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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/24/24)

Minoru Suzuki is back!

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The Meanest Man in the World gets Rated R!

Minoru Suzuki returns to AEW to take up Adam Copeland on his Open Challenge! And such a legendary battle will be presented COMMERCIAL FREE!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes; Hangman wins.
  • Wardlow w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Trent Beretta w/ Best Friends; Wardlow wins.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy; Swerve wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Red Velvet; Rosa wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Mogul Embassy; The Acclaimed win and retain the title.
  • Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Minoru Suzuki; Edge wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Samoa Joe is here!

Savannah, Georgia fires up as the AEW World Champion makes his way to the ring, fresh off his win over Hook in a spectacular showdown. He gets the mic to say, “Hello, Savannah. My name is Samoa Joe, and I stand here before you your undisputed, undeniable AEW World Champion. And tonight is a night of celebration, because you see, a new championship endeavor we embark upon today. No more will opportunities be given. No, tonight, they must be earned. That’s why all your favorite AEW superstars are gonna come out here this ring, they’re gonna battle tooth and nail, all for an opporutnity at my championship gold.”

The fans cheer, and Joe says while he can appreciate ambition, he comes with warning. They think they’re winning an opportunity at a title, but it’s really an opportunity to have the worst night of their lives. Anyone that steps to Joe will come into this ring, and he’ll do them like he did Hook! He’ll beat them down unmerciful, strangle them unconscious, and take everything- WAIT! Here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil doesn’t like being called out after putting up his best, and he gets in the ring with mic in hand. The fans duel but Hook tells Joe, “Last week, you won, I lost.” Then he shakes hands with Joe.

But then Hook pulls Joe in to say that he doesn’t know where, and he doesn’t know when, but he will see Joe again. Fans like the sound of that, but Joe says he bets they will. Now, if Hook will excuse Joe, Joe is here to survey the field, so it is back of the line for Hook. Security, please escort this unworthy opponent out of Joe’s ring. Fans boo as Joe steps away and security steps in. Hook SAYANAGIS one, EXPLODERS another, and then has the third in REDRUM!! Bigger guards get in, Hook lets off and leaves. As close as Hook came to getting Joe the first time around, will he make good on his promise to go again?

As for Joe, he joins commentary to not just watch the first match of the night, but to also complain about Hook pulling that stunt. “Who raised that animal in there?” Taz chuckles and says Joe found out last week. For now, will Joe be able to keep his cool as we get ready for some #CowboyShid?

Hangman Page VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes!

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans chant “CERO! MIEDO!” “COWBOY SHID!” Penta offers a handshake, and Hangman accepts. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, but Penta doesn’t let go. Penta tells Hangman to listen. CERO! MIEDO! And a pie face! Joe likes the guts, and Hangman says Penta should listen! COWBOY! SHID! Hangman pie faces Penta now! They tie up, go around, end up on ropes, but Hangman turns that around on Penta. The ref counts, Hangman lets off cleanly and fans applaud. Joe is annoyed by that and says that’s not the viciousness it takes to be world champion.

Hangman and Penta reset, tie up again, and fans rally. Penta puts Hangman in a corner, but lets off slowly, to DOUBLE CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” while Hangman gets in Penta’s face. The CHOPS start flying back and forth! Fans fire up, Joe likes what he sees, and Hangman fires forearms! Hangman runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! Penta says CERO! MIEDO! Penta runs, but Hangman BOOTS him! Hangman runs, Penta follows, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SLINGBLADES! Then another SLINGBLADE! Penta fires up and the fans are with him! Penta gets Hangman up, says “CERO! MIEDO!” then springboards, into Hangman’s arms!

Hangman stares Joe down before the FALL AWAY SLAM! And kip up, to the RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Hangman stalks Penta to a corner and CHOPS! Hangman bumps Penta off buckles, stomps him down, then scrubs Penta’s face. Hangman goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Hangman stares Joe down but Joe says that’s gonna cost him. The fans rally and duel, Joe says this is all Hangman will do: stare at the champion from far, far away. Hangman whips Penta corner to corner, runs in, but Penta dodges! Penta rolls back to RANA, then imploder LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!

Hangman survives but Penta has the fans rally up again. Penta puts Hangman in a corner, hushes everyone, and winds up to CHOP! Joe loves it! Penta says uno mas, and the fans cheer for it. But Hangman CHOPS first! Penta CHOPS back! Hangman CHOPS again! Penta CHOPS again! Penta whips corner to corner, Hangman reverses but Penta goes up, only to get caught! Penta fights out of the Alabama Lift to CHOP! Penta runs, LARIATS, but Hangman LARIATS back! Both men LARIAT, and KICK, and then Penta SUPERKICKS! Hangman SUPERKICKS! DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down!

Fans fire up and Joe says this is his favorite moment so far. Both men stir as a standing count climbs, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The count is 5 of 10, both men rise, and Hangman storms up to CHOP! Penta goes to a corner, Hangman claws at Penta’s face, then he snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Hangman stares Joe down but goes back for Penta. Hangman TOSSES Penta out, then storms out after him, to ROCK him with haymakers! Penta turns that around to CHOP! Hangman fires a forearm, POSTS Penta, then stares Joe down again. Joe talks some trash, but Hangman refreshes the ring count, then he fetches Penta. Hangman puts Penta in the ring, storms up to him and CHOPS! Hangman snapmares Penta into a chinlock and squeezes tight.

Penta endures, Abrahantes rallies the fans, and Penta fights to his feet. Penta fires body shots, runs, but Hangman BOOTS him down! Fans fire up and Hangman revels in it for a moment. Hangman goes back for Penta, Penta swings wild but Hangman CHOPS him! And ROCKS him! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman whips, but Penta KICKS him! Penta whips, Hangman holds ropes then puts Penta on the apron. Hangman BOOTS Penta down, then PLANCHAS, but Penta dodges! Penta FLIES to take Hangman down! Fans fire up while the ref checks on both men. Penta fires up as he rises up!

Penta drags Hangman up and into the ring, “CERO! MIEDO!” and he climbs up top! But Hangman avoids the diving stomps! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Penta survives that one and Hangman is frustrated. Hangman storms around, drags Penta up, and whips him to a corner. Hangman runs in to clothesline! Hangman clotheslines again and again, then climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count and Hangman goes all the way to TEN! Then he BITES Penta through the mask! Hangman lets off as the ref reprimands, and Hangman whips corner to corner. Hangman runs in, into a SUPERKICK!

Penta pops Hangman up to SUPERKICK him upside-down! Then fireman’s carry, SPINNING SPICCOLI DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives but Penta just brings him around. Penta steps over the arm to trap it, then CLUBS away on the other! Hangman resists but Penta pulls, only for Hangman to fight free! Penta returns, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Penta crawls to the apron. Hangman storms out after him, but Penta ROCKS Hangman! Hangman ROCKS Penta! They brawl on the edge and Penta CHOPS! Hangman CHOPS! Repeat! Penta CHOPS then reels Hangman in! “CERO! MIEDO!”

Penta lifts but Hangman resists! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Penta slips in. Hangman BOOTS, slingshots, BUCK- NO! Penta catches Hangman, pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!!! Hangman survives and even Joe is stunned! Is Joe worried we’re already seeing a new challenger in the making? The fans rally, “CERO! MIEDO!” and Penta rises up. Penta runs and triangle jumps, to APRON- DEADEYE!!! Hangman turns things around on Penta, then goes up top to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Hangman puts Penta in, locks and loads, but Penta dodges the Buckshot! Hangman rebounds to LARIAT anyway!

Hangman reloads, to BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Joe is not happy that Hangman takes down Penta! This makes The Cowboy 3-0 in 2024, and with the rankings making an epic comeback, that means Hangman is looking real good for a title shot. Hangman shouts at Joe that he is taking the title from him! Joe says we’ll see. Are we just a month away from a Cowboy Revolution?

 

Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy.

Renee Paquette says it is always a pleasure to see Freshly Squeezed, and she wants to pick his brain a bit. We have not heard from Cassidy since Roderick Strong made his bold declaration of facing Cassidy for the AEW International Championship at Revolution. What’s his reaction? Uh, okay. He will wrestle Roddy for the title at Revolution. On March 3rd, which is like… six weeks away? Cassidy wanted to wrestle Roddy last week, but Roddy wanted to wait, and that’s fine. But Cassidy isn’t gonna wait, he’ll keep doing what he’s doing, and that’s wrestling.

Cassidy says he asked Tony Khan to get his friends, his enemies, and his frenemies together in a match on Rampage. The winner of that will wrestle Cassidy on Collision for the title. So uh, guess Tony’s gonna do it. Well, okay, thank you so much. Thank you, Renee. Gotta go now, Trent’s gonna wrestle Wardlow. You see that Wardlow guy? He’s big. Cassidy heads out, but who will be heading for a big title opportunity this weekend?

 

The Young Bucks arrive backstage.

Matt & Nick Jackson are given tonight’s show schedule, and Nick says about time. Matt says, “Banger alert!” as he points to a match. He can’t wait to see that one. Nick agrees, looks like a good show tonight. Alex Marvez walks over and asks for a quick word. Their interview last week with Renee really got a ton of buzz. So his question for them is, what is their first plan of action now as EVPs? First plan of action? Well, how about Alex’s plan to be a bit more respectful to them. Call them by their passport names, Nicholas & Matthew Jackson.

Matthew says, “As the last two remaining, surviving EVPs, you’re right, there’s chatter, there’s buzz!” But in case you hadn’t heard, backstage morale is through the roof! They fixed the catering problem. Did Alex have anything? It was delicious, right? You’re welcome. But they’re gonna make sure this show is run smoothly and is a good one. Alright, let’s go. Matt & Nick then see Top Flight walk in. Did they get in here late? No, Darius & Dante have been here since like 1 PM. But then why aren’t they in gear? And where are their credentials? What? You guys were the ones that hired them. Nick says yeah, they do like Top Flight, but next time, it’ll be a fine.

What? Matt says they’re just kidding around, c’mon! Nick & Matt fist bump Dante & Darius, and then Matt says he and Nick are freakin’ killing it at bosses. Well, be that as it may, will The Bucks keep level heads wielding so much power?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

It has been decided that it will be a #FreshlySqueezed4Way to name Cassidy’s contender! Kip Sabian, Komander, The Butcher and El Hijo Del Vikingo will all do battle for that golden ticket! Will Collision get Superbad or super wild for Cassidy this Saturday?

 

Wardlow w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Trent Beretta w/ Best Friends!

The Undisputed Kingdom already have the ROH World Tag Team Championships and are aiming for the AEW International Championship, but they want it all! The War Dog is their guy for the AEW World Championship, but will he storm right up the ranks to get it? Or will he be stopped cold by #JustTrent?

The bell rings and Wardlow CLOBBERS Trent! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he RAMS into Trent, CLUBS him, then fireman’s carries for an F 10!! Trent flounders while the Undisputed Kingdom applauds. Wardlow raises his finger, he is going to begin the Symphony! But Trent is deadweight! Wardlow grins, drags Trent up, but Trent cradles! TWO!! Wardlow is furious and he runs in! Wardlow blocks Trent’s boot, but Trent fires forearms! Wardlow shoves Trent, runs back in, but Trent dumps him out! Trent then builds speed to WRECK Wardlow- Well, maybe not! Trent DROPKICKS Wardlow again, then PLANCHAS, into a FOREARM!

Fans fire up, The Kingdom cheer Wardlow while Best Friends coach Trent. Wardlow paces around Trent, drags him up, and RAMS him into the railing! Trent writhes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The Kingdom and Best Friends shout at each other, but Wardlow drags Trent up. Wardlow puts Trent in the ring, but then drags him right back up! He just wanted to refresh the count, so he can THROW Trent into railing again! Wardlow paces, brings Trent back up, and puts him back in the ring, to again drag him back out! And it’s back into the railing! Wardlow puts Trent in and keeps him there this time, to then box jump right to the apron! Wardlow CLUBS Trent, brings him around, and whips him hard into a corner! Trent tumbles up and out to the floor! Wardlow smiles and the Kingdom cheers him on while the ring count starts.

Wardlow flexes while the count rises, but then he goes out to fetch Trent. Trent CHOPS! Wardlow CLUBS Trent, shoves him back in, and then stalks Trent. Wardlow drags Trent up to TOSS him out and Trent tumbles into the desk! Wardlow paces, Best Friends coach Trent up, but then Wardlow goes out after Trent. Wardlow stalks Trent, Trent CHOPS, but Wardlow UPPERCUTS in return! Trent staggers away but Wardlow puts him back in. Wardlow box jumps again, then storms in after Trent. Fans rally while Wardlow paces. Wardlow taunts Trent, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Trent fires forearms!

Trent CHOPS, runs, but into a HEADBUTT! Wardlow stands Trent up, finger gun and wind up, but Trent JUMP KNEES! Then Trent BUSAIKU KNEES Wardlow out of the ring! Fans fire up as Trent builds speed, he DIVES! Direct hit on Wardlow but he stays on his feet?! Trent hurries to get a chair, and while the ref is busy with The Kingdom, Trent SMACKS Wardlow on the back! And CHUCKS the chair into Wardlow’s face! Fans fire up, Trent hurries into the ring, and he HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Trent hurries after Wardlow in a corner, to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Wardlow staggers around!

Trent reels Wardlow in, but Wardlow fights the lift! Trent still tires, and he hits the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives and Trent is beside himself! The Kingdom is frustrated, but the fans rally up. Wardlow rises while Trent climbs a corner. Trent leaps, but Wardlow catches him! And SPINNING POWERSLAMS! Fans are torn but the Kingdom fires up. Wardlow snarls, he drags Trent up and reels him in to hoist Trent up top. Wardlow brings back the WAR HAMMER!! Trent falls from that falling knee smash, but Wardlow isn’t done! LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

Undefeated since his return and still going, Wardlow drags Trent back up! Best Friends storm in and Wardlow pushes Trent down. The Kingdom backs Wardlow up, and choose to fall back for now. Is nothing going to stop The Kingdom from being undisputed?

As for Trent, he literally pushes his friends away! Trent is frustrated because he’s on a losing streak, what will it take for him to get back up?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Not to be outdone by his greatest rival, Minoru Suzuki, we are getting the AEW debut of Yuji Nagata!! He is going to take on Bryan Danielson this Saturday, will Blue Justice slay the American Dragon?

 

Adam “Edge” Copeland speaks.

“I started this Cope Open for a few reasons. One: To prove to Christian Cage what I’ve always told him, is that I’m just better. And now someone has stepped up. Man, I get goosebumps just thinking about it. You ask any wrestling fan five years ago if they ever expected that they’d see this match. Savannah, Dynamite, the Rated R Superstar VS Minoru Suzuki. We are gonna beat the hell out of each other. Two grizzly, gnarled, evil bastards, and I can’t wait. Let me sum this match up in three words for all of you: Grit Your Teeth.”

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

And she welcomes out The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo! Fans cheer as Deonna makes her entrance, and she takes a seat with Renee on stage. And now, our AEW Women’s Champion, Toni Storm! “Timeless” Toni makes her way out, Luther holding the belt and Mariah May applauding. Toni also takes a seat, then takes the belt from Luther. Wow, how’re we getting both color and black ‘n’ white at the same time? Anyway, Renee says this has been brewing for weeks now. Ever since Deonna came to AEW, she has had her sights set on the world title while also getting some impressive wins.

Now, Toni said she’d meet Deonna face to face, so while they have this time, perhaps Deonna- Toni interrupts and says yes, she will speak first. She has a massage booked for 11 tonight. “Deonna, I believe you were recently body shamed. Which I think is ridiculous! Because there’s so much more to shame about you! Yes, we do have history. But that doesn’t mean you can just waltz in here and use our past friendship to get yourself a title shot. I have had many friends. And all of them less talented than me! You may be the greatest technical wrestler in the world today, but let me make thing clear: If you step into that ring, with me, I will twist your lips so hard you will need an epidural!”

Fans fire up hearing that! Deonna says this is insane. She didn’t come here to make friends. She came to become THE AEW Women’s World Champion! Fans cheer that, too! Deonna says it just so happens that the champion used to be a friend. But Deonna has no problems earning her title opportunity, and winning arm by arm. This isn’t the Toni Storm that Deonna wants to wrestle! “This delusional sham.” Deonna wants the Toni that lived on dojo floors with her, that moved to America and lived in Deonna’s home. “That Toni Storm was arguably one of the best in the world. And that Toni Storm is the one I wanna beat for the AEW Women’s World Championship.”

So Deonna is begging, please, dig down deep and find that version of Toni Storm. And if she needs any further reminder, just take a look at your ankle. Deonna’s pretty sure it looks a lot like hers. Deonna then shows off an ankle tattoo they both have! Deonna says Toni might have everyone here fooled, but not her. Toni says, “Y’know what, Deonna? You can take your little ta-too, and blow it right out of your bunghole!!” Toni throws her mic at Deonna, so Deonna throws a SHOE at Toni!! Fans fire up as now we return to full color, and Deonna gets an arm! FUJIWARA!! Mariah drags Toni to safety, but then Deonna runs up!

Mariah dodges, the BOOT hits Luther! The butler’s catching strays! Mariah hurries to get Toni away, but Deonna holds up the belt! Fans cheer, but will this be how it goes at Revolution?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“Since you first heard the words, ‘Blackpool Combat Club,’ do you know how many matches we’ve won? How many championships? I don’t keep track, but trust me, it is a lot. Y’know how many victory parties we’ve had? Zero. See, we don’t spend a lot of time patting each other on the back, having victory parties. Y’know why? We don’t have the time. Cuz there’s always another match around the corner, there’s always a bigger threat, a bigger challenge, a bigger mountain to climb around the corner, and that’s what it takes to be the best. The commitment to be the best, to be elite. Know what ‘elite’ means? It’s the name of the company, right? Maybe look it up in a dictionary.

“A lot of people come here, and they don’t know what it means from the start, they all just think it’s a big party. The party’s over. And 2024, personally, I will maim and pulverize and torture anybody who can’t get with the program and keep up. Every time I step into that ring, I will give everything of myself. When I step into the ring in Savannah Georgia this Friday night, I will cut my heart out and leave it in the middle of the mat and bleed out if I have to if that’s what it takes to give every single bit of my heart and soul to the people who paid their hard-earned money for what is supposed to be the best wrestling show in the world. And I’m gonna do it every single time.”

 

Johnny TV & Taya Valkyrie speak.

La Wera Loca wants to reintroduce them to the world. She is Taya Valkyrie and this is Johnny TV, “The Most TV-Ready Couple in AEW.” Now they’ve been watching, and some things are really starting to piss her off! That one girl wanting to just jump to the front of the line! No buts, no cuts, no coconuts! Taya is not one of these other “dumb girlies” who doesn’t know who The Virtuosa is, so she is challenging Deonna to a match, live on Dynamite next week in New Orleans. And after that, Deonna can get to the back of the line! Johnny & Taya kiss as we cut away, will Taya earn her own spot at Revolution?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy!

The Realest wants the top spot in AEW, but he still has to fight his way up to earn his shot at Samoa Joe. Will he keep pace with Hangman’s big win earlier tonight? Or will Brother Nero render him OBSOLETE?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve and Jeff circle, the fans start chanting for “HARDY! HARDY!” Jeff and Swerve feel things out, tie up, and Swerve wrenches to then trap an arm, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Swerve rear mounts, GEDO CLUTCH, TWO! Jeff gets up but into a headlock and takeover. Swerve hooks a leg for a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Swerve mocks the fans chanting “HARDY! HARDY!” Jeff takes his chain necklace off, unzips his shirt, and ties up with Swerve again. Swerve headlocks, Jeff powers up and out, but Swerve gets around to half nelson.

Jeff breaks the nelson, switches and rolls Swerve up, with tights, TWO! Swerve is upset by that, he shoves Jeff, so Jeff SLAPS Swerve! Jeff fires off haymakers then whips corner to corner. Jeff runs up but only gets buckles! Swerve reels Jeff in to BACKBREAKER! Swerve then keeps Jeff down by trapping an arm and pulling on the other. Matt gets on the apron to shout at Swerve, and that lets Jeff move around to BOOT from below! Jeff RAMS into Swerve, Swerve headlocks back, but Jeff turns that around. Swerve powers out but Jeff runs him over! The fans duel, and then Jeff does his dance!

Jeff goes to run, but he just lures Swerve in for a SPLASH on the dropdown! Jeff then snapmares Swerve, and basement dropkicks! Swerve goes to a corner, fans fire up and Jeff runs in. Swerve BOOTS Jeff, swings, but Jeff gets around, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Then the leg trap cradle! TWO!! Swerve escapes, Matt coaches Jeff and Jeff CLUBS Swerve! Jeff bumps Swerve off buckles, runs in, but swerve puts him on the corner. Jeff throws hands but Swerve trips him up, to then SUPERKICK him! Jeff dangles with feet hooking the bottom rope! Swerve goes out to DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the floor!

Nana says, “How you like that?!” Swerve takes a chair while Nana does his dance. Swerve sits Jeff in the chair, fires off hands, then goes up to the apron. Swerve mocks Jeff’s dance, but Jeff SWEEPS the legs! Swerve tumbles off the apron, Jeff UPPERCUTS him, then positions the steps. Jeff runs to go up the steps, CALF KICK against the railing!! The fans are thunderous as Jeff almost breaks Swerve, and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Swerve is stuck on the railing, dangling over, but Jeff pushes him down. Jeff stalks Swerve, POSTS him, then POSTS him again! Jeff pushes Swerve into the ring, grabs that chair Swerve brought in, but throws it aside. Jeff keeps it clean as he basement dropkicks Swerve to a corner. Jeff then RAMS into Swerve, and RAMS him again, and RAMS him again! Swerve pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Swerve still hits a NECKBREAKER! Swerve snarls while he paces around, and he lets his hair down while he stalks Jeff. Swerve stomps Jeff, smothers him into the mat, then drops a knee on Jeff’s head!

Nana talks trash, Swerve mocks Matt Hardy, but Jeff staggers to a corner. Swerve eggs Jeff on, then stomps him down! Swerve drags Jeff up, throws body shots, then snapmares Jeff to go up and FALLING UPPERCUT! Jeff writhes but Swerve hits the Griddy! Swerve then drags Jeff up, puts him in a corner, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve puts Jeff up top, climbs up after him, and the fans duel again. Jeff fires body shots, then a HEADBUTT! Swerve falls back, Jeff adjusts, but Swerve trips Jeff up! No Whisper in the Wind, and Swerve goes up after Jeff. Swerve CLUBS away on Jeff, but Jeff throws elbows!

Swerve falls back again, Jeff adjusts, now WHISPER IN THE WIND! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Swerve and Jeff stir, a standing count starts, but Swerve stands up first. Matt turns the chant into, “Whose House?” “HARDY HOUSE!” Jeff fires body shots but Swerve throws hands! Jeff dodges a shot, Swerve blocks a kick, but not the SPIN BACK KICK! Swerve staggers, Jeff CLUBS him, and then Jeff reels Swerve in. Swerve hooks free, but Jeff kicks low! TWIST- NO, Swerve powers to a half nelson! Jeff arm-drags free, reels Swerve back in, NECKBREAKER DROP! Jeff fires off hands, then atomic drops!

Jeff trips Swerve, for the LEG SPLITTING LEG DROP! Basement dropkick added! SPLASH added! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Jeff stays focused. The fans rally, Jeff kicks and whips but Swerve reverses. Swerve runs in but Jeff kicks low. Jeff goes up, but Swerve SHOVES him down! Jeff is on the apron but Swerve drags him back up. Swerve brings Jeff up to whip into the POST! Jeff sputters while he’s stuck on the corner, Swerve goes out to drag him down. Swerve brings Jeff to the steel steps! Fans are torn as Swerve brings Jeff up, but Jeff throws body shots! Jeff ROCKS Swerve, TWIST OF FATE on the steps!!

Fans lose their minds over that hard landing for both men! Jeff forces himself up and he drags Swerve into the ring. Jeff throws off his shirt and the fans fire up! Jeff climbs and calls his shot, SWANTON BOMB FLOPS as Swerve moves! Swerve then aims with wild eyes, “Whose House?!” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!!” HOUSE CALL!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jeff survives and Swerve is furious! Swerve snarls and Matt stomps the other steps to rally for Jeff. Swerve hauls Jeff up, mocks the Hardys, TWIST OF- NO, Jeff backslides it! TWO!! Jeff hurries to cradle, TWO!! Swerve escapes again, but Jeff JAWBREAKERS, JAWBREAKERS, and JAWBREAKERS!!

Swerve wobbles, Jeff runs up, but into a SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT!! Roll through and deadlift, for the BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up and Swerve goes up top! Jeff sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

The Charismatic Enigma reminded us once again why he is a living legend, but perhaps that makes Swerve a modern legend killer! Will Swerve not stop until he brings that AEW World Championship home?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee is with The Cowboy and congratulates him on his big win tonight. That makes him 3-0 in 2024, which puts him pretty close to the top of the rankings, once they’re announced at the end of the month. How is Hangman feeling? But Swerve interrupts, saying they shouldn’t be wasting time on an interview with Hangman. Didn’t you just see Swerve beat Jeff Hardy? In fact, Swerve is also undefeated in 2024. And who was the last person to beat Hangman? Hangman says it is funny Swerve should mention that. New Year, New Me, dumbass!!

Hangman is 3-0, and if he were a betting man, someone’s gonna come up and knock Swerve down these rankings before he ever gets a whiff of the world title! Renee has them all stop, and says breaking news from Tony Khan for next week’s Dynamite! It’s going to be Dealer’s Choice, Swerve and Hangman choosing each other’s opponents! Swerve says Hangman can stay and finish this interview, he’ll leave. Swerve does leave, but now both he and Hangman have a week to decide what happens next. Who will each man choose to ensure the other one loses?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Red Velvet!

La Mera Mera made her singles return over the weekend against Queen Aminata, but now she’s looking to heat things up! Will Rosa get on track towards the AEW TBS Championship? Or will The Chef kick her out of the kitchen?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as they tie up, and Rosa shoots around to trip Velvet, then float all over her. Rosa facelocks, gator rolls, and then gator rolls the other way. Velvet uses that to roll to ropes, and Rosa lets off fast. Fans cheer as the two reset, and Rosa copies the stirrin’ it up hands. Fans rally for Rosa, she and Velvet feel things out, and Velvet wrenches an arm. Velvet UPPERCUTS the arm, arm-drags, but Rosa returns to arm-drag. The two stand off and fans cheer again. Velvet and Rosa reset, Velvet runs in, and Rosa drop toeholds her! Velvet flounders to a corner, Rosa runs in, but Velvet puts her on the apron!

Velvet swings, Rosa blocks to CHOP! Velvet staggers, Rosa reels her in, and they go side to side. Velvet blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Velvet slips out to YANK Rosa down, and she shows Rosa how to stir it up. Velvet then stands Rosa up to CHOP, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Velvet brings Rosa around to CHOP her again! Velvet puts some stank on her SPIN- NO, Rosa ducks the chop to CHOP back! Rosa follows Velvet around the way, then winds up to CHOP! Rosa refreshes the ring count, but Velvet dodges the chop to CHOP! Velvet brings Rosa over and pulls her into the post! Velvet even stomps Rosa while she’s pressed against the steel! The ref counts, Velvet lets off, and Velvet brings Rosa into the ring to cover. TWO, but Velvet brings Rosa up. Rosa throws body shots in return! Velvet CLUBS Rosa, CLUBS her again, then CHOPS! ARMBAR CODE BREAKER!

Velvet drags Rosa around to drop the leg on the arm! Velvet has the short arm scissor, but Rosa rolls back to a cover! TWO, and Velvet wants the arm again! HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Rosa endures, Velvet pulls on the arm, but Rosa throws body shots! Velvet jumps on again for more Hoverboard! But Rosa powers up and out, to GOURDBUSTER! Rosa crawls to the cover, TWO! Velvet swings but Rosa counter punches! They go back and forth with haymakers, and Velvet gets the edge! Rosa eggs her on, so Velvet swings again! Rosa catches the shot to wrench and KNEE SMASH! Dynamite returns to single picture as Rosa CLOBBERS Velvet!

Rosa ELBOWS Velvet, and fans fire up as Velvet goes to a corner. Rosa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Rosa goes up, SWINGING KNEE! Fans rally as Velvet flounders, and Rosa runs side to side, for the DROPKICK! Rosa hauls Velvet up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Velvet escapes but Rosa won’t let off! Rosa hauls Velvet up to scoop, but Velvet slips free. Velvet waistlocks but Rosa bucks the O’Conner. Velvet runs up, dodges Rosa, then fires off body shots! Fans fire up as Rosa can only guard! Velvet whips, Rosa reverses, but Velvet victory rolls! Then STOMP 182! Fans fire up while Rosa sputters!

Velvet says it’s time, and she runs to DOUBLE KNEE against the ropes! Velvet pushes Rosa to then headlock, but Rosa stops the springboard bulldog! Velvet runs back up, but Rosa fireman’s carries! Velvet fights free, shoves Rosa, but Rosa kicks low! Rosa reels Velvet in, underhooks, but Velvet fights the lift! Velvet back drops, Rosa sunset flips! Velvet slips free but Rosa SHOTGUNS her down! Rosa hauls Velvet up, reels her in, and underhooks for the TIJAUNA BOMB!! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

It was a gritty fight from both stars, but Rosa says when is it her time, Toni? Or perhaps… Julia Hart? Rosa has her options open, who will she choose to challenge?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Jon Moxley said he’s gonna tear and maim and torture whoever he’s up against, and now he’s up against Lee Moriarty! The Maniac already beat Shane Taylor himself, will he sweep Shane Taylor Promotions? Plus, Christopher Daniels is looking to settle things with Konosuke Takeshita after that sucker punch during last week’s brawl! Will the Fallen Angel show Don Callis’ Alpha a thing or two about respect? And then, stemming from Saraya lying right to Ruby Soho’s face, The Runaway is going right after Anna Jay! Will the Star of the Show suffer from the gaslighting within The Outcasts?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Serena Deeb has been saying class is back in session, and she’s ready to make this Saturday that first lesson! She’s been away since 2022, will the Professor of Professional Wrestling make sure everyone gets schooled? Plus, Mariah May is looking to get her second win in AEW as she takes on Lady Frost! Will Toni Storm’s superfan get on a hot streak? Or will she be cooled off fast?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

He knows we know that Revolution on March 3rd is drawing near, and his guests have a lot to talk about. One of the best teams AEW has ever seen, it is Darby Allin and STIIIIING~! The fans fire up as The Relentless Icons make their way down to the ring and join Schiavone. Darby wants to take a few seconds to talk about some things. Whenever he does interviews, whether on the radio or on TV, everyone always asks, “What’s it like to team with The Icon, Sting?”  And also, maybe Darby should slow down in the ring so he doesn’t retire before Sting does. Darby says he won’t worry about that stuff. Instead, he wants to speak on the impact Sting has had on Darby’s career.

Darby says it didn’t just start in 2020 in AEW, no. This goes back to 2015, Darby’s first year of pro-wrestling. Darby saw Sting’s career seemingly end early from a neck injury. Darby wondered, “What if that was me? What if my life’s work was cut short?” And all these years later, Darby heard Sting was coming to AEW, and he wasn’t sure what that really meant. We thought Sting was never going to wrestle again. Darby is sure Sting remembers this next part. Darby flew to Sting’s house in Texas because he heard Sting had a wrestling ring in his garage. They were going around in the ring, and within five minutes, what’d Darby say to Sting?

Darby looked Sting dead in his eyes, and he told Sting, “You still got it.” And he wasn’t lying to Sting, either. Wait, Matt & Nick are watchin this from gorilla, and they don’t seem to like this. Matt says something to somebody in the headset, but Darby says he told Sting to get back in the ring and finish his career on his own terms! And just look at them now! 27-0 as a team! UNDEFEATED! And the rankings are back, so uh, that should put them clearly in the top spot as #1 contenders to Ricky Starks & Big Bill. The fans like the sound of that! “And we’d be kinda dumbasses not to take the opportunity.”

Darby says like all those years ago in Texas, he wants to say this to Sting eye-to-eye one more time: “You still got it.” Darby says the only difference here is, Darby’s not alone. He is sure Savannah agrees, “You still got it.” And the fans do indeed chant, “You Still Got It!” Sting hears the fans, so Darby says, “What do you say?” Does Sting wanna end his career as AEW World Tag Team Champions? Darby hands the mic over, fans “WOO~” for Sting and chant his name. Sting says, “Alright, Savannah. I’m all in.” Fans cheer that! Darby and Sting hug it out, and then Sting howls into the night! The Relentless Icons are coming for the titles, will Sting retire with gold around his waist?

 

Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey speak.

The Human Skyscraper says, “Sting & Darby Allin. Thank you, thank you so much, for finally having the respect to address us by name.” Starks adds, “Thank God.” Bill continues to thank Darby & Sting for finally having the respect to address them as THE AEW World Tag Team Champions. And as far as the challenge goes for a match for these titles, Bill & Starks accept. Starks says it is fitting. Sting started his AEW career going against Starks and a tag partner, in his first match back after six years. And it is very fitting that now, Starks and the best partner he’s ever had will END Sting’s AEW career.

Starks says Sting ain’t making it to Revolution, man, so you might as well pay their respects right now. Lay down so Starks & Bill can walk right over you and Darby. Starks is ready, but will he and Bill be in for an absolute surprise?

 

AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Mogul Embassy!

As of Collision last Saturday, the Bang Bang Scissor Gang is a thing, as indicated by how Jay White & The Gunns make their entrances first, showing off the ROH World Six Man Tag titles. And then here come the AEW World Trios Champions, so “Yo! Listen!” Caster has his diss track ready! “It’s The Nigerian Scammer, Prince Nana! Please stop sendin’ emails to my mama! Your little crown only cost four dolla, buy a pair of shoes for the dude from Moana! Brian Cage realizin’ the dream! For once you’re not the most generic guy on the team! Y’see that your whole entire thing gettin’ rearranged. You are now rockin’ with the Bang Bang Scissor Gang!”

Bowens takes the mic to say, “SAAAVANNAAAAAAH~ The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Platinum Max, the Five Tool Player & Billy Gunn are ready, will the Scissor World Tour continue into 2024?

The trios sort out, Caster starts against The Machine and they circle. They tie up, Cage powers Caster to a corner, then RAMS into him! And RAMS again! The ref counts, Cage wrenches to whip corner to corner, but Caster goes up and over. Caster then ducks ‘n’ dodges, hurdles then slips free of a scoop to DROPKICK! Cage stays up so Caster arm-drags him! Caster clamps onto the arm and the fans rally up. Cage fights up, Caster wrenches and tags Bowens. Bowens YANKS the bad arm, then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Cage swings, Bowens dodges, kicks low and fires off forearms and elbows! Bowens CLUBS Cage down then shouts, “EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!”

But Cage TOSSES Bowens to a corner! Cage clotheslines, tags Toa Liona, and Liona RAMS into Bowens again and again! Bishop Kaun tags in, he and Liona stomp away! The ref reprimands, Cage tags back in and he stomps Bowens now. Cage shouts, “Who better than Cage, huh?” But Bowens fires off forearms on everyone! HOTSHOT for Liona, then a BOOT for Cage! Bowens hurries but Cage gets a leg, only for Bowens to ENZIGIRI! But then The Gates YANK Billy and Caster down! Liona HEADBUTTS Billy down and Kaun sends Caster into steel steps! Kaun runs up to knee Bowens, then whips him to a corner.

Bowens boots but Kaun blocks. Kaun puts Bowens on the apron, but Bowens ROCKS Kaun! Nana grabs at a leg but Bowens kicks him away. But then Liona BLASTS Bowens off the apron! Bowens crash lands in front of the desk, Cage hauls him up, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage brings Bowens around to whip him into railing! Bowens staggers and Cage puts him back in. Kaun covers, TWO! Kaun facelocks Bowens, drags him over, and CHOPS! Tag to Cage, Cage hauls Bowens up, and Cage snap suplexes! Cage runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Cage looms over Bowens, taunts the scissor fingers, then whips. Bowens blocks but Cage kicks low! Cage whips Bowens into the Embassy corner, tags Liona, and then Cage sends Liona in to SPLASH! Lions lets Bowens flop over, then Liona drags Bowens back up. Bowens throws body shots but Liona kicks low! Liona CLUBS Bowens down, then tags Cage.

Cage CHOKES Bowens on ropes, the ref reprimands, and Cage lets off. Nana talks trash and Kaun gets a cheap shot in! Cage drags Bowens from ropes to drop a knee on Bowens’ head! Cage then drags Bowens up, but Bowens fires forearms and CHOPS! But Cage SOBATS, scoops and SLAMS! Cage flexes, then he drags Bowens up. Cage bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Cage ROCKS Bowens, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Bowens goes up, leaps, FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up as Bowens and Cage crawl! Hot tag to Liona and he drags Bowens away!

Liona fireman’s carries, Bowens slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! Both men wobble, but Liona tags Kaun! Kaun runs to BLAST Caster! Billy wants in but the ref says now. But Bowens ROCKS Liona and back drops Kaun! Hot tag to Billy! The fans go wild as Daddy Ass rallies on The Embassy with big haymakers! Billy TOSSES Kaun, dodges Cage and kicks low, “SUCK IT!” Billy runs, but Liona POUNCES! Fans boo but Bowens runs up to fire off the Five Tool Strike Fest! But then Cage fireman’s carries Bowens, for an F5! Caster CHOPS Cage, fireman’s carries him, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! But Kaun SHOTGUNS Caster!

Kaun roars, Nana wants him to end this! Kaun kicks Billy, underhooks, GLORY TO MOUNT FAKO!! Cover, TWO?!? Billy survives and Nana can’t believe it! So Nana grabs a chair! Nana slides that chair in while Kaun distracts the ref with arguing. Nana then distracts the ref, Kaun gets that chair, and he aims for Billy! But Jay White snatches that chair! Fans fire up as Billy then hits the ONE AND ONLY!! Billy flounders his way over, The Gunns get Nana off the apron! Austin & Colten POWERBOMB Nana through the timekeeper’s table!! The fans lose their minds as Bullet Club Gold watches The Acclaimed’s back!

Cage snarls, Liona is shocked, and Cage aims at Billy! But Bowens slides in, to FAMOUSER! Liona returns, but Bowens sends him into buckles! Caster joins in, 3:10 TO YUMA, Acclaimed style!! Fans fire up as Kaun staggers, into a FAMOUSER from Billy! Then THE ARRIVAL to the MIC DROP!! Billy covers, The Acclaimed win!!

Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

The first match as The Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and it is a success! White & The Gunns applaud their new pals, will this sensational six soon take over everything?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Anticipation is a very powerful emotion. A message to our Women’s Division: The Professor is ready to return, and the wait is over.” Who will be put to the test by the Woman of 1000 Holds?

 

BREAKING NEWS on the AEW World Tag Team Championships!

With Starks & Bill accepting the challenge, their match with Sting & Darby is now set! Two weeks from tonight, Dynamite in Phoenix, Arizona, it will be The Absolute & Skyscraper VS The Relentless Icons! Will 27-0 continue into 28-0? Or will Sting’s career not end on his terms?

 

Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Minoru Suzuki!

The Rated R Superstar didn’t even need to make this a #CopeOpen, because it was answered the moment he dared veterans to step up to the plate! The Meanest Man in the World, the King of Pancrase, wants to take a bite out of the WWE Grand Slam Champion, will he show Copeland who really has edge?

The bell rings on this commercial free match, and the fans are already losing their minds! Even Edge seems stunned this is really happening as he circles with Suzuki. They approach, and then immediately start firing forearms! Fans fire up as they go back and forth, faster and faster, and then suddenly they slow down as Suzuki ROCKS Edge! Edge ROCKS Suzuki, Suzuki ROCKS Edge back! Both men take a moment, and while Edge grits his teeth, Suzuki has that wild grin on his face! Edge fires a forearm, Suzuki eggs him on! Suzuki then ROCKS Edge, so Edge fires another shot! Suzuki ROCKS Edge again, and Edge drops to his knees!

Fans fire up while Suzuki laughs, and Suzuki brings Edge up. Edge CHOPS! Suzuki nods, and CHOPS back! Suzuki runs, but into a CHOP! Edge runs, Suzuki follows, shoots around and DECKS Edge!! Fans fire up again while Suzuki drags Edge up and reels him in. “This is Awesome!” as Suzuki goes for the Gotch lift! Edge fights, back drops free, and fans fire up again! Suzuki goes to the apron, Edge storms over, but Suzuki grabs a HANGING ARMBAR! Edge fights free of it to fire forearms! Edge runs, and he BOOTS Suzuki! Suzuki holds the ropes but he wobbles, so Edge runs again. But Suzuki KNEES Edge first!

Suzuki then drags Edge through the ropes to have a GUILLOTINE! Edge flounders out of the ring, Suzuki brings him around and cranks on the hold! Edge fights, flails, and then RAMS Suzuki through barriers!! The fans lose their minds all over again! Suzuki is stunned, but then he grins! Suzuki is having fun as he and Edge slowly sit up. The ring count starts and Suzuki has to remember, AEW does a 10 count, not a 20 like in NJPW. Suzuki throws forearms on Edge then heads back for the ring. Edge hurries after, we’re at 5 of 10, and then Suzuki stands to fire forearms! Edge fires back! The count is 8 of 10, both men stagger over, and they slide in at 9.9!!

Fans fire up as both legends are back in the ring, “This is Awesome!” Suzuki grins as he and Edge head for each other. Suzuki eggs Edge on, so Edge fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! Edge shakes his head, and fires back! Suzuki fires another! Edge scowls, fires another forearm, but then so does Suzuki! The forearms pick up speed, the fans rally as both men stand! The shots keep going, and Suzuki laughs! Suzuki SLAPS, Edge SLAPS, but then Suzuki bobs ‘n’ weaves! DOUBLE SLAPS take both men down! The fans fire up again and a standing count begins! Suzuki stirs at 3 of 10 but Edge also moves around.

The count passes 5 of 10, both men sit up and Suzuki stands Edge up. Suzuki ROCKS Edge with another forearm! Edge ROCKS Suzuki back! Both men wobble, and Suzuki comes back with a laugh. Edge eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Suzuki eggs Edge on so Edge ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki just smiles, and then SLAPS! SLAPS! SLAP SLAP SLAP, the palm strikes paint Edge’s face! Suzuki wrenches but Edge rolls to kick low, IMPALER DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! The fans duel, “Let’s Go, Adam!” “SU-ZU-KI!” Edge crawls to a corner, stands up, and takes aim!

Edge runs in, but Suzuki dodges to get the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Edge flails, reaches out, but Suzuki pushes back on the arm! Edge endures, claws his way around, and grabs the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Suzuki lets off. Suzuki stalks Edge to a corner, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands, but Edge pulls buckle pad away! Edge arm-drags free, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and SPEARS!! But he has to crawl to the cover! TWO!!! Suzuki survives and that shocks Edge! Suzuki sits up and grins! Then he body scissors for the SLEEPER!! Edge endures, flails, but that Rear Naked Choke is on tight! Edge moves around, pries at the hold, and he gets out of the body scissors!

Edge fights up, but Suzuki squeezes tight! Edge’s face is turning purple already, but Suzuki just keeps squeezing! Edge is fading!! The ref checks, the fans rally as hard as they can, and the arm goes down ONCE! But then Edge revives! Edge runs to a corner, Suzuki hits bare buckle!! Edge then chicken wings, to KILLSWITCH!! A message to Christian as Edge covers, EDGE WINS!!

Winner: Adam “Edge” Copeland, by pinfall

The Ultimate Opportunist managed to find an opening that would allow him to bring down Suzuki! And wouldn’t you know? Christian Cage is watching this backstage. Captain Charisma is seething seeing his archenemy on a win streak. Will The Patriarchy have no choice but to face Edge once again?

As for Edge, he gets a mic and catches his breath. “I’ve never been hit that hard in my life. Gaddamn. Suzuki. Respect.” Fans cheer that! Edge offers a handshake, and Suzuki stands, only to growl at Edge and leave. Edge says honestly, he would’ve been disappointed if Suzuki did shake his hand. “But that was a war! The kind of war that Christian Cage knows nothing about. Christian, I am still coming for you!” Will the Cope Open continue on until the R in “Rated R” stands for Revolution?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite here, and this seems to be a great sign of how AEW is going to look with the rankings making a comeback. Samoa Joe and Hook had a great opening bit just to keep in mind that Hook will return for another world title match one day. And Joe was great on commentary during Hangman’s awesome match with Penta to get things going. Given how Joe was so upset Hangman won, it feels like Joe VS Hangman is where they’re going to lead this. And that’s even with Swerve winning his own awesome match against Jeff Hardy and then rubbing that in Hangman’s face. No idea who they’ll each throw at each other in Dealer’s Choice, but that’s part of the fun.

Really good match from Wardlow VS Trent with everyone else ringside, and I figured Wardlow would win. But this still feeds two stories at once: Wardlow gains momentum going towards the title; and Trent’s frustration at the end, him pushing Cassidy, maybe we get Cassidy VS Trent for the International Championship at some point. I also like the field they chose for that “Freshly Squeezed Fatal 4,” though I was anticipating an even bigger match than that. Komander and Vikingo are allies, but so are Kip and Butcher, it’ll be about which side falls apart that determines the winner and Cassidy’s next challenger.

Rosa VS Velvet was good, but rather clunky. They did note it was the first time Rosa and Velvet ever faced each other, so maybe they just weren’t clicking. Rosa still wins, of course, and I do appreciate that she not only calls out Storm but realizes she could call out the TBS Champion. Julia Hart does need someone to feud with, and Rosa is a great choice, regardless of who wins out in the end. And speaking of Toni Storm, what a great promo from her and Deonna. And seriously, I am impressed they pulled off splitting the screen between color and black ‘n’ white. Deonna stands tall here, but we’re still a way’s away from Revolution, so don’t count her out just yet.

Really good promo from Bucks to add to their roles as Heel authority figures, them trolling Top Flight but then perhaps throwing their weight around upon hearing Darby talking about him and Sting. Sting & Darby VS Starks & Bill for the tag titles happening before Revolution is of course so The Bucks can “abuse” their power and get their title shot against Sting & Darby at Revolution so they’ll not just retire Sting but also get back on top of the tag division. And great Trios Championship match, with Bullet Club Gold making great saves so that Acclaimed can retain. At this point, I still feel like things might happen where BCG turn on Acclaimed and we get Winners Take All at Revolution so that only one trio has all the trios belts.

Great promo from Moxley, though he didn’t say anything different from what he said on Collision, so it was really just so he’d be on TV. And good promo from Deeb but it was unfortunately redundant when the “BREAKING NEWS” already said she was showing up on Collision. And great to hear that Yuji Nagata is showing up on Collision. AEW is of course trying really hard to counter program Royal Rumble this Saturday, and Nagata showing up is great for fans who only watch AEW. But fans of both AEW and WWE (like myself) aren’t ditching The Royal Rumble for it.

And of course, great main event from Suzuki VS Edge. Edge was surely telling the truth that Suzuki was hitting him harder than anyone ever before. Edge of course calls Christian out in case anyone forgot why he’s doing this, and of course Edge VS Christian is the choice for Revolution’s TNT Championship match. Still hoping Luchasaurus betrays Christian so that Edge keeps the TNT Championship this time.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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