The fuse has been lit on AEW Dynamite!
Jake the Snake may have crossed a line, but it’s on Cody Rhodes to put him in check! Will AEW Dynamite explode this close to Double or Nothing?
- Jurassic Express VS Best Friends; Best Friends win.
- Fatal 4 Way: Britt Baker VS Penelope Ford VS Hikaru Shida VS Kris Statlander; Shida wins.
- Kenny Omega & Matt Hardy VS Proud ‘n’ Powerful; Omega & Hardy win.
- MJF w/ Wardlow VS Lee Johnson; MJF wins.
- Chris Jericho VS Suge D; Jericho wins.
- Brodie Lee VS Christopher Daniels; Lee wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Lance Archer and Jake the Snake Roberts open AEW!
And Archer just attacks Shawn Dean on the way out! The Murderhawk Monster clobbers The Captain into the ring, then out of it! MJF, Shawn Spears and others cheer Archer on the left hand side of the audience while The Snake gets a mic. “I’ve been asked to make an apology about last week’s antics.” As soon as Brandi Rhodes kisses his ass, he’ll apologize. The Snake says that any time someone gets in the ring, this is No Man’s Land for anyone. This ring is their book, and Archer and Snake are the authors of every chapter. That’s just the way it is. So know this: As far as The Snake is concerned, a wife’s place is at home, cooking and cleaning, wiping baby butts, changing diapers, and occasionally, keeping her man warm. Snake’s woman comes to see him after he’s watched Lance’s work, because it gets Snake very excited.
Now to Cody Rhodes. The time is almost up. No longer can Cody run and hide behind his brother. No more excuses, it is time to pay the piper. Cody doesn’t have to worry about Dustin or Brandi. He only has to worry what Archer will do to him. Wait, what is that sound? Cody pulls up in a truck, and is furiously revving his engine. Oh, so he brought a toy this week? Cody busts in with the truck! Archer heads right for Cody and they brawl! LOW BLOW! Cody punches away on Archer’s head against the stone wall! The Gunn Club and their side of the crowd is all fired up as Cody throws off the tie and vest. But Archer clobbers Cody from behind and throws him onto the timekeeper’s table! Snake says, “Welcome to our world!” Archer runs at Cody but only gets post! Cody throws haymakers again and again, then backs off to grab a chair!
Cody puts the chair in the ring, but Archer choke grips! Archer lifts, but Cody lands on the apron! Cody avoids one sweep but not the second! Snake mocks Cody’s pain but Cody grabs Archer by his ponytails! And uses them to choke Archer! Archer elbows free but Cody has the chair! Snake gets clear and Cody throws the chair at Archer’s head! But Archer doesn’t even flinch! Archer BOOTS Cody and puts him in a corner. Archer puts Cody up top, brings him out on the inverted crucifix, but Cody escapes! Cody avoids the claw to springboard! But no cutter and Archer throws him down! Snake wants Archer to fall back for now, because they still have Double or Nothing. Cody and Archer have just raised the stakes on each other, but who will win the jackpot that is the AEW TNT Championship?
AEW profiles the Tag Team Division.
The goal has always been to give the world the best tag team wrestling ever. And over the past year, they have delivered on that promise. Private Party’s shocker over the Young Bucks, the ladder match between Young Bucks and Lucha Brothers, SoCal Uncensored becoming the inaugural AEW World Tag Team Champions, and so much more. AEW Revolution delivered again in what is quite possibly the best tag team match ever. The Elite VS The Elite, Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Young Bucks, with Omega & Page retaining the AEW World Tag Team Championships. However, the Bucks would be taken out of action when The Inner Circle went after Nick Jackson backstage, “opening the door for other tag teams to step in, and step up.” The Best Friends are one of those teams.
Just this past month, Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta have gone on a hot streak and climbed in the rankings. Their most extreme win was the No Holds Barred Tag Match against Jimmy Havoc and Kip Sabian. The Best Friends are now among the top contenders in the division. However, while The Dark Order’s Evil Uno and Stu Grayson have been MIA, the Exalted One continues to recruit new members and make their faction stronger than ever. And then, Jurassic Express makes their return. Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are undefeated in 2020 and gaining momentum as we speak. Omega and Hangman have many teams aiming for them, because there is always the goal of becoming THE best tag team in AEW. Who will step up and step to the champions at Double or Nothing?
Jurassic Express VS Best Friends!
Jungle Boy already has a match set for DoN against MJF, but perhaps he and Luchasaurus can still make their way up the rankings. Their return was victorious on the newest episode of AEW Dark, but will their streak end against the Kentucky Gentleman and #JustTrent?
Teams sort out and Chuckie T starts against JB. They go around as the crowd goes wild. They tie up, JB puts Chuckie on the ropes, then whips. Chuckie reverses, headlocks but JB powers out. Chuckie leaps over but JB rolls to get the headlock takeover. The crowd cheers as Chuckie gets up and puts JB on the ropes. Chuckie whips, hip tosses but JB lands on his feet to get a takedown. Chuckie drop toeholds and dead lifts JB, but JB wheelbarrows to the victory roll! TWO and Chuckie arm-drags! JB arm-drags back and the two stand off. They shake hands to show there’s still respect, and then tag out to their partners. Trent and Luchasaurus circle now, and they tie up. Luchasaurus powers Trent down, but Trent comes back for more. Luchasaurus powers Trent to a corner again, and now Trent is wary. Trent gets out of the corner and CHOPS Luchasaurus, but it has no effect! Luchasaurus grabs Trent with both hands to toss him into the corner!
Trent dodges again and CHOPS again, but still nothing. He keeps trying, but Luchasaurus CHOPS Trent off his feet! Luchasaurus and Trent get head to head and Trent throws forearms. Luchasaurus ROCKS Trent with a forearm, but Trent comes back with more! Trent CHOPS again and Luchasaurus actually winces. Trent runs, but into a flapjack! Luchasaurus adds the spinning BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus drags Trent up but Trent flounders away. Luchasaurus brings Trent up to CHOP, and then tags to JB. JB CHOPS Trent, too, then wrenches to a wristlock. JB goes up and up, but leaps into a SAIDO! Chuckie shoos Marko away from Orange Cassidy while Trent brings JB over to the corner. Trent hoists JB up top and climbs up to join him. JB fights back but Trent haymakers him back down.
Trent goes up but JB fights him off. The headbutt is double edged, and gives Chuckie a chance to give Trent a boost. JB fights them both off, and then missile dropkicks Trent off Chuckie’s shoulders! Trent inadvertently takes a Jungle Doomsday Device! Chuckie goes after JB but gets a jawbreaker and TAIL WHIP! Luchasaurus helps JB wheelbarrow into the flying complete shot! Chuckie gets out of the ring and Luchasaurus pursues. Luchasaurus brings Chuckie up and JB builds speed, but Trent intercepts with a back elbow! Chuckie hits Luchasaurus low, too, and Trent DIVES! But Luchasaurus catches him! Chuckie saves Trent from the choke slam, and Best Friends both suplex Luchasaurus up and over! And then, they HUG! But JB FLIES onto them both! All four men are down, with the ref, Marko and Cassidy checking on them. The crowd chants “This is Awesome!” as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Luchasaurus drags Trent up in a corner. Luchasaurus CHOPS Trent, then whips him corner to corner. Trent rebounds to SPEAR Luchasaurus down! Both men are down as the crowd rallies up. Trent and Luchasaurus crawl for their corners, and hot tag Chuckie and JB! JB dodges and forearms, but Chuckie forearms back. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and the crowd fires up. JB throws kicks and a SUPER FOREARM! Chuckie forearms back and JB staggers to a corner. JB elbows in return, then ROCKS Chuckie with that right. But the Sexy Chuckie Knee hits back! Chuckie whips JB but JB LARIATS! Trent gives JB the PSYCHO KNEE! But Luchasaurus has the Question Mark Kick for Trent! Luchasaurus fireman’s carries Trent, but Trent slips out to hit a tornado DDT! Marko panics but Cassidy is on the stage? Cassidy is cheering Trent on, but FENIX attacks outta nowhere!! The Firebird reminds Best Friends that Death Triangle is still after them, so Trent chases after Fenix!
But then MJF attacks JB outside the ring! Clearly Maxwell Jacob Friedman wants an insurance policy with Double or Nothing on the horizon. MJF then puts JB in the ring without the ref ever knowing. Chuckie gives JB the AWFUL WAFFLE! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall
Wardlow blindsides Marko into the barriers! Luchasaurus storms over bu MJF gets his muscle back. So many cheap shots, it’s hard for Best Friends to feel good about their victory. Will Chuckie and Trent refocus now that they’re red hot towards those AEW World Tag titles? Has Fenix guaranteed himself at least one less opponent to worry about in the Casino Ladder Match? Can Jungle Boy recover to get revenge on MJF?
AEW Media catches Jon Moxley as he arrives.
The AEW World Champion is in an even worse mood than usual. Brodie Lee’s henchmen attacked and then literally stole the title belt from him. Moxley pushes past the cameraman to head into the arena. Will the Maniac be even more violent than normal knowing Mr. Brodie is here tonight?
Fatal 4 Way: Britt Baker VS Penelope Ford VS Hikaru Shida VS Kris Statlander!
While this isn’t an official #1 Contender’s match, you have to believe that a match between the top four will go a long way to determining Nyla Rose’s challenger. Will the Native Beast go Double or Nothing against the Dentist, the Superbad Girl, the Samurai or the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien?
The bell rings and Penelope baits Kris in with a boop only to kick her low. Britt goes right after Shida because of their 1v1 match that resulted in a broken, bloody nose. The brawls are on opposite ends of the ring and Penelope is stomping Kris down. Shida turns things around on Britt but Britt grabs hair! Britt throws Shida down while Penelope chokes Kris on ropes. Britt surfboard STOMPS Shida down then puts her on the ropes. Kris pushes Penelope into a corner then goes after Britt. Kris back suplexes but Britt tries to use nose boops to make peace. Instead, Kris and Shida give Britt a DOUBLE backbreaker! Shida and Kris nod, but Penelope runs in to double crossbody them down! But they both kip up and BOOT Penelope down! Britt is after Shida again with forearms and a whip. Shida dodges and whips, then goes for an enziguri but Britt ducks that to drop on the arms! Shida gets clear to kick low.
Shida suplexes Britt but Britt gets out. Britt runs and hits a SLINGBLADE! Kris and Penelope brawl outside but Kris sees Britt going for the Rings of Saturn! Kris drags Britt off the hold by her nose! Britt elbows free but Kris throws big forearms. Kris fireman’s carries but Penelope returns to BOOT! Britt uses that momentum to DDT Kris! But Penelope takes the cover, TWO!! Britt kicks Penelope in return for all that, then goes after Kris. Britt throws forearms then bumps Kris off buckles. Sabian coaches Penelope up while Britt kicks Kris in the corner. Britt digs her sole into Kris’ face, then covers. Shida breaks it up and drags Britt out of the ring. Shida throws Britt into barriers while Penelope mule kicks Kris. Penelope runs and springboards but Kris catches her to an Electric Chair SLAM! Cover but Shida breaks it!
Britt stalks up behind Shida and grabs hair. Shida ROCKS Britt with a right! Shida bumps Britt off buckles then climbs up top. The crowd fires up as Shida brings Britt up top. Britt resists and Kris adds on, TOWER OF PAIN, Superplex and Powerbomb! Kris spots Penelope up top and drags her down, to then SLAM her onto Britt! Shida KNEES Kris down! All four women are on the mat but “This is Awesome!” A standing count begins but AEW has to go to break.
AEW returns and Shida brawls with Kris. Kris gets an edge but Shida blocks a chop, only to get a rolling elbow! Kris scoops Shida and tucks her in, but Britt SUPERKICKS Big Bang Theory over! Shida uses that to victory roll, but Britt METEORAS the cover apart! Britt covers, TWO!! Kris goes after Britt but Britt kicks low and hits a DESTROYER! Britt hurries to get Kris back for a cover but Penelope handsprings in to hit a CUTTER! Penelope hurries to cover, TWO! Shida was a second behind but is fortunate Britt is tougher than that. Shida suplexes but Penelope escapes, and goes Matrix to STUNNER! Britt runs and spins Penelope for the FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER! Kris kicks Britt, scoops and hits a SPINNING FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kris pushes Britt away and runs, but Shida dodges and sweeps the legs! Shida snap suplexes Penelope onto Kris in the corner!
Shida pushes Penelope away and brings Kris up. Shida whips, Kris goes up and over, SUPERKICK from Britt! But Shida throws Britt out with Kris! Penelope hits a BIG Missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! So close and yet so far from victory! Sabian coaches Penelope up as she drags Shida up. Shida breaks free, Penelope throws forearms and runs but Shida follows. Sabian grabs Shida at the ropes! Penelope runs in, but Shida gets free! Penelope avoids clobbering her Superbad fiance, and gives him a kiss instead! Only for Shida to DROPKICK her into Sabian! Roll up, TWO!? Penelope narrowly escapes, but then Shida hits the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Kris breaks it up! Kris drags Penelope up to the Electric Chair, but Penelope fights back to POISON-RANA! Britt drags Kris out to POST her! Penelope handsprings, into a torture rack from Shida! Shida positions Penelope for a BACKBREAKER DROP!
Britt is putting Kris into LOCKJAW, but on the outside of the ring! Nothing counts out there! But Shida gives Penelope the SHINING WIZARD inside the ring, where it does count! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
Britt is still torturing Kris, she doesn’t even care that Shida took the win! Shida is still the #1 Contender, will she take the title from Nyla Rose at Double or Nothing? As for Britt, is this really the behavior of “the face of the AEW Women’s Division”?
AEW hears from Suge D.
“Tonight, tonight, tonight is a good night for a fight.” Sugar Dunkerton has been his name for the better of 16 years. Grinding, scratching, clawing, all for a moment like this. But Chris Jericho has no respect for a name like that, which is why he keeps calling Suge “Pineapple Pete.” At first, Suge was insulted. But ever since Jericho continued calling him Pete, life has been sweet! But seriously, Jericho rolls with an Inner Circle. Suge doesn’t throw shapes, he throws fists. We saw that last week. And tonight, 1v1, no more insults. Will Suge make sure Le Champion remembers the name?
AEW makes it official!
After that big Fatal 4 Way victory, Hikaru Shida IS challenging Nyla Rose for the AEW Women’s World Championship! Will the Samurai slay the Native Beast once and for all? Plus, after how Britt treated Kris’ jaw tonight, they will have it out in a 1v1 grudge match! Will Britt rearrange Kris’ teeth all over again? Or will the Greatest Alien take a bite out of her instead?
Kenny Omega & Matt Hardy VS Proud ‘n’ Powerful!
Speaking of that Inner Circle, Santana & Ortiz helped Jericho beat down The Elite’s Best Bout Machine and BROKEN ally! Will PNP’s official return to action go as well for them as that Street Fight? Or will Omega and DAMASCUS get their revenge?
But as Omega makes his entrance, PNP jump him at the ramp! There’s no such thing as a fair fight for the Inner Circle! They throw Omega into the ring and snatch up his AEW World Tag Team Championship. PNP double whip and elbow, then hit a step-stool moonsault! But here comes Hardy! He glares at PNP and they rush him at the ramp. Damascus gets a BITE of Santana’s fingers! And feet! Ortiz has no idea what to do about that, and Hardy bowls Santana down the tunnel. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE!” and he goes after Ortiz with forearms! Santana slowly returns but Hardy DECKS Ortiz! Santana returns and the ref rings the bell so something can get on record!
Omega recovers as Santana and Ortiz mug Hardy. Santana whips but Hardy reverses to send Santana out. Ortiz walks into Omega’s haymakers while Hardy whips Santana. Santana reverses and sends Hardy into railing! Omega clubs away on Ortiz in a corner and CHOPS! Omega whips corner to corner but Ortiz reverses. Ortiz runs into a boot! Omega goes up and over Ortiz but Ortiz blocks the hip toss. Ortiz hits low, flips back and ducks under to CLAW the back. Rawr. Omega winces and heads for a corner but Ortiz claws him again! Ortiz tags in Santana and PNP double whip. Omega ducks the clothesline to dropkick the legs out! Omega keeps moving, to DOUBLE KOTARO KRUSHER! Tag to Hardy! Hardy drags Santana up and double whips with Omega. CLEANER IN MOTION! They see Ortiz coming and give him a double suplex!
The crowd fires up as Hardy throws haymakers on Santana. Hardy whips but Santana reverses, but Hardy elbows back and hits a neckbreaker! Hardy hits a WONDERFUL~ leg drop! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Santana up and bumps him off Omega’s boot. Tag to Omega and Omega bumps Santana off buckles. Omega CHOPS Santana then clubs away on his back! The ref counts but Omega lets up to whip Santana corner to corner. Santana elbows back but Omega pops Santana up. Santana slips off but Omega elbows him away. Omega decks Ortiz but Santana clotheslines Omega out! Ortiz says PNP are geniuses, but then Omega DECKS him again! Omega gets back in and shoulders Santana away. Ortiz trips Omega up and Omega hits the apron! Ortiz drags Omega up and whips Omega into barriers! PNP has taken control back as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Santana covers Omega, ONE! Omega gets to ropes but Santana brings him up to CHOP! Santana snapmares Omega and grabs the legs to turn him for a Boston Crab! Ortiz tags in and gets Omega in a camel clutch! The ref counts as Omega endures this camel crab combo, but Santana lets up at 4. Ortiz cranks back but Omega endures. Ortiz drops Omega to CLAW him again. Rawr. Ortiz rushes Hardy but Hardy doesn’t flinch. Ortiz claws Omega more, but Omega throws body shots. Ortiz thumbs Omega in the eye then stands on him at the ropes! MJF’s section cheers, and Ortiz swivels the hips. The Gunn Club’s section rallies for Omega and he fights back with forearms! Ortiz pokes Omega’s eyes again! Ortiz trips Omega and tags in Santana. Santana springboards and stomps Omega down, and then taunts Hardy. Hardy shouts at Santana but still can’t do anything for Omega.
Santana puts Omega in a standing cobra twist but Omega endures. Ortiz tags in and PNP double Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Ortiz keeps his cool as he starts the swivel up again. He brings Omega up but Omega breaks free to throw forearms! Ortiz hits back and we have a brawl! Omega ROCKS Ortiz but Ortiz fires off a flurry! Omega gets up to throw many more forearms in return! Ortiz wobbles but claws Omega’s chest! Rawr. SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Ortiz’s ego got the better of him there but both men are down! The crowd rallies up as Omega and Ortiz crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Hardy and Santana! Hardy fires off on Santana and bumps him off buckles over and over and over! “DELETE!” Hardy runs in to corner clothesline but no bulldog. Santana runs into the LARIAT! Ortiz runs into a flurry of fists and gets thrown out! Hardy gives Santana SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy looms over Santana and puts him in a corner.
Hardy whips corner to corner, blocks the boots, and turns Santana around for a draping elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Hardy doesn’t slow down, he goes up the corner to drop an ax handle! “DELETE! DELETE!” Santana flounders up into a kick, but Ortiz rushes in. Hardy dodges, but Santana sends Hardy into Ortiz, and Ortiz dumps Hardy out! Hardy lands on his feet, but Santana DIVES! Direct hit into barriers! Ortiz decks Omega for good measure before Santana puts Hardy back in. Ortiz brings Hardy up but Hardy escapes and shoves Ortiz into Santana! Neckbreaker while Omega PESCADOS onto Santana! Hardy has Omega feed Santana to him, for the TWIST OF FATE! Cover, but Ortiz breaks it! Hardy tags in Omega and the two go after Santana. They double whip corner to corner, then run in. Santana goes up and over but misses the enziguri. Ortiz drags Hardy out to post him! Omega wants the Dragon Suplex but Santana breaks the full nelson.
Santana elbows Omega then brings him over, but Omega reverses. Ortiz saves Santana from buckles with a school boy, and Santana uses that to roll back and CUTTER! Ortiz runs and shotgun dropkicks Omega down! CANNONBALL IN MOTION! Santana drags Omega to a cover, TWO!! Omega stays alive and PNP can’t believe it! Santana drags Omega up and tags Ortiz back in. Ortiz claws Omega more, then drags him into position. Santana is up top, but Omega huricanranas Ortiz to avoid Street Sweeper! Hardy tosses Santana out to the ramp! Omega tags in Hardy and Hardy goes after Ortiz. Ortiz mule kicks then goes to suplex, but Hardy reverses to a floating butterfly hold! The body scissors drag Ortiz down to the mat and Ortiz starts fading! But here comes Sammy Guevara, neck brace and all! And a chair!
The Spanish God is clearly still in bad shape from that golf cart hit ‘n’ run, but he still plans to help PNP by any means necessary. Sammy gets in the ring, but Hardy kicks the chair away. And gives Sammy TWIST OF FATE!! Hardy dodges Ortiz and throws haymakers. He hoists Ortiz up top and ROCKS him. Hardy climbs up but Ortiz resists the suplex. Ortiz shoves Hardy away but Omega V-TRIGGERS! Hardy hits a SUPER TWIST OF FATE!! Cover, Hardy and Omega win!
Winners: Kenny Omega & Matt Hardy, by pinfall
The Elite was able to “DELETE!” the Inner Circle’s plans this night, but the war between these factions is far from over! Will this only be settled when AEW can finally have Blood & Guts?
Taz again tries to interview Darby Allin.
Darby is in the Casino Ladder Match at Double or Nothing, meaning he has a chance at winning another shot at the AEW World Championship. Taz apologizes for last week, bringing up the loss to Cody in the TNT Championship tournament. But Taz can’t help but detail exactly what went wrong, with the Coffin Drop being so hard, Darby slide off Cody and Cody barely having to do more than a basic tilt to pin him. Taz still wants to help Darby, but Darby says Taz doesn’t get it. Darby knows what happened. “Back in the day,” Darby placed third in the Iowa state wrestling tournament. Well, we didn’t know that. But then Darby should’ve known- Darby storms out, still not wanting to hear it. Will Darby have better luck in a match as wild as the Casino Ladder Match?
Excalibur explains the rules of a Casino Ladder Match.
Much like a Casino Battle Royal, two men will start the match at random, and further entrants will be sent out every 90 seconds until all nine have entered. However, that does not mean all nine will even get into the match, as the prized Double or Nothing chip can be won at any time. Therefore, the advantage is in reverse, as the first two men will have the easiest chance to get up a ladder and bring the chip down. Four competitors are known so far in Darby Allin, Rey Fenix, Orange Cassidy and Colt Cabana. Who else joins them in this field of nine?
Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida!
Shida is officially the #1 contender, and is going to face Nyla Rose at Double or Nothing. What are her expectations going into this? Well, it is so great that Shida is even able to challenge the AEW Women’s World Champion right now. The best thing she can do is win, obviously, so she vows to do just that. But Nyla Rose walks over. Nyla doesn’t want to fight, she just wants to congratulate Shida. And now obviously, Shida has been looking for her beloved kendo stick, so Nyla got her a present. It’s her kendo stick! And Nyla SMACKS Shida in the head with it! Nyla doesn’t even give it back! She keeps it as she walks away! But will Shida take both kendo stick and title away from Nyla in 10 days?
MJF w/ Wardlow VS Lee Johnson!
After “overhealing” the “career threatening” hangnail, the Salt of the Earth returns to action in the ring! Wardlow already brutalized #BigShotty, but will MJF at least take him seriously?
The bell rings but MJF wants the referee to double check Johnson’s gear. The ref does, and MJF uses that to cheap shot Johnson down! MJF smirks as he drags Johnson up. MJF hits a BIG overhead suplex, then a kip up. The crowd boos as MJF struts and stomps Johnson down. MJF stands on Johnson but lets up at 4. He drags Johnson up to whip and LARIAT! MJF flexes and says he can do it all night. MJF toys with Johnson but the Gunn Club chants “MJ Sucks!” Johnson CHOPS MJF but he SLAPS Johnson down! And then rains down angry fists. MJF throws Johnson out hard then dares Johnson to make himself famous. MJF taunts the crowd as he drags Johnson up into position. He APRON POWERBOMBS Johnson, then mocks his pain. MJF puts Johnson in the ring before taunting the crowd again. MJF returns to Johnson in the ring and continues to toy with him. He drags Johnson up into the underhooks, for a SHOULDER BREAKER, and FUJIWARA! Johnson taps, MJF wins!
Winner: MJF, by submission
And he’s not done, he wants a mic to speak. “Sorry my peers don’t know how to react to a real professional wrestler.” But Jungle Boy, MJF is “so excited” for their match at Double or Nothing. But MJF says he hasn’t done this in awhile, so he has some ring rust. Johnson agrees, right? Maybe MJF needs a tune-up match. And as luck would have it, Marko Stunt has an open contract for a match. So MJF did everyone a favor and signed his name on the dotted line. So Marko better get ready to have a lot of fun. Because MJF is better than you–Wardlow puts the ring on MJF’s pinkie–and you know it. Is MJF going to get a tune-up or will he get shown up by the littlest dog in the fight?
Chris Jericho w/ The Inner Circle VS Suge D!
Sugar Dunkerton has embraced the sweet life of Pineapple Pete, but either way, he looks to make sure Le Champion never, ever, EEEEEVER, forgets him, again. But with Sammy’s bad neck and PNP feeling down in the dumps, can their charismatic leader help the Inner Circle make a recovery on the road to Double or Nothing?
The bell rings and oddly enough, Jericho is wearing a Pineapple Pete shirt. But whether wearing it ironically or because he really likes the shirt, Jericho doesn’t respect THE Pineapple Pete. He SLAPS Suge right across the face! Suge SLAPS Jericho back! And fires off fast hands! Suge won’t let off and the ref is counting! Suge whips Jericho corner to corner and runs in, for a BIG back elbow! He keeps moving with another whip and another corner to corner elbow! Suge fires up and goes corner to corner a third time, but into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Whether Sugar or Pineapple, this wasn’t so sweet for him. Jericho grabs a mic and says, “Now that the threat of Pineapple Pete has been vanquished, let’s move on to the matter at hand.” Inner Circle VS The Elite, assuming The Elite is still a thing! We haven’t even seen half their guys for about two months now. Jericho’s pretty sure Hangman quit the business so he can go bushwacking in the forests of Carolina, picking berries. Meanwhile, Matt and Nick Jackson sit pouting over how great the Inner Circle is. But the Inner Circle are fair and honorable gentlemen. Super honorable, baby. Say it in Espanol, Sammy. “El Honorable.” Damn right. So the Inner Circle is going to give The Elite one last chance to “get your s*it together” to face them! While the world reacts to COVID, the Inner Circle acts. While the world stands still in history, the Inner Circle is WRITING history! And that is why The Inner Circle has just invented The Stadium Stampede match!
What is a Stadium Stampede, you might ask? Well to put it this way, if you thought that Street Fight was wild, just wait to see what dastardly deeds the Inner Circle can commit inside an entire football stadium that’s 80 THOUSAND seats large! So lick your wounds and massage your bruised egos, Elite. Because the Inner Circle challenges you to the first-ever Stadium Stampede at Double or Nothing! In the meantime, the Inner Circle will stay and wait to hear the response. We’ve got all night. But in comes Vanguard 1! He’s returning the Inner Circle shirt Jericho gave him? The drone has a lot of guts showing up after what he pulled. Jericho had warrants out in seven states! But since he’s here, he must have The Elite’s answer. Do they accept the challenge for the Stadium Stampede? YES! Well alright then! But The Elite has just sealed your fate, you dumb idiots!
But just between Jericho and Vanguard 1, has he thought on the invitation to The Inner Circle? Well, even if he has, it’s too late. The invitation is rescinded, because they have the sixth member! It’s Floyd the bat! And Floyd’s message to The Elite is… SMASH! Jericho and Floyd are killing Vanguard 1 on live television!! The Inner Circle join in and it’s a brutal assault! Hager places the shirt on Vanguard and laughs at the dying drone. Hardy storms out as the Inner Circle stomp what’s left of Vanguard, but they all get clear. Hardy is devastated at what Jericho and his cronies did to Vanguard! Will Hardy be able to put Vanguard back together? Or is Vanguard going the way of Humpty Dumpty?
AEW has huge updates!
After Nyla Rose used Shida’s own kendo stick on her, their match at Double or Nothing is now NO HOLDS BARRED! No disqualifications, no count outs, nothing is going to hold the Native Beast and the Samurai back in their long awaited match-up! And in regards to the TNT Championship, Mike Tyson will be live to present the winner with the brand new belt!
Then for next week’s episode, it is official! Marko Stunt and MJF will have their match as the “tune-up” to MJF taking on Jungle Boy. Then, Arn Anderson and Jake The Snake Roberts will have a face-to-face ahead of their proteges battling for THE TNT Championship. And after the sneak attack, Rey Fenix must face up to Orange Cassidy in a 1v1 match before both go for broke in the Casino Ladder match. Then, whether the belt returns to his possession or not, Jon Moxley looks for payback on “Number 10,” Preston Vance! Will Moxley make The Dark Order regret picking this fight? And finally, Matt Hardy wants payback for Vanguard 1 and goes after Sammy Guevara 1v1 before the Stadium Stampede! Who will get the last bits of momentum before going Double or Nothing?
Brodie Lee VS Christopher Daniels!
The Exalted One’s Dark Order has tormented and taunted SCU for a long time, but now the Fallen Angel finally gets his chance to confront Mr. Brodie head on! Will Daniels make Brodie pay for everything his henchmen have done since day one in AEW?
Brodie tells Dasha something, and she gives a “corrected” introduction. “The self-proclaimed AEW World Champion” is here, as he and his henchmen are in possession of a title belt none of them actually own. Brodie has Preston Vance stay ringside while the others go to the back, and this match finally begins.
Daniels paces but Brodie stands still. They tie up, Daniels waistlocks but Brodie elbows free. Daniels CHOPS, but Brodie doesn’t flinch! Daniels is cornered but he CHOPS back. Brodie knees low then uppercuts! Daniels staggers but Brodie is on him at the ropes. Brodie claws Daniels’ face then whips, but Daniels dodges. Daniels leaps but Brodie catches him for a POWERSLAM! Brodie drags Daniels up to throw out of the ring. The ref warns “Number 10” not to do anything, so Brodie goes out to pursue Daniels himself. Brodie pushes past cameramen to CHOP Daniels at the barriers. Brodie clubs Daniels down in front of the crowd, and stares SCU down before he uppercuts Daniels again. Brodie puts Daniels in the ring then tries to intimidate SCU. Daniels kicks Brodie back! And then DIVES! Direct hit into the barriers! Daniels gets up and ARABIAN PRESSES! Daniels puts Brodie in and hits a slingshot elbow drop! Cover, ONE!
Daniels keeps on Brodie in the corner with forearms and chops! Daniels climbs up and rains down rights, but Brodie stops him short of 10. Brodie shoves and BOOTS Daniels down! Brodie paces and stares at the crowd before he drags Daniels up. He CHOPS Daniels and stalks him along the way. He claws the eyes but the ref reprimands him. Brodie glares at the ref and intimidates him, but goes back to Daniels. Brodie whips and back drops Daniels high and hard! Cover, TWO, but Brodie smothers Daniels before he can get to ropes. Brodie uppercuts Daniels to the corner and grinds his boots in. The ref counts but Brodie glares at him again. Brodie argues with the ref but goes back to stomp Daniels again. Brodie digs his knees into Daniels but lets up at the count. He drags Daniels up to whip, and elbows Daniels down!
Brodie goes out just to stare SCU down. SCU tells Brodie to go back to the ring, and Brodie goes to stand on Daniels’ head. The ref counts, Brodie lets up, and he argues with the ref again. Brodie drags Daniels up and whips him corner to corner. Daniels comes back, into the SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Daniels still lives and Brodie grows annoyed as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Brodie has Daniels stuck in a corner again. Brodie whips but Daniels reverses, but Brodie easily goes out to the apron. Daniels runs in but gets a forearm for it, and then Brodie slingshot sentons back in! Brodie waits for Daniels to stand, before he SUPERKICKS Daniels down! Cover, TWO! Daniels refuses to lose just yet and Brodie non-verbally argues the count. Brodie cools off and drags Daniels back up. He whips and goes to back drop again, but Daniels DDT’s out of it! Both men are down and a standing count begins. SCU and the Gunn Club rally up the crowd on Daniels’ side, and Daniels rallies with forearms! Brodie stays up even after three, and shoves Daniels to a corner. Daniels dodges and enziguris! Then he leaps to huricanrana! Brodie staggers to a corner and Daniels hits a corner forearm! Number 10 slips the chair into the ring before he distracts the ref. SCU goes after 10 for Daniels and the ref is busy telling them to stop.
Brodie aims the chair at Daniels, but Daniels boots it away! And then Daniels gives Brodie the CHAIR SHOT! COMPLETE SHOT, to KOJI KLUTCH! But more henchmen appear and hit the ring! SCU intercepts, and even Colt Cabana helps out! Daniels lets Brodie go while things get crazy, but Brodie gets back up. Brodie waits for Daniels to turn around, before clamping on a choke grip! But Daniels escapes to mule kick and underhook! ANGEL’S WINGS!! Cover, ONE?!? Brodie grins but Daniels is shocked! Daniels tries again, but Brodie blocks. Brodie mule kicks and reels Daniels in, but Daniels slips out of the bomb lift! Daniels goes up and BEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, TWO!! Brodie sputters now but Daniels staggers to the far corner. Brodie runs in but Daniels boots! Daniels goes up top and leaps, into a POWERBOMB! Brodie grins again as he takes aim. Daniels stands, and gets the DISCUS!! Cover, Brodie wins!
Winner: Brodie Lee, by pinfall
The Exalted One continues his undefeated streak, but he demands Dasha get it right. The self-proclaimed AEW World Champion has his henchmen present the title to him, but here comes Jon Moxley! Moxley wants Big Platinum back in a bad way, and he DECKS a green henchman first! He throws that one into the railing, and then barges into the ringside area. A purple henchman gets CLOBBERED and TOSSED! Brodie is furious and just tosses another pawn to Moxley! PARADIGM SHIFT! Brodie and Vance get away as Moxley paces. Moxley stomps and punches the one henchman left, but his rage isn’t satisfied. He grabs a mic to say, “I can admire guts. I can admire seizing the opportunity. But I do not suffer disrespect!” Moxley won’t suffer fools, Mr. Brodie Lee. Brodie made a foolish decision and will pay for it dearly, “with interest.”
The AEW World Championship is about a lot more than a piece of metal, and Brodie finds that out at Double or Nothing. There will be a hailstorm of violence, and when the dust settles, Mr. Brodie will find that his AEW career is over before it even started. Will Moxley make an example out of Number 10 that the Dark Order will understand?
A really, really good episode with a lot of progress towards Double or Nothing, as there should be this close to the event. The opener was great, with Jake the Snake telling Brandi to kiss his ass, and then the great brawl with Cody and Archer. I wonder if Arn and Snake will throw hands in that face-to-face next week. Also, Mike Tyson presenting the title belt at DoN is pretty cool, and I can’t wait to see the belt itself. The Fatal 4 tonight was great stuff, but of course Shida wins. She was going strong before the pandemic, and was still kept strong during so it just makes sense for her to get this match with Nyla. I was surprised this match gets the No Holds Barred and not Cody VS Archer, but it’s one way to keep Nyla strong even in defeat. Britt VS Kris is going to be a really good match, too, but I definitely see Britt winning there to keep her own roll going.
The tag team match of Best Friends and Jurassic Park got just the right level of over booked, which it needed. Both teams are very strong with win streaks on the line, so controversy had to cost one of them. JB is already having a match with MJF, so Jurassic Park was already crossed off for a tag title match at DoN. Of course, with the news of the Stadium Stampede, Best Friends will have to wait for after DoN anyway. Cassidy VS Fenix next week will be really good, but I hope at least Pentagon shows up. The way the Casino Ladder match is set up to work sounds a bit much, as it is a giveaway the thing won’t end until all nine are in. Otherwise it just seems a waste to even say how many people are going to be in it. MJF of course gets a win tonight, mostly because Lee Johnson hasn’t won since showing up. MJF VS Marko next week will probably be fun, and I really want to see Wardlow VS Luchasaurus at some point.
Omega & Hardy VS Proud ‘n’ Powerful was a great match, and Suge D did great in losing. I just knew that Jericho was going to use “Floyd” the bat at some point tonight, but what a great twist for it to be in the “death” of Vanguard 1. Hardy needed more of a reason than helping out friends and taking on an old rival to be in this, and now he has it. The Stadium Stampede is probably going to be pretty crazy, but I almost thought Blood & Guts was going to happen at DoN at this point. I did love how Jericho framed it, saying that while the world is too afraid to do anything right now, the Inner Circle, and by extension all of AEW, is not. But it’d be sad to learn if Blood & Guts is just dead and buried now. Maybe they can try again next year when the world is free and clear of COVID. And lastly, Brodie VS Daniels was a solid match, and of course Moxley appeared to get some payback. He still doesn’t have his belt but he’ll surely get it back, even if he has to wait until DoN. Brodie’s always been great, but it just seems too soon for him to be THE champion.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/25/22)
It’s a special Black Friday Rampage!
FTR is on a Rampage!
AEW Rampage is on at a special time for Black Friday, and talk about a deal! Will FTR still be ROH World Tag Team Champions after facing Top Flight? Or will be Dante & Darius Martin be the new #TopGuys?
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight; FTR wins and retains the titles.
- Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Darby wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata; Shida wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade; Rush, Butcher & Blade win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are still THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, and have been itching for a challenge. Darius & Dante Martin have stepped up based on the mutual respect these two teams have for each other. But who will be the real top guys around here after today?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s a golden deal on this Black Friday!
Dax starts with Darius and they circle. They tie up, break, and go again. Darius arm-drags Dax and stares him down. Fans rally up, Dax keeps cool and he circles with Darius again. They tie up, Dax headlocks but Darius powers out. Dax runs Darius over, scoops and SLAMS him, but Darius kangaroo kicks back. Darius arm-drags Dax, but Dax headscissors! Darius kips free and wags his finger as fans fire up. Dax still stays cool and circles with Darius again. They tie up, Darius headlocks but Dax powers out. Darius runs Dax over, covers, ONE! Darius runs Dax over again, covers, ONE! Dax CLOBBERS Darius and fans fire up.
Dax drops a leg, pushes Darius to a cover, TWO! Tag to Cash, FTR DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darius! Cash EuroUppers Darius, CHOPS him against the ropes, and brings Darius around to whip and scoop. Darius slips off to arm-drag! Tag to Dante, Top Flight go after the arm with a wrench and a kick. Cash swings, Dante ducks but Cash comes back with the elbow! Cash ROCKS Dante then CHOPS and HEADBUTTS him! Cash headlocks but Dante powers out. Cash runs Dante over, things speed up, and Cash whips the back drop away. Dante ducks, Darius tags, Dante blocks a hip toss but Cash blocks one back.
Dante throws a body shot, goes up and over Cash and then shoves him into a GAMANGIRI! Top Flight double whip, duck and hurdle, then body shot, front kick and LEG SWEEP DDT COMBO! Darius covers, ONE!! Cash is tough but Dax was there, too. Darius tells Dax to back off and then he goes back for Cash. But Cash whips Darius to RAM him at the corner! Cash pushes Darius to the corner, tags Dax, and Dax CHOPS Darius down! Fans rally and duel, Dax drags Darius up to EuroUpper! Dax snarls, he drags Darius up, but Darius CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Darius CHOPS, Dax DECKS Darius! And then DECKS Dante!
Dax tags Cash, FTR double whip but Darius sunset flips! Dax keeps Cash up but Dante springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK for Dax! Darius finishes the sunset while Dante covers Dax, TWO! FTR pop up both brothers but Top Flight both RANA free, to covers! TWO!! Dante BOOTS Dax down, Darius mule kicks Cash! TORNADO DDT and a tag! Dante goes up but Dax gets Cash outta there! Fans fire up and Dante hops down to go out and ROCK Cash! AEW goes picture in picture as Dante puts Cash in.
Dax goes after Dante! They brawl on the outside, Dante ROCKS Dax, but slides into stomps from Cash! Cash snapmares Dante to KICK him in the back! Cash EuroUppers Dante down, then drags him over. Tag to Dax, Dax stomps Dante then drags him up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dax keeps Dante from Darius and bumps him off buckles. Dax CHOPS Dante, but Dante turns things around to CHOP Dax! Dax turns it back around to CHOP Dante! Dante flops over and Dax drags him back up. Dax hits a back suplex but Dante lands on his feet! Dante CLOBBERS Dax, and again! Cash runs in but Dante CLOBBERS him!
Dante whips but Dax reverses, only for Dante to go up and out and GAMANGIRI! Rampage returns to single picture as Dante springboards and DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS FTR! Fans fire up and Darius rushes in. The Martins have FTR in opposite corners and then whip them, but FTR reverse to send the Martins in. The brothers do-si-do, duck ‘n’ dodge, and DOUBLE DROPKICK! FTR regroups but the Martins clothesline them both up and out! Fans fire up as Dante holds the ropes for Darius to DIVE! Then Dante comes back to go up and FLY! Dante doesn’t have the best takeoff but he still take FTR down!
Darius puts Cash in, Dante goes back up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives that aerial assault but Dante tags Darius. Dax fights them back with forearms and CHOPS! Darius kicks but Dax DECKS him! Dante PELES Dax, but all three men are down! Dax hurries over to his corner, Dante runs in. Dax puts Dante on the apron and Cash tags in. Dante fights off FTR with haymaker and elbows, then HEADBUTTS Cash while jumping in! Dante drags Cash up, but Dax hops up behind Dante! Dante elbows Dax away, drags Cash back up, but Cash throws Dante to Dax’s Electric Chair! SLINGSHOT BOMB, and then a DIVING SPLASH from Cash! Cover, Darius breaks it!!
Fans fire up as all four men are down! Dax snarls and brings Darius up. He ducks a kick, jumps a sweep and ROCKS Darius! Darius ROUNDHOUSES, whips, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Dax hurries to his corner, tags in, and FTR drags Dante up. FTR double whip Dante, but Darius breaks up Big Rig! Dante sunset flips but Dax rolls through! Dax swings on Darius but misses, and Darius shoves Dax into another sunset flip! With bridge! TWO!! Top Flight is frustrated as Dax escapes, and they throw forearms on Dax! Dante gives Darius the boost, TORNADO DDT! Dante goes up, SPLASH! Cover, Cash barrels in to break it!!
Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Chicago is dueling as the teams regroup. Darius SOBATS Cash but Cash JABS, JABS, JABS! Darius bobs ‘n’ weaves but Cash dodges to UPPERCUT! Darius rebounds to whip and SPANISH FLY! But Dante deadlifts to a BRAINBUSTER! And then he deadlifts Dante, but Dante slips out to hop up, victory roll! TWO!! Dax scoops, Dante makes it a cradle! TWO! Wheelbarrow cradle, TWO!! Dante hops up, but Dax throws him away! Dax waistlocks, Dante switches, Cash tags! O’Conner Roll, but Dax sends Dante into an alley-oop! Dante lands safe on the ropes to BOOT Cash!
Dante adjusts, springboards, but FTR get under the Nosedive! BIG RIG!!! Cover, FTR wins!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)
Cash & Dax are still the best tag team in the world! But wait, Austin & Colten Gunn come out to mockingly praise the champs. Will the Ass Boys get their turn at the titles come ROH Final Battle?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.
He’s back home in Oakland, California as he says, “When you open up the Book of Hobbs, you look death in the face. And you read word-for-word, and look in my eyes, you believe the good word. This is life. A life you know nothing about. A life you want nothing a part of. So whatever higher being you believe in, I want you to look up in the sky, I want you to look down low. Just like everyone has taken everything that’s meant something to me, I’m taking everything that means something to you.” Who will Hobbs take from first to be back where he wants to be?
Chris Jericho is here!
The Wizard is still Le Champion! After a brutal and bloody battle with Tomohiro Ishii, Jericho is still #THEOCHO! The rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society walks out with him while Chicago sings Judas for them. Jericho and Garcia chest bump just to show that the bloody spot on Jericho’s chest doesn’t bother him. Angelo Parker starts by telling Chicago to pipe down because Cool Hand Ange has something to say: “ALL HONOR THE OCHO~!” Fans are bit torn on that but it’s the truth. Jericho says, “Is there any doubt that I am the greatest ROH champion of all time? Any doubt?” Fans are again torn.
Jericho says he’s beaten everyone thrown in his way, including in one of the greatest matches in Dynamite history against Tomohiro Ishii! Fans do agree with that a bit. “I’ve bled for this title, I have sweat for this title, I have earned this title. I am The Ocho. And not even Claudio Castagnoli can come out on the stage and give me a cheap shot, not even that’s gonna slow me down!” So the question to everyone is: who will uncrown the king of ROH? The fans? That four-eyes in the fifth row? But wait, here comes Claudio! Jericho’s jaw starts feeling sore again as Claudio says, “Chris, you asked if there’s any doubt that you are the greatest ROH champion. Well, there is no doubt in my mind that you are not.
“I know that I can beat you. I beat you twice! The problem is, I started doubting myself when I couldn’t beat you when it counts. And to me, the most important thing is believing in yourself. When I came here, I wanted to be the best professional wrestler I can be. And I know I am the best professional wrestler when I don’t doubt myself. So to me, I don’t just need to beat you for this ROH World Champion, I have to beat you!” Jericho says, “Okay, you have to beat me. Maybe you should be more worried about the Blackpool Combat Club since they’re falling apart at the seams, Claudio.”
Claudio says that is a problem. He cannot focus on anything else. He hasn’t slept since Saturday and losing to Jericho. Claudio can’t sleep, focus, can barely talk. It all bothers him. He NEEDS a shot at the ROH World Championship. So he wants another shot at Jericho’s title? Should Jericho give Claudio a shot? Chicago seems to think so! Jericho tells Claudio, “You want it? Forget it.” Fans boo and the JAS laughs. Claudio sighs as Jericho says there is nothing Claudio has to offer Jericho. But then Matt Menard says maybe there is something he can offer.
“Daddy Magic has an idea! Claudio, you’re a hell of a professional wrestler. But let’s not forget there was a time when you were a fantastic sports entertainer. I think you would make an excellent addition to the Jericho Appreciation Society. How about that, Chris?” Jericho likes how Daddy Magic thinks! He’s making Jericho’s nipples hard. Jericho tells Claudio that despite the fact Claudio sucker punched him, Jericho will give Claudio that one more chance. BUT if Claudio loses, and he will lose, he will join the JAS! Claudio considers that challenge.
“You’re right. I was a great sports entertainer. And I still am a great sports entertainer. And I would be a tremendous asset to the Jericho Appreciation Society. But I know deep in my heart, despite all my doubts, and I have a feeling you know as well, I’m an even better professional wrestler! Look in my eyes, Chris. Come Final Battle, I will throw you around like a little kid, and I will beat you for that ROH World Championship! I’ll bring honor back to this title, and I will be the NEW ROH World Champion!” Fans like the sound of that! But will December 10th be Claudio’s final battle as a pro-wrestler?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette sits with the former champion, and knows she and Hayter had an amazing match at Full Gear. Unfortunately, Toni did lose the title. But Renee wants to talk about how Hayter won. Toni says deep down, she’s actually proud. She always knew Hayter could do it, and at Full Gear, they tore the house down. And they got to see just how tough Hayter is. But we didn’t see Jamie Hayter beat Toni Storm, she needed Britt & Rebel again. And if Hayter can look in the mirror and be cool with that, fine. But Toni could never do that. And that’s the difference between them.
Renee steers things to the news from Dynamite that there is no more “interim” and even Toni’s reign counts as a true world title reign, what is her reaction? Well just look at Toni’s face. She never saw the title as “interim.” She went out there, week after week, holding onto the title as if it was always official, because that is what this division deserves. Then with all of these things, what’s next? Toni broke her face losing the belt, she’ll break it again to get it back. When will the Lightning From Down Under strike back against the Hayter?
Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
The Relentless Icons won another big PPV tag match, but they’re not slowing down here! Will Darby get back on the singles track against one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Darby stares Henry down. Fans rally for Darby, he and Henry slowly circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Henry arm-drags. Darby holds on, fight sup, and arm-drags back. They’re still locked up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Henry fights back up. Darby gets around to a waistlock, Henry switches but Darby switches back. Henry snapmares and KICKS but Darby just smiles. Henry snapmares again and KICKS again, but Darby just stands up. Henry snapmares but Darby cradles, TWO!! Henry knees low and snarls. Henry whips but Darby sunset flips! Henry stays up, drags Darby up in a deadlift suplex, but Darby gest to the apron!
Henry ROCKS Darby, runs, but Darby goes up and over! Darby comes back to DIVE into JD! Scrap Metal takes the hit for the Saint, and Darby gets in. Things speed up, Henry fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Darby! Henry goes out, SPITS at Darby, then APRON STO’s Darby down! Henry taunts the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.
Henry drags Darby around and CLUBS him on the back. Henry whips Darby hard into railing! Darby drops to his knees and Henry kicks him down. Henry drags Darby back up, puts him in the ring, and watches Sting as he gets back in. Henry paces around while soaking up heat, and then he gives Darby a NECK TWIST! He even holds on after as he falls! Henry KICKS Darby around, wraps him up in a straitjacket stretch, but Darby endures. Darby fights up, knees low and throws body shots. Henry shoves, Darby ducks the kick to fire off palm strikes and a HEADBUTT! Darby hops on but Henry shrugs the Yoshi-tonic off!
Henry waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Darby ducks ‘n’ dodges to COFFIN- GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Henry is seething but he stalks Darby to a corner. Sting coaches Darby up but Henry whips Darby corner to corner hard! Darby falls in a heap, Henry pats himself on the back. Henry mocks the fans booing him, and he drags Darby up to whip the other way. Darby hits buckles hard again and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Henry has Darby in a Tree of Woe! Henry KICKS away on Darby’s chest, the ref counts, but Henry lets off at 4. Henry soaks up more heat, then runs in to HESITATION DROPKICK! Henry sits Darby up, and then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and Henry is losing his cool. Henry goes to the corner and climbs up. Darby moves and the King Kong Knee hits mat! Darby runs in to CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Henry survives and slides out of the ring. JD helps Henry around the way but Darby rushes over. Darby puts Henry in, but then Henry distracts the ref so JD can pop-up and CLOBBER Darby!
JD drags Darby back up and puts him in for Henry, but here comes Sting! Henry covers, TWO!! JD turns around, Sting CLOBBERS him! Sting whips JD into railing! Henry is furious at Sting, but he hoists Darby up top. Henry climbs up after Darby and says this is for Sting! SUPERPLEX! And then a roll through to a suplex, but Darby turns it into a SCORPION DEATHDROP! Fans fire up and Darby roars! Darby goes to the corner, he climbs up top, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Relentless as always, it’s another big win for Darby! Sting joins Darby in the ring to check on him, will they both be rolling to the top of the ranks?
Backstage interview with Athena.
Lexi Nair notes that The Fallen Goddess is back from suspension, and Athena asks why was she suspended! “We have this big ass TV, a billionaire boss, modern technology, but yet no footage. What am I supposed to do? I got docked a week’s pay, I’ve been suspended, what else do you need from me?” Maybe an apology to referee, Aubrey Edwards? Oh! A public apology! Well, sorry. Oh, then she’ll be reinstated for Monday. Good, dismissed. Athena scares Lexi off, and then talks to the camera. “I was wondering how long it was going to take you to show up, Mercedes. I beat trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler, and finally you show up!
“So when are you gonna put the ROH Women’s Championship on the line? Cuz I’m waiting, and I’m game.” The Fallen Goddess is aiming for the OG Badass, but will she be the one shot down?
Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata!
Speaking of returns, The Full Metal Warrior is back in action, and she is surely wanting after more gold! She is still International Ribbon Tag Team Champion and Regina de Wave Champion, but will she find her way back to THE AEW Women’s World Championship?
Wait, before the match begins, The Bunny and Penelope Ford frolic their way out here. What do they have with Shida? Aminata just CLOBBERS her from behind in the distraction! The bell rings, Aminata bumps Shida off buckles, then puts her through the ropes. Aminata goes to the apron to BOOT WASH Shida into the post! Shida flounders, Aminata drags her up and around to Alabama Lift into the- NO, Shida sunset flips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! Aminata escapes, kicks low, and she runs, but Shida follows! Aminata redirects herself but Shida DECKS her! And then FALCONW ARROW!
Shida roars and fans fire up! Shida aims, for the KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The warrior deals with the queen, but what about the Superbad Girls? They back down for now, but will they pounce on their prey soon enough?
Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!
Well, more like this afternoon’s. But the World’s Strongest Man says it was a tag match originally, but was promoted to a Trios Match given the history between LFI and Dark Order. But uh, where’s Preston Vance? John Silver says they really have no idea. Evil Uno is searching, but Alex Reynolds promises Number Ten will be here. The LFI have been annoying the crap out of them for months, so this ends here! But Braxton “The Blade” Sutter says, “Nah nah nah nah! Listen, newsflash, slick! It doesn’t matter if Ten shows up, Fourteen, 26, 37! All we know is the three of us are here to kick ass!”
And Andy “The Butcher” Williams says Blade ain’t lying, there WILL be an ass-kicking party tonight! The only ones invited are The Dark Order! Rush says he is sick and tired of talking, he wants to fight! He is ready to fight! He NEEDS to fight! “Let’s go, perros!” Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will El Toro, Butcher & Blade be satisfied with just Three & Four? Or will Vance come through and back up his friends?
Backstage interview with FTR.
Lexi Nair congratulates them on their title defense, adding to their amazing year. Dax says yes, it has been a great year. But please, let him and Cash handle it from here. Dax says, “What a great ’22 it’s been. I’m told I’ve got 30 seconds. What a great ’22 it’s been, and this is my best friend in the world and I love him more than anybody else, aside from maybe my family. And we have a great legacy as a tag team, but 2022 has done something for me that no other year has done. It has allowed me to etch my name with the greatest wrestlers in the world, so right now, I gotta shoot my shot before the year is done, okay?
“I am challenging for Wednesday night, I challenge the best wrestler in the world. What do you say, Bryan Danielson, huh? Me and you, Wednesday night. Top Guys, out.” This match is NOW official! Will Dax the Ax slay the American Dragon?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade w/ LFI!
Preston Vance may be Number Ten, but he’s been the number one prospect for La Faccion Ingobernable. But he’s also been resisting their offers because of loyalties to the Dark Order. Will he come through for Alex Reynolds & John Silver? Or will El Toro Blanco and his mercenaries make him pay for being so stubborn?
As the Dark Order make their entrance, there is no Number Ten, so this looks to be 3v2. The bell rings, and the brawl is on 3v2! Silver gets mugged and thrown out but Reynolds takes it to Blade! Rush ROCKS Silver, he and Butcher whip Silver into railing! Blade whips Reynolds but Reynolds dodges in the corner to elbow smash! Reynolds keeps moving, FLYING ELBOW and a BOOT! Fans fire up but Butcher anchors Reynolds. Blade CLOBBERS Reynolds, drags him up and puts him in the corner. Blade CHOPS, Rush pulls Reynolds’ hair, and Butcher tags in. They mug Reynolds with a DOUBLE HEADBUTT!
Butcher drags Reynolds up to COHP him back down! Tag back to Blade, Reynolds throws body shots but Blade suplexes him. Reynolds knees free, shoves Blade into Butcher, and he scrambles to tag Silver! Johnny Hungy dodges the mercs to DECK Rush! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Butcher, FLAPJACKS Blade, then runs! Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Butcher! And then he OLYMPIC SLAMS Blade! Fans fire up with the Meat Man, and he runs to DIVE onto Butcher! But Butcher catches him and feeds him to Rush’s HAYMAKER! LFI drags Silver up to put in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade rains down fists, then he tags in Butcher. Butcher stomps Silver, drags him up, and then throws him out! Rush has the spare cables to LASH Silver! And then CHOKE him! The ref is busy keeping Reynolds back and Rush gets away with choking Silver! Rush drags Silver up and CHOPS him, the ref reprimands that, so Rush puts Silver in. Butcher bumps Silver off buckles, CHOPS him more, then stalks him as he crawls on the mat. Butcher brings Silver over, tags in Blade, and the mercs mug Silver. Blade stands Silver up to ROCK him with a right but Silver throws body shots! Silver THROWS Blade out!
Silver crawls but Rush storms in to kick him down. Rush kicks Silver but Silver BOOTS Rush! But Blade trips Reynolds off the apron! Blade hurries away and Butcher CLOBBERS Reynolds! Blade puts Silver in the corner, Rush runs to jump and BOOT! Rush tranquilos while the ref reprimands them all. Blade drags Silver up to KICK him in the back. Blade clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Silver down. Silver endures, fights up, and throws body shots over and over! Silver then KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS Blade! Silver runs, but Blade CLOBBERS him! Tag to Butcher and Butcher drags Silver up to CHOP back down!
Butcher stalks Silver to ropes, drags him back up, and CLUBS him back down. Butcher CHOKES Silver on ropes, and Rush tranquilos while digging his boot in! The ref reprimands them both, Butcher lets off and Rush shrugs. Rampage returns to single picture and Blade tags in. The mercs drag Silver up, fireman’s carry and TOSS, but Silver blocks the kick! Silver spins Blade, SUPERKICKS Butcher, then gets around Blade to STANDING SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up for Silver as he crawls over, but Rush CLOBBERS Reynolds! Fans boo but Rush looms over Silver. Rush kicks Silver around, stomps him, but lets off to argue with the ref.
Bunny talks trash on Silver but here come Uno, Negative One and… YES, NUMBER TEN!! Vance runs to the ring, he gets right up in Rush’s face, and… He CLOBBERS Silver!! Fans boo as Vance is no longer loyal to Dark Order! The mercs hold Uno back, Rush hits BULL’S HORNS on Silver!! Cover, LFI win!! Then Uno is sent hard into the steps! Reynolds rushes in at Vance but Rush CLOBBERS him first! Feed to the DISCUS!! Negative One can’t believe it! His best friend uses his father’s move in this betrayal! Vance flips off Chicago, and Rush drags Uno into the ring. Uno pleads with Vance, but Vance stands him up, for a DISCUS!!
Fans are booing harder as Rush & Vance RIP UP Uno’s mask! They then bring a table to ringside! Reynolds is brought over, Vance and Rush drag him up on the apron, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Chicago is thunderous with boos and jeers as Vance puts up the Ingobernable fist! Vance walks up the ramp, Negative One asks why, but Vance just throws the mask down at his feet! Number Ten is no more, Preston Vance has shown his true colors! Will this be a new era for LFI in AEW?
A great Rampage, especially for being on at a different time (blame NHL if you wanted this to be on later). FTR VS Top Flight was a great opener, but I figured FTR would win. Ass Boys/Gunn Sons showing up at the end was also a natural move, they’ve been slowly (perhaps too slowly) building to FTR VS Gunns for the ROH World Tag titles and Final Battle is definitely the place to do that. Hell, it’ll be even more obvious should Austin & Colten do something during Dax VS Bryan on Dynamite next week. And speaking of Final Battle, no offense to Claudio, it might’ve just been Chicago being rowdy, but that promo with Jericho wasn’t as crisp as it should’ve been. Jericho VS Claudio II with the stipulation of Claudio joining JAS if he loses is a nice move, and definitely makes it feel like either guy could win.
Great match from Darby VS Henry, but I’m surprised nothing really came of it. I suppose there’s a way to give us Relentless Icons VS Workhorsemen, even though I don’t know what that really does for Darby & Sting. Good promo from Toni Storm, and it was clear that she broke her nose with the puffy black eyes she had. Storm isn’t done with Hayter, clearly, but she’ll have to fight her way up to the front of the line. Ford & Bunny showing up during Shida’s match was an interesting tease, I’m just not sure at what. Perhaps Shida bringing her tag team partner, Ibuki Hoshi, to bring Ice Ribbon Wrestling into AEW’s family of partnerships?
And we got great stuff out of the main event. The Dark Order VS LFI in the main event seemed a bit odd, but it foreshadowed something big happening, so of course Vance turns and joins LFI. It is a shame that The Dark Order has fallen so far since the passing of Mr. Brodie Lee, but I suppose it was inevitable. Vance giving up his mask was obviously more symbolic than anything, as The Dark Order had moved away from everyone wearing masks, and it was really just Vance and Uno. Brodie Lee said to wear a mask, Vance was holding onto that for the memory, but now he doesn’t care because he’s been losing. Vance is going to be a strong addition to LFI, he can be their midcard guy while Rush is a top title guy, and this might be what Vance needs to get up to that level.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/23/22)
Fallout from Full Gear!
Who’s hungry for gold?
Full Gear was full of surprises, but Dynamite is bringing a feast for the eyes! Will Chris Jericho keep #THEOCHO alive against Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii?
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Jake Hager; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Title Eliminator Finals: Ethan Page VS Ricky Starks; Starks wins and has an AEW World Championship match at Winter is Coming.
- AEW World Trios Championships Best of Seven, Match 2: Death Triangle VS The Elite; Death Triangle wins and leads the series 2-0.
- Triple Threat Tag: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS TayJay VS Willow Nightingale & Sky Blue; Britt & Hayter win.
- ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Tomohiro Ishii; Jericho wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
William Regal is in the ring!
Fans boo as he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, would you like to hear from your new world champion, Mr. Friedman?” Fans cheer that! Well, we will hear from him, next week. Fans boo again. Regal says that Mr. Friedman has no time for such places as… Where are they again? Chicago? Oh… Fans chant, “We Want Punk!” but Regal says MJF is on the set of a major motion picture. Fans are surely all wondering, “What is the union between Mr. Friedman and myself?” Fans chant “F U REGAL!” and he just smirks. “So uncouth.” But Regal says he’ll tell us this: a number of weeks ago, Regal sent an email to MJF that we will not be privy to until next week when MJF explains everything.
So next week on Dynamite, the Devil Himself, your NEW AEW World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, will be here. But someone who is here now is MOXLEY! The former AEW World Champion goes to the ring from the crowd, staring the snarling Sir William Regal down. Fans tell Regal, “YOU F’D UP!” as Moxley gets ever closer. Moxley slowly steps into the ring, but then Bryan Danielson rushes out here! Bryan keeps Moxley from getting at Regal and fans boo! Moxley shoves Bryan but Bryan stands his ground between Moxley and Regal. Bryan gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Hey, listen, Mox. Listen, listen. Hey!”
Bryan says he doesn’t know why Regal did that, and it was a bad thing, but they’ve all done bad things! Fans boo because this was really bad. But Bryan asks Moxley to please not go after Regal. Regal has a bad neck and two bleeds on his brain, Moxley can’t hurt Regal. Moxley stands down, but he is pacing with the bottled up anger. Fans still want Moxley to hit someone. Bryan SLAPS Moxley, and then he apologizes! Bryan then gets on his knees to BEG Moxley to listen! Bryan knows the fans are booing but the struggles that Moxley has dealt with, Bryan’s dad struggled with those same things. This is more than just wrestling.
Bryan says when his dad had those struggles, Bryan didn’t understand. There was only one person who could teach him how and that was Regal. Bryan wants Moxley to tune the fans out and listen to just him. Because of Regal, Bryan could understand his father’s struggles. And for the last ten years of his life before he passed, Bryan was there to love his father, because of Regal! Now just imagine, please, just try to imagine someone teaching Moxley’s daughter to love him in spite of his struggles. Fans call BS but Bryan asks Moxley to spare Regal for Bryan’s sake. Bryan loves Regal. Fans boo that, too.
Moxley sighs and leans against the ropes. Fans keep telling Moxley to go after Regal and Moxley can’t tune them out. Moxley glares at Regal but he looks at Bryan. He takes the mic, Bryan steps aside, and Moxley steps right up to Regal as he says, “Your Lordship… I only want one thing from you. I want you to run. Run far away, as far away as you can, and you never, EVER come back. Right now. Walk. And keep on walking.” Moxley drops the mic, that is his one and only warning. Regal steps out of the ring and fans tell him to GTFO. Regal leaves, being spared from the Maniac’s rage. Fans sing “NANA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, good bye~!”
Moxley is still rather red, but this was the best he could do to show mercy to Regal. As for MJF, will Moxley hunt him down the moment he’s in an arena?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Renee Paquette tells him the cameras are live, and says we all saw what happened at Full Gear. Where is Keith’s head at after this all came to a head? Keith sighs, but then Swerve steps in. Renee lets them talk in private, and Keith tells Swerve to choose his words wisely. Swerve takes off his sunglasses, Keith takes off his jacket. Swerve looks to the camera, and covers it up. “Let’s talk.” “Without that, huh? Okay.” Is the team formerly known as Swerve In Our Glory still a team at all? Or will they come to an understanding off camera?
AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Jake Hager w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society!
Freshly Squeezed is coming off a big Ten Man Tag win with his Best Friends, but now he’s back to being a fighting champion. Will Cassidy be able to hold onto the title? Or will Rock Hard Hager make everyone APPRECIATE him?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if, uh… Whatever.
The bell rings, Cassidy steps to Hager, takes off the sunglasses and gives them to the ref. But Hager takes the glasses to put them on! They do go well with the bucket hat. Cassidy grabs for the hat but Hager won’t let him touch it. So Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! But Hager swings, only for Cassidy to dodge and SHOTGUN! And kip up! But Hager CLOBBERS Cassidy! Hager talks trash as Cassidy flounders to the corner. Hager storms up, whips corner to corner, but Cassidy tumbles up and out. Cassidy ducks the clothesline to bump Hager off buckles! The purple hat goes flying!
Fans fire up as Hager stares at the hat on the mat. Hager grabs Cassidy with both hands to throw him! Cassidy holds the ropes and he dumps Hager out! Cassidy then sees the hat, and he picks it up! Angelo Parker runs in, OLE as Cassidy baits him with the hat. Matthew Menard runs in, OLE again! Cassidy goes to put the hat but Daniel Garcia snatches it away! Fans boo and Cassidy frowns. Rocky Romero trips Garcia up! And Cassidy has the hat! He ROCKS Hager, DIVES, but Hager catches him! Hager POSTS Cassidy, to then FLAPJACK him on the apron! Parker puts the hat back on Hager! Hager says don’t touch his hat, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Hager flexes while Parker “kicks dirt” at Cassidy. Hager and Garcia secret handshake and then Hager drags Cassidy up. Hager puts Cassidy in the ring, drags him up, and wraps on a BEARHUG! Cassidy endures as Hager carries him around, and then Hager RAMS Cassidy into buckles! Cassidy throws elbows but Hager holds on. Cassidy grabs the hat! Hager thrashes Cassidy around for that! Cassidy drops the hat so Hager drops Cassidy. Hager puts the hat back on, then stalks Cassidy to a corner. Hager digs his knee in, the ref counts, so Hager switches to a boot. The ref still counts, Hager lets off, and both Menard and Parker talk trash at Cassidy.
Best Friends run Parker & Menard off, but Hager drags Cassidy up to put him through ropes. ROPE GUILLOTINE! Hager drags Cassidy away to a cover, TWO! Hager keeps cool and sits Cassidy up for a motorcycle stretch. Cassidy endures, fights up, and goes to put his hands in his pockets! Hager stops him, Cassidy keeps trying! They fight for control, but Hager lets Cassidy go to throw him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Hager soaks up the heat. Hager kneels on Cassidy as Dynamite returns to single picture. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up so Hager kicks him around. Hager then whips Cassidy up and out, only for Cassidy to skin the cat!
Hager CLUBS Cassidy’s hand, KICKS the other, then ROCKS Cassidy! But Cassidy trust falls with Best Friends! They catch him and help him down. Hager runs in and BLASTS Best Friends! But Cassidy DIVES! Direct hit and Hager hits railing! Cassidy puts Hager in, the JAS go after Cassidy, so Cassidy springboard CANNONBALLS! Cassidy hurries up the corner, leaps at Hager, but Hager catches him again! Hager pops Cassidy around to a suplex, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirl DDT on the hat! Cover, TWO! Hager is still in this but Cassidy crawls to the corner.
Fans rally up as Cassidy takes off the armband! Cassidy gives the lazy thumbs up, runs in at Hager, but Hager catches him for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Cassidy survives and Hager is furious! Hager puts the hat back on and he stomps away on Cassidy. Hager runs corner to corner, HAGER BOMB, but he blocks the boots! ANKLE LOCK!! Cassidy flails around and reaches out but Hager holds on. Cassidy rolls, kicks away but Hager still holds on. So Cassidy throws the hat! Hager ROCKS Cassidy and gets the hat back. ORANGE PUNCH!! Hager is still up so Cassidy victory rolls, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
Hager’s obsession with his hat costs him, and the champion is still Freshly Squeezed! And of course, Best Friends GROUP- NO, The Factory’s music cuts off the hug! QT Marshall says after Full Gear, there’s a lot of unfinished business. It seems Cassidy has no problem giving out title shots one after another, so… Wait, QT’s mic dies on him. QT still rants as he storms up to the ring, but then the lights turn off! Eerie music plays, and when the lights come back up… JULIA HART is on stage! And she calls forth THE HOUSE OF BLACK!! They’re IN THE RING!! They attack Best Friends!!
The Factory are in shock, but they stay back as Buddy Matthews, Brody King & Malakai Black kick out Best Friends! Fans fire up and The Factory applauds, too. But then the House of Black goes after The Factory! Malakai BOOTS QT, Buddy & Brody BLAST Karter and Johnson! Comoroto gets in but Brody CLOBBERS him! The destruction continues on the outside as the House of Black goes after anyone and everyone they can get their hands on! Referees and presumably the AEW Dark card rush out, but they all get destroyed, too! Malakai tosses one pour soul OFF the ramp! Julia smiles and fans fire up as the House of Black stands tall.
But they’re not done, either! Buddy brings a security guard over, and with Brody, they get him up for the DANTE’S INFERNO on the stage!! Malakai gets a mic and says, “Members of the House of Black… Please rise.” Fans cheer this devastating return, who will the House of Black tear down next?
AEW share “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry’s thoughts from after his Steel Cage Match.
“That was my best friend in the entire world, and at the same time, he’s hurt me worse than almost anybody that I’ve ever met. But at the same time, it was also cathartic to be out there, because all that pain and resentment, it came out. As much as he’s put me through, and as much as I resented him and wanted to kill him, I felt in a way, that we again shared a moment that neither of us will ever forget, and I’m glad that I got to share it with him. And I’m glad I won. I kicked your ass.”
AEW World Title Eliminator Finals: Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Ricky Starks!
The tournament was meant to end at Full Gear, but things happen, and Absolute Ricky Starks couldn’t wrap things up until last Saturday. But now, he and All Ego battle for the chance at the AEW World Championship! Who will MJF be facing when Winter is Coming?
But as the introductions are being made, Stokely has the music stop. “Give it up for the future number one contender for the AEW World Championship, All Ego, Ethaaaaaaaan… PAAAAGE!” Fans boo and Ethan asks, “Oh, you guys don’t like that? You guys think Ricky Starks is gonna win tonight? Well, listen up! When Ricky Starks is in the middle of this ring crying after I beat his ass, all you Chicago babies can join in and cry like the losers you all are!” Fans boo, but then Starks makes his entrance! Fans cheer, but with as much tape as is on Starks, maybe Ethan has a point. The bell rings, fans rally for Ricky as he circles with Ethan.
Ethan and Starks feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ethan kicks him in the bad ribs. Ethan then lounges on the top rope to mock Starks. Starks and Ethan circle again, Starks waistlocks. Ethan wrenches out and hammerlocks, then he CLUBS Starks. Starks staggers away to a corner and Ethan talks trash. Ethan does jumping jacks to mock Starks, then he and Starks circle again. Starks kicks and CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Ethan! Starks ROCKS Ethan to a corner, fires off hands from all sides, then rains down more fists! Fans fire up as the ref pulls Starks away! Ethan shakes out the cobwebs, and RAMS into the bad ribs!
Ethan bumps Starks off buckles, ROCKS him and follows him to the corner. Ethan ROCKS Starks, RAMS into him, then RAMS into him again! Ethan talks trash to the fans at home, but Starks CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Starks whips corner to corner but Ethan reverses. Starks goes up but Ethan KICKS him out of the air! Stokely cheers and Ethan stomps away on Starks in the corner. The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and Starks staggers away. Ethan has Starks in another corner, KNEES him low, then brings him out. Ethan KNEES Starks low again, soaks up the heat, and fans continue to rally for Starks.
Ethan talks trash on Starks, runs the ropes, but Starks SPEARS Ethan! Fans fire up but both men are down as that took a lot out of Starks, too! Starks flops out of the ring, Ethan goes out after him. Ethan kicks Starks in the ribs, drags him up and RAMS him into railing! Ethan brings Starks along as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ethan RAMS Starks into steel steps! Starks falls back, clutching ribs and shoulder. Ethan soaks up the heat again while the ref checks on Starks. Starks is somehow okay to continue, so Ethan drags Starks up. Ethan DROPS Starks on the railing! Starks is stuck halfway into the front row, but Ethan drags him back. Ethan puts Starks in the ring, stomps him around, and he soaks up more heat as Starks winces from the pain. Ethan stomps Starks, drags him up, but Starks CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Starks runs, but Ethan catches the crossbody to a BACKBREAKER! Ethan springboard STOMPS Starks in the ribs! And again!
Ethan digs his heel into Starks’ body but the ref counts. Ethan lets off, drags Starks back up, and reels Starks in to suplex high and hard! Starks crawls away to a corner while Ethan grins and flexes. Ethan swaggers over to Starks, brings him up, but Starks CHOPS and ROCKS Ethan! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws shot after shot! Starks CHOPS again, Stokely is furious, but Starks ROCKS Ethan in the corner. Ethan ROCKS and CLUBS Starks back, then whips him to a corner. Starks reverses and Ethan hits buckles! Starks runs, Ethan ducks and kicks low. Ethan whips, Starks slips around and hits a TORNADO, but Ethan hangs Starks out to dry!
Starks flops to the apron but Ethan goes out to join him. Ethan drags Starks up, fireman’s carries, but Starks throws elbows! Starks gets in the ring, ROCKS Ethan with a forearm, and Ethan goes to the floor. Fans fire up as Starks builds speed! Starks DIVES, but Stokely saves Ethan! Starks crashes ‘n’ burns and shouts in pain! Ethan and Stokely high-five, but the ref EJECTS Stokely! Ethan and Stokely are furious but the fans love it! Ethan assures Stokely that he can handle this from here, and he drags Starks into the ring. The ref checks on Starks but he’s somehow okay. Ethan climbs, Starks gets up and ROCKS Ethan!
Starks climbs up but Ethan throws hands back. They brawl up top, Starks CLUBS Ethan then throws down fists. Ethan throws body shots back! Ethan scoops Starks but Starks throws elbows! Starks is on the ropes again as eh throws forearms. But Ethan ROCKS Starks, ROCKS him again, but Starks ROCKS Ethan back! Starks stands on the very top!? SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Starks crawls but Ethan sits up. Ethan kicks but Starks blocks to throw haymakers! Starks gets around to fire off more shots! Starks ROCKS Ethan, kicks him low, then whips him to ropes. Ethan reverses but Starks returns with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!
Fans fire up and Starks pumps himself up! Starks drags Ethan up, uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Stack cover, TWO!! Ethan is still in this but Starks is too hurt to be frustrated. Starks throws off his elbow pads, drags Ethan back up, and he underhooks the arms! But Ethan RAMS Starks into the corner! And DECKS Starks with a forearm! RIPCORD POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Ethan slashes his throat! Ethan roars and drags Starks back up to gut wrench. Starks slips off to schoolboy, TWO!! Ethan BOOTS Starks, ROUNDHOUSES, and then runs, but Starks dodges! SPEAR!!
Fans fire up as Starks fires up in a corner! ANOTHER SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)
That was absolutely a gutsy performance! And now, in three weeks, Starks gets his shot at the champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman! Will Starks make MJF look like a transitional champion? Or will MJF be better than Starks, and you know it?
“Waking up Sunday morning, the reality that I was no longer TNT Champion settled in. I was very angry. And I went back to see what exactly happened, because last thing I knew, I was powerbombing Hobbs multiple times, doing what I always do, finishing the symphony and win. Watched the video back, and I see now that it got interrupted by a belt shot to the back of my head. Samoa Joe, you are not the most dangerous man in the room. You are not the TNT Champion, I am. And this is Wardlow’s World.” Will Wardlow hunt down #TwoBeltsJoe and take his belt back?
AEW shares video of the “encounter” between Jade Cargill and Bow Wow.
The UNDEFEATED TBS Champion and her Baddies were celebrating her 42nd win and her regaining physical possession of the belt. However, them ushering people out of the way at the Millennium Tour red carpet got Bow Wow’s attention. Bow Wow had his security usher them out, which got Jade all heated.
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.
Renee is with Jade, Kiera Hogan, Leila Grey, and the returning Red Velvet, and asks them all about what exactly happened with Jade and Bow Wow. No comment. No more clout for that “whack ass rapper.” But Jade is happy to finally have the belt back, with no help at all… Kiera and Leila look to the side while Velvet shrugs. But more importantly, Velvet IS back! And to celebrate, it’ll be a Baddie-bration next week in Indianapolis. Wait, why not tonight? Because been here, done that, whack town, moving on. As for Jade’s legal matters, Mark Sterling is back on retainer.
Smart Mark steps in and says, “As far as the Bow Wow situation is concerned, Jade Cargill’s official statement is, ‘No comment.'” Velvet likes that. Now, time to plan the party. They need balloons, champagne, cake, all green! The Baddies head out but Jade has Kiera stay back. Sterling has a document for her to sign? Kiera is agreeing to the assessment that she did not live up to her end of the deal, and as far as anyone is concerned, Kiera is NOT a Baddie. What?! Kiera gets kicked out just as Velvet comes back to the fold! What is Kiera to do now that she’s been kicked to the curb?
AEW World Trios Championships Best of Seven, Match 2: Death Triangle VS The Elite!
If you’re wondering when the first of this series started, it was at Full Gear. Rey Fenix gave in to the dastardly ways of The Bastard and used the bell hammer against Kenny Omega to secure the win, but that doesn’t sit well with Tony Khan. Will The Cleaner & Young Bucks correct another wrong done to them? Or will Fenix, Penta & Pac go up 2-0 already?
Chicago is chanting for “CM PUNK!” as The Elite make their entrance. Don Callis joins commentary again to put over the God of Wrestling, Kenny Omega. Pac has a face brace given the broken nose he suffered at Full Gear. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s time for round two! Omega steps right up to Fenix given the hammer shot, and he shoves Fenix! Fenix says it’s what the Elite would’ve done! Omega sighs, shakes Fenix’s hand, and then hits a V-TRIGGER! Penta and Pac rush in but they get intercepted by the Bucks! The Bucks stomp and throw them out, then they help Omega stomp Fenix.
Fans boo hard, but Matt WRECKS Penta with a dropkick! Nick DECKS Pac, and Omega drags Fenix up. The Bucks coordinate, they put one out on Penta and Pac, for DOUBLE APRON POWERBOMBS! Omega whips Fenix to SKY HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Matt whips Penta into railing, then whips him back the other way! Penta runs back at Matt to SLINGBLADE! Nick FLYING RANAS Penta! But Pac runs in to SHOTGUN Nick! Omega DECKS Pac from the apron, and fans boo as he sets up. The Terminator Drums still start, and the Bucks set up the Bastard. Omega says night night, runs, but Fenix SOMERSAULT CUTTERS!
Fenix goes up and up to TORNILLO onto everyone!! Chicago is thunderous, and even sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” as Fenix puts Omega back in. Fenix drags Omega up, tags Pac in, snapmare and Penta gets in. They KICK, KICK and KICK, then TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fenix drags Omega into position, Penta runs to wheelbarrow, VICTORY SPLASH MOONSAULT COMBO! Pac covers, TWO! Pac goes to a corner, springboards, but Omega gets under! Omega waistlocks, Pac switches, Omega switches, Pac switches back, Omega elbows out hard! Pac falls, clutching his busted nose, and the ref has Omega back off.
Omega argues with the ref, but Nick PENALTY KICKS Pac! Matt BLASTS the Lucha Brothers! Matt goes up top now and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit on the Lucha Bros, and Nick puts Pac in for Omega. Nick does his best Macho Man while Omega looms over Pac. Omega drags Pac up, Pac ROCKS Omega with forearms! Pac fires off hands, Omega hits back, but Pac ROCKS Omega! Pac runs in but Omega BOOTS him away! Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Omega is annoyed but he tags Matt in. Matt swaggers and jogs around Pac, before dropping the fist! AEW goes picture in picture as Matt stalks Pac to a corner.
Matt stands Pac up to DECK him with a right! Matt drags Pac back up, Nick waves him over, and Matt bumps Pac off Nick’s boot. Nick tags in, stomps Pac around, then he taunts Fenix & Penta with Latino Heat. Nick drags Pac up, Omega and Matt put their feet up, and Nick bumps Pac off both boots! Nick SPITS at Fenix! The ref has to keep Fenix back, and Nick drags Pac up. Tag to Matt, Matt fires up and aims, to slingshot and… Fall on his butt. Maybe copying Hangman is harder than he thought. Nick CLUBS Pac down and stomps him! Matt says his ankle gave out! Seems he’s mocking a certain someone with that.
Matt drags Pac up, grins, and bumps Pac off Nick’s and Omega’s boots! Tag to Omega and Omega says they’re going to go another round! They get fans to count along “FOUR!” but Pac throws body shots! Omega CLUBS Pac, whips him in, but Pac reverses! Omega hits the Bucks’ boots! And then the Lucha Brothers CLOBBER the Bucks! Dynamite returns to single picture, Pac crawls to his corner, but Matt trips Penta off the apron! Omega storms up on Pac, drags him up, and Omega wrenches Pac’s arm, to BITE it! The ref counts, Omega lets off and argues with the ref again. Pac goes to ropes, Omega runs over, but Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN!
Fans fire up while Pac and Omega are both down. Pac crawls, Omega sits up, hot tags to Penta and Matt! Penta CROSSBODIES the Bucks! Then mule kick for Matt, wheelbarrow roll with Nick and DDT for Matt! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Nick! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Matt! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Omega! Fans are thunderous as Penta tags Fenix. Fenix goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG Matt! Nick kicks Fenix to a corner but is put on the ropes! Fenix CHOPS Matt, knuckle locks and goes up and up again, SUPER STEINER for Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK back!
Fans are electric as everyone is down around ringside! Fenix and Matt crawl for their corners, hot tags to Pac and Omega! Omega swings but misses! Pac SOBATS, KICKS, “This is Awesome!” as Pac SOBATS again. Pac runs but into a cheap shot! Matt grins, Omega V-TRIGGERS from behind! SNAP DRAGON! Tag to Nick, tag to Matt, and the Bucks BLAST the Lucha Brothers. The Bucks sit Pac up, and they pull the face brace off!! The ref reprimands but it isn’t really illegal to do that. Pac throws body shots on Nick! And on Matt! Omega CLUBS Pac, then goes to the corner to tag back in. Omega then tags Matt back in, and all three surround Pac.
Pac sits up, the Elite fire sup, TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Cover, the Lucha Bros break it! The Bucks throw Penta out, then Fenix. Nick builds speed and goes up, up and ESCALARAS to take out the Lucha Bros! Matt tags Omega in and Pac is on the ropes. Omega says BANG and runs, V-TRIGGER!! Then the Electric Chair Lift, ONE-WINGED- NO! Pac slips off, kicks and whips but Omega reverses to fireman’s carry! Fans boo, he better not! GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Bastard survives and Omega is furious!! Omega tags Matt, Matt drags Pac up and Nick sets up on the apron. But Fenix tightrope walks to KICK Nick!
Pac victory rolls, TWO!! Omega runs in but Fenix dumps him out! Fenix DIVES to take out Nick and Omega at the ramp! Pac dodges Matt, waistlocks, but Matt gets to ropes. The ref is checking on everyone on the outside, Matt LOW BLOWS Pac! Fans boo and Alex Abrahantes points it out, but the damage is done! Matt gets the bell hammer! But Penta slithers up behind him to shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” But DOS HAMMERS! BAM to Matt!! Pac covers, Death Triangle wins!!
Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall (lead the series 2-0)
Fenix and Penta argue about resorting to the hammers all over again, but in the end, they’re up big on The Elite! Will Death Triangle look to finish this off before the New Year? Or will Omega & The Bucks get on the board in Indianapolis?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
“Chicago, what a night we have had so far! Now, I am out here with a massive announcement that pertains to the Women’s Division. Due to the extent of the injuries to the AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa, and the uncertainty of when she could return to action, AEW and Thunder Rosa have reached a mutual agreement. AEW management has been forced to ask Thunder Rosa to relinquish the championship. Thunder Rosa was a fighting champion for AEW, she is willing to step aside and forfeit the title to the benefit of AEW, but more importantly, to the benefit of all of the women of AEW.
“Now that being said, please join me in welcoming your NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter!” Fans cheer as the interim is no longer interim, and Hayter walks out on stage with Britt and Rebel. This is the Hayter Era and Renee congratulates her. How does she feel? Britt speaks up to say, “Renee, thank you for telling all these people what they already knew, and that is that Jamie Hayter is the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion! And let me let you in on a little secret, Ne-Ne. We were never even considering the word ‘interim,’ it’s not even in our vocabulary. Now take this mic, step aside, and let the champ walk to the ring.”
Britt follows Hayter, and they’re ready to take on some hungry competition. Will “The Killer & The Pillar” crush the hopes of four contenders all at once? Or will someone snatch a golden ticket off Hayter on the way to the holidays?
Triple Threat Tag: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS TayJay VS Willow Nightingale & Sky Blue!
AEW returns as the Jericho Appreciation Society’s Brazilian Goddess and Star of the Show make their entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat, only two teams are legal at any time, so Tay steps to the champ! Tay and Hayter tie up, Hayter wrenches and wristlocks. Tay endures, pries free to wrench back and she hammerlocks. Tay then waistlocks, but Hayter headlocks back. Hayter hits a takeover, Tay rolls her to a cover, ONE! Hayter holds on, Tay fights up but can’t power out as Hayter holds on tight. Tay powers out to a headlock of her own, but Hayter powers out to run Tay over. Tay gets up into a kick and whip, and Hayter runs her over again.
Hayter hauls Tay up but Anna gets in! TayJay double suplex but Hayter fights that, to DOUBLE SUPLEX TayJay! Fans fire up and Hayter drags Tay up to SNAP HAMMER! Cover, TWO! Hayter drags Tay up, bumps her off buckles, and she tags Britt. Britt fires forearms on Tay, CHOKES her, and then lets off at the count. Hayter CHOKES Tay but Tay fights though. Britt full nelsons and snapmares Tay to a ghost pin, TWO! Britt fires forearms on Tay, whips her to ropes, then follows, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt brings Tay up, but Tay wrenches out to ROCK Britt! Tay brings Britt around, tags Jay, and they double suplex Britt!
Britt flounders to tag in Willow! Willow runs in but Anna ROCKS her first! Anna whips Willow to the corner, Tay whips her in, but Willow dodges Anna to ROCK Tay and whip her into Anna! Willow SANDWICHES then LARIATS TayJay! Snapmare and BOOT for Anna! Willow scoops Anna to SLAM her! Skye runs in to wheelbarrow with Willow, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Willow frowns and brings Anny up. Willow whips, Anna reverses, and Tay gets a cheap shot in! Willow swings on Tay but Tay HOTSHOTS her! Anna THROWS Willow out hard, then Tay drags her up! Tay whips Willow hard into railing!
Anna soaks up the heat while Tay puts Willow in, and AEW goes picture in picture. Anna CHOKES Willow on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and she bumps Willow off buckles. Anna fires forearms, tags in Tay, and they pull Willow’s hair. Tay BOOTS Willow, then brings her around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Tay is frustrated but she drags Willow up to CLUB away on her. Tay drags Willow up but Willow fires forearms back! Tay DECKS Willow! Tay drags Willow up, RAMS her into the corner, then tags Anna. Anna runs in to back elbow! Anna stands Willow up to dig her boot in! The ref counts, Anna lets off, and Willow fires off forearms!
Willow fireman’s carries but Anna slips off to ROCK Willow again. Anna kicks her around, then CHOKES Willow on the mat. The ref counts, Anna lets off, and she bumps Willow off buckles. Anna ROCKS Willow, CHOKES her, then tags Tay. Anna still CHOKES Willow until Tay stomps Willow down. Tay CHOKES Willow on the ropes! Tag to Anna, she drags Willow up, but Willow powers her way towards the DMD corner! Tay rushes in to CLUB Willow to stop that, then she takes over with the DD TAY! Cover, Britt breaks it! TayJay talk trash with Killer & Pillar, but Sky e tags in! Skye goes up, and CROSSBODIES TayJay!
Fans fire up as Chicago’s own SMASHES Jay! Dynamite returns to single picture, Skye whips and SHINING WIZARDS Jay at the ropes, then SUPERKICKS her down! Skye SUPER- NO, Jay blocks and spins Skye but Skye KICKS Anna down! Cover, Hayter breaks it! Hayter whips Jay to the corner, Britt tags in off Jay, and Hayter ELBOWS Jay down! Britt runs at Skye to spin her and FISHERMAN SCREW! But Willow is in to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Jay rushes in to HOOK KICK! Hayter BOOTS Jay! Tay BOOTS Hayter! Skye and Tay DOUBLE LARIAT! They stay up, to DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE!
Skye and Tay still stand, Skye SUPERKICKS Tay! Tay wobbles around, into the CODE BLUE!! But Britt SUPERKICKS Skye! Britt feeds Skye to the HATE BREAKER! Then CURB STOMP! Cover, Britt & Hayter win!
Winners: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, by pinfall
The Pillar & The Killer are still a successful tag team, and the Hayter Era begins! Who will be the first to step up to the new champion?
Backstage interview with FTR and Top Flight.
Renee is with “two of the best tag teams in all of AEW,” and Dante & Darius had something to say. But Dax Harwood speaks up first. He doesn’t throw out compliments a lot, but he must say, Darius had a string of bad luck but he’s always been impressive. And Top Flight with AR Fox almost became World Trios Champions last week. That impressed Dax, too. So what he wants from now on, for the next few decades to come, is Top Flight to take over tag team wrestling. Darius appreciates that, but there’s a reason Top Flight wanted to talk. And speaking of impressed, Top Flight’s been impressed with FTR for years.
Darius says it is a dream match, Top Flight VS FTR. So if they’re all impressed, FTR will put the ROH World Tag Team Championships on the line for Black Friday Rampage. Cash says they have always liked Top Flight, and they don’t say no to a fight. They’re on! They all shake hands, and Dante says, “Top Flight, out.” Dax says that’s clever, but that’s kinda FTR’s thing. Will the ROH World Tag titles still be FTR’s thing after the special afternoon Rampage?
The Acclaimed is here!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens finally settled things with Swerve & Keith, and they’re still AEW World Tag Team Champions! Caster has a rap ready, “Acclaimed back at it with the story of the year, cuz we broke up Keith & Swerve at Full Gear. New champs, Hayter, MJF, but Acclaimed retained, we’re staying at the apex. You wanna shot, put your name on the ballot, and get your nuts slapped like Lethal & Jarrett! Yo, we cuttin’ all the dead weight. Chicago knows, it’s Acclaimed Every Wednesday!” Bowens says, “CHICAGOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Cut the music.” The music stops and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!”
Bowens says, “Chicago, it’s good to be back! And there’s’ a lot to be thankful for. It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Starting with Max and I retaining the AEW tag team titles, further proving that EVERYONE! LOVES! The Acclaimed! And not only that. My shoulder’s feeling better. But most importantly…” Billy Gunn unwraps the fingers! So of course, “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” But then Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh interrupt from the tron. Sonjay has them stop right there. Did he just hear their names come outta the Acclaimed’s mouths?! Lethal warns them to keep Jarrett’s name out their freakin’ mouths!
Speaking of, Double J steps into frame to say, “Listen up, Slap Max! And you two, Daddy Ass, and Junior Ass, and all you other AEW ass clowns! You wanna talk smack? Well Max, I’ll give you something to rap about. Acclaimed, you best be watching your backs.” Fans chant, “TNA SUCKS!” and Billy says, “Somebody get that old ass off my screen, would ya?” Fans cheer for that! Billy has pull around here cuz he’s Billy. And now, the moment everyone’s been waiting for… Chicago, SCISSOR TIME!! And the fingers scissor!! The Acclaimed doesn’t sweat Double J and Jay, but will the #LethalOutlaws come for the gold soon enough?
ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Wizard is still “Ring of Jericho” Champion after Full Gear because, whether he wanted to or not, Sammy Guevara played his part in that Fatal 4 Way. But now, the Stone Pitbull is coming after Le Champion! Will Ishii prove he’s not that Young Lion Jericho remembers? Or will Jericho check another name off the list?
The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, the belt is raised, and we see if even Ishii must hail #THEOCHO!
The bell rings and Jericho already flips off Chicago. And then he flips off Ishii. Ishii just steps to Jericho, Jericho tells him he’s a BAKA KOUHAI (stupid junior), but then Ishii SLAPS him! Jericho snarls and SLAPS back! Ishii SLAPS, Jericho SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP and fans fire up as the shots keep going! Ishii ROCKS Jericho with that last one, then snapmares to KICK him! Jericho winces and rolls out of the ring. Ishii waits on Jericho, and even holds the ropes open for his senpai. Jericho doesn’t accept, he gets in on the other side. Jericho throws forearms but Ishii eggs him on!
Jericho throws forearm after forearm but Ishii doesn’t budge! Then Ishii starts throwing forearms in return! Fans fire up as the forearms go back and forth now! Forearm after forearm after forearm, but then Jericho gets the edge! Jericho runs, into a SAIDO! Ishii runs but Jericho avoids the sliding lariat! But Ishii blocks the Code Breaker! Ishii throws Jericho away, but Jericho ducks Ishii’s enziguri! Fans fire up as the two stand off. Jericho and Ishii check their cheeks, they circle again, and they tie up again. Jericho and Ishii are in a deadlock, Jericho headlocks, but Ishii powers out. They RAM shoulders, and they yell at each other!
Ishii runs, RAMS Jericho, then Jericho runs to RAM Ishii! Ishii rebounds to run Jericho over! Fans fire up and Ishii finally feels those collisions. Jericho goes to a corner, Ishii storms over, but Jericho SLAPS! SLAPS! SLAPS! Ishii just eggs Jericho on, then SLAPS back! And CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS and Ishii winces. Ishii CHOPS and Jericho sputters! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, and Jericho staggers back. Jericho snarls, CHOPS, but Ishii CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, repeat! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP, then they both wobble as they clutch their stinging chests while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS again! Jericho roars, CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return! Jericho drops to his knees and Ishii finally feels the pain. Ishii taunts Jericho-senpai, and Jericho comes back to CHOP! Ishii CHOPS, the CHOP fight is back on! Jericho’s chest is bleeding from one spot! But Jericho still CHOPS Ishii! Ishii CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ishii just keeps hitting that bloody spot! But Jericho CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Ishii eggs Jericho on, then CHOPS again! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, they just keep going!
Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Jericho wobbles to ropes but Ishii CHOPS him more and more! The ref warns about getting up high, but then Jericho blocks to COHP and CHOP and CHOP in return! Jericho’s arm is tiring out! But he still CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS go harder and harder, and Chicago gives this a standing ovation! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii ROARS, Jericho CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, and they CHOP as Dynamite returns to single picture! Jericho’s chest is so red, and not even from the blood! Fans hope they “CHOP FOREVER!” At this rate, they just might!
The CHOPS just keep going, and Jericho finally gets the edge! But Ishii just roars again! To CHOP Jericho off his feet!! Jericho sits up a bloody mess, Ishii rests against ropes, and fans are loving this. Jericho and Ishii get back up, to CHOP even more!! Ishii CHOPS Jericho to the corner, he keeps giving CHOPS, then he whips corner to corner. Jericho reverses, but Ishii comes back to run him over! Jericho goes to a corner, Ishii runs in and Jericho BOOTS him! Jericho runs to LARIAT Ishii into the corner! Jericho fires off point blank clotheslines over and over! Ishii sits but Jericho keeps after him with stomps!
The ref backs Jericho off, and he drags Ishii back up. Jericho CHOPS Ishii, then climbs up to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to nine but Ishii brings him out to POWERBOMB! Stack cover, TWO!! Ishii and Jericho are both down and fans rally up. Ishii rises first, and he waits on Jericho. Ishii runs, LARIATS, but Jericho stays up! Jericho eggs Ishii on, Ishii runs but Jericho BOOTS him! Ishii roars at Jericho, Jericho roars back! They both run, and Jericho CLOBBERS Ishii with the cross chop! Ishii is on the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into an ELBOW from Ishii! Ishii drags Jericho up, to suplex!
Jericho fights the suplex, is on the apron, and he kicks low to APRON DDT!! Both men are down and fans lose their minds! The ring count starts while both men are down. Ishii stirs at 4 of 10, but Jericho slowly stands at 6. Jericho ROCKS Ishii, Ishii ROCKS him back, and they go forearm for forearm! They hear the count reach 9 and they both slide in! Jericho ROCKS Ishii, Ishii ROCKS Jericho, and the forearms keep going! Ishii falls, Jericho kicks him around! Jericho runs, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho gets up, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Ishii! But Ishii is up, only to run into another GERMAN SUPLEX!
Ishii is up! But hen he falls back down! Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE?!?! Fans are thunderous and Jericho is shocked! Jericho ROCKS Ishii, and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! Ishii survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Jericho waits on Ishii. Ishii slowly rises, Jericho runs in, but Ishii swats the Judas Effect to HEADBUTT Jericho down! Fans are thunderous as Ishii roars again! Ishii sits Jericho up, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Ishii just roars again! Ishii drags Jericho up, but Jericho suplexes! Ishii fights that but Jericho trips him!
Jericho has the legs, he turns but Ishii bridges to throw Jericho! Ishii STEALS THE CODE BREAKER! Fans are thunderous and Ishii runs, to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Jericho is still in this! Ishii drags Jericho up, suplexes, but Jericho fights! Jericho wrenches, Ishii fires forearms and boxing elbows! ENZI- NO, Jericho blocks the kick! WALLS OF JERICHO!!! Ishii endures as Jericho sits deep! Fans are thunderous as Ishii crawls and claws around, but Jericho drags him away from ropes! Ishii still fights, tucks and rolls but Jericho throws down forearms! Jericho turns Ishii around again, LION TAMER!!! Ishii endures, but he FLIPS JERICHO OFF! Then he taps! Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission (still ROH World Champion)
The Ocho did it without cheating! Jericho may not realize it, but he might be just as much a pro-wrestler as anyone! But he still wants after Ian Riccaboni!? Instead, CLAUDIO comes out to DECK Jericho! The Swiss Superman sends a message to Le Champion, we will see these two fight at Final Battle?
What a great post-PPV episode for AEW. When MJF wasn’t advertised for showing up tonight, I just knew he was doubling down on being a Heel by acting high and mighty now that he’s world champion. But we got a great segment from Regal, Bryan and Moxley. Moxley is understandably PISSED, and Bryan defending Regal was also great stuff. This isn’t necessarily Blackpool Combat Club breaking up so much as Regal defecting to MJF’s side, but this is just one more nail in the coffin. And they even kept “MJF never really fired The Firm” alive, since Starks won the Eliminator Tournament in a great match with Ethan Page. MJF VS Starks is going to be great stuff, and this whole MJF era is going to be a lot of fun.
I actually liked that Keith and Swerve didn’t argue or fight on camera, because this is a very creative take on a tag team breaking up. I feel like them reuniting as a team isn’t likely, but even if they do, it is only inevitable that they finally come to blows and have their own singles feud. Great stuff from Cassidy VS Hager, especially with all the antics surrounding the purple bucket hat. Cassidy retains, of course, but I like that the House of Black used this opportunity to return and just beat the crap out of everyone. I am thinking Malakai gets in on the All-Atlantic title, and we could see Buddy & Brody go for the tag titles.
Wardlow of course wants the TNT title, and I’m thinking they set up a match for Winter is Coming. Joe can go to Final Battle as a double champion, probably stay double champion, and then we’ll see if Wardlow can take the TNT title off Joe. Good promo from The Baddies but a shame that Kiera was the most loyal Baddie yet she’s the one getting kicked out. Maybe Kiera teams up with Diamante and they go after Jade together. It’s also great that the “interim” is gone, Hayter is THE champion (and apparently Toni Storm will be retroactively). Now all we need is her to break away from Britt. We did get a great Triple Threat Tag with Hayter and Britt winning, and I wonder if Britt ends up the #1 contender, compelling her and Hayter to have a match. After all, wins and losses matter.
Though, that doesn’t explain Lethal & Jarrett calling out The Acclaimed like they’re up next or something. Jarrett & Lethal lost to Sting & Darby, it should be Sting & Darby up next, except that not even AEW does Faces VS Faces or Heels VS Heels. Top Flight VS FTR is going to be awesome, but I think FTR wins, and then they can set up something for Final Battle. Still expecting it to be Austin & Colten Gunn, they have been getting at FTR so much that it just makes sense.
That Trios Championship Best of Seven match was awesome stuff, but also what a wild moment because fans were loud for both sides of the CM Punk argument. Most of Chicago was pro-Punk but there was still a vocal minority saying “F CM Punk.” The Elite added on by trolling Punk with mocking how Punk hurt himself doing the Buckshot and what not. To my surprise, The Elite didn’t win this one, either! And it was because Penta used a hammer! It seems all of Death Triangle is going to have to come to terms with Heel tactics if the team is to stick together. As for The Elite, they may have to keep an eye on those hammers. I’m thinking The Elite make a comeback no later than Winter is Coming. And I would think this goes all the way to the seventh match, that’s how epic these two teams are.
And that was an awesome main event! Jericho, for all his character’s talk of sports entertainment being superior, reminded everyone that he is an icon for a reason. He and Ishii really brought the Strong Style, but I had a feeling Jericho was going to retain. And Claudio clobbering Jericho as he was calling out Riccaboni was good stuff. Clearly, Claudio VS Jericho is happening at Final Battle, and that could be an epic match on the level of this main event. I honestly can’t be sure who else AEW can bring in for Jericho to face, but I can’t see Jericho losing the title just yet. Maybe the Jericho Appreciation Society will bring out a list of former ROH champions to face.
My Score: 9/10
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