AEW celebrates THIRTY YEARS of Jericho!
AEW and the world or pro-wrestling celebrates Chris Jericho’s incredible 30 year wrestling career tonight, with him in a match! Will the Inner Circle be ready for Luther’s Chaos Project?
- FTW World Championship: Brian Cage w/ Taz VS Will Hobbs; Cage wins and retains the FTW World Championship.
- AEW World Tag Team Championship Brush with Greatness: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS The Hybrid2; FTR wins and retains the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- AEW TNT Championship Dog Collar Match: Brodie Lee VS Cody Rhodes; Cody wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Big Swole VS Serena Deeb; Swole wins.
- The Inner Circle VS Chaos Project; The Inner Circle wins.
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AEW celebrates 30 YEARS of Y2J!
Ricky Starks says “Chris Jericho is one of the most influential people in this world.” Jungle Boy says Jericho “changed the way I think about wrestling.” Darby Allin was in the crowd for many of Jericho’s matches, and Chuck Taylor says he’s patterned a lot of himself after Jericho. Santana and Ortiz says Jericho is why they became a tag team. They read his first book and “saw the blueprint of becoming a pro-wrestler.” Jungle Boy adds that Jericho “has a way of creating a moment every time he’s out there.” Sammy Guevara says Jericho is a genius!
But what about favorite moments? Sammy is his and Jericho hugging. Jungle Boy’s is taking Jericho to the time limit draw, his first big moment ever. Scorpio Sky says it was Orange Cassidy punching Jericho into the giant tub of mimosa. Darby says it’s Jericho showing up at the AEW pep rally and how it turned everything upside-down. It showed Jericho didn’t have to put up with any crap to still be the big name he is. Britt Baker says Jericho is THE original role model. Jake Hager says everything Jericho has touched has been incredible, impactful and transcends for generations. #ThankYouJericho for three DECADES of greatness!
Taz and Ricky Starks join commentary!
Good ol’ JR apologizes for not remembering his name right away. Starks is definitely an amazing star and the future of the business. But speaking of business, they’re here to watch this badass opener!
FTW World Championship: Brian Cage w/ Taz VS Will Hobbs!
Who can stop the Path of Cage? The Embodiment of Willpower is going to give it a try! Will Hobbs show he has the power to be the next alpha male to hold this title? Or will the Machine show us why Taz anointed him with this title in the first place?
The introductions are made, the orange and black belt is raised, and this battle of behemoths finally fires off!
Cage and Hobbs ram and throw hands! Fans fire up already as the two go back and forth but Cage knees low. Cage whips, Hobbs reverses and they ram again! Hobbs stays up, rams Cage back, Cage comes back into a forearm! Hobbs runs, Cage leaps up and over! Things speed up and Cage CLOBBERS Hobbs with the back elbow! Hobbs is right up to CLOBBER Cage! Taz can’t believe it! Hobbs suplexes, Cage suplexes first, but Hobbs fights out to suplex again. Cage fights out, wrenches and HEADBUTTS, but Hobbs ducks the lariat to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Cage gets to a corner, Hobbs hurries over and he throws body shots. Fans fire up for Hobbs as he throws more forearms. Hobbs climbs up, rains down punches, but Cage tucks Hobbs in to SUPERKICK! Cheeky Nandos is followed up but an Electric Chair FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Cage keeps his cool as he drags Hobbs back up. Cage bumps Hobbs off buckles, throws clubbing forearms and RAMS into Hobbs with his shoulder! Cage CHOPS Hobbs, but Hobbs shrugs it off?! Hobbs counter punches Cage but Cage kicks back. Cage whips, Hobbs reverses but Cage goes up and over to school boy and BOOT! Taz wants Cage to cover but Cage brings Hobbs up instead. Cage scoops Hobbs and uses Hobbs for a curl before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Cage keeps his cool and sits Hobbs up for a chinlock. Cage squeezes tight but Hobbs endures. Fans rally up, Hobbs fights to his feet and fights out of the hold. Hobbs runs but Cage catches him, only for Hobbs to counter with a back suplex!
Both men are down and fans fire up. Hobbs gets to a corner, Cage goes to ropes. Both men stand, Cage runs in but Hobbs boots back! Hobbs runs to LARIAT Cage down! Hobbs rallies with more clotheslines, then BODY CHECKS Cage down! Cage hobbles up and Hobbs fires up! Fans fire up with Hobbs as he whips Cage to ropes. Cage kicks the back drop away then runs, into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Cage survives but Hobbs gets up as fans rally. Hobbs drags Cage up and reels him in, saying he’ll end it. Cage powers out of the underhooks to fireman’s carry but Hobbs slips off, TWO HAND SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but that isn’t all Hobbs has in his arsenal! Cage rolls away to the corner, Hobbs brings him up and throws big forearms.
Hobbs whips, Cage reverses and pump handles Hobbs to a FACEBUSTER! Cage gets up and brings Hobbs back up, fireman’s carry. F5!! Cover, TWO!?! Hobbs survives and shocks everyone! Cage is seething but fans are thunderous as Cage brings Hobbs back up! Hobbs fights off the fireman’s carry, Cage standing switches to GERMAN! Hobbs is back up!? And he GERMANS Cage!! Cage is back up!! Cage swings, Hobbs runs, Cage dodges and they both keep going, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Both big men go down with such impact! A standing count begins as both men stir! The count reaches 5 before either sits up.
Cage has Hobbs and throws a forearm, but Hobbs gives it back. They brawl back and forth, faster and faster, but Cage back kicks, front kicks and spins, but Hobbs dodges! LAST WILL ‘n’ TESTAMENT! Cover, TWO?!? Fans are fired up all over again as Hobbs gets back up. Hobbs snarls as he grows a bit frustrated with Cage. Hobbs goes to a corner, climbs up top, and LEAPS! FROG SPLASH FLOPS!! Cage hauls Hobbs up, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall (still FTW World Champion)
Will Hobbs may be big and strong, but so is Cage, so it all came down to endurance! Cage outlasted Hobbs and holds onto the title, but Team Taz isn’t done yet. Taz wants Starks and Cage to wait as he tells Hobbs to pay attention. “That was impressive. You are impressive, I will give you that.” Hobbs didn’t win but he fought his ass off. Now, Team Taz will play the Option Game. Option A: Hobbs takes the offer of a lifetime and JOINS Team Taz! Option B: Hobbs refuses Option A and Starks and Cage beat the hell out of him! What is Hobbs’ answer? Darby Allin makes it for him by showing up! Team Taz backs off, not wanting to take a shot from the skateboard.
Taz tells Darby to look at him! One day real soon, Darby will finally learn not to stick his nose in Team Taz business, “you rotten punk!” Have the battle lines been drawn once again?
Fans and friends of Jericho join in the celebration!
Rockstar icon Slash congratulates Jericho on this amazing run. It’s commendable, Jericho is definitely a survivor. Dennis Miller says Jericho is 30 years in, still not eroded by the elements. Still an impenetrable fortress who is also hilarious and a good man. Congrats, brother. NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, one of Jericho’s opponents during his more recent excursions there, gives “Jericho-san” congratulations on 30 years!
Jericho’s hockey legend father, Ted Irvine, congratulates Jericho on his journey. Jericho has represented the world of pro-wrestling with honor against some of the greatest names in the world, and is now opening the door to many young wrestlers, male and female, wanting to live that same dream as he has. And he’s also been entertaining everyone around the world for those 30 years. Le Champion isn’t done yet, and Ted is excited to see the next 30 years! Get going, kick butt and get your butt kicked, so long as you keep entertaining us. He’s so good at it! And here’s a toast of a little bit o’ the bubbly! Speaking of the bubbly, Bully Ray is chugging some down! Rock on, Jericho!
AEW hears from Lance Archer.
“Jon Moxley, this ain’t the first time we’ve stepped in the ring together. January 4th, 2020, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom. We tore it down in the Texas Death Match.” But Archer learned a lot since then, and things will be very different come October 14th. Archer is pissed off, is angry and ready to kick some ass. And Moxley, that ass will be yours. Moxley has taken his time “playing around” with Eddie Kingston and The Butcher. Those guys are badass, but they’re NOT Archer. Archer couldn’t be stopped by 20 men, so Moxley stands no chance in hell! Moxley will wish he took all that time to prepare for Archer, because this won’t be pretty. Archer promises he is going to have a damn good time! But will the Dynamite Anniversary see the beginning of the Murderhawk Monster Era?
AEW World Tag Team Championship Brush with Greatness: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS The Hybrid2!
Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood have been “a couple of weenies” lately, using any excuse they can come up with to avoid Best Friends. But will Jack Evans and Angelico make FTR regret giving them a shot instead?
As both teams make their entrances, the Young Bucks are watching backstage. Matt and Nick Jackson also want their own match with FTR, will FTR still be champions by the time they get their shot? Or will their bad behavior trump their win-loss record?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the 20 minutes are on the clock!
Evans starts with Dax and rushes him at the bell! Evans kicks Cash and huricanranas Dax to a cover, TWO! Dax gets up but Evans wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Angelico tags in, Evans BOOTS Dax away then goes up and around to springboard tornillo roundhouse Dax down! Angelico climbs while Evans runs and dropkicks Cash down! Angelico crossbodies, covers, TWO! Dax flounders up, Angelico gets around and underneath for that unique drop toehold and gets the legs. Cash reaches out to drag Dax to safety, and FTR regroups with Tully. FTR get in the faces of the crowd of wrestlers, and go to take the titles. FTR is quitting? Angelico won’t let them as he LEAPS over! FTR catches him, Evans LEAPS in and topples them all over! Perhaps double-edged but it was the only way to keep FTR here!
Evans hobbles up and drags Dax into the ring. Cover, TWO! Evans keeps his cool and he drags Dax back up for a scoop and slam! Evans hobbles to the corner, hops up and poses, but Cash trips him up! Evans falls on his hybrid two! Dax brings Evans down with the DRAGON SCREW! Evans bails out, Dax is after him and he gets the leg for a SHIN BREAKER to the railing!! Evans writhes as he clutches his knee and Dax dares him to fly around now! Dax drags Evans up and over to dump on the floor, then up and into the ring. Dax has the legs and SLAMS one against the ropes! Tag to Cash and Cash laces the legs up for a DRAPING FIGURE FOUR! Evans suffers as AEW goes picture in picture!
The ref counts, Cash lets Evans go and then hurries in to stay between Evans and Angelico. Cash stomps Evans down, hauls him up and scoops to RAM him into the corner! Evans is in a Tree of Woe and Dax tags in. FTR mugs Evans’ legs! The ref counts, FTR lets up and Cash high fives Tully. Dax paces around as Evans sits up. Dax drags Evans up by his hair to put in the corner and CHOP! And then he puts the leg on the ropes to pull and thrash about! The ref counts, Dax lets Evans go at 4 to get in Angelico’s face. The ref has to keep Angelico back, and that allows Cash to go after the bad leg himself! Angelico protests but he has to back down for the ref to go back to Evans. Evans still gets Dax for a cradle! ONE, and Dax drags Evans around to YANK the leg!
Dax looms over Evans, tags Cash in, and FTR coordinate to JAM the knee! Cash turns Evans over, hooks the leg, and does the Bernie Lean into the SNAP Deathlock! Cash does another awful dance move to then cover Evans, TWO! Angelico is also there and Cash shoves him! The ref is busy with Angelico again and FTR mugs Evans in the corner! Cash drags Evans up, snapmares him and then drops down on the knee. Cash wrenches the foot but Evans punches free! Evans hurries but can’t get away! AEW returns to single picture as Cash gives Evans another SHIN BREAKER! Cash brings Evans up, wrenches to another SHIN BREAKER! Cash pushes Evans down, soaks up the heat and steps through for a standing toehold. Evans resists the figure four and boots Cash into the corner!
Evans crawls but Cash tags in Dax, and Dax intercepts! Evans ENZIGURIS Dax down! Both men are down, fans rally up for Evans, which is rare in itself. Dax grabs the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! And then the HALF CRAB! Evans reaches for ropes, Tully and Cash taunt him but he still gets the ropebreak! Dax lets go at 4, then drags Evans back up. Evans sunset flips out of the shin breaker, TWO! Tag to Cash, Cash runs and swings on Angelico. Angelico dodges, so does Evans! Hot tag to Angelico! Angelico rallies, Dax catches him but Angelico boots Cash away! Angelico boots Dax into buckles and arm-drags him away! Cash is up but Angelico blocks the kick for an extra strong DRAGON SCREW!
Dax runs into a drop toehold, Angelico rolls to get the facelock! Cash runs in, Angelico kicks his legs out, and catches Cash! FTR is stuck in a DOUBLE INVERTED STF!! FTR flail, claw, crawl, and Tully pushes the ropes forward. The ref reprimands but FTR both get the ropebreak! Angelico lets them go, drags Cash back up and fans rally for “T H 2! T H 2!” Angelico whips, Cash reverses but Evans tags in. Angelico dodges Cash and Evans ROUNDHOUSES! Angelico lifts Cash while Evans goes up, DUMDUM STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Evans DECKS Dax, covers Cash, TWO!! Cash survives but the fans are fired up! Evans drags Cash into a drop zone, tags Angelico back in and Angelico gives Evans the boost for the STANDING 450! Cover, TWO!!
The Bucks are still watching as Angelico wrenches and lifts Cash. Evans tags in, Dax trips Angelico up and drags him out! Cash ROCKS Evans, and FTR regroup at the corner. Dax tags in, brings Evans up, O’Conner roll into CHAOS THEORY! Cash rings Evans up, DRAGON SUPLEX! Dax jackknifes to cover, Angelico breaks it!! Cash throws Angelico out and FTR has Evans all alone. They drags Evans up but Evans fights with elbows and haymakers! Eddy Gordo ROUNDHOUSE for Cash, Dax DECKS Evans! Dax puts Evans up top and backwards on a corner then CHOPS him on the back! Dax climbs up, Angelico hurries over but Dax clubs him down! Evans elbows Dax down!
Evans adjusts, and PHOENIX- NO! The bad leg keeps him from completing the rotation, but he more or less stomps Dax on his ear! Evans goes up again to MOONSAULT, cover, Cash breaks it! Angelico throws Cash up and over but Cash holds on. Cash ducks the roundhouse, jumps the sweep but the Eddy Gordo kick gets him again! Angelico builds sped, FLIES out but lands on his feet as Cash dodges! Cash GORY BOMBS Angelico into the apron! Evans rolls over Dax’s back to kick Cash down! Evans goes back to Dax, backslide and bridge, TWO!! Dax narrowly escapes, ducks Evans’ punches and blocks his kicks, but Evans dodges Dax’s clothesline. Evans kicks, it’s blocked, GERMAN SUPLEX! But Evans lands on his feet! And he handspring HEEL KICKS Dax back!
Dax wobbles, Evans reels him in, but Dax LARIATS! Dax drags Evans up, in, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Evans survives and fans are fired up! Evans gets to a corner and kicks Dax. Dax grabs the legs, yanks Evans up but Evans lands on his feet again. But Dax grabs him again, drags him to the FTR corner and hoists him up top. Dax throws haymakers, Cash tags in and goes to the other corner, SUPERPLEX and FROG SPLASH! Cover, FTR wins!
Winner: FTR, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The champs win within their own imposed time limit, but it was still a close one! Will the Brush with Greatness continue to sweep contenders aside?
The Young Bucks are a bit beside themselves watching this backstage. Nick admits FTR was pretty good. Matt sees the camera is live. Are they spying on the Bucks? Is Matt thinking what Nick is thinking? Their favorite move, the DOUBLE SUPERKICK! They knock the cameraman down! Well, sorry about that. But they forgot their wallets, so they can’t really pay the fine right now. Oops.
Wait a minute, who put the graphic of FTR dressed as hot dogs up? Well, who else? Here comes Best Friends! It’s even a shirt now! Chuck and Trent hope they get the joke. The hot dogs are wieners, cuz they’re weenies. Fans chant, “Weenies! Weenies!” as Trent says they as “comedy backyard wrestlers,” are just trying to tell FTR that they are weenies. But what’s not a joke is that Best Friends are THE #1 contenders. And oddly enough, they just walked past Tony Khan, and he told them their title match is LIVE for the Dynamite Anniversary! FTR rubs the belts in Best Friends’ faces, then they swing on ’em! Best Friends dodge the belt shots to DECK FTR!
They brawl, Best Friends whip FTR but FTR bails out! Fans boo the “Weenies!” but Best Friends hold up the belts! Will FTR have to #FaceTheReality that Trent and Chuck might seriously take those titles from them?
MJF talks about Chris Jericho.
“Thirty years. What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Chris Jericho?” Here’s a story. They say, “Never meet your heroes,” but MJF is inclined to disagree. The first time MJF really got to talk to Jericho was after Double or Nothing. MJF was “slightly inebriated” and it was his big first brush with being a real star here. Jericho walked right up to MJF at the after party and said, “You’ve really got something. Keep it up, don’t stop, keep studying, and don’t be afraid to pick and take little nuances from people you look up to.” MJF took his index finger and pointed at Jericho. Jericho smiled and MJF will never forget that.
As their friendship “begins to bloom more and more each week,” MJF just wants Jericho to know how proud MJF is of him, and how inspired he is by him. MJF may or may not show up in person to congratulate Jericho himself tonight.
More friends and fans congratulate Jericho!
Shaquille O’Neal tells “Christopher Bartholomew Jericho” that for having 30 years in pro-wrestling, “legend” is an understatement. Whatever is above legend, that’s Jericho. Thanks for entertaining us all! Gene Simmons wishes Jericho a happy 30th anniversary. Jericho has been on his hands and knees all his life working for this, but it’s spectacular. Maybe he’ll get somewhere some day. Don Callis says Jericho is still the exact same guy who was sitting next to Callis on the bus for that 12 hour road trip. Don’t change now, and have another great 30 years! Lars Ulrich congratulates Jericho on 30 years! Thirty years?! Hell yeah! Thirty years of kicking ass, being super cool and just doing what he does with that big lion heart. Diamond Dallas Page tells the Painmaker, Le Champion, the Demo God is most importantly a brother. Congratulations, Jericho.
AEW TNT Championship Dog Collar Match: Brodie Lee VS Cody Rhodes!
Mr. Brodie thought he had vanquished the American Nightmare, but then he returned only five weeks later with a new look and a new edge! Cody vows there are no regrets, there is no looking back, and no denying that they both will be much different after this match! But has Cody only made this worse for himself acting on emotion? Or will he win back his pride and self-respect along with the title?
Cody has Brandi and Coach Arn Anderson, but Mr. Brodie has Anna Jay and John Silver, who is carrying the dog collars with the 15 FEET of heavy, steel chain between them. The introductions are made, including Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, a veteran of this match type. The belt is raised and AEW goes to break before the Exalted One and the Prince of Pro-Wrestling are collared to each other.
AEW returns, Cody and Brodie are in the collars and the ref rings the bell! Brodie and Cody try to pull the other over but that tug-o-war is not in Cody’s favor. Brodie reels Cody in, Cody uses the momentum to rush Brodie but he gets clear, Silver gets blasted off the apron! Number 4 shouldn’t have been up there in the first place. Brodie BOOTS Cody down and drops an elbow! Brodie moves the chain aside to KICK Cody in the back, then drags him up to scoop and slam! The chain adds to everything as Brodie drops another elbow! Cover, TWO! Cody grabs the chain but Brodie kicks his hands away. Silver gets up and is bleeding from the chain attack! Proof how dangerous the chains can be. Brodie gets an idea and wraps some chain around his arm, but Cody avoids the full metal elbow drop!
Cody gets up, to a corner and he boots Brodie back! Cody clotheslines but Brodie stays up! Cody tries again but Brodie still stays up. Cody punches, drops and uppercuts! Cody gets the chain clear, runs up and up, but Brodie YANKS him down by the chain! Valentine probably knows a bit about that as he watches Brodie go out. Brodie has Silver move aside so he can drag Cody to the ropes. Cody tries to stay in the ring but Brodie brings him out. Brodie ROCKS Cody with an uppercut, then lifts Cody to SLAM off the apron! Brodie confiscates a chair from the wrestlers at ringside, and he tells Silver to sit. Silver obeys, but Cody runs in and Brodie moves, Silver gets dropkicked OUT of the chair! Now his arm is hurting!
Brodie uses the chain to drag Cody into the ring, and then clotheslines him with the chain! Brodie takes a moment to catch his breath before he drags Cody up. Fans rally up for Cody but Brodie hits a DDT onto chain! Anna Jay hurries over to check on Silver, but Brodie tells her to get Silver out of here. Those two leave and Brodie goes after Cody with a chain to his forehead! There’s already a cut on Cody’s eyebrow, the chain is only grinding it open! Arn coaches Cody up but Brodie goes out to back Arn off. Brodie has Cody’s blood on his hands and even face, and he CLUBS Cody on the apron! Now the blood is on Brodie’s arm. Brodie rakes the cut and Cody writhes and flounders away. Brodie has him in a corner to CHOP! And CLUB!
Cody sits up and the ref checks that wound but Brodie brings Cody up to whip. Cody ducks under, grabs the chain and YANKS it! Brodie gets hit in his exalted one! Cody then uses the chain in the Russian Leg Sweep! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as Cody rises! Cody punches his own bloody wound to fire up! The crimson mask is strong as Cody glares at Brodie. Brodie goes out but Cody uses the chain to YANK him into the apron! Cody runs and DIVES! Cody hits Brodie, Brodie hits barriers, but Cody uses the chain to stand him back up! Cody clubs away, but Brodie throws Cody over the railing. Brodie uses the chain to YANK Cody into the railing! And again! Brodie pushes Cody away to then yank him up and over!
Brodie drags the timekeeper’s table out and over to where Cody is. Brodie kicks Cody, grabs a chair to toss it into the ring, and then another chair. Brodie ROCKS Cody with an uppercut, brings him into the ring and adjusts the table’s position. Fans rally up for Cody as both men end up on the apron. Cody gets up, Brodie drags Cody into a choke grip but Cody fights back! Cody punches Brodie with the chain! Brodie shoves him but Cody hops down and yanks Brodie into a CUTTER!! Both men are down and Cody sits up with a sinister grin on his face as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cody catches his breath and gets to his feet. The ref finally checks the wound on Cody’s forehead, but it seems to be done bleeding for now. Cody reels Brodie to the ring with the chain, then throws a forearm! Brodie holds onto ropes so as not to fall into the table, and he hits back. But Cody BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS back! Brodie wobbles, Cody goes back to the apron and clubs Brodie on the back. Cody reels Brodie in, underhooks and PACKAGE PILEDRIVERS Brodie through the table!! That was truly double edged because Cody had to fall with Brodie! The ref checks on both men, and they’re both somehow okay to continue. Cody fires himself up and now BRODIE is bleeding! Cody drags Brodie up and into the ring, covers, TWO!! Brodie still lives but his face is even MORE of a crimson mask!
Cody gets to a corner as AEW returns to single picture. The ref checks on Brodie’s wound but he’s still moving. Cody stalks Brodie and dares him to get up! Brodie gets up to get a CHAIN PUNCH! And another! Cody reels Brodie in for a GOURD BUSTER onto the chain! And then Cody LASHES Brodie with the chain! And again! Cody turns Brodie over to rain down full metal fists! Cody sits Brodie up for another full metal punch! Cody has Brodie in a corner and he loops the chain around the post, to CHOKE Brodie! And STOMP him! Cody gets the chain off the post and brings Brodie out to bump him off buckles. Cody wraps up his fist to bump Brodie off it! But Brodie whips Cody out, and uses the chain to reel Cody in, and tries to HANG Cody with it! Cody blocks with an arm, Brodie yanks him up and into the ring for a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Brodie is furious and he shouts at Arn. Fans fire up for Cody as Brodie rains down full metal punches of his own! Brodie grabs one of those chairs he brought in, to TOSS at Arn!? Arn manages to dodge that discus toss and he gets in the ring to confront Brodie! But here comes ALEX REYNOLDS! Number 3 has returned, but Arn gives him a SPINE BUSTER! Arn’s still got it! But then Brodie sucker punches him! Cody CLOBBERS Brodie for that! Roll up, TWO! They’re tangled up, Cody gets up, kicks, drops down but kicks instead! Cody throws more metal fists into Brodie, and then clubs away with the chain! Cody gives Brodie another BIG full metal fist! Cody snapmares Brodie with the chain, and CHOKES him! Brodie endures but he’s fading and bleeding and turning purple!
Cody lets go and has another sinister grin. Cody goes up top, leaps, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Brodie survives but Cody keeps his cool. Cody has more chain, but Brodie boots the punch away and SUPERKICKS! Cody blocks the next kick, to get the CROSS RHODES! Cover, ONE?!? Brodie refuses to let it end here! Cody doesn’t mind, he brings Brodie up into the inverted underhooks, and tries to lift. Brodie goes up and over the inverted Especial to SUPERKICK! The chains trip him up, he SUPERKICKS again for good measure! Brodie brings Cody up to POWERBOMB onto the chain! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Cody bails out, but Brodie yanks him into the post! Cody yanks Brodie into the post!
Cody and Brodie both get in, Cody climbs up top. Cody has another fist of chain but Brodie uppercuts first! Brodie ROCKS Cody again, climbs up to join him, and SUPERPLEXES! Both men are down and a standing count begins! Fans rally up, the count gets to 4 before both men sit up. Brodie throws a haymaker, Cody gives it back. Brodie hits another, Cody dribbles Brodie off the chain! And again! Cody JABS, runs, but into a pop-up, full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Brodie snarls as he powers up and spins, but Cody gets around the discus to suplex for the FINAL CUT! Shout out to brother Dustin, he gets the chain around Brodie’s head! Mouth, nose, eyes, the chain is digging in! Cody elbows away over and over and over, then hits CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
The Dark Order walks out to witness the shocking development while the Nightmare Family hurries to check on Cody. The Dark Order hurries down to help Brodie out of the ring, too, and Cody celebrates with his Nightmare Family! Tony Schiavone goes down to congratulate Cody on one “hell of a battle.” Cody thanks Schiavone and everyone. “There is no feeling on earth like being able to perform and compete in front of a live crowd.” Cody spent the time from when he was 15 year old to this moment here, “trying to reach across the aisle to feel your love.”
People suggested he should take a dark path because he darkened his hair and it means he went another route. “To hell with that!” Cody is sticking with the fans until the very end! It isn’t pandering, it’s his life’s work! The fans have made this for him, so he wants to be on AEW Dynamite’s anniversary and DEFEND this title! Then who will it be against? A great question, but here comes the answer! Orange Cassidy walks right out onto stage and the fans are thunderous! Cody gives him a THUMBS UP! The American Nightmare VS Freshly Squeezed, what a way to celebrate Dynamite’s own anniversary!
AEW returns and has news for the contender’s tournament!
We already learned that Jungle Boy, Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega are among the eight in this single elimination tournament to name a contender to the AEW World Championship. Three more names have been decided! Wardlow, Colt Cabana and Hangman Page are now part of the bracket! We only have two more contenders to name, who will they be?
Backstage interview with Kenny Omega.
Alex Marvez talks with Omega about the contender’s tournament. He’s back full time as a singles competitor, how does it feel? It feels GOOD! He was waiting for over a year to get back in the hunt for the AEW World Championship, and what better way to do it than in an tournament? If there’s been a tournament somewhere in the world, Omega has won it. If you’ve had a tournament somewhere in the year, he’s probably entered and won it! And this tournament will be like no other! Jungle Boy, Rey Fenix, Colt Cabana, Wardlow and his tag team partner, Hangman Page. Yes, even tag team wrestlers have an interest in the world championship! This will be the premier tournament to watch! And the one where Omega finally stakes his claim on the world title belt.
So don’t be surprised that after Omega’s hand is raised and he is named the contender, he is the one who takes it off “whoever the hell is the champion at the end of the pay-per-view.” So Omega is rather confident. Omega dares AEW to throw whoever they have at him. He doesn’t care if they’re a singles wrestler or a tag team guy like Hangman. It could even be a cowboy like Hangman, Omega doesn’t care. It rolls right off his shoulder. Omega is going to be the winner and the champion he was destined to be since day one, Hangman or not. For not caring about him, Omega sure seems obsessed with Hangman being in this tournament now. Is Omega… worried?
Big Swole VS Serena Deeb!
Swole made her in-ring return on Dark, but now she’s back on Dynamite to make her return even more explosive! Will Swole get on a roll towards the AEW Women’s World Championship?
The bell rings and Deeb circles with Swole. They tie up, go around and Deeb gets the arm. Deeb wrenches, Swole slips through and wrenches back. Deeb rolls, spins and wrenches back to wrangle Swole down. Fans cheer the exchange as Swole gets up. Deeb headlocks, hits a takeover but Swole headscissors. Deeb pops out and fans cheer as the two stand off. The two go again as fans rally up. Deeb and Swole tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength. Swole powers Deeb down fast and gets the shoulders, Deeb gets up at ONE and reels Swole in to a sunset flip, ONE! Swole is up but Deeb wrenches an arm, only for Swole to wrench back. Swole spins Deeb around, hammerlocks both arms then CLUBS her! Swole half straitjackets Deeb to throw forearms and hit a backbreaker!
Swole brings Deeb back up, throws forearms and then whips Deeb to a corner. Swole runs to the side but Deeb comes back with a LARIAT! Swole goes to the apron, Deeb drags her back up and through the ropes, DRAGON SCREW! Swole goes down hard and Deeb goes after her again. Deeb brings Swole through the ropes for a neckbreaker hotshot! Swole sputters as AEW goes picture in picture.
Deeb drags Swole back in to drop down on the leg with elbows. Deeb keeps on the legs for an Indian Deathlock! Deeb also gets the arms for a surfboard cradle, TWO! Swole escapes and works to get her bad leg moving. Deeb drags her up first and wrenches the arm to an elbow breaker! Deeb trips Swole and uses the knuckle lock cover, ONE as Swole gets an arm up. Deeb brings Swole up to drop down, roll and keylock Swole back down! Cover, TWO! Deeb SLAMS the other arm then covers, TWO! Deeb grows frustrated and Swole hits back with body shots! Deeb clubs Swole, drags her back up and wrenches to another elbow breaker! Deeb wrenches through, hooks Swole up in the IRON OCTOPUS, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Swole is still down, clutching her back. Deeb drags Swole up, whips her to a corner, but Swole stops herself, only to collide with Deeb! They both go down but fans rally up. A standing count begins and Swole rises at 4. Deeb stands, too, but runs into Swole’s elbows and clothesline! Swole rallies, throws forearms, but Deeb ducks the roundhouse! Deeb swings, Swole ducks and HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO!! Deeb still lives but Swole is right after her! Swole whips Deeb to a corner, runs in but is put on the apron. Swole ROUNDHOUSES Deeb then steps in, for a BACKSTABBER from Deeb! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Deeb drags Swole around, but Swole cradle counters, TWO! Deeb gets Swole to a backslide, TWO!
Deeb kicks low, reels Swole in and double hammerlocoks before the lift. Swole kicks to fight free of the driver, then ROCKS Deeb with a forearm. Swole goes to run, Deeb reels her in and passes her up, but Swole follows to uppercut! Swole runs, into Deeb’s elbow! Deeb runs but Swole follows again, Deeb elbows Swole again! Deeb runs but Swole BOOTS! HEADBUTTS! DIRTY DANCING!! Cover, Swole wins!!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
The #2 contender wants to be #1, and the best way to do that is to keep winning! Will Swole climb the ranks and have her shot at the champion?
AEW hears from Jon Moxley.
“October 14th marks one year of AEW Dynamite on TNT, but I will not be celebrating.” He hasn’t had much time to celebrate this year, “because for every monster, for every hungry young kid, for every legend I take out, there’s another one waiting around the corner, and that’s the life of a world champion.” Moxley has been in the game long enough to know that eventually, everyone’s number will be called. Eventually, someone is going to take Moxley out. That could be Archer, and that could be October 14th. “One does not simply beat Lance Archer. One survives Lance Archer.” Moxley knows from experience. He barely left Tokyo with his teeth in his mouth and his head on his shoulders. Now the chicken has come home to roost and tracked Moxley halfway around the world to do it.
Like a samurai, Moxley meditates daily on his own demise, “being ripped apart by swords and arrows.” Every time Moxley hands the belt to a referee, he may not get it back. But what happens on October 14th, Archer? Maybe he wins, maybe Moxley does. Moxley has a lot of regrets in his life, but laying down for Archer is not going to be one of them. He will leave it all in the ring, and Archer will have to unstrap the belt from his dead body! Maybe Archer does. But it’s like Archer says: Everybody dies.
Another round of friends and fans congratulating Jericho!
Lance Storm wishes Jericho a happy anniversary! Thirty years of friendship, and he couldn’t be happier. Long live Le Champion! Kevin Smith wants to crack open a bit o’ the bubbly for Jericho! THREE DECADES in little shorts and showing off that body. Eli Roth congratulates Jericho, it’s unbelievable! The Beatles were only together for 7 years, so Jericho’s basically 4.5 times better or something. Gabriel Iglesias has Chavo Guerrero Jr. on video call as part of his own video call! Chavo says hey to Jericho, and says that these 30 years felt a lot longer, because practically every time he turned the TV on, Jericho was on it! And Steel Panther wishes Jericho a happy 30th anniversary and congratulates him for wrestling his ass off the entire time! Wait, Jericho’s a wrestler?
Ultimo Dragon says congratulations Jericho for 30 years in the industry! It’s an incredible accomplishment! Paul Stanley also congratulates Jericho for his 30 years. Getting to the top is one thing, but staying there is truly incredible.
The Inner Circle VS Chaos Project!
Thirty years in the making. That is the tagline to this entire night, but especially this match! Chris Jericho and Luther have known each other for 30 years, as both allies and enemies, friends and foes! But will the Original Death Dealer and his new pal in Serpentico put the hurting on Le Champion and Big Hurt, Jake Hager? Or will the Demo God be able to celebrate his 30th anniversary with a victory?
AEW returns and Jericho makes his entrance, the rest of the Inner Circle with him. Everyone enjoys singing along with Judas before the match begins. Jericho starts with Serpentico and they tie up. Jericho wrenches to a wristlock, Serpentico rolls and handsprings to wrench, but Jericho throws a forearm! Jericho CHOPS Serpentico, whips him but Serpentico dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Serpentico fixes his head and hits a forearm in the corner! He whips but Jericho reverses only to run into a boot. Serpentico hits another headscissors but Jericho CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up as Luther tags in! Luther and Jericho meet again after all this time and tie up. Jericho CHOPS, Luther CHOPS, repeat! It’s a CHOP fight! Luther CHOPS then runs, but into a shove, only for Luther to BOOT Jerihco down!
Luther runs and clotheslines, then butterfly suplexes! Luther rains down rights, stomps Jericho and tags Serpentico in. Serpentico slingshots to double stomp Jericho down! Tag back to Luther, Chaos Project drags Jericho up to snap suplex! Luther uses Serpentico as a weapon, inverted suplex splash! Luther covers, TWO, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho gets to ropes but Luther is after him with the fish hooks! The ref reprimands and counters, Luther lets go at 4 to CHOP Jericho again. Luther whips, Jericho dodges and denies the dropkick! LIONSAULT! He’s still got it! Tag to Hager and Hager throws haymakers! Luther hits back and the two brawl, but Hager gets the edge. Hager runs, rams Luther, but Luther stays up! Both men roar, and start throwing hands again! Hager rams Luther into the corner and rams his shoulders in more, but the ref backs him off. Luther boots Hager away, but runs into a BELLY2BELLY! Hager hobbles, comes back to put Luther in a drop zone and climbs up. HAGER BOMB onto boots!
Serpentico tags in and Luther uses him as human weapon scoop slam senton! And again! And again! Serpentico runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Serpentico keeps on Hager with haymakers, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in, Serpentico slips out to the apron and enziguris back! Serperntico climbs, leaps, but into Hager’s arms! Hager pops Serpentico up to SLAM him down! Hager stands on Serpentico at the ropes and Jericho tags in. Jericho drags Serpentico up and suplexes him, to hold him there for a counter of 5 before slamming him down! Jericho soaks up the cheers as AEW returns to single picture.
Jericho kicks Serpentico to a corner, drags him up and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Jericho brings Serpentico out to whip, but Serpentico counters the back drop to a DDT! Hot tag to Luther! Luther DECKS Hager, Luther runs and clotheslines Jericho out hard! Jericho and Hager regroup, Luther helps Serpentico FLY! Down goes Hager, Jericho and even Sammy Guevara! Luther is up top, he aims at everyone as he CANNONBALLS! The entire Inner Circle goes down and Luther puts Jericho in! Luther climbs up again, aiming at Jericho in the drop zone, for a FLYING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Luther runs in, only to be put on the apron! Jericho triangle springboards, into Luther’s lariat! Luther goes around the corner and climbs up again. Luther reels Jericho in by his hair, for a FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally up as Luther brings Jericho up. Luther rakes Jericho’s eyes, whips him to ropes, but Jericho kicks back! Luther ducks Judas Effect! GERMAN SUPLEX! Luther holds on, spins Jericho around, hoists him up and Serpentico is there, METEORA DOOMSDAY!! Cover, Hager breaks it in time! Serpentico leaps at Hager but Hager and Serpentico tumble out of the ring! The ref is busy with them, Jericho calls to Sammy but Luther intercepts Floyd the Baseball Bat! Luther swings and hits Jericho with Floyd!! Homerun behind the ref’s back! Luther runs and BOOTS Jericho down! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives, Sammy shouts at Luther but Luther DECKS him! Luther turns around into JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho and Hager win!
Winners: Chris Jericho & Jake Hager, by pinfall
The Inner Circle definitely won this match, because they all had a part to play! Jericho gets a mic to say, “Hey, listen. Thirty years in this business, thanks to all of you. And I just want to say from-” But wait, MJF is here! He said he’d maybe be here in person to congratulate Jericho, but he doesn’t want his music playing. This isn’t about him, it’s about Jericho. Wardlow is wheeling out something big and MJF says he isn’t here to step on toes or steal spotlight. MJF is here because he respects Jericho. It’s true! Wait, the thing under the curtain is a person and they get in the ring with Wardlow and MJF. MJF says he wants to be part of the celebration of Le Champion! And it’s about time for the conversation to end, it’s gift o’clock and MJF is ready to rock.
Count down! FIVE! FOUR! THREE! TWO! ONE! And it’s… Clownicho! Don’t you get it? Well hold on, there’s another present wrapped up. MJF is really thoughtful, so y’know. Jericho takes the present for himself, but before he opens it, MJF wants Jericho to indulge him. MJF promises Sammy that jacket is in the mail. Also, MJF wants to let Jericho know he inspires him. Next week, MJF makes a career defining announcement and he wants Jericho out there with him. But first, the present! A picture of MJF. Is that not amazing? Yes, it’s really great. And Jericho SMASHES it on the clown’s head! As in, Clownicho. And he gives the clown a JUDAS EFFECT! MJF doesn’t understand.
Jericho explains “I hate clowns, and don’t every interrupt me again. You understand me?” Both men stare down, but then they laugh. Jericho had him! Jericho thanks the fans and wishes them a good night! The AEW roster comes out to genuinely celebrate with a genuinely remarkable man. Credits roll? Executive Producer: Chris Jericho. Directed by: Chris Jericho. Jericho, Jericho, Jericho. Catering, too? But all that aside, yes! Happy 30th Anniversary, Y2J!
What a great episode, though they didn’t go all that much harder just because it was Jericho’s 30th anniversary. It was great to have all those shout-outs from celebrities and fellow wrestlers, but obviously we all know this could’ve been an even greater episode if there could’ve been a video tribute using footage from his whole career, including the WWE and WWE properties. I’m at least surprised there also wasn’t a party moment, but they had to get to everything else planned for this episode. The FTW Championship was great but I feel like it only scratched the surface of what Cage and Hobbs can do. Darby interrupts things after, but I almost thought Hobbs was going to attack him to take Option A. Maybe not, though, because Hobbs is doing great as a Face and we are still owed some part of the Archer & Team Taz VS Moxley, Hobbs & Darby match.
The Brush with Greatness was, well, also great. The time limit still isn’t as much of a factor other than the pacing, but what a great showing from TH2. Of course FTR wins because they still need to face Best Friends and Young Bucks. I feel like FTR VS Best Friends not having the time limit is actually a shame. The whole point of the Brush with Greatness having a time limit is that it’s supposed to save FTR’s asses from almost losing! Otherwise, why even make it a big deal? I’m pretty sure FTR wins because we still need FTR VS Bucks, and that probably happens at Full Gear. The AEW World Championship #1 contender’s tournament is already turning out how I was hoping, with Hangman named as an entrant and Omega being weirdly anxious about it. It almost doesn’t matter who the other two names are in this field of eight, this MUST end on Omega VS Hangman at the finals.
The Dog Collar Match was BRUTAL, and definitely in a good way! Though, they sure love blood. Three people bleeding, with Silver starting it and he wasn’t even really in the match. Though, kudos to him taking those spots to be the hapless lackey. I really thought Brodie was going to win, but it’s Cody. Cody peels back some kayfabe for us by showing he isn’t going to be Heel Cody or even dark, brooding Cody just because of the new look he came up with (which makes you wonder why he went that way in the first place) but again that’s Cody. But Cody VS Orange Cassidy for the Dynamite Anniversary is going to be incredible, and how amazing would it be for Cody to put Orange over? If anyone in the trio of Cassidy and Best Friends is getting a title next week, it’s Cassidy.
Swole and Deeb had a really good match and it was a really good win for Swole. I feel like the Dynamite Anniversary should try and surprise us with something for the women’s division, as it isn’t clear who is heading to Full Gear to face Hikaru Shida yet. Moxley and Archer had great vignette promos, and of course they referenced the NJPW match for the IWGP United States Championship that Moxley still has. Their match is going to be awesome, but as great as Archer is, I don’t think he beats Moxley. As I said for AEW Dark last night, I feel like what Eddie Kingston was saying implies he and Moxley will have a rematch in an I Quit match. Full Gear had the brutal Unsanctioned match last year, why not make a tradition out of that with Moxley VS Kingston, I Quit Match for the title?
And of course, closing with Jericho in the main event was the proper way to do this. Chaos Project gave Inner Circle a really good match, even in losing. Luther definitely went above and beyond compared to what he’s been doing in the ring, and looked very strong since all of the Inner Circle got involved one way or another. I feel like they had to rush things with MJF, but it’s fine because that was an appropriately awkward and dumb gift. I have a feeling that between last week’s “forgotten jacket” and the things MJF said tonight, replacing Sammy is the red herring. MJF is going to swerve us and create his own parody of the Inner Circle. He mentioned Jericho “inspiring” him, and even telling him “don’t be afraid to pick and take” from role models. MJF is going to copy Jericho and create a group, though he could’ve just kept his campaign team with him. Maybe some of the bigger names seen on AEW Dark join Team MJF to get some Dynamite time.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/12/21)
AEW is The Pinnacle!
There’s a new pecking order in AEW!
After surviving Blood & Guts, MJF and The Pinnacle stand atop AEW! And with titles on the line, who will stand atop the Tag Team and TNT Divisions?
- IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley VS Yuji Nagata; Moxley wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks VS SoCal Uncensored; The Young Bucks win, retain the titles, and SCU breaks up as a tag team.
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy; Double Count-Out Draw, BOTH will challenge Kenny Omega for the title at Double or Nothing.
- Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure; Rosa wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro; Miro wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley w/ Eddie Kingston VS Yuji Nagata w/ Ren Narita!
The Death Rider extended this title opportunity to Blue Justice with respect, but did not miss the disrespect given back. Now, NJPW comes to AEW, and we see if the Maniac can turn away the legend in this historic opening contest!
Moxley surprisingly comes out to “Wild Thing” as introductions are made. The IWGP belt is raised, this is under NJPW rules, and the superstition of the number four might be put to the test to open Dynamite!
Moxley draws the line, Nagata steps right to it, and Moxley shoves him. Nagata fires forearms but Moxley gives them back and fans are fired up! Moxley gives boxing elbows, whips Nagata to a corner, and runs in to clothesline! Nagata fires up but Moxley kicks low! Moxley whips, Nagata reverses and kitchen sink knees, then BOOTS Mox down! Nagata stomps, Moxley bails out and fans fire up for Blue Justice! Rocky Romero is here to watch from the bleachers as Nagata goes out. Moxley rakes Nagata’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off and POSTS Nagata! Moxley goes to the apron, takes aim, and leaps for a FLYING KNEE! Down goes Nagata!
Moxley gets Nagata up to throw him into railing, then hurries to refresh the 20 count. Nagata gets up, hobbles over, and gets in at 5 of 20. Moxley smirks as Nagata gets up and eggs him on. Moxley ROCKS Nagata with a forearm, then hits a lariat in the corner! And again! Moxley snapmares, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Nagata down! Moxley drops an elbow, covers, ONE!! Lance Archer and Jake the Snake watch from the bleachers, too, as Moxley dares Nagata to get up. Nagata grits his teeth but Moxley KICKS him! Nagata eggs Moxley on now and the kicks keep flying! Down goes Nagata, Moxley covers, TWO! Moxley digs fingers into Nagata’s face but lets off as the ref counts.
Moxley goes to a corner, hops up, takes aim and leaps, but into a clinch! Moxley fires elbows, Nagata ROCKS him and KICKS him in return! And KICKS! And KICKS! Nagata throws more forearms, he whips corner to corner, and runs in to BOOT Moxley, for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Nagata keeps his cool, drags Moxley up, and reels him in. Moxley blocks the suplex, Nagata fires off forearms! Nagata whips, Moxley reverses, but Nagata rolls to duck! Nagata fakes Moxley out to dropkick the legs! Nagata’s still savvy as he aims again, for a KICK! And a KICK! Kingston coaches Mox and Moxley takes more KICKS!
Moxley grits his teeth and gets to his feet. Nagata throws forearms, Moxley fires back! Nagata ROCKS Moxley but he keeps hitting back! Moxley gets the edge, Nagata gives it back! Nagata runs, Moxley dodges the boot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley wants Nagata to get up and he runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives and shows us why he’s still hung around this long! Moxley vows to end it, a la Suzuki! But Nagata blocks the piledriver he knows so well! Nagata back drops Moxley away and mule kicks! Nagata runs into the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Nagata hoists Moxley up to the top rope, climbs up to join him, and reels Moxley into a SUPER EXPLODER!!
Moxley sits up, eggs Nagata on, and Nagata KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives, Nagata drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights the suplex off. Moxley gets a sleeper! Another homage to Suzuki, but Nagata knows that, too! Nagata drops and drags Moxley into a SHIROMEI! The mounted Fujiwara armbar tortures Moxley, Nagata’s eyes roll to the back of his head, but Moxley still reaches out and gets the ropebreak! Nagata lets off, but he isn’t done with Moxley! Nagata wrenches an arm, but Moxley denies the elbow break to forearm! Nagata hits back, they brawl more, and Moxley wobbles. Moxley fires back, runs but into a BOOT! And ENZIGURI!
Moxley rebounds to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! But into the Bully Choke! Nagata fights up to his feet as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Moxley shifts to a full sleeper, bleeding from his cheek where Nagata’s been hitting him. Nagata wrenches free to forearm again! Moxley gives it back, spins and DECKS Nagata! Moxley gets Nagata up for knees to the head, then a DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (still IWGP US Champion)
The elevated Paradigm Shift, the Death Rider, helps Moxley hold onto the title! But there is still respect here now that they’ve fought it out! Moxley bows and even drops to his knees, but Nagata returns the favor! Will these two battle it out again in the future? Will another come over from NJPW to try? Will Moxley still knock them all down?
Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.
Tonight, it is only Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager & Ortiz here. After one of the brutal matches in wrestling history, Blood & Guts, what is next? Ortiz says they have a message for The Pinnacle. All five of them were down, the Inner Circle almost had them, but then “a strange twist of fate occurred.” Max showed his true colors by pushing Jericho off the top, and had the audacity to get Santana arrested and detained, just because he stabbed MJF with a fork! MJF is lucky Santana didn’t just scoop that eye out and eat it! BITCH MOVE, MAX!! Hager says that the Pinnacle will have to kill the Inner Circle to stop them! Santana is detained but still alive! Jericho is mangled but still alive! So hide behind the victory tonight, but the Pinnacle has to admit that they failed!
Sammy says this is never gonna be over! As long as both teams are in the same company, the Inner Circle will never stop coming for The Pinnacle! So either MJF gives them another match, or tonight’s title will go from “The Coronation of The Pinnacle” to “The FUNERAL of The Pinnacle!” Give them their rematch, or get put in the grave!! An ultimatum for MJF and his team, but will they heed it?
Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!
Despite the score he needs to settle with The Factory, The American Nightmare has a major announcement for his Double or Nothing 2021 plans! We hear what they are, after the break!
AEW returns and Cody has the mic. “I know it’s rather out of style, patriotism. It’s old hate, demo day, proud of being American.” Fans still chant, “USA! USA!” Cody knows we live in a real world where you can poke fun at stuff, like the antiquated two party system or the most recent election, or even the confusion on what to do during our own National Anthem. But Cody is from a “little red, white ‘n’ blue town just like this one.” Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snoop Dogg, they all share the same jukebox and Cody has never not been proud to be an American. Fans appreciate that.
But Anthony Ogogo… He has run down and buried the USA with such vitriol and conviction. The irony is that Ogogo has a Visa courtesy of the US DOT, has a paycheck, that green, courtesy of the Treasury, and is afforded all the same rights we all have in that he can say and do what he wants, because this is America. “You talk about division, you talk about argument, from the outside in, we hear that all the time. Take it from an American, the argument is what makes us who we are.” Fans also cheer for that! Yes, there’s anger in every pocket, but our empathy outweighs our apathy.
So Cody asks Ogogo, “You didn’t come here to live the England dream. And I don’t mean to disparage across the pond, they sure know how to make a wrestler. I’ve wrestled some of the best.” Doug Williams, Gabriel Kidd, or even one of the best in the world today, PAC! But in 1986, Cody’s a country music fan and Willie Nelson came out with a song, “Living in the Promised Land.” Send us your tired and weak, we’ll make ’em strong. Sing us your far-off song and we will sing along. But here’s where Cody stops singing: When Ogogo balled up his Olympic medalist fist and put it between his ribs.
Ogogo likes to educate and pontificate on what the USA is? Then let Cody return the favor! The industry that Ogogo joined? It was an Italian immigrant who was world champion for FOUR THOUSAND AND FORTY DAYS. There is so much to love and behold here. The American Dream lives here! What about a 16-year-old young man coming from Pakistan, invents and patents the single-piece bumper, and enriches and cultivates the lives of literally everyone in the city of Jacksonville?
Prior to 1961, in Atlanta, Georgia, there was segregation, White people and Black people couldn’t attend the same schools. But in 2021, in that very same city, Cody and his wife, Brandi, are going to have a beautiful White-Black “American princess” who will have both identities, shun neither, and her dad is going to let her know that he didn’t just lay down under another man’s flag. Her dad didn’t just have a defeatist attitude when someone ran down the USA. Her dad got up off his ass and fought back! This is where we are fighting: at Double or Nothing!
Tony Khan already told the world that Double or Nothing will be full capacity! Wrestling fans will return to their seats, close up and thank God, it’ll be Cody VS Ogogo. But Ogogo won’t be wrestling the American Nightmare. Because for one night, that one night only, Cody picks up a sword that is all too heavy, but one that only Cody and Dustin have the right to pick up. For Double or Nothing, Justin Roberts, nothing on Cody’s presentation will be different, this comes from deep inside. At Double or Nothing, it will be Anthony Ogogo VS the American DREAM, Cody Rhodes! On one night, Cody’s love for family and country become one! Can he use that to shut up and knock down the British boxing box office smash?
AEW hears from SoCal Uncensored.
Christopher Daniels says, “Starting from 2015 up until now, the guys in the van were always myself, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, and the Young Bucks. Those were the days where I felt it was family.” But looking at the Bucks acting the way they are now, this is why he feels betrayed and hurt. Frankie Kazarian says, “If you’re gonna be influenced like prepubescent teenagers, by your friend who you perceive as ‘the cool guy,'” then that’s on the Bucks. All that’s left for SCU to do is beat them up.
SCU has made it a challenge to themselves that the next time they lose as a tag team, they are DONE as a tag team! And that’s forever! It isn’t mandated by AEW, this isn’t for story, this is a challenge. They know how good they are, and how good they can be. Undefeated for over four months, #1 contenders that are facing the champions, one of the greatest tag teams on the planet, and also former friends. Do the Bucks even get what’s on the line here? SCU has everything to lose, and everything to gain. The Bucks have seen SCU bleed, sweat and cry, so what do you think they’re gonna do, how far they’re gonna go, to get what they want from the Bucks? We’ll all find out together, because that match is next!!
AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS SoCal Uncensored!
Matt & Nick Jackson claim they’ve gone back to who they were, but the Fallen Angel & Heavy Metal Rebel say otherwise. The fashion choices, the company they keep, those are all questionable, but the Bucks’ abilities are not! Will they win without a shadow of a doubt and destroy another great tag team? Or will going all or nothing this close to Double or Nothing pay off for Daniels & Kazarian?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s titles or bust for SCU!
Kaz and Nick start and fans are on SCU’s side here. They circle, tie up, and Kaz headlocks as Don Callis joins commentary. Kaz spins to a hammerlock then drop toehold, then he slaps Nick on the head! Nick gets up in a huff and shoves Kaz but Kaz shoves back. Nick SLAPS Kaz, Kaz chases him out of the ring! Nick goes around and into the ring but Kaz kicks, knees and CLOBBERS him! Kaz ROCKS Nick, tags Daniels, and SCU double whip. Nick gets a body shot and a FLIPPING NECKBEAKER! Matt runs in but into a back suplex clothesline combo! Callis admits SCU is looking great. Daniels snapmares Nick, tags Kaz, and then slingshot elbow drops! Kaz slingshot leg drops! Cover, TWO!
Kaz keeps on Nick, bumps him off buckles, and tags Daniels. SCU double wrench, bring Nick to his knees for a kick, clothesline and DOUBLE STOMPS from Kaz! Daniels JABS Nick, whips, but Nick reverses. Matt dumps Daniels out of the ring with a back drop! The ref reprimands but Nick sucker punches Kaz! Matt tags in, Nick baits Kaz in and Matt CLOBBERS him! Fans boo as Matt runs and WRECKS Daniels with a dropkick! Matt skins the cat, Nick gets Kaz back up to throw into railing! The Bucks soak up the heat, mug Daniels on the outside, and Matt stares the camera down before giving Daniels an APRON POWERBOMB!
Nick goes up, Matt has Daniels draped from the apron, DRAPING 450 SPLASH! Matt mockingly asks the cameraman if he thinks Daniels is okay. The Bucks high-five the Good Brothers as AEW goes picture in picture.
Matt drops knees on Daniels’ head! Matt mocks the fans clapping, and starts thrusting hips before he stomps Daniels down. Matt paces, drags Daniels up and bumps him off buckles, then tags Nick. Matt catapults Daniels into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Then they combine, springboard DOUBLE STOMPS onto Daniels, driving him into Matt’s knees! Nick taunts Kaz and the ref is busy keeping Kaz back, the Bucks fake a tag! Matt digs his boots into Daniels’ head, the ref counts and Matt apologizes. Matt defends he is the rightful tag partner, but Nick is choking Daniels behind the ref’s back! Matt tags Nick in so the ref can see, then they combine for the slingshot senton and fist drop!
Matt keeps mocking fans rallying for SCU, Nick taunts Kaz, and then Nick bumps Daniels off buckles. Nick wrenches, whips, but Daniels reverses. Nick flips through the ropes and comes back but into Daniels’ STO! Both men are down, they crawl, hot tags to Kaz and Matt! Kaz dodges Matt to ROCK Nick, then he DECKS Matt! Kaz rallies on the Bucks with clotheslines, but Matt reverses the whip, only for Kaz to BLAST him with forearms! Kaz scoops and SLAMS Nick, to springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps fired up nd the fans are with him! Kaz gets Nick up and puts him in a corner, tag to Daniels.
AEW returns to single picture as Kaz feeds Nick to Daniels’ back elbow! Daniels hops up, Kaz helps set Nick up with double knuckle locks, for the FLYING STOMP! Daniels WRECKS Matt with a dropkick now, and SCU double whip to hip toss and NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but Daniels tags Kaz in. Matt runs in, he saves Nick from Celebrity Rehab but swings into CELEBRITY REHAB for himself! Daniels runs to forearm Nick, then gets him up to give to Kaz. Kaz has the gut wrench, but Matt shoves Daniels off the corner! Kaz swings on Matt, Matt avoids that to shoulder in, but into the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Nick aims and SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES and forearms Kaz, to then BULLDOG! Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Daniels from the apron! Fans boo and Nick shoulders into Kaz. Nick slingshots, for the FACEBUSTER! Nick soaks up the heat and he sees Daniels is back up. Nick goes outside to SUPERKICK Daniels into the post! Daniels is busted open!! Nick is shocked at the damage he just did, but he says that was awesome! “It’s a wrap!” Nick goes back to Kaz in the ring, but Kaz slingshots Nick in for a CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Kaz almost caught Nick but he sees what happened to Daniels!
Kaz goes back to Nick but Nick ROUNDHOUSES! Kaz wobbles, Matt tags in, and Matt gets a look at Daniels for himself. Matt hurries to get Kaz up, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI COMBO! Kaz staggers into Matt’s fireman’s carry, MORE BANG- NO! Kaz slips out of the fireman’s carry to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Nick leaps in, but Kaz gets both Bucks for NORTHERN LIGHTS O’CONNER COMBO!! Double cover, TWO!!! That was almost it but not enough! Kaz dumps Nick out to the ramp, Matt scoops but Kaz cradle counters! So the GOOD BROTHERS distract the ref!! This is at least 7 before Kaz lets off! Kaz runs Gallows off, but runs into Matt’s BOOT!
Matt goes up, but Kaz catches him for a… Not a bomb? A STYLES CLASH!?!? A shout-out to another old friend of The Elite! Cover, Nick barely breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Nick gets Kaz up, Kaz throws him out and slingshots him in, but no cutter! Nick blocks it, and feeds Kaz to Matt’s SUPERKICK! Matt gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, DANIELS breaks it!! Daniels is still here, crimson mask and all, and he dodges a superkick to kick, underhook, ANGEL’S WINGS!! Daniels staggers up and helps Kaz to their corner! Daniels tags back in, but how much can Daniels give?! Matt SPEARS Daniels down, and punches the wound!!
Matt is furious as he demands Daniels get up! Daniels wobbles, Matt powers up, but no kick! Daniels kicks low, hooks, but his back is giving up! Matt back drops free! Matt wags his finger, looms over Daniels, and Callis is more worried about the new ring gear getting blood stains. Matt points it out, too! That just angers Matt more, and he fake cries as he references HBK VS Flair! “I’m sorry! I love you!” SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Daniels survives!?!? Fans are going nuts for SCU as Matt is losing his mind! Matt drags Daniels up, but into an URENAGE! Daniels goes to a corner, BEST MOON-
NO! The blood loss makes him wobble! Daniels tries again, BEST MOONSAULT EVER AFTER ALL! Cover, Nick breaks it!! The ref argues with Nick, but Daniels clotheslines him out! Karl Anderson gets on the apron, Daniels DECKS him! Daniels staggers, drags Matt up, but Matt SPRAYS Daniels in the face?!? Somehow, Brandon Cutler slipped Matt a can of that cold spray!! Daniels staggers about, Matt SUPERKICKS Kaz off the corner, then CAN SHOTS Daniels in the head!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Daniels is not giving up, this is how much the titles AND SCU mean to him!! Nick tags in, the Bucks are furious as they sit Daniels up, for the B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Matt blocks Kaz, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Kaz is stunned, and Cutler has the audacity to use the cold spray on the Bucks right away! SCU lost the match, don’t have the titles, and are no longer a team under their own bet with themselves! What does this mean for the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel in the future?
AEW cameras hurry to catch what’s developing backstage!
Eddie Kingston is at The Elite’s dressing room, Moxley right behind! They barge in, and trash it all! The Elite aren’t here yet, but their stuff is, so everything is fair game! Why do they have a Jaguars helmet? Kingston throws that into a wall, Moxley goes to the bathroom to trash everything in there! Will The Elite have the guts to respond to that tonight? Or at all?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Captain Charisma has had his issues with Taz, from the rejected recruitment to last week’s biased Technique By Taz segment, critiquing Christian’s wrestling abilities. It had as much credibility as Christian critiquing Taz’s ability at a buffet table. Nobody is denying that at one point in time, Taz was a bad, bad man. But right now, Taz isn’t going to step through the ropes, back up what he is saying, but Christian is! So here’s how it is: Tony Khan gave Christian an open contract for a match. Next week, Team Taz can send anyone they want, Christian will be waiting.
But what Christian really wants to talk about right now is Double or Nothing’s Casino Battle Royale. Did you know that the winner of that match gets a shot at THE AEW World Championship whenever they want? Christian is all in, all the chips on the table! Christian vows to win that match and- Matt Sydal walks in to say Christian shouldn’t get too far ahead of himself. Matt’s back in that match, too, and he wants redemption. Well good to see you again, Matt, and yeah, Christian saw how things didn’t go so well for him. But things aren’t going to fall into place for him. Haha, hilarious. But Matt has a surprise for Christian. Not a Hall of Fame worthy one, but still.
Matt says to forget about Team Taz for a minute, because HE signed the open contract on the match. So before winning the battle royal, Matt will beat Christian and his #OutWorkEverybody hype train, live on Dynamite. The third eye is staring Captain Charisma down, who will be the first to blink?
AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy!
The Bastard has beef with the Best Bout Machine going back to Dynamite’s inception, and is one of the only men to have a win over him in AEW. On the other hand, Freshly Squeezed didn’t have any grudge with Omega until Omega disrespected him last week. And when it comes to PAC VS Cassidy, these two have history of their own! Who gets one up on the other before going after Omega’s gold?
The bell rings and fans are dueling already as Cassidy and Pac stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, and puts them on Pac! Pac takes them off, and BREAKS them with his bare hands! Cassidy raises his hands, but it’s a fake out to get Pac to swing on him! Cassidy dodges, gets Pac up in the Alabama, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Pac’s arrogance cost him and he bails out of the ring. Fans are fired up as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and builds speed! NO HANDS DIVE! And he has SPARE sunglasses! Fans are even more fired up as Cassidy gets Pac up and RAMS him into railing!
AEW goes picture in picture as Cassidy checks with the ref about the ring count. Cassidy fetches Pac, to RAM him into more railing! Cassidy refreshes the ring count, stalks up behind Pac and gets him up, but Pac KNEES low and hard! Pac whips but Cassidy reverses to send Pac into even more railing! Pac is perhaps too sore to be upset, and Cassidy keeps track of the count. Cassidy whips Pac back the other way to send him over the railing! Cassidy paces, refreshes the count again, and sees Pac getting up. Cassidy heads over, and Pac HOTSHOTS him on railing! Cassidy sputters and gasps, Pac stomps him down, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Cassidy is down on the outside again. Pac fetches him, to whip him hard into railing! The ref counts, fans boo, and Pac drags Cassidy up and around to throw him into more railing! Pac soaks up the heat, drags Cassidy back up and back into the ring. Fans are still on Cassidy’s side but Pac stomps him down! Pac soaks up the heat, digs his knee into Cassidy’s head, and uses ropes for leverage! The ref counts, Pac lets off at 4, and Orange is now red in the face. Pac climbs a corner, aims as fans rally up, and Cassidy stands to get a missile dropkick! Pac kips up with ease! He glares at the ref and then goes to another corner.
Pac climbs up again, aims, and again missile dropkicks Cassidy down! Cassidy is a lump but Pac isn’t done with him yet. Pac climbs back up top, Cassidy stands again, to get a third missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Pac seethes as Cassidy survives but the ref defends the count was fair. Fans sing for Cassidy but Pac drags him to a drop zone. Pac climbs up again, but Cassidy slowly rolls away to the far side. Pac hops down to hurry over and stomp him down! Fans boo, Pac scowls and climbs back up. Cassidy is still in the drop zone, but he rolls under the corner! Fans cheer as Cassidy even starts to lounge, and gives a thumbs up!
Pac flips Cassidy over before he drags him up, but Cassidy sends Pac into buckles! Pac scowls, runs after Cassidy, but gets sent into buckles! Cassidy wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO!! Pac back KICKS, whips, and SUPERKICKS Cassidy down! Pac drags Cassidy back up to reel him in, for a LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!??! Cassidy more falls over than kicks out and Pac is stunned! Pac looms over Cassidy, kicks him out of the ring, and lets the ring count climb. A count-out can still win this match, will Cassidy get up? AEW goes picture in picture as fans rally for Freshly Squeezed!
Pac soaks up the heat coming from the fans, the ref goes out to check Cassidy and make sure this isn’t more serious. Cassidy is fine to continue, Pac talks trash to some fellow wrestlers watching ringside, and the count restarts. Cassidy slowly stirs, drags himself up at 5 of 10, and into the ring at 6! Pac drags Cassidy over to a cover, TWO! Pac wraps on a headlock and grinds Cassidy down. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up, pushes Pac’s face with a forearm, but Pac brings him around to CLUB him to a corner. Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Pac stops at 4. A disqualification can lose this for Pac, too, so he has to be careful.
Pac paces while Cassidy crawls. The ref wants Pac to give Cassidy space, and also has medics coming over to check. Pac gets fans riled up as AEW returns to single picture. Don Callis comes out here? Callis says Kenny Omega is a busy man, he wants to know who he’s wrestling already! Pac storms after Callis but Callis says he just wants a winner. Wait, Kenny is sneaking in from the other side! Omega has his AEW World Championship belt and he CLOBBERS Pac with it!! The ref misses it all because she was arguing with Callis! Callis “apologizes” and Omega slips away! Both Pac and Cassidy are down and everyone but the ref knows!
Fans chant, “Kenny Sucks!” at Omega as he and Callis slither away. The standing count is past 5 of 10, and then reaches 9!! It’s a DOUBLE COUNT OUT?!?!
Double Count-Out Draw
Well, Callis isn’t a ref, but what he sees here is that there is no winner! That means Omega has NO opponent for Double or Nothing! He’s got the night off, where does he want to go? “Fuel up the Harley, fuel up the Kawasaki Ninja! Don, I thinks we should go on a little bit of a road trip, because what we got here, ain’t two winners! It ain’t one winner! It’s two LOSERS! Who would pay money to see that?!” But Schiavone excuses himself and says he’s been informed- Omega stops that right here and now! Omega gets his sunglasses, puts those on, and Schiavone says he has just been told that at Double or Nothing, there WILL be a world title match. And in this case, “double” is literal, because it will be a Triple Threat! Omega VS PAC VS Cassidy for the title!!
What gives Schiavone the right to do this?! This is from Tony Khan! WHAT?! Omega says they don’t know him! He’s not wrestling two people! Well this is what Tony Khan has decided! Omega blames the ref but the fans are fired up! Omega says he’s going back to Winnipeg, but will he have no choice but to return to Jacksonville to defend his title?
The Elite find their dressing room in disarray!
Matt Jackson tells Brandon Cutler to record this! They want to know who did this to their stuff! Anderson says this is where they sit in a circle and praise the Lord! This was their sanctuary! Gallows knows it was Kingston and Moxley, who have been disrespectful of the best faction in wrestling ever, and it’s been going on for long enough! “Matt, Nick, it’s time to man up! What’re you guys gonna do about it?!” The Bucks first talk about what they did to SCU, one of the best tag teams in the business, and they put them out to pasture without even batting an eye. SCU LATER! But next week, these fighting champions are fighting again, against the new #1 contenders, the Varsity Blonds!
Matt mockingly asks Brian Pillman Jr. if he wants to be like his dada and be a tag team champion, too. The Blonds can step to the Bucks, the best in the business, and see how that turns out! But for once, “the most selfless Christian men in this business” do something for themselves. They’ll settle a personal grudge! Moxley, Kingston, what you boys doing at Double or Nothing? You up? How about they cordially invite your butts to a dang ol’ SUPERKICK PARTY!! Titles or no titles, the Bucks are giving the Maniac and the Mad King the match they want! But will Bulletproof BPJ and the Ivy League MVP make sure the Bucks stop being golden first?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page and The Dark Order.
Alex Marvez asks Hangman’s recent thoughts on his loss to Brian Cage and his subsequent drop in the rankings from #1 to #5. The Dark Order say it’s alright. Alan Angels knows personally it ain’t bad being Number 5. Evil Uno says they will help him get right back to the top! Stu Grayson can even get even with Brian Cage for him! Alex Reynolds says he’ll take on Hook, too. Hangman tells them all that it’s fine. It was gonna happen sooner or later, right? Ranked #1, riding high, it was inevitable that he’d lose. Granted, it took three guys jumping him on the stage first, then a belt shot to the back of his head and a powerbomb that nearly blew his lungs out his mouth, but Cage won.
But Hangman wonders if Cage didn’t so much beat him, as Taz did calling the shots. And if Hangman is someone like Brian Cage, knows what he’s thinking as a guy who has dedicated his whole life to pro-wrestling, then he’s not satisfied with that win. Hangman dares Cage to leave Taz, Ricky Starks, bless his heart, and his junior high band camp friends backstage, to meet Hangman 1v1 and earn a spot. If Hangman loses then, that’s fine, he’ll accept it. As for Cage, it’s Double or Nothing. Oh wait that’s the name of the PPV! Is that on purpose? That’s so smart! John Silver pointed out the obvious, but obviously we’re going one more round! Will Page redeem himself in a rematch with Cage?
The Pinnacle heads to the ring!
Wearing a crown on his head, MJF has two lovely young ladies accompany him personally as he, Wardlow, Tully Blanchard, FTR and Shawn Spears go to the ring. MJF gets the ladies to kiss his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which was itself pivotal in the Blood & Guts victory. Other ladies hold the ropes open as the Pinnacle goes into the ring and MJF gets a mic. MJF says he told us he was going to take Chris Jericho’s spot and his crown, and now MJF is the Demo God and King of AEW! And now we will refer to HIM as the Greatest of All Time! Don’t boo, bow! And not just to him, but to the greatest group of men to ever exist! Bow to The Pinnacle!
“Hell, bow to the biggest drawers professional wrestling has ever known. I don’t know if you mouth-breathing boors have heard about this, but for the first time ever, we ranked #1 on cable last week.” And you have The Pinnacle to thank for it! They broke a record on Canada’s TSN, even, because of the Canadian hero they had in Shawn Spears! Zoom in on the Chair Man! A Canadian God! But MJF is glad fans are bringing up The Inner Circle, because they’re down two men. One because he stabbed MJF like a coward, and the other because he tripped and fell. Which is why MJF is so perplexed as to why oh why The Inner Circle would want a rematch!
But MJF’s a young, benevolent king. Would the people like to see a rematch? YES! Are you sure? YES! Then MJF says NO! HAHAHA! Tully takes over and asks if anyone knows what it’s like to be at the top, looking down at all the others. Tully’s been there many times in the past! But this group of guys here, with MJF and his crown, the Pinnacle took everything The Inner Circle could dish out! Blood & Guts, we saw this group of men take everything The Inner Circle had, and in the end, the Inner Circle is panicking, begging MJF not to throw Jericho off, and they gave up! That was the end of the story! “Ladies and gentlemen, when you quit, you stinking quit!”
The Pinnacle is the top of the world! The finest things, they deserve! Five of the greatest looking women Jacksonville has to offer! Tully has a present for his guys that he spent THOUSANDS on, for the finest wrist jewelry you can have. For those who don’t understand, these are very expensive watches. Each man gets one and they’re very grateful to Tully. Every time they look at those, they can question anything else, but they look at these and think, “This was a present from Tully Blanchard!” This is what The Pinnacle is about! They’re on top of the world, looking down on everyone else! But what is that honking? Who is ruining The Pinnacle’s party? The Inner Circle, that’s who!!
Sammy, Ortiz and Hager cruise in with a jeep and a trailer full of A Little Bit of the Bubbly! MJF says they’re not interested anymore. MJF detained Santana, and we’re never seeing Jericho again! So drive off, you’re team is dead! But JERICHO says, “Hey, Max! Can you hear ’em cheering?” Jericho, arm in a heavy cast and brace, is in the trailer! Fans are thunderous as Jericho says, “Just let me get this straight. We’re gonna ask you again: Will you give us a rematch? Yes or no?” MJF is furious and says that once again, the answer is NO! Okay, so… That’s a what? IT’S N-O, NO!! Then get him! The Inner Circle hoses The Pinnacle down with the bubbly!! A LOT OF IT, TOO!
The Pinnacle is slippin’ and slidin’ in the champagne, this is a bit more than a toast! Sammy makes sure to really get Spears with it, too. MJF is furious but he’s also floundering around in the ring! MJF tells fans to shut up about it! If the Inner Circle wants a match, then Double or Nothing! The same match the Inner Circle lost last year: STADIUM STAMPEDE!! But don’t celebrate just yet! Ain’t nothing funny gonna happen this year! If the Inner Circle loses this time, they must DISBAND FOREVER!! Take it or leave it! Even more is at stake than there was for Blood & Guts! Will the Inner Circle take back their spot atop AEW or have to say good-bye?
Jim Ross interviews Britt Baker.
Good ol’ JR says he is looking forward to Double or Nothing, Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Championship. It was about a year ago today when Britt fought Shida, not a great outcome for Britt with the broken nose and the blood. Yes, Britt needed reconstructive surgery and was out for five months after. The pain can either hurt you or change you. Britt’s been the baddest bitch on the block since then, JR’s words, not hers. And so, it is poetic that Shida broke her nose, and look at The Doctor now. It is poetic that the monster Shida created is the one that will dethrone her. Unless Shida just up and kills Britt. But turns out, Britt is “pretty ****ing hard to kill.”
JR asks Britt if she feels she’s taking it too far, getting too emotionally invested in this match. Tony Khan and several stars of AEW were having a photoshoot with Forbes, that is a big deal, and then Britt took it upon herself to take over. She and Shida brawled because of it. Was that a smart move? JR knows Britt is smart. Britt says she’s brilliant. But then what does this mean to Tony Khan and to her? Does Britt not care about anyone else? Britt says she just wanted to have pictures with the current champion when that article drops. The PPV is on May 30th, the Forbes article is for June. There will be a new champion by then.
But Britt says it’s fine, JR and the others can paint her to be the villain. It’s what they’ve always done, and Britt will just keep autographing the best selling artwork that comes from it. JR says Shida might feel a bit cornered, and that the deck may be stacked. Perhaps her time is coming. He knows this will be physical, with a lot of urgency. Britt agrees, Shida has had the title for a year, and a difficult year at that. Shida was champion, kept the AEW Women’s Division alive when it was riddled with injuries, travel restrictions, all that. The division was on life support.
But Britt is the FACE of this division, the Role Model, the heart, the soul, the pulse. When you have a pulse, you don’t need a machine keeping you alive. So after Double or Nothing, the division will live when Britt becomes champion. That’s a guarantee from DMD. Will the Doctor be in and finally take over the division? Or will Shida be celebrating her one year anniversary as champion still as champion?
BIG NEWS for Double or Nothing/Memorial Day Weekend!
Double or Nothing will be May 30th, but Friday, May 28th, it will be a special edition of AEW Dynamite! And then on Saturday, May 29th, it will be AEW Fan Fest! Be sure to get your tickets this Monday, May 17th, so you don’t miss out on any of that!
Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure!
The Role Model may be going after the Full Metal Warrior and the AEW Women’s World Championship, but La Mera Mera is going to be waiting on the other side! At least, as long as she doesn’t let herself get too cocky. Will Rosa be ready for whoever comes out of Double or Nothing with the belt?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans sing for Rosa and she knees Allure, CHOPS her, then fires off forearms and CHOPS against the ropes! Rosa CHOPS Allure in a corner, then RAMS her shoulder in! And again! And again! Rosa bumps Allure off buckles, CHOPS her again, and again! Rosa whips, Allure reverses and runs in to back elbow! Allure runs corner to corner but Rosa dodges this time, to then SHOTGUN dropkick Allure down! Fans fire up with Rosa and she stomps Allure down. Rosa drags Allure up, scoop SLAMS her, then runs and runs to drop a back senton! Cover, TWO!
Rosa keeps her cool, drags Allure back up, and scoops her, for the backbreaker to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
The roll isn’t stopping, it isn’t slowing down! Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker and even Serena Deeb better watch out for Rosa, she’s coming for it all!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Speaking of Serena Deeb, she returns to AEW next week to defend the NWA Women’s World Championship against Red Velvet! Will the young, rising star surprise everyone against one of the best in the world? Or will Serena still be waiting for Rosa when the time finally comes to face off again?
And the challenge has been accepted! Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison are going for gold against the Young Bucks! Will the Varsity Blonds made to look like JV against the best tag team in the world? And with Double or Nothing’s USA VS UK battle inbound, Anthony Ogogo gets in the ring against Austin Gunn! Will the Son of a Gun just be target practice for Ogogo’s body shots?
Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill!
The top free agent has another manager courting her, as Mark Sterling, lawyer to MJF, says he can get her the same big money deal he got MJF last year. What is her response to that business offer? Or what of Matt Hardy and Vickie Guerrero? Who is handling her business? Jade Cargill handles her business! As far as managerial offers go, she’s still listening. But she’s her own boss, because she’s #ThatBitch!
AEW hears from Darby Allin.
What’s his condition after being thrown down a concrete staircase? He doesn’t have time to think about that. Not right now. Darby literally dropped everything after that just to go to Seattle. He grew up here, with the skateparks. He likes coming back to remind him of who he is and how far he’s come. Trashy as it is, Darby loves everything about it. The first thing he heard Miro talk about is glass ceilings. But what has Miro done since he’s been here? “Honestly, what have you done since you’ve been here? One second you’re playing video games, then the next second, you’re someone’s best man.” Miro kept saying the world will see what he’s capable of now that the leash is off. Darby isn’t buying it.
Miro can say Darby’s this and that, but at least Darby knows who Darby is. Does Miro know who Miro is? “Look at me, you generic son of a bitch!” Miro is NOT taking the TNT Championship from him! Miro says it is his destiny, but Darby says Miro will have to admit he is one of the toughest men he’s ever faced. And he faces him, NEXT!
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro!
The Relentless Face of the Network always gets back up after someone knocks him down. But The Best Man says he’ll make sure Darby never gets up again! Will Darby make it through his historic tenth title defense? Or will he not make it through the last 10 minutes of the night?
The introductions are made, but Miro doesn’t wait for the belt to be raised as he attacks Darby at the ropes! Miro drags Darby in, throws him to ropes, and Darby clutches a leg. Miro gets Darby up to fire off hands and stomps Darby down! The ref reprimands, Miro lets off and demands the bell ring already! The ref tells Miro to back off so he can check Darby but Miro throws Darby into the ropes! Miro continues to demand the bell ring but Darby flops out of the ring. Miro storms out after Darby, then TOSSES him across the way! Miro drags Darby up and RAMS him into railing! Fans boo but Miro doesn’t care, he drags Darby up. “Am I underwhelming?!”
Miro DECKS Darby, the ref says he has to get this in the ring to start the match! Miro just THROWS Darby again! Miro CLOBBERS Darby over the railing! Fans boo as Miro stares Sting down and even smiles! Miro goes back to Darby, drags Darby up and encourages fans to rally for Darby, so that he can OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Darby back to ringside! Miro drags Darby back up, Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page are watching this like a comedy from the bleachers! Miro puts Darby in the ring, the ref checks with Darby but Darby sputters something about starting already, and Miro KNEES Darby down! The match still hasn’t started and Miro DECKS Darby!
Miro stomps around, Darby finally gets his jacket off, and the ref asks if he still wants to do this. Darby can barely stand but he says yes, and the bell rings! BEST KICK!! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Miro thinks that was three! The ref says no, it was two! Darby bails out as Miro argues with the ref. Miro goes out, Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him! Miro stays up but Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him into railing! Darby fires off hands, Miro shoves him away but Darby gets around. Miro blocks the throwback stunner, and aims for a post, only for Darby to slip free and POST Miro first! Miro staggers about, Darby gets in the ring and builds speed to CANNONBALL TOPE!!
Miro is down, Darby goes up!?! SUPER COFFIN- NO! Miro catches Darby for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Miro roars right into the camera, but he does have to catch his breath and clutch his ribs, as AEW goes picture in picture.
Miro storms back over to Darby and looms over him as fans jeer and taunt him. Miro puts Darby in, covers, TWO! Darby is still in this, but Miro is still seething. Miro pushes Darby around, and KICKS him, and then Scorpio and Ethan go after Sting!! They RAM him into railing, and then scurry away before the ref sees them! Medics go to check Sting, other refs come out to usher Ethan & Scorpio further away, and Miro SLAMS Darby down! Miro KICKS Darby, but Darby grits his teeth! Darby eggs Miro on, and Miro gets him up. Darby fires forearms! Miro staggers, Darby throws body shots, then whips. Miro reverses hard and Darby bounces off buckles!
Miro digs his knees in at the ropes, the ref counts and Miro lets off at 4. Miro paces, Darby drags himself to a corner, and Miro again soaks up the heat from the fans. Miro drags Darby up but Darby flops back down. Miro gets Darby up to EuroUpper him back down! Miro drops an elbow, drags Darby to the apron, and CLUBS him! Then BOOTS him! Then BOOTS him again! Miro pushes Darby in, taunts him, and avoids Darby’s kicks from below as AEW returns to single picture.
Miro mocks Darby, gets the foot and drops an elbow on the knee! Miro gut wrenches to POWERSLAM Darby! Darby flops to a corner and the ref checks on him, but Darby refuses to end it here. Miro drags Darby up, wraps on a bearhug, and fans rally for Darby. Miro squeezes Darby tight, Sting manages to stand, and Darby reaches for a ropebreak! Miro CLUBS Darby down, roll him away from ropes, but Darby still reaches. Miro drags Darby up for a standing bearhug but Darby throws elbows to get free! Miro shoves Darby, blocks boots and spins Darby around for a back suplex! Darby lands on his feet and hops on for a sleeper hold!
Darby is a backpack as Miro staggers around! Darby shakes out the bad arm but shifts his sleeper and tightens the grip! Miro drops to a knee! Fans are fired up, but Darby’s arms are weakening, and Miro gets a ropebreak! Darby lets go, and Miro goes outside. Darby follows and leaps on to club Miro down! Darby fires off crossface forearms and puts on a sleeper hold, but the ref wants this to return to the ring. Miro gets to the timekeeper’s table, grabs the TNT belt, but the ref grab sit, too! Miro lets that go, Darby pinches Miro’s nose closed! Miro manages to run and RAM Darby into the side of the stage! Darby lets go and Miro can breathe, but both men are down!
Fans rally up for Darby and cheer, “This is Awesome!” Miro drags himself up, drags Darby up, but the ring count is 5 of 10! Miro drags Darby over and gets him in at 8! Miro gets in at 9 and fans cheer as this match continues! Miro snarls and stalks Darby, then stomps him down! Miro SLAMS Darby’s arm on the mat, pulls off the tape and goes right after the shoulder with big elbows! Miro RAMS Darby into buckles, hauls him back up and SLAMS him into ropes! Darby clutches his legs from the whiplash but Sting is there to coach him up. Miro soaks up more heat from the fans, and Sting gives Darby a fist bump to encourage him.
Darby gets up and Miro offers him a free shot. Darby SLAPS Miro, Miro shoves him but runs into boots! Darby chop blocks a leg! Darby runs and rolls to get around to THROWBACK! And a cradle! TWO!! Miro swings, Darby ducks and dodges but runs into a pop-up, that he turns into another STUNNER!! Darby heads up top fast, for the COFFIN DROP into a waistlock?! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Miro runs but gets buckles, a roll up, TWO!! Darby almost gets Miro there, but he keeps moving! Darby headbutts low, hops on, YOSHITONIC!! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives but Darby is after the arm!
Miro endures the Fujiwara, fights up, and trips Darby, into GAME OVER!!!! Darby is OUT, Miro wins!!
Winner: Miro, by submission (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Miro makes Darby suffer, but lets go so that he can hold the title! And now Scorpio & Ethan return to go after Sting again! Sting is ready this time and he fights them off! But Scorpio KICKS the bad leg! The Dark Order runs out to run them off! Miro gloats over Darby, “I’m the network now!” But wait, is that Lance Archer?! Jake the Snake tells Archer to hold off, but Miro welcomes the Murderhawk Monster to try! Will we see these two behemoths collide soon enough?
What an amazing episode! Three title matches, of course one opens tonight. Moxley VS Nagata certainly had the intensity of a NJPW Strong Style match but could have been a touch more. Moxley retaining makes sense in that he still needs to be strong in this feud with the Young Bucks. Speaking of which, Bucks VS SCU was amazing, definitely what a Titles vs Tag Career match should’ve looked like, but I am a little disappointed that SCU lost. But I suppose with Scorpio having moved on to be with Ethan, maybe SCU was just ready to break up since it was just The Addiction. A shame it was because of cheating, but that’s so Bucks have even more Heel heat than normal.
Kingston and Moxley should’ve known that while they were trashing The Elite’s dressing room, The Elite was still mostly in the ring. This is a TV show that is televised live. As for The Elite’s response, I thought it was pretty funny for The Elite to be that upset. I suppose The Bucks are going to build momentum while giving Dynamite title matches and thereby ratings with their title matches. The Bucks have to have these belts by Double or Nothing, right? I don’t think there’s been an AEW PPV without the tag titles, so Bucks VS Mox & Kingston has to be for the titles to make it all work in the wrestling logic we’re all used to.
Speaking of wrestling logic we’re used to, I appreciate that Cody makes note that pro-wrestling, certainly in America, is about patriotism and it’s a bit cliché. Or rather, the support of your country. In the UK, it is “UK is Face, other places are Heel,” and same for Japan and Mexico and I’m sure anywhere else. That said, Cody then leans right into it, which I appreciate but do feel it’s odd because he just prefaced that this shouldn’t be about patriotism. Either way, Cody VS Ogogo now made for Double or Nothing is great, it is very big for Ogogo to be this early in his wrestling career and he’s getting a high profile PPV match.
As for Cody becoming “The American Dream” for just one night, this sounds like he wants to take advantage of a loophole while he can. Most times, copyright and competition in wrestling is about “You can’t use this on television/cable.” Double or Nothing is a PPV, therefore not on cable, so he can do it for just this match with Ogogo because it feeds the USA VS Not USA element of the story. At the same time, I am sure this is not the end for Nightmare Family VS The Factory, and I do hope The Factory recruits more people so we can get more battles between them and the Nightmare Family, which is still pretty big.
And speaking of things not being over, I am both surprised but not surprised that we’re getting more Inner Circle VS Pinnacle already. I like that they kayfabe’d Santana’s injury concerns as him being arrested, it foreshadowed a bit of a Stone Cold Steve Austin theme the Inner Circle was going for with tonight. Them ruining The Pinnacle’s party with their version of the beer truck water cannon was definitely a Stone Cold shout out, and I should’ve realized The Inner Circle would get the second-ever Stadium Stampede. If the stipulation is “Inner Circle loses, they break up,” this has to mean they win this time, right? But at the same time, I can’t see there being a third faction match, with Blood & Guts and Stadium Stampede II already being huge moments.
Christian Cage has a decent promo calling out Team Taz, but I can see why Matt Sydal is the one going after him: Ricky Starks unfortunately has a fractured neck, that is going to keep him out for at least three months, and hopefully it is only those three months. Christian VS Starks was the clear next part of Christian VS Team Taz, and I suppose instead of being redundant with a Christian VS Hobbs rematch, getting someone as comparative to Starks as possible in terms of having a speedy fighting style works. As for the promo, I like that Sydal gave Christian shade on the workhorse hype that hasn’t been fulfilled yet, but of course Christian is going to tough it out and win.
Hangman and the Dark Order had another fun promo together, and Hangman VS Brian Cage at Double or Nothing is going to be great. I am thinking Hangman wins the rematch to get back on track, his pacing is working out perfectly so that he can challenge the AEW World Champion at All Out 2021. PAC VS Cassidy was a great match, but I should’ve figured Omega would screw the “serious threat” over, but I like that it only screws him over. In a vacuum, AKA ignoring WWE spamming singles title Triple Threats, this Triple Threat is exactly what Omega deserves to be put through for how he’s acted, and is a first-time-ever for any singles title in AEW. But at the same time, I think Omega wins by using his opponents against each other, as well as the No Disqualification rule to allow interference.
Britt has a great interview promo with JR, Rosa has a good squash win, and it’s great that next week will be the return of Serena Deeb and the NWA Women’s World Championship. Britt sure looks like the heavy favorite going into Double or Nothing, and I suppose it’s never too soon for another Britt VS Rosa match. But I wonder if it’s going to be Britt VS Rosa for just the AEW title, or if Rosa gets her rematch with Deeb first, wins the NWA title, and then we get #WinnerTakesAll at say All Out, or perhaps on the anniversary episode of Dynamite for 2021. Britt may have put her Heel twist on it that she is going to be why the division thrives, but this women’s division is starting to come alive.
Darby’s vignette before the main event was good, but I think he could learn to bring his aggression out verbally a bit better. He didn’t sound as mad as he should have calling Miro an SOB. Darby VS Miro was an awesome match, though, but Scorpio & Ethan going after Sting on the side could’ve been done a bit better. Did they really need to go after him during a picture in picture segment, and then again when things were done? Just do the time after the match and have the Dark Order come out and Archer and then we close the show. Miro winning makes a lot of sense, but especially with him wearing his TNT title trunks tonight. It was like taking “win face” and “win entrance” to a new level with “win attire.” You don’t get custom trunks like that to then look like a dork for failing.
I’m thinking Miro VS Archer for the TNT title and Ethan & Scorpio VS Sting & Darby in perhaps another cinematic are both going to be at Double or Nothing. Double or Nothing is already looking to be an awesome PPV to shift things from Spring to Summer, a lot could change for AEW’s title landscape and that turnover could help them keep running high in the ratings while competing with regular sports, just as they should be.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (5/11/21)
It’s Dark After Blood & Guts!
There’s still more in the aftermath of Blood & Guts!
Things aren’t slowing down in AEW! Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston are after the Young Bucks but they’ll settle for some Milk Chocolate tonight!
- Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Milk Chocolate; Moxley & Kingston win.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Spencer Slade, Cole Karter & Andrew Palace; The Dark Order wins.
- Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Angel Fashion; Archer wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Factory VS RYZIN, Jake Logan & Rick Recon; The Factory win(s).
- Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart VS Jaylen Brandyn & Traevon Jordan; Varsity Blonds win.
- Diamante VS Willow Nightingale; Diamante wins.
- Dante Martin VS Aaron Frye; Martin wins.
- Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Ashley D’Amboise; Nyla wins.
- Cezar Bononi & Ryan Nemeth w/ The Pretty Picture VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Pretty Picture wins.
- Kris Statlander w/ Best Friends VS Julia Hart; Statlander wins.
- Jungle Boy VS Marty Casaus; Jungle Boy wins.
- Big Swole & Red Velvet VS The MK Twins; Swole & Velvet win.
- Preston Vance VS JD Drake w/ The Pretty Picture; Vance wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela; The Acclaimed win.
- Bear Bronson VS Brian Cage w/ Hook; Cage wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Mike Sydal; Hobbs wins.
Moxley & Kingston starting was a nice twist, and they just destroy Milk Chocolate! That is enough to make it a match to watch, and does make sense since Mox and Kingston already competed on Elevation, and Mox is going to need to be 100% for his IWGP US Championship match with Yuji Nagata on Dynamite. The “Violent Crown,” a lariat Half ‘n’ Half suplex combo, is a great team finisher for them, too. Dark Order does great as always, they had a great promo on the Hardy Family Office to build story, but Preston Vance’s mask becoming more and more The Joker has me torn. Yes, The Joker is iconic, he’s THE Batman villain, but it’s so much so that people wanting to reference him (and Harley Quinn by extension) is overdone.
Vance should try to reference some other masked character(s), like Rorschach or Ghost Face. I get it, Pentagon is running around as Venom on and off, and Venom is another frequently referenced character, but not nearly as much so it’s not grating yet. The “Pretty Picture”/”Wingmen” arguing about the name is hilarious stuff, too. I wonder if there will be a match of Bononi & Avalon VS Nemeth & Drake, winners decide which one is the real name. Nemeth & Bononi get a good win for themselves, Vance VS Drake was great and worthy of the “main event” that is basically the entire latter half of these YouTube shows. It was fourth to last, not a real main event, but still great.
Archer doing a springboard cannonball to start the assault was great. Murderhawk Monster squash matches are always fun, especially now that Jake the Snake is getting on commentary for them. I like the arrogance in The Factory that QT Marshall can just sit on the “throne” that is the steel steps on the ramp while watching his guys fight in a 3v2. At the same time, Comoroto is big and strong enough that he can make up for being down a man. QT’s aggression and using the Figure Four after definitely implies nothing is done between him and Cody, but I still wish he had gotten a grudge match with Dustin first.
Julia Hart joining Varsity Blonds is a good sign that the Blonds are moving up in the ranks in AEW as far as presentation. Best Friends made Kris Statlander an honorary member, Julia can be like the varsity cheerleader or something, and we can start getting some mixed tag/mixed trio matches. Brandyn & Jordan, aka Waves & Curls, got a really good showing for a Dark debut, but naturally the Blonds win and I still think their finisher should be the Varsity Bomb. Statlander of course beats Julia, but perhaps seeds have been planted for Best Friends VS Blonds? Diamante calling out Statlander is an interesting choice, but sometimes you just have to throw people together to get a feud going and see what comes of it.
Dante Martin is doing so well as a singles guy while waiting on brother Darrius to recover, I feel like Dante should get a TNT Championship opportunity. Of course, that’s only if Darby Allin retains on Dynamite, or if Miro chooses to be a workhorse champion like Darby. I just hope there isn’t some story where the brothers disagree and there’s a break-up because Top Flight can be a truly amazing team once they’re both running hot like that. JB VS Casaus was good, Casaus getting a good showing before he of course loses because it’s Jungle Boy! #Swolevet should be considered for whatever women’s tag concept AEW thinks of next, they and KiLynn King make a great group.
Again, the latter part of Dark being the “main event,” that is logically where the strength of the card lies. Vance VS Drake, probably Caster’s funniest rap yet, The Acclaimed VS Jersey’s Finest, and then Team Taz’s muscle closing in the last two matches, all great stuff. I almost feel like the tag match could’ve been the main event over the separate Team Taz matches, it was that damn good. Another surprise was that I thought Brian Cage would main event, because he beat Hangman Page and though the FTW Championship isn’t an official title of AEW, you’d think Cage would still be seen as the frontrunner of Team Taz. He also has a great match with Bear Bronson, who is solo right now with Boulder hurt.
And if multiple Team Taz members were on the card tonight, why didn’t they think to have them all enter together and just wait on their opponents to show up? Ricky Starks could’ve even been on commentary to further the passive aggressiveness he has towards Cage. Just a small thing that would’ve helped build story, so that instead of saying “It’s just AEW’s YouTube show,” fans can start to say, “AEW is genius for putting this on YouTube!”
My Score: 8.4/10
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