AEW Dark continues to go big to start their second year!
There are FIFTEEN matches on the card tonight and the AEW Women’s World Champion, Hikaru Shida, is back in action! Will she stay on course towards Full Gear?
- The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson VS Top Flight; The Dark Order wins.
- Ricky Starks VS VSK; Starks wins.
- Matt Sydal VS Lee Johnson; Sydal wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Leyla Hirsch; Shida wins.
- Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Danny Limelight & Jersey Muscle; Jurassic Express wins.
- SoCal Uncensored VS The Hybrid2; SCU wins.
- Anna Jay w/ The Dark Order VS Katalina Perez; Jay wins.
- No Holds Barred: Brandon Cutler VS Peter Avalon; Cutler finally wins.
- Best Friends VS Max Caster & Anthony Bowens; Best Friends win.
- Brian Cage VS Fuego del Sol; Cage wins.
- Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Sean Maluta; Vance wins.
- Ivelisse & Diamante VS KiLynn King & Savannah Evans; Ivelisse & Diamante wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Aaron Solow; Kiss wins.
- Will Hobbs VS Nick Comoroto; Hobbs wins.
- Darby Allin VS Alex Chamberlain; Darby wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson VS Top Flight!
The Dark Order OG welcome Darrius and Daunte Martin to AEW in this Dark debut! Will Air Wolf and Angel Dorado fly high over Players One and Two tonight? Or will they be convinced to #JoinDarkOrder?
The teams sort out and Stu starts against Darrius the Air Wolf. The bell rings and Stu BLASTS Darrius right over! And again! Stu puts Darrius in the corner, tags Uno in and they stomp a mudhole in! Uno brings Darrius up but Darrius headlocks. Uno powers out, Darrius bumps him but Uno runs him over! Things speed up, Darrius hurdles and table tops Uno to a sunset flip. Uno rolls through but Darrius dropkicks him down! Darrius brings Uno up but Uno swings on Daunte! Darrius runs at Uno but Uno puts him on the apron. Daunte tags in and slingshots in to come back with an A-List lariat! Darrius gets back in and he snap suplexes Uno. Daunte slingshots to senton! Daunte drags Uno up, Uno pushes him and CHOPS him down!
Tag to Stu, Stu drags Daunte up and throws a big European Uppercut. Stu whips, Daunte reverses but Stu stops himself. Stu throws Daunte out, Darrius tags in, and Daunte catches Stu’s clothesline to trap him on the ropes. Darrius enziguris, then springboard dropkicks Stu down! Cover, TWO! Darrius headlocks Stu, Stu powers out and Uno tags in. Darrius dodges Stu but Uno catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Uno looms over Darrius as he goes to the apron and drags him up. Uno CHOPS Darrius, then CHOPS him off his feet! Tag to Stu as fans rally. Stu goes up and over to apron slingshot senton! Stu taunts Darrius, brings him up and whips him into Uno’s boot! Tag and Stu whips Uno in for the corner splash! Uno feeds Darrius to Stu’s uppercut then Uno BOOTS Darrius down! Cover, ONE! Uno argues the count but he taunts Darrius to crawl.
Uno drags Darrius up, wrenches but Darrius throws haymakers. Uno tags Stu in first, Stu gets Darrius for a BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO! Stu tries again, ONE! Stu rains down angry rights on Darrius then roars at Daunte. Fans rally up, Stu brings Darrius up and tags Uno back in. Uno claws Darrius’ back! Uno brings Darrius up to ROCK him with that jab! Uno whips corner to corner and Darrius bounces off buckles hard! Fans rally up again but Uno is on Darrius. Uno whips Darrius corner to corner, Darrius elbows him back, then wall run enziguris! Both men are down, crawl for their corners, hot tags to Stu and Daunte! Daunte springboards to missile dropkick both opponents! Daunte rallies on Stu, spins him around and manages a neckbreaker!
Uno blocks a kick, flips Daunte but Daunte HEEL KICKS Uno down! Daunte goes up and tornillo huricanranas Stu! Stu gets up, dodges Daunte but Darrius tags in! Daunte goes up and over, Stu boots him away but Darrius enziguris! Daunte goes up, NO HANDS STEINER! Darrius FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Top Flight can’t believe Stu survives! Darrius drags Stu up, tags Daunte back in, and they double whip. Uno saves Stu and they double boot Darrius! Uno tags in, pops Daunte up to Stu, Electric Chair TOSS BOMB! They put Daunte in a corner, Darrius runs in, Uno drops down and Stu KNEES Darrius first! Uno boots Darrius, “GET OVER HERE!” OVERHEAD suplex onto Daunte!
The Dark Order fires up, Uno whips Stu to DIVE onto Top Flight! Stu puts Darrius in, tags in, and coordinates with Uno! FATALITY! Cover, The Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
Top Flight can fly, but they also came crashing down! Will Uno and Stu be poised for an AEW World Tag Team Championship shot after Full Gear?
Ricky Starks VS VSK!
Team Taz may want answers from Will Hobbs but they can’t sit around and do nothing. Absolute Rick Starks wants his shot at a title, will he rise up the ranks off the AEW debuting “Visionary?”
The bell rings and Starks circles with VSK. They tie up, Starks pushes VSK to a corner and CHOPS him! Starks whips VSK corner to corner but blocks the boot, only to get an uppercut! VSK goes up, jumps over and keeps moving to slide under and huricanrana! Starks staggers up, sends VSK out but VSK shoulders back in. VSK steps in but into a KNEE! Starks stomps away on VSK but lets off at the ref’s count. Starks comes back, but lets off again as the ref counts. Starks drags VSK up, VSK throws body shots but Starks ROCKS him with a right! Starks whips and runs VSK over with a back elbow! Fans fire up as Starks strikes a pose. Starks looms over VSK, slaps him around, but VSK hits back. Starks SMACKS VSK, drags him up, and CHOPS him again!
Starks air guitars then slaps VSK around more. Starks throws in knees, brings VSK up but VSK throws hands and CHOPS! Starks kicks low, scoops VSK and slams him down! Starks goes up top, strikes a pose, and drops down, but he sees VSK’s boot coming! Starks avoids that to drop an elbow, but still misses as VSK moves! VSK throws forearms and uppercuts, but Starks ROCKS him with a right! Starks whips, VSK reverses and cravat busters to a jumping knee! VSK hits an uppercut in the corner, then goes side to side to BOOT! Half nelson BACKBREAKER! Starks flounders, VSK waistlocks but they both switch around. Starks bucks VSK off to SPEAR him down! Starks kips up and drags VSK back up. Starks says it’s done, as he Canadian racks to the ROSHAMBEAUX! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
Another win and Starks is absolutely only a roll! Will he have his shot at the TNT Championship after Full Gear?
Eddie Kingston talks with Allie.
“So, Bunny, the whole world wants to know why you turned on… Not Dusty. Not Cody. Not Brandi. Who’s the guy?” Oh so close. Kingston can’t place it, so Allie reminds him it’s QT Marshall. Oh right! So why did she “turn” on him? She is so glad he asked that. But she asks back why they think it was so easy for her to infiltrate the Nightmare Family? All she had to do was LOOK in QT’s direction and he fell all over himself for her. She was like a cat playing with a mouse. She wasn’t even that nice to him and he bought all this stuff for her! And that was fun and all, but to be honest, she got bored. Ouch! Sorry, QT, but you’re just collateral damager. And now Allie’s back with HER family. Kingston hopes QT’s feelings aren’t hurt. QT and his family are ahead of them in the rankings. But that means The Butcher, the Blade and the Bunny are coming for that FAKE family real soon.
Matt Sydal VS Lee Johnson!
After rebounding from his dangerous fall, Sydal has proven he can dominate both in the air and on the ground! Which way will Sydal use to defeat Big Shotty? Or will Sydal’s third eye look past Lee Johnson and cost him tonight?
The bell rings and Sydal taunts Johnson. They get in each other’s face, then tie up and go around. Sydal waistlocks, Johnson standing switches but Sylda wrenches and drops a leg on the arm. Sydal has a short arm scissor, cranks on the arm but Johnson rolls and hammerlocks to then snapmare and chinlock. Sydal slips right out but then sod oes Johnson. Sydal gets Johnson with the chinlock, fans rally up but Sydal snapmares Johnson to a cover, ONE! Sydal gets a headlock takeover but Johnson headscissors. Sydal pops out, tilt-o-whirl to the headlock takeover! Johnson endures, even as Sydal uses one arm in the grounded cobra clutch. Johnson fights up, wrenches, but Sydal slips out. They trade headlocks, Johnson powers out to arm-drag, arm-drag and Japanese arm-drag!
Johnson has the arm with an armlock but Sydal fights up. Johnson whips, Sydal reverses, Johnson goes up and over and around to dropkick Sydal down! Fans fire up for Big Shotty as he whips Sydal. Sydal wrenches, swings on but misses, only to scoop for a SNAP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Johnson gets to a corner, Sydal CHOPS away on him, then stomps him. Sydal whips, Johnson elbows back but walks into the windmill heel kick! Cover, TWO! Sydal smirks as he kicks Johnson then KICKS him! Sydal keeps close, brings Johnson up but Johnson throws body shots. Johnson kicks, Sydal blocks to get around and sweep the legs, STANDING CORKSCREW! Cover, TWO to the ghost pin, TWO!! Sydal escapes but Johnson is on him with a whip. Sydal sunset flips, TWO, into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH!
Johnson endures, Sydals throws him over and gets an arm for a modified keylock. Johnson endures, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Sydal lets go, stomps Johnson but Johnson hits back. Sydal stomps Johnson down, drags him up, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Johnson survives and Sydal shakes his head. Fans rally up but Sydal looms over Johnson. Sydal clubs Johnson, brings him up but Johnson throws body shots. Johnson DECKS Sydal, but Sydal KICKS from below! Johnson is dazed, Sydal fires up and points to his third eye. Sydal drags Johnson up, Johnson jawbreakers! And another jawbreaker! Johnson walks into a kick, Sydal CHOPS Johnson and CHOPS and CHOPS him to a corner. Sydal whips, runs in but Johnson sends Sydal out! Sydal tumbles to the floor, Johnson builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into barriers!
Johnson isn’t done, he reloads and runs again, to DIVE! Another direct hit! Johnson fires up now and fans fire up with him! But Sydal crawls under the ring? And he reappears around behind Johnson and CLOBBERS him! Sydal says that’s his third eye at work! Sydal puts Johnson on the apron but Johnson enziguris him back! Johnson springboards to missile dropkick Sydal down! Cover, TWO! Sydal survives but Johnson keeps his focus. Fans rally behind him, but Sydal body shots and scoops. for a DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Johnson survives and shocks Sydal! Sydal drags Johnson up, cravats, puts Johnson in a corner and cranks harder. The ref counts, Sydal whips Johnson corner to corner but blocks the boot, only to get an enziguri!
Johnson gets around, Blue Thunder- HURICANRANA! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Johnson, into the PAGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! But into the COBRA CLUTCH STRETCH! Johnson taps, Sydal wins!!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by submission
It was by ground! Sydal’s evolved style is hard to predict, but will he be seeing gold in his future?
Hikaru Shida VS Leyla Hirsch!
The Full Metal Samurai is back on Dark and in the ring! But before answering The Native Beast’s challenge, she’ll see if she can beat a #LEGIT Russian wrestler!
The bell rings and Shida circles with Hirsch. They tie up, go around, and Shida gets Hirsch into a corner. Shida lets off clean and the fans cheer as the two reset. Hirsch and Shida go again, Hirsch gets the takedown! Hirsch floats to a cover, ONE as Shida gets up and facelocks back. Hirsch slips out, facelocks and holds on as Shida tries to roll out. Shida gets up and around but Hirsch gets away and the two reset again. Shida offers a handshake but Hirsch kicks that away! Shida swings, Hirsch dodges and runs but the shoulders collide. Neither falls, Hirsch tries again and Shida still stays up. Hirsch runs, but Shida scoops to hit a BACKBREAKER! Shida puts Hirsch on the apron, clubs her then runs to KNEE her back in!
Fans fire up with Shida as she drags Hirsch up for another BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shida CLUBS Hirsch on the back, then again. Shida gets Hirsch with a chinlock and stretch but Hirsch endures. Hirsch reaches, Shida pulls the arms into a proper camel clutch, but Hirsch fights up to get the ropebreak! Fans cheer as Shida lets off clean, and then brings Hirsch back up. Hirsch throws body shots but Shida clubs her. Shida snap suplexes Hirsch into the buckles! Shida drags Hirsch but the ref checks on her. Hirsch says she’s okay so Shida stomps her. Shida toys with Hirsch, Hirsch hits back so Shida eggs her on! Hirsch throws more forearms but Shida tanks them all! Hirsch eggs Shida on, Shida ROCKS her!
The forearms keep flying, Shida gets Hirsch high but Hirsch still hits back! Shida DECKS Hirsch! Shida runs, Hirsch dumps her out to the apron! Fans rally up, Hirsch builds speed and DIVES! Hirsch fires up and drags Shida back into the ring. Hirsch covers, TWO! Hirsch sees Shida get to a corner, runs in and forearms! Hirsch rolls to come back with KNEES! And a SWINGING DROPKICK! Hirsch has the wrists, Shida resists, but Hirsch yanks her up into a SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives but Hirsch stays close. Hirsch drags Shida around, climbs up and jumps, but Shida avoids the moonsault! Shida DECKS Hirsch with a forearm! Cover, TWO!! Shida fires up as Hirsch survives! Shida drags Hirsch, suplexes, Falcon- TAKEDOWN!? ARMBAR!
Shida moves, Hirsch tries to keep her down but Shida gets a Stretch Muffler! Hirsch stays on the arm, drags Shida down, but Shida moves around to get the ropebreak! Fans cheer this exchange, but Hirsch fires off elbows from all sides, then kicks a leg out! Shida blocks Hirsch’s knees! Shida clubs the leg, ducks the clothesline and KNEES back! Fans fire up as Shida tells Hirsch what’s coming. TAMASHI!! Then FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
The AEW Women’s World Champion makes a statement! But will she give Nyla Rose an answer on making Full Gear a Double or Nothing rematch?
QT Marshall speaks.
“Everyone warned me. They all told me what type of person you really were. Yeah, I was blinded by it.” But now Allie showed him who she really was. She took his money, the gifts, his cards and his car! QT will be honest, she even took his dignity. But what she won’t take is THEIR spot. Dustin Rhodes comes in to tell Butcher and Blade that they and their jezebel are only takers. But after 32 years, Dustin has made a career out of going through people just like them! There is NOTHING they can do to the Natural Nightmares that they haven’t already seen! They are the #3 team, Butcher and Blade are the 4th, “you have to come to use and you do NOT want that ass kicking!” But is their clash inevitable?
Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS Danny Limelight & Jersey Muscle!
Jungle Boy lost to big bad Wardlow in the opening round of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, but he’s ready to rebound already! Will he, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt keep things on track in trios action against Steve Gibki, Tony Vincita and the Marine Corps Spiderman?
The teams sort out and JB starts with Danny, and Danny gets attitude. He shoves JB, flexes on him, then ties up with him. JB headlocks, Danny fights out but JB runs him over! Fans fire up and JB speeds things up. Danny drops, JB handsprings and dodges to drop down. JB leaps, Danny leaps, but JB sweeps. Cover, ONE, Danny sweeps, ONE! They both dropkick and handspring up, but Danny headlocks! Fans cheer the exchange as Danny denies the power-out with that slip around. JB arm-drags out to get Danny’s arm but Danny rolls. JB rolls with him to keep the wrist. Tag to Stunt, Danny reverses the whip but JB slides under! Stunt is up top and leaps for a FLYING RANA! Danny staggers up into JB’s dropkick! JB brings Stunt in, pumphandle splash and leg drop combo! Cover, TWO!
Stunt keeps on Danny with big forearms and CHOPS! Fans fire up but Danny DECKS Stunt! Danny snapmares Stunt and KICKS him, then taunts the rest of the Express. Danny KICKS Stunt against ropes, brings him over and tags in Gibki. Gibki stomps Stunt, whips him but Stunt dodges and turns the pop-up bomb into a huricanrana! Gibki ends up in the corner, Vincita tags in but Stunt comes back to tilt-o-whirl shove and dropkick! Vincita staggers, Stunt goes up and huricanranas again! Danny tags in, but runs into a back kick! Stunt throws hands, but Danny swings on him. Stunt dodges, goes up and around again, but Danny stops him! Stunt still sunset flips, TWO! Stunt runs, but is dumped out by Jersey Muscle! And then Jersey Muscle throws Stunt into railing! And then THROWS him into the rope! Danny covers, TWO!
Danny drags Stunt up, suplexes and holds him up to swivel the hips before the slam! Cover, TWO! Danny drags Stunt away from the Express, wheelbarrows, but Stunt goes to arm-drag, only for Danny to block! Stunt tilt-o-whirls and SNAP GERMANS?! Fans rally up, Danny tags in Gibki and he stops Stunt. Stunt slips out of the back suplex, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on Jersey Muscle then throws Danny in! Luchasaurus CHOPS everyone, BOOTS Danny down, then sits him up. TAIL WHIP and ROUNDHOUSE for Jersey Muscle! Danny runs into the pop-up WIDOWMAKER! Luchasaurus grabs Gibki for the JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Vincita dropkicks Luchasaurus but Stunt tags in! Stunt hits the FLYING ELBOW! Gibki SPEARS Stunt!
JB baits Gibki in to shoulder, then up and around, DDT! Danny FLYING DDT’s JB! Danny runs and runs and FLIES with a tornillo! Stunt is alone against Jersey Muscle, OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!? Stunt shocks them, but Danny tags in! Danny drags Stunt up, suplexes, but Stunt slips out and tags JB in. Danny runs into a boot, JB goes in to elbow and forearm and elbow! Stunt enzugiris while JB SUPERKICKS Jersey Muscle! Tag to Luchasaurus, tag to Stunt! They stand Vincita up, Luchasaurus back suplexes Stunt onto Vincita’s shoulder. JB push-starts the tornado DDT while he WRECKS Gibki with a dropkick! Jurassic Express focuses on Danny, TRIPLE KICK SANDWICH in the corner!
JB’s superkick, Stunt’s dropkick and Luchasaurus’ boot leave Danny staggered, but it’s not over yet! JB and Luchsaurus LAUNCH Stunt for a DESTROYER!! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winner: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
They’re back to 100% power and back on track! Will the boys and their dinosaur find their way to gold one way or another?
SoCal Uncensored VS The Hybrid2!
On last week’s Dark, the Heavy Metal Rebel beat Jack Evans but ended up 2v1 real quick! The Fallen Angel came out to reinforce him, and now this week, it’s an even 2v2! Will SCU’s Addiction take down TH2?
Tensions rise but the teams sort out, and Angelico starts against Frankie Kazarian. They circle, tie up, Angelico gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Kaz rolls but Angelico wrangles him down and keeps a knee on Kaz’s arm. Kaz tries to use a leg, he rolls back but Angelico wrangles him back down. Angelico spins Kaz around, Kaz gets up to wrench back, but Angelico spins through. Kaz gets a leg, Angelico uses that to his advantage to drag Kaz down. Angelico uses a leg to shoot the half while he knuckle locks to a cover, TWO! Angelico gets both knuckle locks, covers again, TWO! Angelico goes to drop down but Kaz boots and monkey flips him away! Double cover off the knuckle locks, TWO as both men raise a shoulder. TWO as they raise the other shoulder, then TWO as they bridge!
Kaz gets up, wrenches and whips to hip toss, but Angelico handsprings through! Angelico goes to hip toss but Kaz blocks, knees low, and flips up to huricanrana! Angelico staggers up but Kaz hip tosses him down! And arm-drags him to an armlock! Kaz grinds on the arm, Angelico moves around and gets Kaz to the TH2 corner. Angelico lets off at the ref’s count and distracts the ref so Evans can swing on Kaz! But Kaz ducks that to swing back, only for Evans to get away. Angelico clobbers Kaz from behind! Angelico tags Evans in, and TH2 whip Kaz to ropes. Evans clobbers Kaz with a calf kick! Cover, TWO! Evans swings a kick, Kaz rolls Evans up, TWO! Kaz CHOPS Evans off his feet! And CHOPS him again! Kaz bumps Evans off Daniels’ boot, then Daniels tags in.
SCU double wrench, kick, clobber and double stomp Evans down! Daniels covers, TWO! Daniels drags Evans up, headbutts him down, then drags him back up. Daniels whips, tilt-o-whirl backbreakers! Tag to Kaz, Daniels slingshots for the elbow drop! Kaz slingshots a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps with Evans, drags him up and tags Daniels in. Back suplex bulldog! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Evans up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags up, whips Evans but Evans slips out of the tilt-o-whirl. Evans shoves Daniels into ropes, Angelico hotshots, Evans hits the screw roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Evans drags Daniels up, bumps him off the buckles, tags in Angelico and Angelico stomps Daniels’ leg.
Angelico tags Evans back in, they stomp Daniels down more, then Evans drags Daniels to the corner. Evans hooks the leg for a modified Muda Lock! Daniels endures, Angelico tags in and he takes the leg lock into a Navarro Especial 14! Daniels endures, Evans tags in and stomps Daniels, to then hit a standing corkscrew moonsault! Cover, TWO! Daniels hits back but Evans rakes the eyes! Evans QUEBRADA BACK ELBOWS! Tag to Angelico, Angelico kicks Daniels around then drags him up. Angelico whips Daniels to a corner, runs in but Daniels boots Angelico away! STO! Both men are down, fans rally up and Angelico crawls. Hot tag to Evans! Evans cartwheels to kick at Kaz, but Daniels gets Evans for a back suplex! Evans lands on his feet but Kaz tags in!
Kaz forearms Evans, then counter punches Angelico! Kaz shoulders into Evans, jumps over Angelico then slingshots in to dodge Evans and run him over! And clothesline! Kaz whips, Evans reverses but Kaz hits a flying forearm! Angelico is back, he fakes out the guillotine leg drop but not the slingshot cutter! Kaz swings on Evans, Evans whips but Kaz reverses. Evans goes up but gets caught! JAPANESE OCEAN CYCLONE! Bridge out of the Electric Chair, TWO! Tag to Daniels, SCU drags Evans up and double whip. Double hip toss to the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Evans survives but Daniels stays fired up! Daniels drags Evans up, reels him in and underhooks, but Evans huricanranas out!
Tag to Kaz, Evans misses in the corner, Daniels rams a shoulder in. Kaz slingshots to DDT! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Daniels throws Angelico out, Kaz drags Evans up. Kaz gut wrenches Evans but Angelico DECKS Daniels! Evans slips out to SUPERKICK Kaz into Angelico’s roundhouse! Evans leg lariats Kaz down! Angelico goes to help Evans but Daniels drags him out! Kaz cradles Evans, SCU wins!!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall
TH2 got too cocky, but now they’re angry! They clobber Daniels and chop block Kaz! They kick Kaz out, go after Daniels, and they coordinate at the corner. Back suplex DOUBLE STOMPS! And a Pluma Blanca! Daniels endures as Evans just gets in Daniels’ face with trash talk! Evans stomps Daniels, Kaz returns but TH2 leaves it at this. Will the Hybrid2 pay for being sore losers?
Anna Jay w/ The Dark Order VS Katalina Perez!
The Queenslayer, Ms. Number 99, wants after Queen Brandi, but Brandi’s on commentary right now. Will Anna be satisfied with “welcoming” #TheQueenpin to AEW?
The bell rings and Jay circles with Perez. They tie up, go to a corner, Perez turns things around but lets up at the ref’s count. Jay and Perez tie up again, Jay wrenches to a HOOK KICK! Perez flounders to a corner, Jay runs in to heel kick! Jay whips corner to corner, runs in but Perez gets around to roll up and bridge, TWO! Jay CLOBBERS Perez! Jay pushes Perez around and drags her up to bump her off buckles. Jay throws forearms and grinds her boot into Perez’s face! The ref counts, Jay lets off and backs off. Jay drags Perez up, bumps her off buckles again, then throws big forearms! Jay stomps a mudhole then lets off to pose. Jay runs side to side, somersaults and KICKS Perez in the face! Jay taunts Perez and Brandi is upset.
Jay pushes Perez around, drags Perez up and fans rally. Perez throws forearms but Jay forearms back! Perez forearms, Jay forearms and gets the edge! Jay swings, but Perez redirects her to run her over! Perez fires up and rallies on Jay! Perez whips, Jay reverses but runs into boots! Perez goes up, up and leaps, but her elbow drop flops! Jay grits her teeth, Perez kicks back and whips, but Jay slips out to let her hit buckles! Jay HOOK KICKS again! Jay takes a moment to bow and pose, then goes in to bait Perez in. Perez misses, Jay clobbers her at the ropes then throws her down! Jay pushes Perez around, drags her up by her hair, then slips on the QUEENSLAYER CLUTCH! Perez taps, Jay wins!
Winner: Anna Jay, by submission
The Queenslayer slayed the Queenpin, and Brandi is even more upset. Will Brandi step up and take Jay on again?
No Holds Barred: Brandon Cutler VS Peter Avalon!
The Dungeon Master and the Librarian have yet to win, even after facing each other! Double count-out draw, double disqualification draw, none of that will be a concern! There HAS to be a winner to finally settle this! Will we finally learn who is THE worst wrestler by record in AEW?
Leva Bates watches as simply a neutral bystander as each man makes their entrance. Cutler doesn’t even get in the ring, he LEAPS over the top rope to tackle Avalon! The bell rings, this match finally begins, and Cutler rains down hands! Avalon pushes him away but Cutler throws haymakers! Avalon rakes eyes then throws body shots! Avalon hits high, low and all around! Avalon headlocks and grinds Cutler’s face on ropes! Cutler pushes Avalon away but Avalon bumps him off buckles. Avalon goes to bump again but Cutler bumps first! Cutler reels Avalon in for a lariat! Fans cheer as Cutler stalks Avalon. Avalon gets up and reverses the whip to then tackle Cutler to the ramp! Both men crawl, Avalon drags Cutler up and throws him OFF the ramp!
Cutler crashes into the timekeeper’s area but Avalon lines up his shot to LEAP and tackle him back down! Avalon searches under the ring and brings out a TABLE! Leva comes closer to try and tell Avalon not to go to such extremes, but Avalon ignores her as he sets the table up. Avalon CHOPS Cutler, bumps Cutler off the table then puts him on it. Avalon goes to the apron, climbs up a corner, but Cutler gets to the apron. Avalon hops down, Cutler kicks and clobbers him into the ring! Cutler slingshots in to enziguri! Cutler throws Avalon out hard, then grabs a trash can! Cutler puts that over Avalon’s head and KICKS him down! Avalon is down, Cutler goes to the apron, for an apron FROGGY-BOW! Direct hit and the can is dented!
Leva just shakes her head as she watches these two writhe on the ground. Cutler brings out a table of his own! Cutler sets the table up against the ring while Avalon gets free of the trash can. Cutler lifts Avalon, Avalon fights off the bomb and back drops Cutler THROUGH the table! Avalon drags Cutler up and into the ring to cover, TWO!! Cutler survives but Avalon skips being frustrated to grab a bin from ringside. It has a bunch of Leva’s books in it! Avalon dumps the books out in a pile, and he CLUBS Cutler with the bin! Avalon drags Cutler to the pile of books and drops him on them. Those books are hard back and Avalon lines up a shot. MARTI- NO! Cutler avoids the knees, Avalon lands on the books, Cutler drags Avalon up! BLOODY SUNDAY! Cover, TWO!!
Cutler goes outside, brings out the giant 20-sided die, and fans rally up with, “ROLL! ROLL! ROLL!” Cutler brings out a bag, as well, and usually this means… Oh nevermind, those aren’t thumbtacks but normal sized dice, of many different sides and shapes! But even then, they’re small and hard with edges, and Cutler drags Avalon up. Avalon resists the suplex, but so does Cutler! They fight over suplex control, someone is landing on something! Avalon gets around, Cutler bucks him off and springboards, but Avalon catches him! URENAGE ONTO THE BOOKS! Cover, TWO!! Cutler survives the pile of best sellers, but Avalon demands Leva give him the dictionary. She refuses but he snatches it from her! Avalon calls her worthless?! Leva says Avalon is only relevant because of HER! She SLAPS him and leaves him!
Cutler sunset flips Avalon, SMACK with the dictionary!! Avalon opens it up, because it wasn’t even a book, it was where Leva kept BRASS KNUCKLES?! Avalon puts those on, but Cutler gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB Avalon onto the dice!! Talk about a critical roll! Cover, TWO?!? Cutler can’t believe it, but he won’t stop there. Avalon goes to the apron, Cutler brings him up, and aims for the table. Avalon shoves Cutler away, but walks into another lift! Avalon manages to brass knuckle PUNCH Cutler, but they both fall with the BACK SUPLEX THROUGH THE TABLE!!! The referee checks on both men, but they’re both okay to continue, and the fans say “This is Awesome!” Avalon rises first, but the Young Bucks walk out?
The Bucks are friends of Cutler’s, and even though Matt hobbles on his bad leg, he and Nick go to ringside. Avalon tells them to stay back as he puts Cutler in. The Bucks rally Cutler up as Avalon goes to a corner. Avalon is annoyed, but he climbs up top. The Bucks rally harder, Cutler stands and throws haymakers! Cutler climbs up, fireman’s carries but Avalon fights back. Avalon elbows over and over, gets up and SUPER STEINERS Cutler onto the dice! But Cutler rolls through to the sunset flip!! Cutler wins!!
Winner: Brandon Cutler, by pinfall
FINALLY!! After going 0-25-2, Cutler finally has a victory in AEW!! That counter to the steiner was a true saving throw! Will Cutler turn this one win into many, many more?
Best Friends VS Max Caster & Anthony Bowens!
Chuck Taylor and Trent want Kip Sabian and Miro to understand the difference between breaking someone’s property by accident and breaking it on purpose. But since that doesn’t seem possible, will Best Friends at least get Superbad and The Best Man to understand what they’re in for after taking care of Mr. Platinum and The 5 Tool Player?
But before the match, Caster has a mic. “Hey, yo, listen! That’s Anthony Bowens, I’m Platinum Max. We’re critically acclaimed, and that’s the facts! He’s the 5 Tool Player, he walks red carpets. I only make hits, I’m a platinum selling artist.” So here’s some advice: Chuck get a tan, and Trent, go back to your mom’s minivan. Caster shoots straight like Baretta, but while they’re best friends, Caster’s hugs are better. He and Bowens hug, and says it’s such a good hug! Caster and Bowens get in the ring, the teams sort out, and we start with Trent and Caster. They circle, tie up, and Trent powers Caster back but Caster turns it around in the corner. Caster lets off to pat Trent on the cheek. Trent ROCKS Caster with forearms!
Caster headlocks, Trent powers out and things speed up, Caster runs into a kitchen sink knee! Tag to Chuck, they double whip and double elbow Caster down. Best Friends shake hands before dropping double elbows! Caster tags in Bowens, and now he and the Kentucky Gentleman circle. They tie up, Bowens powers Chuck back but Chuck turns it around to wrench and whip corner to corner. Bowens goes up, over and rolls, but so does Chuck! Chuck gets Bowens for an URENAGE! Chuck scares Caster off the corner then goes back to Bowens. Chuck goes up top, moonsaults, but flops as Bowens moves! Bowens back kicks, front kicks and runs to swing around and DDT! Cover, TWO! Bowens keeps close to Chuck, CHOPS him in the corner, and tags Caster.
Caster stomps Chuck, brings him out and turns him for a neckbreaker! Caster shows off with the kip up, takes a bow then covers, ONE! Caster drags Chuck up, tags Bowens back in, but Chuck fights them both off! Bowens SUPERKICKS, Caster hits a BACKBREAKER! Bowens SHINING WIZARDS, covers, but Trent breaks it! Bowens goes back to Chuck as fans rally up but Chuck kicks low. Caster grabs Chuck, Bowens runs in but Chuck boots Bowens down! Chuck fights Caster off and gives Bowens a Sexy Chuckie Knee! Chuck tags in Trent and Trent rallies on Caster and Bowens! Trent clobbers Caster, but Caster kicks back. Caster whips, Trent reverses and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Caster!
Caster gets to a corner, Trent fires up and runs in, big corner clothesline to the tornado, but no DDT! Caster suplexes out to slam Trent down! Cover, TWO! Caster reaches for his corner, drags Trent over and tags in Bowens. Bowens stomps the leg, dropkicks Chuck off the apron, then goes back to Trent. “Where’s you best friend?!” Trent SAIDOS Bowens! Both men are down, a standing count begins but Trent is up at 3. Trent brings Bowens up, fans rally and he runs but Bowens follows, gets around and blocks the kick to DECK Trent with the rolling elbow! Bowens drags Trent up, tags in Caster, and then climbs up. Trent stands, for the BLOCKBUSTER! Caster is up top, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Chuck breaks it!
Fans fire up as Bowens throws haymakers on Chuck! Chuck dodges to clothesline Bowens out hard! Caster BOOTS Chuck down then aims at Trent. Caster runs corner to corner to LARIAT! Caster keeps going, but Trent PSYCHO KNEES! Chuck drags Bowens out to throw him into railing! Trent drags Caster up, Chuck goes up top, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall
Caster was dropping some bars but he got dropped! Best Friends continue climbing the ranks, will they go from #2 to #1 contenders in the AEW Tag Division?
Alex Marvez interviews Scorpio Sky backstage.
Marvez wants to ask about the situation with him and Shawn Spears. Of course, come on in. But Scorpio opens the door to his room and sees it has been wrecked! And in big red paint, the word “THIEF” is on the wall. It’s pretty obvious who sent this message. Will Scorpio have a response for The Chair Man?
Brian Cage VS Fuego del Sol!
Absolute Ricky Starks handled his business, now it’s time for the FTW Champion to have his turn. Will the Fire of the Sun not be enough to stop the Path of Cage?
Ricky Starks is back and he joins commentary while Cage makes sure Justin Roberts introduces him as the FTW Champion. The bell rings and Cage swings on Fuego. Fuego ducks, dodges and huricanranas, but Cage blocks to bring him up! Fuego sunset flips, but Cage drags him up to OVERHEAD SUPLEX him! “Who betta?” Cage has Fuego up and he clotheslines point blank in the corner! Then he reels Fuego in for a TRAPPED ARM SUPLEX! Fuego crawls, Cage stalks him and whips him. Fuego holds ropes, BOOTS back, but Cage stays up! Cage blocks the kick, flips Fuego onto the ropes and hangs Fuego out to dry! Cage drags Fuego back up, scoops him and does some bicep curls before popping him up! Fuego lands on his feet to kick, kick and KNEE!
Fuego runs and manages to swing out of the clothesline! Cage ducks Fuego’s roundhouse but not the enziguri! Fuego says this is for Mobile! Fuego goes up, tornillo, but is caught into a butterfly to NECKBREAKER! Cage drags Fuego up, says this is over, and he suplexes, but Fuego SPIKE RANAS!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is up, Fuego runs in but is put on the apron. Fuego enziguris, climbs up top, and LEAPS, but into position for the POWERBOMB! And then a BUCKLE BOMB! And then WEAPON X!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
The reverse STO extinguishes Fuego! Taz says Team Taz is being disrespected by the rest of AEW! They need to put everyone on notice! Will Team Taz get the answer they want from Will Hobbs tonight?
Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Sean Maluta!
Number 10 is in action on his own, ready to prove himself to Mr. Brodie Lee! Will Vance slay the #SamoanDragon on Dark?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Vance powers Maluta to a corner but lets off at the ref’s count. Vance taunts Maluta with the Dark Order pose, then they tie up again. Vance headlocks, Maluta throws body shots and powers out, only for Vance to run him over! Cover, TWO! Vance facelocks but Maluta rolls and slips out to facelock back. Maluta drags Vance up to wrench to a wristlock then waistlocks. Vance elbows out hard, then runs in at the corner. Maluta dodges then comes back to BOOT! Maluta keeps moving and leaps, into Vance’s arms! Vance pops Maluta up to POWERBOMB him down! Vance looms over Maluta, drags him up and throws him out hard! Vance then distracts the ref with asking about his mask strings, so that “Number 5” Alan Angels can SHOTGUN DROPKICK Maluta into railing!
Angels puts Maluta in for Vance and Vance drags him up to BOOT him down! Vance drags Angels up to dead lift suplex and hold him up there for 10 before the SLAM! Vance looms over Maluta before bringing him up again. Maluta ROCKS Vance with a forearm, CHOPS and CHOPS and runs, into a kitchen sink knee! Vance is still calm as he drags Maluta back up, whips him and pops him up, only for Maluta to slip out! Maluta CHOPS and CHOPS then gets around to spinning back kick! Maluta runs, boots and sunset flips, TWO! Vance SPINE BUSTERS Maluta! Vance is seething as he drags Maluta back up, reverse ripcord and LARIAT! Cover, Vance wins!
Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall
Number 10 gets another 1-2-3, and the power of Dark Order is only growing stronger! But Vance isn’t done with Maluta! He and Angels coordinate, FLYING STOMP DRIVER!! The Dark Order is sending a message: Join, or be run through.
Ivelisse & Diamante VS KiLynn King & Savannah Evans!
The Women’s Tag Cup winners are back again and looking to keep things on track! Will La Sicaria and the Cuban Diamond blast through the Queen of Crazy and #PrettyFantastic?
But just as Ivelisse and Diamante try to sneak up and attack, King and Evans are ready! King and Evans swing back but the tag cup champs dodge to hit them! Ivelisse and Diamante rush back but get put in corners! King and Evans fire off forearms over and over! King and Evans whip but Diamante and Ivelisse stop themselves. King and Evans scoop, Ivelisse fights out to shove King out while Diamante gets out to mule kick and chop block Evans! Things finally sort out, Ivelisse hits Evans with a satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse rains down hands, Evans shoves her away but Ivelisse is right on her with a facelock. Evans tries to power out but Ivelisse clubs and kicks her down! Then stomps a mudhole in the corner! Fans fire up as Ivelisse tags Diamante in. Diamante and Ivelisse drag Evans, split the wishbone, then Diamante planking splashes! Cover, TWO!
Diamante drags Evans up but Evans shoves her away. Evans scoops, Diamante slips out and hits the Russian Leg Sweep! Diamante drags Evans around, has the leg and gets the Half Crab! Evans endures while Diamante talks trash to King. Fans rally up as Evans powers up and kicks Diamante away. Diamante walks into a HCOP, but she CHOPS back! It’s a CHOP fight! Evans underhooks Diamante but she drops down to get a leg! Evans stays up but Diamante hits a KNEE SMASH to the mat! Diamante runs in and uppercuts! Diamante puts a leg on the ropes, Ivelisse tags in and she KICKS the leg! And then again! And then CHOPS! Evans gets angry but Ivelisse pie faces her. Evans shoves Ivelisse and ROCKS her with a right!
Ivelisse kicks the leg, but swings into a scoop! Evans swings Ivelisse for a SIDE SLAM! Both women are down and fans fire up! Evans and Ivelisse crawl for their corners, hot tags to King and Diamante! King throws hands on Diamante, whips but Diamante reverses, only for King to CLOBBER her! King rallies, DECKS Ivelisse then boots Diamante to ROUNDHOUSE! King brings Diamante up for a toss into ropes! Diamante staggers, King runs to LARIAT! Cover, Ivelisse breaks it! Evans is in but Ivelisse DECKS her! King has Diamante but she ducks, Ivelisse SUPERKICKS King! Diamante runs to DESTROYER! Cover, Diamante and Ivelisse win!!
Winners: Diamante & Ivelisse, by pinfall
The tag cup winners keep shooting down their targets, but the big targets are titles! Will one or both of them get a step closer to the AEW Women’s World Championship?
Sonny Kiss VS Aaron Solow!
When the Bad Boy couldn’t compete in the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, the Concrete Rose was given an incredible opportunity, only for it to be trampled in shockingly fast and frustration fashion by Kenny Omega. But Kiss is back already with Dark, will he at least break even on the night?
The bell rings and Kiss circles with Solow. They stare down, talk some trash, and Solow pie faces Kiss. Kiss goes matrix to avoid the clothesline then hip tosses Solow down! Solow gets up in a corner, Kiss runs and handsprings in but Solow dodges! Solow runs in but Kiss slips out to the apron to ROUNDHOUSE! Kiss springboards but is tripped up! Starks takes credit for teaching Solow that. Solow lets his hair down, throws the hair tie at fans and then stomps Kiss. Solow drags Kiss up, throws forearms, then clubs Kiss down. Kiss hits back with a forearm, but Solow hits a back suplex! Solow covers, ONE! Solow keeps his focus as he chinlocks. Kiss gets up, elbows out, and then swings, but into a body scissor takedown! Solow DOUBLE STOMPS Kiss down! Cover, TWO!
Solow grows frustrated now but fans rally up. Solow drags Kiss up and puts him through ropes to choke! The ref counts, Solow lets off, bumps him off buckles then whips Kiss to the corner. Solow runs in to hit a BIG corner clothesline! Solow taunts Kiss by whipping his hair in Kiss’ face. Solow blows kisses to fans but Kiss throws forearms at Solow! Kiss runs, Solow follows and trips him but Kiss does the splits! Kiss ducks a kick, rolls Solow up, TWO! Kiss walks into the spinning roundhouse! And EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Kiss survives and Solow is frustrated! Solow argues the count but that won’t help. Kiss goes to a corner, Solow runs in but Kiss boots him! Kiss runs, slides and comes back with a dropsault! And a discus forearm! And an EXPLODER of his own!
Kiss kips up and Solow goes to a corner. Kiss runs in but blocks boots to turn Solow sideways! Kiss gives him AXES ‘N’ OH’S! Kiss goes up top, FLYING SPLITS LEG DROP! Cover, Kiss wins!
Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall
And that is how you shrug off a loss to the Best Bout Machine! Will Kiss and Joey Janela be reunited soon enough for their road trip to continue? But then LANCE ARCHER attacks Solow, and then attacks Kiss! Jake the Snake recites Humpty Dumpty as Archer gives Solow a CHOKE SLAM! Humpty Dumpty couldn’t be put together again and maybe Solow can’t be, either. Jake says this is not his fault for what Archer does. But there are going to be a few other changes. It’s been awhile since Jake’s given a DDT but he has that feeling coming on. There will be changes no one likes, except for them, and that is fine by them. Jake asks Archer how he really feels.
“Moxley, you did exactly what you said you were gonna do: you survived.” And Eddie Kingston has “bitched and whined and complained” and got himself a second chance. Kingston hit Archer with a chair and that was a mistake. Archer doesn’t care who wins the I Quit match at Full Gear, nor does he care who wins the eliminator tournament. Call Archer “Jason Vorhees” because he will never stop coming for the title. Archer says #EverybodyDies, but what he’s about to do will be Old Testament, wrath of God levels! Will the rest of AEW wish Moxley and Kingston just let Archer be champion after everything’s said and done?
Will Hobbs VS Nick Comoroto!
The Embodiment of Willpower was given his choice of joining Team Taz or being demolished by them, but he wasn’t given a chance to answer. Will Hobbs worry more about the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball than Taz, Cage and Starks?
The bell rings and Comoroto SHOTGUN DROPKICKS! Comoroto and Hobbs brawl with heavy hands and Comoroto knees low. Comoroto whips, Hobbs ducks and dodges to shoulder Comoroto out of the ring! Hobbs pursues and CLOBBERS Comoroto! Hobbs fires up, puts Comoroto in and stomps him down. Hobbs throws forearms, whips Comoroto corner to corner and hits a big clothesline! Hobbs whips, runs in but Comoroto dodges to chop block! Comoroto throws haymakers, Hobbs hits back but Comoroto knees low. Comoroto runs, Hobbs stays up from the shoulder so Comoroto runs to LARIAT! Comoroto fires up, whips Hobbs corner to corner and runs, but Hobbs catches him! And SPINE BUSTERS! Hobbs seethes as he goes to a corner. Hobbs goes up top?! Hobbs LEAPS for the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Hobbs wins!!
Winner: Will Hobbs, by pinfall
The Wrecking Ball just got wrecked! That is the power of Will Hobbs! Will he answer Team Taz? Will they like what he says?
Darby Allin VS Alex Chamberlain!
Despite what Starks and Taz think, AEW is giving the #Relentless daredevil the TNT Championship opportunity at Full Gear. But will Darby make sure not to crash and burn before then in this match with The Hammer?
The bell rings and Starks can’t stop glaring at Darby, and Darby can’t help but glare back. Chamberlain wants Darby to pay attention to him, so Darby shoves him, drop toeholds and gets the Fujiwara! Chamberlain gets the ropebreak, Darby lets off fast to glare at Starks more, but is ready to tie up with Chamberlain again. Chamberlain powers Darby to the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Darby goes up and over and runs to slide under and whip. Chamberlain reverses but Darby springboard arm-drags! Chamberlain bails out with frustration but Darby holds ropes open for him. Chamberlain refuses and waits for Darby to back off. Darby does, Chamberlain gets on the apron but he slips! Chamberlain clutches his leg, the ref checks on him, Darby approaches but the ref has Darby stay back
Chamberlain tries to get in, rushes Darby, but Darby dodges! The knee is fine, but Darby boots him back! Darby leaps, Chamberlain catches him for a swinging BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Darby flounders, Chamberlain is after him with stomps in the corner! The ref counts, Chamberlain lets off at 4 but brings Darby up. Chamberlain scoops and slams, covers, but Darby turns over. Chamberlain gets Darby in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Darby endures, slowly pries free and gets a cover, TWO! Darby gets to the corner, Chamberlain runs in but Darby elbows him away! Darby rolls, but Chamberlain throws him back into the corner! Chamberlain drags Darby up, throws him, then demands Darby gets up. Darby stands, and dumps Chamberlain out!
Chamberlain staggers up, drags Darby out of the ring, but Darby RAMS him into the apron! And then POSTS him! Darby puts Chamberlain back in, boots Chamberlain down, then leaps over to shotgun dropkick him back in! Darby runs corner to corner for the body block! But Chamberlain counters to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Chamberlain drags Darby up as fans rally up. Chamberlain whips, Darby holds ropes and dropkicks the legs out! Darby skins the cat to go outside for a GUILLOTINE ON THE ROPES! The ref counts, Darby lets go at 4 and gets back in. Darby goes up top, to COFFIN DROP against Chamberlain on the back! Then the THROWBACK STUNNER! Darby isn’t done, he goes back up to for ANOTHER COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Starks and Taz are pissed, but Darby is still winning on the road to Full Gear 2020! The question is, will it be Cody Rhodes or Orange Cassidy that meets him there? Starks leaves commentary to head right for ringside, Darby goes to the ramp to meet, him, but here comes Cage! It’s a trap! Team Taz mugs Darby! They want to take Darby out of the running for Full Gear, but here’s WILL HOBBS! Hobbs has a chair, chases Team Taz off, and this may very well be his answer to them! Will Hobbs and Darby stick together to finally take the fight to Team Taz?
Wow, another HUGE episode, for 2 hours and 20 minutes! Sadly, still a lot of obvious outcomes. I do appreciate the matches are getting more competitive, though. I also like that Max Caster is starting to get his character across with that decent freestyle diss promo. There is good build for stories from both Dynamite and Dark, such as the promos with Kingston, Allie and the Natural Nightmares, not to mention Scorpio Sky finding his room a mess because Spears got in. Archer attacking Solow and Kiss just because was good, and while the eliminator tournament is meant to name a challenger, it is true that there wasn’t an established time and place for that match. Archer could go after the champ, he could go after the winner of the tournament, or both. He is the Murderhawk Monster, he can and will do whatever he wants.
I do like the thread throughout the episode of Taz wanting his response from Hobbs, resulting in us getting it to close the show. Hobbs is NOT Team Taz, and I best as part of a go-home scenario, Hobbs and Darby face Team Taz. And while from an overall perspective of AEW, Darby’s segment made sense as a closer, the better thing to close on would’ve been Cutler VS Avalon. They had such an AMAZING No Holds Barred, especially given the story between them and even Leva Bates. Books and dice as hazards of the match worked perfectly for Avalon and Cutler, Leva dumping Avalon was a great detail, as were the brass knuckles in the “book” and the Bucks coming out to coach Cutler up. Another great detail I should’ve mentioned was Justin Roberts starting his introduction with “For the love of God…!” Cutler finally wins, and I am really curious how things go for both him and Avalon from here on out. Avalon lost the match and his apparent girlfriend, will he be a super dejected Avalon for weeks on end?
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/25/23)
Will Bryan Danielson’s streak continue?
Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!
Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?
- Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
- #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
- Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
- Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!
The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?
The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.
Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!
Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.
Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!
Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!
Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!
Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!
Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!
Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!
Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?
AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.
Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!
The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?
AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!
The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!
But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.
Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!
Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!
Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.
Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.
Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!
Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!
Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?
“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?
Adam Cole speaks.
“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.
“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?
Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!
It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”
Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?
#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!
The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!
Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.
JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.
Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!
Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!
JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!
Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!
Winners: #JungleHook, by submission
All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?
Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.
The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.
Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”
Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.
Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page.
Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.
And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?
Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?
Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!
The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!
Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!
Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.
Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.
Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!
Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!
Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!
Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!
Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!
Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”
Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?
Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!
As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?
The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!
Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!
Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!
The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!
Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall
Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?
“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.
“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.
“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.
“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.
“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!
Jamie Hayter speaks.
“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!
On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?
Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!
To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!
AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!
Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!
Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!
Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!
Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!
Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!
Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.
Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!
Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!
Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.
A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.
Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.
And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.
Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.
Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.
Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/24/23)
Britt Baker gets Dark!
Universal Studios belongs to Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.
Ahead of a Triple Threat on Wednesday Night Dynamite, Britt Baker returns to AEW Dark for a Tuesday tune-up! Will The Doctor be ready for Toni Storm and Ruby Soho?
- Britt Baker VS Billie Starkz; Baker wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Baliyan Akki, Marcus Kross & Vary Morales; The Dark Order wins.
- Tony Deppen VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Serpentico wins.
- Matt Sydal VS Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon; Sydal wins.
- Harley Cameron VS Brittany J; Cameron wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Kaci Lennox; Rayne wins.
- Action Andretti VS Bronson w/ The Iron Savages; Action win.
- Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.
A good line-up, and good to see Matt Sydal back in action. That should be a good return win for him against big bad Bononi. Harley Cameron is a bit of a surprise. Sure, she showed up in AEW sometime last year, but she performed in a musical trio alongside Scarlett Bordeaux and Shotzi Blackheart to cover I Put A Spell On You for WWE around Halloween time. WWE could’ve/should’ve scooped her up then but hey, at least she’s somewhere. Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada looks to be a great match-up that could go either way. And of course, Britt will get a win here to be ready for Dynamite on Wednesday.
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