AEW frenzy (June 10, 2022) sprang from the Cable Dahmer Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. The show featured Eddie Kingston with a good win and an appearance by NJPW’s Will Ospreay with the Aussie Open.
Let’s go straight with a summary of the presentation followed by the feedback.
Excalibur and Taz were in the suspension. Justin Roberts has taken over as the ring announcer.
Jake Hager vs Eddie Kingston
Kingston brought the fight, but Hagar was too much of a physical specimen. Hager hits Kingston with super-fast hits to the floor, forearms to kidneys, belly-to-belly slams, and many other giving ways. Kingston shot the chops to bring down Hager.
As the match progressed, Hagar called Vader’s bomb. Kingston rallied with Suplex Bomber and Saito Suplex. He held a spinning rear arm, but Hajar dodged to set up a double-leg lift and crushed the knockout. Hajar applied the ankle lock. Kingston cries out in pain for a dramatic rope break.
Hager Kingston rode into the corner firing furious punches. Kingston countered by lifting Hagar off the turnbuckles for a powerbomb. Kingston pounced on two consecutive turns of backspin for the win.
Eddie Kingston defeated Jake Hager.
Dr. Brett Baker DMD called on Tony Storm for getting her dirty hands on the AEW Women’s World Championships. Unable to try Storm to cross the line. If anyone wins that title after that, it will be from Team DMD.
Ortiz admitted he should stop blaming Chris Jericho. He should blame himself for not seeing the writing on the wall. Jericho being stupid is one of the reasons he stayed on top for so long. Ortiz is ready to go down the Jericho low in hair vs. hair match dynamite. A Jericho haircut would hurt him more than any pain Ortiz could serve.
Jay Lethal and Satnam Singh vs. Devi Vega and Matt Phitchit
Sonjay Dutt was ringside. Singh crushed with a big knee, big chop, and sprint cross over both opponents. Created this deadly game of manual double cutter to win.
Jay Lethal and Satnam Singh defeated Devi Vega and Matt Phetchit.
Next, Singh executed the edge of the rotary razor.
Danhausen and Hook celebrate the tag team’s victory by buying new cars. Danhausen cruised in a coach carriage. Hawk stopped on his little ride, put down his sunglasses, and peeked at Lexi Nair before zooming out.
Red Velvet Vs. Chris Statlander
Judd Cargill, Keira Hogan, and Stokely Hathaway were seated ringside. Velvet tried a stealth attack, but was caught by Statlander in order to land her. Alien raised velvet to the military pressure in the ring. The velvet went low for a chop block to run on the knee. This allowed Velvet to gain an advantage with its speed. I came close to winning on a combination of cutter kick and spin, but the alien was way too powerful. Statlander handled Velvet on the Night Fever Road to Victory.
Chris Statlander defeated Red Velvet.
After that, Kira jumped off the Statlander. Jade added a pump kick to the floor. Anna Jay ran to strangle Kira, but the numbers game knocked her down. Athena came out ready for action, but officials prevented her from being handcuffed.
Ethan Page hailed Miro’s comeback ahead of their Pan-Atlantic Championship qualifier on Monday dynamite. Instead of God, Paige prays to himself. He is going to the promised land to earn gold.
Mark Henry interviewed the main event participants. Did Will Osprey come to AEW to separate the sheep from the goats? Trent never loved him or his morbid children. FTR has presented itself as the best tag team in the world and plans to make the Ospreay and Aussie Open pay off. Enough talking. Henry concluded, “It’s time for the main event!”
Will Osprey, Kyle Fletcher, and Mark Davis vs. FTR and Trent
Ospreay was a little bit rowdy for the FTR. Trent gained an advantage over the Ospreay for a DDT hurricane. FTR padded Australian clothing open outside the ring. Trent followed a springboard and leapt onto the ground. He rotated his foot upon landing.
Ospreay took control by pulling Trent from the headlights. Hot tags for Dax Harwood for three German suplexes for Fletcher. The FTR found its groove in the German powerbomb, suplex and jackknife pin combo. The event continued as the United Empire mobilized a teamwork firefighter’s carry cutter and 450 Ospreay machine guns.
The match was suspended until the end. Ospreay took out the FTR with a launch pad. Trent and Fletcher battled back and forth, then Trent snatched Fletcher for Strong Zero for the win.
FTR and Trent defeated Will Ospray, Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis.
Eddie Kingston vs. Jake Hager was a real slobberknocker. When frenzy Introduced for the first time, this was the kind of tough fight I was hoping to see on a weekly basis for the show. They went to town on each other. Kingston is good at taking hits, and Hager is good at throwing away. This made Kingston well prepared for a comeback. His street fighting tactics were entertaining, such as grabbing Hagar’s thigh and prick him in the eye.
This was a huge win for Kingston’s career. The way AEW protects Hagar, I see this as a surprising victory. Sure, the odds were in Kingston’s favor for story reasons, but the fighting spirit needed to take down Hagar was impressive. This is the type of match that elevates Kingston’s aura in the AEW hierarchy.
This was my first time seeing Will Ospray and the Aussie Open. I’d never heard an Osprey speak, nor was I expecting that accent. It adds flavor in a good way, as if it came out of a Robin Hood movie with an inverted monk haircut. Ospreay’s in-ring skills definitely fit the style of AEW. His attitude was cocky as he stood out. I laughed so hard at his mockery of doing the split. Ospreay’s various reactions were entertaining the entire time. Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis were fine but in no way memorable this evening.
I’m amazed that Trent got glory because of the win. FTR had a chance to declare its dominance, but AEW may want to save that for later. Trent on top makes me wonder which direction the matches are headed forbidden door PPV. Ospreay has star power to be on the card, but his singles match against Trent just doesn’t look big enough. I don’t mind seeing the Ospreay & Aussie Open vs Adam Cole & ReDRagon.
Chris Statlander Badass. Her strong personality is very entertaining. The blue spinning thunder bomb and the German super rolling were great. Red Velvet wrestled a good match as well by using its speed to smash its stronger opponent. Jade Cargill has her business if she plans to retain the TBS Championship. Athena is the hot new talent, and Statlander has been coming on strong lately. These will be exciting defenses for the tournament.
Satnam Singh has done a good job showing his potential. The match was basic and fast, but he did his turn as needed. Singh didn’t try to get too fancy. He stayed in his lane like a giant. Just when I was thinking I wanted to see a punch in that match, Singh pulled off a fantastic Razor’s Edge in the aftermath. Credit to Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett for effectively selling Singh’s offense.
Jimmy Hayter excels at nonverbal expression. Her reactions made me rewatch this trailer to watch it again.
Grade: B +
This episode was in the wheelhouse of frenzy Quality. Exciting action and powerful promotions with the added bonus of Will Ospreay’s debut.
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