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