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Mitchell’s AEW NJPW Forbidden Door Results & Report! (6/30/24)

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If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere!

AEW and NJPW step back through the Forbidden Door, and right onto Long Island, New York! But who walks out the city that never sleeps on top of the heap?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zero Hour – Kyle Fletcher VS Serpentico; Fletcher wins.
  • Zero Hour – The House of Black VS Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii VS Private Party VS Gabe Kidd & Roderick Strong; The House of Black wins.
  • Zero Hour – Willow Nightingale & Tam Nakano VS Kris Statlander & Momo Watanabe; Willow & Tam win.
  • Zero Hour – 2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Mariah May VS Saraya; Mariah wins and advances.
  • Zero Hour – Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Mistico & The Lucha Brothers; Mistico & The Lucha Brothers win.
  • MJF VS Hechicero; MJF wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS Hiroshi Tanahashi & The Acclaimed; Okada & The Bucks win.
  • 2024 Men’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Bryan Danielson VS Shingo Takagi; Bryan wins and advances.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm VS Mina Shirakawa; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Jeff Cobb VS Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Vacated AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Jack Perry VS Konosuke Takeshita VS Mark Briscoe VS Lio Rush VS Dante Martin VS El Phantasmo; Jack wins and is the new AEW TNT Champion.
  • AEW TBS & NJPW Strong Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All: Mercedes Mone VS Stephanie Vaquer; Mone wins and is the dual AEW TBS & NJPW Strong Women’s Champion.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jon Moxley VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.
  • AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Will Ospreay; Swerve wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Forbidden Door Zero Hour!

Join Renee Paquette, RJ City, Rocky Romero & Jeff Jarrett in discussing, analyzing and predicting the action for this year’s crazy crossover!

 

The Acclaimed speak.

Billy Gunn says, “Alright, Forbidden Door. Long Island, New York. It’s Acclaimed and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Y’see, I called in some favors, I brought a President to deal with some EVPs. But tonight, I’m gonna sit in catering and cheer you guys on, watching the big screen.” Max Caster says, “The big screen?!” Billy confirms, the big screen! Caster says that’s right! Big screen for big stars, for the best wrestlers alive, for The Acclaimed and Tanahashi. Tanahashi, the best wrestler in Japanese history! Way better than Okada. Okada wants to call people “b*tch,” cut Caster’s mic, all that. Well, Okada’s WIFE is more famous than him, so who’s the real b*tch?

In Japan, Okada’s just Sailor Moon’s husband. In America, Caster’s the best wrestler alive! And tonight, Okada finds that out, BI*CH! Bowens gets fired up and says it is Forbidden Door. Acclaimed proved The Bucks can be beat! And they wanna bring their friend, Okada? Well they’ve got a friend, too! Tanahashi, the #ScissorAce! Bowens is gonna kick Okada so hard in his rainmaker, he’s gonna go crying all the way home to his studio apartment! But enough is enough. It is time for The Acclaimed & Ace to step through the Forbidden Door, to give an Elite ass kicking with 10 THOUSAND fans screaming, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!”

Platinum Max & The Five Tool Player are ready to deal out L’s alongside President Ace, but will this be a happy ending for our heroes? Or will The Elite (The The Elite) abuse their authority?

 

Zero Hour – Kyle Fletcher VS Serpentico!

The Protostar is in a foul mood after losing his ROH World Television Championship to Atlantis Jr. just last Friday night. Will he get back on track as he kicks down the Forbidden Door? Or will SNAKEMAN only add insult to injury?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Serpentico fires up, but Fletcher BOOTS him down! Fletcher soaks up the cheers and jeers, then bumps Serpentico off buckles. Fletcher fires body shots, then stomps away! The ref counts, Fletcher lets off and the fans fire up. Fletcher drags Serpentico up, but Serpentico throws hands. Fletcher CLUBS Serpentico, whips him, but Serpentico ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Serpentico kips up, runs up and UPPERCUTS! Serpentico gets moving, but Fletcher LARIATS! The fans fire up while Fletcher seethes. Fletcher drags Serpentico up, claws at the mask, but the ref reprimands!

Fletcher lets off, the fans boo, but Fletcher soaks up the heat. Fletcher suplexes and he holds Serpentico up! But then Serpentico slips free to waistlock! Fletcher fights that, Serpentico slides under to up kick! And mule kick! And forearm! And SUPERKICK! Serpentico runs, but Fletcher CALF KICKS! Fletcher has had it with Serpentico and he runs in again, CALF KICK!! Serpentico flounders around, Fletcher reels him in, PILEDRIVER!! But Fletcher still isn’t finished, he wants to do damage! Fletcher puts Serpentico up top, climbs up after him, and suplexes for the TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Fletcher wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall

Serpentico didn’t stand a chance against this angry Aussie Arrow. Fletcher warns everyone on AEW and ROH that they will learn just who he is! Will he rise up the ranks like a phoenix from the ashes to have even greater gold?

 

Zero Hour – The House of Black VS Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii VS Private Party VS Gabe Kidd & Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom!

Speaking of rising from the ashes, Malakai & Brody are without Buddy, but that may have only made them more dangerous! Will they make sure this is The End for all their opponents? Or can another team find a way to survive this massive tag match?

In this kind of Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time. After everyone sorts out, we start with The Dark Father and Kyle O’Reilly. The bell rings, the two circle and the fans rally up. They feel things out, testing the waters with kicks. Malakai ducks a roundhouse, Kyle and Malakai BOOT! Then they both KNEE! Then Malakai fires a knee, sweeps the leg, and spins Kyle around. Kyle leg scissors to get a KNEEBAR, but Malakai stomps free! Both men stand, and Malakai KICKS! Malakai runs, into a KNEE from Kyle! Tag to Ishii and the fans fire up! Malakai KICKS Ishii, wrenches him and tags in Brody.

The fans fire up as now we get big dog against big dog! The forearms fly between then, the fans cheer for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Brody CHOPS, runs, then runs Ishii over! Ishii avoids the senton, blocks a lariat and spins Brody, but Brody’s too big to suplex! Ishii fights Brody’s suplex, but Brody BOOTS him! Ishii just roars and fires boxing elbows! Brody ROLLING ELBOWS! Ishii and Brody both wobble, Gabe tags in and Roddy goes after everyone else! The fans boo as Roddy hesitates to do anything with Kyle. But Gabe sends Brody into a STRONG KNEE! Quen tags in to MISSILE DROPKICK Roddy!

Gabe BOOTS and CHOPS Quen, then CHOPS more! Quen fires back with forearms and fans chant ‘SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Quen brings Gabe around, trips and CATAPULTS into Zay’s GAMANGIRI! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay bounces off the cover and Roddy runs up. Zay dodges, Quen drop toeholds, then Zay sets Roddy up, LEAP FROG DOUBLE STOMPS! Gabe runs up, but h e gets himself a DOUBLE STOMP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Private Party keeps cool and the fans rally up. Zay fires forearms on Gabe, then wrenches. Gabe reverses the wrench but Zay BOOTS! Kyle tags in before Gabe LARIATS Zay!

Kyle KNEES Zay down, dodges Gabe and KICKS! KICKS! And KICKS! Gabe blocks one to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Kyle blocks that, but Gabe rolls through! Kyle still KNEES low, aims, but Roddy shouts at “KYYYLE~!” That distracts Kyle, then Gabe avoids the Ax and LARIATS Kyle! Gabe CHOPS Kyle down, mocking the barking. Brody barks back, Gabe bumps Kyle off buckles. Gabe CHOSP! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Roddy tags in, and says Kyle is HIS friend, only Roddy can hit him like that! So Roddy CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Gabe gets mad at Roddy, but then they both swing! Kyle dodges, hot tag to Ishii!

Roddy CHOPS, Gabe CHOPS, then they DOUBLE CHOP! Ishii doesn’t even flinch! Gabe & Roddy dodge Ishii but Kyle BOOTS and ROCKS them! Ishii then DOUBLE LARIATS on return! Private Party runs up, they get DOUBLE LARIATS! Ishii blocks the Strong Knee, runs, but Bennett trips him up! Taven runs up, Ishii DECKS him! Ishii WRECKS Bennett, DECKS Roddy, and the fans fire up! Roddy flounders around, Brody tags in! Brody and Ishii RAM! LARIAT for LARIAT, but then Malakai BOOTS Ishii! Kyle saves Ishii from The House, they LARIAT Malakai, and DOUBLE ENZIGIRI Brody!

Brody wobbles, Ishii suplexes! Kyle aims, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Cover, Quen SWANTONS it apart! The fans are thunderous as Zay gets in, but Kyle fires off a strike fest! Zay avoids a sweep toe ENZI Kyle! Roddy gets Zay a BACKBREAKER! Roddy and Kyle trade shots, then DOUBLE LARIAT! Quen runs up but Malakai blocks a boot. Quen gets around to ENZIGIRI, then runs, but Malakai blocks the boot to JUMP KNEE! Ishii runs up, one lariat blocked, and another! Ishii swats Malakai’s strikes to HEADBUTT! Gabe fires strikes on Ishii, to then BRAINBUSTER! “I’m a MADMAN you know!”

Brody runs up, Gabe dodges to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Gabe runs, into DOUBLE CHOPS! Brody drags Gabe up but Gabe BITES Brody’s head! Gabe SLAPS, Brody SLAPS back! Gabe falls and the fans fire up with Brody! Private Party regroups, they egg Brody on then dump him out! POETRY IN MOTION! Then they build speed to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Private Party takes down everyone and the fans are thunderous! Zay & Quen get Brody up and in, but Brody shoves Zay away. Zay comes back, Brody dodges, but Quen is there for some SILLY- NO, LAWN DART KNEE!! Quen runs up, into THE END!!

Brody hauls Zay up and Malakai is on defense. But Zay rolls Brody! TWO! LARIAT!! Brody hauls Zay up, for a GONZO BOMB!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

It was fast and furious to say the least, but the Kings of the Black Throne are the most dangerous of all! Will they soon dominate all the tag divisions and bring gold back to The House?

Zero Hour – Willow Nightingale & Tam Nakano VS Kris Statlander & Momo Watanabe!

Two different rivalries, one from AEW and the other from Stardom, intertwine in order to settle things all at once. Will the Babe with the Power and Shining Stardom Dream make tonight a nightmare for The Galaxy’s Greatest and the Big Match Peach? Or will that be turned the other way around?

The teams sort out and Willow starts, but Kris lets Momo get this. The bell rings, the fans rally up, and then Kris tags in, just as Willow tags out to Tam! Kris is smug as she and Tam feel things out. They tie up, Kris throws Tam away, then flexes. Kris boops Tam then pie faces her. Kris asks what she’s gonna do, but Tam fires forearms on Kris! Tam then runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Kris catches the crossbody for a pop-up and suplex! Tam slips free to waistlock but Kris elbows free! Kris swings, Tam goes Matrix then rolls Kris up! Kris rolls through but Tam DROPKICKS her down! The fans fire up and Tam tags in Willow!

Kris panics, tags out to Momo, but Willow runs Momo over! Willow runs, rolls over the dropdown, but Momo DROPKICKS! Willow comes back to SHOTGUN! Then she SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Willow brings Momo over, tags Tam, and they block a kick to LARIAT Momo down! Tam brings Momo up, ducks a kick, but Momo avoids kicks! Tam blocks another kick to ROCK Momo! Momo ROCKS Tam! They go forearm for forearm and teh fans rally up! Tam fires a flurry, the fans fire up as she just keeps going! Momo wobbles, but then she reels Tam in to CLAW eyes! The fans boo, ther ef reprimands, but Tam SUPERKICKS Momo back!

Momo flounders to a corner, Stoke gets up to “check “on her! Kris gets in behind the ref’s back! BIG back suplex on Tam! Momo PENALTY KICKS! Momo soaks up the heat then kneels for a cover, TWO! Momo drags Tam over, bumps her off buckles, then tags Kris. Kris stomps away on Tam, reels her in, then suplexes. Kris holds Tam up but fans boo, even as Kris SLAMS Tam down! Cocky cover, TWO! Kris is annoyed but she drags Tam up. The fans rally, Tam fights the back suplex, and turns it to a CROSSBODY! Both women get up, Kris runs in but Tam DUMPS her out! But then Kris YANKS Willow down!

The fans boo but Kris gets back in. The ref reprimands but Kris stomps away on Tam. Kris drags Tam up, whips her to the corner, then storms up. Tag to Momo and Momo KICKS Tam! Momo cravats Tam to snapmare, then she KICKS Tam in the back! Momo drags Tam up to CHOKE her on ropes! The ref counts, Stoke & Kris pose for pics, and then Momo lets off. Momo bumps Tam off buckles, tags Kris, and they mug Tam. Kris snapmares Tam to clamp on a chinlock. The fans rally for Tam & Willow while Tam fights around. Tam sits up and reaches out but Kris squeezes tight! Tam punches Kris but Kris CLUBS Tam down!

Kris stands Tam up, but Tam ducks the roundhouse! Tam HEEL KICKS Kris down! Stoke panics, Tam crawls, hot tag to Willow! Willow storms up behind Kris, then fires off forearms! The fans are thunderous but Kris pushes Willow away! Willow BOOTS Kris down! Willow whips Kris, Kris holds ropes, tag to Momo! Kris gets out and Momo gets in, but Willow CLOBBERS Momo! Willow puts Momo in a corner to back body block and LARIAT! Snapmare and BOOT! The fans fire up with Willow and she hauls Momo up. Willow whips to SPINEBUSTER! High stack< Kris breaks it! Willow is furious, she swings but Kris dodges!

Momo ROUNDHOUSES Willow, then tags Kris! Kris runs up to DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Willow survives but Kris hauls her up. Willow throws body shots  but Kris gives back forearms! They fire off shots, Kris forearms, CHOPS, SOBATS and runs. Kris goes up, but Willow avoids the flying elbow! Willow goes up, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag to Tam and she goes up top! CROSSBODY FLOPS as Kris moves! Kris runs up, Tam dodges the discus! Kris stops the waistlock to RAM Tam into a corner, then O’Conner and CHAOS- NO, Tam victory rolls it! TWO!! Kris escapes, runs up, but Tam gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Kris escapes but Tam tags Willow! Tam & Willow fire up and double whip Kris. Kris reverses to crisscross them! Kris then RAMS Kris into Tam! Tag to Momo, BACKBREAKER and feed, URENAGE! Cover, Tam breaks it! Kris CLUBS Tam, calls to Momo, and Kris Electric Chair Lifts Tam! Momo goes up, but Tam fights free! Tam chicken wings Kris to TIGER PLEX! Willow ROCKS Momo then goes up! Willow fireman’s carries Momo for a SUPER DEATH VALLEY!! Cover, TWO?!? Momo survives and shocks Willow! The fans are fired up again and Willow gets Momo up! Momo fights the gut wrench, Alabama Lifts, but Willow fights it!

Willow and Momo fight for control, and Momo manages to lift! CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO?!? Now Willow survives and shocks Momo! Kris wants Momo to finish this! Momo KICKS, KICKS and KICKS again! Momo runs, but Willow POUNCES!! PERIOD!! Kris gets in, Willow LARIATS her back out! Tag to Tam and then Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS Kris on the floor! Tam gets Momo up, wrench and hammerlock, for the TWILIGHT DREAM!! Bridging cover, Tam & Willow win!

Winners: Willow Nightingale & Tam Nakano, by pinfall

Kris is furious that she lost in her hometown, but Willow says she won in HER hometown! But these two are going to meet again very soon, because the Women’s Owen Hart Cup runs through Chicago! Who wins when these two battle at Beach Break?

 

Zero Hour – 2024 Women’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther VS Saraya w/ Harley Cameron!

Speaking of that tournament, the Leading Lady’s protege is looking to settle scores with The Outcast’s sinister leader. Will Mariah make Storm proud of her? Or will Saraya take one step closer to another All In homecoming?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. Harley talks trash on “Tiny Storm” and then Saraya sees Storm creeping up. Saraya says stay back, but Mariah rolls Saraya up! TWO, and Mariah KNEES Saraya down! Another cover, TWO! Mariah puts Saraya in a corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in to UPPERCUT! Mariah whips again, runs in again, and UPPERCUTS again! Then Mariah scoops Saraya for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Saraya stays in but Mariah fires up! Mariah runs to SHOTGUN Saraya down! Cover, TWO! Mariah is frustrated but Harley coaches Saraya up.

Storm applauds from commentary, and we can see her hands are taped up for her own match tonight. Mariah puts Saraya up top, puts some stank on it, and DOUBLE CHOPS! The fans fire up as Mariah goes corner to corner, handspring and STRATUSPHERE! The fans cheer and Mariah goes up the corner. Saraya stands, Mariah MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Saraya survives again but Mariah stays cool. The fans rally, Mariah gets Saraya to a corner and stomps away. Mariah goes to the far side, says kiss this, and runs in to SWEET- NO, Saraya moves! Mariah grabs at her but Saraya HOTSHOTS back!

Mariah flops to the other side, Saraya drags her up the corner. Storm is concerned as Saraya throws hands. Mairaha fires back, they brawl on opposite sides of the corner. The fans are on Mariah’s side as she keeps going back and forth! Mariah ROCKS Saraya, then fires up! But Sararya YANKS her into the crossbar! The ref reprimands but Saraya howls! Saraya storms over to get Mariah, and she tells Storm she’s a LOSER! Storm says Saraya’s the loser here! Saraya SMACKS Mariah off the apron, SMACKS her off it again, then leaves her to the ring count. The count is 7! Then 8! Mariah stirs at 9, and springs in just in time!

The fans cheer but Saraya stomps Mariah down! Saraya bumps Mariah off buckles, stomps her again, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Saraya lets off, then stomps another mudhole in! Saraya lets off in frustration but Harley applauds. The fans boo but Saraya storms up to get Mariah on ropes. Saraya CHOKES Mariah, the ref counts, and Saraya steps away. Saraya mocks the fans cheering Mariah, and then stands on Mariah’s hair while pulling arms! Hikaru Shida is watching backstage, ready for whoever comes out of this the winner. Mariah fires body shots, but Saraya whips her. Mariah reverses, wrenches, and HEADBUTTS!

Both women fall over and the fans fire up! Harley says just wait, Saraya’s got this. Saraya fires a forearm, Mariah gives it back! Saraya fires another, but Mariah gives it back! The forearms keep going, the fans rally behind Mariah, and then the shots go after and faster! Mariah fires a flurry and the fans fire up! Saraya staggers away, Mariah roars and goes to the corner. Time for the close-up! Mariah runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Mariah then reels Saraya in, fireman’s carry, but Harley gets on the apron! Saraya slips free, Mariah ROCKS her, and Storm YANKS Harley down! Storm DECKS Harley, and Mariah is happy!

But then Saraya YAKUZA KICKS! And GOOD KNIGHT!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Saraya is furious that Mariah will not go gently into that Good Knight! “This is Awesome!” but Saraya says shut up! Storm rallies the fans behind her protege, but Saraya drags Mariah to center. Saraya steps through, turns Mariah over with the leglock, and she clamps onto an arm! Mariah resists, then turns over to BOOT Saraya away! Saraya comes back to stomp Mariah, then dribbles her off the mat! The ref reprimands but Harley says finish it! Saraya drags Mariah up, reels her in, and grins at Storm, for the- NO, Mariah turns DDT into bridge! MARIAH WINS!!

Winner: Mariah May, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even Storm is surprised Mariah had a move like that! But now who’s the loser, huh!? Mariah is moving on to the semifinals, but will she still make it to the finals? Wait, here comes Mina! Mina celebrates with her protege, but then Mariah has to keep the peace between her mentors! That match is still to come, which side will Mariah be on when it’s all said and done?

 

Zero Hour – Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Mistico & The Lucha Brothers!

Now this is quite the crossover! Titan is not just part of CMLL but he is also part of NJPW via The Ungovernables, and both Hiromu Takahashi & Yota Tsuji have spent time on excursion to the oldest promotion in the world. And on the other side, for the very first time, three of the very best luchadores in this generation are teaming together! But will the stars of Mexico be able to stand tall together? Or will LIJ keep things tranquilo from sea to shining sea?

There’s already some tension between Hiromu and Mistico as they only just recently went 1v1 in Arena Mexico for CMLL. But the trios still sort out, and El Inmortal starts against the Immortal Firebird. The fans rally as the two circle and feel things out. “This is Awesome!” as Fenix CHOPS! Titan comes back to CHOP! Titan SOBATS, whips, but Fenix reverses. Titan goes up and over, handsprings away, then comes back. Fenix dodges to throw Titan down, then he goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! The fans fire up, Fenix whips, but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix, but Fenix catches his calf kick!

Titan slips free to shove, follow, and TORNADO DDT, but Fenix handsprings through! The fans are thunderous as Fenix sweeps and covers. ONE and Titan sweeps and covers, ONE! The two go face to face, shove each other, then they tag out to Pentagon and Yota Tsuji! The fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta tells Yota himself to listen: CERO! MIEDO! Yota just smiles through the pie face, and pushes back. Penta says okay, CERO! MIE- NO, Yota stops that. So Penta SOBATS! Penta runs, steps over the dropdown then headlocks. Yota powers up and out, hurdles, but Penta KICKS him in the gut!

Penta has Yota in a corner, GAMANGIRI then he sits Yota down. Headstand and SWINGING DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Penta, and he drags Yota up to say again, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, but Yota catches him to a BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Yota smiles at the luchadores then brings Penta up. The fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” Yota scuffs Penta, eggs him on, but Penta eggs Yota on. Yota stands Penta up and dusts him off, to CHOP! Penta says okay, and he CHOPS back! Yota stings from that one! Yota CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, then Yota fires forearm after forearm!

Yota runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Yota gets Penta up to suplex, but Penta fights out! Penta kicks low, tuck shim in, but Yota slips free to run, but into a DROPKICK! Penta runs, Yota moves, so Penta rolls back. Penta poses and the fans fire up! Tag to Mistico and the fans fire up! Mistico calls out Hiromu, Yota says tranquilo, and he tags Hiromu! The fans fire up as these two circle, and Mistico gets the fans going, Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu wants the mask!! The fans boo but Mistico kicks free! And mule kicks low! Mistico whips, Hiromu reveres but Mistico jumps over and handsprings.

Hiromu dodges, Mistico keeps going and he RANAS! Hiromu ends up in a corner, he comes back, but Mistico knuckle locks and CHOPS! Mistico goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Hiromu bails out, Mistico builds speed, but runs into an attack by Titan & Yota! The fans boo but LIJ just double whips. Mistico uses that to PLANCHA onto Hiromu! The Lucha Bros shove Yota & Titan into each other, then double mule kicks! Uno, dos, tres! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Then wheelbarrow, VICTORY SPLASH! The fans fire up but Hiromu gets in! Bu the ends up in a ripcord DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE!

The brothers put Hiromu in place for Mistico’s SWANTON BOBM! Cover, Yota & Titan break it! The brothesr go after Titan & Yota again, “CERO! MIEDO!” They double whip, but LIJ DOUBLE RANA! The fans fire up as LIJ builds speed, and they DOUBLE DIVE! Down go the Lucha Bros! Hiromu tosses Mistico out to SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs to FLYING SUNSET FLIP! Mistico holds on but can’t hold on for long, POWERBOMB to the floor!! The fans lose their minds while Hiromu mockingly says goodbye to Mistico. Hiromu puts Mistico in, covers him, TWO! Hiromu is upset but the count was fair.

Tag to Yota and the fans rally up. Yota gets Mistico on his feet, bumps him off buckles again and again, and again and again! The ref counts, Yota stops, and he brings Mistico around to whip. Titan ENZIGIRIS, then tags in! Titan brings Mistico around while fans rally, and all of LIJ stands in. They mug Mistico with kick after kick and then a CALF KICK! Hiromu CHOPS Mistico to a corner, then he and Yota send Titan in! LOCO LARIAT! Mistico staggers into a scoop and SLAM! Yota SPLASHES! Titan springboards, to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Mistico survives and the fans rally up! Titan & Yota keep Mistico from the Lucha Brothers.

LIJ double whip, but Mistico handsprings to DUOBLE BACK ELBOW! Mistico then dodges Hiromu to RANA! Mistico dodges again, sends Yota into Titan and SUPERKICKS Yota! BACKBREAKER for Titan! Hot tag to Penta, and he tags Fenix! Penta dodges Hiromu to SLINGBLADE on the return! SLINGBLADE on Yota! SUPERKICK for Titan, into the tightrope walk PENALTY KICK! Then the BOOSTED SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives but the fans fire up! Fenix gets the fans going more, and he brings Titan back up. Fenix says “ANIMO!” but then Hiromu gets in! Fireman’s carry, TIMEBOMB 1.5!

Penta gets in, whips, Hiromu reverses, but Penta hits a DESTROYER! Yota kicks Penta to suplex and ORANGE CRUSH! But Mistico SPRINGBOARD SPLASHES! Titan SUPERKICKS Mistico! Fenix SUPERKICKS Titan! Titan TORNADO DDTS and it hits! But then he keeps going, GOURDBUSTER and SUPERKICK!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Titan crawls to a cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Titan throws his elbow pads away! Titan roars, drags Fenix up, “This is Awesome!” Titan fireman’s carries, but Fenix fights free. Fenix shoves and SUPERKICKS! Titan falls out, Yota runs in, but then Fenix DUMPS Yota out!

Tag to Mistico and he builds speed. Fenix helps out for a BOOSTED TORNILLO! Down goes LIJ! Penta SUPERKICKS Hiromu, Fenix goes up! “CERO! MIEDO!” LUCHA BRO PACKAGE DRIVER!! They call to Mistico and he gets Titan in the ring. Mistico rallies the fans, but Titan dodges, only for Mistico to CROSSBODY! Mistico keeps going, LA MYSTICA!! And FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Titan taps, Mistico’s team wins!!

Winners: Mistico & The Lucha Brothers, by submission

LIJ is a great trio, but this is a trio of the greatest luchadores! Will this momentum help all three masked men make their way up to championship gold in every company they step inside?

 

“There is something that draws us here.”

“A force with the pull of the unknown. The ‘What If.’ And what lies beyond this barrier is a world ready to fight. It is here where you must take what is yours. And once you’ve crossed that threshold, be prepared for what comes. For one night, this door is open. Worlds collide, and the impossible, inevitable.” AEW X NJPW: Forbidden Door starts now!

 

MJF VS Hechicero!

Long Island’s Own is just making his way back after healing up, and he’s already got someone wanting to rip him limb from limb! But can the Alchemist of Lucha Libre really destroy Maxwell Jacob Friedman? Or will the Wolf of Wrestling prove he IS better than Hechi, and he knows it?

The bell rings and the fans of course cheer on MJF and he says aw shucks. Hechi says shut up, and then he kicks MJF low! The fans boo but Hechi whips MJF. MJF reverses, hurdles, but Hechi FLAPJACKS him! Hehich rolls MJF into the ARMBAR, but MJF stacks Hechi! TWO and Hechi lets go. The fans cheer on the Scumbag, but MJF wants to shake hands. The fans cheer but Hechi knows to be wary of that. MJF insists, so Hechi accepts. But then MJF kicks low! MJF shrugs, headlocks, but Hechi powers out. MJF ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he struts over the dropdown. The fans cheer as MJF swivels them hips.

Hechi runs up, MJF handsprings under the lariat! Hechi blocks a kick, FLIPS MJF, but MJUF lands on his feet! And he pokes Hechi in the eyes! MJF does the Savage strut, then goes after Hechi. Hechi uses the ref as a shield, then he YANKS MJF out of the ring! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Hechi goes out to get MJF. MJF KNEES low, whips Hechi hard into railing, then gets him back up! MJF whips Hechi into more railing! MJF makes Hechi take a seat, then he refreshes the count. The fans rally for MJF and he runs in, to BOOT Hechi over railing! The fans fire up and MJF revels in it!

MJF drags Hechi up and out of the timekeeper’s area, dumps him down, then gets him in the ring. The fans rally as MJF takes his time, but Hechi HOTSHOTS the arm! The fans boo but MJF was too lax around Hechi. Hechi STOMPS MJF’s arm, pulls on it and then CLUBS away on the shoulder. Hechi wrenches the arm, but MJF fights up. MJF knees low, gets free, but Hechi gets him at the ropes with a SLEEPER! MJF HOTSHOTS free, then reels Hechi in! HEAT- NO, Hechi flings MJF down! Slingshot and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! MJF stays in this but Hechi stays on him with a hammerlock and roll.

Hechi hauls MJF up to HAMMERLOCK SWING, and MAD SCIENTIST BACKBREAKER! Then an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! MJF is tougher than that and the fans rally up. Hechi kicks MJF around, brings him in, but MJF fights the lift! MJF knees low, reels Hechi in, but Hechi fights free! Hechi whips, runs up, STEP-UP KNEE! Hechi mocks the strut, then does his magic, to flip Long Island off! Hechi reels MJF in, but MJF backdrops free! The fans fire up while both men are down! MJF feeds off that energy and stands up first. MJF LARIATS Hechi down, LARIATS him again, then demands Hechi get up!

Hechi stands, but he wrenches the arm! Hechi whips, MJF goes up and over, steps over, then hits a PILEDRIVER! Both men are down while MJF clutches the bad arm. The fans rally, MJF stands again and he brings Hechi up. MJF goes to suplex but Hechi fights back. Hechi wrenches, whips, but MJF reverses, only for Hechi to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK! Then victory roll, STOMP MONKEY FLIP! And into the ARMBAR!! MJF flails, stacks, TWO! MJF goes for the SALT OF THE EARTH! Hechi flips that to a cover, TWO! Hechi hooks an arm, CLUBS MJF and roll shim, to get the bad arm! INVERTED RINGS OF SATURN!!

MJF endures as Hechi tries to snap that arm, and MJF reaches out with a leg! The fans rally as hard as they can, and MJF gets the ROPEBREAK! MJF escapes by a literal foot but Hechi just gets mad! Hechi eggs on MJF, gets him up, and whips him to ropes. MJF ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans cheer again as MJF goes to a corner. Hechi runs up, but MJF dodges the knee! MJF dribbles Hechi off the buckles, and fans count all the way to TEN! MJF then climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans count along, and at nine, MJF stops to BITE Hechi through the mask!

The fans cheer but the ref reprimands! MJF shoves Hechi down, goes up, and he jumps, PANAMA SUNRISE?!? A shot at Adam Cole Baybay! Then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall

The hometown anti-hero makes good on his return to PPV, and Long Island cheers him on! But is this just the start of MJF’s road back to the top? Or will he find it only gets harder the second time?

 

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS Hiroshi Tanahashi & The Acclaimed!

The Rainmaker has been abusing the authority granted to him by “Your EVPs,” and yet they label Max Caster & Anthony Bowens as “scissoring sociopaths” who spit on The Elite’s noble mission. But if there’s anyone who knows how to humble those with egos running wild, it’s the President of NJPW! Will #ScissorAce help The Acclaimed cut through the noise and humble three champions in one match? Or will Kazuchika, Matthew & Nicholas continue to #ChangeTheWorld into what they want it to be?

But of course, Caster has a diss track! “The Acclaimed, rockin’ with the rap star, The Ace! Not afraid to rock you in the face! Sometimes you gotta pop off, I’m showin’ ’em! Leave ’em breathless like Biden at the podium! Y’all know da bait, get your mug shot like Timberlake. The Elite, we’re stoppin’ it here. I’m a kill you like you did Okada’s career! You’re pathetic really on the mic, never witty. You’re such a pussy, I see you, I say  ‘Hello Kitty!’ Such a pity, when I’m rockin’ a rhyme. I’ll make Okada MY b*tch at the drop of a dime! Now I’m on air, b*tch! Beach blond b*tch! Beat you so bad, get a massage chair, b*tch! Ugly ass b*tch! You look like a b*tch! Shout out to the crew, leave ’em shook like a b*tch!

“Always gotta do this the hard way, I’m gonna beat your ass on the Cross Island Parkway! Live from the hood that I claim. On Long Island, everybody loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens then says, “LONG ISLAAAAND~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Hey, scissor me, Daddy Ace!” And he does~! The trios sort out and after being called out like that, Okada starts against Caster. The fans rally and sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy!” Okada and Caster feel things out, but then Okada sucker punches Tanahashi! Some way to welcome his old rival. Tanahashi is pissed, so Caster says get it! Tag to The Ace and the fans fire up!

Okada and Tanahashi get face to face again, the fans lose their minds already, and then the two circle. They feel things out, but then Okada tags out to Nick. The fans boo but Okada doesn’t care. Nick and Tanahashi circle, tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks. Nick powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds on tight. Nick pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Tanahashi pulls hair in return! Nick knees low, whips, but Tanahashi ELBOWS back! Tanahashi goes up and CROSSBODIES! Then he air guitars! The fans cheer, Nick flounders, and Tana tags Bowens. Bowens ROCKS Nick, whips, but Nick reverses.

Bowens goes up and over, then hurdles Nick to headlock. Nick powers out, Bowens hurdles, then mule kicks, front kicks, and runs to FAM- NO, Nick slips under! Nick waistlocks, Bowens switches and snapmares to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, but Bowens arm-drags! Bowens grinds Nick down, Nick fights up, and Nick reaches out. Caster tags in, he and Bowens send Nick to a corner. BACK ELBOW, FOREARM SMASH, then a feed to the scoop and SLAM! Matt runs in, but Caster scoop SLAMS him! Okada storms in but Tanahashi scares him off! Tana 7 Caster hold The Bucks open, Bowens goes up for a DOUBLE SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!!

The fans fire up as Tanahashi scissor fingers with the boys! And then they all air guitar! Caster keeps Nick from Okada, whips him to ropes, but Nick ducks ‘n’ dodges, Okada tags in, Nick SLAPS Caster! Caster DECKS Nick but Okada kicks low! Okada whips Caster to the corner, runs up but into a BOOT! Nick runs up but Caster puts him out! Okada run sin, ELBOW DOUBLE GIRI COMBO! Then Okada Alabama Lifts to a REVERSE NECKBREAKER! The Bucks BLAST Bowens & Tanahashi, and the fans boo while Nick puts on his headphones. Okada pretends to be a DJ and he goes after Caster. Okada CLUBS Caster, then bumps him off buckles.

The fans rally but Okada tags Nick. Nick tags Matt and The Bucks get Caster down. Nick holds Caster in a Camel Clutch while Matt runs and runs and runs and runs, to then stop and kiss his brother on the forehead. Matt mocks the air guitar while Nick air basses. Matt SMASHES the air guitar, then throws it away! Matt stomps away on Caster, then soaks up the heat. Matt whips Caster hard into the corner, then storms up on him. The fans chant and duel “F THE YOUNG BUCKS!” “E V P!” Caster fires hands back! Matt RAMS Caster into the corner, fires off hands, and then stomps a mudhole! The fans then troll The Bucks with “C M PUNK!”

Okada tags in, he and Matt mug Caster, then Okada basement dropkicks! The fans argue over Punk now, but Okada gets Caster up to whip him back to the corner. Tag to Nick, he brings Caster around to put him up top. Nick then ROCKS Caster, climbs up, but Caster fights back with body shots! Caster BITES Nick’s forehead! Caster shoves Nick down, adjusts up top, and CROSSBODIES! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Tag to Okada, and he BLASTS Tanahashi! The fans boo but Caster JAWBREAKERS Okada! Okada staggers, tags Matt, and Matt runs, but Bowens ROCKS him first! Caster back drops Matt! Hot tag to Bowens!

Bowens rallies on The Bucks with big haymakers and chops! KICK, KICK, and FAMOUSER! The fans fire up but Okada runs in, only for Bowens to DECK him! Matt CLAWS Bowens’ back, whips him to a corner, then howls to mock The Icon. Matt runs in, but the splash misses! Bowens traps Matt, sends Nick into him, then fires off the Rock Paper Scissors SUPERKICK! Then a scoop on Matt into a torture rack! RACK BOMB! Cover, Nick breaks it! Caster ROCKS Nick, fires hands, and Bowens brawls with Matt! The Acclaimed coordinate, they send The Bucks at each other, but the Bucks dosido.

The Bucks come back, The Acclaimed dodge and dosido, too! DOUBLE DOUBLE LARIATS! Or rather, QUADRUPLE LARIATS! The fans fire up while Matt and Bowens crawl over to their corners, hot tags to Okada and Tanahashi! Tanahashi rallies with big forearms! The fans fire up as The Ace scoops Okada to SLAM him into a drop zone! Tanahashi goes up a corner, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Okada’s tougher than that but Tanahashi powers up. The fans chant “GO ACE! GO ACE!” Tanahashi runs, but Okada BOOTS! Tanahashi blocks it, waves bye and DRAGON SCREWS the leg!

Tanahashi then ties Okada up, into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Okada endures, but Nick ROUNDHOUSES Tanahashi! Caster runs in to SLINGBLADE Nick! But Matt fakes Caster out to DDT! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Matt! Okada UPPERCUTS Bowens, BOOTS Tanahashi, then gets Bowens for the RAIN- NO! THE ARRIVAL!! Caster is up top, MIC DROP!! Tanahashi fires up and he climbs now! The fans are thunderous but Nick anchors Tana! Matt joins in, but The Acclaimed YANK The Bucks down! They brawl around ringside, Tanahashi adjusts, and HIGH FLY FLOWS, but onto knees!! Okada saves himself and The Bucks get in!

The Bucks tighten their shoe laces and pump up those custom Reeboks! But then The Acclaimed return! They get DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICK for Tanahashi!! Then another SUPERKICK! DOUBLE PLANCHAS wipe out The Acclaimed and the fans are torn. Okada rises up, he gets Tanahashi for a scoop and SLAM! Okada goes up now, standard formula for him. MACHO ELBOW! Okada stands, but will he do it? Okada winds up, to flip us off! Okada grins and ripcords Tanahashi, but into a cradle!! TWO!!! Okada escapes, but the SHOTEI hits! The Bucks get in, but Tanahashi blocks one superkick to send it into Matt!

Tanahashi DRAGON SCREWS Nick, then runs at Okada! But into Okada’s DROPKICK! Ripcord and RAINMAKER!! Cover, The Elite win!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks, by pinfall

Another epic battle for the story of Ace VS Rainmaker, but wait, Okada isn’t done? He wants to add insult to injury, but here comes Daddy Ass! Billy Gunn runs Okada off and The Elite regroup. Will The Acclaimed avenge Scissor Ace when it finally comes time to take the AEW World Tag Team Championships? And maybe even Okada’s Continental Championship?

 

2024 Men’s Owen Hart Cup Quarterfinal: Bryan Danielson VS Shingo Takagi!

Not only is this a dream match over a decade in the making, but it is also part of the already esteemed Owen Hart Foundation Memorial tournament! The American Dragon faces Japan’s Rampaging Dragon, who slays who to then face The Bastard in the next round?

The bell rings and the fans fire up already with “YES! YES! YES!” Takagi and Bryan circle, feel things out, and then Bryan backs up to a corner. Takagi storms up, knuckle locks, and then he clinches with Bryan. Bryan wrenches, Takagi wrenches back, and Takagi hammerlocks. Bryan drops to trip Takagi for a toehold. Bryan turns Takagi over, ties up the legs, then hooks that up for a SNAP LOCK! Takagi endures, even as Bryan puts more pressure on. Bryan SNAP LOCKS, but Takagi has the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off slowly, and he backs away. The fans cheer and Takagi gets up. The two reset and feel things out.

Takagi and Bryan knuckle lock, then go shoulder to shoulder. They have a Test of Strength, the fans rally up, and Takagi powers Bryan down to his knees. Bryan fights up, then rolls to trip Takagi for another toehold. Bryan hooks the legs up, but Takagi resists. Bryan fishhooks Takagi to get the arms. Bryan pulls up, up and away, into the ROMERO SPECIAL! The fans cheer, Takagi endures, but Bryan sets him down for a chinlock. Takagi pries free, Bryan goes for a leg to drop an elbow on the knee. Bryan then headlocks and smothers Takagi. Takagi fights up as the fans rally and duel, and Takagi powers out.

Bryan RAMS Takagi, but Takagi rebounds to run Bryan over! The fans are torn but Bryan writhes. Takagi runs to drop a BIG elbow! Then a SENTON! Bryan sputters but Takagi stands him up. Takagi bumps Bryan off buckles, eggs him on, and they go forehead to forehead. Bryan fires forearms but Takagi just HEADBUTTS back! Bryan sits down, Takagi gets Bryan up. Bryan holds ropes but Takagi CHOPS! Takagi CHOPS again! Takagi whips but Bryan blocks, so Takagi JABS! Takagi whips, Bryan goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up and Takagi rises, into Bryan’s DROPKICK!

Takagi bails out, the fans rally up, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan DIVES, but Takagi catches him! MAGIC SCREW to the floor!! The ref checks Bryan and has Doc Sampson check, too. Bryan’s landing was rough, and Takagi leaves him behind. Bryan says he’s fine but can he get up with that bad shoulder? The count begins, but Doc wants Bryan to be careful. We reach 5 of 10 as Bryan works to just sit up. Bryan flounders at 7, but he is refusing to let Doc call this! Bryan gets in at 9 and the fans cheer. But then Takagi suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this and the fans rally up for his grit and determination.

Takagi sits Bryan up, clamps on with a facelock, then he drops a KNEE on Bryan’s back! The fans are torn as Takagi fires up, and Takagi stalks Bryan to a corner. Takagi puts Bryan through ropes and pulls him back! The ref counts, Takagi lets off, but Bryan comes back to UPPERCUT! Takagi shakes that off, but Bryan UPPERCUTS again! And UPPERCUT, but Takagi goes to Gory Especial! Bryan fires elbows, but Takagi ELBOWS! JABS! And YUKON LARIATS! The fans fire up and Takagi looks around. “My time is coming! TOKI GA KITA!” The fans are torn but Takagi just says “OI! OI! OI!”

The fans rally as Takagi runs, but Bryan avoids the sliding lariat! BUZZSAW!! Both men are down and the fans duel! A standing count starts, Bryan crawls and sits up. Bryan stands at 5 of 10 and he goes back for Takagi. Bryan UPPERCUTS, but Takagi CHOPS! Bryan snarls and comes back to CHOP! Takagi CHOPS again! Bryan UPPERCUTS, Takagi CHOPS, repeat! Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS, then GERMAN SUPELXES! Bryan lands out, gets around, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES! Takagi tumbles and the fans fire up! Bryan aims, runs up, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Bryan lets Takagi fall so he can go up!

But Takagi goes up after Bryan! Bryan CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi RIDGE HANDS! And RIDGE HANDS! And RIDGE HANDS again! Then he CHOPS! Takagi mocks the Yes fingers, then climbs up. Takagi brings Bryan up but Bryan slips under to trip Takagi! Takagi hangs onto the top rope but Bryan brings him back up. Bryan fires HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The fans fire up, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan then hoists Takagi up to SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Bryan crawls over to Takagi, covers, TWO! Takagi is still in this but Bryan huffs ‘n’ puffs. The fans rally again as Bryan stands.

Bryan aims and KICKS! KICKS! And KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up, but Takagi blocks! Bryan SLAPS free, but that just pisses Takagi off! Takagi runs in, but into a BOOT! And a ROUNDHOUSE! And an arm-drag into the ARMBAR!! Takagi clasps hands, Bryan pulls him into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Takagi clubs at Bryan but Bryan just shifts the grip! Bryan throws down elbows, but Takagi deadlifts Bryan, and around into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The ref checks, Takagi rises, and “This is Awesome!” Bryan stirs, his fighting spirit not letting him give up just yet.

Takagi snarls, watches Bryan stagger up, and then runs in to corner clothesline! Takagi says time to go up! Takagi puts Bryan up top and then climbs up to join him! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Takagi crawls over to Bryan, but then runs to SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and the fans rally up again. Bryan grits his teeth but Takagi stands first. Takagi mocks the “YES! YES! YES!” and the fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” Takagi powers up, but Bryan SLAPS him! So Takagi SLAPS Bryan! Pump handle, but Bryan fights the lift! Bryan pops out, gets around, but Takagi bucks the O’Conner!

Bryan runs in but the dropkick misses! PUMPING BOMBER!! Takagi fires up, pump handles again, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO?!? Bryan survives all that damage and the fans are electric! Takagi is surprised but he just gets back up. The fans rally again as Takagi says time to end this! Takagi hauls Bryan up, pump handles and torture racks, but Bryan CLUBS free! But that’s about all Bryan has as he drops to the mat again. Takagi runs to SLIDING FOREARM! Takagi still mocks “YES! YES!” Takagi sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The fans boo but Takagi runs, to SLIDING- NO, Bryan catches him for a DISARMER!!

The fans are thunderous as Bryan tortures Takagi’s arm! Takagi endures, even as Bryan shifts into the omoplata! The modified Fujiwara isn’t enough and Takagi rolls free! Bryan ROCKS Takagi, dodges, and ROLLING ELBOWS! Takagi JABS, then HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble and the fans fire up again! Takagi roars, pump handles and torture racks, but Bryan slips free! ROUNDHOUSE! Bryan has a leg, SNAP CAPTURE PLEX! The fans rally as hard as they can as Bryan goes to a corner. Bryan aims, and he powers up with “YES! YES! YES!” Takagi stirs and rises up, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!?!

The fans are shocked that Bryan’s best shot wasn’t enough! Even Bryan double checks with the ref. Fans want them to “FIGHT FOREVER!” but Bryan says it is time to kick Takagi’s head in! DRAGON STOMPS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan drops into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Bryan fires elbow after elbow into Takagi’s head! But then Takagi blocks one, deadlifts, but Bryan fires more elbows! Takagi still fights, but then he falls! DISARMER!! Bryan pulls on the arm with everything he has! Takagi QUITS, Bryan wins!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission (advances to the next round)

It was a battle of epic proportions, but it was the American Dragon that survives! And after such a battle, Bryan shows respect to Takagi, how finally shows respect back. But he only has until Wednesday to recover, will he be able to put on another epic against Pac? Or will Beach Break be where The Bastard breaks Bryan?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm VS Mina Shirakawa!

As we saw earlier tonight, and have seen for weeks now, this has grown increasingly personal between the Leading Lady and the Fighting Gravure Idol. Mariah finds herself stuck in the middle, but will she be a deciding factor between her two closest friends?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins not just the title but the hearts of the people!

Mariah honors the Stardom “Young Girl” tradition of presenting the champion and challenger with bouquets, but then she isn’t sure which corner to stand by. This is almost too cruel, and Mariah just stays by commentary. The bell rings and the fans rally up already. Mina and Storm circle, the fans cheer as Mina does a bit of a shimmy, and then the two tie up. They are in a deadlock, then break. The two circle again, approach, and Mina slides under! But Toni POINT-BLNANK HIP ATTACKS! Toni CLUBS Mina, whips her, then runs her over! Cover, ONE as Mina goes Matrix! Mina shimmies again but Toni snarls.

Toni CHOPS Mina, ROCKS her, then runs. Mina dropkicks legs out! The fans duel, that only makes it harder for Mariah. Mina gets Storm’s legs, hooks her up, and does a dance before she STOMPS the legs! Mina then stands Storm up, fireman’s carries, and ties up the legs for a KNEE BUSTER! Storm snarls and writhes, but Mina drags her to the corner. Mina SLAMS a leg into the post! Mina makes Mariah watch as she puts on the HITMAN HANGING FIGURE FOUR! Storm endures, the ref counts, and Mina lets off. Mina acts innocent but she stalks Storm while Mariah is being tormented emotionally.

Mina SMACKS Storm off steps, then SMASHES the knee on the floor! The fans fire up and duel, but Mina puts Storm in. Mina then has Storm in a corner, puts a leg around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Mina lets off, then she DROPKICKS the leg! The fans rally, Mina goes corner to corner, but Storm goes up and over! Storm blocks Mina’s boots to put her in ropes, DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Storm gets Mina up to FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stays focused. Mina goes to ropes, Storm runs up and HIP ATTACKS Mina to the floor! Mina lands at Mariah’s feet, and then Storm goes out after her.

The fans rally as Storm and Mariah lock eyes. Storm then aims at Mina, runs in, but Mina moves! Hips hit steel steps, and Luther hurries to check on Lady Storm! But Mina goes up, and she SUPER CROSSBODIES Storm and Luther down! The fans fire up but Mariah is speechless! Mina puts Storm in, Mariah does her best to applaud, and Mina swaggers her way back in. Storm hobbles, Mina dropkicks the legs out! Mina grabs a leg, steps through, but Storm kicks her away. Storm runs up but Mina BOOTS her! Mina goes up but Storm grabs her, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Mina survives and Storm grows frustrated.

Mariah isn’t feeling much better as Mina flounders to a corner. Storm hears the fans rallying for her, so it’s time for her close-up! Storm runs up but Mina dropkicks the legs out! Mina stalks Storm, CHOP BLOCKS her, then hoists her up top. Mina has the Electric Chair, for the SPINNING FLAPJACK! Then Mina gets the leg, for the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~!” while Storm endures! Mina thrashes the hold, Storm endures, but Storm SLAPS Mina! Mina SLAPS Storm! The fans rally and duel as the SLAPS go back and forth! Storm turns things over to put pressure on Mina! Mina endures, turns it back over, and the SLAPS return!

The fans fire up as Mina puts more pressure on by pushing up! Storm endures, keeps her shoulders up, and reaches, for the ROPEBREAK! Mina holds until the ref counts 4, and then she stalks Storm again. Mina drags Storm up, but Storm ROCKS her! Mina comes back to ROCK Storm! Storm ROCKS Mina again, but Mina ROCKS Storm! They both fire up and fire more shots! The fans rally, Storm gets the edge, and Mina wobbles. Storm runs, into the ROLLING ELBOW! Mina fires up, the fans are torn, and Mina hurries to a corner. Mina climbs, but Storm is up! Storm ROCKS Mina, fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then climbs.

Storm and Mina fire shots, they brawl up top, and Mina gets the edge! Mina ROCKS Storm, fires up, and Mariah is the only one unhappy! Mina gets Storm for a SUPER IMPACT DDT!! And then, another IMPACT DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives but this is only hurting Mariah to watch! Mina powers up, she wants to finish this! Mina dragon sleepers Storm, for GLAMOROUS- NO, Storm fights the lift, spins free and ROCKS Mina! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Mina flounders, Storm goes to a corner and she says time for the climax! SWEET HIP MUSIC!! High stack, TWO?!? Mina survives and Storm is beside herself!

The fans rally and duel while Storm drags Mina up. Storm reels Mina in but Mina wrenches out! GLAMOROUS COLLECTION! TWO!?!? Storm narrowly escapes and she BOOTS Mina! Mina URAKENS! And ROLLING ELBOWS! Storm falls and Mina roars! The fans are fired up and Mina drags Storm up. Dragon sleeper, GLAMOROUS DRIVER MINA!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Storm survives and Mina cannot believe it! The fans rally up as hard as they can while Mariah is still in shock. Mina fires shots on Storm again and again and again! Mina drags Storm up to ROUNDHOUSE! Storm falls right back down!

Mina says time to end this! But Storm victory rolls her!! TWO!!! Mina escapes, but Storm HEADBUTTS! Mina roars, but Storm HEADBUTTS again! Mina spins but misses as Storm gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And then the STORM ZERO!!! Cover, Storm wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

A vicious yet glamorous battle, and the Leading Lady still has the spotlight! Mariah is still so conflicted after watching these two battle it out, but she still goes to Storm’s side. Storm then sees that compassion on Mariah’s face, and Storm helps Mina to her feet. Mina is unsure what to make of this, but then she offers the handshake. The fans cheer that, and Storm accepts. The mentors make peace, and Mariah wants them to hug it out. The fans also want that! Mina and Storm say why not. They HUG~! And then Mariah brings her mentors in, for a group KISS! All’s well that ends well! But will Mariah soon have her dream match with Lady Storm once she wins the Owen Hart Cup?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Zack Sabre Jr!

Freshly Squeezed admitted just the other night that his world is falling apart right now. Best Friends is no more, he has no title, and now he is facing the best technical wrestler in the world. The Submission Master says he still respects Cassidy, but this is about settling the score from last year’s Forbidden Door. Did he wait a year just to lose again? Or is he going to make “Orange Bollocks” #JustTapOut?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!” But then there are those that sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~!” Cassidy and ZSJ circle, feel things out, and tie up. ZSJ waistlocks, SLAMS Cassidy, then gator rolls him. ZSJ floats around to then kick Cassidy as he lets off. Cassidy keeps cool, but ZSJ mocks the putting of hands in pockets. Cassidy and ZSJ tie up, Cassidy gets around to wrench and wrench, but ZSJ wrenches and wrangles, Cassidy kips up, WRINGS ZSJ, but ZSJ kips up to wrangle Cassidy! Cassidy kips up, ZSJ wrangles, repeat! Cassidy wrenches, headlocks, arm-drags, but ZSJ headscissors!

Cassidy kips free, then he bails out. The fans cheer as Cassidy still does things his way. The ring count starts but Cassidy strolls around the outside. ZSJ says okay, go ahead. The count is 5 of 10, Cassidy makes a full lap, but ZSJ holds ropes open. Cassidy goes up to the apron, but then rolls under anyway. The fans cheer Cassidy playing it cool, and he circles with ZSJ. They tie up, ZSJ wrenches an arm, then stands on Cassidy’s hand. ZSJ wrenches the other arm, has a motorcycle stretch, then makes it a straitjacket. Cassidy powers up and turns that around but ZSJ switches the jacket back onto Cassidy! The fans cheer as Cassidy works on the hold.

Cassidy turns things back around but ZSJ just flips it back on Cassidy. The fans sing and duel, ZSJ keeps Cassidy down to then hook him up, STRAITJACKET SURFBOARD! Cassidy rolls back to put the jacket on ZSJ, but ZSJ spins it back onto Cassidy. Cassidy is annoyed but he wriggles the jacket down and down, then steps out to put it on ZSJ! The fans cheer but ZSJ arm-drags free. Cassidy trips ZSJ, drops a leg on the leg, and puts an Indian Deathlock on! ZSJ mockingly applauds, then encourages Cassidy to put hands in pockets. Cassidy says hands up, and… INTO THE KNEES! ZSJ grabs at Cassidy but gets caught into a take on his own Clarky Cat!

The fans fire up as ZSJ endures his own medicine. ZSJ wrenches Cassidy’s foot, slips around to facelock then headlock. Cassidy powers up and out, headlocks back, but ZSJ powers out. Cassidy turns hip toss but ZSJ blocks hip toss! They go back and forth, Cassidy ends up on the apron and slingshots to arm-drag! Cassidy hooks up legs, drops an elbow on ZSJ’s back, then headlocks. The fans cheer as Cassidy shows off his technical prowess, but ZSJ wrenches out and whips. Cassidy wheelbarrows, victory rolls, but ZSJ rocks it back! Cassidy rocks it forward, cover, TWO! ZSJ NECK TWISTS Cassidy!

The fans fire up while Cassidy writhes. ZSJ waits but Cassidy bails out again. The ring count starts, ZSJ waits, and Cassidy comes back at 3 of 10> Cassidy slow rolls in, but ZSJ stands him up to UPPERCUT him down! Cassidy flops in a corner, the ref checks, but Cassidy is still in this. ZSJ drags Cassidy into a high angle BOSTON CRAB! Cassidy endures, ZSJ shifts to an Indian Deathlock and has it over his shoulders while also headscissor squeezing Cassidy! It’s a backpack surfboard or something now, but Cassidy still gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go and the fans rally up. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Cassidy right back down!

Cassidy flounders, ZSJ stands him back up and UPPERCUTS him again! ZSJ taunts Cassidy with the kicks! ZSJ “fires” mule kicks, then KICKS Cassidy down for real! The fans fire up as ZSJ gives Cassidy some of his medicine. ZSJ kicks, Cassidy blocks, but ZSJ DECKS Cassidy! PENALTY KCIK! ZSJ runs again, but Cassidy dropkicks the legs out! Cassidy DRAGON SCREWS and that was a nasty one! ZSJ bails out, shakes out the leg and walks it off. The ref checks but ZSJ says he’s alright to continue. Cassidy DIVES onto him! And DRAGON SCREWS again! The fans fire up with Cassidy and he GROUND DRAGON SCREWS the leg!

Cassidy gets ZSJ up, puts him in the ring, and he climbs up a corner. The fans rally, ZSJ shakes out his leg as he stands, but he turns around into the CROSSBODY! But ZSJ rolls through! Cravat, but Cassidy rolls! ZSJ holds on, but Cassidy gets the leg! DRAGON SCREW! ZSJ falls as he clutches the knee, and Cassidy huffs ‘n’ puffs while fans rally up. Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls, but ZSJ smothers that to a GUILLOTOINE! Then a suplex, but STUN DOG- NO! SLEEPER! ZSJ spins Cassidy but Cassidy scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy got ZSJ with one of his personal favorites but it still wasn’t enough!

Cassidy climbs a corner, the fans duel, and ZSJ stands into the DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives, he also knows that move from his Suzuki-Gun days with “Uncle Nobu.” The fans rally for “BOTH THESE GUYS! BOTH THESE GUYS!” while Cassidy aims from a corner. ORANGE- NO, ZSJ blocks the punch and wrangles that arm! To STOMP it!! Cassidy writhes and clutches his wrist! ZSJ shakes his bad leg out, then grabs at Cassidy’s bad arm. The fans rally, ZSJ drags Cassidy while twisting the wrist! He SNAPS the fingers! And SNAPS the rest! The fans tell ZSJ he’s sick, but ZSJ gets Cassidy up. Cassidy Alabama Lifts!

ZSJ sunset flips, Cassidy sits on it! TWO, and ZSJ traps the bad arm! ZSJ gets the other, RINGS OF SATURN, but Cassidy has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4, and ZSJ brings Cassidy back up. The fans rally, Cassidy kicks at ZSJ, but ZSJ twists the wrist. Cassidy still kicks, ZSJ SLAPS him! Cassidy kicks and punches away on the bad leg! But ZSJ kicks back with the good leg! Cassidy just grabs both legs, ties them up, and flips ZSJ for a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! ZSJ endures and the fans fire up! ZSJ claws his way forward but Cassidy drags him back! ZSJ rolls to slip through and gets the arm!

ZSJ fires elbows, has a double wristlock, btu Cassidy wrenches to an Alabama Lift! BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! The fans fire up while both men are down! Cassidy crawls, ZSJ sits up, and Cassidy manages to take the elbow pad off. Free souvenir to the fans! ORANGE PUNCH!! ZSJ doesn’t fall!? ZSJ comes back with a PENALTY KICK!! Back of the net! ZSJ scoops, Cassidy slips free to O’Conner, but ZSJ pops it into the EURO- NO, Cassidy slips around! ZSJ slips through, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Cassidy hands in pockets EURO CLUTCH!! TWO!!! ZSJ has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Cassidy puts hands up, uses them to pop free, EURO CLUTCH!! TWO!!!

The fans are fired up again, “This is Wrestling!” ZSJ UPPERCUTS but Cassidy comes back! Another UPPERCUT from ZSJ, but then Cassidy catches him to a backslide! Roll through, hook up, MOUSE TRAP!! ZSJ pops free to an INVERTED ARMBAR!! JIM BREAKS SPECIAL! HUZZAH ANOTHER YEAR!!! CASSIDY QUITS, ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission

It took a lot of ZSJ’s arsenal, but he still took down Orange Cassidy! Cassidy’s rough 2024 is just getting worse, but ZSJ shows respect by returning the sunglasses to him. ZSJ says on to the G1 Climax now. Will The Front Man take over NJPW’s most grueling tournament to then get a shot at the top title? What is Cassidy to do now that he feels at his lowest?

 

Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Jeff Cobb VS Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata!

The Learning Tree and his “Branches” have been getting on a lot of people’s nerves, and none more so than the Samoan Submission Specialist, the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil and The Wrestler. But just as it looked like Jericho would be without a third man, he somehow managed to convince the Imperial Unit to join his cause! Will the NJPW World Television Champion help Jericho & Bill teach everyone a lesson? Or will Cobb regret entering the #JerichoVortex?

The trios sort out and Jericho starts against Shibata. Jericho gets a mic to say he knows the fans don’t really want him to retire, he’s from Long Island! He’s a hometown hero! Thanks, guys~! The fans boo but Jericho still tries to rally them up. Shibata and Jericho square off, but then Jericho tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps to Shibata, then shoves him! Shibata CHOPS then fires off forearms! Shibata runs, but into an UPPERCUT! Shibata rebounds, but into an ELBOW! Shibata tries again but Bill BOOTS him down! Bill drags Shibata up, reels him in, and suplexes him high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Bill drags Shibata up and over, tags in Jericho. They mug Shibata, then Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Jericho waves to the fans, then CHOPS! Shibata just scowls! Jericho CHOPS, but Shibata leans into it! Jericho CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Shibata still backs Jericho down! Then Shibata CHOPS, and CHOPS and CHOPS! And CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Shibata snapmares to CHOP Jericho on the back! Shibata tags Hook, they double whip Jericho corner to corner, but Jericho goes up and leaps, but both Hook & Shibata pull a Joe dodge! Joe grins, Hook & Shibata BOOT Jericho down!

Hook rains down forearms and elbows, then he hauls Jericho up to bump him off buckles. Hook fires off more shots, then knees low! The ref counts, Hook reverses but Jericho tags out to Cobb! The fans rally as Cobb steps up, but now Joe tags in! The fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Joe and Cobb circle, tie up, and Joe headlocks. Cobb powers up and out, Joe RAMS him, but neither man falls! They talk trash, Cobb runs and RAMS Joe! “MEAT!” Cobb shoves Joe, Joe smirks and claps. Joe runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges Cobb, then runs him over! The fans fire up and Joe waits on Cobb. Joe JABS, JABS, JABS, then CHOPS!

Joe whips corner to corner, runs in, and back elbows! And PELES! Cobb staggers, Joe brings him around to bump off buckles. Joe JABS, JABS and then KNEES low. Joe runs, but Cobb SPINEBUSTERS him! And FALLING AX HANDLES! The fans rally but Cobb BLASTS Hook & Shibata! Tag to Bill and Bill rains down fists on Joe! Bill taunts Joe, rains down more shots, then has a laugh. Tag to Jericho and fans boo as he waves. Jericho drags Joe up, slaps him around, but Joe grabs Jericho by the neck! Jericho JABS free, tags Cobb, and they mug Joe. Cobb CLUBS Joe but Joe fires forearms! Cobb knees low, whips, but Joe reverses to SWEEP the leg!

Joe tags Hook, Jericho jumps in but Hook CLOBBERS him! Hook CLUBS Cobb, clinches Bill, but Jericho CLUBS Hook! Jericho & Bill double whip, but Hook ducks ‘n’ dodges to send Bill into Joe! Then Hook TOSSES Bill! The fans fire up but Bryan Keith makes his presence known! Hook is distracted, Cobb CLOBBERS Hook! Cobb CHOPS Hook in a corner, then brings him around. Cobb suplexes to SLAM Hook, tag to Jericho. Jericho drags Hook onto ropes, CHOKES him, but lets off as the ref counts. So now Keith CHOKES Hook and Bill CLUBS away! The fans boo but they get away with that, and Jericho gets Hook back up.

Jericho CHOKES Hook more, then waves to Taz! The fans boo but Jericho runs side to side, STRADDLE ATTACK! Jericho gets Hook up to hit a BIG back suplex! Jericho has the cocky cover, TWO! Jericho tags Bill, he keeps Hook from his corner, then scoops to SLAM! Bill runs to drop a BIG elbow! And another BIG elbow! Hook writhes, but Bill JUMP ELBOW DROPS! Bill hauls Hook up, tags Cobb, and they mug Hook. Cobb brings Hook around to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Cobb GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Hook stays in this but Cobb stays on hi. Cobb fireman’s carries, but Hook slips free!

Hook ducks ‘n’ dodges and LEAPING LARIATS! Both men are down, Hook flounders over, hot tag to Shibata! The fans fire up as Shibata storms past Cobb to BOOT Bill! Then Shibata whips Cobb corner to corner for another BOOT! Shibata fires forearms, Jericho runs in but Shibata knees low! Shibata TOSSES Jericho, CHOPS Cobb, then JABS Cobb! CHOP, JAB, on repeat! The fans fire up, Shibata goes corner to corner, but he dodges Cobb to DROPKICK! Shibata calls to his team, Joe sends Hook in to SPLASH! Joe runs in to SPLASH! Shibata then HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Shibata stands Cobb up.

Shibata SNAP HALF HATCHES, Joe SENTONS! Shibata covers, TWO! But now ARMBAR! Bill ELBOW DROPS Shibata! The ref reprimands but Bill coaches Cobb. Cobb rises, Shibata rises, and the fans rally. Cobb scoops Shibata for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cobb BLASTS Hook, swings on Joe, then tags Jericho. Jericho brings Shibata up to scoop and SLAM! Jericho calls his shot, then LIONSAULTS, onto knees! Shibata saves himself and Jericho sputters. Shibata crawls but Bill storms in to BLAST Joe! The ref reprimands but Bill gets Joe up to send into barriers! But Hook goes up top!? SUPER AX HANDLE and down goes Bill!

Shibata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Jericho, but Jericho blocks one! Keith distracts the ref and Jericho LOW BLOWS! The fans boo but Shibata is put in the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Shibata endures, fights up, rolls through and kicks at Jericho! Jericho falls away, hot tag to Hook! Joe still jumps in to send Hook at Jericho! SPLASH! Joe SPLASHES, but Bill gets in! Cobb drags Hook out while Bill SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAMS Joe! Shibata gets bill for an STO! But Cobb gets Shibata for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Hook gets Cobb for a clinch, but Cobb fights free! Cobb runs, the splash hits buckles! T-BONE PLEX!!

Jericho gives Hook a CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Hook survives and the fans fire up! Jericho fireman’s carries, but Hook slips around, REDRUM!! Shibata intercepts Bill with a SLEEPER! Joe has Cobb in the COQUINA CLUTCH! Jericho rolls things to a cradle, TWO!! Hook gets around, T-BONE PLEX!! Hook fires up, and he steals JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Hook and team win!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Taz cheers for his son giving Jericho a taste of his own medicine! Will this victory help Hook take back the FTW Championship from The Learning Tree’s crooked branches?

 

Vacated AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match: Jack Perry VS Konosuke Takeshita VS Mark Briscoe VS Lio Rush VS Dante Martin VS El Phantasmo!

The Rated R Superstar risking it all inside a steel cage cost him, and The Young Bucks were the ones who used their authority to say he could no longer be the champion. The qualifier series wrapped up just last night, and now we see the epic finale here in Long Island! Will The Scapegoat still take this title for The Elite? Will Don Callis’ Alpha add more gold to the Family’s fortune? Will the ROH World Champion become a Two Belt Chicken? Will the Bad Child once again be the Man of the Hour? Will Angel Dorado finally be golden? Or will the Headbanga be bringing this belt over to NJPW?

All the introductions are made, the belt hangs in the balance, and we see who can rise above to be the NEW Face of TNT?

The bell rings and all six men glance up at the belt. Then Jack slips out to avoid the fight, just like last night. But then Mark, Lio, Dante and ELP corner him! Jack slips back into the ring, into an ALPHA ELBOW! Konosuke flips Jack off, and now the others get back in, Konosuke says “C’MON~” and he gets attacked by all four! They all mug Konosuke, CHOP and CHOP and CHOP, then double whip. Mark runs in to clothesline! ELP runs in to clothesline! Lio rusn in to clothesline! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI! Then Mark TOSSES Konosuke, and that leaves four looking up at the belt.

The fans rally and duel, all four men scramble for ladders! Mark and Dante get in, but then ELP and Lio follow, everyone is armed! THey all THROW the ladders, and those clatter in the center! They brawl, Mark TOSSES Lio then FLYING AX HANDLES! Dante and ELP spill out, too, and Dante ROCKS ELP! Mark gets a chair, and he CHUCKS it at Lio’s head! Dante SMACKS ELP off steel steps, Mark stomps Konosuke for good measure. Mark whips, Lio reverses and sends Mark into barriers! Datne whips ELP but ELIP reverses to send Dante into steps! Lio uses the chair to leap but Mark CLOBBERS him!

Mark CHOPS Dante, then he and ELP go looking for more. Mark brings out a table! The fans fire up as this now becomes a TLC match! But Lio leaps to CLOBBER Mark! Jack returns and brings in his own ladder! Jack climbs, but Lio hurries to drag him down! Jack swings, misses, and Lio goes up! Jack CLUBS Lio, brings him down, and then clears some space. Jack only needs his one ladder, then he stomps Lio down. Jack folds his ladder up to put in a corner. Jack goes back for Lio, fires forearms then whips, but Lio slides under! Lio baits Jack in and sends him into the ladder! Roll up and SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE!

Mark gets a ladder, Lio HANDSPRING KICKS it into him! Mark and ladder fall, Lio grabs the one Jack brought. Lio sets that ladder up, climbs, but ELP CHOPS Lio on the back! ELP props another ladder up in a corner, then torture racks Lio. ELP aims, TOWER HACKER BOMB onto the ladder!! The ladder breaks and both men writhe! Dante climbs the main ladder, but ELP hurries to CLUB him, too! ELP drags Dante down into a torture rack, for a BURNING- NO, Dante lands out to JUMP KNEE! Dante hurries back up, but Konosuke is back! Konosuke shakes the ladder, so Dante LEAPS onto ELP!

Konosuke kicks Dante, fires hands, then whips. Dante slides under, that’s bad luck! And then LADDER ATTACK! Instant karma right there! Konosuke folds the ladder up, and deadlift suplexes Dante, BRAINBUSTER on the ladder!!! Dante writhes, but Mark goes Terry Funk with the helicopter ladder! Down goes Konosuke! Down goes ELP! Lio stays low, then Mark chases him! Lio redirects, but still gets ladder to face! Konosuke CLAWS Mark’s eyes, reels him in and whips, but Mark reverses to TOSS Konosuke! Mark builds speed to WRECK Konosuke with a dropkick! Mark CLUBS Konosuke until he’s on the table!

Mark makes Konosuke hold a ladder for him, then he sets up a chair! Mark uses it to LAUNCH, down through ladder, Konosuke and table!!! The fans lose their minds and even Jack can’t believe what he just witnessed! Jack puts a new ladder in the ring, hurries to set it up, and he climbs! The fans are torn, but Lio is back! Lio hurries to drag Jack down! Jack clubs at Lio, hops down to kick him, and then he JAMS another ladder into Lio! Lio writhes and flounders away, and Jack makes a ladder bridge to the corner! Jack SMACKS Lio off the bridge! Lio is dazed, eh flops down, but ELP returns!

ELP crosses the bridge to intercept Jack! ELP fires hands on Jack again and again, then reaches for the belt! Jack CLAWS ELP’s face! Jack grabs at the belt, but ELP PURPLE NURPLES!! The fans fire up and ELP DECKS Jack! But Dante is back! He leap frogs Jack to go after ELP! Jack grabs at Dante, Dante kicks him away, and Dante brawls with ELP more! But then Jack TIPS the ladder! Dante falls, ELP falls out of the ring! Dante clutches his leg, and fans hope it isn’t another horrible leg injury! Dante himself feared this would happen, but then Jack WRECKS him with a dropkick. Jack leaves Dante behind to stomp Mark.

Jack moves things aside so he can check under the ring. Jack brings out another table! The fans are torn but Jack sets this table up at ringside. Lio gets up but Jack CLUBS away on him. Jack drags Lio to the apron, fans chant “We Want Real Glass!” Jack smirks and he reels Lio in. But Lio slips free of the bomb, only for Jack to HOTSHOT him! Dante’s back to DAREDEVIL DROPKICK! Dante hobbles, Mark and Konosuke fight over a ladder. Mark RAMS Konosuke into a post! Mark stands this ladder up, on the apron? That’s not usually how that works… Konosuke drags Mark down, they brawl some more!

But Lio DIVES through the ladder to wipe out Konosuke! The fans fire up again, and Dante beats Jack down on the table. Mark climbs the apron ladder?! For what?! FROGGY BOW onto Jack!! The table does NOT break, but maybe Jack and Mark just did!! The fans lose their minds over that one, and even Dante’s a bit stunned. And then he realizes, he’s the only one up! Dante hurries to get a ladder, but Lio is there! Dante BOOTS Lio, grabs a ladder, and Dante sets that up. Dante climbs, but Lio hurries up after him! Former teammates must now put that aside because the belt is right there! They fight, but Konosuke goes after them both!

Konosuke drags Dante off to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB! And then Konosuke grabs another ladder to prop it up. Konosuke drags Lio down, to whip, but Lio leap frogs up the ladder! Konosuke still drags Lio down! And then POWERBOMB through the corner ladder!!! The fans lose their minds again, and now Konosuke climbs! The fans seem really excited about that! But then ELP SPRINGBOARDS his way to the ladder! That’s some Shelton Benjamin stuff! ELP DECKS Konosuke, reaches up, but Konosuke YANKS ELP down for a KNEE!! Konosuke tips his ladder over, to then ROLLING- NO, ELP dodges to SUDDEN DEATH!

Konosuke roars, but into another SUDDEN DEATH!! Konosuke flops out of the ring, ELP sees tables are nearby! ELP drags Konosuke up and tucks him in! C R- NO, Konosuke fights that! Konosuke ROCKS ELP with an elbow, then POWER DRIVE KNEES!! Konosuke brings ELP back up, takes aim, BLUE THUNDER BOMB through the tables!!! The fans are losing their minds and now Konosuke has the ladder! Konosuke climbs, but Mark is back! Mark SMACKS Konosuke with a chair! Mark makes a new ladder bridge, and he brings Konosuke around! They fight, the bridge falls, so Mark has to reset it.

Mark gets Konosuke in the underhooks, JAY DRILLER through the ladder!!! Mark grits his teeth, climbs the ladder, and the fans fire up! Mark reaches up, but Jack JAMS him with a ladder! Then CLOBBERS him with it!! Jack buries Mark under ladders, then SMACKS them with a chair! And then he SMACKS away on Mark directly! Jack steps on Mark to go up the ladder! Jack grins as he grabs the belt, and he takes it down! Jack wins!!

Winner: Jack Perry (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

The Bucks wanted to gift The Scapegoat with that title in the first place, but Jack earned it for himself! The Elite has even more gold than before, is there no stopping them now?

 

AEW TBS & NJPW Strong Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All: Mercedes Mone VS Stephanie Vaquer!

The CEO has been “righting wrongs” as part of her comeback tour, and step one was getting even with Willow Nightingale. Mone did that in Las Vegas as she became AEW TBS Champion. Step two is taking the title she feels was always meant for her. However, La Primera is not going to let that ego grow any bigger on her watch. Will Vaquer deny Mone her destiny by becoming a FOUR-BELT Champion? Or will she pay the price for messing with Mone?

The introductions are made, the AEW and NJPW belts are raised, but only one can walk out The Forbidden Door with them both!

The ref explains that these are AEW rules: 10 count on the outside, and Champion’s Advantage is in play. Both women nod that they understand, and then Vaquer HEADBUTTS Mone down! The bell rings, Vaquer stomps away on Mone, and the ref reprimands. Vaquer drags Mone around to cover, ONE! Vaquer pushes the knuckle locks down, TWO as Mone gets her other arm up. Vaquer goes up but Mone monkey flips Vaquer away! Mone rolls back to rain down fists! Cover, TWO! Mone knuckle locks to cover, TWO again! Vaquer kicks Mone away, then gest up and gets around. Mone rolls Vaquer up, TWO! Vaquer covers, TWO!

Vauqer UPPERCUTS, and Mone snarls. Mone dodges Vaquer, waistlocks, but Vaquer RAMS Mone into a corner. The ref counts, Vaquer throws an elbow then runs in. Mone goes out to KNEE Vaquer away. Mone slingshots in and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! The fans rally up and Mone revel sin it, Mone runs up but Vaquer dodges! Vaquer knuckle locks, wrenches, and then ROCKS Mone. Vaquer then goes up and up, jumps around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Vaquer runs up, Mone dodges to CHOP and knuckle lock in return! Mone CHOPS more, then goes up and up and she FLYING ARM-DRAGS back! Mone then drags Vaquer into the BANK STATEMENT!

Vaquer endures the crossface, rolls it back, and Mone lets go. Mone throws her armbands off, builds speed, and slides, to then RANA Vaquer down! The fans are torn but Mone storms up on Vaquer to say she is the double champ already. Mone puts Vaquer in, climbs the ropes, then METEORAS! Cover, TWO! Vaquer is tougher than that but Mone pushes her out of the ring. Mone then goes to the apron, leaps, but Vaquer dodges. Vaquer comes back, Mone kicks low and reels her in. TORNADO- NO, Vaquer RAMS Mone into the apron! The fans rally for the CEO but Vaquer gets Mone up and in. But then Mone KICKS from the apron!

Mone puts Vaquer in now, storms back in, but Vaquer gets her in the ropes! EAT DA FEET! Mone dangles, Vaquer FLYING KNEE DROPS! Mone falls out of the ring, Vaquer springboards to CROSSBODY! Down goes Mone and the fans fire up! Vaquer stomps Mone, drags her up, puts her in the ring, and Vaquer storms in after Mone. Vaquer clamps onto Mone with a chinlock, trapping one of Mone’s arms at the same time. Mone endures, even as Vaquer grinds her down. Mone pushes back to a cover, TWO! Vaquer body scissors to O’Conner, TWO! Vaquer stalks Mone, bumps her off buckles, then sits her down.

Vaquer scrubs Mone’s face again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Vaquer drags Mone to then high stack, TWO! Vaquer drags Mone down to springboard and KNEE DROP! The fans rally for Mone but Vaquer smiles. Vaquer drags Mone up, but Mone kicks her! Mone reels Vaquer in to snap suplex! That’s Una Amiga! Then Dos Amigas! Mone gets Vaquer up again, but Vaquer slips around and shoves Mone. Mone comes back, into a body scissor takedown! Mone powers her way up but Vaquer has Mone in a modified armbar! Mone endures, reaches around, and pops free!

The fans rally as Mone escapes, but her leg was also damaged in that hold. Vaquer stalks Mone, drags her up, and whips her to ropes. Vaquer knees Mone against ropes, snapmares her down, then steps over into a headscissors squeeze! Vaquer DRILLS Mone’s head into the mat again and again and again! The fans fire up, Vaquer covers, TWO! Mone is tougher than that but Vaquer isn’t bothered. Vaquer paces while fans rally up, and Vaquer goes right up a corner. But Mone hurries to ROCK Vaquer first! Mone climbs, Vaquer shoves her away, but Mone goes up again. Vaquer HEADBUTTS, then CROSSBODIES into a DROPKICK!

Both women are down and the fans fire up! The ref checks but Vaquer is still in this. The fans rally up, Mone rises first but Vaquer follows. Mone bobs ‘n’ weaves, KICKS back, then fires up! Mone runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE! Vaquer sits down, Mone keeps moving, METEORA! Mone gets Vaquer up, goes up the corner, then TORNADO DDTS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives that stiff driver and Mone is shocked! The fans continue to rally and duel while Mone looms over Vaquer. Mone is amused that the fans are torn, and she brings Vaquer up. Gory Especial, but Vaquer slips free!

Vaquer catches Mone and spins her, DDT! Victory roll, TWO!! Mone survives that sudden turnaround and Vaquer is frustrated. Vaquer runs to LEG DROP, brother! Cover, TWO! Vaquer goes again but Mone avoids the leg! Mone hooks Vaquer, rolls with her and stands up, but Vaquer fights the Gory Especial to switch things around! Smother to a cover, TWO! Vaquer gets Mone back up, underhooks, PACKAGE- NO, Mone fights free! Mone swings, misses, both women run and DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! The fans fire up while Mone and Vaquer are both a bit dazed but still in this.

Mone and Vaquer stir while a standing count starts. Then both women kip up! Mone is a bit wobblier, but she just gets mad. The two stare down, then fire off forearms! The fans rally as they go back and forth! Mone ROCKS Vaquer but Vaquer runs, tilt-o-whirls, rolls Mone up, TWO! Into the BANK STATEMENT?! Vaquer is using Mone’s preferred hold, but Mone powers her way to a cover, ONE! Vaquer lets go, but Mone tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA, into the BANK STATEMENT!! Vaquer endures, flails, and fans actually boo Mone! Vaquer claws her way forward, but Mone kicks off ropes to roll this back!

But Vaquer powers up and fireman’s carries! Mone fights with elbows and she gets Vaquer to drop down! But Vaquer powers back up! GUT BUSTER DROP!! But Vaquer can’t make the cover! The fans rally up while both women catch their breath. Vaquer crawls to cover, TWO! The fans make this personal, “F THE CELTICS!” Vaquer drags Mone up to fireman’s carry, but Mone slips free! BACKSTABBER! And then another BACKSTABBER! Mone has Vaquer in the drop zone but the fans have turned on her! Mone just smiles as she goes up the corner. FROG SPLASH into BOOTS! The fans are thunderous as Vaquer runs corner to corner!

Vaquer blocks boots, grins, and DRAGON SCREWS!! Vaquer gets going, METEORA!! Another favorite of Mone’s, and Vaquer covers, TWO!! Mone survives and Vaquer is frustrated. Vaquer drags Mone up, “This is Awesome!” as she tucks and PACKAGE- NO, Mone slips free! Mone wants the arm, Vaquer fights, but Mone spins to get the other! BANK STATEMENT!! Vaquer endures, crawls her way around, reaches out, and then jackknife bridges! TWO as Mone bridges up! They spin around, Mone gets Vaquer up, but Vaquer slips free! Mone reels her back in, but Vaquer fights free! So Mone tilt-o-whirls again!

Mone gets the Gory Especial, MONE MAKER!!! BANK STATEMENT!! Vaquer TAPS, Mone wins!!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by submission (still AEW TBS Champion & NEW NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

New York is upset that someone from Boston won a championship here, but The CEO is still on top of the world! But wait, is that the DMD?! The fans go wild to see Britt Baker is back in AEW! Seems they don’t mind if someone from Pittsburgh is here, so long as it’s to rain on Mone’s parade. The pyro says it all, too! The Doctor is in, and she wants her first “appointment” to be against the now double champion!

 

NJPW makes things bigger in the Tokyo Dome!

January of 2025 will see the first-ever flipside to this Forbidden Door. Wrestling Kingdom is now joined by WRESTLE DYNASTY! January 4th & 5th are going to be massive nights for the world of wrestling, but who will be heading to the Tokyo Dome to represent on the biggest stage yet?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jon Moxley VS Tetsuya Naito!

The Maniac took this title from the Uncontrollable Charisma at the Windy City Riot and has since taken this title back and forth across the Pacific. However, Naito says enough is enough, he is going to take responsibility and clean up his own mess! Will Naito make things truly tranquilo? Or will Moxley come through on his promise to end Naito’s career once and for all?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is a man of their word!

The bell rings and the fans even fire up for Red Shoes! Moxley fires a forearm, then another, and another! Naito gives those all back, so Moxley gives some more! Moxley puts Naito in a corner, stomps a mudhole, but Red Shoes counts. Moxley lets off, storms around, and he gets Naito up to swing. Naito dodges, dodges again, then SPITS at Moxley! The fans are torn, Naito dodges Moxley, and he tranquilos! But then he avoids a stomp! Naito bails out, Moxley is mad, then Moxley storms out after Naito. Naito slides back in and Moxley is angrier! Moxley tosses chairs into the ring, but Naito uses one to take a seat.

The fans cheer and Red Shoes stops Moxley from using the chair. Naito then kicks and fires off forearms! Naito whips corner to corner, Moxley reverses and runs in, but into a BOOT! Moxley still powers through, and he KNEE BREAKERS! Moxley clotheslines again and again, then hangs Naito out to dry! Naito flops off the ropes to the mat and the fans fire up. Moxley mocks the tranquilo, then he drags Naito around. Moxley brings Naito to a corner, and he SLAMS a leg into the post! Red Shoes reprimands but Moxley CLAWS at Naito’s face! Naito flails, Red Shoes reprimands, and Moxley lets off, to SLAM the leg again!

Naito writhes, gets out of the ring, and Moxley clears the Spanish announce desk! DESK BACK SUPLEX! Moxley then hops up to rain down fists! The fans rally, Red Shoes reprimands, but Moxley flips Red Shoes off. The fans cheer as Moxley stands tall, but he does leave Naito behind. Red Shoes checks on Naito but he is able to get off the desk. Naito flops to the floor, sits up, but says tranquilo. Moxley mocks that again, so Naito storms in. Moxley kicks Naito, Naito fires a forearm! Moxley eggs Naito on so Naito fires a forearm. Moxley CHOPS, Naito SPITS! Moxley UPPERCUTS and Naito falls! Cover, TWO!

Moxley drags Naito around, has a leg, and turns Naito for a HALF CRAB! Naito endures, reaches out, but Moxley shifts to a STF! Naito still fights forward, to the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go but then reels Naito in, and he holds Naito up before the PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito survives but Moxley isn’t bothered. Moxley eggs Naito on and Naito reaches out at him. Naito rises, Moxley drags him to a corner and CHOPS! Naito SPITS, Moxley KICKS! Naito SPITS, Moxley fires off forearms! Moxley goes up to rain down elbows! He goes all the way to TEN, then hops down. Moxley reels Naito in to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!

Naito stands up but he staggers over to ropes. Moxley storms over, and he fires hands! Naito wobbles as Moxley swats him, then hits back! They SLAP and SLAP and the fans fire up! Naito SLAPS, Moxley eggs him on! Naito fires more shots but then Moxley hits back! Moxley puts Naito up top, climbs up to join him, and he CLAWS Naito’s back! The fans rally but Red Shoes reprimands as Moxley CLAWS Naito some more. Moxley underhooks but Naito fights that off! Naito rises up to fire forearms! Moxley HEADBUTTS again and again, then reels Naito in! But Naito slips under, and he SHOVES Moxley to the floor!

Moxley tumbles and flounders but Naito goes out the side. Moxley leans against railing, Naito runs in around the way and TACKLES Moxley into ring staff! And then he SMACKS Moxley with the padding! Good ol’ JR asks what the hecc is up with him! Naito SMACKS Moxley more and more, then puts Moxley in the ring! Moxley staggers up but Naito fires off shots. Naito ROCKS Moxley, ROCKS him again, then CLUBS him! Naito whips Moxley, atomic drops then CLOBBERS him! Basement dropkick! Moxley goes to a corner but Naito whips him corner to corner! BACK ELBOW, then turn, stall, and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Naito keeps cool and he brings Moxley up. Naito cravats but Moxley fires body shots!  Naito and Moxley scrap, but Moxley HEADBUTTS and X PLEXES! Then a REGAL KNEE! Moxley steps through, but Naito cradles! TWO!! Moxley escapes, swings, but Naito wrenches to throw those HEAVY back elbows! Moxley staggers to a corner, Naito storms up and puts Moxley on the top rope. Naito climbs, but Moxley turns Steiner into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Naito survives and Moxley is frustrated. Moxley drags Naito up but Naito is a ragdoll. Moxley figures he’s won and the fans cheer, but Red Shoes checks.

Naito still reaches out so he is still in this. Moxley says hold on then. Moxley drags Naito up, underhooks, but Naito wrenches out! Naito gets around to TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Naito and Moxley both stir, but Moxley sits up first. Moxley goes to a corner, Naito storms over and he throws more back elbows! Naito then goes up, reels Naito in, ESPERANZA! Naito grins and the fans fire up! Naito waits on Moxley to rise up, then he runs in, but Moxley swims past the tilt-o-whirl to SLEEPER! Naito goes to a corner and SMACKS Moxley off buckles! But Moxley still gets the SLEEPER!

Naito pries the hold open, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! But Naito isn’t done there! Another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips through, PARADIGM SHIFT!! Both men hit their best shots and both men are down! The fans rally up as Red Shoes checks, and somehow both men are still in this. Moxley checks his neck and he crawls back to Naito. Moxley stands right up, the fans fire up, and Naito stands to join him. The forearms fire back and forth, then Naito throws the HEAVY elbows! ENZIGIRI! Moxley wobbles, but he still KING KONG LARIATS! Moxley hauls Naito up, DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

Moxley is beside himself, and he gets up in Red Shoes’ face! Red Shoes warns Moxley, don’t lose your temper! Moxley storms out and he gets a chair! Moxley gets in, this isn’t what Red Shoes meant! Moxley scares Red Shoes into a corner, then sits the chair up. Moxley brings Naito over, but then Red Shoes kicks the chair away! Moxley is mad but Red Shoes is just doing his job! The fans cheer Red Shoes for it, but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Moxley underhooks, DEATH- NO, Naito fights the lift! Moxley CLUBS Naito to try again, DEATH- DDT!? Naito turns things around at the last second, and he gets Moxley up!

Naito wrenches, but Moxley knees low! Moxley reels Naito in, but Naito wrenches out and ELBOWS again and again! Naito reels Moxley into the scoop, GLORIA!! And then wrench, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Naito has avenged his previous defeat, and he is bringing that belt home! But he must now fight his way through NJPW’s G1 Climax with this target on his back. Will Naito make the entire Summer tranquilo with his own two hands?

 

AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Will Ospreay!

The Realest says that it isn’t about how you start, it is about how you finish. And he’s also known that he and the Aerial Assassin have been building momentum on parallel tracks, and we’re about to see a head-on collision! Neither man has come this far to only come this far, but only one can be THE top guy in AEW! Will this still be Swerve’s House? Or is the #BillyGOAT about to reach new heights at Swerve’s expense?

The introductions are made, THE belt is raised, but only one can reign supreme!

The bell rings and the fans are already thunderous for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve smirks as he and Ospreay stare down from across the way. The fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this moment possible. The two tie up and go around, and then dig in their heels for a deadlock. The fans continue to chant, but Swerve finds a point of leverage to put Ospreay on ropes. The fans sing now for “Ospreay~ Ospreay Ospreay Ospreay~!” The ref counts, Swerve lets off, and then Ospreay ROCKS him! Ospreay eggs Swerve on so Swerve says bet! They go forearm for forearm back and forth, faster and faster!

Ospreay kicks low, headlocks, but Swerve powers out. Ospreay RAMS Swerve, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to ROCK him! Ospreay whips, Swerve reverses but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Swerve handsprings through! And he RANAS, but Ospreay handsprings through! Ospreay ducks a kick, Swerve breaks the full nelson, but Ospreay blocks an elbow and Swerve blocks the hook kick! The fans are thunderous after that exchange! They chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and the two reset. Swerve and Ospreay circle, feel things out, but then Swerve kicks low! Swerve BOOTS Ospreay, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again.

Ospreay puts Swerve in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Ospreay ROCKS Swerve, CHOPS him, but then Swerve dodges one to CHOP back! Ospreay stands, Swerve whips and UPPERCUTS i the corner! Snapmare, Swerve goes up, but Ospreay kips up! The fans fire up and Swerve is annoyed that he was denied his target. Ospreay says just bring it, so Swerve hops down. Both men block a boot, but then Swerve BOOTS again! Swerve whips, Ospreay stops himself and tosses Swerve out to BOOT him down! The fans fire up while Swerve staggers around. Ospreay gets fans to chant “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” PLANCHA and down goes Swerve!

The fans are thunderous and Ospreay grins. Ospreay goes to fetch Swerve, ROCKS him, and the fans duel again. Ospreay stalks Swerve around the way to CHOP him against barriers! Ospreay ROCKS Swerve, reels him in, and puts him on the apron. Ospreay has Swerve in the ropes to throw more hands, then he gets space. Ospreay tells the cameraman to follow this. DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Ospreay storms in to then drop a knee on Swerve’s head! Swerve grits his teeth as he stands up, but Ospreay ROCKS him! Swerve hits back, Ospreay eggs him on. Swerve fires more shots, Ospreay CHOPS him down!

Ospreay CHOPS Swerve and Swerve falls! Ospreay jokes that he has Swerve’s heart in his hands, and he takes a bite out of it. Ospreay whips, Swerve reverses, but Ospreay goes up and over. Ospreay CHOPS, goes up, but Swerve YANKS him down! Then a snapmare to the FALLING UPPERCUT! And Swerve hits the Griddy! Swerve still feels the stinging in his chest, but he gets Ospreay up. Swerve turns Ospreay to the NECKBREAKER! Then a gator roll for another turn, and another NECKBREAKER! Another gator roll, and Swerve puts Ospreay in the ropes. Swerve turns Ospreay again, for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT!

Ospreay flops over, Swerve taunts the Ospreay fans, and then Swerve drags Ospreay around to drop a KNEE on the neck! Swerve CHOPS Ospreay back down, Nana says open him up! Swerve clamps onto Ospreay with a chinlock, then a neck wrench. Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay fights up and around. Swerve hooks Ospreay up, chinbar and stretch! Ospreay endures, pries Swerve’s hand away, but Swerve turns Ospreay again. Ospreay elbows free, ROCKS Swerve, then ROCKS him again. Ospreay winds up but Swerve JABS! Swerve BOOTS Ospreay, whips him, but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK!

Swerve flounders out and Ospreay sees that. Ospreay hurries over and PLANCHAS, but Swerve dodges! Swerve kicks low, whips, but Ospreay LEAPS over the barrier! Ospreay waves, ROCKS Swerve, then jumps, but Swerve trips him up! Ospreay hits barriers on the way down, and then Swerve goes back for him. Swerve drags Ospreay up, then stands on the barriers. Swerve brings Ospreay up to join him, reels him in, and the fans freak out. Ospreay fights but Swerve CLUBS him on the back. Ospreay SUPER STEINERS Swerve to the floor! Ospreay hurries to get Swerve  in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!

Swerve stays in this but Ospreay stays focused. “This is Awesome!” and Ospreay brings Swerve up. Swerve fights the lift, then he back drops! Ospreay is up to CHOP! Ospreay whips, pops Swerve up to HOTSHOT him, then runs. Swerve blocks the boot to slip around and BACKBREAKER! Nana says this is it, time to put him out! The fans rally, Swerve rises, and Swerve drags Ospreay up. Ospreay swings, Swerve ducks and shoves to HIP TOSS into the ARMBAR! Ospreay flails, Swerve shifts to a short arm scissor! Ospreay fights around, the fans rally, and Ospreay kicks his way over. Swerve grabs the legs to hold Ospreay back!

Ospreay still kicks and kicks, and he gets a ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Swerve lets go at 4, and Ospreay clutches his arm. The fans rally again and Swerve goes back to Ospreay. Swerve kicks Ospreay around, almost toying with him. Ospreay glares at Swerve as the kicks keep coming. Swerve fires forearms now, but Ospreay gets in Swerve’s face! Ospreay fires a forearm, Swerve fires back, and the fans rally as they go faster and faster! Ospreay shakes out the cobwebs to fire a flurry! And an UPPERCUT! Ospreay runs, but Swerve UPPERCUTS back! Swerve runs, but Ospreay TIGER WALL KICKS, only for Swerve to duck the enzigiri!

Ospreay avoids the House Call, Swerve avoids Hidden Blade! Swerve UPPERCUTS, whips, and jumps, but Ospreay catches him for a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, but right into the STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Not quite phenomenal but Ospreay hurries to BUZZSAW! And HEEL KICK! Daniel Garcia is watching from the crowd, Ospreay springboards but so does Swerve! FLYING KILLSTOMPS!?! We get a better look at Daniel Garcia watching this, he wants Ospreay to bring both belts to their Beach Break showdown. The fans rally up as both men rise up. Ospreay and Swerve rise up, and Swerve BOOTS Ospreay to the apron!

Swerve snarls, drags Ospreay up through the ropes, and then gives him Kawada Kicks! Swerve runs, but Ospreay avoids the leap! Swerve handsprings through but Ospreay PENALTY KCIKS! Ospreay goes up and up and up, but Swerve hurries after him! They throw hands, Swerve goes up and around, but Ospreay fights with elbows! Swerve still SUPER OLYMPIC SLAMS!!! Both men are down again and the fans are thunderous! Swerve rolls and crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives, and he rolls away to the apron. Swerve storms over to join Ospreay on the apron, and he gets Swerve up. Ospreay fights the lift!

Swerve CLUBS Ospreay, suplexes, but Ospreay slips around for a SLEEPER! Then HOOK KICK! Swerve wobbles, Ospreay goes up the ropes, but Swerve dodges! Ospreay crashes on the apron!! Swerve goes up top, but Ospreay flops off the apron. Swerve is annoyed being denied again, but he just adjusts his aim! SUPER FLYING KILLSTOMPS onto the Spanish announce desk!!! The fans are losing their minds over the most devastating stomps yet!! Ospreay flops to the floor and Swerve hobbles after him. Swerve drags Ospreay up and into the ring, but then reconsiders. He brings Ospreay to barriers!

Swerve drags Ospreay up onto the barriers, and he hits the BARRIER PILEDRIVER!!! Swerve gets what he wanted before, and then he gets Ospreay in the ring, for SAVING GRACE!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives all of that and Swerve is beside himself! Nana argues the count, but fans want them to “FIGHT FOREVER!” Swerve goes up the corner, reloads, but Ospreay hits ropes! Swerve is tripped up and Ospreay fires hands! Ospreay climbs, brings Swerve up, but Swerve throws body shots! Ospreay hops down, but then springboards up, AVALANCE OSCUTTER!! And then a springboard for the OSCUTTER again!! CoOver, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Swerve survives, and Ospreay loads up that arm! HIDDEN- NO, Swerve blocks! His hands hurt, but he gets around to half nelson! Osprey ELBOW BREAKERS free, SUPERKICKS, then SWATGS a lariat to HOOK KICK! Ospreay springboards, but Swerve SLAMS him down! Swerve traps one arm, gets the other, and he pulls the arm, only for Ospreay to drag Swerve down to a cradle!! TWO!?!?! Both men scramble up, Ospreay dodges a boot to springboard and OSCUTTER again!!! But Ospreay also holds on to Swerve! Ospreay drags Swerve back up, underhooks, and STORM BREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!

Swerve survives and no one can believe it! MJF is watching, too, perhaps considering challenging the winner of this himself. The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Ospreay underhooks again. Ospreay drags Swerve up, but Swerve fights his way to the ropes! The ref calls the break but Ospreay fires knees! Ospreay gets Swerve from ropes but Swerve still fights the lift! Swerve powers the underhooks down, but Ospreay HEADBUTTS!! Swerve drops to his knees, Ospreay keeps him from falling over! Ospreay calls his shot, “TIGER DRIVER!!” Underhooks and- SWERVE ARM-DRAGS! CRADLE, TWO!!!!

HIDDEN BLADE FROM SWERVE?!?!? Swerve snatches Ospreay’s move, goes up top, and reloads! K I L L STOMPS MISS as Ospreay moves! Ospreay runs in, Swerve moves, HIDDEN BLADE HITS THE REF!!! Everyone freaks out and Swerve realizes what happened! So he POISON-RANAS, but Ospreay HIDDEN BLADES anyhow!!! Cover, Ospreay would have won by now! Wait, Don Callis is here?! He is going against Ospreay’s wishes of letting him do this alone, but then he brings out the screwdriver! Ospreay says no, he doesn’t wanna! Nana grabs Don, Don shoves Nana! Don says now or never!

Nana SHOVES Don and the fans are fired up! Ospreay gets mad at Nana, and he threatens Nana with the screwdriver! But then Ospreay realizes what he’s doing, and Nana even begs for mercy. The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” and Ospreay shows mercy. Then Ospreay hurries back in, but into a HOUSE CALL!!! Swerve goes up top, reloads, and here comes referee Aubrey to save the day! KILL STOMPS!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?! But Swerve says this is what it takes, Ospreay! He SNAPS Ospreay’s arm!! And then “Whose House?!” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” HOUSE CALL!!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!?!

Swerve doesn’t understand! Is Ospreay even human?!?! Ospreay says you’ll HAVE to kill him! Ospreay throws off his elbow pads, HIDDEN BLADE, but there’s nothing to it! Ospreay leans against Swerve, and Swerve pats his former friend on the back for trying. Swerve reloads, for a HOUSE CALL!! Swerve then drags Ospreay up, BIG PRESSURE DRIVER!!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)

Don Callis’ presence aside, Swerve showed Ospreay that he really wasn’t ready for both worlds. At least, not yet. Doc Sampson checks Ospreay, but he sits up on his own. Swerve shows Ospreay respect for how hard they pushed each other. Kyle Fletcher has also made it ringside, showing moral support for his former team captain and good friend. Will Ospreay be able to turn around and be ready for Beach Break and his International Championship defense? And who will be next to step up to Swerve’s House come All In?


My Thoughts:

An incredible Forbidden Door, and for being a total of 5 and a half hours, it really flew by. Great matches as always, but at the same time, not a whole lot of surprises as far as results or appearances. Them throwing Fletcher VS Serpentico onto the Zero Hour was a bit odd but I suppose they just wanted to establish A) he was here, and B) he was no longer ROH World TV Champion. But great stuff in the Zero Hour Fatal 4 Way Tag, great win for Malakai & Brody. Really good women’s tag, and maybe on some level Willow & Tam winning was a surprise, if only because this feeds into the go-home math on Willow VS Kris in the Owen Hart Cup. Willow winning here doesn’t necessarily mean she loses to Kris, but I’d be surprised if Willow defies the math here.

Very good Women’s Owen Hart Cup match here with Mariah of course going over given the story they’ve been telling with her and Storm. And then a great Six Man Tag to close Zero Hour. Great win for Mistico & Lucha Bros, which was fine because Lucha Brothers are the AEW guys and Mistico is a CMLL guy, LIJ didn’t need to win here since it was just for fun. I just knew MJF would open the show in a really good match with Hechicero, but it probably could’ve been a bit more for MJF’s homecoming. Then we got a great Six Man Tag for The Elite VS Acclaimed & Tanahashi. It makes sense The Bucks & Okada win here to get even for Acclaimed beating The Bucks in the title eliminator, and it feels like they’ve now set up Okada VS Billy Gunn for the Continental Championship.

Bryan VS Takagi was awesome stuff, really giving us everything we could want for this dream match. But as I figured, Bryan won because he’s the AEW guy, he’ll face another AEW guy, and Takagi is gonna focus on the G1 Climax instead. It was just a great moment to have given Forbidden Door is the main crossover show. Though apparently NJPW is gonna change that by inviting everyone else to Japan with them finally doing something with Wrestle Dynasty, the PPV they wanted to do before, if not for COVID in 2020. That’ll be fun, with a lot of possibilities given we have until January to see how championships change hands and all that.

Great match from Storm and Mina, but the only surprise is that there were absolutely no shenanigans from Mariah. But in a way, that was for the better, as Mariah was frozen in place by how distraught she was seeing her two closest friends fighting so fiercely. Storm of course retains, but Mariah helps them all make pace and be a more solid group now. That said, it still feels like Mariah will find a way to win the Owen Hart Cup and face Storm in Wembley in the climax of this long term story. Cassidy VS ZSJ was awesome stuff because Cassidy got to show off that he can do technical wrestling, but I think I said the other night that ZSJ was gonna win. He evens the score with Cassidy, and we could get an equally great match for All In if they wanted.

Great Six Man Tag of Joe-Hook-Shibata VS Team Learning Tree. I didn’t think Jericho was taking the loss but Hook did great with his take on the Judas effect. That now more directly sets up the FTW Championship rematch for probably All In but I wouldn’t mind seeing it during July for a TV special like Fyter Fest or Fight for the Fallen. Same goes for Cobb VS Joe for the NJPW World TV Championship, that’d be a great 15 minute match right there. That ladder match, as ladder matches go, was pretty wild. They did good on making us think Dante did hurt his leg but luckily he wasn’t, though I’m surprised no one else got hurt with just how many tables and ladders were purposefully broken. But in the end, it is as expected, Jack Perry wins so that The Elite is truly golden going into Blood & Guts.

Very good stuff from Mone VS Vaquer but it could’ve been sharper to start. Maybe it was just them finding their rhythm as opponents. But New York turning on The Boss from Boston was really funny. At the same time, it does fit Mone’s character. Whether or not you think Mone’s a great wrestler, she certainly plays up her ego and that’s good Heel Heat. Mone of course won for the reasons I’ve been saying, i.e. Vaquer already has two CMLL belts, she doesn’t need more. But then I just felt it in my gut that Britt Baker would show up to step on Mone’s moment, those two are basically the perfect match-up of mic skills, in-ring skills and coming off smug about it, that’ll be some fun stuff going forward.

And both world title matches were great, though the IWGP World title match was a bit more methodical and slower paced than expected for the two involved. Great, logical win for Naito, there was nothing else that was gonna happen here really. Ospreay VS Swerve was just amazing, certainly the best match of the night, probably all month, and up there for match of the year. Great use of the whole ringside area, great ref bump, and of course Don Callis showed up to tempt Ospreay to the dark side. In a way that did cost Ospreay, because it feeds to Swerve’s point that Ospreay isn’t ready to sacrifice his own morality to do what it takes. Swerve didn’t hesitate, he won, but I do appreciate he showed Ospreay respect.

And as it stands, Ospreay VS Garcia is going to be great stuff, and I feel like we see the Don Callis Family and even MJF show up during then. Ospreay VS Garcia could go either way with such overbooking, and I could see Garcia winning to make his match with MJF at All In a match for the International Championship. Then Callis could be upset with Ospreay and Fletcher for how they both lost belts, he kicks them out of the family, Rush being a replacement for them both. It just feels like something has to lead to Ospreay & Fletcher breaking off from Don Callis and maybe even taking on Rush and Trent or Rush and Konosuke in a tag match.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/19/24)

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

Tomohiro Ishii joins The Conglomeration to take on The Undisputed Kingdom! Will this Freshly Squeezed formation tear down Strong, Taven & Bennett?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom; The Conglomeration wins.
  • Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners; Jericho & Bill win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher; Suzuki wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell; Kris wins.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party; The Lucha Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

While Mark Briscoe will be facing Roderick Strong next Friday for the ROH World Championship, his friends of Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii will be taking on Roddy, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett right here tonight! Will Freshly Squeezed, The Violent Artist & the Stone Pitbull tear The Kingdom down? Or will Rampage in Little Rock be Undisputed?

The trios sort out, Roddy starts against Kyle, and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. They fight for control in the clinch, end up on ropes, but then move around again. Roddy wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Kyle spins and drop toeholds. Kyle floats to a waistlock but Roddy fights up. Roddy wrenches out, headlocks for the takeover, but Kyle rolls to a cover! ONE, but Roddy does not let go of the headlock. Roddy shifts to a clinch, but Kyle trips him up and floats for a leg. Roddy kicks at Kyle but Kyle stays close. Roddy wants a leg but Kyle kneels on Roddy to block. They knuckle lock, and Roddy fights up.

Roddy waistlocks, Kyle arm-drags to throw Roddy down, but Roddy trips Kyle. Kyle uses his leg guard but Roddy cartwheels away, and the fans cheer the stand off! The two reset, but then Cassidy tags in. Taven also tags in, and Cassidy runs up to get around. Cassidy headlocks, Taven powers up and out, then drops down to hurdle over. Cassidy blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Cassidy arm-drags, then he fakes Taven out! Taven is mad but Cassidy DROPKICKS him! Cassidy kips up, is a little wobbly for it, but the fans cheer. Ishii grabs Taven’s hair to keep him cornered while Cassidy storms over.

Cassidy tags Ishii, they double whip and then Ishii runs Taven over! Taven scrambles away, tags Bennett, but Ishii just runs Bennett over! And runs him over again! Taven comes back but gets run over! Roddy runs in and RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to run Roddy over! The fans fire up but The Kingdom mugs Ishii! The fans boo while The Kingdom reels Ishii in. Ishii fights the double suplex! Ishii tries to double suplex The Kingdom! The Kingdom CLUBS away on Ishii, but Cassidy steps in, as does Kyle! They help Ishii DOUBLE SUPLEX The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Cassidy flexes while he and Kyle stand down.

Ishii dares Roddy to get in, then he goes to Bennett. Ishii bumps Bennett off buckles, tags Kyle, and Kyle tags Cassidy. The Conglomeration has Bennett against ropes so that Kyle can KICK, Ishii can CHOP, and Cassidy can “chop.” KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! CHOP! Now Cassidy’s getting into it! KICK, CHOP, CHOP! Bennett sputters, Kyle & Ishii feed him to Cassidy’s SHOTGUN! Ishii covers, TWO! Bennett flounders around but Ishii stomps him, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Roddy shouts at Ishii but Ishii drags Bennett up and over to bump off buckles. Tag to Cassidy and he brings Bennett up to snapmare. Cassidy “runs” to LAZY ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Cassidy keeps Bennett from The Kingdom and tags in Kyle. They mug Bennett, then Kyle wrenches Bennett to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle hammerlocks, spins Bennett and snapmares him into a seated COBRA TWIST! Bennett endures, Cassidy gets in the shot so he can thumbs up, and then Kyle rolls Bennett into a cobra cradle! But Taven & Roddy distract the ref! Kyle lets Bennett go, and he stomps Bennett at the ropes.

Kyle bumps Bennett off Cassidy’s foot, then tags in Ishii. Ishii stalks Bennett, CHOPS him, but Bennett CHOPS back! Ishii doesn’t even flinch! Bennett CHOPS again, and that hurts his hand more than it does Ishii’s chest! Bennett CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS Bennett down! Rampage returns to single picture as Bennett sputters. Ishii CHOPS him again, and again, and again! Taven runs in, Ishii kicks him low, and fires a CHOP! Ishii CHOPS Taven, CHOPS Bennett, repeat! The CHOPS keep going, fans “WOO~!” and then Ishii runs. But Roddy trips Ishii up! The ref reprimands, Ishii BOOTS Roddy, and then Ishii breaks The Kingdom’s double clothesline!

Ishii comes back, he DOUBLE LARIATS The Kingdom, but Roddy DROPKICKS Ishii right after! The fans rally while Ishii and Bennett crawl again. Bennett hot tags Roddy and Roddy scoops Ishii for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy drags Ishii up to push him into the corner. Roddy CHOPS and Ishii sure felt that one! Roddy CHOPS again, then brings him around. Roddy fires forearms and haymakers, but the fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” Tag to Taven, he fires hands on Ishii. Taven snapmares Ishii to then CHOP him! Taven talks smack, then he sucker punches Cassidy! Taven tries to convince Kyle he’s on the wrong side, but Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Taven!

Taven flounders, the fans rally up, hot tag to Kyle! Bennett jumps in but gets a kitchen sink knee for it! Kyle BOOTS Taven, KICKS Bennett, then he KICKS Taven! Roddy steps in, but then steps out when Kyle spots him. So Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy! Kyle fires off strikes on Taven, but Taven avoids the leg sweep! Taven CLAWS Kyle’s eyes, says he doesn’t wanna do this, but then Ishii ROCKS Taven! Kyle reels Taven into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Bennett hurries in but Cassidy CROSSBODIES Bennett down! Taven powers up but Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy again! Taven fights but Ishii tags in.

Ishii takes Taven and suplexes while Kyle aims, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Ishii covers, Bennett breaks it! Bennett ROCKS Kyle, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Bennett stops the DDT! Bennett suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And then AX & SMASH from Kyle! Ishii LARIATS Bennett inside-out! The Conglomeration regroups while the fans fire up! Kyle runs to forearm SMASH Taven in the corner! Cassidy SMASHES, too! Then Ishii corner LARIATS! They hoist Taven up, Ishii climbs, but Roddy & Bennett wipe out Kyle & Cassidy! Roddy goes after Ishii, helps Bennett pick Ishii up as a backpack, and Taven adjusts up top.

The fans boo but Roddy helps Bennett hit the PROTON PACK! And Taven adds the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Ishii survives that onslaught and shocks The Kingdom! The fans fire up while Taven tags Ishii. Roddy drags Ishii up, knees him and CLUBS him, then ROCKS him! Roddy fires more shots but Ishii fires boxing elbows in return! Roddy spins but Ishii SWATS the Strong Knee! But then Roddy KNEES Ishii’s lariat! Roddy fires elbows of his own, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Cassidy tags in and goes up! The Kingdom runs in but Cassidy leaps over them both! Cassidy then baits The Kingdom in and DUMPS The Kingdom out!

Cassidy builds speed to DIVE, but The Kingdom catch him! They RAM him into apron, RAM him into railing, then set him up for Roddy to WRECK him with a dropkick! The Kingdom soaks up the heat while Rampage goes picture in picture again.

Roddy hauls Cassidy up to RAILING BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, Taven ROCKS him, and Roddy puts Cassidy in the ring. Roddy tags Taven in, they stomp Cassidy, and Taven drags Cassidy up. Taven puts Cassidy in the corner but Cassidy fights back with forearms and elbows for everyone! Cassidy slides under Taven, but Taven anchors his legs! Cassidy kicks Taven away, Bennett runs in and he drags Cassidy back. Cassidy BOOTS Bennett away so Roddy anchors him now! Cassidy reaches out, but Roddy drags him back and deadlifts him for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy digs a knee in, pulls Cassidy back with a chinlock, but Cassidy endures.

Roddy grabs an arm, he drags Cassidy back, and he hits a BACKSTABBER! Tag to Bennett and he covers, TWO! Bennett drags Cassidy up to CHOP him back down! Bennett drags Cassidy up again to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bennett keeps on Cassidy with a facelock, tags Taven in, and The Kingdom mugs Cassidy. Taven scoops Cassidy to BACKBREAKER, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Taven stomps a mudhole into Cassidy. Tag to Bennett but Roddy also steps in. Bennett drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Taven back in. The Kingdom set Cassidy up and run in! Bennett forearm SMASHES, but then Cassidy TOSSES Taven! Roddy runs up to KNEE Cassidy, Taven BOOTS Kyle! Roddy puts Cassidy up, and they try this again! PROTON- NO, Cassidy slips free to shove Bennett into Taven! Taven gets stuck up top, and Cassidy dodges Roddy! Hot tag to Ishii! Roddy kicks Ishii, but Ishii suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Roddy! Ishii catches Bennett, to BRAINBUSTER!

Taven finally sits up but Ishii is after him first! The fans fire up as Ishii gives Taven a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Roddy breaks it! Kyle steps in and he brawls with Roddy! The fans fire up as forearm after forearm fly back and forth! Roddy ROCKS Kyle, Kyle KNEES Roddy! Roddy avoids the ax kick to fire elbow after elbow! Only to run into a KNEE! Snapmare and Ishii SLIDING LARIATS! Taven SUPERKICKS Ishii, Bennett fireman’s carries Kyle! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Ishii ENZIGIRIS Bennett! Cassidy rises, Ishii gives him the tag! Cassidy goes up to leap and sunset flip Taven! Bennett breaks it!

Bennett whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cassidy fires up and the fans are with him! Kyle joins in, they stand Bennett up! FRESHLY SQUEEZED ANNIHILATION! Roddy runs up to BOOT Cassidy! Kyle turns Roddy around but gets a STRONG KNEE for it! Ishii spins Roddy around, Roddy dodges and returns, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Cassidy returns to ORANGE- NO, Taven dodges! But then Cassidy ducks the leg lariat to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, The Conglomeration wins!

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

A powerful trios match opens Rampage, but wait, here comes Don Callis. Why’s this creep here? The fans boo him, but Callis smiles. Cassidy sees Callis and winds up the hand! But Kyle Fletcher attacks from behind! The Aussie Arrow stomps away on Cassidy at the ropes, then rains down fists! The fans boo but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe! The Sussex County Chicken won’t let The Protostar get away with this! He ROCKS and UPPERCUTS Kyle, then LARIATS Kyle up and out! Only for a STRONG KNEE to take Mark down! Roddy stomps Cassidy, then stomps Mark! Roddy holds up the belt and shouts, “This is mine!”

The fans boo but The Undisputed Kingdom stand tall, holding up all three belts. Will nothing stop them from conquering ROH at Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Arkady Aura is with Saraya & Harley Cameron, and says we haven’t seen Saraya wrestle since her first round loss in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Harley speaks up and asks how that’s supposed to be Saraya’s fault. Why point the finger of blame at her? Maybe it is this company’s fault! Because Saraya has been spending this whole time training, getting “Wembley Ready,” and being an unproblematic icon! Saraya says Harley is right, and do you know why? Because AEW is scared of Saraya. The AEW Women’s Division is scared of her! Because she is the living legend, she understands.

Last year at All In, Saraya had the world at her feet! Now, they’re just keeping her off the show. Harley says doing All In Wembley without Saraya is like doing Beverly Hills Cop without Eddie Murphy! Saraya says yeah, that’s why they’re keeping her away. But they can’t do the show without her because she IS the show. All roads lead to Wembley, baby, and it doesn’t matter who she has to step on to get there. Then just who will The Outcasts take out in order to have their moment?

 

Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners!

While The Learning Tree has to defend that “For The World” Championship this Wednesday on Dynamite, he and The Redwood are not shying away from competition. Will Jericho & Bill show the world they’re not afraid of big bad Minoru Suzuki? Or will Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum be the ones to teach The Learning Tree a thing or two?

The teams sort out and Bill starts against Truth. The fans rally, Truth gets around to headlock, but Bill powers up to TOSS Truth away! Truth flounders to his corner, Turbo tags in, and Turbo steps up to Bill. Jericho isn’t even taking this match seriously, he’s checking his phone! Bill knees Turbo low, CLUBS him down, but Truth tags back in. Truth runs and leaps, but Bill catches him! Bill grins, gives a thumbs up, then SLAMS Truth down! Bill says the fans know what’s up. But then Turbo tags in and The Outrunners DOUBLE CLUB Bill! Bill just frowns…! Bill turns around, he runs up, but The Outrunners dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK!

Bill stays up but The Outrunners fire up. They spin and handshake, while flexing! Bill frowns, Truth sees and warns Turbo. Turbo looks and Bill DECKS him! Bill DECKS Truth, too! Bill then runs to BOOT Truth out of the ring! Turbo staggers up, Jericho keeps checking his phone, but Turbo CHOPS! Bill sighs and Turbo begs for mercy. Bill puts Turbo in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! And he fires off haymaker after haymaker! Bill laughs as he stomps a mudhole into Turbo! The ref counts but Bill keeps going! Bill lets off, laughs some more, and Jericho says look out. Truth CHOPS Bill, but then he begs for forgiveness.

Bill powers Truth to a corner with one hand! Then he runs to SPLASH Turbo! SPLASH for Truth, SPLASH for Turbo! BOOT for Truth, and then Bill choke grips Turbo. SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! And then he tags Jericho! Jericho smirks and waves to the fans. “Hi, guys~!” Cover, Jericho & Bill win!

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

Bad Apple Keith kicks Truth out of the ring, then he stands tall with his guys. Keith tells the Outrunners to respect Chris Jericho, but he and Bill won’t be around to help Jericho on Wednesday. Will Jericho be able to survive Minoru Suzuki in the shadow of Blood & Guts? Or will Suzuki tear down The Learning Tree #ForTheWorld?

Wait, speaking of Suzuki, here he comes! He has his own match tonight, but he wants to look Jericho in the eye one more time before Dynamite. Will the Meanest Man in the World make an example out of The Butcher?

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

Rampage returns and The Butcher is already in the ring. The bell rings and Butcher talks some smack on Suzuki. Butcher then fires a forearm, but Suzuki comes back with a forearm of his own. Butcher RAMS Suzuki into a corner, the ref counts, but Butcher lets off at 4. Suzuki eggs Butcher on but Butcher pie faces Suzuki. Butcher dares Suzuki to bring it, so Suzuki fires off fast hands and forearms! Suzuki ROCKS Butcher in the corner, then goes corner to corner, so he can BOOT! Butcher staggers, Suzuki snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY- NO! Butcher blocks the kick! Butcher CLUBS the leg, then trips Suzuki.

Butcher has a standing toehold as he traps one of Suzuki’s legs. Suzuki just eggs Butcher on! Butcher stomps the leg, drops an elbow on it, then he drags Suzuki up. Butcher CLUBS Suzuki, but Suzuki just snarls. Butcher CHOPS, but Suzuki isn’t impressed. Butcher CHOPS again, Suzuki eggs him on, so Butcher fires more CHOPS! Suzuki just laughs! Butcher ROCKS Suzuki, kicks low, then kicks again. Butcher reels Suzuki in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Suzuki and he fires body shots on Butcher. Suzuki ROCKS Butcher, but Butcher HEADBUTTS! Butcher vows to break Suzuki’s back!

Butcher half nelsons, but Suzuki slips around to waistlock. Butcher elbows free, runs, but Suzuki follows, drop steps to get around, and has the SLEEPER! Suzuki wrangles Butcher, squeezes tight, but Butcher endures. Suzuki spins Butcher around and reels him in, and the fans fire up for the Gotch Lift! Butcher’s big, but Suzuki still lifts him, holds him up, and then PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, Suzuki wins!

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

A gritty fight for Suzuki and Butcher, and this was in a normal match! What won’t Suzuki do to Jericho when it is FTW Rules?

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

Mark Briscoe says, “For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you are looking at the group that has come to be known as The Conglomeration. You know about my main man with the game plan, OC, and Kyle O’Reilly. Let me introduce to you Tomohiro Ishii, henceforth to be known as Big Time! That’s right! Here in The Conglomeration, there is only two rules. First and foremost, you gotta be down to conglomerate. And secondly, you cannot in any way, shape or form, be a s*it head!” Kyle shrugs and nods, because it’s true.

Mark then says that brings us to the word of the day! The word of the day is… Discombobulation! Kyle asks the country of origin. American! Can he use it in a sentence? In the midst of Mark’s discombobulation, Roderick Strong cracked him in the jaw with a knee, and stood over him, holding up Mark’s ROH World Championship high in the air! Now that done pissed Mark off, Roddy! He’s known Roddy a long time, and Roddy knows better than that! So next week, Death Before Dishonor, Mark has something for Roddy!

But before that, tomorrow night’s Collision, #BigTime Ishii is going to take Roddy on 1v1! No Kingdom, no Conglomeration, and damn sure no Don Callis Family at ringside! Roddy VS Ishii, and we’ll show y’all how we do in The Conglomeration! Because they’re ’bout to RARARARARA!! The Chicken is all fired up, but will the Stone Pitbull be able to take a big bite out of the Savior of the Backbreaker?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor knows The Babe with the Power wants payback on her just as badly as she wants to run Willow’s life. But while Willow went and won the CMLL Women’s World Championship, Kris has just been grumbling and plotting with Big Stoke. Will Kris make an example out of Sydni tonight? Or will the Heart of Hutchinson, Kansas be unbreakable?

The bell rings and Kris DISCUS LARIATS right away! Stoke fires up but the fans are torn as Kris hauls Sydni back up. Kris ROCKS Sydni, CHOPS her, then fires off haymakers in the corner! The ref counts, Kris stomps a mudhole in, then she digs her boots in. The ref counts, Kris gets in his face about it, then goes back to Sydni. Kris drags Sydni up to snap suplex! Sydni flounders but Stokely smiles. Kris runs corner to corner, UPPERCUTS, then goes side to side, but Sydni ELBOWS her! Sydni fires forearm snow and has Kris in a corner! The fans fire up, Sydni fires up, and she whips. Kris reverses to then scoop and pop Sydni around!

Kris tucks Sydni in for STATURDAY NIGHT FEVER!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

As Stokely says, every night is #StaturdayNight, especially when Kris wins like that. She has Stoke stand on her while she does push-ups just to show off, but will Kris be ready when Willow returns with a vengeance?

 

Holo.grm loads up.

Whoever this mysterious masked man is, he is ready, and he promises that tomorrow night on Collision, we will see him debut! Will Holo.grm prove to be more than meets the eye?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Collision is already stacked with Strong VS Ishii, Holo.grm’s debut, and the Unified World Trios Championship match, The Patriarchy VS The Bang Bang Gang, but Skye Blue’s challenge to Hikaru Shida has been answered! Will the Shining Samurai cut through the Chicago Skye to find her way back to the top of the ranks? We’ll also see Darby Allin return to action against The Beast Mortis! Will The Relentless One sharpen his edge for Blood & Guts? Plus, the Lumberjack match has been made official! Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo, with other AEW stars all around ringside, will this be where La Mera Mera and The Virtuosa finally settle the score?

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix are looking to get in on the tag title chase, but so are Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy. While The Acclaimed still have to shoot their shot at The Young Bucks, which team will be waiting for them on the other side?

The teams sort out and Fenix starts against Brother Zay. The fans rally, Zay offers a handshake, and Fenix takes it. But then Fenix ROCKS Zay! Zay ROCKS Fenix back, they fire forearms, and Zay fires forearms again and again. Zay whips, Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix kicks, SOBATS, KICKS a leg, then kicks again, but Zay blocks! Zay steps over, GAMANGIRI! Zay runs, but Fenix pops him up, only for Zay to RANA! Zay whips, Fenix reverses but Zay reverses back. Fenix goes up and out to the apron, Zay runs in, Fenix dodges the triangle jump, and then Fenix slingshot SENTONS! Fenix stands Zay up, but Zay fights the underhooks!

Zay RAMS Fenix into the corner, tags Quen, and Quen rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix comes back, but gets a pop-up DROPKICK for it! Penta tags in and the fans fire up! Penta blocks, Quen blocks then Quen ROCKS Penta! Quen goes up, brings Penta to the top with him, but Penta CLUBS Quen! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen, then slingshots up to SUPER RANA Quen away! The fans fire up, Quen returns but Penta BOOTS him! Quen tries again, Penta pops him up and SUPERKICKS him while upside-down! Quen flops to the apron then the floor and the fans fire up. Penta builds speed, but Zay CROSSBODIES him!

Fenix MISSILE DROPKICKS Zay! Quen returns to PELE Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Zay and Fenix bail out, Penta and Quen slowly stand up. Penta eggs Quen on, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Quen steps up to Penta, and Penta says uno momento. Penta dramatically takes off his glove, but Quen says no, let him. “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Penta says okay, listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Quen, so Quen comes back to say “SHOTS!” “CERO! MIEDO!” “SHOTS!” They go back and forth, taunt for taunt, then Penta CHOPS! Quen is stinging but he composes himself. Quen comes back, CHOPS, but that hurts his hand more than it does Penta’s body! Penta says okay, and he unbuttons Quen’s shirt, to CHOP him down! The fans fire up with Penta as he does a “SHOTS! SHOTS!” dance! So Quen returns to fire forearms!

Quen ROCKS Penta, runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but Quen BOOTS him down! Quen nods, runs up, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, Penta blocks a kick to HEEL KICK, only for Quen to ROUNDHOUSE back! Both men wobble, then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Both men fall and the fans fire back up! Quen and Penta crawl, hot tags to Zay and Fenix! Fenix ROCKS Zay, Zay ROCKS Fenix, and Fenix fires off a strike fest! Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” But Zay wrenches out to facelock back! But Fenix fights the suplex, wrenches out, and KICKS Zay!

Fenix reels Zay in, but then Zay wrenches out. Zay reels Fenix back in, but Fenix wrenches out to mule kick. Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” but Zay wrenches out to ROCK Fenix! Zay eggs Fenix on, pie faces, and he fires a forearm! Fenix fires back, they go back and forth, and the fans rally up. Fenix and Zay huff ‘n’ puff, and they keep throwing shots! Zay gets the edge, but Fenix returns in kind! Rampage returns to single picture as they both throw forearms at the same time, again and again! It is fast and furious and the fans love it! Penta runs in just to BLAST Quen! The Lucha Bros mug Zay, double whip, but Quen is there for some SILLY STRONG!

Penta flounders out, Quen HOTSHOTS Fenix! Zay brings Fenix around, Quen goes up, AFTER PARTY STOMPS! Quen goes up and up to ESCALARA SENTON onto Penta! Zay SWANTON BOMBS Fenix! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and shocks Zay! The fans rally up and Zay brings Fenix up. Tag to Quen, and Private Party puts Fenix up top. Quen runs up, GIN- NO, Fenix holds onto the corner and Quen tumbles! Penta also waistlocks Zay but Zay fights free with elbows. Penta shoves Zay so that Fenix can tightrope walk PENALTY KICK! Then Penta SLINGBLADES Zay down! Quen gets in, he gets a SLINGBLADE, too!

The fans fire up for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta brings Quen in but Quen slips free and shoves Penta into Fenix! Fenix lands on his firebird and Quen helps Zay up. GIN & JUICE!! Cover, but Penta returns to break it and hit a DESTROYER on Zay!! Quen is shocked while Little Rock is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as “A E DUB!” gives us this main event. Quen drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix eggs Quen on so Quen stomps away on him! Quen drags Fenix up, reels him in, but Fenix wrenches out to underhook and BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!! Fenix tags Penta and they aim at Zay. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Quen is alone, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Then Penta drags Quen up and Fenix goes up! Tuck and “CERO! MIEDO!” LB PILEDRIVER!! Then Fenix DIVES onto Zay for good measure! Penta covers, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Private Party put up a fight to be sure, but Penta y Fenix just wanted it that much more! Will the Lucha Brothers be watching Blood & Guts very, very closely?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage here, and even the squash matches served some purpose. Kris crushing Sydni was mostly for momentum, but it felt like that was the first real showing of Kris’ Heel attitude with her trash talking the whole time. Jericho letting Bill do all the work against The Outrunners was naturally how that match was going, but it works perfectly in character and story for them. And Jericho crossing paths with Suzuki before Suzuki puts Butcher away rather quickly was good, too. The go home math is therefore even ahead of their FTW Championship match, but I wonder if Jericho was texting someone who could interfere for him since Keith & Bill can’t. But it can’t be Jeff Cobb, though, he’s locked in for NJPW’s G1 Climax.

Very good promo from The Outcasts, and while Toni Storm VS Mariah May is one title match and Mercedes Mone VS Britt Baker is another, Saraya could end up putting out an open challenge and it is answered by someone big from Stardom or CMLL for a first-time-ever kind of match to make All In even more historic. Great tag team main event from Lucha Brothers VS Private Party, with it mostly being for momentum. Private Party has finally been back on track now that both guys are healthy, but Lucha Bros winning out made sense. Penta & Fenix have been great as a team and as individuals, they’re both primed to take on just about any team or even singles champs if needed.

And great opener from The Conglomeration and The Undisputed Kingdom, even though I’m surprised they did such a Six Man Tag already. The Conglomeration winning could still feed into my idea that Cassidy & Kyle get an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Death Before Dishonor, but it also gives us a reason for Ishii VS Roddy tomorrow night. Great promo from Mark Briscoe in that, too, he continues to be one of the best underappreciated promo guys in all of wrestling today. I feel like Mark is going to retain the title against Roddy given how Shane Taylor is gunning for Mark, but that really depends on if Tony Khan is even paying attention to his own shows.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/17/24)

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

Dynamite has reached its 250TH episode, and it opens with Will Ospreay VS MJF for the AEW International Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF; MJF wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada; Swerve wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

Like many of us, The Aerial Assassin despise the Wolf of Wrestling for how he disrespected and used Daniel Garcia just to send a message. But also like many, Ospreay at least acknowledges and respects that this form of Maxwell Jacob Friedman is his most dangerous. Will Ospreay be able to put down AEW’s Ultimate Scumbag? Or will even the #BillyGOAT not be on the level of the devil?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who ignites episode 250!

The bell rings and the fans cheer while the two stare down. Ospreay gets the fans even more fired up, and then MJF bails out. The fans boo but MJF just hops the railing. MJF splashes fans with their own water! MJF then lounges on the barriers, offers a fist bump, but the fans just flip him off. So MJF rips a fan’s sign up and throws it back! MJF goes back to the ring, tells fans to shut up, and he approaches Ospreay. Only to dodge and strut, then swivel the hips. The fans boo but Ospreay smirks, this is the MJF he knew he was getting. They tie up, MJF wrenches to hammerlock, but Ospreay headlocks.

MJF powers up to wrench and WRING Ospreay, but Ospreay handsprings through, and copies the strut! Ospreay shows he can swivel hips, too! The fans cheer but MJF sarcastically says Ospreay’s clever. The two tie up, MJF headlocks, but the fans sing, “OSPRAEY~ OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” MJF is annoyed, Ospreay powers up and out, then things speed up. Ospreay hurdles then drops down to trip MJF up! MJF ducks the Hidden Blade to hit a headlock takeover! Ospreay headscissors, MJF kips free, and roles reverse as Ospreay headlocks for the takeover. MJF headscissors but Ospreay kips free.

MJF ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the standing moonsault, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Ospreay’s punches and kicks. MJF shoves Ospreay, Ospreay springboards but MJF avoids that, too! MJF runs in, Ospreay dodges to handspring, but MJF gets under! Ospreay superhero lands, and the fans are thunderous while MJF is stunned! The fans cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this the opener! MJF is annoyed, but he and Ospreay tie up. MJF says Ospreay pulled hair! The fans boo because of course MJF is lying. MJF and Ospreay reset, tie up, and again MJF claims hair pulling. But then MJF pulls hair!

MJF puts Ospreay on the ropes, the ref counts, and MJF lets off, to take a swing! Ospreay dodges and then LARIATS MJF up and out! The fans fire up and Ospreay builds speed, only for MJF to get away. MJF says not today, but then Ospreay just changes course and he FLIES out onto MJF! The fans fire up and high-five Ospreay before he puts MJF in. Ospreay HOTSHOTS MJF, runs and BOOTS, then he hits as BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay prepares the elbow and the fans fire up. Ospreay aims but MJF scrambles to the apron. The fans boo, Ospreay storms over, but MJF YANKS Ospreay into buckles!

MJF stomps a mudhole in, drags Ospreay up to whip and WRING him into the corner! Ospreay flounders and MJF soaks up the heat. Then he blows snot at the fans and mocks them! MJF goes back to Ospreay, clamps onto an arm, and the fans rally and duel as Ospreay endures. Ospreay fights up, throws body shots, then forearms. MJF throws Ospreay down by his hair! The fans boo but MJF just soaks it up. MJF says he didn’t do anything. Then he clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Ospreay runs but MJF kitchen sink knees! MJF hauls Ospreay up to back suplex, but Ospreay lands out!

Ospreay reels MJF in to back suplex, but MJF lands out! MJF back suplexes, Ospreay lands out, into a STUNNER! Cover, TWO! MJF’s annoyed his Osaka Street Cutter, or perhaps Long Island Street Cutter, didn’t end this, but he storms after Ospreay. Ospreay is on the apron, MJF reels him in, HEAT- NO! Ospreay shoves MJF away, but MJF slingshots Ospreay into another STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and MJF is frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay as he goes to the apron, but MJF storms over. MJF drags Ospreay in again, tries but Ospreay again denies him the Heatseeker! So MJF tries the slingshot, but Ospreay stops that!

Ospreay GAMANGIRIS MJF away, goes up a corner, and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Ospreay rises but so does MJF. Ospreay fires haymakers on MJF first, then whips. MJF reverses but Ospreay CLOBBERS him! MJF bails out but Ospreay builds speed! Ospreay handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL! The fans are thunderous but Ospreay takes a moment to check his ribs and catch his breath. Ospreay storms up on MJF, puts him in the ring, then goes up a corner. The fans fire up for the MOONSAULT, but MJF moves! Ospreay lands out, MOONSAULTS again, but MJF dodges again!

But the STANDING SHOOTING STAR hits! Cover, TWO! So Ospreay goes up and up to SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives the onslaught but Ospreay loads up that elbow! “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay aims again. MJF slowly rises, Ospreay runs up, but MJF bails out again! The fans continue to boo but Ospreay PLANCHAS! Down goes MJF and Ospreay high-fives more fans. And then Ospreay confiscates the timekeeper’s table! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay brings the furniture over to ringside. MJF hurries away into the ring now! Ospreay pursues as we see the fear on MJF’s face.

Ospreay CHOPS MJF in the corner! Ospreay stands MJF up to CHOP him again! The fans “WOO~” and Ospreay runs, but MJF pops him up to SUPERKICK him! MJF goes up, but Ospreay avoids the Panama City/Long Island Sunrise, but then MJF knees low! MJF reels Ospreay in but Ospreay powers out. Ospreay whips MJF to the corner, MJF goes up and over, but then MJF’s knee jams! Ospreay grabs that leg but it was a trap! MJF steps over and hits as STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and both men are down again. The fans rally up while both men stir, and MJF rises first.

MJF shows off that the leg is just fine, then does the Daniel Garcia dance just to mock him. MJF then drops an elbow on Ospreay’s leg. Ospreay CLUBS at MJF but MJF keeps the toehold. Ospreay fishhooks MJF and MJF lets go. Ospreay CHOPS, and CHOPS, then runs, but into a back drop! MJF leans on the ropes while he catches his breath, and the fans rally again. MJF storms back over, KNEES the leg, then smirks. MJF steps through, ties the legs up, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~,” even as MJF SLAPS Ospreay! And SLAPS him! MJF thrashes the hold, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up!

Ospreay pries at the leglock, and the fans rally up as he works to turn things over. MJF fights that back, thrashes some more, but Ospreay grits his teeth. The fans rally harder and harder as Ospreay fights his way over, and he turns the hold onto MJF! MJF endures now, reaches out while shouting in pain, and he flails in order to turn things back onto Ospreay! The fans boo but Ospreay endures again. Ospreay drags MJF along, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but MJF lets go at 4. MJF is frustrated but then he drags Ospreay up and to a corner. MJF CHOPS, takes a moment, then CHOPS again!

MJF wrenches, whips, but Ospreay can’t even make it all the way! MJF smirks while the ref checks Ospreay. Ospreay shakes out the leg, refusing to admit defeat. MJF storms over, stands Ospreay up, and CHOPS! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s back! MJF whips, Ospreay barely makes it to ropes! MJF wants after Ospreay like a shark with blood in the water, but Ospreay sits on the apron. MJF tells off the fans cheering Ospreay, but Ospreay is somehow still in this. So MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s face! The fans boo but MJF soaks it up. Ospreay throws body shots and haymakers! Ospreay CHOPS and MJF wobbles!

Ospreay CHOPS again, MJF flails more. Ospreay snarls, runs, but MJF CHOP BLOCKS the legs! MJF covers, TWO! MJF frowns but he stomps Ospreay’s leg. MJF then stands Ospreay up to CLUB him on the neck! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS his back! Ospreay fires big forearms! Then he fires Kawada Kicks! MJF wobbles, into a CHOP! MJF goes to ropes, Ospreay scoops him, but MJF CLAWS the eyes again! The ref reprimands and counts, MJF stops at 4. The fans boo but MJF whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up again while Ospreay again clutches the leg.

Ospreay rises, but MJF KNEES the knee! Then MJF calls his shot! MJF suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE hits first! MJF wobbles around, Ospreay calls his shot now! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! But MJF flops all the way to ropes! Ospreay has to crawl his way over, and MJF flops to the floor! MJF’s ring awareness is strong but Ospreay pursues. Ospreay drags MJF up to put him in the ring, and then onto the apron. Ospreay uses a corner to go up and APRON OSCUTTER FLOP as MJF steps back! Ospreay writhes, signaling to his arm, and the ref hurries to check. MJF may have gotten lucky here, as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref has Ospreay go around the way but MJF is in pursuit! MJF shows no mercy as he grabs that bad arm, and RAMS Ospreay into steel steps! MJF stands on the steps to soak up all the heat, as well as talk some trash on Ospreay. It’s certainly in the vain of MJF is who AEW needs, not Ospreay. MJF drags Ospreay up and into the ring, then takes his time to taunt fans over the table. He flips the fans off, he isn’t gonna do what they want. MJF then goes back to Ospreay, grabs the bad arm, and he stands on it, to then STOMP it! MJF soaks up more heat as he paces around Ospreay, then clamps onto the arm again.

Ospreay endures the mounted armlock, and he fights to his feet. Now Ospreay pulls hair, but MJF throws Ospreay down by the arm. MJF grinds that shoulder but Ospreay still endures. The fans rally as Ospreay fights, stands up, and throws body shots. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay ROCKS MJF with forearms. Ospreay whips, MJF reverses but Ospreay handsprings, only for MJF to KICK the bad arm! Ospreay clutches the elbow, but MJF hauls him up! Double underhooks, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! And then it’s back to the armlock! Ospreay rolls through, but MJF ducks the roundhouse to pump handle!

MJF adds a half nelson, MADE IN JAPAN! Or perhaps, Made in Long Island? Cover, TWO!! Ospreay knows that move from his rivalry with Shingo Takagi. The fans rally while both men are down again, “This is Awesome!” Ospreay and MJF slowly rise, MJF storms over, and he whips. Ospreay holds ropes to stop that, so MJF CLUBS the arm! MJF makes the pecs dance, whips again, but Ospreay reverses. Ospreay then dodges MJF to handspring and NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down again and the fans stay fired up! Ospreay sits up first, then both men stand. Ospreay BOOTS MJF’s haymaker to then ENZIGIRI!

MJF wobbles, Ospreay wrenches an arm, and Ospreay CHOPS MJF off his feet! Ospreay drags MJF up to wrench and CHOP him down again! Ospreay stands MJF one more time, to CHOP, CHOP, and- NO, MJF blocks the chop! MJF WRINGS the arm, Ospreay cartwheels through! ENZIGIRI! Torture rack, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and the fans can’t believe it! The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but there’s still more show that has to happen! MJF crawls to the apron, Ospreay stalks him. MJF flops to the floor, but he’s near that table… Ospreay goes to the floor and brings MJF up.

MJF throat chops Ospreay! MJF runs away into the crowd, but Ospreay pursues! Ospreay fires hands on MJF even as MJF goes up the bleachers. Ospreay grabs MJF, bends him against railing, and offers free shots. A little girl starts punching MJF in the ribs! MJF flips her family off but Ospreay CLUBS away on MJF! Ospreay fist bumps the girl and drags MJF back up. Ospreay ROCKS MJF with a right and follows him down the stairs. Ospreay CHOPS MJF to keep him moving, but MJF takes a detour into the seats. So Ospreay makes MJF take a seat and punches down hands! The fans count along, Ospreay winds up, and hits TEN!

MJF flounders around, Ospreay shows that there’s one guy still wearing an MJF Kangaroo Kick shirt, and then pursues MJF. MJF pokes Ospreay right in the eyes! MJF CLUBS Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks MJF! Ospreay SMACKS MJF off the trash can! The fans fire up and Ospreay DUMPS MJF into the trash can! MJF kicks and flails but Ospreay BOOTS the can! MJF falls out, stumbles away, and Ospreay pursues. They finally return to ringside, and Ospreay refreshes the count that was never happening anyway. Ospreay then drags MJF over to the table, punches him onto it, then goes up the steel steps.

Ospreay then goes up the corner and fans are thunderous already! Ospreay aims, but MJF hurries off the table. The fans boo and Ospreay sighs, but Ospreay hops down to go after MJF. But MJF gut wrenches! Ospreay victory rolls, TWO! MJF has the victory roll, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF is up, Ospreay gets around and hops on, POISON-RANA! MJF flounders to a corner, Ospreay runs up, but MJF pops him up! Another SUPERKICK as Ospreay is upside-down! MJF goes up, LONG ISLAND SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?! The fans are electric as Ospreay survives another hard shot! Ospreay then goes to the apron and then the floor.

MJF pursues, and we return to the table. MJF puts Ospreay on the table and then goes up the apron. The fans rally as MJF actually climbs the corner. MJF reaches the top, but then Ospreay slips off the table! The fans still boo, they want that table to see some action. MJF hops down, talks smack on Ospreay, then CHOPS him. MJF BITES Ospreay’s arm! The fans boo and tell MJF he’s sick! The ref counts, MJF lets off, but he then ROCKS Ospreay with a haymaker. MJF again mocks Daniel Garcia, even asking if Garcia has feeling in his arms again. MJF then whips Ospreay hard into railing! Ospreay almost ends up in the front row!

MJF makes Ospreay take a seat, and he CLAWS at Ospreay’s face! MJF refreshes the ring count, then runs in at Ospreay, to BOOT Ospreay against railing! MJF hops up to soak up more heat, then he refreshes with some water. That he then splashes at fans. MJF stalks Ospreay back to the table, refreshes the count, and then asks, “Ospreay who?” MJF stands Ospreay up to whip, but Ospreay goes up onto the railing, to OSCUTTER to the floor! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Ospreay clutches the bad leg and the bad arm, but he manages to rise up and put MJF in. Ospreay then swings, but into MJF’s dragon sleeper!

But Ospreay flips things around! The fans cheer, as Ospreay hits CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives, but Ospreay storms after him in a corner. MJF uses the ref as a shield, then he pokes Ospreay in the eyes! MJF goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, hammerlock and lift, DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans continue to rally behind him. MJF is frustrated but he pursues Ospreay to the apron. MJF drags Ospreay through ropes, and HEAT- NO! Ospreay throws MJF away, MJF’s leg “jams,” and Ospreay takes aim. Ospreay springboards but MJF hits ropes to trip him up!

Ospreay gets stuck up there, MJF goes up to LEAPING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!? MJF is beside himself as Ospreay survives again! MJF stalks Ospreay to the apron, drags him up, and gut wrenches! The fans freak out but Ospreay flails and kicks! Ospreay turns things around onto MJF, but MJF KICKS Ospreay! MJF then suplexes, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks but the arm won’t let him lift! So Ospreay SUPERKICKS MJF instead! MJF wobbles, Ospreay reels him in, and tucks him for an APRON STYLES CLASH!!! Both men fall to the floor and Little Rock is losing its collective mind right now!

Ospreay drags MJF up and into the ring, covers, TWO!!!! MJF survives but Ospreay is too tired to be upset. Ospreay just rises up, brings MJF to his feet, and reels him in. Even with one arm, Ospreay hits a LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! MJF reminds us why he was once the longest reigning AEW World Champion while Dynamite goes back to picture in picture.

Ospreay shakes out the arms, but Doc Sampson is called over to check. Doc checks that arm, from lifting to turning. Then Doc checks with Ospreay if he wants to do “that,” and Ospreay says go for it. Doc YANKS Ospreay’s arm to pop it back in place! Ospreay clutches the arm again but it seems that did the trick. Ospreay has the fans fired up again, and he drags MJF up for Kawada Kicks! Ospreay stands over MJF while Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns and Ospreay calls his shot. MJF rises, and he spins Ospreay around to BITE Ospreay’s face! The fans boo, MJF runs, but Ospreay HIDDEN BLADES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives a shot to the face but Ospreay roars! The fans are thunderous as MJF sits up, into a BUZZSAW! MULE KICK! OSC- NO, MJF stops the cutter to gut wrench, and TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again and the fans again cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for giving us this instant classic. MJF snarls, and he uses wrist tape to CHOKE Ospreay! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and MJF goes to the corner with Ospreay.

MJF wrenches the bad arm, whips him hard into the corner, and Ospreay falls. The fans boo but MJF grins as he rises up. MJF storms over to Ospreay, stands him up and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips again, and harder! Ospreay falls back, MJF flexes, but the fans boo. MJF mocks the United Empire crown then says shove it. MJF drags Ospreay up, whips him corner to corner again, but Ospreay reveres! MJF tumbles up, comes back, and Ospreay CHOPS! And CHOPS! But MJF blocks one again to WRING the arm again! Ospreay writhes, MJF leans on ropes, and then MJF runs in. Ospreay DUMPS MJF out hard!

The fans fire up and Ospreay goes to the apron, only for MJF to YANK him down! MJF puts Ospreay in the ring and says that’s why he’s the smartest wrestler in AEW. But not the wisest as Ospreay DIVING HIDDEN BLADES MJF!! Both men fall to the floor and the fans are thunderous again! Ospreay rises, a ring count starts, and fans count along. We hit 5 of 10, Ospreay puts MJF in at 6. Ospreay goes up the corner, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives again but Ospreay doesn’t get frustrated. Ospreay goes to the apron and climbs up the corner, but MJF again hits ropes! Ospreay lands bad on the corner this time!

MJF climbs up, throws hands, then goes to the very top. SUPER- NO! Ospreay stops the Steiner with one good arm! The fans fire up as he tucks MJF in, for a SUPER STYLES CLASH!! But Ospreay struggles to turn MJF over for the cover! ROPEBREAK!! Ospreay is frustrated now but there’s nothing he can do about that. Ospreay drags MJF up but MJF HOTSHOTS the arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, for an APRON HEATSEEKER!! Ospreay flops to the floor, and MJF looks at the table…! MJF puts Ospreay on the table, hurries back to the corner, and MJF climbs! The fans are going nuts already as MJF SUPER MACHO ELBOWS THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as MJF goes for broke! The ref checks both men, and they’re somehow okay to continue! “This is Awesome!” as we once again go picture in picture.

MJF flounders his way back to ringside and drags himself in. But Champion’s Advantage won’t let him win the title like this! Ospreay is still on the outside as we pass 5 of 10, and he starts to stir around 7. MJF then springs out after Ospreay to get him back in! Seems MJF was just resting, and he shouts about something, probably about how he’s better. MJF stands, paces around, then stomps Ospreay’s legs, then Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns again, and MJF has Ospreay in a Cobra Twist. MJF sneakily grabs the ropes to add on leverage! The ref looks but MJF lets go in time. Ospreay still endures, and MJF digs a knuckle into the ribs. MJF then again sneaks a grab at the ropes! The ref gets closer to catching him but the fans tell on MJF! MJF tells them all to shut up! MJF still grabs for ropes, but the ref sees it this time! MJF says he’s not doing nothing! The ref KICKS that arm! Ospreay then hip tosses free! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! MJF gets up, Ospreay reels him into a package, TWO! Schoolboy, TWO!

Ospreay stands, slips around to backslide, TWO!! MJF escapes again, to headlock takeover and cover, TWO as Ospreay headscissors! MJF moves around, bridges to a cover, TWO as Ospreay bridges out! A spin and backslide, TWO!! MJF whips, Ospreay swings but MJF gets under! Ospreay leaps, into the POWER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are electric again as both men are down! The fans sing for Ospreay as he crawls to a corner. MJF sits up then rises up to soak up heat. MJF hits the kangaroo stance?! The fans are torn, surely he isn’t serious. But then MJF runs up, KANGAROO- NO! Ospreay catches MJF!

Ospreay CATAPULTS MJF, but MJF lands safe on the corner! Only for Ospreay to tuck him in and CHEEKY NANDOS! MJF is still stuck so Ospreay goes up after him, for a SUPER POISON RANA! MJF lands out?! MJF shows he can do what Ospreay does and the fans lose their minds! LARIAT in the corner, then MJF hoists Ospreay up top. MJF goes up and up and smirks, gives some thrusts, then SUPER STEINERS! Ospreay lands out!! Ospreay shows MJF how it’s really done and MJF is in disbelief! Both men turn around, MJF swings but Ospreay goes Matrix! MJF returns the favor to dodge Ospreay!

Ospreay blocks a kick but MJF pokes him in the eyes! MJF flips everyone off, but Ospreay HOOK KICKS him! MJF rebounds to ROCK Ospreay! Ospreay rebounds to BOOT MJF! MJF rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! Ospreay rebounds, MJF SWATS the lariat, gets Ospreay up but Ospreay slips outta the bomb! MJF blocks the kick again, KNEES Ospreay and runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGIRI! MJF rebounds, Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay lifts MJF but MJF back drops free! Ospreay sunset flips it, TWO!! MJF sits on the cover, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! ONE! ONE! ONE! ONE!

Ospreay keeps MJF down, TWO!! MJF swings, Ospreay dodges, OSC- SUPERKICK!! MJF drags Ospreay up, suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE returns! Then PISONI-RANA returns!! Ospreay underhooks to STORM- NO, MJF slips free to DREAM SMASHER! MJF runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Even after all that, there’s still something in the gas tanks on both men! Little Rock gives a standing ovation for this AEW Match of the Year contender! MJF crawls to a corner, Ospreay pursues. Ospreay puts MJF up top, ROCKS him, but has to slap some fire into himself. Ospreay goes up top, but MJF fires body shots!

MJF gut wrenches Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks free! Ospreay then slingshots back up, to SUPER OSCUTTER!! And HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay can’t believe it and now he’s mad! Ospreay throws off the elbow pad as Little Rock is erupting! MJF sits up, but DUCKS the Hidden Blade! Ospreay tumbles but MJF is also down, too tired to sit back up. Ospreay crawls his way back over, sits MJF up, but MJF SPITS at him!! Ospreay gets REALLY mad now! MJF panics, Ospreay HEADBUTTS him! Ospreay reels MJF in, the fans say do it, and Ospreay says yes! Underhooks, one minute warning, but Ospreay isn’t sure which Storm Attack to use!

Ospreay hauls MJF up, to STORM…! NO, Ospreay stops short of the driver! They fans boo, they want him to end MJF but Ospreay says he’s not like that anymore. Ospreay drags MJF up , MJF SHOVES Ospreay into the ref!! The ref goes down, we’re under 20 seconds! Ospreay hurries over to MJF, DYNAMITE DIAMOND RING PUNCH!!! Cover, MJF WINS!!!!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

There was literally two seconds left, but MJF pulls it off!! The Wolf of Wrestling proves he’s still just a lowdown dirty snake, but he’s the snake that stole the gold from the #BillyGOAT. Medics help both guys get icepacks, water and oxygen, and MJF rises like a zombie to celebrate himself. The Scumbag may have survived The Aerial Assassin, but will he be ready to go All In against The Bastard?

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

Arkady Aura is with the Sussex County Chicken, as well as Max Caster & Anthony Bowens, and says they asked for this time to talk with each other. Caster says that’s right, because they know Mr. Briscoe is on Team AEW for Blood & Guts. They also know that Team AEW needs a couple more partners, and the only way Mark gets “The Best Wrestler Alive” on his side is when Caster & Bowens join the team together. Plus, The Acclaimed just beat The Bucks a couple weeks ago, they have their number, this is a no brainer! Bowens says that’s right! And they’re also this close to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions once again, they want a piece of The Bucks’ asses!

Plus, when you think AEW, you think The Acclaimed, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So they want in! Mark says that’s right! They had his back a couple weeks ago, so as far as he’s concerned, The Acclaimed is in, baby! But Mark’s not the only man calling the shots on this, if you understand what he’s saying. In steps AEW World Champion, Swerve Strickland. Swerve says listen! They’ve been through their fair share of squabbles, so he knows what Acclaimed is all about. Swerve’s also been in battles with The Briscoes, so he knows Dem Boys are real tough people. There is nobody better to go to war with than those you’ve battled against.

Therefore, “y’all ready to get violent?” The Acclaimed say hell yeah! Hands in, and Mark warns The Elite that Team AEW is coming for them! LET’S GO, BABY!! Bowens & Caster follow Briscoe out, Swerve nods, will this team be ready to rip apart The Elite? Will Swerve be ready for The Rainmaker later on tonight in the main event? Or will Kazuchika Okada rain on Swerve’s House and wash it away?

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

The Redwood introduces to the “seeds, saplings, roots and most importantly, branches,” the Learning Tree, Chris Jericho! The “For The World” Champion is accompanied by “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith as he makes his way out here, waving to Little Rock. The fans boo but Jericho still smiles. “Hi, guys~! Y’know, Little Rock, you need to take a few lessons from The Learning Tree. This city is such a high-crime, violent city, 1,533 crimes for ever 100,000 people, you can do better than that! But let’s talk about Dynamite 250 for AEW, I was on the very first Dynamite, and I’ve been on almost every single one since.

“And the ones that I missed, the Branches were so angry, cards and letters filed in, so I made a promise, I’m never gonna miss another Dynamite again.” The fans boo but Jericho says he’ll be on every one, even until episode 500! It’s like he’s said: When you listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. And when you don’t, people get hurt, dammit! This isn’t right! Jericho is begging us all to listen to him! Look to those who haven’t. Shibata’s arm, Hook getting that fireball to his face, that’s horrible. And then Samoa Joe is literally driven through a wall because he wasn’t listening to The Learning Tree!

Jericho is begging us, this has to stop! People are getting hurt! At this point, everyone should realize they need to listen to Jericho. Surely everyone knows the teachings of Jericho are so important. Who would be crazy enough not to listen? Who would be psychotic enough not to use the teachings of Jericho? Who would be maniacal enough to- IS THAT MINORU SUZUKI!? Jericho is very worried seeing the Meanest Man in the World returning here to AEW! Suzuki has a paper in his hands, but what could it be? Suzuki goes to the ring and fans get fired up. Suzuki waits, and he steps in at “KAZE NI NARE~!”

Suzuki stares Jericho down while the fans cheer him on. Suzuki looks at the FTW Championship, then he snatches Jericho’s mic. “Next week…” Suzuki holds up the paper, Keith snatches it, and Keith reads it for Jericho. This is an official order from AEW management. The Redwood AND Bad Apple are banned from ringside for Jericho VS Suzuki, an FTW Championship match! Suzuki then HEADBUTTS Jericho down! Bill goes to help Jericho and Keith backs up. Suzuki grins and waves, “Bye, guys~!” Jericho looks to be fearing for his life now that he knows there is someone crazy enough to ignore his teachings. Will the King of Pancrase cut down The Learning Tree?

 

The Elite speak.

Nicholas asks Matthew and Okada if they heard all that. The Elite heard what The Acclaimed, Mark Briscoe and Swerve Strickland had to say, and it is ridiculous! What pisses them off even more is that The Acclaimed think they’re just gonna become two-time AEW Tag Team Champions. Not on their watch! Matt says what those guys need is a reminder about just who the hecc they are! This is THE Elite, the greatest team in AEW. And after next week, they’ll have all the gold and all the power! Nick points out it won’t be all the gold. Swerve is still AEW World Champion. Well, Matt says after what they do to Swerve, that title might just end up vacated.

Because see, they’re dealing with the most dangerous people in the business. They’re going up against The Young Bucks, the greatest tag team ever. They’re dealing with the Continental Champion, The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada. They’re dealing with the unpredictable Scapegoat, the TNT Champion, Jack Perry. And Matt’s favorite part: making his return to The Elite, Hangman Adam Page! And oh, in steps the TBS Champion, Mercedes Mone! The CEO says hi to the EVPs, and she thanks them for banning Britt Baker from even being backstage tonight so that she can’t ruin Dynamite 250 for them.

Matt says let’s just say there’s no drama coming from The DMD to the CEO, via the EVPs. Okada whispers something to Matt and Matt asks if Mone will do the dance for them. Oh, her CEO shuffle? Of course! C E O! C E O! Ok, got to go~! Mone heads out, Okada wipes himself down. He claims it’s just really hot back here. Matt & Nick say okay, sure. But will The CEO still be golden like The Elite? Or will she end up the Native Beast’s next meal?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

Well, as we just heard, there will be no Britt Baker anywhere tonight because that is how bad she got under The CEO’s skin. Mone even made sure this Open Challenge would not allow Britt to answer it, so in steps a different former AEW Women’s World Champion. Will Mone find there are threats all over the AEW roster? Or will she still be making that double champion type bank?

The introductions are made, the teal title is raised, and we see who is truly the Face of TBS!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and Mone tries but she can’t push Nyla back at all! Nyla puts Mone in a corner, Mone goes up the ropes, but the ref counts. Nyla lets off but Mone scuffs her. Nyla is annoyed, but she mocks Mone’s dance. Nyla runs up, Mone leaps over, but then Nyla runs up again. Mone gets around, waistlocks, but Nyla THROWS her away! The fans rally, Nyla storms up but Mone drop toeholds her onto ropes! Mone CLUBS and stomps away on Nyla. Mone drags Nyla up to stomp into a corner, but the ref counts. Mone digs her boots in, but lets off at 4.

Mone backs off to then storm back up and drag Nyla up. Mone talks trash, but Nyla reels her in! Nyla suplexes, and she holds Mone up, does a squat or two, but Mone slips free! Mone CLUBS Nyla, runs, but Nyla scoops her! Nyla stops the tilt-o-whirl, and shouts, “Have you lost your mind?!” Nyla suplexes to hang Mone out to dry! Nyla KNEES Mone, goes to the corner and climbs, and the fans fire up for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Nyla drags Money to the cover, TWO!! Mone survives and Nyla is frustrated, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Mone up, ELBOWS her down, then she drags Mone into a backbreaker rack across her knee! Mone endures, even as Nyla pushes her down! Mone fights free with kicks, then fires forearms. Nyla ROCKS Mone right back! Nyla then torture racks Mone to thrash her around! Mone endures, slips down, but Nyla blocks the arm-drag! Nyla whips Mone into the corner, then runs in, only for Mone to move! Nyla POSTS herself, then Mone goes to the apron. Mone BOOTS Nyla into the post! Nyla falls back, Mone soaks up the cheers and jeers, then she sits Nyla down. METEORA! Mone drags Nyla to a cover, TWO!

Mone is upset so she rains down fists! The ref reprimands, Mone lets off to swagger around. Mone stalks Nyla, stomps her around, then bumps her off buckles. Mone stands Nyla up for forearm after forearm, then she climbs up to rain down fists! Mone goes to nine, soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Nyla brings Mone off the corner! Mone RANAS Nyla away, hurries to run, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO! Mone is frustrated but Nyla’s a former champion for a reason. Mone drags Nyla up, and clamps on with a COBRA TWIST! Nyla endures, even as Mone puts on the pressure. Mone ELBOWS Nyla in the ribs, but Nyla powers out with a hip toss!

Mone stands, blocks a boot and KNEES Nyla back. Mone runs, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Dynamite 250 returns to single picture while Nyla starts to fade! The fans rally, Nyla fights up, and she swings Mone around into a facelock! Nyla snap suplexes Money away! The fans fire up while Mone flounders to a corner. Nyla snarls, rises up, and runs in to back body block! And then LARIAT! Mone staggers back up, Nyla runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Mone sits down, Nyla fires up and Little Rock is with her! CANNONBALL! Nyla drags Mone to a cover, TWO!! Mone survives, showing why she’s been champion all over the world.

Nyla snarls, and she goes up the corner. Mone stands to kick the leg! Nyla falls, Mone goes up and up to VADER BOMB! Nyla sputters, Mone gets moving, BOOT WASH! Mone pushes Nyla, goes up the corner, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Mone can’t believe it! Mone drags Nyla up, turns her, but Nyla’s too big to Gory Especial! Nyla RAMS Mone into the corner, the fans duel, but Nyla puts Mone up top. Nyla then climbs up to have Mone’s arm. But Mone fires elbows on Nyla! Mone adjusts position, and SUPER BULLDOGS! Mone then brings out a glove, all to mock Britt!

Mone puts on her glove, spells out “C! E! O!” RINGS OF SATURN, and then the LOCKJAW!! Nyla BITES Mone’s fingers!! That’s what Mone gets! But then DRIBBLES Nyla’s face off the mat, and puts on the STATEMENT MAKER! Nyla taps, Mone wins!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by submission (still AEW TBS Champion)

Mone may not be able to do it like The DMD, but she still wins out and holds up both belts. Mone then spots a fan with a sign, “DMD > CEO,” and she snatches that sign! Mone RIPS the sign up, and the fan wearing the Sting mask is upset. That fan pie faces Mone!? Because surprise! It’s BRITT BAKER!! The DMD suck into the show and The CEO is running for her life!! Security surrounds Mone to shield her from Britt! The guards then swarm Britt, and Mone is safe, for now. Will Britt have her Wembley Stadium moment with Mone whether Mone likes it or not?

 

Jack Perry speaks.

The Scapegoat flips a coin, then tells Darby Allin, “You wanted to get my attention? Well, you’ve got it now. All you had to do was ask. Did you really have to go and hurt Brandon Cutler? Maybe what I mean to say is, do you think I give a s*it about Brandon Cutler?” He is standing OVER Brandon! And then THROWS him through a door! Jack SMACKS Brandon off a boiler, then tells Darby to come find Jack tonight. Then Jack will show Darby what real sacrifice looks like. Will The Relentless One get that fight with the TNT Champion after all?

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Leading Lady is back so soon after how brutally Mariah May betrayed her? Wait, no… That’s Mariah May taking her cosplay to a new level. The understudy is now portraying the part of AEW Women’s World Champion as she menacingly makes her way down to the ring. The fans boo the protege for how she did Toni Storm dirty, but Mariah grabs a mic for herself. The fans chant for Toni but Mariah sighs. “Let’s be honest. You all saw it coming. Everybody saw it coming, except Toni Storm.” The fans boo but Mariah says that woman is so desperate for the spotlight, she didn’t realize she was giving it all away.

“The question shouldn’t be ‘why,’ the question should be, ‘Mariah, what took you so long?’ Honestly, I didn’t think it would last this long either. But it was so… easy! And I was having so much fun stringing her along, I just wanted to see how far it would go. But then, I saw Wembley. And I thought, ‘Why take the old horse out back when I can kill it in front of as many people as possible?” The fans boo more but Mariah says she’s been Toni Storm, and now she can be so much more! Fans chant “We Want Toni!” and Mariah smirks. Mariah tells Toni not to worry, she still loves her. In fact, she’s never loved her more than when Toni was on her knees, screaming and crying Mariah’s name. “That was your greatest performance.”

As for Mariah’s greatest performance, that will be at All In! The fans boo more but Mariah says now, AEW is All About Mariah! Mariah then lies back on the mat to revel in it just like Toni would. But will Toni make sure Mariah suffers far worse than what she gave Toni?

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

The Bang Bang Gang returned backstage but they’re asked about being stripped of the Unified World Trios Championships. Juice said hold on, they ain’t been stripped of nothing. Whoever wants these belts will have to pry them out of their cold, dead hands! But then Christopher Daniels and a couple refs appear backstage, and the Fallen Angel knows it isn’t the most popular decision, nor is it fair to the champs, but that’s the rules of AEW. Austin says he isn’t taking these belts! Daniels says it’s either that or they’re suspended and they don’t get a chance to fight for them against The Patriarchy.

Colten says fine, take ’em. Take all nine belts! Daniels gathers them up and Austin tells Christian Cage that they are not scared of a guy with a daddy fetish, some TikTok kid, a stepmom straight outta Brazzers, and a giant lizard! Juice says what will happen is The Collision Cowboys come home, and they come home with their little hardware homies! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Will Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin make sure Captain Charisma and his “sons” never touch the gold? Or can no one stop The Patriarchy from taking over AEW?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

It is a Champion VS Champion showdown to close this milestone episode, but no titles are on the line. However, Blood & Guts is just next week, and each side is looking for momentum. Will Little Rock belong to Swerve’s House? Or will The Rainmaker prove he’s the top champion in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The two tie up, Okada headlocks for the takeover but Swerve headscissors. Okada kips free, roles reverse, but then Okada headscissors. Swerve kips free, blocks the takeover this time, and he brings Okada up to power out. Okada avoids the hurdle, BOOTS back, then runs. Swerve rolls to trip Okada, then runs. Okada avoids the House Call, waistlocks then ripcords, but Swerve ducks the lariat! Swerve half nelsons but Okada fights out! Swerve arm-drags, Okada headscissors, Swerve kips up, and fans fire up for the stare down!

Swerve grins but Okada brushes things off. The two reset, knuckle lock, and Okada kicks low! Okada CLUBS Swerve, ROCKS him with a forearm, then scoops. Swerve slips free, Okada runs up, but Swerve goes up and over to roll Okada up. Okada rolls through but Swerve EDDY GORDO RANAS! The fans fire up, Swerve runs to UPPERCUT Okada! Swerve snapmares Okada, goes up and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Swerve hits the Griddy and fans cheer! Swerve even mocks the Rainmaker pose! Okada sits up and glares at Swerve. Swerve eggs Okada on, so Okada ROCKS him! Swerve ROCKS Okada back!

The forearms go back and forth, then they pick up speed! Okada dares Swerve to hit him, so Swerve kicks low! Swerve whips, Okada reverses to then FLAPJACK! Swerve tumbles out of the ring but Okada pursues. Okada runs up to kick and DDT to the floor! Swerve writhes and Okada just watches him while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ring count climbs, but Okada drags Swerve up. Okada brings Swerve over, SMACKS him off steps, and he stalks Swerve around the way. Okada SMACKS Swerve off the steps again! Okada refreshes the count, then pursues Swerve. Swerve rolls into the ring but Okada drags him out. Okada RAMS Swerve into the barriers! The fans are torn but Okada just goes back into the ring. Swerve rolls in, Okada drags him up, but Swerve fires body shots! Swerve shoves Okada, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free to go for an arm! Then he hits a NECKBREAKER! Okada watches Swerve flounder away, then storms up on him.

Okada brings Swerve up but Swerve pushes him into a corner. Okada CLUBS Swerve down, whips corner to corner hard, and Swerve falls to his knees. Okada runs in to ELBOW Swerve, and Swerve falls again. Okada rests against ropes, taking Swerve a little lightly here, but he goes back over. Okada brings Swerve up to ROCK him, then UPPERCUT him! Swerve goes to a corner, but he fires forearms in return! Okada eggs Swerve on, so Swerve fires more shots! Okada UPPERCUTS Swerve again! Swerve drops to his knees, and Okada kicks him. Okada eggs Swerve on, the fans rally up, and Okada scuffs Swerve.

Swerve SLAPS Okada! Swerve fires forearms but Okada doesn’t budge! Okada eggs Swerve on, Dynamite 250 returns to single picture, and Swerve throws more forearms! Okada roars, runs up, but Swerve ducks to then RISING HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, Swerve shakes that off to storm back up on Okada. Swerve whips, Okada reverses, but Swerve BOOTS Okada! Swerve goes up but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Swerve ends up on the apron, Nana coaches him up and the fans rally. Swerve rises, drags himself up, but Okada storms out after him. Okada scoops Swerve but Swerve holds ropes to stop the driver!

Swerve CLUBS Okada, is free, and he fireman’s carries! Okada flails free, swings, but Swerve HOTSHOTS Okada away! Swerve then slingshots in, somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Gator roll to the deadlift and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Okada survives that and Swerve grows frustrated. Swerve shakes out his arms, then goes to a corner. Okada sits up in a daze but Swerve goes up. Okada hurries to anchor Swerve! Okada brings Swerve down to CLAW his face! The ref reprimands, Okada lets off, but then Okada brings Swerve out in the Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Okada pretends to be upset but then he’s stone faced as he drags Swerve up. Okada scoops and SLAMS Swerve, then he climbs the corner. Nana warns Swerve, but the MACHO ELBOW still hits! Okada rises, the fans boo, and Okada Rainmaker MIDDLE FINGERS! But Swerve victory rolls him! TWO!! Okada runs up and stops the discus, to DISCUS miss as Swerve goes Matrix! Swerve kips up to mule kick, CLUB, BOOT, and- DROPKICK from Okada! The fans fire up while both men are down! The ref starts a standing count and the fans rally up. Both men sit up at 5 of 10, and Okada flounders to a corner.

Swerve runs up, blocks a boot and CLUBS the leg! Okada tries again but Swerve slips around to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Then right into a powerbomb to POWERSLAM! Swerve hurries up the corner, takes aim, KILL- NO, Okada dodges! Okada scoops and TOMBSTONE!! Okada roars because he’s not done! He drags Swerve up, ripcords, RAIN- JUMPING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous and Swerve aims from a corner! “Whose House?” THE BUCKS ATTACK SWERVE!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Elite doesn’t care about the win anymore, because they’re looking to hurt Swerve! But wait, here comes The Acclaimed! they brawl with The Bucks! But then Jack Perry shows up to CLOBBER Caster! But then here comes Mark Briscoe! Chicken DECKS Matt, DECKS Jack, and DECKS Nick! Team AEW stands tall together, but Jack comes back for more! Jack whips Briscoe, but he dodges Jack to DIVE onto the Bucks! The fans fire up as Mark goes back for Jack, only to end up in the DRAPING DDT! The Scapegoat fancies himself a Viper, does he? But then HOUSE CALL for Jack Perry!

The AEW World Champion stands tall and Little Rock is thunderous! But then, here comes The Black Hat. Swerve turns around to glare at Hangman as he storms down, glaring at Swerve! The fans are thunderous again, but then Okada trips Swerve up! Okada drags Swerve out, but then Bowens does the same to Hangman! The brawl is going all over the ringside area but it is still 5v4 in favor of The Elite! Security rushes out here to stop this, and The Elite uses the security as their shields! BUT WAIT! Darby Allin is here!! Jack did call him out, so here he comes! Jack looks around, where could he be?

Wait! LOOK UP! Darby drops in from the rafters just like The Icon, Sting! And so now we have 5v5!! The brawl is on again and Little Rock is losing their minds! Security and refs hurry in to stop this, but the security gets thrown aside! Jack is after Darby, Mark helps Darby against him, but then Mark has to fight off Nick! Darby dribbles Jack off the floor! Jack RAMS Darby into railing, Mark returns to help Darby! Security finally separates the factions, which is just fine by The Bucks! But will nothing stop Team AEW from destroying this corrupt Elite once and for all?


My Thoughts:

Now this was an awesome episode of Dynamite. They only advertised three matches, and it turns out that’s all we needed. Ospreay VS MJF was made the opener so they could just go off and give us almost an hour of their best stuff. It kinda makes some PPV matches feel lesser now, but hey, a match of the year candidate is still a match of the year candidate, no matter if it’s TV or PPV. MJF winning out surprised me, but he did cheat so that protects Ospreay. I was hoping for Ospreay VS Pac at All In, but I suppose “The Scumbag VS The Bastard” makes for some fun build. And with how much MJF was taunting Garcia, this has to mean Garcia shows up at All In to go after MJF.

TV Time with Jericho was properly short because we can’t actually drag the show to a screeching halt after how awesome Ospreay VS MJF was. As Jericho started listing qualities like “crazy” and “maniacal,” I just felt Suzuki showing up. Suzuki getting his FTW Championship match with Jericho next week is great, but I’m still thinking Jericho retains. Now, while Keith & Bill are banned from ringside, nothing is stopping Hook from showing up. Hook could go after Jericho after he retains, and that sets up Jericho VS Hook for All In. Which would be interesting because that makes it back to back All In shows for Hook and this FTW Championship.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang with Daniels, but like, so filler. Who needed to see them hand over the belts? Or rather, why couldn’t they have figured out to do that during Collision? Very good promo from Mariah May where she completes her transformation into Toni Storm’s replacement. She even phrased it “All About Mariah” to nod how this has been All About Eve the movie, in wrestling form. The fans kept going “What?” just cuz she was taking things slowly, which is rude, but I do feel she could’ve been faster about it. She was definitely going for something with her pacing, but maybe she was also just filling for a little more time. Toni will surely have a response next week or something, though.

Very good promo from Acclaimed with Mark Briscoe and Swerve to establish the Acclaimed joining Team AEW, and very good response promo from The Elite to call them out on it. Though, what a weird detail for Okada to be a Mone simp. He’s married for crying out loud! But that aside, Mone is still tangentially a part of The Elite, and she had a very good match with Nyla tonight. Mone of course found the way to win, but I do appreciate Britt gives us a Sting shoutout by wearing the Sting mask before revealing she was here. Mone running scared was pretty funny, and yeah duh, this match is happening at All In.

In relation, very good promo from Jack Perry, even if poor Brandon had to get beat up again. Jack calling Darby out was good foreshadowing for Darby’s own Sting tribute, and I figured last week that Darby Allin was going to be Team AEW for Blood & Guts. Great main event from Swerve VS Okada that The Bucks of course had to “ruin” to save Okada from a legit loss. At the same time, this keeps either champion from owing the other a title match so close to All In. Great brawl to give us the full 5v5, Blood & Guts is going to be some wild stuff, and it can definitely go either with so many champions involved this time. However, as Mark Briscoe is the only one whose rivalry is NOT in Blood & Guts, he probably takes the loss for Team AEW.

My Score: 9.1/10


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