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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Report: Road to Wrestling Dontaku!

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NJPW’s “Main unit”, Taguchi Japan, puts up two rising stars seeking their first championships! Juice Robinson gets another go at Hirooki Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship, will the second time be better than the first? And David Finlay goes after an old friend in the Switchblade and the IWGP US Championship!

 

This review of Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2018 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Jay White VS David Finlay; White wins and retains the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Juice Robinson; Goto wins and retains the NEVER Openweight Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

AXS TV and NJPW review the build to tonight’s matches.

The Flamboyant One of the “main unit”, Taguchi Japan, challenged for both the NEVER Openweight and IWGP US Championships before, failing to defeat either the Fierce Warrior of Chaos or The Cleaner. He made quite the impression in the New Japan Cup, and tries once more against Hirooki Goto. Will Juice finally get his first taste of gold? Meanwhile, David Finlay targeted The Switchblade at Strong Style Evolved, and made it clear he wants the IWGP US Championship on top of revenge. These former friends face off to see who is truly the better man!

 

IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Jay White VS David Finlay!

We jump into this match partway as Finlay has White down. Finlay stands up and gets to a corner. He takes aim at White, but White stays down. Finlay kicks White in the back, then goes back to the corner again. White still can’t stand, so Finlay stands him up for a hard right. Finlay takes aim again, but White glares up at him from the mat. Finlay stands White up for a European Uppercut, then a chop. White staggers and Finlay fires up, but White falls to his knees. Finlay grows frustrated, so he just clobbers White in the back of the head! White finally stands up on his own, and Finlay runs out for a SPEAR!

Cover, TWO! Finlay grows frustrated but the fans rally. Finlay goes to the corner again, but White spits in his face. White laughs, but Finlay steals the Blade Runner! Cover, TWO!! White survives his own move and Finlay is again frustrated. Finlay drags himself out of the ring to walk it off. He peels away the apron skirt, to then retrieve a table. Finlay sets up the table, positioning it between ring and railing. He hears the fans rallying as he drags White up. He brings White over, and hoists him up onto the top of a corner. Finlay climbs up from the outside, and Red Shoes grows concerned. White resists as Finlay tries to lift him. White elbows Finlay down and they both go to the apron. Finlay fireman carries White, but White clings to the rope.

White slips down and hits Finlay back with kicks and clubbing forearms. White goes to lift Finlay but Finlay resists. Finlay lifts and back drops White onto the apron. White slumps down, but then suddenly grabs Finlay in powerbomb position, and bombs Finlay onto the table!

The table cracks but does not break. White wants to finish it, so he sets Finlay on the table and climbs back onto the apron. White drops an elbow!

Both men are in pain from the impact, but White stands up first. White gets into the ring while Finlay crawls from the wreckage. The 20 count reaches 10 before Finally drags himself up. It reaches 15, but Finlay flounders, to beat it at 19.5! White is on him right away, with a double underhook dominator! Cover, TWO!? White can’t believe it, but fans are rallying for Finlay. Finlay stirs, grabbing at White. White drags Finlay up, and reels him in for the Black Dragon brainbuster! Cover, TWO! White decides to finish this, and drags Finlay up for his Blade Runner, but Finlay counters with a stunner! Finlay flounders to a cover, TWO, but by the slimmest of margins. Finlay thinks he’s won, but is crushed when he hears it isn’t so. Fans continue to rally while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as both Finlay and White glare while slowly sitting up. Finlay throws a forearm, White throws one back. Finlay throws another, and White leans back. White comes back with a harder forearm, and Finlay leans. Finlay hits White, and again, and again. They stand up and White chops Finlay, and again, and again. Finlay falls back into a corner, but EuroUppers out at White. He gives another, and another. White staggers but Finlay gives him a sharp slap to the face. Finlay fires up but White grabs his hair to turn him around, for a clubbing clothesline! Finlay gets up but walks into Blade Runner, but slips out for a lumbar check! He’s all fired up now, as are the fans.

Finlay suplexes White up, for the last shot brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! And Finlay still can’t believe it. He gets up and calls to end it. But White blocks that cutter to hit his Blade Runner!!

Cover, White wins!

Winner: White, by pinfall; still IWGP US Heavyweight Champion

The second-ever IWGP USHC continues his reign on the Road to Wrestling Dontaku. He downs his former friend turned bitter rival, who will be next to be cut down by The Switchblade?

White speaks.

“David Finlay. David Finlay. Quite the valiant effort.” White knew Finlay was tough, but even he was surprised. Finlay proves he belongs in the main events of NJPW. “But more importantly, you showed that you certainly do NOT belong in the ring with me.” Ten wins for White, only one for Finlay, way back in 2015. White has and will always be better than Finlay, “get that piece of shit outta here!” Finlay is the past, we are looking at the future. The future of Chaos, and the future of Jay White. “Who is next?” White doesn’t know, but he’ll keep an eye on Hirooki, Tanahashi and Okada. “But whoever is next, they will be left lying in this ring” while White is still champion. “Everybody will breathe with the Switchblade.”

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Juice Robinson!

The Fierce Warrior defeated the Flamboyant One before, and Juice has learned much since then. Will Juice’s growth since their first match be enough to finally remove Goto from his NEVER throne?

Red Shoes shows Juice the belt he fights for, then signals for the bell. Fans duel already as the two circle. They tie up, and are even in strength as neither man budges. Juice pushes but Goto pushes him back. Juice kneels but stands back up. Goto gets around Juice, but Juice reaches back for the headlock. Goto reverses to a wristlock, but Juice turns that back into the headlock. Juice holds on as Goto tries to power out. Juice shifts to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and escapes. The two back off and fans applaud. They tie up again, and Goto gets the headlock now. Juice works his way out, but Goto puts the hold back on. Juice powers out, things speed up and Goto reverses the hip toss into a hip toss. Goto runs but Juice stays solid with him as they collide shoulder to shoulder.

They glare at each other, and Goto kicks low. Goto puts Juice in a corner, then throws forearm after forearm. Juice turns it around and gives off his own left haymakers. Goto punches Juice, so Juice slaps back. Juice throws Goto out, then slingshots out onto him!

Juice wipes Goto out and stands back up as fans applaud. He rains hands on Goto, then drags Goto up. He has the media clear out, to then whip Goto into the railings. Juice runs in, but Goto back drops Juice up and over. Juice lands on his feet, but Goto rocks him with a right hand. Goto grabs Juice’s dreads, and yanks him backwards into the railing! Juice goes down while Goto catches his breath. Red Shoes checks on Juice, Juice is okay to continue. Goto gets up to fetch Juice, and the 20 count climbs up to 10. Goto puts Juice back in the ring, then keeps on him with stomps. He drags Juice up and around, to then hoist him onto the top rope. Goto grabs the head again, for a draping neckbreaker!

Juice slumps out of the ring and to the floor. Goto lets the 20 count start. Juice drags himself up at 9, but that neck bothers him. Juice manages to get in at 17, but then goes back out for more recovery time. The count starts over, so Goto goes to fetch Juice this time. Goto puts Juice back in, then drags Juice up for a neck wrench. He bends Juice left, then right, but Juice resists, so Goto puts him in a headscissors. Juice endures the squeeze, and works to escape. Goto keeps up the squeeze and the wrenching, but Juice uses his long legs for the ropebreak. Goto lets Juice go, then elbows Juice in the back of the neck. He puts Juice in a corner, then throws forearms.

Goto whips Juice corner to corner, and runs in for the clothesline. He rolls Juice out of the corner, then climbs up. Fans fire up as Goto drops the elbow. Cover, TWO, but Goto keeps his cool. Goto positions Juice for a normal elbow drop to the chest, then gives on to Juice’s back. Cover, TWO! Goto sits Juice up for the chinlock, digging a knee into Juice’s back. Juice flails, then pries his way out of the hold, only for Goto to bring it back on. Fans rally as Juice blocks the elbow to his face! Juice stands up with Goto, blocks the kick, to give the leg lariat! The challenger is back in the fight while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns to fans rallying for both men. Juice sits up first, then stands. Juice fires himself up with fist pumps. Fans chant “Juice! Juice!” with each one. Juice jabs Goto over and over, but Goto ducks the big punch only to get a big chop. Juice whips Goto but Goto reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. They go again for another collision, and Goto fires up. Juice dodges but Goto follows, only to miss again, and Juice knocks him down with a clothesline! Goto gets to a corner while fans applaud.

Juice fires up and runs corner to corner, for another big clothesline. Juice runs but Goto follows to give Juice a clothesline. Goto fires up and runs, but Juice follows to give another clothesline! Juice runs, but Goto follows, only for Juice to dodge his heel kick! Goto hits buckles, and Juice runs in for the cannonball! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his cool, then gets himself to a corner. He climbs up with fans rallying. Juice takes aim, but Goto slips out. Juice still jumps!!

They both go down from that insane flying attack. Juice drags himself up first, and the 20 count begins again. Juice drags Goto up at 13, and puts him in the ring at 15. He keeps going, climbing back up to the top. Goto stirs, and Juice leaps for the flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Now Juice grows a bit frustrated with Goto. He stands up and says it’s time to go around. Juice brings Goto up, double chicken wing, but Goto shoves out of the Unprettier to then fireman’s carry. Juice slips out, shoves Goto, then follows, but Goto gets around behind. Goto lifts, but Juice slips out, and Juice grabs Goto for the German Suplex! But Goto springs up to clobber Juice! But Juice springs up, too! Only to run into Ushigoroshi!

Both men are down, too sore to cover or escape. Fans are thunderous as they duel. Goto slowly stands up while Juice stirs. Goto goes to Juice and throws a forearm. Juice comes back to headbutt Goto. Goto grits his teeth to hit Juice again. Juice stands up, and rocks Goto with a left. Goto throws a haymaker, but Juice responds with his own. They go back and forth with heavy forearms. Juice kicks low, then chops. Juice runs, but into the kick. Goto runs, but into a dropkick. Goto still hits Juice with a kick in the chest! Both men fall again, and the fans rally. Red Shoes checks on them, but they’re okay to continue.

Goto drags himself to ropes while Juice crawls his way to a corner. They both slowly stand, and Goto runs in to heel kick Juice in the back of the head! Then he drives Juice down with a big saido suplex! Juice writhes and clutches his neck, but Goto doesn’t cover. Goto stands back up, and drags Juice to his feet, for a second saido suplex! Goto wants more but Red Shoes keeps him back. Red Shoes checks Juice, but Goto doesn’t care. Goto drags Juice up and calls to finish it. He lifts Juice up for another fireman’s carry, and another Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!! Goto is shocked while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Goto brings Juice up one more time. He hoists Juice up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Goto clubs away, then positions Juice for a fireman’s carry. Juice revives and slips out to then go after Goto. Goto resists the powerbomb with a rain of rights. Juice clubs Goto back in the back, then headbutts the lower back. Juice gets Goto in the torture rack, for the inverted Ushigoroshi! He then calls for the end, demanding Goto stand up. Goto staggers to his feet, Juice runs, and clobbers Goto with the clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Juice clutches his neck but gets back up. He wants to end this, so he drags Goto up. Juice suplexes Goto up for the brainbuster!

Cover, TWO!? Juice is losing hope but the fans are thunderous. Juice fires himself back up and the fans rally with him. He brings Goto back up, and turns him with the chicken wings, but Goto grabs Juice in a sleeper hold! Goto holds on tight, but Juice backs him into a corner. Juice is still caught, and now fades to a knee. He pries at Goto’s arms, but Goto locks the hold back on. Juice uses the corner pad for leverage, but Goto drags him away. Fans rally while Red Shoes checks Juice. Goto won’t go easy, he shifts into a Dragon Sleeper! He wrenches back, but Juice throws him off with a snapmare. Goto catches his own breath, then drags Juice up. Juice revives, but Goto uses a headbutt to block the punch! Then a headbutt to rock Juice. And from there, Goto hits a front facing GTR.

But that’s not enough for Goto, as he drags Juice back up. Juice catches him into a cradle! TWO!! Juice was close and everyone knows it. Goto rushes Juice but Juice gets the full nelson. Goto breaks free and around to a hammerlock, then dragon sleeper, but Juice switches it around onto Goto! Juice goes from sleeper to chicken wings, but Goto shoves out of the Unprettier again. Juice headbutts Goto, and they both stagger, but Juice still hits a stiff left forearm! He fires up, as do the fans, and he hits another stiff left. Juice drags Goto up, he wants to finish this. He turns Goto, but Goto dumps him off! Goto catches Juice into the Shotenkai, the suplex slam!

Cover, TWO!? Everyone is thunderous again as both men are down. Goto seems at a loss as to what to do. He drags himself up on the ropes, then staggers around. Goto hears the fans, and calls for one more move. Juice sits up, and Goto kicks him back down. Goto then drags Juice up, for a true GTR!!

Cover, Goto wins!

Winner: Goto, by pinfall; still NEVER Openweight Champion

Juice pushed Goto to his limits, but Goto’s limits were too much for Juice. While the young lions attend to Goto and Juice, Mike Elgin appears.

Big Mike checks on Juice. Goto stands, his title in hand. Elgin helps Juice up, then turns his attention to Goto. Elgin points at Goto’s belt, then to himself. Goto locks eyes with The Unbreakable Elgin, who might be his next challenger. Elgin picks up a mic to speak.

“Goto, you have something I want.” Elgin wants the NEVER Openweight Championship. But then Taichi appears and picks up the mic, too.

“Hey hey hey. How dare you throw out challenges, baldy?” Taichi tells Goto that the belt he’s “always clutching tightly” will be more useful to Taichi. “So hand it over.” As for the “third wheel” Elgin, Taichi says, “Piss off, fat ass.” Taichi drops the mic, then drops Goto using his mic stand!

Elgin grabs Taichi, and lifts him high over head! Taichi slips out and runs away, having completed his mission. Elgin picks up the belt, and refuses to give it to Red Shoes. He returns it to Goto himself. Will one or both challengers get a match with Goto for the NEVER Openweight title?

 

Backstage interviews.

Elgin says it’s simple. “It’s been too long since Big Mike could call himself champion in NJPW.” As for Taichi, he hasn’t learned not to stick his nose in people’s business.

Meanwhile, Taichi says that everyone is sick of seeing Goto “clinging to the belt”. “It’s just another tool to me. So hand it over.” Taichi will put it to good use. As for “that bald, bearded fatty: stay out of this.”

Goto says his belt is “a sight for sore eyes.” Elgin and Taichi showing up at the end, Goto will take either of them on. Or even both at the same time. That’s all he has to say, and he takes his leave. Will Goto be able to break the Unbreakable? Will he be able to deny the World’s Sliest Wrestler? Or will one of them be the man to finally take that NEVER Openweight Championship from him?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid night of action, and with only two matches. We get part of White VS Finlay but even part was really great. The story was there, with Finlay being 1-9 against White, and that was perhaps in his head the entire time. White won to build his reign, and he ups the ante by name dropping some great champions. Seeing him against any of those would be a great match, and if he wins against even just one, it really ups his stock. The main event was great, that match raises Juice’s stock as well. Juice is almost there, he just needs a little more time. Goto VS Elgin VS Taichi sounds like a great idea, especially with how rare NJPW uses multi-man matches like that. Plus, it is the one way to keep Goto strong while taking the title off him and putting it on someone else.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 1.26.21

With Private Party earning tag title shots at No Surrender, what else does Impact do to draw interest for their ImpactPlus App special?

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So we got a little bit to work with from last week. We know that Private Party will have tag title shots at No Surrender, we know Taya is hauled off to jail to write her off for 2 to 3 years at least, Fire & Flava Fest will have MC Lish and Susan is much different than Susie.

Okay so admittedly that’s not a ton to go off of, so I suppose this should be a really helpful episode of Impact! Also we get to find out exactly when Moose wants to cash in the title shot Rich offered him for Willie’s safety.

First though, the most important thing, an update on the Fire & Flava Fest:

Ratings:

  • Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton: Cardona wins via Radio Silence – ***
  • Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards: Myers wins by DQ – * ¾
  • Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve: Rosemary wins via As Above So Below – **
  • Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake: Doering wins via DVD/Short Arm Lariat – ** ¼
  • Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Hurricanrana – ***

 

Results:

So after the main event recap from last week, we see Rich Swann head out to the ring. Swann makes the “target on my back” kind of promo, and then calls out Dreamer. He challenges Dreamer, out of respect and honor or something; giving Dreamer a title shot at No Surrender. This of course brings out the rest of the main event player heels, and they all have a solid claim. Hell, the guy who was stopping people from going out to the Parking Lot has a better claim than Dreamer.

So Sami Callihan, Chris Bey and of course, Moose, show up to make their statements. Brawl ensues, Willie Mack comes out for the save and the return from Moose taking him out, but then Ken Shamrock is a one man wrecking crew. This probably sets up a 8 man tag either tonight or next week, but I suppose it gets us….somewhere?

Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton

These teams trade moments of control, which was more just seeing if Cardona and Alexander could work together; while Fulton and Ace show a level of chemistry and tag team prowess that they were starting to put together before their brief hiatus.

The Sidewalk Slam/Guillotine Leg Drop is a nice combination, but the real takeaway was that Fulton doesn’t look nearly as big against Cardona and Alexander. Fulton did have great power moments, but both Alexander and Cardona found ways to rock the big man. Madman drags Alexander into the ring, they trade blows, but Ace eventually hits a High Roundhouse to knock Alexander down. Cardona gets lifted over Ace, into Fulton, with Radio Silence; all while Alexander recovers enough to grab Ace so he can’t break up the pin.

These AEW commercials are the same level of amateur cringe, because Tony Khan is talking. I really he didn’t make it obvious he was reading a prompter and using an acting level that even Brian Zane or the Angry Video Game Nerd would find campy.

Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards

We get a fairly paint by numbers wrestling match, Eddie starts to out wrestle “the most professional wrestler” so it forces Myers to take a shortcut, or three.

As the match progresses we see Eddie get caught more by shortcuts than by getting outwrestled. So after a while, a man snaps. So Myers goes for the Charging Lariat, Eddie turns and goes after Myers’ face. He gauges at the eye with the tape over it, and then even goes as far as to bite Brian Myers while not letting go at the five count.

Eddie gets disqualified, Myers is crying about the attack and Eddie looks proud of himself. Maybe he’s really into the new Resident Evil vampire hot chick too?

Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve

Tenille starts off quick, all in a way to distract the referee so she can use Kaleb’s camera bag. Rosemary still kicks out. This starts out a long timeframe of Tenille staying aggressive and in control. I was generally surprised she put in the effort, but she was very frustrated that Rosemary wasn’t staying down.

Rosemary starts her comeback, Tenille manages to side step the Spear, then tries a Double Underhook move, but Rosemary counters it with her own Double Underhook, and it finally has a name! As Above So Below, wins the match for Rosemary.

Fire and Flava Fest is…a trainwreck like expected. They run their mouths in the amusing way their characters have been built on, their catering is cheese sandwiches with the wrapper still on the cheese and it’s just sad. Nevaeh was dressed like the Stay Puft Fresh Man, they thought it was Fallah, but she and Havok clear the ring. Havok looks genuinely amused, but this segment was as cringe as expected.

Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake

Joe finally gets a chance to show a pinch of his amazing ability. Jake had a few opening, but never took Joe off his feet and Joe dominated more often than not. An Inverted Slingshot Elbow, the Fun Splash, and just great power moves showed off why Joe is a former 2 time Triple Crown Champion.

Death Valley Driver into a Short Arm Lariat finished off Jake, but before they Pillmanized Jake, Eric called off the dogs and dropped the Violent by Design towel on Jake. Was it an offer, or a message to stop interfering?

Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel

So Impact kept the worst of the Rascalz, and the other two become MSK. Who knows, maybe someone can teach Trey how to cut a promo and no more eggs and potatoes.  He dyed his hair blonde, so I guess we can see if anything else changed eventually.

This was fast paced and had decent moments. I appreciated the callback to when Moose and Bey tagged against Rich and Willie, where Moose just clubs Chris in the chest as a tag, shoots him into the ropes and then Powerbombs him onto the prone opponent. It’s a great tandem move, that gets across a lot of personality.

As for the match, they saved the final hot tag for Trey, and then we got to see his new aggressive style against Sami Callihan. We got the signature spam from everyone, but it still came down to Sami and Trey. Sami went for his Piledriver, but Trey flipped through the lift to hit a Hurricanrana for the flash pin!

 

Overall Score: 7/10

 After what felt like a questionable start, giving Dreamer basically the past champion’s provisional of title shots; it actually recovered fairly well. If you’ve been following Impact for more than 10 minutes, you knew the Fire & Flava Fest was going to be a shitshow, and boy was it. Tasha and Kiera are charming in their own mouthy ignorance, so they can carry a segment fairly well. We got a bunch of hints for more reveals, Beer Guns isn’t done, Trey Miguel returns (yay?) and Violent by Design sent a message.

This does a good job moving towards some of the bigger stories for No Surrender and moving forward, all while acknowledging AEW but not really using them for more than the awful commercial and a backstage segment. Plus the wrinkle in Eddie Edwards’ new approach could be interesting. Susan challenging Jordynne is pretty intriguing and starting the tension for the eventual Hawkins versus Ryder match is something I’m okay with if they build can stay clever with winks, while not relying too heavily on jabs or meta knowledge.


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/26/21)

It’s a Dark Walk-Off tonight!

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AEW Dark 2

AEW turns Dark back up to SIXTEEN!

Dark is big, strong, and stylish! Will “Pretty” Peter Avalon win the very first Walk Off, a contest of his own creation? Or will Big Shotty shoot him down?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol; Miro wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Jurassic Express wins.
  • Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT; SCU wins and remains a tag team.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro; The Butcher & The Blade win.
  • Rey Fenix VS Baron Black; Fenix wins.
  • Shanna VS KiLynn King; Shanna wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok; Baker wins.
  • Abadon VS Vertvixen; Abadon wins.
  • The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards; Johnson wins.
  • Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna; Santana & Ortiz win.
  • Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne; Conti wins.
  • Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz; Vance wins.
  • Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski; Velvet wins.
  • Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight; Limelight wins.
  • Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure; Ivelisse wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick; Hobbs wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol!

The Best Man and the Superbad super couple still have their Kentucky Butler for a few more weeks, so they’re going to milk this for all it’s worth! Will “Charles” be of help against the Fire of the Sun?

The bell rings and Miro circles with Fuego. They approach, Fuego avoids the roundhouse to kick back! Miro doesn’t flinch, he and Fuego circle but Fuego kicks away on the leg! Miro grabs Fuego, whips but Fuego kicks back! Miro blocks the kick, flips Fuego and CLOBBERS him! Fans rally as Miro runs and drops an elbow! Miro drags Fuego up to ROUNDHOUSE him down! Miro gets the fans fired up but he wants Charles to applaud, too. Charles applauds reluctantly, then Miro drags Fuego up to run. Fuego dropkicks a leg out! Miro hobbles, Fuego flounders but Miro drags him up, only for Fuego to dropkick the leg again! MULE KICK!

Fuego fires up and runs to tilt-o-whirl but Miro throws him away. Fuego dodges the clothesline but the rana is blocked! Miro brings Fuego up to a fireman’s carry and a BIG Samoan Drop! Miro powers up, stomps around, and hits the BEST KICK! Fuego flounders but Miro isn’t done there, because it’s GAME! OVER~! Fuego taps out to the extra deep camel clutch, Miro wins!

Winner: Miro, by submission

Miro demands his butler brush Fuego out of the ring and Charles does gently, but then Miro kicks Fuego the rest of the way. Charles is made to raise Miro’s hand in victory, but will he be able to stomach this all the way until February 3rd?

 

Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!

The classic combination of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are building momentum in the tag team division! Will they steamroll through Big Shotty and The Extra Talented to rise up the ranks?

The teams sort out and JB starts against Johnson. Fans rally up as the two circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Johnson wrenches out, JB rolls and pushes Johnson to ropes, but Johnson runs JB over! Things speed up, JB leaps over and comes back to run Johnson over! JB keeps moving, Johnson dodges, double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. They shake hands to show respect, then Johnson tags out to Solow. JB and Solow tie up, Solow waistlocks but JB pries free to switch. Solow bucks off the roll, JB dodges to huricanrana! JB arm-drags Solow to an armlock and holds him down. Solow gets up, JB tags Luchasaurus but Solow reverses the whip.

JB dodges the clothesline and Luchasaurus BOOTS Solow! Luchasaurus puts Solow in the corner, Solow dodges and tags in Johnson! Luchasaurus CHOPS Solow, puts Johnson in a corner but Johnson boots back! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, so Johnson dodges and runs to kick back! Luchasaurus shakes his head, Johnson dodges and runs again, but leaps into Luchasaurus’ arms for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus keeps close on Johnson, drags him up and tags in JB. Jurassic Express coordinates, scoop slam and knee-board senton! Cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool, wraps a chinlock on Johnson, but Johnson fights up.

Johnson powers JB to the corner, tags in Solow, then powers out of the headlock. Solow scoops JB, Johnson runs in, back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Solow stomps JB, drags him up and throws hands. Fans rally, Solow stomps JB to the corner and tags in Johnson. Johnson stomps JB, suplexes then covers, TWO! Johnson keeps on JB but JB hits back, Johnson CLUBS him! Tag to Solow, Solow stomps JB, then scoop slams him down. Solow runs to drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Solow drags JB up, JB hits back but Solow CLUBS him. Tag to Johnson, double whip and double elbows! Johnson covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Johnson brings JB up and tags to Solow.

Solow whips Johnson in but JB boots him! JB dodges Solow to send him into buckles, Johnson gets JB and whips him to ropes, but JB rebound LARIATS! Both men are down and fans fire up, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus KNEES Solow, boots and clotheslines Johnson then TOSSES him! Luchasaurus puts Solow in a corner for fast hands and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up, runs in at Johnson, but Johnson dumps him out! Luchasaurus drags Johnson out to a wheelbarrow and swing into the railing! Marko Stunt laughs at Johnson while Luchasaurus gets in the ring. Solow is after Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus pushes him away to then BOOT him!

Luchasaurus swings, Solow dodges and runs, into a pop-up KNEE! Choke grip, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Johnson breaks it?! Big Shotty saves this at the last second but Luchasaurus throws him out. Tag to JB, but Johnson trips him up! Luchasaurus choke grips Johnson, brings him in, and then gets Solow in a choke grip, too! But Solow and Johnson slip out of the slams to double RAM Luchasaurus into a corner! Johnson hurries out to fetch JB and put him back in the ring. Solow drags JB up, but JB cradle counters! TWO, JB kicks low and suplexes, but Solow slips out. Johnson tags in, JB dodges him to uppercut Solow!

JB ROCKS Johnson, Solow BOOTS JB, Johnson BOMBS JB into Solow’s knees! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY and FLYING STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Shotty and Solow aren’t giving up yet! Fans rally up, Solow and Johnson bring JB up but JB escapes the suplex! Luchasaurus is in, HEADBUTT to Solow! JB full nelsons Johnson, TAIL WHIP to FACEBUSTER! Jurassic Express drags Solow back, SNARE TRAP! Solow taps, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

The boy and his dinosaur are rolling, but JB will be 1v1 with Dax Harwood for Dynamite! Will Dax being out of his comfort zone give Jungle Jack Perry the advantage?

 

Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT!

Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels are still on their tag title or bust journey! If they lose, they’re done! Will Terrell and Terrence Hughes blow SCU apart?

The teams sort out and the Heavy Metal Rebel starts with Terrell. They tie up, go around, and Kaz gets a waistlock then a drop toehold. Kaz shifts to a headlock, Terrell fights up, and Terrell tries to power out but Kaz holds on tight. Terrell fights back up, throws body shots, and back suplexes, only for Kaz to land on his feet. Kaz CHOPS Terrell, whips, but Terrell reverses. Kaz goes up and over, runs to duck and dodge, then blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss! Kaz keeps on the arm but Terrell endures. Terrell fights up, Kaz tags Daniels, and SCU crisscross Terrell, wrench him down, kick, clothesline and double stomp!

Daniels drags Terrell back up, bumps him off buckles, then elbows him in the back. Daniels whips Terrell to ropes but Terrell dodges then fakes out the calf kick! Tag to Terrence and he CLOBBERS Daniels! Daniels goes to a corner but Terrence rams his shoulder in. Terrence whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in but Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels feeds Terrence to Kaz’s boots then tags Kaz in. SCU double whips, body shot and rolling neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool, brings Terrence up and CHOPS him to a corner! Kaz brings Terrence up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaz drags Terrence up, puts him in the corner and tags in Daniels.

SCU whips Terrence out then into the corner, gamangiri to atomic drop! Daniels goes up, springboard crossbody and leg sweep combo! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows annoyed but he CHOPS Terrence down again. Daniels clubs Terrence, whips him to ropes, but Terrence reverses. Daniels dodges and crossbodies but into Terrence’s arms! For a POWERSLAM! Terrence’s arms hold him back but he tags Terrell in. Terrell throws haymakers, rams his shoulders into Daniels at a corner, then CHOPS him! Daniels is stinging but Terrell stands him up to CHOP again! Terrell TOSSES Daniels, covers, TWO! Terrell grows frustrated now as he drags Daniels up.

Tag to Terrence, Team TNT whips Daniels in, then Terrell whips Terrence in for a shoulder ram! Terrell adds a forearm smash, then Team TNT double Japanese arm-drags Daniels! Cover, TWO! Terrence brings Daniels up, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Terrence drags Daniels up, tags Terrell back in, and then Terrence scoop slams Daniels. Terrell uses Terrence as a weapon, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY onto Daniels! Cover, TWO! Tag to Terrence, Team TNT coordinate to drop ax handles on Daniels’ arm! Terrence drags Daniels up to ROCK with haymakers! Terrence suplexes but Daniels cradle counters, TWO! Daniels catches Terrence for an EXPLODER!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Daniels and Terrence crawl, hot tags to Terrell and Kaz! Kaz rallies on Terrell then whips, but Terrell reverses, only for Kaz to forearm! Kaz mule kicks and CLOBBERS Terrence, then scoops Terrell for a slam! Kaz springboards for the LEG DROP! Fans fire up as Kaz brings Terrell over. Tag to Daniels, SCU double whips to double hip toss into the POWREBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Terrence breaks it! Team TNT regroups, Kaz tags in but so does Terrence. Kaz ROCKS Terrence but Terrence ROCKS Kaz back! Kaz ROCKS Terrence again, then ducks the haymaker, but Terrence bucks the O’Conner roll while Terrell tags in!

Team TNT coordinates, FLYING LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives but Terrence tags back in. Team TNT mugs Kaz in the corner, the ref counts but Daniels gets in to throw hands. Terrell rocks Daniels back, Terrence keeps on Kaz! Team TNT coordinates, they whip SCU at each other, but Daniels reverses, only for Terrell to send Kaz into him after all! But Daniels disrupts the 3D with an STO! Kaz sunset flips Terrell, Terrell stays up but Kaz avoids the punch! Daniels BOOTS Terrell, Kaz gut wrenches, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

And the journey continues! The Addiction hasn’t lost so they aren’t calling it quits! Will this motivation help them make it all the way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro!

Eddie Kingston’s Fam have been working to get up the tag team ranks, though Death Triangle and Lance Archer have been after them. Will Butcher and Blade be caught off guard while having to watch their backs?

The teams sort out and Blade goes right after Navarro! M’Badu protests but the ref keeps him back as Blade stomps Navarro to the ropes. Blade brings Navarro up to whip and CLOBBER him! Now the jacket comes off, and Bunny Allie distracts the ref with her high pitch squealing as Blade uses the jacket to CHOKE Navarro! Blade drags Navarro up to scoop, then he tags in Butcher. They combine for the leg drop sidewalk slam! Butcher drags Navarro up, pump handles and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! And then a SLAM! Navarro flounders out of the ring but now Butcher distracts the ref so Allie can go after Navarro!

The Bunny is rabid but she laughs as she frolics away and Blade puts Navarro in. Butcher drags Navarro up and bumps him off buckles to then tag in Blade. They double headbutt Navarro, and then do it again! Blade digs his knee into Navarro’s face, Bunny mocks his pain, and Butcher drags Navarro up. Butcher tags in, he and Blade coordinate, POWERBOMB SLAM! Cover, M’Badu breaks it! Bunny protests but Butcher tosses Navarro over. M’Badu tags in, circles with Butcher as fans rally up, but Butcher powers M’Badu back to a corner. Butcher CHOPS, forearms, repeat! Butcher whips corner to corner, M’Badu reverses and hits a BIG splash!

M’Badu throws hands now, fires up, then runs corner to corner for another big splash! M’Badu scoops, Butcher slips out to kick and CLOBBER him! Tag to Blade, they drag M’Badu up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher & Blade win!

Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall

Another team was put on the chopping block and they got cut to pieces! Will Kingston’s family continue to carve a path of destruction right to the top of the tag division?

 

Rey Fenix VS Baron Black!

Speaking of Death Triangle, the Firebird is staying sharp as he flies solo! Will Fenix burn up the #EmpBruh on his way to Beach Break?

The bell rings, fans rally up as Fenix and Baron circle. The two tie up, Fenix wrenches, then wrenches again, but Baron wrenches out to wristlock. Fenix rolls under to get a trip up and cover, TWO! Baron has the cover, ONE! Fenix is after a leg but Baron gets the ropebreak. The ref counts and fans cheer as the two get up. Fenix and Baron stare down before they circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Fenix hits low then wrenches to a wristlock. Fenix steps over, ties Baron up in a cobra twist, but Baron hip tosses free! Fenix lands on his feet, Baron gets around to roll him up, TWO! Fenix kips up and there’s another standoff!

Fenix offers a handshake but Baron leaves him hanging. Baron gives a push, Fenix pushes back. Baron offers the handshake now, but Fenix takes it, only for Baron to SLAP him! Fenix snarls and swings, but Baron dodges to CHOP! Baron fires up but Fenix CHOPS him back! Baron puts Fenix in a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up, up, but into an ATOMIC DROP to an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fenix hurries out of the ring but Baron pursues. Baron drags Fenix up and POSTS him! Fans jeer as Baron drags Fenix up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally up, Baron stalks Fenix but Fenix kicks from the mat. Baron stomps Fenix, grabs at legs but Fenix kicks back!

Fenix kicks more but Baron CHOPS! Fenix kicks, kicks and KICKS! Baron hobbles up, Fenix kicks again but into a DRAGON SCREW! And a HALF CRAB! Baron gets both legs, shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fenix endures, pops out, covers, TWO! Baron gets up fast but Fenix CHOPS him again! Fenix puts Baron in a corner, ROCKS him with a forearm then CHOPS him again! Fenix wrenches, whips but Baron reverses HARD! And then whips HARD the other way! And the other way again! Atomic Drop to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fenix as he survives and crawls to a corner. Baron keeps his cool and walks over, blocks the kicks, and he yanks Fenix up into a bomb lift!

Fenix fights out, CHOPS and CHOPS, then runs, only to be thrown to the ramp! Fenix rolls back to his feet, ROCKS Baron back, then springboard SOBATS! Fans fire up as Fenix builds speed, dodges, tiger feint to HEEL KICK! Baron is dazed, Fenix aims from a corner, Fenix runs in to go up, around, but Baron throws him over! Fenix gets a leg, drags Baron down and hooks the legs up, MUDA LOCK! Baron endures as Fenix bends him way back! Baron crawls, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fenix lets go but follows Baron to a corner. Fenix CHOPS again, and CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Baron CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS!

Fenix staggers, Baron brings down the straps but the CHOPS keep flying back and forth! Faster and faster, Fenix gets the edge, but Baron dodges then follows to get around, SNAP GERMAN! Baron drags Fenix up to a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Baron has the legs, ties the legs up, CLOVERLEAF! Fenix endures, crawls, hits Baron’s legs, then turns over to get Baron’s arms! Baron lifts but Fenix goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up top to moonsault! Baron moves but Fenix just somersaults back into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!? Fenix drags Baron up, fireman’s carry, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Baron Black brought his game to a new level, but it still wasn’t enough to extinguish the Firebird! Will Fenix be on fire going towards the Beach Break trios main event?

 

Shanna VS KiLynn King!

Portugal’s Perfect Athlete is building power and rising up the ranks, but she still has a long way to go before the top. Will she be able to trump the would-be King?

The bell rings and Shanna circles with King. They tie up as fans rally and go around. Shanna arm-drags King down, King gets up and breaks free, and the two circle again. They tie up again, King puts Shanna on ropes then whips but Shanna handsprings! Shanna slips around to arm-drag and arm-drag! Shanna runs to huricanrana then enziguri! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps focus on King, throws forearms at the ropes, then whips her to ropes. King reverses, Shanna becomes Spider-Woman! King runs in but Shanna drops and King tumbles out of the ring! Shanna builds speed but King trips her up to drag her out! King goes to bump Shanna off apron but Shanna does it first!

Shanna spins King around on the apron to hit a ROLLING ELBOW! Shanna gets in but King body shots and forearms! King keeps Shanna in the ropes to then swing and HOTSHOT her! Cover, TWO! King grows frustrated and she drags Shanna up to buckle bump her. King CHOPS, CHOPS and stomps Shanna down! The ref counts, King stops, but then King rolls and runs to METEORA! King drags Shanna to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up while King keeps her cool, and she drags Shanna into the dragon sleeper! Shanna is fading! Fans rally up, Shanna gets a second wind and throws knees!

King CLUBS Shanna, inverted suplex, but Shanna slips around to a sleeper hold! It’s a standing dragon sleeper! King RAMS Shanna into buckles and is free. King runs back in but Shanna dodges and King hits buckles! Shanna CHOPS, CLUBS and fires off on King! Shanna rolls, runs and ROCKS King with another forearm! Shanna keeps moving and hits a LEAPING LARIAT, to a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! King survives and Shanna is shocked! Shanna fires up and fans rally behind her. Shanna brings King up but King ROCKS her back! King throws more forearms, whips her to a corner, but Shanna reverses. King ROUNDHOUSES back, then slips out to the apron.

King fires up, climbs up, but Shanna SHORYUKENS! Shanna spins King around into a Tree of Woe and KICKS her in the back! Shanna climbs, King sits up, WOE STOMPS! Shanna powers up, runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS at the ropes! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!

Winner: Shanna, by pinfall

Shanna’s power levels are rising even higher now! But will she be OVER 9000 as she heads after the top rankings?

 

Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok!

The Doctor is in, and finally back in the ring! She has to be sharp if she’s going to take on Thunder Rosa at Beach Break! Will Britt break in Brooke Havok as she debuts in AEW?

The bell rings and Britt doesn’t even take Brooke that seriously as they circle. They tie up, and Britt throws Brooke down hard! Brooke checks her teeth but Britt just brushes herself off. Britt drags Brooke up but Brooke shoves Britt away. They circle again, tie up, and Britt wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Fans rally, Britt hammerlocks then headlocks then hits the takeover. Brooke headscissors but Britt shakes that off to keep on the head. Brooke fights up, pries free and then gets a headlock of her own. Brooke throws Britt but Britt gets the headscissors! Britt squeezes tight, Brooke tires to get free but Britt uses leverage to crank on the head.

Brooke moves around, Britt counters that to a grounded suplex, and gets up to suplex again! One and a half amigas, basically. Britt blows a kiss to the camera and Rebel’s cohost laugh returns. Britt drags Brooke back up, but Brooke throws a forearm! And then SLAPS Britt! Britt storms over, Brooke dodges and whips but Britt reverses, only for Brooke to tilt-o-whirl headscissors and dropkick! Britt wobbles as Brooke goes up top but Britt hits ropes to trip her up! Britt then YANKS Brooke off the ropes, stomps away on the legs, and steps through for an ANKLE LOCK! Britt keeps the leg trapped before she gives Brooke the SURFBOARD STOMP!

Rebel gives Britt the medical glove, Britt clamps onto Brooke, for the LOCKJAW!! Brooke taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

The Role Model gives Brooke her very first loss in pro-wrestling, because this was Brooke’s very first match ever! Will Brooke learn a lot from this debut?

 

Santana and Ortiz speak.

“It’s the time of year where it’s the popular type of trend to say ‘New year, new me.'” But the fact is, Santana and Ortiz have had their eyes on the prize the entire time. For all those teams who have been asleep, wake up and smell the coffee. It’s their time to eat. This is fair warning, so beware.

 

Abadon VS Vertvixen!

The Living Dead Girl is back! And though she isn’t AEW Women’s Champion, the chase is never over! Will Abadon haunt Vertvixen’s nightmares as she chases a golden dream?

The bell rings and Abadon goes right after Vert! Vert manages to get away as the ref reprimand Abadon, but Abadon runs in to RAM Vert in the corner! And again and again! Abadon lets off to then hit a METEORA! Vert flounders around, Abadon drags Vert up but Vert jawbreakers! Abadon wobbles but stays up to stare at her with those soulless eyes. Vert hits a forearm but Abadon BACK HANDS her! Abadon whips Vert but Vert hits back with forearms! Abadon clinches and knees Vert over and over! Abadon whips, Vert sunset flips but Abadon punches right out! Abadon sits Vert up to STOMP her down!

The ref is too scared to reprimand, but Abadon drags Vert up by her hair. Abadon CLUBS Vert, and again, and again! Fans rally but Abadon whips Vert. Vert stops herself to BOOT back! Vert runs in, into a FISHERMAN EXPLODER! Abadon sits up and dribbles Vert off the mat over and over! The ref tries to reprimand but Abadon scares him more. Abadon drags Vert up, reels her in to a Gory Bomb, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Vert ended up with more than a chill up her spine, and Abadon continues to creep her way up the ranks. Will Abadon return to the title picture to haunt Hikaru Shida all over again?

 

The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards!

The Pageant Provocation has taken a new form! Avalon challenged Big Shotty to this contest of style and grace, but will he end up the one losing?

The judges are already on stage as Justin Roberts introduces the concept’s rules. The three “pretty” judges will watch as each man, with one stylish outfit each, will take 10 steps down the runway, pose, then walk back those 10 steps. The winner will be determined by Brandi, Jerry and Aubrey. But then Avalon walks out and wants Justin to let him handle those introductions himself. Obviously we have Brandi Rhodes, who was an international model on magazine covers, and now is a pregnant mother to be. Avalon believes that makes her a MILF: A Mother I’d Like to Forget. Then there’s Aubrey Edwards, AEW’s premier female referee, but wait shouldn’t she be in the Kentucky Derby? And lastly, Jerry F’N Lynn! He’s like Spinal Tap, brings it to an 11, he is beautiful. Avalon’s standards are weird.

But anyway, with Avalon out here, Big Shotty makes his entrance! Despite the loss earlier tonight, Johnson cleans up nice in his suit, slacks and shoes. Johnson will start us off with his 10 step strut on the red carpet. He hits the pose, does a spin even, and then walks back up the red carpet. Fans are on his side, but the judges give their scores. Aubrey has a 9, Brandi has a 9, and Jerry has a 9! All nines across the board, so Avalon will have to get at least one 10 to win.

Avalon takes off the robe to show off his own shining smoking jacket. PPA struts his stuff, stutters a step, but strikes the pose and unbuttons the jacket. Avalon struts his way back, and now for the judges’ scores. Aubrey says a 9, Brandi says a 9. And Jerry says a… Wait, he wants a replay? The production team puts it on the titantron, and yes, Jerry saw it, too! The stutter step! That will have to affect his scoring. Jerry hates to do this, but it’s not a 9, but a 6!! Johnson wins!!

Winner: Lee Johnson

Avalon is furious that he lost his own concept! And then CEZAR BONONI shows up to DECK Johnson!? Avalon likes that! Avalon adds on stomps but Jerry Lynn steps up to defend Johnson! PPA may be a sore loser, but will Big Shotty get payback for that cheap shot?

 

Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna!

Despite being the tag team Chris Jericho brought to AEW, Proud ‘n’ Powerful did NOT win the Inner Circle Triple Threat Tag Challenge! Will they vent their frustrations out on the Priest of Sin and the Real Man of Steel?

The teams sort out, and Verna insists he start. Ryzin reluctantly accepts, and Verna circles with Ortiz. They tie up, Verna headlocks but Ortiz powers out. They ram shoulders, both men stay up so Ortiz dropkicks Verna down! Ortiz baits Verna in, to spin him and hit a backbreaker! Ortiz hits a HALF HATCH, then he runs in at the corner to splash! Tag to Santana, Ortiz whips Santana in for the uppercut! Santana brings Verna up to suplex high and hard! Fans rally as Santana CHOPS Verna! And KICKS him! Santana drags Verna up, tags in Ortiz, and PNP mug Verna on the ropes. They whip, Verna reverses, rocks Santana but Ortiz dodges! Santana fireman’s carries, Ortiz runs in, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER COMBO! Santana DECKS Ryzin while Ortiz covers, PNP wins!!

Winners: Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall

That win was faster than a speeding bullet! But sadly, being the fifth ranked team in AEW doesn’t matter anymore if #Y2MJF is the official team of the Inner Circle. Will Santana and Ortiz take out every other tag team to prove a point to Jericho?

 

Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne!

The Brazilian blackbelt continues to hang out with The Dark Order, but has she officially joined up yet? Can she convince AEW’s new arrival to #JoinDarkOrder?

Negative One shows off his “power” by tearing his shirt off and throwing it at the camera man! The bell rings and Davienne runs in, only for Conti to boot her and roll her back into a body scissor roll! Conti hooks the arms with her legs and bridges back into a modified butterfly stretch! Davienne pushes Conti down to a sunset flip, TWO! Conti gets the arms, brings Davienne up and monkey flips her! Conti rolls back to cover, TWO! Conti shoves Davienne down to get the KNEEBAR! Davienne flails and moves around, she drags herself and Conti over to the ROPEBREAK! Conti lets off, Jay and Negative One coach Conti up, but Davienne throws Conti down by her hair!

Davienne runs for a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Conti survives but Davienne struts about. Conti gets up and smirks. Conti taps Davienne on the shoulder, blocks the boot and KNEES her back! Ripcord and tayatoshis! Davienne wants a time out as she bails out, but Conti pursues! Davienne gets back in the ring, Conti gets on the apron and BOOTS Davienne as she runs over! Conti ties Davienne up in the ropes for a draping clutch! The ref counts, Conti stops at 4 and runs in to rally with clotheslines! Conti whips Davienne to a corner, runs in and KNEES her!

Conti whips again, Davienne reverses but Conti goes up! Conti boots Davienne away, leaps over her and comes back to BOOT her down! Conti gets the leg, blows a kiss and rolls Davienne into the leg hook half nelson clutch! Davienne taps out, Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by submission

Conti gives Davienne a kiss goodnight before letting her go, and then celebrates with Jay and Negative One! Will Conti officially #JoinDarkOrder at some point?

 

Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz!

Number 10 was just as disappointed as the rest of the Dark Order when Hangman Page chose NOT to #JoinDarkOrder, but you can’t dwell on the past! Will Vance move forward and perhaps even convince his opponent to sign up in Hangman’s place?

The bell rings and Negative One joins commentary as Vance and Jaz circle. Vance and Jaz tie up, Vance powers Jaz to a corner but lets off as the ref counts. Jaz and Vance circle again and tie up. Vance powers Jaz back but Jaz puts him in the corner this time. The ref counts and Jaz gives a push as he lets off. Jaz runs, Vance runs him over! Fans rally up as things speed up. Jaz drops, hurdles, but Vance shoves him. Jaz wheelbarrows but into a stungun GERMAN! Negative One loves seeing that! Vance runs into the corner and clotheslines Jaz! Vance whips, Jaz reverses but Vance goes up and over. The leg buckles, Jaz CHOP BLOCKS! Negative One does not like seeing that!

Jaz drops elbows on the bad leg, then again. Jaz hits a knee breaker and Vance clutches the leg. The fans rally for Vance and Jaz yanks on the leg to another knee breaker! Vance writhes, Jaz drags him around to tie up the legs, then he hooks the leg up. Jaz grabs at the arm, pulls Vance back and Negative One grows frustrated. Vance endures, fights off this half surfboard, and Jaz TWEAKS the leg! Vance hits body shots back and that is back to Negative One’s liking. Jaz CLUBS Vance, stomps the bad leg, then pushes Vance around. Jaz grabs the leg for a cover, TWO! High stack, TWO! Jaz drags Vance to the ropes to drop down on the leg! Negative One is not liking this as Jaz has the leg again.

Jaz stands on the leg, then SMASHES the knee into the mat! Jaz puts Vance in the corner, wraps the leg around the rope, but the ref counts. Jaz lets go at 4, runs in but Vance dodges! Jaz only gets buckles and then Vance ROCKS him! Jaz forearms back, Vance hits back, Jaz uppercuts but Vance BOOTS! Jaz manages to leap over Vance but into a LARIAT! Vance whips and back drops Jaz, and Negative One says this is what Hell looks like for Jaz! Jaz writhes to a corner, Vance fires up and Negative One gets on the desk to give the signal. Vance runs in but Jaz elbows him away!

Jaz runs, into the SPINEBUSTER! Negative One is fired up for Vance as he drags Jaz back up. Hammerlock, ripcord, NEGATIVE RAINMAKER! Cover, Vance wins!

Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall

The Dark Order is fired up, and Negative One goes to the ring to celebrate, by giving Jaz a kendo stick smack! Brian Pillman Jr. gets in to defend Jaz, and it’s a duel between kendo stick and… lacrosse stick? Negative One is a small target, though, and he SMACKS BPJ in the stomach! Negative One goes after BPJ more with smack after smack, after smack! He even uses BPJ’s own lacrosse stick to choke BPJ! Preston Vance pulls Negative One away from BPJ! Will the Dark Order show no mercy as they look to take over AEW?

 

Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski!

Things have been bittersweet for Red Velvet lately, but there’s always a chance to rebound! Will Velvet be serving up a fresh L tonight?

Negative One surprisingly returns to commentary, having calmed down from just a moment ago. The bell rings and the two circle to tie up. They go around, break, and Madi mocks Velvet’s height. Velvet and Madi tie up again, they go around, Madi puts Velvet in a corner. The ref calls for the break, Velvet kicks then runs but Madi runs her over! Madi says, “Welcome to Reality!” Things speed up, Velvet hits a calf kick! Fans rally as Madi flounders to a corner. Velvet fires off and stomps Madi down, then does the splits to dig her boot into Madi’s head! Velvet stirs it up, lets off at 4, and then runs back in. Madi uses the ropes as defense, then kicks at Velvet as she backs off.

Velvet runs in but into a buckle shot! Negative One is impressed! Cover, TWO! Madi fireman’s carries and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Velvet survives but Madi tries again, TWO! Velvet has the cover, ONE! Madi CLUBS Velvet, Velvet hits back from below. Madi drags Velvet up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to splash! Madi runs back in to RAM her shoulder in! Madi kicks Velvet away, steps in and snapmares, but Velvet comes back to spin for a COMPLETE SHOT! Velvet fires up and stomps in the corner. Negative One says the oven is on and heating up! Velvet rallies with lariats on Madi! Madi swings, misses, Velvet ROCKS her, kicks a leg out then HEEL KICKS!

Velvet drags Madi up, whips her to ropes, but Madi reverses, only for Velvet to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Velvet stirs it up and hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Madi flounders, Velvet builds speed, and DOUBLE KENES Madi at the ropes! Velvet keeps moving, JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Velvet wins the match and Negative One wins $5 from the gentlemen’s bet he made with Excalibur. Will Velvet be poised in the top 5 soon enough? Will Negative One think Velvet should #JoinDarkOrder?

 

Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight!

The Samoan Dragon and the Boricuan Spider are 1v1 for the first time in AEW! Which bright young star shines brighter in the Dark?

Negative One sticks around, he’s enjoying commentary too much. No bets are placed but Negative One says Limelight’s got this one because he’s so skilled. The bell rings, Limelight and Maluta circle, tie up, and Limelight picks a leg to trip Maluta up. Limelight rolls Maluta to a whip, things speed up, but Maluta grabs a leg to roll Limelight. Maluta keeps moving, Limelight rolls Maluta, TWO! Fans rally as the two stand off and reset. Maluta and Limelight circle, Maluta shows handshake but kicks low! Maluta CHOPS, CHOPS, and throws big forearms! Maluta whips Limelight corner to corner, Limelight reverses but Maluta puts him on the apron.

Limelight enziguris, then jumps, jumps and arm-drags! Maluta bails out, Limelight builds speed, and FLIES! Tornillo Conjilo! Fans fire up as Limelight does his dance and brings Maluta back into the ring. Maluta sits up into a PENALTY KICK! Cover, Limelight wins!!

Winner: Danny Limelight, by pinfall

Negative One was proven right as the Spider strikes and slays the Dragon! Will Limelight shine and rise up the rankings?

 

Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure!

La Sicaria and the Cuban Diamond have been running strong as a tag team, but it’s back to singles actions for tonight. Will Ivelisse be better than her #TopTier opponent?

Jazmin gets in Ivelisse’s face but then cools off as the bell rings. They feel out the grapple but Ivelisse fires off fast hands and a kick! Ivelisse CHOPS, whips but Jazmin dropkicks a leg out! Jazmin talks trash again but Ivelisse RAMS into her! Ivelisse hooks a leg for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed but she stalks Jazmin to ropes. Ivelisse stomps Jazmin, dribbles her off the mat, then lets off to KICK her while she’s down! Jazmin goes to the apron, Ivelisse argues with the ref, and Diamante gets a hard shot in! Ivelisse stomps Jazmin, digs her boot into Jazmin’s chest, then lets off. Ivelisse kicks Jazmin while she’s down, then drags her into a seated cobra twist.

Jazmin endures, fans rally up, but Ivelisse thrashes her around. Jazmin fights up and moves around to throw body shots! Ivelisse CLUBS Jazmin down, then lines up the shot for the QUESTION MARK KICK! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed again but she drags Jazmin up again. Ivelisse snap suplexes and bridges, TWO! Jazmin gets up but Ivelisse is right on her with double overhooks. Jazmin fights up, spins around throws body shots to then hit a JAWBREAKER! Ivelisse wobbles, Jazmin fires up and runs into the corner to forearm smash! Jazmin fires off fast hands, Ivelisse shoves her away but Jazmin wheelbarrows to a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Jazmin grows frustrated, she fights up and fires forearms and counter punches! Ivelisse blocks a punch to cravat KNEE! Jazmin crumples but Ivelisse pushes her around. Ivelisse aims, for a SPINNING ENZIGURI! Cover, Ivelisse wins!

Winner: Ivelisse, by pinfall

One half of the Women’s Tag Cup winners continues to win, will she and Diamante get in on the big AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament that’s coming?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick!

Team Taz’s Machine and Absolute are going to take on Darby Allin and Sting in a Tag Team Street Fight at AEW Revolution, but the rest of the team is still pursuing the top spots! Will the Powerhouse pulverize his opponent to prove he’s worthy of the upper ranks?

The bell rings and JSP dropkicks but it barely budges Hobbs! Hobbs catches the punch to a cording hold, then whips JSP to run him right over! The ref checks on JSP but he’s okay to continue, so Hobbs tosses him out! Hobbs argues with the ref, Hook is lurking, Hook hits an EXPLODER! Taz is a proud father on commentary as Hobbs goes out to fetch JSP. Hobbs drags JSP up, scoops him and puts him in the ring. Hobbs takes his time stalking JSP before he drags him back up. Hobbs eggs JSP on and JSP throws forearms! JSP ROCKS Hobbs, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs smiles then brings the straps down.

JSP crawls to the corner, Hobbs takes aim, BIG CORNER SPLASH! Hobbs drags JSP into a pump handle scoop and SLAM! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

The “Town Business” is booming and Hobbs has another win! Will Hobbs continue to manhandle the mere mortals put before him?


My Thoughts:

A good AEW Dark, with a handful of highlights. For one, Fenix VS Baron Black was a great match, and a great showing for Baron, even in losing. Then, for The Walk Off sounding so goofy, AEW managed to do it so well that it was actually a lot of fun. Plus, I like that they used Avalon losing to bring Bononi into something. I wonder if Avalon and Bononi become a new tag team with the “we’re good looking” gimmick. Maybe a match with Avalon and Bononi can be how the team of Johnson and Solow get their first win in AEW.

Another highlight, surprisingly, was Negative One being on commentary and running around. He was a pretty fun part of Vance’s, Velvet’s and Limelight’s matches. And I haven’t been keeping up with Being the Elite, but I guess there’s something brewing between him and Pillman Jr. I do appreciate that AEW does a great job of integrating every layer of their media, from Dynamite to Dark to now BTE, it’s just on us fans to try and keep up. I feel like Negative One should become the BTE Champion (apparently that’s a thing now) so he can plug that on Dark and Dynamite for those who aren’t keeping up.

My Score: 8.1/10


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