Tonight, we crown the 2023 King and Queen of Harts!
AEW stampedes into Calgary with the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Owen Hart Tournaments! Who will raise the cup in sweet victory?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: FTR VS Bullet Club Gold; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- Women’s Owen Hart Cup Finals: Ruby Soho VS Willow Nightingale; Willow wins and is the 2023 Queen of Harts.
- Malakai Black & Brody King VS Artemis Spencer & Randy Myers; Malakai & Brody win.
- Men’s Owen Hart Cup Finals: CM Punk VS Ricky Starks; Starks wins and is the 2023 King of Harts.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cash Wheeler tells Bullet Club Gold, “Tonight is your chance for some real gold. Come and get it.” Dax Harwood says, “You’re welcome for your resurgence in relevancy, but it ends tonight in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.” #TopGuysOut.
Bullet Club Gold speaks.
Juice Robinson says, “Tonight is the night. You’re looking at the NEW~ AEW Tag Team Champions!” Jay White says the Bang Bang Gang gets a heaping of gold. Top Guys out, and guns up. But will that really be the case when it is best 2 out of 3 falls?
Willow Nightingale speaks.
“Ruby Soho may have hurt me in the past, but tonight, I’m only focused on one thing. And that’s to bring my big hair, big smile, and big fight, so I can walk home and bring back an even bigger trophy.
Ruby Soho speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, I’m gonna reclaim what was rightfully mine the first time, by beating Willow and winning the Owen Hart Foundation tournament.”
Ricky Starks speaks.
“Tonight, I’m going to prove why I am Absolute Ricky Starks, and I’m gonna do that against you, CM Punk. You’re looking at the new Owen Hart Tournament winner.”
CM Punk speaks.
“Tonight, Ricky Starks, tie your boots on a little bit tighter because the air up here is a little bit thinner, and the water is a whole hell of a lot deeper. Tonight, we find out if you can sink or swim.” The Best in the World wants to reestablish that fact, but will he do that in the Owen Hart Cup Finals?
AEW World Tag Team Championships Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: FTR VS Bullet Club Gold!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been on the defensive against Jay White & Juice Robinson, especially with that Contender Eliminator match last week. Will Switchblade & Rock Hard do it again not just once but twice to take these titles? Or will FTR stay the top guys in AEW?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see what it takes to truly be the best!
BCG talks trash on FTR, the bell rings, and Juice is on his guard. The ref wants the teams to sort out, but the trash talking continues. Cash and Juice start shoving, but they cool off so that Dax and White can start. They circle, fans rally “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” White backs away and bails out, which fans boo. Juice and White regroup, but Cash rushes up! The BCG runs off and fans cheer Cash. White returns, he and Dax tie up. Dax headlocks, White powers out, things speed up and Dax bails out to high five the front row. Cash joins Dax for a chest bump! Dax then returns to the ring and circles with White.
White and Dax feel things out, but then White aims finger guns at Dax. Dax slaps those away, ties up and headlocks, but White powers out. Dax runs White over, keeps moving, and turns back drop into cradle! TWO! Headlock and takeover, and Dax grinds White down. White fights up, reaches out, but Dax keeps him from Juice. White powers out, things speed up again, White drops and drops and hip tosses! Dax gets up but White arm-drags! White has the armlock but Dax fights up. White wrenches, grinds the arm, and tags in Juice. White wrenches again and Juice goes up, but Dax gets away.
Juice hops down and tells Dax that was close. Dax paces, but he tags Cash. Fans fire up as Cash and Juice flex at each other. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Juice gets a headlock. Juice grinds the hold, Cash rolls free and hits a headlock takeover in return! Juice rolls to a cover, ONE! They stand up, Juice puts Cash in the corner. The ref counts, Juice RAMS into Cash! Juice wrenches, whips corner to corner, but Cash reverses. Cash runs in but into an elbow! Cash makes that a backslide! TWO, and Cash headlocks. Juice powers out, drops down, but then Cash CLOBBERS him! Juice bails out and fans fire up with Cash!
Dax hurries to fetch Juice but White intercepts. Dax leaves Juice alone and Collision goes picture in picture.
White checks on Juice, Juice gets up, and Juice returns with White to the BCG corner. The ring count climbs, though, but White counts along. Juice slides in at 8, but Cash is on him! Cash brings Juice up by his hair, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS him! And UPPERCUTS him! Juice sits down, Cash stands him back up to HEADBUTT him! Tag to Dax, FTR whips and drop toeholds to drop an elbow! Cash gets out, Dax pushes Juice around then brings him back up. Dax puts Juice in a corner, but Juice avoids the chop to CHOP! Juice talks trash but then runs away! The erf keeps Dax in the ring and Juice laughs at him.
Juice steadies himself, catches his breath, and steps back in. Tag to White and White again circles with Dax. Cash steps in but White DECKS him! White then runs away, and the ref reprimands everyone. White and Dax tie up again, White headlocks, but Dax powers up. White thrashes the hold, hits a takeover, and he grinds Dax into the mat. Dax fights up, throws body shots, and Collision returns to single picture. Dax powers out but White runs him over! Things keep moving, White misses Dax and Dax body shots White in return! Then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Dax keeps cool as fans rally for FTR.
Dax stands White up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Dax drags White up, whips him to ropes, and catches him for a Cobra Twist! Dax taunts Juice, Juice uses the full length of the tag rope, but he still can’t reach White! Dax holds the ropes to put on leverage! Juice protests, White endures, but Dax gets away with it! Dax gives Juice a taste of his own medicine, but White RAMS Dax into a corner! Dax lets White free, but then whips White to ropes, and CLOBBERS him! Tag to Cash, ASSISTED LEG DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Cash brings White up but White dropkicks the legs out! Hot tag to Juice!
Juice JABS, and JABS, and JABS away on Cash! Then the LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Juice grins at Dax while fans fire up. Juice drags Cash up and headlocks. Juice grinds the hold, hits a takeover, but Cash tries to headscissor. Juice denies that, grinds Cash more, but Cash fights up. Cash powers out, but Juice runs him over! Juice keeps moving, Cash hurdles and drops but Juice turns monkey flip into cover! TWO and Cash has a cover, TWO! Both men stand, Cash gets around, BIG mat return slam! Bridging cover, TWO! Juice switches, Cash switches, Cash O’Conner Rolls into a body scissor, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!
Cash trophy lifts Juice! And SLAMS him down! Juice bails out and fans fire up for that shoutout to the Hart family. Tag to Dax and he fetches Juice. Juice CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dax goes into the ring, Juice pursues, but Dax CHOPS! Juice falls over while fans fire up! Dax drags Juice up by his hair, puts him in a corner, and fans fire up as Dax CHOPS again! Dax lets off as the ref counts, but then Dax stands Juice up again. Fans want it again, but Juice dodges! Dax dodges, and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Dax suplexes! And drops a leg! Cover, ONE!! Juice is hanging tough but Dax keeps him down with a chinlock.
Juice endures, fights but Dax grinds him down. Dax squeezes tight but Juice fights back up, to wrench and throw body shots! Juice headlocks but Dax pulls hair! Dax shifts around but Juice throws body shots. Juice headlocks but Dax throws body shots! they go back and forth like this, body shots and headlocks, but then Dax CHOPS! Juice sputters, Dax stays between him and White. Dax brings Juice up again, hits another headlock takeover, and he keeps Juice down. Juice fights up, headlocks back, but Dax powers out, only for Juice to run him over! Things keep moving, Juice turns back drop into a POSTING!
Dax flops back into the ring while Juice catches his breath. White coaches Juice, he drags himself up and rolls, hot tag to White! White storms up on Dax to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! White CHOPS Dax even as he sits down! And then White stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, White lets off at 4, and then he goes back to Dax. White drags Dax up, whips him corner to corner but Dax reverses. Dax runs in but the splash hits buckles! DDT! Cash runs in but White spins him around, DDT! Fans fire up, White pushes Dax to the corner, and he runs corner to corner, to UPPERCUT! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Dax survives as Cash was half a second late! White drags Dax up, but Dax fights the clinch. Dax throws elbows, but White knees low! Dax CHOPS! Dax runs, but White dodges and returns, LARIATS collide! Dax keeps moving, but White hits a COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Dax up by his tights to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Cash breaks it this time! White shrugs it off, and he wraps Dax in a sleeper. White brings Dax up but Dax fights the suplex to RAM White into buckles! White holds on and he throws Dax into buckles! White CHOPS, Dax CHOPS, and Dax CHOPS again!
White CHOPS again, stomps and CHOPS but Dax CHOPS back! And again! And again! White knees low, CHOPS some more, and Dax goes to a corner. White CHOPS and whips corner to corner. Dax reverses, White dodges, but Dax LARIATS on the return! Fans fire up while both men are down! A standing count starts, both men stir, and fans rally. The count hits 5 of 10, Dax stands first! Dax storms up but White cradles! TWO!! Dax escapes again, but Juice runs in! Dax DECKS Juice but White rolls Dax! TWO!! White whips, Cash tags in and Dax reverses! But Juice stops Big Rig and that sends Dax out!
UPPERCUT to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, BCG scores first!!
FTR: 0; Bullet Club Gold: 1
And that is the big advantage! Fans can’t believe it, but FTR is again on their heels, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Juice headlocks Dax. Juice then wrenches an arm, but Dax pulls hair! Dax whips Juice away but Juice runs him over. Things keep moving, but Juice scoops. Dax fights it, and he scoops Juice to SLAM! Cover, TWO! Juice arm-drags and he grinds the cording hold. Fans rally, Dax fights up, but Juice wrenches. Tag to White, they mug Dax, and then White wraps Dax’s arm around ropes to YANK it! The ref reprimands but White keeps after that arm. White lets off with an elbow to Dax, and he whips Dax corner to corner. Dax reverses and then back drops on the rebound!
Fans rally, tag to Cash, and Dax bumps White off Cash’s knees. Cash brings White up, whips him into a corner and runs in, to back elbow! Cash then UPPERCUTS White, mocks the finger guns, and he CHOPS! Cash headlocks to bring White out and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Cash keeps cool, brings White up and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Cash drags White up and suplexes, but White slips free. White waistlocks, Cash switches but White throws elbows. White then hits a BIG ack suplex! Both men crawl, tag to Juice. Juice snapmares Cash and SENTONS! And then another SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Juice keeps Cash down with a rear bearhug but Cash pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Cash lets off and Juice puts on more pressure. Juice then shifts up to have a chinlock, with an arm and leg trapped. Cash endures, fans rally, and Cash fights up. Juice facelocks but Cash powers his way forward! Cash reaches out but Juice pushes him back, so Cash back drops! White tags in to intercept Cash! Fans rally, White rakes Cash’s eyes, and Cash goes to a corner. White digs his boots in, the ref counts, and White lets off at 4. White drags Cash up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
White keeps between Cash and Dax and pushes Cash to the other corner. White stands on Cash’s ribs at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and then puts Cash under the ropes. Tag to Juice before the ROPE GUILLOTINE! Juice then drags Cash out on the apron, DDT to the floor! Juice leaves Cash behind, he wants the count to do this! A match like this, there’s no Champion’s Advantage, so Juice is okay with the easy win. But Cash gets in before 5, so Juice digs his knees in! Juice then hauls Cash up to snap suplex! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Cash survives by a toe, but Juice covers again. ONE, and Cash goes to the ropes.
Tag to White but Cash throws hands. White kicks him down, stomps him, the ref counts and White lets off at 4. White drags Cash up, slaps him around, but Cash swings! White bobs ‘n’ weaves and CHOPS Cash down! White grins and drags Cash around and then bends him back against a knee! Cash endures, fans rally, but White brings Cash around to CLUB him down. Tag to Juice, he brings Cash around and drops another SENTON! Juice howls and fans echo it. Juice mocks Bret Hart, then drops another SENTON, onto knees! Cash saves himself and fans rally up! Cash ghost pins, TWO!
Juice drops an elbow but misses! Cash is on the apron, he DECKS White, ROCKS Juice, repeat! Cash shoulders in, slingshot sunset flips, but White tags in! White claws Cash’s face! The ref reprimands and White lets off. White mocks Cash and Dax, then drags Cash up. White CLUBS Cash, kick shim, and Juice is there to hold Cash up. The ref reprimands, White runs in, but Cash BOOTS White, and HOTSHOTS Juice! Cash ROCKS White, and again! White knees low, fans boo, but Cash leaps! White catches him, throws him back, and knees low again! White then SMACKS Dax! But Cash RANAS White! Hot tags to Dax and Juice!!
Dax jabs away on Juice and DECKS him! And again! And he DECKS White! Dax whips White into the corner, and clotheslines! Dax runs corner to corner to clothesline Juice! And CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Dax keeps on giving CHOPS, but White storms up! White ROCKS and CHOPS Dax, whips, but Dax reverses and wrenches to short arm LARIAT! Dax whips, Juice reverses but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then slides, to O’Conner Roll! TWO! Dax goes up the corner, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Juice is back up but Dax whips. Juice reverses but Dax switches it up. Juice gest around but Dax switches, GERMAN SUPLEX!
Dax holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Juice denies the hattrick, White runs in, but Dax back drops him up and over Juice! Dax then switches and spins Juice, to suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?!? Juice survives and fans can’t believe it! Fans declare “This is Awesome!” and Dax is feeling it. Dax steps through the legs, but Juice fights it! Juice kicks Dax and then BOOTS him away! Dax hits buckles hard, Juice tags White! White drags Dax up, reels him in, CORNER HALF HATCH! Juice runs in to CANNONBALL! White drags Dax to a cover, TWO!?! Dax survives and Cash is relieved as this match continues!
White huffs and puffs but he locks ‘n’ loads. White drags Dax up, CLUBS him, knees low, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dax snarls as he CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! White knees low, CHOPS again, then SLAPS Dax! Dax grabs White by the throat! White SLAPS Dax, whips, and ELBOWS him at the ropes! Dax bails out, White drags Cash in and Juice goes up top! But Cash resists White’s lift and Dax shoves Juice down! Cash holds White in place for a SUPER SUNSET FLIP! White manages to stay up, but Cash LARIATS him down!! Cover, TWO!?!? White survives and Calgary is in disbelief!
Dax goes to Cash, tags in, and they work on the game plan. Feed to Cash and Cash shouts out Owen, Canadian Rack and crucifix! LAWN DART NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!?!?! HOW?!? White may be a NJPW Grand Slam Champion but how is he doing this?! Fans rally up and Cash drags White up. Cash suplexes and puts White up top, to then CHOP! Tag to Dax, and FTR takes turn giving White CHOPS! White wobbles, Cash goes up the adjacent corner while Dax joins White. Fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! That’s the Power, here comes the GLORY! NO, White gets his knees up and Cash crash lands!
Juice is up top, he FROG SPLASHES Dax!! White covers, TWO!??!? Dax survives and keeps FTR’s hopes alive! All four men are down and Calgary is thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” White crawls to his corner, manages to tag Juice, and Juice hobbles in after Dax. Juice headlocks, Dax powers out and Cash tags in. They leap frog, drop down, and then BIG RIG!!! Cover, FTR scores!!
FTR: 1; Bullet Club Gold: 1
Things are all tied up now and fans are thunderous again! It all comes down to this final fall, after the break!
Collision returns again and Cash sends Juice into railing! Dax has White on the apron but White resists the lift. White throws body shots while Cash makes Juice take a seat. Cash headbutts Juice while White ROCKS Dax! Cash CLOBBERS Juice out of the chair as Dax CHOPS! White CHOPS, kicks, but Dax kicks and reels White in! White resists and back drops Dax to the apron! Dax flops down to the floor and White drags himself up, But then Dax gets up and under, but White fights with fists! White RANAS Dax over railing! Fans lose their minds as both men hit the floor hard! Cash, the ref, and the medics hurry over!
The ref needs help, ring staff also hurry over. Cash is worried for Dax, medical checks Dax and White. Dax stands and fans cheer his toughness. Dax stands White up to CHOP! White CHOPS! Dax CHOPS! They brawl and the ref is letting this happen because we need a winner! Dax DECKS White, hauls him up, and snap suplexes to the concrete floor! Dax leaves White behind as fans lose their minds again. Dax refreshes whatever ring count there was, and he goes back after White. The fans hope these teams “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this is only a two hour show with more to come! So FTR haul White up, to DOUBLE SUPLEX him to the floor!
But Juice runs over! Dax ROCKS White, and Cash joins in! They DOUBLE SUPLEX Juice! Fans are thunderous as Dax leaves BCG behind to go into the ring. Cash follows behind and the ring count begins. White & Juice are down at 5 of 10, FTR wants it to go faster! We’re at 7! White flounders up at 8 and Juice helps him get in at 9.9!! Fans cheer as this continues, and White tags Juice. FTR helps each other stand, and same for BCG. Fans fire up again as the teams stare down. They slowly approach, and the fans give it a standing ovation! And then the brawl is on! White with Dax, Cash with Juice, forearms and forearms and knees!
Cash suplexes Juice and himself out to the floor, right as Collision goes picture in picture! Dax and White DECK each other! They crawl to each other, and Dax headbutts! White ROCKS Dax, but Dax ROCKS White. They stand, throw hands, and then Dax CHOPS! White wobbles, Dax staggers but still eggs him on. Dax brings White around but White SLAPS him! Dax SLAPS White! White staggers around, comes back, and CHOPS! Dax staggers, storms back up, and he CHOPS! White drops down but Dax brings him right up to suplex! White slips free to CHOP BLOCK! Dax clutches his leg, White brings him around, to GROUND DRAGON SCREW!
Dax grabs his leg, but White has it again, another GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED FIGURE FOUR as Collision goes to break!!
Collision returns yet again, and Dax is still in the hold! Dax crawls forward, to the ROPEBREAK! White lets go in frustration and he sees Dax go to a corner. White decide to insult Hart Country by tuning up the band! White wants to be a Hart Break Kid, and Dax stands, but White trips him instead! And then steals the SHARPSHOOTER!! White adds even more insult as he sits deep on the hold! Dax still endures, reaches out, bites his finger to ignore the pain in his legs, but White drags him from the ropes! Fans rally as hard as they can for Dax and he fights forward! ROPEBREAK!! White lets go in frustration!
White storms up on Dax but Dax CHOPS him! Those hands still have power as Dax CHOPS again! Juice rushes in, Dax avoids his cheap shot to DECK him! Dax drags White up, back suplexes him to the top rope, and CHOPS him on the back! Dax looks for Cash but he’s still down and out. Dax goes up after White to bring him up, SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Fans are thunderous as the standing count begins. Both men are down at 5 of 10, but we’re down to a FIVE MINUTE WARNING! Dax crawls, Cash is back! But Juice YANKS Cash down!
Fans boo but White CHOP BLOCKS Dax! Juice whips Cash into steel steps! White hits a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dax escapes and Juice calls to White. White gets Dax’s arm, calls his shot, and clinches, BLADE- NO, Dax slips free to trip White! Dax steps through, SHARPSHOOTER!! Cash intercepts Juice, and gets him in a SHARPSHOOTER!! Calgary goes nuts for DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!! Juice & White keep each other from giving up, but FTR sits deep! Cash & Dax can’t hold on, they drop out of the holds! BCG survives but they’re not out of this yet.
White calls to Juice, we maybe have three minutes left. White tags Juice and he storms up on Dax. Dax brings his kneepads down to help his knees breathe, but Juice is on him! JUIC EIS- NO, Dax wrenches out, trips Juice, and has the SHARPSHOOTER again!! Juice endures as Dax sits so, so DEEP! JUICE TAPS, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by submission (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
That was about 58 minutes of instant classic! And in the end, Cash & Dax are still the Top Guys! But they do show BCG won their respect. They offer handshakes, but White & Juice are hesitant. Fans chant “SHAKE THEIR HANDS!” White & Juice SPIT at FTR instead. No respect from Bullet Club Gold, but will FTR let that be to take on their next challenge?
AEW takes one last look at this year’s Blood & Guts.
Bryan Danielson says people like The Elite are a cancer that is destroying the world of AEW. Kenny Omega says that whenever they saw the Blackpool Combat Club hurting and bleeding, he felt something. He thought they were all going to be in this battle together. But that was a mistake. Their other mistake was thinking they had the numbers. The BCC always had the numbers. Bryan says The Elite may have created AEW, but now they’re trying to destroy it. Omega says the BCC has taken every opportunity to try and force The Elite out of this company. Moxley says the BCC is NOT afraid of Kota Ibushi! Ibushi ain’t shid to Moxley!
The BCC VS The Elite, Blood & Guts. Ten men enter, but no one walks out of that match the same. What happens in the final battle between these warring factions?
Women’s Owen Hart Cup Finals: Ruby Soho VS Willow Nightingale!
At one time, the Runaway and the Babe with the Power were a dynamic duo that looked ready to take over AEW. But when some old friends from you-know-where started coming around, Ruby’s true colors started to show. Will there be No Future where Willow is the Queen of Harts? Or will Ruby be denied the cup and title belt two years in a row?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Willow shoves Ruby down, and Willow asks where Ruby’s girls are. Ruby gets up, circles with Willow, and they tie up. Ruby kicks low, CLUBS Willow, then ROCKS her! Ruby whips, Willow reverses and Willow scoops, but Ruby tilt-o-whirls; Willow stops that, pops Ruby up, but Ruby slips free. Ruby arm-drags but Willow blocks! Willow whips to run Ruby over! Fans cheer as Willow flexes. Things speed up, Willow hops over the dropdown to then drop down and taunt Ruby. Ruby glares as Willow puts the L on the forehead. Ruby runs in, knees low, but Willow pops her up!
Ruby fights free, stomps a foot, then mule kicks. And front kicks! Willow fights the STO, and snap suplexes! Willow gets Ruby back up, another snap suplex! And then fisherman for the PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Well, not quite perfect then but Willow runs in to back body block! And clothesline! Willow whips the other way and runs in, but Ruby sends her into buckles! Ruby then gets Willow in the ropes, shoutout to Saraya with these knees! Ruby says she’s bringing that trophy home to The Outcasts, then she covers. TWO! Willow is still in this, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Ruby puts Willow on ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Ruby lets off at 4, and Ruby talks trash on the fans. Willow throws elbows and body shots, but Ruby throws Willow by her hair! Ruby stalks Willow, pushes her over and covers, TWO! Ruby clamps onto Willow to put her in a straitjacket. Ruby grinds Willow to the mat, but Willow endures. Ruby talks trash as she thrashes Willow, but Willow fights up. Willow arm-drags free, but Ruby comes back to CLOBBER Willow with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Willow goes to ropes, Ruby storms up behind her and kicks her to the corner. Ruby stomps a mudhole but the ref counts.
Ruby lets off, then comes back, but Willow throws body shots! Willow fireman’s carries, but Ruby slips out to throw her down by her hair again! Cover, TWO! Ruby grows frustrated but she taunts the fans. Ruby stomps Willow’s hands and Willow goes to ropes. Ruby wraps the bad arm around ropes to pull! The ref counts, Ruby lets off and argues with her. Ruby digs her boot in but lets off as the ref counts. Ruby paces, goes corner to corner, and says kiss this a la Storm. Ruby runs in but Willow avoids the hip attack! Ruby hobbles after Willow as Collision returns to single picture, but Willow arm-drags her away!
Ruby rushes up but Willow cartwheels and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as Willow runs, dodges Ruby, and comes back to LARIAT! And again! Willow ROCKS Ruby with a forearm, CHOPS her in the corner, and repeat! Fans fire up as Willow go es corner to corner, but Ruby back elbows! Ruby goes up, but Willow denies the Nightshade to bump and OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Willow keeps her focus and she drags Ruby up to a fireman’s carry. But Ruby sunset flips! Willow sits on it, TWO! Ruby finishes the sunset, TWO! Willow ROCKS Ruby, roars and runs, but Ruby ROCKS her! Ruby runs, but Willow ROCKS her back!
Willow Electric Chair Lifts! But Ruby fights, victory rolls, TWO!! Ruby grows frustrated but she brings Willow back up. Willow shoves Ruby away, to then SPINEBUSTER! Willow has the legs, and she turns Ruby over for a HALF CRAB! Ruby endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and she gets the ROPEBREAK! Willow lets off fast and Ruby grabs for her spray paint! Ruby hides the can under her, Willow drags her up, and the ref sees the skirt is a mess. Ruby gives the can to Willow! The ref snatches the can, Ruby RAKES eyes! NO FUTURE!! Cover, TWO!!! Willow survives and Ruby cannot believe it!
Ruby drags Willow up but she’s dead weight. Ruby leaves her be and goes back for the spray can! Ruby claims loose buckle pad, the ref looks at it, but Willow avoids the spray! To POUNCE!! PERIOD! Willow drags Ruby up and gut wrenches, BABE WITH THE POWERBOMB!! Cover, WILLOW WINS!!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (2023 Queen of Harts)
Confetti flies and Calgary celebrates with Willow! Willow goes up the ramp and to the stage where the cup, belt and bouquet await with Tony Khan! Willow holds the cup up and is all fired up, will this help her springboard to a new stratosphere?
AEW shares footage from after last week’s show.
Tony Schiavone waited outside Powerhouse Hobbs’ room, but he caught QT Marshall & Harley Cameron walking up first. Schiavone asks them what happened but QT says he has more to worry about than talking to Schiavone. Everyone goes inside, and QT apologizes to Hobbs. Hobbs knows QT, think about what they’ve been though. There is no way QT would intentionally do something that would cost Hobbs a win. QT was trying to tell Aubrey that she was missing the cover! Hobbs had Starks beat. Since day one, QT’s word is his bond. Does he have to find the biggest and baddest in AEW and knock them out to prove it to Hobbs?
Hobbs stands up, and tells QT that his word is his bond. So then, does that mean Hobbs does want QT to take on the biggest and baddest to make this up to him?
Malakai Black & Brody King w/ Julia Hart VS Artemis Spencer & Randy Myers!
The House of Black are still AEW World Trios Champions, but the Kings of the Black Throne look to remind us that they are a force in the AEW Tag Division. Will they destroy those in their way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
Collision returns and the teams sort out. Brody starts and ties up with Myers. Brody throws Myers down, stands him up and CHOPS him to his corner! Brody lets “Arty” tag in, and then rushes in! Arty dodges, KICKS, but Brody doesn’t budge. X apologizes, but then Brody tags Malakai. Fans cheer as the Dark Father circles with Arty. Arty kicks, Malakai blocks, but then Arty ducks Malakai’s kick! Arity kicks a leg but Malakai sweeps the leg! Malaki fires off shots, shoves and victory rolls, TWO, into a KNEEBAR! Arty endures, Brody CLOBBERS Myers off the corner! And then SENTONS Arty!
Fans rally las Malakai brings Arty over. Tag to Brody, they mug Arty, and then Brody scoops Arty. Arty fights free, hot tag to Myers! Myers runs in, but Brody hip tosses him! Myers ends up in the corner, fans hoot with Brody and Brody SPLASHES! Tag to Malakai and he brings Myers around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Arty breaks it! Brody TOSSES Arty out, goes out after him, and RAMS him into railing! And then back the other way! Malakai lifts Myers with a foot, but wait! Andrade El Idolo is here! Malakai grins as he stares down the Latino Icon. Refs rush out to stop Andrade, and Malakai still gives Myers BLACK MASS! Cover, The Kings of the Black Throne win!
Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall
Andrade keeps heading down the ramp and refs keep telling him to stop. Malakai holds up the mask, and Andrade is incensed! Andrade storms up but the refs still keep him back. When and where will Andrade have it out with Malakai in order to take the mask back?
Men’s Owen Hart Cup Finals: CM Punk VS Ricky Starks!
Best in the World? Absolute? Those are still only nicknames until words are backed up with actions! These two have fought together, but now they must fight each other! Will Punk prove he is the best by putting his name down in history? Or will Starks prove nothing’s better than being the King of Harts?
The fans are already torn just from Punk making his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans duel as the two tie up. Punk wrenches to a wristlock, but Starks wrenches right back! Punk wrenches again, but so does Starks. Punk wrenches again, Starks wrenches again, and Starks cranks that wristlock. Punk endures, fights up, and slips through to wrench and headlock. Punk hits the takeover but Starks headscissors. Punk kips free, headlocks again and hits another takeover. Starks headscissors again, so Punk kips up and hits another takeover! Starks fights up to his feet, powers out, but Punk runs him over.
Things keep moving, Starks hits the headlock takeover! But now Punk headscissors! Starks moves around, kips free, but not the cleanest. Starks still hits another takeover and fans cheer. Starks shrugs off the headscissors, but Punk rolls him to a cover, TWO! Starks holds on but Punk fights up. Punk powers up and out, things speed up. Punk hurdles but Starks runs him over! Fans fire up as Starks mocks the night-night! Punk backs away and gives Starks credit for that. They reset and circle again, and then tie up. Starks headlocks, Punk powers up and out but Starks blocks a hip toss! But then so does Punk!
Punk and Starks go back and forth on countering hip tosses, and Punk TOSSES Starks up and out! Fans fire up but are torn, and Punk waits on Starks. Punk welcomes Starks in by opening the ropes. Starks asks what the hell was that. Punk says it’s fine, and Starks goes up to the apron. Starks steps in as Collision goes picture in picture.
Punk applauds, he and Starks reset again. They circle, tie up, and Punk wrenches to a wristlock. Punk RAMS shoulders, RAMS Starks again, then whips, but Starks ROCKS Punk! Starks CHOPS Punk, CHOPS him again, and then wrenches to RAM shoulders! Starks YANKS the arm, wrenches and whips Punk hard into buckles! Punk falls back, Starks covers, ONE! Starks keeps cool and he looms over Punk. Fans rally and Starks wrenches Punk again. Starks brings Punk to a corner, climbs up, but Punk ROCKS him first! Punk ROCKET LAUNCHES Starks off the corner! Punk then stalks Starks to the other side.
Punk scoops Starks to BACKBREAKER! Punk keeps on Starks with a backbreaker stretch, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Starks is in the corner. Punk runs corner to corner, but Starks moves! Punk hits only buckles! Starks brings Punk up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then CLUBS it! And CLUBS it again! Starks goes up the corner, and he struts, for OLD SCHOOL! Punk rushes back in but Starks tosses him out! Starks strikes his pose and fans fire up! Punk asks what was that now, and Starks holds the ropes open! Fans fire up as Starks returns the favor, but Punk isn’t as gracious when tables are turned. Fans boo but Punk slides in on his own at 7 of 10. They tie up again and Starks puts Punk in a corner.
Punk fights his way out and they end up in another corner. The ref counts, Punk lets off, and Punk CHOPS! Punk snapmares Starks, then KICKS him in the back! Starks sputters while Punk looms over him. Punk drags Starks up to scoop and SLAM! Punk then goes to a corner, hops up, and fans are torn as he flexes. Punk leaps, AX HANDLE! An ode to Bret, but the fans don’t think so. Punk whips Starks to body shot! And RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Punk clamps onto Starks with a chinlock. Starks endures, fights up, and fans rally for “OWEN! OWEN!” Starks stands and throws body shots!
Starks ROCKS Punk, runs, but Punk CALF KICKS him! Fans are torn while Punk catches his breath and waits on Starks. Starks rises, Punk scoops and SLAMS! Punk calls his shot and goes back up the corner. Fans are again torn, but Starks YANKS Punk down! Fans fire up as Starks covers, ONE!! Punk winces, Starks brings him up, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Starks scoops for a BACKBREAKER! A bit of payback for just earlier, and Starks sits Punk up to SLIDING FOREARM him in the back! Starks then goes up the corner, says night-night, and he FLYING STOMPS! Starks drags Punk up, whips him hard into a corner, and Punk drops to his knees. Starks then springboard stomps Punk down, and again, and again! Starks drops a knee on the back! Starks digs his elbows into Punk’s back, then kicks him out of the ring. Starks goes out to the apron, follows Punk, and AX HANDLES him down! Starks puts Punk in the ring, then on the apron. Starks goes up, runs in, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Starks pushes Punk in, a little sore himself. Cover, TWO! Starks may not be the Phenom but he’s got Punk on the defensive. Starks drags Punk up, whips him to ropes, but Punk reverses! Starks KICKS Punk away! Starks runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Starks falls over and Punk catches his breath. Punk staggers while Collision returns to single picture. Fans are torn, Punk runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Starks falls and Punk hobbles away. Starks rises back up, Punk runs back in, but Starks BOOTS him! Starks reels Punk in, TORNADO- NO, Punk denies it! Starks staggers back, into kicks!
Punk brings Starks down, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, and Starks has a cover, TWO! Punk SOBATS! Starks staggers away, Punk catches his breath again, and he runs back in, SHINING WIZARD! Punk then reels Starks in but Starks gets around, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Punk survives and Starks grows frustrated. Starks drags Punk to a drop zone and he goes up top! Starks aims, for the MACHO ELBOW! But Punk moves! Punk grins as he drags Starks up, wrenches and hammerlocks, PEPSI TWIST! Cover, TWO!! Starks survives and now Punk is frustrated. Punk rains down fists! The ref reprimands about closed fists, and the fans rally for Starks.
Punk whips Starks to ropes, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and fans fire up. A standing count begins, Punk and Starks stir at 3 of 10. Punk crawls over to Starks at 5, brings him up, and throws a forearm! Starks throws it back! Punk throws a haymaker, so Starks gives it back! They go back and forth, fans duel, Starks gets the edge and fans love it! Starks fires shot after shot after shot! Starks lets off to bring Punk up, whips him to a corner, but Punk goes up and- NO, Starks stops Punk from boing over! Alabama Lift, but Punk turns that around! PILEDRIVER!!
Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Punk crawls to a cover, TWO!!! Starks survives but Punk says night-night! Punk drags Starks up, fireman’s carries, but Starks fights free! Starks runs, ducks the roundhouse, and SPEARS!! But Punk flops outta the ring! Fans boo as Punk survives! Starks goes out, drags Punk up, puts him in and takes aim again. Starks runs, and SPEARS into a roll-up! GUILLOTINE!!! Punk has Starks caught!! ROPEBREAK!! Starks’ toe saves him and Punk can’t believe it! Punk lets go in time, and he has a wild look in his eyes. Punk stands Starks up, puts him up top, and climbs up after him.
Punk goes to the very top, SUPER STEINER But Starks makes it a sunset flip! TWO!! Punk sits on it, TWO!! Starks has it again, WITH ROPES! STARKS WINS!!!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (2023 King of Harts)
Punk is in disbelief! He could tell something was fishy but the ref missed it! The confetti flies for the Absolute! Does this really mean Starks is the Best in the World? Or will Punk have reason to protest?
A great episode here, even with just a few things really focused on. That tag title match was awesome stuff, maybe a few false finishes not needed, but lasting 58 minutes is a feat in and of itself. Great win for FTR and they are definitely facing MJF & Adam Cole in a couple weeks, that Blind Eliminator Tag Tournament has to be going that way. But even then, it feels like FTR will win again, because either MJF & Cole implode during that match, or their double clothesline isn’t good enough as a tag finisher and it is a straight up legit loss. Also good filler squash of Brody & Malakai winning, even with Andrade showing up. But it feels like we aren’t going to get LFI VS House of Black, AEW hasn’t even really confirmed or denied what’s going on with the contracts of Rush and Dralistico.
And of course, great stuff out of the Owen Hart Cup finals. Ruby VS Willow was great, I really appreciate that the Outcasts weren’t ringside so that it was a fair match, and I was really surprised to see Willow won. I’d been saying Willow needs something to make up for not being NJPW Strong Women’s Champion anymore, and I like that AEW is giving her this. Now, the question is, does Willow not face Athena at Death Before Dishonor? Or does she, only to lose? Willow already ended Athena’s win streak, maybe her ending Athena’s reign is too much? Kinda hoping they think different and let Willow have both the honorary Queen of Harts belt and the legit ROH Women’s World title.
Punk VS Starks was also a great main event, and it was great to see both men play off the crowd as well as each other. The real surprise wasn’t that Starks won, but how he won! Holding the ropes is definitely more Heel than Face, but both guys were Faces going into in this match. It was just Calgary’s reception of Punk that made it seem like Punk could’ve been the Heel here. But as we see at the beginning of BOTB, Starks added onto this Heel turn by disrespecting the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger. Maybe turning back into a Heel is what Starks needs so AEW knows how to use him right.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/1/23)
Best Friends are on a Rampage!
Will tonight be Very Nice, Very Evil or whatever?
Greetings humans! Danhausen is back in AEW, and to celebrate, he teams with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta & Hook in a Very Nice, Very BIG 8 Man Tag!
- Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen; win.
- The Don Callis Family VS ???
- Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order; win.
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Rampage will begin later tonight]
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.
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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
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