AEW raises the stakes for Double or Nothing 2!
More than titles are on the line, these matches determine AEW’s future! Will Cody Rhodes or Lance Archer become the FIRST TNT Champion? Will Jon Moxley get #BigPlatinum back from Mr. Brodie? And will The Elite finally DELETE The Inner Circle?
- Double or Nothing Buy-In – AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Best Friends VS Private Party; Best Friends win and will challenge for the titles.
- Double or Nothing Casino Ladder Match: Brian Cage wins a future title opportunity for the AEW World Championship.
- MJF w/ Wardlow VS Jungle Boy; MJF wins.
- AEW TNT Championship Tournament Finals: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Lance Archer w/ Jake The Snake Roberts; Cody wins and becomes the inaugural AEW TNT Champion.
- Penelope Ford VS Kris Statlander; Statlander wins.
- Dustin Rhodes VS Shawn Spears; Dustin wins.
- No Holds Barred AEW Women’s World Championship: Nyla Rose VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and becomes the new AEW Women’s World Champion.
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brodie Lee; Moxley wins and retains the AEW World Championship.
- Stadium Stampede: The Elite VS The Inner Circle; The Elite wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Double or Nothing Pre-Show!
The sun is shining now, but things are going to get dark tonight as the sun will set on either The Elite or the Inner Circle. Not to mention, there will be only ONE AEW TNT Champion! Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer have made this so personal, that we need to hear from Brandi herself on what’s led to this. History is being made tonight and it is so important on so many different levels. What is Cody’s mind set going into this match that is both for title and for honor? Cody is more focused than ever before. His mind is only on winning the title. He doesn’t want this, he needs this. Brandi is not worried at all, and is keeping herself out of the equation. She will not be a distraction, or an opening since Jake the “Antiquated” Snake can only speak down to women. But that card is off the table without Brandi ringside. Jake and Archer will have no choice but to play fair and try to win. Arn Anderson will be there for Cody, so “good luck” to the Murderhawk Monster.
But with how personal this has all gotten, is Cody really focused on winning? Or does he want revenge. Cody is focused where he needs to be focused. Brandi is no damsel in distress. She was not intimidated by Jake’s snake, either. There is only ever one “first,” and this will only add to the legacy. Brandi knows she’s an easy target, but she’ll let it slide for now. The real revenge is when Cody wins, Brandi steps over Archer and sneers at Jake. A class act for sure. Will Mr. & Mrs. American Nightmare be celebrating history in the making?
Backstage interview with Billy Gunn!
Papa Gunn likes the energy in his introduction. The Casino Ladder Match has ladders, right? Do they know how many ladder matches Billy’s been in? One. Just one. But! It was epic. The greatest ladder match of all time, other than tonight’s. But a field of nine, and the ninth is a mystery! But Gunn has a good idea who it is. Who? Wait. He doesn’t mean…? That guy? Yes, there is a one in a million chance that Gunn himself is Mr. Ninth! If every other working wrestler isn’t in it, it’ll be him. Well what great news. But then plot twist! The Gunn Club won’t be part of this, they’re going to be the #1 fans in the crowd. Maybe. But speaking to the experience of the known entrants, Joey Janela is completely crazy. There’s Darby Allin, Luchasaurus, Kip Sabian, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky. Is size an advantage? Is being crazy an advantage? Not to ladders. It’s about toughing it out.
Then, who is the toughest? That’s tough, because Janela and Kaz are tied for most ladder matches in a career. Why put that stat out there? Gunn was smart enough to have just one! And then there’s Colt Cabana, who has the most experience overall. That still won’t be an advantage, because if he gets hit with a ladder, he’s just out. Maybe you get thrown off the ladder and then you’re done. It doesn’t matter how big you are, how crazy you are, how experienced you are, how much time you’ve spent at a Walmart, this is risky stuff. It’s just about chances, because it’s Double or Nothing. Clever! Any other cliches? Nope, Gunn is out. Well, one way or another, whether Gunn is in the match or not, we’ll see him. And if you’re not down with that, well, y’know.
Tony Schiavone interviews Jake the Snake and Lance Archer.
Archer finishes up a pre-match work-out. Schiavone asks if Archer is ready, and Jake says they should ask him. “How you feeling there, big man?” Wanna get mean tonight? Wanna introduce Cody Rhodes to the real world? Archer uses a sledgehammer to SMASH an old toilet, some sheet rock and more. Well that definitely means Archer is ready. “You have no idea, Cody. You have no idea.” Will the American Nightmare’s desire to become champion be his downfall?
Double or Nothing Buy-In – AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Best Friends VS Private Party!
Trent and Chuck Taylor have been on a great run as AEW and the world powers through these hard times. Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy recently returned and continued where they left off in the rankings. But only one team will have the right to be THE challengers! Who cashes in and heads for a match with Kenny Omega and Hangman Page?
The teams shake hands to show there is respect. Teams sort out and Chuckie T starts against Kassidy. Kassidy mocks Chuckie’s knee stomping before they tie up. Chuckie headlocks, wrenches and wristlocks but Kassidy rolls, handsprings, and shows off his agility with endless kip ups. Then Kassidy gets up to wrench and wristlock. Chuckie trips Kassidy to get a headlock, but Kassidy headscissors back. Chuckie gets out of that and keeps the headlock. Kassidy headscissors again but Chuckie pops out this time, and the two stand off. Chuckie and Kassidy shake hands again to then tag in their partners. Trent circles with Quen and they tie up. Trent powers Quen back but Quen headlocks. Trent powers out but Quen hops over to turn Trent over. Standing moonstault! Cover, TWO!
Trent hobbles to the ropes but he puts Quen on the apron. Quen forearms back, slingshots up but into a Northern Lights! Cover, ONE! Trent drags Quen up to CHOP off his feet! Tag to Chuckie and Best Friends double whip. They double elbow Quen down, then shake hands before dropping double elbows! Chuckie double guns as he drags Quen up. Chuckie throws forearms then tags Trent. Best Friends double whip again but Kassidy tags in. Quen kicks Chuckie, Trent forearms Quen but Kassidy forearms Trent. Chuckie and Kassidy grab Quen and Trent in cravats, because both wanted assisted sliced bread. So they both hit simultaneous Sliced Bread! And then they double clothesline each other! All four men are down and the crowd is fired up! Trent has to fetch his headband but he has no time to put it on. He stomps Kassidy at the ropes, drags him up, but Kassidy CHOPS! Trent CHOPS Kassidy off his feet!
Trent drags Kassidy back up and back suplexes him high and hard! Chuckie gives Trent his headband back and it is on! All is right with the world now, and Trent drags Kassidy back up. Trent knees low then whips. Quen helps Kassidy stay in to hit SILLY STRING! Quen throws Chuckie to the barriers and Private Party regroups. Kassidy hobbles over to elbow Trent and then puts him against buckles. Kassidy CHOPS and then brings Trent back to his corner. Tag to Quen and Private Party mug Trent in the corner. Quen takes the headband from Trent and puts it on! Trent CHOPS Quen but Quen forearms back. They brawl, Quen knees low, and then goes up top. Trent gets on the apron so Quen hops down to kick him out.
Tag to Kassidy and Kassidy whips Trent hard into barriers! But Trent returns to SPEAR Kassidy! Trent gets up but Quen FLIES out onto him! The tope takes Trent out and the crowd is fired up again. Quen puts Kassidy in and Vickie Guerrero is going wild for her favorites. Quen tags in and has Trent in a drop zone. Chuckie goes after Quen but Quen kicks him away. Trent attacks Quen but his ribs are slowing his climb. Quen throws hands and headbutts Trent down. But Chuckie helps Trent get up, ELECTRIC CHAIR SUPERPLEX!! Both Trent and Quen are down and far away! Trent crawls to a cover, TWO!! Tag to Chuckie and the Kentucky Gentleman takes care of this. Chuckie scoops and slams Quen then runs to drop an elbow! Cover, ONE! The cocky thumbs up cover may have cost Chuckie, but he CHOPS Quen to the corner.
Quen forearms back and we have a brawl. Quen kicks but Chuckie punches back. Chuckie drags Quen up to suplex and float over, TWO! The crowd rallies but Chuckie drags Quen up to a headlock. Tag to Trent and Trent gives Quen forearms. Trent bumps Quen off buckles then runs in with a big back elbow! Trent hits the tornado but no DDT! Quen dropkicks Trent down! The crowd rallies up as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Kassidy! He springboard STUNNERS Chuckie, then boots Trent! Kassidy slips out to mule kick Chuckie! He dodges Trent to enziguri back! ASAI MOONSAULT onto Chuckie! The crowd is thunderous for Kassidy as he hits a tornado COMPLETE SHOT on Trent! Cover, TWO!! Kassidy can’t believe how close he was but the crowd still cheers him on. Kassidy drags Trent up for forearms and a wrench.
Tag to Quen, Kassidy whips Trent to Quen’s atomic drop! Kasisdy enziguris, Quen sweeps, SAY CHEESE! The stomps hit and Quen covers, TWO! Trent is tough but Quen tags Kassidy. Trent shoves Quen, swings Kassidy’s kick at Quen, then catches Kassidy for a SNAP SAIDO! Quen has Trent but he gets a SNAP SAIDO! Trent grits his teeth and tags in Chuckie! Chuckie drags Quen up for big forearms. Kassidy hits Chuckie and Private Party go after him together. They double whip corner to corner, but Chuckie goes up and over. Quen hits buckles, and Kassidy runs into an OVERHEAD suplex, onto Quen! Trent tags back in, Chuckie drags Kassidy up and feeds him to SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! The crowd fires up as the Best Friends HUG!
Trent drags Kassidy up as Chuckie climbs. Quen shoves Chuckie down and enziguris Trent! Kassidy trips Trent up and Quen hops up, STANDING SHOOTING STAR SANDWICH! This leaves all four men down but the crowd is loving this! A standing count begins as Trent and Kassidy crawl. Chuckie tags in but Kassidy kicks him away. Quen tags in and brawls with Chuckie! Forearm for forearm, back and forth, and the crowd loves both these guys. Chuckie tags Trent but Quen BOOTS Trent down! Kassidy runs in but Chuckie blocks both boots. He flips them both, sends Quen at Kassidy, but Kassidy catches Quen in the Electric Chair. Kassidy tosses Quen for Quen to huricanrana Chuckie into the fireman’s carry! Quen runs and they hit the G9! RIP Shad Gaspard, we love you! Chuckie bails out but Trent runs in, Kassidy hits a SLINGBLADE!
Quen goes up top and aims at Trent, for the SHOOTING STAR! Cover, but Chuckie drags Quen off! Chuckie gives Quen AWFUL WAFFLE to the floor!! And he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Chuckie drags Quen into the ring for Trent. Trent LARIATS Quen outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!?! Quen survives and Trent is gritting his teeth. The crowd rallies up for both teams as Trent drags Quen up. Gotch hold and lift but the back gives up. Quen enziguris the ribs! Quen clubs the back and has Trent in the corner! Kassidy adds an enziguri then tags in. Kassidy dropkick Chuckie then runs to enziguri Trent again! He hoists Trent up and CHOPS! Quen tags in and Private Party wants to end this! But Chuckie anchors Kassidy! Quen gets Gin but no Juice, and Trent makes it a sunset flip! Cover, TWO!! So close! Chuckie POSTS Kassidy, Trent has Quen up! STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends win!!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW WOrld Tag Team Championships)
The hot streak is still hot! Trent and Chuckie are heading for the tag titles! But what shape will Kenny Omega and Hangman Page be after tonight’s Stadium Stampede?
Tony Schiavone interviews Arn Anderson.
The Enforcer and coach of Cody Rhodes knows what they’re up against in Lance Archer, with Jake The Snake by his side. We saw Archer is ready because he broke a toilet? Toilets don’t hit back, but Cody does. Arn is going to throw out a “wish list” of things that might happen. Jake could DDT Arn. Arn could DDT or Spine Buster Jake. Mike Tyson could knock Jake and/or Arn out! Who’s gonna stop him? Free reign means exactly that. Things could get hairy outside the ring, but the title match is decide din the ring.
Looking at the strength, size and momentum for Archer, he is a clear favorite. Nothing Cody does will matter. But then you’d forget about guts, determination and tenacity, all leadership qualities. Dusty’s legacy lives on forever through Cody, but Cody’s legacy starts tonight! Cody has vowed to win the big win, and Arn does not doubt it. Will all this come to pass with the newest AEW championship on the line?
As the world slowly but surely begins to rise, AEW gives thanks.
This is a special thank you to the first responders on the front line. Heroes like them give us all hope, confidence, and the power to persevere. When we all come together, no matter what life brings, we can overcome anything. But while history stands still, this company writes history! The last year has certainly seen change, sacrifice, and tough decisions. But for those who found peace over panic, and faith over fear, anything is possible. Tonight, we are all essential. Tonight, we are all putting in the work. “We are not giving up, no matter what. And neither are you.” Who is ready to step up? Who is ready to step forward? And who is ready to define the treasure they’ve all been looking for? Why does tonight matter? Why does one come to AEW? It’s time to stop worrying, and time to start believing. “There will be a hailstorm of violence!” This is Double or Nothing 2. “Welcome to the show.”
Double or Nothing Casino Ladder Match!
AEW continues to innovate and experiment while giving their stars opportunities to shine! Nine men want to be the next #1 contender, but will this match even last that long? Who gets the most prized chip in all of All Elite Wrestling?
First out are SCU’s Heavy Metal Rebel, Frankie Kazarian, and… Gasp! SCU’s Closer Prestige, Scorpio Sky! Tag team partners and good friends are being forced to compete 1v1 for these first two minutes! The bell rings and the countdown starts. SCU shakes hands, then heads for ladders! They each bring one in, and they see great minds think alike. Scorpio and Kaz decide to put the ladders aside for a moment to actually wrestle the next 90 seconds. They tie up, Kaz keylocks but Scorpio uses ropes to flip and reverses. But Kaz does, too! Kaz headlocks, Scorpio powers out but Kaz runs him over! Things speed up, Kaz hurdles but Scorpio fakes him out, but then Kaz kips right up The crowd is loving this already but both men know a third man is about to join in. They tie up again, Kaz headlocks, but Scorpio reverses to a wrench and wristlock.
Scorpio whips, Kaz rolls off his back and things speed up. Kaz avoids the stomps but Scorpio whips again. Kaz dodges, Scorpio hurdles, and then both men run into each other! The great minds collide and we have our third entrant! It’s Kip Sabian! Things just got Superbad for SCU! Especially since Kip has his Superbad Girl, AND JImmy Havoc! Talk about a wild card as he RAMS SCU with the ladder! Penelope gives Kip a kiss for luck before heading back. Havoc has Kip’s back as they give Scorpio a dropkick Michinoku Driver! Then they go after Kaz and put him up top. Havoc ROCKS Kaz with a haymaker while Kip stomps Scorpio outside. Havoc uses a ladder for a boost as he climbs up to join Kaz. But Kaz denies the Steiner and Havoc hits ladder! Then Kaz GERMAN SUPLEXES Havoc onto the ladder!
We’re already a minute into this phase as Kip sets Scorpio on steps. Kip sees a very tall ladder nearby, and climbs up! But then he sees Kaz set up a ladder in the ring and hurries after! Kip yanks Kaz down but Kaz throws hands! Kaz whips, Kip reverses but Kaz climbs! Kip grabs Kaz just before he gets the hip! Kip blocks a kick to KNEE Kaz down, but Scorpio BOOTS Kip down! The fourth entrant is here, and it’s Darby Allin! The undead daredevil is perhaps the most determined of this entire field, and he dodges Scorpio to DIVE onto Kip and Havoc! Scorpio runs in but gets POST! Kaz swings, Darby slingshots and slips around to throwback STUNNER! The crowd is fired up as Darby brings a small ladder and even some railing over! Darby makes a ladder bridge but Kaz ROCKS him first! Kaz whips, Darby reverses but Kaz slides under! Darby thrwos his SKATEBOARD at Kaz!
Kaz is in a daze and leaning on the ladder. Darby goes WAY up, for a SUPER SKATEBOARD SMASH! But Kaz moves and Darby crushes the ladder!! Darby clutches his knee and he may have just taken himself out of this match! The crowd loses their mind over that one! Meanwhile, Kip brawls with Scorpio, but we get the fifth entrant: Orange Cassidy! Freshly Squeezed is here, but taking his time heading out. He isn’t even heading for the ring, he is looking at commentary for a minute. He only ever had one other ladder match, so he needs a reminder how this works. Go up the ladder, Cassidy. Cassidy sighs and heads for the ring. Cassidy throws off his jacket and shirt, but that used 30 seconds! Kaz and the others recover as Cassidy gets in the ring. Cassidy brings a ladder around but Kaz is lurking. Cassidy stands on the ladder, but with it folded on the floor. Still not how this works, Cassidy.
Kip rushes Cassidy but Cassidy dodges! Scorpio tries but Cassidy dodges him, too! Cassidy throws Kaz away and “hurries” to set up the ladder. But he forgets to open it. The sixth entrant is here, and it’s BOOM BOOM, Colt Cabana! Cassidy fumbles with the ladder as Cabana watches. Cabana slips into the ring and offers Cassidy some help. Kip and Kaz brawl while Cabana and Cassidy coordinate. Then Cabana shoves Cassidy out of the ring! Cabana stands the ladder up fast and climbs! Kip and Kaz hurry in and drag Cabana down. Cabana mule kicks Kip away but SCU tip the ladder over! Cabana hits buckles and his fingers get caught inside the ladder! OW! And then SCU double hip toss Kip onto that ladder! Cassidy rolls in and SCU is on guard. Cassidy has his hands in his pockets, and he unleashes the “dreaded” shin kicks!
Cassidy dodges the double clotheslines to double dropkick! Cassidy kips up then DIVES! Down goes SCU but so does The Sloth! The crowd rallies up as Cassidy bumps Scorpio off a post. Cassidy bumps Kaz off the apron, but Scorpio KICKS Cassidy’s leg. SCU goes after Cassidy, but the seventh entrant is here! It’s Joey Janela! And eh DIVES Off the stage to take out SCU! And then he LEAPS to take out Kip! And then Havoc! The Bad Boy is in because Fenix is out, and he hurries after Cabana! Missile dropkick takes out Boom Boom! Janela has the ladder ready and he hurries up top. Kaz returns to throw Janela out and then hurries to climb. Janela grabs a chair and SMACKS Kaz on the back! Scorpio grabs the chair from Janela, kicks low then SMACKS Janela! Kip crawls in and sends Scorpio into the ladder. Then he LEAPS to DDT Kaz down!
Kip crawls back to the ladder and climbs, but Kaz staggers up. Kaz clubs Kip but Kip kicks back. Kip climbs up but Cabana returns. Kaz clubs Cabana away and drags Kip down again as we get the eight entry, Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus gets in and BOOTS the ladder into Kip! He grabs and CHOPS Janela! He swings on Cabana, block the Bionic Elbow and HEADBUTTS! Scorpio runs into an Ace Ten BUZZSAW! Kip staggers into a choke grip! Luchasaurus pops Kip up but Kip headscissors! Luchasaurus blocks that to BOMB Kip onto everyone outside! And then he ax kicks Kaz away from the ladder! QUESTION MARK KICK! And then CHOKE SLAM ONTO A LADDER! Kaz staggers up, into ANOTHER Choke Slam! Luchasaurus has cleared the field, but Darby returns?! Darby has one good leg but he fights with his arms and headbutts! Darby hops up onto Luchasaurus for a SUPER SUNSET BOMB!
Darby drags a ladder up but the countdown is ending! The mystery ninth entrant is… “Who can stop the Path of Cage?” Taz is representing THE MACHINE! Brian Cage is in AEW! And he just ripped a ladder in HALF! Cage sees Darby and Darby sees Cage. Darby leaps but Cage catches him to throw INTO the ladder! Cage pops Darby up for an F10!! Wardlow has competition in that department. Cage POSTS Darby, then pop-up BOMBS Kip! Cage stands the ladder up but Scorpio is back. Scorpio and Cage go, and Cage throws Scorpio to a corner! Clothesline, enziguri and GERMAN! Cage sees Janela coming, puts him on the apron and enziguris! Then dead lift SUPERPLEXES him into the ring! Janela curses his way out of the ring as Cage sets up the ladder. Cabana runs into Cage’s elbow! Kaz sneaks past but gets caught by Cage, for a wheelbarrow neckbreaker!
Cage climbs but Cassidy hops on for a sleeper hold! It doesn’t really bother Cage and Cage climbs. Cassidy reaches, Cabana and Kip go after Cage, but Cage kicks them away. SCU returns, as does Janela. They’re all trying to drag them both down! Cassidy and Cage end up going down and everyone gangs up on Cage! They hold Cage down as SCU gets a ladder. But Cage breaks free, only for the ladder to RAM Cage out! Then Cassidy and Janela POST Cage! The other eight bury Cage in ladders and barriers! They even bring one of the GIANT prop chips! And a chair for good measure. Can even a Machine get out from under all that? But then the eight fight each other again! Kip dropkicks a ladder into Cabana! Scorpio throws Kip out and wedges the ladder into Cabana. Scorpio rains down rights then runs corner to corner, but Kip dumps him out! Kip springboards, for a COAST2COAST to send ladder into Cabana!
Kip gets the ladder up but Kaz returns with a ladder of his own. Kaz stands his ladder up to THROW at Kip! Kip falls and Kaz climbs now. Cassidy hurries to bring Kaz down, SUPER PUNCH! Cassidy and Kip hurry up and brawl just under the chip! But here comes Penelope! She watches and cheers as Kip and Cassidy brawl. Cassidy wavers, Kip says deuces, but Cassidy PULLS the fingers! And DECKS Kip off, onto another ladder! But Penelope hurries up top to intercept Cassidy! Cassidy blocks her punches, and then lets her go, onto Kip! Cassidy grabs the chip but Havoc yanks him down! The Superbad Squad helps each other, but here come Best Friends! Chuckie and Trent beat Havoc up and get him out of the ring! Cassidy is all alone in the ring but Luchasaurus returns! The dinosaur roars at the Sloth while tipping the ladder over.
Cassidy throws hands but ends up in a choke grip! Cassidy breaks free of the choke slam and grips Luchasaurus back. Thumbs DOWN, but he can’t lift Luchasaurus up. Marko Stunt has a step ladder! And with Luchasaurus’ help, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! SCU regroups but Stunt dropkicks Scoprio out! Stunt DIVES onto everyone else! Luchasaurus sends Cassidy into the ladder! Kaz hops up over the ladder to SUPER-RANA Luchasaurus! Janela uses Stunt’s ladder to SMASH Cassidy! Janela goes to the apron and fireman’s carries Cassidy, for a RUNNING DEATH VALLEY onto the pile of things on top of Cage! The crowd loses their minds again! Janela hurries back to the ring and drags a ladder into place. Scorpio hurries after and stops Janela with clubbing forearms. Scorpio fireman’s carries Janela for a TKO!
Scorpio climbs, but Kaz springboards to get on the ladder! SCU is going against each other with haymakers! Luchasaurus tips the ladder over and sends SCU into the ropes! Luchasaurus sets the ladder back up but Cabana returns! Cabana gets a BOOT and he falls onto SCU! Luchasaurus climbs but CAGE RISES!? The Machine storms his way into the ring. Luchasuaurs boots and choke grips but Cage breaks free! Cage spins, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But he ducks the next to ripcord forearm! Sobat and mule kick, but Luchasaurus handsprings to roudnhouse, front kick and TAIL WHIP! Choke grip, but Cage FLIPS OUT of the slam?! RISING KNEE! Cage puts one out, lifts Luchasaurus up, and BOMBS him onto a ladder!!
Cage takes that ladder for his own and stands it up. Cage climbs up as the crowd says “This is Awesome!” But somehow Darby returns! Cage drags Darby up but Darby SLAPS him! Cage CLOBBERS Darby! Cage drags Darby up to suplex, to a PILEDRIVER! The Drill Claw takes Darby out! Taz returns and tells his client(?) to end this. Cage puts a ladder up top then puts Darby on it. It’s a bit risky but this is Double or Nothing. Cage then lifts the ladder in a trophy lift! He TOSSES Darby and Ladder into a ladder on the outside!! Then Cage climbs all alone, and takes down the chip! Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage (has a future AEW World Championship match)
The Machine came, saw and conquered eight of AEW’s brightest to become a future contender! With what he just did in one match, it’s just as Taz said: Who can stop the path of Cage?
MJF w/ Wardlow VS Jungle Boy!
Maxwell Jacob Friedman always says he’s better than you and you know it. But now, he has to put his money where his mouth is. Will Jungle Jack Perry make MJF finally eat his words along with defeat?
The bell rings and the crowd is obviously on JB’s side over MJF. MJF and JB tie up, JB arm-drags MJF and MJF gets up in a huff. MJF tells the crowd to shut up, but they just boo instead. JB and MJF circle again and tie up. MJF headlocks but JB powers out. MJF runs JB over and smirks, but JB kips up. So MJF throws him down by his hair! MJF runs but JB stays down. MJF handsprings to show off, and gives a Michael Jackson crotch grab to taunt JB. JB rushes MJF but MJF drops down. JB handsprings and flips to then give a little bit back. Things speed up, MJF shoves but JB runs him over! MJF kips up so JB throws him down by his hair! The crowd laughs at MJF for getting what he deserves and MJF bails out in a huff. JB keeps his focus as MJF takes his time returning.
MJF calls for a test of strength but then is the one to back off. He goes again and JB locks up with him. They go shoulder to shoulder but MJF knees low! MJF monkey flips JB but they’re both down for a cover! TWO as they get shoulders up. TWO as they get the other shoulders up. And then TWO as they both bridge! MJR rolls back but into JB’s body scissors! JB keeps his shoulders up and squeezes, but MJF works at the legs. MJF now makes this a butterfly leg stretch, but JB turns and rolls MJF over. They both bridge with the legs, and MJF slaps JB! So JB SLAPS and fires off on MJF! JB rains down hands from all sides but the ref backs him off. MJF flounders up and JB runs at him in the corner. MJF throat chops! The crowd boos as MJF CHOPS JB. MJF throws hands but JB dodges and CHOPS away!
JB whips corner to corner but MJF goes up and over. MJF jams a leg! Or does he? MJF isn’t the most honest man in wrestling today. The medics check on MJF but then MJF springs up! MJF CLOBBERS JB and stomps away in the corner! The ref backs MJF off as the crowd boos but MJF doesn’t care. MJF drags JB up to snapmare him into a chinlock. MJF grinds JB down but the crowd rallies up. JB fights up as MJF drops more weight on him. JB fights up and fights free, but runs into a OVERHEAD belly2belly! MJF kips up just to show off and mocks the Fargo strut. JB SLAPS MJF! JB slides under, dodges and springboards to crossbody! JB keeps moving, but MJF runs him over with an elbow! MJF drags JB up to back suplex but JB lands on his feet! JB wants the Poison-Rana but MJF blocks! MJF swings JB forward but JB victory rolls! TWO and JB swings, but MJF dodges and reels him in! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
MJF rains down rights out of frustration but the crowd boos harder. MJF stalks JB and CHOPS him on the back! JB kicks back but MJF clubs him down. MJF wrenches and whips JB corner to corner, to wring him out into buckles! Cover, TWO! MJF jams JB’s arm, his target very clear. The crowd rallies up for JB as MJF is on him in the corner. MJF yanks on the arm then CHOPS JB. “You think you’re on my level?! You’re a nobody in comparison!” MJF goes to chop but JB boots the hand away! JB fires off elbows and forearms! JB whips, MJF reverses, but JB LARIATS on the return! MJF is dazed but JB clutches his arm. JB CHOPS with his good arm and he keeps on MJF at the ropes. JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! MJF staggers about but JB keeps giving CHOPS!
JB runs, somersaults, and DOUBLE CHOPS! MJF falls but JB brings him up again. JB whips MJF but MJF blocks. JB’s arm jams and MJF throws him out. MJF runs and slides to SLAP JB down. MJF drags JB up to put him back in the ring. JB comes back and DIVES! Direct hit but JB keeps moving! JB DIVES again! Another hit but JB keeps moving! JB FLIES! Direct hit again and MJF is down! JB hurries to get MJF up and in. The crowd rallies with JB as he shoulders, then springboard tornado DDTs! But JB’s arm slows him down! Cover, ROPEBREAK! MJF goes to a corner while JB gets up. JB runs corner to corner but into a back elbow! MJF hops up and leaps to STOMP the bad arm! MJF grabs the arm, wrenches and clamps on but JB fights back! The two go head to head, literally, and MJF CHOPS! JB CHOPS back and MJF staggers away.
MJF grits his teeth to come back and CHOP again! JB CHOPS and MJF falls to a knee! MJF gets up in a huff and JB eggs him on. MJF SLAPS the bad arm instead! But JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but MJF throat chops! MJF runs but into a SUPERKICK! But he rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! But JB returns to hit a DESTROYER! MJF basement SUPERKICKS! And then flops onto the cover! TWO!!! INTO A CROSSFACE!! MJF endures a submission hold but JB’s bad arm gives out! JB tries again but MJF BITES the hand! JB kicks, but into a pump handle DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! MJF can’t believe JB survives and is furious! JB gets to a corner as the crowd rallies up. MJF stalks over to the apron and drags JB up. JB pushes MJF away and SUPERKICKS! Then POISON-RANAS MJF on the apron!!
Both men flop to the floor and the ref checks on MJF. Somehow MJF is able to continue but now it’s about the ring count. JB drags himself up to his feet and fetches MJF from ringside. JB doesn’t want the ring out win, he wants a legitimate victory. JB shovels MJF into the ring then refreshes the count. MJF is down and JB heads to the top rope. But MJF revives and grabs at the ref! The ref grabs ropes while shaking MJF off, and this trips JB up! MJF drags himself up top to join JB and he SLAPS away on the bad arm! But JB fights back! JB headbutts MJF then reels him in, for a SUPER POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! MJF survives and no one can believe it, least of all JB!
JB drags MJF up into a dead lift but his bad arm gives up again. JB slaps his own arm and roars as he tries again. He half nelsons but MJF spins to go after the arm! JB rolls out but MJF kicks low. MJF underhooks but his back gives out! MJF wants to try again, but JB back drop supelxes! Bridge, TWO and MJF spins to backslide! TWO, and MJF goes for the arm! JB grips hands to fight back but MJF elbows away on the shoulder! MJF gets the arm but JB rolls him up! TWO with an eye poke!! JB staggers to a corner and MJF hurries after. MJF O’Conner rolls, TWO! JB has the roll, TWO! MJF has a Prawn Hold, and WINS!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall
By the literal seat of his pants, MJF takes this victory! “That’s why I’m the future of this company!” But if it took this much to overcome a young man he saw so beneath him, can MJF really become a top champion in AEW?
AEW TNT Championship Tournament Finals: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Lance Archer w/ Jake The Snake Roberts!
The American Nightmare has his coach. The Murderhawk Monster has his handler. And roaming about will be the wild card, “Iron” Mike Tyson! These combustible elements are about to explode, who is standing with the gold when the smoke clears?
Mike Tyson makes his entrance first, and we finally get to see the prestigious new belt! Red and silver with TNT right in the center, and it will soon belong to one man. The Murderhawk Monster makes his entrance next, and he throws poor Lee Johnson into the ring! To then CHOKE SLAM just because! Tyson is a bad man, but even he is surprised by that. Jake the Snake keeps his distance from Iron Mike while the American Nightmare makes his entrance. The introductions are made, and given the significance of this match, referee Bryce Remsburg wants to give the opportunity for both men to shake hands. Neither even tries, so the shiny new belt is raised, and this history making match heaped with animosity finally begins!
Cody rushes Archer but Archer scoops him for a tilt-o-whirl and inverted crucifix! BLACK OUT BOMB! But Cody manages to bail out fast! Coach Arn checks on Cody but Archer goes out and clubs Cody on the back. Archer glares at Arn as he puts Cody in the ring. Archer goes after Cody in the ring but Cody blocks the claw! Cody drags Archer into an armbar! Archer powers his way back up and scrapes his foot off Cody’s face! Cody gets to a corner, dodges Archer and CHOPS him. But it does nothing! Archer eggs Cody on and Cody chops more. Cody dodges the punch to throw forearms, but Archer ROCKS him with a right. Archer runs but Cody grabs the ponytails! Cody reels Archer into the Rhodes uppercut then springboards! Into a DERAILER! Cody bails out again and Archer lets him catch his breath on the ground.
The ring count climbs and Coach Arn checks on Cody. Archer goes after Cody and Snake tells him to push him out of the way. Archer does, and pulls up floor mats. But Cody goes into the ring to build speed and DIVE! Archer is sent up and over the railing! Cody goes after Archer with punches and stomps, then climbs up steps. But Archer grabs Cody to SUPER CHOKE TOSS him over railing and to ringside! The crowd can’t believe what they just saw! Archer stalks Cody and drags him up to throw into railing. The crowd talks trash but Archer talks trash back. Archer puts Cody in the ring then glares at Suge D and Marko Stunt. Archer says this has been his title from the beginning. He goes to the ring, runs at Cody but Cody BOOTS! But Archer LARIATS! Archer hooks Cody’s face and digs his fingers in! The ref counts and Archer stops to intimidate him. Archer drags Cody up to club him and bump him off buckles.
Archer climbs up and goes Old School, but then MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Archer is annoyed but he clamps his hand on Cody’s face again! The ref counts as Archer digs fingers in again, but Archer lets up at 4. Tyson actually likes what he sees as Archer digs his fingers in and chokes Cody on the ropes! The ref counts and Archer stops at 4. Archer puts Cody in a corner and CHOPS! Cody staggers away but Archer is on him again with a suplex. Cody knees free and suplexes back! And holds Archer up for 10 before hitting the gourd buster! Cody has the crowd on his side as he drags Archer back up. Cody goes to suplex but Archer suplexes Cody first! Archer rips off a buckle pad but the ref sees that. The ref reprimands Archer but Cody sends Archer into that exposed steel! Cody goes after the ribs with punches and knees!
Archer pushes Cody away and gets to another corner, but Cody is on him with a stretch into the post! The ref counts but Cody lets up at 4. Cody glares at The Snake but The Snake backs off. Cody gets back on the apron and climbs up top. Archer rushes over and trophy lifts Cody off the top! Archer TOSSES Cody to the floor!! The crowd is again in shock but Archer and Snake are grinning ear to ear. Archer watches Cody crawl before he stomps him down. Archer stands on Cody while getting in the face of the crowd. The ref reprimands Archer and Archer lets Cody go. Archer catches Cody before he gets in and throws forearms on him. Archer chokes Cody on the ropes, right in front of Arn. Jake says Archer just punked Arn out there as Archer goes into the ring. Cody goes after Archer with a headlock and a punch. Archer hammerlocks, spins Cody and URENAGE slams him! Cover, TWO!
Archer chuckles and Tyson is getting into this as Cody stirs. Archer drags Cody around to punch, but Cody hits back from the mat. So Archer grounds ‘n’ pounds and hammers away! Archer looks into the camera and wants Brandi to see this one. Archer pulls on Cody’s ear and arm before putting him in a drop zone. The crowd boos as Archer goes up top. Spinning Vader Bomb! Cover, TWO! Archer clamps onto Cody with a chinbar and armlock but Cody fights his way up. Archer wrangles Cody back to the mat and cranks on the holds. The crowd rallies but Archer clubs away on Cody’s chest. Cody fights up and Tyson is cheering, too, but Archer throws Cody down by his head! Cody flops out of the ring and Arn checks on him. Cody staggers towards the timekeeper’s area. Archer pursues but Cody chops and forearms back. Archer body shots and whips Cody into railing! Cody falls, clutching a knee.
The ref checks on Cody but he refuses to quit. Archer kicks Cody, and Cody just glares at Archer. Cody throws forearm after forearm but Archer DECKS him with one! Archer looms over Cody as the ref demands they get this back in the ring. But Archer makes sure the world sees him smothering Cody with his big hands. Archer goes into the ring and intimidates the ref again, but Cody follows. Cody kicks and CHOPS, but Archer knees and rolls him up. TWO, into a LeBelle Lock! Archer endures as Cody cranks back and even uses a ponytail as part of it! The ref reprimands and The Snake protests. The ref keeps Snake back but Cody jaws back at him. Archer goes after Cody to back suplex, but Cody slips out and kicks back! DDT! That’s right, The Snake’s invention is used on his client! Cody fires up with the crowd as he drags Archer up.
Cody whips, Archer reverses and SPINE BUSTER! Arn’s favorite, used on Cody now! Arn says it isn’t over just because of that. Archer climbs up while glaring at Arn. But Cody goes up and enziguris back! Cody springboards, to SUPER CUTTER!! Cover, ONE!?! Archer shocks and frustrates Cody but the crowd is still rallying. Cody throws haymakers on Archer but Archer eggs him on. Cody runs to KNEE Archer! Archer staggers up, into Cody’s jabs! Jab, jab, jab, flip, flop ‘n’ fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Archer choke grips but Cody breaks out, to hit FINAL RECKONING! The Rhodes Family is represented as Cody brings Archer up. CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO?!? Archer crawls to a corner but Cody howls for Sting, the STINGER SPLASH! But Archer still CHOKE SLAMS!! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and neither Arn nor Jake can believe it.
Tyson and the crowd rally but Archer dribbles Cody with the EBD Claw! But Archer exhausts himself and can’t make the cover! The crowd is thunderous as both men slowly rise. Archer wristlocks and clubs Cody while heading back for a corner. Archer climbs up again, goes Old School again, the ref is busy with The Snake. Arn trips up Archer! Arn hides while Cody climbs up to grab Archer! Cody brings Archer up for an INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Wait, another referee comes out and tells Bryce about Arn! Tyson agrees, Arn has to go! The refs EJECT Arn! Coach Arn calls BS but then the refs EJECT The Snake, too! At least things are even now. Archer grabs Cody for a GERMAN SUPLEX TOSS! Archer waves but there’s no Snake to help him.
Wait, Snake returns, and he has a burlap sack! This is what it looks like, and Tyson steps up to stop it! Iron Mike dares Jake The Snake to do something. Snake backs off and then Tyson glares at Archer. Archer grabs Cody and whips him, for a tilt-o-whirl, inverted crucifix, but Cody slips down! CROSS RHODES! And then ANOTHER! Cover, CODY WINS!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (INAUGURAL AEW TNT Champion)
Iron Mike presents Cody with the belt, and with his piece of history! Just as the belt will soon be completed with gold, will Cody’s legacy be completed with this inaugural reign?
Backstage interview with AEW Chief Physician, Dr. Michael Samson.
Britt Baker’s knee injury is significant, with an anterior lateral tibial fracture and partial collateral ligiment tear. To be real about it, the injury is not as bad as the patient, who is pretty high maintenance. She is under strict instructions on what to do in order to return quickly as possible. Because she is a “role model,” Britt will give us those details in person this Wednesday.
Penelope Ford VS Kris Statlander!
The Dentist is unable to fight the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien after an injury suffered on Dynamite! But the Superbad Girl steps up to use this as her chance to move up in the rankings! Will Penelope take advantage of Britt Baker’s misfortune?
The bell rings and Kris circles with Ford. They tie up, Kris headlocks and hits the takeover, but Ford pulls hair! Ford gets Kris into the headscissor but Kris kips free. Ford tries to turn the tables but Kris scoops and whips to arm-drag! Ford dodges but Kris denies the arm-drag. Ford knees and goes up and around to arm-drag Kris! Kris staggers but she sweeps the legs! Kris shows off her cartwheel as she circles Ford. Ford gets to the ropes but Kris goes to boop. Ford BITES THE FINGER! Ford SLAPS Kris, but Kris still boops her! Kris throws forearms, whips but Ford grabs ropes to bail out! Kip is here, all bandaged and hobbling with crutches. He tells the “alien freak” to stay away but Kris refuses to listen. Ford gets in the ring so Kris hurries after her. Ford goes to slap again but Kris dodges. Kris takes her time getting in but Ford clubs her on the ropes! Ford hits a draping DDT! Cover, TWO!
Ford stomps Kris and clubs her down. Ford kicks Kris against the ropes while Kris fires bad vibes with his crutch. Ford CLUBS Kris again and covers, TWO! Kip talks trash as Ford drags Kris up. Ford snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Kris grits her teeth as she gets up but Ford is on her. Ford chops and kicks and chops again! Ford forearms Kris down then snapmares her for a KICK! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps on Kris with a chinlock but Kris fights her way up. The crowd rallies but Ford CHOPS Kris at the ropes. Ford goes for another but Kris dodges to CHOP back! Kris throws forearms so hard, Ford falls out of the ring! Kip hurries over but Kris DIVES to take them both out! They crash into barriers but Kris is up fast! The crowd fires up with Kris as she drags Ford up and into the ring. Kris climbs the corner and leaps, but onto boots! Ford rolls Kris up, TWO!
Ford HEEL KICKS Kris right down! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and even Vickie Guerrero is furious. Ford drags Kris up to bump Kris off her knee over and over! Kris forearms but Ford forearms back. They brawl back and forth, Kris has Ford on the ropes! Kris whips but Ford dodges and slips over, but Kris ROUNDHOUSES! SNAP GERMAN! Kris roars and has Ford in a corner. Kris whips corner to corner, Ford reverses but Kris goes up and over to back elbow! Kris goes side to side to KNEE! She won’t stop, Fisherman scoop for the MICHINOKU! Cover, TWO!! Kip is panicking as Kris drags Ford up again. Kris gut wrenches but Ford dragon sleepers for the inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ford grows frustrated but Kip coaches her on. Ford slaps and pie faces Kris, but Kris swings. Ford goes Matrix, for the STUNNER! Ford runs, but Kris goes Matrix to LARIAT!
Kris puts Ford up top and rocks her with a right! Kris climbs but Ford fights her back. Ford forearms Kris down and hops on, FLYING HURICANRANA! Kris flounders and Ford runs, handspring, but into a scoop! BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Then the gut wrench and the tuck, BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall
It didn’t matter that the Superbad substitute came in, the Greatest Alien still gets the win! As #2 contender, does this mean Kris moves up to be #1, regardless of who comes out the AEW Women’s World Champion?
Dustin Rhodes VS Shawn Spears!
The Natural was thought to be out of commission after what Lance Archer did to him in the TNT Championship Tournament Semifinals. “Shawn Spears News” even “reported” that Dustin retired. But perhaps the rumors of Dustin’s demise have been exaggerated. Will Dustin show that he’s still got it? Or will this showdown with #PERFECT10N be his #OneLastMatch?
Spears makes his entrance in a suit and takes a mic. “Now I know what everybody’s thinking. ‘Damn that boy looks good in a suit!’ Am I right?” But Spears says all mediocre careers must come to an end. Spears is here, but where’s Dustin? At home, washing his tights! Or perhaps not! Because the music hits! But where is Dustin? Spears looks back at the camera and reveals this was his joke. Everyone falls for it all the time! The crowd boos and calls Spears names, but Spears asks the ref to ring the bell and start a count. If Dustin doesn’t show up, he loses by forfeit! The bell rings, and the ten count begins. Spears brags, “Wins matter!” But then the theme hits again, and this is NOT because of Spears’ joke. Brandi Rhodes walks out and apologizes for Dustin being late. Because Dustin slides into the ring from behind!
Dustin turns Spears around to throw uppercuts! Spears hits back with CHOPS and takes off his jacket. But Dustin goes after him with haymakers! Dustin pulls the jacket off Spears and throws it aside, but Spears kicks and punches back. Spears CHOPS then whips, but Dustin stops himself to pull Spears’ shirt over his head! Hockey scrum and a buckle bump, but Dustin rips the shirt off him. Spears goes to a corner and Dustin hits him so hard, a shoe flies off! Dustin stomps away then CHOPS again. Dustin whips, Spears reverses and clotheslines Dustin down! Spears takes off his belt and wraps his fist with it. Spears blows a kiss and a middle finger to Brandi, but Dustin uppercuts! And hits the spinning powerslam! The crowd is behind Dustin as Dustin rips Spears’ pants off! Spears is in his socks and undies! He has sock garters? Who has sock garters anymore?
Spears tries to run away but Dustin grabs him by the undies! The Chair Man almost becomes The Bare Man! Dustin SPANKS Spears! Spears hits back and runs to whip. Dustin reverses but Spears dodges and ducks, only to run into the atomic drop! Dustin clotheslines Spears out and the crowd fires up! Spears flounders as Dustin pursues. Dustin CHOPS then headlocks Spears. Spears shoves Dustin into a post! Spears staggers away and finally gets his undies up. Wait, why is Tully Blanchard’s face on the crotch?! We’re learning way too much about Spears tonight. Spears hurries back into the ring, and Dustin ROCKS him with an uppercut! FINAL RECKONING! Cover, Dustin wins!
Winner: Dustin Rhodes, by pinfall
This was by no way Dustin’s last match! Is the Natural only getting better with age?
AEW once again goes All Out.
September 5th, it will be the newest sequel to the event that started it all!
AEW mourns the loss of Hana Kimura.
The entire world of wrestling is a little less brighter after the 22-year-old World Wonder Ring Stardom wrestler tragically died sometime on Friday, May 22nd. Social media needs to be about uniting and helping each other, not hurting each other to the point we hurt ourselves.
No Holds Barred AEW Women’s World Championship: Nyla Rose VS Hikaru Shida!
The Native Beast is dominant as ever, even after some down time. But just as having no disqualifications and no count outs allows her to brutalize and batter the Samurai of Stardom as much as she wants, the same goes for her challenger! Will Shida be the one to finally dethrone the most dominant force in AEW?
Shida is not in a good mood, because Nyla still has her kendo stick! Nyla brings kendo stick and title belt to the ring, but only hands one over. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle without boundaries begins!
Shida kicks Nyla low then whips, but Nyla reverses. Nyla swings but Shida holds the ropes. Shida dropkicks low, kicks the stick out of Nyla’s hands, and has it for herself! Nyla wants a time out, but Shida swings! Nyla catches the swing, kicks away on Shida and then reels her in to LARIAT! Nyla has the stick back and SMACKS Shida with it! And again! Shida writhes but then Nyla tosses the stick away. Nyla drags Shida up and scoops to SLAM Shida down. Cover, TWO! Nyla is already annoyed but she drags Shida up to bupm her off buckles. Nyla goes corner to corner but Shida dodges! Shida runs back in to KNEE Nyla into buckles! Shida drags Nyla to the apron and clubs away on her back. The crowd rallies up as Shida gets space. Shida runs back in to KNEE Nyla again!
Nyla flops down while Shida roars. Shida spots her kendo stick and hurries after, but Nyla clubs her on her back. Nyla looks to put Shida in the ring, but throws Shida into railing instead! The crowd talks trash but Nyla bumps Shida off railing and digs her boot in! The ref checks on Shida but Shida refuses to quit, so Nyla just scrapes her. Nyla goes searching under the ring, and brings out a table! Shida stops Nyla from setting it up, but Nyla ramps her into more railing. Nyla lifts Shida up, and TOSSES her onto the POKER TABLE! “Always bet on black!” Nyla goes out and jams Shida with a chair edge! Nyla drags Shida up and sets her hair on the chair. Nyla shouts for the crowd to move, and she grabs another chair! Nyla squeezes Shida’s head between the chairs! The ref tells Nyla to stop. This may be a No Holds Barred match, but she can’t kill Shida.
Nyla clubs Shida to the barriers and brings the chair back to JAM her again. Nyla dumps Shida over the railing and stalks her way back to ringside. The crowd boos and jeers as Nyla puts Shida back in the ring. Nyla toys with Shida and brings her back up. Nyla scoops Shida for a sidewalk slam! And then hits a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Nyla grows frustrated. Nyla drags Shida back up and reels her in. She lifts but Shida fights out and huricanranas Nyla away! Shida runs to KNEE Nyla against ropes! Shida drags Nyla up and suplexes, but Nyla blocks. Nyla clubs back then suplexes Shida instead! Both women are down but Shida crawls to ropes. Nyla runs over and clotheslines Shida out! Shida is down but Nyla heads out. Vickie and her side want Nyla to finish Shida off. Nyla drags Shida up to whip her at the ramp, but Shida leaps up! Shida crossbodies back! And BLINDSIDE KNEES Nyla down!
Shida staggers away but comes back to dump Nyla up and over railing. Shida hops up and over to pursue, and she bumps Nyla off one of the giant prop chips! The crowd clears out and Shida makes some room for herself. Shida brings Nyla around but Nyla blocks the suplex. Nyla turns things around to supelx but Shida fights free! Shida reels Nyla in to HIP TOSS onto the chip! Nyla writhes but Shida goes off to get some running room. Shida runs back in to leap and KNEE Nyla into one of the standing chips! The crowd is fired up for Shida as she drags Nyla back up. Shida brings Nyla to ringside and dumps her over railing again. Shida has her kendo stick back! Nyla staggers up and Shida tells her, “I found my kendo stick, B*TCH!” Shida SMACKS Nyla on the arm! Payback from weeks ago! Nyla staggers away, clutching that arm as she goes to the ring.
Shida stalks Nyla and SMACKS her again! And again! Nyla sputters and Shida hits a HEAD SHOT! Shida brings Nyla around to suplex ONTO the kendo stick! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives but Shida won’t stop. Shida runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! That’s still not enough to slay the Native Beast! Shida drags Nyla up but Nyla breaks free. Shida dodges to throw forearms over and over and over! Nyla wobbles and Shida runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl! POWERSLAM! But Nyla can’t make the cover! Both women are down but Nyla roars back up. Nyla stomps Shida and then brings her up again. Nyla suplexes to hang Shida out to dry on the ropes. Nyla goes to the corner and climbs up. Nyla LEAPS, for the GUILLOTINE KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives and Nyla is losing her cool.
Nyla drags the table into the ring and sets it up in a corner. Nyla drags Shida up and fireman’s carries, but Shida slips out! Shida waistlocks, Nyla elbows free and goes to lift her again. Shida resists so Nyla clubs her down. Nyla still can’t get Shida up and Shida fires off forearms! Shida runs, into Nyla’s LARIAT! Nyla lifts Shida, and POWERBOMBS HER THROUGH THE TABLE! Cover, TWO?!?! How did Shida survive?! Nyla is losing her cool and she drags Shida back up. Fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! But Nyla won’t stop there, she has Shida’s stick back! Nyla SMACKS Shida again and again! Nyla drags Shida to a drop zone and heads up top. Shida stirs, grabs her kendo stick, and throws it at Nyla! Nyla is stinging and Shida is climbing! Shida gets to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nyla survives and no one can believe it!
But Shida keeps her focus, runs again, but into a SMACK! But she ROCKS Nyla with that right! Shida runs again, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!?! Nyla still lives but Shida won’t stop! Shida has her kendo stick, Nyla staggers up, into one last SMACK!! The stick is broken but Shida isn’t even done yet! Shida runs, to SHINING WIZARD AGAIN! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW AEW Women’s World Champion)
No one can believe it but it has finally happened! The Stardom Samurai slays the Native Beast and finally ends the reign of terror! If Shida had this much in her in taking the title, what will it take for anyone to take the title from her?
AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brodie Lee!
The Maniac brought about a revolution at Revolution, and hasn’t been stopped since! But the Dark Order’s Exalted One claims to already reign over the roster after he literally stole Big Platinum! Will Moxley take the physical championship back? Or will he lose both title and belt to Mr. Brodie?
For the sake of making sure this match starts properly, there is security in the ring already as Brodie makes his entrance. Brodie lays down the belt as Moxley makes his own entrance, but then holds the belt up to mock Mox with it. The introductions are made, the belt is raised by the referee, and this fight for the right to truly be champion begins!
Moxley goes right at Brodie but Brodie catches him! Brodie puts Mox in a corner to uppercut and CHOP over an dover! Brodie grinds his forearms into Moxley, then intimidates the ref as he reprimands. Brodie whips Moxley corner to corner then runs in after him, but Moxley dodges! The boot gets caught up on the rope and Brodie tumbles out to the floor! Moxley builds speed and DIVES! Brodie tumbles into railing and topples the railing over! Moxley brings Brodie up but Brodie suplexes Moxley instead! Brodie stands while Moxley writhes, but Brodie CHOPS Moxley around the way. Brodie clubs Moxley then tries to intimidate the crowd. The crowd doesn’t back down so Brodie clubs Moxley and puts him in the ring. Brodie hits a slingshot senton! Brodie drags Moxley up for a snap suplex! Then another! Brodie hoists Moxley up top and uppercuts!
Brodie climbs but Moxley fights back with elbows. Moxley climbs, leaps, but into Brodie’s hands! Brodie throws Moxley out then builds speed, to DIVE! The favor has been returned and Moxley tumbles out to the crowd! Brodie sets up barriers against the railing but Moxley brawls with him. Brodie uppercuts, Moxley headbutts! Moxley drags Brodie over to his own railing ramp, but Brodie turns things around. Brodie atomic tosses Moxley into the railing! Brodie knocks over the Librarians’ table just because, then pushes more barriers aside. Brodie brings Moxley over as the crowd boos, but Brodie pump-handle FALL AWAY SLAMS Moxley onto the railing ramp! Moxley writhes but Brodie seethes. Brodie drags Moxley into the ring and takes aim, but Moxley forearms him first! Brodie forearms, Moxley forearms back and we have another brawl.
Moxley CHOPS, Brodie uppercuts, and Moxley comes back with elbows from all sides. Moxley runs to knee, but Brodie BOOTS! Moxley SLAPS Brodie! Moxley runs, Brodie boots the clothesline away and hits a back suplex! Brodie runs at Moxley in a corner to hit a back elbow, then keeps moving, to get Moxley’s LARIAT! Moxley drags Brodie up for the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Thank you, Suzuki-san! Cover, TWO!! Apologies, Suzuki-san, that didn’t finish Mr. Brodie. Brodie bails out and Moxley goes to the apron. Moxley clubs Brodie on the back then drags steel steps around. Moxley brings those steps to the timekeeper’s area, and moves Big Platinum aside. Moxley and Brodie run at each other, and Brodie dropicks Moxley down! Brodie flexes to mock Big Swole and the crowd. Brodie sees the Ace of Hearts that has Moxley’s picture on it, and promises to end this.
Brodie brings Moxley up the steel steps and wants to bomb, but Moxley back drops him through the table!! The referee checks on Brodie, and somehow Brodie is okay to continue! Moxley shrugs and gets off the steps. Moxley pushes Brodie around but Brodie pushes back. Moxley throws knees and then throws Brodie into the ring. Moxley goes up the corner but Brodie uppercuts him first! Brodie climbs up to bring Moxley into a SUPERPLEX! But both men hook legs! TWO, and Moxley dumps Brodie out. Moxley is on the apron again and leaps, but into Brodie’s arms! Brodie SNAP GERMANS Moxley into the Ace of Spades with Brodie’s face on it! The crowd knows “This is Awesome!” but this is far from over. Brodie brings the prop cards around and flops the Ace down on the ground. Brodie stomps on Moxley’s face on that card, then scoop SLAMS him on it!
Vickie and her side of the crowd rally for Brodie to end this but Brodie leaves Moxley behind in the ring. Moxley flops and flounders as The Gunn Club leads their crowd in chanting, “Brodie Sucks! Brodie Sucks!” Moxley gets in but Brodie brings down the straps! Brodie drags Moxley in, hails the buzzards, but Moxley gets around to waistlock! Moxley lifts but Brodie fights free. Brodie runs and BOOTS Moxley down! Then reels him in, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Brodie can’t believe it! Moxley goes to one corner, Brodie goes to the other, and they both stare the other down. Brodie drags himself up and Moxley fires himself up. The crowd is thunderous as Moxley staggers over but flops down. Moxley goes to the ramp instead but Brodie pursues. They go to the stage, and Moxley grabs a poker chip! He TOSSES it at Brodie’s head!
Moxley underhooks but Brodie slips out and hook kicks! Brodie wants to bomb again but Moxley drops to block. Brodie brings Moxley up to uppercut then reels him back in. Moxley breaks free, kicks low, and underhooks, DEATH RIDER THROUGH THE STAGE!! The crowd loses their minds as the ref and medic check on the crash! The ref calls for more assistance and now it’s about getting both men out of the hole. Moxley rises first! Moxley gets himself to the ring but what about Brodie? Brodie does rise but he is busted open! The medics and refs check on him but Brodie refuses to quit. Brodie staggers into the ring, tries the discus, but spins into a PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, ONE?!?! Moxley doesn’t even care that was shocking, he clubs and even BITES the wound!
Moxley knees away on Brodie and brings him up again, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!?! Now Moxley is shocked. That’s three finishers! Moxley clamps on with a BULLY CHOKE! Brodie turns as red as his blood and Moxley even traps a leg. Rear Naked Choke puts Brodie out! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
Title and belt both come home with The Maniac! Theft aside, will anyone truly take Big Platinum from Mox?
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Stadium Stampede: The Elite VS The Inner Circle!
The two strongest factions in AEW have been waging war practically since Dynamite began. And though there won’t be Blood & Guts any time soon, this battle was going to happen one way or another. And now, AEW makes history as the entirety of TIAA Bank Field becomes a battlefield! BROKEN Matt Hardy joins The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and (hopefully) Hangman Adam Page in taking on Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager and Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Santana and Ortiz. What won’t we see happen in this historic match on an already historic night?
The introductions are straight out of the NFL! The Jacksonville Jaguar cheerleaders and drum corps are present as both teams come out in full pads and helmets! For the Inner Circle, #27 is Le Champion. #72 is The Big Hurt! #51 is Santana and #50 is Ortiz! And of course, #93 is the Spanish God! As for The Elite, they don’t go all in on the football theme, but still have all the fire and the smoke. But wait, where is Hangman? Omega promises Hangman will be here, but he’s not here right now. The whistle blows and the stampede begins!
Both sides rush each other, and while Santana dropkicks Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson SMACKS Hager with a trash can! Hardy is after Jericho while Ortiz’s helmet blocks Omega’s broom attack! Hardy throws Jericho at a ring post while the others brawl on the 50 yard line. Hager clubs Matt, Sammy uses a football to spike Omega, and Hardy BITES Jericho’s finger! Hager scoops Matt while Nick bumps Santana. Matt slips out of the scoop to throw Hager into the apron. Jericho and Hardy join the others in a brawl, and Jericho hockey scrums Matt! Santana clobbers Nick, and PNP double suplex Nick onto the grass! Matt saves his brother while Omega stomps Sammy. Omega helps the Bucks against PNP while Sammy slowly gets up. But wait, what’s that coming into the stadium? Hangman’s on a horse! Sammy had a literal run-in with a golf cart, so there’s no way he wants to face a literal stampede from a steed!
Hangman charges in and Sammy runs for his life! Sammy goes to the back and the locker room. Hager uses Omega’s broom on Hardy but Hardy guards with a trash can. Matt SPEARS Jericho in the ring and rains down rights! Hager whips Hardy into the post while Hangman hunts Sammy. Nick Jackson stomps away on Jericho but Hager smothers Hardy. Jericho headlocks Nick, Nick powers out, but Jericho runs him over. Jericho runs, Nick leaps over but the hip toss is countered. Nick knees and flips to duck and mule kick. Matt helps out, boost to the dropkick! Jericho regroups with Hager while PNP go after the Bucks. PNP whip but the Bucks reverse. The kicks are denied and Matt is thrown out. PNP have Nick for Tu Lo Sabe! Step stool standing moonsault! Matt returns, but gets a pop-up BOMB! Sit up for the Penalty Kick! The field goal is good, but Omega SNAP DRAGONS Ortiz!
Omega dodges Santana but runs into an elbow. Santana goes up, leaps back, into a SNAP DRAGON! Hager SPINE BUSTERS Omega! Hardy gives Hager a SIDE EFFECT! Jericho returns to CODE BREAKER Hardy down! Sammy returns and feels so proud of himself for ditching Hangman. The Inner Circle cheers Sammy as he KNEES Nick down! Even the cheerleaders are on Sammy’s side. Sammy SHOOTING STARS but misses Hardy! The Elite drag the rest of the Inner Circle out and then have Sammy all alone. Matt puts one out and buckle bombs for the double enziguri from Omega and Nick! Kick and TWIST OF FATE! Omega drags Sammy around and takes aim. BANG and- No! Jericho trips Omega and drag shim out!
Matt clubs Jericho down but the brawling continues! Nick springboards to senton onto Hager and Hardy! Santana clubs Omega and goes up to springboard ASAI onto everyone! “This is Awesome!” already but far from over. Sammy goes up top and SUPER SHOOTING STARS back onto everyone else! Ortiz haymakers Omega and Santana throws hands on Hardy. Sammy posts Nick and Hager clubs Omega. Hardy uses Ortiz’s helmet on Santana but Ortiz uses Matt’s trash can on Hardy. Things move towards the red zone as pairs brawl and club. Jericho sends Nick into the goal post! Sammy does the same to Matt! Omega CHOPS Santana but Ortiz clubs Omega back. Sammy and Jericho mug Nick with CHOPS. “You should’ve stayed at home!” Nick CHOPS back! Matt brings in a ladder! Matt chops and even throat chops Jericho! Nick does the same to Sammy, and then Nick scoop slams Sammy onto Jericho!
Matt stands the ladder up with Nick’s help, and Matt climbs to the goal post?! Matt stands ON the goal post, for a SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT! Down go the Bucks and Le Sex Gods, that moonsault is good! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and the stampede continues. Omega clubs away on Ortiz with a cone while in the bleachers. Hardy has Hager and chokes him with laces! Santana and Omega fire off fast and furious fists! Ortiz takes the cone and bashes Omega with it! The fighting goes up higher into the bleachers and Ortiz drags Omega out across railing. Santana drops ax handles on Omega’s back! Santana whips Omega down the hall while Hager bumps Hardy off the walls. Hangman is still on the hunt for Sammy, but he and his trusted steed might be lost. Hangman has his horse stay put while he heads for the East Club Lobby!? That’s a bar, not the field!
Meanwhile, Proud ‘n’ Powerful use Mad Balls to club away on Hardy! And Omega! Ortiz whips Omega but Omega whips Ortiz into the trash barrels! Santana whips Hardy into railing, but Omega has the Mad Ball! Omega CLUBS Santana with it, then whips Santana into railing! Omega scoop slams Ortiz on the trash! Or was it recycling? Omega brings railing up and sets them on tables like a bridge. He drags Santana over but Santana resists. Omega clubs and suplexes but Ortiz makes the save! POCKET SAND!! Actually, it was just salt from the concessions. Ortiz and Santana suplex Omega onto to SLAM him on the railing bridge! Then they hop up the chairs and bring Omega up, for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE RAILING!!! PNP may have just destroyed the Cleaner! Cover, but Hardy breaks it up!
Hardy uses the Ball of Madness on PNP! But then Santana hits Hardy with railing! And hits Hardy off of railing! Santana drags Hardy around towards the pool! PNP decides to see if Damascus can swim! They throw him into the water! Luckily it’s shallow. Ortiz can’t swim but he doesn’t have to. He gets in carefully while Santana and Hardy brawl. PNP try to drown Hardy! Even that shouldn’t be allowed in this kind of match! But wait, Team Extreme Hardy emerges!? Is this pool full of water from the Lake of Reincarnation!? Hardy brawls with PNP but they club him back down into the waters! Hardy throws up the V1 fingers, and we get a “MATTer of Fact!” Did you know that Matt Hardy can hold his breath for 346 seconds? That’s almost 6 whole minutes! Also there’s a menu to change from Broken Matt to Classic Matt to… Big Money Matt? Matt emerges as V1, but PNP go after him all the same!
PNP plunge Matt down again and Matt stops fighting. But DAMASCUS returns! He yanks PNP back into the pool! “DELETE!” Hardy roars and watches Ortiz flounder in the water. Ortiz drags himself up with the Saver of Life, and Hardy goes after him! Hardy bounces Ortiz off a table, rains down hammering hands, and then sees Santana returning. Santana runs in, but Hardy back drops him onto Ortiz and through the table! That table is BROKEN~! Hardy brings Ortiz to the bell, and rings it! Ortiz spasms from the sound ringing in his ears. Hardy as the Chair of Wheels and gives Ortiz a seat. Hardy uses the Tape of Ducts to confine Ortiz! Take one of these RIGHTS and call Dr. Damascus in the morning.
Santana hits Hardy with the wet floor sign, but Hardy hits Santana with a trash barrel! Hardy ROCKS Santana while Ortiz does his best to wheel after them. Santana clubs Hardy back and aims for the ice chest! Santana crucifix lifts and runs, but Hardy slips free and tackles Santana into the chest! Hardy makes sure Santana takes some time to chill, and locks him inside the ice chest! Meanwhile, Hager goes hunting for Hangman. Big Hurt finds the horse patiently waiting for its master, so he knows Hangman is close. Hager goes to the lobby where Hangman is chilling with a drink. Hager saddles up to the bar as Hangman pours himself another. Did Hager come here to fight? Or to drink? Both! The brawl is on at the bar!
Hager knees low over and over, then throws Hager over the pool table! Hangman grabs a pool cue to JAM and SMASH Hager with it. But Hager just stands up!? Hager knees low again, then throws Hangman at the bar! Hangman flips off it and baits Hager back to the pool table. Hager hammers the table but misses Hangman, and Hangman BOOTS Hager! Hangman leaps but into Hager’s arms! Hager URENAGES Hangman on the pool table! That’s a bit more than a scratch. Hager hammers Hangman’s back then hauls him up to dump him on the bar. And if you’ve ever seen a cowboy movie, Hager slides Hangman along the bar! The crowd loses their minds as Hager gut wrench POWERBOMBS Hangman through a table! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives but Hager won’t let up. Omega returns and he helps his tag team partner!
Omega SMASHES a bottle on Hager’s head, but Hager is still standing! But Hangman gives him a double! Then Omega gives Hager a triple! Hangman gives Hager a bit of the BUBBLY! Hager is punch drunk and staggers into a V-TRIGGER! Omega is Hangman’s boost for the BUCK SHOT! Hager ends up over the bar, so Hangman gives Omega his “usual.” A tall glass of milk! Cheers for the AEW World Tag Team Champions! Back to the field, Matt throws Sammy into the ladder! Then into barriers! Sammy elbows back! Sammy moonsaults, Matt dodges, but Sammy blocks the superkick! But Matt blocks Sammy’s superkick, to spin him and waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! But Sammy lands on his feet! They run out of the end zone, for a Northern Lights! The Polar Express begins out of the end zone!
Nick bumps Jericho and puts his face into the mist fan! Jericho elbows back and throws Nick over the bench! Jericho has the down marker and JAVELINS Nick with it! “That’ll move the chains.” Speaking of moving, Matt has continued to suplex Sammy all the way to the 50 yard line! And he isn’t stopping! Jericho has a megaphone and shouts at Nick to stay home. Nick kicks the megaphone out of Jericho’s hand, and then SMASHES him with it! Nick throws footballs at Jericho! One ball gets Jericho in the balls! Nick then brings Jericho to the jaguar head, but Jericho throws Nick in there instead! So Jackson Deville steps up?! Jericho gives him the JUDAS EFFECT! “I hate mascots!” Matt is suplexing Sammy to the other end zone?! Jericho is again the Wicked Witch of Winnipeg, but he gets SUPERKICK’D into the field goal net! It’s GOOD!
Nick bumps Jericho off the wall, and then another wall. Jericho JAMS Nick with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Cover, TWO!! Jericho argues with the ref, and throws down a challenge flag?! Jericho wants to see it on replay so the ref goes with him. Wait, he can’t go inside the replay area! They argue as we watch the footage. Two is two, the call stands! Jericho says Aubrey is a shi*ty ref. Matt suplexes Sammy once more, for a Northern Lights TOUCHDOWN! And he SPIKES the Spanish God! Matt shows off his touchdown dance but is called for excessive celebration and unsportsman-like conduct. Matt gives him a SUPERKICK! Jericho keeps clubbing Nick with the bat and then throws him onto another table. Jericho wants to finish Nick off but Matt clobbers him!
Matt uses the bat to choke Jericho! Matt puts Jericho on the table and Nick goes to the bleachers. Jericho is turning blue! Nick goes all the way up, then runs all the way down, to LEAP and SPLASH through Jericho and the table! Hangman returns with a line marker, and runs it right over Jericho. Sammy crawls his way out of the end zone, and ends up on top of a sprinkler! It sprays Sammy away, and then in the face! Sammy realizes he’s all alone, but thinks he’s the last man standing. “I won! I did it!” Sorry, Sammy, but you didn’t. Because here comes the GOLF CART! Sammy runs another 40 yard dash and then leaps into the stands! Omega and Hardy park the cart and pursue from different directions. Sammy throws chairs at Hangman and the Bucks but he can’t stop them now!
Omega is hot on Sammy’s tail but Sammy BOOTS him away. Hardy is next and Sammy goes after him. Sammy chokes Hardy, but wait. This drone that’s coming in? Vanguard is reborn as NEO 1! It distracts Sammy for the V-TRIGGER! Omega drags Sammy up into the Electric Chair, SUPER ONE-WINGED ANGEL THROUGH BOXES BELOW!! Cover, The Elite wins!!
Winner: The Elite, by pinfall
The most INSANE One-Winged Angel in history brings victory for Omega, Hardy, Hangman and the Bucks! And of course, the Gatorade bath tops it off! Has The Elite finally reunited thanks to this? Have they finally put an end to the Inner Circle?
What a wild and incredible night! The Buy-In match was a bit sloppy at parts, but I’ve said for AEW Dark that Private Party just needs to work on ring rust. Their style is so fast that it’s hard even for them to do things smoothly with all the time off. But in the end, Best Friends wins because they’ve been the team going strongest longest, and have already had interactions with Omega during this time. Seeing Best Friends take on Omega & Hangman will be a great story for the next phase of the year. The Casino Ladder Match was wild but scary. I really thought Darby hurt himself there, but I don’t think anyone was injured. Brian Cage coming to AEW is huge! And in the context of Taz trying to get Darby to join up, Taz now working with Cage is a rather interesting twist. Cage winning big right out of the gates is itself big, and this is going to be another pretty wild development for AEW’s next phase.
MJF VS Jungle Boy was above my expectations, and both guys are the future of wrestling overall, not just AEW. The Poison-Rana to the apron was definitely risky, though. I was surprised MJF won, which shows how good they made JB look tonight. At this point, JB and MJF should have a third match at some point, and that is when JB not only gets one over on MJF, but MJF finally loses a singles match. The TNT Championship match was really good, but I’m surprised they gave this to Cody. I suppose after everything Jake the Snake and Archer have done, this was their comeuppance, but something about it seemed like it should’ve still been Archer’s to win. That and how Arn and Jake didn’t fight and Tyson didn’t get to deck anyone kinda disappoints, but now the story can be about Cody desperately trying to keep this title. And apparently the belt really is unfinished, so maybe even that plays into the story.
Ford and Statlander have a solid match, and I’m sure Britt would’ve had just as good of a match. Statlander winning surely means she’s moving up for another title match. Speaking of, I loved the No Holds Barred match for Nyla and Shida. They has more to work with than the Moxley VS Hager No Holds Barred match just on props so that helped out. I may have doubted it before, but it’s great for Shida to win. This really freshens things up for the Women’s Division, and at some point, I’m sure we’re going to get Shida VS Britt to finally have that story play out. Dustin VS Spears was an okay match but a very hilarious one. Spears gets embarrassed repeatedly and Dustin wins, so I’m hoping this isn’t the end of things. Maybe Spears finally gets a tag team partner and they both go after Dustin and QT Marshall, The Natural Nightmares.
Moxley VS Brodie for the world title was really good, but no surprise that Moxley retains. That crash through the ramp was a surprise, though! The match was a big credit for Brodie’s toughness and it is quite the shift for Moxley to win with a submission, not his Paradigm Shift/Death Rider. Moxley and Cage does make for an interesting rivalry, but I feel like the contender chip being for a future title shot, not an immediate one, could mean Cage and Taz “discuss” when they want after Moxley. This shouldn’t be an Money in the Bank thing where it can be after a brutal match Moxley survives, but it can be something where Moxley has to survive until a certain PPV, much like how Jericho tried to keep Moxley from making it to Revolution.
Then there’s the Stadium Stampede. That was just the absolute best thing AEW has done yet. Blood & Guts was surely the original plans for a payoff, The Elite and Inner Circle did so much in TIAA Bank Field that this is a far superior move. There was just so much, especially on the story side of things. I loved the pool of reincarnation, that Hangman had a horse, that Sammy ran from the horse and the golf cart, that there was a bar brawl, that the goal post was involved, that there were football jokes like the red challenge flag and yellow penalty flag, and of course the ending. I am pleasantly surprised that The Elite won after standing tall on Dynamite, and it really makes me wonder what’s next. Blood & Guts can still involve The Elite, but I feel like a new or different Heel group needs to rise up to take them on. Or vice-versa, have the Inner Circle try to rise up and another Face group stands in their way. Either way, Inner Circle and Elite should do different things for a time after this.
My Score: 9.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/20/21)
Who will be THE tag team for The Inner Circle?
AEW celebrates Negative One’s birthday on Dynamite!
AEW celebrates the birthday of Negative One, Brodie Jr, with some BIG tag team matches! And after teaming with them in an 8 Man Tag, will Hangman finally #JoinDarkOrder?
- 8 Man Tag: Hangman Page & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2; Hangman & The Dark Order win.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon; Cody wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Nick Comoroto; Moxley wins.
- Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty; Hardy Party wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor; Ford wins.
- The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF; Y2MJF wins and becomes the official tag division representatives of The Inner Circle.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Dark Order is here!
It’s a huge birthday bash for Negative One, Brodie Lee Junior! The cake is there, the candles are lit, and fans cheer on, “Happy Birthday!” John Silver says tonight is a very special night and fans cheer in agreement. Firstly, the Dark Order is going to get a new recruit in “a handsome cowboy,” Hangman Page! But second of all, it’s someone’s birthday~! Just looking t this cake is making #JohnnyHungy! But let’s all sing a Happy Birthday to Brodie Junior! A one, a two, a skiddily diddily doo! Happy Birthday to You~! But then Luther and Serpentico crash the party! They don’t care about birthdays! AEW is becoming a DAYCARE CENTER!
Luther tells “Punky Brewster,” if he wants to come out on AEW Dark and talk smack on him and how he looks stupid with the ball on his head…! Fans chant “You Look Stupid!” Well first, Luther’s face is perfectly symmetrical! And second, Negative One has all these halfwits in masks and with their jagged teeth, THEY look stupid! Chaos Project does not like kids, and does not like them! They’re going to RUIN Brodie’s birthday! The Dark Order fires back with fists! But Jack Evans and Angelico hurry out to reinforce their tag partners! Here comes Hangman! Hangman LEAPS off the stage and onto everyone! The Dark Order cheers, but is Hangman really joining up with them?
8 Man Tag: Hangman & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2!
The bell rings and Silver stalks Angelico in the ring. Alex Reynolds joins in, they double whip and flapjack EUROUPPER! Cover, but Evans breaks it in time! Silver throws forearms on Evans and hits him so hard, Evans flies out of the ring! But Angelico DECKS Silver, then tags in Luther. They mug Silver, Luther reels Silver in for a butterfly suplex! Cover, ONE! Luther tags Serpentico in, and he is the SNAKEMAN weapon, scoop slam senton! Serpentico staggers up, tags Evans, and then Luther uses Evans as a weapon for another scoop slam senton! Tag to Angelico, and Angelico holds Silver there, for Luther to BULLDOG SPLASH Angelico onto him! Cover, TWO!
Angelico drags Silver up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Serpentico in. Serpentico throws hands on Silver, snapmares and KICKS him! Fans rally as Serpentico fish hooks Silver into a chinlock. Silver endures, the ref reprimands the hooks but Silver fights up to throw body shots. Serpentico throws haymakers back and then has Silver in a corner. Serpentico whips corner to corner and Silver hits buckles. Serpentico runs in but Silver FLAPJACKS him to buckles! Serpentico fixes his head but runs into a BOOT! Tag to Hangman! Hangman rallies on Chaos Project and TH2 with forearms and BOOTS! SPINEBUSTER for Evans!
Fans fire up with Hangman as he runs at Angelico to corner clothesline! Then one for Serpentico, one for Evans, then back to Serpentico. Serpentico SUPERKICKS, but he leaps into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Cover, but TH2 breaks it! Now a brawl breaks out again! The Dark Order throws TH2 out, Silver whips Reynolds in at Serpentico but Serpentico tosses him out! Silver runs in, but Serpentico puts him on the apron. Colt Cabana runs in but Serpentico avoids the Flying Apple. Cabana goes up, Hangman ROLLING ELBOWS Serpentico into Cabana’s FLYING ELBOW! Cabana sees Angelico getting in, and suckers him into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM!
Hangman kips up and PLANCHAS but Evans moves! Evans is on the apron, but Hangman avoids his spinning kick! Silver is on the apron now and CANNONBALLS into Evans, to then EuroUpper Angelico against railing! Silver runs at Chaos Project but they dodge, only for Reynolds to FLY in! Direct hit, and the Dark Order set things up for Hangman, SUPER MOONSAULT! Fans are thunderous as Hangman drags Serpentico up and into the ring. Hangman tags Cabana in, Cabana scoop slams Serpentico, and then the Good, the Bad and the Hungy combine in a HUGE backpack SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Cabana keeps his focus.
Tag to Reynolds, Cabana goes up and the Beaver Boys hoist Serpentico up. Luther gets in and shoves Cabana down! Serpentico shoves Reynolds into Silver, roll through, SUPERKICK and basement DDT! Evans springboards in with the 450 SPLASH! Cover but Hangman breaks it in time! Evans throws Hangman out, then slingshots after him, into a POWEBOMB onto Angelico in the crowd! Luther drags Cabana up the ramp and to the stage! Oh no, the cake is unguarded! Wait, Negative One runs over and SMACKS Luther with the kendo stick! Luther glares at him, but then Cabana FLAPJACKS Luther onto the cake!
Back in the ring, Reynolds whips Serpentico into the corner, Silver ENZIGURIS, then they unleash the Beaver Boy Blitz! Forearm, enziguri, STUNNER, and Hangman adds the BUCK SHOT to the GERMAN! Bridging and jackknife, Hangman and the Dark Order win!
Winners: Hangman Page & The Dark Order, by pinfall
Luther is furious in the frosting as the Good, the Bad, the Hungy and the BOOM BOOM take the win! And to add on, Negative One says Serpentico tried to ruin the birthday. But that’s not how it works. KENDO STICK SMACK! “My birthday was three days ago, you idiots!” And he throws papers at Chaos Project! But Silver grabs a mic to address business. Hangman is so good and amazing! But also, he’s really handsome and has nice hair. Now, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Will Hangman #JoinDarkOrder? Silver is even on bended knee! Hangman’s answer is…? “I can’t.”
Wait what? No, stop the confetti! He said no! He said no! The Dark Order didn’t hear that until it’s pointed out by Hangman. As fun as all this has been, he tried saying this before but he was put in a tough spot. Hangman’s done the faction thing before, and it didn’t really work out for him. He’s sorry, but he has to decline. The Dark Order doesn’t understand, and now the good mood has been deflated. Will the Dark Order figure out how to get Hangman to change his mind? Or will they have to move on from this rejection and find someone else?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho and MJF!
Ahead of the Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge, Alex Marvez wants their thoughts. Please stop, your breath is worse than a rat orgy inside a running microwave. But MJF wants to be honest with Jericho. The last thing he wants to see is this match breaking up the Inner Circle. Isn’t Jericho a little worried about that? Jericho is NOT worried. Tonight will be something that brings the group together and stronger than ever before. It is a promise, a pact, a gentlemen’s agreement of sexy hooligans to decide which combination moves forward to go after the AEW World Tag Team Championships!
No matter what happens, they have a deal that they will move on as a unit. Santana & Ortiz VS Sammy & Hager VS Jericho & MJF! And guess who wins tonight, Marvez! Jericho? Exactly, you stupid idiot! MJF agrees with Jericho, this will make the Inner Circle stronger. They are Christopher and Maxwell, they are better than you and you know it, because they are the next AEW World Tag Team Champions! But will that be the case when this is their first outing as a tag team?
AEW returns to Tony Schiavone in the ring!
“It was one week ago in this ring that Darby Allin retained the TNT Championship in a sensational win over Brian Cage of Team Taz!” We also saw Sting show up to help Darby out against Team Taz, too! Sting wants to say something, perhaps congratulate Darby, so here is… STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow, and the icon! And now, the TNT Champion, Darby Allin! The Relentless Face of TNT makes his way out with belt in hand. He joins Schiavone and Sting in the ring and fans cheer. Schiavone hands the mic to Sting and Sting says, “First of all, I want to say that there’s something that reminds me about me in you, and I kinda like it.” Darby is a great wrestler, and Sting wants to be the first to publicly congratulate him as being our TNT Champion.
Second, Sting wants everyone to understand that he wasn’t here to interrupt last week. He just wanted to keep things fair as Darby defended his title. But from somewhere, Taz is on the mic and he’s telling Sting to shut up! Team Taz is on the titantron and Taz says “fair fight, my ass!” Sting had a baseball bat, he storms out during the TNT title match, and he attacks Ricky Starks! Darby, during that match, had his leather belt and tried to hogtie Cage’s legs like he’s some piece of cattle! They fight dirty! They fight street style! Team Taz are “gentlemen.” Taz grew up in the streets, do your homework! These men are street fighters!
Starks speaks and says if we’re talking about street fighters, here’s the thing! Sting and Darby couldn’t see them in the streets! The deal is, Team Taz should take this to the streets! If Darby and Sting want to get nasty, they want to get hardcore, then the ball’s in their court! What you got?! Darby looks to Sting and Sting says something to Darby. Darby takes the mic and says if Team Taz wants to take this to the streets, “be careful what you wish for, because it just might happen.” Will Taz and team regret trying to intimidate these two fearless fighters?
The Elite is having a meeting, but the Young Bucks aren’t part of it?
Alex Marvez tells Matt & Nick Jackson about it, which is weird because this is Kenny Omega’s place. First that eBay collector guy and now this? Well fine, Marvez, come with them to the meeting. The Bucks walks in through the backdoor and Michael Nakazawa is being the greeter? Nakazawa escorts the Bucks into the dining room then into the den. What in the world? Omega has an oil painting of himself and Don Callis as muscular men in denim jeans, and only denim jeans. Omega is one thing but Callis is nowhere NEAR that ripped. Yikes.
But Callis enters first, and says that is a gift for Omega’s birthday. But his birthday’s in October. Well it’s never too early or too late to shop for the God of Pro-Wrestling! Have they not gotten anything for him yet? What kind of friends are you? Just kidding. Oh right, just like how last week, he punked them out on national television with that bait ‘n’ switch! Callis says that it was a choice from production, he meant to tell them but he apologizes for that. Where is Omega? Well Omega is unavailable for today’s meeting. At his own house? Omega is very busy. Too busy to talk to his friends?
Well what number do they have in their phones? Callis had Omega change numbers a couple weeks ago, there are a lot of fans, marks, and “old friends” coming out of the woodwork, blowing up the phone. They didn’t get the memo? Well they don’t need it, they can always come by, he and Omega are always happy to see them. But it’s good that they’re all here so we can clear the air. These three are the ones who love Omega the most, after all. Callis is family, and the Bucks are… old friends. So let’s chat. Marvez, why are you here? Nakazawa, please escort Marvez to the dungeon. What? Not a real dungeon, just the training room Omega uses. And take the cameraman. Not the camera, though, Callis won’t let him shoot any more of Omega’s house. Off to the dungeon with them.
And now they have privacy! The Bucks are good, right? How long have they known Omega? 12 years. Wow, 12 years, a tremendous investment. They need to recognize that. But everyone’s very busy, no time to spend like they used to, so Callis has something he is sure they’ll like. Is he writing them a check? Callis says this will compensate them for their investment in the friendship. They’re just trying to keep contact with the “old crew” to a minimum. Wow, see, this would be a good amount, except the Bucks made that much just last week. Oh, right, the merch! Well here, Callis will add in some. Is this a bribe? No…!
THE AUDACITY to think you can buyout a 12 year FRIENDSHIP…! Callis wasn’t on those 14 hour bus rides in Tokyo! He wasn’t there for the missed birthdays and anniversaries! Where was “Uncle Creepy” Callis? Callis says he was always there. Sorry it’s gone this way, but if you want to talk facts, the Bucks were great friends to Omega, but now they just hold him back! Oh really?! Yes, the hanger-on from the old neighborhood types. Omega is too nice but Callis isn’t.
Y’know, speaking of where this money is coming from, the Bucks used to work at that company Callis is VP of. And so they know these checks are no good. They rip up the checks and Callis accuses them of being bloodsuckers! Oh THEY are the bloodsuckers?! Callis is manipulating Omega! They’re backing Callis up and scaring him a bit, and the camera gets shut off. What is going to happen to The Elite with Callis hanging around?
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon!
Does the American Nightmare match up with the requirements for the Pageant Provocation? Perhaps, but will Avalon consider giving Cody a pass? Will Avalon’s young win streak be ended his first night back on Dynamite?
The bell rings and Avalon rushes at Cody, but into a dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!! Cody would cover, but JADE CARGILL walks out on stage! She is keeping her distance, but Cody isn’t so sure. Avalon runs in and LOW BLOWS Cody during the distraction! Jade likes that and decides to leave now. Avalon kicks at Cody’s legs, stalks Cody around the ring and chop blocks him down! Avalon trips Cody up, stomps him down, and then drags Cody up to throw haymakers! Avalon CHOPS Cody, then CHPOS him again! Cody gets made and CHOPS back! Cody shows haymaker but Avalon protects his face. So Cody drops for the Rhodes Uppercut!
Cody goes to a corner, climbs up, but Avalon hits him first! Avalon throws hands, climbs up, and clubs away. Avalon brings Cody up for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as both men writhe and a standing count begins! Cody goes to the apron and Avalon pursues as fans rally behind him. Avalon hobbles after Cody and kicks a leg, but Cody throws Avalon into the railing! Cody throws haymakers, but hobbles into a throat chop! Avalon CHOPS Cody then puts him in the ring. Cody gets Avalon’s leg but Avalon clubs him. Avalon suplexes and covers, ONE! Avalon stomps Cody then clubs him more. Cody shoves Avalon and double clotheslines collide!
Another standing count begins as both men are down. Fans rally up and duel, Cody drags Avalon up but Avalon rakes the eyes! AEW goes to picture in picture as Avalon puts Cody in a corner.
Avalon CHOPS Cody again, CLUBS him, then stomps the leg. Avalon CLAWS Cody on the back, but Cody CLAWS Avalon on the front! Avalon stomps Cody down, then drops a knee! Avalon has the leg and yanks on it, then stomps and heel hooks it! Cody endures but Avalon turns him over for a Half Crab! Avalon pulls hard but Cody fights his way to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Avalon lets off at 3, and Cody trips Avalon up! Cody gets the leg now, but Avalon kicks him away! Cody staggers, Avalon CHOPS him, then wraps the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Cody elbows Avalon away, then gets to the apron. Avalon is after Cody with a stretch against the ropes!
Avalon lets Cody go to club him again, but Cody ROCKS him with forearms! Cody slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Avalon CLOBBERS Cody with a clothesline! Avalon looms over Cody, drags him up, and scoops him for a slam! Avalon rains down rights, then scrapes his soles off Cody’s face! Avalon sits Cody up to KICK him, then drops more knees! AEW returns to single picture as Avalon climbs. Avalon MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Cody moves! Fans fire up and Cody throws forearms. Avalon headlocks, Cody powers out and tries to hurdle but his leg can’t get him up! Cody and Avalon collide, then Avalon throws Cody out hard! Avalon runs and DIVES, and Cody ends up in the crowd!
Avalon drags Cody back into the ring, drags him up by his weight belt, and blows a kiss. Avalon runs, into a CUTTER! Cody fires up and fans fire up with him as he whips Avalon, then follows to rally with forearms and lariats! Cody whips, Avalon reverses but Cody goes up and over to SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cody slaps himself to get back in this, and off comes the weight belt! Free souvenir! Avalon staggers, Cody trips him up and steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Avalon endures, turns things over and puts the pressure onto Cody! Cody turns it back over and Avalon feels the pain, but then Avalon SLAPS Cody! That was a mistake and Cody shows slap, but Avalon taps out just to avoid it!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission
Cody holds on to make Avalon pay for it, but lets him go soon enough. Cargill’s presence almost cost Cody, but the Prince of Pro-Wrestling managed to fight through the pain. Will Cody have to be more careful from now on?
Tully Blanchard knows the rankings just came out. They are NUMBER ONE and that is where they need to be. But now, they need the belts. Those are the bragging rights! But then in barges Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy says he’s sick of this. If FTR is the best- Cash Wheeler says they ARE the best. JB gets heated, but he says the FTR might be the best. Being in there taught JB something about himself. It showed him that he could beat either one of them. FTR laughs at that and Dax Harwood says he shouldn’t be fooled by the “salt ‘n’ pepper.” Dax isn’t some fly-by-night wrassler JB plays with in the ring. Dax will fight him next week, 1v1. He doesn’t need Cash and Tully to win, either.
Oh is that so? Let Dax finish. Then let them all be ringside, but Luchasaurus will make sure no one gets involved. JB and Dax shake on it, but will this really be a gentlemen’s agreement with Tully lurking?
Jon Moxley VS ???
The Maniac is back in action tonight, determined to fight his way back to the AEW World Championship and his revenge on Kenny Omega! Will Moxley show that there’s no stopping him, only delaying the inevitable?
AEW returns and Moxley’s opponent turns out to be the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball, Nick Comoroto! A big opponent for his first match back, but Moxley doesn’t back down from a fight! The bell rings, Comoroto shoves but Moxley headbutts him! Moxley fires off forearms and stomps Comoroto in the corner! Then CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again! And again! Moxley whips corner to corner, Comoroto reverses but Moxley dodges in the corner to clothesline! Moxley keeps moving, but leaps into Comoroto’s arms and a POWERSLAM! Comoroto drags Moxley up to elbow him to a corner, then stomps him in return! Comoroto digs his knee in but lets up at 4.
Comoroto whips Moxley corner to corner, then hits a big back elbow! Comoroto scoops Moxley for a BACKBREAKER! Moxley sits up but Comoroto drags him up for another BACKBREAKER, and makes it a bend across his knee! Moxley endures, pries the fingers and bends them back! Comoroto lets go to clutch his hand, and Moxley BITES Comoroto’s forehead! Comoroto knees low, scoops Moxley but Moxley slips out to throw forearms! Comoroto throws them back but Moxley knees then runs, but into an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Moxley goes to a corner. Comoroto runs corner to corner, but only gets buckles!
Moxley and Comoroto are both down but fans rally up! Moxley is up first, and KICKS away on Comoroto’s chest! Again and again, then he reels Comoroto in for a suplex. Comoroto is too big, he shoves Moxley away but Moxley gets around to waistlock, shove and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Moxley runs, but Comoroto withstands the lariat! Comoroto fireman’s carries but Moxley slips around to SLEEPER HOLD! Comoroto falls, he is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The big man gave Moxley a big fight, but Moxley wouldn’t have it any other way! Moxley gets the mic and points to the fans before saying, “Now, anything can happen on Wednesdays on AEW Dynamite. And things are getting crazy~ around here, I can’t keep track of everything.” Moxley can’t tell who is in Bullet Club, The Elite, who’s from Impact or whatever, but that doesn’t matter. Omega thought he would bring his frat brothers to AEW and they’d watch his back. “Kenny, all’s you did was make it more fun. All you did was make it more interesting. More bodies, bigger brawls, more blood, more violence. More necks to break, more limbs to snap, I love this!”
The bigger the mountain, the sweeter it is at the top! Moxley will climb back up because you can bring the whole city of Nashville to Jacksonville, you can bring up whoever from Mexico or Japan, it remains the same. “All roads in professional wrestling lead through ME!!” Has Moxley just declared war not only on The Cleaner, but all the promotions willing to play ball with AEW?
Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston and The Fam.
For the first time ever, next week on Dynamite, Kingston will face Lance Archer 1v1 in the ring. How does he prepare for someone like Archer, or anyone he’s never faced before? Kingston doesn’t prepare, he just fights. And Kingston has been having a really hard time lately. PAC beat Kingston but Kingston is moving on to Archer. Kingston has to move on. But then Archer comes in, and Jake the Snake barely keeps him back! Archer says Pac beat Kingston, but Archer will end him! Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, a very simple concept. Kingston says he can go on with his poetry, but Archer says all Kingston ever does is shout. If Kingston wants to shut Archer up, do it in the ring! Kingston says it’s 1v1! Then he tells Jake to keep his boy under control.
Jake says Kingston’s one to talk, with his little baby chicken shit family. If Kingston wants to do something, do it face to face without his little butt kissers ringside! Deal! A true 1v1 match is coming, will the Mad King be able to stand after facing the Murderhawk Monster?
AEW returns as Kenny Omega arrives.
Alex Marvez is there waiting and asks Omega about his thoughts on what we saw at the beach. Omega wasn’t at the beach, so no comment. Well, AEW Media was with The Young Bucks and Don Callis at Omega’s house. They were at his house? Is nothing sacred? Get out of his way! Omega finds Callis in the locker room and shows off his new outfit. Whoa, what happened to Callis? Oh, the glasses? No, what’s under the glasses. Callis says Omega shouldn’t get upset, Callis had a “little accident” earlier. It’s not as bad as it looks. Who did that? No, it’s not about- Ow, don’t touch. Callis says this is not what he wants for Omega, Omega can’t lose focus right now.
Omega keeps asking but Callis says it’s fine. Nick & Matt- Uh oh. Omega can’t believe the Bucks did this. Marvez asks if Callis is saying the Bucks did that to him. What is he doing in here? Go away! Is there no privacy here? Omega still wants answers on what happened! We know that the camera went off, but did the Bucks really assault Callis?
Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty!
One of the best high flyers ever teams up with the coldest tag team in the game for an incredible combination! But manager “Big Money” Matt teams with his guys in Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy! Will Hardy and Private Party make their partnership worth their one-sided deal?
The trios sort out and Dante Martin starts against Quen. They circle, and Dante offers a handshake. Hardy doesn’t want Quen to take it but Quen says it’s fine, and they shake hands. Quen and Dante circle, tie up, and Quen arm-drags Dante but Dante arm-drags back. Quen blocks the hip toss to knee low and cartwheel, but Dante slips free to run and roll off the back, then dropkick Quen down! Darius gets in as Kassidy does and dropkicks him down! Hardy rushes in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Top Flight as Dante tags Sydal in. They focus on Quen with double CHOPS, and then a whip. Sydal and Top Flight pull off a TRIPLE HURDLE, then a pass to a WINDMILL KICK!
Dante gets a boost from Darius, they rebound off ropes and Dante flips Darius onto Sydal! Darius flips back but he’s not legal, Sydal has to cover. So Sydal adds a STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Quen hurries away and Hardy tells him to get serious here. Quen takes off his jacket and throws it at Sydal! Quen then fires off on Sydal, and tags in Kassidy. Kassidy sucker punches Top Flight then mugs Sydal with Quen! Private Party double forearm, kick and run, but Top Flight gets in and slides with Sydal to TRIPLE ROLLING TAKEDOWN, into a TRIPLE CRAB! Hardy is furious but the ref counts and Top Flight lets off their parts. Hardy gets in and DECKS Sydal!
Kassidy runs at Sydal at the ropes but Sydal pops him up! Kassidy holds ropes, tags Quen, and then headscissors Sydal into Quen’s ROUNDHOUSE! Springboard SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Quen clubs away on Sydal, then stomps him down! Quen brings Sydal up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Kassidy. Private Party mugs Sydal as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hardy sneaks in a shot before Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, but Sydal CHOPS back Kassidy kicks low, pushes Sydal down and stomps him in the corner! Tag to Hardy, Kassidy digs his boots in, then Hardy does the same. The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, then RAMS into Sydal! And again! And again! Hardy brings Sydal up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him on the buckles! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Sydal and ROCKS him with a right! Hardy whips, and catches Sydal to a sleeper! Sydal flails, reaches, but Hardy keeps him from the corner. Sydal fights up with body shots and breaks free with a jawbreaker! Hardy still grabs Sydal to drag him back to the corner.
Tag to Quen, Hardy Party mugs Sydal, and Quen bumps Sydal off buckles. Quen stomps Sydal then drags him up in a facelock. Sydal fights his way towards his corner but Quen pushes him back the other way. Tag to Kassidy and Private Party mugs Sydal more. Kassidy drags Sydal up and rams elbows into him! Tag to Quen, Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, then is the step stool for Quen to launch into a splash! Quen is the step now, Kassidy runs in, PARTY in Motion! Hardy tags in and clotheslines Sydal down! Hardy taunts Sydal and slaps him around, but Sydal KICKS back! And CHOPS! AEW returns to single picture as Sydal CHOPS Hardy more!
Hardy pokes Sydal in the eye! Then tags in Kassidy, and they mug Sydal more. Kassidy snapmares Sydal and wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Sydal endures, but Kassidy keeps Sydal away from ropes. Kassidy grinds Sydal down but Sydal fights up. Kassidy shifts to a facelock then tags in Quen. Private Party double suplex Sydal, but Sydal slips out! Sydal DECKS Hardy, and DOUBLE RANAS Private Party! Hot tag to Darius! Darius DECKS Kassidy, uppercuts Quen, goes up and over and sends Kassidy into Quen, then comes back to ENZIGURI Quen down! Darius waistlocks Kassidy, Kassidy standing switches but Darius elbows out!
Darius runs, gets around Kassidy and whips him into a STANDIN GSPANISH FLY! Hardy kicks low but no Twist! Dante ROCKS Hardy and dumps him out! Darius builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Hardy hard into railing! Darius goes back to the ring to tag in Dante, but Kassidy kicks back. Kassidy whips Darius but Darius reverses! Quen is there for Kassidy to roll back on, Silly String catches Darius but Dante is there to dropkick Quen down! Kassidy is caught for a LEAP FROG ATTACK! O’Conner roll and bridge, TWO!! Dante keeps his cool, drags Kassidy up, and he tags in Darius.
Top Flight mugs Kassidy, back suplex but Kassidy lands on his feet. Dante has Kassidy but Kassidy turns waistlock into wheelbarrow that sends Dante into Darius! Tag to Hardy, and Hardy grabs Dante. Dante fights out of Side Effect, but Darius wings into the SIDE EFFECT! Sydal tags in and goes up, Dante walks into a SIDE EFFECT! Sydal leaps but into a SIDE EFFECT!! Hardy has all three down to triple cover, TWO!! Tag to Quen and Quen boots Sydal! Quen says he sees the third eye and does a dance to PELE Sydal right in it! Cover, TWO! Quen drags Sydal up but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES! Tag to Dante, and Top Flight blasts Hardy Party!
Top Flight whip Sydal in at Quen for a big back elbow! Darius runs in to clothesline, then they put Quen up for Dante to FLIPPING DRAGON RANA! Cover, Hardy Party breaks it in time! Darius DECKS Hardy, Sydal throws Kassidy out and Top Flight focuses on Quen. They put Quen up top, climb up together, but Hardy shoves Darius down hard! The ref and Hardy argue, Kassidy has a chair and he JAMS Dante in the ribs! Dante is down, Quen and Kassidy realize what they’ve done, and like it! Quen hits a SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Hardy Party wins!
Winners: Hardy Party, by pinfall
Quen and Kassidy are buying into Big Money Matt’s “by any means necessary” policy! After all, they are #1 contenders to the Impact World Tag Team Championships. Darius and Sydal get in their face about it, though, and Hardy gives the nod. Private Party beats down Darius and Sydal! They hammer away on Sydal and drive knees into Darius, and then feed Darius to a TWIST OF FATE! Sydal gets a TWIST OF FATE, too! Will this new edge be what makes Private Party into champions?
MJF and Wardlow check with The Inner Circle.
MJF tells the cameraman to keep his distance before he and Wardlow walk in. “Oh, the bearer of bad news~!” Ortiz takes a guess: MJF wants the rest of them to be ringside when he and Jericho go after the tag titles, right? No, no, but MJF does get the hostility. Take it from him, if it were up to him, he isn’t so sure this match would be happening. Surely they all feel the same way. But, Chris is the leader, and as such, what he says goes. Sammy Guevara says if he had things his way, a lot of this wouldn’t be happening.
Hager and the others keep Sammy back but MJF says they’ve been doing this for months. MJF loves Hager, Santana and Ortiz, and even Sammy. They’re family, and they have to be family in order to succeed. Now, MJF respects Sammy because Sammy isn’t afraid to speak his mind. But can Sammy just understand that MJF isn’t some sociopath. MJF wants what’s best for the group, and so do they. So let’s all just go out there, have this match, and settle it. Everyone else fist bumps with MJF, but not Sammy. They’re not there yet. That’s fine. MJF says he’ll see them all out there, but is Sammy onto something?
Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor!
#LEGIT is back in action, and up against the Superbad Bride-to-be! Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy, can only watch from the crowd as his best friend is forced to be the BUTLER to the Best Man and the Superbad super couple. The suffering of “Charles” aside, will Ford at least be in a good mood with a win?
The bell rings, Ford and Hirsch circle, tie up, and go around. They break, and Hirsch smirks as she and Ford circle again. They tie up, Hirsch gets a waistlock but Ford switches. Hirsch hooks a leg to bring Ford down and then drags Ford around by it to get a waistlock. They roll around and Hirsch holds on tight to then float to a facelock. Ford gets up, Hirsch gets around for another takedown, lateral press, TWO! Ford facelocks but Hirsch wrenches out, only for Ford to headlock. Hirsch powers Ford to ropes, the ref calls for a break, and Hirsch honors it. But Ford kicks her leg out! Ford reels Hirsch into another headlock but Hirsch powers out, only for Ford to run her over!
But Hirsch kips up! Ford pie faces Hirsch out of annoyance, then runs, but Hirsch bypasses, drops, but Kip makes butler Charles trip Hirsch up! Ford handsprings but into an ARMBAR!! Ford scrambles, reaches, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Hirsch lets go at 4 and then glares at Kip. Kip is making short jokes but is running away, too, and Ford BOOTS Hirsch down! Ford drags Hirsch up to throw her into railing! Kip mockingly reels in the big fish as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford drags Hirsch up to RAM her into apron! Ford puts Hirsch in, drags her up and fisherman’s for the suplex! Ford drags Hirsch back up, whips her hard into a corner, and then fires off forearms! Ford whips Hirsch the other way, then handsprings in to back elbow! Wait, Hirsch got Ford first with forearms! Hirsch leaps over and comes back but Ford sends her into buckles! Ford runs side to side to KNEE Hirsch down! Ford rains down furious fists, drags Hirsch back up, then WRINGS her into buckles! Ford stands on Hirsch in the corner but the ref counts. Ford lets off at 4, Hirsch gets to the apron, but runs in to go up and over and drop knees on Hirsch on the apron!
Ford soaks up the heat before going back into the ring. Hirsch kicks back from the mat but Ford CLUBS her down, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Ford is covering Hirsch, TWO! Fans fire up for Hirsch but Ford drags her by a leg. Hirsch kicks Ford away but Ford rolls her to her feet to CLUB her on the back! Hirsch just gets mad and ROCKS Ford with a forearm! Ford forearms back but Hirsch fires off! Hirsch runs, blocks the leg lariat and makes Ford to the splits, to then KNEE Ford down! And DEAD LIFT GERMANS! Ford flounders to a corner, Hirsch runs in corner to corner, METEORA, to a SWINGING DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives but Hirsch keeps her focus, and Cassidy likes(?) what he sees.
Hirsch climbs, but Ford trips her up! Ford runs and handsprings, but the ax kick misses! Hirsch CLOBBERS Ford, drags her to a drop zone, then runs in, up the corner, and LEAPS ONTO KIP AND CHUCK! Fans fire up as Hirsch eliminates the distracts, but then Ford BOOTS her on the return! Cover, and Kip keeps Hirsch’s leg down!! Ford wins!!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
Miro tells “Charles” to get in the ring so we can all get an update. Miro tells “Charles” that he could be mean, but he’s not because he’s a nice guy. But Miro needs Charles to let go of the past so he can reach a bright future. Stand up straight. So Charles needs to look at Cassidy and tell him that MIRO is his best friend now! Chuck doesn’t want to but Miro tells him he has to. Cassidy stands up and Chuck takes the mic. Miro and Kip make sure he looks at Cassidy as he says it. “Miro is my best friend now.” Kip hugs Chuck and Miro gives a big thumbs up, and Cassidy walks away. Will Chuckie T be able to make it to Beach Break without breaking?
Something’s happening backstage!
The Good Brothers are attacking one of the Lucha Brothers! Karl Anderson stomps Penta El Zero M, then Doc Gallows drags him up to throw into the garage door! Omega comes over now, he and the Good Brothers mug Penta, and choke him using a power cord!! Omega takes off one of his fancy boots and JAMS the point into Penta’s eyes! “That’s what the Biz Clizz does!” But will they pay for going after Penta without Fenix and Pac around?
AEW has a lot planned for next week!
Not only will Eddie Kingston take on Lance Archer without any of their cohorts ringside, and not only will Dax Harwood take on Jungle Boy with all their teammates ringside, but Cody Rhodes will finally respond to comments made by Shaq! Plus, the Dark Order will try to move on from Hangman Page’s rejection in another 8 Man Tag, but against The Elite! Will the Young Bucks and Good Brothers be able to get along like back in the day? Or will the issues with Kenny Omega allow Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds and John Silver to cash in big on both the AEW AND Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions?
Plus, some news for AEW Beach Break!
With AEW Revolution only a month away, there will be a Tag Team Battle Royal to name the Young Bucks’ challengers! Which duo will be the last ones standing to take on Matt & Nick Jackson? Will the Inner Circle’s representative be in that battle royal? And speaking of Beach Break, the main event was going to be Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Death Triangle, but after what the “Biz Clizz” did to Penta, Pac and Fenix will be teaming with JON MOXLEY!! Will Moxley get a semblance of revenge on The Cleaner in just two weeks?
It is still in the works, but AEW is going to put together a WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Eliminator Tournament! Talent from both America and Japan are going to compete in a SIXTEEN PARTICIPANT bracket! Who will prove themselves worthy of taking on the Full Metal Warrior, Hikaru Shida?
The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF!
Santana and Ortiz thought they were going to be THE team in the faction from day one. The Spanish God accused Le Champion of being a #TagTeamSlut! But will all of the issues be put aside when the dust clears?
In this style of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active but anyone can tag off one of the opponents. They sort out and MJF starts with Sammy. Sammy gets in MJF’s face but MJF says this is just in good competition. MJF circles with Sammy, but MJF “realizes” Jericho probably wants to tie up with Sammy so he tags out. Jericho and Sammy circle as the former Le Sex Gods, and they tie up. Jericho puts Sammy in the corner, shows haymaker, but lets off with a handshake. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Jericho wrenches, wristlocks, but Sammy flips through and wrenches back. Jericho SLAPS Sammy so Sammy ROCKS and CHOPS Jericho!
Sammy whips, hurdles, and flips over Jericho to dropkick Jericho down! Sammy kips up and clotheslines Jericho out! Fans fire up as Sammy aims and slingshots, just to flip back in and do a spin. Sammy poses and Jericho nods some respect for that. Jericho gets in, he and Sammy approach but Jericho kicks low and CHOPS hard! And CHOPS! Jericho whips, Sammy dodges, and Sammy catches the dropkick to catapult Jericho into Hager’s haymaker! Sammy rolls Jericho up, TWO!! Sammy keeps on Jericho with a facelock, but Jericho ROCKS him back! Jericho tags to Santana but Hager tags in.
Hager rushes Santana but Santana shove shim, only to get run over. Things speed up, Santana kicks the legs out and dropkicks Hager down! Tag to Ortiz, PNP double whip Hager but Jericho tags back in. PNP double wrench to a double back suplex, but Jericho gets in to boot Ortiz! Jericho ROCKS Ortiz, whips but Ortiz gets around to shove Jericho to ropes. Santana tags in, Ortiz holds onto Jericho and Santana slingshots up and over. O’Conner roll to a crossbody! Ortiz sentons, Santana moonsaults! MJF protests but Santana covers, TWO!! Jericho survives and Santana seethes as AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana throws hands and CHOPS on Jericho, then whips him to ropes. Jericho stops himself to tag out to Sammy! Sammy and Santana tie up, Santana headlocks but Sammy powers out. Ortiz tags in, Santana spins Sammy and gets the assisted Shiranui, PNP combine for a REVERSE DDT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Ortiz drags Sammy up and whips him to ropes to then calf kick him down! Cover, TWO! Ortiz grows annoyed but he drags Sammy up to wrench and tie him up, Russian Leg Sweep to a modified half crab! Tag to Santana and Santana SLAPS Sammy on the head! Ortiz lets Sammy go, Sammy CHOPS Santana, but then Santana CHOPS Sammy off his feet!
Santana drags Sammy up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Santana looms over Sammy, drags him up, and suplexes again, holding him up this time! Santana walks over and Jericho tags in to get the hand-off. Jericho keeps Sammy up for a few more counts before slamming him down! Jericho revels in the cheers and then brings Sammy back up. Jericho CHOPS Sammy to a corner, throws haymakers, and AEW returns to single picture as Jericho CHOPS again!
Jericho whips Sammy, Sammy reverses and sends Jericho to ropes, only for Jericho to snap suplex back! Jericho has the cocky cover, ONE! Fans rally and Sammy CHOPS back on Jericho! Sammy whips, Jericho reverses and sends Sammy to the corner, but Sammy sends the bulldog into PNP’s corner! Jericho flops down and MJF reaches out! That’s the first time this whole match. Hot tags to MJF and Hager! MJF gets CLOBBERED! Hager blasts PNP, dodges MJF and DECKS Jericho to then corner clothesline MJF and reel him in for a POWERSLAM! Hager fires up and fans fire up with him! Hager tags in Sammy, Sammy springboards for a SUPER CUTTER!
But Ortiz tags in off MJF, only for Sammy to CLOBBER him! Sammy clotheslines Jericho out, too! Sammy slingshots to SHOOTING STAR but Jericho dodges! Sammy SUPERKICKS Jericho down! Sammy hurries back in, builds speed, but Santana gets in to waistlock! Ortiz runs back in and ENZIGURIS Sammy into Santana’s BOOT! PNP build speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! They take out Jericho and Hager out on opposite ends! Fans are thunderous as Sammy FLIES and takes down MJF! Sammy hurries back in, Ortiz runs at him but Sammy jumps over, to then BELLY2BELLY! Sammy goes up, Santana KICKS him down!
Santana and Ortiz climb the corner, Sammy fights them both off and shoves Santana down. MJF gets in and Electric Chairs Sammy! Sammy POISON-RANAS MJF first! Sammy goes after Ortiz up top, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz survives and no one can believe it! Jericho hurries in with Floyd the Baseball Bat, but Hager intercepts with a BOOT! MJF gets his diamond ring from Wardlow, but Hager is there! Hager DECKS MJF!! Santana kicks but Hager blocks, Ortiz and Santana DOUBLE ENZIGURI Hager, only for Hager to come back with DOUBLE LARIATS! Sammy STANDING SHOOTING STARS onto Ortiz, but MJF breaks it!
MJF whips Ortiz to the corner, Jericho tags in off Ortiz, and then MJF whips Sammy. Sammy reverses, leaps up, but into a POWERBOMB! LIONSAULT from Jericho!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and fans are thunderous again! Y2MJF drag Sammy up, whip him but Ortiz tags back in before the DOUBLE FLAPJACK! PNP give Y2MJF double basement dropkicks! And then they bring Jericho up for TU LO SABES! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Ortiz argues with the ref, only to turn around into a CODE BREAKER! Jericho manages the cover, TWO!!! Ortiz survives and fans are electric!
Jericho drags Ortiz up, tags MJF, and they throw hands on Ortiz. Y2MJF double whip, and double- Ortiz DOUBLE DDT’s back! Hager tags in to whip MJF hard into buckles! HAGER BOMB! Sammy tags in off it, Hager keeps on Jericho, Sammy hits the SUPER SWANTON!! Cover, Ortiz breaks it!! Hager throws Ortiz out, Jericho shoves Hager out, but Sammy KNEES Jericho! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Sammy KNEES MJF, SUPERKICKS Santana, then torture racks MJF and RAMS him into Wardlow! But MJF uses that to roll Sammy up, WITH TRUNKS! Y2MJF win!!
Winners: Chris Jericho & MJF, by pinfall (officially becomes THE tag team in the Inner Circle)
Say it ain’t so! MJF said this would be all in good sportsmanship but that was the exact opposite! And AEW has to wrap up for the night, what will be the fallout of this frantic finish!?
What a great episode! We got a great start with the birthday celebration for Brodie Jr. and the 8 Man Tag. Hangman’s rejection being a surprise to the Dark Order was great, with the prepared celebration now being for nothing. This will be an interesting twist to their story, especially with that huge 8 Man announced for next week. Also, Negative One Brodie got to have some more fun, getting on the case of the Dark Order henchmen and smacking Serpentico with a kendo stick. We got a lot of good set up for next week, the go-home to Beach Break. Dax VS JB with everyone ringside and Kingston VS Archer with no one ringside will both be good steps in progressing story, and both could probably go either way.
Cody VS Avalon going from squash to an actually strong match was a great twist, and all while plugging the story of Jade and Shaq VS the Nightmare Family. I have a feeling that Cody’s response to Shaq will set up something for AEW Revolution as Beach Break is too soon and anything else would be just too long to wait for. Sting and Darby didn’t get much of a segment since Team Taz interrupts, but I like the idea that Sting’s first bit of action back will likely be a Street Fight/No Holds Barred situation, which perhaps helps with the fact that he hasn’t wrestled in years and being loose and freeform with it will actually hide that he’s rusty.
Hardy Party VS Top Flight & Sydal was a really good match, with a lot of great character work from Quen and Kassidy. They did become Impact Tag Team Championship contenders on the newest episode of Impact, but now they’re turning from the fun loving Faces into the dastardly Heels Hardy wants them to be. This could get them over the hump here in AEW, but who knows how it’ll turn out on Impact. They won’t win the titles, though, Gallows & Anderson are just too good, and there’s a lot for them to still do in the overall Omega story, where being the tag champions might help give a bit more weight to what happens.
Moxley VS Comoroto was very good, especially for Comoroto’s first showing on Dynamite. The story with Omega and the rest of Bullet Club/Elite was great stuff, especially Callis’ part with the Bucks. It really seems to work with how, between AEW and Impact, this new Cleaner Omega is getting a big ego and is basically going Hollywood without going to Hollywood. The 8 Man Tag next week is going to be really good just on character points as the Bucks and Good Brothers have been friends just as long, if not longer, than with Omega, but are taking sides on this issue. Then the beat down on who I’m pretty sure was fake Penta works to get Moxley into the story, and the Beach Break main event is going to be great stuff.
Ford VS Hirsch was good but mostly used as the vehicle to Miro’s story with Chuck Taylor and Best Friends. Chuck was being forced to cheat on their behalf, and obviously didn’t mean what he said about him and Miro being friends. This just furthers the idea that Trent will return at Beach Break where he and Cassidy ruin the Superbad wedding and then Chuck is free of the butler duties so he can get revenge on Miro, too. I really like the news of the AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament to not just parallel the men’s tournament from late 2020, but also to finally get AEW’s Women’s Division going. Plus, it strengthens the bond with Stardom as many of the women who went between the two promotions are already reacting on social media and will surely be part of the tournament.
Then the main event, the Triple Threat Tag, for not actually being that long of a match, was a spectacular match. The build up all night was really good, and MJF sure did make it seem like Jericho was to blame for the whole thing. Probably hints at MJF trying to usurp the role as leader in the Inner Circle from him. Commentary did a great job pointing out that MJF was letting everyone else wrestle for the first part of the match, and then he ended up not having much of a choice in the second half. It really did feel like any one of the teams could’ve taken this, but in the end it was still Y2MJF winning because of MJF’s craftiness. I’m wondering if participate in Beach Break’s tag team battle royal since MJF has history of winning the Dynamite Diamond Ring battle royals.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)
Dark has CERO! MIEDO!
The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!
Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?
- Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
- Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
- Shanna VS Marti Daniels; Shanna wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; Gunn Club wins.
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; Proud ‘n’ Powerful win.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Private Party wins.
- Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; Swole wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; Kiss wins.
- Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch; Top Flight wins.
- Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez; Ivelisse & Diamante win.
- The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; The Acclaimed wins.
- Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; The Lucha Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!
The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!
Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.
Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.
Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!
Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!
Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?
Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!
The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?
The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!
Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.
Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!
Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!
Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?
Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!
While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!
Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.
Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!
Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!
Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?
Shanna VS Marti Daniels!
So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Shanna pushes Marti but Marti pushes Shanna away. Shanna ducks the boot, dropkicks a leg out and then runs to blindside elbow! Roll into the ghost pin, TWO! Shanna clubs away on Marti, then snapmares her to a running elbow drop! And then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps cool and brings Marti up with chicken wings, but Marti breaks free to pull Shanna’s hair. The ref reprimands, Marti whips Shanna and BOOTS her down! Marti stomps Shanna, soaks up the heat from the fans, then drags Shanna up to whip again. Marti elbows Shanna down hard and taunts the booing fans.
Fans rally for Shanna as Marti brings her up and tosses her by her hair! Marti stomps Shanna around, Shanna gets to the ropes and Marti drags her up. Marti talks trash but Shanna fires back with elbows and forearms! Shanna kicks, Marti blocks but Shanna enziguris! Marti ends up in a corner, fans fire up and Shanna runs in to elbow! Shanna keeps going, forearm smash! Shanna runs for a SUPER FOREARM! Marti rushes in, but Shanna slips around for a STUNNER! Shanna powers up, runs and hits a basement dropkick at the ropes! She drags Marti up with chicken wings, for the TIGER SUPLEX!
The bridging cover falls apart so Shanna drags Marti up again, for ANOTHER TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna continues to build her power level in the AEW Women’s Division! But will she be able to go Super Shanna and become a contender to the championship?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!
Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?
The teams sort out, Blade starts with Verna and they tie up. They go around, Blade puts Verna in a corner but they go around on the ropes. Verna puts Blade in the corner, Blade turns it around and the ref counts. Blade and Verna let off at 4, and then stare down before tying up again. Blade headlocks, wrenches, hammerlocks, and slaps Verna around, to the delight of Bunny Allie. Verna elbows out, runs and runs Blade over! Verna runs, Blade drops then hurdles but Verna leaps over to go up and huricanrana! Verna is on Blade at the ropes, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Verna CHOPS Blade again, whips him to ropes, but Blade reverses.
Verna ducks and dodges to leap, into a POWERBOMB! Baron tags in and stares Blade down. Blade tags Butcher and Butcher circles with Baron. They approach, Baron slips around, headlocks, but Butcher powers out. Butcher blocks a whip and reverses it, but Baron hurdles over to waistlock. Butcher bucks the roll-up, Baron gets around to uppercut and CHOP and spinning CHOP! Butcher reels Baron in for a BACKBREAKER! Butcher snap suplexes Baron away from the corner, tags in Blade, and Blade chokes Baron on the ropes! The ref counts but Blade lets off at 4. Bunny Allie talks trash and chokes Baron herself!
Blade throws hands on Baron in the corner, digs his knees in, but stops as the ref counts. Tag to Butcher, Butcher CHOPS Baron, CHOPS him again, and bumps Baron off buckles. Butcher stomps Baron, brings Baron up to dig into the ropes, then whips him into the corner. Tag to Blade, they mug Baron, double wrench and double CHOP him down! Blade drags Baron up, fans rally as Blade whips, but Baron rolls up off the kitchen sink, TWO! HALF CRAB! Butcher gets in but the ref stops him, Bunny CLAWS Baron’s face! Blade ROCKS Baron in the corner, bumps him off buckles and tags in Butcher. Butcher throws hands on Baron, stomps him, then ROCKS him with a right of his own!
Butcher hauls Baron up, tags in Blade, and then atomic drop to Blade’s NECKBREAKER! Blade kicks Baron around, kicks him out of the ring, and argues with the ref. Bunny rains down fists on Baron, then gets away with her obnoxious laugh. Butcher puts Baron in for Blade and Blade drags Baron up. Tag to Butcher, they double suplex but Baron fights out! Baron elbows Blade, BOOTS Butcher, then ducks the double clothesline to tag in Verna! Verna rallies with forearms and CHOPS! Verna kicks Butcher but he blocks, only to enziguri! SPINNING POWERSLAM for Blade! Verna says hey yo to Bunny then runs in to forearm Butcher at the corner!
Verna climbs up, leaps and missile dropkicks Butcher away! Verna kicks Blade, DECKS Butcher, then fireman’s carries Blade! Bunny distracts, Blade rakes Verna’s eyes and shoves him to a corner. Butcher clotheslines, Blade CHOPS, then a feed to the BODY CHECK! Baron gets in but he gets the back suplex choke slam combo! Blade and Butcher drag Verna up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Verna was on the chopping block and got cut down! Will the Mad King’s knights conquer the AEW Tag Division soon enough?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!
AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?
The trios sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts with Morales. Billy and Morales circle, tie up, and Billy barely budges as Morales tries his hardest. Billy shoves Morales away, Morales tags in Priest, and Priest ties up with Billy. Billy shoves Priest away with ease, but Ryzin tags in. Ryzin flexes and circles with Billy, to kick low and throw haymakers! Ryzin has BIlly in a corner, punches the headband off, but Billy reverses the rip to then scoop and sidewalk slam! Fans rally while Ryzin writhes, and Billy drags Ryzin up to tag Austin in. Austin tags Colten in, Billy whips Ryzin for Austin to body shot and Colten to dropkick! Colten covers, TWO!
Colten keeps on Ryzin’s arm, drags him over and tags in Austin. The Gunn brothers hand off, wrench but Ryzin powers out. Austin dodges the clothesline but not the SUPERKICK! Ryzin tags in Morales, things speed up, Austin hurdles but Morales shoves. Austin comes back to dodge and trip Morales up! Then the THROWBACK! Fans are fired up and Austin brings Morales up for haymakers. Austin hip tosses but Morales flips through to kick low! Morales runs, Priest tags in, Morales slips out of the back drop and Priest CLOBBERS Austin! Priest stomps Austin into the ocrner, tags in Ryzin, and they mug Austin with more stomps.
Ryzin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Ryzin lets off. Ryzin KICKS Austin then tags in Morales. They mug Austin, Morales drags Austin up to whip him to a corner, and hits a HIGH Bronco Buster! Morales snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Morales drags Austin up, wrenches the arm and drags him over to tag in Ryzin. Ryzin throws haymakers, then taunts the Gunns with “SUCK IT!” But Austin boots back! AUstin fights back in enemy territory but Ryzin ROCKS him with a right! Ryzin brings Austin out but Austin suplexes Ryzin first! Hot tags to Colten and Morales! Colten rallies with big rights, Priest runs in to get some rights, too!
Colten hits a corner splash on Priest, then a corner splash on Morales! Tilt-o-whirl SLAM for Priest, and a running POWRESLAM for Morales! Cover, Ryzin breaks it! Billy goes after Ryzin and clotheslines him out! The brothers coordinate, double hip, back drop to neckbreaker! The 3:10 to Yuma! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
And the Gunn Club keeps on rolling! Will they be aiming for titles in the new year?
Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight!
Much like Sammy Guevara earlier tonight, Santana and Ortiz want to be THE tag team within the Inner Circle! Will they finally get to do what they came to AEW to do? Or will this tune-up turn into a speed bump to that journey?
The teams sort out and Limelight starts with Santana. Limelight fires off on Santana but Santana gets around for a waistlock and HARD slam! Santana drags Limelight up but Limelight arm-drags then dropkicks him! Limelight kips up, kicks away on Santana at the ropes, then runs. Santana drops, gets around and shotgun boots Limelight down! Santana puts Limelight in the corner, tags in Ortiz, then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cruz leaps in but into a SUPERKICK! PNP fire off hands on Cruz, then coordinate for a wheelbarrow cutter! Cruz flounders out and Ortiz focuses on Limelight.
Ortiz brings Limelight around, up, Santana tags in, and Ortiz POWERBOMBS to swing Limelight into the PENALTY KICK! High stack, PNP wins!!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall
Santana and Ortiz put this one away fast! That is definitely a message sent to their Inner Circle brothers that they need to bring even better than their A Game’s to Dynamite! Will it be as it was always meant to be for Santana and Ortiz? Will they finally be the ones hunting down the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
“Pretty” Peter Avalon is here!
#PPAAllDay goes to the ring with a mic to say, “Oh, AEW, it’s time for me to grace you all with my presence, and baby, you’re welcome.” Avalon gives his proper introductions as the biggest man in pro-wrestling, the most handsome man in AEW, and the premier attraction on AEW Dark. For those who already know him, you know he’s on a winning streak, beating the most handsome men in wrestling. But it is time to take things to the next level. There are career defining matches and moments, and it is time Avalon had one of those! Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation presents: The Walk Off.
Lee Johnson is a handsome young man and Avalon was checking him out. Avalon gave Johnson an 8 x 10, which Johnson accepted. That meant Johnson also accepted his challenge for “The Walk Off.” But what is The Walk Off? Here are the rules! There will be three “pretty” judges as each man is allowed one outfit. They will each take 10 steps forward, a pose, and then a turn to walk back. Anyone can win at wrestling, but it takes a REAL MAN to win such a cosmetic contest! Avalon tells Johnson that next week on Dark, he will prove to “each and every one of these goofs” that it is #PPAAllDay. Who wins the inaugural AEW Walk Off?
Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy vented about how this new money hungry Hardy is hogging a lot of their revenue. Hardy says his cut won’t matter when the checks get bigger and bigger. But will Big Shotty and The Extra Talented ruin the fun and earn that winner’s purse instead?
The teams sort out and Quen starts against Solow. They circle, tie up, Solow gets the arm but Quen floats over to get a facelock. Solow wrenches out to a wristlock, Quen rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Solow powers out, Quen runs him over, and Quen fakes out Solow’s drop down for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR to his back! Fans cheer and Quen takes a bow. Hardy tells Quen to keep on Solow and Quen runs in, but Solow elbows Quen away! Hardy trips Solow while the ref is busy with Quen, and Quen knows it. Quen lets it slide, he wants to shake Solow’s hand and Solow takes it, to get the headlock! Quen powers out but Solow dropkicks him down!
Solow drags Quen up, tags Johnson, and they double whip Quen for double elbows! Cover, ONE, and Quen tags in Kassidy. Johnson hurdles but Kassidy headscissors! Johnson bails out, Kassidy builds speed, but Hardy is too close. Kassidy has Hardy give them space but Hardy says he needs to take care of business. Hardy throws off his suit jacket in frustration as Kassidy gets a dropkick from Johnson! Hardy and Private Party argue a bit, he wants to see his boys get fired up! “By any means necessary!” Kassidy gets in, kicks Johnson and throws forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy wrenches, elbow breakers but Johnson headlocks. Kassidy throws body shots, powers out and Quen tags in.
Kassidy ducks the clothesline, Quen atomic drops and Kassidy throws Johnson down! Kassidy runs and DECKS Solow while Quen catapults Johnson into the corner! Kassidy comes back, Quen is the step for the PARTY in Motion! Quen dropkicks Solow out and Hardy is liking what he’s seeing! Quen drops knees on Johnson, fans rally up and Quen CHOPS Johnson down! Tag to Kassidy, Quen scoops Johnson for the slam, but Hardy wants Kassidy to finish this. Kassidy ditches the slingshot but his elbow drop still misses! Johnson back drops Quen and hits BLUE THUNDER BOMB on Kassidy! Hardy is frustrated as Solow tags in.
Solow brings Kassidy up for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Kassidy up and Hardy says this is embarrassing! Kassidy powers his way towards the corner, throws body shots, then slips out to jawbreaker! Quen tags in, they double whip Solow, and use a unique leap frog to trip Solow up for the dropkick! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps on Solow with stomp after stomp, then brings Solow up to whip. Solow kicks the back drop away, tags in Johnson, and they coordinate for a back suplex neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool as he drags Quen up and fans rally. Solow tags back in, he and Johnson double suplex but Quen fights out and DOUBLE RANAS!
Tag to Kassidy, Kassidy rallies with big clotheslines on Solow! Kassidy back kicks Solow to the corner, whips him corner to corner but Solow reverses, only for Kassidy to triangle STUNNER Johnson off the apron! Solow runs in but into a boot! Kassidy runs but Solow gets a waistlock. Kassidy standing switches, Quen tags in before the O’Conner roll, but Solow slips out. Kassidy hip tosses Solow down, Quen springboards to SPLASH! Cover, but Johnson breaks it! Kassidy dropkicks Johnson down but might’ve hurt his own leg. Quen drags Solow up, scoops, but Solow slips off. O’Conner roll, TWO!
Hardy ROCKS Solow as the ref is busy with Quen! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party drags Solow up, DOUBLE ENZIGURI SANDWICH! Cover, Private Party wins!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
Quen and Kassidy win to get that winner’s paycheck, but Kassidy is clutching his leg! Did doing things Hardy’s way cost Private Party more than they know?
Big Swole VS Alex Gracia!
The championship chase is never done, and Big Swole still stands as #1 contender! But will the dream of gold be ruined by the Pink Dream?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Swole circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Swole wrenches to a wristlock. Gracia rolls, wrenches back, but Swole slips around to a hammerlock then headlock. Gracia pries free, wrenches to get her own headlock and she grinds on the hold. Swole powers out, follows then runs Gracia over! Swole keeps moving, Gracia drops but swings only to miss. Swole then shoves and clobbers Gracia with an elbow! Gracia goes to the apron, Swole drags her up, but Gracia throws a forearm back! Gracia throws more forearms, gets in and drop toeholds Swole to ropes! Gracia runs, 619! Cover, ONE!!
Gracia keeps on Swole and clamps onto the arm to then throw it down. Gracia stands on the arm, and drops a leg on it! Gracia gets the other arm and drops an elbow on it! Gracia wristlocks but fans rally up as Swole fights back. Swole whips, Gracia reverses but Swole goes up and over and rolls. Swole runs back in but only gets buckles! Gracia hits a back elbow, then runs in to KICK Swole down! Cover, TWO! Gracia drags Swole up, Swole throws body shots and forearms! Swole goes to run, Gracia reels her in but Swole elbows away! Swole denies the neckbreaker to BOOT Gracia down!
Fans fire up with Swole as she aims at Gracia, and Swole rallies with big shoulders and cross chops! Swole fires off forearms, Gracia ducks a kick, jumps the sweep, but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole reels Gracia in, ripcords and takes her DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
Swole may be balancing her style with technique, but all she needed was one swift strike! Will Swole be poised for a title match with Hikaru Shida soon enough?
Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton!
The Concrete Rose once again rolls solo with the Bad Boy still out after what Kenny Omega did to him. Will Kiss be able to stay strong without Joey Janela?
The bell rings and Kiss circles with Clayton. They tie up, Kiss waistlocks but Clayton pries at the hold. Kiss hooks a leg, trips Clayton up and floats to a facelock. Clayton powers up and tosses Kiss to a corner! Clayton runs in, Kiss goes up and over, and then Kiss ROUNDHOUSES Clayton! Kiss runs corner to corner and handsprings but Clayton dodges. Clayton runs back in into an ax kick, and then Kiss RANAS him to ropes! Kiss hurries up to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up with Kiss and Kiss runs, but into Clayton’s LARIAT! Clayton checks his face, drags Kiss back up with a facelock and suplexes. Clayton holds Kiss up for a count of 10 before SLAMMING him down!
Clayton runs for a LEAPING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Clayton keeps cool and wraps Kiss up with a chinlock. Kiss breaks free to ROCK Clayton, then counter punch! Kiss dodges to ROCK Clayton with a forearm! Clayton and Kiss go to opposite corners, they run at each other and Kiss slides under to then dropkick Clayton to the corner! Kiss runs in to ENZIGURI! Clayton staggers, Kiss whips but Clayton reverses. Kiss tumbles to the apron, ROUNDHOUSES again and Clayton is down! Kiss steps up and slingshots to SPLIT LEG DROP! Fans fire up, Kiss dodges Clayton and ROLLING ELBOWS! Kiss spins to mule kick, front kick and LEAPING COMPLETE SHOTS!
Kiss goes to a corner, takes aim and FLYING SPLIT LEG DROPS! Cover, Kiss wins!
Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall
The aggression was turned up to 11 for Kiss! Will this be the spark he needs to get up and after some gold?
Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch!
Darius & Dante Martin are the coldest tag team in the game but are also getting pretty hot in the AEW Tag Division. Will they keep that ice in their veins and continue to blaze a trail against The Truly Blessed and the Best of the West?
Teams sort out and Darius starts with Kirsch. They circle, Navarro talks some smack, but Darius ties up with Kirsch. Kirsch headlocks, Darius powers out but Kirsch gets around to headlock again. Darius rolls Kirsch off the headlock but Kirsch runs him over! Things speed up, Kirsch blocks Darius’ hip toss but Darius blocks one in return. Darius slips around to arm-drag Kirsch away, then he wrenches the arm and tags in Dante. The brothers hand-off, Darius decks Navarro and Dante wrings Kirsch out for Darius to basement dropkick! Navarro gets in, kicks both brothers then runs, but into double CHOPS!
Top Flight feeds Navarro to a spin around and ankle pick, roll through with the arm, and double KICKS! Kirsch kicks Top Flight back, drags Dante up but Dante gets away! Navarro tags in but Dante arm-drags him down! Navarro headscissors, Dante pops out, things speed up and Navarro rolls off Dante’s back to CHOP him! Navarro fires up and whips but Dante reverses. Dante hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks, only to miss! Navarro smirks and pats Dante on the head, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT SHOTGUN! Dante drags Navarro up but Navarro SAIDOS out hard! Navarro is furious, he throws forearms and tags in Kirsch.
Kirsch rams into Dante, talks trash, but Dante shoves him away to ROCK him! Dante DECKS Navarro, boots Kirsch, then hops up, but Navarro shoves Dante off into Kirsch’s atomic drop! Kirsch trips Dante, drops an elbow and then digs forearms into Dante’s face to talk some trash. Kirsch CLUBS Dante, whips him to the corner, then runs in to clothesline! Kirsch reels Dante into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Dante fights back but Kirsch CLUBS him! Navarro tags in, he and Kirsch mug Dante, then Navarro chokes Dante on the ropes! The ref counts, Navarro lets off, but Kirsch hotshots Dante down! Navarro drags Dante into a roll up, TWO!
Navarro drags Dante back up, has the leg and flips Dante but Dante lands on his feet! Darius tags in, Dante holds off Navarro’s powerbomb and Darius CROSSBODIES! Darius DECKS Kirsch, BOOTS Navarro, then jumps up, over, handsprings and whips to STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Kirsch breaks it in time! Kirsch whips Darius but Darius throws him out! Dante hurries over, and goes off the corner to MOONSAULT Kirsch down! Darius has Navarro, tilt-o-whirl and roll to the rolling cradle! Top Flight wins!
Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall
If you blinked, you probably missed it, so it’s a good thing it’s on YouTube! Will Top Flight be at the top of the division in the blink of an eye?
Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez!
La Sicaria & The Cuban Diamond are back in the ring together again, still looking to show everyone why they’re worthy of the AEW Women’s Tag Cup medals! Will Tesha and the Queenpin pay the price of disagreeing with that?
The teams sort out and Diamante starts with Price. They talk some trash as they circle, then they tie up and Diamante gets around to CLUB Price. Price comes back to throw forearms then whip, but Diamante blocks the hip toss. Price knees low, flips up and around but Diamante blocks the arm-drag. Price kicks from below, gets the arm-drag then arm-drags again. Diamante ends up in the corner, Price tags Perez and they double snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Perez hip tosses Diamante and basement dropkicks, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Perez stakls Diamante but misses the dropkick this time! Diamante gets the legs, catapults Perez into buckles and Ivelisse tags in.
Ivelisse KICKS Perez in the back, dragon sleepers for the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse thrashes Perez around, the ref reprimands and Ivelisse lets off. Ivelisse brings Perez up to club her and snap suplex! Ivelisse rolls back into the guillotine! Perez endures, fights her way up but Ivelisse wrangles her back down. Perez pushes to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse kicks Perez and then DECKS her! Ivelisse bumps Perez off buckles, tags Diamante then CHOPS Perez! Diamante runs in to clothesline, Ivelisse RAMS in, and Diamante ROCKS Perez with a forearm! Diamante snapmares Perez, chinlocks with the armlock, but fans rally up for Perez.
Perez fights up, throws elbows but Diamante CLUBS her! Diamante fires off forearms, Perez back kicks and runs, to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Both women are down and fans rally up. Diamante and Perez crawl, hot tags to Ivelisse and Price! Price rallies with forearms and uppercuts, and she sees Diamante coming to DECK her! Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ivelisse at the corner! Ivelisse staggers, Price runs to BULLDOG her down! Cover, TWO! Price keeps on Ivelisse but Ivelisse headbutts low! Ivelisse shoves Price to the corner but Price elbows Diamante down to then dropkick Ivelisse!
Price tags in Perez, they bring Ivelisse around but Ivelisse fights out of the suplex. Price enziguris, Perez hits a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, but Diamante breaks it! Diamante throws Price out and goes after her with haymakers, Ivelises rolls and ENZIGURIS Perez down! Cover, Ivelisse & Diamante win!
Winners: Ivelisse & Diamante, by pinfall
And the Women’s Tag Cup winners keep on winning! Will this prove they’re deserving of more gold in the Women’s Division?
The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol!
Platinum Max Caster and the 5 Tool Player, Anthony Bowens, are back again! “We gonna pour the water on Fuego. He only wear a mask cuz he couldn’t draw a peso. Standing on my payload, you still three feet! My last rap got me heat, but they can’t see me! Shawn Dean comin’ back but it’s just a repeat. You could call me daddy, you’re about to be beat, yo! Your only talent is gettin’ no dough, you’d get voted off of the Go Big Show, real quick. REAL quick.” Will the Acclaimed go big or go home after firing up The Captain and the Fire of the Sun?
The teams sort out and Caster starts with Fuego. They circle, tie up, and Caster wrenches to a wristlock. Fuego uses the ropes to flip through, wristlocks back but Caster wrenches to knee low! Bowens cheers but the fans boo as Caster suplexes. Fuego knees free but Caster shoves him away from the DDT! Caster wants Fuego to cool off, and Dean tags in. Caster and the Captain circle, approach, and Caster BOOTS Dean in the face! Caster headlocks, Dean powers out but Caster runs him over. Caster blows a kiss, scuffs Dean, then things speed up. Dean hurdles, leaps, but Caster catches him! Dean slips off the scoop, O’Conner roll, TWO!
Dean ends up on the apron but he slingshots in to roll Caster! Dean can’t hold the cover but Caster is still stuck upside-down for a second. Caster hurries to his feet, Dean gets around his haymaker, and then Dean rams his shoulder low into Caster’s stomach. Dean goes up, boots Caster away, then leaps for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up as Dean watches Caster get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE but Dean is back on Caster. Dean reaches to tag Fuego but Caster rakes eyes and jawbreakers! Caster brings Dean around to whip but Dean reverses. Bowens tags in, Caster sunset flips but Dean stays up, to get the NECKBREAKER TO KNEES! Bowens covers, TWO!
Bowens drags Dean away to throw forearms, then CHOPS Dean in the corner! And CHOPS again! And again! Bowens tags Caster, The Acclaimed double back suplex but Dean lands on his feet! Dean dodges and The Acclaimed collide, tag to Fuego! Fuego springboards to double missile dropkick! Fuego hits a back body block on Bowens, tilt-o-whirls Caster into Bowens and The Acclaimed go down! Fuego cravats Caster, uses Bowens for the boost to SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO! Caster survives but Fuego stays fired up! Fuego runs and tilt-o-whirls but the DDT is blocked to a BRAIN BUSTER!
Tag to Bowens, Caster BOOTS Dean down and Bowens brings Fuego up. The Acclaimed coordinate, SIDE EFFECT and MACHO ELBOW! Bowens covers off Critically Acclaimed, The Acclaimed wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
Dropping bars and racking up wins, Caster and Bowens are still running hot! Will they find their way back to a tag team championship match as the new year rolls on?
Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project!
Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo still have a score to settle with Eddie Kingston & The Fam, but they’ll settle for the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN. Will two-thirds of Death Triangle stay sharp at the expense of Luther and Serpentico?
The teams sort out and Penta starts with Luther. Fans rally as the two circle and stare down. Luther tries poking at Penta’s third eye, but Penta tells him to listen. CERO! MIEDO! Serpentico gets in but Fenix jumps in, too! The ref tries to keep this from turning into a brawl, and Serpentico and Fenix both back off. Penta mule kicks Luther and headlocks but Luther powers out and BOOTS! Luther whips Penta to the corner, runs in to fire off haymakers, then whips Penta out, only for Penta to reverse and send him back in! Serpentico tags in and crossbodies! Serpentico dodges Penta but Fenix tags in and jumps in ahead of Serpentico!
Fenix shoves Serpentico, Serpentico fixes his head and shoves back. Serpentico runs, wheelbarrows but Fenix blocks the arm-drag. Fenix spina around, Serpentico blocks the whip but Fenix bucks the roll up. Fenix again blocks the wheelbarrow but Serpentico pushes off the ropes to sunset flip! TWO, they both go for headlocks but both slip away and fans cheer. Fenix offers a handshake, but Serpentico hesitates and Fenix CHOPS! Fenix SUPERKICKS Serpentico, tags Penta and then the brothers double whip. Serpentico holds ropes and BOOTS back! Luther ROCKS Penta, Serpentico rolls Penta to basement DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Serpentico drags Penta up and tags in Luther. Serpentico snapmares and kicks Penta, then Luther stomps Penta. Luther makes Serpentico a weapon, assisted atomic leg drop! Cover, TWO! Luther argues the count but the ref lets him vent. Luther stomps Penta, drags him up and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Penta, Luther scoop slams Penta then again uses Serpentico. Serpentico lands out of the lift and stomps Penta. Luther runs and still uses Serpentico in the BULLDOG SPLASH! Luther dribbles Serpentico off of Penta! Cover, ONE!! Serpentico drags Penta and tags in Luther. Chaos Project mug Penta then Luther CLUBS Penta down.
Tag to Serpentico, Chaos Project mugs Penta then double whip him to a corner. Serpentico runs in, Penta puts him on the top rope and CHOPS. Penta mule kicks Luther then sends him into Serpentico’s trouser snake! Penta runs and SLINGBLADES Luther down! Fans fire up with Penta, he heads to the corner and tags in Fenix! Fenix slingshots and dropkicks Luther down! Fenix BOOTS Serpentico, brings him around, and Gory Especial, GORY BOMB AND LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fenix runs corner to corner but Serpentico SUPERKICKS! Penta enziguris Serpentico, Fenix tags him in, POWERBOMB and WAZZAP! Cover, but Luther breaks it!
Fenix SUPERKICKS Luther down! Penta drags Serpentico up, Fenix is up top, CERO! MIEDO! But Luther trips Fenix up! Serpentico slips out of the driver to run, roll and go up, but Penta SUPERKICKS him! Fenix runs the tightrope to KICK Luther away, then coordinates with Penta again, for the L B DRIVER!! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
Death Triangle celebrates in the ring, Penta and Fenix are rolling! Will they settle things with The Butcher & The Blade while also going for the gold?
A very good Dark, but I have to say the main event should’ve had more time to breathe. Lucha Brothers VS Chaos Project was good for being under 10 minutes but they could easily have gotten this to 15 minutes if they wanted. The Acclaimed had a great match with Dean and Fuego, and Caster had another good diss rap. I like the character bits with Luchasaurus and Cutler, and I guess Cutler’s been acting like he’s a real dragon outside of Dynamite and Dark. There’s great irony in Luchasaurus, who claims to be a real dinosaur man, calling out Cutler as a fake dragon man. Cutler’s little win streak is over but I’m sure he’ll get back on track with next week’s Dark.
Australiano is crazy doing all those spinning moves, and I really did think he and Sammy got hurt a few different times. Sammy wins, Santana and Ortiz win, they’re all going strong into the Inner Circle’s Triple Threat Tag, but I’m pretty sure they’re losing because it just feels like Jericho and MJF are taking the win. Hardy and Private Party had a good moment, but I hope Kassidy isn’t hurt there. Apparently something big happened on Impact tonight with them, so hopefully they can follow through.
And while Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson in a “Walk Off” sounds really goofy, I bet it’ll be a lot of fun, and it is at least good progression of this character for Avalon. I wonder if Johnson wins to infuriate Avalon and then we get a match between them where Johnson ends Avalon’s own win streak. Dark being as long as it is, we need story progression to keep viewer interest.
My Score: 8.1/10
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