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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/30/23)

It’s WrestleDream Eve!

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There’s a Collision in Seattle!

Before AEW starts a “new chapter” with WrestleDream, it is an All-Star Collision 8 Man Tag! Will FTR and BCC work together to take down their enemies?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Andrade El Idolo VS Juice Robinson w/ The Gunns; Andrade wins.
  • The Kingdom VS Best Friends w/ Rocky Romero; The Kingdom wins.
  • Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Vertvixen; Julia wins.
  • Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Jericho & Omega win.
  • The Righteous VS Travis Williams & Judas Icarus; The Righteous win.
  • WrestleDream All-Star 8 Man Tag: Bryan Danielson, Wheeler Yuta & FTR VS Ricky Starks, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Aussie Open; Starks, Bill & Aussie Open win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks’ team speaks.

Big Bill tells Bryan, Yuta and FTR that it is time to go trick or treating, because he is handing out size 16 Timberland boots like they’re Halloween candy. Boo! Kyle Fletcher of Aussie Open says that for 365 days, they’ve waited to get back in the ring with FTR. Mark Davis says to shine those championships up, because tomorrow night, they’re takin’ ’em! Starks pretends to get a phone call and says the people on the other end promises everyone’s getting their asses kicked! No previews, just spoilers!

Bryan Danielson’s team speaks.

Cash Wheeler says tonight, they give everybody a little preview of WrestleDream. And Yuta says he’ll give Starks a preview of the ass kicking Starks is getting tomorrow. Bryan says they’re in his hometown of Seattle, so let’s go! Dax adds #TopGuysOut, but will they be on top after this All-Star main event?

 

Andrade El Idolo VS Juice Robinson w/ The Gunns!

While the Face of Latino Wrestling ran afoul of Bullet Club Gold and lost to Jay White, Jay White seemingly ran afoul of MJF and got beat down by a gang of mysterious masked minions! Rock Hard is raging, will he take his anger out on Andrade? Or will Andrade avenge himself from last week’s Collision?

The bell rings and the ref already has to back down an angry Austin & Colten. Andrade shoves Juice, Juice shoves Andrade, and they go forehead to forehead. The fans taunt the ‘ASS~ BOYS~” as Juice eggs Andrade on. So Andrade trips Juice and goes for the legs! Juice scrambles away to the outside and regroups with the Gunns. Fans rally for Andrade as he goes out after Juice. Juice hurries away, slides back into the ring, and Andrade slides in. Juice drops an elbow but misses as Andrade moves! Andrade goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Andrade kicks and snap suplexes! Uno amigo and fans fire up!

Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Then some Latino Heat and THREE AMIGOS! Fans fire up as Andrade covers, TWO! Andrade keeps on Juice as he puts him in a drop zone. Andrade climbs, but Juice bails out again to join the Gunns, but Andrade ARIHARA MOONSAULTS them all down! Fans are thunderous as Andrade stands tall! Andrade puts Juice in the ring, Juice complains about hair pulling, but that’s to distract so the Gunns can anchor Andrade! Juice BLASTS Andrade off the apron and into the desk! Juice soaks up the heat, argues with the ref again, and the Gunns mug Andrade! Fans boo as Colten gets extra stomps in!

The Gunns taunt Andrade but the ref tells them to back off. Andrade slowly stands up but Juice is on him with a scoop and SNAKE EYES off the apron! Then an ELBOW knocks Andrade down! Juice slides in, the Gunns continue to mock Andrade, but Juice drags Andrade up to the apron. Fans boo more as Juice facelocks and turns Andrade for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, the Gunns tell the ref to do his job, and Juice stands Andrade up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Juice says Andrade’s gonna quit, but Andrade CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Andrade runs but Juice ELBOWS him down! Then SENTONS! Cover, TWO!

Juice storms around, brings Andrade up and whips, but Andrade blocks! Fans rally as Andrade and Juice struggle for control. Juice gets the whip but Andrade reverses it, to then clothesline in the corner! Andrade climbs up and fans fire up as he rains down fists! Andrade gets nine but Juice FLAPJACKS on the tenth! Then he RAMS Andrade into buckles! The Gunns coach Juice to stay on him, so Juice CANNONBALLS! Juice soaks up the cheers and jeers as Collision goes picture in picture.

The Gunns talk a lot of trash but Juice storms up on Andrade again. Juice drags Andrade up to bend him against ropes! The ref counts, Juice lets off, but Austin CHOKES Andrade! Then Colten CHOKES Andrade! They let off but the ref warns the Gunns. Juice drags Andrade up to snap suplex! Juice mocks Latino Heat, then goes up a corner. Juice FROG SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Andrade hangs tough while Juice argues the count. The ref says it was fair, so Juice drags Andrade up. Andrade CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Juice pokes him in the eye! Juice snapmares and wraps on a chinlock to grind Andrade down.

Andrade endures, fights around, and Collision returns to single picture. Andrade fights up as fans rally, and he throws body shots! Juice CLUBS Andrade, then back suplexes! Juice blows snot on Andrade! Fans boo but Juice grins and looms over Andrade. Juice kicks Andrade, eggs him on, “Let’s hear it for lucha libre!” Andrade SLAPS Juice! And CHOPS! But Juice reels Andrade in! Andrade lands out of the back suplex, gets a leg and hits a DRAGON SCREW! Then another DRAGON SCREW! Juice hobbles, swings, but Andrade dodges to CLOBBER him! Both men are down and the fans fire up!

Andrade kips up and the fans are thunderous! Andrade blows some snot on Juice! Wait, CJ Perry is watching this backstage, typing into her phone. She seems rather interested in this match, is she going to look to manage El Idolo? The Gunns coach Juice but Andrade goes up top, to MOONSAULT! Juice moves, Andrade MOONSAULTS again, but onto knees! Juice saves himself twice in a row, then LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Juice is frustrated as Andrade survives, but the fans rally up. Juice brings Andrade up, calls his shot, but Andrade slips free! Juice ROCKS Andrade, but swings into a clinch! BUCKLE SHOT!

Fans fire up and the Gunns panic as Andrade rises again. Andrade slaps his legs and the fans fire up! Andrade goes corner to corner, but the ref is used as a shield! The fans boo, but then Juice pokes Andrade in the eyes! Juice stands up to throw the LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Juice reels Andrade in, gets him up, FALLING POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Andrade survives and the Bang Bang Gang can’t believe it! Juice goes to a corner and fans are torn as he climbs up. Andrade stands, Juice aims, CROSSBODY! But Andrade rolls through to get the legs! But Juice cradles, TWO! Juice runs in, CORNER HIP TOSS!

Juice sits up, into CIEN SHADOWS!! Andrade pushes Juice to center, has the legs, and fans “WOO~!” But Colten distracts the ref and Austin runs in! But the ref sees Austin and that plaque! Austin hands that off to Colten but the ref EJECTS the Gunns! The fans fire up as the Ass Boys are done! Andrade grins, turns back to Juice, but Juice rolls him up! With tights! TWO!! Andrade ducks the leg lariat, boot feint to ELBOW!! Cover, TWO?!? Juice survives but Andrade snarls! Andrade drags Juice up, reels him in, hammerlock and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

The woes for Bullet Club Gold keep piling up! Andrade avenges himself from last week, will CJ Perry look to build her stable around him?

 

Backstage interview with Kenny Omega & Chris Jericho.

Tony Schiavone is with the Best Bout Machine and The Ocho, and says that not just for the first time on Collision but the first time anywhere, these two are teaming up! Jericho says this is a big deal! For the last four years, AEW has been built on the animosity between Omega and Jericho. From the Tokyo Dome to the first Double or Nothing to the first Stadium Stampede match, Omega VS Jericho has been nothing but stellar. They’ve been at each other’s throats. But that is why, on WrestleDream Eve, before facing the Don Callis Family, Kenny & Jericho are going to figure out how to even coexist and be on the same page.

Omega says the match is set in stone, a Six Man Tag of Omega, Jericho & Kota Ibushi VS Ospreay, Takeshita & Guevara. Tonight, this right here is about coexisting. But it isn’t about “What kind of double team moves can they do? Can the win the gold together?” No. Omega and Jericho still don’t like each other. And never will. They’re not going to go to each other’s birthdays, Christmas parties, Thanksgiving dinners and the like. But Don Callis and his “family” is bigger than this. So this weekend, Omega promises to have Jericho’s back. Does Jericho have his? Yes, Jericho will have Omega’s back.

Jericho knows that tonight, it is The Gates of Agony, and tomorrow the Don Callis Family! The Demo God & The Cleaner will take them all out! Will the Winnipeggers be winning together? Or will they fall apart?

 

Toni Storm: Portrait of a Star, part 2.

The Lightning From Down Under again sits with RJ City, but she’s fussing with her hair. If this is a bad time, he can come back. No, no, they’re here, just roll. Then what would Toni say is the peak of her career? Peak? What? Is this not her peak? What’s he implying? Nothing, just that… Well, she failed to take the AEW Women’s World Championship back in her match with Saraya, and it just seems like- It seems like nothing! Toni peaks, peaks and peaks again! Call her when RJ has one. Then she takes RJ’s hand to tell him this business can be a cruel mistress.

She does miss the old days. It was a simpler time, a happier time. Slap on a backwards hat, slap a pie in someone’s face, they all love you. But now it’s, “What have you done for us?” If you don’t bleed and cry every week, you won’t get a good write-up! Pardon her for being a star. And if the world has forgotten what that looks like, then chin up, chest out, and she’ll just have to remind us all. Then she mistakes RJ for having taken her hand as a come-on. No, he’s not doing that all! He is not flirting, coming or anything. Then what’s his problem? Is she not good enough for him?! Uh… To be continued!

 

The Kingdom VS Best Friends w/ Rocky Romero!

Matt Taven & Mike Bennett are just so concerned with Roderick Strong that they’re bringing their luggage out with them so they can hit the road once this match is done. At the same time, they don’t think Trent Beretta & Chuck Taylor are as good of friends as they say. Will The OGK expose them as weak friends? Or will the Best Friends prove The Kingdom isn’t as #NeckStrong as they think they are?

The teams sort out and Best Friends go right after The Kingdom! They double whip, the Kingdom reverses but Best Friends both KICK back! And then Best Friends reel The Kingdom in! Mike & Taven bail out, they’re not ready to test their necks like that. They regroup, fire back up, and Mike runs in. The bell actually rings now and Trent CHOPS Mike down! Trent throws hands, stomps Mike towards the corner, and CHOPS! Tag to Chuck, Best Friends double whip to double shoulder! And even double double gun! Chuck wrenches Mike to a BIG back suplex! Cocky cover, TWO! Tag to Trent, and Best Friends set Mike up to CHOP!

Mike sputters, Taven steps in but Trent storms up on him. Taven backs away, and Mike kicks Trent low! Tag to Taven, feed to a BOOT! FOREARM! MISSILE DROPKICK! Because “IIII’M Matt Taven!” Chuck tags in to CHOP Taven down! Chuck keeps on Taven, whips, but Taven reverses and Mike gets a cheap shot in. So Chuck DECKS Mike! Taven BOOTS Chuck and Mike drags Chuck out, but Chuck ROCKS Mike! Taven WRECKS Chuck with a dropkick! But then Trent PLANCHAS onto Taven and throws fast hands! Fans fire up as Trent runs in at Mike, but Mike THROWS him into railing!

Chuck SUPERKICKS Mike! And SUPERKICKS Trent! Chuck runs in at Mike, but Mike drop toeholds him into a chair! All four men are down but Mike grins as Collision goes picture in picture.

Mike stands on the chair to flex, and then Taven brings Chuck around to put in the ring. Cover, TWO! Taven keeps on Chuck, Mike blows a kiss to the camera meant for his wife, Maria, but Chuck fights back on Taven! Taven blocks a kick, tags Mike, and Mike trips Chuck to CATAPULT him into Taven’s GAMANGIRI! Then the MACHO ELBOW BACKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! The Kingdom is annoyed but Mike drags Chuck up and puts him in an open corner. Mike CHOPS Chuck, then ROCKS Chuck, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Taven, and Taven suplexes for a GOURDBUSTER! Mike hits the BOSTON BAYONET! Cover, TWO!

The Kingdom is further annoyed but Taven drags Chuck up. Chuck throws body shots, but Taven spins him for a ROLLING NECKBREAKER! The Kingdom is in control as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Mike runs into a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Mike falls, Chuck staggers, hot tag to Trent! Fans fire up as Trent rallies on Mike! Then hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Taven goes up, leaps, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! The Kingdom end up in opposite corners, Trent runs to ELBOW Mike! Taven runs in but is sent into Mike! Trent then ELBOWS them both! Trent goes up while The Kingdom staggers around, and Trent DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Trent as he brings Taven up. But Taven ENZIGURIS! But Chuck hits him with SOLE FOLD! Trent hits a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

Trent grits his teeth, and he brings Tavne up to back suplex. Taven lands out to CHOP Trent on the back! Tag to Mike, they whip Trent to the corner, and Taven hits a GAMANGIRI! Mike hits a forearm! Taven hits a SPLASH! Feed to the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER, then JUST THE TIP! Cover, Chuck breaks it! Taven TOSSES Chuck, then goes out after him, only for Chuck to send Taven into steps! Chuck whips Mike but Mike rebounds, BOSTON BAYONET! Mike hurries to move the steel steps around, and he drags Trent out. Mike brings Trent over and up the steps, but Trent fireman’s carries! STEEL DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Trent drags Mike off the steps while fans lose their minds, and Trent puts Mike in. Chuck Electric Chair Lifts, Trent goes up, BUSAIKU KNEE DOOMSDAY! Fans fire up as Best Friends stand, and HUG! You GOT to give the people what the want! Chuck reels Mike in, Trent intercepts Taven! DOUBLE PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, ROPEBREAK?! Mike survives by a literal foot! Trent can’t believe it, but he tags Chuck in. Only for Taven to trip Chuck! Trent DECKS Taven, but Mike PUNCHES TRENT IN THE WIENER!! Taven goes up while the ref is checking Trent, Mike PUNCHES CHUCK IN THE WIENER!!

Mike reels Chuck in, Taven leaps, MIND BREAKER PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall

The Kingdom proved they’re #NeckStrong and that they’re willing to sink to any lows just to win! Mike gets the mic to say, “Wiener punch! Piledriver! Roddy Strong!” Taven says they gotta go! They got redeye flights to go back to Roddy! This isn’t for any of the “Melvins” in Seattle or the people at home! This message is for one person, and that is Adam Cole! Taven knows Cole has doctors appointments all week and even delayed his surgery. Please, if The Kingdom means anything to him, meet him at Roddy’s house! Or maybe go get surgery, “ya selfish bastard!” Just kidding, but if they mean anything to Cole, then meet them at Roddy’s.

And don’t worry, Roddy, they’re just six hours away. Stay #NeckStrong for them! What is The Kingdom getting at, guilting Cole over his ankle injury and Roddy’s neck pain?

 

Backstage interview with Don Callis and Prince Nana.

Alex Marvez says it is Jericho & Omega VS The Gates of Agony, and so he wants to get a word the managers. What is Callis doing talking to Nana? Callis leaves and Alex asks Nana what this is about. Nana brings up a saying: If you dig deep into the universe, you will find something there that is very, very unique. And tonight, once The Gates finish with Omega & Jericho, “we in the money~!” Is creepy Callis paying Prince Nana a boatload to make sure neither Omega nor Jericho make it to WrestleDream? Will his investment pay off?

 

AEW takes a closer look at WrestleDream’s TBS Championship match.

Julia Hart says, “Little girl, little girl, you are so young. And now you didn’t even see your full potential, until we showed you. Now, you are reborn.” The Lady of the House of Black has torn into the division, and now has this title opportunity. Kris Statlander doesn’t want to tear Julia down, but she is a fighting champion. She is THE Fighting Champion. And a “spooky little b*tch” like Julia is no match for Kris.

Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Vertvixen!

Well, that “spooky little b*tch” is in action not even 24 hours before the title match. Will the Lady of the House have even more momentum going into WrestleDream? Or is this a trap game before taking on the Galaxy’s Greatest?

The bell rings and the two approach. Vert swings, misses and Julia ROCKS her! Then LARIATS! Julia thrashes Vert around, then lets off with a primal yell! Vert scrambles to ropes, Julia storms up on her and CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Julia lets off at 4, and Vert sputters and cough. Julia stomps Vert, brings her up, but Vert throws heavy hands! Julia bumps Vert off buckles, then throws hands! Julia runs corner to corner to handspring and clothesline! Julia keeps moving, and she KNEES Vert in the corner! Julia snapmares, then KICKS Vert in the back! Julia drags Vert up, thrashes her around some more, but fans rally.

Vert throws hands, Julia CLUBS Vert and whips her to another corner. Julia runs in but Vert dodges! Vert runs up but into a BOOT! Vert wobbles, blocks the next boot and she ROCKS Julia! Fans fire up, Vert throws another forearm, and then runs corner to corner. But Julia DOUBLE STOMPS her down! Fans fire up as Julia glares at Vert. Julia steps on Vert, goes up the corner, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, Julia wins!

Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall

The Lady of the House now hits 28-0 going into the title match! And she gets a mic to tell, “Oh~ Kris~! I don’t think I can’t wait until tomorrow. I think you should come out here right now!” And so here comes the champ! But she’s not alone, she has her Best Friends with her! Mama Kris storms down the ramp, Chuck, Trent & Rocky following. Kris gets in the ring but Brody of course stands in her way. But that’s what the boys are for! Julia has Brody stand down, and then Kris has Best Friends stand down. Kris eggs Julia on since she called for this fight! Julia raises her hand, but then smirks and backs out.

Fans boo, it seems Hartless is also gutless. Kris gets the mic to tell Julia that she can run away tonight. But tomorrow, she will be in the ring with not only the TBS Champion, but the Defeater of the Undefeated! Fans cheer that reference, and Kris tells Julia that the clock is ticking. Tomorrow night, WrestleDream, TIME’S UP! Will Mama Kris put little Julia to bed? Or will the House Always Win?

 

Claudio Castagnoli speaks.

The Swiss Superman says that though he lost the ROH World Championship, he has never felt so good to have a weight lifted off his shoulders. You don’t need to be a champion to act like one. You just need to find what keeps you going. And what keeps him going is this sport. And there is an event dedicated to the sport he has dedicated his life to, he will challenge anyone who thinks they are man enough to step to him! So Josh Barnett accepts! Everyone loves talking about challenges. How they’ll overcome this, how they’ll conquer that, and claim to lay something out so that they can be at the top of the mountain.

But every so often, people really aren’t ready to endure what they set forth. War is ageless, and the ring is a field of combat. Wherever there is a ring, you will find him. Tomorrow night, WrestleDream, Barnett will show Claudio what a challenge can become. This match is made for the Zero Hour, who is truly #WarReady?

 

Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!

Two rivals united by a common enemy are looking for retribution at WrestleDream! But will The Ocho & The Cleaner make the ultimate duo in AEW? Or will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona do Don Callis’ dirty work?

The teams sort out and fans rally for “KENNY! KENNY!” while Jericho starts against Liona. Fans then rally up for Jericho as he circles with Liona. Nana is upset at just how loud the fans are for Jericho. Jericho and Liona tie up, then Liona shoves Jericho. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Liona just HEADBUTTS Jericho down! Liona drags Jericho up to CHOP him to the corner. Tag to Kaun, Liona RAMS into Jericho, then backs off. Kaun SLAPS Liona to fire him up, and then whips him in to SPLASH Jericho! Feed to Kaun’s LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Kaun stomps Jericho’s hand, then drags him up.

Kaun puts Jericho in a corner, tag to Liona and the Gates mug him! The ref counts but Nana loves it. But then Jericho fights back with haymakers! Liona & Kaun mug Jericho again, choke him, and fans boo! The ref has to keep Omega back, and then reprimands the Gates. Liona whips Jericho, but Jericho KICKS back! Tag to Omega and fans fire up! Omega GAMANGIRIS Liona, bumps him off buckles, and again, and again, and again! Liona just roars! Omega ducks the haymaker to HOTSHOT Liona away! Omega then hurries to a corner, climbs up, and CROSSBODIES! Omega keeps moving and he brings Liona around.

Omega tries to suplex but Liona’s too big! Liona suplexes Omega but Jericho makes the save! Jericho & Omega manage to DOUBLE SUPLEX Liona! Fans fire up and even they’re surprised that worked! They fist bump, and Omega brings Liona around. Tag to Jericho, they mug Liona with elbows and CHOPS! They double whip, but Liona blocks! Liona ROCKS Jericho, ELBOWS Omega, then DOUBLE CHOPS! Liona runs, Omega & Jericho dodge to DOUBLE SHOULDER Liona down! Fans fire up and they haul Liona up. Jericho CLUBS Liona, CHOPS him, then brings him over to tag Omega.

Jericho throws some headlock punches, then Omega CLUBS Liona. Omega CHOPS but Linoa shoves him. Omega kicks and CLUBS and CHOPS Liona, then wrenches. Liona reaches out, but Omega keeps him from Kaun. Liaon braeks free but Omega blocks the shot to CHOP! And CHOP! Omega runs, but Nana trips him up! Liona then runs to CLOBBER Omega into Jericho! Nana is happy now as Liona drags Omega up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Kaun, and the Gates mug Omega. Kaun brings Omega around, snap suplexes, and then rolls to wrench and waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Kaun drags Omega up again, but Omega throws elbows! Kaun ducks under to hit the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaun’s take on Three Amigos didn’t finish this, but he tags in Liona. The Gates double whip Omega, then Kaun runs in. Omega boots, Kaun blocks, and he puts Omega in ropes to DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Liona adds a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Omega hangs tough and Nana is upset, but Liona CHOKES Omega on ropes! The ref counts and fans rally, and Liona lets off. Liona brings Omega up but Omega throws hands! Fans rally but Liona URENAGES! Tag to Kaun, and he pushes Omega for a cover, ONE!

Kaun drags Omega up and CLUBS him! Nana tells Jericho to shut up, and then Kaun puts Omega on ropes to CHOKE him, and CLUB him! The ref counts as Kaun CLUBS away, but Kaun lets off at 4. Liona CLAWS Omega’s face! Nana even gets some shots in! Fans boo, but the ref sees Liona step on Omega. Kaun tags Liona and kicks Omega out. Liona CLOBBERS Omega against the desk! And RAMS him into the apron! Liona CLUBS Omega, but Omega throws elbows! Liona HEADBUTTS Omega, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Nana is frustrated but Liona drags Omega up.

Liona scoops Omega to put him on ropes, to throw KNEE after KNEE! Fans still rally for Omega but Liona dumps him down. Tag to Kaun and Kaun slingshot SENTONS! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Omega survives but Kaun is amused. Kaun drags Omega up, but Omega throws body shots! Kaun KNEES low, then distracts the ref so Liona can BITE Omega! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but then Kaun runs in, only for Omega to go up and over and stand, to RAN- NO, Kaun blocks that to hoist Omega up! Omega RANAS on the second try! Fans fire up as both men crawl! Kaun grabs at Omega’s leg but Omega kicks free, hot tag to Jericho!

Jericho dodges Kaun, BLASTS Liona, then rallies on Kaun with big shoulders! Kaun dodges, but Jericho just goes up and AX HANDLES! Nana is furious as Jericho hits the LIONSAULT! Fans are thunderous as Jericho gets the legs! Kaun resists, kicks free, and stands, into a CHOP! Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS and whips, but Kaun reverses. Kaun runs but into a BOOT! Jericho runs, but Kaun dodges and Liona CLOBBERS Jericho! The Gates haul Jericho up, fireman’s carry for a GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, Omega breaks it! Liona storms up but Omega fires off haymakers! Omega CHOPS and CHOPS but Liona TOSSES him to a corner!

Liona runs in but Omega ducks! Liona hits buckles and tumbles to the apron! Jericho triangle jump DROPKICKS! But then Kaun rolls Jericho up! TWO, and Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER! Omega runs in at Kaun, V-TRIGGER! Fans fire up more as Omega keeps moving, and he FLIES onto Liona! Direct hit at the ramp! Jericho trips Kaun, turns him over, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Kaun endures, Nana freaks out, but Nana taps! Jericho & Omega win!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega, by submission

The Ocho & The Cleaner shake hands, having successfully become a team! And now they will add the Golden Star, Kota Ibushi, against Sammy Guevara, Konosuke Takeshita & Will Ospreay! Jericho gets a mic to say, “Alright, Seattle! I have to say, after what you just saw, Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho proved we can coexist together!” Fans cheer that! Omega says Jericho said it himself, coexistence is NOT part of a grand scheme to become the greatest team in AEW. This is bigger than that! This is about Don Callis, who when Omega was brainwashed, never listened to the fans telling him, “Creepy Don this, Creepy Don that.”

Omega never believed the fans because he was blinded. But now Omega has seen the light, and all it took was for Callis to spend $30,000 just so he and Takeshita could fly to Japan and hurt the ones Omega loves. It hit Omega right in the heart. But Omega says it will take more than an assault to make Omega turn his back on his friends. And Ibushi, who has lived a life of fighting, takes a beating like that as an invitation! So tomorrow, WrestleDream, aside from the fact it is a PPV, that it is another chance for each and every one of the fans here to meet them, it is time for the original Alpha and Omega to spell the beginning of the end of Don Callis!

Fans cheer that, and Jericho promises tomorrow at WrestleDream, here in Seattle, Kenny, Kota & The Ocho VS The Don Callis Family… Takeshita is one of the greatest in the world today; Ospreay is the man who beat both Jericho and Omega within the course of a month; and the worst of all, Sammy Guevara! What has he become now that he’s betrayed everyone he’s ever loved? Sammy, YOU are the Ultimate Judas, ya little bastard! And last week, Sammy said he was the hero and Jericho’s the villain? You’re damn right! So Jericho will ruin Sammy’s dreams, goals and his entire LIFE!!

Tomorrow, the villain takes out all of his aggressions from teaming with Sammy these last four years out ON Sammy! Jericho, Omega, Ibushi, they’re coming for the Family!! Jericho is all fired up, will he and the reunited Golden Lovers tear down all that Don Callis has built?

 

The Righteous speak.

Dutch says, “Gentlemen! It’s time to take that final step towards the terrifying truth.” Vincent echoes, “Terrifying truth, man! And the truth is, we don’t need to physically hurt the two of you. You’re just faking. And that’s enough for two people being held together by a thread. And another thing: Devil or not, nobody can hurt the two of us more than we can hurt ourselves. So what power do you really think you have over us?” The deadline is getting closer, and karma is coming. The Righteous will rip apart the bond of the brochachos: the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Dig what he’s saying, man?

 

AEW looks closer at the coming TNT Championship.

Darby Allin says, “I’ve waited to be in the main event for so long. There was always a voice in the back of my head saying, ‘You don’t deserve any of this.’ The only time I felt validated was when I was TNT Champion. And then you get a guy like Christian Cage. He’s got the one thing that didn’t make me feel like s*it in this whole entire world.”

But Christian Cage says he doesn’t care. He asked for the 2 out of 3 Falls match to expose Darby in his hometown. Christian continues to rub in that Darby’s uncle is dead, but Darby vows not to win in Seattle. Christian knows Darby won’t go away until he makes Darby go away. Darby embraces putting his life on the line, but he will know what it is for his career to die. This will be the perfect ending for Darby, falling in front of his friends and family at the feet of THE TNT Champion. Will Captain Charisma be the one to bring down the Relentless Icon not once, but twice?

 

The Righteous VS Travis Williams & Judas Icarus!

We just heard from Dutch & Vincent, and Dutch is even wearing a Burberry scarf as a shot at MJF. Will they be rolling into WrestleDream? Or are they overlooking the Golden Boy and The Born Sinner?

The bell rings and Vinnie starts against Icarus. They tie up, Icarus waistlocks and avoid the elbows. They move around, Travis tags in, and Icarus whips Vinnie to the corner. Travis goes up and over, then Icarus runs in to hold Vinnie in the corner for Travis’ DROPKICK! Vinnie staggers, Travis tags Icarus and Icarus whips,. But Vinnie reveres to CLOBBER Icarus, then RAM him into the corner! Tag to Dutch, and Dutch CLUBS Icarus on the back! Icarus fires up to CHOP, but Dutch just laughs! Icarus CHOPS and CHOPS but Dutch CHOPS right back! Icarus sits down, out of air! Dutch CLUBS Travis on the ropes!

Tag to Vinnie and Dutch stands Icarus up for a KNEE! Dutch then brings Icarus around for a short arm LARIAT! Dutch grins as he sits Icarus up for Vinnie’s SLIDING FLATLINER! Dutch hauls Travis up with a COBRA CLUTCH, and then ripcord BOSS MAN SLAM! Vinnie hauls Icarus up, for AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, The Righteous win!

Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall

Dutch & Vincent are rolling, and then they get the mics. “Dutch, look at all the paper people strung together. It’s the same paper people who believe that MJF truly is The Devil. But y’know something? He is the Devil. The Devil pulls the strings that make us dance. The same strings, man, that are tied to that liar, Adam Cole. So at WrestleDream, not only is the Righteous going to become the ROH World Tag Team Champions, we’re gonna make sure that The Devil leaves with one hoof! Clickity clack, just like his brochacho! Dutch, dig what I’m saying?” The Righteous then bring out a wood block? Vinnie takes that block, and he puts it between Icarus’s legs!

Dutch grabs a chair, pulls the boots off Icarus, and Vinnie has the chair! They SMASH Icarus’ feet! Icarus writhes in misery, will these two shining examples take the titles from Better Than You, Baybay?

 

AEW looks closer at the NJPW Strong & ROH World Championship double title match.

The Mad King is putting up both belts against Katsuyori Shibata because WrestleDream embodies what Antonio Inoki wanted for pro-wrestling. Shibata says that he has to do this for Inoki. “He is my roots. I’m ready to inherit and take over. I respect Eddie Kingston, but I plan to win.” Eddie says the people can talk about whatever match they want, but this match is all about fighting spirit. Will The mad King still have two crowns? Or will The Wrestler force everyone, even NJPW, to acknowledge him?

 

Zero Hour adds ONE MORE MATCH!

In a unique all-star scenario of its own, it will be a Mixed 8 Person Tag! Keith Lee teams with Satoshi Kojima, Athena & Billie Starkz against Shane Taylor, Lee Moriarty, Mercedes Martinez & Diamante! Will the Limitless One, the King of Bread Style, the Fallen Goddess and her Minion make Seattle #BaskInTheirGlory? Or will Shane Taylor Promotions, the OG Badass and the Cuban Diamond prove everyone has their limits?

 

Backstage interview with TMDK.

Tony Schiavone is with Bad Dude Tito, Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls ahead of WrestleDream’s Zero Hour and their match for the AEW World Trios Championships. Tito says TMDK is back from Japan, and looks to stoke the flames. But then The Acclaimed walk in to say hello. Billy Gunn wants to welcome TMDK to AEW, and he hears they’ve got a huge match as part of Zero Hour. Oh that’s right! It’s against THE ACCLAIMED! So if TMDK don’t know who they are, the are the AEW World Trios Champions, and have been the past THIRTY FOUR DAYS! And take it from Anthony Bowens, “The Best Sciz in the Biz,” EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!

The champs head out, but Shane says you don’t think they know this game? Two teams can play this game! Mikey, give him a beat! What? Nevermind, Shane will do it. Shane tries to beat box, then raps. “We’re T M D K, and we’re here to say, we’re gonna kick your ass in a mighty way!” Mikey says stop, Shane’s just making them look like nerds. But presentation is only part of the game, will Hysterical Haste, Mad Mikey and Bad Dude Tito prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

 

WrestleDream All-Star 8 Man Tag: Bryan Danielson, Wheeler Yuta & FTR VS Ricky Starks, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Aussie Open!

Tomorrow night, The American Dragon is facing Zack Sabre Jr, who is on commentary, while The Decoder takes on Absolute and the Top Guys defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships. Will the Blackpool Combat Club work well with Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler? Or will Starks and his human skyscraper be an even stronger combination teaming with the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla?

The teams sort out and fans chant “WELCOME HOME!” for Bryan. Starks acts like it is for him as he starts against Cash Wheeler. They feel things out, tie up, and Starks wrenches an arm. Cash wrenches back, wristlocks and wrangles Starks, but Starks wrenches back. Cash fights his way over and tags in Yuta. Starks hurries away and tags in Kyle Fletcher. Fans chant for “AUBREY! AUBREY!” as she is the ref and also a hometown hero. Starks does some laps on the outside while Yuta circles with Fletcher. They tie up, Yuta grabs an arm and hooks a leg. Fletcher stays up but Yuta hammerlocks, only for Fletcher to wrench back.

Yuta rolls, handsprings, and wrenches to wristlock back. Yuta steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Both men kick low! Yuta CHOPS Fletcher to a corner! And CHOPS him again! Yuta whips corner to corner, Fletcher reverses but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta then back drops Fletcher away! And DROPKICKS him down! Fans rally, Yuta wrenches Fletcher to tag in Dax. Dax wrenches, but Fletcher powers him back and tags Davis. Aussie Open goes after Dax but Dax gets away. Fans rally as the two tie up. Davis pushes Dax to CHOP! And CHOPS again! Dax CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return! ZSJ pretends to answer his phone. He says it’s a call from Bryan, Bryan’s phoning it in.

Dax whips, Davis handsprings and SWATS Dax to then CHOP and GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax bails out and Aubrey keeps Davis in, but Fletcher, Starks & Big Bill go after Dax with stomps! Aubrey rushes out as Bryan, Yuta & Cash storm over! Aubrey tells everyone to back off, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Davis stands Dax up and CHOPS him against the railing! Dax staggers away, Fletcher CHOPS him! Aussie Open keeps after Dax, puts him in the ring, and Dustin CHOPS Dax down, to then drop a SENTON! Davis drags Dax up, bumps him off buckles, and he ROCKS Dax with a forearm! Tag to Big Bill and Bill CHOPS Dax! Dax staggers away, but Bill stomps him into a corner! Bill digs his boot in, Aussie Open taunts FTR, and then Bill lets off as the ref counts. Bill whips corner to corner hard and Dax tumbles up and down the corner! Bill mocks the applause from the fans, and then drags Dax up.

Bill bumps Dax off buckles, tags in Starks, and they mug Dax. Starks ROCKS Dax, RAMS him in an open corner, and then RAMS him again and again! Starks snapmares, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Starks facelocks, grinds Dax down, and drags him over to tag in Fletcher. They mug Dax some more, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Fletcher has Dax in a chinlock. Fans rally, Dax fights up and throws body shots. Dax hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down and fans fire up! Dax crawls, reaches out, but Fletcher holds him back! Dax hops up but Fletcher CLOBBERS him from behind! Fans boo but Fletcher hauls Dax up. Dax fights the suplex, CLUBS Fletcher’s neck, but Fletcher spins Dax to ROCK him! Fletcher reels Dax in to suplex, but Dax sips free, slides under and hot tags Cash! C ash rallies on Aussie Open, dodges Davis and DROPKICKS! Then Fletcher runs in for a BIG back suplex! Cash fires up and the fans are with him!

Cash suplexes, Fletcher fights that but then Cash fights a suplex. They go back and forth, Cash slips free to waistlock but Fletcher switches. Cash switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Cash uses that momentum to BLAST Big Bill! But Fletcher scoops Cash to SLAM him! Fletcher whips Cash to ropes, Cash ducks ‘n’ dodges and tags Yuta! Yuta goes up as Fletcher staggers up, FLYING LARIAT! Davis returns but Yuta DROPKICKS him! Yuta atomic drops then ENZIGURIS Fletcher! Fletcher is in a corner, Yuta runs in to CHOP! Yuta waistlocks but Fletcher switches. Fletcher whips, Yuta rewinds and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!

Yuta waistlocks, Starks runs in so Yuta fires off on Starks! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Starks endures the BCC trademark, but Bill storms in! Yuta lets Starks go to CHOP Bill! And CHOP again! And ROKC Starks! CHOP for Bill! BOOT for Starks! Yuta whips, Starks reverses but Yuta ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Bill to BOOT him down! Fletcher covers, TWO!! Yuta survives and fans rally for Bryan. ZSJ also wants to see Bryan, but fears Bryan will break his other arm just tagging in. Fletcher tags Starks, and Starks rains down fists on Yuta! Starks soaks up the heat, then drags Yuta up to scoop and SLAM!

Starks runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Yuta hangs tough but Starks claws his head and drags him up. Starks bumps Yuta off buckles, tags Bill, and they mug Yuta. Bill CHOPS Yuta, then tags Starks back in. Starks CHOPS Yuta, then snapmares to wrap on a seated abdominal stretch! Yuta endures, fans rally, and Yuta fights around. Yuta stands up to hip toss free! Fans fire up as Yuta reaches out, but Starks anchors his feet! Starks drags Yuta back, Bill tags in, and Bill steps on Yuta! Bill DECKS Cash! Bill clamps onto Yuta but Yuta breaks free to ROLLING ELBOW! Fletcher tags in, he GAMANGIRIS Dax down!

Yuta dodges one shot but Fletcher throws him into ropes! Davis runs in, ASSISTED POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives but Fletcher drags him away! Starks tags in as Collision goes picture in picture!

Starks stomps Yuta, drags him up, and wrenches to go up the corner. Starks gives us his take on Old School, before he CLUBS Yuta down! Starks mocks the “YES! YES! YES!” before he drags Yuta into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Starks is annoyed but he keeps Yuta from his corner. Yuta fires forearms! Starks knees low! And CLUBS Yuta down! Starks digs his knees into Yuta at the ropes but the ref counts. Starks lets off, drags Yuta around, and then mockingly reaches out to Bryan before he tags to Davis. Davis scoops to SLAM Yuta! Davis taunts FTR, then drags Yuta up to CHOP him to the corner.

Tag to Bill and Bill stomps Yuta down. The ref counts, Bill lets off, and Bill tags Fletcher. They dig their boots in and then Fletcher stomps Yuta down. Tag to Starks, and then Bill & Aussie Open BLAST Bryan & FTR! Starks drags Yuta up to fireman’s carry and AIRPLANE SPIN! Starks keeps going around and around and around, but Yuta fights his way free! Collision returns to single picture, both men run, and Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both men are down and fans are fired up as Bryan rises! Yuta and Starks crawl, hot tag to Bryan! Seattle explodes as Bryan dodges Starks to BLAST Bill & Davis!

Bryan then fires off on Starks with a HEADBUTT and a CHOP! Bryan CHOPS and KICKS and CHOPS and KICKS in the corner! ZSJ flatly says he’s never seen anything like this before. Bryan KICKS again and again, but ZSJ promises to break all 206 of Bryan’s bones. Bryan whips, Starks reverses but Bryan goes up and over. They both keep moving, Bryan dodges the spear to send Starks out! Bryan DIVES to take Starks down! Bryan puts Starks in, FTR fires up and Bryan goes up! MISSILE DROPKICK! ZSJ says that’s another braincell gone. Fans are thunderous as Bryan aims from the corner. Bryan runs in to DROPKICK!

Bryan keeps moving and he DROPKICKS again! Bryan goes again but Starks CLBOBERS him! Starks hauls Bryan up, Canadian Rack, but Bryan slips free! Starks spins Bryan, to go to the corner, TORNADO DDT! Tag to Bill! Bill looms over Bryan, mocks the “YES! YES!” and then drags Bryan up. SKYSCRAPER- NO, Bryan turns choke slam into omoplata! LEBELL LOCK! ZSJ says about time we see technical wrestling. Bill endures, reaches out, but Fletcher stomps Bryan down! Fans boo but Dax suplexes to BRAINBUSTER on Fletcher! Davis scoops but Cash makes the save to DDT Davis down!

Starks returns to kick Cash but Yuta SUPERKICKS Starks! All eight men are in the ring, and fans fire up as the BCC & FTR surround Team Absolute! They QUADRUPLE “YES! YES! YES!” KICK! Then QUADRUPLE BUZZSAWS! Then Cash hauls Bill up, Yuta tags in to then tag Dax. Yuta goes up, Cash & Bryan hold Bill up, MISSILE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Then they spin Bill around for Dax to DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, Aussie Open breaks it! FTR brawls with Aussie Open and throw them out, with help from Bryan and Yuta. They all brawl, and Bryan whips, only for Starks to reverse! Bryan hits steel steps!

Bill stands, and he glares at Dax. Yuta is sent into barriers! Dax CHOPS Bill, bobs ‘n’ weaves, then CHOPS again! And again! But Bill THROWS Dax to a corner! Bill runs in, but the splash misses and Bill hits post! Dax gets the legs, but Bill BOOTS him away! Dax hits buckles then staggers, into the choke grip! Tag to Starks, and then SKYSCRAPER SPEAR!! Cover, The Absolute wins!!

Winners: Ricky Starks, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Aussie Open, by pinfall

Cash is upset, he swears he got there in time! But then Aussie Open CLOBBERS him! Starks mocks the “YES! YES! YES!” but Bryan saves Dax from Corealis! The brawling starts over again! Yuta has Starks, Bill ROCKS Bryan, Davis gives Cash SNAKE EYES off the apron while Dax CLUBS away on Fletcher! Bill sets Yuta up but Yuta BOOTS Starks, and feeds Bill to a BUSAIKU KNEE! Then Yuta PLANCHAS Starks down! Yuta rains down fists but ZSJ leaves commentary to say hi to Bryan. And by that, ZSJ shoves Bryan! So Bryan SLAPS ZSJ! ZSJ nods, pushes Bryan again, but Bryan gets his arm to wrangle him down!

ZSJ slips away and fans boo! The Front Man and the American Dragon are finally facing off, but who will be living the WrestleDream?


My Thoughts:

A really good Collision for a go-home episode, but still not that good. Why must there always be so much talking? Isn’t that what the Countdown special is for? All the promo stuff is on that so that they don’t need to use time on these shows for it? Though the little moment of Callis and Nana was fine, it gave us a reason as to why we even got Jericho & Omega VS The Gates of Agony. Great match from Omega & Jericho VS The Gates, and of course Omega & Jericho won, but their promo bit after felt like one beat too long. And Julia of course won this little go-home match and had her little faceoff with Kris, but Kris is definitely winning on WrestleDream. I do like that they acknowledged Kris already broke one undefeated streak (Jade Cargill’s) so she could really make that a thing.

The Righteous having a promo vignette and then a promo after their squash match win was a bit much. Just give us one or the other, since they also had a squash win last night on Rampage. Great stuff from The Kingdom, though. They have a really good match with Best Friends and have a really clever post match promo there, that was definitely worth it compared to the other stuff. Andrade VS Juice was great stuff for an opening match, I’m just not sure about CJ Perry watching the match. While CJ Perry managing Andrade El Idolo would technically fit into the story with Miro (El Idolo = The Idol; idols worshipped over God, who Miro believes in but doesn’t follow), I’d much rather have El Idolo and La Faccion Ingobernable reunite and CJ finds someone else.

And great stuff out of the 8 Man Tag main event. ZSJ razzing on Bryan the whole time was great commentary, but it also pointed out how Bryan was so obviously being saved from taking most of the damage in the match. Bryan VS ZSJ is going to be great but it makes sense they don’t want Bryan to be all banged up going into the match. And something about the finish does feel like a miscue, but the show was going into overtime, they had to wrap that match up somehow. Great brawl to end the show, though, so the various matches can still go either way. Starks should definitely beat Yuta to make up for losing twice to Bryan, though.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/21/24)

Willow Nightingale is on a Rampage!

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Will the Babe with the Power pass the test?

In pursuit of going back to back in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, Willow Nightingale goes on a Rampage against The Professor of Pro-Wrestling, Serena Deeb!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes; Private Party wins.
  • Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd; Fenix wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti; Lio wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox; Takagi wins.
  • 2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb; Willow wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy know The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho, will be watching this match, given what’s already on tap for Collision tomorrow night. But will Quen & Zay be more than ready to enter the “Jericho Vortex?” Or will the Commander of the Skies and the King of the Ropes make the fiesta take a siesta?

The teams sort out, Brother Zay starts against the AAA World Cruiserweight Champion, and Fairfax is all fired up for Private Party. Komander and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Kassidy headlocks. The fans rally, Komander powers up and out, drops down, then hurdles. Zay leaps over, comes back, but Komander sidesteps. Zay turns hip toss into arm-drag and the fans fire up! Zay runs up, but Komander BOOTS him! Komander goes up and leaps to RANA! Zay stagger sup, Komander runs and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up with Komander and he drags Zay over. Tag to Metalik and they double whip.

Metalik & Komander double HIP TOSS, then they double BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Metalik clamps onto Zay but Zay fights up. Zay throws body shots, powers out and headlocks in return. Metalik throws body shots, powers up and out, but Quen tags in as Zay goes up and over! Zay runs up, Metalik throws him up and out but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING! The fans fire up, Quen hurries to cover, TWO! Metalik toughs it out but Quen stomps him around. Quen drags Metalik up to whip him to ropes, then he DROPKICKS Metalik down! The fans fire up, Quen drags Metalik up, and he scoops to SLAM!

Quen does a cocky cover a la Jericho, TWO! Quen says that’s for The Learning Tree. Quen drags Metalik up, fires forearms, then tags Zay. The fans rally, Private Party double whips but Metalik handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! All three men are down and the fans rally again. Metalik crawls, hot tag to Komander! Komander springboards in to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Komander knuckle locks Zay, kicks Quen, then knuckle locks Quen, too. Komander goes to the ropes, goes up and up and ARABIAN PRESS DOUBLE ARM-DRAGS! The fans fire up as Private Party staggers up!

Komander runs up, tilt-o-whirls on Zay so he can RANA Quen! Zay hurries up, Komander blocks a shot to give knees. Komander CHOPS, runs, tiger feints and somersaults, to then swing and RANA Zay! The fans fire up and Komander goes to the apron. Metalik runs up, Komander holds the ropes down so Metalik can FLY! Direct hit on Private Party but now Komander loads up! A salute and a TOP ROPE SKY TWISTER!! Direct hit and everyone is down! The fans fire up again and Komander realizes he took out Metalik, too. Komander high-fives with the fans, then he gets Zay up and in. Komander hurries in to cover, TWO!

The fans rally up for both sides and Komander watches Zay stir, but Rampage goes picture in picture.

Komander CLUBS Zay, then brings him up to whip to a corner. Komander runs in to UPPERCUT and Zay falls over. Zay crawls but Komander CLUBS him down. Komander gator rolls Zay from his corner to tag in Metalik. Metalik CLUBS Zay, CHOPS him, but Zay CHOPS back! Metalik CHOPS Zay down, then stomps away! The ref counts, Metalik lets off, and then he digs his boots in on Zay’s neck. The ref reprimands and counts, Metalik lets off again, only to stomp Zay some more. Metalik drags Zay up, wrenches an arm and wristlocks, then tags Komander. Komander springboards to AX HANDLE the arm!

Rampage returns to single picture as the fans rally for Private Party. The luchadores keep Zay isolated, then Metalik whips him to his corner! Zay stops to go after Metalik!? And he TOSSES Metalik out! Komander tags in, but Zay hits a SPINEBUSTER! Zay and Komander are down and now Zay has to crawl to his corner! The fans rally, but Metalik gets in to get Zay’s legs. Zay rolls to throw Metalik away, then he dodges to hot tag! Quen rallies on Metalik with forearms and elbows, then ducks to PELE! Koander returns but gets a BOOT! Quen puts Metalik up top, ROCKS him with haymakers, but Komander runs up.

Quen ELBOWS Komander, goes up and QUEBRADAS! Then Quen goes back up after Metalik, to SUPERPLEX! Quen shakes it off and goes up the corner. 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Komander whips but Quen reverses and TOSSES Komander out hard! But Metalik SUPERKICKS! And SLING-DOGS! Then Metalik goes up and around the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Zay breaks it! Zay helps Quen to their corner and tags in. The fans rally up as Zay gets Metalik up. Metalik fires forearms but Zay fires back! The fans rally, Zay gets the edge and just hammers away! Metalik drops to his knees but Zay CLUBS away!

Zay runs, but Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners. Wait, Komander and Quen each climb up! They both SHOOTING STAR, but Metalik and Zay both move! Komander and Quen manage to land out, then Komander takes a swing! Quen ducks, and he shoves Komander into Zay’s BOOT! Quen hops up to POISON-RANA! Komander staggers out of the ring, Zay runs corner to corner at Metalik! Metalik BOOTS Zay, but Quen lets Zay roll off his back! Metalik goes up, Quen jumps up to get him! GIN & JUICE!! Cover, Private Party wins!!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

Fairfax cheers as Quen & Zay now have the momentum! But wait, here comes The Learning Tree to steal the spotlight. Jericho waves to the crowd while Big Bill applauds. But wait! Zay & Quen run up to fight! But that’s 3v2 because Bryan Keith is also there! Quen gets beat down but Zay holds his own, and then security runs out here! Somehow, the two sides are pulled apart, but they’re headed for a Collision! Will Private Party teach The Learning Tree not to look down on them?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Ultimo Guerrero.

Excalibur narrates that as “one of the fiercest luchadores Mexico’s ever produced, Ultimo Guerrero is among the most highly decorated athletes to compete in CMLL’s 90 year history.” A SIX-TIME CMLL World Tag Team Champion, a FIVE-TIME CMLL World Trios Champion, and a TWO-TIME CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, Ultimo Guerrero now has his eyes set on Kazuchika Okada and the AEW Continental Championship. Ultimo was Okada’s mentor while on excursion in Mexico, and has watched The Rainmaker’s rise ever since. Will Okada withstand the challenge of his former mentor? Or will Ultimo have a golden ticket in time for the Forbidden Door?

 

Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Turbo Floyd w/ Truth Magnum!

The Immortal Firebird will be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament this year, preparing to battle The Switchblade, Jay White next Wednesday. However, he does need to stay hot, so will he be all warmed up after tonight? Or will this Outrunner look to be more than just a tune-up?

The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Fenix. Fenix and Turbo circle, tie up, and then Turbo shoves Fenix. Fenix runs up, they RAM shoulders, but Turbo flexes as he stays standing. So Fenix CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Fenix BODY BLOWS, fires up, then runs, only for Turbo to run him over! Turbo runs to drop the BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! Fenix is tougher than that but Turbo keeps cool. Turbo ROCKS Fenix, runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix then dodges Turbo, brings him around and goes up, up and CROSSBODIES! Fairfax fires up with Fenix and he goes back up, to tightrope PENALTY KICK! Fenix goes to the corner, FROG SPLASH! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Well, that was certainly fast! Maybe Fenix should be called “Turbo.” Penta & Abrahantes celebrate with Fenix, will there be #CeroMiedo in the Owen Hart Cup? Or will Jay White force even Fenix to Breathe With The Switchblade?

 

AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lio Rush VS Action Andretti!

Turns out that The Bad Child and the Sight to See have known each other a long time, but friendship only goes so far when there’s gold on the line. Will Lio make sure he’s the Man of the Hour tonight? Or will Andretti get in on the action in Long Island?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. The fans are on Lio’s side but Action doesn’t sweat it. They shake hands to show there is sportsmanship, then things speed up! Action drops down but Lio gator rolls that, only for Action to slip around to a waistlock. Lio slips under to waistlock then spin, but Action reverses the whip. Lio reverses, Action reverses, repeat, but Lio springboards to RANA, only for Action to handspring through! The fans fire up for this exchange, and Lio says alright. They talk a little smack, then things speed up again. Action follows Lio, even as he turns the corner on a dime!

Lio ducks the lariat, baits Action in then throws him out! Lio builds speed but Action moves aside. Lio stops himself, bails  out, but Action sees him, too! They meet at the steps, backflip away, and then both slide in! The fans cheer again, and the two reset. They go again, hook arms, use that to redirect, then they redirect again, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Lio and Action are definitely likeminded as they go to ropes, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Action and Lio rise up, storm over, and Action facelocks to suplex. Lio slips out to shove, then he ELBOWS Action down! Lio hurries to cover, ONE!! Lio keeps Action down with a chinlock but Action endures the grind. Action fights up, but Lio shifts around to become a backpack! Action still stands up, but Lio sends him into a corner! Lio clotheslines, then short arm LARIATS! The fans rally while Action checks his jaw. Lio gets him right up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Action pushes Lio away, so Lio KICKS him down! Lio eggs Action on, gets him up, and shoves him to a corner to stomp low. Lio fires hands, then lets off as the ref counts.

Lio brings Action up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Action runs up, Lio slips around then snapmares to UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Action is still in this but Lio stays on him with another chinlock. Lio body scissors Action to keep him down, but Action endures as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Lio brings Action up. Action fires body shots, then forearms. Action whips, Lio reverses then runs up, but into a BOOT! Lio comes back, Action dodges him, then DECKS him! Action DECKS Lio again, wrenches and ROCKS him! Action fireman’s carries, but Lio grabs the ropes! Action puts Lio on the apron but Lio ROCKS Action back! Action BOOTS Lio to the floor! Lio stands up, Action slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Down goes Lio again and Action hurries to put him in the ring! Action springboards to 450 but he has to roll through as Lio moves! Lio kicks the legs out, Action ducks the heel kick to return the favor!

Action CHOPS, BUZZSAWS, then deadlifts Lio into a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated. Action stalks Lio but the fans rally up behind the Bad Child. Action torture racks Lio, pops him up, but Lio arm-drags free! Lio then bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off fast hands and ROCKS Action! Lio runs, but Action is up, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Lio survives and Action grows frustrated again. The fans rally, Action considers his options. Action puts Lio in the drop zone, goes up and up and SPLIT- NO, Lio dodges the moonsault, roll up and SPIN KICK! The fans fire up and Lio says it’s time!

Lio runs to springboard, RUSH HOUR! Action falls back, Lio hurries up top! FINAL HOUR!! Cover, Lio wins!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

And with that, Lio is headed for Long Island! Will Lio make sure it’s his time in that TNT Championship Ladder Match? Top Flight heads out here to check on Action, but then they stonewall Lio. Lio pushes past them to help his old pal to his feet. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, and Lio offers a handshake. Action looks to his teammates, but he still shakes Lio’s hand. Lio offers, he gets more a low-five out of Darius, but a full handshake from Dante. Dante and Lio will both be in that ladder match, will friendship again be out the window when only one man can be the Face of TNT?

 

Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox!

Speaking of the Forbidden Door, NJPW’s Rampaging Dragon is going to show up in Long Island for a fight with the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! Not only that, but that match will be part of the Men’s Owen Hart Cup tournament! Will Takagi prove it’s his time, no matter where he wrestles? Or will he have a hard time with the Whole Fox’n Show?

Wait! Fox attacks before the bell! He won’t be a “tune-up” like Turbo was with Fenix! Fox CLUBS away but Takagi KNEES, HEADBUTTS and CHOPS! Takagi runs, but into a CALF KICK! The fans fire up with Fox as Takagi bails out, but then Takagi steps back. Fox stops his plancha to land on the apron, but Takagi goes for a leg. Fox mule kicks free, then uses the corner to QUEBRADA! Direct hit and the fans fire up with Fox! Fox drags Takagi up, puts him in, and then climbs up a corner, to SWANTON BOMB! And long range at that! Cover, TWO! Takagi is tougher than that but Fox has the fans rallying up.

Fox brings Takagi up, CLUBS him, then kicks him. Takagi eggs Fox on so Fox runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up for that display of power! Takagi drags Fox up, reels him in, but Fox fights the suplex, so Takagi hits a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans duel, but Takagi sits Fox up for some HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Takagi runs to SLIDING- NO, Fox dodges the lariat to kip up, SUPERKICK, and BUZZSAW! But Takagi ducks the second superkick, only to get a BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox hurries up and up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the speed blitz and that shocks Fox!

The fans rally up but Fox brings Takagi up. Fox fires forearms, hoists Takagi up top, then gest space. Fox runs back in, goes up, but Takagi holds onto the top ropes to stifle the Arabian Press Fly! Fox flounders back up, the fans fire up, and Takagi pumps up! PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi drags Fox back up, pump handles and torture racks, but Fox sunset flips it! TWO!! Takagi escapes, Fox goes Matrix to avoid the Pumping Bomber, but Takagi ducks the Pele! Takagi shoves, to POP-UP DEATH VALLEY! The fans fire up as Takagi gets moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Takagi shouts “OI! OI! OI!” and Fairfax joins in!

Takagi drags Fox up, pump handles, torture racks, and LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall

Fox put up a fight but Takagi is a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion for a reason. But wait, here comes Bryan Danielson! Fairfax chants “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan applauds for Takagi. Dragon meets dragon, and we only have 9 days until these two have it out. Bryan offers a handshake, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” so Takagi nods and SLAPS the hand away. The fans boo but Takagi pushes past Bryan to take his leave. Takagi says it’s still his time, but will he have to prove it in Long Island? Or will Bryan kick Takagi right back out the Forbidden Door as he moves forward in the Owen Hart Cup?

 

2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Willow Nightingale VS Serena Deeb!

The Babe with the Power won the entire tournament last year, and even won titles between then and now, but she’s also lost between then and now. However, there’s motivation beyond repeating as the Queen of Harts here, because former friend Kris Statlander is waiting in the semifinals for the winner of this match. Will Willow pass the Professor of Pro-Wrestling’s test to take on The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor? Or will there be no mercy in Deeb’s Dojo?

The bell rings, Willow offers a handshake, and Deeb accepts. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, then they rally up for “DEEB! DEEB! DEEB!” as the hometown hero. Deeb nods, but Willow brushes that off. The two tie up, Willow wrenches an arm, then wristlocks. Deeb rolls forward, rolls back, reaches over and wrenches to wristlock Willow. The fans duel now as the Willow fans fire up. Willow feels her way through the wristlock to then get around and waistlock. Willow SLAMS Deeb down, holds on, but Deeb moves around. Deeb pops the hold open to hammerlock then headlock, then spin and hammerlock again.

Deeb hits another headlock, another spin, and another headlock. Deeb keeps the pattern going to disorient Willow, but Willow powers out. They RAM shoulders, and Willow says, “Ooh~, okay.” Deeb runs, RAMS Willow, but Willow still doesn’t budge. Deeb runs again but Willow follows to then run Deeb over! The fans are torn but Willow scoops and SLAMS! Willow runs then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Willow keeps cool and she brings Deeb up to suplex. Willow holds Deeb up, then SLAMS her down! The fans fire up more and Willow goes up a corner. Deeb stands, but she avoids the missile dropkick!

Deeb grabs a leg, turns Willow over, HALF CRAB! But Willow gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deeb lets go, and Willow goes to the apron. Deeb storms up but Willow ROCKS her first! Willow steps in but Deeb gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb runs to BLAST Willow down! Deeb then hurries out to get Willow up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! The fans fire up for Deeb while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Deeb drags Willow up, puts her in the ring, then drags Willow up for another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Willow stays in this but Deeb drags her back up. Deeb ripcords to ELBOW, then wrenches the arm to wrap Willow up in the IRON OCTOPUS! Willow endures, marches her way forward, but Deeb bends the fingers! Willow still endures, still fights her way over, and her free arm gets the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go, Willow goes to a corner, and Deeb storms over. Deeb wrenches and whips, but Willow reverses! Willow runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb reels her in to KICK! Deeb goes to the apron, brings Willow into the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb hears the fans, then she storms in after Willow. Deeb sits Willow up but Willow throws body shots in return! Willow stands to CHOP, then CHOP again! Deeb staggers, Willow ROCKS her with a forearm! Willow CLUBS away in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in. Deeb turns things around then CHOPS Willow in the corner! Willow staggers away but Deeb puts her in another corner, for another CHOP! Deeb UPPERCUTS Willow, reels her in, but Willow fights the lift to back drop free! Deeb writhes, Willow hobbles to a corner, but Deeb hurries up. Deeb whips, but Willow cartwheels and ENZIGIRIS!

Both women are down, but Deeb shakes out her arms. Willow crawls her way to ropes, Deeb stands, and Rampage returns to single picture. Willow runs Deeb over, then runs her over again! And again! Willow is fired up and the fans are with her now as she runs to back body block in a corner! Willow clotheslines, snapmares, BOOTS, and then fires up! The fans cheer as Willow whips and SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO! Deeb survives and Willow is frustrated, but Willow gets Deeb up. Willow whips, Deeb KICKS back! Deeb wrenches, hooks Willow up again, IRON OCTOPUS! But Willow powers out, right into an AIR RAID CRASH!

The fans fire up, Willow gets Deeb up and gut wrenches, but Deeb grabs a leg! Deeb CLUBS that leg, trips Willow, and turns her into the HALF CRAB! Willow endures, even as Deeb sits deep! The fans duel, Willow crawls, then runs over. Willow kicks and kicks and kicks free, then brings Deeb around! Fireman’s carry, but Deeb fights free! Deeb wants the full nelson but Willow elbows free! Deeb shoves Willow to SNAP GERMAN! Willow staggers up, Deeb hammerlocks and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO! Willow survives and the fans fire up! Deeb is frustrated, but she refocuses and goes to a corner. The fans are torn as Deeb climbs up top.

“This is Awesome!” as Willow ROCKS Deeb first! Willow climbs, CLUBS Deeb, then brings her to the very top! SUPERPLEX! And a stiff one! Both women are down but the fans are all fired up! A standing count starts as both women stir. Willow rises at 5 of 10, and she finds Deeb. Willow stands Deeb up to ROCK her! Deeb UPPERCUTS back! Willow CHOPS, Deeb CHOPS, repeat! Deeb UPPERCUTS, Willow huffs ‘n’ puffs and ROCKS Deeb! Deeb rebounds to LARIAT, but Willow rebounds to LARIAT!! Deeb is down and Willow hurries to cover, TWO!! Deeb survives but Willow just powers up!

Deeb is in a corner, Willow goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Deeb hurries to reel Willow in and tuck the arms! DEEB-TOX!! Cover, TWO?!? Willow survives but Deeb doesn’t hesitate! Deeb SMASHES the knee into the mat again and again! Deeb then steps over, but Willow kicks her away! Willow fireman’s carries, but the leg buckles! Deeb slips down, UPPERCUTS, and then UPPERCUTS again! Deeb runs, but Willow goes the other way! POOOUNCE~!! PERIOD! The fans are thunderous as Willow gut wrenches, BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Willow passes the Professor’s test, and now she’s not only one step closer to repeat Owen Hart Cup finals, she’s going to get her grudge match with Kris Statlander! Will Willow also get her revenge? Or will Kris add to the list of things she’s done to ruin Willow’s life?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage, and they’re really stuffing these episodes lately. For one, two good tune-up matches. Fenix of course beats Turbo Floyd easy, and we get a great match out of Takagi VS Fox. But again, of course Takagi won so he has momentum, and I figured Bryan would show up. Bryan will surely have his own great tune-up match as part of a Forbidden Door go-home episode, and then we’ll get an awesome match out of Bryan VS Takagi in the Owen Hart Cup. Great opening tag match from Private Party with Metalik & Komander, and while Metalik & Komander are great, Private Party gets the momentum going into their match tomorrow night on Collision.

As such, of course Jericho and team show up, but the brawl was a bit of a surprise. Chances are that means Jericho & Bill win with help from “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith. Great TNT Championship qualifier from Lio and Action, and I like this tension they’ve kept between Lio and Top Flight. Given how AEW handles contracts and departures, there really never was closure behind Lio leaving AEW for NJPW, and then that means there was no explanation why Lio left Dante high and dry and that has to be the kayfabe by default, but at least they’re making up for it now. Lio and Dante interacting will be a great part of the ladder match in itself, but I’m still leaning towards Jack Perry winning the title.

And great main event from Willow and Deeb. Deeb is great, she deserves something, but sadly there are a lot of other great wrestlers in the AEW Women’s Division. And with story taking precedence, of course Willow won here. Willow VS Kris will be great, and could go either way. However, also because of story, Mariah May is surely going to win this tournament so she can take on Toni Storm for the Women’s World Championship. Plus, Kris and Willow can feud through the summer, escalating things to something really wild to then give the winner of that momentum going towards the world title, perhaps in time for All Out.

My Score: 8.8/10


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