The Savior of the Backbreaker takes on Judas!
Chris Jericho says Adam Cole is making AEW unsafe, for Jericho. And while Cole can’t get near Jericho, will Roderick Strong take care of business for him? It’s Jericho VS Strong, FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE!
- Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey; Cassidy & Darby win.
- Sammy Guevara VS Exodus Prime; Sammy wins.
- Six Woman Tag: The Outcasts VS Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter & Hikaru Shida; changed to…
- Toni Storm & Ruby Soho w/ Saraya VS Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida; Storm & Soho win.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Chris Jericho VS Roderick Strong; Strong wins.
- “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Rush w/ Jose the Assistant; Jungle Boy wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Jay White w/ Juice Robinson; White wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Wardlow is here!
Austin, Texas fires up for the TNT Champion and his pyro as he goes to the ring. Wardlow gets the mic as the fans chant “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” Wardlow says, “Last week, Christian made a lot of promises that I really wanna see him follow through with. So here I am. Throw on that tiny little jacket, bring your ass out here, and spit in my face!” Fans fire up, and Wardlow sets the title down. Captain Charisma makes his entrance, Luchasaurus right behind him. Fans boo as the devious duo go to the ring and step up to Wardlow. Wardlow stares Christian down and says Christian ain’t got the balls.
Christian says Wardlow’s time as the champion is almost over. Christian is gonna do what he said he’s gonna do, and he is going to be the next TNT Champion! And there’s nothing Wardlow can do about it. Christian hocks back a loogy, but Wardlow grabs him by the throat! Luchasaurus throws hands on Wardlow and Wardlow throws them right back! Fans fire up as Wardlow gets the edge, and then he CLOBBERS Christian! Wardlow ROCKS Luchasaurus, reels Christian in, but Luchasaurus storms up on him! Wardlow ROCKS Luchasaurus again, but then Christian LOW BLOWS Wardlow! Fans boo as Wardlow falls!
Luchasaurus BOOTS Wardlow down, and Christian tells him to get something. Christian rains down fists on Wardlow, Luchasaurus brings out a LADDER! Luchasaurus puts that in for Christian and Christian picks it up. Christian aims at Wardlow, and RAMS him down! Fans boo as Christian then puts the ladder in a corner. Luchasaurus hauls Wardlow up and CHOKE SLAMS him on the ladder! The ladder bends and breaks, and Christian raises his hand in victory. Fans boo, Christian takes the wrecked ladder and puts it at center. Luchasaurus hauls Wardlow up, and feeds him to the KILLSWITCH onto the ladder!!
Fans boo but Christian picks up the TNT title. Christian grins and then puts the ladder down beside Wardlow. Christian didn’t spit in Wardlow’s face, but will he do a lot worse in order to become champion?
Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey!
Freshly Squeezed is still International Champion, and he is joining forces with a man who could become AEW World Champion! Neither man knows how to back down, so will they win going full throttle against The Firm?
The teams sort out and Moriarty starts against Cassidy. Fans rally up, Cassidy and Moriarty circle and tie up. Moriarty gets around to full nelson but Cassidy goes to put his hands in his pockets. Moriarty stops that, spins Cassidy around to UPPERCUT, and then shoves to HEADBUTT low! Moriarty UPPERCUTS again, then shoves, but Cassidy sunset flips! ONE, Moriarty has it, ONE as Cassidy sits back up! ONE, Moriarty, ONE, Cassidy, ONE, repeat! ONE, ONE, ONE! Both men are down in a double cover, ONE as they each get an arm up. ONE as they get the other arm up! TWO as they both sit up!
Fans are thunderous for this opening exchange, and Moriarty SLAPS Cassidy! Moriarty talks trash, Cassidy throws “hard” slaps in return! And again, and again! Moriarty rolls Cassidy but Cassidy WRINGS Moriarty’s arm! And puts his hands in his pockets! Moriarty runs in, Cassidy hurdles then drops to MONKEY FLIP and kip up! Fans fire up and Cassidy tags Darby in. Moriarty tags in Morrissey while fans rally for Darby. Darby and Big Bill circle, tie up, and Morrissey SWINGS Darby around to TOSS him! Fans boo as Morrissey raises his hand triumphantly. Darby comes back, they circle again, and Morrissey calls for a knuckle lock.
Darby approaches, they feel things out, but then Morrissey taunts Darby about the height advantage by holding his hand way, way up high. So Darby SLAPS Morrissey! Fans fire up and Darby taunts Morrissey. Morrissey runs in, Darby dumps him out! Darby takes aim but Moriarty stops the slingshot! Darby dodges Moriarty’s haymaker and tags Cassidy. Darby then dodges and dumps Moriarty out onto Morrissey! And then Darby and Cassidy both build speed, DOUBLE DIVE! They take The Firm out into the railing and fans are thunderous again! Morrissey grits his teeth while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cassidy waits on Morrissey to return, then runs in! Morrissey catches Cassidy, throws him to the apron, then BOOTS him down! Cassidy hits the floor, Morrissey soaks up the heat, and Morrissey watches Cassidy stand up. Cassidy drags himself into the ring but Morrissey stomps him down! Morrissey stomps a mudhole in, but lets off as the ref counts. Morrissey soaks up more heat from Austin then drags Cassidy back up. Morrissey bumps Cassidy off buckles, tags Moriarty, and Moriarty headbutts Cassidy. Moriarty cravats to throw knees, then snapmares to KICK Cassidy in the back! Moriarty does a dance but only Morrissey likes it.
Moriarty taunts Darby, covers Cassidy, TWO! Moriarty KNEES Cassidy in the back, drags him up and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Morrissey and Morrissey DECKS Cassidy with a right! Morrissey mocks the fans rallying for Cassidy, then tells them up theirs. Morrissey stomps Cassidy at the ropes, drags Cassidy up and whips him hard into a corner! Cassidy bounces off buckles and Morrissey soaks up more heat. Morrissey swings on Darby but Darby avoids the sucker punch. Morrissey goes back to fishhook Cassidy’s face! The ref reprimands, Morrissey lets off, and fans rally up for Cassidy.
Cassidy drags himself up with the ropes, but Morrissey DECKS him again! Morrissey digs his boots in, mocks the clapping, then lets off at 4. Morrissey continues to mock the fans as Dynamite returns to single picture. Morrissey drags Cassidy up to suplex, but Cassidy throws knees! Morrissey still holds on as he walks around with Cassidy, and Moriarty distracts as Darby makes the tag! The ref didn’t see it so it doesn’t count! The ref stops Darby, Morrissey SLAMS Cassidy down! Fans boo but Morrissey just soaks up all the heat. Morrissey puts his hands in his pockets to mock Cassidy, then he drags Cassidy over.
Tag to Moriarty, the fans chant “REF, YOU SUCK!” Morrissey whips Moriarty in but Cassidy elbows him! Cassidy dodges Morrissey, jumps over Moriarty, but Morrissey reels Cassidy into the corner! Morrissey runs in but only gets buckles! Moriarty intercepts Cassidy with a facelock, but Cassidy powers him back! Moriarty digs his heels in, suplexes, but Cassidy slips out to shove Moriarty into Morrissey! Hot tag to Darby! The Relentless One dodges The Firm to DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASH! The fans are thunderous as Moriarty and Morrissey go to opposite corners. Darby runs in to COFFIN SPLASH Moriarty!
Darby goes corner to corner, he COFFIN SPLASHES Morrissey! And then back to Moriarty! And then back to Morrissey! Morrissey runs in, but is sent into Moriarty! Darby fires off on Moriarty ,runs and rolls to hop on, but Morrissey choke grips Darby! CHOKE- NO, Darby fights free! Darby goes up a corner, Moriarty anchors a foot! Darby fights Moriarty off, leaps at Morrissey, but Morrissey has him for a BOSS MAN SLAM!! Fans fire up as Darby survives! Morrissey hears them rallying up and he tags in Moriarty. The Firm stands Darby up, but Darby BOOTS Moriarty away! And bumps Morrissey!
Darby is free, he slides under Morrissey! Hot tag to Cassidy! Morrissey runs in but Darby drop toeholds him into buckles! Cassidy runs in to tilt-o-whirl and DDT!! And then a kip-up! But the back bothers him! Moriarty rolls Cassidy up, TWO!! Moriarty wrenches and BOW ‘N’ ARROW RACKS Cassidy! SPINNING FACEBUSTER, into the BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Cassidy endures, rolls to a cover, TWO!! Cassidy and Moriarty DOUBLE LARIAT! They both stay up, Moriarty swings again, but into an Alabama Lift! Cassidy brings Moriarty over, tags in Darby, and they put Moriarty up top.
Darby CHOPS Moriarty, then he and Cassidy climb up together. Fans fire up as they DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Moriarty! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Cassidy and Darby get up, but Big Bill DOUBLE LARIATS them down! Fans boo but Morrissey soaks up the heat. Morrissey drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but into STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Darby hops on for CODE RED!! Moriarty returns, Darby gets around but Moriarty switches, Darby switches, feed to BEACH BREAK! Darby then goes up the corner, Morrissey hurries back, but he gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby jumps for the COFFIN DROP!
Darby isn’t done there, headlock takeover and cover, Darby & Cassidy win!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall
And that is a message to MJF! The Relentless One is rolling towards Double or Nothing, will he be the one to win the jackpot?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Guess what? Another special start time! It will be 6:30 Eastern, 3:30 Pacific this Friday on TNT! Make sure to adjust your schedule and your DVR accordingly so you won’t miss any of the action!
Backstage interview with The Young Bucks.
Matt & Nick Jackson are back, and Alex Marvez asks them for a medical update on Kenny Omega. Matt says physically, Omega’s banged up. Mentally… Wait, the Blackpool Combat Club appears, circling like sharks. The Bucks say okay, hold on, they don’t need to do this right now. But then The Bucks throw their luggage at the BCC! The brawl is on, but Claudio hauls Nick up to RAM him into a Ram! A truck, that is! And then Claudio picks up and TOSSES Nick onto the hood! Meanwhile, Moxley and Yuta mug Matt, bring him over, and SMACK him off the bumper! And then SMACK his bad arm off it!
Yuta asks Matt what’s up! Moxley says the Elite will never win! Understand? “We are the elite in this business! Right here, the only elite in this business.” The BCC leave the Bucks writhing in the parking lot, will this faction warfare ever end?
Backstage interview with Wardlow.
Renee Paquette is with Wardlow in the trainer’s room as he has an icepack on his head. He has everyone hold on, and Arn Anderson storms in. Anderson throws the icepack in frustration and says Wardlow should’ve known. Wardlow says Arn’s right, but what we saw is exactly why Wardlow asked Arn to stay in the back. Arn says you don’t need to protect him, he’s been doing this a long time. Now, Wardlow has seen what Christian will do. The question is, what is Wardlow prepared to do in response? Wardlow says he’s prepared to beat Christian at his own game.
If Christian wants to pull out ladders, let’s pull out ladders! If Christian wants a title match, it’ll be Wardlow VS Christian, Double or Nothing, TNT Championship LADDER MATCH! That is what Wardlow is prepared to do. Will Captain Charisma pay for trying to relive his glory days?
Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy.
Renee is now with the AEW International Champion and says last week, he got jumped by Kyle Fletcher, who clearly wants his shot at the title. Cassidy says there are a lot of people who want a shot. So Kyle, if you want this at Double or Nothing, go find Tony Khan and let him know. Cassidy will fight them all. Is the Freshly Squeezed opening up the door for more than just one challenger? Will he make it through being such a fighting champion?
Sammy Guevara VS Exodus Prime!
Austin, Texas cheers the Spanish God as he returns to his home state. Darby won a match to gain momentum, will Sammy win to keep the pace?
The bell rings and Sammy circles with Exodus. Fans boo Exodus mostly because he’s from Oklahoma. Exodus swings, misses, and Sammy JUMP KNEES! Then torture racks! Then GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Sammy wins!!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Victory: check! Momentum: check! Sammy gets the mic now to speak. “Y’know, Austin, every time I’m here, I remember the old days. I remember wrestling on the independents up and down Texas. And I remember the struggles. I remember the good times, the bad times, the drama. But all of that brought me here and made me who I am today. And I know, trust me, I know I’m not perfect. I made a lot of mistakes. Hell, you guys have watched me grow up in front of you and seen my mistakes firsthand. But sometimes, it takes a few wrong turns to get to the right place! And the right place is Las Vegas, May 28th!”
Fans cheer, and Sammy says he’ll finally shut up the naysayers who said he couldn’t do something because of this or because of that. He’s heard that his whole life, and he never listened to it. He listened to what’s in his heart. The stuff you can’t teach or learn. His heart says that he will be the NEW AEW World Champion!! Sammy drops the mic and the fans fire up! Will the Spanish God ascend to the throne?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
He introduces the challengers to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, along with Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh! Fans boo as Team Triple J heads to the ring, Sonjay holding onto TWO guitars! And they literally have Cash’s & Dax’s names on them. Lethal has a mic to say hold on, we’re not doing it like that, and screw you, Schiavone. But wait! FTR rushes out and they shove Satnam off the stage! Satnam crashes down through a table! And then they go after Lethal & Jarrett! Sonjay has no idea what to do, even though he has guitars. Lethal turns things around and he LASHES Dax with his leather belt! Only for Dax to back drop him!
Lethal gets up, he still brawls with Dax, and Cash has Jarrett in a chair. Cash rains down fists! The fans count along, all the way to TEN! Dax rips Lethal’s shirt AND pants off, but Lethal still fights in his boxers! Cash SMACKS Jarrett with the chair! And again! Dax takes Lethal’s shoes and throw them to the fans! Lethal rakes Dax’s eyes! Lethal whips, Dax reverses and Lethal goes flying over the timekeeper’s table! Cash sends Jarrett into steel steps! FTR then drags Jarrett up to POST him! Fans are thunderous for FTR as they put Jarrett in the ring. FTR mugs Jarrett, then let off to coordinate.
Jarrett slowly rises, but KAREN JARRETT slides in!? Mrs. Double J LOW BLOWS Cash! Dax turns around to see what happened, and then Jarrett hits THE STROKE! Satnam returns and he’s furious! Karen tells Austin to kiss this, and Triple J feeds FTR to Satnam! DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS!! Sonjay returns and he has the guitars. He hands one to Jarrett and the other to Lethal. Sonjay high-fives Karen, Triple J aims, DOUBLE SMASH HITS!! Though ironically, the wrong guitar hits each of them. Karen grabs the AEW World Tag Team Championships and hand them to her husband and his buddy. Will these five all be celebrating in Las Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend?
Backstage interview with Darby Allin.
Renee congratulates him on the win alongside Orange Cassidy and how he is gaining more momentum towards Double or Nothing. She couldn’t help but notice how he finished it with the headlock takeover. Was that a message to MJF? Absolutely! We’re ten days away from Double or Nothing, and the biggest match of both Darby’s career, Jungle Boy’s career, and even Sammy Guevara’s career. It is no secret how much this match means to Darby. Sammy walks in, and he says that while he and Darby have a “very unique history,” Sammy does respect Darby. Darby may not trust Sammy, but something Darby said a couple weeks ago really stuck with Sammy.
Darby said if Sammy was ever gonna be world champion, he needs to stop being a follower. Well at Double or Nothing, Sammy is not gonna be laying down for Max or make it easy for anyone. Whoever it is, one of them needs to take the title off that prick. Then may the best man win. They fist bump, will the Devil of AEW find himself the loser no matter what?
Toni Storm & Ruby Soho w/ Saraya VS Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida!
Jamie Hayter wasn’t medically cleared to compete tonight, so what was meant to be a trios match has been downgraded to 2v2. But that doesn’t mean this won’t be any less aggressive and spiteful! Will the Lightning From Down Under and the Runaway be able to serve an L to two former AEW Women’s World Champions? Or will the Doctor and the Full Metal Warrior make the Outcasts wish they were back where they came from?
The teams sort out, but then the Outcasts just attack! Soho is after Britt while Storm stomps Shida in the corner! Soho TOSSES Britt, Storm whips Shida to a corner for Soho to give her DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Soho then joins Storm in saying kiss this, and Storm runs in, into a RANA! Shida kicks Soho, brings her over, and snap suplexes her onto Storm! Saraya protests but her team was the one doing 2v1! Shida has Soho in the corner and climbs up, to rain down fists! Fans count along, and Shida goes all the way to TEN! Shida fires up, the fans are with her and she pushes Soho out. Shida then MISSILE DROPKICKS!
Shida is all fired up, she brings Soho up, but Soho stomps the foot. Shida kicks, Soho blocks and KNEES back! Soho bumps Shida off buckles, tags in Storm, and Storm stomps Shida. Fans rally for Shida as Storm continues to kick her around. Shida fires forearms back but Storm knees low! Storm runs, but Shida ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Britt! Fans fire up and Britt fires off on Storm! Britt then ripcords to ROLLING ELBOW! And FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Britt keeps on Storm, runs, but Soho distracts so that Saraya can trip Britt! Saraya drags Britt out, Britt fights her off, but Storm HIP ATTACKS her to the floor!
Saraya drags Britt up as the ref is busy with Shida, Soho and Storm, and Saraya fires off knee after knee after knee! Fans boo but Saraya kicks Britt down. Saraya says this is HER house! And look at Britt, she’s pathetic! Saraya claims Britt tried to hit Saraya, and Storm RAMS Britt into railing! Storm puts Britt in the corner, tags Soho, and the Outcasts stomp away as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
The ref counts, Soho lets off, and Soho brings Britt up. Britt ROCKS Soho! Soho throws Britt by her hair! Soho swaggers, pushes Britt over to cover, TWO! Soho sits Britt up, talks some trash, and then puts her on the ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Soho lets off at 4, and Storm BOOTS Britt! Saraya pulls Britt’s arms to keep her on the ropes and Storm digs her boot in! They both let off before the ref sees, and Soho drags Britt up. Ruby bumps Britt off buckles, tags Storm, and they both dig their boots in. The ref counts, the Outcasts let off at 4, and Storm RAMS into Britt! And again! And then she TOSSES Britt around!
Storm stomps Britt some more, drags her up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Storm drags Britt up, bumps her off buckles, and tags Soho back in. Soho stomps Britt, taunts Shida, but Britt throws a body shot. Soho ROCKS Britt, but Britt rolls Soho up! TWO, and Soho CLOBBERS Britt! Cover, TWO! Soho wraps on a chinlock to squeeze Britt tight. Britt reaches for Shida but Soho keeps her away. The fans rally, Britt fights up, and Britt grabs at Soho. Soho throws Britt down by her hair! Britt kicks at Soho from below but Ruby stands on her hand! Soho dares Britt to reach for Shida, then bumps her off buckles.
Storm tags back in, stomps Britt, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Storm whips Britt to a corner, runs in, but Britt BOOTS her! Britt hits the NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up while both women are down! Storm and Britt crawl, hot tags to Shida and Soho! Fans fire up and Shida fires forearms with Soho! They go back and forth, but Shida gets the flurry! Soho drops to a knee as Shida just keeps hammering away! Fans are thunderous, Shida runs, and she ROLLING ELBOWS Soho down! Storm runs in but Shida DECKS her, too! Saraya gets on the apron, but Shida DECKS her, too!
Saraya falls on Storm, Soho runs in but Shida dumps her out! Fans fire up as Shida climbs the ropes, to CROSSBODY all the Outcasts! Shida fires up, she puts Soho back in the ring and fans are thunderous. RUNNING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Shida keeps focused, she aims her sword, but Storm runs in again! Shida dodges to QUESTION MARK KICK! Shida gets Soho but Soho wrenches. Shida still reels Soho in, for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Soho survives, Shida tags Britt! Britt drags Soho up, to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Shida goes up top, to METEORA!! Britt covers, but Storm barrels in to break it!
Shida goes after Storm but Storm tosses her out. Britt sends Soho into Storm, and gets a NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO! Cover on Soho, TWO!!! But into the RINGS OF SATURN! And even without a glove, LOCK- NO, Soho rolls it! TWO!! Britt hurries up, but Soho wrenches to NO FUTURE! Tag to Storm and she DECKS Shida! Storm hauls Britt up, but Britt hits an AIR RAID CRASH! And then a CURB STOMP! Saraya distracts the ref, Britt yells at her, btu Storm gets a spray paint can! SPRAY PAINT TO THE EYES!! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, Outcasts win!!
Winners: The Outcasts, by pinfall
The fact there was no Jamie Hayter helped The Outcasts in more ways than one! Saraya says it’s cuz they’re so smart, but will anyone ever humble them?
Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy.
Renee is again talking with the AEW International Champion, and it was only earlier tonight that Cassidy said anyone who wants a shot can talk to Tony Khan. Well, it seems twenty people went to Tony’s office after that. Twenty, huh? That’s a lot. Well, okay, Cassidy will fight them all. But him, too. So that’s 21. And we’ll be in Vegas, right? Blackjack? So how about this? The Blackjack Battle Royal for the International Championship at Double or Nothing. See you there. Oh, wait, did Renee wanna be in that? No, thanks, she’s fine. The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion is ready to up the ante! Will he still be the champion after doubling down? Or will he bust in the biggest fashion ever?
Tony Khan speaks.
The President, CEO and General Manager of AEW is here in Austin, and says today is one of the greatest days in AEW history. “Today, at WBD Upfronts, it was announced that AEW Saturday Night Collision will premiere on TNT, Saturday, June 17th, at 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central. And I’m here to talk a little bit more about Collision. It’s gonna be a hot ticket and a great live event. After that premiere, we’ll be going on the road to Canada, with shows in Toronto the night before Forbidden Door, Hamilton, Regina, and Calgary, followed by a return to the United States at the Prudential Center in Newark. It’s gonna be an amazing tour.
“And as for the premiere, taking place Saturday, June 17th, stay tuned to AEW and next week, I’ll tell you where that event will be taking place for the special Collision premiere. We’re having a huge month, and we’re all excited that you’re going to be a part of it. Thanks, guys, back to you.” HUGE news for AEW’s future, are you going to be ready for the Collision?
Falls Count Anywhere: Chris Jericho VS Roderick Strong!
In typical Chris Jericho fashion, he does something awful to someone, they respond aggressively, and that other person is the problem. There is a restraining order on Adam Cole being present when The Ocho is in the building, but The Savior of the Backbreaker put the same deal on the Jericho Appreciation Society! Can the great sports… enner-tay-ner survive on his own? Or will this undisputed pro-wrestler bring him down a notch?
The fans finish singing Judas for Jericho, and Strong attacks! The bell rings and Strong fires off hands! Strong whips corner to corner, then runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Strong CHOPS Jericho on the ropes, CHOPS him again, and then goes side to side to forearm! And again! And again! And again! Strong ROCKS Jericho a fourth time in a row! Jericho manages to get his jacket off but Strong CHOPS him again! And CHOPS again! And then fires off forearms and more CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS in return, but Strong CHOPS! It’s a CHOP fight! Fans “WOO” with every CHOP! Strong then CALF KICKS!
Fans fire up and Strong brings Jericho around into a BIG slam! Cover, TWO! Strong catches his breath before he brings Jericho up. Strong ROCKS and CHOPS again! Jericho CHOPS, Strong CHOPS, we’re back on the CHOP fight! Strong gets the edge as he CHOPS Jericho to ropes! Strong whips, Jericho kicks back! Strong goes to ropes, Jericho clotheslines him up and out! Jericho takes a moment for his stinging chest, and Strong gets back up on the apron. Jericho triangle jumps but Strong moves back! Jericho lands safe on the apron, but Strong ROCKS him with a right! And then APRON BACK SUPLEXES!
Jericho flops to the floor, Strong covers, TWO! Jericho is still in this but Strong CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Jericho’s chest is almost as red as Strong’s tights! Strong drags Jericho up, has him against the steps, and then throws forearms. Jericho ROCKS Strong in return! And ROCKS him again! Jericho brings Strong around, he throws a body shot, then SMACKS him off the timekeeper’s table! Jericho then throws water bottles at Strong! Jericho puts Strong in the ring, storms back in after him, and throws more hands. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Strong blocks the Code Breaker!
Strong throws Jericho away, then fireman’s carries for a GUT- NO, Jericho gets the legs! Jericho works to turn Strong, and has him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!! The fans fire up while Strong endures! Strong powers up, crawls his way forward, ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets go, the ref tells him he didn’t win, so Jericho just flips off Austin while Strong flops out of the ring, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Strong goes around the corner, Jericho goes out after him, and Jericho RAMS Strong into steel steps! Jericho looms over Strong, soaks up the heat, but does give one lovely young lady a kiss on the hand. Jericho then drags Strong up to ROCK him with a right! And TOSSES him over the railing! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers as he climbs up onto the railing, and then AX HANDLES Strong down! Strong crawls towards the bleachers, Jericho pursues, and Strong throws the trash can at Jericho! Strong throws hands, then CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS back, throws the trash can back at Strong, and Strong ends up taking a seat in the bleachers!
Jericho throws hands, Strong kicks back, and they brawl up the stairs. Fans fire up as they get closer to the action, and Jericho throws forearms! Jericho SMACKS Strong with a fan’s sign! Jericho brings Strong up higher, but Strong ROCKS Jericho! Strong CLUBS Jericho, pushes him up further, and then Strong fireman’s carries Jericho. GUTBUSTER on the railing! Fans fire up even more as these two just keep going up! Strong throws knees, brings Jericho along, and they’re almost near the top! Jericho throws forearms, Strong throws them back, they brawl again, and Strong CHOPS! Jericho ROCKS and CHOPS back!
Dynamite returns to single picture as the brawl keeps going back and forth! Strong fireman’s carries again, to GUTBUSTER on more railing! Jericho sputters, Strong covers, TWO!! Jericho survives and the brawling continues up to the top of the stands! Fans fire up as they end up in the pavilion area! Jericho ROCKS Strong, SMACKS him off a counter, and security keeps fans back as Jericho DECKS Strong! Strong crawls, Jericho brings him around to ROCK Strong again! Jericho suplexes Strong through a table!! Fans lose their minds and Jericho covers, TWO!! Strong survives but Jericho drags him up from the wreckage.
Jericho brings Strong along, Strong throws some HAND SANITIZER in his eyes! Strong throws hands, then brings Jericho to the food court! COUNTERTOP BACK SUPLEX! And you think the apron is hard! Strong then brings Jericho further along, they brawl, and Jericho ROCKS Strong! Jericho gets a stanchion! Jericho RAMS Strong down with it! Fans fire up as Jericho CLUBS Strong with the stanchion! Jericho then brings Strong along into a stairway! Strong RAMS Jericho into those railings! And then dumps him over?! Oh, luckily there’s some kind of ledge there. But Strong joins Jericho on that ledge!
Strong CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, the CHOPS echo through the stairwell! They just keep throwing CHOP after CHOP, but Jericho rakes eyes! Jericho gets space, runs in and CLOBBERS Strong! Cover, TWO!! Strong is still in this but Jericho drags him up to toss him back over the railing. They’re now safe on the ground and they go back to the pavilion. Fans are thunderous as Jericho gets a chair. Jericho flips off the fans, the security has to move fans aside as Strong goes to the ice cream parlor. Jericho runs in, but he gets sporks thrown at him! Strong fires off hands and CHOPS! Jericho staggers to the counter, and Strong hits him with soft serve ice cream in the FACE!
Fans go nuts, and Strong eats some of it, too! Jericho sputters as he has ice cream all over his face and in his hair! Strong throws hands, the cream goes flying, and Strong keeps after Jericho. Jericho ROCKS Strong back, then he grabs a napkin from the trash!? Jericho wipes his face off, then SMACKS Strong with the trash can! They continue on, fans continue to rally and duel, and Jericho CLUBS Strong along. Jericho tells the crowd to stay back, and then he brings Strong up to CLUB him! Jericho eggs Strong on, and they’re going outside?! Fans are going nuts as they’re not outside! Jericho dares Strong to fight him!
Jericho asks if Strong is scared. Is he scared of the Demo God? But wait! ADAM COLE is here! Loophole: the restraining order only applies to when Jericho is inside an arena! Jericho turns around to see Cole, and Cole fires off hands! Cole throws Jericho onto the large potted plant area! Jericho sputters as he gets up, and gets THE BOOM!! Strong then hits his STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Strong wins!!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall
The Undisputed Duo beat Jericho at his own game! Will this finally end things between them and the JAS? Or is the war only heating up?
AEW mourns the loss of “Superstar” Billy Graham.
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry VS Rush w/ Jose the Assistant!
Darby Allin won his match, Sammy Guevara won his match, and well, MJF never wrestles on TV. Will Tarzan Life keep pace with the other challengers to the AEW World Championship? Or will El Toro Blanco prove he should’ve been in the title scene instead?
The bell rings and JB offers Rush a handshake. Rush kicks the hand away and fans boo. JB says okay, and he shoves Rush. Rush choke grips and shoves JB right out of the ring! Rush goes out after JB but JB fires hands! Rush CHOPS JB and JB staggers away. Rush then whips JB hard into railing! And then hard into more railing! And then hard into MORE railing! Rush keeps going, he sends JB into the fourth wall! Rush then drags JB up, brings him back around, and RAMS him into more railing again. Jose fetches the bright green cable, Rush RAMS JB into the railing again, and then dribbles him off the side!
Fans boo but Rush grins and soaks up the heat. He talks right to the camera, saying the challengers are perros, and MJF is a *uta! Rush goes back into the ring, but just to refresh the count. Rush then dribbles JB off the railing again, then goes back into the ring to soak up all the heat. Jose takes a fan’s sign while Rush goes back out. Rush digs his fingers into JB’s face, and JB has a cut forming on his forehead. The ref reprimands as Rush smothers JB, and Rush lets off, to RAM JB into more railing! And then he TOSSES JB over railing! Jose has the fan sign that says “RUSH > JUNGLE BOY” while Rush tranquilos in the ring, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Rush waits while JB drags himself up. The ring count starts, Rush goes out after JB and brings a chair. Rush sets the chair up and SMACKS JB off it! And then does it again! And then he pushes JB down, and picks up the chair. Jose distracts the ref, Rush swings, but JB dodges the chair shot! JB CHOPS Rush, Rush DECKS JB! Rush drags JB up, dumps him over the railing, and then brings him back to the ring. Rush soaks up the heat, shows off his physique, and the ref checks JB’s forehead. JB is still in this, so Rush slides back into the ring. Rush digs his boot into JB’s face but lets off as the ref counts.
Rush then HEADBUTTS away on JB, wanting to get that blood pouring more! The ref reprimands but Rush tells him to back off. Rush taunts the fans, then goes back to JB. Rush drags JB up, CHOPS him, and JB falls over! Rush swaggers around, goes back to JB, and JB sputters as he stands back up. Rush revels in it and Dynamite returns to single picture. JB ELBOWS Rush, ROCKS him, CHOPS him, and repeat! JB whips, Rush reverses, but JB COMEBACKERS! But Rush stays up!? Rush kicks JB around, then KICKS JB in the chest! Rush HEADBUTTS JB again, but JB CHOPS! Rush just scowls.
Rush taps JB low and dares him to bring the heat. JB CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! JB fires off CHOPS, Rush roars, but JB SOBATS! JB runs, but into a JUMP KNEE! But JB DROPKICKS in return! Fans fire up with JB and he goes corner to corner, but into a SUPERKICK! Rush goes up the corner but JB ROCKS him first! JB climbs, throws forearms on Rush, but Rush throws them back! JB adjusts, Rush CHOPS him, and he eggs JB on. JB CHOPS, Rush CHOPS, and again Rush demands more of JB! So JB HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! And then SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up as Rush flounders!
JB aims from a corner, but Jose grabs at him! Fans boo, the ref reprimands but Jose plays innocent. Rush runs in, but JB ducks the lariat to trip Rush! JB drags Rush back, SNARE TRAP!! Rush reaches, crawls around, drags JB along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Jose cheers and JB lets go. Both men go to the apron, and Rush wipes some of JB’s blood onto himself! JB CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, JB CHOPS, JB then ducks and he fires palm strike after palm strike! Rush BOOTS! JB staggers, but he comes back, only for Rush to OVERHEAD suplex to the floor!
The fans lose their minds and Rush is scowling. The ref checks JB but he’s somehow still in this. Rush puts JB in the ring, stands on him for the cover, TWO!!! JB isn’t done yet, but Rush drags him up. Rush dares JB to hit him, so JB SLAPS him! Rush DECKS JB! Rush drags JB up, bumps him off buckles, and then stomps away on him! The ref counts, Rush keeps after him, but then the ref pulls Rush back. Rush shoves the ref! The ref and rush argue, JB rolls Rush up, with the tights!! JB WINS!!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by pinfall
But Rush goes after JB, and then Preston Vance rushes in! The LFI mug JB and they even bring the green cable in! They’re CHOKING JB! But here comes DARBY! Darby slides in to TACKLE Vance! They brawl, Rush gets the cable and goes after Darby with it! LFI mugs Darby again, but here comes SAMMY!! The Spanish God dodges Rush to KNEE him down! And then he SUPERKICKS Vance! Jose gets the SCORPION DEATH DROP! Vance runs back in, but Darby & Sammy dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK him out! Fans fire up as the Young Pillars all stand tall. There is respect here, just as Sammy said, but only one can be the world champion. Who will win it all at Double or Nothing?
Backstage interview with MJF.
Speaking of the AEW World Champion, he is having a headache, and Renee says we’re a little over a week away from Double or Nothing’s Fatal 4 Way. The champion does not need to be pinned or submitted in the match to lose the title, and as we’re getting closer, how is MJF feeling? MJF slaps the mic out of her hand!! MJF storms off, is this a sign that even The Devil of AEW is afraid?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee is with The Lightning From Down Under, and says that Storm has four wins in the last five days, an AEW record! Incredible momentum, to say the least. Storm says that is right, and you know who she doesn’t see setting records like that? The champion, Jamie Hayter! In fact, Storm doesn’t even see Hayter in Austin tonight. “Well guess what, Jamie? I am not the same Toni Storm as before. Oh, no, I am an entirely different animal now. And if you have any guts left at all, you will come to Las Vegas, and you will put the title on the line against ME at Double or Nothing!” Storm throws out the challenge, will Hayter take her up on it?
Ricky Starks VS Jay White w/ Juice Robinson!
This is an absolute main event as THE Absolute takes on King Switch! It has been roughly a month since Jay White started this with Ricky Starks, will it all come to a head here in Austin, Texas?
The bell rings and Starks rushes White! White bails out and wants Starks to stay back. The ref has Starks step back, White gets in and headlocks. Starks powers out, White bails out again, and fans boo. Starks is annoyed with White as White copies Starks’ pose. Starks rushes out, White slides in, and White says okay, he’ll stop playing around. Starks slides in, and White stomps away on him! White CLUBS Starks, Starks throws hands with White and backs him down! The ref counts as Starks stomps away in the corner, but fans fire up as Starks goes hard! Starks finally lets off and White flops out of the ring.
Starks goes out after White but White RAMS him into an apron! White then brings Starks up, but Starks RAMS him into railing! Juice is upset but the fans rally up. Starks brings White up, CHOPS him, and mocks the finger guns. The fans chant “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Starks glares at Juice but Juice stays back. Starks gets in, but White kicks him low! White CLUBS Starks, UPPERCUTS, and he whips Starks to ropes. White FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS Starks, then covers, TWO! Starks sputters but White drags him up to CHOP! Starks goes to a corner and White brings him out. White CHOPS Starks off his feet!
White stalks Starks, drags him up, and whips him to ropes. Starks reverses and back drops! Fans fire up as Starks strikes his pose properly. Starks stalks White out of the ring, to the ramp, and White CHOPS again! White RAMS Starks into the apron, and again, and then around the way, to CHOP! White aims at the apron but Starks blocks to SMACK White off the apron! Starks throws hands, Juice shouts at him, and that distracts so White can kick low! APRON GOURD BUSTER! Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Switchblade!” “RICKY STARKS!” as White leaves Starks behind and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
White soaks up the cheers and jeers as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but White wants it faster. Starks slides in at 6, White covers, TWO! White smirks, he stomps Starks down, then drags him back up. Starks kicks, White blocks, and White DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Starks writhes but White soaks up the cheers and jeers again. White stalks Starks to a corner, has the bad leg, but Starks CLUBS him! White RAMS into Starks, and again, and again! The ref counts, White lets off and paces. Starks CHOPS back! And ROCKS White! And ROCKS him again! Starks whips, but White reverses, and Starks bounces off buckles!
White scoops Starks for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! White is annoyed but he keeps on Starks. White wraps Starks in a bearhug and squeezes tight. Starks fights up, but White CLUBS him on the back and wrangles him back down. White keeps on the bearhug, Starks is fading, and the ref checks. The hand drops once, twice, but Starks revives! Starks fights up, but White CLUBS him on the back! Starks crawls to a corner, White brings him around, and CHOPS him! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks turns things around to CHOP! Starks throws hands, stomps White, but the ref has him back off.
White knees Starks low! White whips Starks into the corner, but Starks comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up and Juice coaches White. Fans rally as both men rise, and White runs in, into an atomic drop! Starks runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! White goes to a corner, Starks runs in to back elbow! And then TORNADO- NO, White throws Starks away! White rushes in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Starks air guitars. TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! White is still in this and Starks shakes his head. “This is Awesome!” as Starks drags White back up. Starks nods, he underhooks, but White deadweights him.
Starks CLUBS away on White, but White RAMS Starks low! Starks staggers, comes back, but White kicks low to DDT! Both men are down and Juice coaches White up. White and Starks go to opposite corners, and the ref has Juice stay back. White runs in to UPPERCUT Starks! White then hangs Starks out to dry on the ropes! Starks flops down, White drags Starks to a waistlock but Starks elbows free! Starks runs, into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Starks just barely kicks out! White drags Starks back up, aims his finger gun, and then sleeper holds. But Starks fights the suplex with elbows! They’re on the ropes and Starks keeps throwing shots!
Fans fire up as Starks just hammers away! Starks runs in, but White EXPLODERS him up and out!! Starks lands hard, but the ref is watching Juice. Juice says he’s not doing anything! White goes out after Starks, brings him up, and puts him in the ring at 4 of 10. White hurries after Starks, but Starks cradles! TWO!! White hurries up to CHOP! Starks sputters and drops to his knees, and White drags him back up. Starks wrenches out to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Starks builds speed, btu White follows! Starks scoops to NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!!! White survives again, this is why he’s an IWGP Grand Slam Champion!
Juice is freaking out, fans hope these guys “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow. Starks brings White up, but White slips out. White swings, misses, but he follows Starks. Starks dodges, but Juice swipes! Starks staggers! BLADE- NO, ROLL-UP! TWO!!!! Starks keeps moving, and he SPEARS!!! Fans are thunderous and Starks is feeling it! Canadian Rack, but White rakes the eyes!! The ref reprimands, White lets off and he argues with the ref, to distract from Juice getting in! CHAIR- NO, Starks dodges! Starks kicks Juice, he has the chair, and he SMACKS Juice with it! Then he JAMS White with it!
The ref realizes what’s going on, he tells Starks not to go any further! Starks doesn’t care, he SMACKS White!!
Winner: Jay White, by disqualification
Starks doesn’t care about the loss on the record, he got one on King Switch! Starks aims, but Juice drags White out of there! Juice shouts that he hates Starks, but what will it take for this all the end between Starks and Bullet Club Gold?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
And he says it gives him no pleasure to introduce… Don Callis. Fans boo as Callis makes his way out, security lining the ramp. Footage of what Callis did last week even plays on the tron to remind us that Callis betrayed Kenny Omega. Fans call Callis a POS, and Schiavone points it out to Callis. Callis, why!? Why did you do that!? Callis says everyone wants to hear him talk about why he did what he did to Kenny Omega. But instead, Callis will tell us what Kenny did to Callis. “Make no mistake about it, there’s only one victim in this scenario, and it’s not Kenny!” Fans boo because they don’t believe it.
But Callis says after everything he did for Kenny, from the IWGP World Championship to the dream match of Jericho VS Omega at The Tokyo Dome! Callis’ first night here, “they” won the AEW World Championship! Fans keep booing as Callis says without him, there is NO Kenny Omega! But speaking of, here comes Kenny Omega!! Security moves up to block his path and Kenny says okay, okay. He DECKS guard after guard! But the BCC rushes out to get Kenny like they did the Bucks! They mug Kenny, and security, and Bryan Danielson shouts for them to finish Kenny! PARADIGM SHIFT on the ramp!
The BCC moves on from Kenny to get in the ring. Moxley has the mic to say, “The war is already over, Kenny. You and your little pissant friends can’t touch us! You never could! This is your final, final warning, Kenny: Stay down! We are what everybody else in this business pretends to be! We, this right here, WE are the elite!” But wait, here come the Bucks! They’re not as down and out as everyone thought! They’re hobbling, but they’ve also got a can full of goodies! But even with a trash can lid, a pipe and a 2-by-4 wood beam, this is still 4v3 in the favor of BCC. WAIT! HANGMAN PAGE IS HERE!!
Austin goes nuts to see that the Cowboy, even with an eyepatch over his one eye, stands with The Elite! And Kenny gives him the barbed wire wrapped broom! The band is back together, and they rush the ring! Yuta gets a TRASH CAN SHIELD SMASH from Kenny! Matt hits Claudio with the pipe! Nick hits Moxley with the 2-by-4! And Hangman chases Bryan off! The fans are going nuts for “COWBOY SH*T!” and Kenny gets his trash can lid. Matt CHOKES Yuta with the pipe, then throw shim in! SHIELD SMASH into the corner! The Bucks then drag Yuta up, for a B T E TRIGGER!!
And that’s not all! Hangman is on the apron, the Bucks set Yuta up, for the BUCKSHOT!! The BCC drag Yuta outta there, and Hangman gets the mic! Hangman says, “We are the heart, we are the soul, we are the spirit of this place! WE ARE… THE! ELITE!! So run and hide while you can, because at Double or Nothing, it’s The Elite VS Blackpool Combat Club, ANARCHY IN THE ARENA!!” The BCC wanted a war, and The Elite are giving it to them! Who will survive in Sin City when anything can happen?
A great Dynamite here, great build towards Double or Nothing, but not in any of the ways I had expected. For one, a shame we won’t get any Blood & Guts, even though there are feuds fitting for it. And a shame Jamie Hayter couldn’t compete tonight for a Six Woman Tag. But the 2v2 was still a great match, and of course The Outcasts still win. Storm has a good promo to call out Hayter, that will be a really good title match, and that could go either way give Storm has The Outcasts but Hayter has Britt. Likewise, great stuff out of The Elite and BCC, and this was a great moment for Hangman to return. No B&G but Anarchy in the Arena was wild last time, so it’ll be just as wild this time.
Really good main event match from Starks VS White, but of course this isn’t the end of it. White getting the win by disqualification is a great move, because White wins without really winning, and this can escalate the feud now to no less than No Disqualifications. I was just hoping for Shawn Spears to back Starks up a bit more, or maybe we bring in Fred Rosser from NJPW Strong to tie in his feud with Juice. And great opening promo from Wardlow, Christian and Luchasaurus, as well as the follow-up with Arn. Bringing out a ladder in that beatdown of course foreshadowed a ladder match, the one kind of match Christian can beat Wardlow because he won’t even need to beat Wardlow, Luchasaurus can do the damage for him.
Really good stuff out of Triple J and FTR. I had a good laugh at FTR just running out to shove Satnam off the stage for him to fall through a table. Kudos on Satnam for taking that spot, too, that can be risky for anyone, and Satnam’s legitimately a big, tall guy. Quite the surprise seeing Karen Jarrett here to help Triple J get one over on FTR, but I think all this is leading to Triple J losing at Double or Nothing. And great stuff out of the Falls Count Anywhere. I loved that they used the loophole, great way for Cole to get at Jericho and help Strong win. I would think we get Cole & Strong VS members of the JAS, like Menard & Parker, before we get Jericho VS Cole at Double or Nothing.
Great stuff out of the world title story, with every Pillar other than MJF having a match tonight. Darby & Cassidy win a great tag match with Moriarty & Morrissey, and Sammy just squashes Exodus Prime. Great promos from everyone after that, and I did not think we’d get a battle royal for the International Championship. I know it’s Blackjack for 21 people being in it, but I hope this is also their Casino Battle Royal, sending people out at random. This might be how Cassidy loses the title while still looking strong. Sammy and Darby also have a good promo to show respect. JB VS Rush was a great match, too, and I like that Sammy and Darby make the save. MJF is mad now, but there’s a good chance he still finds a way to win in the end.
And of course, Tony Khan’s big announcement. We are getting AEW’s newest weekly wrestling show, Saturday Night Collision. A two hour show that on one hand, helps AEW relieve the pressure on them to feature people on the roster, and on the other, keeps CM Punk and The Elite separated. Assuming there even is a “brand split” like what we see in the WWE, there probably won’t be a draft because that’d be way too much like what WWE does. Though, all pro team sports have drafts, too, so it wouldn’t be ripping WWE off since WWE already ripped off real sports. Maybe it’ll be a lottery rather than a draft so that it looks random. And if you can’t tell, that mystery location for Collision’s premiere is going to be Chicago so that Punk can show up and make Collision feel like a big deal.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
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AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/27/23)
Onward, to Seattle!
Dynamite begins the countdown to WrestleDream!
It’s another big week for AEW! And before Swerve Strickland returns home to Seattle, he and Hangman Page sign on the dotted line!
- AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Triple J; Fenix wins and retains the title.
- AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli; Nick wins and will challenge Fenix for the title next week.
- Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn; Cassidy wins.
- Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Willow Nightingale; Julia wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Team Triple J
The Immortal Firebird burned brightest last week in his revenge match with Jon Moxley, and now HE is opening the night with an open challenge! But will the entire carnival help the Last Outlaw win this title right off Fenix? Or will Fenix refuse to be a transitional champion?
Well as soon as Team Triple J is ringside, Fenix FLIES out onto them all! Fans fire up and Fenix drags Jarrett up to fire off shots! Fenix stalks Jarrett, CLUBS him, then fires more forearms! And CHOPS! Jarrett pokes Fenix in the eye! Jarrett whips Fenix into railing! And JAMS him with a chair! No rules since this ain’t a match yet, but Fenix CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverses but Fenix RANAS Jay Lethal into Satnam Singh! But Karen CLAWS Fenix’ back! Fenix grabs Karen, but Sonjay CLUBS Fenix! So Fenix SUPERKICKS Sonjay! Fenix puts Jarrett in the ring, the bell finally rings, and Fenix SMACXKS Jarrett to GAMANGIRI!
Fenix goes up and up and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO! Jarrett is still in this but Fenix brings him around to fireman’s carry. But the back gives up! Jarrett CLUBS Fenix down, fans rally up for Fenix but Jarrett stomps him. Jarrett brings Fenix around to CLUB him again, and then CLUBS him again! Fenix leans against ropes but Jarrett CHOKES him! Jarrett runs, Karen CHOPS Fenix, and Jarrett hits the STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts while fans boo, and then Jarrett mocks Cero Miedo, and says ‘SUCK IT!” Jarrett runs, into a SOBAT! KICK! And FOREARM! Fenix runs in to JUMP SOBAT!
Fenix pushes Jarrett down, goes up, but Satnam distracts! Fenix avoids the big haymaker, but Jarrett kicks low to DDT! Fans boo while both men are down and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fenix crawls to ropes, Jarrett pursues, but the ref has Jarrett back off. So Karen CHOKES Fenix more! Abrahantes shouts at Triple J but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett puts Fenix in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Fenix hits the mat. Jarrett struts some more, distracts the ref, and that allows Lethal to drag Fenix out for some stomps! Sonjay gest some shots in, too! Sonjay mocks #ANIMO, and Lethal keeps Abrahantes back! Jarrett soaks up the heat from Broomfield, Colorado before he goes out after Fenix. Jarrett whips Fenix hard into railing, and Fenix tumbles into the front row!
Abrahantes checks Fenix as he drags himself up, but Triple J chases him off! Abrahantes can’t do anything when it’s 4v1! Jarrett then drags Fenix up to suplex to the floor! Fenix writhes, the ring count is climbing, but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett talks trash, drags Fenix up, and puts Fenix in before ten. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts the fans, and then paces around Fenix. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts him, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Jarrett drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS first! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverse but Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls, but Jarrett trips him up!
Fenix goes to the apron and Jarrett kicks him down. Triple J rallies behind their guy but he then sicks them after Fenix. The ref stops Karen right in her tracks! Aubrey ain’t having it no more, and fans love it! Fenix gets up on the apron, RAMS into Jarrett, then RAMSA him again! Fenix RAMS into Jarrett one more time, then hobbles his way to the corner. Fenix springboards and leaps, FLYING ARM-DRAG and DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up as Fenix crawls to the cover, TWO! Jarrett is tougher than that but Fenix SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Fenix goes to the corner and drags himself up top!
Fenix aims, Lethal distracts, but he gets a PENALTY KICK for it! Sonjay tries now, and Jarrett LOW BLOWS! Fans boo but Jarrett cradles! TWO!! Triple J is furious but Jarrett whips. Fenix reverses, Jarrett lifts, Fenix slips out of the bomb! Jarrett kicks and wrenches, THE STROKE!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Fenix survives and the fans are loving this! Satnam gets on the apron, Jarrett sends Fenix his way, but Fenix dropkicks the legs out! Satnam falls but Jarrett gets Fenix’s legs! FIGURE- NO, Fenix cradles now! FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)
Triple J tried all the tricks, but nothing could stop Fenix! But he only has a week to rest as we’re getting another title match next week! Will Fenix be facing Nick Jackson, Brian Cage or Claudio Castagnoli? We find out in a Triple Threat later tonight!
Adam Cole & MJF have another bro session.
Though with a bad foot, the Panama City Playboy joins Maxwell Jacob Friedman at the Long Island pierce to celebrate the win at Grand Slam. MJF sees Cole and tells him to hop onboard! Wait, MJF has a boat? Nah, this is his dad’s, but he doesn’t need to know. Uh, what? But anyway, they set sail, have some drinks and even go fishing. Cole thanks MJF for the invite. So beautiful out here. Yeah, it’s the greatest place on Earth. But uh, quick question. MJF is so glad Cole came out to help a brochacho out, and got hurt in the process, but… He was on the phone with Roddy a long time, huh?
Yeah, sorry, he was just worried about Roddy. Yeah, MJF gets it. Seems he was so worried, he couldn’t even be out there at the start of the match. Cole apologizes but Roddy is a brother to him. Yeah, yeah. MJF has Cole hold his beer so he can get some more. Cole hopes they can catch something today. Good beers, right? Yeah, delicious. MJF goes to the cooler, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring?! MJF puts it on his pinkie, but Cole asks if MJF brought him out here just to hit him with the diamond ring then dump his body in the ocean, did he? What? No that is the last thing he’d ever do! MJF is secretly taking the ring off behind his back.
Cole says they do need to talk. Part of a healthy friendship his having more than one friend. It is okay and normal and healthy. Cole knows friendship is new to MJF, but MJF needs to know, Cole still cares about him. Well, look, having more than one friend is not for MJF, but… If it is normal and is Cole’s deal, then he supports that. Cole appreciates that. Plus, MJF almost got caught the last time he threw someone overboard so that’s a relief. What? Whoa, wait, we got a bite! They work together and pull it in! It’s PAUL WIGHT!? He says he was just trying to go for a swim! Paul spits out the hook and joins the boys on the boat. Paul knows they’re Better Than You, Baybay, and that’s aight.
Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita returned to Japan.
The patriarch of the Don Callis Family and his “new son,” The Alpha, walked the streets of Tokyo as they responded to the Six Man Tag Challenge. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Chris Jericho want to make a match for WrestleDream, but they’re not even in Seattle. They’re in Japan to hunt down the Golden Star! And Don knows all the favorite places of the Golden Lovers, so Kenny better have a new third man in mind for WrestleDream after they take care of business! The DCF will be live and in person after the break, will they have succeeded in their mission?
Renee Paquette is in the ring.
She says to expound upon their actions this past week, please welcome Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita. The fans boo as dastardly Don and treacherous Takeshita make their way out during a recap package. Back in present, Renee gets to business. We all saw what happened between Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho at Grand Slam and the days after, so is it safe to say that Sammy is DCF? And sorry, but it is hard to hear over the chorus of boos. Callis says he has something to say. “I’m so happy that Sammy Guevara is FREE of the toxic influence of Chris Jericho, that I wanted to bring him out here myself! Ladies and gentlemen, the newest member of the Don Callis Family, SAMMY GUEVARA!”
The Spanish God, the REAL Judas of AEW, struts his way out like he did last Friday on Rampage. Fans boo him like they boo Callis and he joins the family. Sammy and Callis hug, and then even Konosuke hugs Sammy. Callis says, “You wanna know about Tokyo now?” Renee says yes, we just saw their video. What was the business there? Callis reminds us that Kota Ibushi is not safe! He and The Alpha went to Tokyo with a personal camera crew that caught it all! They were at Ibushi’s dojo in Gunma, Japan, and they barged right in! Ibushi wasn’t there, so they beat up on one of his students!
Ibushi showed up, took the fight to Konosuke, but checking on his student left him open to a SLEEPER! Ibushi fought free, gave some ground ‘n’ pound, but Callis SMACKED Ibushi with his umbrella! Big mistake, Don! Ibushi stormed up on Callis, Callis ran away, but Konosuke CLOBBERED Ibushi with a kettle bell weight! Callis then came back to stomp Ibushi, and then Konosuke CHOKED Ibushi with his jacket! Callis told Omega that this is his beating heart lying on the ground! No one is safe from the Don Callis Family!! Fans boo as Callis says his family has never been stronger! With Konosuke, Will “BAH GAWD” Ospreay and Sammy Guevara going to WrestleDream!
Fans boo as Sammy now speaks. Sammy is being painted as the bad guy, when in reality, he’s the HERO! Fans boo more but Sammy says Jericho is the real villain. Fans chant “F YOU, SAMMY!” but he just tunes that out to say Jericho, for four YEARS, held Sammy back! Sammy was champion without Jericho! He headlined PPVs without Jericho! And he was great all on his own. Every time Sammy started to fly, Jericho would clip Sammy’s wings and bring him down. Sammy thought that one day, Jericho would pass him the torch. But Jericho never was going to do that, and Callis is the one who showed Sammy that Jericho is selfish!
Sammy TOOK the torch, and now looks to become the star he was born to be! Fans boo more but Callis says at WrestleDream, they take everything from Ibushi, Jericho and Omega, “until there’s nothing left but the tears!” Konosuke adds as much in Japanese, will the Don Callis Family truly destroy three of the greatest of all time?
AEW shares footage from after Collision.
Last Saturday, after losing to Bryan Danielson again, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey were backstage, and Starks says that he survived again! He didn’t lose, he survived, period! Bryan Danielson has not tapped him out, and he never pinned him. The rankings is still Starks above Bryan! But then Wheeler Yuta walks over. Easy, man, he comes in peace. Yeah, Starks survived. And Yuta is man enough to admit he was wrong for what he did. He put his hands on Starks when the fight was over, and Starks was just trying to show Bryan respect. Starks tells Yuta that the next time Yuta puts his hands on Starks, Starks makes sure Yuta doesn’t walk away on his own accord!
Yuta says he’s trying to be the bigger man but it seems Starks doesn’t wanna hear it, so here’s how Yuta really feels. Starks is an entitled prick, all style and no substance, and all he does is whine, complain and moan! Starks couldn’t get up after everything Bryan put him through but guess what? Yuta gets up every damn day! The Blackpool Combat Club beats his ass, puts him down, and he just gets back up because that makes him stronger. And Starks doesn’t have the balls for that! But if he disagrees, let’s find out at WrestleDream. Starks smirks and walks off. Yeah, walk away. But it is now official! Absolute VS Decoder, who proves they’re tough enough?
AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli!
WrestleDream on Sunday, and the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of Dynamite next Wednesday, things are looking up for AEW! As such, one of these three men will challenge Rey Fenix for his title live on Dynamite next week! Who grabs themselves a golden ticket to #ANIMO?
The bell rings and Cage rushes Nick! Nick dodges but then Cage blocks the superkick to CHOP! Cage drags Nick up to trophy lift, and then TOSS him to the floor! Fans fire up as now Machine and Swiss Superman meet! First time anywhere, and the two tie up for a test of strength! They’re shoulder to shoulder, and Cage powers up to bend Claudio back! But Claudio powers up to push Cage! Cage kicks, SOBATS, and suplexes, but Claudio counters to suplex Cage! But Cage is right up! Cage suplexes, and he SLAMS Claudio! But Claudio is up, to UPPERCUT! Cage snarls, LARIATS, but Claudio stays up to UPPERCUT!
Cage LARIATS, Claudio UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS, and runs at Nick. Nick RAMS into Claudio, slingshots up and over to CHOP Cage! SOBAT for Claudio! LUCHA LIBRE~ as Nick FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Nick goes up and up and TOPE CONJILO! “How about that?” Nick puts Cage in, goes up and in but Cage SPLASHES first! Cage hoists Nick up but Nick slips under to kick a leg out! Cage is stuck, Claudio puts Nick on the apron but Nick GAMANGIRIS! Nick slingshots to STOMP Claudio and DRAPING BACKSTABBER Cage! Fans are thunderous with Nick but Claudio BOOTS him down! Now fans fire up with Claudio!
Dynamite goes picture in picture as Claudio stalks Nick. Claudio scoops Nick to a trophy lift of his own, to DROP Nick behind him! Claudio flexes, covers, TWO! Claudio keeps cool, looms over Nick and brings him up to ROCK with a forearm! Nick goes to a corner, Claudio fires more shots, but Nick hits back! Nick backs Claudio down with haymakers, whips him to ropes, but Claudio reverses to LARIAT! Claudio then goes out to whip Cage, only for Cage to reverse! Claudio hits railing and gets stuck in the front row! Cage goes after Nick in the ring and fires forearms. Cage RAMS into Nick in the corner, then CHOPS him!
Cage talks some trash, runs back in, but into a BOOT! Then into more BOOTS! Nick goes up but Claudio SHOVES him, into a suplex from Cage! JACKHAMMER! Cover, but Claudio stomps it apart! Claudio drags Cage up, fires a forearm, and then has him in a corner. Claudio brings Cage out but Cage puts Claudio up top! Cage ROCKS Claudio, climbs up after him, and the two fire forearms back and forth! Claudio fires a flurry, and then HEADBUTTS Cage down! Nick springboards to CROSSBODY! Then Claudio CROSSBODIES Nick! Cover, TWO!! Claudio reels Nick in, but Cage CLOBBERS Claudio first!
Cage drags Claudio up, whips but Claudio reveres to knee low, and GUT WRENCH SUPELX! Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage flounders to a corner. Fans fire up with Claudio and he runs in, but Cage moves! Cage UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nick is back and he runs up to SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Claudio! Then Nick RAMS into Cage, slingshots to FACEBUSTER, then he CARTWHEEL MOONSAULTS, but Claudio catches it! Only for Nick to TORNADO DDT it!!
Fans are thunderous as Nick goes up top, and Nana freaks out as Nick hits a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Nana is relieved. Nick stands, but Claudio drags him out to RAM him into steel steps! Claudio hurries in after Cage, and fans fire up as they wanna see it! Claudio says okay, here comes the SWING!! Cage endures as he goes around and around, and the fans count to TEN! Claudio then covers, but Nick breaks it! Nick runs at Claudio but is put on ropes! Only to body scissor throw Claudio out! Nick goes up, he leaps and CROSSBODIES, but Cage catches him! F10!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous while Cage is furious! Cage storms up, Claudio RAMS into him, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Cage goes up, and he deadlifts Claudio for the SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio barely survives and Nana is beside himself! Cage slashes his throat, he wants to end this! Cage hauls Claudio up, Alabama Lifts, but Nick SUPERKICKS! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio sunset flips, but Nick ghost pins! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS Cage, but Cage rebounds! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Nick gets Cage again, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS Cage in the corner! Nick SUPERKICKS again! UPPERCUT! SUPERKICK TO CLAUDIO!
Nick runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cage swings but Cage blocks to DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives, but now Claudio has the clinch! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Claudio drags Cage up, reel shim in and tucks the arms, RICOLA~ BOMB!! But then Nick FLYING RANAS Claudio away! Cover on Cage, NICK WINS!!
Winner: Nick Jackson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW International Championship)
Nick snatches this one away from Cage and Claudio, and would you look at that? Fenix VS Nick one more time around! Will Nick prove he is the better younger brother? Or will Fenix make sure The Buck stops here?
The Righteous speak.
Dutch addresses, “Mr. MJF… Mr. Cole… We have one question to ask you two: Do you ache for a feeling that you fake to feel?” Vincent says, “Boys, just like everyday society, all the fake people of the world are bonded by materialistic thinks. Just like the two of you! But soon, that’s gonna change.” “Karma has no deadline, gentlemen.” “And for us, we’ve done nothing wrong. It’s easier to forgive your enemy than it is to forgive fake friends. Dig what I’m saying, man?” Will the brochachos see what they mean soon enough?
MJF & Adam Cole are here!
Broomfield fires up as the ROH World Tag Team Champions head to the ring, Cole with his foot wrapped in a cast and using crutches to get along behind the AEW World Champion. Will Cole even be able to compete this Sunday? The brochachos still get in the ring, and MJF has a chair for Cole to take a seat. And even then, they still do the “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” together. MJF gets the mics and has the music cut. MJF hears the cheers, and he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Devil has arrived in Colorado!” And Cole, talk to ’em! “Who’s ready for Story Time with Adam Cole, Baybay?” Fans cheer that!
Cole says this is going to be a sad chapter. Because last week, Cole got hurt, and hurt real bad. His ankle exploded, broke in three different places, and tore ligaments. He did everything he could but now he has to get surgery. There is nothing more soul crushing than hearing this, but Cole promises us that he will do everything in his power to get back as soon as humanly possible. Fans cheer that, but Cole wants us to know, that he and MJF are the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Because they can’t defend these titles now, they must now relinquish- WHOA WHOA WHOA! MJF wants brocacho Cole to hold on there.
Fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” and MJF tells Cole, “I know you didn’t have my fine kosher ass wrestle twice in one night to win these belts, to relinquish them to those freaky deeky douchebags, the Righteous.” MJF asks Colorado if they wanna see them just relinquish these titles. “NO!” Yeah, he thought so. MJF can’t believe he’s gonna say this, but let’s keep it real. Cole wouldn’t be hurt right now if not for him. Cole doesn’t want MJF blaming himself but MJF says no, he needed help with Samoa Joe, that is true. MJF will take that. However, he also knows how much these tag titles mean to Cole.
And MJF wants to make sure when Cole comes back, which he will 110% because he’s one of the best of all time, these will be waiting for him. MJF tells The Righteous that on October 1st, The Devil of AEW slides into Seattle, and will defend these tag titles in a HANDICAP MATCH, and will WIN, because they’re Better Than You, BAYBAY! Fans love that, but wait. Here comes Roderick Strong shouting for “ADAM~! ADAM~!” Fans echo it in mocking tones, as The Kingdom wheel Roddy out on a wheelchair. Roddy tells Cole that he needs him more than ever now. This is an emergency! Fans boo as they don’t believe the timing.
MJF says hold on, everybody, listen. As much as he thinks Roddy is nothing but a simp, which the fans echo, MJF learned a lesson on that boat. Roddy is Cole’s boy. And MJF may not like it but he respects it. So Cole, you go do what you gotta do. Just know MJF will be here when he comes back. Fans cheer that and Cole stands up. Cole and MJF look each other eye to eye, and then hug! Fans cheer again, Roddy says hurry up already. Cole hops out of the ring and says he’s coming, just calm down. Fans chant, “HE’S OUR SCUMBAG!” As The Kingdom and #HotRoddy head out. MJF gets the fans to cheer Cole again before he reaches the back.
MJF says he isn’t a fan of- Bullet Club Gold?! Jay White, Juice Robinson & The Gunns strut their way out, #Cardblade included, and then White tells his boys he can handle this on his own. Juice & The Gunns return to the back, and White continues to the ring. Fans chant “TOO SWEET! WOOP WOOP!” but then come back with “M J F! M J F!” MJF starts to talk but White tells him to shut up! Fans boo the attitude but White says they can shut up, too. White says we’ve all heard MJF’s voice enough tonight, time to hear White’s sweet and exotic accent for a change. Fans boo, and MJF is perplexed.
White says don’t worry, he knows coming out with the Bang Bang Gang, 5v1, it had MJF shook. Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, Austin. And Cardblade, too! But it is okay, this is one on one time to revel in the moment. MJF tells White he must be smoking some strong Colorado grass. Fans chant for “WEED! WEED! WEED!” MJF says he is gonna yank it out, watch! White, that mid mic work ain’t gonna work on MJF. When you come for the king, you best not miss, and that first shot was a little bit hairy. Almost as hairy as that pubic hair stuck on White’s chin he passes for a goatee!
Fans chant “PUBIC HAIR! PUBIC HAIR!” Another first here… But MJF says in his career, he’s been compared to a lot of people. The sentiment was always the same: “Sure, MJF is good, but he’s no blank.” And as the star rose, the names got bigger and bigger. It never bothered MJF, until he read, “Sure, MJF is good, but he’s no Jay White.” White says that’s true, though. Fans call BS. But MJF says he didn’t get why it upset him, until now, standing eye to eye with White, in front of all MJF’s beautiful poors. Fans cheer the “compliment.” MJF says it is very apparent now. The people know better than anyone that MJF is like filet mignon.
And the thing about filet is that it is a thing unto itself. You can have other things on a plate with it, but it is all about the filet. Much like when MJF is in this ring, the show is all about MJF. Because NOBODY is on the level of The Devil. He is a generational talent, babe! Fans cheer that! And then there’s White. He is very talented, don’t get MJF wrong. However, even the smartest of fans have been confused into thinking these two are equal. That White is a filet when in reality, he’s just tofu. Fans boo tofu, then chant “TOFU! TOFU!” at White. The funny thing about tofu is that it takes on the flavor of whatever you want, BUT you need to add something to it to trick yourself into believing it has flavor.
And Jay White, you have been given everything. All the finest spices, herbs, and so on! The entrance, the nickname, the music, the shirts, the opportunities. White was handed the keys to one of the greatest wrestling factions of all time, the Bullet Club. White shows off the jacket. However… if you take that all away, we are left with nothing but boring, bland, tasteless TOFU. And now here White is, trying to hop onto MJF’s plate and steal some of his flavor! MJF doesn’t even mind because he sees through him. White is all hype. White is nothing more than a smartly produced, mass marketed vision of what someone in Japan thinks was a top guy!
So allow MJF to give you some advice from a REAL top guy! If MJF were White, he’d just leave the ring and would stop talking smack to MJF’s poors! Cuz if White doesn’t, for the rest of his career, whenever their names are mentioned in the same sentence, it will read as follows: “Sure, Jay White is good, but he’s no Maxwell Jacob Friedman.” Because he’s better than you, and you know it! Fans cheer and MJF soaks it all in. White shakes that off and then gives MJF his applause. Yes, thank you, this is what White wanted! His very own, personalized, MJF experience! But to be honest, White’s a little let down.
Fans bring back “TOFU! TOFU!” but White shrugs that off. He says something is off about MJF. Personally, is it the injuries? Or maybe it’s the distraction that is his bromance with Adam Cole BAYBAY! See, when they scream Cole’s name, people do that, they go “BAYBAY!” White bets MJF wishes they’d do something like that for him. But White doesn’t think the fans love MJF like they do Cole. The fans boo and MJF smirks. White tells the fans remember, when he’s talking, they hush. But this whole situation, if you think about it, is kinda White’s fault. See, if White didn’t put Cole’s career on halt at Forbidden Door 1, maybe this friendship doesn’t develop as Cole makes his way back.
Then they don’t tag together, they don’t become ROH World Tag Team Champs together, they don’t Wembley main event together, Cole doesn’t try to break MJF’s neck at Wembley… But hey! You got him back cuz now Cole’s ankle is busted and that is MJF’s fault! Fans boo but White says MJF’s neck really isn’t feeling good after Samoa Joe last week. So yeah, White’s been ruining MJF’s life from afar. But it’s okay, he’s here, up close and personal, to ruin it in the flesh! Fans boo more but White tells MJF that MJF says he’s the devil? Nobody is on the level of the devil? Well, Mr. Devil, find a new level that does not exist, in order to stop White from taking the AEW World title!
Yeah, he is taking the thing that matters most! Funny how the All Elite Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion isn’t so elite when compared to Switchblade Jay White, the #1 asset in all of pro-wrestling! The Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla! The man who singlehandedly sold out Madison Square Garden AND the United Center! White is King Switch, baby! The ONLY Grand Slam Champion that matters! And he is high rolling in Denver! The Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling!! And HE, NOT MJF, will be a truly elite champion when he peels that off MJF’s carcass! MJF can go sulk and sob with all his poors! He’s just like them, he’s their scumbag!
Fans boo and tell White to STFU, but White says yeah, yeah, yeah. Don’t worry, Max, he will have them and they will have him while White has the Triple B, BAYBAY! And you can ALL breath with the Switchblade, the new and true AEW World Heavyweight Champion! It is STILL his era! This is the Switchblade Era because MJF’s soft, and he knows it! MJF tells White he doesn’t have a damn clue what MJF’s capable of, so how about he shows you!? MJF throws off the scarf and belt and even his shirt! Fans fire up as White throws his jacket off, but then White bails out! Fans boo but MJF tells him that if he wants the title, he ain’t getting it!
When and where will these two young and violent stars have it out for the top prize in AEW?
Jim Ross has a sit-down interview with Darby Allin and Christian Cage.
Good ol’ JR makes one thing perfectly clear: it is a smart move for AEW to guarantee there is no physicality here. The match on Sunday is too important for the company, for both men’s careers, because we expect a classic. Times are changing, look who the recognized champion is now. No controversy on Captain Charisma’s claims to be TNT Champion, what are his thoughts on that? Christian isn’t sure what JR means. He’s been champion for months now. And he just proved he is far superior every single way on Collision when he “retained” his title in a Triple Threat.
Then JR has a question that’ll piss Christian off. Christian’s lost to Darby twice. What makes Christian think he can win two outta three falls at WrestleDream? First, those were flukes, and all non-title. Christian will walk out of Darby’s hometown as the TNT Champion. Christian knows in his heart that Darby is nowhere near the man or the wrestler Christian is. Darby relies on his stupid skateboard and other little tricks, and throws his whole body around, tables, ladders and chairs. Christian wanted the two outta three so that we can see what happens when Darby actually has to wrestle. Christian vows that Darby will be exposed in his hometown, in front of his family and friends, and he hopes Darby will be ready to live with that for the rest of his life.
Now speaking of being prepared, is Darby’s uncle going to be there? Oh, right, no, his uncle… Sounded like a great guy, taking his little nephew out for a drunken joyride. And what happened? Darby says he’s dead! Is that what Christian wants to say? Everyone Christian talks trash on is dead! What is Christian after? That doesn’t define who Darby is today! You think Darby’s afraid of dying? You think he’s afraid of losing? Newsflash, he won’t lose! Christian cannot beat Darby in Seattle! Darby’s won the TNT title there once and he’ll do it there again! So then, if he’s so confident, Christian says bring everyone. Mom, dad, brother, hell! Bring Nick Wayne and his mom!
Actually, yeah, do that, Christian can call her to make sure. But bring everyone. Bring Buddy- OH, right, he’s dead. Darby says Christian wants Nick to be there so he can take advantage of him again! That’s the only reason Luchasaurus won at All Out! And Darby will make sure Nick doesn’t show up ringside, and if Christian has the BALLS, he’d do this without Luchasaurus at ringside! Only if Christian does, though. Christian explains: You think Darby is helping Nick? Darby’s not the mentor that kid needs. He needs a champion, a real man! Someone who doesn’t paint his face to hide his identity!
Darby gets restless in his seat and Christian dares him to hit him! Darby instead gets a water bottle and says he isn’t hiding. Darby washes the paint away and asks if Christian thinks he’s hiding! Christian says he does! And Christian also says he does not need Luchasaurus. WrestleDream, October 1st, in Seattle, TNT Championship, best two outta three, Christian proves he has and always will be the Face of TNT, so get used to it!! Darby stands up and storms off, will he prove the only one hiding is the guy in the turtleneck?
Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn!
Ahead of a HUGE Fatal 4 Way Tag to determine new #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, one man from each team faces off, no teammates allowed ringside! Rey Fenix is still International Champion, Nick Jackson is headed for a title match with him next week, with one of their brothers move the team into pole position? Will Freshly Squeezed serve up some Orange Punch? Or will Bullet Club Gold’s… uh, Austin hit a bull’s eye before WrestleDream?
The bell rings and Austin talks trash while holding up the gun finger. He rushes Cassidy but Cassidy tosses him out! Austin drags Cassidy out to join him and sends him into railing! But then Austin sees Penta there and backs off. Matt rolls Penta up, TWO! Matt arm-drags, wheelbarrows and arm-drags again! Matt fakes Penta out to DDT! But Austin rolls Matt up! TWO, and Matt TOSSES Austin! Cassidy returns, Matt hurdles, things speed up and Cassidy ARM-DRAGS Matt! Fans fire up as off comes the elbow- NO, Austin rolls Cassidy up! TWO, and Austin runs in at the corner, only for Cassidy to TOSS him out!
Penta returns but Cassidy ELBOWS him back! Penta wobbles, then he swaggers! Fans fire up and Penta rolls back to RANA, and then LEG DROP! Cassidy stagger sup into a DROPKICK! Cassidy falls out of the ring, fans fire up but Austin cuts Penta off. The two stare down, but then the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOY~!” Austin and Penta circle, Austin mocking Penta’s swagger. Austin says “Listen! GUNS UP!” Penta says hold on, and off comes the glove! Perfect pass and catch to Abrahantes, and then “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Austin but Austin reloads to say “GUNS! UP!” Fans boo but Penta resets, but Austin dodges the chop!
Austin CHOPS, he talks trash, but Penta CHOPS him down! Fans fire up as Austin bails out, “CERO!” NO, Matt is back! Penta dodges to SUPERKICK! Cassidy is back, he stops the Cero Miedo to say hands up, into pockets! But Penta SUPERKICKS him down! “CERO! MIEDO!” But then Austin CLOBBERS Penta! Austin CLOBBERS Matt, too! Then he dodges the Orange Punch to JAB! JAB! JAB! Austin does a little dance, to then DECK Cassidy! Austin soaks up the heat, covers, TWO! Austin fumes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin hears the fans taunting him, then he goes up the corner to taunt them back. Austin brings Cassidy around, stomps him, then talks a bit more trash. Austin paces around, DECKS Penta off the apron, then brings Cassidy up again. Austin bumps Cassidy off buckles, brings him out, and reels him in to suplex. Cassidy blocks, Austin keeps trying, but Cassidy suplexes Austin! Matt runs in to kick and snap suplex Cassidy! Penta runs in to kick and snap suplex Matt! Austin snap suplexes Penta! Cassidy snap suplexes Austin! Matt snap suplexes Cassidy! Penta snap suplexes Matt! Austin goes after Penta, but Penta snap suplexes Austin!
Fans fire up as Cassidy runs up, but Penta snap suplexes him, too! Matt runs up, but Penta snap suplexes him, too! Fans are thunderous as Penta comes out with the Three Amigos and “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs in at the corner but Cassidy ELBOWS him again! Cassidy goes up, Penta superkicks the legs out! Cassidy is stuck, Penta goes up, but Austin drags Cassidy out of the corner to ROCK Penta! Austin climbs up to fire hands but Penta hits back! They brawl, and Penta HEADBUTTS Austin down! Matt goes up to BLAST Penta off the corner! Matt then goes up, but Austin CLUBS him on the back!
Austin climbs up behind Matt, brings him up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt throws headlock punches on Austin, ELBOWS him down, then adjusts. Fans fire up and Matt CROSSBODIES Penta on the outside! Cassidy goes up to aim at Austin but Austin is up first! Austin CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy throws hands back! Austin falls down again, and Cassidy adjusts, to TRUST FALL onto Penta & Matt! Fans are thunderous and Cassidy goes up, but Austin gets under the leap! Things speed up, Austin turns hip toss into QUICK DRAW! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Austin fumes.
Abrahantes rallies the fans while Austin drags Cassidy up and reels him in. Austin calls out The Game, underhooks the arms, but Cassidy back drops him away! Penta runs in to DESTROYER on Cassidy! Austin staggers up, reels Penta in, but Penta back drops him. Matt hits a DESTROYER on Penta! Austin runs up on Matt, but Matt back drops him away! Cassidy hits a DESTROYER on Matt!! Austin tries again, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! Austin sunset flips it, TWO! Cassidy reels Austin in, to hit a DESTROYER!! The fans are thunderous as all four men stagger and wobble! Then they all fall over!
A standing count begins as fans chant for “A E DUB!” All four are down at 4 of 10, but they stir and go to ropes. Every man has a corner, but Penta runs in at Matt. Matt dodges to CLUB Penta, cravat, and he SUPERKICKS Austin! Matt runs to kick off Cassidy to hit SLICED BREAD on Penta! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls but Matt makes it a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Then the Polar Express begins! But Cassidy slips around but Matt switches. They go to ropes, Matt manages the O’Conner, but Penta AND Austin run in! Matt gets them both, DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS!! TRIPLE COVER!! TWO!!! All three escape and fans are thunderous!
Matt feeds off the energy and he drags Penta up. Matt doesn’t have Nick but he still calls the shot! B T E- NO, Penta blocks! “CERO! MIEDO!” Kick and underhook, but Matt slips out to underhook. Penta slips out to ENZIGURI! Penta runs, dodges Austin, to SLINGBLADE! Penta kicks Matt low, reels him in, but Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES Penta down! Cassidy blocks Matt’s superkick to spin him, Alabama Lift him, and BEACH BREAK!! But Austin hits a FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO!! Austin hurries to cover Matt, TWO!! Austin hurries to pin Penta, TWO!! Austin strikes out and is furious, but the fans rally up.
All four men rise, and Austin ROCKS Matt! ROCKS Cassidy! ROCKS Penta! “GUNS UP-” TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Cassidy! Penta SUPERKICKS Matt, but Matt SUPERKICKS Penta! They SUPERKICK each other! They DOUBLE LARIAT, DOUBLE LARIAT, and then run, but Austin trips Penta! Cassidy returns to ORANGE PUNCH Matt!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Freshly Squeezed finds the opening, and now he and the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil have the momentum! Will #OrangeHook grab themselves tag title tickets that are good for a title match at any time? Or will one of the three brother tag teams pull together and win big together?
Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Willow Nightingale!
The Lady of the House is on an impressive win streak of 26-0, since losing to Kris Statlander. As such, she is after the TBS Championship this Sunday. Will she make the Babe with the Power just another example? Or will Willow prove why she’s the 2023 Queen of Harts?
It’s also of note that Willow still has bandages wrapped around her head, covering the eye Julia Hart hit with black mist while backstage at Rampage. Will having only one eye hold her back against such a sadistic opponent?
The bell rings fans rally up as Willow stares Julia down. They approach, Julia has a sinister smile, but Willow CLOBBERS her! And bumps her off buckles! Willow fires clotheslines in the corner, the ref backs her off, but then Willow storms back up on Julia. Willow fires more forearms, bumps her off buckles, and then stomps a mudhole into Julia! The ref counts, Willow lets off, and Julia jumps on! She claws at the bandages! Willow SLAMS Julia down, storms around, but Julia dodges to fire off more forearms! The ref counts, Julia whips but Willow handsprings through! Willow comes back to short arm LARIAT!
Willow hauls Julia up, CHOPS her in the corner, and then bumps Julia off buckles! Willow throws more clotheslines and CHOPS! Willow reels Julia in, snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Willow rains down fists while Brody coaches Julia to get up. Willow storms around, but Julia SLAPS Her! That only makes Willow grin! Willow scoops to SLAM! And then scoop to SLAM again! And then another scoop, but Julia fights free! Julia ducks ‘n’ dodges, bails out, and she hides under the ring! Willow storms out after her but Brody stands in the way. Julia sneaks out the other side, then runs up to CHOP BLOCK! Fans hoot and bark as Julia hits a BLINDSIDE LARIAT!
Julia grins as she CLUBS away, and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Julia drags Willow up and into the ring, storms in after her, and CLUBS away more! Julia makes us all look at the damaged eye before she CLUBS Willow again. The ref reprimands, Julia stalks Willow to ropes and CHOKES her! The ref counts again, Julia lets off, and she CLUBS Willow down. Julia digs her boots in, but Willow pushes her away. Julia CLUBS Willow, Willow hits back. They throw hands back and forth, and Julia stomps Willow around. Julia brings Willow up but Willow throws body shots! Willow fireman’s carries, but Julia CXLAWS at Willow’s face! Julia drags Willow down while the ref reprimands!
Julia puts Willow on ropes and CHOKES her! The ref reprimands and counts, Julia lets off at 4, and then stalks Willow as she rises. Julia SLAPS Willow, has her in a corner, and CHOPS her! And ROCKS her! Julia fires forearms, snapmares, then KICKS her in the back! And KICKS her in the side! Julia rains down forearms, then clamps on a chinlock. Willow endures as Julia leans on the hold. Willow fights up as fans rally, and Willow stands as Dynamite returns to single picture. Julia jumps on for a SLEEPER, but Willow pops her into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both women rise and fans rally behind Willow!
Willow runs corner to corner to BACK BODY BLOCK, then she snapmares Julia away, to BOOT her down! Willow then whips Julia to SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Julia survives but Willow stays focused. Willow drags Julia up, reels her in, short arm LARIAT! And short arm- NO, Julia turns it into an STO! Julia then steps over, for the HARTLESS STRETCH!! Willow endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! Julia is furious as she lets go, but then she watches Willow go to the corner. Julia runs in, handsprings, but into a POOOOUNCE! PERIOD!! The straps come down, Willow is roaring, and she hauls Julia up!
Willow gut wrenches, scoops, and then RAMS Julia into a corner! Julia is put in the Tree of Woe, and Willow mocks the hooting and barking! Fans join in, Willow runs in, but Julia sits up and cannonball hits buckles! Julia adjusts, to MOONSAULT! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall
Julia angered Willow and took advantage of that rage! But she’s not done, either! HARTLESS STRETCH!! Willow endures, refuses to tap, but it doesn’t matter anyway because this match is over! But here comes Kris! The TBS Champion runs down and rushes Julia but Julia dodges and hides behind Brody! Julia has a sly little smile, but will nothing stop Mama Kris from grounding the brat? Or is the song right that the House Always Wins?
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As if this week wasn’t big enough, The Acclaimed’s Open Challenge for the Trios Championships has been answered! It will be the Hardy Party, Isiah Kassidy & The Hardy Boyz! Will the Scissoring World Tour be DELETED? Or will nothing stop Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn? Plus, Ruby Soho takes on Hikaru Shida for a shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship for October 10th, the special edition Tuesday Night Dynamite! And though he is to defend both the ROH World and NJPW Strong Openweight titles against Katsuyori Shibata, Eddie Kingston defends the latter against Rocky Romero! Will Azucar look to change the Mad King’s plans?
Renee Paquette is back in the ring.
She is already with Swerve Strickland at the table for this contract signing, and says we are days away from WrestleDream, Swerve returning to his hometown to face this former AEW World Champion, Hangman Adam Page! The Anxious Millennial Cowboy makes his entrance and the fans fire up. And Renee makes sure everyone knows, no one else is allowed ringside, neither from The Mogul Embassy nor from The Elite. Security is here to ensure that, so let us make this 1v1 match official. Hangman is given the contract first, and he takes the pen but Swerve says before he signs, Swerve has to admit. He is impressed with the fire Hangman has shown lately.
Even at Grand Slam, Swerve didn’t think Hangman had it in him. But uh, a little too late for it, don’t you think? We’re just four days away from WrestleDream. Swerve says it is better to be prepared on the approach rather than the landing, but that’s just him. Does Hangman understand what he is walking into? This is Seattle, “Whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” That is a lion’s den! It’s the Twelfth Man, dammit! Unlike anything Hangman’s ever dealt with. And he doesn’t really understand. They are two competitors that couldn’t be more opposite. Swerve is nothing like Hangman. Hangman is not the wrestler Swerve is, and Swerve is NEVER going to be the wrestler Hangman is.
Cuz what’s a farm to a mogul? A cowboy to an outlaw? A Buckshot to a Killshot? Swerve puts down his mic and stares Hangman down but Hangman says Swerve is all fire dup. Good, he should be. A few weeks ago, Swerve said some things that in the moment, Hangman won’t lie, they stung. But now that he’s had time to think about them, he wants to thank Swerve for saying all that. Hangman hadn’t gotten new wrestling gear in over a year. He hadn’t had new shirts or merch, and that something was up with Hangman. Hangman knew it, too, deep down.
Because for a year and a half, every day that Hangman would come to work, he felt there was a little black cloud hanging over his head that he just couldn’t get rid of. And yeah, sure, the sun would shine sometimes. Hangman beat Moxley in a Texas Death Match! Hangman reunited with his friends in The Elite! And it felt like Hangman should’ve been the happiest man in the world, but every time he started to smile, that little cloud came back and started to rain. Hangman was annoyed, pissed off, because he knew he couldn’t do anything or say anything. He had this umbrella folded up at his side, and he knew that for as long as God let it rain on him, he didn’t dare open the umbrella.
“But that is over with. And I weathered the storm, I’m still here!” Fans cheer that, and Hangman says the thing that Swerve noticed and made Hangman see, is that in the downpour, it washed something out of Hangman. Call it determination, passion, hope, but it was gone. And now that Hangman has had time to think, to really reckon with it, he realizes that the people have always, and now more than ever, deserve more from Hangman! They deserve the best of Hangman! Fans cheer that, too! And Hangman deserves to do that for himself. So that is what Swerve will get in Seattle. He will get THE BEST of Hangman!
Fans fire up as Hangman signs his part. Swerve laughs as the fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” Swerve says that was beautiful stuff. But frankly, that was also the most pathetic thing he’s ever seen! More pathetic than Russell Wilson and the Broncos against the Dolphins. Fans boo but Swerve says him being from Seattle, he is happy to have gotten “that piece of trash” out and left him here in “this dumpster fire of Colorado.” But Swerve will level with Hangman. This isn’t personal. It could’ve been anybody, but it happened to be Hangman in the position Swerve wants. Yeah, it’s true. Swerve really just might have mental issues, like mental health problems, because he makes an enemy out of someone every single day.
And that is what drives him to get into the position Hangman has! Swerve will do that! He will take this spot from Hangman this Sunday at WrestleDream! Oh and by the way, it rains an awful lot in Seattle. Hangman says Swerve keeps on saying he wants Hangman’s spot, Hangman’s position, to be a main event player in AEW. That’s what he keeps saying, right? Swerve himself said that if he had Hangman’s opportunites, he would’ve been long ago the first Black AEW World Champion. And Swerve, maybe he would’ve, that is a hypothetical. But the only thing either man can do is to live in a way that the generations to come won’t have to ask the same questions.
They could go back and forth all day long about what opportunities were handed to him and what opportunities Hangman earned. But in the end, one thing we can all agree on is that for every opportunity Hangman ever had, he has knocked it out the park! Fans cheer that! Hangman tells Swerve that if he wants this spot, damn right he should want it! But if he wants to say he has what it takes to fill Hangman’s boots, he does NOT! Swerve SLAPS Hangman, then signs his part. Renee backs away, as Hangman STABS Swerve’s hand with the other pen!! Security rushes in to pull these two apart before it gets worse!
Fans fire up as both men want to tear each other apart! They only have to wait four more days, will they be willing to wait until WrestleDream?
Wait, what’s going on backstage?!
Four men in completely black suits and masks are beating up on someone! They drag this person up, and TOSS him into the wall!! Wait, is that JAY WHITE?! Who just jumped King Switch and why? The camera pans over, and it’s MJF’s devil mask! Is MJF bringing out that dark side again? Is that even MJF under the mask?
A great Dynamite to start another go-home week. They hadn’t advertised much in the way of matches, so we got some great stuff essentially outta nowhere. Fenix VS Jeff Jarrett was a really good opener, with of course that circus of sidekicks doing what they can to help Jarrett, but of course Fenix retains. Fenix’s leg seemed to be actually banged up after that suplex over the barriers, so hopefully he’ll be okay given the recent handful of injuries. And awesome Triple Threat of Nick Jackson VS Cage VS Claudio to set up a title match for next Dynamite, and what a great move to make it a rematch of Fenix VS Nick. That was a huge hit when Dynamite first got going, so it’ll be great to see them go another round for the Dynamite anniversary.
Awesome Fatal 4 to hype up the Fatal 4 Tag we’re getting at WrestleDream. Cassidy winning makes me think #OrangeHook is out of the running, but then it feels like The Bucks are getting the title shot. That’s a lot given they’re now ROH World Six Man champs. At the same time, the Bucks VS FTR is always a good match. And Willow VS Julia was a great match, especially as it ended up the main event match. But I got to thinking, while Julia has been working hard a long time, but like, what happened to Willow getting to do stuff after winning the Owen Hart Cup? Why didn’t they think to raise the stakes, have Willow win here and then we get a Triple Threat at WrestleDream? If you’re going to do so few women’s matches, have more women in the matches.
Great promos all over to hype things for WrestleDream, though. A little redundant to show Don Callis & Konosuke in Tokyo, have them walk out live, and then cue up the rest of that Tokyo trip, but the point got across that neither Omega, Jericho or Ibushi is going into the Six Man Tag grudge match at 100%. As such, this has to be where Omega, Jericho & Ibushi get a win to make up for the losses at All In and All Out, as well as the betrayal of Sammy on Jericho. And nice post-Collision promo from Starks and Yuta to set up a match for WrestleDream. And given Starks has lost twice to Bryan, he has to win against Yuta here.
Great sit-down interview promo from Christian and Darby, and it seems Christian is just going to bring up anyone’s dead relatives to get heat. I like that Darby has dared Christian to leave Luchasaurus behind so they can truly be 1v1 for their two outta three, but I’m sure something still happens where Luchasaurus shows up and costs Christian in the end. At least, I’m sure hoping that happens. And a great promo for the contract signing with Swerve and Hangman. They could really steal the show since the fans will already be fired up for hometown hero Swerve, and at this point, it feels like Swerve could win.
But the newest vignette from The Righteous wasn’t that different from their previous. However, it was a good segue into the promo we got from MJF and Adam Cole. Another hilarious brochacho vignette, but a damn shame Cole’s foot injury is really that bad. I really hope Cole comes back quickly, it still feels like he just got back from the concussion. Hilarious stuff with Roddy, still in a hospital gown, wheeling in to shout at Adam. I like that MJF is learning to let friends have other friends, that is character growth. And MJF wanting to face The Righteous all alone, that is also some growth, where he is getting the guts to be the Face that takes on all comers.
And then, great promo from MJF and Jay White, setting up a title feud outta nowhere, but probably to make up for Cole being out of action. And what a wild closing scene where Devil MJF has henchmen again. Though, I wonder what’s really going on here. We saw The Kingdom & Roddy leave, Cole trailing behind. How do we know this is Roddy, The Kingdom and a couple others being given an opportunity all framing MJF to turn Cole against him? Either way, there’s some great intrigue thrown back into this story, I like it.
My Score: 8.9/10
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