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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/15/20)

Dark cools off to 14!

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AEW Dark 2

AEW puts up 14 for the 15th!

With a powerful pre-holiday Dynamite tomorrow, Dark is keeping things merry and bright! Will Brandon Cutler continue his new win streak to 7-0?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks w/ Will Hobbs VS Sotheara Chhun; Starks wins.
  • Brandon Cutler VS Baron Black; Cutler wins.
  • Hikaru Shida VS KiLynn King; Shida wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; Jurassic Express wins.
  • Leva Bates VS Skyler Moore; Bates wins.
  • Brian Cage VS VSK; Cage wins.
  • The Acclaimed VS Louie Vallie & Mike Magnum; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Anna Jay w/ The Dark Order VS Dani Jordyn; Jay wins.
  • The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson VS Bear Country; The Dark Order wins.
  • Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS RYZIN & Sean Maluta; Kiss & Janela win.
  • Tay Conti VS Freya States; Conti wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS Danny Limelight; Sydal wins.
  • Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Kaci Lennox; Ivelisse wins.
  • Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Chaos Project; Best Friends win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks w/ Will Hobbs VS Sotheara Chhun!

Absolute has Powerhouse in his corner as he prepares to represent for Team Taz! Will his opponent be the one that’s #ChhunAndDone to open #AEWStarks?

The bell rings, Starks and Chhun circle, and Starks offers a handshake. But then he leaves Chhun hanging and shoves him. Chhun gets in Starks’ face, and then Chhun throws haymakers! He backs Starks to a corner, the ref counts, and Chhun lets off at 4. Starks runs in but Chhun dodges to ROCK Starks! Chhun whips, Starks kicks back and throws Chhun HARD into buckles! Hobbs is even surprised to see that one. Starks stomps Chhun in the corner, lets off at 4, and Hobbs gets a shot in! The ref didn’t see that, and Starks brings Chhun up to CHOP! Starks whips and clobbers Chhun with an elbow, then he strikes a pose. Starks drags Chhun up to KICK him hard in the ribs!

The fans rally up but Starks grabs an arm. Chhun fights out with body shots but Starks CLUBS Chhun down. Starks whips Chhun to a corner, mocks Sting’s “WOO!” and runs in, but Chhun dodges the splash! Chhun goes up and around to hit Starks with a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Starks survives and Chhun can’t believe it! Chhun gets Starks in a waistlock but Hobbs helps Starks deny the roll! The ref reprimands Hobbs and kicks at his hand but Starks elbows Chhun away! Starks runs and SPEARS Chhun down! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

Hobbs applauds Absolute for finishing that off. Will this momentum help all of Team Taz finish off Cody Rhodes and Darby Allin once and for all?

 

Brandon Cutler VS Baron Black!

The Dungeon Master is still on a roll after his first win in AEW, but the #Empbruh could change that pretty quickly. Will Cutler be lucky enough to get to number seven?

The bell rings and Cutler circles with Baron. They tie up, Baron wrenches to a wristlock, and Cutler wrenches back. Cutler headlocks, Baron powers out and Cutler runs him over. And again! Fans fire up with Cutler as he keeps going, ducks Baron to leaping shoulder tackle! Baron flounders, Cutler brings him up but Baron gets around to waistlock. Cutler bucks the O’Conner roll away, slingshots to the apron and springboards back in, but into an atomic drop! Baron spins and CHOPS Cutler down! Cutler gets up in a huff as Baron talks trash, and Cutler CHOPS Baron down! Cutler runs, but Baron catches him to a cobra twist! Cutler powers out but Baron scoops him to a Gory Especial!

Baron pulls on the arms, but Cutler endures and powers up! Cutler powers out, rolls Baron but Baron rolls free. Baron ducks the buzzsaw but not the enziguri! Baron goes to a corner, Cutler runs in but Baron dodges! Baron comes back, DISCUS, to an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Cutler gets up, Baron grows frustrated but Baron brings the straps down. Baron runs to the corner, but Cutler ducks the discus! ROUNDHOUSE, then a slingshot KICK! Cutler gets around Baron, spins him, dragon sleeper to an inverted suplex, for a reverse DDT! Cutler goes back to the apron, springboards, FROGGY-BOW! Cover, Cutler wins!

Winner: Brandon Cutler, by pinfall

And there it is! But it wasn’t luck, Cutler is finally rolling the way he wants to! Will Cutler keep on building momentum into the New Year?

 

Hikaru Shida VS KiLynn King!

The Full Metal Warrior is still AEW Women’s World Champion, but the contenders are closing in. Will Shida prove she’s not afraid of any of them by taking down The King?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Shida manages to put King on the ropes, but she lets off clean. The two go again, King shouts for a test of strength. Shida accepts and they tie up with knuckle locks, then go shoulder to shoulder. Shida bends back but powers up to bend King all the way to the mat! King bridges, powers all the way back up, but then Shida trips her! King gets up fast and nods some respect, and the two tie up. Shida gets around to waistlock but King reaches down to trip her by a leg! Shida kicks her away, things speed up and King blocks the hip toss. King rolls Shida to a cover, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!

King arm-drags Shida, Shida arm-drags back, but King holds on to drag Shida to an armlock! Fans cheer, Shida gets up but King loops the arm for La Magistrol! TWO, and King mule kicks! King runs to BOOT Shida but Shida stays up on a knee. King scoops but Shida blocks! Shida throws hands, scoops King and SLAMS her down! Fans fire up with that display of strength! Shida goes after King with big haymakers in the corner! Shida fires up, runs corner to corner, and KNEES King down! Shida scoops King again for a BACKBREAKER! King ends up on the apron, Shida goes out and clubs her. Shida gets space and runs back in to KNEE King!

Fans fire up with Shida and she fetches King. But King throws Shida into the apron! King puts Shida in and fires up, does a little dance, and then goes into the ring. King rains down fists, covers, TWO! King keeps her cool and brings Shida up to whip. Shida reverses, King goes up and out and then shoulders into Shida! King slingshots for the sunset flip, TWO! King hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Shida survives and King argues the count. King covers again, TWO! King drags Shida up, hoists her up, but Shida fights off the back suplex!

Shida straitjackets but King resists the German, so Shida reels her out for the ENZIGURI! King sits up, Shida runs but King ducks the knee! King gets Shida but Shida fights off the lift! King still tries but Shida lands on her feet out of the suplex! Shida runs and KNEES King down! Shida isn’t done there, she drags King back up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall

The King could not trump the champion, and Shida is standing tall with the title! But ABADON slithers out of the shadows and creeps up to the corner! She throws Shida off the corner, and then slithers up to her! Abadon drags Shida up, slips around to Gory Especial, for WIDOW’S PEAK!! The Living Dead Girl, the walking nightmare, is haunting Shida! Will she dethrone Shida to begin a true reign of terror?

 

AEW presents an all new Waiting Room!

Rebel welcomes us back, and gives “the incomparable” Britt Baker her introduction. She even has an applause sign now to cue the captive audience. Britt says she is so spoiled. But let’s talk about Dynamite! #HardyParty VS Hangman Page, and Silver & Reynolds?! Hangman drank himself out of the tag titles, now he’s going to drink himself into a cult? Don’t you hate it when that happens? But Matt Hardy’s “newfound confidence” is attitude improvement of the year! And then Angelico takes on Cody Rhodes. “Cody, c’mon. What is it?” Angelico, Darby, Shaq, Team Taz? Pick a lane! Just not Britt’s. Make a good decision, Cody. Unlike that thing on your neck. Ouch.

But continuing on with the Dynamite preview, the Waiting Room’s favorites, The Acclaimed, are making their Dynamite in-ring debuts! Give it up for Caster and Bowens! Britt can’t wait to have them back. The Acclaimed are taking on SCU, and if Daniels & Kazarian pay attention, they might learn a thing or two about being entertaining. Rebel brings out a “laugh” sign to cue the audience. Britt moves on to their special guests. The 17-2 and “heartless” Shawn Spears, with none other than the legendary Tully Blanchard! Rebel gets the door for them and hands them mics.

Tully and Spears thank Britt for having them here, but she says it’s great to have them. First question: Spears was Britt’s choice for that Dynamite Diamond Ring, so we need to talk about that. Scorpio Sky throws him out, Spears beat Scorpio weeks before, what is going on here? There has to be something no one else is seeing! Wasn’t that like 15 questions? But what is “going on” is that Spears is 17-2 in AEW. That’s what’s going on. Knock knock? This isn’t the right time for the musical guest! Marko Stunt is back! Spears slams the door on him and Britt apologizes for that. This is their first appearance and- Knock knock. Reba, what the heck?

Spears opens the door again, and it hits him in the face! Scorpio busts in to rain down fists on Spears! Britt uses Rebel as a shield, but Scorpio focuses on Spears. Scorpio drags Spears up and throws him THROUGH A WALL! Britt is traumatized seeing what happened to her set! Scorpio leaves without a word and Rebel apologizes for what just happened. It’s fine, Tony Khan will pay for the damages. Well, that’s an abrupt end for the show, will the Waiting Room only get wilder in the new year?

 

Jurassic Express VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol!

The trio has been on a roll lately, but they’re still far from a golden destination! Will Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus pick up steam against the Captain and the Fire of the Sun?

The teams sort out and JB starts with Fuego. The two circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Fuego powers out, JB reverses and things speed up. JB hurdles, Fuego handsprings and JB sweeps the legs to cover. ONE, Fuego sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! Double dropkicks cancel out but JB dropkicks again! Fuego goes to the corner, tags in Dean! JB is ready and he arm-drags Dean down! Tag to Luchasaurus, Dean reverses the whip but JB slides under and Luchasaurus ROUNDHOUSES Dean down! Luchasaurus drags Dean up for a Falcon Arrow! Luchasaurus keeps his eyes on Fuego as he brings Dean up. Tag to JB, Luchasaurus scoop slams Dean and JB hits the knee-board senton! Cover, TWO!

JB drags Dean up to CHOP! JB whips, Dean holds ropes and puts JB on the apron. Dean elbows JB away, aims and PLANCHAS to take JB down! Dean goes back up, up the corner, MOONSAULT! Dean gets JB back in the ring, slingshots for the elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Dean drags JB up, tags Fuego and they mug JB. Fuego whips but JB reverses to ROCK Fuego! JB runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Butterfly suplex and standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Fuego drags JB up to throw forearms and then whips. JB reverses but Fuego tilt-o-whirls, only for JB to make it a BACKBREAKER! Fuego scrambles to tag in Dean!

Dean keeps JB away from Luchasaurus and fires off in the corner! Dean stomps a mudhole, tags Fuego, and they bring JB up for a double back suplex. JB lands on his feet, ducks the double clothesline and tags in Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies with shoulders, chops, haymakers, kicks, and then he tosses Fuego to a corner! Luchasaurus fires off hands, then TOSSES Fuego at Dean! Luchasaurus runs in but misses them both, only to DOUBLE LARIAT them anyway! Fuego gets up, Luchasaurus choke grips and lifts, but Fuego pops out! But Fuego’s DDT is denied to a trophy lift and CRATER PRESS! Cover, Dean kicks it apart!

Dean drags Fuego away, but Luchasaurus double choke grips! Dean and Fuego break free to double dropkick! JB tags in, shoves Dean into Fuego and whips. Dean reverses but JB rebounds to LARIAT! Fuego returns, dodges and tilt-o-whirls only to be tossed away. Fuego waistlocks but JB breaks free and the TAIL WHIP connects! Luchasaurus back suplexes Fuego to JB’s BOMB! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

Marko Stunt is pumped for Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus and the trio continues down the track! Will they make their way towards the tag titles in the new year?

 

Thunder Rosa joins commentary!

The former NWA Women’s World Champion is back again, continuing the crossover between NWA and AEW, and to also talk some smack on Britt Baker.

Leva Bates VS Skyler Moore!

The Librarian is ready to prove having brains is just as badass as brawn, and is finally getting on a winning track! But will Skyler leave her wanting more for the holidays?

The bell rings and Leva circles with Skyler. Leva offers a handshake, Skyler accepts it and fans cheer the sportsmanship. They tie up, Skyler wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Leva wrenches back to hammerlock. Leva headlocks, shifts to a wristlock, but Skyler rolls and handsprings to wrench and arm-drag! Skyler has the armlock, Leva fights her way up, but Skyler wrenches again. Leva rolls, wrenches and arm-drags and fans cheer! Skyler and Leva have a secret handshake moment and Leva is really happy about that.

Leva and Skyler tie up, Skyler puts Leva on ropes to wrench and whip then hip toss! Leva gets up, blocks the next hip toss to roll and get a CROSSFACE! Skyler endures, rolls to a cover, TWO! Leva keeps cool and heads after Skyler in the corner to fire forearms. Leva runs corner to corner but Skyler dodges! Skyler gut wrench SLAMS Leva down! Cover, TWO! Skyler keeps on Leva, snap suplexes her, then covers, TWO! Skyler keeps her cool, brings Leva up and scoops, but Leva slips out to shove. Leva ROUNDHOUSES Skyler, then again, then mule kicks! Leva runs to BOOT Skyler and then hits a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!

Skyler survives and shocks Leva, but Leva fires up! Leva runs in but Skyler sends her into buckles! Skyler fires off forearms, whips Leva but Leva reverses to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Skyler survives but Leva fires up. Leva runs but Skyler scoops and SLAMS her! Skyler gets a leg, steps over, but Leva victory rolls! Leva wins!

Winner: Leva Bates, by pinfall

And there’s another win! To show there’s no hard feelings, Leva gives Skyler a free copy of the Young Bucks’ book, Killing the Business! Leva’s clearly doing her homework and studying hard, will she be top of the class and #1 contender in the new year?

 

Brian Cage VS VSK!

We saw Absolute represent, now it’s time for The Machine! Will the FTW Champion use the Vision to send a message to the Face of TNT?

The bell rings and Cage scoops VSK. VSK slips out, Cage elbows him away then whips, but VSK slides under. VSK hops up, Cage throws him off, but VSK dodges to KNEE and dropkick! Cage is in a corner, VSK runs in to uppercut, then runs side to side to BOOT! VSK fires up but Cage grabs him to toss him to the corner. Cage blocks the boot for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Cage scoops VSK up, suplexes, but VSK knees free! VSK mule kicks, front kicks and kicks a leg out! VSK runs into a LARIAT! Cage drags VSK up, wrenches, reels him in, and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Fans are divided as Cage paces around.

VSK goes to the apron, Cage drags him up and to the corner. VSK trips Cage off the ropes! And steps in, but Cage blocks the DDT to then underhook for the BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!?! VSK survives but Cage doesn’t mind. Cage throws knees, pump handles and lifts, but VSK slips out and SUPERKICKS! BACKSTABBER! Cage staggers into VSK’s running dropkick! VSK runs and DIVES and Cage is sent into barriers! VSK keeps moving and DIVES again! Another hit and Cage is down! Fans fire up with VSK as he goes to the apron and aims. VSK runs and leaps, but his rana is caught for a POST BOMB!!

Cage fires up and drags VSK back up. Cage drags VSK up the corner, for the DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX! And to finish this, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

VSK put up quite the fight but he could NOT stop the Path of Cage! Will Cage not only force AEW to acknowledge the FTW Championship, but also destroy Darby Allin and become THE TNT Champion?

 

The Acclaimed VS Louie Vallie & Mike Magnum!

The Waiting Room’s favorites are back! And Anthony Bowens has a 5 Tool Player BOOMBOX to go with Max Caster’s bars! “Yo, yo, yo! The next team to get the big W over SCU. And on Dyanmite, we gonna whip they ass. We are the future, y’all are the past! And tonight, we’ve got a warm-up. A manlet, and a guy addicted to PornHub! Acclaimed stay winnin’. Yo, Acclaimed stay spinnin’ in the world, baby!” Bowens proclaims that The Acclaimed have arrived! But will they leave still feeling like winners?

The teams sort out and Caster starts against Magnum. They circle, Caster gives thumbs up to fans, and then he ties up with Magnum. Magnum headlocks, Caster powers out but Magnum kicks him back. Caster swings into a backslide! ONE, and Caster dropkicks Magnum in the back! Caster stomps away, Magnum gets to his corner and tags in Vallie. Vallie storms up on Caster but Caster kicks him first! Caster whips Vallie to the corner, tags in Bowens, and they mug Vallie. Bowens wrenches an arm to a wristlock but Vallie throws hands! Vallie is free, he drops down and then dropkicks Bowens!

Vallie goes to a corner, goes up, but Bowens fakes an injury to distract the ref, and Caster shoves Vallie down! Bowens stomps away on Vallie, drags him up and CHOPS him! Bowens CHOPS again, then fires off machine gun CHOPS! “You see that, SCU?!” Bowens puts Vallie in the Acclaimed corner and throws hands! Tag to Caster, the Acclaimed stomp away, and Caster brings Vallie around by a leg to kick the leg. Caster blows kisses and takes a bow but not every fan cheers. Vallie throws body shots but Caster CLUBS him down! Caster drags Vallie back, tags Bowens, and Bowens drops an elbow! Bowens drags Vallie up, fans rally but Bowens clubs away on him!

Bowens drags Vallie up but Vallie shoves him away, to enziguri! Vallie crawls, but Caster tags in first! Caster DECKS Magnum, dodges Vallie and back suplexes high and hard! Caster fires up and he drags Vallie up. Caster carries Vallie to a corner and puts him up top. Caster climbs up, but Vallie shoves him away, only for Caster to go right back up! Vallie throws body shots and Caster falls! Vallie leaps and missile dropkicks! Both men are down, Vallie and Caster crawl, hot tags to Bowens and Magnum! Magnum rallies on the Acclaimed! Back drop for Caster, dropkick for Bowens!

Magnum runs at Caster but is put in the corner! Bowens hits a back elbow, then Caster hits one! Bowens goes side to side to forearm, Caster runs in to dropkick! Vallie returns but Bowens torture racks, Caster dropkicks for the torture rack bomb! Caster flounders to the top rope as Bowens scoops and BRAIN BUSTERS Magnum! MACHO ELBOW! #AcclaimToFame! Cover, the Acclaimed wins!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

Caster kisses Magnum’s hand, then uses it to pat Bowens on the back. Will the Acclaimed be “thanking” Daniels & Kazarian the same way on Dynamite?

 

Anna Jay w/ The Dark Order VS Dani Jordyn!

While The Dark Order is trying to find their Number 7, and for that matter, Numbers 6, 8 and 9, Number 99 is ready to be #1 contender again! Will the Real Mean Girl have to update her Burn Book after this?

The bell rings and Dani shows Anna her Burn Book page: “Number 99 of the Kids Next Door! Daddy issues! Fugly! #RBF.” Anna shoves Dani into buckles! Anna dares Dani to get serious, and they tie up. Anna headlocks, Dani slips out and headlocks back. Anna powers out but Dani runs her over! Things speed up, Anna hurdles but Dani waistlocks. Anna bucks the O’Conner roll away but Dani comes back to mule kick a leg out! Dani then SUPERKICKS Anna down and fans actually cheer the Mean Girl! Anna goes to a corner, Dani runs in but Anna dodges. Anna runs in but Dani gets to the apron!

Dani dodges Anna’s shoulder and kicks her away! Dani gets her Burn Book, but Anna spins and HEEL KICKS the book into Dani! Anna goes out, drags Dani up and taunts her as she whips Dani into railing! Dani flounders and Anna talks some smack. Anna drags Dani up by her hair, puts her in the ring, and takes her time posing before going back in. Anna drags Dani up, clinches but Dani breaks free to ROCK Anna with a haymaker! Dani scoops, swings and SLAMS Anna down! Cover, TWO! Anna is still talking trash but Dani drags her up. Anna HOOK KICKS out! Anna tells Dani it’s time to go to sleep. QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Body scissors are in, Dani fades and is OUT! Anna wins!

Winner: Anna Jay, by submission

Who’s the real mean girl now? Anna has definitely become the Star of the Show thanks to the Dark Order, but will she still have to wait to be AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

“Pretty” Peter Avalon joins commentary!

The “saxy” Avalon has a drink in hand and robe around him as he joins Taz and Excalibur. Seems he’s taking a break from scoring in the ring again to grace us with his voice.

The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson VS Bear Country!

The Dark Order OG want to fill out the roster, but they also want those AEW World Tag Team Championships! Perhaps they can accomplish both things at once tonight? Will Bear Bronson & Bear Boulder lose and #JoinDarkOrder?

The teams sort out and Uno starts against Bronson. They circle, tie up, and Bronson gets around to a waistlock. Uno pries free and wrenches to a headlock. Bronson pries free to headlock back, but Uno powers out. Bronson rams Uno but Uno runs him over! Uno runs, Bronson drops then CLOBBERS Uno, then drops a back senton! Bronson drags Uno up to wrench the arm, then tags in Boulder. Uno gets free and hurries back to his corner. Stu tags in and he gets right in Boulder’s face! Boulder shoves Stu, Stu CHOPS back, but Boulder doesn’t budge! Stu fires off strikes, headlocks, but Boulder powers out. Stu rams Boulder but he bounces off!

Stu dropkicks, runs, but into Boulder’s gorilla press! Boulder drops Stu and is seething! Boulder drags Stu up, tosses him, and tags in Bronson. Bronson whips Boulder in for a corner splash, then Boulder feeds Stu to Bronson’s clothesline! Bronson fires off on Stu but Stu turns things around, only for Bronson to hammer away on him! The ref counts, Bronson lets off to fireman’s carry Stu. Stu fights out, waistlocks, and Uno tags in as the roll is denied. Stu shoves Bronson and Uno dumps Bronson out! Stu DECKS Boulder, Uno RAMS Bronson into the apron! The ref is busy with Boulder, and Uno puts Bronson on the apron. Stu slingshots for the apron senton!

Stu taunts Brian Pillman Jr. at ringside, and Uno rains down fists through the ropes! Uno stands on Bronson’s neck and the ref counts. Uno stops at 4, drags Bronson up, then feeds Bronson to Stu’s boot! Tag to Stu and Stu boots Bronson! Russian Leg Sweep to a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Stu grins and says, “That’s the spirit!” Stu stands on Bronson’s hand, drags him up, Bronson rams Stu into the corner! Uno tags in and CLAWS Bronson’s back! Stu KNEES Bronson down for good measure! Uno undoes some wrist tape, but the ref doesn’t trust that. Uno says it’s innocent, but Stu claws Bronson’s face and chokes him in the corner! Uno pokes Bronson in the eyes!

Uno CHOPS Bronson, tags Stu, and then they hit the springboard stomp sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Bronson survives but Stu drags Bronson up. Tag to Uno, Uno stomps away but tags Stu back in as the ref counts. Bronson fights out with big forearms and elbows! But the Dark Order shove him back in, double whip, but Bronson crisscrosses them, to DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Fans fire up with that big bear brawn, and Bronson crawls to hot tag Boulder! Boulder builds momentum and he CLOBBERS the Dark Order! Boulder scoop slams Stu, scoop slams Uno, then he whips Uno into Stu for a SANDWICH SPLASH!

Boulder fireman’s carries Uno but Stu hops up! Stu leaps, Boulder just catches him! FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP COMBO! Boulder fires up and drags Stu from ropes. Stu kicks Boulder away so Bronson tags in! Bear Country double back suplex, but Stu slips out and rolls under to DOUBLE PELE! Hot tag to Uno! Uno dropkicks Boulder out, ROCKS Bronson with a right, and then tries to Gory Especial. Bronson is too big, Uno and Bronson both tag their partners! Stu leaps over Bronson but Boulder pops him up to CORNER BOMB into Uno! Bronson goes up, Boulder gives him a lift, Bear Country combines for a BACKPACK CANNONBALL!!

Boulder drags Stu to a cover, TWO!?! Stu survives and shocks Bear Country! Boulder seethes, tags in Bronson, and they coordinate again. Bronson goes up, Boulder gives him an Electric Chair lift, and “THIS IS BEAR COUNTRY!” But Stu avoids the splash! And he ENZIGURIS Boulder! Boulder swings but into Uno’s BOOT! Stu KNEES Boulder, torture racks and manages NIGHTFALL!! Tag to Uno, Uno sees Bronson getting up and ROCKS him with a right! Gory Especial, Stu is up top, FATALITY!! Cover, The Dark Order wins!!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

Stu may have just sacrificed his own leg for the victory, but that is all that matters to the original Dark Order members! Will they continue to give their all for the faction until the Dark Order controls all?

 

Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS RYZIN & Sean Maluta!

Jersey’s Finest is rolling together again on this road trip toward the titles! Will the Concrete Rose and Bad Boy come out on top against the Priest of Sin and Samoan Dragon?

The teams sort out, Ryzin starts with Kiss and they circle as fans rally. They tie up, go around, and Ryzin headlocks. Ryzin shifts around, hammerlocks, but Kiss steps through to hammerlock back. Kiss waistlocks, Ryzin pries free and standing switches. Kiss drop toeholds, floats to a facelock and gator rolls, and even twerks! Kiss brings Ryzin up and over, Janela tags in but Ryzin shoves Kiss into Janela! Janela tumbles down, Ryzin runs in but Kiss puts him on the apron. Janela sweeps the legs! Kiss has an apron Chancery and Janela dropkicks Ryzin in the face! Janela drags Ryzin up, tags Kiss back in, and Jersey’s Finest double whip Ryzin to a corner.

Janela spinning clotheslines, Kiss handspring mule kicks! Kiss goes up top but Ryzin shoves him down to the ground! Ryzin swings on Janela but Janela rocks him back! The ref keeps these two back but Maluta stomps away on Kiss! Maluta brings Kiss up to throw into railing but Janela chases him off! Janela guards Kiss, helps him up and back in, but Ryzin is there to stomp him! Ryzin digs his boots into Kiss, stomps him more, then mocks the twerking. Kiss rolls Ryzin up, TWO! Ryzin ROCKS Kiss, throws more forearms, then runs. Kiss follows, baits Ryzin in, and then ducks as Ryzin leaps! Ryzin gets nothing but ropes in a very bad place!

Janela laughs at Ryzin’s pain while fans rally up. Ryzin and Kiss crawl, hot tags to Maluta and Janela! The Bad Boy rallies on Maluta, fans fire up with him, and he runs in to SNAP GERMAN Maluta into buckles!! Janela goes to the apron and LEAPS to take Ryzin down! Janela goes up top and crossbodies! Direct hit but Janela keeps moving, running and LARIATS Maluta down! Tag to Kiss and Jersey’s Finest coordinate. Janela BRAIN BUSTERS Maluta, Kiss drops the SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, Jersey’s Finest win!

Winners: Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela, by pinfall

The road trip rolls on! Will Jersey’s Finest feel even finer in the New Year?

 

Tay Conti VS Freya States!

The Brazilian blackbelt is back in action, still hoping to gain traction in the AEW Women’s Division! Will #FreyatheSlaya cool her off before she can get on a hot streak?

The bell rings and Tay circles with Freya. Fans rally as the two approach and tie up. Freya has a knuckle lock but Tay knees low! Tay jumps up but Freya stays up to block the armbar, and then gets a ropebreak. Tay lets off and Freya shoves her. Freya taunts but Tay fires off furious forearms! Tay whips, Freya reverses but Tay BOOTS back! Tay then gets around to waistlock, ripcord and sayanagi judo throws! Tay sits Freya up but Freya ducks the buzzsaw! Tay comes back with a MULE KICK! Cover, TWO! Tay is already annoyed but Freya is also upset. Tay clinches, Freya powers out and powers Tay to a corner! Freya throws forearms, and shouts, “Who do you think you are?!”

Tay shoves Freya away and slips out to JAB! Freya stays up but Tay springboards in, only for Freya to catch her! Freya fireman’s carries but Tay fights out and around to a guillotine with body scissors! Freya throws hands and then throws Tay off. And then she throws Tay by her hair! And drops the leg, brother! And then goes for another, only to miss! Tay drags Freya around for knee after knee after knee, then some Kowata kicks! BACK HAND! Freya staggers into a ROUNDHOUSE! Freya is still up but Tay runs in at the corner to DOUBLE KNEE!

Tay keeps on Freya with forearms, then whips, but Freya reverses. Tay elbows back, climbs up, and boots Freya away! Freya comes back, into a HANGING ARMBAR! Freya powers up to drag Tay back in, only for Tay to drop down and trip Freya up! LEG HOOK HALF NELSON! Freya taps, Tay wins!!

Winner: Taynara Conti, by submission

A unique submission gets Tay the win! Will she continue to prove no one does it like her?

 

Matt Sydal VS Danny Limelight!

With his third eye open and his ground game as strong as his aerial attacks, Sydal leaves little openings! But will Danny shine some light on a weakness Sydal still has?

The bell rings and Sydal circles with Limelight. They talk some smack about the third eye, then tie up. Sydal waistlocks, headlocks then wristlocks. Limelight rolls, handsprings and reverses the wrench to a hammerlock. Sydal hits a fireman’s carry takeover to a cording hold, then shifts to get a flying-mare. Cover, ONE, but Sydal hits another flying-mare! Cover, ONE! Limelight gets to a corner and Sydal lets him get up. Sydal and Limelight tie up again, go around, and Limelight puts Sydal in a corner. The ref counts, Limelight lets off but Sydal ducks his chop to arm-drag him all around! Ghost pin, TWO!

Sydal keeps on Limelight with a wrench and then drags Limelight down to dig into the knee. Sydal wrenches again, cravats but Limelight powers out to then go up and up and flying arm-drag! And dropkick! Fans fire up with Limelight and he fireman’s carries. Sydal slips out, and hits a leg drop DDT! Sydal standing mariposas! Limelight is in a corner, Sydal kicks and trips him up, then runs in with the basement KNEE! Sydal covers, TWO! Limelight flounders to another corner, Sydal runs in but into a boot! Limelight runs into a NO HANDS RANA! But Limelight comes back to LARIAT! Sydal is down now and Limelight talks trash.

Limelight drags Sydal back up and turns him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Limelight drags Sydal over to ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Limelight lets off and snapmares Sydal to KICK him! Cover, TWO! Limelight toys with Sydal, drags him back up and throws forearms. Limelight whips, Sydal sunset flips, TWO, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Limelight endures, kicks and powers his way to a cover, TWO! Limelight is free, waistlocks, but Sydal switches. Limelight elbows out hard but runs into a dropkick! Fans fire up with Sydal as he gets up and KICKS away on Limelight! SOBAT! Limelight is down and Sydal wants the fans to see this. Sydal whips for a WINDMILL KICK!

Sydal isn’t done there, he drags Limelight up and fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Limelight still lives but Sydal keeps his focus. The third eye shows him what to do next, and Sydal runs corner to corner, but into an ELBOW from Limelight! Limelight goes up, walks the tightrope and springboard clotheslines! Limelight fires up now and brings Sydal into a fireman’s carry. Sydal slips out to Russian Leg Sweep! Into the COBRA CLUTCH CROSSFACE! Limelight fights up and out, wheelbarrows and victory rolls to a REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Sydal rolls back to a cover, TWO! JUMPING KNEE! Sydal gives Limelight a PAGE TURNER! Cover, Sydal wins!

Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall

Limelight shined bright but he could not blind the third eye! Sydal has another win, will he find his path to a championship in the new year?

 

Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Kaci Lennox!

La Sicaria “welcomes” the model turned wrestler to Dark, but she isn’t going to go easy! Will Ivelisse make sure Kaci knows what she’s getting herself into with the AEW Women’s Division?

The bell rings and Ivelisse circles with Kaci. They tie up, Ivelisse clinches, brings Kaci to a knee then throws her away! Kaci gets up but Ivelisse fires off strikes! Ivelisse lets off to then elbow her back! Ivelisse whips but Kaci reverses to an arm-drag! And a dropkick! Ivelisse hits ropes on the way out, Kaci runs but Ivelisse avoids the baseball slide! Diamante is there and Kaci gets distracted, Ivelisse flapjacks Kaci to the apron! Ivelisse puts Kaci in, steps up the ropes and springboards for a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Kaci is tougher than that but Ivelisse is just annoyed. Ivelisse KICKS Kaci in the back, wraps up the arms and drags Kaci into a headscissor squeeze!

Kaci endures this modified triangle but rolls back to a cover, ONE! Ivelisse has the arm again, drags Kaci around and wraps her up in a half straitjacket. Kaci endures as Ivelisse bends her back. Fans rally for Kaci as she fights up and arm-drags free! Ivelisse comes back but Kaci ROCKS her with a right! Kaci spins Ivelisse around for a CUTTER! Both women are down but fans fire up as they go to opposite corners. Ivelisse runs in but Kaci dodges! Kaci rallies with clotheslines! Kaci wrenches, and SNAPMARE SPIKES Ivelisse into the mat! Cover, TWO!! Ivelisse survives but Kaci is right on her with a waistlock!

Ivelisse holds ropes, elbows free and reels Kaci in for the twisting DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ivelisse is shocked! Ivelisse has Kaci but Kaci hits a body shot. Kaci fireman’s carries but Ivelisse fights free to get around for an IRON OCTOPUS! Kaci endures but she’s fading! Kaci taps, Ivelisse wins!

Winner: Ivelisse, by submission

Ivelisse doesn’t let off until SHE is satisfied, but she does eventually let Kaci go. Diamante is there to celebrate with her tag team partner, will these two continue to climb up the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Chaos Project!

Chuck Taylor and Trent are heading for a battle with the ENTIRE Inner Circle, but they are tuning up against the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN! Will Luther and Serpentico make sure the Best Friends are in awful shape?

The teams sort out and Chuck starts with Serpentico. They circle, or rather Serpentico rolls and Chuck knee stomps around. They tie up, Chuck wrenches to a wristlock but Serpentico reverses. Chuck rolls, wrenches to a hammerlock, but Serpentico headlocks to then wrench and wristlock. Chuck wrenches back again, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits the takeover. Serpentico headscissors but Chuck pops out. Serpentico and Chuck circle again, tie up and Chuck trips Serpentico. Things speed up, Serpentico leaps over then eggs Chuck on, to then dodge and arm-drag, but Chuck reverses that to get a HALF CRAB! Serpentico gets the ropebreak, Luther complains and Chuck lets go at 3.

Serpentico crawls to the corner and tags in Luther. Chuck tags Trent and Trent circles with Luther. Luther then sucker punches Chuck! Luther fires off with Trent, throws some knees and kicks, then runs. Trent stays low and then comes back with a STANDING METEORA! Trent DECKS Serpentico, and Chuck brings Chaos Project up for Trent to FLY! Direct hit and down go Luther and Serpentico! Best Friends high five and Cassidy slowly twirls Trent’s jacket like a rally towel. Chuck brings Luther up but Luther rakes his eyes! Trent clobbers Serpentico and refreshes the ring count. Trent throws forearms but Luther POSTS Chuck! Serpentico clubs Trent back and then headbutts!

Luther stomps Chuck, Trent FLAPJACKS Serpentico into railing! Trent runs at Luther and SPEARS, into the railing! Luther throws Chuck OVER railing into the front row of peers! Luther stomps Trent, drags him up and into the ring, then follows. Trent flounders, Luther stomps him around, then brings him up to scoop and sidewalk slam! Tag to Serpentico, and he is the human weapon, inverted suplex splash! Cover, ONE!! Serpentico rains down angry fists on Trent but Chuck returns! Chuck throws hands on Serpentico but Luther gets in to LARIAT Chuck! Luther tosses Chuck, Serpentico ROCKS Trent! Tag to Luther, and he rams Serpentico into Trent! And again!

The ref reprimands but Luther gives Serpentico a wind-up before a third RAM! Then a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Luther kicks Trent, drops a knee with those supervillain knee pads, but Trent throws forearms back. Luther ROCKS Trent, Trent hits back! Luther BOOTS, Trent flounders, and Luther kicks him at the ropes. Luther whips Trent corner to corner but Trent BOOTS back! Trent hurries as Chuck returns, but Luther swings on Chuck first! Luther headlocks but Trent SAIDOS! Fans rally with Cassidy as Trent gets up. Serpentico intercepts but Trent throws him out! Trent hurries up but Serpentico trips Chuck off the apron!

Luther runs in, big corner clothesline! Luther whips Trent to the other corner, runs in and back elbows! Tag to Serpentico, Luther scoop slams Trent and then demands Serpentico go up. Serpentico reluctantly climbs, ROCKET LAUNCHER SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico flounders and drags Trent up, tag to Luther. Serpentico feeds Trent to Luther’s BOOT! Luther drags Trent back up, Serpentico climbs but Chuck shoves him down! Trent cradles Luther, Best Friends win!

Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall

But Luther won’t let them celebrate, he attacks Trent from behind! Chuck gets back in to pull Luther away and SUPERKICKS him! Trent is up and PSYCHO KNEES Luther out! Best Friends stand tall with Orange Cassidy, but here comes MIRO! The Best Man still wants after “Young Boy” Trent but the refs keep him back. Trent, Chuck, Cassidy and their extended group of friends are going to worry more about The Inner Circle, but will they revisit their issues with Miro soon enough?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode for Dark, and I appreciate that they went down to 14 matches and just under two hours. We got a good Waiting Room because it turned into Scorpio Sky getting after Shawn Spears. Shida and King had a good match and Abadon had a good part in the segment attacking Shida. I am thinking with a “New Year’s Smash” two part special, one of those nights is Shida VS Abadon for the title. The Acclaimed keeps doing very well on the mic, and that is to say Caster keeps doing well. I think the most anticipated part of their match with SCU’s The Addiction is going to be the rap promo Caster has in store.

Even though all the matches were good, match of the night was Dark Order VS Bear Country. Bronson and Boulder are a great team already, from packaging to combination moves, and I bet they could be something big (no pun intended) for AEW’s already strong Tag Team Division. And the main event tag was pretty good, but of course Best Friends win ahead of the literally huge match with the Inner Circle. Miro showing up to taunt Trent clearly means he’ll get involved during Dynamite, too, and there could even be Best Friends VS Miro & Kip as a way to determine future contenders for the tag titles.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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