AEW is so close to its newest title!
The TNT Championship Tournament enters the semifinals! Plus, the AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley, returns to address his own title picture!
- AEW TNT Championship Tournament Semifinals: Darby Allin VS Cody Rhodes; Cody wins and advances to the finals.
- Wardlow VS Musa; Wardlow wins.
- No Holds Barred Tag: Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Jimmy Havoc & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Best Friends win.
- Shawn Spears VS Baron Black; Spears wins.
- Brodie Lee VS Marko Stunt; Lee wins.
- AEW TNT Championship Tournament Semifinals: Lance Archer VS Dustin Rhodes; Archer wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Fyter Fest is revisited tonight!
Darby Allin came in as “a ghost, a nobody.” But he showed that he could hang with the American Nightmare by taking him to a time limit draw. Cody feels like he lost enough in his career already by that point that he never wanted to lose again. As far as he’s concerned, a draw is a loss. In their New Year’s Day rematch, Darby says he didn’t lose to Cody. He lost to Arn Anderson. Cody represents everything the TNT Championship represents, on paper. “Suits, ties.” Darby is the exact opposite. Darby represents relentlessness. That means doing whatever it takes to win. Cody says the fact he cannot challenge for the AEW World Championship yet is still ranked #1, there is only this title. Everyone here eats, sleeps and breathes wrestling. Cody won’t argue that Darby isn’t that, but Cody asserts that is who he is.
Who do you, the fans, want as champion? “A corporate machine? Or someone like Darby Allin?” They have respect for each other, but that’s not going to matter in this match. They are ready to take each other’s heads off. Darby asks which part of a story is most important? The beginning, the middle or the end? Cody says Darby is a huge part of the future, but he isn’t championship material. Who will be proven right as we take one more step towards AEW’s newest title?
AEW TNT Championship Tournament Semifinals: Darby Allin VS Cody Rhodes w/ Brandi!
To Le Champion, Chris Jericho, these are two stupid idiots that should just take each other out of the tournament completely to benefit everyone. But in the end, one man will move on to the finals! Does Darby settle the score? Or does the American Nightmare have his number?
The bell rings and Darby circles with Cody. The crowd is torn but Darby speeds up. Darby and Cody collide but neither backs down! They circle again and tie up. Cody headlocks, Darby powers out, but Cody runs Darby over. Cover, ONE, but Cody watches Darby closely. Darby and Cody circle again and the crowd is dueling. Cody and Darby tie up, Cody waistlocks but Darby pries at the hold. Cody powers Darby to a corner but lets off. Darby hammerlocks and ducks the backhand to push Cody to the corner. He wrings Cody out but Cody rolls. Darby rolls to then Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Cody sweeps and covers, ONE! Darby sweeps and covers, TWO as Cody slips out. But Cody’s knee bothers him, so Darby chop blocks it right away! Darby will not take it easy on Cody, and he goes outside to drag Cody by his leg. Cody kicks Darby into railing! Cody hobbles after Darby and bring him around the way. He bumps Darby off the apron, then glares at Shawn Spears at ringside.
Cody brings Darby up and back suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet! Darby runs but Cody dodges, and Darby collides with Brandi! Cody is shocked, and Darby also checks on Brandi. Cody BOOTS Darby down before checking on Brandi for himself. Billy Gunn helps Brandi to her feet and to the back while Cody keeps after Darby. Cody puts Darby in and drags Darby around for stomps! Cody focuses on the legs and then the ribs. Darby is on the defensive as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Cody throws hands on Darby in the corner. He DECKS Darby and seethes before dragging him up. Cody suplexes and holds Darby up for a count of five before throwing him down in a gourd buster! Jackknife cover, TWO! Cody looms over Darby and stomps him around again. Cody drags Darby up and throws in heavy knees. He whips Darby and knees him against ropes. Cody drags Darby around to then dig his knees into the back. Cody grabs a leg, and pulls back for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Darby endures, pries free, and pops out to a cover! TWO, and Cody kicks Darby down! Cody stomps Darby in the corner but backs off at the ref’s count. Darby drags himself up but Cody is on him for body shots and elbows. Cody reels Darby in for a suplex, to hang him out on the ropes! Darby flops down and Cody covers, TWO! Cody keeps on Darby with another cover, TWO!
Cody grows frustrated with Darby, but he watches him crawl. Darby claws at Cody but Cody stomps the hands! Cody kicks and boots Darby down, then grabs a leg for a Half Crab! Darby endures and crawls to the ropes, for the ropebreak! Cody lets off and has Darby up for another suplex. Darby knees free and waistlocks to then chop block again! Darby has the crowd rallying but he walks into a BIG right hand! He staggers back into a corner and Cody arm-drags him out. Darby comes back with a strike fest! Darby rolls and runs to hit a DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Darby won’t stop, he has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Cody endures and pries at the hold but Darby just squeezes tighter! Cody drags himself and Darby along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Darby lets go and both men go to opposite corners. Darby runs in but into Cody’s elbow! Cody goes up, but Darby trips him!
Darby drags Cody into the Tree of Woe and goes corner to corner! He hits a back body block against Cody’s legs! Cody drags himself up but Darby brings him off the ropes to dump him down. Darby has a standing kneebar, then shifts to a Deathlock with a bridge! Cody endures so Darby rolls back. Darby SMASHES the knee! Cody bails out of the ring and hobbles around the way. Darby wants after Cody but the ref keeps him back. Cody gets too close to Britt Baker and she CLOBBERS him with her shoe! What does she have against Cody!? Jericho still applauds her for it. Darby goes out and puts Cody back in the ring. Darby stalks up behind Cody and chop blocks again! He headbutts the knee! Darby grits his teeth as he puts Cody in a corner and CHOPS! The tide is turning as AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Darby runs in, but Cody dodges! Cody comes back but knocks heads with Darby! Darby and Cody stay up, to double clothesline each other down! The crowd is fired up as both men stir on the mat. The Gunn Club lead the rally as Darby and Cody rise. Darby and Cody both use ropes to beat the standing count. Cody kicks low to hit the Rhodes Uppercut! Then he reels Darby in for an X-PLEX! Darby flounders up, Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Both men are down again but Cody stands. Darby crawls to a corner while Cody takes off the weight belt. Jericho wants to see Cody do some belt whipping, but Cody hands the belt to the ref. Cody whips Darby but Darby reverses. Cody goes up and over but the bad knee is giving him trouble! Darby runs over but Cody catches him in a cradle! TWO, and Darby STEALS CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! Cody survives his own move!
“This is Awesome!” but far from over. Darby drags Cody around, figure four for the leg lock! Cody endures and Spears wants him to tap. Cody’s shoulders are down, TWO! He avoids being beat like Spears was, but Spears is coaching Darby from the crowd. Wait, Brandi returns? She is sore, but her return encourages Cody. Cody rolls the hold over, but Darby rolls it back, and Cody gets the ropebreak! Darby lets go of the hold, Brandi checks on Cody. Brandi gives Cody water to refresh himself. Darby takes the water to SMASH it on Cody’s head! Darby springboards, but Cody catches his Trust Fall! Cody wristlocks and ripcords, RAINMAKER!! Did Okada approve of this?! But both men are down, and the crowd fires up. The chants duel again as Cody gets the wristlock again. Cody ripcords again, but Darby ducks and slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER! QUEBRADA! But Cody catches Darby! And flips him around, for CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! Darby survives and Cody is speechless!
Spears cheers Darby on as Cody drags Darby to a drop zone. Cody hobbles to the corner and slowly climbs up. Cody STEALS THE COFFIN DROP! But he gets knees!! Darby returns the New Year’s Day disaster! And he heads up top, to COFFIN DROP!! But Cody turns for a ghost pin!? CODY wins?!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (advances to the TNT Championship Tournament Finals)
The American Nightmare snatches victory from the jaws of defeat and is now in the TNT Championship match! Jericho claims the water was spiked with something, but that doesn’t change what happened. Will Cody meet his brother or the Murderhawk in the finals?
AEW continues the Scorpio Sky story.
Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels were looking for a third man, and so Scorpio was completely on board. He always looked up to them as the pinnacle of what wrestlers want to be. But what intimidated him was the years together The Addiction had, and how they were established stars. Scorpio didn’t want to be the third wheel. But it didn’t hit until Being The Elite’s “Worst Town” gag became a thing. SCU has been a huge part of Scorpio’s career and growth. Scorpio has made many believe in him. Many go their entire careers without ever being on television, let alone fighting for a world title. Once Scorpio got in the moment, he felt at home. He walks around and sees a lot of people just happy to be somewhere. But not him. He is not satisfied with just being good. He is not satisfied with just being great. “I want to be a f***ing legend.”
AEW hears from MJF.
At Max’s Rat’s Estate in Massapequa, New York, MJF knows that without him, the fans must feel like they’re “in an Uber with a foreign driver who for some strange reason doesn’t want to use the GPS.” By that he means, we feel lost. So MJF took it upon himself to work so hard. Because of his unapologetic courage, he has rehabilitated his hangnail. And after visiting his “nail doctor,” and the most prolific one in that field no less, he was in awe. He has never seen a miraculous turnaround like MJF’s. MJF has gone from being at death’s door to “over-healing” his nail. MJF now has the strongest fingernail in the world! And MJF himself was so excited to be back, so he did what everyone does. He tried to get TV ready, but while he was shaving, “the unthinkable happened.” MJF reveals a neck brace from how he nicked his neck. Trust him, it is gruesome. A normal man would’ve bled out and died, but not MJF! MJF is a warrior! It hurt, believe him.
MJF was looking forward to hopping on that germ infested plane, he was foaming at the mouth to wrestle in front of half a dozen of his peers that he “really” respects. But he was heartbroken that he couldn’t entertain the fans that he cares about sooo much. But he vows to be back not just for us, but for him. MJF is the voice brave enough to cry out. He is the storm thundering on the horizon, and the candle that is lit in the darkness. MJF is the only hope AEW has left. He is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, he’s better than you, and you know it.
Wardlow VS Musa!
Moving on from MJF’s mouth to his muscle, Mr. Mayhem has manhandled man after man, and is now going after Mr. Fearless. But will Musa stay fearless after going against the one man warpath?
The bell rings and the crowd is on Musa’s side. Musa rushes Wardlow but Wardlow uses one hand in the SPINE BUSTER! Wardlow grins as he looms over Musa. He drags Musa up to whip into the corner, then ram his shoulder in! Wardlow rolls Musa and looms over him again. Musa stands but Wardlow scoops him. Wardlow runs but Musa slips out to throw a haymaker! But Wardlow just glares at Musa. Wardlow knees low then whips, but Musa handsprings and hits an enziguri! Musa staggers Wardlow! But Wardlow is back up and RAMS Musa into the corner! Wardlow puts Musa up top and choke grips, and gives a thumbs down! He drops Musa onto the KNEE! The straps come down and Wardlow drags Musa up to the fireman’s carry. The spin and F10!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
MJF’s top henchman wins again, but there wasn’t any doubt. Will Wardlow lay waste to yet even more members of the AEW roster before going for gold?
AEW presents another episode of The Bubbly Bunch!
Chris Jericho exercises in his home gym as he speaks to the tension online. Word on the street is that people think Sammy Guevara actually won that FlimFlam challenge. Well if anyone online or the media wants to disagree with Sammy, then he has a message for everyone else: “Suck, my, big bottle of sanitizer!” But Ortiz says that with all due respect, Jericho won. Santana disagrees with Ortiz and says Sammy won. Jericho says to agree to disagree. They need to stay sharp, this lockdown might be getting to them. Since no one in AEW is good enough to kick their asses, maybe the Inner Circle should fight each other. It’ll be a “good ol’ fashion Manitoba Melee!” Jake Hager likes that. It’ll hurt, but it’ll make the Inner Circle stronger than ever. Sammy is so excited! Can he start the fight? Ortiz says Sammy did not win the FlimFlam, so take this! Headbutt through the phone!
Sammy reels back and says Ortiz is gonna get it! Handspring back flip forearm attack! Hager takes the hit, but gets up to BOOT! Santana is shocked, but he has the power of the chancla! That one gets… Peter Avalon? Since when was he on these calls? The Librarian returns with a book smack! Jungle Boy!? He swings out then in for a Tarzan CHOP! Sonny Kiss comes back with a low blow, but it’s blocked! So he comes back with a scorpion heel kick! And it hits Luther! The death match master BOOTS, and it hits Jericho’s dad! Irvine comes back with the high sticking! That gets Lou Ferrigno in the nose! TV’s Incredible Hulk has a stun gun! ZAP to… Uh… Well anyway, he punches back, and many more celebrity plugs happen. Kevin Smith!? FLUFFY!! WEEMAN!! Wow, even Soul Train Jones! Vickie Guerrero!? “Are you kidding me?”
STOP! Because that was awesome! That was one of the best Manitoba Melees ever! Long live the Inner Circle! See you guys later. Hey, wait. Was that Lou Ferrigno… with a taser?
No Holds Barred Tag: Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Jimmy Havoc & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford!
Trent wanted to fight the Superbad Girl, but that’s not allowed. So he and the Kentucky Gentleman settle for a fight with the Superbad Boy and his new roommate! Will they get revenge for The Sloth when there’s nothing holding them back?
The moment Best Friends hit the ring, the brawl is on! But there are no restrictions, after all. Havoc and Sabian club away and put Best Friends in opposite corners. But Best Friends hit back and turn things around. Sabian shoulders into Chuckie T but Trent dumps Havoc out. Chuckie throws Sabian out, too, and then he sets the Superbad Squad up. Trent builds speed and FLIES! Tope conjilo bowls them over! Penelope checks on Sabian while Best Friends shake hands. They go after Sabian at the corner but Havoc has a chair! No holds barred means he can JAB them with it all he likes! Havoc aims at Trent, but throws the chair into Cassidy’s head! Down goes Freshly Squeezed! But Chuckie kicks and clubs Havoc down! Sabian keeps on Trent while Chuckie brings out more chairs. Sabian mocks Cassidy before he chokes Trent on the ground.
Chuckie wants to suplex Havoc onto chairs but Havoc blocks. Havoc turns it around to snap suplex Chuckie on his own chair pile! Trent bumps Sabian off the apron but Havoc grabs a chair. Havoc drags Chuckie around to set him on the chairs. Havoc wants to play a con-chair-to but Trent SPEARS him down! Trent tosses the chair aside before he gets to his feet. Sabian FLIES out onto Trent! Sabian drags Trent up into the ring and stomps away. Havoc throws a chair into Chuckie’s head! Sabian whips Trent corner to corner hard and Trent hits the mat. Havoc puts chairs and a ladder into the ring while Sabian brings Trent over. They “tag” not that it matters, and Havoc stomps Trent in the corner. Havoc bumps Trent off buckles then brings the ladder mover. He throws the ladder into Trent! Havoc sets the ladder on the second rope and grabs Trent’s legs. He catapults Trent into the ladder! Cover, TWO!
Havoc looms over Trent and drags him up. He rakes Trent’s eyes and bites Trent’s ear! He bumps Trent off buckles and tags in Sabian. Havoc snapmares and Sabian Penalty Kicks, then Havoc adds a low uppercut! The squad sits Trent up, and Havoc runs, to throw up deuces. It means something very different to Brits, by the way. But it distracts Trent and Sabian BOOTS him into those fingers! A tag team eye poke! Havoc boots Chuckie off the apron and Sabian chills with Penelope. Havoc throws Trent into the corner and dumps the ladder down on him. Havoc drops knees then drags Trent over. He ROCKS Trent then “tags” Sabian in. Sabian stands Trent up while Havoc resets the ladder. Sabian whips Havoc in but Trent boots! Trent elbows Sabian then goes up and Trust Falls, into a BACKSTABBER! Double cover, but Chuckie breaks it!
Sabian throws Chuckie out and grabs a chair. Sabian sits it up in a corner and then brings Trent over. He punches Trent into sitting on the chair, and then Havoc whips Sabian corner to corner. Trent moves, and Sabian CANNONBALLS onto the chair! Havoc JAMS Trent, then JAMS Chuckie. Havoc runs at Chuckie, but the Sexy Knee smashes the chair into him! Trent flounders to the corner and brings up the chair. Chuckie has the other chair, and with Havoc in the middle, it’s a FULL METAL SANDWICH! And a hug around Havoc, too. But Sabian goes after Trent, only to get caught into SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Chuckie covers Sabian, TWO!! Sabian survives and Penelope is relieved. Chuckie wedges a chair in the corner and goes after Sabian. Chuckie throws forearms but Sabian reverses the whip. Sabian follows but Chuckie goes up and over! Sabian stops himself in time, but Chuckie back suplexes. Kip lands on his feet to SMASH Chuckie into the chair!
Trent returns to CHOP Sabian! And hit a tornado DDT! Havoc returns with more chairs but Trent stomps him down. Trent takes the chair for his own and aims at Sabian. Sabian stands to get a FULL METAL SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, but Havoc breaks it! Havoc has a chair again but Trent hits low. Trent gives Havoc a SMACK on his back! Trent goes back to Sabian and sets him on the ladder. That’s not a lot of room, but Trent climbs up. Havoc ROCKS Trent and saves Sabian. Havoc goes up the ladder to join Trent up top. Trent resists the superplex and knocks Havoc down. Trent adjusts but Havoc trips him! Trent SMASHES his back on the ladder!! Havoc sets a couple chairs up in an odd shape and then fireman’s carries Trent. Death Valley Driver on the chairs! Sabian goes up top and leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS onto the chairs! Cover, but Chuckie breaks it!
Chuckie stands but Havoc jams and SMACKS him with the chair! Havoc sets the chair up upside-down, and underhooks Chuckie. Chuckie breaks free and scoops Havoc to SLAM him on the chair! Sabian runs into an AWFUL WAFFLE on the chair! Cover, but Penelope drags Chuckie off! The Superbad Girl finally plays a part in this match and Chuckie is furious. Chuckie sets the ladder up in the corner and brings Havoc up. Chuckie gives Havoc a taste of his own medicine, by biting his ear! Then he whips, but Havoc stomps himself. Havoc elbows back, then back drops Chuckie ONTO the ladder! Havoc brings Chuckie back up, fireman’s carries, but Cassidy is back up! Cassidy has a chair but he saves Chuckie first. Then he hotshots Havoc, to throw the chair into Havoc’s head! Sabian drags Cassidy down and Penelope goes up, but Cassidy escapes! The Penalty Kick hits Kip! Penelope leaps again but Cassidy gets clear! And then Cassidy baits Penelope in, and sends the SPEAR into Sabian!
Cassidy goes up top but Havoc intercepts! Havoc and Cassidy fight up top, but Cassidy trips Havoc up. And then Cassidy LEAPS onto Penelope and Sabian! Chuckie has Havoc, RUNNING PILEDRIVER ONTO CHAIRS!! Cover, Best Friends win!!
Winner: Best Friends, by pinfall
To say this match was extreme might be an understatement! Trent and Chuck Taylor have survived the Superbad Squad and this brutal battle, and celebrate with a group… thumbs up. Will they head right for the AEW World Tag Team Championships come Double or Nothing?
Britt Baker takes us on a tour of her dental office.
This is the perfect time for her second Role Model Rule. She gives us a glimpse behind the scenes by introducing her make-up artist. Reba is the best at making Britt look her best. Um, her name is Rebel. Yes, she does Britt’s make-up for these “role model” segments. Britt interrupts the interview with Rebel to talk with her. Britt insists Rebel refer to her as Dr. Baker. And if Britt is giving Rebel her big break, then she needs to do it as discussed. Right, sorry… But honestly, (as Rebel now does it Britt’s way) this project has been incredible. Dr. Baker is such an inspiring role model. It is an absolute privilege to do her make-up. Great take! Make sure to have the picture in the shot.
Anyway, on to the second rule! This is by popular demand from the followers on Twitter, Instagram, and even the “old folks” on Facebook. So here it is! Quick plug for her handles, and then the actual rule. “Not everyone can be a role model.” She learned this rule very early in life. Just look at people who wear glasses, like Tony Schiavone. If you aren’t a professor or doctor, don’t wear glasses. Don’t try to be smart if you’re not smart. Also, fat people, also like Tony. Men and women alike, either suck it in or work it off. Britt never alters herself in photos, but for all the “cows” out there, Photoshop and filters are your friends. Skipping “wannabes,” there are “snaggle tooth” people. Also like Tony. If you don’t have pretty teeth, don’t smile. It is uncomfortable for those who have to see it. Some people were born to show others what not to do. In some ways, that’s being a role model, too. See you all next time!
Shawn Spears VS Baron Black!
The Chair Man may be out of the TNT Championship Tournament, but he’s still on a win streak nonetheless. Will he find a way back to #PERFECT10N soon enough?
The bell rings, Spears and Baron tie up and go around. Spears wrenches to a wristlock, and he taunts Baron as he does it. But Baron drops down, spins around and wrenches back to a hammerlock and headlock takedown! Spears keeps his shoulders off the mat as he chinlocks back. Spears gets Baron to the cover, ONE and the two reset. The crowd cheers the exchange as the two men circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks but Spears kicks low. Spears bumps Baron off buckles and CHOPS him down! Spears looms over Baron before he stands him up, for another CHOP! He shows off the glutes but Billy Gunn throws the Shawn Spears Heartless shirt back. Baron CHOPS Spears in return! And again! And again! Baron runs but Spears hits a SPINE BUSTER! Spears rains down hands then stomps him, and then throws the shirt at him!
Baron gets to a corner but Spears drags him up. Spears suplexes high and hard, and makes sure Jericho saw that. Spears gives another shout out with the cocky pin! TWO, but Spears and Jericho share a laugh. Spears drags Baron up for another suplex, but Baron slips out! Baron uppercuts! And CHOPS! And spins to CHOP! Spears ends up in a corner, Baron takes aim and runs corner to corner. But Spears BOOTS Baron down, then drags him up for the fireman’s carry. C4!! But he doesn’t cover, he puts Baron in a Sharpshooter! Baron taps, Spears wins!
Winner: Shawn Spears, by submission
The Chair Man adds more shout outs to great Canadians in his arsenal, and wins again! Will Spears take this aggression all the way to a title shot?
Technique By Taz: Lance Archer’s Blackout Bomb.
Archer is a human skyscraper, and that makes his inverted crucifix bomb a dangerous move. He gets the opponent’s head up 9 feet in the air, maybe even 10 feet with that boost. He can do it even on a heavyweight like Colt Cabana. It is the arm strength and quick wrist flick that gets the opponent up and over to slam them on the back, combined with Archer falling with them. It’s hard not to be afraid, but does Dustin Rhodes have what it takes to avoid such a situation?
Brodie Lee VS Marko Stunt!
Despite how strict and even draconian he is, The Exalted One still offers power to those who feel powerless. However, Stunt seems to have that chihuahua-like self-esteem where size doesn’t matter, he still steps to the biggest and baddest. But if recent matches are any indication, courage doesn’t make up for being so small. After the beating he took from Lance Archer, going against Brodie Lee just seems crazy. There are a lot of people who don’t believe Stunt belongs in pro-wrestling. He’s part of a great trio, but unfortunate circumstances are keeping Jungle Express apart. Stunt steps up and is going to step to the fight. He’ll give it his all and that’s all he can do. As for how much he can take, it’s a lot more than you think. Will “Mr. Fun Size” pull off the biggest miracle in AEW?
The bell rings and Brodie just stares at Stunt. The crowd is on Stunt’s side as he runs at Brodie, but Brodie throws him down. Stunt tries again but gets thrown again. Stunt SLAPS Brodie, but Brodie whips and runs after him. Stunt dodges just from being so small, but then Brodie BOOTS him down! Brodie drags Stunt up to CHOP him! And then he rakes the eyes and face! The ref counts but Brodie intimidates him. Brodie brings Stunt up to CHOP again! Brodie stands on Stunt and walks all over him! He puts Stunt in a corner for a big elbow, then he TOSSES Stunt across the ring! Brodie just stares as Stunt is slumped on the apron. Brodie goes out the other side and then heads around the way. Stunt stirs on the apron but then he springs up and dives! But Brodie catches him! And sets him down, to SUPERKICK! Brodie leaves Stunt down and out but the crowd rallies up.
The count passes 5 before Stunt rises. Stunt gets in at 9.9! Brodie is actually surprised, so he shoves and pops Stunt up, for a HUGE German Suplex! But Stunt lands on his feet! And BOOTS Brodie back! Stunt hops up, flies, but into the SCRAPBUSTER! Brodie circles like a shark with blood in the water, before he pops Stunt up for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, Brodie wins!
Winner: Brodie Lee, by pinfall
Mr. Brodie tosses Stunt aside, having made his point. Has Stunt taken all he can take? Will this only convince more AEW wrestlers to #JoinDarkOrder?
AEW hears from Jon Moxley.
“Isn’t it amazing that it was only eight weeks ago, I was celebrating the world championship? Bleeding, sweating, high-fiving a sea of fans.” That feels like a lifetime ago. “What the hell happened?” Instead of fans screaming their lungs out in the audience, everyone is watching safely from home. AEW is thankful for that. But Moxley knows tough times don’t last forever. He promises that one day, we will all be back together, and he will be bleeding and swearing among a sea of fans again. But for now, this is a good time to reflect on things you’re thankful for. Moxley is thankful for his wife, because it takes a hell of a woman to tolerate being in a house with him. He’s thankful for steel chairs, because as a rule of thumb, a DDT on a chair is always better than not on a chair. And most of all, Moxley is thankful AEW is live next week. He still has a job to do, and he’s coming to do that job. He’ll throw the dogs and “Big Platinum” in the truck, play some Metallica and head East to be live and in person on Dynamite.
Moxley knows that with Double or Nothing 2 coming up, he has a target on his back. But before someone gets broken or choked out or hit with a chair or a thumbtack jammed in their eye, Moxley wants them to remember: “When you step up to the world champion, you do so at your own risk.” Moxley says fans need to be nice to their neighbors, support their local businesses by ordering takeout, and most importantly… “Don’t forget to call your grandmother!!”
AEW sets the schedule for next week’s episode!
MJF is back in action despite his “gruesome” nicked neck. Will he be able to make it through the match without “serious” injury? And Moxley is back in action against the Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian! And Chris Jericho’s challenge to Matt Hardy & The Elite has been answered! For the first time ever, #LeSexGods, Jericho & Sammy, take on DAMASCUS Hardy and Kenny Omega, in a tag team STREET FIGHT! Will the Inner Circle take out The Elite before we ever even have Blood & Guts?
AEW TNT Championship Tournament Semifinals: Lance Archer VS Dustin Rhodes w/ Brandi!
This is it! The American Nightmare either faces The Murderhawk Monster as Jake The Snake Roberts intended, or we get a Rhodes Brother rematch from the original Double or Nothing! DON 2020 will be the battleground for the AEW TNT Championship, but who will be cashing in?
As Archer makes his entrance, he DECKS some poor crew member who was in the entry way! Everyone in the crowd stays out of reach, so Archer will just have to save it all for Dustin.
The bell rings and Archer circles with Dustin. They tie up and Archer powers Dustin to the corner. He lets off with a laugh, and circles with Dustin again. Archer and Dustin tie up again and Archer again puts Dustin in a corner. He again lets off, but then swings a sucker punch! Dustin gets clear and uppercuts Archer! And again! Archer just laughs it off! Dustin kicks low then runs, but he can’t knock Archer down with the shoulder tackle. Archer swings on Dustin but Dustin dodges, only for Archer to run him over with a shoulder! Dustin bails out and catches his breath. Brandi coaches Dustin and he heads back into the ring. Dustin rushes Archer with kicks, but Archer knew the uppercut is coming. Archer drags Dustin up and shoves him, but Dustin dumps him out of the ring. Dustin goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS! Archer is down for the first time in AEW!
Dustin leaves Archer behind to catch his breath in the ring. Archer is up and pacing as the ring count climbs. Archer knows he has time, and he gets up on the apron at 5. Dustin rushes Archer but Archer pushes him away. Archer walks into the uppercut, and Dustin keeps on him! Dustin stomps away in the corner then whips. Archer reverses and Dustin hits buckles. Dustin comes back, but he can’t scoop Archer for the spinning powerslam! Archer whips and goes perpendicular, to DERAIL Dustin! Dustin flops out of the ring and both Brandi and the ref check on him. The Gunn Club rallies the crowd for Dustin but Archer goes around that way to take a chair from under the ring. Archer brings the chair over to Dustin, but Dustin boots it away! Dustin CHOPS Archer and rocks him with an uppercut! Dustin grabs the chair, but Archer BOOTS it into him!
Archer is seething as he paces around. He glares at the crowd but they again stay back. Brandi gives Archer space, and Archer grabs a chair. Dustin is busted open from that chair shot, so Archer keeps on the wound with fists! And an apron bump! And another! Archer lets Dustin go in the ring and follows him in. The Natural is literally on the ropes as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns again, and Archer is clawing at the bleeding wound! The ref reprimands Archer and he lets up. Dustin punches back from the mat! Archer eggs him on and Dustin hits harder! Dustin kicks and runs to boot Archer, but Archer comes back with a LARIAT! Archer rains down forearms and Dustin slumps out of the ring. Archer stalks Dustin and brings him to the timekeeper’s table! He bounces Dustin off the table, narrowly missing the bell! Archer paces before he boots Dustin down. Dustin gets to his feet but Archer throws more hands. Archer throws Dustin into the post but Dustin hits back! The ring count passes 5 as the two brawl, and they start throwing CHOPS. Archer DECKS Dustin then leaves him behind in the ring. Archer wants the count out and we start over. The count reaches 5 but Dustin gets in the ring. Archer scrapes Dustin out and still wants the count out.
Dustin is down as the count reaches 5. Archer gives up on that to drag Dustin up and into the ring. Dustin crawls to a corner but Archer is on him from the other side. Archer bumps Dustin off buckles, and is proud of the blood on his hands. Dustin CLUBS Archer down! Archer hits back and kicks the legs out. He suplexes and THROWS Dustin across the ring! Dustin’s blood stains the mat as Archer grinds him down with the armlock. Archer taunts Dustin but lets up, to claw at the face again! The ref reprimands and Archer stops, but he still toys with Dustin. Dustin throws hands and puts Archer in the corner! Dustin hooks the legs on the ropes, and wants to shatter some dreams! He runs and hits the UNNATURAL KICK! It was somehow just the inner thigh so there is no disqualification to be had. Dustin snapmares Archer down, then runs to drop the elbow! But he misses!
Archer rains more hands down on Dustin and then looms over him. Archer drags Dustin up as the crowd continues to rally up. LARIAT! Archer just smiles before he drags Dustin up for an armlock. Dustin endures the torture as AEW goes to one last break.
AEW returns once more, and Archer continues to lean on that armlock and chinbar. Dustin refuses to quit, and the crowd refuses to give up on him. Dustin fights his way up and pries the hold off. He throws haymakers and staggers Archer! Dustin backs Archer down to a corner then whips, but Archer reverses. Archer runs into a kick, and Dustin hits a DESTROYER! But Dustin is too exhausted to make the cover! But the crowd gives him a second wind and Dustin sits up. Dustin and Archer slowly stand, and Dustin uppercuts! Archer chuckles as he throws a forearm! Dustin haymakers, Archer forearms! It’s a brawl, and neither man backs down. Dustin bobs ‘n’ weaves and LARIATS! Archer is up but Dustin hits the Rhodes Uppercut! Dustin runs, but no bulldog! Archer runs, into the POWERSLAM!
Dustin fires up and climbs up to rain down punches in the corner! But Archer lifts Dustin! Dustin fights free of the powerbomb but Archer choke grips! Dustin slips free and has the dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, ONE!? Dustin can’t believe Cody’s finisher didn’t finish this! But Dustin won’t stop, he goes back up top. Archer slowly stands and Dustin leaps, but into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Dustin survives and no one can believe it! Archer drags Dustin up and throws hands as he brings him to the corner. Archer goes old school, and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO!! The Murderhawk is furious! He drags Dustin up to throw big body shots in the corner. Archer hoists Dustin up top and prepares the inverted crucifix! Dustin flails and escapes, then shoves, to boot! Dustin facelocks, but no reckoning as Archer spins out and choke grips again! CHOKE SLAM AGAIN! Cover, TWO, into a GHOST PIN! TWO!?!
Archer BOOTS Dustin down! Now he’s mad, because he almost got caught! Archer goes to a corner, and RIPS a buckle pad right off! The ref reprimands but he drags Dustin over. He bumps Dustin off the back buckle!! And again! And again! If Dustin wasn’t bleeding before, he is now! The ref checks on Dustin and QT Marshall appears. QT has a towel, but Cody appears to keep him from throwing it!? Cody talks with his brother first. Dustin doesn’t want Cody to do it, and Archer drags Dustin from the ropes! Archer throws the towel away, and then clamps on the claw! He dribbles Dustin’s head off the mat, then smothers him for the cover! Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall (advances to the TNT Championship Tournament Finals)
The Murderhawk Monster may have just ended the career of Dustin Rhodes! Will Archer do the same to Cody Rhodes to become TNT Champion?
A great episode right here! Again, Jericho is just incredible on commentary. The Bubbly Bunch segment this week was much better than last week with that “Manitoba Melee” that seemed like it’d never end. And I’m really intrigued to see the Tag Team Street Fight of Jericho & Sammy VS Matt Hardy & Omega. I wonder if it’s a roundabout way to get other members of The Inner Circle and The Elite involved as another way to keep the Blood & Guts build alive while we still wait on a moment in time that match can be held. Clearly, plans for Double or Nothing are still being made, and Moxley’s return next week will surely bring about a challenger. MJF is also back, after another strong promo. I’m just curious if the “Rat’s Estate” in NY belongs to the same “rat” as last week’s Cape Cod Rat. Wardlow gets another dominant win, but I highly doubt he’s heading for a title just yet. Scorpio Sky might be, with another great vignette for him.
Spears gets a good win over Baron Black the Legend of Zelda cosplayer. How fitting with what I’m writing on the side here on The Chairshot. Brodie all but destroys Marko Stunt, but I also feel like his more elite Creepers need to get some wins like this. We got to know Preston Vance is one, so why can’t he be beating up Marko, too? The No Holds Barred tag match was insane! I’m a little disappointed Havoc didn’t bring out the staple gun, but I am glad to see Cassidy and Penelope get involved even just that much. Best Friends win again, so it would be natural for them to challenge for the tag titles at Double or Nothing. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they win because of how we just haven’t seen Hangman in the ring this whole time. It’d be a shame for Hangman but it could easily work into the story from before the shutdowns, with Hangman seemingly half focused on wrestling.
The TNT Championship Tournament matches were great stuff, and great to bookend the show. The video package to lead into Cody VS Darby was good, and the match itself was incredible. Darby got some real edge in this match, but Cody wins to keep the story AEW has been building on track. This in itself makes for good story for Darby. Sometimes there’s someone a wrestler can’t beat, and for Darby, that’s Cody. The day Darby finally does beat Cody is going to be huge and well-deserved. Dustin VS Archer was a lot more competitive than I expected, but for the better here. Dustin fighting through the bleeding and everything else was good for him, but of course Archer wins in the end. Cody VS Archer for the title at DON is going to be another great match with everything going into the story.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/27/21)
Grand Slam still has more to give!
Welllll~, it’s a big show for AEW Dark: Elevation!
While Paul Wight keeps his AEW in-ring career going against THREE opponents at once, Elevation shares exclusive Grand Slam interviews!
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS TJ Crawford, Eric James, Kevin Tibbs & Dean Alexander; win(s).
- Thunder Rosa VS Kayla Sparks; wins.
- 3v1 Handicap: Paul Wight VS CPA, VSK & RSP; win(s).
Only three matches being advertised, and perhaps only those three at all? Wow, maybe my hope of Elevation being able to downsize is coming true. Though, I’m sure the interview promos will pad this out to be an hour, give or take.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Reports! (9/24/21)
The Grand Slam continues!
AEW goes into extra innings for Rampage!
If you thought Dynamite hit it outta the park, wait for Rampage to step up to bat! Will the AEW debut of the #SuperKliq be just as elite?
- CM Punk VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Punk wins.
- Six Man Tag: Adam Cole & The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS Christian Cage & Jurassic Express; Cole & The Bucks win.
- Chris Jericho & Jake Hager VS The Men of the Year w/ Dan Lambert; Men of the Year win.
- 8 Man Tag: Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Hardy Family Office; Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers win.
- Anna Jay VS Penelope Ford; Ford wins.
- Lights Out Tag: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Moxley & Kingston win.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!
For the first time anywhere in seven YEARS, the Best in the World wrestles on television! But while he defeated the speedy and relentless Darby Allin at All Out, will Punk be pulverized by Team Taz’s personal titan?
Team Taz on commentary (Taz and Ricky Starks) are really excited to see what Hobbs will do to Punk. The bell rings and Punk dropkicks Hobbs right away! Hobbs hobbles as Punk KICKS his leg as they go along the ropes! Punk dropkicks the leg and Hobbs ends up in a corner. Punk fires off as the fans fire up for him, but Hobbs shoves him away. Hobbs gets to another corner but Punk is right after him again. Punk whips, Hobbs blocks, so Punk grinds Hobbs’ face on the ropes. Hobbs headbutts back and Punk falls against the ropes himself. Hobbs CLUBS Punk, fans boo but Hobbs whips Punk. Punk reverses and drop toeholds to then SNAP the deathlock!
Fans rally as Hobbs gets away and Punk keeps after the legs with KICKS! Punks clinches, wrenches, hooks Hobbs up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Punk flips off Hook since he’s ringside, too. Punk grins and he brings Hobbs up to a fireman’s carry! Hobbs fights and Hook gets on the apron! Punk rushes Hook but he gets away, and he turns around into Hobbs’ BODY CHECK! Cover, TWO! Hobbs rains down rights, fans boo but Hobbs and Team Taz soak up the heat. Hobbs sits Punk up to neck wrench then CLUB away on his chest! Hobbs grins as he paces, but Punk throws body shots and haymakers! Hobbs knees low, reels Punk in and whips him hard into buckles!
Punk falls but the fans rally up harder for him. Hobbs tells them to shut it then he whips Punk hard into more buckles. Hobbs drags Punk up again, ROCKS him with a right, but Punk manages to stay up for just a moment to get to ropes. Hobbs hauls Punk back up to suplex, but Punk slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Hobbs runs in and CLOBBERS Punk again! Taz says that’s “getting trucked,” and Hobbs is definitely a monster truck of a human being. Hobbs gets Punk up to CLUB him down, puts Punks on ropes, chokes him, but lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Not the cleanest but Hobbs snarls then grins as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hook and Hobbs chest bump for that one as Punk is still down. Hobbs drags Punk onto the apron to SLAM his chest into the edge! Punk sputters, Hobbs SLAMS him again! Hobbs then takes aim and ELBOWS Punk against the apron! Hobbs goes into the ring, argues with the ref but Hook gets his shot in on Punk! Hobbs is having fun now as he waits for Punk to stand. Hobbs scoops and SLAMS Punk, then steps on him! AEW returns to single picture as Hobbs gloats. Hobbs hauls Punk right up into a bearhug! Punk endures, fans rally up behind him, and Punk throws elbows to get free! But Hobbs just wraps on a bearhug from behind!
Hobbs squeezes tight, throws in some short headbutts, but Punk throws more elbows! Punk gets free, ROCKS Hobbs with a forearm, but Hobbs ROCKS Punk back! The hands keep flying, Punk gets the edge then sobats! Front kicks! Whip and calf kick! Hobbs is right up but he swings into a swinging NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Punk goes to a corner. Hobbs rises, Punk runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Then he reels Hobbs in for a clothesline! Punk thinks of what to do and fans fire up as he climbs the corner! Punk grins as he stands up, points to the sky, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives but Punk nods his respect.
Fans chant, “You Still Got It!” for Punk as he brings Hobbs up. Punk fireman’s carries for the GO- NO! SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs can’t believe Punk survives but he isn’t done with him, either! Hobbs hauls Punk back up, pump handles and lifts, but Punk slips out to a SLEEPER! Punk is a backpack and Hobbs fades! Hobbs fights back up, back suplexes high and hard! Hook applauds but fans rally back up for Punk. Hobbs stands first, he brings Punk up and scoops, to RAM him into buckles! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives again and Hobbs thinks of what he has to do to finish it.
Hobbs goes to a corner! He mocks the go to sleep hands, but Punk throws hands! Punk climbs up to get Hobbs for a SUPER- NO! Hobbs blocks the Steiner to get Punk up, but Punk SUPER STEINERS after all! Hobbs lands bad, Punk covers, TWO!! Punk wants the arm but Hobbs fights it! Hobbs ends up in a Triangle Hold but he dead lifts Punk for the POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Punk survives and NYC fires back up! Hobbs gets mad, he hauls Punk back up, and he ROCKS Punk with a right! Hobbs taunts Punk but Punk hits back! They forearm back and forth, and Punk gets the edge again. ROUNDHOUSE! Hobbs falls against ropes and Punk fires up!!
Hook gets up, Punk goes after him! Hobbs runs in but Punk sends him into Hook!! Fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Punk wins!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
Punk manages to smile through the pain because he came out the winner! Punk pats Hobbs on the shoulder to show he respects the powerhouse, but Taz says they’ll just go back to the drawing board. Will Taz have an idea how to stop The Best in the World?
AEW looks at the growing animosity in the women’s division.
Thunder Rosa says she has “two of the biggest senoritas here in AEW trying to get a piece of me.” But she’s not afraid of Nyla Rose OR Jade Cargill. Rosa does on her own, fights her own battles, she is Thunder Freakin’ Rosa and she fights like a dog! Jade says she will give the fans what they want. But Nyla was the one who betrayed her in that Casino Battle Royale, from behind! This is way more personal than business. Nyla tells everyone that they know where to find her. Pull up if you want, she’ll put you down! Who proves themselves the fiercest in AEW on the road to the title?
Six Man Tag: Adam Cole & The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS Christian Cage & Jurassic Express!
The #SuperKliq is reunited and it feels so good! But will they be feeling even better when they take on Captain Charisma, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus in their first AEW match together?
Rampage returns and Christian makes his entrance. Jurassic Express follows and Arthur Ashe Stadium sing along and swing along with Tarzan Boy. The trios sort out and Christian starts with Cole. They circle, the fans are fired up, but then Cole tags out to Matt. Fans boo but Christian shrugs it off. He and Matt tie up, Christian waistlocks and drags Matt to the mat. Christian does push-ups on Matt’s back but Matt gets up in a huff. Matt pie faces but Christian ROCKS him with an uppercut! Matt gets pointers from Nick and Cole, Matt and Christian tie up with knuckle locks. Matt kicks low, clubs and hammers away on Christian’s back, then throws off his shirt to ROCK him!
Matt swivels the hips, whips Christian corner to corner but misses in the corner to get CHOPS! Christian climbs up, rains down fists, and fans count along as he goes way past 10 to get 15! Christian puts Matt on ropes and stands on him to choke! Slingshot and uppercut! Matt flounders, Christian goes up and hits a flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Tag to JB and they double whip for a double hip toss! Nick runs in, he gets a FLAPJACK! JB adds a basement BOOT! Cole gets in, but then he bails out when JB shows punch. JB goes back to Matt but Matt throat chops! Tag to Nick, he goes up and drops ax handles on JB’s arm. Tag to Matt, he goes up and jumps but into JB’s kick!
JB uses Matt to get up and around, he knuckle locks Nick then kicks matt. JB has both Bucks in knuckle locks, then goes up the ropes to rebound and DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up as JB kips up and stares down Cole! The Bucks regroup on the outside, Cole eggs JB on but then hops down. JB chases after Cole, but he runs into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Luchasaurus and Christian storm over to brawl with the Super Kliq! Matt and Cole double whip Christian into a post! Luchasaurus choke grips Nick and brings him up, but Nick lands on the apron! But then Luchasaurus kicks Nick’s legs out and he hits the apron!
Matt rushes over but Luchasaurus ROCKS him! Cole runs into a haymaker, too, but Nick BOOTS Luchasaurus from the apron! Quebrada, but Luchasaurus dodges! Luchasaurus choke grips but Matt WRECKS him with a dropkick from the inside! Cole puts JB in while Cutler sprays down the Bucks, then Matt tags Cole in. Cole tags in Nick, he gets JB up in a Camel Clutch, the Bucks both run and build speed, and build speed, and then stop to kiss Cole on the cheeks. Fans love the brotherly love before the Bucks double handspring basement dropkick! The fans are fired up for the Super Kliq as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Matt tags Nick in. They have JB alone, but they both DECK Christian and Luchasaurus off the apron! Matt whips Nick in but JB BOOTS! JB goes up and over Matt, Nick sunset flips and sends JB at Matt. Matt has JB but JB boots Nick! JB standing switches to whip Matt into JB! JB elbows Cole, rolls under the Bucks and hot tags Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on the Bucks with big shoulders and a BOOT for Cole, too! Luchasaurus throws hands, DECKS Nick then pops Matt up for a FLAPJACK! Cole runs in to get a back drop! The Bucks regroup but get DOUBLE LARIATS! NYC is thunderous for the man-dinosaur as he choke grips the Bucks!
Cole gets in to BOOT Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus staggers but he handsprings under the double superkicks! And he goes Matrix to avoid Cole’s boot! Luchasaurus kips up to TAIL WHIP and gets Nick! Cole ducks to avoid the ROUNDHOUSE so it gets Matt! Luchasaurus choke grips Cole and also Matt, CHOKE SLAM INVERTED DDT COMBO! Nick goes up but Luchasaurus gets him for a SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Cover but Matt breaks it! Christian gets in to go after Matt and they go outside the ring. Luchasaurus signals to JB and tags him in. Cole shoves JB away to save Nick from Thorasic Express, and they both SUPERKICK Luchasaurus!
Christian gets in to give Cole a REVERSE DDT! Christian blocks a superkick to hook Nick up but no Killswitch! SUPERKICK! JB gets in, Matt feints the kick to DDT instead! The Bucks regroup and Matt tags in. Nick PENALTY KICKS Luchasaurus, Matt fireman’s carries JB. Nick goes up, JB slips off t shove Matt into the corner! JB goes up Matt to SUPER STEINER Nick then GERMAN SUPLEX Matt! DIVING HEADBUTT from Christian outta nowhere! JB covers, TWO!! Matt survives and fans are thunderous! JB gets the leg, SNARE TRAP STF!! Matt is caught, but Gallows gets on the apron to distract! JB lets off Matt to swipe at Gallows but then Matt gets up.
JB rushes in, Matt sidesteps to then SUPERKICK! JB still rebounds to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again. A standing count starts but both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Luchasaurus and Cole! The throw fast hands, Nick and Christian brawl in a corner! Matt and JB return to brawl in the other corner! Cole stops the choke grip but gets a HEADBUTT! ENZIGURI all the same, but they BOTH BOOT! Nick throws Christian to the ramp side but JB clotheslines Nick out. JB sends Matt out to join him, JB FLIES to take out Matt but Nick SUPERKICKS JB! Christian SPEARS Nick down the ramp! Christian gets Nick up but Matt LOW BLOWS!!
Matt throws Christian OFF the stage and he hits wall on the way down! The Bucks get JB up and bring him over to TOSS him off, too! In the ring, Cole grins as he has Luchasaurus all alone, but Luchasaurus sits up like the Deadman! Cole kicks but Luchasaurus blocks to choke grip. Cole slips out of the slam to 52 Fake Out! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus is still in this but Cole SUPERKICKS him! And then goes to a corner! Cole climbs up, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Bucks add on the B T E TRIGGER!! Then they set up for the BOOM SHOT! Cover, Super Kliq wins!!
Winners: Adam Cole & The Young Bucks, by pinfall
That is why they’re All Elite! JB crawls his way back to Luchasaurus and Cole says something to him as they stare down. Will Cole drop the boom on Jungle Boy Jack Perry soon enough?
Chris Jericho & Jake Hager VS The Men of the Year w/ Dan Lambert!
Le Champion & Rock Hard Hager aren’t ones for all the toxic, cringey trash talk American Top Team’s manager is spewing, let alone the fake tough guy egos from All Ego & The Closer. Will egos be deflated and bodies broken when the Inner Circle bring the fight to the “Boys of the Week” in NYC?
Arthur Ashe Stadium sings Judas for Jericho as the teams sort out. Jericho starts with Scorpio and fans fire up. Jericho soaks it all in before he ties up with Scorpio. Scorpio arm-drags then gloats while Ethan applauds. Jericho CHOPS Scorpio in return! And again, and again! Jericho whips and CLOBBERS Scorpio then gets Scorpio back up for a back suplex! Jericho flips off Ethan for good measure, too. Jericho brings Scorpio around to whip him into a corner and clotheslines. Fans count as Jericho gives more clotheslines up close. Jericho gets all 10, Scorpio falls over, and Jericho brings him over to the corner. Tag to Hager and they double whip Scorpio for a double shoulder tackle!
Hager brings Scorpio up but gets a jawbreaker! Tag to Ethan and he runs, into a BIG hip toss! Hager gets Ethan up, throws hands in the corner then lets off. Jericho chokes Ethan while the ref is busy with Hager, then Hager comes back to Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Hager keeps on Ethan with chicken wings and tags in Jericho. They throw hands on Ethan, Jericho CHOPS and whips but Ethan reverses. Jericho kicks Ethan away, spins him around but Ethan slips free to ROUNDHOUSE Jericho down! Ethan rains down rights then soaks up the heat from NYC. Jericho gets to ropes, Ethan chokes him on the ropes, then lets off so Lambert can get a cheap shot in as AEW goes picture in picture!
Ethan argues with the ref, Hager protests about the cheating but Ethan bumps Jericho off buckles. Tag to Scorpio, the Men of the Year mug Jericho then Scorpio fires off fast hands. The ref has him back off, Ethan stands Jericho back up and Scorpio comes back with more haymakers. Scorpio brings Jericho to a neutral corner, hoists him up top then throws more hands. Scorpio backs up to get a running start into a big haymaker! Scorpio climbs up to join Jericho, but Jericho resists the superplex! Jericho throws body shots, shoves Scorpio down then adjusts to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Scorpio CLUBS Jericho down then scrapes his soles on Jericho’s face.
Scorpio drags Jericho over, Ethan tags in, and they mug Jericho. Ethan CLUBS Jericho, ROCKS him with a right, then fish hooks Jericho’s face! The ref counts, Ethan lets off but he tags in Scorpio. The Men of the Year mug Jericho, Scorpio pie faces and whips to get Jericho for a SLEEPER! Jericho fights up to back suplex Scorpio down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Hager and Ethan! Hager dodges Ethan to DECK Scorpio, then he dodges Ethan again to come back for a corner clothesline! Hager then goes side to side, BIG forearm smash, to a POWERSLAM! Hager is fired up and NYC fires up for him. Hager runs to LARIAT Ethan down! Cover, TWO!
Hager paces around, brings Ethan up and whips him to ropes, but Ethan holds ropes. Ethan puts Hager on the apron, but Hager ROCKS him with a right! But Scorpio trips Hager up! Lambert chuckles as Hager staggers, and Ethan LEAPS for a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Direct hit as AEW returns to single picture! Both men are down on the outside but Ethan gets up to put Hager into the ring. Tag to Scorpio, they mug Hager, then Scorpio stretches Hager back in a chinlock. Fans rally, Hager fights up and RAMS Scorpio into buckles. Hager is free but Scorpio CHOP BLOCKS him before he can reach Jericho!
Scorpio brings Hager over, tags Ethan and they mug Hager again. Ethan CLUBS and kicks and whips but Hager stops himself to come back. They collide heads but Hager comes back to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans rally up again as Hager and Ethan crawl. Hot tags to Scorpio and Jericho! Le Champion rallies with big shoulders, then he triangle jump dropkicks Ethan away! Scorpio puts Jericho outside but Jericho goes up fast to FLYING AX HANDLE! Jericho fires up and NYC joins him as he CHOPS Scorpio! Jericho whips, Scorpio reverses but Jericho holds ropes to avoid the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Jericho tags in Hager.
Hager TOSSES Scorpio across the way, then goes to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Scorpio survives again but Hager whips him to ropes. Pop-up for the FLAPJACK, then the ANKLE LOCK! Scorpio endures, Ethan gets in but Jericho tackles him! WALLS OF JERICHO as the quick hour transition happens, and Lambert is freaking out about Jericho having Ethan when they’re not legal! Jericho can’t hold Ethan as he crawls out of the ring, and then Hager takes a swing on Lambert! Scorpio rolls Hager up, TWO!! Ethan DECKS Jericho, Hager gives Scorpio an URENAGE! Cover, Ethan breaks it! Jericho clotheslines Ethan out then PLANCHAS!
Hager gets up, has Scorpio for a whip and catches the crossbody for a SLAM! Hager runs to BOOT Scorpio down! Hager runs but Lambert trips him up! Scorpio gets an inside cradle from in, Men of the Year win!!
Winners: Men of the Year, by pinfall
Lambert is soaking up all the heat because it’s what he wants, but Ethan & Scorpio get CLOBBERED by Hager! Lambert is still running his stupid fat mouth but then he sees Ethan being thrown out right next to him! Jericho and Hager drag Lambert into the ring! Lambert begs for mercy, but Junior Dos Santos emerges from the shadows! Not to mention Austin Vanderford and even Paige VanZant! And now Andrei Arlovski and Dalton Rosta! American Top Team is coming to save their obnoxious leader, and Hager lets Lambert go when he sees Jorge Masvidal entering the arena! The Men of the Year have courage again and they say GET ‘EM!
Jericho and Jericho brawl with Arlovski and Dos Santos, but Rosta jumps in to SPINEBUSTER Hager down! Vanderford goes after Jericho, VanZant talks some trash, and Masvidal just enjoys watching what his friends are doing. Lambert coordinates traffic, Men of the Year sit Jericho up, and VanZant gets to load up and box away on Jericho’s gut! Masvidal gets to top it off with a RUNNING KNEE! Lambert raises Scorpio’s hand in victory as American Top Team and Men of the Year leave the Inner Circle’s hardest hitters down and out! Will the rest of Jericho’s crew have something to say about this?
8 Man Tag: Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Hardy Family Office!
While the Proud ‘n’ the Powerful are rivals to Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M, as well as hungry for those AEW World Tag Team Championships, they won’t stand for Big Money Matt’s many minions doing what they want in their city! Will Santana, Ortiz and #CeroMiedo put some fear in the hearts of Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade?
The eight men stare down in the ring, no teams sort out so the bell rings and it is a brawl! Fenix has Blade, Ortiz has Marq Quen, Santana’s after Isiah Kassidy and Penta as Butcher all in a line! Fenix whips Blade out, Penta does the same to Butcher, but Private Party reverses PNP. Quen & Kassidy run but into SUPERKICKS from the Lucha Bros! Lucha Bros whips Private Party to Santana & Ortiz, and they TOSS them out to join Butcher & Blade! Fans fire up as Santana and Fenix each take a corner. Penta and Ortiz build speed, we get QUADRUPLE AERIAL ATTACKS!! Hardy is astonished as Fenix puts Blade in, he and Santana coordinate, UNO DOS TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
Penta and Ortiz work together, wheelbarrow SPLASH combo a la the Lucha Bros! Penta covers, Butcher breaks it! There’s more brawling as Kassidy goes after Ortiz, but Quen and Butcher knock Fenix and Santana off the apron! Butcher and Blade stomp Penta, Private Party gangs up on Ortiz for the ASSISTED ROLLING DDT! Penta fights back against the mercenaries, a BOOT for Blade and a tag to Fenix! Fenix springboards over Butcher, he JABS Blade to SUPERKICK Butcher! But Blade catches the somersault to suplex him to Butcher! The mercs can’t Drag The Lake as Blade has to go after Penta! Butcher still POWERBOMBS Fenix all the same!
Fans rally up as Hardy has his scissors! He wants to cut Ortiz’s hair! But here comes ORANGE CASSIDY! Jack Evans rushes to intercept but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Cassidy leaves as fans are thunderous for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” Blade whips Fenix and CHOPS him in the corner, the match rages on as AEW goes to break!
Rampage returns and Fenix hot tags to Santana! Ortiz gives him an assist with the schoolboy into the CUTTER on Blade! Santana feeds Blade to Ortiz’s FLYING CODE BREAKER! Santana SUPERKICK to TU LO SABE! Ortiz intercepts Quen to whip him, pop-up but Quen uses that to RANA Santana into Ortiz! Quen keeps moving to FOSBURY FLOP out onto Ortiz! Santana BOOTS Kassidy and whips him, then runs in into a BOOT! Kassidy goes up for a FLYING STUNNER! Penta gets in but Kassidy dodges. Penta pops Kassidy up on the corner to SUPERKICK him down! Torture rack and BACKBREAKER DROP! Fans fire up with Penta and he SUPERKICKS Butcher!
Penta runs to KICK Butcher’s leg! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta whips, Butcher reverses and then dodges to BODY CHECK Penta down! But Fenix springboards in, into a choke grip! Butcher whips, Fenix tiger feint rewinds to the HEEL KCIK! Blade gets in to get a forearm, but he dodges Fenix’s footwork in the ropes, to BOOT him! Blade whips, Fenix reverses but Blade comes back, LARIAT! Both men are down in the ring and fans fire up again. Santana gets in, fans are thunderous as he gets Blade up. Blade knees low, scoops and SLAMS then tags in Quen. Quen is up top, but Ortiz trips Blade! SHOOTING STAR, but Quen has to land on his feet as Santana dodges! SLINGBLADE from Penta!
Penta gets Quen up, Fenix coordinates with him, L B DRIVER!! Ortiz keeps it going, he and Santana give Quen the STREET SWEEPER!! Cover, PNP & LB win!!
Winners: Santana, Ortiz & The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
The HFO tried and failed, they were the ones to pay! But with the dance card still open, will Santana & Ortiz find their way up the ranks to challenge Fenix & Penta for the gold?
Backstage interview with Matt Hardy and Jack Evans.
Tony Schiavone notes it was a rough night out there, and Hardy had to drag Evans to the back before it was even over. Yes, it was a tough night to start. But the HFO’s night isn’t over, because The Bunny’s new best friend, Penelope Ford, will end Anna Jay’s triumphant return! And what’s really upsetting Hardy is Cassidy! Every time Hardy goes to cut someone’s hair, Cassidy sticks his nose in Hardy’s business! If Cassidy has the guts, he’ll accept Hardy’s challenge! Hair VS Hair, Orange Cassidy VS… JACK EVANS! What?! That wasn’t the deal! Jack, you’re going to face Cassidy, and you better win! Has Hardy’s mouth written a check Evan’s hair can’t cash?
Sammy Guevara and Fuego Del Sol are here!
And the Spanish God has his cue cards! Feugo helps show them off for this silent promo. “Queens, New York City! It’s time for the Spanish God to become-” OH NO! Miro attacks from behind! He DECKS Sammy and KNEES Fuego down! Taz and Starks love this, but Sammy saves Fuego from Miro’s wrath! Miro shoves Sammy into the stage frame and then CLOBBERS Sammy! But Fuego jumps on as a SLEEPER! Miro THROWS Fuego off hard, then has wild eyes as he eyes the edge of the stage. Miro TOSSES Fuego off!! Fuego crashes through spare tables down below! Fans lose their minds, Starks is excited, and Miro drags Sammy over to put him in GAME OVER!!
Sammy doesn’t tap but Miro shoves him down. Miro takes the cue card that reads, “The NEXT TNT Champion!” and tears it in half! Will Miro do that to Sammy’s body and spirit when they battle for Miro’s prized possession?
Andrade El Idolo speaks.
“I am in AEW to fight. I am smart enough to know when I need help. When I beat Pac, I didn’t need help.” His assistant, Jose, knows better than to interrupt Andrade’s matches, because he’ll end up like Chavo. What Chavo did was unacceptable. Andrade won but he has honor in his matches. So he’ll beat Pac again, and there won’t be any excuses this time. Will the Bastard turn things around on the self-proclaimed Face of Latinos in the coming rematch?
Anna Jay VS Penelope Ford!
Number 99 has been a bit busy with both keeping the Dark Order in line and dealing with both Ford and The Bunny going after her and Tay Conti. But there are no friends allowed ringside for this one, it’ll be a true 1v1! Will the Queenslayer slay the Superbad Girl?
Wait, before Ford even gets to the ring, Jay runs back up the ramp to ROCK her with a forearm! Jay then throws Ford down the ramp and into the ring! Jay gets in, the bell rings, Ford hurries to take her jacket off, and she starts firing off haymakers back on Jay! The jacket kinda gets involved there, Ford throws it aside to fire off forearms. Ford whips, Jay holds ropes and then dumps Ford out! Jay goes out to get Ford up and whips her into the POST! Ford flounders, Jay dares her to get up, and then she RAMS Ford into the apron! Jay puts Ford in, fans rally up behind her as she runs in and back elbows Ford!
Jay whips Ford corner to corner, runs in and back elbows again! Jay keeps moving and she elbows Ford down! Jay gets Ford up, wrench to DANGEROUS JAY HEEL KICK! QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Ford flails, pries at the hold but here comes The Bunny! Jay dares her to do something but Bunny just waves. Ford blindsides Jay, hangs her out to dry and runs side to side to BOOT Jay down! Ford mocks the fans booing and then drags Jay back in to choke her on the ropes. Ford dares fans to boo but she lets off as the ref counts. Bunny talks trash right in Jay’s face as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Jay is forehead to forehead with Ford as they talk trash on each other. Ford shoves but Jay shoves back. Ford SLAPS, Jay SLAPS back! Jay gets around and wants the QUEENSLAYER again! Ford RAMS Jay into buckles but Jay holds on so Ford RAMS her in again! Ford gets free the third time, Bunny shrieks to distract, but that’s to slip Ford the knuckles! BRASS KNUCKLE SHOT!! Cover, Ford wins!!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
Superbad is even worse when it has a best friend! As such, Ford and Bunny mug Jay with stomps and hammering hands. But here comes Tay Conti! She rushes down the ramp and dodges Bunny to elbow her down! She tackles Ford and rains down fists, but Bunny hits Conti back! Bunny stomps Conti and Ford gets those knuckles out again! Bunny sits Conti up and Ford DECKS her! The HFO returns to be security for these girls because here come the Best Friends! Orange Cassidy, Kris Statlander, but not just them! The DARK ORDER’s Silver, Reynolds, Angels & Vance are here, too! Even Colt Cabana, Stu Grayson & Evil Uno! They ALL storm the ring and the HFO runs for it!
Jay & Tay are surprised to see the Dark Order united again, but that’s because deep down, friendship matters more than their petty squabbles. Reynolds offers a handshake, but Uno gets sheepish and decides to leave. Stu goes with Uno and Cabana finds himself stuck in the middle. Is there still something deep down that needs mending?
AEW has big things for next week planned already!
Next Wednesday’s Dynamite will be where Sammy Guevara settles the score with Miro, with the TNT Championship on the line! Plus, Cody Rhodes tries to put the pieces back together as he teams with “Big Shotty” Lee Johnson against Dante Martin & Matt Sydal. And after what we just saw, we’re going to see Penelope Ford & The Bunny throw down with Jay & Tay! And just made official, Jungle Boy gets his 1v1 match with Adam Cole! But Rampage has plenty, too, with the Hair VS Hair match, Orange Cassidy VS Jack Evans! Who gets shaved bald as part of Big Money Matt’s mad obsession with Freshly Squeezed?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main event players!
He starts with Suzuki-Gun and asks them why they accepted a Lights Out match. Lance Archer answers, “Why would we accept this Lights Out match? Because Cincinnati was a little bit of homefield advantage for Moxley. But we’re in New York City and I’m about to put my big boot up your fat ass in the Big Apple.” Minoru Suzuki says, in Japanese, that he’s going to butcher the pigs! Eddie Kingston doesn’t want to hear anymore and Archer tells him to never interrupt Suzuki. Kingston says he does what he wants, and he’s ripping his shirt up as he says he does respect Suzuki. Archer can kiss Kingston’s ass, though, because New York is HIS city, B! Straight up bullets flying!
Moxley calms Kingston down and Kingston is ready to go. Moxley tells Suzuki that he is the Giant Chicken to his Peter Griffin, he’s been trying and failing to kill him these last two years. Archer, the next chapter of their never-ending feud begins tonight in NYC! It’s LIGHTS OUT! LET’S GO! Henry says this is enough talk, it’s time for the main event! It’ll be Lights Out, but whose lights get put out in the Grand Slam main event?
Lights Out Tag: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
AEW says this match is unsanctioned and is not liable for whatever these four wild cards decide to do to each other! As such, the Murderhawk Monster already brings kendo sticks with him as he and the King of Pancrase make their way out to the ring. Oh hey there are AEW ring crew guys. Archer DECKS one, kendo SMACKS the other, all in time for KAZE NI NARE~! But then it’s replaced by Wild Thing as the Maniac and the Mad King make their entrance from the bleachers. And the brawling begins already! The bell rings as Archer POSTS Kingston and Suzuki gets a chair! Suzuki JAMS Moxley, gets another chair, and Archer bumps Kingston off the apron.
Moxley follows Suzuki up the ramp and Suzuki wants to recreate the last time these two were in Japan! Suzuki lets Moxley have a chair, and challenges him to a duel! They CLASH chair against chair, and Suzuki disarms Moxley to JAM him low! Suzuki KNEES Moxley down but here comes Kingston! Kingston throws forearms, Suzuki rocks him with a body shot. Suzuki and Kingston are in the ring and NYC fires up for Kingston as he CHOPS! Suzuki just smiles and Kingston CHOPS again! Suzuki grins and Kingston CHOPS again! Suzuki laughs it off! Kingston readies himself and Suzuki CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kingston hits an STO!
Kingston bails out, looks under the ring, and brings out a TABLE! Fans like this already as Kingston puts the table in the ring. Kingston stomps Suzuki, puts the table in the corner and then storms after Suzuki to CHP! Moxley keeps Archer down as Kingston whips. Suzuki blocks by holding ropes so Kingston CHOPS him again. Kingston whips, Suzuki kicks back and then fires off hands! Kingston staggers, Suzuki BOOTS him through the table! Moxley gets up top but Archer is there to catch him in a choke grip! Moxley breaks free, fires off forearm after forearm then runs, into a BOOT! Suzuki PENALTY KICKS, then Archer fetches those ring crew guys just to DECK them!
Then Archer gets another to scoop and SLAM him, then finds the last one to bring him over. Suzuki gets Moxley to the apron as Archer adds the last ring crew guy to the pile, then he brings Moxley around to CHOKE SLAM him onto the ring crew! All five men are down and fans are fired up for Suzuki-Gun. Archer puts Moxley back in then drags out a leather strap!? Suzuki and Moxley brawl, forearm back and forth! Moxley gives boxing elbows, runs but Suzuki follows and gets around SLEEPER! Archer has the strap, Suzuki ROCKS Moxley and Archer wraps the strap around Moxley’s neck! Archer puts Moxley over the top rope to HANG HIM!! This is unsanctioned so anything goes, but AEW goes to break!
Rampage returns once more and Archer has taped Moxley’s hands up behind his back! Kingston flounders on the outside as Moxley sits up and Archer LASHES him on the back! Suzuki has a turn and he LASHES Moxley on the back, then the chest! Suzuki then chokes Moxley with the strap while Archer gathers up things. Suzuki puts Moxley in a HALF CRAB! Archer has a trash can and the lid, and the ref tries to have him reconsider, but Archer scares him off. Suzuki drags Moxley up for Archer to SMACK him with the lid, then SMACK and SMACK and SMACK again and again! Suzuki gets a kendo stick while Archer uses the strap to LASH Kingston!
Kingston fights back against Archer but Archer bumps him off the apron. Suzuki SMACKS Moxley with a kendo stick, Archer LASHES Kingston down, then Archer gets in to scoop SLAM Moxley down! Moxley grits his teeth as he lands on his own arms, but Archer uses the strap to sit Moxley up. Suzuki slaps Moxley but Moxley spits on him! Archer keeps Moxley still for Suzuki to ROCK with a right hand! Suzuki then BITES Moxley’s forehead! Archer SMACKS Moxley’s legs with a kendo stick, then chokes him on the ropes! Moxley is already red going into purple but the fans rally for Kingston to get up. Archer SMACKS Moxley, SMACKS Kingston, and then soaks up the heat.
Moxley stands up in the corner, Archer runs in but only gets buckles! Moxley fights with shoulders and headbutts! Suzuki kicks low, BITES Moxley’s head, but Kingston is in! Kingston CHOPS Suzuki-Gun back and forth! ENZIGURI for Suzuki, MACHINE GUN CHOPS for Archer! Archer isn’t bothered and even flips Kingston off, so Kingston pokes him in the eye! Kingston puts Archer in a corner for MORE Machine Gun Chops! Fans are thunderous as Kingston reloads and fires off more Machine Gun Chops! Then he reels Archer in for an EXPLODER! Suzuki slithers around and he grins as he reels Kingston in for a SLEEPER! Archer is up, Suzuki feeds Kingston to the HELLICOASTER!
Archer stomps Moxley in a corner, Suzuki fetches chairs from under the ring. Archer stomps Moxley, stomps Kingston, and Suzuki gets in. Archer stands Kingston up, Suzuki sets up the chairs back-to-back. Archer gets Kingston up top and in position, but what is going on? HOMICIDE is here!? He IS, but entering from the crowd side! He gets a chair to JAM Suzuki! And JAM Archer! And then a nasty chair shot to Archer’s back! Homicide frees Moxley from the tape! But Suzuki kicks low and throws Homicide out. Suzuki gets a chair and aims at Moxley, and Moxley pretends his hands are still bound! Suzuki JAMS Moxley, then sets the chair down to reel Suzuki in.
But Moxley springs the trap, PARADIGM SHIFT to the chair!! Archer choke grips but Kingston URAKENS! URAKEN again! Archer still choke grips Kingston, but Moxley kicks Archer for a PARADIGM SHIFT! Homicide helps out and gives Kingston the trash can. Kingston SMACKS Archer on the back with it then puts it around Archer’s head. Kingston has a kendo stick and he SMACKS away on the can!! The dents grow bigger and bigger, deeper and deeper, and then Kingston just breaks the kendo stick on it! Cover, Kingston & Moxley win!
Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
But Moxley and Suzuki still brawl on the outside! Moxley throws Suzuki into steel steps to make it end for now, then he goes into the ring to celebrate with his maniacal friends! Will things only get wilder from here for Moxley & Kingston, let alone all of AEW?
What a wild, awesome night for Rampage! Even after two hours for Dynamite, Arthur Ashe Stadium still had energy to give because AEW was still giving them things to get fired up for. Weakest match on the card was Ford VS Jay, and as soon as Bunny came out to distract and help Ford, it was just a vehicle to set up other things. Ford & Bunny VS Jay & Tay on Dynamite next week was the real match they were setting up all along, and it gave Dark Order some TV time to further the dysfunction within the faction. Meanwhile, I knew Cassidy’s feud with HFO was leading to Hair VS Hair, but it was a brilliant swerve for Hardy to make Evans the guy to face Cassidy in that match.
Punk VS Hobbs was pretty good but that Super Steiner double counter spot was ROUGH. Probably should keep that off of the moveset unless Punk’s facing someone who can do a flying somersault. Punk of course wins, though, but as I said for Dynamite, who is Punk to face next? Ricky Starks is still healing up and he also has his story with Brian Cage to one day wrap up, so is Team Taz going to get a new member? We got a good promo from Rosa, Jade and Nyla so I fully expect a Triple Threat to go a long way in determining a new #1 contender to Britt Baker. Also fully expecting Nyla to take that pin since she’s had her match with Britt and Jade needs to stay strong even in losing while Rosa moves on to have her rematch with Britt.
The Six Man Tag was awesome stuff but what else would we get from a match with the Super Kliq? At the same time, of course Super Kliq wins, the Elite is basically reinvigorated with Cole joining. Cole VS JB should be a really good one for Dynamite but I would think Cole wins there, too. Jericho & Hager VS Men of the Year was good stuff until the end with Lambert helping Scorpio get a quick roll up. And apparently this is turning into an “invasion” angle with American Top Team, aka MMA fighters, invading rather than another wrestling promotion. I still don’t get why this is how it is but whatever.
The 8 Man Tag was even more awesome stuff and the Faces win. The HFO’s loss was a good way to compel Hardy to make the Hair VS Hair challenge and everything that happened after Jay VS Ford. The Lucha Brothers VS Santana & Ortiz looks to be the way they’re going and that’s great, that is going to be a great feud. Andrade had a good promo to hype up his rematch with Pac where things are supposedly going to be fair and square now, and Miro attacking Fuego and Sammy was a great way to set up the TNT Championship. The usual math says Miro standing tall here might actually mean Miro loses, but I don’t really see that happening because of how dominate Miro has been.
Learning about Cody in a tag match for Dynamite makes me hope he’ll have a crisis of confidence moment after losing to Malakai Black. He might take his frustrations out on Dante, Sydal and even Big Shotty, going further down the path of “He’s a Heel who thinks he’s a Face.” Then the Lights Out Tag was an awesome main event, but what a surprise that Homicide makes his AEW debut by saving Moxley and Kingston. Definitely seems like the only way for Moxley & Kingston to win while Suzuki-Gun is still technically strong in AEW. Archer also taking the loss was the way this was going to go so that Suzuki himself stays strong. Maybe Suzuki gets his first win in AEW off Kingston since Moxley is being kept strong as a big name on the roster.
My Score: 9.1/10
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