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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/22/20)

The Dark Before Christmas!

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AEW Dark gives us 13 more matches before the holidays!

It’s the Dark Before Christmas, and all over the card, AEW’s stars are shining, and they’re going to hit hard! Who has a happier holiday with a win?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jurassic Express VS Bear Country; Jurassic Express wins.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Tesha Price; Nyla wins.
  • Sonny Kiss VS Miro w/ Kip Sabian; Miro wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure; Rosa wins.
  • Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall VS Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno; Grayson wins.
  • KiLynn King VS Alex Gracia; Gracia wins and will face Hikaru Shida on Dynamite Holiday Bash.
  • Peter Avalon VS Mike Verna; Avalon wins.
  • Red Velvet VS Vertvixen; Velvet wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana VS Fuego Del Sol, Aaron Solow & Ray Jaz; The Dark Order wins.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Madi Wrenkowski; Leyla wins.
  • Gunn Club VS Team TNT; Gunn Club wins.
  • Rey Fenix VS Danny Limelight; Fenix wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Sydal wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jurassic Express VS Bear Country!

Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus are keeping things rolling for the team, but they’re running into Bronson and Boulder! Will the boy and his dinosaur be able to barrel through Bear Country?

The teams sort out, and JB starts against Bronson. They circle, tie up, Bronson powers JB to a corner and grinds forearms in, but he lets up as the ref counts. Bronson whips JB corner to corner, JB slips out to slide under and go around to shoulder back in. JB slingshots up and over, runs and wheelbarrows, but Bronson shoves him away. JB goes up and over and handsprings to show off before he dropkicks Bronson! Bronson stays up so JB keeps giving dropkicks! Bronson ends up in Bear corner and fans fire up. Boulder tags in and Luchasaurus wants a turn. JB tags Luchasaurus and fans are loving this showdown of superheavyweights already!

Luchasaurus CHOPS, Boulder throws a haymaker, and then he fires off headbutts! Boulder runs but Luchasaurus swats him to back elbow, headbutt and BOOT! Bronson tags back in but gets kick, kick and QUESTION MARK KICK! Tag to JB and Jurassic Express combines for a wheelbarrow COMPLETE SHOT! Luchasaurus looms over Bronson and JB uses him for a knee-board senton! Cover, ONE!! JB KICKS Bronson to the corner, throws more kicks, then runs corner to corner. Boulder saves Bronson, then Bronson EXPLODERS JB! Rough landing for JB and Bronson storms over. Bronson drags JB up to put him in the corner, tag to Boulder.

Bear Country mugs JB, Boulder bounces JB off buckles. Boulder stands JB up to throw elbows and clotheslines! Boulder whips corner to corner, then back drops JB off the rebound! Fans are fired up for the Bears as Boulder drags JB over. Tag to Bronson, they mug JB more, then Bronson drags JB up. JB throws haymakers and forearms, then he CLUBS Bronson! Bronson stays up, reels JB in and back suplexes, but JB lands on his feet! JB dodges to tag in Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies, puts Bronson in the corner to throw hands then GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up, Boulder runs in but gets CHOP after CHOP!

Boulder reverses the whip but Luchasaurus LARIATS back! Bronson runs into a CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Boulder breaks it! Luchasaurus drags Bronson up, tags JB and then gut wrench. Boulder rams into JB, Bronson shoves Luchasaurus into a BOOT! JB runs at Bronson, but Bronson scoops JB, MONSTER DRIVER onto Luchasaurus! Bronson pushes JB to the corner, tags Boulder in, and Boulder goes up for a MOONSAULT!? Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Boulder can’t believe it! Fans are fired up as Boulder tags Bronson back in.

Bear Country drags JB over, then Boulder Electric Chair lifts Bronson, but Luchasaurus SPRINGBOARDS?! JURASSIC DOOMSDAY!! JB knees Boulder, TAIL WHIP, and then an assist, rebound lariat to a clothesline against ropes! Boulder flops out the hard way, Bronson sits up to get the SPINNING BUZZSAW! And BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

The big, burly behemoths of Bear Country could not withstand what was coming down the tracks! Will JB and Luchasaurus go from #3 to #1 contenders soon enough?

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Tesha Price!

The Vicious Vixens are ripping their way back up the rankings, and the Native Beast is still hungry for more! Is Tesha going to pay the price of being in Nyla’s way?

The bell rings and Tesha offers a handshake? She wants to be on the Vicious Vixens’ good side. Nyla takes the hand, to CRUSH it! Then Nyla reels her in but Tesha dodges to throw forearms! Nyla knees low, clubs her then throws her by her hair! Vickie mocks Tesha’s pain as Nyla throws Tesha to a corner. Nyla runs in, blocks the boot, but Tesha enziguris! Tesha dodges to fire off forearms but Nyla shoves her away. Tesha handsprings to ROUNDHOUSE! Tesha runs, into a fireman’s carry! Tesha fights free, sunset flips but Nyla stays up to drag her up! Tesha breaks free to forearm, Nyla DECKS her!

Vickie cheers and so do some of the wrestlers ringside, but Vickie tells the booing fans to shut up. Nyla dead lifts Tesha with ONE hand, then fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Nyla stomps Tesha, drags her up again, and hits a BACKBREAKER! But Nyla holds on to hit another BACKBREAKER! And Nyla still holds on, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Tesha ends up across the way and she flounders to a corner. Nyla runs in to corner splash! Nyla whips Tesha corner to corner for a back body block then she CLOBBERS Tesha with a clothesline! Tesha flounders up, Nyla KNEES her down! Nyla drags Tesha up, suplexes her and hangs her out to dry. Nyla goes to the corner to climb up and leap, GUILLOTINE KNEE! Cover, Nyla wins!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall

Nyla was being a bit naughty toying with her prey like that, but Santa Claus is far too afraid to give her coal. Will Nyla get herself the greatest gift of all in another shot for the AEW Women’s World Championship?

 

Sonny Kiss VS Miro w/ Kip Sabian!

The Concrete Rose would’ve had The Bad Boy in his corner to counter Superbad, but that No Holds Barred with AEW World Champion, Kenny Omega, was definitely too much. Will Kiss be able to handle The Best Man without back-up?

The bell rings and Kiss circles with Miro. Miro fakes Kiss out with that step, then ROUNDHOUSES Kiss down! Miro celebrates that already, then wants Kiss to show him some fight. When Kiss doesn’t get up, Miro shouts “GAME OVER!” But Kiss avoids the stomps, hotshots Miro at the ropes then KICKS him! Kiss runs in, slides under and hits a jawbreaker! Kiss wants a rana but Miro blocks it! Miro brings Kiss back up, but Kiss fights the bomb off to rana Miro into a corner! Kiss hurries to the opposite corner, handsprings corner to corner, but into Miro’s arms! Miro back suplexes, Kiss lands on his feet and SLAPS Miro! Miro is just angrier!

Kiss backs up, and sends Miro into a corner! Kiss goes up, leaps, FLYING RANA! Kiss BOOTS Miro, does the splits and rolls Miro up, TWO! Miro hits the BEST KICK on Kiss! Miro stomps Kiss over and over, and now it’s GAME OVER! The camel clutch is DEEP, and Kiss taps!

Winner: Miro, by submission

Miro refuses to let go until he is satisfied, but he might’ve just crushed the Concrete Rose! Will The Best Man continue to devastate the roster on the way to the Superbad Best Wedding?

 

AEW Dark presents a new episode of The Waiting Room!

Rebel wants us to smile as she introduces The Dentist, the Role Model and face of AEW’s Women’s Division, Britt Baker~! Britt is showing off her Turner Broadcasting branded A Christmas Story Christmas sweater as she thanks everyone for tuning in. She and Rebel wish us all a very Merry Christmas on behalf of The Waiting Room. She also thanks Tony Khan for fixing the set after Scorpio Sky ruined it, like he ruins every show he’s on. Rebel, don’t touch it, the paint’s not dry. But speaking of holidays and the spirit of giving, hopefully we fans saw their “gift” to Thunder Rosa in the form of that surprise free facial. Rosa’s never looked better.

And this just in! It is booked, STING will be on The Waiting Room, on the couch, next to Britt and Rebel and with a lot of snow! Rebel is even more excited for that than Britt. But moving on, Britt previews Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite! The Butcher VS … “Pack? Pock?” PAC! The Butcher just so happens to be facing someone who “butchers” the English language. Britt does her best worst British accent as she says, “We don’ know wha’ yo’re sayin’, mate.” Then Chris Jericho and MJF will take on Top Flight. Unfortunately for Darrius and Dante, their 15 minutes of fame are almost up. But it’s okay, because they’re only 15 anyway, they have their whole lives to recover!

Unlike their next guests, who have been here since the beginning of time! Can you believe that these guys once had hair longer than Britt’s? Britt introduces their guests for the night, SoCal Uncensored, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian! Daniels comes in first but Kaz is a little late. Britt says they can add that to the botch compilation. But Kaz says while he appreciates her sense of humor, he’s not in the mood. Kaz says to Daniels, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this, was it?” He has us remember back to last December, the AEW World Tag Team Championship tournament. It was supposed to be Daniels & Kaz running through everyone and becoming champions just like everywhere they’ve been.

But Daniels got taken out, Scorpio Sky subbed in and that combination took the titles as the first ever AEW World Tag Team Champions. A year later, we’ve all lost something, some more than others. But through all of that disappointment and setbacks, Kaz knew he could rely on SCU, on Scorpio, and on Daniels. “Until now.” Last week on Dynamite, they faced The Acclaimed, and Daniels lost. Yes, he got hit by a boombox, but he still lost. In fact, any time SCU lost, it’s been on Daniels. Yeah, harsh, huh? But Daniels needs to understand something about Kaz. Being successful in this business is more important to Kaz than anything!

Kaz was just a kid from California, who for the last 22 years, has been provided a life he could only have because of wrestling! Kaz met his best friends in this business! He met his wife and has an 8-year-old son because of this business, and Kaz’s kid has the clothes on his back and roof over his head because of this business! Every meal he has ever eaten is because of this business! So Kaz has let frustrations get in the way of personal relationships. Because Daniels isn’t just a tag partner, but Kaz’s best friend. A brother, even! Daniels was the best man at his wedding! These two, for 20 years, have traveled the world and have been inseparable. “So for allowing those professional frustrations to affect a personal relationship, I apologize.”

Daniels wants Kaz to stop. Kaz shouldn’t apologize for being passionate. Kaz is the epitome of a professional in this business! Kaz was a fan who grew up to be one of the best, and Daniels is proud to be his partner and friend. Do not apologize to Daniels. Daniels needs to apologize to Kaz. Daniels did lose that passion. Talk about a bad 2020, this was the worst year in Daniels’ professional life! A wasteland of failure! Daniels let injury and adversity grind him down until stepping into that ring filled him with fear and anxiety! “I hated coming to work every week,” and he’s been falling apart for the last 10 months.

Daniels always said to himself that he would know when it is time to walk away. Maybe all this failure is the sign that Daniels needs to walk away before ruining his reputation. Kaz won’t let Daniels just walk out “with a whimper.” Daniels doesn’t get to do that to Kaz, to the fans and the people who have supported him for almost 30 years! Daniels doesn’t get to do that to his wife, his kids, or his friends! And most of all, Daniels doesn’t get to do that to himself! Kaz knows Daniels better than anyone, and one thing Daniels is, is a fighter! Daniels fights when the pressure is on, so Kaz asks Daniels to fight by his side. “These are drastic times, so I’m going to throw out some drastic measures.”

Right now, SCU is at the bottom of the AEW Tag Division. Britt whispers to Rebel that that’s true. So Kaz wants Daniels to help him scratch and claw until they are AEW Tag Team Champions! The next time these two lose as a team, they are DONE as a tag team! Forever. Daniels looks to go to the door, but he then tells Kaz, “Let’s do it!” They shake hands, and the SoCal Ultimatum has been issued! But Kaz notices The Hybrid2 are in the Waiting Room audience, and tells them SCU has not forgotten them! SCU invite TH2 into the ring to receive an exclusive, one of a kind, ass beating! TH2 will gladly be the ones to retire them! What happens when these teams collide with a team career on the line?

As SCU leaves, Britt tells Rebel to never book them again, she never got to say a thing on her own talk show! “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Waiting Room. Let’s do it!” Britt and Rebel already mock the SCU handshake as the talk show ends.

 

Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure!

The “Face of AEW’s Women’s Division” is lucky Rosa didn’t crash the talk show after what she did to the former NWA Women’s World Champion. Will “Ms. Top Tier” feel the wrath meant for the Role Model?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Rosa shoves Allure down hard then talks some smack. Allure give sit back and the two tie up again. They goa round, Allure wrenches to a wristlock, but Rosa wrenches back to get a top wristlock. Rosa bends Allure back, trips her up and then covers, ONE! Rosa keeps on Allure with a keylock, fans rally as Allure fights up. Rosa whips but Allure comes back to sweep the legs then hit a basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Rosa is up but Allure is on her with a whip. Rosa reverses and hits Allure low with a knee! Rosa slams Allure’s face on the mat then stomps her down!

Rosa puts Allure on ropes and stomps her! The ref reprimands, Rosa runs to double knee Allure in the back! Rosa drags Allure to a cover, TWO! Rosa drags Allure up, Allure throws hands but Rosa body shots. Rosa drags Allure up to RAM her into a corner, then corner to corner for another, OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Allure lives but Rosa stomps her down. Rosa stalks Allure to a corner, CHOPS her, then grins as she follows Allure to another corner. For another CHOP! Rosa throws elbows, runs corner to corner and comes back but Allure dodges to throw big forearms! The ref counts, Allure rolls Rosa and kicks her! Allure runs, wheelbarrows and victory FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Allure drags Rosa up but Rosa CHOPS again! And KNEES, then mule kicks. Rosa runs to dropkick Allure down! Rosa drags Allure up, scoops and hits a THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

“Britt, I’m coming for you!!” Will Britt regret going after Rosa like she did?

 

Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall VS Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno!

Big Shotty has some back-up from the Nightmare Family as he takes on the Dark Order’s human weapon! Will Stu make Johnson regret that he didn’t #JoinDarkOrder?

The bell rings and Stu rushes Johnson to run him over! Stu rallies, rams Johnson to a corner then fires off fists! The ref reprimands and backs Stu off, but Stu runs back in. Johnson dodges to fire off CHOPS! And body shots! The ref has Johnson let up, Johnson whips Stu to ropes then hurdles and drops under, but Stu avoids the dropkick! Stu runs but Johnson runs him over! Fans fire up as Johnson keeps moving, Stu hurdles and drops to dropkick back! Johnson flounders up as Stu circles him. Johnson shoves Stu away but Stu puts him on the apron. Johnson kicks back and slingshots, but Stu kicks him away! Stu slingshots for the apron senton!

Uno applauds and Stu sneers at QT. Stu stalks Johnson, fans rally up for Lee and Lee arm-drags the scoop away! Stu slips out of Johnson’s scoop to fire off kicks and CHOPS, then the URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Another try, ONE! Stu paces as he taunts Johnson. Fans rally up, Johnson gets to ropes and Stu dares him to get up. Johnson CHOPS, and Stu CHOPS back! Stu paces as Johnson slowly gets up, but Stu clubs him down! Stu gives Johnson clubbing crossface forearms then taunts him, “Is that all you got?!” Johnson throws forearms but Stu throws uppercuts! Stu clobbers Johnson with another forearm!

Stu paces more, digs his boots into Johnson at the ropes, then lets off. “C’mon, Lee, you’re better than this!” Stu wants Johnson to fight! Johnson has the ropes, Stu yanks him up by his legs, but Johnson lands on his feet to enziguri Stu away! Johnson is in a corner, Stu runs in but into an elbow. Johnson hops up, leaps over and rallies with clotheslines! Johnson whips but Stu holds ropes and boots back! Stu runs but Johnson dodges to dropkick! Stu flounders to a corner while Johnson fires up! Johnson runs in to CHOP and LARIAT!

Johnson whips but Stu reveres, only for Johnson to go up and over and handspring around. Johnson blocks the clothesline to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Johnson keeps his cool as Stu gets up. Johnson runs in but Stu bucks off the neckbreaker, and then gets a full nelson! Johnson fights out, Stu reels him back in, but Johnson victory rolls! Stu holds on, DRAGON SUPLEX! PELE! Stu goes to the apron, springboards for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Johnson survives, this is what Stu likes! Stu aims from a corner as Johnson rises. The knee pads come down, Stu runs and Johnson rolls him up! TWO!

Johnson gets around to backslide! TWO, Johnson swings but Stu goes Matrix! The Pele misses, Johnson SUPERKICKS and BUCKLE BOMBS! Johnson hurries up top with Stu in a drop zone! CANCUN TORNADO SENTON! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Stu survives and Uno gets him out of the ring. Fans rally as Johnson keeps his cool. Johnson goes out, but Stu FLAPJACKS him into the railing! Stu sees he has an opening, torture rack and tosses him into a post!! Stu puts Johnson back into the ring, aims from a corner, RUNNING KNEE! But Stu isn’t done, he drags Johnson up again, back to the torture rack for the NIGHTFALL BACKBREAKER! Cover, Stu wins!

Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall

Stu surprisingly shows respect by giving Johnson a fist bump. But in the end, The Dark Order gets a win over the Nightmare Family! Evil Uno will be facing Dustin Rhodes on Dynamite, will those wins keep piling up for them?

 

KiLynn King VS Alex Gracia!

The King and the Pink Dream both want to be the champion of the AEW Women’s Division, but both have a long way to go! And as it turns out, the winner of this match will get a non-title shodown with Hikaru Shida! Will KiLynn take one step closer to the throne? Or will Gracia be a pink nightmare before Christmas?

The bell rings and the two circle and tie up. King turns Gracia for a waistlock and a slam! Gracia moves around to get the facelock, King fights up to wrench out. King headlocks, Gracia powers out but King runs her over! King flexes, things speed up and Gracia swings only for King to whip her away. Gracia dodges but runs into King’s arm-drags! King keeps on the arm with a cording hold, Gracia fights her way up but King makes it a ghost pin! ONE, she tries again, ONE! Sunset flip, ONE! Gracia gets around to CLUB King, but King bucks the roll-up off. So Gracia hits a tiger feint and a forearm shot! Cover, TWO!

Fans cheer this opening exchange as Gracia gets King up. King breaks free to CHOP Gracia! Gracia CHOPS back! King CHOPS, uppercuts and kicks a leg out! King runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gracia gets to ropes and King hears the fans rally up. King throws hands in the corner, whips Gracia corner to corner, but Gracia goes up and over and rolls King up, TWO! King kicks low and CLUBS Gracia hard! King whips, Gracia tilt-o-whirls for a headscissors! Gracia runs at the corner to elbow! Leg sweep and a BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer more as King and Gracia start to throw hands.

Gracia runs and wheelbarrows, but King makes that a GERMAN SUPLEX! King fires up as the ref checks on Gracia. Gracia is somehow still okay and King moshes around. King drags Gracia up for a back suplex, but Gracia slips out! Gracia hits hair for a NECKBREAKER SPIKE! Cover, GRACIA WINS!!

Winner: Alex Gracia, by pinfall

A HUGE win for the Pink Dream! She has a match with the AEW Women’s World Champion, will she be able to punch herself a golden ticket?

 

Peter Avalon VS Mike Verna!

“Pretty” Peter Avalon has the mic not to hush fans but to say “Oh it’s time!” It is finally time! The first person to answer the unique open challenge, the Pageant Provocation, “is a man whose face is made for television commercials!” Here is… MIKE VERNA! Will the “real-life Man of Steel” be more than super against a man who has finally reached 3 wins?

The bell rings and the two circle. Avalon and Verna tie up, Avalon wrenches to a wristlock and hammerlocks. Verna slips around to a waistlock, Avalon pries the hold and wrenches out to yank on the arm. Verna rolls, wrenches and has the wristlock again. Avalon reels Verna in for a headlock but Verna puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Verna lets off at 4 and Avalon says don’t touch the face. Verna says Avalon can get a free shot on his pretty face, but Avalon shoves him instead. Verna shows punch and Avalon covers up, so Verna gets him in a full nelson instead! Avalon flails, Verna swings him around then tosses him!

Avalon is dizzy, Verna waistlocks but Avalon bucks the roll away. Things speed up and Verna drops to then side step, and he runs Avalon over! Verna runs, Avalon swings ax handles but Verna tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Avalon knees low, reels Verna in, but Verna suplexes, slingshots and slingshots and slingshots, and then slingshots for the suplex! The quadruple! Cover, TWO! Avalon survives but Verna runs in corner to corner, only for Avalon to boot him! Avalon runs, slips out of the scoop and he POSTS Verna! Avalon drags Verna up, wrenches the arm and yanks on it! And again! Avalon snapmares Verna to drop a leg on the arm and get a short arm scissor!

Verna endures as fans rally up. Avalon cranks on the arm, Verna reaches up to get a headlock and tip things over to a cover, TWO! Avalon has the arm again, Verna throws body shots to fight off the wrench! Verna runs but Avalon puts him on the apron! Verna KNEES Avalon back then slingshots for a roll up! TWO, to a dead lift! Avalon fights the bomb off, and WRINGS Verna out! Cover, TWO! Avalon drags Verna up, wrenches the arm and whips Verna into buckles! Avalon wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Avalon lets off to CHOP! Avalon hoists Verna up, climbs up to join him, but Verna fights back! Verna headbutts Avalon down!

Verna adjusts, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Avalon flounders and Verna rallies with haymakers! Verna takes off the tape to run and ROCK Avalon with that right! Verna drags Avalon, whips him, tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER, to a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!?! Avalon survives but fans rally up for “Man of Steel! Man of Steel!” Verna goes up top, aims, and leaps, but he swanton FLOPS! Avalon mule kicks and MARTI-KNEES! Cover, Avalon wins!

Winner: Peter Avalon, by pinfall

And the win streak continues! The Pageant Provocation puts down its first participant, but will Avalon continue to score into the new year?

 

Red Velvet VS Vertvixen!

Things are heating up in the AEW Women’s Division and everyone wants in! But will Red Velvet serve up something sweet to “welcome” the wrestling gamer to the show?

The bell rings and Velvet circles with Vert. They approach, Vert dodges and says she’s too smart and quick for her. They tie up, Velvet waistlocks but Vert elbows out hard! Vert runs but Velvet arm-drags her around! Velvet runs, Vert dodges but Velvet calf kicks her down! Velvet puts Vert in a corner and stomps away! Velvet digs her boot in as she does the splits and stirs it up. The ref counts, Velvet whips Vert but Vert avoids the splits to hit a neck snapper! Vert stomps Velvet, puts her in a corner and CHOPS! Vert whips Velvet corner to corner but Velvet reverses, only to run into a kick! And a KICK! And an enziguri, but Velvet deflects!

Velvet fires up, dodges Vert to then clothesline! And clothesline! Bob ‘n’ weave and a strike fest for a HEEL KICK! Velvet drags Vert up to whip to ropes. Vert reverses but Velvet wheelbarrows to a BULLDOG! Velvet stirs it up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Velvet drags Vert up, whips her to a corner then runs in but Vert boots her! Vert gets up the corner, but Velvet hits first! Velvet has the arms for ICONOCLASM!! Vert flounders onto ropes, Velvet hits DOUBLE KNEES to the back, then the JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

The running dropkick by any other name is still just as sweet! Will Velvet continue to serve up those L’s to the roster?

 

Six Man Tag: The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana VS Fuego Del Sol, Aaron Solow & Ray Jaz!

Before going against Jurassic Express for the Holiday Bash, Alan Angels, Preston Vance and BOOM BOOM look to build momentum. Will they bash these three young hopefuls and convince them to #JoinDarkOrder at the same time?

The teams sort out and Fuego starts against Cabana. They circle, tie up, and Cabana shoves Fuego away. Cabana flexes but Fuego comes back, only for Cabana to throw him away! Fuego comes back again, waistlocks, Cabana wrenches and spins Fuego to wristlock. Fuego handsprings and flips and spins to break free and dropkick back! Cabana stays up and laughs it off, and then he blocks the monkey flip! Cabana carries Fuego but Fuego sunset flips! Cabana stays up to dance, but things speed up. Fuego sees the Bionic Elbow coming, but doesn’t see the trip! Cabana grins as he tricked everyone, but Solow tags in.

Solow and Cabana tie up, Cabana powers Solow to the ropes, but the ref counts. Cabana lets off, Solow swings on the Numbers then dodges Cabana. Angels tags in and circles with Solow. They tie up, Angels headlocks, Solow powers out but Angels grabs hair! Angels has the headlock again but Solow rolls him off, only for Angels to run him over! Angels gives a taunting kick then runs, but Solow drops to trip him up and he gets a waistlock. Angels bucks Solow off but Solow dodges to dropkick! Angels flounders to a corner, Solow runs in but only gets buckles! Solow elbows back, Angels spins but Solow hits low. Angels comes back with the ROLLING ELBOW!

Angels runs, tilt-o-whirls and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, ONE, but Angels drags Solow over. Tag to Vance, and the Numbers combine to double suplex. Solow knees free and tags in Ray Jaz! Jaz is new to AEW but he gets around Vance to waistlock and slam him down! Jaz floats back to the waistlock, then the headlock. Vance endures the grind, fights up, but Jaz wrangles him back down. Fans rally as Jaz bridges but Vance powers up to hammerlock. Jaz standing switches but Vance elbows out to switch. Jaz elbows, runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! The Dark Order is fired up for that one!

Vance drags Jaz up to throw him out, then he goes out to throw Jaz into railing! There’s a little Dark Order fan ringside and he gets to fist bump Vance. Vance puts Jaz in the ring, drags him back up and tags in Cabana. Cabana stomps a mudhole into Jaz, then lets off to tag in Angels. Angels slingshots and dropkicks Jaz down! Angels drags Jaz up to snapmare and KICK him in the back! Angels stays between Jaz and his corner to bring him back to the Dark Order corner. Angels digs his boots in, Vance tags in and now Vance digs his boots in. The ref counts, Vance lets off and drags Jaz up for a suplex!

Vance looms over Jaz, taunts him to tag his team, but CLUBS him down! Vance brings Jaz up but Jaz ROCKS him with rights! Vance whips Jaz away to BOOT Solow! Jaz runs, flips over Vance’s back and tags in Fuego! Fuego rallies to hit Cabana, and he headscissors Vance into Angels! Fuego uses Vance to go up and dropkick Cabana down! Fuego fires off forearms and an enziguri! Fuego reels Vance in but Vance tosses him to Cabana’s toss, which Angels catches to throw to Vance! Wheelbarrow hotshot GERMAN! Jaz is in, he throws Vance out but gets mugged by Cabana and Angels! Angels CHOPS, Cabana CHOPS, and then they both whip Jaz for Vance’s SLINGSHOT SPEAR!

The Dark Order looms over Fuego all at once, bring him up by his mask and laugh at him, before Angels hits a HEEL KICK! Ripcord, BIONIC ELBOW LARIAT SANDWICH!! Cover, The Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

Cabana is so fired up for his team, and the little super fan now dubbed “Negative One” is also very pleased. Will Negative One be only the first of many inspired to #JoinDarkOrder?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Madi Wrenkowski!

#LEGIT Leyla “welcomes” a new addition to AEW! Will Leyla make #MissReality face reality that she isn’t legit?

The bell rings and the two circle. Madi keeps Leyla’s hands at bay but not for long as Leyla lunges in and gets legs! Leyla takes Madi down, goes for an arm but Madi uses her legs to get a ropebreak. Leyla lets go, waits on Madi, and Madi gets up to circle with Leyla. They tie up, Leyla waistlocks but Madi throws elbows. Madi wrenches, yanks on the arm, wristlocks, but Leyla slips through to wrench and wristlock back. Madi rolls, rolls and handsprings but Leyla yanks her back down! ARMBAR! Madi resists, reaches and gets a ropebreak. Leyla lets go at 4, Madi goes to the apron, and Leyla runs over to throw hands.

Madi counter punches, sunset flips but Leyla rolls out. Madi runs, Leyla dodges but Madi dropkicks her back down! Cover, TWO! Madi kicks and stomps Leyla, drags her up, but Leyla ROCKS her with rights! Madi catches the arm to knee low! Mady clubs away on Leyla’s back, drags her back up and whips her to a corner. Madi runs in and crossbodies to the apron! Madi steps back in to snapmare and talk trash. “It’s time to face reality.” FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Madi grows frustrated right away, and she gets Leyla in a chinlock. Madi thrashes Leyla around but fans rally up. Leyla fights up, throws body shots and forearms, then palm strikes and a kick!

Leyla runs, sunsets to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Madi survives that unique set up, but Leyla runs at her! Madi manages to backslide, TWO! Madi kicks low, and hits a SIT-OUT FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Leyla survives but Madi throws forearms! Madi runs but Leyla deflects the boot to an OLYMPIC SLAM! And ARMBAR!! Madi taps, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

Leyla continues to be too legit, and her opponents can only quit! Will Leyla be a #LEGIT contender soon enough?

 

Gunn Club VS Team TNT!

Billy and the boys take a break from Six Man Tag matches to go back to 2v2. Will they still hit the mark? Or will they get blown away by Terrence and Terrell Hughes?

A bit surprisingly, it’s the Gunn brothers, Austin and Colten rather than Papa Billy getting in. There is respect between all these guys, as the Gunns know D-Von well. The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Colten starts with Terrence. They circle, shake hands, and then tie up. They go around, Colten headlocks but Terrence powers out. Colten runs Terrence over and the Gunns fire up. Things speed up, Terrence hurdles to hip toss! Now the Hughes are fired up! Austin tags in and Terrell tags in, too! Now the other brothers tie up and go around. Austin headlocks, Terrell powers out but Austin runs him over!

Things speed up, Terrell hurdles and goes to hip toss but Austin reverses. Terrell fights off the hip toss, fireman’s carry takeover to a cover, TWO! Austin arm-drags Terrell, but Terrell arm-drags Austin in return! Terrell arm-drags again but Austin counters to a headlock! Fans rally as the two stand up, and Colten tags in. Austin wrenches and whips Terrell to a corner to uppercut! Colten whips Austin in to uppercut again, then Colten DUNKS ON Terrell! Russian Leg Sweep! Austin gets back in, Neck SNAP to the ghost pin! TWO, but Colten tags Austin back in. Austin waistlocks Terrell, Terrell switches but Austin switches back.

Terrence tags in as the O’Conner roll is bucked, but Terrence avoids Austin for Terrell to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Terrence drags Austin back up, tags Terrell in, and TNT double whip Austin to a corner! Terrence RAMS in, then Terrell clobbers Austin! Terrell hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up as Terrell drags Austin up and rams him into the corner. Tag to Terrence, TNT mugs Austin with a mudhole stomp! The ref counts, TNT drags Austin out and the brothers combine, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY SENTON! Cover, TWO! Austin survives that combination move but Terrell tags back in.

Team TNT has Austin in a corner, whips him corner to corner, then whips Terrence in but Austin goes up and over! Terrell whips but Austin reverses to send Terrell into Terrence! The two collide, Austin tags in Colten! Colten rallies with big lariats on both Hughes brothers! Out goes Terrence, Colten dropkicks Terrell down! Cover but Terrence breaks it! Austin throws Terrence out then keeps him down while Terrell whips Colten. Colten slides out, in and blocks the clothesline to kick low. COLT 45! Cover, the Gunn brothers win!

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

That was a bull’s eye from Colten! There is still respect between them all, though, and surely both these band of brothers will be big stars in the coming years! But will Gunn Club challenge for the tag team championships first?

 

Rey Fenix VS Danny Limelight!

The Firebird will get his shot at Kenny Omega for THE AEW World Championship on Dynamite’s New Year’s Smash, but he needs to stay sharp. Will he be blinded by the Limelight before fighting for #PrettyPlatinum?

The bell rings and Fenix circles with Limelight. The fans rally up already as the two approach. Fenix offers a handshake, Limelight takes it but Fenix reels him in! Limelight gets around to waistlock, Limelight shoves but Fenix avoids the dropkick! Fenix runs Limelight over, then things speed up. Fenix handsprings over, Limelight hurdles, Fenix leaps and Limelight victory rolls! TWO, Fenix has the cover, TWO! Fenix keeps moving but Limelight blocks the kick to trip Fenix up! Limelight ties up the legs but Fenix resists the sharpshooter and throws Limelight off! Fans cheer that exchange and the two circle again.

Fenix dares Limelight to hit him so Limelight CHOPS! It doesn’t do anything so Limelight CHOPS again! Fenix felt that one, so he CHOPS Limelight off his feet! Things speed up, Limelight rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix avoids the boot, sunset flips, ONE! The clotheslines and forearms collide but Fenix dropkicks Limelight down! “ANIMO!” Fenix drags Limelight up to CLUB him! Limelight copies his brother with “CERO! MIEDO!” but Limelight fights out of the package driver to SPINNING BUZZSAW! Limelight runs, Fenix dodges and tiger feints to HEEL KICK! Fenix mockingly poses and smiles, before he basement dropkicks hard!

Fans fire up as Fenix drags Limelight back up. Fenix fireman’s carries, Limelight fights out but swings into a ripcord! Limelight blocks the kick but Fenix comes back with more kicks! Limelight blocks again to trip and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives and Limelight grows frustrated but fans rally up. Limelight KICKS Fenix against ropes, but Fenix eggs him on. Limelight KICKS, drags Fenix into a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fenix even pie faced out of that pin! Limelight puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips him. Fenix boots back, and ROUNDHOUSES! Then Fenix shows off with a cartwheel to ENZIGURI!

Fenix isn’t done with Limelight yet. Fenix puts Limelight against ropes to tie the legs up in them! The ref counts on the deathlock, Fenix lets off at 4 to slingshot leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Limelight survives but Fenix drags him up. Limelight forearms, back hands and back kicks, to hop up on Fenix’s back for a DUMDUM STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Limelight keeps on Fenix but Fenix fights the suplex off. The two throw big forearms back and forth, Limelight gets the edge then puts Fenix up. Limelight throws another forearm then a JUJMPING KNEE! Fenix wobbles up top and Limelight goes to the adjacent corner. Limelight mocks Cero Miedo, but Fenix meets him halfway on the tightrope trip!

Fenix and Limelight brawl while balancing on the ropes! They start to tip one way but Fenix brings them both back inside, and Fenix CHOPS! Limelight CHOPS, Fenix CHOPS, repeat! Limelight KNEES Fenix down off the ropes, continues his trip, and goes up up, and INTO A SUPERKICK!! Limelight wobbles, Fenix running SOBATS! Fenix hoists Limelight up, CHOPS him, tucks him in, KINIKUMAN BUSTER!! Cover, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall

Maybe Limelight does have Cero Miedo to call Fenix out like that and give him this tough of a fight! But Fenix wins, and is rolling towards his world title battle! Will the Best Bout Machine have to take this challenge seriously?

 

Matt Sydal VS Serpentico w/ Luther!

The third-eye is open and the roll is building momentum! Will Sydal be able to fly high above SNAKEMAN in this Dark main event? Or will he be snake bit instead?

The bell rings and Serpentico rushes in! Sydal dodges but Serpentico comes back! Sydal dodges again and says his third-eye sees him coming. Serpentico says Luther has the real third eye. Then Serpentico gets Sydal’s leg! Sydal counters with a facelock and then a headlock to a takeover. They get back up, Sydal wrenches to a wristlock, then gets both arms for a double arm-drag! Serpentico backs away to a corner and fans cheer. Serpentico gets up, circles with Sydal again, and they tie up. Serpentico snapmares, Sydal stays up and arm-drags Serpentico around! Ghost pin, TWO! Serpentico gets away again and Sydal eggs him on.

Luther drags Serpentico out?! Luther wants Serpentico to calm down, then he throws him back into the ring! Sydal arm-drags Serpentico around more and has the cording hold! Serpentico fights up, Sydal keeps on the arm to throw Serpentico down again. Luther protests and Serpentico gets the ropebreak. Sydal lets go, Serpentico hits back and whips Sydal again, but Sydal sunset flips! TWO, into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Fans rally as Serpentico endures and fights to a cover, TWO! Serpentico is free but Sydal ROUNDHOUSES him down! Sydal goes for the standing moonsault but Serpentico dodges! Serpentico gets to ropes, Sydal runs, but his basement dropkick misses!

Sydal is a bit stuck in the ropes as he tries to follow Serpentico to the apron, and Serpentico BOOTS him down! Luther taunts Sydal, then Serpentico turns Sydal around! Sydal dodges but Luther scoops Serpentico, to TOSS him at Sydal! That’s not a disqualification as Luther did not hit Sydal directly. But the ref does warn Luther, but Luther tells the ref to shut up. Serpentico throws hands on Sydal, whips him hard into railing, then digs him into the rails with a knee! Serpentico drags Sydal back up to put him in the ring and follows. Fans rally but Serpentico throws haymakers. Serpentico whips corner to corner, Sydal reverses but Serpentico dodges to ROUNDHOUSE!

Serpentico slingshots to STOMP Sydal down! And he stands on him for good measure. Cover, TWO! Sydal gets to ropes, Luther argues the count but Serpentico drags Sydal up. Sydal throws body shots but Serpentico clubs him! Serpentico chokes Sydal on the ropes and Luther talks trash. The ref pulls Serpentico away, Luther chokes Sydal and gets a cheap shot! Serpentico drags Sydal up to bump off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles. Serpentico whips but Sydal blocks to ROUNDHOUSE! Serpentico fixes his head but Sydal hits a WINDMILL KICK! Fans fire up with Sydal as he sees Serpentico flounder up.

Sydal fires off kicks, and a SOBAT! Sydal reels Serpentico in, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Sydal keeps focus. Serpentico wrenches and fireman’s carries but Sydal slips to the dragon sleeper, SLICE! Cover, TWO! Serpentico survives the leg drop reverse DDT, but Sydal hits a STANDING MARIPOSA! Serpentico ducks a kick, rolls Sydal and BASEMENT DDT’S! Cover, TWO!! Luther shouts for Serpentico to go up top! Serpentico is reluctant but at least he won’t be thrown off by Luther like usual. Serpentico goes up, leaps but Sydal dodges the stomps for the Sidewalk DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?!

Sydal fires up more as he drags Serpentico back up. Serpentico fights off the nelson, then runs, but Sydal hooks him up, Cobra Clutch Russian Leg Sweep! Cobra Clutch stays on but Serpentico gets up and RAMS Sydal into buckles! SLICED BREAD!! Cradle cover, TWO!?! Luther is furious for Serpentico as Sydal survives! Serpentico drags Sydal up, palm strike to forearm, but Sydal rolls Serpentico to Dragon’s Lair! Cover, TWO, JUMPING KNEE! ROUNDHOUSE! PAGE TURNER! Cover, Sydal wins!!

Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall

The Shaman of #SSP, Sydal Sensory Perception, gets a hard fought victory over Chaos Project! Is it only a matter of time before he sets his third eye on a title?


My Thoughts:

A very good AEW Dark, and this is more to my liking. Under two hours, a baker’s dozen of matchers, and a main event with time to breathe. I also like that there’s a match that directly affects something for Dynamite, as King VS Gracia was given the stipulation that the winner gets to face the champion. Granted, it’s non-title, but it’s a great opportunity all the same. But I’m thinking Gracia and Shida will end up being visited by Abadon first and then maybe that spurs on Shida VS Abadon for the title for New Year’s Smash. Velvet VS Vertvixen was a bit clunky but I think this was their first meeting, and they’re both young stars so give it some repetition and Vert should be able to get up to speed.

Bear Country continues to be a great find, giving Jurassic Express a really good match. Gunn Club VS Team TNT was a great match-up of second generation wrestlers, and I feel like it isn’t just kayfabe to say these guys can be big deals in just a few years. Billy Gun and D-Von Dudley are of course very accomplished in their careers, and with them helping all their sons, it’s just a matter of staying healthy and focused. Danny Limelight also gives consistently great showings, so I hope AEW officially signs him and gets him to be part of something solid. Sydal VS Serpentico was a good main event, but I wonder if Luther gets his shot at Sydal to go “third eye VS third eye” or something.

This week’s Waiting Room was probably the best one when it comes to pure promo power. Kaz and Daniels were so good because it felt so genuine. I almost thought this was going to turn into a tribute to HBK throwing Marty through a barbershop window, since the Waiting Room set does have one of those glass partitions like you would for a ticket booth or doctor’s office. But instead, the SCU ultimatum is going to make for quite the story, and I’m pretty sure that means they beat TH2. Of course with AEW’s odd pacing, it could happen right away and then 2021 becomes the story of how the members of SCU figure out their purely singles careers. To be fair I would prefer the former, where The Addiction lasts until, say, the Summer of 2021, they get their tag title shot and that’s where they lose, to then go their separate ways. Either way, Kaz and Daniels, and of course Scorpio on the side, will do great work with this.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The best tag teams collide!

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AEW Year 4

Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?

In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!

Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?

Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page,  Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.

The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.

Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!

Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!

Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!

But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage  stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!

JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!

JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!

Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!

Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.

Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!

Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!

Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)

But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”

Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.

MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”

Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!

Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!

“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.

“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.

“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.

Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?

 

Darby Allin speaks.

“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”

Samoa Joe responds.

“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.

“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!

#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!

The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!

Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!

Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.

Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.

Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.

Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”

Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!

Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)

Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!

Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?

 

Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.

Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?

 

Chris Jericho speaks.

“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”

 

Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!

Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?

The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!

Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”

Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.

Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!

Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.

Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.

Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.

Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!

Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!

Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall

Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.

The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.

MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”

So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?

Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”

The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?

 

The House of Black speak.

Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”

Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?

 

AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.

Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?

Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”

Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?

 

Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!

The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?

The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!

Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!

Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.

Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.

Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!

Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!

Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!

Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall

Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Saraya.

Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”

So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.

Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?

Caster of course has a rap on deck! “Acclaimed on the mic, it’s about to be a problem. You the Top Guys but you ’bout to the bottoms. Whole world just scissoring. We gonna beat y’all down right in the ring! FTR, you’re a joke. I think your name stands for Find The Remote! Yo, you just a hocker. You gonna lose just like Herschel Walker.” Bowens gets the mic to say, “AUSTIIIIN, TEXAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does! The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see who has what it takes to be THE BEST team in the world!

The teams sort out and fans are thunderous for both teams. Bowens and Dax start, they circle, and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens smirks and conducts the fans while Dax keeps his cool. They tie up, go around, and Dax puts Bowens in the corner. Tag to Cash but Bowens gets away. Cash and Bowens circle now, and we see Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett all watching backstage. Cash and Bowens tie up, Bowens headlocks but Cash turns it around. Bowens powers out but Cash runs him over. Things speed up, Cash hits a headlock takeover but Bowens headscissors. Cash kips free and hits another headlock takeover.

Bowens headscissors again, Cash kips free again, avoids a sweep and waistlocks to roll and bridge to a cover, TWO! Cash hits another headlock takeover but Bowens rolls that to a cover, TWO! Bowens and Cash stand off and fans fire up. Cash talks with Dax, then Bowens tags Caster in. Cash tags Dax, Caster swaggers and taunts Dax. They circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Caster powers out, Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Caster hurdles and hip tosses! Caster then dropkicks Dax, arm-drags him, and he grinds the shoulder! Fans fire up as Caster brings Dax over. Tag to Bowens, they hand off the wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! But Dax ROCKS Bowens!

Dax bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and fans “WOO~!” Bowens fires forearms in return, then CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS! Bowens CHOPS! Bowens fires more forearms, then whips, but Dax blocks a hip toss, only for Bowens to block a hip toss, and repeat! They go around and around, they end up on the ropes and the ref counts. Fans fire up as Dax slowly lets off, but Bowens shoves him. Cash steps in, but then so does Caster, and things are heated between the teams. The ref has them cool off, but then the brawl erupts! Austin is loving this as Cash UPPERCUTS Caster while Bowens has Dax in the corner!

Caster gets up, he dodges Cash to clothesline Cash out! Cash lands hard while Dax turns things around on Bowens. Dax ROCKS Bowens but Caster scoops him to SLAM him! Bowens goes up, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and Bowens calls to Caster. They SCISSOR FINGER! Bowens tags Caster back in, then he drags Dax up. The Acclaimed mug Dax, Caster whips but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Caster! Dax ties Caster up, but Caster punches and BOOTS his way out of the Sharpshooter! Caster has the legs now, and he figures out the hook. Cash runs in but Bowens trips him! Bowens steps through, The Acclaimed have DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!

Fans are thunderous as FTR endures! Dax crawls, ROPEBREAK, and The Acclaimed let off. FTR regroups on the outside while Daddy Ass SCISSOR FINGERS his boys! Caster goes out to ROCK Dax, and Bowens is after Cash. Cash POSTS Bowens, Dax ROCKS Caster! Cash BOOTS Caster, Dax moves the apron skirt out of the way so Cash can bump Caster right off the edge! Then they put Caster under the ring, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Caster with the ring frame! Caster writhes while checking his teeth, and FTR SCISSOR FINGER! Fans aren’t sure what to make of that as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cash mocks the fans with the scissor fingers while Billy checks Caster. Dax shouts at him to get back, then he puts Caster in the ring. Dax storms up on Caster and BOOTS him down! Tag to Cash, and Dax bumps Caster off Cash’s knees. Caster staggers, Cash CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Caster flops over and Cash soaks up the cheers and jeers. Caster gest to ropes, Cash is on him with a EuroUpper! Cash flexes and then drags Caster up to snapmare. Cash clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Caster around. Caster endures as Cash grinds him down into the mat. Caster fights up, throws body shots, but Cash shoves and RAMS into him!

Cash headlocks, then short arm LARIATS Caster down! Tag to Dax, he drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax drags Caster up and around, for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Cash, he stays between Caster and Bowens, and he sits Caster up for the chinlock. Caster endures again as Cash grinds him back down. Fans rally, Caster fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Caster throws body shots, arm-drags free, but Cash KNEES Caster down! Cash brings Caster up to CHOP him, then he hoists Caster to the top rope. Cash ROCKS Caster, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Caster resists, throws body shots, and fans fire up!

Caster shoves Cash down! Caster adjusts, CROSSBODIES, and both men are down! Austin is thunderous as both men crawl. Team Double Jay all critique what they’re seeing, wanting someone to capitalize. Hot tag from Cash to Dax! Dax stays between The Acclaimed and he DECKS Caster! Dax takes a swing on Bowens but he avoids it, and then Dax turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tag to Bowens! Bowens rallies on FTR with haymakers and elbows! Bowens kicks Dax low, then CLUBS and CLUBS and ELBOWS and CLUBS away on Dax! Fans fire up with Bowens and he dodges Cash to mule kick, front KICK and FAMOUSER!

Dax returns but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Dax down! Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens grows frustrated. Billy coaches him through it and fans are dueling. Bowens watches Dax rise, to mule kick, front KICK and FAM- NO, Dax slips out to GERMAN SUPELX! Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax drags Bowens up again, but Bowens switches! They go to ropes, O’Conner, TWO and Cash is there! Bowens stops from running into Cash, but then Dax rushes in! Bowens moves, Dax stops from running into Cash! Bowens runs in, Dax moves, and Bowens does run into Cash!

Cash goes down, Bowens wobbles, Dax O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dax stops himself in time from hitting buckles, but he turns around into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens is beside himself! Fans are thunderous all over again! Bowens drags Dax up, ducks his haymaker, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Bowens elbows Cash, ROCKS Dax, then wrenches Dax’s arm. Dax ROCKS Bowens, reels him in, Cash goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bowens survives and FTR can’t believe it! Cash cools off, he drags Bowens around and tags in Dax.

Fans rally for Bowens but FTR drag Bowens up again. They double suplex, but Caster SPEARS Cash! Bowens cradles Dax, TWO!!! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Dax down, then tags Caster! They roll Dax into Caster’s wheelbarrow, Bowens runs around, WHEELBARROW CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives again and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! The Acclaimed hurry as fans duel again. Caster drags Dax up, coordinates with Bowens, but Dax slips out of the bomb! Dax BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Bowens falls out, Cash slides in! Dax whips, but Caster fights the flapjack! Bowens shoves Cash into Dax!

Dax stays up and swings on Caster, but Caster dodges! Caster gets Dax up, but now Dax fights the flapjack! Cash CLOBBERS Bowens! Dax sunset flips, Caster rolls through and runs at Dax! Dax POSTS Caster with that! And then the BIG RIG!!! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked and FTR cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Cash watches Bowens on the apron. Cash runs in to BLAST him to the railing! Dax drags Caster up, he hoists Caster up top then tags Cash. Dax climbs up after Caster while Cash goes to the other corner. But Bowens DECKS Dax! Cash leaps but into the ARRIVAL!! Caster adjusts, for the MIC DROP FLOP!!

Cash avoids disaster, but Bowens CLOBBERS Dax! Bowens swings at Cash, but into a Gory Especial, and GORY BOMB!! Caster rolls Cash up! TWO!! Caster BOOTS Cash, CHOPS him, but Cash DISCUS LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Cash drags Caster up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Cash reels Caster in, hauls him up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife, but Caster rolls it through!! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

FTR is shocked! Caster & Bowens win by the skin of their teeth, but all it takes is a moment! But to show respect to Cash & Dax, they offer up the scissor fingers. FTR join in on a HUGE SCISSORING! But then from the back, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are sarcastically clapping. Austin tells FTR, “So close! Legacy, bye-bye. And Colten, the fans thought we would get involved? Haha, no. You guys are TRASH!” Colten says, “But Austin, they’ve had a pretty good year. And we don’t want it to end yet. So we got you guys some Christmas presents.”

Austin & Colten bring out a couple stockings, and Austin reads the card. “Oh, it looks like it’s written in blood. It’s from… DEM BOYS! The Briscoe Bros! Saturday, Final Battle!” But wait, there’s more! In the stockings, Austin & Colten bring out DOG COLLARS!! The Briscoes want a Double Dog Collar Tag Team Match! “Merry Christmas, b*tch!!” Jay & Mark Briscoe threw out the challenge, and FTR are all for it! But will the three-belt champions soon lose one of those in the most brutal way possible?


My Thoughts:

A pretty awesome episode for AEW here as a go-home to a lot of things going on under the AEW umbrella. For one, great battle royal to open the night. I knew Starks would win but AEW still does a great job with the chaotic nature of battle royals, and in using them to give us a lot of story at once. I bet Jungle Boy moves on from Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (for now) by taking on The Firm after that just nasty looking apron choke slam JB took from Morrissey. Plus, there was a lot going on with Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, Hardy is going to be conflicted all the way until the moment Hardy can’t take it anymore and he rebels against The Firm.

Then after the win, Starks and MJF have an amazing promo. Starks tore into MJF, but because Starks stood tall tonight, I’m pretty sure MJF retains his title and diamond ring. A bit of a shame for Starks then, but he’s proven himself a world title picture guy, so surely Starks finds his way back around during MJF’s “reign of terror.” Great promos from Darby and Joe ahead of their title match, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone take a powerslam to bare concrete and still wrestle. I figured Joe would retain, though, as he now has Wardlow coming for him. Joe VS Juice happens at Final Battle, Joe surely retains there, too, and then I think we get Joe VS Wardlow for Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash. Joe can try ducking Wardlow but he can’t duck him for three months to get to AEW Revolution.

Speaking of one of the things to come out of the battle royal, I like that Cassidy and Kip had an interaction. But at the same time, Kip using what happened in the battle royal as an excuse not to face Cassidy for Rampage was pretty good Heel stuff. Cassidy could be facing just about anyone with Kip able to bring anyone in, but I would love if they used this moment to bring Miro back. There’s a lot of reasons why, from Kip being the guy who brought Miro into AEW to begin with, and Miro wanting the All-Atlantic Championship from how he almost had that title in the first place. And that’d be something to make Rampage an amazing episode.

Good promos from Hayter, Saraya and Britt, and I like that Hayter wants to be a fighting champion. She helped hype up Shida VS Bunny, and now that the winner gets a title match, that’s going to be even better stuff. I think Shida wins to retain, and then Shida and Hayter can have a big match for one of the holiday episodes. Britt challenging Saraya for a match in January is pretty interesting stuff, and of course it’s a tag match so Britt doesn’t have to face Saraya 1v1. I think Saraya ends up bringing Toni Storm into that match, and there’s a way to get them all into the title scene. I would love if this led to Britt VS Hayter to give us the story they could’ve/should’ve before.

Good match from The Baddies VS Kiera, Skye & Rayne. It was rather awkward booking that Kiera tags in right as she was doing great, but someone needed to take that loss other than her. Jade stays undefeated but Kiera could be the one they’ll build into taking the TBS Championship off her. Kiera is also returning to her “Fire” look from Women of Wrestling, so that’s pretty cool. Kiera and Jade can go full Starfire VS Blackfire from the Teen Titans and that’d be a great little nod to both their nerdier sides given all of Jade’s great cosplay ring gears for her big matches. Now, sadly, Bow Wow might still be a distraction for Jade, but at least Kiera will be someone we’ve seen in AEW and not someone brand new brought in just to beat Jade.

Great promo from Moxley to call out Hangman while hyping up BCC VS JAS. And good promo from Jericho to hype up his match with Claudio. Great tag match as well, and BCC winning out makes sense. The go-home math adds up to where JAS finds a way to retain the titles. Regal having a video message that was rather “If you’re seeing this, I’m dead” trope. But I’m a little perplexed by Regal’s logic, and by the BCC more or less shrugging it off. I thought it would’ve been more effective if someone attacked during that moment but I supposed that’d be too much given BCC VS JAS has to still wrap up. Moxley VS Konosuke will be great stuff, but Moxley is surely winning, and then Hangman probably comes out to make a challenge for Winter is Coming or New Year’s Smash.

Really good promo from The House of Black, and who knows who they’ll face first, because it’s all to bide their time until Death Triangle VS The Elite settles. Then the House can go after the AEW Trios Champions for the next feud. And then we got an awesome tag team championship main event. Acclaimed VS FTR was borderline PPV level, but I’m honestly surprised The Acclaimed won. This really should’ve been a bigger moment than it was treated, because we were then just given the Ass Boys being the proxies to the Briscoes. This is sadly a spotlight on how Tony Khan isn’t able to handle both companies at once, because one, should we not have had FTR VS Gunn Sons by this point? The Gunns have been pestering FTR for so long, they should get a shot at the ROH titles!

Yes, Briscoes VS FTR Part 3 with dog collars is going to be awesome stuff that makes Final Battle even better, but c’mon. Unless FTR is dropping those belts to Briscoes, it’s going to be even worse when the Ass Boys take the titles off them. I know FTR has been busy with the other two belts of theirs, but c’mon. The Gunns were mocking FTR a couple months ago at Battle of the Belts 4, that should’ve given us a promo of the two teams arguing, an ROH tag title match happens, and there, done. Ass Boys get their shot, they miss, they move on to try the AEW World Tag titles because The Firm wants all sorts of belts.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/6/22)

Atlantic City gets Dark!

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Anyone feeling luck in the Dark?

With AEW Dynamite tomorrow and ROH Final Battle this weekend, Dark brings out Dalton Castle & The Boys! Will the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions find worthy opponents in time for December 10th?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Justin Corino, Jaden Valo & Defarge; Castle & The Boys win.
  • Leva Bates VS Abadon; Abadon wins.
  • Brian Cage VS Leon Ruffin; Cage wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS The Brick City Boyz; Lethal & Singh win.
  • Athena VS B3CCA; Athena wins.
  • Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Trent wins.

QUICK NOTES

A shorter card here, and from way back a month ago when AEW was in Atlantic City ahead of Full Gear. Dalton Castle & The Boys are in action on this episode because per last night’s Elevation, they more or less called out The Embassy. Castle & The Boys VS Cage & The Gates of Agony probably ends up a Final Battle preshow match, and I feel like that would/should be the time The Embassy takes those titles. Castle & The Boys have been great ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Embassy is going to look like a joke if they can’t get a pin off one of the Boys.


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