidy runs in, Malakai dodges and Buddy V-TRIGGERS Cassidy down! But Chuck SUPERKICKS Buddy! Brody returns, Chuck dodges but runs into the BOSS MAN SLAM! But Trent BUSAIKU KNEES Brody! Malakai brings Trent around to suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Cassidy returns, but Malakai dodges the Orange Punch! Cassidy ducks the Black Mass! Cassidy eggs Malakai on, but Malakai and Cassidy are in a standoff! Cassidy cools off, to fire the “devastating” shin kicks!

Fans fire up with every shot, Malakai is beside himself, then BOOTS Cassidy down! Malakai drags Cassidy up and suplexes, into STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Hot tags to Brody and Trent! Brody runs in and Trent climbs, but we see Anna Jay is backstage, focused on Julia Hart. Buddy backs up Brody, but Trent DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Trent storms up on Malakai, brings him around, but Malakai arm-drags the half nelson away. Malakai KNEES Trent, but Trent LARIATS Malakai! Trent brings Malakai up, PILEDRIVER! But Buddy is up top, he leaps, into a kick! And PILEDRIVER! Brody runs in, but Trent kicks him, too!

Trent tries, but Brody is too much to lift! Brody body shots hard, runs in, but gets a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! And an ORANGE PUNCH! Trent tries again! PILEDRIVER!!! Fans are going nuts, as is Julia! Cover, Malakai breaks it!! Fans are thunderous as Malakai stands Trent up. But Cassidy gives him an ORANGE PUNCH! Brody LARIATS Cassidy! Buddy tags in, he wants after Cassidy, but Chuck tags in off Trent! Roll-up, TWO!!! Buddy catches Chuck in a pump handle, but Chuck victory rolls! TWO!! Buddy runs in, into SOLE- NO, Buddy blocks it! Buddy rolls Chuck to CURB STOMP!! Cover, House of Black wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

The Juggernaut wins with a shoutout to the Visionary, the House still stands with gold. Will LFI look to go after them now? Or are El Toro Blanco’s eyes on a different champion in this match?

 

Christian Cage is backstage.

Captain Charisma walks up to a red light. And out from that light steps LUCHASAURUS! The Right Hand of Destruction has returned, will this be a new path of destruction for them?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker VS Riho!

From one title match to another, we see the newest women’s champion defend against the inaugural! We know #HayterHitsHard and that Riho is resilient, but which one wins out?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Hayter’s gonna hate!

The bell rings and the two approach. Hayter offers a handshake, Riho accepts it, and fans cheer. But then Hayter reels Riho in! Riho ducks the Hayterade to roll Hayter up! TWO! Hayter ROCKS Riho, ripcords, but Riho dodges again! Riho ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Fans are dueling, Riho runs to RANA and cover! TWO! Hayter sunsets, TWO!! Riho sits on it, TWO!! Hayter sunsets again, TWO!! Hayter ROCKS Riho and Riho falls over! Hayter keeps moving, she runs Riho over, then runs her over again! Hayter keeps moving, she runs Riho over again and again! Cover, but Riho slips free!

Riho runs to SHOTGUN! Hayter bails out and fans are dueling! Riho sees where Hayter went, goes up a corner, and she SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Hayter! Fans are thunderous, Riho is fired up, and Hayter sits up in a daze. Riho brings Hayter up, puts her in the ring, and then hurries up the corner. Hayter stagger sup, but she ROCKS Riho first! Riho kicks back, adjusts, and CROSSBODIES, but into Hayter’s arms! Fireman’s carry, GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hayter CLUBS Riho on the back, and again, then clamps on a seated Cobra Twist. Hayter digs elbows into Riho’s ribs but she endures.

Fans rally as Riho fights up and throws elbows. Hayter CLUBS Riho again, back suplexes, but Riho lands on her feet! Riho waistlocks, Hayter switches and shoves, but Riho BOOTS back! Hayter runs back in but Riho puts her on the apron. Riho rushes in but Hayter dodges the shoulder to BOOT Riho down! They’re both on the apron now, and Hayter drags Riho up. Riho fights the suplex, clinches, but Hayter CLUBS away! Riho forearms, Hayter forearms, then Hayter catches Riho for an APRON URENAGE! Britt flexes for Hayter while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Hayter pushes Riho into the ring, hurries after her, and fans fire up as she kisses her biceps. Hayter drops ax handles, covers, TWO! Hayter is annoyed but Riho is tough. Hayter has a full mount, but decides to hold off on the fists. Hayter drags Riho up to bump her off buckles. Hayter CHOPS, then says “Gomenasai.” Riho turns it around to CHOP Hayter! Hayter sputters, Riho DOUBLE CHOPS! And DOUBLE CHOPS! And MACHINE GUN DOUBLE CHOPS! The ref counts, Riho lets off at 4, and then storms back up. Hayter kicks low to snap JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Riho is still in this!

Hayter is annoyed again, but she scoops and SLAMS Riho! Cover, TWO!! Riho just managed to bridge up, but Hayter keeps focus. Hayter bumps Riho off buckles and Riho falls over. Hayter argues with the ref, but she lets off Riho to kiss her biceps more. Hayter then grinds her forearms into Riho’s face! The ref counts, Hayter lets off and apologizes, but Riho ROCKS Hayter! Hayter ROCKS Riho, CLUBS her, then brings her out. Hayter bumps Riho off buckles, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Riho hits back! Hayter whips, Riho tilt-o-whirls to RANA Hayter onto ropes! Riho dials it up, 619! Hayter flounders and Riho goes up!

Fans are thunderous as Riho CROSSBODIES again! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives but Riho doesn’t stop! Riho clinches, only for Hayter to fight it! Hayter CLUBS away, suplexes, but Riho slips free to waistlock. Riho then moves up to a full nelson, Hayter breaks it, but Riho SNAP GERMANS! Hayter flounders, Riho full nelsons to SNAP DRAGON! Cover, TWO!! Hayter is still in this but Riho drags her to a drop zone. Riho steps on Hayter, goes up the corner, and DIVING- NO, Hayter avoids the stomps! Riho comes back, into a fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Hayter runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!!

Riho’s toughness is frustrating Hayter and Britt, but the fans are loving this! Hayter drags Riho up, bumps her off buckles, then puts her up top. Hayter fires forearms, fans duel, and Hayter climbs up. Hayter stands Riho up, for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, into a BRAIN- SATELLITE DDT!! Riho turns it around and fans are thunderous! A standing count starts, both women stir at 3 of 10. They rise at 4, and Riho throws a forearm! Hayter hits back! They brawl on their knees, then move up to their feet! They’re fast and furious! Hayter gets the edge, then DECKS Riho! High stack, TWO!!! Riho just barely kicks out!

Hayter drags Riho up, hauls her back to the top rope, and cravats. Riho holds onto ropes for dear life! Hayter lets go to ROCK Riho again! Hayter climbs but Riho fires off forearms! Hayter just comes back, but Riho has a SLEEPER!! Hayter CLUBS Riho from below, ELBOWS hard, and Riho goes to the apron. Hayter drags Riho back up, but Riho CLUBS away on Hayter! RISING HEADBUTT! Hayter wobbles, Riho climbs again, SUPER STEINER!! Hayter flounders and fans fire up! Riho runs in, METEORA!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Hayter survives by a literal foot! Riho is beside herself, but Hayter drags herself up.

Britt coaches Hayter but Riho clamps on a full nelson! Hayter fights it, Riho CLUBS away with forearm after forearm, then she full nelsons! Hayter snapmares free, fans duel as hard as they can, and Hayter BOOTS! Ripcord, HAYTE- NO, Riho ducks to hook the arms, but Hayter blocks the backslide! Hayter overpowers Riho to spin her around, HAYTERADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Riho survives and Hayter is furious! Fans are thunderous as Hayter says she’ll end this! Hayter kisses her bicep, gets Riho up again, ripcord HAYTERADE!!! Cover, Hayter wins!!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

A battle truly fitting of two great champions! Hayter shakes Riho’s hand in respect, will Riho have to fight her way back up to another shot? Who will #HayterHitHard next?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Renee Paquette is with Saraya, Toni Storm & Ruby Soho, and says we saw Hayter successfully defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. Soho leads the Outcasts in a sarcastic congratulations and applause. But Hayter shouldn’t get too attached to that title. The Outcasts are here to bring some “much needed control back to the women’s division.” And they are gonna do that when one of them becomes champion. Renee points out there is only one title and three of them, how are they- Saraya cuts Renee off there to tell her to stop stirring the pot. They will cross that bridge when they get to it.

Storm adds that who gets it isn’t even the concern. What’s important that Hayter loses the title. Renee thanks them for their time, Saraya shows off the new merch shirt. Will either the Revolution, the Runaway or the Lightning strike down the Hayter?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society is on stage.

Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker and Jake Hager, specifically, are here, and Menard asks, “Do you wanna know… what makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard~?” Fans oddly do. “How about the fact that The Acclaimed is gonna be joining the Jericho Appreciation Society, the epitome of sports… enner-tay-ners!” But speaking of, here come The Acclaimed! Max Caster of course has the mic, so “Yo! Listen! Platinum on the mic, I’m nice with row rhymin’. Damn it feels good to be home on Long Island!

“You want us to join, but we can’t, tho. Jericho’s full of more sh*t than George Santos! You lookin’ so strange there. Lookin’ like you hang with the Cocaine Bear! We got the whole place sizzlin’. JAS stands for Just Acclaimed Scissorin’!” Bowens then gest the mic to say, “LOOONG ISLAAAAND~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME-” But Parker has it cut off! They want The Acclaimed to come back over to the stage so they can clarify something! Because by the sound of it and that rap, ol’ Cool Hand Ange thinks they wanna fight! Together! And that’s a great idea! They got a match for Rampage, 8 Man Tag! Because everyone loves the Jericho Acclaimed Society!

“NOW SCISSOR ME, DADDY MATT!” Billy Gunn says no, hold on. No. “Scissoring should only be done by professionals, so Anthony, let’s show them how this is done.” And… “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” AND HE DOES~!! Fans fire up, but is that match on Rampage now going to be 2v2?

 

MJF visited the Town of Oyster Bay Town Hall.

“This place doesn’t just feel like home, this place is home. And it means the world to me that I now have the key to that home. It means everything to me.” Oyster Bay town supervisor, Joseph Saladino, says that if you want something in life, you work hard for it, give 110% and you never let go of your dream. MJF’s dream has come true, and that makes him a Town of Oyster Bay hero. MJF says if you wanna be at the pinnacle of this business of professional wrestling, the AEW World Championship is the belt to win, and he is the guy holding that belt, so he is the guy to beat. But nobody’s beating him, because he’s a Long Islander, and you can’t beat Long Islanders.

 

And now, it’s MJF Day!

There’s a live jazz band playing as Justin Roberts gives the introductions to a “wonderful new show. A man, and his music. The music of Mike Rogers and his Great Band.” The LED tron rises like a curtain to reveal the band as they play. “And the man is M! J! F!” MJF walks out and Long Island erupts with cheers! MJF goes to the mic, and as the graphic says, “The Pride of Long Island” welcomes them to his day. He is the Host with the Most, the Devil Himself, Maxwell Jacob Friedman. And right now, they are here to celebrate the most important day of them all, MJF Day. They’re celebrating it live in “the most magical place in the world, known as LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK!”

And it’s so magical here that when it rains, it doesn’t rain water, it rains… pennies from heaven. Hit it, Mike! If you can’t tell, MJF’s about to sing a very upbeat rendition of Pennies from Heaven. MJF even adlibs with Adam the saxophonist. “I knew I’d get ya! Long Island, clap for me, baby!” Fans get into it as MJF struts around on the ramp. MJF keeps the show going as he gets in the ring, where the AEW World title sits on a podium and there’s another one with “Congrats MJF” on it. Fans are thunderous for the musical number, and then Justin introduces Saladino. Fans are a bit torn on him, though.

Saladino introduces himself but MJF has him hold on to tell the fans this is a great guy. Saladino’s given MJF the Key to Long Island, so don’t screw this up for him. Fans still boo but Saladino says that Max Friedman, “you are the Pride of Long Island!” Fans agree with that. “We love the way you wear Long Island so proudly on your sleeve. Max, you are a world champion, and our hometown champ! So it is my distinct honor and privilege to present you, Mr. MJF, with the Key to Long Island!” Fans cheer as MJF looks at the big orange key with the letters “NY” forming the handle. Saladino says MJF deserves it. Isn’t he right?

Finally, Saladino is here to announce that April 5th is officially MJF Day in the Town of Oyster Bay! And also, the key they presented him before turned out to be a little below MJF’s standard. So they made a much bigger one, just for MJF! Let’s hear it for the hometown hero, MJF! MJF says, “Give it up for Joe, huh? Give it up for Joe!” Fans boo, but MJF says he’s talking now, so what’s going on? Fans cheer, and MJF says obviously, this is a huge honor, and if he’s being completely honest, some would say, “You Deserve It! Clap clap, clap clap clap.” Fans echo that for MJF and he smiles.

There are people out there who don’t deserve it! Like Sammy Guevara and Darby Allin, and worst of all, Jungle Boy. Fans boo those names, and MJF says the only thing Jungle Boy’s ever gonna have is “a girlfriend with a wandering eye and a tiny little penis. It’s true, it’s true. But right now, I’d like to tell you people a quick little story that I hope you find inspiring about my childhood here in Long Island, New York. And no, this ain’t lore, this is my life. This ain’t a villain origin story, because I’m MJF 24/7, baby.

“Now, when I was a kid, and still to this day, I suffer from a learning disability called Attention Deficit Disorder. And yeah, let’s clap it up for ADD, huh? Who’s got it?” Fans chant for “A D D! A D D!” MJF smiles, and says that obviously, “growing up with ADD had its disadvantages at times. No matter how hard I would try to focus in school, it just wouldn’t happen for me. Now there was one teacher in eighth grade who just wasn’t sympathetic. Her name was Mrs. Benedict.” Fans boo her and MJF says just wait, he’s not even through with her. But Mrs. Benedict would pounce on MJF like a lion.

She would wait for him to lose concentration, and she would say, “Maxwell, answer this question on the board.” MJF would say that he doesn’t know the answer, and she would laugh at him. And then she would say, “See class? Don’t be like Mr. Friedman.” This would happen every single day in school, and on the last day of school, Mrs. Benedict would pull him aside, and… Can they raise the volume on the mic so MJF doesn’t have to hunch over like a shmuck? Can you hear him now? “Yes!” Can they? “YES!” Okay. So, as he was saying, on the last day of school, Mrs. Benedict would pull MJF aside, and she said, “Maxwell, where does your brain go during my class that you can’t pay attention?”

And MJF’s answer was simple: Professional wrestling. Because MJF daydreamed about being world champion, and Mrs. Benedict told him, “The probability of that happening is slim to none.” Fans boo Mrs. Benedict more, but MJF tells her that her math was a bit off. Because MJF just got the key to Long Island, because this is MJF Day here forevermore, and because he is the reigning, defending, AEW World Heavyweight Champion!! Fans cheer that! MJF says he has a lesson for the fans: Don’t be like Mrs. Benedict. And by that, he means, “Don’t be a stupid b*tch.” Fans really cheer that!

MJF continues by saying if you’re a Long Islander kid who struggles in school, and he only means Long Islanders because he don’t speak to disgusting poorers. If you’re a Long Islander struggling, and people are telling you that you can’t accomplish your dreams, then just know that if you bust your ass, you can be anything you wanna be. Except one thing: MJF! HAHAHA! Because he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he is better than you, and YOU KNOW IT! Long Island still cheers, and MJF picks up his belt to leave. MJF still has the mic, though, and he asks the fans if they want an encore. They do!

Wait, do they want an encore? “YES!” Do you want an encore?! Wait, who hits those cymbals? MJF is furious! They practiced this for months! How could this guy get this wrong!? The cymbalist apologizes, but then surprise! It’s JUNGLE BOY IN DISGUISE!! MJF is busy apologizing to Long Island, and JB TACKLES him! Fans boo as JB Rains down fists on their champion! MJF turns it around, but then JB turns it back around! JB CHOKES MJF, but MJF turns it back around! Security and producers rush out to stop this but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” But here comes Sammy Guevara! Fans boo even more as the Spanish God now gets his turn in the #1 contenders race.

Sammy looks at the belt on the ground, picks it up, and MJF is even angrier now! Sammy holds the belt up, but will he even make it to pole position?

Sammy Guevara VS Komander!

The bell rings and Sammy KNEES Komander out of the ring! Sammy builds speed while fans boo, and Sammy slides, only for Komander to dodge! Komander comes back, Sammy jumps the slide to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and Sammy brags that he is the next champion! Sammy puts Komander in, fans chant, “You Still Suck!” Sammy soaks it up, goes up the corner, and he leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Komander puts Sammy in a drop zone. Komander goes up, tightrope walks and SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives and bails out, clutching his ribs.

Fans fire up with Komander as he goes up another corner. Komander tightrope walks all 20 feet to the other corner, for the FLYING- JUMP KNEE!! Sammy takes Komander out of the air and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Sammy slides in, soaks up the heat, then he spins and poses. Sammy’s cocky as ever as he does mat angels. The ring count climbs, Komander gets in at 5 of 10, but Sammy kicks him right back out. Sammy goes out after Komander, drags him up and brings him around to CHOKE him against barriers! Then Sammy CLUBS Komander, brings him around the way, and RAMS him into more barriers. Sammy swaggers, he stands on the barriers to soak up more heat, and then goes back to Komander. Sammy puts Komander in the ring, then taunts the fans. Sammy goes in the ring, brings Komander around, and stomps him down.

Sammy continues to swagger, then he has the Jericho cocky cover. TWO, and Komander grabs at Sammy. Sammy brings Komander up, and Komander CHOPS him! Sammy DECKS Komander! Komander flounders to a corner, Sammy brings him up against ropes and CHOPS! Komander falls down and Sammy digs his knees in at the ropes. The ref reprimands, Sammy lets off, and he brings Komander up. Sammy snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Komander hangs in there but Sammy sits him up into a chinlock. Sammy thrashes Komander around and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally, Komander endures and fights his way up. Sammy shakes his head, we see Jungle Boy watching backstage with security staff keeping an eye on him, and perhaps an eye out for MJF. Sammy KNEES Komander low, suplexes him, but Komander throws knees! Sammy still goes to ropes, but Komander lands on the apron to GAMANGIRI Sammy away! Komander springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives and scrambles away! Fans fire up for Komander as he goes up the corner. Komander tightrope walks again, for the SUPER MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans lose their minds!

Komander puts Sammy in, salutes, and then goes up the corner again. Tightrope SHOOTING STAR, but he has to bail out as Sammy moves! Komander BOOTS Sammy to the floor! Komander builds speed, fans fire up, but Sammy slides in! Komander tiger feints to SPRINGBOARD PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Komander pushes Sammy down into the drop zone and fans fire up again. Komander climbs, tightrope walks again, to SHOOTING STAR onto knees! Sammy covers, TWO!! Komander survives but Sammy slashes his throat! Torture rack, “I’m your next world heavyweight champion, Max!” GO TO- NO, Komander cradles! TWO!!

Sammy SUPERKICKS! Komander staggers to a corner, Sammy runs in, but Komander puts him on the apron. Sammy ROCKS Komander, climbs up, but Komander GAMANGIRIS! Komander staggers his way to the adjacent corner, and he climbs up again. Darby watches from the rafters just like Sting used to do, and Komander tightrope walks again, but Sammy intercepts with a FLYING CUTTER!! Sammy hurries to torture rack, GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!

Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

Fans boo but the Spanish God gets a win and keeps pace in the race! Tony Schiavone goes to the ring to interview Sammy, while we see Darby, JB and even MJF are watching. Tony says Sammy wins again, proving he is to be considered for a title shot. Sammy takes the mic to say, “Hey, look, Tony! I just did something the world champion doesn’t do: WRESTLE!” Fans boo but Sammy has a point… “Honestly, what was that s*it I was just watching? American Idol?” Fans tell Sammy to STFU but Sammy tells Max that he came out here and said he beat every single one of the Pillars. But let’s be honest, when MJF and Sammy got in the ring, what actually happened?

Sammy wants us to go back: Jacksonville in 2021, the main event of Dynamite. Sammy had MJF beat! Until another person MJF was using came out and helped him. MJF didn’t beat Sammy, Shawn Spears and a steel chair did, you b*tch! Fans boo but again, Sammy has a point. “So if we’re supposed to be the Four Pillars, the four people that’ve been building up this company since day one, and will continue to build it to higher heights, it’s safe to say your side wasn’t built by you. Your side was built by the people you tricked to get here. You lied, you cheated, you manipulated your way to the top. And honestly, Tony, I’m almost jealous of it.

“But Max, you’re finding out what I already know: that I would hate who I was if I wasn’t myself getting to the top. Because who the hell are you, Max? You were Cody’s friend, and then you were not. You were Tony’s friend, and then you’re not. You were in the Inner Circle, then you’re not. You were in the Pinnacle, then you’re not. You’re in The Firm, then you’re not. Max, you did the one thing that I will never do: you sold your soul to be a Pillar here. And that’s why as far as my side, and how this was built, I built this sh*t brick by brick, match after match, moment after moment after moment after moment! I poured my heart and my soul into this place!”

The fans keep booing but Sammy says he doesn’t care. They can boo or cheer, he’s not going anywhere. Sammy loves AEW! He’s not using this place to go anywhere else. This place has given him so much more than he could ever ask for. He met his wife, Tay Melo, here. He won titles and main evented PPVs, so he’ll be damned if “some rich b*tch from sh*tty Long Island, of all places, tear everything down with his bidding war of 2024. So screw Jungle Boy! Screw Darby Allin! And screw MJF! Because Sammy Guevara is your world heavyweight champion!” Sammy drops the mic and MJF seethes. Will the Spanish God earn that shot against the Devil of AEW?

 

FTW Championship: Hook VS Ethan Page w/ Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil has been dealing with The Firm for months now, but has almost cleared them all out. He beat Moriarty, Morrissey, Hardy, and even Stokely, but now he is dealing with All Ego. Will Ethan be the one to #SendHook home with a loss? Or will nothing stop Hook’s undefeated streak?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see Long Island’s other hometown hero in action!

The bell rings and Hook circles with Ethan. The fans rally up, Ethan talks trash on Hook then talks trash on Long Island. Ethan takes a swing, but Hook catches him for a T-BONE SUPLEX! Ethan bails out but Hook pursues. Ethan RAMS Hook into the apron, then RAMS him into steel steps! Ethan talks more trash, then whips Hook into the POST! Fans boo but Ethan soaks it all up. Ethan says, “This is your guy right here? I’m winning, a-hole!” Ethan then puts Hook in the ring, stalks him, and Ethan says this one’s for Hardy. Ethan copies Hardy’s dancing around, kicks and TWIST- NO, Hook slips free!

Hook kicks low, and he reels Ethan in, for a TWIST OF FATE!! Fans fire up but Kassidy gets on the apron. The ref stops him, but Hook stares Kassidy down. Kassidy argues with the ref, keeps him and Hook distracted, and Ethan grabs the belt! But then Hardy grabs the other end! They tug-o-war and Ethan doesn’t understand! Hardy CLOBBERS Ethan with the belt!! fans fire up and Kassidy backs off. Hook gets Ethan with REDRUM!!! Ethan fades out, fans chant “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” with Hardy, and Ethan is DONE! Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

#HardyParty smiles as they leave, they suckered Ethan in! Was this what that wink on Rampage was about? Hook fist bumps Hardy & Kassidy, maybe the hook was in! Will Stokely and the rest of The Firm have something to say about this?

 

Nigel McGuiness is backstage!

We saw Nigel rejoin ROH on Friday for Supercard of Honor, and now he is also #AllElite as part of the interviewer staff. As such, he is with Tony Khan for the huge announcement. There have been moments in Nigel’s life he could never imagine, and for him, what is coming is one of those moments. Khan thanks Nigel for that, and is also so excited for this. “Five years ago, before AEW was founded, four pioneers, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and Kenny Omega, put on a show called All In. It was the biggest independent wrestling show of all time, and it got interest from around the world.

“Now flash five years later, AEW is going to make our debut in London, England, Sunday, August 27th, for the first-ever AEW All In! It’s going to be one of the biggest shows in the history of the company, AEW All In, August 27th, in London, England. AEW’s debut in London is a huge event, we’re both very excited about it. And now, here to announce the site of AEW All In London is a man cut from the same  cloth as those visionary pioneers five years ago.” It’s ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!

And Cole gets right to it: “August 27th, AEW All In, is coming to London Wembley Stadium. We’re gonna celebrate 100 years of Wembley Stadium, 100 years of Warner Brothers! And together, with the AEW fans in London, AEW All In, we celebrate Wembley Stadium, baybay!” A historic stadium, a historic moment, what history will be made in AEW’s first-ever UK show?

 

Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS ???

The American Dragon returned to shock the world by siding with the new, more brutal Moxley, Claudio & Yuta! Will the Maniac, Swiss Superman and Decoder look to begin BCC’s dominance in the Trios Division?

The BCC takes their time making their entrance while Dynamite is picture in picture. Then they rush the ring to CLOBBER all their opponents! One falls out of the ring, leaving Moxley and Claudio to mug “The Dime Piece,” and Yuta goes after the third man. The ref reprimands but Moxley whips Dime so that Claudio can POP-UP UPPERCUT! Yuta keeps giving CHOPS to his opponent, but then Claudio & Moxley DOUBLE HIP TOSS that guy across the ring! Yuta keeps on the CHOPS while Moxley & Claudio keep the others out of the ring. The bell finally rings, this match has officially begun!

Claudio & Moxley drag the biggest man up at the ramp, for an ASSISTED PILEDRIVER!! Yuta rains down forearms, then he roars as he circles the man. Yuta gets the leg for a HALF CRAB! Dime Piece returns, BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta just glares at him! Moxley grabs Dime for a SLEEPER! Claudio brings Dime around to RAM him into the corner! But the third man gets Yuta in a waistlock, only for Yuta to smirk and shake his head. Yuta switches and GERMAN SUPLEXES the third man down! Then he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! The third man is a ragdoll as Yuta puts on the HAMMERLOCK CROSSFACE! The guy taps, the BCC wins!

Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by submission

The ref reprimands as Yuta isn’t letting go! Yuta lets go when Claudio says, and then Moxley RAMS Dime into railing! Claudio puts a CROSSFACE on the third man! Bryan gets the mic and clears his throat to say, “You see, I was at home with my family, and I love my family. You know who else I love? I love Jon Moxley and him ripping at people’s mouths.” He’s literally doing that to one of the opponents right now! Bryan says he also loves Claudio Castagnoli and how he destroys people. And he also loves Yuta, even if he’s being a little sh*thead! And do you know what else Bryan loves? He loves pro-wrestling!

Bryan asks if these guys they just beat look like professionals. The fans say, “NO!” Right, they look like guys the EVPs might’ve hired, when they’re nothing but a bunch of amateurs! IMPOTENT AMATEURS! And as he looks around the building tonight, Bryan thinks the four members of the BCC are the only pro-wrestlers here tonight. But wait! Here comes Hangman Page! The Cowboy storms right down to the ring and Bryan says, “Oh, boy! Here comes another amateur!” Hangman gets right in the ring and Bryan eggs him on. Hangman fires off on Moxley, but he gets mugged 3v1! Bryan hangs back as the rest beat Hangman against the ropes!

Bryan calls Hangman an amateur, and then Claudio rains down forearms! “You wanna know what a professional is? Claudio is a professional! You wanna know what a professional is? Mox is a professional!” And now Moxley rains down forearms! “You wanna see what a professional is? Wheeler is a professional!” And now Yuta gets his turn! Bryan loves these men! And y’know what? Hangman has NO ONE who loves him! Where’s anyone coming out from the back? NO ONE is coming out to save Hangman, because no one loves him! In fact, they don’t even know what love is! Fans boo as the BCC all just stomp away!

Bryan says he knows what love is. In fact, when he was at home, he was teaching his kids a few things. He has a screwdriver?! Bryan says he taught the kids how to fix stuff around the house. “And the house that is AEW needs to be fixed up, from all these amateurs!” The BCC drags Hangman up as Bryan keeps shouting, “AMATEURS!” Bryan looks at the screwdriver, then at Hangman’s face. Bryan DIGS IT INTO HANGMAN’S FACE!! Maybe even the eyes!! Fans boo but Bryan says, “Hangman is an amateur. Like I said, we are the only real professional wrestlers in this building tonight! We are the only real professional wrestlers in AEW tonight!

“Hell, from what I’ve seen this week, we are the only real professional wrestlers in all of damn America tonight!” Fans are torn, as Bryan’s brutal methods and bold statements are in complete contrast. Will Hangman even be able to see after what Bryan did to him?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Anna Jay called her out last week, and was watching tonight, the Queenslayer gets her match with Julia Hart! Plus, after the controversy of Hardy helping Hook, Ethan gets one more shot at the FTW Championship! Will All Ego be better prepared now that he doesn’t have Hardy behind him? Plus, The Acclaimed are still having to go through with the 8 Man Tag team-up with Menard & Parker! Will teaming with the JAS convince Caster & Bowens to accept the offer after all? Then, after sending out warnings to Keith Lee, Swerve Strickland says he has an announcement. What will the head of Mogul Affiliates have to say now?

Meanwhile, to keep up with Jungle Boy and Sammy Guevara, Darby Allin is taking on #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will the Relentless One be able to keep pace with Jack Perry and the Spanish God? And lastly, after weeks of attempting legal action, a sit-down meeting has been arranged between Jade Cargill and Taya Valkyrie. What agreement will come about from the TBS Champion talking with La Wera Loca?

And BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 6!

Immediately following Rampage will be an hour of all title matches! First, it would seem LFI did have their eyes on gold: the AEW International Championship! Dralistico takes on Orange Cassidy, will the Prince of Silver & Gold finally have some gold in AEW? Then, regardless of how negotiations go with Taya, Jade is going to defend her TBS Championship against the young and rising star, Billie Starkz! And the NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions, the Lucha Brothers, have their first defense against QT Marshall and the AEW TNT Champion, “Powerhouse” Hobbs! Hobbs has already beaten Rey Fenix and Pentagon separately, will he be able to beat them at the same time?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Careers: The Gunns VS FTR!

These are the highest stakes you could have in a tag title match. Austin & Colten didn’t want to take this match, until Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler put the one thing on the line they had to give: their careers here in AEW. Will the Ass Boys of all people be the ones to end the All Elite legacy of #7StarFTR? Or will Dax & Cash prove that they are #TopGuys then, now and forever?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it is all on the line in the main event!

The teams sort out, Colten starts against Cash, and fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” Cash and Colten circle, but Cash is wary of Austin. Colten and Cash tie up, Cash powers Colten to ropes then a corner, but Colten turns it around. They keep going around as the ref counts, and Colten pulls hair! Colten slaps Cash, Cash SLAPS Colten! Colten staggers and shakes that off, and he ties up with Cash. Colten headlocks but Cash powers out, only for Colten to run him over. Things speed up, but Colten runs Cash over again. Things keep moving, Cash RAMS into Colten! Cash puts Colten on the ropes to CHOP!

Cash UPPERCUTS Colten to the corner, tags Dax, and they whip, trip and elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Dax brings Colten over, tags Cash, and FTR combines, ASSISTED ATOMIC LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Colten scrambles away, Austin is there to check on him, and fans boo. Cash wants after the Gunns but the ref keeps him back. Cash backs off, but then suddenly runs in to WRECK Colten with a dropkick! Cash scares Austin off, then brings Colten up. Cash puts Colten in, but Austin grabs his foot! Dax protests but Colten DROPKICKS Cash down! Fans boo but the ref keeps Dax in his corner.

Austin puts Cash in, fans rally up but Colten bumps Cash off buckles. Tag to Austin, the Gunns body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Colten covers, TWO! Dax was ready but he goes back to his corner. Colten stalks Cash, soaks up the heat, then bumps Cash off buckles. Colten ROCKS, stomps and then lets off. Colten taunts Dax, Austin CHOKES Cash! Cash SMACKS Austin! Cash CHOPS Colten and fans fire up! Cash ROCKS Colten, UPPERCUTS him, but Colten keeps him from Dax! Colten whips Cash to the Gunn corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Colten full nelsons to then SLAM Cash! Cover, TWO!

Dax was ready again but the ref has him back off. The Gunns are in control as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Colten drags Cash over, tags Austin, and Austin drags Cash up. Austin TOSSES Cash out, then taunts Dax. Colten stomps Cash in the distraction, but the ref gets suspicious. Colten plays innocent, Cash lunges in but Austin is on him! Austin stomps and CLUBS away, then tags Colten. The Gunns mug Cash, Colten CHOPS Cash down. Colten taunts Dax, but Cash CHOPS back! Colten CLUBS Cash down, stomps him, then tags Austin. Austin stays between Cash and Dax, then DECKS Cash! Austin drags Cash over, tags Colten back in, and the Gunns mug Cash again. Colten wraps on a chinlock and grinds Cash down.

Cash endures and fans rally up. Cash sits up, fights to his feet, and throws body shots. Colten shoves Cash, Cash holds ropes and BOOTS Colten down! Both men crawl, Colten anchors Cash and keeps him from Dax! Cash ENZIGURIS! Austin tags in and hurries to anchor Cash now! Cash still crawls forward, fans fire up, and Cash ENZI- NO, Austin ducks! Austin drags Cash back but Cash keeps fighting forward! Cash hops on one foot, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Dax tags in! Dax JABS, JABS, JABS then DECKS Austin! Colten runs in, Dax DECKS him! Dax storms up on Austin to CHOP! And forearm! And CHOP!

Colten runs in, Dax DECKS him again! Dax puts Colten in a corner to rain down fists fast! Dax gets to eight in double time, then he CROSSBODIES onto Austin! Dax throws down hands, but Colten brings him up. Dax hits an atomic drop! Dax whips, Colten reverses but Dax reverse to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up as Dax storms up on Austin. Dax whips Austin to ropes, Austin reverse but Dax reverses to wrench, only for Austin to duck! Austin trips Dax, steps through, but Dax blocks! Austin keeps trying but Dax kicks him away! Cradle on the return, TWO!!! Dax hurries to whip but Austin reverses!

Dax hits buckles hard, and Austin scoops him, but Dax fights! Cash is up top, MISSILE DROPKICK REVERSE DDT COMBO! Dax covers, TWO!! Austin survives and Colten runs in! FTR puts him through the ropes, then drags him out, for a DOUBLE DRAPING DDT!! A couple of vipers here, and fans fire up! FTR coordinates, they bring Austin over and Cash climbs up. But Austin resists the lift! Austin back drops Dax away, then dodges Cash’s leap! Austin ROCKS Cash, ROKCS him again, but Cash turns it around to CHOP! And ROCK! And whip! Austin reverses, Cash goes up and over and Dax tags in!

Cash sunset flips Austin  and rolls him through, and now Dax goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Austin survives and shocks FTR! Dax calls to Cash, they stalk Austin and he slowly rises up. But Colten slides in! Colten shoves Cash into Dax to stop the Big Rig! Then Colten whips Dax, but Cash shoves Austin into Colten to stop the Gunns from stealing the Big Rig! Dax dodges Austin, BIG RIG!!! Cover, COLTEN DRAGS THE REF OUT!! Fans boo and Colten wants a DQ, but the ref says hell no, because that’s what Colten wants! Cash chases Colten, gets his hair, but Colten POSTS Cash!

Colten goes to the apron, Dax swings on him but misses. Austin waistlocks, Dax switches, but Colten helps keep Austin from the O’Conner! Dax comes back in, but Austin moves, heads collide for Dax and Colten! Dax staggers around, into a FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives and fans are thunderous! Fans boo as Austin writes Dax off and brings him up. Austin reels Dax in, flexes, then underhooks! Fans boo as Austin tries to play the game, but Dax wrenches out! Backslide, TWO!! Austin escapes, scoops, but Dax cradles! TWO!! Another escape! Dax trips Austin, jackknifes, TWO!! Austin LOW BLOWS!!!

The ref is furious, but Austin says the ref has no choice. The ref is inclined to agree, and he looks to the timekeeper. But Cash stops the ref from waving his hand! Cash isn’t gonna let it end like this! But it was a blatant low blow! Cash knows, but this is about more than just titles! Colten storms in, reels Cash in, 3:10 TO YUMA!!! Colten drags Cash out, and Austin puts Dax up top! But Dax fights back! Fans fire up, Austin falls, and Dax catches his breath. Colten has a title belt! He slides it in, but the ref intercepts! But there’s the other belt! Colten goes up after Dax, Dax fires hands! Colten falls, distracts the ref, Dax FALLING HEADBUTTS, onto the belt!!

Austin hides the evidence, covers, TWO!?!?!? Dax survives and no one can believe it! The fans are thunderous, but Austin tags Colten. The Gunns storm up on Dax, bring him up, and Dax SPITS at them!! Colten whips, lifts, but Dax fights off the 3:10! Dax sunset flips, Austin helps Colten stay up! Cash goes up, and he FLYING SUNSET FLIPS Austin! FTR has double covers, FTR WINS!!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions)

TOP GUYS WIN! They are TWO-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they are still All Elite! Mark Briscoe is even here to celebrate with his friends! FTR is here to stay, will they always be the Top Guys in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great AEW, lots of great surprises, and honestly, this is the one time where AEW took jabs at WWE and I feel like it was warranted. First, this had more surprises than the Raw After Mania under the returning Vince McMahon. Jay White was either going to AEW or WWE, and his decision was kinda made for him. White and Juice beat down Starks, so Starks has been dragged into another story against a faction. A shame for Starks, but Starks taking on White is going to be great stuff. Christian Cage’s return was quick, and didn’t have dialogue, but Luchasaurus also returning is cool stuff. Just not sure what they’re gonna do right now with most titles spoken for.

Great title matches, something else Raw After Mania didn’t even try to do. The Trios title match was awesome stuff, but I had a feeling the House of Black was going to win. As great as Best Friends are, the House’s reign wasn’t going to end just yet, and Cassidy isn’t going to be a double champion so soon. I do like that LFI is still involved in both AEW and ROH, and Cassidy VS Dralistico for Battle of the Belts 6 is going to be great stuff. In fact, so will the ROH World Tag Team Championship match. I appreciate the continuity that Hobbs having beat both Fenix & Penta means he gets a tag title shot, but pretty sure that means QT takes the loss.

Awesome match from Hayter VS Riho, but naturally, Hayter won as there’s still a lot for her to do as champ. As such, The Outcasts had a good promo establishing that they’re all coming for Hayter. Honestly, Hayter should just face each one in turn. Granted, Hayter already beat Storm 1v1, and beat the other two in a Triple Threat, which she could/should point out in a promo, but she might as well face them all again until they’re ready to Blood & Guts. Which they need to do, why else make the Women’s Division choose sides? And great little moment between JAS and Acclaimed, though clearly JAS isn’t getting it. Maybe they’ll see The Acclaimed don’t care in that 8 Man Tag.

Great stuff for the MJF Day segment. I’m surprised it’s been this long since MJF’s had a musical number in AEW. He nailed it, fans loved it, and I like that JB was in disguise to attack him. The fans didn’t like that, so this kinda distorts the Face-Heel dynamic for anyone unfamiliar with AEW. JB seems to be the frontrunner in terms of the title chase, with MJF saving him for last and JB getting after MJF. But Sammy had a great part to play, with just an awesome match with Komander, and even a great promo to follow where he got to call MJF out. Now we just need Darby to do the same and then the possibilities will really be endless. Any of the three could face MJF and have an awesome match at Double or Nothing.

Then, awesome news that AEW is going to London and bringing the “All In” name back. Can’t wait to see what happens there. Great FTW Championship, and I love that Hardy chose this moment to spring his trap on Ethan. Though, it seems we’re getting this again, though maybe with Hardy in Hook’s corner, not Ethan’s. Hopefully, Hook wins that one, too, and it is revealed that Hardy & Kassidy are now free of The Firm. Great stuff out of the BCC, and I find it kinda funny when we don’t get any of the names of the jobbers. Bryan’s promo was great stuff, he was bringing back a lot of what made his “Champion of the Earth” Heel persona in WWE so great. Him taking a screwdriver to Hangman’s face was nuts, though. The Elite didn’t show up, but maybe they respond next week.

And an awesome main event with the Titles VS Careers match. This match in and of itself could represent the audible FTR called in real-life. If HHH was still in charge of the WWE, FTR might’ve lost so they could go back to WWE. But seeing as Vince slithered his way back into creative, FTR won to be champions again and stay in AEW. Though to be fair, FTR winning was probably the better option no matter what was going on in the WWE. FTR beat the Gunns to get revenge for before, and they can face any number of teams in this new title reign.

My Score: 9/10


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

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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Chris Jericho puts the roster to the test!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

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

 

Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Pac.

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

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

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

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

 

The Patriarchy speaks.

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

 

Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

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

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

 

Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

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

 

Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel!

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

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

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

Winner: Nick Wayne, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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