Mayhem in Maryland marks a month of All Elite!
Grudge matches and gold, Full Gear has it all! Will The American Nightmare dethrone Le Champeon? Or will he fall and forever give up the title chase?
- Buy In – Britt Baker VS Bea Priestley; Baker wins.
- The Young Bucks VS Santana & Ortiz; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Hangman Page VS PAC; Page wins.
- Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Joey Janela; Spears wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: SoCal Uncensored VS The Lucha Brothers VS Private Party; SCU wins and retains the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Emi Sakura; Riho wins and retains the AEW Women’s World Champion.
- AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Cody; Jericho wins and retains the AEW World Championship, Cody can no longer challenge for this title.
- Lights Out Unsanctioned Match: Kenny Omega VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the AEW YouTube Pre-Show!
Golden Boy greets us to Baltimore for some great backstage exclusives.
SoCal Uncensored arrives!
Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky have that “game day drip” heading into their first AEW World Tag Team Championship defense in a triple threat. But they’re not coming in as underdogs, they are champions! SCU still feels Baltimore is the worst town they’ve ever been to, BUT (and it’s a big but, Scorpio loves big buts and he cannot lie) fans are going to watch SCU walk in and walk out the ring champions, despite having two great contenders. But it won’t matter who is in the ring, whether it’s Pentagon, Fenix, Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, Orange Cassidy, Butch Cassidy, they will understand that while it doesn’t rain much in SoCal, SoCal shall reign forever. SCU later tonight!
Bea Priestley speaks.
“Unprofessional. Reckless.” Britt wants to talk? Or shoot? First it was a concussion, then a black eye, “boo hoo.” This is a full contact sport, so it isn’t Bea’s fault Britt doesn’t know how to protect herself. Britt wants to say Bea isn’t professional? “You’re a f***ing dentist!” Britt spends her extra time playing with teeth, while Bea is training in the Stardom dojo, learning from some of the best in the world today. “This is my profession. Wrestling for you, Britt, is just something you do on your days off.”
Reckless? At least Bea gets the job done. Britt just complains on Twitter. Bea doesn’t make excuses, her work proves itself. But she’ll say it now: Britt is the poster girl for any promotion, perfect for wrestling five years ago. All the excuses lead back to the fact that Britt cannot hang with Bea, and Britt is just scared to admit it. Bea is the most dangerous person Britt will ever face, and highly underestimates that. Bea is going to unleash even more in the Buy-In, and END Britt Baker. Will this grudge match go too far?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page.
The rankings are out for AEW, Hangman is 3rd in the singles division but PAC is 2nd. Chances are, a win here leads to an AEW World Championship match. But Hangman is here for one thing: give PAC the ass-whooping he is overdue for. Hangman vows to blister Pac’s skin, break his back and “stomp his little balls ’til they pop!” Whatever happens after that doesn’t matter. It’s time for #CowboyShit.
Backstage interview with Joey Janela.
The Bad Boy quietly prepares for his match with Shawn Spears. It’s been rough, and “Sugar Daddy” Tully and “Sugar Baby” Shawn Spears are probably not taking this match seriously. Daddy is probably buying Baby a new purse. But Janela is here for business. For the first time in a long time, he feels a “certain type of way.” Spears is the “Chairman” but Janela knows more about chairs than him. But he won’t even need chairs, ladders, thumbtacks or barbed wire. Spears and Tully better watch this closely. All Janela need is his fists. He has been pigeonholed as a “hardcore outlaw macho goofball,” but the new fans just learning about him don’t know what he’s really capable of. And tonight, Baltimore will find out that Janela is a “bad, bad boy!” Janela heads out, but will he beat Spears down in return for the beating backstage?
It’s time to Buy In!
TAZ joins Excalibur and Golden Boy for commentary on this big night in Baltimore! And that starts with a match full of bad blood!
Britt Baker VS Bea Priestley!
Dr. Baker DMD and the “reckless” star of Stardom have been at each other since the Fight for the Fallen. But finally, they will get to go 1v1! Who will be left standing when all is said and done?
Bea throws her jacket at Britt and Britt wants after her, but referee Aubrey Edwards keeps her back. The bell rings and now the match begins! Britt fires off then whips but Bea bails out. Britt chases her back in the ring but Bea stomps Britt down. Bea whips Britt but Britt Thesz presses for fast hands! Bea gets away to the apron but Britt storms over, only to get a shoulder. Bea gets back in but Britt side steps and throws Bea by her hair! Britt rains down rights but Bea shoves her away. Fans rally and duel as Britt runs in. Bea dodges and runs back, but into the backslide! Bea slips out, but her buzzsaw misses, and Britt pump handle flips Bea, to then step through to the armbar! Britt wants the other arm but Bea scrambles! Bea rolls and kicks Britt again!
Fans boo Bea going for the head, but Bea doesn’t care. Bea drags Britt up and into a corner to whip corner to corner hard! Britt hits buckles then the mat, but Bea just looms over her. Bea stomps Britt on the back but the ref backs her off. Bea goes out to drag Britt to the post and pulls! The ref counts but Bea holds until 4. Bea just soaks up the heat as she goes back to the apron. Bea drags Britt up to club her down, and then chokes her on the ropes. Bea holds until 4 again, only to bend Britt back in a rope assisted camel clutch! She lets up at 4 to then run and back elbow Britt against ropes! Cover, TWO! Bea just soaks up the heat again before wrapping Britt in a chinlock. Bea grabs the arms to dig her knee into Britt’s back. Fans rally up and Britt powers her way to a ropebreak! Bea lets up to back off, but comes back into a forearm! Britt scoops but her back gives out, Bea BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!
Bea wraps Britt in body scissors and squeezes tight. Bea rolls Britt but Britt rolls back. Britt fights back and fans rally. Britt hammers the knee and Bea lets go, and now the two start throwing forearms! Fans are on Britt’s side with every shot, and Britt gets a flurry! But Bea kicks low to whip, only for Britt to dodge, double clotheslines take both women down! Fans cheer this closely contested match. A standing count begins and fans rally up. Bea sits up first and Britt is slow to follow. Bea throws forearms but Britt counter punches! Britt dodges, and rallies with clotheslines and shoulders! Bea flounders to a corner and Britt runs in, Shining Wizard! Another whip, but Bea goes up and over, only to get a Slingblade! Britt takes aim, spins Bea around, Fisherman Neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Bea survives and Britt grows frustrated.
Bea goes back to a corner but Britt fires herself up. Fans fire up with her, but Bea elbows Britt back. Bea dodges then clubs Britt in the back! Bea goes up top but Britt SLAPS her! The two brawl, Bea shoves Britt, but Britt storms back to trip Bea. Britt throws forearms then climbs up top. SUPERPLEX! But then Britt spins through, but her back gives out again! Bea runs in, misses the knee, CUTTER! Cover, TWO into a Crucifix, TWO! Britt escapes but both women are clutching their backs. Britt brings Bea up, wristlock ripcord, discus but Bea dodges to waistlock, German Suplex! Bea holds on to turn and drag Britt up, leg hook BACK suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! But Bea is right on Britt with a modified crossface! Britt endures the clutch crossface fusion, and drags herself over, ropebreak! Bea lets go reluctantly and Britt gets to the apron.
Bea triangle jumps to DOUBLE STOMP! Bea wipes Britt out then drags her back in, cover, TWO!! Britt gets to a corner but Bea hoists her up into an Electric Chair! But Britt slips out, ripcord rolling elbow! DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!? Bea lives and Britt is losing her cool! Britt drags Bea up but Bea resists and switches to a roll-up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Page Turner! Rings of Saturn, but Bea grabs hair to make it a cover, TWO! SUPERKICK again! Rings of Saturn back on, Bea scrambles but can’t get loose, LOCKJAW! Bea taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The mandible claw did its job! Britt beats Bea in Baltimore, is this going to lead Britt back to a title match?
Candles are extinguished.
“There are 8 million ways to die. She’s one.” Awesome Kong is here, with Brandi Rhodes! This devious duo goes down the ramp while Bea is still. Kong gets in, and a BIG back hand decks Bea! Kong takes off the glove, and produces a knife?! She hands it to Brandi before dragging Bea up. Underhooks, AWESOME butterfly facebuster! Fans cheer for “KONG! KONG! KONG!” but this isn’t done. Brandi hands the knife back to Kong then goes after Bea’s hair! Brandi takes a lock of Bea’s hair and Kong helps her cut it! A trophy of their victim is now part of Kong’s belt. Will there be more additions to the collection?
Pressure sets people apart.
“Those that have the ability to thrive under pressure achieve greatness.” Wins, success, championships. Those that feed off pressure continue to move forward. Tonight is all about pressure. “Greatness demands everything.” Who will crack under pressure? Who will prove that they are worthy of being All Elite?
The Young Bucks VS Santana & Ortiz!
Full Gear begins with determining the best tag team on the planet today! Will it be Matt and Nick Jackson continuing their legacy? Or will it be the Inner Circle’s #ProudNPowerful Boricua Badasses from the Big Apple?
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express is ringside to watch and support the Young Bucks in hopes of payback on PNP for attacking them. The teams sort out and we start with Nick Jackson and Santana.
Fans are already thunderous as Nick and Santana circle. But then both men take cheap shots on the opposing partner! Santana and Nick shove each other, then start brawling! But Matt and Ortiz each get payback with a cheap shot on Santana and Nick. To then start brawling with each other! All four men are brawling! Matt DECKS Ortiz, but Santana and Nick keep going. Nick back kicks then runs corner to corner but misses. Nick tries to get away but can’t, so he shoves Santana. Tag to Matt but Santana whips Nick. Nick goes up and over and baits Santana in, to a SPEAR! Nick hits Ortiz as Matt rains rights down on Santana! PNP bail out but get DOUBLE pescado! Matt rains more rights down before regrouping with Nick. Fans are fired up but Ortiz drags Nick out. Nick sends Ortiz into the front row! Matt puts Santana in the ring and pie faces him. Santana CHOPS back! But no Ortiz to tag…
Matt arm-drags Santana into an armlock, but Santana stands. Matt wrenches to tag Nick and Nick climbs to drop ax handles! Nick wrenches to tag Matt, Matt climbs to double stomp the arm! Matt blows a kiss to Ortiz as he returns. Matt wrenches but Santana ROCKS Matt with a right! Tag to Ortiz, but he runs into an arm-drag! Santana can’t believe it! Ortiz reaches a foot out and Santana tags, but that doesn’t count! Fans boo, that’s not fair. Matt wrenches Ortiz and tags Nick with his hand. Nick climbs to leap frog and jam the arm! Nick wrenches to give Ortiz a shoulder breaker, and they go around in a circle. Ortiz pie faces Matt with an extra F U added, but the ref keeps Matt back. Ortiz tags Santana with the hand, but now the ref says he didn’t see it so it can’t count! Fans boo on behalf of PNP, this just seems ticky-tacky.
Ortiz comes back in but runs into another arm-drag! Nick drags Ortiz into a headlock while fans chant “Ref, You Suck!” Ortiz yanks at the ref’s shirt before he powers out. The ref is busy adjusting his shirt as Nick kicks back. But Ortiz blocks the superkick and holds Nick out for Santana to kick rather low! Then Ortiz dragon screws the leg! Matt runs in but gets caught into a Gory Especial. Ortiz turns Nick over in a Boston Crab, and Santana adds on, it’s a Proud ‘n’ Powerful Camel Crab! Fans are loving this innovation! The ref counts at PNP but Santana lets Matt go to kick him out of the ring. Ortiz sits down deep on Nick in a Half Crab, but Nick powers to a ropebreak. The ref counts and Ortiz lets go at 4. Fans rally and duel but Ortiz taunts Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Tag to Santana, and Santana hops up to double stomp the leg!
Santana tells off R’N’R before he suplexes Nick up and down. Cover, TWO! Santana taunts Nick before he claws the back. Santana scoop slams Nick, tags Ortiz, and Ortiz drops a back senton. Ortiz becomes a step for Santana to get some air for his own senton! Ortiz keeps moving, planking splash! Cover, TWO! Ortiz hits Matt off the apron before taking off his gloves. Ortiz claws Nick’s back a couple times, and shows his claws. Ortiz threatens the ref with those claws, and that allows Santana to attack Nick in the corner. Fans rally and duel as Ortiz runs in but Nick fights out! Nick ducks but gets caught, only to slip out of the back suplex! Hot tags to Santana and Matt! Matt shoulders into Santana, slnigshots over and ducks Ortiz to double clothesline PNP! Matt scoop slams Santana then heads up top. Matt LEAPS onto Ortiz!
Matt hurries back to the top rope and aims at Santana, Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Santana survives but Matt keeps his cool. Matt drags Santana up to whip him into the Bucks’ corner. The Bucks mug Santana, but Santana fights back! Matt trips Santana, Nick tags in, catapult into the enziguri! Nick climbs up while Santana is on Matt’s knees, double stomp! Nick sees Ortiz and knocks him down for good measure, to then Shining Wizard Santana! Nick goes back after Ortiz, but Ortiz dodges the Penalty Kick, Nick kicks post! Fans feel that one for themselves but Ortiz shouts, “I’m a genius!” Ortiz trips Nick up so hard, Nick spikes into the apron! Ortiz drags Nick up to whip him into the front row! Santana whips Matt into R’N’R! But that just fires up Ricky and Robbie! The referee backs Santana off to stop riling up R’N’R, despite Baltimore wanting to see it! Instead, R’N’R help Matt get back to ringside while PNP focuses on Nick.
Santana CHOPS Nick and puts him into the ring. Nick hobbles with the bad leg and Santana goes after him in a corner. Santana rams his shoulder in, then puts the leg on the ropes. Santana attacks the legs with haymakers, then BOOTS Matt before dropkick’ing Nick’s legs! Santana flexes while Ortiz shouts “We’re the best!” Ortiz tags in and PNP set Nick up top. PNP climbs up but Nick fights back! Nick clubs and elbows and shoves them away, to leap, but into both men’s arms. PNP toss Nick back and his leg jams, but Nick boots Santana away. Ortiz hits Matt then runs corner to corner, to get boots, too! Nick runs in, but PNP dropkick out both legs! Fans duel as Santana wonders, “I thought you boys was tough.” Ortiz has a leg, and dragon screws it! Ortiz covers, TWO! Ortiz covers again, TWO! Again, TWO!
Nick SLAPS Ortiz then shoves. Ortiz SLAPS back! Nick fires off forearms, bobs ‘n’ weaves, and forearms again. Nick runs but into a rolling headbutt! Ortiz runs into a SUPERKICK! Both men fall but Baltimore fires up! Nick and Ortiz crawl for their corners, hot tags to Matt and Santana! Matt hits a Northern Lights! And another! It’s the Northern Lights Express! Ortiz runs in, Matt gets a DOUBLE! And then ANOTHER! Double bridging cover, TWO!! Baltimore is loving “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Matt tags Nick. Matt has Santana up, buckle bomb boot combo! Nick is wincing, but Matt has Santana in the drop zone. Nick finally reaches up top, RISKY BUSINESS! The moonsault and splash combo, cover, TWO! Santana survives but he’s dazed. Nick tags out, his ankle is still in a bad way. Ortiz trips Nick up!
Santana hits Matt, then Ortiz runs in. Enziguri misses, Matt ROCKS Ortiz! Matt ROCKS Santana! Matt whips Santana at Ortiz but Ortiz goes up and over to O’Conner roll Santana, to give him a boost for the CUTTER! PNP drag Matt up, double flapjack, step stool moonsault! Ortiz DIVES onto Nick while Santana covers, TWO!! The halfway mark on this time limit passes and PNP are frustrated. But Baltimore knows “This is Awesome!” Santana drags Matt over and tags Ortiz. Ortiz lifts Matt in a powerbomb as Santana climbs. Matt fights, and turns the Street Sweeper into a SUPER Belly2Belly! Then he cradles Ortiz, TWO! SUPERKICK! Ortiz flounders while Santana rolls out. Matt crawls, tag to Nick. Ortiz is using his teeth to help him get up on the ropes, but he gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS to the back! Ortiz flounders out, Santana returns, springboard quebrada INTO SUPERKICKS!
Nick drags Ortiz up onto the top while Baltimore loses its mind. Matt goes over, Nick gets the powerbomb position while Matt has a cravat, SLICED BREAD BOMB! Shout out to MCMG! Cover, TWO!! Nick walks but his leg is still bothering him. Matt tags in and drags Ortiz up into position. Nick aims, springboards, but the leg gives out! Nick crashes and burns and Matt is concerned for his brother. Matt helps Nick to the top rope and goes back to Ortiz. But Ortiz flails out and tags Santana. Ortiz SUPERKICKS, Santana SUPERKICKS and Matt drops! PNP regroup while Nick tags in. Nick grits his teeth in pain but Santana pie faces him. Nick throws the headband and then SPITS on Santana! Santana takes the gum Nick had, and puts it in his mouth!
Nick fires off on PNP with forearms! Nick slows down but Santana spits the gum back! Nick back kicks over and over! Roundhouse! Roundhouse! Nick flips Santana off, SHINING WIZARD in the corner! And then bulldog huricanrana, but into a powerbomb! PENALTY KICK! Cover, but Matt shoves Ortiz into it! Fans are thunderous as this match continues! “Fight Forever!” Matt runs in but only gets post! Ortiz tags in, Santana climbs up. Santana mule kicks Matt while Ortiz pops NIck up, STREET SWEEPER! PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL WIN!!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Ortiz pinning
An incredible match and an incredible win for the Inner Circle’s Santana & Ortiz! But this isn’t enough for them, they beat down the Bucks more! And on top of that, Sammy Guevara makes his way down the ramp, vlogging the whole thing. Fans boo and jeer as the “Spanish God” joins Santana & Ortiz in the ring. The Inner Circle celebrates while also keeping the Bucks down. PNP drags Nick up and Sammy brings out the sock full of baseballs! Ortiz starts swining, but R’N’R hop up on the apron!?
Ricky and Robbie sucker Ortiz and Sammy in and dump them out! Then Matt goes after Santana! Santana gets fast hands from everyone! Ricky keeps Sammy down, then he slingshots in to hit a DESTROYER!! And then he DIVES onto Sammy and Ortiz!! Baltimore can’t believe it, but Ricky still has something to give! The Young Bucks may not have won this battle, but will they and The Elite win the war with the Inner Circle?
Hangman Page VS PAC!
A series split 1-1 between the third and second contenders. With The American Nightmare going after Le Champeon tonight, that match’s winner might be meeting this match’s winner! But it isn’t even about the title, but about the grudge! Will the Problem Solver do some real #CowboyShit to the Bastard?
The bell rings and Pac runs at Hangman, only for Hangman to tackle him into a corner! Hangman haymakers and CHOPS away on Pac to then throw him out of the ring! Fans are fired up already as Hangman sends Pac into railing! Hangman drags Pac up to throw into more railings across the way! Fans are loving this as Hangman drags Pac up. Pac hits back, but still gets thrown into railing again! Hangman drags Pac up as fans chant “Cowboy Shit! Cowboy Shit!” Hangman puts Pac in but walks into a kick! Pac runs but into Hangman’s arms for a Fall Away Slam! Hangman kips up and standing shooting stars, but onto knees! Pac runs at Hangman in the corner, but Hangman counters his monkey flip and DECKS Pac out of the ring!
Hangman builds speed to DIVE! The tope rams Pac into barriers! Hangman drags Pac up and into the ring again, and runs corner to corner at Pac for a big clothesline! And then reels him in for another big clothesline! Cover, ONE! Hangman keeps his cool, fireman’s carries but Pac slips out. Pac swings but misses his enziguri! Hangman pump handle dead lifts to the suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Pac escapes but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman walks into Pac’s kick and Pac hops up, but Hangman tries to Alabama him! Pac kicks and gets to the apron, holding on with a facelock. The referee tries to separate the two but Pac rubber bands the rope into Hangman’s face! Then Pac boots Hangman down, and again! Pac gets back in to stomp Hangman down! Fans boo and jeer, and the ref questions what happened to Hangman’s face. Pac just grinds his boot into Hangman’s head, but lets up at 4.
Pac drags Hangman up to whip corner to corner and hard! Hangman writhes but Pac just stomps him more! Fans boo and jeer but Pac just pretends he can’t hear them. Pac grinds his boot in again, but lets up at 4. The ref reprimands Pac but Pac just mocks him. Pac drags Hangman up, snapmares and dropkicks the head! Cover, TWO! Pac took it too easy, and he facelocks Hangman. Hangman endures and fans rally up behind him. Pac whips Hangman into a corner and throws an uppercut! Cover, TWO! Hangman gets to a corner but Pac chokes him on the ropes. Pac lets up at 2 but then BOOTS Hangman in the corner. And again! Hangman dares him to give another, so Pac does! Pac chokes Hangman again, but lets up at 3. The ref reprimands Pac but it just goes in one ear and out the other as Pac snapmares to a cover. TWO, so Pac rams his knee in and wraps on a chinlock.
Fans rally up as Hangman endures. Pac drops a knee on Hangman, then tells the fans to shush. Fans boo instead. Pac goes back to Hangman, but Hangman is up and he CHOPS Pac back! And CHOPS! And again! But Pac back kicks hard! Pac runs, to boot Hangman down! Fans boo and jeer but Pac soaks it all up. Pac wraps Hangman into a headlock on the mat. Hangman keeps it from being a cover so Pac just cranks back. Fans rally as Hangman endures. Hangman fights his way up and throws body shots. Hangman throws a forearm but Pac gives it back! Pac whips Hangman but Hangman reverses. Hangman runs in but into a BOOT! Pac drags Hangman into the drop zone, and hears the fans booing as he climbs up. From the second rope, Phoenix Splash FLOPS!
Hangman drags himself up with ropes as a standing count begins. Hangman is up at 3, but Pac is up right after. Pac turns around into a lariat! And an elbow! Hangman whips but Pac reverses, Hangman bounces off buckles to LARIAT Pac down! Baltimore fires up for Hangman as he stands Pac up for more CHOPS! Hangman whips Pac, but Pac dodges and BOOTS again! Pac runs but Hangman follows, and turns the huricanrana into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hangman keeps his cool while he stands back up. Pac rolls out to the apron as fans rally and duel. Hangman joins Pac on the apron, but Pac throws forearms! Pac runs in, but into a side slam on the apron! Hangman throws Pac into railings again, then climbs up top. Hangman has the fans fired up, SUPER MOONSAULT! And “Hot damn!” he lands on his feet!
Hangman puts Pac in the ring, runs, and BOOTS Pac down! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives but Hangman isn’t done here. Hangman goes to the apron and takes aim as Pac rises. Pac flounders out of range of the Buckshot! Pac goes to a corner of the railing, but Hangman just goes around the way. Hangman walks over but Pac hits low! Then gives Hangman a BRAIN BUSTER on the chair!! Both men are down and Baltimore loses their minds! Pac leaves Hangman for dead while the referee checks on him. Somehow, Hangman is okay to continue, so a ring count begins. The count passes 5 before Hangman stirs. Hangman rises at 7, stands at 8, flounders over at 9, and gets in at 9.9! Pac is furious but Hangman got in before 10. Pac goes up top and aims at Hangman as he flounders up. BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives that whiplash, but Pac is just getting angry.
Pac sits Hangman up for a swift kick! And another! Hangman eggs Pac on and gets more KICKS! Pac soaks up the heat as Hangman flops over. Pac drags Hangman up and whips him to a corner. Hangman puts Pac on the apron, but gets an enziguri! We reach the 15 minute mark as Pac hops up fast, but Hangman trips him up! Hangman climbs to join Pac, and goes to the very top, SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are loving this as both men are down. Hangman rolls out to the apron, and fans know what’s coming! Pac rises as fans duel and Hangman slingshots, into a SUPERKICK! Hangman staggers but fires up! Hangman runs in, Pac side steps, SNAP German Suplex! Pac fires up now, runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! How you doing, Prizefighter?
Hangman Alabama lifts but Pac fights out. Pac crawls into an IRON OCTOPUS! Hangman is already fading, this floating Brutalizer is, well, brutal! But Hangman refuses to quit, he barrels into ropes for the ropebreak! Pac lets go reluctantly, and Hangman crawls to a corner. Pac makes sure Hangman is in the drop zone before climbing up again. Pac aims, BLACK ARROW FLOPS!! Twice, Pac misses going up high! Hangman slingshots, but Pac ducks under! Pac waistlocks, Hangman standing switches, but they end up going into the ref! Pac low blow mule kicks, but Hangman caught it! Rolling elbow! DISCUS! Alabama lift, DEAD EYE!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall
Now that was some real #CowboyShit! And it is Pac’s first true loss! Is this win enough to earn Hangman another shot at the AEW World Championship? Who will even be the champion should he have it?
Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Joey Janela!
The Chairman, or rather chair man, and his Horseman mentor felt greatly disrespected by the Bad Boy’s soda cigarette prank. But Janela didn’t exactly appreciate the payback in the form of pliers pulling his tongue and a cigarette burning his mouth! Two men with vicious streaks longer than the New England coast are about to battle, but who walks out of Baltimore the winner?
The bell rings and Janela rushes Spears only to be put in the corner. But Janela turns it around fast to CHOP Spears back! Janela CHOPS more and more, but Spears kicks low. They start brawling, and Janela throws more CHOPS! Fans are on Janela’s side as he rips off Spears’ “No More Garbage Wrestling” shirt. Spears bails out to regroup with Tully, and Tully gives him some coaching. Spears goes around while Tully distracts, but Janela sees it coming and hits Spears down. Janela builds speed but Tully is in his way. Spears slides in but Janela sees this coming, too, and CHOPS Spears again! Janela whips but Spears reverses, only for Janela to huricanrana Spears out! Janela runs to the corner, hops up and over, but Spears swings to counter.
Janela hops over that to mule kick Spears back! Then Janela runs, and leaps into a spinning powerslam! Spears slams Janela into the floor! Spears leaves Janela behind for the ring count to begin. Janela stirs so Spears fetches him into the ring. Spears forearms Janela in the back and again, then asks “Does it hurt, Joe?!” Spears shoves Janela into ropes and clubs him down! Fans boo but Spears puts Janela in a corner to CHOP! Spears CHOPS again, but fans rally for the “Bad Boy!” Spears CHOPS, Janela CHOPS, and it’s a CHOP fight! Janela gets the edge with those CHOPS, then whips Spears corner to corner. Spears reverses to send Janela into buckles hard. Spears drags Janela out for an apron back suplex! Fans boo and jeer but Spears just goes back to Janela in the ring. Spears drags Janela up and scoops for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, and Spears starts getting upset with the ref.
Spears wraps Janela up in a chinlock, digging a knee into Janela’s back. Fans rally up and Janela fights his way up, to throw body shots. Janela runs, but Spears sends him right out of the ring! Janela crashes and burns with both apron and floor, but Spears won’t leave him be. Spears goes out to drag Janela up into the ring and has him in a corner. Spears CHOPS Janela, then climbs up to go after the post’s cross bar. Spears grabs a handful of Janela’s hair and even the tag rope, to tie Janela to the cross bar! The ref reprimands and counts but Spears rains down rights! Janela is caught because of a ponytail, but he still boots back! And again! Janela wants to run but the hair holds him back! Janela hops out to work at the knot. Spears runs over but Janela throws forearms! Janela rips free of the ponytail prison!
Janela hops up, but Spears gets clear of the dropkick! SHARPSHOOTER! Spears sits down deep, but Janela endures. Spears taunts the Bad Boy but Baltimore gives Janela the strength to fight towards ropes! Ropebreak! Spears lets go at 4, and argues with the ref. But Spears turns around into a mule kick! Spears doubles over and hobbles up, and Janela throws body shots. The two start brawling and Janela gets the edge. Janela haymakers over and over, then bumps Spears off buckles. Janela throws more haymakers then stomps a mudhole into Spears! Fans fire up with Janela as he runs side to side, running knee! Janela keeps moving, but Spears bails out. So Janela hops up top, to CANNONBALL onto Spears! Fans fire up as Janela drags Spears up and into the ring. Janela climbs again but Spears springs up to OVERHEAD SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Tully is furious with the ref but Spears drags Janela up. Janela cradle counters, TWO! Janela throws Spears out then builds speed to DIVE! Top Suicida sends Spears into the barriers! Janela puts Spears in to boot and kick! Janela runs, rabbit clothesline! Then a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Tully coaches Spears up but the fans rally for the “Bad Boy!” Spears grabs Janela’s leg but Janela gives Spears Danielson Stomps! Tully gets on the apron but Janela stares him down. Tully backs away and Janela goes up top. Spears trips Janela, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. Spears scoops Janela, BACKBREAKER on the buckle bar! Janela is down on the outside and Tully demands the ref count, but it’s really a distraction so Spears can expose a buckle on the far side! Spears succeeds, but the buckle pad is so obvious in the middle of the ring. But this is a double fake, as Spears really goes after Janela with Tully’s help, SPIKE PILEDRIVER! Spears drags Janela up and in, fireman’s carry, C4 Driver! Cover, Spears wins!!
Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall
Tully was three steps ahead of everyone else, and he helps Spears get a big win! Will this help Spears achieve #PERFECT10N?
Backstage interview with Kip Sabian.
Golden Boy has Superbad, but Kip didn’t realize. He thought GB was an intern. But why this sudden change in attitude? Ever since arriving, Kip was going straight down the middle. Kip found there were alliances all over, so Kip took it upon himself to carve his own path. That’s when he met like-minded men in The Hybrid2. The trio hasn’t worked out perfectly, but even the greatest rock bands didn’t come up with their greatest hits right away. Alliances are about people you can trust and you have chemistry with. And so now, Kip has PENELOPE FORD! The Superbad Squad is here with some sex appeal to inject into this “loser” company. Why be bad when you can be superbad. But this is boring, so “cheerio, dweeb.” Janela is going to be upset when he learns the Bad Girl has ditched him for a Superbad boy.
AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: SoCal Uncensored VS The Lucha Brothers VS Private Party!
The tournament to crown the inaugural AEW World Tag Team Champions was intense from start to finish! But it was incredibly personal after what Pentagon and Fenix did to Christopher Daniels before SCU even competed. But The Closer, Scorpio Sky, was able to substitute in, and it would be SCU that took the gold! However, that was only the beginning for Scorpio and Frankie Kazarian. A Bronze Medal Match gave Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy a second chance, and now three teams fight in just the first ever defense of these titles! Who comes out the new gold standard in the AEW Tag Division?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out. The Lucha Brothers sit it out as Kaz starts with Quen.
The two circle, tie up and Kaz waistlocks to a slam. Kaz floats to a facelock but Quen works his way up to wrench out. Kaz wrenches back and then headlocks and holds on as Quen tries to power out. Kaz gets a headlock takeover but Quen rolls to make it a cover. ONE and Kaz holds on. Quen powers out, Kaz goes up and over but so does Quen. Kaz runs into a sweep and cover, ONE! Kaz returns the sweep and cover, ONE! Kaz kips up and stares Quen down as fans cheer. Quen and Kaz circle but Fenix tags in off of Quen. That’s how a triple threat tag works, after all. Pentagon taunts and Kaz swings on him, but Fenix runs in. Kaz dodges, rolls Fenix up, TWO! Kaz rocks Fenix with a right then whips, but Fenix tiger feints to body check Kaz down, BUZZSAW! Fenix SUPERKICKS Scorpio for good measure!
But then Scorpio and Private Party all rush in! The ref keeps Scorpio back while the Lucha Brothers both waistlock Private Party. They shove Quen and Kassidy at each other, Private Party collides and falls to their knees. The Lucha Brothers count it out, “Uno! Dos! Tres!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Private Party bails out and Fenix hits Kaz with a suplex to a cover, TWO! Fenix clubs Kaz down and fans fire up as he brings Kaz over. Tag to Pentagon, and the brothers double whip. Fenix shoulders into Kaz then Pentagon adds a kick! Fenix wheelbarrows and rolls Pentagon for him to do the same, Fenix springs up to huricanrana Kaz into Pentagon’s boots! Pentagon covers, TWO! Pentagon is immediately upset with the referee, but two is two. Pentagon stalks Kaz as fans rally up, and he KICKS out the leg!
Pentagon swaggers up to Scorpio, “CERO MIEDO!”but turns around into Kaz’s haymaker! Pentagon hits back, then underhooks Kaz, but Kaz slips out, ducks the clothesline but turns around into a mule kick! Pentagon runs but Kaz follows with a forearm! Kaz runs but Pentagon comes back, double clotheslines wipe both men out! Both men crawl for their corners as fans rally, but Fenix SUPERKICKS Scorpio! Kaz still goes to the SCU corner but Pentagon runs in! Kaz goes up and over and has no real choice but to hot tag Kassidy! Kassidy springboard huricanranas Pentagon! But Fenix rushes in to haymaker Kassidy! Fenix whips but Kassidy reverses to hit a rolling roundhouse! Kassidy springboards to backwards leap frog Pentagon for a facebuster! Kassidy rolls back into a wheelbarrow, bulldog leg drop takes down both brothers! Cover, TWO!
SCU regroups on the outside while Kassidy tags in Quen. Private Party has Pentagon with double whips, atomic drop to squealing enziguri! Sweep and camel clutch, “Say Cheese!” Double stomp! Cover, TWO!! Pentagon survives but Quen drags Pentagon up to the top rope of the open corner. Quen calls for it, he rains down punches for “Shots! Shots!” But Pentagon slips out to KICK Quen in the butt! Pentagon Electric Chairs Quen and tags in Fenix. Fenix hops up, leaps, missile dropkick doomsday! Fenix gets an idea, and he makes the ref do the Cero Miedo with him! But this is a distraction so Pentagon can blow up the SCU corner! Kassidy runs in but into a trophy lift, to a SUPERKICK! Fenix and Pentagon combine again, wheelbarrow monkey flip senton! Fenix drags Quen to a cover, TWO!
Fenix kicks Quen while he’s down then rallies the fans. Fenix drags Quen up but Quen fights back. Fenix clubs him down, wrenches him and kicks him again. Tag to Pentagon, and fans sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~!” as Pentagon underhooks Quen. Fenix climbs up top, but Quen slips out to shove Pentagon. Pentagon goes up and over, BACKSTABBER! Cover but Kaz breaks it even before Kassidy can. Kassidy takes offense and starts shoving Kaz. Kassidy then kicks Kaz, whips but Kaz reverses to send Kassidy out onto the ramp! Quen gets up but Pentagon catches him to a pump handle, but Quen flips out! Quen runs to flapjack dropkick! Both men are down and now tables have turned. Quen can’t take Kassidy so he goes to SCU to tag in Scorpio! Pentagon tags Fenix but Scorpio rallies with clotheslines! And a dropkick!
Fans fire up with SCU as Scorpio drags Fenix up for forearms. Scorpio runs and sees the somersault coming so he kicks Fenix first! Then more kicks, to run into the dumdum stomps! Scorpio mocks Cero Miedo, goes to the apron and slingshots in for a cutter! Into the dragon sleeper clutch! Kassidy runs in but Kaz intercepts and throws him out, to then slingshot Kassidy in for a cutter! And also a dragon sleeper clutch! Pentagon runs in to Penalty Kick them apart! Quen also goes after Kaz, but Pentagon gets him with the oldest trick in the book to KICK out the leg! Pentagon whips but Quen reverses, Kaz puts Pentagon out and catches him with the guillotine leg drop! Kaz haymakers Quen hard, then slingshots to huricanrana Pentagon! Kaz almost wrecks himself, but here comes Quen! Fosbury Flop 2-for-1!
Scorpio takes aim, only for Fenix to intercept with a tightrope Penalty Kick! Fans fire up as Kassidy dodges Fenix to TORNILLO onto the other four! But that just leaves Fenix with the biggest target yet. Fenix goes to the top rope, hop hop and ULTIMO TORNILLO! Baltimore is thunderous for that one! Fenix takes a lap before putting Scorpio back in. Scorpio fights the waistlock with elbows then whips. Fenix tiger feints and roundhouses! Fenix uses the ramp for speed, step up springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Fenix is not deterred. Fenix runs corner to corner but Scorpio catches him! Scorpio sits Fenix up top, tag to Kaz, and Scorpio gives Kaz the boost for a SUPER DDT!! Cover, but Pentagon kicks it apart!
Private Party throw Pentagon out, then drag Fenix over to their corner. Quen tags in off Fenix, goes after Kaz, spinning PELE! Scorpio runs in, he gets a PELE! Kassidy mule kicks, then gets a boost from Quen for the Stunner! Kassidy holds Kaz for Quen’s electric slide kick! Then assisted SQUEALING Sliced Bread! Quen goes up as fans fire up! Kassidy keeps Kaz in the drop zone, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! The Bronze Medals almost became gold! Tag to Kassidy and Private Party brings Kaz up again. We know what they’re planning, but so does Scorpio! Scorpio waistlocks Kassidy and Kaz manages to resist the Super Steiner! Scorpio shoves Kassidy into Quen, then waistlocks Kassidy again. Gory Especial, SCU LATER!! Cover, SCU wins!!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, Kaz pinning; still AEW World Tag Team Champions
But the Lucha Brothers are NOT standing for this! They take down Kaz and Scorpio from behind! Pentagon rains down hands while Fenix rams Scorpio all the way to barriers. Pentagon has a chair! He sets that down and drags Kaz over, CERO MIE- The lights go down!? And when they come back, there’s a second Pentagon!? He mimics Pentagon perfectly, then hits an STO! And dribbles Pentagon’s head off the mat! Fenix runs in but Fake Pentagon gets him in underhooks, and uses a butterfly driver to throw Fenix onto the real Pentagon! Wait, that move…
YES! Christopher Daniels is back! The Fallen Angel has the chair and he swings, but the Lucha Brothers get clear! Daniels dares Pentagon and Fenix to come back for more, but they retreat. SCU is back at 100%, but will they get revenge on the Lucha Brothers in the near future?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Emi Sakura!
The wrestling idol and inaugural champion defends her title against the woman who trained her! Riho has already made history and has already overcome odds, but can she overcome “Emi Mercury”?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Emi is already emotional as the bell rings on this student VS teacher title match!
Fans cheer and rally as Riho and Emi tie up with a test of strength. They go knuckle lock to knuckle lock and shoulder to shoulder. Emi bends Riho back and hops on, but Riho maintains the bridge! Emi tries again but Riho stays up! Riho powers her way back up but Emi sweeps the legs! Emi stomps Riho then drags her up for a laughing hair biel! Riho flounders to a corner but Emi drags her up to throw her again. But Riho cartwheels, only to leap into a slam! Cover, but Riho uses the Matrix to escape! Riho runs, dropkicks Emi but Emi rebounds with her own! Emi stomps Riho then drags her up to CHOP her against ropes. Emi runs but Riho puts her on the apron. Riho runs in but Emi shoulders her back. Emi steps in but Riho goes out, and Emi CHOPS. Emi runs to body check Riho to the floor! The student is down but okay to continue.
Emi dares Riho to get up, and Riho stands at 4. Emi goes up top but Riho anchors her fast! Riho hurries around the way to club Emi with forearms. Riho trips Emi into a Tree of Woe, then climbs up, to drop WOE STOMPS into the apron! Emi rolls into the ring but is much more worse for wear. Riho gets in and goes corner to corner, corner meteora to roll-up! TWO, but Riho has the Half Crab! Emi endures as Riho pulls back as hard as she can! Emi crawls as fans rally, and she gets the ropebreak! Riho lets go and brings Emi up. Riho suplexes but Emi resists. Emi turns Riho around, swinging Complete Shot! Emi stomp stomp claps to get the fans going. Fans echo, “We Will, We Will, Rock You!” Emi runs corner to corner, another body check in the corner!
Emi drags Riho around to hook the legs and grab the arms. Emi brings Riho up into the Romero Special! And starts rolling! Riho endures the Rolling Romero so Emi tosses her off. Fans cheer as Emi circles around Riho. Emi eggs Riho on and Riho hits back. Emi stomps as fans duel. Riho keeps fighting back but Emi stomps her back down. Emi drags Riho up into a scoop but Riho slips out to a waistlock! Emi does a dance and elbows free. Emi runs but Riho drop toeholds! Riho runs to 619! Riho climbs up as Emi staggers, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Riho won’t be deterred. Riho drags Emi up, but Emi blocks the Northern Lights and claws Riho’s back! Emi “cries” for being reprimanded. Emi whips Riho corner to corner but Riho reverses and hits a big knee! Riho keeps going, but runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Underhooks, butterfly backbreaker!
Emi drags Riho to a drop zone, hops up, Vader STOMPS! Emi crushes Riho’s arm, but she’s not done! Vader SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Emi just grins. Emi drags Riho up off the ropes and underhooks. Tiger Driver! But Riho suddenly springs up to DOUBLE STOMP! Both women are down and Baltimore rallies up! A standing count begins, and both women stir at 3. The count passes 5, Emi stands using the ropes. She’s up at 7, and CHOPS Riho! Emi eggs Riho on, and Riho forearms back! Emi forearms Riho, but Riho forearms again! Emi CHOPS, Riho forearms! And forearm and forearm! Riho fires off with fury and fans love it! The ref backs Riho off at the ropes, but Emi fires off a strike fest! Two slaps and a kick, then another CHOP! Riho rebounds, wheelbarrow STOMPS! Riho drags Emi up and into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Emi escapes but Riho won’t let up. Riho sits Emi up and runs corner to corner, but no Meteora! So Riho hops up to come back with another double stomp! Fans cheer as Riho goes up top. Riho leaps, BIG DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO with a bridge!! Emi survives the coup de grace, but Riho is not going to let up. Riho goes to run but Emi anchors a foot. Riho hammers away but Emi will not let go. Riho keeps hammering, fires up, but Emi reels her in, SNAP SAIDO! Eim drags Riho up fast, underhooks, Canadian rack, STORM BREAKER! Did Emi just become the Aerial Assassin?! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Riho survives by mere inches! Emi is frustrated but fans are firing up again. Emi drags Riho up, wants another underhook, but Riho lands on her feet out of the driver! Point-blank meteora! Emi sits up as Riho aims from the corner, but she ducks the basement meteora for a sunset flip! TWO!!
Emi wants La Magistrol but Riho slips free, but gets spun into a backslide! ONE but Emi is right on Riho with an Oklahoma Roll! Riho slips out again! ANOTHER point-blank meteora! Fans fire up as Riho gets running, but Emi is ready with a clothesline. Riho makes it a tilt-o-whirl, crucifix, then sunset flip! High stack, RIHO WINS!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall; still AEW Women’s World Champion
Riho is on a roll! She gets the better of her teacher to retain the title! And as such, her teacher shows her respect by both shaking her hand, and raising it high. How much higher can Riho rise from here?
AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Cody!
Le Champeon has turned this from a simple world title match to a personal grudge! Jericho thinks the American Nightmare is an “entitled Millennial bitch” but Cody turned it around on the “stupid dick.” And even if there weren’t insults hurled, punches thrown and an assault committed on Dustin Rhodes, Cody already upped the ante by deciding, as an Executive Vice President yet also a wrestler, that should he lose tonight, he will never challenge for this title again! Will Cody achieve revenge and greatness all at once? Or is he dooming himself to a title scene exile?
As also announced before reaching this point, this match will have three legendary judges watching just in case the 60 minute time limit is reached. Those judges are Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, and The Great Muta! Will their expert opinions be needed? Or can a decision be reached before the hour is up?
Cody has his best friend, Maxwell Jacob Freeman, by his side as he heads to the ring. Jericho, meanwhile, has the savage Jake Hager. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Baltimore is already thunderous with the bell!
Fans tell Jericho, “F*** Your Birthday!” which makes Cody smile. Jericho bails out to complain about the disrespect, but he does return to the ring. Jericho and Cody circle, and fans rally up for Cody. Also, Jericho is wearing a weight belt to parody Cody’s. The two finally tie up and then break. Jericho and Cody circle again, then tie up. Cody wrenches to a wristlock but Jericho slips around to hammerlock Cody back. Jericho brings Cody to a knee, but Cody goes for a leg. Jericho grabs ropes so Cody pats him on the back and cartwheels away. The two circle and tie up, and Jericho powers Cody to a corner. Jericho gives a rougher break but then runs off when Cody approaches. Jericho regroups with Hager and whispers something. Jericho takes his time returning, then ties up.
Cody waistlocks, half nelsons then headlocks, but Jericho spins out to his own headlock. Fans rally and Cody powers out, but Jericho runs him over. Jericho soaks up the heat but things speed up. Cody hurdles but Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Cody kicks back for the Rhodes dropping uppercut! Jericho bails out in frustration and even gets in the face of Dean Malenko. There’s history there, too. Jericho goes back to the ring and takes his time returning. Cody and Jericho tie up again, and Cody waistlocks. Jericho wrenches to a standing switch, but Cody works on his own. Cody gets the switch but Jericho elbows out hard. Jericho waistlocks again, but Cody pries at the hold. Cody hammers at the hands then wrenches to a hammerlock. Jericho spins through to hammerlock then waistlock, but Cody pries at the hold again.
Cody wrenches around to another hammerlock but Jericho gets the reversal again. Cody runs at the ropes to throw Jericho out! Cody runs to DIVE! Tope suicida hits Jericho into railing! Fans are fired up as Cody drags Jericho up and into the ring. Cody goes up top, leaps and missile dropkicks Jericho down! Cover, TWO! Cody drags Jericho around to a corner, laces the arm and pulls! He lets up at the ref’s count, but is right back on Jericho with a CHOP! Cody CHOPS again, then goes after the right arm for a shoulder breaker! Cody drags Jericho around to throw the arm on the mat! MJF taunts Jericho, “Hit the Judas Effect now!” Cody has the arm again, and puts it in a high keylock. Jericho endures as Cody leans on him. Cody STOMPS the arm! Fans cheer as Cody drags Jericho up to yank on the arm.
Cody whips corner to corner but Jericho reverses. Cody goes up and over and catches Jericho for the spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Jericho gets up but Cody clotheslines him to the ramp! Jericho hits hard, Cody builds speed, and Cody LEAPS! Jericho moves, Cody scorpion folds himself!! Referee Aubrey Edwards checks on Cody, Cody busted himself open on the diamond plated steel! Cody already has half a crimson mask! The referee keeps Jericho back for the medic, but MJF also pleads this not end the match. The medic works to patch Cody up but Jericho celebrates already. Mama Rhodes worries for her son but Cody gets back in the ring. So Hager gets Jericho a chair! Jericho uses it to take a seat rather than hit Cody. Then Jericho BOOTS Cody down! Jericho soaks up the heat, then decks Cody with a right.
Jericho tosses the chair because he goes after Cody’s wound with his bare hands! Fans boo but Jericho just throws Cody out. Jericho keeps the ref distracted but MJF protests, because Hager gets a cheap shot in! The medic tries to stop the blood but Cody mentions his ribs aren’t good, either. Jericho just soaks up the heat while Cody slowly gets up. Jericho comes over to drag Cody up and club away on his back. Jericho suplexes Cody up and then hangs him out to dry on the ropes! Cody flops off, and those ribs are only feeling worse. Hager taunts Cody while Jericho talks trash to the judges. Jericho goes back to Cody as fans rally up. Jericho keeps punching but Cody hits back! Cody fires up, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Jericho keeps his cool as he drags Cody back up. Jericho throws a big forearm into the ribs! Cody goes to a corner and Jericho grinds his boot into Cody’s head!
The ref counts and Jericho lets off to argue with her. Jericho drags Cody up to kick the ribs, then rams his shoulder in over and over. Jericho CHOPS Cody then throws more body shots. The ref tells him to back off but Jericho CHOPS more! Jericho whips Cody corner to corner but Cody boots back! Cody hurries up top, MOONSAULT FLOPS! Jericho covers, TWO! Cody survives his own wild idea and Jericho encourages the boos and jeers. Jericho drags Cody into a chinlock but Cody fights his way up. Fans rally but Jericho wrangles Cody back down. Cody stands up and stomps Jericho’s foot. Cody punches but Jericho knees and puts on the cobra twist! Jericho tortures those ribs, but MJF rallies fans back up. Jericho hammers Cody but Cody refuses to quit. Jericho digs his elbow in and hammers the ribs more, but still Cody refuses to quit. Cody pries free of the hold and hip tosses Jericho down!
Cody rests in a corner as fans rally up more. Cody hobbles over, into a dropkick! Jericho covers, TWO! Jericho slaps Cody around, then puts on a chinlock. Jericho digs his knee in but Cody endures still. Cody pries at the hold, fights his way up, and throws body shots and haymakers back on Jericho. Cody whips, Jericho holds ropes and denies the dropkick! LIONSAULT, onto knees! Cody springboards, CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Cody is furious! Fans fire up with Cody as he goes at Jericho with clotheslines and a boot! Then Cody rains down rights in the corner, all the way to 10! Jericho goes to the apron, Cody triangle jumps for the Beautiful Disaster Kick! Fans are rallying up again as Cody goes out to fetch Jericho, but Jericho kicks back. Jericho knees Cody’s ribs again, then scoops Cody to ram into the post!
Jericho leaves Cody behind to go back to the ring. Jericho waves hi to Mama Rhodes, then goes out to get in her face. She SLAPS Jericho! Security keeps Jericho from responding, and then Cody SPEARS Jericho down! Mama Rhodes even gets another slap in! Cody puts Jericho in, then gives mama a hug. Cody goes to the ring, stalks behind Jericho, and whips Jericho corner to corner. Jericho goes up but gets blocked, into an ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Hardcore Holly’s move doesn’t quite end it, but Cody isn’t done. Cody drags Jericho up by his legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four Leg Lock! Jericho endures the Nature Boy’s hold and fans chant for him to “TAP! TAP!” Jericho flails, reaches, and turns the hold over! Cody now suffers the pain, but he turns it back over! Cody gets the ropebreak for himself, just in case Jericho tries to turn it again.
The two unlock but Hager pushes Cody! Hager gets on the apron but the ref tells him to get back. Hager talks trash over and over, but Cody sends Jericho into him! O’Conner roll, TWO!! And Cody is sent into Hager’s sucker punch! MJF spots that and points it out. Aubrey EJECTS Hager! MJF joins the fans in singing “Hey hey hey~! Good bye~!” But then Hager attacks MJF! He throws MJF into barriers! And into the apron! Hager leaves, having done damage to Cody’s best friend. But in all this distraction, Jericho has the AEW title belt back, and aims at Cody! TITLE SMASH! Jericho hides the evidence and plays dead! Both men are “down,” but Jericho grins as he rises. Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?! Cody survives and Jericho can’t believe it!
Jericho dares Cody to get up, and he prepares the elbow. But Cody blocks Judas Effect, into CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! Jericho survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Cody and Jericho slowly stir. Cody and Jericho brawl on their knees with big forearms. Fans are on Cody’s side, not on Jericho’s. The hands speed up and Cody gets an edge! Jericho hits back but Cody starts jabbing! American Dream would be proud of that Bionic Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Cody looms over Jericho to stomp him over and over. Cody runs, springboards, into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! Cody survives and MJF is relieved to say the least! Jericho grows frustrated with Cody but fans love “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Jericho goes back to Cody to stomp him more. Jericho kicks Cody to a corner then hauls him up for another big knee to the ribs. Cody is against the ropes and Jericho chokes him again. The fans boo but Jericho soaks up the heat. Jericho clubs Cody down then takes off his Le Champeon weight belt. To LASH Cody! And again! And again! Jericho does not stop whipping Cody with the belt! But the ref takes it from him! Jericho drags Cody up and towards the corner to bump off buckles. Jericho hops up, drags Cody in, but Cody breaks free to SUPERKICK! Then Cody climbs up top, for a SUPER- No, no Super Steiner! Jericho drops down, Walls of Jericho!! Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Cody powers up to head for the ropes. Cody falls, comes close, but powers up again as fans rally as hard as they ever have, ROPEBREAK!
Jericho lets go, but rains down rights to that head wound. The ref backs him off because they were closed fists, but then Jericho pushes her. So she pushes back! And Cody rolls Jericho up! TWO! Jericho body shots then trips Cody! Jericho works to turn Cody, but does MJF have a towel?! Jericho stomps away on Cody’s head! MJF is torn on what to do for his best friend, but Cody is in the Lion’s Tamer! And it is EXTRA DEEP! MJF throws in the towel!?
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission; still AEW World Champion
Fans can’t believe Cody’s best friend would do that! Cody loses but not by his choice! And now, he will never have another chance at this title! But is this the hard decision MJF had to make to save his friend from losing his career? But Jericho takes his belt and leaves, ready to celebrate his first defense alongside his Inner Circle, who meet him at the stage. And yes, they have a little bit of the bubbly! Will anyone be able to dethrone Le Champeon?
As for MJF in the ring, he still looks very conflicted. He didn’t want Cody to lose, but he didn’t want Cody to suffer. He tries to explain things to Cody, but fans are certainly still upset with MJF. MJF gets emotional as he apologizes, but Cody doesn’t even look at him. But then Cody stands MJF up, pats him on the shoulder, but then MJF LOW BLOWS CODY!? And he grins! MJF pie faces Cody down, and glares down at his “best friend.” Fans call MJF an “A**hole!” as MJF says it’s his turn. MJF leaves Cody down in the ring, smirking as he goes. Fans SPLASH MJF with water, but MJF just smiles more. Insult to injury of the highest degree, what will be Cody’s response?
Lights Out Unsanctioned Match: Kenny Omega VS Jon Moxley!
The Best Bout Machine and the Death Rider have taken things to a rather extreme level. So much so, that Tony Khan himself felt AEW could not take responsibility for what happens between them. However, that was far from what Moxley wanted, because now it will never count on the record books. Moxley wants to break out of the box he’s been put in, but he’ll just have to settle for breaking Omega instead. How far will each man go to get past the other?
Justin Roberts explains that the lights will turn off then back on, and that there will be no rule but to win! The lights do as said, Omega makes his entrance, followed by Moxley’s entrance from the crowd. Tensions are already running high, and Moxley shoves the referee out of the way to start brawling with Omega! The bell rings and this unsanctioned match is officially underway!
Fans are fired up as Mox mugs Omega in the corner. Omega turns it around to fire off forearms and a CHOP! Omega whips, Moxley reverses but Omega dodges to boot Moxley down! Moxley gets to a corner but Omega is on him with even more forearms. Omega whips corner to corner but Moxley elbows back. Moxley throws a haymaker, Omega CHOPS! Omega runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Moxley gets up and goes out of the ring and says, “It’s time for some f***ing fun.” Moxely goes looking under the ring, and brings out a trash can! He tosses that in, then grabs the lid. Moxley stalks Omega, and just as Omega grabs the trash can, Moxley SMACKS him with the lid! And again! Moxley then takes the trash can, sets it aside, and brings Omega up in the double underhooks. Omega powers Moxley back and they both tumble out of the ring!
Omega hurries to club away on Moxley’s back, then throw him over the railing! Omega gets space, and runs in, to FLY! Super shotgun dropkick takes Moxley down! Omega then borrows a chair to SMACK Moxley’s back! Omega sits Moxley in another chair and CHOPS! Omega borrows a beer to SPLASH Moxley with! Moxley runs off but comes back with a kick. Moxley whips but Omega reverses to send Moxley into the trash bin! Then Omega slams the trash bin on Moxley! Omega sets the bin on Moxley to then head up the stairs, and DOUBLE STOMP the bin into Moxley! Moxley is gasping but Omega drags him back the way they came. Omega bounces Moxley off chairs then takes another beer to SMASH Moxley! Omega tosses Moxley back to ringside, and then hops up on the railing, only for Moxley to shove him off!
Moxley hops the railing to throw Omega over now. Moxley then stalks Omega to brings him around, snap suplex to the floor! Omega writhes but Moxley drags him into the ring. Moxley goes looking under the ring again, and brings out the barbed wire bat! Moxley smirks as he brings the bat into the ring. Moxley JABS Omega in the stomach, then winds up his swing, only for Omega to elbow him away. And then CHOP! But Moxley JABS again! And SMACKS Omega on the back! Then again! Moxley is having fun after all, as he SMACKS Omega a third time! The referee gets a little too close and Moxley scares him off. Omega is starting to bleed from his back, but Moxley SMACKS him again! Moxley pulls Omega back by his hair and dares him to “talk some shit now!” Moxley then presses the bat on Omega’s back and stands on it! Baltimore collectively winces as Moxley STOMPS the bat on Omegae’s back!
The ref checks with Omega but Omega does not want to quit. Moxley revels in the fans chanting “You Sick F*ck!” as Moxley goes back to Omega, to go after the face! Omega holds Moxley off then rakes Moxley’s eyes with his thumb. Omega CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips. Moxley reverses, swings, mises, and Omega full nelsons. But Moxley scrapes the barbed wire bat on Omega’s arm! Omega pushes Moxley away, grabs the trash can and SMASHES it on Moxley’s head! Omega grits his teeth as he drags Moxley up, piledriver onto the can! The can is flattened out and the ref moves it aside before he checks on both men. But Omega picks up the bat! He doesn’t want it, so he tosses it aside. Omega goes out, starts looking, and brings out a TABLE!
Fans love tables, and Omega props it up against railing. The front row on that side moves back a little while Omega brings out the barbed-wire BROOM! The Cleaner is ready! But Omega turns around, and Moxley throws the flattened can at Omega’s head! Moxley builds speed and DIVES, into a broom swipe! The barbed wire scrapes Moxley’s head but Omega isn’t done. He gets in the ring and SMACKS Moxley on the back! Now Moxley is bleeding from his back just like Omega! And in similar fashion to Moxley, Omega pushes Moxley down to start scraping with the broom! And he STOMPS it down! Moxley has so much blood already pouring, but Omega DOUBLE STOMPS the broom down! Moxley writhes and fans are either chanting “A E DUB! A E DUB!” or just stunned silent. Omega brings Moxley’s bat back and puts Moxley against the ropes, to SCRAPE MOXLEY’S FOREHEAD!
Then Omega brings his broom around, whips Moxley and uses a drop toehold to send Moxley face first onto it! Moxley staggers up and Omega runs again, Kotaru Krusher onto the broom! Omega checks his hand, and he did scrape himself but he’s still safe Cover, TWO! Omega hurries out to find something more, and brings in another trash can. Omega puts the can on the top of a post, and fireman’s carries Moxley. “You Can’t Escape! Rolling senton, and he grabs the can, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Omega argues with the ref but now, not even Full Metal Can’t Escape worked. Omega goes out to search for more things. Omega brings out a board of mouse traps?! Who made that!? Omega puts the sadistic arts & crafts project into the ring, but Moxley attacks from behind. Moxley and Omega brawl with forearms, the safest things they’ve done all match.
Moxley runs but into a CHOP! Omega boots and V-TRIGGERS! But then he runs into a LARIAT! Moxley hobbles over to that mouse trap board, and positions it in the ring, to X-PLEX Omega onto them! Omega gets snapped at by no less than half of the traps! Moxley stomps Omega down then goes looking under the ring again. The referee moves the mouse trap board aside, but Moxley produces a golden chain!? These chains are likely for boat anchors or pad locks. Moxley drags that into a little pile then goes after Omega. Side walk slam on the chain! Cover, TWO! Moxley grows frustrated but he brings Omega back up and goes to turn him. Omega resists but Moxley knees him to force him around, neckbreaker onto the chain! Cover, ONE!? Moxley is actually pleasantly surprised.
Moxley eggs Omega on and Omega throws haymakers. Moxley stomps Omega, then grabs the chair. He wraps Omega’s face in the chain, getting links into the mouth! Moxley uses it for a full metal camel clutch! Omega drags himself over, reaching for anything, and settles for the trash can lid. Omega just swings back and gets Moxley in the face with the edge of the lid! Moxley lets off Omega but comes back with crossface forearms from all sides! And then wraps on a sleeper hold with body scissors. Omega grabs the lid again! He SMACKS Moxley once, twice, three times, four times, FIVE times! Moxley lets go but both men slowly rise. Moxley knees and urenages Omega, just missing the chains! Omega writhes while Moxley goes back outside. Moxley finds a screwdriver? Or is it an ice pick? Either way it is something sharp and pointy!
Moxley goes back to Omega, but Omega uses the chains as brass knuckles! Omega throws body shots but Moxley haymakers back. Moxley takes aim but Omega dodges, the pick STABS buckle! The pick is stuck, Omega half nelsons, full nelsons, but Moxley powers out, to back suplex Omega on the chains! Moxley gets up and slashes the throat, promising to end this. Moxley grabs the chain again, and wraps it around Omega’s neck! Moxley whips Omega but Omega blocks and breaks free, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega frees himself of the chain, to SNAP DRAGON Moxley again! Fans rally up as Omega full nelsons again. Moxley senses where they are, breaks free and BITES Omega’s face! Moxley runs, but into another SNAP DRAGON! Omega has the chain again, and he wraps it around Moxley’s neck now! Omega locks it on like a leash, to whip and HANG Moxley!
Moxley chokes, holding onto ropes for dear life!! Moxley is fading fast, but Omega can’t hold any longer. Moxley is spared, and he slumps to the floor. Omega lines up a shot and the Terminator drums begin. Omega rises, builds speed, and FLIES! Omega wipes Moxley and himself out through the table! Omega rises and Baltimore loves “Both These Guys!” Omega puts Moxley back in and then goes looking for something new. Omega realizes where it is, and brings out… a sack…? Hardcore fans know what these usually hold inside. Omega opens the sack, and reveals BROKEN GLASS! In reference to the glass table Moxley put him through!? Omega brings the glass over and goes after Moxley’s forehead! Moxley fights back but Omega just goes after Moxley’s hand! Omega cuts between fingers!! Now Omega is the “Sick F*ck!”
Omega stops the bag of glass to breaks the pieces even more. Then he pours the glass out onto the ring mat! But Omega turns around for Moxley to kick and whip! Omega reverses, SIT-OUT SPINEBUSTER ONTO GLASS! Omega makes sure his hands aren’t cut up as he covers, TWO!! Moxley survives, and now the referee’s counting hand is a casualty of this match! Omega grabs Moxley’s legs, to simply drag Moxley through the glass! Then Omega steps through, for a Sharpshooter! Moxley endures, and has no choice but to crawl over the glass to get towards ropes! Moxley gets the ropes, but there’s no ropebreak, he just uses the ropes to get up. Omega lets go, unable to hold the hold any longer. But then Omega collects pieces of glass in his hand? “This is Awesome!” but clearly Omega is plotting something.
Omega has a handful of his shiny little friends, and grins as he brings them to Moxley. Omega wants to force feed the glass to Moxley!? Some pieces get in, then Omega says “BANG!” and runs, but Moxley side steps! Rebound German Suplex ONTO THE GLASS! Omega stands up just from the pain, and V-TRIGGERS back! The glass in the mouth goes flying but Omega keeps going, V-TRIGGER AGAIN! Moxley flops out of the ring but Omega keeps his eyes on him. Omega takes the ice pick from the buckle pad! He stalks Moxley and fans bring the Terminator drum back. Omega grins as he comes up behind Moxley but the referee says this is “not worth it!” Omega grabs Moxley, and uses the pick to SCRAPE Moxley’s forehead!!
Omega calls for the Elite to bring something out for him?! The Young Bucks and Hangman Page don’t want this to go that far. But Omega promises, just the once. The Elite still follow Omega, so they do as he asks. Omega’s special plan: a BED OF BARBED WIRE!! Omega pokes Moxley with the pick for good measure and then tosses it aside. Omega brings Moxley up in the Electric Chair and goes to the edge. Omega folds Moxley but Moxley slips out to fireman’s carry! Omega fights free of that, but the V-Trigger is blocked! Moxley kicks, has Omega, SUPLEX ONTO THE BARBED WIRE!!! Baltimore loses its minds over this most heinous thing yet! How do they get the two out of the spider’s web of steel barbs? The crew does its best to reach in while not hurting themselves, and they drag the two men out. No one knows what to make of this, but the fans are still chanting for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Omega is free then Moxley follows. Fans cheer that the two men are not seriously injured, but then Moxley JABS security out of the way! Moxley storms over to Omega, and brings Omega over to Full Gear stage piece. Omega resists the suplex, elbows Moxley off him, then uses a vent tube to SMASH Moxley! Omega staggers back for space, runs back in, and then V-TRIGGERS Moxley and himself through the stage piece!! Both men are wrecked all over again and the referee has no idea what to do with this! Can you throw an unsanctioned match out? It already doesn’t count! Moxley emerges with a Young Buck buck on his head. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but something’s got to give. Moxley staggers up while Omega is still stuck in the stage piece. Omega drags himself out, that wild look on his face still there. Omega pursues Moxley and throws big forearms.
The Terminator drum is almost too appropriate for Omega at this point as he stalks Moxley back to ringside. Omega clubs Moxley more, puts him in the ring, and brings up a piece of table wreckage. But the moment Omega gets in, Moxley gets him with PARADIGM SHIFT onto the glass!! Cover, TWO!?! How?!? Moxley clears the ring of the trap board and then goes back out. Moxley tears the apron skirt off, to then undo the ring mat’s straps! Moxley undoes an entire corner, and then a bit more. The referee wants this to end, but Moxley exposes the ring’s padding, and then drags that up to expose the wood baseboards! Moxley has exposed half the ring, diagonally! Moxley drags Omega up, Gotch lift, but Omega back drops Moxley! The wood is unforgiving, which is why there is usually padding.
Omega V-TRIGGERS Moxley into the buckles! Then Electric Chair, to the fold, but Moxley slips out again! Moxley double hooks but Omega kicks back, to give Moxley the PARADIGM SHIFT ON WOOD!! Cover, TWO!?! Just what are these two men made of!? Omega sits up and points to the sky. Omega positions Moxley just right before climbing up top. He’s hesitant, but he still PHOENIX SPLASHES, TO FLOP ON THE WOOD!! Fans are in shock as Omega more than likely breaks his nose! Moxley drags Omega over to cover, TWO!?! Moxley wants to end this. Moxley underhooks and lifts, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Unsanctioned turned from unrestricted to unbelievable! And in the end, the Baddest SOB in the Business came out on top! The Young Bucks come to Omega’s side while Moxley asks the camera what his ranking is now. Fourth? Fifth? How does that work? “F*** you, that’s how that works.” Moxley doesn’t care what counts on record, he knows everyone saw what he just did. Will he do even worse until he gets the respect and opportunities he deserves?
Holy crap. How is it that a PPV that keeps title status quo is so amazing? Because AEW knew how to make the matches and the stories behind them so good, we wouldn’t be upset. We have no right to be upset, there is nothing to be upset about! We got great promo packages all throughout, from YouTube Kickoff Show to The Buy In to the main show (most of which I skipped), so those were nice little things. The non-title grudge matches were great, too. Baker VS Priestley was a great match for being the only match on the Buy In, and honestly I don’t think we needed much else, anyway. The main show opening with Bucks VS PNP was a great choice! Those teams were able to do the serious and the comedic in the same match, and Nick selling a busted ankle was great, too. It was a great surprise that PNP won, but AEW has been smart about not overloading us on The Elite winning things. I also really liked getting Rock ‘n’ Roll Express involved for some small payback. This is all going to heat up Elite VS Inner Circle more and for the better.
Hangman Page VS PAC, Spears VS Janela, they were both solid matches, the stories went well, and AEW is doing great on keeping to the win-loss record mattering. Hangman will surely move up in the AEW rankings and might become the new #1 contender by default. Meanwhile, the most interesting development for Janela is that his former female valet has now left him for another talent! But I do appreciate that we’re in the process of seeing AEW’s first fully formed faction, with Kip as the singles guy, TH2 as the tag team and now Penelope Ford is in the women’s division. I look forward to seeing where this Superbad Squad goes. At the same time, I’m moderately intrigued by Brandi and Awesome Kong targeting women and taking locks of their hair… One of them is going for the title one day, but this story building them up might be something unique.
I loved all the title matches tonight, and I can’t be too upset over status quo being kept. All the reigns have still been short just on AEW being a young company, so it is totally fine for all the champions to retain. I knew almost right away that having a Triple Threat Tag match and putting Private Party in was so Private Party takes the pin. SCU retains because of that, but it was a great surprise to see Daniels return, first pretending to be Pentagon’s double. I’m thinking Daniels VS Pentagon happens as a grudge match, but I don’t know if Lucha Brothers get what would be a third chance at the tag titles. Well, unless Daniels subs in a la Freebird Rules. Riho VS Sakura was great, though they recycled quite a bit from their tag match this past Dynamite. However, they did great in adding on. Riho wins with another pin finish and not a finisher, I’m not even sure if she has a finisher. But with the way things are being set up, I wonder if Riho has a rematch with Shida to see if she can beat Shida again. No other women’s wrestler in AEW has been built up strong enough yet, it just seems the way they’re going.
The AEW World Championship match was probably the more surprising title retention, in how they did it. I don’t want to say it was obvious MJF would turn on Cody here, but it was highly likely and then that’s exactly what we got. Well for one, the judges weren’t needed, but it was still great seeing Jericho get in Malenko’s face. This is probably to set a precedent for all world title matches, just so it would set AEW apart from all other promotions. And who knows, maybe one day, the judges will be needed for some added drama. Cody and Jericho did great, I was really shocked by that ramp spot that cut Cody’s face and bruised his ribs. It made for great story, of course, as did MJF throwing in the towel. MJF can surely give a great reason as to why he turned with a promo for Dynamite or even on social media, and a grudge match between him and Cody will be great. And if Hangman is the new contender, a rematch of him and Jericho will make for some great story, too.
That Unsanctioned match, tho. Looking back, Moxley and Omega each having an Unsanctioned match in AEW before this should’ve told us things were going to get wild. The things Moxley and Omega each did with Janela, those all paled in comparison to what Moxley and Omega just did here against each other. We all expected the bat and the broom, trash cans and tables, and even going around ringside. But I don’t know who would’ve guessed a bunch of mouse traps on particle board, a screwdriver/ice pick a la the last time Triple H and Ric Flair had a No Disqualification match, the gold bike chain or the broken glass. For that matter, no one would’ve ever imagined that California King of barbed wire! These guys went to such insane levels, so I could understand more squeamish fans not feeling this, but I’m apparently not squeamish so hey.
Much like Bucks putting PNP over, Omega puts Moxley over because Moxley deserves to win, and I would love if Moxley demands to be included in the contender talk. Hangman VS Moxley, winner goes after Jericho. BOOK IT, KHAN!
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/20/21)
Who will be THE tag team for The Inner Circle?
AEW celebrates Negative One’s birthday on Dynamite!
AEW celebrates the birthday of Negative One, Brodie Jr, with some BIG tag team matches! And after teaming with them in an 8 Man Tag, will Hangman finally #JoinDarkOrder?
- 8 Man Tag: Hangman Page & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2; Hangman & The Dark Order win.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon; Cody wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Nick Comoroto; Moxley wins.
- Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty; Hardy Party wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor; Ford wins.
- The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF; Y2MJF wins and becomes the official tag division representatives of The Inner Circle.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Dark Order is here!
It’s a huge birthday bash for Negative One, Brodie Lee Junior! The cake is there, the candles are lit, and fans cheer on, “Happy Birthday!” John Silver says tonight is a very special night and fans cheer in agreement. Firstly, the Dark Order is going to get a new recruit in “a handsome cowboy,” Hangman Page! But second of all, it’s someone’s birthday~! Just looking t this cake is making #JohnnyHungy! But let’s all sing a Happy Birthday to Brodie Junior! A one, a two, a skiddily diddily doo! Happy Birthday to You~! But then Luther and Serpentico crash the party! They don’t care about birthdays! AEW is becoming a DAYCARE CENTER!
Luther tells “Punky Brewster,” if he wants to come out on AEW Dark and talk smack on him and how he looks stupid with the ball on his head…! Fans chant “You Look Stupid!” Well first, Luther’s face is perfectly symmetrical! And second, Negative One has all these halfwits in masks and with their jagged teeth, THEY look stupid! Chaos Project does not like kids, and does not like them! They’re going to RUIN Brodie’s birthday! The Dark Order fires back with fists! But Jack Evans and Angelico hurry out to reinforce their tag partners! Here comes Hangman! Hangman LEAPS off the stage and onto everyone! The Dark Order cheers, but is Hangman really joining up with them?
8 Man Tag: Hangman & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2!
The bell rings and Silver stalks Angelico in the ring. Alex Reynolds joins in, they double whip and flapjack EUROUPPER! Cover, but Evans breaks it in time! Silver throws forearms on Evans and hits him so hard, Evans flies out of the ring! But Angelico DECKS Silver, then tags in Luther. They mug Silver, Luther reels Silver in for a butterfly suplex! Cover, ONE! Luther tags Serpentico in, and he is the SNAKEMAN weapon, scoop slam senton! Serpentico staggers up, tags Evans, and then Luther uses Evans as a weapon for another scoop slam senton! Tag to Angelico, and Angelico holds Silver there, for Luther to BULLDOG SPLASH Angelico onto him! Cover, TWO!
Angelico drags Silver up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Serpentico in. Serpentico throws hands on Silver, snapmares and KICKS him! Fans rally as Serpentico fish hooks Silver into a chinlock. Silver endures, the ref reprimands the hooks but Silver fights up to throw body shots. Serpentico throws haymakers back and then has Silver in a corner. Serpentico whips corner to corner and Silver hits buckles. Serpentico runs in but Silver FLAPJACKS him to buckles! Serpentico fixes his head but runs into a BOOT! Tag to Hangman! Hangman rallies on Chaos Project and TH2 with forearms and BOOTS! SPINEBUSTER for Evans!
Fans fire up with Hangman as he runs at Angelico to corner clothesline! Then one for Serpentico, one for Evans, then back to Serpentico. Serpentico SUPERKICKS, but he leaps into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Cover, but TH2 breaks it! Now a brawl breaks out again! The Dark Order throws TH2 out, Silver whips Reynolds in at Serpentico but Serpentico tosses him out! Silver runs in, but Serpentico puts him on the apron. Colt Cabana runs in but Serpentico avoids the Flying Apple. Cabana goes up, Hangman ROLLING ELBOWS Serpentico into Cabana’s FLYING ELBOW! Cabana sees Angelico getting in, and suckers him into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM!
Hangman kips up and PLANCHAS but Evans moves! Evans is on the apron, but Hangman avoids his spinning kick! Silver is on the apron now and CANNONBALLS into Evans, to then EuroUpper Angelico against railing! Silver runs at Chaos Project but they dodge, only for Reynolds to FLY in! Direct hit, and the Dark Order set things up for Hangman, SUPER MOONSAULT! Fans are thunderous as Hangman drags Serpentico up and into the ring. Hangman tags Cabana in, Cabana scoop slams Serpentico, and then the Good, the Bad and the Hungy combine in a HUGE backpack SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Cabana keeps his focus.
Tag to Reynolds, Cabana goes up and the Beaver Boys hoist Serpentico up. Luther gets in and shoves Cabana down! Serpentico shoves Reynolds into Silver, roll through, SUPERKICK and basement DDT! Evans springboards in with the 450 SPLASH! Cover but Hangman breaks it in time! Evans throws Hangman out, then slingshots after him, into a POWEBOMB onto Angelico in the crowd! Luther drags Cabana up the ramp and to the stage! Oh no, the cake is unguarded! Wait, Negative One runs over and SMACKS Luther with the kendo stick! Luther glares at him, but then Cabana FLAPJACKS Luther onto the cake!
Back in the ring, Reynolds whips Serpentico into the corner, Silver ENZIGURIS, then they unleash the Beaver Boy Blitz! Forearm, enziguri, STUNNER, and Hangman adds the BUCK SHOT to the GERMAN! Bridging and jackknife, Hangman and the Dark Order win!
Winners: Hangman Page & The Dark Order, by pinfall
Luther is furious in the frosting as the Good, the Bad, the Hungy and the BOOM BOOM take the win! And to add on, Negative One says Serpentico tried to ruin the birthday. But that’s not how it works. KENDO STICK SMACK! “My birthday was three days ago, you idiots!” And he throws papers at Chaos Project! But Silver grabs a mic to address business. Hangman is so good and amazing! But also, he’s really handsome and has nice hair. Now, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Will Hangman #JoinDarkOrder? Silver is even on bended knee! Hangman’s answer is…? “I can’t.”
Wait what? No, stop the confetti! He said no! He said no! The Dark Order didn’t hear that until it’s pointed out by Hangman. As fun as all this has been, he tried saying this before but he was put in a tough spot. Hangman’s done the faction thing before, and it didn’t really work out for him. He’s sorry, but he has to decline. The Dark Order doesn’t understand, and now the good mood has been deflated. Will the Dark Order figure out how to get Hangman to change his mind? Or will they have to move on from this rejection and find someone else?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho and MJF!
Ahead of the Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge, Alex Marvez wants their thoughts. Please stop, your breath is worse than a rat orgy inside a running microwave. But MJF wants to be honest with Jericho. The last thing he wants to see is this match breaking up the Inner Circle. Isn’t Jericho a little worried about that? Jericho is NOT worried. Tonight will be something that brings the group together and stronger than ever before. It is a promise, a pact, a gentlemen’s agreement of sexy hooligans to decide which combination moves forward to go after the AEW World Tag Team Championships!
No matter what happens, they have a deal that they will move on as a unit. Santana & Ortiz VS Sammy & Hager VS Jericho & MJF! And guess who wins tonight, Marvez! Jericho? Exactly, you stupid idiot! MJF agrees with Jericho, this will make the Inner Circle stronger. They are Christopher and Maxwell, they are better than you and you know it, because they are the next AEW World Tag Team Champions! But will that be the case when this is their first outing as a tag team?
AEW returns to Tony Schiavone in the ring!
“It was one week ago in this ring that Darby Allin retained the TNT Championship in a sensational win over Brian Cage of Team Taz!” We also saw Sting show up to help Darby out against Team Taz, too! Sting wants to say something, perhaps congratulate Darby, so here is… STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow, and the icon! And now, the TNT Champion, Darby Allin! The Relentless Face of TNT makes his way out with belt in hand. He joins Schiavone and Sting in the ring and fans cheer. Schiavone hands the mic to Sting and Sting says, “First of all, I want to say that there’s something that reminds me about me in you, and I kinda like it.” Darby is a great wrestler, and Sting wants to be the first to publicly congratulate him as being our TNT Champion.
Second, Sting wants everyone to understand that he wasn’t here to interrupt last week. He just wanted to keep things fair as Darby defended his title. But from somewhere, Taz is on the mic and he’s telling Sting to shut up! Team Taz is on the titantron and Taz says “fair fight, my ass!” Sting had a baseball bat, he storms out during the TNT title match, and he attacks Ricky Starks! Darby, during that match, had his leather belt and tried to hogtie Cage’s legs like he’s some piece of cattle! They fight dirty! They fight street style! Team Taz are “gentlemen.” Taz grew up in the streets, do your homework! These men are street fighters!
Starks speaks and says if we’re talking about street fighters, here’s the thing! Sting and Darby couldn’t see them in the streets! The deal is, Team Taz should take this to the streets! If Darby and Sting want to get nasty, they want to get hardcore, then the ball’s in their court! What you got?! Darby looks to Sting and Sting says something to Darby. Darby takes the mic and says if Team Taz wants to take this to the streets, “be careful what you wish for, because it just might happen.” Will Taz and team regret trying to intimidate these two fearless fighters?
The Elite is having a meeting, but the Young Bucks aren’t part of it?
Alex Marvez tells Matt & Nick Jackson about it, which is weird because this is Kenny Omega’s place. First that eBay collector guy and now this? Well fine, Marvez, come with them to the meeting. The Bucks walks in through the backdoor and Michael Nakazawa is being the greeter? Nakazawa escorts the Bucks into the dining room then into the den. What in the world? Omega has an oil painting of himself and Don Callis as muscular men in denim jeans, and only denim jeans. Omega is one thing but Callis is nowhere NEAR that ripped. Yikes.
But Callis enters first, and says that is a gift for Omega’s birthday. But his birthday’s in October. Well it’s never too early or too late to shop for the God of Pro-Wrestling! Have they not gotten anything for him yet? What kind of friends are you? Just kidding. Oh right, just like how last week, he punked them out on national television with that bait ‘n’ switch! Callis says that it was a choice from production, he meant to tell them but he apologizes for that. Where is Omega? Well Omega is unavailable for today’s meeting. At his own house? Omega is very busy. Too busy to talk to his friends?
Well what number do they have in their phones? Callis had Omega change numbers a couple weeks ago, there are a lot of fans, marks, and “old friends” coming out of the woodwork, blowing up the phone. They didn’t get the memo? Well they don’t need it, they can always come by, he and Omega are always happy to see them. But it’s good that they’re all here so we can clear the air. These three are the ones who love Omega the most, after all. Callis is family, and the Bucks are… old friends. So let’s chat. Marvez, why are you here? Nakazawa, please escort Marvez to the dungeon. What? Not a real dungeon, just the training room Omega uses. And take the cameraman. Not the camera, though, Callis won’t let him shoot any more of Omega’s house. Off to the dungeon with them.
And now they have privacy! The Bucks are good, right? How long have they known Omega? 12 years. Wow, 12 years, a tremendous investment. They need to recognize that. But everyone’s very busy, no time to spend like they used to, so Callis has something he is sure they’ll like. Is he writing them a check? Callis says this will compensate them for their investment in the friendship. They’re just trying to keep contact with the “old crew” to a minimum. Wow, see, this would be a good amount, except the Bucks made that much just last week. Oh, right, the merch! Well here, Callis will add in some. Is this a bribe? No…!
THE AUDACITY to think you can buyout a 12 year FRIENDSHIP…! Callis wasn’t on those 14 hour bus rides in Tokyo! He wasn’t there for the missed birthdays and anniversaries! Where was “Uncle Creepy” Callis? Callis says he was always there. Sorry it’s gone this way, but if you want to talk facts, the Bucks were great friends to Omega, but now they just hold him back! Oh really?! Yes, the hanger-on from the old neighborhood types. Omega is too nice but Callis isn’t.
Y’know, speaking of where this money is coming from, the Bucks used to work at that company Callis is VP of. And so they know these checks are no good. They rip up the checks and Callis accuses them of being bloodsuckers! Oh THEY are the bloodsuckers?! Callis is manipulating Omega! They’re backing Callis up and scaring him a bit, and the camera gets shut off. What is going to happen to The Elite with Callis hanging around?
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon!
Does the American Nightmare match up with the requirements for the Pageant Provocation? Perhaps, but will Avalon consider giving Cody a pass? Will Avalon’s young win streak be ended his first night back on Dynamite?
The bell rings and Avalon rushes at Cody, but into a dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!! Cody would cover, but JADE CARGILL walks out on stage! She is keeping her distance, but Cody isn’t so sure. Avalon runs in and LOW BLOWS Cody during the distraction! Jade likes that and decides to leave now. Avalon kicks at Cody’s legs, stalks Cody around the ring and chop blocks him down! Avalon trips Cody up, stomps him down, and then drags Cody up to throw haymakers! Avalon CHOPS Cody, then CHPOS him again! Cody gets made and CHOPS back! Cody shows haymaker but Avalon protects his face. So Cody drops for the Rhodes Uppercut!
Cody goes to a corner, climbs up, but Avalon hits him first! Avalon throws hands, climbs up, and clubs away. Avalon brings Cody up for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as both men writhe and a standing count begins! Cody goes to the apron and Avalon pursues as fans rally behind him. Avalon hobbles after Cody and kicks a leg, but Cody throws Avalon into the railing! Cody throws haymakers, but hobbles into a throat chop! Avalon CHOPS Cody then puts him in the ring. Cody gets Avalon’s leg but Avalon clubs him. Avalon suplexes and covers, ONE! Avalon stomps Cody then clubs him more. Cody shoves Avalon and double clotheslines collide!
Another standing count begins as both men are down. Fans rally up and duel, Cody drags Avalon up but Avalon rakes the eyes! AEW goes to picture in picture as Avalon puts Cody in a corner.
Avalon CHOPS Cody again, CLUBS him, then stomps the leg. Avalon CLAWS Cody on the back, but Cody CLAWS Avalon on the front! Avalon stomps Cody down, then drops a knee! Avalon has the leg and yanks on it, then stomps and heel hooks it! Cody endures but Avalon turns him over for a Half Crab! Avalon pulls hard but Cody fights his way to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Avalon lets off at 3, and Cody trips Avalon up! Cody gets the leg now, but Avalon kicks him away! Cody staggers, Avalon CHOPS him, then wraps the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Cody elbows Avalon away, then gets to the apron. Avalon is after Cody with a stretch against the ropes!
Avalon lets Cody go to club him again, but Cody ROCKS him with forearms! Cody slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Avalon CLOBBERS Cody with a clothesline! Avalon looms over Cody, drags him up, and scoops him for a slam! Avalon rains down rights, then scrapes his soles off Cody’s face! Avalon sits Cody up to KICK him, then drops more knees! AEW returns to single picture as Avalon climbs. Avalon MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Cody moves! Fans fire up and Cody throws forearms. Avalon headlocks, Cody powers out and tries to hurdle but his leg can’t get him up! Cody and Avalon collide, then Avalon throws Cody out hard! Avalon runs and DIVES, and Cody ends up in the crowd!
Avalon drags Cody back into the ring, drags him up by his weight belt, and blows a kiss. Avalon runs, into a CUTTER! Cody fires up and fans fire up with him as he whips Avalon, then follows to rally with forearms and lariats! Cody whips, Avalon reverses but Cody goes up and over to SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cody slaps himself to get back in this, and off comes the weight belt! Free souvenir! Avalon staggers, Cody trips him up and steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Avalon endures, turns things over and puts the pressure onto Cody! Cody turns it back over and Avalon feels the pain, but then Avalon SLAPS Cody! That was a mistake and Cody shows slap, but Avalon taps out just to avoid it!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission
Cody holds on to make Avalon pay for it, but lets him go soon enough. Cargill’s presence almost cost Cody, but the Prince of Pro-Wrestling managed to fight through the pain. Will Cody have to be more careful from now on?
Tully Blanchard knows the rankings just came out. They are NUMBER ONE and that is where they need to be. But now, they need the belts. Those are the bragging rights! But then in barges Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy says he’s sick of this. If FTR is the best- Cash Wheeler says they ARE the best. JB gets heated, but he says the FTR might be the best. Being in there taught JB something about himself. It showed him that he could beat either one of them. FTR laughs at that and Dax Harwood says he shouldn’t be fooled by the “salt ‘n’ pepper.” Dax isn’t some fly-by-night wrassler JB plays with in the ring. Dax will fight him next week, 1v1. He doesn’t need Cash and Tully to win, either.
Oh is that so? Let Dax finish. Then let them all be ringside, but Luchasaurus will make sure no one gets involved. JB and Dax shake on it, but will this really be a gentlemen’s agreement with Tully lurking?
Jon Moxley VS ???
The Maniac is back in action tonight, determined to fight his way back to the AEW World Championship and his revenge on Kenny Omega! Will Moxley show that there’s no stopping him, only delaying the inevitable?
AEW returns and Moxley’s opponent turns out to be the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball, Nick Comoroto! A big opponent for his first match back, but Moxley doesn’t back down from a fight! The bell rings, Comoroto shoves but Moxley headbutts him! Moxley fires off forearms and stomps Comoroto in the corner! Then CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again! And again! Moxley whips corner to corner, Comoroto reverses but Moxley dodges in the corner to clothesline! Moxley keeps moving, but leaps into Comoroto’s arms and a POWERSLAM! Comoroto drags Moxley up to elbow him to a corner, then stomps him in return! Comoroto digs his knee in but lets up at 4.
Comoroto whips Moxley corner to corner, then hits a big back elbow! Comoroto scoops Moxley for a BACKBREAKER! Moxley sits up but Comoroto drags him up for another BACKBREAKER, and makes it a bend across his knee! Moxley endures, pries the fingers and bends them back! Comoroto lets go to clutch his hand, and Moxley BITES Comoroto’s forehead! Comoroto knees low, scoops Moxley but Moxley slips out to throw forearms! Comoroto throws them back but Moxley knees then runs, but into an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Moxley goes to a corner. Comoroto runs corner to corner, but only gets buckles!
Moxley and Comoroto are both down but fans rally up! Moxley is up first, and KICKS away on Comoroto’s chest! Again and again, then he reels Comoroto in for a suplex. Comoroto is too big, he shoves Moxley away but Moxley gets around to waistlock, shove and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Moxley runs, but Comoroto withstands the lariat! Comoroto fireman’s carries but Moxley slips around to SLEEPER HOLD! Comoroto falls, he is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The big man gave Moxley a big fight, but Moxley wouldn’t have it any other way! Moxley gets the mic and points to the fans before saying, “Now, anything can happen on Wednesdays on AEW Dynamite. And things are getting crazy~ around here, I can’t keep track of everything.” Moxley can’t tell who is in Bullet Club, The Elite, who’s from Impact or whatever, but that doesn’t matter. Omega thought he would bring his frat brothers to AEW and they’d watch his back. “Kenny, all’s you did was make it more fun. All you did was make it more interesting. More bodies, bigger brawls, more blood, more violence. More necks to break, more limbs to snap, I love this!”
The bigger the mountain, the sweeter it is at the top! Moxley will climb back up because you can bring the whole city of Nashville to Jacksonville, you can bring up whoever from Mexico or Japan, it remains the same. “All roads in professional wrestling lead through ME!!” Has Moxley just declared war not only on The Cleaner, but all the promotions willing to play ball with AEW?
Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston and The Fam.
For the first time ever, next week on Dynamite, Kingston will face Lance Archer 1v1 in the ring. How does he prepare for someone like Archer, or anyone he’s never faced before? Kingston doesn’t prepare, he just fights. And Kingston has been having a really hard time lately. PAC beat Kingston but Kingston is moving on to Archer. Kingston has to move on. But then Archer comes in, and Jake the Snake barely keeps him back! Archer says Pac beat Kingston, but Archer will end him! Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, a very simple concept. Kingston says he can go on with his poetry, but Archer says all Kingston ever does is shout. If Kingston wants to shut Archer up, do it in the ring! Kingston says it’s 1v1! Then he tells Jake to keep his boy under control.
Jake says Kingston’s one to talk, with his little baby chicken shit family. If Kingston wants to do something, do it face to face without his little butt kissers ringside! Deal! A true 1v1 match is coming, will the Mad King be able to stand after facing the Murderhawk Monster?
AEW returns as Kenny Omega arrives.
Alex Marvez is there waiting and asks Omega about his thoughts on what we saw at the beach. Omega wasn’t at the beach, so no comment. Well, AEW Media was with The Young Bucks and Don Callis at Omega’s house. They were at his house? Is nothing sacred? Get out of his way! Omega finds Callis in the locker room and shows off his new outfit. Whoa, what happened to Callis? Oh, the glasses? No, what’s under the glasses. Callis says Omega shouldn’t get upset, Callis had a “little accident” earlier. It’s not as bad as it looks. Who did that? No, it’s not about- Ow, don’t touch. Callis says this is not what he wants for Omega, Omega can’t lose focus right now.
Omega keeps asking but Callis says it’s fine. Nick & Matt- Uh oh. Omega can’t believe the Bucks did this. Marvez asks if Callis is saying the Bucks did that to him. What is he doing in here? Go away! Is there no privacy here? Omega still wants answers on what happened! We know that the camera went off, but did the Bucks really assault Callis?
Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty!
One of the best high flyers ever teams up with the coldest tag team in the game for an incredible combination! But manager “Big Money” Matt teams with his guys in Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy! Will Hardy and Private Party make their partnership worth their one-sided deal?
The trios sort out and Dante Martin starts against Quen. They circle, and Dante offers a handshake. Hardy doesn’t want Quen to take it but Quen says it’s fine, and they shake hands. Quen and Dante circle, tie up, and Quen arm-drags Dante but Dante arm-drags back. Quen blocks the hip toss to knee low and cartwheel, but Dante slips free to run and roll off the back, then dropkick Quen down! Darius gets in as Kassidy does and dropkicks him down! Hardy rushes in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Top Flight as Dante tags Sydal in. They focus on Quen with double CHOPS, and then a whip. Sydal and Top Flight pull off a TRIPLE HURDLE, then a pass to a WINDMILL KICK!
Dante gets a boost from Darius, they rebound off ropes and Dante flips Darius onto Sydal! Darius flips back but he’s not legal, Sydal has to cover. So Sydal adds a STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Quen hurries away and Hardy tells him to get serious here. Quen takes off his jacket and throws it at Sydal! Quen then fires off on Sydal, and tags in Kassidy. Kassidy sucker punches Top Flight then mugs Sydal with Quen! Private Party double forearm, kick and run, but Top Flight gets in and slides with Sydal to TRIPLE ROLLING TAKEDOWN, into a TRIPLE CRAB! Hardy is furious but the ref counts and Top Flight lets off their parts. Hardy gets in and DECKS Sydal!
Kassidy runs at Sydal at the ropes but Sydal pops him up! Kassidy holds ropes, tags Quen, and then headscissors Sydal into Quen’s ROUNDHOUSE! Springboard SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Quen clubs away on Sydal, then stomps him down! Quen brings Sydal up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Kassidy. Private Party mugs Sydal as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hardy sneaks in a shot before Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, but Sydal CHOPS back Kassidy kicks low, pushes Sydal down and stomps him in the corner! Tag to Hardy, Kassidy digs his boots in, then Hardy does the same. The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, then RAMS into Sydal! And again! And again! Hardy brings Sydal up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him on the buckles! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Sydal and ROCKS him with a right! Hardy whips, and catches Sydal to a sleeper! Sydal flails, reaches, but Hardy keeps him from the corner. Sydal fights up with body shots and breaks free with a jawbreaker! Hardy still grabs Sydal to drag him back to the corner.
Tag to Quen, Hardy Party mugs Sydal, and Quen bumps Sydal off buckles. Quen stomps Sydal then drags him up in a facelock. Sydal fights his way towards his corner but Quen pushes him back the other way. Tag to Kassidy and Private Party mugs Sydal more. Kassidy drags Sydal up and rams elbows into him! Tag to Quen, Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, then is the step stool for Quen to launch into a splash! Quen is the step now, Kassidy runs in, PARTY in Motion! Hardy tags in and clotheslines Sydal down! Hardy taunts Sydal and slaps him around, but Sydal KICKS back! And CHOPS! AEW returns to single picture as Sydal CHOPS Hardy more!
Hardy pokes Sydal in the eye! Then tags in Kassidy, and they mug Sydal more. Kassidy snapmares Sydal and wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Sydal endures, but Kassidy keeps Sydal away from ropes. Kassidy grinds Sydal down but Sydal fights up. Kassidy shifts to a facelock then tags in Quen. Private Party double suplex Sydal, but Sydal slips out! Sydal DECKS Hardy, and DOUBLE RANAS Private Party! Hot tag to Darius! Darius DECKS Kassidy, uppercuts Quen, goes up and over and sends Kassidy into Quen, then comes back to ENZIGURI Quen down! Darius waistlocks Kassidy, Kassidy standing switches but Darius elbows out!
Darius runs, gets around Kassidy and whips him into a STANDIN GSPANISH FLY! Hardy kicks low but no Twist! Dante ROCKS Hardy and dumps him out! Darius builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Hardy hard into railing! Darius goes back to the ring to tag in Dante, but Kassidy kicks back. Kassidy whips Darius but Darius reverses! Quen is there for Kassidy to roll back on, Silly String catches Darius but Dante is there to dropkick Quen down! Kassidy is caught for a LEAP FROG ATTACK! O’Conner roll and bridge, TWO!! Dante keeps his cool, drags Kassidy up, and he tags in Darius.
Top Flight mugs Kassidy, back suplex but Kassidy lands on his feet. Dante has Kassidy but Kassidy turns waistlock into wheelbarrow that sends Dante into Darius! Tag to Hardy, and Hardy grabs Dante. Dante fights out of Side Effect, but Darius wings into the SIDE EFFECT! Sydal tags in and goes up, Dante walks into a SIDE EFFECT! Sydal leaps but into a SIDE EFFECT!! Hardy has all three down to triple cover, TWO!! Tag to Quen and Quen boots Sydal! Quen says he sees the third eye and does a dance to PELE Sydal right in it! Cover, TWO! Quen drags Sydal up but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES! Tag to Dante, and Top Flight blasts Hardy Party!
Top Flight whip Sydal in at Quen for a big back elbow! Darius runs in to clothesline, then they put Quen up for Dante to FLIPPING DRAGON RANA! Cover, Hardy Party breaks it in time! Darius DECKS Hardy, Sydal throws Kassidy out and Top Flight focuses on Quen. They put Quen up top, climb up together, but Hardy shoves Darius down hard! The ref and Hardy argue, Kassidy has a chair and he JAMS Dante in the ribs! Dante is down, Quen and Kassidy realize what they’ve done, and like it! Quen hits a SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Hardy Party wins!
Winners: Hardy Party, by pinfall
Quen and Kassidy are buying into Big Money Matt’s “by any means necessary” policy! After all, they are #1 contenders to the Impact World Tag Team Championships. Darius and Sydal get in their face about it, though, and Hardy gives the nod. Private Party beats down Darius and Sydal! They hammer away on Sydal and drive knees into Darius, and then feed Darius to a TWIST OF FATE! Sydal gets a TWIST OF FATE, too! Will this new edge be what makes Private Party into champions?
MJF and Wardlow check with The Inner Circle.
MJF tells the cameraman to keep his distance before he and Wardlow walk in. “Oh, the bearer of bad news~!” Ortiz takes a guess: MJF wants the rest of them to be ringside when he and Jericho go after the tag titles, right? No, no, but MJF does get the hostility. Take it from him, if it were up to him, he isn’t so sure this match would be happening. Surely they all feel the same way. But, Chris is the leader, and as such, what he says goes. Sammy Guevara says if he had things his way, a lot of this wouldn’t be happening.
Hager and the others keep Sammy back but MJF says they’ve been doing this for months. MJF loves Hager, Santana and Ortiz, and even Sammy. They’re family, and they have to be family in order to succeed. Now, MJF respects Sammy because Sammy isn’t afraid to speak his mind. But can Sammy just understand that MJF isn’t some sociopath. MJF wants what’s best for the group, and so do they. So let’s all just go out there, have this match, and settle it. Everyone else fist bumps with MJF, but not Sammy. They’re not there yet. That’s fine. MJF says he’ll see them all out there, but is Sammy onto something?
Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor!
#LEGIT is back in action, and up against the Superbad Bride-to-be! Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy, can only watch from the crowd as his best friend is forced to be the BUTLER to the Best Man and the Superbad super couple. The suffering of “Charles” aside, will Ford at least be in a good mood with a win?
The bell rings, Ford and Hirsch circle, tie up, and go around. They break, and Hirsch smirks as she and Ford circle again. They tie up, Hirsch gets a waistlock but Ford switches. Hirsch hooks a leg to bring Ford down and then drags Ford around by it to get a waistlock. They roll around and Hirsch holds on tight to then float to a facelock. Ford gets up, Hirsch gets around for another takedown, lateral press, TWO! Ford facelocks but Hirsch wrenches out, only for Ford to headlock. Hirsch powers Ford to ropes, the ref calls for a break, and Hirsch honors it. But Ford kicks her leg out! Ford reels Hirsch into another headlock but Hirsch powers out, only for Ford to run her over!
But Hirsch kips up! Ford pie faces Hirsch out of annoyance, then runs, but Hirsch bypasses, drops, but Kip makes butler Charles trip Hirsch up! Ford handsprings but into an ARMBAR!! Ford scrambles, reaches, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Hirsch lets go at 4 and then glares at Kip. Kip is making short jokes but is running away, too, and Ford BOOTS Hirsch down! Ford drags Hirsch up to throw her into railing! Kip mockingly reels in the big fish as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford drags Hirsch up to RAM her into apron! Ford puts Hirsch in, drags her up and fisherman’s for the suplex! Ford drags Hirsch back up, whips her hard into a corner, and then fires off forearms! Ford whips Hirsch the other way, then handsprings in to back elbow! Wait, Hirsch got Ford first with forearms! Hirsch leaps over and comes back but Ford sends her into buckles! Ford runs side to side to KNEE Hirsch down! Ford rains down furious fists, drags Hirsch back up, then WRINGS her into buckles! Ford stands on Hirsch in the corner but the ref counts. Ford lets off at 4, Hirsch gets to the apron, but runs in to go up and over and drop knees on Hirsch on the apron!
Ford soaks up the heat before going back into the ring. Hirsch kicks back from the mat but Ford CLUBS her down, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Ford is covering Hirsch, TWO! Fans fire up for Hirsch but Ford drags her by a leg. Hirsch kicks Ford away but Ford rolls her to her feet to CLUB her on the back! Hirsch just gets mad and ROCKS Ford with a forearm! Ford forearms back but Hirsch fires off! Hirsch runs, blocks the leg lariat and makes Ford to the splits, to then KNEE Ford down! And DEAD LIFT GERMANS! Ford flounders to a corner, Hirsch runs in corner to corner, METEORA, to a SWINGING DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives but Hirsch keeps her focus, and Cassidy likes(?) what he sees.
Hirsch climbs, but Ford trips her up! Ford runs and handsprings, but the ax kick misses! Hirsch CLOBBERS Ford, drags her to a drop zone, then runs in, up the corner, and LEAPS ONTO KIP AND CHUCK! Fans fire up as Hirsch eliminates the distracts, but then Ford BOOTS her on the return! Cover, and Kip keeps Hirsch’s leg down!! Ford wins!!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
Miro tells “Charles” to get in the ring so we can all get an update. Miro tells “Charles” that he could be mean, but he’s not because he’s a nice guy. But Miro needs Charles to let go of the past so he can reach a bright future. Stand up straight. So Charles needs to look at Cassidy and tell him that MIRO is his best friend now! Chuck doesn’t want to but Miro tells him he has to. Cassidy stands up and Chuck takes the mic. Miro and Kip make sure he looks at Cassidy as he says it. “Miro is my best friend now.” Kip hugs Chuck and Miro gives a big thumbs up, and Cassidy walks away. Will Chuckie T be able to make it to Beach Break without breaking?
Something’s happening backstage!
The Good Brothers are attacking one of the Lucha Brothers! Karl Anderson stomps Penta El Zero M, then Doc Gallows drags him up to throw into the garage door! Omega comes over now, he and the Good Brothers mug Penta, and choke him using a power cord!! Omega takes off one of his fancy boots and JAMS the point into Penta’s eyes! “That’s what the Biz Clizz does!” But will they pay for going after Penta without Fenix and Pac around?
AEW has a lot planned for next week!
Not only will Eddie Kingston take on Lance Archer without any of their cohorts ringside, and not only will Dax Harwood take on Jungle Boy with all their teammates ringside, but Cody Rhodes will finally respond to comments made by Shaq! Plus, the Dark Order will try to move on from Hangman Page’s rejection in another 8 Man Tag, but against The Elite! Will the Young Bucks and Good Brothers be able to get along like back in the day? Or will the issues with Kenny Omega allow Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds and John Silver to cash in big on both the AEW AND Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions?
Plus, some news for AEW Beach Break!
With AEW Revolution only a month away, there will be a Tag Team Battle Royal to name the Young Bucks’ challengers! Which duo will be the last ones standing to take on Matt & Nick Jackson? Will the Inner Circle’s representative be in that battle royal? And speaking of Beach Break, the main event was going to be Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Death Triangle, but after what the “Biz Clizz” did to Penta, Pac and Fenix will be teaming with JON MOXLEY!! Will Moxley get a semblance of revenge on The Cleaner in just two weeks?
It is still in the works, but AEW is going to put together a WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Eliminator Tournament! Talent from both America and Japan are going to compete in a SIXTEEN PARTICIPANT bracket! Who will prove themselves worthy of taking on the Full Metal Warrior, Hikaru Shida?
The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF!
Santana and Ortiz thought they were going to be THE team in the faction from day one. The Spanish God accused Le Champion of being a #TagTeamSlut! But will all of the issues be put aside when the dust clears?
In this style of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active but anyone can tag off one of the opponents. They sort out and MJF starts with Sammy. Sammy gets in MJF’s face but MJF says this is just in good competition. MJF circles with Sammy, but MJF “realizes” Jericho probably wants to tie up with Sammy so he tags out. Jericho and Sammy circle as the former Le Sex Gods, and they tie up. Jericho puts Sammy in the corner, shows haymaker, but lets off with a handshake. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Jericho wrenches, wristlocks, but Sammy flips through and wrenches back. Jericho SLAPS Sammy so Sammy ROCKS and CHOPS Jericho!
Sammy whips, hurdles, and flips over Jericho to dropkick Jericho down! Sammy kips up and clotheslines Jericho out! Fans fire up as Sammy aims and slingshots, just to flip back in and do a spin. Sammy poses and Jericho nods some respect for that. Jericho gets in, he and Sammy approach but Jericho kicks low and CHOPS hard! And CHOPS! Jericho whips, Sammy dodges, and Sammy catches the dropkick to catapult Jericho into Hager’s haymaker! Sammy rolls Jericho up, TWO!! Sammy keeps on Jericho with a facelock, but Jericho ROCKS him back! Jericho tags to Santana but Hager tags in.
Hager rushes Santana but Santana shove shim, only to get run over. Things speed up, Santana kicks the legs out and dropkicks Hager down! Tag to Ortiz, PNP double whip Hager but Jericho tags back in. PNP double wrench to a double back suplex, but Jericho gets in to boot Ortiz! Jericho ROCKS Ortiz, whips but Ortiz gets around to shove Jericho to ropes. Santana tags in, Ortiz holds onto Jericho and Santana slingshots up and over. O’Conner roll to a crossbody! Ortiz sentons, Santana moonsaults! MJF protests but Santana covers, TWO!! Jericho survives and Santana seethes as AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana throws hands and CHOPS on Jericho, then whips him to ropes. Jericho stops himself to tag out to Sammy! Sammy and Santana tie up, Santana headlocks but Sammy powers out. Ortiz tags in, Santana spins Sammy and gets the assisted Shiranui, PNP combine for a REVERSE DDT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Ortiz drags Sammy up and whips him to ropes to then calf kick him down! Cover, TWO! Ortiz grows annoyed but he drags Sammy up to wrench and tie him up, Russian Leg Sweep to a modified half crab! Tag to Santana and Santana SLAPS Sammy on the head! Ortiz lets Sammy go, Sammy CHOPS Santana, but then Santana CHOPS Sammy off his feet!
Santana drags Sammy up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Santana looms over Sammy, drags him up, and suplexes again, holding him up this time! Santana walks over and Jericho tags in to get the hand-off. Jericho keeps Sammy up for a few more counts before slamming him down! Jericho revels in the cheers and then brings Sammy back up. Jericho CHOPS Sammy to a corner, throws haymakers, and AEW returns to single picture as Jericho CHOPS again!
Jericho whips Sammy, Sammy reverses and sends Jericho to ropes, only for Jericho to snap suplex back! Jericho has the cocky cover, ONE! Fans rally and Sammy CHOPS back on Jericho! Sammy whips, Jericho reverses and sends Sammy to the corner, but Sammy sends the bulldog into PNP’s corner! Jericho flops down and MJF reaches out! That’s the first time this whole match. Hot tags to MJF and Hager! MJF gets CLOBBERED! Hager blasts PNP, dodges MJF and DECKS Jericho to then corner clothesline MJF and reel him in for a POWERSLAM! Hager fires up and fans fire up with him! Hager tags in Sammy, Sammy springboards for a SUPER CUTTER!
But Ortiz tags in off MJF, only for Sammy to CLOBBER him! Sammy clotheslines Jericho out, too! Sammy slingshots to SHOOTING STAR but Jericho dodges! Sammy SUPERKICKS Jericho down! Sammy hurries back in, builds speed, but Santana gets in to waistlock! Ortiz runs back in and ENZIGURIS Sammy into Santana’s BOOT! PNP build speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! They take out Jericho and Hager out on opposite ends! Fans are thunderous as Sammy FLIES and takes down MJF! Sammy hurries back in, Ortiz runs at him but Sammy jumps over, to then BELLY2BELLY! Sammy goes up, Santana KICKS him down!
Santana and Ortiz climb the corner, Sammy fights them both off and shoves Santana down. MJF gets in and Electric Chairs Sammy! Sammy POISON-RANAS MJF first! Sammy goes after Ortiz up top, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz survives and no one can believe it! Jericho hurries in with Floyd the Baseball Bat, but Hager intercepts with a BOOT! MJF gets his diamond ring from Wardlow, but Hager is there! Hager DECKS MJF!! Santana kicks but Hager blocks, Ortiz and Santana DOUBLE ENZIGURI Hager, only for Hager to come back with DOUBLE LARIATS! Sammy STANDING SHOOTING STARS onto Ortiz, but MJF breaks it!
MJF whips Ortiz to the corner, Jericho tags in off Ortiz, and then MJF whips Sammy. Sammy reverses, leaps up, but into a POWERBOMB! LIONSAULT from Jericho!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and fans are thunderous again! Y2MJF drag Sammy up, whip him but Ortiz tags back in before the DOUBLE FLAPJACK! PNP give Y2MJF double basement dropkicks! And then they bring Jericho up for TU LO SABES! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Ortiz argues with the ref, only to turn around into a CODE BREAKER! Jericho manages the cover, TWO!!! Ortiz survives and fans are electric!
Jericho drags Ortiz up, tags MJF, and they throw hands on Ortiz. Y2MJF double whip, and double- Ortiz DOUBLE DDT’s back! Hager tags in to whip MJF hard into buckles! HAGER BOMB! Sammy tags in off it, Hager keeps on Jericho, Sammy hits the SUPER SWANTON!! Cover, Ortiz breaks it!! Hager throws Ortiz out, Jericho shoves Hager out, but Sammy KNEES Jericho! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Sammy KNEES MJF, SUPERKICKS Santana, then torture racks MJF and RAMS him into Wardlow! But MJF uses that to roll Sammy up, WITH TRUNKS! Y2MJF win!!
Winners: Chris Jericho & MJF, by pinfall (officially becomes THE tag team in the Inner Circle)
Say it ain’t so! MJF said this would be all in good sportsmanship but that was the exact opposite! And AEW has to wrap up for the night, what will be the fallout of this frantic finish!?
What a great episode! We got a great start with the birthday celebration for Brodie Jr. and the 8 Man Tag. Hangman’s rejection being a surprise to the Dark Order was great, with the prepared celebration now being for nothing. This will be an interesting twist to their story, especially with that huge 8 Man announced for next week. Also, Negative One Brodie got to have some more fun, getting on the case of the Dark Order henchmen and smacking Serpentico with a kendo stick. We got a lot of good set up for next week, the go-home to Beach Break. Dax VS JB with everyone ringside and Kingston VS Archer with no one ringside will both be good steps in progressing story, and both could probably go either way.
Cody VS Avalon going from squash to an actually strong match was a great twist, and all while plugging the story of Jade and Shaq VS the Nightmare Family. I have a feeling that Cody’s response to Shaq will set up something for AEW Revolution as Beach Break is too soon and anything else would be just too long to wait for. Sting and Darby didn’t get much of a segment since Team Taz interrupts, but I like the idea that Sting’s first bit of action back will likely be a Street Fight/No Holds Barred situation, which perhaps helps with the fact that he hasn’t wrestled in years and being loose and freeform with it will actually hide that he’s rusty.
Hardy Party VS Top Flight & Sydal was a really good match, with a lot of great character work from Quen and Kassidy. They did become Impact Tag Team Championship contenders on the newest episode of Impact, but now they’re turning from the fun loving Faces into the dastardly Heels Hardy wants them to be. This could get them over the hump here in AEW, but who knows how it’ll turn out on Impact. They won’t win the titles, though, Gallows & Anderson are just too good, and there’s a lot for them to still do in the overall Omega story, where being the tag champions might help give a bit more weight to what happens.
Moxley VS Comoroto was very good, especially for Comoroto’s first showing on Dynamite. The story with Omega and the rest of Bullet Club/Elite was great stuff, especially Callis’ part with the Bucks. It really seems to work with how, between AEW and Impact, this new Cleaner Omega is getting a big ego and is basically going Hollywood without going to Hollywood. The 8 Man Tag next week is going to be really good just on character points as the Bucks and Good Brothers have been friends just as long, if not longer, than with Omega, but are taking sides on this issue. Then the beat down on who I’m pretty sure was fake Penta works to get Moxley into the story, and the Beach Break main event is going to be great stuff.
Ford VS Hirsch was good but mostly used as the vehicle to Miro’s story with Chuck Taylor and Best Friends. Chuck was being forced to cheat on their behalf, and obviously didn’t mean what he said about him and Miro being friends. This just furthers the idea that Trent will return at Beach Break where he and Cassidy ruin the Superbad wedding and then Chuck is free of the butler duties so he can get revenge on Miro, too. I really like the news of the AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament to not just parallel the men’s tournament from late 2020, but also to finally get AEW’s Women’s Division going. Plus, it strengthens the bond with Stardom as many of the women who went between the two promotions are already reacting on social media and will surely be part of the tournament.
Then the main event, the Triple Threat Tag, for not actually being that long of a match, was a spectacular match. The build up all night was really good, and MJF sure did make it seem like Jericho was to blame for the whole thing. Probably hints at MJF trying to usurp the role as leader in the Inner Circle from him. Commentary did a great job pointing out that MJF was letting everyone else wrestle for the first part of the match, and then he ended up not having much of a choice in the second half. It really did feel like any one of the teams could’ve taken this, but in the end it was still Y2MJF winning because of MJF’s craftiness. I’m wondering if participate in Beach Break’s tag team battle royal since MJF has history of winning the Dynamite Diamond Ring battle royals.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)
Dark has CERO! MIEDO!
The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!
Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?
- Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
- Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
- Shanna VS Marti Daniels; Shanna wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; Gunn Club wins.
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; Proud ‘n’ Powerful win.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Private Party wins.
- Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; Swole wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; Kiss wins.
- Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch; Top Flight wins.
- Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez; Ivelisse & Diamante win.
- The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; The Acclaimed wins.
- Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; The Lucha Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!
The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!
Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.
Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.
Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!
Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!
Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?
Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!
The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?
The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!
Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.
Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!
Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!
Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?
Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!
While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!
Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.
Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!
Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!
Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?
Shanna VS Marti Daniels!
So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Shanna pushes Marti but Marti pushes Shanna away. Shanna ducks the boot, dropkicks a leg out and then runs to blindside elbow! Roll into the ghost pin, TWO! Shanna clubs away on Marti, then snapmares her to a running elbow drop! And then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps cool and brings Marti up with chicken wings, but Marti breaks free to pull Shanna’s hair. The ref reprimands, Marti whips Shanna and BOOTS her down! Marti stomps Shanna, soaks up the heat from the fans, then drags Shanna up to whip again. Marti elbows Shanna down hard and taunts the booing fans.
Fans rally for Shanna as Marti brings her up and tosses her by her hair! Marti stomps Shanna around, Shanna gets to the ropes and Marti drags her up. Marti talks trash but Shanna fires back with elbows and forearms! Shanna kicks, Marti blocks but Shanna enziguris! Marti ends up in a corner, fans fire up and Shanna runs in to elbow! Shanna keeps going, forearm smash! Shanna runs for a SUPER FOREARM! Marti rushes in, but Shanna slips around for a STUNNER! Shanna powers up, runs and hits a basement dropkick at the ropes! She drags Marti up with chicken wings, for the TIGER SUPLEX!
The bridging cover falls apart so Shanna drags Marti up again, for ANOTHER TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna continues to build her power level in the AEW Women’s Division! But will she be able to go Super Shanna and become a contender to the championship?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!
Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?
The teams sort out, Blade starts with Verna and they tie up. They go around, Blade puts Verna in a corner but they go around on the ropes. Verna puts Blade in the corner, Blade turns it around and the ref counts. Blade and Verna let off at 4, and then stare down before tying up again. Blade headlocks, wrenches, hammerlocks, and slaps Verna around, to the delight of Bunny Allie. Verna elbows out, runs and runs Blade over! Verna runs, Blade drops then hurdles but Verna leaps over to go up and huricanrana! Verna is on Blade at the ropes, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Verna CHOPS Blade again, whips him to ropes, but Blade reverses.
Verna ducks and dodges to leap, into a POWERBOMB! Baron tags in and stares Blade down. Blade tags Butcher and Butcher circles with Baron. They approach, Baron slips around, headlocks, but Butcher powers out. Butcher blocks a whip and reverses it, but Baron hurdles over to waistlock. Butcher bucks the roll-up, Baron gets around to uppercut and CHOP and spinning CHOP! Butcher reels Baron in for a BACKBREAKER! Butcher snap suplexes Baron away from the corner, tags in Blade, and Blade chokes Baron on the ropes! The ref counts but Blade lets off at 4. Bunny Allie talks trash and chokes Baron herself!
Blade throws hands on Baron in the corner, digs his knees in, but stops as the ref counts. Tag to Butcher, Butcher CHOPS Baron, CHOPS him again, and bumps Baron off buckles. Butcher stomps Baron, brings Baron up to dig into the ropes, then whips him into the corner. Tag to Blade, they mug Baron, double wrench and double CHOP him down! Blade drags Baron up, fans rally as Blade whips, but Baron rolls up off the kitchen sink, TWO! HALF CRAB! Butcher gets in but the ref stops him, Bunny CLAWS Baron’s face! Blade ROCKS Baron in the corner, bumps him off buckles and tags in Butcher. Butcher throws hands on Baron, stomps him, then ROCKS him with a right of his own!
Butcher hauls Baron up, tags in Blade, and then atomic drop to Blade’s NECKBREAKER! Blade kicks Baron around, kicks him out of the ring, and argues with the ref. Bunny rains down fists on Baron, then gets away with her obnoxious laugh. Butcher puts Baron in for Blade and Blade drags Baron up. Tag to Butcher, they double suplex but Baron fights out! Baron elbows Blade, BOOTS Butcher, then ducks the double clothesline to tag in Verna! Verna rallies with forearms and CHOPS! Verna kicks Butcher but he blocks, only to enziguri! SPINNING POWERSLAM for Blade! Verna says hey yo to Bunny then runs in to forearm Butcher at the corner!
Verna climbs up, leaps and missile dropkicks Butcher away! Verna kicks Blade, DECKS Butcher, then fireman’s carries Blade! Bunny distracts, Blade rakes Verna’s eyes and shoves him to a corner. Butcher clotheslines, Blade CHOPS, then a feed to the BODY CHECK! Baron gets in but he gets the back suplex choke slam combo! Blade and Butcher drag Verna up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Verna was on the chopping block and got cut down! Will the Mad King’s knights conquer the AEW Tag Division soon enough?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!
AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?
The trios sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts with Morales. Billy and Morales circle, tie up, and Billy barely budges as Morales tries his hardest. Billy shoves Morales away, Morales tags in Priest, and Priest ties up with Billy. Billy shoves Priest away with ease, but Ryzin tags in. Ryzin flexes and circles with Billy, to kick low and throw haymakers! Ryzin has BIlly in a corner, punches the headband off, but Billy reverses the rip to then scoop and sidewalk slam! Fans rally while Ryzin writhes, and Billy drags Ryzin up to tag Austin in. Austin tags Colten in, Billy whips Ryzin for Austin to body shot and Colten to dropkick! Colten covers, TWO!
Colten keeps on Ryzin’s arm, drags him over and tags in Austin. The Gunn brothers hand off, wrench but Ryzin powers out. Austin dodges the clothesline but not the SUPERKICK! Ryzin tags in Morales, things speed up, Austin hurdles but Morales shoves. Austin comes back to dodge and trip Morales up! Then the THROWBACK! Fans are fired up and Austin brings Morales up for haymakers. Austin hip tosses but Morales flips through to kick low! Morales runs, Priest tags in, Morales slips out of the back drop and Priest CLOBBERS Austin! Priest stomps Austin into the ocrner, tags in Ryzin, and they mug Austin with more stomps.
Ryzin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Ryzin lets off. Ryzin KICKS Austin then tags in Morales. They mug Austin, Morales drags Austin up to whip him to a corner, and hits a HIGH Bronco Buster! Morales snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Morales drags Austin up, wrenches the arm and drags him over to tag in Ryzin. Ryzin throws haymakers, then taunts the Gunns with “SUCK IT!” But Austin boots back! AUstin fights back in enemy territory but Ryzin ROCKS him with a right! Ryzin brings Austin out but Austin suplexes Ryzin first! Hot tags to Colten and Morales! Colten rallies with big rights, Priest runs in to get some rights, too!
Colten hits a corner splash on Priest, then a corner splash on Morales! Tilt-o-whirl SLAM for Priest, and a running POWRESLAM for Morales! Cover, Ryzin breaks it! Billy goes after Ryzin and clotheslines him out! The brothers coordinate, double hip, back drop to neckbreaker! The 3:10 to Yuma! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
And the Gunn Club keeps on rolling! Will they be aiming for titles in the new year?
Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight!
Much like Sammy Guevara earlier tonight, Santana and Ortiz want to be THE tag team within the Inner Circle! Will they finally get to do what they came to AEW to do? Or will this tune-up turn into a speed bump to that journey?
The teams sort out and Limelight starts with Santana. Limelight fires off on Santana but Santana gets around for a waistlock and HARD slam! Santana drags Limelight up but Limelight arm-drags then dropkicks him! Limelight kips up, kicks away on Santana at the ropes, then runs. Santana drops, gets around and shotgun boots Limelight down! Santana puts Limelight in the corner, tags in Ortiz, then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cruz leaps in but into a SUPERKICK! PNP fire off hands on Cruz, then coordinate for a wheelbarrow cutter! Cruz flounders out and Ortiz focuses on Limelight.
Ortiz brings Limelight around, up, Santana tags in, and Ortiz POWERBOMBS to swing Limelight into the PENALTY KICK! High stack, PNP wins!!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall
Santana and Ortiz put this one away fast! That is definitely a message sent to their Inner Circle brothers that they need to bring even better than their A Game’s to Dynamite! Will it be as it was always meant to be for Santana and Ortiz? Will they finally be the ones hunting down the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
“Pretty” Peter Avalon is here!
#PPAAllDay goes to the ring with a mic to say, “Oh, AEW, it’s time for me to grace you all with my presence, and baby, you’re welcome.” Avalon gives his proper introductions as the biggest man in pro-wrestling, the most handsome man in AEW, and the premier attraction on AEW Dark. For those who already know him, you know he’s on a winning streak, beating the most handsome men in wrestling. But it is time to take things to the next level. There are career defining matches and moments, and it is time Avalon had one of those! Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation presents: The Walk Off.
Lee Johnson is a handsome young man and Avalon was checking him out. Avalon gave Johnson an 8 x 10, which Johnson accepted. That meant Johnson also accepted his challenge for “The Walk Off.” But what is The Walk Off? Here are the rules! There will be three “pretty” judges as each man is allowed one outfit. They will each take 10 steps forward, a pose, and then a turn to walk back. Anyone can win at wrestling, but it takes a REAL MAN to win such a cosmetic contest! Avalon tells Johnson that next week on Dark, he will prove to “each and every one of these goofs” that it is #PPAAllDay. Who wins the inaugural AEW Walk Off?
Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy vented about how this new money hungry Hardy is hogging a lot of their revenue. Hardy says his cut won’t matter when the checks get bigger and bigger. But will Big Shotty and The Extra Talented ruin the fun and earn that winner’s purse instead?
The teams sort out and Quen starts against Solow. They circle, tie up, Solow gets the arm but Quen floats over to get a facelock. Solow wrenches out to a wristlock, Quen rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Solow powers out, Quen runs him over, and Quen fakes out Solow’s drop down for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR to his back! Fans cheer and Quen takes a bow. Hardy tells Quen to keep on Solow and Quen runs in, but Solow elbows Quen away! Hardy trips Solow while the ref is busy with Quen, and Quen knows it. Quen lets it slide, he wants to shake Solow’s hand and Solow takes it, to get the headlock! Quen powers out but Solow dropkicks him down!
Solow drags Quen up, tags Johnson, and they double whip Quen for double elbows! Cover, ONE, and Quen tags in Kassidy. Johnson hurdles but Kassidy headscissors! Johnson bails out, Kassidy builds speed, but Hardy is too close. Kassidy has Hardy give them space but Hardy says he needs to take care of business. Hardy throws off his suit jacket in frustration as Kassidy gets a dropkick from Johnson! Hardy and Private Party argue a bit, he wants to see his boys get fired up! “By any means necessary!” Kassidy gets in, kicks Johnson and throws forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy wrenches, elbow breakers but Johnson headlocks. Kassidy throws body shots, powers out and Quen tags in.
Kassidy ducks the clothesline, Quen atomic drops and Kassidy throws Johnson down! Kassidy runs and DECKS Solow while Quen catapults Johnson into the corner! Kassidy comes back, Quen is the step for the PARTY in Motion! Quen dropkicks Solow out and Hardy is liking what he’s seeing! Quen drops knees on Johnson, fans rally up and Quen CHOPS Johnson down! Tag to Kassidy, Quen scoops Johnson for the slam, but Hardy wants Kassidy to finish this. Kassidy ditches the slingshot but his elbow drop still misses! Johnson back drops Quen and hits BLUE THUNDER BOMB on Kassidy! Hardy is frustrated as Solow tags in.
Solow brings Kassidy up for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Kassidy up and Hardy says this is embarrassing! Kassidy powers his way towards the corner, throws body shots, then slips out to jawbreaker! Quen tags in, they double whip Solow, and use a unique leap frog to trip Solow up for the dropkick! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps on Solow with stomp after stomp, then brings Solow up to whip. Solow kicks the back drop away, tags in Johnson, and they coordinate for a back suplex neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool as he drags Quen up and fans rally. Solow tags back in, he and Johnson double suplex but Quen fights out and DOUBLE RANAS!
Tag to Kassidy, Kassidy rallies with big clotheslines on Solow! Kassidy back kicks Solow to the corner, whips him corner to corner but Solow reverses, only for Kassidy to triangle STUNNER Johnson off the apron! Solow runs in but into a boot! Kassidy runs but Solow gets a waistlock. Kassidy standing switches, Quen tags in before the O’Conner roll, but Solow slips out. Kassidy hip tosses Solow down, Quen springboards to SPLASH! Cover, but Johnson breaks it! Kassidy dropkicks Johnson down but might’ve hurt his own leg. Quen drags Solow up, scoops, but Solow slips off. O’Conner roll, TWO!
Hardy ROCKS Solow as the ref is busy with Quen! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party drags Solow up, DOUBLE ENZIGURI SANDWICH! Cover, Private Party wins!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
Quen and Kassidy win to get that winner’s paycheck, but Kassidy is clutching his leg! Did doing things Hardy’s way cost Private Party more than they know?
Big Swole VS Alex Gracia!
The championship chase is never done, and Big Swole still stands as #1 contender! But will the dream of gold be ruined by the Pink Dream?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Swole circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Swole wrenches to a wristlock. Gracia rolls, wrenches back, but Swole slips around to a hammerlock then headlock. Gracia pries free, wrenches to get her own headlock and she grinds on the hold. Swole powers out, follows then runs Gracia over! Swole keeps moving, Gracia drops but swings only to miss. Swole then shoves and clobbers Gracia with an elbow! Gracia goes to the apron, Swole drags her up, but Gracia throws a forearm back! Gracia throws more forearms, gets in and drop toeholds Swole to ropes! Gracia runs, 619! Cover, ONE!!
Gracia keeps on Swole and clamps onto the arm to then throw it down. Gracia stands on the arm, and drops a leg on it! Gracia gets the other arm and drops an elbow on it! Gracia wristlocks but fans rally up as Swole fights back. Swole whips, Gracia reverses but Swole goes up and over and rolls. Swole runs back in but only gets buckles! Gracia hits a back elbow, then runs in to KICK Swole down! Cover, TWO! Gracia drags Swole up, Swole throws body shots and forearms! Swole goes to run, Gracia reels her in but Swole elbows away! Swole denies the neckbreaker to BOOT Gracia down!
Fans fire up with Swole as she aims at Gracia, and Swole rallies with big shoulders and cross chops! Swole fires off forearms, Gracia ducks a kick, jumps the sweep, but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole reels Gracia in, ripcords and takes her DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
Swole may be balancing her style with technique, but all she needed was one swift strike! Will Swole be poised for a title match with Hikaru Shida soon enough?
Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton!
The Concrete Rose once again rolls solo with the Bad Boy still out after what Kenny Omega did to him. Will Kiss be able to stay strong without Joey Janela?
The bell rings and Kiss circles with Clayton. They tie up, Kiss waistlocks but Clayton pries at the hold. Kiss hooks a leg, trips Clayton up and floats to a facelock. Clayton powers up and tosses Kiss to a corner! Clayton runs in, Kiss goes up and over, and then Kiss ROUNDHOUSES Clayton! Kiss runs corner to corner and handsprings but Clayton dodges. Clayton runs back in into an ax kick, and then Kiss RANAS him to ropes! Kiss hurries up to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up with Kiss and Kiss runs, but into Clayton’s LARIAT! Clayton checks his face, drags Kiss back up with a facelock and suplexes. Clayton holds Kiss up for a count of 10 before SLAMMING him down!
Clayton runs for a LEAPING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Clayton keeps cool and wraps Kiss up with a chinlock. Kiss breaks free to ROCK Clayton, then counter punch! Kiss dodges to ROCK Clayton with a forearm! Clayton and Kiss go to opposite corners, they run at each other and Kiss slides under to then dropkick Clayton to the corner! Kiss runs in to ENZIGURI! Clayton staggers, Kiss whips but Clayton reverses. Kiss tumbles to the apron, ROUNDHOUSES again and Clayton is down! Kiss steps up and slingshots to SPLIT LEG DROP! Fans fire up, Kiss dodges Clayton and ROLLING ELBOWS! Kiss spins to mule kick, front kick and LEAPING COMPLETE SHOTS!
Kiss goes to a corner, takes aim and FLYING SPLIT LEG DROPS! Cover, Kiss wins!
Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall
The aggression was turned up to 11 for Kiss! Will this be the spark he needs to get up and after some gold?
Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch!
Darius & Dante Martin are the coldest tag team in the game but are also getting pretty hot in the AEW Tag Division. Will they keep that ice in their veins and continue to blaze a trail against The Truly Blessed and the Best of the West?
Teams sort out and Darius starts with Kirsch. They circle, Navarro talks some smack, but Darius ties up with Kirsch. Kirsch headlocks, Darius powers out but Kirsch gets around to headlock again. Darius rolls Kirsch off the headlock but Kirsch runs him over! Things speed up, Kirsch blocks Darius’ hip toss but Darius blocks one in return. Darius slips around to arm-drag Kirsch away, then he wrenches the arm and tags in Dante. The brothers hand-off, Darius decks Navarro and Dante wrings Kirsch out for Darius to basement dropkick! Navarro gets in, kicks both brothers then runs, but into double CHOPS!
Top Flight feeds Navarro to a spin around and ankle pick, roll through with the arm, and double KICKS! Kirsch kicks Top Flight back, drags Dante up but Dante gets away! Navarro tags in but Dante arm-drags him down! Navarro headscissors, Dante pops out, things speed up and Navarro rolls off Dante’s back to CHOP him! Navarro fires up and whips but Dante reverses. Dante hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks, only to miss! Navarro smirks and pats Dante on the head, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT SHOTGUN! Dante drags Navarro up but Navarro SAIDOS out hard! Navarro is furious, he throws forearms and tags in Kirsch.
Kirsch rams into Dante, talks trash, but Dante shoves him away to ROCK him! Dante DECKS Navarro, boots Kirsch, then hops up, but Navarro shoves Dante off into Kirsch’s atomic drop! Kirsch trips Dante, drops an elbow and then digs forearms into Dante’s face to talk some trash. Kirsch CLUBS Dante, whips him to the corner, then runs in to clothesline! Kirsch reels Dante into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Dante fights back but Kirsch CLUBS him! Navarro tags in, he and Kirsch mug Dante, then Navarro chokes Dante on the ropes! The ref counts, Navarro lets off, but Kirsch hotshots Dante down! Navarro drags Dante into a roll up, TWO!
Navarro drags Dante back up, has the leg and flips Dante but Dante lands on his feet! Darius tags in, Dante holds off Navarro’s powerbomb and Darius CROSSBODIES! Darius DECKS Kirsch, BOOTS Navarro, then jumps up, over, handsprings and whips to STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Kirsch breaks it in time! Kirsch whips Darius but Darius throws him out! Dante hurries over, and goes off the corner to MOONSAULT Kirsch down! Darius has Navarro, tilt-o-whirl and roll to the rolling cradle! Top Flight wins!
Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall
If you blinked, you probably missed it, so it’s a good thing it’s on YouTube! Will Top Flight be at the top of the division in the blink of an eye?
Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez!
La Sicaria & The Cuban Diamond are back in the ring together again, still looking to show everyone why they’re worthy of the AEW Women’s Tag Cup medals! Will Tesha and the Queenpin pay the price of disagreeing with that?
The teams sort out and Diamante starts with Price. They talk some trash as they circle, then they tie up and Diamante gets around to CLUB Price. Price comes back to throw forearms then whip, but Diamante blocks the hip toss. Price knees low, flips up and around but Diamante blocks the arm-drag. Price kicks from below, gets the arm-drag then arm-drags again. Diamante ends up in the corner, Price tags Perez and they double snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Perez hip tosses Diamante and basement dropkicks, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Perez stakls Diamante but misses the dropkick this time! Diamante gets the legs, catapults Perez into buckles and Ivelisse tags in.
Ivelisse KICKS Perez in the back, dragon sleepers for the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse thrashes Perez around, the ref reprimands and Ivelisse lets off. Ivelisse brings Perez up to club her and snap suplex! Ivelisse rolls back into the guillotine! Perez endures, fights her way up but Ivelisse wrangles her back down. Perez pushes to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse kicks Perez and then DECKS her! Ivelisse bumps Perez off buckles, tags Diamante then CHOPS Perez! Diamante runs in to clothesline, Ivelisse RAMS in, and Diamante ROCKS Perez with a forearm! Diamante snapmares Perez, chinlocks with the armlock, but fans rally up for Perez.
Perez fights up, throws elbows but Diamante CLUBS her! Diamante fires off forearms, Perez back kicks and runs, to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Both women are down and fans rally up. Diamante and Perez crawl, hot tags to Ivelisse and Price! Price rallies with forearms and uppercuts, and she sees Diamante coming to DECK her! Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ivelisse at the corner! Ivelisse staggers, Price runs to BULLDOG her down! Cover, TWO! Price keeps on Ivelisse but Ivelisse headbutts low! Ivelisse shoves Price to the corner but Price elbows Diamante down to then dropkick Ivelisse!
Price tags in Perez, they bring Ivelisse around but Ivelisse fights out of the suplex. Price enziguris, Perez hits a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, but Diamante breaks it! Diamante throws Price out and goes after her with haymakers, Ivelises rolls and ENZIGURIS Perez down! Cover, Ivelisse & Diamante win!
Winners: Ivelisse & Diamante, by pinfall
And the Women’s Tag Cup winners keep on winning! Will this prove they’re deserving of more gold in the Women’s Division?
The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol!
Platinum Max Caster and the 5 Tool Player, Anthony Bowens, are back again! “We gonna pour the water on Fuego. He only wear a mask cuz he couldn’t draw a peso. Standing on my payload, you still three feet! My last rap got me heat, but they can’t see me! Shawn Dean comin’ back but it’s just a repeat. You could call me daddy, you’re about to be beat, yo! Your only talent is gettin’ no dough, you’d get voted off of the Go Big Show, real quick. REAL quick.” Will the Acclaimed go big or go home after firing up The Captain and the Fire of the Sun?
The teams sort out and Caster starts with Fuego. They circle, tie up, and Caster wrenches to a wristlock. Fuego uses the ropes to flip through, wristlocks back but Caster wrenches to knee low! Bowens cheers but the fans boo as Caster suplexes. Fuego knees free but Caster shoves him away from the DDT! Caster wants Fuego to cool off, and Dean tags in. Caster and the Captain circle, approach, and Caster BOOTS Dean in the face! Caster headlocks, Dean powers out but Caster runs him over. Caster blows a kiss, scuffs Dean, then things speed up. Dean hurdles, leaps, but Caster catches him! Dean slips off the scoop, O’Conner roll, TWO!
Dean ends up on the apron but he slingshots in to roll Caster! Dean can’t hold the cover but Caster is still stuck upside-down for a second. Caster hurries to his feet, Dean gets around his haymaker, and then Dean rams his shoulder low into Caster’s stomach. Dean goes up, boots Caster away, then leaps for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up as Dean watches Caster get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE but Dean is back on Caster. Dean reaches to tag Fuego but Caster rakes eyes and jawbreakers! Caster brings Dean around to whip but Dean reverses. Bowens tags in, Caster sunset flips but Dean stays up, to get the NECKBREAKER TO KNEES! Bowens covers, TWO!
Bowens drags Dean away to throw forearms, then CHOPS Dean in the corner! And CHOPS again! And again! Bowens tags Caster, The Acclaimed double back suplex but Dean lands on his feet! Dean dodges and The Acclaimed collide, tag to Fuego! Fuego springboards to double missile dropkick! Fuego hits a back body block on Bowens, tilt-o-whirls Caster into Bowens and The Acclaimed go down! Fuego cravats Caster, uses Bowens for the boost to SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO! Caster survives but Fuego stays fired up! Fuego runs and tilt-o-whirls but the DDT is blocked to a BRAIN BUSTER!
Tag to Bowens, Caster BOOTS Dean down and Bowens brings Fuego up. The Acclaimed coordinate, SIDE EFFECT and MACHO ELBOW! Bowens covers off Critically Acclaimed, The Acclaimed wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
Dropping bars and racking up wins, Caster and Bowens are still running hot! Will they find their way back to a tag team championship match as the new year rolls on?
Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project!
Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo still have a score to settle with Eddie Kingston & The Fam, but they’ll settle for the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN. Will two-thirds of Death Triangle stay sharp at the expense of Luther and Serpentico?
The teams sort out and Penta starts with Luther. Fans rally as the two circle and stare down. Luther tries poking at Penta’s third eye, but Penta tells him to listen. CERO! MIEDO! Serpentico gets in but Fenix jumps in, too! The ref tries to keep this from turning into a brawl, and Serpentico and Fenix both back off. Penta mule kicks Luther and headlocks but Luther powers out and BOOTS! Luther whips Penta to the corner, runs in to fire off haymakers, then whips Penta out, only for Penta to reverse and send him back in! Serpentico tags in and crossbodies! Serpentico dodges Penta but Fenix tags in and jumps in ahead of Serpentico!
Fenix shoves Serpentico, Serpentico fixes his head and shoves back. Serpentico runs, wheelbarrows but Fenix blocks the arm-drag. Fenix spina around, Serpentico blocks the whip but Fenix bucks the roll up. Fenix again blocks the wheelbarrow but Serpentico pushes off the ropes to sunset flip! TWO, they both go for headlocks but both slip away and fans cheer. Fenix offers a handshake, but Serpentico hesitates and Fenix CHOPS! Fenix SUPERKICKS Serpentico, tags Penta and then the brothers double whip. Serpentico holds ropes and BOOTS back! Luther ROCKS Penta, Serpentico rolls Penta to basement DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Serpentico drags Penta up and tags in Luther. Serpentico snapmares and kicks Penta, then Luther stomps Penta. Luther makes Serpentico a weapon, assisted atomic leg drop! Cover, TWO! Luther argues the count but the ref lets him vent. Luther stomps Penta, drags him up and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Penta, Luther scoop slams Penta then again uses Serpentico. Serpentico lands out of the lift and stomps Penta. Luther runs and still uses Serpentico in the BULLDOG SPLASH! Luther dribbles Serpentico off of Penta! Cover, ONE!! Serpentico drags Penta and tags in Luther. Chaos Project mug Penta then Luther CLUBS Penta down.
Tag to Serpentico, Chaos Project mugs Penta then double whip him to a corner. Serpentico runs in, Penta puts him on the top rope and CHOPS. Penta mule kicks Luther then sends him into Serpentico’s trouser snake! Penta runs and SLINGBLADES Luther down! Fans fire up with Penta, he heads to the corner and tags in Fenix! Fenix slingshots and dropkicks Luther down! Fenix BOOTS Serpentico, brings him around, and Gory Especial, GORY BOMB AND LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fenix runs corner to corner but Serpentico SUPERKICKS! Penta enziguris Serpentico, Fenix tags him in, POWERBOMB and WAZZAP! Cover, but Luther breaks it!
Fenix SUPERKICKS Luther down! Penta drags Serpentico up, Fenix is up top, CERO! MIEDO! But Luther trips Fenix up! Serpentico slips out of the driver to run, roll and go up, but Penta SUPERKICKS him! Fenix runs the tightrope to KICK Luther away, then coordinates with Penta again, for the L B DRIVER!! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
Death Triangle celebrates in the ring, Penta and Fenix are rolling! Will they settle things with The Butcher & The Blade while also going for the gold?
A very good Dark, but I have to say the main event should’ve had more time to breathe. Lucha Brothers VS Chaos Project was good for being under 10 minutes but they could easily have gotten this to 15 minutes if they wanted. The Acclaimed had a great match with Dean and Fuego, and Caster had another good diss rap. I like the character bits with Luchasaurus and Cutler, and I guess Cutler’s been acting like he’s a real dragon outside of Dynamite and Dark. There’s great irony in Luchasaurus, who claims to be a real dinosaur man, calling out Cutler as a fake dragon man. Cutler’s little win streak is over but I’m sure he’ll get back on track with next week’s Dark.
Australiano is crazy doing all those spinning moves, and I really did think he and Sammy got hurt a few different times. Sammy wins, Santana and Ortiz win, they’re all going strong into the Inner Circle’s Triple Threat Tag, but I’m pretty sure they’re losing because it just feels like Jericho and MJF are taking the win. Hardy and Private Party had a good moment, but I hope Kassidy isn’t hurt there. Apparently something big happened on Impact tonight with them, so hopefully they can follow through.
And while Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson in a “Walk Off” sounds really goofy, I bet it’ll be a lot of fun, and it is at least good progression of this character for Avalon. I wonder if Johnson wins to infuriate Avalon and then we get a match between them where Johnson ends Avalon’s own win streak. Dark being as long as it is, we need story progression to keep viewer interest.
My Score: 8.1/10
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