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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/22/20)

SATURDAY Night Dynamite!

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AEW Dynamite Coverage

AEW is on S-A, T-U-R, D-A-Y, NIGHT!

Don’t worry, you haven’t lost track of time! AEW Dynamite is on a Saturday and is going the extra mile! Who will win the Women’s Tag Team Tournament Finals and take the cup?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Private Party; FTR wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Butcher, The Blade & The Lucha Brothers VS The Natural Nightmares & Jurassic Express; The Natural Nightmares & Jurassic Express win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Elite VS The Dark Order’s Numbers 3, 4 and 5; The Elite wins.
  • Darby Allin VS Will Hobbs; Allin wins.
  • AEW Women’s Tag Team Tournament Finals: The Nightmare Sisters VS Ivelisse & Diamante; Ivelisse & Diamante win the inaugural AEW Women’s Tag Cup.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Brodie Lee; Brodie wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Private Party!

AEW was just waiting for the NBA to wrap it up before lighting the fuse! Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood really turned the locker room against them when they went after the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, except for Tully! Will Tully guide FTR to victory like he does Shawn Spears? Or will Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy get even on behalf of the living legends?

Cash and Quen start with the bell and tie up with knuckle locks. Cash tries to bring Quen over, manages to tag in Dax, but Quen gets away and Kassidy backs him up! The ref keeps things from getting out of hand and the teams go back to their corners. Tully gives FTR some tips before Dax and Quen circle. The crowd is on Private Party’s side but Dax gets the headlock. Dax grinds hard, Quen fights up and out, but Dax comes back to run him over. Things keep moving, Quen hurdles but Dax counters the hip toss with a hip toss. Quen boots him away then gets up to arm-drag Dax around! Dropkick! Cash runs in but gets a dropkick! Kassidy comes in, DOUBLE dropkicks!

The crowd fires up as FTR bails out to regroup with Tully. Tully cools FTR down as Quen waits. Cash wants the ref to see him use the tag rope as he tags Dax, but Dax is outside the ring! That’s not a legal tag! Quen goes after Dax, wrenches, but Dax rakes eyes! For a team that likes to #FollowTheRules, they love to bend those rules and find loopholes. Dax kicks Quen in the head then brings him to tag Cash. Quen gets fed to Cash’s knees! Cash toys with Quen, drags him up and around and throws a STIFF European Uppercut. Csah scoops and slams then tags Dax. Dax drops an elbow but misses! Quen wrenches, brings Dax over, tags Kassidy, and Kassidy kicks the arm! Kassidy wrenches, brings Dax around and tags Quen. Quen leap frogs to jam the arm!

Quen wrenches Dax and keeps him from Cash to tag Isiah back in. Kassidy climbs to drop an ax handle on the arm! Kassidy blows a kiss to Cash but Dax gets Kassidy’s arm. Kassidy wrenches Dax to shoulder breaker, then he tags Quen. Kassidy whips Dax, Cash misses the tag, atomic drop to enziguri for Dax! Then the sweep, and “SAY CHEESE!” Double stomps! The crowd is fired up as Quen covers, TWO! Quen hammerlocks Dax, Dax fights his way up but Quen spins Dax around. Dax pulls Quen to the corner but Quen fights FTR off! Quen elbows Cash down and then forearms Dax out of the ring! Quen wants to go out after Dax but the ref has him stay back. Quen still goes out the side and Dax says to leave him alone.

Dax goes around the way, slides in but Quen pursues. Cash tags in but Quen is ready for the sneak attack! Quen decks Cash but Dax tackles Quen and whips. Quen hops over but runs into a unique double clothesline! The ref reprimands but Cash blows a kiss back at Kassidy before he basement dropkicks Quen! Cash drags Quen up to CHOP! Quen gets some air but he uses that to his advantage and kicks back. Cash keeps on Quen and chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Cash lets up at 4 and Quen sputters. Dax pokes at Quen but the ref sees him. Dax stays back, Cash drags Quen up and bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Dax and FTR whip to drop toehold and elbow drop!

The crowd boos Dax as he scrapes Quen with his laces. Dax grinds Quen’s face on the ropes! The ref counts, Dax stops at 4, but he drags Quen back up to bump off buckles. CHOP! Dax drags Quen back up but has to keep him from Kassidy. Dax fish hooks Quen’s face then elbows him down! The ref reprimands but Dax just sneers. Dax drags Quen over and pulls him against the ropes! The ref counts, Dax pushes Quen down at 4, and then brings Quen back around to snapmare and wrap on a chinlock. Dax leans on Quen as he squeezes tight, but the crowd rallies up. Quen fights up, reaches, but Quen arm-drags free! Dax brings Quen around, Quen throws forearms and reaches, but Dax holds on.

Both men reach for their tag partners, Dax reels Quen in for a scoop but Quen slips out! Quen ducks, sleeper holds Dax, but Cash tags in! Cash sunset flips and Dax LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Cash keeps his cool as he kicks Quen toyingly. The crowd rallies, Cash wraps on another chinlock and thrashes Quen around. Cash puts as much weight as he can on Quen’s head but Quen endures. Quen fights up as the crowd rallies. Quen slips around and back suplexes Cash down! Both men crawl for their corners, tag to Dax! Dax intercepts Quen and brings him away to throw him out of the ring! Tag to Cash and Cash LEAPS, but he only gets railing as Quen moves! Quen gets back in the ring, Cash gets in to tag Dax, but Kassidy gets the tag, too!

Kassidy rallies on Dax with big clotheslines! Cash gets one, too! Kassidy fires off forearm “Shots! Shots!” on Dax! Dax shoves, Kassidy dodges to springboard stunner Cash! Kassidy boots Dax away, slips out and dodges Cash to SUPERKICK! Kassidy enziguris Dax, then slingshots for a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Kassidy grows frustrated but he drags Dax back up. Dax blocks the suplex to suplex Kassidy instead, but Kassidy uses ropes to spring and slip around. Dax standing switches, Quen tags in before the O’Conner, and then springboard crossbodies! Cover, TWO!! Quen is shocked but Dax escapes! Quen drags Dax back up but Cash trips up Kassidy! Quen DECKS Cash for that, but Dax rolls Quen. Quen slips out, body scissor clutch, TWO!!

Dax scoops but Quen cradle counters, TWO!! Quen trips Dax to jackknife cover, TWO as Dax bridges up! Dax spins Quen around to a backslide, TWO! Quen is up, Dax tags Cash and whips Quen. Leap frog and hurdles, then back the other way, Cash SPINE BUSTERS Quen! Cover, Kassidy breaks it! The crowd is fired up as everyone but Dax is down. Dax stalks Kassidy and drags him up. Kassidy throws Dax out hard, then slingshots for the PLANCHA! But Tully saves Dax and Kassidy hits the floor! The crowd boos Tully but Cash grabs Quen to POST him! Tag to Dax, FTR coordinates and Quen rides the GOODNIGHT EXPRESS!! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

Cash and Dax are 6-0 in AEW and looking even strong than ever! Will Tully lead FTR to championship glory?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“The MJF campaign. Very amusing.” Fun for TV. MJF has said and will say a lot of bad things about Moxley, but Moxley’s used to that kind of stuff. Moxley’s an easy target. MJF missed the obvious targets, though. MJF should talk to Moxley’s wife, she’s got a two page list or something. But none of that bothers Moxley. Moxley does have to say, the people that feel the need to talk about themselves all the time just rub Moxley the wrong way. Where Moxley’s from, the toughest guys don’t have to say much. They don’t hide behind words. MJF talks a lot, so Moxley wonders if MJF is hiding something. MJF thinks he’s the future of the business, and Moxley would be “hard pressed” to disagree.

Moxley will admit MJF is talented. “So sickly talented in every way.” MJF says he’ll lead AEW for the next 25 years, and Moxley hopes that’s true. This company deserves to succeed for decades into the future, and Moxley wants MJF to be that man he says he is. Moxley can’t go another 25 years. Not the way he feels getting up in the morning. He maybe has 18 months. Moxley wants MJF to fulfill all that potential, and surely MJF will, when he moves out of his parents’ basement and lose his virginity, then he will become AEW World Champion. But that isn’t happening September 5th. Moxley will beat the hell out of MJF on September 5th. Moxley will kick him so hard, headbutt him over and over to split MJF’s skull with his skull. Moxley will drop MJF on top of that skull.

When MJF’s lungs are burning with exhaustion, when they’re in the fire fight deep in the game, Moxley will be in heaven while MJF will look for a way out. And then the whole world will find out what MJF has been hiding. Will Moxley expose MJF when these two go All Out?

 

AEW hears MJF’s response.

“Genghis Khan. Castro. Napoleon. All these men were homicidal maniacs, and they all pale in comparison to Dictator Jon.” Last week, Moxley attacked from behind “like a gutless coward.” Guess Moxley’s too afraid of MJF to try from the front. Moxley doesn’t realize that his “unwarranted actions have consequences.” Just look at the state MJF is in. Some day, MJF wants to have a family, with kids. And he’d like to play with his kids. “Papa! Papa! Can we play a game of catch?” No, son, we can’t. Dad’s in too much pain. And that’s on Moxley! The Paradigm Shift isn’t a wrestling move, it’s an ABOMINATION! Shouting like that hurts MJF’s neck. Wardlow helps him stay upright and MJF’s lawyer takes over.

“Mr. Friedman really wanted to do this all on his own, but I’m going to have to continue, we have very important business to conduct here today.” Mark Sterling says that we need to put on record that the Paradigm Shift, aka the double underhook DDT, is a dangerous move, and according to health professionals Sterling talked to in the past week, “Possibly deadly.” That move almost ended MJF’s career, “and the jury’s still out.” If Moxley can come out and end anyone’s career whenever he wants, who is next? Wardlow? The guy who gives MJF his gum? Nina and her beautiful smile? No. Think about your loved ones. That’s why last week, there is a petition calling for the banning of Moxley’s Paradigm Shift. We have five MILLION signatures! That’s five MILLION people who care about the future of this business.

So Sterling’s law firm, which he does not name, drew up this contract. This contract specifically states that the Paradigm Shift is BANNED from the coming AEW World Championship match at All Out between Moxley and MJF. All Moxley has to do is sign it. Why wouldn’t he sign it? He’s a man of the people, a fighting champion and a badass. Why would a badass need one move to beat one man? Frankly, if Moxley doesn’t sign it, they’ll sue Moxley’s ass so hard, he’ll have to part his hair to poop! Don’t test Sterling or his law firm! They’ve never lost and they aren’t going to start now! They’ll take Moxley’s money, house and cars, and just when he thinks he has nothing left, MJF will take the title. The ball is in Moxle’s court now. Will Moxley agree to give up his most powerful move just to shut MJF up?

 

8 Man Tag: The Butcher, The Blade & The Lucha Brothers VS The Natural Nightmares & Jurassic Express!

Andy Williams, Braxton Sutter, Pentagon Jr and Rey Fenix is a combination we’ve seen be very effective as recently as Super Wednesday’s edition of AEW Dark. But we also saw on Dark that things are getting tense between the two teams. Will they be able to stick together against a fresh combination like Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus?

The teams don’t sort out as Butcher, Blade and Lucha Bros just attack! The Natural Nightmares and Jurassic Express are all kicked out of the ring and the crowd boos. The Lucha Brothers get help with double whips so they can both FLY and take out their opponents! Pentagon and Fenix get up and fire up as they bring QT up. Fenix CHOPS, Pentagon CHOPS, then put QT in the ring. Blade runs in to BOOT QT in the corner, then Butcher adds a splash! Blade CHOPS then feeds QT to a LARIAT! QT sits up in a daze but Butcher suplexes him up. QT slips out, shoves Butcher into Blade and that sends them both into Pentagon and Fenix! QT then dodges Butcher to handspring ENZIGURI!

The crowd fires up as QT pops Blade up to ROCK with that right! QT aims at the Lucha Bros but Butcher CLUBS his slingshot down! Butcher clubs away, waistlocks, but QT throws him into ropes. Fenix SHORYUKENS QT at the ropes, Pentagon slides to enziguri! Butcher brings QT back up, tag to Blade, and they double back suplex! QT lands on his feet to tag in Dustin! The Natural fires off big hands on both Butcher and Blade! Dustin whips Blade to clothesline! And arm-drag! And another mar-drag! Dustin has the armlock and grinds Blade down. Dustin drags Blade up, wrenches and snapmares to drop a leg on the arm! Dustin drags Blade back up, Blade powers out and Butcher gets a cheap shot! Dustin uppercuts Butcher for that, then ROCKS Blade!

Blade distracts the ref, claiming something’s wrong with his throat but that’s just so Butcher and Fenix can drag Dustin out for a mugging! Pentagon adds on as the crowd protests. The ref reprimands the three and Butcher puts Dustin in for Blade. Blade chokes Dustin at the ropes, tags Butcher in, and they bring Dustin up to double headbutt! Butcher drags Dustin up, whips him to a corner hard, and Dustin hits buckles to hit the mat. Butcher stands on Dustin but stops at the ref’s count. Butcher drags Dustin up, whips him into the corner, and tags Pentagon. Pentagon wrenches an arm and KICKS Dustin’s leg! And KICKS it again!

Pentagon taunts QT and Jurassic Express before he KICKS Dustin’s leg again. Pentagon brings Dustin around, tags Fenix, and Fenix springboards and spins to drop an ax handle. Fenix taunts QT and Jurassic Express before he kicks Dustin to ropes. Fenix has Dustin on the ropes with a choke and an arm wrapped around the rope. The ref counts, Fenix lets up and AEW goes picture in picture, #BBLBvsNNJE.

Fenix taunts QT and Jurassic Express, the ref is busy with them and this gives Blade an opening to choke Dustin on the ropes! Pentagon gets his cheap shots in while Fenix keeps taunting QT and Jungle Boy. Pentagon drops an elbow on the leg and Fenix drags Dustin up to club him down. Dustin throws uppercuts but Fenix fires off body shots and a CHOP! Fenix brings Dustin around to whip to ropes. Dustin stops and clubs Fenix back! Dustin staggers up but Fenix tackles him at the ropes! Dustin flops out of the ring, Fenix distracts the ref again and Blade jumps down to stomp Dustin! The crowd protests, but the ref is too busy keeping Dustin’s team at their corner!

Pentagon drags Dustin up to BUZZSAW kick! The crowd jeers Pentagon but he just waves his hand dismissively. Fenix goes out and fetches Dustin into the ring to club him down. Fenix clamps onto Dustin with an armlock but Dustin endures. Fenix clubs Dustin, the crowd rallies up and Dustin fights his way up. Fenix clubs Dustin back, waistlocks and knees him low, then whips him to ropes. Dustin stops himself to uppercut Fenix! Fenix kicks the clothesline away to spin and ROUNDHOUSE Dustin down! Cover, TWO! Fenix drags Dustin back up, whips him to the corner, but Dustin uses that to hit Butcher and Blade down!

Dustin boots Fenix and uppercuts Pentagon but Fenix runs back. Dustin tosses Fenix up and over and out of the ring! Fenix crashes, Dustin flops, but Blade tags in. Blade hurries to intercept Dustin, only to get a spinning powerslam! Both men are down, the crowd rallies up and AEW returns to single picture. Dustin and Blade get up, hot tags to Pentagon and Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus clobbers Pentagon, BOOTS Butcher, and JB DIVES to clip Butcher into barriers! Luchasaurus CHOPS Pentagon, Fenix flies in but get a kick and a whip for a boot! JB returns to DIVE onto Fenix! Fenix hits barriers hard and almost lands on the Metro Brothers. Oh hey, the Metro Brothers are in AEW?!

Luchasaurus BOOTS Blade down, JB FLIES out onto both Blade and Butcher! Pentagon still says Cero Miedo, but gets a TAIL WHIP for it! Choke grip, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus keeps his cool as Butcher gets in. butcher ducks the roundhouse to run Luchasaurus over! Butcher keeps moving, Luchasaurus kips up and collides with Butcher! Both men stagger, Butcher spins but the buzzsaw is caught! Blade this a STUNNER! Butcher hits a SHINING WIZARD!? Blade runs into QT’s shoulder, QT slingshots to forearm Butcher! QT dropkicks Blade, and hits a CUTTER on Butcher!

Fenix returns, QT dodges but Fenix tiger feints and rewinds to HEEL KICK! Pentagon adds a SLING BLADE on QT! JB shoulders Pentagon, up and away with the springboard DDT! JB dodges Fenix but gets a dropkick! Dustin runs at the Lucha Bros, Pentagon back drops but Dustin uses that to give Fenix a DESTROYER! JB returns but Pentagon is ready for him! Back kick and the package, but where is someone to help? Blade is up top, they are off sync and that upsets Pentagon. Tag with that shove and Blade argues with Pentagon. JB waits as the two shove more, he rolls Blade up!! Jurassic Express and Natural Nightmares win!!

Winners: Jurassic Express & Natural Nightmares, by pinfall

Pentagon didn’t even try to help Blade! And Blade knows it, so he shoves Pentagon again! They keep shoving, Butcher and Fenix step in while the other teams celebrate. That partnership broke down after all, and Eddie Kingston barges out? Kingston wants everyone to chill, and asks what’s going on. “We were out on the indies, we were suffering, and now we’re on TNT!” They know drama, but why is there drama here? Why aren’t Blade and Butcher tag champs? Why aren’t the Lucha Brothers tag champs? They’re all better than any other tag team here! Hey, chill, guys, c’mon. The only reason they lost is because they were divided. No more!

Kingston says the Butcher is one of the baddest men in the company, yet he’s going to argue like a child? The same goes for Pentagon being the craziest luchador in the world. He should be knocking dudes out! Kingston and Blade especially, they traveled the world together for years. They’ve paid all the dues and understand the only one left is death. “So what’re we doing here?!” And yes, Fenix, you, too. Kingston loves and respects Fenix, because he is one of the greatest luchadors ever. They are going to take over. But not if they’re all divided. Walk with Kingston, and everything they want will be theirs. Real talk, real life, let’s hug. They group hug, but Kingston winks? Is he helping these four or using these four?

 

AEW hears from Britt Baker.

“Hi, guys! Dr. Bri-” Wait, what is that sound? What is that sound?! Rebel/Reba doesn’t know, but we see it’s Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford making out. Guys, c’mon, you’re in the gym! Kip pretends he was just doing his curls. 69… thousand! Stop. It’s cute and all, yes, because Britt loves love, but as a dentist, she has to inform them of the risks. “Streptococcus mucus is the number one cavity causing bacteria, and how is it transmitted? Human saliva, which you’ve been exchanging a lot lately.” But Britt can help! She’s a role model and is going to give them “couples special” of free dental care for one whole year. All she needs from them is a little help with something minor. It’s Big Swole and her obsession with Britt.

Swole signed the contract for a match with Britt, but didn’t state what kind of match. Ler’s make Big Swole put her money where her big mouth is and make it a handicap match! Britt and Rebel invite Penelope to join the team. To sweeten the deal, Rebel can do Penelope’s make-up for a year for free. Free? Shut up, Reba. Penelope is in for that! The deal is struck, but will Britt really be able to hide behind her assistant and the Superbad Girl so easily?

 

AEW returns to Tony Schiavone in the ring.

Tony introduces a man coming off what is the biggest win in his career. It’s Orange Cassidy! Freshly Squeezed got even with Chris Jericho in their epic rematch, and now he and Best Friends head down to the ring to join Tony. Cassidy shoulder leans on Tony and Tony congratulates him on the win. Cassidy being a man of very, very few words, he just looks around at the cheering fans. Before he thinks of anything to say, Chris Jericho appears! The Demo God has a mic and has finally given up on the orange juice stained jacket as he paces on stage.

“Forgive my interruption, but I know that Orange is a man of few words, and I wanted to get a few words in first, and those words are this. Congratulations, Orange Cassidy, for beating me last week on Dynamite.” That’s a surprise. Jericho says it’s rare that someone beats Jericho here in AEW. Jericho has only been pinned 3 times since October 2nd, 2019, the very first episode. One of those times was to Cassidy, the guy who puts his hand sin his pockets. And while that seems embarrassing on the surface, deep down Jericho is actually proud of Orange. Cassidy proved he’s learning from Jericho, and proved to the haters that he has what they say he doesn’t: heart, desire, courage and “what it takes to be a superstar here in AEW.” And for that, Jericho applauds Cassidy.

As a matter of fact, Jericho wants to toast Cassidy. But before that, there’s something “stuck in my craw,” and that’s as it stands, the series is 1-1. That means they need to have a tiebreaker! The crowd agrees, and Jericho says they can have the third match in the ring, which they’ve done and done well. But Jericho wants to take things to a different level. Considering Jericho is the man behind “one of the greatest gimmick matches of all time, involving a briefcase and a ladder,” Jericho wants something special. His idea is based on the two of them. Cassidy loves orange juice, Jericho loves the bubbly. So it just makes sense for them to have this tiebreaker to find out who the better man really is, in Jericho’s newest creation: The Mimosa Mayhem Match.

Now, obviously you are wondering what kind of match that is. And maybe this will answer your questions. A promotional video is already made up to advertise it as part of All Out! “On September 5th, revenge will be served freshly squeezed in the first-ever… Mimosa Mayhem Match! What will happen when 80 gallons of 100% pure orange juice is mixed at ringside with 500 cases of A Little Bit of the Bubbly?” The only way to win is by pinfall, submission, or ring-out into a tank of mimosa! The mastermind, Jericho, has done it again! The Demo God of AEW proudly presents the Mimosa Mayhem! You’ll have to see it to believe it!

So there you go, Cassidy. Never been seen anywhere before. The only ways to win are pinfall, submission, or dunked into an 80 gallon vat of juice and bubbly. That’s a moneymaking match that the world will want to see! So what is Cassidy’s answer? Does he accept the challenge for Jericho VS Cassidy III, Mimosa Mayhem? Cassidy gives a thumbs up! Jericho says Cassidy made the right decision. Now, a toast! But of course, Jericho needs his friends to join them. The Inner Circle comes out with bottles of the bubbly and they flank the ring. Jericho says it’s just a toast. They don’t want to be rude. Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz get on the apron, and here’s to Cassidy. They chug, and then attack!

Best Friends and Cassidy are mugged 5v3 and Hager SPINE BUSTERS Trent! Chuck gets mugged by Santana and Ortiz, then Sammy feeds Cassidy to the JUDAS EFFECT! Cassidy is in a daze, but they’re not done with him! Hager drags Cassidy up and he’s upside down, for them to pour bubbly all over! “You look thirsty!” Cassidy is getting drenched with champagne! Jericho SLAPS Cassidy and the Inner Circle all flip him off. Will Jericho get even for his $7000 jacket by dumping Cassidy into a tank of mimosa? Or will Cassidy force Jericho to drown his sorrows at All Out?

 

Six Man Tag: The Elite VS The Dark Order’s Numbers 3, 4 and 5!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks once again join forces against Alex Reynolds, John Silver and Alan Angels as the battle for AEW heats up! Will the Elite OG crunch the Numbers? Or will the Beaver Boys and Angels prove they were right to #JoinDarkOrder?

The trios sort out and Nick Jackson starts with Angels. They tie up, Nick wrenches to a wristlock but Angels slips through to wrench back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and break free to then dropkick Angels down! Angels goes to the ramp, Nick shoulders him then slingshots up and over to spin. Angels ducks the roundhouse, uses the steps to get air, but Nick blocks the huricanrana to bring Angels up. Angels slips out of a bomb but walks into a back elbow! Nick uses the ropes to spring up but Angels jump back into the ring. Nick just springboards again for a flying arm-drag! Nick sweeps the legs to wrench the arm again.

Angels pulls hair and backs Nick down. Angels whips, Matt tags in before Angels hurdles Nick. Nick waistlocks, Angels switches, but Nick spins around for Matt to slingshot arm-drag Angels away! The Bucks double dropkick Angels, then dropkick the Beaver Boys! The crowd fires up as Angels is in a corner. Matt runs in but Angels boots him away. Angels runs into Matt’s Northern Lights suplex! The Polar Express takes off, but the Beaver Boys stop it a few stops short. They go after Matt, reel him in, but he DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS them away! Tag to Nick, Nick tags Omega. The Bucks whip Angels, double elbow him down then roll him for a wheelbarrow.

Omega CHOPS Angels, Nick back kicks, then they combine for a wheelbarrow cutter Kotaro Krusher combo! Omega covers, but the Beaver Boys break it! The Bucks throw the Beavers out, then aim for DOUBLE PLANCHAS! Omega has Angels to wrench and CHOPS Angels off his feet! Omega brings Angels up to CHOP off his feet again! And again! Omega fireman’s carries Angels, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” Rolling senton hits, but Silver anchors the moonsault! Angels clubs Omega low, then shoves Omega down to the outside! Reynolds has a chair and while Angels distracts the ref, Silver BOOTS the chair into Omega! The Numbers set the chair on Omega’s chest and Angels LEAPS to DOUBLE STOMP the chair into Omega!

The Bucks come out to help Omega but Silver kicks Matt to then suplex him up. Reynolds builds speed in the ring, and DIVES for a tope suicida BRAIN BUSTER! Reynolds feeds Omega to Angels for a cover, TWO! Angels keeps on Omega and drag shim to a corner. Tag to Silver and the Numbers mug Omega. Silver throws uppercuts then rams his shoulder into Omega. Silver headbutts Omega while the ref reprimands, and AEW goes picture in picture, #ELITEvsDO.

Silver forearms Omega then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Reynolds and he stomps Omega. Reynolds throws forearms, whips Omega to ropes, and then elbows Omega down! Cover, TWO! Reynolds steps on Omega’s face then chokes him on the ropes! He stops at the ref’s count, but Angels gets a cheap shot in! Omega gets to an open corner, Reynolds drags him up to put him back in the Dark Order corner. Tag to Angels and he RAMS into Omega. Angels throws haymakers and stomps a mudhole but the ref counts. Angels stops at 4, tags Silver, and Silver adds his own stomps now. Silver drags Omega up, throws big forearms, then tags Angels back in.

Angels runs in to forearm smash Omega, then snapmares him down to a chinlock. Omega endures as Angels grinds him down. Omega fights up, fights back with body shots, but Angels knees low! Angels whips, Omega reverses but Angels slips out of the tilt-o-whirl to kick, kick and enziguri! Angels handsprings back up as Omega flops to a corner. Angels climbs up top, takes aim and leaps, but Omega moves! Omega runs and CLOBBERS Angels with the lariat! Omega crawls to his corner, Angels crawls to his corner, hot tags to Nick and Reynolds! Nick dodges and fires off his kick combo! Roundhouse, back kick, spinning roundhouse, then he runs at Reynolds in a corner. Reynolds elbows Nick first away as AEW returns to single picture.

Reynolds hops up but Nick mule kicks his legs out! Reynolds is stuck, Nick runs at Angels but is put on the apron. Nick enziguris Angels away, springboards away from Silver to dumdum stomp Angels down, then somersaults to give Reynolds a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! The crowd is thunderous as Nick tags Matt. Nick Penalty Kicks Silver from the apron! Matt whips Reynolds, Reynolds reverses but Matt goes up and over for Nick to SHINING WIZARD! Then the Bucks coordinate, bulldog dropkick combo for Reynolds! The Bucks fire up with the crowds and Matt drags Reynolds up. Matt whips Reynolds to a corner, tags Nick and then Nick tags Omega.

Nick whips Matt at Reynolds for a BIG forearm! Nick runs in to clothesline! Omega runs in but misses! The Bucks are dragged out by Silver and Angels, then thrown into barriers! Silver clotheslines Omega! Angels adds a forearm! Reynolds clotheslines then whips Omega to the other corner for Silver to ROUNDHOUSE! Silver feeds Omega to Reynold’s rolling elbow! Silver enziguris and Reynolds STUNNERS Omega into Silver’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover then jackknife cover, TWO!! Omega survives and the Numbers can’t believe it! But Silver and Angels play defense as Reynolds drags Omega up. Reynolds gets Omega in the Canadian rack, but Omega slips off to elbow back!

Omega gives Silver a SNAP DRAGON! Angels runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Reynolds swings a clothesline but Omega boots it away, to then V-TRIGGER Reynolds down! Tag to Matt! Matt coordinates with Nick on Reynolds, gut wrench, but Silver disrupts the springboard! The Beaver Boys each have a Buck, Silver TOMBSTONES Nick, and then Reynolds TOMBSTONES Matt onto Nick! Nick rolls out, Reynolds tags Angels and Angels is up top. FLYING DOUBLE STOMPS for Matt!! Cover, Omega breaks it! Omega fires off on Angel for that Coup de Grace but the ref has to pull him off. Omega isn’t legal so he has to go to the corner. But while the ref is distracted, Silver uses wrist tape to CHOKE Matt!!

Matt flails, but he fights against the mugging! He arm-drags and SUPERKICKS Silver! Nick comes back as Angels boots Matt. Angels hops up and QUEBRADAS INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Nick tags Omega then goes up and FLIES out onto the Beaver Boys! The Bucks and Omega coordinate on Angels, ELITE INDIETAKER!! But they’re not done yet, Omega brings Angels up for the Electric Chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, The Elite wins!!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall

Victory is sweet, but wait, why is Omega getting a chair? Omega brings the chair into the ring and sets it up upside down. He drags Angels back up but Matt moves the chair before the POWERBOMB! What is wrong with Omega that he wants to destroy Angels?! The Bucks cool Omega off and he says he’s fine. Is that true? Is Kenny Omega (not) okay?

 

Backstage interview with Tully Blanchard and FTR.

Alex Marvez says that on the special Thursday Night Dynamite next week, there will be a Tag Team Gauntlet Match to determine the #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships! The winners will challenge Hangman Page and Kenny Omega at All Out on September 5th! And we already know the order! We start with the #4 ranked Natural Nightmares, Dustin and QT, against the #3 ranked Young Bucks! And the winners of that will face the #2 ranked Best Friends, and then the winners of that match-up go up against FTR, the now #1 ranked team!

So a two-part question for Cash and Dax. First: What are their thoughts on the Tag Gauntlet? Second: What is the new relationship between FTR and Tully? First, Cash answers the second part. FTR wants to be the best, and Tully says to be the best, you need the gold. So to be the best, they will learn from the best. And Tully says that’s the point. It is about going from “almost the best,” stepping over the threshold, and becoming THE best. Everyone will look up at them, and that is where FTR is destined to go. And it doesn’t matter who makes it to through those first two matches, those teams will have to take on FTR, and FTR will be fresh and “on them like white on rice.” Then it’ll just be September 5th, title match. That is the path FTR will walk.

Dax says FTR is the pinnacle of tag team wrestling today. But Hangman come sin and asks FTR what the hell about last week with the attack on Rock ‘n’ Roll Express! FTR try to calm Hangman down and give him a new beer. FTR and last week, that has nothing to do with Hangman. That’s personal business, all business. But Rock ‘n’ Roll Express came to Tag Team Appreciation Night, FTR wanted to honor them, but they turned their backs on FTR and disrespected them. FTR did what they had to do. As far as faking the knee even before that, Dax had to, because after the last 7-and-a-half years of what The Elite has been saying about FTR, Dax had to test them. Dax had to see if he could trust The Elite, and if he could trust Hangman. Hangman passed because he came with Dax backstage.

Now, the gauntlet is coming. It has Best Friends, who could win. It has the Natural Nightmares, who could win. But it also could be the Young Bucks, who Hangman and Omega have already beaten. When Hangman did, he stepped out of their shadow and became his own man. But what happens if the Bucks win the gauntlet, face Hangman and Omega again, but win? Hangman goes right to where he was, in their shadow. The most important thing to FTR right now is winning the gauntlet to go to All Out to face and wrestle a man that they have the utmost respect for, with the AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line, and that man is Hangman. A toast for good luck. Tully says to #FearTheRevelation. But will all be revealed come September 5th?

 

Darby Allin VS Will Hobbs!

The undead daredevil is back on Dynamite and he’s raring to go. He’s heard Ricky Starks’ warning, will Darby’s actions send a message back?

The second Darby gets in the ring he shotgun dropkicks Hobbs out of the ring! Darby then slingshots to the apron, slingshots back in as Hobbs swipes at him, then runs and DIVES to tope him into the railing! Darby throws off the jacket to put Hobbs back in. The ref has Darby wait and checks on Hobbs. Hobbs glares at Darby and the bell rings as he runs at Darby in the corner! Darby boots back, hops up and leaps, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs tosses Darby up but Darby lands on his feet! Darby chop blocks Hobbs then whips. Hobbs blocks it with his power, and grins as he whips Darby instead. Hobbs sends Darby flying with that BIG back drop!

Hobbs drags Darby from the ropes, hauls him right up to slam him right down! Darby gets to an apron, Hobbs says, “I need this!” Hobbs clobbers Darby in the corner and throws big body shots. The ref backs Hobbs off, but Hobbs comes back to yank Darby right up! Darby lands hard, Hobbs covers, TWO! Hobbs grows frustrated with Darby and repeats, “I need this!” Hobbs wants his first win so he can be part of AEW, but Darby CHOPS him! Hobbs shrugs it off so Darby CHOPS again. Hobbs knees low, dares Darby to get back up, but Darby slips under, only to run into a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and Hobbs grows further frustrated.

Hobbs drags Darby up, scoops him and carries him around, but Darby fights back! Darby flips over for the throwback STUNNER! Darby runs and springboards to trust fall body check! Hobbs is down, Darby climbs up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

The Embodiment of Willpower couldn’t conquer Darby, but Taz talks some smack from commentary. “Team Taz is flourishing. The Machine, Brian Cage, FTR World Champion. Ricky Starks… You know Ricky well.” But there’s a NEW member of Team Taz! The newest member is going to show up right now. And guess what? He’s also named Darby. What is Taz talking about? This is a bigger and better looking Darby. It’s Darby Starks! AKA Ricky Starks doing a cheesy cosplay and imitation of Darby. “Darby… It’s not every day you can live your dreams. But it’s every day that I live my nightmares.” That’s why no one likes Darby. But the two things Darby likes are skateboarding, and turtles. “And being reckless, and jumping on a man’s back, shredding him open with thumbtacks because… Life is a joke. Ha. Ha. Ha.”

Darby is so busy looking at Starks that he doesn’t see Cage sneak in from the crowd! Cage CLOBBERS Darby with the FTW belt! Starks gets in the ring now and shouts, “You wanna play with me, Darby, huh?!” Starks washes off the face paint on his own face as he says, “That’s what you are!” Darby is a JOKE, a CLOWN! The difference here is that Starks doesn’t need face paint to be somebody! He IS somebody! He is ABSOLUTE! Starks is always going to be better than Darby in every single way! Life is a joke, and Darby’s the biggest joke of all! And then Cage holds Darby up for Starks to JAM the skateboard into Darby’s chest! Starks climbs up and Cage keeps Darby down, as Starks steals the Coffin Drop! Taz gloats over how great his guys are, but is this enough to keep Darby down?

 

Sammy Guevara returns to the stage.

The Spanish God has his cue cards while AEW goes picture in picture. “Dear Matt. I want to say I’m sorry. I’m sorry I put you out. I’m sorry you can’t catch chairs! I’m sorry Sammy is an idiot.” Wait what? Why is it in red, too? Because “Sammy is about to be… BROKEN!” Sammy just now notices his cards are changed. “Consider him… DELETED!” Uh oh. And then Matt Hardy SMACKS Sammy with a chair! Hardy jams Sammy again, then gives him another SMACK! Hardy grabs the last cue card to put it by Sammy’s face. Hardy then clubs away with furious fists, then grabs the chair again. But before we see what else Hardy is going to do to Sammy, AEW goes to break!!

AEW returns and Hardy looks at Sammy with wild eyes. Hardy brings the chair back up for another SMACK! Sammy writhes, Hardy makes sure he understands they’re going to finish this! Hardy drags Sammy up and throws him off the stage, through the timekeeper’s table!! Hardy walks down and says this is what it’s come to! Sammy stirs in the wreckage but Hardy brings out another chair! The referees hurry out but Hardy wants to use that chair to hit Sammy again! The refs talk Hardy down as others get Sammy away. “It’s not over until I END him!” Hardy and Sammy have not yet begun to fight! Who will survive when these two finally have it out in the ring?

 

AEW hears from the NWA Women’s Champion, Thunder Rosa!

“The fans have been asking for it. Social media has been asking for it. TNT and the AEW Women’s Division, not so much.” Thunder Rosa has heard Hikaru Shida’s open challenge. If you don’t know Rosa, let her introduce herself. Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa, from the NWA! She has come here to help Shida, and to help herself, to bring both of their women’s divisions to the next level! “To actually put it on the map and get the respect that we deserve!” So for All Out, Rosa isn’t here for scraps. She is here for the title! All Out, Rosa has a request. She speaks in Japanese, then translates “for all those that speak English and Spanish,” she is here for that championship and nothing else! Will Rosa become a dual promotion double champion!?

 

AEW Women’s Tag Team Tournament Finals: The Nightmare Sisters VS Ivelisse & Diamante!

Brandi Rhodes and Allie made it through Penelope Ford & Melanie Cruise, as well as Big & Lil Swole. La Sicaria and the Cuban Diamond made it through Rachel Ellering and Dasha as well as Anna Jay & Taynara Conti. But finally, the cup is on the line! Who makes history and be crowned the best women’s tag team in AEW?

The teams sort out, Dustin makes “Lil Brandi” and “Bran-Bran” fight, and Ivelisse starts against Brandi. Brandi and Ivelisse tie up, Brandi waistlocks but Ivelisse drops down to knee Brandi away. Ivelisse gets up, Brandi cools off and applauds Ivelisse. They circle again, tie up, and Ivelisse wrenches to a wristlock. Ivelisse kicks then wrenches more, but Brandi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Brandi reels Ivelisse in for a headlock, grinds Ivelisse, and hits a headlock takeover. Brandi rolls to bring Ivelisse to a ghost pin, TWO! Brandi poses and the crowd cheers but Ivelisse keeps her cool.

Ivelisse and Brandi tie up again, Ivelisse gets around to elbow Brandi back! Ivelisse kicks the legs then fires off palm strikes. Brandi tries to counter punch but Ivelisse blocks to kick the legs out and kick Brandi in the chest! Ivelisse drags Brandi up, wrenches and tags in Diamante. They mug Brandi with knees, then double hip toss her down! Cover, ONE! Brandi scrambles away and tags in Allie. Allie and Diamante circle, tie up and Allie kicks low. Allie bumps Diamante off buckles, throws big haymakers, then brings Diamante out for knees. Allie runs but Diamante waistlocks. Allie bucks her off, Diamante wheelbarrows and arm-drags Allie away! And then another arm-drag for an armlock!

Diamante thrashes Allie around, brings her up but Allie whips Diamante out of the ring! The crowd cheers as Allie taunts Ivelisse with “Kiss this!” Ivelisse and the ref argue, Diamante swipes at Brandi but Brandi jumps over to SUPERKICK Diamante down! The Nightmare Sisters are in control as AEW goes picture in picture, #AEWWomensCupFinals!

Brandi stomps Diamante and drags her up to put her in the ring. Brandi gets away with all that as Allie covers, TWO! Allie keeps on Diamante with a rain of right hands. Cover, TWO! Allie keeps her cool as she drags Diamante up. Allie TOSSES Diamante by her hair, then takes a bow. Diamante is in a corner, Allie stands on her head! The ref counts, Allie lets off at 4 and blows a kiss to Aubrey Edwards. Allie drags Diamante up to whip her into the Nightmare corner and stomp a mudhole in. Allie tags Brandi, Brandi adds her own stomps. Brandi stops as the ref counts 4 but Allie gets a cheap shot in. Brandi stomps more, tags Allie, and Allie taunts Ivelisse again.

Allie stomps Diamante more, brings Diamante up and throws forearms! Diamante ends up in the corner, Allie CHOPS her, then brings Diamante out for more forearms. Allie whips to clothesline Diamante down! Cover, TWO! Allie grows frustrated with Diamante and keeps her from Ivelisse. Allie brings Diamante up, tags in Brandi, and the Nightmare sister mug Diamante. Brandi bumps Diamante off buckles, and scrapes her face off ropes! The ref reprimands, Brandi apologizes, but Diamante elbows back! Diamante kicks back then runs, but Brandi follows to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!

Brandi drags Diamante away and whips her to the corner. Brandi runs in to elbow Diamante, and tags in Allie. Brandi rolls Diamante to SUPERKICK, then she sits Diamante up for Allie’s SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Allie drags Diamante around as AEW returns to single picture, and she RAMS Diamante into the corner! Allie puts Diamante up top, throws forearms, and climbs up to join her. Allie clubs Diamante, brings her to the very top but Diamante fights back! Diamante shoves Allie down, CHOPS Brandi and then boots Allie. Diamante gets Allie for a TORNADO SNAP SUPLEX! The crowd rallies, Diamante and Allie are both down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Brandi and Ivelisse!

La Sicaria rallies on the Nightmare Sisters! She hits Brandi with clothesline after clothesline, then catches Brandi for a jawbreaker to Complete Shot! Then STO! Cover, TWO!! Ivelisse drags Brandi up, tags in Diamante, and they double wrench Brandi. Brandi whips them into each other and DECKS Ivelisse! Diamante stands up to get a SPEAR! Hot tag to Allie! Allie has Diamante in the dragon sleeper, elbow drop DDT! Cover, Ivelisse breaks it! Diamante went Down The Rabbit Hole but Ivelisse saves the match! Brandi goes after Ivelisse but Ivelisse kicks and throws her out! Ivelisse goes back to her corner but Allie is after Diamante. Allie throws forearms then fireman’s carries, but Diamante fights free! Diamante shoves and UPPERCUTS Allie down!

Tag to Ivelisse, she and Diamante drag Allie up. QT distracts on the apron but Ivelisse DECKS him! Brandi gets in to kick Ivelisse and reel her in! Double underhooks, but Ivelisse back drops Brandi out ONTO QT! Allie staggers up and ROCKS Ivelisse with that right! Diamante runs at Allie and wheelbarrows for a STUNNER! Ivelisse snapmare rolls to KICK Allie down! High stack cover, Ivelisse and Diamante win!!

Winners: Ivelisse & Diamante, by pinfall (Women’s Tag Team Cup winners)

A HUGE victory over the team that at least saw themselves as the #1 seed. Madusa is here to be part of the presentation. Ivelisse and Diamante are given gold medals as well as bouquets of roses. Ivelisse and Diamante throw down the roses?! They’d rather hold up the flags of Cuba and Puerto Rico to show their Latin pride! Will that pride lead these two on to further incredible victories?

 

AEW sets things up for Thursday Night Dynamite!

First off, Chris Jericho joins commentary again! And of course, there’s the AEW Tag Team Gauntlet, winners move on to face Hangman Page and Kenny Omega for the titles at All Out! Then, after what we saw between them tonight and in weeks prior, Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara will settle things in a TABLES MATCH! And to get Moxley’s response to MJF’s litigation, it will be the AEW World Championship contract signing! We will see if Moxley gives up his Paradigm Shift to keep from losing everything else! Plus, the apparent 3v1 handicap of Britt Baker, Rebel/Reba and Penelope Ford VS Big Swole! The deck is stacked but can Swole beat the odds?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Brodie Lee!

The Elite thwarted The Dark Order earlier tonight in the 3v3, but this is going to be 1v1 as The American Nightmare defends his newly completed belt against The Exalted One. Mr. Brodie mockingly said that when he wins and takes that belt from Cody, he’ll gladly give Cody back the old, incomplete one as a consolation prize. Will Cody make Brodie eat those words in this Saturday Night Dynamite main event?

The introductions are made, the completed belt is raised, and this battle of leaders begins!

Cody and Brodie go right at each other and Cody kicks first! Cody fires off hands and stomps Brodie in a corner! Brodie shoves Cody away, then dropkicks him down! Brodie drags Cody up to scoop and throw out of the ring! Cody hits the floor, manages to get up but Brodie comes around to throw him into railing! Cody clutches his arm but Brodie runs int BOOT him over the railing! The crowd gets an even closer look at the action as Brodie busts through and chucks chairs! Brodie CLUBS Cody, then CHOPS him against the railing! And ROCKS him with a right! Brodie throws more chairs around to clear out space. Brodie follows Cody back to the ring and runs to back elbow him in the corner! HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX!

Brodie looms over Cody as the crowd boos. Brodie drags Cody up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cody manages to get up but Brodie reels him in. Cody slips up and over the powerbomb but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Cody staggers around, comes back but Brodie SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO! Brodie grins but seethes as he paces about. Coach Arn Anderson checks on Cody but Brodie brings Cody back up. POWERBOMB! Brodie seethes again as he just looms over Cody rather than covers. Brodie brings Cody up again, for ANOTHER POWERBOMB! And then he brings Cody up a third time, for the DISCUS!! Cover, Brodie wins?!

Winner: Brodie Lee, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

The Exalted One DECIMATED the “Prince of Pro-Wrestling,” and no one can believe it! Cody barely stirs and medics come out to check on him. As for Brodie, The Dark Order floods the ring to celebrate with their leader. Tony Schiavone gets in and says that was complete domination. Brodie brings down the straps as he says, “NOBODY thought we could do this! Nobody believed in the Dark Order! Nobody believed in Brodie Lee!” That includes Tony. Those people “created this monster,” and now Brodie is a problem for ALL of AEW! Brodie says with the TNT Championship comes power and comes the authority. The Dark Order is now on top!

Medics bring a backboard for Cody. Brodie did more damage to him than we realized. But Brodie keeps talking about how “people like you, executives like you, created me.” They held him down and didn’t give him a chance. But when he got his chance, what did he do? “I knocked it out of the damn park!” Tony can’t deny that. This is the new champion, Mr. Brodie Lee of the Dark Order. Cody is carried out of the ring on that backboard, Brodie tells Tony to leave the ring, and the Dark Order continues to celebrate. The Exalted One’s excitement aside, is Cody going to ever even wrestle again? Cody manages a thumbs up, but the Dark Order creeps closer. Arn fights them off only to get mugged 12 to 1!

Brodie SUPERKICKS and ROCKS Arn, then the Numbers clear out security and medics to wheel Cody back out!! Brodie dumps Cody and his stretcher over! The crowd boos but can’t do anything to stop this as the Dark Order blocks medics, security and referees at the entryways! Brodie uses a mysterious bag to CLOBBER Cody in the head! Brodie shows Arn the belt as he shouts, “You made me! People like you!” Brodie stands over Cody triumphantly as Cody’s own brother, Dustin, and friend, QT Marshall, are dragged out to join him!! When did they have time to attack the Natural Nightmares?!

Brandi hurries out to shield her husband but the damage is done. Anna Jay is there, and she goes after Brandi with a SLEEPER HOLD! The Star of the Show chokes out Brandi and Brodie laughs! Brodie tells her that she’s done her job, and now the entire Nightmare Family is at the Dark Order’s feet. And Brodie dumps out the contents of that bag to reveal what Cody got hit with! It’s the shattered pieces of the incomplete TNT Championship belt!! Cody was broken by his creation! “That belt’s yours. This one is mine!” AEW has entered a new era, a dark era. Will the Dark Order give the orders from now on?


My Thoughts:

Wow, quite the episode for this special Saturday episode. Though I’m sure it would’ve been this good even on Wednesday. We sure got a lot of tag team wrestling tonight but I suppose that’s the point. AEW really wants us to understand they’re big on tag team wrestling, and that message was very clear tonight. Opening right away with FTR and Private Party, that was a really good opener. FTR wins and moves right up to the #1 spot apparently. I’m not sure why AEW felt the need to announce an order of the gauntlet, but I suppose said order makes sense. It is made to look as if FTR is guaranteed their shot at the champs for All Out, but that likely means they don’t win. At the same time, FTR VS Omega and Page would be amazing, and could bring about the formation of that AEW Horseman faction, where either Hangman turns on Omega or Omega turns on Hangman.

Given the Six Man, I’m thinking Omega turns. The match was great stuff but Omega wanted to again destroy someone even after winning. Omega feels like he’s going to go full Heel, split off from The Elite, and he could be the surprise fourth man for Tully’s stable. FTR get the tag titles, Spears and Omega each go for the singles belts. Moxley has a good promo, MJF and his team have a good promo, and I like the twist in the story. Now, obviously as with everything MJF’s campaign team has done, the petition is fake as hell but the contract probably isn’t. Moxley will surely still sign it, but then he can use some other move of his to beat MJF. The contract signing segment might even be Moxley hitting one last Paradigm Shift before he has to put a hold on it.

Thunder Rosa calling Shida out on the open challenge is great stuff! And it’s a strong sign that AEW might be working closer with NWA for a time. It was already acknowledged that Ricky Starks was an AEW champion, maybe Rosa will be part-time in AEW to give us further crossover. Either way, Rosa and Shida are going to have an incredible match. And speaking of Starks, his segment with Cage and Allin was great stuff. Starks finally says what we were all thinking: Darby is the “I like turtles” kid. Darby got beat down but I’m pretty sure he’ll be just fine. This has to bring about an FTW Championship match for All Out, right? And speaking of, I love the idea Jericho has for his tiebreaker with Cassidy. But the fact there is a tank of mimosa as a way to win/lose, that has to give away that it’ll be a ring-out victory, not a pinfall or submission, right? It’d be a waste of orange juice and bubbly otherwise.

I think it’s pretty clever of Britt to bribe someone to do her dirty work. For one, it seems Britt isn’t going to be in any shape to compete on her own anyway, unless that itself is a ruse. I feel like that’d be a great way for Britt to get her win. She lets Penelope and Rebel do the heavy lifting, Swole looks to turn it around anyway, and then surprise! Britt’s been 100% all along! The Women’s Tag Cup Finals were great, and with Brandi and Allie claiming to be the reason for the tournament, Ivelisse and Diamante winning makes a lot of sense. And of course, that TNT Championship was the shocker to perfect effect! It isn’t that Brodie won, it’s that Brodie won handedly! Cody is broken down, his Nightmare Family gets beat up alongside him, and the Dark Order looks incredibly strong right now. I wonder if AEW will think to bring Blood & Guts out so Dark Order can take on The Elite/Nightmare Family in a huge blow-off.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/14/21)

Iron Mike is laying down the law!

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The fight to be AEW’s alpha faction is on the horizon!

Before Blood & Guts, Chris Jericho will battle Dax Harwood in a sampler of Inner Circle VS Pinnacle! But who wins when MIKE TYSON is watching closely?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Death Triangle; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
  • Red Velvet VS Jade Cargill; Cargill wins.
  • Anthony Ogogo w/ The Factory VS Cole Karter; Ogogo wins.
  • Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Chris Jericho w/ Sammy Guevara, Special Enforce Mike Tyson; Jericho wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Best Friends VS Amber Nova; Statlander wins.
  • Christian Cage VS ???; No Contest.
  • AEW TNT Championship Falls County Anywhere: Darby Allin VS Matt Hardy; Allin wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Young Bucks speak.

“Why did we do what we did last week?” That is to say, they turned on Jon Moxley to save Kenny Omega. “Simple: We chose friendship.” Moxley, thanks for pushing them over the edge. This isn’t just a club of friends throwing up a hand gesture, but a family that loves. And as for Don Callis, he was right about one thing: the Bucks changed. In-ring, they’re still the best damn tag team. But backstage, they felt like frauds. They took the paydays and were no longer hungry. They let others change the narrative and take credit for their work. Matt tells Nick that he’s no longer content. They need to bring back the old Bucks. Or rather, show the world a newer, better version of themselves. What will these new Young Bucks look like in tonight’s AEW Tag Team Championship match?

 

Mike Tyson speaks.

“Hi, I’m Mike Tyson. And I’m so delighted to be tonight’s enforcer for Jericho’s-” But MJF interrupts “Mikey, Michael, the Mikenator” to ask what’s going on. Tyson asks what he’s doing here, and MJF says sure, he might’ve been barely born when Tyson was on top, but MJF’s dad said Tyson was a big deal so kudos to him. But the Pinnacle are a little peeved with Tyson over last week. Well Tyson’s mad, too! Of course! He has every right to be! And if anyone understands better than MJF, they don’t exist. MJF gets the idea of keeping friends close and enemies closer. Jericho is Tyson’s enemy, and if there was any time to strike, it’s right now! No, Tyson’s enemy is right in front of him.

MJF wants Tyson to slow down a second. All MJF is saying, he doesn’t need to cheat in this scenario. All MJF wants is Tyson to be on the right side of history. The last thing MJF wants for Tyson is to have regrets after tonight. Looking at Tyson’s face, there’s already one. But this right here is a blank check! Just think about it. Tyson takes that check, rips it up, and chews it to spit it in MJF’s face! MJF says he’ll remember that! Will Tyson make sure The Pinnacle gets what’s coming to them?

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Death Triangle!

Matt & Nick promised to show us all a new side to them while still being THE best tag team in the world today! But will The Bastard & The Firebird ruin all of that right here to open Dynamite?

One thing that’s new is that they have Don Callis with them! The ring gear is of course new, as are the streamers flying through the air as opposed to Young Buck Bucks. The introductions are made as Callis joins commentary, the belts are raised and we begin to see if the new Bucks can prevent new champions from being crowned!

PAC and Matt start and circle as fans rally. They tie up, Pac powers Matt to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Pac pats Matt on the shoulder and Matt smirks as they reset. Matt and Pac tie up, Pac waistlocks, Matt switches but so does Pac. Matt drop toeholds, floats to facelock but Pac slips out to facelock back. Matt slips out to facelock but Pac wrenches out. Matt flips, kips up and wrenches to a wristlock. Pac uses ropes to flip through, wrench and headlock to the takeover! Matt headscissors, Pac kips free and he hits another headlock takeover, only for Matt to headscissor again. Again, Pac kips free but now Matt reverses the roles with his own headlock takeover.

Pac headscissors, Mat kips free and waves in Pac’s face. They go forehead to forehead, and Matt backs off, but to the wrong corner. Old habits die hard since he’s used to being on that side of the ring. Fenix laughs at Matt but Matt gets past Pac to tag out to Nick. Pac tags in Fenix and fans fire up as we see these two go again! Fenix and Nick approach, Fenix gets around to waistlock and ripcord but Nick waistlocks. Nick avoids elbows but not the trip up. Things speed up, Fenix handsprings over but Nick BOOTS him down! Nick goes to the apron, baits Fenix in, Nick backflips while Fenix tiger feints! Nick slides in as Fenix moonsaults out!

Matt gets moving, too, Fenix gets in but Nick sends Fenix to the ropes. Fenix tiger feints again but Nick avoids the heel kick! Fenix whips Nick, Nick slips around to arm-drag! Nick avoids the dropkick, Fenix avoids one now, and both men see the other ready to dropkick again, so they both stop right there. But then Nick CLOBBERS Fenix with a clothesline! The top teams in the rankings are in the crowd watching, from Jurassic Express and Best Friends to SoCal Uncensored and the Hardy Family Office’s Butcher & Blade. Nick drags Fenix over, tags Matt in, and the Bucks bring Fenix up to double whip. Nick back drops but Fenix uses that to RANA Matt!

Things speed up, Fenix springboards to FLYING HEADBUTT Nick! Pac gets in as the Bucks bail out, and he FLIES to take Matt out with a Fosbury Flop! Fenix DIVES to take Nick out into barriers! Fans fire up for Death Triangle as Fenix puts Matt back in. Fenix CHOPS Matt, pushes him down and ROCKS him with a forearm to the back of the head! Fenix scoops and SLAMS, then tags in Pac. Fenix stands on Matt, then Pac stands on Matt. Pac pushes Matt around, blocks Matt’s kick, and tags Fenix in. Fenix jumps over Matt, Pac spins him for Fenix to hold the foot, and Pac BOOTS Fenix in the back! Fenix spins Matt, Pac holds him, and Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt in the back!

Death Triangle double mule kick the legs, then they double BUZZSAW and double BASEMENT DROPKICK! Matt flops down and the fans fire up for Death Triangle! Cover, TWO! Fenix has Matt on ropes, clubs him then brings him up to knuckle lock. Fenix goes up, Matt trips him up! Fenix falls to the mat and Matt DECKS Pac! Tag to Nick, he runs and PENALTY KICKS Pac from the apron! Nick shoulders into Fenix and SLINGSHOT FACEBUSTERS! Nick grins and hopes the camera caught that. Fans rally as Nick scrapes Fenix’s face with his soles! Nick shoes off the Nike Diors but fans chant, “Those are Fake! Those are Fake!”

Nick drags Fenix over, bumps him off buckles, then tags Matt. The Bucks drag Fenix up to double whip, double hip toss, then cartwheel and double basement dropkick! Matt covers rather arrogantly, TWO! Fans rally for Fenix as Matt stalks after Fenix. Matt CLAWS Fenix’s back, then tags in Nick. The Bucks double whip, double hip toss but Fenix uses ropes to rebound and DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Fenix avoids one superkick, bobs ‘n’ weaves with Nick and tags Pac in! Pac springboards to missile dropkick Nick down! Pac gets around Matt to back kick, front kick and back kick, then SWEEP the legs! Pac SNAP BRAINBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! Matt lives and fans can’t believe it!

Pac drags Matt up, bumps him off buckles, then brings him around to bump off other buckles! Matt flops and flounders, Pac stalks up behind him. Pac taunts Nick as he brings Matt up and Matt throws body shots, but Pac eggs him on. Pac KICKS Matt, and KICKS, and KICKS! Pac runs but Nick trips him! Pac ROCKS Nick but Matt WRECKS Pac! The Bucks stomp away on Pac, Fenix runs over but he gets mugged! Nick CLAWS Fenix’s back, Matt drags Pac up and Nick has Fenix. The Bucks put two out, and DOUBLE APRON BOMB!! Fans chant “Young Bucks Suck!” and the ref reprimands but the damage is done!

Matt puts Pac on the apron, tags in Nick, and Nick stomps Pac down. Fans still rally for Death Triangle but Nick drags Pac up to wrench and whip him hard in the corner. Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Tag to Matt, he drags Pac up and pushes him into buckles. Matt goes corner to corner while Nick holds Pack in, Matt handsprings and CLAWS Pac’s back! Pac staggers but he brawls with Matt as AEW goes picture in picture!

Matt CLUBS Pac down, kicks him around, then drops knees on his head! Matt wraps on a chinlock and grinds Pac down. Pac endures, fights, but Matt leans all his weight on the hold. The ref checks but Pac gets his second wind and fights his way up. Pac breaks free to ROCK Matt with forearm after forearm! Pac sees Fenix return but Matt throws him by his hair! Tag to Nick, and Nick brings Pac around to bump off the buckle! Nick digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and Matt mockingly pats Pac on the head. Nick snapmares Pac, tags to Matt, face scrape and slingshots senton! Matt drags Pac up but Pac fires forearms again!

Pac back kicks, Matt trips him and tags in Nick! Catapult into the GAMANGIRI! Nick springboards to STOMP Pac into Matt’s knees! AEW returns to single picture as the Bucks taunt Fenix and the ref has to keep him back. The Bucks fake a tag so that Matt can stand on Pac’s head! The ref reprimands the standing on head but doesn’t realize the tag was faked. Nick tags back in for real, the Bucks whip Pac but Pac avoids the double superkicks! Pac throws Nick out, then throws Matt out to follow! Pac crawls for his corner but Nick is there to trip Fenix off the apron! Pac doesn’t tag out, and Matt gets in to rally fans up, but they boo.

Matt mockingly reaches for a tag, tags off Pac, and fires himself up! Matt rallies on Pac with big lariats, and mockingly does his old mannerisms. Matt brings Pac in to scoop and SLAM! Matt drops to his knees as if he’s emotional, and fans boo. But Pac gets up to CLOBBER Matt! Fans fire up now as both men are down and a standing count begins. Matt and Pac crawl for their corners, hot tags to Nick and Fenix! Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix runs corner to corner but Nick dodges. Nick runs in but Fenix makes him straddle the rope! Matt runs in, Fenix intercepts with a kick and knuckle lock!

Fenix CHOPS Matt, goes up and up and SUPERKICKS Nick before he rebounds to SUPER STEINER Nick! SUPERKICK for Matt, Fenix handsprings to DOUBLE CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and no one can believe it! Pac returns, Fenix tags him in, and Death Triangle gets Nick set up, wheelbarrow to DUMDUM STOMPS! Then SUPERKICK to BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Bucks are still in this but fans are fired up! Pac drags Nick up but Nick jawbreakers! Tag to Matt and he runs in, but into a REBOUND GERMAN! Pac gets Matt back up with a dead lift, but Matt flails to get ropes! Fenix walks the tightrope to PENALTY KICK Matt!

Fenix FLIES to take Nick out, Pac GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Pac is beside himself but the fans are thunderous! Pac has Matt in a drop zone, he goes to a corner and climbs. Nick returns but Pac leaps over and comes back to BOOT! Matt SUPERKICKS Pac! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt! Nick runs at Fenix, Fenix blocks the monkey flip, but Nick rebounds off ropes for a DESTROYER!! All four men are down but fans are thunderous again! “This is Awesome!” as Matt drags himself back into the ring. Fenix gets himself out of the ring while Matt and Pac stand. Pac and Matt throw forearms and haymakers back and forth, faster and faster!

Pac ROCKS Matt, runs in but Matt dumps him to the apron. Matt runs but Pac dumps Matt out! They brawl on the apron now! Pac HEADBUTTS Matt, but both Nick and Fenix trip their opponents off the apron! Fenix and Nick stare each other down, STEREO POISON-RANAS!! Nick takes Pac down, Fenix takes Matt down, but now they stare each other down. Fenix runs in, Nick tosses him over the railing, but Fenix lands on his feet! Fenix tries a springboard, but Nick SUPERKICKS him off the railing! Fenix still comes back, somersault CUTTER!! All four men are down on the outside now as fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”

Fans hope these four “Fight Forever!” but there is a time limit. And now there’s a ring count. Fenix gets Matt up and into the ring at 5 of 10, then Pac follows. Pac and Matt stand, Pac RAMS Matt into the corner! Pac hoists Matt up top, tags Fenix, and Pac goes up to get Matt in a SUPERPLEX! Fenix goes right up for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Fenix doesn’t stop, he puts Matt back in the drop zone and Pac tags back in. BLACK ARROW! Pac covers, but Nick returns to barrel through Fenix and BREAK it! Fenix storms right at Nick and throws him, but Nick spins around to CLOBBER Fenix! Nick drags Matt to their corner, tags in, and Nick runs at Pac, but gets a BOOT!

Pac and Nick stagger, Nick runs in but Pac dodges, but Nick holds ropes to deny the German Suplex! LOW BLOW where the ref couldn’t see!! Fenix tags in, springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Nick DEMASKS Fenix!! Insult, meet injury! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!!! Cover, the Bucks win!!

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

New Bucks? Old Bucks? Better bucks? Worse Bucks? All that and more! Don Callis is proud of these two, since they sold their souls to him! Will Matt & Nick continue to be the champions by any means necessary?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page and The Dark Order.

The number one ranked male singles wrestler and his new friends are here, and Alex Marvez wants to ask him about everything going on with Kenny Omega, the Good Brothers and the Young Bucks. Hangman chugs his drink then says he’s glad Marvez is here. Quick update on John Silver’s shoulder- Ow! Wait, isn’t it the other shoulder that was hurt? Yeah but Hangman’s slap to the arm hurt this one… Well give it another four to six weeks after some vitamins, prayers and egg rolls. Speaking of, Hangman’s gonna go get some egg rolls. Are the Dark Order in? YEAH! Alright! That didn’t answer…

Rehab time, Johnny! Silver lifts the bad arm all the way to 90 degrees! AWESOME! Will the Meat Man be back so that he and Alex Reynolds can chase those AEW Tag Team Championships?

 

Backstage interview with Mike Tyson & The Inner Circle.

The last time Tyson was in AEW, he and Jericho were enemies. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, but why? Jericho says it’s because over a month ago, when the Inner Circle received the most vicious beating of their careers from The Pineapp- No, the Pinnacle, they decided to change their ways, have a new attitude, and right some of the wrongs they’ve committed. Jericho called some of the people he felt he owed an apology to. The first was to Tyson, the greatest boxing champion ever. But after being at each other’s throats for over 10 years from a 2010 knockout on a Monday night, Jericho realized he has a lot of respect for Tyson, because Tyson has remained relevant and stand on top for 30 years, just like Jericho.

Jericho told Tyson how he felt, and Tyson said if Jericho ever needed anything, he’d be there. And that’s when Jericho asked Tyson to have their backs against “My Jerkoff Friend and his band of sour men.” Tyson had their backs, and will be the special enforcer for Jericho VS Dax, a man who just a few weeks ago, the Inner Circle put 10 stitches in his head. But though Tyson is the special enforcer, Jericho wants him to call this down the middle. Tyson says he’s firm but fair. So may the best man win. Tyson is happy to be a friend, but he won’t take a side. If Jericho messes up, Tyson will knock him out again. Tyson doesn’t want that, and Jericho doesn’t either because he still remembers that punch. But there it is! Tyson is fair, firm and enforcing the match tonight!

 

Red Velvet VS Jade Cargill!

Though Velvet and Cody Rhodes lost to the giants at the Crossroads, she and Jade are going to stir it up 1v1 to finally settle things! Will Velvet be serving up L’s? Or will Jade prove she is not just a storm, but #ThatBitch in AEW?

The second Jade jumps into the ring, Velvet attacks! The bell rings, they brawl and Velvet uses her boxing background to fire off! The ref backs Velvet off and Jade BOOTS Velvet right down! Jade clutches her arm but still stalks some trash. Velvet comes back to dropkick Jade into a corner! Jade kicks low and hard, then brings Velvet up to scoop. Velvet slips out to HOOK KICK! Jade staggers around, Velvet waits, and then baits Jade in to dump Jade out! Fans fire up as Velvet builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Jade hits railing! Fans are thunderous with Velvet as she stalks Jade. Velvet CLUBS Jade, whips her but Jade reverses to send Velvet into railing!

Jade scoops Velvet to taunt her friends, and then FALL AWAY SLAMS Velvet into the crowd of wrestlers! KiLynn King, Tesha Price and others are the collateral from that one! Jade goes into the ring, the others help Velvet up but she drags herself to ringside. Velvet is in at 5 of 10, and Jade smirks as she counts her abs. Jade ROCKS Velvet, hauls her up the ropes, and suplexes Velvet to hold her up for a SLAM! Jade kips up and she soaks up the heat as AEW goes picture in picture.

Jade stomps Velvet in a corner, stomps harder, and digs her boot in deep! Jade lets off as the ref counts, but Velvet fires off hands! Jade chokes Velvet into a buckle! The ref counts, Jade lets off and stomps Velvet again. Jade whips Velvet corner to corner so hard, Velvet goes through the gap and ends up on the apron! Jade drags Velvet back in, to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Jade drags Velvet over, turns her over and soaks up the heat as she drags Velvet back up. Jade talks trash but Velvet pie faces her! Jade pie faces back, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Velvet lands on her feet! Velvet swings on Jade but into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives, Jade grows annoyed, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns, Velvet SCREW HIGH KICKS Jade hard! Jade is in a corner, she dodges but then Velvet dodges and Jade POSTS herself! Fans rally with “Stir It Up!” as Jade and Velvet rise. Velvet LARIATS but Jade stays up! Velvet LARIATS again, Jade wobbles! Velvet dodges Jade to LEAPING LARIAT and bring Jade down! Fans are thunderous as Velvet runs and wheelbarrows, to BULLDOG! Velvet says, “I’M That Bitch!” Velvet stirs it up, has a taste, and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Velvet drags Jade to a drop zone, goes up top and MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Jade moves! Jade drags Velvet into the chicken wings, JADED SLAM!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall

Velvet miscalculates, and Jade gets another win off her! Will Jade drag Velvet out of the top five to head for the title in her own right?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker and Rebel.

The Doctor has been pulling double duty on Dark and Elevation, and she has “breaking news” regarding the AEW Rankings! Britt “respects” the system, and is now #3 at her 7-1 record for 2021. Anyone below her, irrelevant. But Red Velvet just lost by Jade Cargill, so she’s 5-1. Britt has two more wins than Velvet, so logic says she is now #2. And she promises she’ll work her way up the ranking so that she will be on Elevation this Monday. Then the people will get what we deserve: The Role Model as AEW Women’s’ World Champion, and not Hikaru Shida. Signed yours truly, Britt Baker, DMD.

 

Anthony Ogogo w/ The Factory VS Cole Karter!

The 2021 Olympic Middleweight Boxing Bronze Medalist for Team Great Britain is now here, QT Marshall, Nick Comoroto and Aaron Solow in his corner! Will #TheGovenah lay down the law for The Thoroughbred?

Ogogo gets in Karter’s face, then the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock for a moment, and Ogogo puts Karter in a corner. Ogogo lets off, shoves Karter, but Karter comes back to get a waistlock. Ogogo pries free to switch, but Karter pries free to arm-drag! Ogogo BODY SHOTS hard! That’s a TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT!

Winner: Anthony Ogogo, by referee decision

The crown jewel of QT’s Factory hits hard and fast, and makes his money even faster! Will Ogogo go for gold, while also going for the jugular?

 

Miro speaks.

“Here I am. They told me to show up again today.” But Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford have been avoiding him. He wants to smooth things over, but Kip knows Miro hates wasting time. So Miro is moving on, with or without him, to become champion! IF you work for this company and have gold, you better pull a Kip and disappear before The Best Man finds you, too!

 

Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Chris Jericho w/ Sammy Guevara, Special Enforce Mike Tyson!

The Pinnacle attacked the Inner Circle, the Inner Circle hit back, and we’re heading for BLOOD & GUTS! But before that, FTR wants to make sure Y2J understands who is who, and why he should #FearTheRevelation! But will Jericho make sure Dax is never, ever, EEEEEEVER the same… agayn?

Tully makes his entrance with FTR but he has to remember that other than Cash and the Spanish God, no other members of either faction is allowed ringside for this! The ref tells Tully to scram! Tully reluctantly steps out of the ring and up the ramp as the bell rings. Jericho and Dax stare down, circle and fire off fists! Jericho backs Dax down, rocks him and whips him, then CLOBBERS him! Dax flounders up and Jericho DECKS him! Dax bails out, regroups with Cash, and Jericho gets a CHAIR! Jericho brings that chair around but Tyson intercepts. This is not a disqualification match! Dax CLOBBERS Jericho! And bumps Jericho off the apron!

Dax CHOPS Jericho, then grabs Floyd the Baseball Bat, but Tyson takes the bat from him, too! Jericho ROCKS Dax, and whips him into railing! Jericho takes railing apart, drags Dax over and bumps him into a piece! Dax tears his way through the crowd, Jericho is after him and it’s a hockey scrum! Jericho chases Dax back to ringside, Sammy keeps Cash back, and the hands keep flying! Dax kicks Jericho, bumps him off buckles, then throws haymakers and stomps and CHOPS! Dax whips Jericho to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Dax chokes Jericho on the ropes! The ref counts, Dax lets off, and Jericho CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again!

Jericho has Dax in a corner for point-blank clotheslines! Jericho whips, Dax bounces off buckles and Jericho CLOBBERS him again! Dax bails out, has the medics check his stitches, and Jericho storms over. Dax grabs Justin Roberts’ mic to BOP Jericho! Dax whips Jericho into the stage wall! Jericho grabs the timekeeper’s pen to JAB the stitches!! Jericho scoop SLAMS Dax to the floor, then confiscates a camera! Jericho gets good footage of Dax, and they both flip each other off! Jericho BOOTS Dax, gives the camera back and ROCKS Dax! Jericho puts Dax in the ring, stomps him around, then digs his knee into Dax’s head!

The ref counts, Jericho lets off, and whips. Dax turns Jericho around to POST him! Jericho falls to the floor, Dax gets him up and whips him into railing! Tyson is there to make sure Dax does this fair, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Dax stalks Jericho, but has to refresh the count first. Dax waits on Jericho, and he WRECKS him with a baseball slide dropkick! Dax smirks, goes out to fetch Jericho but Tyson gets in his face. Jericho kicks Dax low and put him back in! Dax CLUBS Jericho and knees him down on the return! The ref counts, Dax lets off, and Dax paces around. Dax sits Jericho up, claws his face, but stops as the ref reprimands. Dax CLUBS Jericho at ropes, chokes him, and claws his face! The ref counts, Dax lets off, and then snapmares Jericho to KICK him! Dax gets Jericho up, hoists him to the top rope, and climbs up to go after him. Jericho throws body shots then headbutts Dax down!

Jericho adjusts, Dax stands, Jericho CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Dax is right up to CLOBBER Jericho! Dax paces around Jericho, drags him up by his hair, and AEW returns to single picture as he whips. Jericho blocks, Dax CHOPS, so Jericho CHOPS! It’s a CHOP fight! Jericho gets the edge, whips but Dax reverses, only for Jericho to run him over! Jericho runs to run Dax over with a shoulder! Fans fire up as Jericho runs but Dax puts him on the apron. Jericho goes up top fast, for FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans are fired up as Jericho runs to BULLDOG Dax down! And LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cash is creeping so Tyson and the ref tell him to back off!

Jericho gets up, KICKS Dax in the side, then KICKS him again! Jericho runs but Dax ROCKS him! Jericho and Dax throw forearms back and forth, Dax gets the edge now, and he ROCKS Jericho! Dax runs but Jericho LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives but fans fire up again. Fans rally up, Dax gets to a corner, Jericho storms in to clothesline! Jericho hoists Dax up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Jericho throws hands, Dax slips down to get Jericho for a rebound POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Dax is furious! Dax gets in Jericho’s face, SLAPS him while he’s down, then goes to a corner. Dax climbs, and FALLING HEADBUTTS but flops!

Jericho gets the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Dax endures, Cash is there and he CLUBS Jericho while the ref was distracted! Roll up, TWO! Tyson storms over to Cash but Sammy runs and CLOBBERS him! Dax whips, Jericho KICKS Dax away! Jericho runs but Dax ducks the elbow! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho still lives and Dax can’t believe it! Dax grits his teeth in frustration as he drags Jericho back up. Jericho pushes free to CODE BREAKER! But now The Pinnacle storms out to violate the ringside ban! The Inner Circle attacks them first!! MJF is still arguing with the ref but Ortiz gets him! It’s chaos on the ramp and the stage!

But Cash RAMS Sammy into the railing! Cash has Floyd, but Tyson has Cash! Cash swings but gets DECKED!! Cash just got knocked the F out! But Dax gets Jericho, only for Sammy to distract him! Jericho back drops free, JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall

The first shot has been fired, and the Demo God stands tall with his faction! Tyson joins Jericho in the ring to dare Pinnacle to do something! Jericho gets a mic to say, “As you pieces of trash leave, I want to make this official!” Iron Mike is an honorary member of the Inner Circle! Tyson is honored, will he stick by Jericho’s side through even Blood & Guts?

 

Backstage interview with The Young Bucks, and the rest of the Biz Cliz!

Matt & Nick, Kenny, Callis and the Good Brothers were just about to leave but Alex Marvez wants to talk with them. Clearly, these guys have changed the wrestling world again. Does AEW want a scoop? Well here’s the scoop! Get out of the way, Marvez! Callis has the mic to say, “If the wrestling world has learned one thing about all of us, it’s this: Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t seen anything.” When the Bucks came back into the fold as the greatest tag team of the last 2000 YEARS, they came back to the family. This isn’t the end of the story, this is just the beginning!

Omega says they’re listening to “the interwebs, the radios, the podcasts, the people on the telly,” they all want to know why he and the Bucks have changed. They haven’t changed! They just got sick and tired of being what we want them to be. They’re sick of you non-sport numb-nuts wanting them to be just like you! They’re not like you! They’re them! That’s where you find success! And that’s why wherever they go, the gold follows. Matt says that this is fine, this is great, but this isn’t all fun and games. Didn’t you see the match they had? Matches of the year just pour out of Matt’s ear! The Bucks are BACK, and the AEW Tag Division has been put on notice!

So whether it’s SCU, Jurassic Express, Best Friends, Butcher & Blade or whatever they go by, you’ve all got BTE Triggers with your damn names on them! Callis says this is what it is! You wanted the old Omega? You got him! You wanted the old Bucks? BAH GAWD, you got them, too! So if you learn one thing, learn this: prepare to be surprised again! The Bucks fake out the cameraman with superkicks, but then CALLIS Superkicks!! NERD! Will all of AEW soon belong to the Biz Cliz?

 

Thunder Rosa speaks.

“As you have seen, I’m not only taking over the AEW Women’s Division, I’m taking over the world.” She doesn’t just want the AEW Women’s World Championship, she wants the NWA Women’s World Championship! Rosa is back on top, and whoever wins between Hikaru Shida and Tay Conti, she’ll go after you and that title. And Serena Deeb, she’s been missed. She has something that belongs to Rosa, too. Rosa is waiting for everyone because she is going to take over everything!

 

Kris Statlander w/ Best Friends VS Amber Nova!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien is officially back in action, even after helping Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent in Arcade Anarchy. Will she continue to be out of this world as she takes on Ms. Super Nova?

The bell rings and Kris wants to boop. She boops the ref! Kris and Nova tie up, go around, and Kris puts Nova in a corner. Nova goes up the ropes but Kris lets her go and Nova falls! Nova gets up in a huff, runs but Kris dodges to arm-drag her around! Kris then boops Nova! Fans fire up for the booping as Kriss blocks the heel kick! Kris spins Nova to ROCK her! Kris whips, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up as Kris brings Nova back up. Nova hits back, kicks low, and pie faces her. “You’re not an alien!” Kris choke grips then military presses Nova to DROP her! Kris drags Nova into the handstand LEG DROP, and FLIPPING SENTON!

Kris gives a thumbs up and Cassidy returns it. Nova gets up, Kris runs corner to corner at her, and uppercuts! Kris goes side to side to KNEE Nova down! Nova flounders back up, Kris ROUNDHOUSES her back down! Kris gets Nova up, gut wrenches, tucks her in, and hits the BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien is 100% and is definitely back! Group hug! But will Kris skyrocket into the top five to be back where she left off?

 

Backstage interview with Team Taz.

They made an offer to Christian Cage last week to join them, but have they heard back? It’s been just a week, but no they haven’t. Ricky Starks brings up that they waited months on Powerhouse Will Hobbs, no offense to him. But why waiting a week on Christian!? They shouldn’t even wait an hour! It doesn’t matter who he is! Taz tells Starks to calm down, it is annoying. But it is best for Team Taz, if they are to lock Christian in, to have Starks hang backstage since he’s getting a little heated. Brian Cage agrees, because Starks has been a little indifferent.

Taz doesn’t want to do this on camera, but maybe Brian should hang back, too. Let Taz, Hook and Hobbs handle this. Tonight, they will convince Christian to join up! But will that really be the case?

 

AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is in the ring!

There’s a lot to talk about, and he welcomes the one and only Captain Charisma! Christian Cage is back, and he asked for this time to say this is the first time these two have had a chance to do this! What a thrill! Tony Khan gave him an open challenge contract and he’s here to use it. He wants to #OutworkEveryone, so- But then Taz interrupts! It’s been a full week, and Taz doesn’t like that he didn’t get so much as a return text message after the amazing opportunity he offered! Christian didn’t even ACKNOWLEDGE Taz’s request. Is he in or out!? Christian says he was going to do this later on in private like a professional but he’s out here so let’s do this now.

Christian says Taz just admitted himself earlier, Team Taz is a bit of a dumpster fire right now. The thing is, Christian didn’t come here to help Taz fix his problems, but to win championships! Christian will give his answer, and it’s good that Taz is standing on those steps so they can be face-to-face. Christian’s answer… is NO! Oh, well here’s the deal, SHITBAG! As far as Taz’s height, standing on his wallet would make him 10 feet taller! Oh that bingo hall money? YEAH that bingo hall money! And AEW money, too! But Christian just made the biggest mistake ever! Taz never liked Christian or his stupid friend who carried his ass, and then he has the audacity to wear Taz’s colors out here!

Hobbs has Taz calm down, and then he goes to the ring. Is Hobbs answering the open challenge?! Hobbs swings on Christian but Christian dodges to fire off haymakers! Hobbs KNEES low, talks trash, then gets Christian up to scoop, but Christian slips out to hook the arms! Speaking off hook, Hook distracts Christian on the apron! Christian swipes at him, Hook gets away, and Christian turns around into Hobb’s BODY TACKLE! Hobbs looms over Christian, Hook regroups with his dad, and fans chant, “Team Taz Sucks!” as Hobbs throws Christian into railing! Hobbs hauls Christian up to RAM him into railing again! Christian flounders, Hobbs smirks as he looms over him, then talks more trash.

Hobbs hauls Christian back up to POP-UP FLAPJACK Christian to the floor! Christian crawls away but Taz and Hook are at the ramp. Hobbs snarls as he stalks Christian to the steel steps. Hobbs hauls Cage up to SMACK him off the steel! And then stand on his head against the steps! Hobbs lets off, and leaves Christian down on the ground in a heap! No open challenge match tonight, but will Christian demand he get payback on the Powerhouse?

 

AEW has big plans for next week!

With Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker both clamoring for their chance, the #1 Contender gets hers! Tay Conti takes on her friendly rival and recent tag partner, Hikaru Shida, for the AEW Women’s World Championship! Tay speaks, saying that consistent hard work leads to success, and that now is her time. Shida says she wants to wrestle in sold out arenas as champion. Now it’s time to fight! Who comes out of this with the gold around their waists?

And after what we just saw, Hobbs and Christian WILL have a match next week! Will Christian be able to outwork a pure, unadulterated powerhouse? And while Hangman is THE #1 contender in the Men’s Singles Division, Ricky Starks is nipping at his heels! Will Absolute push the Cowboy out of the way on the path to the Best Bout Machine? Then, as Best Friends being their revenge tour on Death Triangle, #JustTrent takes on Penta El Zero Miedo 1v1! Will this be the first in the series for Best Friends to get back at their old foes?

 

AEW TNT Championship Falls County Anywhere: Darby Allin VS Matt Hardy!

The Face of the Network may be Relentless, but if Big Money Matt is to be trusted, there won’t be interference from the Hardy Family Office. Will Darby really only have to worry about Hardy and not Butcher, Blade, Bunny and/or Private Party? Or is the truth rarely the truth with Hardy these days?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Big Money cashes in big time in the main event!

Hardy gets a chair right at the bell, and Darby is wary. Darby dodges the chair shot, fires off haymakers, then runs, but springboards into a SMACK! Darby writhes, Hardy gets the chair up to JAM him in the stomach! Hardy looms over Darby, lines up his shot and SMACKS him again! Darby writhes out of the ring, flounders around, and we see Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky watching from Darby’s usual perch. All Ego & The Face of the Revolution still feel snubbed so they want to see Darby get destroyed for it. Hardy runs but Darby avoids another chair shot to fire off forearms! Hardy JAMS Darby again, SMACKS him another time, and then puts the chair aside put dig hands into Darby’s face!

Hardy DECKS Darby, drags him up and brings him around to smear into the apron! Hardy dribbles Darby’s face off the apron, puts him in and then gets the chair again. Fans rally for Darby as Hardy paces. Hardy takes a seat to watch Darby crawl as fans chant, “Hardy Sucks!” Darby sits up but Hardy ROCKS him! And DECKS him! Hardy gets the chair again, paces around like a shark with blood in the water, and that’s literal because Darby’s back is cut up. Hardy JAMS Darby with the chair into the waist! Hardy gets Darby up but Darby ROCKS Hardy with big palm strikes! Darby fires off forearms, but Hardy kicks low! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Hardy seethes as he gets the chair again. Hardy sits the chair up again, brings Darby over and BOUNCES Darby’s head off the seat! Fans boo, Hardy drags Darby back up but Darby is a rag doll! Hardy gets the chair, stalks Darby as the ref checks on him, and Hardy SMACKS Darby again! Fans boo but Hardy soaks up the heat while Darby writhes on the mat. Hardy drags Darby back over to the chair, puts Darby through the chair, and then brings Darby up! FULL METAL- NO! Darby fights free and uses the chair to RAM Hardy! And SMACK him with it! Darby fires off more SMACKS and fans want “One More Time!” Darby obliges and SMACKS again!

But here come Butcher, Blade & Bunny! That promise was just lip service! Butcher CHUCKS a trash can at Darby’s head!! Direct hit and Darby goes down! Private Party also join in, and Hardy has the HFO mug Darby! Quen & Kassidy stomp Darby, Butcher & Blade bring steel steps over! The steps are set up near a corner of the ringside area, but the Dark Order make the save! They go after the HFO, and IT’S STIIIIING! The Icon has his bat, he TOSSES Kassidy, JAMS Quen, and then brings Kassidy up to TOSS him at Quen! Sting gets in, gets the trash can and SMACKS Kassidy! Then Sting runs to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Private Party out of the ring!

Hardy and Darby ended up by the timekeeper’s area and fans chant “This is Awesome!” as AEW goes picture in picture!

Darby throws hands on Hardy against the stage wall! Sting keeps on Private Party while all of Dark Order brawls with Butcher & Blade! Darby drags Hardy up, brings him around and bumps him off the apron. Darby gets the trash can, brings it out and SMACKS Hardy! And SMACKS him again! Hardy flounders, Darby brings him over, and goes to suplex. Hardy counters to GOURD BUSTER Darby onto the trash can! Uno & Stu RAM Butcher into stage wall, Sting SMACKS Kassidy off steel steps. Hardy covers, TWO! Darby is still in this, but Hardy chokes him on the timekeeper’s table! Hardy rains down rights while his HFO get mugged over and over.

Hardy backs off, Sting SMACKS Quen off steps. Darby gets up, Hardy ROCKS him again, and Hardy gets the trash can. Darby fights back with haymakers! Darby uses the crushed can to RAM Hardy down! Darby fires up while his allies keep HFO at bay. Darby brings Hardy around, CHOPS him against the stage wall, and Sting throws Private Party into each other. Hardy ROCKS Darby and whips him into the stage wall! Hardy staggers around, brings Darby back up, but Darby RAMS him into the stage! AEW returns to single picture as Darby whips but Hardy reverses. Darby leaps over steel steps but COLLIDES with railing! Fans lose their minds as Hardy pursues.

Sting and Private Party are in the ring again while Hardy covers Darby, TWO! Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky have appeared ringside! They creep up on Sting, but LANCE ARCHER is there! The Murderhawk Monster makes sure they stay back, and Sting gets Private Party in double dragon sleepers, but then he sees Archer getting in the ring?! Is Archer just staking a claim to the prey?! But then Archer drags Kassidy up to the top rope, inverted crucifix for the BLACKOUT BOMB!! Hardy bowls Darby through the crowd of wrestlers while Archer goes out to get Quen and Kassidy! Hardy chases Darby up the ramp, has a chair, but sees what happened to his HFO!

Darby gets the chair from him to JAM him! And tackle him for a rain of fists! Sting tosses Darby the bat! Almost a passing of the torch as Darby aims at Hardy. Hardy begs for mercy but he won’t get any, so Hardy LOW BLOWS first!! Darby drops the bat as Hardy gets two balls! Hardy puts Darby through another chair! FULL METAL TWIST OF FATE!!! Hardy crawls to cover Darby on the stage, TWO!?!?! Darby still lives and that shocks Hardy! Fans are thunderous, Hardy drags Darby up and throws him down the tunnel! They go to gorilla now as Hardy elbows away on Darby. Hardy BOWLS Darby into the monitors!

Hardy gets a ladder! Hardy sets it up near a table and he drags Darby over. Hardy puts Darby on the table, rains down rights and lefts, then climbs the ladder. Hardy powers up, and SUPER LEG DROPS through the table!! Cover in the wreckage, TWO!??!?! How did Darby survive!?! Hardy is furious and fans are thunderous as ever! Hardy drags Darby from the wreckage, back out the other tunnel to the stage. Hardy throws Darby and fans chant, “Hardy Sucks!” Darby crawls, Hardy points to where Sting’s bat ended up, and then drags Darby up. Hardy CLUBS away on Darby’s back, hauls him up, and Canadian racks, but Darby slips free to LOW BLOW! With interest!

Darby flounders but gets Sting’s bat back! Darby brings the bat to where Hardy is on the stage, and Hardy is by commentary. Darby rushes in to SLUG Hardy in the stomach, then the back, then JAM him in the head! Then he CRACKS Hardy in the ribs while he’s down! Darby SMACKS all the monitors off the commentary table! Fans fire up with his rage as Darby chokes Hardy! Darby drags Hardy onto the announce desk and then JAMS Hardy in the head! Darby won’t end it here, he goes up to the girders!! SUPER COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!

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

Hardy said he’d show us how extreme he can still be, but Darby showed us what “extreme” really means! The Face of the Network is STILL Relentless, but who’s next to roll the dice with him?


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! A lot of great progress in the stories, great action in the matches, it’s just great. The tag titles opening has become the natural move for AEW, and it was a great match with the Bucks showing us their new Heel personas that really do poke fun at everything they’ve been before this point. Their promo before the match to actually open the episode was also good to put that in perspective, and we got a good group promo with them and this new form of the Elite/Bullet Club. Callis giving the superkick was a nice little twist, I wonder if another group of five steps up to take these guys on in maybe not Blood & Guts but a Stadium Stampede sequel.

If it were anyone, it should be Hangman and the main four of Dark Order, i.e. Uno, Stu, Reynolds & Silver. Hangman is the #1 contender, is going to have an absolutely awesome match with Ricky Starks next week, and will certainly circle back to facing Omega again. It was good story that he ignored the questions about the new Elite during the interview, because he’ll have to face them eventually, but he can’t deal with that right now so he won’t. Silver is almost back from his bad arm, he and Reynolds can have some great matches with the Good Brothers. The Bucks are going to have great matches with any team they face, I hope they work from #5 to #1 in a countdown.

If SCU maintains their #1 rank, they can really build the “titles or bust” story for Daniels & Kazarian until they have just the most amazing match AEW has seen yet, and the crowd either explodes because SCU wins the titles, or still explodes because SCU loses their last match together. It’s how things have to go, it just has to. Velvet VS Cargill was great, and naturally Cargill won to maintain her strength. She needs to be getting more matches in, though. She needs to catch up to that top five to really make her feel like she is this strong. Speaking of, I like that Britt is giving us the ranking updates “in real time” to add onto her story of making AEW accountable for saying wins and losses matter.

Rosa had a really good promo to restate her mission to get both women’s titles, and Shida VS Tay happening next week is awesome! It’s been a point of contention that AEW hasn’t put as much into their Women’s Division but now they are and that’s great. I don’t think Tay takes the title off Shida, because there’s also Double or Nothing 2021 to consider. Shida could have a big defense as the one year anniversary to getting the title off Nyla Rose, so maybe that is where Britt or Rosa gets their shot and their own big PPV title win. And after that, things freshen up as Britt or Rosa takes on the other contenders, from Big Swole to Red Velvet to Kris Statlander, who also got back on track with her return win.

Team Taz ups the ante with Christian Cage as the open challenge never really happens. I would still harp on Christian not really being a workhorse but he did take a lot of bumps from Hobbs here so that was a good amount of work. Christian VS Hobbs will be very good, and I did like that we got more dysfunction in the team with Starks and Brian Cage. That FTW Championship match is still happening, I am sure of it. Miro’s ultimatum to Kip and all the title holders was great. I’m pretty sure Kip lets Miro do things his own way, and Miro goes right for the TNT title.

And of course, that TNT Championship Falls Count Anywhere was AMAZING. Naturally, the HFO did NOT stay out of this, they had great brawling with the Dark Order, and it’s great for Darby to get the win. Darby can probably keep winning until Double or Nothing, maybe against Miro, maybe against either Ethan Page or Scorpio Sky since they’re still hanging around, or maybe even Archer since he got in on things. The TNT Championship definitely is where the real workhorses wrestle, and whoever wins this title could probably go against Christian Cage at some point because of his #OutworkEveryone catchphrase.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (4/13/21)

ANOTHER Dark Sweet Sixteen!

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AEW Dark is Big Money with Matt Hardy!

AEW Dark goes big with Big Money Matt, The Dark Order and Team Taz! Will Hardy have momentum going in his TNT Championship match with Darby?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jay Lyon & Midas Black; SCU wins and stays a team.
  • Matt Sydal VS Luther; Sydal wins.
  • Alan Angels & Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett; Angels & Vance win.
  • Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Jake Manning; Cabana wins.
  • Red Velvet & Big Swole w/ KiLynn King VS Amber Nova & Queen Aminata; Velvet & Swole win.
  • Aaron Solow w/ The Factory VS Fuego del Sol; Solow wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Stone Rockwell, Mike Magnum & Andrew Palace; The Gunn Club wins.
  • Madi Wrenkowski VS KiLynn King; King wins.
  • Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Ken Broadway; Hardy wins.
  • Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales & Spencer Slade; The Dark Order wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shawna Reed; Britt wins.
  • Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander; Cage & Starks win.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Leila Grey; Nyla wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Prince Kai and Will Allday; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Cole Karter; Archer wins.
  • Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Reynolds wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jay Lyon & Midas Black!

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian start off Dark by putting their partnership on the line! They’ve been going strong ever since starting this self-challenge, but will the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel suddenly fall apart?

The teams sort out, Kaz starts with Midas and they circle. Fans rally up, Kaz and Midas tie up, and Kaz waistlocks to slam Midas down! Kaz facelocks, grinds Midas down, but Midas fights up and around. Kaz hammerlocks Midas to then headlock, but Midas powers out. Kaz runs Midas over, things speed up and Kaz blocks a hip toss to arm-drag then CLOBBER Midas! Kaz stays between Midas and Lyon and he CHOPS Midas down! Kaz CHOPS Midas in the open corner, puts him back in and then bumps him off Daniels’ boot! Tag to Daniels, he stays between Midas and Lyon to gut wrench suplex! Daniels wags his finger at Lyon then goes back to Midas.

Fans rally, Daniels throws hands on Midas then scoops, but Midas slips around to shove Daniels into Lyon’s kick! Lyon tags in, he scoops and spins around, then SLAMS Daniels down! Midas sets up the hoop, Lyon dives through it to SENTON Daniels! Cover, TWO! Lyon drags Daniels up to throw forearms, then whips Daniels to ropes. Daniels ducks and dodges to kick Lyon, and STO! Fans fire up with SCU as Daniels tags Kaz in. SCU mugs Lyon, Kaz brings him around and whips into Daniels’ BOOT! SCU gets Lyon with a HIGH LOW! Midas runs into boots! They whip Midas and pop him up for the NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO!

Lyon staggers into a gut wrench, and gets the BEST MELZTER EVER! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

And The Addiction continues! They’ll be watching Young Bucks VS Death Triangle very closely, who will they get to face on the other side of Dynamite?

 

Matt Sydal VS Luther!

The Yoga Monster and SNAKEMAN are staying in the back so that this will be a 1v1 fight of men with third eyes! Whose sight will be 20/20/20 vision and find their path to victory?

The bell rings and the two compare third eyes, but Luther kicks low and fires off haymakers! Luther snapmares but Sydal handsprings through! Sydal deflects a boot, KICKS away on a leg, then STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Sydal CLUBS Luther, KICKS his leg, then whips him to ropes. Luther reverses, Sydal sunset flips, TWO! BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Lyther endures, Sydal pokes his third eye, but Luther fights up! Cover, TWO! Luther BOOTS Sydal, ROCKS him and stomps him! Luther bumps Sydal off the buckles, CLUBS him in the back, and then whips Sydal corner to corner to run in and clothesline!

Sydal sputters, Luther kicks him and digs his fingers into Sydal’s two normal eyes! Luther chokes Sydal on the ropes, the ref counts, Luther lets off. Luther says HE has the third eye! And then he argues with the ref, drags Sydal up, and kicks back. Fans rally and duel as Sydal catches Luther for a roll-up, TWO! Luther kicks Sydal, reels him in but Sydal gets around to waistlock. Luther elbows free, runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Sydal gets up. Luthre stands to get more KICKS! Sydal SOBATS Luther down and fans fire up again! Sydal drags Luther up, fisherman for the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Luther survives and Sydal is shocked!

Luther gets up, Sydal runs in and BRONCO BUSTERS! Sydal has Luther floundering into a drop zone! Sydal springboards but Luther trips him up! Sydal tumbles out to the floor, Luther goes out to KICK Sydal, then whip him hard into railing! Fans rally and duel again, Luther drags Sydal up and scoops him, to SLAM him into railing! Sydal flops down, Luther refreshes the ring count, and Luther stomps Sydal down. Fans rally, Luther drags Sydal up to mock Mike Sydal in the crowd, and throw Matt Sydal into more railings! Mike cheers Matt on but Luther tells him to shut up. Luther puts Matt in, drops knees on his back, and then throws down fists!

Luther drags Sydal up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Luther bends Sydal in a backbreaker rack, Sydal endures, so Luther shoves him down. Luther gets Sydal up to KICK his legs! Sydal KICKS back, and it’s a KICK fight! Sydal KICKS more and more, then fakes Luther out to QUESTION MARK! Luther shrugs that off to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sydal flounders up into a BOOT! Luther drags Sydal back up, reels him in, and calls for his shot, but Sydal slips out! Sydal ducks the kick to ROUNDHOUSE! Sydal hooks Luther up, LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, Sydal wins!

Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall

Luther’s third eye lost its focus and Sydal struck him down! Will Matt be flying higher as AEW moves into the Spring?

 

Alan Angels & Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett!

Numbers 5 & 10 combine forces again, looking to prove that all of the Dark Order’s tag teams are top five material! Vance won big on his own on Elevation, will he and Angels fly even higher together?

The teams sort out and Vance starts with Sackett. Negative One gives some last minute coaching, then Vance and Sackett circle. They tie up, Vance hammerlocks then headlocks to the takeover. Vance grinds Sackett, Sackett fights up and powers Vance to ropes. The ref counts, Sackett lets off but then comes back to headlock again. Vance powers out and runs Sackett over! Things speed up, Vance gets under the hurdle to hit another headlock takeover! Fans cheer, Sackett fights up but Vance wrenches. Angels tags in, Vance whips Sackett and then back drops him! Angels is up top for a basement missile dropkick!

Angels drags Sackett up, throws forearm after forearm after forearm! Angels unleashes then KICKS Sackett down! Angels glares at Backlund, but Sackett rakes Angels’ eyes! Tag to Backlund, he and Sackett mug Angels to then double whip him corner to corner. Angels goes up and over Sacket, under Backlund, then RANAS Backlund into giving Sackett a spear! Angels then ATHLETIC PLEXES Backlund away! Angels has Backlund on the apron, suplexes him but Backlund slips free! Sackett tags in as Backlund ducks and dodges, and Sackett CLOBBERS Angels! Sackett back suplexes but Angels lands on his feet, tag to Vance!

Vance rallies on Sackett, has him in a corner and BOOTS him! Vance scoops, Sackett slips out and then shoves, only to run into a SPINEBUSTER! Vance powers up but Backlund drags him out! Vance dodges Backlund, Angels ROUNDHOUSES Backlund down! Sackett builds speed but into a KNEE! Angels then adds his “THIS IS GONNA SUCK!” CROSSBODY! FULL NELSON!! Vance thrashes Sackett into going to sleep, the Dark Order wins!

Winners: Alan Angels & Preston Vance, by submission

The Dark Order is three duos deep as the nickel ‘n’ dime package gets another win! Will 5 & 10 be joining the top five in time for Dynamite’s AEW World Tag Team Championship match?

 

Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Jake Manning!

BOOM BOOM! The Dark Order continues as Cabana welcomes “Mr. Elite” to All Elite! Will Manning prove he belongs here? Or will he decide to #JoinDarkOrder?

The bell rings and “The Man Scout” reluctantly puts his scout manual away. Manning and Cabana tie up, and Cabana scoop SLAMS Manning! Cabana waits on Manning to get up, but Manning goes back to his book. Manning says his back hurts, and that his manual advises against such situations. The ref gets Manning to put the book back down and continue the match. Manning and Cabana tie up, Manning waistlocks but Cabana reaches down to trip him up. Cabana runs, cartwheels over and scoops Manning to SLAM him again! Manning scrambles back to his manual again, reads but Cabana snatches it away!

Cabana takes the book on a game of cat ‘n’ mouse with Manning, then tosses it to roll Manning up, TWO! Now there’s a tug-o-war for the book! The ref takes it away and Manning CLOBBERS Cabana! Manning clubs Cabana, throws forearms, but now it’s a brawl! Cabana ROCKS Manning, whips but Manning reverses to sunset Cabana into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Manning is shocked but he goes up top. Fans rally, Manning leaps, but into a HAYMAKER! Manning staggers around into DOUBLE CHOPS! Cabana JABS and JABS, flips, flops and flies, BIONIC ELBOW! FLYING APPLE in the corner, and then Cabana goes up top. Cabana leaps, hops again as Manning moves, SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Cabana stands Manning up to CHOP! And CHOP! Manning ducks the chop to hit a LETHAL COMBINATION! Cover, TWO!! Manning can’t believe it! Manning goes up top but Cabana anchors his foot, to trip him up! Cabana gets the legs, turns Manning around, BILLY GOAT’S CURSE!! Manning taps, Cabana wins!

Winner: Colt Cabana, by submission

Negative One gets Manning’s book to look through it, and then throws it to the trash! Will Dark Order continue to roll on through the rankings in all divisions?

 

Red Velvet & Big Swole w/ KiLynn King VS Amber Nova & Queen Aminata!

This winning combination is back together again, right before Velvet is about to have her 1v1 rematch with Jade Cargill! Will Velvet and Swole be sweet, not sour, before Velvet takes on the power of #ThatBitch?

The teams sort out, Swole starts against Nova and the two circle as fans rally. Swole and Nova tie up, Swole shoves Nova away, and Aminata tags in already. Aminata says she’s got this, and Swole mocks her. Things speed up, Swole drop toeholds to then basement dropkick! Aminata hits back with body shots and a big forearm, but Swole forearms back! Swole whips Aminata to the corner and ROCKS her with an uppercut! Tag to Velvet, they double whip and trip Aminata up to then hurdle, elbow and Cover, ONE! Aminata tags out to Nova, she and Velvet tie up and Nova headlocks. Velvet powers out, Nova runs her over, and things speed up again, but Velvet calf kicks Nova down!

Velvet drags Nova up, Nova uppercuts! Nova NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Nova knocks Velvet down, talks trash, then drags Velvet up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Aminata and she fires forearms then a snapmare. Aminata hushes the crowd to then KICK Velvet on the back! Cover, TWO! Aminata brings Velvet up to whip her into Nova’s headscissors and DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Swole protests, the ref reprimands, Aminata HIP ATTACKS Velvet in the corner! Cover, TWO! Velvet survives but Aminata smirks, runs and kicks but Velvet gets under it! Hot tag to Swole, and Swole CLOBBERS Aminata!

Swole rallies with forearms, ROUNDHOUSES Nova, but Aminata ducks the kicks to get the HEADBUTT! Aminata keeps moving, Swole SPEARS her down! Cover, Nova breaks it! Velvet fires off on Nova, Swole fires off on Aminata, then they trade to EuroUpper! DOUBLE BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Swole drags Aminata by her legs but Aminata kicks her away! Hot tags to Nova and Velvet! Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves, kicks and CHEF’S KISS!! Cover, Velvet & Swole win!

Winners: Red Velvet & Big Swole, by pinfall

The combination known as #Swolvet is getting stronger! But here comes Jade Cargill! She wants to stir up trouble again, but Swole and King try to keep Velvet back. She blows past them to DIVE and take out Jade at the ramp! They brawl on the ramp, referees rush to stop this, and both King and Swole stay between Velvet and Jade! This is where it stops for now, but this is definitely going to explode on Dynamite!

 

Aaron Solow w/ The Factory VS Fuego del Sol!

QT Marshall and Nick Comoroto won big for their brand new faction, and now it’s time for the Extra Talented to get his! Will he put out the Fire of the Sun and prove everyone should come work for The Factory?

Fuego stares down QT and Comoroto, but Solow BLINDSIDES him! The bell rings and Solow stomps Fuego down! Fans jeer as Solow RAMS Fuego into buckles! Solow kicks Fuego, backs off then drags Fuego up to scoop him for a SLAM! Solow runs to drop a BIG knee! Fans boo but Solow blows kisses. Solow stomps Fuego to a corner, drags Fuego up and CHOPS him! Solow brings Fuego up to EXPLODER! Fuego tumbles all the way to the other corner, and Solow grins as he hurries over to choke Fuego on ropes! The ref counts, Solow lets off and drags Fuego back up. Fans rally for Fuego and he throws body shots, but Solow DECKS him!

Solow scoops Fuego to SLAM him into buckles! Solow talks trash, fans still rally but Solow drags Fuego up to stomp and kick him. Solow toys with Fuego but Fuego fires off! Solow blocks a kick, flips Fuego but he lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Fuego runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT! Fuego keeps going to RAM into Solow! Fuego cradles to the FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Solow scrambles up but Fuego is up top! Fuego leaps but Solow gets under, Things speed up, Fuego tilt-o-whirls but no DDT! SCREW HIGH KICK! Solow fires up now, QT tells him to finish this! Solow obeys, underhooks Fuego’s arm for a TRAPPED ARM PEDIGREE! Cover, Solow wins!

Winner: Aaron Solow, by pinfall

The Extra Talented put something extra on that one! Will The Factory dominate all of AEW?

 

Ryan Nemeth speaks.

“Every week, every show, every match, every opponent, The Hollywood Hunk proves he is a dominant force in AEW.” Looking at the numbers alone, Nemeth wins nearly half the time. Whether it’s Nemeth and Reynolds with Negative One, Tay Conti, whoever, Nemeth isn’t afraid of the cronies. Reynolds is technically sound, good looking, and a winner. But he is no hunk. Will Nemeth be looking his best against Number 3 of the Dark Order?

 

Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Stone Rockwell, Mike Magnum & Andrew Palace!

Billy and his boys are still rolling as an undefeated trio! But they’re up against some pretty big guns on the other side! Will the Gunn Club finally be outdrawn in the Dark?

The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Colten starts against Rockwell the Indiana Jones cosplayer. Fans rally for Colten as Rockwell offers a handshake. Colten asks what’s going on and Papa Gunn says not to fall for it. Fans want Colten to shake his hand, but Rockwell rushes in! Colten gets the arm, wrenches, but Rockwell pulls hair to get the wrench! Colten wrenches it back, Rockwell RAMS him into a corner! Rockwell lets off to body shot hard! Rockwell whips, Colten runs him over! Colten runs, things speed up, Colten whips Rockwell again and then comes back for a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Austin, Palace tags in but Austin whips.

Palace reverses, Austin dodges and trips Palace up to THROWBACK! Austin fires off hype bullets, tags in Billy, and they whip Palace to body shot and BOOT! Magnum tags in, fans fire up with Billy as he and the “Starving Artist” circle. Magnum kicks and haymakers, runs to duck and dodge, but Billy CLOBBERS him! “SUCK IT!” The ref reprimands but Billy drags Magnum  up. Billy suplexes and SLAMS Magnum down! Cover, Palace and Rockwell break it! Austin runs in to CROSSBODY them both down! Billy tags Colten, he gets Magnum up, COLT 45! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

The Gunns shoot down the Magnum, and are now 12-0 as a trio! Will this lead them to big things in AEW in the near future?

 

Madi Wrenkowski VS KiLynn King!

Ms. Reality takes on The King as both of them look to climb the ranks of the AEW Women’s Division! Will Madi make King face the reality that she’s not ready for the big time?

The bell rings, the two circle, King dodges Madi to fire off forearms. King whips, arm-drags Madi around, then kicks low and hard. King runs to basement boot Madi out! Fans fire up as King drags Madi up, but Madi trips King! Madi drags King out but King hits back! King ROCKS Madi with forearms but Madi RAMS King into the apron, RAMS her into the barrier, then RAMS her back the other way! Madi ROCKS King, CHOPS her, but King grits her teeth. Madi puts King in the ring, fires off kicks, then runs, to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Madi keeps on King with knees and a BIG FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! King survives and Madi argues with the ref but the count is fair.

Fans rally, Madi gets King up and clubs her on the back. Madi runs but King dodges the boot to CLOBBER her! Things speed up, King blocks a punch to ROUNDHOUSE then GERMAN SUPLEX! Madi flounders, King runs corner to corner and SHOTGUNS Madi into buckles! King goes corner to corner again but misses! Madi runs in but the monkey flip is caught! Madi fights free of the grip but King hits KINGDOM FALL!! Cover, King wins!

Winner: KiLynn King, by pinfall

Madi ended up facing reality that she isn’t ready to dethrone The King! But will King prove she can be the champion of this division?

 

Alex Reynolds speaks.

“Tonight, State Farm presents: The Hollywood Hunk, Ryan Nemeth VS The Handsome Devil, Alex Reynolds.” Negative One says Nemeth was his babysitter. He sat on Negative One? Negative One is fired up, and wants to attack! Relax, Nemeth isn’t in the camera. Save it for the ring. Reynolds says that he isn’t taking this lightly. He and John Silver talked with the State Farm Superfan, Aaron, and came up with some moves to debut tonight. Reynolds has tricks up his sleeves. He won’t just win this for him or the Dark Order, but for Aaron and State Farm! Because like a good neighbor~, State Farm is there~! Will Nemeth need insurance for what could happen to his good looks?

 

Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Ken Broadway!

The truth is the truth, and the truth is that Big Money Matt is going for gold! But will Hardy be rolling into his TNT Championship showdown with Darby Allin?

Broadway also knows how to make it rain, and the HFO scoop up some of that to add to their revenue. The bell rings and Darby Allin is watching from his usual spot in the bleachers. Broadway and Hardy tie up, Hardy wrenches to an elbow breaker then a wristlock. Broadway spins and wrenches and wristlocks back! Hardy wrenches, headlocks, but Broadway powers out, only for Hardy to pull hair! Hardy headlocks again, Broadway throws body shots and powers out this time, only for Hardy to run him over! Hardy drags Broadway up to bump him off buckles, and again and again and again and again! Hardy stops as the ref counts, and he watches Broadway flounder.

Hardy gets Broadway up to SLAP him in the corner! Hardy runs in but Broadway dodges to CHOP! Hardy turns things around to CHOP again! Hardy throws forearms, but Broadway fires back! Broadway climbs up, but Hardy carries him to HOTSHOT him off ropes! Hardy gets Broadway up to bend him against the ropes, and Private Party mocks Broadway. Hardy CLUBS Broadway, throws forearms in a corner, but lets off to run in, only for Broadway to elbow back! Broadway BOOTS Hardy down, climbs up the corner, and MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS! Hardy gets him for a SIDE EFFECT!

Hardy shouts, “The truth is the truth!” He points to Darby and says, “This is you tomorrow night!” Hardy drags Broadway up for a TWIST OF FATE! Darby dares Hardy to bring it, but Hardy drags Broadway into THE LEECH HOLD!! Broadway taps, Hardy wins!

Winner: Matt Hardy, by submission

The HFO celebrates with Hardy but Darby still dares Hardy to bring it as he holds up his TNT Championship. Hardy gets a mic and tells Darby, “Listen to me very closely. Tomorrow nigh to Dynamite, in Falls Count Anywhere, I am going to show you just how extreme Big Money Matt can still be! And I promise you, Darby, I am going to leech the TNT title from around your waist!” Will Hardy put his money where his mouth is when he and Darby can fight all over Daily’s Place?

 

Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales & Spencer Slade!

We saw big wins for the Dark Order with Cabana, Angels and Vance, but now the OG get in the ring! Will Players One and Two not be left behind by their recruits?

The teams sort out, Stu starts with Slade and CLOBBERS him! And again! Stu scoops, Slade escapes and shoves him, tag to Vary! Vary leaps, into Stu’s arms! Stu RAMS Vary into the corner, tags to Uno and he elbows Vary! Uno whips Stu into Vary for a forearm, then Stu whips Vary into Uno’s BOOT! Vary tags Slade, Uno blocks his boot! Uno promises to put the foot down, and then throws Slade to STOMP the hands! Uno DECKS Slade, tags Stu, and they combine for the springboard elbow drop SIDEWALK SLAM! Vary runs into a kick! The Dark Order pinball Vary around, TOSS POWERBOMB! Tag to Uno, they get Slade up, FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

The originals win fast, but then have to keep Negative One from tearing into Slade! Will Uno & Stu lead the way for the Dark Order into tag team supremacy?

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shawna Reed!

The Doctor is doing double duty as she’s on Dark after being on Elevation! Though she calls the AEW system BS, will Britt still get another win to head towards the AEW Women’s World Championship?

The bell rings and Reed rushes Britt with forearms! Britt shoves her away, they speed up, and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt gets Reed up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Reed flounders to a corner, Britt pulls Reed’s pigtails into the corner! Britt lets off to then ROCK Reed! Reed turns things around to fire off furious fists! Reed whips, Britt reverses and redirects but Reed sidesteps, only for Britt to hit SLINGBLADE! Fans boo but Britt spells it out for us, only for Reed to roll her up! TWO, but Reed basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Reed drags Britt up, fisherman but Britt wrenches free to kick low! Britt reels Reed in to FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER!

Britt checks her teeth, then drags Reed around by her hair. SUPERKICK! Britt says hold on, and she SUPERKICKS again! Britt gets the glove, puts it on, and drags Reed into the Rings of Saturn, and the LOCKJAW!! Reed taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

The Doctor smothers the schoolgirl to teach her a lesson: Don’t punch above your proverbial weight class. Will Britt become the role model and the workhorse of the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander!

The #AbsoluteMachines have been rather dysfunctional lately, but the old saying is that winning fixes everything. Will Cage & Starks take care of the #GoonPlatoon and The Sensation and put the past behind them?

The teams sort out and Starks starts with Bravo. Bravo and Starks circle, they tie up, and Starks headlocks. Starks grinds Bravo but Bravo powers out. Bravo hurdles but Starks whips him hard to the outside! Starks distracts the ref so Hook can CLOBBER Bravo! Bravo flounders up only for Will Hobbs to CLOBBER him! Hook gets Bravo in and Starks drags Bravo up. Tag to Cage, Starks scoops Bravo to hand him over to Cage. Cage does bicep curls then TOSSES Bravo! Alexander runs in but Starks intercepts with a kick! Starks helps Cage get Alexander up, for a POWEBOMB! Starks then gets Bravo set up for Cage and Cage climbs up to DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!

Cage fires up, “Who betta?!” Cage sees Starks get in because he wants to get Alexander up. Fireman’s carry and another hand-off, for Cage to F5!! Taz is confused as to why Starks is doing all this, as Starks gets Bravo up and tells Cage to end this! Cage suplexes to DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Team Taz wins!

Winners: Brian Cage & Ricky Starks, by pinfall

Starks gets a lot of assists here, and shares in the win as he hands Cage his FTW Championship. Is this a sign that Team Taz is united? Or is Starks being that passive aggressive?

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Leila Grey!

The Native Beast is hungry for another chance at the AEW Women’s World Championship, and she’s got a Top Tier appetizer in front of her! Will this be a bite-sized snack before going after the champ?

As Vickie makes her entrance, she shrilly shouts, “EXCUSE ME!!” Though, when is it ever not shrill? Anyway, Vickie storms down to the ring to tell Justin Roberts SUCKS, and decides to do this right! Now get the HELL out of the ring! Vickie introduces “the most feared and destructive woman in all of wrestling history,” Vickie’s client, NYLA ROSE! Then Vickie demands fans give Nyla a standing ovation just for the entrance. Nyla gets in the ring, the bell sounds, and Nyla CLOBBERS Grey! Nyla bumps Grey off buckles, fires off body shots, then whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up but gets caught for a POWERSLAM!

Nyla stalks Grey to the apron, Vickie laughs at Grey’s pain, but Grey hotshots Nyla away! Grey runs and lariats, but Nyla stays up! Grey tries again and again, then dropkicks a leg out! Nyla still stands but Grey knee lifts! Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla drags Grey up, reels her in and LARIATS her down! “I own this ring!” Nyla bumps Grey off buckles, stomps her then tosses her! Nyla fires up, runs corner to corner and back body blocks! Then she runs to SPEAR Grey down! Nyla drags Grey up, reels her in and hits a BEAST BOMB! Cover, Nyla wins!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall

Grey is going to be black ‘n’ blue in the morning after this one. Vickie says she told us so! Nyla grins as she gets a taste, but will her appetite only be appeased when she gets after Hikaru Shida?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Prince Kai and Will Allday!

Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. have been on a roll, but there’s still a long road ahead of them. Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ get another A+ after taking on the Prince Charming of Wrestling and Mr. All Day Every Day?

The teams sort out, BPJ starts against Allday, and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Allday arm-drags BPJ away. BPJ runs back to tie up again, gets the arm and wrenches. BPJ YANKS the arm, wrenches more, but Allday rolls and rolls then handsprings to wrench back. BPJ rolls, handsprings and rolls to then BOP Allday in the head! BPJ arm-drags Allday down to drag him over to tag Griff. Griff elbows Allday’s arm, then wrenches to an arm-drag and armlock. Allday fights up, Griff wrenches, tags BPJ in and the Blondes double wrench to snapmare. KICK and a LEG DROP, brother! Cover, TWO!

BPJ clamps onto Allday with a keylock, wristlock then top lock. Allday fights but BPJ wrenches through. BPJ CHOPS Allday, whips him away but Allday turns things around and Kai gets a cheap shot in! Allday CLOBBERS BPJ, covers, TWO! Kai tags in and clubs BPJ down, though Allday didn’t see that coming. Kai bumps BPJ off buckles, stomps him down, and soaks up the heat. Kai runs into a big elbow! BPJ runs, Kai slides under but BPJ ducks. Kai ducks and NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Kai seethes but tells Allday, “That’s how you do it!” Kai underhooks but BPJ wrenches free. Kai blocks the kick, BPJ dodges the punch and tags in Griff!

Griff rallies on Kai and Allday! Griff CLOBBERS Kai, CLOBBERS Allday, BOOTS Kai then BACK DROPS Allday! Fans fire up as the Ivy League SPLASH hits! Griff whips Kai into Allday to SPLASH SANDWICH! Fireman’s carry but Kai rolls Griff up, TWO! Kai ROCKS Griff! BPJ tags in, Griff IVY LEAGUE ELBOWS, BPJ springboard LARIATS! Cover, the Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

Griff and BPJ are rolling! Can they get any hotter before going for tag team championships?

 

Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Cole Karter!

Much to his surprise, the Murderhawk Monster has Sting’s support in going for the top! Will he use that motivation to maul his way back to a title?

Archer gets in the ring and BOOTS Karter right down! Jake the Snake chuckles on commentary as the bell rings. Karter fires back but Archer knees low, CLUBS him down, and hauls him up to reel him in. Karter dodges, leaps, but bounces off! Archer stomps Karter, hauls him up and puts him in a corner to fire off heavy hands! Archer whips Karter hard into the corner and Karter bounces off again! Archer hauls Karter up for a suplex TOSS! Archer drags Karter up, SLAPS him, but Karter fires back again! Archer ROCKS Karter, then DECKS him! Archer drags Karter back up, bumps him off buckles then holds him in there to run corner to corner and ELBOW!

Archer keeps going, another ELBOW, then another ELBOW! Karter flops down, Archer grins as he paces around, and then Archer looms over him. Karter sits up in a daze, Archer slaps him, and Karter fires off again! Archer KNEES low, then reels Karter in for the short-arm CLOTHESLINE! Jake the Snake likes that as Archer drags Karter up. Archer hoists Karter up top, but Karter fights! Jake the Snake admires the heart, Karter leaps into a choke grip! CHOKE- NO! Karter slips free, elbows back, and then sends Archer into buckles! Karter fires off, Archer shoves him but the ROLLING ELBOW comes back! Karter fires up, but runs into a FOREARM!

Archer reels Karter in, CHOKE SLAM! Archer drags Karter back up, wristlock ripcord, for a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Archer wins!

Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall

Jake thanks Excalibur and Taz for their time, and says he and Archer are gonna go for cheeseburgers. Will Archer only be satisfied when he gets to eat everyone else in AEW alive?

 

Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order!

We heard the Hollywood Hunk throw some shade on Number 3, but now we’re in the Dark main event! Will Nemeth score lots of points before he gets the 1-2-3? Or will that 50% win-loss ratio tip in Reynolds’ favor tonight?

The bell rings and John Silver joins commentary to watch his tag partner take on Nemeth. Nemeth clobbers Reynolds from behind! Nemeth wrenches, back suplexes and holds him u p before slamming him down! Cover, ONE!! Silver is already upset but Nemeth rakes Reynolds’ eyes. Nemeth throws hands, RAMS into Reynolds in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Reynolds comes back to CLOBBER Nemeth! Reynolds whips Nemeth but Nemeth reverses to send Reynolds out hard! Nemeth goes out, throws hands, then RAMS Reynolds into the apron! Nemeth puts Reynolds in, drags him up and throws forearms! Reynolds hits back with body shots and forearms!

Reynolds backs Nemeth down, EuroUppers then whips to ropes. Nemeth sunset flips but Reynolds slips through to get the legs! Reynolds puts on the SCHOOL OF FORT KNOX! Nemeth endures the modified Cloverleaf, and gets the ropebreak! Reynolds lets go, Nemeth cheap shots him then dropkicks him down! Nemeth cranks on a hammerlock and digs knees into Reynolds’ back. Nemeth does a headstand to put on more pressure, then falls back to crank the hold! Nemeth pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nemeth shifts to a chinbar and armlock. Reynolds arm-drags free, elbows Nemeth away and rallies with clotheslines!

Reynolds whips, Nemeth reverses but Reynolds dodges to FOREARM! Reynolds runs to FLYING BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as Reynolds kips up! Reynolds gets Nemeth up, wrenches and kicks low, then reels him in. Shout out to Brodie with the BIG OL’ BOMB! Then a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO!! Reynolds drags Nemeth up, Nemeth CLOBBERS him point-blank! Nemeth drags Reynolds up, swivels hips but Reynolds shoves him into buckles! Scoop and the HONK HONK SWINGING SLAM!! Cover, Reynolds wins!

Winner: Alex Reynolds, by pinfall

Big thanks from the Dark Order to Superfan Aaron for unlocking those moves in Number 3! Will everyone get out of the way of the HONK HONK as Dark Order storms down the tracks?


My Thoughts:

A good Dark, mostly because it was an hour and 35 minutes, but it was still a lot of matches crammed into that time. AEW is probably going to continue to be unpredictable with episode lengths and match totals so I don’t know if I can maintain doing Dark and Elevation when I’m also covering WWE’s Raw and NXT on these same days. I feel like the SCU’s matches need to be Elevation by default because of their self-challenge of “next time we lose, we break up” angle. That said, it’s also a giveaway that these two aren’t losing before getting a title opportunity, so maybe that’s why they’re still being put on Dark.

I also feel like Velvet should be on Elevation if she and Jade are going to be getting after each other. They’re supposed to be the rising stars but they weren’t on the show that’s about rising stars in exchange for… Well, Elevation actually had a lot of solid matches worthy of it, but they could’ve still put this one there since they love going bigger. Team Taz had a good story, too, where now Starks is going past being chippy with Cage to being overly helpful. This has to implode at some point, and they fight for the FTW Championship on at least Dynamite.

I do like that Britt had another match tonight, because she is determined to get wins to play by the AEW rules. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had another double header next week between Elevation and Dark to try and stuff the win-loss record and rankings. Double or Nothing 2021 is still six weeks away, so if AEW had the contenders all fight each other at some point in not a tournament but more a best-of series, that’d be really good to have Britt try and jump over Big Swole and Tay Conti to go after Shida. Also, AEW really just let Swole’s promo of being determined to get her shot drop like a lead balloon. Swole needs to get hungry again and get in all the other contenders’ faces as she takes over the contender race.

The Dark Order tying in the State Farm deal and the superfan Zoom call they apparently had was really nice. They’re definitely Faces doing things like that, and of course Reynolds uses the moves (and their names) suggested by the superfan. WWE gets product tie-ins and sponsorship deals, so AEW can have them, too! Either way, I think Reynolds was going to win because The Dark Order has been on fire. One of these days, one of their tag combinations is going to get at the tag titles, and that is going to be a lot of fun.

My Score: 8.2/10


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