The most jam-packed episode of Dark ever!
With Double or Nothing on the horizon, AEW is doubling down on Dark! With NINE first-ever matches, who antes up and wins big?
- Colt Cabana VS Shawn Dean; Cabana wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Mike Reed & Ryan Rembrandt; Jurassic Express wins.
- Private Party VS Lee Johnson & Musa; Private Party wins.
- Preston Vance VS Jon Cruz; Vance wins.
- Fenix VS Alan Angels; Fenix wins.
- Kris Statlander VS Dani Jordyn; Statlander wins.
- Orange Cassidy VS Jason Cade; Cassidy wins.
- Britt Baker VS Skyler Moore; Baker wins.
- No Disqualifications: Luther VS Jimmy Havoc w/ The Superbad Squad; Havoc wins.
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Excalibur and Taz welcome us to the show!
This is a super sized episode of Dark tonight! Get ready for great action in all the divisions!
Colt Cabana VS Shawn Dean!
BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana got outsmarted by the Superbad super couple last week, but that doesn’t count him out of the running for Double or Nothing. Will Cabana rebound off The Captain to start off this extra big episode?
The bell rings and Cabana circles with Dean. Cabana tricks Dean with the high hands to get a leg takedown. He turns Dean over to tie up the legs but Dean scrambles to get the ropebreak. Cabana lets up and Dean circles with him again. Dean won’t fall for the same trick twice, so Cabana calls for a low grapple. This trick works and Cabana gets Dean with a headlock takeover. Dean fights up but Cabana hits another takedown. They get up again and Dean powers out, only for Cabana to run him over. Dean gets to a corner and cools off while Cabana smiles. Cabana tries offering Dean a leg but Dean doesn’t trust that, either. They tie up, Cabana wrenches to a wristlock and then wrenches again. Cabana wrenches more and brings Dean down to the mat. Dean kips up but Cabana wrangles him back down. Cabana cranks on the wrist but Dean kips again. Cabana brings Dean down again, Dean kips up but both men roll. Cabana catches Dean into a body scissors to roll him to a cover, TWO!
Things speed up, Dean hurdles and dropkicks Cabana out! Dean salutes as Cabana catches his breath. Cabana has the medic check his teeth and they’re all there. Cabana returns to the ring and circles with Dean again. They tie up with the low knuckle locks, and go shoulder to shoulder in the test of strength. Cabana hooks a leg and bends Dean back. Cover, ONE! Cabana pushes Dean down for another cover, TWO and Dean kips up. Cabana drops, spins and reels Dean in to short arm scissor! Dean works on an escape but Cabana cranks the arm. Cabana makes this a cover, ONE but Cabana keeps hold of the arm. Cabana shifts but Dean fights his way up. Cabana keeps Dean from ropes so Dean cartwheels and wrenches. Cabana wrenches back but Dean DECKS him! Dean covers, ONE! Dean waistlocks and drags Cabana down to a cover, ONE! He tries again, ONE!
Cabana gets ropes but Dean yanks him away. Dean rams Cabana into the corner then rams his shoulder into Cabana’s back. The ref backs Dean off but Dean runs in, into a CHOP! Cabana dodges and CHOPS Dean again. Dean comes back but Cabana throws jabs! Flip, flip, ‘n’ fly for the BIONIC ELBOW! Then corner to corner for the FLYING APPLE! SUPERMAN CLUTCH! Cabana wins!
Winner: Colt Cabana, by pinfall
BOOM BOOM, back on track! Will Cabana make up for losing to Kip Sabian by moving up the rankings?
Jurassic Express VS Mike Reed & Ryan Rembrandt!
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus are back in action! And before going up against Best Friends tomorrow night, they go up against The Hot Shot and #TripleR, Remarkable Ryan Rembrandt! Will this return to action be remarkable for the boy and his dinosaur?
Reed and Rembrandt don’t take JB and Luchasaurus serious, so JB shotgun dropkicks Reed out of the ring! And Luchasaurus BOOTS Rembrandt down! Then Jurassic Express combines with the wheelbarrow lift TAIL WHIP and spinning facebuster! JB runs and DIVES onto Reed, and then comes back as Rembrandt bails out to DIVE again! JB keeps moving, he FLIES to bowl Reed and Rembrandt down! JB puts Rembrandt in, officially tags in, and then pops Rembrandt up to Luchasaurus’ wheelbarrow. Luchasaurus his a wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! JB gives Luchasaurus a boost in rolling back, to SPIKE-RANA Rembrandt down! Reed runs in to go after JB while the ref is busy with Luchasaurus. Reed drags Rembrandt over and tags in. Reed throws uppercuts and rams into JB at the corner. He stomps a mudhole but the ref counts and backs Reed off. Reed goes back and brings JB up, but JB headbutts low. Reed clubs JB down then wrenches and hits a Russian Leg Sweep STO! Cover, ONE!
Reed keeps between JB and his corner and throws haymakers. JB throws them back and even CHOPS! Reed kicks low then tags Rembrandt. Reed whips and atomic drops JB for Rembrandt’s KNEE! Cover, TWO! Rembrandt drags JB up and bumps him off buckles. Rembrandt runs in, corner clotheslines, and then reels JB in for a belly2belly suplex! Cover, TWO! Rembrandt keeps on JB and bumps him off Reed’s boot. Tag to Reed but JB pushes back. Reed throat chops but JB fights back! JB elbows Rembrandt, dodges Reed and enziguris Rembrandt down. JB shoulders into Reed then slingshots to hot tag Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies with kicks, ROUNDHOUSE takes down Reed! Rembrandt dodges a boot but gets a heel kick, and then a helluva kick! Luchasaurus fireman’s carries Reed but Reed flails free. Reed throws a haymaker but it just angers Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS, then GODZILLA CHOKE SLAMS, into the standing moonsault! Cover, but Rembrandt breaks it! Now Luchasaurus’ wrath turns to Rembrandt.
Luchasaurus blocks Rembrandt’s punch, and whips him to JB’s SUPERKICK! Luchasaurus SUPERKICKS Rembrandt and JB throws him out of the ring. Jurassic Express has Reed up in the gut wrench, and toss to the CUTTER! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
Marko Stunt celebrates with his team, because the 2020 undefeated streak continues! Will the streak extend to this Wednesday Night Dynamite?
Private Party VS Lee Johnson & Musa!
Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen also return to action! Will they be back on track just like Jurassic Express? Or will the party end before it begins?
The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Johnson. They circle and shake hands to show this is respectful. They tie up, Johnson waistlocks but Kassidy standing switches. Johnson wrenches out to a wristlock and brings Kassidy around. Kassidy spins through and gets a leg takedown to a toehold. Quen tags in and slingshots up and over Kassidy for the senton! Kassidy feeds Johnson to the atomic drop, then hits an enziguri! Quen sweeps the legs, Kassidy camel clutches, “Say Cheese!” STOMPS! Musa runs in but is sent out, and gets Party in Motion! Quen goes back to Johnson with knees, then whips him to ropes for a dropkick! Quen brings Johnson back up for another whip but Johnson reverses, and Musa dumps Quen out! Johnson builds speed and FLIES to take out Quen! Kassidy protests but the ref keeps him back. Johnson puts Quen in to cover, ONE! Johnson keeps on Quen and tags in Musa.
Musa and Johnson mug Quen in the corner and stomp mudholes. The ref reprimands and Musa brings Quen out for a suplex high and hard! Cover, ONE! Musa sucker punches Kassidy then boots Quen. Quen rolls but Musa somersault shotgun dropkicks him down! Tag to Johnson and Johnson throws forearms on Quen. Quen kicks back but gets body shots and forearms for it. Johnson whips but Quen reverses. Johnson sunset flips but Quen manages to tag in Kassidy. Kassidy goes up, SWANTON! Kassidy dropkicks Musa off the apron then goes after Johnson. He whips and dropkicks Johnson down then dusts himself off. Kassidy has Johnson in the corner and CHOPS him! Tag to Quen and Private Party whips to whip and Kassidy hits a back elbow! Quen adds a forearm smash and tags Kassidy at the same time. Kassidy goes up as Quen brings Johnson out. Neckbreaker double stomps, then suplex to hang Johnson out for the springboard HOTSHOT!
Johnson is down on the ramp and Quen tags in. Quen DIVES onto Musa, then regroups with Kassidy to SPLASH onto Johnson! Private Party brings Johnson back up and into the ring with a back drop! They line up the shot, tornado COMPLETE SHOT! Quen is up top, for the SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Private Party wins!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
The party boys are back and will surely be celebrating this victory! Will the entire AEW Tag Division be partying with them now that they’ve returned?
Preston Vance VS Jon Cruz!
Number 10 has his second match since joining The Dark Order. Will he make an example out of Puerto Rico’s Serpentico?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Cruz goes after the wristlock but 10 just throws him down. Cruz gets up and circles with 10 again. Cruz dodges the clothesline but runs into a knee! Cruz stays up and tries again, and ducks the boot but not the LARIAT! Number 10 just watches Cruz scramble to the corner. He brings Cruz up but Cruz throws body shots. Number 10 CLUBS Cruz down, then whips him to ropes for a BOOT! And then a DRAPING COMPLETE SHOT! Cruz flops out of the ring but 10 goes out the side. Cruz crawls as 10 comes around the way. Number 10 runs in but Cruz moves and 10 only gets steel steps! Cruz scurries away while 10 goes into the ring. Cruz follows and enziguris 10 away! Cruz climbs up and leaps, but 10 gets clear, to SPINE BUSTER Cruz on the return! Cover, Number 10 wins!
Winner: Preston Vance, aka Number 10, by pinfall
And Mr. Brodie Lee appears to applaud his top recruit. Will Number 10 help The Exalted One take over all of AEW?
Fenix VS Alan Angels!
The Immortal Firebird also makes a return to AEW! Will he lead the way for the Death Triangle trio with a singles victory?
The bell rings and Fenix circles with Angels. They tie up, Fenix waistlocks but Angels standing switches. Fenix reaches back to headlock and uses that to free himself from he waistlock. Angesl wrenches through and yanks on the wristlock. Angels hammerlocks then headlocks but Fenix reaches for ropes. He can’t get any so he rolls back and throws Angels off. Fenix wheelbarrows but runs, only to get caught in a cradle! TWO and Angels waistlocks. Fenix tries but can’t buck him off, and Angels changes from O’Conner roll to sunset flip. Cover, TWO and Fenix springboards away. Angels kips up, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fenix keeps on Angels with a chinlock and he grinds Angels down. Fenix shifts to trap the arms to karate CHOP Angels in the neck! Fenix wrenches an arm and drops a leg on it! Angels gets to a corner but Fenix brings him up. Fenix back suplexes but Angels elbows free. Angels swings into a waistlock, but breaks free to ROCK Fenix with a haymaker!
Fenix BOOTS back then hops up, only for Angels to uppercut. But Fenix recovers to springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fenix grows frustrated with the ref’s count but two is two. Fenix drags Angels up and around, telling him this is going to end. But Angels SLAPS Fenix! Fenix KNEES Angels down for it, and has him in the corner. Fenix runs corner to corner, but into a SUPERKICK! Angels goes for another but Fenix puts him on the apron. Angels enziguris, then steps in to shotgun dropkick! Angels brings Fenix up to a fireman’s carry, WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Angels almost had a AAA World Tag Team Champion beat!? Fenix crawls to a corner but flops out of the ring. Angels keeps his cool as he goes to the apron, only for Fenix to SUPERKICK the legs out! Angels clutches his legs as Fenix gets on the apron. Fenix runs at Angels but into a LARIAT! Fenix hits the apron but Angels puts him in the ring.
Angels climbs up top and leaps, DUMDUM STOMPS! That’s a very Fenix move, and then Angels hits a running MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives again and Angels can’t believe how close he is! Angels follows Fenix to the ramp side and brings him up. He throws haymakers but Fenix CHOPS! They brawl with the ropes between them and both men ROCK each other! Fenix is still on the outside as he shakes out the cobwebs. But he’s back to jump, jump, readjust and jump, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Angels gets to a corner but Fenix springboard SOBATS! Fenix puts Angels up top to CHOP and KINNIKUMAN BUSTER!! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
The spinning muscle buster finally brings Angels down to Earth, and Fenix has a victorious return! Will he, Pentagon and PAC be able to have an equally victorious return to trios action in the near future?
Kris Statlander VS Dani Jordyn!
The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien is still high in the rankings of the AEW Women’s Division. She will battle Britt Baker, Penelope Ford and Hikaru Shida in a Fatal 4 Way all but guaranteed to determine a #1 contender, but will #TheREALMeanGirl ruin all of that tonight?
The bell rings and Kris circles with DJ. They tie up, Kris headlocks but DJ backs out to headlock in return. Kris powers out, things speed up and Kris runs DJ over. DJ gets up but into an arm-drag! She arm-drags back and trips Kris up, but Kris kips up to sweep the legs! Kris cannonballs but DJ avoids the senton to ghost pin! TWO but DJ almost had Kris! Kris spins, rolls in a modified sunset flip, TWO! Both women stand off and reset. DJ offers a handshake, but Kris makes her boop herself first. And then Kris makes DJ boop Kris, and then Kris boops herself. Kris whips, DJ reverses but Kris reverses back to pump handle and flip DJ into a short arm scissor! DJ reaches and flails and rolls around to a cover. TWO and Kris lets DJ go to run her over with an elbow! DJ bails out of the ring but Kris takes aim. Kris runs and baseball slides, but DJ dodges to RAM her into barriers! And then the apron! DJ “apologizes” before she throws Kris into the ring. Cover, TWO!
DJ drags Kris up and throws a slapping palm strike! And then a big forearm! DJ bumps Kris off buckles then runs in to uppercut! DJ snapmares and rolls to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kris grits her teeth but DJ drags her up. Kris ROCKS DJ with forearms then whips her to a corner. Kris runs in but into a boot! She still elbows DJ back! Kris whips corner to corner but DJ reverses. Kris goes up and over and uppercuts in return! Kris runs side to side to KNEE DJ out of the ring! Kris hits the wrecking ball dropkick! She fires up and puts DJ back in the ring. Kris climbs up top as DJ staggers up. Kris leaps but DJ dodges! DJ runs into a PELE! Kris runs but DJ waistlocks and shoves to then scoop. Kris boops and handsprings out to LARIAT! Kris drags DJ up, gut wrenches and hits BIG BANG THEORY! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall
The incredible extraterrestrial heads on towards that critical Fatal 4 Way! Will Kris become a contender against the Dentist, the Bad Girl and the Stardom Samurai?
Orange Cassidy VS Jason Cade!
While his Best Friends will battle Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus on Wednesday, this is about The Sloth working to get on a roll of his own. Will Mr. Ego-Trip get a helping of #FreshlySqueezed tonight?
The bell rings and Cassidy only now puts his elbow pad on. Chuck Taylor and Trent rally for Cassidy, as he brings the hands up. Cade won’t let the hands go in the pockets, and then kicks Cassidy low. Cade headlocks but Cassidy slowly pries out and wrenches to a wristlock. Cassidy puts one hand in his pocket while holding onto the hold. Cade is confused, but then he takes the sunglasses and throws them away! Cade slaps the hold apart, but now Cassidy uses both hands to wrench and wring Cade out! And the hands go back in the pockets. Cade gets up in a huff but Cassidy dodges, runs and arm-drags! Then he sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Cade goes to sweep but Cassidy jumps over to dropkick him down! No hands kip up! Trent brings Cassidy his sunglasses and the look is complete. Cade gets in, runs into a waistlock, Cassidy half nelsons and head-drags, to then sit with Cade and give a thumbs up.
Cade is not amused and makes it a thumbs down. Cassidy takes his sunglasses off now and now he’s mad! Cade elbows Cassidy away then KNEES him down! Cade just glares at Cassidy and then asks the ref to check on him. Cassidy is awake and wrenches Cade to hook a leg and bring him down to a cover! Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cade can’t believe he got caught by Cassidy! Best Friends use the new Freshly Squeezed beach towels as rally towels while Cade complains to the ref. Trent helps Cassidy get dressed and show off the merch while Cade throws a tantrum. Will the Best Friends keep things going tomorrow night when they go up against Jurassic Express?
Britt Baker VS Skyler Moore!
The Greatest Alien got a win but she’s not a “true role model” like The Dentist. Will Britt be smiling into the Fatal 4 Way? Or will Skyler leave her wanting Moore?
The bell rings and Britt circles with Skyler. They tie up, and Britt claims she gets hit right in the nose! She goes to the ropes and then says she broke a nail! Skyler is not letting Britt use a bunch of excuses, but Britt waits until Skyler gets back. The ref has Skyler stay away and Britt returns. They approach and Britt kicks low! Britt throws forearms, whips, but Skyler dodges. Britt whips again but Skyler reverses the hip toss to a takedown and cover. ONE and Britt has the ghost pin. ONE, Skyler blocks the superkick but Britt shoves her to SUPERKICK on the return! Britt smiles as she drags Skyler up for forearms and a snap suplex! Skyler crawls away but Britt goes after her with stomps and kicks. Britt stomps away on Skyler at the ropes but the ref backs her off. Skyler crawls and flounders but Britt puts her on the ropes to choke! The ref counts, Britt lets off at 4, and she grabs Skyler’s arms to surfboard STOMP her into ropes! Britt stands on Skyler again but stops at 4. She kicks the ropes to jam Skyler up!
Skyler flounders to a corner but Britt goes out. Britt grabs the arms and pulls Skyler into the post! The ref counts but Britt stops at 4 with a scrape of her boot. Britt says she can fix whatever damage she just did, and throws more forearms! She wrenches, knees and flips Skyler down into a headscissors. Britt cranks on the neck but Skyler endures. Britt keeps cranking but Skyler refuses to quit. Britt shifts to a chinlock and grinds Skyler down. Skyler fights her way up and stomps a foot! Skyler throws forearms but Britt kicks low. Britt whips but Skyler sunset flips, only for Britt to roll through. Britt rolls Skyler but Skyler inside cradles! TWO and Britt kicks low. Britt runs to KNEE Skyler in the head, then hit a fisherman neckbreaker! Britt demands the ref give her a glove and he obeys. Britt puts on the glove, blocks the roll up, and wrenches the wrist while stomping Skyler. Britt rolls Skyler to the Rings of Saturn, for LOCKJAW! Skyler taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
Britt doesn’t let go until she’s satisfied, and then brags while taking the glove off. Will Britt be bragging when she goes up against Kris, Penelope and Hikaru?
No Disqualifications: Luther VS Jimmy Havoc w/ The Superbad Squad!
Finally! After waiting for months, we will finally see the original death dealer play ball with the headstrong hardcore anti-hero! With no rules standing in their way, what won’t these two do to each other just for a win?
The bell rings and Sabian distracts Luther already. Havoc attacks and goes after Luther in the corner. Luther shoves Havoc down but Havoc comes back for more! Luther shoves Havoc again then dodges Havoc on the return. Luther CHOPS Havoc over and over, but Havoc catches the hand. Havoc BITES, then wrenches to a shoulder breaker! Havoc wrenches and bites the hand again! He ROCKS Luther with a right then goes corner to corner. Luther puts him on the apron and grabs Havoc by his hair. Havoc hotshots the arm then climbs up top. Havoc leaps but Luther catches him! FALL AWAY SLAM! Sabian slips Havoc a chair, and Havoc uses it to block the Fast Ball! Havoc SMACKS away on Luther, from back to arm to leg and the back again! Havoc sets the chair down, puts the hand under it, and then heads up top. Luther gets up and THROWS the chair at Havoc! Havoc tumbles down and regroups with Sabian. Luther climbs up top and CANNONBALLS onto them both!
Luther drags Havoc up while Penelope checks on Sabian. Luther whips Havoc hard into railing! The ref checks on Havoc while Luther gets himself a chair. Luther bumps Havoc off barriers then brings him to the chair, for a backbreaker! Havoc is bent back on the chair and Luther drops a knee! The knee guillotines Havoc off the chair, but Luther drags him back up. Luther bumps Havoc off the chair and then stalks him to the steel steps. Luther knees Havoc and puts him back in the ring. Luther whips and BOOTS Havoc down! The Superbad Squad coaches Havoc up but Luther scares them off with the chair! Luther intercepts Sabian’s chair assist and then JAMS his chair into Havoc. Luther sits a chair up and then brings Havoc up. Havoc ROCKS Luther with rights then runs, but Luther hip tosses Havoc ONTO THE CHAIR! The edge of the chair back gets Havoc in the back! Havoc and chair topple over, and Luther drops knees!
Luther drags Havoc around and scoops him for a slam, on the chair! Cover, TWO!! Havoc survives and the Superbad Squad is relieved. Luther is furious and drags Havoc up. Luther snap suplexes Havoc back onto the chair, covers, TWO! Luther keeps his cool and sets the chair up again. He also fetches the second chair and sets it up next to the first. Luther sets Havoc up in this chair hammock and then goes up top. Sabian anchors Luther to save his friend, and Havoc SHORYUKENS! Havoc climbs up to grab Luther, for a SUPER STEINER over the chairs! That was fortunate for Luther, but Havoc sets a chair on his chest. Havoc goes up top, DIVING STOMPS onto the chair! Cover, TWO!! Penelope is angry on behalf of Havoc while Luther gets away to the ramp. Havoc pursues but Luther kicks ropes to indirectly low blow Havoc! Luther drags Havoc out to butterfly suplex onto the ramp! Havoc clutches his arms but Luther drags him back into the ring.
Luther turns Havoc around and has him against the ropes. Luther climbs the ropes for a SUPER BULLDOG onto a chair!! Cover, TWO!! Havoc still lives and Luther is shocked! Luther vows to end it here, and he camel clutches Havoc and claws at the eyes! But Havoc pries the hands off him, so Luther clubs away on Havoc’s back! Luther claws at Havoc’s eyes again, but Penelope splashes him with water! The ref reprimands Penelope but Sabian throws a chair at Luther’s head! Direct hit, and Havoc tops it off with the FISHERMAN DDT!! Cover, Havoc wins!!
Winner: Jimmy Havoc, by pinfall
A No Disqualifications that felt more like a handicap match, the Superbad Squad supports each other against the death dealer! Will Havoc, Sabian and Penelope all climb the ranks of AEW together?
AEW Dark goes over an hour with having this many matches at once, but I don’t really think it was any better than most episodes as of late. All the obvious choices won from start to finish, but the surprising performance came from Alan Angels. Angels got a strong showing against Kenny Omega and then one here against Fenix, so there must be something AEW sees in him. I’m not sure where he’ll fit into the bigger picture of AEW’s roster, but maybe when the live audience is able to return, their reaction to him will be a gauge of where he stands. The same goes for Jason Cade, who got to show a lot of character against Orange Cassidy. With Best Friends taking on Jurassic Express, I hope we get some Cassidy and Marko Stunt gags on the outside while the match goes on.
I am glad we finally got Luther VS Havoc, even now that Havoc is becoming a Heel. Of course, No DQ allowed Sabian and Penelope to get involved, since we knew they would anyway, and they together beat Luther. I suppose this is fine, as Luther stays strong despite hardly being used during Empty Arena Era. I just don’t think the feud continues now, as I can’t take Luther seriously as a Face with all the tongue wagging and finger pointing to his temple.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Moxley is on a Rampage!
AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!
Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!
- Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
- Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
- Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.
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Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!
The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?
The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!
Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.
Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!
AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!
Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!
Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!
Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission
And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?
As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?
AEW hears from Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?
Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!
The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.
Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!
Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.
Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!
Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!
Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!
Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!
Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall
A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?
AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.
“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?
Hook VS Serpentico!
The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?
Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?
Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.
Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!
Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!
But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!
Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!
Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!
Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?
A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.
Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/19/22)
A massive night for Dynamite!
This could be one of the biggest Dynamites yet!
AEW arrives in Washington, DC as both the American Nightmare and Jon Moxley return! Plus, CM Punk takes on one more of MJF’s pawns!
- Mixed Tag Match: Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; Cole & Baker win.
- CM Punk VS Shawn Spears; Punk wins.
- The House of Black VS The Varsity Blonds; The House of Black wins.
- Lance Archer VS Frankie Kazarian; Archer wins.
- Serena Deeb VS Skye Blue; Deeb wins.
- Sting & Darby Allin VS The Acclaimed; Sting & Darby win.
PLAY BY PLAY
JON MOXLEY heads to the ring!
DC goes nuts for the Maniac as he enters from the bleachers. Moxley throws his bottle of water to the crowd, kicks a trash can out of the way, then pushes through the railing to get to the ring. Mox gets the mic as fans chant his name, and then chant, “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Moxley throws off the jacket to then say, “Little while ago, I was asleep on a plane, it landed in some city I don’t know. And it woke me out of a dream, it was a bad dream. And I don’t remember anything about it, but I remember I was on the side of the road, on my hands and knees in the dirt, my face was bruised and cut up, and there was a black cloud, like a demon. The kind of demon that follows you around your whole life.” Everyone has these demons.
The cloud laughed at Moxley and told him that everything good in his life wasn’t supposed to be his. The cloud said, “Did you really think you were gonna make it out?” Then Moxley woke up before he could answer. No one gets through life unscathed. He has more scars on his body than the average person but that’s not important. The important scars are the ones on the inside that are harder to see. Sometimes you pretend the scars aren’t there, but those are the ones you should be proud of because those tell your story and make you the people that you are! No one is perfect, or else the world would be very boring.
So don’t be afraid to stand up in front of the world and bare it all! You should stand up, bare it all and say, “Hey! This is me!” But that said, there are people out there that want to write Moxley off, that doubt him. They’re not the first and they’re not the last. If you wanna doubt him, think what you wanna. He’ll tell you what he told the cloud, “Shove it up your ass!” So for everyone around the world who has had Mox’s back, he thanks you. Buckle up and get ready for a ride, baby! The year 2022, Mox is going on a pilgrimage to take the world of wrestling by the balls and do whatever he wants! Now more than ever, Jon Moxley is free!
And Mox will tell us this: He’s been to hell and back, it is rather liberating. No one can put him through something he hasn’t already been through, but he dares people to try. Cuz Mox is thirsty. Mox was dangerous before, but nowadays, all he drinks is blood! Who will be crazy enough to take on an invigorated and liberated Maniac?
“Last week as an abomination, an embarrassment to our great sport. When your hero, CM Punk, was powerbomb’d over and over again into what I can only assume is early-onset spinal stenosis, and what did he do? Instead of taking the loss on the chin like a man, he decided to take the easy way out. He decided to pull Wardlow in by his hair and by his tights and get a tainted pinfall victory. Granted, if Wardlow had a teeny tiny bit more seasoning, I’m sure he could’ve reversed it, but that’s not what I’m here to talk to you about today.”
MJF wants to apologize. Wait, really? Not only has Wardlow been a stellar employee, but a stellar friend for the better part of two years and two months. It is Wardlow’s birthday, so MJF’s gift is an apology for losing his cool. However, the big man put his hands on MJF. Frankly, that is not something MJF can allow, that is a bad precedent for AEW. As much as it pains MJF to do this, he’ll be docking Wardlow pay. Now, if he gets wins and qualifies for the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match to win MJF the TNT Championship, then MJF promises Wardlow that the money will go right back up. MJF believes in Wardlow, just as he does the greatest accountabilibuddy ever, Shawn Spears!
MJF believes Spears will give “PG Punk” that first L in AEW, and will show the world, and Wardlow, how to get the job done. And MJF will be on commentary to call all the action. Because Maxwell Jacob Friedman is better than you, and you know it. MJF pats Wardlow on the shoulder, but will Wardlow find a way to return his birthday present?
Mixed Tag Match: Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!
The beef between the Best Friends and the Super Ultra Mega Kliq is reaching a boiling point! Freshly Squeezed & The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien team together to take on the Panama City Playboy & The Dentist, will it be all about anything else than the Boom? Or will DC belong to Cole & Britt Baker, DMD?
The teams sort out, and it’s ladies first as Kris and Britt circle. But then Britt chickens out and tags Cole. Kris backs down, Cassidy steps in, but then Cole trolls Cassidy to tag Britt back in. Cassidy wants to throw hands but Britt dares him to break the rules. Cassidy considers it, and he shin kicks her! And again! And again! And again! But then she stomps his foot! Britt laughs, but Kris gets in and scoops her! To SLAM her! And to BOOP her! Things speed up, Kris blocks a kick to spin and scoop Britt again! Britt gets free, tag to Cole! Cassidy goes to a corner while Cole talks trash to Kris. Kris wants to punch Cole, but Cassidy climbs up, and Cassidy CROSSBODIES!
Cassidy speeds up, tilt-o-whirls but Cole blocks the DDT to shove and BOOT! Cole fireman’s carries, Cassidy slips out to shove and dodge to then tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cole bails out, fans fire up and Cassidy raises his hands. Britt gets in but Cassidy dodges, for Kris to kick and suplex! Cassidy and the fans rally up while Kris holds Britt, and then Cassidy “speeds up” to nudge them over! Fans fire up as Cassidy flexes! Kris also flexes, and then they both go to the apron. They raise their hands, Cassidy puts his in his pockets, and Kris PENDULUM MOONSAULTS! Cassidy FALLS onto Cole! Fans fire up as Cassidy takes a victory lap.
Cassidy and Kris regroup, and they HUG! GOT to give the people what they want! But then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from Cole and Britt take them down! Then they kiss! Cole gives a thumbs up while Britt stomps Kris. Cole drags Cassidy up and POSTS him as AEW goes picture in picture!
Britt mocks Cassidy’s pockets while Cole puts Cassidy in the ring. Cole rains down fists on Cassidy, but he lets off to then soak up the cheers and jeers. Cole stalks Cassidy to a corner, drags him back up and ROCKS him with a big forearm. Cole then wrenches, whips corner to corner hard, and Cassidy bounces off buckles while Cole flexes. Cole drags Cassidy back up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cole sits Cassidy up and wraps on a chinlock. Cole grinds Cassidy down, Cassidy fights up, and Cassidy pries at he hold. Cassidy gets free, but runs into a back elbow! Cole then sits Cassidy up to rain down elbows into the shoulders and neck!
Cole wraps on a headscissor necklock and squeezes tight. Cassidy endures, pries at the hold but Cole clamps on tighter. Cassidy moves around, and around, and a little more, then he bounces and bounces to shake free! Cole is right after Cassidy with more fists! Cole looms over Cassidy and brings him up in the corner. Cole wrenches, whips, and Cassidy hits buckles hard again! AEW returns to single picture and Cole drags Cassidy up to whip the other way. Cassidy goes up and out then slingshots in, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! A standing count starts as both men crawl, hot tags to Britt and Kris!
Kris rallies on Britt, and hits an STO BACKBREAKER! Kris drags Britt up to whip her into a corner, and runs in to FOREARM! Kris runs side to side to blow snot on Cole, then runs back to KNEE Britt! Kris gets Britt up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Britt survives but Kris fires up and the fans are with her. Kris drags Britt up, reels her in, suplexes, but Britt slips out to ripcord. Kris ducks, Britt follows, arm-drags, lateral press to a backslide, TWO! Kris and Britt stand, Kris changes the hooks to Gory Especial! Britt flips off, kicks low, fisherman SCREW! Both women are down and fans fire up again!
Another standing count starts, Cassidy fires up and the fans rally with him. Britt and Kris crawl, hot tag to Cole! Cassidy jumps in and the haymakers start flying! Cassidy gets the edge, Cole wobbles, but Cole uses 52 Fake Out! Then he blows a kiss, but Cassidy blocks to spin Cole. Cole ENZIGURIS through! Cole suplexes, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE from Cassidy! Britt tags as Cassidy Alabama lifts. Britt saves Cole, to CURB STOMP Cassidy! But Kris BOOTS Britt! Scoop and SPINNING MICHINOKU! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives, but Kris drags her to a drop zone. Fans rally up as Kris climbs, but Cole shields Britt!
Kris decides whatever, AREA 451!! Tag to Cassidy, and he scoops Cole, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO?!! Both men are down but fans are fired up! “This is Awesome!” as Cassidy stands. Cassidy grits his teeth, throws off his elbow pad, and he runs at Cole, only for Cole to bail out! So Cassidy builds speed to FLY, into a SUPERKICK! Cole tells fans to shut their mouths, and then he goes to the corner. Cole hops up and aims at Cassidy, but Kris throws Cassidy into the ring! Fans fire up as Cole grins, and he decides to go through with it! But then Britt SUPERKICKS Kris so he doesn’t have to. Britt hops on, DESTROYER on the ramp!!
Cole aims in the ring, PANAMA SUNRISE to Cassidy! Cover, TWO?!!? Cassidy survives and neither Cole nor Britt can believe it! But fans are loving “A E DUB!” Cole goes out and has the timekeeper clear out. Cole and Britt grab the table, bring it closer to ringside, and Cole goes in to fetch Cassidy. But Cassidy runs in, Cole dodges the Orange Punch! Cassidy bumps Britt off the apron and Britt falls through the table! Everyone is shocked, and Cole is furious! The ref is checking on Britt, Cole LOW BLOWS Cassidy, then brings down the knee pad! THE BOOM!! But the ref is still checking Britt! He finally gets in, counts, Cole and Britt win!
Winners: Adam Cole & Britt Baker, by pinfall
But Britt sure doesn’t feel like a winner after what happened. Cole pushes medics aside to check on Britt himself. Will the AEW Women’s World Champion still be alright after her and Cole’s idea almost cost them?
Backstage interview with the Inner Circle.
Namely, it is Chris Jericho, Santana & Ortiz. Alex Marvez brings up how Eddie Kingston got injured last week at the hands of Daniel Garcia & 2point0. But next week, that trio faces this trio 3v3. Jericho doesn’t really care about Kingston, and says Kingston can GFY. But as for 2point0 and Garcia- Ortiz stops Jericho there, and says with all due respect, Jericho may not like Kingston, but Ortiz & Santana do. So tread carefully talking about him. And another thing. Santana knows Kingston said some truth last week. Maybe Jericho is why Proud ‘n’ Powerful aren’t the AEW World Tag Team Champions.
Everyone from The Elite to the Pinnacle and now Garcia & 2point0, Santana & Ortiz have been fighting Jericho’s battles. When has Jericho had their back? Every week! No, no, no. When did Jericho truly have their back? Maybe next week, Santana & Ortiz can prove they don’t need Jericho to win. “Maybe next week we’ll focus more on us, instead of this. Feel me?” Jericho says he doesn’t feel that. But other than that, Jericho is at a loss for words. Is the Inner Circle falling apart at the seams?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
Alex Marvez points out the pyrrhic victory Cole & Britt got, but Cole tells him to leave. Cole says Orange Cassidy has been a thorn in Cole’s side for far too long. And then he goes and puts his hands on Cole’s girlfriend! Cole has done everything, beating Cassidy in singles and a mixed tag match! What more does he have to do? But then Cole realized, with next week being AEW Beach Break, instead of Cassidy being a thorn in Cole’s side, Cole will destroy him! Cole proposes Cole VS Cassidy an ANYTHING GOES, LIGHTS OUT MATCH!! Cole can’t stand to look at Cassidy’s stupid face anymore, so it’s time to end Cassidy’s pathetic career!
Will the Panama City Playboy no longer be playing games when he looks to crush Freshly Squeezed?
AEW shares CM Punk’s comments after last week’s Dynamite.
“Spears, huh? Okay.” Spears himself said that who he is is obvious, but what he is is much harder to explain. The Chair Man is who MJF sends to make sure a message is understood. Spears doesn’t play within the lines, there will be no warning and he’ll never apologize. Punk says Spears is the last guy in the way of Punk VS MJF. MJF is running out of bodies and luck, and before MJF knows it, he’ll have no choice but to get in the ring with Punk, at a time and in a place he really won’t want to.
CM Punk VS Shawn Spears!
The Best in the World more or less survived The Pinnacle’s War Dog, but a win is a win. However, will The Chair Man finish off what’s left of Punk so that MJF no longer has to fear him? Or is this last pawn going to be cleared out so that Punk can put MJF in checkmate?
But after Punk makes his entrance, MJF makes his to join commentary, just as promised. The bell rings and Punk gets Spears right away for a spin, fireman’s carry, and G T S!! Cover, Punk wins!!!
Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall
MJF is pissed! He barely got to say a word on commentary, and also his supposed ace in the hole looks more like a joker! But then MJF slithers in as Punk celebrates, only for Punk to be ready. MJF steps back and tries to laugh this off, but then Punk gets him by his scarf! MJF ducks out to run away, but Punk knows how close he came to making contact. Will MJF have no choice but to
The Gunn Club took control of a camera.
Billy Gunn is there to see Christian Cage walking up. Billy gives Captain Charisma a hard time over showing up late and making Billy wait. Christian says it’s good to see him, too. But Billy gets to business by bringing up how his boys, Austin & Colten, are ranked in the top five tag teams. And he thinks it’s about time they get a shot at the tag titles that Christian’s boys, Jurassic Express, hold. Is that what he thinks? Okay. Well here’s the thing. There is no doubting the talent Austin & Colten have. They have Billy’s genes! They’re big, strong, fast. But when the lights were brightest, Billy could never get that big win. And the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Maybe when they make a statement.
Billy keeps Christian from walking away, but Christian pushes him. So Colten CLOBBERS him from outta nowhere! Billy tells Christian he doesn’t know who he’s talking to, and then he THROWS Christian into a garage door! Austin & Colten drag Christian up to SLAM him into the garage door together! “Statement made.” But what will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus have in response?
Cody Rhodes is here!
The American Nightmare rises up from below the stage, holding onto his AEW TNT Championship belt. The Go Big Show gets a plug in picture in picture while he goes to the ring. Cody fires up, kisses the belt, then takes his time going around the ring to soak up all the cheers and jeers of DC. Cody then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a LADDER! Well this certainly has to do with the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match returning, as Cody gets some help getting the ladder in the ring. Cody stands the very tall ladder up and then shows off the belt a little more. AEW then returns to single picture as Cody gets a mic.
Fans are torn, but Cody asks what they wanna talk about. He’s reminded from that last match about a man who once sat on a stage just like that, looked in a ring just like this, and he gave one of the most important addresses in the history of this sport. It inspired thousands of would-be wrestlers, mobilized literally millions of fans, and it was the first hint of a revolution. Cody of course means CM Punk and his pipe bomb. Cody was told to save this promo, but he doesn’t know when he’ll get a better chance so he’ll say it now. In that interview, the first whiff of a revolution, Punk laid out a road map and listed things that for him, for Cody, were taboo.
Things like going to NJPW, working with ROH, and ultimately teaming with The Young Bucks. As destiny would have it, as fate would have it, Punk was unable to do it, but Punk would join… The anti-Cody fans chant STFU while the pro-Cody fans boo them down. Cody says that Punk would eventually wind up here in what Pro-Wrestling Illustrated called The Comeback of the Year. But if they’re all being honest, seeing all the Punk shirts, this is the comeback of the decade, and we are all living it and loving it. Fans cheer that sentiment. But Cody says in Punk’s absence, someone did do each and every one of those things he listed. That someone was Cody!
Cody carried every ounce of empty monopoly sentiment on his shoulders, held every grain of the revolution in his hands, and each and every one of the fans cheered! Cody asks us if we want to know why he won’t “turn Heel.” It is because the fans cheered when Cody needed it the most! When his song opens with, “Wrestling has more than one royal family,” Cody is talking of himself and all of us. “People talk about the Forbidden Door. It’s a proper noun. It’s vernacular. But if you are an industry journalist who covers what we do and you disagree with anything that I say here tonight, you’re not a journalist.
“As this generation likes to say, check the receipt, check the dates. Before there was a Forbidden Door, I was the one who built it!” Fans are torn again but there are plenty who agree. Cody says he is gone for just two weeks, and he sees that the Young Bucks almost started a Wednesday Night War all over again. Cody knows reDRagon graduated hip toss class with flying colors, but Cody doesn’t need to see The Bucks beat developmentals more than once. And then Cody’s friend, Ricky Starks, gets into a tiff with Jay Lethal? “Word to the wise, the Lethal Injection is the one cutter in the business that people don’t kick out of. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
“And then one of the most talented wrestlers on the planet you’re gonna see later, Malakai Black.” Fans really cheer here. Cody says “A guy who hung two losses on my name, and everybody knows I hate to lose. A man who needed no help, added insult to injury by getting help, in the form of just this… size and speed and strength. And I know we’re not in the business of renaming people like Gunner McGillabuddy or whatever the hell it is. But not just speed and strength, balls. Because if you come to AEW and you call yourself Brody, you’ve got balls.” Cody will let us find out in 8 years what a mistake it was for when that kid shows up.
But speaking of Brodie Lee, and of Darby, of Miro, and of the TNT Champion, Sammy Guevara… This is a lineage of men, of champions, who taught us what we were taught against, what we were conditioned for 20 years, that any title that doesn’t have the word “world” in it is a secondary belt. But there are no secondary belts here. The only reason it’d be secondary is because right now, there’s two. Cody says it is clear what we’re going to do. Cody looks to the ladder. He knows Tony Khan has sent a contract in the mail to Cody and Sammy, and maybe not the contract Cody wanted, wink wink nudge nudge.
“But Sammy, at this point… Beach Break, two titles, one champion.” Cody starts climbing the ladder and asks what Sammy says to that. Cody reaches the top, holds up the belt, and it is clear that before the Face of the Revolution, AEW might be going old school! Who will be the UNDISPUTED TNT Champion?
Tony Schiavone is backstage with Jade Cargill, Mark Sterling, Anna Jay and John Silver.
Silver is flexing but the TBS Champion has issued an open challenge for her title. And one of the top ranked women in AEW, Anna Jay, has stepped up! Does Number 99 have what it takes to win? But Mark Sterling speaks up, saying probably not. Jade is undefeated at 24-0, but is thrilled to accept the challenge. Oh, 24-0? Well, Silver says Anna’s got 24 inch pythons, and is ranked #2! Then she’ll be the ONE that beats Jade for the title! Cuz Anna hungy! Anna tells Jade herself that there is a dark side to Anna Jay. She wrapped barbed wire around her arm just to win a match. She will do whatever it takes to win. Will Jade?
Jade says okay. But Anna needs to understand who Jade is, and where they are. This is #ThatBitchShow! Will a storm be coming for Anna Jay? Or will the Queenslayer dethrone the undefeated champion?
The House of Black VS The Varsity Blonds!
Malakai and Brody have reunited, and they’re ready to revolutionize through wreaking havoc! Will the current PWG Tag Team Champions crush all hope left inside Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr?
The teams sort out, Griff starts against King and the two tie up. They go around, King puts Griff in the corner and Malakai tags in. Griff headlocks but Malakai powers out to CLBOBER Griff with an elbow! Malakai fires off hands in the corner, snapmares and wraps on a chinlock, but Griff gets up. King tags in, Malakai powers out to BOOT Griff, and King runs Griff over! King snarls, drags Griff up but Griff JAWBREAKERS! Malakai grabs Griff but Griff elbows free. Griff escapes a scoop, tag to BPJ! BPJ ROCKS King, but he’s second guessing going to the air. King eggs him on but BPJ drops down. Griff tries to coach BPJ up, but King goes out to run in and CLOBBERS Griff into the steps!
BPJ gets in the ring, SUPERKICKS Malakai then runs, but King blocks the dropkick to RAM BPJ into apron! King stalks BPJ, waistlocks and deadlifts, but BPJ fights off the House of Black. Malakai KICKS BPJ’s haymaker away, King ROCKS BPJ then Malakai sweeps the legs. SENTON from King! Griff gets in, King CLOBBERS him! Malakai gets BPJ up, suplex into DANTE’S INFERNO!! cover, the House of Black wins!
Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall
“The Kings of the Black Throne” just crushed the #4 ranked team in AEW! Malakai gets a mic to say, “Members of the House of Black! Please, rise.” But then PAC calls them out ont he titantron! Thanks to then, Pac has found new vision. A new purpose. And now he truly sees them. “Malakai, you are just the same as every other cretin in AEW: self-obsessed and power hungry. And it’s exhausting.” Malakai might have some spells up his sleeve, but The Bastard is beyond even his reach now. Incorruptible! This was the moment Malakai expected Pac to bow down and call him master? No. Pac is going to make a martyr of him. Pac was blind but now he sees! Will he return to tear down the House of Black brick by brick?
AEW hears from Jake the Snake and Hangman Page.
Dan Lambert stays quiet in the corner as Jake says, “The value of a man is shown when he’s under fire. But what you gotta think about, Cowboy, is who are you? Show us who you are! You’re the champ. You call yourself a cowboy, I bet you’re like Clint Eastwood, allergic to horses.” Hangman can’t believe they’re arguing about how much of a cowboy he is. Do you think Bob Orton spent 8 days on the road and then came home to herd cattle? Last week, Hangman said he wanted a challenger, and now it seems he has one. Jake says Archer does not wait in line anymore! Well if he wants a shot at the world title, come get one. But if he wants a fight, Hangman will bring one to them.
Jake the Snake says Hangman means nothing to them. But when it comes time, Hangman will bite the dust. And it’s time. Will the Murderhawk Monster end Hangman’s reign already? Or will everyone see some real cowboy s*it?
Backstage with the #CutlerCam.
But while Brandon is looking for the Young Bucks, Rocky Romero and Trent walk in! Roppongi Vice tell Cutler that this is their promo now! And Brandon better keep rolling or they’re gonna kick his ass! Trent tells Rocky to take it easy, The Elite is always bullying Brandon. Trent apologizes and asks if they can just do something real quick. Uh, sure. Thanks, man. So Rocky says week after week, Best Friends lose to The Elite, and it’s getting tired. Rocky just got back from Japan, getting nostalgic in the mountains of Tokyo. Remember that time they beat the Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles in the Tokyo Dome? Yeah! A few times. In front of 30K+ people!
So Rocky is thinking, RPG Vice are the guys to beat the Bucks. Easy! The challenge is put out for Rampage! RPG Vice, one more night! Okay, Brandon, you can turn off the stupid camera, they’re done. Trent cools Rocky off and says Brandon is doing great. Real pleasure working with him. Brandon says it was nice working with them, too. The Bucks are gonna kill him, though… Then turn the camera off!
Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake & Dan Lambert VS Frankie Kazarian!
The Murderhawk Monster got Hangman’s attention, and perhaps even a title match. But will the Heavy Metal Rebel prove Archer isn’t ready for such a big moment? Or will Kaz just be a very big stepping stone on the way to #PrettyPlatinum?
Archer DECKS Kaz the second he’s in reach, and then the bell rings! Archer gets on the corner to take off his shirt, offer it to the crowd, then throw it on the ground. Archer hops down and turns around, into Kaz’s forearms! Archer shoves Kaz away but Kaz comes back for more! Archer shoves Kaz again, Kaz dropkicks a leg out! Kaz ROCKS Archer, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Kaz! Archer reels Kaz in for a short arm LARIAT! “This is MY house!” Archer stands Kaz up in a corner, and CHOPS him down! Kaz goes to another corner, fires off hands but Archer knees low and CLUBS away on Kaz’s back!
Archer stomps Kaz to ropes, stands on his head, but lets off as the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, drags Kaz up and bumps him off buckles. Archer stomps Kaz, digs his boots in, but the ref counts. Archer lets off again, storms around, then stands Kaz up to ROCK him with a right! Archer brings Kaz over, throws a headlock punch, then has Kaz in the buckles. Archer digs his hands into Kaz’s face as he talks trash on Hangman’s “Cowboy bullshit.” Kaz hits back but Archer knees low. Archer suplex TOSSES Kaz! Kaz flounders up, hits back but Archer knees low and CLUBS Kaz down. Kaz grits his teeth and Archer tells fans to shut up.
Archer whips Kaz corner to corner, runs in but into an elbow! Kaz slips out, ducks one clothesline but Archer CLOBBERS Kaz with the other! Archer sneers as AEW goes picture in picture.
Archer fetches Kaz, glares at the fans, but Kaz CHOPS back. Archer doesn’t budge, Kaz throws a forearm, but Archer ROCKS him with the return. Archer chokes Kaz on the railing, and then he shots at a little girl in the front row! And then also her parents, possibly. Archer lets off on Kaz, brings him around, and POSTS him! Archer glares at fans talking trash on him, so he goes back to talking trash on the little girl. Archer follows Kaz, but Kaz SMASHES him with a cup of beer! And then fires off haymaker after haymaker! But Archer THROWS Kaz into the ring! Archer gets in, but Kaz CHOPS him! Archer doesn’t flinch, so Kaz CHOPS again! And again!
Archer swings, Kaz bobs ‘n’ weaves to throw more hands! Kaz runs, but into a DERAILER! Kaz flounders to the ramp side, but Archer just snarls and glares at the little girl. Archer drags Kaz up from the apron, chokes him on the ropes with a headlock, but lets off at 4. Archer runs side to side to DECK Kaz! The ref reprimands and Kaz sputters but Archer just soaks up the heat. Lambert is still scared of Archer, that wrath could target him again. Archer goes out but Kaz is right on him with fast hands! Archer THROWS Kaz back into the ring! Archer gets in, storm sup to Kaz and BOOTS him down! Archer stands on Kaz again but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4 to glare at the ref.
AEW returns to single picture, Archer drags Kaz up by his ears, but Kaz pulls on the braided hair. Archer CHOPS Kaz in the corner, brings him around and asks the fans, “One more?” Fans want another, but Archer says F U and whips Kaz corner to corner hard! Kaz bounces off the buckles chest first, Lambert tells him he should just quit. Archer digs his knee into Kaz, talks trash at the little girl again, but lets off at 4. Fans call Archer a P O S but he doesn’t care. Archer CLUBS Kaz, Kaz throws a back elbow. Archer throws down another haymaker, then digs Kaz’s face into the mat, all while laughing.
Archer lets off at 4 to drag Kaz up and clamp on a choke grip. CHOKE- NO! Kaz slips out, ducks and dodges to ROCK Archer with forearms! Kaz whips but Archer blocks to reverse, but Kaz hits a FLYING FOREARM! Archer goes to a corner, but he catches Kaz and puts him in the corner for back elbows! Archer puts Kaz up top, brings him out, but Kaz fights the inverted crucifix! Kaz throws elbow after elbow, and even BITES Archer’s forehead! Lambert protests but Kaz BOOTS Archer! Kaz leaps to missile dropkick! Archer is down and fans fire up! Kaz runs to springboard, LEG DROP! Cover, ONE!!
Kaz is shocked but Archer goes to a corner. Kaz runs in to KNEE him in the back! Kaz wants the crossface but Archer pries free to ROCK him with a forearm! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!! Archer is fuming as he drags Kaz back up, ripcord and HELLACOASTER! Archer roars but fans boo, and Archer puts Kaz back up top. Archer inverted crucifix carries Kaz out, for the BLACKOUT!! Cover, Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
Kaz fought his heart out, but #EverbodyDies. Lambert celebrates, Schiavone gets in the ring to congratulate Archer. But what is this new business partnership? Lambert says they don’t need to understand. Just know that Hangman isn’t “old enough” for this. He wasn’t raised outside, drink water out of a hose, run home from the Rocky movie to tell dad that he wanted to be a boxer. No, Hangman and his friends played video games and stayed inside. They sipped Perrier out of a bottle, and saw the Toy Story movies made them wanna be dairy farmers, giving handies to cows to make soy milk to sell to Starbucks! Hangman is not mentally nor physically prepared for the monster, and Lambert will-
Actually, Archer snatches the mic so he can talk. “Enough of this cowboy bullshit. I’m gonna show you what I’m gonna do.” Archer gets a chair, tosses it aside, and then fetches Kaz. Archer throws Kaz out to the ramp, positions the chair, and then brings Kaz up. Archer says it’s okay, Kaz, it’ll be over soon. Choke grip, but here comes Hangman! Fans go nuts for the champ as he gets right in Archer’s face! And then SLAPS him! Archer ROCKS Hangman but a brawl ensues! Archer knees Hangman low, gets the chair, but Hangman uses his cowboy boot to CLOBBER Archer! Then he sets up, slingshot, but into a choke grip!
Hangman breaks free for elbow after elbow! Hangman clotheslines Archer out! Lambert keeps Archer from going back for more, the title match is coming! When and where will these bulls lock horns in the ring?
Backstage interview with Matt Sydal, Lee Moriarty & Dante Martin.
Alex Marvez says that not only did Dante recently settle a score with Team Taz by beating “Powerhouse” Hobbs, he also saved Sydal & Moriarty from an attack. And that’s because for months, while Darius has been out, Sydal has been like a brother to Dante. So Dante has Sydal’s and Moriarty’s backs against Team Taz. Moriarty tells Dante that he’s watched their back, and until Darius is back, they’ll do the same for him. Will these high-flyers take care of business?
Team Taz responds.
Ricky Starks has a headache as he asks, “Oh my God, Dante! How many brothers do you have, man?” But he’s what Starks realized about Dante: He has a baby brother complex. Dante thinks everyone around is his friend, is his brother. But no one is his friend, and he will find out that he is all alone! Hobbs says Dante better have someone watch his front, back and both sides. Team Taz builds assassins. Will one of those assassins take out Angel Dorado before the Air Wolf returns?
Backstage interview with Kris Statlander & Red Velvet.
Schiavone knows Statlander went through hell in the Mixed Tag Match, so he appreciates her willing to be here talking to him. Except she just stares daggers. And then Leyla Hirsch walks in with sarcastic clapping. “Stat, what a match. Congratulations. Before you had the same focus for our match. But you didn’t. Because of you, we lost on Rampage. You have become so selfish. And the worst part is, you’ve cost me thousands of dollars, you’ve cost Red thousands of dollars.” Velvet has Leyla cool down. They’re a team. No, Red, shut up! You’re always on Stat’s side! Velvet says there was miscommunication, it happens.
But then Leyla CLOBBERS Velvet! Statlander asks her what the hell, but then Leyla CLOBBERS Statlander! And puts her in the LEGIT ARMBAR! Referees rush in to stop Leyla but she still kicks at Statlander as she lets off. The friendship is no more, but has the fight only just begun?
Serena Deeb VS Skye Blue!
The Professor of Professional Wrestling, the Woman of 1000 Holds, didn’t use much more than Hikaru Shida’s own kendo stick and some cheap shots to win last week. But will a friend of Shida’s avenge her? Or will Deeb leave Skye black ‘n’ blue tonight?
The bell rings, Skye and Deeb circle. They tie up, Deeb headlocks, spins through to a hammerlock then a snapmare. Deeb slaps Skye around but Skye gets up in a huff. They circle, Deeb gets around Skye to headlock, but Skye blocks the takedown to power out. Deeb runs Skye over, pushes her around, then runs. Skye drops, but Deeb sees the back drop coming to shove Skye out. Skye ducks the forearm to ROCK Deeb back! Skye throws a shoulder in, only for Deeb to counter with a facelock! Deeb grinds Skyle with the grovit, but the ref counts. Deeb lets off at 4, turns Skye, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS! Skye flops down, Deeb scowls and runs in at the corner, to LARIAT!
Deeb trips Skye, gets her under the bottom rope, for the GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Deeb kicks Skye around, fans fire up for the aggression, and Deeb drags Skye up. Deeb EuroUppers, pulls hair to EuroUpper the back! Then a facelock to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Deeb grins as she enjoys torturing Skye, and Deeb slaps Skye around. Deeb drags Skye up, “You think you’re on my level!?” Deeb hooks Skye up, DETOX! But Deeb doesn’t cover, she hooks up the arm to an omoplata and SMASHES the knee over and over! SERENITY LOCK! Skye taps, Deeb wins!
Winner: Serena Deeb, by pinfall
Deeb lets off when she’s satisfied, and Skye surely learned a lesson tonight. Who else will learn the hard way not to stand in Deeb’s way?
AEW hears from Dan Lambert and The Men of the Year.
Lambert says Moxley returns, and the locker room scatters like roaches when the lights come on. But someone who didn’t scatter was All Ego, Ethan Page. “Jon Moxley, please do not let the fancies fool you, or the $500 sunglasses. Because Ethan Page is up for the task. You guys can stop looking around for opponents for Jon Moxley.” While Moxley was gone, Ethan’s been racking up victories, climbing the rankings, gotten wins over Jericho and the Inner Circle, and has pinned Darby Allin! Do not take Ethan lightly. If Tony Khan wants a marquee match, look no further than the franchise player! But will All Ego be deflated by a Paradigm Shift soon enough?
AEW takes a closer look at Hook.
“Something of a phenomenon. The cold-hearted, handsome devil.” A killer in the ring, undefeated through his first month of action. But he’s back on Rampage, taking on Serpentico! Will Hook tear SNAKEMAN apart without breaking a sweat?
Sammy Guevara has a picture in picture promo.
The interim TNT Champion is home, looking out at the beach, as he has the cards ready. “Pretty, isn’t it? This beach is an escape. This beach is relaxing. This beach is peaceful. Only thing is, this is my beach. As for yours, Cody… 2 belts, 2 ladders, 2 champions. And only ONE winner. At Beach Break, you will find NO peace. You won’t be able to relax. And you won’t escape. You took what was mine, and I want it back. Next Wednesday, at Beach Break, there will be no Spanish God, no vlog star. The Sammy you knew is gone. Next Wednesday, I walk out of Beach Break… the UNDISPUTED TNT Champ. Hit Me Up.” Sammy picks up his belt, but will it become THE belt after next week?
Backstage interview with Matt Hardy and Andrade El Idolo.
The Hardy Family Office is also here as Schiavone says these two seem to have a business deal. They do! Hardy has reached an amazing agreement with Andrade. Hardy has sold 51% of the HFO stock, but it’ll be on the up and up. Hardy has the majority of seats in there, as the original members were him and Private Party. Then Andrade and Jose make up the other two seats. Then on top of that, Hardy is CEO, running day to day, while Andrade will be the president! Andrade loves being El Presidente of HFO. And from now on, they are AHFO, Andrade Hardy Family Office, and they will continue to recruit the best talent in AEW.
Who was the guy Andrade’s been after? This little kid, that works for Sting. Darby Allin? Oh, Darby is a very talented guy. If he survives tonight’s main event with The Acclaimed, he better smarten up and join AHFO. That said, the agreement and merger is official. Then let’s celebrate! Salud!
Sting & Darby Allin VS The Acclaimed!
Anthony Bowens & Max Cater continue to parody the Icon and the Relentless One by doing their own black ‘n’ white vignette. Bowens is on a scooter rather than skateboard while “Stang” drives the car. Bowens struggles with the scooter, and gets run over by Stang! And then Caster CLOBBERS Stang with a baseball bat and shouts, “It’s showtime! WOO~!” And then The Acclaimed make their entrance to the ring. “The Acclaimed, beaten that ass if you were hatin’. Fightin’ with us is gory self-mutilation.
“Two grown men and they goin’ through a goth phase. We’re black ‘n’ white and we don’t even need face paint. We’ll put it on ’em like honor system. They even got teeth more crooked than politicians. And Sting’s gonna learn a lesson. We have ’em lookin’ worse than Starrcade ’97!” Bowens tops it off with, “WASHINGTON DC~~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” And they break the skateboard with Darby’s name on it! But then Darby and Sting make their entrances, only for The Acclaimed to jump them at the ropes! Bowens shoves Darby down to the ground, stomps away on him, and Cater clubs Sting. Bowens gets a chair to JAM Darby, then Caster puts Darby in the ring.
Caster has Darby on the apron, puts the chair around his head, and Bowens gets Darby up. “Welcome to the Black Parade, BITCH!” Bowens whips Darby into a post! The ref calls for help from the medics but Bowens mocks Darby. Sting rushes over to run The Acclaimed off for the moment and asks how Darby is doing. The medics say Darby is in no shape, this is now a handicap match! The bell rings, Bowens rushes in but Sting DECKS him! Sting fires off hands on The Acclaimed over and over and fans fire up! Sting kicks Caster out, throws hands on Bowens, then whips Bowens corner to corner. Sting sweeps the legs, DECKS Caster, then throws Bowens out.
Sting goes out, brings Bowens up, and whips him hard into steel steps! Sting kicks Caster, and whips him into the steps! Fans fire up for Sting, he RAMS Caster back into the steps! Sting sees Bowens in the corner, traps him and runs to STINGER SPLASH Caster! Then a STINGER- NO! Bowens moves and pulls the buckle pad away! Sting hits steel! Caster dropkicks Sting down, Bowens covers, TWO!! Sting survives but AEW goes picture in picture.
Bowens drags Sting up, pushes him into the buckle and stomps away. Tag to Caster, The Acclaimed double suplex Sting up and over. Cover, TWO! Caster is annoyed, but he covers again. TWO, and Caster argues the count. Caster stomps Sting, drags him up, brings him around but Sting throws body shots. Caster knees low, tags Bowens, and they put Sting in a neutral corner. Bowens runs in to forearm, Caster runs in to back elbow, and Bowens goes side to side for another forearm. Bowens feeds Sting to Caster’s POWERSLAM! Bowens covers, TWO! Sting is still in this and The Acclaimed grows frustrated.
Bowens says everyone loves the Acclaimed, but DC seems torn. Bowens kicks Sting to ropes, drags him up, chokes him against the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Caster gets a cheap shot in! Bowens drags Sting up, stomps him in the corner, CLUBS him down, then talks more trash. Bowens drags Sting over, tags in Caster, and the Acclaimed mug Sting. Caster CLUBS Sting, tags Bowens back in, and they mug Sting more. Bowens brings Sting around, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! AEW returns to single picture and DC rallies for Sting. Bowens drags Sting up, tags Caster back in, and they double whip, but Sting breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans fire up with Sting as he gets Caster’s legs! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!! But Bowens gets in, ROLLING ELBOW! Sting doesn’t budge!! Sting eggs Bowens on, even! Bowens SUPERKICKS and now Sting falls! Bowens pushes Sting out, grabs the Five Tool Boombox, and he takes aim. Caster keeps the ref distracted, Bowens CLOBBERS Sting with the boombox! Bowens hides the boombox, drags Sting up and around as fans cheer and jeer. Bowens brings Sting around as Caster sets up the steep steps. The ring count climbs, Caster goes up and Bowens says Sting’s going for a ride! But then Darby DIVES off the stage!! He’s somehow alright!!
Bowens runs at Darby but is sent into the POST! Darby gets Sting in the ring, fans are going nuts, and Darby tags in! No more handicap match, Darby is up top for a SUPER COFFIN DROP! Darby gets Caster in the ring, but he’s a little slow. He still hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Caster survives but Darby is seething. Darby runs in, COFFIN SPLASH! And then another! Darby reels Caster in for a GUILLOTINE! Darby has the body scissors, but Caster endures and fights up, to tag Bowens in! Caster RAMS Darby into the bare buckle, TOSSES Darby, and Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest!
Bowens gets Darby in for the CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! Caster hits the MIC DROP ELBOW! Cover, Sting breaks it! Sting whips Caster, clotheslines him out, then dumps Bowens out to the ramp! Fans fire up as Sting goes out and follows Caster off to the side of the stage. Sting takes aim while Caster gets up, and Sting FLIES! He and Caster crash through the timekeeper’s table!! Fans go nuts for that one! And they also chant, “You Still Got It!” Meanwhile, Bowens runs in at Darby but is sent into the bare buckle! Darby gets around for the THROWBACK STUNNER! Bowens drops into the drop zone, Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Sting & Darby win!!
Winners: Sting & Darby Allin, by pinfall
The undefeated and relentless icons just took down the #1 ranked tag team! Are they going to find themselves at the top of the heap to go after the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
What a wild episode right here! Great promo from Moxley to open the show, and I’m surprised The Men of the Year are shifting focus from the TNT title right now. It might just be a one-off of Mox VS Ethan for Rampage, but it’ll be a really good return match for Moxley. Lambert being Archer’s corner man tonight was definitely interesting, but Archer VS Kaz was great stuff. Archer naturally wins and he has a great brawl with Hangman. Their title match is probably going to be for Revolution, that’s in early March, giving five more weeks to build. And we’re getting a lot of great stuff for Rampage and Beach Break this week, too.
Jade VS Anna for the TBS Championship on Rampage is going to be great, but pretty sure Jade wins. I liked the quick video we got for Hook, he’s definitely beating Serpentico. Trent and Rocky had a real good promo with Cutler, and I love that we’re getting Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks in AEW for Rampage, that could be an instant classic. Inner Circle having tension over Eddie Kingston being a friend of Santana & Ortiz is a great next step for this story, and that Six Man on Rampage is going to be really good. We got a great Mixed Tag, so many great teases of co-ed action (even though we saw that on the Cruise of Jericho a couple years ago), and Britt taking a table spot was great. Cole VS Cassidy, Lights Out/Unsanctioned for Beach Break is going to be awesome!
Dante and his allies have a good promo, as does Team Taz. Whatever kind of tag match comes of this, it’s going to be really good, and I’m sure Lethal will get in on things soon, too. Maybe Team Taz takes out Sydal or Moriarty and Lethal subs in with him. MJF’s promo about Wardlow was good, but Punk squashing Spears was bittersweet for me. I wanted more out of Punk VS Spears, but this pissing MJF off was great stuff. I don’t know how, but MJF VS Punk is probably being saved for Revolution to give it a huge stage. We got a great tag match and win for House of Black/Kings of the Black Throne. They didn’t bring the PWG belts but I would love if at some point, we see things like the PWG champions, the AEW champions, etc. all interacting for a huge tag match.
Gunn Club going after Christian is an interesting way to set things up with Jurassic Express, that title match could happen for the post Beach Break Rampage and would be a great showing for Austin & Colten while Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus get another successful defense. Deeb dominates Skye, and I’m thinking she’ll have a follow-up match with Conti for some really great technical stuff. Deeb will build a lot of momentum before Shida returns for yet another rematch, and then who knows who wins that. Leyla fully turning after Statlander’s loss was pretty good, she and Velvet are going to have a good match for Beach Break, and then we’ll get a great one from Leyla VS Statlander.
Sting & Darby VS Acclaimed was a great main event, and the booking of having Darby out for the majority was a pretty good way to build both men’s toughness. A lot of the time, you get the out-of-commission wrestler running down the ramp to make a hot tag, but Darby’s tope off the stage was so much better. Darby & Sting stay undefeated, they’re going to contenders soon enough. And last but not least, the promos around the TNT title match. Sammy’s cue card response was good and all, but Cody’s promo is going to be the talk of the week for sure. He was walking that line of kayfabe and shoot again, sounding like a bragging Heel but claiming to be Face, only as Cody can.
And I do like that it’ll be a ladder match for the TNT Championship. It certainly gives the illusion that it can go either way, but I have a feeling Cody finds a way to win that borders on being Heel, but he’ll still act like he’s the Face. Then he’ll be ready to face the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match winner, that’ll be something that carries AEW into the Summer, and could even push Cody further into his Heel turn.
My Score: 8.8/10
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