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! (1/20/21)
Who will be THE tag team for The Inner Circle?
AEW celebrates Negative One’s birthday on Dynamite!
AEW celebrates the birthday of Negative One, Brodie Jr, with some BIG tag team matches! And after teaming with them in an 8 Man Tag, will Hangman finally #JoinDarkOrder?
- 8 Man Tag: Hangman Page & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2; Hangman & The Dark Order win.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon; Cody wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Nick Comoroto; Moxley wins.
- Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty; Hardy Party wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor; Ford wins.
- The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF; Y2MJF wins and becomes the official tag division representatives of The Inner Circle.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Dark Order is here!
It’s a huge birthday bash for Negative One, Brodie Lee Junior! The cake is there, the candles are lit, and fans cheer on, “Happy Birthday!” John Silver says tonight is a very special night and fans cheer in agreement. Firstly, the Dark Order is going to get a new recruit in “a handsome cowboy,” Hangman Page! But second of all, it’s someone’s birthday~! Just looking t this cake is making #JohnnyHungy! But let’s all sing a Happy Birthday to Brodie Junior! A one, a two, a skiddily diddily doo! Happy Birthday to You~! But then Luther and Serpentico crash the party! They don’t care about birthdays! AEW is becoming a DAYCARE CENTER!
Luther tells “Punky Brewster,” if he wants to come out on AEW Dark and talk smack on him and how he looks stupid with the ball on his head…! Fans chant “You Look Stupid!” Well first, Luther’s face is perfectly symmetrical! And second, Negative One has all these halfwits in masks and with their jagged teeth, THEY look stupid! Chaos Project does not like kids, and does not like them! They’re going to RUIN Brodie’s birthday! The Dark Order fires back with fists! But Jack Evans and Angelico hurry out to reinforce their tag partners! Here comes Hangman! Hangman LEAPS off the stage and onto everyone! The Dark Order cheers, but is Hangman really joining up with them?
8 Man Tag: Hangman & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2!
The bell rings and Silver stalks Angelico in the ring. Alex Reynolds joins in, they double whip and flapjack EUROUPPER! Cover, but Evans breaks it in time! Silver throws forearms on Evans and hits him so hard, Evans flies out of the ring! But Angelico DECKS Silver, then tags in Luther. They mug Silver, Luther reels Silver in for a butterfly suplex! Cover, ONE! Luther tags Serpentico in, and he is the SNAKEMAN weapon, scoop slam senton! Serpentico staggers up, tags Evans, and then Luther uses Evans as a weapon for another scoop slam senton! Tag to Angelico, and Angelico holds Silver there, for Luther to BULLDOG SPLASH Angelico onto him! Cover, TWO!
Angelico drags Silver up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Serpentico in. Serpentico throws hands on Silver, snapmares and KICKS him! Fans rally as Serpentico fish hooks Silver into a chinlock. Silver endures, the ref reprimands the hooks but Silver fights up to throw body shots. Serpentico throws haymakers back and then has Silver in a corner. Serpentico whips corner to corner and Silver hits buckles. Serpentico runs in but Silver FLAPJACKS him to buckles! Serpentico fixes his head but runs into a BOOT! Tag to Hangman! Hangman rallies on Chaos Project and TH2 with forearms and BOOTS! SPINEBUSTER for Evans!
Fans fire up with Hangman as he runs at Angelico to corner clothesline! Then one for Serpentico, one for Evans, then back to Serpentico. Serpentico SUPERKICKS, but he leaps into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Cover, but TH2 breaks it! Now a brawl breaks out again! The Dark Order throws TH2 out, Silver whips Reynolds in at Serpentico but Serpentico tosses him out! Silver runs in, but Serpentico puts him on the apron. Colt Cabana runs in but Serpentico avoids the Flying Apple. Cabana goes up, Hangman ROLLING ELBOWS Serpentico into Cabana’s FLYING ELBOW! Cabana sees Angelico getting in, and suckers him into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM!
Hangman kips up and PLANCHAS but Evans moves! Evans is on the apron, but Hangman avoids his spinning kick! Silver is on the apron now and CANNONBALLS into Evans, to then EuroUpper Angelico against railing! Silver runs at Chaos Project but they dodge, only for Reynolds to FLY in! Direct hit, and the Dark Order set things up for Hangman, SUPER MOONSAULT! Fans are thunderous as Hangman drags Serpentico up and into the ring. Hangman tags Cabana in, Cabana scoop slams Serpentico, and then the Good, the Bad and the Hungy combine in a HUGE backpack SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Cabana keeps his focus.
Tag to Reynolds, Cabana goes up and the Beaver Boys hoist Serpentico up. Luther gets in and shoves Cabana down! Serpentico shoves Reynolds into Silver, roll through, SUPERKICK and basement DDT! Evans springboards in with the 450 SPLASH! Cover but Hangman breaks it in time! Evans throws Hangman out, then slingshots after him, into a POWEBOMB onto Angelico in the crowd! Luther drags Cabana up the ramp and to the stage! Oh no, the cake is unguarded! Wait, Negative One runs over and SMACKS Luther with the kendo stick! Luther glares at him, but then Cabana FLAPJACKS Luther onto the cake!
Back in the ring, Reynolds whips Serpentico into the corner, Silver ENZIGURIS, then they unleash the Beaver Boy Blitz! Forearm, enziguri, STUNNER, and Hangman adds the BUCK SHOT to the GERMAN! Bridging and jackknife, Hangman and the Dark Order win!
Winners: Hangman Page & The Dark Order, by pinfall
Luther is furious in the frosting as the Good, the Bad, the Hungy and the BOOM BOOM take the win! And to add on, Negative One says Serpentico tried to ruin the birthday. But that’s not how it works. KENDO STICK SMACK! “My birthday was three days ago, you idiots!” And he throws papers at Chaos Project! But Silver grabs a mic to address business. Hangman is so good and amazing! But also, he’s really handsome and has nice hair. Now, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Will Hangman #JoinDarkOrder? Silver is even on bended knee! Hangman’s answer is…? “I can’t.”
Wait what? No, stop the confetti! He said no! He said no! The Dark Order didn’t hear that until it’s pointed out by Hangman. As fun as all this has been, he tried saying this before but he was put in a tough spot. Hangman’s done the faction thing before, and it didn’t really work out for him. He’s sorry, but he has to decline. The Dark Order doesn’t understand, and now the good mood has been deflated. Will the Dark Order figure out how to get Hangman to change his mind? Or will they have to move on from this rejection and find someone else?
Backstage interview with Chris Jericho and MJF!
Ahead of the Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge, Alex Marvez wants their thoughts. Please stop, your breath is worse than a rat orgy inside a running microwave. But MJF wants to be honest with Jericho. The last thing he wants to see is this match breaking up the Inner Circle. Isn’t Jericho a little worried about that? Jericho is NOT worried. Tonight will be something that brings the group together and stronger than ever before. It is a promise, a pact, a gentlemen’s agreement of sexy hooligans to decide which combination moves forward to go after the AEW World Tag Team Championships!
No matter what happens, they have a deal that they will move on as a unit. Santana & Ortiz VS Sammy & Hager VS Jericho & MJF! And guess who wins tonight, Marvez! Jericho? Exactly, you stupid idiot! MJF agrees with Jericho, this will make the Inner Circle stronger. They are Christopher and Maxwell, they are better than you and you know it, because they are the next AEW World Tag Team Champions! But will that be the case when this is their first outing as a tag team?
AEW returns to Tony Schiavone in the ring!
“It was one week ago in this ring that Darby Allin retained the TNT Championship in a sensational win over Brian Cage of Team Taz!” We also saw Sting show up to help Darby out against Team Taz, too! Sting wants to say something, perhaps congratulate Darby, so here is… STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow, and the icon! And now, the TNT Champion, Darby Allin! The Relentless Face of TNT makes his way out with belt in hand. He joins Schiavone and Sting in the ring and fans cheer. Schiavone hands the mic to Sting and Sting says, “First of all, I want to say that there’s something that reminds me about me in you, and I kinda like it.” Darby is a great wrestler, and Sting wants to be the first to publicly congratulate him as being our TNT Champion.
Second, Sting wants everyone to understand that he wasn’t here to interrupt last week. He just wanted to keep things fair as Darby defended his title. But from somewhere, Taz is on the mic and he’s telling Sting to shut up! Team Taz is on the titantron and Taz says “fair fight, my ass!” Sting had a baseball bat, he storms out during the TNT title match, and he attacks Ricky Starks! Darby, during that match, had his leather belt and tried to hogtie Cage’s legs like he’s some piece of cattle! They fight dirty! They fight street style! Team Taz are “gentlemen.” Taz grew up in the streets, do your homework! These men are street fighters!
Starks speaks and says if we’re talking about street fighters, here’s the thing! Sting and Darby couldn’t see them in the streets! The deal is, Team Taz should take this to the streets! If Darby and Sting want to get nasty, they want to get hardcore, then the ball’s in their court! What you got?! Darby looks to Sting and Sting says something to Darby. Darby takes the mic and says if Team Taz wants to take this to the streets, “be careful what you wish for, because it just might happen.” Will Taz and team regret trying to intimidate these two fearless fighters?
The Elite is having a meeting, but the Young Bucks aren’t part of it?
Alex Marvez tells Matt & Nick Jackson about it, which is weird because this is Kenny Omega’s place. First that eBay collector guy and now this? Well fine, Marvez, come with them to the meeting. The Bucks walks in through the backdoor and Michael Nakazawa is being the greeter? Nakazawa escorts the Bucks into the dining room then into the den. What in the world? Omega has an oil painting of himself and Don Callis as muscular men in denim jeans, and only denim jeans. Omega is one thing but Callis is nowhere NEAR that ripped. Yikes.
But Callis enters first, and says that is a gift for Omega’s birthday. But his birthday’s in October. Well it’s never too early or too late to shop for the God of Pro-Wrestling! Have they not gotten anything for him yet? What kind of friends are you? Just kidding. Oh right, just like how last week, he punked them out on national television with that bait ‘n’ switch! Callis says that it was a choice from production, he meant to tell them but he apologizes for that. Where is Omega? Well Omega is unavailable for today’s meeting. At his own house? Omega is very busy. Too busy to talk to his friends?
Well what number do they have in their phones? Callis had Omega change numbers a couple weeks ago, there are a lot of fans, marks, and “old friends” coming out of the woodwork, blowing up the phone. They didn’t get the memo? Well they don’t need it, they can always come by, he and Omega are always happy to see them. But it’s good that they’re all here so we can clear the air. These three are the ones who love Omega the most, after all. Callis is family, and the Bucks are… old friends. So let’s chat. Marvez, why are you here? Nakazawa, please escort Marvez to the dungeon. What? Not a real dungeon, just the training room Omega uses. And take the cameraman. Not the camera, though, Callis won’t let him shoot any more of Omega’s house. Off to the dungeon with them.
And now they have privacy! The Bucks are good, right? How long have they known Omega? 12 years. Wow, 12 years, a tremendous investment. They need to recognize that. But everyone’s very busy, no time to spend like they used to, so Callis has something he is sure they’ll like. Is he writing them a check? Callis says this will compensate them for their investment in the friendship. They’re just trying to keep contact with the “old crew” to a minimum. Wow, see, this would be a good amount, except the Bucks made that much just last week. Oh, right, the merch! Well here, Callis will add in some. Is this a bribe? No…!
THE AUDACITY to think you can buyout a 12 year FRIENDSHIP…! Callis wasn’t on those 14 hour bus rides in Tokyo! He wasn’t there for the missed birthdays and anniversaries! Where was “Uncle Creepy” Callis? Callis says he was always there. Sorry it’s gone this way, but if you want to talk facts, the Bucks were great friends to Omega, but now they just hold him back! Oh really?! Yes, the hanger-on from the old neighborhood types. Omega is too nice but Callis isn’t.
Y’know, speaking of where this money is coming from, the Bucks used to work at that company Callis is VP of. And so they know these checks are no good. They rip up the checks and Callis accuses them of being bloodsuckers! Oh THEY are the bloodsuckers?! Callis is manipulating Omega! They’re backing Callis up and scaring him a bit, and the camera gets shut off. What is going to happen to The Elite with Callis hanging around?
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon!
Does the American Nightmare match up with the requirements for the Pageant Provocation? Perhaps, but will Avalon consider giving Cody a pass? Will Avalon’s young win streak be ended his first night back on Dynamite?
The bell rings and Avalon rushes at Cody, but into a dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!! Cody would cover, but JADE CARGILL walks out on stage! She is keeping her distance, but Cody isn’t so sure. Avalon runs in and LOW BLOWS Cody during the distraction! Jade likes that and decides to leave now. Avalon kicks at Cody’s legs, stalks Cody around the ring and chop blocks him down! Avalon trips Cody up, stomps him down, and then drags Cody up to throw haymakers! Avalon CHOPS Cody, then CHPOS him again! Cody gets made and CHOPS back! Cody shows haymaker but Avalon protects his face. So Cody drops for the Rhodes Uppercut!
Cody goes to a corner, climbs up, but Avalon hits him first! Avalon throws hands, climbs up, and clubs away. Avalon brings Cody up for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as both men writhe and a standing count begins! Cody goes to the apron and Avalon pursues as fans rally behind him. Avalon hobbles after Cody and kicks a leg, but Cody throws Avalon into the railing! Cody throws haymakers, but hobbles into a throat chop! Avalon CHOPS Cody then puts him in the ring. Cody gets Avalon’s leg but Avalon clubs him. Avalon suplexes and covers, ONE! Avalon stomps Cody then clubs him more. Cody shoves Avalon and double clotheslines collide!
Another standing count begins as both men are down. Fans rally up and duel, Cody drags Avalon up but Avalon rakes the eyes! AEW goes to picture in picture as Avalon puts Cody in a corner.
Avalon CHOPS Cody again, CLUBS him, then stomps the leg. Avalon CLAWS Cody on the back, but Cody CLAWS Avalon on the front! Avalon stomps Cody down, then drops a knee! Avalon has the leg and yanks on it, then stomps and heel hooks it! Cody endures but Avalon turns him over for a Half Crab! Avalon pulls hard but Cody fights his way to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Avalon lets off at 3, and Cody trips Avalon up! Cody gets the leg now, but Avalon kicks him away! Cody staggers, Avalon CHOPS him, then wraps the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Cody elbows Avalon away, then gets to the apron. Avalon is after Cody with a stretch against the ropes!
Avalon lets Cody go to club him again, but Cody ROCKS him with forearms! Cody slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Avalon CLOBBERS Cody with a clothesline! Avalon looms over Cody, drags him up, and scoops him for a slam! Avalon rains down rights, then scrapes his soles off Cody’s face! Avalon sits Cody up to KICK him, then drops more knees! AEW returns to single picture as Avalon climbs. Avalon MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Cody moves! Fans fire up and Cody throws forearms. Avalon headlocks, Cody powers out and tries to hurdle but his leg can’t get him up! Cody and Avalon collide, then Avalon throws Cody out hard! Avalon runs and DIVES, and Cody ends up in the crowd!
Avalon drags Cody back into the ring, drags him up by his weight belt, and blows a kiss. Avalon runs, into a CUTTER! Cody fires up and fans fire up with him as he whips Avalon, then follows to rally with forearms and lariats! Cody whips, Avalon reverses but Cody goes up and over to SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cody slaps himself to get back in this, and off comes the weight belt! Free souvenir! Avalon staggers, Cody trips him up and steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Avalon endures, turns things over and puts the pressure onto Cody! Cody turns it back over and Avalon feels the pain, but then Avalon SLAPS Cody! That was a mistake and Cody shows slap, but Avalon taps out just to avoid it!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission
Cody holds on to make Avalon pay for it, but lets him go soon enough. Cargill’s presence almost cost Cody, but the Prince of Pro-Wrestling managed to fight through the pain. Will Cody have to be more careful from now on?
Tully Blanchard knows the rankings just came out. They are NUMBER ONE and that is where they need to be. But now, they need the belts. Those are the bragging rights! But then in barges Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy says he’s sick of this. If FTR is the best- Cash Wheeler says they ARE the best. JB gets heated, but he says the FTR might be the best. Being in there taught JB something about himself. It showed him that he could beat either one of them. FTR laughs at that and Dax Harwood says he shouldn’t be fooled by the “salt ‘n’ pepper.” Dax isn’t some fly-by-night wrassler JB plays with in the ring. Dax will fight him next week, 1v1. He doesn’t need Cash and Tully to win, either.
Oh is that so? Let Dax finish. Then let them all be ringside, but Luchasaurus will make sure no one gets involved. JB and Dax shake on it, but will this really be a gentlemen’s agreement with Tully lurking?
Jon Moxley VS ???
The Maniac is back in action tonight, determined to fight his way back to the AEW World Championship and his revenge on Kenny Omega! Will Moxley show that there’s no stopping him, only delaying the inevitable?
AEW returns and Moxley’s opponent turns out to be the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball, Nick Comoroto! A big opponent for his first match back, but Moxley doesn’t back down from a fight! The bell rings, Comoroto shoves but Moxley headbutts him! Moxley fires off forearms and stomps Comoroto in the corner! Then CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again! And again! Moxley whips corner to corner, Comoroto reverses but Moxley dodges in the corner to clothesline! Moxley keeps moving, but leaps into Comoroto’s arms and a POWERSLAM! Comoroto drags Moxley up to elbow him to a corner, then stomps him in return! Comoroto digs his knee in but lets up at 4.
Comoroto whips Moxley corner to corner, then hits a big back elbow! Comoroto scoops Moxley for a BACKBREAKER! Moxley sits up but Comoroto drags him up for another BACKBREAKER, and makes it a bend across his knee! Moxley endures, pries the fingers and bends them back! Comoroto lets go to clutch his hand, and Moxley BITES Comoroto’s forehead! Comoroto knees low, scoops Moxley but Moxley slips out to throw forearms! Comoroto throws them back but Moxley knees then runs, but into an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Moxley goes to a corner. Comoroto runs corner to corner, but only gets buckles!
Moxley and Comoroto are both down but fans rally up! Moxley is up first, and KICKS away on Comoroto’s chest! Again and again, then he reels Comoroto in for a suplex. Comoroto is too big, he shoves Moxley away but Moxley gets around to waistlock, shove and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Moxley runs, but Comoroto withstands the lariat! Comoroto fireman’s carries but Moxley slips around to SLEEPER HOLD! Comoroto falls, he is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The big man gave Moxley a big fight, but Moxley wouldn’t have it any other way! Moxley gets the mic and points to the fans before saying, “Now, anything can happen on Wednesdays on AEW Dynamite. And things are getting crazy~ around here, I can’t keep track of everything.” Moxley can’t tell who is in Bullet Club, The Elite, who’s from Impact or whatever, but that doesn’t matter. Omega thought he would bring his frat brothers to AEW and they’d watch his back. “Kenny, all’s you did was make it more fun. All you did was make it more interesting. More bodies, bigger brawls, more blood, more violence. More necks to break, more limbs to snap, I love this!”
The bigger the mountain, the sweeter it is at the top! Moxley will climb back up because you can bring the whole city of Nashville to Jacksonville, you can bring up whoever from Mexico or Japan, it remains the same. “All roads in professional wrestling lead through ME!!” Has Moxley just declared war not only on The Cleaner, but all the promotions willing to play ball with AEW?
Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston and The Fam.
For the first time ever, next week on Dynamite, Kingston will face Lance Archer 1v1 in the ring. How does he prepare for someone like Archer, or anyone he’s never faced before? Kingston doesn’t prepare, he just fights. And Kingston has been having a really hard time lately. PAC beat Kingston but Kingston is moving on to Archer. Kingston has to move on. But then Archer comes in, and Jake the Snake barely keeps him back! Archer says Pac beat Kingston, but Archer will end him! Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, a very simple concept. Kingston says he can go on with his poetry, but Archer says all Kingston ever does is shout. If Kingston wants to shut Archer up, do it in the ring! Kingston says it’s 1v1! Then he tells Jake to keep his boy under control.
Jake says Kingston’s one to talk, with his little baby chicken shit family. If Kingston wants to do something, do it face to face without his little butt kissers ringside! Deal! A true 1v1 match is coming, will the Mad King be able to stand after facing the Murderhawk Monster?
AEW returns as Kenny Omega arrives.
Alex Marvez is there waiting and asks Omega about his thoughts on what we saw at the beach. Omega wasn’t at the beach, so no comment. Well, AEW Media was with The Young Bucks and Don Callis at Omega’s house. They were at his house? Is nothing sacred? Get out of his way! Omega finds Callis in the locker room and shows off his new outfit. Whoa, what happened to Callis? Oh, the glasses? No, what’s under the glasses. Callis says Omega shouldn’t get upset, Callis had a “little accident” earlier. It’s not as bad as it looks. Who did that? No, it’s not about- Ow, don’t touch. Callis says this is not what he wants for Omega, Omega can’t lose focus right now.
Omega keeps asking but Callis says it’s fine. Nick & Matt- Uh oh. Omega can’t believe the Bucks did this. Marvez asks if Callis is saying the Bucks did that to him. What is he doing in here? Go away! Is there no privacy here? Omega still wants answers on what happened! We know that the camera went off, but did the Bucks really assault Callis?
Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty!
One of the best high flyers ever teams up with the coldest tag team in the game for an incredible combination! But manager “Big Money” Matt teams with his guys in Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy! Will Hardy and Private Party make their partnership worth their one-sided deal?
The trios sort out and Dante Martin starts against Quen. They circle, and Dante offers a handshake. Hardy doesn’t want Quen to take it but Quen says it’s fine, and they shake hands. Quen and Dante circle, tie up, and Quen arm-drags Dante but Dante arm-drags back. Quen blocks the hip toss to knee low and cartwheel, but Dante slips free to run and roll off the back, then dropkick Quen down! Darius gets in as Kassidy does and dropkicks him down! Hardy rushes in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Top Flight as Dante tags Sydal in. They focus on Quen with double CHOPS, and then a whip. Sydal and Top Flight pull off a TRIPLE HURDLE, then a pass to a WINDMILL KICK!
Dante gets a boost from Darius, they rebound off ropes and Dante flips Darius onto Sydal! Darius flips back but he’s not legal, Sydal has to cover. So Sydal adds a STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Quen hurries away and Hardy tells him to get serious here. Quen takes off his jacket and throws it at Sydal! Quen then fires off on Sydal, and tags in Kassidy. Kassidy sucker punches Top Flight then mugs Sydal with Quen! Private Party double forearm, kick and run, but Top Flight gets in and slides with Sydal to TRIPLE ROLLING TAKEDOWN, into a TRIPLE CRAB! Hardy is furious but the ref counts and Top Flight lets off their parts. Hardy gets in and DECKS Sydal!
Kassidy runs at Sydal at the ropes but Sydal pops him up! Kassidy holds ropes, tags Quen, and then headscissors Sydal into Quen’s ROUNDHOUSE! Springboard SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Quen clubs away on Sydal, then stomps him down! Quen brings Sydal up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Kassidy. Private Party mugs Sydal as AEW goes picture in picture.
Hardy sneaks in a shot before Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, but Sydal CHOPS back Kassidy kicks low, pushes Sydal down and stomps him in the corner! Tag to Hardy, Kassidy digs his boots in, then Hardy does the same. The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, then RAMS into Sydal! And again! And again! Hardy brings Sydal up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him on the buckles! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Sydal and ROCKS him with a right! Hardy whips, and catches Sydal to a sleeper! Sydal flails, reaches, but Hardy keeps him from the corner. Sydal fights up with body shots and breaks free with a jawbreaker! Hardy still grabs Sydal to drag him back to the corner.
Tag to Quen, Hardy Party mugs Sydal, and Quen bumps Sydal off buckles. Quen stomps Sydal then drags him up in a facelock. Sydal fights his way towards his corner but Quen pushes him back the other way. Tag to Kassidy and Private Party mugs Sydal more. Kassidy drags Sydal up and rams elbows into him! Tag to Quen, Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, then is the step stool for Quen to launch into a splash! Quen is the step now, Kassidy runs in, PARTY in Motion! Hardy tags in and clotheslines Sydal down! Hardy taunts Sydal and slaps him around, but Sydal KICKS back! And CHOPS! AEW returns to single picture as Sydal CHOPS Hardy more!
Hardy pokes Sydal in the eye! Then tags in Kassidy, and they mug Sydal more. Kassidy snapmares Sydal and wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Sydal endures, but Kassidy keeps Sydal away from ropes. Kassidy grinds Sydal down but Sydal fights up. Kassidy shifts to a facelock then tags in Quen. Private Party double suplex Sydal, but Sydal slips out! Sydal DECKS Hardy, and DOUBLE RANAS Private Party! Hot tag to Darius! Darius DECKS Kassidy, uppercuts Quen, goes up and over and sends Kassidy into Quen, then comes back to ENZIGURI Quen down! Darius waistlocks Kassidy, Kassidy standing switches but Darius elbows out!
Darius runs, gets around Kassidy and whips him into a STANDIN GSPANISH FLY! Hardy kicks low but no Twist! Dante ROCKS Hardy and dumps him out! Darius builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Hardy hard into railing! Darius goes back to the ring to tag in Dante, but Kassidy kicks back. Kassidy whips Darius but Darius reverses! Quen is there for Kassidy to roll back on, Silly String catches Darius but Dante is there to dropkick Quen down! Kassidy is caught for a LEAP FROG ATTACK! O’Conner roll and bridge, TWO!! Dante keeps his cool, drags Kassidy up, and he tags in Darius.
Top Flight mugs Kassidy, back suplex but Kassidy lands on his feet. Dante has Kassidy but Kassidy turns waistlock into wheelbarrow that sends Dante into Darius! Tag to Hardy, and Hardy grabs Dante. Dante fights out of Side Effect, but Darius wings into the SIDE EFFECT! Sydal tags in and goes up, Dante walks into a SIDE EFFECT! Sydal leaps but into a SIDE EFFECT!! Hardy has all three down to triple cover, TWO!! Tag to Quen and Quen boots Sydal! Quen says he sees the third eye and does a dance to PELE Sydal right in it! Cover, TWO! Quen drags Sydal up but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES! Tag to Dante, and Top Flight blasts Hardy Party!
Top Flight whip Sydal in at Quen for a big back elbow! Darius runs in to clothesline, then they put Quen up for Dante to FLIPPING DRAGON RANA! Cover, Hardy Party breaks it in time! Darius DECKS Hardy, Sydal throws Kassidy out and Top Flight focuses on Quen. They put Quen up top, climb up together, but Hardy shoves Darius down hard! The ref and Hardy argue, Kassidy has a chair and he JAMS Dante in the ribs! Dante is down, Quen and Kassidy realize what they’ve done, and like it! Quen hits a SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Hardy Party wins!
Winners: Hardy Party, by pinfall
Quen and Kassidy are buying into Big Money Matt’s “by any means necessary” policy! After all, they are #1 contenders to the Impact World Tag Team Championships. Darius and Sydal get in their face about it, though, and Hardy gives the nod. Private Party beats down Darius and Sydal! They hammer away on Sydal and drive knees into Darius, and then feed Darius to a TWIST OF FATE! Sydal gets a TWIST OF FATE, too! Will this new edge be what makes Private Party into champions?
MJF and Wardlow check with The Inner Circle.
MJF tells the cameraman to keep his distance before he and Wardlow walk in. “Oh, the bearer of bad news~!” Ortiz takes a guess: MJF wants the rest of them to be ringside when he and Jericho go after the tag titles, right? No, no, but MJF does get the hostility. Take it from him, if it were up to him, he isn’t so sure this match would be happening. Surely they all feel the same way. But, Chris is the leader, and as such, what he says goes. Sammy Guevara says if he had things his way, a lot of this wouldn’t be happening.
Hager and the others keep Sammy back but MJF says they’ve been doing this for months. MJF loves Hager, Santana and Ortiz, and even Sammy. They’re family, and they have to be family in order to succeed. Now, MJF respects Sammy because Sammy isn’t afraid to speak his mind. But can Sammy just understand that MJF isn’t some sociopath. MJF wants what’s best for the group, and so do they. So let’s all just go out there, have this match, and settle it. Everyone else fist bumps with MJF, but not Sammy. They’re not there yet. That’s fine. MJF says he’ll see them all out there, but is Sammy onto something?
Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor!
#LEGIT is back in action, and up against the Superbad Bride-to-be! Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy, can only watch from the crowd as his best friend is forced to be the BUTLER to the Best Man and the Superbad super couple. The suffering of “Charles” aside, will Ford at least be in a good mood with a win?
The bell rings, Ford and Hirsch circle, tie up, and go around. They break, and Hirsch smirks as she and Ford circle again. They tie up, Hirsch gets a waistlock but Ford switches. Hirsch hooks a leg to bring Ford down and then drags Ford around by it to get a waistlock. They roll around and Hirsch holds on tight to then float to a facelock. Ford gets up, Hirsch gets around for another takedown, lateral press, TWO! Ford facelocks but Hirsch wrenches out, only for Ford to headlock. Hirsch powers Ford to ropes, the ref calls for a break, and Hirsch honors it. But Ford kicks her leg out! Ford reels Hirsch into another headlock but Hirsch powers out, only for Ford to run her over!
But Hirsch kips up! Ford pie faces Hirsch out of annoyance, then runs, but Hirsch bypasses, drops, but Kip makes butler Charles trip Hirsch up! Ford handsprings but into an ARMBAR!! Ford scrambles, reaches, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Hirsch lets go at 4 and then glares at Kip. Kip is making short jokes but is running away, too, and Ford BOOTS Hirsch down! Ford drags Hirsch up to throw her into railing! Kip mockingly reels in the big fish as AEW goes picture in picture.
Ford drags Hirsch up to RAM her into apron! Ford puts Hirsch in, drags her up and fisherman’s for the suplex! Ford drags Hirsch back up, whips her hard into a corner, and then fires off forearms! Ford whips Hirsch the other way, then handsprings in to back elbow! Wait, Hirsch got Ford first with forearms! Hirsch leaps over and comes back but Ford sends her into buckles! Ford runs side to side to KNEE Hirsch down! Ford rains down furious fists, drags Hirsch back up, then WRINGS her into buckles! Ford stands on Hirsch in the corner but the ref counts. Ford lets off at 4, Hirsch gets to the apron, but runs in to go up and over and drop knees on Hirsch on the apron!
Ford soaks up the heat before going back into the ring. Hirsch kicks back from the mat but Ford CLUBS her down, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Ford is covering Hirsch, TWO! Fans fire up for Hirsch but Ford drags her by a leg. Hirsch kicks Ford away but Ford rolls her to her feet to CLUB her on the back! Hirsch just gets mad and ROCKS Ford with a forearm! Ford forearms back but Hirsch fires off! Hirsch runs, blocks the leg lariat and makes Ford to the splits, to then KNEE Ford down! And DEAD LIFT GERMANS! Ford flounders to a corner, Hirsch runs in corner to corner, METEORA, to a SWINGING DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives but Hirsch keeps her focus, and Cassidy likes(?) what he sees.
Hirsch climbs, but Ford trips her up! Ford runs and handsprings, but the ax kick misses! Hirsch CLOBBERS Ford, drags her to a drop zone, then runs in, up the corner, and LEAPS ONTO KIP AND CHUCK! Fans fire up as Hirsch eliminates the distracts, but then Ford BOOTS her on the return! Cover, and Kip keeps Hirsch’s leg down!! Ford wins!!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
Miro tells “Charles” to get in the ring so we can all get an update. Miro tells “Charles” that he could be mean, but he’s not because he’s a nice guy. But Miro needs Charles to let go of the past so he can reach a bright future. Stand up straight. So Charles needs to look at Cassidy and tell him that MIRO is his best friend now! Chuck doesn’t want to but Miro tells him he has to. Cassidy stands up and Chuck takes the mic. Miro and Kip make sure he looks at Cassidy as he says it. “Miro is my best friend now.” Kip hugs Chuck and Miro gives a big thumbs up, and Cassidy walks away. Will Chuckie T be able to make it to Beach Break without breaking?
Something’s happening backstage!
The Good Brothers are attacking one of the Lucha Brothers! Karl Anderson stomps Penta El Zero M, then Doc Gallows drags him up to throw into the garage door! Omega comes over now, he and the Good Brothers mug Penta, and choke him using a power cord!! Omega takes off one of his fancy boots and JAMS the point into Penta’s eyes! “That’s what the Biz Clizz does!” But will they pay for going after Penta without Fenix and Pac around?
AEW has a lot planned for next week!
Not only will Eddie Kingston take on Lance Archer without any of their cohorts ringside, and not only will Dax Harwood take on Jungle Boy with all their teammates ringside, but Cody Rhodes will finally respond to comments made by Shaq! Plus, the Dark Order will try to move on from Hangman Page’s rejection in another 8 Man Tag, but against The Elite! Will the Young Bucks and Good Brothers be able to get along like back in the day? Or will the issues with Kenny Omega allow Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds and John Silver to cash in big on both the AEW AND Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions?
Plus, some news for AEW Beach Break!
With AEW Revolution only a month away, there will be a Tag Team Battle Royal to name the Young Bucks’ challengers! Which duo will be the last ones standing to take on Matt & Nick Jackson? Will the Inner Circle’s representative be in that battle royal? And speaking of Beach Break, the main event was going to be Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Death Triangle, but after what the “Biz Clizz” did to Penta, Pac and Fenix will be teaming with JON MOXLEY!! Will Moxley get a semblance of revenge on The Cleaner in just two weeks?
It is still in the works, but AEW is going to put together a WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Eliminator Tournament! Talent from both America and Japan are going to compete in a SIXTEEN PARTICIPANT bracket! Who will prove themselves worthy of taking on the Full Metal Warrior, Hikaru Shida?
The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF!
Santana and Ortiz thought they were going to be THE team in the faction from day one. The Spanish God accused Le Champion of being a #TagTeamSlut! But will all of the issues be put aside when the dust clears?
In this style of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active but anyone can tag off one of the opponents. They sort out and MJF starts with Sammy. Sammy gets in MJF’s face but MJF says this is just in good competition. MJF circles with Sammy, but MJF “realizes” Jericho probably wants to tie up with Sammy so he tags out. Jericho and Sammy circle as the former Le Sex Gods, and they tie up. Jericho puts Sammy in the corner, shows haymaker, but lets off with a handshake. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Jericho wrenches, wristlocks, but Sammy flips through and wrenches back. Jericho SLAPS Sammy so Sammy ROCKS and CHOPS Jericho!
Sammy whips, hurdles, and flips over Jericho to dropkick Jericho down! Sammy kips up and clotheslines Jericho out! Fans fire up as Sammy aims and slingshots, just to flip back in and do a spin. Sammy poses and Jericho nods some respect for that. Jericho gets in, he and Sammy approach but Jericho kicks low and CHOPS hard! And CHOPS! Jericho whips, Sammy dodges, and Sammy catches the dropkick to catapult Jericho into Hager’s haymaker! Sammy rolls Jericho up, TWO!! Sammy keeps on Jericho with a facelock, but Jericho ROCKS him back! Jericho tags to Santana but Hager tags in.
Hager rushes Santana but Santana shove shim, only to get run over. Things speed up, Santana kicks the legs out and dropkicks Hager down! Tag to Ortiz, PNP double whip Hager but Jericho tags back in. PNP double wrench to a double back suplex, but Jericho gets in to boot Ortiz! Jericho ROCKS Ortiz, whips but Ortiz gets around to shove Jericho to ropes. Santana tags in, Ortiz holds onto Jericho and Santana slingshots up and over. O’Conner roll to a crossbody! Ortiz sentons, Santana moonsaults! MJF protests but Santana covers, TWO!! Jericho survives and Santana seethes as AEW goes picture in picture.
Santana throws hands and CHOPS on Jericho, then whips him to ropes. Jericho stops himself to tag out to Sammy! Sammy and Santana tie up, Santana headlocks but Sammy powers out. Ortiz tags in, Santana spins Sammy and gets the assisted Shiranui, PNP combine for a REVERSE DDT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Ortiz drags Sammy up and whips him to ropes to then calf kick him down! Cover, TWO! Ortiz grows annoyed but he drags Sammy up to wrench and tie him up, Russian Leg Sweep to a modified half crab! Tag to Santana and Santana SLAPS Sammy on the head! Ortiz lets Sammy go, Sammy CHOPS Santana, but then Santana CHOPS Sammy off his feet!
Santana drags Sammy up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Santana looms over Sammy, drags him up, and suplexes again, holding him up this time! Santana walks over and Jericho tags in to get the hand-off. Jericho keeps Sammy up for a few more counts before slamming him down! Jericho revels in the cheers and then brings Sammy back up. Jericho CHOPS Sammy to a corner, throws haymakers, and AEW returns to single picture as Jericho CHOPS again!
Jericho whips Sammy, Sammy reverses and sends Jericho to ropes, only for Jericho to snap suplex back! Jericho has the cocky cover, ONE! Fans rally and Sammy CHOPS back on Jericho! Sammy whips, Jericho reverses and sends Sammy to the corner, but Sammy sends the bulldog into PNP’s corner! Jericho flops down and MJF reaches out! That’s the first time this whole match. Hot tags to MJF and Hager! MJF gets CLOBBERED! Hager blasts PNP, dodges MJF and DECKS Jericho to then corner clothesline MJF and reel him in for a POWERSLAM! Hager fires up and fans fire up with him! Hager tags in Sammy, Sammy springboards for a SUPER CUTTER!
But Ortiz tags in off MJF, only for Sammy to CLOBBER him! Sammy clotheslines Jericho out, too! Sammy slingshots to SHOOTING STAR but Jericho dodges! Sammy SUPERKICKS Jericho down! Sammy hurries back in, builds speed, but Santana gets in to waistlock! Ortiz runs back in and ENZIGURIS Sammy into Santana’s BOOT! PNP build speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! They take out Jericho and Hager out on opposite ends! Fans are thunderous as Sammy FLIES and takes down MJF! Sammy hurries back in, Ortiz runs at him but Sammy jumps over, to then BELLY2BELLY! Sammy goes up, Santana KICKS him down!
Santana and Ortiz climb the corner, Sammy fights them both off and shoves Santana down. MJF gets in and Electric Chairs Sammy! Sammy POISON-RANAS MJF first! Sammy goes after Ortiz up top, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz survives and no one can believe it! Jericho hurries in with Floyd the Baseball Bat, but Hager intercepts with a BOOT! MJF gets his diamond ring from Wardlow, but Hager is there! Hager DECKS MJF!! Santana kicks but Hager blocks, Ortiz and Santana DOUBLE ENZIGURI Hager, only for Hager to come back with DOUBLE LARIATS! Sammy STANDING SHOOTING STARS onto Ortiz, but MJF breaks it!
MJF whips Ortiz to the corner, Jericho tags in off Ortiz, and then MJF whips Sammy. Sammy reverses, leaps up, but into a POWERBOMB! LIONSAULT from Jericho!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and fans are thunderous again! Y2MJF drag Sammy up, whip him but Ortiz tags back in before the DOUBLE FLAPJACK! PNP give Y2MJF double basement dropkicks! And then they bring Jericho up for TU LO SABES! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Ortiz argues with the ref, only to turn around into a CODE BREAKER! Jericho manages the cover, TWO!!! Ortiz survives and fans are electric!
Jericho drags Ortiz up, tags MJF, and they throw hands on Ortiz. Y2MJF double whip, and double- Ortiz DOUBLE DDT’s back! Hager tags in to whip MJF hard into buckles! HAGER BOMB! Sammy tags in off it, Hager keeps on Jericho, Sammy hits the SUPER SWANTON!! Cover, Ortiz breaks it!! Hager throws Ortiz out, Jericho shoves Hager out, but Sammy KNEES Jericho! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Sammy KNEES MJF, SUPERKICKS Santana, then torture racks MJF and RAMS him into Wardlow! But MJF uses that to roll Sammy up, WITH TRUNKS! Y2MJF win!!
Winners: Chris Jericho & MJF, by pinfall (officially becomes THE tag team in the Inner Circle)
Say it ain’t so! MJF said this would be all in good sportsmanship but that was the exact opposite! And AEW has to wrap up for the night, what will be the fallout of this frantic finish!?
What a great episode! We got a great start with the birthday celebration for Brodie Jr. and the 8 Man Tag. Hangman’s rejection being a surprise to the Dark Order was great, with the prepared celebration now being for nothing. This will be an interesting twist to their story, especially with that huge 8 Man announced for next week. Also, Negative One Brodie got to have some more fun, getting on the case of the Dark Order henchmen and smacking Serpentico with a kendo stick. We got a lot of good set up for next week, the go-home to Beach Break. Dax VS JB with everyone ringside and Kingston VS Archer with no one ringside will both be good steps in progressing story, and both could probably go either way.
Cody VS Avalon going from squash to an actually strong match was a great twist, and all while plugging the story of Jade and Shaq VS the Nightmare Family. I have a feeling that Cody’s response to Shaq will set up something for AEW Revolution as Beach Break is too soon and anything else would be just too long to wait for. Sting and Darby didn’t get much of a segment since Team Taz interrupts, but I like the idea that Sting’s first bit of action back will likely be a Street Fight/No Holds Barred situation, which perhaps helps with the fact that he hasn’t wrestled in years and being loose and freeform with it will actually hide that he’s rusty.
Hardy Party VS Top Flight & Sydal was a really good match, with a lot of great character work from Quen and Kassidy. They did become Impact Tag Team Championship contenders on the newest episode of Impact, but now they’re turning from the fun loving Faces into the dastardly Heels Hardy wants them to be. This could get them over the hump here in AEW, but who knows how it’ll turn out on Impact. They won’t win the titles, though, Gallows & Anderson are just too good, and there’s a lot for them to still do in the overall Omega story, where being the tag champions might help give a bit more weight to what happens.
Moxley VS Comoroto was very good, especially for Comoroto’s first showing on Dynamite. The story with Omega and the rest of Bullet Club/Elite was great stuff, especially Callis’ part with the Bucks. It really seems to work with how, between AEW and Impact, this new Cleaner Omega is getting a big ego and is basically going Hollywood without going to Hollywood. The 8 Man Tag next week is going to be really good just on character points as the Bucks and Good Brothers have been friends just as long, if not longer, than with Omega, but are taking sides on this issue. Then the beat down on who I’m pretty sure was fake Penta works to get Moxley into the story, and the Beach Break main event is going to be great stuff.
Ford VS Hirsch was good but mostly used as the vehicle to Miro’s story with Chuck Taylor and Best Friends. Chuck was being forced to cheat on their behalf, and obviously didn’t mean what he said about him and Miro being friends. This just furthers the idea that Trent will return at Beach Break where he and Cassidy ruin the Superbad wedding and then Chuck is free of the butler duties so he can get revenge on Miro, too. I really like the news of the AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament to not just parallel the men’s tournament from late 2020, but also to finally get AEW’s Women’s Division going. Plus, it strengthens the bond with Stardom as many of the women who went between the two promotions are already reacting on social media and will surely be part of the tournament.
Then the main event, the Triple Threat Tag, for not actually being that long of a match, was a spectacular match. The build up all night was really good, and MJF sure did make it seem like Jericho was to blame for the whole thing. Probably hints at MJF trying to usurp the role as leader in the Inner Circle from him. Commentary did a great job pointing out that MJF was letting everyone else wrestle for the first part of the match, and then he ended up not having much of a choice in the second half. It really did feel like any one of the teams could’ve taken this, but in the end it was still Y2MJF winning because of MJF’s craftiness. I’m wondering if participate in Beach Break’s tag team battle royal since MJF has history of winning the Dynamite Diamond Ring battle royals.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)
Dark has CERO! MIEDO!
The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!
Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?
- Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
- Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
- Shanna VS Marti Daniels; Shanna wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; Gunn Club wins.
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; Proud ‘n’ Powerful win.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Private Party wins.
- Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; Swole wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; Kiss wins.
- Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch; Top Flight wins.
- Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez; Ivelisse & Diamante win.
- The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; The Acclaimed wins.
- Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; The Lucha Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!
The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!
Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.
Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.
Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!
Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!
Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?
Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!
The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?
The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!
Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.
Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!
Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!
Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?
Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!
While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!
Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.
Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!
Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!
Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?
Shanna VS Marti Daniels!
So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Shanna pushes Marti but Marti pushes Shanna away. Shanna ducks the boot, dropkicks a leg out and then runs to blindside elbow! Roll into the ghost pin, TWO! Shanna clubs away on Marti, then snapmares her to a running elbow drop! And then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps cool and brings Marti up with chicken wings, but Marti breaks free to pull Shanna’s hair. The ref reprimands, Marti whips Shanna and BOOTS her down! Marti stomps Shanna, soaks up the heat from the fans, then drags Shanna up to whip again. Marti elbows Shanna down hard and taunts the booing fans.
Fans rally for Shanna as Marti brings her up and tosses her by her hair! Marti stomps Shanna around, Shanna gets to the ropes and Marti drags her up. Marti talks trash but Shanna fires back with elbows and forearms! Shanna kicks, Marti blocks but Shanna enziguris! Marti ends up in a corner, fans fire up and Shanna runs in to elbow! Shanna keeps going, forearm smash! Shanna runs for a SUPER FOREARM! Marti rushes in, but Shanna slips around for a STUNNER! Shanna powers up, runs and hits a basement dropkick at the ropes! She drags Marti up with chicken wings, for the TIGER SUPLEX!
The bridging cover falls apart so Shanna drags Marti up again, for ANOTHER TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna continues to build her power level in the AEW Women’s Division! But will she be able to go Super Shanna and become a contender to the championship?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!
Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?
The teams sort out, Blade starts with Verna and they tie up. They go around, Blade puts Verna in a corner but they go around on the ropes. Verna puts Blade in the corner, Blade turns it around and the ref counts. Blade and Verna let off at 4, and then stare down before tying up again. Blade headlocks, wrenches, hammerlocks, and slaps Verna around, to the delight of Bunny Allie. Verna elbows out, runs and runs Blade over! Verna runs, Blade drops then hurdles but Verna leaps over to go up and huricanrana! Verna is on Blade at the ropes, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Verna CHOPS Blade again, whips him to ropes, but Blade reverses.
Verna ducks and dodges to leap, into a POWERBOMB! Baron tags in and stares Blade down. Blade tags Butcher and Butcher circles with Baron. They approach, Baron slips around, headlocks, but Butcher powers out. Butcher blocks a whip and reverses it, but Baron hurdles over to waistlock. Butcher bucks the roll-up, Baron gets around to uppercut and CHOP and spinning CHOP! Butcher reels Baron in for a BACKBREAKER! Butcher snap suplexes Baron away from the corner, tags in Blade, and Blade chokes Baron on the ropes! The ref counts but Blade lets off at 4. Bunny Allie talks trash and chokes Baron herself!
Blade throws hands on Baron in the corner, digs his knees in, but stops as the ref counts. Tag to Butcher, Butcher CHOPS Baron, CHOPS him again, and bumps Baron off buckles. Butcher stomps Baron, brings Baron up to dig into the ropes, then whips him into the corner. Tag to Blade, they mug Baron, double wrench and double CHOP him down! Blade drags Baron up, fans rally as Blade whips, but Baron rolls up off the kitchen sink, TWO! HALF CRAB! Butcher gets in but the ref stops him, Bunny CLAWS Baron’s face! Blade ROCKS Baron in the corner, bumps him off buckles and tags in Butcher. Butcher throws hands on Baron, stomps him, then ROCKS him with a right of his own!
Butcher hauls Baron up, tags in Blade, and then atomic drop to Blade’s NECKBREAKER! Blade kicks Baron around, kicks him out of the ring, and argues with the ref. Bunny rains down fists on Baron, then gets away with her obnoxious laugh. Butcher puts Baron in for Blade and Blade drags Baron up. Tag to Butcher, they double suplex but Baron fights out! Baron elbows Blade, BOOTS Butcher, then ducks the double clothesline to tag in Verna! Verna rallies with forearms and CHOPS! Verna kicks Butcher but he blocks, only to enziguri! SPINNING POWERSLAM for Blade! Verna says hey yo to Bunny then runs in to forearm Butcher at the corner!
Verna climbs up, leaps and missile dropkicks Butcher away! Verna kicks Blade, DECKS Butcher, then fireman’s carries Blade! Bunny distracts, Blade rakes Verna’s eyes and shoves him to a corner. Butcher clotheslines, Blade CHOPS, then a feed to the BODY CHECK! Baron gets in but he gets the back suplex choke slam combo! Blade and Butcher drag Verna up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Verna was on the chopping block and got cut down! Will the Mad King’s knights conquer the AEW Tag Division soon enough?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!
AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?
The trios sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts with Morales. Billy and Morales circle, tie up, and Billy barely budges as Morales tries his hardest. Billy shoves Morales away, Morales tags in Priest, and Priest ties up with Billy. Billy shoves Priest away with ease, but Ryzin tags in. Ryzin flexes and circles with Billy, to kick low and throw haymakers! Ryzin has BIlly in a corner, punches the headband off, but Billy reverses the rip to then scoop and sidewalk slam! Fans rally while Ryzin writhes, and Billy drags Ryzin up to tag Austin in. Austin tags Colten in, Billy whips Ryzin for Austin to body shot and Colten to dropkick! Colten covers, TWO!
Colten keeps on Ryzin’s arm, drags him over and tags in Austin. The Gunn brothers hand off, wrench but Ryzin powers out. Austin dodges the clothesline but not the SUPERKICK! Ryzin tags in Morales, things speed up, Austin hurdles but Morales shoves. Austin comes back to dodge and trip Morales up! Then the THROWBACK! Fans are fired up and Austin brings Morales up for haymakers. Austin hip tosses but Morales flips through to kick low! Morales runs, Priest tags in, Morales slips out of the back drop and Priest CLOBBERS Austin! Priest stomps Austin into the ocrner, tags in Ryzin, and they mug Austin with more stomps.
Ryzin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Ryzin lets off. Ryzin KICKS Austin then tags in Morales. They mug Austin, Morales drags Austin up to whip him to a corner, and hits a HIGH Bronco Buster! Morales snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Morales drags Austin up, wrenches the arm and drags him over to tag in Ryzin. Ryzin throws haymakers, then taunts the Gunns with “SUCK IT!” But Austin boots back! AUstin fights back in enemy territory but Ryzin ROCKS him with a right! Ryzin brings Austin out but Austin suplexes Ryzin first! Hot tags to Colten and Morales! Colten rallies with big rights, Priest runs in to get some rights, too!
Colten hits a corner splash on Priest, then a corner splash on Morales! Tilt-o-whirl SLAM for Priest, and a running POWRESLAM for Morales! Cover, Ryzin breaks it! Billy goes after Ryzin and clotheslines him out! The brothers coordinate, double hip, back drop to neckbreaker! The 3:10 to Yuma! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
And the Gunn Club keeps on rolling! Will they be aiming for titles in the new year?
Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight!
Much like Sammy Guevara earlier tonight, Santana and Ortiz want to be THE tag team within the Inner Circle! Will they finally get to do what they came to AEW to do? Or will this tune-up turn into a speed bump to that journey?
The teams sort out and Limelight starts with Santana. Limelight fires off on Santana but Santana gets around for a waistlock and HARD slam! Santana drags Limelight up but Limelight arm-drags then dropkicks him! Limelight kips up, kicks away on Santana at the ropes, then runs. Santana drops, gets around and shotgun boots Limelight down! Santana puts Limelight in the corner, tags in Ortiz, then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cruz leaps in but into a SUPERKICK! PNP fire off hands on Cruz, then coordinate for a wheelbarrow cutter! Cruz flounders out and Ortiz focuses on Limelight.
Ortiz brings Limelight around, up, Santana tags in, and Ortiz POWERBOMBS to swing Limelight into the PENALTY KICK! High stack, PNP wins!!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall
Santana and Ortiz put this one away fast! That is definitely a message sent to their Inner Circle brothers that they need to bring even better than their A Game’s to Dynamite! Will it be as it was always meant to be for Santana and Ortiz? Will they finally be the ones hunting down the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
“Pretty” Peter Avalon is here!
#PPAAllDay goes to the ring with a mic to say, “Oh, AEW, it’s time for me to grace you all with my presence, and baby, you’re welcome.” Avalon gives his proper introductions as the biggest man in pro-wrestling, the most handsome man in AEW, and the premier attraction on AEW Dark. For those who already know him, you know he’s on a winning streak, beating the most handsome men in wrestling. But it is time to take things to the next level. There are career defining matches and moments, and it is time Avalon had one of those! Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation presents: The Walk Off.
Lee Johnson is a handsome young man and Avalon was checking him out. Avalon gave Johnson an 8 x 10, which Johnson accepted. That meant Johnson also accepted his challenge for “The Walk Off.” But what is The Walk Off? Here are the rules! There will be three “pretty” judges as each man is allowed one outfit. They will each take 10 steps forward, a pose, and then a turn to walk back. Anyone can win at wrestling, but it takes a REAL MAN to win such a cosmetic contest! Avalon tells Johnson that next week on Dark, he will prove to “each and every one of these goofs” that it is #PPAAllDay. Who wins the inaugural AEW Walk Off?
Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy vented about how this new money hungry Hardy is hogging a lot of their revenue. Hardy says his cut won’t matter when the checks get bigger and bigger. But will Big Shotty and The Extra Talented ruin the fun and earn that winner’s purse instead?
The teams sort out and Quen starts against Solow. They circle, tie up, Solow gets the arm but Quen floats over to get a facelock. Solow wrenches out to a wristlock, Quen rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Solow powers out, Quen runs him over, and Quen fakes out Solow’s drop down for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR to his back! Fans cheer and Quen takes a bow. Hardy tells Quen to keep on Solow and Quen runs in, but Solow elbows Quen away! Hardy trips Solow while the ref is busy with Quen, and Quen knows it. Quen lets it slide, he wants to shake Solow’s hand and Solow takes it, to get the headlock! Quen powers out but Solow dropkicks him down!
Solow drags Quen up, tags Johnson, and they double whip Quen for double elbows! Cover, ONE, and Quen tags in Kassidy. Johnson hurdles but Kassidy headscissors! Johnson bails out, Kassidy builds speed, but Hardy is too close. Kassidy has Hardy give them space but Hardy says he needs to take care of business. Hardy throws off his suit jacket in frustration as Kassidy gets a dropkick from Johnson! Hardy and Private Party argue a bit, he wants to see his boys get fired up! “By any means necessary!” Kassidy gets in, kicks Johnson and throws forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy wrenches, elbow breakers but Johnson headlocks. Kassidy throws body shots, powers out and Quen tags in.
Kassidy ducks the clothesline, Quen atomic drops and Kassidy throws Johnson down! Kassidy runs and DECKS Solow while Quen catapults Johnson into the corner! Kassidy comes back, Quen is the step for the PARTY in Motion! Quen dropkicks Solow out and Hardy is liking what he’s seeing! Quen drops knees on Johnson, fans rally up and Quen CHOPS Johnson down! Tag to Kassidy, Quen scoops Johnson for the slam, but Hardy wants Kassidy to finish this. Kassidy ditches the slingshot but his elbow drop still misses! Johnson back drops Quen and hits BLUE THUNDER BOMB on Kassidy! Hardy is frustrated as Solow tags in.
Solow brings Kassidy up for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Kassidy up and Hardy says this is embarrassing! Kassidy powers his way towards the corner, throws body shots, then slips out to jawbreaker! Quen tags in, they double whip Solow, and use a unique leap frog to trip Solow up for the dropkick! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps on Solow with stomp after stomp, then brings Solow up to whip. Solow kicks the back drop away, tags in Johnson, and they coordinate for a back suplex neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool as he drags Quen up and fans rally. Solow tags back in, he and Johnson double suplex but Quen fights out and DOUBLE RANAS!
Tag to Kassidy, Kassidy rallies with big clotheslines on Solow! Kassidy back kicks Solow to the corner, whips him corner to corner but Solow reverses, only for Kassidy to triangle STUNNER Johnson off the apron! Solow runs in but into a boot! Kassidy runs but Solow gets a waistlock. Kassidy standing switches, Quen tags in before the O’Conner roll, but Solow slips out. Kassidy hip tosses Solow down, Quen springboards to SPLASH! Cover, but Johnson breaks it! Kassidy dropkicks Johnson down but might’ve hurt his own leg. Quen drags Solow up, scoops, but Solow slips off. O’Conner roll, TWO!
Hardy ROCKS Solow as the ref is busy with Quen! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party drags Solow up, DOUBLE ENZIGURI SANDWICH! Cover, Private Party wins!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
Quen and Kassidy win to get that winner’s paycheck, but Kassidy is clutching his leg! Did doing things Hardy’s way cost Private Party more than they know?
Big Swole VS Alex Gracia!
The championship chase is never done, and Big Swole still stands as #1 contender! But will the dream of gold be ruined by the Pink Dream?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Swole circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Swole wrenches to a wristlock. Gracia rolls, wrenches back, but Swole slips around to a hammerlock then headlock. Gracia pries free, wrenches to get her own headlock and she grinds on the hold. Swole powers out, follows then runs Gracia over! Swole keeps moving, Gracia drops but swings only to miss. Swole then shoves and clobbers Gracia with an elbow! Gracia goes to the apron, Swole drags her up, but Gracia throws a forearm back! Gracia throws more forearms, gets in and drop toeholds Swole to ropes! Gracia runs, 619! Cover, ONE!!
Gracia keeps on Swole and clamps onto the arm to then throw it down. Gracia stands on the arm, and drops a leg on it! Gracia gets the other arm and drops an elbow on it! Gracia wristlocks but fans rally up as Swole fights back. Swole whips, Gracia reverses but Swole goes up and over and rolls. Swole runs back in but only gets buckles! Gracia hits a back elbow, then runs in to KICK Swole down! Cover, TWO! Gracia drags Swole up, Swole throws body shots and forearms! Swole goes to run, Gracia reels her in but Swole elbows away! Swole denies the neckbreaker to BOOT Gracia down!
Fans fire up with Swole as she aims at Gracia, and Swole rallies with big shoulders and cross chops! Swole fires off forearms, Gracia ducks a kick, jumps the sweep, but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole reels Gracia in, ripcords and takes her DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
Swole may be balancing her style with technique, but all she needed was one swift strike! Will Swole be poised for a title match with Hikaru Shida soon enough?
Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton!
The Concrete Rose once again rolls solo with the Bad Boy still out after what Kenny Omega did to him. Will Kiss be able to stay strong without Joey Janela?
The bell rings and Kiss circles with Clayton. They tie up, Kiss waistlocks but Clayton pries at the hold. Kiss hooks a leg, trips Clayton up and floats to a facelock. Clayton powers up and tosses Kiss to a corner! Clayton runs in, Kiss goes up and over, and then Kiss ROUNDHOUSES Clayton! Kiss runs corner to corner and handsprings but Clayton dodges. Clayton runs back in into an ax kick, and then Kiss RANAS him to ropes! Kiss hurries up to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up with Kiss and Kiss runs, but into Clayton’s LARIAT! Clayton checks his face, drags Kiss back up with a facelock and suplexes. Clayton holds Kiss up for a count of 10 before SLAMMING him down!
Clayton runs for a LEAPING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Clayton keeps cool and wraps Kiss up with a chinlock. Kiss breaks free to ROCK Clayton, then counter punch! Kiss dodges to ROCK Clayton with a forearm! Clayton and Kiss go to opposite corners, they run at each other and Kiss slides under to then dropkick Clayton to the corner! Kiss runs in to ENZIGURI! Clayton staggers, Kiss whips but Clayton reverses. Kiss tumbles to the apron, ROUNDHOUSES again and Clayton is down! Kiss steps up and slingshots to SPLIT LEG DROP! Fans fire up, Kiss dodges Clayton and ROLLING ELBOWS! Kiss spins to mule kick, front kick and LEAPING COMPLETE SHOTS!
Kiss goes to a corner, takes aim and FLYING SPLIT LEG DROPS! Cover, Kiss wins!
Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall
The aggression was turned up to 11 for Kiss! Will this be the spark he needs to get up and after some gold?
Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch!
Darius & Dante Martin are the coldest tag team in the game but are also getting pretty hot in the AEW Tag Division. Will they keep that ice in their veins and continue to blaze a trail against The Truly Blessed and the Best of the West?
Teams sort out and Darius starts with Kirsch. They circle, Navarro talks some smack, but Darius ties up with Kirsch. Kirsch headlocks, Darius powers out but Kirsch gets around to headlock again. Darius rolls Kirsch off the headlock but Kirsch runs him over! Things speed up, Kirsch blocks Darius’ hip toss but Darius blocks one in return. Darius slips around to arm-drag Kirsch away, then he wrenches the arm and tags in Dante. The brothers hand-off, Darius decks Navarro and Dante wrings Kirsch out for Darius to basement dropkick! Navarro gets in, kicks both brothers then runs, but into double CHOPS!
Top Flight feeds Navarro to a spin around and ankle pick, roll through with the arm, and double KICKS! Kirsch kicks Top Flight back, drags Dante up but Dante gets away! Navarro tags in but Dante arm-drags him down! Navarro headscissors, Dante pops out, things speed up and Navarro rolls off Dante’s back to CHOP him! Navarro fires up and whips but Dante reverses. Dante hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks, only to miss! Navarro smirks and pats Dante on the head, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT SHOTGUN! Dante drags Navarro up but Navarro SAIDOS out hard! Navarro is furious, he throws forearms and tags in Kirsch.
Kirsch rams into Dante, talks trash, but Dante shoves him away to ROCK him! Dante DECKS Navarro, boots Kirsch, then hops up, but Navarro shoves Dante off into Kirsch’s atomic drop! Kirsch trips Dante, drops an elbow and then digs forearms into Dante’s face to talk some trash. Kirsch CLUBS Dante, whips him to the corner, then runs in to clothesline! Kirsch reels Dante into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Dante fights back but Kirsch CLUBS him! Navarro tags in, he and Kirsch mug Dante, then Navarro chokes Dante on the ropes! The ref counts, Navarro lets off, but Kirsch hotshots Dante down! Navarro drags Dante into a roll up, TWO!
Navarro drags Dante back up, has the leg and flips Dante but Dante lands on his feet! Darius tags in, Dante holds off Navarro’s powerbomb and Darius CROSSBODIES! Darius DECKS Kirsch, BOOTS Navarro, then jumps up, over, handsprings and whips to STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Kirsch breaks it in time! Kirsch whips Darius but Darius throws him out! Dante hurries over, and goes off the corner to MOONSAULT Kirsch down! Darius has Navarro, tilt-o-whirl and roll to the rolling cradle! Top Flight wins!
Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall
If you blinked, you probably missed it, so it’s a good thing it’s on YouTube! Will Top Flight be at the top of the division in the blink of an eye?
Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez!
La Sicaria & The Cuban Diamond are back in the ring together again, still looking to show everyone why they’re worthy of the AEW Women’s Tag Cup medals! Will Tesha and the Queenpin pay the price of disagreeing with that?
The teams sort out and Diamante starts with Price. They talk some trash as they circle, then they tie up and Diamante gets around to CLUB Price. Price comes back to throw forearms then whip, but Diamante blocks the hip toss. Price knees low, flips up and around but Diamante blocks the arm-drag. Price kicks from below, gets the arm-drag then arm-drags again. Diamante ends up in the corner, Price tags Perez and they double snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Perez hip tosses Diamante and basement dropkicks, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Perez stakls Diamante but misses the dropkick this time! Diamante gets the legs, catapults Perez into buckles and Ivelisse tags in.
Ivelisse KICKS Perez in the back, dragon sleepers for the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse thrashes Perez around, the ref reprimands and Ivelisse lets off. Ivelisse brings Perez up to club her and snap suplex! Ivelisse rolls back into the guillotine! Perez endures, fights her way up but Ivelisse wrangles her back down. Perez pushes to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse kicks Perez and then DECKS her! Ivelisse bumps Perez off buckles, tags Diamante then CHOPS Perez! Diamante runs in to clothesline, Ivelisse RAMS in, and Diamante ROCKS Perez with a forearm! Diamante snapmares Perez, chinlocks with the armlock, but fans rally up for Perez.
Perez fights up, throws elbows but Diamante CLUBS her! Diamante fires off forearms, Perez back kicks and runs, to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Both women are down and fans rally up. Diamante and Perez crawl, hot tags to Ivelisse and Price! Price rallies with forearms and uppercuts, and she sees Diamante coming to DECK her! Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ivelisse at the corner! Ivelisse staggers, Price runs to BULLDOG her down! Cover, TWO! Price keeps on Ivelisse but Ivelisse headbutts low! Ivelisse shoves Price to the corner but Price elbows Diamante down to then dropkick Ivelisse!
Price tags in Perez, they bring Ivelisse around but Ivelisse fights out of the suplex. Price enziguris, Perez hits a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, but Diamante breaks it! Diamante throws Price out and goes after her with haymakers, Ivelises rolls and ENZIGURIS Perez down! Cover, Ivelisse & Diamante win!
Winners: Ivelisse & Diamante, by pinfall
And the Women’s Tag Cup winners keep on winning! Will this prove they’re deserving of more gold in the Women’s Division?
The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol!
Platinum Max Caster and the 5 Tool Player, Anthony Bowens, are back again! “We gonna pour the water on Fuego. He only wear a mask cuz he couldn’t draw a peso. Standing on my payload, you still three feet! My last rap got me heat, but they can’t see me! Shawn Dean comin’ back but it’s just a repeat. You could call me daddy, you’re about to be beat, yo! Your only talent is gettin’ no dough, you’d get voted off of the Go Big Show, real quick. REAL quick.” Will the Acclaimed go big or go home after firing up The Captain and the Fire of the Sun?
The teams sort out and Caster starts with Fuego. They circle, tie up, and Caster wrenches to a wristlock. Fuego uses the ropes to flip through, wristlocks back but Caster wrenches to knee low! Bowens cheers but the fans boo as Caster suplexes. Fuego knees free but Caster shoves him away from the DDT! Caster wants Fuego to cool off, and Dean tags in. Caster and the Captain circle, approach, and Caster BOOTS Dean in the face! Caster headlocks, Dean powers out but Caster runs him over. Caster blows a kiss, scuffs Dean, then things speed up. Dean hurdles, leaps, but Caster catches him! Dean slips off the scoop, O’Conner roll, TWO!
Dean ends up on the apron but he slingshots in to roll Caster! Dean can’t hold the cover but Caster is still stuck upside-down for a second. Caster hurries to his feet, Dean gets around his haymaker, and then Dean rams his shoulder low into Caster’s stomach. Dean goes up, boots Caster away, then leaps for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up as Dean watches Caster get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE but Dean is back on Caster. Dean reaches to tag Fuego but Caster rakes eyes and jawbreakers! Caster brings Dean around to whip but Dean reverses. Bowens tags in, Caster sunset flips but Dean stays up, to get the NECKBREAKER TO KNEES! Bowens covers, TWO!
Bowens drags Dean away to throw forearms, then CHOPS Dean in the corner! And CHOPS again! And again! Bowens tags Caster, The Acclaimed double back suplex but Dean lands on his feet! Dean dodges and The Acclaimed collide, tag to Fuego! Fuego springboards to double missile dropkick! Fuego hits a back body block on Bowens, tilt-o-whirls Caster into Bowens and The Acclaimed go down! Fuego cravats Caster, uses Bowens for the boost to SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO! Caster survives but Fuego stays fired up! Fuego runs and tilt-o-whirls but the DDT is blocked to a BRAIN BUSTER!
Tag to Bowens, Caster BOOTS Dean down and Bowens brings Fuego up. The Acclaimed coordinate, SIDE EFFECT and MACHO ELBOW! Bowens covers off Critically Acclaimed, The Acclaimed wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
Dropping bars and racking up wins, Caster and Bowens are still running hot! Will they find their way back to a tag team championship match as the new year rolls on?
Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project!
Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo still have a score to settle with Eddie Kingston & The Fam, but they’ll settle for the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN. Will two-thirds of Death Triangle stay sharp at the expense of Luther and Serpentico?
The teams sort out and Penta starts with Luther. Fans rally as the two circle and stare down. Luther tries poking at Penta’s third eye, but Penta tells him to listen. CERO! MIEDO! Serpentico gets in but Fenix jumps in, too! The ref tries to keep this from turning into a brawl, and Serpentico and Fenix both back off. Penta mule kicks Luther and headlocks but Luther powers out and BOOTS! Luther whips Penta to the corner, runs in to fire off haymakers, then whips Penta out, only for Penta to reverse and send him back in! Serpentico tags in and crossbodies! Serpentico dodges Penta but Fenix tags in and jumps in ahead of Serpentico!
Fenix shoves Serpentico, Serpentico fixes his head and shoves back. Serpentico runs, wheelbarrows but Fenix blocks the arm-drag. Fenix spina around, Serpentico blocks the whip but Fenix bucks the roll up. Fenix again blocks the wheelbarrow but Serpentico pushes off the ropes to sunset flip! TWO, they both go for headlocks but both slip away and fans cheer. Fenix offers a handshake, but Serpentico hesitates and Fenix CHOPS! Fenix SUPERKICKS Serpentico, tags Penta and then the brothers double whip. Serpentico holds ropes and BOOTS back! Luther ROCKS Penta, Serpentico rolls Penta to basement DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Serpentico drags Penta up and tags in Luther. Serpentico snapmares and kicks Penta, then Luther stomps Penta. Luther makes Serpentico a weapon, assisted atomic leg drop! Cover, TWO! Luther argues the count but the ref lets him vent. Luther stomps Penta, drags him up and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Penta, Luther scoop slams Penta then again uses Serpentico. Serpentico lands out of the lift and stomps Penta. Luther runs and still uses Serpentico in the BULLDOG SPLASH! Luther dribbles Serpentico off of Penta! Cover, ONE!! Serpentico drags Penta and tags in Luther. Chaos Project mug Penta then Luther CLUBS Penta down.
Tag to Serpentico, Chaos Project mugs Penta then double whip him to a corner. Serpentico runs in, Penta puts him on the top rope and CHOPS. Penta mule kicks Luther then sends him into Serpentico’s trouser snake! Penta runs and SLINGBLADES Luther down! Fans fire up with Penta, he heads to the corner and tags in Fenix! Fenix slingshots and dropkicks Luther down! Fenix BOOTS Serpentico, brings him around, and Gory Especial, GORY BOMB AND LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fenix runs corner to corner but Serpentico SUPERKICKS! Penta enziguris Serpentico, Fenix tags him in, POWERBOMB and WAZZAP! Cover, but Luther breaks it!
Fenix SUPERKICKS Luther down! Penta drags Serpentico up, Fenix is up top, CERO! MIEDO! But Luther trips Fenix up! Serpentico slips out of the driver to run, roll and go up, but Penta SUPERKICKS him! Fenix runs the tightrope to KICK Luther away, then coordinates with Penta again, for the L B DRIVER!! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
Death Triangle celebrates in the ring, Penta and Fenix are rolling! Will they settle things with The Butcher & The Blade while also going for the gold?
A very good Dark, but I have to say the main event should’ve had more time to breathe. Lucha Brothers VS Chaos Project was good for being under 10 minutes but they could easily have gotten this to 15 minutes if they wanted. The Acclaimed had a great match with Dean and Fuego, and Caster had another good diss rap. I like the character bits with Luchasaurus and Cutler, and I guess Cutler’s been acting like he’s a real dragon outside of Dynamite and Dark. There’s great irony in Luchasaurus, who claims to be a real dinosaur man, calling out Cutler as a fake dragon man. Cutler’s little win streak is over but I’m sure he’ll get back on track with next week’s Dark.
Australiano is crazy doing all those spinning moves, and I really did think he and Sammy got hurt a few different times. Sammy wins, Santana and Ortiz win, they’re all going strong into the Inner Circle’s Triple Threat Tag, but I’m pretty sure they’re losing because it just feels like Jericho and MJF are taking the win. Hardy and Private Party had a good moment, but I hope Kassidy isn’t hurt there. Apparently something big happened on Impact tonight with them, so hopefully they can follow through.
And while Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson in a “Walk Off” sounds really goofy, I bet it’ll be a lot of fun, and it is at least good progression of this character for Avalon. I wonder if Johnson wins to infuriate Avalon and then we get a match between them where Johnson ends Avalon’s own win streak. Dark being as long as it is, we need story progression to keep viewer interest.
My Score: 8.1/10
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