AEW has a veritable gold rush tonight!
Both AEW World Tag Team and NWA Women’s World Championships are on the line, while Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega sign on the dotted line!
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Top Flight; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
- Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford & Miro VS Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends; Cassidy wins.
- PAC VS The Blade w/ The Butcher & Bunny; Pac wins.
- NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Thunder Rosa; Deeb wins and retains the title.
- Team Taz VS Cody Rhodes & Darby Allin; Team Taz wins.
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AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Top Flight!
Matt and Nick Jackson only just got these titles at Full Gear, but they’re willing to prove that the best champions are fighting champions! Will “Air Wolf” Darius and “Angel Dorado” Dante Martin take advantage of this golden opportunity? Or will they just be the newest guests of a Superkick Party?
AEW plays a quick video package to explain the origins of Top Flight. Growing up, they watched teams just like the Young Bucks and were inspired to get into wrestling. Now, they do their own thing and carve their own path. It’s great to have a brother for a tag partner, they have an advantage knowing what the other is thinking. Darius got a little tired being in the same spot, so he messaged Matt Jackson with a long shot. Matt replied and blew Darius’ mind! Being so young at just 21 and 19 is a huge advantage for them, and they feel more than ready to take flight. They’d be lying if they pretended they weren’t nervous, but anything is possible.
With that, the Bucks make their entrance, the introductions are made and the belts are raised. The opportunity of a lifetime for one pair of brothers begins to open the night!
The teams sort out, Darius starts against Nick. The two circle, then Darius runs and speeds things up. Darius holds ropes to fake out the superkick! Darius keeps going, and fakes Nick out again! Darius sunset flips, Nick rolls through to knuckle lock and CHOP! “LUCHA LIBRE~” arm-drag! But Darius handsprings through! Fans are fired up but Nick is flustered! Darius blocks the superkick to enziguri back! Nick tags Matt and Dante jumps in, Top Flight double CHOP Matt! Top Flight shove Matt, sweep the legs, Dante cartwheels while Darius rolls Matt, KICK SANDWICH! Cover, TWO!
Dante claps and fans follow along as they chant, “Top Flight!” Matt headlocks, Dante powers out but things speed up again. Dante hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks Matt down! Fans fire up with Dante and he drags Matt up to whip him away. Dante runs in to hit an A-List Lariat! Tag to Darius, snap suplex and kip up to tag Dante, for the slingshot senton! Top Flight KICK Nick down, and Matt bails out the side! Fans fire up for Top Flight as they both fake the Bucks out! The Bucks nod as they have to respect the swagger. The fans rally as the Bucks go back to their corner, and Matt gets back in.
Matt circles with Dante and tie up. Matt headlocks, Dante powers out but things speed up again. Matt fakes Dante out but Dante flips all the way through is own dropkick! Dante blocks the superkick, spins Matt around and back suplexes but Nick tags in before the atomic drop! Matt reverses the whip, then baits Dante into Nicks SUPERKICK! Matt sees Darius coming, headscissor dropkick takes him down! Matt then WRECKS Darius with a dropkick and skins the cat while Nick SHINING WIZARDS Dante in the corner! Nick has Dante, the Bucks combine, SHOTGUN BULLDOG! Fans fire up with the Bucks now as Nick brings Dante back up.
Nick sends Dante to the corner for a buckle bump, then tags Matt back in. Matt snapmares Dante, drops a fist then goes after legs. Matt steps in, for the SHARPSHOOTER! Dante endures as Matt sits deep! Dante reaches, Matt drags him from ropes, but Darius returns to BUZZSAW! Nick kicks and whips Darius for it but Darius elbows back! Darius goes up but Nick SUPERKICKS the legs out! Darius is stuck, Matt brings Dante around, BUCKLE BOMB into Darius’ back! Matt catapults Dante into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Then DOUBLJE STOMPS across the knees! Somersault and DRAPING BACKSTABBER to Darius! The Bucks shake their heads as they focus on Dante.
Tag to Matt, he gut wrenches Dante and Nick aims, but no Meltzer as Dante shoves Matt into Nick! Dante dodges Matt and tornillo headscissors Matt into buckles! Dante hot tags Darius! Darius shoulders in then slingshots up and over! Darius CLOBBERS Matt with a clothesline, then CHOPS him down! Darius CHOPS Matt again, then whips him to ropes. Matt reverses, Darius gets around to shove, for a SPANISH FLY! Cover, Nick breaks it in time! Nick whips but Darius reverses to send Nick out. Darius and Dante coordinate, Dante slingshots to hold the ropes open as Darius DIVES! Direct hit into both Bucks, but now Dante comes back to FLY! Direct hit again and Top Flight has the Bucks on the proverbial ropes!
Fans rally as Dante puts Matt back in. Dante tags back in, Top Flight double whip Matt corner to corner but Nick returns. Top Flight gets Nick, whips him at Matt but Nick reverses and Matt BOOTS Dante! Darius back suplexes Nick but Nick lands on his feet. Matt boots Dante into Darius, but Darius ALLEY OOPS Dante way over Nick! Dante waistlocks Nick, who still has Darius, but Nick shoves Darius at Matt. Matt elbows Darius, Nick elbows Dante, but Darius elbows Nick while Matt hops up! Darius uses Matt like a wall to jump and PELE Nick! Dante runs at Matt, FLIPPING DRAGON RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives and fans are loving “The! Elite! The the Elite!” for giving us this match.
Dante goes up top while Matt is down. BIG leap but Matt gets clear to SPEAR Dante down! Matt DECKS Darius and tags in Nick. Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK Darius down! Matt bumps Dante off buckles, goes up top and Nick puts Dante up there to meet him. Fans fire up as Matt adjusts the camera to get all of the SLICED BREAD BOMB! Cover, but Darius pushes it apart! Fans fire up as this battle of brothers continues but the Bucks are frustrated! Nick throws Darius back out and hard, and then coordinates with Matt. Matt fireman’s carries and rolling sentons, but Dante turns that into a ghost pin! And Darius anchors Nick at the corner!! TWO!!! Another close call! Nick DECKS Darius, Matt SUPERKICKS Dante, and Nick tags back in. B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The Bucks almost busted in this match, but this is why they’re the champions! But wait, Jack Evans and Angelico jump the rail to attack Top Flight! The Hybrid2 get away before the Bucks can get at them! Evans and Angelico ranted on Dark about wanting politics and favoritism to stop in AEW, but their bitterness won’t ruin this moment for the young Darius and Dante. Will the Martin brothers get back to these titles some day?
“The Inner Circle slays Vegas, baby!”
In a montage, Chris Jericho, MJF, and the boys have a night on the town! Sammy Guevara wins big in Blackjack again. Wait, how did his cards change?! Ortiz, did you see what happened? MJF says a 6 and 7 isn’t a blackjack. Sammy glares at MJF as the montage continues. MJF gets Santana to blow on the dice for him, and they get 7 in Craps! But no hugging. Handshakes are fine, though. Then they go to a rocker burlesque show. Wardlow and Jake Hager can’t stop glaring at each other. MJF and Jericho get drinks, but while MJF wants Slippery Nipples, Jericho wants Peppermint Schnapps. MJF ups the “ante” to tequila, but Jericho ups it to vodka. MJF goes with rum, Jericho says Canadian cooking sherry.
MJF tells the “barkeep” that he has a thirst that can only be quenched by one thing: Moonshine! Jericho counters with… “100 proof grain alcohol EVERCLEAR!” He can’t be serious. The bartender says that hasn’t been served since the- THEY KNOW! Bottom’s up. MJF and Jericho chug it down, and it burns!! Moving on, with literal help from the boys, MJF and Jericho realize that was a bad idea. But Santana and Ortiz are ready to move this to the next level. KONNAN is here! He’s always got the best stuff, and he knows exactly what they need. BOOM! A cloud of smoke follows them, and Konnan swears he sees a dragon. There’s no such thing, man! Then what’s that over there? DRAGON!! Piff welcomes them to Vegas. Wow he’s real! Don’t touch him.
Another montage as the boys do their best to look sexy for the ladies. Who is that with his shirt off?! Sammy says he hates MJF. No he doesn’t. Yes, he does! HAHAHA! Hager and Wardlow are still staring each other down! But instead of fighting, Wardlow grabs some guy to DECK him! Hager does the same to some other guy! And so on, and so on! Moving on, an Elvis impersonator has somehow joined the group. To be continued…?
AEW shares Director X’s Boundless: The History of a Revolution.
Everyone knew coming in that they were a long shot. “We were opposed instantly by a giant juggernaut with a 40 year head start in pro-wrestling.” But they’re making a company that is wrestling by wrestlers for wrestling fans. Anything can happen, living literally their best lives and that was just year one. “If you don’t believe in yourself, why would anyone believe in you?”
AEW hears from Jon Moxley.
“This is a crazy ass ride I’ve been on for 16 years. But recently, now, finally, the whole world makes sense to me. How did I get here? How have I been AEW World Champion for so long?” The answer is Moxley’s dad. A 6’3″, 250 pound, “brick sh*t house,” box your ear if you got out of line. And scary. One day Moxley’s dad is in town, picks him up from the police station but doesn’t hit him. Instead, he just says something Moxley never forgot: “We’re the good guys. No matter what happens, no matter what’s going on around you, just remember: We’re the good guys.”
Moxley’s challengers have tried to lie, cheat and steal the title away from him. He’s been jumped, beat up, faced monsters and technicians, even his own friends. But Moxley always know what to do and always has. “We’re the good guys.” And now the whole world is bearing down on him, his body feels like hell to where he can’t get out of bed in the morning. He has a pregnant wife at home, he’s holding onto two titles for two different companies, he’s got challengers coming from ever which way, so what does he do? Moxley knows what to do. “We’re the good guys.”
So tonight, Moxley will go, sign the contract without hesitation, and look Kenny Omega in the eye as he shakes Omega’s hand, and then let him know in no uncertain terms, Moxley is the best in the world. “I am the AEW World Champion. I’m my dad’s son. And I am Jon G*DDAMN Moxley. And that is never gonna change.”
Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Orange Cassidy!
The Superbad Groom is defending his bride’s honor and his Best Man is on commentary for it! Will Kip beat the pulp out of Freshly Squeezed? Or will he just have some Orange Punch instead?
The bell rings, fans rally and duel, and Kip swings, but Cassidy ducks it! Cassidy “slaps” Kip! Kip grins as Cassidy puts the armband on, but Kip headlocks and takeovers before the hands go in the pockets! Cassidy fights up, Kip hits another takeover, but Cassidy keeps his shoulders up. Cassidy fights up again, powers out and reels Kip into a headlock of his own! Kip wrenches out to a headlock, Cassidy powers out again to hit a headlock takeover! Kip kicks around and keeps his shoulder up. Kip gets to his feet, powers out, tries the reel again but Cassidy avoids it, to put his hands- No! Kip kicks low and mocks the pockets. Kip throws elbows, headlocks then shifts around to a wristlock.
Cassidy wants to put his free arm in a pocket, but Kip shifts to that side. Cassidy pries at the cording hold but Kip cranks on it harder. Cassidy gets a leg up but Kip spins through to get the hold back. Cassidy goes to power out, Kip arm-drags Cassidy down and cranks on the hold again. Cassidy fights up, fans rally and Cassidy goes up to headscissor! Kip stays up to SLAM Cassidy down! Cover, TWO! Kip drags Cassidy up to wrench and hammerlock to then snapmare again. Cassidy gets up, Kip whips but Cassidy resists the drop toehold! And the hands are in the pockets! Cassidy gets out of the toehold, dodges the clotheslines and then leaps over Kip’s back! Kip avoids the dropkick, but Cassidy ducks the kick to kip up and dropkick after all!
Fans fire up as Cassidy dumps Kip out with no hands! Then Cassidy runs and DIVES! Direct hit but Cassidy puts Kip in the ring. Ford stands in the way, holding hands up to keep Cassidy back. Cassidy gives her high ten and gets in the ring. Kip triangle enziguris! And ax kicks! Then fireman’s carries and GUT BUSTER DROPS! Cover, TWO! Cassidy survives but Kip goes around the world to dropkick Cassidy down! Cover as AEW goes picture in picture, TWO!
Kip keeps on Cassidy with a whip to the corner, then runs in for another dropkick! Cassidy flops down. Kip covers, TWO! Kip grows frustrated but he stomps Cassidy’s hands. Kip drags Cassidy up to throw him out, then he distracts the ref so Ford can talk some trash to Cassidy. Ford says she won’t do anything to Cassidy, though, and Cassidy slowly gets up. Kip kicks Cassidy back down, then drags him up through the ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Kip lets go at 4, and Cassidy flops back in. Kip covers, but Cassidy gets the ropebreak! Kip stomps Cassidy, kicks him to a corner, then gives a mocking thumbs up.
Kip fires off on Cassidy in a corner with forearms over and over and over, and over and over! He lets off as the ref counts, then Kip tells the Cassidy fans to shut it! Kip goes back after Cassidy but Cassidy rolls him up! TWO!! Kip CLOBBERS Cassidy and covers, TWO! Kip and Ford are frustrated, but Cassidy gets Kip with a ghost pin! TWO, Kip CLOBBERS Cassidy again! Kip seethes while Cassidy flounders to a corner. Kip runs around the world again, but Cassidy avoids the dropkick! Kip staggers up, Cassidy boots him back! And again! Cassidy goes up, Kip throws hands, then climbs up top. Kip drags Cassidy up, Cassidy resists the suplex and throws body shots. Cassidy fires off and shoves Kip away, but Kip enziguris him down!
Kip climbs up, drags Cassidy up but Cassidy shoves him down. Cassidy hits a CROSSBODY! But Cassidy keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and Miro is relieved. Cassidy goes to the apron and climbs up top. Kip stirs, stands, and catches the leap to whip. Cassidy reverses, Kip holds ropes and puts Cassidy on the apron. Cassidy ducks the kick this time, bumps Kip off buckles, then bumps him off more! Kip wobbles but stops Cassidy’s third! Cassidy ducks Kip’s counter punch, and bumps him off buckles after all! Cassidy climbs, leaps, FLYING DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Kip survives but Cassidy gets back up. Cassidy throws the armband off, but Kip is under the ropes.
Cassidy puts the armband back on, drags Kip up, but Kip hotshots back! Kip slingshots but stumbles, and Cassidy takes advantage to suplex! Kip counters to his own suplex, but Cassidy fights that off. They fight for suplex control, and Kip gets Cassidy up and over! Kip runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Kip fisherman suplexes for the DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Cassidy has shocked the Superbad Couple and Miro but the fans are loving this! Kip looms over Cassidy, brings him up and onto the ropes, but Cassidy counters to a cradle, TWO! Pop-up KNEE and DISCUS from Kip staggers Cassidy! DEATH- NO! Cassidy gets out, to get the MOUSE TRAP! Cover, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Miro is furious and he gets off commentary to CLOBBER Cassidy! Best Friends return to run Miro and the Superbad Couple off! Cassidy still won and that is the point, but will Trent and Chuck get their own revenge soon enough?
Tony Schiavone presides over the AEW World Championship contract signing!
“Needless to say, this is the biggest match we have ever signed for Dynamite. Winter is Coming, and it’s only two weeks away!” Kenny Omega challenges Jon Moxley, and is out first! Justin Roberts gives us a new list of Omega accolades: “Like Jon Moxley, he is undefeated in 2020 singles competition. Like Jon Moxley, he has been ranked #1 on the PWI 500. Unlike Jon Moxley, he is a Wrestling Observer Hall of Famer. And also unlike Jon Moxley, he has trained a failure at the Rush Fitness in North Carolina~!” It is Kenny, OOOOOOOMEEEEEGAAA~! And yes, the Sweepettes are back in their 80’s jazzercise outfits. Omega finally walks out on stage, revels in his pyro, and goes to the ring.
And then without much fanfare, which is his style, is Jon Moxley! At least, we thought. Wait, backstage, Moxley is DOWN!? Who attacked the champion?! His nose has blood coming from it and medics are calling for a backboard. Whoever did this, they hit him hard! Well, what does Omega have to say about this? “Look, I’m not one for this psychology type stuff, Tony.” Last time was an elbow, this time it’s a bloody nose. Omega won’t let Moxley avoid anything this time. Winter is Coming, Omega will be there, so hopefully Moxley will, too. Make sure to get this. Omega signs his part of the contract, but the pen is a little dry. There it is. That’s it for Omega! Will Moxley be able to compete with only two weeks left?
The Inner Circle’s Vegas trip, part 2.
Jericho just wants to say that they’re stronger than ever with their new member… ELVIS! They chant for the impersonator and he says, “Thank you. Thank you very much!” MJF says he needs to say something. Wardlow keeps him from falling over. MJF says he always saw himself as a lone wolf, but that now he wants to be part of a wolfpack. He has found that wolfpack! “I love you guys like blood brothers!” Yes, blood! Sammy will cut himself right now! WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! Sammy, stop! Don’t get all freaky on us! But MJF says it’ll be okay, man. They’re the Inner Circle! Sin City! And it’s a full moon! Wanna know what MJF wants to do right now? What’s that? “AO AO AOOOO!” They’re howling to the moon!
And then the next morning… Jericho wakes up next to Elvis, and they have gin?! Ew! And of course, he has a hangover. They don’t remember what happened. MJF wakes up in a tub, but he finds Sammy in a fountain. “At least I’m not soft.” Whatever, Sammy, shut up. Apparently Sammy wrote all over MJF’s face. After all, it says “Sammy Waz Here” on MJF’s forehead. Sammy drags himself up out of the fountain with help of the statue, and notices a ring on his finger. Did he get married last night? Ortiz hasn’t stopped pumping iron, either. OH no, Sammy has THREE wives?! There’s big and strong Mrs. Guevara, very old Mrs. Guevara, and the mysterious frisky Mrs. Guevara, whose face is obscured in the picture. Ortiz says that’s awesome! “I’ve always wanted a Mormon friend!”
Jericho and Elvis find Santana feeding chickens. Who brought the farm animals? Jericho calls out to the group, and they here crying…? Jericho and Santana open a door, and it’s… SWOGGLE?! This manbaby ain’t Santana’s… To be continued!
Jericho joins commentary!
And his head is still hurting. Like JR hanging out with the Four Horsemen in 1986 in South Carolina! But while there was a lot of fun, the seven members of the Inner Circle are getting back to what they do best: beating people up! Next week, Jericho says they’re going to be back as he and Hager beat up SCU! The first in a long line of casualties with the new and improved Inner Circle!
PAC VS The Blade w/ The Butcher & The Bunny!
Eddie Kingston joins commentary to watch this one, as The Fam’s Braxton Sutter “welcomes” The Bastard back to AEW after the eight months of “isolation.” Will Pac be back in a big way?
The bell rings and Pac shotgun dropkicks Blade to a corner! Blade flounders, Pac kicks him down and stomps away! The ref counts, Blade gets away instead! Pac stomps Blade back down, goes after him at the ropes and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Pac stops at 4, then throws Blade out hard! Blade flounders, but Pac drags him up and whips him hard into railing! Pac seethes as he drags Blade up and whips him into more railing! Bunny Allie is very worried but Pac drags Blade back up and into the ring. Pac goes up and watches Blade rise, to then missile dropkick him down! And kip up smoothly, too! Fans fire up as Pac gets in Butcher’s face! Blade WRECKS Pac with a dropkick then brings him up to whip him into railing!
Bunny Allie laughs at Pac now that the tables have turned. Blade CHOPS Pac then whips him hard into more railing! Blade drags Pac up to CHOP again, and then puts him in the ring. Blade brings Pac up, suplexes and TOSSES Pac at ropes! Pac tumbles to the mat, Blade soaks up the heat, and paces as he drags Pac up. Blade whips, Pac goes to the apron and comes back with a SLINGSHOT DDT! Not the cleanest but Pac still has Blade floundering. Pac drags Blade up to whip hard into buckles! Pac watches Blade flounder back up, back kicks hard, front kicks just as hard, and back kicks hard again. Pac runs, Blade grabs the ref and Bunny swipes at Pac’s feet! Pac goes out and stares her down, but Butcher CLOBBERS him!
Butcher puts Pac in for Blade, Blade drags Pac up to gut wrench and DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Pac survives and Blade is frustrated. Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.
Blade rains down furious fists over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Blade paces, brings Pac back up and whips him to ropes to clobber him! Blade looms over Pac before he brings him up for a hard bump off buckles. Blade digs his knee in to choke Pac but lets off as the ref counts. Bunny talks a lot of trash at Pac before Blade drags Pac up. Pac ROCKS Blade with a forearm then another, and then Pac CHOPS! Pac runs, Blade kitchen sink knees! Cover, TWO! Blade seethes but he dares Pac to get up. Blade stomps Pac, drags him up and whips him to ropes for another CLOBBERING lariat! Blade paces around again, drags Pac back up and ROCKS him with a forearm.
Pac is on the ropes and Blade chokes him again! The ref counts, Blade lets off, and the ref warns Butcher and Bunny. But Blade distracts the ref and Bunny still chokes Pac! Blade stomps Pac then soaks up more heat. Pac sits up as AEW returns to single picture. Blade gives toying kicks to Pac then pushes him around, Pac gets up, eggs Blade on, and Blade throws a haymaker! Pac forearms, Blade haymakers, repeat! Blade stands Pac up but Pac forearms back! The brawling gets faster and faster, fans rally up and Pac gets the edge! Pac ROCKS Blade, runs in the corner but Blade dodges to BOOT! Blade runs but Pac follows to BOOT back! Pac goes corner to corner, blocks the boot to SUPERKICK!
Pac runs, Blade hits the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kingston is annoyed but the fans rally up both ways. Blade stalks Pac to a corner, climbs up top, and drags Pac up by his hair! Pac enziguris back! Blade is stuck halfway up, Pac climbs up to join him, and Pac SUPERPLEXES Blade high and hard! Pac crawls to the cover, TWO!! Blade survives and Pac scowls. Blade rolls to a corner, fans rally up and Pac runs in to uppercut! Blade flops down, Pac goes up top! Bunny gets on the apron but Pac sees Butcher, so he SUPERKICKS him! Blade rolls Pac and has tights! TWO!! Pac BOOTS Blade down, goes back up top, for the SHOOTING STAR! Into BRUTALIZER!! Blade taps, Pac wins!
Winner: PAC, by submission
Ring rust wasn’t a factor, and neither were the numbers! Pac gets a mic as he stares Kingston down. “Eddie Kingston! You say you like to fight-” Butcher blindsides Pac! Butcher rains down fists and Kingston joins his “family.” Butcher and Blade mug Pac while Kingston mocks “It’s been eight long months~!” But see this, Bastard? This is the world’s smallest violin. Pac thinks he’s tough? Kingston is going to put him through a gauntlet! But REY FENIX jumps in! And he’s fighting his friends to defend Pac! After all, Death Triangle was a team before these guys were!
But what about Penta? He’s leaving his brother and Pac out to dry! Kingston stomps Fenix while Blade keeps Pac down. NOW Penta is here, and he has a chair! But is he here to help The Fam? He’s aiming for his brother Fenix, but fans are divided! Penta thinks about it, but he swings on Kingston! DEATH TRIANGLE IS REUNITED! Will they tear the Fam apart even more?
AEW cameras find another incident backstage!
Jade Cargill has Brandi Rhodes down, with an arm trapped in a chair! And the Vicious Vixens, Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rose, are holding security and referees back! Jade STOMPS the chair and crushes Brandis arm! But now the locker room rushes over to back Brandi up! Big Swole, Red Velvet and Serena Deeb check on Brandi, will AEW executives have something to say about all this?
NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Thunder Rosa!
After winning this title as part of a UWN event, Serena Deeb has been a fighting champion through AEW. But the former champion wants the belt back, and here we are! Will Serena prove she didn’t just get lucky the first time? Or will Thunder end the reign after just over three weeks?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the crossover of promotions continues!
Fans rally and duel as Rosa and Deeb approach. They get face to face, but then back off to circle. They tie up, go around fast and furious, and Rosa puts Deeb in a corner. Deeb turns things around and the two break to reset. Deeb and Rosa tie up again, Rosa waistlocks but Deeb pries at the hold. Deeb switches, Rosa drop toeholds and cranks on the leg. Rosa drags Deeb’s head into the hold but then shifts to a camel clutch of sorts. Deeb fights but Rosa shifts to a crossface, then a facelock. Deeb slips out of that to facelock but Rosa slips out to go after the Fujiwara. Deeb fights up, Rosa wrenches to an elbow breaker, but Deeb rolls and arm-drags. Deeb has the cording hold to a cradle, ONE, but Deeb double chicken wings to get the cradle, TWO!
The two scramble up, Rosa headlocks to the takeover but Deeb keeps a shoulder up. Rosa cranks on the head, Deeb headscissors but Rosa headstands and pops out to get the headlock back. Deeb rolls it to a cover, ONE! Deeb fights up, pries free and wrenches, to get a headlock of her own! Deeb hits a headlock takeover, fans rally and Rosa fights up. Rosa powers out but Deeb comes back to uppercut! Rosa CHOPS! Deeb uppercuts, whips, but Rosa reverses. Things speed up as Rosa hurdles then arm-drags! Deeb staggers into a scoop and slam! Rosa runs and runs to drop a senton! Cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her cool and brings Deeb back up for a CHOP!
Fans cheer but Deeb runs in, only to get a drop toehold onto ropes! Rosa runs to straddle attack! Deeb staggers as Rosa says she’s the champion already. Rosa steps in but Deeb gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! And another! Deeb drags Rosa all the way in to bump her off buckles! Rosa checks her jaw but Deeb looms over her. Deeb drags Rosa up and AEW goes picture in picture.
Deeb hoists Rosa up onto the top rope then climbs up behind her. Rosa fights back but Deeb CLUBS Rosa on the back. Deeb climbs up, hooks Rosa into the ropes for a HANGING GORY ESPECIAL! The ref counts, Deeb lets go and Rosa tumbles to the mat. Deeb grins but Rosa throws body shots! Deeb CLUBS Rosa back, throws uppercuts, then snapmares her down to scrape her face with her sole! Deeb sits Rosa up, runs and barrels into her! Cover, TWO! Deeb is right on Rosa with a chinlock and she squeezes tight! Rosa endures, fights her way up, and jawbreakers free! Deeb is in the corner, Rosa runs in, but AEW goes to break! Did Rosa hit Deeb or not?!
AEW returns as Rosa elbows Deeb away from the corner. Deeb runs back in but Rosa drop toeholds her into buckles! Rosa hobbles and runs corner to corner, to A-List Lariat! And then clubs away on Deeb point blank! Rosa slips out to the apron, Deeb sits down, and Rosa swings in to KNEE Deeb down! Fans rally up as Deeb flounders and Rosa runs, HESITATION DROPKICK at the ropes! Rosa throws Deeb with a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her focus, but Deeb gets her leg again! Rosa throws forearms to get free, then shoulders in, but into a facelock! Deeb turns Rosa for a neckbreaker hotshot! Rosa wobbles on the apron but fans rally up with “SI! SI! SI!” as she fireman’s carries Deeb! Deeb fights off, and SPEARS Rosa to the apron! Deeb hurries in to cover, TWO!!
Deeb drags Rosa up, fireman’s carries, and pops Rosa up, but Rosa lands on her feet! Rosa mule kicks, ROUNDHOUSES, and ROUNDHOUSES again! GERMAN SUPLEX! A rough throw but Rosa gets to a corner as Deeb flounders up. Rosa leaps for a missile dropkick! Deeb tumbles out of the ring but then Rebel hops the rail!? She argues with the ref so that Britt can attack Rosa! SWINGING FISHERMAN to the ramp!! Britt drags Rosa around to put her back in the ring! The Doctor gets away with it and Deeb has no idea, either! Deeb brings Rosa up to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Rosa survives and Deeb can’t believe it! But fans are loving it as this continues!
Deeb drags Rosa up, Rosa trips her to jackknife, TWO! Deeb staggers up into a fireman’s carry! But she sunset flips, Rosa sits on it, TWO and Deeb has it! TWO, but into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Rosa endures, pops out but Deeb rolls her. Rosa double STOMPS that apart! Fans rally up again, Deeb gets an arm but Rosa uses that to roll her up! TWO, Deeb uppercuts! Rosa forearms back, Deeb uppercuts again, but Rosa fires off a strike fest! And then VERTIGO! Cover, TWO!?! Rosa cannot believe it! And then Deeb victory rolls her! TWO, Rosa sits on Deeb, TWO! Deeb runs, but into a backslide! Deeb turns it around, Rosa flips up and over but into the underhooks, SWISS SPECIAL! Cover, Deeb wins!!
Winner: Serena Deeb, by pinfall (still NWA Women’s World Champion)
Was Britt’s involvement a factor? Possibly, but Rosa won’t hold that against Deeb. Will Rosa make sure Britt pays for that screw job? She finds her in the crowd and attacks!! And throws her into railing! The ref can’t get Rosa to stop raining down fists on Britt’s head! Extra refs come out to pull Rosa off but Rosa just gets loose! Rosa and Britt brawl but the refs pull them apart again. Britt tells Rosa to go back to NWA but Rosa gets loose to go after her again! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but when will we see it in the ring?
The Dark Order has an announcement.
John Silver has Anna Jay look back on her career. Before she joined the Dark Order, she was a rookie, the “Star of the Show.” Not anymore! Now she’s the QUEENSLAYER! She’s won her last four matches and is in the top five! That’s why Mr. Brodie Lee DEMANDED Anna gets her title match next week! Anna tells Hikaru Shida that the last time they wrestled, Shida took advantage of a rookie. But next week, Jay will reintroduce herself as Number 99. Silver says Jay is bringing gold to the Dark Order! He’s much more pumped up about that than Jay is, but will Jay get fired up once she is facing the AEW Women’s World Champion?
AEW has other news about next week!
After the confrontation we saw tonight, The Butcher & The Blade will take on PAC and Rey Fenix 2v2! Is the Fam truly through? And Will Hobbs returns to action, will he impose his will on another opponent?
Team Taz VS Cody Rhodes & Darby Allin!
Taz joins commentary as his guys, “Absolute” Ricky Starks and “The Machine” Brian Cage are about to take on two guys they cannot stand! But will the American Nightmare and the NEW Face of TNT show Taz, Starks and the FTW Champion what it really means to be #Relentless?
AEW returns with a quick message from Darby. Outside a church, with stained glass and gargoyles, Darby is perched on the roof with his TNT Championship. And he skates through the halls with candles guiding the way. Darby goes to the stained glass, his one leg on fire. What does it mean? What will it mean for his opponents here tonight?
The teams sort out and Darby starts with Starks. They circle, fans rally already, and Darby ties up with Starks. Darby facelocks, Starks wrenches out to waistlock and mat slam! Darby gets up, facelocks but Starks slips out to hammerlock. Darby snapmares free and chinlocks but Starks slips out to the hammerlock again. Darby bridges back up, gets around, headlocks and clinches. Starks powers up but Darby whips. Starks reverses, Darby goes up the ropes and flies free! Darby dodges Starks, comes back to get around, spin Starks around and hammerlock back! Starks gets ropes, the ref counts and Darby lets off as fans rally. Starks SLAPS Darby so Darby SLAPS back! It’s a SLAP fight but Darby ROCKS Starks with that last one! Darby rains down rights, the ref backs him off, and Starks flounders about.
Starks tags Cage, Cody asks to tag in. Darby tags him in, and Cody stares Cage down. Cage headlocks, Cody powers out but Cage rams him. Cody stays up and double guns, but he still counter punches Cage. Cage spins and sobats, front kicks and whips, to hip toss Cody into a backbreaker! Fans boo but Cage drags Cody up to throw forearms. Cage whips, Cody slips off the scoop to shove. Cody drops, hurdles and dropkicks! Cage flounders, Cody is after him with forearms in the corner. Cody whips, Cage reverses and runs in but Cody dodges! Cage bounces off buckles, Cody goes up to MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE! Taz bails commentary to go back up his guys in the corner. Cody clubs Cage then tags Darby.
AEW goes picture in picture as Cody runs, springboards and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cage staggers, Darby springboards to TRUST FALL! Cover, TWO! Darby keeps on Cage with a facelock and manages to drag him over. Tag to Cody and they mug Cage. Cody wrenches and whips Cage to ropes but Starks distracts the ref. Cage reverses and Taz takes a swipe at Cody! Cody glare at Taz but Cage clotheslines Cody out of the ring! Darby protests but the ref missed all of that. Coach Arn Anderson gets angry and throws a chair! So the ref EJECTS Arn!! Team Taz takes advantage again and Cage “puts on out” with a POWERBOMB to Cody on the floor! Cage drags Cody back up, puts him in and covers, TWO!
Cage drags Cody up and wrenches him to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cage wraps on with a chinlock but Cody fights his way up. Cody throws body shots and kicks Cage’s leg. Cage KNEES back! Cody ends up on ropes, Cage distracts the ref, and Starks gets a cheap shot in! Cage drags Cody to a corner and bumps him off buckles. Cage stalks Cody as he staggers away, and AEW returns to single picture. Cage wrenches and back suplexes, but Cody lands on his feet to kick low and hit the Rhodes Uppercut! But Starks runs in, only for Cody to throw him out! Cage runs at the corner but Cody boots him away! Cody leaps but into Cage’s arms! Cage does curls, FALL AWAY SLAMS, but Cody lands on his feet! Cage is too busy posing, Cody leaps to tag Darby, only for Starks to trip Darby up!
Cage uppercuts, enziguris and GERMAN SUPLEXES Cody from the corner! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Cody but Cage drags him to the corner. Tag to Starks and Starks stomps Cody down! Starks drags Cody up, bumps him off buckles and fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Starks lets off but drags Cody back up. Starks snapmares and has a special cravat neck wrench on. Fans rally, Cody fights up, Starks facelocks but Cody back drops out! Cody and Starks are in opposite corners, Starks runs but Cody back drops him again! Hot tag to Darby! Darby dodges Starks and sends him into buckles, then he dropkicks Cage down! Darby corner body blocks Starks, and again, then wrings Starks out for a takedown! Jackknife, TWO!
Darby waistlocks, rams Starks into buckles, but Cage tags in as Starks bucks Darby away. Starks rushes Darby, Darby waistlocks but Starks switches. Darby switches again, Cage comes up to waistlock Darby, DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX, because Darby was holding onto Starks! Cody returns, dodges Cage and slides out to confront Taz! Cage and Starks slide out but Cody slides in, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER for Cage! Cody sees Starks return, goes up and over and rolls to come back, into Starks’ SPEAR! Darby shotgun dropkicks Starks! Cage POP-UP BOMBS Darby! Cage dead lifts Darby back up, but Darby turns that into a YOSHI TONIC! Cover, Starks barely breaks it in time!
Fans are fired up as all four men are down! Team Taz regroups and is up first, Starks has Darby up but Darby slips out. Darby flips around, no Throwback, but Cody gets Starks for CROSS RHODES! Cage spins, Cody ducks, the DISCUS clobbers Darby! Cage SUPERKICKS Cody, and wrenches to a TORTURE RACK BOMB! Cage drags Darby up, hoists him to the top rope backwards, then writes him off before he climbs up. Darby throws elbows but Cage CLUBS Darby down. Darby headbutts backwards! Cage staggers, the ref checks on him and Starks anchors Darby’s foot on the top rope! Cage leaps and KNEES Darby! Then he climbs up again, gets Darby up in a fireman’s carry, for a SUPER DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Team Taz wins!!
Winner: Team Taz, by pinfall
The FTW Champion just pinned the TNT Champion! Will the Path of Cage gain even more gold for the team? And Starks won’t let off on Darby, either! Cody gets in to go after Starks but he’s 2v1 against Team Taz now! Starks and Cage stomp away on Cody and Darby, but here comes WILL HOBBS! Hobbs is still allies with Darby, and he spots something he likes in the FTW Championship! Cody hobbles up, and Hobbs CLOBBERS him?! After everything that’s been going on, Hobbs is now officially on Team Taz?!? When did that happen!? Taz says they’re just getting started! Who will be left standing when they’re finished?
A great episode pretty much top to bottom, but I don’t know if the moment we just ended on needed to happen tonight, if at all. The tag match of Cody, Darby and Team Taz was really good, and Team Taz stands tall because they won and because they got to beat down Darby and Cody after. And I get that they don’t want to pull a WWE and drop a storyline just because they don’t know what to do with it. They obviously teased one option and then completely went the other way, but I wouldn’t have done the swerve. Hobbs joining Team Taz is great for Team Taz, but I felt like Hobbs VS Cage in another match for the FTW Championship would’ve been cool. Hobbs is now the third active wrestler in Team Taz, but then what? Someone goes after TNT Championship, the other two are for the tag titles now? I suppose Cage and Hobbs make a great combo because they’re both big and strong, but something just doesn’t click for me yet.
Young Bucks VS Top Flight was an incredible match, and it was great to have the little vignette beforehand. Obviously Bucks won, but Top Flight are now stars in the eyes of fans who didn’t know much about them. I do find it interesting that The Hybrid2 are already starting something with Bucks through this, I would’ve thought they’d have a blow-off tag match with SCU first, but maybe that’s what Dark is for. Cassidy VS Kip was really good, and Miro did well on commentary. Miro VS Cassidy is surely up next, and sounds like a lot of fun already. Great video from “Director X,” I clearly copy-pasted the video from AEW’s YouTube. They already posted it hours before the show, it saved me time to do that, and it’s just easier for everyone.
The Inner Circle Las Vegas segments tonight were amazing, but of course they would be. Obviously a lot of it was inspired by The Hangover movie franchise, and I would love for it to somehow continue so that we learn who Sammy’s mysterious third wife is, how manbaby Hornswoggle got there, and what happened to Jake Hager and Wardlow for part 2. We also got a pretty good segment backstage with Jade Cargill unofficially becoming a Vicious Vixen, and I bet we at least get a tag match for Jade’s in-ring debut now since A) Vickie doesn’t wrestle and B) Brandi just got kayfabe injured with that chair vice to her arm. Red Velvet and probably Big Swole, since those two were there, take on Nyla and Jade and at least make Jade look strong before Velvet eats a pin.
Pac VS Blade was pretty good, but the best thing there was that we have the return of DEATH TRIANGLE! Also I think AEW had to change things, I was pretty sure they already advertised Pac and Fenix against Butcher and Blade before the episode. AEW still has trouble keeping track of pacing on occasion, but as long as the actual execution is right, I’ll forgive marketing mistakes. This of course must end with a full Six Man, Kingston & The Fam VS Death Triangle. The NWA Women’s Championship was great, even with Britt getting involved. Britt and Rosa in a non-title crossover of AEW and NWA works, as each woman has become a frontrunner for each promotion’s Women’s Divisions. And Anna Jay getting her shot at Shida now that she’s changed herself works fine. Shida will surely win, though, even with Dark Order shenanigans.
I really liked how AEW did something unique with the contract signing, with Moxley being “attacked” backstage before ever getting out there. I would think Lance Archer did that but he’s not afraid to be caught beating someone up. Omega brushed it off like an excuse but maybe he has something to do with it after all. AEW is branding December 2nd hard, constantly repeating “Winter is Coming,” but the world title match of Moxley VS Omega on national television is pretty big so why not do whatever you can to communicate that? I bet there will be a lot of winter and/or Game of Thrones themed decorations, the same way Bash at the Beach was summer and, well, beach themed. Also congratulations to Moxley and Renee for having a baby on the way!
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
- Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!
The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?
Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!
Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!
Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!
Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!
Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!
Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!
Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!
Winner: Darby Allin
The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”
Chris Jericho responds!
“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.
“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”
Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!
Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!
Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?
The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!
Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!
AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.
Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!
Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!
Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!
But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!
LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!
But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.
The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.
So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.
But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.
And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!
Jungle Boy is here!
Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!
Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!
JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?
“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”
Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!
They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!
Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!
And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?
Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!
The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?
Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.
The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.
Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!
The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.
Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!
Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!
Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!
AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.
Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.
Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?
AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!
After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?
Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!
As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!
Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.
Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!
Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!
The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!
Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!
Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!
Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.
Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.
Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!
Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!
Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!
Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.
I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.
Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.
Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.
Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.
Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.
Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/9/22)
Best Friends get Dark!
Before entering the AEW Trios Championship Tournament, Best Friends are in action, in separate matches! Will tonight’s Dark be Freshly Squeezed?
- 8 Man Tag: Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Isaiah Broner, Brayden Lee, James Alexander & Sam Moore; Private Party, Butcher & Blade win.
- Anna “Jay A.S.” w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Megan Meyers; Anna wins.
- Best Friends w/ Danhausen VS Rohit Raju & Ren Jones; Best Friends win.
- Evil Uno & Preston Vance VS Peter Avalon & JD Drake; Uno & Vance win.
- Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Heather Reckless & Joseline Navarro; Shafir & Nyla win.
- Kris Statlander VS Sierra; Statlander wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss, Zack Clayton & Xavier Walker; The Trustbusters win.
- Six Woman Tag: Ruby Soho, Athena & Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb, Leva Bates & Emi Sakura; Soho, Athena & Shida win.
- Orange Cassidy VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Cassidy wins.
So it seems Ari Daivari, Parker Boudreaux & Slim J are a trio now under The Trustbusters name. Good to see Sonny Kiss back in action but Kiss, Clayton & Walker aren’t winning that one. And I’m still wondering if The Wingmen are really a thing with JD Drake also spending time with Anthony Henry as the Workhorsemen. For that matter, why wasn’t it Best Friends VS The Wingmen in a 3v3? Or are they going to use that as an easy win in the opening round of the AEW Trios Championship Tournament?
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