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Who steps to the plate for a Grand Slam?

A tournament begins to determine a new challenger for MJF’s AEW World Championship at Dynamite: Grand Slam in just two weeks!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley w/ Claudio Castagnoli VS AR Fox; Moxley wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Emi Sakura; Kris wins and retains the title.
  • Le Sex Gods VS Aussie Open; Le Sex Gods win.
  • AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Trent Beretta; Roddy wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Darby Allin VS Nick Wayne; Darby wins and advances to the semifinals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Orange Cassidy is here!

The bandage on his head is a major sign to the truly bloody battle he went through with Jon Moxley on Sunday. Freshly Squeezed fought the good fight but he still lost his International Championship. Cassidy gets the mic while fans chant “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” for him. They then chant “Thank You, Orange!” before Cassidy says, “Hey. Thank you. So uh… They told me to stay home.” Fans boo that, but Cassidy says he was like, “Nah, I’m not gonna do that.” Championship or no championship, Cassidy will be here every single week. “Because I am Freshly Squeezed Orange Cassidy, and I do not have a catchphrase.”

Fans cheer, and the music hits. The former International Champion isn’t losing that fighting spirit any time soon, will he fight his way back up to a title? But wait, speaking of, here comes the NEW International Champion, from the crowd side! The Maniac is looking to prove he’s a fighting champion, too, will Indianapolis get a taste of #DeathJitsu?

AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley w/ Claudio Castagnoli VS AR Fox!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Moxley raises the bar on what Cassidy did as champion!

The bell rings, Moxley rushes in but Fox goes Matrix to dodge! Fox then kips up, PELES, and he fires off on Moxley in a corner! Fox CHOPS, Moxley goes to another corner, but Fox CHOPS him again! Moxley goes to another corner, turns things around and CHOPS Fox! And CHOPS again! Moxley won’t let Fox get away, and he CHOPS again! Moxley rains down fists, the fans count along, but then Moxley digs his knuckles into Fox’s face! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off and he brings Fox up. Moxley whips, Fox reverses and runs in, but Moxley puts him on the apron. Fox ROCKS Mox, then springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Moxley bails out. Fox builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Moxley at the ramp! Fans fire up more and Fox drags Moxley up. Fox puts Moxley in the ring, aims from a corner, but Moxley BOOTS him down first! Moxley drags Fox in, reels him in, and hits an X PLEX! Fox writhes and fans fire up again! Moxley says he’s about to crush this sucker, and he storms up to drag Fox up. Fans rally behind Moxley as he DECKS Fox! Darby Allin and Nick Wayne watch backstage, and Moxley follows Fox out to the apron. Moxley reels Fox in but Fox fights the lift! Moxley CLUBS Fox, then CLAWS his back!

Moxley suplexes Fox, but Fox slips into the ring! Fox avoids the shoulder, KICKS Mox, then hits a DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Moxley bails out again but Fox pursues. Fans fire up as Fox runs up but Moxley kicks low. Moxley TOSSES Fox into railing! Moxley drags Fox up to TOSS him over the railing! Fans fire up as Fox tumbles, and Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite returns and Moxley has Fox in the ring, to KICK him in the chest! Fans rally up as Moxley eggs Fox on, and then KICKS him again! Fox wobbles to his feet, Moxley KICKS again, but Fox ENZIGURIS! Moxley drops to his knees and fans rally up again. Fox stands and he LARIATS! Moxley shakes his head as he stays standing. Fox LARIATS again, but again Mox shakes his head. Mox blocks the discus, Fox ducks the lariat and mule kicks! And BOOTS! And NECKBREAKERS! Fox kips up and fans fire up! Fans fire up as Moxley goes to a corner and Fox runs in, but gets caught to a SLEEPER!

Fox RAMS Moxley into buckles, is free to snapmare, roll and CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley bails out again and both Darby and Nick nod as they watch backstage still. Fox aims, slingshots, but has to bail out as Mox moves. Fox avoids the sweep, BOOTS Moxley, then hits the TIGER WALL MOONSAULT off the corner! Direct hit on Moxley and fans fire up! Fox puts Moxley back in, climbs up the corner, and fans duel. 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Fox can’t believe it! Claudio is stoic, though, and Moxley gets Fox’s arm! KIMURA!! Fox endures, Moxley shifts to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!!

Fox is dazed as Moxley drags him up, runs and- ENZIGURI from Fox! Fox runs, KING KONG LARIAT from Moxley!! Moxley drags Fox up, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!

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

Moxley’s first defense is in the books, and Fox is now 0-2 in going for this title. Will Fox have to move on and try someone else’s luck? Will The Maniac continue to reign until he’s matched the Freshly Squeezed win streak? Darby does go out to the ring to commend Fox on this great effort. Fans cheer as Darby helps Fox up, but Nick is on the tron now. Because Christian Cage & Luchasaurus have found him! Captain Charisma says hello to Nick and asks how he’s feeling. Was he expecting someone else? Darby hurries back up the ramp as Christian tells Nick that Christian actually looked at some film of the late Buddy Wayne.

Christian feels he owes Nick an apology. Buddy’s worse than Christian thought! Nick is mad but Christian tells him not to do anything reckless. Christian knows Nick is just finding his own way in this world, looking for a mentor, and he thinks Darby is that guy. But Christian says if he wants a real mentor, maybe he should be looking at a champion. Just something to mull over. Say hi to your mom for him. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, what will Nick do about this backhanded offer?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Emi Sakura!

Speaking of champions, another title match helps open Dynamite as The Galaxy’s Greatest is already back in action! She made it past The Runaway, though with some surprising help. Will she be able to handle the Queen of Joshi on her own? Or will Emi Sakura take Kris’ throne?

Dynamite returns and Emi makes her entrance, throwing her crown and cape at the security guard like he’s her attendant. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is #MoreThanAWoman!

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They approach but Emi dodges to laugh. Kris is annoyed, but Emi catches her in a roll-up! ONE, Emi reels Kris in to underhook, TIGER DRIVER! High stack, TWO! Kris bails out and Emi is raging already! Kris gets on the apron, Kris CHOPS her! Emi runs in to BODY CHECK Kris off the apron! Fans fire up and Emi “sips tea.” Emi runs in at Kris again, to SPLASH her against steel steps! Emi is all fired up, a side we haven’t seen in AEW before, and she puts Kris in the ring. Emi covers, TWO! Emi mockingly applauds Kris’ toughness but then lines up a shot to CHOP Kris back down!

Kris stands again, and CHOPS back! Fans fire up, Emi laughs and CHOPS again! Kris CHOPS, Emi CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth, Kris DOUBLE CHOPS, then whips. Emi reverses, wrenches, ELBOWS, and CHOP-LARIAT COMBOS! Fans fire up and Emi aims from the corner. Emi runs, DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither fall! They DOUBLE LARIAT again, then Kris ROUNDHOUSES! Kris fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS bring both women down this time! Fans fire up and a standing count starts. Kris crawls to the apron, Emi follows, and Kris drags herself up with the ropes.

Emi runs in again but Kris RAMS into her! Then HOSHOTS her down, so she can slingshot and ELBOW DROP! Fans fire up with Mama Kris and she drags Emi up. Kris runs, to ROLLING- NO, Emi ducks to dragon sleeper! Kris powers out with a gut wrench! But Emi powers out to dragon sleeper! TWISTING DDT! Emi shouts, “I AM YOUR HIGHNESS!” Underhooks, stalling lift, and then TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and fans fire up. Emi pushes Kris to a drop zone, steps on her, and again says “I am your highness!” Emi climbs the corner, but Kris CLUBS her first!

Kris Electric Chair Lifts Emi off the corner, to SLAM her down! Kris powers up and runs, to DISCUS LARIAT! And then a scoop and tuck, FIGHT NIGHT FEVER!! Cover, Kris wins!

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

Mama Kris got a hell of a fight from Auntie Emi, but she came out on top! Will she continue to prove herself as the greatest TBS Champion yet?

 

Roderick Strong & The Kingdom sit down for an interview.

Roddy is asked about his parents, and he says, “Where do I start? The first thing is this: My parents, they just didn’t know how to be parents. They didn’t give themselves the chance, they were all wrapped up in their own problems. My mom, dealing with her drug issue. My dad, with his alcoholism. Their relationship was everything I know I never wanted. I mean, it got so bad that even my sister left. The hardest part of it all was taking care of myself. Night in and night out, with a BB gun at my side, passing out alone.

“Wrestling gave me an opportunity to be something that I was not. No one was judging me when I was in there for what my parents were doing, for how much money I didn’t have. So when people say professional wrestling is just a business, it isn’t to me! It is my everything! But… Adam already knew that.” Matt Taven & Mike Bennett pat Roddy on the shoulders as he continues. Roddy says he grew up alone, so he’ll win this Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament alone, starting tonight. But with a brace still around his neck, is there any hope for Roddy making it through in one piece?

 

Don Callis is here.

And fans rightfully boo him as he joins commentary to watch his former friend in this next match.

Le Sex Gods VS Aussie Open!

Don Callis may have turned on him, and the rest of the former Jericho Appreciation Society may have walked away from him, but Chris Jericho still has Sammy Guevara. As such, Sammy had Jericho’s back in fighting off Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis last Friday during Rampage. Will the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla be sent packing again as The Ocho & Spanish God fight their way into the AEW Tag Division? Or will The United Empire truly run the world?

The teams sort out and fans fire up as Jericho starts with Davis. They circle, tie up, and Davis powers Jericho to an open corner. The ref counts, Jericho pokes Davis in the eye! Then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho whips, but Davis runs Jericho over! Fans fire up and Davis drags Jericho up. Davis bumps Jericho off buckles, then CHOP-LARIATS! Fans fire up as Davis scoops but Jericho slips free. Jericho shoves Davis to a corner, CLUBS him, and then fires off! Jericho brings Davis around, tags in Sammy, and fans rally up as Sammy CHOPS! Le Sex Gods double whip to run Davis over with double shoulders! Sammy spins to pose, and Jericho joins him!

Fans fire up and Fletcher is annoyed as Le Sex Gods taunt him. Le Sex Gods then drag Davis up, double whip but Davis cartwheels to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Davis scoops Sammy and SNAKE EYES off the buckles! Tag to Fletcher, fans want that again, but Fletcher scoops and SLAMS! Fletcher gets fans joining in on the “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” then he tells Jericho up his! But Sammy stands to CHOP! Fletcher CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, then Sammy fires forearms and CHOPS! Sammy whips, hurdles, backflips and then DROPKICKS Fletcher in the gut!

Sammy kips up smooth and fans fire up. Sammy taunts the United Empire crowns and the fans rally behind him. Sammy drags Fletcher over, stomps him down, then tags in Jericho. Le Sex Gods mug Fletcher, then double suplex. They hold Fletcher up, fans fire up and after a count of FIFTEEN, the SLAM! Fans are all fired up as Sammy flexes and Jericho grins, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Jericho stomps Fletcher, brings him up and around to whip corner to corner, and runs in to clothesline! Jericho climbs up on the corner and he rains down fists! Jericho goes past TEN, to SIXTEEN! Jericho then brings Fletcher around to BULLDOG! Tag to Sammy, and Jericho drags Fletcher over so Sammy can stomp him. Sammy pushes Fletcher down, for the cocky pin! TWO, but Sammy brings Fletcher up to whip to ropes. Fletcher holds ropes, Sammy runs in but Fletcher dumps him to the apron. Sammy counter punches Fletcher, and Fletcher distracts the ref so Davis can YANK Sammy down and scoop SLAM him to the floor!

Davis throws the crowns up and Jericho protests, but the ref keeps him back. Davis puts Sammy back in while Fletcher taunts Jericho, and Fletcher drags Sammy up. Fletcher bumps Sammy off buckles, tags Davis in, and Aussie Open double whip to DOUBLE CHOP! And then PENALTY KICK to a SENTON! Davis paces around Sammy, kneels for the cover, TWO! Davis drags Sammy into a chinlock and grinds him down. Fans rally and Jericho encourages them to get louder. Sammy fights up, to JAWBREAKER free! Davis and Sammy crawl, but Fletcher runs in to CLUB Sammy down! Fletcher puts Sammy in the Aussie corner as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally for Sammy but Fletcher back suplexes. Sammy lands out of it! But Davis back suplexes now! But Sammy lands out of it! Hot tag to Jericho! Fans fire up as The Wizard CLOBBERS Fletcher, RAMS Davis, and then runs to run Davis over! Jericho keeps moving but Davis puts him on the apron! Jericho gets right up, goes up a corner, and he AX- NO, Davis catches him! Fletcher joins in, double wrench and FOREARM SANDWICH! Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open aim from corners, but Sammy springboards to FLYING CUTTER Davis! Fletcher still hits Jericho but is stunned at what just happened!

Fans are thunderous and Callis admits, Sammy has great athleticism. Fletcher still whips Jericho to a corner, but Jericho comes back with a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Fletcher stays in this, but Jericho gets them even louder. Jericho stalks Fletcher to ropes, stands him up and CHOPS him! Jericho whips, Fletcher reverses but Jericho holds ropes to stop himself. Fletcher runs in but Jericho puts him on the apron, to then triangle jump DROPKICK! Direct hit and now Sammy’s back! Fans fire up as Sammy builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit on Aussie Open and Sammy lounges on the ramp!

Fans are thunderous, and Sammy hurries to set Aussie Open up for Jericho. Jericho PLANCHAS but only gets Sammy!! Then Fletcher SUPERKICKS Jericho, and Davis BOOTS Jericho down! Aussie Open haul Le Sex Gods up, run around the way, and SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! Fans fire up as Davis puts Jericho in then tags in. Fireman’s carry, Fletcher aims, AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! Another scoop, and then the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Fletcher tags back in, fans rally for “A E DUB!” as Aussie Open double whip Jericho to a corner.

Davis fires up and whips Fletcher so Fletcher can whip him, but Sammy’s back to SPANISH FLY Davis!! Both of them bail out, Fletcher still runs in but into a BOOT! Jericho swings, Fletcher gets around to hammerlock and dragon sleeper, but Jericho powers out of that to trip Fletcher! Jericho has the legs, the fans go wild and Callis freaks out, but Fletcher powers out of the Walls of Jericho! SUPERKICK!! GAMANGIRI in the corner! Fletcher reels Jericho in, to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous but Fletcher rains down fists! “This is Awesome!” as Fletcher storms around in frustration.

Fletcher drags Jericho up, ROCKS him, then whips. Jericho KICKS back, runs in, but Fletcher dodges and Jericho BLASTS Sammy off the apron! Another miscue! Fletcher rolls Jericho up, TWO!! JUDAS EFFECT!!! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!

Winners: Le Sex Gods, by pinfall

Sammy is back in, he was ready to intercept Davis, but that back elbow takes Fletcher down and Jericho gets the win! Jericho wants to celebrate with Sammy, but Sammy pulls away? Fans want them to “HUT IG OUT!” and Jericho tries to get Sammy to cheer up, but Sammy pushes Jericho instead! Jericho pushes back! They start shoving more, the ref wants back-up! Security rushes in to keep these two from getting any more aggressive! Sammy says whatever and he just leaves! Is Jericho about to lose the last friend he had in AEW? Or does Sammy just need to cool off?

 

AEW Full Gear is coming back for another year!

Saturday, November 18th, AEW will be live on PPV from the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California! Tickets on sale this Friday!

 

Ricky Starks speaks.

Just moments after the vicious and bloody Strap Match between him and Bryan Danielson, Absolute said, “What just happened out there? Another curveball! Another obstacle thrown in my way. I did everything in my power tonight to make sure that I proved a point. Blood on my face, welts on my back, my chest and my neck. Tonight, I proved a point. I proved a point to you, Bryan Danielson! I proved a point to you, AEW! Tonight, Bryan Danielson did not tap me out! There’s not no man in this business that can tap me out! There is not nobody that can match me!

“And I hope this is a wake-up call for somebody that’s watching this. I’m pissed off, I’m angry. When in the hell is it gonna be time for somebody like me, who does what they say? Because all I want is a chance! Don’t give me a piece of bread and say that I’ve been fed. I want a full course meal! I don’t wanna have to keep pouring my heart out, because eventually, I will be empty. And when I leave that set, I don’t wanna hear somebody knock on my door and ask me to come back. I believe in it, I mean it, I am everything that I say I am. I am Absolute Ricky Starks, and I’ma say that ’til I die.” The fire is not out, but what will it take for Starks to blaze his trail in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita.

Renee Paquette is with the Don Callis Family and says to get right to it, what is with this veiled easel? Callis says not to worry about that, because he wants to talk Jericho. Like a serial killer, Callis loves watching his handiwork. Speaking of handiwork, did you know that Takeshita & Callis did the unthinkable and beat Kenny Omega twice in one week? This is the NEW big dog in AEW! They need to celebrate, and they will next week in Cincinnati, as well as the unveiling of their next target. Renee tries to sneak a peak but Callis tells her no. Don’t touch that. We have seven days until Callis & Takeshita make their next move, but will Kenny Omega return to have his own response?

 

MJF is here!

Indianapolis cheers as the DUAL AEW World & ROH World Tag Team Champion makes his way to the ring, mic already in hand. MJF is also sporting the brand new Better Than You Baybay branded shirt, a sort of plaid pattern using lightning bolts as well as MJF and AC logos. MJF has the music cut and fans chant his name. MJF smiles and shrugs, then says “Indianapolis, Indiana, the Devil has arrived in Hoosier country!” Fans cheer that, and MJF says, “Little known fact: When I was trying to make a name for myself on the independent circuit, I lived right here in Indiana, baby!” Fans cheer and MJF asks, “Who’s your Daddy?” They cheer for MJF and he soaks it all up.

MJF then says he’s all chubbed up! But anyway, this past Sunday, he and brochacho for life, Adam Cole, successfully defended their ROH World Tag Team Championships. And when MJF got to the back, he was greeted by “that mark,” Tony Khan and says MJF has to wrestle again on September 20th? Fans boo and MJF says that was his reaction at first, too. But then he realized, that’s Grand Slam Dynamite! That’s the #DevilsDen, that is his home state! So start spreading~ the news~! Because MJF is coming back to New York, New York! And he can assure us, whoever wins that tournament finds out the hard way that nobody is on the level of the devil!

But there is one person in particular that needs to be taught a certain lesson. Fans already know where this is going and they chant “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Wouldn’t you know, here comes Samoa Joe! The ROH World Television Champion goes right to the ring and holds up his title before getting a mic. Joe says, “Now pardon the interruption, champ, but I was in the back, I heard a little piss ‘n’ vinegar in your voice, and I realized that something was going on here, so I wanted to get a front row seat to make sure I saw what was about to be said. So I’ll tell you what. I’m out here, you’re out here, what seems to be the problem, kid?

MJF repeats that “Kid” part. Fans sing “JOE IS GONNA KILL~ YOU!” But Joe, this must be embarrassing for you. The only reason Joe is out here must be that he confused MJF’s music for an ice cream truck’s. Joe smirks and says, “Wow. That’s good. That’s good. But to be quite honest, the last thing I had to do with an ice cream truck, I was busy being the biggest star of the other company’s network. NO, Max! I am out here out of genuine concern, because you seem upset, so I pose to you the question one more time: what’s the problem, kid?” MJF tries to have a smile on his face and he says that’s twice now. But that’s okay. Real creative to repeat yourself.

But what’s really funny, Joseph, is MJF happens to be pretty creative himself. So Indiana, who wants to hear MJF get creative? The fans all cheer, and MJF smiles. “Hey everybody, look! It’s Pillsbury Joe Boy! No, no, no! Wait, wait, wait, everybody! That’s Samoa Dough! No, no, hold on, hold on. Meka leka hi, yo’ shmecka’s tiny, Joe!” Joe says, “Oooh~, jokes and venom.” But what a burn from a guy whose Bris had to be postponed because the rabbi had little to work with. “Now, Max, it seems that you’re having a hard time comprehending what’s going on. And granted, the time you spent out here with all these Midwest mouth-breathers probably made you that stupid!”

Fans boo but Joe continues to say he will ask one last time, and it might be the last thing they do tonight. What is your problem, KID!? MJF says you say “kid” one more time, he knocks your teeth down your throat! MJF then pulls back, upset that he let his anger get the better of him. He says timeout, because this is what Joe wants. He wants to skip the line, but sorry “Joey,” there’s a whole tournament going on if you wanna wrestle the champ. The fans tell Joe off and MJF lets Joe hear them. Joe says a lot of them are sounding like their mamas so they better relax. MJF says don’t bite on that, because he won’t either.

MJF would’ve bit back, back when he was a kid. But if anyone knows what MJF was like as “a kid,” it’s Joe, right? To coin a phrase from his brochacho, who’s ready for story time with MJF, baybay? Fans cheer that! MJF brings up when he was 19 years old, he had a tryout for the WWE in Brooklyn. And certainly as the fans can imagine, MJF knocked it outta the damn park, cuz he’s that damn good! Then he gets pulled aside by a certain individual that we all know, William- MJF dry heaves, he can’t say the name that easily. It was William Regal. But anyway, we all know the story, right? Regal said he would’ve signed MJF but MJF was too young.

MJF recaps how Regal wanted emails and videos once a month to track MJF’s progress, and then Regal blew him off. Fans boo that and say “HE EFFED UP!” MJF says we also know how that story ended: MJF knocked Regal’s British ass out and sent him packing back to NXT where he belongs! Fans cheer that, and MJF says funny enough, if Joe plays his cards right, he’ll be next! But see, later on that evening back then, MJF was given the chance to be a security guard and walk a wrestling legend down to the ring. Someone MJF studied, looked up to, and perhaps the most diabolical monster in pro-wrestling, Samoa Joe.

Yes, Joe m ight be the worst but he’s also really good, we can’t deny that. But what did Joe do? What did the great Samoa Joe do? He decided to take a 19 year old kid just trying to do his job, and shoved him into a brick wall and laughed. And to be honest, MJF knows why Joe did that. MJF knows how scumbags think, because he’s the fans’ scumbag! Fans cheer and chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” MJF says Joe did it because MJF was a kid and that Joe could get away with it. But guess what? The boy is full grown.

MJF is a generational talent! He is the AEW World Champion! He is the best wrestler on God’s green Earth, and the man who headlined the most historic PPV of all time!! This is M! J! F!! Fans are all fired up as MJF stares Joe down. MJF then tells “Joey” that he should stay out of MJF’s way, or else MJF “kills” Joe. Fans chant “Max is gonna kill~ you!” And does Joe wanna know why? Cuz his name is MAXWELL! JACOB! FRIEDMAN! And he’s better than you, and you know it!

MJF drops his mic, Joe shrugs and nods, and says, “That was a point beautifully made. Except there’s one problem with it. And it’s that you would think that I think you are a kid, that you’re diminutive.” Joe didn’t think that when he pushed MJF, he didn’t think of MJF as someone he could bully and get away with it. Joe didn’t think MJF was a kid, he thought he was a b*tch!! MJF holds back his anger, looks at his Dynamite Diamond Ring, but then SLAPS Joe! Fans fire up but Joe smirks. This is MJF provoking Joe, right? Joe attacks the champ and ruins his chances at a title shot, right? Joe won’t do that.

Instead, Joe will just go through the tournament beat everyone, and then come for MJF. Until then, have a nice day. Joe drops his mic, fans boo, and MJF goes to leave. But then Joe KICKS THE ROPES! It jams MJF up and then Joe stomps away! Fans boo, Joe rips the AEW World title off MJF and holds it up! Fans boo while MJF flounders, but then MJF LOW BLOWS Joe! MJF BITES Joe on the forehead! Then he stomps a mudhole on Joe in the corner! Fans fire up as MJF stomps away then rips off his shirt! MJF runs back in, but into the URENAGE! Joe seethes and storms around, to then drag MJF up to the top rope!

Fans freak out as Joe tucks MJF in, but here comes Adam Cole! Cole runs Joe off to defend his friend! Joe leaves it at this, but Cole calls the medics. Joe mocks MJF, fans boo him, and MJF says his left arm has gone numb! Fans cheer as medics get MJF out of the ring and Joe says that’s “precious.” Joe says he’ll try not to rip MJF’s head off next time, but there’s no guarantee he won’t just tear MJF apart! “B*TCH!!” The King of Wrestling Television actually leaves now, did he just change the main event of Grand Slam one way or another?

But then Roderick Strong starts shouting “ADAM! ADAM!!” Fans boo as Roddy & The Kingdom make their way out here, and Roddy says Cole is worried more about MJF’s neck than Roddy’s, again! Cole tells them, “Did you just see what happened?!” MJF is not okay! They can’t do this right now! Cole continues after MJF to the back, Roddy & The Kingdom continue to the ring. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker make it through the opening round? We find out, after the break!

 

AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor!

Dynamite returns as Trent makes his entrance, his Best Friend by his side. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Roddy puts Trent in a corner, but the ref counts. Roddy pushes Trent but Trent pushes Roddy back! Roddy picks Trent up to throw him down, then he floats to a headlock. Trent fights up, tackles Roddy, but Roddy slips around to a chinlock. Trent has the ROPEBREAK, and Roddy lets off. Roddy and Trent reset, feel things out, and fans chant “SUE WLL BEAT YOU!” Roddy and Trent tie up again, Roddy puts Trent in a corner, and the ref counts. Roddy lets off to get the leg, and he trips Trent!

Roddy has both legs now, but Trent fights around. Trent hooks a leg to block the hold, then laces the leg. Roddy slips free, facelocks and he grinds Trent down. Roddy taunts Chuck, drags Trent up and headlocks, but Trent powers out. Roddy runs Trent down, things speed up, and Trent STANDING METEORAS! Roddy clutches his neck and shoulder and goes to ropes. Trent drags him up, reels him in, but Roddy fights the lift. Roddy wrenches out to CHOP! Trent seethes as he goes to the corner, and he CHOPS back! Roddy CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Trent ROCKS and CHOPS! Roddy ROCKS Trent in return!

Roddy reels Trent in, BACKBREAKER! Fans boo while Roddy flexes. Roddy drags Trent up, reels him in, but Trent wrenches out and hits a BIG back suplex! Roddy clutches his neck again and he goes back to ropes. The Kingdom coaches Roddy but fans rally for Trent. Trent runs in to elbow, then TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Roddy bails out and regroups with The Kingdom. The ref checks Roddy’s neck, is he pushing things by competing tonight? Trent wants after Roddy but the ref keeps Trent back. Trent goes up the steps, but Roddy POSTS Trent! And then Roddy brings Trent up the steps, for an APRON BACKBREAKER!!

Fans boo Roddy but he soaks up the heat as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Roddy drags Trent up, CHOPS him against railing, and Trent falls over. Roddy looms over Trent, brings him up and into the ring, and then hurries to waistlock. Half nelson and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roddy keeps on Trent with a seated abdominal stretch. Trent endures, fights around, and throws body shots! Trent runs, Roddy follows and kitchen sink knees Trent down! Roddy drags Trent around to stomp him down, and then he sits Trent up for a neck wrench. The ref reprimands as Roddy fishhooks Trent, and Roddy lets off. Roddy has Trent under ropes, to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Trent sputters and the ref reprimands again.

Roddy storms around, drags Trent up, and CHOPS him! Trent ends up in a corner, Roddy stomps away, and then lets off to flex some more. Roddy says he’s moving on, and then he drags Trent up. Trent throws hands, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! Strong knees low! And hits a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Trent with a chinlock, but also traps the legs in a figure four! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally up. Trent fights up to throw body shots, and he ROCKS Roddy! Roddy ROCKS Trent and Trent ends up in a corner. Roddy runs in, into a DOUBLE STOMP from Trent!

Fans fire up as Roddy and Trent slowly stand. Roddy fireman’s carries Trent! But Trent fights free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds onto the waistlock, drags Roddy up again, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Roddy clutches his neck, Trent stands him up but Roddy goes to ropes. Trent half nelsons to make Roddy break his grip, but Roddy wrenches out. Trent fireman’s carries to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives and The Kingdom coaches him up. Fans rally behind Trent as he stands back up and brings Roddy around. Trent reels Roddy in, lifts, but Roddy fights to a fireman’s carry! GUT BUSTER DROP!

Roddy runs, to SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!! Trent is still in this and Roddy seethes. Roddy drags Trent up, reels him in, and puts Trent up top! Roddy climbs up behind Trent, picks him up, but Trent fights with punches! Trent twists Roddy’s nose! Roddy CLUBS Trent! And CLUBS him again! Roddy turns around, he fireman’s carries Trent, but Trent fights with elbows! Trent adjusts his position, to SUPER STEINER! But Roddy rolls through!? To have the legs! But Trent crisscrosses to cradle, TWO!!! Roddy gets free, but Trent ENZIGURIS! Roddy rebounds, but into a half nelson! HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX!!

Roddy flounders, The Kingdom freaks out and fans fire up! Trent reels Roddy in, for a PILEDIRVER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Roddy survives by fingertips and Trent can’t believe it! Mike & Taven coach Roddy, and Mike says Trent is reckless! Roddy rises but Trent is on him! Roddy holds ropes, the ref reprimands, Trent pries Roddy to get an Alabama Lift! Roddy holds ropes, mule kicks Trent then JUPMP KNEES! END OF HEARTACHE!!! Cover, Roddy wins!!

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

The neck brace goes right back on, and The Kingdom hoists Roddy up onto their shoulders! The semifinals are on Collision this Saturday, will Roddy be ready for whoever he faces next? For that matter…

 

AEW reveals the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Bracket!

Rampage holds the other half of the quarterfinals, with Jay Lethal facing Penta El Zero Miedo and Samoa Joe hopping right in to face Jeff Hardy! And then, Roddy is through, with his opponent being either Darby Allin or Nick Wayne, tonight’s main event match! Who will be headed for a Collision this Saturday in Cleveland?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm.

Renee is now with the Lightning From Down Under, and she asks how Renee is doing. Renee says she’s good, how is Toni? Toni’s great. That’s great. So last Sunday, AEW All Out, the AEW TBS Championship, Statlander VS Soho, Storm made a surprise appearance and snatched away the spray paint to basically cost Soho the title. What was going through her head? Huh? What’s Renee talking about? We saw Storm show up, take the spray paint can away, and that foiled the plan. Storm tries to remember that, but there are so many “performances” Storm does, it’s hard to keep them all straight, it’s all a blur sometimes.

But Renee, please, to move backwards, we must look forwards! Well, okay, yes, let’s do that…? Next week, there will be a Fatal 4 Way Contender’s match, the winner facing Storm’s friend, if they’re still that, for the AEW Women’s World Championship at Grand Slam. How does Storm feel about that? Yes, yes, the championship! Renee is so nosy! She just pokes, pokes, pokes. If you’re good, maybe next week Storm will give us an exclusive into her life. So until then, chin up, chest out, and watch for the shoes. INCOMING! Renee ducks the shoe and can’t believe it! But will Storm have it all together come Dynamite in Cincinnati?

 

Hangman Page heads to the ring!

Fans cheer as we’re about to hear from the Anxious Millennial Cowboy, and the winner of the Overbudget Charity Battle Royal, after the break!

Dynamite returns and Tony Schiavone is with Hangman in the ring to say what an ovation here in Indianapolis! Hangman bested 19 other men to win the Overbudget Battle Royal, winning $50,000 for the Chicago Public Education Fund! Congratulations! Hangman says yeah, that was hell of a weekend. He got a call on Saturday, was told about this battle royal for charity, and so he got on Google, booked a flight, and as he does, he won and gave that 50K to the CPEF. It is a cause and organization that are both near and dear to Hangman as a former high school teacher. He thanks all teachers, knows they’re underfunded and underpaid, and underappreciated.

Fans cheer and Hangman says thanks to AEW for giving him the opportunity to whoop some ass and help some kids. But he didn’t wanna just talk about this weekend, he wants to look forward. There’s a few months left in 2023, and he wants to talk about what he wanted to do with the rest of it. But then “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Prince Nana leads the way out for Swerve Strickland, who scowls as he heads down to the ring. Swerve gets in the ring with Hangman, but Nana takes the mic to say Schiavone’s done enough, good night. Nana then tells the fans to show some respect for Swerve!

Nana hands the mic over and fans do cheer for Swerve. Swerve says being in a coffin for almost two weeks, you get a little clarity. Wait, no one let him out after All In? Swerve says a situation like that, you get some perspective on things. About your career, about who are around you, who’s involved. One of the first people Swerve thought of… was Hangman. And charity. Hangman doing charity now? Is he the AEW mascot or something? Hangman is doing charity for Chicago, a public school system full of delinquents that’s not gonna amount to anything anyway, they’re gonna just flunk out.

Swerve says that Hangman is doing charity in the Zero Hour, the preshow, instead of on the show of All Out, competing for championships. Hangman doesn’t have any shame, so Swerve will be ashamed for him. When AEW started, Hangman was the cornerstone. They helped build all this around him, handpicked by the hierarchy to be the franchise player, and look what he’s done! Former AEW World Tag Team Champion and former AEW World Champion! Setting box office records time and time again, leading up to All In London. And that attendance record in Wembley Stadium was built off Hangman’s work.

So now, Swerve is looking at Hangman in the preshow! Hangman either lost his confidence, his spot, or that he just doesn’t want it anymore. Swerve’s made some other observations, like Hangman hasn’t gotten new ring gear in almost a year now. Hell, Hangman hasn’t gotten any new merchandise! He has a contract extension, though, so he’s been eating good. And yeah, it’s showing. But Hangman doesn’t have singles matches on Dynamite or even promos on Dynamite anymore. Hangman doesn’t even have… title matches anymore. So what’s going on! Oh, right, he took a back seat to The Elite so they could ride driver. Hangman’s sitting in the back, and he’s gotten comfortable.

Fans boo but Swerve says opportunity after opportunity was handed to Hangman on a silver platter. If Swerve had gotten those same opportunities Hangman got, Swerve would be the first Black AEW World Champion by now. Fans do cheer that, cuz they can see it! Hangman nods, he does agree, too. So Swerve will leave Hangman with this. Option A, Hangman rides off into the sunset like them Westerns Hangman used to watch as a baby, letting his contract fizzle out alongside his career. He can do that in catering or at his house on the farm, Swerve doesn’t care where. Just move so Swerve can take the spot Hangman doesn’t want, and then AEW will be whose house? “Swerve’s House!”

Option B, Hangman ponies up, mans up, cowboys up, whatever it is he has to do to find that fighting spirit, that fire, that motivation, that confidence, and show Swerve, the fans, and Hangman himself, what that Cowboy Shid is all about!! Fans like that option! Swerve stares Hangman down and then offers Option C: Hangman and Swerve fight for the spot. But fair warning: Swerve has zero empathy for human life. He has no regard for anybody. Hangman chooses to do this with Swerve, Swerve will walk him like a dog! Either way, Swerve is coming for that spot that Hangman acts like he doesn’t even want.

Hangman says enough of this. He’s been through this already this year. Swerve wants a match? Then go to the back and go get it. Hangman is done with this! Hangman pushes past Swerve and Swerve laughs. “There he goes! It’s a shame, Hangman. It’s a shame that your wife and kids gotta see their father walk away from more responsibilities.” Fans boo and Hangman scowls. Hangman goes back to the ring and Swerve says there we go! Is Hangman ponying up? Hangman gets in Swerve’s face and says “I don’t know who the hell told you it was a good idea to come out here and get-” BRIAN CAGE ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!!

The Machine gets Hangman up to POWERBOMB! And then suplex, to DRILL CLAW!! Swerve kneels over Hangman and shakes his head. Swerve then grins as the Mogul Embassy takes their leave. Is the Cowboy going to be able to fight against the stacked deck Swerve is dealing from?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of the two Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament matches, the Young Bucks get back in the ring to take on Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will Matt & Nick Jackson use Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange to rebound from their All Out loss?

 

AEW hears from the Grand Slam tournament competitors.

Jay Lethal says this Friday on Rampage, he enters the World Title Eliminator Tournament, against a man with “cero miedo.” Lethal tells Penta to bring everything he’s got because Lethal always does! Penta says that on Rampage, he will break Lethal! And then he wins the whole thing to become the NEW AEW World Champion! Because it is time for a champion who has #CeroMeido!

Jeff Hardy says so much of his existence seems to be about redemption these days. He has rebuilt himself, he’s refreshed his system and refreshed his soul! Jeff’s faced Samoa Joe in so many different wrestling worlds, and he’s beaten him before. Jeff doesn’t just want to be a world champion again, he needs it. Joe, Jeff is tired of saying he’s sorry, time to rock ‘n’ roll! Even Matt Hardy is fired up, will Samoa Joe be rendered OBSOLETE?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!

The AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way has been decided! Toni Storm VS Britt Baker VS Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose! Former champions all, but who will be the one to step up to Saraya? Plus, after the goading and beating The Mogul Embassy just gave Hangman Page, The Cowboy gets back on the horse to go after Brian Cage! Will Hangman send a message to Swerve through his Machine?

 

AEW Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Darby Allin VS Nick Wayne!

The Relentless One faces his young protégé for the first time anywhere, all with a spot in the semifinals on the line! Nick Wayne has learned a lot from Darby, but will Darby pull out some of the things he hadn’t taught him? Or will this be Wayne’s World going towards the Grand Slam?

The bell rings and fans cheer as the two shake hands and even hug it out. The two circle, tie up, and Darby headlocks. Nick powers Darby to ropes, whips him away and hurdles, but Darby sunset flips! TWO, Nick has it, ONE! Darby sunset flips, ONE! Nick jackknife bridges, ONE as Darby bridges up! Nick fights the backslide but Darby swings him around for a headlock takeover! Nick keeps his shoulders up, Darby pushes them down, TWO! Nick stands, powers out of the headlock to waistlock, but they go around and around and Darby uses that momentum to toss Nick out! Nick stands, but moves as Darby DIVES!

Fans lose their minds as Darby crashes down! Nick knows Darby too well to fall for his tope, but he’s still shocked at what just happened! The ref wants this back int he ring, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick asks if Darby’s okay as Doc Sampson checks. The ref has Nick calm down and go to the ring. Nick rallies the fans up for Darby as Doc checks Darby from neck to back. Nick hops out to ask, but again the ref has him calm down and stay back. Darby slowly sits up, so he’s conscious, but he still crawls his to the ring. Darby rolls in, but then rolls right back out, giving himself a fresh count. Again, the ref asks Nick stay back. Doc double checks Darby but Darby stands up again. Darby rolls in, Nick gets the fans rallying for Darby again, and then Nick checks with Darby. They shake hands and Darby stands up.

Fans applaud as the two reset, but Darby still hobbles around. Darby and Nick tie up, and Nick gets around to hammerlock. Darby reaches back, backs Nick up to then snapmare, but Nick holds onto the hammerlock! Darby stands, but Nick sends him into buckles! Nick whips Darby corner to corner, runs in, but Darby BOOTS him! Darby goes up, but Nick UPPERCUTS! Darby wobbles up top, Nick climbs up after him, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Nick goes to the very top, brings Darby up to join him, and SUPERPLEXES! Then Nick rolls through, to FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Darby is still in this but Nick hurries to the corner. Nick climbs, gives some love to Latino Heat, then FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Darby saves himself but that was a bit double-edged given the pain in his lower back. Darby and Nick go to corners, fans rally up, and Darby runs in to SHOTGUN Nick back down! Fans fire up as Darby covers, TWO! Nick is showing his toughness, but Darby stands him up to CHOP! Nick staggers away, Darby stands him up to CHOP again! Nick goes to another corner, Darby follows, and Darby whips corner to corner. Nick goes up and over, Darby fakes Nick out, and Darby trips Nick!

Darby steps through, FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Nick endures, fans “WOO~!” and Nick quickly turns things over onto Darby! Darby endures, crawls over, ROPEBREAK! The leglock is undone and fans rally up. Nick goes to the apron, Darby storms over but Nick RAMS into him! Nick slingshots but Darby holds ropes! Nick goes Matrix to stand up, he runs, hurdles but then Darby hurdles! DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down after thinking alike and fans rally up. A standing count starts, Darby and Nick stir. Darby sits up first, Nick crawls his way over, and they fist bump.

Fans fire up as Nick fires a forearm! Darby fires one back! Nick stands back up to throw a forearm! Darby hits Nick back! The fans duel, Nick nods and fires a forearm! Darby takes a moment to get a mic? “Nick, you hit me like an 18 year old. Hit me like you really wanna win this!” Fans fire up and Darby grins. Nick fires up and he throws another forearm! Darby puts his hands behind his back? Fans rally and duel more, and Nick winds up, to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Darby flounders but then here comes Christian Cage! Nick can’t believe this guy has to come out here now, and same goes for Darby as the TNT Champion and Captain Charisma are on stage.

Christian & Luchasaurus stay away from the ring to join commentary, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Darby drops off the apron to catch his breath, but Nick builds speed to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged given Nick’s bad shoulder. The ref checks Darby, though, as he went down in a heap under Nick’s body weight. Darby is okay to continue so Nick whips him into railing! Darby writhes but manages to crawl away, and Nick pursues. They get in the ring, Nick pushes Darby to a cover, ONE!! Darby shakes his head, his fighting spirit is stronger than that. Nick storms up to then CHOP! Darby grits his teeth as he goes to another corner, but Nick is on him again with another CHOP! Darby crawls, Nick gives him some space.

But then Nick puts Darby in a corner to CHOP! Darby pie faces Nick to egg him on, so Nick CHOPS again! Fans rally and Nick gets them even more hyped. Nick runs, but into BOOTS! Darby rolls, returns, but into an UPPERCUT! Nick covers, TWO! Nick pushes Darby down for another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Nick nods, he knows as well as anyone that Darby’s tough. Nick stalks Darby to ropes, and Darby drags himself back to the apron. Nick goes out to join Darby, and he storms up to bring Darby in. Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby ROCKS Nick with a forearm! Nick JUMP KNEES in return! Darby staggers, Nick hits a FLYING RANA!

Fans fire up, Roddy & The Kingdom are watching backstage, and Darby pushes Nick away. Christian says Nick better not use moves his dad used to or he’ll never win this. Nick goes up top in a very Darby way, though, and he says a quick prayer, before the SUPER FROG SPLASH!!! Nick drags Darby up and into the ring, goes up and up and  leaps, WAYNE’S WORLD!! Cover, TWO?!?! Nick is surprised but maybe Darby’s tougher than even Nick realized. Nick stalks Darby to a corner, hoists him up top, and fans duel again. Nick climbs up after Darby, cravats, and stands on the very top. SUPER- NO, Darby THROWS Nick down!!

Fans fire up as Darby turns around, but then he reconsiders? He pushes Nick to a cover, TWO! Darby is now frustrated that he let his friendship hold him back. Darby drags Nick up but Nick trips Darby! Nick steps through, to steal LAST SUPPER!! TWO!!! Nick goes right up, WAYNE’S- NO, Darby blocks to O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Darby springboards to CROSSBODY! TWO, and Darby hurries to ghost pin! TWO!! Nick stands, Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!??! But Darby has Nick all tied up in body scissors, and has the arms, INVERTED MOTORTYCLE STRETCH!!! Nick endures as Darby bends those arms back!!

Darby even starts stomping Nick’s head! Fans fire up as Darby keeps going, but Nick VERBALLY quits! Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by submission (advances to the semifinals)

Christian sarcastically says that was very impressive. But he does have a question: what happens if Darby can’t make it to Collision? Anything can happen between now and Saturday, right? Christian & Luchasaurus leave commentary and Christian again sarcastically applauds. We have Darby VS Strong set for Saturday, who survives the Collision?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite, though the pacing felt like it slumped in the middle. The start was fast in a good way, with Orange Cassidy having a short but very on-brand promo that led us right into the back to back title matches. Moxley VS Fox was really good stuff, but of course Moxley wins his first defense. It is definitely going to be some time before Moxley loses the belt, though I don’t see him lasting as long as Cassidy did. Kris VS Emi was really good, too, but of course Kris also won here. Great promo from Toni Storm to show she’s going further off the deep end while also setting up the #1 contender’s match. Storm VS Britt VS Shida VS Nyla is going to be great stuff, but it almost seems too obvious that Storm would win to face Saraya. Unless they want to play it where Storm says she’ll let Saraya win, but then she actually fights Saraya seriously.

Really good tag match of Aussie Open VS Le Sex Gods, but of course there were the spots of “Face hits teammate by accident” here. It’s a bit of an overused trope but they’re still playing it well. Jericho certainly feels he’s without friends right now, but I’m sure when push comes to shove, Sammy comes back to help Jericho again. Callis had a good promo foreshadowing next week, but I don’t think he’s really moved on from Jericho or Omega that easily. Omega might even interrupt the unveiling of that painting to set things up towards a rematch at Grand Slam or even WrestleDream. Plus, who would Callis even go after next?

Great promo from Starks following his All Out match. And even though he lost, Starks really does deserve something, aka a title match. A little surprised he’s not in the Grand Slam Tournament but maybe he’ll come back around in time for Full Gear. Really good promo from Strong, sharing a bit of his past the same way he did in NXT when NXT was working to build him up. Great promo between MJF and Joe, though this might’ve been where things slowed down considering MJF promo segments are always long. But MJF explaining the story behind the infamous shove gif is great stuff, and of course Joe beats MJF down to build Heel heat. Amazing sell from MJF on the bad neck, and I’m also surprised Cole is nowhere in that tournament.

Great segue from Joe hurting MJF to Strong getting on Cole’s case. Great match from Strong VS Trent, and I figured Strong would make it through despite the “bad neck.” Really good promos from the guys competing on Rampage, though I hope Penta has more backup than just Abrahantes since Lethal has the carnival that is Team Triple J. Really good promo from Hangman and Swerve to set up a feud there, and Hangman VS Brian Cage is going to be great stuff next week. And then great main event from Darby VS Nick with great sell on Darby’s bad back. Really good win for Darby here, but Nick looked great even in the loss. Obviously things aren’t done between Darby and friends VS Christian & Luchasaurus, Christian probably gets involved during Darby VS Strong to allow Strong to win.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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Chris Jericho puts the roster to the test!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

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

 

Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Pac.

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

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

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

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

 

The Patriarchy speaks.

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

 

Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

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

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

 

Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

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

 

Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel!

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

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

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

Winner: Nick Wayne, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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