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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/5/23)

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Will any of these teams be able to coexist?

While the Owen Hart Cup is going on, AEW starts up a Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament! MJF teams with Adam Cole, and Keith Lee is forcefully reunited with Swerve Strickland! Will these teams hold it together? Or will they implode in dramatic fashion?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament Opening Round: Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland w/ The Mogul Embassy VS Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy; Darby & Cassidy win and advance to the next round.
  • Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Blade & The Bollywood Boyz; The Acclaimed & Billy win.
  • Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament Opening Round: MJF & Adam Cole VS Matthew Menard & The Butcher; MJF & Cole win and advance to the next round.
  • Women’s Owen Hart Cup Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Ruby Soho w/ The Outcasts; Ruby wins and advances to the next round.
  • Kenny Omega VS Wheeler Yuta; Omega wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Backstage interview with Darby Allin and Keith Lee.

Renee Paquette is with two men who are going to be opponents tonight in the Blind Eliminator Tag Tournament, but Darby wanted to speak first. Darby says he’s not an idiot. He knows Keith doesn’t wanna team with Swerve, but this isn’t about that. This is about Keith alone. Keith was among one of the most dominant champions in AEW, and if he feels like he’s been lost in the shuffle since losing the tag titles, “do something about it.” Even if he has to win with or without Swerve. But main thing is, pull your head out of your ass and take this serious. Or sit on the apron and cry about it. Darby will see which Keith shows up tonight.

Keith chuckles and says Darby is ballsy. Stupid, but ballsy. Will the Relentless One regret egging on the Limitless One just moments before the match?

Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament Opening Round: Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland w/ The Mogul embassy VS Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy!

Speaking of that match, #SwerveInOurGlory is forcibly reunited because of the tag team lottery. They were former tag team champions, just as Darby said, so will they find a way to get past their past and try again? Or will Darby and the Freshly Squeezed AEW International Champion make their own winning combination?

The teams sort out and Keith says he’ll go ahead and start. Fans cheer for Keith but boo Swerve. Keith starts with Darby and they circle. Darby SLAPS Keith! Keith smirks, and RAMS Darby to a corner! Then TOSSES him across the ring! Darby ends up in the other corner and Swerve likes that. Keith storms up on Darby as fans lose their minds already. Keith stands Darby up, fireman’s carries, but Darby fights free with elbows. Tag to Cassidy and fans fire up as he slow rolls in. Keith smirks as the sunglasses are put aside. Cassidy pumps himself up and fans rally up. Cassidy “chops” Keith! And “chops!” And winds up for “double chops!”

Fans fire up and Keith wonders what to do. Keith says he’ll try now. GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Down goes Cassidy! Cassidy sits up, clutching his chest, and Swerve sure has a good laugh. Keith stalks Cassidy to a corner, Cassidy stands up and says wait! Hands in pockets. Fans cheer again and Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS again! Cassidy falls against Keith but Keith lets him down. Cassidy sits up again, Keith watches him stand, and fans rally, “KEITH LEE! WOOP WOOP!” Darby tags back in, Cassidy SHOTGUNS Keith! Darby runs and springboards, COFFIN- Well, no, Keith catches Darby! But ORANGE PUNCH!

Keith wobbles, now COFFIN SPLASH! Keith wobbles, ORANGE PUNCH hits again! Swerve tags in, hides, and Cassidy aims again. Cassidy runs in but into a STEP-UP HOUSE CALL! Darby is up top, he leaps but Swerve gets under. COFFIN SPLASH, a wring, and a shoot around to the THROW- NO, Swerve slips free! Darby hobbles, Swerve UPPERCUTS, then SOBATS! Swerve snapmares Darby to then go up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up all the same as Swerve swaggers and flexes. Fans boo the arrogance as Swerve mocks Keith’s pose. Swerve drops a knee, then stalks Darby to a corner.

Swerve ROCKS Darby, whips him corner to corner hard and Darby tumbles out of the ring! Fans rally for Darby as Cassidy checks on him, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cassidy helps Darby up while Swerve waits. Darby crawls in, Swerve drags Darby up to CLUB him on the back! Swerve has Darby in a corner, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Swerve lets off, then ROCKS Darby with a right. Swerve suplexes but Darby fights with knees! Darby gets free to SCORPION DEATH DROP! Both men are down and fans rally up. Darby crawls, hot tag to Cassidy! Or maybe just warm. Darby & Cassidy still double suplex Swerve down! Cover, TWO! Cassidy stays between Swerve and Keith, then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Cassidy drags Swerve up to bring him around and ROCK him!

Tag to Darby, and he CHOPS Swerve in the corner. Swerve goes to another corner so Darby runs in, but into KNEES! Swerve runs to LARIAT Darby down! Swerve and Keith talk, Nana wants them to get on the same page, but Swerve stands Darby up. Swerve digs his forearms in, the ref counts, and Keith tags in. Keith throws a body shot, then he stands Darby back up. Tag back to Swerve, though it was almost a chop. Swerve scowls, steps in, and throws a haymaker. The ref reprimands Keith taking his time exiting, and Swerve puts Darby up top. Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve climbs up.

Keith tags in and adds on, TOWER OF DOOM!! But Darby tags in Cassidy! Keith smiles as he catches Cassidy! BEARHUG! Swerve RAMS Darby into steel steps! Cassidy endures, Swerve tips steps over and stomps away on Darby. Sserve then traps Darby under the steps! Cassidy fights with elbows as fans rally! Swerve stomps away on Darby, Cassidy gets free of Keith, but Keith storms up. Cassidy dodges to DIVE onto Swerve! Direct hit and Cassidy goes to pick up the steps. Keiths teps out, Cassidy rushes up, ORANGE- NO, Keith catches the first! Keith picks Cassidy up but Cassidy slips aruond to a SLEEPER!

Fans fire up but Darby’s still stuck. Keith stands on the steps and squishes Darby as he gets in the ring! Keith TOSSES Cassidy away, Darby drags himself out from under the steps, and Keith stalks Cassidy. Keith winds up those arms, runs the ropes, but Cassidy goes the other way! Tilt-o-whirl, but Keith blocks the DDT to suplex! STUN DOG- NO, Keith blocks that, too! Keith gets Cassidy up but Cassidy tries another DDT! STUN DOG MILLION- NO!! Keith is still blocking! Cassidy fights to STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE after all! And Darby hops on, CODE RED!!! Fans are thunderous as Swerve climbs and Cassidy covers! TWO before the 450!!

Swerve hits Keith by accident! But he doesn’t really regret it after that superplex powerbomb fiasco. Cassidy tags Darby, Swerve blocks a kick to spin around and BACKBREAKER! Cassidy returns, tilt-o-whirls, but Swerve blocks it! Toss to Keith for the fireman’s carry! Toss to the ROLLING- NO! Cassidy ducks and the kick hits Keith! That was an actual miscue, and then Cassidy hits DEEP IMPACT! Cassidy DIVES to TORNADO DDT Keith to the floor! Darby has the LAST SUPPER! Cassidy & Darby win!!

Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Swerve is FURIOUS! The “Relentlessly Squeezed” combo is moving on because they held it together! Will they go all the way to the finals and win the golden tickets?

 

AEW welcomes a new recruit.

In Everett, Washington is the Buddy Wayne Academy. 2014, Darby began training here. Buddy’s son, Nick, was just 8 years old. Talented back then. But June 17, 2017, Darby gets this text message. Buddy died, his heart stopped. In that moment, Darby had an almost out of body experience, punching his car steering wheel. And when he composed himself, he wondered first what happens to Nick. Darby made a promise that he would watch over Nick. Nick doesn’t need it, but Darby wanted to be sure Nick got what he wanted in life. Darby went to DEFY Wrestling to give Nick his AEW contract in person.

Darby didn’t ask Tony Khan to sign Nick as some kind of pity move. It’s just that Nick is that good. And now that Nick is 18, he’s ready. It’s just up to him to show the world now.

 

Someone arrives backstage.

Tony Schiavone is there, understanding that this is Jack Perry. Perry looks around and says last week was ridiculous! He isn’t some thug from New York. If Hook wants to handle business with Perry, they do this in the ring like professionals. That’s why Perry is going to Tony Khan right now to demand an FTW Championship match. But Perry turns around and HOOK CLOBBERS him! Hook beats on Perry, Perry gets back in his SUV and it takes off, just like last week! Hook is still wanting revenge, but will he hear Perry out on waiting for their match?

 

MJF waits for Adam Cole outside the gym.

The AEW World Champion says he loves the Panama City Playboy but c’mon, he’s been waiting outside forever. Cole walks out of the gym and asks where MJF has been. Cole’s been doing cardio for an hour, let’s go. Oh. Where’s the new Better Than You BAYBAY shirt? Cole doesn’t answer that so MJF assumes he just forgot it at home. They get to work, and MJF says thanks for coming to this bro workout session. Cole’s good to spot him, right? Right. MJF gets going, Cole is on his phone. MJF finishes the set, thanks Cole, and Cole says sure thing. MJF sees a real chunky guy and has a laugh.

MJF leans in and tells “Brochacho” Cole that that guy’s so fat, when he took his pants to the laundromat, they said, “Sorry sir, we don’t do curtains.” Cole tries not to laugh, but MJF then starts another one. Cole says don’t do that, it’s not funny anymore. Oh, sorry, bro. But Cole does say that there’s someone that guy reminds him of. They both say “Tony Schiavone!” at the same time! That they can agree on, oddly. Cole takes his turn next, and MJF doubts he can handle the same weight. MJF will spot him. Cole gets going and he actually impresses MJF. He does even a few more than MJF did! That was good, what’s next? Uh… WTF?! Can MJF keep up with Cole?

 

Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Blade & The Bollywood Boyz!

Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn didn’t get swept up in the Blind Eliminator Tag shuffle, their plans for trios dominance is still on track! Speaking of track, here’s a new one from Platinum Max! “Acclaimed in the house, and we say we the live wire, breathing through the smoke like Canadian wildfires. Bollywood Boyz causin’ outrage, lookin’ like Trudeau when he did Brown Face! And I just gotta say this, you look like two b*tches and a dominatrix! It’s the illest in the game. In Edmonton, everybody loves the Acclaimed!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “EEEDMONTOOOON~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~!

The trios sort out and  Billy starts against Blade. Billy takes off the shirt and circles with Blade. Fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Billy and Blade tie up, Billy headlocks then wrenches to a hammerlock, and back to a headlock. “That’s wrestling, everybody!” Blade powers out, but Billy runs him over! Fans cheer and Billy revels in it a second. Billy shows off the ships quite literally, but then Blade rolls him up! TWO, and Billy ROCKS Blade with that right! Billy shakes out his own hand, he hit that hard. Tag to Caster and they double whip Blade to double ELBOW! Caster covers, ONE! Caster says “SUCK IT!” but Blade hits low!

Blade tags Harv Sihra in but Caster dodges to back drop him! Gurv gets in but Caster scoops and SLAMS! Blade runs in but also into a scoop SLAM! Scoop SLAM for Harv, tag to Bowens! SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! The fans fire up and The Acclaimed coordinate, to GROUP SCISSOR FINGER~! Fans fire up but Blade CLOBBERS Caster as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Blade and the Bollywood Boyz mug Caster and then Gurv tags in. Harv sets Caster up for Gurv to FLYING ELBOW! Cover, ONE!! Caster is tougher than that but Gurv rains down fists! Caster pushes him away, goes to ropes, then pushes him again. Gurv ROCKS Caster, tags Harv, and the Bollywood Boyz mug him. Tag to Blade, he helps mug Caster, and then he puts Caster in the corner to CHOP! Blade stalks Caster to another corner, stomps him and headlocks to bring him back to the Bollywood corner. Tag to Harv and he drops AX HANDLES! Harv keeps Caster from his team, tags in Gurv, and they double suplex Caster!

The Bollywood Boyz do their dance, then drop elbows! Gurv keeps Caster down with a chinlock. Caster endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Gurv CLUBS Caster, tags Blade, and they mug Caster again. Blade chinlocks Caster to keep him from the Acclaimed corner, but Caster endures. Fans rally up and Caster fights to his feet. Caster fights up but Blade throws him down! Blade soaks up the heat and he drags Caster up again. Blade whips, Caster ducks ‘n’ dodges and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Fans rally up as both men crawl, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Blade CLOBBERS Billy, then tags in Harv!

But Caster tags in Bowens! The Five Tool Player rallies o the Bollywood Boyz! ROLLING ELBOW for Gurv! Strike fest for Blade! But Harv rolls Bowens up! TWO, and Bowens SOBATS, front kicks, and runs to KOTARO KRUSHER! “EVERYONE loves the Acclaimed!” Tag to Billy and fans fire up! Billy cobra clutches Harv, for the ONE AND ONLY SLAM! Tag to Caster, for the MIC DROP! Cover, Acclaimed wins!

Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

The streak is continuing, as does the scissor party! Will nothing stop these three from going after the House of Black? Wait, QTV has to go and interrupt… Harley “apologizes” for interrupting. But it is only fair after they rudely interrupted her when she was showing us her talents. But as they all know, the Acclaimed got their asses beat, just as they deserved. But speaking of, it is only fair that she gets what she deserves. So she made them a little video. So come next Wednesday, she will show the world what real talent is! Harley Cameron, Miss Money on the Mic, IS the most talented musician in AEW! Then you’ll be peanut butter and jealous~! See you around, Bowens.

Billy gets a mic to respond. “I got something for her, and it only comes in two words. SUCK IT!!” Fans like that much better. But just what will Harley have in store in her music video?

 

AEW shares results from NJPW Strong Independence Day.

Just earlier today, in Korakuen Hall, Eddie Kingston dethroned Kenta as NJPW Strong Openweight Champion! A lifelong journey sees a major goal fulfilled, will he be bringing that belt back to AEW?

Jon Moxley speaks.

The Maniac is also in Japan, having survived Final Death. He says, “Eddie Kingston and I are the exact same people we were when I met him in 2009. Well over a decade. The ups, the downs, the peaks, the valleys. The good times and the bad, we both made it out. We both got everything we could’ve wanted out of this business. What is there to complain about, man? What is there to walk around mad for all the time, man? We don’t live in the past. We make every day count.

“Dude, y’know what really pisses me off? How much time you spend complaining about the young kids, the new generation, how they have no respect, how they have no work ethic. We spent time building the next generation. I have a dream of this Eddie Kingston that finally let the past be the past and embrace the future. And became what he could be, what these people want him to be! That ain’t reality, I’m not gonna pretend like it is. Eddie, answer your phone.” The Maniac wants to talk with the Mad King, but will that not happen any time soon?

 

Matt Hardy is backstage with Renee and RJ City.

RJ’s got the tag team lottery tumbler out and Hardy is hoping for a good roll. The rolling is done, Renee says this is for the Blind Eliminator Tag Tournament match this Friday on Rampage episode 100! Hardy gets… Jeff! Hardy? Sweet, his brother! No, Jeff as in Jarrett… Ew, the Nuts of Slap. Hardy hates that guy. Well, will V1 and Double J make it work if it means getting the tag titles?

 

Wheeler Yuta speaks.

“Kenny Omega. The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the man whose reputation precedes him. A man who everyone thinks is gonna walk through me tonight.” But Kenny isn’t the favorite, Yuta is. Kenny is battered, broken and bruised, and Yuta’s pinned him once before. Yuta already won once, but this won’t even be about beating Kenny. This will be about ending him! Blood & Guts is gonna be a massacre, and a surrender. Kenny and The Elite are already one man down, and Yuta will have already decided this war. And he does that by ending Omega here tonight. They’re in the main event, will The Decoder have the Cleaner solved?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The fans sing Judas for him as he makes his way out to the ring. The Wizard doesn’t seem to be feeling too bad despite his loss to Sting & Darby Allin last week in their Tornado Tag Match. Jericho gets a mic and the fans all cheer. Jericho says they’re loud here tonight! “But it’s a little bit bittersweet for me here.” He appreciates them cheering, but over the last few months, Jericho has taken big losses, and things haven’t gone how he wanted them to. So maybe it is time for him to reevaluate a few things and make some changes. The reason he is saying this is because this is the perfect place for him to be reinvigorated, here in Alberta.

Fans cheer as Jericho says this is where he started his career! Seems like only yesterday that he was down the road, starting his training with Stu Hart in Calgary. Wait, they’re booing Stu? But it was all across Alberta. Jericho had his match just an hour from here in Ponoka. Fans cheer Ponoka! Jericho got here a couple days early, he drove up and down the 2 Highway, drove past all the sites, and he remembered what it was like when he first started. The passion! The fire! When wrestling was everything to him! And it reminded him that wrestling is still everything to him! Fans cheer that!

So yeah, Alberta is the place where Jericho is invigorated, resurrected! Time to become a better Chris Jericho. Maybe even the best version EVER! Wait, what is that on the tron? Don Callis?! What’s he doing coming out here? Fans boo the real Judas of AEW, and he just smiles. Callis says what he is hearing, other than the fans booing really hard, is that Jericho needs a change. Callis says it was six years ago today that Callis called Jericho from the hotel in Tokyo and said, “How would you like to main event the Tokyo Dome with Kenny Omega?” And in their 34 years of friendship, Jericho surprised Callis by saying yes.

And with that match, they changed the course of wrestling history! Without that match, none of these fans are here! Callis doesn’t think Jericho would be here in AEW without that match. Jericho says sorry, it was hard to hear Callis with all these boos. Fans cheer now, and Jericho says he could say the same about Callis. Eight years ago, 2015, when Callis was in the middle of his very successful international career that Jericho knew he was miserable. Callis wanted to be in the pro-wrestling business, and Jericho helped him do that. Jericho’s the one who helped Callis get into AEW, and now look at him! He’s bigger and more powerful than he’s ever been!

So if not for Jericho, Callis wouldn’t be here. Callis starts to speak again but fans boo. As with most things in their 34 year friendship, they’re in agreement. Callis agrees that when these two get together, they make history! But as everyone knows, Callis was “betrayed by a coward punk named Kenny Omega.” Callis is building his new family after Omega destroyed theirs. And this family will be based on trust. When it comes to trust, Callis thinks of the greatest of all time! He thinks of the man who beat Kenny Omega in AEW, and he thinks of his best friend of 34 years, Chris Jericho!

Fans tell Callis to shut up, but Callis says if Jericho wants to change history one more time, Callis is here to formally ask him one thing: “Will you join the Don Callis Family?” Fans boo even more while Jericho thinks on the question. Is Callis really asking Jericho to join him? Jericho joins Callis’ faction? Jericho doesn’t join factions, he makes them! Fans cheer that and says that if Callis is seriously asking Jericho to join up with him, he has one word for him! Jericho joining Callis? The answer is… “Maybe.” Fans are a little disappointed in that but Jericho still takes his leave. Will Jericho disband the JAS to join the DCF? Or is he just stringing Callis along?

 

AEW hears from CM Punk and Samoa Joe.

Punk says, “You know they say to never say never. I look at Samoa Joe like a mountain I’ve tried to climb and I’ve never quite made the summit.” Joe says, “A true friend comes the week before, shows you what’s gonna happen to you if you get into that ring with him.” This is another chapter in their story, but Punk says it’ll end differently, because for the first time, Punk wins. Joe taking out Strong was to send Punk a message, but Punk tells Joe he’ll have to do that to Punk to stop him from winning. Joe tells “Punker” that “there’s never been a day in your life that you’ve been better than me.” And this week, nothing changes.

Punk vows to finally win, and whatever is left of him goes on to win the whole damn thing. “Tell me when I’m telling lies.”

 

Backstage interview with Roderick Strong.

Renee is with Strong as Doc Sampson checks on his neck. Renee asks about the update, and Sampson says after what Joe did last week, they’ve been checking Strong daily. With Strong’s history, they should take as much time as they can. Strong says he feels amazing, but then Cole walks in. Cole asks Strong how he’s feeling. Strong again says he’s feeling great, but Cole says he still has to be careful. Take all the time you need. Strong says fine, but what’s the deal with Cole and MJF? Don’t worry about that. Just worry about yourself. Cole has it under control and made it clear they have boundaries.

Oh, MJF just texted. “Hey bro, you ready to hit dat double clothesline or what?” Cole sighs. He’s up next, he’ll catch up with Strong later. Strong says okay but he does look a little worried. Is it because Cole & MJF might not win? Or is it because they are becoming friends?

 

Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament Opening Round: MJF & Adam Cole VS Matthew Menard & The Butcher!

The AEW World Champion has them cut his music so that he can cue up Cole’s. Cole stops him from hugging, and they go to the ring together. Is MJF copying Cole? MJF actually high fives fans, too. But will these two actually make it work? Or will Daddy Magic & Andy Williams get a shocker against two of the best?

The teams sort out, MJF again asks where the Better Than You Baybay shirt is. Cole defends he lost it, but then Butcher & Menard just attack! Fans boo as they stomp away on Cole & MJF, then let off as the ref counts. Cole bails out, MJF is stuck, and Menard mocks the champ. MJF stands up and Menard throws forearms! MJF doesn’t budge, even as Menard CHOPS! MJF choke grips but Menard rakes eyes! Menard soaks up the heat, runs, but MJF ducks and handsprings! MJF kicks, but he thumbs Menard in the eyes! MJF soaks up the cheers, then drags Menard up. Cobra twist, and MJF reaches out for Cole.

Cole says no, he’s not doing the leverage thing. MJF is annoyed and starts a “DO IT!” chant. Cole says no, they don’t need to. MJF says c’mon, dude, what’s the deal? “DO IT! DO IT!” Cole sighs and pulls MJF’s arm! The ref suspects something, Cole lets go, and Menard hip tosses MJF away! MJF crawls, Menard CLUBS him down, and then drags him up. Menard bumps MJF off buckles, RAMS into him again and again and again, then lets off. Menard CHOKES MJF, the fans chant “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” for Cole, and Menard lets off. Butcher gets cheap shots in on MJF! Menard sucker punches Cole!

Fans boo but Cole gets in! Menard hurries away, the ref stops Cole, and Menard CHOKES MJF! Tag to Butcher and Menard is all fired up. Butcher keeps MJF from Cole and HEADBUTTS him down, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

MJF goes to ropes but Butcher CHOKES him! The ref counts, Butcher lets off, and he looms over MJF. Butcher drags MJF up, bumps him off buckles, and then DECKS him! MJF crawls, Butcher drags him over and tags in Menard. They mug MJF with DOUBLE HEADBUTTS! Menard taunts MJF as he crawls, then stomps him down. Menard drags MJF up, headlocks, but MJF throws body shots. Fans rally up, but Menard throws MJF down by his hair! Menard soaks up the heat, drags MJF up and bumps him off buckles. Menard throws hands, then wrenches and whips corner to corner.

MJF bounces off buckles, falls over, and Menard soaks up more heat. Tag to Butcher and he storms up to stand on MJF’s hand! The ref reprimands but Butcher stomps MJF. Butcher drags MJF up, but MJF throws hands! MJF kicks, Butcher blocks and then CHOPS MJF down! Butcher drops a knee, then stays between MJF and Cole. Butcher reels MJF in, and puts him in the Cobra Twist! Butcher returns the favor by reaching out for Menard, but the ref is on his guard. Butcher digs his knuckles into MJF’s ribs instead, and Dynamite returns to single picture. MJF endures, and now Menard and Butcher combine!

The fans boo now but turnabout is fair play. They do it again but the ref catches Menard this time! MJF LOW BLOWS Butcher!! MJF crawls away but Butcher tags Menard! Menard drags MJF from Cole, waistlocks, and puts him back in the Cobra Twist! Fans boo and MJF calls to Cole for help! MJF claims they’re doing the link up again and the ref looks at Butcher. Butcher isn’t doing anything, and MJF gooses Menard! HIP TOSS! Both men are down, they crawl and the fans rally up! Hot tag to Butcher and he intercepts MJF! MJF is fingertips away but can’t tag! Butcher runs at the corner, but MJF slips free! Butcher hits buckles!

MJF scrambles but Menard tags back in! Menard drags MJF back but MJF shows fist, to eye poke! Hot tag to Cole! Fans fire up as Cole BLAST Butcher, BOOTS Menard then CLOBBERS him! Cole rallies on Daddy Magic and BOOTS him down! Fans fire up but Menard elbows low! Menard runs, but Cole fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! MJF wants back in? HE wants to double lariat! But Butcher waistlocks! Cole breaks free to PELE! Cole TOSSES Butcher, fights off Menard, and PELE! Butcher returns, to get a SUPERKICK! Cole has fans fire up and he goes up top! PANAMA- NO, Menard gets under!

Menard ELBOWS Cole, but Cole SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and and down comes the kneepad! MJF still wants the double lariat, but Cole just settles for the BOOM!! Cover, Cole & MJF win!

Winners: MJF & Adam Cole, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

MJF hugs Cole to celebrate, but then remembers “boundaries.” They still have their hands raised, and MJF wants some mics. MJF has the music cut, and he says, “ALBERTA, CANADA! I got a question. We got any Devil Worshippers in the house tonight?” Fans cheer for MJF, and he wants them to hold on. He has one more question: Any fans of a certain super cool over name? “Do the thing!” Adam Cole says alright, and winds it up. “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!!” That’s right! MJF says he and Cole are better than you, baybay! But bud, real quick, they could’ve done better if they just did a double lariat already.

Cole tells MJF to stop with that. Right, boundaries, sorry. MJF says that he thinks they should have another “bro session” this weekend. What do the fans think? “YES! YES! YES!” Cole says sure, why not. MJF is all excited, and wants him to hold on! Cole, one more thing! MJF will put the title down for this one. “Happy birthday!” Fans cheer and streamers fly! MJF gets fans to chant “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” Bring out the stuff! What? MJF is covered in streamers as he waves out the one balloon and tiny cake. The crew brings those into the ring, and MJF gets the party hats. He even helps Cole with his.

Cole says this is a lot. MJF puts a party blower in Cole’s mouth and says this day is all about Cole. They’re here to celebrate Cole! Fans like the sound of that. Cole blows the kazoo and MJF says that’s the spirit! Now for the song. “Happy Birthday to you~!” MJF of course puts his best R&B spin on it. Cole wants MJF to stop already. We get it, MJF is a great singer. And Cole appreciates all this, but MJF has done more than enough. MJF says hold on, there’s one more thing! “MAKE A WISH! MAKE A WISH!” The candle is lit! fans want Cole to try, but MJF says he’s gonna push him into the cake.

Cole blows out the candle, and MJF makes his move! But Cole whips around and shoves MJF into the cake!! MJF falls over and the fans love it! MJF sits up and laughs it off. Cole got him good there. Cole wipes some frosting from MJF’s face and takes a taste. Good cake. Fans chant “EAT SOME CAKE! EAT SOME CAKE!” MJF eats the cake off his own face. Cole tells MJF, and he means this with all sincerity, it was actually nice to do all this for him. So thank you, friend. Cole leaves and MJF smiles. Are these two going to be the unlikeliest of friends and finalists in this tournament?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee says she was sorely missed being out with illness last week, but tonight, she will face Ruby Soho in the Owen Hart Cup. Ruby had some choice words for her, so what is Britt’s reaction? Ruby’s got a lot of courage lately with her new friends and new attitude. Britt doesn’t care what Ruby says, if she likes her, or if anyone does. But Ruby lied last week. Ruby told the world that she’s taken everything from Britt that she’s ever cared about. But there are two things Ruby can never take from Britt. First is her pride. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, Britt will always be the Face of the Women’s Division.

And second is more something Britt took from Ruby: being the first ever Owen Hart Foundation Tournament winner. Britt still has the belt to show it. Now she’ll win it all over again! Britt is just sorry it’ll be done in the first round. The rematch from the finals is coming, will history repeat itself? Or will the Runaway run through The Doctor?

 

Backstage interview with Jericho, Daniel Garcia & Sammy Guevara.

Renee is with the JAS and says we all need some explanations about Jericho possibly joining Don Callis. Garcia says Jericho said “maybe” when he is supposed to be leading them. Garcia- er, they both need Jericho. Jericho says they’re still his family. But they can’t always be under his wing. They need to branch out for themselves and do great things without him leading them. Renee says that it turns out, in the Blind Eliminator Tournament drawings, Sammy & Garcia got paired together. This is perfect! Jericho says this is what they can do to prove what he’s saying! They can go win the tournament, then win the tag titles on their own!

Show Jericho who can be the new leader here in AEW. They can’t be together forever, he just wants them to think about it. Garcia wants a fist bump, and Sammy gives it. Will Red Dead & Spanish God take over the tag division without The Ocho’s guidance?

 

Women’s Owen Hart Cup Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Ruby Soho w/ The Outcasts!

The Doctor shows off her Queen of Harts belt, ready to add another one to her collection. Will Britt pull off the win just like at Double or Nothing 2022? Or will there be No Future in her future?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Britt wrenches but Ruby wrenches back. Ruby wristlocks, Britt wrenches back, and then cradles, TWO! Britt keeps on the arm, but Ruby pulls hair! Ruby headlocks, The Outcasts rally for her but they’re the only ones. Britt wrenches out to the FUJIWARA, but Ruby gets free and bails out of the ring. The Outcasts regroup, fans rally for “D M D!” Britt smirks as she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby and Britt circle, then Ruby gets aroudn to a waistlock. Britt switches, Ruby pries free to wrench and pull hair. The ref counts, Ruby arm-drags, but Britt drags Ruby down to a hammerlock!

Ruby fights up, Britt keeps on the arm. Ruby pulls more hair but the ref reprimands. Britt headlocks, Ruby powers up and out, but Britt runs her over! Fans fire up and Britt runs, but Ruby drops, swings, but Britt redirects to the SLINGBLADE! Britt then wrenches, clinches, but Ruby fights it. They both stumble, Ruby bails out, and the Outcasts regroup with her. Britt storms up but Ruby trips her! Ruby drags Britt out but Britt ROCKS her! Saraya talks trash on Britt, as does Storm. Britt finds herself surrounded, but the ref says back off. Britt turns around, into an STO from Ruby! Saraya & Storm mock Britt while Dynamite goes picture in picture,.

Ruby admires the literal Owen Hart Cup and says it’s gonna be hers. Ruby then drags Britt up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Ruby puts Britt on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and Saraya CHOKES Britt now! Saraya HOTSHOTS Britt then slips away before the ref sees. Ruby bumps Britt off buckles, stomps her down, then stomps her more! The ref counts, Ruby argues with him, and taunts the fans while she’s at it. Ruby stomps Britt, slaps her around, but Britt kicks back. Ruby brings Britt up to ROCK her with a forearm! Ruby CHOKES Britt on the top rope, the ref counts, but Ruby lets off.

Ruby brings Britt around, but Britt kicks her low. And again! And again! Britt throws forearms, but Ruby claws her eyes! Ruby throws Britt down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Ruby covers, ONE!! Britt hangs tough but Ruby clamps on with a full nelson. Britt endures, fights up, but Ruby drags her down again. Ruby has Britt away from ropes as she thrashes her around. Britt still endures, fights up, and throws elbows. Britt gets free, ELBOWS Ruby again, then ROCKS her with forearms! Ruby ROCKS Britt back! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ruby wrenches Britt’s hair.

The ref reprimands again, but Britt elbows Ruby away! Ruby runs up but Britt gets around to ROCK her again! And again! And again! Britt fires off shot after shot after shot but Ruby shoves her away! Britt blocks to LARIAT! And LARIAT again! And NECKBREAKER! Britt gets Ruby up, reels her in, but Ruby stomps a foot! Ruby ROCKS Britt, whips her to a corner, then runs in, But Britt spins Ruby to FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives and Britt grows frustrated. But she brings out the glove! Fans fire up as Britt puts it on, but Saraya barks at her. Britt tells Saraya to shut up, and she spells it out, “D! M! D!”

Britt underhooks, Ruby wrenches out, but Britt blocks the kick! SUPERKICK! Ruby avoids the curb stomp to roll-up! TWO!! SUPERKICK again! Britt runs, Storm trips her up! Fans boo but Ruby gets Britt in a SAIDO! Ruby covers, TWO!! Britt survives but Ruby drags her to a drop zone. Fans boo as Ruby stomps Britt then climbs the corner. Ruby aims, STAGE DIVE- NO, Ruby has to bail out as Britt moves! SUPERKICK! Roll and turn and backslide! TWO!! Ruby escapes but ends up in the RINGS OF SATURN!! Ruby fights, Saraya says something is wrong with this buckle pad! Ruby fights out of Lockjaw as Storm grabs the Queen of Harts belt!

Ruby HEADBUTT Britt, and SMACKS her off the belt!! Then NO FUTURE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and shocks everyone! Ruby is furious, but she clamps onto Britt with the RINGS OF SATURN!! Britt fights, moves around, and grabs at Ruby’s mouth! Ruby fights that to get a CROSSFACE!! Britt fights, moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! But she uses it to kick off and get Ruby! RINGS OF SATURN!! The Outcasts panic, but Ruby scoots around! They drag her to the ROPEBREAK!! Britt is furious, she goes out to SUPERKICK Saraya! and DECK Storm! Britt puts Ruby in but Storm trips her up!

Britt STOMPS Storm on the apron!! Britt hurries in, ROCKS Ruby and whips, but Ruby goes up to get Britt. Britt denies Nightshade to then Electric Chair Lift! Flashbacks to last year! Victory roll, but Ruby turns it around! Cross-legged clutch, with the Outcasts being her link!! RUBY WINS!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Fans can’t believe it! The Outcasts used every trick they had to steak this one, and they’re running for the hills! Will they do this all again to Skye Blue next round? Speaking of, Skye sneaks out to to stare Ruby down. The semifinals are coming, who reaches the cup?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage’s 100th episode!

More of the Blind Eliminator Tag Tournament matches have been made! Matt Hardy teams with Jeff Jarrett against Sammy Guevara & Daniel Garcia, while “Big Bill” Morrissey teams with The Machine, Brian Cage, against Trent Beretta & Matt Sydal! Which of these teams will make it work to get to the next round? Plus, Hikaru Shida is in action again as she takes on Marina Shafir, and we get a rematch of The Dark Order VS Hangman Page & The Young Bucks!

 

Kenny Omega VS Wheeler Yuta!

Yes, the Cleaner took the pin in Anarchy in the Arena II at Double or Nothing. Yes, the Best Bout Machine lost the IWGP United States Championship to Will Ospreay. But no, this is not a No Disqualification match and no, The Decoder is not Will Ospreay. Therefore, will Omega rebound with violent redemption? Or will Yuta truly earn this win over one of the best today?

But wait, Yuta CLOBBERS Omega from behind! Fans boo and the bell rings as Yuta goes for the cheap advantage anyway! Yuta fires off hands, then CHOPS Omega in the corner! Fans boo but Yuta CHOPS Omega again! Yuta fires off forearms, the ref counts, but Omega turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! Yuta staggers, Omega stalks him but Yuta CHOPS! Omega CHOPS! Omega ROCKS Yuta with forearms and then stomps away! The ref counts but Omega gets the fans all fired up first! Omega stands Yuta up but Yuta BITES Omega’s forehead! Yuta CLUBS away on Omega in the corner!

Yuta whips corner to corner but Omega reverses! Yuta comes back into a back drop! Omega drags Yuta up, scoops, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega stomps Yuta, fans rally behind him, but Yuta RAMS him into a corner! Yuta snarls, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Omega BOOTS Yuta away! Omega runs in to KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up more, Omega fireman’s carries, and “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON but Omega’s own neck and shoulders bother him. Omega powers through to go up, MOONSAULT onto knees! Yuta runs in to DROPKICK!

Omega ends up in a corner, he staggers out and Yuta goes up, MISSLE DROPKICK! Omega bails out and Yuta mocks his finger guns. Yuta DIVES to send Omega into railing hard! Fans lose their minds and Yuta snarls again. Yuta drags Omega up to whip him hard into railing! Omega clutches his arm but Yuta whips him the other way, just as hard into more railing! The ref reprimands but Yuta laughs as he stalks up on Omega. Yuta turns Omega, NECKBREAKER to the floor! Fans are going nuts but Yuta just soaks it all up. Omega writhes but Yuta gets in the ring to soak up more heat.

Omega sits up, the ref starts a ring count, but Yuta paces around. Yuta eggs Omega on, Omega stands and the fans rally up. Omega gest on the apron but Yuta brings him up. Omega ROCKS Yuta, ROCKS him again, but Yuta ROCKS Omega! And again! Omega wobbles, Yuta swings but Omega blocks to ROUNDHOUSE! Omega brings Yuta up, suplexes, but Yuta fights it! Omega goes up the ropes to use leverage but Yuta wrenches out to CLUB Omega! And HOTSHOT him! Yuta brings Omega to the corner, tears off the covering and STANDS on Omega on the crossbar! Fans boo and the ref counts, but Yuta lets off at 4.

Dynamite goes picture in picture as Yuta takes another cover off. NECKBREAKER to the top crossbar! Omega falls to the apron and Yuta soaks up the heat with double bicep flex. Yuta then builds speed to WRECK Omega with the baseball slide dropkick! Yuta soaks up more heat, paces around, and lets the ring count start. The fans rally for Omega and he stands up. Yuta swaggers out after Omega to SMACK him off the apron! Omega flops against the post but Yuta SMACKS him against it! Omega is dizzy, Yuta pushes him into the ring. Yuta then drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Omega is still in this but Yuta keeps cool.

Yuta chinlocks Omega and digs a knee in. The fans rally up as Omega endures. Omega pries at the hold, but Yuta pushes him to a cover, TWO! Omega crawls, but Yuta stomps him. Yuta clamps on the chinlock again and again digs his knee in. Omega endures, pries at the hold again, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Omega has the hold open and fans fire up! But Yuta powers the hold back on, and he leans on Omega’s head. Omega still endures, so Yuta pushes him down. SENTON onto knees! Omega saves himself and fans rally up. Yuta stands, Omega throws body shots! Fans rally as Yuta staggers away.

Omega throws more hands, then JABS! JABS! And JABS! JAB after JAB, but Y uta claws Omega’s face, then CLUBS him on the back! Yuta wrenches and clinches, but Omega fights the Olympic Slam to arm-drag! Omega then SLAM DUNK BULLDOGS Yuta down! Fans fire up as both men stir on the mat. The ref starts the standing count, and Omega drags himself up with the ropes. Omega stands at 5 of 10, swings and CLOBBERS Yuta! Yuta gets up in a huff but Omega CHOPS him down! Fans fire up as Omega spins, but Yuta ducks to kick. Omega blocks that to ROLLING ELBOW! And then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Yuta is still in this and Omega seethes. Yuta crawls to ropes, and Omega takes aim. BANG and Omega runs, but Yuta avoids the V-Trigger to LCUB Omega! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta is frustrated but he has Omega down in a drop zone. Yuta climbs, but Omega ROCKS him first! And CHOPS him! And then climbs up after him! Omega HEADBUTTS away on Yuta, then brings him around, to SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Omega crawls to the cover, TWO!! Yuta survives and Omega is beside himself. Omega drags Yuta up, ROCKS him with a forearm, but Yuta hits back.

Omega grins and fires himself up. Omega ROCKS Yuta, Yuta ROCKS Omega, repeat! Yuta pokes eyes! Yuta runs, but into a CHOP! But Yuta rewinds, shoots around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Yuta still has the waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta drags Omega up again, but Omega powers him to a corner! Omega throws elbows from all sides! Yuta runs up to fire off forearms and CHOPS! But Omega BOOTS Yuta down! Fans fire up as Omega goes corner to corner, but Yuta catches him! Omega fights the waistlock, switches and whips, to BLINDSIDE V-TRIGGER!

Omega full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON! Fans fire up as Omega hits another SNAP DRAGON!! Omega wants the hattrick and fans want it, too! Omega full nelsons but Yuta fights it! Yuta victory rolls, TWO!! Omega escapes, to V-TRIGGER!! And then Electric Chair Lift, but that bad neck makes it hard! Omega powers through, but Yuta spins out to drag Omega down! Turn and SEATBELT! TWO!!! Omega escapes and Yuta can’t believe it! Yuta hurries to run in, but into a POP-UP BOMB! Flip over and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!! Yuta is hanging tough and fans are thunderous as they both stand up!

Omega aims again, BANG! But wait, Don Callis storms down to the ring! The ref and security stop him, but that’s because this is a decoy! KONOSUKE is here! And he BLUE THUDNER BOMBS Omega!! Yuta goes up to FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!??!? Omega survives and Yuta is furious! But he just goes up top again, only for Omega to anchor him. Yuta reaches between his legs to get at Omega, but Omega gives him a STRAIGHT RIGHT HAND!! Then the Electric Chair Lift, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, Omega wins!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall

Konosuke & Callis tried to screw Omega over, but it didn’t work out! But then CLAUDIO gets in and he just beats down on Omega! Konosuke returns to help out, and fans boo as they dig their boots in. But here comes The Elite! The Bucks & Hangman have chairs and they use them on The BCC! They get Claudio with a BTE TRIGGER! The Bucks set Claudio up for Hangman’s chair, but the DARK ORDER runs out here?! They stop Hangman from doing any more damage, but why? We know about the Rampage trios match but why spare Claudio? Will The Cowboy have to whoop his old friends’ asses once and for all this Friday?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite here with a lot of great action. I will say, the Owen Hart Cup match of Britt VS Ruby was great stuff and also went how I expected. Ruby cheats Britt, she’ll probably cheat Skye depending on who is meant to win out of Willow Nightingale VS Athena. Sadly, Willow VS Athena is no longer Champion VS Champion, Willow just lost her NJPW Strong Women’s title this morning at NJPW Strong Independence Day. If only AEW did more than one woman’s match a show, they might’ve already faced off last week when Willow was still champ. But the silver lining is that maybe Willow gets to be in the finals.

Great stuff out of the Blind Eliminator Tag Tournament, too. Great opening promo where Darby motivates Keith to try, and great match. But Darby and Cassidy are both Faces, Keith and Swerve still have their own beef, so naturally the team that is united wins out. Though on the flipside, Menard & Butcher were put together cuz it won’t hurt either of them to lose like always, and we got great stuff out of MJF & Cole. That really was a fun little post match birthday promo, and combined with the promo with Roderick Strong, Cole could end up in a strange position where he actually likes MJF and has to choose if he wants the tag titles with MJF, or just the world title.

Good promo from Joe and Punk to hype up their match this weekend, and we’ll also get a great match out of Hobbs VS Starks to set up the Men’s Owen Hart Cup finals. Again, any combo is possible in my eyes, but I do think it’ll be Punk over Joe. Starks and Hobbs could go either way, but between Bullet Club Gold hating on Starks and QTV helping Hobbs, it feels more and more like Punk VS Hobbs should be the finals. Great Six Man Tag that of course The Acclaimed & Billy won. I dread what Harley Cameron is about to give us next week, because they’re going to make it purposefully awful rather than as good as Harley really can be as a singer.

Really good promo from Jericho with Callis, and what a twist that Jericho, on the verge of turning Face, is offered a chance to join Callis’ new group, which really does need to start growing already. This could be an opportunity for a lot of people not getting a lot of screen time and not really affiliated with any teams to get on Dynamite. Jericho saying “Maybe” is of course for the intrigue, but I do like that in his prom with Garcia & Guevara, Jericho is now the one saying they need to step out of his shadow and be their own men. Garcia & Guevara VS Hardy & Jarrett, I would think Garcia & Guevara win because Hardy & Jarrett can’t get along. Honestly, give me Garcia & Guevara VS MJF & Cole in the finals of this tournament, those guys are all great and this can all feed into story.

Great Moxley promo that was clearly made just moments after he had his Final Death match with Desperado, and it definitely keeps the beef between him and Eddie alive. Eddie won’t get to be in Blood & Guts because of the G1 Climax schedule, so that perfectly preserves Eddie VS Moxley for the rest of Summer, like going into All In or All out. And great main event from Omega VS Yuta, probably one of if not the best Yuta match in AEW. Of course Callis and Konosuke try to ruin it but Omega makes it through, and we get more great stuff from BCC and Elite.

I am disappointed that they apparently didn’t make it clear there was going to be more, like Dark Order showing up, because then they cut to The Cube which, while it’s surely a good show, I don’t care about compared to AEW. Hopefully social media gets what else happened, or that they make it known on Rampage’s 100th episode (which wow, it’s been that many already?) before the rematch happens. And I feel like for the mystery fifth men in each match (Bryan really is hurt and that forearm break was really serious), Kota Ibushi should show up for The Elite cuz Kenny, and there has to be someone truly shocking to join BCC. Someone who is currently Face that can turn, has links back to the other members, who knows, but it’ll be good stuff.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/18/24)

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

Deonna Purrazzo wants to tear into Thunder Rosa, but she’ll have to settle for Robyn Renegade first! Will The Virtuosa fine tune her style for La Mera Mera?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Lee Moriarty w/ Anthony Ogogo; Kyle wins.
  • Rush VS Cody Chhun; Rush wins.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade; Deonna wins.
  • Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ Billy Gunn; Cage wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kyle O’Reilly VS Lee Moriarty w/ Anthony Ogogo!

#CombatKyle may have lost out on the TNT Championship, but he isn’t going to stop the comeback over it. Will he build back up towards another title opportunity? Or will #TAIGASTYLE prove he’s the one deserving of those chances?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, Kyle and Lee tie up, Kyle waistlocks, but Lee wrenches out. Kyle wrenches to waistlock, but Lee sits to switch. Kyle switches, facelocks, wrenches, but Lee rolls and rolls until he rolls free. The fans rally as the two circle again. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, but Kyle gets under. Kyle lifts but Lee fights that. Lee lifts but Kyle fights that. Kyle tries again, but Lee trips him! Kyle uses his leg guard, trips Lee, knuckle lock cover! ONE as Lee gets an arm up! Kyle pushes it down, ONE as Lee gets the other arm up. Kyle puts that arm down, TWO as Lee bridges!

The fans cheer this technical exchange, Kyle jumps but Lee catches him! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Kyle scrambles around, slips free, ARMBAR! Lee clasps hands, stacks Kyle, TWO! Lee rolls Kyle to get the SLEEPER! Lee also has body scissors! But Kyle pulls on Lee’s leg, and that makes Lee let go of the sleeper! Kyle gets the leg, twists for a toehold, but Lee rolls over. Lee reels Kyle in, headlocks, then cravats. The fans rally, Kyle wrenches free to cravat back. Lee ELBOWS Kyle in the chin! Lee BODY SHOTS, then BODY SHOTS again! Lee runs but Kyle KNEES Lee low! Kyle snapmares, runs, then SLAPS Lee!

The fans fire up but Lee gets up. They get face to face, then go forearm to forearm! Kyle fires off fast strikes and he KICKS the legs out! Kyle wrenches to YANK the arm, then CLUBS it! Kyle wrenches, YANKS the arm again, then wrenches to an ELBOW- NO, Lee shoves Kyle away! Kyle runs up but Lee BUCKLE SHOTS him! Kyle staggers away, the fans are torn, and Lee runs up to KICK the bad leg! Ogogo applauds, Lee fires himself up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lee stomps Kyle down, drags him back up, and top wristlocks. Lee isolates that arm, flexes, and STOMPS the arm! Lee paces around, drags Kyle up, and SNAP HALF HATCHES! Cover, TWO! But Lee still has the arm and he hammerlocks it, to then SNAP LOCK it! Kyle endures, grabs at Lee, but Lee bridges and moves around. Lee traps the one arm, pulls on the other, and then makes it a RECLINER! Kyle endures as Lee leans back! Lee lets off as he loses the hold, but then he stomps the bad arm! Lee soaks up the heat as Rampage returns to single picture. Lee grinds Kyle’s bad arm, but Kyle fights up to throw body shots.

Kyle wrenches, ELBOW- NO, Lee has a SLEEPER now! Kyle rolls but Lee holds on tight! Kyle fights up to back suplex! Lee lands out, but Kyle KICKS! SLAPS! KNEES! KICKS! LEG SWEEP! The fans fire up and Kyle snarls as Lee goes to a corner. Kyle runs up to forearm smash! Kyle wrenches, ELBOW BREAKERS, and hits a BIG back suplex! HEEL HOOK! Lee endures and fights towards ropes! ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go, Lee stands, and Kyle KICKS the leg out! Kyle runs up but Lee dodges the kick to SOBAT! Kyle goes to a corner, Lee runs in, but Kyle blocks the boot! Kyle shoves Lee down, KNEES him, then reels Lee in.

Lee wrenches out of the suplex, to SNAP the fingers! Lee runs up to BOOT Kyle in the corner! Kyle falls, Lee covers, TWO! Kyle survives but Lee reels him in, BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Kyle endures, powers through to clasp hands, and he deadlifts Lee into a CAPTURE SUPLEX! Lee is dazed and Kyle slowly rises. The fans fire up, Kyle storms up, and KICKS Lee’s arm! Lee KICKS Kyle’s arm in return! Kyle KICKS again, but Lee KICKS again! They KICK and KICK and KICK! The fans are behind Kyle, both men block kicks, so they start throwing palm strikes! The fans are thunderous! Both men let the other go, but then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE!

The fans are thunderous as Kyle and Lee are both down! A standing count starts, both men slowly rise, and they stagger into each other. Lee gets Kyle first, suplex and- NO, Kyle knees free! GUILLOTINE! Lee wrenches free to RAM shoulders! Lee wrenches, to ELBOW- NO, Kyle wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER! Hammerlock, GUILLOTINE HOVERBOARD COMBO!!! Lee endures, and he uses his free arm to pry free! For HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Kyle drops into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! Lee is fading fast, but he deadlifts Kyle with the one arm! Only to go out! Kyle is free to PENALTY KICK!! Kyle gets Lee up, to ORANGE CRUSH into the ARMBAR! Lee taps, Kyle wins!!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

Shane Taylor Promotion takes another loss on the night, but it was a hell of a fight against Kyle O’Reilly! But Kyle is going to face Malakai Black this Wednesday, will Dynamite be The End of Kyle’s comeback?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

Lexy Nair is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn. First off, congrats on the recent success of the newest video. Thank you, Lexy. And Bowens is facing Brian Cage in tonight’s main event, how- Daddy Ass has us stop there. Let’s talk about everyone going crazy, running wild. The Embassy turning on Swerve, The Elite abusing their authority. Billy isn’t sure if Lexy has watched older wrestling, but Billy has a thing about authority. So if they wanna get wild, if they wanna go nuts, that is right up their aisle!

Caster says that’s right! He also thanks Lexi for saying those nice things about his song. But that song was about him and Bowens going back to the Tag Division. If you read the lyrics, which are great lyrics, but none of those team decided to wrestle The Acclaimed. Perhaps they’re a little too afraid to wrestle the best team alive. So they took the first match they could find, and that turned out to be Bowens VS Brian Cage 1v1. Sure, Brian is The Machine, but there are a lot of machines that are now antiquated, and we know Brian doesn’t have AI in his brain. In fact, he can’t update his software! It’s about time Bowens takes Brian to the junkyard!

Bowens says that’s right! Platinum Max & Daddy Ass said it themselves, there is a lot of chaos and madness going on in AEW! Bowens tells Brian and his cronies that they decided to side with The Elite, well you’re looking at the foundation of AEW! The best tag team alive, the best homegrown stars, The Acclaimed! That train is gonna roll right through Brian tonight, courtesy of the Scissor King! Because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! Say it again, EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!! The Five Tool Player is fired up, but will he need all those tools to dismantle The Machine?

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

El Toro Blanco is back again, and this time he is looking to reach the top of AEW. Will he stampede through everyone put in his path until he is adored with AEW gold?

The bell rings, the fans rally up with “FOUR C! FOUR C!” Chhun runs up but Rush dodges! Chhun hits buckles, then Rush CLOBBERS him! Chhun sits in the corner checking his jaw, but Rush goes to the far side. “If you mess with the bull…” You get BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Chhun to a cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Rush stands tall, but he doesn’t even care to celebrate, because this was more an inevitability than a victory to him. But then he sees Chhun stirring, and Rush drags him out of the ring! Rush CHOPS Chhun right down! Then he whips Chhun hard into barriers! The ref reprimands but Rush THROWS Chhun around again! Rush fires down fists, the fans boo as Rush DECKS Chhun! Rush won’t stop, he finds his favorite bright green cord! Rush LASHES Chhun, even as more refs rush out here! Rush CHOKES Chhun with the cord!! The refs all shout for him to stop, and Rush does. But he wants everyone to remember: Nothing happens unless HE says so!!

Rush storms off, spits on Chhun, and then grabs a chair! The refs warn him, so Rush simply stands on the chair to soak up the heat. Will nothing and no one stop Rush from rampaging his way to the top?

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

She notes that to close Collision, Lance Archer & The Righteous viciously attacked FTR after the match. Bryan Danielson walks out, Lexy asks for a medical update. Well, The Elite put a bounty on Team AEW’s heads, and it seems to have worked. FTR won’t make it to Dynamite next Wednesday. But the Elite also failed, because here’s the thing. The Elite wants to change the world? They don’t even show up on Saturdays! And the failure is that Bryan is still here! So this Wednesday, Bryan will be on Dynamite. The Elite can take whatever shot they want, but they better get it done the first time. Otherwise, they won’t like the consequences.

Bryan heads out, but are The EVPs going to make sure no one makes it to Double or Nothing to oppose them?

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

The Virtuosa is still seething over her many run-ins with Thunder Rosa, but it seems their rematch isn’t destined to happen just yet. Will Deonna one-up La Mera Mera by beating Robyn worse than Rosa did?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they knuckle lock. Deonna spins to wrangle Robyn, but Robyn rolls back. Robyn wrenches, wristlocks, but Deonna rolls, rolls and gets free. The fans cheer, Deonna smirks, but Robyn runs up. Robyn waistlocks, Deonna switches, but Robyn switches back. Deonna pries free to switch again, then she trips Robyn up. Deonna runs, Robyn stays low, then Robyn hits a rolling fireman’s carry takeover! Robyn runs up but Deonna ducks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Robyn staggers up into an arm-drag! Deonna has the armlock, the fans cheer, but Robyn endures.

Robyn fights up, Deonna hits another takeover, and she traps the arm. Deonna makes it a cover, ONE as Robyn gets the shoulder up. Deonna knuckle locks, wrenches, then clamps onto the arm. Robyn fights up to whip free, then runs to sunset flip! Deonna stays up, then slaps the arms away to clamp on an ARMBAR! Robyn fights around, flails, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deonna lets go at 4, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deonna stalks Robyn, brings her around and whips, but Robyn holds ropes. Deonna ROCKS Robyn, Robyn still holds ropes! Deonna ROCKS Robyn again, whips, but Robyn reverses. Robyn ducks the forearm, and the backhand, then clinches for a HALF NELNSON FACEBUSTER! Robyn fires up, she sits Deonna up, and runs to SHOTGUN her down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is frustrated, but she drags Deonna back up and bumps her off buckles. Robyn CHOPS Deonna, smirks, and winds up to CHOP again! Robyn says one more time, then puts some stank on it. But Deonna dodges to CHOP back! Deonna whips corner to corner, but Robyn reverses.

Robyn runs in, but Deonna puts her on the apron! Robyn ROCKS Deonna first, steps in, but Deonna ARM CODE BREAKERS! Robyn writhes, Deonna storms over, and Deonna drags Robyn up. Deonna knuckle locks, wrenches, then top wristlocks to wrangle Robyn. Deonna traps the arm for a SNAP LOCK! Cover, TWO! Robyn clutches the arm but Deonna is on her again. Deonna pulls on the bad arm, then top wristlocks. Robyn endures as Deonna thrashes the arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Deonna wrenches Robyn’s arm. Robyn ROCKS Deonna, but Deonna wrenches again. Robyn fires off a flurry of forearms and the fans fire up! Deonna shoves Robyn but Robyn LARIATS on return! The fans fire up with Robyn, then she wrenches Deonna to reel her in, put her in ropes, and KNEE her! Robyn runs to then STOMP Deonna down! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and Robyn is frustrated. The fans rally, Robyn drags Deonna up, then fireman’s carries. Deonna slips free, shoves, and BOOTS Robyn down! Deonna slashes her throat and vows to end this! The fans fire up as Deonna drags Robyn up.

Deonna Gotch hooks, but Robyn slips free! Robyn pump handles, but Deonna arm-drags free! Deonna BOOTS the lariat, ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA!! Robyn taps, Deonna wins!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

Deonna didn’t even need Venus De Milo, but then she puts that on Robyn anyway!! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Deonna makes Robyn suffer in Rosa’s place! But wait, here comes Thunder Rosa!! La Mera Mera rushes the ring, but Deonna runs away! So when does the part about regretting to mess with a Jersey girl come in? Rosa checks Robyn, and Deonna slithers back in! Deonna CLOBBERS Rosa from behind! Oh so that’s the part about Jersey? Rosa gets up, though, and Deonna retreats again. Rosa runs Deonna down and grabs her by the hair! Rosa drags Deonna back to the ring to RAM her into the apron!

The fans fire up as Rosa tells Deonna to fight her now! Rosa puts Deonna in, Deonna rolls out of the ring and runs into the crowd! The fans boo as Deonna flees into the night. When and where will Deonna have to give Rosa this fight?

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

“I have done things people dream about. I’ve made money, faced legends, won championship after championship after championship. And you might not wanna hear this, but that was easy. And that doesn’t mean I don’t relate. I understand a normal person put in my position would fail. Because since time began, when people wanted to see a star, they’d look up at the Sky. And all that does is put me in the perfect place to reach down and lift you all up here with me. So to all the fans around the world, I’m coming back. And I’m here for you.” But will this comeback finally be the time Scorpio Sky reaches the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

Lexy Nair says Sonjay asked for this time, what is on his mind? Sonjay says first off, he sure doesn’t need Lexy here so hit the bricks. Skedaddle, peace, see ya. Lexy sighs and leaves, and Sonjay says this is for Bryan Danielson. The Elite have put a price out on Bryan’s head, and Sonjay just got off the phone with them, they have worked out quite the deal. Bryan says he’ll be on Dynamite, and so is Sonjay. But no, Sonjay isn’t the one that’ll take him out once and for all. This Wednesday, it will be The American Dragon VS… The Indian Giant! Yeah, that’s right! The one in a billion, Satnam Singh!

And y’know what? Dragon meat is expensive, so hopefully he goes well with a little chicken masala. This Wednesday, it will be one hell of a cookout! Sonjay laughs to himself, but will Bryan be the one with the last laugh after taking on this giant roadblock?

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

Yes, Rampage returns to Friday nights next week, BUT at a special time of 6:30 Eastern, 3:30 Pacific! Make sure your DVRs know so you don’t miss this special Double or Nothing weekend edition!

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

The Machine turned on Swerve and then got beat by Swerve, crossing him off the list of top contenders. But will he reboot and head for other title opportunities? Or will The Acclaimed prove they can get it done in any division?

As always, Platinum Max has a diss track! “I heard Brian Cage got captain plans. We leave you bleeding so hard, you got menstrual cramps! Damn you are ugly, lookin’ pathetic. You are so small, get off the Ozempic! When did Brian Cage stop lifting weights? Beat him so bad, whip his ass into shape! Run you outta town just like Daim, because in Portland, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens then says, “PORTLAAAAND~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does~! The fans are fired up, but will Cage get his stuff in in response?

The bell rings and the fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Cage and Bowens circle, tie up, and Cage shoves Bowens away! Cage flexes, fans are torn, and Cage says to scissor that. Bowens has Cage hold on, and then Bowens flexes. The fans cheer for Bowens, and he does scissor that! Cage runs up, Bowens gets around, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Cage TOSSES Bowens to a corner, takes a swing, but Bowens dodges! Bowens CHOPS and CHOPS, but Cage shoves Bowens away. Cage runs up, Bowens gets under and kicks low. Bowens whips, Cage reverses, but Bowens goes up and over. Bowens hurdles, headlocks, but Cage powers out.

Bowens hurdles, slips around the lariat and DDTS! Cover, ONE!! Cage is tougher than that but the fans fire up behind Bowens. Bowens gets Cage up but Cage SPINEBUSTERS him! Cage says no more scissors! Cage storms up to RAM into Bowens! And RAM in again! And then CHOP! The fans “WOO~!” while Cage stalks Bowens. Cage bumps Bowens off buckles, then says one more time! NOT! Cage trolls the fans, whips Bowens, then runs up to UPPERCUT! LARIAT! SAIDO! Cage asks who betta but the fans are torn. Cage storms over to Bowens, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Cage CHOPS, ROCKS Bowens again, then CHOPS again.

The ref counts, Cage whips corner to corner, then runs up. Bowens dodges the splash, blocks the kick, CLUBS the knee then KNEE JAMMERS into a DRAGON SCREW! Cage writhes and flounders to the apron while Bowens catches his breath. Bowens storms up, brings Cage up, but Cage swings! Bowens ducks, feints, then kicks the legs out! Cage hits apron on the way down, and Bowens aims. Bowens slingshots but Cage moves, so Bowens just goes to the apron. But Cage blocks the Penalty Kick to bring Bowens down, POST BOMB!! Cage gloats, then leaves Bowens behind, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Bowens writhes, Cage goes back out to drag him up, and RAMS him into barriers! Cage brings Bowens around, SMACKS him off the apron, then drags him up again. Cage whips Bowens hard into steel steps! Bowens falls over in a heap, Cage flexes, then Cage refreshes the ring count. Cage drags Bowens up but Bowens pushes him away. Cage BOOTS Bowens down, then brings him up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Cage gloats some more, steps into the ring, and storms up on Bowens. Bowens kicks low, throws hands, but Cage JUMP KNEES! Cage digs his boots into Bowens at the ropes, lets off, and Bowens sputters.

Cage CHOKES Bowens again, the ref counts, and Cage lets off again. Cage drags Bowens up, scoops and uses him for bicep curls! Cage then TOSSES Bowens away! Cage swaggers around, flexes, and covers, TWO! Bowens KICKS Cage from below! And kicks him again! Cage KICKS Bowens, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS Bowens! Cage clamps onto Bowens with a chinlock and grinds him down! Bowens endures, Cage grinds him into the mat, but the fans rally up. Bowens fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Cage KNEES him away. Cage wags his finger, gloats a bit more, then runs corner to corner to forearm smash!

Cage soaks up more cheers and jeers as Rampage returns to single picture. Cage run sin, but Bowens BOOTS him! And BOOTS again! Bowens goes up, leaps, but Cage catches him! Cage suplexes, but Bowens cradle counters! TWO!! Cage escapes but Bowens ducks the discus! Bowens hobbles but he still ROCKS Cage, throws more hands, but Cage SOBATS! KICKS! Cage runs, Bowens follows. Cage dodges, Bowens redirects and spins Cage for Rock, Paper, Scissors, SUPERKICK! The fans fire up with Bowens! Bowens mule kicks, front kicks, runs and FAMOUSERS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Bowens can’t believe it!

The fans rally up and Bowens rises. Bowens waits on Cage, runs up to clinch, but Cage fires elbows! Cage waistlocks, full nelsons and SLAMS Bowens down! Cover, TWO! Cage is frustrated, but he wants Bowens to get up. Cage runs up, Bowens moves aside to KICK Cage in the ropes! Then DRAPING APRON DDT!! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Bowens rises, drags Cage up, and fireman’s carries! Cage fights that to POST Bowens! And ENZIGIRI! Bowens flops around the corner, Cage brings him up from inside! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Bowens is still in this and Cage is beside himself!

Cage starts up Terminator drums, the fans join in, and he drags Bowens up. Cage pump handles and lifts, but Bowens slips free of the driver! Bowens runs but Cage ducks the kick to roll Bowens up! Bowens rolls through, and he ducks the discus! The SOUTHPAW hits! Cage reels Bowens in, suplexes, DRILL- NO, Bowens slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! And SUPERKICK! Cage falls, Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but the fans fire up! Bowens huffs and puffs and fires back up! Bowens waits on Cage, fireman’s carries, but the bad leg stops him! Cage shoves Bowens at the ref!

Cage runs up, Bowens sends him at the ref! Bowens waistlocks but Cage LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Cage reels Bowens in! DRILL CLAW!!! Cover, Cage wins!!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

Bowens may be an excellent former Tag & Trios Champion, but sadly he isn’t at the level needed as a singles guy. Will The Acclaimed have to regroup and focus on going after The Elite? Will The Machine be granted golden opportunities by said Elite?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage to once again follow up Collision, but I’m relieved that next week is going to be a partial return to normal schedule. Because as great as the matches here were, they just felt thrown together to tangentially tell stories. For example, Kyle VS Lee was a great match but Kyle has beef with The House of Black but they didn’t want Kyle getting one over on Buddy or Brody before facing Malakai next Wednesday. Shane Taylor Promotions deserves a touch better than being fed to the bigger stories, but maybe they come around as a trio after Double or Nothing to face like Bang Bang Gang or something.

And even our main event was an example of this. Great promo from Acclaimed, great rap from Caster as usual, but also a good choice for Cage to still win out. Cage has done singles champ stuff, is going to be the singles champ guy in whatever the former Mogul Embassy becomes after this, or even just a singles guy all on his own. Rush of course squashes his opponent tonight but him going after Chhun after was a good touch. At the same time, I kinda wanted the ref to reverse the decision and disqualify Rush after the match, throwing him into a worse rage and beating up on Chhun more. And again, why no La Faccion Ingobernable? Donde esta Dralistico, Preston Vance y Jose?

Good match from Deonna VS Robyn but of course Deonna won. Rosa going after Deonna and Deonna running away was not what I was expecting, it’s rather disappointing, and why not just give us their rematch with escalated stipulations already? Deonna VS Rosa in a Last Woman Standing maybe? Iron Woman Match so that it goes right to half an hour? Something cool like that would really show Tony Khan finally wants to do more with the Women’s Division after promising it like two or three times already.

And very good promos from Bryan and Sonjay Dutt to set up Bryan VS Satnam. I would think Bryan wins, but there’s a good chance Team Triple J goes after him post match anyway. As I just said in the Collision article, Anarchy in the Arena being No Disqualifications of the highest level, we could actually get way more than just the eight men advertised as the roster starts choosing sides, a very Avengers Civil War/Endgame type situation.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (5/18/24)

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Chris Jericho puts the roster to the test!

In order to reach The Learning Tree, contenders will have to battle through an FTW Contender Series until only one remains! Who fights their way to a shot at The Ocho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo; Ospreay wins.
  • FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Hook wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero; Shibata wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages; Keith wins and advances.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy; Cassidy wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay; Deeb wins.
  • Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel; Wayne wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Bryan & FTR win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Aerial Assassin gave Roderick Strong one last warning on Dynamite, but this is about paying back that knockout shot last week! Will “OSPREAY! OSPREAY!” be cashing receipts tonight? Or will it be Rumble, Bad Man, Rumble?

But before things get going, here comes The Undisputed Kingdom. Roddy, Taven & Bennett walk on out, clearly not leaving things at the face to face on Wednesday. Roddy joins commentary, the bell rings and Ospreay runs up to SHOTGUN Shane! The fans fire up while Shane bails out! Ospreay aims and PLANCHAS! Down goes Shane and the fans fire up with Ospreay! Ospreay gets Shane up and puts him in, Roddy says “Good for him.” PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, ONE!! Shane gets up, Ospreay kicks and CLUBS him, then fires forearms! Ospreay whips but Shane blocks. Ospreay CLUBS and SOBATS, then reels Shane in.

Shane suplexes first! Ospreay slips free, waistlocks, but Shane switches. Shane shoves, HURDLES, then CLOBBERS Ospreay! The Kingdom applauds while Shane paces around. Shane talks some trash, drags Ospreay up, and HEADBUTTS him! The fans rally for Ospreay, Ospreay fires forearms, but Shane ROCKS him right back! Ospreay flops out to the apron, the fans boo Shane, but then Taven talks smack. The ref tells Taven to back off, Shane tells The Kingdom this is how you finish the job! Shane CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay sputters with the air going out of his lungs! Shane mocks the fans, Roddy says keep up those chops.

Shane stands Ospreay up against the post, tells Roddy to watch this, but then Ospreay POSTS Shane! Ospreay runs up to TORNADO- NO, Shane stops that and pops Ospreay around! Ospreay slips free, and shoves Shane into The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Roddy is furious! Ospreay SPLASHES Roddy with The WOOOO Energy! But while the ref is busy with The Kingdom, Ogogo sucker punches Ospreay! The fans boo but Ogogo soaks up the heat, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane looms over Ospreay, drags him up, and brings him around to put on the apron. Shane CLUBS away on Ospreay, the ref counts, and Shane goes up the apron. Shane runs  and APRON LEG DROPS! Ospreay sputters and flounders away, but Shane storms in after him. Shane paces, the fans rally up, and Ospreay fires forearms in return! Shane KNEES low, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Ospreay writhes, Shane shoves him to a cover, TWO! Ogogo says it’s that close. Shane talks trash on the fans, then drags Ospreay up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay goes to a corner, and Shane storms up to HEADBUTT him!

Shane BODY BLOWS Ospreay and Ospreay staggers away. Shane talks Ospreay, ROCKS him again, and Ospreay drops to his knees. Shane drags Ospreay back up, to JAB! JAB! And JABS! Ospreay drops to his knees again, but Shane brings him right back up for a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures the squeeze as Collision returns to single picture. The fans rally, Ospreay fires forearm sand gets free! Ospreay fires more shots, but Shane CHOPS! Ospreay staggers, grits his teeth, and the fans fire up! But Shane CHOPS again! Ospreay headbutts the buckles to fire up! Shane CHPOS, Ospreay CHOPS, and Ospreay CHIOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS!

Shane CHOPS again, Ospreay staggers away, and Shane whips. Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Roddy says so much talent, but Ospreay is still an idiot child fraud! The fans rally up for Ospreay, Ospreay kips up, and he runs up to BOOT in the corner! Ospreay shoves Shane away, goes up top, and BLINDSIDE CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Shane is tough but Ospreay loads up the arm! The fans fire up as Ospreay aims, Ospreay runs in, but into a KNEE! Ospreay swings, Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves, and then HEADBUTTS! Ospreay wobbles, Shane reels him in, URENAGE! Shane SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Shane is shocked!

The fans fire up as Shane huffs and puffs. Shane brings Ospreay back up, scoops, but Ospreay fights around to Electric Chair and spin! But Shane blocks the rana to POWERBOMB! Shane stands Ospreay back up, but Ospreay ducks a lariat! The SOUTHPAW finds Ospreay! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and even he’s surprised! The fans are thunderous, Shane grits his teeth and drags Ospreay up. Shane runs, but into a SPANISH FLY?! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and Roddy is mad that Ospreay even did that! But then The Kingdom stand in Ospreay’s way! Ospreay redirects, OS- NO, Shane blocks, scoops, MARCUS GARVEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?

Shane is losing his cool while The Kingdom is losing their minds! Shane tucks Ospreay, lifts, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay BOOTS, “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay goes up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay first, then climbs up. But Ospreay slips out to tuck Shane in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And AGAIN! Ospreay fires up, THIRD CHEEKY NANDOS! Then Ospreay uses the corner to help with the Canadian Rack! STORM BREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Kingdom is in shock seeing the BIGGEST Stormbreaker ever! Ospreay glares at Roddy as Roddy steps to the apron. But The Kingdom flanks the ring, get in and mug Ospreay! The fans boo as Bennett & Taven beat Ospreay down! They double whip, but Ospreay holds ropes! Ospreay then DUMPS both Taven & Bennett out, BOOTS Roddy off the apron, then FLIES to take out Taven & Bennett! The #BillyGOAT gets away clean, will he be able to take The Kingdom down and bring the International Championship home to The Don Callis Family?

 

Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley says, “At Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, Konosuke Takeshita-san will try to score himself a shot at the IWGP (World Heavyweight) Championship. He’s been a hell of a blue chipper for quite some time. Now, he’s got a new attitude, some new representation. And he came after me. Me. Trying to put a big ol’ notch in that gun belt. Hey, I get it. I’ve done far worse. What’s my secret? What’s the secret of the BCC? When you stand where I stand in this sport, you get used to being a target. How do we survive? Guys like you, The Callis Family, you’re in it for the gold, you’re in it for the green and chasing fame and fortune, adulation, Instagram, all that.

“BCC, we don’t give a rat’s ass about any of that. We do this because this is who we are. This is our nature. We don’t hunt because we are hungry, we hunt because we are lions. We like it. We never, ever play for money. We play for blood.” Claudio Castagnoli adds that a lot of times, he’s the voice of reason here. Even when no one listens, it’s fine. Things just keep repeating and repeating and he doesn’t like standing here to talk to the camera, because it is the most awful thing to do. What matters is going out there and showing it week after week! And y’know how many people stand back here and tell you how good they are? How great they are?

They have passion! They practice their lines in the mirror! Then they come here, tell you how really, really good they are, and how it’s just been their dream all their lives. And it’s all fake! So fake because they don’t live it one day of their lives. It’s like The Emperor’s New Clothes. Only the BCC can see it. They see through the fake, through the facade. They see through it because while others try to make a name off BCC, that’s a big mistake. You are dealing with the real deal right here! Moxley likes it. Takeshita, you started this game. At Double or Nothing, the BCC finishes it. Will The Maniac tear down The Alpha and send a message to the rest?

 

BREAKING NEWS for AEW’s “Path to All In!”

The first-ever AEW “Summer Series” is heading to the Arlington ESports Stadium, and will be based there for six whole weeks! Collision on Saturday, July 20th, ROH Death Before Dishonor on Friday, July 26th, Collision on July 27th, Collision on Thursday, August 1st, then Saturday, August 10th AND Saturday, August 17th! Make sure you get your tickets starting in June so you can be part of this inaugural event!

 

AEW hears from Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

It was backstage after Dynamite that The Learning Tree, after getting patched up, told Hook, “Wow, I can tell that I touched a nerve there when you hit me with that microphone and made me bleed my own blood.” But Hook, Jericho isn’t mad. It tells him that Hook is learning what it takes to be a champion again. Hook was the “For The World” Champion, and will be again some day, but it’ll take some time. Hook is still learning. Jericho is glad Hook is in the #JerichoVortex and hit him hard enough to make him bleed. It really hurts, but y’know what? It also makes Jericho proud. Makes him proud to see Hook get a little more serious! This is serious business!

This is what The Learning Tree is here for! To make Hook a better person and a better wrestler, both inside the ring and out. Jericho will need stitches, and will gladly get them. Because it is proof that Hook is learning what The Learning Tree is teaching. So in a roundabout way, thank you, Hook. And good luck in the qualifiers. Wow, that really hurts. Really got him with that mic. Hook is “learning,” but will he be the one teaching Jericho a thing or two?

 

FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Learning Tree is giving opportunities to those who are worthy, but it will still come down to who is the most deserving. Will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil prove he’s the only one deserving? Or will Johnny #SendHook to the back of the line?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Hook. The two circle, Johnny tests the waters with kicks. The two tie up, Hook headlocks, and Hook wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Hook hits a SAYANAGI, and Johnny staggers to his feet. The fans rally as the two circle again. They tie up, Johnny ROCKS Hook! Hook wrenches back to SAYANAGI again! Hook clamps on for a wristlock, but Johnny fights up. The fans duel, Johnny fights up and trips Hook up. Johnny runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Hook is tougher than that but Johnny rains down forearms and elbows! The fans duel more as Johnny keeps throwing down shots!

Hook wants an arm but Johnny slips around to cravat. Johnny cranks the neck, Hook endures and fights up. The fans rally and duel, Hook pries at the hold to then power Johnny into a SAIDO! Hook runs up to LARIAT! Johnny staggers back up, Hook clinches and throws knees! Hook TOSSES Johnny across the ring! Johnny gets up in a huff, kicks, but Hook catches him! LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Hook and he storms around. Hook brings Johnny up but Johnny JAWBREAKERS! Johnny ROCKS Hook, Hook ROCKS Johnny! Hook fires more shots, but Johnny kicks low! Hook dodges the lariat, but almost runs into Taya!

The ref reprimands Taya for being on the apron, but Hook turns around into a FLYING CHUCK! Johnny goes to the corner, climbs up, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS as Hook moves! Hook is mad now, and he clamps on for REDRUM!! Johnny fights but Hook has the hooks in! Johnny TAPS, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is now moving on to Dynamite’s Triple Threat #1 Contender’s match! Will he make Jericho regret not just giving him the match?

As Hook heads out, Shibata makes his entrance! The Wrestler is also in this series, and he gives Hook a fist bump as they cross paths. Will Shibata join Hook in that Triple Threat? Or will Azucar make things sweet?

FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero!

The bell rings, the two shake hands, and the fans cheer. Shibata and Rocky circle, the fans rally up, and the two feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata gets around to waistlock, but Rocky switches. Shibata switches, Rocky goes for a leg, but Shibata waistlocks again. Rocky wrenches out to a wristlock but Shibata spins and wrenches back. Rocky rolls but Shibata wrangles him! Shibata double wristlocks, but Rocky powers Shibata to ropes. Shibata still holds onto the wristlock as Rocky tries to whip. The fans rally, Rocky throws knees and powers out this time. Shibata stops himself to stomp Rocky on the back!

Shibata gets a leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~!” as Rocky endures. Shibata puts on pressure, but Rocky crawls for ropes! ROPEBREAK, and Shibata lets go quickly. Shibata stomps Rocky, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again. Shibata runs, but Rocky catches him into an IRON OCTOPUS! The fans cheer while Shibata endures! Shibata fights up, pops free and throws Rocky down! And it’s back to the FIGURE FOUR! Rocky endures again while fans “WOO~!” Shibata puts on the pressure, Rocky pries at the main leg, but Shibata pulls on Rocky’s legs. They roll, roll, and end up in the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, the leglock is undone, and Shibata brings Rocky up to bump him off buckles. Shibata fires forearms, UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again. Shibata goes corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Rocky kicks again, Shibata bocks, so Rocky reel shim in for an UPPERCUT! Rocky goes up and jumps, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Rocky stands and he stomps Shibata. Shibata sits up, Rocky KICKS him in the back. Rocky wrenches an arm, YANKS it, then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS Shibata in the bad arm, then brings Shibata around. Rocky turns Shibata over, traps the right arm and he pulls on the bad one, SACRIFICE! Shibata writhes and clutches the elbow. Rocky storms up to hook that bad arm and KNEE DROP! Rocky drags Shibata up, wraps the bad arm around the ropes, and then digs his boots in. Rocky CHOPS, Shibata drops to his knees, but Rocky wrenches again. ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS the bad arm again! And again!

Rocky cravats to snapmare Shibata, then runs to basement dropkick! Rocky fires up and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, Rocky KICKS Shibata in the arm! Shibata eggs Rocky on and the fans rally up. Rocky KICKS again, but Shibata stands! Rocky KICKS, and KICKS, but Shibata just steps into them! Shibata DECKS Rocky and the fans fire up! Rocky is dazed but Shibata brings him up. Shibata CHOPS and the fans “WOO~!” Shibata CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS and UPPERCUTS and runs, but Rocky dumps him out! Shibata stays on the apron, and gets a SLEEPER! The ref counts, Rocky wrenches free to HOTSHOT the arm! Rocky reels Shibata in through ropes, to KICK, KICK and he goes up! MISSILE DROPKICK!

The fans fire up, Rocky drags Shibata to a cover, TWO! Rocky frowns but stays focused as he brings Shibata up. Rocky cravats, Shibata pushes out of Sliced Bread! Rocky’s leg jams, Shibata CLOBBERS him! Shibata comes back, leg scissor takedown into the HEEL HOOK!! Rocky flails, reaches out, but Shibata keeps him back! Rocky crawls his way over, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans are torn as Shibata lets Rocky go. Shibata stomps Rocky, drags him up, and fires off forearms. Shibata UPPERCUTS, then stomps Rocky down. Shibata goes corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up but Shibata’s not done!

Shibata hits a HALF HATCH, then covers, TWO! Shibata clamps on a SLEEPER! Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, pops free to somersault clutch, TWO! Shibata swings, Rocky gets under and backslides, TWO! Shibata escapes, gets a leg, ducks the enzigiri but not the REWIND! Rocky rolls up deep, TWO!! Shibata escapes again and the fans fire up! Rocky and Shibata reset, Rocky UPPERCUTS, then HAYMAKERS! Rocky runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Shibata runs to PENALTY KICK! Then he gets Rocky’s legs, for the FIGURE FOUR!! Rocky endures, flails, but he’s at center! Rocky TAPS, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

And with that, we’re two thirds of the way to that contender’s match! Shibata shows Rocky respect, Rocky shows it back, and Rocky tells Shibata to go win that title. Will The Wrestler get past the Triple Threat to get another shot at Jericho?

Well, just like Shibata did with Hook, Bryan Keith makes his way out while Shibata’s leaving. The Bounty Hunter gives The Wrestler a tip of the hat, will this be the final piece to the puzzle? Or will things get literally much bigger for Dynamite?

As the Iron Savages make their entrance, Jacked Jameson tells “all you fat morons, skinny idiots, and Low T Losers to shut up.” The fans boo instead, but Jameson says he rode the Max Rail Line from the airport to the hotel downtown, and all along the tracks, it is filled with trash! Now that they’re here in the Moto Center, it’s funny, because it’s also filled with trash! The fans boo being insulted, but Jameson says he can’t wait to leave this dump. But this is the Sauce Hoss, Beefcake Boulder! He’s sippin’ sauce, livin’ hoss, and taking everybody to #TIDDYCITY! And then he just attacks Keith!!

FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages!

The bell rings and Boulder fires big elbows and clotheslines into Keith in a corner! Bulky Bronson and Jacked Jameson cheer him on, but Keith slips free of the scoop! Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then runs, but into a BOOT! Boulder drags Keith up, scoops him again, and flexes as he carries Keith around. POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Keith is tougher than that but Boulder tells Jameson to pass him that Savage Sauce! Jameson gets on the apron but the ref tells him to hop down. This is all a distraction so Bronson can get involved! Boulder brings down the straps but Keith sends Bronson into Tiddy City!

Bronson falls, Keith BITES them tibbies! The fans fire up, Keith runs, but Boulder ELBOWS him down! Boulder goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Boulder wobbles, Keith goes up and reels him in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat)

Now that was a BIG win for Bryan Keith! The Triple Threat is set, will The Bounty Hunter be just one step away from having his prize?

 

Backstage interview with Pac.

Lexy Nair has found The Bastard somewhere in the bowels of the arena, and says that last week, The Bang Bang Gang had a message for him. Does Pac care to respond? Pac says he couldn’t care less! But obviously, he saw their little message. Credit where credit is due, those guys are very funny chaps. Hilarious, even. And typically, they’re naughty behavior would really ruffle his bastard feathers. But not today. He couldn’t care less. Pac hasn’t felt a thing in weeks! And you expect him to care about those idiots?! In fact, let this be an open invitation! Make him feel something! Make him feel anything, boys! He’s begging you, daring you! Make him care. Try harder.

And as for Lexy, just leave him alone. She nods and leaves. The Bastard is in no mood, but will that all change the next time Bullet Club Gold takes aim at him?

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

AEW returns from break, and wait! They’ve attacked Pac! They drag him out here on stage! Jay White kneels beside Pac, gets a mic, and makes Pac sit up. “I bet you care now, don’t you? Bastard.” The Switchblade & The Gunns leave Pac down and out, and White says he told Pac to stay out of their business. Is Pac going to heed the Bang Bang Gang’s warning? Or is he only going to escalate things from here?

 

The Patriarchy speaks.

Christian Cage tells Nick Wayne, “You have a match right here tonight on Collision. And it’s jut a precursor to this coming Wednesday on Dynamite, because you are gonna be facing… Swerve Strickland. I know you’re ready for it. Yo have our support.” Nick thanks Christian, and says he’s been meaning to talk with him. A year ago, when Swerve jumped him in the garage, Nick was just a boy. A kid. But ever since teaming with Christian, he has changed. Nick is now a man! And tonight, this is just a warm-up. Nick knows he can beat Swerve on his own. Nick heads out, Christian & Mother Shayna beam with pride. Will Swerve’s House soon end up in Wayne’s World?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy!

Freshly Squeezed is certainly feeling out of sorts after Trent Beretta made things all about #JustTrent. But likewise, Private Party might have to get serious as sadly, Marq Quen is again on the shelf. Cassidy or Kassidy, who wins to get themselves back on the right track?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Cassidy as he and Kassidy circle. Zay runs up, Cassidy trips him but Zay kicks him away. Things speed up, Zay hurdles, Cassidy leaps over, then they keep moving. Cassidy arm-drags, Zay needs a moment, and the fans fire up. Zay runs up, Cassidy dodges, but now Zay arm-drags! Cassidy hobbles up, blocks a hip toss, then he wrenches to a backslide! TWO, and Cassidy reels Zay in! Zay rolls Cassidy, TWO! Cassidy sweeps to cover, ONE! Zay sweeps to cover, ONE! They keep going back and forth, then Zay goes Matrix! But Cassidy powers him down, ties the legs up, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

The fans fire up while Zay endures, and Zay pops free to cover! TWO, Cassidy avoids a boot, then shows punch! Zay stumbles back, the fans fire up! Zay bails out and wants a timeout. Cassidy does give him time on the outside, and Zay paces around. The ring count climbs, Zay hurries up but Cassidy BLASTS him off the apron! Cassidy builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Zay avoids the desk! Don Callis is watching backstage and approves. Cassidy goes out after Zay to ROCK him with a right, then Cassidy refreshes the count. Cassidy ROCKS Zay again, refreshes the count again, taking a pause to lounge on the apron.

Cassidy DECKS Zay this time, then he puts his hands up. The fans cheer as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy runs up at Zay, to SHOTGUN him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Cassidy kips up. Cassidy stalks Zay, drags him up, and whips him into more barriers! But wait, Trent is walking down the bleachers! Th efans boo but Cassidy is distracted, and Zay attacks! Zay CLUBS away, then shoves Cassidy down. Zay whips Cassidy, Cassidy reverses, Zay goes up the barriers! Zay flips up and over, then RAMS Cassidy into barriers! BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Trent pretends to be concerned as Zay puts Cassidy in.

Zay climbs up, leaps, but Cassidy gets away! Zay rolls, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Zay drags Cassidy up, whips Cassidy into a corner hard, and Cassidy tumbles up and out! Trent applauds, the ring count starts, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Zay leaves Cassidy behind, Cassidy rolls his way towards the apron but the count is 5 of 10. Cassidy stands and rolls in at 7, only for Zay to DROPKICK him back out! Zay then goes out to get Cassidy, and whips him hard into barriers! Zay mocks the hands in pockets, then he stomps away on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up and puts him in the ring, then slingshot SENTONS! Zay mocks the hands in pockets some more, then soaks up the heat with a mocking thumbs up. Zay then mocks the “devastating” kicks! Zay kicks and kicks, but Cassidy fires body shots in return! Zay gets around to hit a BIG back suplex!

Zay talks trash, stalks Cassidy, then drags him up. Zay CHOKES Cassidy on the ropes, but the ref counts. Zay lets off at 4, argues with the ref, then drags Cassidy up. Zay whips Cassidy hard into buckles! Cassidy falls in a heap and flops right out of the ring. Zay drags steel steps over, talks a little trash on Trent, then grabs Cassidy. Zay SMACKS Cassidy off the steps, talks a bit more smack on Trent, but Trent tells him to focus on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up to the very top of the steps, and Trent says go ahead. Zay lifts, Collision returns to single picture, but Cassidy fights back! Cassidy back drops Zay to the floor!

The fans rally for Cassidy as he gets in the ring. Cassidy grits his teeth, Trent frowns, and Zay rolls back in. Cassidy drags himself up with the ropes, the fans rally, and Zay storms up, but into counter punches! They go back and forth, Zay eggs Cassidy on, so Cassidy ROCKS him again and again! Zay RAMS Cassidy into a corner, then reels him in, to suplex! STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! The fans fire up, Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! The fans fire up again while Trent scowls. Cassidy grits his teeth, kips up, and the fans cheer! The elbow pad comes off and Cassidy throws it at Trent! Cassidy aims at Zay, for the ORANGE- NO Zay ducks!

Cassidy tries to Alabama Lift but the back gives up! Zay CLUBS away, reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy powers up! Zay sunset flips, TWO!! Cassidy escapes, kicks, but Zay blocks and flips him off! Step over WHEEL KICK! The fans rally, Cassidy goes to a corner, and Zay runs up! Cassidy sends him into buckles! Cassidy runs in, Zay dodges, Cassidy tumbles up and out! Cassidy bumps Zay off buckles, runs him side to side for another! And then another! but Zay triangle jump STUNNERS! Cassidy wobbles, Zay reels him in, but Cassidy back drops him to the apron! Zay gets up, Cassidy BOOTS him! Zay BOOTS back!

Cassidy roars, DOUBLE BOOTS send both men down! The fans fire up as Cassidy and Zay flounder around. Cassidy sees Trent, the ref has them both calm it down! Trent says he’s just watching, he’s a good boy. Zay CALF KICKS Cassidy against barriers! Zay puts Cassidy in, but Cassidy comes back! Zay dodges the Orange Punch and it almost hits the ref! Cassidy turns around, dodges Zay, but the ref ends up helping Zay with SILLY STRING!! Cassidy staggers up, Zay runs, tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Zay keeps going, he climbs a corner! SWANTON BOMB to Cassidy’s back! Cover, TWO!!! Zay can’t believe Cassidy survives!

The fans rally, Trent is upset, but Zay drags Cassidy up and reels him in. Cassidy lifts to BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Trent is disappointed but Callis is pleased. Is Cassidy really going to end up turning to the dark side- er, Don Callis Family? Lexy interviews Trent at ringside, saying we saw him attack his former best friends. And now he’s here in the front row to watch the match. Clearly, this is far from over. Trent says being here ringside, it is plainly obvious that he is a better wrestler than Cassidy! The fans boo but Trent says the only reason Cassidy won was because he cheated! Trent claims Cassidy is a sociopath who thinks rules don’t apply to him! But they do! Rules matter!

But while we’re all out here, Trent wants to issue a challenge for Double or Nothing! A straight up wrestling match! Trent VS “that narcissist,” Orange Cassidy! Cassidy DECKS Trent!! Cassidy drags Trent over the railing, security separates them fast! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but we’ll see that soon enough. Will Trent suffer for what he did? Or will his delusional ego fuel him until he’s gotten rid of all his former Best Friends?

 

Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is preparing to take on the AEW Women’s World Champion, “Timeless” Toni Storm. Double or Nothing is just over a week away, will Deeb use the Star of the Show to tune-up for the leading lady?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Deeb throws her shirt at Anna, then kicks her low! Deeb CLUBS away, reels Anna in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Deeb keeps on Anna by tying her up in Paradise! Deeb sits on Anna while Anna is stuck! Deeb then rallies the fans, runs up and DROPKICKS Anna out of Paradise! The fans cheer, Deeb brings Anna up, but Anna fires off forearms! Anna whips, ROCKS Deeb, then snapmares. Anna runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Deeb staggers up, Anna reels her in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Deeb stumbles away, Anna ROCKS her in a corner! Anna whips Deeb corner to corner, runs up, but blocks boot!

Deeb reels Anna in to KICK Anna, then slips out to the apron. Deeb avoids Anna’s shoulder thrust, to get her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! The fans cheer Deeb as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb storms in, drags Anna up, ripcords and ELBOWS her, then wrenches to hook Anna up, IRON OCTOPUS! Anna endures, even as Deeb bends her fingers! Anna fights her way forward, ROPEBREAK! Deeb holds until the ref counts 4, then she whips. Anna reverses but Deeb turns hip toss into takedown! Deeb sits down, has the legs, and turns Anna over for the SEATED SURFBOARD! Anna endures as Deeb rocks the boat, then Deeb lets off to hook the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Anna escapes, but Deeb TOSSES her out! Deeb runs up, but Anna ROCKS her back! Anna storms in, but Deeb gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Deeb runs, and she BLASTS Anna off the apron! Deeb then storms out after Anna, drags her up, and reels her in. TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! Anna flounders, Deeb fires up, and Deeb gets Anna into the ring. Cover, TWO, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Deeb has Anna in a COBRA TWIST! Anna endures, pries at the hold, and HIP TOSSES free! The fans fire up as Deeb stands up, and Anna cradles! TWO, and Anna dodges Deeb to CLOBBER her! And ELBOW her down! Anna fires up, runs corner to corner, ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! Anna whips corner to corner, runs in, LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up and Anna whips again, but Deeb reverses. Anna still catches Deeb for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Anna hurries to get Deeb up, whips her to ropes, but Deeb dodges now! Deeb dodges again, then LARIATS Anna down! Deeb fires up and the fans are torn.

Deeb stalks Anna to a corner, runs up, but into a BOOT! Deeb roars, blocks the boot, ELBOWS Anna and hooks her up in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Anna hobbles, Deeb reels her in, but Anna switches! Deeb switches, Anna fights the nelson and elbows Deeb. Deeb shoves Anna to SNAP GERMAN! Then Deeb wrenches, hammerlocks, and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO!! Anna survives but Deeb keeps her focus. The fans rally for Deeb and she brings Anna up. Deeb reels Anna in, but Anna wrenches out to HOOK KICK! Anna runs, Deeb follows, CHOP BLOCK! Then Deeb stomps the bad leg, drops an elbow on the knee, then drops another elbow!

But Anna gets the QUEENSLAYER!! Deeb pushes back to a cover, TWO!! Anna lets Deeb go, gets her back up, Gory Especial! But the bad leg stops her! Deeb backslides Anna, rolls her through and reels her in! Deeb tucks the arms, for the DEEB-TOX!! But that’s not all, Deeb kicks Anna over to get that leg! HALF CRAB! Wait, Luther is out here? He is taking Deeb’s banner?! Anna TAPS, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

Deeb sees what that butler is up to, and she’s furious! Deeb can’t believe Storm would be so petty as to have her manservant take her banner! Mariah May walks out here now, she and Luther hold the banner open for all to see, but what’s this about? Oh well here comes Toni Storm herself! The Leading Lady looks at the banner, and strips behind it!? The banner is now a dress that wraps around Storm as she kicks off her shoes! Deeb is even angrier now, and she chases after Storm! Storm and entourage run away, will Deeb strip Storm naked of that Women’s World Championship?

 

Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel!

The Prodigy of The Patriarchy, the honorary son of Christian Cage, is looking to get payback on Swerve himself next Wednesday. But will he be ready to make AEW into Wayne’s World? Or will he struggle to even get past the acrobatic wonder that is Jack Cartwheel?

The bell rings, Wayne runs up to BOOT Jack down! Wayne stomps away on Jack, lets off to soak up heat, and then takes aim again. Wayne runs corner to corner, but Jack cartwheels away! And cartwheels again! Jack runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Wayne bails out, Jack CARTWHEEL KICKS him down! The fans fire up for Jack, and he builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP, emphasis on flop! Wayne avoided disaster, then gets Jack up and into the ring. Wayne says he’s too smart for that, and he rains down fists! The fans boo as Wayne lets off, and he slams Jack down. Wayne stands on Jack’s face, scrapes him, then PENALTY KICKS him!

Wayne flexes and soaks up heat, then goes back to Jack. Wayne pats Jack on the face, goes up and up, into WAYNE’S WORLD!! Wayne goes to cover, but then says no, that’s not good enough. Wayne sits Jack up, tells Swerve that he’ll be waiting. “Whose House?”! HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Wayne wins!

Winner: Nick Wayne, by pinfall

Message sent, but surely The Realest doesn’t sweat Nick Wayne. Will Swerve make Wayne’s World come crashing down? Or is this a trap game so close to Double or Nothing?

 

Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

It would seem there’s a bounty out for The Elite’s opponents in Anarchy in the Arena. The American Dragon, Cash & Dax don’t mind, though, because they’re always down for a fight! Will AEW’s Top Guys prove to the EVPs that if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself? Or will The Murderhawk Monster alongside good o’ Dutch & Vincent show that #EverybodyDies?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against Vinnie. The fans rally up, the two circle, and they tie up. Dax puts Vinnie in a corner, Vinnie turns things around, and Vinnie smothers Dax. Vinnie throws body shots, lets off as then ref counts, then throws more body shots. Vinnie brings Dax around to scrape off the ropes! The ref reprimands, Vinnie lets off, and he whips corner to corner. Dax hits buckles hard, and Vinnie gets in Dax’s face! “This is for the EVPs, man!” Vinnie whips corner to corner, Dax reverses and CHOPS Vinnie down! Dax snap suplexes, drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax keeps Vinnie from his corner, tag to Cash.

Dax feeds Vinnie to Cash’s knees, then Cash fireman’s carries. He and Dax work together, assisted GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cash headlocks, Vinnie powers up but can’t power out. Cash hits a takeover, grinds Vinnie down, and Vinnie fights up. Vinnie powers up, drops down then ELBOWS Cash! Vinnie says, “Dig what I’m saying?!” Vinnie stalks Cash to the corner, tags Dutch, and The Righteous mug Cash! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Dutch DECKS Cash. Dutch scoops Cash to SLAM him down! Dutch smirks at Dax, then drags Cash up. Dutch whips, Cash goes up and over and keeps moving! He even ducks the boot!

Dutch scoops, Cash slips out to JAB! JAB! JAB! Cash bobs ‘n’ weaves then DROPKICKS! Tag to Dax, FTR double whip Dutch to double body shot, and DOUBLE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Dutch is tougher than that but Dax keeps on Dutch. The fans want Bryan, Dax whips but Dutch reverses. Dax BOOTS back, goes up, FLYING BULLDOG! Archer gets in to choke grip! Bryan and Cash make the save, Vinnie joins in, and it is a brawl! The fans fire up as Bryan TOSSES Vinnie! Cash ROCKS Archer, Dax throws Dutch out! Bryan runs Vinnie into barriers, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Bryan has people move aside so he can sit Vinnie in the corner. Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan then runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Vinnie into barriers! Bryan revels in the cheering, FTR keeps after Archer and Dutch. Cash CHOPS Archer, Bryan SMACKS Vinnie off the apron, and Cash high-fives fans before he CHOPS Archer again! Cash leaves Archer behind so he can help Dax with Dutch. Vinnie turns things around on Bryan, Cash HEADBUTTS Dutch! Cash puts Dutch in the ring, then scares Vinnie off. Bryan & FTR regroup, but Archer still gets a shot in on Bryan!

The teams regroup, Dax DECKS Vinnie before getting in the ring. Dax runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Dutch BODY CHECKS him! Cover, TWO! Dutch looms over Dax, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Vinnie, the Righteous mug Dax, and the ref counts. Vinnie slaps Dax around, brings him around and snapmares, then clamps on a chinlock. Vinnie squeezes tight but Dax endures and Collision returns to single picture. The fans boo but Dax endures. Dax fights up and the fans rally up. Dax throws body shots, but Vinnie ROCKS Dax! Vinnie puts Dax up top, climbs up after him, but Dax throws hands in return!

Vinnie falls back, but Dutch storms up! Dax throws hands on him, too! Dax then leaps, but into a BOOT from Vinnie! Vinnie then BASEMENT FLATLINERS! Cover, TWO! Vinnie drags Dax up, puts him in the corner and tags Archer. Archer BODY BLOWS, then he ROCKS Dax! Dax flops through ropes, but Archer brings him back in. Archer runs corner to corner to ELBOW! Archer keeps moving, and he ELBOWS Dax again! Archer keeps going, but Dax dodges! The fans fire up and Dax storms up. Archer puts Dax up top! Archer ROCKS Dax, then inverted crucifix lifts! But Dax CLAWS Archer’s face and BITES his forehead!

Dax steadies himself up top, but Archer STEP UP KNEES! Archer runs again, but only gets buckles! Archer staggers, Vinnie tags in! Vinnie gets Dax’s legs, but Dax kicks Vinnie away! Dutch tags in, runs up, but Dax avoids the elbow drop! Hot tag to Bryan! The fans fire up as Bryan fires off forearms! Dutch stays up so Bryan CHOPS, CHOPS and KICKS! The fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every KICK! Bryan whips, Dutch reverses but Bryan goes up and over! Bryan keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to LEAPING LARIAT! Portland is thunderous as Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Bryan winds up, BUZZ- NO, Dutch ducks it!

Dutch shoves Bryan to ropes, Bryan stops himself, and Dutch runs up. Bryan dumps Dutch out, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Dutch hits railing! The fans fire up as Bryan puts Dutch back in! Bryan goes up, Dutch stands, Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Down goes Dutch, Bryan kips up! Vinnie runs up, Bryan dodges! Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Bryan & Cash coordinate, cash DROPKICKS Dutch! Bryan DROPKCISK Dutch while Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Cash PLANCHAS Vinnie, Bryan runs, but manages to escape the Scrapbuster! Bryan wrangles Dutch into the omoplata! Dutch fights around, but ends u in the LEBELL LOCK!

Archer STOMPS Bryan! Cash runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Archer gets Dax, for the CHOKE SLAM!! Archer roars, he and Vinnie stomp away on Bryan! The fans boo but Dutch joins in. Dutch then tags Vinnie, The Righteous gets Bryan up, AUTUMN SUNSHINE!! Cover, Cash breaks it!! But Archer SHOVES Cash out! Vinnie goes up, Archer runs in but Cash sends him into steps! Bryan trips Vinnie! Cash tags in, Bryan goes up! Cash goes to the adjacent corner! Bryan has Vinnie for the SUPERPLEX!! That’s the Power, Cash SPLASHES for the Glory! Cover, Dutch runs up! Cash moves, Dutch SPLASEHS Vinnie!

Cash fires off on Dutch, then runs to LARIAT! Archer BOOTS Cash! Archer hoists Cash up top, but Bryan’s back! BUSAIKU KNEE! But Dutch hits a SCRAPBUSTER! But Cash hits a TORNADO DDT! Vinnie has Cash for a roll-up! TWO!! Vinnie back suplexes but Cash lands out! Dax gives Cash a lift up and over, then Vinnie turns around into the SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, Bryan & FTR win!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

Three-fourths of Team AEW made it work, and surely The Elite is not happy about this! But then The Righteous attack! Archer hits Bryan with an APRON CHOKE SLAM! This was never about the match but about the damage done! AUTUMN SUNSHINE for Dax!! Archer goes looking under the ring while The Righteous get Cash up. Vinnie finds a chair! Archer CHOKES Dax, Dutch JAMS Cash with the chair! That chair is set down, Archer uses another to JAM Dax again and again! The fans boo, but no back-up is coming with Eddie injured and Darby absent. Archer lifts Cash, for a FULL METAL BLACKOUT!!

Cash writhes on top of the steel, but the torture isn’t over! The chair is put on top of Dax and Vinnie goes up! FULL METAL SWANTON BOMB!! But here comes Daniel Garcia! He has a chair, too! Garcia JAMS Archer, DECKS Vinnie, then hits a SAIDO on Dutch!! Garcia runs up to clothesline Dutch up and out! The fans fire up as Garcia runs off Vinnie and Archer, too! But was the save a little too late with FTR suffering the worst of it? Are The Elite going to make sure there’s no one to even be on Team AEW?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of Collision here, and of course more is set up for Double or Nothing. Very good promo from Moxley and Claudio, and Moxley VS Takeshita is made, but it will just be an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship  Eliminator, not a straight up title match. Maybe that means Takeshita wins so that he earns a title match for Forbidden Door, and then he loses there. Though, if that’s the case, Moxley must be getting past Evil at NJPW Dominion just a few weeks before Forbidden Door. Moxley’s great in the ring and all but I’m starting to agree with Shota Umino in his interview, where he said NJPW should not be some feeder to AEW.

Interesting for AEW to have Collision stationed in one spot for a six week stretch like that. Is this to make up for bad ratings/attendance for Collision? I mean, if they keep Collision interesting during that time, sure. Having something like tonight’s FTW Contender Series could help. I figured Hook would make it in, and same for Shibata. It seems the new attitude for The Iron Savages won’t count towards anything on AEW programming, Keith took Boulder out pretty easy. Hook VS Shibata VS Keith is going to be great stuff, and seeing as Jericho’s promo naturally called out Hook, there’s a good chance Hook wins. Though it’d be a great twist in the story if it wasn’t Hook or even Shibata but Keith getting his shot so that he can have another PPV title match under his belt.

Great stuff out of Ospreay VS Taylor, and I figured Ospreay would win. Great little brawl of him fighting off The Kingdom, though I was kinda hoping at least Kyle Fletcher would show up to connect the dots on Don Callis Family backing each other up. Great match of Cassidy VS Kassidy, even with Trent showing up ringside as a partial distraction. Great win for Cassidy, and Cassidy VS Trent is now made for Double or Nothing. That could go either way depending on how this courting of Cassidy goes for Don Callis, which also probably relates to how things go for Ospreay in that International Championship match. I still don’t want Cassidy to go Heel and I still don’t see Callis making a Face run work.

Very good promo from Pac to call out Bang Bang Gang, and wow I didn’t think Bang Bang Gang would get him so soon. Still unclear if this becomes a trios thing even though the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions do need to defend those titles at some point. But even just Pac VS White 1v1 would be awesome stuff, would love to see it. Good promo from The Patriarchy, and of course Nick Wayne wins, even though this has also been his first singles match in months. He sure isn’t beating Swerve but that probably ends up just a set-up so the Patriarchy can beat Swerve down, keeping the go-home math in Swerve’s favor.

Very good match from Deeb VS Anna, and what an out of the box move for Storm to take Deeb’s banner and make it a dress. Still hard to say what happens at Double or Nothing, but the fans are still just so in love with Storm, it doesn’t feel like she’s losing the title. And great Six Man Tag main event, great win for Bryan & FTR but I should’ve figured there’d be a beatdown. Garcia making the save is great, and honestly it’s a little surprising he wasn’t “the fourth man” over Darby. Garcia has teamed with FTR before, there’s history with Bryan when Garcia was torn between Bryan and Jericho, something about that makes even more sense than Darby just not liking The Bucks & Jack Perry.

But at the same time, Anarchy in the Arena being No Disqualifications, Garcia can still get involved to help. In fact, many AEW wrestlers could get involved to turn this into AEW’s Avengers Civil War/Endgame whatever. Which would be a great way to top off the PPV that makes five years of AEW, honestly.

My Score: 8.7/10


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