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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/8/24)

Swerve strikes back!

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Will The Patriarchy regret their actions?

Christian Cage made it clear he wants the AEW World Championship as he fired the first shot! But now, Swerve Strickland looks to fire back, with backup!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta; Cassidy wins.
  • Harley Cameron w/ Saraya VS Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther; Mariah wins.
  • Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championship Eliminator: Jay White VS Rocky Romero; White wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Mo Jabari & Harlon Abbott; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Disqualifications: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Brody King w/ The House of Black; Edge wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam “Edge” Copeland arrives backstage.

As he finishes a phone call, Arkady Aura is there to say after the match last week with Buddy Matthews, how is he feeling going into tonight, facing Brody King? Edge says he isn’t feeling too great. All this week, his mind’s been wandering to places he doesn’t want it to, and he has to stop it. Tonight, it will stop. Edge has the camera move in tight. Edge just got off the phone with Tony Khan, and TK agreed that tonight, it will be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! House of Black, you wanted The Rated R Superstar? Tonight, you get him! Edge storms off, is he going to absolutely tear down the House to make sure this ends here?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta!

Best Friends no more, Freshly Squeezed wants revenge for what #JustTrent did to Chuck Taylor! The Kentucky Gentleman may never ever wrestle again, but will Cassidy makes sure that’s the same for Trent? Or will Trent destroy the career of another former friend?

Trent practically rubs in what he did, having Chuck’s name written on wrist tape as a mock tribute to him, and then the shirt has only the word “Best” on it, with Trent’s little cartoon face. Seems Trent only needs #JustTrent from now on. The bell rings and Cassidy runs up! The hands fly, Trent shoves but Cassidy dodges! Trent bails out to avoid the Orange Punch, but Cassidy DIVES onto him! Direct hit into barriers and the fans fire up! Cassidy drags Trent up to throw hands! The ref wants this in the ring but Cassidy ROCKS Trent first! Cassidy then POSTS Trent, brings him around, and POSTS Trent again!

The fans fire up while Cassidy brings Trent up. Trent RAMS Cassidy into the post now! Then Trent LARIATS Cassidy down! The fans boo, Trent drags Cassidy up to DECK him, then he rains down fists! The ref counts, Trent lets off, and the fans boo. Trent looms over Cassidy, then gives a mocking thumbs up. Trent stands Cassidy up, whips and Cassidy hits railing! Trent storms up to Cassidy, ROCKS him and whips him, but Cassidy LEAPS the railing! The fans fire up and Cassidy puts his hands… in his pockets! Trent hurries out but Cassidy dodges to SUPERKICK! Cassidy drags Trent up and ROCKS him with a right!

Cassidy fires off on Trent, then has some popcorn. Cassidy ROCKS Trent again, brings him around and ROCKS him as they go up the bleachers! The fans fire up as Cassidy throws more hands! They spill into the stands, and the fans are thunderous as Cassidy rains down fists! Cassidy goes all the way to TEN! Cassidy brings Trent back to the aisle, ROCKS him again, and they head back for ground level. The fans cheer Cassidy on but Trent hits low! The ref wants this in the ring but Trent suplexes. Cassidy fights that to suplex Trent up and over onto the floor! Trent writhes but so does Cassidy, and the fans fire up again.

Cassidy runs in but Trent TOSSES him over barriers! Cassidy has a rough landing, and he writhes and flounders to the steps. Trent goes up the barriers, but Cassidy YANKS him down! Trent hits barriers hard then falls to the floor! Both men are down, but Cassidy crawls away. Cassidy gets himself in the ring, Trent drags himself up and in to follow. Cassidy takes aim, runs up, but Trent ducks the Orange Punch! BUSAIKU KNEE! But Cassidy’s right up! ORANGE PUNCH!! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! The fans rally for Cassidy as hard as they can, and he drags himself to ropes. Cassidy rises, but then Don Callis walks out here!

The fans boo as callous Callis is now ringside. Callis talked with Orange Cassidy in private last week, is this him following up on the discussion? Seems Callis is gonna join commentary, but Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Trent flounders, Callis heads his way and brings him up. Cassidy ROCKS Trent, but Trent CLAWS Cassidy’s eyes! Trent CHOKES Cassidy in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Trent CHOPS! Trent backs off, runs in, but into an ELBOW! Cassidy goes up, but Trent YANKS him down into a SAIDO! But Cassidy’s right up! But he swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent scowls while Cassidy stirs, and Trent stands over him. Cassidy stands, but Trent DECKS him! Cassidy flops out of the ring and Trent wants the ring count. The ref starts the count, Cassidy sits up at 3 of 10, then crawls over at 5. Cassidy slides in at 6, and Trent is annoyed.

Trent storms up to bring Cassidy up, and CHOPS him right down! Trent looms over Cassidy, brings him back up, talks trash, then reels Cassidy in. Cassidy resists the lift, but Trent CLUBS him again and again! Cassidy still resists the lift, and even tries to lift Trent! Trent fights that, they go back and forth, and Cassidy back drops! Trent sunset flips but Cassidy rolls through to PENALTY KICK! Both men are down, and the fans fire up as Cassidy goes to a corner. Dynamite returns to single picture, the fans rally as Cassidy stands. Cassidy ROCKS Trent, Trent ROCKS Cassidy! They go back and forth, the fans clearly on Cassidy’s side!

Callis says that his conversation with Cassidy last week was about giving him support, but also about taking him to the next level. Cassidy fires forearms on Trent again and again, but Trent throat chops! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Trent reels Cassidy in. Trent suplexes, but blocks Stun Dog Millionaire! Trent then half nelsons, but Cassidy breaks free. Cassidy wrenches but Trent ripcords, only for Cassidy to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl, DDT! The fans fire up as Cassidy kips up! Callis says “This kid is tremendous!” Cassidy sits Trent up to “unleash” the kicks! Cassidy then kicks and kicks and kicks and stomps away on Trent!

The fans fire up, the ref wants Cassidy to let off, but Cassidy just rains down fists of fury! Cassidy throws off his elbow pad, and he takes aim! Trent rises, grabs at the ref, but Cassidy still runs in! Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Callis says this is the problem wrestling someone who knows you so well, you gotta have a counter for the counter. Trent drags Cassidy up, to short arm LARIAT! Trent snarls while the fans boo, but he goes back to stand Cassidy up. The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Trent but he lifts Cassidy for a PILEDRIVER! But Trent thinks, and he doesn’t cover! Callis says this isn’t good strategy, but Trent wants to hurt Cassidy!

Trent drags Cassidy up and reels him back in, for another PILEDRIVER!! And then he drags Cassidy up again, but Cassidy’s dead weight! Callis knows Cassidy is highly resilient, but Trent knows that, too. Trent mockingly calls for the hug, and then BUSAIKU KNEES!! Trent still doesn’t cover, he wants the ref to call it! The ref checks Cassidy, but that lets Trent rip a buckle pad off! The ref sees that and Trent acts like it’s no big deal. But then Cassidy exposes a buckle! Trent runs in at Cassidy, but is sent into the buckle! Roll-up, CASSIDY WINS!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Trent wanted to bend the rules, Cassidy just used that against him! Callis applauds Cassidy while Trent is about to explode! Trent storms out after Cassidy to CLOBBER him from behind! The fans boo but Trent rains down fists of fury! The ref reprimands, but Trent CLAWS at Cassidy’s eyes! Trent lets off, only go bring the steel steps around! The fans boo more and tell Trent off, but Trent tells Cassidy this is what he wanted. Trent drags Cassidy over, brings him up, STEEL STEP PILEDRIVER!!! Callis says that was sickening! But did Trent just end Callis’ hopes of recruiting Cassidy? Wait, he’s still not done?!

Trent puts Cassidy under the ring to CATAPULT him into the frame!! Cassidy sputters as he clutches his throat! Callis wants security to get out here, but Trent brings out a chair, moves the steps around, and then grabs a toolbox! But Cassidy has a chair to defend himself now! Callis hurries off commentary to stop this! And now Kris Statlander rushes out here! She tries to implore her two friends, and Callis ushers Cassidy away. Just what is going on in Trent’s mind that this is okay? What is Callis up to that he is supporting Cassidy?

 

The Elite speak.

From inside their rental, Matthew & Nicholas look back from the front seats to make sure their random cameraman is all buckled up. They’re pulling into the arena, and Nick says this place is a dump. Matt doesn’t like Canada. Is there nowhere good to park? Nick honks at someone to get out of their way. And then they pull into the spot reserved for Tony Khan! But duh, he can’t be here right now, his neck is keeping him back in Jacksonville. What perfect parking. Time to clock in, gentlemen. Just another day at work. The Bucks lead the way for Jack Perry and Kazuchika Okada, what other abuses of power will they exact on the road to Double or Nothing?

 

AEW shares footage from after last week.

After their heinous attack on Kenny Omega, Jack Perry was upset, but he had more to say. “Kenny Omega. Is this the best that you got?” He points to a scratch on his face. “You know, you’re not as bad as you think you are. But I hope that you had fun hitting all your old moves in your hometown for what’s probably the last time in your entire life. And the thing that hurts me the most, Kenny, is that you are not the hero that we needed you to be. When it came down to it, you were a COWARD! Like everybody else. And the truth is, The Elite doesn’t need you anymore, and neither does AEW. Because we are going to change the world without you. We all have to sacrifice, and you just made yours.”

The Scapegoat has spoken, but will there truly be no stopping The Elite’s corruption from spreading?

 

Kenny Omega speaks.

Again, because of that heinous attack, The Cleaner is in the hospital. He apologizes for not seeming like himself. He wishes he could’ve been in Edmonton live tonight, but it seems the EVPs had other plans in mind. 15 years, they’re like family, and yet here we are. Well, Kenny is, at least. He’s in the ER, and it’s hard not to take what they did to him personally. He really feels he has to thank Matthew & Nicholas for reminding him that what they did wasn’t personal, but business. As a fellow EVP, that means Kenny has business to take care of before he gets his body taken care of. And it got him thinking…

May 26th marks the fifth anniversary of where it all started: Double or Nothing. And since The Bucks walk by the beat of their own drum, since they make their own rules, why not throw the rulebook out the window? Anarchy in the Arena! This new Elite of the Young Bucks, Okada & Jack Perry VS “Team AEW.” And two names that come right off the top of his head as the greatest tag team in AEW and perhaps of all professional wrestling, and the only two guys with the courage to stand up to the Bucks: FTR! As for the other two, well, Kenny’s a bit new to this match making stuff, but something tells him that on a first come, first serve basis, someone will reveal themselves later tonight.

So until they meet again Bucks, Okada & Jack, Kenny must bid you adieu. Goodbye, mwah, and goodnight, BANG. Kenny is ready to heal up and start the comeback, but who will fight in his honor to tear down the corrupt Elite?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

We return to Edmonton as Schiavone says that’s quite the match made for the fifth anniversary! But another match at Double or Nothing will be the AEW Women’s World Championship, “Timeless” Toni Storm VS his guest, Serena Deeb! The Professor of Professional Wrestling makes her way out, dressed to impress, and she gets the fans fired up. Schiavone tells Serena that we know the accolades, we know the skillset, but the question is, is she ready to go for the AEW Women’s World title on May 26th? Any thoughts on Storm? Serena says first off, what’s up Edmonton? And yes, it is great to be here live on Dynamite!

To answer the question, of course she’s excited to be wrestling for THE AEW Women’s World Championship, and in Las Vegas at Double or Nothing. And she is wrestling the great Toni Storm. Serena is aware, everyone loves Storm. In fact, even she does. But she’s also very aware of the narrative that “Deeb is not gonna be able to defeat Toni Storm.” Well, as much as that upsets her, she gets it. She thought it was important to come out here and explain why losing at Double or Nothing is not an option for The Professor. The fans cheer, Deeb smiles, and she says that several months ago, she finally made her in-ring return after a very long, 15 MONTHS away.

That time away was the hardest, without a doubt, time away. So for the people that don’t know, last year, Deeb suffered a series of three unprovoked seizures. That was the hardest experience of her life. It was the most traumatic, she can’t explain how scary it all was. There was so much weight on her shoulders, she was so worried another seizure would happen. She saw all the doctors, did all the scans, did everything to figure out why it was happening, and no one could explain it. From what Deeb learned about seizures, and perhaps there are those in the crowd or watching at home who know, but the hardest part is that you don’t know why it happens.

So Deeb had so much time to reflect on what she wanted in her career. The thing that stuck in her mind was this vision of finally becoming AEW Women’s World Champion! It was that vision, despite all the fear, uncertainty and confusion, that carried her forward. She just imagined and dreamed of what it’d feel like to finally be world champion. The fans do cheer that, but then Toni Storm interrupts! The fans cheer the leading lady of AEW as she has a mic of her own. Schiavone welcomes the champ, and Storm says she thought she was going to hear from her challenger. All she’s heard is a charity case!

So here, take this money. Storm throws it at Deeb, and Deeb tells Storm to actually give a damn and take this seriously! Deeb has literally fought for her life to get back here, and at Double or Nothing, she fights for her life to finally be AEW Women’s World Champion! The fans are torn but Storm says that with everything Deeb has gone through, she can honestly say… she doesn’t give a single, solitary sh*t!! Storm then turns her nose up at Deeb but Deeb just stares her down. Deeb turns to leave, but Storm takes a swing! Deeb blocks to DECK Storm! The fans are torn again but Deeb shows she’s got power to back up her technique!

Luther has to help Storm up off the floor, she still has to support Mariah May later tonight! Will Storm have to watch what she says before she ends up putting her foot in her mouth?

 

Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy.

Lexy Nair is with Freshly Squeezed as a medical staff member checks him. Lexy is hoping for an update, but Rocky Romero steps in first. Rocky knows Cassidy just went through Hell out there, but is he okay? Rocky says he has a champ against one of the Trios Champs, and he also just talked with Tony Khan on the phone. TK said that if Rocky beats Jay White, then Rocky, Cassidy and a third man of their choice get a title shot! That could be Rocky, Cassidy & Ishii, or Rocky, Cassidy & Shibata! Whoever! Or… maybe they mend fences and it’s Trent. Cassidy gets mad now. No, they’ll figure something out. Just not Trent. Cassidy wishes Rocky luck, will Azucar be able to take down The Switchblade?

 

Harley Cameron w/ Saraya VS Mariah May!

The Outcasts were mocking Mariah as “Tiny Storm,” and are promising to send a message to the leading lady through her understudy. However, after Deeb’s knockout punch, it seems there’s no Storm to be seen. Will Mariah be able to do this on her own? Or will this crazy Harley rev up and run her right over?

For some reason, Don Callis is back on commentary. Is the Don Callis Family looking to go for the Women’s Division? The bell rings and the two circle. Saraya is lurking, and then Harley CLOBBERS Mariah! Harley bumps Mariah off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, then RAMS into her! The ref counts, Harley brings Mariah out to ROUNDHOUSE, run and SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Mariah is still in this but Harley argues the count. Harley goes back for Mariah, mocks #TinyStorm, then SLAPS her down! Harley stands over Mariah, throws her down, then sits her up to get a taste before she throws her down again!

The fans rally for Mariah while Saraya talks trash with fans. Harley whips but Mariah reverses to send Harley to a corner! Mariah runs up to CHOP Harley, then CHOPS her again! The fans fire up for Mariah as she DOUBLE CHOPS! Mariah whips corner to corner, runs up and forearm smashes! Then she whips the other way, for another forearm smash! Mariah brings Harley around, scoops, and SPINOUT SIDEWALK SLAMS! Mariah runs to SHOTGUN Harley back down! The fans fire up but Harley bails out. Saraya checks on Harley, only for Mariah to storm up and bring her up! Harley HOTSHOTS Mariah back! And ROUNDHOUSES!

Saraya cheers as Harley AX KICKS Mariah in the ropes! Mariah flops to the floor and Harley soaks up the heat while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref argues with Harley, but that lets Saraya THROW Mariah into railing! Saraya plays innocent, blows kisses to the camera, then talks trash on the fans. Harley goes out to fetch Mariah, she and Saraya talk more trash on the fans, and then Harley CLUBS Mariah down. Saraya mockingly cheers Mariah, Harley brings her up, but Mariah ROCKS Harley back! Harley storms up on Mariah to fire knee after knee! Then Harley SMACKS Mariah off the apron! Harley digs her boot in, the ref counts, but Harley lets off. Saraya coaches Harley, Harley brings Mariah around to put in the ring. Harley then storms in to soak up more heat.

Mariah runs up at the corner but Harley kicks her first! Harley puts Mariah in the corner, kicks away, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Harley lets off again, but Saraya gets a cheap shot! Saraya CHOKES Mariah, but hurries away so as not to get caught. She even yells at a kid for ratting on her! Harley whips Mariah corner to corner hard, and Mariah falls to the mat. Harley covers, TWO! Mariah is still in this but Harley paces. Harley stomps Mariah around, then drags her into a chinlock. Mariah endures, even as Harley grinds her down. Saraya mocks the fans, but Mariah fights up as they rally up. Mariah ROCKS Harley!

Harley comes back to throw Mariah down by her hair! The ref reprimands, but Harley CHOKES Mariah on ropes! The ref counts, Harley lets off, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Harley CHOKES Mariah again, whips, but Mariah ducks ‘n’ dodges, both women RUNNING FACEBUSTER! The fans fire up and Saraya wants to point out the freaks in the crowd! The fans embrace being called freaks, but Harley and Mariah rise in the ring. Mariah ROCKS Harley, Harley ROCKS Mariah! The forearms go back and forth, and the fans rally up! The two stand, still trade shots, and Mariah gets the edge! The fans fire up as she fires off again and again!

Mariah ROCKS Harley one more time, then roars. Mariah runs, but Harley LARIATS at the ropes! Harley runs, but Mariah runs up to FOREARM! Mariah reels Harley in, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Harley survives but Saraya is freaking out! Mariah drags Harley back up, but Harley JAWBREAKERS! Harley wrenches, kicks, but Mariah blocks! HEADBUTT a la Storm! The fans fire up as Mariah goes to a corner. Mariah climbs, Harley staggers, MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Mariah and she says kiss this! SWEET- NO, Saraya gets Harley outta there! The fans boo, but Mariah goes out to DECK Saraya!

The fans fire up as Mariah puts Harley in and tells Saraya to stay outta her match! Mariah storms back into the ring, then gets Harley, but Harley gets Mariah in a cradle! TWO!! Mariah runs up, dodges and fireman’s carries, to then MAYDAY DRIVER!! Cover, Mariah wins!

Winner: Mariah May, by pinfall

But then Saraya CLOBBERS Mariah! The fans boo as The Outcasts mug Mariah, with no Toni Storm to make the save! But wait! Mina Shirakawa is here! And she is going to save her friend! Saraya shoves Harley in Mina’s way, so Mina URAKENS Harley! The fans fire up as Team Rose Gold stands tall together! And… no kiss? Champagne first! Mina’s a bit of a tease, but will she and Mariah humble Saraya & Harley while Storm handles her business with Deeb?

 

Backstage interview with Pac.

Arkady is with The Bastard, and says the last time we saw him was at Dynasty, in a great match against Kazuchika Okada. And now with the return of Rey Fenix, is Death Triangle going to get back in action? Pac says to be honest, at this moment in time, he is not concerned with… But then Bullet Club Gold walks by, carrying all their gold, and he wants this interview to pause so Arkady can step over to them. Jay White can help with the confusion here: NOBODY is concerned with Death Triangle! They’re D E A D, dead! What Pac needs to worry about is himself. Like little lady Arkady said, Pac’s coming off a loss for the Continental Championship against one Rainmaker.

Now, boys, isn’t there someone that does know how to beat Okada? Austin & Colten agree that there is, and that someone is Jay White. Yes, it is! Switchblade Jay White, The Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling! So maybe, maybe, White should go after the Continental Championship and Okada, and then add even more gold to the hold! Maybe. Tonight, White has Azucar to handle. So Pac and his new friend, sadness, can hang out here in the hallway and watch and learn a thing or two, or three, or four, about winning. #GunsUp, ya bastard! The Bang Bang Gang heads out, but will they regret poking fun at Pac?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“Once upon a time, there was a boy full of hopes and dreams. And that boy, upon becoming a man, manifested his dreams into reality. Now, this man was so pivotal to the industry that he changed its landscape. But then, the man has started fearing death and became painfully aware of his own mortality. So the man found a way to enjoy life and cast off the shadows that gave him everything, all in exchange for a wife, children, and all things that were in the light of the sun, rather than the fast-track suicidal shadows of death. The man really created a facade from who he really was. And thus The Devil sent the men from The House.

“Why? Well, the man named Adam had to be reminded of who he really was! Not the husband, the father, the champion for the people. And all I have to do is kill the facade, and prove to the world that this man is a vile, coldhearted, evil son of a b*tch! And I have to bring you to the brink of death so that you may live again.” The Dark Father has spoken, but will the Rated R Superstar still escape the King of Death?

 

The Young Bucks play a video package.

“In 2019, visionary pioneers, Matthew & Nicholas Jackson, made it their mission to change the world of professional wrestling for the better. Even in the face of those who sought only to defy this noble calling. Your EVPs never faltered in their pursuit. Now, standing arm-in-arm with those devoted solely to this virtuous cause, The Elite will change the world.” Clearly a lot of pro Bucks visuals here, but Matt & Nick sure admire that “wonderful piece of promotional material.” That narrator deserves a raise! More of this, and less updates from Kenny Omega. That fraud! They’ll address that later tonight in the ring.

But then a staff member brings over the schedule piece for what’s next. Oh, right, we’re going to hear from the AEW World Champion. Oh hey there he is right there! Go get ’em, Swerve! The EVPs then roll their eyes, but will Kenny’s promise for Anarchy in the Arena come true?

 

Swerve Strickland heads to the ring!

Edmonton fires up as The Realest storms right to the ring, no Prince Nana dancing because this is business! Swerve gets a mic and says he’s in a real foul mood. He’s pissed off! He’s in a fighting mood! And here is why. A video plays showing last week’s cheap shot by Christian Cage, the beating by The Patriarchy, and Killswitch Luchasaurus PULLING a dreadlock out of Swerve’s head! The fans boo and Swerve says it’s funny how when you becoming champion, everyone wants a piece of you, figuratively and literally! Swerve then tells Christian that he can’t really blame him. Swerve would’ve done the same, and hell, he has done the same!

Because when you see someone at the top, you go after that someone at the top. And make no mistake about it, Swerve is the Connor McDavid of AEW! AKA the best player of the Edmonton Oilers ever. The fans appreciate that shoutout. Swerve isn’t gonna wait any longer! He wants Christian to get his scuffed up boots, his dingy jacket, his itchy turtleneck, and the rest of the Addams Family out here so they can have this conversation right now! And so here comes The Patriarchy! Christian has a mic to say, “Well, look at this. Our world heavyweight champion standing right there in the middle of the ring, in the self-proclaimed City of Champions…

“I hate to break it to you, Edmonton. There won’t be any championship this year, because in a couple hours, I can’t wait to watch The Canucks stomp The Edmonton Oilers!” The fans boo but Christian says speaking of stomping out, that’s what happened last week to Swerve, isn’t it? People have said it was sick and disgusting seeing them pull a dreadlock out. But Swerve, that was by design. The fans cheer for the Oilers but Christian tells them to shut their mouths while he conducts business! Christian tells Swerve that he has decided that every week, he is going to take something from Swerve until he ultimately takes what he wants.

Christian knows Swerve has been riding this huge wave of momentum, all the way to the AEW World Championship. But the funny thing about waves is, they always crash! And at Double or Nothing, it will crash at Christian’s feet! Swerve is not in Christian’s league! Christian is The Patriarch of AEW, The Face of TBS & TNT, and he deserves to stand atop the mountain as THE AEW World Champion! But after Double or Nothing, when the dust settles, and again shut your mouths, Edmonton! But Swerve can take comfort knowing, that when the walls are crashing down, and as Swerve’s House is foreclosed on, he can see gold whenever he wants, because he’ll just look at those stupid gold teeth.

Unless… Christian takes those right now! The fans boo but Swerve reminds Christian, he wasn’t coming alone! And with that, The Mogul Embassy slides into the ring! Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona back Swerve up! What’s wrong, Christian? Swerve wants Christian to get in the ring so that he can beat him down as bad as Kendrick Lamar did Drake this weekend! And this won’t be the last time someone from the West Coast took out a fake father from Toronto! Whoa~! Swerve tells Christian to be the face of the company! Christian got here by politicking, but Swerve had to get beat down and get back up to be champion! Don’t you forget that!

The fans fire up and Swerve dares Christian to come take his gold! Oh, that’s right. Christian won’t. That would put him in a very uncomfortable position. And we all know that when Christian is faced with an uncomfortable position, he just says, “I quit!” Swerve drops the mic but Christian lifts his up. Only to be speechless! But then BRIAN CAGE ATTACKS SWERVE!? And the Gates of Agony don’t even care! In fact, they start beating Swerve down!! Why are they betraying Swerve?! Liona hauls Swerve up, feeds him to Kaun, and they rip the shirt away so they can throw body shots! Christian cheers on these traitors as they hit the ROCK-A-BYE BOMB!!

The fans boo and refs rush out here! But then Liona SHOVES a ref away! That’s a fine but sounds like they got paid off anyway! Brian Cage says he told Swerve that Swerve doesn’t run this! The Machine then lifts Swerve up to TOSS him out of the ring! Swerve crashes to the floor, and The Embassy isn’t done! Christian wants them to end this! They clear the desk, bring steel steps over, and they run the refs off! Kaun CHOKES Swerve, Brian Cage drags Swerve up, and he tells Swerve that this is what he gets for acting like he was always better than them! Kaun & Liona get Swerve up the steps, to OPEN THE GATES through the desk!!

The fans boo as hard as they can but The Patriarchy is all smiles. They didn’t take his teeth, but they took his muscle. Is there nothing Captain Charisma won’t do to take everything from Swerve’s House?

 

The Young Bucks are applauding!?

They loved what just happened to Swerve! 4.5 stars! They shake hands with Christian and he says that was a great idea. It’s been a pleasure conducting business with them and he looks forward to doing more. This is the start of a very fruitful working relationship. The Patriarchy heads out, Nick says Swerve’s gonna feel that one in the morning. Matt says that wouldn’t be considered a “b*tch move,” would it? Not in Nick’s opinion. Anyway, keep the energy up, guys! Next segment!

 

Backstage interview with Willow Nightingale.

Arkady is now with the AEW TBS Champion and says we saw last Wednesday, Willow defended and retained her title in a Manitoba Massacre! How is she feeling this week? Physically, not so great. She’s got a shiner, for one. But emotionally, spiritually, you can never wipe the smile off her face. Arkady says we are just weeks away from her showdown with one of the biggest names in wrestling today, and one Willow knows well, in Mercedes Mone. Is Willow ready for Double or Nothing? Of course! She’s ready for any challenge, whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage, Collision, maybe even something international!

So to Willow, Double or Nothing is just another stop on the journey of being a champion. So if Willow is ready, the real question is, is Mercedes Mone ready? Willow even asks Mone herself through the camera. Is Mone ready for Willow at Double or Nothing? Because the last time they met in the ring, Willow walked away the winner. And she has so much respect for Mone, she really does. And she is still sorry that Mone got hurt and that was the end of her year. But since then, Willow’s been on the run of her life! NJPW Strong Women’s Champion! The Owen Hart Cup Queen of Harts! And now, THE TBS Champion.

So Mone can win all the red carpet opportunities, the headlines, and the attention. But in the professional wrestling match, Willow will be the winner. May 26th, in Las Vegas, Mone better be ready for the fight of their lives! The Babe with the Power has the passion, will she still be the Face of TBS after she and The CEO finally fight again?

 

Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championship Eliminator: Jay White w/ The Gunns VS Rocky Romero!

The Bang Bang Gang shows off all NINE belts they own, from The Acclaimed’s hot pink belts to the silver ‘n’ black ROH belts to the restored black ‘n ‘gold AEW trios belts. But will Edmonton soon Breathe with The Switchblade? Or will Azucar win a sweet title match for him, Cassidy and… whoever?

The bell rings, the fans rally up while White taunts Rocky for thinking he’s gonna get a golden ticket. White then mocks Rocky’s Azucar Heat, and Rocky UPPERCUTS him for it! The fans fire up, Rocky rolls White up, TWO!! White gets free, runs up, but Rocky dodges to CHOP! White clinches, Rocky KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! White knees low, whips Rocky to ropes, but Rocky slides out to show us Azucar Heat! The fans fire up, White chases Rocky, but Rocky slides into the ring. Rocky mocks the finger guns, then he DROPKICKS White off the apron! Rocky builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes White!

The fans fire up for Rocky, he gives us some more Azucar, then puts White in the ring. Rocky runs up, RANAS, and White tumbles to ropes! Rocky fires off on White in the corner, but White shoves him away. Rocky returns to clothesline! And then he goes corner to corner to clothesline again! That’s two-ever, but White dodges three-ever to LARIAT Rocky back! The Gunns fire up and taunt Rocky while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

White stands, he dusts off his hands, and he winds up to CHOP! Rocky falls into a corner, White storms up on him, then stands him up. White CHOPS Rocky in the chest, pushes him around, then brings him up. Rocky throws hands but White blocks to bump Rocky off buckles. Rocky staggers back, White hits him with a DDT! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but White argues the count. White storms up on Rocky, stands him up and wrenches, to then kick low, and kick again! And again, and again! White hammerlocks, chinbars, then brings Rocky into a Gory Especial style lift! Rocky endures while White walks around with him!

White then lets Rocky down so he can snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky stays in this but White stalks after him. The Gunns tell White to keep on Rocky, so White JABS! And JABS! And CHOPS! Rocky flops into a corner, White storms up after him, and brings him around to CHOP! Rocky falls again and The Gunns cheer. White gets the fans fired up, then he goes back for Rocky. White waistlocks but Rocky endures the rear bearhug. White leans on Rocky, Rocky fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. The fans rally, White shifts things into a chinlock, knee digging into Rocky’s back. Rocky still endures and fights up again, only for White to CLUB him!

White cravats, CHOPS, then stalks Rocky to ropes. White reels Rocky in for a suplex, but Rocky slips free! Rocky BOOTS White, UPPERCUTS, then springboards to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! White stagger sup, but flops right out of the ring! Rocky goes out after him, and leaps off steps to RANA! The fans fire up, Rocky gets White back in the ring, and Rocky goes up! White stands, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! White survives and The Gunns are relieved, but Rocky isn’t done yet! Rocky runs in, but White BOOTS him! Then SLEEPER, but Rocky drops to a victory roll! TWO!!

White escapes, but Rocky JUMP KNEES! Rocky cravats, White shoves him away, so Rocky SHOTEIS! Rocky cravats and uses the corner, but White turns Sliced Bread into a Canadian Rack! From there, clinch and BLADE- NO, Rocky slips free to backslide! TWO?!? White escapes by the thinnest of margins! Rocky ducks the lariat but White blocks the kick! White ducks the enzigiri but not the REWIND HEEL! Rocky runs, RUNNING SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again and The Gunns are going nuts! Rocky hurries to get White back up, uses the corner, but White powers out again! HALF HATCH BRAINBUSTER!

White isn’t done, he hauls Rocky back up! BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Bang Bang Gang hold all nine belts up over Rocky, then they beat Rocky down! The fans boo, this is insult to injury! But then here comes PAC! The fans fire up as The Bastard storms down to the ring! The Bang Bang Gang all get away, all three of them scared of just one Pac! Will Pac change his mind and revive Death Triangle for one last run?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Saturday!

Collision returns and Rampage is coming with it! Another THREE HOUR block of AEW, all on TBS, don’t miss out!

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

“What drives a warrior to do what he does? A lot of people think that it’s ambition, that it’s a need for conquest. No. What drives a warrior is fear. The fear of wanting. The fear of not being good enough. The fear of meeting an opponent that you cannot surmount. Now many people will tell you that these are the qualities that make up a warrior, and that I am one of these men. But you would be mistaken. For I am not the warrior that fears. I am what these men fear in the first place.” The Samoan Submission Machine is becoming even more dangerous, if that were possible. Who will be the first to feel that fear?

 

Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Mo Jabari & Harlon Abbott!

The Learning Tree has its first pupil, who proved himself worthy making sure the “For The World” Championship stayed with The Ocho. Now Jericho & Morrissey have their first match side by side as teacher and student. Will this be a lesson for their opponents that it is better to be with them than against them?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Jabari. The fans rally up for Harlon the hometown guy, but Jericho arm-drags Jabari. Jericho fires up but Jabari gets to his feet. Jabari runs up but Jericho wrenches him to a wristlock. Jabari rolls, handsprings, and drop toeholds! Jericho gets up, seems Jabari knows a thing or two already. Jericho tags out to Big Bill, and Jabari sighs. Jabari takes a swing, but Bill blocks it! Bill KNEES low, CLUBS Jabari down, then stalks him to ropes. Bill puts Jabari in the corner, just to TOSS him across the way! Harlon tags in and the fans fire up! Harlon runs up, but Bill LARIATS him down!

Bill drags Harlon up, TOSSES him to a corner, then he runs at Jabari to SPLASH in the other! Then SPLASH for Harlon! SPLASH for Jabari, SPLASH for Harlon! BOOT for Jabari and Jericho approves. Bill whips Harlon for a BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!! Bill applauds and gives thumbs up, then gets Jabari in a choke grip! SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! Bill aims again, and Harlon gets up, for his own SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! Jericho nods, Bill tags Jericho in, and Jericho takes aim now. Harlon stands up, into the JUDAS EFFECT! Cover, The Learning Tree wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Jericho holds up the FTW Championship, Bill celebrates with him, and then Jericho gets the mic. Jericho tells their opponents thanks, thanks the crowd, and just wants to say it is always a pleasure to come back to Calgary- er, Edmonton…! The fans boo Jericho forgetting where they are. Jericho shrugs even as the fans tell him he messed that up. He admits, he deserves it for the mistake. But when you’ve been traveling around the world as long as he has, making memories with people that last a lifetime, sometimes you make a mistake. But you learn from mistakes! And that is what The Learning Tree does!

Jericho knows people are saying, “Ugh, Jericho is back on Dynamite again?” Well yeah, of course he is! He wishes he could be on Dynamite all two hours! But he is here now as the For The World Champion, meaning this title is for all the fans! He thanks the fans again, thanks Big Bill, #TheRedwood, what a great job tonight! So good! Bill has been pulled into The Jericho Vortex, is already learning so much from The Learning Tree, such as how to win. Great job, big man! And Jericho also thanks Shibata for that great match last week. Highest rating on Cagematch.com, if you can believe that!

They chopped each other SEVENTY-NINE times, Shibata headbutted Jericho with a garbage can, Jericho threw hockey pucks back, que sirrah sirrah, right? Jericho also wants to thank Hook, who we still haven’t seen back since essentially hitting himself in the head with a baseball bat at Dynasty. Hook, take as much time as you need. Surely Hook is reflecting on the lessons taught to him by The Learning Tree. Tony Schiavone steps into the ring, Jericho says hi, and Schiavone says hi back. Schiavone says great win for them, but speaking of Hook, we just learned that Hook will be returning next Wednesday, right here on Dynamite!

W-Well alrighty then! We look forward to the return of Hook! They’re gonna celebrate next week! Everyone’s gonna celebrate with them, right? Thanks, everybody, goodnight! This is for all of you! Even you, too, Schiavone! Jericho’s happy act might be put to the test now that The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil is on his way back. Will Hook look to chop down The Learning Tree next Wednesday?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Disqualifications: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Brody King w/ The House of Black!

The stakes were raised to start the night, and now we see if the gamble pays off! But will going Rated R only prove Malakai Black right? Or can Adam walk as close to the edge as he can without falling into that pit of darkness?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Brody brings gold back to The House!

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two tie up. Brody headlocks, grinds the hold, but Edge throws body shots. Edge powers up but Brody holds on to grind the headlock more. Edge endures, fights up to stomp at Brody’s feet! Edge gets free, runs, but gets run over! Brody roars and fans are torn, but Edge gets to his feet. Edge shakes that shoulder tackle off, gets around Brody, and now he headlocks. Brody powers up and out, scoops, but Edge slips free! Edge tries to fireman’s carries but Brody ELBOWS away! Brody roars, runs, but reels Edge in as Edge tries for a back drop! Edge gets away before the lift, and the two stand off.

Brody grins a sinister grin, then runs in, only for Edge to puts him on the apron! Edge runs to RAM into Brody! Brody stays up so Edge runs in again, only for Brody to KICK him! Brody then gets Edge in the ropes, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Edge flops down and Brody storms around while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Brody drags Edge out, to whip him hard into the LED barriers! The fans are torn but Brody drags Edge up to CHOP him! Edge leans against railing, Brody CHOKES him, then brings him around to whip hard into steel steps! Edge flops to the floor but Brody hoots and barks. Brody drags Edge back up, CHOPS him again, and Edge again leans against barriers. Brody CHOKES Edge on the barriers again, and lets off when he feels like it! Brody CHOPS Edge again, SMACKS him off steel steps, and Edge falls back. Brody looks under the ring, and he brings out a chair! Brody puts that in the ring, and then puts another chair in, and another chair in!

Brody storms back over to where he left Edge, stands him up and CHOPS him again! Brody ROCKS Edge, stalks him, but Edge hits back! Brody DECKS Edge in return! Brody kicks Edge around, taunts him, and hears the fans rallying. Brody goes looking under the ring, and as if to oblige, he brings out a TABLE! Only to put it back under! Brody finishes trolling the fans to then SMACK Edge off the steel steps! Brody ROCKS Edge, CHOKES him against the apron, then CLUBS Edge as he lets off! Dynamite returns to single picture just as Callis says this is closer to a mauling than a match. Brody then CHOPS Edge!

Edge staggers away, Brody storms up after him, and Brody CHOPS him again! Brody has Edge take a seat, then he hoots and barks as he goes to the other end. Brody runs back in, but Edge moves and Brody CROSSBODIES into railing! The fans fire up while Brody falls and writhes! Edge sits up and he grabs the chair. Edge uses the chair to help him stand, and then he aims to SMACK Brody on the back! The fans cheer, and Edge SMACKS Brody again! And SMACKS him again! The fans fire up and chant, “One More Time! One More Time!” Edge SMACKS Brody as to oblige! Edge then puts that chair in the ring before he brings Brody around.

Edge ROCKS Brody, puts him on the apron, and then brings him up. The fans fire up as Edge goes to fireman’s carry! Brody ELBOWS Edge, reels him in, but Edge fights the lift! Brody still tries, but Edge powers out to CLAW Brody’s face! Brody swings, Edge ducks and then kicks low! IMPALER on the chair!! Both men fall to the floor and the fans are thunderous! Edge is a bit dizzy but he still has a wild look in his eyes. Edge shakes it off, rises up, and the fans fire up as he goes back for Brody. The fans still want tables, but Edge sits Brody up. Brody is busted open something fierce, and Edge punches right on that bloody forehead! But Brody just smiles?!

Edge throws down more hands, but Brody SPITS at him! Edge SLAPS Brody, then puts him in the ring! Edge hobbles over to a corner, gets up top, and Brody stands, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Brody is still in this but Edge doesn’t lose focus. The fans also still want tables, so Edge goes back outside. Edge grabs one more chair, brings that in, and he busts off the crossbar! He wedges the rest of the chair into a corner, then picks up that bar! But Brody DISCUS LARIATS first!! Brody’s head is pouring blood and it paints the canvas, but Brody still stands to RAM Edge into his own chair! Brody snarls through his crimson mask as Dynamite goes back to picture in picture!

Brody roars, runs in, but Edge clips his legs! Edge has the CROSSFACE!! Brody endures, fights around, reaches out, but No DQ means no ropebreaks, too! So Brody goes for the crossbar! Edge grabs it first, and puts it in Brody’s mouth!! Brody endures the Toronto dental work! Edge pulls way back on that bar, but Brody refuses to give up! Brody gets his arm free, fights around, has the ropes, and drags Edge into them to scrape him off the hold! Both men are down, catching their breath, but Edge rises up. Edge goes out the other end, and he brings out that table! Brody did show him where it is, after all.

Edge brings that table around to the ramp side and sets it up. Edge then goes back for Brody at the corner, and climbs up! Edge drags Brody up, and is taking aim at the table! Brody fires body shots, but Edge SMACKS Brody off the buckle! Brody ROCKS Edge, then HOTSHOTS him against the corner crossbar! Edge flops to the floor and Brody storms his way over. Brody drags Edge up, puts him in the ring, but then drags him up by the ropes. Brody takes aim at the table now! Edge fights the suplex, throws body shots, then ROCKS Brody! Brody wobbles, Edge ROCKS him again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Edge throws more forearms!

Brody clings to the rope, ducks the next shot, and has a SLEEPER! Brody’s used this exact set-up to win big before, and he drags Edge up for a HANGING SLEEPER! Only for Edge to THROW him off the top! Edge runs up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Then DOUBLE BOOTS bring both men down! The fans are thunderous again, “This is Awesome!” as both men rise. Brody throws a forearm, Edge throws one back, and they keep going as they both stand. The fans are behind Edge and he gets the edge, until Brody ROLLING ELBOWS! But Edge fireman’s carries!? Only to fall under Brody’s weight! Cover, TWO!!

Even with the crimson mask, we can see Brody is frustrated. Brody puts Edge in a corner, hoots as he goes corner to corner, then runs in to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!! Edge survives and even Callis is surprised! Brody grows further frustrated, and he storms around to get Edge up. Brody reels him in, Canadian Racks, but Edge fights free! EDGE-O-MATIC! Both men are down and floundering! The fans still want that table to be a factor, and Edge has a wild look in his eyes. Edge goes to a corner, takes aim at Brody, and he runs in to- NO, Brody stuffs the spear! PILEDRIVER!! Edge flounders away to the outside, but Brody pursues!

Both men are on the apron again, but Edge still tries to fireman’s carry!?! APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Both men are down and the fans lose their minds! Edge drags himself into the ring, Brody drags himself up with the ropes. Edge builds speed to SPEAR Brody off the apron and down through the table!!! The fans are thunderous and losing their minds all over again! Edge gets out of the wreckage, crawls around the way, and then Brody drags himself up again. Both men get in the ring, Edge runs in to SPEAR!!! Cover, Edge wins!!

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

Another hellacious battle with The House of Black and Adam Copeland comes out on top! But wait, Brody CLOBBERS him!! Brody is a sore loser as he rains down fists! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but here comes Kyle O’Reilly! Kyle runs in to fire off fast hands on Brody! Brody shoves Kyle back, but Kyle dodges to fire off more strikes! Edge gets up to add on! The Canadian connection double clotheslines Brody up and out! The fans fire up as Edge and #CombatKyle stand tall together! Will The House of Black have to rethink their game plan now that Edge isn’t alone?

 

Backstage interview with Mercedes Mone.

Arkady is ow with The CEO and notes we are just weeks away from her match at Double or Nothing. AEW goes back to Las Vegas, the very place it all began five years ago. So it is fitting that it will be where Mone has her first ever AEW match. IS she ready to face Willow Nightingale? Mone says we are just 18 days away from her in-ring return. And she has to say, she is so excited! She is so close to making her return to the sport that she loves so very, very much. And here in AEW, this is where the best wrestle! Mone thrives in that spotlight, she thrives under pressure, and she is only getting started.

Tomorrow, Mone will be courtside for the Boston Celtics’ playoff game. Then Saturday, she will be throwing out the first pitch for the Red Sox. And when she’s not promoting AEW, she is in the ring, in that gym, every single day. So to answer the question: YES! She is ready for Willow at Double or Nothing. But as far as Willow goes, she took something from Mone that she will never get back, and that is time. She lost a year of her career, and all she could think of were these haunting questions of, “Why? Why did this happen to me?” She wondered if she’d ever return to the ring. And if she did, would she still be as good as she used to be?

Mone says DAMN RIGHT she will! She’s on a whole new level! She is back with a vengeance, because she is that b*tch. Willow got her great run because of Mone. But Mone will show Willow why there’s the asterisk over that victory. At Double or Nothing, Mone is going to take more than just Willow’s title, she will wipe that stupid smile off her face! So enjoy your time as champ, Willow. Because in Vegas, Mone changes everything. The CEO is ready, but will she be able to cash that massive receipt she’s been holding onto?

 

Backstage interview with Edge and Kyle O’Reilly.

Lexy is with The Rated R Superstar and #CombatKyle to congratulate Edge on his win against Brody King. Then we saw Kyle come to the rescue. How does it feel to find an ally in this battle with The House of Black? Edge says it’s a relief. He thanks Kyle for that, Brody is one bad dude. Kyle says he knows Edge went through Hell just now, and is glad to help out against The House, but he also has a favor to ask. Collision returns this Saturday, and they’re in Kyle’s hometown. The Cope Open still open? Edge asks if that’s the only reason Kyle helped out there, to get closer to the TNT title. Well, if so, well played.

So yeah, Vancouver, Collision, Cope Open for the TNT Championship, Kyle’s on. They shake on it, and Edge says may the best man win. Will Edge be able to win twice in one week? Or is Kyle showing that he can be the new ultimate opportunist?

 

The Elite walk out on stage.

Nicholas has a mic to say, “Hey, how’s it going, huh? We know the main event just happened, but guess what? This show doesn’t end until WE say it’s over!” Matthew says it’s fine, he just buzzed the network, they’re getting a bit of an overrun, because The Elite have an important message. Nick says first thing on the agenda tonight, in this terrible country of Canada (fans boo), is Mr. Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada! He has a note for Kenny Omega. Okada takes the mic to say, “Hey, Kenny! The Best Bout Machine says… Get well soon. MWAH!”

Matt says that’s right. And speaking of unwell people, we all know Tony Khan is watching at home in Jacksonville! Matt just wants to say, TK is the best boss they could ever work for, and they hope he feels better soon, too. Matt just wishes TK got out of his own way and realized that The Bucks were never here to hurt AEW. They were here to make AEW a better place! So what’d TK do? He got in their way and left them with no choice but to give Tony Khan a Tony Khan Driver. And as for Kenny Omega, he is the one who decided to end their 15 year long friendship! So what’d they have to do? They had to give an EVP an EVP Trigger!

Nick chuckles, and tells Kenny that the only reason why FTR saved him is not because they like him. It’s that they hate The Bucks! FTR, guess what?! Anarchy in the Arena, is that what you want!? Then Anarchy in the Arena is what you’re gonna get! The fans do like that. Nick wishes them luck in finding two men with big enough balls to face The Elite! They run this show! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler step on stage as the fans cheer, and Dax has the mic to say, “So I knew going into this fight, it wasn’t gonna be easy finding a couple of guys who’d stand with us and fight The EVPs of this company.

“But after a little bit of convincing, those big balls you’re talking about? I think we found a couple of guys who got big enough balls for the job.” EDDIE KINGSTON is one, and the other? BRYAN DANIELSON!?! The American Dragon is back, the fans all chant “YES! YES! YES!” and Team AEW storms down to the ring! The Elite want them all to settle down, and Matt says to not even think about laying one finger on them! But then Eddie fires the first shot! The brawl is on, the fans are thunderous, and while Eddie has Matt, Cash has Nick, Dax has Jack and Bryan has Okada! The refs and security rush out but this is already anarchy in this arena!

Edmonton wants to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!” but nothing is going to stop these eight when AEW returns to Las Vegas! Who wins out when these teams go Double or Nothing for the whole enchilada?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite, though it also had the familiar feel of a lot more stuff stuffed in than it probably needed. At first, I felt Mone could’ve probably waited to respond to Willow on Collision, but then surprise, she revealed she’s busy this Saturday so she wouldn’t be able to. Willow and Mone both had good promos, but sadly, it’s just been the same details again and again about the accidental injury in their NJPW Strong Women’s Championship match and all that, but it’s still hard to say who wins out.

Serena Deeb’s promo was good but she might need to work on hooking the fans faster, they were starting to go into business for themselves. But when Storm showed up, things picked up, and Deeb knocking Storm out was great. It also helped the story of Mariah & Mina along, as Mariah was all alone against The Outcasts. Good win for Mariah, good save for Mina, #RoseGold VS Outcasts at Double Or Nothing to help that story along more probably? And then, whether Storm retains or not, she and Mina can fight over Mariah.

Great match from Cassidy VS Trent, and Callis being on commentary added to the storytelling element. Great win for Cassidy, but of course Trent was going to be a sore loser. I still find it odd Callis is recruiting Cassidy, but I suppose it can’t be “all about #JustTrent” if Trent joins another faction. And I wonder if this is a pivot for the Don Callis Family story since Will Hobbs is hurt from that IWGP World title match a couple weeks ago. Ospreay and Cassidy have been rivals before, but I still just cannot picture Cassidy as a Heel. It’s even harder to picture Callis going Face if he’s to pal around with Cassidy.

Good promo from Rocky with Cassidy ahead of Rocky’s match with White, but it kinda goes against what he said last week where he’s washing his hands of the whole issue. Feels like they just needed someone to lose to White and couldn’t get someone on an equal skill level of Rocky. Bang Bang Gang still had a good promo with Pac, though, but I wonder if Pac and Cassidy become unlikely allies in a trio. Pac did imply he was letting Lucha Bros focus on Lucha Bros, no more Death Triangle, but who knows. It’d also be nice to get a team like Lance Archer & The Righteous going since they’ve been going back and forth between AEW and ROH. Maybe if TK didn’t drop the ball with The Dark Order’s revitalization, they could be contenders, too.

Fun squash win for Jericho & Bill, and good promo from Jericho that also set up the news that Hook is coming back. I feel like we could even get a tag match of Jericho & Bill VS Hook & Shibata before we get Jericho VS Hook in a rematch, probably at Double or Nothing because just like Dynasty, they’ll just shove stuff into it. Great promo segment from Swerve with Christian Cage, and while I figured The Embassy would back Swerve up, I also had a strong sense something was going to change. The Embassy stayed Heel despite Swerve making the slow turn to Face, so this revolt was inevitable. Swerve is all alone now, outside of Prince Nana, but all the more reason he’s going to rise up and retain at Double or Nothing.

Awesome match with Edge and Brody King, but AEW needs to be really careful with this blading bleeding stuff, Brody’s face was covered in his blood almost immediately. Good promo from Malakai, and Edge won of course because Malakai and Edge are going to face off at Double or Nothing. I do appreciate that Kyle is getting a match for Vancouver, as he promised everyone would happen the last time we saw him. And even if Kyle’s gonna lose, he’ll give Edge an awesome match.

And speaking of, naturally we’re bringing Anarchy in the Arena back. Kenny Omega might have just done the impossible, he got Eddie and Bryan truly on the same page. Those two teamed up in one of these matches before, but they were still on unfriendly terms and couldn’t just beat up on Jericho together. Now that it’s The Young Bucks, Jack Perry & Okada, and after they finally had it out more recently, Eddie and Bryan are definitely going to work together so that they and FTR can win. From there, we should see FTR VS Bucks Round 5 set up for no later than All In London 2024, ultimate tiebreaker right there.

And y’know what? Forbidden Door is in June, so let’s get Bryan VS Okada for the Continental Championship, and then Eddie VS Jack for the NJPW Strong Openweight title, as these stories have all crossed back and forth between AEW and NJPW. Fans of both AEW and NJPW between both American and Japan will want to see Bryan VS Okada one more time, and then The Scapegoat can bring The House of Torture into things because of his NJPW connections. Continuity, folks! It matters!

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

The Young Bucks speak.

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

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

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Chris Jericho is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal!

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

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

 

The Young Bucks speak, again.

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

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

Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Rampage!

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

 

Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

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

 

The Bang Bang Gang regroups backstage.

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by disqualification

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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Deonna Purrazzo’s on a Rampage!

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The Virtuosa is sharpening her edge!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

Rush VS Cody Chhun!

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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

 

Lexy Nair is outside the trainer’s room.

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Robyn Renegade!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by submission

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

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

 

Scorpio Sky speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Sonjay Dutt.

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

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

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE for Rampage next week!

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

 

Brian Cage VS Anthony Bowens w/ The Acclaimed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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