AEW Dynamite is Mile High!
The NEW AEW World Champion is in action! Will Jon Moxley and Darby Allin break the Inner Circle in a two-for-one Revolution rematch?
- 8 Man Tag: Colt Cabana & SoCal Uncensored VS The Dark Order; Cabana & SCU win.
- Big Swole VS Leva Bates w/ Peter Avalon; Swole wins.
- PAC VS Chuck Taylor w/ Best Friends; PAC wins.
- Jake Hager w/ Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS QT Marshall w/ Dustin & Brandi; Hager wins.
- Jon Moxley & Darby Allin VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara; Jericho & Guevara win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The NEW AEW World Champion is here!
Nothing changes just because he has the belt now! Jon Moxley still comes out through the crowd and even takes an extra lap around to make sure everyone sees him holding the title. Moxley gets in the ring and Denver is thunderous as he gets a mic. They also chant, “You Deserve It!”
“You see this belt right here? This is the AEW World Championship.” It’s beautiful, isn’t it? And it’s beautiful because what it represents, what the three letters on it represent is PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. “The sport that I love! The sport that I have dedicated my life to!” This belt never belonged to Chris Jericho. Hell, it doesn’t even belong to Moxley. This belt belongs to the fans. The fans in the building, the fans watching at home around the world, the fans that willed AEW into existence! All the fans that wanted something different, something better. “WE brought pro-wrestling back!” Denver cheers in agreement.
So Moxley vows to defend this belt with his life. “I will crawl through any hell to defend this belt. I will climb any mountain to defend this belt.” There is not a man in the entire industry to take this belt out of Moxley’s cold, dead hands! But if you want to try, step up and try. You’ll get knocked out, choked out, dropped on your head, it’s all the same to Mox. But Mox knows it isn’t over between him and the Inner Circle. They went after his eye, they wanted to take his career, and watching Mox with the belt is like acid burning in Jerich’s mouth. Moxley knows the Inner Circle will be gunning for him so he has a message for them all: “I dare you.”
Speaking of, here they come! Fans sing along with Judas as Jericho leads Ortiz, Santana, Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager on stage. Jericho has a mic but takes a moment to soak up the fans singing for him. Moxley paces as Jericho says, “Let me just start out by saying that I don’t need a damn belt to be Le Champion.” Fans say, “Yes You Do!” What a bunch of idiots, they can’t even chant in unison. So maybe they should shut up and let him say what he has to say. But Moxley’s proclamation is very daring. Typical Mox, even. A maverick, a rebel, “more guts than brains,” Lunatic Fringe. It all paid off because now the Moxley Era begins. Fans like that, right? “YES!” Jericho doesn’t, it already sucks ass. Fans tell Jericho, “You Suck Ass!”
Jericho continues by saying that the reason it sucks, is that along with everyone here in “Dumpy Broomfield,” Moxley’s championship win was based on a lie. Moxley cheated and lied! Jericho spent three months training to face a one-eyed man. The fact Moxley saw out of both eyes is not an action worthy of a champion! That makes Moxley a “snake oil salesman,” a Pharisee, and a cheater! And by proxy, the fans are all liars! Fans boo because they disagree. But since Mox won unfairly, he turned the Inner Circle from good natured and good looking guys into “a damn hit squad.” Fans call BS.
But Jericho says it is official: the entire AEW roster is on notice! It doesn’t matter if your the Librarian, Michael Nakazawa or Jon Moxley. They are going to tear everyone apart, hurt them, and Moxley is first. After tonight’s main event, Moxley & Darby VS Le Champion & the Spanish God, Jericho promises that Moxley will not walk out of the ring under his own power. Moxley will not leave “this dumb state” of his own volition. And Jericho is so sure of it, that if Moxley does survive, Jericho will take a leave of absence for 30 days. No, for 60 days! Jericho reminds Moxley that he always has a plan, and Moxley isn’t as smart as he thinks he is.
Is that so? Well no one said Moxley was a genius. But he’s sick of hearing Jericho talk. Moxley will do what he did at Revolution, except just here in Colorado! And he’ll make sure to send Jericho packing for 60 days looking like a “stupid son of a bitch!” The bet has been made, but will Jericho have to eat his words?
8 Man Tag: Colt Cabana & SoCal Uncensored VS The Dark Order!
BOOM BOOM! Chicago’s hero came to the rescue of Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian during the AEW Revolution Buy-In. Both he and Christopher Daniels said on a special edition of AEW Dark that they’d make sure to expose Evil Uno and Stu Grayson as frauds, but will it be so easy?
AEW is picture in picture as Cabana and SCU hear the roar of the crowd while giving out some high fives and fist bumps. AEW returns to single picture as The Dark Order makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Grayson starts against Cabana. Fans are on Cabana’s side as he circles with Grayson. Grayson rushes Cabana but Cabana dodges to CHOP! Cabana whips but Grayson reverses, only for Cabana to go up and under. Cabana eggs Grayson on, baits him in and trips him up to a cover! ONE, but Cabana CHOPS again! Grayson CHOPS back and Cabana CHOPS, too! Cabana headlocks but Grayson powers out to leap over, but Cabana tilt-o-whirl headscissors him down!
Fans fire up but Uno rushes Cabana! The Dark Order blows up the SCU corner then puts Cabana in theirs. Tag to Uno and the Dark Order commanders double whip. Uno elbows Cabana and feeds him to Grayson’s forearms. Cover, TWO! Uno headlocks and feeds Cabana to the Beaver Boys’ boots. Tag to John Silver and he throws European Uppercuts. Silver whips, but Daniels saves Cabana with a waistlock at the ropes. Cabana elbows Silver back then scoop slams him down. Tag to Daniels, Daniels tags to Kaz, then Daniels slingshots for the elbow drop. Kaz tags Scorpio before he slingshot leg drops, then Scorpio slingshots splashes! SCU blows up the Dark Order’s corner now!
Scorpio whips Silver to the SCU corner and runs in for a back elbow. Daniels hits a forearm, Cabana hits the Flying Apple, and Kaz finishes with the swinging dropkick! Fans fire up for “S C U!” as they and Cabana go back to their corner. Scorpio kicks away on Silver, whips him to ropes and dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Scorpio drags Silver up, tags Daniels and Daniels clubs Silver. Daniels puts Silver in an open corner but Silver powers him to the opposite confrere. Silver rams his shoulder in and again, then runs corner to corner. Daniels puts Silver outside, ducks him and clobbers him! Reynolds distracts the ref while Uno anchors Daniels’ feet! Grayson blindsides Daniels with a forearm!
Fans boo as Daniels is whipped into the post! Grayson taunts Scorpio while Uno puts Daniels in. Silver drags Daniels up and puts him in the corner. Uno tags in and stomps a mudhole into Daniels. Tag to Grayson but fans rally up as he stomps a mudhole into Daniels. The ref backs Grayson off, and the rest of the Dark Order chokes Daniels! Fans boo as AEW goes picture in picture.
Grayson tags Reynolds and Reynolds drags Daniels out for a cover. TWO, but Reynolds throws crossface forearms. Reynolds stomps Daniels on the face then chokes him on the ropes. Tag to Grayson and Grayson tags Uno. They both choke Daniels on the rope! The ref backs them off but Uno soaks up the jeers. Daniels fights back with haymakers! Uno blocks the boot and hands it to the ref to then hit a neckbreaker! Tag to Grayson and Uno sidewalk scoops Daniels, Grayson adds his elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Grayson keeps between Daniels and SCU to put Daniels in the corner. Tag to Silver and they both stomp away on Daniels.
Silver snapmares Daniels then boots him down. Silver kicks away on Daniels, then tags Uno in. Uno mugs Daniels in the corner and stomps another mudhole in! He grinds his boot into Daniels’ head as AEW returns to single picture. Reynolds taunts Daniels, “You should’ve joined!” Reynolds tags in and then tags in Silver. Daniels fights off the Beaver Boys! But he’s put in the corner for a roundhouse, rolling elbow, enziguri, stunner and GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Daniels survives that Beaver Boy blitzkrieg! Tag to Grayson as fans rally up, and Grayson stalks up behind Daniels. Torture rack but Daniels slips out to a headlock! Grayson elbows and enziguris back, but runs into a Complete Shot!
Fans rally up as Daniels and Grayson crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kaz and Reynolds! The Heavy Metal Rebel rallies with lariats but Reynolds reverses the whip. Kaz hits big flying forearms! He gets Silver with the guillotine leg drop! Reynolds staggers into a waistlock but standing switches. Kaz switches but Reynolds bucks him off. Kaz scoops Reynolds for a slam! Silver runs in to get a scoop slam! Kaz stacks the Beaver Boys for a springboard leg drop! That’s a two-for-one special! Fans fire up but Uno clobbers Kaz down! Cabana, Daniels and Scorpio rush in to go after Uno and the rest, and now it’s just chaos! The Dark Order bring up Cabana and SCU, but only Cabana gets thrown out! The SCU have Uno all alone!
Uno turns around to realize this, and he gets mugged! That’s 3v1 on Uno! Grayson gets in to save Uno, as do the Beaver boys. Grayson gets POSTED! Silver is thrown out, Reynolds gets a back elbow. The Addiction work together for the knuckle lock STOMP! Daniels DIVES onto Grayson! Kaz slingshots Reynolds in for a cutter! Cover, but Silver breaks it! Scorpio ROCKS Silver but Uno BOOTS Scorpio! Uno and Silver work together to bring Kaz up, but Kaz slips out of the back suplex. Tag to Cabana! Cabana elbows Uno down then jabs away on Silver! Cabana flips, flops and gets an eye poke! Uno and Silver double whip Cabana but he ducks the handles for a QUEBRADA!
Fans are thunderous but Reynolds rolls Cabana! TWO, and Reynolds whips. Cabana elbows Reynolds back, Scorpio makes Reynolds straddle the top rope. Kaz double dropkicks Uno and Silver out! Cabana has Reynolds while Scorpio FLIES to take out the rest of the Order! Cabana gives Reynolds the Chicago Skyline to SUPERMAN CLUTCH! Cover, Cabana & SCU win!!
Winners: Colt Cabana & SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall
But Uno shouts, “No no! NO! This is not how this was supposed to go!” The Exalted One will be furious! When he arrives, “heads will roll!” Daniels says it won’t be theirs! Will the Exalted One show himself? Or is this just another smokescreen the Dark Order is putting up?
Britt Baker joins commentary.
She brought Tony Schiavone some coffee! Label out, of course. The Doctor’s been feeling pretty good given a recent win streak. Will she feel good about what’s up next?
Big Swole VS Leva Bates w/ Peter Avalon!
Aerial Monroe stood up to The Native Beast before Revolution but the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien took her shot first. Nyla Rose retained and now the chase is on again. Will Swole silence the Librarian as winter gives way to spring?
The bell rings and Swole circles with Leva. They tie up and Swole shoves Leva down. Avalon gives Leva a book to give to Swole, but Swole throws it away! Leva is upset and she SLAPS Swole! Avalon is also shouting from the apron but Swole is getting angry. Swole rushes Leva but she dodges and Avalon gets the BOOT! Leva SMACKS Swole with a hard back book and hits a BACKSTABBER! Swole staggers up but she still catches Leva for a SLAM! Then a KNEE! Swole runs to a corner but Leva puts her on the apron. Swole ROUNDHOUSES back, then says “GET OVER HERE!” with the step-in STUNNER! Fans fire up as Swole dead lifts Leva, spins her out, DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
Baker is not impressed. For Baker, it is the ratings that matter. But will Swole move up in the rankings to get her shot before Baker?
Cody Rhodes is here!
Though he did not win at Revolution, the fans still love him! What will the American Nightmare have to say about his defeat at the hands of MJF? We’ll find out when AEW returns from break.
AEW returns as Cody gets himself a mic. “I don’t know if I want to broach the subject of what it feels like personally to lose to MJF.” But what it means professionally is that you work your whole career to get on a PPV card, the actual card. That is guaranteed money. When you win, that is a PPV bonus. Or as good ol’ JR has put it, “the winner’s share of the purse.” What was once professional became personal between Cody and MJF but became professional again. The lashes, the loss, the ring, the only way Cody can be comfortable with it is if MJF comes out right now, looks Cody in the eye and tells him he won “fair and square.”
Wait, that isn’t MJF. That’s JAKE THE SNAKE!? Jake Roberts is on AEW!! He goes to the ring and everyone loses their minds! Jake clearly missed being in a ring because he takes a moment to hold the ropes and feel a turnbuckle pad. Cody hands over his mic as fans chant “Jake The Snake!” Jake hates to “spoil the party, but damn man, I got tired of listening to you cry and bitch.” Ouch. Jake never cried over one match in his career, and Cody is going to let “that little punk son of a bitch” get Cody down? He whipped Cody like a dog then kicked his ass at Revolution! Handed it right to him. But that’s not why Jake’s here. Oh, right, of course, “Hail mighty Caesar.” But Jake isn’t here to praise Cody, he’s here to slay Cody.
Jake tells Cody that the only reason Jake is here because he has a client. “The dark side will be coming to AEW.” And once they take root, it will be a phoenix rising from the ashes, soaring to the sun! Twenty years it’s been. Twenty years to get clean and to get right. “And by God, I earned it!” If anyone thinks for one minute that Jake will be a nice guy and play right, you’ve got another thing coming! For years, Jake put a snake in a bag just to make someone think about it. And when you let that get in your head, you ended up in the palm of Jake’s hand and he spanked your ass. Jake will be outside when his client faces Cody. Bring “that one trick pony” Arn with you!
But “Caesar,” you should know that a snake takes what a snake wants. He’s not after the whole pie, just Cody’s share. “A wise man once told me, never ever turn your back on somebody you respect or you’re afraid of.” So Jake turning his back on Cody now means Cody is neither. What does this mean for Cody, let alone all of AEW?!
PAC VS Chuck Taylor w/ Best Friends!
The Bastard beat The Sloth at Revolution, but not before the Lucha Brothers attacked Trent and Chuckie T. Now that the Kentucky Gentleman steps into the ring, will he, Trent and Orange Cassidy be able to flip the script? Or will more of the same happen here tonight?
AEW is picture in picture as Best Friends make it to the ring. Fans get thumbs up fist bumps from Cassidy especially the Cassidy cosplayer. AEW goes to break while Cassidy finishes his lap.
AEW returns as PAC makes his entrance. It’s of note that Pac has a 3-0 sweep on Best Friends and that includes Cassidy now. Will Pac start on a second sweep tonight?
The bell rings and Chuckie stomps around on his knees as he circles with Pac. They tie up, go around the ropes, and Chuck gets Pac on the ropes. Chucke backs off cleanly and fans cheer. Pac and Chuckie circle again, tie up, and now Pac powers Chuckie to the ropes. The ref calls for the break and Pac gives it, only to headlock right away! Pac throws Chuckie with a headlock takeover, but Chuckie rolls him to a cover. ONE, but Chuckie gets up and powers out of the hold. Pac slides under the boot to go up and get a headlock takeover again! Trent coaches Chuckie as he gets back up. Chuckie powers out again but Pac runs him over with a shoulder! Fans boo but things speed up, Chuckie goes up then under then over again, to side-step, but the headscissor throws Chuckie out with a thud.
Pac takes aim, builds speed, but then slides out to get in Cassidy’s face. Trent gets in Pac’s face and Pac backs off. Chuckie baseball slides Pac down! Chuckie puts Pac in but Pac hits a jawbreaker! Pac runs into a Sexy Chuckie Knee! Chuckie whips for a Pop-Up Bomb! Cover, TWO! Chuckie keeps a cool and fans fire up behind him. Chuckie drags Pac up to CHOP him in a corner! Pac goes to another corner but Chuckie CHOPS again! Chuckie whips Pac to the other corner hard and then double guns. Fans cheer but Pac gets to the apron. Pac shoulders into Chuckie then slingshots up and over. Things speed up again, Chuckie hits a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker!
Chuckie goes up top but Pac is up. Chuckie leaps over Pac, Pac runs after him to hit a big back elbow in the corner! Pac follows Chuckie out to throw hard into railing! Fans cheer Chuckie on while Pac looms over him. AEW goes picture in picture as Pac brings Chuckie back up.
Pac brings Chuckie over to whip hard into more railing! Trent checks on Chuck but Pac saunters over. Trent and Cassidy keep their distance while Pac refreshes the count. Pac fetches Chuckie for a snap suplex to the floor! Chuckie writhes while Pac goes back into the ring. Trent checks on Chuck again while Pac waits. Chuckie drags himself up and into the ring at 5, and Pac kicks him while he’s down. And again! Chuckie stands but Pac back kicks him hard into the corner. Pac grinds his boot into Chuckie’s head, but lets up when the ref counts. Only to go back in for more! The ref backs Pac off but Pac just stomps Chuckie again! The ref has to pull Pac off and reprimands him, but Pac just glares at Chuckie.
Chuckie sits up and seems to egg Pac on, so Pac stands on his face! Pac dares the ref to do something more than just count, then he goes back to Chuckie. AEW returns to single picture as Pac grabs Chuckie’s arm for a high keylock. Chuckie endures as Trent and the fans rally. Pac cranks on the arm but Chuckie fights his way up. Pac wrenches but Chuckie arm-drags free! Chuckie LARIATS Pac down and fans fire up. Pac goes to a corner, but he dodges Chuckie. Pac runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Chuckie away and then fakes Chuckie out with the springboard. Pac runs, but into a dropkick! Chuckie clotheslines Pac out, then slingshot PESCADO! Direct hit on Pac, and then Chuckie walks directly into a HUG with Trent!
Chuckie drags Pac up into the ring and fans rally for “Best Friends!” He brings Pac up to snap Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Chuckie is a bit annoyed but he rallies the fans as he watches Pac stand. Pac is in the corner, he slips out to the apron and then slingshots in for a cutter! Chuckie goes to a corner, Pac runs in, but Chuckie catches the back elbow into a Gory Especial! Chuckie uses the corner to get Pac up and around to an AWFUL WAFFLE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chuckie keeps going, heading up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS! BRUTALIZER!! Chuckie taps, Pac wins!
Winner: PAC, by submission
The sweep continues as the Bastard beats the Kentucky Gentleman. Trent gets in before Pac can do more, but Cassidy gets in, too?! Cassidy takes off the jacket! He got serious at Revolution, is he going to get furious tonight? But the Lucha Brothers appear! They SUPERKICK Cassidy down! Then Trent gets a SUPERKICK to ROUNDHOUSE! Pac stomps Cassidy while the brothers stomp Best Friends! Is this a new alliance of bastards?! Pac takes a mic to shout, “Listen up, scumbags! WE are Death Triangle, or as my amigos like to say…” Triángulo de la Muerte! AEW did this to themselves! “Nobody is safe.” DOUBLE STOMP PACKAGE DRIVER FOR THE SLOTH!! Is this deadly new trio going to destroy everyone in their path?!
Shawn Spears is still looking for #PERFECT10N in the AEW Tag Division.
But ladies and gentlemen, this is a call to arms. One lucky individual can have their life changed forever when they join the Chair Man and Tully Blanchard. They’ve been trying to find the right fit, going to many different professional wrestlers, but there are so many pro-wrestlers in the world. They need to go out into that world! AEW fans, please help them by using the hashtag #SearchForSpears.
Jake Hager w/ Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS QT Marshall w/ Dustin & Brandi!
The Big Hurt got his first win in AEW at Revolution, but God’s Gift to Wrestling got his a couple weeks ago in Atlanta. Will QT’s second win come as Hager’s first loss? Or will Hager take a bite out of the Big Apple and throw him away?
AEW is picture in picture as Dustin and Brandi accompany QT in the ring and hype up the crowd by giving out free apples. One is autographed, so maybe not edible. AEW goes to break as some lucky fans get very healthy souvenirs.
AEW returns as Hager makes his entrance with Santana and Ortiz. The bell rings while PNP barks at Dustin and Brandi on the outside. Hager and QT circle, tie up, and Hager waistlock slams QT down. Hager digs a knee into QT’s back then slaps him on the head. he rams QT into buckles then throws body shots. The ref reprimands but QT ROCKS Hager with hands! QT even dropkicks! QT dodges, springboards, but into a body check! Fans boo as Hager slicks his hair back. Hager drags QT up to a SPINE BUSTER! Fans troll Hager as “Jericho’s Bitch!” but Hager just grits his teeth. Hager scoops QT to RAM him into buckles, then SLAM him down!
PNP cheers Hager but the fans boo. Hager kicks QT while he’s down and fans rally up with “Q T!” He throws hands on Hager and uppercuts, but Hager shoves and knees low! Hager paces while Dustin coaches QT up. QT is in the drop zone, Hager goes corner to corner, but his Vader Bomb gets boots! QT is up, boots again, and then throws hands! He ROCKS Hager then whips but Hager reverses. QT handsprings to Neuralizer enziguri! Hager staggers and fans are thunderous for QT! Hager runs at QT in the corner but QT dodges, and Hager hits buckles! QT sees Hager in the drop zone and hurries up top. QT MARIPOSA SENTON! Cover, ONE!!
Hager leans on the ropes but QT is after him. QT goes up, tornado, but no DDT! Hager runs and runs to LARIAT QT inside out! Hager drags QT up for the arm triangle! QT fades out fast, Hager wins!
Winner: Jake Hager, by submission
Hager doesn’t let go so Dustin goes after him! But PNP goes after Dustin! Dustin is outnumbered against the Inner Circle! But here comes CODY! The American Nightmare helps his brother as he DECKS Ortiz and gives Santana a spinning powerslam! Hager sees Cody but gets fast hands and kicks! Ortiz has a chair to SMACK Cody down! Fans boo as the Inner Circle now mugs Cody! Dustin recovers and shields his brother, but here comes Matt Jackson! SUPERKICK for Ortiz! SUPERKICK for Santana! Nick Jackson can’t be here from injury but Matt goes it alone on Hager! Hager takes all the punches and chops, to give Matt a SPINE BUSTER!
The Inner Circle stands tall over the Nightmare Family/Elite as they beat them down with stomps and chairs. But wait, is that Hangman Page?! Hangman sips his beer on his way to the ring, but wants Ortiz to take it easy. Fans want to see “Cowboy Shit!” as Hangman walks up. Hangman takes another sip, sets his beer down carefully, and fires off on the Inner Circle! Clothesline sends Santana out but Hager kicks low. Hager whips, Hangman lands on the apron, BUCK SHOT!! And the beer is just fine! Hangman chugs it down, but then he flips off Matt. The Cowboy didn’t do it for him, he did it for Cody and Dustin. But then where is the line within The Elite that Hangman walks?
AEW is picture in picture as Hangman goes to the crowd.
Fans share their drinks with Hangman, and Hangman’s got quite the collection of cans and cups as he takes his leave. Hangman shrugs at Matt while getting topped off by a few more fans. Matt surely isn’t sure what to make of it, and neither are the Rhodes. But for now, what matters is that The Elite makes it out in one piece. Will there be more battles like this between the warring factions of AEW?
Breaking news for next week’s AEW!
Speaking of more battles, it has been decided that Dynamite in Salt Lake City will have Ortiz VS Cody! Will the American Nightmare have to watch his back after that warning Jake the Snake gave him?
Plus, the Death Triangle will make their official trios debut! Who will be the first to suffer at the hands of these three ruthless rudos?
Another trios battle to look forward to is the Jurassic Express taking on the full stable behind MJF! MJF leads his mercenaries, The Butcher & The Blade, into battle, but will they all go extinct at the hands of Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt?
And with the very special AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts on the horizon, next week will have the official rules announcement! What more is there to this double ring, double cage contest of carnage?
Maxwell Jacob Friedman brags that he gets pins on the mat and bangs ring rats, aka “winning.” He went from protege to prodigy as he defeated Cody in the middle of the ring, proving that he truly was the final chapter of his epic odyssey. Now the AEW Faithful need an “author” we can count on, and MJF has a whole lot of ink for his legacy. MJF prepares to become the greatest world champion in the history of pro-wrestling! No need to change the channel or fix the audio. We all heard him right. It doesn’t matter if it’s Moxley or “Tim Buckto from South Peru,” MJF will become #1 contender and take the gold.
It doesn’t matter who is in his way, from Jericho to Hangman to Omega to PAC, or even someone easy like “a Lucha Boring or a Jungle Jabroni, or a teeny-tiny Marko Stunted Growth.” MJF will remain undefeated in AEW. And why? Because he’s better than you, and WOW it is so warm in here. Wardlow helps him take off his coat to show off the “I Pinned Cody” shirt. Forgot to plug this one. Obnoxious, regrettable and distracting. A bit like a neck tattoo, huh? MJF kisses the ring, but will he be kissing the title belt in his future?
Jon Moxley & Darby Allin VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!
The Maniac and the Daredevil both won their matches at Revolution, but clearly things are not through for them and the Inner Circle. Y2J put the stipulation on himself that if he doesn’t beat Moxley, or at least beat him down so badly he can’t walk, that Jericho will go on a two month leave of absence. Will Le Champion and his Spanish God be able to get even with their respective rivals?
But as Moxley makes his way through the fans, three masked fans attack! They wear AEW hoodies and random luchador masks, but Jericho is laughing. Are these more thugs from the Inner Circle? Wait, it’s just Hager, Santana and Ortiz! How did they sneak up into the crowd like that?! Hager throws Moxley into a wall and stomps him down! Ortiz brings a trash can over and dumps it on Moxley! Moxley fights back but Hager uses his jacket to choke him! After all, the bet wasn’t about the match but about Moxley being able to walk. Hager uses the trash can lid to SMACK Moxley on his back and shoulders! And then choke him! Moxley still gets up to fight back! But that’s still a 3v1! PNP choke Moxley together then Hager stomps Moxley down!
Fans boo but Hager knees Moxley low! More trash is dumped on Moxley, and the Inner Circle soaks up the heat. But Moxley is up yet again! Moxley topples Hager over but Santana clubs Moxley. Hager gets the arm-triangle! Moxley fades out and now Darby is alone. He doesn’t care, he’s as crazy as Moxley! The bell rings and Sammy steps up to Darby for a Revoltuion rematch.
Things speed up, Sammy shows off, but Darby springboards for the back elbow! Darby hits Jericho off the apron then boots Sammy. Darby leaps up and over and shotgun dropkicks Sammy out! Sammy regroups with Jericho but Darby dares them to bring the fight. Jericho and Sammy flank the ring while medics check on Moxley. Darby hits Sammy down then throws him into railing! Jericho comes around but Darby drop toeholds him into steel steps! Darby hurries after Sammy but gets the KNEE! Sammy soaks up the heat as fans boo. Cover, ONE! The rest of the Inner Circle is ringside now as Sammy tags Jericho.
Jericho and Sammy mug Darby, and Jericho clubs Darby down. Jericho back suplexes Darby high and hard, then paces about. Fans boo the cocky cover, ONE. Jericho drags Darby up to whip him hard into buckles, then clothesline! Fans rally for Darby but Jericho chokes Darby against ropes. The ref counts, Jericho lets off, but Hager and Santana get cheap shots in! Jericho drags Darby back up to scoop and put him in the Tree of Woe. Jericho CHOPS Darby then soaks up the heat. The Inner Circle get more cheap shots in, and Jericho runs corner to corner, only for Darby to sit up! Jericho only gets buckles for his tackle!
Darby adjusts and leaps, flying sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Jericho runs, Darby dodges to hit Sammy! Darby QUEBARADA! Cover, TWO!! Darby runs into a takedown, and the WALLS! Jericho sits down deep on his hold, Darby endures, but he’s trapped! Darby powers up, crawls for the ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Jericho is furious and argues with the ref, but Darby is on the apron. Jericho baseball slides Darby out! Hager stands on Darby’s head while Jericho soaks up the heat. Fans boo and jeer as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ortiz gets a cheap shot in while the ref is watching Jericho. Jericho goes out to high five his guys, then fetches Darby. Darby fights back with haymakers! He backs Jericho down then whips, but Jericho reverses to send Darby OVER the railing! Jericho heads over to fetch Darby and bring him back to the ring. Cover, TOW! Darby still lives but Jericho keeps his cool. The Inner Circle all taunt Darby as Jericho drags him over. Tag to Sammy and Sammy drags Darby around. Sammy holds Darby’s hand out to tag Moxley, but of course Moxley isn’t there. Sammy STOMPS the hand down! He drags Darby up for a stalling suplex and holds Darby for over 20 before tagging Jericho. Jericho takes the hand-off and holds Darby for another 20 before dropping him down!
AEW returns to single picture as Jericho double guns. Fans boo but the Inner Circle just keeps soaking it up. Jericho drags Darby up to CHOP him back down. Tag to Sammy and Sammy brings Darby up. He and Jericho double whip and double elbow him down. Sammy shows off with a spin and a pose, and Jericho poses with him. Like a cocky father and son. Jericho steps on Darby on his way back to the corner, and Sammy steps on Darby, too. Cover, TWO! Sammy drags Darby up and clubs him back down. Sammy CHOPS Darby and pretends to not understand the “F*** You, Sammy!” chants. Tag to Jericho and he stalks up behind Darby.
Jericho SLAPS Darby, fans chant “Stupid Idiot!” but Darby SLAPS back! Darby fires up and throws fast hands! Darby runs and clotheslines Jericho out! Then he runs to DIVE! Direct hit sends Jericho into barriers! Sammy is speechless! Darby puts Jericho back in and fans shout “This is Awesome!” Jericho kicks Darby down then tags in Sammy. Sammy drags Darby up, rams him into the empty corner and rams his shoulder in more. Sammy then powers Darby to another corner! Darby flops over and Sammy shows off like Jericho with the cocky cover. The ref won’t count that, it’s too close to a choke. Sammy argues but then drags Darby up again. Sammy back suplexes to then KICK Darby in the air! Cover, TWO!
Jericho tags in and he gives toying kicks to Darby. He scuffs Darby’s face with his boot then throws haymakers. Darby flops against ropes but Jericho throws more forearms. Darby fights back again! He runs but into a back elbow! Jericho hits the LIONSAULT onto knees! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! But Darby has no one to tag and Jericho crawls to his corner. Darby drags himself up as Sammy tags in. Sammy runs in and Darby “tags” himself. Things speed up and Darby redirects Sammy to fire off strikes! CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hits Jericho for good measure, blocks a boot and flips Sammy out onto the Inner Circle! He then heads up top to SUPER COFFIN DROP!!
Fans are thunderous as Darby bowls over the Inner Circle! Darby gets in with Sammy and runs corner to corner for a back body press! Arm wringer and flip over, THROWBACK STUNNER! Fans are electric as Darby goes up, COFFIN DROP AGAIN!! Cover, but Jericho runs in, only to elbow drop on Sammy! Darby sends Jericho back out with a back drop, then DIVES! Into an uppercut! Was it a Judas Effect?! Jericho puts Darby in for Sammy, and Sammy covers, the Inner Circle wins!
Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
The revenge for Revolution is complete and the “good natured good looking men” are standing tall. But wait! Moxley is standing and he has a chair! Jericho runs so Moxley throws the chair at Hager! Moxley takes the fight to Sammy and PNP, then clotheslines Hager out! PARADIGM SHIFT FOR SAMMY! Again, it wasn’t about the match but whether or not Moxley would be walking! Moxley is standing tall and has ran off the Inner Circle! Hager gets in to CLOBBER Moxley, and then PNP are after Moxley at the ramp! They want to still follow through on Jericho’s promise, and Jericho helps punch and knee Moxley down. Arm-triangle! They bring Moxley over to the edge of the stage, to copy a certain trio’s TRIPLE POWERBOMB!! THROUGH A TABLE!!
Fans lose their minds as the Inner Circle combine fist bump and middle finger, one last insult to injury for Moxley tonight. Jericho may not be champion but he and his team may be even more dangerous in the chase.
What an awesome episode to follow an awesome PPV with! AEW has gotten a lot better at blending stories, though they might not have perfected it yet. Cody’s promo being interrupted to be Jake the Snake’s promo was awesome! The phrase, “You Still Got It!” truly applies here, because Jake still tore it up on the mic. I like the idea that he’s going to be the ringside coach to perhaps someone completely new to AEW who wants after Cody, and given certain social media posts, I hope it’s going to be Lance Archer. Archer wants to go after The Elite, and giving him Jake the Snake as a manager is a great move so that fans not familiar with Archer can understand how important it is for him to be joining AEW.
There are still some miscues with cutting to live promos backstage, as in the one we got from MJF tonight. But opening line being talked over aside, MJF’s promo was solid and obviously he’s in the world title scene now. Given what else we got, MJF isn’t getting his shot yet, but next week’s trios match of MJF, Butcher & Blade VS Jurassic Express is going to be great holdover material for him. And speaking of trios, I really hope we’re getting the AEW Trios Championships very soon. Death Triangle is a great team already, even before their debut match next week, and I hope they’re the first team to have those belts. Cabana & SCU VS Dark Order was a great opening match, and that story is far from done.
A lot of the mingling that went well tonight was Hangman helping against the Inner Circle for Cody and Dustin, not because he was making up with Matt Jackson. Hangman’s character work combine with his ring skill is exactly why he and Kenny Omega are still AEW World Tag Team Champions. AEW Revolution gave us something truly incredible, but I can’t wait for more of Hangman-Omega VS Young Bucks. The only thing still a bit much for the mingling is how the Inner Circle got that ambush on Moxley in disguise. Just let them go after him straight up since it was so obvious after like two seconds. But either way, it was a good move because it allowed Darby to really shine in the main event. Also, it was a brilliant move to mock The Shield as the Inner Circle bombs and taunts Moxley at the end there.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/27/21)
Will Dynamite be Just… Too… Sweeeeeeet~?
AEW and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, UNITE…?
Though there are tensions rising within The Elite, Gallows & Anderson will team with The Young Bucks in a HUGE 8 Man Tag match!
- Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins.
- Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes; Y2MJF win(s).
- Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth; Hangman wins.
- Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard; Jungle Boy wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna; Britt wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order; The Bucks & Good Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston!
The Murderhawk Monster and the Mad King are finally having a 1v1 contest, and it will truly be 1v1 because none of their allies are allowed ringside! Will Archer finally shut Kingston up about all the “almost” losses?
Kingston is after Archer the second he’s in the ring, and he CHOPS! Archer just grins! Archer throws his shirt off, throws it at Kingston and eggs him on. Kingston CHOPS, Archer BOOTS Kingston over! Archer runs and hits an elbow in the corner! And then goes corner to corner, hits another! Kingston avoids the third and fires off on a leg! Kingston BITES Archer’s head as they’re on the ropes! The ref reprimands, Kingston CLUBS Archer then CHOPS him again! Archer finally feels that, and Kingston puts Archer in a corner. Kingston CHOPS, Archer eggs him on, but Kingston pokes him in the eye!
Archer staggers about, Kingston elbows him on the back then goes after the leg. Kingston chokes Archer on ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then stalks Archer to another corner for kidney shots! Kingston keeps on Archer’s body, kicks the legs out, but Archer rakes eyes back! Fans rally as Archer ROCKS Kingston with a right! Kingston flounders, CHOPS back, and CHOPS again, then goes to a corner, Kingston goes up, leaps, FLYING SHOULDER! Archer stays up!? Archer shakes out the cobwebs but Kingston runs, but Archer DERAILS him! Fans fire up while Kingston sits up in a daze.
Archer stalks Kingston, drags him up by his ears, then brings him around to CLUB him. Kingston clings to Archer’s legs but Archer brings him up to CHOP him down! Fans want that “One More Time!” and Archer drags Kingston up to CHOP him again! Kingston flops down and Archer seethes as he drags him back up. Archer choke grips and CHOKE SLAMS Kingston to the apron! Kingston flops to the floor as fans lose their minds! The ring count climbs as Kingston stirs, but Archer goes out to fetch him. Archer drags Kingston up and bumps him off the camera! Talk about a close-up! “Everything is in my playground!”
Archer kicks Kingston, whips him and sends him into railing! Archer digs Kingston’s head into the railing! The ref counts, Archer lets off to scare the ref off, and then Archer goes back to drag Kingston up. Archer brings Kingston over to bounce off the timekeeper’s table! Kingston scrambles into the ring, Archer pursues and brings him up in a full nelson, for a SLAM! Archer says he’s just getting started with Kingston, and he goes to a corner! Archer grins at the camera before hopping down and putting Kingston in the drop zone. Archer goes up, spinning VADER BOMB! Cover, ONE because Archer lets off! Archer is a cat toying with his prey!
Archer drags Kingston up, Kingston breaks free but the back hand is blocked! Archer choke grips, Kingston kicks low and dropkicks legs out. Kingston runs to FOREARM Archer down! Cover, TWO! Archer survives but Kingston catches his breath. Fans rally and duel as both men slowly rise. Kingston brings Archer around, but Archer LARIATS first! Archer drags Kingston up, puts him in a corner, then hoists him up top. Archer brings Kingston out with the inverted crucifix, but Kingston slips out to shove Archer into buckles! Archer BOOTS back, Kingston flounders but Archer is on him right away. Hammerlock ripcord for the CHOKE SLAM!
Archer knuckle locks Kingston’s hand and drags him up with it. Archer CLUBS Kingston, goes up the corner, and walks the tightrope a la Old School! MOONSAULT!! But no cover because Archer still isn’t satisfied. Archer clamps on the EBD CLAW! Archer sits Kingston up, but The Butcher and Blade have Jake the Snake hostage!! Archer hurries over but Bunny Allie hands Kingston a loaded bit of tape! Kingston waits for Archer to come back, LOADED BACK HAND!! Cover, Kingston wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The Fam still found a way to screw Archer over! Kingston survives, and then The Blade and Butcher drag Archer up for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! The Fam isn’t done, either, they sit Archer back up for Kingston’s BACK HAND! Jake the Snake tries to get up but the damage has been done. Will Kingston and his henchmen continue to wreak havoc on AEW?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Okay, let me see if I’ve got this right. The Young Bucks are the tag team champions, and they’re friends with Kenny, but Kenny’s friends with The Goody Brothers, and they’re the tag team champions, too. So now they’re all friends? They’re all one big happy family? How is that going to work? Is that going to work?” No it’s not. The Elite is like The Young & The Restless. And then there’s Death Triangle, PAC & The Lucha Brothers, who don’t like any part of The Elite. They don’t even like Moxley, because they used to be friends with Kingston who has beef with Mox. But now Moxley has to team with them at Beach Break?
Moxley is a simple guy. Cold beer, hot coffee, room temperature water and sex in the morning because it’s a great way to start the day. The only person you can trust is number one, so he only trusts his two hands. But Moxley loves Six Man Tags, so saddle up, compadres. This’ll be fun! Gang warfare! Moxley doesn’t know what happens at Beach Break, but it’ll be wild~! Incendiary ingredients on Dynamite, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
Sting and Darby Allin speak.
The Icon says they’ll get on a first name basis right now. Taz, Brian, Ricky, since they’ll be in that Street Fight at Revolution, and since Team Taz loves to throw out false accusations, Sting will say their feelings are hurt. They called these two hoodlums? Really? Darby is a bit of a hoodlum, yes, but in the streets, it doesn’t matter if you play it clean or dirty. It’s all about survival! Darby chucks his skateboard through a window, and admits he is a hoodlum, no different from Sting. Sting uses the baseball bat to smash up the rest of the window! Sting admits it, too. Revolution, Street Fight, showtime.
Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes!
There’s a lot of history to this match, even before things in AEW. But Chris Jericho won’t hold back on Brian Pillman Jr. over it, and he expects nothing less from Pillman Jr. in return. But will that mean the first 2v2 outing of Le Demo God and the Salt of the Earth won’t be a success?
Jericho revels in the fans singing Judas for him, the teams sort out, and MJF wants to speak first. MJF wants to talk with Sammy Guevara later, and then he says is that Griff? Look at Goldilocks here. Last time they met, MJF embarrassed Griff on live television. So let’s just skip ahead to where Griff loses, okay? NOPE! Griff DECKS MJF, keeps him in the ring, then rains down more fists! MJF scrambles away, Wardlow keeps him away from Griff, but Griff gets around to get back in. MJF dodges but Griff BOOTS him down! The Inner Circle gets MJF to safety and MJF gets a chair out of frustration. The Inner Circle keeps MJF from throwing this match and MJF says Griff is dead!
MJF gets back in the ring, talks trash, then tags out to Jericho. Jericho run sin but into a drop toehold! Griff wrenches Jericho, tags in BPJ, and the Blondes double whip, kick and NECKBREAKER to a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! BPJ CHOPS Jericho, wrenches and whips, but Jericho holds ropes to deny the dropkick. Jericho runs but BPJ dropkicks him down! BPJ drags Jericho up, clamps onto the arm, but Jericho uses cheap shots to get free. Jericho whips BPJ corner to corner, but BPJ comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as BPJ whips, Jericho reveres and MJF gets a cheap shot in! Jericho DECKS BPJ then tags in MJF!
AEW goes picture in picture as MJF CLAWS BPJ and tells Griff up his! MJF digs his fingers into BPJ’s face but lets off as the ref reprimands. MJF stalks BPJ, throws punches down on him, then soaks up the heat from fans. MJF feeds BPJ to Jericho’s boot, then CHOPS him! Tag to Jericho, Jericho throws hands, then tags MJF back in. Y2MJF double whip, and double flapjack BPJ down! MJF steps on BPJ, then so does Jericho. The Inner Circle soaks up the heat, MJF drags BPJ up to CLUB him down. MJF kicks at Griff but scrambles away before he can get hit. MJF chokes BPJ, covers, TWO! MJF rakes BPJ’s eyes, rakes his face on the ropes, then headbutts him!
Tag to Jericho, MJF digs his boots into BPJ as Jericho gets in Griff’s face, then Griff goes back to stomp and bump BPJ off buckles. Jericho hoists BPJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. BPJ throws hands back but Jericho clubs him. Jericho stands up on the very top, but BPJ GOURD BUSTERS him! BPJ gets up, leaps, and hits a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while both men are down and AEW returns to single picture. Hot tags to Griff and MJF! The Ivy League MVP rallies on Y2MJF but MJF kicks low! MJF runs into Griff’s HUGE back drop! Griff wrenches and ROCKS Jericho!
Fans fire up as Griff goes corner to corner, BIG splash to MJF! Whip to the corner, SPLASH for both Y2MJF! DOUBLE SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives but Griff just fires up as he drags MJF up. Griff whips MJF to the corner, hits a clothesline and tags BPJ! Griff rolls MJF for BPJ’s missile dropkick! Jericho tags in but BPJ is ready, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives by split seconds! BPJ fires up as fans rally behind him. Jericho hits back, BPJ throws forearms and chops, but Jericho DECKS him! Jericho whips then runs but BPJ dumps Jericho to the apron! BPJ runs and dropkicks Jericho down!
Fans fire up with BPJ as he fetches Jericho into the ring. BPJ aims from a corner, springboards and leaps, into a JUDAS EFFECT!! LIONSAULT!! Cover, someone took out Griff, Y2MJF win!!
Winners: Y2MJF, by pinfall
MJF adds insult to injury as he throws BPJ out just so he can stand with Jericho. The Inner Circle’s “official” team in the tag division is off to a strong start, will they go all the way to the top and take the AEW World Tag Team Championships for their own?
“Here we go again!” Kenny Omega is taking liberties, acting like ‘Billy Big Bollocks,” acting like he owns the place and owns this business. He has the “clown” Callis and the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, while manipulating some and blindsiding others. SO at Beach Break, bring the Good Brothers, because Pac and Rey Fenix will show you what brotherhood is! You hit them, they hit you back! Time to face the consequences!
AEW shares Shaq’s message from the AEW Dynamite Awards on TNT.
“Cody Rhodes, you little punk. You want to battle, you just name the time and the day. I’ll be there.” Cody looks like a little girl with that blonde hair. Shaq suggests we do this in March, aka Revolution. What will Cody say?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
To respond to Shaq’s comments right now, here’s Cody Rhodes! The American Nightmare goes to the ring, along with Coach Arn Anderson. Schiavone knows they want to respond to Shaq, but also to Jade Cargill from The Waiting Room. Cody says to respond to Shaq and Jade, he’d rather just give us the “pitch.” He’d like to say March 7th, AEW Revolution, it’d be himself and Brandi Rhodes VS Shaq & Jade, but life happens. He and Brandi are having a baby. “In these moments where I am rather confused and distracted,” Cody defers to The Coach!
And if we’re wondering how much of a coach Arn is, Arn chewed Cody out for taking Peter Avalon too easily last week. Arn has been right consistently for years, they talked with Tony Khan about where Cody fits on the Revolution card, so the floor is Arn’s. Arn says he wants to earn his money because he might contradict himself, so please be patient. But the fact is, Cody’s about to be a dad. That is right on the forefront of his mind, as it should be. That is the most important thing in his life.
But think about this: June 29th, 1985. What date is that to Cody? That was when Arn saw Dusty Rhodes crawl in the ring with Tully Blanchard, fight 30 minutes, then fly home in time to see the birth of Baby Cody. Now if Cody chooses March 7th, to jump in the Revolution, do it with eyes wide open, no regrets. But Arn will point out the obvious: there is a lot of time between the birthdate and the show. Doesn’t Cody want to be part of something? It’s hard to capture the public eye but he could do that with this match.
For 19 years, Shaq dominated the court as a world-class athlete. Jade, every time she walks in, she dominates that room. But the fact is, Arn’s seen something these last two weeks, something that can’t be measured or even rational to name. Arn wants Cody to see something. In steps RED VELVET! Velvet has had her own problems with Jade Cargill, and Arn hopes Cody sees the fire inside Velvet like what Cody has in him. Velvet gets the mic to stare down the camera and say she’s here because she is FED UP of getting attacked, watching Brandi get disrespected by a “big mouth coward” who knows Brandi can’t defend herself.
Everyone knows Cody would never lay a hand on a woman. But Velvet will! Velvet is about to stir that bitch-ass up! Fans like the sound of that! Arn says that’s what he meant! Then perhaps Jade and Shaq have the ball in their court! Are we still getting a huge mixed tag match for Revolution?
AEW issues the official invite to the Superbad Beach Break wedding!
Kip Sabian says “my heart is in my hands My head is in the clouds. My feet have left the ground. And my life, our life, is turning around.” Penelope Ford is so excited to marry this handsome man, the man of her dreams, the best kisser. So they cordially invite us to watch their wedding, with Miro as The Best Man, and of course “Charles” Taylor the butler will be there! Surely a wedding on a wrestling program will go smoothly, right?
Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth!
The Cowboy takes on the debuting “Hollywood Hunk” as Hangman tries to shake off the awkward situation where he had to reject The Dark Order’s recruitment proposal. Will he be able to focus against this hungry and determined wrestler?
The bell rings, fans rally for Hangman but Nemeth shoots in to get a leg. Hangman gets the rope but Nemeth says he got a point like this is collegiate wrestling. They tie up again, Hangman wrenches to a wristlock but Nemeth gets around to hammerlock then headlock, two points! Hangman powers out, Nemeth bumps him but Hangman runs him over! Things speed up, Hangman fakes Nemeth out and BOOTS him down! Hangman CHOPS Nemeth to the corner, CHOPS him again, then chops but Nemeth dodges to CHOP and CHOP in return! Nemeth swaggers about but Hangman DECKS him!
Hangman stalks Nemeth to a corner, stomps a mudhole into him then walks it dry as the ref counts. Hangman drags Nemeth up to throw him to the apron, and then TRIANGLE LARIATS him to the floor! Nemeth gets up but Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Hangman drags Nemeth up, puts him back in, then fires the fans up as he runs in corner to corner. Nemeth dodges to dropkick Hangman down! Cover, ONE! Nemeth wrenches and WRINGS the arm out, and now Big Money Matt Hardy is ringside? Is he scouting? Nemeth hammerlocks an arm, headstands to put pressure on the hold, then grabs at hair. The ref reprimands and Nemeth lets go.
Hangman gets up to CHOP and forearm but Nemeth knees low! Nemeth whips but Hangman holds ropes. Nemeth kicks, whips but Hangman reverses, only for Nemeth to turn it around into a Rude Awakening! Cover, TWO! Hangman forearms but Nemeth hits back. Nemeth whips corner to corner but Hangman comes back to CLOBBER him! Hangman whips, Nemeth dodges but Hangman hits a SPINEBUSTER! Hardy seems to be cheering Hangman on as Nemeth gets to a corner. Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman rolls Nemeth, runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Hardy cheers Hangman with the fans as he brings Nemeth up to fireman’s carry. Nemeth fights out, Hangman CHOPS and whips but Nemeth reverses to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hangman gets to a corner, Nemeth runs in but Hangman elbows him back! Nemeth runs into a boot, but he ducks a lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman lands on his feet, ROLLING ELBOW! Hangman whips Nemeth to LARIAT! Then Hangman goes to the apron, takes aim, and slingshots, BUCK SHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Hardy applauds then goes up to the ramp. Hangman sees Hardy turn to leave but invites him into the ring. Tony Schiavone hurries over to see what this is about. Hardy didn’t want to create a scene, but the reason he came out was to be in Hangman’s corner and let him know he supports Hangman. Hardy has been a bit concerned, Hangman seems lost and conflicted. That’s understandable. Hardy was part of Stadium Stampede, he knows that Hangman got burned by The Elite and he didn’t deserve it. The Dark Order wants Hangman to join and that’s just awkward.
Hardy doesn’t want anything from Hangman, just to let him know that Hangman is a good person who deserves to be happy. Hardy needed to say that and Hangman needed to hear it. Hangman is dressing alone in the hallway near catering. Hardy has a huge dressing room with plenty of space. Hangman is more than welcome to join him there, no strings attached. Hardy lets Hangman think that over, what will Hangman’s answer be?
Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard!
Though Marko Stunt, Luchasaurus and the rest of FTR are all ringside, things will be a little different than usual. To make sure Cash and Tully don’t interfere, they will be handcuffed not just to each other, but to Luchasaurus! Will the wrestling dinosaur be able to keep things fair and square?
First, the ref and security help cuff Cash and Tully to Luchasaurus per the agreement. Then they all take a seat, though Luchasaurus has to make Cash sit. The bell rings and JB stares down with Dax. They tie up, Dax powers JB back to a corner but lets off as the ref calls for the break. Dax talks trash but JB shrugs it off. They tie up again, Dax headlocks but JB arm-drags free! Fans fire up for JB as he and Dax circle again. They tie up again, Dax waistlocks to full nelson but JB switches, only for Dax to headlock and hit a takeover. JB rolls Dax to a cover, ONE! Dax holds on, JB fights up and powers out but Dax runs him over!
Dax talks more trash as he looms over JB but JB gets up. JB and Dax tie up again, Dax gets another headlock but JB powers out, only for Dax to run him over again! Things speed up, Dax slide sunder but JB dropkicks him down! JB gets the legs, trips Dax, but Dax scrambles to a ropebreak! FTR wants to help Dax but Luchasaurus anchors them in the corner. Dax gets away from JB and has his team calm down, but JB puts Dax back in the ring! JB and Dax circle again as Luchasaurus and FTR sit back down. Dax and JB tie up with knuckle locks, Dax kicks low and fans boo as he CHOPS JB to a corner. Dax throws hard EuroUppers, and argues with the ref about the count before he CHOPS JB again!
JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Dax to a corner but Dax turns things around to CHOP again! Dax stands JB up but JB CHOPS back! And CHOPS again, and again! Dax kicks rather low but somehow that wasn’t a low blow. Dax drags JB up, whip shim corner to corner but JB goes up and over and rolls, only for Dax to run him over! Things speed up again, JB hurdles but Dax whips him away, but JB dodges in the corner and Dax POSTS himself! Dax reaches but there’s no tags in this match! JB KICKS Dax’s arm, wrenches it, clubs away on it, then grinds Dax down! Dax endures, Cash coaches him, but JB cranks on the shoulder.
Dax gets up, JB wrenches but Dax pulls hair to whip and ROCK JB with that uppercut! Fans boo but Dax shakes out the bad arm. Dax fires off on JB, brings him up to another headlock, but JB back suplexes free! JB clotheslines Dax out of the ring! Dax staggers around and JB slides, but the baseball slide is sent into the railing! Now Luchasaurus is upset but it’s FTR who keeps him away. AEW goes picture in picture as Dax paces about.
Dax drags JB up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Fans rally for JB but Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face! And then drives an elbow in! The ref reprimands, Dax puts JB in, then Dax drags JB around to drop a leg fast across the face! Dax foregoes the rest of his usual combo to NORTHERN LIGHTS and bridge! TWO, and Dax is frustrated with JB! JB crawls, Dax drags him back up, and clamps on a chinlock! JB endures as Dax grinds him down, JB fights up, and throws body shots to power out. JB gets Dax in a sleeper but Dax hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, Dax covers, TWO! Dax tries again, TWO!
Dax grows annoyed but he paces around JB. JB crawls, Dax stalks him to the ropes, and Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face again! The ref counts, Dax CLUBS JB then brings him up by his hair. Dax snapmares and wraps on a new chinlock to grind JB down. Fans rally, JB endures, but Dax grinds him down more as he shifts position on the hold. JB fights up as AEW returns to single picture, and fans still sing for him as he hits the jawbreaker! Dax staggers away, both men go to corners, but Dax runs in, only for JB to ROCK him! JB whips, Dax reverses then ducks the rebound lariat to throw JB to a corner! Dax runs in, blocks a boot but not the elbow! Or the ROLLING ELBOW!
Fans fire up as JB climbs, but Dax trips him up! Dax CHOPS JB on the back, climbs up top and brings JB up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But both men are down and their teammates are going nuts! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Dax is frustrated! Fans rally up but Dax stands first. Dax glares at JB, stomps JB in the head, then again! Fans boo but JB sits up and eggs Dax on! Dax stomps but JB gets in his face and SLAPS him! Dax SLAPS back! JB throws forearms and CHOPS, then an uppercut of his own! Dax blocks the superkick to ROCK JB again! Dax brings JB up, JB slips out to waistlock but Dax switches, GERMAN! JB lands on his feet, SUPERKICK!
JB wrenches, ducks Dax’s lariat but not the SECOND LARIAT! FTR and Luchasaurus are out of their seats and fans cheer, “This is Awesome!” Dax drags JB up, reels him back in and underhooks, but JB RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Dax reels JB back in, another lift, rebound POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Everyone goes nuts over that! Dax drags JB up to a full nelson but JB drops to resist! Dax keeps trying but JB breaks free! TO BACKSTABBER! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! JB holds on for ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax grabs at ropes and then elbows JB away! Fans boo, Dax drags JB back up and shoves, but JB LARIATS on the rebound!
JB drags Dax back up, suplexes but Dax slips out to spin him around. Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes JB out and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally but Dax grits his teeth as he drags JB up. Dax puts JB in a corner and up on top. Dax climbs up but JB CHOPS him! And CHOPS and headbutts! Dax falls, JB adjusts, and JB leaps to crossbody! But Dax rolls through to a cover, TWO!! JB has the cover, TWO!! JB runs in, goes up Dax to victory roll but Dax sits on it! TWO and JB has the cover, TWO! JB ducks to crucifix takedown, TWO!! Dax has the Oklahoma, TWO! Dax trips and jackknifes, TWO as JB bridges up! JB spins it around, back slides but Dax turns that into a knee!
Dax waistlocks, O’Conner rolls, TWO! JB rolls Dax up, TWO! But JB has the legs! SNARE TRAP!! Dax is caught, Luchasaurus is holding FTR back as hard as he can, but JB shifts! DAX TAPS! JB WINS!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
A HUGE victory for not just Jungle Jack Perry but for Jurassic Express! But just as Tully is let free, he POCKET SANDS Luchasaurus! Cash POSTS Luchasaurus, then mugs JB! FTR are sore losers, that’s for sure! Cash and Dax get JB up for the extra strong slingshots suplex! Luchasaurus gets in but they combine for a DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Now FTR cuffs Luchasaurus to the ropes! And they cut the dino horns off the mask! FTR want to cut JB’s hair, but Marko Stunt, SCU and Top Flight get in and run FTR off! Will the friends of Jurassic Express avenge them against FTR?
Team Taz responds!
“So Sting, Darby, being that we’re on a first name basis and all, Ricky and Brian are ready to destroy you come Revolution.” But Will Hobbs and Hook notice something going on, and say hey to the merchandise guys. Wait, they have the Darby gear and Sting gear, but where are the Team Taz merchandise? They weren’t given any of that. Oh is that so? Hook and Hobbs start throwing hands! And then they start throwing the staff around! Cage and Starks get in on that too, and they tear down the Sting and Darby merch to tear it up!
“You want to disrespect us?! We ain’t done!” Cage TOSSES one of the guys against the truck! And Starks SLAMS another through the table! “First name basis, huh, brother? Ricky Starks and Brian Cage are gonna BEAT YOUR ASS in that Street Fight!”
Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna!
The Role Model is making sure she’s sharp for the grudge match with Thunder Rosa she never wanted. But Portugal’s Perfect Athlete has been slowly but surely powering up on AEW Dark! Will Shanna show that hosting The Waiting Room isn’t a replacement for getting in the ring?
The bell rings and Britt doesn’t take Shanna seriously in her DBZ inspired ring gear. The two circle, tie up, and Britt wrenches to a wristlock. Shanna spins, wrenches back and wristlocks. Britt slips through, waistlocks then snapmares to a chinlock. Shanna slips right out to wristlock again! Fans fire up with Shanna as she brings Britt up but Britt wrenches, elbow breakers and wristlocks. Shanna rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to drop toehold! Shanna dares Britt to get up, and Britt does, to power Shanna to a corner! The ref calls for the break, Britt lets off but then ROCKS Shanna! Britt wrenches, rolls Shanna and chicken wings to a chinbar!
Shanna rolls, wrenches, double arm-drags and then arm-drags again! Britt staggers into another arm-drag and then an enziguri! Fans fire up as Britt flounders to ropes! Shanna powers up but Rebel saves Britt from the Spirit Bomb Dropkick! The ref reprimands but Britt BLINDSIDES Shanna! And RAMS her into railing! And then RAMS her into the apron! The ref reprimands but Britt runs at Shanna, for a SLINGBLADE! Britt refreshes the ring count at 5 as AEW goes picture in picture.
Britt fetches Shanna into the ring, keeps her on the apron and drags her to the corner to pull the arm into the post! Rebel gives Shanna “a makeover” at the same time but the ref reprimands. Britt BOOTS Shanna back into the ring, then takes her time stalking Shanna with a sinister smirk. Shanna hits back with body shots but Britt DECKS her! Britt brings Shanna around, pulls her up by her hair and reels her in, but Shanna breaks free and rolls Britt up! TWO, and Britt kicks low to throw Shanna by her hair! Britt stands on Shanna’s face and digs her boot in but stomps as the ref counts.
Britt drags Shanna back up, cravats and cranks on the neck to then give Shanna knee after knee! Cover, ONE! Britt is surprised by that, but she drags Shanna up to SLAP her down, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Shanna whips but Britt reverses. Shanna dodges to kick and throw Britt around! Shanna runs, Britt gets up, Shanna CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps her cool as she brings Britt back up. Shanna underhooks but Britt resists to spin out and kick a leg out! Britt hits a gator roll, then drags Shanna around and into a ghost pin, TWO! SUPERKICK! Britt drags Shanna back up, reels her in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Shanna survives and Britt is upset. Britt has Rebel give her the glove, and then she stalks over to Shanna. Britt turns Shanna over, but Shanna turns the Rings into a cover, TWO! STUNNER!!
Fans fire up for Shanna as Britt goes to ropes. Shanna powers up again, runs and hits the SPIRIT DROPKICK! Shanna reels Britt back in but Rebel distracts! Britt gets around to drag Shanna down to the Rings of Saturn, and then the LOCKJAW!! Shanna taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
Give the assistant the assist, The Doctor takes the win by the skin of Shanna’s teeth. But she’s not done, she sits Shanna up and gives her the SURFBOARD STOMP! Britt then drags Shanna back into the LOCKJAW!! But here comes THUNDER ROSA!! Britt lets Shanna go so she and Rebel can retreat! Rosa runs them off, but there won’t be any running at Beach Break! Will Rosa’s wrath break Britt once and for all?
MJF finds Sammy Guevara backstage.
He just wants a moment, and says he did NOT tell Wardlow to get involved in last week’s Triple Threat Tag. Wardlow is literally the worst employee MJF has ever had, he docked Wardlow’s pay. No money for War Dog, and MJF promises that it’ll never happen again. Sammy asks if MJF is done. Does MJF think Sammy is stupid? Sammy sees what’s going on, even though MJF has everyone else fooled. Congratulations, though, on being a great manipulator. One of the best, really. Round of applause! Hats off to MJF. But Sammy sees what MJF is up to. Is that so? Yes, it is.
MJF asks Sammy if he really wants to play it this way. Sammy isn’t playing. The two stare down, but MJF backs away. Will the differences between these two be what tears The Inner Circle apart?
AEW sets the field for the Beach Break Tag Team Battle Royal!
Top Flight, Private Party, Jurassic Express, FTR, The Acclaimed, The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson, and ALL THREE duos within The Inner Circle, are in the match for a shot at the titles at Revolution! But surprisingly, so are The Young Bucks! That means if Matt & Nick Jackson win, they choose who they face at the PPV! Will the Bucks take their fate into their own hands?
AEW also sets some of the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament First Round matches!
NWA Women’s World Champion, Serena Deeb, takes on the returning and inaugural AEW Women’s Champion, Riho! What a powerful first match in a surely star-studded bracket! Who else from both the United States and Japan will be competing for a shot at Hikaru Shida?
Backstage interview with “The Elite!”
Dasha knows it has been five YEARS since these four have been in a ring together, how are they feeling? Karl Anderson says for the first time in those five years, it is a “full blown Bullet Club Party!” Tonight, they take out the Dark Order and what else? #BigLG says if we’re gonna Biz Cliz, then they gotta Biz Cliz softly! Gyrate! Then next week at Beach Break, they BEAT UP REY FENIX! BEAT UP PAC! And their favorite thing ever, BEAT UP JON MOXLEY! So pumped up! Are the Bucks down? Oh yeah, just as pumped, just as jazzed, but uh… Just as long as “that mark stooge, Creepy Uncle Don” doesn’t get involved.
Whoa, c’mon, now, Young Bizzles, you gotta understand. Relax about Donaconda. Last week, they and Kenny took out Pentagon for them! That was all Don’s idea. Well no one asked you guys to do that! But now Kenny Omega himself walks in, and he high fives the Good Brothers. Is he interrupting something? Sorta. Well maybe they need to talk about something later. Callis comes by with a BIG bandage on his face! What is that? Hey, we all know the Bucks assaulted him- No they did not! Take that off! Omega gets the Bucks to leave Callis alone and the music hits, it’s time for the main event!
8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order!
The AEW World and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions are joining forces, but it’s not exactly a happy reunion of The Bullet Club. A lot of the tension and drama comes from the fact Don Callis is in Kenny Omega’s ear and trying to direct his life. Will Matt & Nick be able to work with Gallows & Anderson against Uno, Stu, Reynolds & Silver?
The teams sort out, and Uno starts against Machine Gun. They tie up, go around, Anderson wrenches to a wristlock but Uno slips through to headlock. Anderson powers out, but Uno runs him over! Uno brushes off, things speed up and Anderson leaps into an atomic drop! Roll up, TWO!! Anderson gets away but Uno stomps a hand! Uno bends fingers, wrenches the wrist then tags in Silver! Anderson gets away but Number 4 calls out the big man! Johnny Hungy for some Doc Gallows and Gallows tags in! Gallows laughs at Silver, and calls for a test of strength just out of reach. Silver gets face to… well, chest, with Gallows, but Gallows kneels to be on Silver’s level! Sliver fires off forearms!
Silver fires up, runs but Anderson gets a cheap shot in! And then blames it on Nick! Silver DECKS Nick, Gallows ROCKS Silver! Gallows tags in Matt, they mug Silver, then Matt throws haymakers. Matt rakes Silver’s back, whips him to ropes but Silver holds ropes! Reynolds tags in, they bait Matt in to shoulder and slingshot sunset flip! Matt slips out, Reynolds runs and flying elbows! And then dropkicks! Reynolds kicks up and fans fire up as he goes after Matt with forearms! Reynolds whips, Nick tags in and Matt slides under to whip back, Double hip toss and handspring dropkicks from Bucks to Reynolds! Then double dropkicks for Uno!
Nick SHINING WIZARDS Reynolds, BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Nick drags Reynolds up, whips him to a corner, then tags in Anderson. Anderson tags in Gallows, the Club blasts the Dark Order, then Nick whips Matt to forearm Reynolds! Nick adds a clothesline, Anderson adds the rocket kick, then Gallows corner splashes! Back suplex to the ALLEY OOP and the neckbreaker! It’s just like old times as they all Too Sweet! Gallows drags Reynolds to the corner, tags Matt in and Matt brings Reynolds up. Reynolds fires off hands in return, runs, but Anderson trips him up! Matt runs but Uno trips him up! It’s all fair isn’t it?
Reynolds scrambles, Nick gets his legs but Reynolds kicks him away! Tag to Stu and he springboard crossbodies! Stu dropkicks Gallows’ legs out, dodges Matt and dropkicks again! Nick gets in, misses, and Stu counters superkick to a leg hook and HALF ‘N’ HALF! Anderson gets in to hit Stu and throws him out but Stu ROCKS him back! Stu springboards to dropkick Gallows! Anderson runs into an URENAGE! Stu keeps moving as he goes to a corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but Stu drags Anderson up to the corner. Tag to Uno as AEW goes picture in picture.
Uno and Stu get Anderson up but Gallows distracts! The ref also says he didn’t see Uno tag in so he’s not legal! Anderson shoves Stu into Gallows’ fireman’s carry and FLAPJACK! Gallows exits as Anderson covers, TWO! Anderson keeps Stu down, tags in Nick and Nick stomps Stu. Nick drags Stu up, snapmares him then tags in Mat. Fist drop and senton combo! Matt brings Stu up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Matt keeps on Stu with a chinlock and grinds him down. Stu endures, fights up and throws body shots, but Matt bumps him off buckles! Tag to Gallows and Gallows throws heavy hands from all sides!
Tag to Nick, Gallows and Nick mug Stu, and Nick DECKS Stu with a right! Nick clamps on with a facelock and he grinds Stu down. Stu endures, fights back up, throws body shots, but Nick clubs him! Nick whips, but Stu catches Nick to a fireman’s carry, and SWINGING FACEBUSTER! The Bullet Club gets in to BLAST the Dark Order corner again, stranding Stu! Matt and the Good Brothers mug Uno and the Beaver Boys, then they all set up by the apron! But Uno, Reynolds and Silver slip out of the triple apron bombs to RAM all three men into railing!
AEW returns to single picture as Nick snapmares Stu and runs, only for Stu to duck the Penalty Kick! Kip up and PELE! Stu crawls, hot tag to Silver! Silver rallies on Nick with big clotheslines! Silver whips, back drops Nick and fires up! Nick hobbles around, Silver whips him again but Nick holds ropes. Silver runs in, Nick puts him on the apron but Silver sees him go up the corner and GAMANGIRIS him down! Silver then CANNONBALLS into Anderson, BLASTS Gallows and BOOTS Matt!! Silver gets in but Nick catches him for a backslide. Silver slips out to fire off kicks and then a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but fans say “This is Awesome!”
Tag to Uno, he brings Nick up to a fireman’s carry but Nick slips out! Uno blocks the kick, hands it to the ref and hits a neckbreaker! Uno hurries up top now, and SWANTON FLOPS! Tag to Matt, he shoulders into Uno then slides under. Matt gets around Stu, and gets both the OG for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Beaver Boys attack, whip but Matt dodges to DOUBLE LARIAT! Matt is fired up now and he runs to clothesline Silver! Then one for Reynolds! One for Silver but he dodges to KICK! ROLLING ELBOW, ENZIGURI, STUNNER, GERMAN! The Beaver Blitz! Uno and Stu hit FATALITY!! Cover, but Anderson breaks it!!
Good Brothers brawl with Beaver Boys and throw them out, then Uno tags Stu! Nick SUPERKICKS Uno then SUPERKICKS Stu! Nick builds speed as the Dark Order regroups, for the ESCALARA! Nick brings Stu up, Anderson has Reynolds, DOUBLE APRON BOMB! No wait, TRIPLE because Gallows does the same to Silver! They put Stu in, Bucks and Good Brothers line up the shot, “TOO SWEET!” QUADRUPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, but Uno breaks it!! Uno saves the match but Gallows ROCKS him! MAGIC KILLER! The Bucks have Stu, gut wrench and springboard, MELZTER DRIVER!! Cover, the Elite wins!
Winners: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers, by pinfall
Whether you like it or not, the Bullet Club boys took down The Dark Order as a unified unit! And Matt gets the mic to say that next week at Beach Break, whoever wins the Tag Team Battle Royal gets a shot at the AEW World Tag titles at Revolution! But if you haven’t heard, the Bucks are in that match, too! That means if they win, they handpick whoever they want to face! And think about it. It could be anyone. They look at the Good Brothers, and the Good Brothers Too Sweet that idea! But then REY FENIX gets in and springboards to missile dropkick the Bucks!
The Good Brothers attack Fenix and drag him up, but Fenix fights out of Magic Killer! And Moxley is here to CLOBBER Gallows! Fenix FLIES to take Anderson out! And some railing, too! But Omega rushes in to go after Moxley, only to get a kick and the PARADIGM SHIFT!! The Elite were standing tall, but the Maniac and the Firebird fired the first shots! Will they and Pac avenge Penta El Zero M on the road to Revolution?
A great episode that was both go-home to Beach Break but also a step towards Revolution in March. Archer VS Kingston was good but one-sided until The Fam came out with Jake the Snake as their hostage. Kingston wins to extend the feud, I have a feeling the blow-off, in whatever form it takes, will be for Revolution. While Death Triangle is focused on The Elite, I think they can easily circle back to The Fam for the PPV and have something really wild. Sting and Darby had a decent promo, Team Taz had a decent promo in response, but the build just hasn’t felt that exciting for what it’s setting up. I hope the Street Fight is really, really good to make up for some of that.
Y2MJF VS Varsity Blondes was a lot of fun, and there was a lot of energy with The Inner Circle all ringside to have their parts to play. Naturally Y2MJF wins, they can’t lose their first time in a 2v2. Though it is an interesting move for AEW to put all the combinations, from Y2MJF to Sammy-Hager to Santana-Ortiz in the battle royal. I suppose AEW as a company doesn’t have to follow the Inner Circle’s self-imposed edict, but that perhaps means the Inner Circle all work together until the end, where in theory, MJF and Jericho would want the other two teams to bow out and eliminate themselves. The tension between MJF and Sammy will surely keep that from happening, so maybe we get the Inner Circle break-up already.
It makes a lot of sense for Red Velvet to take Brandi’s place in what was obviously going to be the mixed tag of the Nightmare Family VS Shaq & Jade. Velvet was tied into the story with Brandi, Jade and the Vicious Vixens, so this is a very good adjustment. Hangman VS Nemeth was good but a bit of a shame that it was really just the vehicle towards a story of Hardy and Hangman. I wonder if Private Party will have a part to play in this, such as warning Hangman about the ridiculous manager contracts Hardy put on them. And I would think The Dark Order also plays a part in that story since they still want Hangman for them, and maybe by Revolution, we learn who Hangman joins.
Jungle Boy VS Dax Harwood was an incredible match! Might have even been match of the night because of how close it was. There was great character work and story with Luchasaurus going back and forth with Cash and Tully, and great everything with JB and Dax in the ring. JB winning is big, but then FTR takes Luchasaurus’ horns to stand tall in their own way. With the battle royal determining Revolution challengers, there’s still a lot of story for Jurassic Express and FTR to have, and maybe the blow-off winners get their shot at say Fyter Fest or maybe Double or Nothing.
Britt VS Shanna was a good match, but of course Britt as a Heel needs Rebel to help her. That does help keep Shanna strong in a way, but Britt goes in with the momentum against Rosa. Rebel is probably how Britt wins against Rosa, too, and that could get Britt a spot in the Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament. Serena Deeb VS Riho being announced as a first round match up is great, but that honestly feels like it should’ve been a later round match. At the same time, Serena has her own title to fall back on, so it’s probably just the best possible way to get eyes on this tournament and to get Riho back into things in AEW.
We got a lot of great stuff out of the story with Omega and The Elite. Moxley had a good promo, Pac had a really good promo, and the promo before the main event was great. Callis is definitely faking or at least exaggerating what happened with him and the Bucks just to get Omega to turn against them. And so far, Bucks and Good Brothers being on good terms is the right move to me. The issue is with Callis, not them, but perhaps when push comes to shove, Gallows & Anderson take Callis’ side.
At the same time, I like that the Bucks already teased a match with Good Brothers for tag titles, that’s a good tease for Revolution. Moxley and Fenix going after The Elite to stand tall probably means Omega and Good Brothers stand tall at Beach Break to further the Bullet Club Civil War between AEW and Impact, but I wonder if any other former Club members get involved. Will Hangman have a change of heart and rejoin The Elite? Will Cody at least be asked? Will someone from Bullet Club NJPW show up in AEW to also establish that crossover? The various possibilities are all really fun so hopefully we get that going into the Summer.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/26/21)
It’s a Dark Walk-Off tonight!
AEW turns Dark back up to SIXTEEN!
Dark is big, strong, and stylish! Will “Pretty” Peter Avalon win the very first Walk Off, a contest of his own creation? Or will Big Shotty shoot him down?
- Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol; Miro wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Jurassic Express wins.
- Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT; SCU wins and remains a tag team.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Rey Fenix VS Baron Black; Fenix wins.
- Shanna VS KiLynn King; Shanna wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok; Baker wins.
- Abadon VS Vertvixen; Abadon wins.
- The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards; Johnson wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne; Conti wins.
- Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz; Vance wins.
- Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski; Velvet wins.
- Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight; Limelight wins.
- Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure; Ivelisse wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick; Hobbs wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol!
The Best Man and the Superbad super couple still have their Kentucky Butler for a few more weeks, so they’re going to milk this for all it’s worth! Will “Charles” be of help against the Fire of the Sun?
The bell rings and Miro circles with Fuego. They approach, Fuego avoids the roundhouse to kick back! Miro doesn’t flinch, he and Fuego circle but Fuego kicks away on the leg! Miro grabs Fuego, whips but Fuego kicks back! Miro blocks the kick, flips Fuego and CLOBBERS him! Fans rally as Miro runs and drops an elbow! Miro drags Fuego up to ROUNDHOUSE him down! Miro gets the fans fired up but he wants Charles to applaud, too. Charles applauds reluctantly, then Miro drags Fuego up to run. Fuego dropkicks a leg out! Miro hobbles, Fuego flounders but Miro drags him up, only for Fuego to dropkick the leg again! MULE KICK!
Fuego fires up and runs to tilt-o-whirl but Miro throws him away. Fuego dodges the clothesline but the rana is blocked! Miro brings Fuego up to a fireman’s carry and a BIG Samoan Drop! Miro powers up, stomps around, and hits the BEST KICK! Fuego flounders but Miro isn’t done there, because it’s GAME! OVER~! Fuego taps out to the extra deep camel clutch, Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by submission
Miro demands his butler brush Fuego out of the ring and Charles does gently, but then Miro kicks Fuego the rest of the way. Charles is made to raise Miro’s hand in victory, but will he be able to stomach this all the way until February 3rd?
Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
The classic combination of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are building momentum in the tag team division! Will they steamroll through Big Shotty and The Extra Talented to rise up the ranks?
The teams sort out and JB starts against Johnson. Fans rally up as the two circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Johnson wrenches out, JB rolls and pushes Johnson to ropes, but Johnson runs JB over! Things speed up, JB leaps over and comes back to run Johnson over! JB keeps moving, Johnson dodges, double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. They shake hands to show respect, then Johnson tags out to Solow. JB and Solow tie up, Solow waistlocks but JB pries free to switch. Solow bucks off the roll, JB dodges to huricanrana! JB arm-drags Solow to an armlock and holds him down. Solow gets up, JB tags Luchasaurus but Solow reverses the whip.
JB dodges the clothesline and Luchasaurus BOOTS Solow! Luchasaurus puts Solow in the corner, Solow dodges and tags in Johnson! Luchasaurus CHOPS Solow, puts Johnson in a corner but Johnson boots back! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, so Johnson dodges and runs to kick back! Luchasaurus shakes his head, Johnson dodges and runs again, but leaps into Luchasaurus’ arms for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus keeps close on Johnson, drags him up and tags in JB. Jurassic Express coordinates, scoop slam and knee-board senton! Cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool, wraps a chinlock on Johnson, but Johnson fights up.
Johnson powers JB to the corner, tags in Solow, then powers out of the headlock. Solow scoops JB, Johnson runs in, back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Solow stomps JB, drags him up and throws hands. Fans rally, Solow stomps JB to the corner and tags in Johnson. Johnson stomps JB, suplexes then covers, TWO! Johnson keeps on JB but JB hits back, Johnson CLUBS him! Tag to Solow, Solow stomps JB, then scoop slams him down. Solow runs to drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Solow drags JB up, JB hits back but Solow CLUBS him. Tag to Johnson, double whip and double elbows! Johnson covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Johnson brings JB up and tags to Solow.
Solow whips Johnson in but JB boots him! JB dodges Solow to send him into buckles, Johnson gets JB and whips him to ropes, but JB rebound LARIATS! Both men are down and fans fire up, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus KNEES Solow, boots and clotheslines Johnson then TOSSES him! Luchasaurus puts Solow in a corner for fast hands and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up, runs in at Johnson, but Johnson dumps him out! Luchasaurus drags Johnson out to a wheelbarrow and swing into the railing! Marko Stunt laughs at Johnson while Luchasaurus gets in the ring. Solow is after Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus pushes him away to then BOOT him!
Luchasaurus swings, Solow dodges and runs, into a pop-up KNEE! Choke grip, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Johnson breaks it?! Big Shotty saves this at the last second but Luchasaurus throws him out. Tag to JB, but Johnson trips him up! Luchasaurus choke grips Johnson, brings him in, and then gets Solow in a choke grip, too! But Solow and Johnson slip out of the slams to double RAM Luchasaurus into a corner! Johnson hurries out to fetch JB and put him back in the ring. Solow drags JB up, but JB cradle counters! TWO, JB kicks low and suplexes, but Solow slips out. Johnson tags in, JB dodges him to uppercut Solow!
JB ROCKS Johnson, Solow BOOTS JB, Johnson BOMBS JB into Solow’s knees! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY and FLYING STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Shotty and Solow aren’t giving up yet! Fans rally up, Solow and Johnson bring JB up but JB escapes the suplex! Luchasaurus is in, HEADBUTT to Solow! JB full nelsons Johnson, TAIL WHIP to FACEBUSTER! Jurassic Express drags Solow back, SNARE TRAP! Solow taps, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
The boy and his dinosaur are rolling, but JB will be 1v1 with Dax Harwood for Dynamite! Will Dax being out of his comfort zone give Jungle Jack Perry the advantage?
Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT!
Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels are still on their tag title or bust journey! If they lose, they’re done! Will Terrell and Terrence Hughes blow SCU apart?
The teams sort out and the Heavy Metal Rebel starts with Terrell. They tie up, go around, and Kaz gets a waistlock then a drop toehold. Kaz shifts to a headlock, Terrell fights up, and Terrell tries to power out but Kaz holds on tight. Terrell fights back up, throws body shots, and back suplexes, only for Kaz to land on his feet. Kaz CHOPS Terrell, whips, but Terrell reverses. Kaz goes up and over, runs to duck and dodge, then blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss! Kaz keeps on the arm but Terrell endures. Terrell fights up, Kaz tags Daniels, and SCU crisscross Terrell, wrench him down, kick, clothesline and double stomp!
Daniels drags Terrell back up, bumps him off buckles, then elbows him in the back. Daniels whips Terrell to ropes but Terrell dodges then fakes out the calf kick! Tag to Terrence and he CLOBBERS Daniels! Daniels goes to a corner but Terrence rams his shoulder in. Terrence whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in but Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels feeds Terrence to Kaz’s boots then tags Kaz in. SCU double whips, body shot and rolling neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool, brings Terrence up and CHOPS him to a corner! Kaz brings Terrence up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaz drags Terrence up, puts him in the corner and tags in Daniels.
SCU whips Terrence out then into the corner, gamangiri to atomic drop! Daniels goes up, springboard crossbody and leg sweep combo! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows annoyed but he CHOPS Terrence down again. Daniels clubs Terrence, whips him to ropes, but Terrence reverses. Daniels dodges and crossbodies but into Terrence’s arms! For a POWERSLAM! Terrence’s arms hold him back but he tags Terrell in. Terrell throws haymakers, rams his shoulders into Daniels at a corner, then CHOPS him! Daniels is stinging but Terrell stands him up to CHOP again! Terrell TOSSES Daniels, covers, TWO! Terrell grows frustrated now as he drags Daniels up.
Tag to Terrence, Team TNT whips Daniels in, then Terrell whips Terrence in for a shoulder ram! Terrell adds a forearm smash, then Team TNT double Japanese arm-drags Daniels! Cover, TWO! Terrence brings Daniels up, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Terrence drags Daniels up, tags Terrell back in, and then Terrence scoop slams Daniels. Terrell uses Terrence as a weapon, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY onto Daniels! Cover, TWO! Tag to Terrence, Team TNT coordinate to drop ax handles on Daniels’ arm! Terrence drags Daniels up to ROCK with haymakers! Terrence suplexes but Daniels cradle counters, TWO! Daniels catches Terrence for an EXPLODER!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Daniels and Terrence crawl, hot tags to Terrell and Kaz! Kaz rallies on Terrell then whips, but Terrell reverses, only for Kaz to forearm! Kaz mule kicks and CLOBBERS Terrence, then scoops Terrell for a slam! Kaz springboards for the LEG DROP! Fans fire up as Kaz brings Terrell over. Tag to Daniels, SCU double whips to double hip toss into the POWREBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Terrence breaks it! Team TNT regroups, Kaz tags in but so does Terrence. Kaz ROCKS Terrence but Terrence ROCKS Kaz back! Kaz ROCKS Terrence again, then ducks the haymaker, but Terrence bucks the O’Conner roll while Terrell tags in!
Team TNT coordinates, FLYING LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives but Terrence tags back in. Team TNT mugs Kaz in the corner, the ref counts but Daniels gets in to throw hands. Terrell rocks Daniels back, Terrence keeps on Kaz! Team TNT coordinates, they whip SCU at each other, but Daniels reverses, only for Terrell to send Kaz into him after all! But Daniels disrupts the 3D with an STO! Kaz sunset flips Terrell, Terrell stays up but Kaz avoids the punch! Daniels BOOTS Terrell, Kaz gut wrenches, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
And the journey continues! The Addiction hasn’t lost so they aren’t calling it quits! Will this motivation help them make it all the way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro!
Eddie Kingston’s Fam have been working to get up the tag team ranks, though Death Triangle and Lance Archer have been after them. Will Butcher and Blade be caught off guard while having to watch their backs?
The teams sort out and Blade goes right after Navarro! M’Badu protests but the ref keeps him back as Blade stomps Navarro to the ropes. Blade brings Navarro up to whip and CLOBBER him! Now the jacket comes off, and Bunny Allie distracts the ref with her high pitch squealing as Blade uses the jacket to CHOKE Navarro! Blade drags Navarro up to scoop, then he tags in Butcher. They combine for the leg drop sidewalk slam! Butcher drags Navarro up, pump handles and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! And then a SLAM! Navarro flounders out of the ring but now Butcher distracts the ref so Allie can go after Navarro!
The Bunny is rabid but she laughs as she frolics away and Blade puts Navarro in. Butcher drags Navarro up and bumps him off buckles to then tag in Blade. They double headbutt Navarro, and then do it again! Blade digs his knee into Navarro’s face, Bunny mocks his pain, and Butcher drags Navarro up. Butcher tags in, he and Blade coordinate, POWERBOMB SLAM! Cover, M’Badu breaks it! Bunny protests but Butcher tosses Navarro over. M’Badu tags in, circles with Butcher as fans rally up, but Butcher powers M’Badu back to a corner. Butcher CHOPS, forearms, repeat! Butcher whips corner to corner, M’Badu reverses and hits a BIG splash!
M’Badu throws hands now, fires up, then runs corner to corner for another big splash! M’Badu scoops, Butcher slips out to kick and CLOBBER him! Tag to Blade, they drag M’Badu up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher & Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Another team was put on the chopping block and they got cut to pieces! Will Kingston’s family continue to carve a path of destruction right to the top of the tag division?
Rey Fenix VS Baron Black!
Speaking of Death Triangle, the Firebird is staying sharp as he flies solo! Will Fenix burn up the #EmpBruh on his way to Beach Break?
The bell rings, fans rally up as Fenix and Baron circle. The two tie up, Fenix wrenches, then wrenches again, but Baron wrenches out to wristlock. Fenix rolls under to get a trip up and cover, TWO! Baron has the cover, ONE! Fenix is after a leg but Baron gets the ropebreak. The ref counts and fans cheer as the two get up. Fenix and Baron stare down before they circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Fenix hits low then wrenches to a wristlock. Fenix steps over, ties Baron up in a cobra twist, but Baron hip tosses free! Fenix lands on his feet, Baron gets around to roll him up, TWO! Fenix kips up and there’s another standoff!
Fenix offers a handshake but Baron leaves him hanging. Baron gives a push, Fenix pushes back. Baron offers the handshake now, but Fenix takes it, only for Baron to SLAP him! Fenix snarls and swings, but Baron dodges to CHOP! Baron fires up but Fenix CHOPS him back! Baron puts Fenix in a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up, up, but into an ATOMIC DROP to an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fenix hurries out of the ring but Baron pursues. Baron drags Fenix up and POSTS him! Fans jeer as Baron drags Fenix up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally up, Baron stalks Fenix but Fenix kicks from the mat. Baron stomps Fenix, grabs at legs but Fenix kicks back!
Fenix kicks more but Baron CHOPS! Fenix kicks, kicks and KICKS! Baron hobbles up, Fenix kicks again but into a DRAGON SCREW! And a HALF CRAB! Baron gets both legs, shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fenix endures, pops out, covers, TWO! Baron gets up fast but Fenix CHOPS him again! Fenix puts Baron in a corner, ROCKS him with a forearm then CHOPS him again! Fenix wrenches, whips but Baron reverses HARD! And then whips HARD the other way! And the other way again! Atomic Drop to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fenix as he survives and crawls to a corner. Baron keeps his cool and walks over, blocks the kicks, and he yanks Fenix up into a bomb lift!
Fenix fights out, CHOPS and CHOPS, then runs, only to be thrown to the ramp! Fenix rolls back to his feet, ROCKS Baron back, then springboard SOBATS! Fans fire up as Fenix builds speed, dodges, tiger feint to HEEL KICK! Baron is dazed, Fenix aims from a corner, Fenix runs in to go up, around, but Baron throws him over! Fenix gets a leg, drags Baron down and hooks the legs up, MUDA LOCK! Baron endures as Fenix bends him way back! Baron crawls, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fenix lets go but follows Baron to a corner. Fenix CHOPS again, and CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Baron CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS!
Fenix staggers, Baron brings down the straps but the CHOPS keep flying back and forth! Faster and faster, Fenix gets the edge, but Baron dodges then follows to get around, SNAP GERMAN! Baron drags Fenix up to a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Baron has the legs, ties the legs up, CLOVERLEAF! Fenix endures, crawls, hits Baron’s legs, then turns over to get Baron’s arms! Baron lifts but Fenix goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up top to moonsault! Baron moves but Fenix just somersaults back into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!? Fenix drags Baron up, fireman’s carry, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Baron Black brought his game to a new level, but it still wasn’t enough to extinguish the Firebird! Will Fenix be on fire going towards the Beach Break trios main event?
Shanna VS KiLynn King!
Portugal’s Perfect Athlete is building power and rising up the ranks, but she still has a long way to go before the top. Will she be able to trump the would-be King?
The bell rings and Shanna circles with King. They tie up as fans rally and go around. Shanna arm-drags King down, King gets up and breaks free, and the two circle again. They tie up again, King puts Shanna on ropes then whips but Shanna handsprings! Shanna slips around to arm-drag and arm-drag! Shanna runs to huricanrana then enziguri! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps focus on King, throws forearms at the ropes, then whips her to ropes. King reverses, Shanna becomes Spider-Woman! King runs in but Shanna drops and King tumbles out of the ring! Shanna builds speed but King trips her up to drag her out! King goes to bump Shanna off apron but Shanna does it first!
Shanna spins King around on the apron to hit a ROLLING ELBOW! Shanna gets in but King body shots and forearms! King keeps Shanna in the ropes to then swing and HOTSHOT her! Cover, TWO! King grows frustrated and she drags Shanna up to buckle bump her. King CHOPS, CHOPS and stomps Shanna down! The ref counts, King stops, but then King rolls and runs to METEORA! King drags Shanna to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up while King keeps her cool, and she drags Shanna into the dragon sleeper! Shanna is fading! Fans rally up, Shanna gets a second wind and throws knees!
King CLUBS Shanna, inverted suplex, but Shanna slips around to a sleeper hold! It’s a standing dragon sleeper! King RAMS Shanna into buckles and is free. King runs back in but Shanna dodges and King hits buckles! Shanna CHOPS, CLUBS and fires off on King! Shanna rolls, runs and ROCKS King with another forearm! Shanna keeps moving and hits a LEAPING LARIAT, to a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! King survives and Shanna is shocked! Shanna fires up and fans rally behind her. Shanna brings King up but King ROCKS her back! King throws more forearms, whips her to a corner, but Shanna reverses. King ROUNDHOUSES back, then slips out to the apron.
King fires up, climbs up, but Shanna SHORYUKENS! Shanna spins King around into a Tree of Woe and KICKS her in the back! Shanna climbs, King sits up, WOE STOMPS! Shanna powers up, runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS at the ropes! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna’s power levels are rising even higher now! But will she be OVER 9000 as she heads after the top rankings?
Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok!
The Doctor is in, and finally back in the ring! She has to be sharp if she’s going to take on Thunder Rosa at Beach Break! Will Britt break in Brooke Havok as she debuts in AEW?
The bell rings and Britt doesn’t even take Brooke that seriously as they circle. They tie up, and Britt throws Brooke down hard! Brooke checks her teeth but Britt just brushes herself off. Britt drags Brooke up but Brooke shoves Britt away. They circle again, tie up, and Britt wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Fans rally, Britt hammerlocks then headlocks then hits the takeover. Brooke headscissors but Britt shakes that off to keep on the head. Brooke fights up, pries free and then gets a headlock of her own. Brooke throws Britt but Britt gets the headscissors! Britt squeezes tight, Brooke tires to get free but Britt uses leverage to crank on the head.
Brooke moves around, Britt counters that to a grounded suplex, and gets up to suplex again! One and a half amigas, basically. Britt blows a kiss to the camera and Rebel’s cohost laugh returns. Britt drags Brooke back up, but Brooke throws a forearm! And then SLAPS Britt! Britt storms over, Brooke dodges and whips but Britt reverses, only for Brooke to tilt-o-whirl headscissors and dropkick! Britt wobbles as Brooke goes up top but Britt hits ropes to trip her up! Britt then YANKS Brooke off the ropes, stomps away on the legs, and steps through for an ANKLE LOCK! Britt keeps the leg trapped before she gives Brooke the SURFBOARD STOMP!
Rebel gives Britt the medical glove, Britt clamps onto Brooke, for the LOCKJAW!! Brooke taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The Role Model gives Brooke her very first loss in pro-wrestling, because this was Brooke’s very first match ever! Will Brooke learn a lot from this debut?
Santana and Ortiz speak.
“It’s the time of year where it’s the popular type of trend to say ‘New year, new me.'” But the fact is, Santana and Ortiz have had their eyes on the prize the entire time. For all those teams who have been asleep, wake up and smell the coffee. It’s their time to eat. This is fair warning, so beware.
Abadon VS Vertvixen!
The Living Dead Girl is back! And though she isn’t AEW Women’s Champion, the chase is never over! Will Abadon haunt Vertvixen’s nightmares as she chases a golden dream?
The bell rings and Abadon goes right after Vert! Vert manages to get away as the ref reprimand Abadon, but Abadon runs in to RAM Vert in the corner! And again and again! Abadon lets off to then hit a METEORA! Vert flounders around, Abadon drags Vert up but Vert jawbreakers! Abadon wobbles but stays up to stare at her with those soulless eyes. Vert hits a forearm but Abadon BACK HANDS her! Abadon whips Vert but Vert hits back with forearms! Abadon clinches and knees Vert over and over! Abadon whips, Vert sunset flips but Abadon punches right out! Abadon sits Vert up to STOMP her down!
The ref is too scared to reprimand, but Abadon drags Vert up by her hair. Abadon CLUBS Vert, and again, and again! Fans rally but Abadon whips Vert. Vert stops herself to BOOT back! Vert runs in, into a FISHERMAN EXPLODER! Abadon sits up and dribbles Vert off the mat over and over! The ref tries to reprimand but Abadon scares him more. Abadon drags Vert up, reels her in to a Gory Bomb, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Vert ended up with more than a chill up her spine, and Abadon continues to creep her way up the ranks. Will Abadon return to the title picture to haunt Hikaru Shida all over again?
The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards!
The Pageant Provocation has taken a new form! Avalon challenged Big Shotty to this contest of style and grace, but will he end up the one losing?
The judges are already on stage as Justin Roberts introduces the concept’s rules. The three “pretty” judges will watch as each man, with one stylish outfit each, will take 10 steps down the runway, pose, then walk back those 10 steps. The winner will be determined by Brandi, Jerry and Aubrey. But then Avalon walks out and wants Justin to let him handle those introductions himself. Obviously we have Brandi Rhodes, who was an international model on magazine covers, and now is a pregnant mother to be. Avalon believes that makes her a MILF: A Mother I’d Like to Forget. Then there’s Aubrey Edwards, AEW’s premier female referee, but wait shouldn’t she be in the Kentucky Derby? And lastly, Jerry F’N Lynn! He’s like Spinal Tap, brings it to an 11, he is beautiful. Avalon’s standards are weird.
But anyway, with Avalon out here, Big Shotty makes his entrance! Despite the loss earlier tonight, Johnson cleans up nice in his suit, slacks and shoes. Johnson will start us off with his 10 step strut on the red carpet. He hits the pose, does a spin even, and then walks back up the red carpet. Fans are on his side, but the judges give their scores. Aubrey has a 9, Brandi has a 9, and Jerry has a 9! All nines across the board, so Avalon will have to get at least one 10 to win.
Avalon takes off the robe to show off his own shining smoking jacket. PPA struts his stuff, stutters a step, but strikes the pose and unbuttons the jacket. Avalon struts his way back, and now for the judges’ scores. Aubrey says a 9, Brandi says a 9. And Jerry says a… Wait, he wants a replay? The production team puts it on the titantron, and yes, Jerry saw it, too! The stutter step! That will have to affect his scoring. Jerry hates to do this, but it’s not a 9, but a 6!! Johnson wins!!
Winner: Lee Johnson
Avalon is furious that he lost his own concept! And then CEZAR BONONI shows up to DECK Johnson!? Avalon likes that! Avalon adds on stomps but Jerry Lynn steps up to defend Johnson! PPA may be a sore loser, but will Big Shotty get payback for that cheap shot?
Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna!
Despite being the tag team Chris Jericho brought to AEW, Proud ‘n’ Powerful did NOT win the Inner Circle Triple Threat Tag Challenge! Will they vent their frustrations out on the Priest of Sin and the Real Man of Steel?
The teams sort out, and Verna insists he start. Ryzin reluctantly accepts, and Verna circles with Ortiz. They tie up, Verna headlocks but Ortiz powers out. They ram shoulders, both men stay up so Ortiz dropkicks Verna down! Ortiz baits Verna in, to spin him and hit a backbreaker! Ortiz hits a HALF HATCH, then he runs in at the corner to splash! Tag to Santana, Ortiz whips Santana in for the uppercut! Santana brings Verna up to suplex high and hard! Fans rally as Santana CHOPS Verna! And KICKS him! Santana drags Verna up, tags in Ortiz, and PNP mug Verna on the ropes. They whip, Verna reverses, rocks Santana but Ortiz dodges! Santana fireman’s carries, Ortiz runs in, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER COMBO! Santana DECKS Ryzin while Ortiz covers, PNP wins!!
Winners: Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall
That win was faster than a speeding bullet! But sadly, being the fifth ranked team in AEW doesn’t matter anymore if #Y2MJF is the official team of the Inner Circle. Will Santana and Ortiz take out every other tag team to prove a point to Jericho?
Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne!
The Brazilian blackbelt continues to hang out with The Dark Order, but has she officially joined up yet? Can she convince AEW’s new arrival to #JoinDarkOrder?
Negative One shows off his “power” by tearing his shirt off and throwing it at the camera man! The bell rings and Davienne runs in, only for Conti to boot her and roll her back into a body scissor roll! Conti hooks the arms with her legs and bridges back into a modified butterfly stretch! Davienne pushes Conti down to a sunset flip, TWO! Conti gets the arms, brings Davienne up and monkey flips her! Conti rolls back to cover, TWO! Conti shoves Davienne down to get the KNEEBAR! Davienne flails and moves around, she drags herself and Conti over to the ROPEBREAK! Conti lets off, Jay and Negative One coach Conti up, but Davienne throws Conti down by her hair!
Davienne runs for a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Conti survives but Davienne struts about. Conti gets up and smirks. Conti taps Davienne on the shoulder, blocks the boot and KNEES her back! Ripcord and tayatoshis! Davienne wants a time out as she bails out, but Conti pursues! Davienne gets back in the ring, Conti gets on the apron and BOOTS Davienne as she runs over! Conti ties Davienne up in the ropes for a draping clutch! The ref counts, Conti stops at 4 and runs in to rally with clotheslines! Conti whips Davienne to a corner, runs in and KNEES her!
Conti whips again, Davienne reverses but Conti goes up! Conti boots Davienne away, leaps over her and comes back to BOOT her down! Conti gets the leg, blows a kiss and rolls Davienne into the leg hook half nelson clutch! Davienne taps out, Conti wins!
Winner: Tay Conti, by submission
Conti gives Davienne a kiss goodnight before letting her go, and then celebrates with Jay and Negative One! Will Conti officially #JoinDarkOrder at some point?
Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz!
Number 10 was just as disappointed as the rest of the Dark Order when Hangman Page chose NOT to #JoinDarkOrder, but you can’t dwell on the past! Will Vance move forward and perhaps even convince his opponent to sign up in Hangman’s place?
The bell rings and Negative One joins commentary as Vance and Jaz circle. Vance and Jaz tie up, Vance powers Jaz to a corner but lets off as the ref counts. Jaz and Vance circle again and tie up. Vance powers Jaz back but Jaz puts him in the corner this time. The ref counts and Jaz gives a push as he lets off. Jaz runs, Vance runs him over! Fans rally up as things speed up. Jaz drops, hurdles, but Vance shoves him. Jaz wheelbarrows but into a stungun GERMAN! Negative One loves seeing that! Vance runs into the corner and clotheslines Jaz! Vance whips, Jaz reverses but Vance goes up and over. The leg buckles, Jaz CHOP BLOCKS! Negative One does not like seeing that!
Jaz drops elbows on the bad leg, then again. Jaz hits a knee breaker and Vance clutches the leg. The fans rally for Vance and Jaz yanks on the leg to another knee breaker! Vance writhes, Jaz drags him around to tie up the legs, then he hooks the leg up. Jaz grabs at the arm, pulls Vance back and Negative One grows frustrated. Vance endures, fights off this half surfboard, and Jaz TWEAKS the leg! Vance hits body shots back and that is back to Negative One’s liking. Jaz CLUBS Vance, stomps the bad leg, then pushes Vance around. Jaz grabs the leg for a cover, TWO! High stack, TWO! Jaz drags Vance to the ropes to drop down on the leg! Negative One is not liking this as Jaz has the leg again.
Jaz stands on the leg, then SMASHES the knee into the mat! Jaz puts Vance in the corner, wraps the leg around the rope, but the ref counts. Jaz lets go at 4, runs in but Vance dodges! Jaz only gets buckles and then Vance ROCKS him! Jaz forearms back, Vance hits back, Jaz uppercuts but Vance BOOTS! Jaz manages to leap over Vance but into a LARIAT! Vance whips and back drops Jaz, and Negative One says this is what Hell looks like for Jaz! Jaz writhes to a corner, Vance fires up and Negative One gets on the desk to give the signal. Vance runs in but Jaz elbows him away!
Jaz runs, into the SPINEBUSTER! Negative One is fired up for Vance as he drags Jaz back up. Hammerlock, ripcord, NEGATIVE RAINMAKER! Cover, Vance wins!
Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall
The Dark Order is fired up, and Negative One goes to the ring to celebrate, by giving Jaz a kendo stick smack! Brian Pillman Jr. gets in to defend Jaz, and it’s a duel between kendo stick and… lacrosse stick? Negative One is a small target, though, and he SMACKS BPJ in the stomach! Negative One goes after BPJ more with smack after smack, after smack! He even uses BPJ’s own lacrosse stick to choke BPJ! Preston Vance pulls Negative One away from BPJ! Will the Dark Order show no mercy as they look to take over AEW?
Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski!
Things have been bittersweet for Red Velvet lately, but there’s always a chance to rebound! Will Velvet be serving up a fresh L tonight?
Negative One surprisingly returns to commentary, having calmed down from just a moment ago. The bell rings and the two circle to tie up. They go around, break, and Madi mocks Velvet’s height. Velvet and Madi tie up again, they go around, Madi puts Velvet in a corner. The ref calls for the break, Velvet kicks then runs but Madi runs her over! Madi says, “Welcome to Reality!” Things speed up, Velvet hits a calf kick! Fans rally as Madi flounders to a corner. Velvet fires off and stomps Madi down, then does the splits to dig her boot into Madi’s head! Velvet stirs it up, lets off at 4, and then runs back in. Madi uses the ropes as defense, then kicks at Velvet as she backs off.
Velvet runs in but into a buckle shot! Negative One is impressed! Cover, TWO! Madi fireman’s carries and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Velvet survives but Madi tries again, TWO! Velvet has the cover, ONE! Madi CLUBS Velvet, Velvet hits back from below. Madi drags Velvet up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to splash! Madi runs back in to RAM her shoulder in! Madi kicks Velvet away, steps in and snapmares, but Velvet comes back to spin for a COMPLETE SHOT! Velvet fires up and stomps in the corner. Negative One says the oven is on and heating up! Velvet rallies with lariats on Madi! Madi swings, misses, Velvet ROCKS her, kicks a leg out then HEEL KICKS!
Velvet drags Madi up, whips her to ropes, but Madi reverses, only for Velvet to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Velvet stirs it up and hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Madi flounders, Velvet builds speed, and DOUBLE KENES Madi at the ropes! Velvet keeps moving, JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!
Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall
Velvet wins the match and Negative One wins $5 from the gentlemen’s bet he made with Excalibur. Will Velvet be poised in the top 5 soon enough? Will Negative One think Velvet should #JoinDarkOrder?
Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight!
The Samoan Dragon and the Boricuan Spider are 1v1 for the first time in AEW! Which bright young star shines brighter in the Dark?
Negative One sticks around, he’s enjoying commentary too much. No bets are placed but Negative One says Limelight’s got this one because he’s so skilled. The bell rings, Limelight and Maluta circle, tie up, and Limelight picks a leg to trip Maluta up. Limelight rolls Maluta to a whip, things speed up, but Maluta grabs a leg to roll Limelight. Maluta keeps moving, Limelight rolls Maluta, TWO! Fans rally as the two stand off and reset. Maluta and Limelight circle, Maluta shows handshake but kicks low! Maluta CHOPS, CHOPS, and throws big forearms! Maluta whips Limelight corner to corner, Limelight reverses but Maluta puts him on the apron.
Limelight enziguris, then jumps, jumps and arm-drags! Maluta bails out, Limelight builds speed, and FLIES! Tornillo Conjilo! Fans fire up as Limelight does his dance and brings Maluta back into the ring. Maluta sits up into a PENALTY KICK! Cover, Limelight wins!!
Winner: Danny Limelight, by pinfall
Negative One was proven right as the Spider strikes and slays the Dragon! Will Limelight shine and rise up the rankings?
Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure!
La Sicaria and the Cuban Diamond have been running strong as a tag team, but it’s back to singles actions for tonight. Will Ivelisse be better than her #TopTier opponent?
Jazmin gets in Ivelisse’s face but then cools off as the bell rings. They feel out the grapple but Ivelisse fires off fast hands and a kick! Ivelisse CHOPS, whips but Jazmin dropkicks a leg out! Jazmin talks trash again but Ivelisse RAMS into her! Ivelisse hooks a leg for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed but she stalks Jazmin to ropes. Ivelisse stomps Jazmin, dribbles her off the mat, then lets off to KICK her while she’s down! Jazmin goes to the apron, Ivelisse argues with the ref, and Diamante gets a hard shot in! Ivelisse stomps Jazmin, digs her boot into Jazmin’s chest, then lets off. Ivelisse kicks Jazmin while she’s down, then drags her into a seated cobra twist.
Jazmin endures, fans rally up, but Ivelisse thrashes her around. Jazmin fights up and moves around to throw body shots! Ivelisse CLUBS Jazmin down, then lines up the shot for the QUESTION MARK KICK! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed again but she drags Jazmin up again. Ivelisse snap suplexes and bridges, TWO! Jazmin gets up but Ivelisse is right on her with double overhooks. Jazmin fights up, spins around throws body shots to then hit a JAWBREAKER! Ivelisse wobbles, Jazmin fires up and runs into the corner to forearm smash! Jazmin fires off fast hands, Ivelisse shoves her away but Jazmin wheelbarrows to a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Jazmin grows frustrated, she fights up and fires forearms and counter punches! Ivelisse blocks a punch to cravat KNEE! Jazmin crumples but Ivelisse pushes her around. Ivelisse aims, for a SPINNING ENZIGURI! Cover, Ivelisse wins!
Winner: Ivelisse, by pinfall
One half of the Women’s Tag Cup winners continues to win, will she and Diamante get in on the big AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament that’s coming?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick!
Team Taz’s Machine and Absolute are going to take on Darby Allin and Sting in a Tag Team Street Fight at AEW Revolution, but the rest of the team is still pursuing the top spots! Will the Powerhouse pulverize his opponent to prove he’s worthy of the upper ranks?
The bell rings and JSP dropkicks but it barely budges Hobbs! Hobbs catches the punch to a cording hold, then whips JSP to run him right over! The ref checks on JSP but he’s okay to continue, so Hobbs tosses him out! Hobbs argues with the ref, Hook is lurking, Hook hits an EXPLODER! Taz is a proud father on commentary as Hobbs goes out to fetch JSP. Hobbs drags JSP up, scoops him and puts him in the ring. Hobbs takes his time stalking JSP before he drags him back up. Hobbs eggs JSP on and JSP throws forearms! JSP ROCKS Hobbs, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs smiles then brings the straps down.
JSP crawls to the corner, Hobbs takes aim, BIG CORNER SPLASH! Hobbs drags JSP into a pump handle scoop and SLAM! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall
The “Town Business” is booming and Hobbs has another win! Will Hobbs continue to manhandle the mere mortals put before him?
A good AEW Dark, with a handful of highlights. For one, Fenix VS Baron Black was a great match, and a great showing for Baron, even in losing. Then, for The Walk Off sounding so goofy, AEW managed to do it so well that it was actually a lot of fun. Plus, I like that they used Avalon losing to bring Bononi into something. I wonder if Avalon and Bononi become a new tag team with the “we’re good looking” gimmick. Maybe a match with Avalon and Bononi can be how the team of Johnson and Solow get their first win in AEW.
Another highlight, surprisingly, was Negative One being on commentary and running around. He was a pretty fun part of Vance’s, Velvet’s and Limelight’s matches. And I haven’t been keeping up with Being the Elite, but I guess there’s something brewing between him and Pillman Jr. I do appreciate that AEW does a great job of integrating every layer of their media, from Dynamite to Dark to now BTE, it’s just on us fans to try and keep up. I feel like Negative One should become the BTE Champion (apparently that’s a thing now) so he can plug that on Dark and Dynamite for those who aren’t keeping up.
My Score: 8.1/10
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