The first ever AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament opens with WWE Hall of Famer Madusa, formerly known as Alundra Blaze, making her way to the ramp to introduce the competition.
We then go backstage to Dasha Gonzales who is with the Nightmare Sisters ahead of their draw. Gonzalez tells them that they are not automatically drawn together and will have to go through the Deadly Draw.
Brandi Rhodes draws first, drawing red. She then speaks to Gonzales, distracting her as Allie looks in the hat and also draws red to ensure that the unbeaten women’s tag team will be together in the tournament.
We then cut to Penelope Ford who draws blue, meaning she is paired with former Nightmare Collective member Mel.
The Nightmare Sisters defeat Penelope Ford and Mel with a Spear
Penelope Ford is brought to the ring by Kip Sabian, whilst Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall are in the corner of the Nightmare Sisters.
As Brandi and Mel enter the ring together, Mel is clearly annoyed with Brandi following the disbandment of the Nightmare Collective, immediately raining in strikes on AEW’s Chief Brand Officer.
Ford is tagged in as herself and Mel control, but Brandi escapes with an armdrag to tag in Allie. She lines up Ford for a drop kick in the corner, but before she can hit her, Sabian pulls Ford away.
This leads to an argument between Marshall and Sabian, distracting Allie enough for Mel to hit her with a big boot at ringside before sliding her back in the ring.
Mel and Ford then control Allie, continually cutting off the hot tag. Ford hits Allie with a cutter but Mel misses a top rope leg drop, allowing Allie to get the hot tag.
Brandi looks to knock Mel down with a series of lariats, eventually getting her down with a superkick.
But Allie and Ford continue brawling in the corner, distracting the referee and Brandi. Mel takes advantage, hitting a choke bomb to Brandi, but the referee takes too long to count the fall, allowing Brandi to kick out.
Kip Sabian immediately gets on the apron to argue with the referee, allowing Allie to rake the eyes of Mel before Brandi hits her with a spear to progress to the semi-finals.
We are then shown a recap of Nyla Rose and Ariane Andrew being drawn together last week, before their opponents Anna Jay and former NXT superstar Tay Conti being drawn together.
Anna Jay and Tay Conti defeat Nyla Rose and Ariane Andrew with a Neckbreaker
Anna Jay makes her entrance with the entire Dark Order before Brodie Lee and his men go backstage.
Ariane Andrew dominates Jay early on before looking for a tag from Nyla Rose, who refuses to tag in. This allows Jay and Conti to beat Andrew down before Nyla enters the ring and powers them both away before finally tagging in.
Conti and Jay both look to cut down Rose by targeting her left leg. Conti started this with a number of kicks to the leg before Jay hit a chop bloke to her knee to maintain control.
Conti continued to target the Native Beasts left knee, locking in a knee bar assisted by the ropes.
But Rose would regain control, hitting Conti with a Samoan Drop before tagging in Andrew.
Andrew hits Conti with a tilt-a-whirl Bulldog, but her pin is broken up by Jay. Jay and Conti look to hit Andrew with a double suplex, but Rose catches her and wipes them out with a double lariat before immediately rolling out, still limping on her left leg.
Andrew looks to pin Conti with the split pin, but Jay is the legal woman and hits Andrew with a neckbreaker to advance to the semi-finals.
After the match, Nyla looks as if she is thanking Andrew for her efforts but hits her with a lariat as her and Vickie Guerrero retreat up the ramp.
Alex Marvez then interviews the winning teams, first the Nightmare Sisters. Brandi Rhodes brags about being the biggest star in the tournament, being the first female in AEW to get an action figure and being a social media influencer, to the annoyance of Allie. Brandi then says that the Nightmare Sisters are the team to beat.
Tay Conti and Anna Jay are then interviewed. Conti says that they are the prettiest and best tag team in the tournament. Alex Marvez then asks Jay about the Dark Order, but she says she wants to focus on the tournament.