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 Rampage Results & Report! (1/27/23)
Hangman is on a Rampage!
Will the Cowboy break the Decoder?
Before facing Jon Moxley for the third time on next Wednesday’s Dynamite, Hangman Page is gonna bring the Cowboy Shiz to Wheeler Yuta! Will Hangman knockout the ROH Pure Champion?
- Hangman Page VS Wheeler Yuta; wins.
- Six Man Tag: Danhausen & Best Friends VS Team Triple J; Team Triple J wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Tony Mudd; Hobbs wins.
- AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter VS Emi Sakura; Hayter wins and denies Emi a title opportunity.
PLAY BY PLAY
Hangman Page VS Wheeler Yuta!
The Cowboy called out Jon Moxley for Dynamite in Dayton, Ohio, but the Decoder thought that was rather presumptuous. Will the ROH Pure Champion defend the honor of the Blackpool Combat Club and his mentor? Or will there be a lot of #CowboySh*t going down in Lexington?
The bell rings, and Yuta SHOTGUNS Hangman right down! Hangman ends up at the ropes, Yuta stomps away but Hangman shoves him away. Yuta comes back with forearms but Hangman shoves him again. Hangman CHOPS, Yuta grits his teeth, but Hangman whips. Yuta slips off the scoop and ties Hangman up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Hangman endures, fans rally and duel while Yuta digs his hand into the ribs. Hangman powers up and back drops but Yuta sunset flips it! ONE, and Hangman swings, but into a takedown! Yuta has a leg, and hits a spinning toehold! Yuta then steps though to spinning toehold the other leg!
Yuta ties up the legs and he talks smack. Hangman slaps but Yuta SLAPS! They SLAP, even while Hangman is down on the mat! Yuta stands to bridge and put pressure on the Indian Deathlock! Fans cheer as Yuta folds his arms for a full neck bridge! Hangman endures, reaches out, and grabs on for the ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets off quickly and Hangman scrambles to a corner. Yuta storms up to CHOP Hangman, then ROCK him with a forearm. And CHOP again! Hangman turns things around, Yuta dodges the chop to CHOP and forearm on repeat! Yuta whips corner to corner, but Hangman comes back to CLOBBER Yuta!
Fans fire up while Hangman snarls and catches his breath. The ref checks on Yuta but he’s okay to continue. Fans rally for the Cowboy Shiz, and Hangman storms up on Yuta. Hangman CHOPS Yuta in the corner, follows him to another corner, and CHOPS him again! But Yuta forearms and CHOPS in return! Yuta runs, but into a BIG forearm! Hangman snapmares Yuta, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Hangman is annoyed that Yuta is still in this, but he brings Yuta up. Hangman HEADBUTTS Yuta and Yuta wobbles. Hangman whips, Yuta holds ropes, and Hangman runs in, only for Yuta to throw him out!
Yuta HOTSHOTS Hangman and Hangman goes to the floor. Hangman gets in the ring as Yuta builds speed, and scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up as Hangman kips up, and Hangman sees Yuta on the apron. Hangman TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Yuta falls to the floor, stands back up, and Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Hangman kicks Yuta around as the ring count climbs. Fans rally, Hangman puts Yuta in at 5 of 10. But Yuta comes back to DIVE onto Hangman! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up even more! Yuta drags Hangman up as the count resets, and he CHOPS!
Yuta follows Hangman over to the timekeeper’s area, ROCKS him and CHOPS him, and repeat! Yuta brings Hangman back into the ring at 7 of 10, but Hangman bails back out. Yuta builds speed again to DIVE, but Hangman catches him! POP-UP APRON POWERBOMB! Hangman drags Yuta up and into the ring fast, then storms up top POP-UP SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta hangs tough and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Hangman is a bit frustrated but he drags Yuta back up. Hangman CHOPS Yuta right off his feet! Hangman holds up a finger and fans agree, “One More Time!” Yuta CHOPS Hangman, but Hangman CHOPS Yuta! Yuta falls back down but Hangman puts him in the corner. Hangman CHOPS again! Yuta sputters and falls over. Hangman kicks Yuta around, brings him back up, and hoists Yuta up top. Hangman climbs up after Yuta, and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Hangman is annoyed but he clamps on a rear bearhug! Hangman squeezes and Rampage returns to single picture. Yuta endures, fights up, and he throws elbows!
Fans rally but Hangman kicks low. Hangman whips Yuta to a corner, but Yuta BOOTS back! Yuta hops up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! A standing count starts, Yuta and Hangman sit up at 4 of 10, then stand at 5. Yuta atomic drops and ENZIGURIS! Hangman goes to a corner, Yuta runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Yuta shoves Hangman out and goes up top, FLYING LARIAT! And a kip up! Fans fire up and Yuta runs at Hangman in the corner, to back elbow! And LARIAT! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Yuta snarls but he goes to a corner. Yuta climbs up, but Hangman ROCKS Yuta!
Yuta CLUBS Hangman, but Hangman ROCKS and HEADBUTTS Yuta over and over! Hangman lets off, climbs up after Yuta and fireman’s carries?! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!? Yuta survives and Hangman is shocked! Hangman throws off his elbow pad as fans rally for that Cowboy Shiz! But Yuta anchors a foot. Yuta eggs Hangman on so Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta flounders, but he eggs Hangman on again! So Hangman drags Yuta back up to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Yuta sits up and shakes his head! Hangman says fine, one more time! GERMAN- NO, Yuta blocks!
Yuta pries the waistlock, Hangman CLUBS him on the back, but Yuta shoots around! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, ONE! But Yuta GERMAN SUPLEXES again! And then GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Yuta is still going, he’s Suplex Wheeler! Hangman blocks the fourth, grabs ropes, and the ref counts. Yuta holds on, Hangman throws elbows, and Yuta staggers away. Hangman goes to the apron, Yuta rushes in, Hangman boots but Yuta blocks it! Yuta ties the leg up in the ropes! And then HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on the ropes!! The ref counts, Yuta lets off, and then goes onto the apron. Yuta waistlocks but Hangman holds onto ropes to resist!
Hangman REAR HEADBUTTS! And again! Yuta staggers, Hangman runs in, but Yuta shoots around to POST Hangman, and then APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! But Yuta holds on as they roll off the apron, to GERMAN SUPLEX Hangman to the floor! Hangman lands on his face but both men are down! Fans lose their minds as the ref checks them both. Yuta gets to the corner and climbs!? Hangman stands, Yuta SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Direct hit and down goes Hangman! Fans are thunderous as Yuta puts Hangman back in! Yuta climbs up again, and he FLYING SPLASHES onto knees!! Cover, TWO!!! LARIAT OUTTA NOWHERE!!
Fans are thunderous again as Hangman has a wild look in his eyes! Hangman goes to the apron, takes aim at Yuta, BUCKSHOT- INTERCEPTED!? OLYMPIC SLAM!! Yuta goes back up top, for another FLYING SPLASH!! It hits this time, and Yuta covers, TWO!!!! Hangman survives, but Yuta just rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Hangman blocks one, drags Yuta up to a fireman’s carry, but Yuta elbows free! Yuta runs to BOOT Hangman, Hangman spins but Yuta ducks the discus! Yuta BOOTS again, Hangman spins again, ROLLING ELBOW!! Yuta wobbles, roars, and fires off forearms and CHOPS!
Yuta BITES Hangman’s forehead! The ref reprimands, Yuta stops, but Hangman whips him away. Yuta rewinds, but Hangman slides out! Yuta looks for where Hangman went, and turns around into BUCKSHOT!!! But Hangman doesn’t end it there! He is enraged, and he drags Yuta up to underhook! Hangman steals DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
A message was sent to The Maniac, and Hangman tells Moxley he’ll see him next week! What will happen when we get the finale in the trilogy that is Hangman VS Moxley?
AEW shares footage from after last Wednesday’s Dynamite.
Ricky Starks & Action Andretti regrouped after their loss to the Jericho Appreciation Society. Action says, “Chris and Sammy didn’t beat us tonight. That baseball bat beat us tonight! You had somebody in that ring with you that was on your level, and without that baseball bat, you wouldn’t have the same outcome tonight.” Action guarantees Guevara that Action can beat him! And Starks says he had Jericho beat with the Roshambeaux on the outside. But once again, the JAS didn’t get the job done, a baseball bat did. Or maybe Sammy, or maybe Danny, or maybe Hager. But it’s never Chris! Starks beat Chris once, he can do it again.
So what does Starks have to do to get Jericho 1v1 again? He’ll do anything! Starks can beat, Tiger Beat, B-E-A-T, Michael Jackson Beat It, Starks can beat Jericho! “And that is the Absolute truth.” So when and where will Starks & Andretti finally settle things with the JAS?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“This is what you guys wanted, right?! Let my demons push me, keep it going, I can’t get away from them ever! So I quit. I’m done trying. House of Black, you’re right! You’re right! This, the true Eddie Kingston, has to come out now! And too bad, Ortiz, you had to be the fatal shot. If you don’t like it, do something. Now House of Black, I understand your way. You just have to accept me. I understand you. I feel you. I’m ready to go home.” Is the Mad King going to join the Kings of the Black Throne and truly make AEW #FadeToBlack?
Six Man Tag: Danhausen & Best Friends VS Team Triple J!
While Orange Cassidy retained the All-Atlantic Championship against Jay Lethal weeks ago, things are far from settled between these teams. The Very Nice, Very Evil Overlord teams with Trent & Chuck against Lethal, Jeff Jarrett and the One in a Billion, Satnam Singh, will they finally avenge Paul Walter Hauser?
Speaking of, Sonjay Dutt has the Golden Globe with him in a little display case! He’s rubbing the theft in everyone’s faces! But Lexington fires up for the Kentucky Gentleman’s homecoming! And Danhausen is mocking Jeff Jarrett by bringing a ukulele with him. But Lethal snatches that, too! They’re all kleptomaniacs! And then Satnam SMASHES Danhausen’s ukulele! Lethal CLOBBERS Chuck Taylor from behind, fans boo, and the bell rings to get this on record. Lethal JABS, JABS, JABS and whips Chuck corner to corner. Chuck goes up and over, arm-drags Lethal, then arm-drags him again! Chuck keeps on the arm and fans fire up.
Tag to Trent, Best Friends double whip to double shoulder tackle, and then they shake hands for the double elbow drop. Fans cheer, Trent covers, TWO! Trent drags Lethal, Lethal hits low, and Lethal tags Jarrett. The Last Outlaw kicks Trent, throws hands, but fans boo. Jarrett ROCKS Trent but Trent CHOPS! Trent forearms, Jarrett headlocks but Trent powers out. They speed up., Trent hurdles, drops and CLOBBERS Jarrett! Fans cheer as Trent steps on Jarrett’s face. Tag to Chuck and Chuck bumps Jarrett off buckles. Chuck stomps a mudhole into Jarrett, then he tags in Danhausen. Fans fire up as Danhausen stomps a mudhole in!
Danhausen tags Trent, Best Friends double whip Jarrett to the corner, then they send Danhausen in! Danhausen clotheslines, then feeds Jarrett to double shoulders from Best Friends! Best Friends flex, and Danhausen stands on Jarrett’s chest while he flexes! The ref reprimands, Danhausen steps off, but Lethal runs in! But into SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! And then Best Friends all BLAST Satnam off the apron! Fans fire up as Best Friends all go to corners, only for Team Triple J to trip them all! NOT what the people want! Jarrett drags Danhausen out to throw him into the timekeeper’s area while Lethal drags Chuck to the floor.
Satnam steps into the ring, stalks Trent, and he drags him up. Trent breaks free and CHOPS, but Satnam doesn’t even flinch! Trent CHOPS again, then kicks a leg, and fires off! Satnam stays up, blocks the whip and whips Trent hard into a corner! Trent tumbles up and out and then to the floor! Lethal stalks Trent, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo, Jarrett tags in and Sonjay talks a lot of trash. Cassidy “storms” over to back Sonjay off, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
The ref reprimands Team Triple J, they back off of Trent. Cassidy has to back up, too, and Lethal fetches Trent for Jarrett. Jarrett kicks Trent, has him on the ropes, and he tags in Lethal. Jarrett whips Trent and kicks low, for Lethal to run in and SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Lethal struts and poses, but fans give thumbs down. Lethal brings Trent up, he tags in Satnam, and they mug Trent. Satnam and Lethal whip Trent to ropes, then Satnam ELBOWS Trent down! Cover, but Satnam brings Trent up! Satnam wants to play with his food as he drags Trent up again. Tag to Lethal, he climbs up, and he AX HANDLES Trent down! Lethal covers now, TWO!
Trent scrambles to the apron but Lethal grabs the legs. ROPE GUILLOTINE! Trent sputters, the ref reprimands, but Jarrett drags Trent to the apron to CLUB him! Chuck is furious, the ref is distracted, and Sonjay gets a shot in! Cassidy “storms” over again and Sonjay backs off. Lethal tags Jarrett and they split the wishbone on Trent! Jarrett drags Trent onto ropes and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Jarrett runs side to side to STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts now, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Lethal has Trent’s legs. But Trent twists and Victory Rolls Lethal, TWO! Lethal spins for the ROLLING ELBOW! Then he GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Trent lands on his feet! Hot tag to Chuck! Fans fire up as Chuckie T rallies on Lethal, DECKS Jarrett, then forearms Satnam! Satnam barely budges, Lethal dodges Chuck and whips him corner to corner. Lethal runs in but into a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Chuck then clinches for a COMPLETE SHOT, to a KOJI KLUTCH! But Jarrett breaks it out! The ref reprimands but Jarrett tags in. Jarrett kicks Chuck, he and Lethal double whip Chuck to a corner.
Lethal whips Jarrett in, but Chuck goes up and over! Jarrett hits buckles, Lethal runs in, but Chuck drop toeholds Lethal into Jarrett’s gut! Lethal staggers up, Chuck clotheslines Lethal up and out, then PLANCHAS for good measure! Chuck hurries back in, he blocks Jarrett’s kick and trips him! Chuck steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Jarrett endures, Lethal goes up top! HAIL TO THE KING MISSES as Chuck sits up! Chuck then sits back to put more pressure on the Figure Four! Jarrett reaches out, and Satnam makes the tag with his long arms! Satnam storms up to Chuck and drags him right off the mat!
Satnam SHOVES Chuck away, and Danhausen tags in!! Fans fire up as the Overlord steps up to the giant! Fans fire up, Danhausen powers up, and he fires off body shots! And CHOPS! Satnam doesn’t even flinch! Danhausen runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Danhausen but Satman isn’t amused. Danhausen crouches, but Satnam blocks the dick punch! Satnam palms Danhausen’s head like a basketball! Satnam whips Danhausen to a corner hard, then runs in., But Danhausen dodges and Satnam hits buckles! Danhausen goes out, HOTSHOTS Satnam, and then Trent HOTSHOTS! And Chuck HOTSHOTS!
Satnam sputters, staggers, Best Friends distract the ref so even Orange Cassidy can HOTSHOT Satnam! Sonjay rushes in, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Danhausen has Jarrett’s guitar!! But the ref stops him from getting a Smash Hit! Fans boo, but Jarrett rushes in with the Golden Globe! GLOBE SHOT!! Satnam stands on Danhausen for the cover, Team Triple J win!
Winners: Team Triple J, by pinfall
As if stealing the Golden Globe wasn’t enough, they just used it to steal this win! Possession may be 9/10 of the law, but will true justice be served soon enough?
AEW shares more footage from after last Wednesday’s Dynamite.
Renee Paquette found Ruby Soho backstage to ask her about that win over Toni Storm. There was just a bit of controversy, though, as Britt Baker- Oh, speaking of, Britt walks over with a slow clap. “Big, big win for Ruby on Dynamite tonight. Congrats, Ruby!” Ruby tells “Brittany” that she should’ve known her “thirsty ass couldn’t avoid the spotlight tonight.” Ruby doesn’t want Britt back here, and she sure didn’t want Britt out there. Ruby doesn’t know in what world Britt thought Ruby wanted or needed Britt’s help. Britt tells Ruby that she doesn’t like Ruby, either, but maybe it’s time Britt finally admits Ruby has some, some, importance to the AEW Women’s Division.
“Now obviously, there is a very clear divide in this women’s division. And instead of showing up here every week, eenie, meenie, miney mo, which side will Ruby go? Why don’t you grow a backbone and pick a side. And if you’re smart, you’ll know which side to pick.” Britt leaves, and leaves Ruby a lot to think about. Will the enemy of her enemy end up her ally? Or will Ruby choose to stand on her own against both Britt and Storm?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Tony Mudd!
The Book of Hobbs continues to be written, one battered body at a time. Will the Powerhouse print another punishing chapter here tonight? Or will Hobbs be dragged through the Kentucky Mudd?
The bell rings and Hobbs circles with Mudd. Hobbs looks amused, he rushes in but Mudd dodges. Mudd thinks he’s smart, but he turns around into a LARIAT! Mudd scrambles to a corner and Hobbs storms up. Hobbs drags Mudd up, ROCKS him, and then runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Hobbs talks smack, then SPLASHES again! And then again! Mudd flounders, Hobbs drags him back up and shouts, “I take everything I want!” Hobbs TOSSES Mudd around, drags him back up, and torture racks! RACK BOMB!! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall
The Powerhouse was a Mudd slinger out there, and he makes sure everyone understands what’s coming. Will we see gold added to the legend written in the Book of Hobbs?
Top Flight speaks.
Darius Martin says, “Lately, anybody that’s been tuning in sees why we are what we claim we are, and that’s the Coldest Team in the Game.” They’ve taken it to some of the best professional wrestlers in the company. They may have come up short before, their luck turned around last week in their win over two-thirds of the AEW World Trios Champions in the Young Bucks. They’ve proved that the third time is the charm. Dante says, “Speaking of three, we won three hundred thousand dollars, in the Three Kings Casino Battle Royal. And speaking of three, we see three trios titles around you boys’ waists.
“So we gave AR Fox a call, and we’re issuing a challenge. Step up or take flight.” Angel Dorado, Air Wolf and The People’s Choice are hungry, but are they better than The Elite?
Backstage interview with Dustin Rhodes.
Renee says it is good to see The Natural back here at work. She knows it was a rough month for the Rhodes family, how is he feeling back with his work family? Dustin says it feels a bit weird. Tony Khan was gracious enough to give Dustin time to reach out to the fans and say thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. It really has been a terrible month with the loss of his mother, but he thought it was best to get out of his head and rip off the Band-aid. Dustin is here, glad to see his family-away-from-family. But then Swerve and Mogul Affiliates walks in…
Swerve says he’s playing the world’s smallest violin for Dustin. But what is up with another old veteran coming in here, trying to steal the spotlight and making it all about him? Is Swerve gonna have to take out another old man like he almost did with Billy Gunn, and add The Natural to that list? Dustin tells Swerve to step back. Swerve says, “The nerve of you Rhodes family guys. First it’s you with the slick mouth. Your brother ain’t sh*t, and let’s not talk about your dad, bro.” Dustin gets mad now! Keep Dusty Rhodes’ name out of your mouth, Swerve. Swerve tells Dusty to step off, but Dusty tells Swerve is the one to step off.
Things get very tense, but referees hurry in to stop this. Swerve tells Dustin to understand who runs this now. Dustin steps away, but will he show that this isn’t Swerve’s House?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Tonight, we see Japanese legend, Emi Sakura, who has won many titles in her career, take on AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, in an Eliminator Match.” Hayter herself says, “In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.
Well, it looks like there’s been enough talk. IT’S TIME! For the main event! Sure, Hayter hits hard, but will she hit hard enough to check The Queen of Joshi Wrestling off the list?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill.
Lexi Nair is with the AEW TBS Champion and Leila Grey, and says that we all want to know just who will Jade’s 50th opponent be? “Lacey, does it really matter?” Uh, it’s Lexi. But in walk the former Baddies, Red Velvet and Kiera Hogan! Velvet steals Jade’s line and says, “Cut the sh*t!” Kiera has everyone calms down. Oh, look, she still has puppy dog Leila! ARF ARF ARF! But Velvet tells Jade that she was a Day One Baddie, so she knows Jade’s been treating everyone like crap. Leila there has NO self-esteem, and since Jade walks around saying she’s #ThatBitch, then she can see Velvet next week.
Velvet may have been Jade’s first, but next week, she’s THE ONE in 49-1! Bye-bye. That’s all, period. Leila and Jade laugh that off, but are they overlooking the Baddie who knows Jade best?
AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Emi Sakura w/ Baliyan Akki & Mei Suruga!
It felt like a lifetime ago that these two faced off before, and certainly in the case of the young champion from Eastleigh, UK, she has grown into her own. Will Hayter deny the Queen of Joshi a new crown? Or will this be the rise of Emi Sakura in AEW?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they approach, but Emi dodges. Hayter shrugs that off and fans rally up behind her. Emi and Hayter approach again, but Emi dodges again. Emi laughs but Hayter eggs her on. They tie up, go around, break, and then Hayter ROCKS Emi! Hayter runs but Emi follows, only for Hayter to run her over! But Emi gets up to pull Hayter’s hair! Emi CHOPS Hayter, Hayter CHOPS back, and the CHOP fight is on! Fans fire up, Hayter CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Emi to ropes! Hayter runs, but Emi dumps her out! Hayter falls to the floor, and Emi laughs as she goes out after her.
Emi whips Hayter into railing! And then into the apron! And back to the railing! Then back into railing again! Emi COHPS Hayter against railing, then backs up. Mei and Emi tell Britt and Rebel to stay back, and then Emi SPLASHES Hayter against the railing! The ref starts the ring count while Emi taunts Britt. Emi drags Hayter up, brings her around the way, and CHOPS her against more railing! Fans rally for Hayter but Emi CHOPS her again! Emi puts Hayter in the ring, Mei and Akki cheer her on but fans rally for Hayter. Emi pulls hair, then laughs as she TOSSES Hayter by that hair!
Emi CHOPS Hayter in the corner, then SLAPS her! Emi runs corner to corner to CROSSBODY Hayter against the buckles! Fans boo but Emi drags Hayter up to SPANK her! Hayter shoves Emi, fires off forearms, but Emi tackles her! Emi turns Hayter over to elbow drop on the back! Emi has the legs, she hooks Hayter up, and she taunts the fans that she can’t hear them. Emi CLUBS Hayter, grabs the arms, and pulls her back for the ROMERO SPECIAL! Hayter endures, fans rally, but Emi TOSSES Hayter away! Britt coaches Hayter up but Emi is on her with a facelock as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Emi turns Hayter around into a dragon sleeper, and she CLAWS Hayter’s stomach! Hayter pulls hair, the ref reprimands them both, but Emi still hits the TWISTING FACEBUSTER! Emi grabs at Hayter but Hayter bails out. Britt is worried, but she storms up to help Hayter against Mei! Mei wants after Hayter but Britt and Hayter kick her away. Emi goes to the apron, Hayter shoves Emi first then grabs at a leg. Emi holds the ropes, then she SLAPS Hayter down! Emi smirks as she looms over Hayter and pulls her up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Emi stomps Hayter down. Emi drags Hayter up and puts her in the ring.
Mei and Rebel get catty as Emi goes in after Hayter. Cocky cover, TWO! Emi is annoyed but Hayter throws forearms! Hayter knees Emi, and snap suplexes her! Emi stands right back up while Hayter staggers, and Emi CHOPS Hayter down! Emi gives toying kicks, then she stands on Hayter’s face! The ref reprimands, Emi steps off, and she looms over Hayter. Emi drags Hayter up again, but Hayter clamps onto a leg. Hayter fires off body shots but Emi has a GROVIT! Hayter endures, RAMS Emi into a corner, and then RAMS her more! Hayter digs her shoulder in but Emi turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP!
Hayter sits down, Emi laughs, and then she CHOPS again! But Hayter turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Fans fire up, but the ref counts so Hayter lets off. Hayter catches her breath, only for Emi to CHOP her off her feet! Emi paces, taunts Hayter, and Britt is worried again. Emi talks a little trash while Hayter staggers up. Hayter ends up in a corner, and Emi CHOPS her again! And CHOPS again! And again! And again! And again! Hayter sits down, but Emi eggs her on. Emi pie faces Hayter, digs her elbow in, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally up but Emi CHOPS again!
Emi CHOPS, fans rally for Hayter and she CHOPS away on Emi once again! Emi just DOUBLE CHOPS Hayter down! Emi drags Hayter up, pulls on Hayter’s collar, but Hayter snarls. Hayter pies Emi’s hand away, and reels her in, EXPLODER! Emi staggers up but into another EXPLODER! And another EXPLODER!! Fans fire up with Hayter and she runs corner to corner to back elbow! Emi BOOTS, but Hayter powers through to LARIAT! Hayter stomps and CLUBS away on Emi! The ref counts, backs Hayter off, and Emi runs in! But into a HAYTE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives and now Akki and Mei are worried!
Hayter ripcords, but Emi ROCKS Hayter! And CHOP LARIATS!! Emi drags Hayter up, underhooks, and lifts! Emi holds Hayter upside-down, before the TIGER BACKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt is fanning herself from all this stress. Fans are thunderous as Hayter and Emi stand up. Emi runs in, but into a BOOT! Emi sits down, but she ducks the sliding lariat! Ghost pin, TWO!! Hayter escapes but Emi reels her in. But Hayter turns that around into a fireman’s carry, and an USHIGOROSHI! Emi sits up, Hayter runs, runs and SLIDING LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Emi survives and no one can believe it!
Hayter huffs and puffs and drags Emi up to bump her off buckles. Hayter CLUBS away, then hoists Emi up top. Hayter SLAPS Emi, cravats, and SUPER STUNNERS!! Fans are thunderous as Hayter says she’s gonna end this! Hayter goes up top?! MOONSAULT FLOPS! Emi drags Hayter into a LA MAGISTROL! TWO!!! Hayter escapes but Emi underhooks again! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Hayter survives and fans are thunderous again! Emi goes up top now, and she MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and cover, TWO!!! Hayter survives again and Emi is furious! Fans are thunderous as Britt and Rebel coach Hayter up.
Emi sits Hayter up to SLAP her! And SLAP her! And SLAP! SLAP! SLAP! Emi swings wild and then KICKS! But the LARIAT hits outta nowhere!! Hayter fires up, she drags Emi up and ripcords, HAYTER- NO, SAIDO!!! Emi turns things around, but Hayter roars! ANOTHER LARIAT!!! And then, HAYTERADE!! Cover, Hayter wins!!!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (denies Emi Sakura a title match)
Britt brings the belt to Hayter, that’s one contender off the list! But with Revolution on the horizon, who will rise up to fight the Hayter?
A great Rampage, with some good stuff set up for the coming weeks. For one, great opener from Hangman VS Yuta, and another great showing for Yuta even in defeat. This was more like the Yuta that fought his way into the Blackpool Combat Club, we need more of this if he’s to maintain his reign as ROH Pure Champion. But Hangman of course wins to have momentum going into his tiebreaker with Moxley for Dynamite. That match could go either way, but I’m hoping for Hangman’s win. Hangman can use that momentum to get going in not just title scenes, but in this story of “mending fences” with old friends.
We got quite a bit more “post Dynamite” promos than I expected, but there was a lot of stuff on Dynamite that did need resolving. Starks & Action set up the individual matches I was expecting, and I have a feeling Jericho wins to push a tiebreaker in that story so that the blow-off is at Revolution. Hobbs of course won a squash match, I hope they get him going on the TNT title story quickly so that they can build it towards Revolution. Very good promos from Dustin and Mogul Affiliates as well as Jade and all her Baddies. I knew Velvet was the perfect choice for Jade’s 50th match, so I’m glad they saw it, too.
Good promo from Top Flight to call out The Elite, and I like that they’re setting up Elite VS Top Flight & AR Fox for the trios titles. Eddie Kingston had a good promo, and it sounds like he’s becoming the House of Black’s fifth member. I can’t be sure which is better: this being genuine and Heel Eddie fights alongside Malakai; or this is a swerve and Eddie is setting up Malakai so he and Ortiz can take on The House. And good promo from Britt and Ruby, and this is probably to help set up the Triple Threat we were meant to get on Wednesday. Though, at the same time, I wish Tony Khan had thought ahead. He could’ve NOT made a Triple Threat, just advertise Toni VS Ruby, and then Britt still pulls the distraction so that it’ll give reason FOR a Triple Threat.
Great Trios match from Best Friends and Team Triple J. I should’ve known that Triple J would cheat with the Golden Globe, they’re extending this story and I bet we also get a blow-off at Revolution. I feel like at this point, it should be All-Atlantic Championship VS Golden Globe, Winner Takes All, Orange Cassidy VS Jeff Jarrett. And as such, Paul Walker Hauser should return to help Cassidy win so that he has a part in winning back the trophy that is rightfully his.
Now, for the third week in a row, Mark Henry is just used to introduce a video package. What’s worse about it this week is that we saw that video package on Dynamite! I copy-pasted what was on Dynamite here because it was the same! What is the reason for Mark Henry no longer doing interview promos before the main event? Is this Warner Bros. Discovery asserting something else on top of the new aesthetic? It’s garbage because those promos were always really good. But at least the main event we got was an awesome match. Hayter has become the face of this harder hitting, higher quality chapter in the AEW Women’s Division, and she got a great win of Emi.
Personally, I am hoping that somehow, some way, they decide to actually give us the Hayter VS Britt feud they chose not to give us last year, fans are gonna have a hard time deciding between the Killer and the Pillar. That would blow the roof off the place for Revolution, and maybe even beyond.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/25/23)
Will Bryan Danielson’s streak continue?
Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!
Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?
- Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
- #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
- Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
- Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!
The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?
The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.
Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!
Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.
Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!
Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!
Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!
Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!
Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!
Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!
Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?
AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.
Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!
The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?
AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!
The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!
But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.
Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!
Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!
Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.
Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.
Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!
Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!
Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?
“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?
Adam Cole speaks.
“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.
“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?
Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!
It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”
Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?
#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!
The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!
Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.
JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.
Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!
Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!
JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!
Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!
Winners: #JungleHook, by submission
All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?
Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.
The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.
Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”
Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.
Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page.
Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.
And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?
Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?
Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!
The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!
Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!
Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.
Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.
Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!
Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!
Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!
Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!
Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!
Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”
Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?
Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!
As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?
The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!
Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!
Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!
The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!
Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall
Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?
“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.
“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.
“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.
“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.
“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!
Jamie Hayter speaks.
“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!
On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?
Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!
To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!
AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!
Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!
Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!
Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!
Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!
Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!
Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.
Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!
Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!
Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.
A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.
Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.
And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.
Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.
Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.
Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.
My Score: 8.9/10
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