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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/3/24)

Why, Adam, why?

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AEW made it through Worlds End, and not only is there a NEW World Champion, but we hear from The Devil Himself, ADAM COLE BAYBAY!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Dante Martin; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • Mariah May VS Queen Aminata; Mariah wins.
  • Darby Allin VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis; Takeshita wins.
  • AEW Continental Crown Title Eliminator Fatal 4 Way: Trent Berretta VS Brian Cage VS Bryan Keith VS El Hijo Del Vikingo w/ Alex Abrahantes; Trent wins and will challenge Eddie Kingston for the titles on Collision.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Daniel Garcia; Swerve wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW shares footage from after Worlds End.

The NEW AEW World Champion, Samoa Joe, said, “I am not a prophet. But I gave you the future. I am not a seer, but I saw what the future held. And it was the championship. I am not a man who makes declarations, I’m a man who keeps promises. MJF, not too long ago at Grand Slam, you used everything within your power to steal from me my rightful championship. And you thought somehow, someway, that I would be like the rest of the scumbags here in New York and appreciate you for what you do. No, MJF. No, Maxwell Jacob Friedman. What you do to me I revisit upon you a thousandfold!

“You embarrassed me, you cheated, and you used everything within your disposal to take this from me. And I turned everyone you loved against you. I showed up to your neighborhood, in front of your friends and family, and I took everything from you. You may be a scumbag, MJF, but I’m a heartless SOB. And in a world that is not big enough for men like you and I to occupy at the same time, I will always, ALWAYS… take what is mine. I am Samoa Joe, I am the AEW World Champion. And I will take everything from anyone who tries to take this from me.”

 

Adam Cole is here!

Newark, New Jersey is torn as the pyro goes off, but then the music changes. For Adam Cole is… UNDISPUTED! He is accompanied by his treacherous cohorts, Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett, Matt Taven & Wardlow, as he walks down the ramp, still on crutches. Cole shows off the devil mask he took from MJF, has the “BOOM!” and then joins his henchmen in the ring. They set up a chair for him to take a seat, and Roderick has the mic. Roddy tells “Everybody, shut up, and listen to my best friend, ADAAAAAM!” Fans boo even harder but Cole takes the mic to say, “What? You guys don’t have sympathy for me?”

Cole finds it so, so ironic that so many people were disgusted, appalled, and shocked by what happened at Worlds End. Which to Cole means two things. One: you’re all STUPID! And two: you don’t understand right from wrong. You all think COLE is the villain? That these five are the villains because Cole betrayed MJF? MJF, the guy who has created more enemies in AEW than anyone ever? The guy who for YEARS, has run his mouth about every person in that locker room, and the fans, but then Cole is the villain? If that makes Cole the Devil of AEW, then buy him a first class ticket straight to Hell.

Fans tell Cole he’s an A-Hole, but Cole says MJF is a narcissist. “The only person that MJF cares about is MJF, and MJF, he’s had his claws hooked into AEW for far too long. And I think it’s about damn time that there was a change.” Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” Cole says that one day, and a lot of people already do now, but the rest of that locker room will THANK Cole! Even the FANS will thank him! And even TONY KHAN will thank Cole! Because the fact is, MJF is gone and he’s never coming back! Fans boo that, but Cole mocks them. “How could you, Adam?” There’s a lot of reasons why he did.

The second MJF felt he didn’t need Cole anymore, he would’ve done the exact same thing. Cole just beat MJF to the punch. That’s the keyword, though: “Need.” Adam Cole never needed MJF, MJF needed Adam Cole. Cole sacrificed everything within that friendship! For God’s sakes, that’s how Cole broke his ankle! Cole is the one who lost something, NOT MJF. “MJF needed Adam Cole. As a matter of fact, none of you would be cheering or chanting for MJF without Adam Cole. Better Than You Baybay made you fall in love with MJF, that’s ME!” Cole saved MJF’s world championship reign, and then he ended it.

“Because in the beginning, this was all about the AEW World Championship. But then it turned into something so, so much more. This is about destroying a man to his core. This is about ripping out a man’s heart and bringing him to his knees. Because you can chant all you want, but boys and girls, MJF is DEAD.” Fans tell Cole to STFU but Cole holds up the devil mask. He’s telling us now who is very much alive, and that is the Undisputed Kingdom! Fans boo but Cole says aside for their disdain for a guy who doesn’t work here anymore, they have one united desire, and that is championship gold.

Cole says we have the ROH World Tag Team Champions, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Then Cole’s REAL best friend, Roderick Strong, will be aiming for the AEW International Championship. And Wardlow, finally with a group of people who actually respect him, is going to go after THE AEW World Championship. And when the time is right, and Cole is 100% healed, Wardlow will do the right thing and forfeit that title to him. That sounds familiar. But Cole says speaking of that title, congratulations to Samoa Joe. Joe, it was an absolute pleasure doing business with you. It was no problem taking out Hangman Page for him.

But Cole does sincerely mean this. He hopes that by the time Wardlow is ready to challenge for the title, Joe is not the champion. Because it’d really suck to hurt a friend. Cole grins and continues to say that self-esteem is built on action, and they took action. They were sick and tired of waiting for things to change, so they took action! AEW needed change, and they’ve given it to you. The Undisputed Kingdom starts a new chapter here in AEW. And The Devil is here to stay, baybay. Mic drop and the mission is clear. Will AEW soon be ruled by the new devil in town?

Wait, Bullet Club Gold is here?! Jay White has a mic of his own and he has the music cut. Switchblade says, “My good friend, Adam Cole Baybay! Or as he’s now known to be, The Devil, huh?” White admits, he’s impressed. He’s happy that Cole didn’t lose his edge. And that was hell of a plan. White’s a big fan of what they did to ol’ MJF. But what White doesn’t like is being collateral for Cole’s cause as the catalyst in this. They all jumped White when he was all by his lonesome. But now we know it was Cole under the mask, and White ain’t alone. Here come The Gunns! Wardlow gets Cole outta there, BCG brawls with Roddy, Taven & Bennett!

Fans fire up as BCG has the edge but then Wardlow returns to tip the scales 4v3! Cole cheers his guys as they stomp away on White, Austin & Colten, but here comes THE ACCLAIMED! They were also beat down by The Undisputed Kingdom, and they run them all off! Unlikely allies stand against Cole and his henchmen, but then they all stare down. The fans chant for them to “SCISSOR! SCISSOR!” but no, BCG bails out. They’re not willing to work with Acclaimed & Daddy Ass against their common enemies, so who gets their shots at The Undisputed Kingdom first?

 

AEW shares more footage from after Worlds End.

AEW Media asked if the Continental Classic “changed” Eddie Kingston. The Mad King says yeah, of course it did. It gave him this weird thing he didn’t know he have: confidence. A highlight reel plays of his run, starting 0-2 but making the huge comeback over Claudio, Garcia and Andrade to then beat Bryan in the semifinals. They are all some of the best wrestlers he’s ever seen. But the best part was that it came down to him and Moxley. Beating his brother in arms, Eddie now has so much confidence that it’ll take someone special to take these titles from him.

Well, speaking of, there will be a Continental Title Eliminator FATAL FOUR WAY! Trent Berretta, Brian Cage, Bryan Keith and El Hijo Del Vikingo all battle it out for their shot at the crown this Saturday on Collision! Who makes it through that star-studded match to go after The Mad King’s throne?

 

Daniel Garcia speaks.

“I dunno if it’s just me, but this feels like a little bit of a mission statement for AEW, putting the two youngest, hottest stars up against each other for the first show of the year. Swerve Strickland VS Daniel Garcia. And Swerve, your theme song, ‘Big Pressure,’ that’s what it’s called, right? The big pressure you apply. But what happens when you apply pressure to somebody that doesn’t fold. To somebody that doesn’t break. To somebody that, no matter how much life throws at him, he keeps going forward and keeps fighting and keeps pushing and keeps doing his thing. When you apply pressure to that, let’s see what happens.

“Swerve, it doesn’t matter how much pressure you try to apply to me, I will not fold and you will not beat me. Because tonight, first Dynamite of the year, Daniel Garcia fights through the pressure and beats Swerve Strickland.” Red Death is ready, but will he make it through entering whose house?

 

AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Dante Martin!

The Undisputed Kingdom just issued their warning to all champions, but Cassidy is a fighting champion! Will he be the one facing down the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will giving out this opportunity to Angel Dorado come back to bite him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if 2024 is Freshly Squeezed!

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Cassidy and Dante slowly circle, tie up, and Cassidy clinches to throw Dante. Dante lands on his feet but Cassidy rolls him up, flips him over, and ties up the legs. Cassidy then goes for an arm but Dante kips up and arm-drags! Cassidy ends up in a corner and takes a moment to cool off. Dante waits on Cassidy, they tie up again, and Cassidy slips around, hooks an arm and hits an arm-drag to a lateral press, TWO! Dante has the ghost pin, TWO! Cassidy ties the legs up again, then pulls Dante into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dante pops out to a cover, TWO! Cassidy hits a headlock takeover!

Fans rally, Dante fights up, and Dante wrenches out to top wristlock. Dante wrenches, wristlocks again, then knuckle locks. Cassidy reaches for ropes but Dante keeps him away. So Cassidy raises that hand, only for Dante to knuckle lock it, too! They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, and fans rally as they’re evenly matched. Cassidy then MONKEY FLIPS! It’s a double cover, Cassidy rolls back but Dante blocks the cover and BOOTS Cassidy! Dante whips, drops, then hurdles, but Cassidy shoves. Dante rolls off Cassidy’s back, but Cassidy holds his hands up. But Dante keeps them out of pockets!

Dante turns Cassidy around, throws him up and over, then whips. Cassidy reverses but Dante holds ropes. Dante mocks the lazy thumbs up, Cassidy rushes in, but Dante jumps up and over! Dante then slips around, backslide, TWO! Cassidy is up but into a cradle! TWO!! Cassidy escapes, bails out, and fans rally up. Dante gives another lazy thumbs up while Cassidy goes around the ring. The ref counts but Cassidy takes his time. Cassidy raises his hands, but then Dante rushes outside! Cassidy dodges him, then ROCKS Dante on the apron! Cassidy builds speed to DIVE! Dante is sent into railing hard!

Fans fire up and Cassidy whips Dante into more railing! Cassidy brings Dante around, to send him back into railing! The fans rally for the Dusty cosplayer, and Cassidy puts up his hands! And into the pockets! Cassidy jogs around the ring to “build up speed,” and fans fire up as Cassidy comes back in to SHOTGUN Dante down! Fans fire up as Cassidy stands back up. Cassidy refreshes the ring count while fans tell him he’s sick. Cassidy goes out, brings Dante around and reels him in. But Dante suplexes first! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Dante stands Cassidy up, puts him in the ring, and then climbs a corner. But Cassidy hurries up after him! SUPERPLEX! Both men writhe but Cassidy sits up in a huff. The fans rally up as Cassidy brings Dante up and around. But Dante suplexes first again! Dante hurries to get Cassidy up again, but Cassidy suplexes in return! Cassidy storms up on Dante, stands him back up, but Dante suplexes again! Cassidy wastes no time to get Dante and suplex him! So Dante suplexes again! Both men clutch their backs, then Cassidy storms up. Dante blocks the suplex, blocks again and again, then he suplexes. Cassidy blocks!

Dante and Cassidy fight for suplex control, going back and forth with trying and blocking. Dante almost has Cassidy but then they both stop because their backs are killing them. Then Cassidy reels Dante in to suplex! Dante fights it off, keeps trying, and Dynamite returns as Cassidy again hoists Dante up! Dante fights that off, suplexes one more time, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy fires up as Dante goes to a corner, and he runs in. Dante slips out, Cassidy hits buckles, then Dante goes up and around to GAMANGIRI! Dante springboards, Cassidy gets under and bails out, but Dante DIVES! Direct hit in front of the desk!

Dante puts Cassidy back in, springboards again, FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Cassidy hangs in there and the fans rally up again. Dante stalks Cassidy, drags him up in a half nelson but Cassidy throws elbows. Cassidy ROCKS Dante, but Dante has Cassidy hold on. Dante “chops!” He’s doing the Cassidy sloth style, and fans tell him he f’d up! Cassidy “chops” back! Dante “fires” those shin kicks off! Fans fire up with every shot, but Cassidy smirks. Dante winds up, but then Cassidy dodges the serious superkick to SUPERKICK! Dante ends up in a corner and the fans are loving it! Cassidy “fires” those kicks now! Then actually stomps!

The fans fire up, the ref counts, and Cassidy lets off. Cassidy then winds up, runs up, but Dante boots him away! Dante then goes up and over, hurdles and scoops, but Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Dante survives but is dazed. Cassidy seethes, goes up a corner, but Dante springs up after him! Dante CLUBS away on Cassidy but Cassidy gives body shots. Cassidy ROCKS Dante with a forearm and Dante staggers away. Cassidy adjusts, but Dante JUMPS right up! Cassidy shoves, Dante backflips through! Only for Cassidy to DEEP IMPACT! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives another DDT and Cassidy is frustrated.

Cassidy throws off the elbow pad, takes aim from a corner, and he runs up, but Dante dodges! So Cassidy Alabama Lifts! Dante turns that around to lift but Cassidy fires hands! Dante blocks the rana to pop-up and KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy is still in this and Dante is shocked! Dante hurries to the corner and climbs up! But Cassidy slow rolls to the other corner. Dante hurries to hop down then SENTON Cassidy! Dante goes back up, but Cassidy slow rolls the other way! Fans fire up and Dante changes tactics. Tightrope, SPRINGBOARD SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Dante is furious, he hauls Cassidy up and half nelsons.

But Cassidy turns swing into ghost pin, TWO! Cassidy swings, Dante ducks and O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dante runs up, but Cassidy avoids the shotgun! ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

Both men turned it up a notch, but it was still Cassidy with the hot hand to win it! #HookHausen and Top Flight make their way out to check on their guys. Cassidy shows Dante respect by helping him up and shaking his hand. Dante came close, will he, Darius and Action still make 2024 their breakout year?

“Oh my God, is that Private Party?” WHAT? Yes! Marq Quen is back from injury, rolling with his tag partner, Isiah Kassidy! Private Party is crashing the party as it were to celebrate their reunion! Kassidy gets fans to echo, “YEEEAH~!” Quen then says, “Allow me to reintroduce ourselves. This is Zay, and I’m Quen. And we been keeping tabs on the Tag Division. It’s kinda been lacking.” The fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Quen smiles, and continues by saying “The Tag Division’s been missing some…” Zay says, “Flava.” “The Tag Division’s been missing some…” “Excitement.” “And most importantly, the Tag Division’s been missing PRIVATE PARTAAAY~!”

Fans cheer that and Private Party enters the ring. Zay says with all that said, Private Party is putting every team on notice. That means OrangeHookHausen, that means Top Flight, and that means FTR, Young Bucks, and even the Hardys. But hey, listen. They say, “New Year, New Me.” Nah, this is New Year, New Champs! If y’all feelin’ that, give Zay a “HUHN~ YEAH~!” “HUHN~ YEAH~!” Zay & Quen are ready to finally have some gold to call their own, what will Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” have to say about that?

 

Backstage interview with “Timeless” Toni Storm.

Renee is with the AEW Women’s World Champion and butler, Luther, and Renee congratulates Storm on retaining her title at Worlds End. But now, the New Year! What does 2024 have in store for Storm? Storm first wants to say Renee’s perfume is very overwhelming. And secondly, Storm was very excited to come here, until she realized it isn’t New York but New Jersey. It’s just not really her scene. She belongs on Broadway. So she has decided to call it a night, will head to Manhattan, go to Sardi’s, and hold a seance for Stephen Sondheim. Uh, okay. But up next is Mariah May’s in-ring debut, and has been practically begging for Storm to watch her.

Oh, darling, Storm doesn’t watch wrestling. Besides, how hard can it be? Mariah has to pay her dues, so what better way to do that than wrestle in New Jersey? Luther, scoop. Luther scoops Storm up into his arms, and Storm says, “And remember: Chin, tits, shoe!” Storm just kicks one of her shoes off and it flies overhead! Luther takes Madame Storm away, but will Storm’s number one fan have her first win in AEW even without her hero around?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai and Buddy walk out from the shadows, and Malakai says, “So you wanna fight us? So you wanna challenge us? Okay. Alright. Challenge accepted. But um… We’ll do it in a place where we can cut you deep.” Buddy says it’ll be in North Carolina, in front of FTR’s friends and family. In front of Dax’s daughter, Finlay, his wife Maria, and well, if Cash has found anyone that loves him, bring them along, too. However, if the House wins, FTR must walk up to their family and disown them. Then they will have to watch Dax & Cash walk back with their new family.

Malakai tells Finlay, don’t worry. The tears that daddy Dax will cry will not be of sadness. They will be tears of joy as he realizes he is finally home with a family that truly, truly loves him. Will the House grow after this coming Collision? Or will the Top Guys tear them down?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland & Prince Nana.

Renee is now with The Realest and his right hand man, and brings up tonight’s main event. Swerve will be facing a man who has also been garnering himself quite a lot of attention lately in one Daniel Garcia. How does Swerve feel about Garcia being his first opponent of 2024? Nana says they get it, okay? Garcia is a very respected competitor. But does he realize who he’s getting in the ring with? The Boss of the Bosses! “Right, boss?” Swerve chuckles and says Garcia was a Blue League guy, they never got to face off in the Continental Classic, but Swerve saw him have a good showing.

The reason Garcia is getting this match is because Swerve respects the fact Garcia is after the same things Swerve was after in 2023, and that was championship gold. Garcia was talking about big pressure and not folding or whatever. But the thing is, big pressure isn’t about making diamonds. It’s about bringing pain, and that is what Garcia goes through tonight. Now, talking about 2024, Swerve wants to accomplish something he wasn’t able to in 2023, and that is to get championship gold. And not just any gold. At first, Swerve thought he’d be addressing MJF, but seems MJF’s body couldn’t take it anymore.

So now it is up to you, Samoa Joe. Swerve will be coming for that championship, so be ready. Swerve smiles, Nana asks, “Whose house?” Everyone is aiming for the King of Wrestling Television, but will it be Swerve that gets the killshot?

 

Mariah May VS Queen Aminata!

The former Stardom star, the superfan of Toni Storm, is finally ready to show her own skills to AEW. Will she follow right in the footsteps of Storm? Or will she fail to live up to those expectations?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. New Jersey hails their Queen, and she steps to Mariah. Aminata talks some trash, but Mariah SLAPS her! Fans boo, but then Mariah kicks Aminata low, then ROCKS her! Then throws her down by her hair! Mariah soaks up the heat, drags Aminata up, but Aminata throws body shots! Mariah dodges the chop to CHOP, then CHOPS again! Mariah whips, Aminata reverses but Mariah tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Mariah runs to SHOTGUN Aminata down! Cover, ONE!! Aminata shows her toughness but Mariah puts her on ropes. Mariah hooks her up in the ropes, then runs to SHOTGUN Aminata int he back!

Aminata tumbles to the floor and Mariah smiles. Some fans have been won over and Mariah blows kisses while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Mariah walks around to soak up the cheers and jeers, then opens the ropes for Aminata. Aminata staggers to her feet, Mariah goes out after her, and Mariah SMACKS Aminata off the apron. Mariah puts Aminata in the ring, stalks her, then drags her up to bump her off buckles. Mariah CHOPS, then CHOPS, then stalks Aminata to another corner. Mariah CHOPS Aminata again, and follows her to another corner. Mariah CHOPS Aminata, stomps a mudhole into her, then snapmares for a straitjacket stretch. Aminata endures, fans rally up, and Aminata fights around. Mariah throws her down to thrash her around!

Aminata bridges up, but Mariah kicks low! Mariah snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Aminata is hanging in there but Mariah keeps her down with a chinlock. Mariah leans on the hold, Aminata endures and fights up to throw body shots. Aminata runs but Mariah LARIATS her down! Mariah hurries over, kneels on the cover, TWO! Mariah is frustrated but she drags Aminata up to bump her off buckles. Dynamite returns to single picture, Mariah puts Aminata up top, and Mariah puts some stank on her DOUBLE CHOP! Aminata sputters, Mariah goes corner to corner and runs up, to STRATUS-

NO, Aminata blocks! She pushes Mariah back, BOOTS her, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to SLAP! Fans fire up and Mariah is furious, btu Aminata SLAPS and SLAPS and then ducks to DOUBLE CHOP! Aminata LARIATS, spins, snapmares and KICKS Mariah in the back! Fans fire up as Aminata RUNNING KNEES! Mariah flounders to a corner, Aminata runs in, BIG forearm! Aminata hooks Mariah up, puts some stank on her DOUBLE CHOPS! Then Aminata runs corner to corner, another BIG forearm! Aminata keeps moving, but Mariah SLINGBLADES! Fans fire up, Mariah stands Aminata up and fireman’s carries. MAY DAY!! Cover, Mariah wins!

Winner: Mariah May, by pinfall

A powerful debut for Mariah, will she prove herself worthy of a title opportunity in the New Year?

Renee appears to interview Mariah in the ring and says after much anticipation, congratulations on the first win, how does it feel? Mariah says, “I can’t believe it! I won my AEW debut! I wanted to be a wrestler since I was a little kid, so the fact that I’m in this ring, on AEW, is surreal to me. And I hope Ms. Toni Storm, wherever she is, is watching and she’s proud. Because it’s the first Dynamite of the New Year, and it’s all about Mariah! But… My only regret is we had to do this in New Jersey.” Fans boo, they were just starting to like her! But wait! DEONNA PURRAZZO is here!? The Virtuosa and New Jersey’s own is now in AEW!

Deonna goes down to the ring to rain on Mariah’s parade, and Renee makes the official introductions. “Deonna, it is incredible to see you here in AEW.” The fans chant for Deonna, and she tells Renee that while Renee knows this, but uh, Deonna’s from New Jersey. And if Toni Storm doesn’t wanna be here, well then they don’t want her here, either! But Mariah… Here’s a message to pass along to Ms. Storm. It doesn’t matter where she Storm runs or hides, Deonna will find her. Because Mariah, Deonna IS All Elite! The fans fire up for that news! And now, this is the Age of the Virtuosa! The fans cheer for “NEW JERSEY!” as Deonna smiles.

Mariah says okay, then, Deonna. But she’s not a messenger, so tell Storm yourself, b*tch! And then she SLAPS Deonna! So Deonna SLAPS and BOOTS Mariah down! Fans fire up as Mariah scrambles away. Will the leading lady have to watch out that the spotlight doesn’t move on to a new shining star?

 

Christian Cage is here!

New Jersey is oddly excited to see Captain Charisma and The Patriarchy making their way out here. The now TWO-TIME TNT Champion is here with “Mother Wayne,” Nick Wayne, and Killswitch/Luchasaurus. Tony Schiavone is in the ring to say Christian has put himself in some legendary company, prestigious even, by becoming TNT Champion a second-time, at Worlds End. Shayna takes the mic first, and fans boo. She is offended that they’d boo her! A mother?! How DARE you! She demands you people get on your feet right now and pay respect to the “greatest TNT Champion that’s ever lived,” The Father, The Patriarch, Christian Cage!

Christian tells them all to keep it down while he conducts business. But to answer the question, Schiavone, yes. It has been 200 DAYS since Christian won this title on the very first episode of Collision. It has been a historic run for sure. No, no, wait, that- Schiavone, if you interrupt Christian again, he will have Mother Wayne bend Schiavone over her knee and discipline him here in front of all these “sweat hogs” in New Jersey. Actually, these sweat hogs could use some discipline themselves. Sit down and shut up! Fans boo but Christian says it is no secret that he went through a war to defend this championship, and he feels there are some people he needs to thank.

First off, Christian will thank Mother Wayne, the Matriarch, for being so loving, so nurturing and so understanding. A mother’s work is truly never done. Secondly, Christian would like to thank his “pride and joy,” his boy, Nick Wayne, who so selflessly put his body on the line. Adam Copeland put this young man through a flaming table, and tried to end his career at just 18 years old! Fans cheer that, that was wild. But Nick sucked it up, stayed in the fight, so Christian just wants to say, he loves ya, son. They hug, and Christian says lastly, but certainly not least, he will thank the man that sealed the victory at Worlds End.

Christian thanks the man that put the final nail int he coffin that is Adam “Edge” Copeland. Christian thanks himself! Fans boo and Luchasaurus feels foolish for thinking Christian meant him. The fans chant for Luchasaurus, which surprises him. Christian ignores that to say it is his duty to address Adam Copeland for what he hopes is the final time. Christian has beat Edge twice! 2-0, and it is now to the back of the line. No more title shots for you, Edge! Christian could stand here and make light of the fact that Edge grew up without a father. How Edge’s mother is no longer with us.

But the fact is, Edge must now wake up every morning, look himself in the mirror, and realize what Christian has been saying for years: Christian Cage is SUPERIOR to Edge!! Fans boo more but Christian won’t deny that Edge brought the fight. They beat the crap outta each other, dragged each other through the mud, and left a little bit of their souls in the ring that night. But the difference is, one of them doesn’t have a soul! That’s why Christian stands here and still TNT Champion! Fans boo but Christian puts out a warning to anyone who has eyes for his TNT Championship. What happened at Worlds End was just a glimpse, the tip of the iceberg, of what he’s willing to do to hold onto this title!

Christian doesn’t want anyone to forget that this title was thrown on the scrapheap, and he picked it up and has now made it the most prestigious title in ALL of AEW! The fans still chant for Luchasaurus but Christian tells them to shut up. That man’s name is Killswitch! Christian continues to say that the TNT Championship is now the most important title in all of AEW! And Christian will remain TNT Champion for as long as he wants, until he decides it is time to hand it off to his Prodigy, Nick Wayne, to carry on the family legacy. No one will ever forget that THIS is the Patriarchy, they run AEW, are the Faces of AEW now, then and forever!

Fans continue to boo as Christian holds up the title. But with Luchasaurus being shoved into his shadow, what will it take for Luchasaurus to stand up for himself and be his own man?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Renee is with Saraya, Harley Cameron & Ruby Soho, and she congratulates The Runaway on her win last week. Though a little helping hand from Harley. Harley says more like a helping face. And Saraya says she was right, wasn’t she? Harley even looks the part. Yeah, she is committed to this role. No, it’s not a role, Harley. But what does Ruby think? Does she love it or does she love it? Ruby says she has to admit, she thought this was just another blonde out of her mind joining the team, that didn’t work so well last time. Saraya says this is a different kind of crazy. But Ruby does appreciate the help.

Harley wants them to know she will prove herself. She is so ready to be an Outcast. She would do anything for either of them. And she means anything. Right, Saraya? Well, Saraya said Harley would be helpful, not sane. But anyway, let’s all get going. Saraya thanks Renee, and tells Harley to cool it, she’s gonna give it away. Renee asks what is going on here, but Saraya says she loves Renee, but please. They all leave, and Renee is as confused as the rest of us. Is this about more than just adding a new teammate?

 

Darby Allin VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis!

The Relentless Icons and Le Sex Gods won big at Worlds End against the combined forces of the Don Callis Family and the AEW World Tag Team Champions. However, the battles never end, and now Darby battles The Alpha 1v1. Callis joins commentary, will he keep from affecting this outcome?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Darby waistlocks, but Takeshita switches. Takeshita lifts and SLAMS Darby, but Darby gets back up. Darby hobbles a bit, shakes it off, and the two tie up with knuckle locks. Darby wrenches, WRINGS, steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Takeshita goes to a corner, dodges the Coffin Splash, but then Darby goes up and over as Takeshita returns. Takeshita still chases after Darby but Darby slips around to waistlock, only for Takeshita to buck the O’Conner. Takeshita then rolls back, reaches up, and headscissors into a victory roll, that he then turns into a WHEELBARROW GERMAN! But Darby lands on his feet?!

The fans are thunderous and even Callis admits that was good. Darby eggs Takeshita on and they circle. They tie up, Takeshita knees low then CLUBS Darby. Takeshita whips, and he back drops Darby HIGH! Darby writhes but Takeshita storms up on him. Takeshita headlocks and grinds Darby down. Darby fights up, but Takeshita hits a takeover. Darby endures as Takeshita grinds the head and traps an arm. Darby fights up, the fans rally, and Darby claws Takeshita’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Darby powers out of the headlock. Takeshita turns things around to whip but Darby springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG!

Fans fire up again as Takeshita bails out. Darby builds speed and he DIVES into a KNEE!! Fans lose their minds and Takeshita snarls while Darby sits up in a daze. Takeshita drags Darby up, puts him in the ring, then drags him back out hard! Darby hits the ramp, crawls around, and fans boo as Takeshita soaks up the heat. Takeshita then lines up a shot, deadlifts him and takes him further up the ramp, to O’Conner, and O’Conner, and CHAOS THEORY down the ramp! The fans lose their minds again, and tell Takeshita he’s sick. Takeshita hauls Darby up and puts him in as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Takeshita covers, TWO! Darby is still in this and Takeshita is frustrated. Takeshita looms over Darby, drags him back up and digs his knee into Darby. Darby endures, but Takeshita pushes Darby down to then BULLY CHOKE! Darby endures as Takeshita bends him! The ref reprimands, it’s starting to be more like an actual choke! Takeshita lets go in frustration and argues with the ref. Darby coughs and sputters but Takeshita stalks him to a corner. Takeshita stomps Darby, digs his boots in, then lets off as the ref counts. Takeshita drags Darby up but Darby pushes Takeshita away and flounders to another corner.

Takeshita follows Darby, bends him against the ropes, and lets go as the ref counts. Darby sputters, but Takeshita storms up on him again. Darby kicks back but Takeshita eggs him on. Takeshita kneels, Darby crawls his way over, and Darby SLAPS Takeshita! Takeshita eggs Darby on, Darby SLAPS him again! Takeshita DECKS Darby! Takeshita roars and surely fans boo, but Takeshita hauls Darby up to throw him into a corner. Takeshita hoists Darby to the top rope, then climbs up after him. Takeshita drags Darby up and over into position, but Darby fights! Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby flails and shifts around!

Darby turns this into a SUPER THROWBACK STUNNER!! Takeshita sputters as he bails out, but Darby DIVES! Direct hit into the railing!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Darby is practically foaming at the mouth, but he gets Takeshita up and into the ring. Darby runs up to fire palm strikes, a headbutt, then hops in, but no Code Red! Takeshita spins things around, BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans declare “This is Awesome!” Takeshita rises, watches as Darby crawls, and Darby makes it to the other corner. Darby heaves, sits up, and Takeshita runs in, only Darby to slip out of the ring!

Takeshita stops from hitting buckles, then goes out after Darby. Takeshita runs up again, but Darby dodges and Takeshita hits railing and tumbles right over! Callis checks Takeshita, Darby goes back to the apron, and Darby climbs a corner! Takeshita manages to stand, only to get a SUPER COFFIN SPLASH!! The fans fire up again, Callis can’t believe this, and Darby gets in the ring. The ring count is past 5 of 10, Takeshita is still down! Callis coaches Takeshita, we pass 7, then 8! Takeshita stands at 9, staggers over, and slides in! Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Takeshita survives and fans are fired up!

Darby hurries to go to a corner, he climbs up, and COFFIN DROPS onto knees!! Takeshita saves himself and Callis loves it! Takeshita hobbles after Darby, waistlocks, and deadlifts to GERMAN SUPLEX! Takeshita shakes his head, he is not done with Darby. Darby crawls, Takeshita storms up and waistlocks again, deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby flounders, Callis says the ref should just call it. But Darby is still moving so Takeshita storms up again. Takeshita deadlifts but Darby counters to a cradle! TWO!! CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Ghost pin, TWO!! Takeshita LARIATS outta nowhere!!

The fans boo but Takeshita takes aim. Callis stands up to tell Takeshita to finish this! Takeshita aims from a corner, Darby flounders back up, HELLUVA KICK!! And then Takeshita puts Darby up top, climbs up behind him, and he drags Darby to the top rope! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!!! But that’s still not the end!? Darby sits up and eggs Takeshita on. POWER DRIVE KNEE!! Cover, Takeshita wins!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Callis joins his Alpha in celebrating the victory! Takeshita adds a former TNT Champion to the list of victories, will he become a champion in his own right in 2024?

 

Backstage interview with The Don Callis Family.

Renee walks over while Callis is congratulating Takeshita. Renee also congratulates him, what an impressive win over Darby Allin. How is Takeshita feeling? Takeshita says in Japanese that he told everyone that he is The Alpha! Darby Allin, sucks to be you. Callis says next week, it’s back to where it all started: Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. Sting’s 25-0 in AEW, but the Don Callis Family is making a challenge! Darby, go get Sting, because Callis & Takeshita are bringing “Powerhouse” Hobbs! They’ll make it 25-1! Sting & Darby have one more match together as the Relentless Icons, will it be their final match together?

 

AEW Continental Crown Title Eliminator Fatal 4 Way: Trent Berretta VS Brian Cage VS Bryan Keith VS El Hijo Del Vikingo w/ Alex Abrahantes!

Eddie Kingston is ready to defend all THREE of his belts all over the world, so that means determining the first #1 contender! Eddie is even joining commentary for this one, will it be #JustTrent, The Mogul Embassy’s Machine, The Bounty Hunter or the AAA Mega Champion that steps to The Mad King’s throne this Saturday on Collision?

The bell rings and Cage runs Vikingo over! Bryan runs up, dodges Cage to BOOT him, but Trent CHOPS Bryan! Cage DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Vikingo is back up, he dodges Cage to DREAMCAST KICK! Cage bails out, Vikingo builds speed and Eddie is already worried. Vikingo DIVES to send Cage into the desk! Cage says there goes Taz’s Coke Zero! Trent and Bryan throw forearms back and forth, Trent ROLLING ELBOWS Bryan down! But Bryan is right up! HE fires boxing elbows on Trent, but Trent throat chops! Trent whips Bryan, Bryan reverses and drops, bypasses and BOOTS Trent down!

Fans fire up and Trent bails out. Vikingo is back, he BOOTS Bryan, SOBATS him, then whips. Bryan reverses, Vikingo handsprings over the trip! Fans fire up more, and Eddie even likes the superhero landing. Things keep moving, Bryan sidesteps but Vikingo MOONSAULT ARM-DRAGS! Bryan returns, Vikingo dodges and SPINNING RANAS! Bryan bails out, Cage DECKS him! Cage returns and he swings. Vikingo dodges, RANA- NO, Cage blocks that! Cage gets Vikingo up but Vikingo sunset flips. But Cage stays up, and deadlift OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Fans boo but Cage turns around. Trent runs in, but Cage trophy lifts him!

Trent slips free, waistlocks, but Cage switches and ripcords. Trent dodges to JUMP KNEE! Then HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Cage bails out, and Trent aims. PLANCHA takes down Cage, then Trent rains down fists! Trent storms up on Vikingo but Danhausen is ringside to cheer his friend on. But then Cage kicks Trent low to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor!! Trent writhes, fans boo, but Cage hauls Trent up and puts him in the ring as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage storms in after Trent but Bryan is there to fire off hands! Bryan runs, but Cage scoops him! Vikingo is up top, he SEATED SENTONS, but Cage doesn’t budge! Cage hits a POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO!! Cage storms up on Vikingo, scoops him and uses him to do bicep curls with him! Then Cage TOSSES Vikingo up and over, then flexes. Fans cheer the show of strength, but then Bryan CHOPS and ROCKS Cage on repeat! Bryan whips, Cage reverses, then UPPERCUTS and GAMANGIRIS, to then wrench and SAIDO! Bryan tumbles away but Trent returns! Trent runs up to SHOTGUN Cage into buckles!

Trent huffs and puffs and runs back in to BACK ELBOW! Trent keeps moving, but Cage LARIATS Trent down! Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage storms up on Trent, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Cage clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Trent endures, fans rally up, and even Abrahantes is on Trent’s side for this. Trent fights up, throws body shots, and is free. Trent runs, into an ELBOW! Vikingo runs up but Cage knees him low! Cage UPPERCUTS Vikingo, CLUBS him, then Dynamite returns to single picture. Cage whips, Vikingo scarecrow rebounds and HEEL KICKS! Fans fire up as Cage goes to a corner!

Vikingo whips corner to corner but Cage reverses. Vikingo slips out, Cage hits buckles, and Vikingo springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Vikingo, he runs up, METEORA in the corner! Then Cage is in the drop zone and Eddie knows Vikingo’s gonna do something crazy. Vikingo goes up but Bryan RISING HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up with the Bounty Hunter and Bryan goes up after Vikingo. The fans rally for BK but Vikingo fights him! Bryan HEADBUTTS Vikingo and Vikingo falls to the floor. But Cage GAMANGIRIS! Cage climbs up after Bryan and brings him up to the very top! But Trent joins in!

Trent SUPER GERMAN SUPLEXES Cage down! Trent then fires up, runs up, BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, but Vikingo 450 SPLASHES outta nowhere! But Bryan LARIATS Viking down! The fans are thunderous and Bryan rises first! Bryan hauls Cage up, underhooks, but Cage powers up and out! Cage RAMS Bryan, fireman’s carries, and F5!! Bryan bails out so Cage has Trent, POP-UP POWERBOMB! And deadlift into the SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Trent survives, but Cage slashes his throat. Cage drags Trent up, but Danhausen jumps into the ring!? Fans fire up as Danhausen CURSES Cage!

Cage grabs Danhausen in a fireman’s carry, but Bryan SUPERKICKS Cage! Vikingo SUPERKICKS Cage! Fans cheer as Vikingo goes up and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS Cage down! Bryan runs up to GAMANGIRI Trent! Then SAIDO! Bryan runs up and BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO?!?! Trent survives again but Bryan isn’t done! Bryan underhooks Trent’s arms, but Trent powers up to Alabama Lift, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Trent wins!!

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

Eddie says see you on Collision, Trent! Will the Mad King be ready for his first massive defense? Or will three titles soon belong to #JustTrent?

 

Backstage interview with Matthew Menard.

Renee is with Daddy Magic, he will be joining commentary for the main event of Swerve VS Garcia. But then Hangman storms in! Is this where they’re doing interviews? Hangman will give us an interview! A few weeks ago, Samoa Joe had a bunch of goons put him through a car windshield, so he is here tonight to beat somebody’s ass! If he can’t find the AEW World Champion, then it’ll be Adam Cole. And if he can’t find Adam Cole, it’ll be someone else! Hell, it might be Daddy Magic! Hangman DARES someone to give him a reason! The Cowboy is furious, will he get his revenge one way or another?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Daniel Garcia!

The Realest didn’t get to fight for the Continental Crown, he didn’t get to settle things with Keith Lee, but he vows to no longer have his time wasted. Will he make quick work of Red Death to then go after Samoa Joe? Or will Garcia be unbreakable in 2024?

The bell rings and the fans fire up as these two stare down. The fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The two tie up, Swerve headlocks but Garcia powers out. Swerve runs Garcia over but Garcia’s right up. Swerve grins, then he headlocks again. Garcia fights the hold, powers up and out again, but Swerve runs him over again. Things speed up, Garcia hurdles but Swerve stops the monkey flip to then ghost pin, ONE!! Swerve sunset flips but Garcia stays up, sits on the cover, ONE!! Swerve Eddy Gordo RANAS and fans cheer. Swerve grins but Garcia dares him to bring more, while having his leg guard ready.

Swerve and Garcia feel things out, Garcia drags Swerve down, and wants a LeBell Lock! Swerve scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets off, then SPANKS Swerve! The fans fire up, Swerve gets mad and he pie faces. Garcia pie faces! They pie face back and forth, Swerve headlocks but Garcia powers out. Swerve KICKS Garcia, dodges him, but Garcia kitchen sink knees! The fans fire up and Menard wants Garcia to stay on Swerve. Garcia goes for legs but Swerve gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, runs side to side, and he BLASTS Swerve off the apron and into railing! Garcia then goes out, and he sends Swerve into more railing!

Fans fire up but Nana shouts at Garcia. Garcia smirks as he looks at Nana, and the fans are losing their minds over this! Nana does the Swerve When I Drive! Garcia puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! Nana hits the Cowboy Swerve! Garcia does more of his two step! Swerve runs up, grabs Garcia, but Garcia knees him low! Garcia POSTS Swerve, then puts him on the apron. Garcia climbs up after him, reels him in, but Swerve grabs the ref! The ref tries to shake loose, and Nana grabs Garcia! Garcia kicks free, but Swerve BOOTS Garcia! Menard protests, but Swerve fireman’s carries, for an APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!

Garcia falls to the floor, the chant of “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” echoes out, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Menard coaches Danny up but also warns Nana to stay back. The ref warns Nana, too, but Swerve tells Menard to shut up. Swerve stomps Garcia, drags him up, and RAMS him into railing! Swerve then brings Garcia around, to RAM him into an apron! Swerve puts Garcia in the ring, stomps him, and flexes. Swerve storms up on Garcia but Garcia CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve trips Garcia to then sit him up, CHOP him down, and drop a knee on him! Then Swerve KICKS Garcia in the chest! Swerve drags Garcia up by his nose, and CHOPS him to a corner. Swerve snapmares Garcia, goes up the corner, and FALLING UPPERCUTS!

Swerve hits the Griddy, mocks Garcia’s dance, then grins as he stalks Garcia. Swerve CHOKES Garcia on the ropes, with Nana talking trash! The ref counts, Swerve lets off, and he then digs his boots into Garcia at the ropes. Swerve drags Garcia up but Garcia ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! Swerve drop toeholds Garcia and clamps on a chinlock. Swerve traps an arm and almost has a crossface chicken wing. Garcia endures, fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Garcia moves around, and he lifts, but Swerve thrashes the headlock. Garcia powers Swerve into a corner and gets free, only for Swerve to BOOT him down!

The fans rally for Swerve again and he storms back up. Swerve UPPERCUTS, rolls, runs in and UPPERCUTS again! Another roll, more mocking of Garcia’s dance, then another UPPERCUT! Garcia just gets mad! Fans fire up as Garcia stalks up behind Swerve. Swerve senses something, takes as swing, but Garcia counter punches! And again! And then he bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires fast hands, and then stomps a mudhole in the corner! The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and Garcia BOOT WASHES! Garcia whips then SHOTGUNS Swerve, then reels Swerve in for a stalling SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this but Garcia drags grabs legs.

Swerve pops Garcia into a sunset flip! TWO, and Garcia kicks. Swerve blocks, slips around, BACKBREAKER! Swerve runs, into a choke grip! Swerve fights free, Garcia SLAPS him then runs, but Swerve catches him! Inverted suplex, SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and fans rally up again. Swerve drags Garcia out of the ring, to send him into railing! Menard tells Swerve to keep this in the ring. Swerve shoves Menard, Menard gets frustrated, and Swerve taunts him, “Whatcha gonna do about it?” Garcia RAMS Swerve into railing! The fans fire up as Garcia HAMMERS away on Swerve!

Menard gets out of the way as Garcia clears the desk! For that matter, Excalibur, Taz and Schiavone move aside, too. Garcia tosses armchairs aside so he can get up, and he has Swerve’s legs! DRAGON TAMER on the desk, but Swerve drags Garcia down with him! They both hit the floor and fans say someone f’d up! Swerve scrambles away while he can but Garcia also crawls for the ring. They both get in the ring, Menard says things get messy out here. Garcia storms up but Swerve ROCKS him! Swerve climbs a corner, but Garcia ROCKS him again! Garcia even rising HEADBUTTS! Garcia climbs up, brings Swerve to the top, SUPER DUPER PLEX!

Wait, Swerve rolls it through to BRAINBUSTER!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Nana coaches Swerve, Menard coaches Garcia, and a standing count starts. Swerve sits up with a scowl on his face, and he half nelsons Garcia. Swerve drags Garcia up, but Garcia throws elbows! Garcia SAYANAGIS, then reels Swerve in to KNEE him down!! Garcia runs to BOOT Swerve! But swerve somersaults, COMPLETE SHOT! Swerve runs up, HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO?!? Garcia survives and no one can believe it! Swerve is furious, he sits Garcia up again, and goes up a corner.

“This is Awesome!” as Swerve hits the KILL STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? HOW?!?!?!? Nana and Swerve are stunned, and then Garcia ghost pins! TWO!!! HOUSE CALL!!! And then the half nelson, J M L DRIVER!!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Garcia survived more than most, but he couldn’t survive the entire arsenal! Will this first win of 2024 be just the first of many? And surprisingly, Swerve shows Garcia respect by holding out a hand. Garcia takes it, only for Nana to LOW BLOW him!! Menard is furious, he storms up into the ring and he fires off hands on Swerve! But then Swerve LOW BLOWS Menard! Nana has a mic to say yeah, there you go! Get them outta here! Swerve literally kicks Menard out of the ring, and Nana says, “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re looking at your next AEW World-” HANGMAN!? The Cowboy said he wanted to fight someone, so he figures why not his rival?

Hangman gets in the ring to stare Swerve down while Nana runs away. Swerve chuckles and grins, but then the hands start flying! Fans are thunderous as these haymakers go back and forth, and then refs and security rush out! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but these two are kept apart. But then Hangman busts free to fire off more shots on Swerve!! The security drags Hangman back again, only for Swerve to get loose and attack!! Now they drag Swerve back, but neither man is cooling down! Will these two go another round before either gets the target they want?


My Thoughts:

A great first Dynamite for 2024 but also just a great Dynamite to follow Worlds End. Really good cold open promo from Samoa Joe, and great opening promo from Adam Cole to introduce the now “Undisputed Kingdom.” And that thing about Wardlow handing over the title to Cole is (perhaps) more tongue-in-cheek about how MJF tried to do that with Wardlow and the TNT Championship. But I like that because of all the enemies The Undisputed Kingdom made, we essentially have Face Bullet Club Gold, or at least Tweener. The tension when BCG and Acclaimed were in the ring together was good stuff, too. Also feels like we could get a Trios Triple Threat or something, BCG VS Acclaimed & Billy VS Roddy, Taven & Bennett.

Great International Championship match with Dante looking great even in defeat. But what an interesting moment to send out Private Party. Great to see that Quen is back all the same, can’t wait to see them finally get towards the titles. Great promo from Toni Storm before she of course leaves and doesn’t watch Mariah’s match. Mariah had a really good match with Aminata, but wow, Deonna Purrazzo showing up was a wild surprise. Deonna is clearly going to be Storm’s next challenger with this, just not sure they can stretch it to Revolution. Unless they actually use the ranking system again and make Deonna go on a win streak first.

Good promo from the new and improved(?) Outcasts. But I do like the hint at this just being a plot to keep Ruby away from Angelo Parker. It’s definitely going to blow up in Saraya’s face, though. Good promo from House of Black to call out FTR and put the unofficial stipulation on the tag match this Saturday. I’m not really sure what’ll come of either result, though. If FTR wins, House of Black can try and just tear FTR down completely. But if FTR loses, are they really forced to join The House of Black?

Awesome match out of Darby VS Takeshita with a great win for Takeshita, but it seems like the Don Callis Family is all about not letting go of feuds. Relentless Icons VS Takeshita & Hobbs will be great stuff but I dunno, it still feels like Sting wins again. At the same time, this might be to keep Jericho out of the spotlight while sorting out the allegations, so Don Callis Family has to shift gears to another target. Great promo from Eddie Kingston, and awesome Fatal 4 Way to determine a #1 contender, but uh… Is the title officially named the Continental Crown Championship and not just the Continental Championship? That makes it very confusing when there’s also this triple crown stuff going on.

I do find it intriguing that Trent’s starting to show some Heelish tactics, I wonder how this affects the Best Friends faction. Great inclusion of Danhausen in that match, too. Great promos from Garcia and Swerve ahead of their awesome main event, and even from Hangman wanting after pretty much all the top Heels in AEW right now. Hangman VS Swerve a third time after Swerve’s already won twice seems a bit strange, but I suppose it won’t be disappointing. With Cole still unable to wrestle because of his bad ankle, I would think Swerve gets his shot at Joe first, maybe at Revolution after getting through Hangman and maybe even Wardlow.

And great promo segment from Christian Cage and his faction. They cut Schiavone off a little too soon, but it was clear Christian considers his reign still continuing, no interruptions just because Edge beat him and then Luchasaurus gave up his own title shot. Classic bait ‘n’ switch of Christian making it sound like he was thanking  Luchasaurus but then thanking himself. Luchasaurus just has to lose his cool and beat the crap out of Christian so that they have a title match. As great as Christian has been, Luchasaurus should’ve won at Worlds End, and so he should win whenever and wherever they have this title match.

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.

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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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