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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/6/24)

A new era begins!

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After the Revolution, Dynamite begins again!

A new look for a new era, but Samoa Joe is STILL your AEW World Champion! Who will step up to the King of Wrestling TV and establish a Dynasty?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Undisputed Kingdom VS Samoa Joe & Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana; Joe & Swerve win.
  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Brian Cage; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • “Killswitch” Luchasaurus w/ The Patriarchy VS Matthew Menard; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Riho; Riho wins.
  • Don Callis Family Feud: Will Ospreay VS Kyle Fletcher; Ospreay wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Swerve Strickland is here!

Prince Nana leads the way as The Realest walks out one of the brand new tunnels Dynamite brings, and they head to the ring together where Tony Schiavone awaits. Schiavone says they can all hear the response to “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” What a match at Revolution, though a disappointing result for Swerve. So the question is, what’s next for Swerve Strickland? Swerve says he doesn’t know if he deserves all this praise. What’s Swerve’s House without the keys? This past Sunday, he was in that Triple Threat for the world championship, and he didn’t come out the victor. You know who did? Samoa Joe.

Fans boo but Swerve says it is funny enough. Two years to the day, he and Schiavone were on that stage, Revolution 2022 in Orlando, Florida, and Schiavone was the one to hand him the contract. Everyone cheers that moment, and Swerve hopes Schiavone remembers what he said that night. Swerve said he’d come out here, give his all to AEW and win championships. He said he was gonna be THE AEW World Champion! “But here I stand, here, no gold around my waist, around my shoulder, nothing. Part of me thinks it’s a little bit of karma from all the bad stuff that I’ve done. Y’know, I’ve done some really terrible stuff in AEW, bro.

“Maybe this is payback for that, maybe I’m paying for it now, I dunno. As a matter of fact…” The fans continue with “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” but Swerve says he has doubts now. Maybe he’s not supposed to be a champion here. Maybe he should be a role player, the guy that gets close enough but can’t quite get it, and he has to settle for “just this.” The fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Schiavone lets Swerve have the mic for himself. Swerve will tell us a little something. Something about Sunday felt real different. He goes to all the arenas, every city, he hears them singing and chant his name.

He sees them do the dance and all that. But something about Greensboro on Sunday felt very different. It felt like the people were truly rooting for him for the first time. Like they really wanted him to win and make history! He heard people flew across the country from his home state of Washington, just to be in the presence of Swerve winning, becoming world champion, and making history. And for that, he will not let them down! The fans cheer, and Swerve says the fact still remains, nothing changes from this point on. “Samoa Joe. Joe, whether you’re still holding that championship or not, I’m coming for you.”

Swerve doesn’t know when or where, but he will beat Samoa Joe, that he promises! “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” “Whose House?!” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” “Whose Damn House!?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!!” But wait! Samoa Joe is here! The champion, the King of Wrestling Television, chuckles and smiles as he makes his way to the ring. The fans cheer as Joe holds up the belt, and then Joe looks to Swerve. Joe gets a mic of his own, and he says, “Y’know, for a man who I beat down the other day, you sure are talking funny. Making a lot of promises to these good people that you will never keep.

“In fact, I’ve come out here to give us a little reality check, maybe adjust our perception. Because here we are, in Swerve’s House!” The fans chant again, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” but Joe says unfortunately, that house exists in Joe’s world! The fans boo but Joe says instead of disappointing the people with how Swerve’s almost a world champion, Joe figured he’d come out here to show them a real world champion. Joe spins around so everyone can see him. Swerve tells Joe not to turn his back on Swerve. Second, Joe’s talking real spicy for a man who hasn’t actually beat Swerve.

Joe is waving this title around in Swerve’s face, is he really taunting Swerve? How about they put that on the line tonight? Heck, why wait for later tonight? Let’s do this right now?! But hold on! Here comes The Undisputed Kingdom! Adam Cole wheels out, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett holding up their ROH World Tag Team Championships, Roderick Strong showing off his newly won AEW International Championship, and Wardlow holding his head high as the All-Star Scramble winner, and therefore next in line for an AEW World Championship match. Adam Cole has a mic to say, “Who’s ready for Story Time with Adam Cole BAYBAY?”

Fans are torn but Cole says the only story worth talking about after Revolution is The Undisputed Kingdom. Just like they said, Roddy is the NEW AEW International Champion! The Kingdom are still the greatest ROH World Tag Team Champions of all time! And then there is the two in the ring. Don’t get Cole wrong, Samoa Joe is big and bad, but the only reason he is still AEW World Champion is because the Undisputed Kingdom let it happen. And Swerve! “The hot new thing, right, everybody? Six months from now, no one’s gonna give a damn about you! And the only thing you’re gonna swerve from is the main event scene, because there’s no way in Hell you’re winning the AEW world title.”

The fans boo but Swerve just shrugs that off. Cole says the man who IS going to win that title off Joe is Wardlow! “Very, very soon, Wardlow is gonna challenge and win the AEW World Championship. And when he does, he’s gonna bring it home to its rightful place.” Swerve laughs and says that’s funny. Funny that they’re saying Swerve should go to the back of the line. How many times has Cole had to do that? How many times has he missed out on opportunities and failed and gotten more and more and more opportunities? Matter of fact, Swerve is taking a liking to Cole’s new role as manager in this Undisputed thing.

Really, it’s amusing. Cole’s like Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget, it’s really funny. And if Cole needs new clients, Swerve’s got Britt Baker’s other number in his pocket right here. Cole says Swerve thinks he’s real cute, real tough! How about this? Next week, the greatest ROH Tag Team Champions, Taven & Bennett, VS Swerve… and JOE! Swerve says why wait? Swerve and Joe are right here, Taven & Bennett are right there. Just bring your asses down and let’s make it happen! Cole says of course that’s what Swerve would say. But here’s the thing: Swerve doesn’t make the rules around here, The Undisputed Kingdom does!

Cole says the match is happening next week, no if’s, ands or buts! Well, Schiavone is getting word, here’s a but! Tony Khan has just said the match is tonight! Taven & Bennett VS Swerve & Joe, and it’s right NOW! Get us a referee! The fans fire up, The Kingdom is furious, but are Bennett & Taven going to pay the check Cole’s mouth just wrote? Joe isn’t really happy about this, either, but will he and Swerve make for a killer combination?

The Undisputed Kingdom VS Samoa Joe & Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana!

The teams sort out and Joe starts against Taven. They circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. They break, Taven says HEEE’S Matt Taven, but Joe JABS! And JABS! And JABS, JABS, JABS! Taven ends up in a corner, Joe fires off more, but Bennett runs up. Joe ROCKS then CHOPS Bennett! Then CHOPS and JABS, JABS, JABS! Joe sits Bennett down, Taven runs in, but Joe dodges the splash! Joe runs in but Taven BOOTS! Bennett ROCKS Joe, Taven goes up, but Joe steps aside so the MISSILE DROPKICK hits Bennett! Joe then gives Taven an atomic drop, then BOOTS him down! Then SENTONS! Cover, TWO!

Joe stalks Taven, brings him up, and HEADBUTTS him down! Joe taunts Swerve but that lets Taven tag Bennett. Joe brings Taven up, but Taven pushes him into Bennett’s SUPERKICK! Taven then springboards for KICK O’ THE KING! Bennett covers, ONE!! Joe stays in this but Bennett stays on him with stomps. Bennett has Joe literally on the ropes and CHOKES him while Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref counts, Bennett lets off at 4, and then he brings Joe around. Bennett CHOPS Joe, CHOPS again, but Joe CHOPS back! Bennett staggers, Joe storms up, but Bennett CLAWS Joe’s eyes! Joe is in the corner again, Bennett brings him to the Kingdom’s corner, and he tags Taven. The Kingdom mugs Joe, Taven throws haymakers, then Taven knees low. Taven bumps Joe off buckles, fires hands, and then Bennett HOTSHOTS him! Joe staggers, into Taven’s HEEL KICK! Joe falls over, Taven covers, TWO! Taven is annoyed but he sits Joe up into a chinlock. Joe is already looking a bit red as Taven squeezes tight.

The fans rally, Bennett taunts them, but Joe still fights up. Joe throws body shots, gets free, but Taven CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Taven drags Joe back, tags in Bennett, and Bennett stomps Joe down! Bennett drops an elbow on the knee, traps the leg in a toehold, then gets up to SLAM the leg on the mat! Tag to Taven, they mug Joe, and then Taven CHOPS! And CHOPS! Joe CHOPS Taven in return! And CHOPS again! Taven CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands, Taven lets off, but then he CHOKES Joe in a corner! The ref counts again, Taven lets off to argue with Aubrey, but that also lets Bennett sucker punch Joe!

Swerve protests but Taven bumps Joe off buckles. Taven digs his boot in, the ref counts, but Taven lets off. Taven paces around, taunts Swerve, and brings Joe out. Joe CHOPS as Dynamite returns to single picture, but Taven CHOPS back! Taven whips, Joe reverses but Taven stops himself, rolls under Joe’s lariat, and then gets up to ENZIGIRI! Joe goes to the corner, Taven runs up, but into the URENAGE! The fans fire up as Joe staggers, and Swerve tags himself in! Bennett runs in, Swerve BOOTS him into Taven, then goes Matrix to dodge! Swerve kips up, dodges Taven, and rolls him to EDDY GORDO RANA!

Swerve runs at Bennett in the corner and ELBOWS him! Swerve snapmares Bennett, goes up the corner, and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Then he hits the Griddy! The fans are thunderous, then Swerve goes up and out to BOOT Taven! Swerve goes back in, somersaults, FLATLINER! Roll through to the deadlift BRAINBUSTER! “Whose House?!” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” and Hotlanta is really heating up! Swerve goes up but Taven fires off hands! The ref reprimands but Taven climbs up. Taven CLUBS Swerve, stands him up but Swerve resists the superplex! Swerve throws hands, then SLAPS Taven!

Swerve DECKS Taven, aims at Bennett, KILL STOMPS!! Swerve stares Joe down, then catches Taven! Atomic FACEBUSTER, and HOUSE CALL!! Swerve gets Taven up, for the J M L DRIVER!! Cover, Swerve & Joe win!

Winners: Samoa Joe & Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Swerve grins at Joe and Joe glares back. Nana does his dance, but then Joe steps back into the ring as Wardlow makes his way back down the ramp. Swerve says come get some, but Joe puts on the COQUINA CLUTCH!! Fans boo as Joe punishes Swerve for taking the spotlight, but he also sends a message to The Undisputed Kingdom’s War Dog. Joe stands over Swerve holding up the belt, will no one knock The King of Wrestling TV off his throne? We’ll see next week in Boston for AEW Big Business!

 

Backstage interview with Hook.

Renee Paquette is with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil and notes “there is so much built-up animosity and history” between Hook and Brian Cage. Tonight, they go 1v1 for the FTW Championship, how is Hook feeling? But then in walks Chris Jericho. Jericho apologizes for the interruption, but he says the very first match he ever had in America as Lionheart Chris Jericho was at the ECW Arena against Hook’s dad, Taz. Taz suplex’d Jericho right on his head, and he never forgot. But he also has always had a connection to Taz because of it, so it makes Jericho feel like he has a connection to Hook.

Jericho never really respected Hook until Hook dumped him on his head this past Sunday. And after that, Jericho realized that Hook might just be the real deal. Congrats on that. Jericho and Hook fist bump and Hook heads out. Will Hook do his dad and all of ECW proud by tearing down The Machine?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson are backstage, and Matt says it is great to be here in Duluth, Georgia. Nick says they have a huge announcement! Or rather, two huge announcements. First- Oh, sorry to interrupt. Let’s make those two huge announcements live and in the ring later tonight. For now, let’s get back to the action! Given the forced delivery of those lines and the very forced smiles, the Bucks are clearly still stinging from their loss at Revolution. But just what exactly are the EVPs going to announce tonight?

 

FTW Championship: Hook VS Brian Cage!

The Ocho just gave the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil his seal of approval, but this isn’t about earning respect. This is about the score finally being settled by two men who were once allies under Team Taz. Will the second generation star finally prove there is someone better than Cage? Or will The Machine #SendHook home for good?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly FTW!

The bell rings, Cage runs up but Hook gets around to throw body shots! The fans fire up, Cage shoves Hook, and he FLAPJACKS Hook, to then SUPERKICK! The fans fire up as Cage puts Hook in a corner. Hook dodges Cage, then clinches, but Cage fights the suplex! Cage shoves Hook, Hook ducks the lariat to waistlock, but Cage elbows free. Cage waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook ends up in the corner, Cage runs up to UPPERCUT! LARIAT! And then ARM-TRAP SUPLEX! The fans boo but Cage soaks it up, and Taz notes he taught Cage that move. Cage goes out and this title match is FTW Rules, so Cage brings out a chair!

Hook crawls around the outside while Cage wedges the chair in a corner. Hook goes looking, the fans want tables, but Hook BLASTS Cage with a fire extinguisher! Cage sputters and falls out of the ring, and Hook runs up to SMACK him with a trash can lid! And then SMACK him again! Hook runs up to SMACK Cage again! Cage knees low, whips Hook hard into steel steps, and both men are down on the outside. The fans rally up, Cage runs up, but Hook moves! Cage’s knee hits the steel steps! Hook then leaps, but into a POWERSLAM to the floor! Hook writhes, Cage snarls, and Cage runs up, but Hook moves again! Cage crashes THROUGH the railing!!

The fans lose their minds and the ref checks Cage, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Hook storms his way over to Cage, drags him up, and then ROCKS him with a right! Cage staggers around, Hook CLUBS him along through the crowd, then fires off forearms against the railing! Hook lets off to fire up the fans, but Cage DUMPS him over the railing and to the ramp! Cage stomps Hook around, brings him up the ramp, and then scoops to SLAM him on the ramp! Hook writhes, Cage goes around the way and fetches some spare railing! Cage brings that railing right into the ring! Cage then kicks Hook, throws him into barriers, and then brings Hook around to RAM into more barriers!

Cage looks under the ring, brings out a kendo stick, puts that in the ring, and then brings out a trash can! The can goes into the ring, and Cage snatches the bell’s hammer! Cage CLUBS Hook with it! And CLUBS him again! Hook flounders around, Cage props up the spare railing in a corner. Cage then goes out to get a chair, and he SMACKS Hook right as Dynamite returns to single picture! Cage puts Hook in the ring, looms over him, and brings him up. Cage fireman’s carries, aims for the chair, FULL METAL DDT as Hook counters!! The fans are thunderous and they rally behind “HOOK! HOOK! HOOK!”

Cage and Hook rise, and Hook LARIATS! Cage stays up, so Hook LARIATS again! Cage still stays up, so Hook runs again. Hook ducks Cage’s discus to then LARIAT Cage down! The fans fire up more, Hook clinches for the T-BONE PLEX! Cage flounders, Hook gets a trash can lid, and he SMASHES it on Cage’s head! Then the T-BONE onto the railing!! The fans fire up and Hook covers, TWO!! Cage survives even though his body was used to bend the railing! Hook sits Cage up to crossface forearm! But Cage slips out the back, wheelbarrows and NECKBREAKERS! Hook writhes, Cage brings a chair back over, and he gets Hook up.

Cage lifts Hook to POWERBOMB, then deadlift and fireman’s carry, FULL METAL F5!! Cover, TWO!!! Hook survives and Cage is furious! Cage goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a black bag! Fans anticipate what’s in the bag, and Cage pours it out. Yep, it’s THUMBTACKS! The fans say Cage is sick, but Cage suplexes! Hook slips free to REDRUM!! But Cage RAMS Hook into the corner chair! Cage then drags Hook back up, but Hook JAMS him with a kendo stick! And SMACKS him! And SMACKS him again! Then T-BONE onto the tacks!!! The fans lose their minds while Cage writhes! Hook isn’t done, he crossface forearms!

Hook CLUBS away, then clamps on REDRUM!!! Cage fights up, though, and DROPS onto the tacks!! But Hook holds on!! Cage flails, he sputters, he’s OUT!! Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

Cage could not stop Hook, but wait! The Gates of Agony jump in! Bishop Kaun CLOBBERS Hook from behind! Toa Liona stomps away with Kaun and the fans boo! The Embassy are sore losers! But wait, here comes Jericho! Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat and he CRACKS Liona! Liona & Kaun retreat, but Jericho chucks a trash can at them! Will Jericho help Hook tear down the Gates of Agony?

 

An AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament is about to begin!

With Sting retiring as a champion, he and Darby Allin must now vacate the titles, so AEW is about to have its own March Madness! Tony Khan believes that from start to finish, March 2024 will be one of the greatest and most important ever in AEW history. Then the only thing left is to ask is, who gets in, and who gets to be the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions?

 

Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Renee is with Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta, and says that Cassidy had an incredible run as International Champion, but it came to an end at Revolution. What is next for Freshly Squeezed? Um, well, same as he always does, and that’s do whatever he can to fill his backpack with another championship. Then let’s talk about the AEW Tag Team tournament. Are Chuck & Trent going to get in on the tournament? The Kentucky Gentleman says that it is about time they win the big one! Though unfortunately, the boys are not back in time, Chuck’s ankle is still hurt and he is still not cleared.

But Chuck is thinking Trent & Cassidy should get in on the tournament and win the whole dang thing! Guess what? Friday Night Rampage is their first match! Bring it in! Trent says, “Boys, it’s time to win the big one.” They count it out, three, two, one, WIN THE BIG ONE! Will Freshly Squeezed & #JustTrent become a dynamic duo that wins the gold?

 

“Killswitch” Luchasaurus w/ The Patriarchy VS Matthew Menard!

Christian Cage’s Right Hand of Destruction had a hand in Christian retaining the TNT Championship, just like before. But now he is going to settle things with Daddy Magic, who did his best to tip the scales in Daniel Garcia’s favor! Can Menard find a way to bring down the wrestling dinosaur once and for all?

The moment Menard’s in the ring, he rushes Luchasaurus! The bell rings, Menard fires off and the fans fire up! Luchasaurus shoves Menard down, but Menard comes back and fires off more shots! Christian has joined commentary to say he only felt it fair with Menard always hanging around Garcia’s matches. Menard climbs up a corner to rain down fists but Luchasaurus shoves him away. The fans fire up behind Menard as he clotheslines in a  corner! Menard goes up to rain down more fists! Luchasaurus drags Menard down and choke grips, but Menard bends fingers! Luchasaurus goes to a corner and Menard climbs again!

Menard rains down fists, the fans count and finally, Menard gets TEN! Menard then brings Luchasaurus around, runs up and LARIATS! Luchasaurus stays up but wobbles, Menard runs and LARIATS again! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Menard runs again, but into a choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM!! Luchasaurus roars, Christian rants about holding the younger generation down, and then Luchasaurus hauls Menard up. Menard throws hands! The fans fire up but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS then LARIATS! Luchasaurus drags Menard up again, for the EXTINCTION LARIAT! But he’s not done!?

Luchasaurus stands Menard up and Christian says this is Luchasaurus having fun now. EXTINCTION LARIAT again! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

Christian says he is a very proud father. And Luchasaurus isn’t done because this is what Menard gets for sticking his nose in the Patriarchy’s business. WAIT! Garcia runs out here to fire off shots! Christian sends Nick Wayne but Garcia fires off on him, too! Christian is furious, but Luchasaurus BOOTS Garcia down! Christian also insults Garcia’s pants. Luchasaurus sets Garcia up for WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian is proud of his “sons,” Nick has the world at his feet. “There’s nothing Nick Wayne can’t do under my guidance.” Father Christian & Mother Shayna leave commentary to walk up the ramp with The Patriarchy, will anyone ever-

WAIT! Adam Copeland is here!! And he CLOBBERS Luchasaurus from behind to TOSS him off the stage, and down through some tables!! Then he puts a SLEEPER onto Nick! Captain Charisma is too afraid of the Rated R Superstar to save his “son!” Edge pushes Nick down, then glares at Christian. But Mother Shayna sneaks up, to LOW- NO! Edge blocks that! The fans fire up and Shayna wants mercy. Edge just chases Christian instead! Christian runs away into the crowd but Edge pursues! They go to the back, cameras follow, and Christian does his best to block Edge’s path! Edge isn’t slowed down at all so Christian gets out of the building!

Christian spots a car, YANKS the driver out and takes off! Edge tells the camera that Christian ran away like a little b*tch. He knows Christian will watch this later, so Edge wants him to know this will end where it all started. Toronto, March 20th, Dynamite, Edge VS Christian 3 for the TNT Championship… in an I QUIT MATCH!! See you there, Jay. Will things go beyond Rated R to finally finish this between the former best friends?

 

Backstage interview with Kyle O’Reilly.

Renee is with the returning Mr. Combat and says it is so good to see him back. He has been gone nearly two YEARS! What were those two years like for him? Kyle says he hates to admit this, but for awhile, he didn’t think he would ever wrestle again. But to be here now, to be cleared, to feel the love from the fans, and to get a second chance to do the only thing he’s ever truly been good at, and a second chance to provide for his family, he’s just grateful. Renee says that moment at Revolution, Kyle in the ring with Roderick Strong & The Undisputed Kingdom, what happened out there?

Kyle says he has nothing but love and respect for The Undisputed Kingdom. But they all have to understand that Kyle has fallen so far down the mountain, he doesn’t know what path to take. He could’ve gotten back on the path with his friends, but in many ways, that’s the easy path. Kyle has this second chance, and wants to do it on his own. Then what will that new path for Kyle look like now that he’s back in AEW?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

After watching the recap package of Sting’s final match, he notes it was truly an incredible night for all of wrestling. And now, let’s welcome out our EVPs, Matthew & Nicholas, The Young Bucks! The fans boo but Nick & Matt make their way out, just as they promised earlier tonight. The Bucks even gave themselves some extra pyro, it seems. Schiavone says that’s a great entrance from them after the “ass-kicking” they took on Sunday. Nick snatches the mic and tells Schiavone to get the hell out of THEIR ring! The fans boo but Schiavone still exits, and Nick says they’re moving past that already!

Matter of fact, Nick accuses Darby & Sting of cheating! Sting brought his friends from the retirement home and even his sons, who each happen to be 6’8″ and 300 pounds! Uh, no, not really… Matt calms Nick down, and Nick says yes, Matt brings up a good point. There is something you can’t take away from The Bucks, and that is the fact they’re the EVPs, and they ended Sting’s career FOREVER~! Fans boo because Sting was retiring either way. Nick then brings up the upcoming tag team tournament. So of course, The Bucks are in it! They’re gonna get those tag titles back!

Matt says on to tonight’s agenda. They have two huge announcements. First, it is really just some housekeeping, and this is really tough now that Matt thinks about it. It pertains to their dear friends. But they are EVPs dammit and they take this job seriously. So in an effort to show there is no favoritism or bias here, The Bucks are forced. Hangman Page…! You put your hand on AEW officials last Sunday and that is crossing the line! Matt feels bad that he has to say this, but unfortunately, Hangman must be suspended indefinitely from The Elite, without pay. Wait, The Elite or AEW? Is there even really a punishment?

Continuing on, Matt isn’t even sure how to get through this one. Nick encourages him and Matt tells Kenny Omega that it’s like he disappeared off the face of the Earth or something. Kenny hasn’t made any of his dates for no good reason! Matt doesn’t understand! But Kenny has diverticulitis, that IS a big reason! Matt says as far as Kenny’s association with The Elite goes… Kenny’s fired! So, again, is this Kenny being kicked out of the little group or the company? Matt apologizes, he and Nick love them both, and apologies if both Kenny and Hangman are just finding this out on live TV. Actually, yeah, they are.

But hey, get on the group chat, the EVPs are free all weekend. Or maybe not, they don’t know. But anyway! Item number two! And Matt’s really excited for this one. He knows the fans will love it, too! Wait, Eddie Kingston is making his way out here? The Mad King, the Continental Crown Champion, brushes the cameraman aside so he can get into the ring. He has the music cut and says yeah, sorry, he’s still wearing sweatpants and Timberlands. But anyway, the “hot head” brother said if Eddie talked crap on them again, he’d be fined, right? Then do it now, b*tch, cuz he’s got something to say! Eddie even throws money at Nick!

Matt keeps Nick from attacking in return and has everyone relax. Matt tells Eddie this is unprofessional, and we should take this conversation to the back. They can talk like gentlemen, they shouldn’t air grievances on national television. But then Nick grabs at Eddie, so Eddie DECKS him! And ELBOWS Matt! Eddie CLUBS away on Nick, so Matt LOW BLOWS Eddie!! The fans boo as Eddie drops to his knees, and Nick SUPERKICKS him down! The fans boo as the Bucks sit Eddie back up, for E V P- COIN DROP!? That’s THE RAINMAKER, KAZUCHIKA OKADA! And he walks out in a great looking suit while the fans lose their minds!

Okada storms right down to the ring, the Bucks also freaking out! Okada stands by Eddie’s side and even Eddie is surprised! But then Okada gets Eddie in a ripcord!? RAINMAKER!!! Nick says THIS was their second announcement! The newest member of The Elite is THE RAINMAKER, KAZUCHIKA OKADA!! The suit should’ve given it away that Okada sold out! Okada stands over Eddie and signals that he wants the Triple Crown Championship(s)! Is Okada going to add three belts to his list of accolades with one swift clothesline?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Riho!

The Galaxy’s Greatest won alongside Willow Nightingale during Revolution’s Zero Hour, and she is looking to get back up towards that TBS Championship. However, the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion is herself wanting to get back to the top of the mountain! Will Kris make sure she’s back in the title scene’s orbit? Or will Riho be one step closer to her former glory?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, Kris and Riho tie up and Riho headlocks. Kris puts Riho in a corner, lets off fast, and the fans cheer. Riho and Kris reset while the fans duel. The two tie up, Riho waistlocks but Kris trips her. Kris stands Riho up, scoops her, and then carries her around before the SLAM! Kris flexes, the fans cheer, and Kris somersaults, but Riho avoids the senton! Riho ghost pins, ONE, but Riho jumps the leg sweep to dropkick! Kris tumbles then staggers to her feet, but she holds off the Northern Lights! Kris CLUBS away on Riho, gut wrenches her up, but Riho fights free.

Riho ducks ‘n’ dodges, baits Kris to the ropes for a drop toehold! Kris is on the ropes as Riho dials it up, but Stokely warns Kris! Kris avoids the 619 and gets moving to run Riho over! Cover, TWO as Riho goes Matrix! Riho runs, sunset flips but Kris stays up! Kris yanks Riho right up and into a BEARHUG! Kris thrashes Riho around, Stokely likes that, and then Kris smiles as she pops Riho into a suplex! Kris holds Riho up for FIVE before the SLAM! The fans cheer, Kris drags Riho up and bumps her off buckles. Kris CHOPS, then she whips Riho into the corner again. Kris runs up, but Riho dodges!

Riho runs in to fire off forearms on Kris and the fans fire up! But Kris TOSSES Riho back in! Kris runs, but Riho BOOTS her! Riho goes up, BOOTS again, and then leaps to CROSSBODY! But Kris catches her, fireman’s carries, and just THROWS Riho down! Kris flexes and the fans cheer while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kris drags Riho around, covers, TWO! Riho stays in this but Kris stays on her with a whip to the corner. Kris then reels Riho in to suplex, and she holds Riho up for TEN, then FIFTEEN, then TWENTY before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Riho is still in this though a bit dazed, but Kris brings her right up. Kris hits a BACKBREAKER, then brings Riho up for another BACKBREAKER! Then Kris bends Riho against her knee! Riho endures, so Kris picks her back up, for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Stokely is annoyed on behalf of Kris but Kris drags Riho into the body scissor squeeze! Riho endures and throws elbows into the knees!

Kris clamps on with a chinlock and she now squeezes Riho’s head. Riho fights up, throws body shots, but Kris CLUBS her. Kris CHOPS Riho against the ropes, then stalks her to the other side. kris ROCKS and CHOPS Riho again, but Riho CHOPS in return! Kris eggs Riho on so Riho CHOPS again! Kris CHOPS, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Kris CHOPS again! RIho fires forearm sin return! The fans fire up as Riho gets the edge, but Kris knees low! Kris CHOPS again, whips her to ropes, but Riho avoids the powerslam! Riho DOUBLE STOMPS Kris’ back! Then DROPKICKS her down!

The fans fire up as Kris goes to a corner. Riho runs in, to ROCK Kris, and then she rains down fists! Kris shoves Riho away, then runs up. Riho waistlocks, ducks the elbow, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Kris escapes and Riho is a bit surprised, but Stokely is a bit worried. Riho climbs up the corner, takes aim, but Kris avoids the double stomp! But then Riho avoids the discus! Riho full nelsons, but Kris breaks free and DECKS Riho! Kris drags Riho up, reels her in, short arm LARIAT! Stokely likes what he sees now as Kris gets Riho up to short arm LARIAT again! Riho kicks from below but Kris stomps her down!

Kris knuckle locks and YANKS Riho right up, but Riho RANAS free! Kris is ont he ropes, Riho redials, 619!! Riho hurries up the corner while Kris staggers about! Riho leaps to CROSSBODY! But Kris rolls through with it! Only for Riho to slip out, DRAGON SUPLEX! High stack, TWO!! Kris survives and Stokely is beside himself! “This is Awesome!” as Riho pushes Kris around. Riho sits Kris up, runs from the corner, but Kris ducks the meteora! Riho bounces off buckles, Kris rolls her up to deadlift and POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? Riho survives and Kris can’t believe it! Stokely offers the chain, just like last week!

Stokely distracts the ref, and Kris crawls over to the chain!? Is Kris gonna do it?! The fans boo, but then Kris drops the chain outside the ring! The fans cheer Kris’ sense of justice, but Riho rolls her up! Kris rolls through, Riho wheelbarrows, but Kris makes that  a WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! And then she deadlift GERMANS! Riho flops around, Kris waistlocks to deadlift, but Riho fights! Kris powers up, Riho victory rolls and has Kris deep, RIHO WINS!!

Winner: Riho, by pinfall

Kris is shocked, the fans are shocked, and Stokely is disappointed! But is he disappointed that he caused Kris unnecessary conflict? Or that Kris didn’t just do what he wanted? As for Riho, is she headed right for a title shot in time for AEW Dynasty?

 

Backstage interview with “Timeless” Toni Storm.

Renee is in the black ‘n’ white filter as she congratulates AEW’s leading lady on retaining the AEW Women’s World Championship, albeit under dubious circumstances. The camera pans over and we see that’s Mariah May in her rocker Toni cosplay. THE Toni Storm pops out from behind her to say they fooled Renee, just like they fooled that Deonna Purrazzo into thinking she had a hope in Hell at ever winning the title. Toni asks Renee, “What season is it?” Uh, Spring. Oh, so Renee only looks smart. No, dear, it is awards season! And as such, this Saturday on “Co-li-zi-on,” she will be presenting the first ever Toni Awards! Note it’s with an I so they can’t get sued.

But that reminds her! Luther! He presents Storm with Mariah May’s first ever shirt, which is in the same style as Storm’s first ever shirt. Mariah is honored, but Storm says she will be getting a cut of profits. Until next time: chin up; tits out; and watch for the- SHOE~! Storm hushes Mariah, that’s not her line. But one way or another, it seems Mariah has made her role model proud. Will they both be the top stars of the AEW Women’s Division now?

 

Backstage interview with Stokely Hathaway & Willow Nightingale.

Renee is with them after the unfortunate loss for Kris Statlander. What went wrong out there? Stokely chuckles and repeats, “What went wrong? Kris Statlander wanted to do things her way, but let me just say, she is one of the best female competitors we have here in AEW. She is my favorite! I just wish that she would, uh, accept the help from the ones who love her the most, y’know?” Then Renee has some good news. Next week, for Big Business, Willow goes 1v1 with Riho. That is good! Willow tells Stokely that she gets what he was trying to do, but next time, just let her do things her way.

As for Riho, Willow knows she can beat the former Women’s World Champion, and she wants to be a champion in AEW herself. She’s feeling really good after Revolution, because she and Kris beat Skye & Julia. So Julia, Willow has her sights set on your title! And Willow is going to become the Face of TBS! Just gotta get through Riho first. The Babe with the Power is ready, but will she be able to do what Kris could not?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring again.

He welcomes a man who will be facing Jay White for Big Business, who had a hell of a night at Revolution, and is/was one-half of the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Darby Allin! The fans fire up as Darby makes his way to the ring, holding one of the tag title belts in one hand, and Sting’s baseball bat in the other! Darby steps into the ring with Schiavone, and while Schiavone wants to ask what is next, we already know. Next wee, Dynamite in Boston, Darby VS Switchblade. But then the question is, what is it like for Darby without Sting? The fans chant for “DARBY! DARBY!” and he says, “This isn’t gonna be easy, Tony. It’s crazy if you think about it.

“About five years ago, I was homeless about 40 minutes from here, in downtown Atlanta. And then Sunday, I was main-eventing one of AEW’s best PPVs of all time in Sting’s retirement match. I said I’d stop at nothing to make sure his career ended with the respect it deserved, and I felt like I did just that.” The fans cheer in agreement there. Darby says he is lacerated, beat up, tired, but what’s next? Well, Big Business is him and Jay White. Then March 27th, he’s gonna climb Mount Everest! The fans cheer that, too! Darby says this is him from the heart here. There is no guarantee that he’s gonna come back alive from Everest.

But Darby wants to take this time now to tell every fan thank you, and thank you to AEW for giving him this dream. And if next week is his last-ever match, he will do what he always does, and that is go out fighting for his life! As for his tag team championship, everyone keeps asking him, “Oh, why not just keep defending it with a new partner?” Well let’s get serious here, he can’t replace The Icon! The fans feel that! So then, the next team that wins these, congrats. Darby sets the belt down, but then the Bang Bang Scissor Gang makes their way out! Or at least, the Bullet Club Gold half of it, as Jay White leads Austin & Colten out here.

White has everyone hold on now. He is sorry, he didn’t wanna interrupt this “cute little sob story.” But it’s just that Darby is such an elusive and, let’s be honest, weird guy that White wasn’t sure if he’d get a chance to talk to him backstage. So White had to come out here, Atlanta, to tell Darby that face to face, congrats on an amazing night at Revolution. The fans cheer agreement there. White tells Darby that he showed the world that he would do anything. That he’d sacrifice himself just to make sure Sting would retire a champion. Give it up for Stinger, huh? The fans cheer, and White says Darby really was ready to risk it all, jumping off that ladder!

Though, if you ask White, that was kinda stupid. “Our esteemed EVPs” moved outta the way, and Darby… Well, White really likes this part. Darby went crashing through glass all by himself! That left poor old Sting all by himself to fight 2v1 against the Bucks! But luckily Sting prevailed. He had that heartwarming sendoff to his career he oh-so deserved, and Darby was there by Sting’s side to enjoy that moment. Well, White didn’t see it, but he’s heard about it, because it is all anyone is talking about. But between White, Darby and Atlanta (as well as everyone watching right now), White doesn’t really care.

Fans boo but White says that what he does care about is, Sting is gone~! And Darby’s all alone~! And what is Darby without Sting? He’s a little lost puppy, no one there to feed him treats or clean up after him, or to… hold his leash. And now, Darby has a match with the Switchblade, Jay White! The Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling! That is why White is here. He wants to tell Darby that they don’t even need to have this match. Just like Darby didn’t have to jump off that ladder, Darby doesn’t have to get in the ring with White. And trust White when he says this: Nobody in the back, nobody here in Atlanta and nobody watching at home would think less of Darby.

No one would think less of Darby after what he’s been through both physically, mentally and emotionally. The fans boo but White says that Darby should know, if he gets into the ring with White, there’s a lot worse that can happen than just some scratches. So here’s a better idea! This is how they can preserve their precious Darby Allin! Instead of a match, Darby can hang with the bang Bang Scissor Gang! They even have a nickname for Darby! Ready to hear it, Atlanta? Does Darby wanna hear it? It’s Darby Scissorhands! He looks like he loves playing with scissors, given that shirt. So throw ’em up, join the team, and he can scissor Daddy Ass!

Darby asks if White’s done. Yeah, he’s done. Then Darby will get right to the point. White main-evented Tokyo Dome twice, won titles all around the world, then came to AEW, and done what? Played with cardboard cutouts? Darby doesn’t believe the hype! They ARE gonna have this match, and if White is as good as he thinks, he’d show up alone. White smirks, but then Darby whispers something to him. White gets serious now, he looks to the Gunn sons, then turns around, and Darby presses the bat to White’s neck! The Gunns have White cool off, the match is happening. Darby tells him, “I’ll see you at Big Business, baby.”

Bullet Club Gold heads out, but will Darby soon Breathe With The Switchblade in Bean Town?

 

Julia Hart speaks.

With Skye Blue by her side, the TBS Champion says, “The worst feeling in the world isn’t loneliness, but to be forgotten. And Willow, it seems you’ve forgotten who I am. I am the Princess of the Black Throne, Keeper of Secrets, and the TBS Champion. And on Friday night on Rampage, I will be issuing an Open House for anyone who needs reminding of who the TBS Champion is.” The warning has been issued, who will ignore it to get their shot at the champ?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Buddy Matthews tells Mark Briscoe that he got himself into this situation, and they will eradicate him for it. They will fight fire with fire. Buddy chuckles, but then says no, seriously, they will set Mark ablaze. Brody King says, “The history of violence between myself and the Briscoe brothers has left scars in our bodies that neither of us will forget. And on Saturday at Collision, history repeats itself.” Malakai Black says, “This pain, Mark, that you feel inside your chest… We will make sure that it’s surpassed by the physical, that us, the merciful House of Black, will inflict upon you.” Brody adds, “Just let us know if we need to dig one grave, or three.”

Julia sings, “It burns, burns, burns~, that ring of fire…” The House has issued a chilling challenge, and speaking of Mark Briscoe…!

Backstage interview with Mark Briscoe.

Renee is with the Sussex County Chicken and asks his response. Mark is supposed to be scared now? They got the wrong one! He done walked through the fire and the flames, he’s danced with the devil, did a Tennessee two-step on that sorry b*tch! He fears no man, fears no evil, so let’s just do it! Saturday Night Collision, Atlanta Street Fight, he’ll take y’all on by himself! Mark doesn’t even need nobody! But then in steps Jay Lethal. And Lethal says it is about time he #ManUp and help his friend of over 20 years. Plus, he loves Mark, man! Letha’s got Mark’s back. Mark says okay, just don’t bring Jarrett with him.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, c’mon! They’re gonna go to war together! They’re gonna step onto that battlefield together! If it’s an Atlanta Street Fight, what better person to have on their side than a lowdown, grimy bastard like Double J? That’s fighting fire with fire. And besides, Mark doesn’t have to trust Jarrett. He just has to trust Lethal. Mark fist bumps with Lethal, and it seems it’ll be a Six Man Street Fight! Will Mark, Lethal & Jarrett tear down The House of Black? Or will the House Always Win?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

The Open House challenge was issued, and it has been accepted! Robyn Renegade takes her shot, but will the Princess of the Black Throne take Robyn out first? Plus, Penta El Zero Miedo gets back in action against Action Andretti, and the rest of their amigos battle it out as we have a Triple Threat Tag Team match of Top Flight VS Komander & Bryan Keith VS Private Party! And of course, Cassidy & Trent have their first match as a two-man duo, going up against Kip Sabian & The Butcher! Who makes big strides towards the upcoming AEW World Tag Team Championship tournament?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Chris Jericho is continuing to “welcome” CMLL luchadores to AEW as he now takes on Titan! El Inmortal is not just in CMLL, but he is part of Los Ingobernables de Japon, will he look to make The Ocho tranquilo? Then, Mariah May looks to keep her win streak going, will she continue to make Toni Storm proud? Plus, Bryan Danielson gets back in action as he takes on Shane Taylor. The BCC already beat STP before, but will Bad Boy Shaney T. be able to slay the American Dragon? And after his shocking debut, and subsequent selling out, Kazuchika Okada joins Matthew & Nicholas Jackson in the debut of the NEW Elite! Will the Rainmaker & Bucks be in the money from here on out?

 

Don Callis Family Feud: Will Ospreay VS Kyle Fletcher!

The Aerial Assassin went toe to toe with one of the rope-to-rope best wrestlers in the world today, and then won out to establish himself as THE best. However, he must fight another ally of his, and this man is as close to him as a brother. Will the #BillyGoat not show any mercy to the Aussie Arrow? Or will Kyle prove that while Ospreay led the United Empire, he wasn’t the best in the United Empire?

The bell rings and the two high-five and hug it out, which the fans cheer. The two circle, the fans fire up and sing “Ospreay~, Ospreay Ospreay Ospreay~! Ospreay~, Ospreay~!” Ospreay and Fletcher tie up, Fletcher wrenches to wristlock, but Ospreay rolls, trips Fletcher and has the toehold. Fletcher hooks Ospreay to go for the armbar but Ospreay rolls and slips around to a facelock. Fletcher rolls, Ospreay rolls with him, and then floats around to waistlock then headlock. Fletcher powers out, Ospreay RAMS him! Fletcher rebounds to run Ospreay over! But then Ospreay kips right up!

The fans cheer, the two grin at each other, and things speed up. Ospreay drops down then arm-drags, but Fletcher headscissors, Ospreay kicks free, Fletcher kicks and whips, but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up while Fletcher goes to the apron. Ospreay storms over, brings Fletcher back in, and CLUBS him. Fletcher goes to a corner, Ospreay UPPERCUTS, then Ospreay follows Fletcher to another corner. Ospreay whips Fletcher corner to corner. Fletcher goes up but Ospreay stays back, and he CHOPS! Ospreay whips, Fletcher reverses hard and Ospreay bounces off buckles! Ospreay writhes, still hurting from Revolution, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Fletcher soaks up the cheers and jeers while Ospreay sits up. Fletcher helps Ospreay up and the two reset. They shake hands, showing there is still respect here, but then Fletcher kicks low! And CHOPS! Ospreay goes to the corner, Fletcher shoves him and fires forearms. Ospreay bumps Fletcher off buckles, fires forearms in return, then goes up to rain down fists! Ospreay goes all the way to TEN, then he brings Fletcher around to UPPERCUT! Ospreay whips, but Fletcher reverses to scoop and SLAM! Fletcher dusts himself off, then stomps Ospreay down. Fletcher brings Ospreay up, and ROCKS him!

Ospreay goes to a corner, Fletcher is on him, and now Fletcher rains down fists! Fletcher goes to nine, then winds up, but lets off. Fletcher then BOOTS Ospreay down, and takes a bow. Ospreay stands, Fletcher brings him around, and Fletcher whips Ospreay to ropes, to then ELBOW him down! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay shows his grit but Fletcher clamps on with a chinlock. Ospreay endures as Fletcher leans on him and the fans rally up. Ospreay stands, throws body shots, but Fletcher CLUBS him! Ospreay snarls, and he CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Ospreay whips, Fletcher reverses, but Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay hits the NEURALIZER!

Both men are down and the fans fire up! Ospreay watches Fletcher bail out, and the fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Ospreay PLANCHAS and down goes Fletcher! Ospreay even dabs for TJP and the Empire. Ospreay puts Fletcher in, gets him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fletcher is still in this but Ospreay brings  Fletcher up. Ospreay reels Fletcher in, but Fletcher resists the bomb! Ospreay gives Fletcher Kawada Kicks, then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay calls his shot, but Fletcher SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALFS first! Ospreay is in the corner, Fletcher runs to GAMANGIRI! Suplex, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Ospreay writhes and clutches an arm while Fletcher keeps his focus. “This is Awesome!” as Fletcher paces around. Fletcher drags Ospreay up, but Ospreay CHOPS! Fletcher brushes that off to CHOP in return! The fans fire up and Ospreay can’t help but smile. Ospreay and Fletcher shake hands, but that’s also to wristlock while they CHOP back and forth! The fans “WOO~!” with every CHOP, and then Ospreay CHOPS Fletcher high! Fletcher sputters and drops to his knees, but Ospreay puts his hands behind his back. Fletcher stands, winds up, and SUPERKICKS! Fletcher soaks up the heat, but then brings Ospreay up.

Fletcher whips, Ospreay holds ropes then dodges to ROLLING ELBOW Fletcher! And HOOK KICK! Then springboard, OS- NO, Fletcher gets under to Electric Chair, and- NO, Ospreay fights! Ospreay RAN- NO! Fletcher blocks the rana, swings Ospreay back up, but Ospreay pops free to DDT!! The fans are thunderous and Callis is loving this on commentary! Ospreay goes to the corner, prepares the elbow, and Fletcher sits up, into the HIDDEN- NO! Fletcher ducks the blade, scoops Ospreay, and LAWN DARTS him into buckles! Ospreay and Fletcher are both down, and the fans chant “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” “This is Awesome!”

Ospreay crawls his way to the apron, but Fletcher joins him out there. Fletcher brings Ospreay up, scoops him, but Ospreay fights free! HOOK KICK! Ospreay uses the corner to go up and up, fort the APRON OSCUTTER!! The fans fire up again while the ref checks both men! They’re both still in this, somehow, so Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ring count starts, both men stir at about 3 of 10, but time is not on their side. Ospreay stands at 4, rolls in at 6, but Fletcher is still down at 7! Fletcher hears the count, and he springs in at 9.5! Ospreay goes COAST2COAST! Then he hauls Fletcher up, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives and Ospreay is surprised! Ospreay crawls over, sits Fletcher up, and throws a forearm! Fletcher flops right over and Ospreay smiles. Ospreay eggs Fletcher on, so Fletcher sits up to forearm Ospreay! Ospreay stays up, and he returns the forearm! Fletcher sits up, and he forearms again. Ospreay stands, so does Fletcher, and the forearms keep going!

Ospreay ROCKS Fletcher and Fletcher wobbles and staggers around! Ospreay eggs Fletcher on, so Fletcher steadies himself and comes back to ROCK Ospreay! Dynamite returns to single picture once again as Ospreay CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fletcher falls back against ropes but Ospreay eggs him on to show him what he’s got! Callis feels like a proud older brother, and Schiavone points out he’d have to be much older. Fletcher fires himself up, fires a flurry of forearms, then runs into the TIGER WALL KICK! And ENZIGIRI! Ospreay gets moving, but Fletcher CALF KICKS at the ropes! Fletcher scoops, but Ospreay turns things around!

Fletcher turns it back around, pops Ospreay up, but Ospreay POISON-RANAS!! Fletcher staggers into a corner, bounces off ropes, and flops to the mat! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay goes up top! But Fletcher springs up to shove Ospreay down! Ospreay gets stuck on the crossbar, and then Fletcher climbs up behind him! Fletcher nelsons, but Ospreay fires elbows, so Fletcher CLUBS away! Fletcher gets Ospreay up again, SUPER HALF ‘N’ HALF!! But Ospreay lands on his feet?!? The fans are electric and Fletcher is shocked! Ospreay grins, Fletcher runs in, but Ospreay slips up and around, LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans are still electric as Ospreay BUZZSAWS, SUPERKICKS, then underhooks! Ospreay lifts but Fletcher slips free! Ospreay swings, but Fletcher catches him to underhook! TIGER SIDEWALK SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives but Fletcher doesn’t stop! LAST RIDE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Ospreay survives again and no one can believe it! The fans cheer on “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for giving us this match! Ospreay crawls his way to a corner, Fletcher goes to the other. Fletcher runs in corner to corner, to GAMANGIRI! Fletcher then puts Ospreay up top, climbs up after him, and brings Ospreay up. Fletcher suplexes, but Ospreay slips free!

Ospreay tucks Fletcher in, for CHEEKY NANDOS! Ospreay then goes out, up, and around to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Fletcher stands?! Into the HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? The fans are volcanic, they want these two to “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Ospreay vows to end this, and he drags Fletcher up. Fletcher throws floppy punches but Ospreay gives him Kawada Kicks! Ospreay eggs Fletcher on, and Fletcher stands to get in Ospreay’s face! Fletcher fires a forearm, and another, and another! Ospreay does wobble, but he gets around to full nelson!

Fletcher elbows free but Ospreay HOOK KICKS again! Ospreay runs, but Fletcher dodges! But Ospreay slips through again, gets Fletcher up, but Fletcher slips free! Fletcher lifts Ospreay up but Ospreay pops out the back! Fletcher ducks the hook kick to SUPERKICK! Fletcher runs, but into the SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!!! Fletcher is still in this but Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Fletcher is superhuman like Ospreay was at Revolution, but Ospreay takes off the elbow pad! Fletcher sits up, dares Ospreay to do it face to face, so Ospreay says good on him. HIDDEN BLADE TO THE FACE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

Don Callis of course takes credit for this amazing main event, but there’s no doubting that this was an amazing main event! Callis joins his Family in the ring as Ospreay and Fletcher shake hands. But wait! Bryan Danielson makes his way out here? The American Dragon steps to the Aerial Assassin, and the fans are fired up for this stare down! When and where will we see these two give us this dream match?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Dynamite here, with not just a good looking new stage and a fairly good looking new logo, but also a lot of build towards pretty much everything coming up on the schedule. For one, Okada showing up but to be a Heel was a huge surprise. I suppose this has been a long time coming, though, as Okada has been bordering on Heel for some time now. A change of venue and a change in his character is good stuff for Okada to make his signing with AEW feel fresh as opposed to some sort of rehash of what he’d been doing in NJPW. And him specifically joining The Bucks to basically replace Kenny & Hangman in The Elite was also a big surprise, perhaps Okada will be like AEW’s “Corporate Champion” with The Bucks stacking the deck for him.

Speaking of stacking the deck, pretty sure we’re gonna see shenanigans from The Bucks in the tag team tournament. The video package they used to introduce it pretty much hinted at who is in it, and you can bet that both FTR and Mox-Claudio will meet again, probably in the semifinals. And it’d be very fitting in story that FTR VS Bucks is the finals to crown the new champions. The other semifinal team is probably going to be Cassidy & Trent. The Best Friends had a good promo to plug Cassidy & Trent getting in on things, but there’s a very good chance they lose out, and maybe that creates a rift between Trent and Cassidy. Trent has felt like he’s bordering on being a Heel, much like Okada. Could Trent betray Best Friends to join Okada in New Elite, given their friendship through NJPW’s Chaos?

Great promo from Darby to not just say one last goodbye to Sting but to also spark a possible feud with Jay White. Though, Darby made things really real in talking about Mount Everest, and he also has a point that he’s taking one of the biggest risks anyone could take. Let’s all hope and pray that Darby will be safe and sound both going up and down Everest so that he can come back, feud with White, and maybe even get himself into the world title scene. Speaking of which, awesome stuff out of that scene, with a great promo from Swerve and Joe, then great stuff from Cole and Swerve, and then a great match from Joe & Swerve VS Kingdom.

Joe & Swerve of course won, and then Joe chokes Swerve out to stand tall going into his match with Wardlow next week. But even with that, I don’t see Wardlow winning. Joe and Swerve deserve a 1v1 match for the world title at Dynasty, and maybe Wardlow ends up feuding with the rest of The Undisputed Kingdom after he fails to grab the world title for Cole. I could see Wardlow getting the International Championship off Roddy, that’d at least give him some other accomplishment to add to being a former TNT Champion. And good promo from Kyle, it put into words what we saw at Revolution, and there’s still a lot of potential for Kyle feuding with Undisputed Kingdom because his “friends” can’t accept that he wants to do things solo.

Great FTW Championship match for Hook and Cage, and great win for Hook. Jericho of course has to get in on Hook’s story, but I suppose him helping Hook against the Gates of Agony is a logical move, too. I almost feel like this is going to turn a corner and Jericho has a FTW Championship match with Hook just because so that Jericho can put Hook over like Jericho did with Cassidy. And really fun promo from Toni Storm with Mariah May where Mariah is clearly still cosplaying Toni’s old persona. Can’t wait to see Toni put herself over time and again with her Toni Awards, and maybe Deonna comes back for revenge and a rematch at Dynasty.

Riho VS Kris was great stuff, and great use of internal conflict as Kris did hold the chain in her hand. Riho winning to add to that story was good stuff, and good promo from Willow to hype up her match with Riho. I know Willow wants after Julia Hart but I can’t be sure if Willow really does beat Riho. Julia had a good promo to plug a TBS Championship match, she’ll of course win, and one way or another, she’s facing either Willow or Kris at Dynasty. And then good promos from House of Black but also Mark Briscoe and Jay Lethal. The Six Man Street Fight is going to be awesome, though Buddy saying he’ll literally burn Mark almost made me think Inferno match.

Then just an awesome, PPV level main event from Ospreay VS Fletcher, both guys looking amazing. Ospreay of course wins, though, but then Bryan showing up was great stuff. Bryan VS Ospreay for Dynasty will be huge stuff, and will go a long way in putting Ospreay on track for the AEW World Championship for All In: London II. And yeah, you gotta know that’s the long term plan. What else would you do for the return to Wembley now that Will Ospreay is full-time All Elite?

My Score: 9/10


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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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Chris Jericho puts the roster to the test!

In order to reach The Learning Tree, contenders will have to battle through an FTW Contender Series until only one remains! Who fights their way to a shot at The Ocho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo; Ospreay wins.
  • FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Hook wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero; Shibata wins and advances.
  • FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages; Keith wins and advances.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy; Cassidy wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay; Deeb wins.
  • Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel; Wayne wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Bryan & FTR win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Aerial Assassin gave Roderick Strong one last warning on Dynamite, but this is about paying back that knockout shot last week! Will “OSPREAY! OSPREAY!” be cashing receipts tonight? Or will it be Rumble, Bad Man, Rumble?

But before things get going, here comes The Undisputed Kingdom. Roddy, Taven & Bennett walk on out, clearly not leaving things at the face to face on Wednesday. Roddy joins commentary, the bell rings and Ospreay runs up to SHOTGUN Shane! The fans fire up while Shane bails out! Ospreay aims and PLANCHAS! Down goes Shane and the fans fire up with Ospreay! Ospreay gets Shane up and puts him in, Roddy says “Good for him.” PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, ONE!! Shane gets up, Ospreay kicks and CLUBS him, then fires forearms! Ospreay whips but Shane blocks. Ospreay CLUBS and SOBATS, then reels Shane in.

Shane suplexes first! Ospreay slips free, waistlocks, but Shane switches. Shane shoves, HURDLES, then CLOBBERS Ospreay! The Kingdom applauds while Shane paces around. Shane talks some trash, drags Ospreay up, and HEADBUTTS him! The fans rally for Ospreay, Ospreay fires forearms, but Shane ROCKS him right back! Ospreay flops out to the apron, the fans boo Shane, but then Taven talks smack. The ref tells Taven to back off, Shane tells The Kingdom this is how you finish the job! Shane CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay sputters with the air going out of his lungs! Shane mocks the fans, Roddy says keep up those chops.

Shane stands Ospreay up against the post, tells Roddy to watch this, but then Ospreay POSTS Shane! Ospreay runs up to TORNADO- NO, Shane stops that and pops Ospreay around! Ospreay slips free, and shoves Shane into The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Roddy is furious! Ospreay SPLASHES Roddy with The WOOOO Energy! But while the ref is busy with The Kingdom, Ogogo sucker punches Ospreay! The fans boo but Ogogo soaks up the heat, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane looms over Ospreay, drags him up, and brings him around to put on the apron. Shane CLUBS away on Ospreay, the ref counts, and Shane goes up the apron. Shane runs  and APRON LEG DROPS! Ospreay sputters and flounders away, but Shane storms in after him. Shane paces, the fans rally up, and Ospreay fires forearms in return! Shane KNEES low, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Ospreay writhes, Shane shoves him to a cover, TWO! Ogogo says it’s that close. Shane talks trash on the fans, then drags Ospreay up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay goes to a corner, and Shane storms up to HEADBUTT him!

Shane BODY BLOWS Ospreay and Ospreay staggers away. Shane talks Ospreay, ROCKS him again, and Ospreay drops to his knees. Shane drags Ospreay back up, to JAB! JAB! And JABS! Ospreay drops to his knees again, but Shane brings him right back up for a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures the squeeze as Collision returns to single picture. The fans rally, Ospreay fires forearm sand gets free! Ospreay fires more shots, but Shane CHOPS! Ospreay staggers, grits his teeth, and the fans fire up! But Shane CHOPS again! Ospreay headbutts the buckles to fire up! Shane CHPOS, Ospreay CHOPS, and Ospreay CHIOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS!

Shane CHOPS again, Ospreay staggers away, and Shane whips. Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Roddy says so much talent, but Ospreay is still an idiot child fraud! The fans rally up for Ospreay, Ospreay kips up, and he runs up to BOOT in the corner! Ospreay shoves Shane away, goes up top, and BLINDSIDE CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Shane is tough but Ospreay loads up the arm! The fans fire up as Ospreay aims, Ospreay runs in, but into a KNEE! Ospreay swings, Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves, and then HEADBUTTS! Ospreay wobbles, Shane reels him in, URENAGE! Shane SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Shane is shocked!

The fans fire up as Shane huffs and puffs. Shane brings Ospreay back up, scoops, but Ospreay fights around to Electric Chair and spin! But Shane blocks the rana to POWERBOMB! Shane stands Ospreay back up, but Ospreay ducks a lariat! The SOUTHPAW finds Ospreay! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and even he’s surprised! The fans are thunderous, Shane grits his teeth and drags Ospreay up. Shane runs, but into a SPANISH FLY?! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and Roddy is mad that Ospreay even did that! But then The Kingdom stand in Ospreay’s way! Ospreay redirects, OS- NO, Shane blocks, scoops, MARCUS GARVEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?

Shane is losing his cool while The Kingdom is losing their minds! Shane tucks Ospreay, lifts, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay BOOTS, “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay goes up. Shane ROCKS Ospreay first, then climbs up. But Ospreay slips out to tuck Shane in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And AGAIN! Ospreay fires up, THIRD CHEEKY NANDOS! Then Ospreay uses the corner to help with the Canadian Rack! STORM BREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Kingdom is in shock seeing the BIGGEST Stormbreaker ever! Ospreay glares at Roddy as Roddy steps to the apron. But The Kingdom flanks the ring, get in and mug Ospreay! The fans boo as Bennett & Taven beat Ospreay down! They double whip, but Ospreay holds ropes! Ospreay then DUMPS both Taven & Bennett out, BOOTS Roddy off the apron, then FLIES to take out Taven & Bennett! The #BillyGOAT gets away clean, will he be able to take The Kingdom down and bring the International Championship home to The Don Callis Family?

 

Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley says, “At Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, Konosuke Takeshita-san will try to score himself a shot at the IWGP (World Heavyweight) Championship. He’s been a hell of a blue chipper for quite some time. Now, he’s got a new attitude, some new representation. And he came after me. Me. Trying to put a big ol’ notch in that gun belt. Hey, I get it. I’ve done far worse. What’s my secret? What’s the secret of the BCC? When you stand where I stand in this sport, you get used to being a target. How do we survive? Guys like you, The Callis Family, you’re in it for the gold, you’re in it for the green and chasing fame and fortune, adulation, Instagram, all that.

“BCC, we don’t give a rat’s ass about any of that. We do this because this is who we are. This is our nature. We don’t hunt because we are hungry, we hunt because we are lions. We like it. We never, ever play for money. We play for blood.” Claudio Castagnoli adds that a lot of times, he’s the voice of reason here. Even when no one listens, it’s fine. Things just keep repeating and repeating and he doesn’t like standing here to talk to the camera, because it is the most awful thing to do. What matters is going out there and showing it week after week! And y’know how many people stand back here and tell you how good they are? How great they are?

They have passion! They practice their lines in the mirror! Then they come here, tell you how really, really good they are, and how it’s just been their dream all their lives. And it’s all fake! So fake because they don’t live it one day of their lives. It’s like The Emperor’s New Clothes. Only the BCC can see it. They see through the fake, through the facade. They see through it because while others try to make a name off BCC, that’s a big mistake. You are dealing with the real deal right here! Moxley likes it. Takeshita, you started this game. At Double or Nothing, the BCC finishes it. Will The Maniac tear down The Alpha and send a message to the rest?

 

BREAKING NEWS for AEW’s “Path to All In!”

The first-ever AEW “Summer Series” is heading to the Arlington ESports Stadium, and will be based there for six whole weeks! Collision on Saturday, July 20th, ROH Death Before Dishonor on Friday, July 26th, Collision on July 27th, Collision on Thursday, August 1st, then Saturday, August 10th AND Saturday, August 17th! Make sure you get your tickets starting in June so you can be part of this inaugural event!

 

AEW hears from Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

It was backstage after Dynamite that The Learning Tree, after getting patched up, told Hook, “Wow, I can tell that I touched a nerve there when you hit me with that microphone and made me bleed my own blood.” But Hook, Jericho isn’t mad. It tells him that Hook is learning what it takes to be a champion again. Hook was the “For The World” Champion, and will be again some day, but it’ll take some time. Hook is still learning. Jericho is glad Hook is in the #JerichoVortex and hit him hard enough to make him bleed. It really hurts, but y’know what? It also makes Jericho proud. Makes him proud to see Hook get a little more serious! This is serious business!

This is what The Learning Tree is here for! To make Hook a better person and a better wrestler, both inside the ring and out. Jericho will need stitches, and will gladly get them. Because it is proof that Hook is learning what The Learning Tree is teaching. So in a roundabout way, thank you, Hook. And good luck in the qualifiers. Wow, that really hurts. Really got him with that mic. Hook is “learning,” but will he be the one teaching Jericho a thing or two?

 

FTW Contender Series: Hook VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Learning Tree is giving opportunities to those who are worthy, but it will still come down to who is the most deserving. Will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil prove he’s the only one deserving? Or will Johnny #SendHook to the back of the line?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Hook. The two circle, Johnny tests the waters with kicks. The two tie up, Hook headlocks, and Hook wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Hook hits a SAYANAGI, and Johnny staggers to his feet. The fans rally as the two circle again. They tie up, Johnny ROCKS Hook! Hook wrenches back to SAYANAGI again! Hook clamps on for a wristlock, but Johnny fights up. The fans duel, Johnny fights up and trips Hook up. Johnny runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Hook is tougher than that but Johnny rains down forearms and elbows! The fans duel more as Johnny keeps throwing down shots!

Hook wants an arm but Johnny slips around to cravat. Johnny cranks the neck, Hook endures and fights up. The fans rally and duel, Hook pries at the hold to then power Johnny into a SAIDO! Hook runs up to LARIAT! Johnny staggers back up, Hook clinches and throws knees! Hook TOSSES Johnny across the ring! Johnny gets up in a huff, kicks, but Hook catches him! LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Hook and he storms around. Hook brings Johnny up but Johnny JAWBREAKERS! Johnny ROCKS Hook, Hook ROCKS Johnny! Hook fires more shots, but Johnny kicks low! Hook dodges the lariat, but almost runs into Taya!

The ref reprimands Taya for being on the apron, but Hook turns around into a FLYING CHUCK! Johnny goes to the corner, climbs up, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS as Hook moves! Hook is mad now, and he clamps on for REDRUM!! Johnny fights but Hook has the hooks in! Johnny TAPS, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is now moving on to Dynamite’s Triple Threat #1 Contender’s match! Will he make Jericho regret not just giving him the match?

As Hook heads out, Shibata makes his entrance! The Wrestler is also in this series, and he gives Hook a fist bump as they cross paths. Will Shibata join Hook in that Triple Threat? Or will Azucar make things sweet?

FTW Contender Series: Kastuyori Shibata VS Rocky Romero!

The bell rings, the two shake hands, and the fans cheer. Shibata and Rocky circle, the fans rally up, and the two feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata gets around to waistlock, but Rocky switches. Shibata switches, Rocky goes for a leg, but Shibata waistlocks again. Rocky wrenches out to a wristlock but Shibata spins and wrenches back. Rocky rolls but Shibata wrangles him! Shibata double wristlocks, but Rocky powers Shibata to ropes. Shibata still holds onto the wristlock as Rocky tries to whip. The fans rally, Rocky throws knees and powers out this time. Shibata stops himself to stomp Rocky on the back!

Shibata gets a leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~!” as Rocky endures. Shibata puts on pressure, but Rocky crawls for ropes! ROPEBREAK, and Shibata lets go quickly. Shibata stomps Rocky, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again. Shibata runs, but Rocky catches him into an IRON OCTOPUS! The fans cheer while Shibata endures! Shibata fights up, pops free and throws Rocky down! And it’s back to the FIGURE FOUR! Rocky endures again while fans “WOO~!” Shibata puts on the pressure, Rocky pries at the main leg, but Shibata pulls on Rocky’s legs. They roll, roll, and end up in the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, the leglock is undone, and Shibata brings Rocky up to bump him off buckles. Shibata fires forearms, UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again. Shibata goes corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Rocky kicks again, Shibata bocks, so Rocky reel shim in for an UPPERCUT! Rocky goes up and jumps, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Rocky stands and he stomps Shibata. Shibata sits up, Rocky KICKS him in the back. Rocky wrenches an arm, YANKS it, then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS Shibata in the bad arm, then brings Shibata around. Rocky turns Shibata over, traps the right arm and he pulls on the bad one, SACRIFICE! Shibata writhes and clutches the elbow. Rocky storms up to hook that bad arm and KNEE DROP! Rocky drags Shibata up, wraps the bad arm around the ropes, and then digs his boots in. Rocky CHOPS, Shibata drops to his knees, but Rocky wrenches again. ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky KICKS the bad arm again! And again!

Rocky cravats to snapmare Shibata, then runs to basement dropkick! Rocky fires up and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, Rocky KICKS Shibata in the arm! Shibata eggs Rocky on and the fans rally up. Rocky KICKS again, but Shibata stands! Rocky KICKS, and KICKS, but Shibata just steps into them! Shibata DECKS Rocky and the fans fire up! Rocky is dazed but Shibata brings him up. Shibata CHOPS and the fans “WOO~!” Shibata CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS and UPPERCUTS and runs, but Rocky dumps him out! Shibata stays on the apron, and gets a SLEEPER! The ref counts, Rocky wrenches free to HOTSHOT the arm! Rocky reels Shibata in through ropes, to KICK, KICK and he goes up! MISSILE DROPKICK!

The fans fire up, Rocky drags Shibata to a cover, TWO! Rocky frowns but stays focused as he brings Shibata up. Rocky cravats, Shibata pushes out of Sliced Bread! Rocky’s leg jams, Shibata CLOBBERS him! Shibata comes back, leg scissor takedown into the HEEL HOOK!! Rocky flails, reaches out, but Shibata keeps him back! Rocky crawls his way over, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans are torn as Shibata lets Rocky go. Shibata stomps Rocky, drags him up, and fires off forearms. Shibata UPPERCUTS, then stomps Rocky down. Shibata goes corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up but Shibata’s not done!

Shibata hits a HALF HATCH, then covers, TWO! Shibata clamps on a SLEEPER! Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, pops free to somersault clutch, TWO! Shibata swings, Rocky gets under and backslides, TWO! Shibata escapes, gets a leg, ducks the enzigiri but not the REWIND! Rocky rolls up deep, TWO!! Shibata escapes again and the fans fire up! Rocky and Shibata reset, Rocky UPPERCUTS, then HAYMAKERS! Rocky runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Shibata runs to PENALTY KICK! Then he gets Rocky’s legs, for the FIGURE FOUR!! Rocky endures, flails, but he’s at center! Rocky TAPS, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (advances to the Triple Threat)

And with that, we’re two thirds of the way to that contender’s match! Shibata shows Rocky respect, Rocky shows it back, and Rocky tells Shibata to go win that title. Will The Wrestler get past the Triple Threat to get another shot at Jericho?

Well, just like Shibata did with Hook, Bryan Keith makes his way out while Shibata’s leaving. The Bounty Hunter gives The Wrestler a tip of the hat, will this be the final piece to the puzzle? Or will things get literally much bigger for Dynamite?

As the Iron Savages make their entrance, Jacked Jameson tells “all you fat morons, skinny idiots, and Low T Losers to shut up.” The fans boo instead, but Jameson says he rode the Max Rail Line from the airport to the hotel downtown, and all along the tracks, it is filled with trash! Now that they’re here in the Moto Center, it’s funny, because it’s also filled with trash! The fans boo being insulted, but Jameson says he can’t wait to leave this dump. But this is the Sauce Hoss, Beefcake Boulder! He’s sippin’ sauce, livin’ hoss, and taking everybody to #TIDDYCITY! And then he just attacks Keith!!

FTW Contender Series: Bryan Keith VS Beefcake Boulder w/ The Iron Savages!

The bell rings and Boulder fires big elbows and clotheslines into Keith in a corner! Bulky Bronson and Jacked Jameson cheer him on, but Keith slips free of the scoop! Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then runs, but into a BOOT! Boulder drags Keith up, scoops him again, and flexes as he carries Keith around. POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Keith is tougher than that but Boulder tells Jameson to pass him that Savage Sauce! Jameson gets on the apron but the ref tells him to hop down. This is all a distraction so Bronson can get involved! Boulder brings down the straps but Keith sends Bronson into Tiddy City!

Bronson falls, Keith BITES them tibbies! The fans fire up, Keith runs, but Boulder ELBOWS him down! Boulder goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Boulder wobbles, Keith goes up and reels him in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat)

Now that was a BIG win for Bryan Keith! The Triple Threat is set, will The Bounty Hunter be just one step away from having his prize?

 

Backstage interview with Pac.

Lexy Nair has found The Bastard somewhere in the bowels of the arena, and says that last week, The Bang Bang Gang had a message for him. Does Pac care to respond? Pac says he couldn’t care less! But obviously, he saw their little message. Credit where credit is due, those guys are very funny chaps. Hilarious, even. And typically, they’re naughty behavior would really ruffle his bastard feathers. But not today. He couldn’t care less. Pac hasn’t felt a thing in weeks! And you expect him to care about those idiots?! In fact, let this be an open invitation! Make him feel something! Make him feel anything, boys! He’s begging you, daring you! Make him care. Try harder.

And as for Lexy, just leave him alone. She nods and leaves. The Bastard is in no mood, but will that all change the next time Bullet Club Gold takes aim at him?

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

AEW returns from break, and wait! They’ve attacked Pac! They drag him out here on stage! Jay White kneels beside Pac, gets a mic, and makes Pac sit up. “I bet you care now, don’t you? Bastard.” The Switchblade & The Gunns leave Pac down and out, and White says he told Pac to stay out of their business. Is Pac going to heed the Bang Bang Gang’s warning? Or is he only going to escalate things from here?

 

The Patriarchy speaks.

Christian Cage tells Nick Wayne, “You have a match right here tonight on Collision. And it’s jut a precursor to this coming Wednesday on Dynamite, because you are gonna be facing… Swerve Strickland. I know you’re ready for it. Yo have our support.” Nick thanks Christian, and says he’s been meaning to talk with him. A year ago, when Swerve jumped him in the garage, Nick was just a boy. A kid. But ever since teaming with Christian, he has changed. Nick is now a man! And tonight, this is just a warm-up. Nick knows he can beat Swerve on his own. Nick heads out, Christian & Mother Shayna beam with pride. Will Swerve’s House soon end up in Wayne’s World?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Isiah Kassidy!

Freshly Squeezed is certainly feeling out of sorts after Trent Beretta made things all about #JustTrent. But likewise, Private Party might have to get serious as sadly, Marq Quen is again on the shelf. Cassidy or Kassidy, who wins to get themselves back on the right track?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Cassidy as he and Kassidy circle. Zay runs up, Cassidy trips him but Zay kicks him away. Things speed up, Zay hurdles, Cassidy leaps over, then they keep moving. Cassidy arm-drags, Zay needs a moment, and the fans fire up. Zay runs up, Cassidy dodges, but now Zay arm-drags! Cassidy hobbles up, blocks a hip toss, then he wrenches to a backslide! TWO, and Cassidy reels Zay in! Zay rolls Cassidy, TWO! Cassidy sweeps to cover, ONE! Zay sweeps to cover, ONE! They keep going back and forth, then Zay goes Matrix! But Cassidy powers him down, ties the legs up, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

The fans fire up while Zay endures, and Zay pops free to cover! TWO, Cassidy avoids a boot, then shows punch! Zay stumbles back, the fans fire up! Zay bails out and wants a timeout. Cassidy does give him time on the outside, and Zay paces around. The ring count climbs, Zay hurries up but Cassidy BLASTS him off the apron! Cassidy builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Zay avoids the desk! Don Callis is watching backstage and approves. Cassidy goes out after Zay to ROCK him with a right, then Cassidy refreshes the count. Cassidy ROCKS Zay again, refreshes the count again, taking a pause to lounge on the apron.

Cassidy DECKS Zay this time, then he puts his hands up. The fans cheer as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy runs up at Zay, to SHOTGUN him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Cassidy kips up. Cassidy stalks Zay, drags him up, and whips him into more barriers! But wait, Trent is walking down the bleachers! Th efans boo but Cassidy is distracted, and Zay attacks! Zay CLUBS away, then shoves Cassidy down. Zay whips Cassidy, Cassidy reverses, Zay goes up the barriers! Zay flips up and over, then RAMS Cassidy into barriers! BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Trent pretends to be concerned as Zay puts Cassidy in.

Zay climbs up, leaps, but Cassidy gets away! Zay rolls, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Zay drags Cassidy up, whips Cassidy into a corner hard, and Cassidy tumbles up and out! Trent applauds, the ring count starts, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Zay leaves Cassidy behind, Cassidy rolls his way towards the apron but the count is 5 of 10. Cassidy stands and rolls in at 7, only for Zay to DROPKICK him back out! Zay then goes out to get Cassidy, and whips him hard into barriers! Zay mocks the hands in pockets, then he stomps away on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up and puts him in the ring, then slingshot SENTONS! Zay mocks the hands in pockets some more, then soaks up the heat with a mocking thumbs up. Zay then mocks the “devastating” kicks! Zay kicks and kicks, but Cassidy fires body shots in return! Zay gets around to hit a BIG back suplex!

Zay talks trash, stalks Cassidy, then drags him up. Zay CHOKES Cassidy on the ropes, but the ref counts. Zay lets off at 4, argues with the ref, then drags Cassidy up. Zay whips Cassidy hard into buckles! Cassidy falls in a heap and flops right out of the ring. Zay drags steel steps over, talks a little trash on Trent, then grabs Cassidy. Zay SMACKS Cassidy off the steps, talks a bit more smack on Trent, but Trent tells him to focus on Cassidy. Zay drags Cassidy up to the very top of the steps, and Trent says go ahead. Zay lifts, Collision returns to single picture, but Cassidy fights back! Cassidy back drops Zay to the floor!

The fans rally for Cassidy as he gets in the ring. Cassidy grits his teeth, Trent frowns, and Zay rolls back in. Cassidy drags himself up with the ropes, the fans rally, and Zay storms up, but into counter punches! They go back and forth, Zay eggs Cassidy on, so Cassidy ROCKS him again and again! Zay RAMS Cassidy into a corner, then reels him in, to suplex! STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! The fans fire up, Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! The fans fire up again while Trent scowls. Cassidy grits his teeth, kips up, and the fans cheer! The elbow pad comes off and Cassidy throws it at Trent! Cassidy aims at Zay, for the ORANGE- NO Zay ducks!

Cassidy tries to Alabama Lift but the back gives up! Zay CLUBS away, reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy powers up! Zay sunset flips, TWO!! Cassidy escapes, kicks, but Zay blocks and flips him off! Step over WHEEL KICK! The fans rally, Cassidy goes to a corner, and Zay runs up! Cassidy sends him into buckles! Cassidy runs in, Zay dodges, Cassidy tumbles up and out! Cassidy bumps Zay off buckles, runs him side to side for another! And then another! but Zay triangle jump STUNNERS! Cassidy wobbles, Zay reels him in, but Cassidy back drops him to the apron! Zay gets up, Cassidy BOOTS him! Zay BOOTS back!

Cassidy roars, DOUBLE BOOTS send both men down! The fans fire up as Cassidy and Zay flounder around. Cassidy sees Trent, the ref has them both calm it down! Trent says he’s just watching, he’s a good boy. Zay CALF KICKS Cassidy against barriers! Zay puts Cassidy in, but Cassidy comes back! Zay dodges the Orange Punch and it almost hits the ref! Cassidy turns around, dodges Zay, but the ref ends up helping Zay with SILLY STRING!! Cassidy staggers up, Zay runs, tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Zay keeps going, he climbs a corner! SWANTON BOMB to Cassidy’s back! Cover, TWO!!! Zay can’t believe Cassidy survives!

The fans rally, Trent is upset, but Zay drags Cassidy up and reels him in. Cassidy lifts to BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Trent is disappointed but Callis is pleased. Is Cassidy really going to end up turning to the dark side- er, Don Callis Family? Lexy interviews Trent at ringside, saying we saw him attack his former best friends. And now he’s here in the front row to watch the match. Clearly, this is far from over. Trent says being here ringside, it is plainly obvious that he is a better wrestler than Cassidy! The fans boo but Trent says the only reason Cassidy won was because he cheated! Trent claims Cassidy is a sociopath who thinks rules don’t apply to him! But they do! Rules matter!

But while we’re all out here, Trent wants to issue a challenge for Double or Nothing! A straight up wrestling match! Trent VS “that narcissist,” Orange Cassidy! Cassidy DECKS Trent!! Cassidy drags Trent over the railing, security separates them fast! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but we’ll see that soon enough. Will Trent suffer for what he did? Or will his delusional ego fuel him until he’s gotten rid of all his former Best Friends?

 

Serena Deeb VS Anna Jay!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is preparing to take on the AEW Women’s World Champion, “Timeless” Toni Storm. Double or Nothing is just over a week away, will Deeb use the Star of the Show to tune-up for the leading lady?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Deeb throws her shirt at Anna, then kicks her low! Deeb CLUBS away, reels Anna in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Deeb keeps on Anna by tying her up in Paradise! Deeb sits on Anna while Anna is stuck! Deeb then rallies the fans, runs up and DROPKICKS Anna out of Paradise! The fans cheer, Deeb brings Anna up, but Anna fires off forearms! Anna whips, ROCKS Deeb, then snapmares. Anna runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Deeb staggers up, Anna reels her in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Deeb stumbles away, Anna ROCKS her in a corner! Anna whips Deeb corner to corner, runs up, but blocks boot!

Deeb reels Anna in to KICK Anna, then slips out to the apron. Deeb avoids Anna’s shoulder thrust, to get her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! The fans cheer Deeb as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb storms in, drags Anna up, ripcords and ELBOWS her, then wrenches to hook Anna up, IRON OCTOPUS! Anna endures, even as Deeb bends her fingers! Anna fights her way forward, ROPEBREAK! Deeb holds until the ref counts 4, then she whips. Anna reverses but Deeb turns hip toss into takedown! Deeb sits down, has the legs, and turns Anna over for the SEATED SURFBOARD! Anna endures as Deeb rocks the boat, then Deeb lets off to hook the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Anna escapes, but Deeb TOSSES her out! Deeb runs up, but Anna ROCKS her back! Anna storms in, but Deeb gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Deeb runs, and she BLASTS Anna off the apron! Deeb then storms out after Anna, drags her up, and reels her in. TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! Anna flounders, Deeb fires up, and Deeb gets Anna into the ring. Cover, TWO, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Deeb has Anna in a COBRA TWIST! Anna endures, pries at the hold, and HIP TOSSES free! The fans fire up as Deeb stands up, and Anna cradles! TWO, and Anna dodges Deeb to CLOBBER her! And ELBOW her down! Anna fires up, runs corner to corner, ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! Anna whips corner to corner, runs in, LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up and Anna whips again, but Deeb reverses. Anna still catches Deeb for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Anna hurries to get Deeb up, whips her to ropes, but Deeb dodges now! Deeb dodges again, then LARIATS Anna down! Deeb fires up and the fans are torn.

Deeb stalks Anna to a corner, runs up, but into a BOOT! Deeb roars, blocks the boot, ELBOWS Anna and hooks her up in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Anna hobbles, Deeb reels her in, but Anna switches! Deeb switches, Anna fights the nelson and elbows Deeb. Deeb shoves Anna to SNAP GERMAN! Then Deeb wrenches, hammerlocks, and PEPSI TWISTS! Cover, TWO!! Anna survives but Deeb keeps her focus. The fans rally for Deeb and she brings Anna up. Deeb reels Anna in, but Anna wrenches out to HOOK KICK! Anna runs, Deeb follows, CHOP BLOCK! Then Deeb stomps the bad leg, drops an elbow on the knee, then drops another elbow!

But Anna gets the QUEENSLAYER!! Deeb pushes back to a cover, TWO!! Anna lets Deeb go, gets her back up, Gory Especial! But the bad leg stops her! Deeb backslides Anna, rolls her through and reels her in! Deeb tucks the arms, for the DEEB-TOX!! But that’s not all, Deeb kicks Anna over to get that leg! HALF CRAB! Wait, Luther is out here? He is taking Deeb’s banner?! Anna TAPS, Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

Deeb sees what that butler is up to, and she’s furious! Deeb can’t believe Storm would be so petty as to have her manservant take her banner! Mariah May walks out here now, she and Luther hold the banner open for all to see, but what’s this about? Oh well here comes Toni Storm herself! The Leading Lady looks at the banner, and strips behind it!? The banner is now a dress that wraps around Storm as she kicks off her shoes! Deeb is even angrier now, and she chases after Storm! Storm and entourage run away, will Deeb strip Storm naked of that Women’s World Championship?

 

Nick Wayne VS Jack Cartwheel!

The Prodigy of The Patriarchy, the honorary son of Christian Cage, is looking to get payback on Swerve himself next Wednesday. But will he be ready to make AEW into Wayne’s World? Or will he struggle to even get past the acrobatic wonder that is Jack Cartwheel?

The bell rings, Wayne runs up to BOOT Jack down! Wayne stomps away on Jack, lets off to soak up heat, and then takes aim again. Wayne runs corner to corner, but Jack cartwheels away! And cartwheels again! Jack runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Wayne bails out, Jack CARTWHEEL KICKS him down! The fans fire up for Jack, and he builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP, emphasis on flop! Wayne avoided disaster, then gets Jack up and into the ring. Wayne says he’s too smart for that, and he rains down fists! The fans boo as Wayne lets off, and he slams Jack down. Wayne stands on Jack’s face, scrapes him, then PENALTY KICKS him!

Wayne flexes and soaks up heat, then goes back to Jack. Wayne pats Jack on the face, goes up and up, into WAYNE’S WORLD!! Wayne goes to cover, but then says no, that’s not good enough. Wayne sits Jack up, tells Swerve that he’ll be waiting. “Whose House?”! HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Wayne wins!

Winner: Nick Wayne, by pinfall

Message sent, but surely The Realest doesn’t sweat Nick Wayne. Will Swerve make Wayne’s World come crashing down? Or is this a trap game so close to Double or Nothing?

 

Six Man Tag: Bryan Danielson & FTR VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

It would seem there’s a bounty out for The Elite’s opponents in Anarchy in the Arena. The American Dragon, Cash & Dax don’t mind, though, because they’re always down for a fight! Will AEW’s Top Guys prove to the EVPs that if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself? Or will The Murderhawk Monster alongside good o’ Dutch & Vincent show that #EverybodyDies?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against Vinnie. The fans rally up, the two circle, and they tie up. Dax puts Vinnie in a corner, Vinnie turns things around, and Vinnie smothers Dax. Vinnie throws body shots, lets off as then ref counts, then throws more body shots. Vinnie brings Dax around to scrape off the ropes! The ref reprimands, Vinnie lets off, and he whips corner to corner. Dax hits buckles hard, and Vinnie gets in Dax’s face! “This is for the EVPs, man!” Vinnie whips corner to corner, Dax reverses and CHOPS Vinnie down! Dax snap suplexes, drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax keeps Vinnie from his corner, tag to Cash.

Dax feeds Vinnie to Cash’s knees, then Cash fireman’s carries. He and Dax work together, assisted GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cash headlocks, Vinnie powers up but can’t power out. Cash hits a takeover, grinds Vinnie down, and Vinnie fights up. Vinnie powers up, drops down then ELBOWS Cash! Vinnie says, “Dig what I’m saying?!” Vinnie stalks Cash to the corner, tags Dutch, and The Righteous mug Cash! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Dutch DECKS Cash. Dutch scoops Cash to SLAM him down! Dutch smirks at Dax, then drags Cash up. Dutch whips, Cash goes up and over and keeps moving! He even ducks the boot!

Dutch scoops, Cash slips out to JAB! JAB! JAB! Cash bobs ‘n’ weaves then DROPKICKS! Tag to Dax, FTR double whip Dutch to double body shot, and DOUBLE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Dutch is tougher than that but Dax keeps on Dutch. The fans want Bryan, Dax whips but Dutch reverses. Dax BOOTS back, goes up, FLYING BULLDOG! Archer gets in to choke grip! Bryan and Cash make the save, Vinnie joins in, and it is a brawl! The fans fire up as Bryan TOSSES Vinnie! Cash ROCKS Archer, Dax throws Dutch out! Bryan runs Vinnie into barriers, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Bryan has people move aside so he can sit Vinnie in the corner. Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan then runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Vinnie into barriers! Bryan revels in the cheering, FTR keeps after Archer and Dutch. Cash CHOPS Archer, Bryan SMACKS Vinnie off the apron, and Cash high-fives fans before he CHOPS Archer again! Cash leaves Archer behind so he can help Dax with Dutch. Vinnie turns things around on Bryan, Cash HEADBUTTS Dutch! Cash puts Dutch in the ring, then scares Vinnie off. Bryan & FTR regroup, but Archer still gets a shot in on Bryan!

The teams regroup, Dax DECKS Vinnie before getting in the ring. Dax runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Dutch BODY CHECKS him! Cover, TWO! Dutch looms over Dax, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Vinnie, the Righteous mug Dax, and the ref counts. Vinnie slaps Dax around, brings him around and snapmares, then clamps on a chinlock. Vinnie squeezes tight but Dax endures and Collision returns to single picture. The fans boo but Dax endures. Dax fights up and the fans rally up. Dax throws body shots, but Vinnie ROCKS Dax! Vinnie puts Dax up top, climbs up after him, but Dax throws hands in return!

Vinnie falls back, but Dutch storms up! Dax throws hands on him, too! Dax then leaps, but into a BOOT from Vinnie! Vinnie then BASEMENT FLATLINERS! Cover, TWO! Vinnie drags Dax up, puts him in the corner and tags Archer. Archer BODY BLOWS, then he ROCKS Dax! Dax flops through ropes, but Archer brings him back in. Archer runs corner to corner to ELBOW! Archer keeps moving, and he ELBOWS Dax again! Archer keeps going, but Dax dodges! The fans fire up and Dax storms up. Archer puts Dax up top! Archer ROCKS Dax, then inverted crucifix lifts! But Dax CLAWS Archer’s face and BITES his forehead!

Dax steadies himself up top, but Archer STEP UP KNEES! Archer runs again, but only gets buckles! Archer staggers, Vinnie tags in! Vinnie gets Dax’s legs, but Dax kicks Vinnie away! Dutch tags in, runs up, but Dax avoids the elbow drop! Hot tag to Bryan! The fans fire up as Bryan fires off forearms! Dutch stays up so Bryan CHOPS, CHOPS and KICKS! The fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every KICK! Bryan whips, Dutch reverses but Bryan goes up and over! Bryan keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to LEAPING LARIAT! Portland is thunderous as Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Bryan winds up, BUZZ- NO, Dutch ducks it!

Dutch shoves Bryan to ropes, Bryan stops himself, and Dutch runs up. Bryan dumps Dutch out, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Dutch hits railing! The fans fire up as Bryan puts Dutch back in! Bryan goes up, Dutch stands, Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Down goes Dutch, Bryan kips up! Vinnie runs up, Bryan dodges! Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Bryan & Cash coordinate, cash DROPKICKS Dutch! Bryan DROPKCISK Dutch while Cash DROPKICKS Vinnie! Cash PLANCHAS Vinnie, Bryan runs, but manages to escape the Scrapbuster! Bryan wrangles Dutch into the omoplata! Dutch fights around, but ends u in the LEBELL LOCK!

Archer STOMPS Bryan! Cash runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Archer gets Dax, for the CHOKE SLAM!! Archer roars, he and Vinnie stomp away on Bryan! The fans boo but Dutch joins in. Dutch then tags Vinnie, The Righteous gets Bryan up, AUTUMN SUNSHINE!! Cover, Cash breaks it!! But Archer SHOVES Cash out! Vinnie goes up, Archer runs in but Cash sends him into steps! Bryan trips Vinnie! Cash tags in, Bryan goes up! Cash goes to the adjacent corner! Bryan has Vinnie for the SUPERPLEX!! That’s the Power, Cash SPLASHES for the Glory! Cover, Dutch runs up! Cash moves, Dutch SPLASEHS Vinnie!

Cash fires off on Dutch, then runs to LARIAT! Archer BOOTS Cash! Archer hoists Cash up top, but Bryan’s back! BUSAIKU KNEE! But Dutch hits a SCRAPBUSTER! But Cash hits a TORNADO DDT! Vinnie has Cash for a roll-up! TWO!! Vinnie back suplexes but Cash lands out! Dax gives Cash a lift up and over, then Vinnie turns around into the SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, Bryan & FTR win!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & FTR, by pinfall

Three-fourths of Team AEW made it work, and surely The Elite is not happy about this! But then The Righteous attack! Archer hits Bryan with an APRON CHOKE SLAM! This was never about the match but about the damage done! AUTUMN SUNSHINE for Dax!! Archer goes looking under the ring while The Righteous get Cash up. Vinnie finds a chair! Archer CHOKES Dax, Dutch JAMS Cash with the chair! That chair is set down, Archer uses another to JAM Dax again and again! The fans boo, but no back-up is coming with Eddie injured and Darby absent. Archer lifts Cash, for a FULL METAL BLACKOUT!!

Cash writhes on top of the steel, but the torture isn’t over! The chair is put on top of Dax and Vinnie goes up! FULL METAL SWANTON BOMB!! But here comes Daniel Garcia! He has a chair, too! Garcia JAMS Archer, DECKS Vinnie, then hits a SAIDO on Dutch!! Garcia runs up to clothesline Dutch up and out! The fans fire up as Garcia runs off Vinnie and Archer, too! But was the save a little too late with FTR suffering the worst of it? Are The Elite going to make sure there’s no one to even be on Team AEW?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of Collision here, and of course more is set up for Double or Nothing. Very good promo from Moxley and Claudio, and Moxley VS Takeshita is made, but it will just be an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship  Eliminator, not a straight up title match. Maybe that means Takeshita wins so that he earns a title match for Forbidden Door, and then he loses there. Though, if that’s the case, Moxley must be getting past Evil at NJPW Dominion just a few weeks before Forbidden Door. Moxley’s great in the ring and all but I’m starting to agree with Shota Umino in his interview, where he said NJPW should not be some feeder to AEW.

Interesting for AEW to have Collision stationed in one spot for a six week stretch like that. Is this to make up for bad ratings/attendance for Collision? I mean, if they keep Collision interesting during that time, sure. Having something like tonight’s FTW Contender Series could help. I figured Hook would make it in, and same for Shibata. It seems the new attitude for The Iron Savages won’t count towards anything on AEW programming, Keith took Boulder out pretty easy. Hook VS Shibata VS Keith is going to be great stuff, and seeing as Jericho’s promo naturally called out Hook, there’s a good chance Hook wins. Though it’d be a great twist in the story if it wasn’t Hook or even Shibata but Keith getting his shot so that he can have another PPV title match under his belt.

Great stuff out of Ospreay VS Taylor, and I figured Ospreay would win. Great little brawl of him fighting off The Kingdom, though I was kinda hoping at least Kyle Fletcher would show up to connect the dots on Don Callis Family backing each other up. Great match of Cassidy VS Kassidy, even with Trent showing up ringside as a partial distraction. Great win for Cassidy, and Cassidy VS Trent is now made for Double or Nothing. That could go either way depending on how this courting of Cassidy goes for Don Callis, which also probably relates to how things go for Ospreay in that International Championship match. I still don’t want Cassidy to go Heel and I still don’t see Callis making a Face run work.

Very good promo from Pac to call out Bang Bang Gang, and wow I didn’t think Bang Bang Gang would get him so soon. Still unclear if this becomes a trios thing even though the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions do need to defend those titles at some point. But even just Pac VS White 1v1 would be awesome stuff, would love to see it. Good promo from The Patriarchy, and of course Nick Wayne wins, even though this has also been his first singles match in months. He sure isn’t beating Swerve but that probably ends up just a set-up so the Patriarchy can beat Swerve down, keeping the go-home math in Swerve’s favor.

Very good match from Deeb VS Anna, and what an out of the box move for Storm to take Deeb’s banner and make it a dress. Still hard to say what happens at Double or Nothing, but the fans are still just so in love with Storm, it doesn’t feel like she’s losing the title. And great Six Man Tag main event, great win for Bryan & FTR but I should’ve figured there’d be a beatdown. Garcia making the save is great, and honestly it’s a little surprising he wasn’t “the fourth man” over Darby. Garcia has teamed with FTR before, there’s history with Bryan when Garcia was torn between Bryan and Jericho, something about that makes even more sense than Darby just not liking The Bucks & Jack Perry.

But at the same time, Anarchy in the Arena being No Disqualifications, Garcia can still get involved to help. In fact, many AEW wrestlers could get involved to turn this into AEW’s Avengers Civil War/Endgame whatever. Which would be a great way to top off the PPV that makes five years of AEW, honestly.

My Score: 8.7/10


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