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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/8/23)

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Full Gear could be in flux!

MJF defends the AEW World Championship while Jay White defends his right to challenge for it! Will Full Gear’s main event change all at once?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Championship: MJF VS Daniel Garcia w/ Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker; MJF wins and retains the title.
  • Darby Allin & Sting VS The Outrunners; Darby & Sting win.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes; Swerve wins.
  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Keith Lee; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • The Gunns w/ Juice Robinson VS The Bollywood Boyz; The Gunns win.
  • Julia Hart VS Red Velvet; Julia wins.
  • AEW World Championship Right to Challenge: Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Mark Briscoe; White wins and will challenge MJF for the title at Full Gear.

PLAY BY PLAY

Backstage interview with MJF.

Tony Schiavone welcomes in the true AEW World Champion ahead of his defense against Daniel Garcia, and MJF says, “Tony Schiavone, how’re you doing, ya fat old pr*ck?” Schiavone is doing well… But Schiavone wants to talk about how he feels about getting pinned by Jay White last week. MJF cuts Schiavone off there. “Three seconds is all it takes to end a world title reign. No one else has been able to do it, so congratulations, Jay, I want you to savor those three seconds, because it is NOT happening again.” Wait, MJF is getting a call? Adam Cole? MJF goes with video chat and syncs it to the nearest screen.

Cole’s face appears and MJF asks Cole what’s going on. Is he okay? Yeah, everything is fine, but Cole is just worried. It kills Cole he can’t be there to help MJF, but he will say this as MJF’s best friend. Full Gear is coming up and there’s the ROH World Tag title match against the Gunns, and… Okay, Cole knows MJF won’t want to hear this, but Cole thinks MJF has to take Samoa Joe up on his offer. Again with this? MJF says Adam’s been bringing this up all week. MJF is not picking Joe, it’s not happening, and MJF doesn’t need him! He can defend their titles alone against the Gunns. MJF will take care of the whole Bullet Club Gold after he deals with Garcia.

But then in walks Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker. Garcia says, “Oh, you’re gonna handle me? You’re gonna handle me?” MJF wants Danny to calm down so they can talk. Why do you think MJF agreed to this world championship match? Because of Garcia’s “perfect” win-loss record? No, don’t think so. It’s because MJF believes in Garcia. He sees a bit of himself in Garcia, back when MJF used to listen to the “veterans” of this business, telling him how to run his business. MJF has proven that it is talent over tenure, and tonight he wants to give Garcia that same opportunity to do the same.

So here’s a question for him: Is MJF getting Danny Garcia, the sports enner-tay-ner? Or is he getting the professional wrestler? Garcia says tonight, MJF gets that pro-wrestler. MJF nods and the X-JAS head out. But then Roderick Strong rolls in with The Kingdom shouting for “ADAAAM~!” Cole sighs and Roddy is sure everyone already knows this, but Roddy is a wrestling legend. And he could easily give MJF some tips. MJF says what’s funny is that Roddy was a wrestling legend. But now, he has turned into a complete joke. MJF tells Cole that he’s gotta go, talk to him later. Cole says MJF’s got this, but Roddy again shouts “ADAAAM~!”

Roddy asks if Cole saw that. That is exactly what The Devil would do, dude! He would walk away! Roddy is telling Cole, that- Cole hangs up! Roddy seethes, and he says it is time. It is time to remind everyone exactly who the hell he is! Will the Savior of the Backbreaker prove he is truly a #NeckStrong wrestling legend?

 

AEW World Championship: MJF VS Daniel Garcia w/ Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker!

As we just heard, this really will be the actual AEW World Champion taking on an actual pro-wrestler! But will The People’s Scumbag still be their champion? Or will Red Death take his place at Full Gear against Jay White?

The introductions are made, the belt is still absent because of White’s thievery, but the winner here will look to take it back in Los Angeles!

The bell rings, the fans are all fired up for MJF, and the two circle. They tie up, MJF headlocks but Garcia wrenches out. MJF rolls, wrenches, and uses a leg to hook Garcia to spin and wrangle him. MJF traps an arm and goes for a leg! Garcia scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! MJF lets off quickly but says that’s one. And then MJF mocks the Garcia dance. Fans fire up and MJF revels in it. MJF tells Garcia to prove why he’s the future. They tie up, Garcia spins MJF and snapmares to chinlock. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” while MJF slips out but Garcia floats all over him. They end up in the ropes and the ref counts.

Garcia lets off and SLAPS MJF on the back of the head. Garcia hits the stance, but both Menard & Parker tell him to not do the dance! MJF says okay, Garcia’s still listening to his daddies, that’s fine. The two tie up, MJF puts Garcia in a corner but Garcia turns it around. The ref counts, Garcia pushes but lets off, and MJF applauds that. That’s the Garcia he wants! The two go again, and MJF says “Sportsmanship!” Fans chant for “Sportsmanship! Sportsmanship!” as MJF offers the handshake. Garcia sighs, but he puts his hand out, to SLAP the hand away! And then he hits the stance, but MJF pokes him in the eyes!

Fans cheer and MJF soaks it up with a big smile. Garcia swings wild but MJF wrenches and hammerlocks to scoop and SLAM! Garcia writhes from landing on the arm, but MJF clamps on. MJF tells Garcia to show us what he’s got, and Garcia endures. MJF eggs Garcia on but Garcia fights up. Garcia throws hands and forearms, then runs, but he KICKS MJF’s back drop away! Garcia wrenches, MJF wrenches back and WRINGS the arm out! MJF then clamps on, but Garcia rolls, only for MJF to wrench and gut wrench to a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! MJF smirks and applauds that Garcia survived that unique move, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

MJF stomps Garcia’s bad arm, taunts Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange, then wraps Garcia’s arm around the ropes. Garcia endures, the ref counts, and MJF lets off at 4. MJF brings Garcia up to wrench the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips corner to corner and WRINGS Garcia out! Garcia writhes, MJF paces, and MJF goes back to Garcia. MJF stomps Garcia, drags him up, and wrenches him down to drop knees on the arm! MJF clamps onto the arm but Garcia fights the double wristlock. MJF drags Garcia up to YANK the arm, then whips him corner to corner, to WRING him out again! The ref checks Garcia while Menard & Parker coach him.

MJF drags Garcia up and keeps on that arm. Garcia hits back with forearms, but MJF pokes the eyes! Garcia goes to the apron, MJF drags him back in and whips corner to corner. But Garcia reverses and MJF hits buckles hard! Both men are down, Dynamite returns to single picture and the fans rally up. Both men rush in, Garcia dodges to CHOP! Garcia fires off forearms, and body shots, and he hammers away in the corner! The fans fire up with Garcia but MJF pokes him in the eyes again! MJF runs up but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! MJF flounders around, fans fire up with Garcia, as he DOES HIS DANCE! Even with one arm!

Garcia runs to DOUBLE KNEE, then roll to a deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! MJF is still in this but Garcia drags MJF up. Garcia reels MJF in but MJF back drops! Cover, TWO! MJF swings, into a backslide! TWO, and Garcia gets MJF again! But the bad arm won’t let him lift! MJF SLAPS and SLAPS that arm, but Garcia clamps on! MJF breaks free but Garcia SLAPS him! And hits a SAIDO! MJF flounders to a corner, Garcia runs in, but MJF dodges! The knees hit buckles, and MJF goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! Fans rally, MJF reels Garcia in to underhook, and SHOULDER BUSTER! SUPERKICK!

MJF reels Garcia back in, hammerlock and lift, for a ELEVATED DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia is still in this but MJF smiles because he’s getting the pro-wrestler after all. Garcia kicks MJF from below but fans rally up. MJF goes for the arm, Garcia goes to ropes! The ref counts, MJF lets off fast and Garcia goes to the apron. So MJF brings Garcia in, slashes his throat, but Garcia throws MJF away. MJF goes to a corner, Garcia runs in but MJF pops him up to SUPERKICK him down! MJF then pushes Garcia, goes up the corner, “ADAM~!” But Garcia avoids the sunrise and the leg jams! Garcia BOOTS that leg, and DROPKICKS the other leg!

Fans fire up as Garcia hauls MJF back up, but between the bad arm and MJF being dead weight, he can’t do it. Fans rally and duel, Menard & Parker coach Garcia to put MJF away, and Garcia tries again. Garcia lifts, with one arm! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives but Garcia steps through! DRAGONTAMER!! Fans are thunderous as Garcia does his best with the one good arm! MJF endures, Garcia dances his way into the bridge! But MJF grabs the bad arm and drags him down! SALT OF THE EARTH!! Garcia reaches back with the good arm, but MJF cranks back! Garcia TAPS, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)

MJF slays the Dragonslayer, but he brought out that fire inside Garcia! And because he’s learning to be a better person, MJF has his music cut so he can offer a genuine handshake to Garcia! Fans cheer that, but Garcia is hesitant. Garcia goes to genuinely take the handshake, but Parker & Menard stop him!? Fans boo but MJF asks if Garcia is gonna do this. Is Garcia really going to keep following Menard? Fans cheer for “DANNY! DANNY!” Garcia pushes past Menard but Menard pulls him back! The X-JAS head out together, so MJF takes the cheering for his own.

MJF warns Jay White that if he makes it through Mark Briscoe, he’s next! Will Full Gear’s main event stay as advertised? Or will King Switch get caught by the Sussex County Chicken?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Jay White, it’s been awhile since we’ve locked horns in the squared circle. We met many a time in tag team action, but this’ll be the first time one-on-one, Mark Briscoe VS Jay White. Jay, I remember when you was just cuttin’ teeth in the pro-wrestling business. I remember when you was sucking on the proverbial pro-wrestling teet. Back then, you couldn’t grow a beard if you wanted to. Look at ya now. Lookin’ like a grown ass rat! But you ain’t no man, cuz you got your henchmen, you got your little clowns doin’ your biddin’. But that’s aight, cuz I’m ready! From every angle, from every direction, the Sussex County Chicken, baybaby! Big Chicken in the big city, baybay! I’ma whoop dat ass!”

 

Darby Allin & Sting VS The Outrunners!

The Relentless Icons are ready to get Rated R with Adam Copeland in LA, but they’re going to tune-up here in Stumptown! Will they cut their opponents down like trees? Or will Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum prove they ain’t seen nothin’ yet?

The teams sort out and Darby starts against Truth. They circle, tie up, and Darby headlocks. Truth powers up but Darby holds on tight. Truth pulls hair, fights up, but Darby hits a headlock takeover. Truth fights up, powers out and tags in Turbo, but Darby BLASTS Turbo first! Truth CLOBBERS Darby, then the Outrunners mug Darby. The ref reprimands, fans chant “We Want Sting!” but Turbo tags in Truth. Truth taunts Sting while Turbo digs his boots in, and then Truth stomps Darby! Tag back to Turbo, and Truth holds Darby in place for Turbo to ROCK him! Turbo keeps Darby from Sting, wrenches and whips, but Darby BLASTS Truth!

Turbo runs in to kick Darby low, then reels Darby in. Turbo copies Macho man but fans boo. Turbo suplexes, but Darby throws knees! Darby tags Sting while upside-down! Fans fire up as Darby and Sting pinball Turbo with CHOPS and backhands! Sting then runs to clothesline Turbo up and out! Fans fire up and Darby builds speed, but Truth trips him! Fans boo, Truth RAMS Darby into barriers and Turbo CLUBS Sting! The Outrunners mug Sting, Turbo tags Truth in, and they whip Sting to DOUBLE ELBOW! The Outrunners spin and gloat, but uh, Sting didn’t even budge… Sting watches them flex, and then he fires off LARIAT after LARIAT!

The Outrunners go to opposite corners, Darby returns, and Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Turbo while Truth gets the STINGER SPLASH! Then Darby & Sting trade, Coffin Splash for Truth and Stinger Splash for Turbo! Then Darby feeds Truth to Sting’s HAYMAKER! Darby tosses Turbo, Sting puts Truth in the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Fans are thunderous, Truth TAPS, Sting & Darby win!

Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by submission

The Relentless Icons are rolling, and now they join Adam Copeland this Saturday on Collision in a Trios match against Lance Archer & The Righteous! Will the three icons make it work against Vincent, Dutch & The Murderhawk Monster? Or will Jake The Snake’s new stable steal the glory from Christian Cage and retire Sting early?

 

Sit-down interview with Toni Storm and Hikaru Shida.

Tony Schiavone assures us not to adjust our televisions, this is in black ‘n’ white at the behest of #TimelessToni. And it is Schiavone’s understanding that Miss Storm has made the challenge for the AEW Women’s World Championship at Full Gear. “That is correct, Mr. Shavon.” And Hikaru Shida, the first three-time AEW Women’s World Champion, four successful defenses already, and has never been pinned or submitted this entire year. What are her thoughts? Shida flat out asks what happened to Storm. She wants the title? Don’t think so. She just wants more attention for her silly acting!

Storm tells Shida that Shida happened to her! Storm was meant to walk into Wembley Stadium with the title and then Shida happened. And Storm thought it’d be fine, dust off the knees and get up, so that she could become the first-ever Three-Time Women’s World Champion! Then Shida happened again! Well, Shida doesn’t happen anymore! Storm happens! She couldn’t make history, but she became history! Shida may have that title now, but she will never have the spotlight. Because it belongs to Storm! Storm takes the contract from Schiavone, signs her part, and hands it back. So “Hic-a-roo,” let’s make this simple, and wrap it up at five.

Shida says she doesn’t understand, but she still signs. And what will happen is what always happens! Shida beats Storm. Very well. But there is a saying in show business: chin up, chest out, and watch for the shoe! Shida snatches that shoe and throws it away. Will Storm snatch that title away in her Hollywood Homecoming? Or will this tiebreaker go to the Shining Samurai?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes!

The leader of Mogul Embassy put AR Fox in the rear mirror, but his past is still coming back to haunt him. Swerve violated the sanctity of Hangman Page’s family home, and that doesn’t sit well with this fearless family man. Will Penta humble Swerve on Hangman’s behalf? Or will Swerve tear it down in Rip City?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. The two tie up, Swerve gets around and goes for the mask! Penta shakes free and the ref reprimands, but Swerve grins as he rests with Penta. They tie up, and again Swerve wants the mask! Penta throws elbows, runs, but Swerve drops. Penta jumps over, Swerve hurdles and Penta leaps over. But then Swerve handsprings over the roll-back, keeps moving, and Swerve jumps and RANAS! Fans fire up as Penta goes to the corner. Swerve runs to UPPERCUT, snapmare, and hops up to FALLING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Swerve hits the Griddy, but then he mocks Cero Miedo.

Swerve stomps Penta, drags him up and wrenches to a wristlock. Swerve wraps the arm around ropes, then CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” and then Swerve KICKS the legs out! Nana gets a “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” chant going. Swerve tortures Penta’s hand and he bends the fingers! Penta has the ROPEBREAK but Swerve holds on until the ref counts 4. Swerve drags Penta back up, but Penta wrenches and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” again and Swerve CHOPS back! Penta CHOPS again, and fans “WOO~!” Swerve CHOPS, but Penta CHOPS! Swerve kicks low, stomps the fingers, and Penta shakes the hand out.

Swerve drags Penta up by the mask, Penta taunts Swerve, but Swerve grabs Penta’s tongue and pulls! Swerve then CLUBS Penta down, whips him to a corner, but Penta goes up and over to BACKSTABBER! Both men are down, Swerve falls out of the ring, and fans fire up! Penta builds speed, but Swerve UPPERCUTS in the ropes! Swerve drags Penta up to SNAKE EYES off the steel steps! Nana tells the Penta fans to shut up, Swerve gets in the ring and he builds speed. But Penta moves, so Swerve handsprings up and out. Swerve lands on his feet, only for Penta to SUPERKICK him down! And then Penta runs up, but Swerve puts him on the apron.

Penta mule kicks from above! And then he jumps in, builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and Portland is thunderous while both men are down! Penta rises and even Abrahantes is fired up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Penta hears the fans chant “CERO MIEDO!” and he storms up on Swerve. Penta drags Swerve up, around, and throws body shots. Penta puts Swerve up against the post, to CHOP! Swerve sputters while fans fire up, and Penta stalks Swerve back into the ring. Penta drags Swerve back out, brings him around, and hushes the fans. Penta CHOPS Swerve again! Swerve sputters and falls, writhes on the ground, but Penta refreshes the ring count before standing him back up. Swerve dodges and Penta CHOPS THE POST! Penta clutches his hand, Swerve PENALTY KICKS him from the apron!

Nana taunts Penta but Abrahantes backs him off. Swerve drags Penta up and in, covers, TWO! Fans rally for Penta, but Swerve drags him to the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts and Swerve lets off, and they argue. Swerve goes back to DECK Penta! Penta still taunts Swerve in return but Swerve stands him up. Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve SLAPS Penta! And pie faces him! And CHOPS him! Penta eggs Swerve on so Swerve CHOPS! Penta turns things around to CHOP! Swerve CHPOS, Penta CHOPS, repeat, and fans fire up! Penta winds up, Swerve catches but barely! Swerve swings but Penta catches him!

Penta half nelsons, pump handles, but Swerve arm-drags free of the lift! Penta returns, but into a half nelson from Swerve! Penta arm-drags free, and both men DOUBLE LARIAT! DOUBLE BOOT! DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Penta spins for ROLLING- HAYMAKER from Swerve! But Penta SUPERKICKS! Both men run up to DOUBLE LARIAT and this time they fall! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. They run in, Swerve BOOTS! Swerve runs, Penta follows, Swerve dodges but Penta dodges, to SLINGBLADE! And SLINGBLADE again! Penta fireman’s carries, to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Swerve survives and shocks Portland but Penta stays focused. Penta brings Swerve up, Swerve gets free and KICKS Penta away. Swerve storms up on Penta at the ropes, but Penta fights the whip to TOSS Swerve up and out! Swerve hits the apron hard, and then drags himself back up. Penta goes to the corner, triangle jump and APRON DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again and losing their minds as Swerve is down on the outside! Penta drags Swerve up, puts him in, and Penta goes up the corner. “CERO! MIEDO!” DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this and Penta is stunned!

Nana shouts that Swerve is hurt, the ref should stop this! Penta tells Nana he’ll be more than hurt! Swerve shoves Penta away, but then Penta goes up and around, only for Swerve to stop Penta from going over. Swerve makes it a FLIP BOMB into the corner! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives and goes to the apron. Swerve storms up but Penta GAMANGIRIS! Penta slingshots into a CHOP! Swerve sits Penta down to SUPERKICK! Penta dangles off the apron, Swerve SLINGSHOT WOE STOMPS Penta to the floor!! Swerve drags Penta up and in while fans lose their minds again. Swerve goes up and takes aim, 450 SPLASH into an armbar!!

Penta has that arm tied up, then he goes for the other! DARK SACRIFICE!! Swerve writhes from his arm being snapped like that! Penta drags Swerve up, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO?!? Swerve survives but just barely! Penta drags Swerve up and reels him in, but Swerve back drops! Penta sunset flips, but Swerve rolls through, HOUSE- NO, Penta dodges the call and runs, PUNT to the side! Penta drags Swerve up, “CERO! MIEDO!” FEAR- NO, Swerve slips free to CHOP Penta on the neck! Swerve uses the ropes to go up and around, then he lifts Penta, bomb position to fireman’s carry, for the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve copies Penta’s move and traps one arm to pull the other! Swerve STOMPS the arm!! Then he goes up top, to hit the KILLSHOT!!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

These two went back to the Underground Temple with this one! And yet Swerve isn’t done, he wants to pull that mask off! But HANGMAN PAGE gets in, with a chair!! Swerve & Nana run away but Hangman pursues!! He SMACKS Swerve on the ramp! Nana runs for the hills, and Hangman SMACKS Swerve again! And again! Security rushes out but they get chair shots for their troubles! Referees run out, Hangman picks Swerve up, DEADEYE off the stage and through tables!! Fans lose their minds all over again as Hangman tells Swerve he’s a dead man! The refs drag Hangman away, will The Cowboy and the Mogul even make it to Full Gear?!

 

Backstage interview with Bullet Club Gold.

Alex Marvez is with Juice Robinson, Austin & Colten Gunn, and Jay White as he brings up White facing Mark Briscoe in tonight’s main event. And if Mark beats White tonight, Mark gets the spot at Full Gear to challenge MJF for the title. White says yeah, he’ll get to Mark soon enough. But look at them! Look at where they are, look at where White is: Still with the Bang Bang Belt on his shoulder. The gang took a break for a week but White still tuned in for Collision last Saturday. And what did he see? White pins MJF 1-2-3 on Dynamite and what happens? What was MJF’s response? MJF said, “Hey, Jay, why don’t you go compare our names on some graph charts on the internet.”

White says that is up there, or rather down there, with the long, drawn-out analogy about how White is tofu. But this is Max’s world, right? He wants us to play along? Well, White will indulge MJF. MJF, the reason the graphs are like that is cuz you spend all of your free time searching your own name, hoping one day that you’ll see those graphs in a way that appeases all those insecurities you have, and how no matter what happens, no matter what you do, Jay White has and always will be better than MJF, and MJF knows it. That is why everyone breathes with the Switchblade!

Because everyone sees now that they can first-hand compare MJF to J A Y, that Jay White is truly elite. And he will show that tonight against Mark Briscoe. MJF, just sit back and watch.

 

Don Callis speaks.

There’s an M for Mature warning given before creepy Callis says, “Order is an illusion created for the weak. There is no order here, only chaos, violence and revenge. My vision of your future is the only law that matters. You label us ‘organized crime,’ but what we are is a family. As a family, we believe in unquestioned loyalty, in taking what we want, and in inflicting pain on anyone who crosses out path. You think you’re safe in the street? You’re not. Unconstrained by AEW rules, we plan to do what you cannot even fathom.

“This isn’t one of your video games where you can say and do whatever you want,” despite there being footage from the newest Like a Dragon game as part of this. “No, this match has consequences. And those consequences will be paid in pain and in blood.”

Kenny Omega responds.

“We both know that this doesn’t end until one of us is gone. I’ve been beaten, I’ve been broken. But like a koi fish struggling to swim up stream, I am equally as desperate to see you gone. What you’ve called my weakness has always been my strength. You want me to be like the Cleaner, like the Belt Collector, like the Best Bout Machine. You’re gonna get something like that, in the Like a Dragon Street Fight. Good-bye, and good night.” Like a Dragon: The Man Who Erased His Name, out now on all platforms!

 

Backstage interview with Kenny Omega & Chris Jericho.

Renee Paquette is with the Golden Jets and says next week in California, it will be like a final boss battle as they team with Kota Ibushi & Paul Wight to take on the full Don Callis Family. This is such a personal match for both men, how are they feeling ahead of it? Jericho says that when Callis proposed this challenge, he didn’t realize that Ibushi and Wight would have the backs of these two. These two have some good friends, Renee, some big friends. But wait, the Young Bucks walk in and sarcastically say it’s been awhile. Matt Jackson says they set up camp with the extras in the broom closet since there’s no space in the Elite’s locker room with Jericho’s big bags.

But hey, they like what’s going on here with this tag team. Nice promo. Heard they had a cool new name, too! Golden Jets! Bet that was Jericho’s idea. Matt remembers another cool name for a team: The Elite. The guys who started this whole damn company! That was a cool name, too. Jericho says it’s funny, The Bucks talking about being Kenny’s friend, but they didn’t have his back when Hobbs beat the hell out of him with a steel chair. And as far as starting AEW, wasn’t it the four of them who got this started? Yes, of course Jericho would put himself on a pedestal.

But the way Matt remembers it, Kenny & The Bucks started this revolution, and what’d Jericho do? Oh, yeah, waltzed right in and cashed another big check. Jericho wants The Bucks to remember who they’re talking to. This is Kenny Effin’ Omega and Chris Jericho. Two of the greatest to ever do this in the history of pro-wrestling. So while The Bucks are perhaps the greatest tag team of all time, kudos on that, but Jericho still thinks he and Omega could beat them. Oh? Oh, really? Well, there’s a big show coming up, right? And the Bucks aren’t doing anything, and it seems Jericho & Omega aren’t doing anything.

And this big event is booked in the Bucks’ hometown of Los Angeles, right? It’s called Full Gear. So great idea: Kenny Omega & Chris Jericho VS The Young Bucks! Well, uh… Jericho likes that idea. But let’s put more steam on it. When Jericho & Omega beat the Bucks, and they will, that guaranteed title shot the Bucks are sitting on goes to them! Matt likes where this is going. Let’s up the ante more! When the Bucks beat Jericho & Omega, which they will, pinning Jericho for that matter, this whole Golden Jets experiment is no more. And then The Elite can be The Elite again! What does Omega say?

Kenny says if this is about who is the greatest tag team of all time, then it’s The Bucks. Omega doesn’t wanna wrestle them. But if they’re asking if he thinks he can beat them… Well, he did it before. Kenny & Ibushi, Kenny & Hangman. This attitude the Bucks are bringing in, claiming Omega & Jericho can’t rise to the challenge, they can do it. If they really wanna do this all over again, then they’re on. And then maybe the Bucks will clean up their acts and start acting like adults, and not a couple “sissy, whiney, bitchy children.” Wow, first time it’s been put like that. Well, they had to hear it from someone who knows them like Kenny. See you in LA.

Kenny heads out and Jericho says he’ll gladly take these two to the woodshed, and beat their spoiled brat asses. And by the way, Jericho has his own dressing room. Jericho heads out and the Bucks are speechless. But will they be able to throw a Superkick Party and hold onto those golden tickets? Or will those tickets soon give the Golden Jets their shot at the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Keith Lee!

The One True King of Wrestling Television is now the longest reigning ROH World Television Champion in history, yet is not satisfied until he is the One True King of Wrestling PERIOD. However, will his split focus cost him against the Limitless One? Or is the only thing with no limit the viciousness within Samoa Joe?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Joe can hold onto this crown while going for another!

The bell rings and the Code of Honor is upheld. The fans rally, chant for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” because these are two meaty men about to slap meat! They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Keith finds a point of leverage to push Joe back. Joe turns things around, the ref counts and Joe lets off with a shove. Keith brushes that off and circles with Joe. Fans chant “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” again as the two tie up. Joe headlocks, Keith powers up but Joe squeezes tight. Keith still powers up to power out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls, and Keith smirks. Joe rakes the eyes then runs, to run Keith over!

Joe flexes and fans are torn, but Joe runs again. Keith dodges to then run Joe over! Fans fire up as Keith looms over Joe. Joe stands, Keith CLUBS Joe on the back! Fans sing “OH~ Bask in His Glory!” Keith fires hands on Joe in a corner, follows him to another corner, and pushes his hands in to Joe’s face, before the GRIZZLY MAGNUM hits Joe in the chest! Joe sputters and crawls, Keith drags Joe up with a sleeper and he gives back the claw to the eyes! The ref reprimands, Keith fishhooks and the ref counts. Keith lets off, and fans chant “MEAT FOREVER!” Keith CHOKES Joe on the ropes, the ref counts, and Keith lets off.

Keith stands Joe up but Joe CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Then he JABS, JABS and JABS in the corner! Joe goes high, goes low, fires off fast and from all sides, then he ELBOWS Keith down! Fans fire up while Joe hobbles away. Joe storms back up on Keith, stands him up and HEADBUTTS! Joe runs, but Keith HURDLES!? Then he drops and CROSSBODIES Joe! Fans are thunderous as Joe bails out, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ring count climbs while Joe sputters, but Keith goes out after him. Keith drags Joe up, SMACKS him off the apron, and then follows him around the way. Joe turns around into Keith’s JAB! And JAB! And body shot! Keith backs Joe down, throws fast hands and ROCKS Joe with a left! Fans fire up and Joe CHOPS in return! Keith scowls but Joe CHOPS again! And again! Joe brings Keith around but Keith blocks apron bump to give apron bump! Joe gets into the ring, Keith fist bumps some fans and gets back in the ring. Keith drags Joe up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS into him! And again! And again!

Keith pushes his shoulder into Joe, but lets off as the ref counts, to then scrape Joe with a forearm! Keith stands Joe up again, to CHOP! Fans rally, Joe HEADBUTTS, and Joe JABS! JABS! And BACKHANDS! Joe fires off, backs Keith down to another corner, and then he brings Keith around to reel him in. But Keith suplexes first! Both meaty men are down on the mat but Keith snarls as he stands up first. Keith storms up on Joe, throws hands, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans still chant “MEAT FOREVER!” as Keith puts Joe in a corner. Keith throws more body shots, and fans chant “MEAT! MEAT!” with every punch!

Keith throws knees, lets off with a roar and fans fire up with him! Keith brings Joe up, wrenches and whips, but Joe reverses to clinch and lift, KNEE BUSTER! Keith clutches his legs and Joe smirks. Joe then looms over Keith, and he stomps the legs! Fans rally, Joe stomps Keith more and taunts him. Keith goes to a corner, Joe stalks him, and Joe drags Keith up. Keith throws body shots, shakes out the bad legs, and he ROCKS Joe more! Keith kicks but Joe blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Keith writhes and fans fire up again! Joe stalks Keith, and he grabs the leg to DDT the foot! Keith flounders to ropes but Joe stalks him.

Joe stands on the bad leg, taunts Keith, then he stomps the knee! Keith still drags himself up and he throws a body shot. Joe CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! Keith leans against rope as Joe CHOPS again! Joe brings Keith out, hoists him up, atomic drop! Joe runs, BOOTS Keith down, and then SENTONS! Into a waistlock!? Keith hauls Joe up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up for the meat- er, feat of strength! Joe gets up, LARIATS, but Keith clinches! Keith wrenches Joe, to ELBOW! And ELBOW! “This is Meaty!” as Joe runs, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Keith falls back, he has to crawl to the cover! TWO!!

Joe survives and fans are thunderous! Both men rise slowly, Keith hobbles his way back to Joe, and he drags Joe up. Keith shakes his head and he fireman’s carries!? But Joe slips out, COQUINA CLUTCH!! Joe has the body scissors!! Keith is caught, fans are thunderous, and Keith reaches out! Joe squeezes tight, Keith kicks around, but those scissors are on tight, too! Keith is OUT, Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by referee stoppage (still ROH World Television Champion)

The Limitless One still had one limit: he needs to breathe! The king stays atop his throne, but Joe gets a mic. “What stands before you is the greatest ROH Television Champion of all time.” Fans cheer that! Joe also says, “But I did not come here to merely be your Television Champion. I said hunger is what defines the greats. Well consider me officially hungry. As of tonight, I VACATE the ROH Television Championship!!” Fans are shocked! Joe sets the record, gets one last defense in, and gives up the throne?! “Because the next gold that is going to be on my shoulder will be the AEW World Championship! Whether you like it or not, Max!!”

The One True King of Wrestling Television doesn’t care about the past but only the future! Will he be tearing into The People’s Scumbag soon enough? Or will he be switching course to target the Switchblade after Full Gear?

 

Orange Cassidy speaks.

With Hook having a milkshake by his side, Freshly Squeezed tells Jon Moxley, “You must’ve lost your mind. Saying that I overlooked you. That I don’t respect you. You are the only person I have been thinking about since you left me in a pool of my own blood in Chicago after taking my AEW International Championship. And I’m sorry that when the opportunity knocked, I didn’t pick up the pieces of Rey Fenix, I picked up the pieces of the International Championship that you dropped. And now, holding it, it doesn’t feel the same. Because I need to beat you. I have to beat you, in order to be the International Champion that I know I am.”

Cassidy takes off his sunglasses to get serious. At Full Gear, Cassidy WILL beat Moxley! The Maniac has been put on notice, but will Moxley tear this title away from Cassidy all over again? Or will this all come full circle at Full Gear?

 

The Gunns w/ Juice Robinson VS The Bollywood Boyz!

Speaking of Full Gear, Austin & Colten are gearing up for their ROH World Tag Team Championship match with MJF in the Zero Hour. They want to again be tag team champion brothers, will they shoot down the Sihra Brothers to keep up the momentum? Or will it be Lights, Camera and Bollywood action for Gurv & Harv?

The teams sort out, Colten starts against Harv, and Juice parades Cardblade around. The fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” but Colten kicks Harv low. Colten CLOBBERS Harv, Austin runs in to BLAST Gurv! Fans boo but Austin returns to his corner to tag in. The Gunns then lock ‘n’ load, 3:10 TO YUMA for Harv! Cover, The Gunns win!

Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall

Austin & Colten shut Bollywood down fast, and now Colten gets a mic. Fans boo but Colten tells Max, “You are a liar. You have been lying to these people for years. You call yourself a generational talent, but you are not that. You’ve been telling sob story after sob story, about how you didn’t make it. ‘Hey, four to five months, come on back.’ That’s not what a generational talent does. Do you think LeBron James went to the NBA and they said, ‘Uh-uh, not yet.’ No, he walked into the league, and ran that b*tch from day one like me and Austin! We’ve never been told ‘no!’ We’ve neve been told we’re not ready! We were made for TV!

“We’ve been doing this for three years, and we are former AEW Tag Champs! We are about to be ROH Tag Champs! Because WE are generational talents!” Fans boo harder as Austin gets the mic to tell MJF he is an “embarrassment as a champion. For the past three months, you’ve defended the ROH titles ONE TIME! Now the only friends you have left are on the other side of this guardrail. And I pray to God that you pick one of these fat POS’s as your partner for Full Gear so we can send ’em on a ride on the 3:10 to Yuma!” Austin continues to say, “Max, Full Gear, November 18th, The Forum, the ROH titles go back in the hands of a REAL tag team!”

The fans still taunt the Ass Boys as Austin says if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! MJF sees this, and then in steps Joe… MJF looks at Joe’s smirking face and then leaves. Will MJF listen to Adam Cole’s idea to actually team with the man that wants his AEW World title? Or will he live and die in that tag title match 2v1?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

Wheeler Yuta is with him as he says “We heard what Orange Cassidy had to say, and I knew it! I knew it! I’ve been getting calls all week. ‘You should let Orange Cassidy of the hook, man. He didn’t do anything wrong, all he did was take an opportunity.’ I knew it, Orange knew exactly what he was doing, stepping on my territory, taking my match. This ain’t about some belt, man. It’s about the laws of nature. This business is a jungle, and the BCC are the dominant pack of predators within. What kind of example am I setting for young Wheeler here if I don’t beat the ever loving piss outta you, Orange?

“What kind of example are you setting for this kid, this Hook? Teaching him that he can just do and say whatever he wants and it’s fine? There will be no repercussions? HR will step in and save him? What kind of example are you setting for the people who think you’re some kind of hero, huh? You don’t even deserve to get to Full Gear, you don’t even deserve to make it to Sunday. So the minute we land at LAX, it’s on! Gang warfare, you and whoever you wanna bring. If you even make it to Full Gear, good for you. Hook, Young Boy. Please take notes, if your fingers still work.”

Yuta then adds that Hook might think of himself as some tough guy, but Yuta guarantees that he crossed the wrong crew. “See you in Cali, pretty boy.” The Blackpool Combat Club is ready for combat, but will they soon regret calling out #OrangeHook?

 

Wardlow speaks.

“My first three years in AEW were a living hell. I had a foot on my neck. I have felt one of the worst things a man can feel, and that is his potential being wasted. I have felt worthless. And it’s because of one man. You won’t know when, you won’t know where, but when you find out, it will be too late. Max, the days of The Devil ruling over AEW are coming to an end!” The War Dog is hunting MJF down, when will he choose to strike?

 

Julia Hart VS Red Velvet!

The Lady of the House is back in action, still seething from Skye Blue actually resisting the power of the mist. But will Julia perhaps have better luck with Red Velvet? Or will Red’s own return to action be upsetting for Julia?

The bell rings and fans rally up as these two stare down. They slowly approach, tie up, and go around. Fans cheer as the two are evenly matched, but Julia manages to put Velvet in a corner. Julia lets off and the fans cheer, and then Velvet shoots in to roll Julia up! ONE, but Velvet says she’s gonna stir it up. They circle, tie up, and Velvet arm-drags! Then she runs up to arm-drag again! And again! Velvet has the armlock but Julia fights up. Fans rally and duel as Julia pulls hair and brings Velvet around to a headlock. Velvet throws body shots, powers out, but Julia leaps over the splits to do the splits!

Fans fire up as Velvet and Julia stare down. They stand up, things speed up as Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges but Julia trips her up! Julia drags Velvet up but Velvet throws body shots. Julia whips but Velvet reverses to put her in a corner. Velvet fires off those body shots from her boxing training! Fans cheer as Velvet digs her boots in and does the splits again! The ref counts, Velvet lets off and she goes up the corner. Velvet rains down fists and fans count along! But Julia slips free at six to SHOVE Velvet down! Velvet falls against buckles and then down to the mat, but Julia storms  back up on her while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Julia bumps Velvet off buckles, thrashes and dribbles her on the mat, but lets off as the ref counts. Julia seethes, paces around Velvet, and drags h up. Velvet throws body shots but Julia RAMS her into buckles! Julia KICKS Velvet in the back, and digs her boot in as payback. The ref counts, Julia lets off and taunts Velvet. Julia CLUBS Velvet, taunts her, CLUBS her more, and then TOSSES her out of the ring! Velvet clutches her leg but Julia goes out after her. Julia whips Velvet into steel steps! Julia leaves Velvet behind to refresh the ring count, and then she TOSSES Velvet up the ramp!

Julia stomps Velvet, drags her up, and TOSSES her back down the ramp! Velvet tumbles, Julia talks trash, and she puts Velvet back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Julia seethes but she drags Velvet up and whips her to ropes, to then ELBOW her down! Julia has an evil smile as she clamps on a chinlock. Julia grinds Velvet down but Velvet endures, even as Julia leans all her weight on the hold. Velvet fights up but Julia wrangles her back down, and Dynamite returns to single picture. The fans rally up, Velvet fights back with body shots, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Velvet runs, Julia runs up to ELBOW her!

Julia runs, Velvet follows to DROPKICK! Fans fire up and both women rise. Velvet roars and runs in to LARIAT! And LARIAT again! Velvet keeps moving to wheelbarrow, and BULLDOG! Fans fire up with Velvet and she runs side to side to DOUBLE KNEE Julia against ropes! Velvet YANKS ropes to snap Julia back, and then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this and Velvet grows frustrated. Fans rally up as Julia flounders to a corner. Velvet runs up but into an elbow! Julia goes up, but Velvet CHOPS her on the back! Velvet turns Julia around to SLAP her, then ICONCLASM! Cover, TWO!!

Julia survives again but Velvet grits her teeth. Velvet gets Julia up, Julia shoves back and SUPERKICKS! Velvet falls and Julia drags her into a drop zone. Fans duel as Julia stomps Velvet into place. Julia then goes up and up, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Cover, Julia wins!

Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall

That was a bad moonsault rising, but as the song says, The House always wins! And Julia then clamps on HARTLESS!! Fans are torn but Velvet taps! Julia refuses to let go, but here comes Skye Blue! Skye storms out to get in Julia’s face, and Julia looks into Skye’s eyes. The eyes are the windows to the soul, so maybe there’s still some darkness in there. Julia is getting mad, though, but wait! Here comes Kris Statlander and Willow Nightingale! Kris & Willow are Skey’s friends and they stand by her, but Skye moves away from Kris. Julia takes her leave, Willow helps Velvet up. Where exactly are the battlelines drawn in this one?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Rampage will be live this Friday night on TNT, and with some big matches! FTR takes on Komander & El Hijo Del Vikingo in a first-time-ever tag team dream match! Will Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler prove they’re still #TopGuys? Or will they fail to take down the Commander and the AAA Mega Champion as a duo?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

La Faccion Ingobernable got back into action last week in that huge 8 Man Tag, but now Rush and his brother, Dralistico, team up against The Workhorsemen! Will El Toro Blanco y El Principe de Plata y Oro (Prince of Silver and Gold) tear down Anthony Henry & JD Drake? Or will the Saint of August and Scrap Metal refuse to be tranquilo?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

After Cassidy called out Moxley and Moxley called out Cassidy, Tony Khan has decided to give both sides what they want! Just days before Full Gear, it will be Moxley & Yuta VS #OrangeHook in tag team action! Will The Maniac or Freshly Squeezed score an opening fall going into their title match? Or perhaps The Decoder and Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil settle their own score? We find out when AEW arrives in Ontario, California!

 

RJ City is backstage.

“The Regrettable” RJ City says you may have heard some rumblings, and yes, they are true! The newest AEW signing is Mariah May. May says it is so nice to meat RJ, and she is excited to be All Elite. So then, what are her intentions? Uh, intentions? Y’know, her plans, goals, what she’s after. Oh, well, she’s wrestled all over the world, just came from Stardom in Japan, and she is so excited to be in the AEW Women’s Division. And, she’s a big fan of RJ’s work. Wow, really? Yeah, him and Toni Storm! Storm is a big reason why Mariah went to Stardom in the first place. And now Storm is in AEW so May is in AEW.

Oh, Storm just left but hey, maybe next week, RJ can arrange an introduction. Really?! Mariah is so excited, she kisses RJ! RJ composes himself and welcomes Mariah May to AEW. But is Mariah going to be able to focus on her own career here if she’s fangirling all over Storm?

 

AEW World Championship Right to Challenge: Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Mark Briscoe!

The Switchblade keeps acting like he’s the real world champion here, but his ego might be deflated just 10 days away from Full Gear! Will White fail to stay truly elite? Or will he be able to make even the Sussex County Chicken breathe with the Switchblade?

The bell rings and the fans fire up as Mark and White circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and they go around the way. Mark puts White on ropes but White puts Mark in a corner. Mark turns that around, but lets off as the ref counts. White resets with Mark and they tie up again. Mark headlocks, White powers out but Mark runs White over. Fans fire up with Mark while White bails out. BCG coach White and cool him off. White steps in, but then steps out, but then steps back in. White gets around Mark, spins him around and knees low. White headlocks but Mark powers up and out, only for White to run him over!

White headlocks Mark but Mark puts him in a corner. The ref counts, White lets go, but then gets the headlock back to hit a takeover. Mark headscissors, White kips free, and he headlocks for another takeover. Mark keeps his shoulders up, moves around, Juice taunts Mark but Mark powers up. White holds tight, Mark tries again, but White still holds on. White knees low, CHOPS and headlocks again, but Mark hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up with Mark and he drags White up to CHOP! White falls against ropes, but Mark reels him in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! The BCG is relieved but Mark stays on White.

Mark drags White up, CHOPS him in the corner, then hoists him up top. Mark unleashes a Redneck Kung Fu TOMAHAWK! White falls to the floor and the fans fire up with Mark! Mark builds speed to WRECK White with a dropkick! White bounces off barriers, and Mark goes to the apron. This is the Bang Bang Gang, so Mark says BANG BANG a la Foley! Direct hit with that elbow, and the BCG have to back off as Mark gets fired up. Mark puts White in, says he’s going up, but Juice distracts the ref. The Gunns grab at Mark but he kicks them away. Mark leaps, White moves, and then White spins Mark to a DDT!

Mark writhes but White brings him up to TOSS him out! White then aims, but then pretends he pulls a hammy so that his boys can go after Mark! Fans boo as Mark gets mugged, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

White goes out while the BCG gloats. White brings Mark up but Mark CHOPS! And ROCKS! And RAMS White into railing! Mark brings White around, to BOWL the BCG over! Fans fire up and Mark goes back up the apron. Mark lines up his shot, runs in again, but Juice saves White from the CANNONBALL! Mark crashes ‘n’ burns on the floor!  White hurries into the ring to leave Mark behind. Mark sits up, fans rally, and White hurries back out to fetch Mark. White THROWS Mark into railing! The BCG go wild, but Mark chucks the chair at them! White CLAWS Mark’s eyes! The ref reprimands, White lets off and POSTS Mark!

Mark falls, White refreshes the count, then he puts Mark back in. White runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT! And then he CORNER HALF HATCHES! Mark flounders, White drags him to a cover, TWO! Mark is still in this but White aims finger guns. White clamps onto Mark, grinds him down, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Mark fights up, and Mark throws elbows. White CLUBS Mark, Mark hits back, and the two brawl! White dropkicks the legs out! White pushes Mark to a corner, hoists him up top, but Mark throws down hands! Mark shoves White, White climbs up, but Mark fires shots!

Mark DECKS White, adjusts, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Mark rises again. Mark dares White to hit him, so White throws a forearm! Mark says no, hit him! White throws another shot, but Mark ROCKS White back! The forearms go back and forth and the fans rally up. White CHOPS, but Mark CHOPS back! White sputters, Mark eggs him on. White CHOPS again, but Mark dusts himself off to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! White wobbles, Mark fires forearms now, then Mark runs. White follows to ELBOW! White runs, into a FOREARM! Mark whips, White reverses but Mark CLOBBERS him with another forearm!

BCG gets mad but the fans fire up! Mark kicks White, reels him in, and turns him for that Jay Briscoe NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Mark drags White back up. Mark clinches, White fights with elbows, and then White clinches. White knees low, URE- NO, arm-drag from Mark! Mark then spins White to UPPERCUT! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! White survives and Mark is beside himself. White crawls, fans rally up for Mark and he fireman’s carries. But White claws the eyes again! White makes it to the apron, Mark drags him up, but White gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Mark hobbles away, BCG coaches White up, and White steps back in. But Mark fireman’s carries! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Mark then goes up and the fans are thunderous! FROGGY-BOW!!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives Mark’s best shot and no one can believe it! But Mark pumps up and the fans are with him! Mark reels White in,  underhooks, but White wrenches out! White clinches, URENAGE! Both men are down, Juice coaches White and a standing count rises. Juice calls for White’s old favorite, and White fisherman’s a leg. KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO?!? Mark survives and fans are thunderous!

White drags Mark up in a SLEEPER, but Mark fights free! Mark CHOPS, swings, but White CHOP BLOCKS the leg! White drags Mark up by an arm to clinch, BLADE- NO, Mark slips around to hit an EXPLODER!! White is in a corner, Mark fires up and runs in, but into an elbow! White runs in, into a LARIAT!! Mark went yard on that one but he hasn’t finished it yet! Underhooks and JAY- NO, White back drops free! White staggers up, runs in, blocks a boot and KNEE JAMMER! SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! White hauls Mark back up, suplexes, and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Mark survives again and the BCG is furious!

White CLUBS Mark, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again! White storms around, he hauls Mark back up, BLADE- NO, Mark throws those Redneck Kung Fu chops from below! Mark CHOPS and CHOPS and swings, but into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! And then the straitjacket, for the BLACK DRAGON!!! Clinch and BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (still heading to Full Gear)

His first ever 1v1 with Mark Briscoe might be an instant classic, but what matters is that White wins and still has the Triple B on his shoulder. But wait! Here comes MJF!! At least, his music hit. But wait! While everyone is watching the ramp, MJF slides in from the stands! Juice turns around, DIAMOND RING PUNCH!! DIAMOND RING PUNCH for Colten and DIAMOND RING PUNCH for Austin, too!!! White freaks out as he sees he’s all alone with MJF! White is foaming at the mouth, MJF has the ring in hand! White runs away!! Fans boo but what else did we expect from White?

MJF gets a mic to tell White to look at him. “I hope you’ve had fun playing dress-up as top guy. Because pretty soon, playtime’s almost over. You are gonna have to get in the ring with the REAL World Champion, with the Generational Talent, with Maxwell Jacob Friedman, M J F! When I won that title, I made a promise to myself that I was gonna go down as the greatest AEW World Champion of all time or die trying. And that’s what you’ll be dealing with, Jay. You are going to have to kill me to beat me. Do you understand? Because I’m not just fighting for me anymore! For the first time in my life, I am fighting for everybody who has been on this journey with me since day one!

“I am fighting for Adam Cole! I am fighting for you, watching at home! I am fighting for everyone in this arena! Cuz I’m not just a scumbag, I’m THEIR Scumbag!” Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” and MJF asks White a question: Full Gear, when MJF is the only thing between Jay White and immortality, will the leader of the Bang Bang Gang, “the man who’s always carrying around a fake little gun,” be able to be the first man to pull the GADDAM TRIGGER!? Wait, the lights go down? And in the backstage area, those masked goons are back! They’re beating up The Acclaimed 4v3!! But why!? Because they’re MJF’s friends now?!

Caster gets thrown into a door, and Bowens gets thrown through a window!! And then, The Devil of AEW is on screen! MJF is stunned, and we now know for sure that it is NOT MJF! MJF is here and he runs backstage to go find where The Acclaimed were. He freaks out as he sees Billy, Caster and Bowens down with his own eyes. Joe asks what happened. He’s running out of friends! Damn. Joe chuckles as he leaves, did he have something to do with this? Or is he just enjoying watching MJF squirm as the walls are closing in?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite, almost awesome really, if not for some parts that seemed rather confusing. My apologizes to Miss Mariah May, but her joining AEW isn’t exactly big news, even if she was in Stardom. But maybe they’re building to her being Storm’s sidekick so things can circle back to Storm and the Outcasts. Saraya & Soho VS Storm & May could be some fun stuff. Speaking of, Toni and Shida had a great contract signing promo with Tony “Shavon.” Their match is going to be great given the history between them, and really could go either way. But with that idea I just had, Storm could totally win so that she has to worry about Saraya & Soho coming after her for the title and May helps her against the Outcasts’ antics.

We got really good promos that also helped advertise for the newest sequel to the Yakuza spinoff, Like a Dragon. And then we did get a good promo from Omega, Jericho and The Bucks. But why is the 8 Man Tag Street Fight on TV while the tag team title contenders match is on PPV? Though, I suppose with the Street Fight being ad integration, that is going to be on TV for the ad revenue, and then it can just be whatever in that tag match. So the feud with Don Callis Family is going to end on TV, and Omega & Jericho are gonna try and move on to get those tag titles from Ricky Starks & Big Bill? That feels weird, but then so does the alternative of Omega being forced into ending his newfound friendship with Jericho to go back to his bratty friends.

Because for one, being passive aggressive punk friends is already a position taken up by Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. They had a hilarious part in the opening promo segment with MJF and Adam Cole, and Roddy’s threat about reminding everybody of his “legend” status is good stuff. And now that I think about it, it’d be so fitting of Roddy was The Devil of AEW. His henchmen would of course be Taven, Bennett, and now Cole Karter & Griff Garrison because of ROH having Maria bring those two into an extended Kingdom faction. Honestly, that feels like the best possibility for that group’s true identities.

Awesome ROH World Television Championship match, and a bit of a shame that Keith Lee lost. Especially when you consider Samoa Joe just vacates it! Though considering we saw Dalton Castle move on from his story with Samoa Joe by getting back into Trios action with The Boys, this should’ve been obvious. Joe is now fully involved with his part in MJF’s story, which we saw plenty of tonight, including after the Devil beat down Acclaimed. MJF VS Garcia was an awesome title match to start us off, and I was just as excited as the fans were to see Garcia embracing professional wrestling, and almost breaking away from Menard & Parker. He has got to do that soon, and then just dance all over Menard after he knocks him down.

Darby & Sting of course defeat The Outrunners, but we didn’t see anything of Christian Cage, his crew, or Adam “Edge” Copeland, because they’re clearly saving all of that for Saturday. Awesome match of Swerve VS Penta and great win for Swerve, but also great bit of Hangman running out to get him. Another thing that makes the Bucks bad friends is that they aren’t more supportive of Hangman going after Swerve. Yeah, they lost the ROH World Six Man titles but that’s because they weren’t all united in getting even with Swerve. They’re all husbands and fathers, why was it Penta who had to step to Swerve and not The Bucks? Why did Ibushi and Wight have to step up to be the partners in the Street Fight? Bucks are being jerks in this phase.

Good promo from Wardlow but it felt like one promo too much when this isn’t even the go-home yet. But good promos from #OrangeHook and BCC to set up a tag match that then feeds into the International Championship. Cassidy VS Moxley might actually be a show stealer because of how these two are after each other. And honestly, the tag match might even give us Hook VS Yuta for the FTW Championship in the Zero Hour since Tony Khan always shoves four matches on that thing. Though, if that’s the case, he really should put a TBS Championship match on there. Julia VS Velvet was really good, and we got a good stare down of Julia and Skye, and then Kris and Willow showing up. Fatal 4 for the TBS title maybe?

Also feels like we got a little too much Bang Bang Gang. Gunns squashing Bollywood Boyz so hard felt more like a Rampage thing than Dynamite. Give that extra time to one of the other matches to make them even better. But good promo from those guys, and from White. Awesome match of White VS Briscoe, but of course White finds a way to win. MJF going after them was great, as was his promo on them, but now with Acclaimed attacked by the thugs who may or may not be The Kingdom, it definitely feels like MJF has no choice but to accept Joe as a partner in the tag title match. Joe helps MJF retain those titles so that after MJF beats White, MJF has to face Joe at Worlds End.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

Double or Nothing is on Sunday, so Dynamite sets the table! Will AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland use Nick Wayne to send a message to Christian Cage?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; Trent & Roddy win.
  • FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith; Hook AND Shibata win and will both challenge Chris Jericho for the title at Double or Nothing.
  • Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal; Takeshita wins.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne; Swerve wins.
  • Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly; Malakai wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Team Triple J; Bryan wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom!

Don Callis is on commentary as “both his guys” are teaming up as an unlikely duo against another unlikely duo! Will the Aerial Assassin get help from the former International Champion in gaining momentum for his match with the current International Champion? Or will it be #JustTrent and the Savior of the Backbreaker standing tall tonight?

The teams sort out and Ospreay starts against Roddy, but then Cassidy and Trent rush each other on the outside! Ospreay sees that and is distracted, so Roddy CLUBS Ospreay! The fans fire up as there is brawling in and out of the ring! Roddy ROCKS Ospreay, CLUBS him, then whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Then Ospreay PLANCHAS Trent! Cassidy goes up to CROSSBODY Roddy! Cassidy then DIVES onto Trent and they hit the desk! PIP PIP CHEERIO for Roddy! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps on Roddy but Roddy fights the underhooks! Bennett gets on the apron, Taven throws in a belt, but Ospreay kicks that belt back out.

The ref reprimands The Kingdom but Roddy clinches to an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Roddy tags in Trent and Trent storms up on Ospreay. Trent drags Ospreay up, CHOPS him, then stalks him to a corner. Trent stomps Ospreay, brings him up to ROCK him, but Ospreay ROCKS Trent back! Ospreay fires more forearms, then runs, but Trent CLOBBERS him! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy pushes Ospreay down and rains down fists! Roddy stomps Ospreay, drags him up, but the fans rally up. Roddy stomps Ospreay, fires body shots and a CHOP, then keeps on him with a clinch, Ospreay ROCKS Roddy in return!

Ospreay fires more shots but Roddy DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE!! Roddy clamps onto Ospreay with a chinlock and he grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay fights up. Ospreay throws body shots then ROCKS Roddy! Roddy knees low, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay slips free to shove and back drop! The fans fire up while Roddy flounders around! Both men crawl, hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy goes up, Roddy gets under the jump, but Cassidy just BLASTS Trent! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Roddy stops the DD! Roddy sends Cassidy to the corner, but Cassidy goes up and out!

Roddy runs in but Cassidy bumps him off buckles! Then he goes side to side to bump Roddy off more buckles! And then back the other way! The fans fire up, Cassidy climbs, but Trent YANKS Cassidy down! Cassidy is stuck up top, Roddy goes up after him! GUTBUSTER on the top buckle! Then Trent drags Cassidy from the corner! The fans boo as Trent hauls Cassidy up, but Ospreay makes the save! Ospreay sends Trent into barriers! Roddy WRECKS Ospreay with a dropkick! Then he gives Cassidy an APRON BACK SUPLEX, and Trent SPEARS Cassidy down! The fans boo as Trent & Roddy stand tall, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Trent flexes, Roddy drags Cassidy up, and Roddy ROCKS Cassidy. Roddy puts Cassidy in, stomps up and stomps on him in a corner, then brings him over to bump off buckles. Tag to Trent, but Cassidy fires off forearms! Trent knees low, Cassidy sits down, and Trent stomps him at the ropes. The ref counts, Trent lets off at 4, and The Kingdom taunts Cassidy. Trent gets Cassidy’s legs to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cassidy sputters and falls out of the ring, The Kingdom taunting him. Trent distracts the ref and The Kingdom stomps away on Cassidy! Roddy then drags Cassidy up to put him in the ring. Trent covers, TWO!

Trent is annoyed but he drags Cassidy up to tag in Roddy. They mug Cassidy, Roddy CHOPS Cassidy, then Roddy clamps on with a chinlock. Cassidy fights up but Roddy CHOPS him again! Cassidy grits his teeth, stands up, but Roddy CHOPS him down! Roddy soaks up the heat, then drags Cassidy up to pull on his arms. Cassidy endures the motorcycle stretch, fights up, and he works to put his hands in pockets! Roddy turns him around to CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture, Cassidy puts his hands up, and then in his pockets! Roddy swings, misses, but he reels Cassidy in. Cassidy rebounds to SHOTGUN!

Cassidy works his way over, kips up, and hot tags to Trent and Ospreay! Ospreay rallies on Trent with haymakers! Ospreay whips, Trent reveres but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Roddy runs back in to knee low! Roddy & Trent double whip, but Ospreay handsprings to DOUBLE PELE! The fans fire up, Ospreay covers Trent, TWO! The fans fire up and Ospreay has Trent in a corner. Ospreay runs in but Trent dodges! TORNADO- NO, Ospreay stops the DDT to suplex. Trent slips free, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy runs in to KNEE Ospreay! Then back suplex, but Ospreay sunset flips it! TWO!!

Roddy runs up but into a CHOP! Ospreay runs, into a kitchen sink knee! Roddy goes side to side to forearm again and again and again! Then the atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this and Roddy is frustrated. The fans rally, Roddy drags Ospreay up, and Roddy reels Ospreay in to suplex. Ospreay slips free, ducks Roddy’s knee, and tucks him in! CHEEKY NANDOS! Tag to Cassidy, and Ospreay Electric Chairs Roddy for the POWERBOMB! Then Ospreay goes up, gives Cassidy a thumbs up, and then hits the LEAP OF FAITH! Cassidy’s turn, he LAZY ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Roddy is still in this but Cassidy throws off his elbow pad!

Cassidy aims in a corner, but Trent grabs his foot! Cassidy kicks Trent away, Roddy runs up, but Cassidy BOOTS him! Cassidy goes up, but Roddy GAMANGIRIS! Roddy then goes up after Cassidy, but Cassidy fights the suplex! The fans rally, Ospreay joins in and he knocks Roddy down! Trent gets up to get Ospreay, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! But Ospreay lands on his feet! The fans are thunderous, and Ospreay BOOTS Trent into the DEEP IMPACT! Roddy CHOPS Ospreay, ROCKS Cassidy, then KNEES Ospreay. Roddy runs, into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Tilt-o-whirl DDT from Cassidy!

Cassidy covers, and Ospreay keeps Trent back, but Trent powers through to break it up! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Trent rises first, “This is Awesome!” as he rips at a buckle pad. The ref says stop it, and then Cassidy mule kicks Trent! SICK KICK from Roddy! The Kingdom distracts the ref, Callis hops off commentary to anchor Cassidy! Roddy can’t suplex him like that! Roddy gets mad at Callis, Callis hurries away, END OF- STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! OSCUTTER!! But as the ref checks Roddy, The Kingdom run in! Ospreay dumps them both out! And then builds speed to FLY! Down go Taven & Bennett!

The fans are thunderous but WARDLOW CLOBBERS OSPREAY! The fans boo as the War Machine comes outta nowhere! ORANGE P- NO, Roddy ducks and Trent’s BUSAIKU KNEE hits! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Roddy & Trent win!

Winners: Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Kingdom’s numbers are just too much, and now they’re beating down Cassidy & Ospreay! Callis is furious, but then where’s his family!? Trent DECKS Cassidy, Roddy grabs the International title belt! BELT SHOT to Ospreay! Trent won’t let Callis get close, either! SNAKE BITE on Cassidy! Ospreay is busted open! Roddy tells Ospreay he will never have this title! Then Roddy drags Ospreay up, reels him in, and hits END OF HEARTACHE!! Ospreay flounders and writhes, and Roddy paints himself with Ospreay’s blood. Is nothing going to stop The Undisputed Kingdom from conquering AEW?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson want their own Elite security to get a good look at who they’re looking for. Nick then says, “Hey, Darby Allin, ya p*ick! You attacked The Elite unprovoked last week, so guess what? You’re barred this week.” Matt adds that in the interest of having the safest locker room in the business, sorry, no Darby allowed tonight. Matt tells the security to be very careful, Darby is resilient. He broke his foot, practically got Final Destination’d by a bus, and he’s still standing, and out for blood! Do NOT let this man in the building! What’re they doing still standing here? Get to your positions! And tuck your shirts in!

In walks Sonjay Dutt and he wants to commend these two for the great job they’ve been doing, and for knowing how to take care of problems. Darby won’t be an issue tonight. Last Saturday, they took care of two more problems in FTR thanks to The Righteous & Lance Archer. And tonight, it all comes to a head. Sonjay’s Indian Giant destroys the American Dragon. Matt says if Satnam beats Bryan, cool. But if he hurts Bryan, great. Alright, so long as the money’s in the envelope with a few rupees, because tonight, Satnam breaks Bryan like a pencil! HAHAHAHAHA! Sonjay heads out, Matt tells everyone to keep the energy up, next segment! Can he get some water? Thanks.

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

Bakersfield, California fires up as The Bang Bang Gang brings their gold to the ring in a little black wagon. Granted, they don’t need all nine belts, just the one set that represents the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships. Though, they do like to mix and match as they hold one each. Jay White gets the mic and hushes the crowd before saying, “Well, well, well, look at you! The greatest three man team in the game is here!” Fully Cocked Colten Gunn! Switchblade Jay White! And… Austin! THE Unified Trios Champions, the Bang Bang Gang! And White knows what they want. Guns up for the Bakersfield Gold Members~!

But y’know, on that note, White thinks there might be one very special little gold member out there walking around feeling confused, asking himself how he ended up in the situation he’s in. How he ended up burning int he spotlight at the feet of the Bang Bang Gang! That one little gold member is… Pac? Puck? Pock? Pack, but without K. Oh. Okay, okay, Pack. Let White tell him how you ended up here! You made three big mistakes! One: when the Bang Bang Gang is walking down the halls, you run, scatter, turn the other way. What’d Pac do? Looked at them with… that face.

Mistake two: When Bang Bang Gang handled Bang Bang Gang business in this ring with “Azucar” Rocky Romero, one little Bastard decided to stick his ugly bastard nose where it doesn’t belong. Mistake three and biggest of all, Pack, is questioning them. He asked, begged, pleaded for them to make him care, so they gave him what he asked for. But see as the- WAIT! Pac is on the tron! And he tells the Bang Bang Toy Guns that this is what he’s talking about! They warmed him up a bit. And he can’t even be made at them. Like they said, he provoked them first. But gentlemen, three on one? That’s not exactly fair now, is it?

So allow Pac to introduce them to his amigos. His hermanos! His LUCHA BROTHERS! The fans fire up as Penta El Zero Miedo, Rey Fenix y The Bastard, Pac, all stand as one! Death Triangle is reunited! White & The Gunns get ready, but Pac TACKLES White while the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK the Ass Boys! Pac throws adown fists, the others brawl, and the fans fire up! Pac ROCKS Colten, ROCKS Austin, but White knees low! White puts Pac in a corner but Pac dodges to stomp away! Death Triangle stomps away on the whole Bang Bang Gang! They then SUPERKICK everyone out! The fans are fired up but the Bang Bang Gang is in retreat!

Pac gets a mic to tell the boys, “You think you’re hard? Well this Sunday, Double or Nothing, AEW Unified Trios Championships! You think you’re hard? I guess we’ll find out.” Death Triangle wants gold again, will they take it from the Switchblade and his boys?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Learning Tree makes his way out, “Big Bill” Morrissey right behind him, because Jericho is joining commentary for what’s up next.

FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith!

While the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil wants payback on The Learning Tree, so does The Wrestler! They and The Bounty Hunter fought and won last Saturday on Collision, and now they all fight for a chance to go Double or Nothing with Jericho! Will wins big to then go after Jericho “For The World?”

The bell rings and Keith BOOTS Hook right down! Keith runs up on Shibata, Shibata dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP int he corner! Hook storms up to fire hands on Keith! Shibata pushes Hook aside to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Hook pushes Shibata, the rivals stare down, but Keith RAMS Hook into Shibata! Keith then fires forearms on Hook. Keith runs, but into a SAYANAGI! Hook shoots around, REDRUM, but Shibata gets Hook in a SLEEPER! Keith DOUBLE JAWBREAKERS free! All three men stagger to their feet, and Hook clinches Shibata for an EXPLODER! Shibata comes back to BELLY2BELLY Hook!

Keith gives Shibata an EXPLODER! Hook gives Keith an EXPLODER! Shibata hits an STO on Hook! All three men are down again and the fans fire up! Keith, Hook and Shibata slowly sit up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Shibata runs up on Keith, throws him down, and has a HEEL HOOK! Shibata endures, crawls back, and has the ROPEBREAK! Shibata doesn’t have to but he does let off given the hold won’t count for anything now. Shibata drags Keith back, steps through, and FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCKS! Keith fights it, but Shibata clamps it on tight! But then Hook throws down forearms on Shibata! Shibata lets Keith go, crawls to a corner, and Hook drags Shibata up. Hook throws knees into Shibata, then brings him out of the corner to TOSS him out of the ring! Hook then goes for Keith, but Keith wrenches to a HOOK KICK!

Hook falls, Keith goes to a corner, and Keith huffs and puffs. Keith drops a knee on Hook’s head, covers, TWO! Keith huffs ‘n’ puffs more, and he CLUBS Hook to ropes. Keith CHOPS, then follows Hook around the way. Keith CHOPS again, then clinches, but Hook fights the exploder! Hook slips around but now Keith fights the exploder! Keith fires down elbows, but Hook still lifts! Keith fires down more elbows, but Hook tries again! EXPLODER! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and Hook rises. Hook stalks Keith, but Keith avoids the crossface forearms! Hook turns around, Keith KNEES him down!

Keith drags Hook up, underhooks, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Keith hits the TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Shibata breaks it! The fans rally, Shibata kicks and bumps Keith off buckles. Shibata BOOTS Hook in a corner, then runs to BOOT Keith! Shibata rains down forearms on Keith, then runs to BOOT Hook! Shibata HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Keith! Shibata drags Keith up for a HALF HATCH! Cover, Hook breaks it! Hook knees low, clinches, T BONE SUPLEX! Shibata goes to a corner, Hook grabs Keith. Hook clamps on the REDRUM! But Keith RAMS Hook into a corner! Hook goes up and he goes for a HANGING REDRUM!

Keith RIDING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he goes up, reels Hook in, DIAMOND DUST! PENALTY KICK from Shibata! Shibata gets Keith up, fireman’s carries, and USHIGOROSHI! Shibata stares Jericho down before putting on the FIGURE FOUR, with HEEL HOOK!! Keith endures, Hook gets in! REDRUM on Keith!!! Keith endures double submissions, he TAPS!! Then who wins?!? The ref has the two men let off of Keith, and declares they BOTH win?!

Winners: Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (both challenge Chris Jericho for the title)

The fans don’t want a draw, they want Hook and Shibata to fight it out! But Jericho gets on the mic and says yeah, he agrees! Hi, Bakersfield! He just wants to get camera time, right? But Rick Knox, what an interesting call. Two winners, two contenders, makes his job a little harder at Double or Nothing. But such is life, huh? Just gotta say, Hook and Shibata, he’s proud of you both for everything they’ve picked up from The Learning Tree and the Jericho Vortex. But he’s gotta warn you, as the longest reigning For The World Champion in history at over 33 days, he’s just getting started.

So even though it’ll be the first-ever Triple Threat “For The World” Rules match, he’ll walk out of Vegas the winner. Thanks, everybody! But he’s not losing to anyone ever, okay? Thanks, guys! Tony Khan texts Tony Schiavone, and it is official! The first ever FTW Triple Threat, will going Double or Nothing only guarantee Jericho loses?

 

Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal!

The Alpha wants to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, but he’s only getting a Title Eliminator match at Double or Nothing. Will the Zen Assassin simply be used as a warm-up and a warning for Jon Moxley?

The bell rings, Takeshita knees Sydal low then CLUBS him down! Takeshita brings Sydal up to CLAW Sydal’s face, then lets off as the ref reprimands. Takeshita drags Sydal up, and throat chops him! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Takeshita deadlift suplexes Sydal for a BRAINBUSTER! Takeshita stands up, snarls, and he  stomps Sydal around. Takeshita gives taunting kicks as Sydal sits up, and then Takeshita stands him up. BLUE- RANA! Sydal dropkicks the legs out, then BASEMENT DDTS! Sydal hurries to the apron, then the corner! Sydal goes up, leaps over Takeshita, then keeps going, but into the BLUE THUNDER BOMB!

Takeshita and Callis agree, time to break Sydal! Takeshita stands Sydal up, winds up, ALPHA FOREARM! Cover, Takeshita wins!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Takeshita made quick work out of Matt Sydal, but then offers a handshake, The Code of Honor if you will. Sydal accepts it, but then Takeshita ripcord deadlifts Sydal into a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN!! No honor, no respect, and the fans boo! But Callis loves it! Takeshita stomps away on Sydal, but then here comes Moxley! The Maniac was gonna be here either way, and Takeshita wants to know where he’s coming from! Moxley slips in from the crowd, has a mic, and he steps up to Takeshita. Then he DECKS Takeshita with the mic! The fans cheer Moxley on as he paces around. Moxley kneels and tells Takeshita he’ll see him at Double or Nothing.

Takeshita sent a message with his win over Sydal, Moxley just sent his response! Will this Title Eliminator turn into a slobberknocker?

 

The Young Bucks speak, again.

Nick tells Darby Allin, “you stupid idiot,” that they know he’s watching from somewhere in Bakersfield. They saw him on the travel list, but again, he is banned from the arena! The tech staff is given wanted posters of Darby just so they know, and Matt says it’s time to actually run this show. But sitting at gorilla, right in their spot, is Swerve Strickland! The Realest asks, “What up, turds?” Oh, sorry, is this one of their seats? Matt says it’s fine, he’s the champ, he can make himself at home. Good to see him, by the way. Also, has he seen Darby? He’s banned from the building. Swerve takes a copy of the poster, crumples it up, throws it away, and says no, he has not.

Anyway, hit his music, his match is up next. Matt says yes, of course. Someone do it! Is it this idiot’s job over here? Press the buttons! The music gets going, and Bakersfield is now “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” But will Nick Wayne simply be Christian Cage’s sacrificial pawn in this game he’s playing?

Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne!

The bell rings and Nick throws his shirt at Swerve. Swerve takes that shirt, rubs his junk on it, then throws it back. The two step up, the fans rally for Swerve, and then Nick bails out. Swerve is annoyed, storms out after Nick, but Nick slides back in. Swerve sighs, slides back in, but Nick slides back out. Nick plays cat ‘n’ mouse with Swerve as he again slides in just as Swerve slides out. Swerve feints the slide, and now he has Nick! The fans fire up as Swerve fires off body shots! Swerve whips Nick right into barriers! Nick sputters, Swerve says if Nick wants a father, Swerve will be that father. Swerve takes off his regular belt to SPANK Nick with it!

Swerve gives Nick a good lashing, Nick hobbles away, and the ref reprimands. But the fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” So Swerve winds up and LASHES Nick’s butt! Nick falls over, Swerve puts his belt back on, and the fans chant, “Thank You, Swerve!” Swerve leaves Nick behind to uncover a crossbar! Swerve brings Nick over but Nick fights back! Nick body shots, but then Swerve back drops Nick into the ring! Swerve then steps in to dropkick Nick down! The fans cheer and Swerve pushes Nick around. Nick goes to a corner, Swerve runs up but Nick puts Swerve on the apron! Nick blocks a shot, and bumps Swerve off the exposed crossbar!

Swerve staggers, Nick triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Swerve staggers away again, and Nick goes to the apron. PENALTY KICK! Then ASAI MOONSAULT, but Swerve catches Nick! But Nick swings to DDT Swerve on the floor! Both men writhe, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick drags Swerve up and RAMS him into barriers! Swerve falls in a heap, Nick soaks up the heat, and then Nick stalks Swerve into the ring. Nick clamps onto Swerve, then KNEES him in the back! Swerve staggers up, Nick kick shim down! Nick puts Swerve on ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4 and soaks up more heat. Nick then stalks Swerve, snapmares him, and scrapes his soles off Swerve’s face! Nick swaggers as he soaks up heat, but Swerve gets up to fireman’s carry! Nick flails to get free, and he CLAWS Swerve’s face! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick is on him with a snapmare and KICK!

Swerve grits his teeth, Nick eggs him on, and Swerve stands. Swerve snapmares and KICKS Nick! Swerve frowns as Nick stands back up, and the two get forehead to forehead. Nick CLAWS Swerve’s face again! The ref reprimands, Nick lets off, and he kicks Swerve. Swerve hits back, but Nick mule kicks! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick CLAWS at his face again! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4, and Nick soaks up more heat. Nick taunts Swerve, avoids the kick, then taunts Swerve more. Swerve swings blind as Nick taunts him, JABS him, and repeat. Swerve runs up, misses again and Nick JABS! Nick still taunts Swerve, but Swerve ROCKS him!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve CHOPS Nick, then UPPERCUTS in the corner! Swerve snapmare, gator rolls, and deadlift suplexes, but Nick knees free! Nick then TOSSES Swerve out, goes up and out to the apron, then ASAI- NO, Swerve anchors him on the corner! APRON BACK SUPLEX! Nick falls to the floor and the fans fire up! The ring count starts, Swerve slides in at 4 of 10, and then goes back out to the apron. Swerve aims as Nick sits up, and the fans fire up for the KILL STOMPS to the floor!! The fans are thunderous as Swerve drags Nick up and puts him in the ring. Swerve says this is what Nick wanted!

Swerve goes up the corner, Nick eggs Swerve on! KILL- BOOTS from below! Nick somersault clutches, TWO! Swerve gets out, runs in, but into buckles! Roll up, feet on ropes! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS! Then somersault and CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Nick is beside himself and Swerve scowls as he sits up. The fans fire up for Swerve but Nick says he’s gonna take Swerve’s House! HOUSE- NO, Swerve blocks the call! Swerve slips around to get a BACKBREAKER, then a power lift into a POWERSLAM! The fans are thunderous again and Swerve drags Nick up. Swerve says, “I am sorry.” But then HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

The Realest apologized for his past with Nick Wayne, but that didn’t mean he was gonna show mercy. But then LUCHASAURUS ATTACKS! The monster now called Killswitch takes Swerve out and of course The Patriarch & Mother Shayna are here. Luchasaurus CHOKES Swerve while Christian checks on his favorite son. But Swerve LOW BLOWS the dinosaur and DUMPS him out! Christian doesn’t know until he turns around! Christian wants Swerve to hold on, but then he runs away! Swerve pursues, HOUSE CALL drive-by for Luchasaurus! Swerve chase Christian right up the ramp and backstage!

Cameras follow as we go through gorilla, then to the hallways! Christian tries to block the path as he hurries for the parking lot! Christian finds the rental, throws the valet out, and then drives off, leaving his “family” behind! But then someone pulls up in front of him! It’s PRINCE NANA! Nana was waiting in the parking lot for this! Swerve grabs at Christian, they brawl through the car window, and Swerve drags Christian out! Then he throws Christian into the production truck trailer! And then back into the rental! Swerve beats down on Christian but Christian gets loose. Christian is going up the rental? Swerve pursues, Christian kicks at him!

Both men get on the roof of the car and the brawl continues! Swerve kicks low, DDT onto the roof! Christian sputters, flounders to the hood, and Nana has a chair! Nana hands it to Swerve and Swerve takes aim! But Christian moves before the Car-Chair-To! Christian runs away, but he better be heading to Las Vegas. Will Double or Nothing be the end of The Patriarchy?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Rampage!

This Friday before Double or Nothing, Rampage will be at a special start time of 6:30 PM Eastern! Make sure your DVR is ready for this special edition!

 

Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly!

Speaking of Double or Nothing, before the Dark Father brings out the darkness inside Adam “Edge” Copeland, he must settle things with #CombatKyle. Will Malakai simply use Kyle to sharpen his edge before he becomes the Face of TNT? Or will this not be The End of Kyle O’Reilly?

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans rally up, the two slowly approach, then feel things out. They test the waters with kicks and jabs. They go around, Kyle keeps looking for an opening but Malakai clinches him. They go to ropes, Malakai turns things around on Kyle, but he lets off cleanly. The fans cheer, the two reset, and they feel things out again. Each man still tests the waters, and Kyle shoots in for a leg. Malakai fights it, Kyle goes for an arm but Malakai arm-drags free. They start throwing kicks but also guarding! Kyle BOOTS, Malakai BOOTS, and both men ELBOW JAB! Both men KNEE low! Both men back down and the fans fire up!

Malakai snarls, he headlocks Kyle, but Kyle powers out. Malakai runs him over, covers, ONE! Kyle goes for legs, Malakai blocks and throws more knees. Malakai shoves Kyle then sweeps the legs. Malakai runs and springboards, but Kyle kicks Malakai’s legs out! The fans fire up as Kyle storms up on Malakai. Kyle KICKS, SLAPS, and KNEES, but Malakai sweeps the legs again! The fans fire up, Malakai drags Kyle up, and KICKS him now! Kyle hobbles, goes to kick but Malakai blocks and KICKS back! Kyle fires a forearm, Malakai grabs the leg to then JUMP KNEE! Kyle tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up! Malakai paces while Kyle is dazed, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle sits up, shakes out the stars, but Malakai goes out to KICK! Kyle staggers away, Malakai KICKS him against barriers. Kyle KICKS back, KICKS again, but Malakai puts the leg on barriers! Malakai KICKS the leg and Kyle falls back! Malakai drags Kyle up, KICKS him against the apron, then KICKS him again. Malakai puts Kyle against barriers and KICKS! Kyle slumps down and Malakai paces. Malakai drags Kyle up but Kyle fires forearms and KICKS in return! Malakai BOOTS Kyle away! Kyle checks his chin, Malakai puts him in the ring. Malakai storms up but Kyle KICKS! Malakai KNEES low! Then Malakai grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Kyle grits his teeth as he toughs it out, but Malakai stomps him down. Malakai looms over Kyle, Kyle kicks at him from below. Malakai grabs the leg, and has a KNEE LOCK! Kyle endures as Malakai pulls on the leg! Kyle reaches out, fights with his free leg, and Malakai lets go. Kyle stands, hobbles, but Malakai blocks his kick! DRAGON- NO, Kyle sits down on the leg whip to have an ARMBAR! Malakai clasps hands, fights around, but Kyle pulls on the grip! Dynamite returns to single picture, Malakai hooks Kyle for a waistlock, but Kyle fights up. Kyle pries at the hold, wrenches out with a double wristlock, but Malakai KICKS the bad leg!

Kyle staggers back, yoyos int he ropes, but Malakai blocks the lariat and ELBOWS Kyle! Malakai reels Kyle in to suplex, Kyle knees free then fires more knees! Kyle fires off a strike fest, then WRINGS Malakai’s arm out! Malakai staggers away but the fans fire up! Kyle runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Kyle wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! But Malakai ROCKS Kyle! Kyle blocks a kick to KNEE and SNAP GERMAN! AX and SMASH! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up while Kyle grits his teeth in frustration. “This is Awesome!” as Kyle rises up. Kyle storms over to Malakai to KICK the bad arm! And KICK! And KICK! And KICK!

Kyle snarls as Malakai stands, so the KICKS keep coming! Malakai ROCKS Kyle, Kyle ROCKS Malakai! The forearms go back and forth, then Kyle KNEES low! Malakai fires a body shot, Kyle fires a one-two! Malakai gives that one-two back, so Kyle kick-kicks! Malakai fires off a flurry of his own, but Kyle fires forearms !Malakai blocks a kick, Kyle slips free, double leg takedown! GROUND ‘N’ POUND, then ARMBAR! Malakai fights it with a strong S grip, but Kyle gets the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Malakai endures and scrambles around while the fans fire up! Malakai reaches out, fights up, and Kyle shifts his grip.

Malakai ELBOWS Kyle, KNEES him, then suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Malakai is beside himself! Malakai storms over to Kyle, gets a leg, but Kyle steps over to KNEE! AX and- ELBOW from Malakai! Kyle stays up, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES hit! Both men wobble, Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS! Malakai feints then THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

Kyle got caught by that change in flow, and he just faded to Black! But wait! The lights all turn red! Malakai looks around in confusion, but this can only mean one thing. BLOOD FROM ABOVE?! It’s like something outta Carrie! Malakai is not just drenched, he’s fumbling around from how slick the canvas is! And then, on the tron, walking down the steps… is EDGE! “Malakai. Malakai~! Up here. Be careful what you wish for.” Edge grins and he has fangs! “See you soon.” Is Malakai going to regret bringing out that side of The Rated R Superstar?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight!

The Leading Lady and her understudy have had just about enough of Saraya & Harley trying to troll there way to the spotlight, and now look to finally end this farce! But given she’s still parading around in Serena Deeb’s banner, will the AEW Women’s World Champion be ready for The Professor’s test this Sunday? Or will the madness truly go off the rails this close to Double or Nothing?

The teams sort out and Harley starts against Mariah, a partial rematch from last Saturday. The irony that Mariah’s Toni cosplay is also a Harley Quinn cosplay but Harley Cameron is in all black. The two tie up, Mariah waistlocks, but Harley reaches back, headlocks, and grinds. Mariah powers up and out, drops down, Harley rolls and kicks low! Harley clinches but Mariah ROCKS her! Mariah whips, Harley goes up and out, then ducks Mariah to RAM into her! Harley ROUNDHOUSES Mariah away, goes up and in, then talks trash on Storm. Harley runs but Mariah follows, trips Harley, then keeps moving to SHOTGUN!

Mariah smiles and the fans fire up as she paces around. Mariah gets Harley up, scoops, and SPIN-OUT SIDEWALK SLAMS! Then Mariah fireman’s carries, but Harley slips free to tag Saraya. Mariah waits on Saraya and the two circle. But then Saraya backs away to ropes for defense, she wants the REAL Toni Storm! The fans fire up, and Mariah tags Toni! The two former friends circle now, and Saraya ROCKS Storm! Storm ROCKS Saraya, repeat! The fans fire up as they go back and forth, and are definitely on Storm’s side. Saraya kicks low, whips, but Storm reverses and hits a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then tags Mariah.

Storm scoop SLAMS Saraya, then Mariah offers herself up. Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her onto Saraya! Cover, ONE! Saraya is tougher than that, but Mariah tags Storm back in. Mariah now scoops, but Storm is a bit sturdier. So Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her on Saraya again! ELBOW DROP, cover, TWO! Tag back to Mariah, she brings Saraya up and fires forearms. Mariah snapmares Saraya, runs and KNEES Saraya down! Saraya flounders, has the ref check her, and Harley runs in to CLOBBER Mariah! Toni storms in but the ref stops her, completely missing the crazy one going after Mariah! Saraya has Harley slip away and she stomps Mariah now.

Saraya does jumping jacks to show off her cardio, and then she HEADBUTTS Mariah as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Saraya stalks Mariah to ropes, puts her through them, and then steps onto the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref reprimands and counts, Saraya lets off, and then she steps back inside. Harley storms right up to AX KICK Mariah down! The ref reprimands and Saraya just shrugs. Saraya drags Mariah around, whips her to the corner, then tags in Harley. They mug Mariah, Harley stomps away, then stands her up. Harley digs her boot in, lets off at 4, and then Saraya CHOKES Mariah while Harley argues with the ref! Luther protests, Storm is furious, but the Outcasts get away with that. Harley covers, TWO!

Harley stays between Mariah and Storm and drags her up. Harley bumps Mariah off buckles, tags Saraya, and they mug Mariah some more. Saraya TOSSES Mariah out, storms out after her, then drags Mariah up to RAMS her into barriers! Saraya taunts the fans, soaks up the heat, and blows a mocking kiss to Storm. Saraya digs her boots into Mariah, the ref reprimands, but Saraya drags Mariah up and into the ring. Saraya keeps Mariah from Storm, tags in Harley, and Harley RAMS Mariah into the corner! Harley then brings Mariah around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Harley argues the count as Dynamite returns to single picture,

The fans rally, Harley drags Mariah up, but Mariah ROCKS Harley! And ROCKS her again! And again, and again and again! The fans fire up as Mariah just hammers away! Harley shoves Mariah away, brings her around, then JAWBREAKER! Harley runs up, Mariah dodges, and DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS collide! Mariah crawls hot tag to Storm! Storm CLOBBERS Harley, BLASTS Saraya, then goes up and over Harley! Storm runs back at the corner, blocks Harley’s boots, and puts her in ropes for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Saraya returns but into JAB after JAB! Saraya falls, Harley returns, but Storm HEADBUTTS!

The fans fire up as Storm poses! Storm then runs to SPLASH Harley in a corner! Harley sits down, Saraya runs in, but Storm drop toeholds Saraya into Harley’s hips! Storm laughs at them, then she drags Harley up for a SKY HIGH! Cover, but Saraya BOOTS it apart! Mariah returns, dodges the haymaker to HEADBUTT a la Storm! Mentor and protege help each other up, pose for a close up, then they each get an Outcast. “This is Awesome!” as they put Harley & Saraya up top! They each climb up, CLUB away, then coordinate. But Harley & Saraya each SMACK Storm & Mariah off buckles! STEREO SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! The Outcasts double cover, TWO!!!

Saraya & Harley coordinate now, they get Storm & Mariah in corners to stomp mudholes in! The ref counts, Saraya & Harley let off to coordinate again. They both storm back up for more, but Storm & Harley put a stop to that! They set those boots down, to plant some wet ones on their enemies! Consider their fates sealed with a kiss, because now we get STORM ZERO and MAYDAY!! Harley is then fed to a STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Mariah win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

This dynamic duo dominates, and now they again adorn Storm with Deeb’s banner. But wait, Serena Deeb is here! She SMACKS Luther down with a chair!! Then she JAMS Mariah, and HEADBUTTS Storm! The fans are torn as Deeb grins. Deeb brings out a SHOE! HIGH HEEL TO THE FACE!! Deeb grins as she watches Storm crawl, then she picks the chair back up. Deeb uses the chair to take a seat on Storm’s back, and then pulls on a leg! FULL METAL HALF CRAB! Storm taps out, not that this is a legitimate hold in any way! The ref reprimands, other refs rush out to tell Deeb to stop, but Deeb only lets go when she says!

Deeb has just made Storm suffer, and she takes her banner back. Will she also take that AEW Women’s World Championship when she and Storm go Double or Nothing?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

No matter what happens at Double or Nothing, there will be an AEW World Championship #1 Contender’s Casino Gauntlet match! The winner will receive their shot at the title at Forbidden Door in New York!

 

The Bang Bang Gang regroups backstage.

They have their wagon of gold and are laughing off that surprise from earlier. Jay White’s pretty sure he knows what Death Triangle wants! They want Bang Bang Gang’s loot! They want Bang Bang Gang’s gold~! You want the gold? This is who you bring? The Lucha Bros? When White already has THE GREATEST brother tag team behind him? Colten says it’s just as White says, The Gunns ARE the best brother tag team in the world. And if you wanna shot at the titles, you gotta earn it! So how about a Gunn fight in the Collision Corral. Penta & Fenix are brothers, but so are The Gunns! Penta & Fenix are former AEW World Tag Team Champions, but so are The Gunns!

And Austin says don’t worry, they won’t be hard to find. Just walk into town, look above the saloon doors, and you won’t see “Cero Miedo,” it’ll say GUNNS UP! The Bang Bang Gang is locked and loaded, will Death Triangle win the right to fight for the gold?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt!

The American Dragon always fights against corporate corruption, that’s why he’s standing up against The Elite alongside Team AEW this Sunday! But The EVPs have been doing everything they can to make Anarchy in the Arena a foregone conclusion. Will the One in a Billion be just the thing to ruin Double or Nothing? Or will Bryan prove everyone’s the same size when down on the ground?

As the two get in the ring, Satnam gets right in Bryan’s face. Well, Satnam’s chest does, as he’s quite literally head and shoulders above Bryan. Satnam goes to pie face Bryan but Bryan pushes that big hand away. The bell rings, the fans fire up with “YES! YES! YES!” and the two circle. Satnam puts Bryan in a corner, but Bryan dodges the chop to KCIK, KICK and KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan climbs up to fire hands but Satnam shoves him away! Satnam BOOTS Bryan down and the fans boo. Satnam stands Bryan up to bump off buckles, then stalks him to another corner. Satnam winds up to CHOP!

Bryan sputters and falls over, and Satnam soaks up the heat. Satnam drags Bryan up, suplexes, and holds Bryan up! Then the SLAM! The fans boo more while Bryan flops out of the ring. Satnam goes out after him, then RAMS him into steel steps! Sonjay clears the desk of the drinks, the action figures, the hood, everything, but then the whole thing falls apart! Satnam kicks the steel steps aside, drags Bryan over. The fans tell Sonjay how he messed that one up, but Satnam still lifts Bryan. Bryan goes to the apron! Bryan KICKS Satnam, and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan gets space, runs up, and FLYING KNEES!

Satnam staggers but stays up, so Bryan resets! FLYING KNEE again! Satnam staggers and takes a seat in the corner of the barriers! Bryan runs in to DROPKICK Satnam down! The fans fire up and Bryan rises. The fans want that again, so Bryan runs back in, only for Satnam to get up and catch him! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Bryan writhes, Sonjay is all fired up, but the fans boo. Satnam shoves Bryan into the ring, Sonjay and the rest of Team Triple J applaud, then mockingly say “YES! YES! YES!” Satnam steps in for a cocky cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this, but Sonjay pulls at a buckle pad. Satnam YANKS it right off!

Satnam storms up on Bryan, drags him up but the ref won’t let him use the bare buckle! Sonjay argues with the ref, so Bryan LOW BLOWS Satnam! Now that Satnam’s cut down to size, Bryan runs and BUSAIKU KNEES!! Satnam even hits the bare buckle! Bryan keeps moving, but Satnam still grabs him! So Bryan KICKS at the legs! And CLAWS at the eyes! And KICKS at the chest! “YES! YES! YES!” Then BUZZSAW! Satnam stays up!? This is a sturdy tree! He CHOPS Bryan, and then he looms over Bryan. Satnam hauls Bryan up, suplexes, but Bryan slips free! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Satnam drops to his knees as Bryan keeps going!

Bryan then shifts to the omoplata, and puts on the biggest LEBELL LOCK ever!!! Satnam endures, TRIPLE J ATTACKS!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Bucks said themselves that this wasn’t about getting the win but about inflicting damage! Jeff Jarrett runs the ref off while Lehtal drags Bryan up. Jarrett gets his guitar, but Bryan slips free! Jarrett avoids hitting Lethal, but then Bryan dodge shim again! BUSAIKU KNEE for Lethal! BUSAIKU KNEE for Jarrett! Sonjay tries to sneak in, but Bryan has the guitar! Sonjay clubs Bryan, but it was weak! Bryan swings, Sonjay dodges, and Satnam PUNCHES through the guitar!! The mugging continues, then Satnam hits a SPLASH in the corner! The fans boo, but now The Bucks make their way out here!

Matthew & Nicholas step out of the Codyvator and they have that envelope! That’s the payment for this hit job on Bryan! Jarrett CHOKES Bryan, then rains down fists! Sonjay receives the payment, and it looks good to him. The Bucks have Jarrett stand down, he did great. They shake hands, then The Bucks get to stomp Bryan! The fans boo as the EVPs drag Bryan to center, sit him up, and give him an E V P- NO! Bryan avoids the knees and they hit each other! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan fires hands on Matt, “YES! YES! YES!” But here comes The Rainmaker! Bryan is ready for Okada, but then JACK PERRY ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Scapegoat takes down Bryan, and now The Elite all mug him! Ripcord, RAINMAKER LARIAT!! This isn’t over, either, as they drag Bryan out of the ring and up the ramp! And surprise! There’s a table waiting! But wait, who is this pulling up to the arena? It’s DRABY ALLIN! He fist bumps Tony Khan, who drove him here!! TK can travel now!? Darby storms into the ring, armed with some kind of airsoft gun! The Elite is freaking out, but here he comes! That’s not an airsoft gun, that’s a FLAMETHROWER!! The Elite freaks out even more, and then Bryan finally gets to fight back! He fires off KICKS on Nick, then TOSSES Nick down through the table!!

The fans are going nuts, and Anarchy in the Arena is only going to be crazier! Will nothing stop the revolution against The Elite’s “revolution?”


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Dynamite as the go-home to Double or Nothing. For one, that was a wild way to end the show. I should’ve figured Bryan would win against Satnam, and making it by disqualification technically protects Satnam’s first singles loss. Satnam did have a great showing otherwise. The Bucks had good promos with how they banned Darby from the arena all night, which naturally meant he was showing up at the end there. Great surprise that it was Tony Khan who got him there, and then that flamethrower gun was a wild move, too. Nick ended up with serious road rash from that table crash but I would think he’s okay. But unless The Elite turns things around on Saturday, the go-home math says The Elite wins Anarchy in the Arena.

Great opening tag match from Ospreay & Cassidy VS Trent & Roddy, and I like the subtle details of Callis wanting to help Cassidy more than Ospreay. Trent & Roddy win here because there’s a very good chance Ospreay takes the title and Cassidy gets revenge on Trent. Takeshita squashing Sydal so hard was a little surprising, but Moxley getting the better of Takeshita was not. As I’ve said on the other articles, Takeshita is surely getting a win off Moxley since it’s just a Title Eliminator, and there’s a very good chance we get Moxley VS Takeshita at Forbidden Door. As such, Moxley should definitely beat Evil at NJPW Dominion in early June.

Very good tag match from Storm & Mariah VS Saraya & Harley, with a great win for Storm & Mariah but then great ambush by Deeb. Deeb stands tall, so it feels like Storm wins at Double or Nothing, maybe with help from Mariah and Mina Shirakawa to get us towards mentor VS mentor for the heart and mind of Mariah. Really good stuff out of Bang Bang Gang and Death Triangle, but Bang Bang Gang needing a backstage promo to establish they aren’t just giving up a title match was redundant. Have them say all that from the stage so that it saves time. But given that we’re getting Penta & Fenix VS Gunns, I would think Death Triangle is earning that match. Who knows how the title match goes, but it seems like a shame if Pac loses another PPV title match.

Great match from Malakai VS Kyle, a lot more than I was expecting to get as the go-home. And then what a wild mind game move from Edge, that “blood” hit so fast and hard! Brood Edge is making his AEW debut, but I can’t be sure on the math. Malakai won a match but Edge basically stood tall with that blood prank. Great Triple Threat from Hook, Shibata & Keith, but I’m rather surprised by how they did the finish. Could just be coincidental, but it was a little too much like what we saw last night on NXT with a double pin finish to make a title match into another Triple Threat. Pretty sure Hook and Shibata are now going to cancel out and Jericho retains.

Great match from Swerve VS Nick Wayne, great win for Swerve, and great segue right into that attack and chase scene. Great return for Nana there, but Christian running away muddies the math. I don’t think Swerve is losing, so something must happen on Collision to turn things around in Christian’s favor.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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