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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 Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

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

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

 

Team Triple J speaks.

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

But Best Friends respond!

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

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

 

The House of Black speaks.

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

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

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

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

 

Adam Cole speaks.

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

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

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

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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