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Greg DeMarco’s AEW Double Or Nothing Reaction & Review

Thoroughly enjoyed it, excited to see what’s coming next.

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AEW Double Or Nothing is now a part of wrestling history, and Greg DeMarco chimes in with his reaction to the inaugural All Elite Wrestling event.

As a wrestling fan, we get to witness a lot of firsts, but many don’t pan out. On Saturday we got to witness the first event promoted by the Tony Khan led All Elite Wrestling, AEW Double Or Nothing. The company is already forever etched in history, now it’s up to them to decide how they are remembered. If I had to make a bet today, I would say that in 10 years we are reliving how WWE won the war after becoming the fans’ favorite once again, but we will also remember the amazing times we had watching both companies compete.

That’s not a typo, and not a “hot take.” Wrestling is cyclical, but the only constant is WWE. WCW changed the world, as it gave us the Attitude Era and forced WWE to change. WWE will change if it means survival, and Vince McMahon is, and has always been, and will always be, a survivor. But now we are on the precipice of a war, even if so many are simply afraid to call it that. Shots have been fired, and we are about to embark on one hall of a ride. May it be long and prosper!

But for now, I want to discuss AEW Double Or Nothing, the event that truly started it all. If you don’t know, or you haven’t accepted, let me establish a baseline. ALL IN was a Ring Of Honor event. They own the footage (you saw none of it during Double Or Nothing), they probably own the name (ALL OUT, anyone?), and they put the event on with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks serving as the front men. It may not have been their idea, but it was their event.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about All Elite Wrestling’s history making night, AEW Double Or Nothing! I am going to be brutally honest, because AEW deserves that–and so do you. You won’t care if I am brutally honest about WWE, so you shouldn’t mind here. But I loved this show…please don’t lose sight of that.

Don’t forget to check out some other reactions to the show, as well:

AEW Double Or Nothing Kickoff – The Buy In

Hangman Page Wins The Casino Battle Royale

  • 21 men entered at set intervals (groups of 5 every three minutes, 1 man at #21)
  • The winner will go on to face the winner of Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho to be named the first ever AEW World Champion
  • Adam Page last eliminated MJF to win the match

The concept probably looked great on paper, but it wasn’t so great in the execution. The first entrances were sloppy, but they got better at them. Probably just best to give each person their own entrance, as that’s their moment. That was why the Women’s Battle Royal at WWE Evolution worked so well. But once we got everyone in there, it was a battle royal. Adam Page was the obvious winner due to the controversy involved in his match with PAC. But this also set the stage for MJF’s show stealing performance later in the night.

As for the stipulation, it should now be obvious that we originally would have had the winner of Page/PAC facing the winner of Omega/Jericho for the championship. The company had to call an audible. It feels rushed, but I am sure they have their reasons. This probably wasn’t the best way to kick off your company, but it accomplished it purpose.

Kip Sabian beats Sammy Guevara

  • Sabian defeated Guevara in the first ever singles match in AEW history
  • Both men delivered a youthful, athletic style that fits in with the dynamic set by AEW
  • Sabian comes off as “the bigger star,” but both showed they belong on this stage

I was familiar with Sammy Guevara going back about three years, when I was researching talent for PHX Wrestling. We was going to work the first event, but travel difficulties (he had a booking Mexico) got in the way. He’s obviously done just fine for himself since! I’ve never seen Sabian before, and that’s a shame on me comment. He’s fantastic.

I felt like the right guy won, and as I said above both guys belonged. The promo that followed with The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes, and Kenny Omega was terrible. It was the type of self-fellatio that has plagued them. Take all the shots you want, but don’t jerk each other off on television. We know it’s your company. Also get your timing down, because the last image we got here was Cody posing like The Rock with a microphone.

AEW Double Or Nothing PPV

SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, & Scorpio Sky) beat Strong Hearts (CIMA, T-Hawk, and El Lindeman)

  • The first of two six-person tag team matches on this card, and both delivered
  • Christopher Daniels scored the final fall
  • Daniels, Kazarian, and CIMA all proved to be ageless

The perfect choice to open the show, as SCU is well known and their opponents come in with a great reputation (CIMA is well known to many, as well). I first saw CIMA in 2006, but he’s a 22 year veteran–and not the most tenured person in the match! Christopher Daniels is a national treasure, and seeing him will never get old. Frankie Kazarian is one of the most underappreciated workers of all time. Scorpio Sky remains, to this day, the most underrated talent in the entire world. It’s about time he gets the attention he deserves.

I wasn’t as familiar with T-Hawk and El Lindeman, but after the match I can say I’m a fan of both, but really want to see more of–as I call him–Al Linda Man. Give me Sky vs. Linda Man on the first AEW TV broadcast and I will be a happy man.

Dr. Britt Baker, DMD beat Kylie Rae, Nyla Rose, and Awesome Kong in a Four Way Match

  • Much like ALL IN, the 4-way women’s match proved to be a poor choice
  • All four women tried hard, but this would have been better served as a singles match (Baker vs. Rae) or total destruction by Kong

I know it’s unpopular to hate on women’s wrestling, but this is the second time they’ve gotten this wrong. It was better than ALL IN, but that match sucked. However, I enjoyed the performers. Brandi Rhodes is a necessity, so I just have to deal with her being there. Kong was a fantastic surprise, but I almost wish she came out at the end and destroyed people. Granted, that would have made the post match surprise element a bit repetitive.

This is my first time seeing Nyla Rose, and she did nothing for me. What she did offer (size and strength) was immediately negated by Awesome Kong. It was also my first time really seeing Kylie Rae, and she is phenomenal. As the match wore on I actually felt like the gimmick hindered her natural charisma, which she has a seemingly unlimited amount of. As good as she is now, I feel like she’s only scratched the surface.

I know we’re staying away from traditional faces and heels, but Brandi as a heel leading the division makes sense (I assume she won’t actually wrestle Allie in their match, but will have Kong do it instead), and Britt Baker is a natural heel. She’s a legit doctor (of medical dentistry), and should always be referred to as Dr. Britt Baker, DMD. I expected her to win, as loyalty is big to this crew and she was the first women who wanted to be a full time part of AEW (despite an obvious WWE in-road thanks to her relationship with Adam Cole, BAY BAY).

Best Friends beat Angelico & Jack Evans

  • This will be the first official tag team match in AEW history
  • All four men delivered a great tag team match, and “the right team won”
  • The Super Smash Brothers (not by name) debuted after the match, to much confusion

If there’s one thing AEW already does better than WWE, it’s tag team wrestling. And as one of the people behind #SaveTagTeamWrestling, I am so glad they’re doing it! I enjoyed the match, although Trent Barreta passes the eye test as a singles star. He may not want that, we’ll see. But I am all for these pairings going forward.

Riho, Hikaru Shida &  Ryo Mizunami beat Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura

  • Many weren’t familiar with all six women, although Aja Kong has some notoriety in the States
  • Hikaru Shida got the win for her team, and also established herself as my new favorite
  • This match set the standard for women’s wrestling in AEW

My live Twitter thread during the event featured my emotions throughout this match. Early on I fell in love with Riho, but she was soon replaced with Hikaru Shida, who still has my heart. But in all seriousness, the match delivered (sensing a trend, yet) and was highly entertaining. I don’t know the frequency these performers will have in AEW, but I hope they are prevalent.

Apparently there were rumors that this match was off the card? I am glad those were unfounded, because this added an element we otherwise didn’t see. This wasn’t a great women’s match, it was a great match.

Cody Rhodes beat Dustin Rhodes

  • The Brothers Rhodes put on a storytelling clinic, complete with a ton of blood from Dustin and the big win for Cody, plus a reconciliation at the end
  • Cody destroyed a throne complete with a Triple H cross and did so using a sledgehammer
  • Dustin and Cody will team against The Young Bucks next

It was already apparent after ALL IN, but now it’s official: Cody Rhodes is one of wrestling’s greatest showmen, ever. He gave us an amazing performance, and has mastered the middle-of-the-card main event style classic. He might scoff at this notion right now, but he’s basically AEW’s Triple Hin so many ways. That’s a compliment. I am a huge Cody fan after these two matches.

Dustin Rhodes claims that this was the best night of his career, and that just drives home how important this was to both. It’ll be interesting to see if ALL OUT features “the Cody Rhodes match,” but I was in charge, I’d make sure it did.

Bret Hart presents the AEW World Championship

  • Bret Hart presented the first ever AEW World Championship
  • Adam Page was part of the presentation, having won the Casino Battle Royal
  • MJF intervened, and cut the promo of a lifetime, cementing himself as a bonafide star

This was a bit of a cluster, but everything can’t be perfect. They never got a great shot of the Championship, which is really a beautiful belt. The real story is the performance put on by MJF, who in a few years could be a heel world champion for this company. It may sound strange to say today, but MJF vs. Hangman Page might be a WrestleMania main event in 8-10 years (both guys are in their 20s).

AAA Tag Team Championships – The Young Bucks (c) beat Pentagon Jr & Fenix

  • This match was the lone title match on the card, and The Bucks retained
  • For those keeping score, The Office (Daniels, Cody, The Bucks, likely Page) are undefeated so far on the card

This match has received universal praise, with our own Andrew Balaz giving it five stars. I don’t see it that way, I can’t go above 3.5 stars for the simple fact that it was a spot fest that was, at times, too hard to believe. There was so much wrestling match in this wrestling match, much in the way that Avengers: Infinity War was so much movie in one movie.

On Twitter I likened it to a Money In The Bank Ladder Match without the ladders, which would be 8 guys moving from spot to spot without reason. Add in the fact that this didn’t have 8 guys, it had 4, and that fuels my fire. It wasn’t a bad match, but it was overdone in a way where I couldn’t suspend my disbelief. That’s not the standard for tag team wrestling. Take Matt Jackson for example: he took a Canadian Destroyer on the ring apron, and was back on his feet less than 30 seconds later. Pentagon popped his arm after that, and he still held position for the Tombstone portion of the [Redacted] Driver. 🙂

Again, this wasn’t bad, but it was too far into the spotfest category to make me throw all my weight behind it. It was also enough to make it so Pentagon and Fenix couldn’t travel, leading to the cancellation of an event on Sunday.

Chris Jericho beat Kenny Omega in the AEW Double Or Nothing Main Event

  • Jericho picked up the win with his Judas Effect, a spinning back elbow
  • Kenny Omega is an unsung hero of the match, nearly killing himself to deliver a main event deserving of this event
  • Jon Moxley (the former Dean Ambrose) made his surprise debut after the match, attacking everyone, and throwing Omega from the poker chip setup by the stage down to the staging itself (which Omega did not go through)

One hell of a fight in the main event, which I appreciated. Kenny Omega has always been a warrior in that ring, but tonight he delivered on another level. He wasn’t in there with one of the best in the world, he was in there with one of the best of all time who happens to have passed his prime.

Now a past-his-prime Jericho is still better than most, but Omega carried this match. You can tell how important it was to him to deliver. Shows are remembered for their main event, and he made sure this would be remembered.

The appearance of Jon Moxley was perfect, as it solidifies that AEW truly intends to compete, and they are in position to do so. This is like Razor Ramon signing with WCW, which opened the door for others. This opens the door, and makes them a real alternative to the talent. Sasha Banks can be Mercedes, The Revival own the trademark to FTR, and Luke Harper can be Brodie Lee. You don’t need everyone from WWE, but there are talent who would fit well and who would carry fans over with them.

Commentary

Commentary was hit or miss for most of the night, with Alex Marvez being totally miscast in his role, Jim Ross not having the current knowledge to call play-by-play for this generation of stars, and Excalibur proving to be one of the best commentators in the game. If I was calling the shots (I’m not), I would simply move Marvez onto something else, make Excalibur the lead, and have Jim Ross provide color. When they held something close to this set-up, commentary was fine.

Overall Impression of AEW Double Or Nothing

I don’t think you can ask for a better debut if you are AEW. It wasn’t perfect, but it was fantastic. They promised something big, and they delivered. I guess I am a real fan afterall, Brandi. The challenge facing AEW is keeping the momentum going, as they don’t have another event until June 29. Contrary to what Wrestling Twitter wanted it to be, this wasn’t designed to draw in new fans. It was done to satisfy the current fanbase, which makes sense since new fans drawn in don’t have anything to watch after this show. ALL OUT should be used to draw in new fans, and AEW might need to pull off another surprise as it gears up for the TNT debut episode.

I mean…they ARE in Chicago again!


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (4/12/21)

A QUADRUPLE main event?!?

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This might be the biggest Dark: Elevation yet!

Wait, AEW Dark: Elevation is giving us a QUADRUPLE main event?! Is that even possible?! Will Death Triangle be stronger than ever going into their AEW World Tag Team Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Zack Clayton; Vance wins.
  • Miro VS Hayden Backlund; Miro wins.
  • Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida VS Katalina Perez & Leila Grey; Conti & Shida win.
  • The Hybrid2 VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander; The Hybrid2 win.
  • Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS John Skyler; Cassidy wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Danny Limelight; Takeshita wins.
  • FTR w/ The Pinnacle VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon; FTR wins.
  • PAC & Rey Fenix VS Andre Montoya & Vary Morales; PAC & Fenix win.
  • Dante Martin VS Baron Black; Dante wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue; Baker wins.
  • QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto VS Andrew Palace & Cole Karter; Marshall & Comoroto win.
  • Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa; Sydal wins.
  • Shanna VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins.
  • Brandon Cutler VS Penta El Zero M w/ Death Triangle; Penta wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Diamante; Rosa wins.
  • Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela; Scorpio & Ethan win.
  • Best Friends VS Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ JD Drake; Best Friends win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Zack Clayton!

Number 10 isn’t in the AEW Top 5 yet, but he might be after taking on the number one star of MTV’s Jersey Shore! Will Vance convince Clayton to #JoinDarkOrder?

The bell rings, Vance and Clayton circle and tie up. They’re in a deadlock but they break as fans rally. Clayton and Vance go again, tie up, and Vance gets around to headlock and takeover. Clayton headscissors but Vance kips up. Clayton and Vance tie up, Clayton headlocks and hits another takeover but Vance headscissors. Clayton kips free now and the fans rally up. Vance calls for a test of strength, but Clayton kicks low! Clayton headlocks, Vance puts him in a corner, and the ref calls for the break. Clayton SLAPS Vance! Vance shrugs that off, then tackles Clayton! Vance rains down rights, they get up and Vance waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Clayton is in a corner, Vance clotheslines him! Vance whips corner to corner, runs in but Clayton dodges and dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Clayton drags Vance up, scrapes laces on Vance’s face- Well, mask, but then kicks him around to a corner. Clayton stomps Vance, throws hands, and then scrapes Vance’s eyes off the ropes! Vance kicks low, CHOPS Clayton in the corner, but Clayton CHOPS back! Clayton stomps and uppercuts Vance over and over! Clayton stomps, then brings Vance up for a suplex to hang Vance out to dry! Vance flops to the mat and fans boo Clayton. Clayton soaks up the heat, gets Vance’s legs, and ROPE GUILLOTINES Vance with the catapult!

Vance flounders about as Clayton soaks up more heat. Clayton chokes Vance on ropes right in front of Negative One! Negative One SPITS in Clayton’s face! Clayton glares, but he CHOPS Vance! Vance shrugs that off, and the forearm! Vance fires up, rallies with big clotheslines, and then a whip into the corner. Vance runs side to side to BOOT Clayton! Vance whips, and SPINEBUSTERS! Negative One and Vance high-five, and Vance gets Clayton in a full nelson! Clayton fights out, shoves Vance at Negative One but Vance stops himself! Vance turns around into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Vance survives and fans rally up but Clayton vows to end this!

Clayton gets Vance up, scoops but Vance slips out to FULL NELSON! Vance thrashes Clayton around and wins!!

Winner: Preston Vance, by submission

Negative One kicks Clayton to the curb, the Dark Order doesn’t need a loser like him! But Vance is still winning, will he keep going until he’s number one?

 

Miro VS Hayden Backlund!

The Best Man isn’t feeling the best after losing to the Best Friends in Arcade Anarchy. But it isn’t game over for Miro, will he climb up and be ready for bigger and better?

The bell rings and Miro circles with Backlund, then puts him in a corner to fire off hands! Miro lets off as the ref counts, and reels Backlund in to CLOBBER him! Miro KICKS Backlund down, then looms over him. Miro brings Backlund up to KICK in the chest! Miro throws Backlund out hard, then paces about. Miro goes out as stalks Backlund as he flounders, but Backlund YANKS Miro into a post! Backlund fires off hammering fists, but Miro RAMS him into the apron! Miro gets on the apron, Backlund dropkicks! Miro shrugs that off to get in and CLOBBER Backlund again! Miro hauls Backlund up for a SWINGING SLAM!

Backlund writhes, Miro shouts, “GAME! OVAAAA!” Miro STOMPS Backlund, then puts on the GAME OVER CAMEL CLUTCH! Backlund taps, Miro wins!

Winner: Miro, by submission

The Best Man is a beast and does not want to waste his time with such weak competition! When will Miro be given the level of competition he wants?

 

Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida w/ Negative One VS Katalina Perez & Leila Grey!

The combination of Brazilian Blackbelt and Full Metal Warrior was very impressive in their first go, and they’re ready to go again! Will the Queenpin and Top Tier feel below average against the AEW Women’s World Champion and her #1 contender?

The teams sort out, Tay and Perez start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tay throws forearms! Perez gets around to SLAP Tay! Perez tries to say she didn’t mean to, but Tay ROUNDHOUSES back! And KICKS, and KICKS, then uses a monkey flip for the cover! TWO, but Tay drags Perez up and feeds her to Shida’s boots! Judo hip toss and a tag, Shida takes the hand-off to facelock. Perez blocks the suplex, RAMS Shida into the corner, and Grey tags in. Perez & Grey go to double suplex but Shida blocks! Shida tries to double suplex them but that doesn’t work, they double suplex her after all! Shida ends up in a corner, Grey runs in to uppercut!

Grey digs her boots into Shida, BOOTS Shida down, then runs to basement dropkick! Tag to Perez, she hurries but Shida ROCKS her! Perez forearms back and it’s a brawl! Perez CHOPS, Shida forearms, Perez forearms, repeat! Shida DECKS Perez and fans fire up! Hot tags to Tay and Grey! Tai rallies with lariats, then waistlocks to spin Grey for drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Tay rolls, sits Grey up and BOOTS her right down! Cover, TWO! Tay keeps Grey from Perez, tags Shida back in, and Shida climbs up to missile dropkick! Grey flounders but Shida is after her. Perez sucker punches Shida! Tay BOOTS Perez!

Shida and Tay coordinate, whipping each opponent into corners, STEREO KNEES, then DOUBLE DROP SAYANAGIS! DOUBLE TRIANGLE HOLDS!! Both opponents scramble and get to the ropebreak! Shida and Tay let off, Tay dragging Perez out with her. Shida gets Grey up but Grey blocks a suplex to underhook! Shida fights that off to wrench and ENZIGURI! Shida draws her sword, SPINNING KNEE!! Cover, Shida & Tay win!

Winners: Hikaru Shida & Tay Conti, by pinfall

That #KatanaKnee is powerful! Will Shida look to use that to defeat all challengers, even Tay?

 

The Hybrid2 VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander!

Jack Evans & Angelico are still building up the ranks towards a tag title opportunity, but their confidence never falters. Will they take advantage of the Nightmare Factory trainees after the chaos of QT’s faction revolting?

The teams sort out and the South African Submission Specialist starts against the #GoonPlatoon. They circle, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a wristlock. Bravo spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and fans rally up. Angelico spins, steps through, hooks an arm then wrenches the other back to a wristlock! Angelico then headlocks, shifts sides, and grinds. Bravo powers out, things speed up, Bravo hurdles and arm-drags Angelico! Angelico dodges the next arm-drag to kick Bravo down! Angelico scrapes Bravo, stomps him down, then drags him up to bump him off buckles. Angelico gets in Alexander’s face, just so Evans can claw at Bravo’s face!

Angelico JABS Bravo, tags Evans, and Evans CLUBS Bravo down. Evans wrenches, brings Bravo up and whips, then GAMANGIRIS! Kip up and STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Evans talks trash to Alexander, stomps Bravo more, then throws hands. Evans drags Bravo up, throws knees, then whips Bravo corner to corner. Bravo reverses, Evans goes up and up and over, then SOBATS! Bravo gasps and sputters on the mat, gets to a corner, but Evans whips him corner to corner. Evans runs in, handsprings and back elbows! Evans then springboards to RYDER KICK! Evans talks more trash to Alexander, and then mockingly holds Bravo’s hand out to him, just to stomp Bravo!

Evans sucker punches Alexander, bumps Bravo off Angelico’s boot and tags him in. Bravo fights back but Angelico JABS him down! TH2 double whip Bravo, but Bravo roll sunder to tag Alexander! The Sensation rallies with clotheslines and fans fire up! Alexander gets Angelico up but Evans ENZIGURIS! Bravo whips but Evans reverses to send him out! Evans then SCREW HIGH KICKS from the apron! Angelico trips Alexander, gets the Trailer Hitch, and the  NAVARRO DEATH ROLL!! Alexander taps to the Dos Mil, TH2 wins!

Winners: The Hybrid2, by submission

Things are finally looking good for TH2! Will Evans’ mouth and Angelico’s ability get them to the gold they so desire?

 

Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa.

Diamante had some bold words for her, saying Rosa doesn’t represent all Latinas, and that she has a huge target on her back now. Well duh, Rosa has a huge… Well the camera can’t see it, but there is a target on it. Rosa is not only one of the best in AEW, but one of the best in the world! She is La Mera Mera not as a gimmick, but that is her lifestyle! She trains, she coaches and she fights! And like Senorita Diamante said, this is her time. But not while Rosa is here! They’re meeting in the ring, Twitter went crazy over this news, and so like Rosa said, she’s ready! Will the Thunder break the Diamond in the Dark?

 

Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS John Skyler!

Freshly Squeezed put Death Triangle on notice last week in anticipation of the coming AEW World Tag Team Championship match. But will Cassidy be able to calm down and focus on the Southern Savior first?

The bell rings and Skyler is annoyed at the Best Friends and Kris Statlander being ringside. Skyler keeps Cassidy from putting his hands in his pockets, and says if this is a wrestling show, they should wrestle! Cassidy wants to bring his hands into his pockets again, but Skyler pushes them away. Skyler wants Cassidy to tie up with him! Cassidy puts the elbow pad on, circles with Skyler, and fans rally for Cassidy. Cassidy then dodges Skyler, to bring his hands up, but Skyler kicks low! Skyler grins, throws an uppercut but Cassidy dodges! Skyler kicks low again, but again Cassidy dodges his uppercut! Skyler kicks low again, but Cassidy backslides, TWO!

Cassidy gets a waistlock, flying mare, then a chinlock with a thumbs up. Skyler goes after the hand but into a ghost in, TWO! Things speed up, Cassidy table tops Skyler and kips up! And the hands go in the pockets! Cassidy dodges, dropkicks and kips up, all no hands! Cassidy stomps around, builds up speed, but Skyler is up to SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Skyler stomps Cassidy to a corner, digs his knee in, then lets off to talk trash. Skyler brings Cassidy around, whips and headbutts low! Skyler finally throws those uppercuts, then he scoops and SLAMS Cassidy down! Skyler covers, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Another, ONE! Skyler rains down rights in anger, then lets off as fans rally.

Skyler drags Cassidy up, kicks low, then fireman’s carries. Cassidy slips off, shoves and hurdles to then go perpendicular! They run the ropes, Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! And kips up! Skyler walks into a BEACH BREAK! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Statlander helps Cassidy up while the Best Friends get his jacket and sunglasses. And of course, they all group hug! The King of Sloth Style has another win, but will he only be happy when the Death Triangle pays?

 

AEW’s Rising Star of the week: Shawn Dean!

The Captain was found by The Elite in South Honor Wrestling. He didn’t know how long it would take, but he knew he’d be “one of those guys.” Dean joined the Navy right out of high school, following the tragedy of 9/11/2001. He felt he had to do what he could and spent a few years. That is where he grew up, learning honor, courage and commitment. Taking those values and being dedicated to the process helped him fight until he saw things through. After leaving military, he went to college to try football. He played Arena Football, but still wanted to do more.

Dean started wrestling at 29, locally in Chicago, but he got trained down in Atlanta. He left family behind so that he could provide for them. When it was all said and done, he had only $20 to his name. He thought this was it, but he wasn’t going to quit. He wanted to prove he belonged. He hit his stride, got his bookings, and then the pandemic hit. It felt like the dream was taken away.

But then, a year later, he got a tweet from Tony Khan that read, “Thank you for your service to the USA, and thank you for everything you’ve done for AEW to help us thrive through the pandemic. Your consistent hard work, positivity and reliability have made you so valuable to AEW. Now it’s my honor to officially welcome you aboard!” The Captain was finally #AllElite! Dean had just gotten fired from his other job for going to AEW before. Dean knew that was not what he was meant to do, and for that tweet to show up later meant the world to him. It was vindication for being a hard worker and a good person his whole life. The journey doesn’t stop here, it only begins!

 

Konosuke Takeshita VS Danny Limelight!

The rising star of Dramatic Dream Team Pro-Wrestling makes his AEW debut! But will the #FutureofDDTPro be ready for the Radioactive Papi?

The bell rings, Limelight and Takeshita circle, then tie up. Takeshita wrenches, Limelight rolls and wrenches back, but Takeshita rolls and trips Limelight up. Takeshita gets a leg, floats but Limelight slips out to facelock. Takeshita slips out, Limelight does it back, then Limelight hammerlocks. Takeshita gets up, headlocks, grinds Limelight down, and fans rally up. Limelight wrenches out, headlocks back, but Takeshita powers out. Things speed up, Takeshita hurdles but Limelight catches him for a prawn hold, TWO! Limelight rolls Takeshita again, TWO!! Fans cheer as the two stand off and nod some respect to the other.

Fans rally, the two circle, Limelight offers a handshake, but then SLAPS Takeshita! No more respect as Limelight fires forearms. Takeshita reverses the whip to LEG LARIAT Limelight down! Takeshita whips Limelight corner to corner, runs to forearm smash, then whips to ropes. Limelight reverses but Takeshita SUPER FOREARMS Limelight down! Fans fire up as Takeshita goes to a corner and climbs up. Takeshita SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Limelight lives and Takeshita is surprised. Takeshita gets Limelight up, Limelight pokes an eye! Limelight double knuckle locks to fire off machine kangaroo kicks!

Limelight throws Takeshita down, then springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer as Takeshita stays in this, but Limelight snapmares and drops an elbow. Limelight KICKS Takeshita in the back, but Takeshita just scowls at him! Limelight KICKS again, but Takeshita gets up. Limelight CHOPS, Takeshita back elbows and CHOPS! Limelight is stinging, Takeshita bumps him off buckles and CHOPS him again! Limelight pokes Takeshita in the eyes again! Fans boo as Limelight does his dance to taunt Takeshita. Limelight brings Takeshita up for a NECKBREAKER! Limelight does his dance on the apron for a SENTON ATOMICO! Cover, TWO!

Limelight gets annoyed now, fires himself up, and slaps Takeshita around. Limelight talks trash and slaps Takeshita, but Takeshita gets up to ROCK him with a forearm! Limelight blocks a kick with a kick, mule kicks, then mule kicks again, only to run into a HUGE BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down but fans fire up! Takeshita gets up, runs corner to corner, HELLUVA KICK! Then a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Limelight lives but Takeshita keeps his cool. Takeshita waistlocks, Limelight elbows free then throws forearms. Takeshita forearms back, Limelight gets in Takeshita’s face, and the brawl is on! Forearm after forearm, Limelight runs into a BOOT! Takeshita runs, into  a FOREARM!

Limelight runs, dodges Takeshita but runs into a POP-UP SIT-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? “This is Awesome!” and what Dark: Elevation is about! Takeshita runs corner to corner but Limelight BOOTS him! Limelight drags him into a TARANTULA! The ref counts, Limelight lets go and then springboards in and around for a DEEP IMPACT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Limelight can’t believe Takeshita survives! Fans fire up, Limelight grits his teeth and runs to wheelbarrow, but Takeshita throws that away to ROCK him with that forearm! Whip and DISCUS!! Takeshita fires up, waistlock but Limelight victory rolls, TWO! Takeshita WHEELBARROW GERMANS! Bridging cover, Takeshita wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

The Future of DDT Pro might just be the future of AEW, and the future of wrestling period! Will Takeshita continue to rise up until he explodes onto Dynamite?

 

Joey Janela finds Sonny Kiss backstage.

“Whoa, what’s up with these cameras? You Team Skit Show now, too?” No, Kiss was trying to find Janela! Where’ he been? Well these girls wanted to suck Janela’s nips. Be right back! NO! They have a match tonight. It’ll take ten seconds. No it’s against Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky! What? Janela thought it was those two guys from Puerto Rico! No, they gotta go. Well alright. Those bad girls can wait, but the Bad Boy is coming for Ethan & Scorpio, and he’s coming hard! But will it not last as long as Janela thinks?

 

FTR w/ The Pinnacle VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon!

Dax Harwood prepares for a 1v1 with Chris Jericho on Dynamite, and Cash Wheeler will be in his corner. But will they as a duo prove to Y2J why he should care about who they are and what they can do?

The teams sort out, Dax and Lyon start. Lyon keeps the fake wagging tongue in his mouth as he and Dax tie up. Dax puts him in a corner, slaps him all around and snatches the tongue away! And the mask! What disrespect to a luchador! Midas helps get the mask back on, and Lyon rushes Dax. They tie up, Dax headlocks, but Lyon pries out to wrench to a headlock. Dax powers up to pry the hold back to a headlock. Cash misses the tag before Lyon powers out and Dax runs Lyon over! Dax runs, things speed up, Dax blocks the hip toss to SAIDO! Dax CHOPS Lyon, tags Cash this time, and they whip Lyon to CLOBBER him!

Cash looms over Lyon, drags him up, tags Dax back in, and Lyon is fed to a knee! Cash EuroUppers, Dax drags Lyon around and throws EuroUppers of his own. Dax JABS, CHOPS and repeats over and over in an open corner! Lyon wobbles, Dax reels him in for a short-arm LARIAT! Dax drops a leg, drops an elbow and drops a headbutt! Cover, ONE because Dash brings him up! Cover, ONE as Dax does it again! Dax is toying with Lyon then throws him out! Wardlow gets Lyon up for Tully to SLAP! They put Lyon in as Midas protests, and the fans boo as The Pinnacle gets away with it all. Dax drives elbows into Lyon’s head, then whips him to ropes. Lyon dodges, handsprings and NEURALIZER KICKS!

Fans fire up for Lyon as he crawls, hot tag to Midas! Midas fires off haymakers and CHOPS, then a EuroUpper! Midas runs, wheelbarrows, but into a spin and BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Cash, FTR sets up, and gives Midas the MIND BREAKER!! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

Not even sure Wardlow & Tully were needed, because FTR were that dominant! But with the rest of The Pinnacle banned from ringside, will things be very different against Le Sex Gods, Jericho & Sammy Guevara?

 

PAC & Rey Fenix VS Andre Montoya & Vary Morales!

Death Triangle’s Bastard and Firebird are ready for the Young Bucks on Dynamite! Will they simply make their opponents into appetizers?

The teams sort out, Fenix starts with Montoya, and the two circle. Fenix offers a handshake but then leaves Montoya hanging, to SLAP him! Fenix whips, Montoya handsprings over and comes back to RANA! Montoya kips up, Fenix body shots and trips him to JAB him! Fenix gets in Morales’ face, whips Montoya but Morales tags in! Montoya is sent out, Morales FLYING RANAS in! But Fenix puts him in the corner to GMANAGIRI! Tag to Pac, they double suplex but Morales lands out to tag in Montoya! Montoya gets in but is tossed down! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Pac & Fenix mock the Young Bucks’ pose! Pac then turns his attention back to Montoya to stomp him around the ring!

Pac digs his boot into Montoya’s head, then drags him up to snapmare and tag in Fenix. They KICK and KICK and KICK and KICK Montoya, to then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK him down! Fenix lets Montoya go to his corner and tag in Morales. Fenix bobs ‘n’ weaves and DECKS Morales! Fenix runs and runs and runs to SHINING WIZARD from behind! Cover, but Fenix brings Morales up, just to BITE his forehead! Fenix throws hands, KICKS Morales, and tags in Pac. Pac lines up his shot to BOOT Morales in the corner! Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Morales is even tapping but none of that counts! Pac lets off, paces about, and hauls Morales up for a snap suplex!

Morales writhes and gets to a corner, Pac runs in but Morales dodge! Hot tag to Montoya and he rallies on Death Triangle! Montoya fires heavy hands, fires up but Fenix kicks low! Death Triangle whip him, he handsprings to double back elbow! Fans fire up as Pac bails out and Morales SWANTONS him down! Morales puts Pac in for Montoya and he kicks, but Pac blocks! Tag to Fenix, Fenix goes up and Pac sends him over to BOOT him! SUPERKICK from Fenix! DOUBEL SUPERKICKS then DOUBLE BUZZSAWS! Morales runs in, but gets a SNAP GERMAN from Pac!

Fenix sits Montoya up, tags Pac back in, and hands Montoya off into the wheelbarrow, DOUBLE STMOPS and SUPERKICK to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Tag to Fenix, he goes up and leaps for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, Death Triangle wins!

Winners: PAC & Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Tag moves and lightning fast aggression, these two are more than ready! But will they be able to take the titles from the newly focused Young Bucks?

 

Dante Martin VS Baron Black!

Though Darius is still down, Top Flight is still up as Dante carries on! But will Angel Dorado still shine against the #EmpBRUH?

The bell rings and the two circle. Baron and Dante tie up, Baron wrenches and wristlocks hard, but Dante headlocks and takes over. Baron headscissors, Dante kips out but Baron hits a headlock takeover. Dante headscissors, Baron kips free to sweep the legs and cover, ONE! Dante sweeps and covers, ONE! They stand off and fans cheer the exchange. Baron kicks low, CHOPS, and wrenches to a wristlock. Dante goes up and around the ropes to arm-drag then gets around to arm-drag more! Dropkick-flip and a bypass, things speed up, Baron gets Dante for a waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Baron swaggers about then stomps Dante down.

Baron wrenches, reels Dante in for a knee, and he hooks Dante up into a modified cobra twist! Dante endures, elbows free, and flips through to roll Baron up, TWO!! Dante’s unique leg hook almost had it, but Baron atomic drops hard! Baron runs corner to corner but the cyclone gets a BOOT! Dante dodges to dropkick and dropkick again! Dante RANAS Baron and fans fire up! Baron is in a corner, Dante runs in but is put on the apron. Dante bumps Baron off buckles, springboards around to QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Dante keeps getting closer but fans rally for him as he climbs. Baron gets Dante for a SUPER GERMAN, but Dante lands on his feet?!

Dante runs back in, EXPLODER, but he lands on his feet again!? No one can believe it but Dante smirks as Baron’s straps come down. Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Dante goes up top, steadies himself, 450!! Cover, Dante wins!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall

Angel Dorado is red hot after that big win! Will he and his brother continue to be the Coldest Tag Team in the Game when they’re finally back as a team?

 

Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky speak.

All Ego says they requested this time “to air some grievances, which we’ve been doing quite a lot lately.” But specifically, their opponents tonight, First, Joey Janela. For not having the best singles record, they’ve given Janela TNT Championship opportunities. And now that they say it, Kiss had his own TNT Championship opportunity with his own subpar win-loss record. Wow, really? And yet Scorpio had to earn his shot, in a grueling ladder match that Ethan was even part of! And yet, here Ethan is, too! Amazing singles records, but where is Ethan’s shot? Where is Scorpio’s rematch? Scorpio came so close to taking the title, but they’re not being rewarded. So now, they’ll take anything and everything. This week ends like last week did: their arms raised in victory! #GetUsedToIt!

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue!

The Role Model is back again, ready to rack up wins even though she says they don’t matter! Will Britt take Skye seriously in Skye’s AEW debut?

The bell rings, Britt and Skye circle and fans rally. The two tie up, Britt wrenches then headlocks. Skye waistlocks, spins Britt and wrenches her to a wristlock. Britt spins through to wrench, then wrangles Skye down with a hammerlock to cover, TWO! Britt still has the arm but Skye wrenches and wristlocks back! Britt breaks free to ROCK Skye with a forearm! Britt whips, Skye gets around to whip but Britt reverses. Skye goes Matrix to dodge, but Britt sweeps the arms! Cover, TWO! Britt is surprised but she drags Skye up by her hair to taunt her. Britt ROCKS Skye with a right, brings her around to whip, but Skye dodges so Britt redirects. Skye mule kicks then dropkicks! Cover, TWO!

Skye chases Britt to ropes but Britt bails out. Rebel checks on her, Britt composes herself but Skye runs in, only to miss with the dropkick. Britt SUPERKICKS Skye then FISHERMAN NECKBREAKERS to the floor! Britt brags, the ring count climbs, and Britt gest in to argue with the ref. Rebel uses her crutch she doesn’t even really need to choke Skye! Britt waits for Skye to get in, then looms over her. Britt pushes Skye around, talks trash, then brings Skye up. Skye ROCKS Britt again! Britt ROCKS her back, fires off more, then whips. Skye reverses, runs in but Britt dodges. Skye elbows back hard, throws more forearms, then whips again. Skye runs in to HEEL KICK!

Skye keeps going, handspring FOREARM! Fans fire up but Britt BUCKLE SHOTS Skye down! Britt glares at Skye, runs and SUPERKICKS her down! Britt drags Skye up, Alabama lifts and tucks Skye in, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt tells Rebel she doesn’t need the glove, and runs to CURB STOMP instead! Cover, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall

She didn’t even need her finisher, the Lockjaw, to get this win! Tony Schiavone goes to the ring to interview her over her racking up wins. Another way to win, too. The Doctor is in, and will “play by the rules” to do this “bullshit” system and make her way to the top. So we better get a nice little update to the rankings by Dynamite! Will Britt be a top contender? Or does she have a little ways left to go first?

 

QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solow VS Andrew Palace & Cole Karter!

The Gifted and the Freak Beast broke away from the Nightmare Factory, to be THE Factory! Will they get The Flex and The Thoroughbred to consider signing up with their cause? Or will they just be examples to Cody and the Rhodes Family?

The teams sort out, QT starts against Karter, and the two tie up only for QT to kick low! QT headlocks, Karter powers out but QT runs him over! Things speed up, QT dodges Karter’s hurdle to dropkick him down! Karter scrambles and tags in Palace, and fans taunt, “Cody’s Better!” QT ROCKS Palace for it, and tags Comoroto in. QT whips Comoroto for Comoroto to whip him into corner clotheslines! QT feeds Palace to Comoroto’s BIG sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Comoroto CLUBS Palace, whips him hard into a corner and Palace bounces off buckles! Comoroto drags Palace up, tags QT in and they mug Palace. QT scoops and SLAMS Palace, then drops elbow after elbow, then stands on Palace’s face!

The ref reprimands, QT drags Palace up to snapmare him and tag in Comoroto. Comoroto slingshots for an elbow drop! Solow is the only one that cheers, but Palace fights back! Fans fire up but Comoroto knees Palace down. Comoroto whips corner to corner again but Palace boots him! And elbows! And then dodges to send Comoroto into buckles! Tag to Karter and he clotheslines, but Comoroto stays up! Karter fires off forearms, runs, but Comoroto fireman’s carries for an USHIGOROSHI! Comoroto TOSSES Palace into the ring! Comoroto military presses Palace into the POWERSLAM! Tag back to QT and he gives Karter the DIAMOND CUTTER! Cover, The Factory wins!

Winners: QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto, by pinfall

Solow celebrates with his team, and this might just be the first of many wins for The Factory! Anthony Ogogo has his in-ring debut on Dynamite, will his lethal hands leave someone broken and battered?

 

Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa!

Another battle of Mikes tonight, even though Kenny Omega’s best friend and personal assistant goes by “MT Nakazawa” now. But are the polo shirt, khakis and headset going to continue being Nakazawa’s good luck charms? Or will the Yoga Monster break Nakazawa’s mojo?

The bell rings and the two circle. Nakazawa gets another call from Kenny Omega and/or Don Callis. He keeps stalling, but Mike keeps his cool by doing some yoga. Nakazawa tries to take advantage but misses the elbow drop! Mike CHOPS, haymakers, but Nakazawa gets him with a PURPLE NURPLE! Mike breaks free, but Nakazawa just PURPLE NURPLES the other nipple!! Nakazawa headlocks, grinds Mike down, and Mike powers up to power out. Nakazawa runs Mike over, things speed up and Mike arm-drags Nakazawa around! Mike gets a chicken wing to a bridge, TWO! Mike stands right up to get the arm and wrenches to a cording hold.

Nakazawa whips free, Mike handsprings around to dropkick him down! Fans fire up as Mike centers himself, but runs into a boot! Nakazawa drop toeholds Mike into buckles, then Nakazawa runs to slide and trip Mike! Nakazawa gets the legs, and pulls the sled into the post! The ref counts, Nakazawa lets off and Mike gets free of the torture. Nakazawa gets in, runs corner to corner, and back elbows! Nakazawa puts Mike on the ropes for the HENTAI SLIDE and ATOMIC DROP! Nakazawa throws Mike by his hair, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Mike fires forearms but Nakazawa gives them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, but Mike gets the edge!

Mike whips but Nakazawa blocks! Mike ROCKS Nakazawa, Nakazawa still blocks so Mike CHOPS! Nakazawa reverses to fireman’s carry but Mike slips off. Mike elbows Nakazawa away, goes up top and leaps over Nakazawa! Mike goes Matrix to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up for Mike as Nakazawa flounders. Mike gets up, whips but Nakazawa reverses. Mike goes up an dover and SUPERKICKS, to the splits for the LEG SWEEP! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa shows the ref his hand, is that blood? Is he busted open? The ref becomes a shield! Mike gets clear, and under the laptop attack! Roll up with a bridge, Mike wins!!

Winner: Mike Sydal, by pinfall

But Nakazawa still SMACKS Mike with the laptop! Mike gets up and Nakazawa runs for his life! Will Nakazawa reconsider using such expensive equipment for his cheap tactics?

 

Death Triangle speaks.

Fenix says in Spanish, and Pac translates to English, that the Bucks better have been watching tonight. Because that is what’s coming for them! These two are formidable, furious, and will leave Dynamite with the AEW World Tag Team Championships!

 

Shanna VS Leyla Hirsch!

Portugal’s Perfect Athlete takes on #LEGIT Leyla, this is going to be a strong match-up! But with the rankings ever changing, who gets one step closer to the AEW Women’s World Championship?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Leyla and Shanna feel it out and Leyla gets a leg. Shanna holds her off with a facelock but Leyla get around to ride and body scissor. Shanna rolls, gets the ropebreak, and Leyla lets off. The two reset, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. Shanna waistlocks, throws Leyla but Leyla partially blocks to switch. Shanna facelocks, Leyla pushes her to a cover, ONE! Leyla waistlocks but Shanna fights up. Shanna wrenches, YANKS the arm, armbars but Leyla stays up to roll and trip Shanna. Cover, ONE, and the two stand off. Fans cheer again and the two reset.

Fans cheer “LEGIT! LEGIT!” but Shanna shrugs that off. Leyla gets a waistlock, Shanna headlocks but Leyla drags her down. Shanna still manages a takeover, but Leyla gets up to waistlock again. Shayna thrashes Leyla with a chinbar, goes for chicken wings, but Leyla WRINGS free! Leyla wants the armbar but Shanna gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Leyla lets off and Shanna shoves her. Then SLAPS her! Leyla tackles Shanna to fire off fists! The ref counts, Shanna bails out but Leyla pursues! Shanna knees low, bumps Leyla off buckles, then soaks up whatever heat the fans give her. Shanna RAMS Leyla into railing as the count is 5 of 10, then puts Leyla in at 6.

Shanna looms over Leyla as fans rally, and Shanna KNEES her down! Cover, TWO! Shanna uses the merch shirt to CHOKE Leyla! The ref counts, Leyla drags Shanna down to an ARMBAR!! Shanna blocks and fights up, shifts to a cover, TWO as Leyla gets an arm up! Shanna dead lifts to SLAM Leyla down! Shanna runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Leyla lives but Shanna drags Leyla up. Shanna reels Leyla in, double underhooks for a TIGER- NO! Leyla RANAS to an ARMBAR!! Shanna taps, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

Leyla gets in Shanna’s face about it, but Shanna goes to kick back! The ref keeps the peace, but this could be a #LEGIT feud! Will Leyla keep going until she’s a legit contender?

 

Backstage interview with Konosuke Takeshita.

Alex Marvez congratulates him on his win and wants to ask why he’s here, but Omega interrupts because of how Marvez more or less butchered Takeshita’s name. Omega takes over the interview since he speaks Japanese. NOW, Marvez. Omega has Nakazawa show up because even though Omega knows Japanese, he wants Nakazawa to translate for him. “From the desk of Kenny Omega, welcome to AEW! Good to see you again. So I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’re doing a little bit of scouting in AEW. And the talents that make an impact end up on Dynamite, all thanks to yours truly.”

And Omega remembers when he was in DDT, and how he was a nobody then. Takeshita put a roof over Omega’s head, put food in his mouth, and money in his pocket, and he became the star he is today. Now, Takeshita will pay Omega back. So whether Takeshita heard or not, but those Sydals keep getting on Omega’s nerves. So if Takeshita doesn’t mind, they can teach these kids a lesson! Takeshita’s answer? He understands. He will naturally help Omega and be in a team with him. No, no, he’s not teaming with Omega! He’s teaming with Nakazawa! You heard it here first, folks! Takeshita & Nakazawa VS Matt & Mike Sydal! Takeshita is already regretting this. But can he at least make a big impression on AEW and exploded onto Dynamite?

 

Brandon Cutler VS Penta El Zero M w/ Death Triangle!

The Dungeon Master is, or perhaps was, a good friend of the Young Bucks. The Bucks may not be watching, but if they are, will they see what Cero Miedo does to someone that they used to know?

The bell rings and Penta stares down with Cutler. They circle, Penta takes his glove off and tosses it to his brother. “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” He pushes that in Cutler’s face but Cutler pushes back! They circle, tie up, and Penta waistlocks to ripcord and wrench to a wristlock. Cutler handsprings and wrenches back! Penta trips Cutler, and twists the leg! Penta isolates the other leg, ties them up and has an inverted bow ‘n’ arrow to then get a chinlock. Cutler powers out, hurdles, but Penta KICKS him while he somersaults! Penta swaggers about, runs in but Cutler dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Cutler shoulders in, enziguris and springboards, but Penta gets under to SUPERKICK!

Penta tells Cutler again, CERO MIEDO, and runs, into a dropkick! Penta flops out of the ring, Cutler builds speed and DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up with Penta as he goes up top. Penta jumps but has to roll through his stomps as Cutler moves. Cutler ROUNDHOUSES Penta out of the ring, and DIVES! Direct hit this time and they go into railing! Cutler sees Pac & Fenix looming, but he still gets Penta up and into the ring. Penta mule kicks from the apron! And the goes up and around for a FLYING CANNONBALL! Fenix dusts his brother off and Penta drags Cutler up to KICK him in the leg! Penta puts Cutler in, stalks him and KICKS his leg out!

Fans rally, Penta reels Cutler in and tucks him in, but Cutler slips out of the package driver to waistlock! Penta switches, Cutler bucks him and springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cutler rallies, fisherman to a PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Penta SUPERKICKS Cutler! Cutler still comes back to springboard tornillo arm-drag! Penta makes it a ghost pin, TWO!! Penta and Cutler get up, Penta catches Cutler to a pump handle but Cutler arm-drags free! Cutler leaps, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cutler grows frustrated, he hurries to a corner and jumps up, but Penta SUPERKICKS the legs out!

Penta brings Cutler up, pump handle DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cutler survives again and Penta is shocked! Fans rally, Penta watches Cutler get up slowly, and Penta swings, into Cutler’s full nelsons, spin and SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! The #SavingThrow still couldn’t do it! Cutler hurries to the corner, springboards but the Froggy-Bow is caught to the DARK ARMBAR!!! Penta drags Cutler up to finish him, FEAR FACTOR PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! Cover, Penta wins!

Winner: Penta El Zero M, by pinfall

The Death Triangle sweeps Elevation with no fear and no mercy! They even add insult to injury as they laugh in Cutler’s face! But will this be motivation for the Bucks to fight harder? Or will the Death Triangle become a golden triangle?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Diamante!

La Mera Mera was called out by the Cuban Diamond just a couple weeks ago, and now is the time to put up or shut up! Will Rosa prove once again that she does belong in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Diamante gets the headlock. Rosa powers out, fireman’s carries to get the armlock. Diamante fights up, pulls hair, and puts Rosa in a corner. The ref counts, Diamante lets off to CHOP! And CHOP, then whip. Rosa goes up and over and arm-drags Diamante around! Rosa ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl to a takedown! Diamante scrambles to avoid the Fujiwara and Rosa lets off. Rosa builds speed to WRECK Diamante with a dropkick! Rosa kicks Diamante, wrenches and KICKS her, then SLAMS the arm on railing! Rosa kicks Diamante, refreshes the count, then wrenches the arm to POST it!

Diamante goes down in a heap, Rosa drags her back up, and CHOPS her! Diamante CHOPS, but that was the bad arm! diamante gets around, cravats to use the post in a SLICED BREAD to the floor! Diamante gets Rosa up and in at 7 of 10, then stalks her in the ring. Diamante throws hands with the good arm, drags Rosa back up, and fires forearms! Diamante runs and wheelbarrows but Rosa counters with a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rosa wrenches then kicks the arm, and drops down for the Fujiwara! Diamante fights it, Rosa drags her up and whips her hard into buckles! Rosa wraps the arm around ropes, pulls, then runs, but Diamante sends her into buckles!

Diamante comes back with a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Diamante grows frustrated, then drives clubbing forearms in! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rosa but Diamante brings her up for knees. Diamante tries to suplex but Rosa throws body shots, then wrenches to ARM CODE BREAKER! Rosa runs corner to corner, A-List Lariat! SWINGING METEORA! Rosa rolls, runs back in, and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa gets Diamante up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her cool as Diamante survives, and drags her back up as fans rally. Rosa CLUBS Diamante, wrenches and rams shoulders in!

Rosa scoops, Diamante slips off and CLUBS away on Rosa’s shoulder! Diamante has a straitjacket but Rosa powers out to get Diamante down, and traps BOTH arms! Diamante flails, kicks, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Rosa lets go and looms over Diamante. Rosa drags her up, wraps the arm around the ropes, but the ref counts. Rosa lets off, brings Diamante back up, hammerlocks for a takedown, to a KIMURA! Diamante endures the double wristlock, fans rally as she kicks and flails to get a cover, TWO! Diamante LARIATS Rosa down! Diamante throws hands, Rosa wobbles but hits back! Diamante knees low, reels Rosa in and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Rosa and Diamante get up slowly and Rosa throws uppercuts! Rosa fireman’s carries but Diamante fights free! Diamante shoves, wheelbarrows and STUNNERS! Cover, TWO!! Diamante is losing her cool but fans are fired up! Fans rally, Diamante and Rosa throws hands back and forth! Diamante knee slow again, CLUBS Rosa, then hops on, but Rosa makes the sunset flip an ALABAMA SLAM! Rosa hobbles but she gets Diamante up, dragon sleeper to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

And that is another step closer to the top! Will Rosa continue to strike down all opponents until she’s finally facing the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela!

We heard from both teams earlier in the night, and clearly All Ego & The Face of the Revolution don’t think Jersey’s Finest are deserving of anything more than a loss! Will the Concrete Rose & Bad Boy show Ethan & Scorpio that

The teams sort out and Janela starts with Scorpio. They circle, tie up, and go around. Scorpio puts Janela in a corner, Janela turns it around and lets off with Scott Hall fingers. Scorpio shoves Janela down! Scorpio drags Janela up, DECKS him with an uppercut, then scrapes his soles off Janela’s face! Tag to Ethan, Scorpio wrenches and Ethan throws body shots. Ethan CLUBS Janela, soaks up the heat, and brings Janela up, only for Janela to wrench! Tag to Kiss, Kiss drops ax handles! Scorpio tags in but he runs into a double hip toss! Jersey’s Finest drop double elbows, and then Kiss wrenches Scorpio.

Tag to Janela, they double whip Scorpio and then trip him up. Janela runs to drop an elbow! Kiss hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Ethan breaks it! Scorpio RAMS Janeal in the corner but he fights back. Janela climbs, Ethan anchors him and Scorpio trips Janela up! Janela tumbles to the mat, Ethan tags in and he drags Janela out to RAM him into railing! Scorpio goes to put Janela in but RAMS him into more railing! Scorpio puts Janela in the ring for Ethan to stomp. Ethan drags Janela up, ROCKS him, and then whips him back in hard! Tag to Scorpio, they mug Janela, and the ref counts. Ethan counts along and leaves at 4, Scorpio digs his boots into Janela.

Scorpio argues with the ref, Ethan claws at Janela’s face! The ref reprimands, Janela throws hands but Scorpio knees low. Scorpio whips, Janela sunset flips, TWO! Scorpio CLOBBERS Janela! Scorpio covers, TWO! Scorpio anchors Janela, tags Ethan, and Ethan stomps Janela to then sucker punch Kiss! Kiss storms in, Ethan backs off, but Ethan drags Janela to claw at his face! Fans boo, Ethan drags Janela up and wrenches him to a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally, Ethan tags Scorpio, they drag Janela up and Scorpio hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Ethan, fans rally, but Ethan stomps Janela down. Janela hits back with body shots and forearms and CHOPS!

Janela reaches for Kiss but Ethan RAMS him into the corner! Ethan digs his shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, and argues with the ref, only for Janela to ROCK him! Janela elbows Scorpio but Ethan ROCKS Janela back! Ethan crosses the arms but no Iconoclasm as Janela fights free! Janela leaps, hot tag to Kiss! Kiss rallies on Scorpio, boots Ethan then fires off to HEEL KICK on Scorpio! Kiss dodges with a handspring to ENZIGURI! Scorpio staggers, Kiss handsprings and elbows Ethan! Scorpio returns for a FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Kiss can’t believe it but he goes back to tag Janela.

Jersey’s Finest see Ethan and Scorpio outside, they DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up, Janela and Kiss high five, and then Janela SUPERKICKS Ethan! Janela puts Scorpio in but Scorpio DDT’s outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!! Janela survives and Scorpio is shocked! Tag to Ethan, he drags Janela up and bumps him off buckles. Ethan fires off haymakers, hoists Janela up, and hits ICONOCLASM! Then he gets Janela up again, crucifix, but Janela gets to the corner! Janela mule kicks, adjusts and QUEBRADAS! Hot tag to Kiss, Jersey’s Finest coordinates, AXES ‘N’ OH INVERTED DDT! Cover, Scorpio break sit! Janela throws Scorpio out, builds speed and DIVES! Wait, did Scorpio counter with a forearm?!

Kiss KICKS Ethan! Kiss goes to a corner, climbs up, but Scorpio gets up to shove him down! Kiss rolls, Scorpio saves Ethan with a GAMANGIRI! Kiss staggers up into Ethan’s SHOULDER TACKLE! Ethan drags Kiss up, crucifix, EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan & Scorpio win!

Winners: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, by pinfall

The ego and the ability are both through the roof on these two, but they’re undefeated as a tag team! Will these two dominate all the divisions and rule over AEW?

 

Best Friends VS Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ JD Drake!

Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent are reunited, and it feels so good! But before they get their revenge on Death Triangle, can they show these pretty boys that a great tag team is more than just their looks?

The teams sort out, and the Kentucky Gentleman starts with the Hollywood Hunk. They knee-stomp around, circle and approach, and Nemeth waistlocks to shove Chuck. That’s two points as far as he’s concerned. Chuck and Nemeth tie up again, Nemeth waistlocks but Chuck wrenches. Nemeth drops, trips Chuck and that’s two more points by his count. Chuck shrugs that off, ties up with Nemeth and headlocks to punch him! Chuck wrenches, wristlocks, but Nemeth gets away as Trent tags in. Fans rally for Trent now that he’s finally back. He and Nemeth tie up, Trent puts Nemeth in a corner, and the ref counts. Trent lets off and pats a shoulder but Nemeth throat chops!

Nemeth throws haymakers but Trent gives them back! Trent CHOPS, ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth knees low. things speed up, Trent CLOBBERS Nemeth with an elbow! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Tag to Chuck, Best Friends whip Nemeth to double elbow, handshake and double elbow drop! Chuck covers, ONE! Chuck ROCKS Nemeth, wrenches and whips him corner to corner, then runs in but misses! Bononi is there to CLOBBER Chuck! Nemeth tags Bononi in, they mug Chuck and Bononi stomps away! Bononi chokes Chuck on ropes, the ref is busy with the Best Friends protesting, and Bononi tags Nemeth.

Nemeth looms over Chuck as he rains down rights, then reels him into a fireman’s carry takeover! Nemeth drops fists, drags him up and tags in Bononi. The pretty boys mug Chuck, Bononi back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Bononi tags Nemeth back in, they mug Chuck more, and Nemeth talks trash. Chuck fires off hands! Then he dodges to hot tag Trent! Trent DECKS Bononi, LARIATS Nemeth and LARIATS again! Trent runs to knee Nemeth in the corner, then runs to PSYCHO KNEE! Trent ducks Bononi to DECK him, then he elbows Nemeth. Trent slingshot SWANTONS Bononi down on the outside! Trent returns to get Nemeth with a TORNADO DDT!

Fans fire up, Trent tags Chuck, and Best Friends combine for the first time in months, pinball forearms to the SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!?! Nemeth survives but Chuck tags Trent back in! Trent gets Nemeth up to CHOP him, then whips. Nemeth reverses, Bononi trips Trent, but the ref reprimands, Nemeth runs and leaps to SATELLITE DDT! Bononi DECKS Chuck, tags in, and runs to corner clothesline Trent! Pump handle FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Trent lives, Nemeth tags in! Nemeth drags Trent up and Bononi fireman’s carries Chuck, Chuck slips off to POST Bononi!

Nemeth gets Trent up, turns him, and swivels the hips, but Trent turns Rude Awakening into a SAIDO SUPLEX! Trent hauls Nemeth back up, Alabama lifts, Chuck is up top, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Best Friends win!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall

They’re back together but it’s like Trent never left! Cassidy and Statlander join in for a FOUR CORNERS HUG!! You GOT to give the people what they want! But will Best Friends get what they want in the form of revenge on Death Triangle? Will there be tag titles added on top after Dynamite?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Elevation, but again my gripe is that this was SEVENTEEN MATCHES within two and a half hours. Less is more, AEW, since you’re also doing Dark classic tomorrow. Though, I will say that more of these were competitive than usual. I also like that Conti & Shida are still being friendly and a team, but I feel like things will have to get tense very soon with Double or Nothing just next month. It was good that we got to see The Factory in action, their logo looks decent and I like that QT has a recreation of the Nightmare Family/Factory logo with blue paint on it, as they did in their vignette promo to introduce the group.

As I said during Takeshita VS Limelight, that is the kind of stuff we should be getting for Elevation. If Elevation stuck to under two hours, and was maybe 10 of those matches, things would be much better overall. And Takeshita having a connection to Omega from DDT Pro is great, this could be a really good Elevation story for Omega and Nakazawa to be part of. Nakazawa & Takeshita VS The Sydals sounds really fun, should be an Elevation main event to make it important. And should Takeshita win, I would think that helps his case towards making it to Dynamite, both kayfabe and reality.

Shanna VS Leyla was another example of what Elevation should be giving us, as I definitely do sense there could be a solid feud building there. Now, claiming a show has a “quadruple main event” is too over the top, even for wrestling.  However, all those matches were solid. We got a lot of good stuff out of Best Friends and Death Triangle, especially PAC & Fenix putting on that tag squash match. Penta VS Cutler was another example of what Elevation should be, and it works well with the story that is building, as was Rosa VS Diamante. Ethan & Scorpio are a strong tag team so even though it seems rather sudden that they formed up, it’s working out to get Ethan going and keep Scorpio moving while the singles titles are rather busy right now.

Best Friends in the main event with Nemeth & Bononi was good, was definitely for the sake of getting Trent going again in a regular tag match, and for the sake of closing out the night on a good note. I probably would’ve gone with Penta VS Cutler just so the last image is Death Triangle mocking Cutler and sending a message to the Bucks before their title match on Dynamite. You gotta let that go-home math and logic play into things a little bit, and that would’ve been a good one to use.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/7/21)

Battle lines have been drawn!

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Let them fight on Dynamite!

The Inner Circle is back, Jurassic Express and Bear Country clash, and Darby Allin continues to be a FIGHTING AEW TNT Champion, all in one night!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; Hangman wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS Bear Country; Jurassic Express wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi; Darby wins and retains the title.
  • The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order; Conti wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks; Omega & The Good Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Inner Circle rolls into Daily’s Place!

Chris Jericho in a black Lamborghini, Jake Hager in a Chevy Silverado, Sammy Guevara in a Range Rover, Santana in a Dodge Ram, Ortiz in a Porsche, and motorcycle entourage escorting them in! Y2J, Big Hurt, the Spanish God and the Proud ‘n’ Powerful are returning to AEW in style! But with The Pinnacle somewhere in the building and Mike Tyson expected to return, who’s getting taken out first?!

 

Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!

Did the Anxious Millennial Cowboy hear Platinum’s new single on AEW Dark last night? Would it change what Hangman’s about to do to Max if it did? Or maybe Max’s improv rap right here will rile him up! “Hangman, you a changed man. Used to be a star, now you fadin’! Platinum, the flyest on the air, catch you slippin’ like Joe Biden on the stairs! So check the thug process. I’m dancin’ with the devil like I’m Lil’ Nas X! And you a one trick pony! Treat me like a breathalyzer and bl-” WHOA~! Bowens stops Caster there, that is a step too far. You can’t say that on TNT, Max! But either way, The Acclaimed have arrived! But then Hangman BOOTS Bowens to get him out of the ring!

Hangman fires off on Caster, the bell rings and Hangman rings Caster’s bell! He bumps Caster off buckles over and over, and over and over, then stops to stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Hangman lets off, and Hangman walks it dry. Hangman drags Caster up, CHOPS him back to the corner, and then whips him to ropes. Hangman CLOBBERS Caster at the ropes, suplexes but Caster slips out! Caster shoves, Hangman dodges and scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, fans fire up, and Hangman snap suplexes Caster after all! Cover, ONE!! Caster surprises Hangman but he keeps his cool as fans rally up.

Hangman CHOPS Caster to a corner, CHOPS him again, but Caster turns things around to fire off forearms! Hangman shoves Caster to BOOT him down! Hangman drags Caster up, wrenches, hits an elbow breaker then wrings Caster to stomp him down! Then he drops a BIG senton! Cover, TWO! Hangman smirks as Caster bails out and fans rally up. Bowens checks on Caster, Hangman heads over but Caster drags him out. Hangman counter punches then RAMS Caster into railing! Hangman puts Caster in, Bowens gets in Hangman’s face, but Hangman lets him be. Caster dropkicks Hangman as he enters! Caster stomps away at the ropes, catches his breath, then stomps him more!

Caster CLUBS Hangman, whips but Hangman reverses to send Caster out of the ring! Hangman runs to TRIANGLE LARIAT Caster down! And then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Caster! Hangman drags Caster up, the ref counts but Hangman CHOPS Caster! Hangman refreshes the count, whips Caster but Caster reverses to send Hangman into railing! Caster runs in but is sent onto the railing! Caster’s gonna be rapping in a higher octave! Hangman then climbs the other railing to leap and LARIAT Caster down! Bowens gets in Hangman’s face again, but Hangman shrugs him off. Hangman gets Bowens’ boombox, tosses it aside, and puts Caster in the ring.

Hangman drags Caster to the corner but Bowens threatens him with the boombox! Caster YANKS Hangman into the post! The ref is busy with Caster and Bowens RAMS Hangman into railing! Bowens puts Hangman in, Caster WRINGS him out, and then Caster throws the arm into the mat. Caster drops knees on the arm, covers, TWO! Fans rally and jeer Caster, and Hangman CHOPS! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, drags Hangman down and has a hammerlock crossface! Fans rally as Hangman endures, and Hangman fights up to arm-drag free! Caster returns but Hangman DECKS him! And again! Hangman dodges to SPINEBUSTER Caster down!

Fans fire up as Caster goes to a corner. Hangman goes corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman keeps going, Caster blocks the suplex and elbows Hangman. Caster blocks the boot, too, spins Hangman but Hangman catches Caster for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans fire up as Caster goes to the apron. Hangman shakes the bad arm out, goes to the apron, drags Caster up, and Alabama lifts! Caster fights for his life, gets free and BOOTS! Hangman forearms, Caster forearms back and they brawl on the edge! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, but runs into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans fire up, Hangman dumps Caster down, and he goes to the apron.

Hangman climbs a corner, but Bowens is there to distract him! Caster gets in to LEAP up, steady himself, and still SUPERPLEX Hangman down! Then he gets the arm, SHANKLY GATES! Hangman endures, crawls his way forward, but Caster sits deep on the hold! Hangman gets the ropebreak with a finger! The ref counts, Caster holds on until 4! Fans rally for Hangman but Caster climbs up top. SPRINBOARD, into a LARIAT! The fans fire up, Hangman Alabama lifts, for- No! Bowens slides the boombox in! The ref obviously sees that, and Hangman picks the boombox up. The ref confiscates it, but Bowens gets Caster his chain!

Caster wraps his fist, Hangman storms over, PLATINUM PUNCH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Caster is shocked but the fans are thunderous! Caster hurries up top, takes aim, MIC DROP FLOPS! Hangman dodges and gets to the apron! Caster staggers up, Hangman slingshots to- No, Bowens anchors him! Hangman mule kicks Bowens, BOOTS Caster, and then ASAI MOONSAULTS Bowens down! Hangman reloads and aims again, BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

The Cowboy secures that number one spot in the rankings! And of course, he toasts with some nearby fellow wrestlers! Will Hangman be saying cheers to a championship opportunity soon enough?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

AEW has great tag teams all around, but here is one of the great teams and the #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, DEATH TRIANGLE! PAC and Rey Fenix won the opportunity in the AEW Revolution Tag Team Battle Royal, but they and Penta El Zero Miedo all stand together with Schiavone. Their shot at the titles are coming, next week on Dynamite! They finally get their shots, but wait! The Best Friends show up? Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and #JustTrent, with the honorary Best Friend, Kris Statlander, walk out on stage, and Cassidy gets the mic! “Y’know… It’s really nice to see all three of you together in the ring again.”

Footage plays, and it turns out to be a highlight reel of the history between these two trios! Revolution 2020 was when Death Triangle brutalized Cassidy after PAC beat him in a 1v1 match. Then on Dynamite from 5/13/2020 was when Fenix Ryder Kicks Cassidy down just because he could! Chuck says that it may have been awhile, but they still remember! Fenix laughs! These guys are crazy! Penta says it’s crazy how they’ve hold onto those moments! Pac says everyone should relax, because he understands why the Best Friend  are here. They see the writing on the wall, and want a shot at the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions already! Well they’ve got a lot of work to do because they are FAR from worthy! So jog on and get out of here!

Oh, well, alright. Trent says he was hurt, and now Best Friends are back of the line. They’ll work their way back up, because that’s not a problem when you’re the team with more wins than anyone in this company! But anyway, Pac and Triangle can calm down. The Best Friends are just here to give them a heads up. “The boys are back in town!” Oh, and their new alien friend. Fans fire up as the four put hands in, will the reunited Best Friends be out of this world?

 

Mike Tyson talks with Coach Urban Meyer.

Is Iron Mike giving or getting pointers on how to handle business?

 

The Inner Circle heads to the ring!

Fans again get to sing Judas for Jericho as he and the boys return officially, even though we saw them get payback on The Pinnacle last week. Jericho gets the mic first, and he says Jacksonville sounds great tonight! The Inner Circle has a lot to say after the break! Y2J knows his TV, and AEW does go to commercial!

AEW returns, fans chant for Inner Circle and Jericho says they ARE the Inner Circle, and they are Back in Black, baby! “And it was only one short month ago that we were in this ring and given the beatdown of a lifetime by the Pineapple.” Sammy whispers a correction to Jericho, The Pinnacle. And that beatdown taught them a lot. It gave them hospital stays, it gave them stitches, but it gave them a wake-up call. It revealed to them that they’d made a lot of bad decisions over the last six months, that hurt and insulted a lot of people. For that, Jericho apologizes to those people and to the fans.

But all those decisions were on MJF, aka “My Jerkoff Friend.” And My Jerkoff Friend says he outsmarted the Inner Circle, mostly because he’s smarter than Jericho. And that’s true, Jericho isn’t the smartest in a few areas. High school chemistry, terrible. His teacher even asked after a second failed test, “Are you on dope?” An exact quote! Jericho wasn’t, he just wasn’t good in Chemistry. But who is? What Jericho is smart in is pro-wrestling! That is why he brought My Jerkoff Friend into the Inner circle. Not to take him under his wing, but to keep him under his thumb.

Jericho knows how dangerous My Jerkoff Friend is and how talented he is, and how much personality and potential he has. Jericho wanted to use him for all of that, and suck the life out of him into the Inner Circle. They had it all perfectly planned, and knew that MJF would eventually show his true colors. They were ready to kick MJF’s ass, but they didn’t think he’d be a step ahead. They got outsmarted by a man who can do everything except for put on a spray tan. Last week, MJF was oranger than Cassidy and had more streaks than that toilet bowl Jericho shoved his face into! Jericho can’t wait to swirly him again! Fans chant “Swirly! Swirly!”

MJF is only 25 years old! When Jericho was 25, he was still having wet dreams! But MJF at 25 is at the pinnacle of pro-wrestling. See what he did there? But here’s the thing! MJF, you consider yourself a fine wine, that he’ll get better with age. But he doesn’t want to wait for the aging, he wants it all now! He wants to be better than The GOAT, Chris Jericho, now. Those are big, big shoes to fill, MJF. You gotta go smaller, take baby steps. Be better than Peter Avalon, or Michael Nakazawa, or “that stupid Burberry scarf you’ve been wearing for a few years. It’s tired, it’s old, it’s stale, and it sucks!” Time to change it up, MJF! Plus, Jericho was rocking the scarf look a few years ago, so if you’re better than Jericho, why is he stealing Jericho’s shit?

But Jericho has an old clipboard in the back if MJF wants to add it to the list of things he’s stolen from Jericho! Y’see, MJF isn’t as good as he thinks he is, and he believes his own hype. Jericho sees MJF listening to the critics and the fans online. MJF would bee-line after every match or promo he’s ever had just to check what people thought! That’s called “Being a mark.” But Jericho makes it “being a Max,” because Max is a mark for himself! The true issue is that MJF knows he will never, ever be better than Jericho. He will never be better than Jericho, and you know it. That’s because Jericho is a true fine wine that has aged and fermented and soured.

Speaking of sour, just look at the men My Jerkoff Friend has aligned with! Tully Blanchard! He’s the greatest mind in pro-wrestling history? Really? No, he’s the third-string member of the Four Horsemen, stuck between Ole Anderson and Paul Roma. Then there’s FTR! They would be one of the best tag teams in the world today, but they’re completely interchangeable! Which one is which? It’s like the AEW version of The Jonas Brothers, where you know they’re good, you know they make money, but you don’t know any of their names! Is that Dax? Cash? Ax? Smash? Axel? Slash? “I DON’T KNOW!!”

And then of course, there’s Shawn Spears. Such a great upside, so they say, but Jericho’s never seen it. All Jericho has is the number on his phone from when Spears called him after getting fired from “The Fed” 10 years ago, asking for advice. Spears aligning himself with My Jerkoff Friend is about as good a move as rocking the blonde mohawk in 2021. And then there’s Wardlow! Of of course! A million dollar body with a 13 cent brain, and guess what? He’s so dumb, he has to strip naked to count to 21! Think about it, Jericho’s seen him do it. But compared to the Inner Circle, the NEW Inner Circle that will dominate AEW once more but with the fans all behind them, The Pinnacle is good, can beat the crap out of them, but who cares?! The Inner Circle loves to fight!

The bottom line is, the Inner Circle will shove the faces of The Pinnacle up each other’s asses and form a human centipede, with MJF in the back! “You want blood? You want violence? You got it!!” They’ve been waiting for a match since March 25th of last year! Why play grab ass anymore? You want blood and violence? You get it! May 5th, right here at Daily’s Place, for the first time ever, Pinnacle VS Inner Circle, BLOOD AND GUTS!! The Inner Circle is back in black, and now that they’re back, they will kick the ever living shit out of the Pinnacle! “The worst is yet to come, God help you for it!!” FINALLY, the match the world has wanted to see! Will MJF’s future be nothing but suffering for what he has done?

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage.

Dasha congratulates Captain Charisma on his victorious AEW in-ring debut. So then, how is he feeling? And what’s next? Christian says last week “was the culmination of an entire year of me scratching, clawing, and grinding in complete solitude for that very moment of stepping through those ropes, kneeling down, kissing that canvas, and taking back what was taken from me seven years ago.” Now he can’t talk about last week without talking about his opponent, Frankie Kazarian. Kaz took him to the deep waters, and pushed him so far down. Christian’s lungs were on fire, and he loved every single second of it!

Fans were in awe of Kaz’s performance, but not Christian, because Christian has always known what Kaz is about. Kaz knows that Christian isn’t like everyone else. When you step into the ring with Christian, you have to bring it up another level. Christian makes others level up! But then Taz interrupts and says for those who don’t know, these two have known each other for a long time. That all said, seven years is a long time. Taz has a team that can help Christian get where he wants to be, so Taz will just get right to his offer: Christian can join Team Taz! They can all help each other, and a guy with Christian’s wealth of knowledge would be a great help.

And before Christian can say too much first, Taz won’t put him on the spot. Christian can sleep on it. Will Captain Charisma choose to join the Path of Rage?

 

Jurassic Express VS Bear Country!

Two forces of nature will collide, but #OneWillFall. Godzilla VS Kong is in theaters, but here is a pretty good teaser right here! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus represent for the reptiles? Or will the burly Boulder & Bronson bring the heat on behalf of warm-blooded beasts everywhere?

The teams sort out, Luchasaurus steps up to Boulder and fans fire up already! Bronson and JB walk over, and Bronson shoves JB right down! Luchasaurus choke grips Bronson, but Boulder shoves Luchasaurus to the corner! JB returns to SHOTGUN dropkick Bronson, then dodges Boulder to set him up for Luchasaurus’ BOOT! Another SHOTGUN, another BOOT and the Bears are out of the ring! JB builds speed to DIVE into Bronson! JB keeps going, and DIVES again! JB keeps it up, and he FLIES, but into the arms of Bear Country! But JB wriggles free as Luchasaurus FLIES in and bowls Bear Country over!

Fans fire up as JB and Luchasaurus regroup. They get Boulder in, Luchasaurus drags Boulder up but Boulder RAMS him into the corner! Bronson tags in, Boulder whips him in and Bronson SPLASHES Luchasaurus in the corner! Bronson fires off hands, Luchasaurus shoves back but Bronson ROCKS him! Tag to Boulder and now Bronson whips Boulder in, but into a boot then KNEE! Bronson runs in, Luchasaurus goes up and over, then handsprings to dodge Boulder! Hot tag to JB! Luchasaurus elbows Bronson, JB leaps but Boulder catches the rana! Luchasaurus is up top, and LEAPS, but he just bounces off Boulder! Boulder keeps JB up to BOMB him!

AEW goes picture in picture as Boulder grits his teeth as he paces around JB and fans rally up. Boulder brings JB up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Boulder makes sure his arms are working, and Luchasaurus seems to be alright after that crash landing. Tag to Bronson, the bears mug JB, and Bronson drags JB up to DECK him! JB gets to a corner, Bronson storms over but JB kicks back from below. Bronson blocks a kick to rain down furious fists! Bronson lets off as the ref counts, and he drags JB up. JB SLAPS Bronson, CHOPS him, but Bronson HEADBUTTS JB down! Cover, TWO! Bronson grows frustrated but he stalks JB and keeps him from Luchasaurus.

Bronson whips JB to CLOBBER him! Tag to Boulder, Bronson stands on JB and then Boulder steps on him! Boulder drags JB up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! JB writhes but he still reaches for Luchasaurus. Boulder stands on JB’s head, lets off as the ref counts, then drops a big elbow on the back! Boulder drags JB up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner to then back drop on the rebound! AEW returns to single picture as Boulder drags JB up and tags Bronson in. Bear Country mugs JB, then Bronson whips JB into the corner. JB BOOTS back, fights out and slides under but Boulder tags in!

Bronson keeps JB from Luchasaurus, Bear Country double suplexes, but JB lands on his feet! JB dodges and hot tags Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies with big shoulders, BOOTS Boulder then BOOTS him in the corner! Luchasaurus adds Bronson to the pile to fire off hands! GERMAN SUPLEX for Bronson, then Luchasaurus ducks the running knee to kip up and TAIL WHIP! LARIAT! Fans fire up with Luchasaurus and he waits for Boulder to get up. Boulder turns around into a choke grip! Bronson storms over, into a choke grip! The bears break free but Luchasaurus boots through their double clothesline! ROUNDHOUSE to HEEL KICK!

Luchasaurus runs but is put on the apron. He HEADBUTTS Boulder, climbs up, but Boulder trips him up! Boulder climbs up, but Luchasaurus choke grips! Boulder fights it off! But Luchasaurus still gets the grip! Boulder HEADBUTTS Luchasaurus! Boulder gets a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but the fans are fired up! Boulder covers, but JB FROG SPLASHES it apart! Bronson drags JB up to throw him out but JB shoulders back in! JB slingshots and spins around to DDT! JB baits Boulder into Luchasaurus’ EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT! Cover, but Bronson scoops JB for a MICHINOKU DRIVER onto the pin! All four are down and the fans fire up again!

The teams regroup as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Bronson and Boulder combine, head for Luchasaurus, CANNON BEAR!! They drag Luchasaurus to a cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus survives and Boulder can’t believe it! Boulder is frustrated, but he tags Bronson in, and they decide to combine again! Boulder has Bronson on the Electric Chair, but Luchasaurus sits up! JB returns and he dropkicks Boulder’s legs out! Bronson drops into the TAIL WHIP!! Boulder BOOTS Luchasaurus, grabs JB and whips, but JB LARIATS on the return! Luchasaurus pushes Boulder out! Bronson staggers into a choke grip, and the CHOKE SLAM! MESOZOIC MOONSAULT! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

Who needs Godzilla VS Kong? This was a true clash of alpha titans! Will Jurassic Express now pull into the top spot right behind Death Triangle?

 

AEW hears from QT Marshall.

In reference to Cody Rhodes, “Your mantra should be, ‘Do the work for me.‘ Whether it’s creating this incredible training facility, or carrying your broken down brother through whatever career he had left, ever since the beginning of our ‘friendship,’ all I’ve ever done is do work for you.” QT is sick of the narrative Cody is creating about how he was going out of his way to help QT, but leaving QT dead in the water before he ever got started. Cody wants to doubt QT Marshall’s credentials? Let’s talk about those credentials for a minute. Cody was second fiddle to Ted (DeBiase) Jr, then went hiding behind face paint because even as “Dusty’s kid,” he knew he’d never amount to shit.

But Cody “figured it out” at some point. He got on the indies, surrounded himself with “vanilla midgets,” and felt like the star he knew he’d never be. But QT has surrounded himself with men. Hungry, sick and tired of waiting in the shadows, and that can trust QT and QT can trust back. Because unlike “Bargain Brand Sting,” QT isn’t worried about other people’s success. Aaron Solow, “who will never be known as ‘just somebody’s boyfriend.'” Nick Comoroto, who isn’t just some “body guy.” And Anthony Ogogo, who is a household name in the UK! A mainstream fighter and star! The British follow his career and cheer every punch. Ogogo does Subway commercials for business and knocks people out for fun!

But this ain’t Great Britain, this is “Shitty” America! So all you Yanks are gonna learn soon enough who Ogogo is. QT tells Cody that this is HIS goddamn factory now! Comoroto splashes the Nightmare Factory logo on the wall with blue paint, and this fearsome foursome has left its mark! Will others join them? Or will they simply know not to side with The Prince of Pro-Wrestling?

 

AEW returns with Schiavone on stage.

This never gets old for Tony. Once again on Dynamite, “It’s STIIIIIIIING~!” The snow, the crow and the Icon! A lot to unpack with the TNT Championship coming up, but Jake the Snake interrupts. “This is not the way we do it. You remember! How can you forget? It’s only been what? Seven days?” They start, Snake and Archer interrupt, Sting does nothing and keeps his mouth shut, or maybe just shuts his hole. Where’s his little gerbil friend, by the way? Yes, he’s a gerbil. But they say insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result, and Snake is a crazy son of a bitch so he should know!

But Archer interrupts now and says this is enough. If that’s insanity, then Snake isn’t the only crazy one, Archer’s “one sick son of a bitch!” And Archer is sick and tired of the AEW agenda! Bring Archer in, bring him to the top, but then send him away. He fights Moxley, then goes away. He works main event after main event, then he goes away. He’s done with that! The world will pay attention to the Murderhawk Monster, and Sting will pay attention closely. This is Archer’s time! Archer should be getting the interviews! Sting doesn’t need to talk because this is Archer’s time! But then Sting snatches the mic away!

“Now it’s MY time!” Then say something! He’d say something if Archer would be slow to speak and quick to listening. Zip up and understand that Sting AGREES! Archer is a main event guy, but then he disappears, and Sting doesn’t understand it, either! Snake, what’s wrong with you? What’s that dumbfounded face for? Tell Archer how to do it! Or maybe just shut your hole now. Sting says Archer IS main event material, he has “it,” but Snake needs to actually help him! Help Archer channel this in the right direction and then he will be in that ring on TNT in a main event, maybe even for the world title, without disappearances. Just make it happen! Make it showtime! If you’ve got it in you, go do it!

Sting storms off, but All Ego, Ethan Page, and the Face of the Revolution, Scorpio Sky, are watching from the bleachers. They don’t seem to see it Sting’s way, but what is Archer’s response? Archer storms off, too, with Snake following. With Ethan and Scorpio have their own input on this?

 

Team Taz speaks.

But before Taz himself can say anything, Ricky Starks speaks up and wants to start by saying AEW Dark was great! They got the win thank to Brian Cage! And as the winner, let’s hear from Cage! Taz speaks up and says no, not this time. Starks instigated, he isn’t going to get away with it this week. Will Hobbs wants to say something but Taz already knows what he’ll say. Everyone just needs to chill out, get on the same page. Starks, stop instigating. But they’ve got to be real smart, because they’ve got an offer to a real blue chipper in Christian Cage. That could happen! Starks says absolutely. But will they be able to handle having two Cages on the same team? Or will they end up with no Cages in no time?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

The Relentless wants to be a fighting champion, and another rising star answered the call! Will the Blue Collar Badass prove that even a rugged mug like his can be the Face of the Network? Or will the Icon prove to be a superior wingman to the Hollywood Hunk and the Beautiful Brazilian Beefcake?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the fighting champion is in for a fight!

Darby and JD stare down as fans fire up and rally. They circle, tie up, and JD puts Darby in a corner. The ref counts, Darby ducks a chop and then ducks again. Darby headlocks, JB powers up to throw him to a corner. Darby boots the chop away, shoves JD but JD goes up and over to CHOP him! Darby bails out, fans fire up, and a ring count begins. JD dares Darby to get back in and Darby is on the apron. Darby pie faces JD then dares him to bring it to the outside. JD takes the bait, Darby gets in then WRECKS JD with a dropkick! Darby runs to DIVE and ram JD into railing! Darby gets up top, Nemeth distracts everyone, and Darby leaps, but JD bounces him off his shoulder!

Nemeth laughs at Darby while JD drags him up, but Sting is there to scare Nemeth away! JD puts Darby in to drop a  BIG back senton! Sting keeps backing Nemeth all they way to the timekeeper’s table and further away! JD ROCKS Darby, Nemeth keeps running, and JD CHOPS away on Darby! Bononi is still in JD’s corner as JD drops knees then covers, ONE!! Darby sputters but JD brings him up. Darby throws body shots but JD scoops and SLAMS to then drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO!, and AEW goes picture in picture.

JD stalks Darby, drags him up, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. JD waits for Darby to get up, then brings him around to ROCK him with a right! Darby ends up in a corner, JD CHOPS him, then lets him feel it for a moment. Darby gets up, SLAPS JD, but JD SLAPS Darby back! JD whips Darby, LARIATS him inside out, then covers, TWO! Darby survives but JD wraps on a chinlock! JD grinds Darby down into the mat, but Darby fights his way up. Darby throws body shots, but JD back suplexes high and hard! JD drags Darby up the corner with him, but Darby SLAPS JD! And back hands and SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS!

Darby climbs up, fires off more SLAPS, then haymakers! JD shoves Darby away and hits a FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Darby survives, JD grows frustrated, but JD steps on Darby as he goes to the corner. AEW returns to single picture as Darby bails out. JD pursues, stalks Darby, and he brings Darby around but Darby throws body shots! Darby throws a forearm but JD tosses him into ropes to CLOBBER him! JD shouts, “Tonight’s MY night!” Darby crawls, Bononi cheers JD on, and JD refreshes the ring count to then aim at Darby near the railings. JD runs in and CANNONBALLS but only into railing as Darby dodges!

Darby gets to the ring, gets up the corner, and he LEAPS onto both Bononi and JD! Darby gets back in the ring as fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” The ring count is 5 of 10 but JD gets in! Darby clubs away on JD with furious fists, then goes up the corner. JD trips Darby up! JD gets Darby in the Tree of Woe to KICK, CLUB and then sit him up by his chin. Darby SLAPS JD, but JD sits Darby up to CHOP him on the back! Darby is back in the Tree of Woe, JD runs and CANNONBALLS Darby down! JD goes up top fast, VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and JD is shocked! Fans fire up, JD drags Darby back to the drop zone and goes back up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS!

Darby is in the corner, he climbs back up but JD ROCKS him first! JD climbs up now, but Darby SLAPS him! JD SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight up top! But then Darby grabs a hand to BITE it, and hits a SUPER CODE RED!! JD is in a drop zone, Darby goes up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Relentless is still champion, still Face of the Network, and still on a hot win streak! But then THE BUTCHER clobbers Darby! The Hardy Family Office is here and they mug Darby on behalf of Hardy himself! Bunny Allie says commentary needs to get their stuff off the table because they’re going to use it! But then Sting and the Dark Order are here to run HFO off! Bunny is furious, but she’s gotta face Tay Conti in the ring now! Is she reconsidering given the HFO ran off? Too late! Tay tackles her on the stage and rains down fury! The refs hurry to break this up because this needs to happen in the ring! Will Tay tear into Bunny on behalf of Darby and the Dark Order?

 

AEW returns with a backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Marvez brings up the huge news that Blood & Guts is happening on May 5th! Jericho tells Alex Marvez he’s more handsome than usual. What’s he doing that’s new? But then MJF blindsides Jericho, and the Pinnacle join in! FTR, Shawn Spears, and Wardlow shove Jericho towards gorilla and then the stage! Where is the Inner Circle!? MJF chokes Jericho with his scarf! FTR gets Jericho up for the MIND BREAKER!! Marvez signals to cameras, and the Inner Circle door has been bolted shut! The Inner Circle literally bust through the door to get free! But the Pinnacle keeps mugging Jericho and they get a table!

Spears brings the table to the apron, Wardlow reels Jericho in, but here comes IRON MIKE TYSON!! Tyson and Jericho may not be friends, but Tyson isn’t going to let a group of thugs brutalize Jericho! Thyson fires off on Spears! He rains down fury like in his prime! FTR saves Spears, the Inner Circle rushes to even things up!! The Pinnacle goes running now, and fans are fired up for Tyson standing with the Inner Circle! Is the Baddest Man on the Planet really on Jericho’s side? They shake hands! Jericho and Tyson let bygones be bygones, and Tyson says “up yours” to MJF! Will Iron Mike help the Inner Circle get ready for Blood & Guts?

 

Schiavone interviews Britt Baker (and Rebel) backstage.

The Doctor has a special announcement, and a small request for Tony Khan. “Tony, give the people what they want already!” A championship match for The Doctor! But she’s ranked fourth, there are others ahead of her. Yeah, let’s talk about those rankings. The win-loss system is UTTER CRAP! Championship opportunities should be based on star power, merchandise sales, and the demographic scores, which Britt is at the top of the food chain. It’s not her fault she had to waste a year putting respect on the women’s division and make history. But like a true Role Model, she will fix the broken system, climb up the rankings, and pretend like it actually matters.

So make sure to tune into Dynamite, Dark and Elevation where you will see The Doctor getting those wins up. Signed yours truly, Britt Baker DMD. Will Britt “expose” the AEW system for what it is?

 

The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order!

Things may have calmed down from that brawl earlier, but there’s madness just below the surface when it comes to Allie the Bunny. But to counter the HFO being ringside, the Brazilian Blackbelt has not only the Dark Order’s Preston Vance, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and Negative One, but she has Hikaru Shida with her! Will the Numbers game be in Tay’s favor?

The bell rings and these two fire off forearms! Tay gets the edge, Bunny kicks low and clubs away, then CLAWS Tay on the back! Bunny bumps Tay off buckles, Tay wobbles but Bunny bumps her off more buckles! Fans rally for Tay as Bunny digs her boots in! The ref counts, Bunny lets off and the HFO talk trash. Bunny brings Tay up and talks trash but Tay blocks the kick! Tay clinches for an EXPLODER! Bunny flounders, Tay fires up and runs in to BOOT Bunny down! Then she boot WASHES! Bunny flops out of the ring, Tay goes to the apron and aims. Bunny dodges one kick, blocks the next and trips Tay into the apron! Bunny seethes, but then laughs as she brings Tay around to snap suplex to the floor!

Bunny sees Tay floundering to railing, and run sin to SHOTGUN her into the railing! Tay flops down, the HFO is fired up and Bunny drags Tay up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Bunny bumps Tay off the apron, brings her back around and puts her into the ring. Bunny takes a moment to laugh like a hyena, and then she stomps Tay down. Bunny drags Tay up, talks trash and throws big knees into her! Bunny runs and knee lifts Tay down! Cover, TWO! Bunny gets frustrated already but she drags Tay up. Tay fires back with forearms and then reels Bunny into a cradle! TWO, and Bunny CLOBBERS Tay! Cover, TWO! Bunny is angry again but Tay reaches out for her friends. Bunny drags Tay around, looms over her, and brings her into the cobra camel clutch! Tay endures, Bunny thrashes her around, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns as Tay throws Bunny around with drop sayanagis! Tay then gets Bunny up for the swinging BACKBREAKER! Bunny crawls to a corner, Tay runs in but the knee hits buckles! Tay hobbles into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Shida and the Dark Order cheer Tay on but Bunny slaps some fire into herself. Bunny drags Tay up, brings her around, dragon sleepers but Tay fights free! Tay fires off forearms, Hardy gets on the apron and stands in Tay’s way! But Tay dodges Bunny, Bunny avoids running into Hardy, and Tay gets her for a Gory Especial, to the TAY K O!! Cover, TWO!?! Bunny survives and shocks everyone, especially Tay!

Bunny crawls to the apron, Tay drags her back up, but Bunny hotshots her! Tay staggers away onto ropes, Bunny sucker punches Shida! Bunny gets Shida’s kendo stick but all hell breaks loose between Dark Order and HFO! The ref is busy with that, just as Bunny wanted, and she SMACKS Tay with the kendo stick! Is Allie a bunny or a weasel!? Bunny then climbs up, but Shida snatches the stick away! Tay ROCKS Bunny, climbs up to get her, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through, hammerlock, DD-TAY!! Cover, Tay wins!!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

The champion helps her #1 contender, because it’s more about respect than anything! Will these friendly rivals become friendly opponents soon enough?

 

AEW sets up next week’s big episode of Dynamite!

After calling Darby out on Elevation and Dark, then being part of the attack on him tonight, Matt Hardy gets his shot at the TNT Championship, in a Falls Count Anywhere match! Will Big Money Matt strike gold in Daily’s Place? Then, as we learned earlier tonight, the Young Bucks will defend the AEW Tag Team Championships against Death Triangle’s PAC & Rey Fenix! The Bastard & Firebird were put on notice by Best Friends, but will the titles be part of the mix? And now that he is firmly part of QT’s cell, Anthony Ogogo finally has his AEW in-ring debut! Is Ogogo gonna knock out whoever is put in his path?

And speaking of “finally,” Red Velvet and Jade Cargill go 1v1 so settle the score! Jade won in the mixed tag, but will she pull off sweet victory all on her own? Or will Velvet get her sweet revenge? In fact…

Red Velvet speaks.

“Jade, I finally figured out what your deal is with me. Why you keep looking for me.” It’s because Jade knows that on the night she beat Velvet on national television, Jade knew then and there that she barely got the job done! Jade calls herself #ThatBitch? Then be #ThatBitchWhoGetsTheJobDone!

 

ONE MORE big match has been made for next week!

After the news of Blood & Guts finally happening, and after Mike Tyson stood alongside the Inner Circle, there’s a huge sampler to whet our appetites! Mike Tyson will be special guest enforcer as Chris Jericho with just Sammy Guevara ringside takes on Dax Hardwood with just Cash Wheeler by his side! That’s right, the rest of the Inner Circle and Pinnacle will be BANNED from ringside during this match to keep this as far as possible! Will Jericho and Tyson rewrite the mistakes of the past together?

 

Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks!

Did anyone ever imagine the Elite ending up like this? Will there be any going back from this? Or have the bonds between the Best Bout Machine and the Jackson brothers been severed forever?

The trios sort out, Karl Anderson starts with Matt and the fans rally on the Bucks’ side. Callis mocks Matt with how he slapped him and Matt did nothing about it. Matt storms over, Callis backs off, and Omega suddenly wants in. Anderson tags Omega, Omega tries to talk with Matt about this, and Callis scurries to commentary. Omega and Matt tie up, go around, and Omega pulls hair to put Matt on ropes. Matt turns it around, the ref counts, Matt lets off but Omega pie faces. Matt shoves, Omega shoves, things get tense and Matt backs away to tag in Nick. Nick and Omega circle now, and Nick tries to point out this is Callis’ fault.

Omega and Nick tie up, Nick wrenches, Omega wrenches back, but Nick rolls and handsprings to WRING him out! Omega boots Nick away, gets up to headlock but Nick powers out. Omega gets the headlock again, Nick powers out again, but Omega runs him over! Nick gets up and Omega double guns at him. They tie up again, Nick headlocks but Omega powers out. Nick handsprings over, then RANAS Omega out of the ring! Omega paces, gets back in and tags Anderson. The Machine Gun is upset with Nick for teaming with Moxley, then he shoves Nick, but Nick kicks low. Nick whips, Anderson reverses but Nick dodges and springboards to arm-drag then dropkick!

Nick dropkicks Omega as he gets in, but Gallows gets Nick with a choke grip! Nick breaks free, Matt gets in, the Bucks double dropkick Gallows, then Moxley clotheslines Gallows out! Moxley builds speed, TOPE AND DOUBLE PLANCHAS! Fans are thunderous as Moxley and the Bucks regroup and AEW goes picture in picture!

Moxley and the Bucks stand down, Nick fetches Anderson into the ring, and Nick wrenches then tags Matt. Matt goes up to drop ax handles on Anderson’s arm. Matt wrenches the arm again and again and then tags in Moxley. Moxley climbs up to drop an ax handle on the arm. Moxley drags Anderson up to wrench, snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Moxley drags Anderson up, tags Matt in and they mug Anderson. Matt wrenches, Anderson powers Matt to the corner, and he throws hands! Tag to Gallows, the Good Brothers mug Matt, then Gallows ROCKS Matt with uppercuts and haymakers, over and over and over! Gallows backs off to throw ’em up, then drags Matt up for a HEADBUTT!

Omega tags in, he and Gallows hand off the wristlock, and Omega wrenches Matt to CLUB the arm! Omega drags Matt to CLUB the arm again, then wraps the arm around ropes to pull! The ref counts, Omega lets off, and bumps Matt off buckles. Tag to Anderson, Anderson snapmares Matt to a chinlock. Matt endures, Anderson cranks back, and Matt fights up to throw body shots. Anderson ROCKS Matt with an uppercut, then CHOPS him! Anderson keeps Matt from his corner as AEW returns to single picture, and whips him back towards the Biz Cliz corner. Matt dropkicks Gallows down, DECKS Omega, then BOOTS Anderson! Matt swings into a back suplex but lands on his feet! Hot tag to Moxley!

Moxley dodges Anderson, DECKS Omega and hits Gallows, then rallies on Anderson! Moxley clotheslines, whips but Anderson reverses! Anderson runs in to clothesline, but Moxley just shrugs it off! Anderson fires off CHOPS but Moxley just leans into them! Moxley SLAPS Anderson, runs and gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Omega gets in, he gets a SNAP GERMAN! Gallows runs in but he gets a BIG GERMAN! Moxley gets Anderson with a sleeper on the apron but Anderson hotshots him! Gallows tags in, runs and YAKUZA KICKS Moxley down! Gallows drags Moxley up to rain down hands, drops an elbow, and covers, TWO!

Gallows throws headbutts, digs his boots into Moxley, and Omega digs his boots in, too. Fans rally for Moxley but Gallows drags Moxley up by his ears. Gallows throws heavy hands and Moxley flounders into a BUZZSAW! Gallows stalks Moxley to a corner, rains down more fists, then goes corner to corner, but Moxley gets up and in his face! Both men dodge and spin, Moxley kicks low to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Moxley heads for the corner, hot tags to Nick and Anderson! Nick dodges Anderson to BLAST Omega! Nick bobs ‘n’ weaves to forearm, back kick, ROUNDHOUSE and have Anderson in a corner!

Gallows gets in, throws hands then throws Nick, but Nick dodges! ROUNDHOUSE, SHINING WIZARD and forearm smash in the corner, the Nick runs at Anderson. Anderson dodges, Nick hits buckles, but then Nick dodges as Anderson runs in! Anderson gets stuck in the corner, Nick runs at Gallows but is put on the apron! Nick ENZIGURIS back, climbs up and DUMDUM STOMPS, to then somersault for the DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up with Nick as he goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS Gallows down! Nick shoulders into Anderson, then slingshots, into the SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down but crawling, hot tags to Matt and Omega!

Omega stops in his tracks when he sees it’s Matt! Omega wants Matt to calm down and have a match, not a brawl. But then Omega rushes Matt, only to be sent into buckles! Matt hip tosses Omega, arm-drags him around, then whips for a BIG back drop! Omega flounders, Matt fires up and aims, but he fakes the superkick to SPIKE DDT! Omega sits up, Matt paces like a shark, and Matt fires up but still hesitates! Omega wobbles, Matt just can’t hit him with the superkick! Fans are upset, Matt checks on Omega but Omega SLAPS Matt! Omega slaps Matt around, daring him to hit him! Matt tackles him and rains down fists!

Matt lets off, Gallows gets in and YAKUZA KICKS! Nick missile dropkicks Gallows, Moxley clotheslines Gallows and himself out! Anderson BLASTS Nick with a EuroUpper! Matt SUPERKICKS Anderson! Omega gets a SNAP DRAGON on Matt! No hesitation from the Cleaner as he gets Matt back up and full nelson again, for ANOTHER SNAP DRAGON! Matt staggers, Omega aims but runs into Moxley’s LARIAT! Matt gets Omega for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! “This is Awesome!” but Callis sounds worried. Matt asks if Omega is alright, but he sees Nick is up top. Matt fireman’s carries, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!! Cover, Anderson breaks it in time!!

Nick whips Anderson back out, then he goes up and up and ESCALARAS to take the Good Brothers down! Matt is again checking on Matt, but Nick wants him to finish this off. The Bucks get Omega up, they have an arm each, B T E- No, Matt hesitates! Moxley tells them to finish this! Matt knows, and says he can do this. Matt and Nick get Onega up again, B T E Tr- No…!! Matt still can’t bring himself to do it! Moxley tags in and says he’ll do this! But Matt won’t let him, so now Mox sees where this is going. Moxley blows past Matt to hit a PARADIGM SHIFT on Omega!! And then a SECOND PARADIGM SHIFT to make a point!! BULLY CHOKE!! Omega is stuck, sputtering, and then Moxley spins Omega-

NICK SUPERKICKS Moxley?! The MATT SUPERKICKS MOXLEY!! Eddie Kingston storms out to ringside, but the Good Brothers jump him! Moxley’s friend gets stomped down by Omega’s friends, but what does all this make the Bucks? MAGIC KILLER to Kingston on the ramp!! Callis says they should get a stretcher for Kingston. The Good Brothers get Moxley up, MAGIC KILLER! They put Omega on Moxley for the cover, the Biz Cliz wins!

Winners: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

Are the Young Bucks still Omega’s friends? Are they still Biz Cliz 4 Life? Omega wants them to prove their loyalties by doing something more to Moxley! Callis whispers something to Matt, and Matt looks to Nick. They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Moxley down! Fans chant, “You Sold Out!” as Matt refuses the Too Sweet, so they can group hug! When will this emotional roller coaster with the Elite end?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for Dynamite, and they’re clearly making a big deal out of no longer having a Wednesday Night War in their way. We’re getting a big episode next week with some good groundwork paved for it tonight, as well as for several more Wednesdays down the line. The first is that we are getting the tag title match now, but Best Friends are starting up their feud with Death Triangle again, with or without the titles. Given how tonight ended, I don’t know if PAC & Fenix win over these solidly Heel Bucks, but getting trios matches out of Death Triangle and Best Friends would still be awesome to see anyway.

We also got some great promos that put in some worked shoot material. Sting actually telling Archer he should be a top guy was great, because it is just as true as he and Archer said. This was also a good twist because where I thought we were getting Heel Archer going against Sting and/or Darby, this could flip Archer back towards a Face direction, and he’ll be taking on Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, since they got cameos in the segment. QT’s promo with his unnamed faction was really good, and I am intrigued to see Ogogo finally get in the ring. Jericho’s promo tearing into MJF and The Pinnacle was an all time great, and is definitely going to be AEW’s best for this entire year. The brawl that followed and Tyson being with Inner Circle is great, as will Blood & Guts FINALLY happening!

Britt Baker’s promo was also good worked shoot adjacent, where she points out how AEW’s win loss record stuff doesn’t work. But instead of saying gimmick matches and tournaments and things are the problem, her character wants to make this into the (WWE) popularity system. This will make for a nice detail of her story as she racks up wins against lower level opponents, much like she’s already started with on Dark and Elevation, and then maybe she gets too cocky and lets one get a quick win off her, thereby ruining her run at the top spot. Plus, it feels like there’s a great story already in the works for Tay and Shida.

We got good intertwining of Darby’s story with Hardy and the Dark Order’s story with Hardy, and how Tay can fit into that against Bunny. Darby VS JD was great stuff, and then there was the great segue of the attack by the HFO, and how Tay and Bunny brawled then had their own solid match. Shida VS Tay is going to be big, and at this rate, could go either way because Tay is a hot hand right now. I’m surprised there wasn’t intertwining with Hangman, but given his great match with Caster to lock in as #1, maybe AEW is going to shift him towards the world title soon. I am also surprised Caster is getting the greenlight on his lyrics but I am not complaining, either.

We got an awesome main event with that 3v3, with great story of the Bucks unable to proverbially pull the trigger on Omega. The Bucks might be coming off a bit too wishy-washy, because they did the group Too Sweet but they then get up set at Callis but now they do this because they just can’t bring themselves to hate Omega. I guess the Biz Cliz can roll as a bigger group, with any number of possibilities given the growing partnerships with Impact and NJPW. But for just AEW, is there a chance Moxley and Kingston can get Death Triangle to side with them for just long enough to take on Omega’s group? Kingston may have been manipulating the Lucha Bros just months ago, but they all have common enemies in Omega and The Bucks. Plus, that’s a wild combination there that needs to be in a match together.

My Score: 9.5/10


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