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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/27/23)

Countdown to Worlds End!

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The Continental Classic is almost over!

Before battling at AEW Worlds End to be the Continental Triple Crown Champion, the FIVE semifinalists battle on a Dynamite New Year’s Smash! Jon Moxley, Swerve Strickland or Jay White, Bryan Danielson or Eddie Kingston, what combination becomes a reality?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW Continental Classic Gold League Semifinals Triple Threat: Jon Moxley VS Swerve Strickland VS Jay White; Moxley wins and advances to Worlds End.
  • AEW Continental Classic Blue League Semifinals: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and advances to Worlds End.
  • Kris Statlander VS Skye Blue; Skye wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: MJF & Samoa Joe VS The Devil’s Minions; The Devil’s Minions win and become the new ROH World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Continental Classic Gold League Semifinals Triple Threat: Jon Moxley VS Swerve Strickland VS Jay White!

The Maniac could not stop the Switchblade, so now they AND The Realest must fight it out in quite the unique semifinal match. With the odds drastic go down, who defies the 33 and one third chance of winning to head for Worlds End?

The bell rings and the fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White sees Swerve and Moxley and says they can settle this first. White bails out but Swerve’s right there to meet him! White steps back in, but Moxley clothesline him up and out! Swerve slides in to roll Moxley up, ONE! Moxley says okay, and the two get face to face. Then they go forearm for forearm! Fans fire up, Moxley knees and HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS then KNEES again! Moxley runs but Swerve tosses him out! Swerve pursues, CLAWS Moxley’s back, then he fires off haymakers. Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP!

White storms up but Moxley ROCKS him! Mox & Swerve TOSS White up and over railing, then Moxley TOSSES Swerve! Fans fire up as Moxley goes out after them both, throws hands with Swerve, then headlocks. But Swerve RAMS Moxley into railing! White CLUBS Swerve, CHOPS Mox, but Mox CHOPS back! Moxley headlocks and brings White around with a headlock. Fans fire up and Moxley crotches White on railing! Swerve CHOPS Moxley, brings him around, and makes him take a seat in an open chair. Swerve BITES Moxley’s forehead, goes back for White, and CLUBS White down. Swerve runs up to BOOT Moxley out of the chair!

Fans fire up while Swerve stands tall! Moxley staggers up, ends up heading for White, but Swerve pursues> Moxley kicks White, Swerve BOOTS White down, then Swerve continues after Moxley. Moxley kicks low, headlocks, then ROCKS Swerve. They go towards steps, and go up into the stands! Fans fire up as Moxley ROCKS Swerve! Fans rally and duel, White returns but Moxley HEADBUTTS him! Moxley fires knees on White, Swerve CLUBS and ROCKS Moxley, and they go back to ringside. Moxley TOSSES Swerve over, flips him off, but White runs up from behind to CHOP BLOCK Moxley! Fans boo but White sends Swerve into railing!

The ref insists this finally get back in the ring, but White rains down fists on Moxley, then CHOKES him! White lets off to bring Moxley around, HALF HATCH into railing! White storms off to get Swerve with a CHOP! Fans “WOO~” while White puts Swerve in the ring. Cover, ONE!! Swerve hangs tough but White CHOPS him again. White then CORNER HALF HATCHES Swerve! Cover, TWO! White is annoyed, but the fans continue with “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White catches Moxley before he gets in, to APRON GOURD BUSTER! White leaves Moxley behind but Swerve BOOTS White off the apron!

Swerve builds speed and he FOSBURY- NO, White moves, kicks Swerve low, then APRON GOURD- NO, Swerve slips free! And SLIDING KNEES from the apron! Swerve hurries to get White up and in, the fans are thunderous for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” but White CLAWS Swerve’s face! White mocks the chants but Mox BOOTS White down! Swerve DECKS Moxley! And again! Swerve whips Moxley to a corner, runs up, but into a BOOT! Moxley CLAWS Swerve’s back now! Then Moxley flips Swerve off, so Swerve BITES that finger! Moxley knees low, runs, but Swerve dodges to LARIAT!

Fans fire up as Moxley goes to a corner and Swerve runs in. UPPERCUT, snapmare, then Swerve goes up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve hits the Griddy! Fans fire up, Swerve grabs White by the hands as he gets in, and drags White to STOMP the fingers! Then Swerve swing and SPLASH! Then from the apron, Swerve BOOTS White down! But Moxley gets Swerve in the ropes! Swerve back drops Moxley onto White! Fans fire up as Swerve goes up the corner, steadies himself, and CROSSBODIES them both! The fans are thunderous again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref checks all three men, and they’re all okay to continue. Swerve sits up first but Moxley and White follow. Swerve KICKS Moxley, KICKS him again, and KICKS him against railing! Swerve stalks White, sits him up to look into the camera, but Moxley storms up to CLUB Swerve! And CHOP him! And CHOP him, and CHOP him! Moxley whips Swerve but Swerve reverses and sends Moxley into steel steps! White CLUBS Swerve, SMACKS him off the apron, and again! White RAMS Swerve into the railing, and then Swerve stumbles into the ring. White storms in to cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White pushes him around.

White goes for a leg but Swerve holds off the takedown to smother White and throw down elbow after elbow! Swerve then pulls on White’s arm, and SPLASHES the arm! White writhes, clutching the shoulder, but Swerve drags him around. Swerve slaps White around, White flounders, and White goes to the apron. Swerve steps out after White, brings him up, but White throws elbows and a CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve CHOPS back! Swerve fireman’s carries but White claws Swerve’s face! The fans boo, Swerve drops off the apron and White again mocks the chants. but Swerve TRIPS White!

White hits apron, Moxley DIVES onto Swerve! Fans fire up again and Moxley puts Swerve in the ring. Moxley runs up to clothesline int he corner! Moxley climbs up and he rains down fists! Fans count to TEN, then Moxley BITES Swerve’s forehead! Moxley reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Moxley throws HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then the KIMURA! The fans rally as Swerve endures and fights up to a corner. Moxley grinds forearms into Swerve’s face, then puts him up top. Moxley CHOPS, climbs up, but Swerve fights the suplex. Swerve throws body shots then he CHOPS Moxley!

Moxley staggers away, Swerve leaps, into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Moxley seethes. Moxley storms around, follows Swerve out and he clears off the timekeeper’s table! Moxley reels Swerve in but White SMACKS Moxley with a chair! And then SMACKS him again! White finally uses the No Disqualification stipulation, and he SMACKS Moxley’s leg! White SPITS at Moxley, storms after Swerve and puts him in the ring. White then SMACKS Moxley one more time before going back in himself. White taunts Swerve, but Swerve drags him into a cradle, TWO!!!

White escapes, Swerve stands, but White CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! White grabs the tights, Swerve uses his leg to get free and he ROCKS White with a straight right! Swerve storms up on White as fans rally for him, and Swerve whips. White reverses, ELBOWS Swerve, then runs, but Swerve ROCKS White! Swerve runs but he fakes White out to kick a leg out, and HOUSE CALL!! Fans fire up, Swerve snarls and he drags White up and in. Swerve hits the POWER JACKHAMMER! Swerve goes up, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Moxley CURB STOMPS Swerve!! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down, and Dynamite goes back to picture in picture!

The fans fire up while the ref checks all three. Moxley huffs and puffs while the other two sit up. Moxley fires up but that bad leg just about gives up on him! Moxley sits in a corner to shake out the leg, then he crawls his way to center. The fans rally up as all three stand again. Moxley fires forearms, Swerve hits back, then so does White. Swerve hits White, Moxley hits Swerve, White CHOPS Moxley! Swerve BOOTS White, Moxley CHOPS Swerve, White kicks and CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS Moxley! Moxley gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX White! Swerve GERMAN SUPLEXES Moxley! All three men are down again!

Moxley flounders back to a corner, Swerve grits his teeth, and White crawls. Moxley tells the ref to NOT take him out of this match. White and Swerve throw shots, White HEADBUTTS Swerve down, then White DROPKICKS Moxley’s bad leg! Moxley leans on the buckles, White ROCKS Swerve and then gets Moxley’s bad leg. White wraps the leg around ropes and pulls! White throws elbows into Moxley’s face, then he CHOPS Swerve away. Moxley hobbles up to CUTTER White!! Dynamite returns to single picture again as the fans rally back up. Moxley forces himself to stand, but Swerve storms up.

White wobbles as he stands, and he JABS Moxley! Moxley JABS Swerve! White JABS Moxley, Swerve JABS White, Moxley JABS Swerve! White kicks and CHOPS Moxley, Swerve BOOTS White! Moxley ROCKS Swerve, Swerve returns it, White SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEXES Swerve! Moxley has a SLEEPER on White, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! White is caught in the body scissors, fights free of those, but Moxley leans on the hold. HOUSE CALL!! Fans fire up and Swerve hauls White up, but White clinches! Swerve slips around to half nelson. White switches and feeds Swerve to the KING KING LARIAT! Then White clinches Moxley, BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, SWERVE BREAKS IT!!

The fans are thunderous again as all three men are down again! Fans hope these three “FIGHT FOREVER!” and with no time limits on this one, they just might! White gets that chair, though! SMACK for Moxley on the back! And another SMACK! Then White JAMS Swerve! White dares the ref to do something, then he wedges the chair into the corner. White storms up to Swerve, drags him up, and he aims for the corner. Swerve turns it around, White hits chair!! Moxley runs up to SLEEPER Swerve! Swerve drops, victory rolls, TWO!!! Moxley escapes, Swerve is furious, but Moxley is just as raving mad!

They get at each other with SLAP after SLAP, haymaker after haymaker, and the fans are electric! They start firing shot shots, Swerve rolls and runs up to BOOT! Swerve keeps moving, he BOOTS again! Moxley stays up, Swerve DISCUS LARIATS!! The fans are all behind Swerve as he hauls Moxley up. Half nelson, but Moxley BITES the fingers! Swerve ripcords to whip Moxley into the corner! Moxley falls back, Swerve goes up! White SHOVES Swerve down!! White hauls Moxley up, BLADE- NO, Moxley slips free to KING KONG LARIAT!! Moxley then hauls White up, DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (Gold League Finalist)

Swerve can’t believe how close he was to taking this, but in the end, he misses his shot! Moxley is ready to keep on fighting until the wheels fall off, will he make it across the finish line at Worlds End?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve & Prince Nana.

Tony Schiavone is with “a very angry” Swerve. It was a tremendous match, but Moxley moves on. Swerve says they don’t give him time to rest, they don’t give him time to gather his thoughts. He has to do this while all sweaty and his arm’s falling off his body right now, because of those two men! Swerve wanted that win so badly. Schiavone knows, Nana knows, the fans, the company, knows how bad. Swerve said the Continental Classic was injecting life back into pro-wrestling, the entire industry, and he meant that! And he swears to God, he wanted to win SO badly. He proved he’s one of the best, if not THE best.

But he didn’t get pinned. White got pinned. In fact, let’s go over to someone on Collision that says something about tearing down houses brick by brick. KEITH LEE!! You say Swerve is “him?” Then that’s the first thing they’ve agreed on in over a year. Keith wants Swerve, so guess what? Swerve’s got nothing to do now, he’s free for Saturday in Long Island, so bet! Swerve will be there. Will Keith be? HUH? Yes, Keith is here tonight, and he wanted to be sure that in case they didn’t see each other, here’s a contract for that match. Nana didn’t approve this! Why would someone print this without Nana’s approval? Well, this is FOR his approval.

Swerve tells Nana it’s fine. We’ll se who shows up on Saturday. Nana & Swerve take the contract, will The Realest #BaskInHisGlory at Worlds End?

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

Joining her now is a woman who has generated so much buzz since arriving to AEW, it’s Mariah May. Toni Storm’s biggest fan walks out to join Renee, and Renee says Mariah has an important announcement. But first, let’s go back to last week, when Mariah brutally attacked Riho. Can she walk us through her actions? Well, hi, Renee, how are you? Mariah’s good, thanks for asking. But what you call “brutal” is her supporting the greatest star of our time, Toni Storm! Fans cheer that. Mariah says that is something we could all do more of. But moving on, we’ve all waited so patiently for Mariah’s in-ring debut, and she’s here to tell us when it happens.

Mariah didn’t really feel like 2023 had the best energy. Not enough glamor. So her debut is gonna be… Next week, the first Dynamite of 2024! Fans boo but Mariah says 2024 will be all about Mariah! But oh hey, it’s Riho! Riho storms up on Mariah and Mariah goes running! They end up in the ring, and Mariah begs for mercy. But here comes Toni Storm! Riho dodges Storm’s cheap shot to fire off forearms! Storm shoves Riho, runs up, but into a drop toehold! Riho dials it up, Luther hurries to get Storm outta there! So Riho just climbs up, and CROSSBODIES them both down! Fans fire up, Mariah panics, but will there be a NEW leading lady in AEW?

 

Top Flight speaks.

Dante Martin is with his brother, Darius, and their friend, Action Andretti. Dante says they just wanted us to know, though these three came up short against The Acclaimed, they won’t take it to heart. There are plenty of other trios to go against. Ya bois heads are up, and they’re just getting started. This is an open challenge- Okay, alright. Orange Cassidy sees where this is going. He walks in and has Roppongi Vice, Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta, with him. Trent says these three were throwing out a challenge while Best Friends was five feet away. Clever move. So see you guys on Rampage. What? Rocky says this is what happened with him last week. But see you Friday.

Well then, Friday, Rampage, challenge accepted. Action then speed chugs a bottle of water. Well, he’s hydrated. But will the full Top Flight trio be ready to do, uh, whatever with Freshly Squeezed, Azucar & #JustTrent?

 

Christian Cage, Nick Wayne & Shayna Wayne are backstage.

Captain Charisma and his adopted family are with Lexi Nair, preparing for the sit-down face-to-face interview with Adam “Edge” Copeland. Christian asks who Lexi even is, then asks if Edge is even showing up. Or is he just gonna keep the champion waiting? At least one of them is professional. Lexi doesn’t have any answers, so we’re all just waiting. What will these former friends turned bitter enemies have to say just days before their No Disqualification rematch for the TNT Championship?

 

Miro speaks.

“What am I doing? I’m not even sure anymore. I thought wrestling poisons her, but maybe it’s she that poisons me.” He made his promise to spare Andrade El Idolo from his wrath for CJ Perry’s sake, but only so long as Andrade was in the running for the Continental Triple Crown. Andrade is out, and Miro is done showing mercy to those who doesn’t deserve it! Miro may not pray to God, but he advises Andrade to start. The Redeemer and the Latino Idol clash at Worlds End, who survives this clash?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

He hopes everyone has had a great holiday season and is getting ready for both the New Year and for Worlds End this Saturday. Tonight, we are holding a celebration for “Boxing Week.” For that celebration, please welcome… The Don Callis Family. Fans boo as creepy Callis has Will Hobbs, Konosuke Takeshita and the NEW ROH World Television Champion, Kyle Fletcher, with him. They go to the ring, the fans tell off Callis, and Callis is rather offended. Schiavone is sure we all understand the sentiment, but then Callis snatches the mic right from him! Fans boo but Callis has something important to say.

“As you may or may not know, there’s been a lot of stuff going on outside the wrestling business the last couple of weeks, family stuff. And I just wanna say it’s been a very difficult two weeks for me.” Fans boo, is he trying to get sympathy for what Kenny Omega is going through? Callis knows that his guys know, at times like this, you need your family. And he couldn’t have gotten through this without his family. And as a way of saying thanks and honoring Canada’s Boxing Week, Callis got them some wonderful gifts to show them his appreciation.

For Powerhouse Hobbs, check it! It’s an oil painting of Hobbs and Callis reppin’ the West Side! Callis says that looks just like them on the weekend. Maybe if Callis put his head on someone else’s body. Then for Takeshita, he has given Callis great support, this is for him. Their picture is of them with dragon tattoos on their arms and Takeshita wielding a katana like they’re both Yakuza. And then for Kyle, this is Kyle & Callis go to Australia. They’re boxing against kangaroos, and winning! It feels so good to be here tonight, because the Don Callis Family feels complete! But wait! SAMMY GUEVAR is here!

Fans actually cheer, and Callis apparently forgot about the Spanish God. Sammy makes his way down to the ring, and Callis says it’s Christmas all over again! But then Sammy stops Callis? Fans rally for Sammy as he takes the mic to say, “Long time no talk, Don.” What? What’s he talking about? Didn’t he get the gift Callis sent for Sammy’s kid? Maybe the Canadian postal system isn’t reliable. But Sammy, it’s good you’re here. Callis has a gift for Sammy, not that he knew he’d be here. Callis was holding onto this for almost two months in the off-chance Sammy would actually show up to work.

So please, here, a custom painting just for Sammy. Look, look! Sammy is unsure about this, but he unveils… Sammy, the baby, and the Don Callis Family all together. See? They’ve got an extended family now! But who the hell told Callis to put Sammy’s baby on that? N-no one, but c’mon! Look! Sammy’s whole family is there together! And let’s be honest, Sammy isn’t exactly mentally capable of being a father so he’ll need all the help he can get. Oh, Callis is worried about Sammy’s parenting skills? Be more worried about leading the group! Hobbs beat Jericho, Takeshita beat Omega twice, but no one remembers that because Callis makes everything about himself!

Fans cheer that! Sammy says people he’d never expect to, asking him how he’s doing since getting concussed. But who has never sent Sammy a message? CALLIS! Callis says okay, sorry, he just gave Sammy a nice present but if Sammy wants to crap all over him, fine. Here it is: Sammy is disappointed Callis didn’t call? How about Callis’ disappointment? Callis is disappointed that Sammy blew the greatest opportunity he ever had! Callis is disappointed that Sammy didn’t show up for FIVE MONTHS just for being hurt and having babies, going on maternity leave!

So to get to brass tacks, Sammy has a choice to make. Sammy can choose that other family, or he chooses The Don Callis Family. But Sammy, you may be a hot head, but think about this. Think carefully. If Sammy chooses wrong, he will be remembered as just as big of a failure as a wrestler, as he’s about to be as a dad. Sammy SHOVES Callis! So Hobbs CLUBS Sammy! Hobbs, Takeshita & Fletcher stomp away on Sammy! Callis hobbles out of the way, but here comes JERICHO! The Wizard rushes out here with Floyd the Baseball Bat! And Jericho fires off on Hobbs and Takeshita while defending Sammy!

Fans fire up as Jericho SMACKS the paintings one by one! Then he gives Floyd to Sammy, and Sammy SMASHES that last one! The fans are thunderous and they want these two to “HUG IT OUT! HUG IT OUT!” The Don Callis Family retreats as Jericho and Sammy… HUG!! Jericho never gave up on Sammy, and now it seems Le Sex Gods are reunited! But then RICKY STARKS & BIG BILL ATTACK! The Absolute AEW World Tag Team Champions aren’t about to let Sammy step in for Kenny! Fans boo but Bill beats down on Jericho and Ricky stomps away on Sammy! Bill digs his boots in, Starks does the same, then they let off.

Starks uses one of the stands to CHOKE Sammy! Bill stomps Jericho, digs his boots in again, but then the lights go out!? And when they come back up, IT’S STIIIIIING! And Darby, too! They’ve got beef with Starks & Bill, so Sting CRACKS Bill with his bat while Darby SHOTGUNS Starks! The tides turn as Jericho and Sting use their bats on Bill to go yard! Starks scrambles away, Bill flops out of the ring, and now Le Sex Gods and Relentless Icons are face to face. The fans are losing their minds, but what does this mean for the AEW World Tag Team Championship opportunity Jericho won back at Full Gear?

 

Backstage interview with Roderick Strong.

Renee is with the Savior of the Backbreaker as he asked for this time. And she’s nervous to even ask why. “RENEEEE~!” Roddy is so thankful for this time. He and The Kingdom have been working on something the past five days, and he cannot wait to share! The Kingdom take the veil away to reveal Roddy’s “MJF is the Devil” conspiracy board! Looks like that meme from Always Sunny… Roddy points that Hangman: NOT Devil. Shawn Dean: NOT Devil. Swerve and his bad teeth: NOT Devil at all. BUT all roads lead back to MAX IS THE DEVIL!

Roddy tells Max to listen and listen good. Roddy is gonna prove MJF is the Devil! Be it tonight, tomorrow, it doesn’t matter! MJF will eventually be exposed, because MAX IS THE DEVIL!! Roddy, Taven & Bennett are obsessed to say the least, but are they a lot closer to the truth than we realize?

 

AEW Continental Classic Blue League Semifinals: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!

With Jon Moxley already set for Worlds End, he will end up facing either a man who is his friend, or a man who was his friend. But that is Saturday. Right here tonight, these two men are looking to not just turn it up from their previous showdown, but they’re looking to tear the other man to shreds! Will the American Dragon prove the Mad King is just a bum? Or will his arrogance be his undoing against a determined and desperate Eddie Kingston?

The bell rings and the fans are already fired up for Eddie. He and Bryan feel things out, Bryan staying by ropes. Bryan uses those as defense to back Eddie off and fans boo. Eddie stays cool as he and Bryan circle. They feel things out again, test the waters with jabs and kicks, but neither man falls. Bryan plays around a bit, Eddie throws hands but Bryan stays back. They block kicks with kicks, but then Bryan uses ropes again. Fans boo, Eddie smirks, and the two reset again. They feel things out, Bryan fires some shots, but Eddie firs back. The fans still cheer Eddie on, and Bryan goes to ropes again. Eddie is annoyed but Bryan smirks.

Eddie tells Bryan to do something already, and they feel things out. Bryan KICKS, headlocks, but Eddie SAIDOS right out of it! Bryan bails out but Eddie DIVES! Direct hit but both men hit railing hard! Eddie checks his own head as he gets back up. Eddie shakes out the stars, then CHOPS Bryan! Bryan hobbles away, Eddie storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! And again! Fans fire up, the ref tells Eddie to get this in the ring, but Eddie whips Bryan into railing instead! Then CHOPS him again! And again! And again! Bryan falls over, Eddie brings him back up, and Eddie whips again, only for Bryan to reverse!

Eddie hits railing, but comes right back to CHOP again! Eddie snarls, he puts Bryan back in the ring, then storms up on Bryan in a corner. Eddie JABS, CHOPS, repeat, but then Bryan claws Eddie’s eyes! The ref reprimands, counts, but Bryan lets off at 4. Bryan CHOPS and KICKS on repeat! Bryan whips corner to corner, but Eddie comes back to DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up while Bryan bails out to the apron. Eddie goes out after Bryan, drags him up, and half nelsons! Bryan holds ropes for dear life, so Eddie HEADBUTTS Bryan from behind! Bryan mule kicks a leg! APRON DDT! Eddie staggers to his feet but Bryan FLYING KNEES him down!

Bryan says “HE’S! A! BUM!” and soaks up the heat while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan looms over Eddie, drags him up, and digs his fingers into Eddie’s forehead. Bryan CHOPS Eddie, Eddie shoves back, so Bryan CHOPS again! Bryan puts Eddie in the ring, paces as Eddie sits up, and then Bryan clamps onto a shoulder! Eddie endures, so Bryan ELBOWS him down, then drops a knee! Cover, ONE!! Eddie goes to ropes but Bryan keeps his cool. Bryan stalks up on Eddie, KICKS him, and KICKS him, then KICKS him again! Eddie snarls as he stands up but Eddie KICKS him down! Bryan taunts Eddie, drags him from ropes, and turns him over to hook up the legs. Bryan stands on the legs while he soaks up the heat!

Bryan says Eddie is a BUM, repeats it as a chant, “HE’S A BUM!” but Eddie reaches for ropes. Bryan STOMPS the legs! Bryan then rains down fists! The ref reprimands but Bryan throws down more shots. Bryan lets off just so he can chant “HE’S A BUM! HE’S A BUM!” Dynamite returns to single picture as Eddie sits up, and Bryan CHOPS! And KICKS! And repeat! Eddie roars as he rises, to CHOP, CHOP and CHIOP! Bryan grabs an arm, wrangles Eddie down, and has the omoplata! Eddie scrambles around, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, the ref counts, Bryan lets off at 4. Bryan reminds us, he has ’til 5!

Bryan taunts Eddie, eggs him on, then scuffs him. Eddie scowls, even as Bryan scuffs him again. And again. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! Eddie falls over as the fans duel now, “HE’S A BUM!” “NO, HE’S NOT!” Bryan rubs that in, kicks Eddie around, then runs, but into a clinch! EXPLODER! The fans are thunderous and Eddie rises! Eddie aims, Bryan stands, but Bryan blocks the Uraken! So Eddie makes it a DDT! Both men are down, the fans rally up for Eddie, and Bryan goes to a corner. Eddie peels off finger and wrist tape, then runs up to clothesline! MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! The fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS Bryan down!

Eddie stands Bryan up to reload and CHOP some more! Bryan fires up, he SPITS at Eddie, so Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Bryan sits down, Eddie still CHOPS, then he stands on Bryan’s head! The ref counts, Eddie lets off at 4, and the fans are loving this! Eddie hauls Bryan up, but Bryan drags him down to the omoplata! LEBELL LOCK!! Eddie endures as Bryan pulls back on the hold! Eddie fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Bryan lets off at 4. Bryan storms up on Eddie, kicks him in the side, then drags him from the ropes. Bryan wrenches the arm, ELBOW BREAKER! Then SNAP HALF HATCH!

Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers as he climbs up a corner. Eddie stands and runs up to trip Bryan up! And he CHOPS again! Eddie CHOPS again, shakes out his hand, then CHOPS again! Eddie climbs up after Bryan, goes to the very top, but Bryan slips under to shove Eddie! Eddie lands on the crossbar, and Bryan brings him into the Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Eddie over and over, then Eddie flops out of the Tree! Bryan soaks up the heat, goes to the corner and runs back in, basement dropkick! Bryan hauls Eddie back up to the top rope, climbs up behind him, HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on the top rope!

Bryan then lifts Eddie, for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX CROSSBODY COUNTER!! Bryan clutches his bad eye socket while a standing count starts, and Dynamite goes back to picture in picture.

The standing count is 5 of 10 while both men stir. Bryan crawls to the ropes by 7, and drags himself up. Eddie does the same, and they’re both up by 9! Bryan and Eddie stare down from across the way, and they storm up to each other. Bryan CHOPS! Eddie wobbles, but he CHOPS back! Bryan wobbles, but he CHOPS again! Eddie goes to ropes, huffs and puffs, and CHOPS Bryan again! Bryan seethes, and comes back to to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS, Bryan CHOPS, and Eddie is stinging. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, and now Bryan takes a moment to catch his breath. Fans rally up, Eddie brings down the straps, and Eddie eggs Bryan on!

The fans fire up as Bryan comes back, and he SPITS at Eddie! Eddie chuckles, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Eddie CHOSP! Bryan CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! Neither man is backing down this time as the CHOPS keep flying! Bryan stings from that last one, though! But he shakes his head, to kick the leg! Then CHOP! Then kick! Then CHOP! Repeat! Bryan has Eddie on his knees and he CHOPS again! And again! But Eddie rises to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Bryan drops to his knees now, and the fans are thunderous! Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Bryan starts falling back and Eddie just throws more CHOPS!

Fans fire up as Eddie winds up, but Bryan blocks! SHOUDLER CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this, Bryan’s chest is ground beef, but the fans fire up as Bryan snarls. Eddie sits up, into KICK after KICK after KICK! Eddie glares at Bryan, Bryan SPITS at him again, and just KICKS from all sides! BUZZ- NO, Eddie ducks, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Eddie ends up in a corner, Bryan runs in, but only gets buckles! Then a LARIAT!! Eddie hauls Bryan up to scoop, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Eddie is beside himself! The fans rally up, “This is Awesome!”

Bryan and Eddie sit up, chests red and perhaps even bleeding from busted skin. Eddie drags Bryan up and reels him in, but Bryan turns bomb into rana! Cover, TWO! Eddie sunset flips it, TWO! Bryan aims, ROLLING- NO, Eddie ducks it! Bryan ducks a lariat, returns to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and the fans are thunderous again! The fans rally behind Eddie but that amuses Bryan. Bryan looms over Eddie, and he sits Eddie up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Eddie scowls but he starts to ragdoll! Bryan throws more shots, then says “It’s time to kick his head in!” Bryan grabs the arms, for DRAGON STOMPS!

Eddie is dazed with every single stomp, and so Bryan lets the ref check Eddie. Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! Fans fire up again and Bryan grins. Bryan aims from a corner, runs up again, but into an URAKEN!! And then HALF ‘N’ HALF!! And then URAK- NO, Bryan ducks to ROUNDHOUSE! URAKEN ANYWAY! Eddie wobbles, but he URAKENS AGAIN!! And then the lift and KAWADA BOMB!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (Blue League Finalist)

Eddie is NOT a bum! He is moving on to Worlds End! And now, Eddie fights to not just keep his ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship, but to become the INAUGURAL AEW Continental Champion! But wait, here comes Moxley. Moxley first checks on Bryan, then he stares down Eddie. Moxley gets a mic while fans chant for Eddie, and Eddie tells Moxley to speak his mind. Moxley says all he’s ever asked of Eddie, when he’s stuck his neck out for Eddie and put his reputation on the line because he believes in Eddie, all Moxley has ever wanted is 100% of Eddie’s best.

“And for a guy who’s angry at the whole world and thinks the whole world’s against him, you sure do got a lot of people that love you, man.” The fans cheer that! Moxley tells Eddie to listen. Everybody here in Orlando tonight loves Eddie Kingston. AEW fans all around the world love Eddie Kingston. Every single person on Worlds End in New York is gonna love Eddie Kingston. So it doesn’t matter if Eddie wins or loses, but everyone deserves the very best of everything Eddie has in his heart and his soul. They deserve his maximum effort. The fans start to applaud, but Moxley says the problem is, he knows Eddie better than Eddie knows himself.

Moxley knows Eddie can’t beat Moxley, and Eddie knows he can’t beat Moxley. So for Moxley’s money, Eddie’s already lost, already given up, and already making excuses. But that won’t fly this time. A couple years ago, Moxley gave Eddie the shot of a lifetime, then let him off the hook and go out on his shield and die a warrior’s death. Moxley didn’t have to, but he wanted Eddie to come back stronger because Moxley believed in Eddie. This time, Eddie is not getting one single favor. If Eddie wants to be a Triple Crown Champion like all his heroes, he is gonna have to EARN every inch. Eddie nods and fans cheer that.

Moxley wants to keep going but Eddie tells Moxley he’s talked enough. Eddie will tell Moxley something! Don’t come out here and treat him like his little b*tch, Yuta, cuz Eddie ain’t no Young Boy. “Remember something, dawg, I’m your senpai. I broke into this before you. You’re lucky I let you breathe. But I’m gonna tell you something. You’re right, dawg. You’re right. I’m one of the most down people. I hate myself more than I hate anybody else. But on Saturday, the King of the Bums is gonna push you. You told me one time when I wanted to quit AEW, you said, ‘You are not allowed to quit, because we need people like you around to shape the younger guys.'”

Fans cheer that, and Eddie continues, “So, is that what you want, Jon? I’m gonna give you everything I have. You better show your fighting spirit, cuz I’m gonna show you mine. And I’m gonna bust you up and enjoy it. That’s my out line, Topher.” The music hits, and the battle is set! Will the Maniac prove Eddie doesn’t measure up? Or will the Mad King soon be wearing a Triple Crown?

 

We return backstage to Lexi, Christian and his “family.”

Captain Charisma is losing patience. Edge is doing this to Christian, the Face of TNT? Really? A crew member says Edge is here, and Christian says good, get him in here! They’ve got stuff to do! The TNT Champion and the Rated R Superstar will be face to face one more time before Worlds End, after the break.

AEW returns as Lexi introduces Christian, Nick & Shayna. Christian interrupts to say you introduce them as Mother Wayne and “The Prodigy,” and they have been waiting all night just Edge to show up, so where- OH NO! Edge comes running in, Nick intercepts but gets TOSSED into a road case! Christian and Edge brawl, but Edge SMACKS Christian off the road case then throws him at a wall! Security runs in, Edge fights them off, then he gives chase! Edge throws Christian around the hallway, the AEW roster rushes in to stop this, but Edge and Christian get loose to throw hands! The roster gets Christian outta there, but Edge still pursues!

Things are chaotic going down the halls of the arena, but Top Flight and the Von Erichs get Edge away from Christian. Edge shouts that Christian is all his on Saturday! Christian says Edge is a coward for jumping him from behind! Who will be left standing after these two battle with nothing holding them back?

 

Kris Statlander VS Skye Blue!

Stokely Hathaway has joined commentary, having stirred things up between The Galaxy’s Greatest and Willow Nightingale. He claims that he just wants the AEW Women’s Division to thrive, but what is Stokely plotting? And Stokely aside, Kris battles a former friend in Skye, who has truly gone to the dark side. Will Kris make sure the Skye is falling? Or will Skye have a strong finish to her 2023?

The bell rings and the two stare down. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Kris powers Skye to a corner. The ref counts, Kris lets off and Skye runs up. They tie up again, Kris arm-drags Skye away, then arm-drags her again! Skye gets around, waistlocks, but Kris throws her away. Fans fire up as Kris flexes, but Skye get sup to pie face her. And then SLAP her! Kris whips Skye and runs her over! Fans cheer as Kris scoops and SLAMS Skye, then taunts her. Skye stagger sup, into an other scoop and SLAM! Fans cheer while Skye stands back up. Kris scoops again but Skye slips free! Skye shoves, follows, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Kris handsprings through!

Skye soaks up the cheers, completely unaware, and she turns around into a SHOTGUN! Kris hurries to cover, TWO! Kris is annoyed but Skye goes to a corner. Kris runs up, Skye throws her into buckles! Skye stomps a mudhole into Kris, then lets off as the ref counts. Fans boo, Skye soaks up the heat, and she goes to suplex. Kris blocks that to suplex Skye, and hold her up! Fans fire up and Stokely says that’s beautiful right there. Kris then SLAMS Skye down! Fans fire up and Kris runs up at the ropes, but Skye drop toeholds her to ropes! Skye runs up, SHINING WIZARD! Skye runs up again, to BOOT Kris!

Skye goes to the apron, has Kris in the ropes and KNEES her down! Kris sits up but Skye is on her. Kris shoves Skye away, but Skye hits an APRON FACEBUSTER! Skye swaggers, then stomps Kris, as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Skye SMACKS Kris off the apron, pushes her around, but Kris throws body shots in return. Kris CHOPS Skye, throws her into the ring, but Skye CLOBBERS Kris! Skye hammers away on Kris, puts her on ropes and CHOKES her! The ref reprimands, Skye lets off at 4, and Skye swaggers around. Skye puts Kris in a corner, CHOPS her, then stands Kris up. Skye puts some stank on the CHOP! Skye smirks and shakes her hand out, but Kris ROCKS Skye in return! Kris CLUBS Skye to a corner, whips corner to corner, but Skye reverses. Kris hits buckles hard, Skye pushes her to a cover, TWO! Skye is frustrated but she KICKS Kris in the back.

Skye storms around, drags Kris up and CLUBS her down! And again! And again! Skye then HIP DROPS Kris, wraps her up, and has a straitjacket stretch! Kris endures being bent back against Skye’s knee, powers up to fight the hold, but Skye throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Skye “apologizes” then throws more hands. Kris throws hands, Skye hits back, and they fire forearms back and forth! They go harder, then Skye kicks low! Skye fires shots as Dynamite returns to single picture. Skye whips Kris to a corner but Kris comes right back to CLOBBER Skye! And again! And again! Fans fire up with Kris while Skye goes to a corner.

Kris runs up, UPPERCUTS, then goes side to side to KNEE Skye! O’Conner Roll, CHAOS THEORY! Skye flounders, Kris drags her to a cover, TWO! Skye is still in this but Kris fires back up. The fans rally while Skye goes to a corner. Kris runs up but Skye dodges. Skye waistlocks, full nelsons, but Kris breaks free. Skye ducks the roundhouse to SUPERKICK! Kris wobbles, drops to a knee, and Skye runs! CODE BLUE!! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and Skye is shocked! Skye scowls and CLUBS away on Kris. Skye then lets off, goes to a corner, and she wants Kris to get up. Skye hops up the corner, leaps, but Kris blocks the Rana!

Kris gets Skye up again, Skye throws hands, and Skye ranas, but Kris rolls through to deadlift POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Skye survives and Kris is furious! The fans fire up, Kris drags Skye back up and bumps her off buckles. Kris CHOPS Skye, hoists her up top, and ROCKS her! But Skye CLUBS back! Kris and Skye brawl, Kris CHOPS, then Kris climbs up. Skye still throws shots, but Kris CLUBS Skye now. Skye resists the lift, throws hands, and then drops down, sending Kris into buckles! But Kris still kicks Skye away. Skye grabs at the ref, and JULIA HART slithers out from under the ring! Julia CLUBS Kris, and Skye hits CHEEKY NANDOS!

Skye climbs up after Kris, hops on, SUPER CODE BLUE!! Cover, SKYE WINS!

Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall

Stokely is disappointed in how that went, but the Princess of the Black Throne is helping her new friend. Skye then beats up on Kris for the hell of it! Fans boo, but Skye sits Kris up for Julia to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Then Skye has the DRAGON SLEEPER! BUT HERE COMES WILLOW!! The Babe with the Power is still Kris’ friend, and she CLOBBERS Julia! And CLOBBERS Skye! The spooky duo bails outta there, and fans fire up as Willow helps Kris up. Stokely says there are still unanswered questions about who is really friends with who, but then ABADON is here! The Living Dead Girl won’t let Julia forget their match this Saturday!! Will the House come falling down at Worlds End?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Renee is with Saraya & Ruby Soho and says that this Friday on Rampage, Ruby takes on “The Problem,” Marina Shafir. How does she feel taking on someone like Marina? Ruby starts to answer but Saraya interrupts, because she “can’t keep this in.” Saraya is so sorry about this, but Ruby’s birthday is next month, and Saraya’s been giving Ruby a lot of early gifts, so here’s one for Rampage. She got Ruby “a little helper!” It’s Harley Cameron! She’ll do anything. Seriously, anything. And she’s great with her hands. Yeah, Ruby’s heard. But see, just in case- Oh, a phone call? Is that Angelo Parker? Yeah, uh, tell him Saraya says hi.

Ruby heads out, Renee wants to know how this new partnership came about. Saraya says it’ll be easier to show you. Harley has a KNIFE?! No, no, the other thing, Harley. Oh, right, sorry. Saraya says they’ll show us next week. Saraya ushers Harley along, just what is happening within The Outcasts?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: New Year’s Smash!

After the incident with the Don Callis Family that reunited Le Sex Gods, we will hear from Chris Jericho! Then Wheeler Yuta is in action as he defends the ROH Pure Championship against Matt Sydal. Will the Decoder still be golden going into his FTW Rules match with Hook? And then the trios match that was made earlier tonight. Best Friends VS Top Flight! Will the New Year be Freshly Squeezed?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Worlds End!

The Zero Hour will have a 20 MAN Battle Royal, the winner earning a guaranteed TNT Championship match anytime, anywhere! Who will survive the field to then have a golden ticket in their back pocket? And plus, that aforementioned FTW Rules match happens as Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Yuta! Will Yuta come to regret ever calling out the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?

And speaking of that incident earlier tonight, the Ricky Starks & Big Bill will team up with the Don Callis Family’s Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs to take on Le Sex Gods & The Relentless Icons! Will Jericho, Guevara, Darby & Sting put all their enemies in their place?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: MJF & Samoa Joe VS The Devil’s Minions!

After the mind games, the questions and the doubts, Maxwell Jacob Friedman again teams up with his most dangerous challenger to fight for the greater good of their AEW World Championship match. Will #M-JOE-F make it to Saturday? Or will the ROH World Tag Team titles be the price for MJF’s sins?

The introductions are made, but uh, where’s Joe? Joe was supposed to have MJF’s back. OH NO, someone’s attacked Joe! He clutches his leg and grits his teeth, and he’s shouting for someone to warn MJF not to go out there! But MJF is so furious, he still wants to do this match! The fans fire up with MJF, but is this wise when MJF has no one by his side? The belts are still raised, and we see if the People’s Scumbag can pull off another handicap match miracle!

The bell rings, MJF throws his jacket at the big minion and stomps away! MJF stomps a mudhole in, the ref counts but fans fire up! MJF lets off to DECK the small(er) minion, then he TOSSES the first one into buckles! Fans fire up and MJF shakes out the bad arm. MJF wants to see who this is, and he goes for the mask! The big man fights away, tags in his partner, and that guy HOTSHOTS MJF! Fans boo but the second minion runs up. MJF TOSSES the guy up and out! Fans fire up with “HE’S OUR SCUMBAG!” and MJF goes out after the minion. MJF sends that guy into the steps, then POSTS him!

MJF stalks this guy, and he asks Orlando, “Who wants to see who this POS is, huh!?” The fans cheer, and MJF goes for the mask! The big guy distracts the ref, and a THIRD minion appears from under the ring! He CRACKS MJF with a steel pipe!! The second minion puts MJF back in while fans boo, and then tag to the big guy. That guy drags MJF up to steal the HEATSEEKER! They’re using MJF’s own move, and the ropes to cover! THE MINIONS WIN!!!

Winners: The Devil’s Minions (NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions)

A travesty for MJF to lose, and now the minions come outta the woodwork to stomp away on MJF! Fans boo, but Joe still storms out here!? He has a chair! Joe is on one good leg but his anger powers him to the ring! The minions run away, the mission complete. But just who the hell are these guys that now own the titles? Joe helps MJF to his feet, just as The Devil himself is on the tron. And a new message appears: “Pleasure doing business with you.” What? JOE SMACKS MJF!!! It was all a set-up!!! Joe SMACKS MJF again!! Joe made a deal with The Devil, and now he has Joe all to himself! “I did this to you!”

Joe puts MJF up, tucks him in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!! MJF is down and out and the fans boo! Joe holds up the AEW World Championship, the prize Joe wanted all along! Is this going to be how Worlds End ends?


My Thoughts:

A great go-home Dynamite here, and they actually pulled off a twist in that ROH World Tag title match I didn’t see coming. Now Joe stands tall going into the AEW World Championship match, so that surely means MJF finds a way to retain the title. I just hope the two guys under the masks that won the ROH World Tag titles are the actual guys Tony Khan wants to put those belts on. Otherwise this is gonna be very Vince not knowing who Retribution is gonna be so he just put different people in the costumes every week. And I would really hope it’s The Kingdom so that they can have those titles like they wanted.

Speaking of, great Pepe Silvia conspiracy board promo from Roddy & The Kingdom, and I appreciate they even threw Shawn Dean on there to reference beef with MJF during MJF’s feud with CM Punk. The Kingdom should be the two minions that won tonight, and then we just have to figure out who the other two are, and then Adam Cole can still be The Devil himself, hopefully to be revealed Saturday night. Or like I said before, this could be a collaboration so that it isn’t just Cole but multiple Devils, Jack Perry being the other.

Good promo from Top Flight to end up with a Trios match for Rampage. I feel like maybe Rocky or Trent takes the loss so that Top Flight can build back up after losing to The Acclaimed. The segment with Mariah, Storm and Riho was good but felt rather last minute and obligation just to put heat on the AEW Women’s World Championship match. Good promo from Saraya, Ruby and Harley, especially since now we know what Harley’s doing post-QTV. She seems to be dipping a bit into Harley Quinn territory with the whole knife thing, but maybe she’ll tone it down and find a nice middle ground between who she was on QTV and this “unhinged Harley” idea.

Really good match from Kris and Skye, with good Heel assist by Julia so Skye can win. But also good to have Willow make the save and Abadon make an appearance. Skye won so we can’t really say Julia stood tall, but I’m not sure of Abadon’s chances of winning. Good recycling of Miro’s promo now that we know we’re getting Miro VS Andrade, that match will be great stuff. Great Don Callis Family promo segment, with Callis of course giving us more of those weird portraits. I should’ve figured they’d go the Sammy Face return route, even if it’s a bit lazy. I guess with Paul Wight down and out, Sammy gets to be the new Big Show in how he turns Face and Heel so easily. The 8 Man Tag they set up will be fun but I was kinda hoping they’d just get right to the title shot.

I should’ve figured that when Edge “kept Christian waiting” on the face-to-face, it was just gonna turn into a brawl. It was a good brawl, but Edge standing tall doesn’t bode well for him winning the title match. However, that 20 Man Battle Royal, and the use of “a title match anytime, anywhere,” I really hope Luchasaurus makes a big return, wins that match, and then uses that MITB style fine print to take the title off Christian, finally standing up for himself and being his own man-dinosaur. And with the news of Hook VS Yuta for the FTW Championship happening at Worlds End: Zero Hour, I hope Hook retains so that then he and Yuta can have a match for the Pure title in return.

And of course, awesome stuff in the Continental Classic semifinals. Way too much space between the matches, though. Many of the promo segments tonight were between the Triple Threat that opened and Bryan VS Eddie that followed. And while the fans were all 100% behind Swerve winning, I figured it’d be Moxley so that we’d also finally get Swerve VS Keith. And Eddie is of course the right choice for Blue League’s winner. Eddie VS Moxley is going to be awesome stuff, just like that promo they had right after that match. I really hope it is Eddie winning, he’s been the one talking about showing up to the shows and putting in the work, so he’d get to be on ROH TV, NJPW Strong, and perhaps AEW Collision (since ROH is filmed same night), defending the Triple Crown on all three shows.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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