It’s the Dynamite After Double or Nothing!
Cody Rhodes is the inaugural AEW TNT Champion, but he will have to hit the ground running! Who wins a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to challenge his newborn reign?
- Six Man Tag: Matt Hardy & The Young Bucks VS Joey Janela & Private Party; Hardy & The Young Bucks win.
- Brian Cage w/ Taz VS Lee Johnson; Cage wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Christi Jaynes; Shida wins.
- SoCal Uncensored VS The Superbad Squad; The Superbad Squad wins and will challenge the AEW World Tag Team Champions next week, 6/3/20.
- AEW TNT Championship #1 Contender Battle Royal: Jungle Boy wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title next week, 6/3/20.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Inner Circle meets up backstage.
Chris Jericho knows it’s been a rough week for him and the boys, with bruised bodies and egos. But the pep rally will fire them up to get back on top, and they will also find a way to recoop for all the Stadium Stampede Champions shirts they made. But at least it’s only a few boxes. Actually, Le Champion, there’s way more than these three boxes. Well y’see, Carlos from 125th- Carlos is here? No, Ortiz, calm down. Seems his hearing hasn’t returned… But Carlos got the Inner Circle a badass deal on mass producing shirts. “Wow that’s a lot of shirts!” Jericho is getting a headache. Is recovering from the Double or Nothing defeat going to be harder than he thought?
Six Man Tag: Matt Hardy & The Young Bucks VS Joey Janela & Private Party!
DAMASCUS and the Bucks of Youth are still feeling WONDERFUL~ after the Stampede Stadium victory, but do not have time to rest on those laurels. The Bad Boy joins forces with Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy, will they be able to win where the Inner Circle could not?
Before the match, Hardy stands with The Elite and with cameras, “because these events must be DOCUMENTED~!” Hardy was proud to wage the Great War with The Elite, but Hangman Page is still feeling awkward. Hangman heads back to the hotel, and Kenny Omega says he’ll go with him to have some milk. Well see you guys later then. But for now, Hardy teams with Matt & Nick Jackson will team together for the first time EVER~! Actually, about that. The Bucks were wondering if they could get a different version of Hardy tonight? Of course! Here comes Team Extreme Hardy! No, no, go further back. Oh okay. This Hardy asks if they want to get wild and be a bunch of #SpotMonkeys. HELL YEAH! Will V1 be the one that helps the Bucks stay strong after the Stadium Stampede?
The teams sort out and we begin with Matt and Quen. They circle and tie up and the crowd rallies up. Matt headlocks, Nick tags in and Quen powers out. Matt slides under and baits Quen into a drop toehold. Nick slingshot leg drops! Kassidy runs in but gets a kick. Matt helps Nick get up for a springboard crossbody! Janela tags in and fires off hands on the Bucks then runs, into double elbows! Tag to Hardy and Hardy runs in, triple attack in the corner! Tag to Nick and we get a BUCKS IN MOTION! Nick gives the V1 but Janela gets away to tag in Kassidy. Kassidy and Nick tie up, Nick headlocks but Kassidy powers out. Nick runs Kassidy over, things speed up and Kassidy hurdles but Nick stops himself. Nick BOOTS Kassidy then DECKS Quen! Nick cartwheels but Kassidy hits the triangle jump hotshot! Quen BOOTS Nick then tags in!
Quen runs, tags in Janela, and huricanranas Nick to the floor! Janela runs and DIVES to add on! Then he adds on a Death Valley Driver! “He’s gonna puuuuke!” Janela puts Nick in and covers, but Matt breaks it up. Janela tags Kassidy and Kassidy drags Nick up. Kassidy elbows Nick on the back then drags him up for a standing cobra twist. Nick endures the abdominal stretch but Kassidy digs his knuckles in! Nick pops out and throws haymakers, but Kassidy waistlociks. Nick switches but Kassidy elbows out. Kassidy kicks and whips Nick, but Nick reverses. Nick sees Silly String coming and DECKS Janela to then go to the apron. Nick SUPERKICKS Quen, then enziguris Kassidy! Nick moonsaults but Janela dodges.
Janela runs at Nick but is sent to the crowd. He ducks the SUPERKICK, and it hits Braxton “The Blade” Sutter! Andy “The Butcher” Williams takes offense and goes after Nick! The ref misses all this because he’s busy with the men in the ring! Matt hurries over as his brother gets mugged by MJF’s mercenaries, and FLIES out to take them down! The rest of the crowd is cheering this on, and Matt helps Nick get back to ringside. Janela is waiting and he DECKS Nick! He rocks Matt, too, then drags Nick up and over. Janela puts Nick on the ramp and Nick gets in the ring. Nick shoulders back then slingshots for a FACEBUTER! Quen rushes over but Nick monkey flips him to the ramp! Kassidy runs into a shoulder, and a slingshot DESTROYER!! Nick and Private Party are down but the crowd is firing up! Hot tag to Hardy!
Hardy rallies on Kassidy with clotheslines, then whips Kassidy for a back drop! Kassidy staggers up into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy wants to finish this but Kassidy flounders to ropes. Kassidy turns around, catches the kick but gets a RIGHT! Hardy whips, Kassidy reverses and enziguris! Kassidy springboards, but into a catch! Quen runs in but Hardy kicks and catches him, too! Double DDT! Janela climbs up and lea,s into a SIDE EFFECT! Hardy drags Janela and Kassidy over to join Quen to have them all in the drop zone. Hardy climbs up and MOONSAULTS onto them all! Cover, TWO!! Hardy tags Matt in and Matt drags Kassidy up. Matt throws haymakers and CHOPS over and over, then throat chops! Matt runs but into a kick from Janela!
Janela punches Matt, then Nick, then climbs again. Janela leaps for a double missile dropkick! The Bad Boy fires up and goes to the apron, but Hardy ROCKS him! Janela is stuck in a Tree of Woe, and gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! But Private Party DOUBLE FLY! The tope conjilo take the Bucks out, but Quen may have injured himself there. Kassidy checks on Quen but Quen wants him to return to the ring. Hardy grabs Kassidy but Kassidy hits a TORNADO COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Kassidy gets more tips from Quen and goes after Hardy again. Kassidy throws hands, hoists Hardy up, but Matt returns to SUPERKICK! Kassidy flounders down and Matt brings him up. Fireman’s carry and Hardy joins in, elbow drop to MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! The 450, the MOONSAULT, and the cover! Hardy and the Bucks win!
Winners: Matt Hardy & The Young Bucks, by pinfall
A rather frantic finish, but Hardy is a good sport in helping Quen get to the back. Hopefully for Private Party’s sake, this isn’t as serious as it seems, since they only just returned. But will the Bucks return to the top of the tag team division soon enough?
Wait, Butcher and Blade want payback for earlier! They beat Matt and Nick down as the crowd boos! But wait, who are these two in the truck? Wait, are those who we think they are? Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, F T R is in A E W!! They storm right to the ring and look at the Bucks. This has been a war of words for years on social media, but FTR is going after the mercs?! They beat down Blade then double whip and CLOBBER Butcher! They drag Blade up for the SPIKE PILEDRIVER! And now they look at the Bucks. The crowd is losing its mind, but Butcher returns! But he gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS, to SHATTER MACHINE! FTR and the Bucks stare down, but FTR heads out. They made their presence known, so it is only a matter of time. Will it be FTW FTW when they finally throw down with The Bucks?
Jon Moxley is here!
And he is still AEW World Champion after overcoming Mr. Brodie Lee in a very brutal match that broke the stage! But he’s not here to fight, he’s heading to commentary. “Well I feel terrible, guys, thank you for asking.” That war at Double or Nothing with the toughest fight to date here. Now out of nowhere, Brian Cage appears and wins the Casino Ladder match to have a title shot. Unexpected but Moxley rolls with the punches. He has a bird’s eye view of Cage’s Dynamite debut!
Brian Cage w/ Taz VS Lee Johnson!
“Who can stop the Path of Cage?” Big Shotty wants to try, but he gets CLOBBERED the moment Cage gets in the ring! Moxley already likes Cage’s style. The bell rings and Cage tosses Johnson to a corner for clotheslines over and over and over! Cage then TOSSES Johnson across the way! The crowd can’t believe what they’re seeing, but QT Marshall can’t believe Allie is standing right next to him. Brandi and Dustin try to get QT to focus on the match but that’s a tall task. Cage runs corner to corner to uppercut, enziguri and GERMAN SUPLEX Johnson the other way! Taz likes what he sees as Cage drags Johnson up. Cage puts one out and lifts, to POWERBOMB, dead lift and BUCKLE BOMB! And then, with a slash of the throat, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Brutal and abrupt, but that’s nothing new to Moxley. Taz takes to the mic now to address the champion. “Great to see you, man.” Taz respects Mox and how he grinds and grinds and grinds to this success. Mox is the top guy, THE AEW World Champion. But at Fyter Fest, he’ll be dealing with something different. He’ll be dealing with “that.” That’s a Machine! Moxley needs to bring that fight he’s known for, to bring the grit he’s known for, and to bring the heart he’s known for. Because the big man is going to stick his hand in Moxley’s chest and tear that heart out! “Understand something, Mox. That’s Brian Cage, the Machine. Beat him if you can. Survive if he lets you.” Taz busts out the classic line, but Moxley is looking forward to it all. Double or Nothing raised the bar, but will Fyter Fest be the fight of Moxley’s life?
Tony Schiavone stands on stage for Britt Baker.
The Dentist has her assistant and make-up artist, Rebel, wheel her out on her “Roll Model” wheelchair. That is because Britt suffered severe injuries to her right knee which kept her out of action at Double or Nothing. Schiavone says it is time for The Rules of Being a Role Model. Britt tells him to read the paper. Right, sorry. The Rules of Being a Role Model. What’s with the Law & Order sound? Britt takes over from here. “Thank you, Tony.” Rule number three is all about Britt. Don’t hurt the Role Model. To be frank, the egregious tandem assault wasn’t an accident. It was in fact a conspiracy against her, and goes far beyond just a match. Exhibit A, it was a 3v1 calculated attack from Hikaru Shida, Kris Statlander and Nyla Rose from last week’s tag team match. This was probably in the works for months, or maybe even since day one of AEW.
Britt wants to be clear that she is a close, close personal friend with the TOP TNT Executives! Without Britt, there is no AEW Women’s Division! Flip the paper, Reba. Reba! The next page is Kris Statlander. Being an alien is “a crock of sh*t.” She’s a conspirator. Flip the paper. Hikaru Shida, the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion. She broke Britt’s nose, is a fraudulent champion, and a cheater because she carries that weapon around. Conspirator! Flip the paper. Nyla Rose, the former champion. Britt has seen Nyla come off the top rope hundreds of times with precision and grace. She couldn’t guide herself away from Britt’s leg? Britt thinks not. CONSPIRATOR! Rebel/Reba flips the paper, but there’s no more content. “Get the board.”
Rebel hurries to bring out Britt’s conspiracy board! At the center of it all is referee Aubrey Edwards! Tony, move over! This is the “web of evils,” all centered on the brains of the operation, Madame Aubrey. “Coincidence she just so happens to be around every single time I’m injured?” Concussion: Aubrey. Broken leg: Aubrey! Broken nose: Aubrey… was in the building! The roster has been put on notice. They tried to take her out, but the joke’s on them. Britt will be back in time for All Out! The Role Model rolls herself backstage, but will her “case” against the locker room hold up?
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Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.
Before James Marvez can ask about the pep rally, Jericho tells him to shut up with his fat head. Jericho and his guys have better things to do than stand here and talk to him. But yes, the pep rally will be one of the greatest spectacles in AEW history! Pomp and circumstance, cheerleaders, a drum line, lots of presents, and more importantly, the Inner Circle getting back on track after- Wait, what is Orange Cassidy doing passing through? Did he seriously just do that? “See you later, Orange.” The Inner Circle heads out, is Fresh Squeeze about to get pinched?
Hikaru Shida VS Christi Jaynes!
The Stardom Samurai slayed the Native Beast and is now THE AEW Women’s World Champion! But can she stay on this hot streak against the Brazilian va-va-voom?
The bell rings and Shida circles with CJ. The crowd chants, “Holy Shida!” but CJ gets upset. They tie up, Shida powers CJ back to the ropes, but the ref calls for the break. Shida backs off and CJ feels offended for some reason. CJ and Shida circle again, and CJ dodges to taunt Shida with her dancing. CJ wants Shida to show her dance moves, and the crowd gets behind that idea. Shida figures why not, and then CJ kicks her legs out! CJ says Shida won’t get to dance, so Shida fires off hands! Shida roars and whips but CJ reverses. Shida holds ropes and throws hands, but CJ blocks and CHOPS back! CJ knuckle locks and springboards to arm-drag! CJ dances a little more and brings Shida up, but Shida slaps and pulls CJ’s hair! CJ pulls hair back, but Shida throws forearms! Shida pulls hair again, and bumps CJ off buckles!
Shida runs corner to corner to KNEE CJ down! Shida drags CJ to the apron and positions her, for a KNEE! The crowd fires up with Shida as she goes back into the ring. Shida drags CJ up, scoops and backbreakers! CJ writhes but Shida drags her around for a camel clutch! CJ endures, reaches, but Shida just throws her down. Shida drags CJ back up, suplexes and floats over, TWO! Shida keeps her cool as she goes up top. CJ stands, runs in and springboards to enziguri Shida down! CJ pulls off her arm bands and climbs up top. CJ leaps for a sunset flip but Shida rolls through, only for CJ to basement capoeria kick! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and CJ thought she had it. CJ runs, springboards and LIONSAULTS but FLOPS! Shida fires up to ROCK CJ with that forearm! Then the BLINDSIDE WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! CJ shocks Shida now but Shida just fires up more! Shida drags CJ back up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The new champion is successful but any number of contenders will be coming for her now! Will she be able to withstand the challenges of being a champion as Spring gives way to Summer?
AEW goes picture in picture to check in on Omega and Hangman.
The tag team champions are chilling on the couch in the hotel room, probably still watching the show all the same. It’s hard to know what they’re talking about, though, we don’t have audio. But because they’re watching AEW, they realize they’re on TV now. Hangman spots the camera recording them and heads over. He looks right in the camera but it must be small. They decide to just leave it and chill with their drinks. Cheers! Who knows what they’re laughing about now. Hangman seems to offer Omega a stiffer drink than milk, but Omega seems just fine with dairy products. Will they enjoy watching SCU and the Superbad Squad fighting for a chance to fight them?
Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!
The INAUGURAL AEW TNT Champion has coach Arn Anderson with him as he joins Tony Schiavone for a special interview. Again, QT struggles to focus with Allie next to him. But Schiavone officially introduces the new champion. It was a big moment for both Cody and for AEW. Cody has a question for Schiavone. Does he know why Tom Brady is Cody’s favorite NFL Quarterback? It’s not because Cody’s from New England. He’s not well-liked in Boston and certainly not welcome in Connecticut. It’s a bit simpler than that. Brady was not the first pick of the draft. But his legacy endured, and the parallels Cody sees that when Tony Khan thinks of AEW, a merit based wrestling company, “naturally he’s gonna want to recruit the best wrestlers in the whole world.” Cody wasn’t actually the first call, or second, or even third. But that doesn’t bother Cody. If there is a tinge of that, it is absolved by the fact he is the very first champion of America’s greatest network.
But that’s the thing. If you think Cody’s story is one of nepotism, favoritism or things like that, think again. Cody’s story is of a 21-year-old who got called up, barely knowing how to hit the ropes, which Brandi knows. He took his bumps, paid his dues, and grew up in front of the world. He didn’t get the dominant genes. Dustin has the Dusty, Cody is not the Simba of this tale. But respectfully, Cody has something better. Back home, he has “this mean ol’ mom. This little Cuban lady, Michelle.” A broken ankle but standing up on it. Mom taught Cody about grit and determination. You could have all the talent in the world and shove it up your ass if you don’t work hard. Cody will out run you, out dog you, outlast you and out work you. If you’re someone who is critical of Cody bell to bell, then judge him by what he does next. Cody is going to cut a schedule like no one before. It is official right here, that he will be a fighting champion. It is an OPEN CHALLENGE!
Now, a little aside to those watching at home. We are still in this pandemic era. Wrestling is without its one true greatest asset: the fans. But you give us two hours of your time, you bought the PPV en masse, blowing away projections. It is Cody’s obligation to give us the best back. Follow Cody, because this is where the fun begins. The TNT Champion will be the workhorse of AEW, and that starts next week! Who wins that big battle royal for the first shot?
SoCal Uncensored VS The Superbad Squad!
Yes, Best Friends won their own title shot at Double or Nothing, but that check will be cashed at Fyter Fest. The position of AEW World Tag Team Champion for that match is still subject to change! Will the Cowboy and the Cleaner have to worry about Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky? Or will it be Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc that punch their tickets to the next big show?
Before the bell, Havoc and Kip both attack SCU! Usually it’s just Havoc who does this but it seems Kip finally gets why he does it. They beat SCU down then throw Scorpio out. Kip has Kaz and Havoc helps out. They double whip but Kaz crisscrosses them into each other! Scorpio drags Havoc out and throws him to a post! The bell rings and Kaz CLOBBERS Kip! The crowd is on SCU’s side as Kaz drags Kip up to wrench. Tag to Scorpio and SCU double whip Kip. They double forearm Kip down then Scorpio drags Kip around for a BIG backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Scorpio keeps his cool and drags Kip up. Tag to Kaz and SCU whips again. Scorpio ducks to send Kip into Kaz’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO!
Kaz drags Kip up but Kip jawbreakers free! Havoc tags in but runs into an arm-drag! Kaz grinds Havoc down and drops knees on the arm. Havoc fights his way up but Kaz hammerlocks. Havoc reaches for ropes but Kaz wrenches and brings him away. Tag to Scorpio and Scorpio goes up to drop ax handles. Scorpio snapmares and dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Scorpio brings Havoc up to wrench then tags Kaz back in. Kaz hops up and leaps to ax handle! Kaz wrenches Havoc but Havoc pushes him to the ropes. Havoc smothers Kaz but lets up at 4, to hit low! Havoc whips but Kaz holds ropes! Kaz drop toeholds Havoc, Scorpio kicks Havoc away, Kaz GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Kaz gets the crowd fired up for SCU as he throws hands on Havoc in a corner.
Kaz whips corner to corner, Havoc reverses, but Kaz dodges. Kip tries but misses with his ambush and Kaz ROCKS him back! Havoc waistlocks but Kaz standing switches. O’Conner roll, TWO into Kip’s enziguri! Havoc rolls Kaz, ONE! Havoc rains down rights on Kaz but lets up to tag in Kip. The squad double whips and Scorpio misses a tag. Kip gives Kaz the atomic drop, Havoc runs and shotgun boots Kaz down! Kip jackknife covers, TWO! Kip drags Kaz up to throw hands and Kaz staggers to ropes. Kip keeps on Kaz and wrenches to tag in Havoc. Kip trips Kaz and Havoc eggs Scorpio on. The ref keeps Scorpio back, so the catapult into the eye poke goes unseen! Havoc grabs Kaz for a sit-down and cover, TWO!
Havoc fish hooks Kaz but the ref reprimands. Havoc drops elbows and then brings him back up. Tag to Kip and the squad mugs Kaz in their corner. Kip whips and elbows Kaz down, covers, ONE! Kip grows frustrated but he kicks Kaz back. Kaz CHOPS but Kip kicks and forearms away! Kip clubs with frustration and tags in Havoc. Havoc snapmares and fish hooks Kaz more as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Kip grinds Kaz down in a chinlock. Kaz endures as the crowd rallies up for him. Kaz fights up and fights back with elbows, but Kip throws him down for stomps! Kip drags Kaz back up to tag in Havoc. The squad mugs Kaz more then Havoc snapmares and scrapes his soles on Kaz’s face! Tag back to Kip and Havoc CHOPS Kaz. Havoc whips Kip in but Kaz elbows! Kaz boots Havoc, dodges Kip and shoulders back in. Kaz slingshots, rolls and hot tags Scorpio! Scorpio rallies on the squad, and gives Kip a belly2belly! Havoc runs in, misses and gets a dropkick! Scorpio whips Kip to a corner then runs in for a big kick! Scorpio slingshots for the CUTTER! DRAGON SLEEPER! Havoc runs in to ROCK Scorpio! The ref reprimands but the damage is done.
Kip tags in Havoc but Scorpio CHOPS and whips! Havoc reverses, but runs into a boot! Scorpio hops up but Havoc SHORYUKENS! Havoc fireman’s carries for a rolling Death Valley! Tag to Kip and he goes up top for a Superbad DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Havoc tags back in. Kip dropkicks at Kaz but Kaz dodges! Kaz slingshots to guillotine leg drop Kip! Havoc drags Scorpio up but Scorpio escapes the scoop. Scorpio shoves and uppercuts Havoc in the corner then tags in Kaz. SCU coordinates, pop-up satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaz keeps his cool and drags Havoc up at the apron. Havoc swings but Kaz rocks him. Kaz slingshots Havoc in for a CUTTER! Cover, but Kaz sees Kip coming, so he moves and lets Kip’s senton squash Havoc! Kaz throws Kip out and tags Scorpio back in.
SCU brings Havoc up to finish this! Underhooks but Penelope Ford grabs at Kaz! Havoc escapes Scorpio’s Gory Special and Kip clobbers Kaz! Havoc ROCKS Scorpio, and Kip runs in, SHOTGUN DROPKICK MICHINOKU! Cover, the Superbad Squad wins!!
Winner: The Superbad Squad, by pinfall
Ford applauds but everyone knows she had a part to play in this. Will she and the squad snatch the AEW World Tag Team Championships away from Hangman and Omega?
AEW hears from MJF.
“You know my name. You damn sure know what I’m capable of. In that ring, I am perfection. And on the microphone, mwah! Ci magnifique!” MJF is the breakout star of AEW, and he didn’t have to come from another place to get that handle. To top it all off, he is undefeated for… carry the one… Oh yeah! Over a year! So it’s a bit perplexing to him that he has yet to have a title shot anywhere in AEW! Maybe someone in the office doesn’t like him. So when that same certain someone was holding a battle royal for his brand new TNT title, MJF figured, “Why not make sure that certain someone gets good competition?” And Wardlow will be the insurance policy. If they end up the final two, Ward-Dog knows. But- BUT NOTHING!! MJF and Wardlow glare down, but MJF plays it off like it was a joke. MJF will see his muscular sidekick out there, but will the plan really go how MJF wants it?
AEW TNT Championship #1 Contender Battle Royal!
Cody Rhodes will gladly take on all comers, but the line will form behind the man left in the ring at the end of the night! Maxwell Jacob Friedman feels like he’s a shoe-in, but did he just stick his foot in his mouth with that message just a moment ago? We find out, after the break.
AEW returns and Colt Cabana finishes up his entrance. He, MJF and Wardlow stand with death dealer Luther, Peter Avalon, Brandon Cutler, Sonny Kiss, Christopher Daniels, and all three members of Jurassic Express. The next entrant is… Wait a minute, that’s Billy Gunn’s music! The Ass Man hurries out from behind the barriers to get in the ring! Luther wants after him already so the ref has no choice but to ring the bell! Wait, there are still more entrants coming! Orange Cassidy heads out slowly, but that might be to his advantage as everyone else is brawling. Kiss clubs Daniels, Wardlow protects MJF from Cutler and Jungle Boy, and Luchasaurus goes after Avalon. But wait! Proud ‘n’ Powerful, Santana and Ortiz, ambush Cassidy! That kind of stuff happens to The Sloth too much these days…
The refs tell PNP to stop but they shout back. The other entrants don’t even really notice as PNP dump Cassidy off the ramp. JB and Stunt work together on Avalon but Luther goes after Stunt. PNP leaves while Cutler goes after Gunn and Cabana. Stunt fights back against Luther then runs, into a pop-up knee! Luchasaurus saw that and choke grips Luther! Luther fights him off then grabs Stunt to TOSS him! Luchasaurus ROUNDHOUSES Luther, and choke grips, to CHOKE SLAM and ELIMINATE Luther! Jurassic Express high-fives over that one, but then Stunt tries to turn on Luchasaurus? He can’t even lift Luchasaurus’ leg, let alone the rest of him. MJF goes after Kiss but Kiss goes Matrix to huricanrana! Kis runs corner to corner to handspring and SLAP MJF! But Wardlow attacks, tosses and ELIMINATES Kiss! There’s that insurance policy at work.
MJF slips out the bottom just to go after Kiss more! The refs reprimand but MJF does what he wants. MJF returns to th ering and swaggers about. He uses Wardlow as a shield from… Stunt? Daniels goes after Wardlow but Wardlow knees away on Daniels. Cabana helps Daniels but MJF steps closer. Cabana looks at MJF now that there’s no shield in the way. Cabana throws hands on MJF! Cabana sees Gunn coming and dodges to jab, jab and jab! Flip, flip ‘n’ fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Gunn is in a corner but Cabana goes after MJF. MJF kicks low then whips but Cabana goes up, under and gives Gunn the Flying Apple! But Gunn catches Cabana and throws him out to ELIMINATE him! Cabana didn’t see that coming. Wait, is that Dark Order’s campaign manager? He’s trying to recruit Cabana!
Gunn ROCKS Avalon while Jurassic Express regroups. Daniels brawls with Cutler while MJF hides behind Wardlow again. Gunn clubs JB and Luchasaurus goes after Avalon. Gunn whips JB into buckles but Stunt goes to save his friend. Stunt throws fast hands but Gunn pushes him away. Wait, did Cabana actually take that Dark Order flyer?! AEW goes picture in picture as all this continues.
Wardlow and MJF go after Daniels together while Gunn is after JB at the apron. Luchasaurus drags Avalon up while JB holds on. Cutler comes over but Gunn goes after him now. Luchasaurus ROCKS Avalon while MJF grinds his boots into Daniels. Gunn, Cutler and Jungle Boy fight in one corner while Stunt stomps Avalon in another. Cutler tumbles but manages to keep his feet off the ground! Stunt again foolishly tries to turn on Luchasaurus. Avalon tries to lift Gunn but Gunn clubs him away. Gunn bumps JB off buckles but JB holds on to the ropes. Cutler and Avalon encounter each other, bringing up the beef from Dark about who is the worst of AEW! They argue and puff up, and then Cutler scoops Avalon! Avalon slips out and tries to toss Cutler but Cutler holds the ropes. Cutler fights Avalon off then baits him in to toss him over. Avalon holds on but Cutler runs, only for his boot to get caught up on the ropes!
Avalon and Cutler glare at each other despite the pain. They brawl while crotched! They go fast and furious, and end up flopping to the apron together. Avalon chokes Cutler but Cutler chokes Avalon! They teeter on the edge together, and both men reach for the ropes. They both slap at each other’s hands, and they BOTH fall! Cutler and Avalon ELIMINATE themselves! Uncanny! Meanwhile, Wardlow and MJF mug Daniels and Gunn clubs JB while Luchasaurus tries to talk some sense into Stunt. Gunn throws JB to the corner but JB elbows back! JB fires off forearms on Gunn but Gunn knees low and hits the FAMOUSER! And then Wardlow tackles Gunn! Gunn shoves Wardlow away, only for Luchasaurus to corner splash him! Luchasaurus turns around for Wardlow to LARIAT him inside-out!
AEW returns to single picture as Stunt leaps at Wardlow! Wardlow tanks the missile dropkick and blocks the whip. Wardlow whips Stunt, Stunt slides under and baits Wardlow into the buckles! Stunt enziguris and Daniels knees Wardlow! Stunt leaps, Daniels catches him, and brings him up to go at the ropes. Stunt huricanranas Daniels out and ELIMINATES him!! Fun Size gets one! He climbs up top and leaps, but into Wardlow’s arms! Wardlow pops Stunt up but Stunt slips to a sleeper! Wardlow pries Stunt off and TOSSES him onto Daniels, and ELIMINATES him! MJF cheers his muscle on, but Luchasaurus clamps onto MJF! Wardlow saves MJF and the two giants fight! They brawl with titanic fists and a HEADBUTT! ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grip but MJF chop blocks! MJF and Wardlow stomp away but Gunn ROCKS each of them!
Gunn whips but Wardlow reverses, and Gunn collides with Luchasaurus. Neither budges so they both stare down. Luchasaurus runs and collides with Gunn again, but neither moves. Wardlow runs in, they dodge and run him over together! Gunn and Luchasaurus brawl, but they each choke grip! Wardlow and MJF work together to dump and ELIMINATE Luchasaurus and Gunn! The final three are MJF, Wardlow and Jungle Boy! Of course, that translates to a 2v1- No wait! Orange Cassidy crawls in! He was never in until now so he’s part of a final four! MJF and Wardlow mug JB but Cassidy puts on the sunglasses. MJF sees Cassidy, and Cassidy “shoves” him. MJF shoves Cassidy, then sicks Wardlow on him. Wardlow drags Cassidy up and MJF has thy Dynamite Diamond Ring at the ready! MJF swings but Cassidy moves, and the ring punch ROCKS Wardlow!
Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, dodges MJF, and JB TOSSES and ELIMINATES MJF!! That should shut him up for a minute. Then Cassidy and JB dump and ELIMINATE Wardlow!! The crowd trolls the already furious MJF and Wardlow with “Hey, hey, hey! Good-bye~!” The final two are Cassidy and JB, and things speed up! They hurdle, leap and run. JB ends up on the apron but shoulders in. JB slingshots and whips but Cassidy skins the cat with one hand! Cassidy huricanranas JB, JB returns, but Cassidy dodges the lariat to SUPER PUNCH! Cassidy keeps moving, ANOTHER SUPER PUNCH! JB is down but the crowd rallies up. Cassidy whips JB but JB rebounds to LARIAT! Cassidy flounders but JB runs, huricanrana! JB ELIMINATES Cassidy and WINS!!
Winner: Jungle Boy (will challenge for the AEW TNT Championship)
Incredible! Jungle Jack Perry has always been close, but now he has the biggest opportunity in his career to date! Will JB shock the world and become the second-ever TNT Champion?
It’s the Inner Circle Pep Rally!
The Inner Circle cheerleaders are on stage with the drum corps, giving a special performance while AEW is picture in picture. After all that, the cheer squad helps welcome… Vickie Guerrero!? “Are you kidding me?!” She didn’t like her lower third talking about ear plugs… But Vickie announces the official start to the pep rally! And she introduces the Inner Circle themselves. Jake Hager leads the way, with Santana, Ortiz, and Sammy Guevara in two. Sammy struggles to carry his presents and his crutches at the same time. But last but not least, Chris Jericho heads to the ring.
Jericho grabs a mic to say, “Welcome to the Inner Circle Pep Rally!” It has been a rough time, but they will band together like “five sexy phoenixes” and rise from the ashes! They’re nice guys, you know. This pep rally isn’t just for them. It’s for the crowd, too! They have official Stadium Stampede merchandise! They give away the shirts for free because we know they have thousands left over. Wait, that guy is throwing them back? That’s not cool! Sammy calms Jericho and Ortiz down and says that while they didn’t win, they did do something. They participated, baby! Sammy got them trophies! Well Jericho appreciates the sentiment. Why do they say, “King of Dad Jokes,” though? Well with the pandemic going, it was hard to find good trophies. Understandable.
Santana steps up and he got a “New Yorican” gift basket. Chopped-cheese for Ortiz, Vick’s vaporub for Sammy, and discount Timberlands for Hager. Wow, the Vick’s is strong. But best for last, Jericho gets to have a picture of Marc Anthony! That’s Jericho’s hero! Muy bueno, gracias! Jericho has presents, too. Sammy is still hurt, taking one of the worst moves ever. Sammy is too cool for lame crutches, so Jericho got Sammy a scooter! Sammy hugs Jericho as he takes his scooter for a ride. For Ortiz, who got his bell rung- What?! SINCE YOU GOT YOUR BELL RUNG! Jericho got Ortiz special headphones to stop the ringing in his ears. Amazing! And of course, Hager has something. Grandpa Hager taught him that the best gift is a hand-written poem. What? Hager takes out a paper and reads his own original poem, “Happiness.”
“O Inner Circle, you are the faction of my dreams. The perfect mix of sex and violence, the best of both extremes. You build me up when I’m feeling down like only close friends can. And if anyone ever crossed you, I will choke them with my bare hands.” Santana, Ortiz, Sammy and Le Champion, they truly are the best-la. Hager can’t wait to run The Elite over with his Tesla. He loves the way they steal the show every Wednesday night. “The Elite are the biggest b*tches on AEW Dynamite.” Jericho loves it! “Those pumpkin headed dips*its may have won the Stampede, but The Inner Circle never loses because I have a particular set of skills, I will find them. I will find them all like an unstoppable rebel force. I know where they live and I’ve seen where they sleep, and I swear all you fans will cry!” Whoa, whoa, Hager, okay, that’s good. “The end.” Round of applause for Hager.
Sammy asks what Jericho wants. He has all these gifts, but what does he truly want? “Mike Tyson’s head on a platter.” Whoa…! Jericho hasn’t forgotten what Tyson did to him on 1/11/2010 on a Monday night. The crowd cheers for Iron Mike as Jericho vents about Tyson turning on him. Ever since that day, Jericho has been dreaming of getting his hands on Tyson’s fat head. He wants his head on a platter! Well Sammy couldn’t get Tyson’s head, but he has something just as good. Sammy has a cheese platter and a bit o’ the Bubbly. Wait, the bottle is empty and there’s no cheese! What happened? Sammy swears it was all there backstage. But here comes Tyson and his posse! They’re eating the cheese and drinking the Bubbly! Tyson and his boys go right to the ring and stand face to face with the Inner Circle.
Jericho wants everyone to keep their cool. Tyson has his thugs, so Jericho will say this once. Shut your mouth, for one. Jericho has been dreaming of this moment for over 10 years. Tyson turned on Jericho after lying to his face! Tyson knocked Jericho out! Well Jericho is a sucker who deserved it! Jericho tells Tyson to shut up. Tyson has one chance and one chance only to apologize. Jericho tells Tyson’s guys to shut up and repeats his demand. Tyson tears his shirt off instead. Tyson flexes at Jericho but Jericho still demands an apology. Tyson shoves Jericho, Jericho shoves back, and we have a brawl! Security and referees rush in to try and stop this!
The table goes flying as Cody gets Tyson out of the middle of the scrum! Tyson and his guys leave but the Inner Circle is still swinging on whoever comes near! Tyson comes back and it takes all his guys to keep him back! Jericho vows to finally get back at Tyson but it takes as many people to hold him back. Will Le Champion get his long awaited revenge or just get knocked out by Iron Mike again?
A great episode to follow up Double or Nothing while building towards Fyter Fest! The Six Man Tag to open was great stuff, with the biggest part being the team formerly known as The Revival showing up! The former Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson finally stare down with The Young Bucks, but it is also smart to save a throw down between them for later. I imagine Fyter Fest will have that incredible first-time-ever. In the mean time, I like that Butcher and Blade made their return as part of the fighting. While Bucks VS FTR is the main attraction, AEW has been good at giving many wrestlers multiple rivals, so FTR being tweeners to take on Bucks and the mercs sounds like a lot of fun. There is a bit of curiosity here, though. Is Allie just not the Bunny anymore? We all know she was, but now she’s being a distraction for QT Marshall. Is this some long game ploy for Butcher, Blade and Bunny to tear the Nightmare Family up? That’s the only good story to come from this as far as I’m concerned.
Based solely on his work in AEW, you’d think Lee Johnson merely exists so big muscle Heels can destroy him. But I like that Moxley actually welcomes the challenge from Cage. Mox does not run away, he warns others to beware of him, so him going headlong against someone as menacing as Cage is going to be great. I’m sure there’s a way they can have Cage lose without him looking weak given this is his first story in AEW and it’s big right out of the gate. I did not expect a tag team match to determine challengers for next week, but SCU VS Superbad Squad was a really good match. Ford helps her team win, and I think that can actually help add some compelling layers to Scorpio’s individual story. Superbad Squad VS Omega & Page should be really good, but I can’t see Superbad Squad winning to make Fyter Fest’s match Best Friends VS Superbad Squad.
Britt Baker becoming a paranoid conspiracy theorist is pretty funny. Her already establishing the return being at All Out, I would think she and Kris Statlander finally have their match as was meant for Double or Nothing. Britt can go on a new string of wins starting with that to have a shot at the title by Full Gear 2 in the Fall. Shida has a pretty good match with Christi Jaynes, but I am curious who her first challenger will be. Maybe AEW surprises us with a contender’s match of some sort next week, since Fyter Fest is an unknown number of weeks away. Nyla will surely want a rematch but it’d be better if someone new got in the mix, like Big Swole Aerial Monroe or even Penelope Ford to keep pace with the Superbad Squad.
Cody’s promo announcing he is making the TNT Championship the television/fighting champion title is a bold but appreciated move. It’s notably ahead of WWE wanting to do the same with the WWE Intercontinental Championship, and clearly AEW still loves taking jabs at WWE *cough* JR’s line about Plexiglas */cough*. But that will definitely be great for ratings but also for this new title. The #1 contender’s battle royal was a lot of fun, and it’s great that Jungle Boy won. Cody VS JB next week will be great. One great part before the battle royal was MJF and Wardlow having that tense moment, even though MJF brushed it off. There has to come a point when MJF pushes Wardlow too far and Wardlow decimates him for it.
Then the Inner Circle was definitely “on brand” for their humor all night. Too many shirts that aren’t even relevant, the cheesy gifts, and even having Vickie Guerrero and the cheerleaders was just the right kind of corny. Hager’s poem was great, mostly because of his ranting tangent he went on. I like that we’re clearly getting Jericho VS Tyson as a bit of a nostalgia powered dream match for Fyter Fest. Whatever promos and back and forth arguing we’ll get will be great, but how does Tyson not just one shot Jericho? Mostly because, for all the muscles Tyson still has, I surely doubt he can wrestle even Jericho’s pace.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/28/22)
There’s gold in Philly!
Will things get extreme for Dynamite in Philadelphia?
AEW visits the City of Brotherly Love for anything but! Will Jon Moxley get some payback on NJPW’s Juice Robinson in their world title eliminator match? Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman make his move?
- Bryan Danielson VS Matthew Menard w/ Angelo Parker; Bryan wins.
- AEW World Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Juice Robinson; Moxley wins and denies Juice a title match.
- Interim AEW Women’s World Championship Lumberjack Match: Toni Storm VS Serena Deeb; Storm wins and retains the title.
- Ricky Starks VS Eli Isom; Starks wins.
- ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Bandido; Jericho wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!
Philly is fired up to sing Judas for Le Champion as he leads the way out for Tay Melo, Sammy Guevara, Anna Jay “A S,” “Daddy Magic” Matthew Menard, “Cool Hand” Angelo Parker, and a less than enthused Daniel Garcia. And no, it has nothing to do with them all wearing matching purple satin suits. The JAS goes to the ring where there is a purple carpet, purple balloons, golden number 8 balloons to acknowledge this is #OCHO for Jericho, and wow! Luigi Primo is there spinning pizza dough! Seems he catered this event for the JAS. Fans cheer but Parker gets the mic to say, “AEW Galaxy… APPRECIATE US!”
Parker says if there’s one thing we all know about Philly, it’s that Philly is the city of LOSERS! Fans boo that but Parker knows they’re not used to championship celebrations. But don’t worry, the JAS is here to give them that gift! Everyone, stand up and join in celebrating THE OCHOOOO~! Fans are a bit torn, but Menard says “What a celebration we have for you tonight! Daddy Magic put the call in to the pizza guy, Luigi Primo,” who is still spinning dough. Luigi, Daddy Magic loves a bit o’ the pizza. What kind of pizza did Luigi make for them tonight? He made the best pizza! From NEW YORK CITY!
That’s right! Philly thought they were getting a taste? “I DON’T THINK SO! No pizza for you! No pizza for you! No pizza for anybody!” Anna says NONE of the fans get pizza. Fans chant, “We Want Pizza!” Anna tells them to shut up! They don’t shut up. “I’LL CHOKE YOU OUT!” They don’t care! Anna says they do get the greatest ROH World Champion of all time, #THEOCHO, Chris Jericho~! Fans are again torn. Jericho takes the mic now and says, “You guys want pizza?” “YES!” “You can’t have any. What you can have is the most important ROH champion in history, THE OCHO, Chris Jericho!
“Everyone knows I’m the most honorable man in AEW, and now it’s official. I’m also the most viewed ROH champion. In just one week, more people have seen me win this belt than all other ROH champions put together, cuz no one knows about ROH! But you’re about to! Because I’m gonna change the way ROH is remembered. This is the era of the Ring of Jericho. And I’m gonna start tonight,” as the others dig into the pizza, “by having my first title defense against one of the greatest pro-wrestlers today, former ROH Champion, BANDIDO.” Fans cheer for that!
Jericho knows Bandido “never got the rematch for this championship that he deserves, I’m gonna give it to him tonight. Trust me, the man is gonna blow your mind. But trust me once again, he is a pro-wrestler, and like I always say, sports entertainers beat pro-wrestlers every single time.” Fans boo but the JAS applaud. And speaking of sports entertainer, it’s the ROH Pure Champion, Danny Garcia! Fans cheer for Garcia and Jericho knows they’ve had some miscommunications and some issues, but Jericho wants Garcia to know that Garcia is an amazing champion, an amazing sports entertainer, and he bought a gift just for Garcia.
Fans chant, “You’re a Wrestler!” but Garcia accepts the Gift of Jericho. It’s… a purple bucket hat! Jericho puts it on him! YES! That is the look of the Best Technical Sports Entertainer of All Time! Garcia doesn’t look happy, though. Garcia takes the hat off and fans cheer! Garcia throws it down and fans cheer more! And then Garcia DECKS Luigi! Fans boo that a bit but Garcia gets a mic. “This is enough. Chris, this is enough. This isn’t me. This is never what I envisioned myself doing when I wanted to get into this business. And I tolerated it for a little bit, but I think I’ve finally had enough.” Fans cheer that!
Garcia says he wants to tell Jericho something he’s been meaning to get off his chest for a long time now: “Chris… I think it’s time for me to-” Jericho cuts Garcia off by pushing the mic down. Jericho then tells Garcia to really think about what he’s about to say. “This is a crossroads for you. Make the right decision, you can be bigger than your wildest dreams in this business. Make the wrong decision, and I’m gonna have to take you out.” Jericho is going to ask Garcia just this once and Garcia needs to answer properly: “Are you a sports entertainer? Or are you a pro-wrestler?” Fans cheer for the one they wanna hear!
Garcia stares Jericho down and then brings the mic up. But then BRYAN DANIELSON makes his way out here! William Regal sees Bryan out to the stage, but the American Dragon is all alone as he approaches the ring. Bryan picks up the bucket hat to look at it. “Chris, it seems to me like you’re trying to tell Daniel Garcia what you think he should be. Garcia, listen. I have an infinite amount of respect for you. You’re a grown man. You can do whatever you want. If you wanna stay with the Jericho Appreciation Society, you can stay with them. If you wanna come to the Blackpool Combat Club,” which fans cheer loudly, “you can come with us.”
If Garcia wants to train with the JAS, or if he wants to train with the BCC. If Garcia wants to team with the JAS or if he wants to team with the BCC- Jericho tells Bryan to shut his mouth! Fans boo but Jericho says he is sick of Bryan trying to poach his guy! Garcia belongs to Jericho! Garcia does what Jericho tells him to do! Except Garcia gets in Jericho’s face! Garcia tells Jericho they’re getting one thing straight right now: Garcia does NOT belong to Jericho, and he does NOT have to do what he tells Garcia.
But let’s not get too serious now. This is supposed to be entertaining, right? So if Jericho wants sports entertainment, what if Garcia grabbed some of this pizza and he threw it on the ground. Would that be entertaining? “YES!” Garcia throws the pizza out of the ring! What if Garcia woke up Luigi Primo and started tossing dough with him? Would that be entertaining? “YES!” Justin Roberts, what if you and Garcia were a tag team? That’d be entertaining, right? Fans are more torn on that one. Garcia asks if the fans think it’d be entertaining if Garcia was in a tag team with Bryan Danielson. “YES!! YES!! YES!!”
Garcia asks Jericho if he wants to know what Garcia thinks would be really entertaining. If he and Bryan teamed up against Jericho’s little brother, Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho! Fans cheer for that one! Menard says he is sick of Garcia’s crap! For one year, when he had NOTHING and NOBODY, Menard & Parker had his back! And now Garcia wants to spit in their face and turn his back on them for “this piece of crap right here?” Menard oughta punch Bryan in the face and knock him out right now! Bryan says, “Right now? Wait, do you wanna punch me right now? Right here, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?” Fans want it!
Well then, Bryan has good news! He was told that he can come out here and have a match with anyone who wants to fight him! And Menard said he wanted to fight, so why don’t we do the “Entertainer,” Daddy Magic VS “The Heart of Professional Wrestling,” Bryan Danielson! And right here, right now!! Menard is fired up, the rest of the JAS holds him back, but will the American Dragon be the one doing the slaying tonight?
Bryan Danielson VS Matthew Menard w/ Angelo Parker!
Menard shoves Bryan and the bell rings! Fans fire up as Menard talks trash on Bryan. Menard shoves Bryan again, and again, but then Bryan EuroUppers! And EuroUppers! And EuroUppers! Menard kicks low, bumps Bryan off buckles and RAMS his shoulder in! Menard RAMS again and again, then climbs up to rain down fists! The ref counts, Menard lets off at 4, and he RAMS into Bryan some more! Parker applauds but then Bryan turns things around. Bryan CHOPS Menard, KICKS him, then KICKS and KICKS! Fans rally, Bryan wrenches and goes after the arm but Menard powers out. Bryan runs Menard over, then arm-drags him around!
Bryan has the armlock and he bends the fingers! Bryan top wristlocks to then isolate the arm, to STOMP it! Menard clutches the elbow but stands up into more EuroUppers. Bryan has Menard in a corner but Menard kicks low. Menard bumps Bryan off buckles, fires off forearms, then CHOPS! Bryan snarls but Menard CHOPS again. And again! Bryan EuroUppers Menard back! And again! Bryan whips Menard corner to corner but Menard reverses. Bryan BOOTS Menard, goes up, but Menard SHOVES Bryan down! Bryan tumbles to the floor and fans boo. Menard goes out to fetch Bryan and whips him hard into railing!
AEW goes picture in picture as Menard storms up on Bryan. Menard whips Bryan into more railing, then he brings Bryan around to whip into more railing! Menard refreshes the ring count and Parker taunts Bryan. Bryan crawls while Menard soaks up the heat. Menard watches Bryan as he gets in the ring, and he stomps Bryan at the ropes. Menard digs his knee in, lets off as the ref counts, and Menard soaks up more heat while Parker talks trash. The ref tells Parker to back away and Menard drags Bryan up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Another cover, ONE! Menard clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Bryan down.
Bryan endures, fights up, and fans rally as Bryan throws body shots. Bryan is free, he EuroUppers Menard again then whips. Menard reverses and CLOBBERS Bryan with an elbow! Menard soaks up more heat while Bryan gets to ropes. Menard stomps Bryan, rains down punches, but lets off as the ref counts the ropebreak. Menard drags Bryan up, ROCKS him in a corner, then CHOPS him. Bryan goes to another corner but Menard keeps after him with another CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture as Menard whips corner to corner. Bryan reverses but Menard comes back to LARIAT!
Both men are down but Menard drags Bryan up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Cover, TWO! Menard is frustrated and fans rally for Bryan. Bryan grits his teeth, Menard gives him kicks to the chest, and a CHOP! Bryan snarls and stands up. Menard CHOPS again, but Bryan just powers up! Menard CHOPS again but Bryan just eggs him on! Menard CHOPS, Bryan CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bryan fires off CHOPS and KICKS in the corner! Bryan whips but Menard reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over! Bryan keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up while Menard flounders to a corner!
Bryan runs in corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps going, another DROPKICK! And Bryan still keeps going, and he hits a third DROPKICK! Fans fire up but Parker is worried as Bryan watches Menard sit up. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Fans chant “YES!” with every one, but Parker saves Menard from the Buzzsaw! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Bryan WRECKS Menard with a dropkick! Bryan takes aim, but Parker saves Menard from the flying knee! Menard RAMS Bryan into railing, and then he hoists Bryan up to POST him in the groin! The ref reprimands again, Menard distracts him so that Parker can DDT Bryan to the floor!
Fans boo but Parker puts Bryan in and Menard hoists him up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Bryan survives the screw job, and here comes Claudio! Claudio chases Parker, Parker loses his jacket and a shoe as he flees! Parker flounders through the ring then back out, only for Claudio to CLOBBER him with a EuroUpper! Claudio then gut wrenches Parker to carry him away up the ramp! Fans fire up as things are truly 1v1 now! Menard realizes what happened to Parker, he turns around and swings but Bryan dodges! BUSAIKU KNEE! And then the omoplata, LEBELL LOCK! Menard taps, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Blackpool Combat Club watches out for each other, and Bryan gets a win! Will this help Bryan climb up towards a title match? Will the BCC soon have Daniel Garcia and the ROH Pure title on their side?
AEW takes a closer look at Moxley VS Juice.
Tony Schiavone notes that Jon Moxley, having won the Grand Slam Tournament of Champions, is now a THREE-TIME AEW World Champion, the most in history. And his interim championship reign made this year “The Summer of Moxley.” Can anyone dethrone him? Schiavone doesn’t think so. But the Bullet Club’s Booster asks, “What happened last time Jon Moxley was in the ring with Rock Hard Juice Robinson?” He of course means NJPW Capital Collision’s IWGP United States Championship Fatal 4 Way that Juice won to become the then champion. “I’ve hated this guy for ten YEARS!”
If Juice can beat Moxley in Philly, then he has a chance in Washington D.C. to face Moxley for the AEW World Championship. If Juice can do it once, can he do it again? Or will Moxley cross him off the list?
MJF is- Wait, Wheeler Yuta is here!
The Decoder storms out after watching the recap package of his encounter with MJF, and now he gets the mic! “M J F! MJF, we have a real serious problem, man. And it’s not what you think. It’s not that you’ve got this whole new army of lackeys, I could’ve seen that one coming from a few miles away. No, man, it’s not that you just tried to cheap shot me with the Dynamite Diamond Ring, because I’ve been hit a lot harder by a lot better men. Max, it’s the fact that you had the audacity to put your hands on Tony Schiavone, a man who has done more for AEW than you ever will! And Maxwell, Maxwell, I think actions should have consequences.
“And what better punishment than for you to walk down here and fight me in MY city!” Philly cheers, but Yuta then tells them sorry, don’t get too excited. We all know that Max just likes to run and hide. He liked to hide behind The Inner Circle, behind The Pinnacle, and now he’s hiding behind The Firm. He likes to hide behind that fake tan, his suits, and this very microphone. Because Max knows that once the bell rings, he can’t hang with Yuta! “So Max, if you wanna address these wonderful people in Philly, I’ll go ahead and do it for ya.
“Alright, uh, what do we got here? Charisma of drying paint, pet rock, I don’t think the Phillies have made the playoffs in like 11 years. He probably doesn’t even know that. I don’t know. But yeah, alright, what else? Can we skip to the part where we fight? Where you come down here and you take the ass kicking you deserve?!” Yuta’s fired up and here comes MJF! MJF has his music cut, and he’s wearing a Mets jersey, of course. Everyone give it up for the hometown boy, Yuta! “Philly: the place where you live if you can’t afford to live in New York!” Fans boo as MJF smiles.
But speaking of embarrassing, hi, Schiavone! How’s that body holding up after last week, “ya fat old pr*ck?” But MJF knows Schiavone won’t do anything because he’s “a lowdown coward, just like everybody in this Podunk arena! Except for you, Wheeler, I’ll give you credit, you’re not coward. We practically grew up in this sport together. I have been wrestling you up and down North America when we were on the independent circuit just trying to make a name for ourselves. And I’m not afraid to admit, you’re one of the best wrestlers in the world.
“However, you made a big mistake when you decided to go toe-to-toe on the mic with Daddy last week. And Daddy had to put you on timeout, didn’t he? Daddy had to spank you some.” MJF tells Philly to shut up while he’s got the mic. MJF finds it interesting that Yuta claims MJF doesn’t care about AEW, yet here Yuta is, taking up a lot of TV time from the biggest draw in AEW! And to make matters worse, Yuta is talking into a mic! Yuta, the… Fans tell MJF to STFU but MJF keeps going. Yuta has about as much charisma as Joe Frazier does present day. By the way, Frazier is dead! And speaking of dead, the Phillies are dead in the water and are never gonna win the World Series ever again!
Yuta’s amused that MJF actually went after the Phillies. MJF says whoops, there’s that local sports team talk. It’s almost like MJF doesn’t give an F! It’s almost like at 26 years of age, MJF doesn’t have to care, because he makes more money than everyone in this bum town! More than the people watching at home! MJF is a multi-millionaire at just 26! Yuta cuts MJF off here. Let’s make one thing very clear: Yuta doesn’t care about MJF’s money; he doesn’t care about MJF’s Mets jersey; Yuta doesn’t care about MJF’s scarf! If MJF doesn’t wanna fight Yuta in the ring, then Yuta will leave MJF in a pool of blood on Broad Street!! Fans cheer for that one!
MJF wants Yuta to cool off but Yuta says MJF may not know this, “but bad things happen in Philadelphia. And tonight is no exception.” Yuta rushes up the ramp but MJF gets his back-up in the Gunn Sons! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~” of The Firm, but Yuta dares them all to fight! MJF doesn’t do brawls, but if Yuta wants to wrestle, they can do that. If Yuta wants that, if the fans want that, then NO! HAHAHAHA! MJF will see Yuta in the ring next week in “Dumpy D.C.” But until then, remember this: He is… Oh, wait, the fans don’t deserve his catchphrase.
MJF will go to the skybox, watch Moxley be a horrible wrestler, and maybe cash his chip in on the Blackpool Cuckold Club. Until then, sayonara. Austin, you tell the people his catchphrase. MJF leaves as Austin takes the mic. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~” some more, but Austin says “MJF is better than you… And you know it!” The Scum of the Earth is waiting for the Dynamite Anniversary to fight Yuta, but will he not wait to cash in his chips?
AEW hears from Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, and Darby Allin.
Sonjay “congratulates” Darby Allin on one hell of a win alongside Sting. But it seems Darby still has something to prove. He is sorely mistaken if he thinks he’s gonna do that against Sonjay’s best friend, Jay Lethal. Lethal says Darby will be outclassed. Darby likes to take a lot of pain, but we’ll see how much he likes walking around after Lethal breaks one of his legs with a Figure Four! Darby says everyone wants to be a champion, but how they get there can be oh so different. Darby is going to remind himself of what he is capable of when he takes on Lethal 1v1 with no Sonjay or Satnam ringside.
Lethal says Darby has something to prove, but so does Lethal! Lethal accepts the challenge and wants to beat Darby on his own. No Sonjay, no Satnam, no Sting, who will win between the Lethal and the Relentless?
AEW World Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Juice Robinson!
As we already heard, The Maniac is the most prolific AEW World Champion, but he still owes “Rock Hard” Robinson from Capital Collision. Will Moxley unload on Juice to move on to the next challenger? Or will Juice force Moxley into another showdown in DC?
As Moxley makes it to ringside from his bleacher side entrance, Juice CLOBBERS him! Moxley hits railing, Juice stomps away, the ref reprimands and fans boo. Juice drags Moxley up to whip him hard into railing! Juice tells the ref this ain’t his first match, and he drags Moxley up to HEADBUTT him! Moxley staggers, Juice HEADBUTTS Moxley again, and then follows him around the way. Juice puts Moxley in the ring, the bell rings, and Juice soaks up the heat with Too Sweets. Juice gets in the ring but Moxley clotheslines him up and out! Moxley throws off his shirt and storms out after Juice to whip him into railing now!
Fans fire up and the ring count climbs. Moxley drags Juice up, and snap suplexes Juice to the floor! Moxley refreshes the ring count to drag Juice up, but as MJF said, he’s in the skybox. MJF gives a thumbs down since Moxley’s in control, and Moxley THROWS Juice onto the timekeeper’s table! Juice and the table fall over, the ring count climbs again, and Moxley drags Juice up and into the ring. Juice throws hands but Moxley just gets in his face. Fans fire up, Juice throws another forearm but Moxley ROCKS Juice back! Juice throws another forearm, Moxley throws another, repeat! Fans rally as they go back and forth faster and faster!
Juice JABS and JABS and JABS, then powers up, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley fires off boxing elbows, EuroUppers, then runs, but Juice chokes and BITES Moxley! The ref reprimands, Juice lets off and Moxley goes to a corner. Juice runs in to clothesline! Moxley sits down, Juice calls his shot and he runs corner to corner, CANNON- NO, LARIAT! Moxley drags Juice back up, hooks the arms, but Juice tackles Moxley out of the ring! Moxley gets up to his feet first and goes to the railing. Moxley sits down to rest, but Juice CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and Juice hurries into the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.
The ring count is climbing but Moxley flounders around. The count is 7 of 10, then 8! Moxley slides in at 9! Juice is right on Moxley and he TOSSES Moxley back out! Juice then goes out after Moxley and drags him up to TOSS into the timekeeper’s area! Juice returns the favor, as he tells the ref, and then Juice gets in the ring. Juice goes back out, and Moxley’s busted open! Moxley sputters but Juice grabs him first to POST him! Juice gets in the ring to flex and soak up the heat. Moxley gets up and in but Juice looms over him. Juice sits Moxley up so he can BITE the wound!! Juice lets off as the ref counts, but he tastes Moxley’s blood!
Moxley is mad now, and he storms up to Juice. Juice ROCKS Moxley, Moxley CHOPS Juice! Juice CHOPS Moxley and Moxley falls out of the ring! Juice taunts Moxley as he staggers about. Juice goes out, MJF is talking trash to fans now, and Juice AX HANDLES Moxley down! Juice rains down fists on the bloody forehead and BITES it again! Juice lets off, wipes away Moxley’s blood, and soaks up more heat. Juice drags Moxley up to snap suplex him to the floor! Juice gets in the ring, Moxley drags himself up, but Juice is there to DECK him! Moxley goes back to the floor, and Juice AX HANDLES him down again!
Moxley ends up taking a seat in the chair, and Juice HEADBUTTS away on him! Dynamite returns to single picture, Juice lets off to go to the apron and soak up more heat. Juice CANNONBALLS but Moxley moves! Juice only gets chair!! Even MJF is wincing from that one. Moxley gets back in the ring but Juice crawls over. Fans rally for Moxley as he drags himself up. Moxley builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit and Juice hits railing! Moxley puts Juice in the ring, Juice goes to a corner. Moxley takes aim, runs in, but Juice BOOTS him! Juice runs in, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! They go again, DOUBLE LARIATS collide even harder!
Juice roars and Moxley snarls, CUTTER OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives but Moxley has the ANKLE LOCK! Moxley leans on the hold but Juice endures and moves around. Juice gets the ROPEBREAK before Moxley can step through for the STF! Moxley lets off and has Juice in a corner. Moxley rains down fists, but Juice digs fingers into the eye and forehead wound! Juice then hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Juice is frustrated but he goes to the corner. Juice climbs up top, fans rally up, and Moxley stands up. Juice jumps, into a kick! But Juice fights the underhooks to POST Moxley!
Juice then drags Moxley out, chicken wings, PULP FRICTION!! Cover, TWO!!! Moxley survives and Juice can’t believe it! Fans fire up while Juice argues with the ref. Juice calms down, he calls his shot, and he torture racks Moxley! Juice spins around, but Moxley slips out of the Rockslide to hit a REGAL KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! But Moxley has the knuckle locks for DRAGON STOMPS! Fans fire up and Moxley clamps on an ARMBAR! Juice taps, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (denies Juice Robinson a title match)
MJF is upset, Juice didn’t do enough damage for his liking. But Moxley denies Juice a DC title match, will MJF decide to change targets? Wait! Here comes Hangman Page! The Cowboy has his golden ticket for Cincinnati, and he goes right into the ring. Fans fire up for this stare down, and the two look ready to square off! But then MJF has a mic in his skybox to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Ladies, settle down, settle down, settle down. Don’t you realize you’re not fighting each other? You’re not fighting each other, man. What you’re doing is fighting to lose. Cuz once you two morons get to Cincinnati, I just might cash my chip in and become the NEW AEW World Champion!
“Because I am a generational… talent!” But Yuta finds MJF! Fans fire up and MJF is confused. Yuta turns MJF around to fire off haymakers! And then he THRWOS MJF into the couch! Yuta fires off, he drags MJF up and he throws him into the bleachers! Security rushes in but Yuta fights them off! Yuta goes after MJF again and fans fire up, but security drags Yuta away! MJF has been saved for tonight, will MJF definitely reconsider what he’s doing in DC?
Saraya is here!
And just as Justin Roberts made sure to say, “SA-RAY-YA” is All Elite! Fans fire up to see the #Glampire go to the ring and get the mic. “Whew. I’ve got chills right now, you guys. Ahem. I’m baaaack~!” Fans chant, “Welcome Back!” and Saraya asks, “So you missed me? It feels fantastic to be back in the ring, you guys. It’s obviously been a crazy road. I’m damaged, but I’m not broken, at the end of the day.” Fans cheer that! Saraya says it’s great to be back, and it is great to be here in AEW, because she is going to create change in the division. She was the revolution before, and she’ll be the revolution here, because she IS the revolution!
Fans chant, “This is Your House!” and Saraya smiles. “It’s really hard to talk out here, guys, I’m so nervous. It’s been awhile. But AEW is officially my house.” The crew can give her time cues all they want, but she’ll leave when she’s ready. Let’s take up more time with ALL the ladies of AEW! And starting that off is Interim AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm! She leads Athena, Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Willow Nightingale, and they all go to the ring together to stand with Saraya. Saraya wants the fans to make some noise and they do. “When I said we’re gonna make a change, I promise you, we’re gonna make a change.”
Saraya wants to reintroduce us to these ladies. And she’ll start with the champ, Toni Storm. Fans cheer as Saraya says Toni is finally being utilized to her full potential. She is a fighting champion, the best champion AEW has seen! And Saraya is honored to be in the ring with Toni. But “Well, well, well.” Britt Baker leads Rebel, Jamie Hayter & Penelope Ford out. “Look what we have here, guys. Another shiny new toy. And we’ve seen them come, we’ve certainly seen them go. But until you actually earn some respect around here, all you are is a catchphrase. Unlike myself, Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.”
Britt isn’t sure Saraya watches AEW, but Britt is the Face of the Women’s Division, and she’s literally put her blood, sweat and tears into this company. In fact, Britt even put her neck on the line for AEW. And unlike Saraya’s, Britt’s neck can handle it. Britt says Saraya made such a big impact, but half of the people in this room can’t even say her name. “Sa-Ray-Ya? Sa-Rye-Ya? Psoriasis?” Saraya tells Britt to stop right there. It is cute that Britt of all people are trying to make fun of Saraya’s name. “Well, doctor, your name rhymes with sh*t.” Hayter and Rebel try to tell Britt that’s not true, but then the fans chant it at her!
Britt tells Toni Storm that she respects her. She doesn’t like her, but Britt does respect her. Britt had such high hopes for Toni when she first got here, but she couldn’t keep herself away from all the problematic people in wrestling. They’re always in Toni’s corner. In fact, last week, they all knew the title was Britt’s, so Toni and her new tag partner, Athena, broke her nose to take her out! And yet again, conspiracy! But that’s not why they’re here tonight. They’re here because Toni has quite the match on her hands tonight. Serena Deeb is one of the most cold-blooded and calculating wrestlers on the planet.
Fans are chanting more for Hayter than Britt, but Britt says Toni is lucky she isn’t facing Hayter! Hayter gets her shot after Deeb. One misstep from Toni against The Professor, and they’ll be hearing the words, “AND NEW…” Britt calls for Serena, and Serena heads out! Britt wants the others to get out, their five minutes of fame are up. But Saraya has the music stop a moment. Saraya admits she hasn’t been around AEW that long, but she does have eyes and ears. She knows Britt’s crew likes to “get up to some funky stuff.” So how about this? Since she talked to Tony Khan–by the way, it’s so great to have a boss that finally listens to her!
But it was decided that they’ll make this match a Lumberjack match! The title is on the line, Toni has back-up just like Deeb does, and Saraya says it’s time to get this show on the road! Will the Wolf sink her teeth into the title to Britt’s delight? Or will it still be #ToniTime in Philly?
Interim AEW Women’s World Championship Lumberjack Match: Toni Storm VS Serena Deeb!
The bell rings, Saraya joins commentary, and fans rally for Toni. Toni and Deeb tie up, Deeb goes after an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Toni reaches back, headlocks, but Deeb pries free to a hammerlock. Deeb wrangles Toni to the mat but Toni reaches back again. Toni rolls, hammerlocks and then gets Deeb’s other arm! Toni shows she’s got technical prowess as she flips Deeb to a cover, ONE! Toni facelocks but Deeb fights up. Deeb wrenches out, wrenches again, then headlocks. Toni endures the grind, even as Deeb thrashes. Toni powers out, Deeb RAMS shoulders but Toni comes back to run Deeb over!
Deeb bails out, but Madison and Willow put her in! Toni BOOTS Deeb down! Deeb goes to a corner, Toni CHOPS away on her! Deeb turns it around to CHOP back! And MACHINE GUN CHOP! Toni stops it short to fire off forearms! Toni reels Deeb in to hoist her up top! Toni then climbs up behind and stands Deeb up. Fans fire up but Deeb resists. Toni SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY from Deeb! Cover, TWO! Deeb hurries to get Toni up and she throws her out to the other side. Britt, Hayter and Rebel stomp away! But Athena leads the charge and they back everyone off of Storm. Saraya likes seeing this “good trouble” as AEW goes picture in picture.
The ref has the Lumberjacks all stand down, and Storm gets up to get in the ring. Deeb is right on her with EuroUppers! Deeb short arm LARIATS Toni down, covers, TWO! Deeb is frustrated but she stomps away on Storm. Storm kicks back, Deeb kicks her to the ropes and pie faces her around. Britt and Ford talk some trash as Deeb drags Toni up for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Deeb soaks up the heat as she paces around Toni. Deeb stands on Storm’s face to scrape her sole off Storm’s face! Deeb clamps onto Storm to throw down crossface forearms! Deeb then drags Storm up to EuroUpper back down!
Britt cheers Deeb on as she cravats Storm and thrashes her around. Storm endures, Madison and the others rally, and Storm snapmares free! Deeb hurries back but swings into a backslide! TWO!! A close call but Deeb swings again, into a roll-up! TWO! Deeb hurries to clinch but Storm fires forearms! Storm fires more and more and more shots, then ROCKS Deeb! Deeb rebounds as Dynamite returns to single picture, and Storm LARIATS Deeb down! Deeb staggers, Storm whips but Deeb reverses, only for Storm to SHOTGUN! Storm hurries to a corner and climbs up, Deeb stands for the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Deeb bails out and Athena is there to bring her up. Athena puts Deeb in for Storm, and Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES! Deeb flounders to a corner and fans cheer as Storm says kiss this! But Deeb ducks the hips to victory roll, TWO! Deeb hurries to get a leg, DRAGON- NO, Storm sits on the dragon screw, TWO! Deeb sunset flips, TWO! Deeb has a body scissor for the INVERTED MOTORCYCLE! Deeb sits deep on the hold and Saraya says this is what happens when Britt is out of the equation and the women can have time. Deeb rolls Storm around into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Storm endures, pushes to a cover, TWO!!
Deeb lets Storm free, Storm HEADBUTTS her back! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Storm drags Deeb up, fans fire up, and Storm runs, only for Hayter to trip her up! Hayter drags Storm out, Skye storms up on Hayter, but Hayter DECKS Skye! Willow shoves Hayter, she and Hayter start brawling! Fans fire up as these two run to the back! The rest of the Lumberjacks put Storm in, Deeb hits a headlock takeover and floats to a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Omoplata, and the half crab, SERENITY LOCK! Storm endures, claws forward, but Deeb sits down to really wrench the leg! Fans still rally, and Storm reaches out!
Britt holds the ropes back, but the ref reprimands. Athena CLOBBERS Ford and Rebel, then backs Britt down! Storm gets the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets Britt go, but she drags Storm around to reel her in. Deeb tucks the arms, but Storm back drops free! Fans fire up with Storm as she goes back up top! Britt barks at Storm but Storm CROSSBODIES! Deeb rolls through! HALF CRAB!! And it is deep as Storm endures all over again! Storm grits her teeth, turns over and pushes Deeb down. Storm kicks away and Deeb stumbles into a corner! SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm drags Deeb up, reels her in, but Deeb jackknife counters! TWO!!
Storm hits STORM ZERO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Deeb survives being spiked and no one can believe it! Deeb and Storm rise up and fans are fire dup. Storm runs in, Deeb dodges to put the legs in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!! Britt coaches Deeb up and Deeb climbs, but Storm stands up to HEADBUTT! Storm climbs up after Deeb, Deeb throws body shots, they brawl up top and Storm gets the edge. SUPER STORM ZERO!?!? Cover, Storm wins!!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still Interim AEW Women’s World Champion)
Saraya loves seeing it! The Lightning From Down Under strikes down Deeb, who will step up to her next?
Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.
Tony Schiavone is with Billy Gunn and the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, and Max Caster says, “Yo, listen!” Anthony Bowens says, “Philadelphia, your AEW Tag Team Champions have arrived!” Billy says, “And right when you think that that can’t get any better, next week on Dynamite, it is National Scissoring Day!” Caster says bring your shirts, bring your signs, bring your big scissors, because they’ll do the chant all night long! Y’know why? Because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! And there’s more! This Friday night, your #ForeverChamps have an open contract to defend these titles!
And in walks Keith Lee. He applauds them. He wants to congratulate them properly, but as you can see, Swerve is not here this week. He is “exceptionally disgruntled.” Keith has been watching Swerve’s back, and he understands why Swerve is upset. Billy Gunn, you physically got involved and cost the Limitless House their titles. “You boys got carried. Good luck.” Keith heads out but Billy tells him to tell Swerve, “I’ve got two words for him: Scissor me~!” The Acclaimed is having a good time now, but will things turn around in a flash with that open challenge put out?
Backstage interview with the Andrade Family Office.
Or rather, Tony Schiavone is standing in the middle of an argument as The Butcher & The Blade yell at Private Party, and Private Party yells back, with Andrade El Idolo upset at them all. He has them all stop shouting! It’s enough! Listen here: Andrade is your boss, Private Party! Remember that! But Marq Quen says Private Party isn’t mad at Andrade, they’re mad at Butcher & Blade! The shouting starts again but Andrade has them all stop. Jose, you tell them. The Assistant explains that Private Party are the ones upsetting Andrade, Butcher & Blade. They may not like it, but Andrade is still their boss. So either shape up, or ship out!
The others leave, and Schiavone talks with Private Party alone. He usually doesn’t take sides in this, but… Oh, Matt Hardy walks in. Hardy tells Isiah & Marq that he’s sorry they’ve ended up in this situation. But what happened last week in the Golden Ticket Battle Royal felt right! They’re connected! They always have been. Andrade is way worse for them than Big Money Matt ever was. So they should quit, get out of the deal, and Hardy will be waiting. And this time, he promises them both that they’ll do it right. Will Private Party terminate their deal with the AFO to get the #HardyParty started right?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
With that open contract out on the tag titles, it seems the AFO jumped on it with not just one but TWO teams! Private Party AND The Butcher & The Blade are challenging The Acclaimed in a TRIPLE THREAT! Will Caster & Bowens survive the biggest first defense possible?
Plus, after their confrontation during the Lumberjack match, Willow Nightingale and Jamie Hayter will go 1v1! Then, as he fights his way towards Daniel Garcia’s ROH Pure Championship, Lee Moriarty takes on a returning Fuego Del Sol! And after his big win alongside Action Bronson for the Grand Slam, HOOK is back in action! Who will step to the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil next?
Ricky Starks VS Eli Isom!
The Absolute avenged his loss at All Out against “Powerhouse” Hobbs, but it took Lights Out to do it! Will Starks start getting that spotlight shining back on him here tonight?
The bell rings, Starks and Isom tie up, and Starks headlocks. Starks grinds the hold, but Isom wrenches free and headlocks back. Starks powers out the back and hammerlocks, but Isom elbows free! Isom run sin and forearm smashes in the corner! Isom whips corner to corner but Starks goes up and over. Things speed up, Starks barrels through Isom’s shoulder tackle to then SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Starks and he drags Isom up, for ROSHAMBEAUX! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was easy work for Starks, and he is absolutely back in the swing of things! Is this the start of a new chapter in the Book of Starks?
AEW looks closer at the drama filled feud of Jungle Boy, Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.
AEW shares footage from after Rampage: Grand Slam. Jack Perry was obviously pissed that after one of the hardest fought matches in his career, and one of the biggest victories in his entire life, Captain Charisma and his personal kaiju attacked. One of JB’s proudest achievements, he gets screwed over again by the two people he used to care about the most in AEW. But they can do whatever they want, he will get them both. Where JB used to hang their AEW World Tag titles on the wall, he will hang both their heads! Will Jungle Boy hunt down the wrestling dinosaur and his new master?
ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Bandido!
The Wizard, Le Champion, the Lionheart, is very proud of himself for becoming an EIGHT-TIME World Champion in his career. But because he is (supposedly) the most honorable man in AEW, he is willing to be a fighting champion. Will #THEOCHO barely last seven days? Or will The Most Wanted, one of the greatest luchadors in the world today, still be a former ROH World Champion?
Bobby Cruise makes the introductions, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the best ROH champion ever!
Fans rally for Bandido at the bell, and Jericho offers the handshake. Bandido takes it to uphold the Code of Honor, and then Jericho turns it into some kind of secret handshake he’s coming up with on the spot. Then he flips Bandido off! Bandido DECKS Jericho for that! Jericho gets up but Bandido throws more hands. Bandido whips, Jericho reverses and then CLOBBERS Bandido! Jericho kicks Bandido around, drags him up and CHOPS him to a corner. Jericho CHOPS Bandido again, CHOPS him against ropes, and fans bring back the chant of “WE WANT PIZZA!” Jericho whips Bandido but Bandido handsprings through!
Jericho avoids the contact and rushes in, but Bandido uses that to throw Jericho up and out! Bandido then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Jericho hits railing! Bandido resets, builds speed and FOSBURY FLOPS! Direct hit on Jericho and fans fire up! Bandido ROCKS Jericho, puts him in the ring, and he high-fives fans as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bandido hurries up the corner and he SKY TWISTERS to take Jericho down! Cover, TWO! Jericho hurries out of the ring and Bandido wonders what’s up. Jericho throws a tantrum, but Bandido goes out after him! They brawl with forearms, Jericho ROCKS Bandido but Bandido fires back! Bandido whips, Jericho reverses and Bandido hits steel steps! Jericho hurries into the ring, soaks up the heat, and fans give thumbs down. So Jericho flips them off! Jericho goes back out after Bandido, puts him in the ring, and he stomps Bandido around. Jericho sits Bandido up to rain down fists! Jericho paces and soaks up more heat before he drags Bandido up.
Jericho puts Bandido in a corner, CHOPS him down, then drags him back up. Jericho CHOPS Bandido in the corner again, but Bandido turns it around to CHOP back! And CHOP! And CHOP! And then CHOP!! Fans fire up with Bandido and he whips corner to corner. Jericho bounces off buckles and Bandido trophy lifts him! Bandido shows he has power on top of speed, and he SLAMS Jericho down! Cover, TWO! Jericho is still in this as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally for Bandido and he fires off forearms on Jericho. Bandido whips, Jericho BOOTS him back, but then Bandido dodges Jericho again.
Jericho ends up on the apron, he hurries up top, and leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Bandido reels Jericho in, suplexes, holds Jericho up with one arm and he counts along with the fans! We go past ten to TWENTY! We’re still going! THIRTY! Then past that to FORTY!! And then the SLAM at SIXTY!! A full minute stall and fans are thunderous! Bandido staggers up and heads for a corner. Bandido climbs up, takes aim and gives us some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but fans chant for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Bandido drags Jericho back up, fires off forearms, then runs, but into a FLAPJACK!
Jericho runs to BOOT Bandido down! Jericho huffs and puffs and he drags Bandido up. Jericho puts Bandido in the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And then whip to clothesline in the other corner! Jericho hoists Bandido up, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Bandido throws hands, Jericho and Bandido brawl, and fans still want pizza. Bandido SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down! Jericho stands, Bandido leaps, but into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bandido survives and Jericho is frustrated. Bandido goes to the apron and Jericho goes out after him. Jericho drags Bandido up, CLUBS him, and then he reels Bandido in.
Bandido holds the ropes to fight the suplex, but Jericho CLUBS away on him! Jericho keeps trying, Bandido throws more elbows, then he turns around to fire forearms! Jericho JABS Bandido’s already bloody nose! But Bandido RANAS Jericho to the floor!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down and AEW goes picture in picture!
The ref checks on both men, and somehow they’re both okay to continue. Jericho and Bandido slowly stir, the ring count is climbing, and we’re at 5 of 10 with both men still down. Bandido and Jericho finally start to sit up, the count is 7 of 10, both Bandido and Jericho slide in at 9! Jericho crawls over to Bandido, drags him up by his hair, and CHOPS! Bandido CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, so Bandido CHOPS back. They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and then stand to keep the CHOPS flying! Jericho eggs Bandido on, then brings him around, but Bandido CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS!
Jericho roars, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, and then CHOPS Bandido off his feet! Jericho leans against the corner while clutching his stinging chest. Jericho drags Bandido up to CHOP again, and again! Bandido CHOPS in return! Dynamite returns to single picture one more time as Bandido CHOPS then SUPERKICKS! Jericho leans against ropes, Bandido snarls and fires off forearms! Bandido whips, Jericho reverses and CLOBBERS Bandido! Bandido goes to the apron, fans rally and Bandido keeps pace with Jericho to turn triangle jump into SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and “This is Awesome!”
Bandido drags Jericho up, whips him to ropes, but Jericho denies the dropkick! LIONSAULT!! Just made it! Cover, TWO!! Bandido survives and Jericho is frustrated. Jericho drags Bandido up, throws some knees, and then he suplexes. Bandido slips out, shoves Jericho and gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives again and Bandido can’t believe it! The ref defends the count so Bandido reels Jericho in. Gut wrench to a torture rack, but Jericho blocks the knee! Jericho trips Bandido to get the WALLS OF JERICHO! Bandido endures and fans rally up! Bandido reaches out, crawls, but Jericho sits deep!
Bandido keeps fighting forward as the fans rally! Bandido gives it one more gasp, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up but Jericho thinks he’s won. Fans boo and the ref points it out to Jericho. Jericho is annoyed but he stomps at Bandido on the apron. The ref reprimands, Jericho lets off to drag Bandido up. Jericho deadlift SUPERPLEXES Bandido in! Jericho then hurries up top, but Bandido GAMANGIRIS first! Jericho sits back, Bandido climbs up after him, and Bandido throws forearms. Bandido stands Jericho up on the very top, for a scoop and SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!!! Fans are electric as Bandido crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?!?
Philly is stunned! Jericho survives again, proving why he IS #THEOCHO! Fans love “A E DUB!” for this ROH title match, and Bandido fires forearms. Bandido gut wrenches again, torture racks, X KNEE!! Jericho leans on the ropes, Bandido fires up! BANG and run, flip to the BLACKJACK 21 PLEX!!! Bridging cover, TWO!?!?! Jericho survives and then he pokes Bandido in the eye! And he pulls the mask down! Jericho trips Bandido but Bandido drags Jericho into a cradle! TWO!!!! BOOT from Jericho, then a trip! LION TAMER!!! Bandido reaches out blindly but doesn’t know where the ropes are! Bandido taps, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission (still ROH World Champion)
Where’s the honor in that!? Jericho makes Bobby Cruise get in the ring to make the official announcement, and then he has Bobby hold the mic up for him. Jericho has the music cut to say the Ring of Jericho Era has begun! He is changing what ROH is, desecrate its legacy, destroy its legend, and beat every great champion that has ever held “The Ring of Jericho” title! Jericho will continue with BRYAN DANIELSON! October 12th, in Toronto, Canada, Jericho dares Bryan to fight him for the ROH World Championship! Jericho will destroy every ROH champion, commentator, referee and announcer! What?
LOW BLOW to Bobby Cruise!! AND A JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho’s reign of terror over ROH begins tonight, but will the American Dragon be able to end it in two weeks?
A great Dynamite to keep things going from last week’s awesome Grand Slam events, as well as set up the anniversary and following events. We got a great opening segment from the JAS, and those purple suits honestly looked really good. Poor Luigi Primo, though. I don’t know if the bucket hat is supposed to mean something, but it does work as a disappointing gift for such a big night. Garcia of course pushes forward towards defecting from the JAS, and Bryan joining in was a good touch. Great match from Bryan VS Menard tonight, and Bryan & Garcia VS Jericho & Sammy is going to be awesome, and it will factor in greatly to the tiebreaker of Bryan VS Jericho.
Jericho VS Bandido was an amazing main event, but I had a feeling Jericho would win. Jericho wants to take on every former ROH World Champion but sets up the tiebreaker, I have a feeling he’s doomed his reign to only last until October 12th. At the same time, there could be any number of “sports entertainment” overbooking shenanigans going on that help Jericho retain. Jericho stating his mission, I would love to see him continue on to then face all those former world champions, such as Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Jay Lethal. Lethal is going to have a great match with Darby, but I feel like Darby is going to win that since it was promised to be truly 1v1.
Great stuff from the rest of the Blackpool Combat Club, such as Yuta confronting MJF and scaring him off to Moxley VS Juice in a great match. I had a feeling Moxley would win so that he can focus on Hangman Page in Cincinnati next. MJF will find a way past Yuta next week, and then he’ll be lurking in Cincinnati, that has to be the cash-in spot. Very good promo from JB to further the story with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus. JB will probably be the one to attack next as retaliation. JB VS Luchasaurus can happen for Full Gear, and Christian’s arm needing time to heal, there’s a chance this story goes all the way to the holidays in December.
Great promo from The Acclaimed and Keith Lee, and a great promo from AFO and Matt Hardy. That Triple Threat for the tag titles is going to be great, but Acclaimed will retain by using the dysfunctional AFO against itself. Then Hardy will support Private Party against Andrade, we can get a great Six Man Tag out of it. Starks of course wins that squash match, that match almost didn’t need to happen here but hey, Starks is still a fan favorite.
And while it was great to hear from Saraya again, something was just a bit awkward about the full women’s segment. Saraya and Britt got at each other pretty well, but did Saraya really need to make a jab at WWE? Especially after the changing of the guard over there and how things have already turned around for the better? Is Tony Khan gonna be petty about the WWE forever? I did appreciate that Saraya is already poised as a supervisor of the women’s division since she got to make the stipulation of the Lumberjack match. And that match was awesome stuff with some good stories set up, such as that match for Hayter VS Willow on Rampage.
Storm retaining makes sense and WOW that second rope piledriver. With Britt worrying about her nose, I am sure Hayter beats Willow and then Hayter really does get the next turn. Storm VS Hayter will be great, and maybe other Heels get to step up. But again, the one thing we need to start seeing is two women’s matches on Dynamite or this is all lip service like WWE gave us years ago with The Authority pinning the bad ratings and ideas on “Constable Corbin.” Quality like this is a great start, but we still need quantity, too.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/27/22)
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The #INHUMAN Dante Martin is ready to shine in the Dark! Will he fly high against one half of the Workhorseman as AEW continues in Orlando?
- Fuego Del Sol VS Jay Malachi; Fuego wins.
- Leila Grey VS Tiara James; Grey wins.
- Jeeves Kay w/ The Trustbusters VS Gus De La Vega; Jeeves wins.
- Jora Johl VS Blake Li; Johl wins.
- Anna Jay A.S VS Kelly Madan; Anna wins.
- Ryan Nemeth VS Arjun Singh; Nemeth wins.
- Leon Ruffin VS BSHP King; Ruffin wins.
- Angelico VS Caleb Konley; Angelico wins.
- The Renegade Twins VS Mila Moore & Mylo; The Renegade Twins win.
- Nick Comoroto w/ The Factory VS Shaheem Ali; Comoroto wins.
- Dante Martin w/ Matt Sydal VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Dante wins.
Solid line up, and it is great to see Fuego Del Sol back in action. He had that scary situation months ago about the hole in his neck, so he’s clearly made a great recovery. I’m sure he’ll get a great win tonight, but I’m wondering where he’ll go in AEW now that he’s back.
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