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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/25/20)

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Will Number 99 become the one and only AEW Women’s World Champion?

On the eve of Thanksgiving, AEW will give us all something to be thankful for as Hikaru Shida defends her Women’s World Championship! But will the Queenslayer, Anna Jay, make sure that title joins the Dark Order?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS John Silver w/ The Dark Order; Hangman wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Lee Johnson; Hobbs wins.
  • The Hybrid2 VS Top Flight; The Hybrid2 win.
  • Chris Jericho & Jake Hager w/ The Inner Circle VS SoCal Uncensored; Jericho & Hager win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti & The Dark Order; Shida wins and retains the title.
  • Death Triangle VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; The Butcher & The Blade win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page VS John Silver w/ The Dark Order!

The fans are fired up for some #CowboyStuff as Hangman gets back in the ring! But can he get back on the horse, as they say, against Number 4? Or, given what we’ve seen on Being The Elite, will he give in and #JoinDarkOrder instead?

The bell rings and Silver wants a fist bump. The fans are conflicted but Hangman refuses the bump. Hangman and Silver circle, tie up, and Hangman wrenches to a wristlock. Silver spins through, headlocks and holds tight. Hangman powers out, they ram shoulders but Hangman rebounds to run Silver over. Things speed up, Hangman catches Silver to SLAM him! Silver boots back from the mat then keeps moving, to tilt-o-whirl and arm-drag! Hangman gets up and Silver dropkicks him down! Silver double guns and fans boo, but Silver cools things off. Silver tells Hangman they can hang, because Hangman’s jacked, too. Hangman ROLLING ELBOWS Silver down!

Hangman drags Silver up to CHOP him! Silver goes to a corner, Hangman CHOPS him again, then tries again. Silver dodges to CHOP and forearm and CHOP back. Hangman puts Silver back in the corner to CHOP once more! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Silver back up. Hangman whips and back drops Silver high and hard! Hangman tries to get a measurement on how high Silver went before he whips Silver corner to corner. Silver goes up and over, Hangman switches with him and Silver CLUBS Hangman on the back! Hangman chuckles and Silver says it isn’t personal, that was just some fun. Hangman whips Silver to the ring and triangle jumps, into an enziguri!

Silver goes up top, leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO! Hangman gets to ropes and Silver throws big forearms. Silver keeps on Hangman in a corner, CHOPS him, but Hangman CHOPS back! Silver mule kicks, ROUND KICKS Hangman in the chest, then KICKS again! Hangman grits his teeth as fans rally up. Silver brings Hangman up but Hangman CHOPS him again! Hangman whips Silver to ropes, Silver reverses and runs him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Silver keeps his cool and he forearms. Hangman forearms back and the two go back and forth. Hangman gets the edge, but Silver gets around to SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Fans boo Silver but he grits his teeth as he runs at Hangman in the corner. Hangman pops Silver out to the apron, TRIANGLE LARIAT! Silver tumbles down, Hangman slingshots but Silver gets in. Silver DIVES but Hangman dodges! Hangman PLANCHAS and hits this time! Hangman puts Silver in, runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hangman rolls Silver and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Silver survives and Hangman grows frustrated. Hangman’s peers are ringside are divided but everyone rallies up as Hangman brings Silver up. Silver blocks the lift, but Hangman ROCKS Silver with a right. Silver BOOTS back, hops up, and leaps, into Hangman’s arms! For a FALL AWAY SLAM!

Hangman kips up to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps his cool and fans rally up. Hangman goes to the apron, takes off the armband and takes aim at Silver. Silver stands, Hangman slingshots, but into a SPAN-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Hangman escapes, Silver dodges him in the corner to KICK and GERMAN! And SUPERKICK, to BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives Silver’s onslaught and fans are fired up! Silver sits Hangman up to KICK him. And KICK him! Hangman laughs and eggs Silver on. Silver KICKS, and KICKS! Hangman throws forearms back then whips. Silver reveres and ROCKS Hangman!

Silver runs, Hangman spins him around to a backslide but Silver slips out to kick, kick and KICK! Hangman LARIATS! And then lifts for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Hangman is shocked but he still has something to try! Hangman aims from the apron, BUCK SHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Johnny Hungy and Hangman was serving up soup bones! The Dark Order returns but not to fight. Evil Uno wants Hangman to understand this isn’t what that is. Uno has regrets about how they’ve treated him. But surely Hangman has regrets of his own. Hangman was a member of one of the most popular groups ever. But Hangman is also an individual who, no matter how many times he tried to leave, that group would not let him go. If that’s not a cult, Uno doesn’t know what is. Hangman has a lot on his plate, and not many people to rely on. But the Dark Order is here for him. Hangman knows where they are and where to find them. Will Hangman actually #JoinDarkOrder after all?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

Winter is Coming, but it’ll heat up as the second-ever Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal will be held! MJF still holds his ring as the inaugural winner, and he’s in that match again alongside, Wardlow, Miro, Kip Sabian, Orange Cassidy, Shawn Spears, Scorpio Sky, Matt Sydal, Matt Hardy, Private Party, Sammy Guevara, Alex Reynolds, and even John Silver and Hangman Page! Will Maxwell Jacob Friedman add a ring to the collection? Or will someone else be joining him in the DDR club?

 

AEW hears from Kenny Omega.

Last week, the contract signing didn’t quite go the way it was supposed to. Jon Moxley was viciously attacked and never made it to the ring. Hopefully the contract signing finishes tonight. Omega says that after such an uneventful week, he has had time to reflect. It may sound cliché, Omega has come to the conclusion that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” If Omega looks back to a year ago, almost to the day, Omega was nursing injuries from facing Moxley. Omega will admit that, though it isn’t on the record, he did lose. Omega can do that, because he has changed.

Omega looks to the present and things are about to be the same. Instead of Omega’s face, he sees Moxley on every magazine cover, and having everyone call Moxley the best. That’s the change. But then after the title contender tournament, suddenly Omega’s name is brought back up. “The Return of the Cleaner, the Return of the Best Bout Machine, the Return of the TRUE Best in the World.” That is the same. The common thread that binds him and Moxley is the AEW World Championship. For a year, Omega has struggled, clawed and fought to be taken seriously again. And now when Omega gets his belt, then the people will consider him the best.

So this isn’t a stipulation, but a gentleman’s challenge: for one night, Moxley, “damn it please, leave the garbage wrestling at home.” No tables, no chairs, no garbage cans, no thumbtacks. Be the best by beating Omega in the ring. Pin, submission, or even choke Omega out. But do it with your ability. Omega will be waiting for his response in the ring. Good-bye, goodnight, all that jazz, sign the contract. Oh, and Omega adds this: yes, Moxley is the good guy, and congratulations on the baby. But listen to that childhood story of yours. It pulled at Omega’s heartstrings. But the thing is, Moxley’s dad didn’t seem that tough at all. Omega’s dad would probably beat the sh*t out of Moxley’s.

Harsh words and a lot of fire from Omega, but will he be the one put on ice when he and Moxley battle next week at Winter is Coming?

 

MORE news for Winter is Coming!

Things are not done between Cody Rhodes, Darby Allin and Team Taz! But things change a bit, as now “POWERHOUSE” WILL HOBBS will team with Ricky Starks against the American Nightmare and the #Relentless TNT Champion! But will Powerhouse have even more momentum going into that match with his match tonight? We find out, after the break!

 

Darby Allin has another video.

He smashes up another car, and sprays it with paint. “And now the fun part, Team Taz. Survive, if I let you.” Darby is taking Taz’s words and using them against him! And then Darby sets the car on fire! Will Darby burn down Absolute and the Powerhouse alongside the American Nightmare?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Lee Johnson!

A change of allegiance, a change of attitude, and now a change of name! Will Team Taz’s new Powerhouse absolutely crush Big Shotty?

The bell rings, Johnson dodges Hobbs and then goes up and over! Johnson keeps moving but Hobbs CLOBBERS him with that body block! Hobbs looms over Johnson while fans fire up and jeer! “You Sold Out!” but Hobbs ignores that to toss Johnson out! Hobbs then goes out and goes around the way to CLOBBER Johnson again! The Gunn Club are especially upset, they’re Nightmare Family but also Hobbs’ friends. Hobbs says “It’s just business.” Hobbs picks Johnson up to THROW him into railing! The ring count is at 6 but Hobbs drags Johnson up and in at 7. Hobbs stalks Johnson, lets him flounder up and tells him it’s not personal. Hobbs scoops Johnson for the POWERHOUSE SLAM! Cover, Hobbs wins!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

Big, strong, fast, and now mean as all hell. Taz joins Hobbs in the ring and says, “Here’s the deal, my man.” There is business to be taken care of. As you can see, Taz again has the FTW Championship that Brian Cage was only just holding. Cage and Starks have been celebrating big that Hobbs is now on their team. Go celebrate with them. Hobbs heads out and Taz says there is a problem. The FTW Championship and this company, AEW, are not cooperating. Taz is sick and tired of the disrespect, and the FTW Lifestyle not being acknowledged. He’s not dealing with it anymore. Taz wants management to get their asses get out here and make the title mean something!

There is a legacy here! There is a reason men, real tough bastards, hold this belt! So management, get out here! But then he’s MUTED! Taz sees how it is. He tells Justin Roberts to get up and give him his mic. Justin isn’t so sure if he should but Taz shouts at him. Justin gives the mic over and Taz talks again. Keith Mitchell, Tony Khan, you mute him again, he’ll take his ass to the desk and then grab a headset that they won’t be able to cut off. This isn’t his first rodeo, boys! But then the mic is muted again! Taz is pissed, but he’s going to follow through with his warning.

Security wants to escort Taz away, and here comes Cody from gorilla! Cody asks if Taz is done. Give Taz applause, because he is done. Cody is here out of respect. Taz is wasting air time, and next week is the match to settle it. Starks and Hobbs, Cody and Darby, isn’t that good enough? Taz tells Cody that he’s here for a reason. What’s happening next week will be the same as last week: Cody and Darby getting whooped. But that’s not why Taz is here now. Taz wants management to take the FTW Championship and put some respect on its name! He is tired of this sh*t!

Okay, Taz, okay. Someone from management is here, and Cody is hearing it, digesting it, looking at the title. How about he runs it up the pole? Oh, and what else is he going to say? Does “creative” have nothing for him? More corporate BS? Best of luck on future endeavors? Is that what Cody will do next? Oh okay then. Taz feels the FTW Championship means everything right? It’s so important, right? It’s so wonderful, right? Then answer Cody this! Taz’s son, Hook, is training to be a wrestler, right? Why the hell is he NOT training with Taz, but training with Cody?

Taz puts his mic down, and Cody says they’re done. Taz can’t believe Cody went there. That’s pathetic and stupid. Taz does turn to go, but then he sneaks up on Cody! TAZMISSION!! TAZMISSION!! Gunn Club gets in and Taz gets out! But the damage to Cody was done! And then Taz’s son, Hook, is there to hep his dad carry the FTW title away. Has this just escalated past Team Taz VS Cody and Darby to the Taz Family VS Nightmare Family?

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston.

Death Triangle has reformed, and tonight, Fenix teams with PAC to take on The Butcher & The Blade. They’ve left The Fam, so how does the Fam feel about that? Well he isn’t angry with his former best friend, but he’s just really really really disappointed. Fenix is a showboat, likes to jump around and do flippy stuff, it was expected. As for Pack, Pac, Bing, Bong, Poop, whatever, “you’ve been gone for eight months, brother, things’ve changed!” The King is here! Pac won a battle, not the war.

But then Jon Moxley comes by and Kingston stares him down. Kingston says it wasn’t him who attacked Moxley. Kingston has his own stuff to handle. But Moxley does know who did it, and has that to handle, “champ.” Moxley leaves without a word, but who does Kingston mean?

 

The Hybrid2 VS Top Flight!

Jack Evans and Angelico took their frustrations towards the AEW Tag Team Division out on Darius and Dante Martin, who were just being given an opportunity The Young Bucks felt was earned. But will TH2 have to earn a win over Air Wolf and Angel Dorado?

The teams sort out and Angelico starts with Darius. They tie up, Angelico cording holds hard but Darius goes up and around to whip. Angelico reverses to arm-drag Darius down to an armlock. Darius kips up, Angelico flips him back down, then digs a knee into Darius’ head. Darius fights up, kips up, but Angelico spins him around and around and wrenches to arm-drag, but Darius handsprings through! Fans cheer but Angelico pie-faces him. Darius rushes Angelico and Angelico wants a time-out in the corner! Darius lets off, but then rushes back in only to be put in the corner. Angelico lets off, blocks a boot but Darius spins him through to sunset flip, but Angelico rolls through.

Angelico knuckle locks, Darius kips up and breaks free to get around and around and arm-drag! And arm-drag! Fans fire up as Darius has Angelico down now! Darius brings Angelico up, wrenches and tags in Dante. Top Flight coordinate to leap frog the arm! Darius DECKS Evans, Dante snapmares Angelico and Darius basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Dante keeps close to Angelico. Dante wrenches, wristlocks but Angelico knees low. Angelico whips, Dante reverses and hurdles and hurdles, but Angelico fakes out the dropkick! Angelico sweeps the legs with a Penalty Kick! Tag to Evans, TH2 whip Dante and Evans hits a leaping kick!

AEW goes picture in picture as Evans covers, TWO! Evans stomps Dante down, brings Dante up and scoops to slam him down! Evans omoplatas an arm, and has a variation on the Italian Stretch! Tag to Angelico and he KICKS Dante in the ribs! Angelico drags Dante up but Dante hits back with body shots. Dante throws haymakers but Angelico knees low. Angelico spins Dante around to back suplex but Dante victory rolls, TWO! Angelico kicks Dante low to slow him down. Angelico whips Dante to ropes, Dante reverses and hurdles, but Angelico trips him up to get around and get his legs!

Evans BOOTS Darius down while Dante endures the calf slicer! But the ref is busy with Evans and misses Darius stomping the hold apart! Angelico stomps Dante then drags him up to whip at the corner. Evans adds his boot and the ref reprimands, but Evans tags in to climb up. Angelico brings Dante up, lifts, DUMDUM STOPM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Dante survives but Evans paces around. Evans stomps Dante, brings him up but Dante throws body shots! Evans CLUBS Dante, knees and CLUBS again! Evans brings Dante up, throws more knees, throws Dante down, then grabs at legs. Dante BOOTS Evans away and hurries for his corner!

AEW returns to single picture, Evans grabs a leg but Dante flips out to HEEL KICK Evans down! Hot tag to Darius! Darius BOOTS Evans, runs and LARIATS him down! Then clobbers him with forearms! Evans flounders, Angelico get sin but Darius DECKS him! Darius uppercuts Evans in the corner, goes out and up to missile dropkick Evans down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Darius drags Evans up to throw forearms. Darius CHOPS Evans in a corner, then whips him to the corner. Evans reverses, Dante tags in, Evans elbows Darius and handsprings to elbow. Dante gets in, Darius throws forearm son Evans, then Dante rolls Evans. Top Flight combine for a TOSS TO BOMB! Cover but Angelico breaks it!

Fans fire up as Darius throws Angelico out. Darius and Dante bring Evans up, double whip, but Evans holds ropes. Dante runs in but is put out. Darius runs in but Evans boots him away. Evans ends up on the apron with Dante, Dante holds on for dear life! Darius saves Dante and enziguris Evans down onto Angelico! Fans fire up as TH2 regroups. Darius runs, Dante holds ropes open for the DIVE! And then Dante FLIES! Top Flight take out TH2 twice! They put Evans in, Darius drags Evans up and around to MAGIC SCREW! Tag to Dante and Dante goes up top, for a BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives and Top Flight is beside themselves.

Fans rally and their peers duel, but Top Flight puts Evans on the ropes. Dante whips, Evans tags Angelico before the QUEBRADA BACK ELBOW! Evans BOOTS Darius, and gets help from Angelico for the STANDING 450! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives and TH2 is surprised now! Angelico drags Dante up, reels him in and lifts to the Canadian rack. Dante flails out to turn the crucifix bomb into a CODE RED! Cover, but Evans breaks it in time! Darius returns and throws Evans out. Darius swings but Evans ducks, to then put Darius on the apron and YANK him down!

Dante grabs Evans but Evans hotshots! Angelico sweeps the legs, ties them up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL!! Dante crawls, claws, but he’s too far from ropes! Dante taps, TH2 wins!

Winners: The Hybrid2, by submission

And now they’re adding on to go after Dante’s legs! The ref tells them to stop but here come the YOUNG BUCKS! Matt and Nick Jackson run off Evans and Angelico! TH2 wanted the Bucks to “wake up,” and now the have the AEW Tag Team Champions’ attention. Will they regret it?

 

AEW hears from the Vicious Vixens, Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rose.

Vickie says today, “we’re going to have a lesson about nepotism. What does that mean? It is the practice among those with power who influence their friends in giving them a job.” Sounds a lot like Brandi Rhodes. What if Big Swole, Serena Deeb and Red Velvet were influenced by Mrs. Rhodes? On the other hand, Jade Cargill did not need to be influenced by the Vicious Vixens at all in going after Brandi. Nor does Nyla Rose need to be influenced to destroy her opponents in the ring. It seems Brandi’s business plan is set up for failure. So if she needs any advice, just call Vickie. Will things only get more vicious in the AEW Women’s Division as things go on?

 

AEW hears from FTR.

“Full Gear was supposed to be the dream match, and I don’t care how many of our peers message us, I don’t care how many legends say, how many journalists write that it’s one of the greatest tag team matches in history,” Cash Wheeler says that was one of the worst nights in his life. Dax Harwood says “there comes a time in a man’s life when he’s gotta dig deep in his soul. He’s gotta do some soul searching and be real honest with himself.” It pains him to say this, but Dax says that for three seconds, the Bucks were the absolute best. For three seconds, they were better than FTR. But beating Jessie James doesn’t mean you’re as bad as Jessie James, and FTR are the baddest, the incumbent, the incomparable! They need those titles, that is their life!

Tully wants FTR to understand that it is their destiny to be the best, and it is Tully’s destiny to be their coach, and for them to be a team! These two gentlemen are the next world tag team champions, and the Bucks need to #FearTheRevelation.

 

Chris Jericho & Jake Hager w/ The Inner Circle VS SoCal Uncensored!

The Demo God and Big Hurt are back in action as a team, and are aiming high as they take on the very accomplished duo in Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. But will The Addiction show being a great tag team isn’t about being two great individuals joining forces, but about actually being a great duo?

The fans sing Judas, the teams sort out and Daniels starts against Jericho, for the first time ever! Daniels and Jericho circle, tie up, and Daniels arm-drags! Jericho gets up and Daniels grins as they circle again. They tie up, Daniels headlocks, Jericho throws body shots and powers out. They collide but neither falls so Jericho headlocks. Daniels powers out, things speed up and Jericho runs Daniels over! Fans are fired up as Jericho slaps Daniels around. Jericho then runs, but into Daniels’ dropkick! Daniels throws JAB after JAB, Kaz gets a shot in! Jericho pinballs around, Kaz tags in and SCU double wrench, bring Jericho to his knees, and then KICK and CLOTHESLINE and STOMP him down! Cover, ONE!

Kaz drags Jericho up but Jericho pokes him in the eye! Jericho tags Hager and Hager throws hands on Kaz in the corner! The ref counts as Hager grinds forearm sin but he lets off. Hager keeps throwing body shots, then bumps Kaz off buckles. Tag to Jericho and the Inner Circle mugs Kaz! Jericho stomps a mudhole, stands on Kaz then lets off to tag Hager back in. The Inner Circle mugs Kaz more and Kaz doubles over. Hager rams knees in, Kaz swings but Hager puts him in the corner! The ref counts, Hager lets off, but Jericho chokes Kaz! The Inner Circle pretend not to notice but Kaz fights out! Hager throws more hands then digs his knee in.

The ref counts, Hager lets off again, then drags Kaz up. Kaz ROCKS Hager with a right, hits Jericho, too, then ROCKS Hager! Hager whips Kaz from Daniels but Kaz goes up and over Hager’s back, hot tag to Daniels! Daniels shoulders and slingshots to sunset flip, Hager slips out but a basement enziguris hits! BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Hager up, Hager shoves but Daniels kicks back! Daniels fires off forearms, runs but Santana swipes the leg! Hager SPINE BUSTERS! Hager drags Daniels around to throw him out! The ref is distracted by Kaz, Jericho and Hager, and the rest of the IC OG start stomping away! They stop before the ref sees and AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho joins in on the mugging outside then puts Daniels back in for Hager. Hager tags Jericho while he kneels on Daniels. Jericho paces around Daniels, slaps him around, but Daniels throws body shots! Daniels CHOPS, runs, but Jericho CLOBBERS him! Jericho has the cocky pin, TWO! Jericho blows a kiss then drags Daniels back up. Jericho CHOPS Daniels in a corner, and tears the shirt open to CHOP bare skin! And CHOP again! The ref counts, Jericho CHOPS Daniels again then whips him corner to corner. Daniels comes back to LARIAT! Both men are down and everyone fires up!

Jericho tags Hager, Hager goes after Daniels with clubbing forearms! Hager drags Daniels up, DECKS him with a right, then chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Hager stops at 4 but Ortiz SUCKER PUNCHES Daniels! Hager drags Daniels up, puts him in the corner then gives him a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Daniels sputters, Jericho tags in and Hager mocks Daniels’ pain. Jericho drags Daniels up to suplex, and hold him up for a count of 10! Jericho grins and double guns before he brings Daniels back up. Jericho whips and elbows Daniels down, and then runs, to LIONSAULT, but flops!

AEW returns to single picture as Daniels and Jericho crawl for their corners. Jericho hurries after Daniels instead, drags Daniels over and tags in Hager. Hager stomps Daniels, drags him back up and wraps on a chinlock. Hager throws clubbing forearms, hammers Daniels in the ribs, then looms over him. Hager drags Daniels up, tags Jericho, and they mug Daniels more. Jericho drags Daniels up but Daniels throws forearms back! Jericho throws forearms back, whips but Daniels gets around to waistlock. Jericho bucks him off but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! Fans rally up, Daniels crawls, and hot tags Kaz!

The Heavy Metal Rebel sees Hager coming and dodges to hit Jericho! Kaz dropkicks Hager, whips Jericho but Jericho reverses, only for Kaz to clobber him! Kaz swings on Hager, gets him for the guillotine leg drop! Kaz scoop slams Jericho, then springboard leg drops! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fire up, Ortiz is on the apron but Kaz DECKS him! Kaz then slingshots to HURICANRANA Ortiz into railing! Sammy Guevara checks on Ortiz while Kaz gets up. Sammy and Ortiz rush Kaz but he clotheslines them down! Then he dodges Santana and Sammy, but Jericho gets Kaz in the ring. Jericho CHOPS Kaz and whips him corner to corner. Kaz reverses Daniels enziguris and tags in!

Daniels goes up while Kaz full nelson’s Jericho. Daniels knuckle locks for the FLYING STOMP! Daniels then DIVES to take out Hager! Fans fire up with the Fallen Angels as he gets back up top! Jericho heads over and Daniels crossbodies! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Daniels grows frustrated. Daniels runs in but Jericho CHOPS him! Tag to Hager and Hager CLOBBERS Daniels! Hager drags Daniels up, back suplexes, but Daniels lands on his leg. Daniels boots and hits a FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Daniels drags Hager over to the drop zone and goes up, BEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover but Jericho breaks it!

Kaz goes after Jericho with haymakers but the ref sends him back to the corner. MJF SUCKER PUNCHES Daniels, with the Dynamite Diamond Ring! Jericho aims, JUDAS EFFECT! Cover, the Inner Circle wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Jake Hager, by pinfall

MJF being on the team is paying off! Thanks to being a pack of seven instead of five, the numbers game goes up a level! But Kaz knows what happened and he DECKS MJF for it! So the rest of the Inner Circle pounces on Kaz! SCU is stomped on 6v2! MJF gets up and gets the ring back on, but here comes Scorpio Sky with a chair! The Inner Circle clears the ring, but Jericho tells Scorpio that he’ll get his! Will SCU be able to win when the odds are against them?

 

AEW hears from Miro, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford.

“Ladies and gentlemen, today is a big day!” Because today is the debut of the Miro & Kip Video Game Extravaganza! Let’s start with the- Orange Cassidy sneaks in and turns off their new XBOX! Miro is pissed and gives chase, but it’s a trap! Best Friends jump Miro and Kip! They brawl around the lot, Trent is thrown into the side of the trailer but he dodges as Miro runs in! Trent then SMACKS Miro with a tray! Kip avoids being thrown into  trunks but Best Friends DOUBLE BOMB him into a portapotty! Miro gets the cameraman out of the way by force and attacks Best Friends! We can’t see the brawling continue, but surely this won’t be the end of it! Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royale aside next week, will it be #GameOver for Freshly Squeezed and Best Friends soon enough?

 

Tony Schiavone once again presides over the AEW World Championship contract signing.

Last week, this didn’t work out because Moxley was attacked. But with only one week away, this has to happen! We’ll see the two best wrestlers in the world face off for the title belt! First, the challenger…! “He is a Wrestling Observer Hall of Famer, who was voted by esteemed members of the wrestling industry. These esteemed members of the wrestling industry decided that he is a Wrestling Observer Hall of Famer. Unlike the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is based in North Carolina~! He is, KENNYYYY~! OOOOMEGAAA!” The Sweepettes are back again as Omega makes his entrance from the tunnel, but wait who is that behind him!? MOXLEY ATTACKS!! Moxley attacks Omega and throws him throw his special curtain!

Moxley dumps Omega into the ring, throws punches then tosses him over the desk! Moxley grabs his belt and sets it in front of Omega. Omega grabs for it and Moxley stands on his hand! Moxley then drags Omega up, to give him a PARADIGM SHIFT onto the title!! Fans are going nuts as Moxley has Schiavone give him the mic. “Gentlemen’s agreement? Riiight…” Moxley isn’t sure who Omega got to take him out last week, but they did a piss poor job because Moxley’s still walking. Next time you wanna put a hit out on someone, just give Mox a call, he knows some guys out of Philly.

“And I thought our beef was squashed one year ago, and then you had to go and piss me off!” But don’t worry. Consider them even. There’s only one way to become champion, Moxley’s made sure of that. He has protected this championship. The only way you become champion is by digging down deep into your guts and find the Kenny Omega everyone thinks he is. Omega has to climb a mountain no one has been able to these last 18 months. You gotta beat MOX on December 2nd, right here on TNT, the biggest match in Dynamite history! The two best on the planet tangle for this title, “GOD I LOVE THIS S*IT!” Win, lose, or draw, Winter is Coming for Kenny.

This is not a game, jokes on BTE or dancing girls with brooms. When you come at the king, you best not miss, because Moxley doesn’t take prisoners. “Steady your hand, aim, and take your shot, Kenny. Because you’re only gonna get one.” And with that, Moxley signs his part of the contract! And thanks, Schiavone! Now it’s official! But who takes home the gold and who gets left out in the cold?

 

Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.

Before Marvez can say anything, MJF grabs the mic from him. “What kind of man sucker punches another man in the face?! I’ll tell you who! Frankie ‘The Coward’ Kazarian!” Hypocrisy aside there, Jericho continues. “Marvez, after a fair and square victory by the Inner Circle, Hager ‘Big Jake’ and myself, beating Christopher Daniels, beating Frankie Kazarian, Kazarian dares to put his hands on this man.” MJF can barely move his jaw and there will be dental issues, despite him just talking. That is not how the IC does things. Jericho said that the fun and games for the Inner Circle are done. They’ll go back to what they do best: beating the hell out of the AEW roster!

And guess what, Kaz? Jericho makes you famous! For the first time ever, Jericho VS Kaz 1v1 on Dynamite! Jericho will have his revenge on behalf of MJF! Kaz has had a great career, but next week, it’s over. But will things be just as “fair and square” as they were tonight?

 

AEW takes a closer look at the Women’s World Championship match.

Hikaru Shida and Anna Jay faced off once before, far earlier in the year, and Anna was little more than a rookie at the time. Anna says Shida took advantage of that. At Full Gear, Nyla Rose went after Shida’s knee at every turn. Shida says the knee is fine now, but that is what it is to be champion. Shida tells Anna that “Losing is learning.” If Anna needs the Dark Order and her friend, Tay Conti, to help her avoid losing, then what is she learning? But Tay is teaching Jay much, as both a blackbelt in judo and blue belt in jiujitsu. People might underestimate this friendship, but they don’t see that Jay and Tay make each other better. That is why Jay will be the champion!

But Shida wants to know Jay’s true strength, and see her true colors. Jay says that the last piece to her transformation is the title. The only thing in her way of that title is Shida. Shida says it isn’t the belt Jay needs. “It’s more heart. Bring it.”

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Anna Jay w/ Tay Conti!

The Full Metal Warrior was able to slay the Native Beast again at Full Gear, but now she’s against a Queenslayer! We heard from both, but will Shida be proven right as Tay accompanies Jay to ringside?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Number 99 looks to end Shida’s 20 singles-match win streak! But at the same time, Numbers 4, 5 and 10 are on stage. Will they be a factor in this rematch of now very different women?

Shida and Jay circle, tie up, and Shida shoves Jay away. Fans rally as they tie up again but then break again. Shida shoves Jay so Jay shoves back. Shida shoves, Jay shoves, and fans fire up! They tie up, Shida headlocks, Jay powers out but Shida runs her over with a shoulder. Things speed up, Shida rolls but Jay gets around to the sleeper! Shida avoids the Queenslayer hold and shoves Jay to a corner. Shida throws big forearms, whips Jay corner to corner but jay reverses. Shida goes up and up and whips Jay away. Jay reveres, Shida goes up again, to then tilt-o-whirl BACKBERAKER! And basement dropkick!

Shida drags Jay around, goes out and fans fire up as Shida aims. Jay swats the knee attack away! Jay bumps Shida off apron and whip her into railing! Jay CHOPS Shida, and CHOPS, and RAMS Shida into the apron again! Fans boo as Jay strikes the Dark Order pose. Jay brings Shida up and puts her in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture. Jay covers, TWO!

Jay keeps her focus as she rains down BIG right hands! Jay drags Shida by her leg and stomps it! Then Jay stomps hands! Jay has the leg, pulls Shida into a leg DDT, and covers TWO! Shida gets to ropes, clutching the bad knee, but Jay chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Jay lets off to bump Shida off buckles. Jay stomps a mudhole in, lets off as the ref reprimands, then runs side to side for a somersault KICK! Jay drags Shida to a cover, TWO! Jay seethes as she sits Shida up for a chicken wing and chinbar. Shida endures, reaches and elbows Jay, but Jay throws her down by her hair! Jay drags Shida up again but Shida throws body shots as AEW goes to break!

AEW returns and Shida is up top. She drags Jay up but Jay fights back with body shots. Jay spins and HEEL KICKS Shida off the top! Jay gets in and BLOCKBUSTERS Shida down! Fans boo and Jay tells Tay to get “it!” A chair! Jay demands to have the chair but Tay says she doesn’t need it. The ref says she can’t use it, either, that’s a disqualification! Jay gives the chair to the ref, and Silver gets her Shida’s kendo stick! Jay aims and SMACKS the bad leg!! Tay protests, Jay covers, the ref doesn’t see it right away! TWO!! Shida survives but Jay puts on the QUEENSLAYER CLUTCH! Shida reaches out, rolls around, and sits up to roll back! BLINDSIDE ELBOW!

Shida drags Jay up, but Jay counters to a Sling Blade of sorts! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives again and Jay is furious! Shida stands, dodges Jay and crosses the arms, STRAITJACKET GERMAN! Jay sits up in a daze, Shida CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Jay survives but fans rally for Shida! Shida runs, TAMASHI!! Cover, Shida wins!!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

The screwjobs and shenanigans didn’t stop Shida! She still has the title, and Anna Jay still can’t do it alone! Will Shida add onto her 21 match streak in 2020 to- Oh no. ABADON is here?! Another opponent Shida faced earlier in the year is back to haunt her, and this time it’s literal! Abadon snatches the title belt from Shida and licks it!! Abadon clearly wants the title, but will it take more than being a living horror movie to stop Shida?

 

AEW hears from Matt Hardy.

He introduces himself as the “iconic” Matt Hardy. “The most creative and innovative trailblazer in pro-wrestling history.” 2020 has been a difficult year for us all. Considering Hardy’s super stardom, he felt the need to inspire us to fight on. If Hardy can survive 2020, so can we. And when he secured a win at the ELITE DELETION, all was right in the world! So if Hardy can overcome insurmountable odds, than obviously we can conquer our pedestrian challenges. Just remember: if you’re feeling overwhelmed and ready to quit, just think “What Would Matt Hardy Do?” And the answer is survive, thrive and win! Hardy is doing his best to motivate the world, but will he be able to survive, thrive and win in the Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royale?

 

Team Taz speaks.

Absolute Ricky Starks is absolutely livid as he shouts, “You have crossed a line tonight, Cody!” Taz left with his son, all because of Cody! Starks wants to be frank with everyone tonight: “We love it here at AEW. Tony, he takes care of us. He pays us good, he puts us in the main event matches, he puts us in big matches.” The only thing Starks has a problem with is Cody Rhodes! Cage agrees, and Starks continues to say that the only problem they have with Cody is that his “paper thin ego” gets in the way.

Tonight, Cody begged Khan to cut Taz’s mic, because Cody didn’t want Taz reminding the fans that Starks and Cage defeated Cody and Darby, the TNT Champion. And then Cody went all, “Hey, I’m training your kid!” You made this personal! So Starks and Hobbs are coming to bust heads! FTW, the most dominant force in wrestling! Who betta?

 

Death Triangle VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!

It was very clear that things were growingly dysfunctional within Eddie Kingston’s “family,” and it all fell apart when it came to that World Title Eliminator Tournament. But now PAC is BACK, and he is once again with the Lucha Brothers! Fenix will be alongside the Bastard, will they break the Butcher and Blade down before Kingston’s eyes?

AEW returns once again and Triangulo del Muerte makes their entrance with a lot of pyro! But before they even hit the ring, Butcher and Blade go after Bastard and Firebird! Penta El Zero M gets clear as the brawl goes down on the stage! The ref reprimands but this isn’t a match yet! Butcher TOSSES Fenix into the ring and NOW it’s a match. Blade and Pac brawl but Butcher powers Fenix to a corner. Pac whips Blade into barriers while Fenix fights back. Butcher blocks a boot but Pac clubs Butcher on the back! Fenix springboards to missile dropkick Butcher out of the ring! Fans fire up as Pac goes up, Fenix builds speed, they BOTH FLY! Direct hit and down go Butcher and Blade!

Fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” as Fenix KICKS Butcher down. Pac goes to his corner and Fenix tags him in. Pac goes around to the corner but has to leap over Butcher. Butcher CROSSBODIES Pac down! Butcher drags Pac up in a gut wrench, tags in Blade, and they combine for a dropkick GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Blade swings on Fenix then drags Pac back up. Blade throws big forearms and stomps Pac down in a corner. Blade digs his knee in, the ref counts but Blade lets off. Bunny Allie shouts in Pac’s ear and Blade drags him up. Pac slips out., Fenix tags in and Pac BOOTS Blade, for Fenix to slingshot somersault shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Fenix has Blade for a crucifix stretch!

Blade endures, Fenix throws elbows but Blade resists. Penta coaches Fenix, Fenix rains down furious forearms then drags Blade up. Pac tags in, Death Triangle mugs Blade! Pac bumps Blade off buckles, wrenches and whips Blade corner to corner, and fans fire up. Fans rally up as Pac stalks Blade. Pac wants everyone to settle down, and he slaps Blade around. Blade gets mad, Allie is just as mad, and Pac talks trash. Blade forearms, Pac forearms, repeat! Pac gest the edge, runs, but into a BIG forearm! Blade runs, into a big forearm from Pac! Pac runs to KICK, Blade LARIATS! Kingston is pumped up on commentary as Butcher gets in, and Fenix LEAPS, into an uppercut! Butcher whips, Fenix tiger feints to HEEL KICK!

Fenix runs and springboards but bounces off Butcher! Pac SUPERKICKS and everyone is down! Fans fire up as Allie and Penta shout to their teams. Fenix bails out as the standing count is 4 and AEW goes picture in picture.

Pac rises and he heads after Blade. Pac throws Blade out and Penta gets his shots in! Fenix covers for his brother and so does Pac. Penta CHPOS Blade against railing but Butcher storms over to stomp Fenix! Pac puts Blade in, covers, TWO! Pac keeps his cool as he stomps Blade more. Pac stares Butcher down but goes back to Blade. Fenix gets a shot in then tags to run side to side, for a BOOT WASH! That was a deep cleaning! Fenix chinlocks then drags Blade up to CHOP! Fenix tags Pac, they whip Blade, Pac mule kicks and Fenix runs to sunset swing to a PENALTY KCIK! Fenix kips up, Pac covers, TWO!

Pac drags Blade up to throw elbows into his head. Pac scuffs Blade with his boot, then drops knees. Fenix tells the ref to be wary of Bunny while Pac boots Blade down. Pac drags Blade over, tags Fenix, and they mug Blade. They double whip, double hip toss, then Fenix runs, wheelbarrow senton combo! AEW returns to single picture as Pac hits a leaping elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Pac paces but Blade throws body shots. Pac BOOTS him down again and Blade staggers to ropes. Pac bumps him off buckles then tags in Fenix. Fenix brings Blade out to whip but Blade reverses to HOTSHOT! Hot tag to Butcher! Butcher brings Fenix up for a SLAM! Butcher drops a knee and then drops another knee.

Kingston is fired up as Butcher fakes out a stomp to drop a leg! Cover, TWO! Butcher keeps Fenix from Pac, then bumps him hard off buckles. Butcher CHOPS Fenix down, hauls him up and bumps him off buckles! Tag to Blade and Blade kicks Fenix around. Blade bumps Fenix off buckles and the mask is a little loose. Blade drags Fenix up, fans rally and duel and Fenix spins out to CHOP and CHOP and run, to somersault, only for Blade to suplex. Fenix fights out of that, rebounds and handsprings to CUTTER! Both men are down but fans are thunderous! Hot tag to Pac, and he BOOTS Butcher!

Pac dodges Blade, kicks and kicks and sobats to running dropkick! Blade flounders, Pac runs in at the corner, but Blade puts him o the corner. Pac shoulder sin, slingshots up and over and then enziguris! Blade staggers, into a wrench and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Pac drags Blade to a drop zone. Pac climbs up, aims, and SHOOTING STAR, but Blade moves! Pac comes back, SPINNING POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Butcher and he watches Pac rise. Butcher runs at Pac to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Butcher drags Pac up to whip to a corner then tags in Blade.

Blade runs in to BOOT, Butcher clotheslines, Blade CHOPS! Fireman’s carry, toss to the GUT BUSTER! Then a DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, Fenix dropkicks it apart! Fans are fired up but Butcher TOSSES Fenix to the ramp! Fans boo as Blade drags Pac up. Blade suplexes, Pac slips out but Blade elbow shim away. Blade whips, Fenix tags in, Pac slides and Fenix BOOGTS! Pac clotheslines, SUPERKICK AND SWEEP! Butcher goes after Pac and Kingston goes to the ring! Allie distracts the ref and Kingston trips up Fenix! Fenix gets the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, The Fam wins!!

Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall

The Mad King helps his men take down two-thirds of Death Triangle! And Butcher even BOOTS Penta so that it’s all parts! They put Pac back in and Allie fetches a chair. Blade stomps Penta, Butcher stomps Fenix, and Kingston takes the chair to drag Pac over. DDT to the chair!! But Kingston wants Pac to suffer more, and he gives Pac a second DDT to the chair! The fans are booing as loud as possible as Kingston wants a third! But wait, is that…? LANCE ARCHER?!

The Murderhawk Monster has wanted after Kingston for a long time, but he first CROSSBODIES Blade from the stage!! And then throws hands with Butcher! Kingston sucker punches Archer, then he and Butcher double whip. But they get a DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Archer grabs Kingston, but the Fam attacks back Fenix and Penta attack Butcher and Blade, Archer throws hands on Kingston! Archer whips Kingston but Kingston bails out! The Fam regroups and retreats while the Lucha Brothers check on Pac. Will The Bastard have to miss more time after just returning? Will Kingston have to come to terms with the fact #EverybodyDies?


My Thoughts:

A great episode as the go-home to “Winter is Coming.” I was hoping for a bit more Game of Thrones references and jokes set up for next week, but maybe they’re saving all of those for next week. Hangman VS Silver was obviously going to be a win for Hangman, but I like that the story is there for Hangman possibly leaving The Elite for good, and then he joins Dark Order. I don’t know if he will, but it would definitely be something big for him and for Dark Order. But I wonder if AEW has put the Cabana story aside, since he’s basically in the position they’re trying to put Hangman in.

I find it interesting that Will Hobbs now has a name very much like “Hangman” Adam Page. “Powerhouse” Hobbs of course gets a win, but the character work during was very good. Fans and peers say he sold out but he says this is just business. He gets right in on the feud Team Taz has with Cody and Darby, but Taz coming out to argue about the FTW Championship and then things “getting personal” with Cody was a great way to escalate. Taz putting Cody in a Tazmission was itself a great detail, I wonder if this gives us an 8 Man Tag of the complete Team Taz against Darby, Cody and the Natural Nightmares, Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall. Perhaps at a certain point we also get a 6 Man Tag of Gunn Clubb VS Hobbs, Cage and Starks. And I think in the end, win or lose, the FTW Championship becomes officially recognized by AEW to give this stacked company a second midcard title.

TH2 VS Top Flight was a great match, but naturally TH2 wins, because they’re clearly next to feud with the Bucks. We got a really good promo from FTR and Tully, but it was mostly to bide time while AEW works up a feud for them on the way back to the top. There was a lot of energy during the Inner Circle VS SCU, I think it was brilliant for MJF to be the one with the last piece of the screwjob. Jericho VS Kaz next week will be a great match, but I want to see a Six Man of SCU VS Jericho, MJF and perhaps Sammy Guevara. I can already see there being an argument of who the third man should be, mostly revolving around Hager and Wardlow as muscle, but with Sammy’s AEW Dark promo and how he’s still not 100% trusting of MJF, that trio might make for the best combination.

Next week having the second-ever Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royale is also interesting news. I don’t think AEW would take MJF’s ring away, so they must be making a second ring so that potentially, there will be someone else with a ring. They can surely tease that MJF will win again to have two rings on one hand, or one for each hand, but someone else should definitely get that ring. I find it interesting that Hardy, after winning ELITE DELETION, started to shift gears in his promo to be the humble brag kind of Heel. Maybe he’ll win the battle royal to use the ring as a point of emphasis on what he was saying.

The story of the second contract signing was really good. Kingston clearly felt Omega attacked Moxley in some way and that made Moxley think the same. Omega’s promo talking trash on Moxley was really good, Moxley attacking during Omega’s entrance was great, and Moxley’s promo on Omega after was also really good. That match is going to be incredible, and I have no idea who wins, which makes it all the better. Death Triangle VS The Fam was a lot of good stuff, that attack from Kingston was brutal, and how surprising for Lance Archer to make his move now, as if he were a Face. If Pac is kayfabe sidelined, I could see Archer subbing in to team with Lucha Brothers to take on The Fam in a Six Man Tag, then things split off so Archer VS Kingston goes down as an unofficial contender’s match or something, to at least the TNT Championship.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/20/21)

Who will be THE tag team for The Inner Circle?

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AEW celebrates Negative One’s birthday on Dynamite!

AEW celebrates the birthday of Negative One, Brodie Jr, with some BIG tag team matches! And after teaming with them in an 8 Man Tag, will Hangman finally #JoinDarkOrder?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Hangman Page & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2; Hangman & The Dark Order win.
  • Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon; Cody wins.
  • Jon Moxley VS Nick Comoroto; Moxley wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty; Hardy Party wins.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor; Ford wins.
  • The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF; Y2MJF wins and becomes the official tag division representatives of The Inner Circle.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Dark Order is here!

It’s a huge birthday bash for Negative One, Brodie Lee Junior! The cake is there, the candles are lit, and fans cheer on, “Happy Birthday!” John Silver says tonight is a very special night and fans cheer in agreement. Firstly, the Dark Order is going to get a new recruit in “a handsome cowboy,” Hangman Page! But second of all, it’s someone’s birthday~! Just looking t this cake is making #JohnnyHungy! But let’s all sing a Happy Birthday to Brodie Junior! A one, a two, a skiddily diddily doo! Happy Birthday to You~! But then Luther and Serpentico crash the party! They don’t care about birthdays! AEW is becoming a DAYCARE CENTER!

Luther tells “Punky Brewster,” if he wants to come out on AEW Dark and talk smack on him and how he looks stupid with the ball on his head…! Fans chant “You Look Stupid!” Well first, Luther’s face is perfectly symmetrical! And second, Negative One has all these halfwits in masks and with their jagged teeth, THEY look stupid! Chaos Project does not like kids, and does not like them! They’re going to RUIN Brodie’s birthday! The Dark Order fires back with fists! But Jack Evans and Angelico hurry out to reinforce their tag partners! Here comes Hangman! Hangman LEAPS off the stage and onto everyone! The Dark Order cheers, but is Hangman really joining up with them?

8 Man Tag: Hangman & The Dark Order VS Chaos Project & The Hybrid2!

The bell rings and Silver stalks Angelico in the ring. Alex Reynolds joins in, they double whip and flapjack EUROUPPER! Cover, but Evans breaks it in time! Silver throws forearms on Evans and hits him so hard, Evans flies out of the ring! But Angelico DECKS Silver, then tags in Luther. They mug Silver, Luther reels Silver in for a butterfly suplex! Cover, ONE! Luther tags Serpentico in, and he is the SNAKEMAN weapon, scoop slam senton! Serpentico staggers up, tags Evans, and then Luther uses Evans as a weapon for another scoop slam senton! Tag to Angelico, and Angelico holds Silver there, for Luther to BULLDOG SPLASH Angelico onto him! Cover, TWO!

Angelico drags Silver up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Serpentico in. Serpentico throws hands on Silver, snapmares and KICKS him! Fans rally as Serpentico fish hooks Silver into a chinlock. Silver endures, the ref reprimands the hooks but Silver fights up to throw body shots. Serpentico throws haymakers back and then has Silver in a corner. Serpentico whips corner to corner and Silver hits buckles. Serpentico runs in but Silver FLAPJACKS him to buckles! Serpentico fixes his head but runs into a BOOT! Tag to Hangman! Hangman rallies on Chaos Project and TH2 with forearms and BOOTS! SPINEBUSTER for Evans!

Fans fire up with Hangman as he runs at Angelico to corner clothesline! Then one for Serpentico, one for Evans, then back to Serpentico. Serpentico SUPERKICKS, but he leaps into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Cover, but TH2 breaks it! Now a brawl breaks out again! The Dark Order throws TH2 out, Silver whips Reynolds in at Serpentico but Serpentico tosses him out! Silver runs in, but Serpentico puts him on the apron. Colt Cabana runs in but Serpentico avoids the Flying Apple. Cabana goes up, Hangman ROLLING ELBOWS Serpentico into Cabana’s FLYING ELBOW! Cabana sees Angelico getting in, and suckers him into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM!

Hangman kips up and PLANCHAS but Evans moves! Evans is on the apron, but Hangman avoids his spinning kick! Silver is on the apron now and CANNONBALLS into Evans, to then EuroUpper Angelico against railing! Silver runs at Chaos Project but they dodge, only for Reynolds to FLY in! Direct hit, and the Dark Order set things up for Hangman, SUPER MOONSAULT! Fans are thunderous as Hangman drags Serpentico up and into the ring. Hangman tags Cabana in, Cabana scoop slams Serpentico, and then the Good, the Bad and the Hungy combine in a HUGE backpack SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Cabana keeps his focus.

Tag to Reynolds, Cabana goes up and the Beaver Boys hoist Serpentico up. Luther gets in and shoves Cabana down! Serpentico shoves Reynolds into Silver, roll through, SUPERKICK and basement DDT! Evans springboards in with the 450 SPLASH! Cover but Hangman breaks it in time! Evans throws Hangman out, then slingshots after him, into a POWEBOMB onto Angelico in the crowd! Luther drags Cabana up the ramp and to the stage! Oh no, the cake is unguarded! Wait, Negative One runs over and SMACKS Luther with the kendo stick! Luther glares at him, but then Cabana FLAPJACKS Luther onto the cake!

Back in the ring, Reynolds whips Serpentico into the corner, Silver ENZIGURIS, then they unleash the Beaver Boy Blitz! Forearm, enziguri, STUNNER, and Hangman adds the BUCK SHOT to the GERMAN! Bridging and jackknife, Hangman and the Dark Order win!

Winners: Hangman Page & The Dark Order, by pinfall

Luther is furious in the frosting as the Good, the Bad, the Hungy and the BOOM BOOM take the win! And to add on, Negative One says Serpentico tried to ruin the birthday. But that’s not how it works. KENDO STICK SMACK! “My birthday was three days ago, you idiots!” And he throws papers at Chaos Project! But Silver grabs a mic to address business. Hangman is so good and amazing! But also, he’s really handsome and has nice hair. Now, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Will Hangman #JoinDarkOrder? Silver is even on bended knee! Hangman’s answer is…? “I can’t.”

Wait what? No, stop the confetti! He said no! He said no! The Dark Order didn’t hear that until it’s pointed out by Hangman. As fun as all this has been, he tried saying this before but he was put in a tough spot. Hangman’s done the faction thing before, and it didn’t really work out for him. He’s sorry, but he has to decline. The Dark Order doesn’t understand, and now the good mood has been deflated. Will the Dark Order figure out how to get Hangman to change his mind? Or will they have to move on from this rejection and find someone else?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho and MJF!

Ahead of the Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge, Alex Marvez wants their thoughts. Please stop, your breath is worse than a rat orgy inside a running microwave. But MJF wants to be honest with Jericho. The last thing he wants to see is this match breaking up the Inner Circle. Isn’t Jericho a little worried about that? Jericho is NOT worried. Tonight will be something that brings the group together and stronger than ever before. It is a promise, a pact, a gentlemen’s agreement of sexy hooligans to decide which combination moves forward to go after the AEW World Tag Team Championships!

No matter what happens, they have a deal that they will move on as a unit. Santana & Ortiz VS Sammy & Hager VS Jericho & MJF! And guess who wins tonight, Marvez! Jericho? Exactly, you stupid idiot! MJF agrees with Jericho, this will make the Inner Circle stronger. They are Christopher and Maxwell, they are better than you and you know it, because they are the next AEW World Tag Team Champions! But will that be the case when this is their first outing as a tag team?

 

AEW returns to Tony Schiavone in the ring!

“It was one week ago in this ring that Darby Allin retained the TNT Championship in a sensational win over Brian Cage of Team Taz!” We also saw Sting show up to help Darby out against Team Taz, too! Sting wants to say something, perhaps congratulate Darby, so here is… STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow, and the icon! And now, the TNT Champion, Darby Allin! The Relentless Face of TNT makes his way out with belt in hand. He joins Schiavone and Sting in the ring and fans cheer. Schiavone hands the mic to Sting and Sting says, “First of all, I want to say that there’s something that reminds me about me in you, and I kinda like it.” Darby is a great wrestler, and Sting wants to be the first to publicly congratulate him as being our TNT Champion.

Second, Sting wants everyone to understand that he wasn’t here to interrupt last week. He just wanted to keep things fair as Darby defended his title. But from somewhere, Taz is on the mic and he’s telling Sting to shut up! Team Taz is on the titantron and Taz says “fair fight, my ass!” Sting had a baseball bat, he storms out during the TNT title match, and he attacks Ricky Starks! Darby, during that match, had his leather belt and tried to hogtie Cage’s legs like he’s some piece of cattle! They fight dirty! They fight street style! Team Taz are “gentlemen.” Taz grew up in the streets, do your homework! These men are street fighters!

Starks speaks and says if we’re talking about street fighters, here’s the thing! Sting and Darby couldn’t see them in the streets! The deal is, Team Taz should take this to the streets! If Darby and Sting want to get nasty, they want to get hardcore, then the ball’s in their court! What you got?! Darby looks to Sting and Sting says something to Darby. Darby takes the mic and says if Team Taz wants to take this to the streets, “be careful what you wish for, because it just might happen.” Will Taz and team regret trying to intimidate these two fearless fighters?

 

The Elite is having a meeting, but the Young Bucks aren’t part of it?

Alex Marvez tells Matt & Nick Jackson about it, which is weird because this is Kenny Omega’s place. First that eBay collector guy and now this? Well fine, Marvez, come with them to the meeting. The Bucks walks in through the backdoor and Michael Nakazawa is being the greeter? Nakazawa escorts the Bucks into the dining room then into the den. What in the world? Omega has an oil painting of himself and Don Callis as muscular men in denim jeans, and only denim jeans. Omega is one thing but Callis is nowhere NEAR that ripped. Yikes.

But Callis enters first, and says that is a gift for Omega’s birthday. But his birthday’s in October. Well it’s never too early or too late to shop for the God of Pro-Wrestling! Have they not gotten anything for him yet? What kind of friends are you? Just kidding. Oh right, just like how last week, he punked them out on national television with that bait ‘n’ switch! Callis says that it was a choice from production, he meant to tell them but he apologizes for that. Where is Omega? Well Omega is unavailable for today’s meeting. At his own house? Omega is very busy. Too busy to talk to his friends?

Well what number do they have in their phones? Callis had Omega change numbers a couple weeks ago, there are a lot of fans, marks, and “old friends” coming out of the woodwork, blowing up the phone. They didn’t get the memo? Well they don’t need it, they can always come by, he and Omega are always happy to see them. But it’s good that they’re all here so we can clear the air. These three are the ones who love Omega the most, after all. Callis is family, and the Bucks are… old friends. So let’s chat. Marvez, why are you here? Nakazawa, please escort Marvez to the dungeon. What? Not a real dungeon, just the training room Omega uses. And take the cameraman. Not the camera, though, Callis won’t let him shoot any more of Omega’s house. Off to the dungeon with them.

And now they have privacy! The Bucks are good, right? How long have they known Omega? 12 years. Wow, 12 years, a tremendous investment. They need to recognize that. But everyone’s very busy, no time to spend like they used to, so Callis has something he is sure they’ll like. Is he writing them a check? Callis says this will compensate them for their investment in the friendship. They’re just trying to keep contact with the “old crew” to a minimum. Wow, see, this would be a good amount, except the Bucks made that much just last week. Oh, right, the merch! Well here, Callis will add in some. Is this a bribe? No…!

THE AUDACITY to think you can buyout a 12 year FRIENDSHIP…! Callis wasn’t on those 14 hour bus rides in Tokyo! He wasn’t there for the missed birthdays and anniversaries! Where was “Uncle Creepy” Callis? Callis says he was always there. Sorry it’s gone this way, but if you want to talk facts, the Bucks were great friends to Omega, but now they just hold him back! Oh really?! Yes, the hanger-on from the old neighborhood types. Omega is too nice but Callis isn’t.

Y’know, speaking of where this money is coming from, the Bucks used to work at that company Callis is VP of. And so they know these checks are no good. They rip up the checks and Callis accuses them of being bloodsuckers! Oh THEY are the bloodsuckers?! Callis is manipulating Omega! They’re backing Callis up and scaring him a bit, and the camera gets shut off. What is going to happen to The Elite with Callis hanging around?

 

Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS “Pretty” Peter Avalon!

Does the American Nightmare match up with the requirements for the Pageant Provocation? Perhaps, but will Avalon consider giving Cody a pass? Will Avalon’s young win streak be ended his first night back on Dynamite?

The bell rings and Avalon rushes at Cody, but into a dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!! Cody would cover, but JADE CARGILL walks out on stage! She is keeping her distance, but Cody isn’t so sure. Avalon runs in and LOW BLOWS Cody during the distraction! Jade likes that and decides to leave now. Avalon kicks at Cody’s legs, stalks Cody around the ring and chop blocks him down! Avalon trips Cody up, stomps him down, and then drags Cody up to throw haymakers! Avalon CHOPS Cody, then CHPOS him again! Cody gets made and CHOPS back! Cody shows haymaker but Avalon protects his face. So Cody drops for the Rhodes Uppercut!

Cody goes to a corner, climbs up, but Avalon hits him first! Avalon throws hands, climbs up, and clubs away. Avalon brings Cody up for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as both men writhe and a standing count begins! Cody goes to the apron and Avalon pursues as fans rally behind him. Avalon hobbles after Cody and kicks a leg, but Cody throws Avalon into the railing! Cody throws haymakers, but hobbles into a throat chop! Avalon CHOPS Cody then puts him in the ring. Cody gets Avalon’s leg but Avalon clubs him. Avalon suplexes and covers, ONE! Avalon stomps Cody then clubs him more. Cody shoves Avalon and double clotheslines collide!

Another standing count begins as both men are down. Fans rally up and duel, Cody drags Avalon up but Avalon rakes the eyes! AEW goes to picture in picture as Avalon puts Cody in a corner.

Avalon CHOPS Cody again, CLUBS him, then stomps the leg. Avalon CLAWS Cody on the back, but Cody CLAWS Avalon on the front! Avalon stomps Cody down, then drops a knee! Avalon has the leg and yanks on it, then stomps and heel hooks it! Cody endures but Avalon turns him over for a Half Crab! Avalon pulls hard but Cody fights his way to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Avalon lets off at 3, and Cody trips Avalon up! Cody gets the leg now, but Avalon kicks him away! Cody staggers, Avalon CHOPS him, then wraps the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Cody elbows Avalon away, then gets to the apron. Avalon is after Cody with a stretch against the ropes!

Avalon lets Cody go to club him again, but Cody ROCKS him with forearms! Cody slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Avalon CLOBBERS Cody with a clothesline! Avalon looms over Cody, drags him up, and scoops him for a slam! Avalon rains down rights, then scrapes his soles off Cody’s face! Avalon sits Cody up to KICK him, then drops more knees! AEW returns to single picture as Avalon climbs. Avalon MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Cody moves! Fans fire up and Cody throws forearms. Avalon headlocks, Cody powers out and tries to hurdle but his leg can’t get him up! Cody and Avalon collide, then Avalon throws Cody out hard! Avalon runs and DIVES, and Cody ends up in the crowd!

Avalon drags Cody back into the ring, drags him up by his weight belt, and blows a kiss. Avalon runs, into a CUTTER! Cody fires up and fans fire up with him as he whips Avalon, then follows to rally with forearms and lariats! Cody whips, Avalon reverses but Cody goes up and over to SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cody slaps himself to get back in this, and off comes the weight belt! Free souvenir! Avalon staggers, Cody trips him up and steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Avalon endures, turns things over and puts the pressure onto Cody! Cody turns it back over and Avalon feels the pain, but then Avalon SLAPS Cody! That was a mistake and Cody shows slap, but Avalon taps out just to avoid it!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission

Cody holds on to make Avalon pay for it, but lets him go soon enough. Cargill’s presence almost cost Cody, but the Prince of Pro-Wrestling managed to fight through the pain. Will Cody have to be more careful from now on?

 

FTR speaks.

Tully Blanchard knows the rankings just came out. They are NUMBER ONE and that is where they need to be. But now, they need the belts. Those are the bragging rights! But then in barges Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy says he’s sick of this. If FTR is the best- Cash Wheeler says they ARE the best. JB gets heated, but he says the FTR might be the best. Being in there taught JB something about himself. It showed him that he could beat either one of them. FTR laughs at that and Dax Harwood says he shouldn’t be fooled by the “salt ‘n’ pepper.” Dax isn’t some fly-by-night wrassler JB plays with in the ring. Dax will fight him next week, 1v1. He doesn’t need Cash and Tully to win, either.

Oh is that so? Let Dax finish. Then let them all be ringside, but Luchasaurus will make sure no one gets involved. JB and Dax shake on it, but will this really be a gentlemen’s agreement with Tully lurking?

 

Jon Moxley VS ???

The Maniac is back in action tonight, determined to fight his way back to the AEW World Championship and his revenge on Kenny Omega! Will Moxley show that there’s no stopping him, only delaying the inevitable?

AEW returns and Moxley’s opponent turns out to be the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball, Nick Comoroto! A big opponent for his first match back, but Moxley doesn’t back down from a fight! The bell rings, Comoroto shoves but Moxley headbutts him! Moxley fires off forearms and stomps Comoroto in the corner! Then CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again! And again! Moxley whips corner to corner, Comoroto reverses but Moxley dodges in the corner to clothesline! Moxley keeps moving, but leaps into Comoroto’s arms and a POWERSLAM! Comoroto drags Moxley up to elbow him to a corner, then stomps him in return! Comoroto digs his knee in but lets up at 4.

Comoroto whips Moxley corner to corner, then hits a big back elbow! Comoroto scoops Moxley for a BACKBREAKER! Moxley sits up but Comoroto drags him up for another BACKBREAKER, and makes it a bend across his knee! Moxley endures, pries the fingers and bends them back! Comoroto lets go to clutch his hand, and Moxley BITES Comoroto’s forehead! Comoroto knees low, scoops Moxley but Moxley slips out to throw forearms! Comoroto throws them back but Moxley knees then runs, but into an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Moxley goes to a corner. Comoroto runs corner to corner, but only gets buckles!

Moxley and Comoroto are both down but fans rally up! Moxley is up first, and KICKS away on Comoroto’s chest! Again and again, then he reels Comoroto in for a suplex. Comoroto is too big, he shoves Moxley away but Moxley gets around to waistlock, shove and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Moxley runs, but Comoroto withstands the lariat! Comoroto fireman’s carries but Moxley slips around to SLEEPER HOLD! Comoroto falls, he is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

The big man gave Moxley a big fight, but Moxley wouldn’t have it any other way! Moxley gets the mic and points to the fans before saying, “Now, anything can happen on Wednesdays on AEW Dynamite. And things are getting crazy~ around here, I can’t keep track of everything.” Moxley can’t tell who is in Bullet Club, The Elite, who’s from Impact or whatever, but that doesn’t matter. Omega thought he would bring his frat brothers to AEW and they’d watch his back. “Kenny, all’s you did was make it more fun. All you did was make it more interesting. More bodies, bigger brawls, more blood, more violence. More necks to break, more limbs to snap, I love this!”

The bigger the mountain, the sweeter it is at the top! Moxley will climb back up because you can bring the whole city of Nashville to Jacksonville, you can bring up whoever from Mexico or Japan, it remains the same. “All roads in professional wrestling lead through ME!!” Has Moxley just declared war not only on The Cleaner, but all the promotions willing to play ball with AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston and The Fam.

For the first time ever, next week on Dynamite, Kingston will face Lance Archer 1v1 in the ring. How does he prepare for someone like Archer, or anyone he’s never faced before? Kingston doesn’t prepare, he just fights. And Kingston has been having a really hard time lately. PAC beat Kingston but Kingston is moving on to Archer. Kingston has to move on. But then Archer comes in, and Jake the Snake barely keeps him back! Archer says Pac beat Kingston, but Archer will end him! Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, a very simple concept. Kingston says he can go on with his poetry, but Archer says all Kingston ever does is shout. If Kingston wants to shut Archer up, do it in the ring! Kingston says it’s 1v1! Then he tells Jake to keep his boy under control.

Jake says Kingston’s one to talk, with his little baby chicken shit family. If Kingston wants to do something, do it face to face without his little butt kissers ringside! Deal! A true 1v1 match is coming, will the Mad King be able to stand after facing the Murderhawk Monster?

 

AEW returns as Kenny Omega arrives.

Alex Marvez is there waiting and asks Omega about his thoughts on what we saw at the beach. Omega wasn’t at the beach, so no comment. Well, AEW Media was with The Young Bucks and Don Callis at Omega’s house. They were at his house? Is nothing sacred? Get out of his way! Omega finds Callis in the locker room and shows off his new outfit. Whoa, what happened to Callis? Oh, the glasses? No, what’s under the glasses. Callis says Omega shouldn’t get upset, Callis had a “little accident” earlier. It’s not as bad as it looks. Who did that? No, it’s not about- Ow, don’t touch. Callis says this is not what he wants for Omega, Omega can’t lose focus right now.

Omega keeps asking but Callis says it’s fine. Nick & Matt- Uh oh. Omega can’t believe the Bucks did this. Marvez asks if Callis is saying the Bucks did that to him. What is he doing in here? Go away! Is there no privacy here? Omega still wants answers on what happened! We know that the camera went off, but did the Bucks really assault Callis?

 

Six Man Tag: Matt Sydal & Top Flight VS #HardyParty!

One of the best high flyers ever teams up with the coldest tag team in the game for an incredible combination! But manager “Big Money” Matt teams with his guys in Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy! Will Hardy and Private Party make their partnership worth their one-sided deal?

The trios sort out and Dante Martin starts against Quen. They circle, and Dante offers a handshake. Hardy doesn’t want Quen to take it but Quen says it’s fine, and they shake hands. Quen and Dante circle, tie up, and Quen arm-drags Dante but Dante arm-drags back. Quen blocks the hip toss to knee low and cartwheel, but Dante slips free to run and roll off the back, then dropkick Quen down! Darius gets in as Kassidy does and dropkicks him down! Hardy rushes in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Top Flight as Dante tags Sydal in. They focus on Quen with double CHOPS, and then a whip. Sydal and Top Flight pull off a TRIPLE HURDLE, then a pass to a WINDMILL KICK!

Dante gets a boost from Darius, they rebound off ropes and Dante flips Darius onto Sydal! Darius flips back but he’s not legal, Sydal has to cover. So Sydal adds a STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Quen hurries away and Hardy tells him to get serious here. Quen takes off his jacket and throws it at Sydal! Quen then fires off on Sydal, and tags in Kassidy. Kassidy sucker punches Top Flight then mugs Sydal with Quen! Private Party double forearm, kick and run, but Top Flight gets in and slides with Sydal to TRIPLE ROLLING TAKEDOWN, into a TRIPLE CRAB! Hardy is furious but the ref counts and Top Flight lets off their parts. Hardy gets in and DECKS Sydal!

Kassidy runs at Sydal at the ropes but Sydal pops him up! Kassidy holds ropes, tags Quen, and then headscissors Sydal into Quen’s ROUNDHOUSE! Springboard SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Quen clubs away on Sydal, then stomps him down! Quen brings Sydal up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Kassidy. Private Party mugs Sydal as AEW goes picture in picture.

Hardy sneaks in a shot before Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, but Sydal CHOPS back Kassidy kicks low, pushes Sydal down and stomps him in the corner! Tag to Hardy, Kassidy digs his boots in, then Hardy does the same. The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, then RAMS into Sydal! And again! And again! Hardy brings Sydal up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him on the buckles! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Sydal and ROCKS him with a right! Hardy whips, and catches Sydal to a sleeper! Sydal flails, reaches, but Hardy keeps him from the corner. Sydal fights up with body shots and breaks free with a jawbreaker! Hardy still grabs Sydal to drag him back to the corner.

Tag to Quen, Hardy Party mugs Sydal, and Quen bumps Sydal off buckles. Quen stomps Sydal then drags him up in a facelock. Sydal fights his way towards his corner but Quen pushes him back the other way. Tag to Kassidy and Private Party mugs Sydal more. Kassidy drags Sydal up and rams elbows into him! Tag to Quen, Kassidy CHOPS Sydal, then is the step stool for Quen to launch into a splash! Quen is the step now, Kassidy runs in, PARTY in Motion! Hardy tags in and clotheslines Sydal down! Hardy taunts Sydal and slaps him around, but Sydal KICKS back! And CHOPS! AEW returns to single picture as Sydal CHOPS Hardy more!

Hardy pokes Sydal in the eye! Then tags in Kassidy, and they mug Sydal more. Kassidy snapmares Sydal and wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Sydal endures, but Kassidy keeps Sydal away from ropes. Kassidy grinds Sydal down but Sydal fights up. Kassidy shifts to a facelock then tags in Quen. Private Party double suplex Sydal, but Sydal slips out! Sydal DECKS Hardy, and DOUBLE RANAS Private Party! Hot tag to Darius! Darius DECKS Kassidy, uppercuts Quen, goes up and over and sends Kassidy into Quen, then comes back to ENZIGURI Quen down! Darius waistlocks Kassidy, Kassidy standing switches but Darius elbows out!

Darius runs, gets around Kassidy and whips him into a STANDIN GSPANISH FLY! Hardy kicks low but no Twist! Dante ROCKS Hardy and dumps him out! Darius builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Hardy hard into railing! Darius goes back to the ring to tag in Dante, but Kassidy kicks back. Kassidy whips Darius but Darius reverses! Quen is there for Kassidy to roll back on, Silly String catches Darius but Dante is there to dropkick Quen down! Kassidy is caught for a LEAP FROG ATTACK! O’Conner roll and bridge, TWO!! Dante keeps his cool, drags Kassidy up, and he tags in Darius.

Top Flight mugs Kassidy, back suplex but Kassidy lands on his feet. Dante has Kassidy but Kassidy turns waistlock into wheelbarrow that sends Dante into Darius! Tag to Hardy, and Hardy grabs Dante. Dante fights out of Side Effect, but Darius wings into the SIDE EFFECT! Sydal tags in and goes up, Dante walks into a SIDE EFFECT! Sydal leaps but into a SIDE EFFECT!! Hardy has all three down to triple cover, TWO!! Tag to Quen and Quen boots Sydal! Quen says he sees the third eye and does a dance to PELE Sydal right in it! Cover, TWO! Quen drags Sydal up but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES! Tag to Dante, and Top Flight blasts Hardy Party!

Top Flight whip Sydal in at Quen for a big back elbow! Darius runs in to clothesline, then they put Quen up for Dante to FLIPPING DRAGON RANA! Cover, Hardy Party breaks it in time! Darius DECKS Hardy, Sydal throws Kassidy out and Top Flight focuses on Quen. They put Quen up top, climb up together, but Hardy shoves Darius down hard! The ref and Hardy argue, Kassidy has a chair and he JAMS Dante in the ribs! Dante is down, Quen and Kassidy realize what they’ve done, and like it! Quen hits a SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Hardy Party wins!

Winners: Hardy Party, by pinfall

Quen and Kassidy are buying into Big Money Matt’s “by any means necessary” policy! After all, they are #1 contenders to the Impact World Tag Team Championships. Darius and Sydal get in their face about it, though, and Hardy gives the nod. Private Party beats down Darius and Sydal! They hammer away on Sydal and drive knees into Darius, and then feed Darius to a TWIST OF FATE! Sydal gets a TWIST OF FATE, too! Will this new edge be what makes Private Party into champions?

 

MJF and Wardlow check with The Inner Circle.

MJF tells the cameraman to keep his distance before he and Wardlow walk in. “Oh, the bearer of bad news~!” Ortiz takes a guess: MJF wants the rest of them to be ringside when he and Jericho go after the tag titles, right? No, no, but MJF does get the hostility. Take it from him, if it were up to him, he isn’t so sure this match would be happening. Surely they all feel the same way. But, Chris is the leader, and as such, what he says goes. Sammy Guevara says if he had things his way, a lot of this wouldn’t be happening.

Hager and the others keep Sammy back but MJF says they’ve been doing this for months. MJF loves Hager, Santana and Ortiz, and even Sammy. They’re family, and they have to be family in order to succeed. Now, MJF respects Sammy because Sammy isn’t afraid to speak his mind. But can Sammy just understand that MJF isn’t some sociopath. MJF wants what’s best for the group, and so do they. So let’s all just go out there, have this match, and settle it. Everyone else fist bumps with MJF, but not Sammy. They’re not there yet. That’s fine. MJF says he’ll see them all out there, but is Sammy onto something?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian, Miro & “Charles” Taylor!

#LEGIT is back in action, and up against the Superbad Bride-to-be! Freshly Squeezed, Orange Cassidy, can only watch from the crowd as his best friend is forced to be the BUTLER to the Best Man and the Superbad super couple. The suffering of “Charles” aside, will Ford at least be in a good mood with a win?

The bell rings, Ford and Hirsch circle, tie up, and go around. They break, and Hirsch smirks as she and Ford circle again. They tie up, Hirsch gets a waistlock but Ford switches. Hirsch hooks a leg to bring Ford down and then drags Ford around by it to get a waistlock. They roll around and Hirsch holds on tight to then float to a facelock. Ford gets up, Hirsch gets around for another takedown, lateral press, TWO! Ford facelocks but Hirsch wrenches out, only for Ford to headlock. Hirsch powers Ford to ropes, the ref calls for a break, and Hirsch honors it. But Ford kicks her leg out! Ford reels Hirsch into another headlock but Hirsch powers out, only for Ford to run her over!

But Hirsch kips up! Ford pie faces Hirsch out of annoyance, then runs, but Hirsch bypasses, drops, but Kip makes butler Charles trip Hirsch up! Ford handsprings but into an ARMBAR!! Ford scrambles, reaches, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Hirsch lets go at 4 and then glares at Kip. Kip is making short jokes but is running away, too, and Ford BOOTS Hirsch down! Ford drags Hirsch up to throw her into railing! Kip mockingly reels in the big fish as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ford drags Hirsch up to RAM her into apron! Ford puts Hirsch in, drags her up and fisherman’s for the suplex! Ford drags Hirsch back up, whips her hard into a corner, and then fires off forearms! Ford whips Hirsch the other way, then handsprings in to back elbow! Wait, Hirsch got Ford first with forearms! Hirsch leaps over and comes back but Ford sends her into buckles! Ford runs side to side to KNEE Hirsch down! Ford rains down furious fists, drags Hirsch back up, then WRINGS her into buckles! Ford stands on Hirsch in the corner but the ref counts. Ford lets off at 4, Hirsch gets to the apron, but runs in to go up and over and drop knees on Hirsch on the apron!

Ford soaks up the heat before going back into the ring. Hirsch kicks back from the mat but Ford CLUBS her down, and AEW goes to break!

AEW returns and Ford is covering Hirsch, TWO! Fans fire up for Hirsch but Ford drags her by a leg. Hirsch kicks Ford away but Ford rolls her to her feet to CLUB her on the back! Hirsch just gets mad and ROCKS Ford with a forearm! Ford forearms back but Hirsch fires off! Hirsch runs, blocks the leg lariat and makes Ford to the splits, to then KNEE Ford down! And DEAD LIFT GERMANS! Ford flounders to a corner, Hirsch runs in corner to corner, METEORA, to a SWINGING DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives but Hirsch keeps her focus, and Cassidy likes(?) what he sees.

Hirsch climbs, but Ford trips her up! Ford runs and handsprings, but the ax kick misses! Hirsch CLOBBERS Ford, drags her to a drop zone, then runs in, up the corner, and LEAPS ONTO KIP AND CHUCK! Fans fire up as Hirsch eliminates the distracts, but then Ford BOOTS her on the return! Cover, and Kip keeps Hirsch’s leg down!! Ford wins!!

Winner: Penelope Ford, by pinfall

Miro tells “Charles” to get in the ring so we can all get an update. Miro tells “Charles” that he could be mean, but he’s not because he’s a nice guy. But Miro needs Charles to let go of the past so he can reach a bright future. Stand up straight. So Charles needs to look at Cassidy and tell him that MIRO is his best friend now! Chuck doesn’t want to but Miro tells him he has to. Cassidy stands up and Chuck takes the mic. Miro and Kip make sure he looks at Cassidy as he says it. “Miro is my best friend now.” Kip hugs Chuck and Miro gives a big thumbs up, and Cassidy walks away. Will Chuckie T be able to make it to Beach Break without breaking?

 

Something’s happening backstage!

The Good Brothers are attacking one of the Lucha Brothers! Karl Anderson stomps Penta El Zero M, then Doc Gallows drags him up to throw into the garage door! Omega comes over now, he and the Good Brothers mug Penta, and choke him using a power cord!! Omega takes off one of his fancy boots and JAMS the point into Penta’s eyes! “That’s what the Biz Clizz does!” But will they pay for going after Penta without Fenix and Pac around?

 

AEW has a lot planned for next week!

Not only will Eddie Kingston take on Lance Archer without any of their cohorts ringside, and not only will Dax Harwood take on Jungle Boy with all their teammates ringside, but Cody Rhodes will finally respond to comments made by Shaq! Plus, the Dark Order will try to move on from Hangman Page’s rejection in another 8 Man Tag, but against The Elite! Will the Young Bucks and Good Brothers be able to get along like back in the day? Or will the issues with Kenny Omega allow Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds and John Silver to cash in big on both the AEW AND Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions?

 

Plus, some news for AEW Beach Break!

With AEW Revolution only a month away, there will be a Tag Team Battle Royal to name the Young Bucks’ challengers! Which duo will be the last ones standing to take on Matt & Nick Jackson? Will the Inner Circle’s representative be in that battle royal? And speaking of Beach Break, the main event was going to be Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Death Triangle, but after what the “Biz Clizz” did to Penta, Pac and Fenix will be teaming with JON MOXLEY!! Will Moxley get a semblance of revenge on The Cleaner in just two weeks?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

It is still in the works, but AEW is going to put together a WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Eliminator Tournament! Talent from both America and Japan are going to compete in a SIXTEEN PARTICIPANT bracket! Who will prove themselves worthy of taking on the Full Metal Warrior, Hikaru Shida?

 

The Inner Circle Tag Team Challenge: Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Sammy-Hager VS Y2MJF!

Santana and Ortiz thought they were going to be THE team in the faction from day one. The Spanish God accused Le Champion of being a #TagTeamSlut! But will all of the issues be put aside when the dust clears?

In this style of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active but anyone can tag off one of the opponents. They sort out and MJF starts with Sammy. Sammy gets in MJF’s face but MJF says this is just in good competition. MJF circles with Sammy, but MJF “realizes” Jericho probably wants to tie up with Sammy so he tags out. Jericho and Sammy circle as the former Le Sex Gods, and they tie up. Jericho puts Sammy in the corner, shows haymaker, but lets off with a handshake. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Jericho wrenches, wristlocks, but Sammy flips through and wrenches back. Jericho SLAPS Sammy so Sammy ROCKS and CHOPS Jericho!

Sammy whips, hurdles, and flips over Jericho to dropkick Jericho down! Sammy kips up and clotheslines Jericho out! Fans fire up as Sammy aims and slingshots, just to flip back in and do a spin. Sammy poses and Jericho nods some respect for that. Jericho gets in, he and Sammy approach but Jericho kicks low and CHOPS hard! And CHOPS! Jericho whips, Sammy dodges, and Sammy catches the dropkick to catapult Jericho into Hager’s haymaker! Sammy rolls Jericho up, TWO!! Sammy keeps on Jericho with a facelock, but Jericho ROCKS him back! Jericho tags to Santana but Hager tags in.

Hager rushes Santana but Santana shove shim, only to get run over. Things speed up, Santana kicks the legs out and dropkicks Hager down! Tag to Ortiz, PNP double whip Hager but Jericho tags back in. PNP double wrench to a double back suplex, but Jericho gets in to boot Ortiz! Jericho ROCKS Ortiz, whips but Ortiz gets around to shove Jericho to ropes. Santana tags in, Ortiz holds onto Jericho and Santana slingshots up and over. O’Conner roll to a crossbody! Ortiz sentons, Santana moonsaults! MJF protests but Santana covers, TWO!! Jericho survives and Santana seethes as AEW goes picture in picture.

Santana throws hands and CHOPS on Jericho, then whips him to ropes. Jericho stops himself to tag out to Sammy! Sammy and Santana tie up, Santana headlocks but Sammy powers out. Ortiz tags in, Santana spins Sammy and gets the assisted Shiranui, PNP combine for a REVERSE DDT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Ortiz drags Sammy up and whips him to ropes to then calf kick him down! Cover, TWO! Ortiz grows annoyed but he drags Sammy up to wrench and tie him up, Russian Leg Sweep to a modified half crab! Tag to Santana and Santana SLAPS Sammy on the head! Ortiz lets Sammy go, Sammy CHOPS Santana, but then Santana CHOPS Sammy off his feet!

Santana drags Sammy up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Santana looms over Sammy, drags him up, and suplexes again, holding him up this time! Santana walks over and Jericho tags in to get the hand-off. Jericho keeps Sammy up for a few more counts before slamming him down! Jericho revels in the cheers and then brings Sammy back up. Jericho CHOPS Sammy to a corner, throws haymakers, and AEW returns to single picture as Jericho CHOPS again!

Jericho whips Sammy, Sammy reverses and sends Jericho to ropes, only for Jericho to snap suplex back! Jericho has the cocky cover, ONE! Fans rally and Sammy CHOPS back on Jericho! Sammy whips, Jericho reverses and sends Sammy to the corner, but Sammy sends the bulldog into PNP’s corner! Jericho flops down and MJF reaches out! That’s the first time this whole match. Hot tags to MJF and Hager! MJF gets CLOBBERED! Hager blasts PNP, dodges MJF and DECKS Jericho to then corner clothesline MJF and reel him in for a POWERSLAM! Hager fires up and fans fire up with him! Hager tags in Sammy, Sammy springboards for a SUPER CUTTER!

But Ortiz tags in off MJF, only for Sammy to CLOBBER him! Sammy clotheslines Jericho out, too! Sammy slingshots to SHOOTING STAR but Jericho dodges! Sammy SUPERKICKS Jericho down! Sammy hurries back in, builds speed, but Santana gets in to waistlock! Ortiz runs back in and ENZIGURIS Sammy into Santana’s BOOT! PNP build speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! They take out Jericho and Hager out on opposite ends! Fans are thunderous as Sammy FLIES and takes down MJF! Sammy hurries back in, Ortiz runs at him but Sammy jumps over, to then BELLY2BELLY! Sammy goes up, Santana KICKS him down!

Santana and Ortiz climb the corner, Sammy fights them both off and shoves Santana down. MJF gets in and Electric Chairs Sammy! Sammy POISON-RANAS MJF first! Sammy goes after Ortiz up top, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz survives and no one can believe it! Jericho hurries in with Floyd the Baseball Bat, but Hager intercepts with a BOOT! MJF gets his diamond ring from Wardlow, but Hager is there! Hager DECKS MJF!! Santana kicks but Hager blocks, Ortiz and Santana DOUBLE ENZIGURI Hager, only for Hager to come back with DOUBLE LARIATS! Sammy STANDING SHOOTING STARS onto Ortiz, but MJF breaks it!

MJF whips Ortiz to the corner, Jericho tags in off Ortiz, and then MJF whips Sammy. Sammy reverses, leaps up, but into a POWERBOMB! LIONSAULT from Jericho!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and fans are thunderous again! Y2MJF drag Sammy up, whip him but Ortiz tags back in before the DOUBLE FLAPJACK! PNP give Y2MJF double basement dropkicks! And then they bring Jericho up for TU LO SABES! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Ortiz argues with the ref, only to turn around into a CODE BREAKER! Jericho manages the cover, TWO!!! Ortiz survives and fans are electric!

Jericho drags Ortiz up, tags MJF, and they throw hands on Ortiz. Y2MJF double whip, and double- Ortiz DOUBLE DDT’s back! Hager tags in to whip MJF hard into buckles! HAGER BOMB! Sammy tags in off it, Hager keeps on Jericho, Sammy hits the SUPER SWANTON!! Cover, Ortiz breaks it!! Hager throws Ortiz out, Jericho shoves Hager out, but Sammy KNEES Jericho! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Sammy KNEES MJF, SUPERKICKS Santana, then torture racks MJF and RAMS him into Wardlow! But MJF uses that to roll Sammy up, WITH TRUNKS! Y2MJF win!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & MJF, by pinfall (officially becomes THE tag team in the Inner Circle)

Say it ain’t so! MJF said this would be all in good sportsmanship but that was the exact opposite! And AEW has to wrap up for the night, what will be the fallout of this frantic finish!?


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! We got a great start with the birthday celebration for Brodie Jr. and the 8 Man Tag. Hangman’s rejection being a surprise to the Dark Order was great, with the prepared celebration now being for nothing. This will be an interesting twist to their story, especially with that huge 8 Man announced for next week. Also, Negative One Brodie got to have some more fun, getting on the case of the Dark Order henchmen and smacking Serpentico with a kendo stick. We got a lot of good set up for next week, the go-home to Beach Break. Dax VS JB with everyone ringside and Kingston VS Archer with no one ringside will both be good steps in progressing story, and both could probably go either way.

Cody VS Avalon going from squash to an actually strong match was a great twist, and all while plugging the story of Jade and Shaq VS the Nightmare Family. I have a feeling that Cody’s response to Shaq will set up something for AEW Revolution as Beach Break is too soon and anything else would be just too long to wait for. Sting and Darby didn’t get much of a segment since Team Taz interrupts, but I like the idea that Sting’s first bit of action back will likely be a Street Fight/No Holds Barred situation, which perhaps helps with the fact that he hasn’t wrestled in years and being loose and freeform with it will actually hide that he’s rusty.

Hardy Party VS Top Flight & Sydal was a really good match, with a lot of great character work from Quen and Kassidy. They did become Impact Tag Team Championship contenders on the newest episode of Impact, but now they’re turning from the fun loving Faces into the dastardly Heels Hardy wants them to be. This could get them over the hump here in AEW, but who knows how it’ll turn out on Impact. They won’t win the titles, though, Gallows & Anderson are just too good, and there’s a lot for them to still do in the overall Omega story, where being the tag champions might help give a bit more weight to what happens.

Moxley VS Comoroto was very good, especially for Comoroto’s first showing on Dynamite. The story with Omega and the rest of Bullet Club/Elite was great stuff, especially Callis’ part with the Bucks. It really seems to work with how, between AEW and Impact, this new Cleaner Omega is getting a big ego and is basically going Hollywood without going to Hollywood. The 8 Man Tag next week is going to be really good just on character points as the Bucks and Good Brothers have been friends just as long, if not longer, than with Omega, but are taking sides on this issue. Then the beat down on who I’m pretty sure was fake Penta works to get Moxley into the story, and the Beach Break main event is going to be great stuff.

Ford VS Hirsch was good but mostly used as the vehicle to Miro’s story with Chuck Taylor and Best Friends. Chuck was being forced to cheat on their behalf, and obviously didn’t mean what he said about him and Miro being friends. This just furthers the idea that Trent will return at Beach Break where he and Cassidy ruin the Superbad wedding and then Chuck is free of the butler duties so he can get revenge on Miro, too. I really like the news of the AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament to not just parallel the men’s tournament from late 2020, but also to finally get AEW’s Women’s Division going. Plus, it strengthens the bond with Stardom as many of the women who went between the two promotions are already reacting on social media and will surely be part of the tournament.

Then the main event, the Triple Threat Tag, for not actually being that long of a match, was a spectacular match. The build up all night was really good, and MJF sure did make it seem like Jericho was to blame for the whole thing. Probably hints at MJF trying to usurp the role as leader in the Inner Circle from him. Commentary did a great job pointing out that MJF was letting everyone else wrestle for the first part of the match, and then he ended up not having much of a choice in the second half. It really did feel like any one of the teams could’ve taken this, but in the end it was still Y2MJF winning because of MJF’s craftiness. I’m wondering if participate in Beach Break’s tag team battle royal since MJF has history of winning the Dynamite Diamond Ring battle royals.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)

Dark has CERO! MIEDO!

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AEW Dark 2

The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!

Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
  • Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
  • Shanna VS Marti Daniels; Shanna wins.
  • The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; The Butcher & The Blade win.
  • Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; Gunn Club wins.
  • Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; Proud ‘n’ Powerful win.
  • Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Private Party wins.
  • Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; Swole wins.
  • Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; Kiss wins.
  • Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch; Top Flight wins.
  • Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez; Ivelisse & Diamante win.
  • The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; The Lucha Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!

The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!

Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.

Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.

Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!

Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!

Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?

 

Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!

The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?

The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!

Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.

Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!

Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!

Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!

Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?

 

Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!

While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?

The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!

Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.

Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!

Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!

Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!

Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall

That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?

 

Shanna VS Marti Daniels!

So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Shanna pushes Marti but Marti pushes Shanna away. Shanna ducks the boot, dropkicks a leg out and then runs to blindside elbow! Roll into the ghost pin, TWO! Shanna clubs away on Marti, then snapmares her to a running elbow drop! And then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps cool and brings Marti up with chicken wings, but Marti breaks free to pull Shanna’s hair. The ref reprimands, Marti whips Shanna and BOOTS her down! Marti stomps Shanna, soaks up the heat from the fans, then drags Shanna up to whip again. Marti elbows Shanna down hard and taunts the booing fans.

Fans rally for Shanna as Marti brings her up and tosses her by her hair! Marti stomps Shanna around, Shanna gets to the ropes and Marti drags her up. Marti talks trash but Shanna fires back with elbows and forearms! Shanna kicks, Marti blocks but Shanna enziguris! Marti ends up in a corner, fans fire up and Shanna runs in to elbow! Shanna keeps going, forearm smash! Shanna runs for a SUPER FOREARM! Marti rushes in, but Shanna slips around for a STUNNER! Shanna powers up, runs and hits a basement dropkick at the ropes! She drags Marti up with chicken wings, for the TIGER SUPLEX!

The bridging cover falls apart so Shanna drags Marti up again, for ANOTHER TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!

Winner: Shanna, by pinfall

Shanna continues to build her power level in the AEW Women’s Division! But will she be able to go Super Shanna and become a contender to the championship?

 

The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!

Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?

The teams sort out, Blade starts with Verna and they tie up. They go around, Blade puts Verna in a corner but they go around on the ropes. Verna puts Blade in the corner, Blade turns it around and the ref counts. Blade and Verna let off at 4, and then stare down before tying up again. Blade headlocks, wrenches, hammerlocks, and slaps Verna around, to the delight of Bunny Allie. Verna elbows out, runs and runs Blade over! Verna runs, Blade drops then hurdles but Verna leaps over to go up and huricanrana! Verna is on Blade at the ropes, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Verna CHOPS Blade again, whips him to ropes, but Blade reverses.

Verna ducks and dodges to leap, into a POWERBOMB! Baron tags in and stares Blade down. Blade tags Butcher and Butcher circles with Baron. They approach, Baron slips around, headlocks, but Butcher powers out. Butcher blocks a whip and reverses it, but Baron hurdles over to waistlock. Butcher bucks the roll-up, Baron gets around to uppercut and CHOP and spinning CHOP! Butcher reels Baron in for a BACKBREAKER! Butcher snap suplexes Baron away from the corner, tags in Blade, and Blade chokes Baron on the ropes! The ref counts but Blade lets off at 4. Bunny Allie talks trash and chokes Baron herself!

Blade throws hands on Baron in the corner, digs his knees in, but stops as the ref counts. Tag to Butcher, Butcher CHOPS Baron, CHOPS him again, and bumps Baron off buckles. Butcher stomps Baron, brings Baron up to dig into the ropes, then whips him into the corner. Tag to Blade, they mug Baron, double wrench and double CHOP him down! Blade drags Baron up, fans rally as Blade whips, but Baron rolls up off the kitchen sink, TWO! HALF CRAB! Butcher gets in but the ref stops him, Bunny CLAWS Baron’s face! Blade ROCKS Baron in the corner, bumps him off buckles and tags in Butcher. Butcher throws hands on Baron, stomps him, then ROCKS him with a right of his own!

Butcher hauls Baron up, tags in Blade, and then atomic drop to Blade’s NECKBREAKER! Blade kicks Baron around, kicks him out of the ring, and argues with the ref. Bunny rains down fists on Baron, then gets away with her obnoxious laugh. Butcher puts Baron in for Blade and Blade drags Baron up. Tag to Butcher, they double suplex but Baron fights out! Baron elbows Blade, BOOTS Butcher, then ducks the double clothesline to tag in Verna! Verna rallies with forearms and CHOPS! Verna kicks Butcher but he blocks, only to enziguri! SPINNING POWERSLAM for Blade! Verna says hey yo to Bunny then runs in to forearm Butcher at the corner!

Verna climbs up, leaps and missile dropkicks Butcher away! Verna kicks Blade, DECKS Butcher, then fireman’s carries Blade! Bunny distracts, Blade rakes Verna’s eyes and shoves him to a corner. Butcher clotheslines, Blade CHOPS, then a feed to the BODY CHECK! Baron gets in but he gets the back suplex choke slam combo! Blade and Butcher drag Verna up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!

Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall

Verna was on the chopping block and got cut down! Will the Mad King’s knights conquer the AEW Tag Division soon enough?

 

Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!

AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?

The trios sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts with Morales. Billy and Morales circle, tie up, and Billy barely budges as Morales tries his hardest. Billy shoves Morales away, Morales tags in Priest, and Priest ties up with Billy. Billy shoves Priest away with ease, but Ryzin tags in. Ryzin flexes and circles with Billy, to kick low and throw haymakers! Ryzin has BIlly in a corner, punches the headband off, but Billy reverses the rip to then scoop and sidewalk slam! Fans rally while Ryzin writhes, and Billy drags Ryzin up to tag Austin in. Austin tags Colten in, Billy whips Ryzin for Austin to body shot and Colten to dropkick! Colten covers, TWO!

Colten keeps on Ryzin’s arm, drags him over and tags in Austin. The Gunn brothers hand off, wrench but Ryzin powers out. Austin dodges the clothesline but not the SUPERKICK! Ryzin tags in Morales, things speed up, Austin hurdles but Morales shoves. Austin comes back to dodge and trip Morales up! Then the THROWBACK! Fans are fired up and Austin brings Morales up for haymakers. Austin hip tosses but Morales flips through to kick low! Morales runs, Priest tags in, Morales slips out of the back drop and Priest CLOBBERS Austin! Priest stomps Austin into the ocrner, tags in Ryzin, and they mug Austin with more stomps.

Ryzin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Ryzin lets off. Ryzin KICKS Austin then tags in Morales. They mug Austin, Morales drags Austin up to whip him to a corner, and hits a HIGH Bronco Buster! Morales snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Morales drags Austin up, wrenches the arm and drags him over to tag in Ryzin. Ryzin throws haymakers, then taunts the Gunns with “SUCK IT!” But Austin boots back! AUstin fights back in enemy territory but Ryzin ROCKS him with a right! Ryzin brings Austin out but Austin suplexes Ryzin first! Hot tags to Colten and Morales! Colten rallies with big rights, Priest runs in to get some rights, too!

Colten hits a corner splash on Priest, then a corner splash on Morales! Tilt-o-whirl SLAM for Priest, and a running POWRESLAM for Morales! Cover, Ryzin breaks it! Billy goes after Ryzin and clotheslines him out! The brothers coordinate, double hip, back drop to neckbreaker! The 3:10 to Yuma! Cover, Gunn Club wins!

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

And the Gunn Club keeps on rolling! Will they be aiming for titles in the new year?

 

Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight!

Much like Sammy Guevara earlier tonight, Santana and Ortiz want to be THE tag team within the Inner Circle! Will they finally get to do what they came to AEW to do? Or will this tune-up turn into a speed bump to that journey?

The teams sort out and Limelight starts with Santana. Limelight fires off on Santana but Santana gets around for a waistlock and HARD slam! Santana drags Limelight up but Limelight arm-drags then dropkicks him! Limelight kips up, kicks away on Santana at the ropes, then runs. Santana drops, gets around and shotgun boots Limelight down! Santana puts Limelight in the corner, tags in Ortiz, then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cruz leaps in but into a SUPERKICK! PNP fire off hands on Cruz, then coordinate for a wheelbarrow cutter! Cruz flounders out and Ortiz focuses on Limelight.

Ortiz brings Limelight around, up, Santana tags in, and Ortiz POWERBOMBS to swing Limelight into the PENALTY KICK! High stack, PNP wins!!

Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall

Santana and Ortiz put this one away fast! That is definitely a message sent to their Inner Circle brothers that they need to bring even better than their A Game’s to Dynamite! Will it be as it was always meant to be for Santana and Ortiz? Will they finally be the ones hunting down the AEW World Tag Team Championships?

 

“Pretty” Peter Avalon is here!

#PPAAllDay goes to the ring with a mic to say, “Oh, AEW, it’s time for me to grace you all with my presence, and baby, you’re welcome.” Avalon gives his proper introductions as the biggest man in pro-wrestling, the most handsome man in AEW, and the premier attraction on AEW Dark. For those who already know him, you know he’s on a winning streak, beating the most handsome men in wrestling. But it is time to take things to the next level. There are career defining matches and moments, and it is time Avalon had one of those! Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation presents: The Walk Off.

Lee Johnson is a handsome young man and Avalon was checking him out. Avalon gave Johnson an 8 x 10, which Johnson accepted. That meant Johnson also accepted his challenge for “The Walk Off.” But what is The Walk Off? Here are the rules! There will be three “pretty” judges as each man is allowed one outfit. They will each take 10 steps forward, a pose, and then a turn to walk back. Anyone can win at wrestling, but it takes a REAL MAN to win such a cosmetic contest! Avalon tells Johnson that next week on Dark, he will prove to “each and every one of these goofs” that it is #PPAAllDay. Who wins the inaugural AEW Walk Off?

 

Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy vented about how this new money hungry Hardy is hogging a lot of their revenue. Hardy says his cut won’t matter when the checks get bigger and bigger. But will Big Shotty and The Extra Talented ruin the fun and earn that winner’s purse instead?

The teams sort out and Quen starts against Solow. They circle, tie up, Solow gets the arm but Quen floats over to get a facelock. Solow wrenches out to a wristlock, Quen rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Solow powers out, Quen runs him over, and Quen fakes out Solow’s drop down for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR to his back! Fans cheer and Quen takes a bow. Hardy tells Quen to keep on Solow and Quen runs in, but Solow elbows Quen away! Hardy trips Solow while the ref is busy with Quen, and Quen knows it. Quen lets it slide, he wants to shake Solow’s hand and Solow takes it, to get the headlock! Quen powers out but Solow dropkicks him down!

Solow drags Quen up, tags Johnson, and they double whip Quen for double elbows! Cover, ONE, and Quen tags in Kassidy. Johnson hurdles but Kassidy headscissors! Johnson bails out, Kassidy builds speed, but Hardy is too close. Kassidy has Hardy give them space but Hardy says he needs to take care of business. Hardy throws off his suit jacket in frustration as Kassidy gets a dropkick from Johnson! Hardy and Private Party argue a bit, he wants to see his boys get fired up! “By any means necessary!” Kassidy gets in, kicks Johnson and throws forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy wrenches, elbow breakers but Johnson headlocks. Kassidy throws body shots, powers out and Quen tags in.

Kassidy ducks the clothesline, Quen atomic drops and Kassidy throws Johnson down! Kassidy runs and DECKS Solow while Quen catapults Johnson into the corner! Kassidy comes back, Quen is the step for the PARTY in Motion! Quen dropkicks Solow out and Hardy is liking what he’s seeing! Quen drops knees on Johnson, fans rally up and Quen CHOPS Johnson down! Tag to Kassidy, Quen scoops Johnson for the slam, but Hardy wants Kassidy to finish this. Kassidy ditches the slingshot but his elbow drop still misses! Johnson back drops Quen and hits BLUE THUNDER BOMB on Kassidy! Hardy is frustrated as Solow tags in.

Solow brings Kassidy up for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Kassidy up and Hardy says this is embarrassing! Kassidy powers his way towards the corner, throws body shots, then slips out to jawbreaker! Quen tags in, they double whip Solow, and use a unique leap frog to trip Solow up for the dropkick! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps on Solow with stomp after stomp, then brings Solow up to whip. Solow kicks the back drop away, tags in Johnson, and they coordinate for a back suplex neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool as he drags Quen up and fans rally. Solow tags back in, he and Johnson double suplex but Quen fights out and DOUBLE RANAS!

Tag to Kassidy, Kassidy rallies with big clotheslines on Solow! Kassidy back kicks Solow to the corner, whips him corner to corner but Solow reverses, only for Kassidy to triangle STUNNER Johnson off the apron! Solow runs in but into a boot! Kassidy runs but Solow gets a waistlock. Kassidy standing switches, Quen tags in before the O’Conner roll, but Solow slips out. Kassidy hip tosses Solow down, Quen springboards to SPLASH! Cover, but Johnson breaks it! Kassidy dropkicks Johnson down but might’ve hurt his own leg. Quen drags Solow up, scoops, but Solow slips off. O’Conner roll, TWO!

Hardy ROCKS Solow as the ref is busy with Quen! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party drags Solow up, DOUBLE ENZIGURI SANDWICH! Cover, Private Party wins!

Winners: Private Party, by pinfall

Quen and Kassidy win to get that winner’s paycheck, but Kassidy is clutching his leg! Did doing things Hardy’s way cost Private Party more than they know?

 

Big Swole VS Alex Gracia!

The championship chase is never done, and Big Swole still stands as #1 contender! But will the dream of gold be ruined by the Pink Dream?

The bell rings and fans rally up as Swole circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Swole wrenches to a wristlock. Gracia rolls, wrenches back, but Swole slips around to a hammerlock then headlock. Gracia pries free, wrenches to get her own headlock and she grinds on the hold. Swole powers out, follows then runs Gracia over! Swole keeps moving, Gracia drops but swings only to miss. Swole then shoves and clobbers Gracia with an elbow! Gracia goes to the apron, Swole drags her up, but Gracia throws a forearm back! Gracia throws more forearms, gets in and drop toeholds Swole to ropes! Gracia runs, 619! Cover, ONE!!

Gracia keeps on Swole and clamps onto the arm to then throw it down. Gracia stands on the arm, and drops a leg on it! Gracia gets the other arm and drops an elbow on it! Gracia wristlocks but fans rally up as Swole fights back. Swole whips, Gracia reverses but Swole goes up and over and rolls. Swole runs back in but only gets buckles! Gracia hits a back elbow, then runs in to KICK Swole down! Cover, TWO! Gracia drags Swole up, Swole throws body shots and forearms! Swole goes to run, Gracia reels her in but Swole elbows away! Swole denies the neckbreaker to BOOT Gracia down!

Fans fire up with Swole as she aims at Gracia, and Swole rallies with big shoulders and cross chops! Swole fires off forearms, Gracia ducks a kick, jumps the sweep, but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole reels Gracia in, ripcords and takes her DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!

Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall

Swole may be balancing her style with technique, but all she needed was one swift strike! Will Swole be poised for a title match with Hikaru Shida soon enough?

 

Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton!

The Concrete Rose once again rolls solo with the Bad Boy still out after what Kenny Omega did to him. Will Kiss be able to stay strong without Joey Janela?

The bell rings and Kiss circles with Clayton. They tie up, Kiss waistlocks but Clayton pries at the hold. Kiss hooks a leg, trips Clayton up and floats to a facelock. Clayton powers up and tosses Kiss to a corner! Clayton runs in, Kiss goes up and over, and then Kiss ROUNDHOUSES Clayton! Kiss runs corner to corner and handsprings but Clayton dodges. Clayton runs back in into an ax kick, and then Kiss RANAS him to ropes! Kiss hurries up to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up with Kiss and Kiss runs, but into Clayton’s LARIAT! Clayton checks his face, drags Kiss back up with a facelock and suplexes. Clayton holds Kiss up for a count of 10 before SLAMMING him down!

Clayton runs for a LEAPING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Clayton keeps cool and wraps Kiss up with a chinlock. Kiss breaks free to ROCK Clayton, then counter punch! Kiss dodges to ROCK Clayton with a forearm! Clayton and Kiss go to opposite corners, they run at each other and Kiss slides under to then dropkick Clayton to the corner! Kiss runs in to ENZIGURI! Clayton staggers, Kiss whips but Clayton reverses. Kiss tumbles to the apron, ROUNDHOUSES again and Clayton is down! Kiss steps up and slingshots to SPLIT LEG DROP! Fans fire up, Kiss dodges Clayton and ROLLING ELBOWS! Kiss spins to mule kick, front kick and LEAPING COMPLETE SHOTS!

Kiss goes to a corner, takes aim and FLYING SPLIT LEG DROPS! Cover, Kiss wins!

Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall

The aggression was turned up to 11 for Kiss! Will this be the spark he needs to get up and after some gold?

 

Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch!

Darius & Dante Martin are the coldest tag team in the game but are also getting pretty hot in the AEW Tag Division. Will they keep that ice in their veins and continue to blaze a trail against The Truly Blessed and the Best of the West?

Teams sort out and Darius starts with Kirsch. They circle, Navarro talks some smack, but Darius ties up with Kirsch. Kirsch headlocks, Darius powers out but Kirsch gets around to headlock again. Darius rolls Kirsch off the headlock but Kirsch runs him over! Things speed up, Kirsch blocks Darius’ hip toss but Darius blocks one in return. Darius slips around to arm-drag Kirsch away, then he wrenches the arm and tags in Dante. The brothers hand-off, Darius decks Navarro and Dante wrings Kirsch out for Darius to basement dropkick! Navarro gets in, kicks both brothers then runs, but into double CHOPS!

Top Flight feeds Navarro to a spin around and ankle pick, roll through with the arm, and double KICKS! Kirsch kicks Top Flight back, drags Dante up but Dante gets away! Navarro tags in but Dante arm-drags him down! Navarro headscissors, Dante pops out, things speed up and Navarro rolls off Dante’s back to CHOP him! Navarro fires up and whips but Dante reverses. Dante hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks, only to miss! Navarro smirks and pats Dante on the head, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT SHOTGUN! Dante drags Navarro up but Navarro SAIDOS out hard! Navarro is furious, he throws forearms and tags in Kirsch.

Kirsch rams into Dante, talks trash, but Dante shoves him away to ROCK him! Dante DECKS Navarro, boots Kirsch, then hops up, but Navarro shoves Dante off into Kirsch’s atomic drop! Kirsch trips Dante, drops an elbow and then digs forearms into Dante’s face to talk some trash. Kirsch CLUBS Dante, whips him to the corner, then runs in to clothesline! Kirsch reels Dante into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Dante fights back but Kirsch CLUBS him! Navarro tags in, he and Kirsch mug Dante, then Navarro chokes Dante on the ropes! The ref counts, Navarro lets off, but Kirsch hotshots Dante down! Navarro drags Dante into a roll up, TWO!

Navarro drags Dante back up, has the leg and flips Dante but Dante lands on his feet! Darius tags in, Dante holds off Navarro’s powerbomb and Darius CROSSBODIES! Darius DECKS Kirsch, BOOTS Navarro, then jumps up, over, handsprings and whips to STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Kirsch breaks it in time! Kirsch whips Darius but Darius throws him out! Dante hurries over, and goes off the corner to MOONSAULT Kirsch down! Darius has Navarro, tilt-o-whirl and roll to the rolling cradle! Top Flight wins!

Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall

If you blinked, you probably missed it, so it’s a good thing it’s on YouTube! Will Top Flight be at the top of the division in the blink of an eye?

 

Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez!

La Sicaria & The Cuban Diamond are back in the ring together again, still looking to show everyone why they’re worthy of the AEW Women’s Tag Cup medals! Will Tesha and the Queenpin pay the price of disagreeing with that?

The teams sort out and Diamante starts with Price. They talk some trash as they circle, then they tie up and Diamante gets around to CLUB Price. Price comes back to throw forearms then whip, but Diamante blocks the hip toss. Price knees low, flips up and around but Diamante blocks the arm-drag. Price kicks from below, gets the arm-drag then arm-drags again. Diamante ends up in the corner, Price tags Perez and they double snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Perez hip tosses Diamante and basement dropkicks, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Perez stakls Diamante but misses the dropkick this time! Diamante gets the legs, catapults Perez into buckles and Ivelisse tags in.

Ivelisse KICKS Perez in the back, dragon sleepers for the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse thrashes Perez around, the ref reprimands and Ivelisse lets off. Ivelisse brings Perez up to club her and snap suplex! Ivelisse rolls back into the guillotine! Perez endures, fights her way up but Ivelisse wrangles her back down. Perez pushes to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse kicks Perez and then DECKS her! Ivelisse bumps Perez off buckles, tags Diamante then CHOPS Perez! Diamante runs in to clothesline, Ivelisse RAMS in, and Diamante ROCKS Perez with a forearm! Diamante snapmares Perez, chinlocks with the armlock, but fans rally up for Perez.

Perez fights up, throws elbows but Diamante CLUBS her! Diamante fires off forearms, Perez back kicks and runs, to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Both women are down and fans rally up. Diamante and Perez crawl, hot tags to Ivelisse and Price! Price rallies with forearms and uppercuts, and she sees Diamante coming to DECK her! Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ivelisse at the corner! Ivelisse staggers, Price runs to BULLDOG her down! Cover, TWO! Price keeps on Ivelisse but Ivelisse headbutts low! Ivelisse shoves Price to the corner but Price elbows Diamante down to then dropkick Ivelisse!

Price tags in Perez, they bring Ivelisse around but Ivelisse fights out of the suplex. Price enziguris, Perez hits a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, but Diamante breaks it! Diamante throws Price out and goes after her with haymakers, Ivelises rolls and ENZIGURIS Perez down! Cover, Ivelisse & Diamante win!

Winners: Ivelisse & Diamante, by pinfall

And the Women’s Tag Cup winners keep on winning! Will this prove they’re deserving of more gold in the Women’s Division?

 

The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol!

Platinum Max Caster and the 5 Tool Player, Anthony Bowens, are back again! “We gonna pour the water on Fuego. He only wear a mask cuz he couldn’t draw a peso. Standing on my payload, you still three feet! My last rap got me heat, but they can’t see me! Shawn Dean comin’ back but it’s just a repeat. You could call me daddy, you’re about to be beat, yo! Your only talent is gettin’ no dough, you’d get voted off of the Go Big Show, real quick. REAL quick.” Will the Acclaimed go big or go home after firing up The Captain and the Fire of the Sun?

The teams sort out and Caster starts with Fuego. They circle, tie up, and Caster wrenches to a wristlock. Fuego uses the ropes to flip through, wristlocks back but Caster wrenches to knee low! Bowens cheers but the fans boo as Caster suplexes. Fuego knees free but Caster shoves him away from the DDT! Caster wants Fuego to cool off, and Dean tags in. Caster and the Captain circle, approach, and Caster BOOTS Dean in the face! Caster headlocks, Dean powers out but Caster runs him over. Caster blows a kiss, scuffs Dean, then things speed up. Dean hurdles, leaps, but Caster catches him! Dean slips off the scoop, O’Conner roll, TWO!

Dean ends up on the apron but he slingshots in to roll Caster! Dean can’t hold the cover but Caster is still stuck upside-down for a second. Caster hurries to his feet, Dean gets around his haymaker, and then Dean rams his shoulder low into Caster’s stomach. Dean goes up, boots Caster away, then leaps for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up as Dean watches Caster get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE but Dean is back on Caster. Dean reaches to tag Fuego but Caster rakes eyes and jawbreakers! Caster brings Dean around to whip but Dean reverses. Bowens tags in, Caster sunset flips but Dean stays up, to get the NECKBREAKER TO KNEES! Bowens covers, TWO!

Bowens drags Dean away to throw forearms, then CHOPS Dean in the corner! And CHOPS again! And again! Bowens tags Caster, The Acclaimed double back suplex but Dean lands on his feet! Dean dodges and The Acclaimed collide, tag to Fuego! Fuego springboards to double missile dropkick! Fuego hits a back body block on Bowens, tilt-o-whirls Caster into Bowens and The Acclaimed go down! Fuego cravats Caster, uses Bowens for the boost to SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO! Caster survives but Fuego stays fired up! Fuego runs and tilt-o-whirls but the DDT is blocked to a BRAIN BUSTER!

Tag to Bowens, Caster BOOTS Dean down and Bowens brings Fuego up. The Acclaimed coordinate, SIDE EFFECT and MACHO ELBOW! Bowens covers off Critically Acclaimed, The Acclaimed wins!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

Dropping bars and racking up wins, Caster and Bowens are still running hot! Will they find their way back to a tag team championship match as the new year rolls on?

 

Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project!

Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo still have a score to settle with Eddie Kingston & The Fam, but they’ll settle for the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN. Will two-thirds of Death Triangle stay sharp at the expense of Luther and Serpentico?

The teams sort out and Penta starts with Luther. Fans rally as the two circle and stare down. Luther tries poking at Penta’s third eye, but Penta tells him to listen. CERO! MIEDO! Serpentico gets in but Fenix jumps in, too! The ref tries to keep this from turning into a brawl, and Serpentico and Fenix both back off. Penta mule kicks Luther and headlocks but Luther powers out and BOOTS! Luther whips Penta to the corner, runs in to fire off haymakers, then whips Penta out, only for Penta to reverse and send him back in! Serpentico tags in and crossbodies! Serpentico dodges Penta but Fenix tags in and jumps in ahead of Serpentico!

Fenix shoves Serpentico, Serpentico fixes his head and shoves back. Serpentico runs, wheelbarrows but Fenix blocks the arm-drag. Fenix spina around, Serpentico blocks the whip but Fenix bucks the roll up. Fenix again blocks the wheelbarrow but Serpentico pushes off the ropes to sunset flip! TWO, they both go for headlocks but both slip away and fans cheer. Fenix offers a handshake, but Serpentico hesitates and Fenix CHOPS! Fenix SUPERKICKS Serpentico, tags Penta and then the brothers double whip. Serpentico holds ropes and BOOTS back! Luther ROCKS Penta, Serpentico rolls Penta to basement DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up, Serpentico drags Penta up and tags in Luther. Serpentico snapmares and kicks Penta, then Luther stomps Penta. Luther makes Serpentico a weapon, assisted atomic leg drop! Cover, TWO! Luther argues the count but the ref lets him vent. Luther stomps Penta, drags him up and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Penta, Luther scoop slams Penta then again uses Serpentico. Serpentico lands out of the lift and stomps Penta. Luther runs and still uses Serpentico in the BULLDOG SPLASH! Luther dribbles Serpentico off of Penta! Cover, ONE!! Serpentico drags Penta and tags in Luther. Chaos Project mug Penta then Luther CLUBS Penta down.

Tag to Serpentico, Chaos Project mugs Penta then double whip him to a corner. Serpentico runs in, Penta puts him on the top rope and CHOPS. Penta mule kicks Luther then sends him into Serpentico’s trouser snake! Penta runs and SLINGBLADES Luther down! Fans fire up with Penta, he heads to the corner and tags in Fenix! Fenix slingshots and dropkicks Luther down! Fenix BOOTS Serpentico, brings him around, and Gory Especial, GORY BOMB AND LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fenix runs corner to corner but Serpentico SUPERKICKS! Penta enziguris Serpentico, Fenix tags him in, POWERBOMB and WAZZAP! Cover, but Luther breaks it!

Fenix SUPERKICKS Luther down! Penta drags Serpentico up, Fenix is up top, CERO! MIEDO! But Luther trips Fenix up! Serpentico slips out of the driver to run, roll and go up, but Penta SUPERKICKS him! Fenix runs the tightrope to KICK Luther away, then coordinates with Penta again, for the L B DRIVER!! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Death Triangle celebrates in the ring, Penta and Fenix are rolling! Will they settle things with The Butcher & The Blade while also going for the gold?


My Thoughts:

A very good Dark, but I have to say the main event should’ve had more time to breathe. Lucha Brothers VS Chaos Project was good for being under 10 minutes but they could easily have gotten this to 15 minutes if they wanted. The Acclaimed had a great match with Dean and Fuego, and Caster had another good diss rap. I like the character bits with Luchasaurus and Cutler, and I guess Cutler’s been acting like he’s a real dragon outside of Dynamite and Dark. There’s great irony in Luchasaurus, who claims to be a real dinosaur man, calling out Cutler as a fake dragon man. Cutler’s little win streak is over but I’m sure he’ll get back on track with next week’s Dark.

Australiano is crazy doing all those spinning moves, and I really did think he and Sammy got hurt a few different times. Sammy wins, Santana and Ortiz win, they’re all going strong into the Inner Circle’s Triple Threat Tag, but I’m pretty sure they’re losing because it just feels like Jericho and MJF are taking the win. Hardy and Private Party had a good moment, but I hope Kassidy isn’t hurt there. Apparently something big happened on Impact tonight with them, so hopefully they can follow through.

And while Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson in a “Walk Off” sounds really goofy, I bet it’ll be a lot of fun, and it is at least good progression of this character for Avalon. I wonder if Johnson wins to infuriate Avalon and then we get a match between them where Johnson ends Avalon’s own win streak. Dark being as long as it is, we need story progression to keep viewer interest.

My Score: 8.1/10


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