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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/24/23)

Viva Las Vegas!



AEW Coverage Lasers

Dynamite is upping the ante!

Even before Double or Nothing, AEW has THREE championships on the line! Will Orange Cassidy still be International Champion going into Sunday? Or will he bust even before the Blackjack Battle Royal?


  • AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Kyle Fletcher; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Match: The House of Black VS AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik; The House of Black wins and retains the titles.
  • Taya Valkyrie VS Lady Frost; Taya wins.
  • Roderick Strong VS Daniel Garcia; Strong wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; The Lucha Brothers win and retain the titles.


AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Kyle Fletcher!

Freshly Squeezed is still a fighting champion, even after all the damage he’s taken. Meanwhile, “Dunkzilla” Mark Davis is unfortunately injured, so Aussie Open had to vacate the tag titles they’d collected. Will the Aussie Arrow rebuild the collection? Or will Cassidy be on a roll going into Double or Nothing?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Kyle beats the pulp out of Orange!

The bell rings and Kyle rushes up but Cassidy stays in the corner. The ref has Kyle stay back, and Cassidy takes his sunglasses off. And Kyle GAMANGIRIS! And suplexes to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives this fast and furious start, and Kyle drags Cassidy up. Kyle swings but Cassidy slips out! Cassidy shoves Kyle to a corner, runs in, but Kyle dodges to shove Cassidy. Cassidy goes to the apron but Kyle DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up, Kyle builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit and Cassidy hits railing! Kyle puts Cassidy in, then runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO! Cassidy is still in this and he hurries away.

Kyle is annoyed and a ring count starts. Kyle goes out to the apron, then climbs up the corner. Cassidy rises, and Kyle mocks putting hands in his pockets. But Cassidy SHOVES Kyle off! Kyle crashes hard on the apron! Cassidy then climbs up, leaps, and APRON DDTS! Kyle falls to the floor, Cassidy rolls into the ring and lets the count handle this. Kyle stands at 6 of 10, so Cassidy goes out to give him BEACH BREAK to the floor!! The ring count restarts and Cassidy leaves Kyle behind. The count passes 5 of 10, Kyle sits up at 7, but he’s dazed! Kyle springs in at 9.5!! But Cassidy covers, TWO! Kyle covers, TWO!

Cassidy runs in, Kyle dodges the punch but Cassidy blocks the kick. Cassidy holds his hands up, but then he ducks the superkick to SHOTGUN! Cassidy kips up but Kyle SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up, Kyle covers, TWO! Kyle rains down fists on Cassidy, and even elbows! Fans rally and duel as Kyle goes to a corner. “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” Kyle drags Cassidy up, suplexes, and he holds Cassidy up! Kyle walks around with Cassidy, Cassidy drops his hands, and Kyle SLAMS him down! Cover, TWO! Cassidy is still in this and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle is frustrated, but Cassidy still clutches his neck as he goes to a corner. Kyle wants Cassidy to stand, and then Kyle runs in corner to corner. But Cassidy drops out of the ring! Kyle is further frustrated while Cassidy rests on the ramp. The count starts, there is Champion’s Advantage here, but Cassidy dares Kyle to come out after him. Kyle obliges, but then Cassidy slides into the ring! Cassidy now dares Kyle to get back in. Kyle slides in, but Cassidy rolls out. Kyle does his best to keep his cool over Cassidy but Cassidy raises his hands, and puts them in his pockets! Kyle mockingly applauds, and then rushes out!

Cassidy rolls back in, and he lounges! The trolling continues but Kyle is keeping his cool. Kyle hops onto the apron, and Cassidy rolls all the way out the other side. Kyle rushes after Cassidy, the cat ‘n’ mouse continues but Kyle runs around the outside. Cassidy just rolls around inside so that he’s perfectly at the center. And then Cassidy lounges and gives a thumbs up. Kyle rushes in, Cassidy runs and tilt-o-whirls, but Kyle blocks it! Kyle suplexes, and then blocks Stun Dog Millionaire to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Kyle says that’s it while Cassidy flounders around. Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally up.

Kyle brings Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! And then Cassidy tilt-o-whirls, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives, but Cassidy is too sore to be upset. Cassidy goes to the apron, climbs up a corner, but Kyle hurries to anchor a foot. Cassidy stomps Kyle, kicks him away, but Kyle comes back to GAMANGIRI! Cassidy drags himself back up the apron but Kyle drags him up the corner. Fans fire up and Kyle deadlifts, but Cassidy throws body shots! Cassidy CLUBS and ELBOWS Kyle on the back and neck, then shoves Kyle down! Cassidy adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY, but Kyle catches him!

Kyle swings for the MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives and fans fire up again! Kyle grows further frustrated but fans continue to duel. Kyle drags Cassidy up, reels him in, but Cassidy fights off the lift. Kyle CLUBS away on Cassidy’s bandaged back, and then ROCKS him with a right! But Cassidy Alabama Lifts! Kyle sunset flips, ONE and deadlift, but Cassidy slips out of the bomb! Cassidy then ducks the lariat, blocks a kick, and he brings Kyle around. Kyle breaks free to ROCK Cassidy! Kyle drags Cassidy up, ROCKS Cassidy with a forearm, then has him in a corner.

Kyle stands Cassidy up, fires off forearm after forearm, then rolls back. Kyle runs back in, to GAMANGIRI! And then Kyle reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER!! Both men are down and fans rally up. A standing count starts but Cassidy shakes his head and stands up at 5 of 10. Cassidy brings Kyle up but Kyle ROCKS Cassidy! Cassidy “rocks” Kyle, and “rocks” him again! And again, and again, and again! Cassidy winds up, but he ducks the leg lariat to SUPERKICK! Scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! TWO, Kyle rolls through to a TOMBSTONE!! But then Kyle brings Cassidy up, for JUMPING TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!!!

Cassidy survives and Kyle cannot believe it! Vegas is thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Kyle shakes his head, he drags Cassidy to a corner and climbs up. Kyle reels Cassidy up to join him, and then scoops again! Fans freak out but Cassidy fights the gut wrench! Kyle switches his grip, SUPER MICHINOKU DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? How did Cassidy survive that?! Kyle is at a loss for words but fans hope they “Fight Forever!” This has to end somehow, this is just the first match of the night! Cassidy crawls to ropes, drags himself up, and Kyle fires up. Kyle aims, runs, and CALF KICKS Cassidy in the back!

Kyle hammerlocks, half nelsons, scoops, but Cassidy kicks off buckles to TORNADO DDT!! Fans fire up and Cassidy is fired up! Off comes the elbow pad, but Kyle SUPERKICKS the bad hand! Wrench, hammerlock, half nelson, scoop and- Victory roll from Cassidy! Crisscross clutch, CASSIDY WINS!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Aussie Arrow missed the mark and Orange Cassidy holds onto the gold! But now it’s on to the Blackjack Battle Royal, will Freshly Squeezed win when he’s facing 20 other men?


Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Renee Paquette is with The Absolute and notes that last week, Starks got himself disqualified against Jay White. Just what is going on with him right now? Starks says it is no secret he is a hot head. And last week, people probably thought he was acting out of emotion. But he wants us all to know, he was in full control. “Every single week, it’s the same. I get beat up by Jay ‘n’ Juice, every single match. And I am sick of it, I am tired of it, and if no one here is gonna do anything about it, I am gonna take matters into my own hand! Because I have nothing to lose anymore! This Sunday at the Blackjack Battle Royal, I am refocusing my energy on winning the International Title.

“Because guess what? Guess what I can do to two guys I can do to 20 men?” But then Starks gets attacked by Juice! Juice eggs Starks on as he beats him down, and then Starks hits back! But White joins in! Bullet Club Gold beats Starks down, and THROW him into a road case! The Switchblade mocks the pose while Rock Hard rains down fists! Juice sets Starks on the case, and White ahs a chair! White SMACKS Starks on the back! White then takes a seat and says, “You think you’re done with us? You think you’re done with Bullet Club Gold?” Juice shouts, “ABSOLUTELY NOT!”

White says they’re having too much fun making Starks’ life hell! And they’re gonna keep having fun, so see you around, sweet boy. Bullet Club Gold leaves Starks black ‘n’ blue, but will Starks absolutely tear them apart in the battle royal?


“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry speaks.

“Y’know, I drove into Vegas last night. And I thought about all the times in my life I drove down that exact same road to get here. I used to drive down here with my buddies to wrestle at a little casino down the street. I drove down here during one of the most difficult times of my life, for the first Double or Nothing. Last year after Double or Nothing, I drove home with Christian Cage in the car next to me, and I had no idea that a few weeks later, my world would be turned upside-down.

“And every single time I make that drive, it’s a little bit different than the time before. But one thing is always the same, and that is the feeling that I get when I stand inside of that ring. That ring has given me a purpose. That ring has let me be the man that I wanna be. That ring has let me live the life that I choose to live. And on Monday morning, when it comes time to drive back home over that very same road, I’m going to do it as the AEW World Champion.” Will Jungle Boy’s road soon be paved with gold after Double or Nothing?


FTR is here!

Las Vegas cheers as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler head down to the ring and get the mics. Cash tells Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal that “it’d be easy for me to stand here and say that you are ‘carny.’ It would be easy for me to say that you are trash. It would be easy for me to say that you only are where you are because you politicked your way there. But the bottom line is, every step of the way, you’ve outsmarted us. Every step of the way, we’ve known what you’re gonna try, we’ve known what you’re gonna do, and you still done it, because you’re smart.” That can’t be taken away from Triple J, they are smart and they are good.

But more importantly, Triple J’s been lucky. “Sunday, Double or Nothing, your luck runs out.” Fans like the sound of that! Dax says that if you think those guitars are gonna keep them down, they’re mistaken. Jarrett, you could smash a million guitars and you still ain’t relevant! So what they do is attach their names to the greatest tag team int he world today, and Dax doesn’t blame ’em! He’d probably do the same damn thing! But if Triple J thinks that for one second, the head of the tag team division is gonna be a couple of rejects from TNT, nuh-uh! Ain’t gonna happen!

“After Double or Nothing, you might wanna make a call to the Queen of the Mountain and make sure you got some job security.” And by that, Dax doesn’t mean Jeff’s “b*tch of a wife, Karen.” Dax means Dixie! #TopGuysOut! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! Mark has a mic of his own, and he joins FTR in the ring. Cash wants Mark to wait. They know he’s mad and he has every right to be, but don’t let Triple J make you look stupid. Last year, three times, FTR went to hell and back with the Briscoes. And this year, they’d go to hell and back for Mark! The fans cheer that. Mark says no doubt, they are blood brothers for life.

That is why Mark has to know. What was Dax’s piledriver all about? Dax wants Mark to understand, he couldn’t see, he was trying to piledriver some “carny a-hole,” not Mark. Dax apologizes and says to shake hands like a man. Mark slaps the handshake away! Dax says he loves The Briscoes, but he can’t disrespect Dax like that on TV. Shake his hand! Mark looks at his hand, and SLAPS Dax!! Fans fire up and Cash stops Dax from retaliating. This is Triple J getting in Mark’s head! But Mark isn’t listening anymore and he takes his leave. And wouldn’t you know, here comes Triple J? Mark shoves Karen aside and shoves Sonjay, too! Then he SLAPS Jarrett himself!

Fans fire up as Mark eyes Lethal and Satnam. Lethal doesn’t understand, but Mark tells him he doesn’t give a damn “about none of these clowns.” Lethal is Mark’s friend, not them. But also, he’s getting tired of this BS. Mark shoves Lethal aside and storms off. Will the Sussex County Chicken call this down the middle just because he can’t stand any of them?


Backstage interview with Sammy Guevara.

Renee is with the Spanish God and says that as much as she’d love to have nothing to do with MJF, MJF did ask her to relay a message. The offer still stands: If Sammy lies down in the main event Fatal 4 Way, MJF would still pay Sammy “that handsome, handsome check.” Sammy says that he knows MJF is gonna watch this. So y’know what? That’s a lot of money. HELL NO! Sammy ain’t laying down for MJF! This may be a hard concept to grasp for a rich guy, but you can’t buy everything. Sammy is not for sale! And he never would’ve gotten here if he was. People have tried to buy him out of his dreams before.

Bosses offered promotions and more money, but told Sammy to “live in the real world and grow up.” Sammy told those bosses the same thing he is telling MJF now: shove that offer up your ass because he IS living the dream! He IS all grown up! And not only did that kid make it, that kid is the man who will take the AEW World Championship from MJF! Will the rest of Sammy’s wildest dreams come true on Sunday?


AEW World Trios Championships Open House Rules Match: The House of Black VS AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews laid down their own rules, from no ropebreaks to enforced disqualifications and a 20 count for being outside the ring, and so far, they’ve succeeded at winning by those rules. But with “Dealer’s Choice” being Lucha Rules, one man in as soon as one man’s out, will the All Heart Air Force bring down the House?

Dynamite is picture in picture as The House of Black makes their entrance, followed by their challengers. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who rules the Trios Division!

Dynamite returns to single picture as the trios sort out. Blake and Buddy start and fans rally up. The two circle, Blake shoots around to a waistlock but Buddy wrenches back. Buddy YANKS the arm, YANKS it again, and then grinds the shoulder down. Buddy wrenches, Blake rolls, cartwheels, but Buddy blocks the kick! Blake tries to swipe at Buddy but he can’t reach. Buddy flips Blake to then V-TRIGGER him down! Blake falls out of the ring, but Lucha Rules activate and Metalik springboards in! FLYING ARM-DRAG! Metalik runs, RANAS, and Buddy bails out! Metalik waits but forgets Lucha Rules go both ways!

Metalik runs around into Malakai and a kitchen sink knee! Metalik bails out but Fox is in! Malakai still ELBOWS Fox away! Malakai runs in at the corner, Fox puts him on the apron but Malakai ROCKS him! Malakai then hops down and Brody SPLASHES Fox in the corner! Brody TOSSES Fox, Fox bails out and Blake springboards back in! Brody dodges, Blake handsprings and NEURALIZERS! Brody stays up, Blake runs again, handspring and- NO, Brody catches Blake for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Brody tags Malakai in. The Kings of the Black Throne mug Blake, a big BOOT knocks him down!

Malakai drags Blake up, Blake throws forearms, and then runs in, but into a KNEE! Blake kicks but Malakai blocks to sweep the leg! Malakai stalks Blake to a corner, goes out onto the apron with him, but Blake POSTS Malakai! But Malakai KNEES Blake down! They get back in, Malakai GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Blake lands on his feet! Blake staggers back, Metalik tags in, and Blake goes up and over Malakai as he rushes in! Metalik GAMANGIRIS, and then Blake waistlocks. Malakai ELBOWS free but Metalik springboards, into a KNEE! Malakai drags Metalik up, tags Buddy in, and they double whip Metalik corner to corner.

Metalik goes up the corner, around the ropes, and then DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS back! Fans fire up as Malakai and Buddy both bail out. Blake and Metalik coordinate, they both build speed, and FLY! Metalik wipes out Buddy, and Blake gets Malakai in a dragon sleeper, FINAL CUT to the floor! And with Lucha Rules, Fox and Brody are now legal. Fox goes to run but Brody’s in his way! So Fox BOOTS him! Brody eggs Fox on so Fox BOOTS! And BOOTS! Brody wobbles, Fox realizes he’s in trouble. Fox runs, but into a CHOP! Brody drags Fox up, runs, but Blake and Metalik trip him up! Fox DROPKICKS Brody out!

Fans fire up as Blake and Metalik go after Brody, but then Malakai and Buddy go after them! The brawl is 3v2 and now a ring count can start with no one in the ring for The House! Fox hurries to the apron and climbs up a corner. Fox IMPLODER SENTONS and takes everyone out! Fans are thunderous and Julia is upset! Fox puts Buddy in, climbs up the corner, and 450s, but has to bail out! Buddy runs in, Fox goes Matrix, but Buddy dodges! CURB STOMP!! Buddy drags Fox into a PRISM TRAP!! Fox endures, reaches out, but there’s no ropebreaks! Fox forgot just like Bandido did before!

Malakai intercepts Malakai into a KNEEBAR! Blake returns, he SUPERKICKS Buddy, but Buddy holds on!? Blake SUPERKICKS again, but still not enough! Brody catches Blake for a HANGING SLEEPER!!! Fox taps, the House wins!!

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

Even with Lucha Rules, the House adjusted and comes away with the gold!


AEW looks ahead at Anarchy in the Arena II.

Good ol’ JR says that this comes down to how tough Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks & Hangman Page are physically and mentally. If they can’t step up, we know the outcome. The BCC says they are the genuine article, they live it and breathe it every single effing day! But The Elite are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW!

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says, “Here it is. Big week. We have two objectives this week for the BCC. Number one: tonight, Claudio, Yuta, they win the ROH Tag Team titles and take tag team wrestling to a whole new level. Objective number two is this Sunday at Anarchy in the Arena, when we end the Elite.” Moxley says, “We are the best in the world. And I don’t say that lightly, I don’t say that because it sounds cool, I’m not trying to sell you anything. And when I say that, my hand doesn’t shake. I say that because that is the standard we set for ourselves every single day and every single time we step foot into the ring.

“And fans open their pockets and part with their money and their time to watch the greatest sport in the world. We do the job the way it’s meant to be done, and there is nobody, nobody in this world, better at it than us. This is the major leagues, kids. And at this level, only one thing matters: Are you willing to stand in the line of fire? Are you willing to step up to the plate and deliver when it counts? This Sunday is gonna count. And this Sunday, the BCC will deliver. Anarchy in the Arena, in a storm of violence, we will stand calm, ready, take aim, and fire. See the difference between professionals and amateurs.”


MJF is here!

The AEW World Champion goes over to commentary before going to the ring. He drinks Tony Schiavone’s water, then splashes what’s left of it on Schiavone! MJF then continues to the ring and he spits whatever he was chewing on at the fans. MJF gets a mic and has them cut his music. Fans boo but MJF says, “Y’know, it’s funny. They call this place Sin City, but I look around this arena, I have a feeling that we’re gonna have to change the name to Virgin Vegas.” Fans boo but MJF smirks.

People wanna know how he feels with the match stacked against him. This is how he feels: He wants Sammy to stick his tongue out into a light socket; he wants Darby Allin to have his wish granted of climbing Mount Everest, with his shoelaces untied; he wants Jungle Boy Jack to get thrown into an echo chamber and be forced to speak, so he can bore himself to death. “But unlike you disgusting, lowlife poors, I’m intelligent. I am fully aware of how important and monumental this match up is heading into Sunday. The four of us, the main event of a PPV for the world title.

“A lot of people like to throw around the word, ‘homegrown.’ Doesn’t get more homegrown than us. We have been here since day one, and unlike some of your favs, we didn’t have the cheat code of being on national television prior. Four years ago, you people didn’t know who we were. Four years later, we have beaten the best this sport has to offer. Four years later, we have given you the best matches and the best moments in the history of this company! We aren’t just a part of AEW, gaddammit, we ARE AEW!!” Fans agree with that. MJF says, “However… I don’t wanna be anymore, to be perfectly honest.”

To be honest, MJF is getting bored. He’s sick of this place. He’s sick of the lack of competition, the lack of competency, and he is sick of the lack of respect from the fans he so greatly deserves! Tony Khan knows that. And he also knows Daddy’s contract is coming up. Oh, people don’t like it when he brings that up? Well facts are facts, and it’s no coincidence he is wrestling three other men and doesn’t have to get pinned to lose his belt. “Tony Khan and all of you are hitting the panic button because you desperately want somebody to take the Triple B off me, don’t you?” Well you should be worried! Because MJF just may take his ball and go home.

Because this is MJF’s ball! MJF earned this ball! MJF took this ball, and he has run with it faster than anyone can keep up with it around here! And this Sunday, the fans find out that those three men are extremely talented. But much like the rest of the roster, none of them are on the level of the Devil! MJF soaks up the heat from the fans, but here comes Darby Allin! The Relentless One has a mic and he heads to the ring now, but MJF has the music cut. Fans chant for Darby but MJF tells him that it’s cute Darby came out here on his cute little stilts. But MJF’s a little busy. Does Darby have something important to say to MJF’s face?

Darby tells Max, “I’ve lost a lot in this life. A lot. But I never lost my mind. I know exactly who Darby Allin is and where I’m going. But that wasn’t always the case. Back in 2011, I graduated high school in Seattle, and everybody told me, ‘Play it safe. Don’t expect much in life.’ And I listened to those people. And y’know where that got me? It got me working at the 99 cent store, cleaning toilets. And this one life I have isn’t meant to be spent cleaning toilets. It’s meant to be spent as a professional wrestler. So I moved from Seattle to Atlanta, and I started living in my car.

“Long nights in that car, I used to talk to myself, and I always said that you do not deserve to leave this car until you make it as a professional wrestler. And then AEW came and saved my sanity. Because this company gives me something. It lets me live the way I wanna live inside this ring and outside. For example, no other company’s gonna let me skateboard with Tony Hawk. No other company’s gonna let me take a car and jump it over my house with Travis Pastrana. Hell, even next year, I am climbing Mount Everest.” Fans cheer that, and Darby says he is not a moldable puppet. You cannot create Darby, he IS Darby.

Darby wants to be the face of AEW, and to become the face of AEW, he has to become the AEW World Champion. This Sunday at Double or Nothing, I am taking your championship. And I might even do it with a headlock takeover.” MJF thinks that’s amusing, and then he LOW BLOWS Darby! Fans boo and MJF puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! But here comes Sammy! MJF bails out and runs away! MJF says this is as close as Sammy gets to the title! But them Jungle Boy is here! MJF lost count of his challengers, but he rushes JB with the belt! JB dodges and then CLOBBERS MJF! JB picks up the belt, will he be the one leaving Las Vegas with it?


Wardlow speaks.

“Christian, you think you’re at the advantage with it being a ladder match. It’s what you made famous, it’s what you’re known for. I spent my entire life climbing ladders. I am the Face of the Revolution Ladder match winner. You got a real big mouth, and I’m betting I can fit a sixteen foot ladder in it.” Arn Anderson wants us to imagine the damage that Wardlow can do to Christian and Luchasaurus with an 80 pound steel ladder in his hands. Christian’s done a lot of dirty things, but nothing compares what’s gonna happen to him in about four days. Hmm, how fitting. Will the Maestro of Mayhem mangle Captain Charisma in his favorite match type?


Taya Valkyrie VS Lady Frost!

La Wera Loca is getting another shot at Jade Cargill and the TBS Championship, and this time she CAN use her finisher, the Road to Valhalla! But first, she’s up against a very cool customer. Will Taya melt Lady Frost before she burns #ThatBitch?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Taya and Frost tie up, and then they break. They circle, tie up again, and Taya waistlocks. Taya SLAMS Frost down, then flips her over. Frost kips up but Taya throws her down to cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Taya and Frost speed things up, Frost ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Taya staggers up, keeps moving, and turns arm-drag into arm-drag! Frost is in a corner, Taya ELBOWS her down! Fans fire up and Taya KICKS Frost, snapmares, and then SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Taya smiles and brings Frost up.

Taya whips Frost to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS her again! Taya CHOPS Frost, and then whips her corner to corner. Frost reverses but Taya reverses to send her back in. Taya runs in but Frost dodge! Taya POSTS herself, then staggers back. GAMANGIRI from Frost! Taya sits down, Frost runs to handspring in, but into a LARIAT! Taya covers, TWO! Taya smiles, but here come the Baddies! Jade Cargill and Leila Grey, as well as Mark Sterling, are watching Taya and she dares them to come closer as AEW goes picture in picture.

Jade says Taya doesn’t want none right now. Taya goes back to Frost, bumps her off buckles, and then stomps her around. Taya brings Frost up, sits her against ropes, and runs to DOUBLE KNEE! Frost is practically half out of the ring, so Taya kicks her the rest of the way out. Taya waves to Jade, drags Frost up, and SMACKS Frost off the apron. Taya brings Frost around the way, to CHOP against the apron! Jade laughs, thinking Taya’s full of herself. Taya struts, but then Frost RAMS her into the apron! Frost CHOPS Taya now! But then Taya KICKS Frost! Taya puts Frost int he ring and hurries after her.

Jade and Leila annoyed as Taya kicks Frost low and throws her by her hair. The ref reprimands and Taya apologizes, then she goes back to Frost. Taya covers, TWO! Taya brings Frost up, Frost breaks free to knee and knee and kick! Taya drops, she ducks one kick but not the HEEL KICK! The Baddies approve of that. Frost bumps Taya off buckles, then CHOPS! Again, The Baddies approve. But then Taya turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! The ref counts, Taya lets off to then whip corner to corner. Frost reverses, Taya blocks, so Frost tries again. Taya reverses now and then runs in, but into a BOOT!

Frost catches her breath while Dynamite returns to single picture. Frost CHOPS Taya, sits her in the corner, and the Baddies applaud as Frost handsprings to CANNONBALL! Frost drags Taya out and fires up! Frost climbs, fans rally, and Frost TORNILLO CROSBODIES! She bounces off the cover, and Taya SPEARS her down! Fans fire up and Jade is annoyed again. A standing count starts, Taya rises at 5 of 10. Taya drags Frost up, ROCKS her, but Frost ROCKS Taya back! Taya ROCKS Frost, Frost ROCKS Taya! They go back and forth, Taya gets the edge, and then Taya wrenches to a scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Frost is showing heart and the Baddies say Taya will never get the title. But Taya hooks up Frost’s legs, pulls on the arms, and CURB STOMPS Frost down! Fans fire up as Taya smiles. Frost staggers around, Taya taunts Jade, but then Frost ROUNDHOUSES! Frost runs, ducks ‘n dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but into a BACKBREAKER from Taya! Taya KNEES Frost in the face, then brings her around! “Take a good look!” Chicken wings and ROAD TO VALHALLA!! Cover, Taya wins!

Winner: Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall

Jade says alright, game on. Will Double or Nothing see Jade go 60-0? Or will Taya be the one to finally cancel #ThatBitchShow?


Tony Khan speaks.

“It’s great to be here tonight, where it all began for AEW. Right here at the MGM Grand, right here in Las Vegas. And it’s very fitting that we’re here tonight where it all began, to make an announcement about the start of a new beginning for AEW. AEW Collision, starting June 17th on TNT. Last week, we announced some of the cities for our opening tour, with events coming up in Toronto, Hamilton, Regina, Calgary and Newark. But what we haven’t announced yet is the location for the very first AEW Collision. The first episode of AEW Collision will take place Saturday, June 17th, at 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central, on TNT, from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

“I’m looking forward to a great show, and I’m sure you are two. It’s going to be a big night of wrestling, and a lot to look forward to this weekend at AEW Double or Nothing. I’ll see you this weekend, back to you guys.”


Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Alex Marvez is with the Cowboy, and he says we know it’ll be The Elite VS The BCC, Anarchy in the Arena II on Sunday. But the question for Hangman is this: What is the status of your friendship with the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega? Hangman says it’s funny he uses “that word.” Hangman thinks he and the Bucks used to be the best of friends, but he and Kenny were always different. Hangman isn’t sure if they were ever really friends, let alone best friends. But what they’ve all been through, Hangman realizes they’re actually something more than friends, something more important than friends, and that’s family.

And family sticks together no matter where life takes them. And this Sunday, life takes them into Anarchy in the Arena. In the lead up, Blackpool Combat Club has taken so much from The Elite. They took Hangman’s eye, they took Matt’s arm, they took Nick’s shoulder. And while Hangman ain’t mad about it, somehow, the BCC cost Kenny his relationship with Don Callis. The price that the BCC has run up is too high. This Sunday, the BCC pays in blood.


Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

And with a table and some chairs, it is time for the contract signing for an upcoming match at Double or Nothing. First of all, Adam Cole BAYBAY! Cole heads to the ring, with Roderick Strong by his side. Fans fire up for the “BOOM!” and of course they “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Schiavone then introduces Cole’s opponent, Chris Jericho! The Wizard makes his entrance, fans sing Judas, and Jericho has the Jericho Appreciation Society with him. The JAS join the Undisputed in the ring, then Cole and Jericho take their seats.

Schiavone reminds everyone of the No Physicality Agreement and thanks them all for agreeing to it. Especially since emotions are running very, very high. This contract is for the Unsanctioned Match, meaning that by signing it, AEW is not to be held responsible for what happens during the match between them. This is a personal contract between Jericho and Cole. Jericho puts his feet up while Cole glares at him. Cole goes first and signs his part quickly. Cole then slides the contract to Jericho, and the fans cheer.

Cole gets the mic to tell Jericho, “For weeks, I wondered why you did what you did. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t process why you thought it was a good idea to have me handcuffed to the bottom rope and make me watch as Britt was beaten over and over again with that kendo stick. And you, you directed traffic! You screamed ‘Again! Again! Again!'” Jericho doesn’t really seem to care Cole is calling him out on this, but Cole says that maybe, it was because Jericho is a scumbag. Maybe it’s because Jericho is a disgusting human being. And while Jericho is both of those things, that’s not why he did it.

Jericho did it because he truly believes he is invincible. Jericho thinks he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, because he’s Chris Jericho, and that AEW should be thankful to have you. The JAS says of course that’s how it is! But Cole says we find out how invincible Jericho really is, when Cole beats the living hell out of him. Fans like the sound of that. Cole says honest to God, AEW should be thankful that this is an Unsanctioned Match! Because the blood won’t be on their hands, it’ll be on Cole’s, and that’s just the way Cole likes it! Fans cheer on Cole but the JAS tell them to stop that.

Cole hopes Jericho knows that it is taking all the power Cole has not to just dive across the table, beat Jericho within an inch of his life, right here and right now! But Cole can’t, so instead, let him explain what happens this Sunday at Double or Nothing. Sunday night, they’ll find out if Jericho can still walk, because Cole will break both legs. They find out if Jericho can still run his damn mouth because Cole will shatter his jaw! They find out if Jericho can still write, because Cole will bring those hands! If Cole was Jericho, he’d “hurry up and sign the paper, b*tch!” Schiavone reminds everyone, no physicality.

Jericho stands up, and the fans start chanting, “SIGN IT, B*TCH!” Jericho says he’s not a b*tch cuz he’s not from Las Vegas! Jericho grabs the pen, looks at the contract, and says that before he signs, he thinks maybe Cole’s concussion might’ve affected his memory. Because what happened with Cole and Britt the way Cole described it. Jericho remembers exactly how it happened, and he’ll remind us right now. Roll the clip! The tron plays the footage from almost a month ago, as Saraya used the kendo stick on Britt Baker again and again!

Cole is furious again, and Jericho says, “What kind of a man would allow the love of his life to get the crap kicked out of her a mere inches away from him? That was you! She got destroyed with a kendo stick- Oh, you wanna touch me? Touch me!” Strong keeps Cole back and Cole tells Jericho he will destroy him! Jericho says Cole is a coward, this all proves it. And on Sunday, Cole wants the Unsanctioned Match? No rules? No accountability? Jericho will knock Cole’s teeth down his throat! Cole can’t beat The Ocho, and he knows he can’t! Cole wants to end Jericho? No, Cole won’t end Jericho.

Jericho signs his part, and says that once again, Cole got outsmarted. No rules? There’s five of them and only two of the Undisputed. Cole says that’s right, there is five JAS and two Undisputed. Which is why Cole made to a call to someone who lives here in Las Vegas. A guy Cole idolized growing up, and trust him when he says, this guy as one man is crazier than all five of the JAS combined. Who’s crazier than the JAS?! “Homicidal! Suicidal! GENOCIDAL! His name… IS SABU!!!” Jericho freaks out and the fans fire up as the ECW legend arrives here in AEW!! Sabu goes to the ring and Jericho looks like he’s seen a ghost!

Cole gives Sabu a chair, and Sabu SMACKS Matthew Menard with it! After all, Sabu didn’t agree to the No Physicality Agreement! Sabu gets the chair again and he runs off the rest of the JAS! Fans are thunderous for Sabu, will he help this Unsanctioned Match get extreme?


AEW looks closer at Jamie Hayter VS Toni Storm.

The AEW Women’s World Champion says that when she won this title, that was a promise that she’d be a reigning and defending champion. But the Lightning From Down Under points out that Hayter only won thanks to Britt. But Toni has help in her corner now, too. Hayter says injury or not, she will defend this title at Double or Nothing. Toni knows Hayter isn’t 100%, and that is why Toni will rip that arm off the bone and eat it raw! Hayter vows to still be champion, but will The Outcasts make sure it is #ToniTime after Sunday?


Roderick Strong VS Daniel Garcia!

While Adam Cole is after the head of the snake, the Savior of the Backbreaker is looking to eliminate at least one part of the JAS before Double or Nothing! Will the Dragonslayer end up a broken man after taking on Strong?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Strong puts Garcia in a corner but then they go along ropes. Fans rally for “RODDY! RODDY!” but Garcia pushes Strong to center. Garcia goes for a leg but Strong sprawls and facelocks to block. They gator roll, Garcia fights up and puts Strong on ropes. The ref counts, Garcia lets off slowly, and he throws a body shot. Garcia wrenches, hammerlocks, but Strong fights up to switch the hammerlock onto Garcia. Strong then hits a headlock and takeover, and he grinds Garcia down. Garcia keeps his shoulders up, chinbars back, and fights to his feet.

Garcia powers Strong to ropes, the ref counts the break again, and Garcia lets off slowly, just to RAM into Strong! Garcia CHOPS, Strong CHOPS back! Garcia CHOPS, Strong CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth! Strong CHOPS Garcia off his feet and fans fire up! Strong puts Garcia in the corner and he CHOPS again. Garcia swings but Strong dodges to CHOP again! Strong fires forearms, Garcia hits back, they end up back on ropes, and Garcia throws body shots. Strong shoves back, then BOOTS! Strong brings Garcia around to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Strong is in control as Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Strong pushes Garcia to a cover, TWO! Strong kicks Garcia around, drags him up and puts him in a corner, to then RAM into him! And CHOP him! Garcia staggers, Strong follows him and KNEES him low! Strong stands Garcia up to CHOP him again! Garcia staggers to another corner, Strong is on him for another CHOP! Strong then reels Garcia in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Garcia scrambles away to the outside but Strong builds speed. But Garcia avoids the dropkick and sends Strong into steel steps! Garcia soaks up the heat from Vegas as he struts around. Strong crawls, Garcia goes back for him, and SMACKS him off the steps!

Garcia goes up the steps, does his dance, and fans boo and give thumbs down. But Strong CHOPS Garcia in the gut! And then CHOPS him on the chest! Strong puts Garcia in the ring, only to drag him to the apron. Strong hauls Garcia up, but Garcia fights and HOTSHOTS Strong first! Garcia POSTS Strong and he falls to the floor! Strong clutches his arm, Garcia soaks up the heat, and then flips everyone of a la The Ocho. Garcia is still stinging, though, so he stomps away on Strong! Garcia stands on Strong and flexes, but the ref counts. Garcia steps off, drags Strong out, and he steps through to have a deathlock!

Garcia grabs the arms as Dynamite returns to single picture, and Garcia STOMPS Strong down! Fans boo but Garcia does his dance again! Strong rises up, and he CHOPS Garcia down again! But Garcia knocks Strong down to stomp away on him! Garcia yells but fans boo. Strong crawls away but Garcia storms up after him. Fans chant “You Can’t Dance!” Garcia says nuh-uh, and he does his dance again. Garcia reels Strong in, but Strong turns it around into a GOURD BUSTER! Fans rally up, Strong goes to a corner, and then he runs at Garcia to LARIAT! Strong rallies with more lariats, then whips to ropes, for a DROPKICK!

Fans fire up, Strong runs to KNEE Garcia against ropes! And then ATOMIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Garcia hangs tough, but Strong pushes his hands away. Strong drags Garcia up, fireman’s carries, but Garcia slips off to throat chop! Garcia runs, into a single leg capture and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps on Garcia and puts him in a corner. Strong tries to lift but Garcia fights back. Garcia BOOTS Strong, dodges the knee, and rolls Strong up! TWO, and Garcia hurries up, but into a knee! Strong brings Garcia in, but Garcia JAWBREAKERS! Strong comes back, Garcia choke grips, but Strong breaks free.

Garcia SLAPS! And SLAPS! And SLAPS! Then he catches Strong in a clinch, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Strong hangs tough, but Garcia brings him up. Strong fireman’s carries but Garcia rakes the eyes! Garcia then body scissor captures and rolls Strong, into the DRAGON TAMER!! Strong endures as Garcia sits back on the hold! Strong turns over, boots Garcia away into ropes, and Garcia comes back. Fireman’s carry, GUT BUSTER DROP! And then suplex, END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Strong wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

Strong takes care of Garcia, will things be a bit more even going into Double or Nothing?


Willow Nightingale speaks.

“This past weekend, I represented All Elite Wrestling in the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship tournament.” The Babe with the Power made it to the finals against Mercedes Moné, and she WON!! Willow wants to prove to everyone just how strong she is! Will this historic inaugural reign be one to remember?


ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Lucha Brothers VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta!

It was The Swiss Superman’s win in Double Jeopardy that earned the Blackpool Combat Club this match, and now Claudio could become an ROH Double Champion! Will the BCC be rolling into Double or Nothing? Or will they be stopped by CERO MIEDO?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, Bryan Danielson joins commentary, and the tag titles are raised as we see who will be saying “Viva Las Vegas” in the main event!

The teams sort out but they also start talking trash to each other. Yuta shoves Penta and Penta shoves Yuta, same as Claudio shoves Fenix and Fenix shoves Claudio. No Code of Honor here as the brawl breaks out! The ref rings the bell to get this on record! Penta SOBATS Yuta but Claudio CLUBS Fenix! Claudio then ROCKS Penta, but Fenix ENZIGURIS Claudio! Yuta BOOTS Fenix, but Penta SUPERKICKS Yuta! Claudio runs in but Penta dodges, and the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Claudio bails out, fans chant “CERO MIEDO!” and then Penta says it himself! The Lucha Bros build speed to DOUBLE TOPE!

Fans fire up as the BCC is wiped out at the ramp! The Lucha Bros get back in and feed off the energy, then Penta SUPER CROSSBODIES the BCC back down! Penta drags Yuta & Claudio up, Fenix climbs, and fans fire up as Fenix jumps, jumps and balances to then jump and SUPER CROSSBODY! Another direct hit and fans are thunderous! Fenix puts Yuta in, Penta half nelsons, pump handles, and MADE IN MEXICO! Cover, Claudio breaks it! Bryan wasn’t paying attention during his “The Elite are Amateurs” rant and is surprised by all this! Fenix DROPKICKS Claudio out, then Penta brings Yuta up.

Penta tags Fenix, Fenix climbs and Penta positions Yuta. But Claudio gets in to UPPERCUT Fenix! Yuta slips free and Claudio CLOBBERS Penta! Yuta crawls, tags Claudio, and Claudio hurries in. Penta dodges, comes back, and SLINGBLADES! Claudio gets up but Penta puts him against ropes, so Fenix can TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICK! The Lucha Brothers coordinate again, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta anchors Fenix! Penta slides out to SUPERKICK Yuta! Fenix springboards, but into the UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives but the BCC has control as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Claudio drags Fenix up, but Fenix CHOPS him! And CHOPS him again! Claudio eggs Fenix on, Fenix CHOPS again, but Claudio gives him a short arm LARIAT! Claudio drags Fenix back up, whips him hard into the corner, then clotheslines him in the corner! Tag to Yuta, the BCC mugs Fenix, and Yuta CHOPS! Fenix flops against ropes but Yuta drags him back up. Fenix CHOPS back, but Yuta DECKS Fenix! Yuta taunts Fenix, stomps him, then drags him around. Tag to Claudio and the BCC mugs Fenix again. Claudio snapmares Fenix to a cover, TWO! Claudio keeps on Fenix’s arm but the fans rally.

Fenix fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Fenix throws forearms, Claudio shoves him away, and then scoops for a BACKBRAEKER! Cover, TWO! Claudio argues the count but the fans says it was fair. Tag to Yuta, the BCC stomp Fenix, then split the wishbone! Fenix steps through for a toehold, then he ties up the legs in a deathlock. Fenix sits up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Yuta stands up to put on the pressure! Fenix bridges to try and relieve it, but then Yuta bridges to add more! Fenix reaches for ropes, but then Claudio storms in to DOUBLE STOMP him down! The ref reprimands Claudio but Yuta keeps on the deathlock.

Fenix sits up to CHOP again, but Yuta ROCKS him with a forearm! Yuta then lets Fenix go, drags him over, and tags in Claudio. They split the wishbone again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio tags Yuta back in, and they split the wishbone again! Yuta clamps onto Fenix with the cravat and wrenches the neck. Fans rally, Fenix fights up, but Yuta throws knees. Fenix staggers away, and Yuta BOOTS Penta! Fenix comes back, and he back drops Yuta! Claudio tags in, he keeps Fenix from Penta with a trip! And the SWING! Fenix goes around and around and around, and then Yuta DROPKICKS Fenix down! Cover, TWO!!

Fenix survives and Claudio is annoyed. Claudio drags Fenix up, crosses the arms and lifts, RICOLA- NO, DESTROYER!! Fans fire up while both men are down and Bryan admits, Fenix is a great athlete. Fenix and Claudio crawl as fans rally up, hot tags to Penta and Yuta! Penta goes up to CROSSBODY! Penta then puts Yuta up in the corner, to SUPERKICK him down! Claudio rushes back in but Penta dodges to RANA! Yuta returns, but Penta pops him up, POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives but Penta says he’s gonna do it! Penta hammerlocks one arm, grabs at the other, but Claudio BOOTS him down!

Claudio denies the Sacrifice and he puts Penta in the corner. Claudio runs in but only gets buckles! Then a GAMANGIRI! Penta runs to GAMANGIRI Yuta! Tag to Fenix, he runs to JUMP SOBAT Claudio! SOMERSAULT FOREARM for Yuta! Snapmare and “Uno! Dos! Tres!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans are thunderous again and Fenix somersaults, but Claudio trophy lifts him! But Penta SUPERKICKS Claudio, and he drops Fenix onto Yuta! And then Penta jumps off Claudio to hit a DESTROYER!! Fenix drags Yuta up to fireman’s carry, swing and BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Yuta shows toughness that shocks everyone else but Bryan says, “What did Regal tell you?! We tuck our necks so that when we get piledriven like that, we can kick out every single time! You think the Bucks are doing that?! You think Hangman’s doing that?! You think Kenny’s doing that?! NO!” But Alex fires the fans up and Fenix drags Yuta around. Fans chant “CERO! MIEDO!” as Fenix holds Yuta open. Penta goes up top, but Claudio SHOVES him down! Yuta rolls Fenix to a Samson Clutch, TWO! Fenix has the cover, TWO and Fenix is sent into an UPPERCUT!! Yuta goes up, Claudio tags him in, ROCKET LAUNCHER SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!?!

Fenix survives, he might truly be immortal! Bryan is upset with Yuta, they trained to hook both legs for this very reason! But Vegas is electric as Fenix goes to ropes. Yuta holds him against ropes, the ref counts and Yuta lets off. Claudio UPPERCUTS Fenix behind the ref’s back! Fans boo but Yuta drags Fenix up. Alex gets on the apron to distract the ref, and Fenix SUPERKICKIS Yuta! Tag to Penta, he SOBATS Yuta! Claudio wants in but Fenix goes up! Wait, THE BUCKS appear from under the ring!! And they anchor Claudio! The Lucha Brothers hit the FEAR FACTOR!!! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!!!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)

And the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Claudio for good measure! Bryan is pissed but the Bucks slip away into the night. Moxley also rushes out so that he and Bryan can rush down to the ring, but they’re too late, the Bucks are halfway up the bleachers. Moxley gets the mic to say, “Hey! You laugh and you smile while you still can. You take pictures with those fans while you still have all your teeth. You go back to your rooms and you FaceTime your family while they can still recognize you. Because this Sunday, at Double or Nothing, you and your weak-ass little friends are gonna get plastered on the pavement of Las Vegas Boulevard!!”

Moxley says this Sunday, “Anarchy in the Arena will be the wildest, most violent match in the history of All Elite Wrestling because we will not accept anything less! And if you think the BCC has gone too far, if you’ve been offended, if you’re squeamish at the sight of blood, buckle your gaddam seatbelt, because you haven’t seen anything yet!” The Bucks fire the first salvo but The Maniac has sent his ultimatum! Who will win and who will survive when The Elite and the BCC battle all over the MGM Grand?

My Thoughts:

A great go-home for Dynamite, though at the same time, not much different from every other week as they’re always hyping up this or that and just giving us great matches. Of course Starks’ promo calling out Jay ‘n’ Juice cue them to go after him, and that’s three of the 21 guys in the AEW International Championship battle royal. The International Championship was an awesome opener, but I figured Cassidy would retain the title. He can still lose out in the battle royal with so many people in that match. That will keep Cassidy strong even in defeat, and he can even feud with the winner going into the summer.

Great promo segment with FTR, Mark, and all of Team Triple J. I was a little disappointed Mark didn’t accept Dax’s apology, but then it worked out with Mark pushing Karen, Sonjay, Double J and even Lethal. The tag title match is going to be awesome stuff, and I just hope FTR retains. It’ll probably be because Mark finally has enough of Triple J’s antics and just decks Sonjay or Jarrett. Great Trios title match and I like that they went with Lucha Rules. It mostly negates the longer ring count since anyone can come in when a teammate goes out. But at the same time, of course The House wins. I still think The Acclaimed get their title shot first before The House loses.

Good promos from all the Young Pillars, though I feel like Darby and JB copied each other on the “AEW helps me live how I wanna live” motif. But of course MJF starts trouble but then runs off when Sammy and JB run out. JB standing tall here makes me think MJF finds a way to retain, but also seems to solidify that JB will get another shot at MJF in a 1v1 story. Wardlow had a good promo to call out Christian Cage, but I can’t say it adds anything to the build. Arn already seems to understand that Wardlow will have to fight off both Christian and Luchasaurus, where in the world are Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. to be Wardlow’s back-up?

Great acknowledgment of Willow winning the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship, and good stuff out of Taya VS Frost. Though, I kinda wish The Baddies had shown up just a bit closer to ringside so that we wouldn’t have to keep cutting back and forth between what was going on in the match and their reactions to it. Because trust me, at least one of those cuts made us home viewers miss what happened in the ring. But Taya wins here, who knows if she wins at Double or Nothing. I personally hope so, because then Jade can move on to the top title. Good promo from Toni and Hayter, who knows how that goes but I’m leaning towards Toni because of The Outcasts’ presence.

Could Tony Khan be more bland delivering that news, while also using more words than he needed? I mean, it was very obvious we were getting AEW Collision in Chicago, because AEW is at least hoping to bring CM Punk back. There’s been talk that it might not be so easy, and pretty much everyone in Chicago will be disappointed if they don’t get Punk on Collision. And personally, I haven’t missed Punk. What would he really have done that would’ve been so much better than what AEW gave us without him? I could probably go on and on about this but I’ll just leave it at Tony Khan needing to be less fun boss and more actual boss in keeping the egos in check.

Great stuff out of the contract signing segment with Jericho and Cole. I can’t be sure how much editing Jericho did with that replay, it didn’t create the illusion that Cole wasn’t cuffed and was just sitting there like Jericho wanted it to. But I love that SABU is back for this moment. Has Sabu even aged from the last time he was on TV? Anyway, this Unsanctioned Match is going to be almost an Unsanctioned tag match with all these extra people getting involved, but that’s going to be a lot of fun, and in a way keeps it from being all on Jericho and Cole, as I would think there is still some concern about Cole post-concussion.

And of course, great stuff with the BCC and Elite. Good promo from Bryan and Moxley, good promo from Hangman, and a great main event from BCC and Lucha Brothers. However, they definitely booked themselves into a corner just a bit here. The Lucha Bros couldn’t lose the tag titles and give them to the BCC while Claudio is still ROH World Champion, and Claudio couldn’t lose cleanly while still ROH World Champion. Not even sure why they did the Double Jeopardy angle in the first place. But at least the solution fit within the Anarchy in Arena build, i.e. the Bucks screwing the BCC over. I suppose The Elite stands tall in this scenario, which would mean the BCC wins at Double or Nothing, which seems surprising given how this story’s been going, but maybe this story goes all the way to All In and/or All Out.

My Score: 8.7/10

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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.


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?

My Thoughts:

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

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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/27/23)

Onward, to Seattle!



AEW Coverage Lasers

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.


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?


BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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?

My Thoughts:

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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