AEW Double Or Nothing 5/25/2019
Written by: Bob Colling
All Elite Wrestling presents Double Or Nothing
From: Las Vegas, NV
Opening Contest: 21-Man Casino Battle Royale: Considering the format, this is going to be difficult to writeup. MJF got some good heel reaction early on and gets beat on by Brandon Cutler. MJF had went after Dustin Thomas, who doesn’t have legs due to a medical condition. Nakazawa uses baby oil quite a bit to get free of holds. Brian Pillman Jr. kicked Isiah Cassidy on the apron and then was met with a double suplex by Joey Janela and Jimmy Havoc. Shawn Spears made his debut and dropped MJF over his knee neck first. Jungle Boy dropped Janela with a nice head scissors off the ropes. Glacier got some shine on MJF with a few kicks. Nakazawa was the first elimination by Sunny Daze. Glacier eliminated Daze, but MJF quickly got rid of Glacier. Janela has a cigarette stapled to his head by Jimmy Havoc. Private Party hit a hurrcianrana/ace cutter combo on Pillman Jr. Stunt hits a lung blower on Billy Gunn.
Ace Romero hits a suicide dive on Dreamer, Kiss and Luchasaurs. Romero and Luchasaurus trade right hands in the middle of the ring as Dreamer came back down with a trash can of weapons, which gets the ever dated ECW chant. Dreamer cleans house with trash can lid shots. Dreamer drops Havoc with an ace cutter. Luchasaurus chokeslams Private Party.
The final entrant to the match is Adam Page, who had been said he wasn’t cleared to compete due to a knee injury. Page cleans house with clotheslines to anyone that gets in his way. Janela and Page trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Page drops Janela with a discus strike and plants Janela with a Dead Eye. Romero forearms Luchsaurus and Page tries to pickup Romero, but his knee gives out. Romero catches Stunt, but Jungle Boy kicks Romero to help out Stunt. Romero falls backwards to splash Jungle Boy to breakout of a sleeper. Romero pounces Stunt over the top to the floor onto Private Party! Jungle Boy manages to eliminate Romero from behind! Dustin Thomas hits a 619 on Janela and a 450 splash! Thomas eliminates Spears! MJF blocks a slingshot DDT and knocks Thomas to the floor. Cutler eliminates Gunn! MJF eliminates Cutler!
Luchasaurs chokeslams Janela over the top to the floor through a table! Sonny Kiss rams Dreamer into his ass in the corner while twerking. Dreamer proceeds to eliminate Kiss. Orange Cassidy appears and is now in the match with some slow, “vicious” kicks. Dreamer laughs it off as Cassidy stands there. Cassidy pops up after a right hand and gets thrown over the top to the floor. Havoc staples Dreamer in the groin and eliminates Dreamer. Havoc bites Jungle Boy’s hands to eliminate him.
Page, Havoc, MJF and Luchasaurs are the final four with everyone going after MJF. Havoc forearms Luchasaurs followed by a Rainmaker lariat. Havoc uppercuts Page and hits a Death Valley Driver and a kick to the chest. Page dumps Havoc to the apron and is kicked off by Luchasaurs. Luchasauras kicks Page and face plants Page to the mat. Page pulls down the ropes and Luchasaurs gets eliminated. MJF tries to eliminate Page from behind and fails to do so. Page hits the Bucksnort Lariat and eliminates MJF over the top to the floor! (***1/2. I honestly think that AEW produces the best battle royals in recent memory. Seemingly everyone got their moment to shine and there is drama attached to each battle royal. MJF came across like a star for AEW and is likely going to be a top heel for the company. Page winning was the obvious choice and Page is going to be a top face for the company for a longtime. This was a great way to start the show.)
Backstage, Alicia Atout interviews Kylie Rae, who is super happy. Rae says it’s a massive night for her and then Peter Avalon comes in and tells Rae to be quiet. Liv Bates comes in and tells Avalon to be quiet. They begin to “shhh” each other while Rae just smiles there.
Second Contest: Sammy Guevara vs. Kip Sabian: They go down to the mat with a lockup and Guevara keeps control with a headlock. Sabian head scissors Guevara but Guevara kips up and taunts the crowd. Sabian runs the ropes and takes Guevara over with a springboard hurricanrana. Guevara nails Sabian with a nice dropkick and taunts the crowd after doing so. Sabian kicks Guevara off the apron after faking a springboard and hits a springboard somersault dive to the floor. Guevara dives over the ropes to take out Sabian. Guevara chops Sabian in the corner and taunts the crowd before delivering a double stomp. Guevara kicks Sabian several times, but Sabian delivers a dragon screw leg whip and locks in a leg lock. Guevara manages to reach the ropes quickly. Guevara slams Sabian followed by a standing moonsault and a standing shooting star press for a two count. Sabian kicks Guevara from the apron and hits a springboard dropkick. Sabian kicks Guevara in the corner followed by a seated kick for a two count. Sabian elbows Guevara but is met with a forearm. Guevara suplexs Sabian over the top and holds on to hit another suplex on the floor! Guevara places Sabian over the railing and hits a shooting star press onto Sabian over the railing! Guevara tries for a 630, but Sabian got his knees up. Sabian hits the Deadly Hollows and wins the match. (***1/4. Well, that was a really solid match. Guevara performed some great moves, which makes me wonder if he’s going to have long run as a heel because it’s difficult to boo a man who does some awesome moves.)
Third Contest: SCU (Christopher Daniels, Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. CIMA, El Lindaman & T-Hawk: CIMA and Daniels kickoff the six man tag match. Daniels shoulder blocks CIMA but they avoid each other several times until they trade arm drags. Kazarian and Hawk enter the match with Kazarian taking Hawk down to the mat for a two count followed by a clothesline. Kazarian gets chopped by Hawk and Hawk delivers a shoulder block. Sky nails Hawk with a standing dropkick. Hawk chops Sky, but Sky hits a sit out spinebuster. CIMA knocks Daniels and Kazarian off the apron. Lindaman enters to splash Sky for a two count. Sky slams Lindaman and Daniels hits a slingshot elbow drop while Kazarian hits a slingshot leg drop. Sky uppercuts Lindaman in the corner and Kazarian delivers a dropkick in the corner. Kazarian hits a swinging neckbreaker on Lindaman for a near fall. Daniels is put over the middle rope and CIMA hit a double knee strike! Hawk dropkicks Sky, but runs into a knee by Kazarian. Hawk knocks Kazarian to the floor and Daniels gets a knee strike in the corner.
CIMA hits a slingshot senton onto Daniels from the apron. Daniels is slammed to the mat and met with a double dropkick. Daniels elbows Lindaman to avoid a slam but a jawbreaker stops Daniels. Hawk tags in and controls Daniels with a leg lock on the mat allowing a double dropkick to Daniels. Daniels is trapped in the middle of the ring, but Sky breaks free to breakup the submission attempt. Daniels plants Hawk with an STO. Sky and Lindaman get tags with Sky cleaning house with clotheslines on all three men. Sky double stomps CIMA after coming off the ropes. Lindaman knees Sky to the face and CIMA hits a kick followed by a German suplex by Lindaman for a near fall. Lindaman tries for a sunset flip off the middle rope, but Sky delivers a dropkick after rolling through. Kazarian plants Hawk with a neckbreaker out of a hip toss. Kazarian hits a northern lights suplex on Hawk and nearly pins CIMA at the same time. Daniels stomps Hawk off the middle rope and takes Lindaman out with a suicide dive. CIMA drops Daniels on his head with a slam, but Sky hits a slingshot cutter from the apron. Lindaman trips Sky and hits a running dropkick. Kazarian hits a slingshot DDT on Lindaman. Daniels is dumped to the floor and Kazarian collides with Hawk on a clothesline attempt.
Daniels and Hawk trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Lindaman tags in as Daniels hit Angels Wings on Hawk. Lindaman nearly pins Daniels after a German suplex. Daniels kicks out after a top rope knee strike. Kazarian leg drops Hawk over the middle rope. Sky takes Hawk and CIMA out with a somersault dive to the floor. Daniels kicks Lindaman and Kazarian catches Lindaman to hit the Best Meltzer Ever for the win (moonsault/tombstone piledriver). (****. A great six man tag match to start the official pay per view. As soon as the action picked up these guys delivered one hell of a match. I think it is hilarious that another team has a finishing move in reference to Dave Meltzer.)
Prior to the next match, which was supposed to be a three way match, Brandi Rhodes comes out and decides to make a change. The match is now going to be a four way match and Brandi introduces the next wrestler, Awesome Kong!
Fourth Contest: Britt Baker vs. Awesome Kong vs. Kylie Rae vs. Nyla Rose: Kong and Rose have a standoff to start the four way. Rae and Baker attack Kong but they get shoved off. Rose slaps Kong, and is met with a back fist for doing so. Rae jumps on Kong’s back, and is slammed to the mat. Kong slams Baker onto Rae. Kong misses a splash on both women. Baker dumps Kong over the top to the floor. Rae nearly pins Baker with a rollup from behind. Baker forearms Rose off the apron. Baker takes Rae over with a slam and taunts Rae. Rae sends Baker to the corner but misses and Baker goes to the apron where Kong catches Baker on a crossbody attempt. Rae takes both Kong and Baker out with a suicide dive! Rose scoop slams Rae and continues with a leg drop for a two count. Rose tries for a chokeslam on Rae, but Rae fights out but runs into a spinebuster. Baker plants Rose with a Sling Blade for a two count. Baker kicks Kong, but Rose delivers a forearm to stop Baker followed by a Samoan Drop.
Rose tries for a powerbomb on Rae, but Rae counter with a rollup for a two count. Baker forearms Rae several times followed by a knee strike in the corner. Rose clotheslines Baker from behind and slams Rae. Rose goes to the top rope, but Baker cuts Rose off with a forearm. Baker and Rae go to the middle rope and work together, but Kong comes over and hits a Tower of Doom powerbomb! Kong grabs Baker on the floor and delivers a few strikes. Kong has Baker on the apron looking for a powerbomb, but Baker breaks free and superkicks Kong. Rae superkicks Kong again and Rose spears Kong into the ring steps! Baker nearly pins Rae with a rollup. Rae superkicks a seated Baker. Baker hits a swinging neckbreaker after a forearm but Rae kicks out at two. Rae blocks a superkick by Baker and manages to hit a deadlift German for a two count. Baker superkicks Rae and drops Rae over her knee for the three count. (***1/4. Man, if this is any indication as to what AEW’s women division will be, I can honestly say I’m interested in the division. This was loads of fun and everyone looked great. They told a great story with Kong and how she essentially got taken out of the match to protect her value. I’d like to see Baker vs. Rae in a singles capacity.)
Fifth Contest: Best Friends (Trent & Chuck Taylor) vs. Angelico & Jack Evans: Trent and Evans start the tag match with Evans keeping control with a headlock. Evans tries to shoulder block Trent, but that doesn’t work very well. Trent bounces off the ropes to shoulder block Evans. Taylor tags in and dropkicks Evans to keep control of the match. Angelico enters and all four men are going at it. Best Friends hit forearms in the corners and they try to hug, but they are dropkicked from behind. Angelico and Evans work over Trent in the corner with strikes. Evans hits a handspring back elbow in the corner. They hit a back suplex/double stomp combo on Trent. Trent is worked over by several kicks. Evans hits a standing 450 splash with help from Angelico for a two count. Angelico drops Trent with a back elbow for a two count. Angelico keeps Trent on the mat and locks in a submission, which is a modified half Boston Crab, but Taylor breaks up the submission attempt. Angelico slaps Taylor. Angelico runs into a big boot in the corner and Trent begins to crawl to his corner, but Evans enters and breaks the tag attempt. Evans enters and works over Trent sending Trent into the corner upside down.
Trent stumbles out of the corner to nail Evans with a clothesline. Taylor gets the tag and clotheslines Evans followed by a dropkick. Angelico enters to jab Taylor a few times. Taylor tosses Evans with an overhead suplex into Angelico. Taylor plants Evans with the Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Taylor drops Evans over the top rope and hits a Slice Bread on Angelico outside the ring. Taylor kicks Evans from the apron and double stomps Angelico. Trent spikes Evans with a tornado DDT! Taylor double stomps Evans from the top for another near fall. Evans stops Taylor with a jawbreaker and a Pele Kick on Trent. Taylor knee lifts Evans and Trent hits a running big boot. Angelico gets a Sole Food by Taylor and a suplex by Trent leading to a hug. Taylor tosses Evans into a cutter by Trent for a near fall. Evans hits a Code Red on Trent with help from Angelico. Evans leaps off Angelico to deliver a spin kick ton Trent and Evans splashes Trent after being lifted up by Angelico. Taylor grabs Angelico foot from the floor and Evans takes Taylor out with a moonsault! Angelico stops Trent with a knee strike in the corner.
Angelico hits a running buckle bomb and Evans hits a 630 splash on Trent, but Taylor breaks up the cover! Angelico dumps Taylor to the floor while Evans has Trent, but Trent counters with an inside cradle for a two count. Angelico sends Trent face first into the middle turnbuckle. Trent sits on the top by Evans while Angelico missed a dive to the floor. Taylor has Evans on his shoulders allowing Trent to leap off the top to hit a knee strike. Taylor takes Angelico out with a dive to the floor. Taylor double stomps Evans from the top as Trent hit a reverse piledriver to win the match. (***1/2. The first ever tag match for AEW delivered a quality match. AEW is proving that tag team wrestling certainly isn’t dead as they have several top level teams and the potential matchups to take place have my interest. I’m thrilled that Best Friends won as I wasn’t expecting them to walk out with a victory.)
After the match, the teams hug, but the lights go out. When the lights return, it’s the Super Smash Brothers in the ring! The crowd doesn’t seem to know who they were. There are minions also after the lights went out a second time. Angelico, Evans, Trent and Taylor are beaten up by the Super Smash Brothers and the minions. The fans are chanting “who are you?”, which is unfortunate. They hit some impressive moves to lay out the teams. The minions create a human throne for Evil Uno.
Sixth Contest: Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami vs. Aja Kong, Emi Sakura & Yuka Sakazaki: Yuka and Shida start the match with Yuka being polite after ducking a strike. They have a standoff after Yuka avoided a kick. Kong and Ryo tag into the match to square off. Ryo tries to shoulder block Kong, but isn’t successful at doing so. Ryo finally does knock Kong down with a shoulder block after several tries. Kong slaps Ryo several times followed by a double sledge strike to the chest. Sakura enters as does Riho and Sakura takes Riho down to the mat and Riho bridges out of control on the mat. Riho nearly pins Sakura with a rollup. Sakura hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker on Riho. Yuka comes off the top with a Thez Press and a running hurricanrana. Riho runs into a boot in the corner by Sakura hits a running dropkick off the ropes. Yuka slams Riho and tags in Sakura. Sakura puts Riho in a surfboard and lets go without a submission. Kong enters the match and taunts Riho’s partner. Kong controls Riho with a kick to the back. Kong headbutts Riho and delivers a scoop slam followed by an elbow drop.
Kong spikes Riho with a piledriver for a two count! Riho rolls through a slam and double stomps Yuka. Ryo tags in and cleans house with shoulder blocks until Kong doesn’t budge. Ryo nails Kong with a spear! Ryo chops Yuka in the corner several times. Ryo forearms Yuka in the corner and gets the crowd behind her. Ryo delivers a clothesline in the corner and hits a wheelbarrow suplex! Ryo comes off the ropes with a clothesline before tagging in Riho. Riho takes Kong over with a head scissors. Riho nails Kong with the 702 and heads to the top but is kicked by Kong in midair. Kong drops Riho with a backdrop driver for a two count. Kong misses a back splash on Riho and Shida tags in looking for a brainbuster on Kong. Kong blocks it and is met with a kick by Shida. Kong gets a can from her partner, but Shida gets a kendo stick. Kong blocks the stick with the can. Kong hits Shida with the can on the knee and over the head. Sakura enters and hits a running crossbody in the corner on Shida followed by a backbreaker.
Shida and Sakura trade forearms in the middle of the ring. Shida knee strikes Sakura to stop her momentum. Shida has Sakura in the corner and hits a suplex into the ring from the apron. Ryo hits a leg drop but the cover is broken up. Kong hits a double suplex on Shida and Tyo. Yuka dives to the floor to take out Shida and Ryo. Kong plants Shida with a brainbuster. Sakura hits a top rope moonsault for a two count. The bell sounded and music started to the play. Shida counters a suplex and Kong nails Sakura with a back fist. Shida nails Sakura with a running knee strike to win the match. (***1/4. Well, that was a fun match that might have gone a little too long, but they all were able to get their big moves in and come across as stars. The finish was botched, but the action makes up for the that. This exceeded my expectations. AEW’s women division is far superior to the WWE women’s division.)
Seventh Contest: Dustin Rhodes vs. Cody: Early on, Cody leg trips Dustin and then taunts his older brother. Cody uppercuts Dustin and dumps Dustin to the floor. Cody takes Dustin out with a suicide dive. Cody tells fans to move out of the way but fakes them out and Dustin kicks Cody from the apron. Dustin comes off the apron with a somersault dive. Dustin hits a running bulldog and hammers away on Cody with right hands in the corner. Dustin does a Stardust taunt in the corner after right hands. Dustin jabs Cody several times, but Cody bails to the floor. Cody eventually returns to the ring, but Brandi smacks Dustin and Cody delivers a gut buster for a two count. Cody controls Dustin with an abdominal stretch briefly. Cody takes Dustin down with a dragon screw leg whip. Cody takes Dustin over with a snap powerslam for a two count. Dustin clotheslines Cody a few times and drops to his knees to deliver a strike. Cody misses a splash in the corner and Dustin tries for the Shattered Dreams. Cody has removed the middle turnbuckle. Dustin tosses the turnbuckle pad into the crowd. Cody sends a charging Dustin into the exposed turnbuckle! Cody chats with Habner and Dustin staggers around ringside leading to Brandi hitting a spear outside the ring! Hebner leaves the ring and confronts Brandi ejects her from ringside! DDP comes out and carries Brandi to the backstage area.
Dustin has been busted wide open at this point. Cody wipes Dustin’s blood onto his chest and gets a two count. Cody gets a two count following a standing dropkick. Cody stomps away on Dustin in the corner. Cody sends Dustin hard back first into the corner. Dustin is dripping blood from his forehead. Cody drives Dustin down to the mat with a Curb Stomp for a two count. Dustin has a stream of blood pouring out of his head. Cody comes off the middle rope to deliver a double axe handle. Cody goes to the top rope but Dustin avoids and hits a snap powerslam for a two count. Cody gets a figure four locked in on Dustin. Dustin is able to rollover and they reach the ropes to break the hold. Cody takes off his weightlifting belt, but Hebner stops Cody. Dustin atomic drops Cody and exposes Cody’s ass to whip his brother with the belt. Dustin hits a Code Red, but Cody kicks out at two. Dustin sits Cody on the top turnbuckle and hits a top rope vertical suplex! Dustin hits a Cross Rhodes, but Cody kicks out at two!
Cody knees his way out of a DDT and low blows Dustin. Cody nails Dustin with a Disaster Kick and the Cross Rhodes but Dustin again kicks out at two. Dustin plants Cody with another Cross Rhodes, but can’t get a three count on the cover. They begin to trade right hands in the middle of the ring. Cody drops down to uppercut Dustin, but Dustin delivers his trademark strike. Cody nails Dustin with a bicycle kick. They collide in the middle of the ring. Dustin manages a near fall on the cover attempt. Cody hits a Verterbreaker! Cody plants Dustin with a Cross Rhodes and wins the match. (*****. Well, that was truly terrific. The visual of Dustin bleeding buckets and the pure emotion that the match had. This is easily a match I can see myself watching numerous times and not getting tired of it. Check this out and witness the greatness that Dustin Rhodes can still produce.)
Cody returns to the ring and tells Dustin that he doesn’t have the right to retire tonight. Because, Cody has a favor to ask. Cody put his name on a contract with a partner of his choosing to take on the Young Bucks. Cody doesn’t need a partner, he doesn’t a friend, but what he does need is his older brother. Cody breaks down and Dustin hugs Cody! This has to be considered one of the best professional wrestling moments, ever.
Bret Hart makes his way down to the ring to introduce the AEW World Heavyweight Championship. Adam Page makes his way out to join Bret Hart. MJF’s music hit as soon as Page enters the ring. The crowd is greeting MJF with some really good heel heat. MJF mocks Bret getting attacked by a fan by yelling “wait Bret a fan is coming!”, which causes Bret to smirk. MJF thinks the fans are jealous of him. MJF says he will be the face of AEW because a horse can’t be the face of it. MJF says that when a horse has a bum leg they get shot. MJF suggests that Page do themselves a favor and just give up his title shot to MJF, who is a real man. MJF is going to be the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. MJF says that catchphrase sucks and wants Page to give up his title shot because he’s better than Page. MJF backs off the apron, but Jungle Boy comes out from behind and MJF says he doesn’t want to fight a teenager. MJF goes to walk off, but Jimmy Havoc comes out as well. That causes MJF to backoff. Page gets to the floor and MJF backs into Jungle Boy and Havoc. MJF tries to fight his way out of the situation but is dropped by Havoc. Page tosses MJF over the railing into the crowd. Havoc beats on MJF in the crowd and they brawl backstage. Bret Hart reveals the AEW World Championship to the crowd.
Eighth Contest: AAA World Tag Team Champions Young Bucks vs. Rey Fenix & Pentagon Jr.: Pentagon and Matt start off the tag match. Matt is not interesting Pentagon doing his usual routine. Pentagon tries for a Penta Driver, but Matt breaks free. Pentagon manages to get his routine in and tags in Fenix. Nick wants to tag in, but Matt remains in the ring. Fenix avoids Matt nearly causing the champions to collide. Fenix arm drags the champs to the floor and taunts them in the ring after a handspring. Nick tags in and gets sent to the apron. Nick misses a kick on the apron and they avoid kicks on the floor. Fenix and Nick both attempt dropkicks on the floor and they have a standoff. Fenix and Nick don’t budge on shoulder blocks. Nick and Fenix begin to trade overhand chops with Nick getting the momentum but runs into a dropkick by Fenix. Fenix nails Matt with a forearm after a kick by Pentagon. Matt gets a double superkick for his troubles. Pentagon hits a Sling Blade on Matt and Fenix splashes Matt leading to a near fall for Pentagon.
Nick kicks Pentagon and tags Pentagon over with a head scissors and arm drags Fenix. Matt gets the tag and cleans house with clotheslines. Fenix nails Matt with a kick, but Matt press slams Fenix and spears Pentagon! Nick goes to the top to axe handle Pentagon. Matt also comes off the top with an axe handle. Nick tries for a double stomp and accidentally hits Matt. Nick stomps Pentagon to keep control of the match. Nick head scissors Pentagon and kicks Fenix off the apron after Matt had his legs around Fenix’s head. Nick accidentally dropkicks Matt in the corner and Pentagon monkey flips Nick into Matt in the corner. Fenix gets tagged in and misses a running knee strike. Fenix chops Matt and kicks Nick off the top rope. Fenix hits a springboard head scissors on Nick and a cutter on Matt for a two count. Pentagon kicks Matt on the lower leg a few times to keep control of the match. Matt kicks Pentagon in the corner and hits a middle rope flip stunner. Matt tries to tag out, but Fenix enters to nail Nick with a kick. Matt hits a northern lights suplex on Fenix, three times! Matt locks in a Sharpshooter and tosses Pentagon with a northern lights suplex.
Matt tags out to Nick who kicks Pentagon from the apron. Nick hits a slingshot face buster on Fenix and takes Pentagon out with a moonsault off the apron! Nick knee strikes Fenix in the corner and hits a bulldog while also hitting Pentagon with a clothesline. Bucks put stereo Sharpshooters on Fenix and Pentagon in the middle of the ring. Fenix and Pentagon are able to reach the ropes. Nick hits a 450 splash on Fenix as Matt held Fenix over the middle rope for a two count. Pentagon gets sent to the floor after breaking up the cover. Fenix is met with a buckle bomb/kick in the corner by the Bucks. Bucks hit a powerbomb/Slice Bread combo out of the corner onto Fenix for a near fall! Pentagon returns to the ring and cuts the Bucks off with chops. Matt superkicks Pentagon, but they all hit each other with superkicks. Matt and Fenix collide on clothesline attempts and everyone is laid out in the ring. Pentagon and Matt deliver double pump kicks on the apron to lay each other out. Fenix kicks Nick from the apron and Pentagon hits a running Canadian Destroyer on Matt on the apron! Fenix hits a Canadian Destroyer onto Nick in the ring for a near fall!
Fenix leaps off of Pentagon’s shoulders to hit the Bucks with a crossbody to the floor! Pentagon has Matt on his shoulders and drops Nick with a Package Piledriver. Fenix hits Nick with a senton splash for a near fall! Pentagon legally tags in, which I hadn’t even been paying attention to. Pentagon tries to snap Nick’s arm, but Matt saves his brother. Matt gets tagged in and hits a suplex. Fenix leaps off the top and is met with a double superkick by the Bucks in midair. Matt nails Fenix with a running boot in the corner. Matt has Fenix on the top rope and hits a top rope brainbuster on the top turnbuckle! Bucks hit More Bang For Your Buck, but Pentagon kicks out at two. Bucks hit a Package Piledriver/double stomp combo on Pentagon and Nick dives off the top onto Fenix on the floor! Fenix prevents the Meltzer Driver and Pentagon snaps Matt’s arm backwards! Pentagon hits the sit out slam, but Matt kicks out. Fenix superkicks Matt a few times. Fenix sits Matt on the top turnbuckle but Matt catches Fenix and the Bucks hit the Meltzer Driver! Matt covers Fenix and wins the match! (*****. Jesus that was great. I mean, honestly that was terrific. Just watch the match already.)
Main Event: Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho: Jericho slaps Omega against the ropes, and Omega slaps Jericho back. Jericho knocks Omega off his feet with a shoulder block. Omega chops Jericho several times followed by strikes in the corner. Jericho elbows Omega in the corner and avoids a knee strike. Jericho counters a hurricanrana by locking in the Walls of Jericho, but Omega crawls to the floor. Jericho nails Omega with a baseball slide. Jericho rams Omega face first onto a chair and grabs the ring bell claiming he’s the winner. Omega responds with chops on the floor and slams Jericho onto the timekeepers table. Omega tries for a springboard off the barricade, but Jericho shoves Omega into the front row. Jericho grabs the camera and films Omega, but Omega spits water into Jericho’s face followed by a springboard dropkick! Omega works over Jericho with elbows and chops against the ropes. Omega has Jericho on his shoulders to hit a rolling fireman’s carry and hits a moonsault off the middle rope for a two count. Jericho sends Omega into the middle turnbuckle. Jericho chops Omega in the corner, but Omega fights back with chops of his own. Jericho boots Omega in the corner before hitting a middle rope dropkick for a two count.
Omega chops Jericho several times, but Jericho fights back with strikes of his own. Jericho stops Omega with a clothesline for a two count. Jericho gets distracted taunting the fans. Omega hits a standing hurricanrana to get control of the match. Omega is bleeding from the nose at this point. Omega clotheslines Jericho over the top to the floor. Jericho goes under the ring to grab a table. Omega dropkicks the table into Jericho and comes off the ropes to take Jericho out with a somersault dive to take Jericho out. Omega slams the table onto Jericho before getting back into the ring. Omega hits a springboard double stomp to send the table into Jericho on the floor! Omega hits a bulldog for a two count. Omega nails Jericho with a spinning heel kick to send Jericho face first into the corner. Omega hits the V-Trigger in the corner to send Jericho face first into the bottom turnbuckle. Omega tries for a back suplex, but Jericho elbows Omega a few times. Omega has Jericho on the middle rope and tries for a suplex, but Jericho elbows free. Omega takes Jericho off the top with a back suplex!
Jericho nails Omega with a back elbow and tries for a moonsalt, but Omega got hit knees up. Omega hits the V-Trigger and tries for the One Winged Angel, but Jericho counters and hits a springboard moonsault to Omega’s head area. Jericho hits another springboard moonsault for a two count. Omega counters a Codebreaker and hits a V-Trigger right on Jericho’s jaw. Jericho backdrops Omega over the top through the table on the floor! Omega gets to the apron and is met with a strike by Jericho. Omega headbutts Jericho but an eye rake stops Omega. Jericho hits a springboard dropkick to drop Omega on the apron. Jericho has Omega on the top rope trying for a superplex, but Omega holds on and blocks the suplex attempt. Omega punches Jericho off the top rope and tries for a crossbody, but Jericho hits a Codebreaker in midair for a two count! Omega hits a quick dragon suplex. Omega hits another snap dragon suplex. Omega nails Jericho with a knee strike, but Jericho rolls through Omega and tries for a Walls of Jericho, but Omega spins through. Omega plants Jericho with a dangerous looking Tiger Driver! Omega tries for another knee strike, but Jericho counters and locks in the Walls of Jericho! Omega tries to reach the ropes, but Jericho pulls Omega back and puts his knee on Omega’s neck!
Omega kicks his way free and nails Jericho with a discus right hand followed by another V-Trigger. Omega tries for the One Winged Angel, but Jericho counters with a DDT, but Omega somehow tries for a cover managing a two count. Jericho nails Omega with a kick to the head. Jericho delivers a knee strike and tried for a springboard moonsault. Jericho counters the One Winged Angel, which was redoing a spot. Jericho plants Omega with a Codebreaker. Jericho drops Omega with the Judas Effect (a spinning back elbow) and cleanly pins Omega! (***1/2. It’s a good match and to follow two five star matches, to get to this level is an accomplishment. Omega did a lot of V-Triggers to a point where it got a little old for me. Early on, Jericho came across like he was well past his prime and looked like he shouldn’t be in this kind of role. However, because he’s a big name he’s going to be in this spot. I enjoyed the match, even if it wasn’t nearly to the level that their NJPW encounter was at. I’m not sure if Jericho will be as successful in the ring when not wrestling someone like Omega. Jericho has to be the favorite to be the first AEW World Champion.)
Jericho grabs a microphone and calls the fans ungrateful jerks for booing him after that match. Jericho says that it is his time now and tells the fans to shut up and listen to him. Jericho claims that he is AEW. AEW is not a company for the fans, but rather a company for himself. Jericho takes credit for all of AEW’s success. Jericho demands a thank you from everyone, but that’s not going to happen.
Jon Moxley is making his way through the crowd and they are going nuts. Jericho turns around to see Moxley standing in the ring and asks what Moxley is doing here. Moxley kicks Jericho and hits a DDT! Moxley plants the referee with a DDT, too! Moxley waves at Omega, who has not gotten up from the elbow strike. Moxley picks Omega up slowly and tries for a DDT, but Omega tackles Mocley through the ropes to the floor! Moxley sends Omega into the crowd and they trade strikes in the crowd. Omega rams Moxley into the guard railing a few times. Moxley and Omega brawl towards the stage. Omega sends Moxley into the big poker chips by the stage. Moxley climbs the poker chips and stops Omega with a few knees before hitting a DDT on the poker chips! Moxley has Omega on his shoulders and tosses Omega off the chips through a table with a Death Valley Driver. Moxley stands on the chips as the fans chant his name to close the show.
Seriously, watch the show and enjoy it. It’s an incredible near five hour experience (including pre-show).
Thanks for reading.
Bob Colling Jr. View All
34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.
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