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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/17/20)

It’s all about tag teams tonight!

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AEW Dynamite Coverage

AEW’s Tag Division is Dynamite!

Hangman Page and Kenny Omega defend their tag titles at the same time as Best Friends put their shot on the line! How will Fyter Fest be affected?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Natural Nightmares; Omega & Page win and retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
  • Anna Jay VS Abadon; Abadon wins.
  • MJF w/ Wardlow VS Billy Gunn w/ Austin Gunn; MJF wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship Open Challenge: Cody Rhodes VS ???; Cody wins and retains the AEW TNT Championship.
  • The Young Bucks VS The Superbad Squad; The Young Bucks win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Best Friends VS Le Sex Gods; Best Friends wins and will challenge for the titles at Fyter Fest.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Natural Nightmares!

The Cleaner and the Cowboy are finally on the same page, and are hoping to head for Fyter Fest. But Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall might change that if they can pull of a stunning upset! The introductions are given, the belts are raised, and a battle of dynamic duos opens Dynamite!

Teams sort out and we start with Dustin and Omega. They circle and shake hands to show there is respect. It’s of note that Allie is NOT ringside right now, per a request by Brandi no doubt. Dustin and Omega tie up, Dustin headlocks but Omega powers out. Things speed up, Omega jumps but Dustin fakes him out. Dustin runs, Omega waistlocks but Dustin bucks Omega off, only for Omega to flip back up to his feet! Omega CHOPS Dustin, then Electric Chair lifts! Dustin escapes and waistlocks, Omega standing switches, but Dustin elbows free. Dustin runs into a boot, then Omega goes up and over. Omega gets Dustin with a huricanrana! Dustin kicks back then hops up to hit a flying huricanrana of his own!

Omega comes back, avoids the powerbomb lift, and the crowd rallies up. Dustin shakes out the cobwebs from that corner bump a moment ago but he shakes hands with Omega again. The two tag out to give us Hangman and QT. QT circles with Hangman, they tie up, Hangman waistlocks and trips QT to float over to a headlock. QT gets up, powers out and kicks. Hangman blocks, spins QT but QT dodges to uppercut! Hangman comes back to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Hangman fakes QT out on the next one to SLAP him on the back! But QT dropkicks Hangman in return! QT runs, Hangman ducks and handsprings to BOOT QT down! Hangman brings QT back up, tags Omega in, and the champs combine for a springboard double ax handle.

Omega brings QT up to CHOP! He clubs QT on the back then CHOPS again. He whips QT to ropes but QT avoids the back drop to scoop Omega for a suplex! QT is still stinging from the chops but he tags Dustin in so Dustin can kick and uppercut. Dustin whips Omega corner to corner hard, then brings him back up for a back suplex! Dustin drops elbows then more elbows, then covers. TWO, but Dustin tags QT. QT and Dustin bring Omega up to double wrench, body shot and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Britt Baker is apparently passing notes up to commentary while she “isolates” herself from the other wrestlers in the audience. She strings up another one while QT scoops Omega for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO!

The crowd rallies and duels while QT clamps onto Omega with a chinlock. QT dogs a forearm in Omega’s face and even pulls hair to add what he can. He drives in elbows but Omega gets to ropes. Dustin tags in and CLAWS Omega’s back! Dustin snapmares Omega down to a chinlock and leans on him. The crowd rallies, Omega fights his way up and throws body shots. Omega backs Dustin down, throws haymakers then whips. Dustin reverses, back drops and Omega hits hard! Dustin runs to the corner but gets an uppercut! Omega runs, KOTARO KRUSHER! Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Both men crawl, hot tags to Hangman and QT! Hangman rallies with big haymakers and a whip. QT reverses but Hangman comes back to LARIAT! Hangman hits Dustin for good measure then BOOTS QT!

Hangman keeps moving, triangle clothesline takes Dustin down! QT runs into the FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up to PESCADO Dustin! Hangman returns to basement LARIAT QT! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Hangman nods respect. Omega tags in and he brings QT around to a fireman’s carry. “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” Rolling senton to springboard moonsault! Cover, TWO!! QT didn’t escape but he did survive, so Omega puts him in the corner. Tag to Hangman and he CHOPS QT. Omega gives QT a pie face while Hangman BOOTS Dustin just because. QT uppercuts Hangman, and again! Hangman BOOTS again, then brings QT up, only for QT to follow, NEURALIZER! The crowd rallies again as both men stir. Hot tags to Dustin and Omega!

Omega swings Polish hammers but it’s Dustin who rallies with clotheslines! Dustin whips, Omega revers, “Not today!” Rhodes Uppercut! Dustin decks Hangman then atomic drops Omega! Dustin runs to bulldog Omega down! The crowd fires up as Dustin whips Omega corner to corner, and hits the spinning powerslam! Hangman runs in to get a powerslam, too! Dustin goes up top and PHOENIX CANNONBALLS the champions! Dustin dumps Omega out then throws Hangman out to follow. Tag to QT, Dustin CANNONBALLS both champions, and QT FOSBURY FLOPS Omega! QT puts Omega back in, heads up top, and leaps for a FLYING UPPERCUT! QT fires up even more, calls for the DDP, but Hangman runs in. QT throws him out, Omega avoids the bang, to SNAP DRAGON SUPELX!

Dustin returns, to give Omega a DESTROYER!! Hangman LARIATS Dustin! QT staggers into a scoop, but turns it around into a DIAMOND CUTTER! All four men are down but here comes Allie! She cheers on her cutey QT, but at least it means she and Brandi are on the same page. QT climbs up, motivated by his girl. MOONSAULT FLOPS! Tag to Hangman, he whips Omega for Omega to whip him to clothesline QT! Omega adds the back elbow! Omega feeds QT to Hangman’s rolling elbow! Then the pop-up GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife cover, but Dustin breaks it in time! Omega throws Dustin out and coordinates with Hangman. Hangman tags Omega in and they bring QT up. POWERBOMB! V-TRIGGER!! Hangman PESCADOS Dustin while Omega covers QT, TWO!!

Allie, Brandi and the crowd are rallying behind QT and his superhuman heart. But Omega and Hangman line it up, THE LAST CALL!! Cover, Omega and Page win!

Winners: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Omega and Hangman take care of business and are headed for Fyter Fest! But there is still respect between them and the Natural Nightmares. Will there be a rematch waiting for Dustin and QT on the other side of the Summer?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Anna Jay.

“I was probably in middle school when I started watching wrestling. I fell in love with it, I knew I wanted to learn more, to do more, to train more. Any opportunity you have is an opportunity to showcase your talents.” So as soon as she got signed to AEW, she knew she had to work 10 times harder. The biggest thing for her is putting on a show for people to talk about later. She is the Star of the Show for that reason. But will she become THE star of the AEW Women’s Division? We find out next!

Anna Jay VS Abadon!

Anna Jay may want to be a star, but she just stumbled upon a freak show! Does she stand any chance of surviving this horror movie personified?

The bell rings and Anna is definitely wary of Abadon. They rush each other and Abadon tackles Anna! Abadon rains down wild hands, the ref counts at her but Abadon scares him off! Anna gets far away from Abadon, too, then baits her into the corner. Anna fires off forearms but Abadon isn’t bothered at all! Abadon knees low, whips Anna to ropes and clotheslines her down. Abadon crawls as she stalks Anna to the ropes, then chokes her on those ropes! The ref counts, Abadon lets up at 4, then yanks Anna off the ropes. Abadon runs to SPIKE-RANA Anna down! Cover, Abadon wins!!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

The living nightmare gets her first win, and it was a big win at that! Will Abadon only grow more horrifying as she climbs the rankings? Will Anna be able to recover from that scare to become a star?

Wait! The Dark Order is here! Colt Cabana is ringside, and Mr. Brodie Lee leads his minions out. Evil Uno has an envelope in hand while the Beaver Boys walk over to Anna Jay. Uno hands the envelope to Cabana, does this have to do with Cabana visiting their private locker room last week? Cabana opens the envelope and reads what’s inside. Mr. Brodie nods as Cabana keeps reading what looks to be… a contract. As for Anna, the minions help her up and out, and Brodie takes her hand to lead her backstage. Will Anna be the first woman to #JoinDarkOrder?

 

MJF w/ Wardlow VS Billy Gunn w/ The Gunn Club!

The undefeated Maxwell Jacob Friedman feels unappreciated and under-valued. The Gunn Club just thinks he’s unbelievably obnoxious. Austin and Colten are here to cheer their dad on, will they all have two words for MJF after this?

The bell rings and the crowd is on Billy’s side. MJF bails out to check his knee pads but everyone on that side taunts him. MJF gets back in the ring and circles with Billy, they tie up, and MJF tries a wristlock. Billy doesn’t budge, so MJF shakes his hand as a sign of good sportsmanship. MJF goes to step back but Billy keeps hold of his hand. Billy hip tosses MJF high and hard! MJF gets up and headlocks to punch Billy! The ref warns MJF but he knees Billy low. MJF wrenches, whips but Billy reverses. MJF ducks, dodges and rolls under the boot to front waistlock and push Billy to ropes. Billy easily pushes MJF off to BOOT him down! Cover, TWO! Billy brings MJF up and headlocks to give that punch back.

MJF gets out of the ring and goes to the stage, saying he’s done with this. Billy pursues MJF down the tunnel, and then brings him back out on his shoulders! Billy puts MJF in but MJF hotshots him! MJF struts but he doesn’t realize Billy is still standing. Billy walks right up behind MJF and MJF backs up into him. MJF turns around to get kicked low! Billy runs, MJF dodges the Famouser and chop blocks the leg! MJF runs and chop blocks from the front! MJF kicks and drops knees on the leg over and over! The crowd boos but MJF soaks up the heat. He stands on the foot then stomps it as AEW goes picture in picture.

MJF swaggers about as he stalks Billy. He taunts MJF before he stomps the bad leg again. MJF talks trash to the crowd before he grabs the foot, but Billy kicks back with the good foot. But MJF holds on to DDT the bad one! MJF drags Billy by his legs to the corner, but he’s too busy talking smack to the Sons of Gunn. Billy yanks MJF into the post! The ref checks on MJF, and Wardlow gets away with a cheap shot on Billy! Billy drags himself into the ring while Austin protests but the ref tells him to stay back. This allows Wardlow to SLAM Billy’s leg into the post over, and over, over, and over! Billy flops out of the ring and only now does the ref notice. Billy is now at the mercy of the ring count but he gets up and in. MJF is after the leg and drops an elbow on it!

MJF cranks on the leg in a toehold, and even digs knuckles in. Billy forearms MJF back, and punches him off the hold! MJF staggers to his feet but goes to drop toehold Billy. Billy stays up, until MJF chop blocks him again! MJF hooks up the legs for a “SUCK IT!” SNAP DEATHLOCK! Cover, ONE!! MJF is annoyed with Billy but the crowd is rallying as AEW returns to single picture. MJF drags Billy to the ropes and drops down on the bad leg! MJF talks trash to Jungle Boy in the crowd as he drops down again. The ref reprimands MJF but MJF goes for a third, only for Billy to move! MJF lands on his tailbone and hobbles to Billy. MJF gets the bad leg, hooks it up but Billy powers out! MJF hits buckles face first and the crowd rallies for Billy!

Billy rises, and ROCKS MJF with big right hands! Billy tilt-o-whirl SLAMS MJF down and the crowd fires up! Billy kicks low, runs, but MJF gets out of the way again. MJF is in the corner, Billy runs in, but his knee hits buckles! MJF grabs the leg, hooks it up, and puts on a Trailer Hitch! MJF uses ropes for leverage! The ref sees that and kicks MJF’s arms off the ropes! MJF lets Billy free to argue with the ref, but Billy choke grips him! MJF kicks the bad leg, runs, and tries to steal Famouser! But Billy stands right up to flip MJF around! And kicks low, to give him the FAMOUSER! Both men are down but Wardlow gets on the apron to distract the ref. Billy gets up and DECKS Wardlow, not noticing the Dynamite Diamond Ring was quickly tossed in first!

MJF puts the ring on while Austin Gunn gets in Wardlow’s face. Wardlow CLOBBERS Austin, but now Billy hurries out to RAM Wardlow into railing! Billy hobbles back into the ring where MJF plays possum. Billy brings MJF up, MJF diamond DECKS Billy! Cover, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall

Still undefeated, still obnoxious. But Jungle Boy confronts MJF over seeing the diamond ring used. Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus are in Wardlow’s face, and talking trash turns into a brawl! JB goes after MJF while Stunt and Lchasaurus go after Wardlow! The other wrestlers in the crowd hurry to break this up, but others want to “Let Them Fight!” Wardlow and Luchasaurus are the literally biggest problem so referees hurry out to help. MJF finally backs off, will he and Wardlow ever get what’s coming to them?

 

Backstage interview with Le Sex Gods.

Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara prepare to take the #1 contender’s spot from Best Friends, but they’re asked about last week’s vicious beating The Inner Circle gave Orange Cassidy. The question is simple: Why? Jericho says the answer is simple: “You’ve got a fat head, Marvez!” But the real reason why they “juiced” Orange is because everyone loves him. He’s so cool and has a laid back attitude. But he had the audacity to interrupt the Inner Circle’s business twice. Orange Cassidy wants to be funny, but what the Inner Circle did to him, “ain’t nothing funny about that.”

Sammy says they beat the pulp out of Orange! Or to a pulp. They’ll do that to Best Friends tonight to move on to the AEW World Tag Team Championships. And then they’ll get those titles because they’re better than best friends. They’re brothers! Blood brothers like the blood from the head of Orange Cassidy. Blood is thicker than water, or in this case, thicker than orange juice.

 

Ringside interview with Britt Baker.

Tony Schiavone of course talks to the Role Model, and he “thanks” her for the little notes she sends up. Schiavone has an announcement concerning Fyter Fest. The AEW Women’s World Championship has a challenger! Hikaru Shida will take on Penelope Ford, who has been on a hot streak of her own as of late. Ford pinned Shida so that is why she leap frogs over many others in the Women’s Division. Which upsets Britt. Is this all Schiavone “waddled” over to say? The fact that Britt’s leg is “broken” (it’s just some damaged tendons) and she is a victim of a conspiracy, that means Schiavone is in deep sh*t! TNT is going to be furious because he just lost an interview with the “face of the Women’s Division.” And their friendship is on a timeout so she can’t help him.

Britt tells Reba (whose real name is Rebel) to get her out of here. But the one driving the Role’s Royce is BIG SWOLE! “Where to, Doctor?” Britt realizes who is behind the wheel, and Swole takes off! Beep beep, time to put Britt where she belongs! And just where is that?!

 

AEW TNT Championship Open Challenge: Cody Rhodes VS ???

The American Nightmare wants to work a true workhorse schedule while he is holding this title, and he has already given two young stars big opportunities the first two weeks of his reign. Jake Hager waits to put the big hurt on Cody at Fyter Fest, but Cody has to make it there as champion first! For this third week, Cody is thinking outside the box by looking outside of AEW for a challenger! Cody has handpicked his opponent tonight, but who is it? We find out after the break!

AEW returns and Cody has a mic. “It’s time for the Open Challenge! But I can’t help but notice the air is getting a bit thin. It’s a bit lonely at the moment.” After being on the receiving end of a beating courtesy of Hager, Cody thought to himself, “No Dustin? No Matt? No Nick? No Kenny? No Hangman?” Is he even in The Elite anymore? He sure hopes so. But is the Nightmare Family still a family? It makes you wonder, right? But he doesn’t want to talk about that, he’ll hand this off to the coach, Double A, Arn Anderson! Arn takes the mic to say that here’s the thing. With age comes maturity, and with maturity comes wisdom. Sometimes you need to listen to that voice of reason in your head. Arn knows Cody believes he can beat Hager, and Arn knows Cody can beat Hager.

But in this business, timing is everything, and it’s just not right. Hager himself is watching backstage, eager to see what happens. Arn says they need to move on for right now to focus on tonight. Tonight’s opponent is more than qualified and very talented. Arn has checked this guy out, and it is someone Cody can use to hone his skills. That man is… “Absolute,” Ricky Starks! He is a former NWA World Television Champion and the hottest free agent on the market. And hearing the Open Challenge had also become open to those outside of AEW, Starks felt that was the perfect chance to not only get his foot in the door, but prove to himself that he can hang with anyone!

Starks has been broke with only $3 to his name, he’s slept in his car, on floors and on couches, all so that he could be sitting here right now. And when he had nothing else, he had two things: work ethic and grit, the same two things Cody talks about. So Cody says he can outwork anyone you put him up against? “Well guess what, baby boy?” Starks has his shoes on tight and is ready to go the distance. Is Cody? Starks makes his entrance, the introductions are made, the belt is raised and this absolute test for both men begins!

The two circle fast and approach. They feel it out, tie up, but then back off. They come back, Cody waistlocks to a hammerlock but Starks switches with him. Cody swings an elbow but Starks stays low to push and whip Cody to ropes. Cody comes back to run Starks over but Starks kips right up! Cody applauds that but kicks low to Rhodes Uppercut! Starks SLAPS Cody! Starks says he’s on Cody’s level, but Cody puts him in a corner. Cody swings but misses, and Starks SLAPS him again! Starks clubs Cody but Cody throws haymakers back. Starks hits back and runs, but into Cody’s dropkick! The crowd cheers as Cody stalks Starks to ropes. Cody brings Starks up for the not low blow kick! Starks bails out and Cody builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Starks into barriers! Hager watches with ice cold focus as Cody puts Starks back in.

Cody stalks Starks again, brings him around but Starks clubs him. Cody wrenches and whips but Starks reverses. Cody kicks back, runs, but Starks sends Cody hard into ropes! Arn even winces as Starks drags Cody out to the apron for haymakers! Starks spins Cody around to get on the apron and drop a leg! A bit double edged but Starks figures it’s worth it. Cover, ONE, and Cody gets back to ropes. Starks chokes Cody on the ropes and Arn protests. The ref counts and Starks lets up at 4, to then run. Arn saves Cody from the straddle attack but Starks warns the coach not to get involved. Arn doesn’t sweat the young gun, and Cody kicks low. Cody throws hands but Starks gives them back. Starks headlocks for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Cody crawls but Starks stalks him now.

Starks talks trash to Cody, elbows Cody to ropes, then throws haymakers. Cody hits back but Starks CHOPS. Cody CHOPS, Starks kicks low and hard. Starks wraps Cody up with a chinlock and even traps an arm. Cody pries at the hold as the crowd rallies up, but Starks elbows Cody in the head! Starks stomps Cody around then brings him up for a whip. Cody stops himself but the two collide head to head in the corner! Starks and Cody stagger, Starks wrenches and reels COdy in, but Cody denies the second tornado. Cody BOOTS, then dodges Starks to hit the spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Starks is toughing it out but Cody takes off his weight belt. Free souvenir for a fellow wrestler. Cody dragon sleepers but Starks knees out and shoves free.

Starks rams low but Cody tanks it for a suplex! Cody holds Stars up for a few seconds before hitting a gourd buster! Cover, TWO! Cody grows frustrated but Hager is… Well, Hager is stoic as usual. Cody positions Starks in a drop zone, goes up top, but Starks anchors his foot. Cody kicks Starks away but Starks comes back to throw hands. Starks climbs up to join Cody, on the very top, SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down but the crowd is loving this! They rally up as both men slowly rise. The standing count hits 5 but Cody and Starks are up. Starks runs at Cody and crossbodies them both out of the ring! Hager might actually be cracking a smile now. Cody sits up as the ring count climbs. Starks goes around the way to get up and in, but Cody is in at 6.

Cody wants Starks to stand, and they start throwing hands! They brawl fast and furious, then Cody knees low. Cody runs, springboards, but Starks ducks the kick to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Cody lives and Starks can’t believe it! Starks drags Cody up, clubs him on the back, and underhooks. Cody blocks, trips, jackknife bridge, TWO! STarks has a sunset flip, TWO! Cody high stacks, TWO, and Starks tries. Cody jackknifes again, TWO! Starks gets up, swings but into a CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The coach is relieved but maybe so is Hager. The Big Hurt is coming for the American Nightmare, will Fyter Fest be the end of Cody’s workhorse run? As for Starks, Cody shakes his hand to show there is respect between them. Will Starks be back in AEW again one day?

 

The Young Bucks VS The Superbad Squad!

Matt & Nick Jackson were involved in a tag team brawl with FTR, The Butcher & The Blade, but also Kip Sabian and Jimmy Havoc. Both teams want to fight their way to a shot at the AEW World Tag Team Championships, and that brings them to fight each other! Who takes the other team out to take that next step forward?

The teams sort out and Havoc waits for Matt to high five Nick before clobbering him from behind! Havoc throws Matt down and stomps the bad back. Havoc shoves Matt to ropes and clobber shim again! Havoc bumps Matt off buckles and throws body shots to keep on the bad torso. He brings Matt to the other corner to dig his nails in! Havoc whips Matt to ropes, but Nick tags in and Matt slides under. Matt whips Havoc, Kip tags in, Matt drop toeholds Havoc for Nick’s slingshot leg drop! Matt sees Kip coming and kicks low. The Bucks double wrench, CHOP and whip for double elbows! Fist drop and splash combo! Double dropkicks sends Havoc out and the Superbad Squad regroups. But they get DOUBLE PESCADOS!

But ringside, Butcher and Blade talk trash to The Bucks, getting their attention. The Bucks dare them to step over the railing, but nothing happens there. Kip and Havoc recover and Nick offers them entry. Kip slides in and the teams regroup at their corners. Both teams huddle up, but Kip rushes the Bucks, only to get a double JAB! Kip flounders away and tags Havoc. Havoc dares Nick to punch him around, to Nick kicks low. Nick whips Havoc to the corner but catches the boots to turn Havoc sideways. Tag to Matt, draping neckbreaker to slingshot senton! Matt scares Kip off the corner, to then WRECK him with a dropkick! Nick gutbusters Havoc while Matt skins the cat, and the Bucks combine for the flipping neckbreaker backbreaker combo! The crowd cheers the Bucks as they dare Butcher & Blade to do something.

Now Blade hops the railing to get at Nick. Butcher follows but Matt backs Nick up. The ref tries to keep peace while Matt calls for the Superkick Party~! Butcher and Blade get right on the apron, and someone has given Havoc a wet floor sign!? The ref is busy with Nick so Havoc SMACKS Matt with the sign! Nick protests, Havoc covers, TWO! Havoc digs his knee into Matt’s back as the rib tape comes loose. Havoc mugs Matt in the corner and tags Kip. The Superbad Squad stomps away as AEW goes picture in picture.

Kip stomps a mudhole but lets up to mock the Bucks’ flexing pose. This allows Havoc to choke Matt behind the ref’s back! Kip mocks giving a superkick to then bring Matt up and tag Havoc. The squad mugs Matt more then double whips him to ropes. Matt hops over Havoc but right into Kip’s atomic drop! Havoc comes around, BOOTS Matt down, then covers, TWO! Havoc uses the rib tape to choke Matt! The ref counts, Havoc lets up at 4, then gets in Nicks’ face as he throws up deuces. Havoc bumps Matt off buckles in the corner and double punches Matt in his bad ribs. Tag to Kip and he headbutts Matt low. Kip rams his shoulder into Matt over and over and over, then backs off to taunt Nick. Havoc again reels Matt in for cheap shots! Kip goes back to Matt, covers, TWO!

The Superbad Squad grows annoyed but Kip clamps onto Matt with a chinbar and armlock. Matt endures, fights his way up, and throws body shots. Kip throws Matt by his hair, but the ref is reprimanding him harshly. But this all allows Havoc to give Matt a paper cut between fingers! Kip covers, but the ref is busy with Nick protesting. The ref finally counts, TWO! Kip brings Matt up, tags in Havoc, and the squad mugs Matt some more. Havoc snapmares Matt to uppercut low to the back! Havoc tortures the bad fingers while AEW Returns to single picture. The crowd rallies as havoc brings Matt up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Kip and Kip stomps another mudhole. Tag back to Havoc, and Havoc cravats Matt to throw him out. Havoc keeps the ref’s attention again and Kip has the mercenaries help him out.

But wait, FTR appears?! Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood have had their issues with Butcher and Blade, and they’re keeping those two from doing anything more. Havoc drops knees on Matt then brings him up to tag in Kip. The squad mugs Matt in the corner then Kip snapmares Matt to kick him in the back. Havoc stomps Matt down and sets him up for Kip’s PENALTY KICK! The kick is still no good? Kip is annoyed but he bumps Matt off buckles. Tag to Havoc and Havoc whips Kip in, for Matt to put on the apron! Havoc uppercuts, Kip enziguris, and then tags in to dropkick! Havoc adds a dropkick of his own, then Kip tags Havoc back in. The squad taunt Nick more but the ref is busy with Nick while Kip catapults Matt into Havoc’s eye poke! Cradle, TWO!!

Havoc chokes Matt with his own long hair, then bumps him off buckles. The crowd rallies and Matt boots Havoc away! Matt hits Kip, then catches the Shoryuken to a hanging sleeper hold! Kip hits Matt then springboards to Steiner, only for Matt to block and make it a SUPER SIT OUT BOMB! Matt crawls towards his corner, hot tag to Nick! Nick rallies on Kip and Havoc with his quick kick combo! Corner shining wizard, clothesline bulldog combo! The crowd fires up as Nick shoulders Havoc and slingshot FACEBUSTERS him on the ramp! Nick back elbows Kip to then escalara crossbody Havoc back down! Nick slingshots to sunset flip Kip, for a SHARPSHOOTER! Kip endures, crawls for ropes, but Matt drops the elbow! Nick sits deep, Kip holds on, but Havoc has a mallet! Ford uses the floor sign to SMACK Nick!!

Kip tags Havoc, Havoc goes right after Nick, fisherman lift, SING THE SORROW!! Cover, but Matt breaks it!! Havoc kicks Matt out of the ring and tags in Kip. The squad coordinates, wheelbarrow springboard DDT! Cover, TWO!?! Kip can’t believe it, but he heads up top. Kip is bleeding but he leaps, the stomps miss and Nick SUPERKICKS him down! Hot tags to Matt and Havoc! Matt gets Havoc for the Northern Light! Float over, and the Polar Express gets moving! Matt catapults Havoc into Nick’s enziguri! Tag, springboard stomps across the knees! Nick Penalty Kicks Kip down! Then the Bucks coordinate, RISKY BUSINESS! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Matt, he drags Havoc up, and the Bucks look to end this. FTR keeps Butcher & Blade back, but Havoc shoves Matt into Nick! Roll up with tights, TWO!!

Havoc underhooks for a butterfly suplex! Tag to Kip, he climbs again, DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, Nick breaks it outta nowhere! Havoc throws Nick back out then drags Matt up. Havoc scoops but Matt shoves Havoc into Kip now. Matt gets the squad for a DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt hurries and tags in Nick, and we get DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! They use Kip to hold Havoc in the gut wrench, then they double mule kick his legs out! Kip gives Havoc a Tombstone piledriver! Then the Bucks drag Kip up for a modified DOUBLE KAMI-GOYE! The Golden Lovers would be proud! Cover, the Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall

But then the brawl starts again! Butcher and Blade go after the Bucks but FTR goes after them! FTR even hits Havoc, but then they focus on big Andy Williams! They double whip Butcher, and the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK him! But FTR still gives him GOODNIGHT EXPRESS! But they’re not done, as the Bucks grab Blade and FTR has Havoc. Simultaneous INDIETAKER AND MIND BREAKER!! They’re basically the same but each team puts their own twist to it. The crowd is loving the AEW Tag Division, but when and where will we see The Bucks and FTR finally face off?

 

AEW hears from Taz and Brian Cage.

Taz wants to bring us all “behind the scenes” for just a moment. Last week, Taz and Cage were hanging out in their luxury trailer, watching Dynamite, drinking protein drinks because that’s what they do. But then Taz hears this racket, goes out and sees the “crazy ass banshee” that is the AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley. Mox was claiming he was going to pop Cage’s head like a pimple and shut Taz up for good. “Are you kidding me, Mox? You rotten son of a bitch.” Moxley is miserable? That gimmick was taken decades ago by Taz!

But Cage speaks up and says he understands Taz’s frustrations, but he’s taking the high road too much. Mox wants to disrespect them on the mic, in the ring, dropping the mic and leaving them standing there. Mox brought this on himself! As a matter of fact, Cage wants Fyter Fest to be tonight! Taz loves it! It’d be Drill Claw City! Cage isn’t sure what he wants more: to rip Mox’s head off, drop him on his head, or take that title. He isn’t sure. Well what’s better? Actually, who better? The answer: nobody. Will Moxley fall when he crosses the Path of Cage?

 

Jon Moxley responds.

“Who can stop the Path of Cage?” Cage climbed up a ladder, pulled down “some gimmick,” and now thinks it’s a good idea to step into the ring with the world champion? Aka “The judge, jury and executioner of AEW, the man who makes heads roll!” Moxley is in this business because he has demons. Bad ones. “The only thing that keeps them at bay is hurting people in the ring.” And now Cage’s path has crossed Moxley’s. Moxley turns Taz’s words around on them, “Beat me if you can! Survive, if you are the kind of miserable son of a bitch that can survive in the deep water that I’m gonna drag you into.” The Maniac wants to destroy the Machine, can he do it?

 

AEW loads up another big episode!

After all the talk and the fighting alongside allies, Sammy Guevara will confront Matt Hardy 1v1! Will the Spanish God be ready for all the forms of Hardy? And after being given his Dark Order contract, BOOM BOOM Colt Cabana teams with Brodie Lee! They take on New Jersey’s Finest, Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss! And in AEW’s first ever Lumberjack Match, MJF’s muscle, Wardlow, takes on Luchasaurus! And though the Natural Nightmares fell short of the titles tonight, their path to redemption begins! But will it only be shattered by FTR? And to keep sharp before Fyter Fest, Jon Moxley will return to action, with Taz watching live on commentary. What will Taz say and do to the AEW World Champion so close to the big event?

Speaking of the big event, Cody VS Hager is official now that Cody has gotten through the night. Will Hager get to end the American Nightmare’s dream with his own hands?

 

AEW tracks down Britt Baker and the “Role’s Royce”!

Rebel has the GPS on her phone, they find Britt in a dumpster! Britt is furious but also very disgusted. Britt’s been stuck in this trash for five hours! Well, no, it’s only been one hour. Britt does not want them to question her! She FIRES Rebel. Rebel is free? Rebel goes to leave, but Britt says Rebel isn’t fired. But where was she? In the bathroom. Why?! This is a full time job, 24/7!! She doesn’t go anywhere that Britt isn’t, and she sure doesn’t go to the bathroom without her! And where the hell is Tony?! You said he was in timeout… Oh, right. But no, that doesn’t matter! Friends don’t take timeouts so he should be here! Get Tony and- Why is there a camera crew?! They were here to see Britt being rescued. Oh is Rebel some kinda hero now? No, it’s just- GET TONY!! Okay, okay!

But since cameras are here, Britt warns Swole that she will pay for this. Literally. Britt will sue Swole, make her pay fines, and make Swole never EVER forget the day she did this to Dr. Britt Baker. Britt will get Swole if it’s the last thing she does. “Reba, get me outta here.” NOW!! Rebel panics as Britt nags her. Will Swole really face the consequences? Or is The Dentist all bark and no bite?

 

Matt Hardy joins commentary!

For right now, this looks like normal Hardy joining Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and good ol’ Jim Ross. He is excited to watch the main event, just as we are.

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Best Friends VS Le Sex Gods!

Trent and Chuck Taylor want to avenge Freshly Squeezed, but the only way they could get Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara to agree is to put up their shot at Hangman Page and Kenny Omega! Are they risking too much for the honor of Orange Cassidy? Or will the Fyter Fest card change at the last minute?

AEW returns as Best Friends make their entrance, and push Sammy’s scooter out of their way. The teams sort out and the Kentucky Gentleman starts with the Spanish God. But then both Best Friends ambush Le Sex Gods! Trent is after Sammy while Chuckie chases Jericho! Jericho hits Chuck back but Chuck hits him. Trent drags Sammy out of the ring to club away with forearms. Chuckie chokes Jericho with his shirt, but Sammy clubs Trent on the back. Sammy shoves Trent at the post but Trent stops himself to elbow Sammy away! Chuckie throws hands on Jericho then bumps him off the timekeeper’s desk! Trent stomps Sammy at railings on the other side, then Chuckie headlocks to dig a water bottle into Jericho’s face!

Sammy bumps Trent off the apron while the ref reprimands both teams. Sammy whips Trent at railing but Trent comes back with a SPEAR! Trent puts Sammy in the ring for Chuckie, and he hits a standing Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!! Sammy survives but Chuckie drags Sammy up. Sammy rakes Chuckie’s eyes and tags Jericho. Jericho walks into kicks and punches from Chuckie! Chuckie sweeps the legs and stomps away on Jericho until the ref counts. Chuckie fires up and whips Jericho corner to corner. Chuckie runs in but into an elbow! Jericho hops up to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Chuckie gets to ropes but Jericho chokes him! The ref counts. Jericho lets up, but Sammy chokes Chuckie in the corner!

Jericho tags Sammy and Le Sex Gods stomp away. Sammy brings Chuckie up to whip him to ropes. Sammy hurdles over, flips, and dropkicks Chuckie down! Sammy kips up and shows off, to then do the cocky Jericho pin. ONE, and Sammy drops on Chuckie with a chinlock. Chuckie endures and the crowd rallies up. Jericho tags in and Le Sex Gods mug Chuckie. Jericho snap suplexes Chuck down then runs to drop a knee. Sammy applauds while the crowd boos. Chuckie gets up and throws hands on Jericho, then runs but into Jericho’s dropkick! Cover, TWO! Jericho taunts Chuckie to go tag Trent, but then he clubs him down. Jericho brings Chuckie up but Chuckie throws forearms. Chuckie runs, but into Jericho’s elbow!

Jericho springboards, LIONSAULT! It flops as Chuckie moves! Both men crawl to their corners, hot tags to Sammy and Trent! Trent dodges Sammy to CHOP him down! Trent CHOPS Sammy again, then CHOPS him at the ropes! And again! Trent whips and CLOBBERS Sammy with an elbow! Trent hits Jericho for good measure before stalking Sammy. Sammy runs in, Trent dodges and Sammy hits buckles! Trent CHOPS Sammy again, then runs, only for Sammy to BOOT him back! Sammy runs but Trent reels him in, SNAP SAIDO! Trent sees Jericho pick up Floyd the baseball bat, so he wrecks Jericho with a baseball slide! Trent slingshots, but his Pescado gets a base hit! Trent goes down in a heap while AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho drags Trent up and whips him into railing! Trent winces but Jericho drags him back up. Sammy clobbers Chuckie T for good measure while Jericho POSTS Trent! The ref reprimands Jericho but Jericho puts Trent in for Sammy to cover. TWO, but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy drags Trent up to put him against ropes. Sammy CHOPS and CHOPS Trent in return, then fireman’s carries to show off the squats. Then Sammy hits the Samoan Drop! Cover, but Trent makes it a ghost pin! TWO, and Sammy CLOBBERS Trent! Tag to Jericho and he looms over Trent. Jericho drags Trent up and back suplexes high and hard! Trent flounders to a corner while Jericho soaks up heat. Jericho brings Trent up again to CHOP!

Jericho CHOPS again but Trent gets him back with haymakers and CHOPS! Trent whips corner to corner but Jericho reverses, sending Trent tumbling up the buckles! Trent comes back down to get a LARIAT! Jericho covers, TWO! Jericho is still very cocky as he soaks up more heat. Jericho brings Trent up and knees low. Jericho suplexes to hang Trent out to dry and let him hit the mat! Cover, TWO! Jericho brings Trent up and tags in Sammy. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Trent down! Sammy does his spinny move, and the two pose together. Sammy swaggers over to Trent and kicks him in the corner. Sammy goes corner to corner, but Trent STOMPS him down! Both men are down and a standing count begins. The crowd rallies up, hot tag to Chuckie T!

The Kentucky Gentleman rallies on Le Sex Gods! He goes up and over to spin Sammy for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Chuck keeps his cool, drags Sammy to a corner, and goes up top. Chuckie MOONSAULTS, but lands on his feet when Sammy moves. POP-UP BOMB! Cover but Jericho breaks it! Chuckie throws Jericho out and stalks Sammy. Sammy stirs but Chuckie brings him up, only to get a jawbreaker! Sammy runs but into a boot! Trent tags in, he and Chuckie give Sammy SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! And the Best Friends go to hug, only for Jericho to ruin it! Chuckie whips Jericho, Jericho reveres, but Jericho walks into the Sexy Chuckie Knee! And turns around into the PSYCHO KNEE!

Trent kicks and tornadoes, but Jericho stops the DDT to get the legs! Jericho works to turn Trent and Sammy FLIES out onto Chuckie! WALLS OF JERICHO! Trent endures as Jericho sits deep! Trent crawls and gets the ropebreak! Jericho thinks he’s won but the ref points out it was a ropebreak. Jericho argues with the ref, but Trent LARIATS Jericho down! Both men are down, Sammy tags in, and Sammy SUPERKICKS Trent down! Sammy goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Trent trips him up! Trent climbs up to join Sammy, but Sammy fights back. Sammy headbutts Trent, but Chuckie returns to help Trent up. Electric Chair SUPERPLEX!! Trent LARIATS Sammy inside out! Cover, but Jericho breaks it in time!

Chuckie throws Jericho out but the ref shouts at Chuckie to go to the corner. Chuckie obeys, but Sammy feeds Trent to Jericho’s eye rakes! Roll up with tights, TWO!! The screwjob didn’t work, and Chuckie goes after Jericho again! He bumps Jericho off the apron then rams him into railing! And then more railing! Chuckie grabs a chair, but the ref tells him no! That’s a disqualification if he does it. But then Jericho hits Chuckie low and throws him out into the crowd! Chuckie bowls over Suge D and almost takes out Hikaru Shida! In the ring, Sammy has Floyd and base hits Trent! Sammy goes up top, for the SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, TWO!?! Trent will not be taken out and Sammy is freaking out! Sammy brings Trent up, torture racks, but Trent slips out to shove. A camera man swipes at Sammy?! Trent hits STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends win!!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall (still #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)

Le Sex Gods tried to cheat Trent and Chuckie out of their title shot, but they just got cheated back. Because that mystery camera man is none other than… ORANGE CASSIDY!! The Sloth shows the scars of that assault, but now he gets in Jericho’s face! Jericho warns Cassidy, but Cassidy goes after him with fury! Cassidy is trying! In fact, he is serious as he SUPERMAN PUNCHES Jericho out of the ring!! Fyter Fest is set in stone as Best Friends will take on Omega and Page, but it gets even better! To settle the score, we will get Chris Jericho VS Orange Cassidy!! Cassidy gives a thumbs up as he and Best Friends hug it out! Will they be hugging with title belts soon enough?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode, with a lot of great action and some intriguing developments towards Fyter Fest. AEW did a great job sandwiching the episode with the AEW World Tag Team Championship story. Omega & Hangman VS Natural Nightmares was great, though I expected this to be the night Allie shows her true colors. Apparently not the case, as QT and Dustin lose clean. Maybe that moment is being left for All Out, or whenever normal fans can finally return. Best Friends and Le Sex Gods had a great main event, and it was pretty great for Orange Cassidy to get a semblance of payback tonight. We get the tag team title match we figured on with Omega & Hangman VS Best Friends, but now we get Jericho VS Cassidy and that is going to be a show stealer.

Just as I was wondering if The Dark Order was ever going to recruit a female wrestler, we get our answer! Anna Jay gets a vignette like she’s about to be pushed with a win, only to job to the truly horrifying Abadon. Dark Order recruits Anna, she’ll likely be one of the missing numbers soon enough, but then Cabana is given that contract and is announced for a match alongside Brodie Lee next week. Pretty sure that means Brodie and Cabana win at the expense of Janela and Kiss, but it still adds intrigue to the Dark Order’s story. MJF VS Billy Gunn was pretty good, especially with Wardlow and Austin Gunn getting involved. The brawl with Jurassic Express was great, and that Lumberjack Match next week might actually be really good, as AEW does great putting new twists on traditional/cliche matches.

I feel like I need to say again that Cody’s personal story in AEW simply has a pacing problem. Him reaching outside of the company seems several months too soon, but maybe this was the only time Ricky Starks could show up for AEW. The match itself was great, but of course Cody wins to solidify his match with Hager at Fyter Fest. I also do appreciate Cody’s promo, feeling hung out to dry by both The Elite and the Nightmare Family. I feel like Cody should at some point actually join up with Dustin, Brandi and QT to truly make the Nightmare Family a team and not just a name. Next week is the go home to Fyter Fest, so I expect a contract signing for something, most likely the TNT Championship. Moxley, Taz and Cage had good promos tonight and I wonder how Moxley’s go-home match goes if Taz will be on commentary running him down.

Penelope Ford being named Shida’s challenger for Fyter Fest makes a lot of sense, she did pin Shida and has been doing great both in her own matches and alongside the Superbad Squad. Britt’s attitude tonight and Swole taking out the trash was great build for their story, and I can’t wait to see how things escalate towards All Out. We got an awesome match out of The Young Bucks and the Superbad Squad, even with Butcher & Blade and FTR showing up ringside. Fyter Fest might have a massive 4v4 or even a Fatal 4 Way Tag to give all these teams a way to fight it out at once. It could easily be called a #1 contenders match to the tag titles, and then it is won by a team that isn’t The Bucks or FTR. That leaves Bucks and FTR open to feud with each other for All Out. FTR claims to not care about the dream match, but that match has to happen for both teams to get past it.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/25/23)

Will Bryan Danielson’s streak continue?

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Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!

Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
  • #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
  • Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!

The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?

The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.

Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!

Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.

Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!

Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!

Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!

Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!

Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!

Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?

 

AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.

Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!

The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?

AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!

The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!

But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.

Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!

Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!

Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.

Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!

Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!

Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?

“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.

“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?

 

Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!

It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”

Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?

#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!

The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!

Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.

JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.

Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!

Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!

JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!

Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!

Winners: #JungleHook, by submission

All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?

 

Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.

The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.

Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”

Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.

Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.

And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?

Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!

Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!

Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.

Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.

Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!

Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!

Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!

Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!

Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!

Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”

Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?

 

Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!

As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?

The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!

Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!

Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!

The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!

Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?

 

MJF speaks.

“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.

“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.

“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.

“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.

“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!

Jamie Hayter speaks.

“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!

On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?

 

Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!

To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!

AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!

Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!

Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!

Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!

Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!

Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!

Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.

Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!

Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!

Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.


My Thoughts:

A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.

Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.

And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.

Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.

Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.

Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/24/23)

Britt Baker gets Dark!

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Universal Studios belongs to Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

Ahead of a Triple Threat on Wednesday Night Dynamite, Britt Baker returns to AEW Dark for a Tuesday tune-up! Will The Doctor be ready for Toni Storm and Ruby Soho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Britt Baker VS Billie Starkz; Baker wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Baliyan Akki, Marcus Kross & Vary Morales; The Dark Order wins.
  • Tony Deppen VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Serpentico wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon; Sydal wins.
  • Harley Cameron VS Brittany J; Cameron wins.
  • Madison Rayne VS Kaci Lennox; Rayne wins.
  • Action Andretti VS Bronson w/ The Iron Savages; Action win.
  • Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.

QUICK NOTES

A good line-up, and good to see Matt Sydal back in action. That should be a good return win for him against big bad Bononi. Harley Cameron is a bit of a surprise. Sure, she showed up in AEW sometime last year, but she performed in a musical trio alongside Scarlett Bordeaux and Shotzi Blackheart to cover I Put A Spell On You for WWE around Halloween time. WWE could’ve/should’ve scooped her up then but hey, at least she’s somewhere. Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada looks to be a great match-up that could go either way. And of course, Britt will get a win here to be ready for Dynamite on Wednesday.


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