Happy Birthday, Dear AEW!
One year ago today, the company known as All Elite Wrestling was born! Now, on AEW’s anniversary, we celebrate with action!
- Private Party VS Kenny Omega & Hangman Page; Omega & Page win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Kris Statlander; Riho wins and retains the AEW Women’s World Championship.
- Christopher Daniels VS Sammy Guevara; Guevara wins.
- The Rhodes Brothers VS The Lucha Brothers; The Rhodes win.
- Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Best Friends & Orange Cassidy; Jurassic Express wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Elite is back on track!
The American Nightmare won thanks to his new coach, Arn Anderson, and The Elite, Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks, banded together to take down the Bastard and the Lucha Brothers! The only thing missing is that Hangman Adam Page didn’t want to hang out with his friends. Is the Elite (not) fine?
But there’s another question floating around. Is Moxley going to join up with the Inner Circle? Chris Jericho made him an amazing offer, but Moxley respects Y2J too much to not give his answer in person. And now, that time has come! What will his answer to Le Champion be?
AEW honors the wrestling legends of Memphis!
And that starts with having one of the great Memphis commentators, Dave Brown, join Tony Schiavone, Excalibur and good ol’ JR on commentary tonight!
Private Party VS Kenny Omega & Hangman Page!
Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy took offense to the Problem Solver being a party crasher in their bar. Hangman may have a drinking problem, but will teaming with the Cleaner again be the solution? Or will he have to drown his sorrows at the bottom of another bottle?
The teams sort out, and Hangman takes on Quen, just as he wanted to last week. The two circle as fans fire up for “Cowboy Sh*t!” Quen and Hangman tie up, Hangman wristlocks and wrenches but Quen rolls and reverses. Quen wrenches but Hangman rolls to break free and snapmare Quen down. Things speed up and Hangman runs Quen over! Things keep moving, Hangman stops short but Quen jumps. Hangman handsprings but Quen dodges the boot! Fans fire up and Hangman does some square dancing. He kicks Quen then CHOPS! Hangman brings Quen up to suplex but Quen slips out to dropkick! Quen tags Kassidy and Kassidy climbs. Double stomp and then a dropkick to Omega! Quen snap suplexes and Kassidy covers, TWO!
Kassidy drags Hangman up to bring back over, and shouts “TWELVE DOLLARS!” before he CHOPS. Kassidy is upset Hangman didn’t pay for that drink as he tags Quen. Private Party double whips Hangman, then atomic drops to a squealing enziguri! Leg sweep, and “SAY CHEESE!” Double stomps out of the camel clutch! Fans are divided as Quen covers, TWO! Quen drags Hangman around and stomps at the ropes. Tag to Kassidy and Private Party double whips. Hangman breaks through the clothesline to run Kassidy over, and snap suplex Quen onto Kassidy! Fans fire up, Hangman tags to Omega! Fans explode as Omega come sin, but he asks for silence. Hangman CHOPS Kassidy, and Omega CHOPS Kassidy, and Kassidy squeals each time!
CHOP, squeal, CHOP, squeal. Hangman fakes Kassidy out and Omega CHOPS Kassidy on the back! Hangman and Omega high five, and then Omega scoops Kassidy for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but Omega drags him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Hangman and Hangman grinds forearms into Kassidy. Kassidy fights out with elbows but Hangman kicks low. Hangman whips and kitchen sink knees Kassidy down! Then he sucker punches Quen! Hangman goes back to Kassidy to tag in Omega. They bring Kassidy up for more CHOPS, then double whip. Kassidy slides out to the apron, Hangman runs over but is dumped out, and Kassidy enziguris Omega! Hangman anchors Kassidy but gets kicked away, Omega CHOPS Kassidy again!
Omega goes to bump Kassidy but Kassidy bumps him on the buckles. Then a slingshot Complete Shot! Fans rally up as both men are down but stirring. Omega and Kassidy hot tag Quen and Hangman! Quen springboards to crossbody Hangman down! Hangman bails out, Quen DIVES onto Omega! Then FLIES out onto Hangman! Quen runs again to FLY onto Omega! And then FOSBURY FLOPS on Hangman! Fans cheer for that amazing cardio, and Quen puts Hangman in the ring. Quen climbs up as fans cheer for “A E DUB!” 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Quen brings Hangman over, tag to Kassidy, and Private Party whips Hangman. Hangman reverses, crisscrosses Private Party, but they stay up to mule kick Hangman back. Quen gets an assist for the huricanrana, into Kassidy’s SPANISH FLY! Cover but Omega breaks it!
Fans rally as Private Party regroups in the corner. Kassidy runs at Hangman but is put on the apron. Hangman swings but Kassidy counter punches. Kassidy springboards but into a BOOT! Kassidy flounders as Quen springboards in, but Hangman catches him! FALL AWAY SLAM! Hot tag to Omega! The ref protests but Omega whips Hangman into corner clothesline Private Party! Omega hits a back elbow then feeds Quen to Hangman’s rolling Elbow! Pop-Up GERMAN! Then a pop-up BOMB! V-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Omega is shocked but he won’t let up just yet. Omega drags Kassidy around and takes aim. BANG and Omega runs, but Quen intercepts, only to get a SNAP DRAGON! Omega reloads, but Kassidy dropkicks his legs out! Kassidy takes aim and shimmy shakes, but Omega throws him out. SILLY STRING DDT!! Cover, TWO!!
Memphis is thunderous, “This is Awesome!” and just the first match! Omega stirs but Kassidy tags Quen. Quen climbs up as Omega is in the drop zone, SHOOTING STAR FLOPS! Omega tags in Hangman, then boots Kassidy off the apron. Omega drags Quen up, slingshot but Quen gets clear! We almost have another Buckshot misfire but Hangman stops himself in time! Quen knocks Hangman into Omega! Then he throws forearm “SHOTS! SHOTS!” but gets a BOOT and a V-TRIGGER! And a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Quen still lives but Hangman looks to end it. Hangman drags Quen up, tags Omega, and Omega hops up as Hangman Electric Chair lifts Quen. Kassidy runs in to save Quen, and they double dropkick Hangman into Omega! GIN ‘N’ JUICE!! Cover, but Hangman breaks it just in time!
Memphis is thunderous again as Kassidy runs at Hangman. Hangman dodges and clotheslines him out but Quen gives him more forearm “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Omega grabs Quen, blocks the boot and flips Quen, but Quen uses that to PELE Hangman! Omega realizes what he’s done but Quen is on him with forearm “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Quen spins into a V-TRIGGER! And then Omega and Hangman line it up, V-TRIGGER BUCKSHOT SANDWICH! Fans are losing their minds, but now Omega Electric Chairs Quen, ONE-WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Omega & Page win!!
Winners: Omega & Page, Omega pinning
Winning fixes all things, and that seems true for the Cleaner and the Cowboy! Will these two continue to teaming together and become a new force in the AEW Tag Division?
PAC is attacking Michael Nakazawa AGAIN!
The Bastard has him in the Brutalizer stretch! Referees and security try to pull PAC off but he wants everyone to see it on their screens! “Kenny!! YOU did this, Kenny!!” Kenny’s cowardice has cost Nakazawa his health! Pac wants his rematch! Or this will only continue to happen to those Kenny cares for! Hangman tells Omega to go after Pac and that is what he does! Will Omega make Pac pay for this?
AEW is picture in picture…
And Hangman has another drink already. He cheers the fans as he heads out, but is this just that drinking problem rearing it’s ugly head again? Hangman chugs that drink down, then has fans lining up to give him more! Hangman appreciates that from the fans, and even high-fives them. Especially the guy with the big sign. Hangman chugs that one, then gets another drink before heading to the back.
AEW Women’s World Championship: Riho VS Kris Statlander!
Brandi Rhodes joins commentary to watch, as she and her Nightmare Collective have been heavily invested in recruiting the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien. Though, Brandi isn’t really for playing along with the gimmick. But will Kris become even greater all on her own? Or will the Wrestling Idol find another way to come away with the title?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Riho dodges Kris a few times then kicks her low. Kris blocks the whip but Riho throws forearms over and over. Riho whips, Kris runs her over and covers, but Riho slips out! Riho runs to dropkick Kris down! Riho headlocks but Kris powers up to power out. Kris sweeps legs but misses her handspring leg drop. Riho baits Kris itno a corner to boot her, then huricanranas! Kris ends up on ropes and Riho builds speed, dial it up! The 619 is blocked! Kris fireman’s carries and spins, but Riho arm-drags out! Riho dodges and runs, into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! And then Kris makes it a torture rack across her knee! Cover, TWO! Riho survives and AEW goes picture in picture.
Kris drags Riho up to scoop, but Riho flails as Kris carries her around with one arm! Then no hands! Kris slams Riho down then covers, TWO! But Kris keeps on Riho with a chinlock. Kris grinds Riho down but Riho fights her way up. Kris leans on Riho but Riho fights up. Kris clubs Riho then whips her to a corner hard. Kris runs corner to corner, but Riho meets her halfway to victory roll STOMP! Kris crawls to a corner and Riho crawls away. Riho runs back in for a big knee strike! Then reels Kris in, only for Kris to club her back. Kris puts Riho in another corner to blindside forearm! And then Electric Chair SLAM! Kris runs to SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives again but Kris goes up top.
AEW returns to single picture as Kris MOONSAULST but FLOPS! Riho Northern Lights! Bridge, TWO! Brandi is only mildly impressed. Riho climbs up top for herself but Kris SHORYUKENS! Kris climbs up and has Riho for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! Brandi is not amused by the pandering but fans are loving the show of strength. A standing count begins but here comes Awesome Kong and Melanie Cruise! Brandi acts like she has no idea what is going on. Kris drags Riho up but Riho forearms away. Kris shoves and boots to uppercut and run. Riho follows to knee then run, but Kris BOOTS her down! Kris drags Riho up and scoops to put her up top, but Riho slips out to be on the apron. Riho blocks and counter punches before climbing up. But Melanie YANKS Riho down! Then throws her into railing!
Fans boo and Brandi acts shocked and upset. But Kris DIVES onto Melanie Cruise! Fans fire up as Kris gets back in the ring. Brandi excuses herself to “clean things up.” Kris DIVES onto Kong! Kris has fans fired up but here comes Brandi! Mrs. Nightmare and Kris talk, Kris says Brandi is just wasting her time. But who is that slithering out from under the ring?! Kris goes to punch Brandi but she’s stopped by this mystery man! This man is known as Luthor, the Japanese Death Match legend! And he feeds Kris to Kong’s LARIAT! Fans boo as Kong drags Kris up and into the ring. Brandi applauds Luthor’s timing. The referee did not see any of this, Riho climbs up top to aim at Kris. But then she LEAPS onto Luthor! Riho will not win this way!
Fans fire up for Riho as she climbs up top again, and leaps! Kris gets clear of the stops but Riho dodges the discus to roll her up, TWO! Kris kicks and lifts Riho high overhead! But Riho slips out to crucifix DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives being folded up but fans are firing up. Riho runs in, but Kris ducks the Meteora to LARIAT! Then she drags Riho up, scoop and spin, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!?! Riho survives the end of the galaxy, but Kris scoops her again. Melanie distracts the ref, Kong trips Kirs! Riho doesn’t realize as she covers, Riho wins!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall; still AEW Women’s World Champion
No one knows how to feel about this, other than that they boo the Nightmare Collective! And then Kong LARIATS Kris! Riho isn’t sure what to do as Kong mauls Kris. Riho works up the courage to attack back! But Melanie clubs Riho and throws big forearms! Hikaru Shida runs in to help! Shida saves Kris and Riho, but Britt Baker thought different. Britt stays in her seat, and now even Big Swole and Sunny Kiss run out to reinforce Kris and Riho! Has a line been drawn in the sand?
AEW profiles Superbad, Kip Sabian.
Kip’s so bad, he took the Bad Girl away from the Bad Boy, Joey Janela. And Penelope Ford has been an asset immediately, hitting anyone around with headscissors and crossbodies. There’s some sex appeal back in this “loser infested” company. Why be bad when you can be Superbad?
Christopher Daniels VS Sammy Guevara!
The Fallen Angel wants to show that he’s still got it, especially after an embarrassingly bad Arabian Press. But he got back in the ring with SoCal Uncensored as part of AEW Dark’s Homecoming, so can he do it again on his own? Or will the Inner Circle’s Spanish God put an end to the comeback?
AEW returns and Sammy G makes his entrance, not vlogging for once. Th bell rings and Sammy circles with Daniels. They tie up and fans rally for “S C U!” as Sammy wristlocks and hammerlocks. Daniels reaches back to headlock but Sammy powers out. Daniels runs Sammy over and then things speed up. Sammy hurdles and back flips over Daniels, but runs into an arm-drag! Daniels cranks on the armlock but Sammy puts him in a corner. Sammy knees low and swaggers about. Fans boo as Sammy whips, but Daniels dodges and shoves to arm-drag Sammy again. Scoop and slam and Sammy goes to ropes. Daniels puts Sammy in a corner to CHOP and CHOP and whip. Sammy uses the ref as a shield then sucker punches Daniels down!
Sammy hops up and double STOMPS Daniels down! Cover, TWO! Sammy kicks Daniels while he’s down, then taunt him before double stomping him down. Cover, TWO but Sammy fireman’s carries Daniels. Sammy does squats and Samoan Drops, then covers, TWO! Sammy grows annoyed but he stands on Daniels at the ropes. The ref counts, Sammy shows off as he back flips and backward struts. Then he kicks Daniels against the ropes! Sammy wraps on a chinlock but Daniels endures. Fans rally up and Daniels gets to his feet. Daniels fights out but Sammy boots, only to be blocked. Daniels spins Sammy but Sammy heel kicks him down! Sammy goes up top and aims at Daniels, but has to bail out of his 450. Daniels gets Sammy for an EXPLODER! A rough landing and both men are down.
Fans rally up and Daniels brings Sammy up. Sammy throws a haymaker but Daniels gives it back. Sammy boots and CHOPS then whips, but Daniels reverses to back drop! And dropkick! And clothesline! Daniels drags Sammy up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO but Daniels calls for his favorite. Underhooks and lift, but Sammy back drops. Daniels sunset flips, Sammy slips through to knee! And standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Sammy keeps his cool as he whips Daniels. Daniels reverses to backslide, TWO, Sammy jackknifes. TWO, and double clotheslines take both men out! Fans rally up again as both men slowly stand.
Sammy puts Daniels in a corner and rams his shoulders in. Sammy puts Daniels up top and climbs, but Daniels fights back. Fans troll with “Sammy’s Wedgie!” and Daniels shoves Sammy off the top! Sammy flips to land on his feet, then comes back but misses in the corner. Daniels adds to the wedgie with an URENAGE! “Hey amigo!” Pentagon is talking trash from the stage! He wants to see if Daniels can do you-know-what. Daniels hesitates and runs into Sammy’s BOOT. Sammy mule kicks from behind and covers, Sammy WINS!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Pentagon laughs at Daniels as the Fallen Angel loses to the Spanish God! Will Daniels ever get over that botch?
Oh no… The Dark Order is here! Evil Uno and Stu Grayson are followed by their top tier Creepers, the Beaver Boys, as well as the purple mask wearing Creeper from before. And they’re here to recruit the Fallen Angel! One of the very best wrestlers in AEW, and perhaps the world. Daniels’ fingerprints are all over modern pro-wrestling. And this might seem out of the ordinary, but if not for meeting Daniels 15 years ago, Uno might not be who he is today. However, the AEW Faithful do not share the same high opinion. “You see, Chris, they do not believe in you anymore.” Fans disagree, they do love him! Oh boo all they want, the fans are the ones saying Daniels has lost a step. But Uno wants Daniels to know this: “I can help you.” He can make Daniels the man he once was. By offering him a Creeper mask!
Fans chant for “S C U!” but SCU is the past! Be one with the Dark Order! Daniels takes the mask, but fans tell him not to put it on! Daniels throws it in Uno’s face! And he fights the Creepers! But that’s one man too many! Here come SCU! And the Young Bucks! They all want payback for the last time the Dark Order went after them! SCU and the Bucks clear the ring! Stu Grayson gets back up and fights them all?! He really is crazy. The Creepers save their captain, but Scorpio Sky FLIES out onto them! Alex Reynolds staggers up from the corner, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! And Daniels hits the URENAGE! Pentagon wanted to see something, now we’ll all see the BEST! MOONSAULT! EVER! Direct hit! The Bucks toss Reynolds and AEW goes picture in picture.
The Dark Order regroups on the ramp, but Evil Uno seems only mildly upset. We have a stand-off as the Dark Order takes their leave, but when will this fight for the soul of AEW begin again?
The Rhodes Brothers w/ Arn Anderson VS The Lucha Brothers!
For the first-time-ever, Cody & Dustin go against Pentagon & Fenix! But with all the issues they have with MJF and the Inner Circle, will the American Nightmare and the Natural be able to focus? Or will #CeroMiedo take over and rise up the rankings?
The teams sort out and Cody starts against Pentagon. Fans are fired up already as the bell rings. Cody watches Pentagon swagger about. Pentagon takes off the glove with much fanfare, and tosses it to Fenix. Touchdown! “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon shoves it in Cody’s face, Cody kicks and Rhodes Uppercuts! Cody whips but Pentagon comes back to tuck Cody in! Cody slips out of the Package to dragon sleeper! Pentagon resists Cross Rhodes so Cody shoves him at his corner. Fenix tags in, springboards over Cody and kicks. Cody ducks, tags in Dustin, and Dustin kicks to Rhodes Uppercut! Dustin runs but his bulldog is denied, so Dustin back suplexes instead. Fenix lands on his feet to somersault but the cutter is denied. Dustin blocks the mule kick to tag Cody. Pentagon tags in, and the pair of brothers stare down!
The ref keeps the peace, the teams back off, but Fenix cheap shot SUPERKICKS Cody! Pentagon sucker punches Dustin to stomp Cody down! Pentagon swaggers about then dares Cody to get up. Pentagon KICKS Cody’s leg as fans chant “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon clubs and fireman’s carries but Cody slips out to SUPERKICK him! Tag to Dustin, and Dustin rallies with clotheslines. Pentagon puts Dustin on the apron and enziguris hard! Fenix DIVES to take Dustin down! Fenix puts Dustin in fast, Pentagon is up top and DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Pentagon drags Dustin up and CHOPS Dustin against the ropes! Dustin doubles over but Pentagon wrenches and tags to Fenix. Fenix KICKS Dustin’s leg then KICKS so hard, Dustin falls over! Dustin clutches his leg while Fenix talks trash to Cody. Fenix KICKS the leg again! And again! And then whips Dustin corner to corner. Dustin can’t even run the whole way! Fenix mocks Dustin’s pain before raining down right hands on him. Fenix tags in Pentagon and they have Dustin in their corner. Fenix holds the leg out for Pentagon to KICK! Dustin falls down and Pentagon stands between him and Cody.
Pentagon drags Dustin up to KICK the leg again! Dustin reaches but Pentagon keeps between him and Cody again. Pentagon KICKS the leg again and Dustin hobbles and falls into enemy territory. Pentagon stretches the bad leg out to stomp the thigh! Tag to Fenix and Fenix has Dustin outside to KICK against the barriers. Fenix puts Dustin in then clamps on with armlocks. Fenix clubs Dustin down but fans rally up. Fenix facelocks and tags Pentagon. The Lucha Brothers mug Dustin then “CERO! MIEDO!” Dustin fights out! Dustin reaches but Pentagon KICKS the leg out! Pentagon wags his finger at Cody before going back to Dustin.
AEW returns to single picture as Pentagon drags Dustin up and hangs the leg out on the ropes. Pentagon KICKS it again, and then plays dumb as to why the ref is reprimanding him. Dustin throws body shots to back Pentagon off, but again Pentagon kicks the leg out! Pentagon tags Fenix and Fenix whips Pentagon in. Dustin puts Penaton on the apron and BOOTS Fenix back! And again! Dustin uppercuts Pentagon, then uppercuts Fenix. Dustin keeps throwing hands, and then throws Fenix out! Dustin falls over but fans fire up! Wait, Fenix has a chair! Fenix lurks, but Arn takes the chair away! Fenix and Pentagon glare at the Enforcer, but he’s doing his job as the coach. Dustin is up and hobbles, Fenix runs at him for a SPINE BUSTER! Arn is proud of that one!
Fans are thunderous now as Dustin fires himself up! Dustin crawls for his corner, as does Fenix. Hot tags to Pentagon and CODY! Cody runs in but Pentagon is ready, Fenix sends Cody up top Pentagon! Only for Cody to SUPER STEINER Penta! Cody baits Fenix in, goes up and over and hits the spinning powerslam! Then Cody DIVES out onto Pentagon! Cody has Fenix with a BOOT! Fans rally as Cody puts Fenix in the corner for a rain of right hands! Cody gets all the way up to 10! Off comes the weight belt! And fans are thunderous as he tosses it to the back rows! Cody drags Fenix up, dragon sleeper but Fenix knees out. Cody ROCKS Fenix and throws him, but Fenix tiger feints to HEEL KICK! Fenix slingshot CUTTERS!
Fenix drags Cody up, tags Pentagon, and then the Lucha Bros coordinate. “CERO! MIEDO!” but Cody powers out! Tag to Dustin, Fenix missile dropkicks him! Pentagon sets Cody up for Fenix’s tightrope Penalty Kick! Pump handle half nelson DRIVER!! Dustin staggers up into a back kick! Front kick! But he slips out of the hooks. Spinning powerslam for Pentagon! Fenix flies into the Atomic Drop! And then the DESTROYER!? Cody dodges Pentagon, top rope CODY CUTTER! Dustin has Fenix, for the FINAL RECKONING! Cover, The Rhodes Brothers win!!
Winners: The Rhodes Brothers, Dustin pinning
The #Brotherhood wins another one! They celebrate with their coach but now Tony Schiavone interviews Cody in the ring. We all know the offer MJF made, so what is Cody’s response? Does Cody accept those challenges put in front of him? Arn speaks first by saying he doesn’t know how MJF thinks he has the stroke to put down these stipulations. Who died and made him God without us knowing about it? But Arn knows that Cody wants after MJF, so the Nightmare Family will talk it over. They’ll come back with an answer next week at Bash at the Beach!
Backstage interview with Lanny Poffo!
As part of AEW honoring the Memphis wrestling legends, Alex Marvez talks with Lanny to hear stories about his father Angelo, his brother Randy, and all the other legends. The pleasure is all Lanny’s. He got to spend the day with Handsome Jimmy Valiant, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Austin Idol, and meeting all these AEW fans. Lanny is a fan, too! This place really is Dynamite! Thanks for the invite, hopefully he doesn’t overstay his welcome. To learn more about the Legends of Memphis Wrestling ceremony, tune in for AEW Dark next Tuesday, 1/14/2020, on YouTube!
MJF is here!
The Dynamite Diamond Ring-bearer, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and his muscle, Wardlow, are both back. Fans troll with their boos, jeers and signs, but MJF ignores them all. MJF intimidates Justin Roberts into kissing the ring, and takes a fan’s sign to break it and throw it away. MJF insults the Memphis legends at ringside, but they don’t back down.
AEW returns from a quick break once MJF is in the ring with a mic. “Cody Rhodes is a COWARD!” Cody is afraid to face MJF, bu because he’s the Salt of the Earth, MJF gives until the count of 10! Cody has that long to come out and face MJF like a man! MJF counts down from 10, and gets all the way to 2 before he says, “Oh right, Cody. You’re just a little B*TCH!” But instead of Cody, “It’s me, it’s me, it’s D. D. P!” Diamond Dallas Page is back! He gets in the ring with MJF and Wardlow, “BANG!” and gets a mic. DDP introduces himself as the King of Badabing and the three-time world champion hall of famer and founder of DDP Yoga. Fans chant for “Yoga! Yoga!” MJF gets bored and checks his phone.
If you’d told DDP 19 years ago that he’d be back live on TNT with the hottest new promotion on the planet, AEW, he would’ve said, “You’re smoking crack.” Yet look who’s back. Live and in public, if you weel. That was for Dusty. But to address that situation with MJF, “Motormouth Jackoff Friedman,” and his muscular manbun friend, “Wardblow,” DDP’s Twitter and Instagram have been blowin’ up! And it was just with one question: “DDP, are you coming back for One. More. Match?” Fans want to see it! But MJF has had enough! MJF tells “Dally” that in his prime, he couldn’t lace MJF’s boots! And now with his arthritis, he can’t even hold MJF’s jockstrap! Oh really?! Whoa, “Dilly Dally,” relax! MJF isn’t here to fight DDP, but maybe these guys will.
The Butcher, the Blade and the Bunny are back! The other henchmen of MJF head to the ring! MJF tells Dallas that he might be a bit senile, but WCW is dead. And that is the average age of those WCW fans. But doing the math, DDP has two options. A) he kisses the ring and gets out of this company, or B) the more fun option, honestly; MJF’s muscle puts DDP in hospis and MJF goes to one of his Diamond Dallas Daughters so that he can take her home and
“do one thing and one thing only: BANG!” DDP grabs MJF by the throat! And shoves him into Wardlow! DIAMOND CUTTER for the Butcher! But The Blade scoops DDP, only for him to slip out, spin and DIAMOND CUTTER! The Bunny, Allie, gets in the ring, but MJF runs in at DDP! DDP wants another cutter but MJF shoves DDP into Wardlow, and DDP bounces off!
DDP gets up quick but MJF LOW BLOWS! MJF tells Cody that “What’s about to happen to your mentor, that’s on you!” Fans tell MJF off but Wardlow drags DDP up. Here comes QT Marshall! And Dustin! The Nightmare (extended) Family defends DDP. MJF and his forces take their leave, boasting all the way. MJF says everyone will #KissTheRing, but Cody is still considering the challenge put forth. Will Cody be even more compelled than before to say yes?
AEW is picture in picture…
And DDP is walking fine on his own now. He has Dustin and QT with him as he goes up into the crowd to high five. DDP gives one last “BANG!” before heading out.
Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Best Friends & Orange Cassidy!
Jungle Boy made huge waves when he took Le Champion to the limit of the 10 Minute Time Limit match. Things are looking up for him, Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus, but will they turn things around in trios competition? Or will Trent, Chuckie T and #FreshlySqueezed get on a winning track of their own?
The trios sort out and JB starts with Chuckie. They tie up, Chuckie headlocks and wristlocks but JB handsprings and breaks free. Chuckie and JB tie up again, Chuckie puts JB in a corner. Chuckie honors the break but JB avoids the sucker punch. Chuckie goes up and over but comes back to arm-drag JB! Chuckie goes corner to corner, JB slips out, CHOPS and hops up to bounce, bounce and arm-drag Chuckie away! JB dropkicks Chuckie down then kips up and fans fire up! Chuckie tags to Trent, JB goes to his corner, but Marko wants in! Fans cheer and JB tags in the hometown kid! Marko paces as fans fire up. Trent isn’t so sure about Marko, so he just lets Marko get all the way fired up, before pushing him down.
Marko takes a moment to compose himself. He fires up again, and then leaps at Trent! Trent puts Marko on the top rope and pats him on the head. Marko boots Trent then leaps to huricanrana! Trent CLOBBERS Marko! Trent drags Marko up but Marko cradle counters, ONE! Marko flosses on Trent then CHOPS him! Trent just scowls so Marko tags to JB. JB waistlocks, spins and atomic drops Trent, Marko adds an enziguri! JB pump handle ripcords, splash and leg drop combo! Cover, Chuckie pulls JB off by his hair! Mark goes after Chuckie, who isn’t being much of a Kentucky Gentleman. Luchasaurus gets in and keeps Marko from going off on Best Friends. The ref keeps the peace and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and JB fights out of a facelock, only for Chuckie to hit a Falcon Arrow! Cover, but Marko breaks it up! Chuckie gets JB up and whips him to ropes, JB returns with a LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Trent and Luchasaurus! Trent runs into a CHOP, Chuckie runs into a LARIAT! Luchasaurus rallies with kick after kick on Best Friends! Luchasaurus back kicks Chuckie, ax kicks Chuckie, then flapjacks Trent! Trent flounders into the BUZZSAW! Luchasaurus runs into Chuckie’s boot bu then BOOTS Chuckie back! Luchasaurus stalks Trent to TAIL WHIP KICK! Trent flounders and tags in ORANGE CASSIDY! Fans explode as The Sloth puts his sunglasses down, and are losing their minds as Sloth meets dinosaur!
The hands are in the pockets! Shin kick! Shin kick! Shin kick!! But then Luchasaurus clamps on his claws and suplexes, but Orange STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! JB tags in, climbs up onto Luchasaurus’s shoulders, and leaps! Orange gets under to dropkick JB! And kip up! Best Friends drag out Luchasaurus, Orange NO HANDS DIVES! The Best Friends regroup in the ring… to HUG! Orange even gives a thumbs up! But JB breaks that up and German Suplexes Trent! JB runs at Chuckie to rock him with a right! Pop-up, SPEAR! Orange is up top, Sloth Splash! Cover but Marko stomps it apart! Tag to Chuckie and Best Friends have Marko. But Marko fights back, tilt-o-whirl tornado DDT to Chuckie! Marko slips around to DESTROYER on Trent!!
Fans are fired up for Jurassic Express as Marko climbs up onto Luchasaurus. “This is Awesome!” as Luchasaurus TOSSES Marko onto Trent and Orange! JB runs at Chuckie T but gets the Sexy Chuckie Knee! Chuckie drags JB up, but the bomb is countered with a huricanrana pin! JURASSIC EXPRESS WINS!!
Winners: Jurassic Express, Jungle Boy pinning
Their first-ever victory! Memphis celebrates with them as Marko flosses hard as ever! Will all this hard work and determination finally pay off?
After next week’s Bash at the Beach, Dynamite sets sail as part of Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea! And as part of it, Jurassic Express takes on the Inner Circle in Six Man Tag action! Will Le Champion and Proud ‘n’ Powerful be able to stop the momentum of Jungle Boy, Marko Stunt & Luchasaurus on the open waters?
Plus, Bash at the Beach has its first matches announced! Darby Allin and PAC will face off when Dynamite arrives in Miami! Plus, after what we saw earlier tonight, the Nightmare Collective will make a tag team debut as Awesome Kong and “Mel” take on Kris Statlander and Hikaru Shida! And not only that, but MJF joins his henchmen in the ring as he, The Butcher and The Blade take on Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall and yes, DDP! Will that #OneMoreMatch be a BANG?
Chris Jericho is here!
A big win against The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, isn’t even the biggest thing for Le Champion this week. Things could be even better if Jon Moxley accepts his offer! He, Sammy G and Jake Hager head to the ring where there is a desk and A Little Bit of the Bubbly waiting for them! Sammy has cards again since we’re picture in picture right now.
“Up next: the most important event in television history. Jon Moxley makes his decision! Will he join the Inner Circle? The Ford GT! Equal partnership! All will be his! Not since the first moon landing, Elvis in Hawaii, or… Who shot Mr. Burns, has there been this much anticipation! This much drama! (TNT) Stay tuned for The Longest Yard at 10 PM EST. Will he accept? Also… Salma Hayek, you want a booty call? Hit me (Sammy) up!” Sammy gives his accounts as AEW returns to single picture. Sammy sure goes into business for himself sometimes. But now, MOXLEY!
Moxley makes his entrance from the crowd, as usual. Jericho gives Moxley a proper introduction to the “most dynamic and intense performer in pro-wrestling today!” Jericho’s friend and protege, “Jon! Moxleeeeeeey~!” Moxley joins Jericho in the ring as the Inner Circle applauds. “this is absolutely incredible.” January 8th is always important in Memphis. And not because of Elvis’ birthday, Jericho says Elvis was a jackass and if he were here, Jericho would kick Elvis’ butt. The Beatles were better. But Jericho says that Jan. 8th is the night Moxley gives his answer. And Jericho says that the Ford GT is gassed up and ready to go. Santana & Ortiz cornered off Beale Street just for the Inner Circle, it’ll be a great night of partying! “And none of you,” the fans, are invited. So the moment of truth! Is Moxley joining the Inner Circle?
Moxley has a mic and says, “I’ve had a lot to think about this week. ANd thee’s a lot more that went into this decision than you people probably think.” Fans might think they know what makes Moxley tick, or Moxley’s motivations. The truth is, we don’t. Jericho doesn’t, either, though. Moxley was offered a car, money, and 49% ownership in the LLC. But Moxley doesn’t want any of that! He didn’t come to AEW because someone backed a truck of money up in front of his house. Moxley can’t be bought! Moxley is in AEW to dominate! To run roughshod over wrestling, and so he says… YES. WHAT?! That sure didn’t sound like where he was going. Moxley unzips the jacket to reveal an Inner Circle shirt!
Jericho is ecstatic as Moxley says he is here to dominate! And there is no more powerful, dangerous and influential force here than Inner Circle, and he stands with them! Jericho of course rubs this in the fans’ faces, “You idiots didn’t believe meeeeee~!” Moxley says that if you want to be great, you learn from the greats. The pea-brains won’t admit it, but the truth is that Moxley believes in his heart that Jericho is the greatest of all time! Moxley stands with Jericho, surrounds himself with greatness, and they will dominate AEW for YEARS TO COME! The only thing left is to pop open the Bubbly! And that’s exactly what they do! Jericho proclaims that 2020 is the Year of the Inner Circle! Spray the Bubbly! Cheer for this! Play some music!
The celebration begins as the boys shower themselves in Bubbly! “This is the beginning of the Inner Circle taking over AEW!” All the fans can shut up and watch. Fans say Jericho sucks? Moxley wants that guy to say that to his face! Moxley stands up for Le Champion, but then he remembers something. Jericho does still owe Moxley one thing. Oh right, the car! Here, here. The Ford GT, worth $750 THOUSAND, more than every fan in this audience combined, is now Moxley’s. Registration, license plate, the whole thing! Mox likes the sound of that. Fans chant, “You Sold Out!” Oh is that so? Moxley finally paid off his 2015 Dodge Ram and was going to “run that thing ’til the wheels fell off,” until now! Jericho says Moxley sold out. He sold out the arenas! Inner Circle makes money~! They won at Wrestle Kingdom, they’re united in AEW, and pop more Bubbly!
Fans still boo, but there’s nothing they can do. Moxley asks the music to stop fore a moment, and remembers one last thing. “Chris, my friend. I was just kidding.” What? Moxley would never join that stupid group and Jericho has nothing he wants, except the AEW World Championship. Moxley SMASHES a bottle of the Bubbly on Jericho’s head!! And then hits, PARADIGM SHIFT!! One for Sammy! Hager gets in but Moxley gets out! Moxley pulled off the biggest swerve on Jericho ever, but still has the keys to the GT! Will Moxley run roughshod all over Le Champion instead?
What a great episode! The opening match of Omega & Page VS Private Party was great, and while it was great to give us more miscommunication, it was also good that this wasn’t the moment Hangman turns on Omega. Of course, that assumes it will be a traditional turn. If Hangman keeps drinking as much as kayfabe makes it out to be, I’d love if it was more the rest of the Elite being very concerned for Hangman and trying to have an intervention for him, even if it’s only through Being the Elite and social media. Pac again going after Nakazawa, I’m surprised Bash at the Beach next week isn’t where we’re getting the tiebreaker. Maybe at AEW Revolution, as AEW will want that PPV to be as big as all the others.
I was a bit surprised the AEW Women’s Championship was second on the card, but what we got out of it was great, and obviously AEW wanted time to let this all play out. It was an interesting twist that Brandi Rhodes all but gave up on recruiting Kris Statlander, and then cost her the match. It was good character work for Britt Baker to not help Riho’s side of the fight after her venting about Riho not being as full-time as the others. Next week’s tag will be a lot of fun, as we’ll get to see Melanie Cruise in action. I also expect that if things turn into a fight again, Riho might run out to help, only for Britt to go after her. And not even because she’s joining the Nightmare Collective but because she wants after Riho for herself.
Daniels VS Guevara was good, but of course Pentagon keeps things active between him and Daniels, thereby costing Daniels. And AEW actually does some good story blending for The Dark Order to try and recruit Daniels while he’s feeling so down. The Bucks working with SCU is a good move, and now I’m thinking we get a huge 10-Man at some point, Bucks & SCU VS Uno, Grayson, Beaver Boys and mystery man in purple. The mystery man in purple needs to be revealed in that match to give us a shock, like it being Brandon Cutler, friend of the Bucks. This story of Dark Order gathering those who keep losing is very clever, so that it gives even jobbers like Reynolds & Silver a spot in a big story.
Lucha Brothers VS Rhodes Brothers was a great tag match, and it was pretty big for the Rhodes Brothers to win. Of course, it’s to keep Cody strong as things with MJF escalate. And of course, they did escalate, as DDP stands up to MJF and his team. That Six Man Tag for next week will be great, but I’m pretty sure Team MJF wins and goes to really hurt DDP to spur Cody’s answer. This is solid story telling as well as planning, and you can bet the cage match with Wardlow and that ten-belt-lashes segment are going to be big. The Six Man of Best Friends VS Jurassic Express was great, especially for Jurassic Express winning and starting to turn things around. I don’t know if AEW would get into Trios Titles so soon, but I’m hoping Jurassic Express at least finds their way back to the World Tag titles after things sort out with SCU and Dark Order.
And last but far from least, that main event segment with Moxley and the Inner Circle! We got another great cue card promo from Sammy, great verbal promos from Jericho and Moxley, and what a great double fake! Moxley makes us think he’s saying no only to say yes, and then that celebration went on for the right amount of time to make us think it was real. I was waiting for Moxley to turn things back, so it wasn’t completely unpredictable, but it was still done perfectly to trick Jericho. For the time they were milking it, I was starting to think how they could take the story of Heel Moxley with Jericho, but that story would stretch past Revolution to perhaps their Chicago PPV in the summer. Plus, fans love Moxley too much to make him Heel just by “selling out,” so this was the right move done in a genius way.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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