AEW revs up for Revolution!
We have NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, and now all bets are off! Which teams from tonight head for Omega and Page?
- The Young Bucks VS The Blade & The Butcher w/ The Bunny; The Young Bucks win.
- Nyla Rose VS Big Swole; Rose wins.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Cody wins.
- SoCal Uncensored VS ???; SCU wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Darby Allin & Private Party; The Inner Circle wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Second Wave brought so much excitement!
Hangman Page and Kenny Omega managed to dethrone SoCal Uncensored while at sea! A new phase in the Tag Team Division begins! MJF got dunked in the pool and Jon Moxley has his one good eye on the world championship! But what happens next?!
Jon Moxley is in Cleveland!
He has a pirate patch because he’s coming for Chris Jericho’s booty! The Maniac beat The Bastard and heads for Revolution just one month from today! Moxley grabs a mic as Cleveland is thunderous. “I gotta tell ya, it was right around the time I got stabbed in the eye with a metal spike that it occurred to me: I guess the fun and games with Chris Jericho are over.” He knew it was coming but now it’s official. PPV in Chicago, Jericho VS Moxley for the AEW World Championship, and Moxley can’t help but laugh. Jericho is the final obstacle in the way of the top of the mountain! But it’s more than a match with the Goat, but everything that comes with him. Jericho orchestrates 5v1 beat downs, hides behind boys, and tried to take another man’s eye! Jericho stole Rey Mysterio’s mask and punched a woman, for crying out loud.
But Moxley admits he’s not perfect. He’s not hero, no role model or a saint. But in the end, Moxley looks himself in the mirror. The titles don’t mean a thing if you don’t have honor! Who knows what Jericho sees in himself, but Moxley sees an egomaniac and a cowardly bully. “And boy, oh boy, do I hate bullies.” So what happens on 2/29 is that the Inner Circle will be gunning for Moxley’s head. But Mox won’t blink, flinch or even hesitate. “I will take Chris Jericho out.” Moxley will take the title from Jericho, and there’s nothing Jericho can do about that! It isn’t about the man you are, but the man you’re not! If they even make it to Revolution! Moxley knows the next month will be Moxley with a head on a swivel. SO get the ass kicking out of the way and have this out tonight! And for once in “your punk ass life, take your beating like a man!”
Chris Jericho appears! Le Champion holds his AEW World Championship closely as he stands on stage with a mic of his own. Jericho listens to the fans sing his theme before he speaks. “Good evening, Cleveland idiots.” Jericho laughs at Moxley’s promo. What Moxley earned? He earned a spike to the eye! All Moxley had to do was accept the offer of joining the Inner Circle, but he didn’t. Now he looks like a jacked up, cracked up Captain Jack Sparrow. “Yo ho ho and a bottle of dumb.” Jericho saw Mama Moxley backstage earlier, looking rather fetching. Maybe Jericho will give her a call later. But he apologized to her for what he did to her son, and explained why. It’s Moxley’s own fault. Jericho offered him the keys to the kingdom but he smashes a bottle on Jericho’s head! So if Moxley wants to be a big man and challenge Jericho, Le Champion, “you don’t even have what it takes to blink with both eyes.” But if he wants a fight, for all the fans to see, “go to hell.”
Jericho laughs as fans boo because Cleveland doesn’t deserve this match. Plus, Jericho always travels with his boys, the Inner Circle! Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager make their way out with the new faction theme song, and they reinforce Jericho. Moxley does a head count and confirms they’re all there. They must think Moxley is going to walk into another 5v1 because he’s stupid. But Jericho doesn’t know is that this isn’t 5v1. Moxley was born and raised in the great state of Ohio, so as he sees it, “O H!” “I O!” Thanks for doing that for him. It’s more like 5 against the entire arena! Moxley likes those odds. Moxley throws off his jacket and pulls up his sleeves to head up the ramp. Jericho tells the fans to shut up and says Moxley really is a “stupid son of a b*tch.” Just like those from O H I O.
Jericho knew Moxley would do this, things are getting more interesting. There are some extra South Bronx thugs coming! Santana and Ortiz enlist five more, so that makes it 10 against Moxley and his idiot Ohio friends. Time to get started. Ortiz has an ax handle as he steps to Moxley, but he gets DIRTY DEEDS! Moxley takes the fight to the faction! Security rushes out to stop this before it gets going, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Moxley gets at a Bronx thug but Jericho is far from his reach. Moxley gives a security guard a DIRTY DEEDS! Moxley takes his leave for now, but Jericho knows this fight is coming! Will it be a Revolution in Chicago?
MJF meets with his mercenaries.
In an undisclosed butchery, MJF and Wardlow meet with Allie, Braxton Sutter and Andy Williams. Their payment is given, and their target is clear. Will this dark trio cut down The Elite on his behalf?
The Young Bucks VS The Blade & The Butcher w/ The Bunny!
Matt & Nick Jackson have stood up for Cody to take care of Maxwell Jacob Friedman on the Cruise of Jericho. But now, MJF throws around some green so that Sutter and Williams will make the Bucks black ‘n’ blue. Will MJF’s investment be worth it? Or did he just finance a Superkick Party?
After mocking fans, MJF joins commentary so he can talk trash on the Young Bucks without consequences. The teams sort out as Cleveland is red hot for the Bucks, and we begin with Matt and Butcher Braxton Sutter. They tie up and Butcher shoves Matt down. And again! Matt headlocks but Butcher powers out to run him over! Allie the Bunny is all fired up as Butcher scoops, but Matt slips out to tag in Nick. Nick enziguris Butcher then springboards to missile dropkick! The Blade tags in but runs into a drop toehold. Matt tags in and slingshots to drop a leg! Matt brings Blade up and wrenches to then tag Nick back in. Nick drops ax handles then yanks on Blade’s arm. Tag to Matt and Matt drops ax handles. Tag back to Nick and he drops dumdum stomps!
Blade knees low then whips but Nick dodges. Blade puts Nick back in, nick gets away to hit Butcher. Nick boots Blade then goes up and over to speed up. Matt tags in as Blade ducks under, and runs into double hip toss! Double handspring dropkicks! Butcher runs in and runs them both over! Fans boo but Allie is rabid as Blade stalks Matt. Matt throws hands and kicks and headlocks. Blade pwoers out, but Matt slips out. Bunny and Butcher are there but Matt gets away. Matt dodges Bladeo to tag Nick! Nick Shining Wizards Butcher and fires off on Blade! Back kick and spinning roundhouse, but Blade ducks to whip. Nick tumbles out and SUPERKICKS Butcher! Allie anchors and trips Nick up in the distraction! Butcher BODY CHECKS Nick down! Blade hits Matt then FLIES out onto him! MJF’s muscle has control as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade drags Nick up and tags Butcher. Sidewalk slam leg drop combo! Cover, TWO! Butcher whips Nick into the coner hard and Nick hits the mat. Butcher stands Nick up to CHOP! Butcher whips Nick hard intno another corner! Tag to Blade and he stomps Nick down. Blade grinds his boots in but lets up at the ref’s count. Blade drags Nick up to throw him out, and Allie gets her claws in! Fans boo but Butcher puts Nick back in the ring. Blade covers, TWO! Blade drags Nick up but Nick fights back with body shots. Blade CHOPS Nick and stomps away in the corner. Tag to Butcher and they double headbutt Nick down. Butcher drags Nick up to stomp away then throw a BIG right hand! Butcher chokes Nick at the ropes as we return to single picture.
Butcher whips Nick into a corner and Blade hits a corner enziguri! Butcher adds a clothesline, Blade CHOPS, then gut buster to fireman’s carry! Butcher tosses Nick onto Blade’s knee for a gutbuster! Gut wrench BOMB! Cover but Matt breaks it up! MJF complains but Blade drags Nick back up. Fans rally for the Bucks as Nick throws body shots and forearms. Nick hits Butcher then kicks Blade, repeat. Blade runs in but is sent into Butcher! Fans fire up as Nick crawls for his corner! Blade clubs Nick down and whips him away. Nick flips through and slips out of the suplex to hot tag Matt! Matt LEAPS for a crossbody! Then rallies with big haymakers and CHOPS! Matt fires off on Blade with both hands then whips to ropes. Blade reverses but Matt wrecks Butcher! Skin the cat, SLICED BREAD! SUPERKICK for Butcher!
MJF is getting frustrated with his team but Cleveland rallies. Matt climbs and leaps, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Blade survives but Matt drags him up. Tag to Nick and Matt sets Blade up in the ropes. Nick climbs to SWANTON! Cover, but Butcher breaks it! Matt kicks Butcher and clubs him. Nick joins in and they double whip. Butcher breaks the line to clothesline but the Bucks duck to SUPERKICK! Blade ducks superkicks but gets caught into a back slide into a gut wrench! MJF and Allie panic, MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, The Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, Matt Jackson pinning
Well that’s money down the drain. But MJF tries to twist things. Butcher then goes after the Bucks as a sore loser, which is what MJF likes! But here comes KENNY OMEGA! Butcher gets a V-TRIGGER! The Elite supports the Elite, even if Hangman Page moseys in with his drink. He asks Matt to hold his beer, and Matt does, so the BUCK SHOT can take Blade out! Hangman then finishes his drink. Hangman did his job, he heads back out. The Elite stands tall and MJF storms out of the arena. Will things continue to implode for the Salt of the Earth?
Nyla Rose VS Big Swole!
The Native Beast holds the #1 Contender’s spot for now after destroying Shanna in a Tables Match and continuing an all around savage streak. But Aerial Monroe is as hungry as anyone in this Women’s Division, so who wins big to go for the AEW Women’s World Championship first?
The bell rings and Nyla looks like she’ll swallow Swole whole. But Swole avoids Nyla’s grasp, and shouts out the late, great Kobe! Swole fires off strikes then dropkicks a leg out! Basement Complete Shot! Cover, TWO, but this is still the first quarter. Nyla gets up, ducks a clothesline to give a clothesline! Fans boo but Swole gets to her feet. Swole runs but her shoulder bounces off Nyla. Things speed up, the dropkick is enough to send Nyla out! Swole watches Nyla closely before climbing up and onto the apron. Nyla blocks the kick to sweep the legs! Swole crashes on the apron and flops to the floor, but Nyla drags her back up. Nyla throws Swole hard into railing and then talks trash to the fans.
Nyla drags Swole up and bumps her off the apron, but the ring count climbs to 5. Swole fights back with fast hands, but Nyla dodges and the forearm hits the post! Nyla keeps on the arm but refreshes the count. Nyla works on undoing buckles in a corner as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and as TNT has technical difficulties, Swole gets Nyla in a guillotine! Nyla powers her off and knees low, then whips Swole at a corner. Swole goes up and over to BOOT Nyla down! Fans are thunderous behind “SWOLE! SWOLE!” as she drags Nyla up for clubbing forearms. Nyla wobbles but ducks a kick, only to get a HEADBUTT! She still choke grips Swole! Swole fights and resists the slam, to then HEADBUTT again! Swole runs in but is put on the apron. Swole ducks a punch to enziguri Nyla, and then steps in to say, “GET OVER HERE!” CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and shocks Swole, but Cleveland keeps rallying. Swole drags Nyla up but Nyla shoves. Swole sunset flips but Nyla stays up to bring Swole up. Swole breaks free, throat chops and runs, wheelbarrow, COMPLETE SHOT!
Nyla rises in a daze but Swole runs in, but the discus meets a SPEAR! Nyla roars and fans boo, as Nyla drags Swole into the BEAST BOMB! Cover, Nyla wins!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall
The dominance continues, but Big Swole was perhaps the biggest challenge Nyla had since coming to AEW. Will Nyla still head right for the world champion? Will Swole be waiting for her on the other side?
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford!
The American Nightmare prepares for Wardlow in a Steel Cage and those ten leather lashes, but Superbad is on a streak. Will Sabian take advantage of a distracted Cody? Or can Cody mutlitask and keep himself strong towards Revolution?
The bell rings and Sabian shotguns Cody right away! And fireman’s carry to the gutbuster drop! Cody hobbles up but Sabian is on him with body shots. Cody shoves but Sabian kicks back. Cody manages a headlock and an escape from the back suplex to hit the uppercut! And a BOOT! Sabian gets out now that Cody has gotten the better of him. Sabian shoves Arn!? The ref keeps the peace and Sabian gets back in. Sabian and Cody tie up, Cody waistlocks but Sabian pries free to a waistlock of his own. Cody fights the grip and powers out of the headlock. Sabian dodges and ducks and hurdles but into a dropkick! Sabian bails out to regroup with the Bad Girl before he trips Cody. Cody hits back but Penelope lurks close, and gets an elbow! Cody kicks Sabian away to check on Penelope. He helps her up, but then Sabian PENALTY KICKS from the apron!
Penelope laughs, she lured Cody in. Fans boo as Sabian says the Superbad couple is smarter than Cody. Arn protests for good reason this time, but Sabian gets a big good luck kiss from Penelope. Sabian drags Cody back into the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.
Sabian is on Cody in a corner and stomps away. The ref backs Sabian off and Sabian throws up deuces before going back for more. He whips Cody corner to corner and hard! Cody hits buckles then drops to his knees, but Sabian clubs him down more. Sabian puts Cody on the ropes to choke! The ref counts, Sabian lets up but Cody CHOPS back! And again! Cody wrenches and whips Sabian now, but Sabian goes up and over. Sabian’s leg jams! OR does it? Sabian is already proving to be sly as they come, but the ref still keeps Cody back. Sabian goes to ropes as Penelope shows concern, but Cody and Arn aren’t so sure. Cody confers with his coach before going after Sabian. A medic checks the knee in question, but Sabian then springboards in to DDT! He gets away with another trick as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and both men are down now. A standing count begins and reaches 5 before either man sits up. Cody throws hands and rallies with lariats on Sabian, then has him in a corner for a rain of punches! Cody goes all the way to 9, but Sabian trips him up. Sabian runs in, Cody goes up and over, spinning powerslam! Fans fire up with Cody as he takes off the weight belt! But Penelope snatches it for her own! Sabian runs in, Cody dodges, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! But Penelope throws a boot in? The ref has to take care of that first, and then counts, TWO! Arn protests again but the ref is more concerned that Arn is on the apron. Arn gets in the ring to throw Penelope’s shoe to the fans! Free souvenir! Arn gets in the ref’s face and that’s not good! Cody pleads with the ref, but the ref EJECTS Arn! Arn brought it on himself but now Cody has to focus on this match alone.
Sabian is up and distracting the ref, Penelope huricanranas Cody! Sabian FLIES out onto Cody! The Superbad couple is getting away with this 2v1 as Sabian puts Cody in the ring. Sabian throws up more deuces before going to Penelope. Right as they’re about to kiss at the corner, Joey Janela slips in! Joey gets two kisses on the cheek, much to the chagrin of his ex and her new boy! Janela gets away and Cody DIVES onto Sabian! Cody drags Sabian up and into the ring to then go to the corner. Cody springboards but Sabian dropkicks the legs out! Then drags Cody out for a draping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Sabian can’t believe it, but he grins. Ten minutes remain as Sabian kicks Cody around. Sabian puts Cody in a corner and hoists him up top. Sabian climbs up to join Cody, but Cody fights back. Cody elbows Sabian down but Sabian enziguris back!
Sabian climbs back up but Cody still resists. Cody headbutts and clubs Sabian to the apron. Cody adjusts but Sabian springboards for a SLING DOG! Sabian brings Cody up, torture rack but Cody lands on his feet out of the flip! Cody dodges, springboards, CUTTER! Then, CROSS RHODES! But still no cover, CROSS RHODES AGAIN! And AGAIN!? Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The American Nightmare turned it up a notch and has a Superbad victory! Is Cody going to outlast the gauntlet MJF has put in front of him to get retribution at Revolution?
Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker on stage.
Hopefully this goes better than the interview on the Cruise of Jericho. Though I suppose anything is better than all those passive aggressive comments and then her conceited compliments to herself. The doctor is in now and Cleveland boos. Tony is told to refer to her as Doctor Baker. And no, he didn’t offend her. This is a dream team, Tony! They’re the stars of the show and trending worldwide on Twitter. Well, she was but Tony was there. Fans jeer and boo as Britt takes the mic. The true offense from last week was “good ol’ JR” Jim Ross cutting her off via production! Britt knows JR simplifies her to just being a dentist while being all smug, collecting a large check when others do all the work. “Be the legend I grew up on, Jim. Not a sloppy barbecue sauce salesman who can’t even get our roster’s names straight.”
Fans boo, they don’t like Britt disrespecting JR. But this is Britt’s division. She was the first woman signed to AEW, and her face is on all the posters. Britt promises us all that she will be here each and every week, her smile beaming across our screens, “which is more than we can say about our champion, Riho.” Britt says she cares about Tony, so just judging from the stench of his breath, she can confidently diagnose him with gingivitis. Pick up a damn toothbrush. As for Cleveland, “congratulations!” You have a Baker you can trust. All JR can say is, “Wow.” Will Britt continue to be bitter until she gets the title?
Backstage interview with The Elite!
Congrats to the Bucks for beating The Butcher & The Blade, Kenny is pumped for them, too. This was a needed win and they got it. As good as it feels, it is still in Matt’s mind. Those creepy Dark Order guys, Santana & Ortiz, but those are all secondary to climbing back up the rankings and maybe having a shot at he AEW World Tag titles. Cross that bridge when they get there. But then Hangman comes in and brags about getting the name plates. Sweet, nice. But hey, they had them made for everyone, so he got them the Bucks’ early. Hold onto those, maybe you’ll get to use them. Thanks, Hangman… Omega tries to smooth things over as he brings up the 8 Man Tag! The Elite VS Butcher, Blade & a team of their choosing. This is going to be great! One big happy team! But will The Elite (not) be fine after teaming together again?
SoCal Uncensored VS ???
Daniels, Kazarian and Scorpio Sky pay tribute to the late, great Kobe Bryant by wearing jerseys with Kobe’s numbers. But will SCU be able to win one for the Black Mamba here tonight?
AEW returns as SCU’s opponents turn out to be The Hybrid2, Jack Evans and Angelico! The teams sort out, and Evans stops talking smack to fans long enough to let Angelico start with Kaz. The two circle and tie up, and Angelico headlocks. Kaz slips out but Angelico has the arm. Angelico drop toeholds and floats to another headlock, but Kaz powers up. Angelico wrenches and yanks on the arm but Kaz whips. Angelico reverses, Kaz goes up and over to arm-drag and headlock takeover! Fans cheer as Kaz grinds Angelico, but Angelico headscissors. Kaz pops out to get the takeover again. Evans shouts at the fans as ANgelico powers out but Kaz fakes him out! Oklahoma roll, TWO, and back to a headlock takeover. Cover, ONE, but Angelico powers up.
Scorpio tags in and SCU mugs Angelico. Scorpio snapmares and dropkicks then covers, TWO! Scorpio drags Angelico up, tag to Kaz and more mugging begins. Kaz snap suplexes Angelico down then covers, TWO! Kaz tags Scorpio and they drag Angelico up. Scorpio snapmares to scrape shoes on Angelico’s face. The fans chanting for SCU annoys Evans but Angelico powers Scorpio to the corner. Tag to Evans and TH2 mugs Scorpio but Kaz runs in. The ref brings Kaz away but that allows TH2 to mug Scorpio more. TH2 double whips, Scorpio dumdum stomps Evans! Tag to Kaz and Scorpio forearms Angelico down. Kaz gets in, SCU tackles Evans together! Cover, TWO! Kaz whips and drop toeholds Evans onto ropes, Scorpio KICKS Evans back and into Kaz’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover but Angelico breaks it.
Tag to Scorpio and SCU mugs Evans now. Scorpio looms over Evans and wrenches him to shoulder rams. Scorpio does it again but Evans handsprings through to forearm back. Evans whips but Scorpio sees Angelico coming. Evans shoves Scorpio into Angelico’s hotshot! Spinning roundhouse from Evans! Fans boo but TH2 soaks up the heat. Evans covers, TWO, and Evans complains. Evans stomps Scorpio then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Angelico and Angelico taunts Kaz. The ref keeps Kaz back while Evans Chancery stretches Scorpio and Angelico Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO, and Daniels coaches Scorpio up. Angelico throws Scorpio out of the ring and taunts Daniels. Evans throws Scorpio into chairs as AEW goes picture in picture.
Scorpio flounders but Evans brings him up to put him in. Angelico covers, TWO! TH2 grows frustrated and fans rally up. Scorpio throws hands then runs, but into a dropkick! Angelico stomps Scorpio more then brings him over to tag in Evans. TH2 mugs Scorpio in the corner until the ref counts. Evans soaks up the heat before going back for more. He elbows Scorpio in the head but Scorpio fights back with forearms and haymakers! Angelico kicks from behind, spinning heel kick from Evans takes Scorpio down! Jackknife cover, TWO! Evans steps to Daniels before throwing hands on Scorpio. Evans brings Scorpio up to tag in Angelico. Angelico snapmares Scorpio to kick and cover, TWO! Angelico tags Evans and stomps Scorpio. Evans stomps even harder then BOOTS Kaz! Evans kicks Scorpio as we go back to single picture.
Fans rally up for Scorpio and he throws hands on Evans! Evans hits back and now we have a brawl. Evans shoves, Scorpio runs and suplexes Evans down! Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners, and Evans tags Angelico first. Angelico sunset flips, Scorpio rolls through and leaps over Angelico, hot tag to Kaz! The Heavy Metal Rebel rallies on TH2! Elbow for Angelico and then forearms at the ropes. Kaz whips and dropkicks Angelico down,t hen hip toss neckbreaker for Evans! Angelico ends up on the apron but falls for the guillotine leg drop! Kaz shovel suplexes Evans! Fans fire up as Kaz slingshots Angelico in for the CUTTER! Cover but Evans stomps it apart! Scorpio throws Evans to roeps but Evans boots back. Evans goes up and over as Scorpio runs in. Evans mule kicks Scorpio, Angelico lifts Kaz, DUMDUM STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, with ropes, but Scorpio saves it!
The ref reprimands Angelico but Evans SASUKE SPECIAL misses, Scorpio BOOTS him down! Kaz rolls off Angelico’s back, tag to Scorpio. BOOT and underhooks, S C U LATER! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, Scorpio pinning
The former AEW World Tag Team Champions get on the rebound right away! Will they be seeing those titles again sooner rather than later?
The Dark Order has another message.
“Christopher Daniels.” The Exalted One is unhappy with him. And when he is unhappy, he acts quickly. The SCU, Daniels’ family, are all targets. But who first? Grayson doesn’t care. Then consider this their one and only warning. Daniels welcomes them to bring the fight, but the Dark Order does things on their schedule. When and where will SCU suffer the wrath of the Dark Order?
PAC has a message.
“A moving vessel is no place for competition.” AEW should hang their heads in shame. Jon Moxley has made his bed, so now he’ll lie in it. Moxley can have his fun with the Inner Circle, but then Pac will come for the other eye! Pac can’t even say Kenny Omega’s name without getting sick. But it seems Omega finally heard him. Pac says the arrogance and audacity is what he really can’t stand. Fitting him in when it’s convenient for Omega? No! That doesn’t work for Pac. What will happen is The Bastard sets the schedule. That starts next week. “I’m coming for blood.”
Speaking of next week, Dynamite announces what is going to happen!
First, Cody will finally take those ten lashes from MJF to satisfy the third stipulation! Will MJF leave anything for Wardlow to even face in their Steel Cage match?
Second, Moxley wages his war with The Inner Circle against Ortiz! Will Moxley be able to survive the Proud ‘n’ Powerful pitbull to continue on towards Revolution?
Third, Britt Baker will be in action to represent “her division” against Yuka Sakazaki. Will the wrestling magical girl show Britt up in her AEW Dynamite debut?
And a team has been chosen! The Butcher & The Blade bring the Lucha Brothers to the fight with The Elite! Will MJF’s mercenaries make good on that investment when they have #CeroMiedo on their side?
Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Darby Allin & Private Party!
Chris Jericho and his Proud ‘n’ Powerful henchmen won on the Norwegian Pearl to make the Cruise of Jericho a good one for Le Champion. But now, they’re up against the undead daredevil and a team that has shocked time and again since coming to AEW! Will Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy shock us again by defeating this intimidating trio?
The teams sort out and Jericho starts with Allin for a rematch from their title showdown in 2019. Jericho smirks as fans rally and duel. Jericho SLAPS Darby, but Darby doesn’t back down. So Jericho SLAPS him again. Darby slaps himself then fires off on Jericho! Jericho shoves, Darby ducks and redirects and dropkicks! Jericho gets up but Darby whps. Jerhcio reverses but Darby springboards to arm-drag! Jericho scrambles to his corner and tags out to Ortiz. Fans are fired up as Darby tags in Kassidy. Kassidy and Ortiz circle and speed up. Ortiz pokes Kassidy’s eyes then sambas. Ortiz throws European Uppercuts on Kassidy then whips to ropes. Kassidy reverses and enziguris! Tag to Quen and Private Party double whip Ortiz. Ortiz gets the atomic drop, enziguri, and ‘SAY CHEESE~!” Stomps! Cover, ONE, and Santana protests.
Ortiz shoves Quen but Quen dropsaults back! Ortiz boots Quen, hops up and dropkicks Quen down! Ortiz shows the claws before going to Quen at the ropes. Tag to Santana and Proud ‘n’ Powerful mug Quen. Santana scoops and slams Quen hard then taunts Darby and Kassidy. Quen throws hands but Santana clubs him down. Tag to Jericho and Jericho CHOPS Quen to the ropes! Jericho puts Quen in the corner to open up the jacket, and CHOP him again! Jericho flexes then tags Ortiz. Ortiz keeps Quen away from his corner with eye rakes. PNP whips Quen, but Quen huricanranas Santana into SPEARING Ortiz! Hot tag to Kassidy and he rallies on the Inner Circle! Roll up on Ortiz, TWO! Things speed up, tilt-o-whirl and roll to a cover, no wait the other way, TWO! Kassidy makes you dizzy just watching.
Ortiz goes up and over and lifts Kassidy but Kassidy victory rolls through, TWO! Jericho tags in, Ortiz puts Kassidy on the apron. Kassidy SUPERKICKS Santana then knees Ortiz! Jericho triangle dropkicks Kassidy out of the air! Jericho flexes and hears the fans cheer and jeer as AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho encourages the fans to get louder and then blows a kiss. Santana snap suplexes Kassidy on the outside while the ref is distracted! Santana hauls Kassidy into the ring while Jericho taunts Darby. Jericho drags Kassidy up to back suplex high and hard! Cocky cover, TWO! Jericho laughs it off as he high-fives for a tag. Santana stomps Kassidy but Kassidy punches back! Santana enziguris Kassidy right down! Santana snap suplexes for uno amigo. He does another for dos amigos! Santana suplexes again and holds Kassidy there for Ortiz to tag in an take the hand-off! Ortiz tags Jericho and Jericho takes the hand-off! Jericho drops Kassidy to get tres amigos! Jericho takes his time walking all over Kassidy before bringing him back up.
Kassidy throws body shots and forearms as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho whips but Kassidy rolls him, TWO! Jericho CLOBBERS Kassidy down and covers, TWO! Jericho tags Santana and the Inner Circle stomps Kassidy down. Santana taunts Kassidy’s team before kicking him away. Santana brings Kassidy up for a backbreaker! And backbreaker press after that! Cover, TWO! Kassidy is proving tough but Santana keeps on him with a scoop slam. Tag to Ortiz and Ortiz helps Santana get a boost, knee-board senton! Jericho LIONSAULTS! Ortiz runs and Planks! Cover, but Quen breaks it! The ref backs Quen off but Ortiz talks trash. Off come the gloves, and Ortiz claws Kassidy’s back. Tag to Santana, and he runs in corner to corner, but Kassidy uses Ortiz’s step stool! Huricanrana! Calf kick for Ortiz!
All three men are down but Cleveland fires up! Hot tag to DARBY! Darby dodges PNP to hit Jericho then rally back on PNP! Flipping STUNNER! DIVE onto Jericho! Darby goes up and over Santana to fires strikes and hit a DESTROYER! cover, TWO!! Cloverleaf leglock for a cover, but Jericho SLAPS it apart! Quen runs at Jericho, pop-up PELE! Ortiz back suplexes Quen down! Kassidy shoulders in and slingshots for a CRUCIFIX! Santana O’Conner rolls and CUTTERS Kassidy! Darby returns to throw hands on Santana! Jericho tags back in, Darby QUEBRADAS onto the champ! Cover, TWO!! Darby almost had another golden ticket, but he has to dropkick Jake Hager away! Tag and COFFIN DROP! Hager is wiped out and then Quen FLIES onto Proud ‘n’ Powerful! Kassidy is legal and climbing with Jericho down, SWANTON!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives!
Kassidy pleads with the referee but the count is what it is. Fans are all fired up again as Jericho reverses a whip, JUDAS EFFECT! Cover, The Inner Circle wins!
Winners: The Inner Circle, Jericho pinning
Just like the Jurassic Express on the Cruise of Jericho, it just takes one strike for Le Champion to end the match! Will the Inner Circle completely take over all aspects of the AEW roster? But then to teach Darby and Private Party a lesson, they attack again, 5v3! Mad ball and gut wrenches all around! Fans chant for Moxley but Jericho LASHES Darby and Quen with his title belt! Sammy Guevara grabs Darby’s own skateboard while Hager low blow knees Darby down! Jericho is so proud as Guevara uses the skateboard to SMASH Darby in the ribs! And then put the edge of the board in the throat to JAM against the mat! Darby gasps for air as fans boo and Santana mocks Darby’s skateboarding.
But the Inner Circle still isn’t done! They want to end Darby for sure! But Moxley returns with a BAT! Moxley swings for the fences on each of the Inner Circle members! Jericho gets clear with his world title but Moxley keeps Darby safe. Fans are thunderous for their fellow Ohioan, but will things explode when Moxley takes that title from Y2J?
A great episode for AEW here. The only thing I have to say is that TNT still needs to learn to actually watch the show before cutting away. We actually missed the moment of impact for that DDT from Sabian to Cody. But those little miscues aside, all the action was great. Cody VS Sabian with all the managerial interjections was good, and boy did Cody thrash Sabian around with those Cross Rhodes. The lashing comes before the steel cage match even though I would’ve thought it was the other way around. Either way, that will be some vicious stuff which will make for good television. I do like the blending of stories again as Hangman and Omega help the Bucks against MJF’s mercenaries. Bucks VS Butcher & Blade was a pretty good match, and next week’s massive 8 Man is going to be incredible. I also like that Hangman is becoming more of a mean drunk than anything, being so passive aggressive towards his friends. Maybe Hangman costs them the match because he wants to do it all himself.
Nyla VS Swole was another match hurt by technical difficulties, but it was still really good. Swole looked great even in losing to Nyla, but Nyla is now back on top of the rankings. Britt has another passive aggressive promo of her own, though I do admit she has a point about JR needing to get roster names right. Baker VS Sakazaki will be a good match, but I feel like Britt wins to make an example of a Stardom wrestler to parallel Riho. I feel like Britt’s still on a roll that’ll lead to her becoming champion at Revolution to really heap on some heat. And now that I think about it, where are the Nightmare Collective? Are they going to wait to go after Britt given the beef Brandi has with the “wrestling groupie”?
SCU had a really good match with TH2, and their part in the Dark Order story continues to take shape. I wonder if their eventual showdown also brings about tag title contenders. Moxley and the Inner Circle do great again tonight. The Six Man Tag was a great main event but naturally Inner Circle wins. Jericho is building momentum for Revolution but as I said in the previous episode, I think Jericho loses to then transfer into this budding Trios Division AEW has. Honestly, I’m excited to see what the Inner Circle can do with that story, and what those belts will look like.
My Score: 9/10
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/ Jose the Assistant VS Christopher Daniels; 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/ Jose the Assistant VS Christopher Daniels!
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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