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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/25/19)

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AEW Presents: Double or Nothing!

AEW, All Elite Wrestling, makes its PPV debut with the epic sequel to All In! Speaking of sequels, who wins the epic rematch of Kenny Omega VS Chris Jericho?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In – Casino Battle Royale: Hangman Adam Page wins and advances to the AEW World Championship match.
  • Buy-In – Sammy Guevara VS Kip Sabian; Sabian wins.
  • Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS CIMA, T-Hawk & El Lindaman; SCU wins.
  • Triple Threat: Dr. Britt Baker VS Kylie Rae VS Nyla Rose; changed to…
  • Fatal 4 Way: Dr. Britt Baker VS Kylie Rae VS Nyla Rose VS Awesome Kong; Baker wins.
  • Best Friends VS Angelico & Jack Evans; Best Friends win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura VS Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami; Shida, Riho & Mizunami win.
  • Cody VS Dustin Rhodes; Cody wins.
  • AAA World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS The Lucha Brothers; The Young Bucks win and retain the AAA World Tag Team Championships.
  • Kenny Omega VS Chris Jericho; Jericho wins and advances to the AEW World Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW presents: The Buy-In!

The preshow to Double or Nothing is available on All Elite Wrestling’s YouTube and affiliated social media feeds.

 

AEW Buy-In – Casino Battle Royale!

Why is it called a Casinoa Battle Royale? Because participants draw cards from a deck to determine a suit. Every three minutes, a suit is played and a new participant enters. The joker card is left for last, and obviously the last person in the ring wins to challenge for the AEW World Championship in the future!

We start with the Clubs, Dustin Thomas, MJF, Sunny Days, Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa! MJF is the only one Vegas hates. The bell rings and we begin!

MJF stomps poor ol’ Dustin. “Sorry about, Lt. Dan!” But then Cutler stops him with fists! Days stomps Nakazawa while Cutler fires up. Cutler goes at MJF but gets yanked into buckles. MJF talks trash to Cutler but Cutler fights back. Days tries to suplex Nakazawa but Nakazawa uses his body oil! He slips free! He hits Cutler, then oils up even more. Days runs in but Nakazawa just uses more oil to slip right out! Fans love Nakazawa as he kicks and runs, but into Days’ headbutt. Days laughs as he goes after Cutler with uppercuts. Days throws Cutler but Cutler avoids the floor! Cutler holds on but Days drags him up for big haymakers.

Days runs but Cutler shoulders in. MJF talks trash to the Vegas fans who boo and jeer him. MJF goes after Cutler again, and whips him, but Cutler comes back with flying forearms! Nakazawa keeps on Days while Cutler stomps MJF in the corner. Cutler has the fans but MJF rakes his eyes! Fans boo but MJF doesn’t care.

The next suit up is Diamonds! Days clubs Nakazawa and MJF stomps Cutler. MJF talks trash as a future AEW World Champion, then he goes after Dustin again. Fans boo harder as MJF bites Dustin’s hand! Days chokes Nakazawa but the Diamonds finally appear! Brian Pillman Jr. and Isaiah Cassidy are fighting on their way out! But there’s also Jimmy Havoc and Joey Janela, who double suplex Pillman! But last out for the Diamonds, it’s SHAWN SPEARS! The Perfect 10 is now AEW! And he goes right at MJF! He flips MJF but MJF pokes his eyes! MJF mocks the 10 with middle fingers. But he runs into Spears’ eye pokes! And a Perfect 10 Ushigoroshi! Fans are fired up with “TEN! TEN!” Spears drags MJF up and CHOPS him in a corner. That’s one, but MJF begs that be all. Nope, CHOP number 2!

The next suit is Hearts! Billy Gunn, Glacier, Jungle Boy, Mark Quinn and Ace Romero are here! Jungle Boy SPIKES Janela with a huricanrana! MJF decks Jungle Boy then brawls with Gunn. MJF doesn’t take Glacier serious, but gets a hammerlock and leg sweep! Then chops! Glacier gets Janela with an uppercut, but Days sucker punches Glacier! Glacier falls out but isn’t eliminated. Days throws Nakazawa but Nakzawa holds on! Days headbutts and ELIMINATES Nakazawa!

Brawls continue and Glacier returns to MIST Days! Twice! And then uppercuts and ELIMINATES Days! But MJF tosses and ELIMINATES Glacier! Fans boo while Jimmy Havoc sticks a lit cigarette into Janela’s face! MJF realizes who is behind him, and Gunn throws him out! But MJF stays on the apron and hits Gunn back. Pillman springboards and clotheslines Janela! Pillman goes at MJF but gets poked in the eye. Cutler hammers away on Havoc while Janela again survives elimination. Pillman fights off attackers, but still gets Private Party’s Steiner Cutter combo!

The Spades arrive! Marco Stunt leads the way as Luchasaurus, Sunny Kiss and Tommy Dreamer appear! Marco goes at Gunn but gets tossed, yet still gets Gunn with a code breaker! Time to floss! But MJF clobbers Marco just to run the fun. And he sucker punches Dreamer! Ace Romero runs and DIVES to take out the Spades! Janela goes after Havoc for payback from that cigarette. Everyone else gets in the ring now, and Luchasaurus rises! He grabs Ace by the throat but Ace breaks free. They brawl back and forth with big hands, then speed up. Luchasaurus kicks and kicks! Dreamer brings in a trash can! And it hits Luchasaurus! Dream SMACKS anyone that comes close with the lid! Havoc dares him to hit him, and he hits him with the can! And a cutter!

Fans fire up behind Dreamer, and he brings Cutler up to take a bite! The fighting continues but Luchasaurus takes out Private Party with one kick! And a DOUBLE Choke Slam! The Party flounders as we finally learn who the Joker is. It’s… HANGMAN ADAM PAGE!! The Problem Solver was supposed to take on PAC, but PAC quit on him, so Hangman will take his frustration out on the entire deck! MJF kicks and whips but gets a lariat from Hangman! Hangman just waits for someone to get up, and he BOOTS Spears down. He catches and tosses Jungle Boy! Janela has his eyes on Hangman. Janela wants revenge for All In. They brawl! Hangman gets the edge but Janela hits him harder. Janela whips but Hangman reverses for a discus elbow! And the Rite of Passage, aka the Dead-Eye! Janela is out cold!

Spears CHOPS away on Ace but Ace CHOPS back. Luchasaurus dares Hangman to bring the fight. But Ace interrupts to CHOP Luchasaurus! Hangman tries but can’t fireman’s carry Ace, that bad leg gives out. Jungle Boy and Marco Stunt go after Ace, and work together for a tilt-o-whirl code breaker! Ace staggers but shoves them away. Jungle Boy jumps on for a sleeper, but gets a backpack senton! Marco keeps trying with clubbing forearms and body shots, but Ace swings. Marco bobs ‘n’ weaves and enziguris! He runs, but Ace POUNCES and ELIMINATES Marco!! Luckily for Marco, he lands on Private Party. Jungle Boy dropkicks, dumps and ELIMINATES Ace Romero! But then Janela decks Jungle Boy. Janela walks into Spears’ kick and DDT!

Janela flounders around, and ends up on the ropes! Dustin dials it up, 619! Dustin slingshots and flips for a 450! But then MJF BOOTS Dustin down! MJF drags poor Dustin up to the top rope, but Spears makes a save! But then Dustin drags Spears out and ELIMINATES him! Dustin says it ain’t personal, and goes back after MJF. But MJF shoves and ELIMINATES Dustin! Fans boo MJF but Gunn gives Cutler a Famouser! But Cutler throws and ELIMINATES Gunn! MJF dumps and ELIMINATES Cutler! Fans boo yet again but MJF just grins. Janela forearms Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus heel kicks Janela! And then CHOKE SLAMS and ELIMINATES Janela through the table! Vegas loses their minds, but then Dream SMACKS Luchasaurus with the trash can lid.

Dream goes after Sunny Kiss but gets the Twerk Attack! But Dream shoves and ELIMINATES Sunny! Wait, is that Orange Cassidy?! He inserts himself into this match and just toys with Dream. The fans can’t believe how fast The Sloth is moving. What a Sloth Kick! Dreamer applauds and then decks Orange! But Orange kips up! But then Dreamers throws and ELIMINATES Orange! Havov staples Dreamer’s face! And his little boys! And then throws and ELIMINATES Dreamer! Havoc aims that staple gun at Jungle Boy. Luchasaurus is there, and hoists Jungle boy up! He kicks the gun away, Jungle Boy swings for a wheelbarrow facebreaker! But MJF throws Jungle Boy! But Jungle Boy holds on! Havoc BITES the fingers of Jungle Boy and ELIMINATES him!

The Final Fuor: Luchasaurus, MJF, Havoc and Hangman! And MJF is cornered! They start stomping and punching away! Fans cheer but MJF slumps out of the ring. Luchasaurus goes after Havoc and Hangman but they work together to fight him. He fights them off, but gets a roaring elbow! And a Acid Rain Maker! Havoc walks into Hangman’s boot, but SHORYUKEN and ROLLING Death Valley, to Penalty Kick! Havoc hoists Hangman up but Hangman slips out to put him on the apron. Luchasaurus BOOTS and ELIMINATES Havoc!

Luchasaurus powers up and aims at Hangman in the corner, but misses the back elbow. Hangman fires off but gets a knee! Luchasaurus hits Hangman with the gut wrench facebuster! Hangman hobbles up but baits Luchasaurus in! He dumps Luchasaurus out and ELIMINATES him! But MJF goes after Hangman! Hangman survives while MJF is bragging, BUCK SHOT! Hangman clotheslines MJF out and WINS!

Winner: Hangman Adam Page; one half of the future AEW World Championship match

A MASSIVE win for the first action of the night! Will the Problem Solver encounter an Alpha or an Omega in the future championship match?

 

Backstage interview with Kylie Ray!

Smiley Kylie is SO excited for tonight! This is a massive night for her in a Women’s Triple Threat tonight. But the Librarian says SHH! Peter Avalon is sick of- SHH! A lady librarian interrupts? They shhh each other, but this doesn’t make sense. Kylie still smiles, but will she smile at the end of her match tonight?

 

AEW Buy-In – Sammy Guevara VS Kip Sabian!

The Best Ever is also a panda as he goes up against #Superbad Sabian! Who gets their first win in AEW to take a big step into the future?

The bell rings and Sabian circles with Sammy. Fans love both guys as they tie up. Sammy and Sabian push each other around and roll on the mat. Sammy powers Sabian to ropes but lets up, only to headlock him. Sabian tries but can’t get free as Sammy grinds him down. Sabian turns and gets Sammy with a keylock, then headscissors to a hold! Sammy kips up and out, and fans applaud this opening exchange. Sammy soaks up the cheers but turns around into a headlock takeover! Sabian blocks Sammy’s arm but Sammy pops out to his own headscissors. Sabian takes a couple tries to kip up and out, and he also gets fans cheering. Sammy rushes Sabian and pushes him, but Sabian speeds things up to hurdle and slide.

Sabian shoves and springboards to huricanrana Sammy down! Sammy staggers into a calf kick! Sabian has the fans cheering again while Sammy checks his teeth. Sabian wrenches and whips Sammy but Sammy reverses. Things speed up and Sammy flips over to dropkick and kip up! Sabian gets to a corner while Sammy takes a bow. Sammy takes his time running in, but Sabian puts him on the apron. Sabian fakes Sammy out to BOOT him down! Sammy staggers and Sabian speeds up to slingshot and fake Sammy out. Then springboard senton! Fans cheer as Sabian puts Sammy back in the ring. But Sammy runs to FLY out onto Sabian! Fans are really cheering now as Sammy soaks it all up.

Sammy drags Sabian into the ring then takes his time going to the corner. He rams his shoulder into Sabian then CHOPS him. Fans “WOO~” with Sammy, then Sammy double STOMPS Sabian down! Sammy rains down rights but walks it off as the ref counts. He toys with Sabian now and says BANG, but gets caught into a dragon screw! And a Cruicianus Clutch! Sammy flails but gets the ropebreak! Sabian lets Sammy go and keeps on him in the corner. Sabian whips but Sammy reverses, only to run into a boot! But he still catches Sabian with a powerslam! And springboards for a moonsault, but Sabian dodges. Sammy jumps for another moonsault, which Sabian dodges, too, but a standing shooting star finally hits! Cover, TWO!

Sammy drags Sabian up and over to ropes. Fans duel as Sammy suplexes Sabian to the apron. Sabian kicks back! And springboards for a missile dropkick! Sammy crawls to a corner and fans rally up. Sabian runs in for an enziguri, then rolls Sammy to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Sabian keeps his cool. Sabian brings Sammy to a corner for haymakers. Sammy staggers away but Sabian stays on him with body shots. Sabian suplexes but Sammy slips out and waistlocks. Sabian elbows but Sammy forearm back! Sammy suplexes Sabian up and over and then Fisherman Suplexes him to the floor!!

The referee checks on both men as fans cheer that crazy idea! They chant “A E Dub!” while Sammy has fans move aside. Sammy puts Sabian on the railing then goes to the apron. Sammy es loco as he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES Sabian!! Fans lose their minds all over again over that one! Sammy drags himself back up then gets Sabian in the ring. Sammy calls for an even bigger move and climbs up top. He aims at Sabian, 630 gets knees!! Torture rack, to Deathly Hollows!! Cover, Sabian wins!!

Winner: Kip Sabian, by pinfall

Superbad gets payback for the disrespect at the AEW weigh-ins! Will Sabian be a future champion in this All Elite promotion?

 

The Nightmare Family arrives!

Cody, Brandi and even Pharaoh are here! Brothers will face off later tonight, and Kenny Omega gives a big thumbs up to that.

Matt Jackson meets Nakazawa! Whoa… Matt will remember that name. He meets up with Nick but then someone says they need credentials? How’s this for credentials?! SUPERKICK!!

 

AEW Double or Nothing BEGINS!!

And with that, The Elite meets on stage! “A E Dub!” echoes out in Vegas as Cody welcomes- And then Matt takes the mic. He should do it, right? No, Nick wants to. But then Kenny Omega takes the mic! He was left out last year, so he gets to do the honors. Welcome to the inaugural show of AEW, All Elite Wrestling! What a nice ring to it. Omega had butterflies, but this energy is going to get him through this. They can’t do any wrong! It’s just a big ol’ party! Matt says it is so cool to see 20 THOUSAND in here. Cody says it’s not, that’s like 13. Nah, pro-wrestling’s about rounding up. Attendance record for MGM Grand with 20 THOUSAND! Yay~!

Brandi says that before things get out of hand, she will say something factual: this is the first inclusive event in wrestling history! Yes, they’re making history! They say “revolution” because it IS a revolution! Are you ready!?

 

Chris Jackson and family sing the National Anthem!

 

Jim Ross is AEW!

You read right, THE Good Ol’ JR joins Alex Marvez and Excalibur in calling the action!

 

Six Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS CIMA, T-Hawk & El Lindaman!

Christopher Daniel, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky leave ROH behind for AEW, and they take on the #StrongHearts of OWE! Will Vegas end up the worst town they’ve ever been in? Or will SCU hit the jackpot to open AEW’s inaugural show?

Daniels has a mic and hands it to Scorpio. Scorpio thinks a moment, and says, “This is THE WORST I’ve ever been to!” Well that’s already decided. Daniels takes the mic back and says that Sin City is a bad, bad town. They’re favorite bad town! But tonight~, they’ll have themselves~ a real good time~. Fans like Daniels’ singing voice, and that the #AllEliteEra begins! Who better to kick it off than the Official Ambassadors of California Love? Kaz says has three letters he wants to say, and say it with him to make his day. So on the count of three, give a loud and proud… S C U! But now the Strong Hearts make their entrance so we can begin this six man showdown!

Teams sort out and Daniels starts against CIMA! The bell rings and fans are thunderous already. Daniels and Cima shake hands and circle. They tie up and Daniels headlocks. Cima powers out and spins Daniels to a keylock takedown. Daniels spins up but into a headlock. Daniels powers out and they bump shoulders. The Fallen Angel runs Cima over but things speed up. Cima keeps up but Daniels arm-drags. CIma arm-drags back, then they cancel out! Both men stare down then get right up, Vegas thunderous again. Daniels and Cima tag out to Kaz and T-Hawk.

The Heavy Metal Rebel ties up with bulky Hawk, and headlocks. Hawk reverses and wrenches as fans rally up. Kaz uses ropes to flip through and whip. Hawk reverses but Kaz blocks the hip toss to get a takedown. Cover, TWO! Hawk swings but Kaz kicks and knees and LARIATS! Kaz swaggers around and brings Hawk up. Hawk CHOPS back! Hawk whips but Kaz reverses, and things speed up again. Big T-Hawk runs Kaz over, then stalks Kaz to a waistlock. Kaz elbows free and runs. Scorpio tags in and dropkicks Hawk! Scorpio circles Hawk to a facelock. Hawk denies the suplex, and switches. Scorpio switches but gets a CHOP! Hawk whips but Scorpio reverses, only to leap into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!

Cima blasts SCU’s corner, then Hawk tags Lindaman. Lindaman and Hawk whip Scorpio, then they double elbow him down. Lindaman hits a big splash and covers, TWO! Strong Hearts argues the count but LIndaman goes at Scorpio. Scorpio throws hands but Lindaman whips. Kaz helps Scorpio stop himself, and Scorpio slams Lindaman. Daniels tags in then tags in Kaz. Daniels slingshots for an elbow, Kaz slingshots for a leg drop! SCU blasts OWE and then The Addiction whip Lindaman. Scorpio starts a train, and SCU triple teams Lindaman for Kaz’s swinging shotgun dropkick! Fans are fired up as Kaz covers, TWO!

Kaz tags Daniels and SCU whips Lindaman. Body shot and swinging neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Dnaiels keeps on LIndaman with elbows then whips. Lindaman holds ropes but Daniels kicks. Daniels whips but Lindaman reverses and forearms. Drop toehold and flying knees from Cima! Hawk tags in to club away but SCU saves Daniels. SCU whip Hawk but Hawk evades and dropkicks back! Kaz boots but gets a CHOP! Hawk CHOPS Daniels, Cima double knees Daniels in the corner! Fans fire up for Strong Hearts! Hawk clobbers Daniels over and over, then tags Cima back in. They snapmare and slingshot senton Daniels! They claim SCU is up to something, then drag Daniels up. Another double whip for elbows and yet another whip. Double hip toss to facebuster and double dropkicks!

Fans are loving OWE’s flag-bearers as Lindaman tags back in. Lindaman stomps Daniels while Cima taunts SCU. Lindaman throws hands and lifts Daniels but Daniels fights out. Daniels throws forearms of his own, but get a jawbreaker! Lindaman blasts SCU’s corner then puts Daniels into Hawk’s boots. Tag to Hawk and Strong Hearts double whip. Lindaman elbows and feeds Hawk’s hip toss. Hawk rolls Daniels in a leg lock and rolls him around, to a deathlock! Double basement dropkicks from Cima and Lindaman! And they hold SCU back! Daniels endures the deathlock but Scorpio breaks in to break it! Hawk shrugs that off to drag Daniels back up. Back suplex but Daniels escapes to knee and STO!

Both men are down and crawling as fans rally up. Hot tags to Scorpio and Lindaman! Scorpio rallies on Strong Hearts! Leaping uppercut to Hawk then a whip for Cima. Cima reverses but he gets dum dum stomps! Fans fire up as Scorpio stalks Lindaman. He brings Lindaman up but Lindman slips out. Lindaman waistlocks but Scorpio breaks free. But he gets a knee, an enziguri, and a back suplex facebuster! To deadlift German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Strong Hearts was so close but fans are fired up as they keep going. Lindaman scoop slams Scorpio then climbs up high. Daniels goes after him but gets fought off. Lindaman leaps for a sunset flip but gets a basement dropkick! Tags to Kaz and Hawk!

Kaz rallies now, dropkick for Cima! Hip toss neckbreaker for Hawk! Cimia runs in but gets a waistlock to roll up. Hawk is the legal man, but he gets caught to a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO!! Kaz hurries after Hawk and whips him for Daniels’ elbow. Daniels tags in and gives Hawk the wristlock stomp! Then DIVES onto Lindaman at the timekeeper’s area! Cima dropkicks Kaz, then gets Daniels in Aoi Shudou! He whips Scorpio but gets buckles and a slingshot cutter! Scorpio runs but Lindaman trips him up to shotgun dropkick him out! Kaz hits Lindaman with the Slingshot DDT! Hawk whips but Kaz reverses. Hawk sends Kaz out, and goes after Daniels! Double clotheslines take both men out!

Vegas is thunderous again as both men crawl. A ten count goes to 7 but both men get up. They start throwing hands back and forth. Lindaman tags in and Daniels gives Hawk Angel’s Wings! But Lindaman deadlift German Suplexes to a bridge! TWO!! Cima METEORA! Cover, but Kaz breaks it! Cima whips Kaz but Kaz baits him in to dump him out. Kaz guillotine leg drops Cima, then slingshots onto him AND Hawk! Kaz sets them back up for Scorpio to FLY! Scorpio bowls Cima and Hawk down! But Lindaman has Daniels again. Daniels fights out but gets a knee. Lindaman whips but runs into a boot. Kaz gut wrenches, and Daniels moonsaults, Best Meltzer Ever!! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, Daniels pinning

AEW Double or Nothing has its own huge opener! Strong Hearts put up a great fight, but it wasn’t enough to stop a great trio like SCU! Will the partnership of AEW and OWE only grow stronger?

 

Triple Threat: Dr. Britt Baker VS Kylie Rae VS Nyla Rose!

The AEW Women’s Division begins here! The dentist loves smiles but so does #SmileyKylie! Kylie is so happy and hyper, but the menacing Nyla is looking to prove herself to the world. Who will be the one smiling at the end of this…

But wait, is that Brandi? She’s all dressed up to compete! Brandi has a mic to say, “Guys, don’t look confused. And don’t look at me like I lied to you.” When Brandi said each of them could possibly win, she meant it. And when she said this Triple Threat could be a great match, she also meant that. But there’s a problem: she doesn’t want just a great match; she wants something awesome! And so, making her own AEW debut, it’s AWESOME KONG!!

Fatal 4 Way: Dr. Britt Baker VS Kylie Rae VS Nyla Rose VS Awesome Kong!

Vegas loses their minds as #ChiefBrandi adds not just another participant, but perhaps the most intimidating woman in the world! With the odds going down for them, will Britt, Kylie or Nyla be able to win?!

The bell rings and even Kylie has lost her smile. But big bad Nyla wants to step to Kong! Fans like the looks of this, but then Britt and Kylie go after her, too! She shrugs them off! Kong back hands and BOOTS Nyla out! Kylie leaps on Kong’s back, but gets thrown right off. Britt runs in but is scooped and slammed onto Kylie! Kong runs but misses the splash! Britt hurries up but so does Kong. Britt baits Kong in and dumps her out. Kylie rolls Britt up! TWO, and Kylie wants Britt to take it easy. This is just business. Kylie offers a handshake, bt Britt runs at her! Things speed up and Kylie runs Britt over with a shoulder, and a smile.

Things speed up again and Nyla gets knocked back out. Kylie rolls and kicks at Britt but Britt rolls her up, TWO! Britt wrenches to an arm-drag! Britt teases Kylie with her own smile while Brandi coaches Kong back up. Kylie hits Britt back but Britt hits her. Britt whips but Kylie reverses. Kylie runs corner to corner but Britt dodges. Britt SUEPRKICKS Kong then forearms Kylie. Britt leaps but into Kong’s arms! Kylie DIVES onto them both! And she’s not smiling, she’s fired up! Nyla comes by but Kylie dodges, only to get a headbutt. Nyla puts Kylie in and covers, TWO! Brandi watches closely as Nyla scoops and slams Kylie down. BIG leg drop, cover, TWO! Kylie survives that, but Nyla keeps focus, brother.

Nyla grabs Kylie for a choke but Kylie slips out to fire off clubbing forearms. Kylie roars and runs, but into Nyla’s SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up behind Nyla as she covers, TWO! Nyla grows frustrated but she stays focused on Kylie. Kylie crawls but Nyla drags her up. Nyla sees Britt coming in and gets a slingblade! Cover, TWO! Britt tries covering Kylie, TWO! Britt hits Kong out and runs at Nyla, but runs into a fireman’s carry. Nyla pops Britt up for a forearm! Then a Samoan Drop! Kylie sits up while Britt rolls to the apron. Nyla scrapes her out to go back to Kylie. Powerbomb lift, but Kylie fights back! Pop out to a sunset! Cover, but Britt breaks it!

All three women in the ring are down as Brandi watches intently. Fans rally up as Britt drags Kylie up. Brandi throws forearms to stagger Kylie, then whips her to a corner. Brandi shining wizards but Nyla clotheslines both of them! Nyla scoops and slams Kylie hard, and fans fire up as Nyla shoots her arrow. She goes up top, but Britt stops her with a forearm! Britt throws forearms but Nyla hits back. They brawl and Kylie comes in to join Britt. They both get Nyla, but here comes Awesome Kong! Kong joins in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Double powerbombs and a superplex! Kong stands tall as fans fire up!

Kong stalks Britt as she rolls out of the ring. She drags Britt up and wants a bomb. Britt resists so Kong clubs her and bops her with a big back hand! Kong puts Britt back on the apron, powerbomb lift, but Britt fights free! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK from Kylie, too! Nyla SPEARS Kong into steel steps! Both Kong and Nyla are down on the outside, and Brandi grows concerned. Kylie has fans behind her, but Britt rolls her up! TWO, and Britt whips. Kylie counter the hip toss to Dragon’s Lair, to SUPERKICK! Deadlift but Britt fights out. Britt switches and spins Kylie for a forearm! Twisting Fisherman! Cover, TWO!? Britt can’t believe Kylie survives, but Brandi is more upset Kong isn’t in the ring.

Fans rally up as Britt aims at Kylie. Nyla stirs while Brandi checks on Kong. Kylie reverses and rolls Britt, TWO to a DEADLIFT! German Suplex Bridging, TWO!! Kylie almost takes the win, and now she’s losing her cool! Smiley Kylie is hulking out! But she gets a SUPERKICK! To a Last Shot! Cover, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall

The first AEW Women’s Match WAS awesome! Britt takes the win, to Brandi’s chagrin. But Brandi does have to nod in respect. Will Britt be the top woman in AEW whether Brandi likes it or not?

 

Best Friends VS Angelico & Jack Evans!

Chuckie T and “Strong Island” Trent arrive in AEW! But so do the South African Stud and the Dragon Slayer of Lucha Underground! Which dynamic duo takes a big step forward into the All Elite Tag Team Division?

The teams sort out as fans cheer Best Friends on already. Evans talks trash that Vegas is cheering for the team that isn’t the #BestTeamThereHasEverBeen. But for now, the bell rings and Evans starts with Trent.

Trent and Evans tie up and Evans headlocks. Evans wants to know who Trent even is. Trent tries to power out but Evans holds on. Trent tries again but Evans still holds on. Evans lands out of the back suplex, but his shoulder tackle barely makes Trent budge. Evans tries again but Trent still stays up. The third time gets Trent to move but then Trent runs Evans right over! Trent flexes his heavyweight frame and tags in Chuck. They whip and dropkick Evans down! Angelico runs in but into kicks. Trent CHOPS Evans, then Best Friends run corner to corner to forearm, and back the other way. And then, they- get blasted by dropkicks! Fans boo as the hug is denied!

Evans trash talks more as Angelico haymakers Trent. They double whip Trent to a corner, then Angelico whips Evans. Evans back elbows and lands outside the ring. Angelico lifts Trent for Evans’ From the Heavens stomp! Evans then DIVES out onto Chuckie! Fans fire up because Evans is still a great athlete. Angelico and Evans kick away on Trent, then Evans Last Chancery for the PENALTY KICK! Angelico almost hurt himself. He also helps Evans with the standing 450! Cover, TWO! Evans bumps Trent on buckles then tags Angelico. Angelico whips Trent and elbows him down hard. Cover, TWO! Angelico keeps his cool as he drags Trent back up. He gut wrenches to the Canadian rack, and wrings Trent out for a slam! Then reels him in for a hammerlock Boston Crab!

Fans rally as Trent endures. Chuckie gets in and kicks Angelico down! The ref reprimands Chuckie but Chuckie gets a RIGHT from Angelico. Angelico runs corner to corner at Trent, but gets boots! Trent crawls for his corner, but Evans kicks him down. Evans also kicks Chuckie. Evans argues with the ref but Angelico drags Trent over. Tag and Evans goes after Trent. They double whip Trent corner to corner hard, and Trent ends up on the top rope! Trent tumbles back to LARIAT Evans! Both men are down and fans fire up as a standing count begins. Trent flounders and tags in Chuckie!

The Kentucky Gentleman elbows and dropkicks Evans! Fans fire up but Angelico knees Chuckie low. Angelico throws hands and he whips Chuckie corner to corner. Evans whips Angelico in but Chuckie goes up and over! Chuckie overhead suplexes Evans onto Angelico! Falcon Arrow to Evans, TWO! “No one kicks out of my Falcon Arrow!” Chuckie stands Evans up to CHOP him. He whips Evans corner to corner but Evans puts Chuckie on the apron. Chuckie hotshots Evans back, then gives Angelico some Sliced Bread! He keeps moving to climb up top. He baits Evans in to roundhouse! Dumdum stomps for Angelico! Trent tornado DDT’s Evans! Trent goes back to his corner as Chuckie gives Evans stomps! Cover, TWO!!

Chuckie keeps his cool as he rallies the fans. Tag to Trent and the Best Friends drag Evans up. Evans jawbreakers and kicks away on Trent, PELE! He puts Trent in the ring but Trent whips him to Chuckie’s knee! Shotgun knee from Trent takes Evans out! Best Friends give Angelico Sole Food to a Half ‘n’ Half! And now, they HUG! Vegas goes nuts for the hug! Best Friends drags Evans up, LONG DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!? Evans survives the long dart?! But he’s also dazed, so Best Friends set up for something stronger. But Angelico drags Chuckie out to save Evans, and help him with the Destroyer! Then, ax to Evans’ spinning roundhouse! Suplex 450! Cover, TWO!! Trent’s as tough as they come, but Evans keeps his cool.

Tag to Angelico as fans rally up for Best Friends. Tag back to Evans and Evans climbs up. Angelico lifts Trent, but Chuckie anchors Angelico’! Evans uses Trent to MOONSAULT onto Chuckie!! Then Angelico runs, but Trent slips out. Trent runs into a knee-trigger! Angelico lifts Trent, Canadian rack, Crucifix BUCKLE BOMB! Evans climbs up, 630 SENTON! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it! Vegas is loving this! Angelico and Chuckie brawl as fans chant “A E Dub!” Angelico throws Chuckie out and Evans goes after Trent. Cradle counter from Trent, TWO!! Angelico throws haymakers on Trent, then whips him hard into buckles. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Evans and Angelico coordinate.

Angelico puts Trent on the corner but Evans climbs up. Angelico LEAPS but misses Chuckie! Chuckie saves Trent, Electric Chair for Best Friends Doomsday!! Chuckie FLIES onto Angelico! Trent crawls to Evans as fans reach that fever pitch. He lifts Evans, DUDE BUSTER! Cover, Best Friends win!

Winners: Best Friends, Trent pinning

The AEW 2v2 tag division is looking great! Especially when Trent and Chuckie ask Evans and Angelico for a hug. The fans want it, and we get it! But then the lights go out!? Did AEW forget to pay the electric bill already? No! The lights come back on, and in the ring, it’s- Well, wait, the lights go out again. And when they turn back on, there are masked men! They all attack and beat up Best Friends and Evans-Angelico! Fans boo but Evans gets a spinning complete shot! Angelico gets fed to a torture rack backbreaker drop! But that’s not all, the masked henchmen move aside so that Trent gets the Gory Special. But not just that, it’s turned into a Gory BLOCKBUSTER!

The masked henchmen become a human throne for their masters. The lights go out again, and then they’re gone! AEW has been invaded by the Super Smash Brothers! Will they be the ones to take those AEW Tag Team Championships?

 

AEW announces another major event: All Out!

The fans wanted it, and we’re getting it! What will this true sequel to All In give the fans?

 

Six Woman Tag: Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura VS Hikaru Shida, Riho & Ryo Mizunami!

AEW profiles their international partnerships with Joshi Strong Style wrestlers, both young and old! Which trio makes the biggest impact here in Las Vegas?

The bell rings and the Magical Girl starts against the current Oz Academy Openweight Champion. Yuka ducks and dodges but then keeps dodging Shida. Shida grows annoyed but Yuka tries the oldest trick in the book. Yuka dodges Shida’s attack and hits her, but then runs into a throw! Shida kicks but Yuka dodges and gets back. Fans cheer and Yuka tags out to Aja! Shida tags out to Mizunami. They tie up, but Mizu can’t move Aja. Fans rally up and the two “heaters” circle. They tie up again and still Aja cannot be moved. Mizunami manages to make her step back, but then Aja powers her all the way back!

The ref counts but Aja CHOPS and whips Mizu. Mizu collides with her, but Aja doesn’t budge. Not the second time, either. Nor the third! Aja flexes and Mizu roars, and things speed up. Mizu gets Aja off her feet! She brings Aja up but gets furious slaps! Aja whips and elbows Mizu down! Fans fire up with Aja but Mizu gets right up. Aja and Mizu tag out and we see Riho tie up with Emi. Emi bends Riho back and hops on, but Riho stays up in her bridge! Riho powers her way back but Emi wristlocks and whips her. But Riho lands and crucifixes to a tilt-o-whirl to a sunset flip! High stack, TWO! Emi escapes but Riho keeps moving. Emi tilt-o-whirls Riho to a backbreaker! Tag to Yuka, and the Magical Girl LEAPS for a seated senton! Yuka keeps moving, huricanrana!

Things speed up more, Yuka whips but Riho reverses to send her at a corner. Riho runs into a boot, and Yuka hops up. Yuka cartwheels on the ropes to come back with a dropkick! Cover, but Riho slides out! Riho turns around into a scoop slam, Yuka tags to Emi. Emi gives Riho screaming Mongolian Chops! Then throws Riho by her hair! Emi drags Riho around and gets the legs hooked. Emi gets Riho in a surfboard! And bounces her around! Then tosses her off. Tag to Aja, and Aja stalks Riho. Fans love that “This is Wrestling!” as Aja sits Riho up just to kick her hard. Aja grins as she loom over little Riho. She lets Riho stand up and Riho throws hands. They do nothing, but Aja’s one headbutt staggers Riho. Aja scoops with one arm and slams Riho down! Then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!!

Aja’s team blasts Shida’s corner but the ref’s reprimand them. Aja scoops Riho, PILEDIVER! Cover, but Shida breaks through to break it! Aja tags Yuka and she covers Riho, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Yuka brings Riho up but Riho wheelbarrows and stomps! Hot tag to Mizunami! Mizu rallies on Team Aja, but Aja herself is too solid. Aja and Yuka whip but Mizu dodges and pushes them into each other. Mizu SPEARS Aja off her feet! Mizu CHOPS away on Yuka, but stops at the referee’s count of 4. She gives Yuka one more CHOP! Then whips corner to corner for forearms. Fans fire up with Mizu as she pulls the rope, and runs in, BIG clothesline! But she’s not done, she scoops Yuka, blocks the wheelbarrow, and German Suplexes her!

Mizu runs, and LARIATS Yuka down! Yuka tags but so does Mizu. Riho speeds up and headscissors Aja to ropes! Dial it up, 702! Riho climbs up and leaps, but into a roundhouse! Aja lifts Riho for a SAIDO DRIVER! Her team intercepts Shida, cover, TWO!? Riho lives, but Aja looks to end it! Banzai Elbow misses! Tag to Shida! Shida drags Aja up, but she can’t suplex Aja. Aja suplexes but Shida escapes to enziguri! But Emi kicks Shida! Yuka passes Aja a trash bin! She misses Shida, and Shida has her kendo stick! Stick hits can again and again, then SMACK to Aja’s stomach. Shida runs, but into the can! SMACK, can hits head! Tag to Emi, and We Will Rock You! Emi runs at Shida corner to corner, and rocks her with a crossbody! Underhooks to backbreaker!

Emi isn’t done with Shida, but Shida forearms. Emi forearms Shida, but Shida comes back for more. They keep hitting each other, even daring each other to keep going. Shida hits Emi hard, but Emi CHOPS Shida hard! Emi runs, into a knee! She ends up on the ropes, Riho knees her down! Riho and Shida blast Aja and Yuka. Shida puts Emi to a corner, and deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Mizu climbs while Riho intercepts Aja! BIG leg drop! Cover, but  Yuka springboard splashes down! Riho knees Yuka, but Aja SLAPS Riho. Mizu CHOPS Aja, but Aja double suplexes her and RIho! Fans fire up as Yuka springboards and wipes out Riho and Mizu!

Aja goes back to Shida, BRAINBUSTER! Emi drags Shida to a drop zone, and she climbs up. MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO?! Shida survives?! Fans can’t believe the ref missed that! But Emi keeps going, underhooking Shida. Shida resists the butterfly, waitstlocks but standing switches. Aja takes aim, but back hands Emi!! Riho crossbodies Aja! Shida shotgun knees Emi! Cover, Team Shida wins!!

Winners: Shida, Riho & Mizanumi, Shida pinning

The heart of Shida helps her team take the win! Is this only the start of Joshi in AEW?

 

Cody VS Dustin Rhodes!

Just as AEW begins, a Natural’s career might be coming to an end. The American Nightmare knows his older brother is running out of time, but is the former WWE superstar’s last day in the ring already here?

As they make their way to the ring, Brandi presents her “king” with a sledge hammer. Cody takes the hammer, and takes aim at the stone throne on stage. Fans cheer as Cody SMASHES the throne! With that message sent, Cody takes to the ring, and brother Dustin makes his way out. Brother VS Brother, Generation VS Generation, begins now!

Dustin and Cody circle and then speed things up. Fans already know “This is Awesome!” because we’re finally getting to see it! Cody flexes but Dustin shrugs it off. Fans cheer for their father, “Dusty! Dusty!” and both brothers take a moment to keep the tears back. They finally tie up but Cody gets away. Cody gets the leg and trips Dustin but then shows off with a familiar cartwheel! Dustin ignores that and brushes himself off. They circle again and tie up. Cody headlocks but Dustin powers out. Cody slides under and hits the dropping uppercut! He keeps on Dustin and throws him out. Dustin has a rough landing but he’s on his feet. Cody runs and DIVES! Cody wipes out his brother and fans fire up.

Fans aren’t so sure as Cody tells them to clear out though. Cody goes to throw Dustin, but puts him in the ring. Cody fakes us out again, but Dustin sees it coming to kick Cody back! Dustin then CANNONBALLS from the apron! Dustin puts Cody in but Cody throws hands. Fans know “You’ve Still Got It!” as Dustin bulldogs Cody! Dustin rains down rights on Cody in a corner, all the way to 9. He then does the taunt back to Cody before number 10! Dustin throws jabs then takes a deep breath. Cody bails out to avoid the uppercut, though. Dustin keeps his eyes on Cody as he takes a lap around the ring. Cody hops the rail to walk through the AEW fans? Fans boo and want him to get back in the ring.

Cody takes his time returning to ringside, even getting himself some water. Dustin gets caught off guard as Cody runs in and waistlocks. Dustin bucks him off, but Brandi splashes Dustin with water! Cody gives Dustin a gutbuster and covers, TWO! Cody keeps on Dustin with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans rally but Cody knocks Dustin down. Cody drags Dustin up to grab a leg for a dragon screw! Cover, TWO! Cody punches but Dustin hits back. The brothers brawl but Cody brings Dustin up. Cody whips Dustin but Dustin reverses, but Cody goes up and over, spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!

Cody keeps on Dustin with a trapped leg and armlock. Fans rally but Cody smashes the knee. Cody smirks as he brings Dustin up. Dustin hits back with haymakers but Cody kicks low. COdy whips but Dustin dodges and runs him over with a lariat! And more lariats! Fans duel as COdy revesres a whip. Dustin gets Cody the uppercut! And a kick to the corner. Dustin whips but Cody reverses, only to miss in the corner. Dustin puts his leg on the rope and gives another uppercut. Fans see what’s possible, and Dustin follows with them! He has Cody stuck on the second rope, but Cody just ripped off the buckle pad! Cody tosses it down and Dustin sees it. Dustin picks it up, an tosses it to the fans! Someone just got a free AEW pad!

Dustin runs in but gets pushed into the bare buckle!! Cody goes after Dustin with stomps in the corner. The ref pulls Cody away from Dustin, but Brandi gives Dustin another cheap shot! Fans boo now, but Dustin just gets up and glares at Brandi. Brandi SPEARS Dustin!? Even Cody says that wasn’t good. The referee sees Brandi and EJECTS her! Cody is panicked while Brandi is furious! But the fans sing “Hey hey hey~! Good-bye~!” Diamond Dallas Page comes out to carry Brandi away! Fans cheer DDP while Cody argues with the ref. But Dustin drags himself up, his busted eyebrow bleeding! Cody goes after him, showing no mercy!

Cody rakes Dustin’s bloody eye then puts him in the ring. There’s blood all over Cody’s hands, so he wipes it off on himself. Cody stomps and covers, TWO! Dustin refuses to lose, even with that much blood on his face. Cody punches more, and even kicks Dustin right in the face! Dustin flounders up and swings a kick but misses wide right. Cody kicks Dustin down and covers, TWO! Cody sees just how much blood is over him and his brother. He drags Dustin up to give more haymakers. Dustin staggers to a corner, bleeding profusely. Cody stomps a mudhole but the referee backs him off. Dustin reaches out blindly, and walks into Cody’s haymakers. Cody whips corner to corner hard and Dustin hits the mat.

Fans boo as Dustin is bleeding all over his face. But they rally up for Dustin as he stands again. Cody whips but Dustin reverses, only to miss the powerslam. Curb Stomp! Cover, TWO?! Dustin still lives?! So much blood is pouring out! But Cody doesn’t stop, he climbs up top. Dustin stands, and Cody leaps, double ax handles! Cody climbs back up again, but fans still rally behind a bloody Dustin. Dustin stands again, Cody leaps, but Dustin dodges! Dustin gets the powereslam! Cover, TWO!! Dustin almost had Cody but he’s still got life. He drags Cody up but Cody trips him up, to get the Figure Four! Cody has the legendary leg lock, and punches Dustin into falling back. It’s also a cover, but TWO as Dustin sits up.

Cody punches Dustin more, it’s a cover, TWO! Dustin works to turn the lock over! Fans rally but Cody resists. They go one way, and then the other, and Dustin gets it over! Dustin’s face is all red as he makes Cody endure! But Cody turns it back over, and to the ropes! Cody gets the ropebreak and the leg lock is undone. Speaking of undone, Cody undoes his weight belt!  The ref reprimands Cody, so Cody tosses the belt away. But Dustin gets him with an atomic drop! And then pulls Cody’s pants down, to SPANK him with his own belt! Cody punches Dustin away, then runs in, to a kick and a DESTROYER!? Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but Dustin is back in this!

Fans hit a new high as Dustin stands up again! Dustin hoists Cody to the top rope, and CHOPS away. Fans chant for “A E Dub!” as Dustin climbs. Dustin has Cody but stands up on the very top, for a SUPERPLEX!! But not just that, Cross Rhodes Suplex! Cover, TWO!? Cody is painted in his own brother’s blood and Vegas is losing their mind! Dustin gets up again and drags Cody up with him. Dragon sleeper, but Cody knees out. And he distracts the ref before hitting a low blow mule kick! Springboard, Disaster Kick! Then the Nightmare Cross Rhodes! Cover, TWO?!? Dustin still lives!! But the bleeding hasn’t stopped, how much longer can he go?! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but can they?!

Dustin drags Cody up and gives him a headbutt. Cody flounders into the dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! How are either one of them still doing this?! Dustin punches, Cody punches, and repeat! They just hit each other harder! Cody kicks and uppercuts again, but Dustin does the same! Cody BOOTS Dustin, then runs, into a SPANISH FLY!? How did Dustin do that?! He crawls to a cover, TWO?!? Vegas hits another fever pitch as Cody drags Dustin up. Cody punches and underhooks Dustin, DINN’S FIRE!! But he doesn’t cover, he’s waiting to see if Dustin moves. Cody stands to stop the standing count, then drags Dustin up again. CROSS RHODES! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The American Nightmare ends the Attitude Era, but he may have ended Dustin in more ways than one. Is this a sign that the AEW Era will overtake even the greatest wrestling companies?

Cody returns to his brother to pick up a mic. The fans say “Thank You, Dustin!” but Cody says Dustin doesn’t just get to retire. Cody has a favor to ask in front of “God and the whole world.” Before AEW was a thing, it was just the Elite. Cody put his name on a piece of paper, Fight for the Fallen. And the match Cody wants: himself and a partner of his choosing, against the best tag team in the world today, the Young Bucks. But Cody doesn’t need a partner, or a friend. Cody needs his brother. And his brother is there for him! They hug on it! AEW has the Rhodes Brothers together again! Will they become the top team in the AEW Tag Team Division?

 

Jack Whitehall introduces the AEW World Championship!

But not only that, he introduces the Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be, BRET HART!! Yes, the Hitman himself is here to present the top title in all of AEW! Bret hands the belt to Jack and takes the mic to talk to Vegas. Vegas loses their minds all over again as they see the WWE Hall of Famer here. Bret tells them it’s great to be back in Vegas. 26 years ago, he defended the world title here, so it’s a great honor to present another. He thanks AEW for giving him this honor, because the belt is “absolutely beautiful.” Without any further ado, let’s bring out the Casino Battle Royale winner, Hangman Page!

The Problem Solver returns, still feeling good despite the bad leg. But just as he hits the ring, out comes MJF! MJF is being a sore loser, it seems. He has a mic and mocks the booing fans. The fans tell them what they think of him. Oh MJF is an a-hole? The fans bought a ticket to see him, so they can shut up. And in case you live under a rock, you’re looking at the fastest rising star, Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Look out, Bret, someone’s coming! Gotcha. MJF laughs at his own tasteless joke, but then gets mad at fans booing. But they boo because they’re jealous. Jealous of the “quintessential future” of AEW. Jealous of “the future face” of AEW! God knows a horse can’t be the face of this company! And yes, he means Hangman.

But fans like “the horse” huh? Well let’s talk about horsies. MJF doesn’t know horses, but no matter how strong or how fast a horse is, when they get a bum leg, they’re as useful as these “hicks.” So you take them out back and blow their brains out. How about Hangman does the right thing and get out of the ring since he only won by a fluke, and give that shot to a “real man.” MJF says HE is the Best there is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will- No, wait, that catchphrase sucks! Just give the title shot to MJF, because he’s better and you know it! Hangman swings on MJF but MJF gets away. How about MJF get Hangman a sugar cube?

But then MJF turns around to see Jungle Boy! MFJ tells Jungle Boy that he’s a little busy to face a little kid. But then Jimmy Havoc appears! Havoc, Jungle Boy and Hangman surround MJF, and he tries to reason with them. But he only gets haymakers! And thrown into the front row! Havoc and Jungle Boy keep after MJF and they fight through the crowd! Back to the ring, Bret unveils the glistening AEW World Championship belt! And he was right, it IS beautiful! Hangman makes sure to get an eyeful of the belt. Who meets Hangman for that belt in the future?

 

AAA World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS The Lucha Brothers!

The main objective of Matt & Nick Jackson is to give the world the best tag team division possible! And apparently part of that is finally taking on Penta Cero M and Rey Fenix! AEW features tag titles of another promotion, and the question is, can the Bucks hold onto them? Or will the Lucha Brothers take them back home?

Fans chant “CERO MIEDO!” but also “SUPERKICK PARTAAAY~!” as each team makes their way out. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the referee reminds them this is a title match, so keep it intense but clean. The teams sort out, and this battle of brothers begins!

Matt starts with Pentagon and fans are already thunderous. Matt talks trash as fans rally up. Pentagon takes off his glove, tosses it to the ref, then says, “Listen, puto!” But Matt stops the Cero, so Pentagon headlocks. Matt powers out but Pentagon grabs him in underhooks! Matt powers out and gtes Pentagon’s legs! Petnagon gets away and they each dodge a clothesline. Pentagon says CERO MIEDO to Matt’s face! Then he tags to Fenix! Fenix shows off already, but Matt insists he can stay in this. Fans chant “ANIMO!” for Fenix as he and Matt tie up. Matt kicks low and headlocks, but Fenix powers out. Nick tags in and the Bucks help each other. The rust is showing, but they still double hip toss Fenix, only for Fenix to rebound and arm-drag them out!

Matt grows frustrated while the ring count begins. Nick gets back in and rushes Fenix. Things speed up and Fenix handsprings, Nick gets clear but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix keeps moving but Nick slingshots over. Nick is on the apron again but misses his kick and his seated senton. Fenix kicks but Nick dodges, and the other way, double dropkicks cancel out! Fans fire up as the two younger brothers grind foreheads. Nick shoves but Fenix shoves back. They both go to the ring, and Nick runs to collide shoulders. Fenix stays up and the other brothers coach them on. Fenix runs and bumps Nick as fans cheer on “Tag Team Wrestling!”

Nick and Fenix approach, and Fenix CHOPS Nick! Nick CHOPS Fenix, but Fenix CHOPS back. They CHOP and forearm, and Nick gets an edge. Nick runs but into Fenix’s dropkick! Fenix sees Matt coming and spins him to shove. Pentagon comes in to KICK, then Fenix forearms! They roll Matt, “Uno! Dos! Tres!” for the double mule kick! Nick rallies back on the Lucha Bros, but Fenix goes Spider-Man. Pentagon SUPERKICKS and Fenix reverse Tiger Feints! Pentagon hits Nick with a Slingblade, then runs to wheelbarrow with Fenix, flipping wheelbarrow splash! Cover, TWO! Pentagon keeps focus on Nick, but tags in Fenix. He kicks Nick then they whip. Nick slips out to roundhouse Pentagon! And he does his own “Lucha Libre~” as he arm-drags and headscissors the Lucha Brothers!

Fans are fired up as Nick crawls for his corner. Tag to Matt as fans chant “Young Bucks! Woop Woop!” Matt shoulders into Pentagon then slingshots over, but Fenix returns to get the lariat. Matt keeps giving lariats and fires up! He drags Fenix up to put in the Lucha Bros corner. He put Pentagon in the Bucks’ corner, then runs at Fenix. Fenix elbows Matt away, then runs into Matt’s trophy lift! Matt shows his power as he drops Fenix and SPEARS Pentagon! No more back problems for Matt! Matt drags Pentagon over as fans duel. He wrenches then tags to Nick. Nick drops ax handles and goes after that arm. Matt tags in and climbs up to drops ax handles of his own. Pentagon insults their mama so Matt SLAPS Pentagon!

Matt drags Pentagon around and tags Nick back in. Nick builds up energy, but Pentagon yanks Matt into Nick’s dumdum stomps! Pentagon kicks Nick then whips, but Nick kicks back. Nick checks on Matt but he’s okay. Nick stomps Pentagon then tags Matt. The Bucks go after Pentagon with double whip and kicks. Nick runs and gets the boost for the huricanrana! Matt headscissors Fenix for the dropkick! Fenix goes down from that classic Bucks move, and the Bucks are feeling it! Matt drags Pentagon up again and throws big haymakers. He whips Pentagon corner to corner but Pentagon goes up and over. Pentagon dodges Nick and sends that dropkick into Matt’s butt! Pentagon then monkey flips Nick onto Matt!

Fans fire up as Fenix returns to the corner. Pentagon crawls over and tags him in! Fenix runs corner to corner but misses both Bucks. He puts Nick on the top rope, then CHOPS Matt. Fenix uses Matt as support so he can hop up top and mule kick Nick! Then Fenix springboards to SUPER STEINER Nick down! Somersault cutter to Matt! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives and is frustrated while Fenix is shocked! But this is the tag team action fans were hoping AEW would give! Fenix drags Matt up and CHOPS him against ropes. Then he brings Matt over to tag in Pentagon. Pentagon KICKS Matt’s leg, then says they’ll go for a spin. He kicks Mat more, and stalks him to a corner.

Pentagon has the fans say “CERO MIEDO!” with him before he whips Matt. Matt kicks back then hops up, corkscrew stunner! Both men are down but fans rally up. Matt and Pentagon crawl, hot tag to Fenix and he kicks Nick away! Matt Northern Lights and floats over to a second, and then a third! And then step through to Sharpshooter! But Pentagon runs in, only to get a Northern Lights of his own! Matt fires up as Vegas reaches another fever pitch. Fans duel and rally as Matt heads for Nick. HOt tag brings Nick in and he rallies on the brothers! Apron Penalty Kick for Pentagon! Slingshot facebuster for Fenix! Handspring Asai Moonsault onto Pentagon! Classic Nick is back!

But Fenix gets up and sees Nick return. Nick runs to give him a corner shining wizard, to bulldog and clothesline combo! Nick tags Matt and the Bucks take aim. Pentagon and Fenix stand but the Bucks trip them up. Matt and Nick each slingshot to sunset flip to DOUBLE Sharpshooters! Both Lucha Brothers endure the legendary hold, but they crawl to ropes! Both Lucha Brothers get ropebreaks so the Bucks let them go. Matt tags Nick back in, and Matt sets Fenix up on the rope. Nick hops up and hits the draping 450 splash! Cover, but Pentagon breaks it! Matt kicks Pentagon out then goes back to his corner. Tag and Matt brings Fenix up. Matt powerbomb lifts, and buckle bomb enziguri in the corner!

But they’re not done, as Matt puts Fenix up top. Tag to Nick and Matt goes up. Nick has Fenix in a bomb position now, Matt cravats, Sliced Bread Powerbomb combo! Shout out to their days against Motor City Machine Guns! High stack cover, TWO!! Fenix survives the throwback, but Nick keeps his cool. Fans rally as Fenix slowly stirs. Nick and Matt call for the SUPERKICK PARTY, but Pentagon fires off CHOPS on each of them! “CERO MIEDO!” Pentagon runs, bu into a SUPERKICK from Matt! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt! Nick SUPERKICKS Fenix! Nick ducks Pentagon but they take each other out with roundhouses! Matt and Fenix take each other out with clotheslines! All four men are down but Vegas gives a standing ovation!

The standing count reaches 5 while fans chant “A E Dub!” Matt and Pentagon end up on the apron. Matt brings Pentagon up but Pentagon kicks his leg. Pentagon eggs Matt on and now it’s a brawl. Matt punches, Pentagon kicks, repeat. Both men BOOT each other! Nick and Fenix go after each other, throwing forearms. Fenix runs but is put on the apron. Fenix kicks Nick back, but Matt goes after him. Pentagon leaps over his brother to give Matt an apron destroyer!! Fenix slingshots to give Nick a destroyer!! Cover, TWO!? The Bucks survive and no one can believe it! But fans know “This is Awesome!”

Pentagon throws Matt into a post and then regroups with Fenix. Fenix builds speed and Pentagon gives him the boost to FLY onto the Bucks! Fenix feeds them into the ring and Pentagon has Nick. Pentagon gets Matt in a Gory Special, and then Nick in a piledriver, for Penta-Driver Gory Bomb COMBO! Fenix jumps up to springboard SWANTON onto Nick! Cover, TWO?!? Another close call! Pentagon and Fenix coordinate, and fans rally behind has he hammerlocks Nick’s arm. Pentagon clubs away on Nick and grab the other arm, but Matt SUPERKICKS him down! Both brothers crawl, Nick tags in Matt! Matt goes after Pentagon, Half ‘n’ Half suplex! But Fenix leaps in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Matt runs corner to corner to BOOT Fenix! Then hoists him up top and climbs up, for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER to the top buckle! El Generico would be proud! Fans lose their minds over that one, but Matt fireman’s carries Pentagon. More Bang for Your Buck! Cover, TWO! Pentagon survives that one, but the Bucks still have more moves to try. Matt drags Pentagon up again, in underhooks, and fans can tell it’s another shout out, Nick dumdum stomps the Package Piledriver! Then he immediately FLIES onto Fenix! Cover on Pentagon, TWO!! Matt can’t believe Pentagon survives again! Fans still duel as Matt drags Pentagon up. Nick coordinates with him, but Fenix intercepts the Meltzer Driver!

Pentagon has the arm!! Shout out to the Temple, DARK ARMBAR!! Then pump handle, DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives with one arm, but Pentagon calls to his brother. Fenix returns and tags in. Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt’s arm! And SUPERKICKS it again! He wrenches the bad arm to SUPERKICK the shoulder! Fenix puts Matt up top again, CHOPS him, then calls for Animo. Fans fire up as Fenix runs corner to corner, but into Matt’s gut wrench! With one arm?! Nick hurries, springboards, MELTZER DRIVER! Cover, The Young Bucks win!!

Winners: The Young Bucks, Matt Jackson pinning; still AAA World Tag Team Champions

AEW still owns AAA’s titles! The Bucks prove they’re the better brothers tonight! But knowing Fight for the Fallen will pit Bucks VS Rhodes Brothers, will the Bucks still be the very best team of brothers in the young AEW Tag Team Division?

 

Kenny Omega VS Chris Jericho!

It is an epic rematch from NJPW, sparked from Y2J showing up at the AEW press conference. The evolution of the Best in the World at What He Does brings him here. Will Jericho’s newest form be what he needs to become the inaugural AEW World Champion? Or will The Best Bout Machine best the living legend to meet the Hangman down the road?

Jericho shoves the Cracker Barrel barrel over but the ref has a hard time getting it out of the ring. Jericho just lifts it up and shoves it through ropes. He tells the ref to think next time, and this historic main event begins!

Jericho and Omega circle. Fans duel and clap the Terminator drums. Omega and Jericho tie up and go around the ropes. The ref calls for a break but Jericho slaps Omega. So Omega SLAPS Jericho! Jericho headlocks but Omega powers out, only for Jericho to run him over!  Omega stands up to CHOP Jericho, and CHOP, and CHOP, but Jericho puts Omega in a corner. Omega dodges to then club away. He whips Jericho corner to corner but Jericho elbows him away. Jericho dodges but V-Trigger! And he catches Omega with haymakers and CHOPS! Jericho whips Omega but Omega reverses, only to get a kick. Jericho runs but into a huricanrana! Which he counters into Walls of Jericho!

Omega scrambles to get under the ropes. Jericho lets Omega go, to wreck him with a dropkick! Jericho pushes the camera aside as he goes back to Omega. He bumps Omega off the apron, then off the timekeeper’s table. Jericho takes the bell and rings it, declaring himself the winner. It’s not that easy, Jericho. Omega mule kicks and CHOPS Jericho. Jericho CHOPS back, and it’s a brawl by the timekeeper’s area. Omega scoops and throws Jericho onto the table! Jericho comes back with haymakers, then whips Omega at railing. Omega stops himself and mule kicks Jericho again. Omega uses the railing as a springboard but Jericho shoves Omega into the fans! Fans get an interactive AEW experience as Jericho takes the camera to watch Omega crawl.

Omega borrows a fan’s drink to SPIT IT at Jericho! Jericho goes down, as does the camera. Omega springboards to missile dropkick Jericho down! Omega apologizes to fans for all that before putting Jericho in the ring. He drags Jericho up to elbow and CHOP him more. Omega elbows and CHOPS Jericho against ropes, then whips. Jericho reveres but Omega reverses back to a fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton to moonsault! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool while catching his breath. Fans drum for the Terminator but Jericho yanks Omega into buckles. Jericho stomps Omega then stands on his throat. But he knows the count and even counts along to 4.

Jericho stomps Omega in the corner more, then stands Omega up. Jericho CHOPS Omega in the corner, and again. Omega staggers away but comes back with a CHOP! Jericho CHOPS Omega then whips him corner to corner. Omega reverses but Jericho boots him away. Jericho leaps for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Jericho grows annoyed as he sits Omega up. Jericho stretches Omega as he throws punches. Omega reaches while fans duel, and he gets the ropebreak. Jericho drags Omega up but Omega CHOPS him back. Omega CHOPS more, but Jericho punches. They hit back and forth, and Omega fires off CHOPS! Omega runs but into Jericho’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Jericho flips off the fans, because he doesn’t care about their chants. He flips off the Elite and Omega fans, especially. Jericho goes back to Omega for haymakers. Omega haymakers but Jericho hits back. Omega’s nose is bloody, but he still gets Jericho with a huricanrana! Fans fire up with Omega as he runs in to clothesline Jericho out. Omega hits the Terminator pose but Jericho brings out a table!? The Terminator rises and runs, but sees the table just in time. He dropkicks the table into Jericho! And then FLIES onto both table and Jericho! Fans lose their minds over that one as both men and the table are down on the ramp.

Fans rally up as Omega takes the table and slams it on Jericho! Omega leaves Jericho there and goes back into the ring. Omega springboard double stomps the table onto Jericho!! Vegas loses their minds all over again! Omega pulls the table off Jericho, and finally stands it up. Omega doesn’t care about his bloody nose, he makes sure the table isn’t broken just yet. Jericho gets in the ring but Omega goes after him, Kotaro Krusher bulldog! Cover, TWO! Omega shakes his head, he won’t let up just yet. He drags Jericho back up and gets the full nelson. Jericho elbows out but gets a heel kick to the back! Omega takes aim corner to corner, V-Trigger to the back!

Omega drags Jericho up to the top rope and climbs up behind him. Jericho resists as Omega waistlocks, and then hits back. Omega staggers away but comes back to club Jericho. Omega hops right up and wants the full nelson. Jericho pries free and elbows more. Omega teeters but stays up, and stands Jericho up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Omega gets up and turns Jericho over to cover, TWO! Jericho still lives but Omega won’t let up. Fans rally again as Omega takes aim. Omega says BANG, but runs into Jericho’s back elbow! Jericho LIONSAULT onto knees! Omega runs to V-Trigger! Electric Chair, but Jericho slips out to German Suplex! LIONSAULT to Omega’s back and head! And another, to the front! Cover, TWO!

Jericho keeps his cool while Omega writhes. Jericho dares Omega to get up, but Omega blocks the Code Breaker. Omega boots and V-Triggers! Then underhooks, but Jericho denies the Tiger Driver to back drop Omega through the table!! Omega is down and fans chant “A E Dub!” Jericho is down in the ring while fans chant “This is Awesome!” The ref checks on Omega, who stirs. Omega drags himself from the wreckage and back to the ring. Fans rally up but Jericho is there to meet Omega. Jericho and Omega brawl with the ropes between them. They go back and forth, the AEW Championship almost secondary to their grudge. Jericho rakes eyes and triangle dropkicks Omega down! Omega manages to stay on the apron after being flipped upside-down!

Jericho drags Omega back up and bumps him off buckles. Jericho climbs and drags Omega up top. Omega holds on as Jericho goes to the very top. Omega denies the superplex and then pries free to punch Jericho down! Jericho stands back up as Omega adjusts. Omega leaps, into a CODE BREAKER! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!!! The closest call you’ll ever see! Jericho grows frustrated, maybe even distraught. He tells Omega to stay down, and slaps him around. Fans rally and duel as Jericho sits Omega up. Omega hits back then gets a SNAP Dragon Suplex! Jericho still gets up first, though wobbly. Omega reels him in for another Dragon Suplex! Omega drags Jericho in but Jericho breaks free, only to get a V-Trigger!

Jericho wobbles again and Omega spins him around. Omega wants a third but Jericho wheelbarrow victory rolls, to the Walls of Jericho! But Omega throws him off! Jericho walks into a kick, underhooks, Tiger Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Jericho still lives as that bomb wasn’t hard enough. Omega takes aim again as fans rally and duel. BANG, but the V-Trigger is caught to Walls of Jericho! Jericho sits deep and fans reach a fever pitch as Omega endures! Omega crawls but Jericho sits deeper. Omega powers up but Jericho drags him away! Jericho shifts to get a knee on Omega’s back! Omega powers out and kicks Jericho away! Omega blocks the boot to hit a roaring elbow. But Jericho hits back, only to run into a V-Trigger!

Fans drum for the Terminator again as Omega drags Jericho up. Electric Chair, but Jericho spins out to a DDT! And it wasn’t pretty. But Omega covers Jericho first, TWO! Both men are down, and fans rally up again. Jericho and Omega both stand, and Omega punches only to get an enziguri! Jericho gives Omega a short knee to the head, then springboards, but Omega catches him! Electric Chair, but Jericho spins through to get a cleaner DDT! Jericho runs to get a Code Breaker! And then Jericho runs to hit the Judas Effect elbow!! Cover, Jericho wins?!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall; advances to the AEW World Championship match

The Alpha bests the Omega! Jericho proved to everyone the Judas Effect is real! Jericho picks up a mic to speak.

“You want to boo me after that, huh? You want to boo me, you ungrateful jerks, huh?!” Fans can say what they want but Jericho doesn’t care about any of it. “Lighten up, marks!” But the bottom line is that Jericho got the crap kicked out of him, but he is smart enough to know it’s his time. Listen and be quiet: Chris Jericho IS AEW! AEW isn’t for the fans, it’s for him! AEW is for Y2J to prove his name value. There’s a company, a logo, a TV deal, they sold out in 4 minutes, and why? Jericho. Fans disagree, but Jericho says that when he beats Omega, which he did, he’d demand one thing from AEW: “A thank you.” Fans boo instead.

Jericho still demands his thanks, but then wait! Is that JON MOXLEY!? The Lunatic broke free and has come to AEW!! Jericho is in shock seeing him here! The fans are in shock seeing him here! But Mox just gives Jericho Dirty Deeds! And then he gives THE REF Dirty Deeds! Moxley soaks up the standing ovation, but then looks at the dazed Omega. Moxley waves hi, and Omega isn’t sure what he’s seeing. Omega sits up, but Moxley helps him the rest of the way. To give him- No, Omega powers Moxley out! They fall to the table but get up to brawl! Moxley tosses Omega into the fans but they keep on fighting! Fans love “A E Dub!” as these two keep brawling!

Moxley and Omega fight all the way to the back, and Omega slams a chair onto Moxley’s back. And then throws him into the giant poker chips! Moxley climbs and pushes chips aside. Omega follows and they fight on top of the stack. Dirty Deeds to the chips! Moxley knees Omega in his bloody nose, then drags him up to a fireman’s carry. Death Valley Driver to the stage!! Jericho is AEW? More like AEW is Moxley!

 


 

My Thoughts:

For all the hype and the concerns going into this event, AEW Double or Nothing definitely delivered! The Buy-In was great, with another unique take on a battle royal. All In just booked it in a unique way, but I commend AEW for wanting to combine traditional battle royal rules with elements from the WWE Royal Rumble. And what a clever way around PAC quitting. Now Hangman gets to be one half of that future AEW World Championship match. That title belt itself is really something, too. What a great surprise to have Bret Hart come out to present it. MJF did great work building himself as a top Heel, and clearly set himself up for roughly three rivalries for AEW TV. MJF probably wins against Jungle Boy but should then lose to Jimmy Havoc.

Sammy VS Sabian was a good match, those guys will be solid workers for AEW. Great to see Shawn Spears/Tye Dillinger, too. I don’t know how many of the stars from the Casino Battle Royale will be signed to AEW but it would be great to see even just half of them be regulars. AEW already establishes some great relationships, too, with the two Six Person Tags to show off Joshi and OWE stars. The Triple Threat becoming a Fatal 4 was another great surprise, and Awesome Kong in AEW really is awesome. But having Kong not win was smart, because otherwise she’s already taken over the AEW Women’s Division when you should want an underdog to get this first. While we got to see the AEW World title, I can’t wait to see the other belts.

The Best Friends VS Evans & Angelico was a great match, and I did not expect another team to attack. I am unsure what to make about the “Super Smash Brothers”, as I am not familiar with them, but it sounds like they’ll be strong Heels in the tag division for a lot of teams to try but fail to take down. Brother VS Brother was crazy, especially with all the blood. It’s clear to everyone that Dustin bladed and did it a little too well. Hopefully he’ll be okay after all that. And the idea of the Rhodes Brothers as a team again, and finally as themselves, is great! They should at least be the team that defeats the Super Smash Brothers if not also being AEW Tag Team Champions.

That AAA tag title match was amazing! But what else would we get from Bucks VS Lucha Bros? Bucks win for a strong return to the ring, but I don’t know if they’d be AEW Tag Champs while also another company’s champs. Though I suppose if it’s fine with AAA, then why not? And of course, Omega VS Alpha II, for a shot at the AEW World title, an instant classic. Omega’s bloody nose surely complicated some things, but it didn’t seem like he and Jericho had that much rust. Jericho himself is headed for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at NJPW Dominion, but pretty sure Jericho doesn’t win that if there’s even a chance he’ll become the inaugural world champ here.

And then perhaps the best surprise of the night, Jon Moxley is here! Formerly known as Dean Ambrose, he told WWE he was done with them, but never said anything about being done with wrestling! And he made an incredible debut by not coming out of the barrel like they made us think. He shouts out the Shield as he storms down the bleachers, and then goes right at everyone in the ring! It is clearly going to go Omega VS Moxley first, and then Moxley VS Jericho, especially if Jericho has the AEW world title. I don’t know if this changes things for Fight for the Fallen, but I’m thinking Moxley VS Omega would be a great main event match for AEW TV’s premiere in the Fall.

My Score: 9.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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