We’re on the road to the Forbidden Door!
Before AEW collides with NJPW, we get some appetizers! Minoru Suzuki teams up with Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara in Trios action!
- The Hardy Boyz VS The Gunns; The Gunns win.
- Concession Stand Brawl: Jeff Jarrett VS Mark Briscoe; Briscoe wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki VS Action Andretti, Darius Martin & AR Fox; Jericho, Sammy & Suzuki win.
- Orange Cassidy & Katsuyori Shibata VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Daniel Garcia; ZSJ & Garcia win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Taya Valkyrie; Kris wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Hardy Boyz VS The Gunns!
Matt & Jeff are perhaps one of the most iconic brother tag teams ever, and they’re looking to prove they’re still a top tier tag team even today! But will they DELETE Austin & Colten? Or will the #AssBoys finally prove they’re Ass MEN?
The teams sort out and fans rally up as Matt starts against Austin. Austin tells the fans to shut up about “ASS~ BOYS~!” Matt gets fans chanting “DELETE! DELETE!” The two circle, tie cup, and Austin powers Matt back but Matt turns it around. Austin turns it back around, and back again, and then Matt shows punch. Austin uses ropes for defense, but Matt SPANKS him! Fans taunt Austin more and Austin rushes in, but into fast hands! Matt wrenches, tags Jeff, and fans fire up as the Hardys double whip to double elbow! FIST DROP SENTON COMBO! Austin runs away, Colten runs in, but into DUOBLE HIP TOSS!
The Hardys kick Austin to double suplex! Matt clotheslines Colten, then sets up for POETRY IN MOTION! Jeff TOSSES Colten then goes after Austin. Jeff whips corner to corner, runs in corner to corner, but Austin dodges! Jeff ELBOWS back, goes up top, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Jeff drags him up fast. Jeff kicks Austin, whips, but Austin reverses. Jeff holds ropes but Colten gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Austin tags Colten. Colten drags Jeff up, stomps a mudhole into Jeff, but lets off as the ref counts. Colten then mocks the Jeff Hardy dance and fans boo.
Colten drags Jeff up, snap suplexes, and covers, TWO! Jeff hangs tough and fans continue to taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” Colten drags Jeff over, tags Austin, and Austin wraps on a chinlock. Jeff endures, fights up, and fans rally as he reaches out for Matt. Austin keeps Jeff away from Matt, but Jeff runs around to throw Austin out of the ring! Colten hurries to get his brother back in, then tags in, and he brings Jeff up. But Jeff JAWBREAKERS free! Colten staggers, Jeff baits him into a corner, and Colten hits buckles! Austin tags in, drags Jeff up, but Jeff SPIN KICKS him away! Hot tag to Brother Matt!
Fans rally as Matt rallies on the Ass Boys with clothesline after clothesline! SIDE EFFECT for Austin! Fans fire up and Colten staggers in, and Matt TOSSES him out! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Austin staggers up, into a kick! TWIST OF FATE! Austin flops, Matt covers, but Colten helps with the ropebreak! Fans boo but the Gunns survive. Matt is upset, he drags Colten up by his man bun, but Austin distracts so Colten can HOTSHOT! Austin stacks, with feet on the ropes! TWO!! Matt escapes but Austin brings him up. Austin kicks low, says “SUCK IT!” but Matt dodges the Famouser to fire off haymakers!
Matt kicks low, but Colten saves Austin from the Twist! Tag and Colten drags Matt up! COLT 45!! Cover, Austin blocks the way but Jeff just barrels in to break the cover! Fans fire up as all four brothers are down! Jeff returns to his corner, and Matt tags him in! Jeff rallies on the Gunns, atomic drop for Austin, and a BIG atomic drop for Colten! But Austin CLUBS Jeff! Fans boo as the Gunns regroup and drag Jeff up. The Gunns double whip, Jeff gets them for DOUBLE DDTS! Jeff has both Gunns down, and he gets a leg each! DOUBLE LEG DROP! Fans fire up as Jeff adds a basement dropkick on Austin!
Jeff gets Colten with a kick, but Colten slips outta the Twist! But Jeff slips outta the underhooks, TWIST OF FATE! Colten ends up in the drop zone and Jeff hurries up top! Fans are thunderous but JUICE ROBINSON is here!? He distracts the ref, so that JAY WHITE can SHOVE Jeff off the top!! Austin tags in, Jeff staggers up into 3:10 TO YUMA!!! Cover, the Gunns win!!
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall
What in the world?! The Gunns help Bullet Club Gold against Ricky Starks and then Bullet Club Gold helps the Gunns?! And now they all beat up on the Hardys! BLADERUNNER for Matt!! Fans boo but White drags Jeff up so Juice can hit the FIST FULL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! White says jackpot! The Gunns join in, they get Matt up, but here comes RICKY STARKS! Absolute has absolutely had enough, but he’s getting mugged 4v1! Only for FTR to rush in!! Dax & Cash beat up on BCG and the Ass Boys! That’s still 4v3! Fans chant for “C M PUNK! C M PUNK!” and YES, here he comes! CM Punk TACKLES Juice, DECKS White and fires off on an Ass Boy!
Chicago is thunderous as this fight is finally 4v4! Punk DECKS Austin, DECKS Colten, and fireman’s carries Juice! Juice scrambles and gets away! Fans are thunderous for #CMFTR and Starks! Punk gets a mic to say, “I’ve been watching you guys back fighting for weeks! We could do it right here, but if you wanna fight so bad, we’ll make it official, and we’ll kick your asses next week on Collision! Fans like that idea! Punk is a “Collision guy,” he shouldn’t even be here. But see you chumps Saturday! Is #BCGunns VS #AbsoluteCMFTR gonna kick the door down on Forbidden Door weekend?
Concession Stand Brawl: Jeff Jarrett VS Mark Briscoe!
In order to finally settle things between the Last Outlaw and the Sussex County Chicken, as well as Team Triple J and the Briscoes as a whole, Double J brings back a classic invented by his own family! Where will it end and how much will it cost as these two battle it out in the back?
The two are already ready right in front of the Chicago Hot Dog stand! Jarrett is already fired up, he’s already ripping open a bag o’ popcorn and chucking it at Mark! The bell rings and the brawl is on! Fans are going nuts as Mark fires off on Jeff! Mark puts Jeff on the Pepsi brand cooler and just starts hammering him! Then he UPPERCUTS Jarrett! They end up going through the crowd and then a bit further on, to the merch stand! Mark mugs Jarrett, then SMACKS him with a trash can! Jarrett tips a table over! Mark sets that table back up, to RAM Jeff through it! That hip’s gonna feel bad in the morning!
Mark SMACKS Jarrett with the can again, then goes back the other way, past the Coors Light stand to RAM Jarrett into a pillar! And then he sprays Jarrett with the mustard! Jarrett SMACKS Mark with the plates! Mark SMACKS Jarrett with a fistful o’ frankfurters! And then some more! Mark UPPERCUTS again, but Jarrett SMACKS Mark off the Plexiglas! And then with more popcorn! And then SMACKS him off a table! Mark hits back with Redneck chops! Mark punches Jarrett onto the table, but then one of the workers in a hat and mask storms up. She sprays Mark with the ketchup! THAT’S KAREN JARRETT!!
Karen shoves the other workers outta the way and yells at Mark. Someone helps Mark get the ketchup outta his eyes with water, and Mark throws hands on Jarrett! Mark ROCKS Jarrett, puts him on the table, then brings out a ladder! Mark sets that up nearby, and fans fire up as Mark climbs! But then someone else goes up the ladder! They SHOVE Mark, and he CRASHES through another table! IT’S SONJAY DUTT!! So much for Jarrett promising this would be truly 1v1! You can’t trust a Jarrett! Jarrett CHOKES Mark in the wreckage while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Sonjay talks trash and then helps Jarrett get Mark up. Jarrett moves the ladder outta the way, and Mark SMACKS Sonjay with a sausage! Jarrett pokes Mark in the eyes, then brings him around to the stairs! They brawl their way down the bleachers, and Sonjay adds on. Mark DECKS Sonjay, but Jarrett ROCKS Mark! Jarrett throws hands, pushes past him, and Sonjay throws hands while Jarrett soaks up the heat. Karen cheers but she’s the only one. Mark DECKS Sonjay, SMACKS Jarrett, STOMPS Sonjay, then hurries after Jarrett with hands and kicks! They continue down the way and fans cheer.
Mark STOPMS Sonjay one more time before leaving him behind. Mark BOOTS Jarrett, CLUBS him along and makes him smile. Mark drags Jarrett along, UPPERCUTS, but Sonjay returns! Mark TOSSES Sonjay over railing, then grabs a chair to SMACK Jarrett! Mark ROCKS Jarrett with haymakers, then gets some space. Mark high-fives fans along the way, and then runs back up with a chair to SMACK Jarrett! Wait! Another person attacks Mark, and of course it’s Jay Lethal! Lethal was Mark’s friend, but clearly he chose Triple J over Mark! Lethal & Jarrett TOSS Mark over the railing, and Sonjay is there to stomp away!
Sonjay throws down hands, then Lethal stomps Mark! The ref reprimands but he can’t stop this as Lethal holds Mark down. Jarrett SMACKS Mark on the back with the chair, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans boo as Triple J shoves Mark in the ring. Triple J mugs Mark, but the fans rally up for Mark. Lethal grabs the timekeeper’s table and brings it over! Jarrett tells the bell ringer to move, but guess who? IT’S PAPA BRISCOE! The Big Man grabs Lethal to CHOKE SLAM him through the table! And then Papa storms into the ring. Sonjay and Jarrett argue over who goes after him, and Sonjay runs in, to get a LARIAT! Papa LARIATS Jarrett, too!
Papa helps Mark up but Karen LOW BLOWS Papa Briscoe! Fans boo but Mark warns Karen. Sonjay runs in but into a REDNECK UPPERCUT! REDNECK PALM STRIKES for Jarrett! Mark reels Jarrett in, calls his shot, and underhooks the arms! JAY- NO, Jarrett fights it, and here comes SATNAM SINGH! The last, and biggest, piece of the Triple J puzzle is here, and he choke grips Mark! GIANT CHOKE SLAM!! Fans boo as Satnam kicks Mark around, but here comes CHRISTOPHER DANIELS! And BEST FRIENDS! They drag Satnam outta the ring and fifre hands, but Satnam shoves Daniels and CHOPS Chuck!
Satnam ROCKS Trent, picks Daniels up, but here comes PENTAGON! He KICKS Satnam’s leg! Fenix fires off on Satnam, too! UNO! DOS! TRES! QUADRUPLE SUPERKICK!!! Fans are thunderous as Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY Satnam down!! Penta aims at Jarrett, to ELBOW, SUPERKICK, and then Mark rolls Jarrett up! MARK WINS!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
Triple J just felt some karma right there! You can’t cheat a man who has REAL friends like these! Will this help Mark Briscoe finally move on and fulfill his destiny?
The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.
Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta are joined by Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita backstage, and Moxley says, “AEW, NJPW, ROH, Forbidden Doors and all that. There’s only three letters that matter! Don Callis knows this, Takeshita knows this, and we know this. BCC, The Blackpool Combat Club, we define pro-wrestling in 2023. And before Forbidden Door, we have assembled a truly elite team. The BCC, tall, dark ‘n’ sexy Takeshita, and my friend, The Shooter, The Roughneck, Shota Umino. We challenge The Elite to a 5 on 5 match at Forbidden Door. What will be a celebration of wrestling, and we’ve got a treat for ya in Toronto. And the dream match becomes a nightmare when the Rainmaker meets the Best in the World.”
Bryan then speaks, telling Kazuchika Okada, “I’ve challenged you to a face to face tonight, but as far as I can tell, you’re not even here! You’re not even here! And I understand why. Because so many people call you ‘The Best Wrestler in the World.’ The best wrestler of a generation. But when you step in the ring with me, it’s gonna be clear to everybody that you’re nothing but an amateur. I’ll wait until the end of the night. And I’ll go out to the ring, and I’m gonna call you out, and you don’t show up, you’re going to prove to everyone what I just said: That you’re not the best, you’re not the best of a generation, that you’re an amateur and a coward.”
The BCC has thrown out strong words and big challenges, will The Elite be ready for a 5v5 when they’ve only got four? Will the Rainmaker surprise us al by showing up in the Windy City?
Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki VS Action Andretti, Darius Martin & AR Fox!
Fans sing Judas for The Wizard, and he’s feeling good having the Spanish God and the Meanest Man in the World on his side. But is Sammy still JAS 4 Life? Or is what Darby Allin said last week going to break Sammy free from Jericho’s hold?
The trios sort out and while fans chant for “A R FOX! A R FOX!” it is Action who steps up against Sammy. They circle, feel things out, and tie up. Sammy powers Action back, headlocks, but Action powers up and out. Sammy runs Action over! Cover, ONE! Action body scissors to roll Sammy to a cover, TWO! Action avoids a boot, but so does Sammy! Both men show superkick but hold back. Fans cheer the stalemate and the two reset. Sammy tags out to Suzuki, even though Jericho was offering. Jericho smirks, he doesn’t mind, and then Action tags Darius. Fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!’ as he circles with Air Wolf.
They talk some smack, Suzuki eggs Darius on, so Darius CHOPS! Suzuki doesn’t even budge! Suzuki smirks, Darius CHOPS again! Still nothing! Darius fires forearm after forearm but Suzuki just ROCKS Darius back! Suzuki eggs Darius on so Darius eggs Suzuki on. Suzuki DECKS Darius! Fans are thunderous, and Suzuki tags in Jericho. Jericho & Suzuki get Darius up, double whip, and double shoulder him over! Jericho spins and poses a la Sammy, and Suzuki poses with him! Sammy smirks and nods, and tells Jericho that was clever. Jericho smiles, but then turns around into a HAYMAKER! Darius tags Fox and fans fire up!
Fox fires off on Jericho, whips him out then back in, then A-LIST LARIATS! Fox skins the cat to SWINGING DROPKICK! And then he hurries up the corner as Jericho staggers. Fox leaps but Jericho gets under! Fox mule kicks, runs, but Jericho distracts and Sammy gets a cheap shot in! Jericho CLOBBERS Fox! Fans boo but Jericho drags Fox up and hits a BIG back suplex as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers, then brings Darius over to tag in Sammy. Le Sex Gods mug Fox, and Sammy CHOPS! Sammy soaks up the cheers and jeers, then brings Fox around to suplex. Sammy holds Fox up, walks around, and fans rally as the stall continues past a ten count! Sammy then brings Fox around to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives, Sammy drags him up, and he tags in Jericho. They mug Fox, then Jericho brings Fox around to CHOP! Jericho brings Fox back around to CHOP again, but then Fox turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Fox runs, but Jericho BOOTS him!
Jericho tags Suzuki and they get Fox up to mug him. Suzuki CHOPS Fox, then CHOPS him again! Suzuki headlocks, snapmares, then chinlocks. Tag to Sammy and he stomps Fox down. Sammy drags Fox up, but Fox throws body shots! Fox backs Sammy down but Sammy kicks low! Sammy CHOPS, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Sammy whips. Fox reverses but Sammy KICKS Fox but Fox ENZIGURIS right after! Both men are down and fans fire up as they crawl! Hot tag to Jericho and he BLASTS Darius! Jericho rushes Fox, but Fox goes Matrix! Hot tag to Action! Fans fire up as Action fires off!
Action whips, Jericho reveres but Action CLOBBERS Jericho! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And whips, but Jericho kicks back! Jericho CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Jericho whips, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Sammy! Action springboards to LARIAT Jericho down! Fans fire up, and Action runs in to SHOTGUN Jericho into a corner! Jericho is in the drop zone and Action goes up, SPLIT LEG- NO, Jericho moves and Suzuki catches Action for a SLEEPER! Action flails but Darius CLUBS Suzuki! Suzuki lets Action go to glare at Darius. Fans say “YOU F’D UP! YOU F’D UP!” Suzuki DECKS Darius!
Suzuki reels Action in, Gotch lift, but Action fights it! Darius ENZIGURIS Suzuki! Sammy goes up, DOUBLE FLYING CUTTER!! But Fox springboards in to SHOTGUN Sammy outta the ring! Jericho CHOPS Fox! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho whips, Fox reverses, and Fox runs in. Jericho puts him on the apron, Fox ROCKS Jericho back, and Fox springboards to IMPLODER SENTON onto Sammy and Darius!! Fans are thunderous again as Action rolls Jericho up! TWO!! Action fires off forearms, whips Jericho, but Jericho reverses. Action springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Action then runs in to SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho survives but fans rally behind Action. Action fireman’s carries but Jericho fights free! Jericho whips Action hard into buckles but Darius tags in! Darius LARIATS Jericho! And swings on Sammy, but Sammy spins him to a SPANISH FLY! Fox SUPERKICKS Sammy! And then ANARCHY SUPLEX! Fox kicks Suzuki, runs, but Suzuki follows to get around and SLEEPER! Then right into GOTCH STYLE PILEDRIVER!! Action BOOTS Suzuki! Jericho CODE BREAKERS Action! Darius waistlocks Jericho to O’Conner Roll, TWO!! Darius goes to the apron, slingshots in, COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!!
Chicago is electric as Darius runs and BULLDOGS Jericho onto ropes! And then GAMANGIRIS from the apron! Fans fire up as Darius climbs, and Darius SUPER- NO! Jericho catches the legs to have the WALLS OF JERICHO! Suzuki keeps Fox down with an ANKLE LOCK! Darius TAPS, #LeSuzukiGods win!!
Winners: Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki, by submission
Jericho promised a victory in their reunion and now Sammy sees it come true. Renee Paquette enters the ring to interview the winners, congratulating them on this victory. Speaking of legends, she takes us back to last week, the first time ever seeing Sting and Jericho nose to nose inside this ring. What was that moment like for Jericho? Jericho takes the mic from Renee to say, “Sting and Chris Jericho, in the ring, for the very first time ever, was a monumental moment in pro-wrestling history. Never been seen before! Everybody was so excited, except for me.”
Fans boo but Jericho tells Sting that he’s known Sting a long time, and he knows who Sting is. He knows how selfish Sting is, how egotistical he is, how he claims to be a hero to millions! Meanwhile, all Sting ever does is show up wherever the highest bidder is! Sting isn’t a harlequin, he’s a WHORE! Fans boo but Jericho says it all stops now! That is why #LeSuzukiGods, who are undefeated as a trio by the way, are challenging Sting and “that morose mutant, Darby Allin,” to find anyone willing to team with them to face Le Suzuki Gods in a Six Man Tag at Forbidden Door! Fans love that idea because as Jericho says, it will be Jericho and Sting in a match for the first time ever!
But Jericho wonders, will Sting accept? He doesn’t think so, because Sting is a coward, selfish, and nothing more than a sanctimonious son of a- Wait! Here comes STIIIIIING! And Darby, too! Fans fire up as the Relentless Icons go to the ring and Sting howls! Sting stares Jericho down and fans are losing their minds. Sting brings Jericho in close and asks him why he’s so uptight! He’s cussing and stuff under his breath now. They had a great moment last week, Sting agrees. But a moment is not long enough! Sting needs some real time with Jericho! Sting regrets not having some last week, but Sunday, Sting is planning on having some time.
In other words, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! But you gotta remember Jericho, you made a lot of enemies in a lot of places. They’ve got the guy for Sunday. Darby smiles and Jericho dares him to say who it is! Who is it? Darby says we’ll all find out on Collision. Jericho is annoyed by that, but just who will be the third man, brother?
RJ City and Tony Schiavone are in the back.
RJ is rolling the lottery tumbler and Schiavone says that names will be chosen at random. Next week, the world will see the brackets for the AEW World Tag Team Championship Contenders BLIND Tournament! RJ draws for Schiavone, Schiavone takes note, and these two men will form a team. Well, that’s a wild one. The drawing will continue, but we’re going to see quite the tag match as Freshly Squeezed teams with The Wrestler against the Dragonslayer and The Frontman! Cassidy & Shibata VS Garcia & ZSJ happens after the break.
The Elite speak.
Brandon Cutler lets them know they’re live, and Hangman Page says the “Scuttlebutt going around” is that the BCC want to fight The Elite to 5v5. And like always, they use the numbers game to their advantage, cuz everyone knows Kenny Omega has to face Will Ospreay that same night, leaving just three Elite. But uh, correct Hangman if he’s wrong, but they have friends all over, don’t they? Yes, whether it be the Blackpool Combat Club, Don Callis, or Will Ospreay, or even Konosuke Takeshita, Kenny Omega admits that sometimes, it feels like the whole world is against them.
But believe it when Omega says, a LOT of people hate those guys. And it isn’t just The Elite. When the chips were down and they needed a friend, they found one in an unexpected place. In walks Eddie Kingston! But number one, he’s not their friend. After all, they tried running him over and blowing up his face. No, yeah, forget the past, Eddie tried to do just as bad. Yeah, world’s smallest violin for that. But the deal is, while Eddie doesn’t like The Elite, and doesn’t respect the Elite, he hates Bryan and Claudio more. So he’ll team up with them to make four. But then the fifth is someone EDDIE finds. Eddie may not trust this guy, but he trusts them more than The Elite.
So uh, Eddie will make the announcement. Eddie heads out, and Nick says this is that whole enemy of my enemy thing. The Elite is good with that, but then who will The Mad King call on as their fifth?
Adam Cole heads to the ring!
Chicago cheers as the Undisputed One is here, coming off of a time limit draw that kept him from becoming #1 contender. After the “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” the fans chant “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole gets the mic to say, “Chicago, I think I know the answer, but who’s ready for story time with Adam Cole, baybay?” Now he hates to admit this, but he has to give the devil his due. MJF gave Cole one of the toughest matches of his entire career last week. He was put through a table, given a piledriver on the apron, he fought, kicked, scratched, clawed and did everything in his power to win the match, but he didn’t.
“However, MJF didn’t win, either!” And Cole understands, it was the smart thing to do for MJF to not accept an extra five minutes. But it was also a cowardly thing to do. So let’s get real. If Max wants to be the greatest AEW World Champion ever, he has to take on all comers. He has to fight every single person who gets in his way. And the fact is, MJF has never beaten Adam Cole Baybay! So listen, MJF tends to run his mouth a little too long, so Cole will get to the point. Max, bring your ass out here so you and Cole can talk rematch! MJF actually walks out! MJF smirks and has a mic in hand as he heads down the ring.
MJF has the music cut and he says that he knows the midwestern mouth breathers aren’t very bright, but when the world champion’s holding a mic, you keep your poor mouths shut. Fans boo and chant “SHUT THE F UP!” at MJF but MJF says no. MJF tells Cole that he wants to say, believe it or not, congratulations. “Last week, for the first time in a very long time, someone came out to play. The same guy that I studied, the Panama City Playboy, ADAM COLE BAYBAY, came back and better than ever!” And MJF is the one who got it out of him, so you’re welcome. Not that Cole will say thanks but that’s fine.
Fans continue to jeer MJF but MJF continues to say he’s worried. Cole’s suffered a lot of blows to the head, and last week, Cole lost track of time. To make things even worse, MJF knows it, Cole knows it, everyone in the audience knows it, had time not run out, MJF had Cole beat. Cole laughs at that while fans boo, but MJF says it’s all true. Fans even call BS. But MJF says let’s live in an imaginary world where he didn’t have Cole dead to rights. Here’s what not BS: as far as a rematch goes, allow MJF to say as a fan of his, and after having earned each other’s respect through the war they went through, MJF even says this as a friend…
Because MJF cares about Cole’s health and well-being, as far as a rematch goes… No. Fans boo but Cole figured as much. This is of course what MJF is going to do. So Cole had an idea that might change MJF’s mind. Let’s just fight and Cole whoops some ass here in Chicago! Fans cheer but Schiavone gets on the mic. Schiavone has an announcement. BOTH MJF and Cole shout, “SHUT UP, SCHIAVONE!” They’re surprised the other did that. But even so, Schiavone has to say this. As part of the drawing for the Blind Eliminator Tournament, the first name was Adam Cole. And then the second name was… MJF.
WHAT?! They’re a team now?! Cole does NOT want that! He is NOT teaming with MJF! MJF is furious that he’d have to wrestle every week! Are you outta his mind? Are you some kinda pervert!? Schiavone shrugs that off to wish this team the best of luck. MJF and Cole say they are NOT teaming up for this, but the fans are loving it! “HUG IT OUT! HUG IT OUT!” But then HIROSHI TANAHASHI is on the tron! And he tells MJF that he’s a coward! “What kind of champion are you? I dare you to show up at Forbidden Door so I can show you the strength of NJPW, and of The Ace!” Fans love that idea, too!
MJF says he doesn’t know what kinda dog ‘n’ pony show Tony Khan is running here, but for the millionth time, Tanahashi! HE- But then Cole tells MJF to wait! Really think about the answer here. Cole knows MJF is trying to prove he’s not a coward, but… Oh, oh, wait. Wait, wait, wait! Cole hopes this isn’t because MJF thinks Tanahashi’s better than him. NO! MJF is the WORLD CHAMP! No one is better than him! But that’s what it sounds like, cuz otherwise MJF would just accept the match. MJF clearly thinks Tanahashi is better than him. MJF tells Cole to listen and listen good. No one on this planet is on the level of the Devil!
Cole counters with “COW~ARD! COW~ARD!” and the fans echo it. MJF gets frustrated, and he says FINE! TANAHASHI? You want MJF at Forbidden Door? YOU’RE ON!! There we go! That’s what Cole is looking for! the match is on! MJF VS Tanahashi for the AEW World Championship at Forbidden Door. And Cole will leave MJF with this: “Good luck, partner.” Cole goaded MJF into another match he didn’t want! Will the Ace of the Universe take that title away from Maxwell Jacob Friedman? And what about the chances of Cole & MJF in the Blind Eliminator Tournament?
AEW announces the Owen Hart Cup brackets!
In the men’s tournament, Forbidden Door will feature… Satoshi Kojima VS CM PUNK! Then all on June 29th, on a special Thursday Night Collision, we will see Roderick Strong VS Samoa Joe, Dustin Rhodes VS “Powerhouse” Hobbs, and Juice Robinson VS Ricky Starks! And then the women’s tournament starts with Friday Night Rampage on June 23rd as part of Forbidden Door Weekend, Skye Blue VS Anna Jay! Then, Forbidden Door sees Athena VS Billie Starkz, Collision in Toronto sees Nyla Rose VS Willow Nightingale, and next week’s Dynamite in Hamilton, Ontario sees Ruby Soho VS last year’s winner, Britt Baker!
Orange Cassidy & Katsuyori Shibata VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Daniel Garcia!
Freshly Squeezed is the AEW International Champion. The Wrestler is ROH Pure Champion. The Frontman is the NJPW World Television Champion. And the Dragonslayer is hungry to be a champion! Will Cassidy & Shibata knock down their would-be contenders? Or will ZSJ & Garcia make them #JustTapOut?
The teams sort out and Shibata starts against ZSJ. Fans rally as the two circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock and the fans are already losing their minds seeing this dream showdown. They both go around, switch back and forth, and Shibata goes for a leg. Shibata trips ZSJ but ZSJ headscissor counters! Shibata fights up, pries free, but ZSJ dodges a Penalty Kick! ZSJ gets up to shoulder bump Shibata, then Garcia and Cassidy get in. The ref tells things to calm down and get back to 1v1. Cassidy has Shibata stand down, and Garcia exits. Things settle down as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cassidy tags in, so ZSJ tags Garcia. Garcia and Cassidy approach, stare down, and fans rally up. Garcia puts up his dukes, but Cassidy raises his hands. To reach for his pockets! Garcia headlocks first! Cassidy pries at the hold but Garcia holds on tight. Cassidy throws Garcia down and has the legs! Cassidy is showing off his technical ability, but Garcia still powers him back to a cover, ONE! Garcia mounts Cassidy to slap him around, then he soaks up the heat. Garcia tells Shibata off, too, then eggs on Cassidy. Cassidy stands, and calls for a test of strength. Garcia obliges with the knuckle locks, and then Cassidy breaks one!
Cassidy CHOPS, but he shakes out that beat up hand of his. Cassidy goes to the corner, climbs up, and tightrope walks, but then Garcia yanks him down! Waistlock, SLAM, and Garcia floats all over Cassidy! Garcia then taunts the fans with that dance of his, only for Cassidy to roll him up! TWO!! Garcia escapes, and he ROCKS Cassidy in a corner! Garcia climbs up, taunts with that dance, then rains down fists! Garcia stops at five, soaks up more heat, then brings Cassidy up. Garcia headlocks, but Cassidy pries at the hold again. Cassidy brings Garcia down to a knee, wrenches and steps over, and chinbars to a cradle, TWO!
Garcia rushes in but backs off as Cassidy is ready to punch! Garcia tags ZSJ, so Cassidy backs up to tag Shibata! Dynamite returns to single picture as the fans fire up! Shibata and ZSJ tie up, ZSJ headlocks, and Shibata powers out. Shibata headlocks, hits a takeover, but ZSJ headscissors. Shibata moves around, headstands, and pops free to get a leg for a standing toehold. ZSJ rolls, reels Shibata in to cravat, then shifts to a cobra twist! Shibata switches it onto ZSJ! ZSJ wrenches to shift and IRON OCTOPUS! But Shibata powers out to have a leg! ANKLE LOCK, but ZSJ rolls free! The two stand off and fans cheer!
Garcia tags himself in and he gets in Shibata’s face. But Shibata ROCKS him again and again and again! Shibata UPPERCUTS Garcia, then looms over him. Garcia comes back to ROCK Shibata with a haymaker! Garcia headlocks, to then rake the eyes! The ref reprimands, Garcia says he didn’t do that, but Shibata staggers away and Cassidy tags back in. Garcia does his dance again, but Cassidy raises his hands. To then mock the dance! Garcia shoots in, but Cassidy switches and rolls Garcia, TWO! Cassidy waistlocks again, Garcia switches, but Cassidy reaches around. Cassidy raises his hands, and puts them in his pockets!
Fans cheer as Cassidy uses that to get free and KANGAROO KICK! Then SHOTGUN! Kip up! Fans fire up but Garcia tags ZSJ in. ZSJ steps to Cassidy with mocking applauds. “Where’s your tricks? Huh? C’mon! C’mon!” ZSJ puts his hands behind his back, and Cassidy fires those “devastating” shin kicks! But ZSJ blocks one! ZSJ spins Cassidy, full nelsons, cravats, but Cassidy spins out! Cassidy knuckle locks, reels ZSJ in but ZSJ fights it. Cassidy wrenches, spins, wrenches, and WRINGS ZSJ! But ZSJ kips up to cravat, snapmare, and NECK TWIST! Fans cheer and Garcia soaks up the heat for ZSJ while he flexes.
ZSJ stalks Cassidy to the ropes, drags him into a headscissor, and thrashes him around! Cassidy gets the ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ holds on as he tags Garcia. Garcia taunts the fans and drags Cassidy up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Garcia hooks up the legs, soaks up the heat, and STOMPS the knees! Cassidy writhes but Garcia drags him over to tag ZSJ. ZSJ gets a standing toehold while Garcia has a wristlock! Then they shift to both have wristlocks! And then ZSJ has an arm while Garcia has a leg! Then Garcia sucker punches Shibata while ZSJ has another toehold! Fans boo but ZSJ stomps the knee!
Fans rally for Cassidy but ZSJ goes out after him. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Cassidy down, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
ZSJ stands Cassidy up to put him in the ring. ZSJ drags Cassidy to the corner, tags in Garcia, and Garcia stomps Cassidy. Garcia drags Cassidy around by his arm, to then put it on the ropes. Garcia stands on the arm! The ref counts, Garcia steps off, and the ref reprimands. Garcia drags Cassidy up, brings him around, and tags in ZSJ. They mug Cassidy, then ZSJ UPPERCUTS! ZSJ UPPERCUTS again, and he keeps Cassidy up, to UPEPRCUT again! Cassidy falls into the corner, ZSJ tags in Garcia. Garcia drags Cassidy up, snapmares, and wraps on a chinlock. Garcia grinds Cassidy down but Cassidy endures.
Garcia shifts position to put more pressure on Cassidy but Cassidy fights up. Fans rally but Garcia throws Cassidy by his hair! Garcia soaks up the heat, then tags in ZSJ. Garcia stands on the bad hand so ZSJ can isolate the other arm and STOMP IT! ZSJ sits Cassidy up to tear away the tape! ZSJ straitjackets Cassidy and pulls him back. Cassidy endures, fans rally up, and Cassidy fights to his feet! Cassidy powers out of the straitjacket, but ZSJ puts it back on him! ZSJ pulls Cassidy back onto his knees for a straitjacket rack! Cassidy endures, ZSJ keeps his shoulders up, and Dynamite returns to single picture.
Cassidy rolls up and over to put the straitjacket on ZSJ! ZSJ arm-drags free, RAMS into Cassidy, and has a facelock! ZSJ then suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Fans fire up, hot tag to Shibata! Shibata BOOTS ZSJ! And fires off forearm after forearm! Shibata UPPERCUTS, snapmares, and KICKS ZSJ in the back! Shibata sits ZSJ up, runs, but Garcia gets a cheap shot in! Shibata DECKS Garcia for that! ZSJ UPPERCUTS, Shibata UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS! ZSJ catches one but Shibata blocks the backslide, so ZSJ wrenches to PELE the arm! Tag to Garcia and he kicks Shibata around!
Shibata clutches the arm as Garcia kicks it, and he even eggs Garcia on! Garcia kicks and kicks and throws hands, but Shibata ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! And then UPPERCUTS! And CLUBS him! Shibata snapmares Garcia, and KICKS him in the back! Fans fire up as Shibata paces around. But Garcia sits up and mocks Shibata with the crossed legs and crossed arms! Shibata sighs, but Cassidy slides up behind. Cassidy has Shibata hold on. They both fire off “devastating” shin kicks! Garcia is confused by this, gets to his feet in frustration, and ZSJ runs in! Shibata ROCKS Garcia while Cassidy SUPERKICKS ZSJ!
Shibata puts Garcia in a corner to BOOT him! Cassidy fires off forearms on ZSJ! Shibata does the same to Garcia! Fans fire up as ZSJ and Garcia sit down! Shibata and Cassidy trade, DOUBLE HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS! ZSJ flops out, Cassidy DIVES to take him out! Shibata runs in at Garcia, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK!! Fans fire up for the HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Garcia survives and shakes his head, but Shibata clamps on a SLEEPER! Garcia fights up, to ELBOW BREAKER! Then victory roll, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Fans boo while ZSJ keeps Cassidy out of the ring! Shibata powers his way out to drag Garcia down to a KNEEBAR!!
Garcia reaches out for ropes, but Shibata drags him back! ZSJ gets in to NECK TWIST Shibata! ZSJ talks smack on the fans, but Cassidy runs in! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to DDT! And kip up! But Garcia BOOTS Cassidy! And BOOTS Shibata! Garcia runs, to LARIAT! Shibata stays up!? Shibata roars, runs, BOOTS! Garcia roars, pie faces, runs, but into a BOOT! SLEEPER!! Shibata has Garcia caught, but ZSJ runs in! Shibata BOOTS ZSJ first! Garcia swings, but into the SLEEPER! But he shoots through to waistlock! Shibata switches, Garcia fights the lift, but Cassidy runs in! Garcia ducks, ORANGE PUNCH hits Shibata!!
ZSJ trips Cassidy into a KNEEBAR! Garcia stacks Shibata, Garcia & ZSJ win!!
Winners: Zack Sabre Jr. & Daniel Garcia, by pinfall
Cassidy took out his own tag partner by accident, and that allows The Frontman & Dragonslayer to win! Garcia picks up the International Championship, but ZSJ also grabs hold of it. Shibata stands back up, and he glares at each man while grabbing at the belt, too. Cassidy returns, he grabs at his belt, but no one lets go. ZSJ and Garcia decide to go, but Shibata still holds on. Cassidy yanks the belt away! Everyone wants gold, and BREAKING NEWS! There will be a FATAL 4 WAY for the International Championship at Forbidden Door! Will we see a double champion crowned? Will Red Death defeat everyone? Or will Freshly Squeezed still be golden?
Backstage interview with Will Ospreay.
Alex Marvez was just waiting for a scoop, and here it is! Ospreay asks how Marvez is doing. Perhaps a bit better than Ospreay. Ospreay was on social media, disparages Canada, and yet his match with Kenny Omega at Forbidden Door is in Canada. What is he thinking? Aw mate, nothing keeps Ospreay up at night more than hearing “Ospreay Away.” The worst thing is, Ospreay is used to performing in civilized countries. England, Japan, but now he has to go to Canada? Have you seen what some of the fans are saying? They’re gonna bum rush the airport. AEW needs to get some serious security for him.
But in walks Don Callis. He tells “Sir William” that he hears him loud and clear. As a Canadian, Callis actually agrees with Will! Canada is dangerous, but AEW isn’t gonna help with security. Ospreay has so much heat in Canada because Omega has been inciting his fanbase towards violence. Ospreay needs special security in Toronto, “where people are violent, entitled cowards, just like Americans.” So when Callis goes to Canada, he isn’t the most popular chap, but he has his own military grade private security, which he will make available to Ospreay to see him to and from Toronto. Just Callis’ own personal favor.
And what’s in it for Callis? He just wants to see a fair fight. Good luck, get that 1-2-3. Dirty Don is helping the Commonwealth Kingpin, but are there really no strings attached?
AEW hears from Toni Storm and Willow Nightingale.
The AEW Women’s World Champion says, “Believe it or not, I do think that Willow Nightingale deserves to be the champion that she is. And the fans adore her for it, they love her. But I can see why: she’s commonfolk, she’s just like everyone else. She represents those people that I don’t. I don’t care about any of these people.” But the NJPW Strong Women’s Champion says, “Toni Storm is someone I’ve admired before I even came to All Elite Wrestling. I can’t say I love Toni’s character. I don’t think that I love her attitude. I don’t even think I like her work ethic and the way that she goes about professional wrestling. But I do respect the fight that she has in her.”
So if Toni wants to challenge Willow, Willow will meet Toni out there with honor and respect. Toni says she isn’t worried about what people have to say, especially not the likes of Willow. Toni doesn’t respect her opinion. And Willow should worry about what Toni is going to do to her. Don’t worry about attitude, worry about what happens at Forbidden Door. It will be Storm VS Willow for the AEW Women’s World Champion at Forbidden Door, will we see a double champion crowned here? Or will AEW still be on #ToniTime?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Taya Valkyrie!
Speaking of titles, the Galaxy’s Greatest has the one La Wera Loca wants! It isn’t Kris’ fault Taya couldn’t beat Jade Cargill at Double or Nothing, and it isn’t Kris’ fault that Jade wanted another match. But will it be Kris’ fault when Taya strikes out 0-3 for this title? Or will Taya make the third time the charm?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander is still the Galaxy’s Greatest!
The bell rings, the two circle, Kris avoids Taya’s leg takedown, and her boot, and her lariat! Fans rally and duel while Taya is annoyed. They both run in, and Kris runs Taya over! Fans fire up while Kris flexes and Taya goes to a corner. Kris runs in to CHOP, then CHOPS again! And again and again! Kris stands Taya up to DOUBLE CHOP! Kris bumps Taya off buckles, fires off forearm after forearm, the ref counts, and Taya shoves Kris away. Kris comes back to UPPERCUT! Kris runs, into a SLAP! Taya swaggers, then brings Kris around to CHOP! Kris is stinging, but she comes back, and Taya CHOPS her again!
Taya eggs Kris on and Kris CHOPS! Kris eggs Taya on, Taya CHOPS again! Kris CHOPS, fires off forearms, then sweeps the leg! Handstand LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kris keeps on Taya but Taya ROCKS Kris! Mule kick, knee lift! Kris wobbles, Taya runs in but Kris dumps her out! Taya gets up, kris is on the apron, and Kris avoids the sweep to SUPERKICK! Kris then takes aim to MOONSAULT and take Taya down! Fans fire up, Kris high-fives the front row, and she goes back for Taya. Kris puts Taya in, fans rally behind her, and Kris hurries back up. Taya SHOTGUNS Kris off the apron! Kris crashes, Taya soaks up the heat, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Taya grins while the fans boo, and she goes out to fetch Kris. Taya KICKS Kris in the butt! Taya drags Kris up to SMACK her off the apron! Taya mocks the fans, then grins as she stalks Kris. Taya drags Kris up to put her in and stalk her to ropes. Taya BOOTS Kris down, then stalks her to a corner. Taya CHOKES Kris, the ref counts, and Taya lets off. Kris staggers up, but Taya bumps her off buckles! Taya CHOPS Kris in the corner, then brings her up again. Taya KICKS the leg, then ELBOWS Kris, and spins to clothesline! Kris sits down, Taya swaggers all the way to the far side, and aims at Kris.
Taya runs in corner to corner, to METEORA! Taya drags Kris into a cover, TWO! Kris is still in this but Taya grins. Taya drags Kris around, grabs the arms and pulls on a motorcycle stretch. Kris endures, fights up to her feet, and throws body shots! Taya throws Kris by her hair! High stack, TWO! Kris escapes but Taya is having fun now. Taya pie faces Kris around, but Kris shoves back! Taya pie faces again, but Kris throws a forearm! Taya gives it back, so Kris throws another! Taya fires off a flurry, but then Kris ducks the haymaker! Taya ducks the roundhouse, both women ROUNDHOUSE, and both women fall!
Fans fire up while the ref checks both Kris and Taya. A standing count begins, Dynamite returns to single picture and Taya rises first. Kris stirs, Taya brings her up at 5, but Kris throws a forearm! Taya forearms in return! Kris hits Taya, and hits her again! And again! And again! Taya wobbles, Kris puts her in a corner. Kris runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side to KNEE LIFT! Kris then brings Taya around, hooks a leg, SPINNING FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Taya survives but Kris pounds the mat. Fans rally with Kris and she drags Taya back up. Gut wrench, but Taya fights it with elbows!
Taya wrenches to reel Taya in, underhooks and a lift, SIT OUT BUTTERFLY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Taya is shocked! Taya gets the legs, turns Kris over, but fans rally up. Kris kicks free, ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Taya up, TWO! DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Taya survives and now Kris is frustrated! But the fans continue to rally, and Kris watches a dazed Taya sit up. Kris reels Taya back in, ROCKS her with forearms, then whips. Taya reverses, Kris dodges, both women run and Taya SPEARS!! Fans fire up as Kris goes to a corner. Taya ELBOWS her, puts her in the ropes, and runs to SLIDING GERMAN!
Taya soaks up all the cheers and jeers and then goes up the corner. Taya aims, but Kris springs up to UPPERCUT! And forearm! Kris climbs, brings Taya up, but Taya fights it! Kris CLUBS away on Taya, to then SUPERPLEX!! Kris then hurries to gut wrench, tuck in and WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER! Cover, Kris wins!!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
La Wera Loca put up another hard fought match, but it was another hard loss! Kris stands tall, #MoreThanAWoman, she’s a champion! Who will be next to step to the Galaxy’s Greatest?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
As part of Forbidden Door Weekend, we see a huge 8 Man Tag! The United Empire joins forces with Swerve Strickland to take on an even bigger Chaos team as Rocky Romero & Best Friends call upon Mr. Direct Drive, Yoh! Will the Chaos refuse to be conquered? Plus, given everything going on, MJF finally makes his first appearance on Rampage! What will the AEW World Champion have to say about both Forbidden Door and the Blind Eliminator Tournament? In fact, Adam Cole will make an appearance, too! What will he have to say about the Blind Eliminator Tournament?
Then, The Acclaimed are back in action, will they build momentum towards a title opportunity? And in another Forbidden Door appetizer, “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry prepares for Sanada and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship by taking on Just5Guys’ Douki! Will Japones Del Mal help give Cold Skull some ideas on how to handle Tarzan Life?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
On top of the 8 Man Tag, #BulletClubGunns VS #AbsoluteCMFTR, as well as learning who the third man is in Relentless Icons VS Le Suzuki Gods, we will see Hiroshi Tanahashi in action against Swerve Strickland! Will the Ace be right at home inside whose house? SWERVE’S HOUSE! Also, Christian Cage will address the TNT Championship victory he and his Right Hand of Destruction pulled off last week! How will Captain Charisma spin what he and Luchasaurus did? Plus, after defeating Buddy Matthews but being beaten down by the House of Black, Andrade El Idolo is back in action against Brody King! Will Andrade take down another member of the House?
Eddie Kingston is in the ring.
Fans cheer the Mad King as he gets a mic to say, “Yo! Thank you, thank you, thank you, I love it, I love it. But I gotta put a shirt on, folks, I just had surgery and I ate a lot of ice cream, so forgive me.” But he is out here because the Bucks & Omega decided to leave cuz he told them he doesn’t respect ’em. But c’mon, they’re cute, good guys, Eddie isn’t really sure. Anyway, there’s been a lot going on that Eddie doesn’t like and doesn’t agree with. Especially a certain somebody that’s supposed to be his homeboy who is a little mad that he’s teaming with The Bucks, who he doesn’t like nor respect.
But understand, Eddie just can’t stand Claudio at all. Fans cheer that! Eddie doesn’t care if he and Jon have a problem, cuz they- Wait! Here comes Moxley! The Maniac wants to hear this from his friend in person. Moxley gets in the ring, gets in Eddie’s face, and Eddie politely hands over the mic. Moxley says Eddie knows how this goes. “If they stand behind you, protect them. If they stand beside you, respect them. If they stand against you, destroy them!” Eddie is drawing a line at Forbidden Door. Eddie says MOX drew that line the minute he started teaming up with that scumbag! Moxley did that, not Eddie!
Eddie loves Moxley as a brother but Moxley decided to do that, not Eddie. Moxley says, “Every time…” Every time what?! Say it, Moxley! Say it! Every time what?! Moxley lowers the mic, fans chant for Eddie, but then Moxley puts his hands on Eddie’s shoulders. Eddie takes the mic back and says if Moxley ain’t gonna say it, fine, we ain’t got time for it. “Ladies and gentlemen, the fifth man is Ishii!” WHOA! The Stone Pitbull is joining the Mad King and the #HungBucks! And he’s here tonight!! Fans fire up, but then the BCC attacks Eddie! Claudio & Wheeler beat down Eddie while Moxley intercepts Ishii!
Ishii gets in, but Bryan gets after him now! The American Dragon was gonna call out Okada but he’s beating down one of Okada’s buddies instead! The brawl is going on, and Bryan gets the mic! “He’s not coming out! Okada, where are you!? Do you know what? If he’s not gonna come out, I’m gonna stomp Ishii’s face in!” Bryan gets the arms, but then the coin drops! Chicago erupts as the Rainmaker IS here!! And he goes right for Bryan! Everyone else clears out so that the two icons can stare down. Chicago is losing its mind, but we still have to wait for Forbidden Door. But then Yuta attacks Okada!
Fans boo and Bryan just soaks it up. Bryan tells Yuta to set Okada up for him and Yuta obliges. Bryan aims, runs in, but Okada moves and the BUSAIKU KNEE hits Yuta! Ripcord, RAIN- NO, Bryan dodges and then retreats! Bryan wags his finger, we still have to wait. Or do we? Okada hears the fans chanting his name, and he drags up Yuta! Ripcord and RAINMAKER for Yuta!! Okada stares down Bryan, the dream match is coming, but who comes out truly the best wrestler in the world?
A great episode for Dynamite that was just one of three go-homes going into Forbidden Door 2023. Great opener from Hardys VS Gunns that of course brought Bullet Club Gold and many others into this. Bullet Club Gold might as well make Gunns members at this rate, and they’re going to have a great match with Starks, Punk & FTR. I would think #AbsoluteCMFTR wins because duh, Punk. And great Concession Stand Brawl, but of course Triple J cheats. But I also like that it got even more overbooked with Papa Briscoe and the various Faces with ROH history helped Mark win and hopefully put this one away for good.
Great Six Man from “Le Suzuki Gods,” and I figured with them going up against Action, Fox & Darius, they would win. No real dissention between Sammy & Jericho here, maybe they save that for Forbidden Door. And as for who the third man for the other team, at this point it has to be Tetsuya Naito. LIJ was to team with Darby & Sting last time but COVID kinda messed some of that up, and also Naito has had feuds with Jericho and Suzuki, so he’s the perfect choice. That on top of Sammy breaking away from JAS, I would think Naito helps Sting & Darby win.
Great promo bit from MJF and Cole that also ties into the Blind Eliminator Tournament. MJF and Cole hate each other, and the easy solution is that they throw a match, but they don’t wanna do that because then it’d give someone a claim to MJF’s title. Though at the same time, Cole clearly doesn’t mind if Tanahashi takes that title since he suckered MJF into that match. MJF VS Tanahashi will be really good stuff, though I feel like MJF retains so that he and Cole can struggle through the tag tournament and lose at some point when MJF ditches Cole or Cole knocks out MJF so the other team can win big.
Awesome tag team match of Cassidy & Shibata VS ZSJ & Garcia, and what a big surprise that ZSJ & Garcia actually make it work so they win. And then a Fatal 4 Way for the International Championship is huge! I don’t know if we get a double champion, and I would say this is how they can get the belt off Cassidy, but I thought that with the Blackjack 21 Battle Royal. If nothing else, ZSJ isn’t going to move forward from this, he’s got Samoa Joe and the ROH World Television Championship to think about. Maybe it’ll be Garcia VS Cassidy in AEW and Garcia VS Shibata in ROH, and we see if Garcia stays a sports… enner-tay-ner through the Summer.
Great TBS Championship of Kris VS Taya, but I figured Kris would retain. A little surprised no one new showed up to call out Kris, even with just a stare down. But it’s AEW, they don’t do as much with the Women’s Division as they could, and they’re not bringing in Stardom wrestlers for Forbidden Door so Kris can just wait it out a few days. Good promo from Storm and Willow to hype up their match, and Storm will surely have Ruby Soho help her cheat to retain. Willow doesn’t need to be double champion, she has her belt and plenty of challengers waiting in Stardom to show up on NJPW Strong, or for her to show up on their events.
Great promos to help hype Forbidden Door, such as Blackpool Combat Club wanting a 5v5. This is almost a teaser for Blood & Guts, but we’re getting great team-ups between AEW and NJPW. Shota Umino has been more or less Face in NJPW but he’ll come into Forbidden Door as a Heel since he’s on Team BCC. Also good promo from Ospreay with Callis to form a loose alliance. United Empire & Swerve VS Chaos will be a good tune-up match that I would think the Heels win.
Eddie bringing in Ishii is a great move, and we got a great transition from Eddie announcing that to having Bryan call out Okada and Okada showing up for a show closing brawl. Okada stands tall here, but I can’t be sure he wins. Bryan could easily cheat and take that win so he can just inflate his ego all summer. As for BCC, Konosuke & Shota VS Eddie, Ishii & Hung Bucks, that could also go either way, but feels like if Bryan wins, BCC loses. If Bryan loses, BCC wins.
And great brackets for the Owen Hart Cup. Punk VS Kojima on Forbidden Door will be good but it’s a bit of a throwaway just so Punk moves ahead. Starks VS Juice, I feel like Starks overcomes that to meet old rival Hobbs. Then Strong VS Joe, that’s going to be awesome, and as much as I’d love to see Roddy get ahead, it feels like Punk VS Joe is happening. The women’s tournament has a good bracket, too, but Britt being back in it, possibly going back to back as Queen of Harts… Though at the same time, she’s taking on Ruby and the Outcasts could cheat her all the way to the finals.
Willow and Athena are also strong choices, but putting the Queen of Harts belt on someone who is already champion feels like a waste, because such a prize should be used as a springboard towards a title shot for like the AEW Women’s World or TBS title. The way AEW and ROH have been pushing Skye, she might be the one, winning it as the “underdog/dark horse” choice.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/29/23)
The Continental Classic continues into week 2!
The Switchblade enters whose house?
The AEW Continental Classic continues here on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland and Jay White are both 1-0, but they go against each other for the top spot in Gold League!
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush; Rush wins.
- Wardlow VS AR Fox; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party; Action & Top Flight win.
- AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura; Julia wins and retains the title.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
Fans cheer as the American Dragon, eyepatch on like a pirate, joins commentary to watch the Continental Classic competition in person.
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!
The Maniac is 1-0 with three points, so he’s feeling pretty good batting lead for round two! Will he continue his momentum with #PureCarnage? Or will this be a lethal week two?
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on the 20 minute time limit. Moxley and Lethal circle, tie up, and Lethal headlocks for a takeover. Moxley headscissors, Lethal kips free but Moxley headlocks for a takeover. Lethal headscissors, Moxley kips free, and we go another takeover for another scissor. And another! Lethal then ROCKS Moxley with a right! Moxley ROCKS Lethal, Lethal ROCKS Moxley, and they go back and forth! Lethal kicks low, runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up but Lethal trips Moxley to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Moxley rolls to the apron, and they fall to the floor!
Lethal and Moxley get up, Lethal throws body shots but Moxley clinches. Lethal RAMS Moxley into the apron, slides into the ring and he builds speed. Lethal DIVES and sends Moxley into the railing! Fans fire up, Lethal goes to the apron and struts, but Bryan says not to do that with Moxley. Lethal hops in, builds speed again, but Moxley slides in to deny the dive! Then Moxley DECKS Lethal, and he DIVES! Now Lethal is sent into railing! Moxley shakes out his leg after jamming it up a bit. Lethal CLUBS Moxley, CLUBS him more, but Moxley ROCKS Lethal back. Moxley puts Lethal in, runs in at the corner and clotheslines!
Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count, but Lethal slips away before five to kick at the legs! Then Lethal hoists Moxley for a SHIN BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley clutches his knee, Lethal storms up to stomp him! Lethal goes after that knee with more stomps, but Moxley hobbles to another corner. Lethal CLUBS the leg, CLUBS it again, and again! Moxley ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Moxley! They go back and forth, Moxley gets the edge with boxing elbows! Then he BITES Lethal! Moxley runs, Lethal ducks to handspring, but into a SLEEPER! Lethal JAWBREAKRS free, and hits another SHIN BREAKER! Then a SAIDO!
Lethal hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes, Lethal climbs, and he MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but he sputters as he crawls to ropes. Moxley is on the apron, Lethal BLASTS Moxley to the railing! The front row has Moxley in their laps as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Lethal waits while the ref checks on Moxley. Moxley drags himself up but Lethal goes out after him. Moxley drags himself over railing, and Lethal ROCKS him with a right hand! And again! Lethal then RAMS Moxley into the apron, then CLUBS away on the leg! Lethal SLAMS the leg into the apron, and Moxley scrambles into the ring. Lethal pursues, runs up and KICKS the leg out! Moxley crawls, Lethal grabs the leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! Lethal then has a toehold and he twists the foot. Moxley endures, Lethal stomps the leg, then drops another elbow! But Moxley uses that to get an ARMBAR!
Lethal clasps hands quickly, fights up to stack, TWO and Lethal knees the back of Moxley’s leg! Lethal bends the leg across his own knee, but Moxley endures. Lethal KNEES it again, pulls, and goes back to the standing toehold. Moxley endures, Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally up. Moxley kicks away at Lethal, then gets up to hit a CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Moxley fires up, he drags Lethal up and in, but Lethal fights the piledriver! Lethal RAMS Moxley into the corner, hoists him up, and CHOPS! Lethal climbs for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes and Lethal says he’s gonna rip that leg off!
Lethal aims as Moxley slowly rises, but Moxley avoids the chop block! Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! And CHOPS him! Lethal fires a forearm but Moxley fires back! The fans rally, the forearms fly, and Moxley gets the edge! Moxley runs, but Lethal follows to UPPERCUT! Lethal runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, baits Lethal in, to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Moxley and he drags Lethal up. Underhooks, but Lethal fights the Paradigm Shift, BACKBREAKER TO COMPLETE SHOT! Moxley is down after the Lethal Combination, and Lethal covers, TWO! Bryan says that wasn’t a great cover, a tournament like this is about the basics.
Lethal grabs Moxley’s leg to SMASH the knee against the mat again and again! Then he drags Moxley, steps through, but Moxley cradle counters! TWO!! Lethal rushes Moxley but Moxley POSTS him! And then rolls him up, TWO!! Lethal escapes again, and Moxley goes back to the corner. Moxley slaps the bad leg and the fans rally up. Lethal stands, he dodges Moxley, and he O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Lethal rolls back, TWO! Lethal gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Moxley sits up but he endures the pain! Bryan coaches Moxley from commentary and Moxley fights his way around!
Moxley reaches out, Lethal pulls on that hold, but Moxley has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lethal lets off and drags Moxley up. Lethal KICKS the leg, then calls his shot! Handspring, but Moxley falls! Lethal stops himself, but falls for it! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley fires up, and he KING KONG LRAIATS Lethal inside out!! Then PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lethal survives, but Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Lethal CLUBS Moxley’s leg, but then Moxley traps that arm! Lethal taps, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (gains 3 points; Lethal earns 0)
The Maniac is 2-0 with a strong six points, but it may have cost him a leg! Will he have to watch out next round with that target on his back?
AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.
Eddie Kingston asks them what they want him to say. He knew this was gonna be tough. Tony Khan didn’t put any scrubs in this tournament. Eddie just maybe got too cocky, thinking that since he put two belts in the pot, he was a given winner. No one deserves to win, everything is earned. Eddie has Bryan next but he’s behind the 8 ball. Eddie says he will not do this. He will not go backwards. Humble in victory and humble in defeat. Eddie has to go heal up, Epsom salt bath, all that good stuff. The Mad King vows he will be ready for the American Dragon.
Bryan Danielson responds.
Bryan says he was actually impressed by the confidence Eddie had to put up both his titles for the tournament. But now, one loss and Eddie feels he’s behind the 8 ball? Against Bryan? Bryan fractured his orbital bone, needed surgery in two places, and yet he is coming into this tournament on fire! He is NOT behind the 8 ball, he is NOT going to be humble, he is here to win this and be the first AEW Triple Crown! Will Bryan’s Blue League start be Eddie’s Blue League end?
Tony Schiavone is backstage.
He brings up that Sting’s final match is coming. AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. And when it comes to where they’ll have Sting’s final match, they thought of the many great venues across the world, but what better place for Sting’s final match than Greensboro, North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum? So many great Sting matches were held there, but one in particular that comes to mind is 1988, Sting VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship. So Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, get ready! Joining Schiavone now are those very legends, Sting and Ric Flair!
First off, 24-0, the longest win streak in AEW right now, what a fitting place for Sting to have his final match and maybe end on 25 than in Greensboro. Sting says yeah, wow, all those years ago, it was March 8th, 1988, his very first world title match against perhaps the greatest world champion of all time in The Nature Boy. Sting would’ve never guessed that night, 35 years later, we’d be here now. The memories, 45 minutes but a draw, commercial free, the first time in TV history that any sporting event even did that. But that’s not the real point of it. The big deal was being in there with Ric Flair. That was a make or break night, and so thank you, Ric, for putting Sting on the map.
Sting says yeah, that is a fitting place to end his career all these years later, Greensboro. Schiavone says so many great memories, and for him and Flair, forty years ago, does he remember? Oh, Flair knows. The words cannot be spoken to emphasize what is about to happen! Greensboro, where Sting, make no mistake, Ric didn’t make Sting a thing, Sting made himself! 45 MINUTES! Commercial free! With Flair! Unthinkable! Sting walked back there to 25 wrestlers going, “Jesus! You’re the man! You did it, Stinger!” He went out there and did it like a man! That’s what this business is all about.
Flair is 74 years old, standing next to the Icon, with his friend, Schiavone, and going back to Greensboro for what will be the greatest moment of his life, and God knows Flair’s had some good ones. He is honored to be there at Sting’s side! They shake hands, and Flair says the ACC Tournament and all that, nah, this is one for the ages! Highway 85 will be lined up from Richmond, all the way to Charlotte, like it always was! Sting, The Nature Boy, and AEW are coming to Greensboro! Let’s give it to ’em! “WOO~!” It’s the 80s all over again! Tickets on sale December 15th! IT’S SHOWTIME!
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush!
The Sussex County Chicken got beat by The Maniac but El Toro Blanco got cheated by the Switchblade! These animals are hungry for points, so who gets fed?
The bell rings and Rush rushes in! They RAM and then fire off forearms! The fans fire up, Bryan says this is what he was talking about! This isn’t going 20 minutes! The forearms keep flying, Rush ROCKS Mark, but Mark fires off forearms and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS back! Rush whips, runs in, and SPLASHES int he corner! Rush runs but Mark follows, JUMP KCIK! Mark gets Rush up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Mark forearms and stomps away! The ref counts, Mark lets off, but Rush dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rush sits Mark down so he can stomp with both feet!
Rush scrapes Mark, goes to the far side, then runs in. Mark BOOTS back but Rush still clotheslines! Snapmare and KCIK! Rush stomps away, takes Mark’s “head” and kicks it! The kick is good for Rush but fans boo. Rush goes up a corner, but Mark CLOBBERS him! Rush falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark builds speed! Mark WRECKS Rush with a dropkick! Mark then stomps away on Rush, then stands him up to CHOP! So Rush CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips Mark hard into railing! Rush then whips Mark into more railing! And then back the other way! Rush goes into the ring to tranquilo and let the count handle Mark.
Mark hobbles up, so Rush goes out after him. Rush runs in, but Mark ducks and RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Rush writhes, the ring count starts again, and Mark gets on the apron. Fans fire up as Mark says BANG BANG! FOLEY ELBOW! Fans fire up again and Mark high fives the front row. Mark leaves Rush behind now as the count climbs. Rush drags himself up, drags himself in at 5 of 10, and Mark eggs him on. Rush snarls, and he CHOPS! Mark CHOSP! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Fans fire up as Rush shoves, and Mark BOOTS him! Rush wobbles, but he dodges Mark to SNAP GERMAN!
Mark wobbles up, Rush SUPERKICKS! Mark stays up to LARIAT in return! Both men are down and Minneapolis is thunderous! Mark sees his chewing gum on the mat and picks it back up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Mark goes to ropes, then stomps Rush. Mark drags Rush up, ROCKS him, and Rush falls over! Mark digs his boots in at the ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off at 4. The ref checks Rush, he’s still in this and bails out. The ref has Mark stay back, the ref makes sure Rush is okay, but then Mark runs in to stomp away! Rush gets up, Mark CHOPS him in a corner, and then ROCKS him! Mark brings Rush around, but Rush whips and SPLASHES! Rush sits Mark down, stomps and ROCKS him, then hobbles away. Rush snarls, he runs back in, but Mark is up to CHOP him down! Mark drops an elbow! And another elbow! Cover, TWO!
Mark fishhooks Rush into a chinlock, but the ref counts. Mark lets off, stands Rush up, but Rush trips Mark and has a leg! Rush hooks that up into a TRAILER HITCH! Mark endures and Rush pulls on the legs! Fans rally, Mark crawls and drags Rush along. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally more. Mark reaches out, powers his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and the ref counts, but Rush lets go. Mark drags himself up, the fans rally again, and Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush gets in Mark’s face, eggs him on, so Mark CHOPS! Rush and Mark throw SLAP after SLAP!
Mark swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Rush hobbles back, but Mark is back up! Rush swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Mark stands again. Rush roars, Mark runs in, Rush hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to send Mark into buckles! Rush snarls again, fans rally up and he aims. Rush runs in, but Mark SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Mark drags Rush up. Mark turns Rush for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rush is still in this but the fans fire up for Mark. Mark underhooks, but Rush swings. Mark clinches, waistlocks, but Rush throws elbows. Rush switches, Mark breaks free to PELE!
Rush falls out to the apron and Mark storms after him. They’re both on the edge, Mark fires forearms, but Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Fans “WOO~!” for every CHOP! Mark GAMANGIRIS, Rush staggers back, but Rush gets Mark for another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Mark crashes on the floor and the ref checks him. The fans lose their minds but Rush snarls. Rush paces as the ring count climbs, and Mark is up at 5 of 10. Mark drags himself in at 6, but Rush storms right up on him. Rush hoists Mark up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Mark fires off hands, and then REDNECK HELL STAB!
Fans fire up as Mark leaps, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives again but Mark has the underhooks! Rush powers up to back drop free! Rush aims from a corner now, Mark runs in again but into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rush runs up to DECK Mark! Then the BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, Rush wins!!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Briscoe earns 0)
A true war right here, and now Rush is 1-1! Will this ungovernable one find a way to take over the league? As for Briscoe, he is down 0-2 with no points, is he already on the bubble?
RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.
Madame Storm seems rather bothered by something. RJ gets her attention but she tells him to sit. And don’t be so loud. RJ does sit, and Mariah May takes the title for Storm. RJ wants to bring up the championship acceptance speech last week. Yes, and she was rudely interrupted! Yeah, that’s true. How is she feeling? Storm says they partied well into the night, spent some time at the compound, JFK or one of the Kennedys was there. But now she is very fatigued, dehydrated, and has a touch of the gout. Oh, wow. Well, he wants to inform her that she is scheduled to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. But given her state, is she worried at all?
Worried? Was Fatty Arbuckle worried? Was Jean Harlow worried? Was Frances bloody Farmer worried? No, they all turned out fine, and so will she. Before she goes, take off her shoe, she’s feeling swollen. RJ does take off her shoes for her, but will Storm have to focus before someone takes the title off her?
MJF is here!
Fans cheer as the AEW World Champion walks out here with the help of his cane, mic in the other hand. He has them cut his music, he gets into the ring, and the fans cheer him on. MJF gets right to it as he says “December 30th, Nassau Coliseum, Worlds End, it will be Samoa Joe VS yours truly for the grandest prize of ’em all, The Triple B, the AEW World Championship.” Fans cheer that, and MJF wants to be honest, though. When it comes to Joe as a person, eeeeeeh MJF doesn’t like him. But when it comes to Joe professional, MJF respects him.
MJF respects what Joe has done for the industry, and most importantly, when Joe came into AEW, he didn’t come here to line his pockets, he came here because he believes in those three letters. Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and MJF says back in the early 2000s, MJF remembers getting a poster in his mailbox and it was for TNA Wrestling. And he remembers thinking, what even is this all about? He tuned in and couldn’t have been happier. He saw insane feats of athleticism, he saw a new cast of pro-wrestlers he’d never heard of before, but most of all, he saw one man among the rest, and that was the Samoan Submission Machine.
While Samoa Joe may’ve looked unconventional, he didn’t seem to care, and neither did any of the fans. Because every time Joe walked through the curtain, we knew he was the baddest man walking on God’s Green Earth. Now unfortunately, later on in his career, Joe’s talents were not recognized and he was not afforded the opportunity to be a world champion in the WWE. Fans boo, but MJF says what Joe did for this sport was bigger than that. “Joe proved you don’t have to be a massive male model bodybuilder to be a top guy in this sport. Samoa Joe broke the mold. Samoa Joe proved alternatives matter.
“And because of the road that Joe paved, it has allowed for a man like me to stand before you today. Without a guy like Joe, there may be no AEW. So Joe, very quickly, what I’d like to say, as much as this all pains me to admit, thank you.” Fans cheer that and join in, “Thank You, Joe! Thank You, Joe!” Yes, thank you, Joe! However… MJF has actually, though grateful to have gone down the road Joe paved, MJF isn’t too shabby himself, now is he? Fans cheer that. MJF managed to pave his own road, and built on a new alternative. He is AEW day one, and he has helped build this place brick by brick! Fans cheer “M J F! M J F!”
MJF says he did that by defeating some of the biggest names in this industry! Names like Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega. But of all the names MJF has had to face in this ring, the one name he looks back on, and not only was he lucky to win, he was lucky to survive, that is Joe. Samoa Joe is a wrestling legend. But December 30th is not about Joe’s legacy. It’s about MJF’s! December 30th is about answering the question, “Can Max Friedman outlast the Final Boss of this sport one more time?” So now, MJF is gonna make a promise. He promises to everyone watching at home and everyone here in this arena.
MJF promises that on December 30th, it doesn’t matter if his left knee keeps sliding in and out, if his right hip keeps popping in and out of socket, if his right shoulder is hanging on by a threat, or if Joe beats him within an inch of his life. Joe could be King Kong and Godzilla incarnate. Because MJF promises that on December 30th, he shows the world that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! And if you want to take what’s his… at Worlds End, you’ll have to put MJF down! MJF even breaks his cane!! Fans fire up with MJF, but then the lights go down.
Now there are lights blinking all over the place. MJF looks around, but THE DEVIL’S MINIONS ATTACK! Fans boo as one of them has a baseball bat!! But here comes Joe!! Joe said he’d have MJF’s back so here he is! He YANKS the big guy out, gets that bat, and he runs the rest off! Cameras have trouble here, but when things come back, a message types out on screen. “In the shadows, our game begins. Next week, MJF & Samoa Joe… will you face the unknown in a tag match? Are you a hero, Max?” The Devil has made his challenge to the champ! The fans chant “DO IT! DO IT!” and “He’s Our Scumbag!” Joe tries to get MJF to ignore all this, it’s what this Devil wants!
But MJF says “I’m so sick of your Scooby-Doo BS! LEMME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU! I am not dealing with your crap when I got that guy breathing down my neck at Worlds End. No no. I am going to take out all of your men, one by one. I am going to unmask you, you coward! And next week, you wanna tag match?! YOU’RE ON!!” Joe isn’t for it, but the challenge has been accepted. Will Joe just have to save MJF from himself?
Wardlow VS AR Fox!
Speaking of someone who wants to take everything away from MJF, the War Dog is on the warpath, just waiting for the right moment. After what we just saw, is MJF going to be served up on a silver platter?
But wait! Fox BOOTS Wardlow down off the apron! And then FLIES out! But Wardlow stays up! So Fox FLIES again! Direct hit but Wardlow is still up! Wardlow HEADBUTTS Fox, then whips him at the apron. Fox 619s on the apron to hit back! And then he goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Wardlow catches him! SLAM on the apron, and then Wardlow box jumps up to the apron. Wardlow storms in, fans rally up, and Wardlow drags Fox up for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Now with both men in the ring, the bell finally sounds and this is actually a match. Wardlow storms up on Fox in the corner, to then TOSS him across the way!
Fox flounders out of the ring and Wardlow is having fun now. Wardlow goes out to stalk Fox, CLUB him on the back, and the ring count climbs. Wardlow hauls Fox up to TOSS him back in! Fans rally, Wardlow storms back in, and Wardlow drags Fox up. Fox shoves Wardlow but Wardlow CLUBS him! Wardlow trophy lifts, but Fox slips free! Wardlow runs in, but only gets buckles as Fox slips out to the apron! Fox swings to dropkick, then he goes up to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Wardlow snarls and Fox is stunned! Fox runs in to BOOT! Wardlow doesn’t budge so Fox BOOTS him again! And again! Fox runs, but Wardlow pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER!
Wardlow winds up, to LARIAT Fox down! Wardlow then hauls Fox up, POWERBOMB! The symphony begins as fans want more! Wardlow drags Fox up, reels him back in, another POWERBOMB! And then Wardlow goes up the corner, to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans fire up and Wardlow still isn’t done! He reels Fox back in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!!! The ref checks, Fox is OUT! Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
The remixed Powerbomb Symphony was too much for Fox, and Wardlow storms off. When and where will Wardlow sink his teeth into MJF?
Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party!
The Sight to See and the reunited Martin brothers are ready to be the Coldest Trio in the Game, but they’re taking on Isiah Kassidy and the legendary Hardy brothers! Will Action, Darius & Dante add themselves to the top of the trios rankings? Or will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay take them to the extreme?
The trios sort out and Minneapolis is happy to have Dante back. Action and Matt start, they tie up and Matt headlocks. Action powers out then DROPKICKS Matt down! Matt goes to ropes, Action runs in but is put on the apron. Action RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Matt is up, Action kicks but Matt blocks! Matt flips Action, Action lands on his feet but Matt hip tosses! Tag to Jeff and the Hardys get Action up, atomic drop and the takedown, DOUBLE LEG DROP! Jeff covers, TWO! Jeff drags Action up, CLUBS him, and wrenches an arm. Jeff hammerlocks but Action switches it onto Jeff.
Fans rally up for Dante, Jeff elbows Action and runs, but Action trips Jeff! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Jeff moves! Action hits the superhero landing and stares the Charismatic Enigma down! Fans fire up, and they both back away, tag to Darius and Isiah. Fans rally up as Zay and Air Wolf tie up. Zay headlocks, Darius powers out but Zay runs him over! Zay pumps and bumps, things speed up, and Darius hurdles. Zay backflips over, but Darius arm-drags! Darius then sidesteps but Zay arm-drags! Darius trips Zay to cover, ONE! Zay trips Darius but Darius throws him away to then DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Darius mocks the Jeff Hardy dance. Zay is in the corner, Darius runs in to SPLASH and tag Dante! Fans fire up as Dante jumps, runs, and A-LIST LARIATS! Tag back to Darius, snap suplex and a slingshot senton! Fans fire up and Action tags in. Darius gets Zay up, wrenches an arm, and Action DOUBLE STOMPS the arm. Zay losses his durag and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Action whips Zay, Zay reverses but Action avoids the dropkick. Matt CLOBBERS Action while the ref is checking Zay! Zay gets Action up, RAMS him to the corner, and Zay fires off hands. Tag to Jeff, and they mug Action with some stomps. The ref counts, Jeff lets off at 4, and he brings Action up to snapmare. Jeff runs to NECK SNAP, then NECK SNAP the other way! And then another one! Action staggers up, Jeff kicks low and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jeff stays between Action and the Martins to show them how to do his dance. Jeff then CLUBS Action, tags in Zay, and Zay CLUBS Action’s arm.
Zay throws Action out, goes out and throws him into railing! Zay talks some smack, then he stomps away on Action! High five with the fans, then more stomps! Selfie! Zay then puts Action in the ring, CLUBS him down, then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Matt and he RAMS into Action. Matt ROCKS Action with a right, then bumps him off buckles. Matt dribbles Action off the buckles again and again and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt ROCKS Action again, tags Jeff, but fans rally up for Top Flight. Matt CATAPULT GUILLOTINES, then Jeff hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Jeff drags Action into the ring, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more but Jeff bumps Action off buckles. Tag to Matt, the Hardys stomp a mudhole in, then dig their boots in. The ref counts, Matt lets off and he stands Action back up. But Action ROCKS Matt with haymakers! Matt shoves Action, Action comes back, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Action survives and fans fire up but Matt calls his shot. “DELETE! DELETE!” and Action stands. Kick and- NO, Action wrenches out of the Twist! But Matt ducks the haymaker to back suplex! Action lands on his feet to KICK, KNEE and ENZIGURI!
Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Action and Matt crawl, hot tags to Dante and Zay! Dante goes up and over Zay, CLOBBERS him, CLOBBERS him again, then whips. Zay reverses, Dante goes out and Zay hits buckles! Dante then goes right over the corner, GAMANGIRIS Zay away then jumps to avoid Jeff’s sweep! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans boo but Matt TWIST- NO, Dante powers out and Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante ROUNDHOUSES, Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Zay is up and he shoves Dante into Darius! Roll up, TWO!! Zay LARIATS Dante back down, putting his all behind that one!
Fans fire up as both men crawl, but Jeff runs to BLAST Action! Darius ROCKS Jeff, but Zay uses Jeff as a step, PARTY IN MOTION wipes Darius out! Dante sees that, but then Matt sets up for Jeff! POETRY IN MOTION! The Hardy Boyz get Dante up top, Zay GAMANGIRIS him into a Double Electric Chair Lift! Zay springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dante survives but the Hardys go after Darius & Action! POETRY- INTERCEPTED as Darius jumps off Matt to CLOBBER Jeff!! Action kicks Matt, then QUEBRADAS off the railing! Zay suplexes Dante, but Dante knees free!
Dante runs, Zay dodges to mule kicks! But Darius is in, he and Action set up, but Zay fights the waistlock! Zay BOOTS Action, elbows Darius, but the still get the SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Zay flops into Dante’s half nelson, SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TOP FLIGHT WINS!
Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall
A powerful homecoming for Dante Martin, he and his team have a massive win! Will they soon fly high and go after the AEW World Trios Championships?
Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.
Renee is with them and congratulates them on the big win. So good to see Dante back, how is that leg? But then Penta El Zero Miedo and Alex Abrahantes step in. Penta offers a fist bump, and Dante accepts. They’re all good given Penta was responsible for the broken leg in that Reach for the Sky Ladder match. But then Penta counts, one, two, three. Bring ’em in. Komander and El Hijo Del Vikingo join Penta, that makes one, two, three. And Cero Miedo! Dante nods, when and where will we see this top tier trios match go down?
AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura!
The Princess of the Black Throne successfully defended her gold on Collision against Lady Frost, but now she takes on the Queen of Joshi! And for this match, Dealer’s Choice says submissions can NOT win the match! Then if Julia can’t be Hartless, will she just have to be ruthless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!
The bell rings and fans rally up behind Julia. Julia soaks it up, but Emi laughs at it. Emi and Julia smirk as they stare down, then they approach. Emi dodges Julia and laughs some more, but then Julia grabs her by the face! Julia bumps Emi off buckles, fires off forearms and stomps, then whips corner to corner. Julia runs in, handsprings and clotheslines! Julia keeps moving, back body block! Julia snapmares Emi, KICKS her, but Emi just frowns. Fans fire up, and Emi stands up. Julia CHOPS but Emi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Julia shrieks, but Emi pushes her around. Emi aims but Julia blocks the chop to WRING the arm!
Emi goes to ropes, the fans fire up as Julia CLUBS, HOOK KICKS then KICKS Emi down! Julia pushes Emi out of the ring, goes out after her, but Emi throws body shots. Julia whips, Emi reverses, and Julia hits steel steps! Per the House Rules, there’s a 20 count, not a 10, so Emi has more time to use. Emi runs in to SPLASH Julia against the steps! Fans fire up and the ref checks Julia as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Emi stands on Julia’s face, the ref reprimands, but Emi steps away. She has to be careful, part of House Rules is that disqualifications are strongly enforced. Emi then takes a seat on security’s lap before she storms up on Julia. Emi brings Julia around to CHOP against railing! Then Emi brings Julia over to send into more railing, and CHOP again! Emi puts Julia in the ring, drags her around and dragon sleepers! TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this but Emi pushes her to a corner. Emi CHOPS, and Julia staggers away to another corner. Emi CHOPS her again! And again! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!
Julia sits down, Emi digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Emi lets off, soaks up the heat, and then brings Julia up to whip corner to corner. Julia stops herself to ELBOW back! Julia storms up on Emi to throw hands, but Emi SLAPS Julia down! Julia checks her jaw, but Emi digs her knees into Julia’s neck! The ref counts, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Emi lets off. Emi watches Julia flounder around, and Julia sits up to throw body shots. Emi just laughs and brings Julia around to underhook. Stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi waits on Julia to sit up, says she’ll be the champion, and then underhooks again!
Julia fights up and round, SLEEPER! Submissions won’t win but she just wants to make Emi suffer! Emi falls, flails, Julia has a headscissor squeeze! Emi rolls, pops out the back, and she hooks Julia’s legs up! ROMERO SPECIAL! Julia endures, then Emi THROWS her down! Emi drags Julia around, puts her in a drop zone, but fans still rally for Julia. Emi climbs, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julia moves! Julia wraps on the HARTLESS LOCK!! But it won’t win! Emi flails, taps, but it doesn’t save Emi, either! Julia thrashes Emi, lets her go, and the ref has to remind Julia it’s her own rules. So Julia BLINDSIDE LARIATS!
Julia stomps Emi into the drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT!! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Another defense in the books, Julia is still golden! Will she keep on winning with such unpredictable rules?
Backstage interview with Mariah May.
RJ City is with Miss May and says we saw her at Full Gear and last week, but we also know she’s here, hungry for more. Mariah says yes she is. She knows she’s the new girl and all, but she did just come from Stardom, and she had quite the run. She is dying to show us what she can do. So thanks for connecting her with Toni Storm. RJ says it’s nothing, he and Toni go way back, used to play squash together. No, really, RJ is quite the curator. And Mariah knows Toni likes him, so this means the world to her. No, no, Toni makes things happen. He’s just happy to help. Mariah seems a bit disappointed, but RJ says without further ado, go get ’em!
Mariah knocks on Tony Khan’s door, steps inside, and talks with the boss. Will this Tony be just as accommodating as Toni Storm?
Christian Cage is here!
The TNT Champion, the Patriarch, makes his way to the ring, security right behind him. Captain Charisma then gets a mic while the fans boo, and he says what he’d like to do right now is go ahead and invite the Rated R Superstar to this ring right now. Fans fire up for that, and Christian says he knows Edge is back there. Fans shout “ADAAAAM~!” and Christian says he just wants to talk about what Edge said on Collision. So if Edge doesn’t mind making his presence felt, Christian would appreciate it. But still no response? Did Christian make sure to do this when Edge isn’t here?
Christian waits, gets upset, and asks Adam “ADAAAM~!” that he’d like to speak with him in this ring. Please, someone, hit the mic, get Adam’s attention, something. Or should Christian go back there to speak with him? “You think you know him.” And here comes Edge!! Fans fire up as Edge storms into the ring, and of course the security becomes a wall in front of Christian. Edge paces and Christian says listen, management wanted this, not him. Fans boo that garbage, but Christian says they don’t need security. He asks these men to vacate the ring. They shrug and bail out, even though Edge looks ready to pounce.
Christian brings up that last week, Edge challenged him to a match for the TNT Championship on December 6th, Dynamite in Montreal. Christian is here to tell Edge that they won’t make it to Montreal. They get face to face and fans fire up. Christian says they won’t make it to Montreal because “I’m sorry.” What? Edge is also confused, and Christian says he knows what we’re all thinking. Christian is only sorry because he’s all alone, right? Fans confirm and they chant “BULL~ SHID!” at him! Christian asks them to understand. Edge took out “The Prodigy” Nick Wayne, he took out Killswitch/Luchasaurus, but that’s not why Christian’s sorry.
He won’t lie, he was pissed about what Edge did to Lucha- er, Killswitch, with not one but two Con-Chair-Tos. Christian was so mad, he jumped out of his house, got in his car and just drove around. He needed to think, needed fresh air. And somewhere during that trip, it turned into one of reflection. It turned into a roadtrip of soul searching, digging down deep, trying to understand why he became the person that he is, this guy who says and does such unsavory things. And then he remembered those times he and Edge would borrow Christian’s mom’s Ford Taurus. They nicknamed it “Toby the Taurus” because they took it everywhere when they were trying to make it.
They didn’t care where they went, they were broke, not a dime to their names, but they didn’t care. They were having the time of their lives! They knew they were gonna make it. They didn’t know how, but they knew they would. And dammit, did they ever make it, huh? They went on to become multiple-time tag team champions, and Christian will say it, the greatest tag team that ever lived! Fans do cheer that. Christian and Edge then became multiple time world champions, two of the greatest careers in this sport. But take the wrestling away, and it runs even deeper. Everyone knows Edge grew up with a single mom. Everyone knows that Edge didn’t have a father figure.
Fans boo, already sensing where this is going! Christian wants Edge to listen! Yes, he is the Patriarch of AEW, but in no way is he suggesting he’s Edge’s father. Christian is Edge’s brother. And in turn, Christian’s father became like Edge’s father. Edge went on family trips, sat at the dinner table, slept over! When Edge needed discipline, Christian’s dad treated him the same as his own kids. He picked Edge up, brushed him off, hugged him and cheered him on. To this very day, he is still Edge’s biggest fan. So listen, Christian will just say it. They weren’t just random guys thrown together. “I love you, man.” Fans boo that one!
Christian says they’re family. And listen, when Edge’s mom passed a few years ago, that was the hardest time of Edge’s life. Christian knows that. But some time before, she said, “What I wouldn’t give to see you guys in that ring, teaming one last time.” Christian started thinking, that they should do this for her! Let’s go on the journey together again, like Edge wanted! Edge & Christian, for Judy “Judemeister” Copeland! Let’s do it for her! Fans cheer for Judy, but Edge is conflicted. Christian drops the mic, holds the belt, and then rushes Edge! Edge LOW BLOWS Christian first!! Fans cheer as Christian leans on Edge in pain.
Christian slumps down and Edge lets him fall. Fans want that one more time, but Edge gets the mic. “Nice try, dumbass.” Edge tells him to sit up when he’s talking. Edge grabs the belt, tells Christian to shine it up real nice. Hell, sleep with it if he wants. Because next week, the title’s coming home with Edge! Oh, and one more thing, Edge almost forgot. G F Y!! Fans are thunderous as Edge takes his leave. Will Edge crush Christian’s spirit as payback for everything he’s said and done?
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland!
The Switchblade and the Realest are both 1-0 with three points, and now they are going to battle in what could be the decisive battle in this block! With no Juice Robinson, no Ass Boys, no Prince Nana or Brian Cage, who will prove to be the slipperiest snake in all of AEW?
The bell rings and fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White still throws guns up, but he and Swerve then tie up. They go around, Swerve puts White in a corner, but White turns it around. Swerve turns it back around, White pulls hair to turn it around again, then he RAMS into Swerve! And again! And again! White tosses Swerve out, then goes out to CHOP! White then RAMS Swerve into railing, mocks Nana’s dance, but Swerve throws hands! Swerve runs and RAMS White into railing! Fans fire up with Swerve and he stomps White down. Swerve then whips, but White reverses and Swerve hits railing so hard, he goes over into the front row!
Fans fire up and security helps Swerve, but then White drags him back in. White puts Swerve in the ring, mockingly asks, “Whose House?” and he stomps Swerve. White wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then CHOPS! White again mockingly asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White CHOPS Swerve, but Swerve BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, White holds ropes, then he dumps Swerve out. But Swerve pulls hair! White HOTSHOTS Swerve, builds speed and slides, but Swerve catches him to BACK SUPLEX White into the front row! Fans are getting a much more interactive experience than expected!
Swerve drags White back up, White grabs at fans desperately, but the fans can’t do anything for him as Swerve dumps White back over. Swerve pushes White around, goes up the apron, and then he FLYING STOMPS White down! Fans fire up, Swerve puts White in, and then aims from the apron. But White gets a leg in the ropes! Swerve claws at White, pushes him away, but White BOOTS Swerve, then DRAPING DDTS! Fans rally for Swerve but White drags Swerve up to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
White sits Swerve up again, to CHOP him back down! White drags Swerve up again, goes up a corner, and mocks Swerve, to then hop back down and CHOP again! Swerve writhes, White drags him up, and White TOSSES Swerve out of the ring. White goes out after Swerve, but he CHOPS back! Swerve then clinches to hit a BACKBREAKER! White writhes, Swerve goes up to the apron again, and he BOOTS White back down! Fans rally up, Swerve drags White into the ring, and then clamps on a cording hold. White grabs ropes, the ref counts, Swerve takes a swing, but White EXPLODERS Swerve up and out!
White goes out after Swerve, hauls him up, and APRON GOURD BUSTERS! Swerve writhes and flounders but White refreshes the ring count. White then RAMS Swerve into steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring, White pursues and covers, TWO! White clamps onto Swerve’s bad arm, then traps the other, and he stretches Swerve out as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve fights up, but White throws him down by hair! White again mocks the chant, “Whose House?” Bryan commends Swerve on toughness. He had a brutal Texas Deathmatch with Hangman Page, and the only thing taped up is that arm.
Speaking of, White clamps onto the arms again, but Swerve endures. Swerve fights up, throws body shots, but White throws him down by his hair! Fans boo, Swerve gets up to SLAP White! Swerve CHOPS, White waistlocks, but Swerve swings elbows. White gets under to SAIDO! White then storms up to drag Swerve up, CORNER HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White scuffs him. White mockingly says he needs his points. White knees Swerve low, and again, but Swerve blocks the chop! Swerve wrenches, gets around, HAMMERLOCK BACK SUPLEX! White writhes and fans fire up!
Swerve snarls, storms up on White, and he ROCKS him! Body shot! Forearm! Body shot! Repeat! Swerve snapmares, rolls, but White catches the Complete Shot, but then Swerve slips out of the Urenage! Swerve goes to a corner, White runs in but Swerve goes up and over to O’Conner and Eddy Gordo RANA! White tumbles, staggers, into the SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a gator roll into a deadlift suplex! Fans fire up as Swerve covers, TWO!! White survives and Swerve grows frustrated. Fans still rally up behind Swerve, and he grabs White’s wrist. White resists but Swerve still drags him up.
White reaches out, kicks Swerve’s legs, then gets free. White swings, Swerve dodges and comes back, COMPLETE SHOT from White! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! White runs up, but Swerve DISCUS LARIATS! Fans are thunderous while both men are down and Bryan says, “How incredible are these two men?!” A standing count starts, both men stir, and White flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as White comes back, he and Swerve go forehead to forehead, and they trade junkyard dog headbutts. Swerve laughs, White throws hands! Swerve throws them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster!
Fans rally up as the shots keep flying, and Swerve DECKS White! Fans fire up, Swerve smiles, but White grabs at Swerve’s legs. Swerve grabs at White, White CHOP BLOCKS! White then gets the bad arm, clinches, and URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this, this isn’t anything compared to Texas Death! White clamps on with the sleeper, though, and he hauls Swerve up. Swerve throws elbows, but White wrangles him for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Fans fire up, Swerve endures, White CLUBS away on the bad arm and pulls! Swerve reaches out, fights around, but White keeps him from ropes by pulling hair!
Swerve and White roll together, but Swerve slips around to get White’s arms trapped! Swerve stands on that arm! Finger gun and BANG!! The arm goes back and the fans tell Swerve he’s sick! Swerve grins, storms up on White and drags him up again. But White fights the half nelson and puts Swerve in a corner. The ref counts, White arm-drags free, but then Swerve sends him at the ref! White stops himself, LOW- NO! Swerve blocks the kick, he was paying attention to last week! Swerve slips around and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Swerve runs to HOUSE CALL!! Then Swerve goes up and he takes aim!
White sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, least of all Swerve!! White survives Swerve’s best shots, but Swerve drags him up! Swerve’s bad arm holds him back, but then White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! But Swerve flops out of the ring!! White hurries out after Swerve, pushes him in, and hurries to clinch. Swerve fights up, fights the sleeper, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But White still rolls Swerve up with his other arm! TWO! White storms up, Swerve trips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! BLADE- NO, Swerve slips free, but White fights the half nelson! And CHOPS!
Swerve CHOPS back! White CHOPS! We get the 15 minute mark, so time’s ticking away! Swerve CHOPS, White CHOPS, repeat! White kicks and CHOPS, then reels Swerve in. Swerve uses a leg to get free but White has him again, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Then the clinch, BLADE- ARM-DRAG!! Cradle cover, SWERVE WINS!!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (gains 3 points; White earns 0)
White is shocked that he got beat! The #Jay1 aside, these points go to The Realest! Will the Gold League soon be whose house?
A great Dynamite, with awesome Continental Classic matches. But also really good non-tournament matches, such as that Trios Match. Great return to action for Dante Martin, great win for him and his trio, and those three could really build themselves up into trios title contenders with matches like this. And really good TBS Championship match Julia and Emi, though they need to get better at bringing up how House Rules work. No Ropebreaks, the ring count is to 20, and there’s Dealer’s Choice. They just kinda threw out there that this was gonna be a No Submission Falls, which was honestly a brilliant move by Emi. But in the end, of course Julia wins, it’s still too early for her to lose this belt.
Wardlow squashing- heck, he demolished AR Fox, is fine for Wardlow but a shame for Fox. Wardlow is still staying strong as he waits for the right moment to go after MJF again, but maybe, just maybe, he’s been going after MJF all along as that big guy among the “gimp squad” that tried to get MJF tonight. Great promo from MJF to not just praise Joe but also bury Punk without having to actually reference Punk going back to WWE. Joe made the save as expected, and now they’re getting dragged into a tag match against any two of those goons, and who knows who they are really, but can’t wait to see how this all goes.
Awesome stuff from Christian and Edge tonight, a brilliant move for Christian to so blatantly play to Edge’s emotions just to save his own ass. But of course it was also brilliant for Edge to not fall for it at all and get the better of Christian. But uh, AEW needs to be better at live censoring their shows, that GFY got right past them. That aside, that TNT Championship match is going to be awesome stuff, could go either way, but I still want to see Luchasaurus betray Christian and finally become his own man-dinosaur. Not Jack Perry’s tag partner, not Christian’s henchman, but his own man doing his own stuff.
And as I said at the start, awesome Continental Classic matches. Bryan Danielson also being on commentary for these was a good move, that could easily be a thing he does after he retires, except I think part of retiring is staying home with the family. Anyway, Moxley VS Lethal was a great opening match, and I figured Moxley would win that. Maybe Lethal realizes he really has let Team Triple J weaken him with all their antics. Rush VS Briscoe then raised the bar, though with a somewhat scary moment where I thought Rush took a shot to the head but it was really a concern for his leg. Rush winning was a fair choice, and that puts pressure on a possible 0-2 VS 0-2, Lethal VS Briscoe in the next round. I say “possible” because Tony Khan doesn’t reveal the entire schedule at once.
And then just an awesome, borderline PPV level match of Swerve VS White. The fans were strongly behind Swerve, I was behind Swerve, so it’s great to see Swerve get to 2-0. Swerve’s becoming my top choice for Gold League and maybe even the entire thing. Swerve having the ROH World, NJPW Strong Openweight and the AEW Continental Championships, he could really do a lot with traveling between the three brands. Mogul Embassy is already in ROH given they’re ROH World Six Man Champions, and the Gates are in NJPW right now for World Tag League, so Swerve joining them pretty much everywhere, all four of them having belts, that’s great stuff to me.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)
What a start to the tournament!
Did your picks win points?
The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!
Here are your Gold League standings!
- Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
- Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
- Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
- Rush: 0-1, 0 points
- Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
- Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points
Here are your Blue League standings!
- Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
- Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
- Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
- Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
- Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
- Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete
Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.
Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.
In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.
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