Will Dynamite explode before the Collision?
Tonight, we hear from MJF & Adam Cole BAYBAY ahead of their AEW World Tag Team Championship match with FTR this Saturday!
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS AR Fox; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- PAC VS Gravity; PAC wins.
- Darby Allin w/ Nick Wayne VS Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana; Swerve wins.
- Britt Baker VS Taya Valkyrie; Britt wins.
- Triple Threat Tag: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Best Friends; Lucha Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin speaks.
“I left Seattle in 2017, because I knew if I wanted to get any better, I had to go. And everybody told me there was a guy named AR Fox in Atlanta. I packed up everything I had in Seattle, and I started sleeping in my car in Atlanta. It was the first day in the wrestling school, I went up to Fox and I said, ‘Yo, how often do you train like this?’ He said, ‘Every single day.’ That’s the thing about Fox, I never met anyone as driven or passionate as him. He’s the type of guy that will shop up at 10 in the morning and not leave until 11 at night. And I knew I had to surround myself with a guy like that if I wanted to get any better in wrestling.”
Fox then came up to Darby a few months later and asked where Darby was staying. And Darby said it was in the parking garage. Fox asked, “What’re you doing?” And Darby could only say he had no idea, he was just winging it. Fox had Darby move in with him, for free. Never charged Darby a damn thing cuz he knew Darby didn’t have the money. But it was crazy, because everything started clicking. If someone deserves a short, it is Fox. That’s crazy to say, but without Fox, there might not be a Darby Allin.
AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS AR Fox!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion is doing a favor for Darby Allin by giving a great guy a golden opportunity. But will Fox make the most of it by becoming the NEW International Champion? Or will Cassidy continue his impressive streak?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if this is the moment AR takes over the Whole Fox’n Show!
The bell rings and fans rally up and duel, “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” “A R FOX!” Fox offers a handshake, and Cassidy accepts, though rather lazily. They tie up, Fox puts Cassidy on ropes but the ref calls the break. Fox lets off, the two go again, and Fox puts Cassidy on ropes, only for Cassidy to turn it around. Cassidy lets off, and goes to put his hands in his pocket! Fox stops that, waistlocks, but Cassidy reaches back to hook a leg. Fox wrenches Cassidy around the other way, keeps Cassidy from ropes, so Cassidy rolls, lies there, attempts a kip up but it doesn’t really work out. So Fox yanks Cassidy up but Cassidy uses that to headlock!
Fox wrenches out, Cassidy wrenches back, and Cassidy keeps on the wristlock. Fox rolls, kips and cartwheels to then wrench and hammerlock and snapmare. Fox body scissors and he puts on the squeeze! Fans rally as Cassidy endures and reaches out. Fox keeps him from the ropes, Cassidy moves around inside the scissors and reaches up, to then put his hands in his pockets! And then Cassidy wriggles free and kips up! Fans fire up but Fox trips Cassidy! Fox runs, Cassidy ducks the leap, then keeps moving, NO-HANDS ARM-DRAG, but Fox handsprings through! Fox hurdles, Cassidy leaps over, but Fox blocks shotgun into jackknife bridge, TWO!
ORANGE- NO, Fox ducks the punch to handspring and PELE! Cassidy staggers and goes to a corner, Fox runs in and back elbows! Fans fire up as Fox snapmares and rolls, but Cassidy avoids the cutter! Cassidy bails out and fans rally behind Fox as the ring count climbs. Fox rallies the fans more, but Cassidy stays out of Fox’s sights. Cassidy eggs Fox on, Fox builds speed, but again Cassidy moves out of the way. Cassidy continues to taunt Fox, Fox builds speed again, and this time Fox tumbles up and out to go up the corner! MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Cassidy flounders but Fox brings him up and into the ring.
Fox aims from the corner, climbs up, and he leaps, but Cassidy gets under! Fox rolls through, slips to the apron and trips Cassidy to then slingshot and roll through to a facelock! Fox deadlift suplexes, but Cassidy STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Cassidy then runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Fox denies the DDT! Fox runs in at the corner, Cassidy goes to pop him up but Fox fights it with knees! Fox then goes up to headscissor, but Cassidy pops him up, so Fox mule kicks and FLYING STUNNERS! Fox facelocks again, Cassidy wrenches out, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls again, but Fox again blocks! Fox suplexes to an ANARCHY BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Cassidy survives and fans declare “This is Awesome!” Fox wants after Cassidy but the ref has him stay back, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cassidy clutches his neck as he crawls, but Fox goes out the side. Fox BOOTS Cassidy down, stalks him around the way, and BOOTS him again! Cassidy hobbles along, Fox refreshes the ring count, and then boots, but Cassidy blocks it! Cassidy throws the foot into railing! And then does it again! Cassidy rolls into the ring to get away from Fox but Fox hobbles in after him. Cassidy runs in, but into a CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy is still in this but Fox keeps his cool. Fox stalks Cassidy, drags him up, and puts him on ropes. Fox CHOKES Cassidy, the ref counts, but Fox lets off. Fox then runs side to side, SLIDE ATTACK! Fox hurries back in to cover, TWO!
Fox keeps his cool as he JAMS Cassidy in the shoulder! Cassidy crawls, fans rally up, and Fox drags Cassidy up to whip him to the corner. Fox runs in, A-LIST LARIAT! Cassidy sits down, Fox slips out and skins the cat to SWINGING DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Cassidy is hanging tough, as he has his whole reign, but Fox drags him back up. Fox turns Cassidy for a NECKBREAKER! Fox holds on to drag Cassidy back up, and turns him for another NECKBREAKER! Fox still holds on, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Fox turns Cassidy again! But Cassidy hooks the arms!
Fox fights the backslide while fans duel! Cassidy fights the counter backslide, spins Fox around, and dropkicks Fox’s legs out! Fox BOOTS Cassidy in return! Cassidy BOOTS Fox right back! Fox BOOTS Cassidy again! Cassidy BOOTS Fox again! Fox BOOTS, Cassidy shakes his head as he staggers around. Fans fire up and Cassidy yells, DOUBLE BOOTS hit! Cassidy runs in, Fox dodges, but Cassidy denies the stunner! But then Fox denies a stunner! DOUBLE NECKBREAKER!? Fans fire up as both men are down! Cassidy clutches his neck and rolls away to a corner. Fans rally up and Fox watches Cassidy.
Fox runs in but Cassidy ELBOWS him! Cassidy boots but Fox blocks to kick and ROCK and whip! Cassidy tumbles up and out, stops Fox and bumps him off buckles! And then side to side for another! And back the other way! Fox stops it there, but Cassidy blocks the counter bump to bump Fox again! Cassidy slingshots in but Fox slingshots out! Then Fox slingshots right back in to SENTON! Cassidy bails out but Fox keeps moving, and Fox FLIES! Direct hit on Cassidy! Fox hurries up top, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives and no one can believe it! Cassidy flounders to a corner but Fox is after him!
Fox puts Cassidy up top, runs in and leaps up, but Cassidy blocks the “Lo Mein Pain” press, and shoves Fox to the floor! Cassidy then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Fox hits railing! Cassidy puts Fox in, tilt-o-whirls, DDT!! Fox gets stuck and Cassidy kips up! Alabama Lift, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!?! Fox survives and no one can believe it! Fans are thunderous and Cassidy throws off his elbow pad! Cassidy runs in, but Fox puts him back up top! Fox ROCKS Cassidy, climbs up after him, brings him to the very top but Cassidy throws body shots! Fox hops down, hobbles, but comes back LO MEIN PAIN!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous again as Cassidy survives! Fox goes back up top, but Cassidy rolls to the far side. Fox hops down, goes to the adjacent corner, and ROLLING THUNDER on the apron! Cassidy flounders, Fox has him in ropes, DRAPING DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Cassidy survives but Fox is right back up top! 450 but Fox has to roll through! Cassidy sneaks up to ghost pin! TWO!!! Fox gets free, but Cassidy feints Orange Punch to make Fox go Matrix prematurely! And then Cassidy gets Fox’s leg, standing toehold and then a roll through, to a wrench and hook, MOUSE TRAP! CASSIDY WINS!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)
An outside-the-box way of taking that win, this is how Cassidy has kept his reign going through a historic 27 defenses! But Cassidy shows Fox respect in the end, as Cassidy gives Fox the sunglasses! But then Fox BREAKS the sunglasses?! And he DECKS Cassidy!! Fans are stunned! Even Fox seems in shock over his own actions! Fox gets outta there, but Darby Allin shows up! Darby shoves Fox and asks what the hell! Darby put his name on Fox, asked for this request as a friend, and THIS is what Fox does?! Fox apologizes to Darby, but Darby says that is embarrassing! He should’ve just taken the loss!
Fox says he knows all that, but he can’t explain it himself. Darby tells Fox to get to the back and cool off, but what happens between these old friends next? As for Cassidy, he gathers himself, only for JON MOXLEY to attack!! The Maniac is pissed at Cassidy for what happened at Death Before Dishonor between Cassidy & Best Friends and Moxley’s friends in the Blackpool Combat Club! And for that, Moxley hits Cassidy with DEATH RIDER!! Moxley storms off to the back to prepare for tonight’s Triple Threat Tag main event, will he and Claudio Castagnoli do even more damage to Best Friends?
Next week is DYNAMITE 200!
A massive milestone that marks the almost four year history of AEW! More of what is planned will be announced this week, who will join in on the celebration of this wrestling revolution?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho & Don Callis.
Renee Paquette is with The Ocho and the zero, and notes that things are going in the right direction for Jericho to join the Don Callis Family. Don requested this time, what does he have to say? “The outpouring of interesting from fans, from media, about just the potential of The Greatest Of All Time, Chris Jericho, joining the Don Callis Family, has led me to believe that Chris, we gotta give the people a little something. No pressure. But I have taken the liberty of arranging a situation where you can be in a tag team match with your partner, Takeshita, the guy that you’ve said is the future of professional wrestling.”
Imagine that dream team! Jericho & Takeshita, The Family, in a match together! “Doesn’t that get the creative juices going?” Jericho says Takeshita is amazing, so yeah, he’ll give that a try. And Callis says the best part is, their opponents will be Daniel Garcia & Sammy Guevara! Wait, Danny & Sammy? Well, Callis knows Jericho wants those two to spread their wings and try to fly on their own. So this is perfect, really! Jericho is hesitant, but Callis insists it’ll be great. Done deal? Jericho will do it. Fantastic! To commemorate this next step, Callis also took the liberty of commissioning some artwork to immortalize their 1995 promo with Bad News Allen.
Callis shows it off, “a couple of gods at play, just like we were in the 90s.” Bad News Allen is faintly in the background, watching from Heaven as it were, while Jericho and Callis flex in leather pants atop a mountain. Jericho says it is amazing, but kinda big, it’s not like Jericho can just carry that around with him all day. Callis will have it taken care of, he knows the perfect place to hang it. Just do your thing, Jericho. Callis heads out, but is Jericho starting to regret reuniting with his old friend?
Hook has a message.
Hook has the FTW Championship belt as he sits on a subway bench. A train passes by, and the belt is gone. Then another train passes by, and Hook is gone. Is Hook saying he’s nothing without the title? Or is he saying he’s coming back for it?
Blackpool Combat Club speaks.
Claudio says this is a “Public Service Announcement for all you kids at home: Do not play with fire. Here’s a Public Service Announcement for around here: Don’t mess with the Blackpool Combat Club! Pac, Bastard, if you think that what you pulled at Blood & Guts, the beating that you got at Death Before Dishonor at my hands was anything but the beginning, you are sorely mistaken! You couldn’t even take that like a man. So…” Moxley steps in to say “That right there is what happens when you try to flex on my friends when I’m not even in the building! Come down like Clint Eastwood with your denim wearing ass.
“If there’s anybody else out there that thinks they’re just the coolest~ cat in the room, here’s a warning: stay in your lane. Lucha Brothers, Best Friends, stop playing with explosives. You’re gonna pay for Pac’s mistake and you’re gonna get hurt.” The BCC heads out, will they tear up two teams in one match tonight?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
He welcomes the NEW FTW Champion… Jack Perry. Fans boo as Beethoven’s Fifth heralds the entrance of “Hollywood” Jack Perry, and he walks in mocking Hook’s look! He even has a new shirt that says “I Beat Hook.” Jack blows a kiss to Taz on commentary as he drags the FTW Championship along the ground. Jack steps into the ring and Schiavone notes how Jack promised to refocus and bring home a world title. He did that, he is the FTW Champion, but he can hear what the fans all thing of it. The fans boo and Jack acts confused. Schiavone says the fans don’t accept Jack beat hook, but Schiavone says he did beat Hook.
Jack says, “You’re damn right I beat Hook! And after one loss, this guy realized he can’t hang with the big boys. And he went home, and he got himself on a train to nowhere.” Fans boo harder but Jack says “When I said I was gonna win myself a championship… I sure as hell wasn’t talking about this one.” The fans keep booing but Jack ignores them to say, “This championship was created in a second-class company, full of scumbags like all of you!” Fans boo more, they won’t let ECW be insulted! Jack says this title has never been recognized, but as soon as he put his hands on it, it became the real deal! Because JACK is real, and he is that damn good!
Jack says he is the greatest wrestler to be within 100 feet of this belt! And as a matter of fact, Jack tells Taz he’d run circles around Taz and all his “dirtbag friends” from back in the day! Taz laughs that off, but someone else walks out. Jerry Lynn tells “Jungle” that that’s enough. Jack says Jerry needs to check that pager. “Jungle Boy” ain’t here anymore. This is Jack Perry! Fans cheer Jerry as he says it doesn’t matter what Jack calls himself. Jerry will remind Jack of one thing: In ECW, they paved the way for this generation! Fans cheer that! Jerry says without ECW, there is no Jungle Boy! So go ahead, keep running that mouth, and you’ll get your ass kicked!
Jack is confused again. His ass kicked? Is that so? He’d like to see who’d do that. Jerry drops the mic to throw down the gauntlet! Jack says okay, okay, hold on. He isn’t dressed for a match right now, relax. They do this on Jack’s time. But if Jerry’s feeling so ballsy, how about next week, Jerry can get in Jack’s ring, and we see who gets their ass kicked. Jack wants to do this big on the 200th episode of Dynamite, but will that only make his comeuppance even more humbling?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with the former AEW Women’s World Champion, and says she is in action tonight against Taya Valkyrie, who called The Doctor out on Collision. Taya had some choice words for Britt, so what is her reaction? Britt first thanks Renee for reminding the that she IS a former AEW Women’s World Champion, the Face of the Women’s Division. And also, Baddest Bitch on the Block, but it’s okay if you forgot. Britt wants Taya to know that she’d be lying if she said she wasn’t a little surprised that Taya called her out. But thanks! Because now Britt is excited for a first-time-ever match against someone she truly does respect and admire.
But Taya, if you wanna swim with the sharks, Britt’s gonna drag you to the deep end. And who better to beat than Taya to remind everyone that TBS is #TheBrittShow? Renee wishes Britt luck tonight, but will the DMD once again be the Face of AEW?
PAC VS Gravity!
The Bastard used to be the Man Gravity Forgot, but Gravity is here to show no one forgets him! Will Pac defy Gravity to send a message to everyone wanting to mess with Death Triangle? Or will this be where he comes crashing down to Earth?
The bell rings and Pac tries to “remind” Gravity who he is! But Gravity says he forgot. Pac smooths his hair back, shows off his physique, and Gravity is still unsure. Fans chant “HE FORGOT YOU!” Pac gets “offended” that Gravity can’t remember him, and swings! Gravity dodges to DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Gravity runs in to go up and Arabian Press off the ropes, to then DROPKICK Pac again! Fans fire up with Gravity while Pac shakes out the stars. Gravity runs in but Pac puts him up and out! Pac swings but Gravity shoulders in! Gravity slingshots to Arabian Press, then he spins Pac around to ROCK him, and DROPKICK him again!
Fans fire up as Pac bails out! Pac is seething, the ring count starts, and Gravity eggs Pac on. Pac slides in but Gravity slides out! Gravity now dares Pac to come outside. Pac slides out, Gravity slides back in! They keep moving in this cat ‘n’ mouse game, but Pac WRECKS Gravity with a dropkick in the ropes! Fans fire up as Pac goes out to drag Gravity up. Pac brings Gravity around, and whips, but Gravity reverses to send Pac into railing! Pac storms up on Gravity, but into a POWERSLAM to the floor! Gravity fires up, and handstands on the apron, for the IMPLODER PLANKING SPLASH! Fans fire up as Gravity gets in the ring.
Gravity slow-motion space walks, the ring count climbs, and fans fire up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Pac drags himself up, slides in, but then slides out, refreshing the count. Pac goes around the way, Gravity waits on him, and Pac hurries back into the ring. The two tie up, Pac kicks low and bumps Gravity off buckles! Gravity falls back, and Pac stands on Gravity’s head! The ref counts, Pac steps off and soaks up the heat. Pac goes back to Gravity, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles! Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Pac lets off at 4 to soak up more heat. Pac pretends he can’t hear the fans, then he whips Gravity corner to corner hard! Pac then runs in to BOOT Gravity down! Pac soaks up more heat while Gravity stirs.
Pac steps on Gravity’s head, the ref counts, and Pac steps off at 4. Gravity goes back to the corner, Pac stomps him, then drags him up. Pac mocks the fans again, and he headlocks to grind Gravity down. Pac won’t let Albany have any lucha libre. Gravity endures, pushes his forearm into Pac’s face, but Pac shakes his head and squeezes tighter. Gravity fights up as Dynamite returns to single picture, but Pac DECKS him! Pac stalks Gravity to a corner, the BCC is watching backstage, and Pac stands Gravity up. Pac talks trash on Gravity, “Forget me not!” And he pie faces Gravity! And then again!
Pac runs corner to corner, but Gravity BOOTS him! Gravity BOOTS again, Pac staggers, and then Gravity BOOTS P ac down! Gravity handsprings over, goes up the other corner, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Pac escapes, dodges the lariat and SOBATS! And front kicks! And SOBATS again! Pac runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Fans fire up as Gravity flounders to a corner. Pac stomps up to stomp Gravity again and again, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Pac stands Gravity up and puts him on the top rope. Pac climbs up to stand Gravity up, for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down!
Pac crawls to Gravity, and pushes him over! BRUTALIZER! Gravity TAPS, Pac wins!!
Winner: PAC, by submission
The Bastard holds on to make Gravity suffer! The ref reprimands, Pac lets go, and he tells Gravity to never forget him! The BCC is brutal, but will Pac show them he can be even worse?
Backstage interview with MJF & Adam Cole.
It was after their win last week that Renee was with the NEW #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and she congratulated them on winning the Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament. They will face FTR on Saturday, July 29th, on Collision! How are they feeling? Cole starts but MJF interrupts to tell FTR that he liked them better when they were his lackeys. To be honest, that was the pinnacle of their career. Cash, rocking a mullet in 2023? Very brave. Business up front, party in the back. But every time Cash makes eye contact with a woman, all they wanna do is yack!
Dax… MJF is so sick of your Mr. Clean meets Yosemite Sam lookin’ ass, standing in front of this camera, talking into this microphone, saying the same stuff over and over and over again. “Ah love mah wife, ah love mah baby daughter, ah love this biz-ness! No flips, just fists!” Yeah? Well here’s what’s gonna happen. MJF is gonna take his fist on July 29th, Collision in Hartford, CT, and MJF is gonna punch Dax so hard in the mouth he will have no choice but to spit out CM Punk’s jockstrap!! Because MJF & Cole are winning those tag titles! There are only three initials in this sport that matter! It ain’t F T R, it is M J F! Because we’re better than you, BAYBAY!
And Cole would like to add, truth be told, something to MJF. When this tournament started, it was about winning gold and become champions. But if he’s to be completely honest, it has become about friendship. Never in a million years did Cole think he would be friends with MJF. That he’d enjoy this so much. But he has. So to make it very clear because otherwise, Cole won’t sleep well tonight. MJF has nothing to worry about when it comes to the AEW World Championship, Cole was just handing it back to him. But MJF has given Cole his friendship and that means the world to him. MJF isn’t just a friend to Cole, or even a close friend. MJF is becoming a best friend, and Cole means that.
MJF says he has been thinking about this. Win, lose or draw, after July 29th, MJF wants Cole to know he is giving him a rematch for this title, because he knows how much that means to Cole. Whoa, is MJF serious? He means that? But Roderick Strong rushes in! Roddy says he sees the look in MJF’s eyes when he says that! Roddy shoves MJF, Cole tells Roddy to stop, but Roddy says MJF is just waiting to turn on Cole! Cole asks MJF to give him and Roddy a second alone. MJF heads out and says Roddy’s lucky he’s Cole’s friend. Roddy says “You gotta be kidding me,” but Cole tells Roddy he’s gotta be kidding.
Cole tells Roddy he loves him like a brother, he’d do anything for Roddy, but Roddy is acting insane! Roddy’s being crazy and possessive! He’s pushing Cole away. Cole has other friends, Roddy. And Roddy needs to trust Cole if he still wants to be a friend. Cole’s gonna go talk with Max. Roddy pulls on Cole’s arm but Cole tells him “Hey! Boundaries!” Cole heads out, but Roddy is still convinced that MJF is the snake waiting to strike. Will Roddy be proven right this Saturday? Or will he be as shocked as anyone when MJF & Cole become tag team champions?
Backstage interview with FTR.
Also after last week’s Dynamite, Renee interviewed Cash & Dax to say they are facing the team of MJF & Adam Cole on Collision for the tag titles. How do they feel knowing that this is the team they’re facing? Cash says he’ll be honest, he’s excited. But part of him feels bad because Cole is getting dragged into this. Cash wants Cole to know, should he watch this, that Cash does like Cole, does respect Cole, and even thinks Cole is one of the best today. But know that Cash hates Maxwell Jacob Friedman because he knows Maxwell Jacob Friedman, who is a terrible human being. MJF calls himself a generational talent, but he is a generational ass kisser.
Cash says he and Dax are generational ass kickers. They’ve been with MJF through The Pinnacle, they saw how he is backstage, and anyone that has ever been with MJF, including his former fiancée, when she got to know the real MJF, she left. So what does that say about MJF? Cole, sorry, but Hartford, July 29th, FTR has to make sure MJF & Cole learn, and that MJF knows, you never mess with FTR. Dax says he also kinda likes Cole, he’s an okay guy. But Cole has a win over Dax and that don’t sit right with Dax. Dax ain’t gonna let it be 2-0 for Cole. And Dax could yell and scream all day about MJF but he won’t. He won’t get “gimmicked up” like MJF does, this is real-life.
Dax is sure MJF made fun of his accent, that must be funny to a guy like MJF. But Dax watched that match, he saw the little dance. That was “funny,” in that it is hilarious how MJF is mocking tag team wrestling and out of the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Hartford, Collision, nuh-uh. No dance routines, no fun and games, no mocking pro-wrestling. This is gonna be a fight. If Dax tells MJF right now, sorry to Cole because yeah, he’s getting dragged into this. But if Dax said he is gonna beat MJF’s ass, that’s an understatement. Dax is gonna beat the SH*T outta MJF! Dax apologizes, shouldn’t say that with his daughter watching, but he dares MJF…
Dax anticipates MJF saying something about his wife and daughter. If MJF did that, Dax is gonna rip MJF’s eyes out. This is for the tag titles, but this is how Dax feeds his family, and yes he loves this business. And if he’s gotta beat MJF on July 29th, if FTR has to beat MJF on July 29th, then that’s what they’ll do. Sorry, Adam. #TopGuysOut.
Darby Allin w/ Nick Wayne VS Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana!
Mr. Red beat Mr. Blue in the Royal Rampage, and that doesn’t sit well with Mr. Blue! Will Swerve make sure Darby doesn’t even get to go All Out and challenge for the TNT Championship? Or will this be Darby’s payback for Swerve screwing him out of the tag title match and then some?
The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally behind Darby and he ties up with Swerve. They’re in a deadlock and they go around. Swerve puts Darby on the ropes, Darby clinches an arm to wrench, then he headlocks. Swerve endures, powers up but can’t power out as Darby holds tight. Swerve lifts but Darby hits a flying-mare out of it! Fans cheer as Darby grinds Swerve into the mat. Darby pushes the shoulders for a cover, TWO! Swerve stands, throws body shots, and he lifts Darby up and over the ropes. The ref counts as Darby holds on, but Darby lets go at 4. And then slingshots in for a FLYING TAKEOVER!
Swerve fights around, stands up, and Swerve powers Darby to the ropes. Nana says that’s how you do it, but the ref counts. Swerve lets off, but sucker punches low! Swerve snapmares but Darby whips! Swerve flips up and around, whips, but Darby springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up, Darby runs in but is put on the apron! Swerve RAMS low, runs and returns, but Darby drops back, only for Swerve to handspring up and out! But Darby is ready and he fires fast hands, HEADBUTTS low, then hops on for a CODE RED to the floor! Fans fire up and Darby hurries to put Swerve in the ring! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally behind Darby while Swerve bails out again. Darby goes out the other side, and he RAMS Swerve into railing, to then CHOP! Darby whips Swerve into the steel steps! Fans fire up while Swerve writhes! The ring count climbs past 5 of 10, but Darby positions the steel steps around. Nana protests, Darby refreshes the count, and Darby runs up to COFFIN SPLASH Swerve against railing! Darby whips, Swerve reverses but Darby leaps over the steps! Swerve uses the steps to get up, FLYING HOUSE CALL!! Fans fire up and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Nana cheers Swerve on, Nick coaches Darby, but Swerve stands first. Swerve drags Darby up and RAMS him into the steps! Darby writhes, but then Swerve stands on Darby and bends him against the steps! The ref reprimands, Swerve steps off and back into the ring, and he soaks up the heat. Darby slides in but Swerve drops knees in the corner! Swerve then drags Darby up and around, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers. Swerve taunts Nick, whose arm is also hurting from Swerve going after him last week. Swerve SPLASHES the arm, jamming up the fingers! Darby writhes to a corner but Swerve soaks up more heat.
Swerve does his dance and Nana joins in, then Swerve goes after Darby to DECK him! Swerve stands on Darby’s face, the ref counts, but Swerve steps off. Swerve sits Darby up, goes up the corner, and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Nana argues the count but the count was fair. Swerve stalks Darby back to a corner, toys with him a bit, but Darby throws body shots! So Swerve DECKS him again! Dynamite returns to single picture and fans boo as Swerve flexes. Swerve grins, goes back to Darby, but Darby BOOTS him! Darby jumps over, Swerve rolls with him, JUMPING COMPLETE SHOT!
Swerve then deadlift suplexes Darby high and hard! Cover, TWO! Darby is still in this and fans rally up. Swerve traps one arm, and he bends the other back, but Darby kicks free! Darby whips, Swerve reverses but Darby rolls under the hurdle to sunset flip! TWO, Swerve sits on it, TWO! Darby gets the sunset flip again, TWO! Swerve sits on it, TWO! Darby sunset flips again and adds a jackknife! TWO! Swerve sunset flips but Darby has the legs! LAST SUPPER!! TWO!?!? Swerve powers out and Darby is shocked! Nana assures Swerve he did it in time, but Darby runs in to DIVE! He spears Swerve off the apron, just like how the Royal Rampage ended!
Fans go nuts and the ref checks both men. Darby is somehow okay after that rough landing, and both men rise. “This is Awesome!” as Darby drags Swerve up and into the ring. Darby then crawls after him but Swerve rolls out of the ring! Nana distracts the ref, but Nick drags him down! Darby builds speed and DIVES into a JUMP KNEE!! Swerve takes Darby outta the air and fans lose their minds again! Swerve puts Darby in, climbs up top, KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!??! Darby shocks everyone!! Nana is furious as Darby drags himself to a corner and then the apron. Swerve storms over that way, but Darby shoulders in!
Darby climbs, but Swerve CHOPS him first! Swerve goes up after Darby now, throws some elbows, then drags Darby onto his shoulders! But Darby fights with elbows, to SUPER THROWBACK!! Both men are down and Swerve dangles off the apron! Nana shouts for Swerve to move as Darby climbs up! Fans are thunderous, but Swerve trips Darby up! Darby is stuck up top, Swerve goes to the other side and climbs back up! Swerve fireman’s carries Darby now, SUPER APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!!! Fans lose their minds and Nana isn’t sure if he should be worried or excited. But Swerve gets himself up and in as the count climbs!
Nick shouts at Darby to get up, we’re at 7 of 10! And then 9! But Nana distracts the ref as someone drags Darby outta the ring and POSTS him!! He was wearing a blue hoodie, but by the look of those camo pants…! Swerve drags Darby in, Nick and Nana fight on the other side, but Swerve half nelsons! J M L DRIVER!! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
And then the mystery man returns, it IS AR Fox! Fox stomps away on his former friend, but Nick runs in to knock Fox down! Nick then RAMS into Swerve and fires off! Fans fire up, but Fox has Darby’s skateboard to SMACK Nick on the back! And then JAM him in the face!! Fox betrays his friend and Nana brings out a Mogul Embassy shirt! Fox is now with his old rival as part of the team! Will Swerve and Fox take over AEW together?
Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Anna Jay and mother-to-be Tay Melo and says this is a rather “disgruntled” JAS. Jericho walks up as Renee reminds us of Jericho teaming with Takeshita under the Callis Family banner against Sammy & Danny next week for Dynamite 200. Jericho asks what’s going on, and everyone says they want to talk. Sure, sure, come on in. They all go into the JAS locker room, cameras follow, and oh look, the painting is there. How nice. Yeah, it’s a gift from Don. But who cares about this painting? How is everything with them? How’s the baby?
Melo says the baby is doing great, but the real question is, what’s going on with Jericho!? Parker brings out his novelty switchblade comb. Jericho gave him that. He holds it out to Jericho, but then draws it back, because he’s not returning it. Yet. This comb means the world to Parker. This crew, this family means the world to all of them! And Parker thinks it means the same to Jericho. But he’s not entirely sure anymore. Anna says if no one else is gonna say it, she will. Jericho is being selfish! Oh, he’s being selfish? Yes! They spent all this time appreciating Jericho, but he has never appreciated them!
So until he does, like Jake Hager said, they can’t give Jericho their all. Anna leads the way out as she, Parker and Tay leave. Menard hangs back, and Jericho asks him if they think this is easy for him. Menard says yeah, looks like it’s pretty easy. So figure it out, and fast. Daddy Magic leaves Jericho alone with the painting, which family is Jericho going to choose?
Britt Baker VS Taya Valkyrie!
The Doctor heard La Wera Loca insulting the quality of her win last week, and has accepted the challenge for a “real” match! Will Britt show Taya that she is still the Face of the AEW Women’s Division?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “D M D! D M D!” and the two tie up. Taya THROWS Britt right down, and then grins as Britt gets up. They go again, Taya waistlocks and SLAMS Britt down to then facelock. Britt wrenches out, headlocks, but Taya picks her up. Britt kicks and flails to get back down, but then Taya powers up to push her away. Britt comes back, dodges a haymaker and headlocks. Taya blocks the takedown, they go to a corner and Britt uses the ropes for a flying takeover! Taya fights back up and lifts, to hit a BIG back suplex! But Britt holds onto the headlock!
Taya fights up again, powers out, and she runs Britt over! Fans boo but Taya just soaks it up. Taya smiles, showing she doesn’t need a dentist. Britt goes to a corner, Taya mocks the “D! M! D!” and runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Taya stomps Britt, lets off as the ref counts, and Taya drags Britt to a cover. TWO, but Taya drags Britt up. Taya CHOPS Britt, then eggs the fans on. Taya CHOPS again, and then short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Britt stays in this but Taya keeps on Britt. Taya ROCKS Britt, ROCKS her again, then pushes her. Taya runs, but Britt kicks a leg out! Britt runs, but Taya avoids the stomp!
Britt avoids a boot, gets around again and keeps going, to wheelbarrow, but Taya holds her up! Taya WHEELBARROW FACEBUSTERS Britt! Then she rains down fists! Fans boo as Taya throws elbows down, and the ref reprimands over pulling hair! Taya keeps raining shots, until Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Taya grins as she looms over Britt, and she soaks up more heat. Britt crawls to a corner, Taya KNEES her down! Taya grabs a leg to KICK it! Then she brings Britt around and bumps her off buckles. Taya stands Britt up again, to CHOP! Taya teases the fans, takes a bow, then goes back to Britt to CHOKE her on the ropes! The ref counts, Taya lets off, and Taya grins as she’s having fun. Britt stands, Taya KICKS her in the leg! Then bumps her off buckles! Taya runs back in but Britt shoots around to roll her up! TWO, and Britt CLOBBERS Taya! Britt keeps moving, SLINGBLADE! Britt still keeps moving, but she runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Britt survives and Taya still smiles, but Taya might be a little annoyed with Britt now. Taya grabs the legs, ties them up in an inverted deathlock, and then pulls Britt’s hair to get her in the crossface! Britt endures this modified STF, claws her way forward, but Taya SLAMS her face off the mat! Taya drags Britt up, bumps her off buckles, and elbows her! And clotheslines! The ref reprimands, but Taya sits Britt down and swaggers corner to corner. Dynamite returns to single picture as Taya runs back in, but Britt dodges the double knees! Fans fire up as Britt dodges Taya again, and again, to cravat! Britt throws in knees!
Fans fire up, Britt bumps Taya off buckles, and then Britt storms up to bump her off more buckles! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, and ROLLING ELBOWS! Cover, ONE?!?! Taya is tough and that shocks Britt! Taya pie faces Britt so Britt fires forearms! Taya gives them back, the fans rally as the shots go back and forth! Taya is having fun now, and she throws more shots! Britt gives them back, they just keep going! Taya gets the edge, runs, but Britt follows to ROLLING- NO, Taya dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Britt stays up to SUPERKICK! Taya wobbles, but blocks the second superkick to KNEE and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!
Britt is proving tougher than Taya expected, and Britt goes to a corner. Taya storms up but into a BOOT! Britt goes up, shout out to Cole, but Taya turns Panama Sunrise into NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Britt survives the counter but Taya wants those legs again! Britt kicks Taya away, and SUPERKICKS! Taya wobbles, Britt goes back up! PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Britt can’t believe Taya survives, but now it’s time for the glove! Fans fire up as Britt puts that glove on, and she spells it out, “D! M! D!” FISHERMAN- NO, Taya slips out to ROCK, mule kick and KNEE Britt! Taya runs, and SPEARS!!
But Taya isn’t done here, she drags Britt up to chicken wing! But Britt fights it, so Taya half nelson! But Britt fights that suplex to drag Taya down! RINGS OF SATURN!! And then LOCKJAW!!! Taya taps, Britt wins!!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The Doctor just proved why she is STILL a force to be reckoned with in AEW! Will nothing stop Britt from climbing back up to the top?
AEW hears from Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida.
The Native Beast says, “Choto matte, Shida! Or, hang on a tick. Get it? Cuz we’re going to Wembley? Listen, I dunno why you think you get a shot at Toni Storm, but if you want it, you gotta go through me! I guess you could say we’re destined to Fight Forever.” But the Shining Samurai says this is HER time! “I beat up Toni Storm with my kendo stick, and I am ready to rip the AEW Women’s title off of her. Get outta my way, Nyla Rose. Our history is too long now, and it’s time to finish it.” Nyla VS Shida, one more time, is this Friday on Rampage!
AEW hears from various tag teams.
Jay Lethal says, “Listen up boys, and Ethan Page. The future of the AEW Tag Team Championships is this…” But then Satnam Singh interrupts to say that the titles are theirs! And Sonjay Dutt says, “You know why we’re gonna become AEW Tag Team Champions? Because you got a one-in-a-billion shot of throwing this man over the top rope!” Sonjay laughs it up, but then Prince Nana stands beside Brian Cage & “Big Bill” Morrissey as he says, “Whoever it is, we’re taking the titles, my friends.” But then Brother Zay moans in to say finally, the #MoanEvent is here! You like that? Yeah, Ethan gets it.
But now they get their chance to get their hands on Jay Lethal and “that big doofus, Satnam Singh. And on top of that, we get a chance to become #1 contenders to those tag team championships!” But wait, Matt & Jeff Hardy chime in. Who does Jeff wanna face? FTR? Or Adam Cole & MJF? Jeff says it doesn’t matter! He’s back from the healing process, and the Hardy Boyz are back to win gold! These teams and many more will be battling in an eight team, 16 man battle royal this Friday on Rampage, so who will walk away with the golden tickets?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
On top of that tag team battle royal and the Shida VS Nyla grudge match, Scorpio Sky continues his return against Superbad Kip Sabian! And The Kingdom hop over from ROH to have their Rampage debut! Will Mike Bennett & Matt Taven make their own case for a tag title match in the future?
AEW hears from Buddy Matthews.
The Aussie Juggernaut tells Andrade that he fails to see “the big picture.” But if Andrade wants his mask back that badly, then he will have to scale a ladder “out of Hell” to retrieve it. But should Andrade fail, he will be forced to watch Buddy burn it to ash in front of him. Then his legacy, his heritage, and everything Andrade stands for will go down in flames. Will the House of Black break Andrade’s spirit when they destroy his mask?
Triple Threat Tag: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Best Friends!
The BCC didn’t like that Pac ditched them in Blood & Guts but Penta y Fenix didn’t like that the BCC screwed Pac over at Death Before Dishonor. Meanwhile, Trent & Chuck didn’t like that the Lucha Brothers tried to bust them open during the Fatal 4 Way tag title match, also at Death Before Dishonor! And then Best Friends and the BCC just don’t like each other period! With all this animosity, who comes out of this having brought down all their enemies in one match?
Dynamite returns as the Lucha Brothers make their entrance. They already want after Best Friends and the feeling is mutual, but then Moxley & Claudio make their entrance. But the teams in the ring don’t wait, they start brawling! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell now and get this on record! The Lucha Bros have the edge, shout “CERO! MIEDO!” and run, but into DOUBLE BOOTS! The BCC finally get ringside, and Claudio UPPERCUTS Penta! Moxley fires off on Fenix! Trent DIVES onto Claudio! Moxley goes after Trent, Chuck goes after Moxley! Chuck RAMS Moxley into steel steps, and then follows Moxley to the ramp.
Moxley gets his BCC shirt off, and uses it to CHOKE Chuck! Fans rally up as Moxley drags Chuck up the ramp! Then he ROCKS Chuck with a right! They continue up to the stage, Trent and Claudio follow, but then so do the Lucha Brothers! Chuck turns things around on Moxley to TOSS him down! Claudio brawls with Trent and Penta as Chuck gets space. The Kentucky Gentleman FLIES and takes out everyone! Fans fire up as Chuck flexes. Best Friends drag the BCC up and bring them back down the ramp, but Claudio fights back against Chuck. Chuck ROCKS Claudio back, but Claudio JABS and UPPERCUTS!
Chuck body shots, Trent ROCKS Moxley, Moxley ROCKS Trent! Claudio sends Chuck into steel steps! Moxley keeps on Trent, but then Fenix steps to Claudio in the ring! Fans remember that ROH Double Jeopardy match they had and they want to see more! Fenix CHOPS, Claudio eggs him on, so Fenix CHOPS again! Claudio ROCKS Fenix, Fenix CHOPS, repeat! Claudio gets the edge, kicks low and fires up! Claudio whips corner to corner hard, then runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! But he comes back, so Fenix sends him into buckles! Fenix goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! And then DROPKCIKS!
Trent returns to BUSAIKU KNEE! Moxley runs in, CUTTER! Chuck SUPERKICKS Mox! Penta SUPERKICKS Chuck! Claudio UPPERCUTS Penta! Fenix runs in, dodges Claudio and Tiger Feint Rewinds, but Claudio ducks it and blocks the superkick! But Fenix returns, into the POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Moxley goes to the corner to actually tag in. The BCC mugs Fenix, fans rally behind Moxley as he CHOKES Fenix on rope! The ref counts, Moxley brings Fenix around and puts him in the corner, to clothesline! Tag to Claudio, and Moxley snap suplexes! Claudio runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO!
Claudio drags Fenix up but they trade shots again! Fenix CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But Claudio blocks one to CLOBBER Fenix! Claudio stands Fenix up, suplexes, but Fenix slips out and SUPERKICKS! Trent tags in off Fenix and he DECKS Claudio! And TACKLES Fenix! Trent rains down fists on Fenix but Claudio drags Trent off. Trent fires forearms on Claudio now! Trent kicks Fenix to TORNADO DDT Claudio! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Trent paces. Trent aims from a corner, runs back in, but Claudio blocks the knee! Trent fights the bomb, ducks a lariat, and SAIDOS!
Fans fire up as Claudio bails out and Trent builds speed! Trent DIVES into an UPPERCUT! Claudio slides in, tags Moxley, and Moxley runs to KING KONG LARIAT Trent! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives but Moxley drags him around to the BCC corner. Fans rally, Moxley goes up, KING KONG STOMP as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Moxley paces, Trent goes to the apron, and Moxley drags Trent up. Trent ROCKS and CHOPS but Moxley BLASTS him off the apron! Trent hits railing and Yuta mocks him. Moxley goes out after Trent, drags him up, and brings him around the way to crotch him on the railing! Moxley CHOPS Trent, and CHOPS him again! And again! Trent flops off the railing, Moxley drags him up, and Moxley puts Trent in the ring. Tag to Claudio, and Moxley anchors Trent so Claudio can get a leg. They split the wishbone! Claudio then clamps onto Trent with a chinlock and he grinds Trent down. Fans rally as Trent endures.
Trent fights up, throws body shots, and gets free, only to run into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Claudio is annoyed, and the Lucha Brothers finally get to their corner. Tag to Moxley and he goes up, to AX HANDLE Trent down! Moxley sits Trent up to KICK! KICK! And KICK! Trent falls over, Moxley covers, ROPEBREAK! Moxley tries again, TWO! Moxley drags Trent up, tags in Moxley, and they ASSISTED PILEDRIVER Trent down!! Cover, Chuck breaks it! Claudio is mad at Chuck but that’s within the rules. Claudio drags Trent up, puts him in the one open corner and puts him up top as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Claudio climbs up after Trent. Trent throws body shots, then crotches Claudio! Claudio hobbles away, Trent MISSILE DROPKICKS him down! They’re both down and all three teams reach out! Fans rally, hot tags to Moxley and Chuck! Chuck dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Chuck ROCKS Mox, whips, but Moxley reverses. Chuck wrenches to give Moxley SOLE FOOD! Chuck runs to ROCK Moxley again! But Moxley turns it around to fire off fast hands! Moxley runs, into the SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! But then Moxley shoots around to a SLEEPER! But Chuck GERMAN SUPLEXES Moxley away!
Moxley staggers up, Penta tags in! And Penta dodges Chuck to then SLINGBLADE! And then SLINGBLADE again! Penta brings Chuck around but Chuck whips Penta away, only for Penta to go up and over and BACKSTABBER! Chuck writhes, Penta covers, but Trent breaks it! BCC returns to mug Trent! They double whip Trent, the ref reprimands, but Claudio trophy lifts Trent! PRESS SLAM CUTTER COMBO!! The BCC then mug Penta, but Fenix DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK BCC, but the BCC DOUBLE LARIAT in return! Chuck returns while everyone else is down!
Chuck covers Penta, TWO!! Fans rally up as everyone is down, and Chuck crawls to ropes. Chuck tags Trent, and Best Friends focus on BCC. But Moxley ROCKS Trent! Trent hits back while Chuck keeps on Claudio, but then the Lucha Brothers join in. Penta CHOPS Trent and CHOPS Moxley, but Chuck ROCKS Fenix! Claudio ROCKS Chuck, and Fenix adds a CHOP! We have two different three-way brawls going on! Fans rally as they all go around, forearms and elbows and CHOPS and then Best Friends HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! But Penta and Claudio try to ruin it! Trent sends Penta at Moxley and Chuck sends Claudio at Fenix!
Fenix dumps Claudio out while Penta DECKS Moxley! Trent then kicks Penta, brings him around, and Chuck has Fenix! DOUBLE PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!!! Penta survives but Trent slaps sense into himself. Fans are thunderous as Best Friends bring Lucha Brothers up. Trent keeps on Penta, Chuck is after Fenix. They both whip, but Fenix hurdles over Penta! Penta KICKS Chuck, Fenix ROCKS Trent! Then they dosido to double wheelbarrow into double takedowns! Fenix has Chuck’s leg in a KNEEBAR CALF KILLER, and Penta hammerlocks an arm! Penta grabs the other, for the DARK SACRIFICE!!
Penta then half nelsons for the MADE IN MEXICO!! Cover, the BCC breaks it!! Then the BCC mugs Fenix and Chuck! DEATH RIDER for Fenix! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Chuck! The ref reprimands, but Moxley gives Trent DRAGON STOMPS! RICOLA BOMB for Chuck!! The BCC then drags Trent up, who is even legal? Claudio says this is because of Cassidy! RICOLA- NO, Orange Cassidy is here!! Fans fire up as Freshly Squeezed storms in, ORANGE PUNCH for Yuta! Moxley storms out after Cassidy and they brawl! Moxley knees low, ROCKS Cassidy, and Claudio tries again, but Trent powers out of Ricola to hit a CRUNCHY!! Cover, but Claudio is NOT legal!
Fans are going nuts as Penta returns, but into an Alabama Lift! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Trent and Penta turns things into FEAR FACTOR!!! Cover, LUCHA BROTHERS WIN!!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
They may no longer be ROH World Tag Team Champions, but they just scored a massive win in this main event! But with Best Friends taking the loss, is this only the beginning of the war between Death Triangle and BCC? But speaking of, Cassidy goes after Moxley! Yuta DECKS Chuck, then he DECKS Trent! The BCC beat down on Best Friends but Lucha Brothers go after BCC! Only for Best Friends to go after them, too! Fenix DECKS Yuta, Penta POSTS Chuck! Claudio brings Cassidy up to suplex, but he gets STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE instead!! Penta PUNTS Trent! Fenix ROCKS Chuck and Chuck hits back! ORANGE PUNCH for Claudio!!
But BREAKING NEWS from Tony Khan via commentary! Dynamite 200, an ANYTHING GOES TRIPLE THREAT! Moxley VS Trent VS Penta! The brawl is continuing, will these teams even make it to next week!?
This was a wild Dynamite, but once they pointed out next week was episode 200, something about this episode turned into Go-Home Syndrome. So much talking to hype upcoming stuff. Buddy had a good promo but I feel like this should’ve been the first we heard of him and Andrade fighting over the mask in a Ladder match, instead of hearing about it last week and then getting this. And while the MJF, Cole and Roddy stuff was good original material, making FTR do a post show promo to be shown here tonight, ON TOP of them venting on Collision, is redundant. And Dax tried to hide the fact he knew everything MJF said in his, but c’mon, he was basically responding to MJF when these are supposed to be separate moments “after Dynamite.”
Now, I really liked what we got out of the Jericho story. Good promo with Callis, and of course Callis got another strange oil painting. Also, something about that “art” looks like it was AI generated. Though I suppose that’s just how putting the faces of Callis and Jericho on bodies that were several times more ripped than either man have ever been would have that uncanny valley feeling. And good promo from the group still known as The JAS (for now). Anna was definitely in the right calling Jericho out. And that tag match of Jericho & Takeshita VS Guevara & Garcia is going to be the make-or-break moment.
The Don Callis Family does need to grow, but it’d be great if Jericho turned on Takeshita and Callis, only for someone within the JAS to turn on him. And at this point, it feels like Garcia could be the one, so he could shine within the DCF doing his dance and being his own brand of sports… enner-tay-ner. Really good promo from Nyla and Shida to set up what is basically a #1 contender’s match to face Toni Storm at All In at Wembley. Either choice is a good choice to face Toni, but Shida does have that story beat where she chose NOT to be an Outcast when Toni & Saraya started that faction, so it’d make sense Shida gets her shot.
Good promos from various tag teams, and oh look, another battle royal. AEW no longer cares about their rankings, they’re just like every other company now. Which in some ways is fine, no one was asking a wrestling company to treat this like real sports. Just about anyone can win the battle royal, and I am glad to see we’ll get a little more Triple J VS Hardy Party interaction than we did in the Royal Rampage, but that means those teams are all out of the running. At this point, give me more Brian Cage & Big Bill, they could have a great rematch with MJF & Cole, or a fresh match-up with FTR.
Great video from Hook, even if it was short. And really good promo from Jack Perry to add Heel Heat over insulting Hook and ECW. Jerry Lynn stepping to Jack was an interesting move, and I’m sure Jack will sucker punch and beat down Jerry next week to prompt Hook to return. That’s a rematch that will definitely be at All Out, but who knows who wins. Good promo from Britt before a really good match with Taya, and I figured Britt would win. I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t more to that, like The Outcasts reaching out to Taya. At the same time, where’s Britt going next? She did say TBS = The Britt Show, a play off Jade’s That B*tch Show, is Jade gonna return to feud with Britt? Is Britt going to feud with Kris Statlander over the TBS title? Both?
As for everything else, AEW does once again shine in their intertwining of stories. Cassidy VS Fox opens the show with an awesome title match. Cassidy wins, that turns Fox Heel, and then Fox also turns on Darby to join up with Swerve in a reunion from their shared past. That is going to be great, I would love for those two to be a Two Man Power Trip here in AEW while Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona continue to dominate ROH, maybe even with Big Bill as a new member in that regard. And then Cassidy joins Best Friends in this building feud between them, Death Triangle and Blackpool Combat Club. That Triple Threat Tag was also awesome, a brawl to close the show is good stuff, and that Triple Threat Anything Goes for next week is big, too. I suppose a trio comes out of this ready for The House of Black and the Trios Championships, can’t wait to see it.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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!
- 8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order; OrangeHookHausen & Trent win.
- Six Man Tag: The Don Callis Family VS ???; The Don Callis Family wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander; Shida, Skye & Statlander win.
- Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana; Penta, Vikingo & Komander win.
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8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order w/ Jake Hager!
OrangeHausen, HookHausen, OrangeHook, all of the above, and #JustTrent take on Daddy Magic, Cool Hang Ange, Alex Reynolds & Evil Uno in a big, super team-up type deal! But will the Very Nice, Very Evil Best Friends be victorious together? Or will the rogues gallery standing against them earn themselves quite a lot of golden opportunities all at once?
But wait, as Big Hurt Hager gets the VNVEBFs to turn their backs, the rogues attack! Fans boo, the bell rings, and all but Danhausen is tossed out of the ring as he tosses Reynolds instead. Uno CLUBS Danhausen, Cassidy is sent into railing, and Uno puts Danhausen in a corner. Uno CHOPS him, soaks up the heat, and then storms up. Danhausen kicks low, throws hands, but Uno kicks back. Uno whips corner to corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Danhausen runs up to RANA! Uno tumbles, fans fire up and Danhausen catches Reynolds as he runs in, wrench and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up as Danhausen kicks low and tags Hook.
HookHausen double whip Uno, Uno holds ropes and Menard tags in. Menard, Parker and Reynolds all get in, but then so do Trent and Cassidy! The eight men are stare down, and the brawl is back on! The ref reprimands but the Dark Order & X-JAS get the edge. They all have someone in a corner, then they all coordinate to quadruple whip! But the Best Friends all reverse that, X-JAS and Dark Order crash into each other! And then Best Friends set up in the corners… and Hook needs to be coaxed a little bit, for the GROUP- NO, they all get kicked low! Fans boo as X-JAS & Dark Order reel them in, but the Best Friends QUADRUPLE SUPLEX!
Fans fire up because now we get the GROUP HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Hook then goes after Parker with body shots, but Menard storms up. Menard hits low, scoops Hook, BACKBREAKER and Parker KNEES Hook down! But Trent JUMP KNEES Parker down! Menard kicks low and POWERBOMBS Trent! Cassidy dodges Menard to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Uno CHOPS Cassidy down! Danhausen baits Uno in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Reynolds runs in, spins Danhausen and ROLLING ELBOWS!
Hook is back up, T-BONE for Reynolds! T-BONE for Parker! Uno is up, he kicks low and whips. Hook reverses that to clinch and T-BONE! Extra large serving for Uno there! But wait, here comes Wheeler Yuta! The ROH Pure Champion wants to taunt Hook like he has been for weeks now, and then Menard CLOBBERS Hook in the distraction! Yuta joins commentary while Menard bumps Hook off buckles, and reels him in for a big suplex! Tag to Parker and he stomps Hook down. Parker stomps more, then pushes Hook around. Parker tags Uno, they mug Hook. Uno then bumps Hook off the boots of Menard and Reynolds.
Reynolds tags in, he runs side to side to ELBOW Hook! Uno SPLASHES, short arm LARIATS, and Reynolds covers, TWO! Reynolds stands on Hook’s head, fans boo but the Dark Order and X-JAS soak up the heat. But Hook clinches! Reynolds fights with forearms, then he bumps Hook off buckles. Tag to Menard, he stomps Hook then lets off to distract the ref, Uno and Parker CHOKE Hook while Rampage goes picture in picture!
Menard stomps Hook, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a right. Menard pushes Hook around, soaks up the heat, but turns around into a CHOP! Menard trips Hook, drags him back, and tags Parker in. Parker CLUBS Hook down, then stomps him. Parker taunts the Best Friends, flicks his hair gel at them, then goes back to Hook. Parker CLUBS Hook, tags Uno, and they mug Hook some more. Uno scrapes his laces on Hook’s face then tags Parker back in. Parker stomps Hook, but Hook powers Parker back! They end up on ropes, Parker KNEES Hook back! Parker then BLASTS Cassidy off the corner!
Rampage returns to singe picture as Parker goes after Hook, and Hook gets around to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Parker tags Menard but Hook LARIATS Menard down! The fans fire up as Hook and Menard crawl, hot tags to Trent and Uno! Trent rallies on Uno, then on Reynolds! GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent still has Reynolds but Reynolds fights the nelson. Uno runs in but Trent ducks, the BOOT hits Reynolds! Trent HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES Uno away! Trent runs in at Reynolds but into a BOOT! Reynolds goes up but Trent YANKS him down for a SAIDO! Fans fire up with Trent!
Trent tags Cassidy, and Cassidy storms up to “unleash.” But then he really does fire off BOOT after BOOT on Dark Order! Yuta sighs as this is typical Cassidy. Cassidy dodges the Dark Order’s double lariat to DOUBLE SHOTGUN! Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Uno stops the DDT to suplex! Only to get STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy keeps moving but Uno BOOTS him! Uno hooks Cassidy up, for SOMETHING EVIL! Cover, Trent KNEES it apart! Fans fire up, Reynolds BOOTS Trent! Reynolds runs in to BOOT Cassidy in a corner! Reynolds puts Cassidy up top!
Reynolds ROCKS Cassidy, climbs up, but Trent runs up to get Reynolds! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Cassidy adjusts, and Danhausen tags in! But so does Menard! Menard says do NOT do what he thinks he’s gonna do! But then Danhausen CURSES him! And yes, the PURPLE HAT! Hager is pissed, Parker tries to calm him down, but then Hager runs in! Danhausen dodges, Trent & Cassidy dump Hager out! Menard grabs Danhausen, Parker runs in to get the hat back! But Hook gets Parker in the REDRUM!! Menard lets Danhausen go, but Danhausen rolls him up! BEST FRIENDS WIN!
Winners: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta, by pinfall
Not only is X-JAS furious, but Yuta says this is unbelievable. But will the Decoder have to worry about the much more Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts & Anna Jay.
Renee Paquette is with Saraya, Ruby Soho & The Star of the Show to say they are teaming up for the first time in Six Woman Tag action. Saraya says yes they are, and sorry for cutting Renee off, Renee knows Saraya loves her, but… Isn’t Anna just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Ruby sighs and Saraya says “Liza Minnelli” is in a time out so shush. Anyway, Saraya thanks Anna for teaming with them, Lord knows they’ve needed some extra help around here. And also, they do have something in common that is giant, greasy, irritating, and needs to be handled. Oh, speaking of, here it comes.
Parker walks in, apologizes for not being here sooner, and then says hi to Ruby. But uh, yeah, the guys are ready to go, they’ll be out there for her, team effort! Um, no, Anna doesn’t want the boys out there. Especially Parker. What? But Saraya says this is why she loves Anna! She’s great. Yeah, she is. Hey, no, stop looking at Ruby. Saraya drags Ruby along, leaving Parker alone. Will the X-JAS still even be the X-JAS anymore with all this drama?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Schiavone says that 28 years ago, in this town, at the Mall of America, two men were in the main event for the very first wrestling match ever on TNT. It was Sting VS Ric Flair. And Schiavone wants to also say that the final match on TNT back then was Sting VS Ric Flair. So it gives Schiavone a sense of pride to welcome one of Minnesota’s favorite sons, as well as STIIIING~! The Icon makes his way out to the ring and fans howl for him. Schiavone then introduces the Nature Boy, the Minnesota native, Ric Flair! Fans “WOO~!” as Flair makes his way out now, and hugs Sting in the ring.
Schiavone has them bring it in. Wednesday night, they announced the location of Sting’s final match at AEW Revolution, March 3rd, 2024. It will be Greensboro, North Carolina, where these two set the standard for a great televised wrestling event. Sting stands at 24-0, the longest undefeated streak standing, and we’re just two weeks away from tickets going on sale. Sting asks to take the mic, and he howls for the fans! The fans howl back and Sting says Minneapolis, lots of great memories here! Not only did he and Ric do the first and last WCW shows on TNT here, but they did the very big, gigantic- Oh, can’t really say that on TV, sorry. Copyright and stuff.
But the massive match at Mall of America, everyone knows about it. Sting’s had great matches here against and with Lex Luger, Bam Bam Bigelow, and lots of other great memories. So good to be back. Thank you for those memories. Thank you, Tony Khan, Tony Schiavone and the Nature Boy! WOO~! Ric takes the mic now, and he says, “Wow. From 1972 ’til today. And believe it or not, I’m still alive. And that’s saying a lot, heh. Because I’ve covered a lot of ground and had a lot of fun. But there are three or four people that are always gonna be special in my life, and you’ll love these names.
“Dusty Rhodes, Ricky The Dragon, and a guy that I think I’ve wrestled at least 15 hundred times over our career, the great–and the word ‘Icon’ does not even enough to begin to say what a man he is. I’m so serious, to be back in my hometown in this moment, and this ride. This is an incredible ride. Think about the history of our business. I’ve been there with him since ’88, and I’m gonna be there with him in the end. And man, that doesn’t happen in real-life, guys. And y’know what? We’ve stayed as respectful and honest with each other as the day we met, and that’s really unusual. You’re the man, brother.”
Fans cheer, and Ric says, “We’re gonna dance all night and dance a little longer. We’re gonna stay up all night and stay a little longer. I cannot tell you where we’ll be at like the old days, but you know we’ll be going AEW strong! WOO~!” Fans echo “WOO~!” with Ric and Schiavone says Ric will be there for Sting at AEW Revolution, tickets on sale soon! The Icon and Nature Boy are riding off into the night, and we have the when and where. Now all we need is, who faces Sting in his final match?
Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida, Kris Statlander & Skye Blue.
Renee is now with the Shining Samurai, the Galaxy’s Greatest and Chicago Skye as she says a lot has changed in the AEW Women’s Division after Full Gear. Shida lost the AEW Women’s World Championship to Toni Storm, and Statlander lost the AEW TBS Championship to Julia Hart, the same match Skye Blue was in. Does tonight feel like a way to get momentum back? Kris says it has been a hard pill to swallow. “You work so hard for something, and you come back from multiple injuries, you come back and change yourself so many times, and you obtain something so precious, and it’s just taken away in a matter of seconds.”
And worse yet, Kris wasn’t the one who got pinned. Oh, okay, blame Skye when Kris had plenty of chances to win the Triple Threat, and didn’t. Shida tells them to stop. She also lost a title, she also feels angry, but not towards them. Not towards her partners. They can take their anger out on their opponents tonight! Kris agrees with that, and so does Skye. Will this trio of stars be able to bring down The Outcasts and Star of the Show?
The Don Callis Family VS JAH-C
So what if they lost the Like A Dragon Street Fight? “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs did damage to Paul “The Giant” Wight like no man has ever done before, and there’s still a lot left in the tank for Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita. Will they only be made stronger from that loss?
The teams sort out, Hobbs starts and Jah throws hands! Hobbs doesn’t even flinch! Jah runs, but Hobbs CLOBBERS him! In runs ??? but Hobbs picks him up to SPINEBUSTER! D runs in but Hobbs SPINEBUSTERS him, too! Fletcher & Konosuke step in, they all get a man up, and in synchronized formation, we get the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM, GRIMSTONE and BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, The Don Callis Family wins!
Winners: The Don Callis Family, by pinfall
Fans boo but Callis celebrates with his “family.” Then Callis gets a mic to talk. “Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega! The Golden Jets! You put two of the greatest of all time into a tag team and what do you got? You got a team that could be the most dominant of all time. And I know that wins and losses matter here in All Elite Wrestling. But in the Don Callis Family, the only thing that matters is winning! And whether it’s singles, tag, or trios, the Don Callis Family will continue dominating until there’s nowhere for the Golden Jets to hide in AEW!” The ultimatum has been issued, will it only be a matter of time before AEW belongs to the DCF?
Prince Nana & Brian Cage talk with The Workhorsemen.
Nana says it is an unbelievable time for the Mogul Embassy. Cage says it’s always a great time. Nana says the Gates of Agony are in NJPW World Tag League, killing it and bringing home that money. But tonight, Nana needs to hire some help, and that brings in JD Drake & Anthony Henry. Nana has been watching them, he likes their style. That is why tonight, he needs their services. And this could be a huge opportunity for you both to step up to the plate and to prove a point. To impress Swerve Strickland, too. So tonight, Nana’s paid them, get the job done, and we’ll see if they can join the team. But he believes in them!
Nana & Cage head out, will Scrap metal & The Saint of Augusta help The Machine bring down the luchador trio in tonight’s main event?
Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander!
Both sides have said what’s on their mind, but it’s the emotions in their hearts that could make or break these team-ups. Will Saraya be able to keep things together between Anna and Ruby? Or will it be Shida who struggles to keep Skye and Kris on the same page?
The teams sort out and Kris starts against Anna. The fans rally as the two circle, then tie up. Kris waistlocks, SLAMS Anna, then drags her up to tag Shida. The former champs double whip, sweep and ELBOW Anna down. Then they shake hands to DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Shida covers, TWO! Tag to Skye and she wrenches Anna to a JAWBREAKER! Anna blocks the superkick but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Skye pushes Anna around, but Kris tags herself in. Skye lets that go, to then tag herself back in! But Kris tags back in again! They argue, but then Shida tags herself in to get them both to stop.
But then Anna hot tags Saraya! Saraya gets around Shida, Shida gets around Saraya, but Saraya mule kicks Shida! Saraya runs, but Shida ENZIGURIS first! Shida fires up, the fans are with her, and Shida torture racks! Saraya endures, but Ruby says put her down! So Shida DROPS Saraya! Ruby storms in but Shdia kicks her low, and snap suplexes her onto Saraya! Fans fire up as Shida covers Saraya, TWO! Shida tags Skye in and Skye keeps Saraya from her corner. Skye whips, runs up and SHINING WIZARD on the ropes! But Anna distracts the ref so Saraya can keep Skye stuck, and Ruby ROUNDHOUSES Skye down!
Fans boo but Saraya howls to the moon. Saraya stomps Skye, insults her, and whips her to the corner as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, lets off to distract the ref, and Ruby digs her boot in! Anna pulls Skye’s hair to help out, then Saraya storms up to bump Skye off buckles. Tag to Ruby, she stomps away on Skye, but lets off as the ref counts. Saraya tells fans to shut up while Ruby drags Skye around. Skye throws body shots, then JAWBREAKERS! Ruby staggers back, Saraya tags in, and the Outcasts mug Skye! Saraya has Skye in the ropes to throw knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off, and she pushes Skye back in. Saraya keeps Skye from her corner, taunting Shida and Kris, then she stomps Skye.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, tags Anna and Anna CHOKES Skye! The ref counts, Anna lets off, and then Anna CHOKES Skye on ropes! The ref counts again, Anna lets off and distracts the ref so Saraya can SLAP Skye. Anna bumps Skye off buckles, Ruby tags in, and Anna ROCKS Skye. Ruby CHOPS Skye, stalks her to a corner, and stands her up, but Skye avoids the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Skye and Ruby sputter and drop to their knees while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and hot tag to Kris! She BLASTS Ruby, drags Saraya up and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, but Anna kicks it apart! Anna drags Saraya back and tags herself in. Anna stands Kris up, wrenches and HOOK KICKS! Then Saraya KNEES Kris down! Cover, TWO! Anna drags Kris up, QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! But Kris powers up to back suplex free! Ruby runs in, STO! Skye SUPERKICKS Ruby! Saraya YAKUZA KICKS Skye! Shida ROCKS Saraya, whips her but Saraya reverses, only for Shida to JUMP KNEE! Anna BOOTS Shida! Kris runs up, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna tags Ruby and they get Kris up.
Anna HOOK KICKS, then Ruby SUPERKICKS but Kris pulls Anna into it! Ruby panics, Kris tags Skye and Electric Chair Lifts Ruby! SLAM and CODE BLUE!! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander, by pinfall
The dysfunction wasn’t enough to bring down Skye and Kris, they made it work and now celebrate together! As for Anna, she is furious with Ruby, and Saraya pulls Ruby along like an angry mother with her daughter. Are the Outcasts going to be on the outs sooner rather than later?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
Firstly, the Continental Classic continues, and the Gold League’s third round has been set: Jon Moxley VS Rush; Jay White VS Jay Lethal; and Swerve Strickland VS Mark Briscoe! Will El Toro Blanco be the one to serve The Maniac that first L in the tournament? Will Lethal and Briscoe finally get on the board?
And after being the one to score the pinfall in tonight’s Six Woman Tag, Skye Blue gets her shot at “Timeless” Toni Storm and the AEW Women’s World Championship! Will Skye finally make it through the Storm to grab the gold on the other side?
Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana!
While the AEW World Trios Champions, Billy Gunn & The Acclaimed, are down and out, trios are forming and fighting their way up. Alex Abrahantes’ league of luchadores want their shot, but will they make it through a Rampage? Or will The Mogul Embassy learn that having #CeroMiedo is priceless?
The trios sort out, and Cage starts against Komander. Cage kicks Komander low right at the bell, then whips him to ropes. Komander handsprings, Cage dodges but Komander dodges back, then RAN- NO, Cage blocks that to pop Komander up! But Komander sunset flips! Cage drags Kmoander up to OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Penta tags in, then GAMANGIRIS Cage! Penta goes up to CROSSBODY! And then he dodges to SUPERKICK! Henry tags in, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off hands. Henry gets around to make Penta kneel, and he DROPKICKS Penta away! Henry soaks up the jeers, but Penta tags Vikingo!
Viking springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Henry! Fans fire up as Vikingo then whips Henry corner to corner. Henry reverses, but Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! Vikingo forearm smashes int he corner, goes up and fans rally, for the IMPLODER DRAGON-RANA! And then the DREAMCAST KICK! JD tags in and fans rally up. JD says “SUCK IT!” and then dares Vikingo to chop him. Vikingo winds up as fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” CHOP! JD nods, but he wants another. Vikingo CHOPS again, and JD huffs and puffs. JD swings, Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges but JD CHOPS Vikingo down after all!
JD then powers Vikingo to ropes to BIEL him across the way! JD taunts Penta, whips Vikingo, but Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges again to CORKCCREW RANA! JD flounders out, Cage and Henry run in, but Penta & Komander SUPERKICK them first! Henry bails out, Penta gives Komander a boost, saluting MISSILE DROPKICK! Cage tumbles out, fans rally as the luchadores coordinate, and “CERO! MIEDO!” TRIPLE DIVES!! Some cleaner than others, and JD pops Vikingo back up to CLOBBER him off the ropes! Komander stomps Cage, and puts him in the ring as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Komander hurries in, Penta BOOTS JD to join Komander. But Henry trips Komander! Penta runs up, SUPERKICKS Henry, then makes sure he knows, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but into a SPIN POWERSLAM! Cage drags Komander up for a deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Cage flexes, Henry & JD join in, and then JD stalks Komander. JD drags Komander up, DECKS him, then stalks him to ropes. JD puts Komander in the corner, CHOPS, and then tags Henry. The Workhorsemen mug Komander, Henry throws body shots, then he runs in to forearm smash! JD tags, LARIAT, NECK TWIST and SLINGSHOT SENTON!
Nana likes what he sees as Komander writhes. JD drags Komander up, keeps him from the lucha corner, and he CLUBS Komander back down. JD drags Komander up to scoop and SLAM! JD goes up a corner, to then VADER FLOP as Komander moves! Henry tags in, he drags Komander from the corner, then ducks the enziguri! But Komander rolls free and hot tags Vikingo! Vikingo springboards to CROSSBODY! Vikingo SOBATS Henry, runs but into a cheap shot from Cage! The ref reprimands but Henry throws Vikingo down by his hair! NECK TWIST! And a headscissor squeeze, even!
Henry lets off to then stand Vikingo up, for another NECK TWIST! Tag to Cage and he RAMS Vikingo into a corner! And again! And then he CHOPS! Cage wrenches Vikingo, scoops him, and does bicep curls before he FALL AWAY SLAMS Vikingo! Cage flexes, taunts Cero Miedo, and he drags Vikingo up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Vikingo lands on his feet! Vikingo waistlocks, Cage elbows free then whips Vikingo to ropes. But Vikingo slides under, only to get caught! But Vikingo then PELES! Hot tag to Penta as Rampage returns to single picture! Penta dodges Cage to then SLINGBLADE Cage down! SLINGEBLADE again!
The Workhorsemen attack, double whip, but Penta KICKS JD and SUPERKICKS Henry! Penta runs in to wheelbarrow Cage, victory roll and DOUBLE DDT on the Workhorsemen! Fans fire up and Penta SUPERKICKS Cage! Tag to Komander and he goes up top to MISSILE DROPKICK JD! Penta hauls Henry up, ALLEY-OOP into a MISSILE DROPKICK from Vikingo!! Fans lose their minds over that one, and then Penta sets up so Komander can use him as a step, HANGTIME DROPKICK on JD in a corner! Cage staggers up, Penta has his target, SUPERKICK! Komander springboards, FLYIGN CODE BREAKER! And he holds on for Vikingo to DOUBLE STOMP Cage!
Penta goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS of his own! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives because he’s a Machine! But Abrahantes rallies the fans for his team. Penta hauls Cage up, reels him in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Cage wrenches out to JUMP KNEE! Penta falls into the tag with Komander, and Komander springboards, but Cage SWATS him! Cage whips Komander to the corner, tags Henry, and Cage runs up to MONKEY FLIP Komander into JD’s POWERBOMB!! Then JD CATAPULTS Kmoander into Henry’s SUPERKICK! Henry goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMP BACKBREAKER of their own! Cover, Vikingo breaks it!!
JD TOSSES Vikingo, Penta SUPERKICKS JD! Cage fireman’s carries Penta for F10! Vikingo returns with a springboard, FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Henry is back, he steps over and reels Vikingo in, PILEDRIVER! But Penta catches Henry now, half nelson, pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! JD is up, Penta kicks but JD blocks it! JD has Penta for the underhooks, the SILENCER! Komander returns, JD ducks his roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! But Cage waistlocks Komander! Komander fights with elbows, but Henry runs up! Komander ducks, the ENZIGURI hits Cage! Nana is furious, and Cage CLOBBERS Henry!!
Nana says no more, they’re done. JD asks what the hell, but Cage shoves JD. Vikingo DREAMCAST KICKS JD! The Embassy is leaving, they don’t want to hire Workhorsemen anymore? Well Penta says “CERO! MIEDO!” and FEAR FACTOR!! Komander is up top, he tags Vikingo before giving Henry CIELITO LINDO! Komander DIVES onto JD! Vikingo adds on the 630 SENTON!! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: Penta El Zero Miedo, Komander & El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The implosion of Nana’s team all over a misunderstanding gives Penta’s team their first victory together! Will Penta, Komander y Vikingo take this momentum to next beat Action Andretti & Top Flight?
A really good Rampage here with a lot of tag team action. There must be something in Cassidy’s contract about opening shows, though, because that 8 Man Tag certainly felt main event worthy. But then it made sense in story that it had to go first so that the X-JAS could be in action before Anna, and Anna would tell Parker to stay in the back during her match because of how Ruby would be involved. Great win for Cassidy’s team, and great win for the Faces in the Women’s Trios match. Rather surprised Skye is getting her shot at Storm so soon. Yes, she interrupted Storm’s acceptance speech moment, and won here, but why not give us a promo segment between them first, then the match on Winter is Coming. But at the same time, debut in Montreal, they want it to be important.
Of course Don Callis Family squashes jobbers, but I like that we got to see Hobbs, Konosuke and Fletcher all in red ring gear. And seeing Don Callis’ Last Supper parody, it makes me think he wants a total of 11 faction members. I say 11 because “Judas” is already accounted for in Jericho. So far, he has five, Callis really is gonna have to recruit tag teams and/or trios if he wants an easier time of filling out the group. Really good main event from Penta’s team going against Cage & Workhorsemen. Of course the Faces win, but also it was clear the Workhorsemen were going to take the loss for the Heels. Kinda wished Cage would beat down the Workhorsemen after the loss, not because of the “misunderstanding” trope, but that’d probably take away from the Faces celebrating.
And given Rampage is prerecorded, turns out that was for the best this week. I’d only just heard today about how… controversial Ric Flair got in his part of the promo segment. Flair also tweeted about it, both apologizing and not apologizing for what he said. This is gonna be a long three months if everyone has to worry about Flair spouting off the stuff he got away with in the 1980s when he was much, MUCH younger. That aside, the entire segment was redundant anyway, we heard them talk on Dynamite, this is the same crowd that heard it all, it’s just a waste of time.
My Score: 8.5/10
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