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

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Collision paves the road to New York with gold!

While the AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator continues, Jon Moxley and Kris Statlander each issue open challenges for their championships!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Action Andretti; Moxley wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Kris Statlander VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Kris wins and retains the title.
  • 8 Six Man Tag: Bullet Club Gold VS Gravity, Metalik, Aerostar y Dios Del Inframundo; Bullet Club Gold wins.
  • Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Fenix wins.
  • AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Semifinals: Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Darby Allin; Strong wins and advances to the finals.
  • AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes; Joe wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Samoa Joe speaks.

“When you’re hunting the devil, sometimes you gotta pick a fight with a demon. Penta tonight, I’m coming for you.”

Penta El Zero Miedo speaks.

“I’ve been tag team champion. I’ve been trios champion. And at Grand Slam, I become the NEW AEW World Champion. Samoa Joe, welcome to the Cero Miedo Zone!”

 

Roderick Strong speaks.

He tells The Kingdom that tonight, “The March to Max continues. And Darby Allin, you’re the unfortunate body in my way. Bad neck or not, tonight I break your back.”

Darby Allin speaks.

“Roderick Strong, what do you call yourself? The Messiah of the Backbreaker? Well tonight, it’s your lucky day, because my back is destroyed. But when have I ever been 100%? That does not matter. Whenever a championship opportunity is on the line, I’m gonna leave my body in the ring, and tonight, it’s no different.” All four men are ready for a fight, but who survives the Collision on the way to the finals?

 

AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Action Andretti!

The Maniac put out the call for another challenger, and he didn’t have to wait long for a response! Will Moxley put Action away to have his second defense in the books? Or will Action make this one a Sight to See?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Moxley really is ready any time, anywhere!

The bell rings and the fans fire up as Moxley circles with Action. They feel things out, tie up, and Moxley wrenches to a hammerlock. Action switches the hold onto Moxley but Moxley switches it back. Moxley puts Action in a corner, but he lets off slowly, to then CHOP Action down! Action bails out and fans fire up while Moxley paces. Action dusts himself off, Moxley waits on Action, and Action slides in. The two knuckle lock now, and go shoulder to shoulder. Fans rally as Moxley then wrenches and wristlocks. Action rolls, handsprings, wrenches, but Moxley ROCKS Action! Moxley CHOPS Action and follows him to a corner, to CHOP him again!

Moxley whips Action corner to corner, but Action goes up and over to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! But Moxley just eggs him on! Action CHOPS, Moxley BOOTS him down! Action bails out again but Moxley pursues. Moxley headlocks and he brings Action around, to then punch him in the head! Moxley puts Action in the ring, fans fire up, but Action handspring kicks Moxley down! Action then DIVES and sends Moxley into railing! Fans are torn but Action CHOPS Moxley! Moxley goes around the way, Action pursues, but Moxley DECKS him! Moxley HEADBUTTS Action again and again and again, and then again!

Action flounders but Moxley brings him up and into the ring. Moxley climbs, leaps, but Action gets under! Action runs in and ROCKS Moxley! And KICKS! And ROCKS! Action fires forearms, whips, but Moxley reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA! And DROPKICK! Fans boo but Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! Moxley bails out, hobbles, but Action WRECKS him with a dropkick! Action then ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS! Down goes Moxley and fans are torn again as Action fires up. Moxley pushes Action to CHOP him! Moxley then runs in, but Action sends him into steel steps!

Fans rally while Moxley is down, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Action drags Moxley up, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Action covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Action is annoyed but he stalks Moxley. Action scoops and SLAMS Moxley, covers, TWO! Moxley hobbles but Action storms up to KICK the leg out! Action HIP DROPS Moxley’s leg! And then again! Action drags Moxley out to the apron to SLAM the leg on the edge! Moxley hobbles away but Action pursues again, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Action pushes Moxley around, has the leg, and turns him over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, fans rally, and Moxley powers out! Action comes back to dropkick the leg again!

Moxley clutches the knee as he sits up and goes to ropes. Action storms up to CHOP! Moxley hobbles, Action KICKS the bad leg! Moxley falls over but Action stays close. Action stands on Moxley’s leg, flexes at him, and lets off to STOMP! Collision returns to single picture as Cleveland rallies for Moxley. Action fires forearms, whips, but Moxley holds ropes. But Action clotheslines Moxley up and out of the ring! Action builds speed to DIVE, but Moxley slides in! Moxley then DIVES onto Action! Fans fire up while both men are down! The ring count starts but Moxley sits up and brings Action around to put in the ring.

Action goes to a corner, Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along and Moxley stops at six to BITE Action! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off and he whips corner to corner. Action reverses to run in, but Moxley puts him on the apron! Action GAMANGIRIS, then springboards, into a CUTTER!! Fans fire up as Moxley covers, TWO!! Fans fire up more and Moxley feeds off that energy as he drags Action up. X PLEX, but Action lands on his feet! Action ROCKS and CHOPS Moxley, whips him to ropes, but Moxley reverses. Action handsprings, into a SLEEPER!!

Action flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Moxley lets off to run, into a BOOT! Action runs, but Moxley pops him up, so Action DROPKICKS! Action kips up, fans are torn, and Action runs to SHOOTING- NO, he has to bail out as Moxley moves! Roll up, Action rolls through, SLIDING LARIAT! Action suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up and Action goes to a corner. Action climbs up, but Moxley CLUBS Action down! Moxley climbs up to bring Action up, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Action lands on his feet?! Moxley is shocked but he throws hands, only for Action to throw them back!

Action UPPERCUTS, PELES, and fires up! Action runs, to SHOTGUN Moxley into buckles! But Moxley stands right up to SHOTGUN right back! Fans fire up as Moxley hobbles, runs in, but Action moves! Moxley POSTS himself, Action slingshots and goes up, up and TORNILLO CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Action throws off the wrist tape. Action has the wrists, to steal DRAGON STOMPS! Fans boo but Action keeps going, only for Moxley to pop him around into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!!! Action flails, taps, Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still AEW International Champion)

Moxley stands to hold up the belt but he still hobbles a bit. Maybe he’s seeing a bit of what Orange Cassidy went through to hold onto this belt. Will Moxley be the worse for wear the longer he wears this title?

 

Roderick Strong speaks on his friendship with Adam Cole.

“14 years ago, my friendship with Adam started. It started as me mentoring him in the ROH locker room, and moved on to celebrating birthdays together, hang out with each other’s family. Adam was such a fun, caring and loving friend. No matter what I needed, he was there for me. And Adam, you know I was there for you, because I love you. And we’ve always said we’re not just friends, we’re brothers. And to hear you say that about someone else, it just tears me apart. Adam, I need you to realize something: I’ve always been here for you, and I’m still here for you. I’m not the one that’s changed, Adam, you’re the one that’s changed.

“Adam, when I needed you the most, you’ve let me down time and time again. And you know. You know how that makes me feel. You know how being alone makes me feel, you know what it does to me. But it’s fine, Adam. IT’s totally fine. Cuz I’m gonna go on to win the Grand Slam Tournament, then I’m gonna go on to beat Max, and then I’m gonna be the NEW AEW World Champion. But I still won’t be happy. Cuz I just want my friend back.” Will the Savior of the Backbreaker get what he wants here tonight?

 

AEW TBS Championship Open Challenge: Kris Statlander VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade

The Galaxy’s Greatest wants to keep proving she’s just that, so she is issuing her own Open Challenge! She’s undefeated in 2023, but will this Renegade catch her by surprise?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Kris can put this one to bed!

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Kris waistlocks to SLAM Robyn! Kris facelocks, Robyn fights up, and Robyn wrenches and wristlocks. Robyn talks trash but Kris wrenches through to fireman’s carry! Kris grinds the armlock, but Robyn fights up. Robyn throws a forearm but Kris hits back! Kris whips Robyn to run her over! Fans cheer as Kris flexes. and then things speed up. Kris DROPKICKS Robyn and fans fire up more! Kris whips but Robyn reverses, only for Kris to go up and over and then run in. Robyn dodges to DOUBLE- NO, Kris blocks those knees! Kris carries Robyn but Robyn fights free!

Robyn rushes up but Kris ducks the enziguri! Kris waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up again and Kris aims. Kris runs in to UPPERCUT Robyn, then she runs side to side, only for Charlette to trip her up! Robyn then BOOTS Kris down! Robyn CLUBS Kris while fans boo, but Robyn SMACKS Kris off the mat! Cover, TWO! Robyn CHOKES Kris on ropes! The ref counts, Robyn lets off at 4 and fans boo. Charlette CHOKES Kris now! The ref misses it all and Robyn brings Kris around to clamp on a straitjacket stretch! Kris endures, fights up, and powers out but Robyn kicks low! Robyn snarls and she whips Kris to a corner.

Kris rebounds to CLOBBER Robyn! And CLOBBER her again! Robyn blocks a kick and spins Kris but Kris uses that to ROUNDHOUSE! Kris fires up and the fans are with her as she runs to UPPERCUT Robyn in the corner! Kris goes side to side to BOOT WASH! And then BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Charlette is in the ring but the ref gets her to exit. Charlette talks trash on Kris, Robyn rolls Kris up! TWO!! Kris swings, Robyn gets under, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and Robyn is beside herself! Charlette says Kris should just stay down, and Robyn runs in. Kris dodges the boot!

Kris Electric Chair Lifts Robyn, to SLAM Robyn down! Charlette gets on the apron, Kris DECKS her for it! Kris drags Robyn up, Robyn switches but Kris goes to ropes and switches at the same time so she can O’Conner Roll, and bridge! KRIS WINS!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

But Charlette CHOP BLOCKS Kris!! The sore loser sisters beat Kris down! Fans boo but here comes JADE CARGILL?! The inaugural TBS Champion is back and fans go wild! The Renegades smile and they set Kris up for her, but Jade DECKS the Renegades! And then she BOOTS Charlette! And she choke grips Robyn to CHOKE SLAM! Fans are thunderous as Jade stands tall over everyone! Jade then offers a hand to Kris, helps her up, but reels her in! Chicken wings for JADED!!

Jade holds up the TBS Championship, and Mark Sterling appears to say Jade is the REAL TBS Champion! Will Jade end Kris’ reign fast and become a historic TWO-TIME TBS Champion? Or will Kris be able to cancel “season two” of #ThatBitchShow?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Renee Paquette is with Ruby Soho and the AEW Women’s World Champion, Saraya, and brings up what Toni Storm had to say. Toni was dismissive, and apparently forgetful about what happened at All Out. Ruby says that’s cute that Toni “forgot,” because Ruby hasn’t forgotten what her “friend” did to cost her the TBS title! Ruby remembers very clearly! Saraya calms Ruby down and says Toni’s “not with it,” she’s gone nuts! That’s no excuse! Saraya says she went by the makeup department earlier, and apparently Toni was using mayonnaise for a face cleanser. She’s lost her mind! So they gotta just smack some sense into her, maybe shove the shoe where the sun don’t shine.

Renee pivots the conversation to Grand Slam and Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Saraya will be defending her title, how is she feeling about that? Saraya feels fantastic. She just wants to say Renee is so much prettier than Lexi Nair. The Outcasts can’t stand Lexi, she’s such a pot stirrer. But anyway, yes, Saraya’s “re-debut” in Arthur Ashe, because that is where she first joined AEW. This time around, Saraya walks in and walks out AEW Women’s World Champion. Saraya & Ruby head out, Renee wishes them luck, will the Outcasts get through this with or without Toni Storm?

 

Tony Schiavone has a sit-down interview with both Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Kingston.

With the ROH World Champion to his right and NJPW Strong Openweight Champion to his left, Schiavone thanks them both for their time. This has been an issue that has been a very bitter one both in AEW and ROH. Claudio, what is going on between you two? Weren’t you two once very, very close? Claudio says that’s more a question for Eddie to answer, because honestly, Claudio doesn’t even remember. Eddie says of course, play that card, like he’s better than Eddie or something. This is what Eddie was talking about, with being judgmental and crap that Claudio and even Bryan Danielson pull.

Eddie says Claudio knows what he did: he left the independents without doing business with Eddie, who considered him a friend, and then he goes off to “the Land of Make Believe.” Claudio says sometimes the right choice is not the easy choice. Oh c’mon, don’t give Eddie that! You know what Eddie’s gone through! They lived together, Claudio met Eddie’s parents, so he knows what Eddie went through! Eddie dares Claudio to say something about that. Claudio says he is what Eddie’s parents wish Eddie was like. Eddie says since Claudio’s so confident, then in New York, “embarrass” Eddie again, with Eddie’s family watching, for THE ROH World Championship!

Actually, even better! Eddie will sell some tickets right here! He will put HIS NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line! A title that means so much to Eddie, one he would die for. Claudio says okay, but under one condition: Eddie still owes Claudio a handshake and the respect that comes with it. Oh, so Claudio does remember? Because of that one missed handshake 15 years ago! Claudio says that at Arthur Ashe, Eddie will shake Claudio’s hand and tell him he respects him. Because Claudio vows to only lose the ROH title to a better man than him. That has never been Eddie Kingston, and it never will be Eddie Kingston.

Claudio leaves, and Eddie says there you go. Start selling tickets. And so, it will be Winner takes all, with respect on the side! Who walks out of Grand Slam with two titles on their arms?

 

Six Man Tag: Bullet Club Gold VS Gravity, Aerostar y Dios Del Inframundo!

This was meant to be an 8 Man Tag, but that’s not Jay White, that’s just #Cardblade. Well, wherever the Switchblade is watching this from, will his boys make him proud? Or will this now trio of luchadores use the powers of space, time and the supernatural to bring down the Bang Bang Gang?

Juice helps park “Cardblade” at commentary, and has Kevin Kelley and Nigel McGuinness show off his new award: The perennial Collision Cowboy of the Month! The trios sort out and Gravity starts against Austin Gunn. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” as Austin and Gravity tie up. They go around, Austin puts Gravity against ropes then knees him low! Austin whips, Gravity turns hip toss into a n arm-drag! Gravity kips up, things speed up, Austin trips Gravity then hits a ROLLING CUTTER! Tag to Colten and he drags Gravity up. Gravity CHOPS back! And then rolls Colten up, to ENZIGURI! Gravity tags out to Dios Del Inframundo!

Dios storms in but Colten CLOBBERS him! Colten says that’s the best right hand in the business! Then he hits a SPLASH in the corner! Colten does a little dance, then brings Dios up. But Dios kicks, kicks and KNEES! Dios runs, into a LARIAT! Tag to Juice and he JABS! JABS! JABS! JABS! JABS! JABS! LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Fans fire up and Juice mocks the luchadores, but Andrade El Idolo is watching backstage. He seems upset that the luchadores aren’t doing well right now. Juice suplexes Dios but Dios slips free to SUPERKICK! Tag to Gravity and then he and Aerostar both jump in.

Gravity KICKS Juice, Aero stomps him, fans fire up as these two fire off kicks! Gravity CHOPS, Aero0 CHOPS, and then they DOUBLE DOUBLE CHOP! Or, quadruple. They double whip, but Austin saves Juice! Colten slides in to CLOBBER them from behind! Juice rains down fists on Gravity then tells the ref to back off. Rock Hard Juice puts Gravity in the corner, the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” more and Collision goes to break.

Juice stomps away on Gravity, the ref counts and Juice lets off, then tags to Austin. Austin stomps away on Gravity now, but lets off to soak up heat from the fans. Austin CHOKES Gravity, lets off as the ref reprimands, and Austin tags in Colten. The Gunns keep Gravity from his corner, and Colten suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Colten keeps Gravity from his corner, bumps him off buckles, then stomps away! Colten then DECKS Gravity with a haymaker! Colten drags Gravity up, tags Juice, and Colten scoops Gravity to SLAM him! Juice hits a SENTON! Juice grins and he brings Gravity around, but Gravity throws hands as Collision goes to break!

Collision returns and Juice has Gravity down in a chinlock. Gravity endures, fans rally, and Gravity fights up to his feet. Gravity throws elbows, then jumps to hit a BIG JAWBREAKER! Hot tag to Colten, tag to Austin, and the Gunns intercept Gravity! They whip him away, Austin runs in, but Gravity BOOTS him down! Gravity dodges Colten, hot tag to Aerostar! Aero goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Aero dodges Colten, runs him over, then dodges Juice to DROPKICK him down! Fans fire up as Aero goes up, springboards and somersaults, to STUNNER! Cover, TWO! Tag to Dios and he brings Austin up to whip.

Austin whips Dios and hits a QUICK DRAW! Austin taunts Dios, but Aero runs in. Austin sends him away, Colten gets him for a FULL NELSON SLAM! Gravity CHOPS Austin, CHOPS Colten, repeat! Gravity fires up, runs, but into the 3:10 TO YUMA!! Tag to Juice and the Gunns set Dios up. They feed him to the LEG LARIAT! Juice then gets Dios up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! Cover, BCG wins!

Winners: Bullet Club Gold, by pinfall

Andrade is watching, a bit torn on this. But while BCG heads after FTR, again, will El Idolo have plans of his own in the works?

 

CJ Perry speaks.

“I was the first casualty on your righteous road. You left me! You said you weren’t going to return until you got gold. Miro, when you lost the TNT Championship, you lost yourself. Last week at All Out, all I wanted to do was surprise you and prove I have your back in helping you become champion again. God, you are so stubborn. Not the good stubborn, the bad stubborn. The more I think of it, you have forsaken your God, your gold, and your hot, flexible wife. Oh, Miro. Do you really wanna go down this path? I respect that. But I’m gonna have to go down mine. I’m torn. I’m so torn. I am so torn!

“I sat on the sidelines for two YEARS, tearing myself down, breaking myself apart, and asking myself, ‘Do I have what it takes?’ And every fiber of my being is YELLING that. Don’t leave ’til you find out. Once was the coldest manager in all of wrestling, and I think wanna do it again.” Will Miro’s wife get through to him one way or another?

 

AEW presents a special message.

“Is this really what it’s all about? Trading in your hard-earned money to wear a catchphrase or someone else’s face? Don’t you wish you could support something with meaning? With purpose?” The Dark Order steps in! John Silver says your support means something to them. Alex Reynolds says you mean something to them. Evil Uno asks, “You wouldn’t want to be supporting the bad guys now, would you?” Be good, like them. They’re waiting for you to #JoinDarkOrder.

 

The Acclaimed speaks.

Billy Gunn welcomes us and says they are here to let us know they’ve been Trios Champions for THIRTEEN DAYS! And they’re here on Collision to announce the start of their world tour. It technically began in London where they won these titles. But then they went to Chicago to unveil these new belts. And they also had two successful title defends and hung out with Dennis Rodmen! That makes them really cool! The Acclaimed World Tour is heading to New York, where Arthur Ashe becomes the House of Ass, and they return to the building where The Acclaimed became AEW World Tag Team Champions for the first time.

Now they return as AEW World Trios Champions, ready to bring the biggest scissor party to a city near you! Not only will they go to New York City, they’ll go to North Carolina, to Oklahoma, to North Dakota, to Washington DC to take over the wrestling world! Now scissor me, Daddy Ass~!

 

Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Immortal Firebird rises from the ashes and is back in action two weeks after the Blackpool Combat Club tried to tear him down! But before he can get revenge on the BCC, will he bring down the South African Stud?

The bell rings, the two circle, and fans rally up for Fenix. Fenix and Angelico tie up, break, then Fenix SOBATS! Fenix whips, Angelico reverses but Fenix tiger feints. Angelico ducks the kick, runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fenix builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Serpentico checks Angelico but then he taunts Fenix. Fenix shoves SNAKEMAN away, but Angelico CLUBS Fenix! Angelico knees low, whips Fenix at the ring, but Fenix goes up to FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up and Fenix puts Angelico in the ring. Fenix springboards in, Angelico gets under but Fenix CHOPS him!

Fenix knuckle locks, CHOPS again, then he goes up and up and tightrope walks, but Angelico trips him up and brings him down! Angelico cording holds, but Fenix fights it. Angelico grabs the other arm to twist it! Fenix knees low but Angelico wrenches to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Angelico stomps Fenix down! Fans rally, Angelico does his dance, and Angelico isolates an arm. Fenix resists, he KICKS Angelico, but Angelico hooks the arms to trap them in his legs! Angelico twists Fenix’s head but Fenix kicks! Fenix is free, kips up, and he RAMS into Angelico! Fenix goes to a corner, Angelico runs in but only gets buckles!

Fenix ENZIGURIS, then he pushes Angelico down to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! And DOUBLE STOMP! Fenix goes back up to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Angelico survives but Fenix brings Angelico up. SUPERKICK! Angelico goes to a corner, and Fenix snapmares him down to BUZZSAW! Fenix brings Angelico up but Angelico slips around to waistlock. Fenix switches, Angelico elbows free but Fenix shoves him. Angelico goes up and over and hooks Fenix, rolling Russian Leg Sweep, and then a ghost pin! TWO!! Fenix escapes and Angelico argues the count. Fans rally and Angelico keeps on Fenix.

Angelico winds up to DECK Fenix! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK! Angelico falls, Fenix goes up! Serpentico distracts but gets a tightrope PENALTY KICK for it! Fenix then aims at Angelico, and he somersaults and STUNNERS! Cover, TWO!? Fenix hurries to fireman’s carry Angelico, BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Fenix is back and he is back on the winning track! Will Moxley have to watch his back with Fenix hunting for a title shot?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Schiavone is with Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler and says they’ve faced all comers to still be AEW World Tag Team Champions. Cash wants to run that list down: The Briscoe trilogy; The Gunns; Jarrett & Lethal; Jay White & Juice Robinson in a 58 minute classic; and arguably their biggest match, them and the Young Bucks at All In London! So now the question is, who is next? Dax says along with that, he doesn’t feel FTR likes being off Collision. This week, they need to be in the main event as the best tag team in the world, but to be the best of all time, they need more contenders.

That is why Dax is putting forward the “FTR World Tag Team Challenge.” Starting next week, any young tag team that wants to step up and prove their worth to FTR and AEW, here you go. The titles will even be on the line! Good stuff, right? Schiavone got a partner? No, not against FTR. Who will step up to this huge title open challenge put forward by the Top Guys?

 

AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Semifinals: Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Darby Allin!

We’ve heard the lament of the #NeckStrong Savior of the Backbreaker, but now he goes head to head with a man who doesn’t care what’s hurting, so long as he’s breathing. BUT WAIT! As Darby makes his entrance, Luchasaurus grabs him by the neck and THROWS him into the garage door! And then torture racks to bend that damaged back! Christian Cage walks over and asks what’s up. Darby grabs at Christian but Christian grabs the arm first. Next time Darby tries that, Christian will bite a finger off. Christian tells Darby to listen. Darby probably got in on this tournament because he realized he’s never gonna win Christian’s TNT Championship!

Christian has news for Darby: will Darby not only never be TNT Champion again, he’s not gonna be any champion ever again, period! Not as long as Christian is in AEW. Understand? Now, finish him! Luchasaurus lets Darby down to then scoop him, and LAWN DART him into the garage door! Darby falls in a heap, did Roddy just advance by default!? A ref and some staff check Darby, but Darby’s still getting up on his own. Roddy & The Kingdom already celebrate, fans boo, but wait! Darby hobbles his way out on stage! Nick Wayne walks with Darby, telling him that this is what Christian wants. He wants Darby to lose, but they won’t give him the satisfaction!

Darby throws his jacket off, Nick gets the fans going, and Darby hobbles his way down to the ring! Roddy doesn’t care, he just feels he has this in the bag. Roddy STOMPS away on Darby the second he’s in the ring! The bell rings, Roddy stomps Darby more, then talks trash on him. Roddy YANKS Darby up into a BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes, Roddy stands him up and CHOPS him! Roddy makes everyone look at Darby in pain, and then he CHOPS Darby again! Darby falls over but Roddy hauls Darby up. Darby fires off haymakers from all sides! Darby runs, Roddy reels him in, but Darby turns back suplex into sunset flip! TWO!

Roddy and Darby stand, Roddy runs in but Darby dumps him out! Darby DIVES! Direct hit into railing and fans are thunderous as Collision goes picture in picture!

Roddy writhes, the ref checks him because of his neck and he checks Darby. Darby is already up, The Kingdom is upset, and Darby stands Roddy up to RAM him into railing! Darby runs up again to put Roddy in the ring, and then Darby CLOBBERS Roddy! Darby fires fast hands, Roddy pushes him away and catches him for a GUTBUSTER! Darby flounders to a corner but Roddy pushes him to ropes. Roddy JUMP STOMPS, then he drags Darby up. BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes and Roddy mocks the fans rallying. Darby crawls to a corner but Roddy JUMP STOMPS him again! And then stands on Darby’s back!

The ref counts, Roddy lets off and Nick coaches Darby up. Roddy drags Darby up, CHOPS him, and Darby staggers before he falls over. Roddy paces around Darby, kicks him in the side, then stands Darby up to CHOP him back down! Roddy talks trash, but Darby kicks back from below! Roddy stomps Darby, hauls him up and hits another BACKBREAKER! Roddy flexes and paces around, then he YANKS Darby up into a fireman’s carry, for a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Darby survives by a literal foot but Roddy storms out after him. Roddy drags Darby up and Collision returns to single picture.

Darby trips Roddy up! Roddy hobbles, Darby POSTS him! Fans fire up as Darby CLOBBERS Roddy by the railing! Darby CLUBS away on Roddy, fires off hands, and then runs in again! Roddy clinches to POST Darby in return! Roddy holds Darby up to then TOSS him into railing! Darby falls in a heap again and The Kingdom keep that neck loose. Roddy drags Darby up again, puts him in the ring, and fans chant “ADAM LEFT YOU!” Roddy tells them to shut up, and he stalks Darby. Roddy stomps away on Darby, tells the fans off, then he runs up on Darby. Darby kicks the legs out and Roddy ends up on ropes!

Darby skins the cat to have a GUILLOTINE in the ropes! Roddy flails and the ref counts, but Darby lets go at 4. Darby slides in, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Roddy escapes but Darby runs back in, into a half nelson! But Darby swings around to ghost pin! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby holds on, he uses the same inverted motorcycle stretch he used on Nick! But Roddy powers through to STF!! Darby endures being bent back, fights his way forward, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Strong lets go at 4, and fans fire up! Roddy drags Darby up, CHOPS him to the corner, then follows him to another corner.

Roddy puts Darby up top, climbs up after him, but fans taunt Roddy more. Darby fights the superplex and he CLUBS Roddy on the back! Fans fire up as Darby CLAWS Roddy’s back! Darby shoves Roddy down and fans are thunderous as Darby adjusts! But Roddy SHOVES Darby onto the post! Roddy then climbs up to bring Darby back up, but Darby holds onto the buckle! Darby throws elbows, but Roddy CLUBS away on Darby’s back! Roddy then tries again, half nelson, TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER!!! Fans lose their minds as Darby falls to the apron and then the floor! Nick checks Darby but The Kingdom says that’s it! It’s over!

Roddy drags Darby up, puts him in the ring, and Collision goes back to picture in picture.

Roddy covers, TWO!! Roddy is beside himself, but Darby is somehow still in this! Roddy says this is on Nick for helping Darby out here, and Roddy gets the legs. BOSTON CRAB! Darby endures being bent back, and he SLAPS himself to fire back up! Darby reaches out but Roddy sits deep on the hold! Darby still powers his way forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, and he drags Darby back up. Darby holds ropes so Roddy STOMPS him down! Roddy tells the fans off, even as they continue to chant at him. Roddy drags Darby up to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP!

Darby flops over and Roddy tells the fans off one more time. Roddy pushes Darby around, eggs him on, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Roddy has Darby on the apron. Roddy fireman’s carries, but Darby fights with elbows! Darby shifts to THROWBACK STUNNER! Roddy falls to the floor but Darby still clutches his own back. Darby goes up the corner?! SUPER COFFIN SPLASH!!! Direct hit and both men are down at the ramp! Nick coaches Darby, but The Kingdom creeps up on him. But AR Fox is here! Nick asks what Fox is doing here but Fox says he’s got their back! He’s Team Darby now! Nick still hasn’t forgiven Fox, but Darby puts Roddy in. Roddy runs in, but into BOOTS! Darby runs, but into a SICK KICK!!

Roddy hauls Darby up, END OF- NO, Darby slips free to SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Fox and Nick both coach Darby up now, The Kingdom coaches Roddy, and fans rally up. Darby crawls towards a corner, but Taven gets on the apron! Nick YANKS him down, sets him up for Fox, and Fox goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Mike shoves Nick in the way!! Fox takes Nick out by accident but Darby still COFFIN DROPS, but onto Roddy’s knees!! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, RODDY WINS!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

The Kingdom come through as insurance and they put the neck brace back on Roddy. Roddy is now heading to Dynamite’s finals, but who will it be he faces? Meanwhile,  Nick and Fox get in the ring to check Darby, but Nick shoves Fox! Nick asks what the hell, and Fox defends it was an accident. Nick doesn’t wanna hear it, but the ref keeps these two from fighting it out. What is Darby to do with friends fighting and enemies all around?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.

“Every man has his limit. I took the Redeemer to the limit. I proved I pray to no man, but I look to this book for guidance. Last Sunday, we saw who stood tall. We saw who the real winner was. But this book, this chapter is still unwritten. And everyone will fall to the Book of Hobbs.”

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

Lexi Nair is with the Limitless One and says Keith has had plenty of success in the AEW Tag Division. He’s even a former tag team champion. But from the sound of it, he wants to do things solo? Yes, as he proved with his first match on Collision not too long ago. However, there are certain individuals that are avoiding him anyway, so if he has to get this done, he’s here with the… Colliders? Now that Keith is here, understand that Keith IS The Collision! He is the one! So his advice to you: run. Will the Limitless One soon have All Elite Wrestling in his hands?

 

The Righteous speak.

Vincent snaps his fingers and says, “Hello, AEW.” Dutch says, “Here we are! Ol’ Dutch ‘n’ Vincent. And now, Mr. Grayson.” Dutch says we’ve all got the power in our hands to hurt. But there are those too afraid to use it. Those who are not afraid control life itself. Stu says take what you need for the pain, but Vincent says this is brand new. If anyone wants to do something about it, then come on then! If not, just get off the road. You dig what he’s saying, man?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

And he welcomes the man with a big win last Sunday at All Out, it’s the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson! Fans fire up as Bryan makes his way to the ring, all patched up from that brutal Strap Match with Ricky Starks. Schiavone says Bryan won and put Starks completely out. So the question is, what is next? Bryan says, “What’s next? So, I told my daughter that once she turns seven, I would start finishing up on my career.” Fans are disappointed, but Bryan says his daughter is six. He keeps his promises, especially to those he loves. So guess what? Time is running out. Fans chant “NO! NO! NO!”

But Bryan says with all that said, he will NOT go gently into that good night! If you think he will, then you don’t know who the hell he is! Bryan is Odysseus and he is gonna fight that cyclops! You’ll have to tie him to the mast to resist the siren song, and then he will kick EVERYBODY’S head in! Fans fire up for that! Because if this is Bryan’s last year, then this will be Bryan’s greatest year ever! Fans love the sound of that! And guess what? Bryan is calling his shots! Right now, his next shot is… October 1st! Seattle, Washington! AEW WrestleDream! And he wants to fight the guy who calls himself the best technical wrestler in the world: ZACK SABRE JR!!

Fans fire up even more, but wait! Ricky Starks walks out, Big Bill by his side. The fans boo but Starks says he had the same reaction when he arrived in Ohio. So it is fitting that Bryan is on Collision while Starks is stuck in catering again. This is what he was talking about! The attention always falls on the other person. It’s why he whooped Steamboat in the first place! To get some attention around here! And after Sunday, he thinks he has everyone’s attention! He put everyone on notice! Starks says after Sunday, he immortalized himself as THE MAN, THE FACE of Collision, as THE PERSON who will do things that Bryan couldn’t have done in his entire career!

Starks talked a lot about how he was given bread crumbs and he wanted a full course meal. He realized that when Bryan did NOT tap Starks out, when Starks woke up in a crimson mask and looked at the blood wash off and go down the drain, Starks realized that he went from hungry to being greedy. Starks will take, take, take, and take, because it is in his nature and it is what he does! Bryan tells Starks that he wishes Starks would’ve been patient. Because Bryan wasn’t done yet. Bryan was in there, he saw what Starks did, he saw what is in Starks! And y’know what? Bryan approves.

Bryan knows the BCC says that if you wanna be with ’em, you gotta bleed with ’em. Bryan has a shirt ready, but Big Bill DECKS him first!! Starks is a little surprised, and he gets Bill off Bryan! Then Starks fires off on Bryan! Bill grins and Starks rains down shots, but here comes the BCC! Moxley jumps on Bill’s back! Fans fire up but Bill TOSSES Moxley and BOOTS him down! Bill beats up on Mox, Starks keeps on Bryan, and CHOKES him with that BCC shirt! Fans boo as Starks makes Bryan pass out! “YOU STILL SUCK! YOU STILL SUCK!” Starks doesn’t care what anyone says, he just strikes his pose!

The Absolute then mocks the old “YES! YES! YES!” stuff, then he and Bill take their leave. Will they regret rejecting and angering two stone cold killers?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

After that encounter between Starks & Bill with Bryan & Moxley, Moxley is putting his International Championship up against Big Bill! Will Moxley tear down the giant and humble him?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Collision!

The open challenge was issued by FTR, and there’s already an answer! Beefy ‘n’ bulky, jacked ‘n’ juicy, The Iron Savages want a taste of gold! Will Bronson & Boulder bring down the Top Guys? Or will Dax & Cash manage to bring down their physically biggest opponents yet?

 

Backstage interview with Big Bill.

As we just heard, Bill gets a title shot for Jon Moxley’s International Champion! “Oh, Jon Moxley~! He’s the toughest guy we’ve got.” Bill rolls his eyes and says that he just went out there and beat Moxley’s ass! So Wednesday night, in Moxley’s hometown of Cincinnati, Bill is gonna beat Moxley’s ass again to become the NEW International Champion. But then The Lucha Brothers walk over and Fenix tells Bill to relax. Moxley is Fenix’s to break. Just because Bill is big doesn’t mean he skips the line. Fenix has a score to settle, HE will be the next champion. Okay, back of the line. Worry about your brother since he’s gonna get manhandled by Samoa Joe.

Abrahantes says that is true. They have bigger things to deal with. But will Bill be right about his title match with Moxley? Or will Moxley make it past the human skyscraper to take on the firebird?

 

AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes!

We know Roderick Strong is waiting, but given the history between them, will he want the King of Wrestling Television to meet him on Wednesday? Or will neither be given the choice when Penta unleashes the power of Cero Miedo?

The bell rings and fans fire up as Penta circles with Joe. The two tie up, Joe shoves Penta away, but Penta comes right back to get in Joe’s face. Penta shoves Joe, Joe shoves Penta, so Penta says, “Listen. CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Joe, Joe HEADBUTTS Penta! Joe runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta says it again “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but Joe runs him over! Joe stalks Penta, brings him up and CHPOS him to a corner! The Kingdom and Roddy are watching backstage as Joe DECKS Penta! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS! Joe CLUBS Penta down, fans rally up, and Joe brings Penta up. Joe whips but Penta KICKS back!

Penta runs to DROPKICK! Joe tumbles out of the ring and fans rally up with Penta. Penta builds speed to slide, but Joe moves! Joe thinks he got away with something but he turns around and Penta hits a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up with Penta and he goes back for Joe. Penta KICKS Joe in the leg, follows him around the way to CHOP, but Joe CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Joe HEADBUTTS again, refreshes the ring count, then whips Penta into railing! Penta goes down in a heap and Joe soaks up cheers and jeers. Joe drags Penta up, brings him around, and POSTS him! Then CHPOS him!

Penta turns things around to COHP Joe! Joe turns it around to CHOP again! Penta turns things around to CHOP again! Joe pokes Penta in the eye! Joe refreshes the count again, but Penta KICKS the leg! Penta whips Joe into railing! Fans fire up, Penta and Abrahantes bring out a TABLE! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.

The table is propped up against the railing, then Penta CHOPS Joe! Joe staggers, but he CLAWS Penta’s eyes! Joe puts Penta in the ring, slides in after him, and drags Penta up to HEADBUTT! Penta ends up in a corner and Joe fires off JABS! Joe CLUBS Penta down, then digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts but Joe lets off at 4. Joe drags Penta up and throws him out. Penta hobbles up at the ramp, Joe storms up and CLUBS him! Joe whips Penta into the steel steps! Penta slumps down, Joe brings him around and CLAWS at the mask! The ref reprimands and counts, Joe lets off and he looms mover Penta.

Penta kicks from below but Joe stomps him! Joe drags Penta up to put him in the ring, then he covers, TWO! Penta is still in this and Joe is annoyed. Joe KNEES Penta, KICKS him, and KICKS again! Joe DECKS Penta with a forearm, and Collision returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel, “CERO! MIEDO!” “LET’S GO, JOE!” Joe ROCKS Penta, ROCKS him again, but Penta turns it around to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! Joe falls, Penta goes up, and fans join in saying “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta leaps but Joe moves to avoid the diving stomps! Joe then runs in to CLOBBER Penta! Cover, TWO!

Joe clamps onto Penta with a neck wrench! Penta endures as Joe twists his head! Fans rally up, Penta fights up, and Penta throws elbows! Penta is free, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Penta whips, Joe reverses but Penta goes up and over, only for Joe to catch him! SNAKE EYES! Penta slumps down in the corner, but Joe snapmares him to a motorcycle stretch! Penta endures the knee in his back, fans rally up, and The Kingdom continues to watch. Joe pulls back on the arms but fans rally harder! Penta fights up, but Joe HEADBUTTS! Joe snapmares Penta to CHOP him in the back! Then PENALTY KICK! Then ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Joe is annoyed but he clamps back onto Penta. Penta fights up to throw body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS! Joe whips Penta to a corner, runs in and back elbows to then PELE! Joe revels in the cheers and jeers, and he watches Penta stir. Joe paces around, then he drags Penta up. Joe hoists Penta up, tucks him in, but Penta fires shots! Penta ROCKS Joe, jumps and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Penta KICKS, whips, but Joe reverses. Penta goes up and over to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again and Penta brings Joe up. Penta reels Joe in, but Joe wrenches out to kick low!

Joe whips, runs in but into a SUPERKICK! Penta runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Penta survives and Joe grows frustrated. Fans rally and Joe reels Penta in but Penta wrenches out to ENZIGURI! Penta clotheslines in the corner, GAMANGIRIS, then trips Joe to run and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Penta covers, TWO!! Joe is still in this but Penta keeps his cool. Penta waits on Joe to rise, and he ROUNDHOUSES! Then snapmare, to run and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Joe is still in this but Penta wants that arm! Penta CLUBS away on Joe’s sides, hooks one arm up and pulls the other, but Joe powers out!!

Joe hits an atomic drop, then runs to BOOT Penta down! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Joe keeps his focus. Joe HEADBUTTS, runs, but Penta dodges! Joe tumbles out of the ring, Penta builds speed and Penta again fakes Joe out! Penta SUPERKICKS from the apron! Joe wobbles, Penta slingshots and runs, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Joe! Fans fire up again and Penta hurries back into the ring. Fans fire up, Penta builds speed again, to FLY! But Joe moves and this time, it wasn’t a fake out! Penta CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Fans lose their minds and Joe drags Penta from the wreckage.

Joe puts Penta in, covers, TWO!!! Penta survives his own mistake and Joe cannot believe it! Joe stands Penta up to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Joe runs, Penta catches him, tucks him in, but Joe pops out to get the COQUINA CLUTCH!!! Penta flails, but he’s caught! Penta taps, Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)

And so the match is set! Roddy VS Joe! Joe hurt Roddy’s neck and sent him on this path, will Joe break what is left of Roddy to then go after MJF? Or will the Savior of the Backbreaker settle one score before settling another?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision here, but it just felt a bit talky this time, and not all of it was even really needed. That vignette for The Righteous was literally the same one from the August 18th Rampage. Instead of letting us know The Righteous is coming to AEW, have them show up. But we still got good promos, like Saraya & Soho coming to terms with Storm losing her marbles, CJ Perry and Will Hobbs each having their own thing to say about the match with Miro on Sunday, and the sit-down interview with Claudio and Eddie. I love that we’re getting Winner Takes All between Claudio and Eddie, and that match could go either way. And I just hope CJ isn’t going to be Hobbs’ manager, too many parallels back to the Rusev-Lana-Lashley story in WWE…

Great action with the midcard titles on the line again. Moxley of course beats Action, and I like we’re getting some story blending with him, Bryan, Starks, Bill, and so on. Moxley VS Bill will be good stuff, and I would think Moxley wins so he can have this feud with Fenix. Bryan letting us all know he has no more than a year left in his wrestling career was a great promo, and great to see that after it didn’t happen for Forbidden Door either year, WrestleDream is going to give us the dream match of Bryan VS ZSJ. I also like that Bryan was actually considering of expanding BCC to add Starks, but of course Starks turns him down. Starks wants to be his own man, not one in a crowd. Bryan VS Starks round 2 can be a big part of like Full Gear, or even sooner as part of a build to WrestleDream.

Kris VS Robyn Renegade was alright, though I don’t know why they kept the opponent a secret when it’s only Robyn Renegade. Or is it really more they had absolutely no idea who was facing Kris until now? But either way, Kris was still going to win, and I suppose Jade Cargill was still going to make her way back to AEW. For Kris’ sake, I hope she retains against Jade. Jade’s great at character work and good enough in the ring for being She-Hulk in real-life, but I just don’t think the TBS Championship needs another reign of terror from Jade. Maybe Jade will start poking around the top title after we get past the Outcasts’ story.

Great Six Man Tag, though they didn’t acknowledge this was downgraded from an 8 Man, so I hope Jay White and/or Metalik are both okay. That said, great match, but of course the Bang Bang Gang wins out since they’re on a roll. And while BCG won against FTR, they might be aiming for Trios titles eventually. Good promos from Acclaimed and Dark Order, I hope we also get that as a trios championship feud since they made a point of having an Acclaimed necklace as the merchandise they focused on.

Great stuff out of the contender’s tournament, too, with Christian & Luchasaurus of course being part of why Darby didn’t win tonight. But at the same time, they did a good job in playing up the tension between Nick and Fox. And just as I said last night on Rampage, I just felt Joe VS Strong was going to be the finals. There is history there between them, as well as each part of the Better Than You Baybay brochachos. One way or another, Cole is going to get involved because Roddy basically won’t give him a choice. AEW can’t go wrong with who wins the finals, but I feel like if they want to keep the story with MJF and Cole going, they can give us MJF VS Joe for the world title, then Cole VS Roddy separately in a grudge match of sorts.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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