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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/13/23)

The finals are here!

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There can only be ONE #1 contender!

MJF will defend his AEW World Championship next week at Dynamite: Grand Slam, but will it be against Samoa Joe or Roderick Strong? We find out tonight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Ricky Starks; Moxley wins and retains the title.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker VS Nyla Rose VS Toni Storm; Storm wins and will challenge Saraya for the title at AEW Grand Slam.
  • Hangman Page VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Hangman wins.
  • Darby Allin & Nick Wayne VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker; Darby & Nick win.
  • AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins and will challenge MJF for the title at AEW Grand Slam.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Ricky Starks!

The Maniac came to The American Dragon’s rescue on Collision, only to get thrown around by the towering man coming for his title! Will Cincinnati’s own break Big Bill for what he did to Bryan Danielson? Or will we already have another NEW International Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Absolute’s client strikes gold!

The bell rings and the fans rally up for Moxley. Moxley and Bill circle, Mox KICKS at a leg then fires forearms! Moxley has Bill in a corner but Bill shoves him away first. Bill ROCKS Mox, but Mox flips him off! Mox fires forearms back and fans fire up! Bill shoves Mox and UPPERCUTS! Moxley staggers and falls back, and Bill rains down fists! Fans boo but Bill lets off to soak up the heat. Bill storms back to Moxley and brings him around to CLUB him down! Bill scuffs Moxley to a corner, then stands him up. Bill CHOPS Moxley and Moxley staggers away. Bill storms up to CHOP Moxley again!

Fans rally for Moxley as he snarls, but Bill waits. Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Moxley runs, but Bill scoops him! Bill grins as he FALL AWAY SLAMS Moxley across the way! Fans boo but Starks is loving this as Bill SPLASHES Moxley in the corner! Bill keeps moving but Moxley ELBOWS him away! And LARIATS! Bill stays up so Moxley LARIATS again! Bill is still up, and he KNEES Moxley low! Bill runs now to BOOT Moxley out of the ring! Fans boo but Bill just soaks it up. The ref is distracted with Bill and Starks stomps Moxley! Fans boo more but Bill goes out to fetch Moxley.

Bill stalks Moxley around the way, fans rally up, but Bill CLUBS Moxley down! Moxley takes a seat and Bill fires off haymakers! Moxley staggers away, but Bill is on him again to ROCK him with another right! Bill whips, Moxley reverses, and Bill is sent into steel steps! Starks is upset, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley goes after Bill, drags him up with a headlock, and brings him around to punch! But Bill TOSSES Moxley over the timekeeper table! Fans boo but Bill and Starks soak it up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Moxley is down, having taken the table with him. Starks and Bill high-ten, and then Bill goes back to fetch Moxley. Bill moves the table aside, ROCKS Moxley again, then stalks Moxley. Bill BOOTS Moxley into more railing! Fans rally as Moxley is slumped over, but Bill punches at Moxley’s bloody forehead! Moxley staggers into the ring but Bill pursues. Bill stalks Moxley as he’s punch drunk, and just ROCKS him again! Moxley falls against Bill, Bill soaks up the heat while his pants soak up some Moxley blood. Bill throws hands, but Moxley eggs him on! So Bill scoops and SLAMS Moxley down! Then he drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO!

Bill looms over Moxley as he reaches out for ropes, and Bill gets a taste of Moxley’s blood, literally! Bill swaggers like Jagger and then SLAPS Moxley! Moxley CHOPS back! Bill CHOPS and Moxley falls! Bill stands on Moxley’s neck! The ref counts, Bill talks trash but he steps away at 4. Moxley stands but Bill scoops to SLAM him again! Bill pumps up and runs, but Moxley avoids the elbow drop! Moxley hurries to RAM Bill into a corner, and he hoists Bill up top! Moxley CHOPS, then climbs, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally up as Moxley fires hands, and CLAWS Big Bill’s big back! Moxley reels Bill in, to SUPERPLEX!

Both men are down and fans are loving this! Starks, not so much. A standing count starts, Bill and Moxley stir, and fans rally behind Moxley. Moxley stands at 5 of 10 with his crimson mask growing! Moxley runs in, but into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Bill grows frustrated. Bill DECKS Moxley, then BOOTS him! Moxley sits up, so Bill BOOTS him again! Fans rally as Moxley sits up again! Moxley eggs Bill on more but Bill BOOTS him again! Moxley rises to his feet no! Moxley and Bill are forehead to forehead, then go forearm for forearm! Fans rally behind Moxley as he gets the edge!

Bill UPPERCUTS, runs, but Moxley blocks the boot, to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Bill survives but Moxley has him for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! The Blackpool Combat Club favorite ragdolls Bill, and Moxley wraps on a SLEEPER! Starks shouts for Bill to get up, and Bill rises to his feet! Moxley hops on as a backpack! But Bill RAMS Moxley into buckles! Bill staggers away, catches his breath and returns, into a CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous as Bill bails out and flops against railing! Moxley sees that, and he goes up top, only for STARKS to shove Moxley down! The ref wonders what happened but fans boo!

Bill runs in, and he BOOTS Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!! Moxley survives and here comes BRYAN! Bryan CLOBBERS Starks and brawls with the Absolute! Bryan DECKS Starks, DECKS him again, and just keeps firing hands! Fans are thunderous and Bill is distracted, ROLL-UP! TWO!! Bill escapes, Starks whips Bryan into steel steps! Bill runs in but into a BOOT from Moxley! Moxley goes up, and he leaps, into a choke grip! SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Moxley survives and Cincinnati is electric! Bill rains down fists in frustration but fans rally as hard as they can for Moxley!

Bill flips the fans off with bloody fingers, then he mocks Moxley before he choke grips! But Moxley TRIANGLE HOLDS!! Bill fights to his feet, Starks is there but Bryan keeps him out of the ring! Bill still deadlifts Moxley, but Moxley squeezes harder!! Moxley drags Bill down, Starks says don’t, but Bill taps! Moxley wins!!

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

Starks is furious and he fires off on Bryan with fists! And Bill CLOBBERS Moxley! Fans boo and Starks gets in, to use a SHOE as a weapon! Bryan runs in to CLOBBER Starks! Bill CLUBS Bryan, CLAUDIO runs out! The Swiss Superman dodges Bill to then fireman’s carry!! Bill slips free to the apron and choke grips, but Claudio UPPERCUTS! The BCC regroups but Starks has Bill fall back. Starks is absolutely seething, but it’s not like the BCC is in a good mood, either! Will they settle things down the line? What about Moxley facing Rey Fenix next week at Grand Slam for the title? Will Moxley make it past the Immortal Firebird? Or will he burn for his past transgressions?

 

Backstage interview with Roderick Strong & The Kingdom.

Renee Paquette is with the Savior of the Backbreaker, as well as Matt Taven & Mike Bennett, and says tonight is the finals, Strong VS Joe, the winner moving on to next week’s Dynamite: Grand Slam to face MJF for the AEW World Championship. And the last time Strong faced Joe, Joe nearly put Strong on the shelf. Strong points out the keyword, “nearly.” But before Strong can say more, Adam Cole walks in! Adam wants Roddy to listen. This is a horrible, horrible idea. After what happened last time, Joe could break Strong’s neck! Oh, look, guys! NOW Adam cares about Roddy! Amazing.

But Roddy says The Kingdom believes in him, and the only person Adam seems to believe in is Max. But this time, Adam should be more worried about Max, because after Strong breaks Joe, Strong will break MJF’s back and become the NEW AEW World Champion! Because Roddy is a wrestling LEGEND! Let’s go, boys. Roddy leads his new friends away, but will Taven & Bennett be there to pick up the pieces after tonight?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

And he tells everyone that it is time for the “unveiling of a masterpiece,” and a celebration, too, apparently. So please welcome to the ring… Schiavone has to hold back a gag reflex… Don Callis. Fans boo as Dastardly Don and his “new son,” Konosuke Takeshita, head to the ring. And on the tron plays the highlights of Konosuke pinning Kenny Omega in back to back matches, the Six Man Tag at All In London, and the 1v1 match at All Out. Callis & Konosuke join Schiavone in the ring, and Schiavone says they got the welcome they probably expected. Callis snatches the mic away and fans boo more.

Callis says he and Konosuke beat Omega twice in one week, show some respect! But Callis learned a lot about Japanese culture from Konosuke. And he learned that the top wrestler in the promotion is referred to as “The Ace.” There have been a lot of great Aces, but Konosuke is better than all of them! Better than Rikidozan! Than Maeda! Than Sakaguchi! Than Toshu! Than Okada! And even INOKI! “So when you beat Kenny Omega once, they call you The Ace. But when you beat Kenny Omega TWICE in seven days, they don’t call you The Ace! They call you The ALPHA!!” Callis points to the tron and we see the logo for Konosuke’s new nickname.

Fans boo as confetti and streamers fly, while Callis says we will now refer to him as “The Alpha,” Konosuke Takeshita. And he’s a real alpha male, not a fake like Chris Jericho. A lot of people say they should feel bad for destroying Kenny, but Callis feels nothing. He’s never been good with “empathy,” it just felt like weakness. When you’re The Alpha, you don’t feel, you take! You take everything that can be taken, and then you take a little more. On that note, Kenny, beating you twice isn’t enough for them! They broke Kenny’s body, but now they’ll break his heart. Callis promised to reveal through his creation who the next target was, and who The Alpha is going to beat!

Callis tells Kenny that this one will “kill” him. For the next target is none other than the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and the living, breathing heart of Kenny Omega, KOTA IBUSHI! Callis pulls the veil away and there it is, Callis pointing at Ibushi and Konosuke holding up a sword! Callis brings out the screwdriver and he tells Kenny that they won’t just beat Ibushi, they won’t just take him from Kenny and pin him. They’re gonna BUTCHER him! They’re gonna SKIN him! They’re gonna BURN him! And Callis is going to love the fact that while he and Konosuke are spilling Ibushi’s blood, Kenny will be at home, helplessly watching, “like the pathetic cuck that you are!”

And then Callis STABS the painting of Ibushi with the screwdriver!! Fans boo at the graphic foreshadowing, and then Callis gives Konosuke his flowers. Konosuke shoves those at Schiavone as a disrespectful allusion to a funeral for Ibushi! But will the Golden Star prove he’s not helpless at all?

 

Backstage interview with the Blackpool Combat Club.

Alex Marvez is with Bryan, Claudio and the still bloody Moxley and brings up the issues that continue to escalate between them and Ricky Starks. Yes, Bryan says that the BCC loves it when things escalate! They’re all about escalation! So here’s a challenge for Starks & Bill! This Saturday, AEW Collision, Starks & Bill VS Bryan & Claudio! But Marvez does bring up that there are big title matches for Moxley and Claudio just next week at Dynamite: Grand Slam. Moxley says yeah, those aren’t title matches, that’s a day off. That’s easy money right there! Claudio agrees, and says that Eddie-

Oh wait, Fenix storms over! Abrahantes and Penta have to hold him back as he shouts “I’m gonna beat you next week! I WILL beat you, do you hear?!” Refs and security rush over to get the enraged Fenix away, but Bryan says if they want escalation, they’re here for it! Eddie Kingston has also stepped in at this point, and he stares Claudio down. Eddie eventually smiles and says, “One more week.” Then he laughs as he leaves. The issues between these two are on a whole different level, who becomes a DOUBLE Champion next week in New York?

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Dynamite returns as Renee is with the FTW Champion, and congratulates him on regaining the title at All In London. How does this title run feel different? But then Orange Cassidy walks in?! Renee says hi, and he says hey. What’s up? “I dunno. Just walkin’ around… I saw Hook here all mad about something, and what do you gotta be mad about? You’re here, you can wrestle. You don’t have tape all over your body. And you have a championship. I used to have a championship.” Hook says Cassidy was a great champion, though. Oh, thanks, man. You are, too. They fist bump. Then Hook leaves.

Renee asks if Cassidy is okay. He… is still so tired. Will Freshly Squeezed be able to make a comeback at some point? What will he aim to do when he does?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker VS Nyla Rose w/ Marina Shafir VS Toni Storm!

Former champions all, these four top stars are battling for a Grand Slam opportunity against Saraya! But will it be the Shining Samurai, The Doctor, The Native Beast, or the bat crap crazy Lightning From Down Under that defies the odds and seizes the moment?

The bell rings and Storm immediately shouts “CUT! CUT!” She’s not ready for her scene! Storm storms out of the ring before either Shida or Britt can catch her, and then Nyla ruses them! Shida and Britt dodge to fire off on Nyla together, then double whip. Nyla DOUBLE LARIATS them first! Fans are torn but then Storm gets in to steal the spotlight! Fans cheer but Nyla tells her to cut that out. And then Shida comes back to CLUB Nyla and ROCK Storm! Britt joins in, Shida stomps Storm in a corner and Britt throws hands on Nyla. But then Nyla throws Britt out of the ring! But Shida dropkicks Nyla and Britt DUMPS Nyla out!

Fans rally, Shida and Britt have a tense moment but Storm RAMS into Shida, sending her into Britt, and then Britt falls onto Nyla and Shafir! Storm waistlocks but Shida switches to TOSS Storm! Fans fire up as Shida holds the ring, and she goes up the ropes! Shida SUPER CROSSBODIES everybody! Fans are all fired up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Shida puts Storm back in the ring, and Shida has her in the corner. Shida climbs up to rain down fists! Fans cheer and count along, and Shida goes all the way to TEN! But then Nyla CLAWS Shida’s back! Nyla brings Shida around to scoop and SLAM! But then Britt gets in to CLUB Nyla! And fire off forearms! Britt whips but Nyla blocks! Nyla whips, Britt ducks ‘n’ dodges, to SLINGBLADE! Storm CLOBBERS Britt! Storm stomps Britt to a corner, then CHOPS her! Storm gets Nyla to work with her, and Nyla whips Storm in to SPLASH Britt! Storm then sends Nyla in to SPLASH Britt! Storm and Nyla applaud each other, but then Nyla ROCKS Storm!

Nyla fires forearms and she DECKS Storm! Cover, Shida breaks it! Shida hits Storm to a corner, then keeps on her. Fans rally up, Britt is on Nyla again with forearms, but Nyla blocks! Shida bumps Storm off buckles, Britt still fires shots but Nyla puts her in a corner for body shots! Nyla digs a boot in, while Storm turns things around on Shida for stomps of her own! The ref can’t stop anyone from digging boots in, so Nyla and Storm go a bit past five there. Storm and Nyla regroup, Storm still thinking they can work together, but Nyla stomps Storm’s foot! Storm falls over, and Nyla digs her boots in on Shida!

Nyla lets off Shida to flex and soak up the heat. Shida gets up to CLUB Nyla! And again! Nyla DECKS Shida! Storm brings Shida up while Nyla stalks Britt. Storm fires shots on Shida while Nyla does the same to Britt, and Nyla even CHOKES Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as Shida and Storm go back and forth with forearms. Nyla DECKS Britt, soaks up more heat, and then Shida DECKS Storm! Storm gets up to BOOT Shida! Nyla stands Britt up, puts some stank on it, but Britt dodges the haymaker to SUPERKICK! Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Britt! And SWEET HIP MUSIC for Nyla! Shida gets Storm for a BRAINBUSTER!

Shida and Britt turn to see each other, the tension rises between these once allies, but then Nyla and Storm CHOP BLOCK them! Fans boo as Storm stomps Britt, but then Nyla kicks Storm! Nyla reels Storm in, gets her up, BEAST BOMB!! Cover, TWO and Storm sits on the cover, only to get a TAMASHII KNEE! Nyla covers Storm again, but Shida breaks it! Shida and Britt work together to beat up Nyla but Nyla kicks Shida away, and CHOKE SLAMS Britt! Nyla reels Shida in now, but Shida back drops free! Nyla sunset flips it, but Shida sits back on it! TWO!! Shida runs, SLIDING KICK to the back on Nyla!

Fans fire up with Shida and she takes aim! KATANA!! Cover, Britt SUPERKICKS it apart! Every woman for herself! Britt runs, to CURB STOMP!! Storm rolls Britt up! STORM WINS!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)

Storm seems to shock herself with how she stole the scene, or rather the win, from Britt! But now, Storm is going to be set up against her “friend,” Saraya! Is this going to be a case of friendly competition? Tough love? Or anything but friendly?

Speaking of no longer friends, Shida is after Britt for costing her! Britt shoves free of Shida’s grip, but Shida pushes her around! Britt doesn’t get it, but she snatches away Shida’s kendo stick! Will these two have something to settle as things roll on into the Autumn?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

That is to say, Renee is with Ruby Soho & AEW Women’s World Champion, Saraya. Renee brings up that it will be Saraya VS Storm, but this time, how will things be different? Saraya does congratulate Storm for winning, and without them! They couldn’t be… prouder? Is that the word? Soho says sorta. But things are different. When Saraya walked in here a year ago, she was the “new kid” and Storm was the champion! But then Storm lost it, and she lost it all, to Saraya. She lost the title, her friends, her top spot as the biggest star, because that’s Saraya now. Oh, and she also lost her mind! Storm is CRAZY.

But y’know what? Storm’s also gonna lose at Grand Slam because Saraya will still be AEW Women’s World Champion, leaving Storm with NOTHING. The Knight is ready to take on The Lightning, will she hit a home run or be struck out in Arthur Ashe Stadium?

 

Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara are here!

Le Sex Gods head to the ring together, and Cincinnati sings Judas for The Ocho. They get the pyro, and then Jericho & Sammy continue to the ring. Jericho & Sammy get mics, and Jericho starts with, “Next week, right here on Dynamite, at Grand Slam in New York City, for the first time ever, it’s Le Sex Gods going one on one, Jericho VS Guevara, for the first time ever like I say. Lots of history behind this match. Sammy and I have been together for four years, since the first episode of Dynamite. We’ve been through highs and lows, ups and downs, and ups again. As a matter of fact, we wanted to remind you about some of the great memories and great times we’ve had over those years. Let’s check out the package that we put together for you guys here tonight, right here in Cincinnati.”

Jericho points to the tron and the video begins. First it was The Inner Circle, and Sammy said Jericho is like a father to him. Jericho once said they’re not just friends, they’re brothers. Celebration after celebration, hug after hug, goofing off together and Sammy singing Judas. Them using Floyd the Baseball Bat, but even having their rough patches as Inner Circle battled out feuds. But in the end, Sammy has always had Jericho’s back. Fans cheer the video package as we return to present, and Jericho said Sammy was like a little babby in those early years. Sammy has a confession, though. He still doesn’t know all the lyrics to Judas.

Sammy is still learning but Jericho says it’s fine, he wasn’t even in key anyway. Jericho says October 21st, 2018, Jericho was watching the NWA 70th Anniversary PPV, and on one of the prelim matches, there was this kid, Sammy Guevara. Fans cheer that, and Jericho says he was completely blown away to the point where he called Tony Khan and told him, “We need to sign this kid.” Jericho was blown away by the athleticism, the creativity, the way Sammy looked and the way Sammy carried himself. Jericho wasn’t blown away by the giant panda head but Jericho knew Sammy had what it took to be a big star, and Jericho knew he wanted Sammy around so he could help Sammy as much as he possibly could.

Fans cheer and Jericho continues to say that over the years, he has watched Sammy grow from a boy into a man. Seriously, he has matured, won titles, gotten married, and is preparing for the birth of a baby girl of his own. Fans cheer that, too. Jericho says he is really proud of Sammy these last four years, he means that. Fans cheer more and Sammy nods. Sammy thanks Jericho for that, and knows the typical wrestling thing is to talk trash on ya, brother, but he doesn’t wanna do that. Sammy and Jericho are friends, and Jericho inspires Sammy. As a kid, Sammy used to do Code Breakers in his mom’s backyard.

So, Sammy wants to be out here before one of the biggest matches of his life, to say thank you. Thank you, Jericho, for changing Sammy’s life, and so many other people’s lives. Because without Chris Jericho, there is no AEW. Fans cheer that, and Jericho is very touched. Fans chant “Thank You, Chris!” Sammy continues to say truthfully, he didn’t come to AEW just to be Jericho’s sidekick. He got into pro-wrestling to be the man, to be world champion, to have this company and these fans look at him the same way they do Moxley, the way they do Bryan, and the way they do Jericho! Fans do cheer that.

Sammy knows that in his heart, that won’t happen as long as he is in Jericho’s shadow. That is why he needs to beat Jericho next week. Jericho says yes, that is true, but let’s get this straight. Jericho never brought Sammy in to be his sidekick. Sammy was brought here to become a main event player, a money-making draw, and he is getting closer and closer every single week. That is why Jericho said months ago, to Sammy and Daniel Garcia, that if they wanna make it to the next level, they have to do it outside of Jericho’s influence. They have to do it on their own. Next week, Sammy has the biggest opportunity to do that.

Sammy is right, next week is one of the biggest matches of Sammy’s career. It’s even one of the biggest matches of Jericho’s career. And Sammy has to beat him to get to the next level. BUT, if Sammy is gonna beat Jericho, Sammy has to be the best Sammy Guevara he’s ever been, better than ever before, if he even has a chance of beating Jericho! Fans cheer that, and then Jericho says, “But I don’t think you’re ready to beat me yet.” Sammy says there it is! That is WHY Sammy has to beat Jericho! Because Jericho doesn’t truly respect Sammy like Sammy respects him! It’s just what Jericho wants, that is what it has been these four years.

But y’know what, Jericho? Next week, Sammy WILL beat him! And this Sammy! Not 2018 Sammy at NWA 70! Or Sammy with the panda head! The man standing right in front of Jericho is gonna beat him! And Sammy will earn Jericho’s respect, and then they shake hands, hug it out, and win those tag team titles! Fans cheer as Sammy offers a handshake and Jericho takes it. Jericho then pulls Sammy in to be face to face to show how serious he is about this. Jericho says he wants to make this perfectly clear to Sammy: Next week, Jericho gives you the match of your life. And he won’t go easy on Sammy. Jericho will beat the living Hell out of him!

Jericho will punch Sammy harder than he’s ever punched anyone in his life! And he expects the exact same thing from Sammy. Sammy says, “I wouldn’t want it any other way.” Fans fire up and the two nod. Will the protege prove he has surpassed his mentor? Will Jericho establish he is still the GOAT? And one way or another, will their friendship survive?

 

AEW shares footage from just after last week’s Dynamite.

Renee was with MJF in the medical trainer’s room, Adam Cole bringing ice packs over. The medic said that unfortunately, MJF’s neck is not good enough to clear him for even travel at this point, but MJF will be able to make it to Grand Slam. Adam apologizes to MJF but MJF says bro, he gets the week off while “these shmucks have to wrestle each other,” he’s great! Well, okay, but Renee says that Grand Slam will still see him defend the world title, so talk to us about the other competitors. “Let’s face it, if I’m a betting man, there’s two talents that I think are gonna make it to the finals. And also to be frank, there’s two talents I want to make it to the finals, because I hate their freakin’ guts.”

First, Roddy “The Simp” Strong. Cole sighs and looks away as MJF says we all know that Roddy is faking the neck injury. MJF’s neck, yes, it is screwy. But if Roddy makes it through, then on September 20th at Grand Slam, MJF rips Roddy’s head off and shoves it straight up his ass!! Though frankly, Strong beat MJF to it with how he’s been acting. Strong is an incredibly manipulative person. Sorry, Adam. It’s just true. But Strong is a wet blanket and a third wheel, so if MJF were him, just shake it off, “ya bland b*tch.”

Second, Samoa Joe. Joe thinks MJF’s afraid of him? No way. MJF learned at a young age that it is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog! And Joe may not realize this, but this New York Pitbull’s got a whole lotta bite. Joe better pray to God he doesn’t win the tournament, because MJF is gonna make him a promise that is crystal clear. “If you wrestle me, I am going to choke you out. I repeat, if you wrestle me, I promise on my life I am going to CHOKE you out! And if you don’t believe me, let me get it through your thick, fat skull with some simple math.

“Normally, when you go one on one with another wrestler, you got a 50-50 chance o’ winning. But I’m the Genetic Freak and I’m not normal! So you got a 25% chance at best at beat me.” Cole and Renee put it together what MJF is referencing as he continues. “Then you add my boy, Cole, watching my back to the mix, your chances of winning drastic go down. See, our match at Grand Slam, you got a 33 and 1/3rd chance o’ winning, but I got a 66 and 2/3rd o’ winning, cuz everyone in New York knows you can’t be me. So Samoa Joe, you take your 33and 1/3rd chance o’ winning minus my 25% chance, and you got a 8 and 1/3rd chance of winning at Grand Slam.

“But then you take my 75% chance of winning since we’re wrestling in my home state of New York, and then you add 66 and 2/3rd percent chance, I got a 141 and 2/3rd percent chance of winning at Grand Slam. See, Joe? Numbers don’t lie, and they spell disaster for you in Arthur Ashe!” Cole adds “DISASTER!” and they both add, “Because we’re better than you, BAYBAY.” Brochacho fist bump. Will bringing up the past have an impact on how this tournament plays out?

 

Hangman Page VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

For the third time ever, The Cowboy and The Machine battle it out 1v1, but this is all because Swerve Strickland had to go and push Hangman’s buttons. Will the Cowboy get back on the horse and stampede all over Cage? Or will Cage make things much, much easier for Swerve?

The bell rings and Hangman rushes Cage with forearms! Cage hauls Hangman up to RAM him into a corner! And again, and again! Fans rally for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Cage CHOPS! And then clotheslines, clotheslines, and clotheslines again! Cage soaks up the heat, whips Hangman corner to corner, but runs into a BOOT! Hangman runs, but Cage blocks a boot to ROCK Hangman! And then he reels Hangman in, back suplex! Hangman lands on his feet to BOOT Cage! Hangman runs, BOOTS again, but Cage rebounds to run Hangman over! Fans boo but Cage keeps moving. Hangman drops, then he dumps Cage out!

Cage drags himself up but Hangman triangle jumps, only for Cage to duck the lariat! So Hangman just keeps going, and he triangle jumps again to LARIAT! Direct hit this time! Nana freaks out but fans fire up as Hangman grins. Hangman then aims to PLANCHA! Cage catches him!? Cage then POSTS Hangman, and pops him up, to POST- RANA!! Hangman remembered back to 2021 and turned it around on Cage! Cage falls, Hangman slips back into the ring, and fans fire up as he reloads to PLANCHA! Down goes Cage and fans fire up! The Cowboy catches his breath, and he stalks Cage to then push him into the ring.

Fans rally, Hangman hurries back in but Cage LARIATS! Cage turns things right back around fast and fans boo! Nana says to keep it up, and Cage CHOKES Hangman on ropes. The ref counts, Cage steps off, and Cage soaks up the heat. Cage runs, but Hangman swings! Cage ducks, pops Hangman up but Hangman RANAS Cage onto ropes! Fans fire up and Hangman dials it up! 619!! Or in this case, the 434, the area code of Halifax, Virginia! Cage staggers away, Hangman says he never tried that before. Nana coaches Cage, but then here comes Swerve! Hangman sighs, Nana breaks it down to the song, band Cage SUPERKICKS Hangman!

Cage goes to the corner, drags Hangman up, deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans boo as Hangman flops out of the ring and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Swerve scowls as Hangman writhes, and Cage goes out to fetch the Cowboy. Cage talks trash then rains down fists! Cage drags Hangman up, RAMS him into railing, and Hangman falls over in a heap. Cage refreshes the ring count, Nana talks some trash, and Cage stands on Hangman’s face! The ref counts but Cage lets off to put Hangman back in the ring. Cage paces around Hangman, drags him up, but Hangman throws hands! Hangman ROCKS Cage but Cage BOOTS Hangman! Hangman ends up on ropes, Cage CHOKES Him some more, but the ref counts. Cage lets off at 4, KICKS the ropes to jam Hangman up, and the ref reprimands again.

Cage drags Hangman up while Swerve is still frowning on stage. Cage CHOPS Hangman in the corner, ROCKS him, then CHOPS him again. Cage sits Hangman down with a leg sweep, then he runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Cage drags Hangman out to a cover, TWO! Hangman is still in this but Cage clamps on a chinlock. Hangman endures as Cage leans on Hangman with all his weight. Fans rally up, Hangman fights to his feet, and Hangman throws body shots! Hangman throws forearms but Cage knees low! Cage ROCKS Hangman, and stalks him to ropes as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Cage whips Hangman, Hangman KICKS back, and then runs, but into a clinch! FULL NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives and Cage is furious! Swerve doesn’t look happy, either, but the fans boo Cage as he paces around. Cage drags Hangman up but Hangman throws body shots. Cage ROCKS Hangman, Hangman ROCKS Cage, repeat! Fans rally behind Hangman as the forearms fly, and Cage gets the edge! Cage whips, Hangman slides under the boot to BOOT back! Hangman runs, but Cage POWERSLAMS! Cage then somersaults to the corner, MOONSAULT FLOP as Hangman moves!

Fans fire up and Swerve looks even more upset as both men are down. A standing count starts, Cage rises at 4 of 10 and he storms over to Hangman. Hangman ROCKS Cage, Cage ROCKS Hangman! Fans fire up with Hangman as he storms up but Cage ROCKS him again! Cage eggs Hangman on and Hangman fires off fists! Hangman whips, Cage reverses but Hangman ducks and clotheslines Cage and himself up and out of the ring! Hangman hurries up to the corner, and then climbs! Fans fire up as Cage stands, but he slides in first. Hangman adjusts to CROSSBODY, but Cage catches him again! Cage does curls, then he tosses Hangman, but Hangman CRUCIFIX DRIVERS!!

Fans fire up as Cage flops out of the ring and Nana panics! Hangman slowly rises as the ring count starts, and fans rally for “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman builds speed to WRECK Cage with a dropkick! Cage hits railing, then Hangman goes up the corner! Cage staggers over, for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Direct hit and Hangman hurries to get Cage in! Hangman goes up the corner one more time, for a CROSSBODY! Cage falls this time and Hangman covers, TWO! Cage is still in this but Swerve is still stoically seething. Cage and Hangman rise, fans fire up and Hangman Alabama Lifts! Cage CLUBS free, to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Hangman flops to the apron and Cage storms over. Cage drags Hangman up, “This is Awesome!” and Cage brings Hangman up. Deadlift- NO! Hangman fights the suplex to ROCK Cage! Cage holds on to the ropes but Hangman throws more shots! Then he TRIPS Cage! Fans fire up as Hangman loads up, but has to BOOT Cage first! Then BUCKSHOT- Fireman’s carry!! F5- CRADLE!!! Cover, TWO!!! Cage escapes, spins, but Hangman dodges to Alabama Lift! DEADEYE!!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Swerve is still not happy. Hangman finally breaks the tie with Cage, and now he might have relit that fire Swerve said he was missing. Hangman gets the mic to say, “What passion! What drive! Just oozing out of your body tonight, Swerve, as you just brood at the top of the ramp and watch me kick this oaf’s ass” Last week, Swerve said he wanted Hangman’s spot. So that’s why Swerve sent Cage to fight Hangman instead of doing it himself. And last week, for just one second, when Swerve said some of those things, Hangman thought that Swerve had some balls. After tonight, we see Swerve is just keeping those stored away in Nana’s Burger King crown.

Swerve brings out a mic of his own, and he says, “What up, turd? Them sound like fighting words to me, Hangman.” Hangman thinks this little thing between them is gonna be soft? Then he must be dumber than the Cincinnati educational system. Fans boo but Swerve says they do this when HE says, and where he says! And it just so happens that Swerve is choosing the great state that birthed good ol’ Swerve Strickland. October 1st, in Seattle, Washington, AKA Whose House? SWERVE’S HOUSE! AEW WrestleDream! But uh… Swerve will make sure Hangman doesn’t get comfortable, so the Embassy’s gonna “tune you up.” Ain’t that right, boys?

Cage gets up to CLOBBER Hangman! Nana helps stomp Hangman, then Cage rains down fists! Swerve grins while fans boo, and Nana breaks it down again. But in comes The Young Bucks! They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Cage! Nana doesn’t realize it, so the Bucks mock his dance moves. Nana turns around, sees the Bucks, and gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for himself! Swerve is upset again as The Elite stands together! Will Matt & Nick Jackson have Hangman’s back against the Mogul Embassy’s host of behemoths?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Garcia.

Renee is now with the Dragonslayer, and brings up what we heard from Jericho and Sammy. Daniel says he doesn’t wanna interrupt, but he just has to right here. He thought this was going to be about him, but just like everyone else, she’s asking about Jericho and Sammy. Why not talk about how the Arizona Cardinals were doing his dance after getting a sack? How about how Garcia went viral four times over in one month? Why not talk about the career Daniel Garcia is making?

Don Callis walks in and he says he’d love to hear about that career. Because Callis knows from being Jericho’s best friend for 34 years, that when you’re around Jericho, it is all about him. Jericho is the ultimate narcissist. But the Don Callis Family is aiming to create “a utopian meritocracy, whereby each member, for themselves-” Garcia stops Callis there. And does his dance! Garcia leaves, Callis says that’s money right there, let’s get that money! Well, wait. Was that Garcia saying yes to the DCF? Or saying no to it all?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

After an impactful return at Collision last Saturday, Jade Cargill is back and she wants her belt! Will she reestablish herself as #ThatBitch? Or will The Galaxy’s Greatest refuse to let her reign be taken down by the woman she dethroned? Plus, the AEW World Trios Champions, The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, are in action, will the Scissor World Tour keep on rolling through Ohio? Plus, ROH invades Rampage as Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal take on The Kingdom in tag team action! And then, in a huge 8 Man Tag, The Lucha Brothers team with The Hardy Boyz to settle things with Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, The Butcher & The Blade!

 

Darby Allin & Nick Wayne VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager & Anna Jay!

The Relentless One lost his match in the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator, all because Christian Cage used emotions against him. But will Darby & Nick rebound together to show Captain Charisma hasn’t won yet? Or will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange give them just a taste of that sports… enner-tainment?

The teams sort out and Nick starts against Parker. They circle, feel things out, then tie up. Parker powers Nick back but Nick turns it around to put Parker on ropes. Fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” while Nick lets off slowly on Parker. Fans rally, but wait! Christian Cage’s music hits! Fans boo as Captain Charisma and his Right Hand of Destruction walk out on stage, and Parker uses that distraction to CLOBBER Nick! Parker rains down elbows, then he stands Nick up to ROCK him with a haymaker. Christian joins commentary while Parker scoops Nick. Nick slips free, he hobbles, but Parker BULLDOGS him first!

Parker tags Nick, they put Nick in the corner and stomp away! Fans are torn as they stomp mudholes, but then Menard hits a BACKBREAKER! Menard sucker punches Darby off the apron, then drags Nick up to bump off buckles. Tag to Parker, and then Parker throws body shots. Parker brings Nick around, says he’s having one hell of a hair day, then he snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Parker brings Nick up, tags in Menard, and then Parker whips Nick into the corner. Menard whips Parker in, Nick goes up and over but Menard catches him! Menard throws Nick back, Nick fakes Menard high to go low, but Menard grabs a leg!

Nick stands, ENZIGURIS free, but Anna distracts the ref so Hager can YANK Darby down and CLOBBER him! Fans are torn but Menard stomps Nick, to POWERBOMB him! Menard fires up and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Menard drags Nick back up, bumps him off buckles, and Nick sits down. Menard throws knees in, the ref counts, but Menard lets off at 4. Menard tags Parker, they put Nick on ropes and CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Menard bumps Nick off Parker’s boot! Parker & Menard distract the ref so even Hager can CHOKE Nick! Parker drags Nick up, brings him around and CHOPS him to a corner. Nick is stinging but Parker throws hands. Nick counter punches! Nick ROCKS Parker again and again, but Parker ELBOWS Darby, then CLOBBERS Nick! Parker drags Nick over, tags in Menard, and they mug Nick.

Menard whips Nick to ropes, but Nick sunset flips! Menard stays up, and he CLUBS Nick down! Menard stomps Nick around, then he tags Parker. They CHOKE Nick on ropes again while we get a glimpse of Christian more than likely besmirching the name of the late Buddy Wayne. Parker drags Nick up but Nick holds ropes, so Parker CLUBS him down. Parker reels Nick in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Parker is annoyed but he drags Nick around, smothers him, and then stomps him! Tag to Menard, he drags Nick from the corner to cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Menard SLAPS Nick, then SLAPS him again and again!

Menard talks trash, drags Nick up and wrenches, then tags Parker. They mug Nick, Parker DECKS him, and then warps on a chinlock. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally up. Nick endures as Parker leans on him, and Nick fights up to throw body shots! Nick fights free, but Parker RAMS him into the corner! Christian says Nick is getting picked apart. “You gotta wonder if he had a better mentor, how things might be different.” Parker tags Menard, they double whip Nick, but Nick holds ropes! Parker runs in, Nick TOSSES him out, then UPPERCUTS Menard! Nick UPPERCUTS again and down goes Menard!

Parker slides in from the other side but Nick hurdles over, hot tag to Darby! Fans rally as Darby ducks, springboards and DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASHES Menard & Parker! Darby fires up, he has Menard & Parker in opposite corners, so he runs in to COFFIN SPLASH Menard, then COFFIN SPLASH Parker! And repeat! Darby eggs Menard on, then sends him into Parker, so he can SHOTGUN them both! Fans fire up with Darby and he dodges Parker to fire off fast hands and a HEADBUTT! Then CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Parker is still in this for his team but Darby hurries to BOOT Menard! Parker kicks low, and reels Darby in.

Parker suplexes but Darby slips free to waistlock. Parker elbows free and switches, but Nick tags in before the O’Conner! Nick goes up and up, WAYNE’S WORLD!! Cover, Menard drags Nick outta the ring! Fans are torn but Darby takes aim, to DIVE onto Daddy Magic! Darby hurries up, tags Nick back in, and Darby goes up! Nick also goes up, they each take aim, ARIHARA MOONSAULT onto Menard & Hager while Darby hits the COFFIN DROP on Parker!! Cover, Darby & Nick win!!

Winners: Darby Allin & Nick Wayne, by pinfall

Christian is annoyed for the former Jericho Appreciation Society. He says he’s sick and tired of this, so he gets off commentary and gets a mic. Christian sarcastically says that was a “very impressive” victory for them. But Cincinnati, Christian is conducting business, so sit down and shut your mouths. Nick, after Christian went home last week, he was scrolling through his mom’s Instagram, and there were a few things that bothered him. The first: she doesn’t post enough bikini pics. But don’t worry, Christian sent her a special request on the side. But the other thing is that there is still a lot of talk about Darby Allin and Sting winning at All In London!

Fans cheer that but Christian says all that is pissing him off! “As the franchise player here, I gotta say, it’s kind of embarrassing. Not losing-to-the-Cleveland-Browns embarrassing, but embarrassing none the less.” Fans boo the jab at the Bengals, but Christian continues to say that as a reminder: he did NOT take the loss at All In; and Christian didn’t have his regular partner, now did he? So Christian thinks it is time to right that wrong. Next week, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Grand Slam, Christian is proposing this: Darby Allin & Sting VS Christian Cage and “the most complete big man in the business,” Luchasaurus! If Darby has the balls, then he’ll see you in New York!

Fans boo as Captain Charisma & Luchasaurus leave. Will the Relentless Icons have one more match in them? Furthermore, will they come out on top?

 

AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Samoa Joe!

As if there isn’t enough animosity between these two given their own past, Maxwell Jacob Friedman added fuel to the fire by calling them both out. Bad neck or not, Samoa Joe is a dangerous opponent, will the Savior of the Backbreaker break through to then break MJF? Or will the ROH World Television Champion be too strong for Strong?

The bell rings and fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe and Roddy circle, tie up, and Joe wrenches an arm and wristlocks. Joe HEADBUTTS the hand to jam up the wrist and arm, but Roddy goes to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Roddy protests, and Joe lets off. The two reset, they circle and tie up again. Joe SHOVES Roddy away and Roddy flounders out of the ring. The Kingdom is there to coach him up, and they tell Joe to be careful with the neck. The ref starts the ring count, Roddy storms up but Joe meets him at the ropes, so Roddy backs away. The ref has Joe stand down, and Roddy returns.

Roddy and Joe circle, tie up, and Roddy goes for a leg. Joe THROWS Roddy away again! Roddy bails out to throw a fit but Taven calms him down. Joe waits patiently, and Roddy goes around the way while Bennett coaches him up. Fans rally for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” and Joe goes out after Roddy! Roddy runs away into the ring, and he CLBOBERS Joe on the return! Fans boo but Roddy COHPS Joe against ropes. And CHOPS again! Joe staggers, Roddy CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again! Roddy ROCKS Joe, runs, but Joe CLOBBERS Roddy! Fans fire up while Roddy writhes, and Joe stalks him to a corner.

Joe waits on Roddy to stand, and he JABS! JABS! And JABS! Fans fire up, the ref counts, Joe JABS until Roddy sits down! Joe then lets off with a smirk while Roddy flounders again. Joe CHOPS Roddy, Roddy staggers away but he comes back to CHOP! Joe CHOPS again, Roddy CHOPS again, fans “WOO~!” with each one, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The CHOPS keep going, but then Joe HEADBUTTS Roddy down! Joe storms up to Roddy in the corner, ROCKS him, JABS him, then fires JABS high and low! Joe just hammers Roddy, then CHOKES him in the ropes! The ref reprimands, counts, but Joe DECKS Roddy out of the ring! Taven is there to help Roddy up and The Kingdom again protests. Roddy slowly returns, Joe storms up but Roddy RAMS into him! Roddy BOOTS, runs in and CHOPS, but Joe just scowls. Roddy CHOPS again, but Joe DECKS him! Joe HEADBUTTS Roddy, follows him to a corner, then snapmares him to CHOP him on the neck! And then PENALTY KICK! And ELBOW DROP!

Fans fire up, The Kingdom coaches Roddy, but Joe looms over Roddy. Joe sits Roddy up for a neck wrench! Roddy endures, flails, but Joe thrashes him around! The Kingdom is furiously protesting but there’s nothing they can do! Roddy manages to pry free, and he BOOTS Joe from below! Joe goes to a corner, Roddy runs up and he ROCKS Joe! And CHOPS! And stomps! Joe still glares at Roddy, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Joe CHOPS Roddy into sitting in the corner, then he lets off to bring Roddy back up. Joe kicks Roddy, JABS, and ELBOWS him back down! Then Joe stands Roddy up again, to KNEE him low!

Roddy staggers away but Joe storms up to JAB, JAB and ELBOW again! Joe CHOKES Roddy on ropes as Dynamite returns to single picture! The ref counts, The Kingdom is furious, but Joe lets off at 4. Roddy falls back into a corner, but Joe eggs Roddy on. Roddy drags himself up but Joe is on him. Roddy KNEES low! And again! And throws ELBOWS! Roddy BOOTS Joe down! Fans rally, Roddy runs and he BOOTS Joe down again! Cover, ONE!! Joe is up but Roddy clamps on with a chinlock! Joe endures now as Roddy squeezes tight. Fans rally, Joe fights up, and Joe throws body shots. Joe whips Roddy to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT!

Roddy goes up, leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Roddy hurries to cover, TWO! The Kingdom coaches Roddy and he pushes Joe around, to stomp Joe on his back! Roddy sits Joe up to use a neck wrench of his own! Fans rally, Roddy tells them to shut up, but Joe fights to his feet. Joe throws body shots, but Roddy CHOPS! Roddy runs, but Joe hits an ATOMIC DROP, then a BOOT! And a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags Roddy up but Roddy knees low! And CHOPS! Roddy runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives and now Joe is annoyed.

Joe drags Roddy up, reels him in, and fans rally up as Joe lifts Roddy up. Roddy slips out the back, BOOTS Joe, then ENZIGURIS! Roddy runs to FOREARM! And FOREARM! And FOREARM again! Joe falls and Roddy hurries to run in, SHINING WIZARD in the corner! But Joe CLUBS away on Roddy to fight the lift! Joe whips but Roddy LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Roddy grows frustrated but he pushes Joe around. Roddy gets the legs, but Joe fights the turnover! Roddy powers up, but Joe BOOTS him away! Joe runs in, misses in the corner, and Roddy returns, into the URENAGE! Fans fire up as Joe feels it now!

Joe puts Roddy in a corner, puts him up top, but Bennett gets on the apron! Joe CLOBBERS him for it! But Roddy hops down, to hit an OLYMPIC SLAM!! And then a SICK KICK!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives and Roddy is furious! Fans rally for Joe as Roddy goes to the corner. Roddy aims, runs back in, but into a LARIAT!! Joe drags Roddy into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!! Roddy is caught, he TAPS! JOE WINS!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)

The Kingdom hurries to brace Roddy’s neck again, but now we have our title match! Joe gets the mic to say, “Oh, Maaax~! It seems my little prophecy has come true. And next week, I go to your backyard, and I’m coming for you. Because I’m gonna walk you down, I’m gonna beat you up, and I’m gonna take everything you have, kid. Everything.” The One True King of Wrestling Television has spoken, will he soon reign over two kingdoms?

As for Roddy, he stands up, the Kingdom tells him to put on the neck brace, but here comes Adam Cole! Roddy then plays like his neck is suddenly killing him! Maybe MJF is right about the faking and manipulating? Cole is sure confused, and the medics double check Roddy. The Kingdom say this is all Cole’s fault, and here comes a backboard and stretcher! The medics put a new brace on Roddy’s neck, refs calm The Kingdom down as they yell at Cole, and then the medics slide Roddy out of the ring with the board and put him on the stretcher. Roddy keeps calling for “ADAM~!” but The Kingdom say he’s done enough.

The arguing continues between the mutual friends of Roddy, and Roddy is wheeled out of the arena. Fans applaud, hoping Roddy really is okay, but The Kingdom keep trying to block Cole out as if this is all his fault. But then Joe grabs Cole! COQUINA CLUTCH!!! Joe shouts “EVERYTHING, MAX! EVERYTHING!! I’M TAKING EVERYTHING FROM YOU!!!” Joe chokes out Cole!!! Joe is a rabid beast, does MJF stand any chance of surviving Grand Slam?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite here to give some go-home stuff to Grand Slam next week. Great International Championship to open the show, as has been the trend. Moxley bleeding first, he is Face again, which fits the story given Bryan returned Face and the BCC is battling Heel Starks & Bill. Though Claudio can be more a Tweener still since he and Eddie have their story to settle. Great interaction between the BCC and the group of Eddie & Lucha Brothers, too, for that matter. Pretty sure Bryan & Claudio win, probably bringing Bill down so Starks isn’t hurt in the loss, and also so Claudio has momentum going into the Winner Takes All match with Eddie. And I think Eddie wins, he can have both belts going back and forth between ROH TV and NJPW Strong tapings.

Having the Women’s Fatal 4 so early was a good move to give it time to breathe. Great showing from all four women but I figured Storm would snatch this one away. Shida and Britt didn’t quite get into it as much as I thought they would, but they’ve got time to build that towards WrestleDream. Good promo from Saraya & Soho, Saraya VS Storm is going to be a lot of fun, can’t wait to see how that one turns out. And Kris Statlander VS Jade Cargill already set for this week’s Rampage is a surprise. That’s the fastest build-to-blowoff I’ve seen Tony Khan give a women’s division feud. There’s a good chance interference or some other disqualification happens, because this is another case of Tony booking big names into corners.

Great promo from Jericho and Sammy, including a fun little video package. I like that they were very respectful, and then really serious. I feel like this is the time for Jericho to put Sammy over to then add to his own woes of being on a losing streak. It feels like they’ll still try to be Le Sex Gods in the tag division, but the team probably still falls apart. Really good promo, though a touch disturbing in some ways, from Don Callis to share what’s next for him and Konosuke, and I should’ve realized he’d target Ibushi for his connection to Kenny. Konosuke VS Ibushi is going to be awesome stuff, but I would think Ibushi makes it harder than Callis expects to “kill” him.

And good interaction of Callis and Garcia, but I feel like the dance was a “No.” Callis will still probably try to recruit him, though, and honestly, Garcia should change tactics. We just saw Menard & Parker lose to Darby & Nick, even with Hager & Anna there helping. Christian being so crass about Nick’s mom was somewhat funny, while Christian challenging Darby to another tag match is a bit surprising. I almost thought he was teasing Adam “Edge” Copeland coming to AEW there, but Christian & Luchasaurus VS Darby & Sting will still be a good match, and Nick Wayne might end up another liability. Or he turns…!

Great match from Hangman VS Cage, though at a certain point, they should’ve given us like, picture in picture of Swerve’s scowling face and the action in the ring so they wouldn’t have to cut over so many times. Good promo from Hangman and Swerve after the match, and great save by The Bucks. I feel like the #HungBucks are gonna ride again to take on Cage, Kaun & Liona. Don’t put the ROH World Six Man Tag titles on the line, though, because then The Elite will have those belts when no one in ROH could take those off the Embassy. Hangman VS Swerve makes WrestleDream even bigger after already having Bryan VS ZSJ.

Great promo from MJF, but that’s standard. I cannot believe, and really love, that MJF busted out a remix of Steiner Math just to get on Samoa Joe’s nerves. The looks on Cole’s and Renee’s faces when he started on that was great, too. And of course, great match from Strong VS Joe, that’s why this was the right move to make. Joe wins, of course, to have the match with MJF, but then what great stuff after the match, too. Roddy flopped on a level worthy of soccer, and Cole still fell for it. I feel like The Kingdom has to be in on this to keep up the illusion, and then what a wild way to close it out with Joe choking Cole out. There’s a lot of heat going into the world title match, Cole might have a hard time holding himself back from attacking Joe during.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/17/24)

JEEEEEEON, MOXLEEEY!

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There is truly a Paradigm Shift in pro-wrestling today!

Returning triumphant from the Windy City Riot, Jon Moxley brings the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to AEW Dynamite! But will someone from NJPW come after him?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mixed Tag Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland & Willow Nightingale VS Brody King & Julia Hart; Brody & Julia win.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Daniel Garcia; Okada & The Bucks win.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther; Deonna wins.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Shane Taylor w/ Shane Taylor Promotions; Shane wins.
  • Will Ospreay VS Claudio Castagnoli; Ospreay wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley heads to the ring!

Indianapolis, Indiana fires up as the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion walks in from the back of the crowd! The Maniac shocked the world when he defeated Tetsuya Naito in Chicago and added NJPW’s top prize to his already incredible list of accolades. Moxley goes to the ring, gets the mic, and the fans chant for him as he says, “One of the first championships I ever won, y’know, Salvation Army Community Center at Fountain Square right here in Indianapolis.” The fans cheer that! Moxley continues by saying even back then 20 years ago, he was swimming up stream, never had help.

In fact, a lot of people tired to tell him what he can and can’t do, what he can and can’t accomplish. His words to those people now is the same as back then: kiss his ass and watch him! Watch as he climbs mountain after mountain after mountain. Because being great is not about what others say, it’s about what’s inside. Now, if you didn’t know, this is THE IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Moxley say this title is steeped in history, illustrious to the extreme, and he has been chasing it for five years. Five years of pain, heartache, wins and losses, pints of sweat and blood, thousands of miles across the ocean.

Five years ago, people said Moxley holding this title, and live on American TV, was impossible. But it wasn’t impossible. Not if they knew what was inside Moxley. That is what this is all about. When your back is against he wall, how deep can you dig? When you feel you have nothing left, choking on your own blood, how deep are you willing to dig and how far are you willing to go? Are you willing to dare to show the world how great you are? THAT is what AEW is about! The fans cheer that, too! Moxley says this brings him to his point: The Don Callis Family. The fans boo now, but Moxley continues.

There are very talented individuals in league with Don Callis. Don Callis is a creep. The fans cheer that! Moxley says he has no time for Callis, but he is feeding these guys lies and those guys are buying it. And then those guys put a hit out and tried to hurt Moxley’s friend and teammate, Bryan Danielson. Now, if you’re putting a target on Bryan’s back, you might as well put one on Moxley’s. You wanna get violent? You wanna be tough guys? Well, you’re welcome to come find Moxley, he’ll be here all night. But he suspects that maybe, he’s not their type. What he could do is run up on them with a tire iron. He could run them over in the parking lot.

But he gets the sense that that wont’ teach the DCF anything. So he’ll pick the biggest, baddest, meanest one of all of ’em, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and challenge Hobbs to a match one week from tonight in the main event of Dynamite in Jacksonville, Florida. Hobbs will accept, because in that match, Hobbs will find out just how out of his depths he is stepping to the IWGP World Champion. Because Moxley won’t make it quick or easy. He will drag Hobbs to the deepest waters that there are, and Hobbs will look around and see no shore. When he asks the ref for the rescue, Hobbs will know the difference between him and Moxley, and that Callis is feeding him lies.

Hobbs will know that he, like everyone else in this business, NO ONE can touch Moxley! There are a lot of great wrestlers in this world, but there is and only ever will be ONE Jon Moxley! The fans fire up for that, but will Hobbs survive the homecoming at Daily’s Place?

 

Mercedes Mone speaks.

“Last week, somebody attacked me in the dark because they were too afraid to face me in the light. But as the CEO, I always get right back up. And as the CEO, I can’t wait to pay back that b*tch that attacked me last week. Lights off, huh? That sounds a little too familiar, Julia Hart.” Mercedes didn’t think Julia was the kind to be a coward. Or maybe, it was someone who wants us to think it’s Julia? Maybe it’s someone who doesn’t wanna face Mercedes when she’s healthy. Either way, Mercedes puts the entire division on notice, and she will watch that Mixed Tag Match. But remember this: There’s a price to pay when you mess with Mone.

 

Mixed Tag Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland & Willow Nightingale VS Brody King & Julia Hart!

Speaking of that Mixed Tag, Dynamite is about to get Rated R as the TNT Champion and the Babe with the Power are stepping to the King of Death and the TBS Champion! Will Copeland & Willow have the edge going into Dynasty? Or will even now, The House Always Win?

Wait! Willow is down and out! A medic checks her but she says she’s fine. Kris Statlander & Stokely Hathaway aren’t so sure, but there is Dynasty to think about. And then the lights go out in the arena! And when they come back up, surprise! Brody is in the ring and he CLOBBERS Edge! Julia laughs from the stage as Brody TOSSES Edge out. The fans hoot and bark as Brody whips Edge hard into the barriers! Brody CHOPS Edge, stalks him, then whips him into more barriers! Brody makes Edge take a seat, fires off forearms, then hoots as he gets space. The fans hoot along and Brody comes back, to CROSSBODY Edge against the LEDs!

Brody stands, the ref reprimands but this isn’t even a match yet! Did the House just take out their enemies in quick fashion? Edge crawls towards the ring, he isn’t gonna let the House have their way! Edge drags himself up to the apron and into the ring, and the fans fire up as the bell rings! Brody runs up to SPLASH in the corner! Edge falls over, Brody storms around, then Brody drags Edge up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Brody CHOS Edge, has him on ropes, and CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Brody steps back, and Julia gets a cheap shot in! Then she CHOKES Edge while the ref is still busy with Brody! Brody storms up on Edge, suplexes high and hard, then stalks up behind Edge. Brody drags Edge up, ROCKS him, and Edge ends up in a corner. Brody digs his boots in, the ref counts again, but Brody lets off at 4. Edge sits down in the corner and Brody gives him scuffing, toying kicks. Brody lets off to stand Edge up, and CHOP him down! Brody CHOKES Edge on ropes again, but lets off as the ref counts.

Edge sputters, Brody drags him around, and Brody whips Edge hard into the corner! Edge falls, Brody storms up and stands on Edge’s face, but the ref counts. Brody steps back, Edge goes to the apron, but Julia is there to CHOKE him! The ref is none the wiser and Julia mocks the fans. Brody has Edge under ropes for the GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Brody drags Edge back up, and CHOPS him to a corner. Brody CHOPS again, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Brody hoists Edge up top. Brody climbs up to rain down fists! Brody only goes to three before he hauls Edge up, but Edge fights the superplex!

The fans fire up as Edge and Brody trade body shots. Edge then HEADBUTTS away on Brody, and BITES his forehead! Edge DECKS Brody off the corner, then adjusts. Brody stands, Edge FLYING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Julia coaches Brody, he sits up to fire a forearm! Edge fires back, they go shot for shot, then Brody CHOPS! Edge CHOPS! They CHOP, throw forearms, and the fans fire up behind Edge! Edge kicks and IMP- NO, Brody throws him away! Edge dodges the lariat to LARIAT! Brody stays up so Edge runs up to clothesline in a corner! And again! And again!

Edge fires shots, runs side to side, then BOOTS Brody! The fans fire up as Brody leans on the ropes! Edge runs again, for another BOOT! Edge huffs and puffs and he brings Brody around, IMPALER! Cover, TWO! Brody is still in this and Julia coaches him up. Edge stays on Brody, but Brody TOSSES him to the corner! Edge BOOTS back, goes up, and FLYING BLOCKBUSTERS! The fans fire up as Edge rises, and he has a wild look as he goes to the corner. Edge runs in, but Brody LARIATS him down! Julia is fired up, and Brody drags Edge to a corner. Brody storms around as he hoots, then he runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL but only gets buckles!

The fans fire up as Edge and Brody are both down! Julia coaches Brody, the fans rally, and here comes Willow! Taped up as she is, Willow’s on the corner! Brody drags Edge up and in, but Edge reaches out! Willow tags in! She goes up and she CROSSBODIES Brody! Then she chases after Julia! Julia says no no no, but then Edge SPEARS Brody! Willow hoots now, the fans join in, and Willow gives Brody a CANNONBALL! Julia runs in with a chain! CHAIN PUNCH!! The fans boo as Julia says the House Always Wins! Edge LARIATS Brody out of the ring, but Julia clamps on the HARTLESS LOCK! Willow is OUT, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Brody King & Julia Hart, by submission

The Princess of the Black Throne made sure to have an ace up her sleeve to take this one from Willow! But wait! Here comes Mone! And she has a chair! Julia laughs as she slips away, taking her title with her. The House of Black won tonight, but will they establish their Dynasty?

As for Mone and Willow, well Mone still has the chair and is considering her options. Edge slides back in, so Mone stands down. Edge shakes Mone’s hand, long time no see. Mone still wants to go Double or Nothing, but will she be facing the Keeper of Secrets? Or will it be a long awaited rematch with the Babe with the Power?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

Renee Paquette says we’re just four days away from Dynasty, a PPV where the AEW World Championship will be on the line 1v1, Samoa Joe VS Swerve Strickland. Renee says that in this situation, just Joe and Swerve, how does Joe see Swerve as an opponent? Well, first, Joe viewed Swerve as a worthy adversary. Someone who some day might be a great champion. But for now, he’s just a nuisance. Joe says Swerve is not someone who has overwhelming speed, strength, size, no. He’s just someone who keeps standing back up after getting knocked down. No matter how many times Joe puts Swerve in the dirt, Swerve just gets back up.

To Joe, that doesn’t seem like a prerequisite to becoming a champion, that’s a punching bag. Then Renee wants to run this back to last week on Dynamite. Joe is always calm, cool, collected and in the driver’s seat. But after last week, Swerve getting his shot in on Joe, then Swerve & Nana holding up the AEW World Championship, Joe’s reaction… Walk us through what that was. As expected, Joe was worried his property was in the hands of someone who will never possess it. That maybe this belt would need to be disinfected before it could be TV ready. You don’t know where Nana’s been!

As for Swerve, Joe will focus on his track record and what he represents. It seems that with every title Swerve has challenged for, he has come up short. Is that not right? Seems like Swerve’s a choke artist. Every championship, every opportunity, every time he tries, he comes just so close, then swerves off target. History will repeat itself at Dynasty, as at Dynasty, Joe will do what he always does, and that is destroy the opposition, cement his legacy as the greatest AEW World Champion of all time, and for Swerve, “my friend, unfortunately you are a choke artist. And come Dynasty, you won’t have to worry about it. I’ll be the one choking you out instead.”

The One True King of Wrestling has spoken, but will he still end up dethroned by The Realest?

 

AEW takes a closer look at The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4.

But as the highlights of ladder matches and of All In London 2023 play, the Bucks themselves interrupt. This package sucks, who edited this together? Cut, cut! The video stops, and we cut to gorilla. Matthew Jackson “apologizes” to FTR, but tonight’s episode is already running short on time, so they gotta bump this from the show. But Matthew promises, the full package will go on social media. And Nicholas sure hopes FTR is watching, because they’re about to beat their friends’ asses in a really cool Six Man Tag. And yeah, it’s a tune-up for Dynasty! A ladder match for the tag titles? Are you kidding? The Bucks perfected that match!

And the Bucks will then become AEW’s first-ever THREE TIME World Tag Team Champions. But what about tonight, Rainmaker? Kazuchika Okada says, “Hey, Pac! You will not make it to Dynasty. You are a dead man!” Cue the music, time for the badass entrance using that elevator thing. But will the New Elite really be rolling into St. Louis with momentum? Or are they underestimating the Top Guys’ allies?

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Daniel Garcia!

The trios sort out and The Rainmaker starts against The Bastard as a preview of their Continental Championship match. The fans rally behind Pac, but then The Bucks CLOBBER him, and Okada BLASTS Pac’s corner! The fans boo as The Elite stomps away on Pac, then the Bucks stand down. Okada tags Nick, he storms up but Pac SOBATS! KICKS! And SOBATS! Pac runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! The fans fire up and Pac tags Penta. They double whip, double hip toss, then they coordinate, STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Penta runs up to KICK Nick in the leg! The fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” as Penta has Nick on ropes.

Penta whips, Nick reverses, and Matt gets a cheap shot! Penta GAMANGIRIS Matt, but Okada BOOTS Penta down! The fans boo as Nick distracted the ref the entire time. Nick stomps Penta, tags Matt, and Matt rains down fists! The fans boo, but Matt tags Nick back in. The Bucks double whip Penta to a corner, then Matt runs in, only for Penta to TOSS him out! Nick runs up, Penta makes him handstand on the corner, and Penta SUPERKICKS! Nick staggers, Penta tags Garcia! Garcia rallies on Nick, wrenches and clinches, HALF HATCH! The fans fire up as Garcia clotheslines in a corner! Garcia goes up, and he rains down fists!

The fans count all the way to nine, then Garcia winds up to DO HIS DANCE! Garcia lets off, runs up on Okada and BLASTS him! Garcia LARIATS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick reverses. Okada trips Garcia and drags him out! But Garcia ROCKS Okada first! Matt runs up, Garcia DECKS him! But Nick PENALTY KICKS from the apron! Nick BLASTS Pac off the apron, Matt YANKS Penta down, and The Elite attacks while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Matt drags Penta up to whip him into railing! Penta tumbles over into the front row! Nick sends Pac into railing, then soaks up the heat. Matt throws hands on Pac, and he mocks Garcia’s dance, too! Okada puts Garcia in the ring for Nick, Matt mocks the front row, and Nick rains down fists on Garcia! Nick goes all the way to nine, so also mock the dance! Nick lets off to tell everyone that’s a FINE! Nick stomps Garcia, kicks him around, then he tags Okada. Okada storms up to CLUB Garcia, then he drags Garcia around. Okada snapmares Garcia, runs and basement DROPKICKS! The bucks applaud while Okada stands over Garcia.

Okada tags Matt, Matt drags Garcia up and whips him into the corner. Matt runs up but into an ELBOW! Garcia storms up, but Matt scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Nick tags in, slingshot LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Garcia grits his teeth, he pie faces  Nick, but Nick drops a knee on Garcia’s back. Matt gets on a mic to talk to Taz, and to also say hi to Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. Nick CHOKES Garcia on ropes, lets off at 4, and he runs up to SHINING WIZARD! Matt keeps doing his own play by play as Nick bumps Garcia off buckles. Dynamite returns to single picture, Okada holds Garcia in place and Nick runs in, but Garcia BOOTS Nick!

Garcia elbows Okada away, CHOPS Nick, repeat! Matt is concerned on “commentary,” Nick runs back in but Garcia sends him into Okada! Matt says to get him, but Nick waistlocks Garcia. Garcia wrenches to SAIDO free! Matt asks for the tag, Nick tags him, and Matt still holds onto the mic as he stomps Garcia! Matt says it’s fine, he’s got this. Matt promises the ref he won’t hit Garcia with the mic. Matt instead talks trash, shouting, “You think you’re better than me, Garcia?! HUH!?” Matt then pie faces Garcia! Matt eggs on “the kid,” dares Garcia to show him the reason they hired him, and Garcia gets up to reel Matt in!

Matt freaks out, saying he’s sorry, they’re good! But Garcia still gives Matt the SAIDO! The fans fire up while Garcia crawls, hot tag to Pac! Pac RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over then keeps moving to CLOBBER him! And CLOBBER him again! Pac whips, Matt reveres but Pac stops, sidesteps and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nick runs in, but he also gets a SNAP GERMAN! The Bucks stagger up, Pac climbs a corner, DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! The Bucks bail out, the fans fire up, and Pac goes up a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes both Bucks and the fans are thunderous! Pac even dares Okada to get some! Okada says he’s not legal, he can’t!

Pac still taunts Okada, but then Matt CLOBBERS Pac from behind! Okada tags in, now he’s legal. Okada then BLASTS Penta, and Nick steps back in. Okada and Nick get Pac up, they double whip him to a corner, then Okada sends Nick in. Pac puts Nick on the apron, Matt’s on the other side, and Okada runs in, DOUBLE GIRI ELBOW COMBO! Okada then brings Pac up, Alabama Lifts, and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, Penta KICKS it apart! The fans fire up while Pac and Okada are both down! They stir, crawl, hot tag to Penta! CROSSBODY for Okada! Penta runs, SLINGBLADE for Nick! SLINGBLADE for Matt!

Penta catches Okada, tuck and pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, The Bucks break it! The fans boo but Nick rains fists down on Penta. The Bucks whip Penta to Okada, but Penta wheelbarrows and victory rolls, DOUBLE SATELLITE- NO, The Bucks back drop free! Garcia storms up, blocks Nick’s superkick to send it into Matt! Then Garcia reels Nick in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Matt superkick feints to DDT Garcia! Pac is up, he HOTSHOTS Matt, then slingshots to CUTTER! The fans are thunderous as Pac glares at Okada. Pac drags Penta to the corner, tags in, and “This is Awesome!” as we get that title match preview after all!

Okada fires a forearm, Pac gives it back, and they keep going back and forth! Pac gets the edge, then whips, but Okada reverses. Okada runs up, into a SUPERKICK! The fans are thunderous as Pac goes up the corner! But Matt trips Pac up! Pac crashes down to the mat, but the fans rally as Garcia rises! Pac crawls over, hot tag to Garcia! Garcia fires off forearms on Okada, then CHOPS! Garcia runs, into a DROPKICK! Okada drags Garcia up, scoops, but Garcia slips free to trip him! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Okada escapes, gets around, and sends Garcia into DOUBLE GAMANGIRI! Then gut wrench and TOMBSTONE!!

Penta runs up, but Okada dodges the slingblade! Okada scoops Penta to TOMBSTONE!! Nick & Matt get in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS into the RAINMAKER!! Cover, New Elite wins!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks, by pinfall

The Continental Champion smirks as he looms over the Dragonslayer, but The Bucks sit Garcia back up! E V P TRIGGER!! Garcia suffers for being friends with FTR, and then the Bucks bring out a ladder! Penta gets up but Matt DECKS him! Matt stomps Penta, stands on him, and Nick brings Garcia over. Scoop SLAM onto the ladder! Garcia writhes, but the Bucks still aren’t done! They open the ladder, stick Garcia inside, and then squeeze it shut on him! Okada & Matt hold Garcia down while Nick climbs up, but Pac returns! Pac runs the New Elite off with that bell hammer! The Bastard already had reason enough to go after them, but will he take out his rage on Okada?

As for The Bucks, they’ve got the momentum and the upper hand going into that Ladder match! Will they be the ones making history? Or will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood be the ones to establish their Dynasty?

 

Dynamite returns with Taz in the ring.

The Suplex Machine promised Chris Jericho to set up a meeting with Hook, so he’s here as moderator as Lionheart makes his entrance. Jericho joins Taz in the ring, followed by Hook. Taz has the mic while fans chant “HOOK! HOOK!” Taz says he’s just here to make sure things go nice and easy. There have been some issues between both Jericho and Hook. That said, Jericho has the floor. Jericho has the mic to say he’s known Taz for 30 years, and he appreciates Taz getting Hook to come out here. And to Hook, Jericho thanks him for coming out here. Jericho just wants to clear up some things.

The reason Jericho pulled Hook off the apron last week was not to mess with Shibata. Shibata ended up collateral damage. Jericho just wanted to get Hook’s attention and let him know it felt like Hook wasn’t listening to him as much as he should. The fans boo and Hook eats chips while Jericho says he is doing this all for Hook. Some say Jericho’s the greatest of all time at this. Others talk about the learning tree. Jericho says he IS the learning tree. The fans boo more but Jericho wants Hook to think about the people who listened to Jericho’s “perfect parables,” his pearls of wisdom. Every single one of them has gotten to that next level.

MJF, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Daniel Garcia, Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay, and so many more! Everyone that has come into the “Jericho Vortex” has come out the other side a better performer, a better wrestler, and to be honest, a better person. That is what Jericho wants for Hook. He wants them to scale to the highest of heights together. They can reach the top of Wizard Mountain so they can both breathe in the rarified air of Jericho and reach the top! Jericho knows he can get Hook there. So what does Hook say? Is he ready to put the animosity aside so he can sit under the brilliant branches of the learning tree?

The fans are booing and saying no. What does Hook say? “No!” The fans cheer and Jericho looks disappointed. What does Hook mean, “no?” Hook says he doesn’t need Jericho’s help. Dude, c’mon. Don’t be stupid. Taz stops Jericho there, but Jericho tells Taz to stop. The fans boo but Jericho says he’s doing what Taz should’ve done 30 years ago and give this kid some proper guidance! Seriously! But this is what Jericho is talking about. He needs to get Hook away from all this dead weight that’s been holding him back his entire life. Taz says Jericho needs to calm down but Jericho says Taz needs to stop.

Jericho again tells Hook that he has had people his whole life telling him how good he is, how he’s a future world champion, including Taz, his father. But Jericho says Hook is not as good as he thinks he is! The fans boo more and Taz speaks up again, only for Jericho to SHOVE him! The fans boo even harder, and now Hook is mad! Hook drops the mic, he storms up to Jericho, and then he SHOVES Jericho into a corner! Hook tells Jericho that he crossed the line. You wanna see how good Hook is? He’ll go another round with him, anytime, anywhere! Now get outta his ring! Jericho says Hook doesn’t mean that, but Hook says it again, get outta his ring!

Hook lets Jericho go and the fans sing “Hey hey hey, Goodbye~!” Jericho slowly takes his leave, trying to smooth things over, but it’s too late for that. When and where will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil get his hooks into Lionheart?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland.

Renee now sits down with the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship. In just a matter of days, Swerve’s career could change. Swerve could become the NEW AEW World Champion at Dynasty. In order to do that, he has to beat Joe. We heard from Joe earlier, what is Swerve’s reaction to Joe calling him a “choke artist?” Swerve chuckles at that. He’ll ask back, does Renee agree with Joe that Swerve’s a choke artist? No, she does not. He doesn’t think so, either. Joe talked about Swerve stumbling, title opportunity after opportunity. He isn’t wrong about that. Swerve has stumbled out the gate, stumbling throughout his career.

But guess what? Swerve’s always fallen forward into success. Just in this past year alone, Swerve was put in a coffin, got back up. He got stapled, body thrown into barbed wire, and he got back up. Not but a couple weeks ago, a man punched him in the face with a chain, bloodied him, and Swerve is still here. Swerve always gets back up. That’s his military upbringing, his warrior ethos: never give up, never quit. So Joe, call Swerve whatever you want. Punching bag, choke artist, a parasite, but guess what? This Sunday at Dynasty, he’ll also be calling Swerve the NEW AEW World Champion. “Whose house?”

Renee asks what makes Swerve so confident about Sunday? Swerve thinks about it, and says with all due respect, it isn’t something he should be answering to Renee. He should be saying this to Samoa Joe. Swerve takes off the mic, takes off his jacket and his hat to get up in the camera. Swerve promises to tell Joe this to his face, in that ring, tonight! Swerve storms off, but will Joe bother to meet him out there?

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther!

While The Virtuosa won’t be part of the sequel title picture with the leading lady, she’ll gladly take out the understudy! Will Deonna make sure Mariah can’t help Timeless Toni against Thunder Rosa? Or will Mariah make her mentor proud?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Mariah shoves Deonna down. Mariah pulls on Deonna’s hair, they tie up again, and Mariah puts Deonna in the corner. Mariah ROCKS Deonna, whips corner to corner but Deonna reverses. Deonna runs in, blocks a boot, THROWS Mariah by that leg, then runs to KNEE LIFT and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roll through, but Mariah scrambles out of the ring! The fans fire up as Storm is there to check on her protege, but Deonna builds speed! Storm gets Mariah out of the way as Deonna baseball slides, and Mariah DECKS Deonna!

Mariah whips Deonna into barriers, Storm taunts the “loser,” then Mariah puts Deonna back in. Deonna swings, Mariah ducks and ROUNDHOUSES! Mariah rams a shoulder in, only to get caught! Deonna drags Mariah out for a DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Mariah goes to a corner, Storm coaches her, but Deonna runs up, Mariah goes up and over, ROCKS Deonna again, then puts Deonna up top. Mariah runs up to STRATUS- NO, Deonna shoves her away! So Mariah SHOVES Deonna to the floor! The fans cheer as Mariah poses, and Storm taunts Deonna again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref is busy with Mariah, and that lets Storm step on Deonna’s face! Mariah goes out to kick Deonna around, then CHOPS her against the apron. Mariah puts Deonna in, kicks her around, and then drags Deonna up. Mariah runs to SHOTGUN Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Mariah keeps calm, Storm coaches her and Mariah CHOPS Deonna. Mariah puts Deonna in a corner, bumps her off buckles, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Mariah lets off, but Deonna dodges the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! Mariah knees low, snapmares, then she clamps on a chinlock. Deonna endures, even as Mariah thrashes her around.

Deonna fights up, but Mariah throws her by her hair! The ref reprimands, Mariah “apologizes,” then she kicks Deonna around. Mariah brings Deonna through the ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Mariah lets off at 4, then she stalks Deonna to a corner. Mariah fires forearms, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off again. Mariah digs her boot into Deonna, lets off as the ref counts, then whips her corner to corner hard! Mariah runs in, Deonna ELBOWS her back, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Deonna ELBOWS Mariah again, goes up the corner, but Mariah runs up! Deonna BOOTS Mariah, then hits a FLYING KNEE on Mariah’s arm!

Deonna runs up to LARIAT Mariah, then whips her to ropes. Mariah reverses but Deonna KICKS back! And LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Deonna covers, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but she brings Mariah up. Mariah ROCKS Deonna! Deonna ROCKS Mariah! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, then Deonna gets the edge! Deonna runs up, but Mariah ROCKS her at ropes! Mariah runs, but Deonna catches her to the BACK2BACKBREAKER, and right into a takedown! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Mariah scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deonna lets go at 4.

Deonna drags Mariah up, CHOPS her, and Mariah ends up in a corner. Deonna whips corner to corner, Mariah reveres but Deonna dodges to BOOT! Cover, TWO! Mariah survives but Deonna drags her right up. Deonna reels Mariah in, vows to end this, and lifts, but Mariah slips free of the bomb! HEADBUTT! Deonna flops into a corner, Mariah takes aim! Storm and the fans rally up, KISS THIS!! Mariah hits the hip attack, then TORNADO DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and shocks Mariah! Mariah drags Deonna up, Storm wants this to end. Mariah fireman’s carries, Deonna sunset flips! But Mariah sits on it! TWO!!

Deonna finishes the sunset flip, DEONNA WINS!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

But Storm attacks Deonna! She and Mariah beat down The Virtuosa, but here comes Thunder Rosa! She CLOBBERS Luther, then dodges Mariah to BOOT Storm! Then ROUNDHOUSE for Mariah! La Mera Mera shoves Mariah out, has the fans all fired up, and Deonna gets in Rosa’s face. They argue, shove, and then Mariah trips Deonna to drag her out! Mariah and Deonna brawl, Storm takes aim, to kick Rosa low! But Rosa wrenches back to DECK Storm! Rosa gets Storm into a CAMEL CLUTCH, and brings out lipstick! Rosa SMEARS it all over Storm’s crazy face! Rosa gets payback for Storm disrespecting the face paint!

Storm scrambles away, Luther doing his best to clean her up. The Storm and the Thunder are about to clash, which force of nature will reign over the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Backstage interview with Bullet Club Gold.

Renee is now with the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, but she has to get the Gunns to stop tapping the mic. This is a very exciting time in AEW as Dynasty is just days away. BCG asked for this time, what is going on? Jay White says it is very exciting but Renee doesn’t seem that excited. This is supposed to be her favorite time of the week! She gets to talk with the who? Bang Bang Gang. Aw c’mon, say it with feeling! Yeah, like this! BANG BANG GANG! The Bang Bang Gang has been having a blast the last couple of months. They did some scissoring, learned new catchphrases, sold new merch, made new friends, got new fans, and the boys even hung out with their old man.

And now everyone can see just how much better off Austin & Colten are without Daddy Ass and with #StepdaddySwitch. And y’know what? They’ll fulfill their destiny at Dynasty! How did this all start? Surprise, surprise, it is all about the gold. They are the ROH Six Man Champs, and Acclaimed have what BCG wants! The Acclaimed are the AEW World Trios Champions! They’ll put it all on the line, #WinnersTakeAll! And then we will see that THE greatest three man unit today is the Bang Bang Gang! And if you ain’t down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Jay White & The Gunns want it all, but will they lose it all in St. Louis?

 

The Acclaimed respond.

Daddy Ass says, “Well. It seems that you three have finally grown a set and showed everybody what your true intensions are, and that’s to get a shot at the championships that we now hold. Well, Jay White, I’ve already beaten the life outta you. And as for those other two, hell, I’ve been beating the hell out of them since they were little kids. You called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it.” Anthony Bowens says, “That’s right, Jay White. You wanna fight? This Sunday on Dynasty, you want us to put the AEW Trios titles on the line? Well guess what? We accept your challenge. So bring your little Ass Boys, bring your big golden bat, because guess what?

“The Scissor King has got a big golden bat of your own, and you can choke on it!” Max Caster says that’s right, “Twinkblade and the Ass Boys. You guys wanna make challenges? Well let us in on the fun, too. Just for old times, let’s run it back! Two on two, Acclaimed and the Ass Boys on Collision this week, and we’re gonna beat your ass, I’ve got no doubts about it! Because…” “EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” The stakes have been raised, who will establish their Dynasty in the Zero Hour?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Shane Taylor w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

Trent Beretta turns on Freshly Squeezed and now it’s all falling apart. And who better to kick someone when they’re down than Big Bad Shaney T. Boy? Will Shane rumble, bad man, rumble? Or will Cassidy fight like a man with nothing left to lose?

The bell rings and the fans rally behind Cassidy. But then Ogogo and Moriarty close in. Shane tells his guys it’s fine, he’s got this. Ogogo and Moriarty stand down. Shane eggs Cassidy on about how he took out Shibata. Shane even says Cassidy can give the people what they want and put his hands in the pockets. Cassidy puts his hands up, and then in the pockets! The fans cheer, Cassidy dodges Shane and SHOTGUNS! Shane stays up, Cassidy kips up, then he dodges again! Another SHOTGUN, another kip up, and Cassidy runs to SHOTGUN again! Shane stays up in a corner, but Cassidy runs in. Shane swings, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Shane blocks!

Shane suplexes, Cassidy kicks and flails, but ends up on ropes. Shane hits LONDON TOWER! Cassidy flops out of the ring, Shane distracts the ref, and Moriarty stomps away on Cassidy! Moriarty THROWS Cassidy into barriers, then puts him in the ring. Moriarty acts innocent, and Shane puts Cassidy in the corner. Shane taunts Cassidy, puts his arms around ropes and hands in the pockets. Shane winds up to CHOP! Cassidy sputters as he drops to his knees. Cassidy flops out of the ring again, but the ref tells Moriarty & Ogogo to back off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cassidy clutches his neck, slowly sits up, but Shane goes out after him. Shane winds up and hushes the fans, only to throw Cassidy into the ring. Shane won’t do what the fans want, and he drags Cassidy up into a corner. Shane wraps the arms around ropes again, tucks them back in the pockets, and then argues with the ref. Shane ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy flops against ropes, and Shane taunts him while stalking him. Shane puts Cassidy in a corner, talks trash and pie faces, but Cassidy fires haymakers! Cassidy fires off shot after shot, then winds up, but Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Cassidy flops out of the ring again!

Moriarty mockingly cheers Cassidy on while Shane goes out to fetch him. Shane puts Cassidy on the apron, and CLUBS him! Shane then goes up to the apron, lines up the shot, APRON LEG DROP! Cassidy sputters as he flounders away, and Shane storms back in after him. Shane taunts Cassidy, and Cassidy “unleashes” body shots. Shane pie faces Cassidy, Cassidy fires more shots, then winds up. Shane encourages the fans to fire up, too, but then Cassidy SUPERKICKS! Shane wobbles, but he DECKS Cassidy! Shane stalks Cassidy to a corner, stands Cassidy up, and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Shane fires off hands, but Cassidy dodges the chop! Cassidy runs in, Shane puts him on the apron, but Cassidy ducks to ROCK Shane back! And bumps him off buckles! ROCK, BUMP, repeat! Cassidy dribbles Shane off the buckles over and over, then lets off as the ref counts. The fans fire up, Cassidy climbs up, but while Shane distracts the ref, Ogogo grabs a foot! Cassidy shakes Ogogo off but Moriarty gets the other foot! Cassidy kicks him away, too, but Shane choke grips! Shane has Cassidy with both hands, but Cassidy throws hands! Shane still holds Cassidy up so Cassidy fires off faster and faster shots!

Shane lets Cassidy go, Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but Shane blocks the DDT again! Shane suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Shane wobbles, Cassidy runs to DIVE onto Moriarty! Cassidy then DIVES onto Ogogo! Cassidy keeps moving, takes aim, ORANGE- NO, Shane dodges! But Cassidy dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! Cover, TWO! Cassidy survives, Shane huffs and puffs, and Shane drags Cassidy up. Shane vows to end this, and he tucks Cassidy in, only for Cassidy to fight free! Cassidy tries to Alabama Lift?! Shane’s too big! Shane KNEES Cassidy, but Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES!! Off comes the elbow pad, Cassidy reloads, ORANGE- HAYMAKER from Shane!

Cassidy wobbles, Shane winds up again, but ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

But then Moriarty clamps on a SLEEPER!! The fans boo as Ogogo storms in and unbuttons his sleeves. The fans boo as STP mugs Cassidy! Ogogo shows off the Olympic level left hand, and then Shane says this isn’t it! Get Cassidy up! Ogogo & Moriarty drag Cassidy to his feet, but here comes Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal! But then BLAM, someone hits Daniels with a chair! And BLAM, same for Sydal! IT’S TRENT!!! Trent CHUCKS the chair into Sydal’s face! The fans boo, and Trent is still wearing the shirt, “Trent & Orange Win The Big One.” Trent glares at Cassidy, STP is a bit confused, but the fans tell off #JustTrent.

STP get Cassidy up again, and Shane DECKS Cassidy!! The fans boo harder, but Cassidy is put in the BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Cassidy suffers as Trent leaves. Best Friends no more, but did Trent just watch the end of Orange Cassidy?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Saturday!

This Saturday, April 20th, the night before Dynasty, it is Collision AND Rampage back-to-back for THREE hours of All Elite Wrestling! Make sure your DVR is set accordingly so you don’t miss a minute of Dynasty Weekend!

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Just 24 hours before all their title matches on Dynasty, Okada & The Young Bucks are back in action against Pac & FTR! Will The New Elite win another trios match? Or will the #TopBastards have momentum going into St. Louis?

 

Roderick Strong speaks.

“Kyle, your comeback was sweet. I swear to you, I smiled and I cried because I was so happy to have you back. But there’s something that you didn’t realize.” Roddy is of course referring to how Kyle could do it on his own, so long as he didn’t get in Roddy’s way. Roddy finishes by saying, “When we step into the ring, I am going to break you, and I am going to end you forever!” Another friendship turned sour all because of pride and greed, but will the Savior of the Backbreaker be Kyle’s doom? Or will there be no End of Heartache when Kyle takes the International Championship away from The Undisputed Kingdom?

 

Will Ospreay VS Claudio Castagnoli!

The Don Callis Family tried to break the Blackpool Combat Club, and they just about did it to Bryan Danielson at the end of Collision last Saturday. Will the Swiss Superman exact some revenge on behalf of the American Dragon? Or will the Aerial Assassin simply sharpen his blade using Claudio’s body?

Dynamite returns as Claudio makes his entrance. Don Callis has magically appeared on commentary because “the golden goose,” “The King of the Bangers,” is here thanks to him. The bell rings and Claudio immediately UPPERCUTS Ospreay to the corner! Claudio drags Ospreay to a cover, TWO!! Claudio keeps the hot start going as he hauls Ospreay up, reels him in, and tucks the arms! RICOLA- NO, Ospreay slips free to ROCK Claudio, whip, but Claudio reverses. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Claudio blocks the rana to pop Ospreay around into a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay clutches his back while fans are torn.

The fans rally for Ospreay as hard as they can, but Claudio stands Ospreay up to ROCK him! Claudio storms up on Ospreay in the corner, throws a body shot, but Ospreay CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS Ospreay down! The fans fire up, Claudio whips Ospreay to a corner, then runs up, into a BOOT! Ospreay goes up to FLYING RANA! Claudio tumbles away, gets up, but Ospreay BOOTS him out of the ring! The fans fire up, Ospreay aims but Claudio moves. No plancha and the fans boo, but Ospreay storms out after Claudio to CHOP him again! Ospreay ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio RAMS Ospreay into barriers!

The fans rally, Claudio RAMS Ospreay into railing! Claudio whips Ospreay at the LED, but Ospreay leaps over! Claudio runs up, but Ospreay ROCKS him first! Ospreay then goes up onto the barrier, to FLYING FOREARM! Down goes Claudio and the fans fire up! Ospreay SMACKS Claudio off aprons, fires shots, then puts Claudio in the ring. Fans sing for “OSPREAY~, OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” as he goes up the apron. Ospreay springboards but Claudio trips him up! Fans boo but Claudio drags Ospreay in, runs side to side, and DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans boo as Claudio stands on Ospreay and stomps around.

The ref reprimands and counts, Claudio steps off at 4, but then DOUBLE STOMPS again! Claudio brings Ospreay up, scoops, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Claudio bends Ospreay back against his knee, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay gets his hands in, throws hands on Claudio and stands up. They trade forearms, the fans rally, and Claudio eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay ROCKS Claudio! Claudio ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay fires a flurry, but Claudio ROCKS him again! Claudio brings Ospreay around to ROCK him in the back! Claudio eggs Ospreay on, whips, but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and again, DEJA VU RANA!

The fans fire up as Claudio bails out! Ospreay gets fans to join in “OI! OI! OI!” then he runs up to PLANCHA! But Claudio catches him! APRON BACKBREAKER! Ospreay writhes, Claudio soaks up the heat, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Claudio stomps Ospreay around, drags him up, and then whips him hard into the LED barrier! Claudio leaves Ospreay behind to step into the ring, and he lets the ring count handle this. Ospreay rises, clutches his side and hobbles his way into the ring. Claudio is there to stomp away on him! Claudio drags Ospreay up, Ospreay fires a forearm! Claudio fires back, they throw forearms back and forth again, but then Ospreay snapmares and KICKS Claudio! Claudio gets right up to snapmare and run, to UPPERCUT Ospreay! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay stays tough and Claudio grows frustrated. Claudio then clamps on with a chinlock.

Ospreay endures, fights up, throws body shots, then puts Claudio in a corner. Ospreay whips corner to corner but Claudio reverses, and Ospreay hits buckles hard! Claudio does a little victory lap before he cheers himself on. Then he drops an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Claudio clamps a chinlock right back on, and the modified S grip lets him wrench Ospreay’s head. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Claudio knees low, runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Ospreay whips, Claudio reverses but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Callis says he told Ospreay in their strategy meeting that he needs “moves in bunches” to take down Claudio. The standing count starts, but both men stir. Claudio drags himself up with ropes, but Ospreay just kips up! “This is Awesome!” and Ospreay fires up! Ospreay runs in corner to corner, BOOT! Ospreay shoves Claudio down, goes to the apron, springboard and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps calm while he brings Claudio back up. Ospreay underhooks, but Claudio blocks the lift! So Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Claudio UPPERCUTS but Ospreay catches it!

Ospreay backslides, TWO! But then Ospreay steps through to SHARPSHOOTER! The fans fire up as Claudio endures his favorite hold! But as such, Claudio powers up, trips Ospreay, and now Claudio has the SHARPSHOOTER! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, but Claudio sits deep! Claudio reaches back, hooks an arm, and shifts to a CROSSFACE! The fans duel as Claudio rolls Ospreay from ropes! Ospreay rolls to a cover, TWO! Claudio BOOTS Ospreay, whips, but Ospreay handsprings again! Claudio gets under, ducks ‘n’ dodges, springboard, into a SUPERKICK! Underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Ospreay is beside himself while both men are down, but the fans are thunderous! The fans want them to “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this match has a time limit! Ospreay rises, he brings Claudio in and underhooks again, but Claudio still resists! Ospreay fires more Kawada Kicks, but Claudio RAMS him into a corner! Claudio lets off slowly, and pokes Ospreay in the eyes! The fans boo but Claudio UPPERCUTS again and again from all sides! The ref reprimands but Claudio UPPERCUTS until Ospreay sits down! Claudio then reels Ospreay in, short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Claudio stays focused.

Claudio scuffs Ospreay, the fans rally, and Ospreay rises. Claudio scuffs Ospreay more, slaps him around, but Ospreay fires a forearm. Claudio forearms back! The forearms turn to UPPERCUTS as Claudio fires from all sides! An UPPERCUT knocks Ospreay down, but he kips up to PELE! The fans fire up while Claudio wobbles, comes back, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay reels Claudio in, but Claudio slips out of the bomb to UPPERCUT! Tuck the arms, RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio escapes but the fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay aims as Claudio rises, BUZZSAW and HEEL KICK!

Ospreay calls his shot, goes to the ropes and springboards, but Claudio catches him! Torture rack, BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans fire up again! Claudio calls his shot now, and he sits Ospreay up. Claudio runs, runs, but Ospreay SPANISH FLIES!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives, but off comes the elbow pad! Ospreay aims, runs up, but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!!! Callis came outta his seat but Ospreay is still in this! Claudio says it’s time, and the fans fire up! Claudio gets Ospreay’s legs, for the GIANT SWING! But Ospreay sits up!? And slips through to DDT!!

Ospreay goes up and up and LEAP OF FAITH!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives that sky twister, but Ospreay aims! HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Aerial Assassin takes down the Swiss Superman in an instant classic! Even Callis says that’s incredible! But wait, Konosuke Takeshita, Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs show up to mug Claudio! The fans boo, but Ospreay is rather surprised by this. Callis takes no responsibility for what his guys are doing, but Takeshita still drags Claudio to the ramp. This is like at the end of Collision! But unlike last time, here comes MOX! The fans fire up as the DCF regroups in the ring, only for Moxley to jump in from the crowd! Moxley fires hands on everyone, but that’s still a 3v1 fight! Hobbs and Fletcher mug Moxley, but he throws Kyle away to fire off with Hobbs!

Claudio is up, he DUMPS Takeshita into the stands! Moxley sends Hobbs running, and now the BCC regroups! Ospreay is still confused and upset and he storms off. Will the #BillyGOAT still get a fair fight with Bryan Danielson at Dynasty? Will Moxley humble Hobbs as part of AEW Homecoming? Well BREAKING NEWS for Collision tomorrow night! Bryan Danielson returns to action alongside Claudio Castagnoli to take on Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita, IN A BUNKHOUSE BRAWL! Will the American Dragon breathe fire and burn down the Don Callis Family all in one weekend?

 

Swerve heads to the ring!

Just as he promised, and with Nana by his side, The Realest is here. He has the music cut to say that this Sunday in St. Louis, the main event of Dynasty, it is Swerve challenging Samoa Joe for the AEW World Championship. The fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve gets in the ring and says he was asked earlier tonight, how does he believe he’s going to defeat Joe? That answer is simple: remember last week, when he knocked Joe on his ass and had him scurrying like a little b*tch? Joe had fear in his eyes! He was quivering! Swerve was standing there, the title above his head, and it looked mighty good on him.

Joe showed Swerve everything he needed to see. Joe was scared! The fact that Joe knows Swerve’s gonna beat him and win the title. Swerve’s just out here with the people of Indianapolis, he’s just waiting on Joe to come out here so he can say all this to Joe’s face, like a man. So Swerve’s here, Nana’s here, so Joe, bring your Sweet Tooth ass out here! Swerve waits, and here comes Joe! But security stands in the way! This is the man Swerve wants, and he says he just wants to talk, so he can knock Joe’s ass out again! The cluster of Joe and the security guards gets closer and closer, so Swerve goes up and up! Swerve SUPER STOMPS the whole thing apart!!

The fans lose their minds as Swerve stares Joe down! Swerve says he is taking this from Joe, and then the fists fly! Joe whips Swerve into steel steps! Joe puts Swerve in the ring, fetches his belt, and says Swerve’s taking nothing from him! Joe storms into the ring, smirks as Nana checks on Swerve, and then Joe mocks Nana’s dance. Nana turns around and says hold on now! Joe storms up on Nana, but Swerve gets up to BOOT Joe! Swerve aims, for a HOUSE CALL! Joe is down but Swerve goes up! The fans are thunderous, but Joe trips Swerve up! Nana panics as Joe tells Swerve that he is NOT that man!

Joe HEADBUTTS Swerve, tucks him in, and hits the MUSCLE BUSTER!! Joe looms over Swerve, picks up the title, and holds it up high. Will this be the scene at the end of Dynasty? Or will Swerve finally have his moment?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite as the go-home to Dynasty, great escalating of things between Blackpool Combat Club and Don Callis Family. Moxley has a really good opening promo, and he surprisingly calls out Hobbs. Ospreay has an awesome main event with Claudio, and of course Ospreay wins to have momentum going into Dynasty. And I do appreciate that he is against how the Don Callis Family is doing things. They didn’t need to beat up Claudio, he isn’t even part of Dynasty, and now that even backfired as there’s going to be a BIG tag match on Collision as one last go-home to Dynasty. Pretty sure Bryan & Claudio win that so Bryan has momentum, too, making Dynasty’s dream match much more unpredictable.

Good promo from Mercedes Mone, and I like that her hair was colored to match the new Dynamite colors. But also, good detail for her to think how I was thinking, the attack on her could’ve just been Willow making us think it was Julia. Really good Mixed Tag with how someone, apparently Julia, attacked Willow beforehand. It ended up mostly an Edge VS Brody match that way, but good heroic entrance by Willow. But of course the House cuts corners to win, and great save by Mone to run Julia off. This does tease Mone VS Julia but I’m very certain the go-home math says Willow wins the TBS Championship to make Double or Nothing the rematch from the NJPW Strong Women’s title tournament.

Also good stuff in the AEW Women’s World title story as Deonna VS Mariah was a great match. Good win for Deonna, but of course Storm attacks her and that brings out Rosa. Rosa stands tall here, so the math indicates Storm retains. But at the same time, there’s still potential for Storm and Mina Shirakawa to fight over Mariah as opposed to fighting over a title. Or maybe they’ll fight over both? After all, May is Double or Nothing, so it could be a bit of both. Or like, Storm retains the title, but Mina “wins” Mariah to her side, #RoseGold does stuff in AEW or even ROH, and Storm will be without one of her insurance policies.

Great stuff in the story of New Elite. I actually liked The Bucks interrupting the hype package because it started too FTR friendly, and we got a great Six Man Tag. Of course The New Elite beat Pac, Penta & Garcia, but I was kinda hoping FTR was going to make the save to better set up the Six Man Tag I honestly thought we were getting tonight. Pac & FTR VS Okada & Bucks has to go really wonky, though, that’s a lot of go-home math that affects many titles. Meanwhile, Jericho’s face to face with Hook went about as expected in that Jericho ruins it cuz of his ego. Him shoving Taz was the unexpected part but it got Hook mad, and so we’re definitely getting Hook VS Jericho for the FTW Championship at some point.

Good promo from Roddy to hype up his match with Kyle, maybe Kyle has a tune-up match during Collision or Rampage this Saturday so he has momentum going into the match. Great match from Cassidy VS Shane, and while Shane Taylor Promotions interfered a lot, Cassidy winning was of course happening. STP beating him down, and Trent stopping the save was some wild stuff, though. A little surprised no one’s interviewed Trent, or tried and then get shot down by Trent, but him still wearing the “win the big one” shirt kinda implies what broke him. The moment they didn’t win the big one, after all the losses leading up to this, Trent finally gave up on Best Friends.

I am very happy that Acclaimed VS Bang Bang Gang is going to be Winners Take All for the trios titles. Good promos from both sides, but I just hope the winners will bring their AEW and ROH titles to both Collision and ROH TV on Honor Club. We finally got Kyle Fletcher back on ROH TV, the other male champions of ROH need to show up. And uh, for that matter, if Wheeler Yuta is unable to compete at all with his injury, Tony Khan needs to figure out what to do with the ROH Pure Championship. But I think we all know what’s going down with the AEW World Championship. Great promos from both Joe and Swerve, then a great final confrontation to close the night. And per the math, Joe stands tall, meaning Swerve is taking that title at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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