May 19, 2023
Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX
Commentary: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Chris Jericho, and Tony Schiavone
Results via Ryan Howard of F4WOnline.com
Quick Match Results
- Blackpool Combat Club defeated Best Amigos & Bandido via Rocket Launcher (pinfall)
- TBS Championship Open Challenge match – Jade Cargill (c) defeated Danni Bee via Pump Kick (pinfall)
- TBS Championship Open Challenge match – Jade Cargill (c) defeated Genesis via Jaded (pinfall)
- The Acclaimed & “Daddy Ass” Billy Gunn defeated The Varsity Athletes via Mic Drop (pinfall)
- Dustin Rhodes defeated Bishop Kaun via Final Reckoning (pinfall)
Best Amigos (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) & Bandido vs. Blackpool Combat Club (Wheeler Yuta, Claudio Castagnoli, & Jon Moxley)
#BlackpoolCombatClub with the solid victory, with their sights set directly on #TheELITE at #AnarchyInTheArena at #AEWDoN on Sunday, May 28th LIVE on PPV from Las Vegas!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
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(This was a fun, action packed party match of an opener with everyone getting their time to shine in this one. I liked the history they played off of between Taylor & Yuta, as it was fitting the trainee pinned his trainer. The BCC look more than ready for Anarchy in the Arena in a little over a week.)
Moxley tried an early attack on Bandido, who used his speed to overcome the onslaught, as Yuta & Beretta tagged in. Beretta blocked a skin the cat and sent Yuta to the floor where Taylor slammed his former protégé into the barricade. Castagnoli distracted Taylor long enough for Yuta to hit a chop block, as The BCC isolated Taylor in their corner. Taylor fought out of the corner and tagged Beretta, who took the fight to Moxley with a series of German suplexes. With the BCC collected on the floor, Best Amigos hit a trio of dives. Back inside, Castagnoli shoved Moxley out of the way from danger and caught Beretta in mid air with an uppercut to take control during commercial. There was supposed to be picture in picture, but we only saw commercials and no action.
Beretta avoided a charging Moxley and connected with a Tornado DDT into the double down. Castagnoli & Bandido made tags with Bandido hitting a Tornillo out of the corner followed by a springboard hurricanrana pin attempt for two. A strike exchange led to Bandido trying a stalling vertical suplex, but Yuta made the save, only to be caught by Bandido, as Best Friends made the blind tag with a Sole Food and half & half combo. Best Amigos gave the people what they wanted with a hug before Taylor spiked Yuta with a snap piledriver. Taylor tried Yuta’s seatbelt pin, as Moxley broke it up by dropkicking his own partner. The match broke down with everyone hitting big moves until Taylor went for Awful Waffle, but was cut off by a Moxley Death Rider and Rocket Launcher by Castagnoli & Yuta to get the pin.
Winner: Blackpool Combat Club via Pinfall.
Video: Kyle Fletcher
Who is more International than @kylefletcherpro? Tune in to #AEWRampage on TNT! pic.twitter.com/Sb4wnErJ7r— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
Kyle Fletcher cut a promo about why he attacked Orange Cassidy last week. Since Fletcher was born and raised in Australia, made a name for himself in England, won titles in Japan & the USA, no one is more fitting to be International Champion than he is.
TBS Championship Open Challenge Match
Danni Bee vs. Jade Cargill (c)
Excalibur talked about Taya Valkyrie failing last month to win the TBS Title and subsequently losing her cool on referee Aubrey Edwards, getting suspended in the process. That suspension we learned has since been lifted. Danni Bee has wrestled twice on Elevation before in losing efforts to Abadon & Emi Sakura. Cargill smoked Bee with a forearm immediately and followed with a fall away slam. A violent pump kick got Cargill the win and put her at 58-0. Sterling ran his mouth post match asking if that’s the best Texas had to offer and brought out another challenger.
Winner: Jade Cargill via Pinfall to retain the TBS Championship.
TBS Championship Open Challenge Match
Genesis vs. Jade Cargill (c)
.@thetayavalkyrie didn't just answer the TBS Open Challenge, she made a STATEMENT and issued a HUGE challenge to TBS Champion @Jade_Cargill!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
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We learn Genesis is a trainee of the Dustin Rhodes Wrestling Academy and Jericho tells us she had a massive stroke, was paralyzed and had to learn how to walk and speak again before deciding to get into pro wrestling. Cargill violently whipped Genesis into the ropes, hit a Spear and Jaded to go to 59-0.
Winner: Jade Cargill via Pinfall to retain the TBS Championship.
Mark Sterling said Cargill is about to go to 60-0 as a woman walks out to the ramp to accept the challenge until Taya Valkyrie walks out and lays out the woman. Valkyrie stormed the ring, took out Grey and laid out Cargill with a clothesline and Road to Valhalla. Valkyrie got the microphone and asked Cargill who’s that bitch, saying she’ll see her at Double or Nothing. Excalibur said Tony Khan made it official and this time Valkyrie can use her finisher.
The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster) & “Daddy Ass” Billy Gunn vs. The Varsity Athletes (Josh Woods, Tony Nese, & Ari Daivari)
The Arrival + Mic Drop = victory for #TheAcclaimed & #DaddyAss!@platinummax | @bowens_official | @RealBillyGunn— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
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Gunn had early faceoff’s with each member of the Varsity Athletes until Nese tried a pose down. Gunn played to the crowd before taking his shirt off and planted Nese with a side suplex. Scissor Me Timbers by Bowens connected as The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass scissored for the crowd. Caster posed too long and found himself isolated during commercial break, but made his comeback when they returned. A double clothesline by Caster & Woods allowed Bowens to make the hot tag.
While this was all happening, Gunn beat down Daivari ringside. Bowens ran wild with an over the top leg drop on Nese, as Gunn tossed Woods to the outside. Nese initially avoided The Arrival with a spin kick to the face, but as he went for a combo, Bowens hit The Arrival and Caster with The Mic Drop to pick up the win.
Winner: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn via Pinfall.
“All that matter is on June 17th… the real story begins” @QTMarshall— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
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This week’s episode of QTV is shown, as QT Marshall asks Aaron Solo if he hacked Matt Hardy, which Solo denies. Marshall said he has them all entered in the Blackjack Battle Royal for the International Title at Double or Nothing. Marshall talks about Powerhouse Hobbs being on the poster for AEW Collision and mentions Miro while Solo & Harley Cameron name drop Buff Bagwell, Blue Meanie & Tatanka. Marshall said it doesn’t matter, on June 17th, the real story begins.
In-Ring: The Hardys, Isiah Kassidy, Ethan Page, The Gunns
What shape are #TheHardys @MATTHARDYBRAND @JEFFHARDYBRAND & @isiahkassidy going to be in when they face @OfficialEGO, @theaustingunn & @coltengunn at #AEWDoN on Sunday, May 28th LIVE on PPV?!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
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Tony Schiavone is in the ring and introduces Matt and Jeff Hardy & Brother Zay. Matt said it’s official for Double or Nothing, with the three of them against The Gunns & Ethan Page where the stipulation being if Team Hardy wins, then Matt Hardy gets control of Ethan Page’s contract. Jeff put over the Texas crowd briefly before Ethan Page came to the stage alone. Page said he & Matt have been feuding for too long, says Brother Zay he can trust Page, as Page & Zay were going to become The Moan Event until he turned his back on Page. This was all a ruse as The Gunns showed up from behind with chair shots to The Hardys & Zay. A chair was placed over the neck of Zay, as Page stomped down onto it. I’m sure this match will be fun at Double or Nothing, but I agree with what Page said earlier, it feels like this story with Page & Matt Hardy has went on forever.
On Stage: Chris Jericho, Adam Cole
With legal agreements now null and void, @adamcolepro makes a beeline for @IAmJericho!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
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We see highlights of Wednesday’s Falls Count Anywhere Match between Chris Jericho and Roderick Strong. Jericho called Adam Cole a coward and said if Cole was there, he’d beat his ass. Adam Cole appeared on screen, saying every week he’d show up and beat Jericho’s ass. Jericho said he has lifted the legal agreement of Cole being banned from the building is null and void, challenging Cole to an Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing. Cole thanks Jericho and immediately enters the building for his search of Jericho.
When we return from break, Adam Cole walks down from the crowd, sprints up the ramp and the brawl is on between Jericho & Cole as security tried to separate them. Both men broke free at different points during the fight.
Bishop Kaun vs. Dustin Rhodes
The Final Reckoning secures the victory for #TheNatural @dustinrhodes!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 19, 2023
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(It wouldn’t be a match in Texas without a Rhodes member bleeding. Rhodes did an amazing job getting the crowd behind him, as he continues to put on very good matches against everyone he competes against. Post match was a continuation of the Strickland & Lee story, which needs to be settled soon, as it does feel like both need to go on to other stories sooner than later.)
Kaun attacked just as Rhodes stepped through the ropes, but Rhodes quickly clotheslined Kaun to the outside. Back inside, Kaun reversed a whip to the corner and Rhodes ran right into the camera, spilling to the floor, busting himself open in the process. Kaun connected with a neckbreaker off the apron onto the floor and controlled during the entire commercial break.
Rhodes tried his snap powerslam, but Kaun nailed an Air Raid Crash, only for one though, as Rhodes hulked up into a slug fest. A series of clotheslines, drop down uppercut and snap powerslam got Rhodes in control as he delivered corner punches, but got his legs pulled from under him. Rhodes fought back with a nice Code Red and piledriver for near falls. Kaun hit a shotgun dropkick, but missed a corner charge, which allowed Rhodes to connect on a bulldog and Final Reckoning for the win.
Winner: Dustin Rhodes via Pinfall.
Post match, Brian Cage attacked and powerbombed Rhodes as Swerve Strickland sauntered into the ring, smiling at the beat down. Keith Lee walked out from the back, as Cage & Kaun went to cut him off on the ramp, as Lee took them both out and stared down Strickland. Lee took way too long to get his hands on Strickland, which allowed Cage & Kaun to attack from behind with a chair. Cage powered Lee up on his shoulders and hit an F-5 onto the chair. Lee was sat on the chair, as Strickland hit a Swerve Stomp, while Rhodes was forced to watch by Cage.