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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (11/17/23)

A Collision in LA!

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Who gains last minute momentum?

Just 24 hours before Full Gear, the AEW Women’s World & TBS Champions team up against The Outcasts, Saraya & Ruby Soho! Will the champions stand tall before defending their titles?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Miro VS Daniel Garcia; Miro wins.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Boys; Malakai & Brody win.
  • AEW TNT Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Komander VS Penta El Zero Miedo VS Trent Beretta; Trent wins and will challenge Christian Cage for the title on Rampage.
  • Wardlow VS Evan Daniels; Wardlow wins.
  • Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable; No Contest.
  • Wheeler Yuta VS Buddy Matthews; Buddy wins.
  • Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander VS The Outcasts; Shida & Statlander win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony Schiavone is in the ring!

He welcomes us to Collision from one of the greatest sports arenas in the world, The Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California. Tonight begins the Full Gear weekend! So to start, Schiavone introduces the AEW TNT Champion, Christian Cage! Fans are torn as Captain Charisma, His Right Hand of Destruction and his “adopted son” all head to the ring. Christian, Luchasaurus & Nick Wayne enter the ring, and Schiavone says he has two things to ask about. Firstly, the Six Man Tag match they are set to have with Adam “Edge” Copeland, Darby Allin & Sting, with Nature Boy Ric Flair ringside.

But at the same time, there’s a huge Fatal 4 tonight: Brian Cage VS Komander VS Trent Beretta VS Penta El Zero Miedo, to name a #1 contender to the TNT Championship, that match happening later tonight on Rampage! Christian tells LA that “in a town full of plastic, phony people, it’s gonna be nice for you to have somebody out here that’s actually gonna speak a little truth.” Fans boo but Christian says it is lucky for them- Hold the mic up properly for him, Schiavone. But lucky for them tomorrow night on Full Gear, they not only get to see Sting’s last match in LA, they get to see Sting’s last match ever, and that’s a guarantee by Christian!

Y’see, Christian is getting sick and tired of seeing Sting and his stupid face paint. Christian is sick and tired of seeing people bow down to Sting, and calling him “an Icon.” Really? Living off your past and stealing a paycheck makes you an icon? Well, tomorrow night, it’ll all be over. What’s really interesting to Christian is what will happen to Darby after he loses that mentor he has. Hey, Darby, if you find yourself ever needing a little bit of fatherly guidance, Christian knows who to call. But is Ric really gonna be ringside tomorrow night? Schiavone confirms that yes he will.

Well, then, Ric, Christian wants to say it’s a good thing that he looks identical to the Crypt Keeper. Because if Ric sticks his nose into Christian’s business, this will be Ric’s literal come to Jesus moment! As for Adam Copeland… Fans fire up for Edge, but Christian says if Edge hasn’t already, then after Full Gear, he will come to regret ever signing that AEW contract. LA rallies up but Christian tells them to keep it down while he’s conducting business! Edge can fool all these people by saying he came to AEW to reform their legendary tag team, but Christian knows Edge better than anyone, and he knows Edge’s track record.

Christian knows that Edge is really here just to steal Christian’s spotlight! “Here’s the thing, Adam. I am not the same person that I used to be back when. I am Christian Cage. I am the patriarch of AEW! And while you were coddled, cuddled, insulated and taken care of because you were the Golden Boy, I was stuck in the trenches, scratching, clawing and fighting for every inch! And tomorrow night, we’re gonna see who’s career path served who better. Because I guarantee you this… And Beth, keep the girls up late. Keep Lyric & Ruby up late and bring them up really close to that television set, because I guarantee you this: I am going to break your neck!!”

Fans boo and Schiavone says the contender’s match is coming up, the winner getting their title shot. Christian says as the AEW TNT Champion, it is pretty obvious that the powers that be want Christian on screen every second he possibly can. It doesn’t matter who it is he faces tonight, he could beat all four at once anyway! Fans tell him “PROVE IT! PROVE IT!” Oh, he’ll prove it! And just like his close, personal friend, James Harden, Christian will keep running things. Like Harden said, “I don’t work within the system. I am the system!” Then will someone break the system this close to Full Gear?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW World Tag Team Champions, and apparently they have an announcement ahead of their Fatal 4 Way tag title defense tomorrow night. Bill says first of all, they are the BTTEIHNQ: Best Tag Team Ever In History, No Question! And the fact is, Ricky & Bill do not have to be pinned or submitted tomorrow to lose the tag titles. So therefore, Ricky spoke with Tony Khan, and Ricky says Tony is a fair man. Tony allowed Starks to choose a stipulation that would be in their favor. And with Big Bill being the tallest man in AEW, Starks says this is now a Fatal 4 Way LADDER MATCH!

That’s right, a very short climb for Bill. And as “Bald FTR” says, “Uhh, we’re, we’re kind of, uhh, the greatest tag team there is, uhh, greatest tag team there ever was.” So tomorrow night at Full Gear, we won’t need acronyms to prove why Starks & Morrissey are THE greatest tag team in AEW history, there it is! When Ricky & Bill walk out of LA, they are walking out as champions, in style, and most importantly, as the greatest team you’ve ever seen! The Absolute has upped the stakes, will they truly stand above the competition at Full Gear?

 

Miro VS Daniel Garcia!

The Redeemer continues to disapprove of CJ Perry going back to her old ways, especially now that she is praising The Latino Idol, Andrade. But will Miro show Andrade a vision of what is coming for him? Or will the Red Death prove what he can do now that he’s a pro-wrestler and NOT a sports… enner-tay-ner?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Miro and Garcia circle, the fans want Garcia to “DO THE DANCE!” Garcia rushes in, Miro sidesteps the low dropkick, and Garcia says it was close. They reset, circle, and Garcia goes for a leg. Miro THROWS Garcia right off! Fans fire up while Garcia goes to ropes. Miro storms up, Garcia fires forearms first. Miro TOSSES Garcia to a corner, fires off haymakers, then stomps away! The ref counts, Miro stomps a mudhole but lets off. The fans fire up again, and Miro pushes Garcia around. Then Miro suplexes Garcia high and hard! Fans rally, Garcia kicks from below, but Miro eggs him on.

Garcia kicks, Miro grabs a leg, and Miro stomps Garcia down. Miro drags Garcia up to short arm LARIAT! Miro gets the fans fired up, and he drags Garcia up to GUT WRENCH PLEX! Garcia writhes from the hard landing, then Miro puts up his hands. Fans fire up, but Garcia CLUBS Miro and fires off CHOPS! Garcia won’t let Miro dance as he CHOPS and CHOPS and whips. Miro reverses, runs in but into a BOOT! Miro runs in again but Garcia BOOTS again! Garcia JABS, JABS and JABS! Garcia whips, Miro reverses but Garcia KICKS back! Garcia runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but leaps into Miro’s arms! SWINGING SIDE SLAM!

Fans cheer while Miro smiles menacingly, and fans want him to “DO THE DANCE!” Miro looks around while Collision goes to break.

Miro puts up his hands like Garcia, but says up theirs! He don’t dance! Fans boo and give thumbs down but Miro drags Garcia up. Miro TOSSES Garcia out, then gets on a corner to say he does what he wants, not what they want. Miro then goes out to fetch Garcia, but Garcia throws hands. Garcia fires off forearms, Miro RAMS him into railing, and then KNEES him down! The fans cheer that, and Miro drags Garcia up to whip back into railing! Miro runs in again but Garcia dodges, Miro hits railing! Fans fire up more as Garcia crawls away. Garcia reaches out, fans help him up, but Miro is on Garcia with a SLEEPER!

Garcia slips out and he whips Miro back into railing! Fans fire up as Garcia runs in to BOOT Miro! Garcia high fives fans but then Miro clinches! Garcia throws hands but Miro THROWS Garcia! Miro glares into the camera, then looks at commentary. Miro spares the desk, this time. Miro storms back after Garcia, puts him in the ring, and he revels in the fans chanting. Collision returns to single picture and Miro stalks Garcia. Miro clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Garcia down. Fans rally up as Garcia endures, and Garcia fights up to throw body shots. Garcia is free but Miro knees low! Miro then scoops, but Garcia slips out to CHOP BLOCK!

Fans fire up while Miro hobbles. Garcia reels Miro in but Miro shoves Garcia away. Garcia dropkicks the leg out! Fans rally up, Garcia storms up to fire off hands! Miro backs up into a corner and Garcia fires off! Garcia stomps a mudhole, the fans rally up, and Garcia runs corner to corner, to DOUBLE KNEE! Then he whips, but Miro reverses, only for Garcia come back with a SHOTGUN! Miro stays up but he staggers around. Fans want him to “DO THE DANCE!” but Garcia SHOTGUNS Miro again! Miro wobbles, Garcia runs again, another SHOTGUN! Miro is still up!? Garcia roars, runs, but into the BEST KICK!

Miro snarls and stalks Garcia. Miro says “GAME! OVER!” But Garcia blocks the stomp! Garcia fights up to his feet, SLAPS away on Miro, but Miro ROCKS Garcia back! Garcia ducks, Miro goes for arms, ROCKS Garcia again, but then Garcia ducks the roundhouse! Garcia choke grips, Miro breaks free but Garcia SLAPS back! And SAIDO! Fans fire up and Garcia grits his teeth! Garcia rises, to DO! HIS! Matthew Menard shows up!? Why is Daddy Magic running out here now? Just because Garcia wants to dance?! Fans boo but Garcia dodges Miro! Miro BLASTS Menard, Garcia rolls Miro! TWO!! But Garcia has a JUST FACELOCK!!

Fans fire up as Miro endures! Miro’s admitted his neck is his one physical weakness, but he pries at the hold! Miro throws Garcia off, but Garcia body scissor captures and rolls Miro, into the DRAGON TAMER!! Miro endures as Garcia sits on the hold deep! Even DEEPER! But Miro reaches back to DRIBBLE Garcia’s head off the mat!! Miro snarls, tells Garcia it’s over, BEST KICK into the GAME OVER!! Garcia is OUT, Miro wins!!

Winner: Miro, by submission

The Redeemer lets go when he is satisfied, and has checked off another heathen what dares get near his hot, flexible wife. Will Miro soon look to do the same, or even worse, to Andrade El Idolo? Speaking of…

 

Backstage interview with CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo.

Lexi is with the Coldest Manager in the Game and her brand new client, noting Andrade’s big win last week. Is he happy with his new representation? Yes, he is happy, because look! CJ Perry is magnificent. CJ says Andrade is the best wrestler. Third generation wrestling royalty who got started when he was just 12 years old. Andrade was born to do this. That is why CJ has gotten him a spot in the inaugural AEW Continental Classic, “where the greatest wrestlers in the world are entering, it is so prestigious.” Andrade is surprised, but CJ says she negotiated with Tony Khan. Entering also gets him a bonus on his paycheck.

Andrade is surprised. CJ spoke with Tony? Yes, and if he wins the whole tournament, he gets another bonus on top of that. Okay, but why didn’t she tell him this beforehand? CJ whispers to Andrade about something, and that changes his mind. Lexi asks if this is official. Is Andrade officially in the round robin? Andrade wants to double check with CJ on what she just said. And she says yes, it’s true. Andrade says he trusts CJ, so they shake on it. El Idolo is now in the Continental Classic! Will Andrade win that money, as well as that inaugural Continental Championship trophy?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Boys!

The Kings of the Black Throne will represent The House of Black in Full Gear’s Fatal 4 Way, so consider this a warm-up. Will they be rolling into what is now a massive ladder match for the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

The teams sort out and Brent starts against Malakai. The two circle, fans rally up, and they even hoot and bark for Brody. Malakai and Brent tie up, Malakai wrenches and wristlocks, but Brent rolls, kips up and wristlocks. Malakai wrenches, Brent uses ropes to flip through and he wristlocks again. Malakai BACK ELBOWS Brent down! Fans fire up and Malakai drags Brent to the corner. Tag to Brody, but Brent gets away to tag in Brandon. Brody runs in, Brandon dodges and CHOPS! But Brody doesn’t flinch! Brandon fires haymakers and kicks, but Brody just barks at him. Brandon runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, wheelbarrows, but Brody SLAMS him down!

Fans hoot with Brody, he aims that big arm, but Brent trips- Well, not really trips Brody, just anchors him a bit. Brandon runs in but Brody TOSSES him out onto Brent! Brody then tags Malakai, puts Brandon in, but Brandon ENZIGURIS! Malakai KNEES Brandon back! And then, DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, the Kings of the Black Throne win!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The House of Black has a big night at Full Gear. Will Malakai & Brody bring home the tag titles while the Lady of the House brings home the TBS Championship? Speaking of…

 

AEW takes a closer look at the TBS Championship Triple Threat.

Julia Hart says, “Oh, Skye~… It didn’t have to be like this. But you turned your back on me, and now, you will pay for it. And Stat, the best revenge is a massive success, and I’ve been thinking of this success for a long time now. I’m the Princess of the Black Throne, Keeper of Secrets, and your next TBS Champion.” Skye responds by saying she’s coming for Statlander, and that ever since Julia misted her, she hasn’t been the same. But tomorrow night, don’t get in her way.

Kris says both Skye and Julia have had to transform how they portray themselves, they’ve had to dig a little deeper, get a little darker, just to try and come after her, and they still can’t hold a candle to her. Kris has always been #MoreThanAWoman, has always been this strong, and only gets stronger every single day. And it’ll take more than just that to beat Stat! The Galaxy’s Greatest is ready for what could be her greatest challenge, will she still come out of Full Gear the Face of TBS?

 

AEW TNT Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Komander VS Penta El Zero Miedo VS Trent Beretta!

It is a massive match between the Mogul Embassy’s Machine, the AAA Cruiserweight Champion, the Man with No Fear, and #JustTrent. But who will win this Collision to then go on a Rampage against Christian Cage?

The bell rings and the fans fire up and duel. “CERO! MIEDO!” “LET’S GO, TRENT!” are the loudest, and so Penta gets in Trent’s face to say, “CERO! MIEDO!” and pie face him. Then Penta goes to familiar foe, Cage, “CERO! MIEDO!” and the pie face! Penta takes off the glove, but Cage BOOTS him down! And DECKS Trent! And pops Komander up for a FLAPJACK! “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage whips, Penta KICKS back, then Trent ROLLING ELBOWS! Komander springboards to FLYING RANA! Cage tumbles to the apron, Komander y Penta DOUBLE SUPERKICK him down! Then Komander builds speed, Penta gives him the boost into the TORNILLO!

Fans fire up as Komander takes Cage down! Trent then sees Penta build speed, and ELBOWS him down! Fans boo but Trent just looms over Penta. Trent stands Penta up but Penta CHOPS! Trent CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, repeat! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP, then Penta fires forearms. “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, into a JUMP KNEE! And then a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Penta tumbles out, Komander GAMANGIRIS Trent and springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Everyone else is outside, Komander goes up top and fans fire up! Komander tightrope walks but Cage trips him up! Cage then climbs, and he drags Komander up!

DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX onto everyone on the outside!! The fans lose their minds while all four men are down! The Machine stands up and fans fire up, this is even after Cage went through the Like a Dragon Street Fight! Cage whips Trent hard into railing, then he whips Penta hard into railing! Cage RAMS Komander into the apron, then hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Cage brings Komander up and DECKS him as Collision goes picture in picture.

Cage stalks Komander to ropes, brings him up and whips, to then ELBOW him back down! Cage flexes and smirks, then stalks Komander to ropes. Cage drags Komander up to CLUB him down, then he CHOKES Komander on ropes. Cage dials it up, 619! Cage steps back in, Penta rushes up but Cage BLASTS him off the apron. Cage scoops Komander, trophy lifts, and TOSSES him out onto Penta! The luchadores go down, but Trent SHOTGUNS Cage to a corner! Trent huffs ‘n’ puffs and runs in, but Cage dodges the elbow to clothesline, UPPERCUT and DISCUS! Then he wrenches to SAIDO Trent away! Cover, TWO!!

Cage clamps onto Trent with a chinlock and grinds him down. Trent endures and fans rally up as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, Trent whips Cage corner to corner but Cage reverses. Trent tumbles up the corner, tumbles back, and then into the pump handle and PILEDRIVER! Cage taunts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage drags Trent up but Penta runs in to KICK a leg! And again! And again! Komander returns, he runs in and gets a boost, MISSILE DROPKICK on Cage! Then Penta GAMANGIRIS! Then Penta sits Cage up, Komander runs in, Penta sidesteps, but then Penta runs in, only for Komander to OVERHEAD SUPLEX him onto Cage! Inadvertent teamwork, and Komander DROPKICKS Trent! But Trent scoops, only for Komander to victory roll, TWO!!

Komander wheelbarrows, Trent stops that to GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Komander switches, Penta SUPERKICKS him! Trent gets Penta for a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! And another! Nana coaches Cage up, he runs in but Trent gets under! Cage blocks the German Suplex, elbows free, then fireman’s carries! F- NO, Trent pops up to POISON-RANA! But Cage is up to DISCUS LARIAT!! All four men are down around ringside and the fans are thunderous!  Cage rises, Komander runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Cage blocks and makes it a dragon sleeper! INVERTED GOURD BUSTER! Cover, Penta KICKS it apart!

Penta SUPERKICKS Trent! Penta whips Trent, Trent reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER! Penta runs up to victory roll Cage, uses that to roll and FLYING DESTROYER on Komander! SLINGBLADE for Cage! Half nelson and pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN for Trent! Cover, TWO!! Trent took one of those from Shingo Takagi, he is able to survive them now! But Penta reels Trent in as fans fire up for “A E DUB!” Cage runs in, Penta SUPERKICKS him! Komander kicks, Penta dodges, and he mule kicks! Penta runs and uses Komander as a step to FLY onto Cage!! Fans fire up as down goes The Machine!

But Komander FLIES to take out Penta! Komander hurries back to the ring, up a corner, and he aims at Trent! CIELITO- NO, Trent dodges! But Komander slips through the lariat, only for Trent to Alabama Lift and STRONG ZERO!! Cover, TRENT WINS!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW TNT Championship)

And now we have our match for Rampage! Trent has been building momentum, will he bring one more singles title to the Best Friends conglomerate? Or will Captain Charisma be able to handle #JustTrent?

 

Backstage with Don Callis & “Powerhouse” Hobbs

Lexi is with the Don Callis Family’s leader and strongest member, respectively, and brings up what Hobbs did to Paul Wight in that Street Fight. The word that comes to mind for Lexi is “brutal,” but Callis says the word that comes to his mind is “out.” As in, Wight is out of action, on the shelf, done! Use whatever phrase you want, Hobbs slammed a 450 pound living legend on the hood and windshield of a car and broke him! Never been done before! That’s what the DCF brings. Then what does this mean for Hobbs next? Oh, go ahead and tell her, Hobbs.

Hobbs repeats, “What does that mean? It means anyone can get it. But what’d I do? I took out a giant, THE Giant, a living legend, a multiple-time world champion. I’m 6’3″, 270 pounds, I’m big, I’m Black, I’m jacked. Paul, I know you’re resting away, convalescing in a hospital, but stay away. Cuz anyone can get it.”

 

Wardlow VS Evan Daniels!

The War Dog warned MJF that his time was running out and that revenge would be coming for him. Will “The Main Evant” be just an appetizer for Wardlow’s appetite for destruction?

OH NO, the moment Wardlow’s in the ring, he CLOBBERS Daniels to a corner! The bell rings, Wardlow reels Daniels in, POWERBOMB! Fans fire up and Wardlow goes up a corner! Wardlow aims to SWANTON BOMB! Fans fire up even more, and Wardlow drags Daniels back up. Wardlow reels Daniels in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!! The symphony has only just begun, but the ref says Daniels is DONE! Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by referee stoppage

Wardlow lets it stop there, he doesn’t get paid by the hour. But will MJF’s final hour as AEW World Champion be at the hands of Jay White or Wardlow?

 

Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey head to the ring.

We heard them put out the news that their tag title defense will now be a Ladder Match, and they’re here to keep an eye on some of their opponents. Will Dax The Ax or El Toro Blanco get a leg up on the competition?

Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable!

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They approach, stare down, and Dax offers a handshake. Rush kicks it away! Dax shoves Rush and Rush shoves back. They tie up, break, then Rush CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” but Dax shakes that off. They circle, tie up and now Dax CHOPS! Rush brushes that off and fans rally up. Rush and Dax circle, tie up again, and go around. Rush puts Dax on ropes, swings but Dax ducks! Dax headlocks, Rush powers out, Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then slides, but Rush still runs him over! Rush stomps away, fans fire up, and Rush runs. Dax avoids the senton and Rush crashes down!

Dax CHOPS Rush, whips, but Rush reverses. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then CLOBBERS Rush! Rush bails out, Dax storms out after him and CHOPS! Dax brings Rush to the ramp, CHOPS and reels him in, but Rush back drops free! Dax writhes, Rush goes to the ring, and Rush says tranquilo. Rush goes back out, CHOPS Dax again, then RAMS him into railing! And then more railing! And then more railing! And then the fourth side! Fans fire up as Dax falls, and Rush stands up on the railing! Rush soaks up the cheering, then he again refreshes the count. Rush goes back for Dax, SMACKS him off railings, and then puts him in the ring.

Rush stalks Dax, CHOPS him in a corner, and then CHOPS again! Dax turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! Rush turns it around to CHOP Dax again! Dax CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Dax fires off CHOP after CHOP then rains down fists! Starks loves it, the ref backs Dax off, and then Dax runs in, Rush BOOTS, then POSTS Dax! Dax staggers, Rush CHOPS again! And again! And again! Dax’s chest is bleeding from all that damage! Rush stomps and throws forearms, then runs to fake Dax out! BOOT! Dax falls out of the ring and Rush poses, tranquilo! Fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Rush storms out after Dax, brings him around for body shots, and then UPPERCUTS! Rush CHOPS, Dax CHOPS, repeat! Rush whips Dax into steel steps! Dax hobbles away but Rush pursues. Dax slips into the ring so Rush soaks up the cheers and jeers. Rush steps back in, trips Dax and steps through to have a NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Dax now endures the Inverted Figure Four! Dax crawls, crawls and has the ROPEBREAK! Rush lets go quickly, then paces around as Dax clutches a leg. Rush drags Dax up, TOSSES him out, then distracts the ref so Jose can get a cheap shot in! The ref has Rush leave him alone, so Rush goes out after Dax.

Dax kicks Rush, and SMACKS him off railing now! And CHOPS him into the chair! Dax CHOPS and ROCKS Rush on repeat! The front row is all fired up! Dax goes back to the ring, catches his breath, but Rush hobbles his way back over. Rush slides in, and he suddenly wants to shake hands. Dax doesn’t fall for it, he dodges the sucker punch and ROCKS Rush! Dax then knees so he can ROCK and CHOP Rush eye to eye! Rush gets up to ROCK Dax in return! Rush suplexes high and hard, then rolls through! Uno Amigo! Another suplex, Dos Amigos! Rush brings Dax up as Collision returns to single picture, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!!

Dax survives but the fans rally up. Starks brags that he and Bill are the smarter team, Rush and Dax are going to go into Full Gear far less than 100%. Rush and Dax fight for control, and Dax gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! And then GERMAN SUPLEX again! But Rush resists the third to switch and ripcord, and CHOP! Dax sputters, Rush shoves him to a corner and puts him up top. Rush CHOPS Dax again! Rush climbs up, but Dax throws hands in return! Dax CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS until Rush falls back! Dax catches his breath, adjusts up top, but Rush trips him up! Rush SLAPS Dax, climbs up, and goes to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Cover, TWO!!

Dax survives and fans fire up again! Jose argues the count but “This is Awesome!” Rush and Dax stir, and Rush stands up. Dax drags himself up with ropes, but Rush storms over. Rush ROCKS Dax, but Dax holds ropes! Rush swings, Dax dodges and CHOPS again! Rush CHOPS, Dax CHOPS, they just CHOP away, keeping the wristlock all the while! They both choke the other! Rush breaks free to ROCK Dax! Dax SLAPS Rush! Now they SLAP back and forth! Rush ROCKS Dax, and again, and again! Dax swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves, DOUBLE HAYMAKERS take both men down! Starks wants a standing count!

The standing count does begin, and fans are thunderous! Dax and Rush stir, they crawl to corners, but the count is 7 of 10! They both drag themselves up with ropes, and stand at 9! Rush fires up, runs in, and they DOUBLE LARIAT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! And DOUBLE LARIAT again! Rush dodges, to LARIAT! Dax is up, he LARIATS! They go again, Rush gets around, BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives, Rush grows frustrated, and the fans rally up. Rush drags Dax up, slashes his throat, but Dax wrenches out to reel Rush in! PILE- NO, Rush fights that to back drop, but Dax sunset flips! Rush rolls through, but Dax avoids the Penalty Kick!

Dax spins Rush to a backslide, but Rush rolls through! Only for Dax to PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Even Starks wonders about that count! Fans fire up while both men are down again, then they both bail out. Jose coaches Rush but Dax reels him in. Rush fights free, KNEES Dax, then POSTS him! Rush puts Dax in, but he stares down Starks. Starks says stay back, Starks is the champ. Rush pie faces Starks! Fans fire up, Starks is mad, but Rush goes back to Dax. Starks shows restraint as Rush goes to a corner. Fans fire up, Rush runs corner to corner at Dax, BULL’S- SPEAR from Starks!!

No Contest

Bill goes after Dax now and fans boo, but here comes Cash! Cash fires off with Bill, and then LFI runs in! Dralistico y Vance beat up Starks, Bill CHOKES Dax, but then Dralistico goes after Cash! The House of Black returns and they get involved! Malakai fires off on Dax and Vance, Brody sees Bill! Fans fire up as the biggest men storm around the way, and then step up to each other. They go looking under the ring, and they grab the same ladder! They tug-o-war over it and the fans fire up! Dralistico DROPKICKS it into them both! Then Cash DIVES onto Brody! Dralistico FLIES onto Bill! Fans fire up as the chaos is all over ringside!

Dax fires off on Malakai, Starks brawls with Vance, security and referees rush out to stop this! Fans want not “LET THEM FIGHT!” but we only have to wait another 24 hours! If this is how it is now, how much wilder will it get with ladders involved?!

 

Backstage interview with Action Andretti.

Lexi is with The Sight to See, and says last week, The Kingdom took out Darius Martin after his match with Roderick Strong. Is there any medical update he can give us? Action says yes, but then he gets interrupted by The Kingdom & Roddy. Mike Bennett says he has the medical update: Darius has a bruised ego and a weak neck! Matt Taven tells Action to stop embarrassing himself, “especially with that Gen Z bowl cut.” Action tells Taven that a word of advice: Shut your damn mouths! But then Roddy shouts, “ACTIIION~! Zip it, dude.” Roddy says he’s found his next victim. It’s ACTIIION~! The Kingdom rolls away, but Action says victim his ass. But will it be his neck that’s the real target?

 

Wheeler Yuta VS Buddy Matthews!

While he’s been busy with Hook, The Decoder has been meaning to get even with the House of Black’s Juggernaut. But will Buddy be just as enigmatic as the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil? Or will Yuta have the solution to this mystery?

The bell rings and fans rally for Buddy. Yuta is amused by that, and the two circle. They feel things out, Buddy shoots around to a waistlock, but Yuta switches. Buddy switches, Yuta switches, and Buddy switches again. Buddy spins Yuta, Yuta steps over then slides under to waistlock again. Buddy pries free to wrench and wristlock, then YANKS the arm. And YANKS it again! Buddy wrenches but Yuta chinbars, only for Buddy to wristlock again. Yuta rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to grind the arm. Buddy fights up, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Yuta wrenches to wristlock, but Buddy grinds forearms in Yuta’s face.

Buddy wrenches, headlocks and hits the takeover. Yuta keeps his shoulders up, headscissors, but Buddy kips free. Yuta trips Buddy, covers, ONE! Yuta avoids the sweep and he smirks at Buddy. Yuta offers a leg, but then brings it away. Yuta taunts Buddy again, but Buddy still misses. Yuta keeps taunting Buddy, then he steps over and rolls Buddy up, ONE! Buddy swings, Yuta bobs ‘n’ weaves and DROPKICKS Buddy out! Fans rally and duel, “Let’s Go, Yuta!” “YUTA SUCKS!” But Buddy gets on the apron, and Yuta DROPKICKS him off the apron! Yuta goes out, Buddy ROCKS Yuta and then THROWS him into railing!

Fans fire up, Buddy storms up but Yuta RAMS into Buddy! Buddy knees low in return, then sits Yuta in the corner. Buddy hoots a la Brody, and he BOOTS Yuta down! Buddy hauls Yuta up and into the ring, brings him up, but Yuta RAMS him into the corner! Yuta ROCKS Buddy, but Buddy knees low. Buddy whips Yuta to a corner, runs in but Yuta slips out to the apron. Yuta ROCKS Buddy, bumps him off buckles, then slingshots in, but into a facelock! But Yuta dumps Buddy out to the apron! They brawl on the edge, fans rally up, but Buddy TOSSES Yuta to the desk!! Down goes Yuta, and those WOO Energy drinks! Fans lose their minds while Collision goes picture in picture!

Buddy waits on Yuta to get up, and then he stomps him on the apron! Buddy steps inside to refresh the count, then lets Yuta slide in. Buddy grins as he drags Yuta up. Buddy CHOPS Yuta to a corner, storms up but Yuta CHOPS! And CHOPS! Buddy CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Yuta grits his teeth and shakes his head, so Buddy CHOPS him again! Buddy hoists Yuta up top, ROCKS him, but Yuta BOOTS back! And again! Yuta leaps, but Buddy catches him! Buddy pops Yuta up to a fireman’s carry, then a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Yuta hangs in there but Buddy KICKS him in the back!

Yuta snarls as he sits up, and he eggs Buddy on. Buddy BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta stays up! Yuta stands, gets in Buddy’s face, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Collision returns as Buddy SOBATS! Yuta drops to his knees, and Buddy stands him up. Yuta swings, Buddy blocks to fire off a strike fest! Buddy stomps Yuta’s foot, then kicks, but Yuta dodges! Yuta ROCKS Buddy! Fans fire up while Buddy goes to ropes. Buddy storms back up on Yuta but Yuta ROCKS him again! Buddy comes back, Yuta ROCKS Buddy again! Yuta then gets around, ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Fans fire up as Yuta has the edge with those forearm shots! Buddy drops to a knee, but he KNEES low in return! Buddy reels Yuta in, suplexes, but Yuta slips free to waistlock! buddy fights the German with elbows!

Buddy is free but Yuta ROLLING ELBOWS! Yuta runs, into a SUPERKICK! Yuta rewinds but into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy half nelsons, pump handles, but Yuta cradles! TWO!! Buddy is up, he dodges Yuta, but Yuta rewinds again to shoot around, SNAP GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta SUPERKICKS, SUPERKICKS, but Buddy blocks! So Yuta just SUPERKICKS again! Buddy bails out, Yuta builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Buddy! Yuta puts Buddy in, runs up and wrenches, PAIN THRILLER! Cover, TWO! Buddy is still in this but both men are down. The fans rally up and Buddy flounders to the apron.

Yuta hurries after Buddy, drags him up, but Buddy fights the waistlock! Buddy throws elbows, and then POSTS Yuta! Yuta staggers, into a suplex! GOURD BUSTER onto the top crossbar! Yuta slumps back but Buddy climbs up. Buddy drags Yuta to the top but Yuta holds onto the corner! Yuta ROCKS Buddy, then adjusts. Yuta BOOTS Buddy away, gives him more BOOTS, and Buddy drops to his knees! Yuta still kicks away on Buddy’s face! And then Yuta is on the very top, for a GUILLOTINE CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! Yuta is too tired to be upset, and he stands back up.

Yuta drags Buddy around by his arms, has the wrists, and he smirks before he gives DRAGON- NO, Buddy avoids the stomp to roll Yuta! TWO, and Buddy BOOTS Yuta! Buddy goes up, Yuta GAMANGIRIS! Yuta climbs, but Buddy slips under to tuck, CHEEKY NANDOS! CHEEKY NANDOS AGAIN! RUNNING POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO!! CURB STOMP!!! Cover, Buddy wins!!

Winner: Buddy Matthews, by pinfall

A wild battle between the young members of their respective factions, but Buddy grabs a chair? Buddy goes to the ring, but here comes Claudio! The Swiss Superman gets the Aussie Juggernaut to back down! Claudio gets a mic to tell “Buddy Boy,” if he wants the attention of the Blackpool Combat Club, he doesn’t need to cut a spooky promo backstage. All he has to do is ask. Buddy’s been pissing Claudio off for a few weeks, and Claudio likes to make challenges face to face in the light. And Claudio would absolutely hate to have come to LA without kicking some ass. So what does Buddy say? Buddy VS Claudio, unless he has to ask Daddy Malakai first.

But what does Buddy say? If he’s man enough, the two of them, Full Gear! Buddy nods, and now it’s really on Tony Khan to make it official! Will the Zero Hour be that much bigger with these two throwing down?

 

AEW takes a closer look at the International Championship match.

Jon Moxley says he is sick of showing respect without being shown respect in return. He is sick of being nice. Orange Cassidy says there was only thing on his mind when he realized what he lost. There was only one thing he thought that he needed. Moxley says Cassidy has spirit, but you can’t hurt Moxley with spirt. And the fact remains, “he hits like a b*tch.” Cassidy thought he’d feel like a champion again the moment he won this championship back. But the moment it was in his hands, Cassidy didn’t feel the same, and that’s because of Moxley. Moxley says the last time he lost was because his body failed him, and it won’t happen again.

Cassidy says when he hit that Orange Punch, and Moxley simply turned back to look at him… Moxley says it will be one of them in the end, but it’s going to be Moxley. Cassidy knows he has to win this to feel like a champion again. He HAS to beat Jon Moxley. Who digs deep enough to truly be THE International Champion?

 

Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander VS The Outcasts!

At Full Gear, The AEW Women’s World Champion has “Timeless” Toni Storm while the AEW TBS Champion has a Triple Threat on her hands. But will they be able to focus on The Knight & The Runaway? Or will this Collision end up a trap game for both champions?

The teams sort out and Shida starts against Ruby. They circle, tie up, and Shida wrenches. Ruby waistlocks, Saraya tries to get a chant going, but Shida switches and wrenches. Ruby stomps a foot, wrenches again and headlocks. Shida throws body shots, powers up, but Ruby throws her for a takeover! Shida headscissors, Ruby kips free, but Shida dropkicks her down! Fans fire up and Shida storms up on the corner. Shida ROCKS Ruby, climbs up, but Ruby slips out to trip Shida! Ruby swings, Shida blocks and then ROCKS Ruby first! Shida torture racks Ruby, for a SLAM! Fans fire up with Shida, and she tags in Kris.

The champs drag Ruby up, they double whip while Saraya protests, but Kris sweeps the leg and Shida SLIDING FOREARMS! Kris handstand LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO! Kris fireman’s carries, Ruby sunset flips free, and cover, TWO! Both women stand up but Ruby slips under, tag to Saraya! Saraya runs up, but into an arm-drag! Kris whips, Saraya ROCKS Kris! Saraya whips, Kris rolls over, and things speed up. Kris hurdles, then runs Saraya over! Cover, TWO! Kris waistlocks, she drags Saraya up, and we see Julia watching backstage in the dark. Kris whips but Saraya reverses, only for Kris to go up and over an droll, but Saraya KNEES her down!

Saraya looms over Kris while fans rally up, and Saraya howls! Saraya CLUBS Kris, tags Ruby, and the Outcasts double suplex. Kris fights that, to double suplex the Outcasts! The fans fire up, tag to Shida! Shida climbs the ropes to CROSSBODY The Outcasts down! Shida whips Saraya to a corner, runs in, and JUMP KNEES! Skye is also watching as Ruby runs in, only for Shida to ROCK her! Shida then snap suplexes Ruby into Saraya! Fans rally, Shida drags the Outcasts up and climbs up. Fans fire up with Shida as she rains down fists on them both! Shida goes to TEN, fires up more, and she kicks Ruby away. But Saraya anchors Shida’s legs!

Ruby runs up and the Outcasts THROW Shida down together! Shida flounders and writhes, the ref reprimands, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Saraya stomps Shida, stomps her more, but Shida hits back. Saraya CLUBS Shida down, drags her up in a facelock, and puts her in the ropes. Saryaa goes to the apron to fire off KNEE after KNEE! Ruby taunts Shida while she’s stuck, then Saraya argues with the ref. Ruby gets a cheap shot in! Saraya covers, TWO! Saraya storms up on Shida at the ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Saraya lets off, and then she drags Shida up. Saraya bumps Shida off buckles, tags in Ruby, and Ruby stomps Shida! The ref counts, Ruby lets off to argue with the ref, and that allows Saraya to CHOKE Shida! Saraya gets away wit it, and Ruby drags Shida up.

Ruby facelocks to grind Shida down, but Shida fights her way forward! Shida and Kris reach out, but Ruby keeps her away! Saraya runs in, the ref stops her, and so the ref misses the tag! Kris runs in but the ref stops her, not knowing what happened! And that allows Ruby to stomp Shida down! Ruby taunts Kris, drags Shida up, and she bumps Shida off buckles. Tag to Saraya, she stomps Shida, then she taunts Kris. Saraya drags Shida up, brings her around, but Shida suplexes! Saraya fights, Collision returns to single picture, and Shida suplexes Saraya after all! Shida crawls for her corner, but Ruby YANKS Kris off the apron!

Look who’s ringside! It’s Cool Hand Ange! He applauds Ruby, but Sarya drags Shida up. Shida fires forearms, Saraya swings Shida blocks! Shida swings, Saraya ducks and mule kicks! Saraya runs, but Shida ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Shida but she still falls over! Shida and Saraya crawl, hot tags to Ruby and Kris! Kris rallies with shoulder tackles, then a DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kris BLASTS Saraya, too! Kris runs to UPPERCUT Ruby, then goes side to side to KNEE! Kris reels Ruby in, for the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ruby survives, Parker continues to cheer her on, but things spill out of the ring.

Kris whips Ruby but Ruby reverses, and Kris hits railing hard! Right in front of Parker! Ruby is flustered that he’s wearing her merch. But Kris ROCKS Ruby and puts her in the ring. Tag to Shida, then Shida goes up. Kris Electric Chair Lifts, but Ruby POISON-RANAS free! Shida still MISSILE DROPKICKS Ruby, but Saraya tags in! Saraya DECKS Ruby, YAKUZA KICKS Kris, and then Ruby joins in. The Outcasts reel Shida in, but Shida fights the double suplex! Shida blocks Ruby’s kick, gives it to Saraya, and QUESTION MARK KICKS Ruby! Saraya and Shida fires off forearms, fans fire up as they go back and forth!

Shida and Saraya run, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The ref starts a standing count, and Saraya crawls to her corner. But Shida brings Saraya up to CLUB her first! Shida fires away, fans fire up, and Shida runs, but Ruby gets a cheap shot in! Saraya facelocks, Shida wrenches and whips but Saraya reverses, only for Shida to JUMP KNEE Ruby to the floor! Shida dodges Saraya to JUMP KNEE her down! Fans fire up and Parker hops the railing to check on Ruby. Shida goes up the corner, Saraya stands, but she BOOTS the ax handle down! KNIGHTCAP!! Cover, Kris breaks it! Ruby is distracted by Parker being a nice guy.

Saraya TOSSES Kris, but is upset that Parker and Ruby are having their moment! Kris runs in at Ruby, but Parker pushes Ruby aside to take the LARIAT! Shida rolls Saraya, Saraya rolls through, but gets the KATANA!! Cover, the champs win!!

Winners: Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander, by pinfall

Ruby is stunned, but she’s the one who let herself be blinded by love. Shida and Kris are each rolling towards their title matches, will they both hold onto their belts through Full Gear?

 

Tony Schiavone interviews MJF.

The two sit down backstage, and Schiavone says this is obviously a big weekend with Full Gear tomorrow. He thanks the AEW World Champion for sitting down with him. MJF says, “Thanks for having me, ya fat old pr*ck. Renee busy today?” Well, yeah. Oh, c’mon, Schiavone, he’s messing around, just having fun. Schiavone says in the Kia Forum, AEW Full Gear, MJF defends two titles in one night: the AEW World Championship, and the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but without his partner, Adam Cole. Why? MJF says the answer is that he made a promise he intends to keep.

As much as he knows that Austin & Colten Gunn are incredibly ugly, like very ugly, they’re also very talented. MJF is aware of the tough task he has ahead of him for Full Gear’s Zero Hour. Also it is of note that the screen behind MJF plays highlights of his tag team run with Adam Cole, including their big win at All In London. It even continues to show AEW Grand Slam, the night Cole hurt his foot. MJF says he will do whatever it takes to win, and he means that literally. He told his best friend, Adam Cole, that these ROH World Tag Team Championships would still be here waiting for him when he’s back from injury.

And MJF wants to be real, that injury was his fault. So he will not let Cole down, no matter what. Then let’s talk MJF’s frustrations over Jay White stealing the literal championship belt, #TripleB. MJF says as we all know, the AEW World title means everything to MJF. The Triple B symbolizes all the hard work and dedication to this sport. When Jay White stole it, MJF was furious. But MJF realized why White did it. They’re a lot alike. Unfortunately, White reminds MJF of the parts of him that MJF “absolutely despises.” White is insecure, and stole the belt not to prove to the world that he’s championship material. White stole it trying to prove that to himself.

So MJF has bad news for White. The championship doesn’t make the man, the man makes the championship, which is precisely why on November 18th, in the Forum, Jay White will lose. Because nobody is on the level of the devil. Schiavone says MJF is the longest reigning AEW World Champion. Facts. And a win over Jay White will also make MJF the winningest champion. Plus, Full Gear represents one year to the day that MJF won the title. What does that mean to MJF? And what is the likelihood of MJF still making it through Full Gear as champion? Well, MJF feels a lot of pride in that accomplishment. But likelihood?

Well, okay. Let’s talk that. What was the likelihood of his mother conceiving him when she was using a brand new diaphragm? Umm… What’s the likelihood of a man with, to be honest, several mental disorders, becoming a success story? What’s the likelihood of a Jewish American becoming a pro-athlete? Of anyone becoming a pro-wrestler? Of MJF beating all these great men that the video reel is now showing. What is the likelihood of becoming a top guy? Of being the longest reigning world champion in a company? We would all agree all those odds are slim to none?

So when you ask MJF what the likelihood of him beating the Gunns AND White in one night, when all those men are so supremely talented, of him making it to 365 DAYS as a champion… Of him getting one step closer to his ultimate goal of becoming the greatest AEW World Champion of all time? MJF would say slim to none. But unfortunately for Bullet Club Gold and all his other detractors, MJF likes those odds. MJF smirks, more than ready to once again run the gauntlet. Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman find a way to survive Full Gear?


My Thoughts:

A great go-home Collision here, even for being pushed to Friday for the first time because they can’t have this and a PPV on the same Saturday. I’d say they should really think about that before next time, but Worlds End is already scheduled for Saturday, December 30th. Anyway, great opening promo from Christian Cage in place of those prepackaged promos. Christian of course threatens the livelihoods of Sting and Edge, that’s the kind of Heel he is, but interesting that they’d schedule a TNT Championship just outta nowhere. Awesome Fatal 4, and awesome win for Trent, that title match is… Well it’s opening Rampage, so guess they’re giving it time to breathe. Feels like Christian still wins that so he has momentum going into Full Gear.

Good squash win for Wardlow, so he’s obviously in town ready to strike MJF down when it’s most opportune for him. Good squash win for Kings of the Black Throne so they have momentum going into the now Ladder match for the tag titles. That is going to be awesome stuff, especially after the great match we got from Dax VS Rush and the great brawl to follow. Being a ladder match, just about anything can happen, so there’s a very good chance Starks & Bill retain. And great match from Yuta VS Buddy, even though it was kinda random. Buddy gets a great win, Claudio makes the save, and now we get a great singles match for the Zero Hour.

Miro VS Garcia was also a great match, but of course Daddy Magic had to get involved. Either way, Miro was winning, but that was a good detail for the story developing between Menard and Garcia. Good promo from Andrade and CJ to announce Andrade is in the Continental Classic, and that extra little news she secretly told Andrade has to mean that Andrade could win a world title match if he wins the whole thing. Honestly, that should just be the prize for winning the round robin, same as NJPW’s G1 Climax. Miro should also get in on that tournament so that he and Andrade can have at least one match against each other to help feed their story.

Good promo from Hobbs & Callis, and I would think this foreshadows Paul Wight returning like he returned from the dead or something so he and Hobbs can have a 1v1 match at some point. But until that moment, Hobbs should also get in on the Continental Classic. If anyone can get it, then everyone in that round robin should have to get through Hobbs to get to the finals. Very good promos from Moxley and Cassidy, their match still feels like it could go either way. And good promo from Roddy & The Kingdom to now target Action, that match is also added to Rampage so that stuff actually happens on Rampage.

Good promo from Julia, Skye & Kris ahead of their Triple Threat, and awesome main event tag. Ruby and Parker have another shipping moment that costs The Outcasts, and this of course gives momentum to the champions. Shida and Storm are probably still going to be even going into Full Gear with Storm literally calling her match for Rampage a tune-up. Kris stands tall, and as I’ve been saying, there’s a very good chance we get a new TBS Champion because of the Triple Threat. And then great promo from MJF to close the night, including the video highlight reel playing behind him. Now, something still has to happen with Samoa Joe and The Devil of AEW, but that probably all plays out in the Zero Hour.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

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

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

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

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

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

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

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

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

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

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

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

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Willow Nightingale is on a Rampage!

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Will the Babe with the Power pass the test?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Private Party VS Komander & Metalik w/ Alex Abrahantes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

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

 

AEW takes a closer look at Ultimo Guerrero.

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

 

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shingo Takagi VS AR Fox!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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