AEW heats up the summer!
The Elite, the the Elite, reunite! Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks take on the Lucha Brothers and Laredo Kid! And a big Triple Threat Tag has AEW World Tag Title tournament implications!
- AEW Buy-In – Triple Threat Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Best Friends VS Private Party; Best Friends wins and advances to AEW All Out.
- AEW Buy-In – Allie VS Leva Bates VS Peter Avalon; Allie wins.
- AEW Buy-In – Hardcore Match: Michael Nakazawa VS Alex Jebailey; Nakazawa wins.
- Christopher Daniels VS Cima; Cima wins.
- Triple Threat: Nyla Rose VS Riho VS Yuka Sakazaki; Riho wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: Hangman Page VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus VS Jimmy Havoc VS MJF; Hangman wins.
- Cody VS Darby Allin; Time Limit Draw.
- Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Laredo Kid & the Lucha Brothers; The Elite wins.
- Unsanctioned Match: Jon Moxley VS Joey Janela; Moxley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW official, QT Marshal, speaks.
There was a bit of a snag getting this show set up. Did they get the ring in the arena? Somehow. Will this show go on without a hitch?
AEW Buy-In – Triple Threat Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Best Friends VS Private Party!
With the AEW World Tag titles on the way, teams are scrambling for spots in the huge tournament to crown the inaugural champs! Will it be Kaz and Scorpio Sky, Chuckie T and Trent, or Marq and Isiah making big moves towards that first round bye?
The teams sort out and Daytona fires up for SCU. Speaking of, SCU lets the others start, and it’s Trent with Isiah. The two circle and tie up. Trent headlocks then spins around to hammerlock then back to a headlock. Isiah powers out but Trent runs him over. Trent flexes and waits for Isiah to get up. Tag to Chuck Taylor and he circles with Isiah. They tie up and Chuck gets a headlock. Chuckie thrashes Isiah but Isiah powers out, only for Chuck to run him over, too. And now Chuckie flexes! Chuckie circles but Frankie Kazarian tags in! Marq Quen tags in for Isiah and now they circle. They tie up and Kaz lifts but Marqu slips out. Marq still gets a flurry of strikes from Kaz, ending with a lariat! Kaz gets fans to chant “SCU!” before he puts Marq in the corner.
Scorpio tags in to give Marq a spin into a BIG backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Marq scrambles away and Trent tags in off him. Trent and Scorpio circle as fans rally up. They tie up and push each other around .Trent gets a waistlock but Scorpio elbows out. Scorpio runs and whips, Kaz hits a calf kick! Scorpio dropkicks Chuckie out, then runs to uppercut Trent. Kaz runs in for the swinging dropkick! Kaz kips up and fans fire up! Cover, ONE! Fans rally behind SCU as Kaz wrenches Trent to a wristlock. Marq wants a tag but Kaz kicks him away. Trent rolls to CHOP Kaz back! Trent kicks then CHOPS Kaz against ropes. He whips Kaz but Kaz kicks him back. Kaz runs but Marq tags in. Marq punches Kaz and springboards to crossbody him AND Trent!
Marq dodges to PELE Scorpio! PELE for Trent! Kaz punches Marq and whips but Isiah tags. Private Party double whip, atomic drop to enziguri! Sweep and Camel Clutch, for a leap frog stomp! Fans fire up but Chuckie throws Isiah out. Chuckie throws Marq at Isiah but Isiah gets him back in, Silly Sting DDT! Isiah ASAIS onto everyone else! Fans are thunderous for these hot young stars! Isiah and Marq hold the ring but the other teams regroup. Fans duel “Private Party!” and “SCU!” SCU and Best Friends gang up on Private Party! They throw out Isiah and Best Friends give him a double suplex to the floor! SCU throws Marq out and Scorpio helps Kaz get a tornado DDT! to the floor! Private Party is down and out as SCU takes Marq’s glasses.
Best Friends put Isiah in and mug him against ropes. They whip and double elbow to then bring it in, only for SCU to stop the hug! Fans boo the spoiled sports as SCU trade. But the Best Friends clothesline SCU out! And yes, they hug! Fans are thunderous for the hug as Best Friends go after Isiah. Chuckie scoops and feeds Isiah to the long dart cutter! Cover, TWO! Isiah lives but Trent keeps his cool. Trent drags Isiah up but Isiah hits back. Fans rally as Trent kicks Isiah down and then brings him back up. Trent CHOPS Isiah so hard! Tag to Chuckie and Chuckie snap suplexes Isiah down. Cover, TWO! Chuckie frowns but stomps Isiah out. Chuckie has Isiah in a corner and throws forearms. He brings Isiah back and tags Trent.
Trent Northern Lights to a cover, TWO! Isiah crawls but Trent stomps him away from the corner. Trent drags him back and tags Chuckie. Best Friends mug Isiah with a big dropkick. Cover, TWO! Chuckie keeps on Isiah with a chinlock, but fans rally behind Isiah. Isiah feeds off it to fight his way up and out. He whips but Chuckie reverses to Sole Food! Chuckie whips but Isiah reverses to an enziguri! Trent tags in and he hits Marq down! But then Isiah back drops Trent! But with no Marq to tag, Isiah either goes it alone or trust SCU. He trusts SCU! Kaz tags in and he rallies on Best Friends! Shotgun dropkick to Trent, then slingshot cutter for Isiah! Chuckie has Kaz for sliced bread! Scorpio shoulders and slingshots in for his own cutter!
Trent dodges Scorpio to get him a tornado DDT! Trent back elbows Kaz in a corner, then goes for another. Kaz powers out but Marq kicks him down! Marq tags in off Kaz then climbs up high, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Private Party almost had a massive upset! Fans chant “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for this amazing first match of the night. Isiah tags in and Private Party double whip Chuckie corner to corner. They coordinate and whip, but Chuckie dodges to then suplex Marq into Isiah! Then he has Marq for the snap piledriver! To Trent’s shining wizard! Cover but SCU breaks it! Kaz drags Trent over and tags in off him.
SCU push Best Friends out but Isiah comes back with forearms! Isiah screeches, but into a backstabber and boot! UNPRETTIER STOMPS! Cover, TWO!? Isiah is tougher than SCU thought, but they have something to finish him. They drag Isiah up but Chuckie goes at Kaz. Kaz fights him off then climbs, but Isiah slips out to shove Scorpio into Kaz! Then he throws Scorpio out completely. Marq is up and climbs up to join Kaz. Trent adds on outta nowhere! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! But Marq lands on his feet!? Marq PELES Trent, then runs at Kaz for a SUPER STEINER into Isiah’s CUTTER!! Cover, but Scorpio breaks it!
Daytona is thunderous again for this match as all the teams regroup. Scorpio throws hands on Private Party back and forth, Isiah waistlocks and Marq kicks but Scorpio flips him away. Scorpio escapes Isiah’s grip but Private Party hit some Party in Motion! They have Chuckie, crisscross apple sauce, back elbow! Private Party fires up, but Chuckie sends Marq out onto Scorpio! Trent tags in off Kaz, Chuckie’s knee then Trent’s knee take Isiah down! Chuckie climbs and Trent lifts Isiah, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends win!!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall; advancing to the AEW All Out Tag Team Tournament Qualifier
An insane opener between three great tag teams! But can Best Friends do it all again when AEW returns to Chicago?
But the Dark Order have a message for Best Friends! Hopefully Trent and Chuckie enjoyed their win. The Dark Order have a long list of targets, but their first will be Best Friends. They promise to make it long and painful. “All Hail the Dark Order.” The lights drop, and when they come back up… the Dark Minions are here! Best Friends stand their ground but the minions don’t attack. Then why are they here? The lights drop again, and then come up… The minions are gone! What power does the Dark Order possess? Will they be in the lead towards the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
The Elite are upset.
Nothing AEW has promised them has come true. They were promised private jets, luxurious hotel rooms and gourmet food, but got economy, tents, and cheese sandwiches! They don’t even have a real pool!
Kenny Omega is also upset because their bags haven’t arrived. But there is good news. The seamstresses are working on new gear! It’s gonna be amazing! The budget will cover it, guys. Fyter Fest, yo! Is it going to work out? Nick has hits doubts. Matt says it’s actually great. Though it took like half the budget. But the models will have to be let go… QT Marshal takes care of choosing who stays and who goes. In their place: mannequins!
Shhh! The AEW Librarian, Leva Bates, is here.
And she finds the other librarian, Peter Avalon, in the tent. He rips up the tent?! And throws it into the kiddie pool? There goes the deposit. And he even wrecks one of the mannequins! That’s just mean. Bates speaks. “This audience is full of gamers.” But why are they wasting time with games and not reading books? Daytona says, “We Can’t Read!” But Bates and Avalon say that there are more than just comic books and manga. There are real words in these! Just trust in them: read books. Because Leva and Peter are both the Librarian. Shh…! But here to make some noise, it’s Allie!
AEW Buy-In – Allie VS Leva Bates VS Peter Avalon!
Only AEW can make history by having their first women’s singles match on their second special. But will the Librarian hush the bubbly Allie?
Leva dodges Allie to then shush her. Allie and Leva circle and tie up, but Leva dodges again to say shush. Allie keeps her cool as she circles with Leva again. Leva dodges but Allie stops the shush! And pulls on the finger! Peter feels the pain as Allie wrenches harder! Allie throws Leva down then twists the finger harder. Leva begs for mercy but Allie stomps the finger! Leva bails out and regroups with Peter. Allie tells them both, “SHHH!” Brandi is watching backstage, who is preparing to fight Allie at Fight for the Fallen.
Leva returns and circles with Allie again. Leva kicks low then throws big forearms. She puts Allie in a corner then clubs away on her. She wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Allie stops herself for a crossbody! Allie drags Leva up, Russian Leg Sweep! Ghost pin, TWO! Leva scrambles away but Alli runs, only for Peter to trip her up! Allie hits Leva away before confronting Peter. But then Leva blindsides Allie with a dropkick! Peter talks trash but Leva scolds him for interfering. Leva clubs Allie and puts her in the ring. Peter cheers Leva on as Leva stomps Allie out. She drags Allie up for a Perfect Plex! Fans rally for Allie but Leva keeps on her. Allie hits back but Leva clubs her down. Leva Northern Lights to a bridge, TWO!
Allie is sore but still in this. Peter gives Leva tips from his “book,” but Allie rolls Leva up, TWO! Leva hits back and clubs away. Fans chant “Books Are Boring!” to troll Leva. Leva whips Allie but Allie reverses, but Leva blocks the hip toss to a roll up. Armlock, to Rings of Saturn! Allie endures as Leva also pulls hair and uses her to shush. Leva lets go of the hair while Peter cheers her on. Leva drags Allie up for forearms to the corner, and a CHOP. She shushes the fan to then CHOP again! But Allie turns it around to CHOP away on Leva! Allie roars and whips but Leva reverses to send her into a corner. Shotgun blasts Allie down, then Leva runs for a screaming meteora! Cover, TWO! Allie lives and Leva is furious.
Leva gets loud as she drags Allie up. Leva underhooks but Allie slips through to a neckbreaker! Fans chant “Reading Rainbow!” as both women are down. A standing count begins but passes 5 before either stirs. Fans rally up and both women are up at 7. Leva swings but misses, Allie hits back! And again! Allie fires off forearms and CHOPS, backing Leva down. Allie whips corner to corner then runs in, big back elbow! Side to side now, forearm smash! Allie keeps moving, another corner to corner for the sliding forearm! Fans love it as Allie goes to cover, TWO! Leva still lives but Allie keeps her focus. Allie drags Leva up to a fireman’s carry, but Leva fights free. Leva shoves but Alie kicks, only to get blocked to a backstabber! Leva isn’t done, she underhooks for the Pedigree! Cover, TWO!?
Leva is beside herself! She tries another cover, TWO! Allie survives and even Peter is in shock. Peter gives suggestions from the apron, but his toss of the book messed up! Allie catches it, hands it to Leva, to SUPERKICK it into her! Cover, Allie wins!
Winner: Allie, by pinfall
Books really do help! Just not how the Librarians expected them to. But can Allie repeat success against the Chief Branding Officer, Brandi?
Kenny Omega puts some work in.
But the musical acts are gone. Even Blink. Blink what? Blink 1 8 2. Oh damn it! Kenny was just back there! Well sorry, Kenny, they left. Can the Best Bout Machine pull this show together and make it work?
AEW Buy-In – Hardcore Match: Michael Nakazawa VS Alex Jebailey!
It’s time to get extreme with the body oil king! He gets to settle things with the CEO of CEW from a past encounter, but will it work out his way when Jebailey can afford pyro? Wait he can afford his own pyro?
Nakazawa has them cut the music. He has a word for “Mr. Cripple.” Oh wait sorry that’s not kosher in America. For those who don’t know him, this is THE Michael Nakazawa. And last year, Jebailey cheated to win. That’s why CEO Games sucks. Nakazawa was in Vegas and fans were talking about EVO. But at least Jebailey recovered from a bad right leg. Congrats. Jebailey says Nakazawa wasn’t paying attention, it was the left leg. Oh it was? Okay then> Nakamzawa kicks out the bad leg! The bell rings and the match begins!
Nakazawa and Jebailey brawl but Nakazawa headlocks. Jebailey powers out but Nakazawa powers out. Things speed up and Jebailey hip tosses! Then he throws forearms and scoops Nakazawa for a slam! Nakazawa is reeling but Jebailey is on him with a waistlock. Nakazawa uses the body oil! And he slithers free! Fans like that. Jebailey boots Nakazawa down, then runs, but trips on an oil slip! So does the ref! Nakazawa oils Jebailey up! Then runs to stomp slip senton! Cover, TWO! Jebailey bails out but Nakazawa follows. Nakazawa kicks Jebailey then whips, but Jebailey reverses to send Nakazawa into barriers! Jebailey borrows a fan’s sign, to BUST it on Nakazawa’s head! Wait, Justin Wong is giving Jebailey a fight stick!?
Jebailey has it, aims at Nakazawa, rib shot to back SMACK! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa bails out now but Jebailey pursues. They go up the way to the pool area! And Jebailey washes off the oil the hard way by smothering Nakazawa! The ref asks if Nakazawa gives up, but he doesn’t. Or he just can’t breathe. Jebailey stomps away but Nakazawa mists pool water! Pool toy attack! Flamingo hook, to fireman’s carry, but Jebailey slips out to scoop and slam Nakazawa into the pool! Fans lose their minds as Jebailey drags Nakazawa back to the ring. Jebailey wants to do this old school as he drags out traffic signs, remote controls, and even a kendo stick! Oh, and a table! Fans really like that one.
Jebailey sets the table up then goes to the ring. But Nakazawa bashes him with a remote! ANd chokes him with the cord! UP up down down A B, then Nakazawa stands Jebailey up. Nakazawa tries to suplex but so does Jebailey! So Nakazawa bites him! Then runs to DIVE through him! SPEAR into the table!! Now fans really lose their minds! Nakazawa puts Jebailey into the ring and covers, but lets up!? He wants to hurt Jebailey as he grabs the kendo stick! SMACK! SMACK! And then from under his shorts, Nakazawa removes his own jock strap! He straps it on his hand, but Jebailey ducks for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Nakazawa is down but Jebailey drags out one more thing from under the ring: a mystery bag. And inside that bag… push button toys!
Jebailey drags Nakazawa over, but Nakazawa clubs away on Jebailey. But Jebailey back drops Nakazawa on the hard plastic buttons!! Jebailey grabs the stick for his own, and SMACKS away on Nakazawa! Nakazawa’s own strap has trapped him, but then he ducks to wring out. The mandible claw gets the ref! LOW BLOW from Jebailey! Not illegal, but not cool. Mahistrol, but the ref can’t count! The fans get to 7 before the ref gets to TWO! Nakazawa reverses to a cover, with the strap in Jebailey’s face! Nakazawa wins!
Winner: Michael Nakazawa, by pinfall
The slippery Nakazawa survives a rather game gamer CEO. Will this series continue? And will that fan keep Nakazawa’s thrown jock strap?
Jim Ross joins AEW commentary!
That’s right, Good Ol’ J freakin’ R is here! And surely, he’ll be ready to call every #Slobberknocker there is tonight!
Jon Moxley speaks.
Drop what you’re doing because he’s here to show you who he really is.
Everyone has a dream.
But making a dream come true takes hard work. A new wrestling empire rises and begins its own era. The AEW locker room knows what it has to do to go from great to awesome. They know it was literally double or nothing, and risked it all. It was the night to create memories that would last forever, and change the world for wrestling! And that was just the beginning. Now we move into the second chapter, and AEW will prove it is here to stay! Because in order to survive, in order to succeed, in order to live the dream, they must fight! Welcome to Fyter Fest!
Christopher Daniels VS Cima!
The rest of SoCal Uncensored lost in the Triple Threat Tag, but the Fallen Angel looks to make up for all of that here! Will he or the OWE veteran make it big on the road to All Out?
The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there is respect. The two circle and tie up. Daniels wrenches but Cima flips and rolls to a waistlock. Cima drags Daniels down and around to a headlock. Daniels powers out but Cima runs him over. Cima gets the fans fired up as things speed up. They both show they still have agility, and Daniels arm-drags Cima down. Cima fights back and powers out of the armlock, but now Daniels runs him over. Daniels runs and things speed up again. Cima dodges and waistlocks but Daniels elbows free. Daniels runs but into a dropkick! Daniels bails out and Cima builds speed, to wreck Daniels with a dropkick!
Cima catches his breath as he stalks and stomps Daniels. He drags Daniels up and into the ring, then slingshots for a senton! Cima steps through to turn Daniels over for a butterfly clutch! Daniels endures and reaches out, ropebreak with a foot! Cima lets Daniels go but keeps his cool. Cima stomps Daniels and whips hip but Daniels reverses to tilt-o-whirl to a backbreaker! Daniels and Ciam both end up outside, Daniels rams Cima into the apron! Then Northern Lights to the floor! Cima writhes while the ref counts. Daniels stands at 5 to go back to Cima. He puts Cima in at 8 and drops knees into him. Fans rally up as Daniels scoops and slams Cima down! And then again! Daniels hears the fans chant for “SCU!” as he drives elbows into Cima. Daniels runs for the STO! Cover, TWO!
Daniels keeps his cool as fans continue to chant for SCU. He drags Cima up to whip him hard into buckles. Daniels drags Cima back up for a suplex! Daniels has the ref move aside for the Arabian Press! Into a crossface! Cima endures, reaching out as fans rally. Cima gets a ropebreak with a hand! Daniels lets go in frustration, but drags Cima up to ram him into a corner. Daniels rams his shoulder in more, then backs off to run back in. Cima boots Daniels! Then CHOPS him on the back! Cima sits Daniels in the corner, for a draping backstabber! Both men are down but fans are cheering. Fans rally up and Cima gest to his feet. Cima runs back in at Daniels, but Daniels elbows him away. Daniels hops up but Cima SHORYUKENS to Iconoclasm! Cover, TWO!!
Daniels survives but Cima doesn’t loose his focus. Fans duel as Cima fisherman, but the back bothers him. Daniels whips and hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! But they’re both right back up, Daniels kicks and hits Angel’s Wings! Cover, TWO!! Cima survives and shocks Daniels! Cima counters and enziguris Daniels, then runs in at the corner. Daniels boots back then hops up, but Cima trips him up! Cima climbs up from the outside, fans rally up, and Cima stands for a sunset flip. But Daniels holds on, only to still get a running bomb! Cima keeps going, AOI SHOUDOU! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives but Cima won’t let up! Cima drags Daniels up for the Alabama, to the Air Raid Crash! But Cima’s not done, he goes up top! METEORA! Cover, Cima wins!!
Winner: Cima, by pinfall
The leader of Strong Hearts now heads for Fight for the Fallen with huge momentum! Will it be what he needs to take on Kenny Omega?
Triple Threat: Nyla Rose VS Riho VS Yuka Sakazaki!
These three made great impressions at Double or Nothing, but especially the wrestling idol, Riho, being on the winning side of the Joshi trios tag. But now that she and the wrestling magical girl are alone, will they have any chance of surviving the #NativeBeast?
The Joshi shake hands to show respect, but even Nyla shares in that. Until she throws Riho into buckles! The bell rings as she puts Yuka in the same corner. But they both get clear and then work together on Nyla! They whip but Nyla blocks the whip them into each other! They trip her up but she shoves them both back. But Riho and Yuka come back with double dropkicks! Riho and Yuka try to turn Nyla over but she throws them both off! Nyla scoops and slams Riho, then does the same to Yuka. They’re side-by-side for Nyla to DOUBLE SPLASH! Cover, TOW! as they both Matrix! Riho and Yuka both stomp Nyla down and club away. The Joshi double suplex, but Nyla is too much for them! Nyla double suplexes the Joshi instead!
Nyla stomps Riho then drags Yuka around. She stacks the Joshi for a double Camel Clutch! Both women endure the hold but work together to get free! Riho reaches and gets the ropebreak for them both! Nyla holds on until 4, and lets both opponents go. Nyla comes back to drag Yuka to her feet, and into a bearhug! Yuka endures until Nyla slams her down. Nyla then goes to Riho to suplex her up and down hard! Nyla brings Yuka over, trophy lifts her, then throws her at Riho! Riho bails out before Yuka makes an accidental cover. Nyla mocks the Joshi, “Iku ze!” and suplexes Yuka, but Yuka slips out! Yuka dodges, runs and huricanranas Nyla down! Fans cheer for the magical girl as she takes aim. Yuka runs and springboards, to FLY! She wipes out Riho and Nyla!
Fans fire up as Yuka stands and brings Riho into the ring. Yuka climbs up top and aims, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yuka keeps on Riho but Riho hits back with forearms. The idol and the magical girl brawl back and forth! Yuka hits form all sides, but misses her discus! Riho hits a tilt-o-whirl huricanrana! Riho dropkicks but misses. Yuka dropkicks but misses. Riho stomps on Yuka! But here comes Nyla! Riho hits a big knee but it only staggers Nyla. But Nyla walks into a drop toehold! 619!! Yuka adds on with a seated senton! Riho tops it off with a double stomp! But Yuka gets Riho with a whip. Riho wheelbarrows and rolls Yuka, TWO, to stomps! Fans rally as Riho runs to kick but misses! Yuka rolls Riho but Riho rolls out, sliding D! Cover, but Nyla breaks it!
Nyla shoves Riho away and drags Yuka up. Yuka throws weak forearms, and Nyla rocks her with one! Nyla toys with Yuka now, and soaks up the heat. But Yuka fires up with new life! Yuka clubs away on Nyla, then runs, but her sliding D is caught! Into a Side Effect! Cover, TWO!? Yuka lives and Nyla is frustrated. Nyla drags Yuka back up for a suplex, and holds her there for a long time before bringing her back down. Nyla grins but Riho is back while Yuka bails out. Riho gets a corner splash! Then Nyla suplexes Riho to hang her out on the top rope. Nyla goes to the corner and climbs up top!? Riho is unable to do anything against the guillotine knee!! Fans lose their minds but Nyla still isn’t done. Nyla drags Riho around, but gets an idea.
Nyla drags Riho to a drop zone and climbs up again. But Yuka returns to anchor Nyla! Nyla clubs Yuka back until she falls! Nyla aims at Riho, leaps, but Riho gets clear of the swanton! Riho hurries up top as Nyla writhes. Riho waits for Nyla to stand, to hit her with a flying crossbody! But Nyla catches her so easily! But Yuka is up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Nyla has them both!! But then they both roll her up and cover!! TWO!! Nyla survives a double cover, so the Joshi go after each other. Riho runs but into Yuka’s knee. Yuka suplexes but Riho fights out. Riho runs, tilt-o-whirls but Yuka counters to a suplex! Yuka climbs and springboards, Magical Girl Splash GETS KNEES!
Nyla German Suplexes Yuka down! Then drags Yuka back up for a powerbomb! Cover, but Riho Meteoras it apart! Yuka covers Nyla, but Riho dropkicks her down! Riho hurries as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Riho gives Nyla a running knee, but then runs into a Death valley Driver! But all three women are down! Nyla sits up first to cover, TWO! Riho still has life! Nyla is losing her patience as she drags Riho up again. Nyla vows to end this, and powebomb lifts again, but Riho slips out to a cradle! RIHO WINS!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall
The Idol pulls off an upset!! Nyla is stunned, but perhaps let her ego get in the way. So she attacks Riho from behind! The Native Beast is a sore loser, but Yuka saves Riho. They both dropkick Nyla out! Nyla retreats in a huff, but is she far from out of the AEW Women’s Championship race? As for Riho, she doesn’t thank Yuka, she shoves her away. It is every Joshi for herself, which one of these two will head for the gold?
Fatal 4 Way: Hangman Page VS Jungle Boy w/ Luchasaurus VS Jimmy Havoc VS MJF!
Kip Sabian keeps a close eye on this one by joining commentary as he faces this match’s winner. With the #SaltoftheEarth stirring up a bunch of trouble at Double or Nothing, he must now face three big names in a huge match! But of course, they’re all fighting for their first big win in AEW, who makes the most out of it here tonight?
MJF grabs a mic but the fans boo already. Are they having flashbacks to being pushed in lockers? Just pipe down. MJF is going to make them feel as comfortable as possible here. So the nerds are going to get something they’ll love. Fans say he sucks, but he says their mamas swallow. Pop quiz: What happens when you put in a dollar store Tarzan, an old man still in his emo phase and “Seabiscuit” up against the hottest rising star in wrestling today? MJF getting a W! But are the fans still going to boo? YES! Well the level 45 Paladin Warlock Knight says he should respect them.
MJF says they’re getting off on the wrong foot. He extends an olive branch by saying he’s not so different from them. MJF used to love video games, but then he lost his virginity. Which is why he’ll win tonight. He’s better than you, and you know it. But will he prove that against three top stars at once?
The bell rings and Hangman goes right at MJF! MJF dodges to go after Jungle Boy, while Havoc goes after Hangman. Jungle Boy throws MJF out while hangman tosses Havoc. Hangman kicks and headlocks Jungle Boy but Jungle Boy powers out. Things speed up and both men show their agility, right up until Hangman BOOTS Jungle Boy down! Hangman CHOPS Jungle Boy against ropes then whips him across the way. Jungle boy dodges to CHOP back, then goes acrobatic to arm-drag Hangman! Hangman gets up but gets a headscissors! Hangman bails out and Jungle Boy high-fives Luchasaurus. But Havoc gets Jungle Boy with uppercuts and forearms, to then dropkick him down! Havoc drags Jungle up for a Michinoku Driver! But MJF rolls Havoc, TWO!
MJF covers Jungle Boy, TWO! He argues with the ref then trash talks the fans, but he runs into Havoc’s elbow. Hangman has MJF but MJF escapes the Dead Eye. MJF taunts Hangman, but Hangman dodges and tosses Jungle Boy. Hangman slingshots and takes out MJF! But Havoc CANNONBALLS to hit Hangman! Fans rally up for Jungle Boy as he builds speed, only to get run over by MJF. Fans boo MJF hard but he just takes a bow. MJF takes aim and runs, but he’s not going to dive, he just says up yours. But then Jungle Boy dropkicks MJF down! Jungle Boy goes out to MOONSAULT onto everyone! Luchasaurus gives him promos as he gets up from the human wreckage. Jungle Boy puts MJF in to CHOP him!
MJF scrambles to a corner and Jungle Boy runs in, but to a throat chop. MJF rams his shoulder in then rains down right hands, to miss completely! Jungle Boy springboards for a sunset flip powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kip really thought this was over. Fans rally up for Jungle Boy again and he climbs up, only for Havoc to SHORYUKEN! Havoc climbs up to grab Jungle Boy, but Hangman joins in! MJF staggers over as the TOWER OF DOOM comes down! The Superplex takes MJF out! Hangman hits Havoc with a clothesline, then gives Jungle Boy one in the other. MJF rolls Hangman up, TWO! Hangman hits MJF with a big forearm! Hangman runs in but MJF dodges. Fans boo as MJF runs away, but Hangman gets double boots!
Havoc calls for it but misses his Acid Rain, to get Poisoned Rana! Hangman clobbers and pop-up bombs Jungle Boy! Cover, but MJF helps Jungle Boy survive, to help himself, really. Havoc German Suplexes Hangman, and MJF elbows Havoc. MJF hops up to dumdum stomp Havoc! Then wrings Jungle Boy out into Havoc. MJF kicks Jungle Boy out to cover Havoc, but now Hangman saves Havoc. MJF scowls at Hangman as Hangman scowls back. The two are in the ring alone now, and the brawl is on! Hangman whips but MJF reverses to chop block the bad leg! MJF is on that leg, and mocks Bret Hart with the Sharpshooter! But Hangman counters to it himself!! MJF endures and grabs for anything, and still gets the ropebreak!
Hangman lets go and works to get the bad leg moving. Fans rally up for him as he stalks MJF to ropes. Hangman drags MJF up but MJF shoves him away. MJF then yanks Hangman to the apron, and kicks him through the ropes! MJF hits the Heat Seeker draping piledriver! He even uses the ropes for the pin! Jungle Boy breaks it up! MJF punchse Jungle Boy but Luchasaurus helps him stay up! Jungle Boy hits back, then slingshots, but into Havoc’s fireman’s carry! Havoc tosses Jungle Boy at Luchasaurus! Havoc flips MJF off but MJF kicks the ropes to hit Havoc low! Heat Seeker denied and Havoc hits double stomps! Cover, TWO!!
Havoc waits for MJF to stand. He drags MJF into the wristlock, but MJF pokes the eyes! BUCK SHOT gets Havoc! MJF whips but Hangman reverses to throw MJF out. DEAD EYE for Havoc! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Not only is the Problem Solver heading to All Out for the AEW World Championship, he will face Kip Sabian at Fight for the Fallen! Will Hangman stay on a roll towards his match with Chris Jericho? Or will he look past Kip and have it cost him?
Cody VS Darby Allin!
The Rhodes Brothers gave us an amazing match and an even greater moment between brothers. But now, the American Nightmare looks to keep the ride going towards Fight for the Fallen. But will the young star evolve into something at the expense of the son of a son of a plumber?
The bell rings and Darby just stares at Cody. Darby slowly stands up and tosses his jacket aside. He and Cody stare down as fans duel. Cody and Darby tie up and go around, and Cody puts Darby in the corner. The ref calls for the break and Darby slips out to a hammerlock! He has Cody in the corner now, then wrings him out for a hammerlock. Cody reaches and spins but Darby spins with him. Cody picks the leg but Darby rolls back to get to his feet. Darby and Cody stare down. Cody chases but Darby evades. Darby rolls Cody but Cody slips out to show he has moves, too. They circle again, Cody gets a leg, and he puts Darby on the ropes. Cody respects the break but still headlocks and throws Darby down.
Darby works to headscissor out but Cody keeps him off. Fans duel again and Darby stands up. Cody wrenches the headlock but Darby powers out. Darby blocks the hip toss but Cody does, too. Darby goes acrobatic to arm-drag Cody out! Cody keeps his cool, even as Darby dares him to come back. Cody sees Darby’s banner and tosses it aside. Fans rally and duel as Cody gets back in the ring. Darby applauds Cody’s courage, and offers a handshake. Cody takes it but of course Darby reels him in. Mahistrol, TWO! So Cody SLAPS Darby down! Cody smirks but Darby blocks the whip. Cody drops down for the Rhodes uppercut! He throws Darby across the way and right out of the ring! Darby slips the post on the way out!
The referee checks on Darby but Darby crawls. Cody does some push-ups while he waits. Darby stands and Cody slingshots out but Darby gets back in. Cody goes back in the ring, wrenches Darby’s arm, and gives him a shoulder breaker! Darby flounders to a corner, but Cody suplexes and tosses him! Cover, TWO! He tries again, TWO! Darby toughs it out but he’s crawling to a corner. Cody is on him again with the back suplex, but Darby uses a headlock to counter. Cody hits Darby int he back then suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet. Darby runs into a fireman’s carry and gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps his cool and fans rally again. Cody stalks Darby to stomp his legs. Darby still crawls but Cody keeps stomping him.
Cody turns Darby over and puts on a Figure Four Leglock! Darby flails and scrambles to a ropebreak! Cody holds on until 4, and he keeps his eyes on Darby. Cody drags Darby up and Darby pie faces Cody. That only gets him tossed into buckles! Darby flops out of the ring and Cody calls for the count. The count begins but Darby stands at 4. Darby gets to the apron at 5 but Cody drags him in, only for Darby to throw Cody’s hand into the post! Darby hurries back in but Cody kicks him between the ropes! Then clotheslines him into a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Darby still survives and fans rally again. Cody walks over but into body shots! He shoves Darby to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Cody grows annoyed, and he puts Darby in a butterfly stretch. Darby endures and fights against it as fans rally again. Darby gets the ropebreak, and Cody lets up right away. Cody knees away on Darby then puts the butterfly stretch on again. Darby gets one arm free but Cody grabs it for a cover, TWO! Cody scoop slams Darby down, then soaks up the cheers. Cody kicks Darby to ropes, then against the ropes. He stalks Darby and clubs him on the back. Cody CHOPS Darby to a corner, and then CHOPS him in the corner. Darby goes reeling but Cody follows after. Cody jams Darby’s arm, then headlocks for punches. Darby staggers into another kick, then Cody suplexes Darby and holds him up. But Darby goes after the bad hand! Darby is free, ducks and waistlocks to roll Cody, TWO! Springboard tornillo! TWO!
Darby has the arm! A Fujiwara Armbar! Darby hammers away and even headbutts the bad fingers, to put the armbar back on! Cody endures as Darby pushes back. Fans rally as Cody gets the ropebreak. Darby holds on until 4! Cody gets to the apron but Darby kicks him off. Darby slingshots, adjusts and slingshots away form Cody to DIVE! Direct hit takes them both out at the ramp! But Darby is up and drags Cody over to the steps. He stomps but misses the hand, and Cody trips Darby up! Darby hits steel and falls to the floor! Cody gets in the ring and fans rally up with him. Darby stands, Cody runs, Cody DIVES! Direct hit into a cameraman! Cody keeps fired up and he drags Darby up. Cody throws Darby back in but that bad hand slows him down.
Darby gets to a corner and Cody runs in. Darby boots Cody, jumps over him, then shotgun dropkicks him back in! Corner to corner, big back elbow to a snapmare! Darby fires off strikes, rolls again, then sunset flips to the DESTROYER! Cover, TWO! We get a five-minute warning and Brandi says Cody just has to survive. Darby crawls to a corner and heads up top, but Cody clubs him down. Cody climbs up to join Darby, stands him up, and dragon sleepers, for an INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Both men crash down and fans chant for “A E DUB!” Cody crawls to a cover, TWO! Darby goes to the apron but Cody follows. Darby bites the bad hand! Cody kicks Darby and clotheslines him back into the ring. But Darby hotshots Cody down!
Darby hurries up as Cody goes to the apron. Darby shows no fear, Trust Fall to the apron! But Cody dodges!! Darby destroys himself on the apron edge!! Cody shows no mercy as he drags Darby up and into the ring. Cody drags Darby up and has him by a leg. Darby slaps Cody so Cody BOOTS Darby down! Darby is on his own body bag banner, so Cody zips him up in it! Cody has Darby trapped as he drags him up, for a Disaster Kick! Cody unzips and drags Darby out for a cover, TWO! Darby still lives! Darby flounders but flops down again. Cody is in shock, but hears the one minute warning. He covers again, ONE!? Darby is a wrestling zombie as Cody SLAPS him with the weight belt! The ref reprimands Cody but Cody just SLAPS Darby again!
30 seconds remain, but Cody kicks Darby around, for Cross- No, Darby knees out! Darby hops up, Diamond Dust stunner! But Cody grabs him for CROSS RHODES!! The countdown begins but Cody can’t cover right away! TIME RUNS OUT!!
Time Limit Draw
Darby survives Cody!! Fans want “Five More Minutes!” to keep Cody from being 1-0-1 in his record. Cody’s for it, Darby’s for it, but who is that coming up from behind!? That’s the Perfect 10! Shawn Spears SMACKS Cody with a chair!! Brandi gets in the ring to figure out what this is about, and the ref moves to defend Brandi. Shawn stares at Cody bleeding on the mat, then leaves. Brandi and the ref tend to Cody while Shawn takes off in the crowd. MJF runs out to apparently run Shawn off but no need now. MJF is still a fan and friend to Cody, as are SCU as they come out. They all help Cody out of the ring, and he is walking, despite the gash in his head. Is Cody going to even make it to his tag match alongside brother Dustin?
Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Laredo Kid & the Lucha Brothers!
Kenny Omega reunites with the Young Bucks for this incredible 3v3 match! Will the OG Elite be able to pull it all together and defeat three incredible luchadors? Or is Laredo the perfect partner for Pentagon and Rey Fenix to take down THE Elite, the the Elite?
Kenny was right, their new gear is AWESOME! The Bucks as Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter, and then nWo Omega helping Kenny make an entrance as Akuma!! Will this be enough to KO Laredo and the Lucha Bros?!
But wait, Matt Jackson tells Justin Roberts something secret. Kenny backs it up, and Justin says, “ROUND 1, FIGHT!” The teams sort out, and Nick starts with Laredo. The two circle and show off their agility. Nick even strikes a Ken idle animation. They tie up and Nick wrenches to a wristlock. Laredo rolls and handsprings to reverse. Nick handsprings and arm-drags Laredo off but Laredo arm-drags back. Double dropkicks and handsprings cancel out! Nick throws off his headband as he and Laredo tie up. Laredo headlocks but Nick powers out. Things speed up and Laredo fakes Nick out for a rabbit punch!
Laredo SLAPS Nick in the corner but Nick reverses the whip. Laredo slips out to kick Nick back! Then he springboards for a crossbody, TWO! Nick whips but Laredo tilt-o-whirls and shoves. Laredo dodges the superkicks and clotheslines cancel out. Laredo shoves but Nick spits! Nick shoves but Fenix jumps in. Matt jumps in, but so do Pentagon and Omega! Fans fire up as the six men start shoving. But the Elite block the superkicks! The Elite fire off punches, then run, into triple kicks! The Elite bail out while the luchadores build speed. ASAI AND DOUBLE DIVES! Daytona is fired up as Laredo and the brothers take out The Elite! Laredo puts Kenny in and Fenix steps in for huricanrana. Pentagon runs to slingblade Kenny down!
Matt runs into kicks, then Laredo gets a boost, “Uno, dos, tres!” DOUBLE SUPERKICK POISON RANA! Fans fire up again as the luchadores all say, “Cero Miedo!” But then Nick attacks them all. He throws Fenix but Fenix rewinds to hook kick! Laredo scoops to a Michinoku Driver! Laredo then moonsaults off the bottom, but uno mas! Second rope moonsault, cover, TWO! Laredo whips Nick corner to corner and hits a corner forearm smash. He goes to suplex but Nick blocks. Theyy end up in the corner and Fenix tags in. Fenix CHOPS Nick then Pentagon helps him whip. Nick goes up and over but into Pentagon’s arms. Nick fights off both Lucha Bros, “LUCHA LIBRE~” arm-drag and headscissors!
Tag to Matt, and Matt catches Laredo for a Northern Lights! Roll through for another! And another, but Fenix gets it! Then another. Pentagon come sin, DOUBLE Northern Lights! And as fans hit a fever pitch, Kenny Omega tags in! Omega throws Fenix out and fires off on Pentagon. Omega has Laredo with CHOPS! He whips corner to corner and runs in, big back elbow! He scoops Laredo for a BIG backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps moving as he drags Laredo back up. Fireman’s carry and “You Can’t Escape!” But Laredo does! Mule kick to front kick to neckbreaker! Laredo goes to a corner and the top rope. Laredo leaps but into a dropkick! The Terminator Drums return as Omega rises. Omega builds speed but Pentagon intercepts with a wag of the finger.
Fans want to see this and chant “Cero Miedo!” Pentagon takes off the glove, tosses it to the ref, and then insults Omega before putting the hand sign in his face. Omega shrugs as he throws forearms. Pentagon gives it back and now it’s a brawl! Pentagon chops but Omega throws hands! Omega gets an edge but Pentagon CHOPS! Pentagon whips but Omega ducks and redirects to dropkick the legs out! Omega keeps moving, Kotaro Krusher! Fenix hits Omega but springboards into a shove. He lands on the apron to kick Omega back. But the Bucks give Fenix the headscissor dropkick! Laredo runs in but the Elite are all over him. They whip and back elbow, then feed to Matt. Matt wheelbarrows and Omega CHOPS, Nick bulldogs! Omega German Suplexes Laredo down!
Fans rally for The Elite, the the Elite, as Omega drags Laredo up. Omega fireman’s carries again and finally gets “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton and moonsault! Matt climbs for a Macho Elbow! Nick climbs for a SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Omega tags to Nick and Nick scrapes Laredo’s face. Nick brings Laredo up for haymakers then tags in Matt. Faso rally as the Bucks double whip. Laredo huricanranas Matt into Nick! Laredo swings at Omega but misses the enziguri. Omega German Suplex but Laredo lands on his feet to enziguri this time! Tag to Pentagon! Slingblade for Nick, SUPERKICK for Matt! Omega shoves but Pentagon goes up and over for a backstabber! The Elite all bail out and Fenix slides. They get clear but Fenix fires off kicks and CHOPS! Flying huricanrana onto Omega!
Nick kicks Fenix down but Pentagon holds the ropes open, Laredo DIVES and takes Nick out! Matt trips up Pentagon then climbs, but Pentagon trips him into a Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as both men slowly stir. Pentagon clubs away on Matt’s back, and wants the Dark Armbar! Matt arm-drags out and runs, but Pentagon catches him. Matt fights out and fights back, but Pentagon reverses the whip, to get a DESTROYER! And SPEAR! Both men are down again, but fans rally up. Hot tags to Omega and Laredo! But Omega reels Pentagon in to waistlock. Laredo runs into a boot, and Fenix gets a CHOP! Omega Snap Dragons Omega then gives on to Fenix! Laredo runs into a V-Trigger! Then a Snap Dragon!
Omega has Laredo in a drop zone and climbs up. Pentagon kicks Omega down! Nick runs in but is tossed right back out! Fenix runs in and is tossed out ONTO Nick! Omega resists but Pentagon keeps him p there to boost Laredo, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Matt runs in, to get Pentagon’s DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as all six men are down. Laredo is up first and he gives knees to Omega. But Nick says the party begins, SUPERKICK! Fenix SUPERKICKS Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! Pentagon SUPERKICKS Matt! Omega SUPERKICKS Pentagon! The Elite regroup, aim at the luchadores, but they get TRIPLE SUPERKICKS from them! Triple Cero Miedo, for TRIPLE HADOUKEN!!
The Elite have each luchador in position, TRIPLE POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO from all three! Fans know “This is Awesome!” but far from over. The Elite set Laredo up but Fenix runs in. Fenix just ends up the same alongside Laredo, and Nick climbs up. Double draping 450! Cover, but Pentagon kicks Omega’s head! Nick throws Pentagon out, then spikes Fenix! But Pentagon avoids the moonsault to slingblade! Matt runs to wreck Pentagon with a dropkick! Laredo dropkicks Matt as he skins the cat! Laredo runs but into another V-Trigger! Omega runs but into FENIX INJECTION! But Fenix gets Nick’s neckbreaker! Fans hope these six “Fight Forever!” but it has to end somehow.
Matt scoops Pentagon and Nick takes aim, but turns into Laredo’s chop. Nick CHOPS back, then use Laredo to go up, but Fenix and Laredo trip him up! Fenix walks the rope SUPER SPANISH FLY onto their brothers!! Laredo has Omega with forearms, then runs, springboard, V-TRIGGER! Tiger Driver 98! Cover, TWO!? Omega keeps his focus as he reloads. Bang, and he runs, to V-Trigger again! Omega electric chairs, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, The Elite win!
Winners: The Elite, Kenny Omega pinning
The reunion was successful! Omega and the Bucks win some big momentum towards their respective Fight for the Fallen matches! Will Omega be able to keep this up against a veteran like Cima? Will the Young Bucks prove they’re better brothers than the Rhodes boys? Is Cody even going to be there for that match? As for Laredo and the Lucha Brothers, will they continue to bring the AAA into AEW?
Unsanctioned Match: Jon Moxley VS Joey Janela!
Technically this match is not the main event, because AEW can’t even officially approve of these two crossing paths in the ring. However, this was going to be the only way to have these two passionately violent and reckless men have an even remotely safe encounter. The lights turning off and turning back on signal that this is a match where anything goes! Will AEW’s second event already be its bloodiest? Or will both these manage to keep their bodies in one piece?
The Lunatic and the Bad Boy are ready to go but are oddly calm with the bell. Janela and Mox get face to face, but then Janela pie faces Mox. Mox keeps his cool, to then kick and CHOP away! Mox whips but Janela holds ropes. Janela sends Mox out and then runs, to DIVE! Direct hit and they go into barriers! Moxley staggers away but Janela is right after him with haymakers. Moxely hits back and throws Janela over railing! Fans truly get a front row view as Moxely punches Janela and chops him around. Janela chops back then clubs Mox towards barriers. Janela dumps Mox over and then throws more forearms. He throws Moxley into the post, then goes looking under the ring. Janela brings out a table! Janela stands it up and then borrows a prosthetic leg! He bashes Moxley, but then Moxley throws Janela into steps!
Moxley swags about as he goes looking for something, too. He brings out a classic chair and tosses it in the ring. Moxley fetches Janela and drags him in for big forearms. He has the chair and scoops Janela with it, for a chair slam! Janela writhes while Moxley takes a seat. Moxley doesn’t even care his eyebrow bleeds already. Janela throws forearms and then puts Moxley in a corner. Janela CHOPS Moxley to take a seat then fores off more. He climbs up top and aims, leaps, but swantons onto only the chair! Moxley got clear and let Janela crash and burn! Moxley covers, TWO! He fires off fists and elbows to Janela’s head, then goes back out. Moxley goes looking again, and brings out a chair wrapped in barbed wire! Because Moxley probably prepared this one himself!
Janela crawls to a corner but Moxley stomps him out. Moxley scoop slams Janela then returns to his barbed wire chair. Moxley puts that chair on Janela to STOMP it into him! Fans call Mox a “Sick F*ck” and he takes a bow! Moxley climbs up, but Janela SHORYUKENS! Janela throws enziguris and forearms, then climbs up to join Moxley. SUPER STEINER onto the barbed wire! And then SMACK with it on Moxley’s back! Cover, TWO! Moxley writhes in pain as his back starts to bleed. Janela grabs himself a second table and puts that in the ring. Fans cheer as Janela starts setting it up in the corner. Moxley stands and fireman’s carries Janela, but he isn’t sure which table to use. He goes for the one outside, but Janela holds on! Janela forearms Mox back and wants to suplex!
Mox fights Janela off then joins him on the apron, only for Janela to Russian Leg Sweep them both, through the table! Fans chant “A E DUB!” as Janela stands up from the wreckage. Janela throws Moxley in but Moxley SPINEBUSTERS him through that other table! Moxley slumps out of the ring from all the pain, and brings out a third table! Then a fourth! He sets both tables up by the ring, but Janela flips him off. Moxley cusses Janela out as he throws down hands! Moxley then goes out to find more things. He has a wood panel with barbed wire! Was Moxley doing that all himself? Fans again know Moxley is a “Sick F*ck” as he goes to Janela.
Moxley scoops Janela, but Janela slips out. Janela runs but has to stop himself. Moxley kicks but Janela denies Death Rider. Janela fireman’s carries, to Death Valley Drive Moxley through the barbed wire board!! Janela drags Moxley out of the steel thorns to cover, TWO! Fans duel and rally as Janela starts punching Moxley. Moxley fires back and its a brawl! Janela gets the edge and throws one extra big one! Moxley sits down but comes back with a LARIAT! Moxley has his barbed wire chair back but he ditches that for his table idea. He drags Janela up for a powerbomb, gets him up for a Canadian rack, but Janela slips out to SUPERKICK! And then SUPERKICK him to the apron!
Janela checks under the ring real quick, and finds a ladder! This has officially become a TLC match! Moxley gets up as Janela sets the ladder up. Moxley stops Janela before he can do more, and the two brawl outside again. Janela bounces Moxley off the steel steps again and again, then puts him on the two tables. Janela leaves Moxley behind to go to the ladders! Fans plead, “Please Don’t Die!” But Janela goes all the way up, and LEAPS! Macho Elbow through the tables! Fans lose their minds all over again as the referee checks on both men. Both men are somehow okay to continue, and Janela is up first. Janela moves table wreckage around to go in search of more. There’s a second board of barbed wire?! Fans have to be careful as Janela drags that out and makes it a bridge!
Janela goes in search of Moxley, who is in the ring. Mox gets him with a DDT! Moxley drags Janela up in a fireman’s carry, to Death Valley BOMB Janela through the board!! Now it’s Janela’s turn to be stuck in the wires! Fans still love “A E DUB!” even though this technically has nothing to do with them. Janela frees himself from the wreckage, but not without scraping himself on the wires. Mox drags Janela into the ring and stalks him like a shark with blood i the water. Fans fire up as Janela throws slaps. Moxley throws knee after knee after knee into Janela’s face! But he isn’t done, because he brings out some kind of bucket. But what’s in the bucket? A bag. And in the bag is…? THUMBTACKS!
Moxley grabs Janela’s boot and starts undoing it? And the other one! He exposes Janela’s feet! Again, Moxley proves he’s a “Sick F*ck” as Janela is without even socks! Moxley stands Janela up, but Janela fights back! Janela avoids some tacks, but gets a kick and an X-Plex onto the tacks! Janela refuses to give up because of this, but Moxley stomps him into the tacks! Then atomic drops him onto them! Janela screams in pain from the needles in his heels! But then he just dares Moxley to give him more. He flips Moxley off! Moxley stomps Janela, and pulls out something else from the bucket! Another bag of thumbtacks! DEATH RIDER ON TACKS!! Double-edged as it is, Mox covers Janela, Mox wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Paradigm Shift continues as Moxley gets his first win in AEW! Though, does it really count when this was an unsanctioned match? He probably doesn’t care either way, he’d do it all again if he had to. Will Moxley only up the ante next time when he goes up against Kenny Omega?
But speaking off, Omega runs down the ramp to V-Trigger! Then piledrive Mox through what’s left of one table, and bury him with the wrecking of another! Then to recreate what he did with Jericho, springboard double stomps to sandwich Moxley in it all! But Omega isn’t done, he drags Moxley up to club him up the way. They end up by the pool but Omega punches and throws Moxley past all that. Omega uses the unused musical equipment to batter Moxley more. Moxley hits back but Omega is just all over him again! Omega drags Moxley up to throw him into the drum set! Omega has the drum sticks to count himself in. He plays a drum solo on Moxley’s back! Then he has the electric guitar, to SMASH it on Moxley’s back!
Referees reprimand Omega but fans want an encore. So Omega strums the guitar before dropping it. Omega leaves, having gotten back at the Lunatic. Referees help Molxey up but he shoves them away. Omega comes back with a trash can! And he bashes the can on Mox until it’s completely dented! Omega drags Moxley up, to steal the Death Rider, and drive Moxley into the can! But Moxley grins. Will all of this only prompt Moxley to go all out at All Out?
What another great event, and this wasn’t even seen as much more a B-tier show. The Buy-In matches were great for being kickoff show matches. It makes a lot of sense for the Best Friends to win, because they and the “Dark Order” can settle things at All Out while also going forward into the tag title tournament. I feel like the winner of that All Out match is going to go far in the eventual tournament, and might even be tag title contenders. The Librarians are a pretty funny duo, and that was a decently funny and good match. Allie wins but I feel it’s so she’ll lose to Brandi. Then that “Hardcore” match was definitely more comedy than anything, but that doesn’t mean it was bad. I enjoyed a lot of that, but clearly commentary was selling this as sticking it to WWE’s Shane Best in the World storyline.
Daniels VS Cima was a solid opener, just straight up great wrestling from two guys who have been around for a long time and know what they’re doing. Great to see Cima win, he’ll have a great match at Fight for the Fallen with Omega. The Women’s Triple Threat was brilliantly done, all three women look even better than they did from Double or Nothing. It was a natural choice to have the two smaller opponents work together on and off, and also one of the underdogs to win. I just didn’t think it’d be Riho off of Nyla. But it works to make Nyla a Heel as the bigger wrestler, and then there’s clearly tension still between Riho and Yuka that can all play towards the AEW Women’s Championship race.
MJF is the perfect Heel, because he makes you hate him the right way. His promo before the Fatal 4 Way was great, and then the Fatal 4 Way was even greater. Also knowing this means Kip Sabian is the next opponent, it was an interesting move for Hangman to win. It does keep Hangman strong even with All Out a couple months away, but with the PPV events being the only things for momentum right now, losing even here would hurt Hangman. Hangman will surely win at Fight for the Fallen, too, so he’ll be red hot going into All Out against Jericho. Cody VS Darby was a pretty great match, but damn there were two spots that really hurt: Darby’s trust fall to the apron and Cody taking that unprotected chairshot.
A time limit draw was a good way for Darby and Cody to stay even, but WOW that chairshot. I would really hope most of that is kayfabe, but yikes. This obviously makes the Fight for the Fallen tag match of Rhodes VS Bucks “questionable,” but it does give us a potential Cody VS Shawn Spears program going into AEW TV. Just don’t do another one of those chairshots, it is on the same dangerous thread as the Naito-Ibushi controversy at Dominion. The Elite VS Lucha Bros & Laredo was amazing, and is definitely a great “main event.” The show really could have ended there and it would’ve been amazing. Elite wins to keep everyone strong while keeping the rivalries with Lucha Bros alive. Omega VS Pentagon II has to happen as part of AEW TV.
And then the real main event, the “Unsanctioned Match,” well, damn. That was definitely above my expectations, yet perfect for what those two madmen are known for. They really went crazy with the barbed wire, too. The creativity with the thumbtacks was great, too. Never seen anyone take the opponent’s shoes off to make him walk on the tacks. Obviously Moxley was going to win, he needs to roll on towards his match with Omega, while also still staying strong enough for his time in NJPW’s G1 Climax. It was also great for Omega to beat the crap out of Moxley as payback for Double or Nothing. I wonder if this prompts All Out to be some form of No Disqualification, maybe even Last Man Standing, because clearly this has gotten that intense in just two events.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/14/21)
Iron Mike is laying down the law!
The fight to be AEW’s alpha faction is on the horizon!
Before Blood & Guts, Chris Jericho will battle Dax Harwood in a sampler of Inner Circle VS Pinnacle! But who wins when MIKE TYSON is watching closely?
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Death Triangle; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
- Red Velvet VS Jade Cargill; Cargill wins.
- Anthony Ogogo w/ The Factory VS Cole Karter; Ogogo wins.
- Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Chris Jericho w/ Sammy Guevara, Special Enforce Mike Tyson; Jericho wins.
- Kris Statlander w/ Best Friends VS Amber Nova; Statlander wins.
- Christian Cage VS ???; No Contest.
- AEW TNT Championship Falls County Anywhere: Darby Allin VS Matt Hardy; Allin wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Young Bucks speak.
“Why did we do what we did last week?” That is to say, they turned on Jon Moxley to save Kenny Omega. “Simple: We chose friendship.” Moxley, thanks for pushing them over the edge. This isn’t just a club of friends throwing up a hand gesture, but a family that loves. And as for Don Callis, he was right about one thing: the Bucks changed. In-ring, they’re still the best damn tag team. But backstage, they felt like frauds. They took the paydays and were no longer hungry. They let others change the narrative and take credit for their work. Matt tells Nick that he’s no longer content. They need to bring back the old Bucks. Or rather, show the world a newer, better version of themselves. What will these new Young Bucks look like in tonight’s AEW Tag Team Championship match?
Mike Tyson speaks.
“Hi, I’m Mike Tyson. And I’m so delighted to be tonight’s enforcer for Jericho’s-” But MJF interrupts “Mikey, Michael, the Mikenator” to ask what’s going on. Tyson asks what he’s doing here, and MJF says sure, he might’ve been barely born when Tyson was on top, but MJF’s dad said Tyson was a big deal so kudos to him. But the Pinnacle are a little peeved with Tyson over last week. Well Tyson’s mad, too! Of course! He has every right to be! And if anyone understands better than MJF, they don’t exist. MJF gets the idea of keeping friends close and enemies closer. Jericho is Tyson’s enemy, and if there was any time to strike, it’s right now! No, Tyson’s enemy is right in front of him.
MJF wants Tyson to slow down a second. All MJF is saying, he doesn’t need to cheat in this scenario. All MJF wants is Tyson to be on the right side of history. The last thing MJF wants for Tyson is to have regrets after tonight. Looking at Tyson’s face, there’s already one. But this right here is a blank check! Just think about it. Tyson takes that check, rips it up, and chews it to spit it in MJF’s face! MJF says he’ll remember that! Will Tyson make sure The Pinnacle gets what’s coming to them?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Death Triangle!
Matt & Nick promised to show us all a new side to them while still being THE best tag team in the world today! But will The Bastard & The Firebird ruin all of that right here to open Dynamite?
One thing that’s new is that they have Don Callis with them! The ring gear is of course new, as are the streamers flying through the air as opposed to Young Buck Bucks. The introductions are made as Callis joins commentary, the belts are raised and we begin to see if the new Bucks can prevent new champions from being crowned!
PAC and Matt start and circle as fans rally. They tie up, Pac powers Matt to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Pac pats Matt on the shoulder and Matt smirks as they reset. Matt and Pac tie up, Pac waistlocks, Matt switches but so does Pac. Matt drop toeholds, floats to facelock but Pac slips out to facelock back. Matt slips out to facelock but Pac wrenches out. Matt flips, kips up and wrenches to a wristlock. Pac uses ropes to flip through, wrench and headlock to the takeover! Matt headscissors, Pac kips free and he hits another headlock takeover, only for Matt to headscissor again. Again, Pac kips free but now Matt reverses the roles with his own headlock takeover.
Pac headscissors, Mat kips free and waves in Pac’s face. They go forehead to forehead, and Matt backs off, but to the wrong corner. Old habits die hard since he’s used to being on that side of the ring. Fenix laughs at Matt but Matt gets past Pac to tag out to Nick. Pac tags in Fenix and fans fire up as we see these two go again! Fenix and Nick approach, Fenix gets around to waistlock and ripcord but Nick waistlocks. Nick avoids elbows but not the trip up. Things speed up, Fenix handsprings over but Nick BOOTS him down! Nick goes to the apron, baits Fenix in, Nick backflips while Fenix tiger feints! Nick slides in as Fenix moonsaults out!
Matt gets moving, too, Fenix gets in but Nick sends Fenix to the ropes. Fenix tiger feints again but Nick avoids the heel kick! Fenix whips Nick, Nick slips around to arm-drag! Nick avoids the dropkick, Fenix avoids one now, and both men see the other ready to dropkick again, so they both stop right there. But then Nick CLOBBERS Fenix with a clothesline! The top teams in the rankings are in the crowd watching, from Jurassic Express and Best Friends to SoCal Uncensored and the Hardy Family Office’s Butcher & Blade. Nick drags Fenix over, tags Matt in, and the Bucks bring Fenix up to double whip. Nick back drops but Fenix uses that to RANA Matt!
Things speed up, Fenix springboards to FLYING HEADBUTT Nick! Pac gets in as the Bucks bail out, and he FLIES to take Matt out with a Fosbury Flop! Fenix DIVES to take Nick out into barriers! Fans fire up for Death Triangle as Fenix puts Matt back in. Fenix CHOPS Matt, pushes him down and ROCKS him with a forearm to the back of the head! Fenix scoops and SLAMS, then tags in Pac. Fenix stands on Matt, then Pac stands on Matt. Pac pushes Matt around, blocks Matt’s kick, and tags Fenix in. Fenix jumps over Matt, Pac spins him for Fenix to hold the foot, and Pac BOOTS Fenix in the back! Fenix spins Matt, Pac holds him, and Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt in the back!
Death Triangle double mule kick the legs, then they double BUZZSAW and double BASEMENT DROPKICK! Matt flops down and the fans fire up for Death Triangle! Cover, TWO! Fenix has Matt on ropes, clubs him then brings him up to knuckle lock. Fenix goes up, Matt trips him up! Fenix falls to the mat and Matt DECKS Pac! Tag to Nick, he runs and PENALTY KICKS Pac from the apron! Nick shoulders into Fenix and SLINGSHOT FACEBUSTERS! Nick grins and hopes the camera caught that. Fans rally as Nick scrapes Fenix’s face with his soles! Nick shoes off the Nike Diors but fans chant, “Those are Fake! Those are Fake!”
Nick drags Fenix over, bumps him off buckles, then tags Matt. The Bucks drag Fenix up to double whip, double hip toss, then cartwheel and double basement dropkick! Matt covers rather arrogantly, TWO! Fans rally for Fenix as Matt stalks after Fenix. Matt CLAWS Fenix’s back, then tags in Nick. The Bucks double whip, double hip toss but Fenix uses ropes to rebound and DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Fenix avoids one superkick, bobs ‘n’ weaves with Nick and tags Pac in! Pac springboards to missile dropkick Nick down! Pac gets around Matt to back kick, front kick and back kick, then SWEEP the legs! Pac SNAP BRAINBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! Matt lives and fans can’t believe it!
Pac drags Matt up, bumps him off buckles, then brings him around to bump off other buckles! Matt flops and flounders, Pac stalks up behind him. Pac taunts Nick as he brings Matt up and Matt throws body shots, but Pac eggs him on. Pac KICKS Matt, and KICKS, and KICKS! Pac runs but Nick trips him! Pac ROCKS Nick but Matt WRECKS Pac! The Bucks stomp away on Pac, Fenix runs over but he gets mugged! Nick CLAWS Fenix’s back, Matt drags Pac up and Nick has Fenix. The Bucks put two out, and DOUBLE APRON BOMB!! Fans chant “Young Bucks Suck!” and the ref reprimands but the damage is done!
Matt puts Pac on the apron, tags in Nick, and Nick stomps Pac down. Fans still rally for Death Triangle but Nick drags Pac up to wrench and whip him hard in the corner. Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Tag to Matt, he drags Pac up and pushes him into buckles. Matt goes corner to corner while Nick holds Pack in, Matt handsprings and CLAWS Pac’s back! Pac staggers but he brawls with Matt as AEW goes picture in picture!
Matt CLUBS Pac down, kicks him around, then drops knees on his head! Matt wraps on a chinlock and grinds Pac down. Pac endures, fights, but Matt leans all his weight on the hold. The ref checks but Pac gets his second wind and fights his way up. Pac breaks free to ROCK Matt with forearm after forearm! Pac sees Fenix return but Matt throws him by his hair! Tag to Nick, and Nick brings Pac around to bump off the buckle! Nick digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and Matt mockingly pats Pac on the head. Nick snapmares Pac, tags to Matt, face scrape and slingshots senton! Matt drags Pac up but Pac fires forearms again!
Pac back kicks, Matt trips him and tags in Nick! Catapult into the GAMANGIRI! Nick springboards to STOMP Pac into Matt’s knees! AEW returns to single picture as the Bucks taunt Fenix and the ref has to keep him back. The Bucks fake a tag so that Matt can stand on Pac’s head! The ref reprimands the standing on head but doesn’t realize the tag was faked. Nick tags back in for real, the Bucks whip Pac but Pac avoids the double superkicks! Pac throws Nick out, then throws Matt out to follow! Pac crawls for his corner but Nick is there to trip Fenix off the apron! Pac doesn’t tag out, and Matt gets in to rally fans up, but they boo.
Matt mockingly reaches for a tag, tags off Pac, and fires himself up! Matt rallies on Pac with big lariats, and mockingly does his old mannerisms. Matt brings Pac in to scoop and SLAM! Matt drops to his knees as if he’s emotional, and fans boo. But Pac gets up to CLOBBER Matt! Fans fire up now as both men are down and a standing count begins. Matt and Pac crawl for their corners, hot tags to Nick and Fenix! Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix runs corner to corner but Nick dodges. Nick runs in but Fenix makes him straddle the rope! Matt runs in, Fenix intercepts with a kick and knuckle lock!
Fenix CHOPS Matt, goes up and up and SUPERKICKS Nick before he rebounds to SUPER STEINER Nick! SUPERKICK for Matt, Fenix handsprings to DOUBLE CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and no one can believe it! Pac returns, Fenix tags him in, and Death Triangle gets Nick set up, wheelbarrow to DUMDUM STOMPS! Then SUPERKICK to BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Bucks are still in this but fans are fired up! Pac drags Nick up but Nick jawbreakers! Tag to Matt and he runs in, but into a REBOUND GERMAN! Pac gets Matt back up with a dead lift, but Matt flails to get ropes! Fenix walks the tightrope to PENALTY KICK Matt!
Fenix FLIES to take Nick out, Pac GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Pac is beside himself but the fans are thunderous! Pac has Matt in a drop zone, he goes to a corner and climbs. Nick returns but Pac leaps over and comes back to BOOT! Matt SUPERKICKS Pac! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt! Nick runs at Fenix, Fenix blocks the monkey flip, but Nick rebounds off ropes for a DESTROYER!! All four men are down but fans are thunderous again! “This is Awesome!” as Matt drags himself back into the ring. Fenix gets himself out of the ring while Matt and Pac stand. Pac and Matt throw forearms and haymakers back and forth, faster and faster!
Pac ROCKS Matt, runs in but Matt dumps him to the apron. Matt runs but Pac dumps Matt out! They brawl on the apron now! Pac HEADBUTTS Matt, but both Nick and Fenix trip their opponents off the apron! Fenix and Nick stare each other down, STEREO POISON-RANAS!! Nick takes Pac down, Fenix takes Matt down, but now they stare each other down. Fenix runs in, Nick tosses him over the railing, but Fenix lands on his feet! Fenix tries a springboard, but Nick SUPERKICKS him off the railing! Fenix still comes back, somersault CUTTER!! All four men are down on the outside now as fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Fans hope these four “Fight Forever!” but there is a time limit. And now there’s a ring count. Fenix gets Matt up and into the ring at 5 of 10, then Pac follows. Pac and Matt stand, Pac RAMS Matt into the corner! Pac hoists Matt up top, tags Fenix, and Pac goes up to get Matt in a SUPERPLEX! Fenix goes right up for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Fenix doesn’t stop, he puts Matt back in the drop zone and Pac tags back in. BLACK ARROW! Pac covers, but Nick returns to barrel through Fenix and BREAK it! Fenix storms right at Nick and throws him, but Nick spins around to CLOBBER Fenix! Nick drags Matt to their corner, tags in, and Nick runs at Pac, but gets a BOOT!
Pac and Nick stagger, Nick runs in but Pac dodges, but Nick holds ropes to deny the German Suplex! LOW BLOW where the ref couldn’t see!! Fenix tags in, springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Nick DEMASKS Fenix!! Insult, meet injury! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!!! Cover, the Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
New Bucks? Old Bucks? Better bucks? Worse Bucks? All that and more! Don Callis is proud of these two, since they sold their souls to him! Will Matt & Nick continue to be the champions by any means necessary?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page and The Dark Order.
The number one ranked male singles wrestler and his new friends are here, and Alex Marvez wants to ask him about everything going on with Kenny Omega, the Good Brothers and the Young Bucks. Hangman chugs his drink then says he’s glad Marvez is here. Quick update on John Silver’s shoulder- Ow! Wait, isn’t it the other shoulder that was hurt? Yeah but Hangman’s slap to the arm hurt this one… Well give it another four to six weeks after some vitamins, prayers and egg rolls. Speaking of, Hangman’s gonna go get some egg rolls. Are the Dark Order in? YEAH! Alright! That didn’t answer…
Rehab time, Johnny! Silver lifts the bad arm all the way to 90 degrees! AWESOME! Will the Meat Man be back so that he and Alex Reynolds can chase those AEW Tag Team Championships?
Backstage interview with Mike Tyson & The Inner Circle.
The last time Tyson was in AEW, he and Jericho were enemies. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, but why? Jericho says it’s because over a month ago, when the Inner Circle received the most vicious beating of their careers from The Pineapp- No, the Pinnacle, they decided to change their ways, have a new attitude, and right some of the wrongs they’ve committed. Jericho called some of the people he felt he owed an apology to. The first was to Tyson, the greatest boxing champion ever. But after being at each other’s throats for over 10 years from a 2010 knockout on a Monday night, Jericho realized he has a lot of respect for Tyson, because Tyson has remained relevant and stand on top for 30 years, just like Jericho.
Jericho told Tyson how he felt, and Tyson said if Jericho ever needed anything, he’d be there. And that’s when Jericho asked Tyson to have their backs against “My Jerkoff Friend and his band of sour men.” Tyson had their backs, and will be the special enforcer for Jericho VS Dax, a man who just a few weeks ago, the Inner Circle put 10 stitches in his head. But though Tyson is the special enforcer, Jericho wants him to call this down the middle. Tyson says he’s firm but fair. So may the best man win. Tyson is happy to be a friend, but he won’t take a side. If Jericho messes up, Tyson will knock him out again. Tyson doesn’t want that, and Jericho doesn’t either because he still remembers that punch. But there it is! Tyson is fair, firm and enforcing the match tonight!
Red Velvet VS Jade Cargill!
Though Velvet and Cody Rhodes lost to the giants at the Crossroads, she and Jade are going to stir it up 1v1 to finally settle things! Will Velvet be serving up L’s? Or will Jade prove she is not just a storm, but #ThatBitch in AEW?
The second Jade jumps into the ring, Velvet attacks! The bell rings, they brawl and Velvet uses her boxing background to fire off! The ref backs Velvet off and Jade BOOTS Velvet right down! Jade clutches her arm but still stalks some trash. Velvet comes back to dropkick Jade into a corner! Jade kicks low and hard, then brings Velvet up to scoop. Velvet slips out to HOOK KICK! Jade staggers around, Velvet waits, and then baits Jade in to dump Jade out! Fans fire up as Velvet builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Jade hits railing! Fans are thunderous with Velvet as she stalks Jade. Velvet CLUBS Jade, whips her but Jade reverses to send Velvet into railing!
Jade scoops Velvet to taunt her friends, and then FALL AWAY SLAMS Velvet into the crowd of wrestlers! KiLynn King, Tesha Price and others are the collateral from that one! Jade goes into the ring, the others help Velvet up but she drags herself to ringside. Velvet is in at 5 of 10, and Jade smirks as she counts her abs. Jade ROCKS Velvet, hauls her up the ropes, and suplexes Velvet to hold her up for a SLAM! Jade kips up and she soaks up the heat as AEW goes picture in picture.
Jade stomps Velvet in a corner, stomps harder, and digs her boot in deep! Jade lets off as the ref counts, but Velvet fires off hands! Jade chokes Velvet into a buckle! The ref counts, Jade lets off and stomps Velvet again. Jade whips Velvet corner to corner so hard, Velvet goes through the gap and ends up on the apron! Jade drags Velvet back in, to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Jade drags Velvet over, turns her over and soaks up the heat as she drags Velvet back up. Jade talks trash but Velvet pie faces her! Jade pie faces back, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Velvet lands on her feet! Velvet swings on Jade but into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives, Jade grows annoyed, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns, Velvet SCREW HIGH KICKS Jade hard! Jade is in a corner, she dodges but then Velvet dodges and Jade POSTS herself! Fans rally with “Stir It Up!” as Jade and Velvet rise. Velvet LARIATS but Jade stays up! Velvet LARIATS again, Jade wobbles! Velvet dodges Jade to LEAPING LARIAT and bring Jade down! Fans are thunderous as Velvet runs and wheelbarrows, to BULLDOG! Velvet says, “I’M That Bitch!” Velvet stirs it up, has a taste, and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Velvet drags Jade to a drop zone, goes up top and MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Jade moves! Jade drags Velvet into the chicken wings, JADED SLAM!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall
Velvet miscalculates, and Jade gets another win off her! Will Jade drag Velvet out of the top five to head for the title in her own right?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker and Rebel.
The Doctor has been pulling double duty on Dark and Elevation, and she has “breaking news” regarding the AEW Rankings! Britt “respects” the system, and is now #3 at her 7-1 record for 2021. Anyone below her, irrelevant. But Red Velvet just lost by Jade Cargill, so she’s 5-1. Britt has two more wins than Velvet, so logic says she is now #2. And she promises she’ll work her way up the ranking so that she will be on Elevation this Monday. Then the people will get what we deserve: The Role Model as AEW Women’s’ World Champion, and not Hikaru Shida. Signed yours truly, Britt Baker, DMD.
Anthony Ogogo w/ The Factory VS Cole Karter!
The 2021 Olympic Middleweight Boxing Bronze Medalist for Team Great Britain is now here, QT Marshall, Nick Comoroto and Aaron Solow in his corner! Will #TheGovenah lay down the law for The Thoroughbred?
Ogogo gets in Karter’s face, then the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock for a moment, and Ogogo puts Karter in a corner. Ogogo lets off, shoves Karter, but Karter comes back to get a waistlock. Ogogo pries free to switch, but Karter pries free to arm-drag! Ogogo BODY SHOTS hard! That’s a TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT!
Winner: Anthony Ogogo, by referee decision
The crown jewel of QT’s Factory hits hard and fast, and makes his money even faster! Will Ogogo go for gold, while also going for the jugular?
“Here I am. They told me to show up again today.” But Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford have been avoiding him. He wants to smooth things over, but Kip knows Miro hates wasting time. So Miro is moving on, with or without him, to become champion! IF you work for this company and have gold, you better pull a Kip and disappear before The Best Man finds you, too!
Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Chris Jericho w/ Sammy Guevara, Special Enforce Mike Tyson!
The Pinnacle attacked the Inner Circle, the Inner Circle hit back, and we’re heading for BLOOD & GUTS! But before that, FTR wants to make sure Y2J understands who is who, and why he should #FearTheRevelation! But will Jericho make sure Dax is never, ever, EEEEEEVER the same… agayn?
Tully makes his entrance with FTR but he has to remember that other than Cash and the Spanish God, no other members of either faction is allowed ringside for this! The ref tells Tully to scram! Tully reluctantly steps out of the ring and up the ramp as the bell rings. Jericho and Dax stare down, circle and fire off fists! Jericho backs Dax down, rocks him and whips him, then CLOBBERS him! Dax flounders up and Jericho DECKS him! Dax bails out, regroups with Cash, and Jericho gets a CHAIR! Jericho brings that chair around but Tyson intercepts. This is not a disqualification match! Dax CLOBBERS Jericho! And bumps Jericho off the apron!
Dax CHOPS Jericho, then grabs Floyd the Baseball Bat, but Tyson takes the bat from him, too! Jericho ROCKS Dax, and whips him into railing! Jericho takes railing apart, drags Dax over and bumps him into a piece! Dax tears his way through the crowd, Jericho is after him and it’s a hockey scrum! Jericho chases Dax back to ringside, Sammy keeps Cash back, and the hands keep flying! Dax kicks Jericho, bumps him off buckles, then throws haymakers and stomps and CHOPS! Dax whips Jericho to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Dax chokes Jericho on the ropes! The ref counts, Dax lets off, and Jericho CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again!
Jericho has Dax in a corner for point-blank clotheslines! Jericho whips, Dax bounces off buckles and Jericho CLOBBERS him again! Dax bails out, has the medics check his stitches, and Jericho storms over. Dax grabs Justin Roberts’ mic to BOP Jericho! Dax whips Jericho into the stage wall! Jericho grabs the timekeeper’s pen to JAB the stitches!! Jericho scoop SLAMS Dax to the floor, then confiscates a camera! Jericho gets good footage of Dax, and they both flip each other off! Jericho BOOTS Dax, gives the camera back and ROCKS Dax! Jericho puts Dax in the ring, stomps him around, then digs his knee into Dax’s head!
The ref counts, Jericho lets off, and whips. Dax turns Jericho around to POST him! Jericho falls to the floor, Dax gets him up and whips him into railing! Tyson is there to make sure Dax does this fair, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Dax stalks Jericho, but has to refresh the count first. Dax waits on Jericho, and he WRECKS him with a baseball slide dropkick! Dax smirks, goes out to fetch Jericho but Tyson gets in his face. Jericho kicks Dax low and put him back in! Dax CLUBS Jericho and knees him down on the return! The ref counts, Dax lets off, and Dax paces around. Dax sits Jericho up, claws his face, but stops as the ref reprimands. Dax CLUBS Jericho at ropes, chokes him, and claws his face! The ref counts, Dax lets off, and then snapmares Jericho to KICK him! Dax gets Jericho up, hoists him to the top rope, and climbs up to go after him. Jericho throws body shots then headbutts Dax down!
Jericho adjusts, Dax stands, Jericho CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Dax is right up to CLOBBER Jericho! Dax paces around Jericho, drags him up by his hair, and AEW returns to single picture as he whips. Jericho blocks, Dax CHOPS, so Jericho CHOPS! It’s a CHOP fight! Jericho gets the edge, whips but Dax reverses, only for Jericho to run him over! Jericho runs to run Dax over with a shoulder! Fans fire up as Jericho runs but Dax puts him on the apron. Jericho goes up top fast, for FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans are fired up as Jericho runs to BULLDOG Dax down! And LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cash is creeping so Tyson and the ref tell him to back off!
Jericho gets up, KICKS Dax in the side, then KICKS him again! Jericho runs but Dax ROCKS him! Jericho and Dax throw forearms back and forth, Dax gets the edge now, and he ROCKS Jericho! Dax runs but Jericho LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives but fans fire up again. Fans rally up, Dax gets to a corner, Jericho storms in to clothesline! Jericho hoists Dax up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Jericho throws hands, Dax slips down to get Jericho for a rebound POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Dax is furious! Dax gets in Jericho’s face, SLAPS him while he’s down, then goes to a corner. Dax climbs, and FALLING HEADBUTTS but flops!
Jericho gets the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Dax endures, Cash is there and he CLUBS Jericho while the ref was distracted! Roll up, TWO! Tyson storms over to Cash but Sammy runs and CLOBBERS him! Dax whips, Jericho KICKS Dax away! Jericho runs but Dax ducks the elbow! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho still lives and Dax can’t believe it! Dax grits his teeth in frustration as he drags Jericho back up. Jericho pushes free to CODE BREAKER! But now The Pinnacle storms out to violate the ringside ban! The Inner Circle attacks them first!! MJF is still arguing with the ref but Ortiz gets him! It’s chaos on the ramp and the stage!
But Cash RAMS Sammy into the railing! Cash has Floyd, but Tyson has Cash! Cash swings but gets DECKED!! Cash just got knocked the F out! But Dax gets Jericho, only for Sammy to distract him! Jericho back drops free, JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
The first shot has been fired, and the Demo God stands tall with his faction! Tyson joins Jericho in the ring to dare Pinnacle to do something! Jericho gets a mic to say, “As you pieces of trash leave, I want to make this official!” Iron Mike is an honorary member of the Inner Circle! Tyson is honored, will he stick by Jericho’s side through even Blood & Guts?
Backstage interview with The Young Bucks, and the rest of the Biz Cliz!
Matt & Nick, Kenny, Callis and the Good Brothers were just about to leave but Alex Marvez wants to talk with them. Clearly, these guys have changed the wrestling world again. Does AEW want a scoop? Well here’s the scoop! Get out of the way, Marvez! Callis has the mic to say, “If the wrestling world has learned one thing about all of us, it’s this: Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t seen anything.” When the Bucks came back into the fold as the greatest tag team of the last 2000 YEARS, they came back to the family. This isn’t the end of the story, this is just the beginning!
Omega says they’re listening to “the interwebs, the radios, the podcasts, the people on the telly,” they all want to know why he and the Bucks have changed. They haven’t changed! They just got sick and tired of being what we want them to be. They’re sick of you non-sport numb-nuts wanting them to be just like you! They’re not like you! They’re them! That’s where you find success! And that’s why wherever they go, the gold follows. Matt says that this is fine, this is great, but this isn’t all fun and games. Didn’t you see the match they had? Matches of the year just pour out of Matt’s ear! The Bucks are BACK, and the AEW Tag Division has been put on notice!
So whether it’s SCU, Jurassic Express, Best Friends, Butcher & Blade or whatever they go by, you’ve all got BTE Triggers with your damn names on them! Callis says this is what it is! You wanted the old Omega? You got him! You wanted the old Bucks? BAH GAWD, you got them, too! So if you learn one thing, learn this: prepare to be surprised again! The Bucks fake out the cameraman with superkicks, but then CALLIS Superkicks!! NERD! Will all of AEW soon belong to the Biz Cliz?
Thunder Rosa speaks.
“As you have seen, I’m not only taking over the AEW Women’s Division, I’m taking over the world.” She doesn’t just want the AEW Women’s World Championship, she wants the NWA Women’s World Championship! Rosa is back on top, and whoever wins between Hikaru Shida and Tay Conti, she’ll go after you and that title. And Serena Deeb, she’s been missed. She has something that belongs to Rosa, too. Rosa is waiting for everyone because she is going to take over everything!
Kris Statlander w/ Best Friends VS Amber Nova!
The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien is officially back in action, even after helping Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent in Arcade Anarchy. Will she continue to be out of this world as she takes on Ms. Super Nova?
The bell rings and Kris wants to boop. She boops the ref! Kris and Nova tie up, go around, and Kris puts Nova in a corner. Nova goes up the ropes but Kris lets her go and Nova falls! Nova gets up in a huff, runs but Kris dodges to arm-drag her around! Kris then boops Nova! Fans fire up for the booping as Kriss blocks the heel kick! Kris spins Nova to ROCK her! Kris whips, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up as Kris brings Nova back up. Nova hits back, kicks low, and pie faces her. “You’re not an alien!” Kris choke grips then military presses Nova to DROP her! Kris drags Nova into the handstand LEG DROP, and FLIPPING SENTON!
Kris gives a thumbs up and Cassidy returns it. Nova gets up, Kris runs corner to corner at her, and uppercuts! Kris goes side to side to KNEE Nova down! Nova flounders back up, Kris ROUNDHOUSES her back down! Kris gets Nova up, gut wrenches, tucks her in, and hits the BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall
The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien is 100% and is definitely back! Group hug! But will Kris skyrocket into the top five to be back where she left off?
Backstage interview with Team Taz.
They made an offer to Christian Cage last week to join them, but have they heard back? It’s been just a week, but no they haven’t. Ricky Starks brings up that they waited months on Powerhouse Will Hobbs, no offense to him. But why waiting a week on Christian!? They shouldn’t even wait an hour! It doesn’t matter who he is! Taz tells Starks to calm down, it is annoying. But it is best for Team Taz, if they are to lock Christian in, to have Starks hang backstage since he’s getting a little heated. Brian Cage agrees, because Starks has been a little indifferent.
Taz doesn’t want to do this on camera, but maybe Brian should hang back, too. Let Taz, Hook and Hobbs handle this. Tonight, they will convince Christian to join up! But will that really be the case?
AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
There’s a lot to talk about, and he welcomes the one and only Captain Charisma! Christian Cage is back, and he asked for this time to say this is the first time these two have had a chance to do this! What a thrill! Tony Khan gave him an open challenge contract and he’s here to use it. He wants to #OutworkEveryone, so- But then Taz interrupts! It’s been a full week, and Taz doesn’t like that he didn’t get so much as a return text message after the amazing opportunity he offered! Christian didn’t even ACKNOWLEDGE Taz’s request. Is he in or out!? Christian says he was going to do this later on in private like a professional but he’s out here so let’s do this now.
Christian says Taz just admitted himself earlier, Team Taz is a bit of a dumpster fire right now. The thing is, Christian didn’t come here to help Taz fix his problems, but to win championships! Christian will give his answer, and it’s good that Taz is standing on those steps so they can be face-to-face. Christian’s answer… is NO! Oh, well here’s the deal, SHITBAG! As far as Taz’s height, standing on his wallet would make him 10 feet taller! Oh that bingo hall money? YEAH that bingo hall money! And AEW money, too! But Christian just made the biggest mistake ever! Taz never liked Christian or his stupid friend who carried his ass, and then he has the audacity to wear Taz’s colors out here!
Hobbs has Taz calm down, and then he goes to the ring. Is Hobbs answering the open challenge?! Hobbs swings on Christian but Christian dodges to fire off haymakers! Hobbs KNEES low, talks trash, then gets Christian up to scoop, but Christian slips out to hook the arms! Speaking off hook, Hook distracts Christian on the apron! Christian swipes at him, Hook gets away, and Christian turns around into Hobb’s BODY TACKLE! Hobbs looms over Christian, Hook regroups with his dad, and fans chant, “Team Taz Sucks!” as Hobbs throws Christian into railing! Hobbs hauls Christian up to RAM him into railing again! Christian flounders, Hobbs smirks as he looms over him, then talks more trash.
Hobbs hauls Christian back up to POP-UP FLAPJACK Christian to the floor! Christian crawls away but Taz and Hook are at the ramp. Hobbs snarls as he stalks Christian to the steel steps. Hobbs hauls Cage up to SMACK him off the steel! And then stand on his head against the steps! Hobbs lets off, and leaves Christian down on the ground in a heap! No open challenge match tonight, but will Christian demand he get payback on the Powerhouse?
AEW has big plans for next week!
With Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker both clamoring for their chance, the #1 Contender gets hers! Tay Conti takes on her friendly rival and recent tag partner, Hikaru Shida, for the AEW Women’s World Championship! Tay speaks, saying that consistent hard work leads to success, and that now is her time. Shida says she wants to wrestle in sold out arenas as champion. Now it’s time to fight! Who comes out of this with the gold around their waists?
And after what we just saw, Hobbs and Christian WILL have a match next week! Will Christian be able to outwork a pure, unadulterated powerhouse? And while Hangman is THE #1 contender in the Men’s Singles Division, Ricky Starks is nipping at his heels! Will Absolute push the Cowboy out of the way on the path to the Best Bout Machine? Then, as Best Friends being their revenge tour on Death Triangle, #JustTrent takes on Penta El Zero Miedo 1v1! Will this be the first in the series for Best Friends to get back at their old foes?
AEW TNT Championship Falls County Anywhere: Darby Allin VS Matt Hardy!
The Face of the Network may be Relentless, but if Big Money Matt is to be trusted, there won’t be interference from the Hardy Family Office. Will Darby really only have to worry about Hardy and not Butcher, Blade, Bunny and/or Private Party? Or is the truth rarely the truth with Hardy these days?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Big Money cashes in big time in the main event!
Hardy gets a chair right at the bell, and Darby is wary. Darby dodges the chair shot, fires off haymakers, then runs, but springboards into a SMACK! Darby writhes, Hardy gets the chair up to JAM him in the stomach! Hardy looms over Darby, lines up his shot and SMACKS him again! Darby writhes out of the ring, flounders around, and we see Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky watching from Darby’s usual perch. All Ego & The Face of the Revolution still feel snubbed so they want to see Darby get destroyed for it. Hardy runs but Darby avoids another chair shot to fire off forearms! Hardy JAMS Darby again, SMACKS him another time, and then puts the chair aside put dig hands into Darby’s face!
Hardy DECKS Darby, drags him up and brings him around to smear into the apron! Hardy dribbles Darby’s face off the apron, puts him in and then gets the chair again. Fans rally for Darby as Hardy paces. Hardy takes a seat to watch Darby crawl as fans chant, “Hardy Sucks!” Darby sits up but Hardy ROCKS him! And DECKS him! Hardy gets the chair again, paces around like a shark with blood in the water, and that’s literal because Darby’s back is cut up. Hardy JAMS Darby with the chair into the waist! Hardy gets Darby up but Darby ROCKS Hardy with big palm strikes! Darby fires off forearms, but Hardy kicks low! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Hardy seethes as he gets the chair again. Hardy sits the chair up again, brings Darby over and BOUNCES Darby’s head off the seat! Fans boo, Hardy drags Darby back up but Darby is a rag doll! Hardy gets the chair, stalks Darby as the ref checks on him, and Hardy SMACKS Darby again! Fans boo but Hardy soaks up the heat while Darby writhes on the mat. Hardy drags Darby back over to the chair, puts Darby through the chair, and then brings Darby up! FULL METAL- NO! Darby fights free and uses the chair to RAM Hardy! And SMACK him with it! Darby fires off more SMACKS and fans want “One More Time!” Darby obliges and SMACKS again!
But here come Butcher, Blade & Bunny! That promise was just lip service! Butcher CHUCKS a trash can at Darby’s head!! Direct hit and Darby goes down! Private Party also join in, and Hardy has the HFO mug Darby! Quen & Kassidy stomp Darby, Butcher & Blade bring steel steps over! The steps are set up near a corner of the ringside area, but the Dark Order make the save! They go after the HFO, and IT’S STIIIIING! The Icon has his bat, he TOSSES Kassidy, JAMS Quen, and then brings Kassidy up to TOSS him at Quen! Sting gets in, gets the trash can and SMACKS Kassidy! Then Sting runs to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Private Party out of the ring!
Hardy and Darby ended up by the timekeeper’s area and fans chant “This is Awesome!” as AEW goes picture in picture!
Darby throws hands on Hardy against the stage wall! Sting keeps on Private Party while all of Dark Order brawls with Butcher & Blade! Darby drags Hardy up, brings him around and bumps him off the apron. Darby gets the trash can, brings it out and SMACKS Hardy! And SMACKS him again! Hardy flounders, Darby brings him over, and goes to suplex. Hardy counters to GOURD BUSTER Darby onto the trash can! Uno & Stu RAM Butcher into stage wall, Sting SMACKS Kassidy off steel steps. Hardy covers, TWO! Darby is still in this, but Hardy chokes him on the timekeeper’s table! Hardy rains down rights while his HFO get mugged over and over.
Hardy backs off, Sting SMACKS Quen off steps. Darby gets up, Hardy ROCKS him again, and Hardy gets the trash can. Darby fights back with haymakers! Darby uses the crushed can to RAM Hardy down! Darby fires up while his allies keep HFO at bay. Darby brings Hardy around, CHOPS him against the stage wall, and Sting throws Private Party into each other. Hardy ROCKS Darby and whips him into the stage wall! Hardy staggers around, brings Darby back up, but Darby RAMS him into the stage! AEW returns to single picture as Darby whips but Hardy reverses. Darby leaps over steel steps but COLLIDES with railing! Fans lose their minds as Hardy pursues.
Sting and Private Party are in the ring again while Hardy covers Darby, TWO! Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky have appeared ringside! They creep up on Sting, but LANCE ARCHER is there! The Murderhawk Monster makes sure they stay back, and Sting gets Private Party in double dragon sleepers, but then he sees Archer getting in the ring?! Is Archer just staking a claim to the prey?! But then Archer drags Kassidy up to the top rope, inverted crucifix for the BLACKOUT BOMB!! Hardy bowls Darby through the crowd of wrestlers while Archer goes out to get Quen and Kassidy! Hardy chases Darby up the ramp, has a chair, but sees what happened to his HFO!
Darby gets the chair from him to JAM him! And tackle him for a rain of fists! Sting tosses Darby the bat! Almost a passing of the torch as Darby aims at Hardy. Hardy begs for mercy but he won’t get any, so Hardy LOW BLOWS first!! Darby drops the bat as Hardy gets two balls! Hardy puts Darby through another chair! FULL METAL TWIST OF FATE!!! Hardy crawls to cover Darby on the stage, TWO!?!?! Darby still lives and that shocks Hardy! Fans are thunderous, Hardy drags Darby up and throws him down the tunnel! They go to gorilla now as Hardy elbows away on Darby. Hardy BOWLS Darby into the monitors!
Hardy gets a ladder! Hardy sets it up near a table and he drags Darby over. Hardy puts Darby on the table, rains down rights and lefts, then climbs the ladder. Hardy powers up, and SUPER LEG DROPS through the table!! Cover in the wreckage, TWO!??!?! How did Darby survive!?! Hardy is furious and fans are thunderous as ever! Hardy drags Darby from the wreckage, back out the other tunnel to the stage. Hardy throws Darby and fans chant, “Hardy Sucks!” Darby crawls, Hardy points to where Sting’s bat ended up, and then drags Darby up. Hardy CLUBS away on Darby’s back, hauls him up, and Canadian racks, but Darby slips free to LOW BLOW! With interest!
Darby flounders but gets Sting’s bat back! Darby brings the bat to where Hardy is on the stage, and Hardy is by commentary. Darby rushes in to SLUG Hardy in the stomach, then the back, then JAM him in the head! Then he CRACKS Hardy in the ribs while he’s down! Darby SMACKS all the monitors off the commentary table! Fans fire up with his rage as Darby chokes Hardy! Darby drags Hardy onto the announce desk and then JAMS Hardy in the head! Darby won’t end it here, he goes up to the girders!! SUPER COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
Hardy said he’d show us how extreme he can still be, but Darby showed us what “extreme” really means! The Face of the Network is STILL Relentless, but who’s next to roll the dice with him?
What a great episode! A lot of great progress in the stories, great action in the matches, it’s just great. The tag titles opening has become the natural move for AEW, and it was a great match with the Bucks showing us their new Heel personas that really do poke fun at everything they’ve been before this point. Their promo before the match to actually open the episode was also good to put that in perspective, and we got a good group promo with them and this new form of the Elite/Bullet Club. Callis giving the superkick was a nice little twist, I wonder if another group of five steps up to take these guys on in maybe not Blood & Guts but a Stadium Stampede sequel.
If it were anyone, it should be Hangman and the main four of Dark Order, i.e. Uno, Stu, Reynolds & Silver. Hangman is the #1 contender, is going to have an absolutely awesome match with Ricky Starks next week, and will certainly circle back to facing Omega again. It was good story that he ignored the questions about the new Elite during the interview, because he’ll have to face them eventually, but he can’t deal with that right now so he won’t. Silver is almost back from his bad arm, he and Reynolds can have some great matches with the Good Brothers. The Bucks are going to have great matches with any team they face, I hope they work from #5 to #1 in a countdown.
If SCU maintains their #1 rank, they can really build the “titles or bust” story for Daniels & Kazarian until they have just the most amazing match AEW has seen yet, and the crowd either explodes because SCU wins the titles, or still explodes because SCU loses their last match together. It’s how things have to go, it just has to. Velvet VS Cargill was great, and naturally Cargill won to maintain her strength. She needs to be getting more matches in, though. She needs to catch up to that top five to really make her feel like she is this strong. Speaking of, I like that Britt is giving us the ranking updates “in real time” to add onto her story of making AEW accountable for saying wins and losses matter.
Rosa had a really good promo to restate her mission to get both women’s titles, and Shida VS Tay happening next week is awesome! It’s been a point of contention that AEW hasn’t put as much into their Women’s Division but now they are and that’s great. I don’t think Tay takes the title off Shida, because there’s also Double or Nothing 2021 to consider. Shida could have a big defense as the one year anniversary to getting the title off Nyla Rose, so maybe that is where Britt or Rosa gets their shot and their own big PPV title win. And after that, things freshen up as Britt or Rosa takes on the other contenders, from Big Swole to Red Velvet to Kris Statlander, who also got back on track with her return win.
Team Taz ups the ante with Christian Cage as the open challenge never really happens. I would still harp on Christian not really being a workhorse but he did take a lot of bumps from Hobbs here so that was a good amount of work. Christian VS Hobbs will be very good, and I did like that we got more dysfunction in the team with Starks and Brian Cage. That FTW Championship match is still happening, I am sure of it. Miro’s ultimatum to Kip and all the title holders was great. I’m pretty sure Kip lets Miro do things his own way, and Miro goes right for the TNT title.
And of course, that TNT Championship Falls Count Anywhere was AMAZING. Naturally, the HFO did NOT stay out of this, they had great brawling with the Dark Order, and it’s great for Darby to get the win. Darby can probably keep winning until Double or Nothing, maybe against Miro, maybe against either Ethan Page or Scorpio Sky since they’re still hanging around, or maybe even Archer since he got in on things. The TNT Championship definitely is where the real workhorses wrestle, and whoever wins this title could probably go against Christian Cage at some point because of his #OutworkEveryone catchphrase.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (4/13/21)
ANOTHER Dark Sweet Sixteen!
AEW Dark is Big Money with Matt Hardy!
AEW Dark goes big with Big Money Matt, The Dark Order and Team Taz! Will Hardy have momentum going in his TNT Championship match with Darby?
- Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jay Lyon & Midas Black; SCU wins and stays a team.
- Matt Sydal VS Luther; Sydal wins.
- Alan Angels & Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett; Angels & Vance win.
- Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Jake Manning; Cabana wins.
- Red Velvet & Big Swole w/ KiLynn King VS Amber Nova & Queen Aminata; Velvet & Swole win.
- Aaron Solow w/ The Factory VS Fuego del Sol; Solow wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Stone Rockwell, Mike Magnum & Andrew Palace; The Gunn Club wins.
- Madi Wrenkowski VS KiLynn King; King wins.
- Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Ken Broadway; Hardy wins.
- Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales & Spencer Slade; The Dark Order wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shawna Reed; Britt wins.
- Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander; Cage & Starks win.
- Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Leila Grey; Nyla wins.
- The Varsity Blondes VS Prince Kai and Will Allday; The Varsity Blondes win.
- Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Cole Karter; Archer wins.
- Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Reynolds wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jay Lyon & Midas Black!
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian start off Dark by putting their partnership on the line! They’ve been going strong ever since starting this self-challenge, but will the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel suddenly fall apart?
The teams sort out, Kaz starts with Midas and they circle. Fans rally up, Kaz and Midas tie up, and Kaz waistlocks to slam Midas down! Kaz facelocks, grinds Midas down, but Midas fights up and around. Kaz hammerlocks Midas to then headlock, but Midas powers out. Kaz runs Midas over, things speed up and Kaz blocks a hip toss to arm-drag then CLOBBER Midas! Kaz stays between Midas and Lyon and he CHOPS Midas down! Kaz CHOPS Midas in the open corner, puts him back in and then bumps him off Daniels’ boot! Tag to Daniels, he stays between Midas and Lyon to gut wrench suplex! Daniels wags his finger at Lyon then goes back to Midas.
Fans rally, Daniels throws hands on Midas then scoops, but Midas slips around to shove Daniels into Lyon’s kick! Lyon tags in, he scoops and spins around, then SLAMS Daniels down! Midas sets up the hoop, Lyon dives through it to SENTON Daniels! Cover, TWO! Lyon drags Daniels up to throw forearms, then whips Daniels to ropes. Daniels ducks and dodges to kick Lyon, and STO! Fans fire up with SCU as Daniels tags Kaz in. SCU mugs Lyon, Kaz brings him around and whips into Daniels’ BOOT! SCU gets Lyon with a HIGH LOW! Midas runs into boots! They whip Midas and pop him up for the NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO!
Lyon staggers into a gut wrench, and gets the BEST MELZTER EVER! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
And The Addiction continues! They’ll be watching Young Bucks VS Death Triangle very closely, who will they get to face on the other side of Dynamite?
Matt Sydal VS Luther!
The Yoga Monster and SNAKEMAN are staying in the back so that this will be a 1v1 fight of men with third eyes! Whose sight will be 20/20/20 vision and find their path to victory?
The bell rings and the two compare third eyes, but Luther kicks low and fires off haymakers! Luther snapmares but Sydal handsprings through! Sydal deflects a boot, KICKS away on a leg, then STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Sydal CLUBS Luther, KICKS his leg, then whips him to ropes. Luther reverses, Sydal sunset flips, TWO! BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Lyther endures, Sydal pokes his third eye, but Luther fights up! Cover, TWO! Luther BOOTS Sydal, ROCKS him and stomps him! Luther bumps Sydal off the buckles, CLUBS him in the back, and then whips Sydal corner to corner to run in and clothesline!
Sydal sputters, Luther kicks him and digs his fingers into Sydal’s two normal eyes! Luther chokes Sydal on the ropes, the ref counts, Luther lets off. Luther says HE has the third eye! And then he argues with the ref, drags Sydal up, and kicks back. Fans rally and duel as Sydal catches Luther for a roll-up, TWO! Luther kicks Sydal, reels him in but Sydal gets around to waistlock. Luther elbows free, runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Sydal gets up. Luthre stands to get more KICKS! Sydal SOBATS Luther down and fans fire up again! Sydal drags Luther up, fisherman for the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Luther survives and Sydal is shocked!
Luther gets up, Sydal runs in and BRONCO BUSTERS! Sydal has Luther floundering into a drop zone! Sydal springboards but Luther trips him up! Sydal tumbles out to the floor, Luther goes out to KICK Sydal, then whip him hard into railing! Fans rally and duel again, Luther drags Sydal up and scoops him, to SLAM him into railing! Sydal flops down, Luther refreshes the ring count, and Luther stomps Sydal down. Fans rally, Luther drags Sydal up to mock Mike Sydal in the crowd, and throw Matt Sydal into more railings! Mike cheers Matt on but Luther tells him to shut up. Luther puts Matt in, drops knees on his back, and then throws down fists!
Luther drags Sydal up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Luther bends Sydal in a backbreaker rack, Sydal endures, so Luther shoves him down. Luther gets Sydal up to KICK his legs! Sydal KICKS back, and it’s a KICK fight! Sydal KICKS more and more, then fakes Luther out to QUESTION MARK! Luther shrugs that off to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sydal flounders up into a BOOT! Luther drags Sydal back up, reels him in, and calls for his shot, but Sydal slips out! Sydal ducks the kick to ROUNDHOUSE! Sydal hooks Luther up, LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, Sydal wins!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall
Luther’s third eye lost its focus and Sydal struck him down! Will Matt be flying higher as AEW moves into the Spring?
Alan Angels & Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett!
Numbers 5 & 10 combine forces again, looking to prove that all of the Dark Order’s tag teams are top five material! Vance won big on his own on Elevation, will he and Angels fly even higher together?
The teams sort out and Vance starts with Sackett. Negative One gives some last minute coaching, then Vance and Sackett circle. They tie up, Vance hammerlocks then headlocks to the takeover. Vance grinds Sackett, Sackett fights up and powers Vance to ropes. The ref counts, Sackett lets off but then comes back to headlock again. Vance powers out and runs Sackett over! Things speed up, Vance gets under the hurdle to hit another headlock takeover! Fans cheer, Sackett fights up but Vance wrenches. Angels tags in, Vance whips Sackett and then back drops him! Angels is up top for a basement missile dropkick!
Angels drags Sackett up, throws forearm after forearm after forearm! Angels unleashes then KICKS Sackett down! Angels glares at Backlund, but Sackett rakes Angels’ eyes! Tag to Backlund, he and Sackett mug Angels to then double whip him corner to corner. Angels goes up and over Sacket, under Backlund, then RANAS Backlund into giving Sackett a spear! Angels then ATHLETIC PLEXES Backlund away! Angels has Backlund on the apron, suplexes him but Backlund slips free! Sackett tags in as Backlund ducks and dodges, and Sackett CLOBBERS Angels! Sackett back suplexes but Angels lands on his feet, tag to Vance!
Vance rallies on Sackett, has him in a corner and BOOTS him! Vance scoops, Sackett slips out and then shoves, only to run into a SPINEBUSTER! Vance powers up but Backlund drags him out! Vance dodges Backlund, Angels ROUNDHOUSES Backlund down! Sackett builds speed but into a KNEE! Angels then adds his “THIS IS GONNA SUCK!” CROSSBODY! FULL NELSON!! Vance thrashes Sackett into going to sleep, the Dark Order wins!
Winners: Alan Angels & Preston Vance, by submission
The Dark Order is three duos deep as the nickel ‘n’ dime package gets another win! Will 5 & 10 be joining the top five in time for Dynamite’s AEW World Tag Team Championship match?
Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Jake Manning!
BOOM BOOM! The Dark Order continues as Cabana welcomes “Mr. Elite” to All Elite! Will Manning prove he belongs here? Or will he decide to #JoinDarkOrder?
The bell rings and “The Man Scout” reluctantly puts his scout manual away. Manning and Cabana tie up, and Cabana scoop SLAMS Manning! Cabana waits on Manning to get up, but Manning goes back to his book. Manning says his back hurts, and that his manual advises against such situations. The ref gets Manning to put the book back down and continue the match. Manning and Cabana tie up, Manning waistlocks but Cabana reaches down to trip him up. Cabana runs, cartwheels over and scoops Manning to SLAM him again! Manning scrambles back to his manual again, reads but Cabana snatches it away!
Cabana takes the book on a game of cat ‘n’ mouse with Manning, then tosses it to roll Manning up, TWO! Now there’s a tug-o-war for the book! The ref takes it away and Manning CLOBBERS Cabana! Manning clubs Cabana, throws forearms, but now it’s a brawl! Cabana ROCKS Manning, whips but Manning reverses to sunset Cabana into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Manning is shocked but he goes up top. Fans rally, Manning leaps, but into a HAYMAKER! Manning staggers around into DOUBLE CHOPS! Cabana JABS and JABS, flips, flops and flies, BIONIC ELBOW! FLYING APPLE in the corner, and then Cabana goes up top. Cabana leaps, hops again as Manning moves, SPLASH! Cover, TWO!
Cabana stands Manning up to CHOP! And CHOP! Manning ducks the chop to hit a LETHAL COMBINATION! Cover, TWO!! Manning can’t believe it! Manning goes up top but Cabana anchors his foot, to trip him up! Cabana gets the legs, turns Manning around, BILLY GOAT’S CURSE!! Manning taps, Cabana wins!
Winner: Colt Cabana, by submission
Negative One gets Manning’s book to look through it, and then throws it to the trash! Will Dark Order continue to roll on through the rankings in all divisions?
Red Velvet & Big Swole w/ KiLynn King VS Amber Nova & Queen Aminata!
This winning combination is back together again, right before Velvet is about to have her 1v1 rematch with Jade Cargill! Will Velvet and Swole be sweet, not sour, before Velvet takes on the power of #ThatBitch?
The teams sort out, Swole starts against Nova and the two circle as fans rally. Swole and Nova tie up, Swole shoves Nova away, and Aminata tags in already. Aminata says she’s got this, and Swole mocks her. Things speed up, Swole drop toeholds to then basement dropkick! Aminata hits back with body shots and a big forearm, but Swole forearms back! Swole whips Aminata to the corner and ROCKS her with an uppercut! Tag to Velvet, they double whip and trip Aminata up to then hurdle, elbow and Cover, ONE! Aminata tags out to Nova, she and Velvet tie up and Nova headlocks. Velvet powers out, Nova runs her over, and things speed up again, but Velvet calf kicks Nova down!
Velvet drags Nova up, Nova uppercuts! Nova NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Nova knocks Velvet down, talks trash, then drags Velvet up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Aminata and she fires forearms then a snapmare. Aminata hushes the crowd to then KICK Velvet on the back! Cover, TWO! Aminata brings Velvet up to whip her into Nova’s headscissors and DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Swole protests, the ref reprimands, Aminata HIP ATTACKS Velvet in the corner! Cover, TWO! Velvet survives but Aminata smirks, runs and kicks but Velvet gets under it! Hot tag to Swole, and Swole CLOBBERS Aminata!
Swole rallies with forearms, ROUNDHOUSES Nova, but Aminata ducks the kicks to get the HEADBUTT! Aminata keeps moving, Swole SPEARS her down! Cover, Nova breaks it! Velvet fires off on Nova, Swole fires off on Aminata, then they trade to EuroUpper! DOUBLE BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Swole drags Aminata by her legs but Aminata kicks her away! Hot tags to Nova and Velvet! Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves, kicks and CHEF’S KISS!! Cover, Velvet & Swole win!
Winners: Red Velvet & Big Swole, by pinfall
The combination known as #Swolvet is getting stronger! But here comes Jade Cargill! She wants to stir up trouble again, but Swole and King try to keep Velvet back. She blows past them to DIVE and take out Jade at the ramp! They brawl on the ramp, referees rush to stop this, and both King and Swole stay between Velvet and Jade! This is where it stops for now, but this is definitely going to explode on Dynamite!
Aaron Solow w/ The Factory VS Fuego del Sol!
QT Marshall and Nick Comoroto won big for their brand new faction, and now it’s time for the Extra Talented to get his! Will he put out the Fire of the Sun and prove everyone should come work for The Factory?
Fuego stares down QT and Comoroto, but Solow BLINDSIDES him! The bell rings and Solow stomps Fuego down! Fans jeer as Solow RAMS Fuego into buckles! Solow kicks Fuego, backs off then drags Fuego up to scoop him for a SLAM! Solow runs to drop a BIG knee! Fans boo but Solow blows kisses. Solow stomps Fuego to a corner, drags Fuego up and CHOPS him! Solow brings Fuego up to EXPLODER! Fuego tumbles all the way to the other corner, and Solow grins as he hurries over to choke Fuego on ropes! The ref counts, Solow lets off and drags Fuego back up. Fans rally for Fuego and he throws body shots, but Solow DECKS him!
Solow scoops Fuego to SLAM him into buckles! Solow talks trash, fans still rally but Solow drags Fuego up to stomp and kick him. Solow toys with Fuego but Fuego fires off! Solow blocks a kick, flips Fuego but he lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Fuego runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT! Fuego keeps going to RAM into Solow! Fuego cradles to the FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Solow scrambles up but Fuego is up top! Fuego leaps but Solow gets under, Things speed up, Fuego tilt-o-whirls but no DDT! SCREW HIGH KICK! Solow fires up now, QT tells him to finish this! Solow obeys, underhooks Fuego’s arm for a TRAPPED ARM PEDIGREE! Cover, Solow wins!
Winner: Aaron Solow, by pinfall
The Extra Talented put something extra on that one! Will The Factory dominate all of AEW?
Ryan Nemeth speaks.
“Every week, every show, every match, every opponent, The Hollywood Hunk proves he is a dominant force in AEW.” Looking at the numbers alone, Nemeth wins nearly half the time. Whether it’s Nemeth and Reynolds with Negative One, Tay Conti, whoever, Nemeth isn’t afraid of the cronies. Reynolds is technically sound, good looking, and a winner. But he is no hunk. Will Nemeth be looking his best against Number 3 of the Dark Order?
Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Stone Rockwell, Mike Magnum & Andrew Palace!
Billy and his boys are still rolling as an undefeated trio! But they’re up against some pretty big guns on the other side! Will the Gunn Club finally be outdrawn in the Dark?
The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Colten starts against Rockwell the Indiana Jones cosplayer. Fans rally for Colten as Rockwell offers a handshake. Colten asks what’s going on and Papa Gunn says not to fall for it. Fans want Colten to shake his hand, but Rockwell rushes in! Colten gets the arm, wrenches, but Rockwell pulls hair to get the wrench! Colten wrenches it back, Rockwell RAMS him into a corner! Rockwell lets off to body shot hard! Rockwell whips, Colten runs him over! Colten runs, things speed up, Colten whips Rockwell again and then comes back for a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Austin, Palace tags in but Austin whips.
Palace reverses, Austin dodges and trips Palace up to THROWBACK! Austin fires off hype bullets, tags in Billy, and they whip Palace to body shot and BOOT! Magnum tags in, fans fire up with Billy as he and the “Starving Artist” circle. Magnum kicks and haymakers, runs to duck and dodge, but Billy CLOBBERS him! “SUCK IT!” The ref reprimands but Billy drags Magnum up. Billy suplexes and SLAMS Magnum down! Cover, Palace and Rockwell break it! Austin runs in to CROSSBODY them both down! Billy tags Colten, he gets Magnum up, COLT 45! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
The Gunns shoot down the Magnum, and are now 12-0 as a trio! Will this lead them to big things in AEW in the near future?
Madi Wrenkowski VS KiLynn King!
Ms. Reality takes on The King as both of them look to climb the ranks of the AEW Women’s Division! Will Madi make King face the reality that she’s not ready for the big time?
The bell rings, the two circle, King dodges Madi to fire off forearms. King whips, arm-drags Madi around, then kicks low and hard. King runs to basement boot Madi out! Fans fire up as King drags Madi up, but Madi trips King! Madi drags King out but King hits back! King ROCKS Madi with forearms but Madi RAMS King into the apron, RAMS her into the barrier, then RAMS her back the other way! Madi ROCKS King, CHOPS her, but King grits her teeth. Madi puts King in the ring, fires off kicks, then runs, to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Madi keeps on King with knees and a BIG FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! King survives and Madi argues with the ref but the count is fair.
Fans rally, Madi gets King up and clubs her on the back. Madi runs but King dodges the boot to CLOBBER her! Things speed up, King blocks a punch to ROUNDHOUSE then GERMAN SUPLEX! Madi flounders, King runs corner to corner and SHOTGUNS Madi into buckles! King goes corner to corner again but misses! Madi runs in but the monkey flip is caught! Madi fights free of the grip but King hits KINGDOM FALL!! Cover, King wins!
Winner: KiLynn King, by pinfall
Madi ended up facing reality that she isn’t ready to dethrone The King! But will King prove she can be the champion of this division?
Alex Reynolds speaks.
“Tonight, State Farm presents: The Hollywood Hunk, Ryan Nemeth VS The Handsome Devil, Alex Reynolds.” Negative One says Nemeth was his babysitter. He sat on Negative One? Negative One is fired up, and wants to attack! Relax, Nemeth isn’t in the camera. Save it for the ring. Reynolds says that he isn’t taking this lightly. He and John Silver talked with the State Farm Superfan, Aaron, and came up with some moves to debut tonight. Reynolds has tricks up his sleeves. He won’t just win this for him or the Dark Order, but for Aaron and State Farm! Because like a good neighbor~, State Farm is there~! Will Nemeth need insurance for what could happen to his good looks?
Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Ken Broadway!
The truth is the truth, and the truth is that Big Money Matt is going for gold! But will Hardy be rolling into his TNT Championship showdown with Darby Allin?
Broadway also knows how to make it rain, and the HFO scoop up some of that to add to their revenue. The bell rings and Darby Allin is watching from his usual spot in the bleachers. Broadway and Hardy tie up, Hardy wrenches to an elbow breaker then a wristlock. Broadway spins and wrenches and wristlocks back! Hardy wrenches, headlocks, but Broadway powers out, only for Hardy to pull hair! Hardy headlocks again, Broadway throws body shots and powers out this time, only for Hardy to run him over! Hardy drags Broadway up to bump him off buckles, and again and again and again and again! Hardy stops as the ref counts, and he watches Broadway flounder.
Hardy gets Broadway up to SLAP him in the corner! Hardy runs in but Broadway dodges to CHOP! Hardy turns things around to CHOP again! Hardy throws forearms, but Broadway fires back! Broadway climbs up, but Hardy carries him to HOTSHOT him off ropes! Hardy gets Broadway up to bend him against the ropes, and Private Party mocks Broadway. Hardy CLUBS Broadway, throws forearms in a corner, but lets off to run in, only for Broadway to elbow back! Broadway BOOTS Hardy down, climbs up the corner, and MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS! Hardy gets him for a SIDE EFFECT!
Hardy shouts, “The truth is the truth!” He points to Darby and says, “This is you tomorrow night!” Hardy drags Broadway up for a TWIST OF FATE! Darby dares Hardy to bring it, but Hardy drags Broadway into THE LEECH HOLD!! Broadway taps, Hardy wins!
Winner: Matt Hardy, by submission
The HFO celebrates with Hardy but Darby still dares Hardy to bring it as he holds up his TNT Championship. Hardy gets a mic and tells Darby, “Listen to me very closely. Tomorrow nigh to Dynamite, in Falls Count Anywhere, I am going to show you just how extreme Big Money Matt can still be! And I promise you, Darby, I am going to leech the TNT title from around your waist!” Will Hardy put his money where his mouth is when he and Darby can fight all over Daily’s Place?
Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales & Spencer Slade!
We saw big wins for the Dark Order with Cabana, Angels and Vance, but now the OG get in the ring! Will Players One and Two not be left behind by their recruits?
The teams sort out, Stu starts with Slade and CLOBBERS him! And again! Stu scoops, Slade escapes and shoves him, tag to Vary! Vary leaps, into Stu’s arms! Stu RAMS Vary into the corner, tags to Uno and he elbows Vary! Uno whips Stu into Vary for a forearm, then Stu whips Vary into Uno’s BOOT! Vary tags Slade, Uno blocks his boot! Uno promises to put the foot down, and then throws Slade to STOMP the hands! Uno DECKS Slade, tags Stu, and they combine for the springboard elbow drop SIDEWALK SLAM! Vary runs into a kick! The Dark Order pinball Vary around, TOSS POWERBOMB! Tag to Uno, they get Slade up, FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
The originals win fast, but then have to keep Negative One from tearing into Slade! Will Uno & Stu lead the way for the Dark Order into tag team supremacy?
Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shawna Reed!
The Doctor is doing double duty as she’s on Dark after being on Elevation! Though she calls the AEW system BS, will Britt still get another win to head towards the AEW Women’s World Championship?
The bell rings and Reed rushes Britt with forearms! Britt shoves her away, they speed up, and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt gets Reed up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Reed flounders to a corner, Britt pulls Reed’s pigtails into the corner! Britt lets off to then ROCK Reed! Reed turns things around to fire off furious fists! Reed whips, Britt reverses and redirects but Reed sidesteps, only for Britt to hit SLINGBLADE! Fans boo but Britt spells it out for us, only for Reed to roll her up! TWO, but Reed basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Reed drags Britt up, fisherman but Britt wrenches free to kick low! Britt reels Reed in to FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER!
Britt checks her teeth, then drags Reed around by her hair. SUPERKICK! Britt says hold on, and she SUPERKICKS again! Britt gets the glove, puts it on, and drags Reed into the Rings of Saturn, and the LOCKJAW!! Reed taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The Doctor smothers the schoolgirl to teach her a lesson: Don’t punch above your proverbial weight class. Will Britt become the role model and the workhorse of the AEW Women’s Division?
Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander!
The #AbsoluteMachines have been rather dysfunctional lately, but the old saying is that winning fixes everything. Will Cage & Starks take care of the #GoonPlatoon and The Sensation and put the past behind them?
The teams sort out and Starks starts with Bravo. Bravo and Starks circle, they tie up, and Starks headlocks. Starks grinds Bravo but Bravo powers out. Bravo hurdles but Starks whips him hard to the outside! Starks distracts the ref so Hook can CLOBBER Bravo! Bravo flounders up only for Will Hobbs to CLOBBER him! Hook gets Bravo in and Starks drags Bravo up. Tag to Cage, Starks scoops Bravo to hand him over to Cage. Cage does bicep curls then TOSSES Bravo! Alexander runs in but Starks intercepts with a kick! Starks helps Cage get Alexander up, for a POWEBOMB! Starks then gets Bravo set up for Cage and Cage climbs up to DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!
Cage fires up, “Who betta?!” Cage sees Starks get in because he wants to get Alexander up. Fireman’s carry and another hand-off, for Cage to F5!! Taz is confused as to why Starks is doing all this, as Starks gets Bravo up and tells Cage to end this! Cage suplexes to DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Brian Cage & Ricky Starks, by pinfall
Starks gets a lot of assists here, and shares in the win as he hands Cage his FTW Championship. Is this a sign that Team Taz is united? Or is Starks being that passive aggressive?
Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Leila Grey!
The Native Beast is hungry for another chance at the AEW Women’s World Championship, and she’s got a Top Tier appetizer in front of her! Will this be a bite-sized snack before going after the champ?
As Vickie makes her entrance, she shrilly shouts, “EXCUSE ME!!” Though, when is it ever not shrill? Anyway, Vickie storms down to the ring to tell Justin Roberts SUCKS, and decides to do this right! Now get the HELL out of the ring! Vickie introduces “the most feared and destructive woman in all of wrestling history,” Vickie’s client, NYLA ROSE! Then Vickie demands fans give Nyla a standing ovation just for the entrance. Nyla gets in the ring, the bell sounds, and Nyla CLOBBERS Grey! Nyla bumps Grey off buckles, fires off body shots, then whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up but gets caught for a POWERSLAM!
Nyla stalks Grey to the apron, Vickie laughs at Grey’s pain, but Grey hotshots Nyla away! Grey runs and lariats, but Nyla stays up! Grey tries again and again, then dropkicks a leg out! Nyla still stands but Grey knee lifts! Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla drags Grey up, reels her in and LARIATS her down! “I own this ring!” Nyla bumps Grey off buckles, stomps her then tosses her! Nyla fires up, runs corner to corner and back body blocks! Then she runs to SPEAR Grey down! Nyla drags Grey up, reels her in and hits a BEAST BOMB! Cover, Nyla wins!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall
Grey is going to be black ‘n’ blue in the morning after this one. Vickie says she told us so! Nyla grins as she gets a taste, but will her appetite only be appeased when she gets after Hikaru Shida?
The Varsity Blondes VS Prince Kai and Will Allday!
Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. have been on a roll, but there’s still a long road ahead of them. Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ get another A+ after taking on the Prince Charming of Wrestling and Mr. All Day Every Day?
The teams sort out, BPJ starts against Allday, and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Allday arm-drags BPJ away. BPJ runs back to tie up again, gets the arm and wrenches. BPJ YANKS the arm, wrenches more, but Allday rolls and rolls then handsprings to wrench back. BPJ rolls, handsprings and rolls to then BOP Allday in the head! BPJ arm-drags Allday down to drag him over to tag Griff. Griff elbows Allday’s arm, then wrenches to an arm-drag and armlock. Allday fights up, Griff wrenches, tags BPJ in and the Blondes double wrench to snapmare. KICK and a LEG DROP, brother! Cover, TWO!
BPJ clamps onto Allday with a keylock, wristlock then top lock. Allday fights but BPJ wrenches through. BPJ CHOPS Allday, whips him away but Allday turns things around and Kai gets a cheap shot in! Allday CLOBBERS BPJ, covers, TWO! Kai tags in and clubs BPJ down, though Allday didn’t see that coming. Kai bumps BPJ off buckles, stomps him down, and soaks up the heat. Kai runs into a big elbow! BPJ runs, Kai slides under but BPJ ducks. Kai ducks and NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Kai seethes but tells Allday, “That’s how you do it!” Kai underhooks but BPJ wrenches free. Kai blocks the kick, BPJ dodges the punch and tags in Griff!
Griff rallies on Kai and Allday! Griff CLOBBERS Kai, CLOBBERS Allday, BOOTS Kai then BACK DROPS Allday! Fans fire up as the Ivy League SPLASH hits! Griff whips Kai into Allday to SPLASH SANDWICH! Fireman’s carry but Kai rolls Griff up, TWO! Kai ROCKS Griff! BPJ tags in, Griff IVY LEAGUE ELBOWS, BPJ springboard LARIATS! Cover, the Blondes win!
Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall
Griff and BPJ are rolling! Can they get any hotter before going for tag team championships?
Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Cole Karter!
Much to his surprise, the Murderhawk Monster has Sting’s support in going for the top! Will he use that motivation to maul his way back to a title?
Archer gets in the ring and BOOTS Karter right down! Jake the Snake chuckles on commentary as the bell rings. Karter fires back but Archer knees low, CLUBS him down, and hauls him up to reel him in. Karter dodges, leaps, but bounces off! Archer stomps Karter, hauls him up and puts him in a corner to fire off heavy hands! Archer whips Karter hard into the corner and Karter bounces off again! Archer hauls Karter up for a suplex TOSS! Archer drags Karter up, SLAPS him, but Karter fires back again! Archer ROCKS Karter, then DECKS him! Archer drags Karter back up, bumps him off buckles then holds him in there to run corner to corner and ELBOW!
Archer keeps going, another ELBOW, then another ELBOW! Karter flops down, Archer grins as he paces around, and then Archer looms over him. Karter sits up in a daze, Archer slaps him, and Karter fires off again! Archer KNEES low, then reels Karter in for the short-arm CLOTHESLINE! Jake the Snake likes that as Archer drags Karter up. Archer hoists Karter up top, but Karter fights! Jake the Snake admires the heart, Karter leaps into a choke grip! CHOKE- NO! Karter slips free, elbows back, and then sends Archer into buckles! Karter fires off, Archer shoves him but the ROLLING ELBOW comes back! Karter fires up, but runs into a FOREARM!
Archer reels Karter in, CHOKE SLAM! Archer drags Karter back up, wristlock ripcord, for a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
Jake thanks Excalibur and Taz for their time, and says he and Archer are gonna go for cheeseburgers. Will Archer only be satisfied when he gets to eat everyone else in AEW alive?
Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order!
We heard the Hollywood Hunk throw some shade on Number 3, but now we’re in the Dark main event! Will Nemeth score lots of points before he gets the 1-2-3? Or will that 50% win-loss ratio tip in Reynolds’ favor tonight?
The bell rings and John Silver joins commentary to watch his tag partner take on Nemeth. Nemeth clobbers Reynolds from behind! Nemeth wrenches, back suplexes and holds him u p before slamming him down! Cover, ONE!! Silver is already upset but Nemeth rakes Reynolds’ eyes. Nemeth throws hands, RAMS into Reynolds in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Reynolds comes back to CLOBBER Nemeth! Reynolds whips Nemeth but Nemeth reverses to send Reynolds out hard! Nemeth goes out, throws hands, then RAMS Reynolds into the apron! Nemeth puts Reynolds in, drags him up and throws forearms! Reynolds hits back with body shots and forearms!
Reynolds backs Nemeth down, EuroUppers then whips to ropes. Nemeth sunset flips but Reynolds slips through to get the legs! Reynolds puts on the SCHOOL OF FORT KNOX! Nemeth endures the modified Cloverleaf, and gets the ropebreak! Reynolds lets go, Nemeth cheap shots him then dropkicks him down! Nemeth cranks on a hammerlock and digs knees into Reynolds’ back. Nemeth does a headstand to put on more pressure, then falls back to crank the hold! Nemeth pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nemeth shifts to a chinbar and armlock. Reynolds arm-drags free, elbows Nemeth away and rallies with clotheslines!
Reynolds whips, Nemeth reverses but Reynolds dodges to FOREARM! Reynolds runs to FLYING BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as Reynolds kips up! Reynolds gets Nemeth up, wrenches and kicks low, then reels him in. Shout out to Brodie with the BIG OL’ BOMB! Then a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO!! Reynolds drags Nemeth up, Nemeth CLOBBERS him point-blank! Nemeth drags Reynolds up, swivels hips but Reynolds shoves him into buckles! Scoop and the HONK HONK SWINGING SLAM!! Cover, Reynolds wins!
Winner: Alex Reynolds, by pinfall
Big thanks from the Dark Order to Superfan Aaron for unlocking those moves in Number 3! Will everyone get out of the way of the HONK HONK as Dark Order storms down the tracks?
A good Dark, mostly because it was an hour and 35 minutes, but it was still a lot of matches crammed into that time. AEW is probably going to continue to be unpredictable with episode lengths and match totals so I don’t know if I can maintain doing Dark and Elevation when I’m also covering WWE’s Raw and NXT on these same days. I feel like the SCU’s matches need to be Elevation by default because of their self-challenge of “next time we lose, we break up” angle. That said, it’s also a giveaway that these two aren’t losing before getting a title opportunity, so maybe that’s why they’re still being put on Dark.
I also feel like Velvet should be on Elevation if she and Jade are going to be getting after each other. They’re supposed to be the rising stars but they weren’t on the show that’s about rising stars in exchange for… Well, Elevation actually had a lot of solid matches worthy of it, but they could’ve still put this one there since they love going bigger. Team Taz had a good story, too, where now Starks is going past being chippy with Cage to being overly helpful. This has to implode at some point, and they fight for the FTW Championship on at least Dynamite.
I do like that Britt had another match tonight, because she is determined to get wins to play by the AEW rules. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had another double header next week between Elevation and Dark to try and stuff the win-loss record and rankings. Double or Nothing 2021 is still six weeks away, so if AEW had the contenders all fight each other at some point in not a tournament but more a best-of series, that’d be really good to have Britt try and jump over Big Swole and Tay Conti to go after Shida. Also, AEW really just let Swole’s promo of being determined to get her shot drop like a lead balloon. Swole needs to get hungry again and get in all the other contenders’ faces as she takes over the contender race.
The Dark Order tying in the State Farm deal and the superfan Zoom call they apparently had was really nice. They’re definitely Faces doing things like that, and of course Reynolds uses the moves (and their names) suggested by the superfan. WWE gets product tie-ins and sponsorship deals, so AEW can have them, too! Either way, I think Reynolds was going to win because The Dark Order has been on fire. One of these days, one of their tag combinations is going to get at the tag titles, and that is going to be a lot of fun.
My Score: 8.2/10
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