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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/11/20)

It’s the aftermath of AEW Full Gear!

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AEW Dynamite might be even more explosive after Full Gear!

Jon Moxley is STILL AEW World Champion, but that just means familiar foes are coming back for more! Will he be ready for a rematch of epic proportions?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Sydal VS Brian Cage w/ Team Taz; Cage wins.
  • Bunk House Match: The Natural Nightmares VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; The Natural Nightmares win.
  • Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Scorpio Sky; Spears wins.
  • Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Red Velvet w/ Brandi Rhodes; Conti wins.
  • Penta El Zero M VS Rey Fenix; Penta wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW says thank you and Happy Veterans Day to the American armed forces.

 

Team Taz is here!

Ricky Starks and Taz himself accompany The Machine to the ring and Taz says what we’re about to witness is the FTW Champion live on Dynamite! But, Taz is a little distracted because look who is up in the nosebleeds. It’s “The face of the network,” the brand new TNT Champion, Darby Allin. Let’s hear it for him! Fans cheer but Taz gives Darby some advice. Last time they saw him, he was splattered on the hood of his own car, courtesy of Team Taz. Taz tells Darby to keep his “narrow ass” in his seat and stay away from the ring. If he doesn’t, he’s getting put out again! And while he’s sitting there, go call Cody Rhodes and let him know the same thing! If Cody crosses paths with them, he’ll get his ass kicked again!

Here’s the deal: The Machine is about to wrestle “a man who is respected in locker rooms all over this world.” Cage is about to wrestle a man who respects those who came before him. Darby doesn’t have that capability! Taz is talking about Matt Sydal! Sydal and Darby have a lot in common: tenacious, pugnacious and fearless, as well as victories over mega stars. Darby beat Cody, Sydal holds a victory over Chris Jericho. That’s no joke and Sydal is no joke, so Taz wants this to happen right now! Cage VS Sydal, let’s go!

Matt Sydal VS Brian Cage w/ Team Taz!

Who can stop the Path of Cage? Sydal is going to try. But will the high-flyer be sent flying by the Swolverine as a message to the Relentless TNT Champion?

The bell rings and Sydal says his third eye is too powerful. Cage lifts Sydal but Sydal slips off! Sydal ducks and dodges to then enziguri Cage to a corner! And then he hits a basement dropkick! But Cage gets right up to throw Sydal to the corner and throw clothesline after clothesline! Cage whips Sydal corner to corner hard! Fans duel as Cage drags Syyal up and CHOPS him! Cage wrenches Sydal and reels him in over a OVERHEAD suplex! Fans cheer the display of power and Cage clubs Sydal. Cage whips, Sydal kicks back and throws forearms! Sydal runs, but into a hip toss backbreaker! Fans duel again as Cage stalks behind Sydal.

Cage drags Sydal up, whips him corner to corner hard again, then takes his time walking over. Fans rally up but Cage RAMS into Sydal! And again! Cage almost puts Sydal into the post! But he brings him back in for a BACKBREAKER! Sydal flounders but Cage looms over him. Cage drags Sydal up, bumps him off buckles and throws forearms! The ref reprimands, Cage drags Sydal up and whip shim corner to corner. Sydal goes up and over and dropkicks! Cage stays up to CLOBBER Sydal! Starks is ringside to mock Sydal’s third eye while Cage stalks over. Fans rally up but Cage drags Sydal up to do bicep curls with him! After a set of 10, Cage FALL AWAY SLAMS Sydal away! Cover, TWO!

Cage keeps his cool as Sydal survives and fans rally up. Cage digs a knee in for the motorcycle stretch but Sydal endures. Fans continue to rally, Sydal fights his way up then drops down to kick Cage! Sydal KICKS and CHOPS on repeat! Then he throws haymakers and whips, but Cage reveres to scoop, only for Sydal to slip out and KICK again! Cage puts Sydal in a corner to clothesline! And uppercut! And enziguri! Cage GERMAN SUPLEXES but Sydal lands on his feet! Cage pops Sydal up, blocks the rana but Sydal slips out. Sydal ducks the clothesline and manages a POP UP BOMB?! Cage gets to the ramp, Sydal climbs up and leaps, METEORA! Taz can’t believe the impact!

Sydal puts Cage in the ring and climbs up again. But Cage gets up and under the shooting star. Cage blocks the kick, gut wrenches and lifts but Sydal sunset flips! Cage stays up, Sydal slips out the back to KICK away on the leg, then QUESTION MARK! PAGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Sydal STANDING SKY TWISTERS! Cover, TWO!! Cage is still in this and Taz is growing worried. Starks coaches Cage up while fans rally and duel. Sydal KICKS Cage in the chest, and then KICKS him in the back! Sydal wrenches and kicks but into a pump handle, but Sydal slips out! Cage rolls Sydal, spins but the discus misses, Sydal SOBATS and ROUNDHOUSES! PAGE- NO! DISCUS!!

Cage fires up and fans duel again. Cage drags Sydal up, reel shim in and suplexes, but into a RANA! Cover, TWO!?! Cage barely escapes and Sydal can’t believe it! Fans duel about the count, Sydal KNEES Cage down! Sydal hurries to a corner, climbs up top, Taz panics but Cage catches the blockbuster to a DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

Taz is very relieved and is excited to see the power of the Machine! Team Taz regroups and Starks says that was incredible! What everyone feels now is what we felt at Full Gear! Team Taz is officially ranked because they get things done! The next step is the TNT Championship! It doesn’t matter who is in the way, they are putting you in the grave! A promise on Anita’s life, Team FTW’s presence will be felt and the revolution will be televised!

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

The American Nightmare is back with his full name, but without the title. “It seems like we’re having a bit of a weather, huh? You guys okay?” Cody will go ahead and say like he has on social media, congratulations to the new TNT Champion, Darby Allin. “In the spirit of full transparency, I can go ahead and say that Arn Anderson and myself will not be seeking a rematch at this time.” There’s another match, another loss, Cody wants to expunge and be vindicated. He is strongly considering a match with MJF. Whoa, who is this magically appearing behind him? “Can I help you?” She snatches the mic right from him and says, “I don’t know. Can you?”

“Cody, how dare you sit here and lie to our prestigious AEW audience?” She says to everyone wondering, she is Jade Cargill. And she is the “Total Package, baby!” Cody applauds the bravado as she continues. “I’ve been sitting on the sideline week after week, studying my competition. And you, Cody Rhodes, the American Nightmare. The Prince of Pro-Wrestling.” In fact, she remembers him saying he’s a Giant Killer. What does he know about giants? There is nothing giant about him. Whoa~! She knows a giant. A real giant. “And slick statements like yours? That’s an echo loud enough to wake him.” Next time Cody thinks out loud, she suggests he keeps that s*it to himself! Watch out, giant killer. She is nothing to be played with.

“Oh and by the way, congratulations on your name. But I guess you didn’t have the balls to go by one name. That giant you were talking about? He was the real star. And you know what his name is? Shaq.” But then Brandi comes out and asks Jade, “Who the hell told you it was open mic night, b*tch?!” UH OH! Jade lookin’ real confused so Brandi will make this real clear! Jade up here, in BRANDI’S house, smackin’ her lips at Brandi’s man, and now she’s Brandi’s problem! UH OH! Brandi will make this real easy, too. “Don’t you ever, EVER talk to him like that again! Don’t you even LOOK at him!” And y’know what else? Take that ratchet triflin’ ass out of here, and do not come back until Brandi sends for you. “Got that, heifer?! Good, great, cool. B*tch, get yo’ ass outta here.”

Brandi goes to leave, and Jade gives her a pat on the butt?! Staff hurries out here to keep this from firing off! Will the Nightmare Family have their hands full with Shaquille O’Neil’s family? But wait! Cage comes back to sneak attack Cody! POWERBOMB!! Starks returns to add on, but here comes Darby! Darby got out of his seat and went right to ringside! He gets in, dodges Starks and springboards to Trust Fall and weaponize his jacket of thumbtacks! Starks scrambles away but Cage stares him down. So Code gets Cage with an uppercut! Darby runs in to BACK BODY BLOCK with the tack jacket!

Cage bails out and regroups with Starks and Taz! Cody dares them to try some more but Taz has his guys fall back. Will Hobbs shows up, too! Team Taz definitely takes their leave now! Will Cody, Hobbs and Darby take the fight to Team Taz and finally shut them up?

 

Backstage interview with Jon Moxley.

He is STILL AEW World Champion after perhaps the most violent, physically draining match in this company’s history. Moxley made Eddie Kingston say “I Quit,” but Alex Marvez asks if Moxley is worried about his new contender, Kenny Omega. Moxley says something just occurred to him while enduring more pain than he has in his life. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to say “I Quit,” it’s that he just couldn’t. Moxley first came here, the responsibility of being champion didn’t really interest him. He just wanted to snap bones, hurt people, knock them out, enjoy the thrill of combat and the roar of the crowd in the greatest sport there is.

But things change. You grow up in this business. And finally, Moxley realized this title everyone who can’t pay their bills, who are disenfranchised. This title is for every little kid who gets teased for being a pro-wrestling fan. Moxley can’t and won’t quit, he will never quit. It doesn’t matter what lays ahead. And he has a big challenge in one of the greatest wrestlers to ever live in Kenny Omega. Moxley won that legendary battle. But beating him once is one thing. Beating him twice? That takes someone really special, and that is Moxley. Moxley is the greatest wrestler in the world today! He creates magic in the ring. If anyone can beat Omega twice, it’s him. But he’s just a man. One day, someone will shut Moxley’s lights off. But if Omega’s going to try, then good luck.

 

BREAKING NEWS on Moxley VS Omega!

The AEW World Championship match between Maniac and Cleaner is coming up fast! December 2nd, we will have this rematch from Full Gear 2019!! Who will close the year out with that title?!

 

Bunk House Match: The Natural Nightmares VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!

Allie had her fun toying with the emotions of QT Marshall, but is back with The Fam. There’s no more games and anything goes! Will QT and Dustin Rhodes finally pay the Bunny back for all she and her family did to them?

Looking around the ring, the origins of this match type become clear. Haybales, wood fences, various weaponized forms of furniture, and both teams in ranch hand clothing, this is all about going old school Texas cowpoke style! But before even getting in the ring, QT LEAPS over ropes to tackle Blade! The bell rings to get the brawling on record as Dustin goes after Butcher! QT rains down hands on Blade but he gets away. Dustin and Butcher brawl on the outside but QT DECKS Blade! Butcher CLUBS Dustin but Dustin kicks back. Blade kicks QT from the corner then uses a belt to LASH QT on the back! Butcher POSTS Dustin, then grabs his chair.

Blade LASHES QT again, Butcher drags Dustin over to lift, but Dustin resists! Dustin spins out to kick and suplex Butcher onto the chair! That chair is bent! QT bails out while Blade goes out after Dustin! Dustin trips Blade, drags him out and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Dustin feeds Blade to QT’s haymaker, then Dustin CLOBBERS Blade down! Fans fire up as the Natural Nightmares fetch the TABLE! They set the table up and fans cheer, but Blade SMASHES QT with a guitar! Dustin ROCKS Blade and whips him into wood fencing! Blade throws the haybale back but Dustin clubs and ROCKS him again! Dustin puts Blade in the ring, and fetches a cow bell!

Dustin gets in the ring and Blade wants him to take it easy! Dustin doesn’t, he kicks Blade and wraps the bull rope around Blade’s neck! Dustin puts Blade in a corner, spreads him open in the ropes, but Butcher is back and he CLOBBERS Dustin with a chair! QT finally gets up but he is busted open from that guitar shot to the head! Butcher drags Dustin to the apron to club away on him and then Blade goes out to fetch a ladder! Blade puts the ladder in the ring while Bunny Allie works to cuff Dustin to the ropes! QT flounders in while Blade puts a trash can in. Butcher goes after Dustin while Blade stomps QT’s bloody head! The Natural Nightmares are in danger while AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade and Butcher coordinate and put the ladder sideways in the corner. QT hits Blade and whips him away! Blade dodges to BOOT QT! Butcher hits a corner clothesline, Blade runs in to CHOP! Blade feeds QT to Butcher’s FLAPJACK onto the ladder! QT flops down while Butcher SMACKS Dustin with a kendo stick! And then Butcher JAMS QT with the stick! And SMACKS him down! Blade drags QT around to be against the ropes. They dig STIRRUPS into QT’s bloody forehead!? Where did they find those?! Allie laughs at QT’s pain while Butcher JAMS Dustin back down! Blade sets the ladder up in the corner again while Butcher chokes QT with the kendo stick! QT refuses to give up but that just means Butcher chokes him more!

Blade soaks up the heat before he DECKS Dustin in the corner! QT gets the kendo stick and SMACKS Butcher back! Blade stops him from continuing then kicks him low. Blade SMACKS QT down! He and Butcher coordinate again and they bring QT up, Butcher has a chair, FULL METAL CROSSBODY SIDEWALK SLAM! Dustin has the kendo stick and with his long arms, he SMACKS Butcher down! Blade DECKS Dustin again and the cuffs break! Dustin hits the floor and Blade goes after QT. Blade scrapes QT out, he and Butcher hurry after him. Allie mocks QT while Butcher rains down rights and claws at the bloody wound!

AEW returns to single picture while Butcher and Blade go after Dustin. Allie digs HER claws into QT’s face, too! Butcher and Blade throw haybales at QT then go into the ring. Fans rally up for QT but boo as Blade and Butcher raise their hands as if they’ve won already. Dustin is back and he throws DOUBLE JABS on them both! Flip, flop, fly, double dirty birds and a DOUBLE BIONIC ELBOW!! Fans fire up with Dustin as he grabs the ladder from the corner! Dustin aims and RAMS Butcher down! Then he RAMS Blade down! Butcher CHAIR SHOTS back! Dustin staggers and falls out of the ring, Butcher CLUBS him and LASHES him! Dustin has the kendo stick to SMACK Butcher!

Dustin brings Butcher around the back but Butcher fights back. Butcher bounces Dustin off railing at the steps, then goes up to the side of the stage! Butcher bounces Dustin off a wall, then kicks railing down! But QT BLASTS Butcher with the fire extinguisher! Dustin has Butcher to BULL DOG him of the stage and DOWN THROUGH PLYWOOD! Fans are thunderous as Dustin drags himself from wreckage to club Butcher down! “This is Awesome!” as Blade is busted open now! Blade and QT glare at each other through their crimson masks and fire up! They brawl with big haymakers! Back and forth, faster and faster, QT gets the edge but Blade reverses the whip. QT LEAPS to lariat Blade down! QT SMACKS Blade with a trash can lid!

QT gets the ladder for his own and stands it up! QT climbs it, Blade is down in the drop zone and QT reaches the very top! SUPER MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!?! Blade still lives and QT’s shock is clear through his own bloodied face! Fans are thunderous as QT rises. Blade returns and back suplex SLAMS him! Dustin returns, too, to kick low and Rhodes Uppercut! Blade flounder sup into the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Butcher runs at Dustin to get another kick, and a DESTROYER! Cover, but Dustin can’t hold it! Blade use a chain to CLOBBER Dustin down! Allie gets a chair for Blade and then another. Blade sets the chairs up together as Allie tells fans to shut up about Dustin.

Blade has the most crimson of masks as he drags Dustin up. He and Butcher coordinate, FULL METAL SUPLEX BOMB!! Cover, but QT breaks it with the trash can lid! Butcher CLOBBERS QT! Butcher gets the chain, wraps it around his arm and aims again. QT ducks to ROCK Butcher, then use the chain to reel him in, DIAMOND CUTTER! Blade denies one to LOW BLOW! No disqualifications so it’s all fair! Allie sits QT up, Blade runs in but QT gets clear! Blade stops himself from hitting Allie with the chair! But then QT punches the chair into Blade’s face! Blade bumps into Allie and Allie falls through the table!! Allie suffers karma! Dustin uses the COW BELL on Blade! DIAMOND CUTTER onto the chains! Cover, Natural Nightmares win!!

Winners: The Natural Nightmares, by pinfall

This was a brutal way for this grudge to end, but QT has gotten his revenge on the Bunny that used him and the Butcher and Blade that abused him! Will QT and Dustin head up the ranks towards the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

AEW hears from Matt Hardy.

“Over the course of the last eight months, myself and Sammy Guevara have done everything to try and maim one another, to try and cripple one another, to try and end each other’s careers.” Over the course of Hardy’s 28 year career, there ha snot been a rivalry that has caused so much pain and rage, and spawned so many injuries. Hardy tells Sammy that he had very little respect for him, but after seeing his tenacity and resilience, there is some respect now. That moment at All Out, Hardy’s confidence took a shot. That’s why he had to do what he did at Full Gear. “It was the only way this blood vendetta could end.” Sammy had to be DELETED, made OBSOLETE, and be BROKEN!

Sammy may have lost the rivalry, but he lost to an iconic wrestler like Hardy. Hardy knows Sammy will become an even more iconic wrestler for it, so do not squander this gift. Will Sammy’s brutal defeat only make him even stronger?

 

AEW presents the 2020 Inner Circle Induction Ceremony.

Wait, that implies there’s going to be more in the future? That aside, MJF won his way into the faction by defeating Chris Jericho at Full Gear. As agreed, Maxwell Jacob Friedman will now be added to their ranks. Justin Roberts introduces Le Champion to begin the ceremony! The Demo God is smiling as he goes to the podium, and enjoys the fans singing Judas for him. Jericho thanks us and says tonight is a monumental night in Jacksonville! “Because for the first time ever since the formation of The Inner Circle on October 2nd, 2019, on the very first episode of Dynamite, we’re adding not just one but two members to our ranks, right here tonight!” Fans have mixed feelings about that.

Before introduction the new, here are the OG IC! Santana, Ortiz and Jake Hager head to the ring, but Sammy is not here. Worry about that later, worry more about the two men that will make this faction even more dominant than before! Jericho introduces Wardlow and MJF! They both make their entrance, Wardlow of course holding the ropes open for MJF. MJF is “emotional” but apologizes. It has taken a long and hard road to get here. Real men cry, guys. MJF has been in this industry for five long years. And when he first started, his dad gave him a small loan of one million dollars. MJF was cold and alone, but he made it work.

Now there is a lot of pressure at being the Ratings Ruler feels at just 24 years of age, nothing you 9-to-5 types could never handle. But that pressure made MJF the diamond he is before us today. MJF took the time to write some poetry, and has a feeling his “homies” will “dig” this. “I got everything, I got everything. I cannot complain, I cannot. I don’t even know how much I really made. I forgot, it’s a lot. Nevermind what I got, boy, don’t watch that, cuz I came up, that’s all me. Stay true, that’s all me. No help, that’s all me. All me for real. Thank you.” Ortiz says that’s just Drake’s song! MJF says it was all his own work. Chris, see through the charade! MJF doesn’t belong!

Jericho has them to stop. If they have a problem with MJF, take it up with him. Jericho made the challenge, but MJF beat him to get in. But Jericho does want to say this, as a veteran of 30 years, he knows this business better than anyone. And with MJF’s mind plus Wardlow’s muscle, the Inner Circle will be stronger than ever, and they’re already stronger than The Walls of Jericho! “This is the new team, this is the new squad, this is the new unstoppable force in AEW, and you will make it work! You understand?!” They’re a team. MJF doesn’t want tension. He doesn’t know who Drake is, but he started from the bottom and now he is here in the Inner Circle! That’s more Drake!

But MJF points out that they’re not just here to celebrate him. They’re here to celebrate JERICHO’S BIRTHDAY~! Surprise~! Balloons! Confetti! OO-EE, OO-EE! Wardlow whispers something to MJF. Oh, right, of course! Cut the music because MJF has a very urgent announcement. “Next week, we’re going to Vegas!!” And it’s all on MJF! Now all together! Happy birthday to you~! Happy birthday to you~! Happy birthday, Dear Chris Jericho the Goat greatest of all time~! Happy birthday to you~! “INNER CIRCLE, WE’RE GOING TO VEGAS! WOO!!” Well that won Hager and Santana over. But Ortiz is still a hard sell, and we have no idea where Sammy is so who knows how he feels. Will the Vegas trip bring the new and improved(?) Inner Circle closer together?

 

Backstage interview with The Young Bucks.

Alex Marvez is a bit worried talking to the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions. Oh, right, that… Well, Marvez moves past that to say that Matt and Nick Jackson really are the best tag team in the world now, having beat FTR for these titles. So what’s next? Well they just went through hell, having finally achieved the biggest accomplishment of their entire careers. It’s hard to say what’s next. But the world surely wants a rematch. Before that, Matt just wants to say, “Young Bucks” and “tag team champions” just go so well together, don’t they? And again, sorry for kicking him.

But now that the Bucks are the top of the mountain, and they’re being asked what’s next, Matt says they need some “fresh opponents.” That brings them to a couple months ago, the Instagram message Matt received from a “young, up and coming independent tag team called Top Flight.” Took him all about 30 seconds to look through a music video to see those two have something. Young, hungry daredevils who are real life brothers. Reminds him of a certain team. But if opportunity is what they want, that opportunity is what they get. Next week, on Dynamite, Top Flight VS the NEW top guys. Young Bucks out. And again, sorry for kicking Marvez. What big news for young Darrius and Dante Martin! Win or lose, will they their own “brush with greatness” launch them to new heights?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

After the confrontation between Cody, Darby and Team Taz, a 2v2 tag match will happen between them! Will the American Nightmare and new Face of TNT take down the FTW Champion Brian Cage and Absolute Ricky Starks?

 

Shawn Spears w/ Tully Blanchard VS Scorpio Sky!

The Chair Man and SoCal Uncensored’s Closer will finally settle the score that has been building for over a month now! From Dark to Dynamite, will Spears reach #PERFECT10N? Or will he just Reach for the Sky?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Scorpio as he and Spears tie up. They go around, break, and Spears shouts “THIEF!” at the man he feels keeps stealing his moments! Scorpio ROCKS Spears for that, throws more forearms, then whips him to ropes. Spears runs Scorpio over, but Scorpio gets right up as Spears keeps moving and Scorpio chops Spears down! Spears gets to a corner, kicks Scorpio back then CHOPS him back! Spears follows Scorpio to another corner to CHOP him again! Scorpio CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Scorpio throws hands, whips but Spears reverses, only for Scorpio to come back and BOOT him down!

Scorpio goes after the legs but Spears scrambles away to the outside. Scorpio follows, sneaks up behind him, and ROCKS him with a haymaker! And CHOPS him against railing! Spears wants a time out but Scorpio says Spears will get his moment. Scorpio BITES Spears’ forehead! Spears gets away and into the ring only to roll out the side. But Scorpio is back to CLOBBER him! Scorpio drags Spears up and into the ring. Scorpio goes to a corner, goes up top, but Spears gets up with him for a SUPER OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Scorpio writhes and rolls as AEW goes picture in picture.

Scorpio gets to the apron but Spears goes out the side. Spears drags Scorpio up to RAM him into the apron, then throw him into railings! And then RAM him into the apron, and THROW him into railing! Spears keeps on Scorpio with an apron back suplex! Spears refreshes the count to then bring Scorpio up, to DECK him with a left! Spears storms off to grab the steel steps and drag them around the way! The ref reprimands but Spears just goes after Scorpio. Tully taunts Scorpio but Scorpio gets in the ring. Spears follows, drags Scorpio up but Scorpio throws body shots and haymakers! Scorpio backs Spears down, puts him in a corner to whip corner to corner, but Spears reverses to reel Scorpio in for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO!

Spears rains down fists but Scorpio pushes Spears back in the face. Spears traps the arms for more ground ‘n’ pound then he stomps Scorpio’s face! The ref checks the black glove but it’s not loaded yet. Spears stalks Scorpio to the corner, brings Scorpio up but Scorpio hits back! And CHOPS back! Scorpio backs Spears down again, whips him but Spears reverses to reel him in again. Scorpio slips out of the tilt-o-whirl to hit the COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down, the ref starts a standing count and the fans rally up. Scorpio gets to a corner, aims at Spears as he goes up, and AEW returns to single picture as Spears dodges the missile dropkick! Spears fist bumps Tully then wags a finger at Scorpio.

Spears tells Scorpio he’s done for, and he fireman’s carries. Scorpio slips off to arm-drag Spears away! Scorpio clotheslines Spears and himself out! Scorpio gets in the ring fast, then slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Scorpio bumps Spears off the apron, puts him back in the ring, and dodges the clothesline to slingshot CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Spears is still in this but fans rally for Scorpio. Scorpio goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Spears goes up! Scorpio avoids the knee, drags Spears out and throws haymakers! Scorpio whips, Spears reverses but Scorpio leaps over the steps! Spears pursues but Scorpio jumps up to ROCK him! Then leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Spears brings Scorpio up the steps for a SIDEWALK SLAM to the steel!

Fans boo as Scorpio is down! Spears gets up and brings Scorpio up. Spears puts Scorpio in the ring, mockingly slow rolls with him, and stalks Scorpio as he rises. Scorpio fireman’s carries but Spears sunset flips! Scorpio rolls out, gets the legs, SHARPSHOOTER!! Spears endures the Scorpio Deathlock, but Tully is up to something! Tully puts something in the corner, Spears gets the ropebreak! Scorpio lets go, Tully distracts the ref, and Spears rolls to the corner. Spears finds the metal slug! Tully argues and then throws something to Spears? Another piece of metal? Scorpio doesn’t want that so he throws it away. But this was all so he wouldn’t see Spears coming, FULL METAL SUCKER PUNCH!! Cover, Spears wins!!

Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall

Spears hides the evidence and Tully raises his hand. The ref checks the glove but now it’s clean! Will Tully’s evil genius continue to help Spears steal wins and climb the rankings?

 

Backstage interview with Kenny Omega.

Dasha was here with him but Omega ran off. He didn’t say much, either, so guess back to ringside. Marvez hurries after Omega in the parking lot but Omega’s on the phone. Omega tells them he’ll call back, but it was great seeing them. Omega talks to Marvez and the news is out. Their match is happening, but it isn’t news to him. It’s something Omega’s lived with a couple days now. It’s the reality that Omega is stepping out of the position as an afterthought, and stepping into the #1 contender’s spot and the #1 position in all of wrestling. Moxley holds something Omega wants and needs.

To hold that title is to take back something that Moxley took from him: being the face on all the magazines, being the man that is most talked about in all of wrestling, and being the man that everyone expected him to be. Omega hears the whispers, the chatter. “Where is the Cleaner? Where’s the Best Bout Machine? Where’s the Kenny Omega that we saw in NJPW?” The one with the five-star, six-star, seven-star matches? Well Omega has proven with the eliminator tournament that he’s never left. He is just ready to reassume the role and the responsibility of being the best in the world. The biggest Dynamite of all time, Moxley and Omega for the “first time ever.”

When Omega heard Moxley’s name and wearing the belt, there was a feeling of nostalgia or deja vu. Omega swears they had a match before, but when he looked in the AEW record books, there was not a record of them have even one singles match, under regular rules in a regular ring. So it’s never actually happened. They’re 0-0. What will happen when Moxley faces Omega in a regular match? We’ll find out. Moxley sounds ready, so is Omega. But Omega has a flight to catch. “Good-bye, goodnight, all that stuff. Thank you, please enjoy Dynamite.” The #1 contender has spoken, what happens when we “officially” see Maniac VS Cleaner?

 

Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay VS Red Velvet w/ Brandi Rhodes!

Jade Cargill may have riled up The Queen of AEW, but there is still business the CBO needs to handle. But she and the Queenslayer are battling through their friends and proxies first! Will the Brazilian blackbelt score one for Number 99? Or will Velvet stir it up and taste sweet, sweet victory?

The bell rings, Tay and Velvet tie up and break, then go again. Velvet puts Tay in a corner, the ref calls for a break and Velvet lets off. Velvet steps to Tay, and pats her shoulder for making her flinch. Tay turns things around to dig Velvet into the corner. Tay lets off but also step feints, and then pats Velvet’s head for making her flinch. Velvet and Tay circle and tie up again, Velvet gets around to roll Tay up, ONE! Velvet has the legs, turns Tay over and ties the legs up, then uses body scissors to turn Tay back over, modified bridging cover, TWO! Velvet rushes in but Tay trips her up. ONE, Tay arm-drags Velvet but Velvet arm-drags back! The two stand off and fans fire up!

Tay and Velvet circle again but give a quick handshake to show there’s still respect. They tie up, Tay headlocks but Velvet powers out. Tay runs Velvet over, brushes herself off, and speeds things up. Velvet side steps and hits a leg lariat to take Tay down! Standing moonsautl! Cover, ONE, but Velvet puts Tay in a corner. Velvet digs her boots in and does a split! The re counts, Tay pushes Velvet away then pushes her again. Velvet pushes back, throws a forearm but Tay gives it back! Judo throw, then another! Tay is using these special arm-drags to spin Velvet for a loop! Velvet ducks the buzzsaw but gets too cocky, Tay HEEL KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Velvet is still in this and Tay can’t believe it.

AEW goes picture in picture as Tay drags Velvet back up. Tay facelocks but Velvet gets around to a waistlock. Tay standing switches, wristlock ripcords and ducks Velvet’s counter punch to URENAGE! But Tay’s too wiped out to cover! Both women are down, catching their breath, and fans rally up. Tay sits up first and goes after Velvet to finally cover, TWO! Tay keeps on Velvet with elbows to the shoulder! Over and over and over and over! Cover, TWO! Velvet reaches for ropes but Tay drags her into a seated full nelson. Fans rally as Velvet endures and fights her way up. Velvet booty bumps free but Tay reels her into a roll-up! TWO and Tay dead lifts Velvet, but Velvet counters to a guillotine facelock! But Tay powers out to suplex Velvet down! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up and Jay coaches Tay. Velvet flounders but Tay is after her. Tay brings Velvet up to knee her hard and low over and over! Velvet is in trouble as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns, Velvet again fights out of the full nelson with booty bumps. Velvet is free and she arm-drags Tay away! Tay comes back, but Velvet dodges her in the corner! Velvet rallies with big clotheslines and a back elbow! Tay staggers up into Velvet’s wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Fans fire up with Velvet as she drags Tay up to whip and drop toehold onto ropes! Velvet runs to KNEE her down! Velvet keeps on Tay with a whip to the corner. Velvet runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Tay is dazed, Velvet cravats for a running STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Tay stays alive and Velvet can’t believe it! Fans fire up as Velvet drags Tay up. Tay breaks free, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both down!

Brandi checks on Velvet but Jay slips Tay a chair! Tay isn’t sure but Jay is Dark Order all the way. Tay refuses to use the chair and kicks it out! Velvet LEG LARIATS her down! High stack cover, TWO!! Velvet brings Tay up, mule kicks low then runs, to BOOT! But Tay dodges?! Tay rolls Velvet, reels her in for a BOOT of her own! Then Tay brings Velvet up for a gut wrench, Gory Especial, spinning KNEE!! Cover, Tay wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

Not only did she get a big win, she did things her way! Jay has mixed feelings about that, but the point was to win! Will Tay #JoinDarkOrder if it means changing her ways? Or will the Dark Order accept Tay as she is?

 

Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.

Does Marvez see these tickets? They’re going to Vegas, baby! Look, it’s first class! You ever been to Vegas, Marvez? Probably to OLD Vegas, stuck playing Go Fish! They’re going first class! MJF adds on, telling “Mark-vez” that the trip is all on MJF! But then Sammy finally arrives! Sammy got an email about going to the beach but they weren’t there. They were here. MJF says he sent an update email about to go to Daily’s. No, the ONE email Sammy got was about the beach. It seems Sammy was the only one left out, again. Sammy says this is BS! Jericho keeps the peace and says they all understand if Sammy only got the one email. But they’re all going to Vegas, it’s cool.

The rest leave but MJF talks to Sammy. He really did mean to send a second email. Now, here’s his ticket to Vegas. Remember: all on MJF. Sammy still stews about the email, but will the Vegas trip make it up to him?

 

There are MORE big matches set for next week’s Dynamite!

On top of the grudge match of Cody & Darby VS Cage & Starks, on top of Top Flight getting to face The Young Bucks, Orange Cassidy and Kip Sabian will go 1v1! Will Freshly Squeezed get even with Superbad on behalf of Best Friends?

 

Eddie Kingston heads to the ring.

“Hold on, hold on, hold on real quick.” He tells fans to stop cheering his name, he knows his name. He wants to speak real quick. “At Full Gear, your World Champion, Jon Moxley, made me say I quit. And that’s something I gotta deal with and live with.” But unlike fans who would wrestle once then quit to never try again, “I will never stop, and I will be worlds champion!” Now, to pressing matters. Kingston being the leader of violent men and women, we’re about to see Penta VS Fenix! And we will all see “two of the greatest luchadors ever to do it.” And all Kingston can say is, “You’re welcome.”

Penta El Zero M VS Rey Fenix!

The Lucha Brothers once again face each other 1v1 in AEW! The world title eliminator tournament match between them was rough, but they stayed brothers through it. Will they still be family after doing it all over again?

AEW returns once more as Penta makes his entrance. The bell rings, fans chant for “Lucha Brothers!” as the two stare down. They rush each other, Fenix goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline but Penta avoids the dropkick. Penta stomps but Fenix gets under the victory roll, TWO! Penta SUPERKICKS Fenix then runs, but into a BOOT! Penta boots but Fenix spins to HEEL KICK, Penta ENZIGURIS! Both brothers are down and fans fire up! Kingston says his better friend is the better but he’s said both are his best friend at different points so… Fenix gets to one corner, Penta to the other, they run at each other and double clotheslines collide! Both stay up so Fenix spins Penta to bring him up. Penta slips off, Fenix somersaults and springs up to wheelbarrow, victory roll! TWO and Penta brings Fenix up!

Fenix throws elbows and standing switches to shove Penta. Penta goes up and over and then gets Fenix for a modified sunset flip, TWO! Fans fire up as the brothers stand. Fenix dodges and runs, headscissors throws Penta out! Penta dares Fenix to do something, Fenix runs but Penta gets in to send Fenix out! Fenix almost saves himself but he still bumps into railing! Fans fire up as Penta builds speed, but Fenix somersaults in to shotgun dropkick! Fenix kips up, fans fire up with him, and he runs, into a tilt-o-whirl gut wrench! Penta figure fours the legs for a standing Cloverleaf! Fenix endures, Penta drops him, sits him up and digs at the mask?! How can he do that to his own brother?!

Penta stops short of completely exposing Fenix and then wraps him up in a chinlock. Penta throws punches, the ref reprimands and Penta lets off. Penta chokes Fenix on the ropes! Fenix defends his face more than anything, but Penta stops to whip him to ropes. SUPERKICK! Penta fires up, swaggers around, then sits Fenix up, and keeps him up by the piece of torn mask! Penta wraps a chinlock on and grinds Fenix down but fans rally up. Fenix fights as AEW goes picture in picture.

Penta brings Fenix around, KICKS his leg out from under him, and Fenix tumbles out of the ring. Penta follows but Fenix CHOPS! Penta CHOPS and it’s a chop fight! Penta CHOPS Fenix off his feet! Penta brings Fenix up to POST him! Fenix is down, Penta tells the ref to relax as he goes to fetch him. Penta drags Fenix up by his beat up mask and put shim back in the ring. Penta drags Fenix up, whips him to ropes again, and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Fenix writhes but Penta just soaks up the heat. Penta has Fenix against ropes and bends him back! Penta bites the torn piece of mask then drops Fenix at the ref’s count. The ref reprimands, Penta brings Fenix up and whips again to clobber him with an elbow!

Penta grabs a leg and drops an elbow on the knee! Fenix clutches the leg, Penta covers, TWO! Fenix narrowly escapes but Penta is on him again. Penta brings Fenix up but Fenix fights back. They brawl, Fenix CHOPS but Penta CHOPS! Fenix sits down but he slaps the cobwebs out. Penta dares Fenix to get up but Fenix dares Penta to do something. Penta brings Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS first! Penta CHOPS back! Penta reels Fenix in, “CERO! MIEDO”! Tuck and lift, but Fenix flips out to arm-drag and cover, TWO!! Penta BOOTS Fenix to the corner, then runs in, to a BOOT! Fenix puts Penta in, goes up the ropes and SOBATS! Fenix runs corner to corner, Penta pops him up and out to the ramp! Fenix lands on his feet and enziguris back!

Fenix goes up the way, runs back to ropes to springboard and RANA! Cover, TWO!! Penta narrowly escapes now but Fenix fires up! Fenix dodges, handsprings, and CUTTERS! “This is Awesome!” as Fenix covers, TWO! Penta is still in this and Fenix drags Penta up. Now Fenix TEARS Penta’s mask! He’s all but exposed Penta!! And only now is Kingston upset! Fenix drags Penta up, but both brothers have the torn piece of mask! They throw haymakers over and over, then headbutts! Fenix knees low, then again! Fenix CHOPS Penta, then runs, to somersault, but into Penta’s dragon sleeper! “CERO! MIEDO!” INVERTED BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Kingston gives him credit.

Fans rally for the Lucha Brothers again as the standing count climbs. Fenix and Penta slowly stir at around 3, then sit up. Penta fires up, makes sure his mask is somewhat on, and then brings Fenix up. “CERO! MIEDO!” But Fenix headscissors out of the suplex! Fenix runs to FLY, TORNILLO takes Penta down! Fans are thunderous as Fenix looms over Penta. Fenix drags Penta up into the ring, then he climbs up to the top rope. SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives and Fenix can’t believe it! Fenix drags Penta up to a fireman’s carry, but Penta slips out to the apron. Penta suplexes Fenix up and out to join him, kicks low and reel shim in! But Fenix pushes him away, so Penta SUPERKICKS him! Penta tucks Fenix in, APRON PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!!

The referee goes out to check Fenix and even Kingston says that was too much. Penta leaves Fenix behind but Fenix somehow rises! So Penta leaps to SUPER DESTROYER to the floor!! Penta puts Fenix in, drags him back up and tells him, “CERO! MIEDO!” Another tuck, another PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Penta wins!

Winner: Penta El Zero M, by pinfall

Kingston says there’s some time left on the show so he talks. “This is Awesome! Clap clap, whatever you marks do. Fight forever, right? That chant.” But ladies and gentlemen, what we just saw was two of the greatest in the world today! Two brothers fighting for competition, and Kingston’s best friend showed his own brother who is boss! Kingston congratulates Penta, Cero Miedo! He kicks Fenix out of the ring?! Kingston is proud of Penta, that’s why he’s Kingston’s best friend. Penta doesn’t need anyone! Penta doesn’t need that “dead weight.”

But wait, who is this? PAC IS BACK!! The Bastard returns and is seething as he stares at Kingston! “Eddie Kingston! Did you think I’d be gone forever, huh!? Well bad news, scumbag! The Bastard’s back, and you have made a very, very big mistake!” Kingston taunts Pac while referees hold Pac back! Pac wants to unleash all of his aggression on The Mad King for hijacking his team! Tony Khan just tells us through commentary that Pac’s return is set for next week! Pac will take on another member of Kingston’s Fam in The Blade! But Pac almost gets at Kingston now! How long will Pac have to wait to get his revenge?


My Thoughts:

A great episode to follow up Full Gear! Really good aftermath interview promos, such as Moxley and Omega both referencing last year’s “Unsanctioned” Full Gear main event in their own way. Moxley knows what we know and that is that he won, but Omega goes with what’s on the kayfabe win-loss record to kind of frame who is the Face and Heel here in a way. We’re getting their rematch in a month, and that is going to be a big episode towards the Revolution build. It’s really great the Bucks are giving Top Flight a Dynamite debut with their match next week. I felt Darrius and Dante were a great team but their showing on Dark was a bit wonky because something was off with Frankie Thomas. But Top Flight against the Bucks, we’ll really get to see what the Martin brothers can do against the Jacksons.

Team Taz had a good promo on Darby, Cage had a great match with Sydal, especially since Sydal got to look great. The segment with Jade Cargill interrupting Cody was an interesting one, but it clearly means the TNT Network crossover is happening. Cody VS Shaq, AEW’s first celebrity match, that’s actually a great one. Brandi getting in Jade’s face was great, too, I would love to see that as a match. Darby having a thumbtack jacket is exactly what he should be wearing. His tag match with Cody against Team Taz is going to be a lot of fun. Tay VS Velvet was a lot of fun, especially with Jay trying to tempt Tay to the Dark Order side but Tay resisting. I think Jay’s next story should really be with her trying to recruit Tay more and more. Either outcome, Tay joining Dark Order or becoming a new enemy, will be great for them and the AEW Women’s Division.

That Bunkhouse match was incredible! I should’ve figured they’d have multiple blood spots, and for Allie to face comeuppance directly with a table spot. Natural Nightmares win to move past that story and to possibly head for the tag titles. That’d be an interesting match as Cody is still friends with the Bucks but it’s literally his family on the other side, Cody might end up in the middle of that feud. The “induction ceremony” for MJF was pretty good. MJF saying the night wasn’t just about him was a great way to trick us into thinking he’d give Wardlow even a moment of spotlight, but it was the next ploy in his scheme. Sammy getting a email about the beach but no second email was definitely to further those plans. Something needs to happen on the “Vegas trip” that brings into question whether or not Sammy stays in the faction, possibly through a match of MJF VS Sammy.

Spears VS Scorpio was a really good match, and worth the wait from when it was first advertised for a couple weeks ago. The metal slug was introduced in a very clever way this time, and Spears winning thanks to that surely means this continues. The feud will help both guys bide some time while the singles titles are tied up in other stories. I would think Scorpio comes out the winner in this feud, since commentary even pointed out how he is the third winningest man in AEW, behind Cody and Kenny. Depending on who wins Moxley VS Omega, I feel like Scorpio against either of them would make for a great match. Moxley’s fought mostly sluggers and powerhouses, but taking on someone truly athletic would be fresh. Omega VS Scorpio would be even wilder because they’re both so fast and agile, it’d be about who can keep going.

The Penta VS Fenix rematch was a great match, and a lot of great story given the first time around, as well as Kingston on commentary denying the fact he is the reason for the dysfunction. I finally realized with this match that the luchador lore of the masks being sacred is mostly for kayfabe. Otherwise, why would they be so willing to have their masks torn up? These two both went through a lot of the same in Lucha Underground, so clearly it’s a story telling device. Penta wins to tie up the series between the brothers, even if the record says Fenix “vacated” his win from the tournament. And then PAC returning was great! Pac wants after Kingston, Archer wants after The Fam, will they end up a duo instead of Death Triangle reforming? At least, I expect Pac and Fenix to take on Kingston and Penta as the payoff.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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