The NXT UK Women’s Championship is on the line!
The Scary Queen of Scots defends her NXT UK Women’s Championship, but her past with Piper Niven might come back to haunt her! Will Piper prove she still has KLR’s number?
- Walter VS Saxon Huxley; Walter wins.
- The Hunt VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Piper Niven; KLR wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
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WWE and NXT UK mourn the loss of Road Warrior Animal, Joe Laurinaitis
Sid Scala talks with the NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament participants.
“Gentlemen, this is a big deal for BT Sports, a big deal for NXT UK.” The draw is coming, so please have some decorum and respect. Noam Dar takes out his phone but Alexander Wolfe slaps it right out of his hands! Scala keeps things civil but Joseph Conners and Trent Seven start pushing. Flash Morgan Webster and Dave Mastiff share a little laugh as Dar picks his phone back up. It turns out it was Mama Dar. Scala tells A-Kid and Wolfe to stop arguing, Conners gets involved so he gets told to shut it, too. The drawing is coming, but will the fighting start tonight?
Walter VS Saxon Huxley!
The Ring General knows the Moscow Madman is watching closely as he takes on a different kind of madness. Will Huxley unleash all of his pent up frenzy on the NXT UK Champion?
The bell rings and Huxley goes to boot but Walter gets around! Walter sleeper holds, Huxley snapmares out and goes after Walter with fists! Walter hits back with big European Uppercuts and a hip toss! Huxley staggers up, Walter clotheslines him out of the ring! Huxley is furious, Walter eggs him on but Walter forearms Huxley back down! Huxley fires up but still gets hit out of the ring! The ref counts, Walter eggs Huxley on and Huxley grows furious! Huxley takes it out on the steel steps! Huxley has the top half, the ref tells him to drop ’em! Huxley obeys, gets up and brawls with Walter at the ropes! The ref counts, Walter spins Huxley to club but Huxley catches the arm! Huxley ROCKS Walter with a right, Huxley is in and he BOOTS Walter! Walter wobbles so Huxley BOOTS again!
Huxley runs but Walter HURDLES! Walter runs into a SCOOP SLAM! Huxley fires up, runs to the corner to go up top, but Walter is up. FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Huxley stays fired up as he drops an elbow on Walter’s chest, then drops an elbow on Walter’s back! Walter bails out, Huxley pursues and comes around the way, for a BIG Thesz Press! The ref starts the ring count as Huxley rains down right hands. Huxley lets off to refresh the count at 6. Huxley hurries after Walter again but Walter dodges the boot! Huxley is stuck on the barriers, Walter CHOPS him! Walter wraps on the sleeper hold but Huxley shoulder breakers free! Huxley RAMS Walter into steel steps and gets back in the ring at 7!
Huxley goes back out and runs at Walter again, but Walter scoops and SLAMS him down! And KICKS him hard on the back! The ring count returns but Walter refreshes the count himself now. Walter CHOPS Huxley, and BACK SUPLEXES him across the barriers! And then he gives Huxley an APRON BOMB!! Huxley falls in a heap, the ref checks on him while Walter gets in the ring! Huxley is somehow okay to continue but the ring count returns again. Walter lets the count climb to 5, and Huxley has not moved. It keeps going, Walter eggs Huxley on, and Huxley revives at 7! Huxley is in at 9!! Walter wrenches, CHOPS and CHOPS Huxley! Walter toys with Huxley, Huxley SLAPS Walter!
Huxley fires off more shots, but Walter gets the sleeper hold! Huxley fades, Walter GERMAN SUPLEXES him! Walter toys with Huxley, stomps him hard, then stands him up to CHOP again! Walter hoists Huxley up top, climbs up to join him, and underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Huxley is down in the middle of the ring but Walter dares him to rise! Huxley somehow sits up, grits his teeth as he stands up, and Walter CHOPS him on the back! And then the WALTER BOMB!! Cover, Walter wins!
Winner: Walter, by pinfall
The Divine Beast of the Astral Plane gave the Ring General a battle to be sure, but this is why Walter is Imperium’s leader! Will Ilja Dragunov be able to put up an even greater fight when he and Walter finally face off?
NXT UK catches up with Huxley backstage.
Huxley spots Jack Starz. Starz says, “Better luck next time.” Huxley repeats, “Next time. Next time!” and storms off. Will the fallen opponents of Walter find redemption soon enough?
NXT UK reviews the rules of the Heritage Cup tournament.
All matches in this 8-man single elimination tournament are under British Rounds rules! That means every match will be contested in six three-minute rounds, with only 20 second breaks between the rounds. It will also be best 2-out-of-3 falls, and falls can be won by pinfall, submission or count-out. A round ends when someone scores a fall, and the entire match ends with one superstar scores their second. A disqualification or a knockout automatically ends the match. And if the match goes all the way to the end of the sixth round, the leader on falls wins.
Sid Scala stands in the ring with the Heritage Cup tournament participants.
The Assistant to the General Manager welcomes us to the official tournament bracket draw! He is joined with seven of the eight competitors, they and the wild card are represented by numbers. They will draw one through eight to see who is facing who first, but before that, welcome back the longest reigning NXT UK Champion ever, PETE DUNNE! Trent Seven applauds the loudest, but it’s really just him, A-Kid and Flash Morgan Webster anyway. Dunne makes his way out and stands with the field. “The Heritage Cup is for those who paved the way. The likes of William Regal, Johnny Saint, Mark “Rollerball” Rocco.” Dunne has made it his mission to show the world what British Wrestling is all about. Now it is time for these seven to do the same, and continue the tradition.
Scala draws #3, Joseph Conners. Then #1, Dave Mastiff! The Righteous Killer and the Bomber are the first match-up! Mastiff offers a handshake but Conners does not take it. Scala draws #4, the yet to be named wild card, and #7, Trent Seven! The Man from Moustache Mountain “shakes hands” with the invisible entrant and then mustache tweeze salutes Dunne. The next pairing is #5, the Modfather, and #8, A-Kid! And that of course leaves Dar and Wolfe, and Dar doesn’t need to see the drawing for it. Dar and Wolfe talk trash, Dar goes to hit Wolfe with the bag of balls but Dunne grabs his fingers! Dunne SNAPS the pinkie! Then Dunne whips Dar out to teach him a lesson in respect. But how much respect will there be when all these matches finally happen next week?
Dani Luna and Xia Brookside check in with Piper Niven.
Piper is getting ready, they just want to know if she needs anything. Piper’s good. No more mind games, they’re all ready to see the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion!
The Hunt VS Pretty Deadly!
Wild Boar and Primate are truly uncaged animals ready to tear into whoever is put before them! Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley like to think of themselves as “tasty dishes,” but will they be on the menu tonight?
The teams sort out and Boar starts against Stoker. They tie up, Boar clamps right on with a wrench and shoulder grip then shifts to a headlock. Boar wrenches, yanks on the arm, and brings Stoker around. Boar clubs the arm, wrenches again but Stoker wrenches back. Boar wrenches and wrings Stoker out but Stoker handsprings through! Stoker comes back but Boar arm-drags him down! Boar covers, ONE, but Stoker is in the wrong corner! Boar tags Primate and Primate leaps to club the arm! Primate wrenches, clubs the arm, and yanks on it. Stoker throws forearms to get free and hurries to take in Howley! Primate trips Howley up and rains down fists! Howley kicks Primate away but Primate comes back, only to get a knee!
Howley bumps Primate off buckles, whips him corner to corner but Primate reverses hard! Howley bounces off buckles into a hip toss! Howley boots Primate away and throws Primate with a headlock takeover. Primate headscissors, Howley pops out but Primate whips him. Howley hurdles but wastes time posing and turns around into a back elbow! Primate scoops Howley to slam him, then tags in Boar. Primate back suplexes Boar for a back senton! Boar glares at Stoker, covers Howley, TWO! Boar keeps on Howley but Howley knees low. Howley whips but Boar reverses. Boar trips Howley up, waistlocks, but Stoker saves Howley from the German Suplex! Boar KICKS Howley’s arms, the ref is busy with him and doesn’t see Stoker hotshot Boar!
Howley dropkicks Boar down, Primate protests but Pretty Deadly gets away with mugging Boar! Stoker tags in, he throws big forearms on Boar and then gives him a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Stoker headlocks and rains down rights right on Boar’s head! Boar grabs at Stoker but Stoker stomps him. Stoker is after the arm, chinbars Boar, but Boar endures and fights up. Stoker knees low, tags Howley in and they mug Boar more. Howley stomps a pretty mudhole in, then throws EuroUppers. Boar pushes back but gets pushed into the corner. Stoker tags in, Howley holds Boar for Stoker to back elbow! Stoker rolls off Howley’s back to then taunt Primate, and the ref has to keep Primate back. Boar blocks a kick and BOMBS Stoker! Cover, TWO!! Stoker survives, Boar hurries but Stoker anchors his feet.
Stoker drags Boar away, tags Howley, and Howley drops elbows all over Boar! Cover, TWO! Primate is chomping at the bit but Howley has Boar in a half nelson chinbar. Howley thrashes Boar around, brings him to a knee and cranks harder. Howley shifts to a keylock, Boar fights back and pulls hair. Howley clubs Boar down, stalks Boar to a corner and headbutts him! To think he’d use the money maker. Howley whips, Boar reverses but Howley goes up and crossbodies! Boar rolls it through, TWO! Howley BLASTS Boar with the EuroUpper! Stoker tags in, throws EuroUppers of his own, and then swings haymakers. Boar counter punches and ROCKS Stoker, then hits Howley! Boar runs but Stoker catches him for a FALCON ARROW!
Tag to Howley, Howley is up top, and he drops the elbow, onto boots! Stoker tags as Boar cradles Howley, but Boar slips away! Stoker keeps Boar from Primate but Boar boots him away! Hot tag to Primate! Primate rallies on Pretty Deadly, DOUBLE CHOPS Stoker and EXPLODERS! Primate hits Howley in one corner, runs and hits Stoker in the other, repeat! Stoker wings, Primate gets under and leaps to CLOBBER Stoker! Primate DIVES onto Howley! Primate springboard ax handles Stoker! Tag to Boar, the Hunt take two corners but Howley saves Stoker. Primate crossbodies himself and Howley out of the ring! Boar DIVING HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO!! Stoker survives, Primate runs at Howley but Howley RAMS him into barriers!
Howley sees Stoker in the corner and Boar running at him! Howley “tags” but the ref stops everything because this isn’t their corner! Boar rolls Stoker up during the argument but Howley keeps the ref distracted! Boar would’ve won by now!! Boar lets up to RAM into Howley! Stoker clobbers Boar and rolls him up, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
That was pretty smart from Stoker and Howley! They snatched victory from the jaws of The Hunt, but will they head after the NXT UK Tag Team Championships soon enough?
Wait, what’s this? Eddie Dennis is on stage and he waves Pretty Deadly over. The Headmaster discusses something with Stoker and Howley that we cannot hear over the music. Pretty Deadly don’t seem upset by what he says. Is the Welsh Dragon thinking of helping Stoker and Howley reach the gold?
NXT UK finds The Hunt backstage.
Boar and Primate are naturally upset over the loss, but they come across South Wales Subculture. It’s okay, guys, you’ve been through worse. Something’s gonna break soon, so chins up, yeah? Hunt calm down but still head off. SWSC shrug and also head on, and now we spot Sid Scala talking with Pete Dunne. Scala is very upset about how things went with the drawing. Dar and Wolfe aren’t the only match-up with a lot of tension, and they need to get this out of the way. Next week might not be soon enough, so how can they maintain order? Dunne offers to referee the match. Okay then! Dunne will be the special guest referee for Dar VS Wolfe as the very first match of the Heritage Cup! Will Dunne keep things as civil as possible between the Scottish Supernova and Dresden Hatchet Man?
NXT UK also has news on the Heritage Cup wild card!
To determine who is the eighth and final man in the tournament, a Triple Threat will be held! Three superstars yet to be named will have their shot at history! Who wins to get in and take on Trent Seven?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Piper Niven!
These two were best friends at one time, but that feels like another life now. KLR brutalized and broke Toni Storm, but can she stop the rise of the Scottish Viper?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this heated and highly anticipated title main event begins!
Piper and KLR circle, tie up, and go around before they separate. KLR smirks but Piper keeps her cool. They tie up again, go around again, and Piper pushes KLR to a corner! KLR bails out to keep things on her pace, and a ring count begins. KLR walks up the steel steps and tells Piper to stay back. The ring count is at 5 before KLR gets back in. KLR and Piper circle again, KLR kicks low and wrenches the arm. KLR digs her shoulder into the elbow then hits the shoulder breaker. KLR grinds on the arm, brings Piper to a knee, but Piper endures as KLR double wristlocks. Piper fights up, scoops but KLR kicks and keeps on the hold. KLR RAMS Piper into buckles, then wrenches the arm again, for another shoulder breaker! KLR clubs away on the arm, Piper endures again but KLR pulls hair.
The ref reprimands, KLR lets off and wrenches again. KLR has the double wristlock back, then whips Piper at a corner, but Piper reverses to send KLR into buckles! KLR comes back, rolls and gets the leg, and stays out of Piper’s reach. But Piper boots KLR away and runs KLR over! Piper drags KLR up, hip tosses her across the way, and then storms over. Piper hip tosses KLR hard again! KLR scrambles to a corner, clutching her back. Piper has KLR for a scoop, but KLR slips out the back. Piper headbutts KLR first! KLR flounders, Piper is back on her with a cobra clutch. KLR endures now as Piper leans on the hold. KLR fights up and pulls hair. They end up on the ropes, KLR tries to snapmare free but Piper keeps hold on to throw KLR!
Piper still has the cobra clutch, body scissors, but KLR endures. KLR kicks, flails, reaches for ropes, but Piper holds on tight. Piper turns KLR from the ropes but KLR fights the hold off. KLR kicks and elbows Piper’s leg and cranks on a toehold. Piper sits up, grabs at KLR but KLR punches away on the knee! Piper uses her other leg to roll KLR but KLR uses that to get the legs tired up. KLR taunts Piper as she gets the chin for this modified STF. KLR lets up on that to then SNAP LOCK the legs! Piper crawls to the corner but KLR stomps the bad leg. KLR drags Piper up, Piper hits back with body shots and hip tosses KLR OUT of the ring! Piper rests in the ring while KLR stirs on the outside. Piper goes out to fetch KLR now, brings her up and the ring count begins.
Piper whips, KLR reverses and SUPERKICKS! KLR drags Piper up, uses the apron for the TORNADO DDT to the floor!! Both women are down as the ring count reaches 4 but KLR gets in at 5. KLR goes back out to go after Piper again. KLR drags Piper up and bumps her off steel steps! KLR then runs side to side, but Piper moves and KLR knees steel!! KLR clutches her leg, the ref wants to check but KLR refuses. KLR slowly gets up, using the barriers. Piper does the same but KLR can barely stand on that leg. Piper goes after KLR but the ref keeps her back. The ref checks on KLR, KLR tries but still can’t stand on the leg. The ref calls for medics but KLR insists she can do this. Piper is frustrated and she bangs on the barriers.
The medics arrive to check on the knee, Piper cries. It seems Piper is conflicted between wanting to win a title and hoping her former friend is okay. The medics help KLR up and to the back. Piper follows behind, saying she can take the title later. KLR gets offended and SLAPS Piper! KLR says Piper is never taking the title! Piper SLAPS KLR back!! And puts her in the ring!! This match is continuing?! KLR grabs at ropes but Piper rains down furious fists from all sides! Piper grabs the bad leg, and figures if KLR wants to continue, this is fair game! Piper cranks on the leg and tries to turn KLR for the Boston Crab! KLR reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Piper lets go at 4! KLR crawls to the corner, works on her leg, and manages a SUPERKICK!! Piper is down, KLR climbs up top!?!
KLR aims at Piper, SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Piper still lives and KLR is beside herself. KLR slaps her leg and tells herself she’s still got this. KLR stands, Piper follows, but KLR hobbles over. KLR facelocks, wrenches but Piper catches the forearm to sweep the leg! And drop a SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Piper is losing her cool as she and KLR sit up again. Piper slaps the cobwebs out of her head, but KLR CHOPS back! KLR mule kicks but it was her own bad leg! KLR goes down, Piper stomps away on the bad leg! The ref counts as KLR has the ropebreak but Piper drags KLR out of the corner. A buckle pad comes loose! Piper has the leg again! KLR endures the three-quarter Crab!
KLR has her shoulders down as she kicks with the good leg, TWO! Piper scoops KLR, KLR slips out again and tries the Gory Especial, but her leg won’t let her keep Piper up! Piper turns KLR around for a scoop, and MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! KLR survives and Piper can’t believe it! Piper clubs KLR in frustration, then drags her by the bad leg. KLR is in the drop zone, Piper climbs up, VADER BOMB onto knees!! But KLR takes just as much damage as she would’ve without that! KLR gets back to a corner, the ref says the match can end but KLR refuses. PIper runs in, CANNONBALL, into the bare buckle!!! KLR covers, KLR wins!!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (still NXT UK Women’s Champion)
The Scary Queen of Scots was in trouble but she found a way to turn it all around! She still has her throne atop the NXT UK Women’s Division, but the Spoiled Princess watches from the shadows. Will KLR be able to stay standing as champion for much longer?
What a great episode! There was a lot of great stuff to really propel the return of NXT UK here. Walter VS Huxley was so good, I really like how this and the Walter VS Ridge Holland we were shown a couple weeks ago show that Walter is totally willing to make these other big ‘n’ tall wrestlers look good. But of course Walter wins, he’s going into a title match with Dragunov at some point. I feel like Walter VS Dragunov could come very close to TakeOver: Cardiff territory, given how great both men were on that night. We also got a tag match out of The Hunt and Pretty Deadly, and I find it curious that Eddie Dennis was talking to Stoker and Howley and that SWSC talked with The Hunt. The Hunt were on the scene when Mark Andrews was “attacked” and taken out before the pandemic, I have a feeling that will come up at some point. Dennis might be trying to form a faction with Pretty Deadly, even though that combination doesn’t really match up.
The drawing for the Heritage Cup was a good segment, but I am surprised the mystery man wasn’t already decided. That Triple Threat next week will be great, regardless of who is in it. I wonder if Tyler Bate makes a return to NXT UK through that, gets in and then has to face his mentor and tag partner, Trent Seven. That feels like the best possible story just for the fact this is how they’re doing this. All the matches are great, and I like the story they’re cooking up with Dar and Wolfe. Imperium is all about business, so not only do they not like wrestlers like Fandango having laughs, but they probably don’t like wrestlers who are a lot of flash and charisma like Dar. Dunne being the ref for that is going to be great, too, and could even branch off into Dunne’s first rivalry back in NXT UK.
The NXT UK Women’s Championship match was so good! It was practically TakeOver levels, especially with the story they put into it with KLR fighting through leg pain and finding a way to use a bare buckle. I’m honestly surprised KLR retains and I’m intrigued by how Jinny was there. Jinny was Heel, she probably will still be Heel, I would really love for NXT UK to use Heel VS Heel here. And then you can go any direction. Jinny winning removes Toni Storm’s ban from the title, and that rivalry was great so seeing it again wouldn’t be so bad. But at the same time, KLR can still have more matches with more women on the roster, such as Aoife Valkyrie who has been on her own rise.
My Score: 8.6/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 1.26.21
With Private Party earning tag title shots at No Surrender, what else does Impact do to draw interest for their ImpactPlus App special?
So we got a little bit to work with from last week. We know that Private Party will have tag title shots at No Surrender, we know Taya is hauled off to jail to write her off for 2 to 3 years at least, Fire & Flava Fest will have MC Lish and Susan is much different than Susie.
Okay so admittedly that’s not a ton to go off of, so I suppose this should be a really helpful episode of Impact! Also we get to find out exactly when Moose wants to cash in the title shot Rich offered him for Willie’s safety.
First though, the most important thing, an update on the Fire & Flava Fest:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
- Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton: Cardona wins via Radio Silence – ***
- Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards: Myers wins by DQ – * ¾
- Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve: Rosemary wins via As Above So Below – **
- Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake: Doering wins via DVD/Short Arm Lariat – ** ¼
- Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Hurricanrana – ***
So after the main event recap from last week, we see Rich Swann head out to the ring. Swann makes the “target on my back” kind of promo, and then calls out Dreamer. He challenges Dreamer, out of respect and honor or something; giving Dreamer a title shot at No Surrender. This of course brings out the rest of the main event player heels, and they all have a solid claim. Hell, the guy who was stopping people from going out to the Parking Lot has a better claim than Dreamer.
So Sami Callihan, Chris Bey and of course, Moose, show up to make their statements. Brawl ensues, Willie Mack comes out for the save and the return from Moose taking him out, but then Ken Shamrock is a one man wrecking crew. This probably sets up a 8 man tag either tonight or next week, but I suppose it gets us….somewhere?
Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton
These teams trade moments of control, which was more just seeing if Cardona and Alexander could work together; while Fulton and Ace show a level of chemistry and tag team prowess that they were starting to put together before their brief hiatus.
The Sidewalk Slam/Guillotine Leg Drop is a nice combination, but the real takeaway was that Fulton doesn’t look nearly as big against Cardona and Alexander. Fulton did have great power moments, but both Alexander and Cardona found ways to rock the big man. Madman drags Alexander into the ring, they trade blows, but Ace eventually hits a High Roundhouse to knock Alexander down. Cardona gets lifted over Ace, into Fulton, with Radio Silence; all while Alexander recovers enough to grab Ace so he can’t break up the pin.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
These AEW commercials are the same level of amateur cringe, because Tony Khan is talking. I really he didn’t make it obvious he was reading a prompter and using an acting level that even Brian Zane or the Angry Video Game Nerd would find campy.
Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards
We get a fairly paint by numbers wrestling match, Eddie starts to out wrestle “the most professional wrestler” so it forces Myers to take a shortcut, or three.
As the match progresses we see Eddie get caught more by shortcuts than by getting outwrestled. So after a while, a man snaps. So Myers goes for the Charging Lariat, Eddie turns and goes after Myers’ face. He gauges at the eye with the tape over it, and then even goes as far as to bite Brian Myers while not letting go at the five count.
Eddie gets disqualified, Myers is crying about the attack and Eddie looks proud of himself. Maybe he’s really into the new Resident Evil vampire hot chick too?
Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve
Tenille starts off quick, all in a way to distract the referee so she can use Kaleb’s camera bag. Rosemary still kicks out. This starts out a long timeframe of Tenille staying aggressive and in control. I was generally surprised she put in the effort, but she was very frustrated that Rosemary wasn’t staying down.
Rosemary starts her comeback, Tenille manages to side step the Spear, then tries a Double Underhook move, but Rosemary counters it with her own Double Underhook, and it finally has a name! As Above So Below, wins the match for Rosemary.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
Fire and Flava Fest is…a trainwreck like expected. They run their mouths in the amusing way their characters have been built on, their catering is cheese sandwiches with the wrapper still on the cheese and it’s just sad. Nevaeh was dressed like the Stay Puft Fresh Man, they thought it was Fallah, but she and Havok clear the ring. Havok looks genuinely amused, but this segment was as cringe as expected.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake
Joe finally gets a chance to show a pinch of his amazing ability. Jake had a few opening, but never took Joe off his feet and Joe dominated more often than not. An Inverted Slingshot Elbow, the Fun Splash, and just great power moves showed off why Joe is a former 2 time Triple Crown Champion.
Death Valley Driver into a Short Arm Lariat finished off Jake, but before they Pillmanized Jake, Eric called off the dogs and dropped the Violent by Design towel on Jake. Was it an offer, or a message to stop interfering?
Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel
So Impact kept the worst of the Rascalz, and the other two become MSK. Who knows, maybe someone can teach Trey how to cut a promo and no more eggs and potatoes. He dyed his hair blonde, so I guess we can see if anything else changed eventually.
This was fast paced and had decent moments. I appreciated the callback to when Moose and Bey tagged against Rich and Willie, where Moose just clubs Chris in the chest as a tag, shoots him into the ropes and then Powerbombs him onto the prone opponent. It’s a great tandem move, that gets across a lot of personality.
As for the match, they saved the final hot tag for Trey, and then we got to see his new aggressive style against Sami Callihan. We got the signature spam from everyone, but it still came down to Sami and Trey. Sami went for his Piledriver, but Trey flipped through the lift to hit a Hurricanrana for the flash pin!
Overall Score: 7/10
After what felt like a questionable start, giving Dreamer basically the past champion’s provisional of title shots; it actually recovered fairly well. If you’ve been following Impact for more than 10 minutes, you knew the Fire & Flava Fest was going to be a shitshow, and boy was it. Tasha and Kiera are charming in their own mouthy ignorance, so they can carry a segment fairly well. We got a bunch of hints for more reveals, Beer Guns isn’t done, Trey Miguel returns (yay?) and Violent by Design sent a message.
This does a good job moving towards some of the bigger stories for No Surrender and moving forward, all while acknowledging AEW but not really using them for more than the awful commercial and a backstage segment. Plus the wrinkle in Eddie Edwards’ new approach could be interesting. Susan challenging Jordynne is pretty intriguing and starting the tension for the eventual Hawkins versus Ryder match is something I’m okay with if they build can stay clever with winks, while not relying too heavily on jabs or meta knowledge.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/26/21)
It’s a Dark Walk-Off tonight!
AEW turns Dark back up to SIXTEEN!
Dark is big, strong, and stylish! Will “Pretty” Peter Avalon win the very first Walk Off, a contest of his own creation? Or will Big Shotty shoot him down?
- Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol; Miro wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Jurassic Express wins.
- Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT; SCU wins remains a tag team.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Rey Fenix VS Baron Black; Fenix wins.
- Shanna VS KiLynn King; Shanna wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok; Baker wins.
- Abadon VS Vertvixen; Abadon wins.
- The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards; Johnson wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne; wins.
- Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz; wins.
- Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski; wins.
- Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight; wins.
- Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure; wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick; wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol!
The Best Man and the Superbad super couple still have their Kentucky Butler for a few more weeks, so they’re going to milk this for all it’s worth! Will “Charles” be of help against the Fire of the Sun?
The bell rings and Miro circles with Fuego. They approach, Fuego avoids the roundhouse to kick back! Miro doesn’t flinch, he and Fuego circle but Fuego kicks away on the leg! Miro grabs Fuego, whips but Fuego kicks back! Miro blocks the kick, flips Fuego and CLOBBERS him! Fans rally as Miro runs and drops an elbow! Miro drags Fuego up to ROUNDHOUSE him down! Miro gets the fans fired up but he wants Charles to applaud, too. Charles applauds reluctantly, then Miro drags Fuego up to run. Fuego dropkicks a leg out! Miro hobbles, Fuego flounders but Miro drags him up, only for Fuego to dropkick the leg again! MULE KICK!
Fuego fires up and runs to tilt-o-whirl but Miro throws him away. Fuego dodges the clothesline but the rana is blocked! Miro brings Fuego up to a fireman’s carry and a BIG Samoan Drop! Miro powers up, stomps around, and hits the BEST KICK! Fuego flounders but Miro isn’t done there, because it’s GAME! OVER~! Fuego taps out to the extra deep camel clutch, Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by submission
Miro demands his butler brush Fuego out of the ring and Charles does gently, but then Miro kicks Fuego the rest of the way. Charles is made to raise Miro’s hand in victory, but will he be able to stomach this all the way until February 3rd?
Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
The classic combination of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are building momentum in the tag team division! Will they steamroll through Big Shotty and The Extra Talented to rise up the ranks?
The teams sort out and JB starts against Johnson. Fans rally up as the two circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Johnson wrenches out, JB rolls and pushes Johnson to ropes, but Johnson runs JB over! Things speed up, JB leaps over and comes back to run Johnson over! JB keeps moving, Johnson dodges, double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. They shake hands to show respect, then Johnson tags out to Solow. JB and Solow tie up, Solow waistlocks but JB pries free to switch. Solow bucks off the roll, JB dodges to huricanrana! JB arm-drags Solow to an armlock and holds him down. Solow gets up, JB tags Luchasaurus but Solow reverses the whip.
JB dodges the clothesline and Luchasaurus BOOTS Solow! Luchasaurus puts Solow in the corner, Solow dodges and tags in Johnson! Luchasaurus CHOPS Solow, puts Johnson in a corner but Johnson boots back! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, so Johnson dodges and runs to kick back! Luchasaurus shakes his head, Johnson dodges and runs again, but leaps into Luchasaurus’ arms for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus keeps close on Johnson, drags him up and tags in JB. Jurassic Express coordinates, scoop slam and knee-board senton! Cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool, wraps a chinlock on Johnson, but Johnson fights up.
Johnson powers JB to the corner, tags in Solow, then powers out of the headlock. Solow scoops JB, Johnson runs in, back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Solow stomps JB, drags him up and throws hands. Fans rally, Solow stomps JB to the corner and tags in Johnson. Johnson stomps JB, suplexes then covers, TWO! Johnson keeps on JB but JB hits back, Johnson CLUBS him! Tag to Solow, Solow stomps JB, then scoop slams him down. Solow runs to drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Solow drags JB up, JB hits back but Solow CLUBS him. Tag to Johnson, double whip and double elbows! Johnson covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Johnson brings JB up and tags to Solow.
Solow whips Johnson in but JB boots him! JB dodges Solow to send him into buckles, Johnson gets JB and whips him to ropes, but JB rebound LARIATS! Both men are down and fans fire up, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus KNEES Solow, boots and clotheslines Johnson then TOSSES him! Luchasaurus puts Solow in a corner for fast hands and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up, runs in at Johnson, but Johnson dumps him out! Luchasaurus drags Johnson out to a wheelbarrow and swing into the railing! Marko Stunt laughs at Johnson while Luchasaurus gets in the ring. Solow is after Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus pushes him away to then BOOT him!
Luchasaurus swings, Solow dodges and runs, into a pop-up KNEE! Choke grip, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Johnson breaks it?! Big Shotty saves this at the last second but Luchasaurus throws him out. Tag to JB, but Johnson trips him up! Luchasaurus choke grips Johnson, brings him in, and then gets Solow in a choke grip, too! But Solow and Johnson slip out of the slams to double RAM Luchasaurus into a corner! Johnson hurries out to fetch JB and put him back in the ring. Solow drags JB up, but JB cradle counters! TWO, JB kicks low and suplexes, but Solow slips out. Johnson tags in, JB dodges him to uppercut Solow!
JB ROCKS Johnson, Solow BOOTS JB, Johnson BOMBS JB into Solow’s knees! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY and FLYING STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Shotty and Solow aren’t giving up yet! Fans rally up, Solow and Johnson bring JB up but JB escapes the suplex! Luchasaurus is in, HEADBUTT to Solow! JB full nelsons Johnson, TAIL WHIP to FACEBUSTER! Jurassic Express drags Solow back, SNARE TRAP! Solow taps, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
The boy and his dinosaur are rolling, but JB will be 1v1 with Dax Harwood for Dynamite! Will Dax being out of his comfort zone give Jungle Jack Perry the advantage?
Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT!
Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels are still on their tag title or bust journey! If they lose, they’re done! Will Terrell and Terrence Hughes blow SCU apart?
The teams sort out and the Heavy Metal Rebel starts with Terrell. They tie up, go around, and Kaz gets a waistlock then a drop toehold. Kaz shifts to a headlock, Terrell fights up, and Terrell tries to power out but Kaz holds on tight. Terrell fights back up, throws body shots, and back suplexes, only for Kaz to land on his feet. Kaz CHOPS Terrell, whips, but Terrell reverses. Kaz goes up and over, runs to duck and dodge, then blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss! Kaz keeps on the arm but Terrell endures. Terrell fights up, Kaz tags Daniels, and SCU crisscross Terrell, wrench him down, kick, clothesline and double stomp!
Daniels drags Terrell back up, bumps him off buckles, then elbows him in the back. Daniels whips Terrell to ropes but Terrell dodges then fakes out the calf kick! Tag to Terrence and he CLOBBERS Daniels! Daniels goes to a corner but Terrence rams his shoulder in. Terrence whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in but Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels feeds Terrence to Kaz’s boots then tags Kaz in. SCU double whips, body shot and rolling neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool, brings Terrence up and CHOPS him to a corner! Kaz brings Terrence up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaz drags Terrence up, puts him in the corner and tags in Daniels.
SCU whips Terrence out then into the corner, gamangiri to atomic drop! Daniels goes up, springboard crossbody and leg sweep combo! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows annoyed but he CHOPS Terrence down again. Daniels clubs Terrence, whips him to ropes, but Terrence reverses. Daniels dodges and crossbodies but into Terrence’s arms! For a POWERSLAM! Terrence’s arms hold him back but he tags Terrell in. Terrell throws haymakers, rams his shoulders into Daniels at a corner, then CHOPS him! Daniels is stinging but Terrell stands him up to CHOP again! Terrell TOSSES Daniels, covers, TWO! Terrell grows frustrated now as he drags Daniels up.
Tag to Terrence, Team TNT whips Daniels in, then Terrell whips Terrence in for a shoulder ram! Terrell adds a forearm smash, then Team TNT double Japanese arm-drags Daniels! Cover, TWO! Terrence brings Daniels up, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Terrence drags Daniels up, tags Terrell back in, and then Terrence scoop slams Daniels. Terrell uses Terrence as a weapon, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY onto Daniels! Cover, TWO! Tag to Terrence, Team TNT coordinate to drop ax handles on Daniels’ arm! Terrence drags Daniels up to ROCK with haymakers! Terrence suplexes but Daniels cradle counters, TWO! Daniels catches Terrence for an EXPLODER!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Daniels and Terrence crawl, hot tags to Terrell and Kaz! Kaz rallies on Terrell then whips, but Terrell reverses, only for Kaz to forearm! Kaz mule kicks and CLOBBERS Terrence, then scoops Terrell for a slam! Kaz springboards for the LEG DROP! Fans fire up as Kaz brings Terrell over. Tag to Daniels, SCU double whips to double hip toss into the POWREBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Terrence breaks it! Team TNT regroups, Kaz tags in but so does Terrence. Kaz ROCKS Terrence but Terrence ROCKS Kaz back! Kaz ROCKS Terrence again, then ducks the haymaker, but Terrence bucks the O’Conner roll while Terrell tags in!
Team TNT coordinates, FLYING LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives but Terrence tags back in. Team TNT mugs Kaz in the corner, the ref counts but Daniels gets in to throw hands. Terrell rocks Daniels back, Terrence keeps on Kaz! Team TNT coordinates, they whip SCU at each other, but Daniels reverses, only for Terrell to send Kaz into him after all! But Daniels disrupts the 3D with an STO! Kaz sunset flips Terrell, Terrell stays up but Kaz avoids the punch! Daniels BOOTS Terrell, Kaz gut wrenches, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
And the journey continues! The Addiction hasn’t lost so they aren’t calling it quits! Will this motivation help them make it all the way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro!
Eddie Kingston’s Fam have been working to get up the tag team ranks, though Death Triangle and Lance Archer have been after them. Will Butcher and Blade be caught off guard while having to watch their backs?
The teams sort out and Blade goes right after Navarro! M’Badu protests but the ref keeps him back as Blade stomps Navarro to the ropes. Blade brings Navarro up to whip and CLOBBER him! Now the jacket comes off, and Bunny Allie distracts the ref with her high pitch squealing as Blade uses the jacket to CHOKE Navarro! Blade drags Navarro up to scoop, then he tags in Butcher. They combine for the leg drop sidewalk slam! Butcher drags Navarro up, pump handles and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! And then a SLAM! Navarro flounders out of the ring but now Butcher distracts the ref so Allie can go after Navarro!
The Bunny is rabid but she laughs as she frolics away and Blade puts Navarro in. Butcher drags Navarro up and bumps him off buckles to then tag in Blade. They double headbutt Navarro, and then do it again! Blade digs his knee into Navarro’s face, Bunny mocks his pain, and Butcher drags Navarro up. Butcher tags in, he and Blade coordinate, POWERBOMB SLAM! Cover, M’Badu breaks it! Bunny protests but Butcher tosses Navarro over. M’Badu tags in, circles with Butcher as fans rally up, but Butcher powers M’Badu back to a corner. Butcher CHOPS, forearms, repeat! Butcher whips corner to corner, M’Badu reverses and hits a BIG splash!
M’Badu throws hands now, fires up, then runs corner to corner for another big splash! M’Badu scoops, Butcher slips out to kick and CLOBBER him! Tag to Blade, they drag M’Badu up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher & Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Another team was put on the chopping block and they got cut to pieces! Will Kingston’s family continue to carve a path of destruction right to the top of the tag division?
Rey Fenix VS Baron Black!
Speaking of Death Triangle, the Firebird is staying sharp as he flies solo! Will Fenix burn up the #EmpBruh on his way to Beach Break?
The bell rings, fans rally up as Fenix and Baron circle. The two tie up, Fenix wrenches, then wrenches again, but Baron wrenches out to wristlock. Fenix rolls under to get a trip up and cover, TWO! Baron has the cover, ONE! Fenix is after a leg but Baron gets the ropebreak. The ref counts and fans cheer as the two get up. Fenix and Baron stare down before they circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Fenix hits low then wrenches to a wristlock. Fenix steps over, ties Baron up in a cobra twist, but Baron hip tosses free! Fenix lands on his feet, Baron gets around to roll him up, TWO! Fenix kips up and there’s another standoff!
Fenix offers a handshake but Baron leaves him hanging. Baron gives a push, Fenix pushes back. Baron offers the handshake now, but Fenix takes it, only for Baron to SLAP him! Fenix snarls and swings, but Baron dodges to CHOP! Baron fires up but Fenix CHOPS him back! Baron puts Fenix in a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up, up, but into an ATOMIC DROP to an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fenix hurries out of the ring but Baron pursues. Baron drags Fenix up and POSTS him! Fans jeer as Baron drags Fenix up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally up, Baron stalks Fenix but Fenix kicks from the mat. Baron stomps Fenix, grabs at legs but Fenix kicks back!
Fenix kicks more but Baron CHOPS! Fenix kicks, kicks and KICKS! Baron hobbles up, Fenix kicks again but into a DRAGON SCREW! And a HALF CRAB! Baron gets both legs, shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fenix endures, pops out, covers, TWO! Baron gets up fast but Fenix CHOPS him again! Fenix puts Baron in a corner, ROCKS him with a forearm then CHOPS him again! Fenix wrenches, whips but Baron reverses HARD! And then whips HARD the other way! And the other way again! Atomic Drop to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fenix as he survives and crawls to a corner. Baron keeps his cool and walks over, blocks the kicks, and he yanks Fenix up into a bomb lift!
Fenix fights out, CHOPS and CHOPS, then runs, only to be thrown to the ramp! Fenix rolls back to his feet, ROCKS Baron back, then springboard SOBATS! Fans fire up as Fenix builds speed, dodges, tiger feint to HEEL KICK! Baron is dazed, Fenix aims from a corner, Fenix runs in to go up, around, but Baron throws him over! Fenix gets a leg, drags Baron down and hooks the legs up, MUDA LOCK! Baron endures as Fenix bends him way back! Baron crawls, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fenix lets go but follows Baron to a corner. Fenix CHOPS again, and CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Baron CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS!
Fenix staggers, Baron brings down the straps but the CHOPS keep flying back and forth! Faster and faster, Fenix gets the edge, but Baron dodges then follows to get around, SNAP GERMAN! Baron drags Fenix up to a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Baron has the legs, ties the legs up, CLOVERLEAF! Fenix endures, crawls, hits Baron’s legs, then turns over to get Baron’s arms! Baron lifts but Fenix goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up top to moonsault! Baron moves but Fenix just somersaults back into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!? Fenix drags Baron up, fireman’s carry, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Baron Black brought his game to a new level, but it still wasn’t enough to extinguish the Firebird! Will Fenix be on fire going towards the Beach Break trios main event?
Shanna VS KiLynn King!
Portugal’s Perfect Athlete is building power and rising up the ranks, but she still has a long way to go before the top. Will she be able to trump the would-be King?
The bell rings and Shanna circles with King. They tie up as fans rally and go around. Shanna arm-drags King down, King gets up and breaks free, and the two circle again. They tie up again, King puts Shanna on ropes then whips but Shanna handsprings! Shanna slips around to arm-drag and arm-drag! Shanna runs to huricanrana then enziguri! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps focus on King, throws forearms at the ropes, then whips her to ropes. King reverses, Shanna becomes Spider-Woman! King runs in but Shanna drops and King tumbles out of the ring! Shanna builds speed but King trips her up to drag her out! King goes to bump Shanna off apron but Shanna does it first!
Shanna spins King around on the apron to hit a ROLLING ELBOW! Shanna gets in but King body shots and forearms! King keeps Shanna in the ropes to then swing and HOTSHOT her! Cover, TWO! King grows frustrated and she drags Shanna up to buckle bump her. King CHOPS, CHOPS and stomps Shanna down! The ref counts, King stops, but then King rolls and runs to METEORA! King drags Shanna to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up while King keeps her cool, and she drags Shanna into the dragon sleeper! Shanna is fading! Fans rally up, Shanna gets a second wind and throws knees!
King CLUBS Shanna, inverted suplex, but Shanna slips around to a sleeper hold! It’s a standing dragon sleeper! King RAMS Shanna into buckles and is free. King runs back in but Shanna dodges and King hits buckles! Shanna CHOPS, CLUBS and fires off on King! Shanna rolls, runs and ROCKS King with another forearm! Shanna keeps moving and hits a LEAPING LARIAT, to a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! King survives and Shanna is shocked! Shanna fires up and fans rally behind her. Shanna brings King up but King ROCKS her back! King throws more forearms, whips her to a corner, but Shanna reverses. King ROUNDHOUSES back, then slips out to the apron.
King fires up, climbs up, but Shanna SHORYUKENS! Shanna spins King around into a Tree of Woe and KICKS her in the back! Shanna climbs, King sits up, WOE STOMPS! Shanna powers up, runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS at the ropes! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna’s power levels are rising even higher now! But will she be OVER 9000 as she heads after the top rankings?
Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok!
The Doctor is in, and finally back in the ring! She has to be sharp if she’s going to take on Thunder Rosa at Beach Break! Will Britt break in Brooke Havok as she debuts in AEW?
The bell rings and Britt doesn’t even take Brooke that seriously as they circle. They tie up, and Britt throws Brooke down hard! Brooke checks her teeth but Britt just brushes herself off. Britt drags Brooke up but Brooke shoves Britt away. They circle again, tie up, and Britt wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Fans rally, Britt hammerlocks then headlocks then hits the takeover. Brooke headscissors but Britt shakes that off to keep on the head. Brooke fights up, pries free and then gets a headlock of her own. Brooke throws Britt but Britt gets the headscissors! Britt squeezes tight, Brooke tires to get free but Britt uses leverage to crank on the head.
Brooke moves around, Britt counters that to a grounded suplex, and gets up to suplex again! One and a half amigas, basically. Britt blows a kiss to the camera and Rebel’s cohost laugh returns. Britt drags Brooke back up, but Brooke throws a forearm! And then SLAPS Britt! Britt storms over, Brooke dodges and whips but Britt reverses, only for Brooke to tilt-o-whirl headscissors and dropkick! Britt wobbles as Brooke goes up top but Britt hits ropes to trip her up! Britt then YANKS Brooke off the ropes, stomps away on the legs, and steps through for an ANKLE LOCK! Britt keeps the leg trapped before she gives Brooke the SURFBOARD STOMP!
Rebel gives Britt the medical glove, Britt clamps onto Brooke, for the LOCKJAW!! Brooke taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The Role Model gives Brooke her very first loss in pro-wrestling, because this was Brooke’s very first match ever! Will Brooke learn a lot from this debut?
Santana and Ortiz speak.
“It’s the time of year where it’s the popular type of trend to say ‘New year, new me.'” But the fact is, Santana and Ortiz have had their eyes on the prize the entire time. For all those teams who have been asleep, wake up and smell the coffee. It’s their time to eat. This is fair warning, so beware.
Abadon VS Vertvixen!
The Living Dead Girl is back! And though she isn’t AEW Women’s Champion, the chase is never over! Will Abadon haunt Vertvixen’s nightmares as she chases a golden dream?
The bell rings and Abadon goes right after Vert! Vert manages to get away as the ref reprimand Abadon, but Abadon runs in to RAM Vert in the corner! And again and again! Abadon lets off to then hit a METEORA! Vert flounders around, Abadon drags Vert up but Vert jawbreakers! Abadon wobbles but stays up to stare at her with those soulless eyes. Vert hits a forearm but Abadon BACK HANDS her! Abadon whips Vert but Vert hits back with forearms! Abadon clinches and knees Vert over and over! Abadon whips, Vert sunset flips but Abadon punches right out! Abadon sits Vert up to STOMP her down!
The ref is too scared to reprimand, but Abadon drags Vert up by her hair. Abadon CLUBS Vert, and again, and again! Fans rally but Abadon whips Vert. Vert stops herself to BOOT back! Vert runs in, into a FISHERMAN EXPLODER! Abadon sits up and dribbles Vert off the mat over and over! The ref tries to reprimand but Abadon scares him more. Abadon drags Vert up, reels her in to a Gory Bomb, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Vert ended up with more than a chill up her spine, and Abadon continues to creep her way up the ranks. Will Abadon return to the title picture to haunt Hikaru Shida all over again?
The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards!
The Pageant Provocation has taken a new form! Avalon challenged Big Shotty to this contest of style and grace, but will he end up the one losing?
The judges are already on stage as Justin Roberts introduces the concept’s rules. The three “pretty” judges will watch as each man, with one stylish outfit each, will take 10 steps down the runway, pose, then walk back those 10 steps. The winner will be determined by Brandi, Jerry and Aubrey. But then Avalon walks out and wants Justin to let him handle those introductions himself. Obviously we have Brandi Rhodes, who was an international model on magazine covers, and now is a pregnant mother to be. Avalon believes that makes her a MILF: A Mother I’d Like to Forget. Then there’s Aubrey Edwards, AEW’s premier female referee, but wait shouldn’t she be in the Kentucky Derby? And lastly, Jerry F’N Lynn! He’s like Spinal Tap, brings it to an 11, he is beautiful. Avalon’s standards are weird.
But anyway, with Avalon out here, Big Shotty makes his entrance! Despite the loss earlier tonight, Johnson cleans up nice in his suit, slacks and shoes. Johnson will start us off with his 10 step strut on the red carpet. He hits the pose, does a spin even, and then walks back up the red carpet. Fans are on his side, but the judges give their scores. Aubrey has a 9, Brandi has a 9, and Jerry has a 9! All nines across the board, so Avalon will have to get at least one 10 to win.
Avalon takes off the robe to show off his own shining smoking jacket. PPA struts his stuff, stutters a step, but strikes the pose and unbuttons the jacket. Avalon struts his way back, and now for the judges’ scores. Aubrey says a 9, Brandi says a 9. And Jerry says a… Wait, he wants a replay? The production team puts it on the titantron, and yes, Jerry saw it, too! The stutter step! That will have to affect his scoring. Jerry hates to do this, but it’s not a 9, but a 6!! Johnson wins!!
Winner: Lee Johnson
Avalon is furious that he lost his own concept! And then CEZAR BONONI shows up to DECK Johnson!? Avalon likes that! Avalon adds on stomps but Jerry Lynn steps up to defend Johnson! PPA may be a sore loser, but will Big Shotty get payback for that cheap shot?
Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna!
Despite being the tag team Chris Jericho brought to AEW, Proud ‘n’ Powerful did NOT win the Inner Circle Triple Threat Tag Challenge! Will they vent their frustrations out on the Priest of Sin and the Real Man of Steel?
The teams sort out, and Verna insists he start. Ryzin reluctantly accepts, and Verna circles with Ortiz. They tie up, Verna headlocks but Ortiz powers out. They ram shoulders, both men stay up so Ortiz dropkicks Verna down! Ortiz baits Verna in, to spin him and hit a backbreaker! Ortiz hits a HALF HATCH, then he runs in at the corner to splash! Tag to Santana, Ortiz whips Santana in for the uppercut! Santana brings Verna up to suplex high and hard! Fans rally as Santana CHOPS Verna! And KICKS him! Santana drags Verna up, tags in Ortiz, and PNP mug Verna on the ropes. They whip, Verna reverses, rocks Santana but Ortiz dodges! Santana fireman’s carries, Ortiz runs in, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER COMBO! Santana DECKS Ryzin while Ortiz covers, PNP wins!!
Winners: Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall
That win was faster than a speeding bullet! But sadly, being the fifth ranked team in AEW doesn’t matter anymore if #Y2MJF is the official team of the Inner Circle. Will Santana and Ortiz take out every other tag team to prove a point to Jericho?
Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne!
The Brazilian blackbelt continues to hang out with The Dark Order, but has she officially joined up yet? Can she convince AEW’s new arrival to #JoinDarkOrder?
Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz!
Number 10 was just as disappointed as the rest of the Dark Order when Hangman Page chose NOT to #JoinDarkOrder, but you can’t dwell on the past! Will Vance move forward and perhaps even convince his opponent to sign up in Hangman’s place?
Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski!
Things have been bittersweet for Red Velvet lately, but there’s always a chance to rebound! Will Velvet be serving up a fresh L tonight?
Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight!
The Samoan Dragon and the Boricuan Spider are 1v1 for the first time in AEW! Which bright young star shines brighter in the Dark?
Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure!
La Sicaria and the Cuban Diamond have been running strong as a tag team, but it’s back to singles actions for tonight. Will Ivelisse be better than her #TopTier opponent?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick!
Team Taz’s Machine and Absolute are going to take on Darby Allin and Sting in a Tag Team Street Fight at AEW Revolution, but the rest of the team is still pursuing the top spots! Will the Powerhouse pulverize his opponent to prove he’s worthy of the upper ranks?
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