AEW isn’t superstitious, they’re giving us a Dark thirteen!
Dark rises back up and gives us a baker’s dozen! THIRTEEN matches in one night, but that’s not bad luck! Who shines brightest in the Dark?
- Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS BSHP King, Joey O’Riley & Sean Maluta; The Gunn Club wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Travis Titan; Starks wins.
- Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Marko Stunt w/ Jurassic Express; Janela wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Griff Garrison; Kazarian wins.
- Penelope Ford VS Rahne Victoria; Ford wins.
- Brandon Cutler VS Ryzin; Cutler wins.
- Tesha Price VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Team TNT; Jurassic Express wins.
- The Acclaimed VS D3 & Angel Fashion; The Acclaimed win.
- Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Alex Gracia; Ivelisse wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Lindsay Snow; Rosa wins.
- Big Swole VS KiLynn King; Swole wins.
- Jack Evans w/ Angelico VS Christopher Daniels w/ Frankie Kazarian; Evans wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS BSHP King, Joey O’Riley & Sean Maluta!
The Gunn Club keeps growing! Colten, the other Son of a Gunn, joins brother Austin and father Billy in the ring for the first time in AEW! Will it be a family celebration to kick off Dark?
The trios sort out and after rock paper scissors, Colten starts against Maluta. Fans cheer as Maluta and Colten tie up. They go around and Colten uses his height to put Maluta in a corner. Colten lets off and Maluta comes out to circle with him. They tie up, Maluta headlocks and wrenches to a wristlock. Maluta cranks on the wrist but Colten wrenches back. Colten has a wristlock but Maluta pulls hair to put Colten in a corner. The ref counts, Maluta lets off but Colten dodges and arm-drags him down! Austin is fired up for his brother but Maluta powers up and puts Colten on ropes. Maluta throws body shots and forearms then whips, but Colten runs him over! Austin fires up again as things speed up, and Colten blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss! Colten dropkicks Maluta down then covers, TWO!
Billy warns Maluta’s team to stay put and Colten wrenches Maluta. Tag to Austin and Austin clubs the arm. Tag to Billy, they wrench and club the arm again. Billy wrenches, tags Austin back in and Austin clubs Maluta’s arm. Austin wrenches, Maluta knees low, tag to O’Riley. O’Riley runs into a drop toehold! Austin headlocks, O’Riley wrenches out and whips but Austin reverses. Things speed up, Austin trips O’Riley then hits the throwback! But O’Riley gets away before Austin can cover! Austin goes back to his corner but O’Riley slides in to tag in King. Austin dares King to bring it on, but Billy tags in.
Billy circles with King and they tie up. Billy powers King to a corner but King turns things around. The ref counts, King lets off but kicks low! King throws forearms then talks trash but Billy ROCKS King with right hands! Billy runs but Maluta gets a cheap shot in! Billy DECKS Maluta, then dodges King, double clotheslines take both men down! Fans rally up as both men sit up. Billy and King find their corners, hot tags to Austin and O’Riley! Austin rallies and then BLASTS O’Riley with an uppercut! Cover, Maluta breaks it! Colten throws Maluta out and brings Maluta up to throw him into railing! Austin hits the QUICK DRAW! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
The Gunn Club win their first ever trios match in AEW! Will this be just the first of many now that Billy and his sons are all elite?
But while O’Riley still flounders in the ring, LANCE ARCHER shows up! Jake the Snake has the mic as the Murderhawk Monster gets in the ring. O’Riley gets up, and Archer CHOKE SLAMS him out onto King and Maluta!! Jake says “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord, my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul to take.” That’s a great sentiment if you believe it. But believe this: The Lord has your soul, but your ass belongs to Archer! So what do you do? Only a fool jumps into a volcano or off a tall building. And only a fool gets in the ring with Archer. Archer says life and death is a very touchy subject in 2020.
But Archer has a fun story. Life once asked Death, “Why do people hate you, but love me?” Death responded that Life is the beautiful lie and death is the painful truth. The painful truth in AEW is that this will keep happening week after week until they get the message and understand that what Archer does is more dangerous than anything anyone else can do. Freud once said the goal of life IS death. He said #EverybodyDies long before Archer did. Archer just has to be the last to die. And he’ll lay every single person in AEW down to sleep.
Ricky Starks VS Travis Titan!
Absolute wants his shot at a title, but he has to keep on winning to get one! Will Starks be a nightmare for the #BigDreamer standing in his way?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Starks waistlocks and slams but Titan slips out to get an arm. Starks slips out to return the armlock and even push down on Titan’s head. Titan fights his way up, wrenches to an elbow breaker then a wristlock. Starks throws a forearm and a CHOP! Starks has Titan in a corner, puts him on ropes to uppercut! Starks whips, Titan slides under but Starks deflects the dropkick. Starks runs but Titan side steps to waistlock. Starks blocks the German, elbows Titan away then rushes in. Titan dodges, springboards but flops! Starks basement BOOTS Titan down, then swaggers around as Titan goes to a corner. Fans cheer for Starks as he drags Titan up and snapmares to KICK in the back! Starks drags Titan back up but Titan hits back!
Titan runs at Starks in a corner but Starks BOOTS him down! Starks brings Titan around to hit a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Starks argues the count but he brings Titan up to ram him into a corner! Starks rams his shoulder in then goes to buckle bump but Titan blocks! Titan elbows, Starks CHOPS! Titan blocks the bump again, throws elbows and forearms, then spins Starks around to ROCK him with a right! Titan swings but into a BIG back suplex! Starks says it is time and he walks all over Titan before he air guitars. Starks strikes a pose, brings Titan up and runs, runs and SPEARS! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
He didn’t even need Roshambeaux! Starks tackles Titan down and is surely headed up the ranks. Will Starks absolutely be in line for a title shot?
Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Marko Stunt w/ Jurassic Express!
The Bad Boy is raring to get back in action so that he and the Concrete Rose can get back on the road to the top of the tag division! But in his way is a Fun Size speed bump! Will Janela get back in the groove of things?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Stunt gets around to roll Janela up, TWO! Janela says to hold on a second but Stunt wants to keep going. Janela offers a handshake, Stunt takes it, and Janela wrings Stunt out! But Stunt rolls through and stomps Janela’s foot! It doesn’t hurt right away, and Stunt runs to tilt-o-whirl. Janela throws him off and runs Stunt over! Janela swaggers about but Stunt gets up to dropkick and dropkick! Janela gets to a corner, Stunt adds another dropkick! Stunt runs to CANNONBALL! Cover, ONE! Janela bails out, Stunt rallies the fans and builds speed, but then stops as Janela ducks. Stunt then springboards, but Janela blocks the DDT to swing Stunt around before hitting the suplex! Janela puts Stunt in the ring, covers, ONE!
Janela argues the count but it was fair. Fans rally up as Janela drags Stunt up. Janela hits a BRAIN BUSTER! Janela soaks up all the cheers and jeers as he goes back to Stunt. Janela brings Stunt up for another BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, ONE!! Stunt is steaming but so is Janela. Fans rally up, Janela DECKS Stunt with a forearm! Janela drags Stunt back up, but Stunt flips through to SPIKE RANA! Janela flops out of the ring and fans fire up for Stunt. Stunt goes to the apron, leaps and DRAGON RANAS! But Stunt’s ankle gets hit in the landing! Stunt hobbles and gets Janela in, covers, TWO!
Fans continue to rally and Stunt fires himself up. Stunt goes to the apron, climbs up the corner, but Janela GAMANGIRIS hard! Janela climbs up, fireman’s carries Stunt but Stunt fights with elbows! Janela still gets Stunt up for a SUPER CRADLE SHOCK!! Cover, Janela wins!
Winner: Joey Janela, by pinfall
The Bad Boy did Stunt dirty there, but it’s what he had to do to win! Janela goes to Stunt and shows him respect by helping him up. No hard feelings here, and everyone moves on. Will Jersey’s Finest be heading towards the tag titles? Will Stunt be able to continue alongside Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus?
AEW presents The Waiting Room!
Rebel/Reba says, “Everyone smile!” AEW’s first ever talk show debuts here on Dark! “The doctor will see you now.” THE Role Model and the face of the AEW Women’s Division, it is BRITT BAKER! Britt walks in and the “studio audience,” which is mostly the talent scheduled for tonight’s Dark, applauds. Britt thanks them and says she’s blushing. Thank you so much. This is a big night for her. First of all, did everyone catch the huge AEW Games announcement? There is so much to look forward to with those, and hopefully everyone loved the picture from the AEW Games kickoff, where it was “a group of extraordinary, talented individuals with endless potential, worth millions,” and Aubrey Edwards.
Rebel has quite the obvious laugh, but Britt says let’s get serious. Britt will not avoid the hot topics here. “At AEW Full Gear, Eddie Kingston’s fairy tale came to an end.” The carriage turned into a pumpkin, and he lost the match. What could have happened if Kingston prepared as much for the match as he prepared his eyebrows, and then tried to become the Green Power Ranger. Britt then turns to congratulating the Young Bucks! Those guys worked so hard, namely on talking to TK and then getting Tully Blanchard banned from ringside for absolutely no reason so that they could STEAL the tag titles from FTR. The Bucks went from backyard to big leagues, and now as the AEW World Tag Team Champions, they can continue “killing the business.” Get your copy of their book who knows where.
Britt moves on with current events. “It’s been a very frustrating couple of weeks in the United States of America as we’ve seen refusal to accept defeat, and downright denial.” Of course she means Cody Rhodes and the AEW TNT Championship. Cody lost to Darby Allin and is now living his own American nightmare. Don’t worry, Tony Khan and the top AEW execs are working on a brand new title to hand to Cody as we speak. The only problem is, we’re going to run out of network names pretty quickly. Maybe this one will be the Cartoon Network Championship? Rebel likes that one, too.
But back to the wonderful premiere of this talk show. It is great that we treat this as a special occasion because it is. Everyone, check under your seats for a special gift! Wait, there’s nothing there. Exactly! Britt couldn’t help it, though. Life isn’t fair. And speaking of fair, Britt’s guests have been treated very unfairly, as they’re not even ranked in the AEW Top Five when they should be. Welcome Jack Evans and Angelico, TH2! Rebel gets the door and The Hybrid2 walk in. Evans tells the fans, “You’re welcome.” More applause, please. They don’t know how to act around greatness.
Britt thanks them for coming and is a big fan of theirs. But what is going on right now? What is it going to take to get TH2 to the tag team titles? “That’s easy: we’re going to make a statement.” Physical and verbal. Evans is the man, the myth, the legend. But even he has had to sit and watch Bucks make this tag division into their vanity project! But think about this: TH2 has been on Dynamite for less time than Cody’s pyro. No, wait! They’ve been on Dynamite less time than Brandi’s action figure. No, they’ve been on Dynamite less time than Brian “Pissin” Pillman Jr, and that guy who rocks the mullet! Britt has them slow down but Angelico has one more. They’ve been on Dynamite for less time than REBEL! Britt wants them to focus on the statement.
Well Evans will take that question: the punkass political posturing will not be tolerated! The teams that think they’ve brushed TH2 aside into the Dark and guided them into oblivion are sleeping on the job. Time to yank them out of bed by the hair and remind them of who they are! They will remember the sound TH2’s boots make hitting against their throats! And the first team to face this karmic retribution is none other than the Bucks’ besties, S C U!! “Those overrated pair of pricks are about to get exactly what they freakin’ deserve!” Angelico asks Britt touch him, and she taps him with a finger. Angelico starts up the Bernie lean as he exits. Britt thanks us for tuning in, see you again for your check-up in The Waiting Room.
Frankie Kazarian VS Griff Garrison!
The Heavy Metal Rebel is about to take on “that guy who rocks the mullet,” the Ivy League MVP. While we all just heard what TH2 wants to do to SCU, will Kaz be able to focus on Griff here tonight?
The bell rings and Kaz circles with Griff. They tie up, go around the ring, and Kaz headlocks. Kaz grinds Griff down then wrenches to a wristlock. Griff rolls, wrenches back to a wristlock, but Kaz rolls and drop toeholds. Kaz floats to the facelock, fans cheer the exchange as Griff gets up. Kaz wrenches again, puts Griff on ropes, then whips. Griff reverses, Kaz whips the back drop away then arm-drags! Griff comes back to arm-drag Kaz! Kaz ducks the discus to kick, knee and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kaz paces. Kaz follows Griff to a corner and CHOPS him! Griff staggers to another corner but Kaz CHOPS him again!
Kaz puts Griff in the corner, whips him corner to corner then runs to Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool, dares Griff to get up, and Griff throws a forearm! Griff dares Kaz to come back, and Kaz CHOPS him! Kaz and Griff talk some trash, Griff CHOPS again! Kaz CHOPS, but Griff grits his teeth to CHOP again! Kaz ROCKS Griff with a haymaker but Griff DECKS Kaz with an elbow! Griff runs in, Kaz dodges but swings into a ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up with Griff as Kaz gets to a corner. Griff runs corner to corner but Kaz goes up and sunset flips! TWO, Griff wobbles but Kaz swings. Griff whips Kaz away, Kaz ducks and dodges but Griff BOOTS Kaz down! Kaz staggers up into an atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Griff keeps his cool while Kaz gets to ropes. Kaz goes to another corner, Griff runs in, but Kaz dodges the splash! Griff ends up on the apron, he ducks Kaz’s punch but Kaz ducks Griff’s counter. Kaz slingshots Griff into the CUTTER! Kaz keeps moving while Griff staggers around. Dragon sleeper, REVERSE DDT! Cover, Kaz wins!
Winner: Frankie Kazarian, by pinfall
Griff showed promise but this is still Frankie Kazarian he’s in there with. Will Kaz make TH2 eat their words as soon as later tonight?
Penelope Ford VS Rahne Victoria!
The Superbad Wedding is still coming, but for now, the Superbad Bride is looking to climb up the ranks. Will she get another win as a wedding gift to herself?
Ford doesn’t even know who Rahne is. The bell rings and Ford BOOTS Rahne right down! Ford rains down right hands but lets up as the ref reprimands. Ford drags Rahne up, bumps her off buckles, then runs in, but Rahne dodges to roll Ford up! TWO!! Rahne runs into another kick, and then Ford snap suplexes her down! Ford insults the fans and then CLUBS Rahne on the back. Ford drags Rahne up, clubs her more, then fireman’s carries. GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Rahne survives but Ford smirks. Ford kneels on Rahne’s neck to choke her while “apologizing” to the ref! The ref sees that, Ford lets off, and then brings Rahne back up. Rahne blocks, cradles, TWO! Ford CLOBBERS Rahne for it!
Ford smirks as she brings Rahne back up, pushes her down, then kicks her. Ford drags Rahne onto the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Ford stops at 3, then brings Rahne around to YANK her into the top rope! The ref reprimands Ford but the damage is done. Ford runs and handsprings corner to corner, but Rahne dodges! Ford hits buckles but she goes after Rahne again. Rahne kicks but Ford ducks the enziguri! Rahne slides under and spins Ford around, kicks but Ford blocks! Rahne kicks free and ROUNDHOUSES Ford down! Cover, TWO!! Rahne grows frustrated, but she hammerlocks and spins Ford around. Ford slips out to ROCK Rahne with a right! Ford runs, handsprings, CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Rahne survives and Ford is frustrated! Rahne hits back but Ford reels her in for a clothesline! And another! Ford shouts, “WHo is Rahne Victoria anyway?!” PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall
The Superbad Girl needed to do more with Rahne than she expected, but she still got the win. Will Ford soon be number one in the rankings?
Brandon Cutler VS Ryzin!
Standing at 2-25-2, the Dungeon Master still has a long way to go before he’s a contender. Will he move up to a threepeat at the expense of the Priest of Sin?
The bell rings and Ryzin says if Cutler wants to fight, he’ll give him a fight. Ryzin then says he’s just kidding, but then he swings on Cutler! Cutler dodges to fire off haymakers! Cutler whips, Ryzin ducks and then holds ropes. Cutler runs in, slides and trips Ryzin, then slingshots for the senton! Cutler runs to LEAP for a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Ryzin grabs the rope and holds tight. Cutler asks the ref what’s up, and Ryzin gets up. Ryzin flapjack hotshots Cutler on ropes! Ryzin kicks Cutler, throws haymakers, “Hail Ryzin!” Ryzin snapmares Cutler to a chinlock but Cutler fights up. Cutler fights out, throws body shots and then runs but into a calf kick! Cover, TWO!
Ryzin is upset but he didn’t put enough pressure on Cutler. Ryzin drags Cutler up but Cutler kicks back! Ryzin haymakers, Cutler KICKS, repeat! Cutler gets the edge, Ryzin ducks one kick but not the enziguri! Cutler runs, Ryzin spins him around and reels him in for a HEADSHOT neckbreaker! Ryzin brings Cutler right back up to suplex, to a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cutler survives and Ryzin argues with the ref. The ref says it was fair but Ryzin decides to climb up top. Ryzin aims, leaps, but the swanton gets knees! Cutler gets to the corner, Ryzin runs in but into an elbow! Cutler slips out as Ryzin comes back in and he ROUNDHOUSES Ryzin away! SLINGSHOT KICK!
Cutler drags Ryzin up for a dragon sleeper suplex but Ryzin snapmares out! Cutler kicks and runs but into boots! Ryzin hops up, Cutler jumps up to KNEE Ryzin first! Then BODY SCISSOR STEINER! Cutler scoops for the T P K! Cover, Cutler wins!!
Winner: Brandon Cutler, by pinfall
Three in a row for Cutler! And “Pretty” Peter Avalon is furious at ringside in his mobile bed. Cutler rubs it in as he holds up three fingers, will he make it four next time we see him?
Tesha Price VS Leyla Hirsch!
The newest addition to AEW couldn’t outdo Big Swole in her debut, and now she’s against some #LEGIT competition! Will Tesha be the one that pays the price tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as Leyla and Tesha tie up. Leyla goes after an arm but Tesha gets away. They tie up again, go around, and Leyla throws Tesha down hard! Tesha gets up and resets with Leyla to tie up again. They go around, Tesha manages a waistlock but Leyla gets out to switch to a headlock. Leyla throws Tesha over with a takedown but Tesha gets up. Tesha powers out, Leyla stops herself with the ropes, and takes a second to steady herself. Leyla and Tesha circle, Tesha drop steps to waistlock and mat slam. Tesha shifts to the facelock, Leyla slips out to get the arms but Tesha arm-drags her away! Tesha hits a corner elbow then she tosses Leyla to the other corner! Leyla gets up to get an ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!
Tesha keeps on Leyla with a whip but Leyla reverses. Tesha stops herself from hitting buckles, tries to backslide but Leyla powers her into buckles now! Leyla CLUBS Tesha again and again then stomps her down! Leyla drags Tesha out to get a FUJIWARA! Tesha endures so Leyla CLUBS the shoulder! And again! Leyla drags Tesha up, kicks away at the arm, then wrings Tesha out into buckles! Fans are divided as Leyla goes ocrner to corner, but Tesha dodges the double knees! Leyla staggers from hitting buckles and Tesha jawbreakers back! Tesha fires off forearms but Leyla CLUBS away! They brawl, Tesha scoops but Leyla fights out!
Leyla shoves Tesha into buckles, Tesha dodges again then cartwheels, but her kick is blocked! Leyla GERMAN SUPLEXES Tesha away! Leyla goes up the corner and MOONSAULTS! To the ARMBAR!! Tesha taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
That was LEGIT! Will Leyla prove herself worthy of another title match sooner rather than later?
Jurassic Express VS Team TNT!
Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus have been on a roll, but that could change at the drop of a hat! Will Terrence and Terrell Hughes find a way to derail a boy and his dinosaur?
The teams sort out and JB starts with Terrell. They tie up, JB gets around to waistlock then headlock but Terrell powers out. JB runs him over, then things speed up. Terrell hurdles, JB leaps over the flip to then arm-drag! And arm-drag! And dropkick! Terrence tags in but JB dodges to dropkick him! JB CHOPS, tags Luchasaurus but Terrence whips JB away. JB slides under and Luchasaurus ROUNDHOUSES Terrence down! Luchasaurus puts Terrence in a corner and CHOPS him! And ROCKS him with a right, throws body shots, then throws big knees! Luchasaurus suplexes and slams Terrence down, then looms over him. Terrence gets up and throws hands! TAIL WHIP!
Terrence wobbles, JB tags in and sees Terrence bail out. But TNT pull some #TwinMagic and JB slides at Terrell, only to be shoved into railings! Terrell puts JB in, rains down rights, but the ref reprimands. Cover, ONE, and Terrence tags back in. TNT whip JB to the corner, then Terrell whips Terrence in to ram JB! Terrell adds an elbow then feeds JB to Terrence’s OVERHEAD suplex! Terrence rams JB back into the corner, tags Terrell, and TNT stomp a mudhole in! Tag back to Terrence, and TNT whips JB to ropes. JB holds the ropes, BOOTS back then runs at Terrence. Terrence dodges but JB comes back with a LARIAT! Terrell whips JB but JB does the same LARIAT to him! JB and TNT are all down but fans fire up! JB crawls, hot tag to Luchasaurus!
Luchasaurus rallies with big shoulders and big CHOPS! Luchasaurus boots Terrell, sobats Terrence, but misses in the corner. TNT regroup but Luchasaurus LARIATS them both down! Luchasaurus fires up, choke grips each Hughes brother, but they both escape to double dropkick! JB tags in, runs, but into a double hip toss POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Terrell tags in. TNT coordinate, Terrence goes up top while Terrell scoops JB. But Luchasaurus intercepts Terrence’s leap and JB escapes! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM for Terrence, Jungle STF for Terrell! Terrell taps, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by submission
Jungle Jack Perry adds a hold to his arsenal and he keeps the team on the tracks! Will Jurassic Express’ next stop be the tag team championships?
The Acclaimed VS D3 & Angel Fashion!
Anthony Bowens and Max Caster make their entrance and it’s time to hear the newest diss track! “Yo, The Acclaimed bringin’ pain, get smacked to yo’ neck. Yo we whippin’ y’alls asses then cashin’ the check! Now you’re in Jeopardy! Every model chick wanna get with me. Every male model agency wanna book Anthony. You couldn’t get booked for a portrait of your family! Sorry, guys, this the way it had to be! D3, you’re lookin’ just goofy. Why you named after a Mighty Ducks movie? And Angel, we already caught you slippin’. Beat yo ass so bad, left your eye liner drippin’! We are who you plan to be, we are The Acclaimed. If you really think you beatin’ us, y’all’re insane!” Platinum just fired the 5 Tool Player up with that, will they make it another hit in the ring?
The teams sort out and Bowens starts with Fashion. Fashion blocks a kick, spins Bowens but Bowens counter punches! Bowens puts Fashion in a corner, stomps away, then lets off at the ref’s count. Bowens brings Fashion up, whips him to ropes and then drops to hurdle. fashion shoves Bowens, things sped up again and Fashion trips Bowens! Fashion runs to calf kick! Bowens gets to a corner, puts Fashion on the apron but Fashion enziguris back! Fashion boots Caster but Bowens kicks the legs out! Caster CLUBS Fashion while Bowens distracts the ref. Caster apron back suplexes Fashion hard! Caster gets away with it and Bowens drags Fashion in to stomp. Fans rally for Fashion but Bowens tags Caster.
The Acclaimed mug Fashion but Fashion throws body shots. Caster throws forearms and DECKS Fashion! Caster takes a bow, blows kisses, but has to hurry to keep Fashion from the corner! Caster whips, Fashion reverses but Bowens tags in. Caster sunset flips, Fashion stays up, but Bowens runs in to neckbreaker Fashion onto Caster’s knees! Bowens takes his time going to Fashion and he makes Fashion wave to the fans. Fashion swings on Boens but into a back suplex! Fashion lands on his feet, dodges and tags in D3! The Prince of Rome runs and SLING BLADES Bowens down! Bowens gets up but D3 fires off an uppercut and a neckbreaker of his own! Caster runs in but D3 dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT!
Fans fire up with D3 as he goes to the corner, handstands but Bowens drags him down to a fireman’s carry and USHIGOROSHI! Fashion tags in but he gets a mule kick! Caster goes up as Bowens BRAIN BUSTERS, MACHO ELBOW! #AcclaimToFame! Then torture rack and dropkick, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
Another smash hit for Platinum and #5SP! They kiss D3’s hand to mockingly thank him for losing, but will things continue to be as smooth as Caster’s rap game for The Acclaimed?
Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Alex Gracia!
La Sicaria is going solo this week to prove she is still a contender for the AEW Women’s World Championship. Will Ivelisse prove she should be number one to Hikaru Shida’s title?
The bell rings and Gracia gets in Ivelisse’s face. So Ivelisse elbows and CHOPS her for it! Gracia CHOPS back then knuckle locks to go up the ropes. Gracia rebounds and arm-drags Ivelisse away and fans fire up! Gracia runs ot forearm in the conrer, then goes corner to corner, but Ivelisse puts her on the apron. Gracia shoulders in, slides under, but Ivelisse holds ropes to then STOMP Gracia down! ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ivelisse grins and distracts the ref, Diamante BOOTS Gracia in! Diamante brushes her shoe off and Ivelisse LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Gracia is still in this but Ivelisse rains down furious fists!
Ivelisse soaks up the heat, drags Gracia back into a headscissor hold and squeezes tight. Fans rally as Gracia endures, but Ivelisse RAMS Gracia into the mat! Gracia endures but Ivelisse brings her around. Gracia pops out, bridges to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse has the head ‘n’ arm triangle! Gracia endures the katagatami and fights up to throw body shots! Gracia rolls Ivelisse up with a bridge, TWO! Ivelisse spins Gracia around to a slepeer, and SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Gracia survives and Ivelisse can’t believe it! Ivelisse stomps Gracia to a corner, lines up a shot, but runs into a forearm! Gracia dodges then hits a BACKSTABBER!
Ivelisse writhes, Gracia can’t make the cover but fans rally up. Gracia runs at Ivelisse and rallies with clotheslines! Gracia runs and wheelbarrows, to victory roll Ivelisse onto ropes! Fans fire up and Gracia runs, 619!! Then she sentons down! Ivelisse grabs ropes, Gracia drags her away to cover, TWO!! Ivelisse survives but Gracia keeps moving! Gracia runs but Ivelisse ducks the shining wizard to throat chop! Neckbreaker to COMPLETE SHOT! Ivelisse glares as she drags Gracia up again. Ivelisse cravats, snapmare roll and KICK! Cover, Ivelisse wins!
Winner: Ivelisse, by pinfall
Even the bit of blood from the bridge of her nose doesn’t bother her! Ivelisse and that killer kick get another win, will she and the Cuban Diamond by her side be contenders soon enough?
Thunder Rosa VS Lindsay Snow!
The former NWA Women’s World Champion is back in AEW, and wants her title back! But to get to Serena Deeb, she’ll have to climb up the ranks! Will the thunder blow away the snow tonight?
The bell rings, Rosa and Snow circle then tie up. Rosa waistlocks, throws Snow down, then squeezes tight. Snow fights up, pries free and snapmares Rosa down to an armlock. Rosa fights up, throws body shots and wrenches to a hammerlock. Rosa headlocks, hits the takeover, but Snow fights up. Snow pries free, whips Rosa to a corner but Rosa goes up and over to arm-drag Snow away! Rosa dodges Snow, rolls her up but Snow slips out. Rosa whips again, rolls Snow to a cover, ONE! Snow kicks low then whips Rosa to a corner. Snow stomps a mudhole in then shoves Rosa down for more stomps. Snow dead lift gut wrenches Rosa! Rosa dodges the enziguri and comes back with a dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Rosa keeps on Snow but Snow hits back. Snow clubs away on Rosa then gets a heel hook. Rosa stomps with her free foot and even CHOPS Snow! Snow cranks harder but Rosa moves around to get a sleeper! And body scissors! Snow endures, fans rally, Snow moves around but Rosa keeps holding on. Snow fights up, powers Rosa into buckles but Rosa still holds on! Snow powers up and carries Rosa to RAM her into the other corner! Rosa lets go, Snow fires up and runs in, but into a drop toehold! Snow hits buckles, Rosa runs corner to corner to A-List Lariat! Rosa climbs up, and swings knees in! Rosa goes corner to corner, HESITATION DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!
Snow is still in this but Rosa fires up and climbs the corner. Snow ENZIGURIS Rosa first! Snow gets the arms but Rosa knees her back! Rosa jumps to arm-drag Snow away, then gets around her to fire off fast hands to the body! BIG ELBOW! Not quite Judas Effect but still good! Rosa suplexes Snow up for THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
A strong fight from Snow, but not enough to quell the storm! Rosa is coming for HER title, will Serena Deeb be ready to face the thunder?
“Pretty” Peter Avalon is on another date.
He picks up his date with the help of his Uber driver. “Take us to the river front. Take the scenic route. And please, shh!” His date looks fantastic. May he offer her some cabernet? No? How about some crackers? She takes a saltine, and he offers her corn nuts and a hot dog. He can feed her. No, thanks. Avalon, stop trying to put nuts in her mouth! The car then stops suddenly and Avalon spills his nuts and wiener! The driver is upset with Avalon, he is the worst passenger ever! He keeps harassing the other customers, so get out! What?! Get out! This isn’t Avalon’s car anyway! Fine! One star on your account!
Big Swole VS KiLynn King!
Aerial Monroe had her shot at the title and lost, but the chase never ends! Will Swole go Dirty Dancing on the Queen of Crazy?
The bell rings and Swole circles with King. They tie up, go around, and Swole pushes King through the ropes. They tumble to the floor but stay tied up! The ref counts as the two go around on the apron and around the way! The ring count reaches 5 and Swole pushes King away. King and Swole get in at 9, and fans cheer. Swole says King thinks she’s tough? Ha! King will correct Swole. She doesn’t think it, she knows it! King double guns and then blocks a kick! King throws Swole down but Swole does the splits and pops right back up! Swole rushes King, King dodges and King rams a shoulder! Swole stays up, runs and runs King over!
Things speed up and King trips Swole up! King drags Swole up to a waistlock, Swole switches and clubs King on the back! King pries at the waistlock, but Swole ripcords her and spins! King bails out before Dirty Dancing hits! Swole hurries out after King, but King dodges, only to get an elbow! Swole whips but King reverses to POST Swole! “That’s right baby!” King fires up and she goes after Swole, but Swole RAMS her into the railing! Swole puts King in, aims from the apron and steps in, GET OVER- NO! No cutter and King rains down furious fists! Swole pushes her away, but King comes back to uppercut in the corner! King snapmares Swole then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! King grows frustrated but fans rally up.
King drags Swole into a chinlock, fans duel, “Swole Time!” “King Time!” Swole fights up, body shots and jawbreakers free! Swole knees low, CLUBS King down then covers, TWO! King is still in this but Swole knees her in the back over and over! Swole drags King up but King throws forearms! Swole dodges the haymaker, King ducks the roundhouse, jumps the sweep but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole runs, wheelbarrows to the COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Swole and she gets King’s legs! Swole ties King up for the CLOVERLEAF! King taps, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by submission
The number one rank belongs to Big Swole! Will she cash her title shot in on Shida before the year ends?
Darby Allin is here?
Taz can’t believe this! The AEW TNT Champion is here to dare Ricky Starks to start something! Taz tells Starks to think about this, they have to still have a match for Dynamite! Starks goes to the stage, but Brian Cage is there to back him up! Darby doesn’t mind if they both want some, but Cody shows up from gorilla! And he SMACKS Cage with a chair! Starks sees he’s surrounded and Darby goes after him! Cody helps out but Starks bails out! Team Taz gets away and Taz himself is furious but this will be settled on Dynamite! Will the current and former TNT Champions show Team Taz that they’re not ready, regardless of where they rank?
Jack Evans w/ Angelico VS Christopher Daniels w/ Frankie Kazarian!
The Hybrid2 have been getting on SoCal Uncensored’s nerves, but they’re also dividing and conquering. Will the Fallen Angel turn things around from Jack Evans from the Heavens?
Kaz keeps Angelico in check before the bell rings. Evans and Daniels circle, but Evans tells fans to shut up with the SCU chants. Evans and Daniels tie up, Evans waistlocks but Daniels sits down to roll. Daniels drags Evans up and over to a cover but Evans bridges up and out. Daniels stays on Evans with a waistlock and mat slam, then floats to a facelock. Evans rolls out, wrings the arm and then clamps on. Daniels rolls, facelocks again, but Evans fights up. Daniels snapmares, Evans handsprings through and hammerlocks. Daniels headlocks to a takeover but Evans keeps his shoulder up. Daniels grinds on Evans’ head but Evans headscissors back.
Evans wants the ref to ask Daniels but Daniels doesn’t quit. Daniels reaches up, gets an arm and drags Evans back into a facelock. Evans gets up, drop toeholds and floats to a facelock. Daniels fights up but Evans headlocks. Evans hits a takedown but Daniels keeps his shoulder up. Fans rally, Daniels fights his way up, and Daniels powers out. Evans ducks the Thesz Press but Daniels rolls over the trip to EXPLODER! Fans fire up with Daniels as he drags Evans up and drives his knee into the back! Daniels drags Evans back up to suplex, hold Evans for 4 then drops him! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows annoyed but he drags Evans back up. Daniels whip and back drops Evans! Evans almost lands on his head! Cover, TWO!
Daniels keeps on Evans, whips him to a corner hard, then whpis him corner to corner. Evans reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Evans counter punches and ROUNDHOUSES, but Daniels uppercuts! Daniels has Evans up top but Angelico grabs at Daniels. The ref reprimands Angelico but Evans boots Daniels away! FLYING CORKSCREW ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO! Evans grows annoyed but he keeps on Daniels with haymakers. Fans rally but Evans whips Daniels to gamangiri him down! Cover, TWO! Evans and Angelico are both annoyed and Evans shouts at the fans again. Evans stomps Daniels, drags him up and throws knees! Evans throws Daniels down by his head, covers, TWO! Daniels stays in this but Evans grows annoyed.
Fans rally but Evans drags Daniels up to scoop and slam. Evans drags Daniels around to get the arm for a double wristlock! Daniels endures as Evans stands over him with the partial Kimura. Daniels moves around, fights up and out of the hold, but Evans CLUBS him down! Evans whips Daniels out hard, then distracts the ref. Kaz keeps Angelico from doing anything, though, and Daniels gets back to the ring safely. Daniels shoulders into Evans, slingshots and sunset flips but Evans rolls through. Evans runs but into BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Daniels can’t cover but fans fire up as he stands. Evans runs in but Daniels rallies with lariats, forearms and cross chops! Evans flounders like Flair and Daniels drags him back up.
Daniels whips, tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Evans survives and Daniels grows frustrated. Daniels calls for the end, drags Evans back up, underhooks but no Angel’s Wings as Evans back drops out! Evans Penalty Kicks Daniels down, then says “BOOM!” STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Evans is shocked but he drags Daniels back up. Evans wrenches, whips, but Daniels reverses. Evans holds ropes, boots back and goes to the apron to springboard. Daniels gets clear, Evans keep smoving, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Fans rally as both men stir. Daniels is up first but Evans follows to KICK! Daniels forearms, Evans KICKS, repeat!
Evans gets the edge but Daniels dodges to SHOTEI! Evans ROUNDHOUSES, spins but misses, into the COMPLETE SHOT! And KOJI KLUTCH! Evans endures but Angelico gets up to shout stuff. Kaz drags Angelico down and DECKS him! But Evans rolls Daniels, TWO! Daniels has Evans, TWO! Daniels JABS, JABS and whips! Evans reverses, Angelico sweeps the legs! Evans backslides with the bridge, Evans wins!!
Winner: Jack Evans, by pinfall
TH2 gets away with one! SCU got screwed, but will they be the ones giving Evans and Angelico “karmic retribution” soon enough?
Another big Dark but a pretty good Dark. Firstly, pretty big that Britt Baker gets AEW’s first talk show, and she did a great job with it. I like that her talk show was more like a late night talk show with the opening jokes before the guests were brought out. WWE’s talk shows are always quick to get to the guests, so AEW doing something unique is of course a good move. TH2 putting forth their mission was also good, and naturally they would think The Elite are abusing their power, just like a lot of other enemies of The Elite. TH2 gets the better of Daniels tonight, but I’m thinking we get a big tag match blow-off with one team moving up the ranks.
Speaking of, we got a lot of great tag matches tonight, too, with Team TNT looking impressive again. I like that they used twin magic, though it didn’t win them the match. Jurassic Express is going strong, I expect they should get a match with the Bucks at some point. Max Caster does great on the mic with his brand of diss rapping, The Acclaimed does great again as a team with now two combo moves they can bust out, and one day they could be up in the top ranks of the tag division, but for now they’re a strong upper midcard team. I also like that we got the Gunn Club as a trio with Colten officially wrestling for AEW. Whether AEW does trios titles or not, the Gunn Club could be strong with Billy as TNT title contender and the sons as tag contenders. Maybe.
We also got a lot of strong women’s matches tonight from top to bottom. Penelope Ford is keeping herself going though still just outside the title match. Her story with Kip, Miro and the rest will have to finish up first before she really gets going at the title again. Ivelisse and Gracia had a really good match that built Gracia but also helped keep Ivelisse going. Swole VS King was really good, too, but of course Swole wins as she is the #1 contender right now. It seems so strange and rather disappointing that there’s a lot more fire in the NWA Women’s Championship story than AEW’s right now, but that’s what Rosa VS Snow did for that story. Rosa VS Deeb is going to be a lot of fun whenever it happens. But of course, with Swole, Ivelisse and even Ford still going strong, I’m sure AEW will make up for the lull with something big to end the year.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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