One more toast to Champaign!
Before moving on from Illinois, AEW serves up the Best Bout Machine! Will Kenny Omega put Superbad in his place?
- Triple Threat: Scorpio Sky VS Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS Jimmy Havoc; Scorpio wins.
- Jurassic Express VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds; Jurassic Express wins.
- Kenny Omega VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Omega wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
“The time for games is over!”
After losing in an epic Six Man Tag to The Elite, Proud ‘n’ Powerful wants another go at the Young Bucks! And with AEW headed to Garland, they want a Texas Street Fight! Cody put up a lot of ante to get MJF to play, and he’s “in a bit of a pickle.” MJF wants to hold his Full Gear screw job over Cody’s head, but are the Butcher, the Blade and the Bunny about to behead “the snake”? Nyla Rose crossed a line and got suspended, but another monster is back on the rise. The Nightmare Collective is growing stronger, but who will be their targets? And while the maniac, Jon Moxley, defeated the Bad Boy, Joey Janela, Chris Jericho makes sure Moxley knows he’s watching. What happens this Wednesday when Texas is Dynamite?
Tony Schiavone and Dasha Gonzales are back to host another episode of Dark!
There’s a lot of buzz after that second stare down. Who will strike first? Maybe Moxley, as he has no fear when it comes to the odds. Tony and Dasha then run down tonight’s Dark card, namely another main event from the Best Bout Machine! That, and two-thirds of the Best Friends, Chuckie T and Orange Cassidy, join commentary!
Triple Threat: Scorpio Sky VS Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates VS Jimmy Havoc!
SCU has the tag titles, the hardcore veteran has a disregard for consequences, and the Librarians have… their books. Peter Avalon also hushes Champaign but they just keep booing. “Champaign, I said, SH. Not only are you illiterate, you can’t listen.” The Librarians get into the ring as Avalon says, “For a place that calls itself Champaign, it sure looks like you all drink a lot of cheap malt liquor.” Leva says Avalon is being rude, and she apologizes to the fans. But perhaps Havoc and Scorpio will teach Avalon a lesson in respect!
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Avalon and Havoc. Havoc says deuces before he bails out and starts getting things out from under the ring. But Scorpio goes out to BOOT him down! Scorpio hotshots Avalon but Leva anchors Scorpio’s feet. Scorpio slides out just before Avalon’s elbow drop, so he misses! Chuckie T feels the Librarians aren’t on the same page. Avalon blames Leva but Scorpio rolls Avalon up, TWO! Scorpio whips Avalon corner to corner but Avalon reverses, only for Scorpio to go up and leap! Crossbody and cover, TWO! Scorpio bumps Avalon off buckles, whips him corner to corner again, but Avalon reverses, and Havoc arm-drags Scorpio into the buckles! Avalon runs in but into Havoc’s sit-out facebuster! Havoc is on Scorpio again with a snap suplex, back into buckles! Cover, TWO!
Havoc stomps Scorpio’s leg, then bites the calf! Havoc brings Avalon up to bite his face! Leva hurries to tend to Avalon but Havoc throws hands on Scorpio. Wristlock ripcord but Scorpio ducks to throw haymakers! Scorpio hits Avalon with haymakers, too, fighting off both men! Scorpio whips, Havoc reverses and kicks, Avalon hits a knee lift, Havoc hits a running neckbreaker on Scorpio! Avalon and Havoc start working together as they stop Scorpio! Fans boo but Avalon tells them to hush. Avalon brings Scorpio up, and both he and Havoc punch Scorpio to a corner. They double whip corner to corner, Havoc whips Avalon in for a big forearm smash. Avalon holds Scorpio in place for Havoc’s running back elbow! But then Avalon hits Havoc low, runs and hits “Martinis,” the knees from behind! And Avalon hushes the crowd hard. Fans boo instead, but cheer as Scorpio lariats Avalon!
Scorpio hits Havoc with a back elbow, then kicks away on Avalon. Scorpio whips and dropkicks Avalon down! Scorpio runs in at Havoc but gets an elbow, and Havoc hops up to bring Scorpio in. Tornado DDT denied and Havoc ends up on the apron. Havoc grabs Scorpio’s hand and BITES! Avalon runs in but Scorpio gets free so the forearms go into Havoc. Avalon goes after Scorpio and whips, but Scorpio reverses to belly2belly suplex Avalon OUT onto Havoc! Fans fire up for “S C U!” as Scorpio FLIES onto both opponents! Scorpio fires up with Champaign as Leva is in shock! Scorpio puts Havoc in as Leva checks on Avalon. Havoc runs, but Scorpio elbows him away. Scorpio hops out to the apron and slingshots back in, but Havoc swats him out of the sky!
Havoc runs in at Scorpio, but into a boot! Scorpio hops up top but Havoc SHORYUKENS! Havoc fireman’s carries, Samoan Driver! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives and Havoc grows frustrated. Havoc goes out to start searching again. He’s found the staple gun! The referee warns Havoc, this won’t be a DQ but a monetary fine! Havoc stalks Scorpio but Avalon clobbers him from behind. Fans boo but now Avalon has a weapon of his own: Plan of Attack by Dale Brown, and a hard cover copy at that! But Scorpio takes the book away, tosses Avalon out, and swats the staple gun away with the book! Then he SMACKS Havoc in the head! Then, the slingshot cutter! Cover, but Avalon throws Scorpio out! Avalon covers, TWO!! Avalon was so close to his first victory!
Avalon CHOPS Scorpio, Scorpio kicks back, then catches Avalon’s leap in a fireman’s carry! TKO NECKBREAKER! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
The Closer get a big win for SCU! Will this keep the AEW World Tag Team Champions strong as we head for the New Year?
Dark shares The Dark Order’s newest message.
Someone visits the Dark Order website. This young man types angrily. “I hate all these people.” “I am a human being and they treat me like I am NOTHING!!” He submits his application and…
Evil Uno asks the man, “Are you sure you’re ready?” He says yes. “To lose it all?” Yes. “To sacrifice it all?” Yes! What is his motive for joining? “Revenge.” Then you are ready. Don the mask and be one of them. And then, the man from the subway, who was bullied and had his glasses stepped on. He is asked to look Evil Uno in the eyes. Is he one with the Dark Order? Yes… Will he disown his family for the Dark Order? Yes… Then what is his motive for joining? He just wanted friends…. The young man cries, but that seems to be the wrong response. Stu Grayson is given his orders. He ATTACKS the young man, and the Creepers claw at him! They are everywhere, but they show no mercy. What will they do next as they look to control AEW?
Dark replays The Lexicon of Le Champion!
Chris Jericho informed the world that AEW demands he defend his AEW World Championship one more time in 2019! But his newest list, well, listed the wrestlers Y2J refuses to face again before the end of the year. Jericho refuses to face Moxley, Cody, the Young Bucks, Papa Buck, Uncle Buck, Buck Owens, Moxley again, Hangman Page, Diamond Dallas Page, Moxley again, Scorpio Sky, 2 Cool Scorpio, all the members of The Scorpions rock band, Moxley, Michael Nakazawa, Kenny Omega, Kenny Ortega, Kenny Shields, Kenny Chesney, Kenny from South Park, Moxley yet again, and many more, but there was a name NOT mentioned!
However, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt were accounted for, as any and all dinosaurs and children were part of the list. That figures, dinosaurs have been “been marginalized for 65 millions years!” As far as Marko goes, yeah he’s small for his age. But he’s more man than Jericho will ever be! Jericho said Marko is small for any age. But that only left Jungle Boy. Y2J said Jungle Boy wouldn’t even last 10 minutes with him! But Jungle Boy said not only will he last more than 10 minutes, he’ll kick Jericho’s ass! A brawl broke out, but Jurassic Express would stand its ground against Le Champion and Big Hurt! The match is made for 12/18/19, but what happens on the way there?
Jurassic Express VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds!
With Jungle Boy Jack Perry preparing for the biggest match of his career, the rare combination of Luchasaurus and #Babysaurus battle side-by-side! Will they keep the trio strong as we wait for Jericho VS Jungle Boy?
The teams sort out and Luchasaurus starts against Reynolds. Reynolds is wary as he approachs, but a single step from Luchasaurus sends Reynolds scrambling away! Silver tags in and steps right up to Luchasaurus…’s chest. Silver talks trash and flexes, then chops. But it doesn’t do anything to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus wants Silver to try again, and Silver takes a big step back, but his chop is easily blocked! Luchasaurus spins and CHOPS Silver off his feet! Reynolds runs in to get a big knee, then a half-straitjacket. Luchasaurus kicks Reynolds, spins him out and then BOOTS him down! Reynolds gets away and Luchasaurus tags in Marko. Luchasaurus sends Marko into Silver for a shoulder battering ram! Marko runs corner to corner but misses, but he elbows Silver away. Marko hops up, kicks Silver away and then drops an elbow to the back of Silver’s head!
Marko dropkicks Reynolds down then hits Silver with a calf kick! Cover, TWO! Silver bails out, Marko builds speed but Reynolds gets him from behind! Luchasaurus protests but Silver Penalty Kicks Marko down! Cover, TWO! Silver drags Marko over and bumps him off buckles, tag to Reynolds. Reynolds mugs Marko in the corner and grinds his boot in! The ref backs Reynolds off but Silver gets his cheap shots in. Marko fights but Reynolds scoop slams Marko down. Marko kicks from the mat but Reynolds stands on Marko’s hair as he pulls on the arms! The ref counts, Reynolds lets up at 4 to tag in Silver. Silver stomps Marko down but swaggers around. Marko fights with body shots! And CHOPS! Silver boots Marko down, then brings him up to KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Marko survives but Silver puts him on the ropes to choke.
The ref counts and Silver lets up at 4 but Reynolds gets a cheap shot in! Luchasaurus protests again but Silver covers, TWO! Silver drags Marko up and puts him in the corner. Silver flexes, runs in, but Marko elbows back! Marko hits Reynolds then Silver again! Marko walks into the trophy lift! Reynolds tags in, gorilla press cutter! Cover, TWO! Marko shows how tough he is, but Reynolds drags Marko back up. Reynolds dead lifts but Marko cradle counters, TWO! Marko kicks Reynolds but Reynolds holds onto the foot. Marko keeps kicking but Reynolds won’t let go. Marko gets up but misses his enziguri! Reynolds dead lift wheelbarrows but Marko victory rolls, and uses that to boost himself to the tag! Luchasaurus rallies with boots, a back kick, front kick and fake-out! Luchasaurus dead lifts Silver for a wheelbarrow GERMAN! And a kip up!
Fans fire up as Luchasaurus takes aim, TAIL WHIP! ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grips, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS! Luchasaurus tags Marko back in and Marko climbs up. Luchasaurus has Reynolds up in a Canadian rack, Marko leaps, BANANA PEEL CUTTER! Cover, Jurassic Express win!
Winners: Jurassic Express, Marko Stunt by pinfall
Marko is the most pumped for this victory, and now Jurassic Express is on a winning track! Will they all be golden one day in AEW?
Lexi Nair joins AEW Dark, and is in the AEW Control Center.
The newest member of the team recaps the upset victory Kris Statlander landed over #1 Contender Hikaru Shida, but also the shocking actions of the Native Beast, Nyla Rose. Nyla wanted respect by force, which is why she beat down Leva Bates more, until Shanna came looking for payback! Shanna did her best to take the fight to Nyla for what happened a couple weeks ago at a meet ‘n’ greet, but it would not work in her favor. Nyla would brutalize Shanna, and bring out a table! Nyla put the table in the ring, set it up, and looked to recreate the Chicago incident! Nyla dragged Shanna over, but referee Tim Knox warned Nyla not to. Nyla reconsidered, but went after the REF!! The referee got BEAST BOMBED through the table!! And Nyla still gave Shanna a Beast Bomb, onto the ref! For all these actions, Nyla Beast is now suspended until the New Year! Will this put out the flames of anger or fan them while Nyla is away?
Meanwhile, some light was finally shed on the dark transformation of Brandi Rhodes and her alliance with Awesome Kong. As Brandi explained, they were members of the Nightmare Collective, and they do what they want when they want. When confronted by the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien, Brandi didn’t see an enemy, but someone the Collective could recruit. Kris Statlander refused the opportunity, but someone in the crowd was willing to join up. This mystery woman from the Champaign crowd gave up her hair to be part of the Nightmare Collective. Is this only the beginning of a sinister expansion?
Who is Big Swole?
Aerial Monroe is Swole, “the biggest of the swole and the swolest of the big.” But the bottom line is that she has a big personality and a swole mentality. “It’s all that and a bag of chips.” Big Swole just does her.
But April 3, 2008 was her “second birthday” because she was quite literally dead and was revived. It was obviously very scary, and it was brought on by Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel condition. Two feet of her intestines had to be removed, and the doctors felt that not only would she no longer live an active life style, it was unlikely she could ever have children. Swole felt like giving up, there would be no one to pass anything on to. She went to a dark place and spiraled. But despite the odds, she did have a child! And it completely revived her love of life! She took control, and when she wasn’t motivated, she was disciplined. She kept going, striving and inspiring. People with their own conditions can see Swole and know they CAN do something, despite the odds! And then, after a great showing, Kenny Omega personally extended the offer to Swole to stick around in AEW!
As Swole says, Crohn’s is more mental than anything. Swole won’t let fear get in her way to hold her back. You can and you will do what you want. What people think shouldn’t be of any concern. Will Swole rise up in the rankings to make it big? And speaking of rankings…
The AEW Weekly Rankings are in!
Breaking into the Women’s Top 5 after that huge win is Kris Statlander! At 4 is Britt Baker, who drops from taking some time off. Emi Sakura is 3rd, and Nyla Rose is 2nd despite the suspension! However, still #1, even after a loss, is Hikaru Shida! The Stardom samurai is still heading strong towards a title match with Riho, but will that change if she can’t rebound this week?
Dark shares footage of Christopher Daniels in the trainer’s room.
After his loss to Pentagon Jr, in which he took a bad spill on the ramp, Daniels has his arm checked out. There’s no numbness, but perhaps this was too early for his return to the ring. Daniels is frustrated, and is asked by AEW Media about the loss. Is he alright? Daniels can’t believe that’s the extent of the journalistic experience. He is NOT alright, he is “f***ing furious!” Daniels’s experience, strategy and knowledge, and he f’s up! Daniels knew he was pressing his luck, but he wasn’t in the right mind-set for someone as good as Pentagon. The Fallen Angel will figure out a new plan, and vows to do it fast.
Tony and Dasha return to the Control Center.
They hope we’re all ready for Dynamite in Garland, as well as the rest of the Texas tour. But first, a closer look at the closer look at The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny.
“What you witnessed last week was our first order of chaos.” They were growing sick of seeing Cody’s face everywhere. They’re in Cody’s house to cause him pain. The Butcher, Braxton Sutter. The Blade, Andy Williams. And the Bunny, Allie. “We’re here to cut the head off the snake.”
Cody’s response that night was that he was willing to take them on in a match, with anyone they chose to be his partner! The sinister trio didn’t waste much time, and chose QT Marshal! Will the American Nightmare be able to win with God’s Gift to Wrestling by his side? Or are Sutter and Williams going to get an easy win in their AEW in-ring debut?
But also relating to Cody was Cody’s challenge put to Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Cody doesn’t care that MJF doesn’t want to wrestle him, MJF needs to pay for what he did! MJF owes Cody as his “handpicked” talent. Cody has loads of messages as to why no one but Cody wanted MJF. From being too short to being too “hood rich” and that his favorite scarf was actually a fake, to his awful Cross Rhodes copy to the fact that “under these bright lights,” MJF is just a “bush league nWo Chris Jericho.” Cody knew MJF was a bad guy, but he was Cody’s bad guy. If MJF needed a reason to wrestle Cody, Cody would sweeten the pot. The keys to his Ford Black Ops, the Omega Seamaster watch on his wrist, his Red Bottom Louis Vuitton shoes, and even 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS in cold hard cash! Well, $49,900 since Cody gave a Benjamin Franklin to a dapper young boy in the front row. We’re all just waiting on MJF now!
MJF responded on social media with a video. “Let’s live in a world of make believe!” One where MJF doesn’t come from a family with more money than the US Mint. But of course he has money. And that is what helped MJF buy The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny to be another layer of his muscle! Surprise, he was the mastermind behind them all along! So when they chose QT Marshall, really he chose QT Marshall. But guess what, “Roller Codester,” being the holder of the $45,000 ring, what’s a couple grand supposed to do? So Cody’s in that “pickle.” No friends left for Cody, which is why he wanted someone else to choose his partner. But MJF was merciful to his “mentor,” and QT is so good. Good luck, champ. Oh wait, Cody can’t be champ, thanks to MJF. Will MJF’s master plan destroy the American Nightmare once and for all?
Dark recaps the Six Man Tag of Elite VS Inner Circle!
The Natural and the Young Bucks took the fight to the Proud ‘n’ Powerful and their Spanish God third man! It was intense, it was incredible, and it ended in the favor of The Elite, the the Elite! But that only angered Sammy, Santana and Ortiz.
“Not another one! Not another one!”Santana threw trash cans over while Ortiz repeated that phrase over and over. But the games were over, and PNP promised to take Matt and Nick Jackson down the block! Texas Street Fight, “let’s get it! Get with it or get run down!” AEW’s Excalibur says PNP has no idea what they’ve just done. Excalibur has known the Bucks and called Bucks matches for 14 years, seeing them do “some of the craziest sh*t both inside and outside of a professional wrestling ring.” Having no rules only makes them go crazier. Guerrilla warfare tag team matches are practically their specialty. And this Texas Street Fight is going to be something special. Who walks out of Garland and who is stretchered out?
Kenny Omega VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford!
The Cleaner is also the Best Bout Machine, but Kip is Superbad. And he’s even badder now that he’s got the Bad Girl by his side and away from Joey Janela. The Superbad super team looks to take over AEW, but will that start tonight?
The bell rings and fans are already fired up for “Kenny! Kenny!” Omega and Sabian circle, but fans chant harder for “Kenny! Kenny!” Sabian brushes it off as he ties up with Omega. The two tie up, Omega waistlocks but Sabian wrenches out to a wristlock then hammerlock. Omega reaches back, rolls and gets a drop toehold, then puts on a facelock. Sabian slips out, hammerlocks, but Omega pops out to get a headlock. Sabian powers out but Omega runs him over with a shoulder, only for Kip to well, kip up. Omega just shoves him down! Sabian gets up again, but Omega puts him back down. Sabian kips up a third time and says, “I can do this all gaddamn day!” Omega responds with a CHOP! And another! And then he fakes Sabian out to then throw forearms against the ropes.
Omega hooks Sabian’s arms on the ropes but Sabian ducks the chop! Sabian whips, Omega reverses, Sabian hurdles and shoves, Omega redirects and slides to sweep the legs! Fans fire up as Omega runs, KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool, sends Sabian into buckles, and then CHOPS again! Sabian is gasping for air as fans want “One More Time!” So Omega goes for it, but Sabian is ready. Omega stops short, and Sabian takes a peek. Sabian asks for mercy, but Omega just CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Omega whips Sabian corner to corner, and hits a BIG flying back elbow! Fans cheer as Omega brings Sabian out for a back suplex, but Sabian lands on his feet. Sabian boots Omega away then enziguris!
Sabian hops up but Omega CHOPS him first! And then CHOPS him off! Sabian hits the floor and fans fire up again! Omega kneels and the Terminator Drum begins. Omega builds speed, but Penelope blocks his path. Sabian slips in as Omega tries to reason with Penelope, and Sabian kicks and whips. Omega reverses but Sabian huricanranas him out! Sabian distracts the referee as Penelope hits an apron huricanrana! The Superbad Girl gets away with that one, and then Sabian mocks the Terminator Drums before he FLIES! Sabian takes out Omega then puts him back in. Penelope gives Sabian a kiss before he springboards and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Omega grits his teeth as he goes to the ropes. Sabian stalks Omega and drops ax handles. Sabian chokes Omega on the ropes but lets up at 4 to “apologize” to the ref.
Sabian stomps Omega into a corner and whips corner to corner hard! Fans rally for Omega and Sabian laughs. Chuckie T thinks that while Sabian is good looking, he’s a “turd of a person” for his attitude. Sabian brings Omega up, Omega throws body shots! Sabian back kicks and facelocks, to drape Omega on the top rope, ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives and Sabian is furious! Sabian toys with Omega now but fans rally up. Sabian brings Omega up to club him on the back. Omega powers up and CHOPS back! Sabian mule kicks and throws hands, but Omega gives the haymakers back. Sabian and Omega brawl, the hits getting bigger! Sabian hits, Omega hits, repeat! Omega gets an edge, but the boot is blocked. But so is Sabian’s counter knee, and Omega V-TRIGGERS! Sabian staggers, Omega takes aim, LARIAT! Omega doesn’t cover, he just powers up more.
Omega takes aim again, and hits a Polish Hammer! And another! Sabian gets up, ducks the third and whips. Omega reverses, fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool but Penelope is getting worried. Omega drags Sabian up, wraps on a full nelson, but Sabian breaks out and elbows hard. Sabian goes to run but Omega reels him back into the full nelson, only for Sabian to break free and PELE! Sabian runs in but is put on the apron. Sabian buckle bumps Omega, triangle jump tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Omega lives and Sabian grows frustrated. Sabian has Omega in the corner again, runs corner to corner and back again, into a BOOT! Omega goes up and over, rolls and runs back in, but Sabian puts him on the apron. Sabian goes after Omega’s eyes! Penelope goes after Omega’s feet, triangle jump dropkick from Sabian!
Omega is down but Sabian heads to the apron. Sabian takes aim as Omega stands, springboard, POWERBOMB! Then flip over, V-TRIGGER! Omega has a wild look in his eye as he locks ‘n’ loads, BANG! Omega runs, V- NO! Sabian uses the referee as a shield, so Omega stops short! Penelope slides in and Omega says she should shoo. She SPITS on him instead! The referee finally notices Penelope and Sabian runs up on Omega, but Omega dodges! Sabian stops himself from running into Penelope, and Omega runs in. Sabian dodges, Penelope goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline! Sabian BOOTS, the referee is busy with him as Penelope hits a STUNNER! Sabian POISON-RANAS and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives the Superbad screw job and Sabian can’t believe it!
Champaign fires up for Omega as Sabian pulls down the knee pads. “This is Awesome!” as Sabian takes aim. Sabian goes to steal the V-Trigger, but Omega blocks! Omega spins Sabian around but still no full nelson as Sabian standing switches. Omega drop toeholds, V-TRIGGER to the back! Full nelson, SNAP DRAGON!! Sabian flounders in a daze but Omega isn’t done with him. Another full nelson, another SNAP DRAGON! But fans want one more, and so does Omega. Penelope runs in, Omega has her in the full nelson! But he throws Penelope into Sabian, V-TRIGGER! TIGER DRIVER ’98!! Cover, TWO!?! Sabian survives but Omega isn’t going to let up. Sabian drags himself up, Omega reloads, BANG for another V-TRIGGER to the back! Electric Chair, and yes, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
Sabian was Superbad, but that doesn’t make him badder than the Best Bout Machine! The Triple A Mega Champion keeps climbing back up in the AEW ranks, but will he be able to challenge for the AEW World Championship soon enough?
A pretty great episode of Dark, but that was expected when Omega was advertised for it. We get a lot of recap from Dynamite, perhaps too much, but apparently Dark insists on getting over an hour of content on YouTube. The one thing that was good to see was the MJF promo in response to Cody’s from Dynamite, and while I had a hunch, it is great to have it confirmed: MJF was behind Braxton Sutter, Andy Williams and Allie being introduced as The Butcher, The Blade and The Bunny all along! MJF and his forces makes for another faction, and I wonder if we’ll one day get a huge faction warfare of them, the Elite and the Inner Circle in some kind of 12-man match. And it was great to get that vignette giving us more of Aerial “Big Swole” Monroe’s life story, I wonder if she’ll make a rise up in the ranks come the New Year.
And as always with AEW, we got great matches! The Triple Threat was pretty good, but it was pretty clear Scorpio Sky was going to win. What is more surprising is that Jimmy Havoc didn’t get to staple something to someone, like a page from a book to Avalon’s body. Maybe next time. The tag team match was pretty great. Silver and Reynolds come off as jobber tag team, but because Marko Stunt is in there, they look strong and he looks tough. But Jurassic Express of course wins, they’re fan favorites. I’m a little worried Marko hit heads with Reynolds and that did some damage, but I’m sure Marko can shake it off. Getting that promo from Daniels was good, and obviously it isn’t over with him and Pentagon. Omega VS Sabian was great, though I feel they tried too many Penelope distraction spots. Omega wins to stay strong, of course, and I’d love to see his return to Dynamite. Heck, I would’ve loved to see/hear what he had to say to Champaign to close the show!
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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