Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (7/21/20)
Darby Allin gets Dark!
AEW’s undead daredevil returns to the ring!
Darby Allin returned at Fight for the Fallen and is after Brian Cage! But first he must shake off ring rust. Will it be so easy against Egotistico Fantastico?
- Hikaru Shida VS Rache Chanel; Shida wins.
- Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Corey Hollis; Sabian wins.
- Best Friends VS Brady Pierce & Sabby; Best Friends win.
- Ricky Starks VS Will Hobbs; Starks wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Aaron Solow; Sky wins.
- KiLynn King VS Diamante; Diamante wins.
- Darby Allin VS Robert Anthony; Darby wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates; The Butcher & The Blade win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Hikaru Shida VS Rache Chanel!
The AEW Women’s World Champion is daring all the women, not just the top contenders, to step up and take their shot! Will the most fashionable addition to the division hit the jackpot tonight?
The bell rings and Chanel makes sure her hair is nice while she circles with Shida. Shida approaches but Chanel backs off. Chanel comes back, Shida kicks her low! Shida wrenches to a wristlock then hammerlock. Shida shifts to a headlock and Chanel freaks because it messes her hair! Chanel backs off to fix her hair and smile at the camera. Shida shoves and runs but Chanel waistlocks then shoves Shida away. Chanel is still too worried about her hair, so Shida messes it all up! Chanel gets fired up and CHOPS Shida! Shida kicks low, suplexes but Chanel slips out to shove and knee back. Chanel skips to the swinging neckbreaker! Chanel drags Shida up by her hair to bump her off the buckles! Chanel chokes Shida on the ropes, wraps her up and clubs her on the back!
Chanel goes to her purse to bring out her comb. She’s brushing Shida’s hair? Shida elbows Chanel away but then Chanel ducks the enziguri! Chanel brings Shida up for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Chanel stomps Shida and plays with Shida’s hair, but Shida forearms! Chanel forearms back and we have a brawl! Shida gets the edge, then runs corner to corner to KNEE Chanel down! Shida drags Chanel to the apron, lets the hair down, and runs to KNEE her again! Shida gets in, drags Chanel back up, suplex and a bit of a stall, before the drop! Cover, TWO! Shida keeps her cool and drags Chanel back up. Shida whips Chanel, Chanel reverses and mule kicks! Chanel whips corner to corner then runs in, but blocks a boot to elbow Shida back!
Chanel rolls and runs, into a waistlock! Shida makes the lift a swinging backbreaker! Shida rolls Chanel to a Fujiwara armbar! Chanel endures, drags herself and gets the ropebreak! Shida lets off to drag Chanel back up. Shida wrenches and rolls Chanel to then SLIDING FOREARM! Shida kips up and POINT-BLANK WIZARDS! Cover, TWO!! Chanel surprises Shida but Shida won’t stop here! Shida drags Chanel up, but Chanel tries to cradle counter the rest! Shida powers it back up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The Samurai is rolling! She got a good fight out of Chanel, but who else will step up to try her?
Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Corey Hollis!
Superbad is back and hopes to get back on track! Will Kip use The Original Corey Hollis to do just that?
The bell rings and Sabian keeps his sunglasses on as he apparently doesn’t take Hollis serious. They tie up with knuckle locks, Kip spins and drags Hollis to the mat. Hollis keeps his shoulders up but Kip stands on him for a cocky cover. ONE, and Sabian finally realizes he didn’t take off the glasses. Sabian hands the shades to Ford and ties up with Hollis again. Hollis wrenches Sabian to a wristlock and shoulder breaker, then wrenches more. Sabian rolls and handsprings through to wrench back. Sabian hammerslocks, half nelsons and flying-mares! Ford gives Sabian a drink of water and a kiss to stay fresh. Sabian and Hollis tie up and Hollis arm-drags Sabian to a corner. Hollis wants the “pretty boy” to get serious, so Sabian gets serious. They tie up again, Sabian ROCKS Hollis with a right!
Sabian stomps away on Hollis and brings him up in a headlock. Hollis powers off, Sabian ducks, dodges and hurdles, only for Hollis to fireman’s carry! Sabian slips off to shove and calf kick Hollis down! Hollis gets to a corner and checks his jaw. Sabian drags Hollis up and throws more forearms. Hollis shoves but Sabian throws more forearms. Sabian whips corner to corner, runs and gamangiris! To then snapmare and sliding lariat! Hollis flounders but Sabian brings him up to snapmare and line it up… PENALTY KICK! The kick is good! Finally! Sabian runs at Hollis but Hollis puts him on the apron. Sabian triangle jumps in but Hollis pushes the DDT away.
Hollis mule kicks then runs in, but Sabian goes up and over. Hollis comes back, Sabian blocks his kick but Hollis blocks Sabian’s knee to enziguri! Hollis gets to the corner as the crowd rallies up. Sabian runs but into Hollis’ elbow. Hollis springboard PELES! Cover, TWO! Sabian survives but Hollis keeps going. Hollis cravats and runs at a corner but is shoved into buckles! Sabian torture racks for DEATHLY HOLLOWS! Cover, Sabian wins!
Winner: Kip Sabian, by pinfall
Sabian throws up the deuces, and Ford kisses where it hurts. Will the Superbad power couple be feeling great as the summer heats up?
Dasha checks in with “The Nightmare Sisters.”
Dustin Rhodes coaches Brandi Rhodes and Allie through their drills. Dasha asks how they’re doing. These two are 4-0 in tag action and fans want to know, what does this mean? What is the goal? Uh, the goal is to win, obviously! What is Dasha really asking? Brandi says there is a reason for this. AEW has a great Men’s Tag Division, but what about the women? The hope is that getting these wins, people would notice. Dustin is pretty sure they have. Thanks, Dasha, they’re going to get back to training. Yeah, back to training.
Is Allie going to parrot everything Brandi says just to have the last word? Allie is just saying they’re going back to training. Dustin has Dasha move aside so these two can argue this out. Brandi’s point is Allie being passive aggressive but Allie just doesn’t seem to get it. Dysfunction aside, can these two be the spark that lights the flame of an AEW Women’s Tag Team Division?
Best Friends VS Brady Pierce & Sabby!
Trent Baretta and Chuck Taylor are getting better and better, despite not taking the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Will they be able to start back up at the expense of The Inspiration and the man formerly known as Tino Sabbatelli?
The teams sort out and Trent starts against Sabby. They tie up and Sabby throws Trent down hard. Trent gets up, Chuck gives him some pointers, and Trent circles with Sabby again. They approach, Trent gets the waistlock to the headlock and grinds Sabby down. Sabby powers up and out to run Trent over! Sabby eggs Trent on, “This is MY ring, dog!” Trent throws big forearms but Sabby kicks low. Sabby scoops but Trent slips out and chop blocks! Trent drags Sabby around and stomps the leg. Sabby scrambles but Trent drags him back up to a chinlock. Trent clubs away on Sabby with forearms then brings him back up for a big back suplex! Cover, ONE! Sabby’s tough but Trent drags him to the corner.
Tag to the Kentucky Gentleman but Sabby gets away. Tag to Pierce and Pierce circles with Chuckie T. Pierce and Chuck tie up, Chucke waistlocks to headlocks but Pierce powers out and runs Chuckie over! Chuck CHOPS Pierce back then whips corner to corner. Pierce goes up and over and grins as he runs in, but gets a boot! Chuck hops up to missile dropkick Pierce down! The crowd cheers as Trent tags in. Best Friends double whip Pierce to double shoulder him down! Sabby talks smack but Trent flexes on him. Trent brings Pierce up to throw forearms. Trent kicks low and CHOPS Pierce in the corner. Trent tags Chuck back in, Chuck goes up top and drops ax handles on Pierce. Chuck whips, Pierce reverses and Sabby gets a cheap shot! Chuck DECKS Sabby but Pierce SPINE BUSTERS Chuck!
Pierce rains down rights, drags Chuck to the corner then tags Sabby in. Sabby drags Chuck up to throw big forearms. Sabby brings Chuck and whips him hard into the corner! Tag to Pierce and the two big men mug Chuck. Pierce bumps Chuck off buckles, tags Sabby back in and Sabby talks trash. Sabby whips and dropkicks Chuck down! Tag to Pierce, the mugging continues, and Pierce sucker punches Trent! Chuck avoids Pierce’s boot, throws Sabby out and KNEES Pierce back! Tag to Trent! Trent CHOPS Pierce, forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Ternt runs into Pierce’s BOOT! Pierce brags too much and Trent SAIDOS! Hot tag to Sabby, but Trent ducks him to waistlock. Sabby elbows out, whips Trent but Trent ducks and dodges to elbow Sabby down!
Trent drags Sabby out to tornado DDT! Sabby flounders but Trent watches him stagger to his feet. BLINDSIDE KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sabby survives and Trent seethes. Trent goes to a corner, climbs up top but has to fight Pierce off. Sabby runs into Trent’s shoulder, but he catches Trent’s slingshot for a POWERSLAM! Both men are down, the ref starts a standing count, but Sabby crawls to tag in Pierce! Pierce clubs Trent, drags him up and throws haymakers. Pierce whips but Chuck tags in. Trent reverse the whip, shoves Pierce to a corner and Chuck corner clotheslines! Chuck feeds Pierce to Trent’s CHOP, then gives Pierce Sole Food! Trent SPEARS Pierce down! Sabby gets in but Chuck enziguris him first!
The Best Friends aim and DOUBLE PESCADO! Chuck and Trent focus on Pierce as Chuck tags Trent in. Best Friends HUG! Trent brings Pierce up as Chuck climbs. STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall
Best Friends are still strong! Will they going to get back to the #1 contender’s spot and go for the gold again?
Ricky Starks VS Will Hobbs!
Absolute lost his debut but has won every week since! But can he keep going against the imposing Embodiment of Willpower?
The bell rings and Starks circles with Hobbs. Starks puffs himself up to mock Hobbs’ side, but they tie up and Hobbs shoves him down hard! Starks sees it isn’t just size but strength. He still runs at Hobbs but bounces off! Hobbs whips, Starks goes up and over and then hurdles and ducks. Starks leaps and shoulders Hobbs down! Starks strikes a pose but Hobbs gets right up. Starks ELBOWS Hobbs, but Hobbs TOSSES Starks! Hobbs runs into a knee but doesn’t seem to mind. Hobbs yanks Starks into a suplex and holds him up for the count of 10! Starks bails out but Hobbs is in pursuit. Hobbs follows Starks around the way, Starks gets on the apron and poses? Hobbs grabs at Starks but Starks kicks Hobbs back! Starks then swings and dropkicks Hobbs to barriers!
Starks goes out to fetch Hobbs, drags him up and in, and then climbs up the corner. Hobbs stands and Starks leaps for a big missile dropkick! Starks rains down angry rights and lefts but Hobbs pushes him away. Starks drags Hobbs up but Hobbs breaks free to shove back. Hobbs runs in, gets buckles, but still SPINE BUSTERS Starks down! The crowd cheers as Hobbs brings Starks up for a scoop. Hobbs carries Starks around before he RAMS Starks into buckles. Hobbs aims for the opposite corner but Starks slips out to shove Hobbs into buckles. Hobbs stays up, Starks dodges again, and leaps, only for Hobbs to deny the DDT. So Starks switches to a swinging neckbreaker! Starks BOOTS Hobbs down then drags him back up. Starks reels Hobbs in, double underhooks to Canadian Rack, ABSOLUTE DOMINATOR! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an incredible feat of strength! No, an Absolute feat of strength! Will Starks continue to surprise and amaze on his way to an AEW title?
Scorpio Sky VS Aaron Solow!
SoCal Uncensored’s Closer continues his hot streak, but it can always get hotter! Will he “welcome” this fellow Californian to the show?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Solow wrenches to a wristlock but Scorpio rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Solow steps through, headlocks and wrenches to another wristlock. Scorpio rolls, rolls again, handsprings and spins to get a takedown to a double wristlock! Solow gets up, pushes Scorpio to ropes to whip free, but Scorpio runs him over. Scorpio fakes him out on the drop to then trip Solow up to another armlock. The crowd cheers the exchange as Solow powers his way up. Solow reaches for ropes but Scorpio keeps him at center. Solow ROCKS Scorpio with a right and is free, to throw more forearms.
Solow whips, Scorpio reverses and body shots to a SNAP Russian Leg Sweep! Scorpio drops a leg then covers, TWO! Scorpio keeps on Solow’s arm, Solow fights his way up and pushes Scorpio to ropes again. The ref counts, Solow YANKS Scorpio into ropes at 4! Scorpio gasps and sputters while the ref reprimands Solow, but Solow doesn’t care. Solow stomps a mudhole into Scorpio then rains down rights. The ref counts, Solow stops to strike a pose and blow a kiss. Solow brings Scorpio up, throws forearms, but Scorpio throws forearms back. Scorpio gets the edge, Solow shoves him to spinning roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Solow grows frustrated but he drags Scorpio into a chinlock.
The crowd rallies up as Scorpio endures and fights his way up. Scorpio throws elbows, gets free, and runs but fakes Solow out again. Solow runs into an elbow then the dropkick! Solow flounders and Scorpio runs and rallies with clotheslines and elbows! Scorpio whips Solow, Solow ducks and dodges but runs into a kick! COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio grows frustrated but keeps cool. Scorpio brings Solow up, fireman’s carries but Solow sprawls to block. Scorpio ROCKS Solow with a right, whips but Solow reverses. Solow swings into a back suplex lift but counters with a headlock throw. Solow wheelbarrows to the victory roll and STOMPS! Cover, TWO!!
Scorpio survives the surprise and the crowd rallies up. Solow stands first, Scorpio runs into a boot and enziguri! Solow mule kicks, SUPERKICKS, and dodges the counters to SUNSET BOMB Scorpio into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives again but Solow puts him in a drop zone. Solow climbs up, leaps, but the short elbow turns into a ghost pin! TWO, Scorpio fireman’s carries for the TKO! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
The Closer isn’t cooling off yet! Scorpio is gonna #ReachForTheSky, but when will he be holding onto singles gold?
KiLynn King VS Diamante!
Before welcoming Ivelisse to AEW, the Diamond in the Rough is going to warm up against the Queen of Crazy! Will things get crazy before the Baddest Bitch makes herself at home?
The bell rings and Diamante circles with King. They tie up, King wrenches to a wristlock but Diamante rolls and handsprings to wrench back. King rolls, slips through and drop toeholds Diamante to a facelock. Diamante works her way back up and wrenches out to a hammerlock. Diamante changes to a headlock, King lifts but Diamante punches her first. King powers out, dodges and stops Diamante’s tilt-o-whirl to whip and run Diamante over. Diamante gets up but King arm-drags her back down! Diamante fights up, King wrenches and wristlocks to a facelock. King suplexes and holds Diamante up for a count of 10, but Diamante slips out! Diamante waistlocks, Kings breaks free and snap suplexes this time! Cover, TWO!
King grows frustrated, but she runs corner to corner at Diamante, only to get an elbow! Diamante baits King into an OVERHEAD suplex into buckles! Diamante runs in, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Diamante keeps on King by pulling on her hair. Diamante rains down angry fists then covers, TWO! King crawls to a corner but Diamante keeps her cool. Diamante eggs King on before she CHOPS her from the left, then CHOPS her from the right! More CHOPS from all sides, then Diamante fires up. But King CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And trips to a jackknife cover, TWO! Diamante gets up, King gets around her, roll up, TWO! Diamante knees low, clubs King on her back, then rams her into buckles! Diamante runs and uppercuts King, then locks eyes with King.
The crowd fires up with Diamante as she runs, but King goes up and over. King comes back to rally with clotheslines! King boots then kicks Diamante, to run and BOOT her again! Diamante stays up but King waistlocks. Diamante fights out but King shoves her to ropes. Diamante hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by pinfall
And Diamante puts away a taller, stronger opponent! Ivelisse is coming, will she and Diamante put on an explosive match for Dynamite?
Darby Allin VS Robert Anthony!
The undead daredevil was just as surprised as anyone to see The Machine be the wild card in the Double or Nothing Casino Ladder match. Because of Brian Cage running roughshod in that match, Darby was out with a bad ankle for weeks. Now Darby is back for revenge at any cost! Will he make an example out of Egotistico Fantastico in this return match?
Darby glares at Taz but Taz says he’ll address things on Dynamite, though he does say Darby has himself to blame when Taz offered his help and was rejected. The bell rings and Darby still glares at Taz from the corner. Anthony tells Darby to pay attention to him. When Darby doesn’t, Anthony scuffs him in the face with his boot! “This isn’t a joke!” Darby gets up and Anthony dares him to fight. Anthony shoves Darby but Darby still doesn’t respond. Anthony rushes in, Darby goes up and over, comes around and rolls to throw a haymaker, a headbutt and a YOSHI TONIC! Cover, TWO and Anthony bails out! Darby pursues, drags Anthony up and whips him into barriers! Darby runs in and RAMS into Anthony!
Anthony gasps for air as Darby refreshes the count. Anthony comes back with a boot! Anthony suplexes and slams Darby onto railing! Now Anthony refreshes the count, then he drags Darby off the railing with another suplex! The ring count starts again but Anthony pulls the apron skirt aside. Anthony whips Darby into the ring frame! The ref checks on Darby and Anthony asks the camera, “Do you see me now?!” Anthony puts Darby in, stalks Darby, then hooks up the legs. Anthony goes after the arms, pulls Darby up, ROMERO SPECIAL, and Anthony starts rolling with it! Anthony then lets Darby go for a Romero Special slam! Cover, TWO! Anthony rains down angry fists then stands on Darby in the corner. The ref counts, Anthony lets up and Darby drags himself up the ropes.
Anthony CHOPS Darby and looms over him as he falls. Anthony drags Darby up, back suplex but Darby lands on his feet! Darby drop toeholds to get the FUJIWARA! Anthony crawls with his good arm and gets the ropebreak with his legs. Darby hold on until the ref counts 4. Darby whips Anthony, Anthony reverses but Darby arm-drags Anthony to the FUJIWARA! Anthony endures as Darby pulls the fingers and twists the wrist! Anthony keeps reaching and crawling, and again gets the ropebreak! Darby lets go at 4 again and Anthony rolls away. Darby clubs Anthony at the ropes and kicks him to the apron. Darby drags Anthony up, goes after the arm, but Anthony rakes Darby’s face!
Anthony clotheslines Darby over and out of the ring! Darby hits the ground hard and clutches the back leg. Anthony drags Darby up and brings him to a corner. Darby grabs the arm to YANK Anthony into the buckles! Darby climbs up, APRON COFFIN DROP!! Both men crash ‘n’ burn and the crowd cheers for Darby! This is the part of Darby that Taz respects. The ring count climbs, Darby crawls around at 4 and gets into the ring at 6. Anthony stands at 9 and springs in at 9.5! Darby gets around and flips over, THROWBACK STUNNER! Darby roars as he goes to the top rope. COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Darby gets a big win in his return, but wait! Here comes Brian Cage! The Machine drags Darby out of the ring to GERMAN SUPLEX him back in! The FTW Champion drags Darby up, reels him in, but Anthony defends Darby? Cage shoves Anthony, and Starks drags Anthony out?! Starks POSTS Anthony while Cage BOMBS Darby! And then BOMBS him again! Then hands him off to the ABSOLUTE DOMINATOR! The two fist bump, did Taz orchestrate this alliance? Taz says we will all learn what this is tomorrow night on Dynamite. “We are just getting warmed up!”
The Butcher & The Blade VS Brandon Cutler & Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates!
Andy Williams & Braxton Sutter have been feeling really good since taking FTR’s truck and winning alongside the Lucha Brothers. But they’re going to face the Young Bucks in Falls Count Anywhere for Dynamite! Will the Dungeon Master and Librarian simply be an appetizer before that incredible main course?
The teams sort out, Blade starts against Cutler and they tie up. Blade powers Cutler to a corner, grinds forearms in, then throws a sucker punch as the ref tries to break things up. Blade stomps Cutler then clubs him down. The ref backs Blade off and Cutler kicks back! Cutler fires off fast hands but Blade knees low. Blade runs, Cutler follows but Blade dodges to waistlock. Cutler bucks Blade off and slingshots out to then springboard in for the flying forearm! Cutler brings Blade over to the corner and tags Avalon in. Blade scrambles away to tag in The Butcher. Butcher and Avalon circle and tie up. Avalon headlocks, Butcher powers out and runs Avalon over! Things speed up, Avalon leaps but into Butcher’s bearhug!
Tag to Blade, Butcher atomic drops and Blade runs to clothesline him down! Cover, ONE, but Blade keeps close on Avalon. Blade brings Avalon up to CHOP! Tag to Butcher, Butcher fireman’s carries but Avalon slips off to shove Butcher into Blade! Avalon runs, ducks and dodges to dropkick back! Avalon runs, Butcher sends him out to the apron but Cutler tags in. Avalon slingshots and sunset flips Butcher and Cutler jackknifes, TWO! Cutler tags Avalon back in, they try to double suplex but Butcher double suplexes them! Blade tags in and clotheslines Cutler out! Avalon CHOPS Blade then whips, but Blade reverses to hotshot Avalon! Butcher tags in to LARIAT Avalon down! Cover, TWO!
Butcher rains down rights on Avalon then drags him back up. Butcher whips Avalon HARD into buckles then tags in Blade. The mercs drag Avalon up to CHOP then CHOKE Avalon! The ref backs Blade off but Butcher gets his own choke in! Avalon sputters as Blade chokes him on the ropes. The ref counts, Blade lets off and tags in Butcher. Butcher drags Avalon up and suplexes, to hold Avalon before a big slam! Cover, TWO! Leva is relieved but Butcher throws Avalon out. Butcher stalks Avalon, brings him up but Leva leaps off the apron! Butcher catches her but Avalon DIVES to topple them over! Butcher manages to get up and tag Blade in. Blade drags Avalon back but Avalon kicks Blade away to tag Cutler in!
Cutler rallies on Blade with clotheslines and a whip. Blade reverses but Cutler leaps to forearm Blade down! Cutler runs, blocks the boots and turns Blade to kick! Butcher runs in but only gets buckles as Cutler goes out. Cutler roundhouses Butcher away to then slingshot draping leg drop on Blade! Cutler dodges Butcher to go up and QUEBRADA! A bit sketchy but Butcher goes down. Cutler runs to DIVE and hit Blade into barriers! Cutler puts Blade back in, and Avalon tags as Cutler FLIES! Cutler takes out Butcher and Avalon climbs up top. FROG SPLASH onto Blade! Cover, TWO!! Blade survives and Avalon is frustrated.
Avalon runs, Cutler tags in before the Marti-KNEES! SPRINGBOARD FROGGY-BOW! But Cutler can’t cover after that rough landing. Cutler stands and Blade is on the ropes. The ref notices a book ended up in the ring and asks what happened. Cutler has no idea, but then Avalon BOOK SMACKS Blade! Cutler doesn’t like the cheating, this has been an issue between these two. But Butcher CROSSBODIES Avalon down! Blade back drops Cutler and tags in Butcher! FULL DEATH!! Cover, The Butcher & Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
A last minute misstep cost Cutler and Avalon, but then Avalon gets the suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! “You see that, Bucks?! You see that!?” These two are coming for Matt and Nick, but where in the arena will that heated battle end?
A really good Dark with some really good follow-up from Fight for the Fallen. It was clear Ricky Starts was going to join up with Taz and Cage at some point, so it was great to see them officially establish that here. Darby and Anthony had a great match to lead into that, and it’s pretty clear Taz’s special announcement for this week’s Dynamite will be about his stable growing stronger. I hope Moxley helps Darby out to have a tag match with Taz’s team, it just makes sense. Starks himself had a really good match with Hobbs to keep his own momentum going, and his finisher is great stuff! Cody’s TNT Championship opponent hasn’t been named but Starks seems perfect to come back around at some point.
The Nightmare Sisters had a good promo to keep the dysfunction going, and I’m glad Brandi is putting forth the AEW Women’s Tag Division story. I feel like a completely different team will take the eventual titles, though, in the same way SCU took the men’s titles instead of The Young Bucks. Shida had a good match with Chanel and obviously wins. I look forward to her having a lot of fresh match-ups with the women that have come into AEW. Diamante has a good match with KiLynn King and also gets her first win in AEW without any real fanfare. Diamante and Ivelisse will have a great match, but I am pretty sure I saw them hanging out in the crowd together last week so I fully expect them to become a team for the coming women’s tag division. They might even be the team to come out of nowhere and take those titles.
Sabian has a good match against Hollis and actually wins cleanly. He might be good for an Open Challenge against Cody. Best Friends had a good match with Pierce and “Sabby,” and I’m glad to see Tino Sabbatelli wrestling somewhere televised. Sabby and Pierce could probably stick together as a team of strong and in-shape young wrestlers. Scorpio and Solow have a real good match but Scorpio keeps his win streak going. Between him and Starks, one of them has to get that TNT Championship next. In fact, I’d love if Cody’s opponent tomorrow is Scorpio as a great surprise. The tag team main event was really good, as Avalon and Cutler are still a very strong team despite always losing. It seems a real shame the only reason they lost is the disagreement over cheating, but that is a fitting way to get back to having Cutler VS Avalon as I was expecting. Blade and Butcher get a strong win, that Falls Count Anywhere is going to be wild, but I would think The Bucks win to make up for Fyter Fest’s 8 Man Tag loss.
My Score: 8.4/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Dream matches, grudge matches, title matches, oh my!
The AEW World Tag Team Championships, Moxley VS Grayson, Hook VS Stokely under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS, and Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo, all on one night!
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad; Cassidy, Darby & Sting win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight; The Gunns win and retain the titles.
- No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway; Hook wins.
- Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Moxley wins.
- Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue; Storm wins.
- Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo; Omega wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
There’s a medical emergency backstage!
Hangman Page is on the phone with someone while Brandon Cutler gets in the ambulance. Cutler tells Hangman to make sure someone’s with Nick, meaning MATT Jackson is in the ambulance! The ambulance drives away, and now Nick is loaded into a second! The Young Bucks were attacked before cameras were rolling, Don Callis calms Kenny Omega down, and Hangman rides with Nick. Omega has his main event match with AAA rival El Hijo del Vikingo, but who went after his best friends?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad!
Freshly Squeezed is still a champion, as he retained the now AEW International Championship in Canada. But now, a familiar foe is rearing his Superbad head once again. Kip Sabian is bringing Butcher & Blade with him to go after Cassidy while his Best Friends are down and out. But will Cassidy’s new pals be more than enough to turn back the Superbad Squad?
The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Kip. Fans rally and chant for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Kip copies Cassidy putting his hands up. Cassidy rushes in, Kip gets around and waistlocks to headlock. Cassidy powers out, headlocks back, but Kip powers out, only for Cassidy to slip around and headlock again. Kip powers out, things speed up and Cassidy arm-drags, but Kip cartwheels through! Kip mocks Cassidy, Cassidy rushes in but Kip dumps him out. Kip fakes Cassidy out with an Arabian Press, then he mocks putting his hands up again. Cassidy rushes back in, dodges Kip now, and sends him out!
Cassidy mocks Kip, then puts his hands up. To put his hands in his pockets! Kip rushes in, Cassidy dodges and SHOTGUNS! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up, but Kip scrambles away to tag in Butcher. Butcher eggs Cassidy on, but fans cheer as Cassidy tags in STIIIING! The Icon steps to Andy Williams and Andy talks trash. Butcher swings a forearm, but Sting just brushes it off! Butcher throws another forearm, but then Sting counter punches! And back hands! And punches again! Sting kicks low, ROCKS Butcher, then fires off in the corner. But Butcher claws at the eyes! The fans boo but Butcher BITES Sting’s forehead!
Butcher BLASTS Cassidy and Darby, then mocks Sting’s howl. Butcher runs, but misses the splash! Sting runs to hit the STINGER SPLASH! Fans fire up as Sting snapmares and gets the legs! But Blade and Kip attack! Fans boo but Darby and Cassidy fight them off! Kip throws Cassidy out, Blade scoops and dumps Darby out, then the Superbad Squad coordinates. Butcher & Blade reel Sting in, Butcher tags Kip, and then they DOUBLE SUPLEX Sting! Kip goes up the corner, but Sting slow rolls away, a la Cassidy! Speaking of Cassidy, he and Darby go after Butcher & Blade on the outside! Fans fire up but Kip is frustrated.
Kip storms over to another corner and climbs up again, but Sting slow rolls the other way! Fans fire up, Darby reaches out and makes the tag! Kip leaps, Darby gets under to SLAP, HEADBUTT, roll and CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Kip is still in this and Penelope Ford gets on the apron! The ref reprimands her while Darby whips Kip. Kip reverses, Darby goes up the ropes, but Blade trips him up! Darby hits the mat hard, Kip stomps away, and fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Darby up while Butcher sends Cassidy into barriers! Kip hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Tag to Blade, the squad mugs Darby, then they send him into a corner. Blade runs in to CHOP! And CHOP! And then snapmare to PENATLY KICK! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Darby over, tags in Butcher, and they DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darby down. Butcher drags Darby up to CHOP him back down. Butcher drags Darby up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Kip. Kip stomps Darby, then taunts Sting. The ref reprimands Kip but that allows Blade to CHOKE Darby! Kip howls, tags Blade, and the mugging continues.
Blade brings Darby up to ROCK him with a forearm. Blade brings Darby around to whip him to ropes, to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Butcher, he stomps Darby, then ties up the legs. Darby throws hands from below, but Butcher still drags him into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, claws his way around, but even Penelope taunts him with shouting, “TAP! TAP!” Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby crawls towards his corner, only for Blade to swing him out into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Darby survives but Butcher tags Kip. Kip drags Darby up to wrench an arm and whip. Darby uses that to BLAST Butcher & Blade!
Kip runs in, blocks Darby’s boot and spins Darby around to back suplex. Darby lands on his feet, but his knee jams! Darby crawls and scrambles, but Kip drags him back! Kip catches Darby, Blade trips Sting! Blade sends Sting into barriers! Darby sunset flips Kip, Kip stays up so Darby lets him go to hot tag Cassidy! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy eggs Kip on! Kip rushes Cassidy but gets a buckle bump! Cassidy goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans are thunderous again as Cassidy gives Kip those “devastating” kicks! But then Butcher runs in to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Butcher brings Cassidy up. Butcher lifts but Cassidy fights the bomb! Blade gets in, they DRAG THE LAKE!! Kip covers, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Kip is furious! Kip howls, runs and CANNONBALLS! Fans boo but Kip soaks it all up. Kip is too busy having fun, he misses Cassidy tag STIIIIING! Sting walks up to give those same “devastating” kicks! Kip thinks it’s Cassidy, and turns around into quite the surprise. Sting “beats” his chest, Kip swings, but into a LARIAT! Sting really fires up, and he rallies on the Superbad Squad! Kip springboards, but Sting catches him! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Ford freaks out, Blade gets up and throws hands, but Sting doesn’t flinch! Butcher adds on, the 2v1 is too much and Kip gets free. But Darby returns to fire off on Butcher & Blade! Butcher blocks one, CLUBS Darby and then hoists Darby up. Darby BOOTS Blade, BITES Butcher’s hand, then runs to DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASH! Butcher & Blade bail out but Darby builds speed, into Kip’s body shot! Kip avoids Orange’s punch, to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Then Cassidy DIVES to take out Blade! Darby hops up to THROWBACK STUNNER on Kip, then he DIVES into Butcher!
Sting has Kip in the dragon sleeper, and fans are thunderous for the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting’s team wins!
Winners: Sting, Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy
A huge win for the unlikeliest of trios, and Cassidy adorns Sting with the sunglasses! As for Darby, he is looking at the Double or Nothing banner. The Relentless One wants at MJF and the gold, will he be living it up in Las Vegas?
AEW shares backstage footage from last week.
After having his “Re-Bar-Mitzvah” interrupted by Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry, it was obvious Maxwell Jacob Friedman was mad. He curses up a storm, then says he is the world champion! But Darby Allin says the world title means much more than money and fame. It is him being him. And Jack Perry, for himself, his family, and everyone who supported him all this time, he is going to become champion on his own. Sammy says that the world title is his destiny! He said so since episode ONE of Dynamite that he is going to be world champion. But MJF says that’s not how it works! You don’t waltz up to the champ and call your shot, you EARN it!
MJF has beaten Darby, Sammy and JB once each in 1v1 competition in their AEW careers, and he tells them they have to become #1 contender. Good luck trying, because all three of them SUCK! Sammy says he’ll win as many matches as it takes to get that belt off MJF. JB says that you can check the record books. He’s already won more matches than any of them. Darby says he’s beaten Sammy and he’s beaten JB, so he will stop at nothing to make sure that MJF is no longer champion. Who of these three Young Pillars of AEW will be THE one that challenges MJF at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at tonight’s main event dream match.
Excalibur narrates that, “In 2021, there was no one hotter in professional wrestling than Kenny Omega. Known as ‘The Belt Collector,’ Omega won championships around the world, including in Mexico, where he won the AAA Mega Championship. At the same time, El Hijo del Vikingo was quickly establishing himself as one of the premier luchadors in all of Mexico. A match was made for December 2021: Vikingo, Omega, for the first time ever for the AAA Mega Championship. Unfortunately, Omega’s injuries at Full Gear were so severe, they required surgery, keeping him out of action for nearly a year.
“Now, with Omega back at 100%, the dream match is on for tonight. Kenny Omega, El Hijo del Vikingo, live!” Who will come out as truly the best today?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight!
They may not be the Young Bucks, the Lucha Brothers or the Hardy Boyz, but Austin & Colten are the brother tag team reigning over AEW. But will they soon find out they are not nearly as good as they think they are? Or will the Gunns cause the Coldest Tag Team in the Game to melt down?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really the better brother duo!
The teams sort out, Austin starts against Dante, and Independence taunts the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin tunes that out, knuckle locks with Dante, and then he CHOPS! Austin goes up and up, but then says no no no. Austin hops down, swings on Dante, but misses! Dante knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Dante kips up and fans fire up! Austin tags Colten, but Dante arm-drags Colten down! Tag to Darius, the Martins double whip and speed things up, to then DROPKICK Colten down! Austin runs in, but into a DROPKICK! The Gunns regroup, but the Martins double clothesline them up and out!
Fans fire up as Dante says they’re getting those belts. The “ASS~ BOYS!” regroup and Colten slides back in. Tag to Austin, he and Dante circle again, and Austin gets around to shove Dante to ropes. Dante BLASTS Colten before the cheap shot! Dante then goes up and over Austin, only for Austin to pull hair! The ref reprimands, but misses Colten HOTSHOT Dante down! Fans boo as Austin stomps and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin whips Dante out of the ring, then taunts Darius to distract the ref. Colten stomps away on Dante! Colten puts Dante in before anyone notices, and Austin bumps Dante off buckles. Tag to Colten, he stomps Dante, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Colten stomps some more, he and Austin taunt Independence and Darius, then Colten drags Dante up. Colten DECKS Dante, then mocks the fans. Colten ROCKS Dante, ROCKS him again, then suplexes. Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martin brothers, drags Dante over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Austin, he stomps Dante now, then digs his boots in.
The ref reprimands but Austin mocks the fans rallying for Dante. Austin lets off and Colten CHOKES Dante! Colten lets off Dante before he gets caught, and Austin tags Colten in. Colten drags Dante up, whips him to ropes, and the Gunns body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martins again, drags Dante up and whips him to the corner. Colten runs in but Dante dodges the splash! Austin tags in and hurries to stop Dante. Austin shoves Dante down, but Dante fakes Austin out to go under! Austin still grabs a leg, tags Colten back in, and the Gunns double back suplex! But Dante lands on his feet!
Dynamite returns to single picture, Dante goes over Austin, over Colten, and tags in Darius! Darius rallies on the Gunns and fans fire up! Darius hits an atomic drop on Austin, then LARIATS Colten! Mule kick for Austin, and Darius whips him at Colten. Austin reverses but Darius uses that to UPPERCUT Colten! Austin runs back in, but is sent into Colten! Darius uses Austin to get up and ENZIGURI Colten! Darius then GERMAN SUPLEXES Austin, and STANDING SPANISH FLIES Colten! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Darius drags Colten up. Tag to Dante, Top Flight double whip, but Colten ducks and tags Austin!
Darius leaps to CROSSBODY Colten! Austin runs in, but into a hall nelson SLAM! cover, TWO!! Dante keeps cool, he goes to the corner, but Colten grabs his leg! Dante kicks Colten away, Darius DIVES onto Colten to hit him into railing! Dante GAMANGIRIS Austin, goes up and up and NOSEDIVES!! Cover, Colten breaks it!! Fans boo but Colten was within the rules. Wait, is that THE KINGDOM!? Mike Bennett & Matt Taven are mugging Darius over their ROH losses! But Dante FLIES out onto them! Direct hit and fans fire up! Dante hurries back up, springboards again, but Austin gets under!
Colten gets in, Dante runs into a 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunns win!
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Fans boo that the Gunns win, but Darius is pissed at The Kingdom! Darius chases off Mike & Matt, will Top Flight get revenge in ROH? As for the Gunns, they hear FTR coming! Fans fire up again as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler step out on stage with mics in their hands! Colten gets a mic to have the FTR music stop. Colten says no one wants to hear that song and no one wants to see FTR. Fans boo because they disagree. FTR says they’re not here to fight. They’re here to talk business. Well, no one wants to hear you talk! The Gunns don’t like or respect FTR. And guess what? FTR are LOSERS! They lost three sets of belts, and lost to the Gunns!
There is nothing FTR can say or offer them to get a rematch. NOTHING! Nothing? So like, if they said they’ll never challenge the Gunns again for those titles should they lose- NO! Do you not hear what Austin is saying, “you hillbillies? NOTHING! There’s NOTHING! What do you have to offer?! NOTHING!!” Then if the Gunns wanna prove their first win wasn’t a fluke, should they win against FTR again, FTR will never tag together in AEW again. Oh, the break up? So heartbreaking! LOOK AT HIS FACE! NOTHING!! Okay, okay. Dax says if FTR can’t beat the Gunns to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships, FTR will just quit AEW.
Fans boo, but it seems that got through to the Gunns. If the Gunns beat FTR again, FTR leaves AEW forever? Yes, that’s what Dax said. Well, in that case, deal! The Gunns and FTR shake on it, but then Gunns literally spin in FTR’s faces! The Gunns run for it, but the match is coming either way. Will the “ASS~ BOYS!” get their asses kicked? Or will they be the team that banishes FTR from AEW?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill, Leila Grey & Mark Sterling.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW TBS Champion, her Last Baddie Standing and her legal representation. Renee says that Taya Valkyrie is All Elite now, and she has her eye on the TBS title. What is Jade’s reaction to that? “Renee, cut the sh*t. We had this Taya girl come in and interrupt my moment to answer an open challenge that was already closed, baby girl. And then, had the audacity to use my finisher. Mark, tie this up.” Sterling has a document, it is a Cease & Desist order. This will be sent to Taya Valkyrie, telling Taya that she is no longer allowed to use the chicken wing facebuster, which is also Jade’s move, as her finisher.
Leila says that she should deliver this document to Taya personally, this Saturday on Rampage. Because she has a few words of her own for Taya. So that’s an official challenge? Yes. Welcome to #ThatBitchShow. Will La Wera Loca have a jaded response to this frivolous lawsuit?
No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway!
An injured arm turned into a suspension turned into a settlement turned into a high stakes bet that The Firm lost, and now it has resulted in this match. And though Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey see Stokely off, they can’t stay per the stipulations of the bet. As the introduction says, “He’s not as large as the men he represents, he has the heart of a lion and the wisdom of an owl.” But will any of that help him defeat The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
As Hook makes his entrance, Stokely grabs the mic to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I’ve got some breaking news! I spoke to Dr. Simpson (he means Sampson) earlier, and he said I am not medically cleared to compete. I know, I know. I wanted to so bad. And I would also, what a coinky-dink, announce that I am retiring.” What? Stokely thanks all 12 of his fands, God bless! Justin, here, doctor’s note. Make it official. Justin takes the note, and it reads, “He is SICK.” Justin says that with all due respect, that’s a receipt for Wingstop. The ref RIPS the receipt! And the bell rings! Fans fire up and Hook is ready, so Stokely bails!
Stokely runs around the ring, out to the crowd, but Hook pursues! Fans fire up as Hook chases Stokely down, drags him back, CLUBS him, then brings him over to KNEE and TOSS! Stokely ends up at ringside again and fans are thunderous! Hook stalks Stokely, Stokely runs in to UPPERCUT, but Stokely bounces off of Hook! Stokely scurries away, gets back up, and runs in, but into a leg capture! EL CAMINO to the floor! Fans fire up as Hook drags Stokely up, puts him in the ring, and then looks under the ring. Fans fire up more, because here comes a SPARE GUARD RAIL! Hook puts that in the ring while the Firm can only watch.
Hardy tries to calm the group down, Stokely can take care of himself with things getting “hardcore.” Ethan says no he can’t, they didn’t practice any of the hardcore stuff! Stokely bails out again but Hook puts the railing in a corner. Hook drags Stokely up but Stokely BLASTS Hook with the fire extinguisher! Fans boo but Stokely gets a chair! Stokely smacks the steps a couple times, he says, “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me! That’s Tupac.” Stokely hurries in, fans rally up, and Stokely swings, but Hook blocks! Hook BOOTS Stokely, then SMACKS him on the back! And again! And again! And again!
Hook throws the chair aside, Stokely is barely moving! But Hook drags Stokely up to EL CAMINO onto the railing! The railing BENDS! Hook drags Stokely off the railing, covers, but then pulls him up at TWO! Hook wants REDRUM!!! Stokely is OUT, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
The FTW Champion could’ve ended it sooner, but he chose to teach Stokely a lesson: Do not get on Hook’s bad side. Hardy says Ethan must avenge Stokely! Ethan can beat Hook! Hardy is gonna get a match made right now! All Ego is ready, but will he be ready when they #SendHook?
Adam Cole is here!
Fans fire up as the Undisputed One heads to the ring. Naturally, everyone joins in on the “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole gets the mic and says, “Wow. Hey, hey, I think I know the answer to this, but who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, baybay?” Everyone cheers! Cole continues with, “Seven days. We are just seven days away from me making my in-ring return here in AEW. And listen, I know I’ve talked a ton about my struggles and what I went through, but as far as how I’m feeling right now? Guys, I feel freaking great. I have never been more ready, never been more prepared, to get back in this ring, doing what I love, and that is wrestle for AEW.”
Fans are fired up, and Cole knows everyone has questions. “The biggest one being: Who is my opponent going to be on March 29th?” Fans echo, “Who? Who? Who?” Cole starts to speak, but here comes Daniel Garcia! Fans boo as Red Death has the mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Who’s ready for Storytime with Daniel Garcia, baybay?” Garcia knows Cole’s been gone awhile, so here’s an update on a few things. Fans tell Garcia to STFU already but Garcia says since Cole’s been gone, Garcia’s become a real veteran in AEW. All the boys in the back respect him so much that he is a locker room leader!
Fans boo more but Garcia says as locker room leader, it is his duty to come out here to not only welcome Cole back, but to put him in his place, too. Garcia says Cole may not remember, but here’s an update on what Garcia’s been doing the last nine months while Cole was home, “playing stupid video games on Twitch.” Cole smirks but allows it. Brody King: beat him! Ricky Starks: beat him! Bryan Danielson: Garcia beat him, too. Garcia’s main-evented more AEW programming over the past year than anyone else on the roster! Garcia is the lifeblood that pumps through this company. And he’s to respect Cole? To welcome Cole back? Where’s Garcia’s warm welcome?
Where is Garcia’s respect when he’s been here, been doing this, and proved himself as one of the best pro-wrest- Oops. Freudian slip there? Garcia corrects himself, “Sports entertainers on the planet today!” That’s what Garcia is! So what makes Cole so special? “What makes me special? When they ring the freakin’ bell, that’s what makes me special! That’s what makes m e special.” Cole admits he likes Garcia. Garcia is really, really good. And some day, he could be leading the charge in AEW. The problem is the company he keeps.
“The Jericho Appreciation Society, they’ve done a great job of giving you this false sense of security. This overconfidence, which sometimes is good, and sometimes is bad. But let me remind you, even me not wrestling for nine months, I am still Adam Cole Baybay. I am a multi-time world champion. I have traveled the globe, fought and beat some of the very best! As a matter of fact, while I was sitting at home for nine months, I was wondering if I’d ever get the chance to wrestle again, hoping, praying, willing to do anything for a second chance. And looks like I found that second chance.”
Fans fire up and Cole says if Garcia is crazy enough to want the match, then dammit, he’s on! Adam Cole VS Daniel Garcia, first-time-ever, next week on Dynamite! But Cole will remind Garcia of something: “This is not just my return match; this is a statement. It’s a statement to the entire locker room that one of the best damn pro-wrestlers on the planet is BACK, baybay.” Fans are fired up for “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole hopes Garcia realizes what he’ sin for. Because Cole promises next week will be a great night. A great night for Cole, for the fans, but for Garcia… Not so much. “See you next week, Garcia. BOOM.”
Cole is ready, Garcia is ready, but will the Dragonslayer stay a great sports enner-tay-ners? Or will the pro-wrestler in him rise to the surface against one of the greatest pro-wrestlers alive today?
Alex Marvez is outside The Elite’s locker room.
Marvez can hear a conversation going on inside, and he steps inside. Callis and Omega are talking, and Callis wants Marvez to hold on. What is Omega’s concern here? Omega’s concern is that his best friends left in an ambulance! He should’ve gone with them! Callis says he sent Cutler and Nakazawa with them. Omega has a match tonight! Hear Callis out. He’s a glass half full kind of guy. Injuries happen, but hear him out. The Bucks going to the hospital might’ve been the best thing for Omega and Callis. It allows for focus! Omega is in a singles match, the God of Pro-Wrestling is back! “Those kids will be fine in a few months.”
Callis now has Marvez join in. “Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo is gonna blow the roof off! The God of Pro-Wrestling is BACK, and it starts tonight on Dynamite! Now get out.” Marvez throws this back to ringside, but is Callis only thinking of his benefit, not Kenny’s?
Jon Moxley w/ The Blackpool Combat Club VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!
The Maniac, along with Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, have torn into the Dark Order from Silver to Reynolds to Evil Uno. They did all that to anger Hangman Page, but they’ve also angered #PlayerTwo! Moxley may be #ForgedByCombat, but will he survive someone born and bred for combat?
The bell rings and Stu RAMS Moxley into a corner! Fans fire up as Stu fires off on Moxley but lets off as the ref counts. Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley pie faces Stu, but Stu turns things around to CHOP back! Stu stalks Moxley to another corner, KNEES him and CLUBS him, then stalks him to a third corner. Moxley kicks low, ROCKS Stu with a forearm, then another, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Moxley steps off at 4, then Moxley drags Stu up to headlock takeover. Stu keeps his shoulders up, the Dark Order coaches him up but Moxley gets a knuckle lock cover. TWO as Stu gets his left arm up.
Moxley pushes the hand down, covers, TWO as Stu gets the right arm up. Moxley pushes that arm down again, covers, ONE as Stu gets his left arm back up. Stu fights to his feet but Moxley kicks low. Moxley headlocks, Stu powers out but Moxley RAMS him! Moxley runs, but Stu RAMS him! Moxley runs in, clips Stu but is sent out of the ring. Stu hurries out after Moxley, Moxley throws a chair! Stu avoids it, ROCKS Moxley and puts him in the ring. Moxley kicks back, but Stu RANAS! Stu fires forearms, CHOPS Moxley in the corner, then throws knees. Stu whips corner to corner, Moxley reverses and avoids the up ‘n’ over!
Moxley reels Stu in for a SAIDO! Stu staggers up but then flops out to the apron. Moxley runs to BLAST Stu off and to the barriers! Moxley flips Stu off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta & Claudio taunt Stu as the ring count climbs. The Dark Order coaches Stu up and he gets in the ring at 5 of 10, but Moxley is right on him. Stu throws a forearm, then another, and another, and another! But Moxley ROCKS Stu with just one! Stu falls over and Claudio yawns. It seems this isn’t competitive enough for the Swiss Superman. Moxley has the legs, he stomps Stu in the stomach, then ties the legs up. But Stu fights back with fists! Moxley still powers Stu into the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Stu endures as Moxley sits deep, and he reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4.
Moxley drags Stu up to CHOP, but Stu CHOPS back! Stu fires forearms, whips, and DROPKICKS Moxley! Moxley goes to a corner, Stu is after hm with a whip, but Moxley reverses to clothesline! Moxley then brings Stu out to X-PLEX! Moxley paces around, the BCC applauds, but the Dark Order coaches Stu. Moxley reels Stu in, lifts him, and hooks the legs to hit the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Stu is still in this, but Moxley has the knuckle locks back. Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley rains down the DRAGON STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Stu hangs tough again, but Moxley just taunts him.
Fans rally, Stu rises, and Moxley KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Moxley eggs Stu on, then KICKS him more! Moxley SLAPS Stu! Stu snarls and stands up to fire off forearms! Stu whips, Moxley reverses but Stu CLOBBERS him! Stu dodges, tilt-o-whirls and REVERSE DDTS! Then he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Stu gives Moxley a taste of his own medicine! And then the SIDE EFFECT! SPRINGBOARD MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Stu grows frustrated. Stu hurries up a corner, but Yuta distracts! Fans boo but the Dark Order storm up on the BCC!
Stu decides to change course, he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Yuta & Claudio! But Moxley DIVES onto Stu! Moxley puts Stu in the ring, hurries after him, but Stu BOOTS Moxley down! Stu hurries back up top, for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives again and Stu is shocked! But Stu slashes the throat and drags Moxley up. Torture rack, but Moxley slips off right into the BULLY CHOKE!! Stu endures, but he’s turning red! Moxley shifts to the facelock to throw in KNEE after KNEE! Then he shifts to the REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Stu fights up to his feet! Fans fire up but Stu is fading again!
But Stu is still on his feet, and he revives! BACKPACK CANNONBALL!! Both men crash into buckles and Stu is free! Fans are thunderous again and Moxley sputters back to his feet. Moxley brings Stu up, but Stu slips out of the underhooks! PELE!! Moxley falls down and the BCC coach him up. Stu goes back to a corner, climbs back up top, but Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley climbs, CLUBS away on Stu, then CLAWS Stu’s back. Moxley HEADBUTTS Stu, brings him up into underhooks! SUPER DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Dark Order hurry into the ring and Moxley backs off, there won’t be any extracurriculars here. But will the Dark Order ever get payback on the mean SOBs in the BCC?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Renee says she can feel the frustration coming off The Absolute. The back ‘n’ forth with him and Juice Robinson, where do they stand? You tell him! Starks is “sick and tired of talking back and forth. No action, all talk.” Starks doesn’t wanna stand around, take time off his vacation, just to say Juice, he doesn’t like that you attacked him from behind. That’s cool and all, but whatever! How about this, though? Saturday Night Rampage, Starks is done talking. If Juice wants to face him man to man, then he can find Starks on Rampage! If not, just stop! Starks is over it, he is so sick of it! This is the craziest thing he’s been a part of his whole life!
Starks is issuing the open challenge to Juice. If Juice accepts it or not, is a man or not, Starks doesn’t give a damn anymore. The Absolute will be waiting, but will the Booster oblige?
AEW presents an all-new episode of QTV!
QT Marshall says great job last week in their debut, keep the “credibility train” rolling. CHOO-CHOO~! He needs scoops! Harley Cameron says she actually has discovered a “hot new prospect.” Goes by the name of Rey Fenix. And actually, here’s some footage. Hobbs POUNCING Fenix into buckles int heir TNT title match, and the spinebuster, and the Town Business. Everyone has a laugh, and QT says, “Imagine being in the Lucha Brothers, and your own lucha brother doesn’t come out to help you.” Aaron Solo says there is definitely some miedo! Then he laughs while also puffing mouth spray…?
QT asks who the hecc is Alex Abrahantes? Harley says Alex should work on his “character development.” Speaking of, how about Solo stealing Wardlow’s identity and freezing all of his accounts? Oopsie~! Yeah, Wardlow’s gonna lose his house and car, too! And Solo hacked into some observer’s accounts, started this whole thing about hotels. HAHA! QT just got a call from Hobbs. This Saturday on Rampage, another Open Challenge for the TNT title! Can’t wait to see who is the next chapter in the Book of Hobbs. Well, wait no longer! PENTA wants payback for Fenix as he answers the call! Will Hobbs be the one with some fear?
Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue!
The Lightning From Down Under has been striking down “spoiled rookies” again and again, but in the Dark. Will she do so again in the spotlight of Dynamite? Or will Skye roll the Storm away?
The bell rings and Storm BLASTS Skye with a forearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Skye in the corner! The ref counts, Storm lets off but she grins and soaks up the heat. Soho & Saraya mock Skye, then Storm bumps her off buckles., Skye elbows back, fires forearms in return, and the fans fire up! But Storm knees low! Storm whips Skye, Skye kicks back! Skye ROCKS Storm again and again, but Storm shoves her away. Skye comes back, spins Storm for a KNEE SMASH and a DROPKICK! Storm bails out, fans fire up and Skye goes to the apron! FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye but Saraya is mad.
Skye puts Storm in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Storm ROCKS her! Skye falls to the apron, then Storm HIP ATTACKS Skye to the floor! Storm distracts the ref, allowing Soho & Saraya to stomp away on Skye! Fans boo but the Outcasts get away with it! Saraya says, “This is OUR house!” Storm goes out to fetch Skye, and RAMS her into the apron. Storm CHOPS Skye against the post, then bumps her off the other. Storm CHOPS Skye again! Saraya says do it again! Storm puts some stank on this one, but Skye ducks, so the chop hits POST! Saraya & Soho panic as Storm clutches her fingers! Skye then runs in, but Storm dodges so Soho gets DECKED!
Storm CLOBBERS Skye from behind while the ring count climbs. Storm refreshes the ring count, Saraya shouts at Skye, and Storm CHOPS Skye again. Storm stalks Skye around the way as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Skye around to snap suplex her to the floor! Storm flexes, perhaps taunting Jamie Hayter wherever she’s watching this from, and then she goes back for Skye. Storm puts Skye in the ring, flexes more, then drags Skye up. Storm whips Skye to ropes, BOOTS her down, covers, ONE! Cover again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Skye is still in this but Storm clamps on with a full nelson. Storm leans on the hold, thrashes Skye around, but Skye endures. Skye fights up, but Storm throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm just stalks Skye. Storm kicks Skye around, has her in the corner, and digs her boot in.
The ref counts, Storm stomps but lets off at 4. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex! Storm grins then stalks Skye. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex again! Storm flexes more, stalks Skye to another corner, then wrenches her hair to TOSS her across the way! The ref reprimands but Storm just wrenches hair and TOSSES Skye again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm soaks up the heat. But Skye shoves Storm down! And then TOSSES Storm by her hair! And again! Skye fires up, runs corner to corner, but Storm puts her on the apron. Skye ROUNDHOUSES! Skye climbs up, to CROSSBODY!
Fans fire up, Skye keeps moving, she ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Storm ends up on ropes, Skye runs to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and SUPER- NO, Storm blocks and spins Skye, but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Skye grows frustrated. Saraya & Soho are also frustrated, they rally for Storm but the fans rally for Skye. Saraya tells the fans to shut up! Skye runs, hops on, but Storm shrugs her off! Skye SUPERKICKS! Skye runs, into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she snarls as she stands back up. Storm gets the legs, but Skye kicks her away!
Skye runs in, only for Storm to spin her around! Storm uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and fans fire up! Saraya is furious but the ref says the count was fair. Skye goes to a corner but Storm says kiss this. SWEET HIP- NO, Skye picks the ankle! Skye KNEES Storm, runs, avoids Soho’s swipe, and she hits CODE BLUE!! But Soho is still distracting the ref!! Skye would’ve had this if not for Soho! Skye gets in Soho’s face, swings at her, but Storm runs in! Skye sends Storm into Soho, rolls and bridges, TWO!!! Storm stands, into a BOOT! Skye full nelsons, Storm arm-drags free to SHOTGUN Skye down!
Saraya says Storm has this now! Storm says kiss this, and here comes SWEET HIP MUSIC!! GERMAN SUPLEX, and then STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Outcasts with the assist, but now they bring out the spray paint! Fans boo as the Outcast scare off the ref, then surround Skye! But here comes Riho and Willow! Just like last week, Riho has the pipe!! Riho runs the Outcast off and warns them. The Outcasts leave for now, having gotten the win. Will Riho, Willow and Skye start thinking of sticking together from now on?
The AEW medical staff checks on Stu Grayson.
They’re working on his left arm, where did they feel it pop? But then Moxley sneaks up to say, “It’s just business.” And he puts on the SLEEPER!! Claudio & Yuta TOSS the medics aside! Stu is all alone as Moxley chokes him out, then SMACKS him off a trunk! The BCC give Stu the icepack back then leave, what will Hangman & the Dark Order have to say about this?
Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo!
The AAA Mega Championship match that was meant to happen in December of 2021 was denied because of injury and misfortune. But now we are all fortunate enough to have this match happen here! “HE was the longest reigning Mega Champion at 765 days, 292 days more than El Hijo del Vikingo. HE never lost that title. HE is undefeated in singles matches in Mexico and also on Dynamite. Many people say HE is also undefeated at life. HE is often complimented on his accomplishments, matches, chiseled physique and hair, yet he is personally proud of his win-loss record in Independence, Missouri, which is better than his record of 1-1 in… NOOOORTH CAROLINA~!
“He arrives tonight after his 833 mile journey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Weighing 224 pounds, HE is…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The fans go wild for the Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, and Don Callis’ God of Pro-Wrestling, but will Omega prove he is better than the Mega Champion?
But as Omega makes his way down the ramp, El Hijo del Vikingo DIVES onto him! Fans fire up, EHDV throws off his cape, then he runs again, to FLY! Direct hit again and Independence is thunderous! EHDV puts Omega in the ring, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Omega ends up in a corner, EHDV runs in to clothesline! EHDV fires off forearms, but Omega turns it around to fire them back! The ref wants them to let off, this isn’t a match yet! Omega rains down fists, lets off, and now the bell rings! Fans are thunderous as Omega stomps EHDV down. Omega drags EHDV up, whips him corner to corner, but EHDV slips out to the apron!
Omega hits buckles, then EHDV ENZIGURIS! And GAMANGIRIS! EHDV climbs up, and jumps to IMPOLODER DRAGONRANA! Omega goes flying, then staggers up into the SCREW HIGH KICK! Omega’s on the ropes, EHDV runs to DOUBLE KNEE him through the ropes! Omega falls to the floor, EHDV refreshes the count, and fans say “This is Awesome!” EHDV SHOOTING STAR PRESSES to the floor! A bit double-edged, but fans lose their minds! Callis protests, the ring count climbs, but EHDV puts Omega in the ring. EHDV aims, slingshots and then springboards to 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Omega goes to a corner, EHDV runs in to GAMANGIRI again! Omega staggers away, EHDV pursues but Omega CHOPS! And CHOPS again! EHDV falls over but Omega stalks him to a corner. Omega brings EHDV up to JAB! And JAB! fans rally and duel, Omega drags EHDV up to whip. Omega scoops EHDV for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega drags EHDV back up fast, to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough and Omega is frustrated but the fans are loving this. Omega stalks EHDV to the ropes, scrapes him to the apron, and then Omega goes out to follow EHDV.
Omega CLUBS EHDV, and whips him hard into barriers! EHDV falls in a heap, but Omega goes looking under the ring. Omega brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up for that, and Omega stands that table up near the ring. The ref reprimands, this isn’t a Tables match or anything like that. But fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags EHDV up, puts him in the ring, and Omega storms up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega clamps on with an armlock and chinbar, but he also fishhooks EHDV’s face! The ref reprimands, Omega lets off, but then pulls on EHDV’s hair! The ref counts but Omega lets off at 4. Omega looms over EHDV, stomps him, stomps him more, then springboard stomps! Omega drags EHDV around to KNEE him in the side! And again! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough but Omega just snarls. Omega drags EHDV up to CHOP him back down! Omega drags EHDV up again to CLUB him back down!
Omega drags EHDV up at the ropes, ROCKS him with a right hand, then ROCKS him again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Omega lets off, but then Omega CHOKES EHDV with his foot! Dynamite returns, the fans boo and the ref counts, but Omega lets off at 4 again. Omega ROCKS EHDV again, JABS him, then whips him to ropes. EHDV ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Omega goes to the apron, fans fire up as EHDV pursues! EHDV ROCKS Omega, but Omega tomahawk chops back! EHDV CHOPS, but Omega CHOPS! EHDV CHOPS back, so Omega BOOTS him! Omega runs in, goes up, and he MONKEY FLIPS EHDV on the apron!
EHDV falls to the floor while fans lose minds over how tight that one was. Omega drags EHDV up to the apron, and he grins as he looks at the table he set up. Omega drags EHDV up, the ref reprimands but Omega full nelsons! EHDV slips free to GAMANGIRI again! EHDV goes up top, balances on the post, and FLYING DRAGONRANAS!! Fans are thunderous as Omega hits the floor! Omega flounders into the ring, EHDV shoves him further in. Fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. EHDV runs corner to corner to clothesline! EHDV hoists Omega up top, and GAMANGIRIS yet again!
EHDV climbs up after Omega, fans fire up again as they start to brawl! Omega HEADBUTTS, reels EHDV in, and SUPER POWER- STEINER!!! EHDV reverses just in time, Omega clutches his head! EHDV goes to the ropes, stands from the middle and PHOENIX SPLASHES in!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives by nanoseconds!! Independence is electric as both men rise up! They hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow! EHDV throws a forearm, a SOBAT, and then he runs to springboard, into a POWERBOMB!! And then another POWERBOMB! Roll through and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega is furious as EHDV survives! Omega slashes his throat, drags EHDV up, and he full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega snarls, he puts EHDV on the ropes and takes aim. BANG and V-TRIGGER!! But that’s not the end of it! Omega drags EHDV up, deadweight as he is, and Electric Chair Lifts! But EHDV throws down fists! EHDV hops down, UPPERCUTS, then goes up and up to FLYING POISON-RANA!!! Omega tumbles to the apron, and EHDV crawls over to push him onto the table! EHDV builds speed while fans fire up, and he goes up to ESCALARA 630 SENTON through the table!!!!
Independence is volcanic for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” while Callis is freaking out! Both men are down in the wreckage as the ring count starts. EHDV crawls away at 3 of 10, Omega finally stirs at 4. Both men drag themselves up at 6, stand at “OCHO!” And both men slide in at 9! EHDV covers, TWO!!! Omega is still in this and EHDV is beside himself! Fans rally up, both men rise again, and EHDV throws a haymaker! Omega gives it back, they go back and forth, faster and faster! They go forearm for forearm, stand up, and keep throwing shots! EHDV gets the edge, SOBATS, runs, into a V-TRIGGER!!
Omega whips, EHDV rolls up and SUNSET FLIP BOMBS! TWO?!?!? Omega narrowly escapes again and even HE is shocked! But EHDV hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Omega flounders in the drop zone, EHDV 630 SENTONS but FLOPS as Omega moves!! EHDV flounders up, into a V-TRIGGER!!! Omega drags EHDV up, Electric Chair Lifts, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!!! Cover, OMEGA WINS!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
This was a dream match the moment it was made, but this became an all-time classic by the end! Tony Schiavone joins Callis and Omega in the ring to say this was an incredible match. Omega is back in singles competition, and that was one for the ages! Omega thanks Schiavone for that. The more time goes by, the more he wonders if he can still do this kind of stuff for the fans. Wait, wait! THE BCC JUMPS OMEGA!! Moxley, Claudio & Yuta all mug Omega, and fans boo while Callis can only shout at the ref to stop this! The BCC stand Omega up so they can throw body shots and haymakers!
Fans continue to boo, but wait! Sirens? An ambulance has returned? For who? Wait, HANGMAN is driving it!! The Cowboy has a 2×4, with nails in it! Fans are going nuts for “COWBOY SH*T!” while the BCC stomp away on Omega. But here comes Hangman, wood in hand! The BCC decide to bail! Callis checks on Omega but the damage has been done. Hangman wants Moxley to get his ass back in here, but he stays back. Callis tries to calm Hangman down, but he almost gets 2×4 to the face! Callis keeps pulling at Hangman’s arm to hold him back, but Hangman shakes free and Callis falls right down! Omega comes to, and misunderstands why Callis is down!
Callis blames Hangman but Hangman says he didn’t do anything to Don! Omega and Hangman argue, Callis cowers behind Omega, and Omega takes Callis’ side. Fans boo, but is this just Callis keeping Omega all to himself?
A great episode of Dynamite, but it already feels like they’re gonna keep things going until Double or Nothing, no big thing for April. We got a great promo out of the Four Young Pillars, and MJF is making the other three run the #1 contender race like he did Bryan Danielson from now until, I dunno, probably May 3rd so that May can focus on building MJF VS his challenger. Hard to say who it’ll be, but Darby’s off to a good start with that great Six Man Tag. Darby, Sting and Cassidy made an eclectic but great combination, especially with Sting borrowing some Freshly Squeezed tactics. And Cassidy’s International Championship card is open to just about anyone at this point.
Really good tag title match, but I should’ve figured shenanigans would help The Gunns retain. The Kingdom and Top Flight are solidly ROH Tag title contenders with #ReachForTheSky needing teams. Plus, The Gunns’ real story is with FTR, who came back to have a really good promo with them. Gunns VS FTR, Titles VS AEW contracts could honestly go either way. There’s a lot of talk out there of FTR going back to WWE since it’s under HHH right now, so this move could be how FTR exits AEW, but this could also be what guarantees FTR staying. Either way, this is going to be some really big stuff for the titles.
Good promo from Jade and her group, and you do have to appreciate Sterling’s gimmick of bringing about frivolous lawsuits on behalf of people to poke fun at wrestling tropes. The security guards finally got justice, even though they also got crushed by Wardlow, and now finishers that are exactly the same but with different names are being questioned. Pretty sure Leila loses the match and Taya tears up that document, though. Then it’ll be about who hits the chicken wing facebuster first to win that title. Jade has done an amazing job being an undefeated inaugural TBS Champion, but now is the time to move on to someone else so Jade can move on to the top title.
Great segment out of Hook, Stokely and The Firm. Great show from Stokely with trying to weasel out of this, then trying to run away from this, but of course he gets thrown around. Awesome use of spare guard railing, though. I figured Hook VS Ethan was going to be how this wraps up, can’t wait to see how that goes. And I appreciate Starks getting a little meta on the bad pacing of feuds. Starks VS Juice for Rampage, if it happens, will be great stuff, and maybe shenanigans helps Juice win to keep this going. Though, I feel like Starks and Juice could each be doing something better than spinning their wheels with each other. Give me Starks VS Hobbs and Orange VS Juice for those respective titles.
Speaking of which, only the second QTV segment and I’m just done with it. But they did point out the weird logic of Penta not being out there with Fenix last week. Penta VS Hobbs will probably go the same as Fenix VS Hobbs did, and Wardlow will come back for revenge. Also, another wrestling trope that needs poking at: Solo confessed to illegal activities but he won’t get investigated or arrested because it’s wrestling. If Sterling were a Face lawyer, he’d be right on Solo’s ass. But maybe Wardlow beats the crap out of Solo as his punishment, then he gets his shot at Hobbs at Double or Nothing to put this story to rest.
Great promo from Cole and Garcia, and I appreciate they had Garcia have that slip of the tongue. Garcia is of course enjoying the fun side of being a sports entertainer, showing off his personality and just doing whatever shenanigans he wants, but he also clearly enjoys the pro-wrestling stuff of just fighting. Garcia VS Cole is going to be awesome stuff, but Garcia and the JAS also have their story with the House of Black so who knows how the finish goes. Great match out of Storm VS Skye, and Skye looked great even in defeat. Another inconsistency in wrestling logic: Riho & Willow should’ve been ringside to start because they know The Outcasts will be up to no good. But I suppose that does give Riho & Willow their moment of heroism in running the Outcasts off.
I bring up that inconsistency in logic because that match was after Moxley VS Grayson, where both men had their allies ringside. The men can think to bring their boys but the women’s division can’t think to bring their friends along, when we’ve also always seen Britt have Rebel and/or Hayter and vice-versa? Anyway, great stuff out of Moxley VS Grayson, and Grayson also looked awesome even in defeat. The BCC apparently went after everyone Hangman considers a friend, as the Bucks were taken out off-camera by them, and then the BCC jump Grayson.
And then, for being a non-title TV main event, Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo went above and beyond anything I would’ve expected. There were some scary moments, like that Super Steiner counter to the powerbomb. But then again, it wouldn’t feel like an AAA match if there wasn’t some risk like that. BCC jumping Omega after he wins was a good way to keep the Elite reunion story going, but now there’s the new wrinkle of Don Callis wanting Omega to stay a singles star. To be fair, this is very much like the story of Callis, Omega and The Elite when AEW first got started. Callis wants Omega to return to that Omega, and he throws Hangman under the bus.
Another pro-wrestling logic thing is that no one watches the show back when it’s done, unless it helps the story. And I would hope Omega does that here to see what really happened as opposed to just trusting Callis and distrusting Omega. Or if not Omega, the Bucks can. The Bucks will have seen it on TV at the hospital (kayfabe) and The Bucks will tell Omega that Hangman didn’t hit Callis. Callis is also trying to recruit Konosuke, so it’d be great if Callis only comes out of this with one client. If Omega realizes not to trust Callis over The Elite, then Callis and Konosuke can stick together. If Omega still keeps Callis around, Konosuke can reject Callis to stay his own man.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Toni Storm gets Dark!
AEW Dark is on #ToniTime!
The Outcasts have drawn a line in the AEW Women’s Division, and are daring everyone else to cross it! Will Toni Storm strike down another “entitled rookie?”
- Juice Robinson VS Leon Ruffin; Juice wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey; Leila wins.
- The Iron Savages VS The Wingmen; The Iron Savages win.
- The Renegades VS Avery Breaux & Mafiosa; The Renegades win.
- Toni Storm VS Billie Starkz; Storm wins.
Another surprisingly short line-up for Dark, with a couple matches that could go either way. The Iron Savages, formerly Bear Country, and the Wingmen will be a good one, but I’m leaning towards Bronson & Boulder winning that. Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey, former Baddie taking on Jade’s last sidekick standing, could also go either way, but I’m leaning towards Kiera. But it’ll be good to see Robyn & Charlette Renegade get a win here to build that unofficial Women’s Tag Division AEW has.
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