Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/30/20)
Who faces Jon Moxley tonight?
The Jon Moxley defends AEW World Championship against…?
Eddie Kingston and his “family” brutalized Jon Moxley and his allies, but it doesn’t end there! The Mad King chooses Moxley’s challenger for TONIGHT! Who will it be? And will they change the plans for the Dynamite Anniversary?
- Darby Allin VS Ricky Starks; Allin wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Brush with Greatness: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS SoCal Uncensored; FTR wins and retains the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- Chris Jericho w/ The Inner Circle VS Isiah Kassidy w/ Marq Quen & Matt Hardy; Jericho wins.
- Orange Cassidy VS “Number 10” Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order; Cassidy wins.
- Britt Baker VS Red Velvet; Baker wins.
- AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS The Butcher w/ Eddie Kingston; Moxley wins and retains the AEW World Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin VS Ricky Starks!
The undead underdog says he is relentless, but Absolute says he is just absolutely reckless! Will Starks leave Darby a wreck and be done with him?
Before the match, AEW has a special video message from Darby, or rather a friend of his in JPEGMAFIA. “Team Taz. Bunch of cowards. Ricky? You want to dress like Darby Allin, claim he’s not a man, while pretending to be him? Well they say imitation is the highest form of flattery.” So Darby is going to remind Starks “how much a b*tch” he really is. It takes more than a body bag full of thumbtacks to bury Darby. They’ll find that out right now. Darby makes his entrance and the fans fire up as this grudge match finally happens.
Darby and Starks circle, fans rally but Starks SLAPS Darby! Darby shotgun dropkicks Starks out! Darby goes out to throw Starks back in the ring, but Starks is building up speed! Starks SPEARS, but Darby catches it! Darby has a guillotine and body scissors! Starks powers up and puts Darby in a corner, but Darby wrenches, snapmares and rolls to monkey flip Starks to a FUJIWARA! Starks scrambles to get the ropebreak, Darby lets go at 4. Starks gets to the apron, Darby goes after him but Starks body shots back. Starks suplexes Darby but Darby resists. Darby suplexes Starks but Starks resists. Darby goes out to join Starks to suplex him to the apron! Starks flops to the floor and Taz is very upset on commentary.
Darby is in the ring as fans rally up. Starks rises, Darby builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Starks hits barriers! Darby drags Starks back up, back to the apron, and fans are loving “A E DUB!” but here comes Cage! Darby stares Brian Cage down, but here comes WILL HOBBS! The Embodiment of Willpower brawls with the Machine! They never got to have that fight in the Six Man Tag that was cancelled, so here it is now! Darby goes after Starks again but Starks arm-drags Darby off the apron! Darby crashes and burns, Taz is happy but fans are stunned. Starks puts Darby in the ring, drops elbows and kicks away on Darby! Starks drags Darby up to CHOP and CHOP and whip! Darby hits buckles then flops to the mat!
Fans fire up as Starks hobbles over. Starks stomps Darby, whips him corner to corner again, but Darby stays up a bit longer. Starks runs corner to corner, Darby BOOTS him away! Darby fires up, jumps but into Starks’ arms! Stark gets the Half Crab and sits down! Darby clubs the bad back, crawls over and reaches, but Starks lets him go anyway because the back couldn’t hold up! Starks comes back, wincing and gritting his teeth. He back suplexes Darby high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous as Darby still lives! Starks drags Darby back up, drops knees, then gives him a motorcycle stretch STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Starks CHOPS Darby on the back!
Fans are still fired up as Starks lifts Darby. The back gives up, Darby clubs him and runs in for YOSHI TONIC! Cover, TWO!! Taz is relieved that Starks survives the modified sunset bomb but both men are down. Fans rally up, Darby rises and grabs Starks first. Darby wrenches the wrist, Starks throws forearms and whips. Darby reverses to reel Starks in for the FUJIWARA! Starks crawls, reaches, but Darby gets that arm for a RINGS OF SATURN! Starks still tries, and manages to get his head and hand on the ropes! The ref counts, Darby lets go, but the damage is done. Fans rally up again as Darby stands. Darby dares Starks to do something and then SLAPS him!
Starks SLAPS back, Darby throws forearms! Starks forearms, Darby SLAPS! Starks SLAPS, and they trade these open hand palm strikes! Darby throws forearms, palm strikes and runs, but has to leap over the spear! Darby gets around, THROWBACK STUNNER! Starks staggers, Darby springboards, Starks SPEARS!! Cover, TWO!?! Darby survives and Taz is losing his own cool! Starks drags himself up as the crowd argues the count. Starks drags Darby around, gets him to a corner, and hoists him up top and backwards. Starks clubs Darby, climbs up to join him, and has the Canadian rack! But Darby fights out, shifts position with Starks, clubs his back and kicks him down! Starks is in the drop zone, Darby positions himself, for the COFFIN DROP!! Cover, DARBY WINS!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Now THAT was relentless! Darby uses his body to crush Starks’, but is Starks’ spirit still in one piece?
Cody Rhodes is here!
The American Nightmare is here, dramatic entrance and all, to respond to Mr. Brodie Lee’s challenge! Will he accept the dog collar match? We find out after the break!
AEW returns and Dasha is in the ring with Cody. She says on behalf of everyone else, “Welcome back!” Cody’s injury was a bit of a mystery, so how is he feeling? “The man who trained me, Al Snow, I remember he said, ‘You always wrestle hurt. Never wrestle injured.'” Had Cody known then what he knows now, he would’ve given the retort, “What if the injury transcends the physical? What if the breaking of the body is secondary to the spirit?” Dasha is a wrestler now, too, right? She should know then that pre-pandemic that wrestlers shook hands et naseam, it’s a particular quirk. Often, it is incorrectly thought of as respect. That’s not why they shake hands. They shake hands is because we all need each other.
Take the marquee, for example. “It is you versus somebody else.” Imagine then Cody’s shame when he loses the TNT Championship in three minutes. Then he gets the call that all wrestlers pray for but pretend they don’t, the 323 area code of Hollywood. An opportunity. Cody jumps on it. Cody is on another show, next to a world-renowned actress in Rosario Dawson, a pioneer in rap music and Americana, Snoop Dogg, and even a Grammy Award winning songstress, Jennifer Nettles. Cody thinks to himself, “Who the hell am I? I’m the guy who got beat in three minutes.” But he’s back, isn’t he? Fans cheer him being back.
Cody knows he is back, two feet on the ground, but an ear to the ground, as well. And he heard the traditional pro-wrestling pontification of people saying they’re future. Some were saying they’re “The Ace.” Oh please, that kind of stuff has sailed. AEW is almost a year old. Cody wants to punch in further that the honored distinction is his, but it isn’t. That honor goes to one out of three: “The Full Metal Champion,” Hikaru Shida; The World’s Champion, the Best Wrestler of 2020, Jon Moxley; or even the man wearing “The Ace” belt himself, Brodie Lee. Speaking of Brodie, does Cody accept that dog collar match challenge?
“Well that’s simple. The optics in wrestling are incredibly important. The optics of a match that unsafe, that bloody, that violent…” As the Executive Vice President of AEW, Cody’s answer is no. Fans don’t like the sound of that! Cody goes to the stage as fans want him to go after Brodie, so he comes back. Cody grabs the mic to say, “‘No,’ as in no regrets! ‘No,’ as in no looking back! WE enter much different than we leave! TNT Title, Dog Collar Match, next week, I! ACCEPT!!” And with that, here comes Mr. Brodie, with security chasing after! He and Cody brawl in their nice suits as security and even extra wrestlers flood the ring! The Dark Order is there to hold their own Exalted One back but Cody gets at him!
The others bring Cody away, Brodie bails out the side and finds a way around. Dark Order hurries to keep him back for his own sake, and Brandi Rhodes hurries out to climb and LFY onto them all! But here comes Anna Jay! They brawl, female wrestlers hurry to stop this fight, too! But then Nyla Rose gets in just to wreck KiLynn King! It is chaos all over the arena! The Dark Order finally leaves, Anna Jay included. But then Brodie barrels back out to get at Cody!! The two are separated again, but not for long! Brodie just doesn’t want to stop! And there’s no stopping this now that it’s booked! Will these two be like rabid animals when the gloves are off and the collars are on?
Tony Schiavone has a backstage interview with FTR and Tully Blanchard.
The AEW World Tag Team Champions are preparing for a 20 minute time limit match for the titles, though we thought we were getting that “brush with greatness” against Best Friends last week. That was not to be, but the inaugural champions, SCU, will get that shot. Cash Wheeler says FTR did Best Friends a favor. Best Friends weren’t 100% after that war. They’re not on FTR’s level like that. FTR represents the pinnacle of tag team wrestling, while Best Friends are “glorified backyarders at best.” They don’t deserve championship opportunities anyway. SCU is different! Two of the best, among the best, being the original AEW World Tag Team Champions. FTR cements their legacy against SCU.
But what about The Young Bucks? Dax asks back, “What constitutes an AEW World Tag Team Championship match for the Young Bucks?” Every opportunity given to them has been blown! The inaugural tournament, round one against Private Party, the Bucks blew it. The match with Kenny Omega and Hangman Page, blew it. Even that gauntlet, Bucks blew it and FTR went on to win. If it’s all this Dave Meltzer love, fine, line them up. But other than that, the Bucks don’t deserve a shot.
Then what about Full Gear, November 7th? Who would they like to face- SUPERKICK!! Matt Jackson hits Tony!? Sorry about that, did he interrupt something? Nick, wait up! Oh no no no, come back here and kick them! You think you’re tough guys, huh? Don’t hit old men and referees, hit the #TopGuys. What is going on with the Bucks?! And as for FTR and Full Gear, will they even have the belts by November? Or will a “Brush with Greatness” rub the champs the wrong way?
Dasha has a backstage interview with SoCal Uncensored.
With Christopher Daniels by their side, Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian are about to face FTR for those titles. What’re they feeling? Scorpio says, “Every once in a while, opportunity knocks on your door.” He and Kaz haven’t been up and down the road in a bit, but they’re ready to hop back on the SCU train. FTR make be playing checkers, but SCU is playing chess. You’re about to see two-time tag team champions! Shawn Spears is nearby and “wishes” SCU luck.
AEW World Tag Team Championship Brush with Greatness: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS SoCal Uncensored!
The Full Metal Rebel and Closer actually reunited last night on Dark, but this is a whole different ball game! They have 20 minutes or less to win the titles, can they do it? Or will Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood run out the clock and #FurtherTheirReign?
AEW returns and Hangman Page has joined commentary, drink in hand. FTR make their entrance, the introductions are made and the belts are raised. The teams sort out, Dax and Kaz start and so does the countdown!
Kaz and Dax circle as fans fire up. Cash swipes at Kaz but he and Dax still tie up. Dax headlocks, Kaz pries out to keylock and wrangle Dax down but Dax spins to reverse back to a hammerlock. Kaz gets up, drop toeholds and gets headlock of his own. Dax moves around, Kaz shifts position but Dax moves around to get a facelock. Kaz spins out to get the hammerlock back, gets a cover, TWO! Kaz hits the headlock takeover, Dax headscissors, Kaz pops out and the two stand off. Fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up again, Kaz headlocks but Dax powers out, only for Kaz to run him over! And again! Things speed up, Kaz blocks the hip toss but so does Dax. Kaz ducks the lariat to give a LARIAT!
Tag to Scorpio, SCU whips and dropkicks Dax down! Cover, ONE, but Scorpio wrenches. Dax pulls tights to bring Scorpio to the corner, tag to Cash. Scorpio gets away and he resets with Cash. Cash and Scorpio approach, Cash waistlocks but Scorpio resists the lift. Scorpio waistlocks, Cash pries free but Scorpio headlocks for a takeover. Cash fights up, Cash powers out but Scorpio runs him over! Things speed up, Cash hurdles Scorpio but Scorpio drops down to hurdle back. Dax is moving around the apron and the ref tells him to get back to his corner. Cash fakes being tripped up by Daniels! The ref doesn’t know who to believe because he didn’t see it! The ref still EJECTS Daniels!?
The fans protest along with Daniels but the ref’s orders are absolute so Daniels leaves. And Cash CLOBBERS Scorpio! Cash drags Scorpio away, bumps him off buckles, then tags Dax. FTR double whip, Scorpio goes up and over and ducks Dax to then come back with a crossbody! Cover, Cash runs over but Scorpio moves so those ax handles drop on Dax! Scorpio dropkicks Cash! And calf kicks Dax! Tag to Kaz, SCU double whip Dax but Cash tags in. Dax is tossed with the double back drop, but Cash gets double back elbows! Kaz clotheslines Dax out, Scorpio whips Cash for Kaz to toss out onto Dax! FTR is down and out but the clock is ticking!
Tag to Scorpio, Kaz runs to baseball slide. FTR gets clear, Kaz dodges Dax to spank him? That’s just to rile them up so that they don’t see Scorpio FLY! Direct hit and Scorpio puts Cash in. Cover, TWO! Dax drags Scorpio out but then asks he cool off. Scorpio falls for it and Cash CLOBBERS him! Dax mockingly says, “Night night!” Fans boo FTR as Cash stands on Scorpio’s face, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash soaks up the heat from the crowd before he drags Scorpio up and into the ring. Cash taunts Kaz while staying between him and Scorpio, before stomping Scorpio down. Cash drags Scorpio up, ROCKS him with that European Uppercut, then tags in Dax. Dax drops the leg, covers, TWO! Dax looms over Scorpio, brings him up and whips him to ropes to run him over with an elbow! Dax drags Scorpio up, feeds him to Cash’s boots, then tags Cash in. The ref reprimands as Cash stands on Scorpio’s chest! Dax gets a cheap shot in while the ref argues with Cash! Cash stomps Scorpio, digs his knee in, then drags Scorpio around in a facelock.
Cash puts weight into the hold but Scorpio endures. Scorpio fights up, Cash CLUBS him back down, but Scorpio throws body shots! Cash CLUBS Scorpio again, then drags him back into the facelock. Cash grinds Scorpio down, Scorpio continues to endure, and powers Cash back towards the corner! AEW Is single picture as Cash ROCKS Scorpio with another EuroUpper. Cash runs in but misses! Cash only gets buckles, Dax tags in! Dax intercepts Scorpio and throws hands, but Scorpio fights out of the FTR corner! Dax kicks and scoops, Scorpio cradle counters but Cash distracts the ref! SCU would’ve won the titles by now!! The ref finally does count, TWO! Tag to Cash, Cash intercepts Scorpio but Scorpio turns things around for a SNAP RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Both men are down, fans fire up and Scorpio hot tags Kaz! The Heavy Metal Rebel starts rallying! BIG leg lariat for Dax! Guillotine leg drop for Cash! Kaz whips, Dax reverses but Kaz forearms back! Cash is in, Kaz blocks the boot and flips him onto Dax! Cash wants mercy, Dax reels Kaz in. Kaz standing switches, Cash tags in before the O’Conner roll, but Kaz still NORTHERN LIGHTS Cash! Double cover, TWO!! Kaz fisherman for the PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kaz fires up with the fans and we are at the halfway point. Kaz waistlocks, Cash holds ropes so Kaz clubs him. Dax saves Cash from the German suplex and Cash elbows free. Cash suplexes but Kaz resists. Dax sunset flips, Cash dropkicks Kaz into the roll-up! TWO!!
Hangman is loving this on commentary, same as everyone in the crowd. Dax ROCKS Kaz with the EuroUpper, Kaz flounders up but Dax throws another! Kaz flounders, Dax throws another but Kaz wants the backslide! Dax changes it, but Kaz boots Cash while resisting! Kaz is free, he elbows Dax and tags Scorpio! Drop toehold into a kick, GERMAN to a high stack, TWO!! Dax escapes but Scorpio keeps his cool. Scorpio drags Dax up, Dax shoves and uppercuts him out! Then he CLUBS Kaz! FTR drag Kaz in, double whip but Kaz dodges the lines, to sunset flip! FTR help each other, but Scorpio CROSSBODIES in! Double covers, DOUBLE TWO!! That’s four. Scorpio ROCKS Dax on one side of the ropes, Kaz ROCKS Cash on the other, DOUBLE SLINGSHOT CUTTERS!! Cover on Dax, TWO!!
SCU can’t believe it but the fans are loving this! Fans rally up, Scorpio catches his breath and tags Kaz back in. Kaz brings Dax up but Dax powers out! Cash tags in at the same time, Kaz bumps Scoprio by accident! FTR mug Kaz with clubbing hands, then POWERBOMB to DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!?! Kaz basically hiccup’d out of that! Cash drags Kaz around, coordinates with Dax, but Kaz shoves Dax into Cash! Cash is on the top rope, Kaz ROCKS him! Kaz climbs, Cash brawls with him, Kaz clubs away! Dax tags in but Kaz scrapes him off! Cash bumps Kaz, sunset flips and Dax is up top! But Kaz turns FTR’s Doomsday into a POWERSLAM!?! Scorpio intercepts Cash, cover, TWO!?!?
SCU is beside themselves but the fans are thunderous! Kaz hurries over but Cash tags in first to knee Kaz! Scorpio tags in as Kaz hits post! Scorpio CROSSBODIES again! Cash rolls through but so does Scorpio! Cover, TWO!! Scorpoi gests around to GHOST PIN! TWO!! VICTORY ROLL!! TWO!! Cash is on the ropes, Tully tries to help him but the ref kicks the hands away! Roll up, TWO!! We have under FIVE minutes! Scorpio grabs Cash, Cash swats him away but Scorpio suplexes him in! Cash rolls away to the safety of the ropes! Cash is on the apron, Scorpio is there to suplex again, but Tully trips him!! Cover, and they anchor Scorpio’s feet!! FTR WINS!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
They didn’t need the 20 minute time limit, but they sure needed Tully! #ForThatReason, they’re still champions! But will they stay champions if all these tricks are how they win?
BREAKING NEWS for Full Gear and the AEW World Championship!
While Lance Archer faces Jon Moxley at the Dynamite Anniversary Show on 10/14/20, there will be an eight man, single elimination tournament of contenders, the finals being held at Full Gear! The winner that night will receive a future AEW World Championship opportunity! A massive move, and we know three men right here and now! Jungle Boy, Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega are in! Hangman almost spit takes there. He excuses himself and brings his drink with him. Is the Cowboy going to confront the Cleaner on this? Will Hangman at least be one of the other five entrants?
Chris Jericho w/ The Inner Circle VS Isiah Kassidy w/ Marq Quen & Matt Hardy!
In the mystery of “Who Attacked Matt Hardy,” the going theory is it was Le Champion, backstage, with Floyd the Baseball Bat. But Jericho wants us to get a clue and realize he has no reason to hurt Hardy. Even so, one half of Private Party wants to prove he can upset the Painmaker 1v1 in the ring! Will Kassidy get the biggest win of his young career here tonight?
Hardy has a chair for his own protection, but Quen stays close, too. The bell rings and Jericho stares down with Kassidy as fans rally up. Jericho pie faces Kassidy around, and dares Kassidy to do something. Kassidy CLOBBERS Jericho! Kassidy fires off fast hands, whips Jericho then runs him over! Jericho gets up but Kassidy is rallying! Kassidy sweeps the legs to rain down fists! The ref backs Kassidy off but he goes right after Jericho again! He whips, Jericho reverses, but Kassidy slides under to huricanrana! Kassidy arm-drags and drop toeholds to then La Magistrol! TWO!! Jericho scrambles away and Kassidy says it was that close. Fans are fired up but Jericho DECKS Kassidy!
Jericho drags Kassidy up, bumps Kassidy off buckles then throws haymakers. Jericho brings Kassidy around, DECKS him again, then soaks up the heat. The Inner Circle talks trash as Jericho whips Kassidy> Kassidy ducks, catches the legs to catapult Jericho out at Inner Circle! Sammy helps Jericho up but Kassidy slides! Jericho dodges, shoves Kassidy into railing, but then Kassidy tosses Jericho into the crowd! Jericho shoves Chaos Project, Luther and Serpentico, around, and they don’t take kindly to that! Luther punches and clotheslines Jericho back to ringside! The Inner Circle shouts at them, but Kassidy TORNILLOS!! Direct hit and he puts Jericho back in! Kassidy climbs up slowly but Jericho is down! SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
The Inner Circle is relieved and Kassidy can’t believe Jericho survived! Kassidy drags Jericho up, CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Kassidy runs, Jericho pops him up for a FLAPJACK! Fans are divided between cheers and jeers, AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho catches his breath as he sits Kassidy up for haymaker after haymaker. The ref reprimands, Jericho lets off to taunt Hardy, then Jericho toys with Kassidy> Kassidy hits back, Jericho stomps and kicks him around and to the apron. The Inner Circle is there to bark at Kassidy, and Ortiz BITES him! Jericho drags Kassidy around for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Jericho paces while Kassidy is down and the Inner Circle bark at him. Jericho drags Kassidy up, for a BIG back suplex! Kassidy writhes, Jericho covers, TWO! Jericho keeps his cool while he looms over Kassidy. Jericho drags Kassidy up, Hardy and Quen rally and Kassidy fires off forearms! Jericho DECKS Kassidy again, and stomps on him! Jericho walks all over Kassidy, too.
Jericho grins as he has the cocky pin, TWO! Jericho kicks at Quen then brings Kassidy up. Kassidy resists the suplex as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho clubs Kassidy, and manages to suplex him up and over! Fans rally with “SHOTS! SHOTS!” but Jericho drags Kassidy up first. Jericho throws big forearms, drags Kassidy back up, but Kassidy hits back with body shots! Kassidy fires off, runs but Hager gets a cheap shot in! The ref was busy with Jericho claiming injury. Jericho has Kassidy but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Jericho drags himself off the ropes, but Kassidy rallies with clotheslines! Jericho kicks, it’s blocked, Kassidy goes RVD with the counter windmill kick! Jericho gets to a corner, Kassidy runs in corner to corner, but Jericho puts him on the apron!
Kassidy forearms Jericho away, springboards for the THROWBACK STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Kassidy is too tired to be frustrated but everyone else is fired up! Kassidy forearms and CHOPS, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho holds them. Jericho puts Kassidy on the apron and ROCKS him! Jericho triangle leaps but Kassidy avoids it to come back with springboard STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Inner Circle is relieved! Jericho slaps some sense into himself but Kassidy throws “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Kassidy runs, into double forearms! LIONSAULT onto knees! Kassidy LIONSAULTS right back!! Cover, TWO!!
Kassidy stays fired up, he runs from the corner, CODE BREAKER! Kassidy is using Jericho’s moves on him! Cover, TWO!?! Jericho survives Kassidy’s take on his playlist, fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy goes back to the apron. Kassidy springboards again, into JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho wins!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
And all hell breaks loose! Inner Circle goes after Kassidy but Quen gets Ortiz! Hardy swings the chair, Santana, Ortiz and Sammy get away. Jericho and Hager go after Chaos Project! Hager mauls Serpentico but Jericho gets away from Luther long enough to regroup! They brawl, Jericho gets away again, but it seems Inner Circle has new enemies! Will Luther and Serpentico make Jericho and Hager regret getting into the AEW Tag Division?
AEW checks in with Kip Sabian and Miro.
The Superbad groom to be tells The Best Man that something’s been on his mind. This is only going to happen once, so the bachelor party needs to be epic. Miro promises it will be epic. Like Rumspringa all over again. Don’t forget the balls. Miro never forgets his balls. Virtual dodgeball!
Cut to actual ax throwing. Miro is on the phone, saying “It’s not that easy. I promised him Rumspringa.” You know, when the Amish youth leave home to see the world, “put their livers to the test drinking,” and then go, “Hey I want to drink!” Kip gives Miro his turn. Then they are in the arcade. Kip totally trusts Miro on the bachelor party. But who is this new challenger? Billy Mitchell?! He overheard the bachelor party talk. Yeah, Miro is Kip’s best man, but it’s pandemic! What is he to do? Billy knows some people if Miro wants to do something really crazy. Rumspringa crazy?
Dasha has a backstage interview with Best Friends and Orange Cassidy.
Chuck Taylor and Trent were denied a Brush with Greatness, while Freshly Squeezed got freshly screwed over by Dark Order. Where are these three mentally after all this? FTR barges in to say that where these guys are mentally is that FTR did a favor. There’s a spot on the card for champions, that’s the main event. Then there’s a spot on the middle of the card for comedic backyard wrestlers like Best Friends. But it’s okay, they can ride around in mommy’s van and have milk and cookies and be the comic reliefs we all need. Best Friends are in the middle, FTR are at the top. #TopGuysOut. But then Best Friends make a step and FTR flinch! Cassidy says, “Weenies.” Will FTR think twice before mocking these three again?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS “Number 10” Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order!
Speaking of the Dark Order, Cassidy looks to get payback on at least one of them here tonight! Will Freshly Squeezed get the 1-2-3 off of 10? AEW is picture in picture with the entrances!
AEW returns from break with the introductions. Cassidy puts on the elbow pad, Vance takes the sunglasses to put them on John Silver. Silver mocks Cassidy, and Vance CLOBBERS Cassidy! Vance whips Cassidy, Cassidy dodges and leaps, but into Vance’s arms and the SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Cover, ONE! Cassidy gets to a corner, Vance is on him with a whip and corner clothesline! Vance suplexes Cassidy up, holds him there for 10 before slamming him down! Cover, ONE! Cassidy is frustrated but Vance pushes him around. Fans rally up for Cassidy, Vance makes him put his hands in his pockets. Vance gives thumbs up like Cassidy, but Cassidy rolls him up! TWO, Vance SPINE BUSTERS Cassidy down!
Cassidy gets to the apron, Vance runs and BOOTS him down! The Dark Order is there to mock Cassidy, Vance drags Cassidy up to throw him into barriers! And then back into the ring. Best Friends keep the rest of the Numbers back, but the Dark Order mock the hug! Got to give the people what the want? Cassidy goes up top to LEAP onto the Numbers! Cassidy puts Vance in, climbs up again, but again leaps into Vance’s arms! Vance pops Cassidy up but Cassidy uses it for a TORNADO DDT! And a kip up! Cassidy takes the elbow pad off, sets it down, and runs to ORANGE PUNCH! Vance staggers into the Alabama, for BEACH BREAK! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
A much better going for Cassidy with the numbers mostly even! Will Cassidy fight his way up the ranks to go after Mr. Brodie?
MJF and Wardlow visit Jericho’s locker room.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman tells the cameraman that since MJF invited him, “stop breathing down my neck.” Knock, knock. What’s going on, guys? Big party? Nice! Hey, Max, how are you? Great! And bearing gifts! Here’s a congrats on the big win! MJF unwraps it for Jericho to show it is… A set of brand new Inner Circle jackets! Hager, Ortiz, Santana and Jericho each get one. Wait, there isn’t one for Sammy Guevara? MJF asks if Wardlow missed it. No, there was only four. MJF apologizes to Sammy, “I swear on my mother’s life.” It doesn’t matter, what is he even doing in here?
Guys, c’mon! MJF is just here to congratulate Jericho. Yes, and they appreciate that, but he’s been following them around. The jackets are nice, thanks, but Jericho is already sensing what’s going on. Jericho asked it before so he’ll ask MJF again: “Do you want to join the Inner Circle?” MJF doesn’t want to be rude, but he asked a question right back, so he’ll ask it again: “Do you want me to join the Inner Circle?” Does MJF want to be in Inner Circle? Does Jericho want MJF to be in Inner Circle? This repeats like it did in the past, it is a circle in itself. Hager and Wardlow step in but MJF and Jericho tell them to stand down. Jericho appreciates the gifts, they’re very nice, this is a classy move. Very MJF of him. And it’s a very Jericho thing to recognize that.
Before he leaves, MJF just wants to say that he is very excited for the celebration of 30 years of Jericho. An absolutely legendary run. MJF and Wardlow leave, promising to get Sammy’s his. What a los- Wait, wait. Perhaps not? Is Jericho thinking of expanding the Inner Circle?
Britt Baker w/ “Reba” VS Red Velvet!
The Dentist is back in action after losing to Big Swole at All Out! But Britt looks to move past that now that she’s truly 100% healthy again. Will she chew Red Velvet up and spit her out, then follow with brushing, flossing and mouthwash?
The bell rings, Velvet and Britt circle, tie up, and Britt wrenches to a wristlock. Velvet rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to a wristlock of her own. Britt wrenches through, hammerlocks and throws Velvet to a cover, TWO! Britt keeps wrist control but Velvet gets around to headlock for a takeover! Britt headscissors, slaps Velvet on the back, and underhooks. Velvet endures the “Barbed Wire stretch,” as Taz tells us, and Britt thrashes her around into a cover, TWO! Britt grabs the wrist again, wrenches and shoulder breakers, but Velvet reverses to a wristlock. Britt spins through, breaks free and ROCKS Velvet!
Britt whips Velvet, Velvet dodges but Britt whips her again. Velvet blocks the hop toss, gets around and arm-drags Britt, only for Britt to keep the wrist! Britt hammerlocks and chinlocks Velvet, grinds her down, but fans rally up. Britt digs arms into Velvet’s head, Velvet fights up but Britt reels her in for that HARD back elbow! Britt whips, Velvet dodges but Britt redirects, only for Velvet to calf kick her down! Britt staggers up into the wheelbarrow, BULLDOG! Velvet covers, TWO! Velvet drags Britt up, reels her in but Britt gets around to ROCK her again! Britt hammerlocks, and LARIATS! Britt smiles to the camera before going after Velvet again.
Britt ROCKS Velvet over and over with forearms, reels Velvet in, butterfly suplex! Velvet is on the ropes, Britt motorcycle stretches the arms, to STOMP Velvet into ropes! Britt does it again! Then she chokes Velvet with a knee! The ref counts, Britt lets off to kick the rope and jam Velvet! Velvet hits back with forearms but Britt fires away! Britt whips, Velvet stops herself but Britt SLING BLADES! Britt drags Velvet back up, but Velvet spins out and rolls Britt up! TWO! SUPERKICK!! Velvet wobbles into Britt’s SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Britt runs to CURB STOMP Velvet down! Cover, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall
The Dentist jacks Velvet’s jaw, but she’s not through with her yet! Rebel/Reba has the glove for Britt as Britt puts Velvet in the LOCKJAW! Velvet taps but it doesn’t matter because the match is over! Britt makes Velvet’s sweet tooth suffer! Britt lets Velvet go, but will she clamp on to the top spot in the AEW Women’s Division?
AEW makes big matches for next week’s Dynamite!
As part of the celebration of Jericho, 30 years maaan~, Jericho and Hager will settle things with Chaos Project in a huge tag match! Will Y2J celebrate with a victory? And after the fight between them during the Darby VS Starks match, Cage and Will Hobbs will battle over THE FTW World Championship! And the TNT Championship Dog Collar match WILL happen! Will Brodie put Cody down like a dog? Or will Cody be foaming at the mouth to get at him?
Eddie Kingston heads to the ring!
The Lucha Brothers are with him as The Mad King brings a referee out for tonight’s main event. We know Kingston is going to tell the world who he chose for Moxley to face, but is this related to that? Find out after the break!
AEW returns, and Kingston says “Big Bad Bryce” is here. But before getting to his friend of 18 years, Kingston breaks it down “for all you simple minded idiots that decided not to watch Dynamite.” Kingston wrestled Moxley, Moxley put Kingston in the Bulldog Choke, and guess what did not happen? Kingston did NOT tap out. But “Big Bad Jon Moxley” was so angry, he called Tony Khan, and they decided to fight anyone Kingston chooses! Well Moxley, it’s not Kingston, they had theirs and Kingston isn’t feeling up to it. But before he discloses “the man that’s gonna kick your ass,” Kingston needs to talk to a man he thought was a friend. Bryce, Kingston didn’t tap or say he quit, “so what made you think, what gave you the right, what gave you the balls, to ring that bell?”
Bryce explains that Kingston was unresponsive! Eighteen years, you can’t text or call him about this? He has to make it public like this? This is the professional life. When you’re in a world title match on national TV, it’s work. It’s Bryce’s job to protect Kingston from himself. True, true. But uh, now they’re going to have to hurt him. But here comes Moxley first! Him, Big Platinum and “Barbie” the barbed wire baseball bat! Moxley runs Kingston and the Lucha Bros out of the ring and Kingston says thanks to everyone in the back for that musical warning. But look at Moxley, being Mr. Tough Guy with that bat. But Butcher is lurking! Kingston says Moxley isn’t facing Kingston, or Fenix, or even Pentagon. It’s THE BUTCHER, brother! Bryce, ring the bell.
AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS The Butcher w/ Eddie Kingston!
Moxley turns around and Andy Williams CLOBBERS him! Butcher clubs away on Moxley, kicks the bat out of the ring and CHOPS Moxley! Moxley boots back, CHOPS back, and rips the apron off to run. Butcher dodges the knee, blocks the chop and URENAGES Moxley down! Butcher drops knees on Moxley, clubs him in the back, and brings him up to club Moxley in the chest! Butcher CHOPS Moxley, pulls Moxley’s vest off to CHOP him more! Moxley throws forearms, Butcher shoves him and CLOBBERS him again! Butcher drops knees, chokes Moxley on the ropes, but lets up at 4. Butcher argues with the ref while Kingston and the Lucha Bros taunt Moxley. Butcher chokes Moxley more as AEW goes picture in picture.
Butcher and Moxley brawl, Moxley throws a forearm but he’s the one that falls! Butcher stalks Moxley, drags him up, whips him HARD to a corner and Moxley hits the mat. Butcher stomps around Moxley before bringing him back up. Butcher whips Moxley to ropes, Moxley kicks back! Moxley baits Butcher to ropes and throws him out! Moxley runs to DIVE, into a forearm! Butcher drags Moxley to the apron to SLAM the leg on the edge! Kingston coaches Butcher and Butcher SLAMS the leg again! Butcher slides in, stalks a hobbling Moxley, and grabs the leg for a DDT! Moxley clutches the leg but Butcher KICKS it! Moxley hobbles as Butcher kicks and stomps the bad leg more. Butcher digs his knee into Moxley’s leg for the modified calf killer, and then SMASHES the knee!
Moxley writhes, Butcher rains down right fists but the ref counts. Butcher lets up at 4 to get in the ref’s face, but Moxley gets to ropes. Butcher puts the leg around the rope to pull and stomp it! Butcher gives Moxley’s bad leg another DDT as AEW returns to single picture. Butcher steps through for a standing toehold but the fans rally up. Moxley kicks with his good leg and gets free! Moxley gets up but Butcher clubs him down. Butcher stomps the bad leg, scoops but Moxley slips out to kick low, throw more kicks and then turn Butcher for a neckbreaker! Moxley hobbles to a corner, runs and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR! Butcher endures, Moxley bends the fingers, but Butcher fights up to go after the leg, HALF CRAB!
Butcher sits deep on the hold, Moxley endures and fans duel. Moxley rolls, but Butcher rains down hands! The ref counts, Butcher lets off at 4, and Butcher stomps the leg. Moxley struggles to stand, Butcher scoops him for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Butcher is after the legs again for another Half Crab! Moxley endures all over again, but Butcher lets off. Moxley kick back, hobbles away, but Butcher kicks the bad leg out! Butcher digs his knee into Moxley’s face in the corner. The ref counts, Butcher stops at 4, then scoops again. Moxley slips off the back to shove Butcher into a corner, kicks low, but no underhooks as Butcher trips Moxley up. Butcher grabs the leg for unique shin breakers across his own leg! Then hooks the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER!
Moxley keeps fighting, Butcher can’t hold the muffler so he shifts to a modified Half Crab! Moxley turns, kicks with his good leg, but Butcher LARIATS him back down! Moxley rolls to the apron, Butcher stalks him around the way and Kingston taunts Moxley. Butcher CLUBS Moxley, whips him but Moxley just falls over. Butcher runs at Moxley, Moxley sends HIM into railing! Things look to be even now and Moxley manages to get in the ring. Butcher is down and out as he ring count begins. Kingston and company help Butcher get up and Butcher gets in at 7. Moxley throws a forearm, Butcher returns it, and we have a brawl! Fans rally as Moxley CHOPS but Butcher CHOPS back!
Moxley fires off more forearms, tries to run but his leg stops him. Butcher gets around, runs and BODY CHECKS! Cover, TWO!! Butcher is too tired to be frustrated and now a standing count begins. Moxley rises slowly and manages to stand at 5. Butcher follows, throws forearms but Moxley gives them back. They still brawl, Moxley gets around to waistlock but Butcher pries out to a wristlock. Moxley throws forearms, Butcher pump handles for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Kingston is losing his cool but Butcher drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO!! Moxley still lives and Kingston tells cameras to stay away. Butcher goes up top but Moxley intercepts with forearms! Moxley climbs up to join Butcher, brings him up, and SUPERPLEXES!
Fans are thunderous as Moxley rolls back, but Butcher gets him for an inverted Half Crab! Moxley endures, fights up to his good foot and rolls to send Butcher into buckles! Moxley kicks, reels Butcher in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Butcher lives but Kingston won’t be happy until Moxley loses. Moxley gets up to his feet, fires himself up, and he drags Butcher back up. Moxley hoists Butcher back up top, climbs back up but Butcher fights back! Butcher sends Moxley down, then leaps, for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Butcher stomps him at the ropes. Butcher drags Moxley up, Moxley ducks the clothesline and spins him around for DIRTY DEEDS!! And the BULLDOG CHOKE!! Butcher taps, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
The fighting champion is still the champion, and The Mad King is seething! Moxley still has to get through the Murderhawk Monster on the anniversary show, can he do it?
A great episode for AEW on the verge to two big events! The AEW World Championship match was a great surprise, especially with it being Butcher as the challenger. I would’ve thought Fenix or Pentagon would be the one, but this was a great way to show Butcher has what it takes to be a singles guy in the ring. Moxley retains, of course, rolling towards the match with Lance Archer. I also like that there was a lot going on with Moxley’s allies, as Darby VS Starks was an incredible opener, and we even got some brawling of Cage and Hobbs. Cage VS Hobbs for the FTW Championship is going to be great, but I feel like Cage retains. Maybe there’s a way they circle back to the tag match we never got, but at the same time, the huge contender’s tournament leading into Full Gear could mean things are settled through the brackets.
The Brush with Greatness match was incredible, and I’m surprised they didn’t use the time limit for the finish! The frantic pacing was still there, part of why it was such great action. I’m just not sure FTR bending the rules on top of flinching at the Best Friends’ fake-out does them any good. Maybe they do give Best Friends their match next week or for the anniversary episode, and that match uses the time limit as part of the decision. The Bucks also superkicking Schiavone out of action tonight was wild. Again there’s the “Nick isn’t actually on screen” element to this so clearly COVID concerns are still here. Maybe it works out story wise for Bucks to bide their time, give FTR a good run with these Bruch with Greatness matches and then Full Gear is where we all finally get that dream match.
I also like that Hangman was on commentary for the tag match and the announcement of the contender tournament. This REALLY needs to come down to Omega VS Hangman in the finals to settle things between the two of them while also giving us great world title story. Omega and Moxley can revisit things from last year, but Hangman can also seek redemption for not becoming the inaugural champion. Either way, if Moxley loses to anyone, it really should be one of them. Cody had a great promo to accept the TNT Championship Dog Collar Match, and he and Brodie had a great brawl, as did Brandi and Anna Jay in the middle of it. Nyla also gets her own part in this, her attack on KiLynn King might be a way to give KiLynn her first real part to play in AEW. Britt wins her return match, it seems odd that her loss at All Out might lead to her challenging for the title first while Big Swole isn’t around.
And with next week being the 30 years of Y2J celebration, there was great stuff from him, the Inner Circle and MJF. The match with Kassidy was great, and of course Jericho wins. I like that Chaos Project is getting some time on Dynamite and are going to really test Jericho and Hager as a tag team. MJF and Jericho doing the back and forth of “Do you want to join?” “Do you want me to join?” was great, and I think MJF and Wardlow “forgetting” Sammy Guevara in getting jackets is foreshadowing that MJF will try to replace Sammy in the faction. It’d be pretty wild if, after all this time, Sammy does join Hardy after seeing Jericho move on to a new protégé. If it is happening, it should certainly happen within the next two episodes to match to hype of the Jericho celebration and Dynamite Anniversary. Then Full Gear can be a big payoff match.
My Score: 9.2/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (3/20/23)
Winnipeg gets Elevated!
The Naturally Limitless ride again!
Dustin Rhodes & Keith Lee continue as a duo in AEW! Will they be rolling through the tag division on Elevation? And what of Swerve’s warning to Keith?
- Skye Blue VS TFA (Taryn From Accounting); Skye wins.
- Jake Hager w/ Angelo Parker VS Adam Knight; Hager wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Zoe Sager; Sakura wins.
- Brandon Cutler VS Jason Geiger; Cutler wins.
- Six Man Tag: Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy & Ethan Page VS Massive Damage, Mo Jabari & Sebastian Wolfe; Hardy, Kassidy & Ethan win.
- Top Flight VS Michael Allen Richard Clark & Shaun Moore; Top Flight wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Taylor Rising; Athena wins and denies Taylor a title opportunity.
- Dustin Rhodes & Keith Lee VS Levi Night & Jessie V; Dustin & Keith win.
- Tony Nese & Ari Daivari w/ Mark Sterling VS Alex Reynolds & John Silver; Reynolds & Silver win.
A great line-up, namely in some literally great names showing up. “Massive Damage,” “Taryn From Accounting,” and of course, Michael Allen Richard Clark. M A R C, he’s a MARK! I almost hope some of these names stick around through ROH.
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (3/17/23)
Will Hobbs is on a Rampage!
Will Rey Fenix rewrite the Book of Hobbs?
“Powerhouse” Hobbs is the AEW TNT Champion with help from QT Marshall, but can he keep it on his own against Rey Fenix?
- AEW TNT Championship: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QT Marshall VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Hobbs wins and retains the title.
- Taya Valkyrie VS Ava Lawless; Taya wins.
- Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker VS The Bollywood Boyz; Menard & Parker win.
- Daniel Garcia w/ Chris Jericho VS Brody King w/ Julia Hart; Garcia wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ QTV VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Book of Hobbs says he had Aaron Solo steal the belt before QT helped him steal the title! But will karma come back to bite him? Or will Hobbs power through the Firebird?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to for a Rampage!
Fans rally as Hobbs talks some smack on Fenix. Fenix and Hobbs step to each other and Fenix goes head to chest. But Hobbs shoves Fenix down! Fenix kips up, runs in, but gets run over! QT & Solo are amused while Hobbs eggs Fenix on. Hobbs then drags Fenix up with both hands, but Fenix breaks free to get around. Fenix waistlocks but Hobbs breaks free. Hobbs whips, Fenix handsprings over the sweep and fans fire up! Hobbs runs in, Fenix dodges again, and springboards, but he just bounces off Hobbs’ body! Fans boo but Hobbs runs, only for Fenix to dump him out! Fenix then DIVES! Direct hit but Hobbs stays up!
Fenix gets back in the ring, DIVES again, but Hobbs is still up! So Fenix aims, slingshots and QUEBRADAS! Down goes Hobbs! Hobbs gets up and hurries into the ring, but Fenix pursues. Fenix leaps, but into Hobbs’ arms! Hobbs pops Fenix up, and he POWERSLAMS Fenix down! Cover, TWO! Fenix is tougher than that but Solo & QT are still amused. Hobbs goes out after Fenix and he RAMS him into barriers! Hobbs talks trash on the fans but the fans boo back. Hobbs drags Fenix around, stomps him, then drags Fenix up again. Hobbs RAMS Fenix into more barriers! Fans rally for Fenix but Hobbs goes into the ring.
Hobbs kneels to soak up the heat, and he smirks while Alex checks on Fenix. Hobbs goes out after Fenix, CLUBS him, then throws Fenix into the ring. Hobbs says, “Who’s the champ!?” Solo says, “You the champ!” Hobbs hauls Fenix up, whips him hard into the corner, and Fenix bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Hobbs looms over Fenix, stands on him, and the ref reprimands and counts. Hobbs steps off, whips Fenix hard the other way, and Fenix again bounces off buckles. Fans chant “QT SUCKS!” but QT says to ignore that. Hobbs grins as he watches Fenix writhe. Hobbs looms over Fenix, and CHOPS him in the shoulder!
Hobbs then clamps a big claw into the shoulder! Fenix endures, kicks around, but Hobbs lets off to bring Fenix up. Hobbs suplexes, holds Fenix up, Harley Cameron gets a pic, and Hobbs SLAMS Fenix down! Cover, TWO! Hobbs clamps onto Fenix with the shoulder claw again as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Fenix endures, fights up, but Hobbs throws down elbows! Hobbs digs his hand into the shoulder again but Fenix still endures. Hobbs adds on a chinbar, then he CLUBS Fenix down. Fenix goes to the apron, and Hobbs stands on his head! The ref reprimands and counts, Hobbs steps off and Fenix flops to the floor. Hobbs argues with the ref, and QT sucker punches Fenix! Alex protests but the ref missed it all. Hobbs goes out after Fenix, high-fives Harley, and he storms up on Fenix to throw knees. Hobbs POSTS Fenix, and Fenix goes tumbling away! Rampage returns to single picture as Solo laughs at Fenix’s pain.
Hobbs grabs Fenix’s face and shouts at him that this is what he gets for answering the Open Challenge. The ref reprimands, Hobbs lets off and goes into the ring. Fenix drags himself up but Hobbs brings him into the ring. Fenix flops over and Hobbs toys with him. Fans boo but Hobbs taunts Fenix, “You wanna be champ?!” Fans rally for Fenix but Hobbs HIP DROPS him down! Hobbs clamps onto the shoulder again, but Fenix fights up. Fenix throws elbows and gets free! Hobbs grabs Fenix but Fenix PELES! And kips up to BOOT, mule kick, and SCREW HIGH KICK! Fenix knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up!
Fenix jumps around, but Hobbs trips him up! Hobbs YANKS Fenix off the ropes to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and QT is surprised, but Hobbs digs his forearms in for another cover. TWO, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Hobbs kicks Fenix, talks smack, and paces around to soak up the heat. Fans rally and Fenix CHOPS! Hobbs snarls, but he runs into a BOOT! Fenix then dodges to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up and Fenix feeds off that. But Hobbs stops the whips, swings, but Fenix waistlocks! Hobbs is too big to lift, and Hobbs elbows free. Hobbs snarls, whisp Fenix, but Fenix goes up and over! GERMAN SUPLEX!!
Fans are thunderous but QT is freaking out! Fenix covers, TWO!! Hobbs tosses Fenix away with that kick-out, but he staggers up. Into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs is still in this but Fenix crawls his way to a corner. Fans rally, Hobbs rises, and Fenix climbs up! TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICK! Hobbs wobbles and fans fire up more! Fenix shakes out the cobwebs, goes up the corner again, and leaps over Hobbs! Hobbs runs back in to POUNCE Fenix into a corner!! Then DEADLIFT SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fenix survives and no one can believe it! Hobbs is furious, and he hauls Fenix up again.
Hobbs whips, Fenix tiger feints to HEEL KICK! But Hobbs DECKS Fenix! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Fenix drags Hobbs to a drop zone, he goes up the corner, and he FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!!! Hobbs is still in this but Fenix doesn’t lose focus. Fenix waits on Hobbs to sit up, and he SUPERKICKS! And then SUPERKICKS! Hobbs wobbles, runs in, but Fenix dodges to SUPERKICK again! Hobbs drops to a knee, Fenix runs in, SOMERSAULT- SPINEBUSTER!! Hobbs rolls Fenix through to get him in the torture rack! TOWN BUSINESS!! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: “Powerhouse” Hobbs, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
Alex checks on Fenix, but Hobbs storms up to him. Hobbs brings down the straps, but he says it’s okay. QT turns Alex around for a DIAMOND CUTTER! Fans boo as QT raises Hobbs’ hand in victory. Will QTV help make the Book of Hobbs the story of the year?
Adam Cole speaks.
“March 29th will go down as the most important day in my entire life. Not only will March 29th be the debut of AEW All Access, but even more importantly to me, after nine months, I make my return to AEW. And I know that my opponent is going to give me the fight of my life. And that’s good, because I am looking for a fighter. I’m looking for a technician. I’m looking for someone to push me and remind me who the hell I am. So on March 29th, I show the world how damn good Adam Cole Baybay is, and nobody is gonna stop me.”
Stu Grayson speaks.
“Jon Moxley, up until our match tonight on Dynamite, everybody was asking me the same thing. ‘Stu, are you back? Are you back with AEW?’ And I just didn’t know what to answer. I just didn’t. Until now. Now that I am in the hospital because you and BCC gave a concussion to my brother, Evil Uno. So now I’m thinking, Mox, now I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, now I am back.’ You wanted Stu Grayson, you got him! Next week, I want you, Mox. I want you in a one on one match. And I swear to god, I will break you.” The BCC are #ForgedByCombat, but will the Maniac be ready for someone born and bred for combat?
Taya Valkyrie VS Ava Lawless!
La Wera Loca is now All Elite! She wants after #ThatBitch, Jade Cargill, but will her first match in AEW be ruined by “The Hellion?”
The bell rings, the two approach, and Taya gets around to waistlock and SLAM Ava down. Ava scrambles to a corner, Taya runs in to ELBOW her! And then LARIAT! Fans fire up with Taya as she sits Ava down. Taya goes corner to corner, slaps her thighs then her head, and comes back to METEORA! Taya says that’s why she’s La Wera Loca! Taya CHOPS Ava against the ropes, then CHOPS again! Taya whips, Ava reverses and dodges, but the SPEAR hits all the same! Taya drags Ava up, chicken wings, looks like Jaded but this is THE ROAD TO VALHALLA!! Cover, Taya wins!
Winner: Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall
Speaking of Jade, she, Leila Grey and Mark Sterling are on the stage. Sterling is taking notes, maybe drafting up a lawsuit. Will Jade have no choice but to take on one crazy Canadian?
Stokely Hathaway is in training.
Matt Hardy tells Stokely that he, Isiah Kassidy & Ethan Page are gonna get him ready for Hook. Hook’s a wrestling machine, a killing machine. He could break Stokely’s arms, legs, back, and neck. Hook could snuff out your life! Does Stokely want that? No! Then they’re gonna get him ready. Just trust them. The montage shows Stokely is off to a rough start, and a rough middle. And his technique to escape a half nelson is to tickle Isiah. But he seems to take scoop slams well. Hardy thinks they need about four or five more, to really toughen Stokely up. Hook is also a suplex machine. Wait, why’re they doing scoops then!?
Stokely runs up the bleachers, and he gets a cookie for his reward! That’s a good-ass cookie. But will any of this help Stokely against the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker VS The Bollywood Boyz!
Don’t touch that dial and stay on ’em! It’s a battle of Canadians as the duo formerly known as 2Point0 take on some old frenemies from back in the day. Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange prove they’re still great sports… enner-tay-ners? Or will there be lights, camera and Bollywood action in Winnipeg?
The teams sort out and Parker starts against Harv Sihra. The two circle, feel things out, but Menard takes a swipe. Harv is distracted and that allows Parker to clobber him from behind! The JAS mug Harv, Gurv runs in but he gets beat down, too! Parker KNEES Gurv out of the ring, then Menard UPPERCUTS Harv. The JAS double whip Harv to ropes, but Harv holds ropes to stop himself. Menard runs in but into an UPPERCUT! Parker runs in but into a LARIAT! Harv UPPERCUTS again, tags Gurv, and the brothers set Parker up for a FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Parker bails out and fans boo.
Parker is flustered but the fans rally for “BOLLYWOOD! BOLLYWOOD!” Gurv runs and slides out, but Parker slides in! Gurv grabs Parker’s legs, but Parker BOOTS Gurv away. Parker tags Menard before Gurv slides back in, and Parker dodges to set Gurv up for Menard’s LARIAT! Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers, then he drags Gurv. Menard bumps Gurv off buckles, CHOPS, but Gurv CHOPS back! Menard ROCKS Gurv, bumps him off buckles and tags in Parker. The JAS mugs Gurv and then Parker brings Gurv up. Parker snap suplexes, stomps, then mockingly applauds at Harv while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Parker “kicks dirt” at Gurv while staring down Harv. Parker drags Gurv up, tags Menard, and the JAS mug Gurv again. Menard throws Gurv out hard, then he taunts Harv. The ref reprimands Menard but Parker stomps away on Gurv! Menard then goes out to bring Gurv up and throw him into barriers! Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers before he puts Gurv back in. Menard drags Gurv back, tags in Parker, and they stomp away on Gurv. Then they split the wishbone! Gurv writhes, but Parker keeps him from Harv. Parker stands Gurv up, whips him to ropes, but Gurv kicks back! And LARIATS!
Both men down, the fans rally up, but Parker anchors Gurv with a toehold! Tag to Menard and he drops an elbow! Cover, ONE!! Gurv hangs tough but Menard covers again, TWO! Menard SLAPS Gurv around, CHOKES him in the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Menard mockingly kisses Gurv’s forehead before he tags Parker. The JAS mugs Gurv more, drag him up, but Gurv shoulders into Parker! Slingshot sunset flip! TWO! LAIRAT from Gurv! Both men are down again and fans rally up again! Parker tags Menard, the JAS drags Gurv up, and double suplexes! The JAS is in control as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as Gurv turns things around on the JAS! Hot tag to Harv! Harv rallies on the JAS, big elbows and clotheslines all around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP for Menard, then an atomic drop for Parker! WHEEL KICK takes down Parker! The JAS end up in opposite corners, Harv CHOPS Parker then whips him. Parker reverses, Menard drop toeholds, and they bring back the BOOYAH ELBOW! Gurv returns, but he runs into TWO FOR THE SHOW! The double flapjack onto buckles wipes Gurv out! Menard tags Parker, they drag Harv up, DOUBLE IMPALER DDT!! Cover, the JAS wins!
Winners: Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker, by pinfall
Menard & Parker win the long-awaited sequel from their Cruiserweight days, and they SCISSOR FINGER to call out The Acclaimed! Will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn have something to say on Dynamite next Wednesday?
AEW shares footage from earlier this week.
Don Callis has a camera crew and a taiko drummer to greet Konosuke Takeshita. Konosuke asks what’s going on while he’s given a bouquet of flowers. Callis says, “Look at the pageantry!” Konosuke says that was pretty cool. Callis says this is what Konosuke gets in Winnipeg and everywhere else, when he’s associated with Don Calls. They shake, and then Callis brings Konosuke in for a hug. This is great, right? Welcome to Winnipeg! Fans applaud, and Konosuke is admittedly flattered. But will all this special treatment convince the Future of Wrestling to join Callis’ stable?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
It is a crossover dream match as Kenny Omega takes on AAA’s El Hijo del Vikingo! The current AAA Mega Champion is an incredible high-flyer and is certainly leading the way of a new generation in lucha libre. But will he make an impression when he takes on the Best Bout Machine?
Plus, on top of Moxley VS Grayson and the No Disqualification match of Hook VS Stokely, Skye Blue is coming after The Outcasts! She takes on Toni Storm 1v1, but will Saraya & Ruby Soho make sure the “entitled rookie” doesn’t make it out of Dynamite in one piece?
The Gunns speak.
Colten Gunn welcomes us to “crappy Winnipeg, but guess what? You get to see The Gunns check into our suite because we are the champs, of course.” Austin is all fired up, but then he tells Top Flight to carry their things. Oh, oops, sorry! They aren’t valets! This is the second best brother tag team in AEW. Colten says Austin’s right! Darius & Dante say okay, that’s funny. Fans of the Young Bucks, right? What? N-No, that’s not what they meant. Oh, then the Lucha Brothers? Uh, no, not them, either. So the Hardy Boyz? NO! The number one brother team is THEM! The Gunns! Oh, really? That’s funny.
Just like them leaving their bags here with Top Flight, but not the belts. Because that’s because they know if the Gunns ever took on Top Flight, Top Flight would “valet” those belts, too. Oh, yeah? Top Flight thinks they’d win? Then how about this? Next week on Dynamite, they put the AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line! Then you can try to “valet” them. Top B*TCHES! The Gunns head out, but uh, they still left their bags. Dante & Darius take those away, but will they soon take away the gold?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage next week!
Rampage will be on a different night next week, so mark your calendars for March 25th, 10 PM Eastern!
Excalibur hypes up the main event.
“Three teams in the main event, intent on leaving Winnipeg the AEW World Trios Champions. It was an exciting, brutal match, but it was a match that saw the House of Black retain their titles. In the midst of the melee that occurred after the bell, a war continued to rage between the Jericho Appreciation Society and the House of Black. And as a result, our main event, Daniel Garcia goes one on one with Brody King.” Mark Henry adds it’s time for the main event! But will the Dragonslayer be able to bring down the House of Black’s tattooed titan?
Daniel Garcia w/ Chris Jericho VS Brody King w/ Julia Hart!
The bell rings and then Garcia bails out. Fans boo but Garcia and Jericho soak up the heat. They hug, and Jericho shows off his custom Winnipeg Jets jersey, but then Brody storms out after Garcia. Garcia hurries away, slides into the ring, and Brody gets in the ring. Garcia just bails right back out! Fans boo and Brody paces around, but Jericho applauds the strategy. Brody waits on Garcia, but then storms out after him again. Garcia keeps up the cat ‘n’ mouse game, slides back into the ring, and Brody slides in. Garcia dropkicks the legs out! Garcia fires off fast hands but Brody TOSSES Garcia into a corner! And then SPLASHES!
Brody whips corner to corner, runs in but Garcia dodges. Garcia fires off hands, but Brody DECKS him! Fans rally up, Brody drags Garcia up and CHOPS! Fans rally while Garcia bails out again. Jericho checks Garcia, that chop already made his chest red. Garcia hurries away, but then Julia is there! She stares Garcia down, but Garcia tries to put on the charm with a little dance. Brody storms up behind Garcia, turns him around and CHOPS him again! Garcia falls at Julia’s feet and she smiles. Brody drags Garcia up to RAM him into barriers! Fans rally up, Brody stands Garcia up and CHOPS him again!
Garcia staggers away, face wincing with pain, but Brody throws him into more barriers! Brody confiscates the chair from security, makes Garcia take a seat, and Winnipeg hoots and barks with Brody. Brody runs to CROSSBODY Garcia into the barriers! Fans lose their minds and the ref checks Garcia. Somehow, Garcia is still in this, and Brody drags him up to CHOP again! Garcia staggers away and Brody keeps after him, to RAM him into the steel steps! Fans rally, Brody runs back in, but Garcia drop toeholds Brody into the steps! Brody bounces off the steel and Garcia manages to put his dukes up, as Rampage goes picture in picture.
The ref checks Brody, and he’s somehow okay to continue. Garcia crawls into the ring to let the count handle this. Jericho coaches Garcia while Julia checks Brody. Brody shakes out the cobwebs, Garcia wants the count to go faster, but Brody is in before 10. Garcia stomps away on Brody at the ropes and he fires up now! Garcia drags Brody up, fires off forearms, then digs his knee in. The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, then stands on Brody to hyper stomp away! Garcia hops off as the ref counts again, and Garcia high-fives Jericho. Garcia goes back to Brody, but Brody CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Garcia BOOTS him down!
Garcia digs his boot in again, lets off as the ref counts, and Garcia does his dance. Garcia runs side to side to BOOT WASH Brody! Garcia says that’s it! He’s beat Brody! But Garcia still has to drag Brody out, only for Brody to kick at him from below! Garcia holds onto a foot until Brody BOOTS him in the face! Garcia staggers to ropes, Brody runs in, but into a drop toehold! Brody hits ropes, and Garcia CHOKES him! Garcia even claws Brody’s face! The ref reprimands, Garcia lets off, and he steps on Brody’s back. And then steps on him again! Brody just gets annoyed as Garcia keeps stepping on him.
Garcia does his dance, turns to step on Brody again, but Brody sits up! Garcia can’t push Brody down, so he KNEES away on his side! Brody just gets mad! Garcia throws haymakers, but those only give Brody power! Rampage returns to single picture, Garcia keeps throwing hands, but Brody roars! Garcia runs, into the BLACK HOLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives but Brody drags him up! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?! Garcia survives and fans fire up, but Brody snarls. Brody puts Garcia in a corner, CHOPS, and Garcia seems ready to cry. Brody stands Garcia up to CHOP him again! Even Jericho felt that one.
Fans hoot and bark with Brody again, and he goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Garcia to the cover, ROPEBREAK! Brody miscalculated and Garcia survives! Brody drags Garcia back to center, but Garcia fights the lift! Fans rally, Garcia CLUBS the legs and he drags Brody down. Garcia fires off knees on the calves and ankles! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Brody fights up, but he starts fading! Brody keeps fighting, he has Garcia as a backpack and he RAMS him into buckles! But Garcia holds on! Brody RAMS Garcia again, but Garcia still has the sleeper! So Brody THROWS Garcia off him!
Brody sputters as he goes back to the corner and fans rally behind him. Garcia stands, into the DISCUS LARIAT from Brody!! Brody says this is the end and Julia has an evil little smile. Brody drags Garcia up, crucifix rack, but Garcia fights free! Garcia dodges in the corner, rolls Brody up, TWO!! Brody escapes, but Garcia has the legs! Garcia manages to turn Brody for the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho and Winnipeg cheer him on, but Brody endures! Brody fights around, crawls his way over, but Garcia sits deep! Brody still fights, and makes his way to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4.
The ref argues with Garcia, and Jericho CLOBBERS Brody with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Garcia then clamps on a RINGS OF SATURN!! Brody’s arm drops once! Then twice! Then three times! GARCIA WINS!!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission
JAS should stand for “Jericho Always Steals (the victory!” Because that’s what Jericho just did for Garcia! The ref questions Jericho, but Jericho defends his innocence. Will the House of Black make sure the sports entertainers pay for these transgressions?
A really good Rampage here, even though we had to wait for basketball to finish up before it. Great opener out of the TNT Championship match, and naturally Hobbs retains in his first defense. And of course QT cheats to help Hobbs, even though he shouldn’t even need that. Hobbs’ story is still connected to Wardlow’s, so it won’t be until those two have a rematch that Hobbs loses this title. They’re gonna boost his win-loss record through the “House Rules” house show tour, it seems, as he’s defending this title against Christopher Daniels, despite Daniels needing to also be strong because of his ROH run.
Of course Taya wins her AEW in-ring debut, and of course Jade and Sterling show up to watch in person. I can already predict Sterling is going to draw up a frivolous lawsuit saying Taya can’t use her chicken wing facebuster, Road to Valhalla, because it is exactly the same move as Jade’s chicken wing facebuster, The Jaded. I bet Taya beats Leila in a tune-up that also counts as fighting the lawsuit, and so it’ll come down to who can hit the chicken wing facebuster first to win the TBS Championship. And after 54 wins over her two year career, Jade can lose to someone as well-known and established as Taya without being hurt, and Jade can finally move on to the women’s world title.
Good revisit of Ever-Rise VS Bollywood Boys, and I figured Menard & Parker would win to then also call out The Acclaimed. I bet Caster is working on his diss track for Menard & Parker right now to throw it at them the next time they meet. Decent segment with Callis and Konosuke, and of course Callis pours on the Japanese culture. Konosuke’s choice can still work either way, but fans really like Konosuke so I would think he stays a Face by rejecting the invitation to join up. And while such a story is beneath Omega, I wouldn’t mind if he had a small moment in this story since he was the one who brought Konosuke into AEW to begin with.
Speaking of Omega, great match coming up for him and El Hijo del Vikingo, that is gonna be awesome. Good promo from Gunns and Top Flight, especially with how Top Flight rightfully had three brother teams easily better than Austin & Colten. But Austin & Colten are totally going to cheat to beat Top Flight and retain the titles since their story is with FTR. Great promo from Grayson to call out Moxley, and it sounded very John Wick with that whole, “I’m thinking I’m back!” Moxley VS Grayson is going to be awesome, and will give Hangman a reason to come out and confront Moxley again since there’s still a lot going on there.
The one point of disappointment is that Mark Henry’s role is reduced even further. He didn’t get to welcome us back from break, and his line was trimmed down to just the latter half. But good vignette with narration from Excalibur to make up for it. And great main event, where I should’ve known Jericho would cheat to help Garcia win. Oddly enough, The House of Black will end up the Faces in this story since the JAS will be doing all the Heel tactics, and they could have quite the feud going towards Double or Nothing.
My Score: 8.6/10
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