April 13th, 2022
UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA
Commentary: Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone
CM Punk vs. Penta Oscuro (w/ Alex Abrahantes)
After multiple delays and a big card for tonight in New Orleans, this crowd is hot and amped to start the show cheering for both men. Alex is still looking like the Grim Reaper from Bill & Ted. They start the match in each other’s faces and start pushing each other before they start trading chops. Penta ducks and hits a thrust kick before Punk takes over. Punk goes for the GTS, but Penta counters into an ankle lock. Punk gets out by rolling and tossing Penta into the corner where he meets him with a knee strike. Penta comes back with a sling blade for a two count. Penta tosses Punk to the outside but he misses a sliding dropkick, just for Punk to come back with a tope suicida as they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, both men are on the top rope and they have a nasty fall where it looks like Punk falls on his knee. Punk seems to be ok as he hits a hurricanrana off the top rope and goes for the GTS again. Penta punches his way out and goes for his arm breaker, but Punk escapes and puts on the Anaconda Vice. Penta puts his foot on the rope to break it up. They start fighting on the apron, where Penta goes for the Fear Factor, just for Punk to get out and try a piledriver, but ends up hitting a roundhouse kick instead knocking Penta back inside. Punk hits a springboard clothesline and calls for the GTS. Punk goes for it, but Penta blocks it and goes for the Fear Factor. Punk gets out but gets hit with an Enziguri before Penta goes back to snap the arm. They transition into a couple of pin attempts, before Penta hits a kick and springboards off the middle rope, just to get caught and hit with the GTS for the pin and the win from Punk.
Winner: CM Punk by pinfall at 13:37
We go to the Jericho Appreciation Society who get off a plane here in New Orleans just to see Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz in a car driving off saying ‘on sight’ and ‘Yonkers, baby!’ as we see Angelo Parker and Matt Menard laid out without their shoes.
AEW World Tag Team Championship: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) (c) (w/ Christian Cage) vs. reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)
Jungle Boy and Bobby Fish start the match as the crowd is still amped up. Jungle Boy starts with a couple of dropkicks, but Fish comes back with punches and tags in O’Reilly. Luchasaurus tags in and gets a good chant for him before he gets tripped out to the outside where Fish dragon screws him knocking Luchasaurus into the barricade. reDRagon continues to double team Luchasaurus keeping him in their corner and trading tags while going for pin attempts. Luchasaurus is able to fight his way out before making the hot tag to Jungle Boy. Jungle Boy is able to take reDRagon to the outside where he hits tope suicidas to both of them followed by a third attempt, but reDRagon moves to the other side just to be hit by a moonsault from Luchasaurus. Jungle Boy joins in with another dive to Fish, before trying to attack O’Reilly inside just to be attacked on the apron by Fish as they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, O’Reilly has a cross-arm breaker on Jungle Boy, but he quickly escapes out for a two-count. Luchasaurus tags in and takes out reDRagon including a double clothesline and double chokeslams before hitting a standing moonsault on O’Reilly for a two count. Luchasaurus goes for the tag, but Jungle Boy gets tripped off the apron. Jungle Boy finally tags in and he hits a flying elbow drop as Luchasaurus hits a sidewalk slam on Fish for a two count. O’Reilly tags in as reDRagon hit a series of moves onto Jungle Boy before O’Reilly puts on a cross-arm breaker, but Jungle is able to put his foot on the rope. O’Reilly and Jungle Boy end up on the top rope before Luchasaurus joins them and puts O’Reilly on his shoulders before Fish breaks it up. Fish hits an avalanche Falcon Arrow on Jungle Boy, but Luchasaurus breaks it up by slamming O’Reilly on the pin attempt. All four men go at it now, before Luchasaurus hits the tail whip before they hit the Thoracic Express for the pin and the win.
Winners: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) by pinfall at 13:45, to retain
After the match, reDRagon attacked Jurassic Express with a chair and a belt. As they head up the ramp, FTR meets them at the top and raises up their ROH and AAA tag team titles before reDRagon gets into a shoving match with them.
The Real Work Begins
Tony Schiavone is backstage with the Blackpool Combat Club including their newest member Wheeler Yuta. William Regal and Bryan Danielson are amped up, as Danielson says they will be fighting the Gunn Club this Friday on Rampage. Jon Moxley says he doesn’t know the Gunn Club, but he doesn’t like them. Yuta says that on Friday the real work begins.
After commercials, Tony Schiavone is with Toni Storm and Jamie Hayter and says Tony Khan has signed them in a one-on-one match for the first round of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Hayter says they have a lot in common but this is her crowning moment in AEW and Storm won’t stop that as she will win and break her face. Storm doesn’t say anything, and smiles and walks away.
MJF (w/ Shawn Spears) vs. Shawn Dean
As MJF is heading to the ring, Excalibur plugs ‘Rat in the Kitchen’. As the bell rings, MJF has trouble taking off his jacket, and gets Spears on the apron to help him out. This was only a ruse though as MJF attacks Dean from behind before taking off his jacket. As MJF gets on the top rope to play with the crowd, we see footage of the back where three security guards are seen laid out. The crowd starts cheering for Wardlow as MJF gets upset and tosses Dean to the outside. MJF starts tossing Dean around the barricades, before one security guard takes off his mask to reveal that it’s Wardlow. Wardlow starts chasing MJF around the ring and up the ramp before Spears hits him in the back with a chair. It doesn’t phase Wardlow as he grabs Spears and goes for a powerbomb before a dozen or so security guards come out. Wardlow grabs one of them and powerbombs him on the apron before attacking the rest of them. As all of this confusion is happening, MJF is being counted out. As the referee gets to nine, MJF gets on the mic and tells him that he will triple whatever Tony Khan is paying him to not count to ten, but Bryce Remsburg counts to ten anyway to end the match.
Winner: Shawn Dean by countout at 4:05
MJF gets in the ring and tries to get in Remsburg’s face, before we see Wardlow attack a cameraman backstage and he won’t stop until MJF releases him from his contract.
We see a black and white video of Darby Allin skateboarding in the street and saying he will put a nail in this whole thing and suggests a coffin match with Andrade El Idolo. While this was going on the Wedding March song was playing in the background, for some reason.
We see a video from Malakai Black where he’s talking about Fuego Del Sol and says he’s by himself so he could be afraid of the shadows. I’m sorry but I couldn’t decipher exactly what he was even trying to say here, something about a dark abyss of razor blades.
Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia) vs. Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz
The J.A.S. intro now has a WWE-style introduction with Matt Menard talking over it. Kingston comes out with a ‘Thump’ shirt in the style of Junkyard Dog as Ortiz has Angelo Parker’s shoes around his neck. Santana and Jericho start the match with Santana hitting ten punches in the corner before they go into a chop exchange. Kingston attacks Garcia on the outside as Hager attacks Ortiz. All four continue on the outside before the babyface starts triple-teaming Jericho on the inside. Jericho takes control before they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Ortiz fights off Jericho and tries to go for the tag before Garcia runs in and stops him. Ortiz is able to roll out and escape and makes the hot tag to Kingston. Kingston takes Hager out with an Enziguri sending him to the outside before hitting a butterfly suplex on Garcia. Santana tags in and hits the Three Amigos on Garcia before hitting a frog splash. Ortiz tags in and hits a leg drop off the ropes as the crowd wakes up a bit. Kingston knocks Hager off the apron before hitting a tope suicida to him on the outside. Santana takes Hager out with a dive off the top rope as Angelo Parker and Matt Menard run out just to get taken out by Ortiz with another dive. Kingston tags in and starts smacking Garcia around before hitting an exploder suplex and goes for the spinning back fist just to get pushed into the ropes where Jericho hits Kingston in the back with a bat as Garcia goes for the pin and gets the win after that.
Winners: Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia) by pinfall at 11:45
The J.A.S. continue to attack them after the match as it’s a 5-on-3 advantage.
Slay the Pig
Alex Marvez is backstage with MJF who’s with Shawn Spears and Mark Sterling where Marvez starts laughing. This gets MJF upset and says he’s the prodigy, the phenom, and the pinnacle of professional wrestling. MJF says he doesn’t need anybody’s sympathy as he has money. Sterling says he has the right to book Wardlow against anybody he wishes. MJF says he is going to put Wardlow to work as he hands money to Jose the Assistant and says he needs The Butcher to slay the pig.
Marina Shafir vs. Skye Blue
As this match starts, we see Jade Cargill in the back but she isn’t even watching the match being preoccupied on her phone. We see Red Velvet and Kiera Hogan are in the crowd and part of the Baddie Section. The crowd seems a bit dead for this as Shafir stays in control and quickly rolls through into a triangle choke for the win.
Winner: Marina Shafir by submission at 2:23
Hook on Dynamite
Lexy Nair is backstage and tries to get a word with Hook as it’s announced he will have his first match on Dynamite next week. Mark Sterling and Tony Nese interrupt him before Hook scares them off. Hook throws a basketball and Danhausen catches it who was there trying to put his spell on.
Bigger in Texas
Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky, and Dan Lambert are backstage where they say Sammy Guevara begged for a match, as Sky says he will defend the title against him at Battle of the Belts II this Saturday.
Powerhouse Hobbs & Ricky Starks vs. Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee
Ricky Starks gets a huge reaction for his entrance, as Swerve and Hobbs start the match. Hobbs uses his power to start by tossing Swerve back into his corner with a fallaway slam. Starks tags in as he and Swerve go into a nice offense exchange ending with Swerve hitting a dropkick before tagging in Lee. Lee keeps Starks in their corner and hits a huge double chop before Swerve tags back in and hits an elbow drop to the back of Starks. Swerve hits a crazy moonsault off of Keith Lee onto Starks and Hobbs on the outside before they go to picture-in-picture.
When we come back Lee is tossing Starks around before him and Swerve hits a combo. Swerve attacks Starks on the outside, before taking out Hobbs off the apron just to run into a spear from Starks. Starks takes out Lee and hits a Destroyer for a two count. Swerve and Starks go to the top rope, where Swerve tosses Starks down and into a pounce from Lee but Hobbs breaks up the count as the two big guys get in each other’s faces. The referee Stephon Smith tells Hobbs to get back in his corner, where Starks tags him in. Taz starts making his way down to the ring as Lee places Starks on his shoulders but Hobbs pushes Swerve off the top rope. Starks goes for a tornado DDT, but Lee stops him and places him on the top rope where Starks hits a spear and goes for the only to be broken up by Swerve with a 450 splash. Lee runs the ropes but gets tripped up by Taz, as Hobbs hits him with a spinebuster for the pin.
Winners: Powerhouse Hobbs & Ricky Starks by pinfall at 12:33
- AEW World Championship Texas Death Match: Adam Page vs. Adam Cole
- Gunn Club vs. Blackpool Combat Club
- The Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Qualifier: Ruby Soho vs. Robyn Renegade
Battle of the Belts II Line-Up
- AEW TNT Championship: Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Sammy Guevara
- ROH World Championship: Jonathan Gresham (c) vs. Dalton Castle
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Nyla Rose
- Wardlow vs. The Butcher
- Hook’s Dynamite Debut
- The Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Qualifier: Dr. Britt Baker DMD vs. Danielle Kamela
- The Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Qualifier: Jungle Boy vs. Kyle O’Reilly
- Coffin Match: Andrade El Idolo vs. Darby Allin
- Tony Khan Makes a Huge Announcement
Tony Schiavone was backstage with Thunder Rosa, but Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rose interrupted her with a cake, before Rosa put the cake in Rose’s face and started brawling with Rose, as Rose accidentally hit Vickie.
ROH Television Championship: Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Samoa Joe
Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt are sitting ringside for this match. They start the match right away with a chop exchange before going into forearms. This continues for a couple minutes as the crowd is into every chop. Suzuki gets the crowd riled up, before Joe comes back with his own hard chops. Suzuki comes right back with chops as the crowd starts chanting ‘This is awesome’. They go back to forearms now as they both start staggering a bit. The bruises and marks are already seen, especially in Joe, who finally stops this exchange with a shoulder block knocking Suzuki to the apron. Suzuki is able to take him outside as they go picture-in-picture.
When we come back, Joe has Suzuki on the mat and tries to put on a submission but Suzuki stops it with his foot on the rope. Suzuki comes back with a kick for a two count before amping up the crowd again. Suzuki sets up for the Gotch Style Piledriver, but pushes him off and screams ‘one more time’, as they go back to the chops. Suzuki goes for the sleeper hold, but Joe falls back to break it up. Suzuki comes back with a dropkick before putting the sleeper hold back on and into the Gotch Style piledriver, but Joe is able to escape again. Joe backs Suzuki into the corner and sets him up on the top rope. Joe is able to hit the Muscle Buster and gets the pin on Suzuki for the win.
Winner: Samoa Joe by pinfall at 11:38, to become the NEW ROH World Television Champion
Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal go to reveal their present, only to show it’s a middle finger from Lethal. The lights go out and come back on to reveal it’s Satnam Singh who joins Lethal and Dutt on attacking Joe to end the show. Singh is a 7’3” former basketball player who recently signed to AEW.