Will AEW Full Gear 2020 be as brutal and extreme as 2019?
Jon Moxley raised the bar on hardcore last year against Kenny Omega. Will he do it all over again to hold onto THE AEW World Champion in an I Quit match?
- Buy-In – NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Allysin Kay; Deeb wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Kenny Omega VS Hangman Page; Omega wins and is the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.
- Orange Cassidy VS John Silver; Cassidy wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Darby Allin; Darby wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose; Shida wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS The Young Bucks; The Young Bucks win and become the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.
- The Elite Deletion: Matt Hardy VS Sammy Guevara; Hardy wins.
- Chris Jericho VS MJF; MJF wins and is now part of the Inner Circle.
- AEW World Championship I Quit match: Jon Moxley VS Eddie Kingston; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Full Gear Buy-In!
Backstage interview with MJF and Wardlow.
Alexander brings up Chris Jericho calling MJF “soft,” but MJF won’t let that word be said in his presence. No one gets to say that, because MJF is NOT soft. MJF is razor sharp, tough as nails, and no one is tougher than him! Everyone seems to get it twisted seeing the suits, the scarf and the jewelry. But don’t get it wrong, folks, because no one is better than him bell to bell. Jericho VS MJF is very important. Demo God VS Ratings Ruler, two of the biggest names in all of pro-wrestling going toe to toe! This is the most important match in MJF’s life. That seems a lot to say because MJF faced “Jonathan Moxley” for the AEW World Championship. But MJF says you’re stupid thinking that was big, because “Jonathan Moxley” cheated.
When MJF beats Jericho, and he will beat Jericho, MJF gets to have the Inner Circle at his helm. He will be part of the greatest faction in all of wrestling, and get all the gold he wants. How does Wardlow feel about joining The Inner Circle? MJF says that’s a great question and answers it for Wardlow. Wardlow will be a great fit in the Inner Circle, so long as Jake Hager stops making faces at him. Then let’s talk about the Inner Circle members resisting him turning. Oh of course you’d bring that up, stooge. MJF knows people don’t like MJF. But do you know what that doesn’t matter? Because he’s better than you, and he knows it. But will he do what he promises and win his way in to the Inner Circle?
NWA Women’s World Championship: Serena Deeb VS Allysin Kay!
The crossover continues between NWA and AEW! The freshly minted champion is back again to defend this title against the newest free agent to hit the wrestling market! But of course, Allysin also knows what it’s like to be NWA Women’s World Champion. Will she get to know that feeling again to kick off the night?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the NWA guest spot begins!
Fans fire up already as Deeb and Kay circle. They tie up, Kay powers Deeb to a corner but Deeb turns it around. Kay powers out of the corner, Deeb headlocks but Kay steps in to throw Deeb down. Cover, ONE, and fans cheer again. Deeb and Kay circle, tie up again, and Kay wrenches the arm. Kay wrenches to a wristlock, Deeb rolls and spins and spins and wrenches back! Deeb wrangles Kay down, twists the wrist and pulls on fingers. Deeb hammerlocks, Kay reaches back to headlock. Kay grinds Deeb, Deeb powers out but Kay runs her over! Kay taunts Deeb then runs but Deeb arm-drags her back! And again! Deeb has the armlock, turns Kay around and around to headscissor cover, TWO! Kay boots but Deeb blocks to a dragon screw!
Deeb drops elbows on the leg, then turns Kay around to hook up the legs! Deeb slaps Kay to give up an arm, and then the other! Deeb has the inverted surfboard to a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Deeb stands up for the SNAP LOCK! Kay clutches legs but Deeb turns her around. Deeb omoplatas but Kay gets the ropebreak! Deeb lets go fast but Kay gets in her face. Kay shoves but Deeb shoves so Kay SLAPS! Deeb SLAPS back! Kay tackles Deeb and rains down rights! Deeb shoves Kay away, gets to a corner, but Kay CHOPS and punches and stomps away! The ref backs Kay off but she runs back in, but Deeb slips out! Kay hits buckles, Deeb gets her through the ropes! Deeb cranks on the facelock and turns Kay for a hotshot neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Deeb as she gets back in! Gedo Clutch, TWO!
Deeb trips Kay and she rains down those fists in return! Kay turns things around, the two scrap and Deeb gets on top again with more fists! Kay pushes Deeb out of the ring, Deeb comes back fast but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Kay BOOTS Deeb down and covers, TWO! Fans cheer as Deeb stays in this. Kay grabs Deeb, wraps her up with a chinlock then half straitjacket. Deeb endures as Kay grinds her into the mat. Kay gets the other arm and makes it a full straitjacket! Fans rally as Deeb fights her way up and powers out of the hold. BACKSTABBER! Kay flounders about but Deeb is on her first. But Kay Alabama lifts and moves Deeb around, only for Deeb to counter to an IRON OCTOPUS!
Kay endures, powers out, but Deeb sunset flips! Kay stays up, drags Deeb up and double hand CHOKE BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Deeb still lives so Kay shifts around to a high stack, TWO! Kay keeps her cool as fans rally up. Kay cranks on Deeb’s neck. Fans rally more as Deeb fights up. Kay has a sleeper hold now but Deeb powers Kay to buckles! And again! Deeb goes a third time and is free to arm-drag Kay away! Deeb runs but Kay picks her up for a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Kay doesn’t lose focus, she just drags Deeb up for another chinlock. Deeb endures, fights her way up and arm-drags free again. Kay returns but Deeb dodges, double clotheslines take them both down! Fans fire up as Kay sits up and sputters.
Deeb and Kay slowly rise as the fans rally up again. Deeb kicks Kay first then kicks her again! Deeb reels Kay in for a LARIAT! Deeb rallies with elbows then uppercuts! Kay wobbles, Deeb uppercuts again and snapmares, to a STOMP! Deeb runs to sliding shoulder tackle! Fans fire up more as Deeb wants Kay to get up. Kay stands, into TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Deeb turns Kay for a HANGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Kay survives but fans rally up for Deeb as she reels Kay in. Deeb underhooks and lifts but no piledriver! Kay Alabama lifts and Alabama SLAMS! Cover, TWO!! Kay grows frustrated as she drags Deeb back up. Kay brings Deeb around, Canadian rack and AK 47!!
But Deeb rolls out of the ring! Kay is furious as she has to fetch Deeb and put her in. Deeb catches her for a DRAGON SCREW! Deeb drags Kay back up, TRAPPED ARM FACEBUSTER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kay saves herself but Deeb straddle attacks the leg! Deeb gets the SERENITY NOW LOCK!! Kay taps, Deeb wins!
Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission (still NWA Women’s World Champion)
The fighting champion is 2-0 in title defenses here in Daily’s Place! But wait! Thunder Rosa is here! The previous champion is back in AEW’s venue and heads right to the ring! Deeb holds up the title as she and Rosa go face to face. Will AEW be where these two have their rematch for that title?
Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston and “The Fam.”
This is the most important night in Kingston’s career, but Alexander would like to ask “The Fam” how they feel about this. Sure, why not. Specifically to Butcher, Blade and Bunny, do they think he has what it takes to make Moxley say “I Quit?” Does HE not think Kingston has what it takes? Allie of course knows Kingston will do it and won’t say quit. So stupid. Okay, sorry. Moving on to the Lucha Brothers, do THEY think Kingston has what it takes? Of course! Kingston is: number one, Penta’s best friend; number two, the best in the world; and Fenix has the third, Kingston is capable of anything.
So then to Kingston himself. We saw a very intense confrontation on Dynamite. Is it about the AEW World Championship? Or about making Moxley say those two words? Nothing is more important than the world title. Nothing. Not revenge, not making someone say they quit or beating them half to death. The only title that means anything in the only company that matters, is what matters tonight. Then if he becomes champion tonight, Archer is ready to go after him. is that a concern? Kingston doesn’t care about that. Tonight is just about the championship. Moxley has it, so Archer doesn’t matter. PAC doesn’t matter. Kingston does not care about anything else. Will this dangerous determination and focus be exactly what helps Kingston defeat Moxley?
2020 has been a year of hardships.
But it has also been a year that has made us all stronger. Full Gear will be the culmination and celebration of AEW’s fighting spirt. Tonight, there are no limits for these men and women! It just comes down to who wants it more! Do not underestimate the fortitude of a quiet man, as Darby Allin goes for gold. The games are over as MJF takes on Chris Jericho. The Young Bucks put it all on the line when it comes to the AEW World Tag Team Championships. The Native Beast hungers for gold. Former friends and tag partners fight for the same destiny. And speaking of former friends, THE title stands between them. Welcome to the show!
AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Kenny Omega VS Hangman Page!
History waits for no one so why wait for this historic showdown? Speaking of which, there is so much history here between The Cleaner and The Cowboy! First they were allies in The Elite, then they were thrown together as tag team partners that then took the gold, but now they’re on choppy waters. Will that friendship still be in one piece after going head to head for a shot at the championship?
Omega’s elaborate entrance changes again. “He prepared for Joey Janela but he beat Sonny Kiss. He trained for Rey Fenix but overcame Penta El Zero M.” Now he is here in the finals of this tournament! He won the IWGP United States Championship tournament. He has held 16 individual singles titles, including his current 13 month reign as AAA Mega Champion. He has headlined more PPV’s, scored more AEW singles wins, and has 8 more years experience than his opponent, Hangman Page. For that matter, Omega is 1-0 against Hangman from before AEW. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOMEEEEGA~! And the Sweepettes are back again! They’re in retro 80’s jazzercise while Omega emerges from the tunnel in his classic Kirito the Black jacket! Hangman is already behind the 8 ball following that, but will he still find a way to do some real Cowboy… stuff?
The bell rings and fans are already fired up for this one! Omega and Hangman approach, and Omega offers a handshake. Hangman doesn’t seem to be in the mood so these two just tie up instead. They go around the ring, corner to corner and around again. Omega headlocks, Hangman powers out and the two collide! They tie up again, Hangman headlocks but Omega powers out, but Hangman runs him over! And again! And Hangman fakes out the dropkick! Omega avoids the sliding lariat but Hangman avoids the V-Trigger to CHOP! Omega CHOPS back! Hangman CHOPS again! Omega CHOPS again! It’s a CHOP fight, and Hangman even CHOPS Omega on the back! And another CHOP to the front! Fans fire up as Hangman runs, but Omega SNAP RANAS!
Hangman bails out but Omega has the Terminator drums going. Omega builds speed, but Hangman knows this trick and intercepts with a BOOT! Hangman scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS! And kips up! Fans fire up more as Omega goes to the ramp. Fans love this already and Hangman drags Omega up. Omega throws a forearm then bumps Hangman off buckles! Omega goes side to side but Hangman intercepts to SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Omega gets away and fans say “This is Awesome!” already! Hangman pursues Omega and CHOPS him at the railing! Hangman brings Omega around and CHOPS him again! The ring count climbs but Hangman sends Omega into railing! Omega turns things around to CHOP, pie face and CHOP! Hangman CHOPS back!
Hangman throws Omega HARD into railing then refreshes the ring count. The ref insists they do this in the ring, there needs to be a winner. Hangman drags Omega up, fans rally and duel as Hangman whips Omega back into the railing! Of course, the railing was against the wall at that point so Omega basically got sent into the wall! Hangman whips again, but Omega goes up to QUEBRADA! Fans are thunderous already as both men are down! Omega gets back in the ring and goes back out to fetch Hangman. Omega puts Hangman in, fans rally for him as he gets in and runs, KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Omega talks to himself and he stalks Hangman to ropes. Omega clubs Hangman but Hangman CHOPS and CHOPS! Omega CHOPS back, Hangman CHOPS and it’s a chop fight! CHOP for CHOP, but Omega knees low.
Omega fireman’s carries, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” Rolling senton hits but Omega buckles! He still gets up to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Omega grows frustrated but fans rally up. Omega wraps Hangman in a facelock but Hangman endures. The Terminator drums continue as Omega cranks on the facelock. Omega leans as much as he can on Hangman but Hangman fights up. Hangman throws body shots, CHOPS again, and he got Omega high. Hangman whips, Omega kicks him back then CHOPS in return! Omega whips, Hangman holds ropes but Hangman puts Omega on the outside. TRIANGLE LARIAT! Omega goes flipping off the apron! Fans are fired back up as they continue to rally and duel. Hangman aims, slingshots, but Omega gets clear of the plancha! Omega slides and wrecks Hangman with the dropkick!
The Terminator drums are back again as Omega runs, and FLIES! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Both men are down at the railing but Omega drags himself up. Those legs must really be bothering him. The ring count is at 5 of 10 but Omega is up and puts Hangman in at 6. Omega follows, climbs up top, and then leaps to missile dropkick Hangman in the back! Cover, TWO! Hangman is still in this but Omega keeps his focus. Fans rally up as Omega drags Hangman up. Hangman grabs ropes but Omega brings him away. Omega hooks arms but Hangman fights back with elbows. Hangman resists the full nelson and runs, but Omega CHOPS him again! Omega tries another full nelson, Hangman breaks but Omega Electric Chairs!
Hangman slips out and tries his own Electric Chair! Omega gets out, throws Hangman out, but Hangman BOOTS back! Hangman aims, but Omega V-TRIGGERS first! Hangman is down on the ramp but Omega aims now. Omega slingshots, but into an Alabama! Omega fights out of that to club away on Hangman’s back! The ref tells them to get back in, but Omega lifts Hangman. Hangman slips out, Omega boots the lariat away and CHOPS again! Omega whips, Hangman reverses, POP-UP BOMB TO THE RAMP! Hangman puts Omega in and picks him back up, ANOTHER POP-UP BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Hangman is too tired to be upset. Both men slowly stir as fans rally back up. Hangman stands first, but Omega anchors a leg.
Hangman stomps Omega over and over until he lets go! Omega gets to ropes, Hangman stalks over, but Omega punches back. Hangman throws haymakers, Omega throws body shots. Hangman throws forearms, Omega throws haymakers! Fans fire up as Hangman and Omega continue to throw hands back and forth! Hangman snarls as he ROCKS Omega! Omega snarls as he throws forearm after forearm! Hangman wobbles, Omega runs, but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Omega wobbles, but he V-TRIGGERS back! Omega underhooks and lifts Hangman, TIGER DRIVER ’98! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives but Omega is too tired to be upset now! Fans rally up as both men slowly rise again.
Hangman gets to ropes, Omega fires himself up and takes aim. BANG and Omega runs, but Hangman avoids the V-Trigger! Hangman waistlocks, Omega switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman lands on his feet and ROLLING ELBOWS again! Hangman GERMANS, but Omega lands on HIS feet to return that ROLLING ELBOW! Omega reels Hangman in, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! But Hangman is up to LARIAT!! Hangman drags Omega up, Alabama lift to DEAD EYE!! Cover, TWO?! “This is Awesome!” and still going as Omega survives! Omega and Hangman slowly rise again and Hangman goes to an apron. Hangman takes off the elbow pad and takes aim. Slingshot, but Omega gets around the Buck Shot to sunset flip! Hangman sits on it, TWO!!
Omega narrowly escapes but Hangman has a wild look in his eye. Hangman goes to the apron again but he has to boot Omega first. Omega catches it to DRAGON SCREW! V-TRIGGER! Hangman flops down but Omega reloads and runs again. Hangman BUCK SHOTS, but MISSES! V-TRIGGER! V-TRIGGER!! Omega drags Hangman up to an Electric Chair, folds him, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
The Cleaner conquers the Cowboy again, 2-0 in the series! Now that Omega has won the contender’s tournament, is it just a given that he’ll become AEW World Champion? As for Hangman, will it be a long road back to an opportunity like this one?
Orange Cassidy VS John Silver!
If not for the interference of The Dark Order’s Number 4, this card might have been very different. Instead of Freshly Squeezed defending the TNT Championship against Darby Allin, he’ll have to settle for settling the score with Silver. Will Cassidy come out on top against this hyperactive muscular hamster?
The bell rings and the ref helps Cassidy with removing the glasses. Silver and Cassidy circle as fans rally up already. Silver steps to Cassidy and talks some trash. “I’m FREAKIN’ JACKED, baby!” What’s Orange got? Don’t put your hands in your pockets! NO NO NO! Too late. Silver is frustrated already and fans rally up. Silver powers up but Cassidy dodges the fist to snapmare Silver down, and then sits to thumbs up with him. Then ghost pin! TWO, but Cassidy asks Silver to wait. Cassidy puts his hands back in his pockets. And unleashes the shin kicks! Silver says those don’t hurt! It’s so dumb! But Cassidy dodges to dropkick Silver down then kip right up! Silver scoops Cassidy and slams him down! Silver takes the hands out of Cassidy’s pockets, then RIPS the pockets out!!
Silver feels like he’s already won and then he stomps away on Cassidy! Fans boo as Silver EATS the pockets?! Well, tries to, anyway. Silver goes back to Cassidy and KICKS him right down! Cassidy gets to a corner while Silver double guns. Silver stalks over to Cassidy and brings him up for big forearms! Silver TOSSES Cassidy across the ring! Fans duel as Silver double guns again. Silver goes after Cassidy in another corner, drags him up and TOSSES him back the other way! Cassidy ends up in the corner again while Silver flexes more. Silver stalks Cassidy but fans troll him with “You Suck!” Silver stomps Cassidy while fans duel. Silver’s fans are mostly just the Heel wrestlers ringside, though. Silver whips Cassidy corner to corner but Cassidy boots back!
Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Silver blocks to suplex, SNAP BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Silver keeps his focus. Silver drags Cassidy up, KICKS him back down, then flexes again. Cassidy sits up but Silver drags him up to KICK him back down! Silver actually wants to hear the boos and jeers as he paces about. Silver brings Cassidy up, puts him in a corner, and whips him corner to corner HARD! Cassidy hits buckles then hits the mat, Silver covers, ONE! Silver is annoyed but fans rally up for “Freshly Squeezed!” Silver brings Cassidy up to whip him corner to corner hard again! Silver still flexes on Cassidy as he stalks him again. Another whip corner to corner, but Cassidy tumbles out and bumps Silver back! And then off more buckles! And more buckles!
Cassidy climbs, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl to the DDT! Cover, TWO! Silver survives but Cassidy keeps his cool. Cassidy goes back to a corner, goes back up top, calls for the flips, but Silver ROCKS him first! Silver climbs up, brings Cassidy up and lifts, but Cassidy resists! Cassidy throws body shots, shoves Silver down, then adjusts. Silver gets back up to enziguri first! And then Silver gorilla presses with ONE arm! He tosses Cassidy to ropes, runs and BOOTS! Then the torture rack to the Spin Doctor, but Cassidy tilt-o-whirls through to headscissor! Silver gets up, but Cassidy scoops him for the MICHINOKU! Cover, TWO!! Silver survives and Cassidy is surprised!
Fans argue the count on behalf of Cassidy and Silver but Cassidy brings Silver up. Cassidy vows to end it, Alabama lift, but Silver fights out to club him down! Silver KICKS Cassidy and KICKS him again, and again! Cassidy goes down but kips right up while Silver flexes! The armband comes off but Silver dodges Orange Punch to roll up! TWO, backslide but Silver slips out to KICK, KICK and KICK! Suplex, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy runs, but into a BOOT! Silver torture racks, for SPIN DOCTOR SLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Silver can’t believe Cassidy survived! Cassidy goes to a corner, Silver powers up and gives a shout out to Brodie Lee! Discus MISSES, ORANGE PUNCH! BEACH BREAK! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
The Sloth is victorious! Will the Dark Order leave him alone after this? Or will they only go after him with more fervor?
AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Darby Allin!
The American Nightmare is putting the pressure on the #Relentless now that he’s a sophomore, not a freshman. Darby wants to prove the naysayers wrong, but he’s up against “The Prince of Professional Wrestling.” Will Darby dethrone the prince and take the title to prove himself right?
Darby has a ride into the arena, and he SMASHES the windshield with his skateboard to make a point! Cody has his usual extravagant entrance, with Nightmare Family by his side. The introductions are made as Cody finally has his last name back, and that alone is exciting for the fans! Then the belt is raised, and the battle to be “The Face of TNT” begins!
Cody and Darby step right to each other, stare down, and fans are fired up already! Darby doesn’t back down or even look away. Cody backs up to circle with Darby, feel out the grapple, and then tie up. Cody wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, and shoves Darby away. Darby keeps his cool, even as Cody flexes at him. The two circle again, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Cody wrenches to a hammerlock but Darby switches that around. Cody trips Darby with a leg, but then he offers a hand to help him up. Darby rolls back to his feet on his own. Fans cheer as the two circle again. Cody shows off with a cartwheel but Darby doesn’t flinch. The two feel out the grapple, Cody reels Darby in for the waistlock and slam! Darby gets up but Cody picks him up again.
Darby gets around, Cody switches, too, but Darby switches back to SLAP Cody! Cody goes right at Darby, Darby dodges and redirects Cody to handspring! The two stare down again as fans cheer. Cody goes outside, talks it out with Coach Arn Anderson. Arn tells Cody to use his size advantage here. Cody returns to the ring and fans rally up. Cody and Darby tie up, Darby waistlocks but Cody grabs a leg to trip him up! Cody offers the hand again, Darby takes it to reel Cody in! LA MAGISTROL, TWO! Cody bails out, Darby fakes him out! And then DIVES anyway! Direct hit from behind and fans are fired up! Darby puts Cody in, climbs up top but Cody CLUBS him down! Cody hammerlocks Darby before he brings him down for a back suplex TOSS to the ramp!
Darby writhes and clutches the arm! The ref checks on Darby but Darby refuses to give up. The ring count begins, Darby drags himself back into the ring, but Cody is on him with a cover, TWO! Cody keeps on Darby with a big forearm! Cody slams Darby’s bad arm on the mat, then grabs it to wrench around into a keylock. Darby endures, moves around, but Cody STOMPS the arm! Cody stalks Darby to a corner as fans rally up. Cody brings Darby up but Darby headbutts low. Darby’s arm prevents him whipping Cody, and Cody BOOTS Darby down! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps on Darby with another cover, TWO! Arn coaches Cody more, and Cody stomps the arm again. And again! Darby gets to a corner, Cody wraps the arm around the ropes! The ref counts and Cody lets up at 4.
Cody runs corner to corner but into boots! Darby gets the arm but his backslide is undone by the bad arm! Cody hip tosses Darby to short arm scissor! Darby moves around to a cover, TWO! Cody keeps on the arm scissor but Darby endures. Fans rally, Cody cranks on the hammerlock but Darby keeps clawing with the good arm. Cody gets that good arm for a recliner cover, TWO! Cody looms over Darby but backs off to let him get up. Darby grabs at a leg but Cody clubs Darby down. Cody wants the ref to check that arm. Cody then STOMPS the arm anyway! Cody drags Darby back up, hammerlocks again, then back suplexes, only for Darby to slip out! Darby whips but Cody reverses, only for Darby to springboard, but Cody YANKS Darby down!
Cody puts Darby in a Rings of Saturn style double armlock! Fans rally as Darby endures and moves around! Darby gets the ropebreak with a foot! Cody lets go at 4, does some push-ups to show off, but even Arn barks at him to stop that. Cody needs to take Darby serious and finish him off! Fans rally for Darby as Cody stalks behind Darby. Cody drags Darby up, fireman’s carries him to the top rope, and says he does respect Darby. That’s why he’s doing this! Cody throws haymakers, then gets up top to hoist Darby onto his shoulder. Canadian rack and hammerlock, SUPER POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Cody is after the arm again! Darby has a ropebreak so the ref counts. Cody lets off but the arm is going up top again. MOONSAULT, but he FLOPS as Darby moves!
Darby is in the corner, Cody runs in but Darby dodges! Darby springboards but into a waistlock! Darby spins out to SLAP, headbutt, and YOSHI TONIC! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives the rush but Darby gets to a corner. Darby drags himself up and wants Cody to stand. Cody does stand, but he ducks the clothesline to SUPERKICK! Cody learned much from the Bucks! Cody brings Darby up but Darby grabs the ropes! A buckle pad comes loose, Darby dodges and Cody hits the bare steel! Darby rolls Cody up, TWO!! Cody survives hitting hard but fans rally up both ways. Darby climbs up, Cody hurries and CLUBS him down! Cody BITES Darby’s forearm!? The ref reprimands but Cody climbs up behind Darby. Cody positions himself and Darby sideways, SUPER CROSS RHODES?!?
Darby goes tumbling, Cody hurries over to cover him, ROPEBREAK! Darby’s arm is under the rope so Darby is safe! Cody can’t believe it and even Arn protests! But the fans are fired up for Darby as he is still in this! Cody drags Darby away from the ropes, puts him in a drop zone, and goes up again. Darby CLUBS Cody then climbs on for a sleeper hold! Cody carries Darby as a backpack as he still goes up top! SUPER BACKPACK SENTON! Both men are down but Darby flops out of the ring. Cody leaves him as Arn tells Darby to be smart and stay down. The ring count climbs and reaches 5 of 10. Darby doesn’t stir until 7, fans rally up for him and he’s in at 9.9!! Cody seethes, fires himself up, and brings Darby back up.
Cody scoop slams Darby down then tells him to stay down. Darby refuses and he starts getting up. Cody scoops and slams Darby even harder! Darby doesn’t stay down, no matter what Cody says! Cody scoops, slams a third time, and yet Darby is still moving. Cody kicks at Darby, but Darby eggs him on. Cody whips Darby, pops him up to a gorilla press, for a BIG slam! Cover, TWO! Darby refuses to give in and Cody grows annoyed. Fans rally for Darby as Cody grabs the weight belt! Cody brings it over to Darby but the ref tells him not to use that. Darby sits up, Cody drops the belt, but Darby uses it to trip Cody! Jackknife cover, TWO!!
Darby fires off hands, Cody runs, Beautiful Disaster CAUGHT! LAST SUPPER! TWO!! Cody staggers up, Darby redirects him, THROWBACK STUNNER! Cody is down and Darby heads up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! Fans are thunderous as Darby is beside himself. Darby drags Cody up with one good arm, throws forearms, but Cody BOOTS and dragon sleepers! Darby drops, Cody sits on him, TWO! Darby has the cover, TWO! Cody has it, TWO! Darby has it again, DARBY WINS!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
No one is more shocked than Cody! Darby got the better of Cody at the end there, but Cody snatches the belt from the ref. Cody and Arn look to each other and are both clearly confused and frustrated. But Cody has the music quiet down, and he looks to Darby. Darby manages to get to his feet, and Cody personally hands the belt over. Darby is certainly emotional but fans tell him, “You Deserve It!” Darby takes the belt, and the moment of triumph is complete! Are we witnessing the start of Darby’s-
Wait, here comes Taz… “I swear to God, I need a plastic bag, because I’m going to vomit. Enough with the emotions, the hugging, the tears, all of this crap! MAN UP! So what? You won the TNT Championship! I would say act like you been there before, but you’ve never been there before!” So Darby and “the prince of pro-wrestling” can go take their “b*tch asses” to the back. Yeah, you heard him, EVP. But here comes TEAM Taz! They barrel past Arn, get in the ring, Cage CLOBBERS Darby then he and Starks mug Cody! Cage CLOBBERS Darby again, then he feeds Cody to Starks’ SPEAR! But they both want the TNT title belt. Taz gest them to calm down. He holds the belt for them both and has them finish the job on Darby.
Cage hauls Darby up and around the back, and then drops him down near the Full Gear panel. That’s the same kind of panel as last year’s unsanctioned match with Moxley and Omega! And we all know what happens getting thrown in there! Cody hurries and fights Cage and Starks but that’s 2v1! Cage whips Cody into railing, then hauls Darby up to throw him INTO the Full Gear paneling! Fans boo but Cage isn’t done, he drags Darby right out of the wreckage. They go to Darby’s car! Starks is up top already as Cage puts Darby on the hood. Starks opens the door, Cage puts an arm inside, but here comes WILL HOBBS!!
The Embodiment of Willpower chases Team Taz off! Hobbs is making it clear now more than ever that he is NOT joining Team Taz! Darby has been spared, but will he be able to last long with The Machine AND Absolute after him?
Backstage interview with The Natural Nightmares.
They were attacked the last time they were talking backstage, but QT Marshall doesn’t want to talk Butcher and Blade, he wants to call out Allie. She used QT to infiltrate the Nightmare Family not because she was bored, but because she knows the Nightmare Family is THE most prolific family in wrestling today! And Blade is playing victim that his wife was with QT? Oh please. If it wasn’t QT, it’d be someone else, because Blade doesn’t have his house in order.
Dustin wants to set this straight. There have been many successful women who have come through this sport. Allie is NOT one of them! This coming Dynamite, Dustin asked Tony Khan and he approved, their match with The Butcher & Blade is now a BUNK HOUSE MATCH! And if you don’t know what that is, you are about to learn! This Wednesday, Butcher will be gasping for air trying to keep up as Dustin kicks his ass, because he won’t even last 10 minutes! Understand that, punks! This is war! Who is going down in AEW’s first ever Bunk House Match?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!
Double Or Nothing 2020 was an epic showdown, and the Full Metal Warrior was the one to finally dethrone the Native Beast! But it also feels like a lifetime ago, especially for Nyla, who has maintained a top ranking in the division even after that defeat. Will Shida regret making Nyla wait? Or will this rematch prove Shida is still a beastslayer?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the two get right in each other’s face before the bell! The ref has them back off long enough to ring the bell, and then Shida and Nyla fire off! Shida gets the edge, Nyla swings back but Shida gets around to fire off more forearms! Shida dodges again, throws more forearms then a headbutt! Nyla blocks the suplex, shoves Shida away but runs into a boot! Shida runs, dropkicks Nyla into ropes, then keeps moving to dropkick her down! Shida keeps moving to KNEE her against the ropes! Cover, ONE!! Shida keeps on Nyla with forearms and fans rally up. Nyla blocks the whip, whips but Shida blocks! Nyla whips and Shida holds ropes, then she dumps Nyla out! Vickie freaks out as Shida aims and KICKS the legs out!
Shida goes out to club away on Nyla, then turns her over to throw elbows. Shida gets space, runs in and KNEES Nyla down! Shida brings Nyla up and throws her into railing! The ref counts, Shida refreshes the count and brings out a chair! Shida sets the chair up, takes aim and fires up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her first! Nyla kicks the chair away, but gets an idea of her own. Nyla goes around and brings out a TABLE! The ref gets out to stop that, so Nyla puts the table away. Nyla gets a chair but the ref again reprimands. Nyla and Vickie are upset, Nyla goes back around the way, Shida LEAPS off the chair to KNEE Nyla into barriers! The barriers topple over and Nyla tumbles! Shida clubs away on Nyla but the ref tells her to back down.
The ref checks on Nyla, but Vickie SMACKS Shida with her own kendo stick! That’s a Guerrero for you! Nyla drags Shida up and throws her into railing! Shida clutches her knee but Nyla stomps her down. Nyla drags Shida up, brings her around and knees her down. Nyla lifts the apron skirt, drags Shida over and puts the bad leg through the ring frame! Nyla pulls on the leg and Vickie laughs as the ref counts! Nyla lets go and Shida clutches the leg but Nyla puts Shida in the ring. Nyla brings Shida to the corner and pulls her into the post. Nyla SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Nyla tells us watching at home that Shida is going to be the OLD champion. Shida hobbles but Nyla chop blocks her down! Vickie applauds but Shida fights back. Nyla stomps and stomps, then DDT’s the leg! Cover, TWO!
Shida is still in this but Vickie is furious about the count. Nyla drags Shida up, scoops her and slams her! Nyla runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shida survives but Nyla drags her back up for clubbing hands. Nyla has the bad leg, steps over and has the Half Crab! Nyla hammers the leg at the same time as Shida endures! Fans rally as Nyla BITES the leg! Nyla stomps Shida, drags her to a corner and heads up top. Shida stands to SHORYUKEN! Shida climbs up, even with the bad leg. Nyla fights back to SUPER GOURD BUSTER! Nyla adjusts to SENTON, but she FLOPS as Shida moves! Shida dropkicks Nyla in the back! And sliding forearms her down! Cover, TWO!
Shida fires up and the fans rally with her. Shida brings Nyla up, but Nyla blocks the suplex. Shida throws body shots, and somehow suplexes Nyla up and over!! Cover, TWO! Vickie protests but Shida gets up first. Fans rally with “Holy Shida!” as Shida runs, but Nyla SWATS the bad leg! Vickie applauds as Nyla drags Shida up. Nyla back suplexes, Shida lands on her feet but her bad leg slows her down. Shida crossbodies and topples Nyla over! Nyla blocks the suplex and CLAWS the knee! Nyla drags Shida up for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Shida is still in this! Nyla drags Shida up, sticks her on the ropes, and then climbs a corner. With Shida backwards like this, Nyla GUILLOTINE KNEES Shida’s knee! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives but Nyla drags her to the ropes.
Nyla stands on the bad leg but lets off at the ref’s count. To then DROP down on the leg! Fans still rally for Shida but Nyla sets the leg on the ropes again. Nyla climbs but Shida gets up to throw forearms! Shida climbs up with one good leg, drags Nyla up to join her, but Nyla shoves her down. Shida comes back to throw more haymakers, then she bumps Nyla off the buckle over and over! Nyla is stick, Shida BOOTS her down to the ramp! Shida climbs up now, Nyla rises slowly, Shida’s missile dropkick knocks Nyla down! Nyla staggers up, Shida gets back up top, another missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Shida fires up and tries to run but the leg slows her down. Nyla CLOBBERS Shida! Nyla drags her up, BEAST BOMB!! Cover, but Nyla lets off?!
Nyla is making a point, as she bows and then flips Shida off. Nyla runs, TAMASHI! She sits on Shida, ONE?!? Vickie is furious so Nyla brings Shida up again. Shida BACK DROPS Nyla?! Shida runs corner to corner, for a KNEE! Shida hoists Nyla up top again, climbs up to join her, and SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Cover, but SHIDA lets off?! Shida has a sinister smile as she wants to hurt Nyla. Shida runs but Vickie swipes at her! Nyla CLOBBERS Shida from behind! Nyla drags Shida up, Vickie has the kendo stick but the ref takes it from her! Shida slips off and shoves Nyla INTO Vickie! And then sends Nyla into the wall! And into railing! Shida puts Nyla in, brings her up, and suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!!
Nyla survives but Shida isn’t letting off! Shida runs, TAMASHI!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nyla survives and Shida is growing frustrated. Shida runs again, and BLINDSIDE TAMASHIS! POINT-BLANK KNEE! And another! And another!! And ANOTHER!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Vickie shrieks in fury! Not even she could help Nyla find a way to break the champion! Shida has slayed the Native Beast once again, has she finally moved past her and on to newer challengers? As for Vickie, she joins Nyla in the ring, and yells at her?! How is this Nyla’s fault?! Because Nyla wasn’t listening to her, apparently. Nyla gets mad back at Vickie but Vickie SLAPS her! Vickie calls Nyla “pathetic” and then storms off. Are the Vicious Vixens over? Or is Nyla going to concede the point to Vickie’s age and experience?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Young Bucks!
This dream match has been building even before AEW was a company. Even before Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood were simply known as “FTR,” there has been a war of words between them and the Jackson boys, as well as countless hours of debate by both their peers and fans. Things only escalated after FTR joined AEW, and it was only compounded by how the Bucks saw themselves. Failure is not an option, but if that were to happen, the Bucks vow to swear off these tag titles for all time! Will Matt and Nick win when it’s all or nothing? Or will Cash and Dax #FortifyTheirReign using the Bucks’ legacy as a cornerstone?
Despite Tully being banned from ringside, he still sees his guys to the ring. Tully leaves willingly, the introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this dream match come true with incredibly high stakes finally begins!
The fans are fired up already as Matt, bad leg and all, starts with Cash. And as such, Matt is careful not to let Cash get the leg as they circle. Cash and Matt tie up but break fast out of the deadlock. They go again, Matt headlocks but Cash gets the leg! Matt boots him away but Cash comes back. Matt boots him away again, but Cash tries a third time! Again Matt kicks Cash away and Cash bails out in frustration. FTR regroups and talks it over while Matt dares them to come back. Cash gets back in as fans rally and duel. Matt and Cash tie up, Cash arm triangles and powers Matt to the corner. Tag to Dax but Nick jumps in to keep things 2v2! The ref has them back down and FTR hugs it out. Matt tags Nick and now Nick and Dax circle. Fans rally, Cash swipes at Nick but Nick stares him down.
Nick and Dax tie up, Dax headlocks and hits the takeover. Dax grinds the headlock, Nick fights up but can’t power out. Nick endures, fights up again and powers out this time, but Dax runs him over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and goes for a hip toss only for Dax to hip toss him! Dax goes after Nick but Nick boots him away. Dax comes back again, Nick scoops and SLAMS him! But Dax boots Nick now and hits another headlock takeover! Nick headscissors, Dax pops out but Nick arm-drags Dax down! Fans cheer that fast exchange as Nick grinds the arm. Dax moves around and fights up, then pulls hair! Tag to Cash but Nick arm-drags Cash already! Nick wrenches to an elbow breaker, tags Matt, and the Bucks double wrench and CHOP!
The Bucks double whip, elbow FTR down hard, and then fist drop and splash combo! Cover, TWO! Matt stays on Cash’s arm, wrenches and wristlocks, then tags Nick. Nick goes up top and drops ax handles on the arm! Nick wrenches the arm but Cash ROCKS him with that right! Cash stomps Nick, tags Dax, and Cash feeds Nick to Dax’s knee! Dax then throws CHOPS but Nick hits back! They brawl in the corner, Dax bumps Nick off buckles and CHOPS him again! Dax throws more haymakers, whips Nick corner to corner but Nick elbows him away! Nick goes up the corner to moonsault over Dax, then hip tosses him down! Nick dropkicks Dax, Cash gets in but gets a dropkick! Dax fakes out the dropkick! Nick clutches a knee now, and Matt protests as FTR gets in to bring Nick up.
FTR double whips, Nick flips up and over their double clothesline, and Matt gets in, DOUBLE RANAS! Matt and Nick double ground ‘n’ pound, too! FTR push the Bucks away but the Bucks double dropkick them out of the ring! Cash is on the apron but the Bucks hit him with the classic headscissor dropkick! Fans fire up for the Bucks as Nick tags Matt. Matt hurries after Dax but Dax kicks the bad leg! Dax pushes Matt into the post, but Matt dodges and Dax punches post! Matt puts Dax in, brings him up and goes after the bad hand! Dax resists so Matt unleashes punches and stomps! The ref counts, Matt lets off for a moment, but then goes after Dax’s hand! Dax’s hand is wounded and bleeding from punching post and Matt goes after said wound!
The ref counts, Matt lets off at 4, and he brings Dax over. Tag to Nick, Nick climbs up and dumdum stomps the hand! Nick goes after the hand himself, puts it in the corner, inside the gap of the buckle pad! Matt tags in and fires off kick after kick on the trapped hand! The ref counts, Matt lets off and Dax falls over, clutching the battered hand! Matt gets up, wrenches the bad wrist but Dax kicks low. Dax throws forearms, scoops and slams Matt down, then drops an elbow. Matt avoids it, then the other, and gets to the apron. Cash steps in but Matt DECKS him! Dax kicks Matt, but Matt bumps Dax off buckles. Matt climbs up as Dax flounders, Matt MOONSAULTS but lands on his feet as Dax moves! The bad leg jams but Matt throws hands!
Dax throws Matt into the ropes! Matt flops out of the ring, clutches his leg, and Nick come sover to coach his brother up. Dax’s bad hand is really bloody so he tags in Cash. Cash jumps down to club Matt, then he throws uppercuts! Cash CHOPS Matt, gets the leg and trips him up to drop elbows! Cash refreshes the count then slams the leg into railing! Dax bandages his hand up while Cash puts Matt in. Cash stomps the bad leg, drags Matt up by his hair and beard, and then punches him back down. Cash drags Matt around, tags Dax, and Cash hooks a leg. Dax runs to shove Cash over to add onto the SNAP LOCK! Dax drops the elbow, the leg and the headbutt! Cover, TWO! Dax drags Matt around, has a standing toehold on the bad leg, and he wrenches tight on the leg.
Matt fights but can’t get Dax to let go. Dax drags Matt away, tags Cash, and FTR drags Matt over to the post. Cash SLAMS the leg into the post! Matt flops down, Cash gets in and pushes Nick around. The ref keeps Nick back while Matt writhes on the outside. Fans jeer FTR with “You Suck!” Matt gets in the ring, Cash clubs away on him and drags him by his bad leg. Cash wraps the leg up again for another SNAP LOCK! Matt endures, cries in pain, but Cash wrenches the leg more and more! Matt keeps kicking but Cash punches him down! Matt kicks and kicks, and he gets Cash to let off. Dax tags in, stays between the bucks and he throws hands. Matt fights back, decks Cash but Dax drop toeholds! Dax reaches for Cash but Matt boots him into the POST! As if that corner hasn’t done enough to everyone in this match!
Cash goes after Nick but Nick punches him down! They brawl on the apron but Nick misses his chance to tag Matt! Dax BLASTS Nick off the apron, then hoists Matt up top! Dax climbs up top, and hits a SUPERPLEX! All four men are down, but Cash LEAPS in, but Matt gets his knees up! Cash crashes and burns but Matt is still alone with Dax. Matt cradle counters, TWO! Dax avoids disaster then throws Matt out of the ring. Cash gets back up, tags in, and goes after Matt with a LEAP, but Matt moves! Cash crashes into railing! Dax gets Cash back in and tags back in, but he narrowly stops Matt from reaching Nick! Matt fights, reaches, and sunset flips Dax, TWO! Cash grabs at Matt, Matt scrambles under, and ends up in the FTR corner. Cash runs in but Matt tosses him out HIGH and hard!
Dax storms up but Matt bobs ‘n’ weaves, then fakes Dax out to the DDT! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Matt crawls but so does Dax. Hot tags to Cash and Nick! Nick fires off with haymakers on FTR, then dodges to SUPER FOREARM Cash! Dax kicks Nick but Nick kicks Dax! Nick kicks Cash, cartwheels out but Dax avoids the moonsault! Cash hurries over but Nick unleashes his kick combo! Roundhouse, spin back kick, spinning roundhouse, and then he gives FTR the BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Fans are fired up for Nick as he brings Cash up and into the ring. Nick has the fans rally more as he climbs up top. Nick leaps to crossbody! Cash rolls through and dead lifts, tag to Dax! FTR sets Nick up, HART ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and FTR grows frustrated.
Dax drags Nick up, hoists him up top, then CHOPS him! Dax climbs up, Cash tags in, but Nick slips out! CHEEKY NANDOS for Dax! Nick avoids Cash’s leap, Matt tags in but Cash shoves Nick. Nick goes up and over, and baits Cash into the SPEAR! Nick hits a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again as Matt grits his teeth. Matt hobbles but fires up all the same. Matt drags Cash up, puts one out, but can’t lift because of the leg! Cash whips Matt away but runs into a boot! Matt goes up but Cash clubs him! Cash Electric Chairs, Dax tags in, BULLDOG DOOMSDAY! Cash SPEARS Nick off the corner! Dax covers Matt, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” because it’s still going! Cash regroups with Dax and they whip Matt. Nick SUPERKICKS Cash!
Matt sunset flips Dax but Dax rolls through, so Nick SUPERKICKS Dax! Matt flapjacks Cash into Nick’s CUTTER! Was that 3D?! Tag to Nick, TWIST OF FATE to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! More great tag team references but it’s still not over! Fans rally up as Nick tags Matt back in. The Bucks call for the Superkick Party, but Cash CLOBBERS Matt’s bad leg! Nick goes out to PENALTY KICK Cash! Nick springboards but Dax catches the seated senton to rebound and POWERBOMB! But Matt rolls Dax to a ghost pin, TWO!!! So close and yet so far! Matt and Dax both throw forearms, and again! Dax JABS, JABS, JABS, and ROCKS him with a right! But that’s the bad hand, too!
Matt fires off furious fists from all sides, and CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Matt spinning back kicks, but that’s the bad leg! Dax gets up, swings but Matt dodges! Matt superkicks but Dax blocks! Dax shoves Matt, SUPERKICK and fist collide! Both men go down from the pain in their own limbs! Fans fire up as Matt and Dax slowly rise. They glare at each other, get to their feet, and Dax DECKS Matt! Dax crawls to his corner, tags Cash back in, and Cash wants to reference THAT team! They aim at Matt, DIY VICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Matt survives and Cash is beside himself! Cash drags Matt over, tags Dax, and Dax drags Matt up. Cash climbs up, but Nick shoves him down to the ramp! Matt trips Dax, catapults him into Nick’s gamangiri! Cash returns, Nick goes up and leaps, CANNONBALL to the stage!
Matt gets Dax’s legs, steps through, and SHARPSHOOTERS! Dax endures as Matt sits deep, but Matt can’t keep him from the ropebreak! Nick SUPERKICKS Dax down! Matt has the Sharpshooter again! Nick drgas Cash away for his OWN SHARPSHOOTER! FTR reach for each other, that’s a ropebreak technically. But the Bucks drag them away from each other! Matt sits DEEP but the bad leg gives up! Nick lets Cash go, too, and the fans hope these teams “Fight Forever!” A standing count begins on Dax and Matt, but Cash is in the wrong corner! Matt brings Dax over, tags Nick, and Matt fireman’s carries! But no bang for Bucks as the leg gives up again.
Matt and Dax end up in a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD Dax! Matt STOMPS the bad hand! Dax begs for mercy but Matt references the Villain with the FINGER SNAP! B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Cash breaks it?! Cash saves FTR but Nick clotheslines him out hard! Nick tags Matt back in and then Nick LEAPS out to take down Cash with the Escalara Plancha! Matt gets a chair? This isn’t going to help them win at all! Dax dares Matt to do something with that chair, but Nick tells Matt to stop! Matt is conflicted, but he throws the chair away to scoop Dax! But Cash POWERBOMBS Nick into the timekeeper’s area!! Dax reverses the gut wrench to one of his own, tag to Cash, MIND BREAKER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Cash had forgotten about the outside leg!
Fans are electric as Cash goes after the leg! Cash takes off the boot and even the sock to stomp the foot itself! Tag to Dax, Dax ties up the legs in a deathlock and Cash goes up, FLYING STOMP!! Dax then laces the legs up for a TRAILER HITCH! Matt crawls to the ropes but Cash DIVES at Nick, only to MISS! Nick gets up top, and he 450 SPLASHES Dax! Matt is free, he crawls to cover Dax, TWO!?! Dax survives and Matt is beside himself! Fans rally up again as Matt clutches his leg. Nick helps Matt get to his corner but Cash SUPERKICKS Nick?! Nick falls out of the ring and Cash helps Dax to his corner. Cash tags in, and he has Matt all to himself now.
Cash Too Sweets then flips Matt off before he SUPERKICKS Matt down! Cash doesn’t cover, he wants to go for broke! SPRINGBOARD 450 but it FLOPS!! Matt fires up and hobbles to SUPERKICK Cash down!! Cover, THE BUCKS WIN!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The Bucks thrive under pressure, and they showed they could finally, truly, without question, get it done! And Kenny Omega comes out to celebrate with his friends! Hangman lingers at the tunnel, feeling awkward about wanting to join them. Omega helps Matt up to his feet and raises his hand in victory! But the Bucks may have suffered more damage than we know. Will this prove to be a Pyrrhic victory tonight?
The Elite Deletion: Matt Hardy VS Sammy Guevara!
To say this rivalry has escalated to a dangerous level is an understatement. A near death experience in the Broken Rules match wasn’t enough, and now the HARDY COMPOUND will be their battlefield! Will Hardy DELETE the Spanish God? Or will Sammy redefine what it means for Hardy to be broken?
Sammy cruises down the highway in a custom golf cart. Hardy is on the phone. It’s almost time, but Hardy has this “premoneeshun.” If he calls them, they have to be here ASAP. Whoever he’s calling agrees and Hardy hangs up. Sammy runs over a toy monster truck as he pulls into the compound perimeter. And NEO1 is there to greet him. Sammy says hi. “You were dumb AF to come.” Hardy welcomes “Samuel” via hologram. Welcome… to his DEMISE! Disabling cart. Sammy’s ride is stuck, as Hardy brings out a REAL monster truck! Halloween Havoc, eat your heart out! Straitjacket runs the cart over! “That was ORGASMIC~!” Hardy hops out and says THAT was a squash! But Sammy wasn’t in the cart! He grabs a trash can and SMASHES Hardy!
A ref appears and a bell rings from somewhere, and Sammy climbs up the monster truck tires to MOONSAULT onto Hardy! Cover, TWO! Sammy SMASHES Hardy with the can again, then stalks after him into the woods. Sammy tosses the can and knocks Hardy down with it! Sammy bumps Hardy off a tree, then CLUBS him to the road. Hardy keeps going, Sammy brings him around for a suplex, but Hardy resists and reverses to suplex Sammy down! Cover, TWO! Hardy brings Sammy around to grind him into the tree! Hardy then whips Sammy into another tree and knocks some bark off! They end up closer to the house and Hardy whips Sammy into the trash barrels. Hardy brings Sammy to the lawn but Sammy kicks, only to be blocked. Hardy spins Sammy but Sammy HEEL KICKS down!
Sammy says “It’s my house now! Daddy’s home!” Sammy drags Hardy up, brings him further along and snap suplexes him onto the grass. Cover, TWO! Hardy staggers away but Sammy clubs him towards the fountain. Sammy rains down rights but Hardy pushes him away. Sammy comes back to tells Hardy he’ll be deleted! He puts Hardy’s face in the water, but Hardy brings out something to smack Sammy with! Is that some kind of skull on a stick? Hardy SMACKS Sammy with it more! Sammy staggers away and Hardy hits Sammy with the “scepter of Mephistopheles” more! Sammy gasps, ducks the scepter attack this time and kicks back. Hardy counter punches and DECKS Sammy!
Hardy brings Sammy up and elbows him over and over. They find Hardy’s training ring and he whips Sammy hard into the apron! Hardy rains down furious fists all over, then drags Sammy up. “You asked for this!” Hardy puts Sammy in the ring, Sammy goes to a corner and Hardy runs in but misses! Sammy rams in, enziguris hard, then springboards, into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy goes out while Sammy sputters, and Hardy puts a TABLE in the ring! Hardy sets the table up and Sammy crawls to a corner. Hardy goes after Sammy, brings him up and over, but Sammy fights back. Hardy clubs Sammy down, and says “It’s OVA!” POWERBOMB through the table!! Cover, but who is this breaking it up!? Ortiz?! Ortiz followed Sammy out here, as has Santana!
Proud ‘n’ Powerful beat Hardy down, but Hardy grabs a walkie talkie to signal his allies! Private Party say the reinforcements are on the way! PNP puts Hardy in the ring but Hardy fights back! That’s still 2v1 and PNP double back suplex! Marq Quen and Isiah Kassidy arrive as PNP feeds Hardy to Sammy! Sammy hits a TWIST OF FATE! But Quen and Kassidy make it to the ring! Sammy goes up top, but then shove him down! Private Party and PNP brawl now while Hardy pursues Sammy. Hardy brings out an arsenal of FIREWORKS! Sammy SPEARS Hardy down and they each get a roman candle! They head off while PNP and Private Party continue to brawl! Santana GERMAN SUPLEXES Quen!
Hardy sings a little song, “A hunting I will go,” and he lights up the roman candle! PEW PEW PEW! PNP gets down so as not to be a casualty of war! Sammy lights his candle and aims back at Hardy! PEW~! Hardy dives down to return fire! They charge into the woods! So much smoke and fire! PNP and Private Party keep brawling, Quen PELES Santana! Kassidy DRAGON WHIPS Ortiz, then he and Quen combine for the assisted headscissors! PARTY IN MOTION! PNP regroups outside, Kassidy uses Quen to FLY!! “I’m still clean, baby!” The fireworks keep flying and Sammy narrowly avoids getting fried! Hardy keeps shooting sparks at him! Now they’re in the mud! Hardy kicks Sammy for a TWIST OF FATE! But Hardy thinks Sammy’s “corrupt vessel” needs to be cleansed.
But wait, someone has The Hurricane as a hostage! It’s GANGREL!? Private Party rushes in but Grangel fights them off! Hardy frees Hurricane while Kassidy enziguris Gangrel into the shadows! Hurricane says it’s been two years, what the hell? Sorry, “long term storytelling” and all that. But Hardy needed AEW to help finish this. Good point. But Sammy SUPERKICKS Hardy down! Sammy and Huricane brawl now, but Sammy kicks Hurricane into the Lake of Reincarnation! “What’s a hero to a god? A Spanish God!” Sammy goes back to Hardy, but Hardy turns things around to hit another TWIST- NO! Sammy handsprings out to SUPERKICK back! But Shane Helms appears! Is this rivalry cursed or is Sammy just a dork? Well sense you asked, Sammy SUPERKICKS Helms and throws him BACK into the water!
Hardy and Sammy brawl again and leave Helms floundering behind. PNP and Private Party are brawling, with Gangrel helping out! Hardy and Sammy return, but so does Hurricane! Hurricane bumps Sammy off the apron, gets in to go after Gangrel, and then Ortiz takes the EYE OF THE HURRICANE! Gangrel hits the IMPALER! Santana uses a BASEBALL BAT to SMASH Hardy! Floyd the Bat is helping out! Hardy staggers away while PNP beat down Private Party! Sammy rises up and pursues Hardy. Sammy has a sledgehammer as he chases Hardy into the darkness. Hardy’s allies are losing their 3v3 in the ring as Gangrel and PNP choke each man on the ropes! Then they hurry to follow after Sammy and Hardy. Hardy and Sammy end up in the garage!
Hardy calls upon Skarsgaard the Dilapidated Boat! It falls over, blocking the path between Sammy and his allies! NEO1 closes the door to “The Dome of Deletion!” Sammy is all alone with Hardy! And Hardy throws him into the garage door! And again! Hardy has another ring in here, and a chair! Hardy swings but Sammy kicks him first! Sammy throws Hardy into the garage door, then get the chair to JAM Hardy in the back! Sammy POSTS Hardy, then undoes a crossbar! Sammy drags Hardy into the ring, clubs away on his back, then has the corner HOOK! Hardy staggers, Sammy RAMS Hardy’s gut with the hook! Sammy undoes the other corner, and again SMASHES Hardy with a hook! Sammy CLUBS Hardy down, and undoes MORE crossbars!
Sammy CHOKES Hardy with the rope! It’s like a boa constrictor! Sammy says this is where Hardy’s career ends! Hardy endures and is somehow still conscious, so Sammy lets off. Sammy drags Hardy to the table that’s already set up in the ring and clubs him onto it. Sammy climbs up the ladder that is also already set up, and it’s a good 10 feet! Sammy can touch the ceiling as he mocks “DELETE! DELETE!” SWANTON BOMB through the table!! Cover, TWO!?! Hardy survives and Sammy is furious! Sammy drags Hardy back up, fireman’s carries, but Hardy fights out to TWIST OF FATE!! Sammy hits hard on the table wreckage and he clutches his neck. Sammy crawls to what’s left of the ropes, and Hardy SPEARS him off through ANOTHER table!!
Sammy’s bleeding from the back of his head in a role reversal from the Broken Rules match! Sammy spits up blood, too, but Hardy isn’t going to spare him. Sammy staggers about, barely able to walk, and he flops over. Hardy has a chair and JAMS Sammy right in the face!! Payback from the headshot that cut Hardy open! But even still, Hardy is not done. Hardy watches Sammy squirm and shouts, “YOU MADE ME INTO WHAT I AM!” Hardy drags Sammy around, has the chair again, and aims… FOR A CONCRETE CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Sammy twitches, Hardy covers, Hardy wins!!
Winner: Matt Hardy, by pinfall
Somehow, Sammy is still alive. Hardy says it is finally OVA! NEO1, unlock The Dome. Private Party, come in. Quen and Kassidy, take out the trash. They drag Sammy, or what’s left of him, up and into the trash barrel. The lid is closed, and Hardy wheels Sammy out. A truck is waiting, and they get Sammy into the back. “Senor Benjamin. Please, take this obsolete rubbish away.” Benjamin takes Sammy away while Reby plays the piano. And so, the dark and twisted tale between Broken Brilliance and Spanish God comes to an end. Team Hardy celebrates with more fireworks! Will this be the start of a WONDERFUL~ new chapter in AEW?
AEW hears from Lance Archer and Jake the Snake.
Or rather, Jake talks while Archer mauls someone against a brick wall! Jake says he and Archer have nothing to do. Archer is tired of training. They had four guys to train with but now they have no one. Jake is serious. He has to feed this SOB, but not with food. Archer wants people! They’re in a bad spot, but someone has to step up to serve them something. Archer says, “Weep and moan, you evil shepherds. Roll in the dust, you leaders of this Elite flock. Your time of slaughter is coming. You will fall. You will shatter beneath my boot” because their egos are fragile. Archer will break everyone in AEW! You can be Elite, you can have a family, but it doesn’t matter when #EverybodyDies.
Chris Jericho VS MJF w/ Wardlow!
The Demo God and Maxwell Jacob Friedman are practically mirror images. Egotistical, cocky, but still talented as hell both on the mic and on the mat. MJF wants to combine their drawing power and completely dominate AEW, but Le Champion needs the Salt of the Earth to prove he’s worth his salt. Will MJF win and enter the Inner Circle?
Wait, this entrance…! The LED jacket… Is just MJF’s new robe. MJF finishes trolling the fans as he goes to the ring. But then he outright insults fans by flipping them off. Jericho makes his entrance and fans cheer. Jericho soaks up the fans singing Judas, as always. The bell rings and fans already chant, “Thank You, Jericho!” MJF is annoyed, he gets up on the corner, but only gets boos. Jericho and MJF circle, fans go back to cheering Jericho. MJF tells fans to hush but they just boo again. MJF offers Jericho a handshake, but that’s the oldest trick in the book. Jericho still approaches, but he SLAPS MJF! MJF SLAPS back! The two start throwing hands fast and furious!
Jericho clubs MJF, whips him to ropes and runs him over with forearms! Jericho drags MJF up, and back suplexes high and hard! Cocky cover, TWO! But Jericho doesn’t mind, he’s having fun. Jericho stalks MJF to ropes, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! MJF pulls hair to turn things around and CHOP back! Jericho CHOPS MJF off his feet! Jericho puts MJF in a corner to throw haymakers, then he whips MJF corner to corner. MJF comes back to clobber Jericho! Fans boo but MJF fish hooks Jericho’s face! “Who’s soft now?!” Fans troll MJF with “SOFT! SOFT!” MJF headbutts, Jericho haymakres but MJF fires up. MJF whips but Jericho holds ropes, only for MJF to clothesline him out! MJF runs but he fakes Jericho out and tells the fans, “Up yours!”
But Jericho drags MJF out to whip him into the railing! Jericho drags MJF up, scoops him and slams him! Then Jericho borrows the camera to get in close on MJF as he flips him off! And waves hi, too. Jericho drags MJF up and bumps him off the apron. Jericho goes back in the ring to soak up the adoration. Jericho goes back out to fetch MJF. Jericho POSTS MJF then runs in, but MJF ducks and the Judas Effect gets only steel! MJF grabs Jericho, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS Jericho again! These posts are sure doing work tonight. MJF puts Jericho in and POSTS Jericho again! Jericho falls to the apron, MJF flips fans off but that only makes them boo more. MJF brings Jericho up but Jericho throws haymakers. MJF knees low, runs, but into a back drop!
MJF staggers up, Jericho clotheslines him out now! Jericho waits for MJF to get up, and he triangle springboards, but MJF hotshots the bad arm! Cover, ONE! MJF is after the arm, stands on it, and then clamps onto the arm. Jericho throws forearms, MJF BITES the fingers! The ref reprimands and counts, but Jericho BITES MJF’s hand! Jericho kicks and punches MJF to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Jericho runs to bulldog but is sent into the corner instead! MJF grins as he goes back to Jericho and hammerlocks the arm to then hit a modified backbreaker! MJF stomps Jericho, digs his boots in, but goes until the ref’s count of 4! Fans boo and jeer but MJF just soaks it all up.
MJF drags Jericho up, throws haymakers, then chokes him in the corner! The ref counts, MJF stops at 4 again, then throws haymakers from all sides! The ref backs MJF off, Jericho pokes MJF in the eye! Jericho whips, MJF reverses but Jericho runs him over! Things speed up, Jericho runs MJF over but MJF throws Jericho out to the apron! Jericho is right up top and he leaps for double ax handles! Fans fire up for Jericho as he LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Jericho hoists MJF up top, throws hands, then climbs up to join MJF. Jericho rains down punches and gets 9, topping it off with a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! MJF survives but fans rally for “JER-I-CHO!” Jericho drags MJF up, MJF throat chops back!
MJF knuckle locks and wrenches but Jericho throws forearms. MJF whips and OVERHEAD suplexes! Cover, TWO! MJF is too sore to be frustrated, and the fans rally up as both men slowly rise. MJF goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Jericho uses the ropes to trip him up! MJF is stuck up top, Jericho CHOPS him! Jericho climbs up, fans fire up, but MJF resissts. MJF GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down, adjusts, and leaps to DUMDUM STOMP the bad arm! Fans boo but MJF is after the arm again! Jericho fights back, MJF wrings him out into buckles! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and fans rally up. Fans troll MJF as a “Stupid Idiot!” MJF seethes as he gets up and kicks at Jericho. MJF pie faces, too, then eggs him on! “What you got, b*tch?!”
Jericho counter punches MJF, trades elbows and fires off jabs, but MJF pokes the eye! MJF runs, into a CHOP! Jericho used the bad arm but he still took MJF down! Fans rally, Jericho figures he’ll CHOP with the left hand! It’s doing just as good, but MJF makes Jericho use the right hand! MJF grabs the arm and drags Jericho down! SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA! Jericho endures as MJF cranks over and over! Fans rally, Jericho rolls and gets a leg, but MJF resists the turn! Jericho still gets the WALLS OF JERICHO! MJF endures, Jericho sits down deep, but MJF powers up and he crawls for ropes! ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets go fast, thinking he won. The ref points out he didn’t, and he argues with Aubrey Edwards, as always.
Jericho stomps MJF, stalks up behind him, and then stomps him more. The ref backs Jericho off but MJF grabs at Aubrey. She gets mad at him but Jericho stalks over. MJF throws Jericho out, then hotshots him! Jericho denies the Heatseeker but MJF steals the CODE BREAKER! And then hits the HEATSEEKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans rlaly up again. MJF stands, stomps Jericho, then steals the LIONSAULT! MJF has to land on his feet as Jericho moves and Jericho hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more as Jericho drags MJF back up. MJF cradles, TWO!! That was close! MJF swings, Jericho moves, but Judas Effect is CAUGHT! MJF wrangles Jericho down, has the arm and SALT OF THE EARTH!
Jericho endures, fans rally, and Jericho drags himself to ropes. MJF BITES the hand, but Jericho still gets the ropebreak! MJF lets go in frustration, but he calls Wardlow for help! MJF gets the Dynamite Diamond Ring! Wardlow distracts the ref, but MJF misses! Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat to Jericho! Jake Hager is here! How did he get Floyd from North Carolina to Florida so fast? But MJF pulls an Eddie and falls down! The ref thinks Jericho clobbered MJF with the bat!! Jericho defends his innocence, MJF rolls him up! MJF WINS!
Winner: MJF, by pinfall (joins the Inner Circle)
Hager protests, this is not what they wanted! But MJF got away with one, having outsmarted the 30 year veteran! But a deal is a deal, and Jericho stands with MJF, both their heavies on standby. Fans chant “Inner Circle!” and MJF offers that handshake again. Jericho takes it, and then they hug! Jericho welcomes MJF and Wardlow to the team! MJF holds the ropes open for Jericho and the two head out together. Will this new dream team take over all of AEW?
Welcome back to the alternative reality.
AEW Revolution returns in 2021! February 27th, AEW will bring about another dimension of wrestling! But with next year feeling like an eternity away, what will the landscape of AEW even look like by then?
Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy,
Congratulations are in order, what are his thoughts on his win over John Silver? Best Friends are excited, but Cassidy has no thoughts. Miro, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford walk up and say this has nothing to do with Best Friends. This has to do with “Clementine” and all the stuff with The Dark Order. Penelope almost got hurt during that! Apologize! Cassidy says sorry but Kip SLAPS him! That wasn’t good enough! Cassidy takes off the sunglasses to say it’s fine. Cassidy and Best Friends head out. Kip doesn’t understand, but will Freshly Squeezed have a more impassioned response next time?
AEW World Championship I Quit match: Jon Moxley VS Eddie Kingston!
Last year, in Baltimore, for Full Gear 2019, The Maniac went 1v1 against Kenny Omega in an unsanctioned match. That match raised the bar for a new level of brutality. This year, Moxley is back on the card but in a much more personal battle. The Mad King was once one of Moxley’s closest friends, but the many twists and turns of life twisted and turned Kingston into a bitter enemy. Now, the only way to settle this is for one man to say the two words that can break even the strongest man’s spirit. Who will go beyond brutality in order to be THE AEW World Champion?
The introductions are made, Moxley says his prayer of forgiveness for what he has to do, and the belt is raised. Fans are fired up already as this match with nothing holding them back begins!
They start right away with a flurry of fists! Moxley gets the edge and knocks Kingston down! Kingston gets up fast to CHOP back, so Moxley CHOPS him! They CHOP back and forth more and more, egging the other on! Kingston fires off a strike fest but Moxley gets around for an ankle pick takedown. Kingston blocks with a clinch but Moxley bites whatever he can! Moxley gets an arm, Kingston fights up and they clinch at ropes. Moxley CHOPS but Kingston just walks it off! Kingston CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, and then they shift to forearms and SLAPS! It’s a slap fight, both men egging each other on! Kingston kicks and CLUBS Moxley but Moxley throws a forearm! Moxley runs, into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Moxley goes to the apron and gets out, but Kingston goes out after him.
Fans rally and duel as Kingston rakes eyes! Kingston puts Moxley in, gets a chair, but Moxley DIVES to knock Kingston into railing! Moxley grabs that chair and CHUCKS it at Kingston’s head! Then Moxley whips Kingston into railing! Moxley clears a path and goes after Kingston’s fingers! “I’ll break your fingers!” Kingston doesn’t quit so Moxley TWISTS the fingers! Moxley drags Kingston up, throws haymakers, and then bumps him off railing! Kingston uppercuts back! Moxley throws a forearm, Kingston hits back with body shots. They brawl, Kingston rakes eyes and Moxley staggers away. Kingston follows and goes to suplex. Moxley blocks to snap suplex Kingston to the cement! The ref asks but Kingston refuses to say anything.
Moxley gets Kingston with a chinlock and grinds him down! Kingston endures, and BITES the arm! Moxley lets go, fans rally up as Kingston and Moxley get up. Kingston kicks Moxley back to ringside and then whips him into the railing! Moxley is sent for a loop but Kingston brings him up. Kingston CHOPS Moxley, throws punches while he has Moxley in a headlock. Kingston POSTS Moxley and then goes around the way to bring out a chair. And another chair! Kingston goes around the way again and hobbles into the ring. Fans rally as Moxley finds BARBIE! The barbed wire baseball bat is here! Kingston has his chairs together but Moxley SMACKS, and SMACKS, and SMACKS Kingston with the bat! Moxley kicks the chairs over, and he glares at Kingston through his own blood.
Moxley GRINDS barbed wire into Kingston’s forehead!! Kingston is already bleeding from a bloody lip, but Kingston again vows to Moxley, “You’re gonna have to kill me!” Moxley has drawn blood from Kingston’s face as well as other places, but Kingston refuses to give in. Moxley wants to hit him with the bat, but Kingston gets around to SAIDO! Kingston fires up to SAIDO again! Kingston grabs a chair, and CHUCKS it at Moxley! A simple but effective receipt there. Kingston punches Moxley but Moxley gouges eyes and throws haymakers! Kingston DECKS Moxley, then chokes him! Kingston lets up to grab Barbie for his own! Kingston sets it in position and SLAMS Moxley onto it! Moxley checks his chest and stomach while Kingston smiles a bloody smile.
Kingston SMACKS Moxley on the back with the chair! And then CHUCKS it into his head again! Kingston picks up Barbie and pulls off a loose strand off? Kingston wraps it around his own wrist, which is double-edged, but worth it in his mind as he punches away with the BARBED WIRE FIST!! And DIGS it into Moxley’s face! Moxley SLAPS Kingston but Kingston BARBED WIRE URAKENS!! Kingston gets the KIMURA!! Moxley endures, fights, but Kingston headbutts! Moxley BITES Kingston’s knee! Kingston clubs Moxley then SLAPS him all over! Moxley gets to a corner but Kingston digs his boot in! Fans rally as Kingston lets up to go fetch a chair. Kingston recreates his little chair pair and points it out to Moxley.
Kingston drags Moxley up and over, and fans that aren’t squeamish are still cheering them on. Moxley blocks a suplex to turn things around and snap suplex Kingston ONTO THE CHAIRS! Both men are down but somehow still stirring! Kingston CLOBBERS Moxley! Fans boo but Kingston heads to the outside. Kingston goes back under the ring to bring out a sack! Those are never good… Kingston brings the sack to the ring and pours it out. THUMBTACKS! Kingston brings Moxley over, but Moxley gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! They avoid the tacks, and Kingston SAIDOS! Moxley LARIATS! Fans rally up as both men rise again. Moxley stands, staggers, but fires himself up!
Moxley drags Kingston up, brings him around, but Kingston avoids the Paradigm Shift to URENAGE Moxley onto TACKS!! Moxley refuses to give up, though! Kingston is furious and he rolls right out of the ring to fetch that barbed wire strand. Kingston double checks if Moxley quits, and he doesn’t. The wire is put aside and Kingston dumps over the timekeeper’s table! Kingston grabs himself a bottle of… Alcohol?! Kingston asks if Moxley quits and Moxley says no, so Kingston STOMPS Moxley’s nuts! Kingston tells Moxley to quit but Moxley still refuses, so Kingston STOMPS the nuts again!! Kingston CHOPS Moxley down, and GRINDS the nuts! Moxley refuses to quit so Kingston lets off.
Kingston grabs that bottle of rubbing alcohol, opens it up, and POURS it on Moxley’s back! All the wounds on Moxley’s back sting and burn! But that doesn’t break Moxley, so Kingston scoops a handful of tacks. Kingston sits Moxley up to SMASH the tacks on his face! But again, it is double-edged! Kingston just keeps going, not caring about his own pain. Kingston decides not to use the wire after all, but he uses the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley endures, and he dares Kingston to do his damndest! Kingston keeps cranking on the hold, then he throws crossface forearms! Kingston goes back to the Bully Choke but fans rally up. Kingston unleashes knees but Moxley gets a SLEEPER! Moxley squeezes tight and spins Kingston around, PILEDRIVER! Suzuki-san would be proud!
Moxley puts Kingston in the BULLY CHOKE! Kingston fights up, Moxley kicks low, PARADIGM SHIFT!! The fans that can still bare to watch cheer but Kingston flips Moxley off. Kingston stirs, Moxley grabs that big of wire and bends it around. “There’s no other way out, Eddie! Don’t make me do this.” Moxley wraps the wire around his forearm but again Kingston flips him off. BARBED WIRE BULLY CHOKE!!! The wire is right under Kingston’s neck!! Kingston sputters and the ref begs Kingston to give up! Kingston says “I QUIT!” Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley (still AEW World Champion)
“Winner” in name only, as Moxley had to do so much horrifying damage to a former friend. But in the end, Moxley is undefeated in 2020 and of course undefeated as champion. “That’s what a champion is made of! Heart, soul, blood and guts!!” Is there ever going to be an end to Moxley’s reign? Moxley wants to help Kingston up, but Kingston refuses. Kingston staggers away alone, but will he be able to pick up the pieces? And then Kenny Omega walks out! Omega is reminded of his match with Moxley at Full Gear. That’s why Omega will gladly stay out of the ring for right now. When and where will Maniac and Cleaner collide for the title they’re both willing to fight so hard for?
What a great PPV for AEW here! I feel like Full Gear is going to become the “extreme” PPV for AEW every year, and I actually think that’s great. The I Quit match was just as hardcore as last year’s “unsanctioned” match but perhaps not as wild or fast-paced as that one. Kingston is a methodical type, and Moxley can play that way, too, so it worked that these guys weren’t going all over the place to the same level as Moxley and Omega did last year. They did explore a lot of the ringside space but perhaps if there wasn’t COVID concerns anymore, they would’ve gotten into the stands where fans were or something. Still a really powerful match, and it was a brilliant little detail for the referee in for that match was Bryce, a legit friend of Kingston’s, as was made canon roughly a month ago. Bryce didn’t want Kingston to lose his career along with the match, so it worked that he was there pleading with Kingston as much as Moxley.
Opening with Omega VS Hangman was a great surprise and those two really went above and beyond. It makes a lot of sense for Omega to win. Moxley VS Omega, revisiting the first year of AEW, will make for great story as we go further into the second year. I suppose there is a way those two could drag it out until February when Revolution 2021 happens, but that’s a rather long build. Perhaps that’s part of why Archer wants to get involved against Kingston and “The Fam” on top of the title hunt. Also I just want to say that’s a bit of a lame and lazy name for Kingston’s faction but oh well. Hangman’s story is also the one that’s properly paced for the story Cody already did of “If I don’t win this title now, I’ll never challenge for it again.”
Let’s be honest, Cody still could’ve ended up TNT Champion this whole time even without playing that card. Hangman is surely going to pull that move during the Summer of 2021 when he finally makes his way back to the title for perhaps Double or Nothing or even All Out. Then Hangman will have his back against the wall against Moxley or Omega, which makes for a great match-up either way, and that will be Hangman’s moment so that he has the best actual long term storytelling of AEW. Speaking of Cody, glad to see WWE gave up on the name blocking thing. Cody VS Darby was great stuff, lots of strong character work and story references, and of course it had to be Darby winning. Team Taz getting involved at the end there was a good move given what has been built, including Will Hobbs again helping Darby. A little disappointed Cage and Starks both grabbed at the belt when Cage is FTW Champion, but I suppose wrestlers are allowed to be greedy about that stuff.
Both women’s championship matches were really good tonight, and it’s exciting to see Thunder Rosa back again. She’s signed with NWA until late into next year so obviously she’ll have another shot at that title. I wonder how much of that story will be divided between NWA and AEW. It’s obviously a clever way to get fans watching NWA, of course. As for the AEW Women’s World Championship, it’s great for Shida that she retains in a match on par, maybe even better than Double Or Nothing’s earlier this year. I just felt like story should’ve dictated Nyla winning with cheating thanks to Vickie, because that’s literally why they’re a duo now. But Vickie actually humbling Nyla there is an interesting twist, so maybe they have plans for how to add to this.
Cassidy VS Silver was pretty good but it still feels like something they could’ve done on Dynamite. Same goes for Miro and Kip confronting Cassidy and Best Friends backstage. Not quite sure where that story is going but Cassidy VS Miro could actually be really good stuff. Also not sure why we needed to fill time with Natural Nightmares announcing the first-ever Bunkhouse Match with Butcher and Blade, but hey, that sounds like it’ll be great stuff. The Elite Deletion was a really good cinematic style match, but it wasn’t quite what I expected at first, then turned into everything I totally wanted and more! Hurricane and Gangrel show up to reference the unfinished project Hardy was working on while still with WWE, so that was great, and there was great use of editing to up the brutality and physical damage on Sammy. Who knows what happens next, but maybe Sammy returns with some kind of BROKEN persona of his own to take this to an even crazier level.
Jericho VS MJF was a really good match, but of course MJF finds a way to win. I did like how he had a target and was going after it in the right arm, aka the Judas Effect arm. But then he also had his many back-up plans, and referencing the late, great Eddie Guerrero is always a plus. There has to come a point when tensions reach boiling levels, maybe Hager and Wardlow fight because of obvious overlaps in their role as the big, mean muscle. And honestly, Bucks VS FTR was everything expected and more. I loved that FTR and Bucks each used a few finishers of iconic tag teams from all around wrestling, even DIY Ciampa and Gargano of NXT. That alone is FTR saying Ciampa and Gargano are among the greats, which they are. But of course with the all or nothing stipulation, Bucks were going to win to be the flipside to Cody. Omega showing up but Hangman hanging back was great, too, as it gives us another glimpse into the still rocky dynamic within The Elite.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; Gunn Club wins.
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; Storm wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega; The Bucks & Omega win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!
Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall
Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!
Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?
AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.
Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!
Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?
Death Triangle speaks.
Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?
Jungle Boy is here!
Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”
And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!
Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.
Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.
Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”
Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?
FTR & Wardlow speak.
Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”
Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!
Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!
The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?
The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.
Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.
King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!
King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!
King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?
AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.
Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.
But there’s even more on Rampage!
On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?
AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???
To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?
Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.
“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?
The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.
Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”
Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!
Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!
Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.
Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!
The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!
Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!
Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.
Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.
Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!
Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!
Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!
Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.
Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.
Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!
Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!
Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?
As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!
What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.
Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.
Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.
Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.
Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.
Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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