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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (4/14/23)

Aussie Open is on a Rampage!

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AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!

The NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions already have a challenge! Will Aussie Open dunk on Best Friends? Or will the reign end before it begins?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Aussie Open VS Best Friends; Aussie Open wins and retains the titles.
  • 8 Man Tag: Mark Briscoe & Team Triple J VS Man Scout & The Spanish Announce Project; Mark & Triple J win.
  • Taya Valkyrie VS Emi Sakura; Taya wins.
  • “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Shawn Spears; JB wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Aussie Open VS Best Friends!

Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are the NEW champions after defeating Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi just last week at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now, they’re ready to defend the belts against the Kentucky Gentleman & #JustTrent! Will the first defense be successful? Or will Best Friends have even more gold now?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who gets dunked on!

Trent and Fletcher start, they tie up, and fans rally. Trent headlocks, Fletcher powers his way out to wrench the arm. Fletcher brings Trent over, tags in Davis, but Trent gets away. Trent and Davis circle, feel things out, and Trent gets around to a headlock. Davis powers out, RAMS shoulders with Trent, but neither falls. Davis swings but Trent ducks the haymaker and things speed up. Davis holds ropes to fake out the hurdle, then Davis runs Trent over! Fans fire up while Trent flounders away. Davis tags Fletcher, and Fletcher sucker punches Chuck! The ref reprimands but Aussie Open double whip Trent.

Trent holds ropes now, and Fletcher runs in. Trent BOOTS Fletcher, dodges Davis to kick low! Trent reels Davis in, and he kicks off Fletcher to TORNADO DDT Davis! Davis bails out, and Chuck returns! Chuckie T FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Chuck gets Davis up and in for Trent, and Trent half nelsons. Davis elbows free, he BOOTS Chuck, then ROCKS Trent! Davis whips Trent at Chuck but Chuck puts Trent on the apron. Davis runs in, Chuck goes up and over and Davis hits buckles! Fletcher runs in but Chuck OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes him onto Davis! Fans fire up as Trent goes up and aims at Fletcher, for the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Trent keeps cool while fans rally up. Trent brings Fletcher up to CHOP! Fletcher goes to a corner, Trent brings him around and he goes up. But Fletcher YANKS Trent down! Chuck returns but Fletcher SUPERKICKS him! Davis returns to bring Chuck around and throw him out! Aussie Open hurries out, they get one Best Friend each, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEXES! And then they pick Best Friends up, run around the way, SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! Fans fire up with Aussie Open as they throw the crown ups. “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” Fletcher puts Trent in, tags Davis, and they drag Trent up.

Aussie Open double whip, double CHOP, then PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Davis roars and fans fire up. Davis kneels on the cover, ONE! Davis drags Trent up, suplexes, and he holds Trent up! Fans fire up as Fletcher tags in and takes the handoff! Fletcher walks around with Trent before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Trent is hanging tough but Aussie Open stays cool as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fletcher taunts Chuck then goes back for Trent. Fletcher stomps Trent at the ropes again and again and again! The ref reprimands, Fletcher lets off and Trent sputters. Fletcher drags Trent up, but Trent throws hands! Trent reaches out but Fletcher bumps him off buckles! Tag to Davis and Davis looms over Trent. Davis bumps Trent off more buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Davis reels Trent out to scoop and SLAM! Tag to Fletcher and Fletcher rallies the fans. Davis drags Trent up, Aussie Open double whip corner to corner, then Davis runs in. Rampage returns to single picture as Trent BOOTS Davis!

Fletcher runs in, Trent BOOTS him, too! Trent goes up, leaps, but Davis catches him! AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! Then another scoop, Fletcher goes up, LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Chuck breaks it! Fans fire up but Davis throws Chuck out. Davis goes out after Chuck, and RAMS him into railing! Davis stands Chuck up, CHOKES him, but Chuck kicks low! Chuck whips Davis into steel steps! Fletcher goes up top but Trent CHOPS! Trent climbs up after Fletcher, CLUBS away on him, then brings him up. Fletcher resists, throws body shots, and then forearms! Chuck helps Trent out, ELECTRIC CHAIR SUPERPLEX!

Fans fire up as all four men are down around ringside! Davis returns, he choke grips each Best Friend, but they break free to grab him in return! DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! Fans fire up as Best Friends go to opposite ends. And then they HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Chuck gets Fletcher up in an Electric Chair, Trent climbs up, BUSAIKU KNEE DOOMSDAY! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives and fans rally up again. Tag to Chuck, and Trent Alabama Lifts Fletcher. But Davis anchors Chuck! Chuck kicks Davis away but Fletcher slips free to POST Trent! Chuck still leaps, but Fletcher gets under!

Fletcher goes to gut wrench but Chuck resists. Davis ENZIGURIS Chuck into the lift! GRIMSTONE!! Trent returns, but his superkick is blocked! Fletcher feeds that to Davis and he SUPERKICKS Trent down! Davis has Trent’s legs, Close Your Eyes and Count to EFF!! Fans are thunderous as Aussie Open throw off the elbow pads! LARIAT SANDWICH for Chuck! And then, double pump handles for the COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

And that’s that for that one! Fletcher & Davis stay strong, but just this Saturday, they go for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team titles! Will the United Empire start to conquer the entire world?

 

Team Triple J and Mark Briscoe are backstage.

Sonjay Dutt says he wants the whole world to see that Mark Briscoe is on the same page as them before their big 8 Man Tag. Except Mark is arguing that he didn’t even know what he was signing up for. Jarrett, Lethal, Satnam and Sonjay say hands in, there’s no “I” in team! But there is in “trick!” Mark didn’t want to be on this team! Lethal tricked him! Lethal swears he didn’t, and Sonjay explains it to Mark. They’re more alike than Mark realizes. Mark and Lethal go back like twenty years! They’ve fought wars together and against each other! Sonjay knew Mark when Mark was a teenager, and Satnam grew up on a farm, just like the Briscoes!

Okay, not a chicken farm, but farms are farms, right? And of course, Mark and Jarrett are “good ol’ country boys.” You like huntin’, fishin’, and wrasslin’! And check this shirt Sonjay just got Mark! It’s all their faces, but with Mark down in the corner. Let’s go, team! Sonjay puts the shirt on Mark, but Mark isn’t smiling. Sonjay says it’s time for them to win! Lethal hugs Mark, Satnam and Jarrett pat him on the shoulder, but Mark takes the shirt off and chucks it. Will the Sussex County Chicken make it very clear whose team he’s on later tonight?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

And he introduces the TWO-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions, Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, FTR! Fans fire up as the #TopGuys make their way to the ring. Schiavone congratulates them on earning it, and Cash thanks him and the fans. Cash says two years and five months. That is how long it took them from the day they lost the titles to the day they won them back. And now they can say, “AND NEW, TWO-TIME, AEW World Tag Team Champions!” Cash says there has been speculation about FTR’s future, what they’re gonna do and where they’re gonna be. And Cash has the unfortunate news to tell us… That they are stuck with FTR for another four years, they are STILL All Elite!

Cash says when they lost these titles, it was the hardest climb back to the top they’ve ever had. But the fans never gave up. So this isn’t about what they’ve done, this is about what they’re gonna do. They have four more years, and when they’re done with those, they’re done with wrestling. Fans are a little saddened to hear that part, but Cash says until then, they’re gonna give it everything they have in their bodies until the wheels fall off! They are FTR, and they are not stopping until they are the GREATEST tag team of all time!

Dax adds that it is easy to say they “weren’t supposed to make.” But hell, fans weren’t even supposed to like them. Dax means that. The fans aren’t supposed to like FTR. But then, why do they like FTR? Is it their good looks? No, it’s not any of that. Then maybe it’s their chiseled-from-granite bodies? Hell no! That sure ain’t it. And then Dax dug down deep. This is their redemption story. This is their redemption story, the fans have been there for every moment. Life has beaten them down to the ground, to the point where they thought they couldn’t make it, and to the point where they thought, “How am I gonna pay the bills? How am I gonna feed my family? How am I gonna put clothes on my back?”

But what everyone here has done is that we’ve all fought. We’ve pulled ourselves up and fought! That’s why we’re all here tonight, because we fought for this! Fans cheer that, and Dax says now, with this being their redemption story, the only difference between FTR and y’all is y’all. The last 10 years, FTR has had y’all in their corner as FTR fought. Y’all kicked FTR in the ass and told them to keep going, so they did! So now, it’s time for FTR to repay y’all. The next four years, one last ride, FTR repays the fans! Every ounce of blood and passion and love, for the fans, for pro-wrestling, and for four years in AEW! #TopGuysOut!

 

Backstage interview with Hook and #HardyParty.

Lexi Nair is with the FTW Champion, Isiah Kassidy and the Hardy Boyz. Last Wednesday, we witnessed the shocking return of Jeff Hardy! After almost a year of being away, how does it feel to be back? The Charismatic Enigma says it feels amazing. He allowed his own personal Heaven to collapse, so the last nine months has been about crawling out of his own personal Hell. And there were three things he had to do to be where he needed to be. One: conviction. Two: an eye surgery. Three: return to AEW! It feels great to be back! Matt says the Hardys are back together and it feels so damn good!

And they are ready to take on The Firm! When they win, Matt & Private Party will be free of The Firm once and for all! Look at this all-star team! The FTW Champion in Hook! The living legends of Jeff & Matt Hardy, and the #MoanMan, Isiah Kassidy! They will take on The Firm’s Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, “Big Bill” Morrissey and Stokely Hathaway! And where’s this all taking place? Why, at the Hardy Compound! They will render The Firm OBSOLETE! It will be a FIRM DELETION! Hardy shouts “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and his team is ready. Will The Firm not know what hit them?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

AEW media caught up with Wardlow after his brawl with “Powerhouse” Hobbs, and asked if they could ask some questions. Wardlow said no, he does all his talking out there. We saw what he did to Hobbs’ car. Hobbs speaks now, saying if Wardlow wanted his attention, he’s got it! Wardlow made the biggest mistake of his career. But Wardlow says next week on Dynamite, he will write his own book when he gets the title back. Hobbs says Wardlow destroyed his car, so now Hobbs will destroy Wardlow! Who will be the titan left standing with the TNT title after Wednesday?

 

8 Man Tag: Mark Briscoe & Team Triple J VS “Man Scout” Jake Manning & The Spanish Announce Project!

The Sussex County Chicken is always ready to #ManUp, but he didn’t wanna 8 Man up with these guys. Will Mark, Lethal and the bunch still win big tonight?

Wait, Triple J just BLASTS the opposition! Mark’s rather confused but the bell rings to get this on record. Jarrett stomps Man Scout, but Mark has him back off. Mark starts and he picks Man Scout up, but Man Scout gets free. Mark and Scout circle, which is too goody two shoes for Jarrett. He steps in to CLOBBER Scout from behind! The ref reprimands, Mark is upset with Jarrett, but Scout comes back to throw hands on Mark! Scout whips, Mark reverses but Scout ducks ‘n’ dodges. Jarrett trips Scout up! The ref reprimands and Mark says they don’t need to do this kind of stuff. But Luther runs in to BOOT Mark!

Lethal gets in to SUPERKICK Luther! Angelico gets in, Lethal jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Jarrett runs in, gets around and hits the STROKE! Serpentico runs in to COMPLETE SHOT Jarrett! But Satnam storms in, Serpentico realizes he’s in trouble! Serpentico runs, leaps, but into the arms! Satnam lifts Serpentico up and carries him around, to then TOSS onto SAP! Scout returns, runs in, but into Satnam’s huge hand! For the ONE IN A BILLION CHOKE SLAM! Mark goes up, and he says he’s gonna finish it! Satnam backs off, and Mark hits the FROGGY BOW! Cover, Mark & Triple J win!

Winners: Mark Briscoe & Triple J, by pinfall

While it wasn’t what Mark wanted, the team did win. Mark doesn’t wanna celebrate with this team, either, but will he be able to get them to leave him alone?

 

AEW shares footage from after the Blackpool Combat Club’s rampage a couple weeks ago.

Sensitive viewers be advised, the bloody gash on Don Callis’ forehead is truly horrific. Kenny Omega’s words repeat that when you mess with someone’s family, that’s when you’ve crossed a line. Omega promised that what he’d do to the BCC in return would be much worse. The Elite got a semblance of revenge, but not enough to satisfy them. What will it take to end this every escalating war between these factions?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Rampage!

Because of NHL coverage, Rampage will be on at a special time and night: Saturday, April 22nd, at 10 PM Eastern! Make sure your schedule and DVR are set accordingly or you’ll miss all the action!

 

Taya Valkyrie VS Emi Sakura!

La Wera Loca verbally put Jade Cargill in her place in last week’s mediation session. However, she would rather put #ThatBitch in her place physically. Will Taya force Jade’s hand in defending the AEW TBS Championship? Or will the Queen of Joshi Strong Style prove herself worthy of some gold?

The bell rings, the two circle, and fans rally up. Taya and Sakura tie up, and Taya powers Sakura to a corner. But Sakura turns it around! And CHOPS! Taya shrugs it off to put Sakura in the corner, and CHOPS! Fans fire up but Sakura seems to like it! So Taya CHOPS her again! Things speed up, Taya and Sakura RAM shoulders, but neither falls! Things keep going, they RAM shoulders again, and both women nod. Sakura gives Taya a playful slap, but Taya SLAPS! Sakura says okay! They run, RAM, and Taya stays standing! Fans fire up, and Taya runs in at the corner to ELBOW! Taya keeps going, to clothesline!

Taya fires up while Sakura sits down. Fans fire up and Taya runs in, METEORA! Taya drags Sakura to a cover, TWO! Sakura is tough and Taya seems to like that. Taya drags Sakura up, waistlocks, but Sakura fights with elbows. Sakura wrenches, waistlocks, but Taya resists the lift. Sakura moves up to a full nelson, but Taya holds it off! Taya powers the nelson down, powers out and LARIATS! Taya covers, TWO! Fans rally, Taya drags Sakura up and chicken wings! Sakura resists the lift, but here comes Jade! And Leila, too. Taya throws Sakura aside to stare Jade down. Jade says she’s watching Taya, but Taya wants her to come closer.

Sakura storms up on Taya, grabs her hair and reels her in! Sakura talks trash on them both, for the TWISTING DDT! Jade mockingly applauds while Sakura stomps Taya, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Sakura CHOPS Taya to a corner, then CLAWS her on the back! Taya kicks back but Sakura CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Taya pie faces Sakura so Sakura CHOPS! Sakura brings Taya out, underhooks, and TIGER BACKBREAKERS! Jade and Leila do move closer to ringside now as Sakura wraps on a chinlock. Taya endures, pries at the hold, and fans rally up. Taya fights up, throws body shots, but Sakura CHOPS again! Taya goes to a corner and Jade continues to mockingly applaud. Sakura storms up but Taya kicks her low. Sakura CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! But Taya CHOPS back!

Sakura CHOPS, Taya CHOPS, Sakura throat chops! Taya sputters, but she comes back to go forehead to forehead with Sakura. Taya then CHOPS! Sakura CHOPS! Taya goes to ropes, Sakura laughs, and so does Jade. Taya laughs, too? Taya CHOPS, Sakura CHOPS! Taya eggs Sakura on, motioning that she has stronger “padding.” Sakura CHOSP and CHOPS and CHOPS! Those get a bit high, but Sakura is on Taya in the corner. Sakura pie faces Taya, the ref reprimands, and Taya goes to another corner. Sakura runs in to RAM into Taya! Sakura brings Taya out, fans rally up, but Sakura soaks up the heat. Jade seems rather annoyed fans are cheering Taya as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Taya has Sakura in the ropes. Taya runs, SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up with Taya while Sakura slumps to the apron. Taya talks some smack on Jade now that she’s closer, but Sakura CLOBBERS Taya and sends her into steel steps! Sakura says, “I’m Your Highness!” And then she SPLASHES Taya against the steps! Fans fire up and Sakura roars! Sakura stands on Taya, laughs, and then puts her into the ring. Cover, TWO! Sakura grows frustrated and Jade is annoyed. Sakura laughs it up again, and she aims at Taya. Sakura runs in, but Taya blocks the lariat to kick! And KNEE! And BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Taya is frustrated now and Jade wants this to finish. Sakura SLAPS! SLAPS! And SLAPS! Sakura fires up to DOUBLE CHOP! Taya comes back to SPEAR! Taya roars and fans fire up now! Chicken wings for the ROAD TO VALHALLA!! Cover, Taya wins!

Winner: Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall

Jade takes off her high heels, but Leila wants her to stand down. Leila runs in instead! But Taya DECKS her! And then Taya drags Leila up, chicken wings, ROAD TO VALHALLA! Jade storms in now and fans fire up! The two talk smack, then start throwing forearms! Taya and Jade are even until Taya knees low! Taya chicken wings the arms! Leila CLUBS Taya from behind! Jade grins, and she BOOTS Taya down! Fans boo but Jade drags Taya up, into chicken wings! JADED!! Jade “covers” Taya, the fans count, that’d be a win! Jade holds her TBS title over Taya, but will this be the way it goes when they finally go 1v1?

 

La Faccion Ingobernable speaks.

Jose the Assistant says “The world found out exactly who Dralistico is. He came this close to getting that International title from Orange Cassidy. This week, La Faccion Ingobernable has gold in mind. Your gold, El Hijo del Vikingo. Dralistico’s openly challenging you for the AAA Mega Championship. No pasa nada, pero!” Will the Prince of Silver & Gold finally have some gold? Or will The Son of the Viking still reign in AAA?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society is in the ring.

Namely, it is Jake Hager, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker. They all have mics, and Cool Hand Ange starts. “DJ Jazzy Jas, drop a beat!” The music starts and yes, two Canadians and an Oklahoman are about to rap… Daddy Magic copies Max Caster’s “YO! YO!” and says, “Rappin’ is very easy. And we’re about to show ya!” Parker copies the “Listen!” Daddy Magic says, “Last week on Rampage, we caught you off guard! That’s what makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard!” Parker adds a “YEAH!” “Joinin’ the JAS, it’s a no brainer! Everybody wants to be a sports… enner-tay-ner!”

Parker takes over with a “Coooool Hand on the mic, oh no, you can’t stop it! Did you know The Acclaimed were adopted?” Menard adds, “How ’bout it?” “Take a look, we didn’t come here to play! Plus, Cool Hand’s having one hell of a hair day.” Hager’s turn, and he says, “AAAAH! I’m Big Cat ‘n’ I get respect! Appreciate Jericho is what I expect! I’ll beat you in the ring, I’ll beat you on the mat, Acclaimed ain’t cool, y’all know I have this hat. I rap about this, I rap about that, one more thing: I LIKE THIS HAT!” That becomes the tag line for some reason… Menard keeps shouting that rapping is easy, but here comes The Acclaimed!

Platinum Max says, “Yo! Listen! Aw forget it.” They rush the ring! And they all TACKLE the JAS! Billy Gunn is after Hager, he drags him out of the ring and RAMS him into the railing so hard, Hager tumbles up and over! Caster clotheslines Parker out of the ring while Bowens stomps Menard. Caster gets a mic, he stands on Menard, and then brings him around. Bowens gets the mic to say, “Let’s see how hard Daddy Magic’s nipples are!” Billy has REAL SCISSORS!! Bowens says, “Scissor him, Daddy Ass~!” Menard shouts, “NO! What is wrong with you!?” Parker & Hager drag Menard out of the ring to safety!

The JAS retreats but Bowens asks where they’re going with those “nasty ass nipples. You wanna taste?! You wanna taste of the three of us?! How about live, next week on Dynamite?” Fans like that! And Bowens says they’ll find out why only six people appreciate Jericho, while EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!! Will the Acclaimed finally make the JAS cut it out?

 

Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says that Shawn Spears, a long-time friend of MJF’s, has finally returned. Is Jungle Boy wary that Spears is here simply to thwart his efforts of becoming AEW World Champion? Jack says that the reason HE is here is to move one step closer to challenging MJF. And JB came here prepared for anyone in that locker room, and Shawn Spears just happened to be the name on the list. Spears says okay, he’s been gone a long time, he had a baby boy! JB does applaud congrats for that, and Spears says MJF is the NEW AEW World Champion. Spears knows MJF better than anyone, but he and Max don’t talk. They’re not friends, but they don’t have a problem, yet.

Don’t think Spears came back to do anything other than throw his name into the championship conversation. Spears and Jack are chasing the exact same thing. The difference is, Spears has been chasing it for longer. So tonight in Rampage’s main event, it comes down to one thing: Who is the better man? And with all due respect, tonight’s not Jack’s night. Mark says there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event! Will the Chair Man beat down Jungle Boy? Or will Jack Perry be even better than the Perfect Ten?

“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Shawn Spears!

The bell rings and fans chant “Welcome Back!” for Spears. Spears bows in respect, and even shakes JB’s hand to show sportsmanship. They tie up, Spears wrenches, wristlocks, but JB rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Spears rolls, kips up, wrenches and snapmares to roll with JB. Spears then body scissors and rolls JB into a sunset, ONE! The two stand off and Spears says “TEN!” Fans cheer, but JB knuckle locks and CHOPS! JB goes up and up and springboards to arm-drag! And DROPKICK! JB kips up and he winds it up, “Ten~!” Spears grins, he admits that was good, and then he bails out.

Fans rally, and JB builds speed! Spears gets away, JB slides out to pursue, but Spears mule kicks! Spears gets in the ring, he builds speed, but then JB moves. Spears frowns, pursues, but JB mule kicks! JB returns the trick and then RAMS Spears into railing! Fans fire up and we see Darby Allin watching backstage, as well as Sammy Guevara & Tay Melo. JB brings Spears around to whip but Spears reverses, and JB hits railing hard! So hard, JB tumbles up and over! Fans fire up while JB writhes and crawls, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

JB hobbles up, Spears pursues, and JB CHOPS! And CHOPS! Spears CHOPS in return! The ref wants this back at ringside, but Spears CHOPS JB again! JB falls over and Spears soaks up the cheers. But JB CHOPS in return! JB TOSSES Spears back to ringside! JB hops up and over the railing, runs in at Spears, but into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Spears pushes JB into the ring, takes a second to catch his breath, and he storms in after JB. Spears has JB in a corner, he CHOPS again, and JB staggers away. JB goes to the apron but Spears goes out after him. But JB CHOPS in return! And then he puts Spears against railing, to CHOP again!

Fans fire up as they get to see the action even closer. Spears knees JB low, reels him in, and stares the fans down as he suplexes JB up. Spears holds JB, but JB then knees free! JB CHOPS, and he snap suplexes Spears to the floor! Spears writhes, JB refreshes the ring count, and he puts Spears back in. JB goes to a corner and climbs up. Spears stands to CHOP! Spears throws forearms, JB wobbles up top, and Spears climbs up. Spears brings JB up, and SUPERPLEXES! Both men writhe but Spears crawls his way over. Cover, TWO! JB goes to a corner as Rampage returns to single picture.

Spears asks the fans, “One more?” The fans respond, “One more!” “One more?” “One more!” “Ten more?” “TEN MORE!” Spears storms up, he hoists JB up top and he CHOPS again! Spears climbs up, but JB resists! JB throws body shots, then ROCKS Spears with a forearm! And another! Spears falls back, but he springs back up to the top! JB CHOPS Spears back down! And then CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO and Spears has the cover now, TWO! Spears runs in, JB dodges and ROCKS him with haymakers! JB runs, but Spears BOOTS JB down! Fans fire up as Spears runs in, into a SUPERKICK! And another SUPERKICK!

Spears comes back to ELBOW JB! Spears whips, but JB hits the COMEBACKER LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! The ref starts a standing count, both men stir, and Spears sits up. Spears goes to a corner, JB goes to the other. JB runs in but Spears puts him on the apron. JB ducks the haymaker to GAMANGIRI! But Spears JUMP KNEES back! Spears slingshots JB in and has him on the top rope! DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and fans fire up! Fans rally as Spears drags himself up. Spears stalks JB, reels him in, fireman’s carry, but JB slips to a victory roll! TWO!! COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!!

Spears survives but JB Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! JB runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Spears scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Spears brings JB up, hooks the arm, LA MA- NO, JB blocks it to his own cover! JB WINS!!

Winner: Jack Perry, by pinfall

Fans sing and sway along with Jungle Life! And best of all, JB offers a handshake to Spears. Spears stands, and he accepts it! Jack Perry keeps pace with his peers in Sammy and Darby, but who will be THE #1 contender to Maxwell Jacob Friedman?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, but it gets tricky when it has to move around because of major sports like the NBA and NHL. At this point, they should just move Rampage to TBS like they did Dynamite or to some channel where there’s (almost) never preempted programming because of sports. That all aside, great opener in the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Aussie Open of course retains the titles, and commentary kept plugging Satsuma no Kuni on April 29th, as that is about the IWGP Tag title defense. They should’ve been plugging NJPW Capital Collision tomorrow since Aussie Open is also going for the NJPW Strong tag titles.

Really good stuff out of this Mark Briscoe and Triple J story. Mark is of course reluctant, not just because he is Face and Triple J are Heels but also because Triple J are borderline goofy Heels that Mark just can’t get along with. They still get the win, but something’s gotta give sooner rather than later. Great promo from FTR to formally announce they’re staying with AEW, and that they have four more years on their in-ring careers. I like that Dax referenced how fans weren’t supposed to like them. When they were “Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder” in NXT, they were some of the meanest Heels around, and that continued as The Revival. But like many great Heels, there was something that transcended being Heel that inevitably turned them Face, and they pretty much are the best tag team ever.

Taya VS Sakura was a great match, even with Jade and Leila showing up ringside to distract. Good win for Taya, but Jade stands tall here. If their title match was happening on Dynamite, this would indicate Taya winning because of go-home math. But as AEW paces Women’s Division stories (too) slowly, there’s half a chance this keeps going for another month until Double or Nothing. Good promo from Jose on behalf of LFI, and Dralistico VS El Hijo del Vikingo is going to be wild stuff. I can’t wait to see it, but I’m thinking Vikingo retains, just as he did against Komander at ROH Supercard of Honor. If it isn’t an AAA show, the title isn’t changing hands.

The JAS rapping stuff was hilarious. Menard’s lyrics were good but his rhythm sucked, surely on purpose, and of course Hager makes his part about the hat. Great brawl, that Six Man Tag is going to be great, and could be a way to put The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass on a path to trios titles. A great part of the main event segment was that Mark Henry got to interview the main eventers. Usually, he gets trimmed down to just his introduction and his tagline, but I guess a benefit of being moved around in the schedule is that AEW can have all the time they need. Hopefully they feel that way next week for Saturday Night Rampage.

And the main event itself was great stuff, especially for Spears’ return. I like that Spears made a point to say he disconnected from MJF just like all the rest of, well, everyone MJF used to team with. But naturally, JB wins, and I really hope they’re considering a Triple Threat as the way to top this story off. JB VS Sammy VS Darby is going to be great stuff, MJF could even try to screw over who he’s most worried about, only for that guy to win. Though, at this point, they’re heavily hinting at JB winning the right to challenge at Double or Nothing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; win(s).
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS ???
  • Hechicero VS Matthew Menard; wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; win.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/21/24)

Willow Nightingale is on a Rampage!

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Will the Babe with the Power pass the test?

In pursuit of going back to back in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, Willow Nightingale goes on a Rampage against The Professor of Pro-Wrestling, Serena Deeb!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes; Private Party wins.
  • Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd; Fenix wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti; Lio wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox; Takagi wins.
  • 2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb; Willow wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy know The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho, will be watching this match, given what’s already on tap for Collision tomorrow night. But will Quen & Zay be more than ready to enter the “Jericho Vortex?” Or will the Commander of the Skies and the King of the Ropes make the fiesta take a siesta?

The teams sort out, Brother Zay starts against the AAA World Cruiserweight Champion, and Fairfax is all fired up for Private Party. Komander and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Kassidy headlocks. The fans rally, Komander powers up and out, drops down, then hurdles. Zay leaps over, comes back, but Komander sidesteps. Zay turns hip toss into arm-drag and the fans fire up! Zay runs up, but Komander BOOTS him! Komander goes up and leaps to RANA! Zay stagger sup, Komander runs and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up with Komander and he drags Zay over. Tag to Metalik and they double whip.

Metalik & Komander double HIP TOSS, then they double BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Metalik clamps onto Zay but Zay fights up. Zay throws body shots, powers out and headlocks in return. Metalik throws body shots, powers up and out, but Quen tags in as Zay goes up and over! Zay runs up, Metalik throws him up and out but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING! The fans fire up, Quen hurries to cover, TWO! Metalik toughs it out but Quen stomps him around. Quen drags Metalik up to whip him to ropes, then he DROPKICKS Metalik down! The fans fire up, Quen drags Metalik up, and he scoops to SLAM!

Quen does a cocky cover a la Jericho, TWO! Quen says that’s for The Learning Tree. Quen drags Metalik up, fires forearms, then tags Zay. The fans rally, Private Party double whips but Metalik handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! All three men are down and the fans rally again. Metalik crawls, hot tag to Komander! Komander springboards in to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Komander knuckle locks Zay, kicks Quen, then knuckle locks Quen, too. Komander goes to the ropes, goes up and up and ARABIAN PRESS DOUBLE ARM-DRAGS! The fans fire up as Private Party staggers up!

Komander runs up, tilt-o-whirls on Zay so he can RANA Quen! Zay hurries up, Komander blocks a shot to give knees. Komander CHOPS, runs, tiger feints and somersaults, to then swing and RANA Zay! The fans fire up and Komander goes to the apron. Metalik runs up, Komander holds the ropes down so Metalik can FLY! Direct hit on Private Party but now Komander loads up! A salute and a TOP ROPE SKY TWISTER!! Direct hit and everyone is down! The fans fire up again and Komander realizes he took out Metalik, too. Komander high-fives with the fans, then he gets Zay up and in. Komander hurries in to cover, TWO!

The fans rally up for both sides and Komander watches Zay stir, but Rampage goes picture in picture.

Komander CLUBS Zay, then brings him up to whip to a corner. Komander runs in to UPPERCUT and Zay falls over. Zay crawls but Komander CLUBS him down. Komander gator rolls Zay from his corner to tag in Metalik. Metalik CLUBS Zay, CHOPS him, but Zay CHOPS back! Metalik CHOPS Zay down, then stomps away! The ref counts, Metalik lets off, and then he digs his boots in on Zay’s neck. The ref reprimands and counts, Metalik lets off again, only to stomp Zay some more. Metalik drags Zay up, wrenches an arm and wristlocks, then tags Komander. Komander springboards to AX HANDLE the arm!

Rampage returns to single picture as the fans rally for Private Party. The luchadores keep Zay isolated, then Metalik whips him to his corner! Zay stops to go after Metalik!? And he TOSSES Metalik out! Komander tags in, but Zay hits a SPINEBUSTER! Zay and Komander are down and now Zay has to crawl to his corner! The fans rally, but Metalik gets in to get Zay’s legs. Zay rolls to throw Metalik away, then he dodges to hot tag! Quen rallies on Metalik with forearms and elbows, then ducks to PELE! Koander returns but gets a BOOT! Quen puts Metalik up top, ROCKS him with haymakers, but Komander runs up.

Quen ELBOWS Komander, goes up and QUEBRADAS! Then Quen goes back up after Metalik, to SUPERPLEX! Quen shakes it off and goes up the corner. 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Komander whips but Quen reverses and TOSSES Komander out hard! But Metalik SUPERKICKS! And SLING-DOGS! Then Metalik goes up and around the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Zay breaks it! Zay helps Quen to their corner and tags in. The fans rally up as Zay gets Metalik up. Metalik fires forearms but Zay fires back! The fans rally, Zay gets the edge and just hammers away! Metalik drops to his knees but Zay CLUBS away!

Zay runs, but Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners. Wait, Komander and Quen each climb up! They both SHOOTING STAR, but Metalik and Zay both move! Komander and Quen manage to land out, then Komander takes a swing! Quen ducks, and he shoves Komander into Zay’s BOOT! Quen hops up to POISON-RANA! Komander staggers out of the ring, Zay runs corner to corner at Metalik! Metalik BOOTS Zay, but Quen lets Zay roll off his back! Metalik goes up, Quen jumps up to get him! GIN & JUICE!! Cover, Private Party wins!!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

Fairfax cheers as Quen & Zay now have the momentum! But wait, here comes The Learning Tree to steal the spotlight. Jericho waves to the crowd while Big Bill applauds. But wait! Zay & Quen run up to fight! But that’s 3v2 because Bryan Keith is also there! Quen gets beat down but Zay holds his own, and then security runs out here! Somehow, the two sides are pulled apart, but they’re headed for a Collision! Will Private Party teach The Learning Tree not to look down on them?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Ultimo Guerrero.

Excalibur narrates that as “one of the fiercest luchadores Mexico’s ever produced, Ultimo Guerrero is among the most highly decorated athletes to compete in CMLL’s 90 year history.” A SIX-TIME CMLL World Tag Team Champion, a FIVE-TIME CMLL World Trios Champion, and a TWO-TIME CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, Ultimo Guerrero now has his eyes set on Kazuchika Okada and the AEW Continental Championship. Ultimo was Okada’s mentor while on excursion in Mexico, and has watched The Rainmaker’s rise ever since. Will Okada withstand the challenge of his former mentor? Or will Ultimo have a golden ticket in time for the Forbidden Door?

 

Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd w/ Truth Magnum!

The Immortal Firebird will be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament this year, preparing to battle The Switchblade, Jay White next Wednesday. However, he does need to stay hot, so will he be all warmed up after tonight? Or will this Outrunner look to be more than just a tune-up?

The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Fenix. Fenix and Turbo circle, tie up, and then Turbo shoves Fenix. Fenix runs up, they RAM shoulders, but Turbo flexes as he stays standing. So Fenix CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Fenix BODY BLOWS, fires up, then runs, only for Turbo to run him over! Turbo runs to drop the BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! Fenix is tougher than that but Turbo keeps cool. Turbo ROCKS Fenix, runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix then dodges Turbo, brings him around and goes up, up and CROSSBODIES! Fairfax fires up with Fenix and he goes back up, to tightrope PENALTY KICK! Fenix goes to the corner, FROG SPLASH! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Well, that was certainly fast! Maybe Fenix should be called “Turbo.” Penta & Abrahantes celebrate with Fenix, will there be #CeroMiedo in the Owen Hart Cup? Or will Jay White force even Fenix to Breathe With The Switchblade?

 

AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti!

Turns out that The Bad Child and the Sight to See have known each other a long time, but friendship only goes so far when there’s gold on the line. Will Lio make sure he’s the Man of the Hour tonight? Or will Andretti get in on the action in Long Island?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. The fans are on Lio’s side but Action doesn’t sweat it. They shake hands to show there is sportsmanship, then things speed up! Action drops down but Lio gator rolls that, only for Action to slip around to a waistlock. Lio slips under to waistlock then spin, but Action reverses the whip. Lio reverses, Action reverses, repeat, but Lio springboards to RANA, only for Action to handspring through! The fans fire up for this exchange, and Lio says alright. They talk a little smack, then things speed up again. Action follows Lio, even as he turns the corner on a dime!

Lio ducks the lariat, baits Action in then throws him out! Lio builds speed but Action moves aside. Lio stops himself, bails  out, but Action sees him, too! They meet at the steps, backflip away, and then both slide in! The fans cheer again, and the two reset. They go again, hook arms, use that to redirect, then they redirect again, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Lio and Action are definitely likeminded as they go to ropes, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Action and Lio rise up, storm over, and Action facelocks to suplex. Lio slips out to shove, then he ELBOWS Action down! Lio hurries to cover, ONE!! Lio keeps Action down with a chinlock but Action endures the grind. Action fights up, but Lio shifts around to become a backpack! Action still stands up, but Lio sends him into a corner! Lio clotheslines, then short arm LARIATS! The fans rally while Action checks his jaw. Lio gets him right up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Action pushes Lio away, so Lio KICKS him down! Lio eggs Action on, gets him up, and shoves him to a corner to stomp low. Lio fires hands, then lets off as the ref counts.

Lio brings Action up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Action runs up, Lio slips around then snapmares to UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Action is still in this but Lio stays on him with another chinlock. Lio body scissors Action to keep him down, but Action endures as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Lio brings Action up. Action fires body shots, then forearms. Action whips, Lio reverses then runs up, but into a BOOT! Lio comes back, Action dodges him, then DECKS him! Action DECKS Lio again, wrenches and ROCKS him! Action fireman’s carries, but Lio grabs the ropes! Action puts Lio on the apron but Lio ROCKS Action back! Action BOOTS Lio to the floor! Lio stands up, Action slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Down goes Lio again and Action hurries to put him in the ring! Action springboards to 450 but he has to roll through as Lio moves! Lio kicks the legs out, Action ducks the heel kick to return the favor!

Action CHOPS, BUZZSAWS, then deadlifts Lio into a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated. Action stalks Lio but the fans rally up behind the Bad Child. Action torture racks Lio, pops him up, but Lio arm-drags free! Lio then bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off fast hands and ROCKS Action! Lio runs, but Action is up, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated again. The fans rally, Action considers his options. Action puts Lio in the drop zone, goes up and up and SPLIT- NO, Lio dodges the moonsault, roll up and SPIN KICK! The fans fire up and Lio says it’s time!

Lio runs to springboard, RUSH HOUR! Action falls back, Lio hurries up top! FINAL HOUR!! Cover, Lio wins!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

And with that, Lio is headed for Long Island! Will Lio make sure it’s his time in that TNT Championship Ladder Match? Top Flight heads out here to check on Action, but then they stonewall Lio. Lio pushes past them to help his old pal to his feet. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, and Lio offers a handshake. Action looks to his teammates, but he still shakes Lio’s hand. Lio offers, he gets more a low-five out of Darius, but a full handshake from Dante. Dante and Lio will both be in that ladder match, will friendship again be out the window when only one man can be the Face of TNT?

 

Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox!

Speaking of the Forbidden Door, NJPW’s Rampaging Dragon is going to show up in Long Island for a fight with the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! Not only that, but that match will be part of the Men’s Owen Hart Cup tournament! Will Takagi prove it’s his time, no matter where he wrestles? Or will he have a hard time with the Whole Fox’n Show?

Wait! Fox attacks before the bell! He won’t be a “tune-up” like Turbo was with Fenix! Fox CLUBS away but Takagi KNEES, HEADBUTTS and CHOPS! Takagi runs, but into a CALF KICK! The fans fire up with Fox as Takagi bails out, but then Takagi steps back. Fox stops his plancha to land on the apron, but Takagi goes for a leg. Fox mule kicks free, then uses the corner to QUEBRADA! Direct hit and the fans fire up with Fox! Fox drags Takagi up, puts him in, and then climbs up a corner, to SWANTON BOMB! And long range at that! Cover, TWO! Takagi is tougher than that but Fox has the fans rallying up.

Fox brings Takagi up, CLUBS him, then kicks him. Takagi eggs Fox on so Fox runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up for that display of power! Takagi drags Fox up, reels him in, but Fox fights the suplex, so Takagi hits a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans duel, but Takagi sits Fox up for some HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Takagi runs to SLIDING- NO, Fox dodges the lariat to kip up, SUPERKICK, and BUZZSAW! But Takagi ducks the second superkick, only to get a BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox hurries up and up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the speed blitz and that shocks Fox!

The fans rally up but Fox brings Takagi up. Fox fires forearms, hoists Takagi up top, then gest space. Fox runs back in, goes up, but Takagi holds onto the top ropes to stifle the Arabian Press Fly! Fox flounders back up, the fans fire up, and Takagi pumps up! PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi drags Fox back up, pump handles and torture racks, but Fox sunset flips it! TWO!! Takagi escapes, Fox goes Matrix to avoid the Pumping Bomber, but Takagi ducks the Pele! Takagi shoves, to POP-UP DEATH VALLEY! The fans fire up as Takagi gets moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Takagi shouts “OI! OI! OI!” and Fairfax joins in!

Takagi drags Fox up, pump handles, torture racks, and LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall

Fox put up a fight but Takagi is a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion for a reason. But wait, here comes Bryan Danielson! Fairfax chants “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan applauds for Takagi. Dragon meets dragon, and we only have 9 days until these two have it out. Bryan offers a handshake, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” so Takagi nods and SLAPS the hand away. The fans boo but Takagi pushes past Bryan to take his leave. Takagi says it’s still his time, but will he have to prove it in Long Island? Or will Bryan kick Takagi right back out the Forbidden Door as he moves forward in the Owen Hart Cup?

 

2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb!

The Babe with the Power won the entire tournament last year, and even won titles between then and now, but she’s also lost between then and now. However, there’s motivation beyond repeating as the Queen of Harts here, because former friend Kris Statlander is waiting in the semifinals for the winner of this match. Will Willow pass the Professor of Pro-Wrestling’s test to take on The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor? Or will there be no mercy in Deeb’s Dojo?

The bell rings, Willow offers a handshake, and Deeb accepts. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, then they rally up for “DEEB! DEEB! DEEB!” as the hometown hero. Deeb nods, but Willow brushes that off. The two tie up, Willow wrenches an arm, then wristlocks. Deeb rolls forward, rolls back, reaches over and wrenches to wristlock Willow. The fans duel now as the Willow fans fire up. Willow feels her way through the wristlock to then get around and waistlock. Willow SLAMS Deeb down, holds on, but Deeb moves around. Deeb pops the hold open to hammerlock then headlock, then spin and hammerlock again.

Deeb hits another headlock, another spin, and another headlock. Deeb keeps the pattern going to disorient Willow, but Willow powers out. They RAM shoulders, and Willow says, “Ooh~, okay.” Deeb runs, RAMS Willow, but Willow still doesn’t budge. Deeb runs again but Willow follows to then run Deeb over! The fans are torn but Willow scoops and SLAMS! Willow runs then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Willow keeps cool and she brings Deeb up to suplex. Willow holds Deeb up, then SLAMS her down! The fans fire up more and Willow goes up a corner. Deeb stands, but she avoids the missile dropkick!

Deeb grabs a leg, turns Willow over, HALF CRAB! But Willow gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deeb lets go, and Willow goes to the apron. Deeb storms up but Willow ROCKS her first! Willow steps in but Deeb gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb runs to BLAST Willow down! Deeb then hurries out to get Willow up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! The fans fire up for Deeb while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deeb drags Willow up, puts her in the ring, then drags Willow up for another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Willow stays in this but Deeb drags her back up. Deeb ripcords to ELBOW, then wrenches the arm to wrap Willow up in the IRON OCTOPUS! Willow endures, marches her way forward, but Deeb bends the fingers! Willow still endures, still fights her way over, and her free arm gets the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go, Willow goes to a corner, and Deeb storms over. Deeb wrenches and whips, but Willow reverses! Willow runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb reels her in to KICK! Deeb goes to the apron, brings Willow into the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb hears the fans, then she storms in after Willow. Deeb sits Willow up but Willow throws body shots in return! Willow stands to CHOP, then CHOP again! Deeb staggers, Willow ROCKS her with a forearm! Willow CLUBS away in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in. Deeb turns things around then CHOPS Willow in the corner! Willow staggers away but Deeb puts her in another corner, for another CHOP! Deeb UPPERCUTS Willow, reels her in, but Willow fights the lift to back drop free! Deeb writhes, Willow hobbles to a corner, but Deeb hurries up. Deeb whips, but Willow cartwheels and ENZIGIRIS!

Both women are down, but Deeb shakes out her arms. Willow crawls her way to ropes, Deeb stands, and Rampage returns to single picture. Willow runs Deeb over, then runs her over again! And again! Willow is fired up and the fans are with her now as she runs to back body block in a corner! Willow clotheslines, snapmares, BOOTS, and then fires up! The fans cheer as Willow whips and SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO! Deeb survives and Willow is frustrated, but Willow gets Deeb up. Willow whips, Deeb KICKS back! Deeb wrenches, hooks Willow up again, IRON OCTOPUS! But Willow powers out, right into an AIR RAID CRASH!

The fans fire up, Willow gets Deeb up and gut wrenches, but Deeb grabs a leg! Deeb CLUBS that leg, trips Willow, and turns her into the HALF CRAB! Willow endures, even as Deeb sits deep! The fans duel, Willow crawls, then runs over. Willow kicks and kicks and kicks free, then brings Deeb around! Fireman’s carry, but Deeb fights free! Deeb wants the full nelson but Willow elbows free! Deeb shoves Willow to SNAP GERMAN! Willow staggers up, Deeb hammerlocks and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO! Willow survives and the fans fire up! Deeb is frustrated, but she refocuses and goes to a corner. The fans are torn as Deeb climbs up top.

“This is Awesome!” as Willow ROCKS Deeb first! Willow climbs, CLUBS Deeb, then brings her to the very top! SUPERPLEX! And a stiff one! Both women are down but the fans are all fired up! A standing count starts as both women stir. Willow rises at 5 of 10, and she finds Deeb. Willow stands Deeb up to ROCK her! Deeb UPPERCUTS back! Willow CHOPS, Deeb CHOPS, repeat! Deeb UPPERCUTS, Willow huffs ‘n’ puffs and ROCKS Deeb! Deeb rebounds to LARIAT, but Willow rebounds to LARIAT!! Deeb is down and Willow hurries to cover, TWO!! Deeb survives but Willow just powers up!

Deeb is in a corner, Willow goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Deeb hurries to reel Willow in and tuck the arms! DEEB-TOX!! Cover, TWO?!? Willow survives but Deeb doesn’t hesitate! Deeb SMASHES the knee into the mat again and again! Deeb then steps over, but Willow kicks her away! Willow fireman’s carries, but the leg buckles! Deeb slips down, UPPERCUTS, and then UPPERCUTS again! Deeb runs, but Willow goes the other way! POOOUNCE~!! PERIOD! The fans are thunderous as Willow gut wrenches, BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Willow passes the Professor’s test, and now she’s not only one step closer to repeat Owen Hart Cup finals, she’s going to get her grudge match with Kris Statlander! Will Willow also get her revenge? Or will Kris add to the list of things she’s done to ruin Willow’s life?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage, and they’re really stuffing these episodes lately. For one, two good tune-up matches. Fenix of course beats Turbo Floyd easy, and we get a great match out of Takagi VS Fox. But again, of course Takagi won so he has momentum, and I figured Bryan would show up. Bryan will surely have his own great tune-up match as part of a Forbidden Door go-home episode, and then we’ll get an awesome match out of Bryan VS Takagi in the Owen Hart Cup. Great opening tag match from Private Party with Metalik & Komander, and while Metalik & Komander are great, Private Party gets the momentum going into their match tomorrow night on Collision.

As such, of course Jericho and team show up, but the brawl was a bit of a surprise. Chances are that means Jericho & Bill win with help from “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith. Great TNT Championship qualifier from Lio and Action, and I like this tension they’ve kept between Lio and Top Flight. Given how AEW handles contracts and departures, there really never was closure behind Lio leaving AEW for NJPW, and then that means there was no explanation why Lio left Dante high and dry and that has to be the kayfabe by default, but at least they’re making up for it now. Lio and Dante interacting will be a great part of the ladder match in itself, but I’m still leaning towards Jack Perry winning the title.

And great main event from Willow and Deeb. Deeb is great, she deserves something, but sadly there are a lot of other great wrestlers in the AEW Women’s Division. And with story taking precedence, of course Willow won here. Willow VS Kris will be great, and could go either way. However, also because of story, Mariah May is surely going to win this tournament so she can take on Toni Storm for the Women’s World Championship. Plus, Kris and Willow can feud through the summer, escalating things to something really wild to then give the winner of that momentum going towards the world title, perhaps in time for All Out.

My Score: 8.8/10


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