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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/10/24)

AEW shows no fear!

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The Young Bucks reveal the truth!

While both the AEW TNT and AEW World Champions are in action, the EVPs are going to reveal to the world what happened at All In!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Championship Title Eliminator: Samoa Joe VS Dustin Rhodes; No Contest.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes; Edge wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Cristiano Argento; Okada wins.
  • Mariah May VS Anna Jay; Mariah wins.
  • AEW World Championship Title Eliminator: Samoa Joe VS Dustin Rhodes, Take Two; Joe wins and denies Dustin a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Championship Title Eliminator: Samoa Joe VS Dustin Rhodes!

The One True King of Wrestling Television would not accept The Natural’s request for a world championship match! However, out of respect for Dustin’s storied career but also as a way to send a message to the rest of AEW, Joe is giving Dustin this opportunity to earn a shot. Will all Rhodes lead to championship gold? Or will he be put down trying?

WAIT! Swerve Strickland attacks Joe during his entrance! And he doesn’t let up! They tumble off the stage, brawl around by the crowd, and Joe sends Swerve hard into railing! Joe clears off a spare table, props it up against the railing, and then storms after Swerve. Joe CLUBS away, Swerve throws body shots but Joe whips. Swerve reverses but Joe stops from hitting table! Swerve runs back in to SPEAR Joe through the table!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” while medics check Joe. That was a rough hit against wood and railing, and refs rush out to stop Swerve from adding on. Swerve still gets his shot at Dynasty, but will Joe even make it there?

 

AEW shares footage from after last week’s Dynamite.

Falling short of the AEW World Tag Team Championships again clearly snapped something inside of Trent Beretta as he hit Orange Cassidy with a surprise Busaiku Knee and then stormed off, leaving even Mama Sue behind. Kris Statlander found Trent and got in his face about what he did to their Best Friend! What’s he even doing?! Trent whispered something to Kris then stormed off again. Kris didn’t seem any happier about this after that, but just what did Trent say?

 

Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Renee Paquette waits outside of the locker room, hoping to get a word from Orange Cassidy, even though he is a man of few words. However, what she did get from him is that this Friday Night Rampage, Cassidy will have a match, and then he will address Trent’s heartless actions.

 

AEW TNT Championship: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes!

The Rated R Superstar has been throwing out opportunities with The Cope Open, but this time around, it was someone else throwing out the challenge to him! Penta wants his shot, and now he’s got it! Will #CeroMiedo soon become the Face of TNT? Or will Edge show Penta that sometimes, you should have fear?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who regrets taking this fight more!

The bell rings and the fans are all fired up already! Edge and Penta stare down, “CERO! MIEDO!” echoes out, and the two step forward. They get face to face, and then Penta shoves Edge. Edge shoves back, so Penta says “Listen, p*to! CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Edge, Edge swings, but Penta dodges! AND SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Edge survives Penta using his own move, but Penta puts him in a drop zone! DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Edge survives again, he already faced a guy who uses that move before! Penta reels Edge in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Edge wrenches out of the package, swings, but Penta dodges to SUPERKICK!

Penta runs, and he clotheslines Edge up and out! The fans rally as Penta has Edge dazed on the outside. Penta runs, but he fakes Edge out! The fans rally, Edge keeps his cool and storms around the outside. Penta goes out after him, Edge goes around the way and gets in the ring. Penta follows, the two circle, and Penta calls for a knuckle lock. Edge reaches up, but Penta KICKS him! Edge hobbles, Penta puts him on ropes and winds up, to CHOP! Edge sputters while Penta swaggers, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Edge is on the apron then flops to the floor. Penta taunts him before going out after him, and then Penta POSTS Edge! Edge falls, Penta drags him up, and then whips him into steel steps! Edge goes down in a heap, Penta swaggers some more, then Penta drags Edge up. Penta makes Edge take a seat, then runs up to SUPERKICK! The fans fire up with Penta, but Abrahantes reminds Penta of the count! Penta hurries over to refresh the count, then goes back for Edge. Edge ROCKS Penta first! Edge storms up to ROCK Penta again, then CHOP! Penta sputters now but Edge brings Penta around to whip hard into barriers! Penta hits so hard, he teeters up and over into the crowd!

Edge leaves Penta behind, but Abrahantes and the fans cheer Penta on. Penta gest up and over the barrier, slides back into the ring, but Edge stomps him! Edge drops knees at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Edge soaks up the cheers. Penta slowly rises, but Edge snapmares him down into a chinlock. Penta endures, Edge shifts to hook the arms, but Penta fights up. Edge grinds Penta down to the mat, but Penta still endures. Penta fights to his feet as Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally as Penta fights free. Penta KICKS, CHOPS, and he has Edge in a corner. Penta whips corner to corner, runs in, GAMANGIRI!

Penta makes Edge look at the camera, then he whips corner to corner again. Edge goes up and he RANAS Penta away! Penta gets up, Edge runs up and jumps up, to RANA again, and holds onto the headscissor squeeze! Penta moves around, headstands, and he pops free! Then he fakes the buzzsaw to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Edge stays in this but the fans rally up again. The fans duel as Penta ROCKS Edge, then headlocks. Edge fights up, throws hands into the legs, then shoves Penta. Penta jumps over the dropdown, but Edge hurdles, hurdles and hurdles again! Then he MONKEY FLIPS Penta, but Penta comes back to tilt-o-whirl RANA!

Edge gets up, he tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Penta staggers around, but he runs back in! DOUBLE LARIATS! DOUBLE DISCUS LARIATS! DOUBLE BOOTS!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again! The fans start to duel, “Let’s Go, Adam!” “CERO MIEDO!” The standing count starts, both men are down at 4 of 10. Penta sits up first, Edge stirs and crawls, and the fans rally. Penta stands at 7, but Edge SLAPS him! Penta CHOPS! Edge fires a forearm, but Penta gives it back! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, then they lean on each other. Edge fires another forearm, and another, and then swings, but Penta dodges!

Penta comes back to SLINGBLADE! The fans fire up while Edge goes out again. Penta builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up again! The ring count starts, Penta and Edge stir at 4 of 10, then Penta sits up at 5. Penta stands, slides in at 6, but Edge is still floundering at 8! Edge hears 9 and springs in! The fans cheer as Edge is safe, but Penta stomps away! Penta scrapes Edge back to the apron, then Penta runs up to KICK! The fans fire up as Penta scores a goal with that one! Edge is in trouble as Dynamite goes back to picture in picture.

Penta drags Edge in, has him in a corner, then stomps him some more. The ref counts, Penta lets off to rally the fans, and Edge stirs. Penta paces while he waits on Edge, and he tells him to listen to the fans. Penta then pulls on Edge’s arm! The ref counts as Edge is in the ropes, and Penta lets off at 4. Penta grabs legs, but Edge kicks at Penta! Penta lets go and falls back, and Edge finally rises. Penta SUPERKICKS him back down! Penta says this is done, and he clamps onto Edge with a SLEEPER! Edge endures, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Penta lets go at 4. The ref reprimands but Penta just goes back to Edge.

Edge drags himself up in the corner, Penta KICKS him! Penta drags Edge up to throw body shots! Edge sits back down but Penta digs his boots in! The ref counts, Penta lets off at 4, and Edge sputters again. Penta brings Edge up again, Dynamite again returns to single picture, and Penta whips corner to corner. Edge reverses, but Penta goes up and over to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Edge is still in this and Penta is frustrated. Penta stalks Edge to another corner, stands him up and CHOPS! Penta whips corner to corner, Edge reverses again, and Edge catches Penta this time, to ELECTRIC CHAIR SLAM!

The fans fire up again while both men are down! A standing count starts, Abrahantes and the fans rally, and both men stir at 3 of 10. Edge rises, he drags Penta to get the legs and step through, for the EDGE-O-CUTION! Penta endures as Edge leans on the hold! Penta fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Edge lets go in frustration, but then has the ANKLE LOCK! Edge drags Penta back, but Penta rolls to send Edge into buckles! And then Penta handstands on the corner, for the SWINGING DROPKICK! Penta drags Edge to a cover, TWO! The fans rally as Penta drags Edge to center, and he CLUBS away on the side!

Penta wants the arm but Edge slips around! CROSSFACE! Penta endures, reaches out, but then Edge pulls back! Penta still fights around, ROPEBREAK! Penta saves himself with his foot, and Edge lets go in frustration. Penta goes to a corner, Edge runs up, but Penta puts him on the apron! Penta GAMANGIRIS, then he runs side to side, triangle jump- BOOT from Edge! Edge stops Penta’s plans and then brings him up. Edge fireman’s carries again, but Penta throws elbows! Penta CLUBS Edge, reels him in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta tucks the arms, but Edge fights free! Edge POSTS Penta, but Penta SUPERKICKS back!

Penta runs up, but into an APRON POWERSLAM!! The fans fire up again while both men are down on the outside! Abrahantes coaches Penta up, he has to fight if he wants to be champion! Edge runs in, Abrahantes shoves Penta away to take the SPEAR!! Penta SUPERKICKS Edge for it!! Edge flounders into the ring, Penta goes up a corner! Edge rises to ELBOW Penta! Edge climbs to fires off hands, then he brings Penta up. Penta throws body shots, CLUBS Edge, then adjusts position! SUPER CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Edge survives and the fans can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Penta gets Edge back up.

Penta traps one arm, gets the other, DARK ARMBAR!! Cover, TWO!! Edge barely gets his good arm up, but Penta reels him in! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta tucks the arms, but Edge wrenches free! Penta swings, Edge dodges, but then Penta springboards, into the SPEAR!! Cover, Edge wins!

Winner: Adam “Edge” Copeland, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

Penta pushed Edge to his limit and then some, but it just wasn’t enough to take the title! The Face of TNT is still Rated R, but wait! The lights go out! And we know what that means! Yes, when the lights come up, The House of Black is here! TBS Champion, Julia Hart, waves hi to Edge, and Brody King CLOBBERS him!! The fans boo as Brody HAMMERS away on Edge, then whips him hard into a corner! Edge sits down, Brody BOOT WASHES him! Brody stomps a mudhole, digs his boots in, then he drags Edge up. Julia smiles and works up something, but wait! Here comes Willow Nightingale!

The Babe with the Power CLOBBERS Julia, but Brody drags Julia to safety! Brody and Willow stare down, but Edge rises up! Edge bobs ‘n’ weaves to ROCK Brody, but Brody shoves Edge! Brody runs up but Edge DUMPS him out! Edge will team with Eddie Kingston & Mark Briscoe while Willow is coming for that TBS Championship, will they all make sure The House DOESN’T win at Dynasty?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata.

Renee is now with #LionHook and The Wrestler and notes that last week on Collision, The Ocho & FTW Champion had a great win over Shane Taylor Promotions. It wasn’t without a brutal attack from STP and their new member, Anthony Ogogo, right after. However, redemption could be here tonight in the Six Man Tag as Hook brought Shibata into the mix. What is their strategy tonight? Jericho says yes, Hook brought in Shibata, and Jericho appreciates that, it shows Hook is listening and learning from what Jericho is saying. And Jericho thinks that tonight’s strategy is simple: Hook and Shibata will sit under the learning tree of Jericho, and he will start with Ogogo.

Jericho vows to knock Ogogo’s block off after he knocked Jericho out. Then tag to Hook, he’ll dump Shane Taylor on his head. Tag to Shibata, Shibata will kick Lee Moriarty, stretch him out, put him in that sleeper hold, it’s done. If they listen to Jericho, and he knows they will, and if they breathe the rarified air of Jericho, which they are, then there’s nothing but success for them in the future. Bet? Hook says bet. Shibata has Google Translate say “Bet” for him, and they all fist bump. Jericho says he’ll see them out there, then leaves. Shibata again uses voice-to-text to ask, “What is his deal?” Hook says just trust Hook.

Shibata again uses voice to text to say he likes Renee’s necklace. She thanks him for that, and wishes him luck. The Wizard may be making this about himself, but will all three still make it work against Shane Taylor Promotions?

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston & Mark Briscoe.

Dynamite returns as Renee is now with The Mad King and the NEW ROH World Champion. She congratulates Mark on winning that title at Supercard of Honor, and notes they put each other through a lot that night. Physically, how are they feeling with just 11 days until Dynasty and the Six Man Tag match? Mark says he ain’t gonna lie, he’s feeling amazing. But simultaneously, he’s in pain because they had a dog fight, a war! How’s Kingston feeling? A little confused, cuz he isn’t sure what “simultaneously” means. But Eddie’s beat up, but hey, it’s pro-wrestling, it’s a way of life, they gotta do what they gotta do.

Edge finds his way over to them, with Willow and Stokely Hathaway, too. Edge says he saw said dog fight, they good? Yeah? Okay. Edge is about as good as he can be. Not sure if they saw, but Brody & Julia showed up, they tried to get the jump on Edge, so he wants to make sure they’re all good. Willow says she has a great idea ahead of Dynasty, actually. But then Stokely speaks up and says what if they have a TNT Championship match, Edge VS… WILLOW! She gon’ whoop yo ass, Edge! Willow says no, that’s not the idea. Willow says Brody tried to get Edge, Julia tried to get her, but it didn’t work, Willow’s eyes are good.

So how about next week on Dynamite, they team up? Yeah, Edge likes where she’s going! So before Dynasty, House of Black VS Rated R Chickenhawks or whatever, just kinda made that up off the top of his head, before that, Mixed Tag! Edge & Willow VS Brody & Julia! Willow says yeah, that’s the plan! They fist bump and Stokely says last time he saw Eddie, he said he smelled like Newports and Burger King and he just wants to apologize. Eddie storms off and Willow has Stokely hush. Edge says congrats to Mark on the big win in Philly, but will they all get a big win in St. Louis?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

The EVPs, Matthew & Nicholas Jackson, sit in the back and say the TV audience is finally ready to see this footage. Without further ado, here’s the- Whoa, wait, hold on. Matt wants Nick to give the people some context. Oh, right, set the table first. Okay. Nick tells AEW that there is a massive PPV coming up. April 21st, it is AEW Dynasty. The finals of the AEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament will be FTR VS The Bucks. And that got Nick thinking, the last time they faced off was last year, AEW All In: London. There are some wounds that haven’t really healed. And those wounds have been opened up, so there’s no better time to talk about that than now.

Nick says it was the biggest show in AEW history, the biggest show in wrestling that the Bucks have ever been part of, and the biggest match they were ever part of. A lot of fans and a lot of critics said that whoever won that match would be coined as the greatest tag team of this generation. Matt says just before that match, there was an… incident… involving two individuals. The first being “The Scapegoat,” Jack Perry. Jack is a lovable kid from Southern California, much like The Bucks. Reminds Matt of themselves at that age. And someone even said about Jack that if you’ve got a problem with Jack, then you’re the problem.

And the other individual- Nick cuts Matt off there. Nick says that other guy tried to make AEW all about himself. Matter of fact, that other guy happens to be a good friend of FTR. That got Nick thinking… Maybe FTR were the masterminds behind the entire thing? Matt says Nick can’t say that. He can’t legally say that, he can’t just spread rumors and slander. Right, sorry, that is very unprofessional. Quick cut to another take, as Matthew explains that while the Bucks were dealing with the fallout of said incident, it is safe to say that The Bucks were thrown off of their game. They had to put their “EVP caps” on and neglect being pro-wrestlers for a moment.

The locker room was in disarray, respectable journalists needed answers, the Bucks had no time to hydrate or even pray. If you look in the history books, you’ll see FTR beat The Bucks at All In: London. But if you asked Matt or anyone else in this room (which is really only Nick), there needs to be an asterisk there. But hey, after opening up these old wounds, airing the laundry, the incident itself isn’t even the worst part. As you’ll see in a second, it was short, and resembles more of a high school scrap than anything.

But Matt would argue this: Not that it was a short incident, but the ramifications that came from the incident “threatened to take down our biggest show of all time,” but they’re damn lucky that it didn’t. Nick says with that being said, roll tape. The tape does roll, and while no audio is rolling, we see in admittedly low quality security camera footage, Jack Perry returning backstage, Doc Sampson checking his back after that car windshield fall in his FTW Championship match. Samoa Joe is pacing, preparing for his shot at the “Real” AEW World Championship, and then in walks over You Know Who, and he gets right in Jack’s face.

Jack tries to brush Punk off but Punk wouldn’t let it go. He kept telling Jack things, Jack didn’t seem to care very much, they argued a bit more, then Punk shoves first! Punk shoves again, Jack rams into him, there’s the facelock Punk himself has copped to, and Joe joins the refs rushing in to break this up. The two are separated, other wrestlers have walked over to see what’s the matter, that might even be Chris Hero calming Punk down. Punk storms off after that, Hook and others are calming Jack down, and that’s the end of the footage. Matt says there you have it. Again, not the worst part of the incident, not even close.

For Matt, the worst part about it all was creating a wrestling show, naming it, filling the building with the most people that have ever witnesses a wrestling show, only to be distracted by something so stupid, that you lose on your big night! Then at the end, FTR has the balls to stick their hands out to shake their damn hands? At Dynasty, The Bucks ain’t shaking your hands, “you pr*cks!” FTR better be ready! Matt unbuttons his suit jacket and it seems he’s wearing a Scapegoat Jack Perry shirt… The EVPs storm off set, message sent. Will FTR respond with actions at Dynasty?

 

Wait, FTR is here now!

Unscheduled to be here right now, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood go right to the ring and get mics! Cash asks, “Why?” Why was the footage shared? What’re the Bucks hoping to accomplish by doing this? Other than having an excuse as to why they lost at Wembley, that is. Cash isn’t sure about everyone else, but he is sick and tired of hearing about this! He is sick and tired of talking about this! Everyone back there is ready to move on, to put that moment in the past! But instead of talking about Revolution, about All In 2024 coming up, instead of talking about how AEW is doing some of the best shows ever, we’re talking about #BrawlIn! WHY!?

Because oh, “Rod & Todd Flanders” can’t let go that they lost to FTR! The fans cheer FTR and Cash says now, Dynasty, go ahead and put on those EVPs caps so you can hear this. FTR have to beat The Bucks. Not for legacy, not for history, or even to be the best tag team of all time. It is because FTR is sick of these “petty little b*tches!” The fans fire up and Dax gets the mic now. “So that’s our bosses. That’s who we work for. Every interview they have, or every time they get a chance to talk, they let us all know that without them, hundreds of people would be out of a job. They let us all know that without them, AEW probably wouldn’t exist.

“And y’know, the crazy thing, the scary thing is, I don’t necessarily disagree with you. Because without The Young Bucks, I still might be shaving Cash’s back.” But in all seriousness, because of The Bucks, FTR have something that makes them sick! That The Bucks cannot get over! They’ll never admit it, but because of The Bucks, now FTR has eclipsed them as the absolute best team on this planet! The fans cheer that! And at one time, Bucks cared about these three letters, AEW. But somewhere along the way, from greed or envy, they lost it. Now three other letters have taken over, and they only care about the EVPs.

So if it takes Dax’s last breath, on the backs of FTR, of Samoa Joe, of Swerve Strickland, of Daniel Garcia, Darby Allin, Willow Nightingale, every single man and woman in the back, who come to work every week and want to be here, they will build this. They will continue to build AEW. Not just for them, because it isn’t a selfish ambition. They’re building things for the future of pro-wrestling. So that wrestlers have a choice, can make a living, but more importantly, they are building this for every single man, woman and child that goes to work every day, week in and week out, and spends their hard-earned money on one ticket.

This is for the fans who spend their money to get lost in this drama, to get lost in this action. FTR is doing this for the people! And if The Bucks don’t wanna be part of that AEW, then go home, they’ve got this. The fans cheer FTR on, and Dax says he loves y’all, too. But again, this ain’t about Wembley, All In, All Out. This is about AEW! This is about a company Dax loves, an industry that Dax loves, but more specifically, this is about the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Two teams walk in, one team walks out to call themselves the GREATEST Tag Team in the World! One team walks out the FIRST-EVER THREE-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions!

Bucks, you may have built this place, but brick by brick, shingle by shingle, FTR puts the roof on this house! And they’ll turn right around and blow the roof off this sumbish! #TopGuysOut! The fans are fired up with FTR, will they stop at nothing to build their Dynasty?

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

She welcomes to Dynamite the Aerial Assassin, Will Ospreay! The fans fire up as the #BillyGOAT is here, and Renee says it is great to see him. She heard he has some things he wants to get off his chest, what’s going on? Ospreay says he’s been thinking about this all week, and he only just saw Bryan’s comments from last week, so he wants to respond to that, too. Apologies, guys, Ospreay wants to talk, and Tony Khan said he’s got five minutes cuz TV time’s expensive. So there’s this rumor, right? That Ospreay is afraid of “the grind?” To be honest, he doesn’t know where this conversation has come from.

Ospreay is the only guy traveling every single week between UK and US, eight to ten hours a flight, and he is delivering some of the best matches this world has ever seen, bruv! The fans cheer that! And normally, Ospreay wouldn’t rise to this type of bait, but considering the guy who said it is only in the position he has because he was grinding on the boss’ daughter… “You are in no position to tell me what the grind is all about, my friend, because you have no idea what I fight for. So let this be a painful little jab back, and a gentle reminder, that you do not throw stones at an assassin with a machine gun.”

Now to Bryan, after hearing how Bryan admitting Ospreay is: stronger than him, which he is; faster than him, which he is; and the only way Bryan has a chance of winning is if he grounds The Aerial Assassin… Ospreay says this with every bit of respect under the sun, sunshine. Healthier men have tried and failed. Younger men have tried and failed. And better men have tried and failed! And yet, yet, this is Bryan Danielson! Bryan is a living legend in this game, son! And Ospreay cannot say it any more, cannot call himself the best in the world, until after Dynasty and Ospreay pins Bryan. Because these fans have paid a lot of money to see the best wrestlers go at it!

The fans fire up for that one! Ospreay says this is AEW, where the BEST wrestle! And it is Ospreay’s time! It is his time to show every single person what he’s about, what he brings to the table, and why he is the Ace of All Elite Wrestling! Bryan, you find out on Sunday, April 21st, why he is Will Ospreay, and why he is on! Another! LEVEL! The fans are already thunderous for this dream match, but will Ospreay be able to slay the American Dragon?

 

Julia Hart speaks.

“Willow~…! Willow~…! Strong. Powerful. Always has a spark inside of her. But little does she know, a single spark can start a raging fire. I peel back your mask and show you carry more than smiles and rainbows. Hurt, anger, you envy me. You know what I’m capable of. Yet you keep coming back for more. I shall kill your spark, turn your smile into a frown, and make sure you never touch my crown. I am The Princess of the Black Throne, Keeper of Secrets, and it is my destiny to stay the TBS Champion. The House Always Wins.”

 

Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

As we heard The Ocho game plan earlier, he wants after Anthony Ogogo, and will leave Big Bad Shaney T. and #TAIGASTYLE to the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil and The Wrestler. But will things go their way? Or will STP prove Mike Tyson right that everyone has a plan, ’til they get punched in the mouth?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Ogogo, just as he wanted. The fans rally up as the two circle, but then Ogogo says nope, and tags Lee. Jericho CLOBBERS Lee, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then CHOPS again! Jericho headlocks, Lee powers out, but Jericho runs him over! Things keep moving, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Jericho DROPKICKS Lee, Lee goes to a corner, and Jericho clotheslines him! Jericho fires point blank clotheslines, and the fans count along as he goes to OCHO, then TEN! Jericho puts Lee up top, CHOPS, then climbs. Jericho SUPER STEINERS and the fans fire up!

Jericho keeps to the plan and he- Oh, wait, Shibata tags in. Well, Jericho did say Lee was Shibata’s so Shibata BOOTS Lee, brings him up, but Lee fires a forearm! Shibata just stares Lee down! Lee fires more forearms, then CHOPS! Shibata eggs Lee on and Lee fires a flurry. Shibata ROCKS Lee with just one! Shibata snapmares then KICKS Lee in the back! Lee avoids the Penalty Kick, scrambles away and he tags in Shane. Shibata and Shane circle, feel things out, but Hook reaches out. Again, this is the plan, so Shibata tags in Hook. The fans fire right up for the FTW Champion as he circles with Shane.

Shane throws hands but Hook bobs ‘n’ weaves! Hook fires hands in return but Shane has his guard up. Hook runs but Ogogo gets a cheap shot in! The ref reprimands but Ogogo avoids Hook’s haymaker. Shane runs up but Hook gets around, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! The fans boo but STP soaks up the heat, and Shane drags Hook up in a corner while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Shane CHOPS, Hook sputters, but Shane keeps him from his corner. Shane shoves Hook into the STP corner, winds up, and CHOPS again! Hook drops to his knees, Ogogo tags in, and Ogogo whips Hook to the open corner. Ogogo stomps a mudhole in, the ref counts, but Ogogo lets off at 4. Ogogo drags Hook up, snapmares, then KICKS Hook in the back! Ogogo runs to basement BOOT! Ogogo drags Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Shane. Shane stomps a mudhole now, but the ref counts. Shane digs his boots in, Lee taunts the crowd with a shimmy and shake, and Shane lets off at 4. Shane distracts the ref so Lee can CHOKE Hook!

Shane taunts Jericho & Shibata, the ref keeps them back, and Shane drags Hook up. Hook throws body shots, but Shane ROCKS him! Shane brings Hook around, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to SPLASH! Cover, Jericho breaks it! Jericho coaches Hook on, taunts Shane, and rallies the fans. Shane snarls, but he keeps on Hook with body shots at the ropes. Hook sputters and crawls but Shane puts him in a corner. Hook fires hands in return! Shane ROKCKS Hook again, and again, and again! Shane HEADBUTTS Hook down, then stalks him back to ropes. Shane drags Hook up as Dynamite returns to single picture, and Hook fires hands!

Hook kicks, Shane blocks, and Shane shoves Hook down! Hook avoids the knee and waistlocks! GERMAN SUPLEX!! The fans are thunderous while both men are down! Hook and Shane crawl, Ogogo distracts Jericho, so hot tags to Lee and Shibata! Shibata BOOTS Lee, BLASTS Ogogo, then BOOTS Lee again! Shibata whips corner to corner and BOOTS! Shibata fires forearms, UPPERCUTS, then CHOPS! And JABS! CHOPS! JABS! CHOPS! JAB CHOPS! Shibata runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous again as Shibata drags Lee up and HALF HATCHES! Cover, TWO!

Shibata keeps cool as he brings Lee back up. Shibata ROCKS Lee, ROCKS him again, and the fans rally. Shibata ROCKS Lee again, UPPERCUTS, then runs side to side. But Lee dodges, the BOOT hits Jericho! Lee rolls Shibata up, TWO! Lee fires hands on Shibata, then fires up! Lee runs, but Shibata catches him to an STO! The fans fire up while both men are down, and Jericho checks his nose. Shibata crawls, but Jericho pulls Hook aside?! Jericho is mad with Hook about Shibata but Hook says not to worry about that, worry about the match! Lee sneaks up on Shibata, but Shibata switches with Lee! Lee throws elbows, runs, but Shibata dodges the boot to SLEEPER!

Lee flails, Ogogo distracts the ref so Shane can get in and ROCK Shibata! The fans boo as now Lee gives Shibata THE FANG! Cover, STP WIN!!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

Jericho and Hook now realize their argument just cost them the match! Shane Taylor Promotions gets one of their biggest wins yet, and now Hook is mad with Jericho. Hook tells Jericho to just go, he’s why Shibata’s down and out. Jericho says okay, and he exits the ring. Hook helps Shibata up, did Jericho just ruin the mentor-student relationship?

 

Backstage interview with Dustin Rhodes.

Renee is with The Natural and says despite Swerve attacking Joe, Joe is still able to compete tonight. This title eliminator is so important to Dustin because it could mean a future world championship match. Does Swerve attacking Joe change Dustin’s strategy at all? Absolutely not. We know what’s on the line here. We all heard Dustin when he said he has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Right now, Dustin believes the time for talk is over! We’re in Charleston, West Virginia, The Nature is in the house and here for business, babeh! If you can’t get down with that, he doesn’t know what to tell ya!

But he does know this, Charleston! Grit, work ethic, passion and glory! That is what he does every single week in and out, and tonight will be no different. Dustin is all fired up, will he have the biggest win of his AEW career in tonight’s main event?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Cristiano Argento!

The Rainmaker, The AEW Continental Champion, has come to Charleston on a three match win streak! Will Okada keep is going? Or will Italian Excellence find a way to dry up the rain?

The bell rings and the fans fire up for “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” already. Okada and Argento circle, tie up, and Okada puts Argento on ropes. The ref counts, Okada lets off, but Argento fires a forearm! Argento kicks low, throws a haymaker, but Okada doesn’t flinch! Okada DECKS Argento with one shot! Okada kicks and CLUBS Argento around, then brings him up. Okada Alabama Lifts, tucks Argento in, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Argento writhes and the fans fire up again! Okada literally does not sweat Argento, and he might even be bored. Okada dares Argento to hit him, so Argento throws a forearm, a kick, and a CHOP! Okada just stares Argento down.

Argento runs, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Then ripcord and RAINMAKER! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

Okada didn’t even need half his arsenal, he just washed Argento away! Then he gets the mic to say, “Hey, Pac! I accept your challenge.” The fans cheer that! Okada says he’ll see Pac at Dynasty! Wait! The Bastard says Okada will see him now, because here he is! Pac applauds Okada having the bullocks to face him, but wait, the EVPs are sneaking out here! The elevator rises and The Bucks CLOBBER Pac from behind! The fans boo as Matthew & Nicholas mug Pac, put him in, and then Okada feeds Pac to DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans boo but The Bucks soak it all up, “This is too easy!”

Okada grins as he drags Pac up, but the fans chant for “C M PUNK!” Okada ripcords, but FTR make the save! They TOSS Okada and fire hands off on The Bucks! Cash dodges Nick to then clothesline him up and out! Dax fires off on Matt, FTR set up, and Matt wobbles. But Okada is back, with a chair! He JAMS Cash, JAMS Dax, then SMACKS Dax down! The fans boo again, but Nick returns. Matt SUPERKICKS Cash, Nick SUPERKICKS Dax! Matt SUPERKICKS Dax, and then sets FTR up with Nick! E V P TRIGGER!! Okada isn’t done, he sees Pac rising! HEADSHOT!! Pac goes down from the steel chair to his face!

The NEW Elite stands tall over Pac and FTR, is nothing going to stop them from being the Golden Elite?

 

Bullet Club Gold speaks.

The ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions are backstage, admiring Jay White’s new jacket with the paint drip pattern. White says hello to the Charleston Gold Members, and says the wrestling world is once again abuzz about The Bang Bang Gang. Let’s get a recap of what they’ve been up to. Number one: they crushed Darby Allin’s dreams, along with his ankle. Number two: they successfully defended the ROH Six Man Championships at Supercard of Honor. Number three and most important: the world witnessed Switchblade put the biggest, baddest beating on Billy Gunn you ever did see!

White loved it so much, he wants to do it again on Rampage! But not against Billy, no, Billy wouldn’t survive that. But there’s always someone else. How about they go find someone, line them up and White knocks it out of the park. If you ain’t done with that, they’ve got two words for ya: Guns Up! But then who will King Switch use as a tune-up for taking on the rest of The Acclaimed?

 

Renee Paquette is back on stage.

She thanks Charleston for being here, and welcomes them in joining her. Per the request of the AEW Women’s World Champion, tonight is a Charleston Championship Champagne Toast! April 21st, the title is on the line “against a woman who had to vacate that very title two years ago.” Please welcome first, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer La Mera Mera as she makes her way out here and hugs Renee. And now, please welcome the Timeless Champion, Toni Storm! The fans also cheer as AEW’s leading lady makes her way out, Luther by her side. Renee thanks Toni for putting this toast together. She requested this time so the floor is hers.

What kind of champagne did they get? Everyone gets a glass, and Renee says Toni may toast away. Toni holds up her glass, to SPLASH Rosa in the face! Toni then DECKS Rosa, rains down fists, but Rosa kicks her away! Rosa sputters, gets up, but Toni CLOBBERS her with the silver platter! Toni smears Rosa’s face paint, then swings the terrible towel! But Deonna Purrazzo rushes out here! Luther stands in her way, so Deonna just checks on Rosa. Rosa lashes out, not knowing who is who. Deonna says fine, F her. Deonna storms off, Rosa tries to stand, but the refs have to help Rosa to the back. And now, Toni’s protege comes out for her match!

Toni is confused at first, then remembers the schedule. Toni takes a quick swig of bubbly, then gives Mariah a kiss good luck! Mariah is all fired up, but will champagne kisses truly become caviar dreams? Or will Anna Jay remind us that she’s the Star of the Show?

Mariah May VS Anna Jay!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, Mariah and Anna tie up, and Mariah puts Anna on ropes. They go around to all the different sides of the ring, then break. The fans cheer, Mariah swings but misses! Anna shoves Mariah but Mariah brushes that off. Mariah CHOPS, and the fans fire up! Anna CHOPS, so Mariah CHOPS! The CHOPS keep going, then Anna fires off forearms! Anna ROCKS Mariah, whips her to ropes, but Mariah trips Anna! Mariah runs but Anna avoids the shotgun! Anna gets moving, BLOCKBUSTER! Anna fires off forearms again, then whips. Mariah reverses but Anna ducks the shot to ROCK Mariah!

Anna brings Mariah in, but Mariah fights the suplex! Mariah lifts Anna, puts her up top, and then ROCKS her! Mariah brushes the hair out of the way, puts some stank on it, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Anna snarls while Mariah struts and the fans fire up. Mariah runs to STRATUSPHERE! Anna tumbles, Mariah storms over and bends Anna back against ropes! The ref counts, Mariah lets off and runs, but Anna ROCKS her first! Anna brings Mariah through ropes, turns her and gives her a kiss, before the NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! Mariah flounders and Anna storms in after her. Mariah HEADBUTTS in return!

The fans fire up while Anna flounders out of the ring. Mariah steadies herself while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Mariah shakes out the stars, goes out to fetch Anna, but Anna goes around the way. Mariah pursues, and whips her into barriers! Anna drops to her knees, Mariah stands her back up, and Mariah CHOPS! Anna sputters as she goes along the barriers, but Mariah stalks her. Anna turns things around to CHOP Mariah! Mariah scrambles away but Anna pursues. Anna CHOPS again! Anna follows Mariah back into the ring, but Mariah takes a swipe. Anna backs off, Mariah storms out, but anna fires off forearms! Anna bumps Mariah off barriers, but Mariah kicks back. Anna CLUBS Mariah, then CHOPS again!

Anna drags Mariah up but Mariah SMACKS Anna off the LED! Mariah puts some stank on it again, and she fakes the double chop to TOSS Anna in the ring! Mariah struts her way back into the ring, runs up, but Anna kicks first! Mariah SLAPS Anna, whips her, then CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Mariah clamps on a chinlock, shifts it into a straitjacket stretch, but Anna still endures. Mariah KNEES Anna in the back, then digs the knee into Anna’s spine. Anna still endures, fights her way up, but Mariah KNEES her down! Dynamite returns to single picture as Mariah SHOTGUNS Anna down!

Anna goes to a corner, Mariah says kiss this! SWEET HIP- NO, Anna dodges! Anna runs in to ELBOW, then she fires off forearm after forearm! Anna whips, runs in, and HEEL KICKS! Then Anna puts Mariah up top, has the arms, ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO! Mariah stays in this and the fans rally up. Anna drags Mariah up, clinches, but Mariah fights with elbows! Mariah is free, she brings Anna around to whip, but Anna reverses. Anna runs in, but Mariah just manages to slip out to the apron! Mariah blocks a shot to ROUNDHOUSE Anna! Mariah climbs, leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Anna flounders to the corner and the fans fire up!

Mariah runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Mariah then drags Anna to a cover, TWO!! Anna survives but Mariah says this is the end! Mariah drags Anna up, fireman’s carries, but Anna slips free, wrenches and HOOK KICKS! Cover, TWO! Mariah stays in this but Anna stays on her with a clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Mariah survives again and Anna is losing her cool! Anna says that’s it! She drags Mariah up, hooks her up in the Gory Especial, but Mariah sunset flips through it! MARIAH WINS!

Winner: Mariah May, by pinfall

Anna got mad and lost sight of the match! She grabs Mariah for a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER!! Mariah flails but Anna drags her down into the body scissors!! Anna makes Mariah fade, but wait! Here comes Mina Shirakawa! Mariah and Mina had their reunion during Supercard, so now the Fighting H-Cup is here to make the save! Anna gets outta there, and Mina checks on her former sidekick. Mina then gets some champagne glasses, just like Supercard! She helps Mariah come to with a toast, a sip, and a kiss! #RoseGold is having fun in Charleston, but will they be All Elite?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Jay White has found his target! The Zen Assassin, Matt Sydal, wants to take his shot, but will he take down the NJPW Grand Slam Champion? Or will he simply #BreatheWithTheSwitchblade? Plus, Julia Hart still has her LEGIT Open House Match with Leyla Hirsch, what stipulation will Leyla deal to the champion? Then, the grudge match finally happens as Angelo Parker takes on Zak Knight! And lastly, Orange Cassidy is looking to take his Freshly Squeezed frustrations out, he’s taking on Alex Reynolds of the Dark Order! Will Cassidy send a message to his former Best Friend in Trent?

 

Backstage interview with Mercedes Mone.

Alex Marvez sits down with The CEO, and thanks her for taking this time. He asks about last week, when she said she wanted to face whoever is TBS Champion come Double or Nothing. Mone says yes, Double or Nothing! Five years ago, history was made when AEW had its first ever PPV in Las Vegas. Mone is a history maker, gamechanger, and she decided to make history yet again when she staked her claim to go to Vegas and become TBS Champion. Because money changes everything. Now, Dynasty is on the way, where Julia Hart defends that title against Willow Nightingale. How does Mone see that match?

She can’t wait to watch! She can’t wait to see those two throw down because they are the very best. And Julia has been one hell of a champion. She’s so mysterious, so unpredictable, you can’t predict the games that she will play. And Julia may have Willow’s number, but Willow on the other hand… Willow is a force to be reckoned with. Mone has been in the ring with Willow, and Willow is dangerous. Marvez wants her to elaborate on that. Mone says it is hard to talk about, because that was the hardest moment in her career. Almost one year ago, Mone faced Willow for the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship.

Not only did Mone lose that match, but she got injured in that match. Not only did she get injured in that match, she lost out on being the first woman to hold the NJPW Strong Women’s title. And if you know anything about Mone, she hates to lose. But being The CEO of AEW, she always has a plan and a mission. She can’t wait for Double or Nothing. Then who would she rather face? Julia Hart? Or Willow Nightingale? Mone thinks about it, but then the lights go out! Someone is attacking Mone in the dark! And when the lights come up, we only see Mone down! Was that Julia trying to make sure Mone doesn’t make it to Vegas? Skye Blue doing Julia’s dirty work? Or…

 

AEW World Championship Title Eliminator: Samoa Joe VS Dustin Rhodes!

Well, let’s try this again. The One True King respects The Natural’s legacy, but not so far as to give him an outright title opportunity. And this time, Joe brings the steel chain he snatched from Swerve as extra security! Will Joe make Dustin an example to what Swerve’s gonna get at Dynasty? Or will all Rhodes lead to gold?

The bell rings and Dustin runs up on Joe to fire off in the corner! The fans fire up, Joe pushes Dustin back and they brawl. Joe CHOPS, JABS, and JABS! Dustin turns things around to CHOP and fire haymakers! Joe knees low, TOSSES Dustin out, then storms out after him. Joe snarls as he RAMS Dustin into barriers! Dustin sputters, but he comes back to CHOP! And UPPERCUT! The fans fire up as Joe gets in the ring. Dustin pursues but Joe JABS, JABS and JABS! Joe ROLLING- NO, Dustin ducks ‘n’ runs to LARIAT! Dustin has Joe in a corner, fires hands, then CLUBS away! The ref counts, Dustin lets off, but then Joe CLAWS Dustin’s eyes!

Joe HEADBUTTS Dustin down, Dustin bails out, and Joe pursues again. Joe POSTS Dustin and Dustin goes down in a heap! Joe snarls while the fans reprimands. Joe goes back for Dustin, drags him up as the ring count climbs, and Dustin is bleeding! Joe punches away on the bloody wound, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Dustin up as we pass 5 of 10, and Joe puts Dustin in at 7. Joe is getting the blood he said Dustin would pay, and Joe JABS! Joe DECKS Dustin, then paces around him. Joe sits Dustin up to rain down fists right to the forehead! Dustin sputters to ropes, but Joe storms up behind him. Joe CLAWS at the forehead, but he lets off a the ref reprimands. Dustin takes a swing but Joe ducks, and Dustin stumbles and falls! Joe CHOPS Dustin’s forehead! And CHOPS it again! Joe shows off the blood on his hands, then he JABS Dustin in the corner. Joe digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Dustin scrambles away but Joe CLUBS him down.

Joe sits Dustin up for a neck wrench, and Joe wants to squeeze the blood out of Dustin’s head! Dustin fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws Dustin down! Joe runs, FLASH ELBOW! Joe covers, TWO! Joe looms over Dustin as the blood paints that side of Dustin’s face to match the face paint. Joe CLUBS Dustin, CHOPS his forehead, then CHOPS his chest! And CHOPS, and CHOPS, and fires forearms! Dustin fires shots in return! The two brawl, Dustin ROCKS Joe then runs, but into an atomic drop! Dynamite returns to single picture as Joe BOOTS Dustin down! Then Joe SENTONS on top! Cover, TWO!!

Dustin is still in this, his face completely red from face paint and crimson mask. The fans rally and duel, and Dustin reaches up! Joe taunts Dustin, and Dustin rises! Joe CLUBS Dustin, ROCKS him, then CHOPS! Dustin stays up, Joe runs, but Dustin hits the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down! A standing count starts, but Dustin pounds the mat. The fans rally with him and he rises. Dustin fires a hand, Joe gives it back! Dustin UPPERCUTS, Joe UPPERCUTS! Dustin rebound to ROCK Joe! And again! And again! And again! Joe shoves, Dustin dodges, and JABS! JABS! JABS! Flip, Flop, Fly, double dirty birds and a BIONIC ELBOW!

Joe staggers about, Dustin kicks low and hops on! CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Dustin isn’t deterred! The fans fire up as Joe goes to a corner. Dustin climbs up and he rains down fists! Dustin goes to six, then hops down to headlock. But Joe powers out of the bulldog, then LARIATS Dustin down! Dustin tumbles out of the ring, Joe pursues, and Joe drags Dustin up. Joe brings Dustin around to whip, but Dustin reverses to POST Joe! Joe staggers into the ring, Dustin grabs the belt! Dustin brings the belt in, but the ref says no, Dustin can’t do that! Dustin snarls, aims, but the ref pleads with him!

Dustin sees sense and lets the ref have the belt. Then he BOOTS Joe down! Dustin gets Joe up, dragon sleepers, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Dustin is beside himself! The fans are thunderous all the same as Dustin gets Joe back up. But Joe wrenches out! Dustin blocks a shot to ROCK Joe! Dustin runs in, but into the URENAGE! Joe grabs Swerve’s chain! Now the ref tells Joe not to do it, he’ll hand Dustin the win with that! The ref takes the chain, but Joe has the belt! BELT SHOT!!! The fans boo as Joe gets away with one! Cover, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (denies Dustin Rhodes a title opportunity)

Joe steals one from Dustin, but then he puts on the COQUINA CLUTCH!! But wait, here comes a HOUSE CALL!! Swerve saves Dustin but this is about taking out Joe! Swerve gets his steel chain back, and he wraps it around his fist! FULL METAL KNUCKLE!! Joe goes down, dazed, but he’s able to get away before Swerve LASHES him! Security and even wrestlers rush out here to stop this from getting worse! Prince Nana picks up the belt and holds it out to Swerve. Will this be the scene in two weeks? Will Swerve finally establish his Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite here, but uh… Well, a lot of this got dragged down by that segment. I had a feeling The Bucks would do their best to work-shoot-shoehorn Brawl In into why they lost to FTR last year, given how they’re having the rematch at Dynasty. And naturally, if The Bucks were the ones bringing it up, FTR take the Face position, which is the real position that ALL of AEW should’ve thought to take, which is get past the thing and focus on being AEW. And even if they all insisted on using Brawl In for this, why show the footage? It only helps CM Punk’s side of the argument of this, it didn’t change anything for anyone other than maybe Chris Hero because he was clearly one of the more level heads in that situation.

If you took out this Brawl In work-shoot nonsense, this was a strong episode going towards Dynasty, and we still got a good build from Bucks and FTR anyway. Okada of course wins his match tonight, but also calls out Pac and gets the Continental title match made for Dynasty. Then good attack from The Bucks on Pac, good brawl with Okada & Bucks against Pac and FTR, that could be a great Six Man Tag on the way to Dynasty. That match will surely lend to the math, but maybe something wonky needs to happen to keep everyone even going into Dynasty because it would be way too hard to choose who takes the fall.

Great misdirect with the world title eliminator opening only for Swerve to jump in and mess it up. Then awesome TNT Championship match from Edge and Penta. Naturally, Edge won but great tie-in with the House of Black story. Willow of course helped Edge out and we’re going to get a great Mixed Tag Match. Good promo with Mark & Eddie, too, and I liked Stokely’s bit of trying to make amends with Eddie. Also, incredibly clever move for Mone to be attacked completely in the dark, so that we have no idea who really did it. They could totally pull a twist where it was Willow, her mind finally giving into the black mist that she keeps getting hit by.

As such, Julia has a good promo calling out the darkness within Willow, maybe Willow starts to tease turning Heel during the match at Dynasty to set us up for her “It was ME, Mone! It was me all along!” on the way to Double or Nothing. Also great stuff with the champagne toast being a trap to attack Rosa and then also drive another wedge between Rosa and Deonna. Mariah VS Anna was a great match, and just as I was hoping, Mina showed up to keep the reunion going. A bit more kissy kissy than I expected, but perhaps all the more reason for Storm and Mina to have beef with each other, Mariah in the middle and having to choose if she’s Storm’s protege or Mina’s partner.

Really good Six Man Tag, and really good move for Jericho to be why his team loses. The promo showed his ego getting the better of him, and this is definitely going to get to the point where Hook being upset with Jericho makes Jericho upset with Hook and those two fight over the FTW Championship. Really good promo from Bullet Club Gold, and White is of course going to beat Sydal, but I would think Acclaimed go after him as payback for how things went the last week. And then great main event from Joe VS Dustin, Dustin getting a great showing even though we all knew he was losing. And Swerve getting a shot on Joe evens things out from the contract signing, meaning the go-home next week will surely go Joe’s way.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

The Young Bucks speak.

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

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

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chris Jericho is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal!

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

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

 

The Young Bucks speak, again.

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

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

Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Rampage!

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

 

Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

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

 

The Bang Bang Gang regroups backstage.

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by disqualification

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/18/24)

Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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