It’s Sunday and you know what that means!
The announce team for Zero Hour was Excalibur and Tony Schiavone!
RJ City interviewed Sammy Guevara and Tay Melo on “the red carpet.” Sammy said all Chicago really wants to see is them make out. They started kissing but someone kept honking a horn. It was Ortiz and Ruby Soho on a cart. They charged and nailed Guevara with it after he shoved Melo out of the way. Ruby nailed Melo with a trash can. She carried Melo to the ring. She ran Melo into the ring steps. Ortiz brought Sammy into the ringside area as well. They rang the bell.
Zero Hour Match #1: AAA Mixed Tag Team Championship Match:
Tay Melo and Sammy Guevara © vs. Ortiz and Ruby Soho
Ortiz nailed a Death Valley Driver on Sammy. Ruby nailed a rana, spiking Sammy. Ortiz covered him for a two count. Ortiz and Ruby were wearing war paint inspired by Bull Nakano. Ruby went for a Poisonrana on Sammy, but Melo drilled her with a pump kick. Guevara was bleeding from a hardway cut. Melo was caught with a backdrop driver.
Ruby made the tag to Ortiz who cleaned house on Sammy. Ortiz has really added to his physique in recent weeks. Ortiz suplexes Guevara and held him for Ruby to come off the top but Melo interfered. Sammy backdropped Melo over and she nailed a Code Red on Ortiz. Ruby came off the top with a shotgun missile dropkick on Melo and hit a senton on Guevara.
Anna Jay ran out and tried to toss Ruby into the steel steps, but Ruby reversed it, and Anna ate the steel. Ruby and Ortiz wiped out the champs in stereo for a near fall. Guevera was sent to the outside. Ortiz followed. Soho went to the top, but Melo met her with a big elbow. Melo superplexed Ruby off the top to the outside, crashing them both down atop Ortiz and Guevara.
Ruby went to nail Melo but as she rebounded, Tay grabbed her leg. That allowed Melo to nail the Tay-KO and score the pin.
Winners: Tay Melo and Sammy Guevara
Tony and Excalibur pushed the PPV, and they aired a Chris Jericho vs. Bryan Danielson video package.
Zero Hour Match #2: FTW Championship Match:
HOOK © vs. “Cool Hands” Angelo Parker
Action Bronson, who does HOOK’s entrance song, was at ringside. He is a longtime wrestling fan and was a regular at the old Madhouse of Extreme for ECW shows back in the day. He and HOOK embraced.
Parker talked a lot of trash before the bell. They locked up and HOOK was backed into the ropes. He reversed the lock-up into a hammerlock and took Parker down, cinching in a guillotine choke. Parker tried to maneuver himself out, but HOOK snatched a side headlock. Parker used the ropes to escape. Menard distracted HOOK, allowing Parker to gain control. He worked over Hook and nailed him with a suplex for a two count. HOOK nailed a series of body shots to the mid-section but Parker kicked him down. The crowd chanted for HOOK, but Parker nailed a leg lariat.
HOOK mounted a comeback but was kicked back down. He caught Parker with a head and arms Tazplex. Parker went back to the corner and tried to suplex him, but HOOK landed on his feet and locked in The Redrum. Parker tapped.
After the match: Matt Menard attacked HOOK from behind and began stomping him in the corner. Action Bronson hopped the rail and manhandled Parker and Menard. Since Bronson is such a big guy, it worked. HOOK and Bronson stood tall and embraced.
They aired a video package on CM Punk vs. Jon Moxley.
Zero Hour Match #3: AEW All-Atlantic Championship Match:
PAC © vs. Kip Sabian
This is Sabian’s first match of note in a long time.
Taz was at the commentary booth.
Kip got control over PAC early, stomping him in the ring. He nailed a big dropkick. They battled to the top. Kip sent PAC to the floor and worked him over. PAC was tossed back in the ring and PAC rolled back out to the floor. Sabian nailed a knee strike. PAC blocked a move and nailed a brainbuster on the floor. PAC sent him into the guard rail.
Pac controlled him after they returned to the ring. Sabian fired back and Pac asked for more. Sabian finally gained control after a tornado DDT off the ropes. He nailed a slingshot into a brainbuster for another two count. PAC made a comeback and stomped the hell out of Sabian. Sabian challenged him to keep doing it. PAC did. PAC went to the top and nailed the Black Arrow for the pin.
After the match: PAC went to do an interview with Tony Schiavone. He said he was looking for competition. Out came Orange Cassidy. PAC told him, “No.” He said they have been here before and they know how this ended. Cassidy is a joke, not a wrestler. He can get to the back of the line. PAC walked off.
Inside the ring, Kip Sabian was yelling at the box he wears, like Al Snow used to yell at Head.
Zero Hour Main Event: One-On-One Match:
Eddie Kingston vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Huge pop for Kingston coming out. They locked up and neither guy got the advantage. Ishii chopped Kingston, who pulled down his straps and challenged him to do it more. They chopped each other back and forth, hard. They did it so much they were exhausted at the end. Kingston finally fired up and drove him down with a big double chop. The place exploded. It was pretty brutal physically.
Ishii gained control and worked Kingston over with chops and strikes. Ishii attacked Kingston’s back, but Eddie fired up, only to be struck back to the mat. Ishii missed a charge in the corner and was caught with a series of chops. Kingston nailed a DDT, scoring a two count. Kingston fired up at Ishii, who sucked it up and absorbed it. Ishii nailed a big shoulder block. Kingston missed a clothesline and was nailed with a back suplex for a two count. They squared off and started slapping each other.
Kingston went for a move, but his shoulder gave out. Ishii went to get him, but Kingston was just faking it and nailed an exploder. Ishii came back with a stiff lariat. They drilled each other and crashed to the mat. Kingston nailed a lariat and drilled Ishii with a powerbomb for a close two count. Ishii charged but ate another lariat for a two count. Ishii nailed an enziguri and a lariat for another two count.
Kingston nailed the spinning backfist, but Ishii kicked up at the last second. They slapped and headbutt each other. Kingston snapped him into a Northern Lights Bomb and scored the clean pin.
Winner: Eddie Kingston
After the match: Kingston had them cut his music and led the crowd to show respect for Ishii.
Lots of pyro to start us out.
MATCH #1: Casino Ladder Match:
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Wheeler Yuta vs. Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Rey Fénix vs. Rush vs. Andrade El Idolo vs. Dante Martin vs. The Joker
We start out with Rey Fenix and Wheeler Yuta. That’s a pretty interesting combination. They exchanged strikes and punches. Fenix nailed a springboard spinkick in the corner and grabbed a ladder. He bridged it against the guard rail and teased superplexing Yuta off the top into it but Yuta shoved him off. Fenix glancingly hit it. Yuta nailed a tope suicida to drive him into it.
The third man to enter was Rush. He hit the ring and drilled Wheeler with a big forearm smash. Yuta fought back but was hit with a belly to belly suplex into a ladder. Rush then took out Fenix. Rush nailed a dive outside on Fenix and tossed him into the railing.
The fourth man out was Andrade El Idolo. He and Rush showed respect for each other. They bridged a ladder from ropes to the ladder in the middle of the ring, then another from the guard rail to the ring and slammed Fenix into it. They climbed the ladder in unison but Yuta and Fenix returned and stopped them. Yuta and Andrade battled atop the ladder. Andrade hit a sunset flip powerbomb off the top of the ladder onto the bridged ladder.
The fifth man out is ROH Champion Claudio Castagnoli. Big pop and chant for Claudio. The ladder in the center of the ring was moved with the bridged ladder still stuck. Claudio turned it so it was leaning on bridged ladder with Andrade trapped on top. Claudio used his strength to tip it so Andrade crashed over the top to the floor.
The fifth man out was Dante Martin. He was nailed with a ladder as soon as he hit the ring. He springboarded to the ladder and almost made it but was stopped by Yuta. He rebounded several times but was finally crashed to the outside with Claudio.
The sixth man out was Penta. He charged and hit a Canadian Destroyer on the ramp on Martin. Penta cleaned house and the crowd popped for it. He nailed a Canadian Destroyer on a ladder bridged outside. Fenix nailed a frog splash from the top, putting Rush through a table on the floor. Chicago lost their mind.
Claudio and Yuta battled up the ladder. Martin returned – HE’S ALIVE?! – and tried to beat them to the casino chip. Three masked guys in hoodies attacked everyone. One of them climbed up and removed the chip and the mask. It was STOKELY HATHAWAY. He removed it and was surrounded by those he had recruited in recent weeks like the Austin Gunn, Colten Gunn, Ethan Page and W. Morrisey. The Rollin Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil played and out came the Joker, who came into the ring and Stokely handed the Poker Chip to The Joker. The Joker went to remove the mask and then stopped and said “No” before walking out.
Winner: The Joker
MATCH #2: Finals of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament:
Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson vs. “Hangman” Adam Page, John Silver and Alex Reynolds
Omega had a long introduction trolling Will Ospreay and Kevin Nash. The other members of Dark Order came out with them but returned to the back since they are “injured.”
Hangman and Nick Jackson started out. Hangman shoulder blocked them down. Matt and Reynolds tagged in. Matt spit gum in his face and Alex lost his cool. Silver and Reynolds double-teamed Matt and tried to stomp his hurt back but Hangman told them to stop. You are trying to win the match! Hangman and Omega, former Tag Championship partners, tagged in. Chicago loved that.
They locked up and Omega backed Page into Page’s own corner. Silver tagged himself in. Dark Order worked over Omega’s arm. They nailed a double legtrip then a stereo dropkick. Hangman tagged in and went for a lariat to the outside, but Omega ducked to the floor and Matt superkicked him. It turned into the Elite show as they did all their big spots and worked over Hangman. Hangman finally nailed a DVDR and made the hot tag to Silver, who cleaned house, even taking out Michael Nakazawa and Brandon Cutler before Nick Jackson shut him down.
Omega began drilling everyone with big suplexes. He wiped out Silver with a Snap Dragon Suplex. Reynolds and Silver hit him with a ton of offense to score a two count. They went to do a T-Bird with Silver, but the Bucks tripped up Silver. Omega freed himself and nailed the V-Trigger on Silver, who crashed to the floor. Omega hit a big flip dive to the outside on everyone. He tossed Reynolds back into the ring. Matt went for a bucklebomb but Reynolds reversed it into a hurricanrana and Matt was sent into Nick and Kenny throwing kicks. Hangman hit a dive to take out Nick. They nailed a Pendulum Bomb on Matt, but Nick dove in with a swanton to break it up.
Lots of superkicks leading to everyone being laid out. Hangman and Page faced off, but Rick Knox told them they weren’t legal. They dragged their laid out partners to the corners and tagged in. NOW, they fight. They go back and forth until Omega nailed Tiger Driver ’98 for a two count. They battled to the top where Hangman nailed a Fallaway Slam/Moonsault combo for a close two count. He nailed the Buckshot lariat to the back of the head. Hangman went for another but caught sight of Matt Jackson. He hesitated and went for the move but Omega ducked and Nick Jackson nailed one of his own. The crowd chanted, “This is awesome.”
Omega nailed a V-Trigger but Silver smashed Omega with a knee strike when he grabbed at Omega. Silver scored a close two count but was caught with a V-Trigger and the One-Winged Angel but Silver nailed a back elbow and scored a two count. Hangman went for a Buckshot Lariat, but Omega ducked and Silver was drilled. Omega covered him and The Bucks dove on Hangman to stop him from making the save.
Winners and AEW World Trios Champions: Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson
MATCH #3: TBS Championship Match:
Jade Cargill © vs. Athena
Athena had new mechanical wings for her entrance.
Jade Cargill came out dressed and painted up like She-Hulk. That was cool. Athena nailed some big moves and covered Cargill. She was pulled out by Gray and Hogan, who seemed a second off. Athena laid them out on the floor. She went for a Code Red but Jade escaped, then nailed a Samoan Drop. She popped up and so did Athena. Jade laid her out for a two count.
Jade nailed a leaping elbow into the buckles. Athena battled back but was hit with an insane Beel out of the corner for a two count. Athena nailed a body press off the ropes for a two count. Athena ascended to the top and went for the O-Face. Cargill blocked it but Athena nailed it with a knee strike. Athena nailed a stunner variation for a two count. Jade avoided a pump kick and rolled her up for a two count. Athena went for a springboard and was nailed with a pump kick in the mid-air. Jade nailed Jaded and scored the pin.
Winner: Jade Cargill
Earlier today, Alex Marvez asked CM Punk if he was 100% tonight. Punk said he’s never been 100% walking into a fight. Moxley has an easy target in his foot but he’s not just fighting Punk, he’s fighting all of Chicago. He may have beaten Punk once but he won’t beat him twice.
MATCH #4: Trios Tag Team Match:
Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler and Wardlow vs. Jay Lethal, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin
The Guns came out to their IMPACT theme song. Dutt came out mocking Dax Harwood with a t-shirt that said, “Fight like an eight-year-old brat.”
Dax’s daughter came out with FTR on stage.
Lethal and Wardlow started out. Sabin and Harwood tagged in and showed some nice exchanges. Sabin offered a hand but pie-faced Harwood. It broke down with everyone facing off. The crowd chanted for FTR. The Machine Guns took control on Dax. Dax nailed a back suplex on Shelley. FTR nailed a series of double-team maneuvers. The Guns took control on Dax and began whipping out all their synchronized tag team offense. Dax finally kicked Sabin off, making him crash into Shelley.
Cash tagged in and drilled Shelley with a series of moves. Shelley battled back and went for Sliced Bread #2 but Cash caught him and slammed him down for a two count. Lethal and Sabin broke it up. Shelley dropkicked Cash in the knee. Lethal grabbed Cash’s leg and slammed it into the ring post. Team Lethal began working over Cash’s leg while the referee made Dax and Wardlow return to their corner when they tried to intercede. Lethal cinches in a figure four leglock. Cash was worked over for a long time but finally nailed Sabin with a backdrop and tagged Wardlow in.
Wardlow began manhandling everyone. He nailed a F5 on Lethal and covered him for a two count. The Guns pulled FTR off the apron and drilled them with thrust kicks. Satnam Singh nailed Wardlow. Lethal rolled him up for a two count. Sabin nailed a tope on FTR. The Guns and Lethal tied Warlord to the tree of woe, where they nailed a series of dropkicks. Lethal nailed a flying elbow off the top for a two count. Wardlow came back and nailed a monster lariat. Wardlow nailed a big powerbomb in the center of the ring. The crowd called for another. Wardlow nailed it. The crowd asked for another. Wardlow nailed TWO more and finally scored the pin.
Winners: Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler and Wardlow
After the match: Sonjay and the others entered the ring looking to attack but ROH TV Champion Samoa Joe returned to join the fight and attacked Satnam, beating him with the Championship belt. He tossed Sonjay into the ring, where he was trapped. Dax’s daughter ran to the ring and they gave her Sonjay’s pencil. She snapped it in half. They drilled Sonjay and she put her foot on him as they all counted three.
MATCH #5: One-One-One Match:
Ricky Starks vs. Powerhouse Hobbs
Starks charged the ring and began belting Hobbs with some really good, intense shots until being clubbed with a lariat while rebounding off the ropes. Hobbs stomped away at Starks in the corner. The crowd went back and forth with chants. Starks fired back but was again taken down. Hobbs went after the neck and then sent him hard shoulder-first in the ring post.
On the floor, Hobbs sent him hard into the barricade. He brought Starks back into the ring and pummeled him across the top rope. Hobbs twisted his neck on the mat, trying to wear him down and force a submission. Starks fought his way back but was caught with a Spinebuster and pinned.
Winner: Powerhouse Hobbs
Tony Schiavone went to the back and Jim Ross joined the announcing team.
MATCH #6: AEW World Tag Team Championship Match:
Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee © vs. Max Caster and Anthony Bowens
The crowd was having WAY TOO MUCH FAN singing “Scissor me, Daddy.”
Bowens and Strickland started and went back and forth. Caster and Lee tagged in. Caster evades his power moves early. The crowd loved Caster. Caster put the brakes on when he knew he was about to get shoulder blocked into oblivion. He was tossed into the corner but kicked off a Lee charge. The Acclaimed nailed dropkicks to knock Lee and Strickland to the floor and scissored each other to a big pop.
Back in the ring, Caster offered Lee a handshake but was beaten with body shots. The crowd booed Lee. Lee controlled him and covered Caster for a two count. Strickland tagged in and came off the ropes with an uppercut to the back for a two count. The champs controlled and worked over Caster for some time.
Bowens finally gets the hot tag and nails some clotheslines and a neckbreaker on Strickland. The crowd loved all over this. He nailed a brainbuster for a two count. Bowens went to come off the ropes but his knee buckled. Given his history, that’s scary. Strickland attacked him but was caught with a kneelift. Bowens was checked by Billy Gunn and the referee. He got to his feet and went to kick at Strickland, who flipped him over the top to the floor.
Strickland attacked him on the floor. Billy Gunn got in his face but the referee backed Gunn up. Bowens was stomped and kicked on the floor. He was tossed back into the ring, where Strickland continued to attack the knee. Lee tagged in and manhandled Bowens. He nailed him with an Avalanche in the corner and then hit a massive Beel toss out of the corner.
Bowens pulled himself up and psyched himself up and went at Lee. He kicked Lee away and nailed a neckbreaker off the ropes. He made the hot tag to Caster, who nailed a scary backdrop on Swerve and attacked Lee. He nailed a pescado on Swerve and a big body press on Lee for a two count. Lee accidentally took his own partner out with a Pounce. Acclaimed double-teamed Lee with a knee strike for a close two count. The crowd chanted AEW.
Bowens worked over Lee until his knee gave out again, allowing Lee to wipe him out. The Acclaimed caught Lee on the top and worked him over, trying to go for a double superplex but as they hit the move, Shane tagged himself in. Shane nailed the stomp on Bowens from the top but Bowens kicked up at the last second. Strickland locked in a one-legged crab on Bowens while stomping on his head but Caster came off the top with a big missile dropkick.
Caster and Strickland battled. Swerve was nailed by Bowens while going for a springboard move. The Acclaimed wiped him out on the floor with a flying Caster elbow off the ropes, driving him to the floor. Lee had words with Gunn. That allowed Caster to nail him and hit a Death Valley Driver, which got a massive pop. The Acclaimed drilled Strickland with their finisher but Lee made the save.
Strickland nailed Caster with a Death Valley Driver on the apron. Bowens and Strickland battled. Bowens nailed a backbreaker. Lee tagged himself. Strickland accidentally nailed his own partner with a superkick. Bowens rolled him up for another two count. The champs finally nailed Fall From Glory (Swerve Stomp and Spirit Bomb combination) and scored the pin on Bowens!
Winners: Swerve Strickland and Keith Lee
MATCH #7: Fatal Four-Way Match for the AEW Interim Women’s World Championship:
Toni Storm vs. Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. vs. Jamie Hayter vs. Hikaru Shida
Lots of near falls early. Britt went for the Lockjaw, but Shida slipped through and went for a kick, but Britt ducked. Shida nailed a backbreaker, but Hayter attacked her from behind. Hayter nailed a double suplex on Storm and Shida. She nailed them with a double lariat. Storm avoided a charge and Hayter went to the floor. Storm hit a big tope suicida.
Hayter carried and dumped Shida to the top of the entrance ramp, where Britt stomped her into the stage. The AEW medical team checked on her. This left Storm worked over by Hayter and Britt as Shida was removed and taken to the back. Storm fought back against the disadvantage but was overwhelmed. Shida returned and began caning everyone. She whipped Britt into Hayter in the corner and rained down with punches.
Everyone battled. Hayter nailed a backbreaker on Storm. Everyone battled and broke up pinfall attempts. They were all out fighting to their feet and met each other with forearms and strikes. Hayter and Shida took out the opposition and began battling the other. Shida nailed a Falcon Arrow on Hayter but Storm grabbed Shida and nailed a German suplex. Hayter tombstoned Storm but Shida nailed a Meteroa. Britt superkicked Shida. Britt stomped Shida and scored a close two count. Baker pulled out her glove for the Lockjaw but Storm dumped her from the ring. Hayter nailed Storm and hit a Ripcord Lariat on Shida…but Baker pulled the referee out of the ring.
Hayter, as you might imagine, not thrilled about this. Storm nailed Hayter but Britt nailed her and covered Hayter, who got her shoulder up at the last second. Storm caught Britt and Hayter with DDTs, then covered Hayter for the pin.
Winner and NEWAEW Interim Women’s Champion: Toni Storm
MATCH #8: One-On-One Match:
“Jungle Boy” Jack Perry vs. Christian Cage
Cage told JB’s mother, sitting in the first row, to call him and she slapped him.
Jungle Boy was introduced as Jack Perry. He came out alone and Luchasaurus, who came out of the heel tunnel, grabbed him and chokeslammed him on the metal next to the entrance stage. He carried JB to the ringside area and powerbombed him through a table in front of his mother and sister.
JB still demanded to fight. Christian speared JB and went for the pin but JB kicked out. Christian then hit the Killswitch and that was it for JB as he finally pinned JB.
Winner: Christian Cage
They announced Death Triangle vs. Best Friends & Orange Cassidy for Wednesday in Buffalo for Dynamite.
MATCH #9: One-On-One Match:
“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. “Lionheaert” Chris Jericho
Jericho came out as Lionheart Chris Jericho with his old tights and ECW theme. Jericho vs. Sabu headlined the first ECW show Tony Khan ever saw live, by the way.
Danielson was sung to the ring by a singer who was a friend of his, Elliot Taylor.
They lock up and it was some good back and forth wrestling early on. Danielson took Jericho down and… let him up? Even Taz rightfully said Danielson shouldn’t have done that. Danielson got control and worked over Jericho until being crotched on the top rope. Jericho worked him over with punches but Danielson headbutt him off the top to the ring. Bryan came off the top with a flying headbutt, but Jericho rolled out of the way. He nailed a Quebrada, but Danielson pulled his knees up and went right to The Lebell Lock.
Bryan went for a tombstone but it was reversed. Jericho nailed the Quebrada and scored a two count. Jericho charged and punted him. He went for the Judas Effect but Bryan drilled him with a series of kicks. Bryan said he was going to “kick his fucking head in” and did just that to Jericho, then locked in the Lebell Lock again. Jericho fought to the ropes but Bryan moved him back to center ring and locked it on again. Jericho nailed him and locked in the Walls of Jericho. They battled back and forth until Jericho drove him with a leaping knee strike for a two count.
Jericho couldn’t get the pin and kept telling at Danielson to stay down. Danielson came back with the leaping knee for a two count. Danielson locked in Cattle Mutilation. Jericho ate a series of elbows and was locked in again. Jericho made it to the ropes. Bryan kept kicking him against the ropes. Referee told him to stop. He has until five. He kept attacking. Crowd didn’t like her stopping him. Jericho rolled him up for a two count. Bryan drilled him with elbow after elbow. Jericho caught him with a low blow, which the referee missed. Jericho nailed the Judas Effect and scored the pin.
Winner: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho
After the match: The JAS came out to celebrate with Jericho while Daniel Garcia was shown backstage shaking his head over the finish.
MATCH #10 Trios Tag Team Match:
Malakai Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King vs. Darby Allin, Sting and Miro
Miro stomped the hell out of Black to start. King stepped in. He and Miro shoved each other. Black nailed a series of kicks and booted him in the face. Matthews tagged in but was caught and overhead suplexed. Allin asked for a tag, but Miro ignored him. Miro slammed Matthews down. He looked to tag out and then waved off Sting and Darby. Matthews nailed a jawbreaker and Darby tagged himself in.
Darby used a forward roll on Matthews for a two count. Matthews caught him with a kick to the mid-section. Darby went for a Code Red but Black killed him with a roundhouse kick to the head. Malakai controlled Allin, working him over as Darby fought to maintain himself. Allin was worked over and tossed into the guard rail, beaten down as the House of Black tagged in and out, controlling the flow of the match.
Darby battled back and tried to tag out but was stopped. Matthews knocked Sting off the apron. Julia Hart distracted the referee so he didn’t see Miro get the tag so he was forced back to the corner. The House of Black continued to destroy Allin until Sting got the hot tag. Sting took out King and locked eyes with Black. He dared Black to tag in. They faced off and battled inside the ring. Sting got the better of it and locked on the Scorpion Deathlock. The other members of House of Black tried to nail Sting but it didn’t faze him. Black turned it into a kneebar. Black was busted open near his eye from a Sting punch.
Sting was triple-teamed and worked over. He escaped and tagged in Darby. He nailed a Scorpion Death Drop on King. Allin nailed the Coffin Drop but Matthews broke it up. Miro kicked King out of the ring and into the guard rail. Miro charged but Matthews drilled him with a weapon to the mid-section, sending Miro stumbling into the ring steps. Allin nailed a big dive to the floor on Matthews.
Black went for a spinkick on Sting but was hit with the mist from Sting and this allowed Allin to nail him and score the pinfall for his team.
Winners: Darby Allin, Sting and Miro
BACKSTAGE: Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia. Jericho showed up and asked him why he didn’t come out to celebrate with them. Garcia said he is the greatest ever, but he let him down tonight. Jericho said he let him down too. He said Garcia won’t have the JAS support this Wednesday, so if he’s going to win, he’s going to do it without Chris Jericho.
MAIN EVENT: AEW World Championship Match:
Jon Moxley © vs. CM Punk
Punk came out wearing a “We are Chicago” shirt.
Punk offered his foot to Moxley at the bell.
They battled and chopped each other until the referee separated them. Punk nailed a roundhouse kick, several running knee strikes and a ton of elbows. He nailed the GTS and almost scored the three. Given how quick the last match ended, the crowd thought that was it. Moxley rolled out and Punk smiled. Chicago erupted with Punk chants.
Punk hit a dive, sending Moxley into the crowd. They brawled through the NOW Arena. They battled halfway up and back into ringside. Punk kept checking one of his elbows. Punk sent Moxley into the steps. Moxley came back to shove him into the ring post, busting open Punk. Moxley went right after the cut with elbows. The crowd went back and forth with chants. Punk pulled himself up and Moxley told him, “This is for you” and kicked him in the face.
Punk slowly made his way back to the ring. Moxley chants started, booed by the remainder of Chicago. Punk tried to fight from underneath. Moxley kept working him over with chops. Punk came back with the running knee strike. He went for the bulldog but was tripped and Moxley attacked his bad foot. Punk tried to kick him off but was stomped low. Moxley locked on a one-legged crab. Moxley locked him in a STF while grinding into the cut. Punk raked his face to force the break. Punk charged but was caught in the corner. Moxley dropkicked him in the knee, then followed up with a Dragon Screw Legwhip.
Moxley locked on a Figure Four Leglock. Punk wouldn’t give up and gave him the finger. Moxley grabbed him in a piledriver but Punk kicked up at the last second. Punk fought back and Moxley ended up striking the post with his shoulder. Dueling chants. Punk began stomping Moxley’s face and cinched in the Anaconda Vise. Moxley escaped and began returning the stomps to Punk as Chicago booed. Moxley missed a lariat and was kicked with a leg lariat. Punk slammed him and went to the top for the flying elbow but Moxley moved and locked in a rear naked choke. Punk tossed him off and attempted a cross armbreaker. Moxley rolled through and locked in his Bulldog choke. Punk used his knees to try and strike him but Moxley grabbed in and went for an anklelock, The crowd chanted for Punk to make it to the ropes.
Punk made it but was nailed with a German suplex. He flipped off the crowd but Punk nailed a roundhouse kick. Moxley clubbed him back and they both collapsed to the mat as the referee counted them out. They fought to their feet and battled back and forth with punches. Punk ducked one and nailed legsweep. He went for the GTS but Moxley blocked it and nailed the Death Rider DDT for a two count.
Moxley rained down with elbows to the neck and jaw. Moxley went back to the choke. The crowd chanted for Punk. Punk powered up for a GTS, but Moxley dropped down for the choke. Punk rolled through and nailed the GTS. Punk dropped on his knees and Moxley bounced off the ropes and landed atop of him. Punk pulled him up and nailed another GTS. Punk made the pin.
Winner and NEW AEW World Champion: CM Punk
After the match: Punk said something to Moxley on the mat before taking the AEW World Championship and having his hand raised.
The lights went out and you heard a voice mail from Tony Khan demanding someone return and if they did at the PPV, Khan would put him in the Casino Ladder Match, pay him a censored amount of money, not make him sign an extension and let everything go. He said this was his “last offer.”
They then played a clip of Punk talking about the devil in ROH many years ago.
The Joker then revealed himself to be MJF backstage.
MJF’s music played and he came out on the stage. He stood there and smiled at Punk. Punk raised the AEW Championship high. The crowd chanted for MJF. MJF made a motion that he was coming for the Championship, then flipped off Chicago.
The announcers said we will find out more at Dynamite.