Time to heat up the Winter before the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea!
As a prelude to the Second Wave, All Elite Wrestling brings back a classic with Bash at the Beach! Will Moxley pay for tricking Jericho? Will Cody accept MJF’s Herculean challenge?
- AEW World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: The Young Bucks VS Hangman Page & Kenny Omega VS Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Best Friends; Page & Omega win and will challenge SoCal Uncensored for the titles on the Cruise of Jericho.
- The Nightmare Collective w/ Luther VS Kris Statlander & Hikaru Shida; Statlander & Shida win.
- Jon Moxley VS Sammy Guevara; Moxley wins and advances to Cruise of Jericho’s #1 contender’s match.
- Six Man Tag: MJF, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall & Diamond Dallas Page; MJF, The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Darby Allin VS PAC; PAC wins and advances to Cruise of Jericho’s #1 contender’s match.
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AEW mourns the loss of wrestling legend, Rocky Johnson.
AEW World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: The Young Bucks VS Hangman Page & Kenny Omega VS Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Best Friends!
Bash at the Beach starts off red hot with this massive tag match! Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky are still the first and only AEW World Tag Team Champions, but one incredible team will be cruising! Matt & Nick Jackson, the Cowboy & The Cleaner, Santana & Ortiz or Chuckie T & #JustTrent. Which dynamic duo will party hard in Miami as contenders?
The teams sort out and Trent starts against Nick at the bell. They circle, tie up, Nick headlocks but Trent powers out. Nick bumps with Trent but Trent stays up. Nick tries agian but Trent bounces him off. Nick tries a third time, gets Trent to move but Trent comes back to run Nick over! Trent flexes then CHOPS. Trent whips but Nick rolls off his back to CHOP and “LUCHA~ LIBRE!” Arm-drag! Trent dodges, Nick dodges, repeat! The fans fire up for the stand off! Hangman wants a tag and Nick tags to him while Chuckie tags in off Trent. Fans fire up for “Cowboy Sh*t!” as Hangman and Chuckie tie up. Hangman headlocks, Chuckie powers out but Hangman runs him over. Things speed up, Chuckie hurdles then jumps over Hangman. Hangman kips up and scoops Chuckie for a Fall Away slam!
Kip up and tag to Omega, but Chuckie tags to Matt Jackson! Elite friends face off but fans are fired up for Kenny. The friends fist bump and tie up. But PNP rush in and take them down! Fans boo as Santana and Ortiz take out the rest of the Elite. Best Friends back away to avoid the scrum, and Ortiz makes Matt tag Santana. Santana CHOPS Omega but Omega fires back. The two brawl, Omega getting the edge. Santana knees low, CHOPS, then whips. Nick tags in. Omega full nelsons but Santana fights out. Nick hits Santana, Omega tilt-o-whirl backbreaker and Nick adds his double stomps! The Elite are working together just on instinct! Omega covers, but Nick pulls him off. This is the only thing they won’t work together on.
Ortiz tags in and eye pokes both Nick and Omega! But he runs into kicks, Matt tags in, Kotaro Krusher gut buster! Then Matt adds on the swinging neckbreaker to backbreaker! Again, Elite working together out of old habits, but fans love it. The only one not having fun is Hangman. Trent tags in off Ortiz to CHOP Matt! Trent whips, Nick tags in, Matt ducks and whips Trent, the Bucks double hip toss to back flip dropkicks! Nick brings Trent to the Bucks corner to tag in Matt. The Bucks mug Trent and then whip Trent in. Trent tumbles up then back down, into Matt’s Northern Lights! Float over, another Northern Lights! The Polar Express is here! Matt keeps going, and going, but Trent counters to a TORNADO DDT!
Miami is fired up as Matt and Trent crawl. Chuckie tags in and gives Matt a belly2belly! Nick runs in, to get SLICED BREAD! Matt returns, POP-UP BOMB! Ortiz breaks the cover! Chuckie throws Ortiz out hard and fires up with Miami. Matt throws hands on Chuckie, then runs, but Trent tags in. Trent catches Matt, Sole Food Half ‘n’ Half! Omega checks on Matt, but the Best Friends… get attacked by Santana! No hugs here. Ortiz hits Omega and Page, then joins Santana in bringing Trent up. They put Trent in their corner, tag in off Trent, then scrape him out. PNP targets Matt and double whip but Matt counters and whips Santana at Ortiz. Ortiz goes up and over and monkey flips Santana to CUTTER Matt! Enziguri and BOOT, then Tu Lo Sabe! Step-stool moonsault! Ortiz DIVES onto the rest of the Elite! Santana FLIES onto Best Friends!
Miami is thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as PNP take control. Ortiz stands on Matt a la Jericho, TWO! “This is Awesome!” and it’s just the first match! Ortiz stomps Matt around and rakes the back. Rawr. Ortiz brings Matt over, tags to Santana, snap suplex and slingshot senton! Fans boo as Santana flexes, but Santana brings Matt up for another suplex. Uno Amigo! Another suplex, Dos Amigos! Santana wants tres, and holds onto it! Tag to Ortiz, and Santana hands Matt off for Ortiz to hold up. Tres Amigos! Ortiz shimmies like Eddie then sucker punches Nick. Tag back to Santana, PNP whip Matt to their corner. Ortiz runs in but is put on the apron. Matt SPEARS Santana! Fans rally up but Ortiz trips up Nick to deny the tag! Santana hits Best Friends to keep them out.
Santana whips Matt, Matt boots back then goes up, corkscrew STUNNER! Both men are down but Matt heads for the other Elite corner! Hot tag to… Matt thinks about it, and chooses Omega! Omega rallies on PNP, but Santana dodges to sucker punch Nick. Omega dodges Ortiz to SNAP DRAGON! Santana leaps, into a SNAP DRAGON! Trent tags in and has Omega for a tornado, but no DDT! Omega gets around, SNAP DRAGON! The hat trick is complete! Omega coordinates with Hangman and brings Trent up. “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton and standing shooting star! Then the moonsault! Then Hangman’s MOONSAULTS onto the outside! The Terminator drums begin, and Hangman brings Ortiz up. Omega runs, but Ortiz breaks free to trip Omega up!
Santana goes triangle SWANTON! Santana wipes out the Elite, but the Bucks are up! Nick slingshots to facebuster Trent! Chuckie runs over, Nick Asai Moonsault and Chuckie TOPE! Matt climbs up as fans fire up, but Trent CHOPS Matt first. Trent clubs Matt then climbs up from the outside. Things are getting crazy and fans can feel it. Trent has Matt up, to SUPERPLEX him onto the others! Fans are losing their minds over that one! Teams regroup from the wreckage, and the legal men of Omega and Trent get back in the ring. Trent runs and hits a PSYCHO KNEE! Trent drags Omega back up, Alabama but Omega fights out. Omega clubs Trent hard, reels him in, but Chuckie saves Trent from a suplex. Best Friends work together but Hangman evens the numbers. The two teams fight over the double suplex, and the ref gets a heel in the face!
PNP and the Bucks join in and now it’s 4v4 in the suplex situation! Fans are loving where this is going, and then ORANGE CASSIDY joins in! He joins Best Friends for a 5v4 SUPLEX! And then Cassidy kips up! Best Friends clear the ring, so they can HUG!! Trent brings Omega and Chuckie brings Hangman, DOUBLE AWFUL WAFFLE! Chuckie goes up top and Trent brings Omega in, DUMDUM STRONG ZERO! Cover, but the Bucks break it! Chuckie tags from Trent, Matt tags from Omega. Fans know this is still awesome as Matt and Chuckie brawl back and forth. Matt gets an edge with those forearms, but the kick is blocked. Chuckie ROCKS Matt then Hangman comes in. Hangman misses once but gets Chuckie with the other LARIAT! Trent knees low and runs, but Hangman follows. Trent still LARIATS Hangman!
Ortiz eye pokes Trent and whips him to a corner. Trent reverses, Ortiz goes up and over, Santana BOOTS Trent! Ortiz corner splashes, Step-stool CANNONBALL! Nick SUPERKICKS Ortiz! Nick dodges Santana to put him in the corner, then shining wizards, roundhouses and forearms him to bulldog, but Santana hands Nick off to Ortiz, POWERBOMB to Penalty Kick! Matt SUPERKICKS Santana! Matt SUPERKICKS Ortiz! Matt is fired up, but he stops short of hitting Hangman. Hangman runs but Chuckie knees! Matt SUPERKICKS! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for PNP!! Fans are fired up as the Bucks have Chuckie up. Gut wrench but Trent disrupts the driver, Nick MOONSAULTS onto PNP! Matt clotheslines Trent, Chuckie blocks the kick, but Hangman tags in!
Matt fights Chuckie off and is confused by Hangman. Chuckie throws Matt out! Omega V-TRIGGERS Chuckie! Hangman slingshots, BUCK TRIGGER! The sandwich! Cover, Hangman and Omega win!!
Winners: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega, Page pinning; NEW #1 Contenders tot he AEW World Tag Team Championships
Incredible! Shocking! Matt and Nick can’t believe it, but Omega calms them down. Will this new combination within The Elite be what takes the gold from SCU?
The American Nightmare is here!
Cody Rhodes is Miami Vice as he heads to the ring, with plans to respond to MJF’s challenge. Miami is fired up to see him as he gets a mic. “Double A, Arn Anderson, was right when he said that the audience wants this match.” Cody came out arrogantly and self-righteous, and he asked MJF what it would take to have the match. MJF has named his price and it’s “rather expensive.” The AEW Revolution graphics are used to review the stipulations put forward. Starting from the bottom, Cody must have a Steel Cage against MJF’s muscle, Wardlow. The strategy would be such a violent match will take a tole on Cody and soften him up, but it is a surprise. Cody has been in tag teams, factions and such, so he knows when someone is trying to overshadow you. Cody’s conclusion is that after we see Wardlow speak, wrestle and fight, maybe he shouldn’t be carrying MJF’s bags, but MJF should be carrying Wardlow’s. Fans taunt MJF with chants of “Bag Boy!”
Then the controversial second stipulation, Cody must take ten belt lashes on live national television. To whip him. Cody knows the symbolism, but if MJF thinks that making Cody bleed, that is the worst thing, that is flat wrong. And finally, Cody can’t touch MJF until Revolution. Cody doesn’t need to touch MJF, he lives rent free in MJF’s head. We all know what MJF is doing: he is stalling! MJF wants to be famous by any means necessary, he found something he was halfway decent at, and then clings to his tiny bit of internet fame when fans call him a “real, true, old school Heel.” But MJF isn’t old school, he is lazy! So when it comes to the cage, Cody accepts! When it comes to not touching MJF, Cody accepts! And yes, even when it comes to 10 lashes live on Dynamite, Cody accepts! Cody knows what it means to have this match at Revolution. It means Cody failed as a mentor. But Cody will teach MJF that this isn’t the MJF story but a chapter in the Rhodes legacy! Who is left coming out of this the one with a scar story to tell?
Joey Janela speaks.
“2020. A new year, clean slate, a new decade for the Bad Boy.” And what happens? Homecoming for AEW and the first time we see his pretty face, he gets punched in the balls by his ex, Penelope Ford. Joey told her that he didn’t want anything to do with her. But they know the only way she can create buzz for herself is on his name. Now she walks around like hot stuff with her hot new side piece, Kip Sabian. If Superbad wants to play, Janela will play. Cross the line and let’s see what happens. But Janela was getting hit in the balls by his win-loss records. He goes up against Fenix next week with something to prove. Guys like Janela are the backbone in AEW, but things gotta change. Fenix VS Janela, Janela promises to show everyone why everyone else says he’s a “bad, bad boy.” Will things go well for Janela out at sea? Or will it be a bad, bad time?
The Nightmare Collective w/ Luther VS Kris Statlander & Hikaru Shida!
Brandi Rhodes & Melanie Cruise see their first bit of action in AEW against a stellar team of the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien and the Stardom Samurai! Will this match be out of this world? Or will Statlander and Shida be brought back down to Earth?
But as Shida makes her entrance, Luther stands in her way. Shida warns him with her kendo stick, but Brandi and “Mel” mug Statlander! Shida SMACKS Luther out of her way and hurries to the ring. The referee reprimands the Collective but Shida scares them off with her kendo stick. Mel comes around to clobber Shida and the match begins!
Mel throws Shida around the ring, and towers over Shida as she throws big forearms. Mel whips Shida corner to corner but Shida goes up and over. Shida huricanranas and Mel bails out. Kris takes care of Mel with a mule kick, then the moonsault! Shida brings out a chair, and fans know what this is for. Shida sets the chair up and Kris holds it in place. Shida uses the chair to launch and KNEE Mel down! The chair is put away as Kris and Shida high-five. They put Mel in the ring and then double dropkick her down! Shida covers, TWO! Shida drags Mel up and fans rally as she tries to suplex. Mel is too big for that so Shida kicks and whips. Mel reverses but Shida holds ropes. Shida kicks Mel back but Brandi swipes at her. Shida swings on Brandi but she gets clear, and Mel BOOTS Shida down!
Fans boo as Mel drops a leg on Shida! Tag to Brandi and she kicks Shida while she’s down. Cover, TWO! Brandi stomps Shida more then soaks up the heat. Brandi puts Shida against the ropes to grind a boot in, but the ref counts. Brandi argues with the ref but he reminds her who the authority in the match is. Brandi taunts Kris and Kris takes the bait, the ref has to keep Kris back and the Collective mug Shida! Brandi fakes the tag and Mel grinds her boot into Shida. The ref counts but Mel lets up at 4. Fans rally up and Shida fights back. Shida throws hands but Mel throws her down by her hair! Shida gets to ropes but fans rally. Mel puts Shida on the ropes to pull her against them as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Mel has Shida in a dragon sleeper, for a standing leg drop! Cover, TWO! Mel keeps her cool as she drags Shida up and suplexes. Shida blocks and fights back with body shots. Shida tries but can’t get Mel up. Mel hits back and suplexes but Shida fights free. Shida throws big forearms but Mel ROCKS her with one! Mel runs, but into a KNEE! Mel falls into the Nightmare corner, Brandi tags in! Hot tag to Kris and Brandi runs away! No one to tag and now Brandi begs for mercy. Nose boop, right? Nope. ROUNDHOUSE! And a DISCUS! Kris drags Brandi up and around, fisherman for the driver! Cover but Mel breaks it. Shida climbs up and missile dropkicks Mel down! Shida gets Mel out of the ring but they brawl, and Mel throws Shida into the railing!
Kris runs but Brandi dodges. Brandi SPEARS Kris down! Cover, TWO!! Brandi is furious and she stomps away on Kris. Tag to Mel and Mel drags Kris up for a scoop, and swinging slam! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and Mel is seething. Mel goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to kick Kris away. Shida is in to palm strike Mel! Shida climbs up to grab Mel for a SUPERPLEX! Kris hits the KNEE! Cover, ONE! Shida Shining Wizards Mel! Kris moonsaults! Brandi slips through to break the cover! Shida throws Brandi out and Kris scoops Mel. Mel powers out, shoves Kris into Shida and double clotheslines them down! Mel scoops Kris, but Kris reverses to her gut wrench, tuck and BIG BANG! Cover, Kris & Shida win!
Winners: Kris Statlander & Hikari Shida, Statlander pinning
The two top contenders take down the Nightmare Collective! But this may only be one battle. Who wins the war of the Women’s Division?
The Dark Order has another presenation.
“To date, we have taken in literally thousands of potential new recruits, all interested in what The Dark Order can offer them.” As for their key recruits, well, it’s taking longer than expected. Michael Nakazawa is on their list! He is curious because of the frustrations as a subordinate. And Kenny Omega? His circle of trust is very small, it’ll be a longer process. But perhaps with Nakazawa, it can work. The Exalted One is pleased.
Next is Brandon Cutler, friend to the Young bucks. Cutler has been on a losing streak so he hopes to turn things around. The Dark Order need to convince Cutler that they can help him more than The Elite can. Then there’s Hangman Page. The Elite had high hops but he has grown distant. Uno and Grayson appraise him highest of all. Then they shall continue to cast doubt on the Elite to show they are not as powerful as the Dark Order. Will the Dark Order’s mission of conversion succeed?
Jon Moxley VS Sammy Guevara!
The stakes for this match were raised when it was announced that Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea 2: The Second Wave would have a #1 contender’s match! But that match needs to be determined tonight, and the first part comes from the Maniac taking on Jericho’s Spanish God! Will Sammy get revenge for the Inner Circle by denying Moxley a path to the title? Or is Moxley about to get a free trip to the Bahamas to add to that Ford GT is tricked Jericho out of?
While AEW is picture in picture, Sammy has his cue cards! “Let me address an act! An act so heinous, so diabolical, so despicable, it has cause me (Sammy G) to develop an ulcer, and a need to take antacid tablets! I’m too young for that! Jon Moxley! In order to get the car, you had to join us! You set us up! And a fraud! The Inner Circle made you an offer! Your refusal was your biggest mistake!” AEW goes to break before Sammy finishes, but it’s pretty clear Sammy wants to make Moxley pay for that mistake. Will Sammy bash Moxley at Bash at the Beach?
AEW returns as Sammy vlogs and fans taunt him with chants of “Moxley! Moxley!” They say his name, and here he is, in the Ford GT! The Death Rider is riding in style now, will he be cruising into the Cruise of Jericho?
The bell rings and Sammy dropkicks Mox! Sammy fires off in the corner and grinds his knee in. The ref reprimands but Sammy keeps on Moxley with CHOPS! Moxley glares and puts Sammy in the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Then Moxley has Sammy in another corner to CHOP again! Moxley whips Sammy but Sammy goes up and over and mocks the Fargo strut, only to turn around into Moxley’s lariat! Moxley drags Sammy up and snapmares for a swift kick to the back. Moxley drops elbows and covers, ONE. Moxley drags Sammy up and puts him in a corner to grind a boot in. The ref counts but Moxley holds on until 4. Moxley whips Sammy, Sammy reverses and shoulders in to then enziguri and springboard CUTTER!
Moxley bails out but Sammy builds speed to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo and Sammy blows a kiss to the booing fans. Sammy puts Moxley back in and goes up top. Sammy builds up energy before he hops down and struts. Moxley SLAPS Sammy down! Moxley aims from a corner as Sammy rises, to get the REGAL KNEE! Moxley suplexes to X-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives but Moxley keeps his cool. Moxley slashes the throat to say he’s ending this. Moxley drags Sammy to the apron and underhooks, but Sammy fights out to boot back! Sammy hops up top and METEORAS Moxley into the apron!! Sammy drags Moxley up to throw into railing! Sammy throws Moxley into steel steps, too!
Sammy leaves Moxley behind and spins, but fans boo. Sammy fetches Moxley back into the ring and Penalty Kicks him down! Cover, TWO! Moxley keeps in this as AEW goes picture in picture.
Sammy wraps Moxley up in a chinlock but Moxley fights his way up. Moxley back suplexes but Sammy lands on his feet to drop toehold Moxley onto ropes. Sammy stands on Moxley to choke him, but he lets up at the count of 4, back flipping just because he can. Then he kicks the ropes to jam Moxley! Sammy covers, TWO! Sammy drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, doing squats to show off more. Samoan Drop, cover, TWO! Sammy kicks Moxley sharp in the back! Moxley crawls to ropes but Sammy drags him up. The ref counts as Sammy pulls Moxley against ropes, and then Sammy uppercuts Moxley in the back. Sammy bumps Moxley off buckles and Moxley falls to the floor! Sammy goes out, swaggering about as he takes a fan’s popcorn to throw it at Moxley!
Sammy goes to bump Moxley off more steel steps but Moxley blocks and punches back! Moxley throws big forearms on Sammy, but Sammy throws Moxley into a post! Sammy gets mad now as he puts Moxley in the ring. Sammy climbs up top but Moxley is up! Moxley rocks Sammy with a haymaker then climbs up to join him. Moxley SUPERPLEXES Sammy down! Both men are down but writhing as AEW returns to single picture.
Fans rally and Moxley fires off elbows from all sides! Moxley runs but Sammy hurdles and flips. Moxley waistlocks and German Suplexes, but Sammy lands on his feet for a Shooting Star! Cover, TWO, and Sammy rains down angry rights. Sammy aims from a corner as Moxley stands, but Moxley dodges to chicken wing. Sammy victory roll counters, TWO! Moxley blocks a kick, ducks a kick, and headlocks for OG Dirty Deeds! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives but Moxley isn’t upset. Moxley brings Sammy up to put him in a corner. Moxley goes to the outside and climbs up. He drags Sammy up from this end, and then underhooks! Sammy fights free and scrambles away, but comes back to LEAP for a SPANISH FLY!
Sammy slashes the throat to torture rack but Moxley fights out. Moxley kicks, Sammy breaks free, KNEE! Torture rack and flip, for another KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sammy does not feast his eyes on a victory! Sammy heads up top and leaps, but Moxley catches the flip into a COQUINA CLUTCH! Sammy TAPS, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission; advances to the #1 Contender’s match
The Maniac isn’t just all barbed wire and brawling! He has a technical side, and he made Sammy submit! Moxley heads for the Bahamas, but will he be facing the daredevil of the Bastard?
But wait! Here comes Chris Jericho! At least, we think. The lights go down, and when they come back… The Inner Circle has surrounded Moxley! Moxley doesn’t care, and he fights them all! But that’s 4v1 and it doesn’t go his way. Jericho rains down fists then Santana chokes Moxley. Fans boo as Ortiz keeps the ref away and Hager drags Moxley up for a standing sleeper! Jericho uses the title belt to LASH Moxley over and over! The golden plate is a brutal weapon across the back of Moxley! PNP drag Moxley back up for Hager to KNEE Moxley in the balls! The Big Hurt leaves Moxley hurting but Miami call him something else.
But this still isn’t enough, Sammy SLAPS away on Moxley’s face! PNP keep Moxley from fighting back and Jericho takes a spike from his jacket! Fans are freaking out as Jericho aims at Moxley! Jericho JABS Moxley with the spike to his eye!! Fans continue to cuss out Jericho and referees flood the ring. The refs tell the Inner Circle to stop, so the Inner Circle slowly takes their leave. Medics check on Moxley’s eye while Jericho soaks up the heat. Will Moxley be in any shape to fight on the Cruise of Jericho?
Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.
Jenn Decker asks why Jericho went that far. That jab to the eye could’ve ended Moxley’s career! Jenn wants to talk to Jericho. Oh does she? Well Jericho wants to talk to the whole world! What happened was not the Inner Circle’s fault or Jericho’s fault. This is all Moxley’s fault. They offered him the keys to the kingdom, and he smashed a bottle of the Bubbly on Jericho’s head! Moxley is a wild man, but that is why Jericho went “eye for an eye.” This reckless abandon did this to Moxley. PAC and Darby can thank Jericho for this, because at this point, they’re probably going to advance straight to a match with Jericho! Jericho will kick the crap- No, the SH*T out of Moxley! And the Inner Circle will beat down and embarrass the Jurassic Express! Jericho will pick scrawny Jungle Boy up by his ankles and use that “rat’s nest” hair to swab the poop deck! See you next week, Moxley, though you can’t see them. Also, hit Sammy up on his social media.
Six Man Tag: MJF, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall & Diamond Dallas Page!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman joins his mercenaries, Braxton Sutter and Andy Williams, in a match to settle scores. MJF pushed DDP too far, and DDP fought back! The Natural and Mr. Big Apple back DDP up, will they finally shut MJF’s big mouth?
The teams sort out and MJF starts with DDP to make him look at the “I Banged Diamond’s Daughter” shirt. But fans are strongly on DDP’s side as he makes both an AEW in-ring debut and in-ring return. MJF tags out to the Butcher so that he can get in the faces of the fans. DDP tags QT in so MJF tags back in. MJF doesn’t take QT seriously, obviously, but fans rally with QT. QT ties up with MJF but MJF kicks low. MJF headlocks but QT powers out, only for MJF to run him over. MJF flexes, speeds things up and shows off his agility. But QT runs in, things speed up again, MJF hurdles but QT handsprings! MJF was surprised by that one, but then he sarcastically applauds. MJF wants to shake hands, QT flips him off! QT blocks MJF’s kick and then flips him around, but MJF pokes QT in the eyes.
Fans boo as MJF drags QT over and tags in the Blade. Blade stomps away as Bunny Allie talks trash. Blade CHOPS QT then CHOPS again! Blade whips, QT dodges and then springboard crossbodies! Tag to Dustin and fans rally! Dustin rallies with lariats but Blade whips. Dustin says “Not today!” and drops down to uppercut! Atomic drop and boot, but Blade gets clear to tackle Dustin to the corner. Dustin boots back, rocks Butcher then uppercuts Blade! And again! MJF sucker punches Dustin, and he had the Dynamite Diamond Ring on! Wardlow hides the evidence and MJF plays dumb. Blade rains down rights on Dustin then drags him up to throw out. Blade distracts the ref and Allie mocks the deep breath to then SLAP Dustin! Wardlow BOOTS Dustin for good measure!
DDP comes over, Wardlow puts Dustin in and Blade goes after him. MJF climbs up to taunt the fans as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade tags Butcher and they put Dustin in the open corner. Blade boots and Butcher corner clotheslines, Blade follows up with a running chop! Blade feeds Dustin to Butcher’s suplex, for a stalling slam! Cover, TWO! Dustin is tough as they come but Butcher wraps him up and puts him in a corner. Butcher CHOPS and CHOPS then bumps Dustin on buckles. Tag to Blade and they double headbutt Dustin down. Blade taunts DDP and QT before going back to Dustin. Blade throws hands but Dustin throws them back! The two brawl, and Dustin hurries for his corner but Blade shoves him down and stomps him to the ropes. Blade chokes Dustin on the ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Allie gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo as she bunny hops away, and MJF tags in.
MJF mugs Dustin then soaks up the heat. MJF clamps onto Dustin with a clutch, then knees his ribs. MJF mocks the fans cheering Dustin while standing on Dustin’s hands. MJF stomps Dustin’s hands then puts him back in the corner. Dustin fights back with hammering hands but MJF throat chops! MJF tags Blade and Blade stomps a mudhole into Dustin. Blade throws forearms then rakes Dustin’s face before he tags MJF back in.
AEW returns to single picture as MJF grins. MJF mocks the fans booing him before he digs his knee back into Dustin. Fans rally up and Dustin powers up, but MJF knocks him back down. MJF grins again then kisses his biceps. MJF digs his knee back into Dustin, fans call MJF names, but Dustin powers back up. Dustin sees the knock down coming and flips over to put a knee up! MJF atomic drops himself and falls over! Dustin gets up but MJF grabs an arm to redirect him. Dustin takes out the mercenaries! Then boots MJF! Dustin sends MJF out hard! But Dustin falls over! Fans rally up and Dustin hurries to his corner, Blade puts MJF in to tag, and Butcher goes after QT! Bakcbreaker and steel steps! But Dustin gets Blade with the spinning powerslam!
Fans rally up as Dustin rises! Hot tags to MJF and DDP!! MJF runs and dodges but not the lariat! DDP bumps MJF off buckles all the way to 9, but Butcher runs in. Butcher blocks a kick but not the lariat! DDP bumps MJF off for the tenth! Blade runs in, blocks a boot and ducks the lariat, but not the second lariat! Fans fire up, and everyone puts their hands up. CUTTER for Butcher! MJF slowly rises and this is the one DDP wants. “BANG!” But MJF counters to chicken wing, but instead of a back slide, he sneaks in a mule kick LOW BLOW! Dustin tags in and BOOTS MJF! Dustin hops up, to give MJF a DESTROYER! MJF flounders and swings wild, but flops into a DIAMOND CUTTER! Cover, but Blade breaks it up!
QT dumps Blade out and tags in! Dustin aims at the mercenaries with a CANNONBALL! Fans rally for QT as he builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! QT fires up and Allie climbs up, but DDP says no no no. DDP pushes her aside and HE climbs up!? DDP FLIES!! Fans are thunderous for the living legend, but then MJF rolls up QT! Team MJF wins!!
Winners: Team MJF, MJF pinning
As always, MJF ruins the fun. He used his mercenaries to do all the work, and gets the win for himself. But with Cody accepting his challenge, will MJF face all the karma that has built up against him?
Backstage interview with SoCal Uncensored.
Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky now know who their Cruise of Jericho opponents will be. Any thoughts? The world tag team champions are interrupted by a buzzed Hangman. They get upset with him barging in and spilling beer on them, but he gets upset with them getting upset. Hangman says he’ll take on all three at once but Omega hurries over to diffuse the situation. Omega apologizes, Hangman’s a bit frisky. With all due respect, they’re going to have a gentleman’s content on the cruise. Omega pulls Hangman away, can he also keep Hangman away from the bar?
Darby Allin VS PAC!
After what Jericho did to Moxley, this could end up just being the contender’s match. But assuming the Maniac is still willing to fight with one good eye, who wins this match to set sail?
The bell rings and fans are dueling as Pac and Darby circle. They tie up, Pac headlocks but Darby powers out. Pac runs Darby over and glares at him. Things speed up, Darby jumps but Pac slides. Darby slides and gets around to handspring and whip. Pac reverses but Darby springboards to arm-drag! Pac handsprings through but Darby shotgun dropkicks him down! Fans fire up for Darby as he headlocks. Pac powers out and tilt-o-whirl backbreakers! Darby writhes but Pac takes his time stalking over. Pac TOSSES Darby across the ring! And then stands on Darby’s head! Pac lets up and drags Darby to his feet, to whip hard into a corner. Pac runs in but Darby boots back! Darby leaps over Pac to shotgun dropkick him into buckles!
Pac gets out but Darby slingshots. Pac evades so Darby slingshots back in to DIVE! Tope suicida hits and rams them both into the railing! Darby puts Pac in fast but Pac bails out fast, so Darby DIVES again! That was an even harder tope! Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Pac hobbles away. Darby gives chase, and is on the apron to leap! But Pac blocks to swing Darby into steel steps! Darby writhes and Pac leaves him for dead as AEW goes picture in picture.
Pac watches Darby writhe but goes out to fetch him. Pac brings Darby up but drops him as he considers his options. Pac brings steel steps around and the ref warns Pac. Pac brings Darby up the steps and lifts, to POWERBOMB him on the steps! Darby writhes as he flops off the steel and Pac leaves him behind again. Pac patiently waits for Darby as Darby crawls. The ref starts the count as Darby claws his way over. Pac waits, Darby is in at 9! Pac is annoyed, and he drags Darby into place. Pac looks to do a standing flip, but instead drops down to put on a crossface. Darby endures, claws and reaches, and manages to get the ropebreak! Pac lets go as AEW returns to single picture.
Pac stomps Darby to a corner then mocks the booing fans. Pac throws Darby out hard, then quickly goes out to throw him into railing! Darby flounders around but Pac drags him into the ring. Pac aims at Darby as he climbs up top. Darby stands, Pac missile dropkicks him down! Pac drags Darby to a cover, TWO!! Darby still lives and now Pac is growing frustrated. Pac argues with the ref but Darby claws his way up. Pac drags Darby to a corner and stands him up. Pac fireman’s carries Darby as he climbs up top! Fans anticipate something bad but Darby fights free! To SUPER CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! And Darby comes to life! Darby heads up top as Pac flounders to the apron. But that doesn’t change anything, Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS! Direct hit wrecks Pac and now Darby gets into the ring!
A ring count begins while fans are losing their minds. Pac stirs as the count reaches 5, and he flounders to the ring at 7. Pac is in, Darby runs and flips over, throwback STUNNER! Then a DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives and Darby knows he’s close! Fans rally up as Darby gets up while Pac stirs again. Pac bails out again so Darby slides. Pac catches Darby in the apron skirt and enziguris him down! Pac drags Darby into the ring and runs, to LARIAT Darby inside-out! Cover, TWO!! Darby still lives and now Pac is frustrated. Pac looms over Darby and fans rally up. Darby slowly rises, but Pac gets forehead to forehead with him. Darby ROCKS Pac with a right! Then wrings Pac out, rolls and La Magistrol! TOW and jackknife, TWO! Sunset, TWO! Figure four and a cover, TWO!! Darby was really creative but not enough yet. Darby springboards, Coffin into GERMAN SUPLEX! Pac hits a BASTARD BOMB! Cover, TWO!?!
Fans are fired up and Pac heads to a corner. Darby hurries and anchors Pac’s feet. Pac kicks him away but Darby comes back. Darby climbs, Pac clubs away, but Darby just rises up. Pac headbutts Darby down, then adjusts, BLACK ARROW! Cover, Pac wins!
Winner: PAC, by pinfall; advances to the #1 Contender’s match
The Bastard crushes the dreams of the Undead Underdog, and Tony Schiavone is in the ring to interview him. The Second Wave is coming, but Moxley might still be in shape to compete. No no no. Pac tells him to congratulate the NEW #1 contender! But Moxley needs to be medically checked. Well we all saw what happened to Moxley! He is clearly incapacitated, which amounts to a forfeit. So again, you are looking at the NEW #1 contender! As for Jericho, Pac wants him to know that he’s coming. And when Pac wins the title- Sorry, news is coming in. Moxley is being loaded into the ambulance to go to a hospital, but Moxey refuses to go! Moxley barges out, big patch over his bleeding eye, and he storms his way to the ringside area!
Moxley snatches a mic on his way out and Pac is furious! Moxley is on stage as he says, “It ain’t going down like that, brother.” Moxley doesn’t care if he’s blind, half-dead or what, he will be on the cruise to kick Pac’s ass! “Because that title shot belongs to me!” Security, referees and medics do their best to keep Moxley back, but it is clear that come hell or high water, the Maniac and the Bastard are going to fight for the right to face Le Champion!
What a great episode for this special themed episode. I really hope Bash at the Beach becomes a tradition for AEW, though maybe during the summer next time. While the Cruise of Jericho will sail away to the Bahamas next week, just seems a shame to go with a summer theme episode during winter. But the episode itself was red hot with that opening Fatal 4 Way tag. That was borderline PPV level material right there, and it was quite the twist that it was Omega and Page getting the win. The interview interruption promo was pretty well done, playing up Hangman having a little too much but in a way that’s humorous, not dramatic. I don’t think Omega and Page win the tag titles, though, unless it is to feed into how The Dark Order is targeting them now. That would be quite the twist going towards Revolution, where the Dark Order won’t even need to win the titles, they’ll just brainwash the guys who have them.
Cody of course accepts MJF’s challenge, but his promo in doing so was pretty good. The cage match with Wardlow is set for AEW Dynamite in Atlanta, so there won’t be a lot of time until Revolution. MJF and his team get a win in a really great Six Man. I know DDP is a legend and a fan favorite, but I feel he was booked just a little too strong against the young stars here. But of course, that’s why MJF sneaks in a win rather than a decisive victory. I could’ve sworn it was going to be Awesome Kong in tonight’s Women’s Tag but guess not. And even without Kong, Brandi and Melanie Cruise make a decent duo but it was good to see the Faces win. This will extend things, I’m sure, but I’m still sensing we get Riho and Britt Baker in on this to lead to something big at Revolution.
I don’t recall them saying there was a mini-tournament to determine Jericho’s challenger at Revolution, but it really helped tie the episode together that they made the move. Moxley VS Sammy was a pretty good match, but it seems TNT is still learning (and failing) to give Sammy time for his cue card promos. The Inner Circle’s attack on Moxley was logical and the kayfabe jab of metal spike to the eye was a nice touch. Darby VS PAC was a really good match, but naturally we set up Face VS Heel with Pac winning. Moxley of course refusing to let the bad eye stop him is definitely in character, and Moxley VS Pac will be a great match. But in the end, I’m pretty sure Moxley wins to go to Revolution.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
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
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