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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/15/20)

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AEW Dark Coverage

One man will FINALLY have a win in AEW!

For almost an entire year, Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon have been without a single win in AEW. But push comes to shove, SOMEONE has to win! Who finally gets the zero out of the win column?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Brandi Rhodes VS Red Velvet; Brandi wins.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia & Kevin Blackwood; The Butcher & The Blade win.
  • Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Dani Jordyn; Ford wins.
  • Brian Cage VS Megabyte Ronnie; Cage wins.
  • Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr; Proud ‘n’ Powerful wins.
  • Will Hobbs VS Jessy Sorensen; Hobbs wins.
  • Ivelisse & Diamante VS Rache Chanel & Skyler Moore; Ivelisse & Diamante win.
  • Colt Cabana VS QT Marshall w/ Allie; Cabana wins.
  • Brandon Cutler VS Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates; Double Count-Out.
  • Best Friends VS Maxx Stardom & Dontae Smiley; Best Friends win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Private Party & The Gunn Club; The Dark Order wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Brandi Rhodes w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Red Velvet!

Mrs. American Nightmare took a liking to the young star that is now her opponent, and looks to put her to the test! Will Velvet impress Brandi even more 1v1?

The bell rings and Brandi circles with Velvet. Brandi can’t help but see a resemblance between Velvet and “Lil’ Brand-Brand,” Brandi’s AEW action figure. Doesn’t that mean Brandi sees a resemblance in Velvet to herself? That aside, they tie up and Velvet wrenches Brandi’s arm with some attitude and gets a hammerlock. Brandi reaches for an escape, gets around to hammerlock back, but Velvet reaches back to wrench Brandi again. Brandi rolls, wrenches Velvet, but Velvet rolls and handsprings to get free. Brandi applauds that, but it comes off patronizing. Velvet says she’s not Lil’ Brand-Brand, she’s the real Red Velvet. Brandi kicks Velvet low and headlocks, but Velvet throws body shots and powers out. Brandi runs Velvet over and things speed up.

Velvet does the splits, dodges Brandi and calf kicks her down! Cover, TWO! Velvet stalks Brandi to a corner, stomps a mudhole in then lets up to dig her boot in and do the splits again. Velvet grins and blows a kiss to the camera before letting off at the ref’s count. Brandi gets mad and BOOTS Velvet down! Brandi rains down rights and drags Velvet back up for a whip to a corner. Brandi runs in to back elbow Velvet, and says “This is going to hurt me way more than it’ll hurt you.” Snapmare roll and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Brandi brings Velvet up but Velvet ROCKS her with forearms! Velvet whips, Brandi hits a SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO!

But here comes Anna Jay! The #Queenslayer stares Brandi down and Brandi lets Velvet down. Dustin says she needs to focus but Brandi turns around into a kick and DDT! Velvet and Brandi are down, the crowd rallies up and Anna mockingly nods and raises eyebrows at Brandi. Brandi gets up, Velvet rallies on her with big forearms! Brandi is on the ropes, Velvet gives her double knees to the back! Cover, TWO! Velvet brings Brandi up, throws more forearms and whips, but Brandi ducks and SPEARS! Brandi drags Velvet back up and makes sure Anna sees Brandi STEAL the Rear Naked Choke! Velvet is OUT, Brandi wins!

Winner: Brandi Rhodes, by submission

If Anna wants to slay the queen, the queen is right here! Anna backs down for now, but will this fight come to a head as the AEW anniversary approaches?

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia & Kevin Blackwood!

Tensions have been running high and things haven’t quite gone the way of Kingston’s crew, but they look to change that! Will Andy Williams and Braxton Sutter get back on track in this Buffalo NY showdown?

But there’s no time to sort out, Butcher and Blade attack right away! They CHOP Garcia and Blackwood against ropes, but then Blackwood and Garcia hit back! Garcia fires off on Blade, Blackwood brings Butcher to a knee, then they trade! Clothesline against the ropes for Blade and a KNEE for Butcher! Butcher bails out, Garcia comes back and BOOTS Blade! Garcia feeds Blade to Blackwood’s arm wrench back suplex! Blade bails out and now Garcia and Blackwood take aim. They jump for double pescados but are yanked down by Blade and Butcher! Blade and Butcher drag both men out and fire off forearms. Butcher RAMS Blackwood into the apron, Blade whips Garcia into railing!

Blade rakes eyes and Kingston mocks Garcia’s pain as he’s put in the ring. Butcher snap suplex tosses Garcia! Tag to Blade and they double headbutt Garcia in the corner. Blade soaks up the heat as he digs his knee into Garcia’s head! The ref counts, Blade lets up to argue with him, and Butcher chokes Garcia! Blade drags Garcia up, whips him to ropes and clotheslines him down! Kingston likes what he says, Butcher tags in and they double wrench and double CHOP Garcia down! Butcher stomps Garcia, drags him up and fireman’s carries. Butcher gives Garcia a gut buster! Tag to Blade, they mug Garcia, and then Blade toys with Garcia. Blade stands on Garcia’s head at the ropes, then scrapes his sole off Garcia’s face.

Tag to Butcher, Kingston talks trash to Garcia as Butcher drags him in. Butcher lifts Garcia, Garcia fights off the back suplex and elbows back. Butcher reels Garcia in, Garcia elbows back but is pushed to a corner. Garcia BOOTS Butcher, hot tag to Blackwood! Blackwood dodges Butcher to dropkick Blade! Blackwood fires off hands on Butcher, fakes him out and mule kicks! Blackwood runs into a BODY CHECK from Butcher! Tag to Blade, and they give Blackwood a back suplex, but he lands on his feet! Blackwood shoves Blade into Butcher and tags Garcia! Garcia CHOPS away on both men, but swings into a backbreaker and the FULL DEATH!! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!

Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall

Kingston is fired up for his boys, and they continue rolling towards the top spot! Will FTR have to worry about these two coming to cut their reign short?

 

Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian VS Dani Jordyn!

The Superbad couple is rolling towards their Superbad wedding! Will the Superbad bride to be give herself the wedding present of a sweet victory? Or will the Real Mean Girl ruin Ford’s momentum?

The bell rings and Ford circles with Dani. They approach, Dani dodges and grins at Ford. They go again, Dani gets around and shoves Ford away. Ford can’t believe Dani has attitude but the fans like it. Dani and Ford circle, tie up, and Ford powers Dani to a corner. Ford lets up at the ref’s count but pie faces Dani. Dani turns things around to throw haymakers and forearms! Dani fires off, the ref counts but Dani tops it off with an uppercut! Dani rolls Ford for a basement dropkick! Ford bails out, fans rally for Dani and she DIVES into a forearm! Ford drags Dani onto the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Ford stops at 4, then brings Dani around to motorcycle HOTSHOT! Cover, TWO!

Kip grabs Dani’s Burn Book and flips through the pages, perhaps to see if he and Ford are in there. Ford drags Dani around, toys with her, and brings her up for a fireman’s carry. Ford shows off then does a GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Dani survives and Ford is frustrated. Kip says he found something in the Burn Book! He shows the page to Ford and she grabs it. Technically “good” physique, too much PDA’s and wouldn’t be anything without her high status boyfriend?! No wonder Ford rips that page up! Ford shoves a piece into Dani’s mouth! And then she grabs the Burn Book and aims at Dani, but the ref sees that! The ref takes the book away and Dani comes back with big forearms!

Dani whips and clotheslines Ford! Dani rallies with more, comes back and spins Ford to kick a leg out then SUPERKICK! Dani quickly waistlocks but Ford blocks the German Suplex. Ford arm-drags free, Dani flounders but comes back, only for Ford to go Matrix and STUNNER! Ford headlocks, aims for a corner, buckle bulldog! ROUNDHOUSE! Ford climbs up and leaps, missile dropkick! Ford hurries over to bring Dani back up, and she fisherman hooks for the PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, Ford wins!

Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall

Kip helps Ford up because of a bad back, but that was still a Superbad victory! Will that teach everyone to think bad about the Superbad Girl?

 

Brian Cage VS Megabyte Ronnie!

The FTW World Heavyweight Champion has yet to defend that title, but that’s because he hasn’t found any worthy opponents! Will the Hungriest Man in Professional Wrestling take a bite out of The Machine and come for that title?

Ricky Starks joins commentary so that Team Taz is in full force! Cage makes sure Justin Roberts introduces him as the FTW Champion, and then gets in to hold that belt up. The bell rings and Cage picks Ronnie up! Ronnie sunset flips but Cage rolls through. Ronnie dodges the clothesline but Cage runs him over! Cage throws forearms, uppercuts and more forearms in a corner. Cage whips Ronnie to ropes, knees low, then whips him for a hip toss USHIGOROSHI! The crowd fires up as Cage brings Ronnie up to bump him off buckles. Cage rams into Ronnie’s ribs then CHOPS him at the ropes! Ronnie crawls, Cage throws big forearms, then whips Ronnie corner to corner. Cage runs corner to corner but Ronnie boots him!

Ronnie walks into a mule kick, front kick and Cage whips, only for Ronnie to reverse and mule kick him again! Ronnie runs and KNEES Cage down! Cage stumbles but still fireman’s carries Ronnie for an F5, that Ronnie lands on his feet out of! Ronnie kicks but Cage blocks to KNEE back! Cage spins, Ronnie ducks the discus but not the LARIAT! Cage scoops, Ronnie slips out and waistlocks but Cage standing switches. Cage wristlock ripcords but Ronnie ducks the clothesline to give the ripcord back, for a SPINE BUSTER! Ronnie gets to his corner, and grabs his fanny pack for a HOT DOG!? Ronnie has the hot dog, pretends it’s a sword, and runs for the BALL PARK FRANK’S ELBOW!! Ronnie takes a bite out of the dog while hitting Cage, and then covers! ONE!!

Cage is not happy, and he pops Ronnie up for a POWERBOMB! Cage rolls Ronnie for a spinning mule KICK! Ronnie is on the ropes, Cage hits a 619!? Cage suplexes Ronnie into the DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

The Machine was too much for Megabyte Ronnie, and the FTW Champion keeps on rolling. Who can stop the Path of Cage?

 

Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr!

Santana and Ortiz are almost ready to battle the Best Friends in that Parking Lot Brawl, but they need one last tune-up. Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ be more like a speed bump going into Dynamite?

The teams sort out and BPJ starts with Santana. They circle, feel out the grapple and BPJ gives some testing kicks. Santana and BPJ tie up, go around, and Santana grinds down on that shoulder. Santana wrenches, BPJ rolls and cartwheels and handsprings to then boop Santana in the face with his boot. BPJ eggs Santana on and Santana rushes him for a whip and uppercut at the ropes! Santana snapmares and basement dropkicks BPJ in the back! Santana CLUBS BPJ, BPJ back hands, and Santana throws forearms. BPJ hits back, Santana ROCKS BPJ! Santana scoops, BPJ slips out and waistlocks but Santana switches. Griff tags in off the O’Conner roll, BPJ pops Santana off and Griff drops a leg, brother!

Santana gets to a corner, Griff goes after him but Santana kicks low. Santana CHOPS Griff hard! Santana throws haymakers but the crowd wants that chop “One More Time!” Griff reverses the whip for a BIG corner splash, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Santana drags Griff up, tags Ortiz, but Griff fights back with forearms and kicks! Griff whips Ortiz, but Ortiz ducks under and Santana uses Ortiz to leap frog into a BULLDOG! GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Griff survives, Ortiz stalks him to a corner and clubs away. Ortiz whips Griff, calf kicks Griff down hard, and Ortiz drags him up for a gut wrench suplex! Griff grits his teeth as he crawls to a corner but Ortiz is on him with a CHOP! “Where you at, big man?!”

Griff throws forearms back and Ortiz eggs him on. Griff hits Ortiz again but Ortiz pokes Griff in the eye. Ortiz stomps away, digs his boot into Griff but lets off at the count of 4. Ortiz drags Griff up, whips him corner to corner, but Griff goes up and over to kick low! Griff whips now, Ortiz reverses to LARIAT Griff! Ortiz double guns and then drags Griff up. Tag to Santana, PNP double whip and Ortiz dropkicks the legs out. Santana basement dropkicks Griff down! Santana drags Griff up and away from BPJ to CHOP Griff to the corner. Tag to Ortiz, PNP double suplex Griff high and hard! Ortiz soaks up the heat and taunts BPJ, to then SLAP him off the apron! Griff comes back with a ROLLING ELBOW! Both men flop down, BPJ is back! Griff crawls, hot tag to BPJ!

Pillman springboards and clotheslines Ortiz! Santana runs in but gets a CHOP! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! BPJ uppercuts then runs, Santana follows and dodges to DIVE onto Griff! Ortiz runs into a SUPERKICK! BPJ has Ortiz for a suplex, but Ortiz slips out to push and pop-up! Ortiz POWERBOMBS and sits BPJ up for Santana’s KICK! Ortiz stands on BPJ for a cover, PNP win!

Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall

Bulletproof doesn’t mean indestructible, and BPJ just got wrecked by Santana and Ortiz! Will Santana and Ortiz do even worse to Best Friends?

 

Will Hobbs VS Jessy Sorensen!

The Embodiment of Willpower finally got a win in AEW and is finally gaining some ground! Will Jessy have any impact on Hobbs’ momentum?

The bell rings, Hobbs and Jessy get face to face and Jessy SLAPS Hobbs! Hobbs LARIATS Jessy! And corner splashes him hard! Hobbs clubs away on Jessy, the ref backs him off, and Jessy ROCKS Hobbs with rights! Jessy runs, dodges and jumps but Hobbs swats him down! Hobbs runs corner to corner, Jessy dodges and runs back in, but Hobbs puts him on the apron. Jessy enziguris and runs, but into a SPINE BUSTER! Hobbs is fired up, he drags Jessy up to scoop, for an Oklahoma Stampede! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall

Even Taz and Ricky Starks have to give Hobbs some credit on that one. Will Hobbs continue to build momentum now that he has his second win?

 

Ivelisse & Diamante VS Rache Chanel & Skyler Moore!

The winners of the AEW Women’s Tag Cup are back in the ring together to keep building that tag team legacy! Will they make sure their opponents tonight know exactly why they’re the top women’s team in AEW?

The bell rings and La Sicaria starts against Moore. They tie up, Ivelisse wrenches but Moore bridges, so Ivelisse sweeps the legs. Moore kips up, arm-drags Ivelisse around, and even hip tosses! Moore scoops Ivelisse, Ivelisse slips out and kicks out a leg! Ivelisse clinches and puts Moore in the corner, tag to Diamante. Moore fights back with big forearms, then scoops Diamante for a slam! Tag to Chanel, she and Moore bring Diamante up to whip into the corner. Moore runs in to corner elbow Diamante, Chanel runs in and blocks Diamante’s boot to ROCK her with an elbow! Chanel shows some edge and she snapmares Diamante, but she struts a bit and Diamante rushes her. Chanel gets around, Diamante bucks the O’Conner roll and CLOBBERS Chanel with an elbow!

Chanel recovers to arm-drag Diamante around, then uses a fireman’s carry to roll Diamante. Chanel struts again, but Diamante ducks the kick to roll her. Chanel slips out but Diamante ROCKS her with an uppercut! Tag to Ivelisse, Diamante elbows and feeds Chanel to Ivelisse’s tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Chanel survives but Ivelisse rains down rights and even dribbles Chanel off the mat. Ivelisse hits a switchblade kick, then drags Chanel into a dragon sleeper! Ivelisse clubs Chanel but fans rally up. Chanel fights out, throws forearms back, but Ivelisse knees low. Ivelisse brings Chanel around, butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse drags Chanel up, tags Diamante in, and Diamante runs to blast Moore while Ivelisse stomps a mudhole into Chanel.

Diamante runs back and basement dropkicks Chanel hard! Diamante drags Chanel up, point blank clotheslines her, but Moore tries to get in. The ref keeps Moore out, Diamante uses the distraction to feed Chanel to Ivelisse’s SUPERKICK! Chanel staggers into Diamante’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Chanel survives and fans rally up as Diamante clamps on a chinlock. Chanel fights up, fights back and jawbreakers free! Chanel mule kicks, but Diamante pushes her away, only for Chanel to come back with a SHINING WIZARD! Both women are down and the crowd fires up! Hot tags to Ivelisse and Moore!

Moore clobbers Ivelisse, gets Diamante back, and rallies more on Ivelisse! Moore runs but only gets buckles, but she boots Ivelisse back and huricanranas! Moore scoops Ivelisse, and POWERSLAMS her down! Cover, Diamante breaks it in time! Chanel gets in, drags Diamante up but Diamante throws Chanel out. Ivelisse hits Moore back and whips Moore into Chanel! Diamante BACKSTABBESR, Ivelisse snapmare KICKS Moore down! Cover, Ivelisse and Diamante win!

Winners: Diamante & Ivelisse, by pinfall

Chanel and Moore were tougher than expected, but not tougher than the Cuban Diamond and La Sicaria! Will the gold medal team continue to shine?

 

Colt Cabana VS QT Marshall w/ Allie!

BOOM BOOM Colt Cabana cost the Dark Order at All Out and Mr. Brodie Lee is still angry with him! But can he redeem himself in the eyes of the Exalted One by taking down God’s Gift to Wrestling?

Cabana is a little unsure why all of the Dark Order came out and not just Uno, but Uno assures them it’s not like that. The Dark Order keeps their distance and allow QT and Allie to enter. Uno gives Cabana some words of encouragement and the bell rings. Cabana and QT tie up, go around, and Cabana waistlocks. QT wrenches, Cabana rolls, spins and drop toeholds back. Cabana floats to a facelock, QT slips out to a hammerlock, but Cabana snapmares. QT spins out to hammerlock back, but Cabana works on his escape to get a headlock. QT powers out, Cabana runs him over and things speed up. Cabana ducks under and tilt-o-whirl headscissors QT out! Allie gets QT focused and back in the ring.

QT and Cabana circle, tie up, and QT wrenches to a hammerlock. Cabana backs QT to a corner, the ref calls for a break, and QT lets go. Stu Grayson wants Cabana to be more aggressive but Uno calms Stu down. Cabana does try to hit QT but QT dodges to ROCK Cabana back! QT whips and elbows Cabana down and the Dark Order is disappointed. QT throws forearms, whips Cabana to a corner, but Cabana goes up, under but turns into QT’s dropkick! Cover, TWO! QT stays on Cabana with forearms then whips corner to corner. Cabana reverses, QT elbows back but Alan Angels and Preston Vance distract QT! Cabana trips QT up, and realizes what the Dark Order is doing. Cabana wants them to let him handle this, and he drops down on QT with a splash! Cover, TWO! Cabana tries again, TWO!

The crowd rallies up, Cabana elbows QT to a corner and CHOPS him! QT goes to another corner, kicks back and throws forearms. QT rocks Cabana, whips him corner to corner but Cabana reverses and QT tumbles into buckles hard! QT goes up, comes back and Cabana drops him with a Bionic Elbow! Cabana pushes QT down to a cover, TWO! Cabana grows frustrated, tries another cover, TWO! Allie and the crowd rallies for QT but Cabana stalks QT to drive in more elbows. Cabana goes after the shoulder and neck then clamps on hands into the traps! QT fights up, fights back, and is free, but he runs into a drop toehold! Cabana clamps on again, gets the arms, and pulls QT back for a half surfboard.

QT fights up, turns but Cabana arm-drags. QT ROCKS Cabana with the uppercuts and haymakers! QT whips, Cabana reverses but QT LEAPS to shoulder Cabana down! QT hits an atomic drop, scoops and slams Cabana down! QT goes to a corner and climbs up top! Cabana rises, QT flies to hit a flying elbow! Allie and the crowd cheers but the Dark Order is frustrated. QT calls for the cutter, Cabana rolls him up but QT rolls through to hit a lethal combination! Both men are down but Allie and the crowd cheers QT on. QT gets up to the corner and the top rope. QT leaps, Cabana dodges the fist to spin QT for JAB after JAB! Flip, flop ‘n’ fly for a BIONIC ELBOW! Cabana runs in, the Flying Apple gets caught for a back suplex! Cover, TWO!!

Uno calms his colleagues but QT and Cabana slowly rise. QT goes for the cutter but is denied! Uno checks on Cabana but Stu goes around the way to KNEE QT down!! The ref misses all of this and Uno tells Cabana to finish it! Cabana aims at QT for the DISCUS!! Cover, Cabana wins!

Winner: Colt Cabana, by pinfall

It was certainly a team effort to give Cabana another win! But will Mr. Brodie’s star pick needing help only upset him more?

 

Brandon Cutler VS Peter Avalon w/ Leva Bates!

The Dungeon Master and the Librarian could not make it work as a tag team, and The Initiative is no more! But when winless faces winless, something’s gotta give! Who finally gets a win in their AEW career?

The second Cutler hits the ring, Avalon hits him! They brawl, the bell rings and this is on the record! Cutler fires off but Avalon knees low. Avalon throws haymakers back but Cutler dodges and clotheslines Avalon out! Cutler goes out and chases Avalon but Avalon gets back in the ring. Avalon drops a knee on Cutler as he gets in! Avalon hammers away on Cutler, drags him up and butterfly suplexes! Cover, ONE! Avalon is furious, he drags Cutler up but Cutler suplexes him first! Cover, ONE! Cutler keeps on Avalon with another suplex, Avalon slips out and waistlocks but Cutler bucks him away. Cutler slingshots out then springboards in, flying forearm!

Fans fire up with Cutler, Cutler knuckle locks and CHOPS Avalon, then springboard arm-drags Avalon out! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the two crash into railing! Leva just wants them to be friends again but Cutler ignores her. Cutler drags Avalon up and whips him into the post, but Avalon swings around to not only refresh the count but BOOT Cutler down! Avalon has Leva move aside and he CHOPS Cutler against railing! And CHOP! Avalon shushes the crowd but Cutler CHOPS him back! And CHOPS him again! Cutler puts Avalon in the ring, Avalon builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit in return for earlier! Avalon brings Cutler back up and into the ring, then springboards for a crossbody! Cover, ONE, but Avalon gets Cutler for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!

Avalon keeps his cool, drags Cutler by his leg and turns him for a modified Half Crab! Cutler endures, crawls and Leva even helps him get the ropebreak! Avalon lets go at 4 and questions Leva being so close to the ring. Avalon takes the book she’s holding, aims at Cutler, but she takes the book back! Leva tells Avalon he has to win this fair and square. And then Cutler hits Avalon with the SAVING THROW! Cover, TWO!! Cutler can’t believe his inverted suplex slam didn’t finish it, but he lifts Avalon with a torture rack. Avalon fights out, spins Cutler and kicks low, to TIGER DRIVER ’97!! Cover, TWO!! Now Avalon can’t believe Cutler survives! Cutler staggers up, to get MARTI-KNEES! Avalon goes to a corner, ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Cutler survives again!

Avalon is furious and argues with the ref, but the count is the count. Avalon runs corner to corner but into boots! Cutler goes to the apron, springboards, FROGGY BOW!! Cover, TWO!?! Avalon lives and Cutler can’t believe it! The crowd rallies up as Cutler brings Avalon into another suplex. Cutler hoists Avalon onto the top rope, climbs up to join him, but Avalon resists. Cutler throws body shots, Avalon hits back and adjusts, but Cutler rocks him with a haymaker! Cutler goes up top from the outside, but he’s aiming for the floor! Avalon resists, Leva is very worried, and the two brawl up top! Cutler and Avalon ROCK each other and they both fall to the floor!

The ring count begins, and Leva is torn! Cutler is up at 5, he hurries over to Avalon but Avalon throws forearms. They brawl, the climb is 8, they both keep each other out!! DOUBLE COUNT-OUT!!

Double Count-Out Draw

That’s not a win or a loss, it’s a TIE!! A historic moment for AEW, but not at all what these two men wanted! Leva tries to stop them from fighting any more, and Avalon storms off. Cutler also leaves Leva behind, but what does this mean for all of them?

 

Best Friends VS Maxx Stardom & Dontae Smiley!

Chuck Taylor and Trent also prepare for the Parking Lot Brawl with Proud ‘n’ Powerful! But will the Five Star Superstar and Mr. Prime Time throw a wrench into those plans?

The teams sort out and Chuckie T starts with Maxx. They tie up, Chuck puts Maxx in a corner but lets up. They tie up again, go around and Chuck puts Maxx in the other corner. Maxx throat chops, headbutts and uppercuts right out of the ropebreak! Maxx runs but Chuck BOOTS him down! Chuck stalks Maxx but Maxx tags to Smiley. Smiley and Chuck tie up, Chuck kicks low and clubs Smiley to the corner. Tag to Trent, Trent throws big forearms and a CHOP! Trent rocks, kicks and whips Smiley, to elbow him down hard! Trent paces as the crowd cheers, and he brings Smiley up. Trent headlocks and hits a takeover, grinds Smiley down, but Smiley fights up.

Smiley throws body shots and powers out but things speed up. Smiley hurdles high and dropkicks Trent down! Trent gets to a corner, Smiley poses for a moment then runs corner to corner. Into Trent’s knee! Trent looms over Smiley and drags Smiley up to CHOP back down. Tag to Chuck, he drags Smiley up and back suplexes high and hard! Chuck runs to drop an elbow! Smiley crawls, Chuck drags him away and tags in Trent. Trent brings Smiley up to DECK him! Trent toys with Smiley, and dares him to take a shot. Smiley gets up, throws a big forearm and another, so Trent DECKS him again. Trent drags Smiley up to put in a corner and throw more forearms. The ref counts, Trent lets up and comes back, into a mule kick! Smiley runs to hit a jumping neckbreaker!

Tag to Maxx and Maxx runs at Trent, but Trent sends him into buckles. Maxx goes to boot back but Trent counters. Maxx bounces back to ax kick Trent, then boots Trent after all. Maxx wheelbarrows to bulldog Trent down! Trent gets up, Maxx spins but into a BIG SAIDO! Both men are down, Trent and Maxx crawl to their corners, tags to Chuck and Smiley! Chuck rallies on Smiley and Maxx, and clotheslines Smiley out! Chuck stays on Smiley to whip him into railing! And feeds Maxx to Trent’s SPEAR! Best Friends put Smiley in, Chuck gives him a back elbow. Tag to Trent, Smiley is fed to the Sexy Chuckie Knee! SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Chuck wants PNP to see this! AWFUL WAFFLE to BIG PILEDRIVER! Cover, Best Friends win!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall

No more fun and games, Trent and Chuck want to demolish Santana and Ortiz! Will there be anyone or anything left standing in the Parking Lot Brawl?

 

8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Private Party & The Gunn Club!

Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and the Beaver Boys all want to make Brodie Lee proud to make up for All Out, but Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, Billy and Austin don’t care about that! FTR stands atop the tag team division now and riled everyone up! Will the foursome that wins here gain major ground towards chasing after Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood?

The teams sort out and Billy starts against Number 3, Alex Reynolds. Reynolds and Billy circle, tie up, and Billy headlocks. Billy hits a headlock takeover, Reynolds headscissors but Billy pops out. Reynolds CHOPS but Billy doesn’t flinch. Billy eggs Reynolds on, Reynolds kicks low but Billy blocks the whip. Billy reels Reynolds in to run him over with a shoulder! Cover, TWO! Billy keeps on Reynolds, taunts the rest of Dark Order and wrenches. Tag to Austin, he kicks and wrenches Reynolds then tags in Kassidy. Kassidy drops ax handles, wrenches and shoulder breakers, then tags in Quen. Quen leap frogs to jam the arm! Quen facelocks Reynolds to keep him from his corner.

Quen wrenches, tags Kassidy, Private Party double whip Reynolds for a body shot, sunset flip and dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy keeps on Reynolds with a wrench and tags Austin in. Austin clubs Reynolds’ arm but Reynolds knees low. Reynolds whips, Austin reverses and corner splashes! Austin whips corner to corner then back drops Reynolds! Cover, TWO! Austin keeps his focus as he brings Reynolds up. Reynolds powers Austin to the corner and Dark Order mugs him! Silver tags in, stomps Austin then tags Stu. Stu stomps Austin, tags in Uno, and Uno brings Austin up for elbows. Uno stomps Austin’s fingers, then whips him into the corner. Tag to Reynolds, Uno CHOPS Austin then Reynolds throws forearms.

Reynolds brings Austin up but Austin pops out of the neckbreaker to backslide! TWO, Austin picks Reynolds up and powers him to the corner. Tag to Kassidy, he throws forearms then tags in Quen. Private Party sweep the legs, “SAY CHEESE!” Stomps! Kassidy and Quen mock the #JoinDarkOrder pose, Quen covers, TWO! Quen drags Reynolds up, Reynolds hits back but Quen dodges to huricanrana! Quen runs but into a cheap shot! QUen hits Silver back for that, dodges Reynolds and flapjack dropkicks Reynolds! Stu swipes at Quen but gets an enziguri! Silver distracts the ref, Uno anchors Quen’s foot! Reynolds clobbers Quen and Quen falls out of the ring! Stu puts Quen back in and Reynolds drags Quen to a cover, ONE!

Tag to Uno, Uno stomps Quen’s legs while Reynolds holds him down. Uno stomps more and more, the crowd rallies behind Quen but Stu tags in. The Dark Order OG have Quen for a elbow drop sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Stu tries again, TWO! Stu pushes Quen to the corner, tags Silver in, and they mug Quen. Silver EuroUppers and BOOTS Quen down! Cover, TWO! Silver keeps between Quen and his corner to drop elbows. Cover, ONE, but Silver has Quen in a partial camel clutch. The crowd rallies up, Silver drags Quen around but Quen elbows back. Quen throws body shots and forearms but Silver barrels him into the corner! Reynolds tags in, the Beaver Boys mug Quen and dig their boots in. Uno and Stu get their shots in, Uno tags in and Uno drags Quen up.

Uno suplexes, holds Quen for a count of 5, to a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover but Kassidy breaks it! Uno drags Quen over, tags Reynolds in, and Silver tags in next. The Beaver Boys stomp Quen more, double whip him but QUen crisscrosses and double ranas! Silver and Reynolds drag Quen back, tag to Uno. Uno hits Kassidy and Austin, but Billy backs him off with a glare. The ref keeps Billy from getting in, Uno goes abck to Quen and tags Stu. The OG double suplex but Quen lands on his feet! Quen spins and enziguris Uno! Stu dead lifts Quen to a full nelson but Quen lands on his feet out of the German Suplex! Quen dodges Stu, hot tag to Billy! Billy throws hands on the Dark Order, tilt-o-whirl SLAMS Reynolds, then dumps Uno out. Stu jumps up and elbows Billy in the head!

Stu fireman’s carries, Billy slips out for the COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Stu survives but Billy drags him back up. Billy says “SUCK IT!” but Uno drags him out of the ring! Uno sends Billy into railing but Kassidy triangle cutters Uno down! Reynolds spins Kassidy to ROCK him, and CRAVAT SUPLEX! Quen kicks Reynolds to turns him for the INVERTED SHIRANUI! Silver gets in to pop-up Quen and kick, kick and SUPERKICK, into a dead lift BRAIN BUSTER! Austin is back, Silver kicks him and the Beaver Boys double whip. Austin ducks the clotheslines to give double clotheslines! Stu goes Matrix to PELE Austin! Billy is back to FAMOUSER Stu! Uno BOOTS Billy down!!

Uno drags Stu to the corner, tags in, but Austin tags in, too! Austin dodges Uno to forearm Reynolds! Running uppercut for Uno! clothesline for Reynolds! Austin tosses Silver and whips Uno but Uno reverses! Austin goes up and over but Silver tags in. Austin pops Uno up but Uno slips through to Gory Especial! Stu is up top, FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

The party comes to a halt as the Dark Order OG seal the deal for the faction! Is it only a matter of time before they take over all of AEW?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Dark for another 11 match night. There were still matches that were obviously going one way over another, but they still felt like good matches for all parties. I like that Brandi VS Velvet happened after what Brandi was saying on commentary last week, and it was great for Velvet to get upset about those same comments. Butcher and Blade keep it together better than Pentagon and Fenix did last week, I wonder if that in itself causes tension between the four. I liked the detail of Dani having a Burn Book page about Ford, as well as the reaction Ford had to it. Megabyte Ronnie honestly has an impressive look and according to commentary, he’s a military veteran and had a moment of realization that with one life to live, you got to eat what you can while you can. I really liked his hot dog eating elbow drop, too, that was very creative. But of course Cage won for Team Taz.

Proud ‘n’ Powerful and Best Friends obviously win to roll into their match for Dynamite, but something about Best Friends’ win felt more dominant than PNP’s. Maybe this is a sign Santana and Ortiz win the Parking Lot Brawl. I still feel like AEW should be prioritizing their rise to the tag titles, not Jericho and Hager jumping into the division on a whim. Hobbs squashing Sorensen while Starks talked smack makes me think Hobbs is rising up in how AEW sees him, and I wonder if it comes to the point where Hobbs joins Darby Allin against Team Taz. Hobbs has the strength to not so much rival Cage, but he at least evens things out. Ivelisse & Diamante get a real good match out of Chanel and Moore, though maybe sloppy at points. That’s more to Chanel and Moore being newer, but at least no one got hurt.

I really liked the Dark Order developments tonight. Anna making sure Brandi remembers she’s around was a good touch. The Dark Order being on Cabana’s case was a great bit of detail, as was them cheating to help him win. That should come back around as part of the story inside Dark Order, such as it hurting Cabana’s confidence to know he didn’t win on his own. And the 8 Man Tag was a lot of great stuff. The Gunn Club and Private Party had a lot of chemistry, but it does make a lot of sense for the Dark Order to win because of the overall story. And of course, there’s Cutler VS Avalon. I forgot they both lost 25 matches each. And I totally forgot about the possibility of a draw! Them pulling that is actually brilliant, as they’ll be among the very few AEW wrestlers to have a tie on their records. Cutler and Avalon are now both 0-25-1, but far from over with each other. I bet the anniversary show finally gives us one of them going 1-25-1.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/25/23)

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Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!

Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
  • #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
  • Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!

The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?

The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.

Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!

Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.

Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!

Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!

Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!

Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!

Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!

Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?

 

AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.

Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!

The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?

AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!

The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!

But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.

Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!

Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!

Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.

Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!

Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!

Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!

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

And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?

“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.

“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?

 

Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!

It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”

Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?

#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!

The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!

Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.

JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.

Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!

Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!

JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!

Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!

Winners: #JungleHook, by submission

All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?

 

Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.

The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.

Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”

Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.

Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.

And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?

Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!

Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!

Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.

Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.

Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!

Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!

Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!

Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!

Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!

Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”

Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?

 

Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!

As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?

The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!

Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!

Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!

The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!

Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?

 

MJF speaks.

“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.

“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.

“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.

“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.

“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!

Jamie Hayter speaks.

“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!

On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?

 

Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!

To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!

AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!

Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!

Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!

Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!

Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!

Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!

Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.

Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!

Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!

Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.


My Thoughts:

A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.

Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.

And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.

Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.

Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.

Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/24/23)

Britt Baker gets Dark!

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Universal Studios belongs to Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

Ahead of a Triple Threat on Wednesday Night Dynamite, Britt Baker returns to AEW Dark for a Tuesday tune-up! Will The Doctor be ready for Toni Storm and Ruby Soho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Britt Baker VS Billie Starkz; Baker wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Baliyan Akki, Marcus Kross & Vary Morales; The Dark Order wins.
  • Tony Deppen VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Serpentico wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon; Sydal wins.
  • Harley Cameron VS Brittany J; Cameron wins.
  • Madison Rayne VS Kaci Lennox; Rayne wins.
  • Action Andretti VS Bronson w/ The Iron Savages; Action win.
  • Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.

QUICK NOTES

A good line-up, and good to see Matt Sydal back in action. That should be a good return win for him against big bad Bononi. Harley Cameron is a bit of a surprise. Sure, she showed up in AEW sometime last year, but she performed in a musical trio alongside Scarlett Bordeaux and Shotzi Blackheart to cover I Put A Spell On You for WWE around Halloween time. WWE could’ve/should’ve scooped her up then but hey, at least she’s somewhere. Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada looks to be a great match-up that could go either way. And of course, Britt will get a win here to be ready for Dynamite on Wednesday.


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