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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/8/20)

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NEW NXT Coverage

We will FINALLY have a NEW NXT Champion!

It seems the SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Fatal 4 Way wasn’t enough! Finn Balor and Adam Cole now face off for the NXT Championship in SUDDEN DEATH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole; Balor wins and is the new NXT Champion.
  • The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis; Dream wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory; Reed wins.
  • Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain; Strong wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez; Ripley wins.

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Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole!

A last second Last Shot is what kept NXT from crowning a new champion last week, and that has brought us to this! Two of the greatest NXT Champions in this brand’s history are finally going to see who is THE greatest! Will the Prince take the throne? Or is Cole’s place in the NXT pantheon undisputed?

The introductions are made, William Regal presents the belt, and we finally settle the score!

The crowd duels already as the two circle. They tie up, Balor powers Cole to a corner but Cole turns things around. Balor turns it back, backs off at the ref’s count, and they circle again. Cole and Balor feel out the test of strength but Balor shoots in to get a leg to a takedonw. Blaor facelocks, holds on as Cole rolls, and shifts to a chinlock. Balor squeezes tight, Cole gets up and gets around to ahmmerlock, but Balor trips him! Balor has the headlock back, Cole keeps his shoulders up then rolls Balor, TWO! Cole tries again, TWO! Cole and Balor stand up, Cole tries but can’t power out as Balor grinds Cole down.

Cole gets back up, powers up on the second attempt but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Balor gets the chinlock back. The crowd rallies, both men fight up but Cole rolls to get the hammerlock. Balor reaches back, sits up, and the crowd rallies again. Balor snapmares Cole down to another headlock and grinds down hard. Cole endures, works up and around to get the hammerlock back. Balor reaches back again, Cole shifts him to a cover, TWO! The two back off and the crowd is thunderous again! The two circle, approach, tie up with knuckle locks but Cole wrenches to the hammerlock. Cole grinds Balor down with that hold but Balor endures.

The crowd rallies as Balor fights back up to his feet. Cole wrenches, Balor rolls and wrenches back to arm-drag Cole down! Balor has Cole’s arm and digs a knee into his head. Cole endures, works on an escape, but Balor twists the arm harder. Cole gets up, arm-drags back, but Balor headscissors! Balor holds tight as Cole kicks. Balor even goes after the arm, bending the fingers! Cole moves around, pops out and dropkicks Balor down! Cole shakes out his arm and throws forearms on Balor. Balor staggers, Cole ROCKS him again! Cole CHOPS Balor at the ropes then wrenches to a whip. Balor reverses, Cole whips Balor again, fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! The crowd is thunderous as we go picture in picture.

Balor clutches his neck while Cole shakes out the bad arm. Cole drags Balor up, turns him around and hits a neckbreaker! Cole knees Balor in the back, and again, then again! Cole wraps on a chinlock and grinds Balor down, talking trash as he cranks back. Balor endures, fights up to his feet, but Cole knees low then hits another neckbreaker! Cole stalks Balor to ropes, clubs him on the back, then brings him around to bump off buckles. Cole stomps away on Balor, lets up at the ref’s count, then drags Balor up for big forearms! Balor is in a corner, Cole BOOTS him down!

Cole wrenches Balor, whips him corner to corner hard and Balor hits the mat! Cole talks more trash as he watches Balor slowly get up. Cole throws forearms on Balor, wrenches and whips, but Balor reverses. Cole sunset flips, Balor slips out and STOMPS Cole down! Both men are down, shaking out their heads and arms. Balor is up first, he drags Cole up to elbow him down! Balor drives more elbows into Cole’s shoulders then wraps on a chinlock. Balor grinds Cole down, Cole endures but fights his way back up. Cole throws elbows and is free, buy he runs into Balor’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his focus as he drags Cole back up to CHOP him against the ropes! Cole falls over as NXT returns to single picture.

Balor snapmares, KICKS and covers Cole, TWO! The crowd rallies as Balor drives in more elbows and wraps on another chinlock. Cole endures as Balor grinds him down. The crowd keeps on rallying as Cole fights back up. Balor shifts to a clinch but Cole jawbreakers free! Cole runs again, but into another back elbow! Balor scoop slams Cole down, runs and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his cool as the fans fire up again. Balor drags Cole up, bumps him off buckles then stomps away on him. The ref counts, tells Balor to stop and Balor lets off. Balor brings Cole up, CHOPS him against buckles, and stalks him as he stumbles and crawls. Balor runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Balor grows annoyed but the fans are still rallying. Balor drags Cole up, rams his shoulder in over and over in the corner! And then CHOPS again! Cole staggers away to another corner, Balor is on him with more shoulders! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 to CHOP! The crowd duels, Balor whips Cole corner to corner and CHOPS! Then back the other way for another CHOP! Balor whips a third time, for a third CHOP! Cole forearms back but Balor gives another forearm. They brawl with forearms back and forth, Cole gets the edge. Cole whips, Balor kicks back, but Cole clotheslines! And back elbows! Cole aims and BOOTS Balor down! The crowd is thunderous as Cole catches his breath.

Cole watches Balor slowly rise, grabs him in a waistlock, but Balor elbows out. Balor gets around, Cole breaks the waistlock to PELE! And BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Cole grows frustrated but he takes aim. Cole runs but Balor trips him up. Cole avoids the stomps, Balor avoids the superkick to SLING BLADE! Balor runs, into a SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!! Balor barely survives and the crowd agrees, “This is Awesome!” Cole tells Balor that Cole will be the new champion, and then he pulls down the knee pad. Cole runs, but Balor trips him up again, to DOUBLE STOMP! The crowd is thunderous all over again and Balor stomps away on Cole at the ropes! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 and Cole bails out, to get wrecked by a dropkick!

Balor kicks away on Cole at the railing, the ref counts and Balor stops at 4 again. Balor goes in the ring, goes back out, and then whips Cole into the timekeeper’s area! Cole ends up taking a seat, Balor takes aim and runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down on the outside as NXT goes picture in picture again!

Balor and Cole stir as the ring count surely begins. A double count-out would mean having to start from square one! Balor and Cole rise as we see the ref is at 7! And 8! Both men are in at 9! Balor and Cole keep this going as they slowly sit up at opposite ends of the ring. Cole glares at Balor, Balor sputters for air, but they both get forehead to forehead. Balor throws a forearm, Cole throws one back! Balor ROCKS Cole, Cole ROCKS Balor! They keep hitting each other back and forth, even as they rise to their feet. Balor rebounds to ROCK Cole, Cole comes back to ROCK Balor! They’re picking up speed and hitting even harder!

Balor CHOPS, Cole BOOTS, but Balor PELES! Balor reels Cole in, Cole suplexes first for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives and Cole can’t believe it! Cole hurries to a corner as NXT returns to single picture. Cole aims, but Balor trips him up on the ropes! Balor has Cole in the drop zone, he heads up top now, and COUP- NO! Cole moved, and he mule kicks the legs out! Cole gets a leg, steps through, for a FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down but he sits back up! Balor flails, sits up, drags himself and reaches. Cole tells him to quit but Balor gets the ropebreak! Cole lets go at 4, but both men slowly rise.

Cole aims from a corner again, Balor stands up, but Balor SLING BLADES Cole first! Cole comes back, into the elbow drop DDT! Balor hobbles but takes aim from a corner now, to SHOTGUN dropkick Cole to a corner! Cole bounces off buckles and is in the drop zone! Balor goes up top as fast as he can, takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE!! But the bad leg slows Balor to the cover! TWO!?! Cole survives because of that delay!! Balor refuses to be frustrated, he just drags Cole back up. Cole trips Balor up, wraps up the legs for another FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down, TWO! Balor refuses to quit, and he works to turn this over. Cole turns it back over, but Balor reaches for the ropes again! Cole lets go, drags Balor away, and goes to reapply, but Balor cradle counters, TWO!

SUPERKICK!! Cole takes Balor down outta nowhere but he isn’t done there. He sits Balor up, runs, LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Now Balor shocks Cole! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” as the atmosphere is electric! Cole goes to a corner, climbs up the ropes again, but Balor catches the jump to a fireman’s carry! And pops Cole to a half hatch, but Cole rams Balor into buckles! Balor holds on, turns Cole around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! But Balor can’t cover because of the bad leg! Balor grits his teeth and powers through the pain to climb back up! Cole SUPERKICKS a leg out! Cole hurries up from the outside, but Balor grabs him first! Balor throws elbows, shifts position, for a SUPER 1916!! Cover, Balor wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

The Prince joins the Two-Time Club alongside rivals, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura! Truly a crowning achievement as he overcomes Cole in the biggest fight of either man’s careers! Will Balor go on to redefine what it means to hold gold in the black ‘n’ gold?

 

Rhea Ripley speaks.

“Mercedes. You’ve spent months trying to make a name for yourself at my expense. You’re not the first, and you’re not going to be the last.” But inside of a STEEL CAGE, Rhea will show Mercedes why Rhea is the Nightmare. Will the Robert Stone Brand regret ever targeting the only woman to be Women’s Champion in both NXT and NXT UK in her career?

 

NXT returns as Balor is congratulated.

Bronson Reed, Triple H, William Regal, and even Cole give Balor congrats on winning tonight. NXT Media says Balor must be on top of the world. Balor says that everyone for the last 10 months has been asking why Balor is back. The reason is around his waist. What is next now that The Prince is reigning once again?

 

Robert Stone insists on an interview.

Stone asks Kenzie if she wants to know why he is “the greatest manager in the world.” IT’s because he knows things no one else does. Like where stuff is! He found Shotzi Blackheart’s tank! Beautiful, dangerous and under Shotzi’s protection. She DECKS Stone, so Aliyah goes after Shotzi! These two brawl and bump into Io Shirai! Aliyah apologizes, but the Evil Genius chases after her! They end up at ringside, in the ring, and Shotzi flanks Aliyah. Aliyah is trapped! She gets a forearm, forearm and BOOT! Then Shirai tops it off with a TIGER BACKBREAKER!

Stone hurries up top, leaps but Shotzi saves Shirai to hit Stone in the pebbles! Shirai likes that. She and Shotzi coordinate, go to the corners, and MOONSAULT AND SENTON!! High ten between Shotzi and Shirai, but then Shotzi plays keep away with the title. Shirai isn’t as happy about that. “Don’t make me hurt you.” Will the wild child get a shot at the champion soon enough?

 

Candice LeRae prepares for Tegan Nox’s visit.

She wants Johnny to understand and trust her. He does, so he will be on his best behavior. Ding dong, someone’s here. He gets the door, puts on a smile, and welcomes Tegan in. No pizza? Oh, c’mon, that was just a joke with Keith and Mia. Gargano says he’s just joking with her. Up top. Down low. Too slow! see? Just having fun. They all go to the table and Candice hugs Tegan. They let Tegan sit at the head of the table and Candice wants to talk. Tegan feels a bit uncomfortable, but will this stay peaceful? We’ll see, after the break.

 

NXT returns to Timothy Thatcher teaching class.

Another night of Thatch As Thatch Can. Tonight is a film study lesson, “Know Your Enemy.” Firstly, Damian Priest. A strong striker, but there are openings. He takes time to pose on bombing and you can get his leg. Springboarding around is “Just stupid.” Feet on the ground, you’re in control. The North American Champion thinks life is a party. Life isn’t a party, it grinds you down until you quit. Like a match with Thatcher. Class, we’ve got work to do. Will Thatcher come up with the perfect game plan to bring the pain to Priest?

 

The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis!

The Experience may not be North American Champion, but he is focused on getting back up into that spotlight. Will he do so against the wrestler formerly known as Tehuti Miles?

Tehuti/Adonis doesn’t seem to take Dream serious, but Dream seems to think he’s just copying Dream. Dream checks the overalls but Adonis shoves him away. Dream likes that, and he calls for a test of strength, to then drop down. Oh he’s gettin cute, huh? Adonis crouches and says he can be cuter than Dream. Dream SLAPS him for that! Dream puts Adonis in the corner, grinds him in but lets off to pose in the ref’s face. But then Adonis clobbers Dream with clotheslines and a whip for a BIG back drop! Dream gets up, Adonis dropkicks him then rolls him up! Cover, TWO!! Dream escapes the biggest upset in his career, whips Adonis but Adonis reverses and DDT’s! Adonis kips up and the crowd fires up!

Dream flounders around, the ref checks on him, but Adonis aims. Adonis almost supkericks the ref as Dream moves! Dream pokes Adonis in the eyes then hits DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Dream wins!

Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall

One quick trick and Dream turned it all around! Will Dream send Adonis back to being Tehuti on 205 Live? And will Dream find his way to a title scene soon enough?

Dream takes the mic as the crowd boos. And then KUSHIDA attacks him! The Time Splitter is back after that North American Championship Series defeat and beat down! The refs get Kushida back, Dream goes after him but Kushida ROCKS him! Dream grabs at Kushida’s hair and drags Kushida up, but Kushida YANKS Dream into the post!! The Super Junior has newfound aggression and he POSTS Dream again! Dream flounders to the apron, the refs tell Kushida to stop, but Dream drags Kushida back up. Kushida gets a HANGING ARMBAR through the ropes!! Dream is tapping but it doesn’t matter, Kushida doesn’t stop until he’s satisfied!

Kushida watches Dream flop to the floor as he makes his leave. Will Dream wish he could go back in time and undo what he did?

 

NXT hears from Breezango and Imperium.

The title belts smell like “gold, baby oil and success.” Oops, Fandango dropped his. But yeah, success. The NEW NXT Tag Team Champions beat “Emporium” and finally have titles. Five years, it took them to get something. But now, they are the top of the heap. Which is why Imperium and El Legado del Fantasma attacked them together.

Imperium says Breezango are jokes. Every day those two hold the titles, it is a disgrace to this sport and everything Imperium stands for. They don’t like Breezango, Breezango doesn’t like them! There’s no sizzle on that steak! But they lost the best accessories to Fandango and Breeze. Imperium says they can enjoy their celebration for now, because they will wipe the floor with them. The world will soon witness the shortest tag title reign ever. But Breezango says that if they’re jokes, then Imperium will be the punchlines. The rematch is coming when NXT returns to Wednesdays!

 

NXT returns with the Gargano house.

Tegan, Candice and Johnny eat in awkward silence, and even Doggo Gargano joins in on the meal. Johnny points out how awkward this is. Is it him? He will finish his meal in the other room, he’ll read doggo a story for bedtime. Candice asks if she should start. She wants Tegan to fess up to the mistakes she made. And what mistakes are those? Tegan is pretty sure Candice betrayed her first. Well Candice didn’t dress up as a pizza delivery person to visit a “fake friend’s” house for laughs. Well Tegan didn’t try to put a friend through a table. The big issue is that Tegan doesn’t understand #TheGarganoWay. There is a better way of handling things, and there is a new Candice. Is Tegan upset she isn’t part of it?

Tegan says she understands, she just doesn’t agree with it. It’s like Gargano is changing her. Okay, okay, no. This is Candice, the real Candice. But the real Candice helped others. Yes, Candice has had Tegan’s back. Has she led Tegan down the wrong path before? No. Why would this be any different, then? What has Tegan got to lose? Tegan takes a long drink of water. Is she considering Candice’s offer?

 

Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory!

The Colossal was close to crushing Timothy Thatcher, but it was only because of #TheRealSuperstar getting in the way that he didn’t! Will Theory be reminded that gravity isn’t a theory but a reality?

The bell rings, Theory and Reed circle, and Theory offers a handshake. Reed rushes in, Theory gets a headlock, but Reed powers out and Theory bounces off his shoulder. Theory pretends like it didn’t hurt, but Reed headlocks and grinds him down. That definitely hurts as Theory tries to power out. Reed grinds harder and mocks the #AllDay catchphrase. Theory powers up but can’t power out as Reed holds on tight! Reed brings Theory to the mat, grinds harder, and Theory is turning red! Reed brings Theory up, Theory throws body shots and stomps feet! Theory gets free this time, but Reed runs him over! Theory flounders to a corner, Reed brings him up and whips to ropes, then avoid the counter kick!

Reed goes to ropes for a springboard elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Theory survives but is gasping for air all over again. Theory gets to the apron, Reed follows and drags Theory up by his ear. Reed hip tosses Theory into the ring, then wraps on a chinlock. Theory is still very red in the face as Reed leans on him. Theory fights up, fights out and runs, into a back elbow! Theory bails out to the apron again but Reed is after him again. Reed stands Theory up but Theory throws a forearm and then a shoulder. Theory slingshots but Reed stays up out of the sunset flip, to SIT DOWN on Theory!! Cover, TWO!! Theory manages to get away again but Reed keeps after him.

Reed is on the apron, he FLYING TACKLES Theory to the ramp!! Theory tries to remember where he is while NXT goes picture in picture.

Reed brings Theory up, clubs him down and stalks him back to the ring. Theory gets up but Reed clubs him on the back. Reed puts Theory in the ring, takes his time following after, and brings Theory up to ROCK him with a right hand. Theory ends up in a corner, Reed RAMS his shoulder in. Reed whips corner to corner. Theory hits hard and tumbles to the mat! Reed drags Theory up but Theory throws body shots. Reed knees Theory into the corner, then brings him back up. Reed whips corner to corner again, and Theory hits hard again! Cover, TWO! Reed clamps onto Theory with a rear bearhug! Reed squeezes tight as Theory endures.

Theory fights up to his feet, Reed squeezes tighter but Theory throws elbows. Theory is free, and he baits Reed into a corner to dropkick the legs out! Reed hits buckles face first! Reed slowly sits up but Theory aims and KICKS him in the side! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Reed with a cobra clutch! Reed endures as Theory tries to squeeze the air out of him now. Reed fights up, pries free, but Theory dropkicks him down! Cover, ONE!! Theory is furious as he stomps and clubs Reed over and over! Theory pulls back on the chinlock but Reed fights to his feet. NXT returns to single picture as the crowd rallies up.

Reed has Theory as a backpack, and drops the SENTON! Both men are down, the crowd is fired up, and both men crawl to opposite ends. A standing count begins, Reed and Theory rise at 3, and Reed counter punches Theory! And again! Reed fires off and whips Theory to DECK him! Theory staggers into an atomic drop, and a Bionic Elbow! Theory wants a timeout but Reed runs in to CORNER SPLASH! Fireman’s carry and JAGGED EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives but is not in good shape after that modified Death Valley. Theory escapes the suplex, and somehow manages a back suplex before his back gives out! Cover, TWO!!

Reed is seething as he runs at Theory, blocks the boot but not the forearm! Theory somersaults for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Reed still has something left and Theory grits his teeth. Theory fights through his pain and says he’s still #AllDay. Theory brings Reed up, fireman’s carries, but his legs wobble! He falls over with Reed on top of him! Reed sentons then heads up top! Reed aims, TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Theory could not last #AllDay against Auszilla and now pays for messing with the big man! Will the Colossal find his way back to a title in the coming weeks?

 

Backstage interview with Adam Cole.

After that incredible match with Finn Balor, he came up short. What is he feeling right now? Well he’s obviously disappointed. But truth be told, the better man won. Kenzie asks about the Too Sweet and handshake with Balor afterward. Cole says he does respect Balor. They both went through the same 60 Minute Iron Man Fatal 4 last week, and another big match tonight, so Cole admits Balor is good. But Balor better hope Cole doesn’t come back for more, because it’ll be different. And that is undisputed. Will Cole get himself a second chance at becoming a two-time NXT Champion?

 

NXT returns to hear from Mercedes Martinez.

“When a lion wants to be king, they don’t go after the weaklings. They challenge the strongest, fiercest animal they can find, and take them out.” Rhea is a bad woman, but not as bad as Mercedes. When the cage door shuts, Mercedes won’t stop until there is NOTHING left of Rhea. Will Mercedes become the new alpha female of NXT?

 

Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain!

Adam Cole may have fallen down tonight, but the rest of the Undisputed Era is cleaning things up. Kyle O’Reilly won as he settled scores with Drake Maverick, can the Savior of the Backbreaker do the same with the Belfast Beast?

Fish talks trash to Dain but the bell rings and Strong circles with the big man. Strong gets around and pushes Big Damo away to smirk at him. Dain comes back, Strong gets around and slaps Dain in the back of the head. Dain corners Strong, scoops him, but Strong slips off to CHOP! Dain didn’t even flinch! Strong bails out fast, baits Dain around the way and Fish is there as a decoy! Strong clobbers Dain, throws him into the ring and Fish talks more trash. Strong stomps Dain in the corner, throws haymakers, but he lets off at the ref’s count. Dain just seethes and grabs Strong to put him in the corner! Dain fires off body shots, whips him corner to corner and Strong hits chest first! Then Dain LARIATS Strong down!

Dain circles Strong as he gets up, and whips him corner to corner again. Strong goes up but can’t get over, so he sleeper holds. Dain breaks free but Strong dropkicks Dain out! Dain gets back to the apron, Strong runs in but into an URENAGE! Fish kicks the legs out while the ref is checking on Strong! The Belfast Beast staggers back up as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Strong has Dain in a facelock. Dain powers up, lifts Strong but Strong slips off to go for a cobra twist. Dain hip tosses Strong off and then clobbers him! Dain is rallying as the crowd fires up. Strong is in a corner, Dain runs in to corner splash! Dain whips to splash again, then he throws Strong down. Strong gets up, Dain gives him the DIVIDE! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives but Dain glares. Fish talks trash to Dain but Dain tunes him out to go after Strong. Strong holds the ropes, Dain lets off, but then Dain brings Strong up to fireman’s carry. Strong fights off but Dain punches him first. Dain runs at Strong but into a boot! And enziguri!

Strong leaps but his knee misses, Dain fireman’s carry for a wasteland slam and SENTON! Dain goes up top, Fish drags Strong to safety! Dain hops down, the ref reprimands, but Dain DECKS Fish! Strong KNEES Dain down! Cover, Strong wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

Big assist to the Infamous One for helping out there! And now he helps Strong stomp away on Dain! But here comes Maverick with a pipe! He JAMS and SMACKS the UE over and over, but Fish elbows him down! Fish stomps Maverick, Strong rains down rights, they both knee and stomp, but Dain gets that pipe! The UE runs away as Dain starts swinging! Dain is seething, but he glares at Maverick! Dain didn’t show Maverick much mercy when roles were reversed, but this time, Dain spares Rockstar Spud. Maverick hurries after to again offer a handshake. Will Dain take it this time? NOPE! He DECKS Maverick again! Dain doesn’t want friends, he wants vengeance! Will he get that on the UE all on is own?

 

NXT again checks in on Tegan and Candice.

Cheers to a friendship, sisterhood and “the next NXT Women’s Champion…” Candice LeRae. Tegan is glad they did this, but why did Candice have to put herself ahead of Tegan? Well, they’re doing things #TheGarganoWay now, right? And Tegan had her shot and lost, so obviously if anyone beats Shirai, it’s Candice. But Candice has yet to beat Shirai, so… Candice takes a sip, and then throws the salad in Tegan’s face!! Tegan says it needs a little something. And she splashes Candice with her drink! Candice can’t believe Tegan is doing this to her in her own house! Well Candice started it! Gargano returns and is upset with Tegan. “You’re a horrible person, you’re a bad friend, you’re a piece of garbage.”

Candice complains that the drink is in her eye. Tegan takes the bowl of spaghetti and tells Johnny, “F*** you!” And she dumps it on his head! That shirt is ruined… Candice is upset, throws something at Tegan, but misses and hits the television! Tegan gets out, Candice chases after, and Gargano is just upset about the TV screen. Will Tegan and Candice have no choice but to settle this friendship turned bitter grudge in the ring?

 

NXT returns to an interview with Damian Priest.

It’s breaking news: next week, Priest defends his title against Thatcher! Thatcher was watching film to prepare, how does Priest respond? Priest’s response is, “Man, that guy’s ugly.” Thatcher didn’t need to watch anything. If Thatcher wants to know Priest’s game plan, it’s this: he’s going to kick and punch “that stupid face” until he rearranges it. Because to be honest, Thatcher can’t look any worse. But in seriousness, all Thatcher should expect is a Reckoning. Priest will not lose in his first defense. And he invites Kenzie to join the #PartyForever afterward. Will the Archer of Infamy be able to thwart the Professor of Pain with power?

 

NXT announces a big match for next week!

After the confrontation with the Robert Stone Brand and the tension that followed, Shotzi and Shirai go 1v1 in a non-title match! Will the wild child #TCB, Take Care o’ Business, against THE NXT Women’s Champion? Or is Shotzi still 100 years too early to defeat the Evil Genius?

 

Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez!

These two have gone back and forth ever since the Mosh Pit Kid rejected the Robert Stone Brand and the Latina Lioness joined up. The #BattleoftheBadasses enters the cage, and Mercedes is even armed with a kendo stick! And she even fetches chairs as she arrives! Will Mercedes break bamboo, bones and more in order to end Rhea?

But wait! Mercedes isn’t done there, she wants to bring in a TABLE! But Rhea runs down and blindsides her before that can come into play! Rhea bounces Mercedes off the cage all, then bounces the cage door off of Mercedes! Stone protests but Rhea still BOOTS the door into Mercedes for a steel sandwich! The refs reprimand Rhea, this match hasn’t even begun, but Rhea puts Mercedes in. Rhea throws her vest at Stone to chase him off, and she brings the table into the ring! Rhea will play Mercedes’ game to prove she can beat her at it! Rhea gets in the cage and now the match begins!

Mercedes gets up and attacks Rhea at the ropes! Mercedes whips Rhea into the steel! She stands on Rhea’s head, then clubs her on the back. Rhea hits back but Mercedes clubs her down. Mercedes drags Rhea into a camel clutch just to club away with crossface forearms! Mercedes gets a chair but Rhea ducks the shot to kick low and lariat hard! Rhea drags Mercedes up and whips her into the steel now! Mercedes crashes down, Rhea drags her up, and then pulls her arms against the ropes in a motorcycle stretch, to BOOT her into the wall! Mercedes flops down, Rhea wedges a chair in the corner, but Mercedes reverses the whip! Rhea stops herself, elbows back and BOOTS Mercedes down!

The crowd is thunderous as Rhea looms over Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes back up, stands her up and ROCKS Her with a right! Mercedes flounders around, Rhea drags her back up and clubs her over and over and over! Mercedes sits up, Rhea KICKS her in the side. Stone calls Rhea a lunatic but Rhea still scares him with a glare. Rhea stands on Mercedes’ back, and slaps her around. Rhea ax kicks Mercedes down, then drags her back up to pump handle. Mercedes escapes the Riptide for the FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Both women are down, Stone is pumped up and the crowd is fired up! Mercedes and Rhea slowly stir, Stone talks trash and smirks that he’s the one safe from her with the cage up.

Mercedes gets a chair, aims at Rhea but Rhea boots the chair away! Rhea hops up but Mercedes rocks her with a right! Mercedes brings Rhea out onto the shoulder, to POWERSLAM onto a chair!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and NXT goes picture in picture.

Mercedes grabs another chair and SMACKS Rhea on the back! Rhea spasms and flails from that chair shot, but Mercedes stomps her down and grinds the chair in! Mercedes lets up to get the kendo stick and SMACK Rhea! Rhea hits back with body shots and ROCKS Mercedes with a right. Rhea has the kendo stick, Mercedes ducks the swing, and throws big forearms on Rhea. Mercedes EuroUppers Rhea HARD, and Rhea goes down! Mercedes drags her back up to fireman’s carry, but Rhea fights out. Rhea mule kicks then whips Mercedes into the corner chair!! Stone freaks out, but he coaches Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes up for cravat knee attacks and a snapmare!

Rhea taunts Stone before she basement dropkicks Mercedes! Rhea drags Mercedes back up, back suplexes and throws Mercedes into a corner. She pulls Mercedes into a Tree of Woe to springboard stomp her over and over! Rhea then climbs up onto Mercedes’ legs, but Mercedes sits up to club Rhea back! SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Mercedes glares even as she’s still stuck in the Tree! Mercedes pulls herself back up again to get the legs free. The crowd is thunderous as Rhea rises and Mercedes shifts. Rhea THROWS the chair at Mercedes!! Mercedes is dazed in the corner, Stone coaches her but Rhea hurries over to DROPKICK her into the steel!! Mercedes’ head is stuck in the frame!!

Rhea brings Mercedes out of the frame to throw forearms on her head! Rhea climbs up higher, drags Mercedes up to join her, and hits a SUPERPLEX!! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” Rhea crawls to a cover, TWO!! Rhea is beside herself as Mercedes survives! Stone is worried, Rhea stands and hurries over to Mercedes. Rhea demands Mercedes get up, brings her up, but Mercedes fires forearms back! Mercedes shoves, pops Rhea up and SPINE BUSTERS! Both women are down again and the crowd rallies. Mercedes stands, but Rhea Electric Chair lifts her, for a FACEBUSTER! The crowd is fired up again as Rhea has the legs, for the PRISM TRAP!! Mercedes endures the reverse cloverleaf, Rhea thrashes her about, but Mercedes grabs the kendo stick to SMACK Rhea! Mercedes is free but Rhea just grimaces.

Rhea grabs the stick but Stone is climbing the cage. Rhea SMACKS Mercedes, spots Stone, and then SMACKS at him! She then climbs up to pull his hair, pull him up, and headbutt! But Mercedes SMACKS Rhea with the kendo stick! And again! Rhea stays on the top rope, Mercedes climbs up to join her and smack Rhea’s head off the steel! SUPER NECKBREAKER!! Both women crash down, “This is Awesome!” The ref checks on both Rhea and Mercedes but they’re okay to continue. Mercedes drags herself to cover Rhea, TWO!! Rhea still has something left and Mercedes isn’t sure what to do to end it.

Mercedes roars as she clears out some space and fetches the table Rhea brought in for her! Mercedes sets it up, drags Rhea up and over to the corner and CHOPS her! Mercedes hoists Rhea up, ROCKS her, then climbs up to join her. Rhea resists as Mercedes fisherman hooks the leg. Mercedes clubs Rhea, Rhea clubs Mercedes, and Rhea headbutts back! Mercedes holds on, Rhea headbutts again and pump handles! SUPER RIPTIDE THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

This was one of the most destructive matches in quite some time, and it is the Nightmare that stands tall above the wreckage! Will Robert Stone and his brand finally leave her alone?


My Thoughts:

The second #NXTuesday was another great one! But as of now, special Tuesday airings are just that: special airings. Next week’s return to Wednesday nights is already being made into a big one with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. The promo video was great, Breezango VS Imperium in a rematch is going to be a lot of fun, but I feel like Breezango retains so that Imperium can go back to NXT UK in a week, and Breezango can move on to face El Legado. Robert Stone Brand trying to go after Shotzi’s tank was great, it’s a logical step in that story. I do like that the segment was used to bridge things into Shirai VS Shotzi next week. I don’t know if that becomes the title program since they’re having the 1v1 already.

Maybe Candice and/or Tegan get involved after those honestly really good “dinner” segments. A Fatal 4 Way would be a great way to A) boost Shirai’s power level, or B) give the others an easier way of taking the title while preserving Shirai’s power level. There’s a lot of time before whatever TakeOver goes with Survivor Series, so there’s any number of things they could do with the title until then. I just hope that if Survivor Series is another triple brand battle, Shirai is the one that goes in with the title, because I would love to see Shirai VS Asuka VS Bayley. That is a Triple Threat I could not call for the life of me.

I wonder if we get Dream VS Kushida next week after tonight. Dream gets a quick Heel win and Kushida has a great return beating Dream up, but I have a gripe with them RENAMING Tehuti Miles to an obvious parody of Megan Thee Stallion. He’s been Tehuti for months, don’t just act like what he’s done on 205 Live means nothing!! I really hope he’s just Tehuti again the next time he’s on NXT and was “trying something” this week. This may not be the worst thing NXT has done, but it is one of the most confusing. Reed VS Theory is great and Reed wins, I bet he’s next up after Priest VS Thatcher next week in what will be a great first defense for Priest.

Strong VS Dain was good but of course Fish gets involved. It seems odd that half of the UE is staying Heel while the other half is almost on their way to Face. Maverick helping Dain is good character work from him, and Dain rejecting Maverick with a punch is still good character work, too. I’m sure Dain will at some point accept Maverick as an ally against the UE. I’m just wondering how the UE works out what side of the spectrum they’re on. Will Cole and O’Reilly convince Fish and Strong or the other way around? That sounds like an interesting story for them going forward. Balor VS Cole to open the show was great, and the match itself was incredible. We all knew Balor was winning, and that’s not even with spoilers or anything, it just seemed very clear.

It was great for Cole to give congrats to Balor, as it continues the slow Face turn started with the Pat McAfee rivalry. The Prince joins Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura, who came in after but had great feuds with Balor and each other. It seems fitting that they’re the three two-time NXT Champions. And sky’s the limit for who is next with Balor, to be honest. Ending the show with the “Battle of the Badasses” (interesting last minute subtitle) was great. Usually cage matches feel cliche but they did a great job with this one. Stone still tried to interfere, but Rhea got the better of him and it didn’t cost her the match. This has to be it for Rhea’s part with the Robert Stone Brand because she won very definitively. Rhea can also wait in the wings for another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship. In fact, Rhea could be a great part of the Survivor Series Women’s Champion Triple Threat since she dominated that entire weekend last year.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 1.19.2021

So Hard to Kill definitely put a few things to bed while setting up an insinuation that this AEW angle is far from over. Does Moose go right after Rich? Do more AEW stars invade? Who framed Roger Rabbit…erhm…Larry D?

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So Hard to Kill definitely put a few things to bed while setting up an insinuation that this AEW angle is far from over. Does Moose go right after Rich? Do more AEW stars invade? Who framed Roger Rabbit…erhm…Larry D?

Aside from those question, now we just get to sit back and see how Impact will start building the next few months of stories. Remember, we’ve got Rebellion in April; so that means we’ve go three months to fill!

Apparently the show gets kicked off with an answer to one of my questions! Moose and Rich are definitely not friends.

Ratings:

  • Eric Young w/Deaner & Joe Doering vs Rhino w/Cousin Jake: EY wins via Spinning Toe Hold – **
  • Kimber Lee &Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz: Susan wins via Rollup – ** ½
  • Brian Myers vs Fallah Bahh: Myers wins via Charging Lariat – **
  • Private Party w/Big Money Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns (James Storm & Chris Sabin): Private Party win via Gin & Juice – *** ½

Results:

Eric Young w/Deaner & Joe Doering vs Rhino w/Cousin Jake

EY starts with a head of steam, but Rhino side steps and takes control of the match. As he whips EY in the corner, EY does the Flair up and over, runs to the other turnbuckle, gets on the top and Rhino catches him. EY goes after the eyes, then nearly bumps referee Brian Hebner, forcing him to cower in the corner, and EY hits the back kick low blow.

From there on, Rhino is picked apart, the cronies of Violent By Design interfere, grab a leg, add some punishment, and it’s all but over. Young slaps on the Spinning Toe Hold, and makes Rhino tap out.

The Good Brothers come out, mostly tooting their own horns about being the biggest draws and Biz Cliz references. A Magic Killer, a 1,2,3 and a just Too…oh thank Christ it’s Chris Sabin! Sabin points out that the Motor City Machine Guns should be number one contenders, Good Brothers say he has a point but he has no partner. Cue the James Storm music. Time to run back Beer Guns!

James Storm is about to hit the catch phrase…and wait, Big Money Matt Hardy’s music hits with Private Party? Ohh…we’re getting more AEW cross over. Hardy goes for a Hardy Math moment, and it’s mediocre.  He does make plenty of references to old Impact gimmicks, moments and it’s decent enough as the greedy heel manager.

Matt Cardona interview in typical older Zack Ryder style of just trying to prove himself. I’m anticipating a Myers v Cardona match soon since he made not so veiled shots at Myers’ new persona.

Kimber Lee &Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz

Jordynne and Jazz really do beat down on Kimber and Susan for the better portion of the match. Susan showed a lot of personality being the Karen/Cornette whatever you want to call her. She makes Kimber hold the tag rope, she holds the rope and just gets smarmy and sarcastic in her mannerisms. Susan really shined getting over this character and Kimber was mostly there for the match.

The finish came with Susan begging, Jazz getting cocky and then Susan shoving her into Deonna with the Knockouts title while the referee was distracted. Susan gets the Rollup win!

This was a clever way to write off Taya with her setting up Larry D to kill Bravo, and the little reference Tommy makes were amusing, and the Rosemary moment was honestly a little touching. I’m just happy they didn’t kill another person.

Khan is still cringe to watch do whatever he thinks acting is, but my main takeaway is apparently it only costs 100 dollars for ad time during Impact? I SMELL an Opportunity!

Rich calls out Moose, for the inevitable “let’s do it now” talk. Moose tells him it’s on his time and not on Rich Swann’s time. Rich acts calm, and then snaps. We get a small scuffle, which ends with Moose missing the Spear into Rich hitting a Phoenix Splash to look good at the end of the segment.

Brian Myers vs Fallah Bahh

Myers had his issues getting anything going against Fallah, but Fallah stood his ground, built up momentum knocked Myers head off and went to go for his signature “No No No”. Since Myers Always Uses His Head, Myers moved into the finger and acted like he was poked in the eye. The referee was distracted, Myers shoved him off, Punt to the little Bahhs, Charging Lariat, and Myers gets the win.

Interview segment with Ace Austin and Fulton, they mock Josh Alexander and Matt Cardona. Ace reuses his tweet of Always Ready for Catering, and just play the cocky/jaded heel who deserved better. Josh Alexander gets sick of hearing it and trades words before Fulton and Ace attack him. Cardona makes the save and we look have set up Cardona & Alexander versus Fulton & Ace for next week, most likely.

Private Party w/Big Money Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns (James Storm & Chris Sabin)

Fast paced as expected, but early on we see Tony Khan and Jerry Lynn walk out to sit at ringside and watch the match. Storm didn’t slow down too much, which is surprising since aside from his brief stint back in Impact at the end of 2020, we saw him tagging with Eli Drake in much slower, less workrate dependent matches.

Private Party were their usual high flying, fun having, break dance inspired flourishes to some offense we’ve seen for years. Beer Guns had a cool tandem move with Sabin Sunset Flipping from outside in, Quen rolled right into the Backstabber from James Storm. Lots of signature spam, a few dives, highlighted by a nice Fosbury Flop from Quen.

Sabin looked to be setting up for the finish, when Jerry Lynn hops the familiar guardrail, grabs Sabin’s foot while Matt Hardy distracted the ref; and Private Party hit Gin & Juice for the heel tactic upset! Interestingly, Private Party still comes off as great babyface kids who are being swindled by scummy adults. So they aren’t playing heel, but everyone around them is doing it for them.

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

For only having four matches, the highlights from Hard to Kill segued nicely into current segments, and the show felt very full and active. We managed to squeeze in most of the roster, a few AEW guest appearances, and writing off a character without murder or sci fi fantasy shenanigans for the first time since Austin Aries just walked off after a loss.

Susan is going to be a bigger joy to watch than Susie, I’m nearly positive. Matt Hardy and Jerry Lynn toying with their old Impact/TNA ties and coming in to purposely try and destroy Impact has something artistic about it. I still hate everything about Tony Khan, and yes I know the gimmick seems to be the smarmy smug rich kid who thinks he’s a nice guy but is just a toolbox. But I just don’t enjoy his portrayal, he’s trying far too hard and being too over the top, so it’s a cringe induced hatred not a character hatred.

Fire and Flava Fest next week should be great! Brian Myers starting an angle with Eddie Edwards will be quality wrestling. Oh and yes, if it involves Josh Alexander, I’m all for it; so the Ace Austin story should be great. I’m a sucker for good technical wrestling badasses *waves at Minoru Suzuki*.

All in all, damn good show with a little bit of everything. Great way to follow a PPV.


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)

Dark has CERO! MIEDO!

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AEW Dark 2

The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!

Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
  • Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
  • Shanna VS Marti Daniels; Shanna wins.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; The Butcher & The Blade win.
  • Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; Gunn Club wins.
  • Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; Proud ‘n’ Powerful win.
  • Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Private Party wins.
  • Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; Swole wins.
  • Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; Kiss wins.
  • Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch; Top Flight wins.
  • Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez; Ivelisse & Diamante win.
  • The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; The Lucha Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!

The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!

Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.

Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.

Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!

Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!

Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?

 

Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!

The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?

The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!

Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.

Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!

Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!

Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!

Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?

 

Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!

While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?

The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!

Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.

Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!

Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!

Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!

Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall

That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?

 

Shanna VS Marti Daniels!

So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Shanna pushes Marti but Marti pushes Shanna away. Shanna ducks the boot, dropkicks a leg out and then runs to blindside elbow! Roll into the ghost pin, TWO! Shanna clubs away on Marti, then snapmares her to a running elbow drop! And then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps cool and brings Marti up with chicken wings, but Marti breaks free to pull Shanna’s hair. The ref reprimands, Marti whips Shanna and BOOTS her down! Marti stomps Shanna, soaks up the heat from the fans, then drags Shanna up to whip again. Marti elbows Shanna down hard and taunts the booing fans.

Fans rally for Shanna as Marti brings her up and tosses her by her hair! Marti stomps Shanna around, Shanna gets to the ropes and Marti drags her up. Marti talks trash but Shanna fires back with elbows and forearms! Shanna kicks, Marti blocks but Shanna enziguris! Marti ends up in a corner, fans fire up and Shanna runs in to elbow! Shanna keeps going, forearm smash! Shanna runs for a SUPER FOREARM! Marti rushes in, but Shanna slips around for a STUNNER! Shanna powers up, runs and hits a basement dropkick at the ropes! She drags Marti up with chicken wings, for the TIGER SUPLEX!

The bridging cover falls apart so Shanna drags Marti up again, for ANOTHER TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!

Winner: Shanna, by pinfall

Shanna continues to build her power level in the AEW Women’s Division! But will she be able to go Super Shanna and become a contender to the championship?

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!

Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?

The teams sort out, Blade starts with Verna and they tie up. They go around, Blade puts Verna in a corner but they go around on the ropes. Verna puts Blade in the corner, Blade turns it around and the ref counts. Blade and Verna let off at 4, and then stare down before tying up again. Blade headlocks, wrenches, hammerlocks, and slaps Verna around, to the delight of Bunny Allie. Verna elbows out, runs and runs Blade over! Verna runs, Blade drops then hurdles but Verna leaps over to go up and huricanrana! Verna is on Blade at the ropes, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Verna CHOPS Blade again, whips him to ropes, but Blade reverses.

Verna ducks and dodges to leap, into a POWERBOMB! Baron tags in and stares Blade down. Blade tags Butcher and Butcher circles with Baron. They approach, Baron slips around, headlocks, but Butcher powers out. Butcher blocks a whip and reverses it, but Baron hurdles over to waistlock. Butcher bucks the roll-up, Baron gets around to uppercut and CHOP and spinning CHOP! Butcher reels Baron in for a BACKBREAKER! Butcher snap suplexes Baron away from the corner, tags in Blade, and Blade chokes Baron on the ropes! The ref counts but Blade lets off at 4. Bunny Allie talks trash and chokes Baron herself!

Blade throws hands on Baron in the corner, digs his knees in, but stops as the ref counts. Tag to Butcher, Butcher CHOPS Baron, CHOPS him again, and bumps Baron off buckles. Butcher stomps Baron, brings Baron up to dig into the ropes, then whips him into the corner. Tag to Blade, they mug Baron, double wrench and double CHOP him down! Blade drags Baron up, fans rally as Blade whips, but Baron rolls up off the kitchen sink, TWO! HALF CRAB! Butcher gets in but the ref stops him, Bunny CLAWS Baron’s face! Blade ROCKS Baron in the corner, bumps him off buckles and tags in Butcher. Butcher throws hands on Baron, stomps him, then ROCKS him with a right of his own!

Butcher hauls Baron up, tags in Blade, and then atomic drop to Blade’s NECKBREAKER! Blade kicks Baron around, kicks him out of the ring, and argues with the ref. Bunny rains down fists on Baron, then gets away with her obnoxious laugh. Butcher puts Baron in for Blade and Blade drags Baron up. Tag to Butcher, they double suplex but Baron fights out! Baron elbows Blade, BOOTS Butcher, then ducks the double clothesline to tag in Verna! Verna rallies with forearms and CHOPS! Verna kicks Butcher but he blocks, only to enziguri! SPINNING POWERSLAM for Blade! Verna says hey yo to Bunny then runs in to forearm Butcher at the corner!

Verna climbs up, leaps and missile dropkicks Butcher away! Verna kicks Blade, DECKS Butcher, then fireman’s carries Blade! Bunny distracts, Blade rakes Verna’s eyes and shoves him to a corner. Butcher clotheslines, Blade CHOPS, then a feed to the BODY CHECK! Baron gets in but he gets the back suplex choke slam combo! Blade and Butcher drag Verna up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!

Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall

Verna was on the chopping block and got cut down! Will the Mad King’s knights conquer the AEW Tag Division soon enough?

 

Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!

AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?

The trios sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts with Morales. Billy and Morales circle, tie up, and Billy barely budges as Morales tries his hardest. Billy shoves Morales away, Morales tags in Priest, and Priest ties up with Billy. Billy shoves Priest away with ease, but Ryzin tags in. Ryzin flexes and circles with Billy, to kick low and throw haymakers! Ryzin has BIlly in a corner, punches the headband off, but Billy reverses the rip to then scoop and sidewalk slam! Fans rally while Ryzin writhes, and Billy drags Ryzin up to tag Austin in. Austin tags Colten in, Billy whips Ryzin for Austin to body shot and Colten to dropkick! Colten covers, TWO!

Colten keeps on Ryzin’s arm, drags him over and tags in Austin. The Gunn brothers hand off, wrench but Ryzin powers out. Austin dodges the clothesline but not the SUPERKICK! Ryzin tags in Morales, things speed up, Austin hurdles but Morales shoves. Austin comes back to dodge and trip Morales up! Then the THROWBACK! Fans are fired up and Austin brings Morales up for haymakers. Austin hip tosses but Morales flips through to kick low! Morales runs, Priest tags in, Morales slips out of the back drop and Priest CLOBBERS Austin! Priest stomps Austin into the ocrner, tags in Ryzin, and they mug Austin with more stomps.

Ryzin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Ryzin lets off. Ryzin KICKS Austin then tags in Morales. They mug Austin, Morales drags Austin up to whip him to a corner, and hits a HIGH Bronco Buster! Morales snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Morales drags Austin up, wrenches the arm and drags him over to tag in Ryzin. Ryzin throws haymakers, then taunts the Gunns with “SUCK IT!” But Austin boots back! AUstin fights back in enemy territory but Ryzin ROCKS him with a right! Ryzin brings Austin out but Austin suplexes Ryzin first! Hot tags to Colten and Morales! Colten rallies with big rights, Priest runs in to get some rights, too!

Colten hits a corner splash on Priest, then a corner splash on Morales! Tilt-o-whirl SLAM for Priest, and a running POWRESLAM for Morales! Cover, Ryzin breaks it! Billy goes after Ryzin and clotheslines him out! The brothers coordinate, double hip, back drop to neckbreaker! The 3:10 to Yuma! Cover, Gunn Club wins!

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

And the Gunn Club keeps on rolling! Will they be aiming for titles in the new year?

 

Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight!

Much like Sammy Guevara earlier tonight, Santana and Ortiz want to be THE tag team within the Inner Circle! Will they finally get to do what they came to AEW to do? Or will this tune-up turn into a speed bump to that journey?

The teams sort out and Limelight starts with Santana. Limelight fires off on Santana but Santana gets around for a waistlock and HARD slam! Santana drags Limelight up but Limelight arm-drags then dropkicks him! Limelight kips up, kicks away on Santana at the ropes, then runs. Santana drops, gets around and shotgun boots Limelight down! Santana puts Limelight in the corner, tags in Ortiz, then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cruz leaps in but into a SUPERKICK! PNP fire off hands on Cruz, then coordinate for a wheelbarrow cutter! Cruz flounders out and Ortiz focuses on Limelight.

Ortiz brings Limelight around, up, Santana tags in, and Ortiz POWERBOMBS to swing Limelight into the PENALTY KICK! High stack, PNP wins!!

Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall

Santana and Ortiz put this one away fast! That is definitely a message sent to their Inner Circle brothers that they need to bring even better than their A Game’s to Dynamite! Will it be as it was always meant to be for Santana and Ortiz? Will they finally be the ones hunting down the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

“Pretty” Peter Avalon is here!

#PPAAllDay goes to the ring with a mic to say, “Oh, AEW, it’s time for me to grace you all with my presence, and baby, you’re welcome.” Avalon gives his proper introductions as the biggest man in pro-wrestling, the most handsome man in AEW, and the premier attraction on AEW Dark. For those who already know him, you know he’s on a winning streak, beating the most handsome men in wrestling. But it is time to take things to the next level. There are career defining matches and moments, and it is time Avalon had one of those! Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation presents: The Walk Off.

Lee Johnson is a handsome young man and Avalon was checking him out. Avalon gave Johnson an 8 x 10, which Johnson accepted. That meant Johnson also accepted his challenge for “The Walk Off.” But what is The Walk Off? Here are the rules! There will be three “pretty” judges as each man is allowed one outfit. They will each take 10 steps forward, a pose, and then a turn to walk back. Anyone can win at wrestling, but it takes a REAL MAN to win such a cosmetic contest! Avalon tells Johnson that next week on Dark, he will prove to “each and every one of these goofs” that it is #PPAAllDay. Who wins the inaugural AEW Walk Off?

 

Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy vented about how this new money hungry Hardy is hogging a lot of their revenue. Hardy says his cut won’t matter when the checks get bigger and bigger. But will Big Shotty and The Extra Talented ruin the fun and earn that winner’s purse instead?

The teams sort out and Quen starts against Solow. They circle, tie up, Solow gets the arm but Quen floats over to get a facelock. Solow wrenches out to a wristlock, Quen rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Solow powers out, Quen runs him over, and Quen fakes out Solow’s drop down for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR to his back! Fans cheer and Quen takes a bow. Hardy tells Quen to keep on Solow and Quen runs in, but Solow elbows Quen away! Hardy trips Solow while the ref is busy with Quen, and Quen knows it. Quen lets it slide, he wants to shake Solow’s hand and Solow takes it, to get the headlock! Quen powers out but Solow dropkicks him down!

Solow drags Quen up, tags Johnson, and they double whip Quen for double elbows! Cover, ONE, and Quen tags in Kassidy. Johnson hurdles but Kassidy headscissors! Johnson bails out, Kassidy builds speed, but Hardy is too close. Kassidy has Hardy give them space but Hardy says he needs to take care of business. Hardy throws off his suit jacket in frustration as Kassidy gets a dropkick from Johnson! Hardy and Private Party argue a bit, he wants to see his boys get fired up! “By any means necessary!” Kassidy gets in, kicks Johnson and throws forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy wrenches, elbow breakers but Johnson headlocks. Kassidy throws body shots, powers out and Quen tags in.

Kassidy ducks the clothesline, Quen atomic drops and Kassidy throws Johnson down! Kassidy runs and DECKS Solow while Quen catapults Johnson into the corner! Kassidy comes back, Quen is the step for the PARTY in Motion! Quen dropkicks Solow out and Hardy is liking what he’s seeing! Quen drops knees on Johnson, fans rally up and Quen CHOPS Johnson down! Tag to Kassidy, Quen scoops Johnson for the slam, but Hardy wants Kassidy to finish this. Kassidy ditches the slingshot but his elbow drop still misses! Johnson back drops Quen and hits BLUE THUNDER BOMB on Kassidy! Hardy is frustrated as Solow tags in.

Solow brings Kassidy up for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Kassidy up and Hardy says this is embarrassing! Kassidy powers his way towards the corner, throws body shots, then slips out to jawbreaker! Quen tags in, they double whip Solow, and use a unique leap frog to trip Solow up for the dropkick! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps on Solow with stomp after stomp, then brings Solow up to whip. Solow kicks the back drop away, tags in Johnson, and they coordinate for a back suplex neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool as he drags Quen up and fans rally. Solow tags back in, he and Johnson double suplex but Quen fights out and DOUBLE RANAS!

Tag to Kassidy, Kassidy rallies with big clotheslines on Solow! Kassidy back kicks Solow to the corner, whips him corner to corner but Solow reverses, only for Kassidy to triangle STUNNER Johnson off the apron! Solow runs in but into a boot! Kassidy runs but Solow gets a waistlock. Kassidy standing switches, Quen tags in before the O’Conner roll, but Solow slips out. Kassidy hip tosses Solow down, Quen springboards to SPLASH! Cover, but Johnson breaks it! Kassidy dropkicks Johnson down but might’ve hurt his own leg. Quen drags Solow up, scoops, but Solow slips off. O’Conner roll, TWO!

Hardy ROCKS Solow as the ref is busy with Quen! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party drags Solow up, DOUBLE ENZIGURI SANDWICH! Cover, Private Party wins!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

Quen and Kassidy win to get that winner’s paycheck, but Kassidy is clutching his leg! Did doing things Hardy’s way cost Private Party more than they know?

 

Big Swole VS Alex Gracia!

The championship chase is never done, and Big Swole still stands as #1 contender! But will the dream of gold be ruined by the Pink Dream?

The bell rings and fans rally up as Swole circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Swole wrenches to a wristlock. Gracia rolls, wrenches back, but Swole slips around to a hammerlock then headlock. Gracia pries free, wrenches to get her own headlock and she grinds on the hold. Swole powers out, follows then runs Gracia over! Swole keeps moving, Gracia drops but swings only to miss. Swole then shoves and clobbers Gracia with an elbow! Gracia goes to the apron, Swole drags her up, but Gracia throws a forearm back! Gracia throws more forearms, gets in and drop toeholds Swole to ropes! Gracia runs, 619! Cover, ONE!!

Gracia keeps on Swole and clamps onto the arm to then throw it down. Gracia stands on the arm, and drops a leg on it! Gracia gets the other arm and drops an elbow on it! Gracia wristlocks but fans rally up as Swole fights back. Swole whips, Gracia reverses but Swole goes up and over and rolls. Swole runs back in but only gets buckles! Gracia hits a back elbow, then runs in to KICK Swole down! Cover, TWO! Gracia drags Swole up, Swole throws body shots and forearms! Swole goes to run, Gracia reels her in but Swole elbows away! Swole denies the neckbreaker to BOOT Gracia down!

Fans fire up with Swole as she aims at Gracia, and Swole rallies with big shoulders and cross chops! Swole fires off forearms, Gracia ducks a kick, jumps the sweep, but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole reels Gracia in, ripcords and takes her DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!

Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall

Swole may be balancing her style with technique, but all she needed was one swift strike! Will Swole be poised for a title match with Hikaru Shida soon enough?

 

Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton!

The Concrete Rose once again rolls solo with the Bad Boy still out after what Kenny Omega did to him. Will Kiss be able to stay strong without Joey Janela?

The bell rings and Kiss circles with Clayton. They tie up, Kiss waistlocks but Clayton pries at the hold. Kiss hooks a leg, trips Clayton up and floats to a facelock. Clayton powers up and tosses Kiss to a corner! Clayton runs in, Kiss goes up and over, and then Kiss ROUNDHOUSES Clayton! Kiss runs corner to corner and handsprings but Clayton dodges. Clayton runs back in into an ax kick, and then Kiss RANAS him to ropes! Kiss hurries up to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up with Kiss and Kiss runs, but into Clayton’s LARIAT! Clayton checks his face, drags Kiss back up with a facelock and suplexes. Clayton holds Kiss up for a count of 10 before SLAMMING him down!

Clayton runs for a LEAPING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Clayton keeps cool and wraps Kiss up with a chinlock. Kiss breaks free to ROCK Clayton, then counter punch! Kiss dodges to ROCK Clayton with a forearm! Clayton and Kiss go to opposite corners, they run at each other and Kiss slides under to then dropkick Clayton to the corner! Kiss runs in to ENZIGURI! Clayton staggers, Kiss whips but Clayton reverses. Kiss tumbles to the apron, ROUNDHOUSES again and Clayton is down! Kiss steps up and slingshots to SPLIT LEG DROP! Fans fire up, Kiss dodges Clayton and ROLLING ELBOWS! Kiss spins to mule kick, front kick and LEAPING COMPLETE SHOTS!

Kiss goes to a corner, takes aim and FLYING SPLIT LEG DROPS! Cover, Kiss wins!

Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall

The aggression was turned up to 11 for Kiss! Will this be the spark he needs to get up and after some gold?

 

Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch!

Darius & Dante Martin are the coldest tag team in the game but are also getting pretty hot in the AEW Tag Division. Will they keep that ice in their veins and continue to blaze a trail against The Truly Blessed and the Best of the West?

Teams sort out and Darius starts with Kirsch. They circle, Navarro talks some smack, but Darius ties up with Kirsch. Kirsch headlocks, Darius powers out but Kirsch gets around to headlock again. Darius rolls Kirsch off the headlock but Kirsch runs him over! Things speed up, Kirsch blocks Darius’ hip toss but Darius blocks one in return. Darius slips around to arm-drag Kirsch away, then he wrenches the arm and tags in Dante. The brothers hand-off, Darius decks Navarro and Dante wrings Kirsch out for Darius to basement dropkick! Navarro gets in, kicks both brothers then runs, but into double CHOPS!

Top Flight feeds Navarro to a spin around and ankle pick, roll through with the arm, and double KICKS! Kirsch kicks Top Flight back, drags Dante up but Dante gets away! Navarro tags in but Dante arm-drags him down! Navarro headscissors, Dante pops out, things speed up and Navarro rolls off Dante’s back to CHOP him! Navarro fires up and whips but Dante reverses. Dante hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks, only to miss! Navarro smirks and pats Dante on the head, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT SHOTGUN! Dante drags Navarro up but Navarro SAIDOS out hard! Navarro is furious, he throws forearms and tags in Kirsch.

Kirsch rams into Dante, talks trash, but Dante shoves him away to ROCK him! Dante DECKS Navarro, boots Kirsch, then hops up, but Navarro shoves Dante off into Kirsch’s atomic drop! Kirsch trips Dante, drops an elbow and then digs forearms into Dante’s face to talk some trash. Kirsch CLUBS Dante, whips him to the corner, then runs in to clothesline! Kirsch reels Dante into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Dante fights back but Kirsch CLUBS him! Navarro tags in, he and Kirsch mug Dante, then Navarro chokes Dante on the ropes! The ref counts, Navarro lets off, but Kirsch hotshots Dante down! Navarro drags Dante into a roll up, TWO!

Navarro drags Dante back up, has the leg and flips Dante but Dante lands on his feet! Darius tags in, Dante holds off Navarro’s powerbomb and Darius CROSSBODIES! Darius DECKS Kirsch, BOOTS Navarro, then jumps up, over, handsprings and whips to STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Kirsch breaks it in time! Kirsch whips Darius but Darius throws him out! Dante hurries over, and goes off the corner to MOONSAULT Kirsch down! Darius has Navarro, tilt-o-whirl and roll to the rolling cradle! Top Flight wins!

Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall

If you blinked, you probably missed it, so it’s a good thing it’s on YouTube! Will Top Flight be at the top of the division in the blink of an eye?

 

Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez!

La Sicaria & The Cuban Diamond are back in the ring together again, still looking to show everyone why they’re worthy of the AEW Women’s Tag Cup medals! Will Tesha and the Queenpin pay the price of disagreeing with that?

The teams sort out and Diamante starts with Price. They talk some trash as they circle, then they tie up and Diamante gets around to CLUB Price. Price comes back to throw forearms then whip, but Diamante blocks the hip toss. Price knees low, flips up and around but Diamante blocks the arm-drag. Price kicks from below, gets the arm-drag then arm-drags again. Diamante ends up in the corner, Price tags Perez and they double snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Perez hip tosses Diamante and basement dropkicks, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Perez stakls Diamante but misses the dropkick this time! Diamante gets the legs, catapults Perez into buckles and Ivelisse tags in.

Ivelisse KICKS Perez in the back, dragon sleepers for the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse thrashes Perez around, the ref reprimands and Ivelisse lets off. Ivelisse brings Perez up to club her and snap suplex! Ivelisse rolls back into the guillotine! Perez endures, fights her way up but Ivelisse wrangles her back down. Perez pushes to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse kicks Perez and then DECKS her! Ivelisse bumps Perez off buckles, tags Diamante then CHOPS Perez! Diamante runs in to clothesline, Ivelisse RAMS in, and Diamante ROCKS Perez with a forearm! Diamante snapmares Perez, chinlocks with the armlock, but fans rally up for Perez.

Perez fights up, throws elbows but Diamante CLUBS her! Diamante fires off forearms, Perez back kicks and runs, to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Both women are down and fans rally up. Diamante and Perez crawl, hot tags to Ivelisse and Price! Price rallies with forearms and uppercuts, and she sees Diamante coming to DECK her! Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ivelisse at the corner! Ivelisse staggers, Price runs to BULLDOG her down! Cover, TWO! Price keeps on Ivelisse but Ivelisse headbutts low! Ivelisse shoves Price to the corner but Price elbows Diamante down to then dropkick Ivelisse!

Price tags in Perez, they bring Ivelisse around but Ivelisse fights out of the suplex. Price enziguris, Perez hits a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, but Diamante breaks it! Diamante throws Price out and goes after her with haymakers, Ivelises rolls and ENZIGURIS Perez down! Cover, Ivelisse & Diamante win!

Winners: Ivelisse & Diamante, by pinfall

And the Women’s Tag Cup winners keep on winning! Will this prove they’re deserving of more gold in the Women’s Division?

 

The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol!

Platinum Max Caster and the 5 Tool Player, Anthony Bowens, are back again! “We gonna pour the water on Fuego. He only wear a mask cuz he couldn’t draw a peso. Standing on my payload, you still three feet! My last rap got me heat, but they can’t see me! Shawn Dean comin’ back but it’s just a repeat. You could call me daddy, you’re about to be beat, yo! Your only talent is gettin’ no dough, you’d get voted off of the Go Big Show, real quick. REAL quick.” Will the Acclaimed go big or go home after firing up The Captain and the Fire of the Sun?

The teams sort out and Caster starts with Fuego. They circle, tie up, and Caster wrenches to a wristlock. Fuego uses the ropes to flip through, wristlocks back but Caster wrenches to knee low! Bowens cheers but the fans boo as Caster suplexes. Fuego knees free but Caster shoves him away from the DDT! Caster wants Fuego to cool off, and Dean tags in. Caster and the Captain circle, approach, and Caster BOOTS Dean in the face! Caster headlocks, Dean powers out but Caster runs him over. Caster blows a kiss, scuffs Dean, then things speed up. Dean hurdles, leaps, but Caster catches him! Dean slips off the scoop, O’Conner roll, TWO!

Dean ends up on the apron but he slingshots in to roll Caster! Dean can’t hold the cover but Caster is still stuck upside-down for a second. Caster hurries to his feet, Dean gets around his haymaker, and then Dean rams his shoulder low into Caster’s stomach. Dean goes up, boots Caster away, then leaps for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up as Dean watches Caster get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE but Dean is back on Caster. Dean reaches to tag Fuego but Caster rakes eyes and jawbreakers! Caster brings Dean around to whip but Dean reverses. Bowens tags in, Caster sunset flips but Dean stays up, to get the NECKBREAKER TO KNEES! Bowens covers, TWO!

Bowens drags Dean away to throw forearms, then CHOPS Dean in the corner! And CHOPS again! And again! Bowens tags Caster, The Acclaimed double back suplex but Dean lands on his feet! Dean dodges and The Acclaimed collide, tag to Fuego! Fuego springboards to double missile dropkick! Fuego hits a back body block on Bowens, tilt-o-whirls Caster into Bowens and The Acclaimed go down! Fuego cravats Caster, uses Bowens for the boost to SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO! Caster survives but Fuego stays fired up! Fuego runs and tilt-o-whirls but the DDT is blocked to a BRAIN BUSTER!

Tag to Bowens, Caster BOOTS Dean down and Bowens brings Fuego up. The Acclaimed coordinate, SIDE EFFECT and MACHO ELBOW! Bowens covers off Critically Acclaimed, The Acclaimed wins!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

Dropping bars and racking up wins, Caster and Bowens are still running hot! Will they find their way back to a tag team championship match as the new year rolls on?

 

Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project!

Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo still have a score to settle with Eddie Kingston & The Fam, but they’ll settle for the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN. Will two-thirds of Death Triangle stay sharp at the expense of Luther and Serpentico?

The teams sort out and Penta starts with Luther. Fans rally as the two circle and stare down. Luther tries poking at Penta’s third eye, but Penta tells him to listen. CERO! MIEDO! Serpentico gets in but Fenix jumps in, too! The ref tries to keep this from turning into a brawl, and Serpentico and Fenix both back off. Penta mule kicks Luther and headlocks but Luther powers out and BOOTS! Luther whips Penta to the corner, runs in to fire off haymakers, then whips Penta out, only for Penta to reverse and send him back in! Serpentico tags in and crossbodies! Serpentico dodges Penta but Fenix tags in and jumps in ahead of Serpentico!

Fenix shoves Serpentico, Serpentico fixes his head and shoves back. Serpentico runs, wheelbarrows but Fenix blocks the arm-drag. Fenix spina around, Serpentico blocks the whip but Fenix bucks the roll up. Fenix again blocks the wheelbarrow but Serpentico pushes off the ropes to sunset flip! TWO, they both go for headlocks but both slip away and fans cheer. Fenix offers a handshake, but Serpentico hesitates and Fenix CHOPS! Fenix SUPERKICKS Serpentico, tags Penta and then the brothers double whip. Serpentico holds ropes and BOOTS back! Luther ROCKS Penta, Serpentico rolls Penta to basement DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up, Serpentico drags Penta up and tags in Luther. Serpentico snapmares and kicks Penta, then Luther stomps Penta. Luther makes Serpentico a weapon, assisted atomic leg drop! Cover, TWO! Luther argues the count but the ref lets him vent. Luther stomps Penta, drags him up and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Penta, Luther scoop slams Penta then again uses Serpentico. Serpentico lands out of the lift and stomps Penta. Luther runs and still uses Serpentico in the BULLDOG SPLASH! Luther dribbles Serpentico off of Penta! Cover, ONE!! Serpentico drags Penta and tags in Luther. Chaos Project mug Penta then Luther CLUBS Penta down.

Tag to Serpentico, Chaos Project mugs Penta then double whip him to a corner. Serpentico runs in, Penta puts him on the top rope and CHOPS. Penta mule kicks Luther then sends him into Serpentico’s trouser snake! Penta runs and SLINGBLADES Luther down! Fans fire up with Penta, he heads to the corner and tags in Fenix! Fenix slingshots and dropkicks Luther down! Fenix BOOTS Serpentico, brings him around, and Gory Especial, GORY BOMB AND LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fenix runs corner to corner but Serpentico SUPERKICKS! Penta enziguris Serpentico, Fenix tags him in, POWERBOMB and WAZZAP! Cover, but Luther breaks it!

Fenix SUPERKICKS Luther down! Penta drags Serpentico up, Fenix is up top, CERO! MIEDO! But Luther trips Fenix up! Serpentico slips out of the driver to run, roll and go up, but Penta SUPERKICKS him! Fenix runs the tightrope to KICK Luther away, then coordinates with Penta again, for the L B DRIVER!! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Death Triangle celebrates in the ring, Penta and Fenix are rolling! Will they settle things with The Butcher & The Blade while also going for the gold?


My Thoughts:

A very good Dark, but I have to say the main event should’ve had more time to breathe. Lucha Brothers VS Chaos Project was good for being under 10 minutes but they could easily have gotten this to 15 minutes if they wanted. The Acclaimed had a great match with Dean and Fuego, and Caster had another good diss rap. I like the character bits with Luchasaurus and Cutler, and I guess Cutler’s been acting like he’s a real dragon outside of Dynamite and Dark. There’s great irony in Luchasaurus, who claims to be a real dinosaur man, calling out Cutler as a fake dragon man. Cutler’s little win streak is over but I’m sure he’ll get back on track with next week’s Dark.

Australiano is crazy doing all those spinning moves, and I really did think he and Sammy got hurt a few different times. Sammy wins, Santana and Ortiz win, they’re all going strong into the Inner Circle’s Triple Threat Tag, but I’m pretty sure they’re losing because it just feels like Jericho and MJF are taking the win. Hardy and Private Party had a good moment, but I hope Kassidy isn’t hurt there. Apparently something big happened on Impact tonight with them, so hopefully they can follow through.

And while Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson in a “Walk Off” sounds really goofy, I bet it’ll be a lot of fun, and it is at least good progression of this character for Avalon. I wonder if Johnson wins to infuriate Avalon and then we get a match between them where Johnson ends Avalon’s own win streak. Dark being as long as it is, we need story progression to keep viewer interest.

My Score: 8.1/10


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