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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/22/20)

Who faces The American Nightmare for the TNT Championship?

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AEW Dynamite Coverage

AEW has another explosive night ahead of them!

Jon Moxley still has his AEW World Championship, what is next for The Maniac this summer? How will Taz and Brian Cage respond to Darby Allin’s return?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW TNT Championship Open Challenge: Cody Rhodes VS ???; changed to…
  • AEW TNT Championship No Disqualifications: Cody Rhodes VS Eddie Kingston; Cody wins and retains the AEW TNT Championship.
  • MJF w/ Wardlow VS Griff Garrison; MJF wins.
  • Falls Count Anywhere Tag: The Young Bucks VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Young Bucks win.
  • Diamante VS Ivelisse Velez; Diamante wins.
  • Hangman Page VS Number Five; Hangman wins.
  • The Inner Circle VS Jurassic Express; The Inner Circle wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

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

Why waste time waiting? The American Nightmare and Coach Arn Anderson are already in the ring to put this title on the line! But against who? “Nah, nah, nah, nah! No, no, no!” Eddie Kingston is here?! Evolve’s 18 YEAR veteran is making an AEW debut. “You talk about grinding, you talk about living this rough life, all that jazz!” It’s easy to say that when you grew up around “used to be legends” like Arn! Arn keeps glaring at Kingston like that, he’ll knock Arn’s jaw right off his face. But you know what Kingston grew up around? Alcoholics, junkies and all that! Kingston learned how to survive and grind! Cody couldn’t last a day in Kingston’s shoes, so you don’t say nothing about grinding!

And Cody wants to talk “the sport of pro-wrestling? That’s a joke!” Everyone Cody has ever faced has been a child. Kingston is a “grown ass man,” and will put Cody in the ground with a smile. But the best part is, Cody’s best buddy, the boss around here, Tony Khan? Khan paid Kingston to show up, and now he’s paying Kingston to kick Cody’s ass and take that title. But Arn, Kingston swears on his beautiful mother’s eyes, if you don’t shut up, Kingston will gouge Arn’s eyes out! Kingston keeps speaking because this is his time. Cody’s had his so relax. Khan told Kingston, if he wants No Disqualifications, that’s fine. So long as Cody accepts. So either Cody is “an egg sucking dog, or an egg sucking b*tch. Oh my God, I said something.”

Cody isn’t just riled up, he is DEMANDING to accept that added challenge! It is made official, for the first time ever, Cody Rhodes VS Eddie Kingston, for the TNT Championship, under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS!! Does the workhorse schedule stop here?

AEW TNT Championship No Disqualifications: Cody Rhodes VS Eddie Kingston!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Kingston CLOBBERS Cody before the bell! Kingston drags Cody out as the bell rings, and starts clubbing away on him at ringside! Cody hits back and the two brawl around the way. Kingston rakes Cody’s eyes, rips Cody’s shirt and CHOPS him against the apron! Cody CHOPS back and throws haymakers! Kingston CHOPS again, then fish hooks Cody into the headlock. Kingston brings Cody around but Cody pops out to club him back. Cody rakes Kingston’s face and bumps him off the apron. Cody throws hands then throws Kingston back in the ring. Kingston gets Cody and trips him for a ground ‘n’ pound!

The crowd boos as Cody gets away. Kingston grins as he CHOPS Cody in the corner, over and over and over! Kingston talks smack to Arn but Cody kicks and uppercuts back! Cody ducks the back hand to springboard, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Kingston bails out but Cody takes aim, to DIVE! Direct hit send Kingston into barriers! Cody ROCKS Kingston with a right, puts him back in and heads to a corner. Cody climbs, leaps, missile dropkick! Off comes the weight belt! Kingston bails out but Cody pursues, only for Kingston to kick low. Kingston grabs the belt to LASH Cody first! Cody just fires up, but Kingston CHOPS and LASHES again! Free souvenir!

Kingston hobbles but he rips the floor mats up! He wants exposed concrete, and reels Cody in. Cody back drops Kingston onto the concrete! Kingston clutches his knee while Cody has to lean on the apron. Cody drags Kingston up, throws BIG haymakers, then headlocks him for more! Kingston goes after ears and eyes! Kingston puts Cody in, pursues and CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Cody up for a SAIDO! Both men are down and the crowd is thunderous! Cody gets to a corner and Kingston fires off fast hands! Kingston SLAPS Cody but Cody SLAPS back! Kingston throws more body shots and Cody drops!

Kingston hobbles as Cody crawls. Kingston boots Cody down but Cody gets back up. Kingston keeps booting Cody, telling him to stay down. He clubs Cody on the back and wraps him up in a chinlock. The crowd rallies, Cody endures and fights up, but Kingston just CLUBS away on the back! Kingston smirks despite still hobbling. Cody crawls to ropes, Kingston hurries after and brings him against the ropes to then throw a clubbing crossface. Kingston throws more crossfaces, then heavy body shots. Cody clutches his ribs while Kingston barks at Arn. Cody kicks the bad leg and runs, but into a LARIAT! Kingston still has to hobble his way to Cody for the stretch plum! Cody endures, the crowd rallies up, and Cody throws hands to get free!

Cody gets up, Kingston CHOPS him! Cody CHOPS and throws haymakers! Kingston stays up but Cody ROCKS him! Kingston snapmares and KICKS Cody in the back! Kingston gets the bad leg moving as he looms over Cody. Kingston drags Cody around, back to the stretch plum! Cody endures, fights up, pops out and throws hands! Cody back hands, body shots, but Kingston pokes his eyes! The crowd boos but Cody back suplexes. Cody slips out to chop block the bad leg! Cody drags Kingston up, bumps him off buckles and then whips corner to corner. Kingston can’t run on the bad leg, so Cody walks up, into a LOW BLOW! Kingston says he’s just that smart. Kingston drags Cody up for a DDT!

Kingston grins as he goes outside and looks under the ring. He brings out a satchel! What’s in the bag? Kingston brings it into the ring, says a prayer, and pours out THUMBTACKS! Kingston stalks Cody and CLUBS him on the back! Kingston chokes Cody on the ropes as he dares him to fight back! “Hit me!” Kingston CHOPS then scoops Cody, but Cody slips out to dropkick the bad leg! Cody turns Kingston around with the inverted Gory Especial, but Kingston slips out! Kingston CHOPS Cody, brings him in, to POWERBOMB Cody onto the tacks!! Arn is feeling the pain on that one! Cody has tacks in his arms and back and even the crowd is wincing. Kingston keeps on Cody with a SAIDO onto tacks! But Cody fires up to LARIAT!!

Both men are down and the crowd is thunderous! Cody gets up, tacks still in his back, and he wraps Kingston’s leg. But Kingston SLAPS away, so Cody SLAPS back! Cody fires off hands, grabs the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Kingston endures even as he and Cody are in the tacks! Kingston TAPS, Cody wins!!

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

That was extreme to say the least! Cody is undefeated as champion, but this was his toughest match yet! What will it take to finally break the American Nightmare? As for Eddie Kingston, will he continue to fight his heart out to stay on this level?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“In a business where historically, so many people are completely full of it, I pride myself on keeping it real. I’m a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of guy, so if I tell you I’m gonna do something, I do it.” When Mox told Taz he’d try to rip Brian Cage’s arm in two, that’s what he did. Taz is Manager of the Year, though. Moxley had Cage’s arm locked up tight and felt the tendons snapping, a feeling Moxley loves, and with Cage this close to another six months of rehab, taking painkillers, arm in a sling, “the whole nine,” but was denied the satisfaction of Cage’s bicep popping like a balloon, because admittedly, Taz made the right move. Taz saved Cage that time, but next time? Moxley ain’t letting go. Will Taz and The Machine think better before trying Moxley again?

 

MJF w/ Wardlow VS Griff Garrison!

The Salt of the Earth returns to action because in 1v1 competition, he is still undefeated. The Dynamite Diamond Ringbearer grabs a mic to speak. “Guys, the mic’s in my hand so that means shut up. That’s not that complicated at all.” Maxwell Jacob Friedman looks at the #IvyLeagueMVP and compliments how “jacked” he looks. Ready to go, huh? Shaking at the knees for being nervous, but that’s understandable taking on a prodigy. BUT a prodigy with a heart of gold. That’s why MJF is going to give him a chance to talk about “Jungle Man.” Um, that’s not his name. This is Griff Garrison. MJF mocks Griff, “apologizes” for getting the name, and mocks Griff for “prancing around pretending to be the ‘Ivy League MVP.'” Seriously? Griff looks like he didn’t even graduate finger painting.

But this is getting off on the wrong foot. This is a big moment for Griff, so he should tell all the folks back home how cool it is to share the ring with someone undefeated. Didn’t MJF lose that tag match at Fyter Fest, though? Well, Griff, that’s a good point. And then MJF BASHES Griff with the mic! The bell rings to get this underway, will MJF make Griff pay for that comment?

MJF stomps Griff in the corner but the ref counts. MJF whips Griff corner to corner and wrings him out into the buckles! “Take notes!” The crowd boos and jeers but MJF grinds his boots into Griff at the corner. The ref counts, MJF lets up and goes back to Griff for an OVERHEAD suplex! MJF sneers as he looms over Griff. MJF stands on Griff’s hand then runs to drop a knee on Griff’s head! MJF stares out at the crowd as AEW goes picture in picture, #MJFBetterThanYou.

Griff flounders to ropes but MJF stalks up behind him. MJF CLAWS Griff’s back, circles him like a shark, and stands on Griff’s foot. MJF STOMPS the ankle and Griff clutches the leg. Griff hits back with furious body shots but they don’t do a thing to MJF. MJF clubs Griff down, then drags him up to DECK him! MJF poses to soak up the heat before going back to Griff. He fish hooks Griff’s face but the ref reprimands. MJF keeps Griff from getting the ropebreak and BITES that hand! The ref reprimands  and counts but MJF stops at 4. MJF goes back to Griff to bring him up and throw him out! MJF takes his time following after, and whips Griff hard into barriers! Wardlow chuckles while MJF gets in the face of Will Hobbs in the crowd.

MJF returns to Griff as he crawls and stomps him down. MJF hears the ring count and refreshes it before fetching Griff. Griff hits harder but MJF still elbows him back down. MJF brings Griff up as AEW returns to single picture, and POSTS the Ivy League MVP! MJF drags Griff up again and finally puts him back in the ring. MJF grabs a mic to say, “Okay, okay, okay. Hold on. Griff, I think we got off on the wrong foot, and for that I’m sorry.” He lost his temper. Griff said something that upset MJF about the Fyter Fest loss. MJF didn’t lose, because he’s never been pinned or submitted, so that means he is undefeated! Tell the people at home, Griff. Griff swats the mic away, so MJF stands on Griff’s hand! Good moxie, but how about telling the people at home he’s undefeated?! “Ow, ah!” Oh, sorry, not the right answer! MJF stomps Griff down again.

MJF demands Griff tell the world MJF is undefeated! “You’re un…” What was that?! We couldn’t hear you! Say it with your chest!” You’re undefeated!” See? Wasn’t that easy? But then Griff shoves the mic into MJF’s face!! Griff rolls MJF up, TWO!! MJF CLOBBERS Griff for that then rains down angry fists! MJF drags Griff up to put him through ropes, SWINGING PILEDRIVER! The Heatseeker hits, MJF covers, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall

Maxwell Jacob Friedman stays undefeated in singles competition, and storms off with Wardlow in tow. Will this streak continue all the way to a title opportunity?

 

Tony Schiavone is backstage with Britt Baker’s assistant, Rebel.

A couple weeks ago, Britt Baker needed surgery on her face after Rebel’s hand smacked her in response to Big Swole’s intimidation tactics. Three hours under the knife, what is the medical update? Rebel wants to set the record straight: She is- “Reba! Get in here!” Rebel goes to Britt, who has another Rules of Being a Role Model demonstration prepared. Britt complains someone needs to turn the wheelchair around, even though it should do that on its own. Tony helps Britt turn around, to reveal the nose brace on her face and the two black eyes. “The conspiracy continues.”

We all remember back in April, when Shida “violently” busted Britt’s nose and the blood poured out. Britt still returned the following week as the “much needed face of this women’s division.” And how was she repaid? Her fragile nose was taken advantage of! Flip it, Reba! Rule #4: NEVER Count Out a Role Model. Yes, this “temporary disfigurement” and many conspirators aside, Britt is still set for the biggest comeback of all time. Not unlike Tiger Woods at the 2019 Masters, or Rocky Balboa defeating Drago in Rocky IV, or Michael Jordan returning to the NBA with the Washington Wizards. Tony wants to point something out. Jordan had a good comeback, but the Wizards didn’t make it far. “Why are you being such an as*hole, Tony?”

Rebel calms Britt down, because the point is, Jordan is one of the greatest of all time. Rebel watched Space Jam 19 times, Jordan beats the MonStars every time. Oh shut up! Britt has to start over now. “I am Michael Jordan. Do NOT count me out. Particularly at All Out.” Will the Role Model still roll into All Out at 100% health?

 

Brian Cage and Taz head to the ring!

The FTW Champion lost the match against Jon Moxley and almost lost his arm, but Taz threw in the towel to spare him. However, Darby Allin made a big return by attacking Cage, but Cage and Ricky Starks got back at him on AEW Dark! “Alright, so here’s the deal!” This has been a very difficult week for Taz and Cage. A lot of heated arguments and discussions, to be honest. And Cage was pretty close to firing Taz. Cooler heads prevailed as Taz explained why he took the orange towel and threw it in, costing Cage the AEW World Championship. The reason why is it was a business decision.

Taz realized that the longer Moxley had that “legitimate, badass armbar,” which Taz will give him credit for, he was not going to let the Machine have his bicep torn again! Taz has gone through that, so he isn’t letting his client suffer through that again! Taz stands by what he did as a business decision, because he assures us all that Cage will never be in that position again! Cage wasn’t going to tap, he didn’t tap, he’s not wired to tap! That’s why he is THE FTW Championship! “No surrender, no quit!” But speaking of never quitting, here comes Darby Allin! He clearly wants payback for Dark, but Ricky Starks CLOBBERS Darby from outta nowhere! Starks and Cage continue where they left off with Darby, and Cage POWERBOMBS Darby on the ramp! And then into the ring!

Starks drags Darby up, ABSOLUTE DOMINATOR! Starks gives Cage Darby’s skateboard then drags Darby back up. But here comes Moxley! With a barbed wire bat!! Mox and “Barb” defend Darby, and Starks has to keep Cage back before this gets any wilder! The battle lines are drawn, is Darby going to ride with the Death Rider against Taz’s stable?

 

AEW has a new Women’s Tournament in the works!

“This is our opportunity to rise up and show the world what we are made of.” Who steps up to become allies? We all know they can stand on their own, but who will work together to become the best team ever? A 16 woman, 8 team tournament will light up the summer in the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup, “The Deadly Draw!”

 

Backstage interview with The Inner Circle!

Chris Jericho is still wearing the orange juice stained suit jacket and tells Alex Marvez to shut up because he doesn’t want to hear the dumb questions. Instead, Jericho has a question for him. “What color is this jacket?” Orange. And what is it supposed to be? White. Exactly! It was white, and it cost $7000! Now it’s ruined because of Orange Cassidy. So now Jericho will ruin Cassidy’s career. He wants to embarrass the #DemoGod on national TV? Jericho will embarrass him! And the Inner Circle will embarrass Jurassic Express because they thought it was funny that Le Champion got drenched in juice. Marko Stunt called Jericho an idiot and thought it was funny! Well you know what else is funny? Stunt’s mutated, bulbous head and Jungle Boy’s “stupid sideburns straight out of a 70’s stag film!”

And guess what else is funny. The Luchasaurus not really being a dinosaur. “Sorry, kids.” But either way, the Jurassic Express goes extinct. By the way, does Jericho still smell like orange juice? Santana says yes. “DAMN IT!” Well, Santana wasn’t going to lie…

 

The Young Bucks lead a referee and cameras backstage.

They don’t want to start Falls Count Anywhere in the ring, they want this started NOW! Matt & Nick Jackson storm into the kitchen and find the Butcher and the Blade, well, butchering some meat. Andy Williams and Braxton Sutter wash up and skip the wrist tape to oblige! This match can go anywhere in the entire arena, where does it end?

Falls Count Anywhere Tag: The Young Bucks VS The Butcher & The Blade!

The bell rings and it’s a brawl! Butcher rams Matt into the freezer door while Blade whips Nick at the cart. Nick hops over without tipping it over, then kicks it into Blade! The meat spills and Nick smacks Blade off the cart to then climb and leap at Butcher. Butcher catches Nick and tosses him to Blade’s gutbuster! Blade gut wrenches Nick to BOMB him onto the cart! Butcher covers, TWO! Matt hits Blade and Butcher back, takes the T-Bone and SLAPS Blade with it. Then he takes the sirloin to SLAP Butcher! Matt keeps hitting, cravats Butcher and uses the freezer door for Sliced Bread! But Butcher powers out of it and Blade kicks low!

The mercs take Matt to a different cart and double suplex him onto it! Cover, TWO! Butcher drags Matt off the cart and brings him to the door. Blade fetches Nick and brings him along. Things go back to the concourse and they brawl along. Butcher bumps Matt off pillars, Blade adds Nick! Butcher and Blade fetch a trolley and ride at the Bucks, but the Bucks move and Blade crashes into pillar! The Bucks go after Butcher with haymakers and forearms! They fight him down to a table and sit him down. Matt holds a tray in place, Nick SHINING WIZARDS it into Butcher! Blade returns to brawl with Matt and head towards the arena. Butcher and Nick follow after, Butcher throwing Nick into the side of a production truck!

Butcher and Blade both lift Matt to toss him into the truck! Nick staggers around but Butcher kicks him first. Butcher scoops Nick to LAWN DART him into his own picture on the truck trailer door! Blade and Butcher go back to Matt, but he comes FLYING out! Direct hit and Matt topples them both down! Matt hobbles up and Nick returns. They drag Blade around to whip him into the pop-up Cracker Barrel’s Plexiglas! Blade drags himself along the counter while the Bucks go after Butcher. They drag Butcher to join Blade but Butcher fights back. Nick uses a tray to SMACK Butcher! The Bucks put Butcher on the table and clear some counter space, for a metal tray senton! The table topples over with Butcher on it, and now the Bucks target the crawling Blade.

Blade gets to the escalators but the Bucks catch up. Blade wants mercy but he gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Blade is out as he rides the escalator up! The Bucks have control in this chaotic match and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and the Bucks have brought Butcher to ringside. They club, kick and punch, then work together to give Butcher Sliced Bread! And a SHINING WIZARD! The crowd cheers as The Bucks drag Butcher up. Matt tries the gut wrench but Butcher fights it off. Butcher bumps Matt off the apron, then dodges Nick’s Pescado! Nick hits the floor, Butcher clubs Matt. Blade returns and has a chair! He SMACKS Matt then JAMS and SMACKS Nick! Butcher brings out a table while Blade keeps on Nick with forearms and CHOPS! The cameraman is almost a casualty of the brawl but Butcher helps Blade whip Nick at barriers. Nick leaps those, only to crash into the next layer of railing!

Butcher and Blade take Matt to the table, but Matt fights out of the bomb and up to the apron. Matt boots Butcher and kicks Blade away, to then THROWBACK CUTTER Blade to the floor! Nick LEAPS from the stair railing to windmill kick Butcher down! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as the Bucks fetch a second table. They set that up against other railing, bring Butcher up and attempt a double suplex. Butcher fights it off to double suplex the Bucks! Butcher clubs Matt down then whips Nick into railing. Butcher throws more forearms on Matt and sets him up against the first table. Blade FLIES but Matt moves, Blade clips the table! Butcher hurries to crossbody Matt through the other table!

The crowd loses their minds over all that while Butcher drags Matt back up. Butcher puts Matt in the ring, but Nick returns. Butcher pump handles Matt but Matt slips out to drop toehold Butcher onto ropes! Nick THROWS the chair into Butcher’s face! Matt and Nick regroup, Matt rams Butcher into the buckle for Nick to SHINING WIZARD! Nick keeps going as he enziguris, forearms and bulldogs into Matt’s dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Butcher survives but the Bucks keep going. The crowd cheers for “A E DUB!” as Matt puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Nick adds on the CROSSFACE! But Blade returns to attack them both! Blade kicks Nick and puts him in a corner. Blade suplexes Nick to hang him out to dry! He clotheslines Matt out to the ramp side, then regroups with Butcher.

Butcher and Blade go after Matt on the ramp and give him the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER to the ramp! Matt writhes but the mercs aren’t done. They each go to a different tunnel and start rummaging around. They each bring out a table! Nick returns to attack Butcher first! Nick stomps but Butcher kicks back. Nick jawbreakers and Butcher staggers. Matt stops Blade and clubs him down. The Bucks set up a table each but Butcher and Blade hit them first. Blade CHOPS and Butcher kicks. The mercs suplex a Buck each but the Bucks slips out and shove Butcher and Blade into each other! SUPERKICKS for Butcher! Blade ROCKS Matt but Nick SUPERKICKS Blade! The Bucks duck Butcher to DOUBLE SUPERKICK again!

The Bucks focus on Blade and give him BTE TRIGGER!! Blade is out but they still drag him onto a table. The Bucks then aim at Butcher, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS again! Butcher is put on the other table, and then each Buck goes up the scaffolding! Each Buck is on top of a tunnel, aimed at a table! Matt MACHO ELBOWS and Nick SWANTON BOMBS, both go through the tables!! Double cover on the mercs, The Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall

All four men risked so much in that fight, and in the end, The Bucks stop on stage! Will they rise back up to another fight for the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

Backstage interview with Jake the Snake Roberts and Lance Archer.

One week after Fight for the Fallen, and the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t have anything to do. Alex Marvez asks on behalf of us all what’s next, but Archer grabs him by the collar! He brings Marvez to the locker room, and Archer just annihilates the random wrestlers inside! Jake says Marvez wanted to know what’s going on, and says that he and Archer are growing so frustrated right now. Archer boots one man into a locker, scoops another and slams him onto a chair, then takes another to TOSS into the ceiling! Does Marvez understand fear? Sooner or later, someone has to step up and take this on. Archer says “Anybody in AEW, it doesn’t matter who.” But Archer and The Snake decide when #EverybodyDies.

 

Diamante VS Ivelisse Velez!

Two lethal Latinas are about to battle for the first time ever on AEW! Diamante got her first ever win on Dark, but will she already give up a loss to the Baddest Bitch?

Ivelisse gets in Diamante’s face and the two start jawing, but then Ivelisse ROCKS Diamante with a right! The bell rings to get this on record as Ivelisse fires off furious fists! “Everybody wanna be Ivelisse!” But Diamante hits back with the same fury! Ivelisse runs into Diamante’s arm-drag but Diamante walks into Ivelisse’s back kick. Ivelisse brings Diamante up for a springboard arm-drag and then eggs her on. Ivelisse brings Diamante up but Diamante hits back. Diamante waistlocks, Ivelisse elbows and switches to shove Diamante to ropes. Diamante wheelbarrows  and arm-drags Ivelisse back! Ivelisse runs back but Diamante dodges to huricanrana! Ivelisse gets to a corner but Diamante runs in to elbow Ivelisse!

Diamante keeps on Ivelisse with elbows and uppercuts! Diamante runs corner to corner but Ivelisse dodges to elbow back! Ivelisse elbows over and over and over, then takes aim to run in again. Diamante boots her back and dropkicks her down! Ivelisse gets up in a corner and bails out before Diamante runs in. Diamante keeps her eyes on Ivelisse, but Ivelisse ducks, expecting the slide. Diamante slides this time, but Ivelisse still blocks the dropkick, drags Diamante out and CHOPS her back! Diamante grits her teeth as Ivelisse boasts for Puerto Rico. Diamante CHOPS back and stands up for Cuba! Diamante throws Ivelisse into barriers, then into the apron! Diamante CHOPS Ivelisse again, but Ivelisse CHOPS back!

Ivelisse CHOPS Diamante against the apron but Diamante throws her into the apron. The ring count is at 7, Diamante refreshes it, and goes after Ivelisse with clubbing forearms. Diamante puts Ivelisse in hard then gets up, only for Ivelisse to intercept at the apron. Ivelisse kicks the legs out to BUZZSAW Diamante into the ring! Ivelisse covers, TWO! The crowd rallies but Ivelisse drags Diamante up to KICK in the back. Diamante grits her teeth but Ivelisse drops down on her with a chinlock. Diamante endures the grind and the crowd rallies up. Diamante fights up, fights out and cravats back. Ivelisse endures the crank, throws body shots until she’s free then throws forearms. Ivelisse CHOPS but Diamante scowls. Diamante CHOPS back!

We have a CHOP fight as they go back and forth, faster and faster! Neither woman backs down, but they do slow down. They go forehead to forehead and Ivelisse SLAPS Diamante! Diamante SLAPS back! Ivelisse ROUNDHOUSES! Diamante stays up to ROUNDHOUSE back! Ivelisse wobbles and Diamante rallies with clotheslines! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Diamante can’t believe it but the crowd rallies up. Diamante sits up first but Ivelisse follows. Diamante drags Ivelisse in but Ivelisse reverses to back suplex BOMB! High stack, TWO! Ivelisse can’t believe Diamante survives but she pushes her around. Ivelisse runs, Diamante cradle counters! DIAMANTE WINS!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

What a shocker! At least, to everyone but Diamante! The Diamond in the Rough catches Ivelisse off guard, will she rise up the ranks towards Hikaru Shida and the AEW Women’s Championship?

 

AEW hears from Big Swole.

While on suspension at her home in Orlando, Aerial Monroe tells us, “What pisses me off is that fact that YOU,” Britt Baker, think you can get away with anything and everything. But actions have consequences, “little girl.” And in Swole’s world, she’s the one who gives out those consequences. Sooner or later, Britt’s “frail ass gonna have to meet me in that ring.” And guess what, little Brittany? “Swole don’t mind waiting.” How long will Swole have to wait before she can get her hands on The Role Model in the ring?

 

Hangman Page VS Number Five!

The Cowboy had the night off last week to enjoy a drink at the bar, but now he’s back in action! Will he show Alan Angels that his decision to #JoinDarkOrder means nothing?

The bell rings, and conspicuous by their absence is the rest of the Dark Order. Angels circles with Hangman and Hangman ducks the roundhouse! Hangman grins and has to admit that was a good one. Hangman blocks the next try to DECK Angels with that right! And then he CHOPS Angels and DECKS him again! Angels flounders back up, ducks the chop to give a CHOP Hangman grins and shrugs that off to CHOP again! Angels falls, Hangman brings him up and back suplexes but Angels lands on his feet. Angels shoves, tries to rip but has to hurdle. Things keep moving, Hangman handsprings to BOOT Angels down! Hangman dusts off his boot after that one.

Hangman brings Angels up, snap suplexes then floats to the cover, TWO! Angels sputters but Hangman keeps on him with a whip. Angels reverses, runs in and knees Hangman down. Angels drags Hangman up to whip corner to corner, then runs in again, but is put on the apron. Hangman runs, triangle lariat misses, as does the next clothesline, but Angels hits his enziguri! Only for Hangman to BOOT him to the barriers! Hangman takes his time fetching Angels and throwing him into more barriers! Hangman drags Angels up to snake eyes him on the railing! The ring count passes 5 and Hangman puts Number Five in the ring. Hangman takes a moment to breathe, and now The Dark Order appears. Hangman asks Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, and Numbers 3, 4 and 10 if they want something, while AEW goes picture in picture, #AEWHangmanFive.

Uno, Grayson and the Numbers glare at Hangman as he gets on the apron. Angels kicks the ropes to jam Hangman! Then he brings Hangman around to dropkick him! Hangman dangles and Angels climbs, for a GUILLOTINE ELBOW! Hangman hits the apron on the way down and the Dark Order applauds. Angels shoves Hangman in and goes after Hangman with haymakers and stomps. The ref counts, Angels stops at 4 to then come back. Hangman CHOPS but Angels kicks low and drops Hangman with a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE, but Angels keeps on Hangman with a choke! The ref counts, Angels lets up and drops down on Hangman. Angels climbs the corner now, leaps, but misses the double stomps! Hangman pop-up FLAPJACKS Angels down!

Hangman catches his breath now and paces around Angels. Hangman dead lift pump handles Angels for a squat and FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool while he brings Angels up. Hangman throws Angels out but Angels shoulders back in. Angels steps in to dropkick Hangman down! Angels hobbles over as AEW returns to single picture and he rains down furious left hands. Hangman shoves him away but Angels uses Hangman’s own body for a step stool senton! Then Angels goes to the corner, MOONSAULT onto knees! Hangman grits his teeth and puts some stank on the CHOP! Hangman whips Angels corner to corner, Angels goes up and over and things speed up.

Angels ducks, fires off fists and kicks to then enziguri! Angels kips up and runs, but Hangman follows to LARIAT him down! The Dark Order is a bit shocked as Hangman aims at Angels. Hangman runs, blocks the boot to corner clothesline! Hangman whips Angels and scoops him for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and the crowd fires up. Angels staggers into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Angels survives and Hangman is actually having fun. Hangman drags Angels up to whip and pop-up POWERBOMB! High stack, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Uno seems rather embarrassed for Angels and Grayson is upset. Will Mr. Brodie Lee be even more upset with these results? Hangman dares the Dark Order to do something, but they don’t take him up on the offer. Finally, Brodie and Colt Cabana appear! Brodie has a mic and joins Hangman in the ring. “Mr. Page, I have been nothing but impressed with you.” This match was impressive. Hangman’s rise to stardom is impressive. But what isn’t impressive is Hangman’s lack of friends and lack of a partner when he is clearly in immediate danger. Brodie isn’t going to hit him, that’s not why he’s here. But Brodie offers Hangman a spot in the Dark Order. The Dark Order would never leave Hangman alone at a bar or in the ring. They are here to offer him that protection.

Hangman is given the mic and appreciates the compliments. And he appreciates the offer of friendship, but Hangman isn’t really ready to “join a cult” right now. Brodie takes the mic back and tells the Cowboy that he just made his bed, and hopes he enjoys sleeping in it. Brodie takes his leave, with Cabana right by his side and Number 10, Preston Vance, right behind. The rest of the Dark Order head to the ring now, and the numbers are literally not in Hangman’s favor. But Hangman doesn’t care, he throws haymakers! He’s 4v1 and that doesn’t go well! Grayson rains down rights while the Beaver Boys stomp away! But here comes FTR!

Cash Wheel chucks a cooler at Numbers 3 and 4, and the beer and ice goes everywhere! Then he and Dax Harwood brawl with Uno and Grayson! FTR runs off the Dark Order and stands tall with Hangman! Only now does Kenny Omega arrive but the fighting is all over. Omega feels a little awkward about that while Hangman accepts handshakes and a cold one from FTR. Does Mr. Brodie have a point in terms of the AEW World Tag Team Champions? Or is it all just playing into his hands?

 

AEW has big plans for next week!

What timing with The Dark Order confronting the AEW World Tag Team Champions! Evil Uno and Stu Grayson finally get their shot at these titles against Hangman and Omega! Will the Dark Order have those titles one way or another? As for the AEW Women’s World Champion, Hikaru Shida has another fresh match up as Diamante steps to her! Will Diamante keep the momentum from tonight going when she faces the Samurai?

After the confrontation from tonight, the FTW Champion and the Absolute take on the AEW World Champion and the undead daredevil in a TORNADO Tag Match! Will the Death Rider and Darby take down Taz’s new stable? And the TNT Championship is still with Cody Rhodes, so who answers his Open Challenge next week?

 

The Inner Circle VS Jurassic Express!

The “Demo God” does not tolerate others laughing at his expense! He’ll deal with Orange Cassidy ruining the $7000 jacket later, because tonight is about him and The Big Hurt, Jake Hager, teaching Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus a lesson for making jokes alongside Marko Stunt. Will Le Champion have the last laugh tonight?

Of course, Santana and Ortiz are with Chris Jericho and Hager, making sure there’s no more giant tanks of juice to be dumped on them. Things are safe, if you ignore Jericho bringing Floyd the bat with him. The teams sort out and Jericho starts against JB. Jericho tells Stunt to watch out as he goes after JB with haymakers! Jericho has JB in the corner, clubs him down then stomps away. The ref counts, Jericho lets off brings JB up to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho whips, JB goes up and over and arm-drags Jericho around! JB dropkicks Jericho down and is ready to throw hands again! Jericho scrambles to his corner and wants a breather. The crowd rallies for JB as Jericho tags in Hager. JB tags in Luchasaurus, and we have the two titans face to face.

Hager and Luchasaurus square up, and start throwing haymakers! Hager rams Luchasaurus into a corner but Luchasaurus blocks the punches to turn things around. Luchasaurus throws hands but Hager shoves! The slug fest continues, Hager whips but Luchasaurus ducks and runs, the two men COLLIDE and stagger around! Hager gets up but gets a sobat from Luchasaurus! Hager boots, Luchasaurus comes back to ram shoulders. Hager comes back to ram Luchasaurus, but the QUESTION MARK hits! Luchasaurus choke grips, but Hager wheelbarrows to a takedown! Luchasaurus pushes Hager of the ankle lock, then goes to kick! Hager catches the foot for the Ankle Lock! But Hager’s in his own corner, the ref counts and Hager lets go. Tag to Jericho, and Jericho hurries to stomp the legs.

Jericho puts Luchasaurus’ foot on the ropes to springboard and drop down on it! Jericho slaps Luchasaurus, Luchasaurus shoves and ROCKS Jericho with an uppercut! Jericho dropkicks the legs out! Jericho tags Hager back in and they mug Luchasaurus. Hager sits Luchasaurus up, wraps on a chinlock and leans on him. Luchasaurus endures but Hager pushes him down to standing toehold the bad leg. Luchasaurus endures despite how deep the leg is being bent! Luchasaurus gets a ropebreak, Hager holds on until 4. Hager pushes Luchasaurus around and puts him in the Inner Circle corner. Jericho holds Luchasaurus back by his hair while Hager wraps the leg on the ropes. The ref counts but Hager kicks the bad leg.

Hager brings Luchasaurus up but Luchasaurus fights back! He elbows Jericho and haymakers Hager, but Hager chop blocks the leg from the front! The Inner Circle cheers itself on while the fans boo. Hager brings Luchasaurus up, whips him corner to corner but Luchasaurus reverses. Hager stops himself from running into buckles, but turns around to collide with Luchasaurus! Both men wobble, and they double clothesline! Both men are down, the ref checks on them both but Stunt and the crowd rally up. Luchasaurus and Hager crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Jungle Boy! JB rallies, tilt-o-whirl headscissors Jericho and dropkicks Hager down! SNAP-RANA to a cover, TWO!!

JB keeps on Jericho with clubbing forearms and kicks. Jericho reverses the whip but JB dodges and DIVES out onto Santana and Ortiz! JB slingshots and springboards to DDT Jericho down! Cover, but Hager breaks it! The ref backs Hager off but Stunt goes up to FLYING-RANA Jericho into JB’s cradle! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives the Fun-Sized screw job! JB sobats and runs, but Jericho pop-up flapjacks JB down! And DECKS Stunt off the apron! “You see what happens, Marko!?” Jericho grins and soaks up the heat as AEW goes picture in picture, #AEWJurassicCircle.

Jericho and Hager soak up the heat, and Matt Hardy is spotted watching from the bleachers. Jericho taunts JB to tag someone but there’s no one in the corner. Jericho drags JB up and throws haymakers! He shoves JB to the corner and tags in Hager. Hager and Jericho stomp a mudhole into JB but the ref backs Jericho off. Hager kicks JB out for Santana to throw into barriers! Ortiz gets his stomps in before the ref notices. Hardy still watches as Hager drags JB up. JB throws body shots but Hager clubs him down. Hager bumps him off apron and throws him into barriers to then put back in the ring. Hager pursues JB, kicking him away from the Jurassic corner. Hager stands on JB’s hair while he pulls JB’s arms! The ref reprimands, Hager stops to tag in Jericho.

Hager scoop slams JB and Jericho steps on him. Jericho laughs while soaking up the heat, but JB kicks back from the mat! Jericho staggers but he BOOTS JB down! Jericho stomps away on JB in the corner, but stops at the ref’s count. The ref is busy with Jericho as Ortiz and Santana get more cheap shots in! Jericho goes back to JB to drag him up. JB hits back but Jericho clubs him down. Jericho suplexes JB and holds him up as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho drops JB after a count of 10 then covers, TWO! Jericho drags JB away but JB still tries to fight. Jericho SLAPS JB down then corner clotheslines him! Jericho clubs JB down more, then hoists him up top. Jericho CHOPS JB, then climbs up to join him.

Jericho clubs JB over and over, then brings him up to the very top. JB holds on, fights back and GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down! JB adjusts, leaps, and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!! Jericho staggers up and LARIATS JB down! Jericho tags Hager back in, Hager drops big elbows down. Hager chicken wings the arms and cranks on JB but JB endures. Hager keeps shifting position to keep on the arm at different angles. JB resists so Hager just CLUBS him down! The crwod boos but JB kicks from the mat! JB throws haymakers, runs, sunset flips but Hager drags him up to toss him to a corner! JB dodges and Hager gets buckles! But Hager sucker punches Luchasaurus first! Hager drags JB away and tags in Jericho.

Jericho brings Floyd in but the ref warns him not to use it. Jericho doesn’t care but the ref stays in his way. Aubrey Edwards takes the bat, Jericho takes it back, and now Aubrey is in his face! She’s not having his crap so Jericho throws the bat away. Jericho goes back to JB and drags him up for a back suplex! Jericho drags JB back up, but JB cradle counters! TWO, and JB LARIATS Jericho back down! The crowd fires up for JB as he drags himself to ropes. Jericho anchors JB’s feet but JB enziguris him down! JB and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Hager and he intercepts JB! Hager knees JB against ropes over and over, but lets JB drop as the ref counts 4. Hager wraps JB up in a chinlock but JB gets the ropebreak. Hager drags JB from ropes but JB fights back, only for Hager to club him down.

Tag to Jericho and the Inner Circle double CHOP him at the ropes! They double whip, JB turns the double back drop into a DOUBLE DDT! All three men are down but the dinosaur is ready! JB crawls, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on Jericho, boots and BOOTS Hager! Luchasaurus CHOPS Jericho, CHOPS Hager, CHOPS Hager more, then whips Hager. Hager reverses, Luchasaurus comes back to LARIAT Hager! Luchasaurus grabs Hager by the throat, grabs Jericho, but they both break free. Luchasaurus handsprings under to come back with the TAIL WHIP! Jericho takes the hit, but Hager takes a ROUNDHOUSE! Luchasaurus drags Jericho up, fireman’s carries, EXTINCTION EVENT!

Hager grabs Luchasaurus for a POWERSLAM! JB springboard forearms Hager out of the ring! Jericho LARIATS JB, Stunt climbs up the corner! Santana and Ortiz protest but this only distracts the ref, Stunt missile dropkicks Jericho! Luchasaurus SUPERKICKS Jericho down! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus roars and drags Jericho up but Jericho slips out. Jericho shoves, Luchasaurus runs him over, spinning BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Luchasaurus looms over him. Luchasaurus wants Jericho to stand but Santana lurks. JB runs and gets help from Luchasaurus to FLYING-RANA Santana onto Ortiz! Luchasaurus choke grips Jericho but Aubrey is busy with things on the outside. SERPENTICO has Floyd?! And he CRACKS Luchasaurus with it!! Is Serpentico now Inner Circle?!

Luchasaurus staggers into Jericho’s CODE BREAKER!! Cover, The Inner Circle wins!!

Winner: The Inner Circle, by pinfall

Serpentico hops in to help The Inner Circle stomp Luchasaurus. JB and Stunt get in but that’s still 5v2, there’s nothing they can do! Jericho scoop slams Stunt while Hager digs his knee into Luchasaurus’ chest! Serpentico climbs up top, Luchasaurus is in place, SHOOTING STAR! But that’s because Serpentico is really… SAMMY GUEVARA! The Spanish God has returned! The Inner Circle is back at full power and they stomp and club and kick the Jurassic Express over and over. But here comes Orange Cassidy! And Best Friends, of course. They run The Inner Circle off, and this just in from Tony Khan! It’ll be an EPIC 10-Man Tag, The Inner Circle VS Jurassic Express, Best Friends & Orange Cassidy! Will Freshly Squeezed and his allies finally shut down Le Champion and his cohorts?


My Thoughts:

A wild episode with a lot of great stuff to keep moving things along. Opening with the TNT Championship was a good move, and what a great surprise to see Eddie Kingston. That was a really good No Disqualification match, but naturally Cody wins to keep his streak going. He’s definitely making it to All Out with that title, and only then will it be a question if he retains. I wonder if Archer’s story of “frustration,” waiting around for AEW wrestlers to accept a match with him is a way of biding time until All Out to give us a rematch from Double Or Nothing. I wouldn’t mind seeing that. MJF is another possibility as he keeps his singles undefeated streak going, really taking it to Griff Garrison who finally gets a Dynamite match. MJF and Cody having history automatically adds to the match quality just on the story.

The Falls Count Anywhere Match between Bucks and Butcher-Blade was great stuff, much like when The Inner Circle had theirs with Kenny Omega and Matt Hardy. The escalator gag was hilarious, for one, and starting out in a kitchen where Butcher and Blade were doing their “other job” was a great choice. I did not expect them to go so hard by the time they actually went to the ring, Blade almost broke himself with that missed table crash. Ending it with double table spots was pretty risky but also incredible. Hangman has a real good match with Angels, Brodie’s appearance and promo was great, and I like that there’s more seeds sown on whether Omega and Hangman are sticking together. Next week’s tag title match will certainly be a pivotal one just on the story now and could go either way.

Speaking of tag matches, it’s great to know that the AEW Women’s Tag Division is happening sooner rather than later. I like that we’re getting a tournament that’s considered a “cup,” suggesting it might even become a tradition like the New Japan Cup or Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. However, why the “Deadly Draw” subtitle? Haven’t we gotten enough unnecessary subtitles to things from WWE right now? It’s little details like this that should show anti-WWE fans that AEW isn’t completely without it’s own weirdness. But the tournament is going to be great, and the teams that will arise should be rather interesting. As I said for AEW Dark, I’m definitely sensing Ivelisse and Diamante join up after their great match tonight. I am pleasantly surprised Diamante won, and she’ll have a really good match with Shida next week, but Shida will win and that will lead Diamante to team with Ivelisse.

Another great tag match is the Tornado Tag for Darby and Moxley against Cage and Starks. This is exactly what I was hoping for before things sort out on a championship story level. Moxley’s promo and Taz’s response/explanation were both great, and it clearly sets up the chance of a rematch for All Out. Starks’ involvement can also be used as a hurdle for Darby to get past before going after Cage, and more than likely for the FTW Championship. We got a great tag team main event tonight, too, though perhaps drawn out to fill for time. I’m curious as to why Hardy was watching this match while he’s supposed to be coaching Private Party. Inner Circle wins thanks to Sammy Serpentico, which is quite the surprise. I didn’t think Sammy’s suspension would fly by so fast but the 5v5 for next week is also going to be wild.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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