Welcome to Fightful.com's live coverage & discussion for AEW Dynamite (5/18/22)!
We'll be bringing you full, fight-by-fight results of every match on the card.
- Adam Cole vs. Jeff Hardy — Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Semifinals
- Samoa Joe vs. The Joker — Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Quarterfinals
- Rey Fenix vs. Kyle O'Reilly — Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Quarterfinals
- Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. The Joker — Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament Quarterfinals
- 'Hangman' Adam Page vs. Konosuke Takeshita
- Chris Jericho & William Regal Come Face-To-Face
- MJF 'Lashes' Wardlow
— The show begins and our commentary team of Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Excalibur welcome us to tonight's show and it's time for our opening contest of the evening!
Samoa Joe vs. The Joker (Johnny Elite) — Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Quarterfinals
— The Ring Of Honor World Television Champion Samoa Joe makes his way down to the ring. Joe's mystery opponent is Johnny Elite (FKA John Morrison)! The bell rings and this one is underway. Johnny trips Joe to the mat, Joe powers back to his feet but gets flattened with a super kick but Joe wallops Johnny with a chop to the chest. Johnny with a pump kick, Joe with a lariat but Johnny kips up and does a cartwheel before cracking Joe with a clothesline and Joe spills out of the ring. Johnny flips over the top rope and takes out Joe on the outside. Johnny launches Joe into the barricade but Joe counters and fires Johnny into the barricade before tossing him back into the ring. Joe plants Johnny with an atomic drop then a boot to the face, a senton and goes for the cover but Johnny kicks out. Joe with a chop and goes for the Muscle Buster but Johnny slides out and trips Joe to the mat. Johnny goes up top and lands a splash and goes for the cover but Joe kicks out. Johnny cracks Joe with a running knee and goes up top for Starship Pain but Joe gets his knees up and plants Johnny with the Muscle Buster for the 1-2-3!
Winner - Samoa Joe (Advances To Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Semifinals)
— After the match, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh rush the ring and attack Joe but Best Friends come down and make the save. The heels retreat and Joe recovers in the ring.
— We then see Jeff Hardy, backstage and Hardy has been medically cleared to face Adam Cole, tonight. Matt and Nick Jackson walk in and tell Hardy to take the night off and rest his body because if he doesn't Adam Cole will beat him. Matt Hardy appears and says Jeff will be fine because he's a Hardy, not a Hardy cos-player. Matt Hardy warns Matt and Nick Jackson and tells them they better not get involved in Jeff's match against Adam Cole. The Bucks exit and we head to a commercial break.
'Hangman' Adam Page vs. Konosuke Takeshita
— CM Punk joins commentary for this one. Takeshita attacks the AEW World Champion right as the bell sounds. Page returns fire and sends Takeshita out of the ring and dives through the ropes to take out Takeshita on the outside. Page gets Takeshita back in the ring but Takeshita dives right back out and nails Page with a cross-body. Both competitors get back in the ring, a quick back-and-forth ensues, Takeshita sends Page to the corner and cracks him with a kick in the corner, Page shoves him back and plants him with a pile-driver and goes for the cover but Takeshita kicks out. Page goes to the apron and flips back in, looking for the Buckshot Lariat but Takeshita slides out and drills Page with an elbow then a power-bomb before going for the cover but Page lifts the shoulders at two-and-a-half! Takeshita with a knee strike then a dead-lift German suplex but he can't go for the cover because he's too injured. Takeshita misses a lariat and eats a clubbing uppercut from Page, who clocks Takeshita back with the Buckshot Lariat and then the GTS and gets the three-count!
Winner - 'Hangman' Adam Page
— After the match, Page and Punk stare each other down on the entrance ramp and Page exits as we head to a commercial break.
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs. The Workhorsemen (JD Drake & Anthony Henry)
— Lee and Drake start this one off. A pair of chops are exchanged, Lee tosses Drake to the mat and makes the tag to Swerve. Henry makes a self-tag and clocks Swerve with a super kick. Swerve comes back with some kicks of his own and nails Henry with a leaping back kick. Swerve goes up top and drills Henry with a missile drop-kick then a flat-liner. Drake attacks Swerve but Swerve evades and makes the tag to Lee who plants Henry with a power-bomb, Swerve tags in and dives down on Henry with double stomps and gets the 1-2-3!
Winners - Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland
— After the match, Keith Lee grabs a microphone and says after the win, he and Swerve will be a top-five ranked team, next week. Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks interrupt and make their way out. Starks says Lee looks like the T-Rex from Toy Story and calls Lee and Swerve selfish. Starks says he and Hobbs deserve the AEW Tag Team Title shot since he beat Jungle Boy, last week. Jurrassic Express, alongside Christian Cage make their way down to the ring. Christian says he wishes Starks was smart enough to know when to stop talking and makes fun of Starks' wardrobe choice for the evening. Christian proposes a three-way tag match for the titles at Double Or Nothing then says Jungle Boy vs. Ricky Starks vs. Swerve Strickland sounds like a nice preview for the pay-per-view and all three seemingly accept as the segment ends.
— We then see Tony Schiavone backstage with Red Velvet and Kris Statlander. Red says now that she's with The Baddies, things have changed for her. Kris says she's also changed and now she's taking the Owen Hart cup. TBS Champion Jade Cargill appears and says it's funny that Red somehow convinced 'the Alien girl' that they're friends. Cargill and Red exit and we head to a commercial break.
— Back from the break and it's time for MJW to deliver belt shots to Wardlow as part of MJF's stipulations for he and Wardlow's match at Double Or Nothing. MJF and Shawn Spears make their way down to the ring. MJF talks some trash and says he doesn't want to waste anymore time and Wardlow makes his way out, being escorted by security. MJF whips Wardlow once, then twice and Wardlow gives absolutely no expression and MJF is heated. MJF unloads a number of lashings and Spears shoves him back. Wardlow, still completely unbothered starts laughing and Spears wallops Wardlow with a shot and Wardlow's no longer laughing. Spears hits another, which gets a reaction from Wardlow and MJF fakes the 10th and final hit but he hits Wardlow with a low blow. MJF and Spears attack the handcuffed Wardlow and MJF drills him with the Dynamite Diamond Ring, Spears hits the C4 Spike and MJF pins him 1-2-3 as a 'sign' of what's going to happen at Double Or Nothing. MJF and Spears exit and we head to a commercial break.
— Back from the break and Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero are backstage. Trent says Roppongi Vice is back full-time and Rocky says he and Trent want the Ring Of Honor, IWGP and AEW Tag Team Titles and Trent challenges FTR for the ROH Tag Titles.
Rey Fenix vs. Kyle O'Reilly — Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Quarterfinals
— KOR whips Fenix with a leg sweep and a quick grappling exchange ensues. Fenix goes up top but KOR follows him up, Fenix knocks him to the mat and drills him with a missile drop-kick. The fight spills to the outside, KOR cracks Fenix with a kick and puts him on a chair and wallops him with a drop-kick. KOR gets Fenix back in the ring and goes for a slam but Fenix slides out and lays into KOR with a few chops to the chest. Fenix spring-boards off the middle rope and nails KOR with a kick then KOR comes back with a knee strike and both men are now down for the count. KOR applies an armlock, Fenix dives out and lands a springboard cutter then goes up top and looks for a diving hurricanrana but KOR catches him in a triangle choke, Fenix scrambles and KOR rolls him back to get the 1-2-3!
Winner - Kyle O'Reilly (Advances To The Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Semifinals)
— After commentary runs down the cards for this Friday's Rampage and next week's Dynamite, it's time for Chris Jericho and William Regal's face-to-face confrontation. Regal makes his way down to the ring alongside Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz. Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia and 2point0 then make their way out and they stand on the entrance ramp. Jericho says it's good to see Regal because he thought he'd be dead by now. Jericho says Regal should've been one of the greatest of all time but he decided to become a one of the greatest addicts of all time. Jericho says Regal's been fired from every promotion he's be in and says Regal's only here because of Moxley and Danielson. Jericho says Santana and Ortiz are ungrateful and says they're only relevant because he [Jericho] made them relevant. Jericho tells Eddie Kingston that if Eddie's wife ever needs help, he's available. Jericho tells Danielson that even though he's a 'clean-cut nerd', if he hangs out with Regal and Moxley long enough, he'll end up in a treatment facility like Moxley did. Jericho threatens Regal and Regal says he's sick of Jericho's voice but admits Jericho actually said a few truths during his speech but the one thing that keeps him going is every time he was on a show with Jericho, he'd steal Jericho's toothbrush and shove it up his ass before Jericho used it. Garcia interrupts and calls Regal disgusting and Regal said he forgot to mention that he did it to Garcia, last week. Jericho says he and JAS challenge them to a Stadium Stampede match at Double Or Nothing. Moxley says he doesn't wanna do that 'stupid shit' and it should be five versus five, gang rules, until they're all bleeding. Kingston says he doesn't care about pay-per-view buys or TV ratings, he just wants to fight. Danielson stops Kingston from going after JAS and Bryan and Kingston argue as the segment ends.
— We then see Dante Martin and Matt Sydal backstage. Sydal challenges Blackpool Combat Club to a match this Friday on Rampage and we head to a commercial break.
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. The Joker (Maki Itoh) — Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament Quarterfinals
— Former AEW Women's World Champion Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. makes her way out to the ring and her mystery opponent is Maki Itoh! Baker and Itoh hug, Baker tells her to lay down for the pin, she does and Baker makes the cover but Itoh rolls Baker into a pin of her own but Baker rolls out and lands a sling-blade. Baker sends Itoh to the corner and plants her with a slam then goes for the cover but Itoh kicks out. Itoh lands a suplex, Baker sends Itoh to the corner and looks for a headbutt but Itoh moves and Baker knocks herself into the top turnbuckle. Maki goes up top and looks for a diving headbutt but Baker slides out and hits a pump kick before locking in the Lock Jaw and Itoh taps!
Winner - Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. (Advances To Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament Semifinals)
— After the match, Toni Storm makes her way down to the ring and the two semifinalist stare each other down as we head to a commercial break.
— Back from the break and Tony Schiavone's in the ring with Dustin Rhodes and Tony says that next week is AEW's three-year anniversary show. Serena Deeb makes her way down to the ring and says she heard that Dustin Rhodes said that she has no chance to beat AEW Women's Champion Thunder Rosa at Double Or Nothing and calls both Dustin and Tony idiots. Serena says she had to get breast implants to impress old perverts so she can get more opportunities and when she shaved her head, she got no respect. Serena says she wants to know why people don't think she has a chance to beat Rosa. Serena says when she beats Rosa, Dustin will respect him and she slaps Dustin. Thunder Rosa comes down and tries to attack Serena but Dustin stops her and Rosa accidentally hits Dustin and Serena steals Rosa's title and cracks her with it then retreats as we head to a commercial break.
Adam Cole vs. Jeff Hardy — Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Semifinals
— Cole attacks Hardy during the latter's entrance. Cole tosses Hardy into the ring and this one is officially underway. Cole sends Hardy to the outside and fires him into the steep steps then back into the ring. Cole plants Hardy with a neck-breaker then goes for the cover but Hardy kicks out. Cole wallops Hardy with an enziguri, Hardy trips Cole to the mat and goes up top but when he dives down, Cole cracks him with a super-kick in mid-air and Cole goes for the cover but Hardy gets his foot on the bottom rope to force the break. Hardy hits a cutter out of nowhere and goes up top for the Swanton Bomb but Cole slides out and nails Hardy with The Boom and gets the 1-2-3!
Winner - Adam Cole (Advances To Owen Hart Foundation Men's Tournament Finals)
— After the match, Matt Hardy comes down and he and Jeff bicker with Cole. Matt and Nick Jackson come down, Cole and The Bucks attack The Hardys, Sting and Darby Allin rush down to the ring to make the save but Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly come down as well and the Undisputed Elite stand tall as the show goes off-the-air!