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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (7/21/20)

Darby Allin gets Dark!

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AEW Dark Coverage

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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! (5/12/21)

AEW is The Pinnacle!

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There’s a new pecking order in AEW!

After surviving Blood & Guts, MJF and The Pinnacle stand atop AEW! And with titles on the line, who will stand atop the Tag Team and TNT Divisions?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley VS Yuji Nagata; Moxley wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks VS SoCal Uncensored; The Young Bucks win, retain the titles, and SCU breaks up as a tag team.
  • AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy; Double Count-Out Draw, BOTH will challenge Kenny Omega for the title at Double or Nothing.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure; Rosa wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro; Miro wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley w/ Eddie Kingston VS Yuji Nagata w/ Ren Narita!

The Death Rider extended this title opportunity to Blue Justice with respect, but did not miss the disrespect given back. Now, NJPW comes to AEW, and we see if the Maniac can turn away the legend in this historic opening contest!

Moxley surprisingly comes out to “Wild Thing” as introductions are made. The IWGP belt is raised, this is under NJPW rules, and the superstition of the number four might be put to the test to open Dynamite!

Moxley draws the line, Nagata steps right to it, and Moxley shoves him. Nagata fires forearms but Moxley gives them back and fans are fired up! Moxley gives boxing elbows, whips Nagata to a corner, and runs in to clothesline! Nagata fires up but Moxley kicks low! Moxley whips, Nagata reverses and kitchen sink knees, then BOOTS Mox down! Nagata stomps, Moxley bails out and fans fire up for Blue Justice! Rocky Romero is here to watch from the bleachers as Nagata goes out. Moxley rakes Nagata’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off and POSTS Nagata! Moxley goes to the apron, takes aim, and leaps for a FLYING KNEE! Down goes Nagata!

Moxley gets Nagata up to throw him into railing, then hurries to refresh the 20 count. Nagata gets up, hobbles over, and gets in at 5 of 20. Moxley smirks as Nagata gets up and eggs him on. Moxley ROCKS Nagata with a forearm, then hits a lariat in the corner! And again! Moxley snapmares, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Nagata down! Moxley drops an elbow, covers, ONE!! Lance Archer and Jake the Snake watch from the bleachers, too, as Moxley dares Nagata to get up. Nagata grits his teeth but Moxley KICKS him! Nagata eggs Moxley on now and the kicks keep flying! Down goes Nagata, Moxley covers, TWO! Moxley digs fingers into Nagata’s face but lets off as the ref counts.

Moxley goes to a corner, hops up, takes aim and leaps, but into a clinch! Moxley fires elbows, Nagata ROCKS him and KICKS him in return! And KICKS! And KICKS! Nagata throws more forearms, he whips corner to corner, and runs in to BOOT Moxley, for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Nagata keeps his cool, drags Moxley up, and reels him in. Moxley blocks the suplex, Nagata fires off forearms! Nagata whips, Moxley reverses, but Nagata rolls to duck! Nagata fakes Moxley out to dropkick the legs! Nagata’s still savvy as he aims again, for a KICK! And a KICK! Kingston coaches Mox and Moxley takes more KICKS!

Moxley grits his teeth and gets to his feet. Nagata throws forearms, Moxley fires back! Nagata ROCKS Moxley but he keeps hitting back! Moxley gets the edge, Nagata gives it back! Nagata runs, Moxley dodges the boot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley wants Nagata to get up and he runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives and shows us why he’s still hung around this long! Moxley vows to end it, a la Suzuki! But Nagata blocks the piledriver he knows so well! Nagata back drops Moxley away and mule kicks! Nagata runs into the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Nagata hoists Moxley up to the top rope, climbs up to join him, and reels Moxley into a SUPER EXPLODER!!

Moxley sits up, eggs Nagata on, and Nagata KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives, Nagata drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights the suplex off. Moxley gets a sleeper! Another homage to Suzuki, but Nagata knows that, too! Nagata drops and drags Moxley into a SHIROMEI! The mounted Fujiwara armbar tortures Moxley, Nagata’s eyes roll to the back of his head, but Moxley still reaches out and gets the ropebreak! Nagata lets off, but he isn’t done with Moxley! Nagata wrenches an arm, but Moxley denies the elbow break to forearm! Nagata hits back, they brawl more, and Moxley wobbles. Moxley fires back, runs but into a BOOT! And ENZIGURI!

Moxley rebounds to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! But into the Bully Choke! Nagata fights up to his feet as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Moxley shifts to a full sleeper, bleeding from his cheek where Nagata’s been hitting him. Nagata wrenches free to forearm again! Moxley gives it back, spins and DECKS Nagata! Moxley gets Nagata up for knees to the head, then a DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (still IWGP US Champion)

The elevated Paradigm Shift, the Death Rider, helps Moxley hold onto the title! But there is still respect here now that they’ve fought it out! Moxley bows and even drops to his knees, but Nagata returns the favor! Will these two battle it out again in the future? Will another come over from NJPW to try? Will Moxley still knock them all down?

 

Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.

Tonight, it is only Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager & Ortiz here. After one of the brutal matches in wrestling history, Blood & Guts, what is next? Ortiz says they have a message for The Pinnacle. All five of them were down, the Inner Circle almost had them, but then “a strange twist of fate occurred.” Max showed his true colors by pushing Jericho off the top, and had the audacity to get Santana arrested and detained, just because he stabbed MJF with a fork! MJF is lucky Santana didn’t just scoop that eye out and eat it! BITCH MOVE, MAX!! Hager says that the Pinnacle will have to kill the Inner Circle to stop them! Santana is detained but still alive! Jericho is mangled but still alive! So hide behind the victory tonight, but the Pinnacle has to admit that they failed!

Sammy says this is never gonna be over! As long as both teams are in the same company, the Inner Circle will never stop coming for The Pinnacle! So either MJF gives them another match, or tonight’s title will go from “The Coronation of The Pinnacle” to “The FUNERAL of The Pinnacle!” Give them their rematch, or get put in the grave!! An ultimatum for MJF and his team, but will they heed it?

 

Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!

Despite the score he needs to settle with The Factory, The American Nightmare has a major announcement for his Double or Nothing 2021 plans! We hear what they are, after the break!

AEW returns and Cody has the mic. “I know it’s rather out of style, patriotism. It’s old hate, demo day, proud of being American.” Fans still chant, “USA! USA!” Cody knows we live in a real world where you can poke fun at stuff, like the antiquated two party system or the most recent election, or even the confusion on what to do during our own National Anthem. But Cody is from a “little red, white ‘n’ blue town just like this one.” Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snoop Dogg, they all share the same jukebox and Cody has never not been proud to be an American. Fans appreciate that.

But Anthony Ogogo… He has run down and buried the USA with such vitriol and conviction. The irony is that Ogogo has a Visa courtesy of the US DOT, has a paycheck, that green, courtesy of the Treasury, and is afforded all the same rights we all have in that he can say and do what he wants, because this is America. “You talk about division, you talk about argument, from the outside in, we hear that all the time. Take it from an American, the argument is what makes us who we are.” Fans also cheer for that! Yes, there’s anger in every pocket, but our empathy outweighs our apathy.

So Cody asks Ogogo, “You didn’t come here to live the England dream. And I don’t mean to disparage across the pond, they sure know how to make a wrestler. I’ve wrestled some of the best.” Doug Williams, Gabriel Kidd, or even one of the best in the world today, PAC! But in 1986, Cody’s a country music fan and Willie Nelson came out with a song, “Living in the Promised Land.” Send us your tired and weak, we’ll make ’em strong. Sing us your far-off song and we will sing along. But here’s where Cody stops singing: When Ogogo balled up his Olympic medalist fist and put it between his ribs.

Ogogo likes to educate and pontificate on what the USA is? Then let Cody return the favor! The industry that Ogogo joined? It was an Italian immigrant who was world champion for FOUR THOUSAND AND FORTY DAYS. There is so much to love and behold here. The American Dream lives here! What about a 16-year-old young man coming from Pakistan, invents and patents the single-piece bumper, and enriches and cultivates the lives of literally everyone in the city of Jacksonville?

Prior to 1961, in Atlanta, Georgia, there was segregation, White people and Black people couldn’t attend the same schools. But in 2021, in that very same city, Cody and his wife, Brandi, are going to have a beautiful White-Black “American princess” who will have both identities, shun neither, and her dad is going to let her know that he didn’t just lay down under another man’s flag. Her dad didn’t just have a defeatist attitude when someone ran down the USA. Her dad got up off his ass and fought back! This is where we are fighting: at Double or Nothing!

Tony Khan already told the world that Double or Nothing will be full capacity! Wrestling fans will return to their seats, close up and thank God, it’ll be Cody VS Ogogo. But Ogogo won’t be wrestling the American Nightmare. Because for one night, that one night only, Cody picks up a sword that is all too heavy, but one that only Cody and Dustin have the right to pick up. For Double or Nothing, Justin Roberts, nothing on Cody’s presentation will be different, this comes from deep inside. At Double or Nothing, it will be Anthony Ogogo VS the American DREAM, Cody Rhodes! On one night, Cody’s love for family and country become one! Can he use that to shut up and knock down the British boxing box office smash?

 

AEW hears from SoCal Uncensored.

Christopher Daniels says, “Starting from 2015 up until now, the guys in the van were always myself, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, and the Young Bucks. Those were the days where I felt it was family.” But looking at the Bucks acting the way they are now, this is why he feels betrayed and hurt. Frankie Kazarian says, “If you’re gonna be influenced like prepubescent teenagers, by your friend who you perceive as ‘the cool guy,'” then that’s on the Bucks. All that’s left for SCU to do is beat them up.

SCU has made it a challenge to themselves that the next time they lose as a tag team, they are DONE as a tag team! And that’s forever! It isn’t mandated by AEW, this isn’t for story, this is a challenge. They know how good they are, and how good they can be. Undefeated for over four months, #1 contenders that are facing the champions, one of the greatest tag teams on the planet, and also former friends. Do the Bucks even get what’s on the line here? SCU has everything to lose, and everything to gain. The Bucks have seen SCU bleed, sweat and cry, so what do you think they’re gonna do, how far they’re gonna go, to get what they want from the Bucks? We’ll all find out together, because that match is next!!

AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS SoCal Uncensored!

Matt & Nick Jackson claim they’ve gone back to who they were, but the Fallen Angel & Heavy Metal Rebel say otherwise. The fashion choices, the company they keep, those are all questionable, but the Bucks’ abilities are not! Will they win without a shadow of a doubt and destroy another great tag team? Or will going all or nothing this close to Double or Nothing pay off for Daniels & Kazarian?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s titles or bust for SCU!

Kaz and Nick start and fans are on SCU’s side here. They circle, tie up, and Kaz headlocks as Don Callis joins commentary. Kaz spins to a hammerlock then drop toehold, then he slaps Nick on the head! Nick gets up in a huff and shoves Kaz but Kaz shoves back. Nick SLAPS Kaz, Kaz chases him out of the ring! Nick goes around and into the ring but Kaz kicks, knees and CLOBBERS him! Kaz ROCKS Nick, tags Daniels, and SCU double whip. Nick gets a body shot and a FLIPPING NECKBEAKER! Matt runs in but into a back suplex clothesline combo! Callis admits SCU is looking great. Daniels snapmares Nick, tags Kaz, and then slingshot elbow drops! Kaz slingshot leg drops! Cover, TWO!

Kaz keeps on Nick, bumps him off buckles, and tags Daniels. SCU double wrench, bring Nick to his knees for a kick, clothesline and DOUBLE STOMPS from Kaz! Daniels JABS Nick, whips, but Nick reverses. Matt dumps Daniels out of the ring with a back drop! The ref reprimands but Nick sucker punches Kaz! Matt tags in, Nick baits Kaz in and Matt CLOBBERS him! Fans boo as Matt runs and WRECKS Daniels with a dropkick! Matt skins the cat, Nick gets Kaz back up to throw into railing! The Bucks soak up the heat, mug Daniels on the outside, and Matt stares the camera down before giving Daniels an APRON POWERBOMB!

Nick goes up, Matt has Daniels draped from the apron, DRAPING 450 SPLASH! Matt mockingly asks the cameraman if he thinks Daniels is okay. The Bucks high-five the Good Brothers as AEW goes picture in picture.

Matt drops knees on Daniels’ head! Matt mocks the fans clapping, and starts thrusting hips before he stomps Daniels down. Matt paces, drags Daniels up and bumps him off buckles, then tags Nick. Matt catapults Daniels into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Then they combine, springboard DOUBLE STOMPS onto Daniels, driving him into Matt’s knees! Nick taunts Kaz and the ref is busy keeping Kaz back, the Bucks fake a tag! Matt digs his boots into Daniels’ head, the ref counts and Matt apologizes. Matt defends he is the rightful tag partner, but Nick is choking Daniels behind the ref’s back! Matt tags Nick in so the ref can see, then they combine for the slingshot senton and fist drop!

Matt keeps mocking fans rallying for SCU, Nick taunts Kaz, and then Nick bumps Daniels off buckles. Nick wrenches, whips, but Daniels reverses. Nick flips through the ropes and comes back but into Daniels’ STO! Both men are down, they crawl, hot tags to Kaz and Matt! Kaz dodges Matt to ROCK Nick, then he DECKS Matt! Kaz rallies on the Bucks with clotheslines, but Matt reverses the whip, only for Kaz to BLAST him with forearms! Kaz scoops and SLAMS Nick, to springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps fired up nd the fans are with him! Kaz gets Nick up and puts him in a corner, tag to Daniels.

AEW returns to single picture as Kaz feeds Nick to Daniels’ back elbow! Daniels hops up, Kaz helps set Nick up with double knuckle locks, for the FLYING STOMP! Daniels WRECKS Matt with a dropkick now, and SCU double whip to hip toss and NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but Daniels tags Kaz in. Matt runs in, he saves Nick from Celebrity Rehab but swings into CELEBRITY REHAB for himself! Daniels runs to forearm Nick, then gets him up to give to Kaz. Kaz has the gut wrench, but Matt shoves Daniels off the corner! Kaz swings on Matt, Matt avoids that to shoulder in, but into the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!

Nick aims and SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES and forearms Kaz, to then BULLDOG! Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Daniels from the apron! Fans boo and Nick shoulders into Kaz. Nick slingshots, for the FACEBUSTER! Nick soaks up the heat and he sees Daniels is back up. Nick goes outside to SUPERKICK Daniels into the post! Daniels is busted open!! Nick is shocked at the damage he just did, but he says that was awesome! “It’s a wrap!” Nick goes back to Kaz in the ring, but Kaz slingshots Nick in for a CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Kaz almost caught Nick but he sees what happened to Daniels!

Kaz goes back to Nick but Nick ROUNDHOUSES! Kaz wobbles, Matt tags in, and Matt gets a look at Daniels for himself. Matt hurries to get Kaz up, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI COMBO! Kaz staggers into Matt’s fireman’s carry, MORE BANG- NO! Kaz slips out of the fireman’s carry to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Nick leaps in, but Kaz gets both Bucks for NORTHERN LIGHTS O’CONNER COMBO!! Double cover, TWO!!! That was almost it but not enough! Kaz dumps Nick out to the ramp, Matt scoops but Kaz cradle counters! So the GOOD BROTHERS distract the ref!! This is at least 7 before Kaz lets off! Kaz runs Gallows off, but runs into Matt’s BOOT!

Matt goes up, but Kaz catches him for a… Not a bomb? A STYLES CLASH!?!? A shout-out to another old friend of The Elite! Cover, Nick barely breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Nick gets Kaz up, Kaz throws him out and slingshots him in, but no cutter! Nick blocks it, and feeds Kaz to Matt’s SUPERKICK! Matt gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, DANIELS breaks it!! Daniels is still here, crimson mask and all, and he dodges a superkick to kick, underhook, ANGEL’S WINGS!! Daniels staggers up and helps Kaz to their corner! Daniels tags back in, but how much can Daniels give?! Matt SPEARS Daniels down, and punches the wound!!

Matt is furious as he demands Daniels get up! Daniels wobbles, Matt powers up, but no kick! Daniels kicks low, hooks, but his back is giving up! Matt back drops free! Matt wags his finger, looms over Daniels, and Callis is more worried about the new ring gear getting blood stains. Matt points it out, too! That just angers Matt more, and he fake cries as he references HBK VS Flair! “I’m sorry! I love you!” SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Daniels survives!?!? Fans are going nuts for SCU as Matt is losing his mind! Matt drags Daniels up, but into an URENAGE! Daniels goes to a corner, BEST MOON-

NO! The blood loss makes him wobble! Daniels tries again, BEST MOONSAULT EVER AFTER ALL! Cover, Nick breaks it!! The ref argues with Nick, but Daniels clotheslines him out! Karl Anderson gets on the apron, Daniels DECKS him! Daniels staggers, drags Matt up, but Matt SPRAYS Daniels in the face?!? Somehow, Brandon Cutler slipped Matt a can of that cold spray!! Daniels staggers about, Matt SUPERKICKS Kaz off the corner, then CAN SHOTS Daniels in the head!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Daniels is not giving up, this is how much the titles AND SCU mean to him!! Nick tags in, the Bucks are furious as they sit Daniels up, for the B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Matt blocks Kaz, the Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Kaz is stunned, and Cutler has the audacity to use the cold spray on the Bucks right away! SCU lost the match, don’t have the titles, and are no longer a team under their own bet with themselves! What does this mean for the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel in the future?

 

AEW cameras hurry to catch what’s developing backstage!

Eddie Kingston is at The Elite’s dressing room, Moxley right behind! They barge in, and trash it all! The Elite aren’t here yet, but their stuff is, so everything is fair game! Why do they have a Jaguars helmet? Kingston throws that into a wall, Moxley goes to the bathroom to trash everything in there! Will The Elite have the guts to respond to that tonight? Or at all?

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage.

Captain Charisma has had his issues with Taz, from the rejected recruitment to last week’s biased Technique By Taz segment, critiquing Christian’s wrestling abilities. It had as much credibility as Christian critiquing Taz’s ability at a buffet table. Nobody is denying that at one point in time, Taz was a bad, bad man. But right now, Taz isn’t going to step through the ropes, back up what he is saying, but Christian is! So here’s how it is: Tony Khan gave Christian an open contract for a match. Next week, Team Taz can send anyone they want, Christian will be waiting.

But what Christian really wants to talk about right now is Double or Nothing’s Casino Battle Royale. Did you know that the winner of that match gets a shot at THE AEW World Championship whenever they want? Christian is all in, all the chips on the table! Christian vows to win that match and- Matt Sydal walks in to say Christian shouldn’t get too far ahead of himself. Matt’s back in that match, too, and he wants redemption. Well good to see you again, Matt, and yeah, Christian saw how things didn’t go so well for him. But things aren’t going to fall into place for him. Haha, hilarious. But Matt has a surprise for Christian. Not a Hall of Fame worthy one, but still.

Matt says to forget about Team Taz for a minute, because HE signed the open contract on the match. So before winning the battle royal, Matt will beat Christian and his #OutWorkEverybody hype train, live on Dynamite. The third eye is staring Captain Charisma down, who will be the first to blink?

 

AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy!

The Bastard has beef with the Best Bout Machine going back to Dynamite’s inception, and is one of the only men to have a win over him in AEW. On the other hand, Freshly Squeezed didn’t have any grudge with Omega until Omega disrespected him last week. And when it comes to PAC VS Cassidy, these two have history of their own! Who gets one up on the other before going after Omega’s gold?

The bell rings and fans are dueling already as Cassidy and Pac stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, and puts them on Pac! Pac takes them off, and BREAKS them with his bare hands! Cassidy raises his hands, but it’s a fake out to get Pac to swing on him! Cassidy dodges, gets Pac up in the Alabama, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Pac’s arrogance cost him and he bails out of the ring. Fans are fired up as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and builds speed! NO HANDS DIVE! And he has SPARE sunglasses! Fans are even more fired up as Cassidy gets Pac up and RAMS him into railing!

AEW goes picture in picture as Cassidy checks with the ref about the ring count. Cassidy fetches Pac, to RAM him into more railing! Cassidy refreshes the ring count, stalks up behind Pac and gets him up, but Pac KNEES low and hard! Pac whips but Cassidy reverses to send Pac into even more railing! Pac is perhaps too sore to be upset, and Cassidy keeps track of the count. Cassidy whips Pac back the other way to send him over the railing! Cassidy paces, refreshes the count again, and sees Pac getting up. Cassidy heads over, and Pac HOTSHOTS him on railing! Cassidy sputters and gasps, Pac stomps him down, and AEW goes to break!

AEW returns and Cassidy is down on the outside again. Pac fetches him, to whip him hard into railing! The ref counts, fans boo, and Pac drags Cassidy up and around to throw him into more railing! Pac soaks up the heat, drags Cassidy back up and back into the ring. Fans are still on Cassidy’s side but Pac stomps him down! Pac soaks up the heat, digs his knee into Cassidy’s head, and uses ropes for leverage! The ref counts, Pac lets off at 4, and Orange is now red in the face. Pac climbs a corner, aims as fans rally up, and Cassidy stands to get a missile dropkick! Pac kips up with ease! He glares at the ref and then goes to another corner.

Pac climbs up again, aims, and again missile dropkicks Cassidy down! Cassidy is a lump but Pac isn’t done with him yet. Pac climbs back up top, Cassidy stands again, to get a third missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Pac seethes as Cassidy survives but the ref defends the count was fair. Fans sing for Cassidy but Pac drags him to a drop zone. Pac climbs up again, but Cassidy slowly rolls away to the far side. Pac hops down to hurry over and stomp him down! Fans boo, Pac scowls and climbs back up. Cassidy is still in the drop zone, but he rolls under the corner! Fans cheer as Cassidy even starts to lounge, and gives a thumbs up!

Pac flips Cassidy over before he drags him up, but Cassidy sends Pac into buckles! Pac scowls, runs after Cassidy, but gets sent into buckles! Cassidy wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO!! Pac back KICKS, whips, and SUPERKICKS Cassidy down! Pac drags Cassidy back up to reel him in, for a LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!??! Cassidy more falls over than kicks out and Pac is stunned! Pac looms over Cassidy, kicks him out of the ring, and lets the ring count climb. A count-out can still win this match, will Cassidy get up? AEW goes picture in picture as fans rally for Freshly Squeezed!

Pac soaks up the heat coming from the fans, the ref goes out to check Cassidy and make sure this isn’t more serious. Cassidy is fine to continue, Pac talks trash to some fellow wrestlers watching ringside, and the count restarts. Cassidy slowly stirs, drags himself up at 5 of 10, and into the ring at 6! Pac drags Cassidy over to a cover, TWO! Pac wraps on a headlock and grinds Cassidy down. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up, pushes Pac’s face with a forearm, but Pac brings him around to CLUB him to a corner. Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Pac stops at 4. A disqualification can lose this for Pac, too, so he has to be careful.

Pac paces while Cassidy crawls. The ref wants Pac to give Cassidy space, and also has medics coming over to check. Pac gets fans riled up as AEW returns to single picture. Don Callis comes out here? Callis says Kenny Omega is a busy man, he wants to know who he’s wrestling already! Pac storms after Callis but Callis says he just wants a winner. Wait, Kenny is sneaking in from the other side! Omega has his AEW World Championship belt and he CLOBBERS Pac with it!! The ref misses it all because she was arguing with Callis! Callis “apologizes” and Omega slips away! Both Pac and Cassidy are down and everyone but the ref knows!

Fans chant, “Kenny Sucks!” at Omega as he and Callis slither away. The standing count is past 5 of 10, and then reaches 9!! It’s a DOUBLE COUNT OUT?!?!

Double Count-Out Draw

Well, Callis isn’t a ref, but what he sees here is that there is no winner! That means Omega has NO opponent for Double or Nothing! He’s got the night off, where does he want to go? “Fuel up the Harley, fuel up the Kawasaki Ninja! Don, I thinks we should go on a little bit of a road trip, because what we got here, ain’t two winners! It ain’t one winner! It’s two LOSERS! Who would pay money to see that?!” But Schiavone excuses himself and says he’s been informed- Omega stops that right here and now! Omega gets his sunglasses, puts those on, and Schiavone says he has just been told that at Double or Nothing, there WILL be a world title match. And in this case, “double” is literal, because it will be a Triple Threat! Omega VS PAC VS Cassidy for the title!!

What gives Schiavone the right to do this?! This is from Tony Khan! WHAT?! Omega says they don’t know him! He’s not wrestling two people! Well this is what Tony Khan has decided! Omega blames the ref but the fans are fired up! Omega says he’s going back to Winnipeg, but will he have no choice but to return to Jacksonville to defend his title?

 

The Elite find their dressing room in disarray!

Matt Jackson tells Brandon Cutler to record this! They want to know who did this to their stuff! Anderson says this is where they sit in a circle and praise the Lord! This was their sanctuary! Gallows knows it was Kingston and Moxley, who have been disrespectful of the best faction in wrestling ever, and it’s been going on for long enough! “Matt, Nick, it’s time to man up! What’re you guys gonna do about it?!” The Bucks first talk about what they did to SCU, one of the best tag teams in the business, and they put them out to pasture without even batting an eye. SCU LATER! But next week, these fighting champions are fighting again, against the new #1 contenders, the Varsity Blonds!

Matt mockingly asks Brian Pillman Jr. if he wants to be like his dada and be a tag team champion, too. The Blonds can step to the Bucks, the best in the business, and see how that turns out! But for once, “the most selfless Christian men in this business” do something for themselves. They’ll settle a personal grudge! Moxley, Kingston, what you boys doing at Double or Nothing? You up? How about they cordially invite your butts to a dang ol’ SUPERKICK PARTY!! Titles or no titles, the Bucks are giving the Maniac and the Mad King the match they want! But will Bulletproof BPJ and the Ivy League MVP make sure the Bucks stop being golden first?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page and The Dark Order.

Alex Marvez asks Hangman’s recent thoughts on his loss to Brian Cage and his subsequent drop in the rankings from #1 to #5. The Dark Order say it’s alright. Alan Angels knows personally it ain’t bad being Number 5. Evil Uno says they will help him get right back to the top! Stu Grayson can even get even with Brian Cage for him! Alex Reynolds says he’ll take on Hook, too. Hangman tells them all that it’s fine. It was gonna happen sooner or later, right? Ranked #1, riding high, it was inevitable that he’d lose. Granted, it took three guys jumping him on the stage first, then a belt shot to the back of his head and a powerbomb that nearly blew his lungs out his mouth, but Cage won.

But Hangman wonders if Cage didn’t so much beat him, as Taz did calling the shots. And if Hangman is someone like Brian Cage, knows what he’s thinking as a guy who has dedicated his whole life to pro-wrestling, then he’s not satisfied with that win. Hangman dares Cage to leave Taz, Ricky Starks, bless his heart, and his junior high band camp friends backstage, to meet Hangman 1v1 and earn a spot. If Hangman loses then, that’s fine, he’ll accept it. As for Cage, it’s Double or Nothing. Oh wait that’s the name of the PPV! Is that on purpose? That’s so smart! John Silver pointed out the obvious, but obviously we’re going one more round! Will Page redeem himself in a rematch with Cage?

 

The Pinnacle heads to the ring!

Wearing a crown on his head, MJF has two lovely young ladies accompany him personally as he, Wardlow, Tully Blanchard, FTR and Shawn Spears go to the ring. MJF gets the ladies to kiss his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which was itself pivotal in the Blood & Guts victory. Other ladies hold the ropes open as the Pinnacle goes into the ring and MJF gets a mic. MJF says he told us he was going to take Chris Jericho’s spot and his crown, and now MJF is the Demo God and King of AEW! And now we will refer to HIM as the Greatest of All Time! Don’t boo, bow! And not just to him, but to the greatest group of men to ever exist! Bow to The Pinnacle!

“Hell, bow to the biggest drawers professional wrestling has ever known. I don’t know if you mouth-breathing boors have heard about this, but for the first time ever, we ranked #1 on cable last week.” And you have The Pinnacle to thank for it! They broke a record on Canada’s TSN, even, because of the Canadian hero they had in Shawn Spears! Zoom in on the Chair Man! A Canadian God! But MJF is glad fans are bringing up The Inner Circle, because they’re down two men. One because he stabbed MJF like a coward, and the other because he tripped and fell. Which is why MJF is so perplexed as to why oh why The Inner Circle would want a rematch!

But MJF’s a young, benevolent king. Would the people like to see a rematch? YES! Are you sure? YES! Then MJF says NO! HAHAHA! Tully takes over and asks if anyone knows what it’s like to be at the top, looking down at all the others. Tully’s been there many times in the past! But this group of guys here, with MJF and his crown, the Pinnacle took everything The Inner Circle could dish out! Blood & Guts, we saw this group of men take everything The Inner Circle had, and in the end, the Inner Circle is panicking, begging MJF not to throw Jericho off, and they gave up! That was the end of the story! “Ladies and gentlemen, when you quit, you stinking quit!”

The Pinnacle is the top of the world! The finest things, they deserve! Five of the greatest looking women Jacksonville has to offer! Tully has a present for his guys that he spent THOUSANDS on, for the finest wrist jewelry you can have. For those who don’t understand, these are very expensive watches. Each man gets one and they’re very grateful to Tully. Every time they look at those, they can question anything else, but they look at these and think, “This was a present from Tully Blanchard!” This is what The Pinnacle is about! They’re on top of the world, looking down on everyone else! But what is that honking? Who is ruining The Pinnacle’s party? The Inner Circle, that’s who!!

Sammy, Ortiz and Hager cruise in with a jeep and a trailer full of A Little Bit of the Bubbly! MJF says they’re not interested anymore. MJF detained Santana, and we’re never seeing Jericho again! So drive off, you’re team is dead! But JERICHO says, “Hey, Max! Can you hear ’em cheering?” Jericho, arm in a heavy cast and brace, is in the trailer! Fans are thunderous as Jericho says, “Just let me get this straight. We’re gonna ask you again: Will you give us a rematch? Yes or no?” MJF is furious and says that once again, the answer is NO! Okay, so… That’s a what? IT’S N-O, NO!! Then get him! The Inner Circle hoses The Pinnacle down with the bubbly!! A LOT OF IT, TOO!

The Pinnacle is slippin’ and slidin’ in the champagne, this is a bit more than a toast! Sammy makes sure to really get Spears with it, too. MJF is furious but he’s also floundering around in the ring! MJF tells fans to shut up about it! If the Inner Circle wants a match, then Double or Nothing! The same match the Inner Circle lost last year: STADIUM STAMPEDE!! But don’t celebrate just yet! Ain’t nothing funny gonna happen this year! If the Inner Circle loses this time, they must DISBAND FOREVER!! Take it or leave it! Even more is at stake than there was for Blood & Guts! Will the Inner Circle take back their spot atop AEW or have to say good-bye?

 

Jim Ross interviews Britt Baker.

Good ol’ JR says he is looking forward to Double or Nothing, Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Championship. It was about a year ago today when Britt fought Shida, not a great outcome for Britt with the broken nose and the blood. Yes, Britt needed reconstructive surgery and was out for five months after. The pain can either hurt you or change you. Britt’s been the baddest bitch on the block since then, JR’s words, not hers. And so, it is poetic that Shida broke her nose, and look at The Doctor now. It is poetic that the monster Shida created is the one that will dethrone her. Unless Shida just up and kills Britt. But turns out, Britt is “pretty ****ing hard to kill.”

JR asks Britt if she feels she’s taking it too far, getting too emotionally invested in this match. Tony Khan and several stars of AEW were having a photoshoot with Forbes, that is a big deal, and then Britt took it upon herself to take over. She and Shida brawled because of it. Was that a smart move? JR knows Britt is smart. Britt says she’s brilliant. But then what does this mean to Tony Khan and to her? Does Britt not care about anyone else? Britt says she just wanted to have pictures with the current champion when that article drops. The PPV is on May 30th, the Forbes article is for June. There will be a new champion by then.

But Britt says it’s fine, JR and the others can paint her to be the villain. It’s what they’ve always done, and Britt will just keep autographing the best selling artwork that comes from it. JR says Shida might feel a bit cornered, and that the deck may be stacked. Perhaps her time is coming. He knows this will be physical, with a lot of urgency. Britt agrees, Shida has had the title for a year, and a difficult year at that. Shida was champion, kept the AEW Women’s Division alive when it was riddled with injuries, travel restrictions, all that. The division was on life support.

But Britt is the FACE of this division, the Role Model, the heart, the soul, the pulse. When you have a pulse, you don’t need a machine keeping you alive. So after Double or Nothing, the division will live when Britt becomes champion. That’s a guarantee from DMD. Will the Doctor be in and finally take over the division? Or will Shida be celebrating her one year anniversary as champion still as champion?

 

BIG NEWS for Double or Nothing/Memorial Day Weekend!

Double or Nothing will be May 30th, but Friday, May 28th, it will be a special edition of AEW Dynamite! And then on Saturday, May 29th, it will be AEW Fan Fest! Be sure to get your tickets this Monday, May 17th, so you don’t miss out on any of that!

 

Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure!

The Role Model may be going after the Full Metal Warrior and the AEW Women’s World Championship, but La Mera Mera is going to be waiting on the other side! At least, as long as she doesn’t let herself get too cocky. Will Rosa be ready for whoever comes out of Double or Nothing with the belt?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans sing for Rosa and she knees Allure, CHOPS her, then fires off forearms and CHOPS against the ropes! Rosa CHOPS Allure in a corner, then RAMS her shoulder in! And again! And again! Rosa bumps Allure off buckles, CHOPS her again, and again! Rosa whips, Allure reverses and runs in to back elbow! Allure runs corner to corner but Rosa dodges this time, to then SHOTGUN dropkick Allure down! Fans fire up with Rosa and she stomps Allure down. Rosa drags Allure up, scoop SLAMS her, then runs and runs to drop a back senton! Cover, TWO!

Rosa keeps her cool, drags Allure back up, and scoops her, for the backbreaker to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

The roll isn’t stopping, it isn’t slowing down! Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker and even Serena Deeb better watch out for Rosa, she’s coming for it all!

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

Speaking of Serena Deeb, she returns to AEW next week to defend the NWA Women’s World Championship against Red Velvet! Will the young, rising star surprise everyone against one of the best in the world? Or will Serena still be waiting for Rosa when the time finally comes to face off again?

And the challenge has been accepted! Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison are going for gold against the Young Bucks! Will the Varsity Blonds made to look like JV against the best tag team in the world? And with Double or Nothing’s USA VS UK battle inbound, Anthony Ogogo gets in the ring against Austin Gunn! Will the Son of a Gun just be target practice for Ogogo’s body shots?

 

Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill!

The top free agent has another manager courting her, as Mark Sterling, lawyer to MJF, says he can get her the same big money deal he got MJF last year. What is her response to that business offer? Or what of Matt Hardy and Vickie Guerrero? Who is handling her business? Jade Cargill handles her business! As far as managerial offers go, she’s still listening. But she’s her own boss, because she’s #ThatBitch!

 

AEW hears from Darby Allin.

What’s his condition after being thrown down a concrete staircase? He doesn’t have time to think about that. Not right now. Darby literally dropped everything after that just to go to Seattle. He grew up here, with the skateparks. He likes coming back to remind him of who he is and how far he’s come. Trashy as it is, Darby loves everything about it. The first thing he heard Miro talk about is glass ceilings. But what has Miro done since he’s been here? “Honestly, what have you done since you’ve been here? One second you’re playing video games, then the next second, you’re someone’s best man.” Miro kept saying the world will see what he’s capable of now that the leash is off. Darby isn’t buying it.

Miro can say Darby’s this and that, but at least Darby knows who Darby is. Does Miro know who Miro is? “Look at me, you generic son of a bitch!” Miro is NOT taking the TNT Championship from him! Miro says it is his destiny, but Darby says Miro will have to admit he is one of the toughest men he’s ever faced. And he faces him, NEXT!

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro!

The Relentless Face of the Network always gets back up after someone knocks him down. But The Best Man says he’ll make sure Darby never gets up again! Will Darby make it through his historic tenth title defense? Or will he not make it through the last 10 minutes of the night?

The introductions are made, but Miro doesn’t wait for the belt to be raised as he attacks Darby at the ropes! Miro drags Darby in, throws him to ropes, and Darby clutches a leg. Miro gets Darby up to fire off hands and stomps Darby down! The ref reprimands, Miro lets off and demands the bell ring already! The ref tells Miro to back off so he can check Darby but Miro throws Darby into the ropes! Miro continues to demand the bell ring but Darby flops out of the ring. Miro storms out after Darby, then TOSSES him across the way! Miro drags Darby up and RAMS him into railing! Fans boo but Miro doesn’t care, he drags Darby up. “Am I underwhelming?!”

Miro DECKS Darby, the ref says he has to get this in the ring to start the match! Miro just THROWS Darby again! Miro CLOBBERS Darby over the railing! Fans boo as Miro stares Sting down and even smiles! Miro goes back to Darby, drags Darby up and encourages fans to rally for Darby, so that he can OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Darby back to ringside! Miro drags Darby back up, Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page are watching this like a comedy from the bleachers! Miro puts Darby in the ring, the ref checks with Darby but Darby sputters something about starting already, and Miro KNEES Darby down! The match still hasn’t started and Miro DECKS Darby!

Miro stomps around, Darby finally gets his jacket off, and the ref asks if he still wants to do this. Darby can barely stand but he says yes, and the bell rings! BEST KICK!! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Miro thinks that was three! The ref says no, it was two! Darby bails out as Miro argues with the ref. Miro goes out, Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him! Miro stays up but Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him into railing! Darby fires off hands, Miro shoves him away but Darby gets around. Miro blocks the throwback stunner, and aims for a post, only for Darby to slip free and POST Miro first! Miro staggers about, Darby gets in the ring and builds speed to CANNONBALL TOPE!!

Miro is down, Darby goes up!?! SUPER COFFIN- NO! Miro catches Darby for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Miro roars right into the camera, but he does have to catch his breath and clutch his ribs, as AEW goes picture in picture.

Miro storms back over to Darby and looms over him as fans jeer and taunt him. Miro puts Darby in, covers, TWO! Darby is still in this, but Miro is still seething. Miro pushes Darby around, and KICKS him, and then Scorpio and Ethan go after Sting!! They RAM him into railing, and then scurry away before the ref sees them! Medics go to check Sting, other refs come out to usher Ethan & Scorpio further away, and Miro SLAMS Darby down! Miro KICKS Darby, but Darby grits his teeth! Darby eggs Miro on, and Miro gets him up. Darby fires forearms! Miro staggers, Darby throws body shots, then whips. Miro reverses hard and Darby bounces off buckles!

Miro digs his knees in at the ropes, the ref counts and Miro lets off at 4. Miro paces, Darby drags himself to a corner, and Miro again soaks up the heat from the fans. Miro drags Darby up but Darby flops back down. Miro gets Darby up to EuroUpper him back down! Miro drops an elbow, drags Darby to the apron, and CLUBS him! Then BOOTS him! Then BOOTS him again! Miro pushes Darby in, taunts him, and avoids Darby’s kicks from below as AEW returns to single picture.

Miro mocks Darby, gets the foot and drops an elbow on the knee! Miro gut wrenches to POWERSLAM Darby! Darby flops to a corner and the ref checks on him, but Darby refuses to end it here. Miro drags Darby up, wraps on a bearhug, and fans rally for Darby. Miro squeezes Darby tight, Sting manages to stand, and Darby reaches for a ropebreak! Miro CLUBS Darby down, roll him away from ropes, but Darby still reaches. Miro drags Darby up for a standing bearhug but Darby throws elbows to get free! Miro shoves Darby, blocks boots and spins Darby around for a back suplex! Darby lands on his feet and hops on for a sleeper hold!

Darby is a backpack as Miro staggers around! Darby shakes out the bad arm but shifts his sleeper and tightens the grip! Miro drops to a knee! Fans are fired up, but Darby’s arms are weakening, and Miro gets a ropebreak! Darby lets go, and Miro goes outside. Darby follows and leaps on to club Miro down! Darby fires off crossface forearms and puts on a sleeper hold, but the ref wants this to return to the ring. Miro gets to the timekeeper’s table, grabs the TNT belt, but the ref grab sit, too! Miro lets that go, Darby pinches Miro’s nose closed! Miro manages to run and RAM Darby into the side of the stage! Darby lets go and Miro can breathe, but both men are down!

Fans rally up for Darby and cheer, “This is Awesome!” Miro drags himself up, drags Darby up, but the ring count is 5 of 10! Miro drags Darby over and gets him in at 8! Miro gets in at 9 and fans cheer as this match continues! Miro snarls and stalks Darby, then stomps him down! Miro SLAMS Darby’s arm on the mat, pulls off the tape and goes right after the shoulder with big elbows! Miro RAMS Darby into buckles, hauls him back up and SLAMS him into ropes! Darby clutches his legs from the whiplash but Sting is there to coach him up. Miro soaks up more heat from the fans, and Sting gives Darby a fist bump to encourage him.

Darby gets up and Miro offers him a free shot. Darby SLAPS Miro, Miro shoves him but runs into boots! Darby chop blocks a leg! Darby runs and rolls to get around to THROWBACK! And a cradle! TWO!! Miro swings, Darby ducks and dodges but runs into a pop-up, that he turns into another STUNNER!! Darby heads up top fast, for the COFFIN DROP into a waistlock?! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Miro runs but gets buckles, a roll up, TWO!! Darby almost gets Miro there, but he keeps moving! Darby headbutts low, hops on, YOSHITONIC!! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives but Darby is after the arm!

Miro endures the Fujiwara, fights up, and trips Darby, into GAME OVER!!!! Darby is OUT, Miro wins!!

Winner: Miro, by submission (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Miro makes Darby suffer, but lets go so that he can hold the title! And now Scorpio & Ethan return to go after Sting again! Sting is ready this time and he fights them off! But Scorpio KICKS the bad leg! The Dark Order runs out to run them off! Miro gloats over Darby, “I’m the network now!” But wait, is that Lance Archer?! Jake the Snake tells Archer to hold off, but Miro welcomes the Murderhawk Monster to try! Will we see these two behemoths collide soon enough?


My Thoughts:

What an amazing episode! Three title matches, of course one opens tonight. Moxley VS Nagata certainly had the intensity of a NJPW Strong Style match but could have been a touch more. Moxley retaining makes sense in that he still needs to be strong in this feud with the Young Bucks. Speaking of which, Bucks VS SCU was amazing, definitely what a Titles vs Tag Career match should’ve looked like, but I am a little disappointed that SCU lost. But I suppose with Scorpio having moved on to be with Ethan, maybe SCU was just ready to break up since it was just The Addiction. A shame it was because of cheating, but that’s so Bucks have even more Heel heat than normal.

Kingston and Moxley should’ve known that while they were trashing The Elite’s dressing room, The Elite was still mostly in the ring. This is a TV show that is televised live. As for The Elite’s response, I thought it was pretty funny for The Elite to be that upset. I suppose The Bucks are going to build momentum while giving Dynamite title matches and thereby ratings with their title matches. The Bucks have to have these belts by Double or Nothing, right? I don’t think there’s been an AEW PPV without the tag titles, so Bucks VS Mox & Kingston has to be for the titles to make it all work in the wrestling logic we’re all used to.

Speaking of wrestling logic we’re used to, I appreciate that Cody makes note that pro-wrestling, certainly in America, is about patriotism and it’s a bit cliché. Or rather, the support of your country. In the UK, it is “UK is Face, other places are Heel,” and same for Japan and Mexico and I’m sure anywhere else. That said, Cody then leans right into it, which I appreciate but do feel it’s odd because he just prefaced that this shouldn’t be about patriotism. Either way, Cody VS Ogogo now made for Double or Nothing is great, it is very big for Ogogo to be this early in his wrestling career and he’s getting a high profile PPV match.

As for Cody becoming “The American Dream” for just one night, this sounds like he wants to take advantage of a loophole while he can. Most times, copyright and competition in wrestling is about “You can’t use this on television/cable.” Double or Nothing is a PPV, therefore not on cable, so he can do it for just this match with Ogogo because it feeds the USA VS Not USA element of the story. At the same time, I am sure this is not the end for Nightmare Family VS The Factory, and I do hope The Factory recruits more people so we can get more battles between them and the Nightmare Family, which is still pretty big.

And speaking of things not being over, I am both surprised but not surprised that we’re getting more Inner Circle VS Pinnacle already. I like that they kayfabe’d Santana’s injury concerns as him being arrested, it foreshadowed a bit of a Stone Cold Steve Austin theme the Inner Circle was going for with tonight. Them ruining The Pinnacle’s party with their version of the beer truck water cannon was definitely a Stone Cold shout out, and I should’ve realized The Inner Circle would get the second-ever Stadium Stampede. If the stipulation is “Inner Circle loses, they break up,” this has to mean they win this time, right? But at the same time, I can’t see there being a third faction match, with Blood & Guts and Stadium Stampede II already being huge moments.

Christian Cage has a decent promo calling out Team Taz, but I can see why Matt Sydal is the one going after him: Ricky Starks unfortunately has a fractured neck, that is going to keep him out for at least three months, and hopefully it is only those three months. Christian VS Starks was the clear next part of Christian VS Team Taz, and I suppose instead of being redundant with a Christian VS Hobbs rematch, getting someone as comparative to Starks as possible in terms of having a speedy fighting style works. As for the promo, I like that Sydal gave Christian shade on the workhorse hype that hasn’t been fulfilled yet, but of course Christian is going to tough it out and win.

Hangman and the Dark Order had another fun promo together, and Hangman VS Brian Cage at Double or Nothing is going to be great. I am thinking Hangman wins the rematch to get back on track, his pacing is working out perfectly so that he can challenge the AEW World Champion at All Out 2021. PAC VS Cassidy was a great match, but I should’ve figured Omega would screw the “serious threat” over, but I like that it only screws him over. In a vacuum, AKA ignoring WWE spamming singles title Triple Threats, this Triple Threat is exactly what Omega deserves to be put through for how he’s acted, and is a first-time-ever for any singles title in AEW. But at the same time, I think Omega wins by using his opponents against each other, as well as the No Disqualification rule to allow interference.

Britt has a great interview promo with JR, Rosa has a good squash win, and it’s great that next week will be the return of Serena Deeb and the NWA Women’s World Championship. Britt sure looks like the heavy favorite going into Double or Nothing, and I suppose it’s never too soon for another Britt VS Rosa match. But I wonder if it’s going to be Britt VS Rosa for just the AEW title, or if Rosa gets her rematch with Deeb first, wins the NWA title, and then we get #WinnerTakesAll at say All Out, or perhaps on the anniversary episode of Dynamite for 2021. Britt may have put her Heel twist on it that she is going to be why the division thrives, but this women’s division is starting to come alive.

Darby’s vignette before the main event was good, but I think he could learn to bring his aggression out verbally a bit better. He didn’t sound as mad as he should have calling Miro an SOB. Darby VS Miro was an awesome match, though, but Scorpio & Ethan going after Sting on the side could’ve been done a bit better. Did they really need to go after him during a picture in picture segment, and then again when things were done? Just do the time after the match and have the Dark Order come out and Archer and then we close the show. Miro winning makes a lot of sense, but especially with him wearing his TNT title trunks tonight. It was like taking “win face” and “win entrance” to a new level with “win attire.” You don’t get custom trunks like that to then look like a dork for failing.

I’m thinking Miro VS Archer for the TNT title and Ethan & Scorpio VS Sting & Darby in perhaps another cinematic are both going to be at Double or Nothing. Double or Nothing is already looking to be an awesome PPV to shift things from Spring to Summer, a lot could change for AEW’s title landscape and that turnover could help them keep running high in the ratings while competing with regular sports, just as they should be.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/11/21)

It’s Dark After Blood & Guts!

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There’s still more in the aftermath of Blood & Guts!

Things aren’t slowing down in AEW! Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston are after the Young Bucks but they’ll settle for some Milk Chocolate tonight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Milk Chocolate; Moxley & Kingston win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Spencer Slade, Cole Karter & Andrew Palace; The Dark Order wins.
  • Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Angel Fashion; Archer wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Factory VS RYZIN, Jake Logan & Rick Recon; The Factory win(s).
  • Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart VS Jaylen Brandyn & Traevon Jordan; Varsity Blonds win.
  • Diamante VS Willow Nightingale; Diamante wins.
  • Dante Martin VS Aaron Frye; Martin wins.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Ashley D’Amboise; Nyla wins.
  • Cezar Bononi & Ryan Nemeth w/ The Pretty Picture VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Pretty Picture wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Best Friends VS Julia Hart; Statlander wins.
  • Jungle Boy VS Marty Casaus; Jungle Boy wins.
  • Big Swole & Red Velvet VS The MK Twins; Swole & Velvet win.
  • Preston Vance VS JD Drake w/ The Pretty Picture; Vance wins.
  • The Acclaimed VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela; The Acclaimed win.
  • Bear Bronson VS Brian Cage w/ Hook; Cage wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Mike Sydal; Hobbs wins.

MY THOUGHTS

Moxley & Kingston starting was a nice twist, and they just destroy Milk Chocolate! That is enough to make it a match to watch, and does make sense since Mox and Kingston already competed on Elevation, and Mox is going to need to be 100% for his IWGP US Championship match with Yuji Nagata on Dynamite. The “Violent Crown,” a lariat Half ‘n’ Half suplex combo, is a great team finisher for them, too. Dark Order does great as always, they had a great promo on the Hardy Family Office to build story, but Preston Vance’s mask becoming more and more The Joker has me torn. Yes, The Joker is iconic, he’s THE Batman villain, but it’s so much so that people wanting to reference him (and Harley Quinn by extension) is overdone.

Vance should try to reference some other masked character(s), like Rorschach or Ghost Face. I get it, Pentagon is running around as Venom on and off, and Venom is another frequently referenced character, but not nearly as much so it’s not grating yet. The “Pretty Picture”/”Wingmen” arguing about the name is hilarious stuff, too. I wonder if there will be a match of Bononi & Avalon VS Nemeth & Drake, winners decide which one is the real name. Nemeth & Bononi get a good win for themselves, Vance VS Drake was great and worthy of the “main event” that is basically the entire latter half of these YouTube shows. It was fourth to last, not a real main event, but still great.

Archer doing a springboard cannonball to start the assault was great. Murderhawk Monster squash matches are always fun, especially now that Jake the Snake is getting on commentary for them. I like the arrogance in The Factory that QT Marshall can just sit on the “throne” that is the steel steps on the ramp while watching his guys fight in a 3v2. At the same time, Comoroto is big and strong enough that he can make up for being down a man. QT’s aggression and using the Figure Four after definitely implies nothing is done between him and Cody, but I still wish he had gotten a grudge match with Dustin first.

Julia Hart joining Varsity Blonds is a good sign that the Blonds are moving up in the ranks in AEW as far as presentation. Best Friends made Kris Statlander an honorary member, Julia can be like the varsity cheerleader or something, and we can start getting some mixed tag/mixed trio matches. Brandyn & Jordan, aka Waves & Curls, got a really good showing for a Dark debut, but naturally the Blonds win and I still think their finisher should be the Varsity Bomb. Statlander of course beats Julia, but perhaps seeds have been planted for Best Friends VS Blonds? Diamante calling out Statlander is an interesting choice, but sometimes you just have to throw people together to get a feud going and see what comes of it.

Dante Martin is doing so well as a singles guy while waiting on brother Darrius to recover, I feel like Dante should get a TNT Championship opportunity. Of course, that’s only if Darby Allin retains on Dynamite, or if Miro chooses to be a workhorse champion like Darby. I just hope there isn’t some story where the brothers disagree and there’s a break-up because Top Flight can be a truly amazing team once they’re both running hot like that. JB VS Casaus was good, Casaus getting a good showing before he of course loses because it’s Jungle Boy! #Swolevet should be considered for whatever women’s tag concept AEW thinks of next, they and KiLynn King make a great group.

Again, the latter part of Dark being the “main event,” that is logically where the strength of the card lies. Vance VS Drake, probably Caster’s funniest rap yet, The Acclaimed VS Jersey’s Finest, and then Team Taz’s muscle closing in the last two matches, all great stuff. I almost feel like the tag match could’ve been the main event over the separate Team Taz matches, it was that damn good. Another surprise was that I thought Brian Cage would main event, because he beat Hangman Page and though the FTW Championship isn’t an official title of AEW, you’d think Cage would still be seen as the frontrunner of Team Taz. He also has a great match with Bear Bronson, who is solo right now with Boulder hurt.

And if multiple Team Taz members were on the card tonight, why didn’t they think to have them all enter together and just wait on their opponents to show up? Ricky Starks could’ve even been on commentary to further the passive aggressiveness he has towards Cage. Just a small thing that would’ve helped build story, so that instead of saying “It’s just AEW’s YouTube show,” fans can start to say, “AEW is genius for putting this on YouTube!”

My Score: 8.4/10


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