October 18th, 2023
By: John Siino
Fort Bend Epicenter in Rosenberg, TX
Commentary: Excalibur, Taz & Tony Schiavone
Penta El Zero Miedo (w/ Alex Abrahantes) vs. Jay White (w/ Juice Robinson, Austin Gunn & Colten Gunn)
Before the bell rings, Penta El Zero Miedo dives onto every member of Bullet Club Gold, except Jay White who dodges it. Penta hits a sling blade, before sending White back inside and hitting a top rope double stomp on White as the match officially starts. Penta continues on the attack before White goes to the outside to regroup, as Colten Gunn trips up Penta while he is attempting to dive into White. White takes control of this, going for numerous pin attempts. White sends Penta to the outside, where the Bullet Club Gold starts surrounding and teasing Penta before White drops Penta face-first into the apron. White ties Penta’s mask to the bottom rope and stomps away, continuing the attack as we go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Penta is in control as he dives onto White on the outside. Back inside, Penta tosses his glove to Alex Abrahantes and chops White who chops right back as we go to an exchange, with White telling Penta to take off his top, which he does. The chops are so loud, that Taz & Tony Schiavone yell different Texas names that can hear them. White escapes out of a Fear Factor and hits a uranage followed by a brainbuster for a two-count. White continues and tries the Blade Runner, but Penta reverses it into Made in Japan for two. The Gunns distract the referee as Juice Robinson takes out Penta with his left-handed punch with the ring on it, followed by the Blade Runner from White to get the pin and the win.
Winner: Jay White by pinfall at 13:18
White gets on the mic and tells them to cut his music and says he doesn’t suck, MJF sucks, as he isn’t here. And unlike MJF, he is truly an elite World Champion and says MJF can’t find anyone to team up with him to take on Bullet Club Gold. Juice gets on the mic and says tonight in the main event, he will win the Dynamite Dozen Douchebag Battle Royale, and after he throws 11 people over the top rope, he’s going to knock MJF out, take his ring and pawn it and he’s going to get another gold tooth with it.
Put A Ring On It
Renee Paquette is with MJF and asks for his reaction from the Bullet Club Gold. MJF says he could have run out and got his ass whipped like every other good guy, but he’s not a good guy, he’s a scumbag. He mentions he will do commentary in the main event and says Jay White reminds him of cosplayers at New York Comic Con and he hopes Juice wins so it’ll be the Left Hand of God vs. the Right Hand of the Devil. Renee asks for an update on Adam Cole, but Billy Gunn and The Acclaimed interrupt as Max Caster they can be his partners and they can scissor after the match. MJF says no, as Caster says he will enter the Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale and win the ring, so he can ‘put a ring on it’, as Billy Gunn calls Caster a scumbag.
AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Match: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Emi Sakura
We get a video hyping up the match as teacher vs. student, and talking up their history. Emi Sakura attacks Hikaru Shida before the bell rings, but once it does they they go into a chop/forearm exchange. Shida stops a crossbody attack with a knee strike before they roll around the ring with a pin attempt. Sakura tosses Shida’s kendo stick away as they go to picture-in-picture.
Sakura sends Shida to the outside with a crossbody off the apron, but Shida sends Sakura into the apron with a hurricanrana, sends her back inside, and hits her with a missile dropkick for two. They trade pin attempts before Sakura hits a Tiger Driver for a two-count. Sakura misses a top rope moonsault, as Shida hits the Katana, as Sakura kicks out at two. Sakura rolls up Shida for a very close two-count. They trade backbreakers before Shida hits the Falcon Arrow for two. Shida hits another Katana that connects more to get the pin and the win.
Winner: Hikaru Shida by pinfall at 8:52
We go to a sitdown with Renee from earlier today with Adam Copeland as Copeland says he is confused at what’s been going on here as the whole reason he came here was to end his career with Christian Cage. Christian was down for it until it got closer to his debut and after sitting down thinking about it, it has made more sense to him. Copeland talks about how he met Christian in the 6th grade, and how the teachers sent Copeland to talk Christian into going to school and they became best friends because of their bond of loving professional wrestling. He talks about them talking about writing into the Toronto Star to get free wrestling training, and Copeland wrote it and Christian didn’t. He fast-forwarded to himself getting a deal and putting in the word for Christian, as he believed in him. Copeland said it wasn’t by design to have everything be ‘E&C’, and understands why that upsets Christian. Copeland says Christian would still be working an IT job in southern Ontario wondering ‘what if’, if he didn’t help him out. Renee says the common thread they have is jealousy and competition and Copeland is surprised that it still continues at this stage. Copeland says he doesn’t want to take away Christian’s spotlight or TNT title, so Renee asks what he wants at this point in his career. Copeland says when Nick Wayne & Luchasaurus leave Christian, he will be the one to pick him up.
Wardlow vs. Ryan Nemeth
Ryan Nemeth attacks Wardlow right away, but Wardlow stops him and hits one power bomb which Bryce Remsburg stops the match right away.
Winner: Wardlow by referee stoppage at 26 seconds
Tony Schiavone enters the ring and asks Wardlow what he’s back for, as Wardlow shows his wrist tape that says ‘MJF’ and leaves the ring, knocking Schiavone down on his way out, as the fans start to boo Wardlow as a result.
Renee is with Kenny Omega who talks about his win-lose record being a bit putrid, but Kyle Fletcher has reminded him who he is and says he will take out Fletcher first, then the Don Callis Family, and after that maybe we will see the Kenny Omega of old targeting the AEW World Championship. MJF interrupts and tells Omega he’s always been a massive fan and goes to shake his hand, which Omega does. MJF whispers ’13 days, bitch’ in his ear as Omega says ‘we’ll see about that’.
Peanut Butter & Jealous
We go to Roderick Strong’s house as Mike Bennet is playing a ‘Neck Strong’ song on bongos. Adam Cole gives Strong coffee, but he spits it out and says he absolutely hates hot coffee. Cole says he’s done with this and starts to leave, but Strong says he’s sorry and says he’s crazing peanut butter and jelly, and Cole makes the best as Strong, Bennett & Matt Taven start chanting for ‘PB & J’. We see a ridiculous montage of Cole making sandwiches, and once Strong bites into it, he says he hates crust. Cole gets pissed off, and says he hasn’t talked to MJF for weeks and says he is done with this and needs to get surgery, as Strong yells for ‘Adam’. Strong says he knows what he has to do to get his best friend back and be nice to that scumbag.
25 Years Of Frustration
Tony Schiavone is in the ring and with disgust introduces Don Callis, before spitting on the mat. Callis comes out with Powerhouse Hobbs & Konosuke Takeshita and says he has something to say, as we cut to a sign that says ‘Don Callis worse than Dallas’. Callis says they made history last week as Chris Jericho was never manhandled like he was last week, as Hobbs broke him in half. Hobbs brings up February 22nd, 1998 (WCW SuperBrawl VIII – Jericho vs. Juventud Guerrera) as what was supposed to be the greatest day of his life, and had the chance to meet his hero Chris Jericho, his grandmother got him front-row tickets to meet him, as Jericho walked past her told his grandma to shut up and told Hobbs to sit his ass down. For 25 years, Hobbs had the frustration of a 7-year-old child but he swore that the day he got to look Jericho in the eye, he would hurt him over and over. Callis says they ‘bottle it up’ in his Family, and they are not done with Jericho they will unleash Hobbs on AEW, because the Don Callis Family is on a role as they are undefeated in 4 months, except for one match where Sammy Guevara was hurt by Jericho.
Callis brings up that Kyle Fletcher let them down and screwed the Don Callis Family, as Fletcher heads to the ring and gets in Callis’s face. Fletcher says he did that match as a favor as Will Ospreay called him and said Callis was on his knees begging. Fletcher says he might have been the weak link but tonight he will prove to everything that he doesn’t need anybody’s help to beat Kenny Omega. Callis says he likes the confidence and if he beats Omega tonight, they might have an opportunity to discuss next week.
Kyle Fletcher vs. Kenny Omega
Kyle Fletcher goes right after Kenny Omega at the start of the bell, as Don Callis joins the commentary team as Taz tells him he is ‘very familiar’ with Powerhouse Hobbs. Omega hits a vertical suplex, as Fletcher goes to the outside where Omega dives onto him. Fletcher goes right after Omega, sending him over the barricade, into the crowd. Omega takes advantage and runs to Fletcher, but Fletcher trips him up and sends Omega into a chair seated ringside as we go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Omega meets Fletcher on the outside with a top rope moonsault, followed by a missile dropkick to Fletcher’s back, inside for a two-count. Fletcher comes back with a brainbuster for two and continues with a Michinoku Driver for another close count. Fletcher counters the One-Winged Angel and puts on the Dragon Sleeper with a body lock, but Omega is able to escape. Omega comes right back and is able to hit the One-Winged Angel to get the pin and the win as Callis calls Fletcher a ‘miserable disappointment’ and he should ‘quit the business’.
Winner: Kenny Omega by pinfall at 12:57
Very Nice, Very Evil
We get another vignette for Danhausen done in the Halloween III Silver Shamrock jingle.
Lance Archer vs. Barrett Brown
Lance Archer kicks Barrett Brown down to the ring before choke slamming him onto the apron. As the bell rings, Archer follows with a choke slam and a bunch of running elbows in the corner. Archer follows with the Blackout to get the pin
Winner: Lance Archer by pinfall at 1:01
We go to Swerve Strickland & Prince Nana who are at the Graffiti Park in Houston, where many other famous rappers have been, as they hype up the premiere of the ‘Big Pressure (Remix)’ this Friday on Rampage then send out a warning to ‘Hangman’ Adam Page that it’s not always you that pays for your actions.
Sting Announces Retirement Date
Tony Schiavone is in the ring and introduces Sting. Sting says before he says the ‘word’ he wants to reflect and talks about going up and down the road with people like Lex Luger, The Steiners & Buff Bagwell and how they looked at people who shaped their careers like Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan (who gets boos) as Sting says he learned from the guy. The one guy he really wants to give a lot to is Ric Flair and thanks him for all the moments as he goes over their matches together. The crowd then starts a ‘Thank you Sting’ chant, as he thanks the fans. Sting then says they used to wonder what these wrestlers had left to prove, and here he is after all these years later and he understands why they hung on. He mentions the fans and the arena, making them keep coming back for more. Should he be jumping off of balconies he questions and says we will get there. Sting talks about his “retirement speech” as the key thing being ‘nothing is for sure’, as he brings up the word ‘retirement’ again as the crowd tells him they are in Rosenberg. Sting brings up his first match for AEW being at Revolution 2021 and his last match will be at Revolution 2024, and the only thing about that will be ‘for sure’.
Gone With The Storm
We go to RJ City who keys up Toni Storm’s next film ‘Gone With The Storm’ before Storm walks in and yells at them to ‘play the picture’ before we get another picture-in-picture silent film, this one includes Storm and City and includes intertitles for their dialogue.
Are You Ready To Come Home, Son?
Jim Ross is with Nick Wayne and his mother Shayna and questions what he has done to Darby Allin and brings up that having friends in wrestling is rare and asks his mother what she thought as this was going down. Shayna says this is out of character of Nick and to align himself with Christian Cage after what he said about her and their family and starts begging to her that this is not the way. Nick tells her to shut up and says they don’t understand, as he was always in Darby’s shadow and it’s time to prove himself and now he’s under a new father figure in Christian Cage, a better father figure than his dad ever was. Christian walks in and asks Nick if he’s ready to come home, son, as he leaves and calls his mother a terrible mom. She slaps him as Christian tells him not to abuse him. We see Darby attacking Christian & Nick, as they take it ringside where Luchasaurus & Sting join in the brawl. Wayne is bleeding from the mouth as Luchasaurus saves Christian from a Scorpion Deathlock attempt from Sting.
- Mistico vs. Rocky Romero
- Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta in action
- Skye Blue vs. Ruby Soho
- John Silver vs. Kip Sabian vs. Brother Zay
- AEW World Tag Team Championship: Ricky Starks & Big Bill (c) vs. Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli
- Miro vs. Action Andretti
Battle Of The Belts VIII Line-Up
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy (c) vs. winner of Silver/Sabian/Zay
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander (c) vs. Willow Nightingale
- AEW World Trios Championship: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn (c) vs. Daniel Garcia, Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ang
- Tony Khan has a gift for Sting
- Hook & Rob Van Dam team again in Philadelphia
- MJF vs. winner of Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale
We hear from Hook, Orange Cassidy, Best Friends & Kris Statlander as Statlander says she will defend the title against Willow, as she’s someone she respects greatly. Orange brings up how you don’t know what you got until it’s gone and he will continue to defend the International Championship.
Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale
This match includes Juice Robinson, Dustin Rhodes, Johnny TV, Jake Hager, Max Caster, Matt Sydal, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Daniel Garcia, Trent Beretta, Komander and Matt Menard, as MJF joins commentary. Right away Johnny TV takes out Sydal who then starts having a dance-off with Garcia, but Menard stops him. Jeff Hardy then starts dancing. Dustin & Matt Hardy then eliminate Johnny TV. Hager picks up Matt Hardy and dumps him out. MJF starts heading down to the ring and hands some cash to Rhodes to take out Juice who hits the Golden Globes on Juice as we go to picture-in-picture.
MJF starts talking about his history with Caster, as Garcia & Menard team up to dump out Komander. Beretta & Rhodes hug which upsets Hager, but Beretta ends up knocking Hager off the apron to eliminate him before Menard goes and knocks Beretta off the apron. Garcia eliminates Jeff Hardy over the top rope but gets stopped again from doing the dance as Garcia & Menard start shoving each other. Rhodes eliminates Menard, but Garcia quickly eliminates Rhodes right after as it’s now down to Garcia, Caster & Juice for the final three. Garcia finally does his dance but gets eliminated by Caster. MJF brings up how whoever wins from these two, is bad for him. They start fighting on the apron, then head to the top rope, as Caster knocks Juice down and hits the Mic Drop. Jay White starts attacking MJF at the commentary table, as they start brawling on the stage before MJF takes his title back. MJF goes to hit White with it, but he hits him with a low blow. While Caster is distracted by this, Juice puts the ring on his hand and knocks Caster with it, before eliminating him to win the match.
Winner: Juice Robinson at 14:33