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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/5/20)

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AEW Dynamite Coverage

AEW Dynamite is packing it on for Super Wednesday!

Jon Moxley defends the AEW World Championship, MJF gives us an update on his own contender status, and a TWELVE MAN TAG WAR IS WAGED!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 12 Man Tag: FTR & The Elite VS The Dark Order; The Dark Order wins.
  • Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Best Friends; Best Friends win.
  • Cody Rhodes & Matt Cardona VS The Dark Order’s Numbers 3 & 4; Cody & Cardona win.
  • Big Swole VS Rebel w/ Britt Baker; Swole wins and will face Britt Baker at All Out.
  • AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Darby Allin; Moxley wins and retains the AEW World Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

12 Man Tag: FTR & The Elite VS The Dark Order!

Dynamite is starting off big already! Things were explosive between FTR and The Elite as Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood took offense at Kenny Omega pouring out beer, to then pour beer back on Omega. But it seems Hangman Page won FTR over as drinking buddies and now they’re both ready to take on Mr. Brodie Lee and his legion of minions, and Colt Cabana. Is tonight the night Cabana truly joins Dark Order? Or will it be the team that is “totally all getting along” that wins this 6v6 tag war?

The large teams sort out, and the Exalted One starts with Nick Jackson. They tie up, Brodie shoves Nick to the corner but Nick dodges. Brodie tumbles up and out to deck Nick, but Nick avoids the slingshot senton! Nick goes up and leaps but Brodie gets under. Nick comes back but into Brodie’s pop-up! Nick manages to slip out of the bomb and tags brother Matt. Nick dodges and Matt rocks Brodie with a right, then Nick springboards to crossbody! Brodie catches Nick, but Matt dropkicks them down! The Young Bucks get Brodie up, Matt gives Nick the boost to dropkick Brodie! But Brodie rebounds to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! The Bucks are down and the crowd boos.

Brodie scoops Matt and brings him over but Matt escapes! Matt backs off as Number 9 tags in. Brodie tells Nine to kill, but Nine runs into a drop toehold! Nick slingshots to leg drop! Nine staggers around, and Nick hits a corner clothesline! Nick runs but Nine follows and clotheslines back! Nine runs but Nick sees him go up, to go up and SUPER STEINER Nine! Nine almost gets spiked and Nick covers, TWO! Nick drags Nine up and wrenches him to tag in Matt. Matt climbs up, Matt hits double stomps on the arm! Matt brings Nine back up and tags in Cash. Cash hops up to drop an elbow on the arm, then he wrenches and snapmares Nine before tagging in Dax.

Dax stomps the bad arm over and over then drags Nine back up. Dax wrenches, tags in Hangman and Hangman goes up to drop ax handles. Hangman wrenches to tag in Omega and Omega springboard ax handles the arm! Nine’s arm is about to fall off at this point! Omega and Hangman double whip Nine to kick and kick and then boot and Kotaro Krusher! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, but Evil Uno and Stu Grayson break it up! The Dark Order OG’s go after the rest of their opponents on the apron! The ref tries to restore order but the Dark Order doesn’t care. They take Omega and Hangman, but then FTR saves them from the stereo suplexes! FTR kick back, they and the AEW World Tag Team Champions get Uno, Stu and Nine 4v3! TRIPLE SUPLEX!

The crowd is thunderous while Brodie is furious. Omega covers Nine but Cabana breaks it! The crowd is loving “A E DUB!” as Cabana runs away from Omega! Omega gives chase into Brodie’s SUPERKICK! The Bucks tell Brodie they’re watching him after that, but now Stu Grayson tags in. Omega is fed to Stu and he tags Uno. The OG double whip Omega into the corner then Uno runs in for a back elbow! Uno feeds Omega to Stu’s uppercut, and then adds a BOOT! Uno covers, TWO! Uno tags Stu back in, they coordinate for a springboard elbow sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO as Stu backs off seeing Matt run in. Things are getting tense but Stu tags in Alan Angels, aka Number 5.

Angels lost to Omega and wants some payback as he throws big forearms. Angels snapmares and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Dax warns Angels but Angels keeps on Omega. Angels whips, Omega reverses and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Omega tags in Dax and Dax drags Angels up to whip for a BIG back elbow! Dax keeps going with the leg drop, elbow drop, and falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Dax drags Angels up, bumps him off buckles and CHOPS him! Tag to Cash, Angels gets fed to boots. Cash throws European Uppercuts to ROCK Angels! Cash whips Angels, Angles reverses but Cash goes up and over. Cash keeps moving, catches Angels’ leap for a POWERSLAM! Stu runs in, but into Cash’s big back suplex! Cash DECKS Uno and tags Dax!

Dax tags Hangman, and the drinking buddies each grab a member of Dark Order, wanting triple Figure Fours! But the Dark Order members kick FTR and Hangman into each other! Hangman wobbles around, Angels cradles, TWO! Angels back kicks and drags Hangman over to tag in Stu. Stu stomps away on Hangman, then CHOPS him against ropes! And CHOPS! Stu whips. Omega tags in and Hangman feeds Stu to the corner! Hangman corner clotheslines, Omega and the Bucks follow up with an Elite double kick elbow combo! Tag to Nick, Hangman gives Stu a rolling elbow! Omega pops Stu up for Hangman’s GERMAN SUPLEX! The Bucks take aim as Uno tags in, Omega and Hangman dodge Uno to feed him to double dropkicks! Then Omega adds a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!

Angels tags back in and leaps, but misses the Elite to turn around into double elbows! Omega and Page roll Angels backwards into a wheelbarrow lift from Matt. Omega CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, Nick back kicks! Then the Bucks wheelbarrow cutter Angels down! Nick goes up, up and AWAY to take out Stu, Uno and Nine!! Matt fires up and Hangman coordinates with him. The crowd chants along with “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Dax tags in and he drags Angels up. Tag to Cash, FTR combines for their own elbow drop backbreaker combo! Dax’s leg bothers him, though, as he had to take all that weight. The Elite call for medics to check on this, and Omega tags in so Cash can stick with Dax.

Omega gut wrenches Angels, and BOMBS him right down! Cover but Stu breaks it! Stu, Uno and Nine clobber Omega while the rest of the team is busy with Dax! Even Cabana doesn’t think this is fair! But Nine tags in and drags Omega up to uppercut. But he runs into Omega’s Snap-Rana! Matt returns to tag in as Nine hurries to tag Brodie! Brodie catches Matt for a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Uno and then tag to Stu. The OG drag Matt up but Matt fires off haymakers! Matt runs into a pop-up Electric Chair toss to BOMB! Cover, but Nick manages to break it in time!! Brodie is furious, and it seems Hangman has left with FTR?! This goes from being 6v4 to 6v3, The Elite is outnumbered 2 to 1!

Stu whips Matt hard then tags in Brodie. Brodie tags Uno who tags in Angels. The Dark Order block Nick and Omega off as Angels tags Nine for Nine to tag Cabana. Brodie starts off a corner attack train on Matt! Elbow, splash, clothesline after clothesline, and Cabana adds the Flying Apple! Cabana goes up, SUPERMAN SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives but Cabana keeps his cool. Cabana drags Matt up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Uno, just as Brodie orders. Uno CHOPS Matt, but Matt fires off haymakers all around! Matt backs Uno down, but Uno blocks a kick, hands it to the ref, and hits a leaping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Uno drags Matt up and away from The Elite to tag in Brodie.

Brodie brings Matt up but Matt fires off body shots. Brodie shoves Matt into Stu’s cheap shot, then Brodie runs, into Omega’s cheap shot! Omega ROCKS Brodie but Brodie LARIATS Omega inside out and to the ramp! Brodie tags Cabana in, they mug Matt, then whip him to a corner. Cabana tags Stu, Stu tags Angels and Uno joins in. They double whip Stu into the POST as Matt moves! Matt SPEARS Uno and then waistlocks Angels. Angels backs Matt into buckles and elbows free, but he runs into Matt’s BOOTS! Matt goes up, leaping STUNNER! Both men are down but the crowd rallies up! Uno drags Nick off to deny the tag! Stu ROCKS Nick into Uno’s kangaroo kick, “GET OVER HERE!” OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Angels stalks Matt, who is distracted by Stu and Uno. Angels back kicks and whips, but Matt holds ropes. Matt boots again, then sends Nine flying! Matt shoves Cabana down and FLIES out onto Nine! Matt LEAPS onto Cabana! And CLOBBERS Uno and Stu! He dodges Brodie to get back in the ring but Angels is in his way. Matt fakes him out and goes under, but still no one is there to tag! Angels waistlocks, but Hangman returns! The Cowboy is back and Matt leaps to tag him in! Hangman rallies on Angels, Uno, and triangle lariats Stu! Angels runs into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up to PESCADO Cabana! Hangman clotheslines Angels then DIVES out onto Nine! Hangman is fired up with the crowd as he returns to the apron!

Omega feeds Angels in, but Uno anchors Hangman’s legs! Angels runs over, blocks a punch to give a kick, then runs, into an APRON BACK SUPLEX from Hangman! Hangman leaves Angels behind as he climbs up top. Brodie watches as Hangman SUPER MOONSAULTS to take out everyone else! The crowd is thunderous as Brodie stares Hangman down. Hangman puts Angels in but Brodie still stares at him. Hangman sends Angels to him and dares him to tag in! Brodie accepts the challenge and circles with Hangman. The two go face to face, Brodie throws a forearm! Hangman throws one back and we have a brawl! Back and forth, heavier and heavier, but Brodie gets the edge. Brodie runs, into Hangman’s BOOT!

Hangman runs but Uno and Stu hold the ropes open! Hangman tumbles to the floor! Brodie builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Hangman into barriers! Brodie puts Hangman back in, tags to Uno and Uno tags to Cabana. The OG grab Hangman as Cabana goes up top. They hoist Hangman up to Cabana for a fireman’s carry, and Cabana drops Hangman on the Chicago Skyline!! Cover, but Omega breaks it in time!! Omega rains down rights on Cabana, Angels DOUBLE STOMPS Omega down!! Tag to Uno, tag to Stu and the OG coordinate for the 450 SPLASH and CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!?! Hangman lives and the Dark Order can’t believe it!

Tag to Brodie and he aims at Hangman. But Hangman dodges his discus and Brodie gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from the Bucks! Stu gets a SUPERKICK! Uno gets a SUPERKICK! Cabana gets SUPERKICKS! Angels gets SUPERKICKS! Omega is back, he full nelsons, DOUBLE SUPERKICK SNAP DRAGON!!! Hangman takes aim on the apron, Omega lines Brodie up, and we get the LAST C- NO! Brodie moves, the Dark Order drags everyone else out, Brodie DISCUS LARIATS Hangman inside-out!! Cover, The Dark Order wins!!

Winner: The Dark Order, by pinfall

There is truly strength in numbers! FTR took themselves out with their own move, and Mr. Brodie took full advantage. Brodie says Hangman should’ve joined them, will it happen in the end? Or will it just be the end of The Elite once and for all?

 

Best Friends arrive at Daily’s Place.

They borrowed the fan from Trent’s mom again. They made sure to park it somewhere safe for her sake. But will their match with Santana and Ortiz be anything but safe?

 

AEW hears from Jon Moxley.

“When I was younger, I’m not ashamed to say that I struggled with a lot of demons.” Early in his career, he’d go to the ring like he was wrestling ghosts. The people who cared about him would try to talk him out of stuff. “Don’t fight that guy. Don’t do that death match. Don’t do this or that, cut it out.” But looking back, in some cases, Moxley wishes he’d listened, because he paid the price. But in others, he wouldn’t change a thing. Moxley gets why Darby Allin pointed at the belt. He gets why Darby wants to challenge Moxley for that belt. Moxley understands where he’s coming from and what he’s trying to do.

But in an ironic twist, Moxley is now the advocate, the voice of reason, the person concerned for someone else’s health. Because Moxley knows Darby will come after him again and again and will not stop until he can’t move. It will never cross Darby’s mind even once that last time, Moxley almost broke Darby’s neck. It weighs heavily on Moxley. Moxley doesn’t want his resume to read, “The guy who ended Darby Allin’s bright career,” because Darby is Moxley’s favorite here in AEW. But the title is on the line. When you sign the contract, you make yourself the same as everyone else. Moxley’s gotta do what he’s gotta do. He won’t try to talk Darby out of this, but he does ask Darby please understand, “that when it’s time to stay down, just stay down.” Though, Moxley knows Darby isn’t going to listen, because Moxley wouldn’t. Will Darby stay down?

 

Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Best Friends!

The feud between the Inner Circle and the Freshly Squeezed forces is not over even after their 10 Man Tag! Will Santana and Ortiz sink their teeth into the Kentucky Gentleman and #JustTrent?

The teams sort out and Chuck Taylor starts with Santana. They circle, tie up, go around, and Chuckie T ends up in a corner. Santana lets up and lets Chuck come back. They tie up again, Santana waistlocks but Chuck pries free to a wristlock and hammerlock. Santana switches, spins Chuck to a cravat, but Chuck brings Santana to a knee. Chuck pops out to headlock, spin and hammerlock, but Santana switches it, headlocks, and hits the takeover. Chuck headscissors, Santana pops out and powers Chuck to ropes. Things speed up, Santana hurdles but Chuck leaps. Things keep going, Chuck arm-drags to a cover, TWO! Santana kicks low, tags Ortiz, but Chuckie arm-drags Ortiz to an armlock!

The crowd cheers, Trent tags in and takes the hand-off. Trent yanks on the arm, then yanks again. Trent wrenches, Ortiz breaks free and CHOPS! Ortiz runs, things speed up again, and Trent DOUBLE KNEES Ortiz down! Trent Northern Lights Ortiz, bridges, TWO! Trent drags Ortiz up, tags in Chuck, but Ortiz hits back! Ortiz stalks Chuck to ropes, brings him up and CHOPS him back down. Tag to Santana, PNP drags Chuck up to double whip. Chuck holds ropes, boots Ortiz and Trent tags in. Santana is sent into buckles, Trent throws forearms but Ortiz kicks Chuck. The teams brawl and the ref tries to restore order.

PNP whip Best Friends at each other, but they dosido and clobber PNP! Trent feeds Santana to the Sexy Chuckie Knee! Then Trent hits the TORNADO DDT! Ortiz is next, he gets the LAWN DART CUTTER! And then Best Friends… HUG!! Got to give the people what they want! AEW goes picture in picture, #SnOvsBestFriends.

Trent watches PNP regroup on the outside. Santana takes his time returning to the ring, Ortiz takes his time returning to the apron. They try and distract with trash talk and arguing, but Trent still blocks Santana’s boot! Trent CHOPS back, then brings Santana up for forearms. Trent throws body shots but Santana shoves back. Trent tags Chuck, they double whip and double elbow Santana to then double elbow drop. Chuck swaggers around to taunt Ortiz but goes back to Santana in a corner. Chuck CHOPS and stomps Santana, then tags Trent back in. Trent climbs up, Chuck has Santana, double ax handles hit Santana in the back.

Trent drags Santana up to throw forearms, but Santana shoves, ducks and kicks the leg out to dropkick Trent down! Santana drags Trent back up to CHOPS off his feet! Tag to Ortiz, Santana wrenches Trent to hand off to Ortiz’s snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Ortiz has the leg, turns Trent and sits deep on the Half Crab! Ortiz flexes while Trent endures, but when Trent refuses to quit, Ortiz just lets off. Ortiz stalks Trent, dares him to do something, so Trent forearms! Ortiz CHOPS, Trent throws forearms, and AEW returns to single picture as Ortiz CHOPS again. Trent forearms back, Ortiz CHOPS, repeat! Trent CHOPS now, then forearms, but Ortiz pokes his eyes! Chuck protests but Ortiz swivels the hips!

Ortiz drags Trent up and over to the corner to bump him off buckles. Tag to Santana, PNP double whip Trent corner to corner. Trent goes up as Ortiz DECKS Chuck, then tumbles back down  into Santana’s URENAGE! Cover, ONE?! Trent surprises Santana but Ortiz taunts Trent. Trent DECKS Ortiz, elbows Santana, but Ortiz trips Trent up! Trent hits apron then floor, and Santana DIVES out onto Chuckie! Direct hit into barriers, and Chuckie ends up in the front row! The Librarians are shocked to have a souvenir! Ortiz whips Trent into railing across the way! “The best! The best!” Ortiz drags Trent up and into the ring, Santana drags him up and backbreakers! Cover, ONE!? Santana tags Ortiz back in while Chuckie stirs at ringside.

Ortiz snap suplexes Trent, floats to a cover, ONE! Trent is tougher than PNP thought, and Santana tags back in. They mug Trent, Santana snap suplexes him down again, covers, TWO! It’s progress, at least. Santana keeps on Trent but Trent resists the suplex. Ortiz tags in, they both suplex and run to slam Trent down! Ortiz covers, ONE!! Another try, TWO! Trent grits his teeth and clutches his back but his heart is keeping him in this. Ortiz stands on Trent’s head! Ortiz taunts Mama Sue through the camera! Tag to Santana, PNP drags Trent up to double suplex, but Trent slips out! Trent boots Ortiz and LARIATS Santana! All three are down, but Chuck is back on the corner! Hot tag to the Kentucky Gentleman!

Chuckie T rallies on PNP with lariats and BOOTS! Ortiz swings into SLICED BREAD! Santana runs into a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Chuck fires himself up, drags Santana back up, but Santana knees the suplex away. Tag to Ortiz, but he runs into SOLE FOOD! And the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Chuckie doesn’t sweat it, he just brings Ortiz back up. Chuck puts Ortiz in the corner and CHOPS! He hoists Ortiz up top, tags Trent in as the crowd rallies behind them. Trent powers through the pain as he goes up top to join Ortiz. Santana attacks Trent! Chuckie throws Santana out and helps Trent back up. Electric Chair SUPERPLEX!! Ortiz and Trent are both writhing, and Santana drags Chuckie off to throw into the wall!

Ortiz and Trent stand up, Ortiz throws forearms into the back! Tag to Santana, PNP drags Trent up and double whip, but Trent reverses to send Ortiz into the corner. Santana whips but Trent reverses. Ortiz goes up and over, school boys Santana at Trent for the CUTTER! Pop-up BOMB, to the PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Trent still lives and PNP can’t believe it! The crowd is fired up as Santana tags Ortiz back in. Santana climbs, Ortiz lifts but Chuckie hits Santana down! Trent victory rolls, Best Friends win!!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall

They snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! The #2 tag team is rising up again, will they be #1 contenders soon enough?

 

MJF gives us his contention update.

“AEW faithful, we are currently live at MJF campaign headquarters, and I am so excited to show you where the magic happens.” Wardlow opens the door and MJF walks in, greeted by the applause of his campaign staff. MJF thanks them and calls on “cue ball.” MJF is given his stick of gum, but ugh gross, that is not a good flavor, that man is fired. Moving on, MJF’s team are making and shipping posters and pins all across the world. And… Wait a minute. NINA! Yes, sir? Who hung that poster up? The MJF “We Deserve Better” in black ‘n’ white? It was Lee Johnson, sir. Lee is busy picking out the green M&M’s, by the way.

Oh? It was Lee?! Well, Lee, do you know what “level” means? Yes… Well, Lee, does that poster look level? “I dunno…” You don’t? Maybe if your LEVEL TOOL wasn’t on the ground, he’d know! MJF slaps the level against the poster and asks again: Does it look level? No… Well that aside, MJF asks Nina how they’re doing in the polls. But she needs to smile or not talk at all! Nina smiles big as she says they are leading. The poll shows MJF has 100% of the votes at 51,475,896, and somehow that means Moxley is at a negative 88%. “Epic.” Now, MJF is sure others would be taking a victory lap, but not him. Just because Tony Khan authorized MJF’s match for All Out does not mean they slow down. The campaign is not over until the title is around his waist! Why? Because #WeDeserveBetter. “Yes, we do.”

But what if Darby wins tonight? Oh, that 125 pound emo? That would suck to wrestle him for the title. #Sarcasm. MJF winks as he takes his leave, but what if that scenario does come true? Also, is that poll even real?

 

Matt Hardy is in the ring.

The crowd cheers as Hardy has a mic. “When I made the decision to come to AEW, it’s because I wanted to come somewhere where I would feel respected. I wanted to wrestle somewhere, work somewhere, where I felt like I had a say in the direction that my career was going to go.” And to be honest, Hardy came here, saw the incredibly talented roster of both men and women, a lot sitting at ringside right now, and Hardy thought about being an attraction. Hardy could introduce the world to the MULTIVERSE of Matt Hardy! A celebration of his career, The Best of Hardy and all his personas. He’s had a blast and so have the fans.

But Hardy listens to his audience, and AEW in general does, too. The majority that is watching Dynamite every single week, they want to see Hardy be Hardy, “the man who is stronger than death!” That is what Hardy will do onscreen. Off-screen, Hardy will continue to give back. There are two guys in particular that remind him of the Hardy Boyz, and that’s Private Party. Those two have passion, athleticism. If they ever need anything, he has their back. Another man he tries to help is Sammy Guevara. Sammy didn’t want his help, which is to get away from Inner Circle to stop being Chris Jericho’s underling. As a matter of fact, the first time Hardy showed up, Sammy snuck out from under the ring and attacked him! So seeing Sammy’s return, Hardy returned the favor!

Sammy gave Hardy the middle finger, so to say, and so Hardy will no longer try to help Sammy. But speaking of that sneak attack, Sammy slides out from under the ring now! Sammy slithers up behind Hardy but Hardy knew he’d come! And they brawl! Sammy powers Hardy to a corner but Hardy still hits back! Hardy whips and clotheslines Sammy out! But Sammy drags Hardy out and they keep brawling! Hardy throws Sammy into the railing! Then over the timekeeper’s table! Hardy drags Sammy back out, scoops him and then slams him through the table! Hardy isn’t done, he brings out a much bigger table over! Hardy sets the table up, drags Sammy over, but Sammy fights back! Sammy denies the Twist of Fate to POST Hardy!

Sammy clubs Hardy onto the table with elbow after elbow, but Hardy hits back! Sammy bumps into a camera man, but tosses a chair at Hardy’s head!! Direct hit! Hardy is in a daze, Sammy clubs him more, then Sammy goes to the stage. Hardy’s head is bleeding onto the wood as Sammy 630 SENTONS through him and table!! Hardy says he cannot die, but has the Spanish God just proven otherwise?!

 

AEW hears news of something happening backstage!

“You wanna see some real sh*t?!” Proud ‘n’ Powerful found the van! Santana takes a MAD BALL to the windows! Ortiz uses a SLEDGE HAMMER on the headlights! He isn’t trying hard enough, so Santana takes the hammer to SMASH the windshield! Ortiz gets the hammer back to SMASH a rear view mirror and the passenger side windows! Then the rear lights! And the rear windshield! Santana takes the hammer back to finish off the front! “You think we a joke?!” They spray paint the hood with “SUE” and then an X through it! “Tell your moms, we say what’s good.” Will Best Friends get revenge for that? Does Sue at least have insurance?

 

Cody Rhodes & Matt Cardona VS The Dark Order’s Numbers 3 & 4!

#StrongIsland is #AlwaysReady, and he was ready to back up his old pal in the American Nightmare up against John Silver & Alex Reynolds. Now, the Beaver Boys must take on the AEW TNT Champion and AEW’s newest signee fair and square! Will Cody and Cardona get even with the Numbers?

The teams sort out and Silver starts with Cody. They circle, tie up, and Cody gets a leg. Silver fights the takedown and they end up in a corner. Cody lets up but Silver shoves him. Cody shoves and Silver shoves again, so Cody kicks low and drops down for the uppercut! Silver wobbles into Cody’s suplex, and Cody holds Silver up for a count of 10 before hitting a gourd buster! Cover, TWO, but Cody keeps Silver with a wrench to wristlock. Tag to Cardona and Cody feeds Silver to forearms! Cardona bumps Silver off buckles, pushes him to ropes and whips him across the way. Silver kicks back, runs but into a FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO!

Cardona drags Silver up but Silver fires off kicks! Tag to Reynolds and he suplexes Cardona, only for it to turn into Cardona’s neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cardona keeps his cool as he drags Reynolds up and wrenches. Tag to Cody, he climbs up to drop ax handles on the arm. Cody wrenches Reynolds’ arm again, whips but Reynolds reverses. Cody sees Silver’s sucker punch coming so he slides under, onto to clip the post! Silver drags Cody up while Cardona protests and Silver RAMS Cody into the apron! Silver feeds Cody to Reynolds in the ring, but Cody still BOOTS back! Cody punches but Reynolds whips him away. Cody ends up on the apron, elbows Silver away and forearms Reynolds. Silver sweeps the legs and Cody lands hard! Reynolds slingshot stomps Cody down!

Reynolds puts Cody in, tags in Silver, and they drop elbow after elbow on Cody’s ribs! They just keep dropping them until the ref counts on Reynolds. Reynolds bails out, Silver covers, TWO! Silver stalks Cody to a corner but Cody pushes him away. Silver stomps and throws heavy body shots! Silver KICKS Cody in the stomach, tags in Reynolds, and they bend Cody back against buckles. Reynolds throws more hands, whips Cody to ropes, and elbows Cody down! Cover, TWO! Cody toughs it out and hits back, but Reynolds knees low and bumps Cody off buckles. Reynolds throws shoulders in, whips Cody corner to corner hard, then drags him from the ropes. Reynolds sucker punches Cardona before he drags Cody away.

The ref has to keep Cardona back, Silver tags in and he stomps Cody down. Silver stands on Cody as he flexes, but Cody turns it into a matchbook cover! TWO and Silver kicks the ribs again! Silver throws body shots in the corner, Cody flops down but Silver eggs him on. AEW goes picture in picture, #DOvsCODYandCARDONA.

Cardona coaches Cody and Cody fires off jabs on Silver. Silver gets up and under Cody to dump him down! Cover, TWO! Silver grows frustrated but he tags in Reynolds. Reynolds drags Cody up but Cody fights back from the apron. Cody slingshots for a sunset flip but Reynolds holds ropes to stay up! Reynolds STOMPS Cody’s ribs! Cover, TWO! Reynolds keeps Cody down with a grounded cobra twist, digging his palm into Cody’s chin. Cody fights up but Reynolds knees low. Reynolds whips, Cody goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO!! Reynolds KNEES Cody down! Cover, TWO! Cody toughs it out but Reynolds drops a knee into the ribs! Cover, TWO!

Reynolds drags Cody away and tags in Silver. The Beaver Boys double whip Cody to ropes, then double hip toss into a double facebuster! Cover, Cardona breaks it! The ref reprimands but Cody crawls over. Tag to Reynolds and he BOOTS Cardona! The ref has to keep Cardona back yet again, but Cody cradle counters! TWO, and Reynolds drops another big elbow! Reynolds drags Cody around, stomps him, then puts Cody in the corner. Tag to Silver, AEW returns to single picture. Silver fireman’s carries to toss Cody into Reynolds’ KICK! Cover, TWO! Silver wraps Cody up in a rear bearhug and Cody endures the squeeze. Cody fights back with elbows and pries at the hold. Cody frees himself but Silver KICKS him in the back!

Silver stares down Cardona as he flexes. Silver sits Cody up for kicks! Cody eggs him on so Silver fires off! Silver runs, into a back slide! But he slips through to front kick, round kick and SUPERKICK! Silver runs again, into the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Both men are down and the crowd fires up! Hot tags to Reynolds and Cardona! Strong Island MC rallies on the Beaver Boys! Cardona knees Reynolds away then hops up to missile dropkick him down! Reynolds is in a corner and Cardona fires off forearm after forearm! Silver drags Reynolds out, but Cardona WRECKS them both with a dropkick!

Cardona puts Reynolds in, takes aim, but no leg lariat yet! Cardona kicks low, underhooks and TIGER BOMBS! Cover, but Silver BOOTS Cardona! Cody returns, he side steps and springboards to CODY CUTTER! Reynolds clotheslines Cody out but Cardona clubs him down. Cardona whips, Reynolds reverses and Silver KICKS Cardona in the corner! Feed to the forearm, follow up with an enziguri, STUNNER and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridge and jackknife cover, TWO!! Cardona escapes out the back and the Numbers can’t believe it! Cody returns, throws Reynolds out but turns around into Silver’s BOOT! Silver goes to run, Cody reels him into the dragon sleeper, but Silver slips out to shove Cody. Cody suplexes himself and Silver out of the ring!!

Reynolds returns but Cardona is after him. Reynolds hotshots Cardona, waistlocks but Cardona bucks him off, ROUGH RYDER!! Or as he calls it now, Radio Silence! Cover, Cardona and Cody win!

Winners: Matt Cardona & Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

A huge debut for the newest addition to the roster! Will Cardona rise up the ranks and become a top player? Woo woo woo, you know it! As for Cody, he spots someone waiting for him at the entryway. It’s Scorpio Sky! As of last night’s AEW Dark, Scorpio put management and champions on notice. Scorpio stares Cody down, eyes the AEW TNT Championship, and taps it. Will the American Nightmare give Scorpio his shot to #ReachForTheSky?

 

Best Friends return to the van!

It seems there was even more graffiti added to it, with “THE BEST” and a few other things sprayed on the side. And now it’s on cinder blocks because the tires were taken! Chuck says “Not only did you destroy my friend’s mom’s van, but you made a liar out of me.” Chuck promised Mama Sue that he would take care of the van and keep it safe. Trent says PNP can do whatever they want to him and Chuck. Throw chairs, hit them with those socks, whatever. “But you do NOT touch my mom’s van! You cowards!” If they wanted a rematch, just ask. Best Friends did it once, they’ll gladly do it again. And when it happens, PNP will personally apologize to Trent’s mom via speakerphone. Will the van be avenged?

 

Sammy Guevara returns to ringside!

The Spanish God already devastated Matt Hardy, but now he’s got his cue cards back! That’s because he knows AEW is going picture in picture! “Hey, Orange! Like Matt Hardy VS The Inner Circle…” Sammy mocks all the blood spouting from Hardy’s head. “You’re going to LOSE!” Loser~! “Not only… is the Demo God,” Chris Jericho, “a master in the ring! He’s master on the mic, master on the stage, he’s a master entertainer, and he’s a master debater!” Umm… No! Nevermind that one! Just tear that one up and… #InnerCircle #AEWDynamite #SpanishGod as AEW goes to break.

 

AEW returns to Super Wednesday Debate 2020!

Justin Roberts introduces us to this major event and we even get a lot of pyro. He introduces the very special guest  moderator… ERIC BISCHOFF!!! Really!? Yes! The iconic WCW and WWE general manager is now on AEW! The “groundbreaking pro-wrestling executive” takes his seat at the table and prepares his notes. “Thank you very much, and welcome to the AEW Super Wednesday Debate, 2020!” Bischoff explains the simple format: there are five questions put together through the various platforms of social media, all picked at random. Neither Mr. Orange Cassidy nor Mr. Chris Jericho have seen these questions. Without further ado, he introduces our participants!

First out is Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy! Cassidy shakes Bischoff’s hand with his signature super sloth effort. And of course, second is Le Champion, Chris Jericho! Jericho has a new suit, but has Jake Hager carry the orange juice stained old one with him anyway. Both men take their podiums in the ring, and Bischoff allows Jericho to begin.

“Why does Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy hate each other so much?

Jericho says that’s easy. First he verbally annihilates Cassidy, Jericho wants to say he’s so glad Cassidy “dressed for the occasion.” This is disgraceful! Cassidy sighs, and brings out a clip-on tie! This is what Jericho hates about Cassidy. No, that might not be strong enough. Jericho despises the fact Cassidy doesn’t take anything seriously. Jericho despises who Cassidy is, who Cassidy stands for, and despise the millions of morons who follow Cassidy as if he’s the greatest thing in pro-wrestling history when he’s not. As a matter of fact, people laugh at him behind his back. Cassidy is a joke! Critics, historians, experts all laugh at what Cassidy does and so does Jericho. Cassidy is a nothing, nobody flash in the pan, “Ginger jackass who plays pocket pool on a weekly basis,” and that ends Jericho’s statement.

Bischoff is rather looking forward to Cassidy’s response. Cassidy’s response is…? Jericho says Cassidy doesn’t talk because he has nothing to say. Well, in that case, let’s move on to the second question.

“Who is the better wrestler? And who is the bigger star?”

Another easy one! Don’t be stupid! This is Chris Jericho, man! Le Champion! The Demo God! Jericho has held 50 titles around the world, while Cassidy has barely been out of the state of Florida. The only title Cassidy has is Biggest Slacker in his high school yearbooks! And if they went to school together, Jericho would’ve chased Cassidy down the halls, kicked his ass in front of the lockers, give him wedgies, steal his milk money and his girlfriend. “You’re a nerd.” Jericho is in a $10,000 suit, looking like a million bucks. Cassidy is in a filthy denim jacket and smells like old salami, Drakkar Noir and batteries. Cassidy makes Jericho sick! That’s all for Jericho.

Cassidy’s response? Just adjusting his glasses. Well then… The next question is one Bischoff feels might resonate with Cassidy.

“Global sea levels have been rising over the past century, the rate has increased in recent decades. What are your thoughts on this very serious global situation?”

What is a global warming/climate change question doing in a debate about wrestling?! Next question, please! Well, Jericho skipped it, but does Cassidy have something to say? “Ahem…” He does?! “Sea levels continue to rise at about the rate of 1/8 of an inch per year. Higher sea levels enables storms to push further inland and therefore increase the extremely dangerous flooding in coastal communities. A failure to minimize our fossil fuel usage and reduction of carbon emissions can be devastating to the estimated 40% of the population in the United States that lives in these coastal communities, and globally, eight of the world’s ten largest cities. Thank you.” What?! Wow! Now it’s a debate!

“Why is Orange Cassidy so popular?”

Why? Jericho says Cassidy is the epitome of everything wrong in pro-wrestling today! He’s the epitome of every idiot, smart mark fan in the arenas tonight and watching at home! He’s lazy, arrogant, entitled, overbearing and the “pimple on the ass of the pro-wrestling business.” But next week, Jericho will pop him! Jericho will beat Cassidy again, and when he does, Cassidy will have to pay $7000 to replace the designer creation that somehow gets oranger every week from that demonic orange juice Cassidy dumped on it! And after all that, Cassidy will leave AEW, quit the business, and go back to being “Jim the Jamba Juice guy,” and take Jericho’s order of a blueberry smoothie with extra protein and pumpkin seeds! And no tip!

Jericho high-fives Hager but what is Cassidy’s response to all that? He just looks away. Last question!

“Why does this rematch mean so much to both of you?”

The reason it means so much to Jericho- “Heeeeey, Chriiis. Shut up!” Cassidy goes first it seems. “Shut up.” Cassidy knows what Jericho is doing. Jericho schedules a debate against a guy “who doesn’t talk.” Smart, but it’s mostly to embarrass him. Yep. Trying to embarrass him with all of this? Cassidy isn’t embarrassed. Because he doesn’t care. Cassidy does care about their rematch, though. It’s the biggest match of his life. But it’s also the biggest match of Jericho’s. Just imagine. You’re Chris Jericho, man. Jericho’s done it all the things that fans can google later. But right now, what if Jericho loses to “the guy that puts his hands in his pockets?”

Cassidy takes the sunglasses off to show Jericho he is serious! “I want you to look at me, Chris. I want you to look into my eyes, and look at the man that is going to embarrass you. And next week, look at the man that is going to beat you!” The crowd is on Cassidy’s side as Jericho looks worried. Bischoff has no choice but to declare Cassidy the winner! Jericho is furious but Cassidy gives a thumbs up. Bischoff apologizes, that global warming stuff got him. No one wins a debate, Bischoff! This is why Jericho hasn’t liked you in 22 years! It’s been 24 years and the feeling’s mutual. Well whatever, Cassidy “won” this debate but Jericho is gonna “kick the sh*t” out of him in the ring! Maybe Jericho will do that right now! And Hager attacks!

Hager drags Cassidy back up to throw hands in the corner! Hager keeps Cassidy standing up, slaps him, then puts his hands in his pockets. Then he feeds Cassidy to JUDAS EFFECT! Best Friends rush out but Jericho and Hager get away. Can Cassidy recover and get his revenge? Or is it just the beginning of the end for Freshly Squeezed?

 

AEW returns with an interview with Britt Baker.

Last week, the Role Model gave Big Swole a challenge. Swole can get her match with Britt Baker at All Out, if Swole defeats someone of Britt’s choosing. So who does Britt have in mind? Well everyone’s dying to know. After careful consideration, Swole’s opponent is… Reba. Wait what?! Reba/Rebel doesn’t want that! Britt trusts Reba can do this. Just get in the ring! Rebel gets in, but can the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader really beat a trained and seasoned professional wrestler?

Big Swole VS Rebel w/ Britt Baker!

The bell rings and Britt says Reba’s got this. But Swole waistlocks, headlocks and throws Rebel down with the takeover. Swole dares Rebel to do something, Rebel manages to get up and powers out to a hammerlock. Swole turns that right back on her, then CLUBS her down! Britt shouts at Swole but Swole talks trash back. Rebel clubs Swole from behind! And bumps her off buckles! Rebel air high-fives Britt before bumping Swole off more buckles. Rebel brings Swole out to suplex and TOSS! Rebel might be surprising herself right now! She runs corner to corner to back heel kick Swole down! Rebel dribbles Swole into the mat, then sets her up in the drop zone. Britt coaches her to go all the way up, but Rebel wobbles. Rebel goes for second rope, to MOONSAULT and flop! Still great form, though.

Swole aims at Rebel with the DIRTY DANCING DISCUS! Cover, Swole wins!

Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall

Was there any question, though? And now, Swole has her date with Britt at All Out! Will the Role Model find a way to get out of this? Or will she finally have to put her money where her mouth is?

 

AEW has big matches made for next week!

After the stare down on the stage, the American Nightmare is giving Scorpio Sky his chance! It will be Cody VS Scorpio for the AEW TNT Championship! Jericho and Cassidy have their “$7000 obligation match” to settle things once and for all! And FTR’s #TagTeamAppreciationNight will of course feature great tag team matches! First, the AEW World Tag Team Champions, Kenny Omega & Hangman Page, taking on Jurassic Express’ Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus in non-title action! Can the #5 ranked team make a huge splash against the champs? Then, the Young Bucks and the Dark Order’s Uno & Stu go 2v2 to see who moves up the ranks! Plus, the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express will stop buy, and even Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson will have a reunion of sorts. That and more as Dynamite keeps the summer hot!

 

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Darby Allin!

If there’s anyone as truly reckless and relentless as The Maniac, it’s the Undead Daredevil. They’ve teamed together and fought each other before, but both men have only grown grittier since then. Will Darby take that advice from someone who has been there and done that? Or will Moxley have no choice but to put his personal favorite down for the count?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Moxley says a quick prayer for what he might have to do tonight.

Moxley circles with Darby, who hasn’t taken off the cardboard mask of Moxley’s face. Moxley rips it off then throws it away! Darby SLAPS Moxley! Moxley DECKS Darby! Darby is already bleeding but he seems to like that. Darby throws off the jacket and dares Moxley to do that again. Moxley kicks low, whips but Darby ducks and redirects to handspring and SLAP Mox again! Moxley LARIATS Darby inside out! Moxley brings Darby up to CHOP him off his feet! Darby growls but Moxley puts him in a corner. Moxley digs his forearms in, then CHOPS again! Darby is stinging but Moxley puts him in another corner to ram his shoulder in. Moxley TOSSES Darby across the way, then grabs the legs to stomp the stomach!

Moxley paces as Darby writhes. Moxley drags Darby up, scoops Darby and slams him down, to then drop an elbow! Cover, TWO, but Moxley keeps his cool. In fact, Moxley is conflicted. Moxley drags Darby back up, back suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet. Darby whips, Moxley reverses but Darby springboards and arm-drags Moxley away! Moxley staggers up into a shotgun dropkick! Moxley goes to the ramp, Darby DIVES to less tope and more tackle Moxley down! Darby rains right hands on the ramp but Moxley gets away. They go to the stage, Darby clubs away to the entryway. Moxley knees back, clubs Darby down, then shakes his head. Moxley drags Darby up, and TOSSES Darby at the post! Darby goes down in a heap!! The referee checks on Darby while Moxley paces. AEW goes picture in picture, #ALLINvsMOX.

Moxley goes back to the ring, looks down at Darby and asks if he really is alright. The ref starts a ring count so Darby must somehow be alright. Moxley doesn’t really like that but he goes over to talk to Darby. Darby crawls up so Moxley puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Moxley already senses Darby didn’t listen, so he puts Darby in a straitjacket stretch. Darby endures as Moxley seems to try and reason with him. Darby fights up, spins out, but Moxley clobbers him! Moxley paces again before bringing Darby up. Moxley rocks Darby with haymakers but Darby CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Moxley CHOPS Darby off his feet again!

Moxley drags Darby up, but Darby dropkicks back! Darby dodges and dropkicks again, only to get caught! Moxley has the one leg for a modified Half Crab! Darby endures as Moxley sits deep and digs a knee into the back. Darby crawls, the crowd rallies up, but Moxley drops down for an STF! Darby endures the new hold, Moxley digs his fingers in, and AEW returns to single picture. Darby gives Moxley double dirty birds and Moxley just bends on back! Moxley drags Darby up, and X-PLEXES him down! Moxley is again torn as Darby keeps moving. Darby rolls to the ramp, Moxley follows and tells him, “When I tell you to tap, you tap!” But Darby hotshots Moxley instead! Moxley sputters, Darby runs, and TACKLES Moxley to the outside!

Darby rains down rights on Moxley, clearly defying Moxley’s advice. Moxley gets up, Darby DIVES again! The full body tope takes them back to the railing! Darby drags Moxley up but Moxley puts him in. Moxley gets on the apron but Darby shotgun dropkicks him again! Darby goes to the corner, brings Moxley over and puts the hand on the post! Darby stands on that hand! The ref counts, Moxley gets away, but Darby SUPER SWANTONS onto him!! Both men are down again and the crowd says “This is Awesome!” Darby puts Moxley back in as the ring count hits 4. Darby runs, springboards, but the Coffin Drop is caught for a GERMAN SUPLEX! But Darby lands on his feet!

Darby throws fast hands, only to run into underhooks! But Darby bends the fingers, dropkicks the legs out, and hosp on for CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Darby realizes how close he was! A standing count begins as both men stir. Darby crawls to a corner and stands up at 6. Moxley springs up as Darby climbs to club him down! Moxley SUPER GERMANS, and Darby manages to rotate enough to save himself! But both men are still down, and Moxley shouts, “You wanted this!” Both men crawl at each other, but here comes Wardlow?! Wardlow distracts the ref so MJF can bring in the AEW World Championship belt!! MJF CLOBBERS Moxley with it, then bails out! Wardlow stops distracting the ref, and the ref wonders what just happened.

Darby rises and hurries to a corner! He goes up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! MJF’s screw job didn’t work out, but Moxley is bleeding! Taz loves this on commentary because of his issues on behalf of Brian Cage. Darby seethes as Moxley flounders. Moxley manages to stand, Darby throws haymakers on the wound! Moxley shoves Darby away but walks into boots! Darby leaps up and over to shotgun dropkick Moxley back! Then the THROWBACK STUNNER! Moxley wobbles into Darby’s run, and perhaps back elbow and back of the head collide with Moxley! Darby crawls over to another corner, heads back up top, and goes for COFFIN DROP into body scissors! REAR NAKED CHOKE!!

Moxley smothers Darby, Darby fades but gets a second wind! Darby sits up, reaches for ropes, Moxley wants Darby to tap! “Tap, you little bastard!” But Darby doesn’t, he just rakes Moxley’s bloody forehead!! Moxley cranks harder on the hold, spins Darby around, and shouts out Suzuki-san with the GOTCH PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley cannot believe it and neither can anyone else! Moxley shakes his head. He told Darby to stay down but also knew Darby wouldn’t listen, and that’s what happened. Moxley says one more prayer, drags Darby up, and underhooks the arms, for PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)

Moxley holds Darby close, trying to let him know it’s alright. As for MJF, he’s disappointed things didn’t swing in his favor, even after he got involved. MJF shouts and screams though we can’t hear it, then storms off to who knows where. Moxley and MJF will collide at All Out, will Moxley prove the polls wrong?


My Thoughts:

An incredible episode for AEW! The 12 Man Tag starting things off was some wild stuff from bell to bell. I really liked the “knee injury” element that took FTR out of things, and the fact Hangman was gone for so long hints even more at him leaving Omega and The Elite to join up with them in whatever AEW Four Horsemen idea that’s in the works. I really thought Hangman’s return meant The Elite would win but it works even better that Dark Order wins. That faction is big and needs to feel strong for that reason, and Cabana started to feed into it more. Cabana should at this point really have gear that is still his designs, like the “BOOM BOOM,” but in Dark Order colors. Of course, Dark Order can’t win everything just yet, and Matt Cardona gets to look great in his debut match with a win.

I also really liked Scorpio Sky being there to make it known he wants a shot, and that Cody is giving it to him. Now, I don’t know if Scorpio wins, as convention would make you think a PPV is the place for that. But for that reason, Scorpio should definitely win it off Cody here. I feel it’d get a lot of buzz, Scorpio has been working really hard and doing amazing, he deserves to be not only the second ever TNT Champion, but the first to have checked off it and tag titles in the AEW Triple Crown bingo. Best Friends have a really good match with Proud ‘n’ Powerful, but as soon as that van pulled up, it was clear it was going to get ruined. It’s actually very on brand for Best Friends to escalate a feud because someone’s mom’s van got vandalized, and I know that rematch will be great.

The “Super Wednesday” debate segment was a goofy idea that was actually very good. I did not expect Eric Bischoff to moderate it but he did pretty good for his part. Jericho was great as always, and I knew as soon as a global warming related question came up, Cassidy would have a bunch to say, it was classic comedic genius. Cassidy also does a great promo right on Jericho, and of course there was going to be a beat down. Cassidy just has to win the match, everything points to that. Sammy and Matt Hardy had quite the segment, and WOW the blood after that admittedly reckless chair toss to the head. I’m sure Hardy will be fine, and he will come back with a vengeance. Hardy saying he’ll be normal Matt Hardy is probably a ruse, this has to be settled between Sammy and DAMASCUS~!

Britt choosing Rebel to face Swole was both natural, as no one else would care to do Britt’s bidding, but also disappointing because then it was obvious. I will say, Rebel really did impress on that moonsault and flop. Swole VS Britt is happening, it’s going to be a lot of fun, and could go either way. MJF’s campaign update was a good segment, and I feel like it’s also a good way to bring more people into MJF’s stable since it’s just him and Wardlow. Though, Wardlow is pretty capable. Lee Johnson has just been getting manhandled so maybe siding with MJF and Wardlow could change that ever so slightly.

The main event was incredible, probably thanks to MJF trying to screw Moxley over, all because he feels it’d be easier to beat Darby. I felt that at that point, the title could’ve changed hands just so Darby could actually prove MJF wrong, but Mox VS MJF is certainly a bigger match. Plus, Darby could even go after MJF for revenge, though he also still has his issues with Brian Cage. AEW likes blending and interweaving stories, so Darby having many bullies he wants revenge on would work.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/25/22)

It’s a special Black Friday Rampage!

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Rampage Coverage 2022

FTR is on a Rampage!

AEW Rampage is on at a special time for Black Friday, and talk about a deal! Will FTR still be ROH World Tag Team Champions after facing Top Flight? Or will be Dante & Darius Martin be the new #TopGuys?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight; FTR wins and retains the titles.
  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Darby wins.
  • Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata; Shida wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade; Rush, Butcher & Blade win.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Top Flight!

Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are still THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, and have been itching for a challenge. Darius & Dante Martin have stepped up based on the mutual respect these two teams have for each other. But who will be the real top guys around here after today?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s a golden deal on this Black Friday!

Dax starts with Darius and they circle. They tie up, break, and go again. Darius arm-drags Dax and stares him down. Fans rally up, Dax keeps cool and he circles with Darius again. They tie up, Dax headlocks but Darius powers out. Dax runs Darius over, scoops and SLAMS him, but Darius kangaroo kicks back. Darius arm-drags Dax, but Dax headscissors! Darius kips free and wags his finger as fans fire up. Dax still stays cool and circles with Darius again. They tie up, Darius headlocks but Dax powers out. Darius runs Dax over, covers, ONE! Darius runs Dax over again, covers, ONE! Dax CLOBBERS Darius and fans fire up.

Dax drops a leg, pushes Darius to a cover, TWO! Tag to Cash, FTR DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darius! Cash EuroUppers Darius, CHOPS him against the ropes, and brings Darius around to whip and scoop. Darius slips off to arm-drag! Tag to Dante, Top Flight go after the arm with a wrench and a kick. Cash swings, Dante ducks but Cash comes back with the elbow! Cash ROCKS Dante then CHOPS and HEADBUTTS him! Cash headlocks but Dante powers out. Cash runs Dante over, things speed up, and Cash whips the back drop away. Dante ducks, Darius tags, Dante blocks a hip toss but Cash blocks one back.

Dante throws a body shot, goes up and over Cash and then shoves him into a GAMANGIRI! Top Flight double whip, duck and hurdle, then body shot, front kick and LEG SWEEP DDT COMBO! Darius covers, ONE!! Cash is tough but Dax was there, too. Darius tells Dax to back off and then he goes back for Cash. But Cash whips Darius to RAM him at the corner! Cash pushes Darius to the corner, tags Dax, and Dax CHOPS Darius down! Fans rally and duel, Dax drags Darius up to EuroUpper! Dax snarls, he drags Darius up, but Darius CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Darius CHOPS, Dax DECKS Darius! And then DECKS Dante!

Dax tags Cash, FTR double whip but Darius sunset flips! Dax keeps Cash up but Dante springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK for Dax! Darius finishes the sunset while Dante covers Dax, TWO! FTR pop up both brothers but Top Flight both RANA free, to covers! TWO!! Dante BOOTS Dax down, Darius mule kicks Cash! TORNADO DDT and a tag! Dante goes up but Dax gets Cash outta there! Fans fire up and Dante hops down to go out and ROCK Cash! AEW goes picture in picture as Dante puts Cash in.

Dax goes after Dante! They brawl on the outside, Dante ROCKS Dax, but slides into stomps from Cash! Cash snapmares Dante to KICK him in the back! Cash EuroUppers Dante down, then drags him over. Tag to Dax, Dax stomps Dante then drags him up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dax keeps Dante from Darius and bumps him off buckles. Dax CHOPS Dante, but Dante turns things around to CHOP Dax! Dax turns it back around to CHOP Dante! Dante flops over and Dax drags him back up. Dax hits a back suplex but Dante lands on his feet! Dante CLOBBERS Dax, and again! Cash runs in but Dante CLOBBERS him!

Dante whips but Dax reverses, only for Dante to go up and out and GAMANGIRI! Rampage returns to single picture as Dante springboards and DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS FTR! Fans fire up and Darius rushes in. The Martins have FTR in opposite corners and then whip them, but FTR reverse to send the Martins in. The brothers do-si-do, duck ‘n’ dodge, and DOUBLE DROPKICK! FTR regroups but the Martins clothesline them both up and out! Fans fire up as Dante holds the ropes for Darius to DIVE! Then Dante comes back to go up and FLY! Dante doesn’t have the best takeoff but he still take FTR down!

Darius puts Cash in, Dante goes back up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives that aerial assault but Dante tags Darius. Dax fights them back with forearms and CHOPS! Darius kicks but Dax DECKS him! Dante PELES Dax, but all three men are down! Dax hurries over to his corner, Dante runs in. Dax puts Dante on the apron and Cash tags in. Dante fights off FTR with haymaker and elbows, then HEADBUTTS Cash while jumping in! Dante drags Cash up, but Dax hops up behind Dante! Dante elbows Dax away, drags Cash back up, but Cash throws Dante to Dax’s Electric Chair! SLINGSHOT BOMB, and then a DIVING SPLASH from Cash! Cover, Darius breaks it!!

Fans fire up as all four men are down! Dax snarls and brings Darius up. He ducks a kick, jumps a sweep and ROCKS Darius! Darius ROUNDHOUSES, whips, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Dax hurries to his corner, tags in, and FTR drags Dante up. FTR double whip Dante, but Darius breaks up Big Rig! Dante sunset flips but Dax rolls through! Dax swings on Darius but misses, and Darius shoves Dax into another sunset flip! With bridge! TWO!! Top Flight is frustrated as Dax escapes, and they throw forearms on Dax! Dante gives Darius the boost, TORNADO DDT! Dante goes up, SPLASH! Cover, Cash barrels in to break it!!

Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Chicago is dueling as the teams regroup. Darius SOBATS Cash but Cash JABS, JABS, JABS! Darius bobs ‘n’ weaves but Cash dodges to UPPERCUT! Darius rebounds to whip and SPANISH FLY! But Dante deadlifts to a BRAINBUSTER! And then he deadlifts Dante, but Dante slips out to hop up, victory roll! TWO!! Dax scoops, Dante makes it a cradle! TWO! Wheelbarrow cradle, TWO!! Dante hops up, but Dax throws him away! Dax waistlocks, Dante switches, Cash tags! O’Conner Roll, but Dax sends Dante into an alley-oop! Dante lands safe on the ropes to BOOT Cash!

Dante adjusts, springboards, but FTR get under the Nosedive! BIG RIG!!! Cover, FTR wins!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Cash & Dax are still the best tag team in the world! But wait, Austin & Colten Gunn come out to mockingly praise the champs. Will the Ass Boys get their turn at the titles come ROH Final Battle?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs speaks.

He’s back home in Oakland, California as he says, “When you open up the Book of Hobbs, you look death in the face. And you read word-for-word, and look in my eyes, you believe the good word. This is life. A life you know nothing about. A life you want nothing a part of. So whatever higher being you believe in, I want you to look up in the sky, I want you to look down low. Just like everyone has taken everything that’s meant something to me, I’m taking everything that means something to you.” Who will Hobbs take from first to be back where he wants to be?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Wizard is still Le Champion! After a brutal and bloody battle with Tomohiro Ishii, Jericho is still #THEOCHO! The rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society walks out with him while Chicago sings Judas for them. Jericho and Garcia chest bump just to show that the bloody spot on Jericho’s chest doesn’t bother him. Angelo Parker starts by telling Chicago to pipe down because Cool Hand Ange has something to say: “ALL HONOR THE OCHO~!” Fans are  bit torn on that but it’s the truth. Jericho says, “Is there any doubt that I am the greatest ROH champion of all time? Any doubt?” Fans are again torn.

Jericho says he’s beaten everyone thrown in his way, including in one of the greatest matches in Dynamite history against Tomohiro Ishii! Fans do agree with that a bit. “I’ve bled for this title, I have sweat for this title, I have earned this title. I am The Ocho. And not even Claudio Castagnoli can come out on the stage and give me a cheap shot, not even that’s gonna slow me down!” So the question to everyone is: who will uncrown the king of ROH? The fans? That four-eyes in the fifth row? But wait, here comes Claudio! Jericho’s jaw starts feeling sore again as Claudio says, “Chris, you asked if there’s any doubt that you are the greatest ROH champion. Well, there is no doubt in my mind that you are not.

“I know that I can beat you. I beat you twice! The problem is, I started doubting myself when I couldn’t beat you when it counts. And to me, the most important thing is believing in yourself. When I came here, I wanted to be the best professional wrestler I can be. And I know I am the best professional wrestler when I don’t doubt myself. So to me, I don’t just need to beat you for this ROH World Champion, I have to beat you!” Jericho says, “Okay, you have to beat me. Maybe you should be more worried about the Blackpool Combat Club since they’re falling apart at the seams, Claudio.”

Claudio says that is a problem. He cannot focus on anything else. He hasn’t slept since Saturday and losing to Jericho. Claudio can’t sleep, focus, can barely talk. It all bothers him. He NEEDS a shot at the ROH World Championship. So he wants another shot at Jericho’s title? Should Jericho give Claudio a shot? Chicago seems to think so! Jericho tells Claudio, “You want it? Forget it.” Fans boo and the JAS laughs. Claudio sighs as Jericho says there is nothing Claudio has to offer Jericho. But then Matt Menard says maybe there is something he can offer.

“Daddy Magic has an idea! Claudio, you’re a hell of a professional wrestler. But let’s not forget there was a time when you were a fantastic sports entertainer. I think you would make an excellent addition to the Jericho Appreciation Society. How about that, Chris?” Jericho likes how Daddy Magic thinks! He’s making Jericho’s nipples hard. Jericho tells Claudio that despite the fact Claudio sucker punched him, Jericho will give Claudio that one more chance. BUT if Claudio loses, and he will lose, he will join the JAS! Claudio considers that challenge.

“You’re right. I was a great sports entertainer. And I still am a great sports entertainer. And I would be a tremendous asset to the Jericho Appreciation Society. But I know deep in my heart, despite all my doubts, and I have a feeling you know as well, I’m an even better professional wrestler! Look in my eyes, Chris. Come Final Battle, I will throw you around like a little kid, and I will beat you for that ROH World Championship! I’ll bring honor back to this title, and I will be the NEW ROH World Champion!” Fans like the sound of that! But will December 10th be Claudio’s final battle as a pro-wrestler?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm.

Renee Paquette sits with the former champion, and knows she and Hayter had an amazing match at Full Gear. Unfortunately, Toni did lose the title. But Renee wants to talk about how Hayter won. Toni says deep down, she’s actually proud. She always knew Hayter could do it, and at Full Gear, they tore the house down. And they got to see just how tough Hayter is. But we didn’t see Jamie Hayter beat Toni Storm, she needed Britt & Rebel again. And if Hayter can look in the mirror and be cool with that, fine. But Toni could never do that. And that’s the difference between them.

Renee steers things to the news from Dynamite that there is no more “interim” and even Toni’s reign counts as a true world title reign, what is her reaction? Well just look at Toni’s face. She never saw the title as “interim.” She went out there, week after week, holding onto the title as if it was always official, because that is what this division deserves. Then with all of these things, what’s next? Toni broke her face losing the belt, she’ll break it again to get it back. When will the Lightning From Down Under strike back against the Hayter?

 

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!

The Relentless Icons won another big PPV tag match, but they’re not slowing down here! Will Darby get back on the singles track against one half of the Workhorsemen?

The bell rings and Darby stares Henry down. Fans rally for Darby, he and Henry slowly circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Henry arm-drags. Darby holds on, fight sup, and arm-drags back. They’re still locked up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Henry fights back up. Darby gets around to a waistlock, Henry switches but Darby switches back. Henry snapmares and KICKS but Darby just smiles. Henry snapmares again and KICKS again, but Darby just stands up. Henry snapmares but Darby cradles, TWO!! Henry knees low and snarls. Henry whips but Darby sunset flips! Henry stays up, drags Darby up in a deadlift suplex, but Darby gest to the apron!

Henry ROCKS Darby, runs, but Darby goes up and over! Darby comes back to DIVE into JD! Scrap Metal takes the hit for the Saint, and Darby gets in. Things speed up, Henry fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Darby! Henry goes out, SPITS at Darby, then APRON STO’s Darby down! Henry taunts the fans while AEW goes picture in picture.

Henry drags Darby around and CLUBS him on the back. Henry whips Darby hard into railing! Darby drops to his knees and Henry kicks him down. Henry drags Darby back up, puts him in the ring, and watches Sting as he gets back in. Henry paces around while soaking up heat, and then he gives Darby a NECK TWIST! He even holds on after as he falls! Henry KICKS Darby around, wraps him up in a straitjacket stretch, but Darby endures. Darby fights up, knees low and throws body shots. Henry shoves, Darby ducks the kick to fire off palm strikes and a HEADBUTT! Darby hops on but Henry shrugs the Yoshi-tonic off!

Henry waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Darby ducks ‘n’ dodges to COFFIN- GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Henry is seething but he stalks Darby to a corner. Sting coaches Darby up but Henry whips Darby corner to corner hard! Darby falls in a heap, Henry pats himself on the back. Henry mocks the fans booing him, and he drags Darby up to whip the other way. Darby hits buckles hard again and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Henry has Darby in a Tree of Woe! Henry KICKS away on Darby’s chest, the ref counts, but Henry lets off at 4. Henry soaks up more heat, then runs in to HESITATION DROPKICK! Henry sits Darby up, and then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and Henry is losing his cool. Henry goes to the corner and climbs up. Darby moves and the King Kong Knee hits mat! Darby runs in to CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Henry survives and slides out of the ring. JD helps Henry around the way but Darby rushes over. Darby puts Henry in, but then Henry distracts the ref so JD can pop-up and CLOBBER Darby!

JD drags Darby back up and puts him in for Henry, but here comes Sting! Henry covers, TWO!! JD turns around, Sting CLOBBERS him! Sting whips JD into railing! Henry is furious at Sting, but he hoists Darby up top. Henry climbs up after Darby and says this is for Sting! SUPERPLEX! And then a roll through to a suplex, but Darby turns it into a SCORPION DEATHDROP! Fans fire up and Darby roars! Darby goes to the corner, he climbs up top, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Relentless as always, it’s another big win for Darby! Sting joins Darby in the ring to check on him, will they both be rolling to the top of the ranks?

 

Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi Nair notes that The Fallen Goddess is back from suspension, and Athena asks why was she suspended! “We have this big ass TV, a billionaire boss, modern technology, but yet no footage. What am I supposed to do? I got docked a week’s pay, I’ve been suspended, what else do you need from me?” Maybe an apology to referee, Aubrey Edwards? Oh! A public apology! Well, sorry. Oh, then she’ll be reinstated for Monday. Good, dismissed. Athena scares Lexi off, and then talks to the camera. “I was wondering how long it was going to take you to show up, Mercedes. I beat trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler after trash bag wrestler, and finally you show up!

“So when are you gonna put the ROH Women’s Championship on the line? Cuz I’m waiting, and I’m game.” The Fallen Goddess is aiming for the OG Badass, but will she be the one shot down?

 

Hikaru Shida VS Queen Aminata!

Speaking of returns, The Full Metal Warrior is back in action, and she is surely wanting after more gold! She is still International Ribbon Tag Team Champion and Regina de Wave Champion, but will she find her way back to THE AEW Women’s World Championship?

Wait, before the match begins, The Bunny and Penelope Ford frolic their way out here. What do they have with Shida? Aminata just CLOBBERS her from behind in the distraction! The bell rings, Aminata bumps Shida off buckles, then puts her through the ropes. Aminata goes to the apron to BOOT WASH Shida into the post! Shida flounders, Aminata drags her up and around to Alabama Lift into the- NO, Shida sunset flips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! Aminata escapes, kicks low, and she runs, but Shida follows! Aminata redirects herself but Shida DECKS her! And then FALCONW ARROW!

Shida roars and fans fire up! Shida aims, for the KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall

The warrior deals with the queen, but what about the Superbad Girls? They back down for now, but will they pounce on their prey soon enough?

 

Mark Henry interviews tonight’s main eventers!

Well, more like this afternoon’s. But the World’s Strongest Man says it was a tag match originally, but was promoted to a Trios Match given the history between LFI and Dark Order. But uh, where’s Preston Vance? John Silver says they really have no idea. Evil Uno is searching, but Alex Reynolds promises Number Ten will be here. The LFI have been annoying the crap out of them for months, so this ends here! But Braxton “The Blade” Sutter says, “Nah nah nah nah! Listen, newsflash, slick! It doesn’t matter if Ten shows up, Fourteen, 26, 37! All we know is the three of us are here to kick ass!”

And Andy “The Butcher” Williams says Blade ain’t lying, there WILL be an ass-kicking party tonight! The only ones invited are The Dark Order! Rush says he is sick and tired of talking, he wants to fight! He is ready to fight! He NEEDS to fight! “Let’s go, perros!” Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will El Toro, Butcher & Blade be satisfied with just Three & Four? Or will Vance come through and back up his friends?

 

Backstage interview with FTR.

Lexi Nair congratulates them on their title defense, adding to their amazing year. Dax says yes, it has been a great year. But please, let him and Cash handle it from here. Dax says, “What a great ’22 it’s been. I’m told I’ve got 30 seconds. What a great ’22 it’s been, and this is my best friend in the world and I love him more than anybody else, aside from maybe my family. And we have a great legacy as a tag team, but 2022 has done something for me that no other year has done. It has allowed me to etch my name with the greatest wrestlers in the world, so right now, I gotta shoot my shot before the year is done, okay?

“I am challenging for Wednesday night, I challenge the best wrestler in the world. What do you say, Bryan Danielson, huh? Me and you, Wednesday night. Top Guys, out.” This match is NOW official! Will Dax the Ax slay the American Dragon?

 

Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Rush, The Butcher & The Blade w/ LFI!

Preston Vance may be Number Ten, but he’s been the number one prospect for La Faccion Ingobernable. But he’s also been resisting their offers because of loyalties to the Dark Order. Will he come through for Alex Reynolds & John Silver? Or will El Toro Blanco and his mercenaries make him pay for being so stubborn?

As the Dark Order make their entrance, there is no Number Ten, so this looks to be 3v2. The bell rings, and the brawl is on 3v2! Silver gets mugged and thrown out but Reynolds takes it to Blade! Rush ROCKS Silver, he and Butcher whip Silver into railing! Blade whips Reynolds but Reynolds dodges in the corner to elbow smash! Reynolds keeps moving, FLYING ELBOW and a BOOT! Fans fire up but Butcher anchors Reynolds. Blade CLOBBERS Reynolds, drags him up and puts him in the corner. Blade CHOPS, Rush pulls Reynolds’ hair, and Butcher tags in. They mug Reynolds with a DOUBLE HEADBUTT!

Butcher drags Reynolds up to COHP him back down! Tag back to Blade, Reynolds throws body shots but Blade suplexes him. Reynolds knees free, shoves Blade into Butcher, and he scrambles to tag Silver! Johnny Hungy dodges the mercs to DECK Rush! Silver ROUNDHOUSES Butcher, FLAPJACKS Blade, then runs! Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Butcher! And then he OLYMPIC SLAMS Blade! Fans fire up with the Meat Man, and he runs to DIVE onto Butcher! But Butcher catches him and feeds him to Rush’s HAYMAKER! LFI drags Silver up to put in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade rains down fists, then he tags in Butcher. Butcher stomps Silver, drags him up, and then throws him out! Rush has the spare cables to LASH Silver! And then CHOKE him! The ref is busy keeping Reynolds back and Rush gets away with choking Silver! Rush drags Silver up and CHOPS him, the ref reprimands that, so Rush puts Silver in. Butcher bumps Silver off buckles, CHOPS him more, then stalks him as he crawls on the mat. Butcher brings Silver over, tags in Blade, and the mercs mug Silver. Blade stands Silver up to ROCK him with a right but Silver throws body shots! Silver THROWS Blade out!

Silver crawls but Rush storms in to kick him down. Rush kicks Silver but Silver BOOTS Rush! But Blade trips Reynolds off the apron! Blade hurries away and Butcher CLOBBERS Reynolds! Blade puts Silver in the corner, Rush runs to jump and BOOT! Rush tranquilos while the ref reprimands them all. Blade drags Silver up to KICK him in the back. Blade clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Silver down. Silver endures, fights up, and throws body shots over and over! Silver then KICKS and KICKS and ROCKS Blade! Silver runs, but Blade CLOBBERS him! Tag to Butcher and Butcher drags Silver up to CHOP back down!

Butcher stalks Silver to ropes, drags him back up, and CLUBS him back down. Butcher CHOKES Silver on ropes, and Rush tranquilos while digging his boot in! The ref reprimands them both, Butcher lets off and Rush shrugs. Rampage returns to single picture and Blade tags in. The mercs drag Silver up, fireman’s carry and TOSS, but Silver blocks the kick! Silver spins Blade, SUPERKICKS Butcher, then gets around Blade to STANDING SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up for Silver as he crawls over, but Rush CLOBBERS Reynolds! Fans boo but Rush looms over Silver. Rush kicks Silver around, stomps him, but lets off to argue with the ref.

Bunny talks trash on Silver but here come Uno, Negative One and… YES, NUMBER TEN!! Vance runs to the ring, he gets right up in Rush’s face, and… He CLOBBERS Silver!! Fans boo as Vance is no longer loyal to Dark Order! The mercs hold Uno back, Rush hits BULL’S HORNS on Silver!! Cover, LFI win!! Then Uno is sent hard into the steps! Reynolds rushes in at Vance but Rush CLOBBERS him first! Feed to the DISCUS!! Negative One can’t believe it! His best friend uses his father’s move in this betrayal! Vance flips off Chicago, and Rush drags Uno into the ring. Uno pleads with Vance, but Vance stands him up, for a DISCUS!!

Fans are booing harder as Rush & Vance RIP UP Uno’s mask! They then bring a table to ringside! Reynolds is brought over, Vance and Rush drag him up on the apron, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Chicago is thunderous with boos and jeers as Vance puts up the Ingobernable fist! Vance walks up the ramp, Negative One asks why, but Vance just throws the mask down at his feet! Number Ten is no more, Preston Vance has shown his true colors! Will this be a new era for LFI in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, especially for being on at a different time (blame NHL if you wanted this to be on later). FTR VS Top Flight was a great opener, but I figured FTR would win. Ass Boys/Gunn Sons showing up at the end was also a natural move, they’ve been slowly (perhaps too slowly) building to FTR VS Gunns for the ROH World Tag titles and Final Battle is definitely the place to do that. Hell, it’ll be even more obvious should Austin & Colten do something during Dax VS Bryan on Dynamite next week. And speaking of Final Battle, no offense to Claudio, it might’ve just been Chicago being rowdy, but that promo with Jericho wasn’t as crisp as it should’ve been. Jericho VS Claudio II with the stipulation of Claudio joining JAS if he loses is a nice move, and definitely makes it feel like either guy could win.

Great match from Darby VS Henry, but I’m surprised nothing really came of it. I suppose there’s a way to give us Relentless Icons VS Workhorsemen, even though I don’t know what that really does for Darby & Sting. Good promo from Toni Storm, and it was clear that she broke her nose with the puffy black eyes she had. Storm isn’t done with Hayter, clearly, but she’ll have to fight her way up to the front of the line. Ford & Bunny showing up during Shida’s match was an interesting tease, I’m just not sure at what. Perhaps Shida bringing her tag team partner, Ibuki Hoshi, to bring Ice Ribbon Wrestling into AEW’s family of partnerships?

And we got great stuff out of the main event. The Dark Order VS LFI in the main event seemed a bit odd, but it foreshadowed something big happening, so of course Vance turns and joins LFI. It is a shame that The Dark Order has fallen so far since the passing of Mr. Brodie Lee, but I suppose it was inevitable. Vance giving up his mask was obviously more symbolic than anything, as The Dark Order had moved away from everyone wearing masks, and it was really just Vance and Uno. Brodie Lee said to wear a mask, Vance was holding onto that for the memory, but now he doesn’t care because he’s been losing. Vance is going to be a strong addition to LFI, he can be their midcard guy while Rush is a top title guy, and this might be what Vance needs to get up to that level.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/23/22)

Fallout from Full Gear!

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AEW Year 4

Who’s hungry for gold?

Full Gear was full of surprises, but Dynamite is bringing a feast for the eyes! Will Chris Jericho keep #THEOCHO alive against Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Jake Hager; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Title Eliminator Finals: Ethan Page VS Ricky Starks; Starks wins and has an AEW World Championship match at Winter is Coming.
  • AEW World Trios Championships Best of Seven, Match 2: Death Triangle VS The Elite; Death Triangle wins and leads the series 2-0.
  • Triple Threat Tag: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS TayJay VS Willow Nightingale & Sky Blue; Britt & Hayter win.
  • ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Tomohiro Ishii; Jericho wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

William Regal is in the ring!

Fans boo as he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, would you like to hear from your new world champion, Mr. Friedman?” Fans cheer that! Well, we will hear from him, next week. Fans boo again. Regal says that Mr. Friedman has no time for such places as… Where are they again? Chicago? Oh… Fans chant, “We Want Punk!” but Regal says MJF is on the set of a major motion picture. Fans are surely all wondering, “What is the union between Mr. Friedman and myself?” Fans chant “F U REGAL!” and he just smirks. “So uncouth.” But Regal says he’ll tell us this: a number of weeks ago, Regal sent an email to MJF that we will not be privy to until next week when MJF explains everything.

So next week on Dynamite, the Devil Himself, your NEW AEW World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman, will be here. But someone who is here now is MOXLEY! The former AEW World Champion goes to the ring from the crowd, staring the snarling Sir William Regal down. Fans tell Regal, “YOU F’D UP!” as Moxley gets ever closer. Moxley slowly steps into the ring, but then Bryan Danielson rushes out here! Bryan keeps Moxley from getting at Regal and fans boo! Moxley shoves Bryan but Bryan stands his ground between Moxley and Regal. Bryan gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Hey, listen, Mox. Listen, listen. Hey!”

Bryan says he doesn’t know why Regal did that, and it was a bad thing, but they’ve all done bad things! Fans boo because this was really bad. But Bryan asks Moxley to please not go after Regal. Regal has a bad neck and two bleeds on his brain, Moxley can’t hurt Regal. Moxley stands down, but he is pacing with the bottled up anger. Fans still want Moxley to hit someone. Bryan SLAPS Moxley, and then he apologizes! Bryan then gets on his knees to BEG Moxley to listen! Bryan knows the fans are booing but the struggles that Moxley has dealt with, Bryan’s dad struggled with those same things. This is more than just wrestling.

Bryan says when his dad had those struggles, Bryan didn’t understand. There was only one person who could teach him how and that was Regal. Bryan wants Moxley to tune the fans out and listen to just him. Because of Regal, Bryan could understand his father’s struggles. And for the last ten years of his life before he passed, Bryan was there to love his father, because of Regal! Now just imagine, please, just try to imagine someone teaching Moxley’s daughter to love him in spite of his struggles. Fans call BS but Bryan asks Moxley to spare Regal for Bryan’s sake. Bryan loves Regal. Fans boo that, too.

Moxley sighs and leans against the ropes. Fans keep telling Moxley to go after Regal and Moxley can’t tune them out. Moxley glares at Regal but he looks at Bryan. He takes the mic, Bryan steps aside, and Moxley steps right up to Regal as he says, “Your Lordship… I only want one thing from you. I want you to run. Run far away, as far away as you can, and you never, EVER come back. Right now. Walk. And keep on walking.” Moxley drops the mic, that is his one and only warning. Regal steps out of the ring and fans tell him to GTFO. Regal leaves, being spared from the Maniac’s rage. Fans sing “NANA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, good bye~!”

Moxley is still rather red, but this was the best he could do to show mercy to Regal. As for MJF, will Moxley hunt him down the moment he’s in an arena?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

Renee Paquette tells him the cameras are live, and says we all saw what happened at Full Gear. Where is Keith’s head at after this all came to a head? Keith sighs, but then Swerve steps in. Renee lets them talk in private, and Keith tells Swerve to choose his words wisely. Swerve takes off his sunglasses, Keith takes off his jacket. Swerve looks to the camera, and covers it up. “Let’s talk.” “Without that, huh? Okay.” Is the team formerly known as Swerve In Our Glory still a team at all? Or will they come to an understanding off camera?

 

AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Jake Hager w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society!

Freshly Squeezed is coming off a big Ten Man Tag win with his Best Friends, but now he’s back to being a fighting champion. Will Cassidy be able to hold onto the title? Or will Rock Hard Hager make everyone APPRECIATE him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if, uh… Whatever.

The bell rings, Cassidy steps to Hager, takes off the sunglasses and gives them to the ref. But Hager takes the glasses to put them on! They do go well with the bucket hat. Cassidy grabs for the hat but Hager won’t let him touch it. So Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Cassidy unleashes the “devastating” shin kicks! But Hager swings, only for Cassidy to dodge and SHOTGUN! And kip up! But Hager CLOBBERS Cassidy! Hager talks trash as Cassidy flounders to the corner. Hager storms up, whips corner to corner, but Cassidy tumbles up and out. Cassidy ducks the clothesline to bump Hager off buckles! The purple hat goes flying!

Fans fire up as Hager stares at the hat on the mat. Hager grabs Cassidy with both hands to throw him! Cassidy holds the ropes and he dumps Hager out! Cassidy then sees the hat, and he picks it up! Angelo Parker runs in, OLE as Cassidy baits him with the hat. Matthew Menard runs in, OLE again! Cassidy goes to put the hat but Daniel Garcia snatches it away! Fans boo and Cassidy frowns. Rocky Romero trips Garcia up! And Cassidy has the hat! He ROCKS Hager, DIVES, but Hager catches him! Hager POSTS Cassidy, to then FLAPJACK him on the apron! Parker puts the hat back on Hager! Hager says don’t touch his hat, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Hager flexes while Parker “kicks dirt” at Cassidy. Hager and Garcia secret handshake and then Hager drags Cassidy up. Hager puts Cassidy in the ring, drags him up, and wraps on a BEARHUG! Cassidy endures as Hager carries him around, and then Hager RAMS Cassidy into buckles! Cassidy throws elbows but Hager holds on. Cassidy grabs the hat! Hager thrashes Cassidy around for that! Cassidy drops the hat so Hager drops Cassidy. Hager puts the hat back on, then stalks Cassidy to a corner. Hager digs his knee in, the ref counts, so Hager switches to a boot. The ref still counts, Hager lets off, and both Menard and Parker talk trash at Cassidy.

Best Friends run Parker & Menard off, but Hager drags Cassidy up to put him through ropes. ROPE GUILLOTINE! Hager drags Cassidy away to a cover, TWO! Hager keeps cool and sits Cassidy up for a motorcycle stretch. Cassidy endures, fights up, and goes to put his hands in his pockets! Hager stops him, Cassidy keeps trying! They fight for control, but Hager lets Cassidy go to throw him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Hager soaks up the heat. Hager kneels on Cassidy as Dynamite returns to single picture. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up so Hager kicks him around. Hager then whips Cassidy up and out, only for Cassidy to skin the cat!

Hager CLUBS Cassidy’s hand, KICKS the other, then ROCKS Cassidy! But Cassidy trust falls with Best Friends! They catch him and help him down. Hager runs in and BLASTS Best Friends! But Cassidy DIVES! Direct hit and Hager hits railing! Cassidy puts Hager in, the JAS go after Cassidy, so Cassidy springboard CANNONBALLS! Cassidy hurries up the corner, leaps at Hager, but Hager catches him again! Hager pops Cassidy around to a suplex, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirl DDT on the hat! Cover, TWO! Hager is still in this but Cassidy crawls to the corner.

Fans rally up as Cassidy takes off the armband! Cassidy gives the lazy thumbs up, runs in at Hager, but Hager catches him for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Cassidy survives and Hager is furious! Hager puts the hat back on and he stomps away on Cassidy. Hager runs corner to corner, HAGER BOMB, but he blocks the boots! ANKLE LOCK!! Cassidy flails around and reaches out but Hager holds on. Cassidy rolls, kicks away but Hager still holds on. So Cassidy throws the hat! Hager ROCKS Cassidy and gets the hat back. ORANGE PUNCH!! Hager is still up so Cassidy victory rolls, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)

Hager’s obsession with his hat costs him, and the champion is still Freshly Squeezed! And of course, Best Friends GROUP- NO, The Factory’s music cuts off the hug! QT Marshall says after Full Gear, there’s a lot of unfinished business. It seems Cassidy has no problem giving out title shots one after another, so… Wait, QT’s mic dies on him. QT still rants as he storms up to the ring, but then the lights turn off! Eerie music plays, and when the lights come back up… JULIA HART is on stage! And she calls forth THE HOUSE OF BLACK!! They’re IN THE RING!! They attack Best Friends!!

The Factory are in shock, but they stay back as Buddy Matthews, Brody King & Malakai Black kick out Best Friends! Fans fire up and The Factory applauds, too. But then the House of Black goes after The Factory! Malakai BOOTS QT, Buddy & Brody BLAST Karter and Johnson! Comoroto gets in but Brody CLOBBERS him! The destruction continues on the outside as the House of Black goes after anyone and everyone they can get their hands on! Referees and presumably the AEW Dark card rush out, but they all get destroyed, too! Malakai tosses one pour soul OFF the ramp! Julia smiles and fans fire up as the House of Black stands tall.

But they’re not done, either! Buddy brings a security guard over, and with Brody, they get him up for the DANTE’S INFERNO on the stage!! Malakai gets a mic and says, “Members of the House of Black… Please rise.” Fans cheer this devastating return, who will the House of Black tear down next?

 

AEW share “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry’s thoughts from after his Steel Cage Match.

“That was my best friend in the entire world, and at the same time, he’s hurt me worse than almost anybody that I’ve ever met. But at the same time, it was also cathartic to be out there, because all that pain and resentment, it came out. As much as he’s put me through, and as much as I resented him and wanted to kill him, I felt in a way, that we again shared a moment that neither of us will ever forget, and I’m glad that I got to share it with him. And I’m glad I won. I kicked your ass.”

 

AEW World Title Eliminator Finals: Ethan Page w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Ricky Starks!

The tournament was meant to end at Full Gear, but things happen, and Absolute Ricky Starks couldn’t wrap things up until last Saturday. But now, he and All Ego battle for the chance at the AEW World Championship! Who will MJF be facing when Winter is Coming?

But as the introductions are being made, Stokely has the music stop. “Give it up for the future number one contender for the AEW World Championship, All Ego, Ethaaaaaaaan… PAAAAGE!” Fans boo and Ethan asks, “Oh, you guys don’t like that? You guys think Ricky Starks is gonna win tonight? Well, listen up! When Ricky Starks is in the middle of this ring crying after I beat his ass, all you Chicago babies can join in and cry like the losers you all are!” Fans boo, but then Starks makes his entrance! Fans cheer, but with as much tape as is on Starks, maybe Ethan has a point. The bell rings, fans rally for Ricky as he circles with Ethan.

Ethan and Starks feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ethan kicks him in the bad ribs. Ethan then lounges on the top rope to mock Starks. Starks and Ethan circle again, Starks waistlocks. Ethan wrenches out and hammerlocks, then he CLUBS Starks. Starks staggers away to a corner and Ethan talks trash. Ethan does jumping jacks to mock Starks, then he and Starks circle again. Starks kicks and CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Ethan! Starks ROCKS Ethan to a corner, fires off hands from all sides, then rains down more fists! Fans fire up as the ref pulls Starks away! Ethan shakes out the cobwebs, and RAMS into the bad ribs!

Ethan bumps Starks off buckles, ROCKS him and follows him to the corner. Ethan ROCKS Starks, RAMS into him, then RAMS into him again! Ethan talks trash to the fans at home, but Starks CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Starks whips corner to corner but Ethan reverses. Starks goes up but Ethan KICKS him out of the air! Stokely cheers and Ethan stomps away on Starks in the corner. The ref counts, Ethan lets off, and Starks staggers away. Ethan has Starks in another corner, KNEES him low, then brings him out. Ethan KNEES Starks low again, soaks up the heat, and fans continue to rally for Starks.

Ethan talks trash on Starks, runs the ropes, but Starks SPEARS Ethan! Fans fire up but both men are down as that took a lot out of Starks, too! Starks flops out of the ring, Ethan goes out after him. Ethan kicks Starks in the ribs, drags him up and RAMS him into railing! Ethan brings Starks along as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ethan RAMS Starks into steel steps! Starks falls back, clutching ribs and shoulder. Ethan soaks up the heat again while the ref checks on Starks. Starks is somehow okay to continue, so Ethan drags Starks up. Ethan DROPS Starks on the railing! Starks is stuck halfway into the front row, but Ethan drags him back. Ethan puts Starks in the ring, stomps him around, and he soaks up more heat as Starks winces from the pain. Ethan stomps Starks, drags him up, but Starks CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Starks runs, but Ethan catches the crossbody to a BACKBREAKER! Ethan springboard STOMPS Starks in the ribs! And again!

Ethan digs his heel into Starks’ body but the ref counts. Ethan lets off, drags Starks back up, and reels Starks in to suplex high and hard! Starks crawls away to a corner while Ethan grins and flexes. Ethan swaggers over to Starks, brings him up, but Starks CHOPS and ROCKS Ethan! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws shot after shot! Starks CHOPS again, Stokely is furious, but Starks ROCKS Ethan in the corner. Ethan ROCKS and CLUBS Starks back, then whips him to a corner. Starks reverses and Ethan hits buckles! Starks runs, Ethan ducks and kicks low. Ethan whips, Starks slips around and hits a TORNADO, but Ethan hangs Starks out to dry!

Starks flops to the apron but Ethan goes out to join him. Ethan drags Starks up, fireman’s carries, but Starks throws elbows! Starks gets in the ring, ROCKS Ethan with a forearm, and Ethan goes to the floor. Fans fire up as Starks builds speed! Starks DIVES, but Stokely saves Ethan! Starks crashes ‘n’ burns and shouts in pain! Ethan and Stokely high-five, but the ref EJECTS Stokely! Ethan and Stokely are furious but the fans love it! Ethan assures Stokely that he can handle this from here, and he drags Starks into the ring. The ref checks on Starks but he’s somehow okay. Ethan climbs, Starks gets up and ROCKS Ethan!

Starks climbs up but Ethan throws hands back. They brawl up top, Starks CLUBS Ethan then throws down fists. Ethan throws body shots back! Ethan scoops Starks but Starks throws elbows! Starks is on the ropes again as eh throws forearms. But Ethan ROCKS Starks, ROCKS him again, but Starks ROCKS Ethan back! Starks stands on the very top!? SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Starks crawls but Ethan sits up. Ethan kicks but Starks blocks to throw haymakers! Starks gets around to fire off more shots! Starks ROCKS Ethan, kicks him low, then whips him to ropes. Ethan reverses but Starks returns with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up and Starks pumps himself up! Starks drags Ethan up, uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Stack cover, TWO!! Ethan is still in this but Starks is too hurt to be frustrated. Starks throws off his elbow pads, drags Ethan back up, and he underhooks the arms! But Ethan RAMS Starks into the corner! And DECKS Starks with a forearm! RIPCORD POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Ethan slashes his throat! Ethan roars and drags Starks back up to gut wrench. Starks slips off to schoolboy, TWO!! Ethan BOOTS Starks, ROUNDHOUSES, and then runs, but Starks dodges! SPEAR!!

Fans fire up as Starks fires up in a corner! ANOTHER SPEAR!! Cover, Starks wins!!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)

That was absolutely a gutsy performance! And now, in three weeks, Starks gets his shot at the champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman! Will Starks make MJF look like a transitional champion? Or will MJF be better than Starks, and you know it?

 

Wardlow speaks.

“Waking up Sunday morning, the reality that I was no longer TNT Champion settled in. I was very angry. And I went back to see what exactly happened, because last thing I knew, I was powerbombing Hobbs multiple times, doing what I always do, finishing the symphony and win. Watched the video back, and I see now that it got interrupted by a belt shot to the back of my head. Samoa Joe, you are not the most dangerous man in the room. You are not the TNT Champion, I am. And this is Wardlow’s World.” Will Wardlow hunt down #TwoBeltsJoe and take his belt back?

 

AEW shares video of the “encounter” between Jade Cargill and Bow Wow.

The UNDEFEATED TBS Champion and her Baddies were celebrating her 42nd win and her regaining physical possession of the belt. However, them ushering people out of the way at the Millennium Tour red carpet got Bow Wow’s attention. Bow Wow had his security usher them out, which got Jade all heated.

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Renee is with Jade, Kiera Hogan, Leila Grey, and the returning Red Velvet, and asks them all about what exactly happened with Jade and Bow Wow. No comment. No more clout for that “whack ass rapper.” But Jade is happy to finally have the belt back, with no help at all… Kiera and Leila look to the side while Velvet shrugs. But more importantly, Velvet IS back! And to celebrate, it’ll be a Baddie-bration next week in Indianapolis. Wait, why not tonight? Because been here, done that, whack town, moving on. As for Jade’s legal matters, Mark Sterling is back on retainer.

Smart Mark steps in and says, “As far as the Bow Wow situation is concerned, Jade Cargill’s official statement is, ‘No comment.'” Velvet likes that. Now, time to plan the party. They need balloons, champagne, cake, all green! The Baddies head out but Jade has Kiera stay back. Sterling has a document for her to sign? Kiera is agreeing to the assessment that she did not live up to her end of the deal, and as far as anyone is concerned, Kiera is NOT a Baddie. What?! Kiera gets kicked out just as Velvet comes back to the fold! What is Kiera to do now that she’s been kicked to the curb?

 

AEW World Trios Championships Best of Seven, Match 2: Death Triangle VS The Elite!

If you’re wondering when the first of this series started, it was at Full Gear. Rey Fenix gave in to the dastardly ways of The Bastard and used the bell hammer against Kenny Omega to secure the win, but that doesn’t sit well with Tony Khan. Will The Cleaner & Young Bucks correct another wrong done to them? Or will Fenix, Penta & Pac go up 2-0 already?

Chicago is chanting for “CM PUNK!” as The Elite make their entrance. Don Callis joins commentary again to put over the God of Wrestling, Kenny Omega. Pac has a face brace given the broken nose he suffered at Full Gear. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s time for round two! Omega steps right up to Fenix given the hammer shot, and he shoves Fenix! Fenix says it’s what the Elite would’ve done! Omega sighs, shakes Fenix’s hand, and then hits a V-TRIGGER! Penta and Pac rush in but they get intercepted by the Bucks! The Bucks stomp and throw them out, then they help Omega stomp Fenix.

Fans boo hard, but Matt WRECKS Penta with a dropkick! Nick DECKS Pac, and Omega drags Fenix up. The Bucks coordinate, they put one out on Penta and Pac, for DOUBLE APRON POWERBOMBS! Omega whips Fenix to SKY HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Matt whips Penta into railing, then whips him back the other way! Penta runs back at Matt to SLINGBLADE! Nick FLYING RANAS Penta! But Pac runs in to SHOTGUN Nick! Omega DECKS Pac from the apron, and fans boo as he sets up. The Terminator Drums still start, and the Bucks set up the Bastard. Omega says night night, runs, but Fenix SOMERSAULT CUTTERS!

Fenix goes up and up to TORNILLO onto everyone!! Chicago is thunderous, and even sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” as Fenix puts Omega back in. Fenix drags Omega up, tags Pac in, snapmare and Penta gets in. They KICK, KICK and KICK, then TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fenix drags Omega into position, Penta runs to wheelbarrow, VICTORY SPLASH MOONSAULT COMBO! Pac covers, TWO! Pac goes to a corner, springboards, but Omega gets under! Omega waistlocks, Pac switches, Omega switches, Pac switches back, Omega elbows out hard! Pac falls, clutching his busted nose, and the ref has Omega back off.

Omega argues with the ref, but Nick PENALTY KICKS Pac! Matt BLASTS the Lucha Brothers! Matt goes up top now and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit on the Lucha Bros, and Nick puts Pac in for Omega. Nick does his best Macho Man while Omega looms over Pac. Omega drags Pac up, Pac ROCKS Omega with forearms! Pac fires off hands, Omega hits back, but Pac ROCKS Omega! Pac runs in but Omega BOOTS him away! Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Omega is annoyed but he tags Matt in. Matt swaggers and jogs around Pac, before dropping the fist! AEW goes picture in picture as Matt stalks Pac to a corner.

Matt stands Pac up to DECK him with a right! Matt drags Pac back up, Nick waves him over, and Matt bumps Pac off Nick’s boot. Nick tags in, stomps Pac around, then he taunts Fenix & Penta with Latino Heat. Nick drags Pac up, Omega and Matt put their feet up, and Nick bumps Pac off both boots! Nick SPITS at Fenix! The ref has to keep Fenix back, and Nick drags Pac up. Tag to Matt, Matt fires up and aims, to slingshot and… Fall on his butt. Maybe copying Hangman is harder than he thought. Nick CLUBS Pac down and stomps him! Matt says his ankle gave out! Seems he’s mocking a certain someone with that.

Matt drags Pac up, grins, and bumps Pac off Nick’s and Omega’s boots! Tag to Omega and Omega says they’re going to go another round! They get fans to count along “FOUR!” but Pac throws body shots! Omega CLUBS Pac, whips him in, but Pac reverses! Omega hits the Bucks’ boots! And then the Lucha Brothers CLOBBER the Bucks! Dynamite returns to single picture, Pac crawls to his corner, but Matt trips Penta off the apron! Omega storms up on Pac, drags him up, and Omega wrenches Pac’s arm, to BITE it! The ref counts, Omega lets off and argues with the ref again. Pac goes to ropes, Omega runs over, but Pac sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN!

Fans fire up while Pac and Omega are both down. Pac crawls, Omega sits up, hot tags to Penta and Matt! Penta CROSSBODIES the Bucks! Then mule kick for Matt, wheelbarrow roll with Nick and DDT for Matt! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Nick! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Matt! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER for Omega! Fans are thunderous as Penta tags Fenix. Fenix goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG Matt! Nick kicks Fenix to a corner but is put on the ropes! Fenix CHOPS Matt, knuckle locks and goes up and up again, SUPER STEINER for Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK back!

Fans are electric as everyone is down around ringside! Fenix and Matt crawl for their corners, hot tags to Pac and Omega! Omega swings but misses! Pac SOBATS, KICKS, “This is Awesome!” as Pac SOBATS again. Pac runs but into a cheap shot! Matt grins, Omega V-TRIGGERS from behind! SNAP DRAGON! Tag to Nick, tag to Matt, and the Bucks BLAST the Lucha Brothers. The Bucks sit Pac up, and they pull the face brace off!! The ref reprimands but it isn’t really illegal to do that. Pac throws body shots on Nick! And on Matt! Omega CLUBS Pac, then goes to the corner to tag back in. Omega then tags Matt back in, and all three surround Pac.

Pac sits up, the Elite fire sup, TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Cover, the Lucha Bros break it! The Bucks throw Penta out, then Fenix. Nick builds speed and goes up, up and ESCALARAS to take out the Lucha Bros! Matt tags Omega in and Pac is on the ropes. Omega says BANG and runs, V-TRIGGER!! Then the Electric Chair Lift, ONE-WINGED- NO! Pac slips off, kicks and whips but Omega reverses to fireman’s carry! Fans boo, he better not! GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Bastard survives and Omega is furious!! Omega tags Matt, Matt drags Pac up and Nick sets up on the apron. But Fenix tightrope walks to KICK Nick!

Pac victory rolls, TWO!! Omega runs in but Fenix dumps him out! Fenix DIVES to take out Nick and Omega at the ramp! Pac dodges Matt, waistlocks, but Matt gets to ropes. The ref is checking on everyone on the outside, Matt LOW BLOWS Pac! Fans boo and Alex Abrahantes points it out, but the damage is done! Matt gets the bell hammer! But Penta slithers up behind him to shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” But DOS HAMMERS! BAM to Matt!! Pac covers, Death Triangle wins!!

Winners: Death Triangle, by pinfall (lead the series 2-0)

Fenix and Penta argue about resorting to the hammers all over again, but in the end, they’re up big on The Elite! Will Death Triangle look to finish this off before the New Year? Or will Omega & The Bucks get on the board in Indianapolis?

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

“Chicago, what a night we have had so far! Now, I am out here with a massive announcement that pertains to the Women’s Division. Due to the extent of the injuries to the AEW Women’s World Champion, Thunder Rosa, and the uncertainty of when she could return to action, AEW and Thunder Rosa have reached a mutual agreement. AEW management has been forced to ask Thunder Rosa to relinquish the championship. Thunder Rosa was a fighting champion for AEW, she is willing to step aside and forfeit the title to the benefit of AEW, but more importantly, to the benefit of all of the women of AEW.

“Now that being said, please join me in welcoming your NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter!” Fans cheer as the interim is no longer interim, and Hayter walks out on stage with Britt and Rebel. This is the Hayter Era and Renee congratulates her. How does she feel? Britt speaks up to say, “Renee, thank you for telling all these people what they already knew, and that is that Jamie Hayter is the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion! And let me let you in on a little secret, Ne-Ne. We were never even considering the word ‘interim,’ it’s not even in our vocabulary. Now take this mic, step aside, and let the champ walk to the ring.”

Britt follows Hayter, and they’re ready to take on some hungry competition. Will “The Killer & The Pillar” crush the hopes of four contenders all at once? Or will someone snatch a golden ticket off Hayter on the way to the holidays?

Triple Threat Tag: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter w/ Rebel VS TayJay VS Willow Nightingale & Sky Blue!

AEW returns as the Jericho Appreciation Society’s Brazilian Goddess and Star of the Show make their entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat, only two teams are legal at any time, so Tay steps to the champ! Tay and Hayter tie up, Hayter wrenches and wristlocks. Tay endures, pries free to wrench back and she hammerlocks. Tay then waistlocks, but Hayter headlocks back. Hayter hits a takeover, Tay rolls her to a cover, ONE! Hayter holds on, Tay fights up but can’t power out as Hayter holds on tight. Tay powers out to a headlock of her own, but Hayter powers out to run Tay over. Tay gets up into a kick and whip, and Hayter runs her over again.

Hayter hauls Tay up but Anna gets in! TayJay double suplex but Hayter fights that, to DOUBLE SUPLEX TayJay! Fans fire up and Hayter drags Tay up to SNAP HAMMER! Cover, TWO! Hayter drags Tay up, bumps her off buckles, and she tags Britt. Britt fires forearms on Tay, CHOKES her, and then lets off at the count. Hayter CHOKES Tay but Tay fights though. Britt full nelsons and snapmares Tay to a ghost pin, TWO! Britt fires forearms on Tay, whips her to ropes, then follows, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt brings Tay up, but Tay wrenches out to ROCK Britt! Tay brings Britt around, tags Jay, and they double suplex Britt!

Britt flounders to tag in Willow! Willow runs in but Anna ROCKS her first! Anna whips Willow to the corner, Tay whips her in, but Willow dodges Anna to ROCK Tay and whip her into Anna! Willow SANDWICHES then LARIATS TayJay! Snapmare and BOOT for Anna! Willow scoops Anna to SLAM her! Skye runs in to wheelbarrow with Willow, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Willow frowns and brings Anny up. Willow whips, Anna reverses, and Tay gets a cheap shot in! Willow swings on Tay but Tay HOTSHOTS her! Anna THROWS Willow out hard, then Tay drags her up! Tay whips Willow hard into railing!

Anna soaks up the heat while Tay puts Willow in, and AEW goes picture in picture. Anna CHOKES Willow on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and she bumps Willow off buckles. Anna fires forearms, tags in Tay, and they pull Willow’s hair. Tay BOOTS Willow, then brings her around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Tay is frustrated but she drags Willow up to CLUB away on her. Tay drags Willow up but Willow fires forearms back! Tay DECKS Willow! Tay drags Willow up, RAMS her into the corner, then tags Anna. Anna runs in to back elbow! Anna stands Willow up to dig her boot in! The ref counts, Anna lets off, and Willow fires off forearms!

Willow fireman’s carries but Anna slips off to ROCK Willow again. Anna kicks her around, then CHOKES Willow on the mat. The ref counts, Anna lets off, and she bumps Willow off buckles. Anna ROCKS Willow, CHOKES her, then tags Tay. Anna still CHOKES Willow until Tay stomps Willow down. Tay CHOKES Willow on the ropes! Tag to Anna, she drags Willow up, but Willow powers her way towards the DMD corner! Tay rushes in to CLUB Willow to stop that, then she takes over with the DD TAY! Cover, Britt breaks it! TayJay talk trash with Killer & Pillar, but Sky e tags in! Skye goes up, and CROSSBODIES TayJay!

Fans fire up as Chicago’s own SMASHES Jay! Dynamite returns to single picture, Skye whips and SHINING WIZARDS Jay at the ropes, then SUPERKICKS her down! Skye SUPER- NO, Jay blocks and spins Skye but Skye KICKS Anna down! Cover, Hayter breaks it! Hayter whips Jay to the corner, Britt tags in off Jay, and Hayter ELBOWS Jay down! Britt runs at Skye to spin her and FISHERMAN SCREW! But Willow is in to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Jay rushes in to HOOK KICK! Hayter BOOTS Jay! Tay BOOTS Hayter! Skye and Tay DOUBLE LARIAT! They stay up, to DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE!

Skye and Tay still stand, Skye SUPERKICKS Tay! Tay wobbles around, into the CODE BLUE!! But Britt SUPERKICKS Skye! Britt feeds Skye to the HATE BREAKER! Then CURB STOMP! Cover, Britt & Hayter win!

Winners: Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

The Pillar & The Killer are still a successful tag team, and the Hayter Era begins! Who will be the first to step up to the new champion?

 

Backstage interview with FTR and Top Flight.

Renee is with “two of the best tag teams in all of AEW,” and Dante & Darius had something to say. But Dax Harwood speaks up first. He doesn’t throw out compliments a lot, but he must say, Darius had a string of bad luck but he’s always been impressive. And Top Flight with AR Fox almost became World Trios Champions last week. That impressed Dax, too. So what he wants from now on, for the next few decades to come, is Top Flight to take over tag team wrestling. Darius appreciates that, but there’s a reason Top Flight wanted to talk. And speaking of impressed, Top Flight’s been impressed with FTR for years.

Darius says it is a dream match, Top Flight VS FTR. So if they’re all impressed, FTR will put the ROH World Tag Team Championships on the line for Black Friday Rampage. Cash says they have always liked Top Flight, and they don’t say no to a fight. They’re on! They all shake hands, and Dante says, “Top Flight, out.” Dax says that’s clever, but that’s kinda FTR’s thing. Will the ROH World Tag titles still be FTR’s thing after the special afternoon Rampage?

 

The Acclaimed is here!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens finally settled things with Swerve & Keith, and they’re still AEW World Tag Team Champions! Caster has a rap ready, “Acclaimed back at it with the story of the year, cuz we broke up Keith & Swerve at Full Gear. New champs, Hayter, MJF, but Acclaimed retained, we’re staying at the apex. You wanna shot, put your name on the ballot, and get your nuts slapped like Lethal & Jarrett! Yo, we cuttin’ all the dead weight. Chicago knows, it’s Acclaimed Every Wednesday!” Bowens says, “CHICAGOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Cut the music.” The music stops and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!”

Bowens says, “Chicago, it’s good to be back! And there’s’ a lot to be thankful for. It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Starting with Max and I retaining the AEW tag team titles, further proving that EVERYONE! LOVES! The Acclaimed! And not only that. My shoulder’s feeling better. But most importantly…” Billy Gunn unwraps the fingers! So of course, “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” But then Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh interrupt from the tron. Sonjay has them stop right there. Did he just hear their names come outta the Acclaimed’s mouths?! Lethal warns them to keep Jarrett’s name out their freakin’ mouths!

Speaking of, Double J steps into frame to say, “Listen up, Slap Max! And you two, Daddy Ass, and Junior Ass, and all you other AEW ass clowns! You wanna talk smack? Well Max, I’ll give you something to rap about. Acclaimed, you best be watching your backs.” Fans chant, “TNA SUCKS!” and Billy says, “Somebody get that old ass off my screen, would ya?” Fans cheer for that! Billy has pull around here cuz he’s Billy. And now, the moment everyone’s been waiting for… Chicago, SCISSOR TIME!! And the fingers scissor!! The Acclaimed doesn’t sweat Double J and Jay, but will the #LethalOutlaws come for the gold soon enough?

 

ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Wizard is still “Ring of Jericho” Champion after Full Gear because, whether he wanted to or not, Sammy Guevara played his part in that Fatal 4 Way. But now, the Stone Pitbull is coming after Le Champion! Will Ishii prove he’s not that Young Lion Jericho remembers? Or will Jericho check another name off the list?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruise, the belt is raised, and we see if even Ishii must hail #THEOCHO!

The bell rings and Jericho already flips off Chicago. And then he flips off Ishii. Ishii just steps to Jericho, Jericho tells him he’s a BAKA KOUHAI (stupid junior), but then Ishii SLAPS him! Jericho snarls and SLAPS back! Ishii SLAPS, Jericho SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP and fans fire up as the shots keep going! Ishii ROCKS Jericho with that last one, then snapmares to KICK him! Jericho winces and rolls out of the ring. Ishii waits on Jericho, and even holds the ropes open for his senpai. Jericho doesn’t accept, he gets in on the other side. Jericho throws forearms but Ishii eggs him on!

Jericho throws forearm after forearm but Ishii doesn’t budge! Then Ishii starts throwing forearms in return! Fans fire up as the forearms go back and forth now! Forearm after forearm after forearm, but then Jericho gets the edge! Jericho runs, into a SAIDO! Ishii runs but Jericho avoids the sliding lariat! But Ishii blocks the Code Breaker! Ishii throws Jericho away, but Jericho ducks Ishii’s enziguri! Fans fire up as the two stand off. Jericho and Ishii check their cheeks, they circle again, and they tie up again. Jericho and Ishii are in a deadlock, Jericho headlocks, but Ishii powers out. They RAM shoulders, and they yell at each other!

Ishii runs, RAMS Jericho, then Jericho runs to RAM Ishii! Ishii rebounds to run Jericho over! Fans fire up and Ishii finally feels those collisions. Jericho goes to a corner, Ishii storms over, but Jericho SLAPS! SLAPS! SLAPS! Ishii just eggs Jericho on, then SLAPS back! And CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS and Ishii winces. Ishii CHOPS and Jericho sputters! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, and Jericho staggers back. Jericho snarls, CHOPS, but Ishii CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, repeat! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP, then they both wobble as they clutch their stinging chests while AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS again! Jericho roars, CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return! Jericho drops to his knees and Ishii finally feels the pain. Ishii taunts Jericho-senpai, and Jericho comes back to CHOP! Ishii CHOPS, the CHOP fight is back on! Jericho’s chest is bleeding from one spot! But Jericho still CHOPS Ishii! Ishii CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ishii just keeps hitting that bloody spot! But Jericho CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Ishii eggs Jericho on, then CHOPS again! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, they just keep going!

Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Jericho wobbles to ropes but Ishii CHOPS him more and more! The ref warns about getting up high, but then Jericho blocks to COHP and CHOP and CHOP in return! Jericho’s arm is tiring out! But he still CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS go harder and harder, and Chicago gives this a standing ovation! Jericho CHOPS, Ishii ROARS, Jericho CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, Jericho CHOPS, and they CHOP as Dynamite returns to single picture! Jericho’s chest is so red, and not even from the blood! Fans hope they “CHOP FOREVER!” At this rate, they just might!

The CHOPS just keep going, and Jericho finally gets the edge! But Ishii just roars again! To CHOP Jericho off his feet!! Jericho sits up a bloody mess, Ishii rests against ropes, and fans are loving this. Jericho and Ishii get back up, to CHOP even more!! Ishii CHOPS Jericho to the corner, he keeps giving CHOPS, then he whips corner to corner. Jericho reverses, but Ishii comes back to run him over! Jericho goes to a corner, Ishii runs in and Jericho BOOTS him! Jericho runs to LARIAT Ishii into the corner! Jericho fires off point blank clotheslines over and over! Ishii sits but Jericho keeps after him with stomps!

The ref backs Jericho off, and he drags Ishii back up. Jericho CHOPS Ishii, then climbs up to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to nine but Ishii brings him out to POWERBOMB! Stack cover, TWO!! Ishii and Jericho are both down and fans rally up. Ishii rises first, and he waits on Jericho. Ishii runs, LARIATS, but Jericho stays up! Jericho eggs Ishii on, Ishii runs but Jericho BOOTS him! Ishii roars at Jericho, Jericho roars back! They both run, and Jericho CLOBBERS Ishii with the cross chop! Ishii is on the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into an ELBOW from Ishii! Ishii drags Jericho up, to suplex!

Jericho fights the suplex, is on the apron, and he kicks low to APRON DDT!! Both men are down and fans lose their minds! The ring count starts while both men are down. Ishii stirs at 4 of 10, but Jericho slowly stands at 6. Jericho ROCKS Ishii, Ishii ROCKS him back, and they go forearm for forearm! They hear the count reach 9 and they both slide in! Jericho ROCKS Ishii, Ishii ROCKS Jericho, and the forearms keep going! Ishii falls, Jericho kicks him around! Jericho runs, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho gets up, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Ishii! But Ishii is up, only to run into another GERMAN SUPLEX!

Ishii is up! But hen he falls back down! Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE?!?! Fans are thunderous and Jericho is shocked! Jericho ROCKS Ishii, and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! Ishii survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Jericho waits on Ishii. Ishii slowly rises, Jericho runs in, but Ishii swats the Judas Effect to HEADBUTT Jericho down! Fans are thunderous as Ishii roars again! Ishii sits Jericho up, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Ishii just roars again! Ishii drags Jericho up, but Jericho suplexes! Ishii fights that but Jericho trips him!

Jericho has the legs, he turns but Ishii bridges to throw Jericho! Ishii STEALS THE CODE BREAKER! Fans are thunderous and Ishii runs, to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Jericho is still in this! Ishii drags Jericho up, suplexes, but Jericho fights! Jericho wrenches, Ishii fires forearms and boxing elbows! ENZI- NO, Jericho blocks the kick! WALLS OF JERICHO!!! Ishii endures as Jericho sits deep! Fans are thunderous as Ishii crawls and claws around, but Jericho drags him away from ropes! Ishii still fights, tucks and rolls but Jericho throws down forearms! Jericho turns Ishii around again, LION TAMER!!! Ishii endures, but he FLIPS JERICHO OFF! Then he taps! Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission (still ROH World Champion)

The Ocho did it without cheating! Jericho may not realize it, but he might be just as much a pro-wrestler as anyone! But he still wants after Ian Riccaboni!? Instead, CLAUDIO comes out to DECK Jericho! The Swiss Superman sends a message to Le Champion, we will see these two fight at Final Battle?


My Thoughts:

What a great post-PPV episode for AEW. When MJF wasn’t advertised for showing up tonight, I just knew he was doubling down on being a Heel by acting high and mighty now that he’s world champion. But we got a great segment from Regal, Bryan and Moxley. Moxley is understandably PISSED, and Bryan defending Regal was also great stuff. This isn’t necessarily Blackpool Combat Club breaking up so much as Regal defecting to MJF’s side, but this is just one more nail in the coffin. And they even kept “MJF never really fired The Firm” alive, since Starks won the Eliminator Tournament in a great match with Ethan Page. MJF VS Starks is going to be great stuff, and this whole MJF era is going to be a lot of fun.

I actually liked that Keith and Swerve didn’t argue or fight on camera, because this is a very creative take on a tag team breaking up. I feel like them reuniting as a team isn’t likely, but even if they do, it is only inevitable that they finally come to blows and have their own singles feud. Great stuff from Cassidy VS Hager, especially with all the antics surrounding the purple bucket hat. Cassidy retains, of course, but I like that the House of Black used this opportunity to return and just beat the crap out of everyone. I am thinking Malakai gets in on the All-Atlantic title, and we could see Buddy & Brody go for the tag titles.

Wardlow of course wants the TNT title, and I’m thinking they set up a match for Winter is Coming. Joe can go to Final Battle as a double champion, probably stay double champion, and then we’ll see if Wardlow can take the TNT title off Joe. Good promo from The Baddies but a shame that Kiera was the most loyal Baddie yet she’s the one getting kicked out. Maybe Kiera teams up with Diamante and they go after Jade together. It’s also great that the “interim” is gone, Hayter is THE champion (and apparently Toni Storm will be retroactively). Now all we need is her to break away from Britt. We did get a great Triple Threat Tag with Hayter and Britt winning, and I wonder if Britt ends up the #1 contender, compelling her and Hayter to have a match. After all, wins and losses matter.

Though, that doesn’t explain Lethal & Jarrett calling out The Acclaimed like they’re up next or something. Jarrett & Lethal lost to Sting & Darby, it should be Sting & Darby up next, except that not even AEW does Faces VS Faces or Heels VS Heels. Top Flight VS FTR is going to be awesome, but I think FTR wins, and then they can set up something for Final Battle. Still expecting it to be Austin & Colten Gunn, they have been getting at FTR so much that it just makes sense.

That Trios Championship Best of Seven match was awesome stuff, but also what a wild moment because fans were loud for both sides of the CM Punk argument. Most of Chicago was pro-Punk but there was still a vocal minority saying “F CM Punk.” The Elite added on by trolling Punk with mocking how Punk hurt himself doing the Buckshot and what not. To my surprise, The Elite didn’t win this one, either! And it was because Penta used a hammer! It seems all of Death Triangle is going to have to come to terms with Heel tactics if the team is to stick together. As for The Elite, they may have to keep an eye on those hammers. I’m thinking The Elite make a comeback no later than Winter is Coming. And I would think this goes all the way to the seventh match, that’s how epic these two teams are.

And that was an awesome main event! Jericho, for all his character’s talk of sports entertainment being superior, reminded everyone that he is an icon for a reason. He and Ishii really brought the Strong Style, but I had a feeling Jericho was going to retain. And Claudio clobbering Jericho as he was calling out Riccaboni was good stuff. Clearly, Claudio VS Jericho is happening at Final Battle, and that could be an epic match on the level of this main event. I honestly can’t be sure who else AEW can bring in for Jericho to face, but I can’t see Jericho losing the title just yet. Maybe the Jericho Appreciation Society will bring out a list of former ROH champions to face.

My Score: 9/10


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