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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/2/20)

Winter is Coming, but it’s red hot!

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AEW Winter is Coming

Dynamite turns up the heat right as Winter is Coming!

This will be the biggest night in Dynamite history! Who will be THE AEW World Champion after Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega finally face off again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Orange Cassidy & MJF win and will face off for the Dynamite Diamond Ring next week.
  • Chris Jericho VS Frankie Kazarian; Jericho wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Leyla Hirsch; Britt wins.
  • Cody Rhodes & Darby Allin VS Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Taz; Cody & Darby win.
  • AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Kenny Omega; Omega wins and becomes the new AEW World Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s ring is up for grabs! But he’s in this match with more than just a dozen of AEW’s stars this time! Will he be one of the two finalists like last year? Or will he lose his ring when he’s thrown out of this one?

The bell rings and everyone floods the ring! The battle is on as Private Party brawls with Chaos Project, The Dark Order hits whoever is near, but Shawn Spears and Scorpio Sky stare down before slowly getting in the ring. Spears bails out when Scorpio gets right on him, and Scorpio glares at him. Scorpio goes after Janela in the meantime, and Matt Hardy ELIMINATES Isiah Kassidy!? The mentor does not seem to worry that much about the student, but then Hardy helps Quen stomp John Silver. Alex Reynolds helps Silver, Miro throws Sydal out but Sydal holds ropes! Serpentico whips Silver but Silver KICKS him, and Serpentico gets the Beaver Boy Blitz! Hangman Page clotheslines and ELIMINATES Serpentico!

The Dark Order celebrates with Hangman, thinking he’s ready to join up. Hangman chuckles, and then he ROCKS Luther with a right! Luther stays up so the Beaver Boys DECK and ELIMINATE him! Hangman nods respect to them. Jungle Boy throws Sammy Guevara over but MJF saves him! They are both Inner Circle, after all. Spears finally gets in to go after Scorpio when he isn’t looking! Wardlow protects MJF and Sammy while Sydal and Spears brawl. Sydal ROUNDHOUSES, KNEES and pushes Spears on the ropes. Spears fireman’s carries and THROWS Sydal to ELIMINATE him!

Miro clubs Janela, drags JB around and throws hands. Scorpio gets after Spears now and throws fast hands! Scorpio throws and ELIMINATES Spears! Tully Blanchard is upset and he hurries down to ringside. Hardy and Lee Johnson brawl, Scorpio fires hands on Wardlow! Miro and Kip Sabian are after Janela, but Tully slips Spears the slug! Spears finds Scorpio  and SUCKER PUNCHES him!! Spears gets away but Wardlow throws and ELIMINATES Scorpio! Fans boo Spears but the damage is done. Meanwhile, the Inner Circle sticks together while Hangman throws hands with JB. Quen goes to throw Reynolds out but Hardy goes to dump QUEN!?

Quen and Reynolds fight while skinning the cat, Silver is thrown into Reynolds and down Reynolds goes! Silver technically ELIMINATES Reynolds! Silver fights off Hardy’s Side Effect, throws Hardy out, but Quen goes after silver! Silver power lifts Quen but Quen slips off, and shoves Silver! Hardy dumps Silver and ELIMINATES him! Hangman goes after Hardy on Silver’s behalf! Miro and Kip stand on Orange Cassidy to taunt Best Friends! Hangman scoops Quen for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hardy throws Hangman out! The Dark Order stays close, QUen dropkicks Hangman but the Dark Order help Hangman stay up! BUCK SHOT on Quen! But Hardy tosses Hangman the other way and ELIMINATES him!

Kip DECKS JB with a knee, Cassidy throws and ELIMINATES Kip! Kip drags Cassidy out from under to throw him into railing and DECK him! Miro brawls with Johnson and Janela, then goes out under the ropes to go after Cassidy! Miro headlocks Cassidy then brings him around to POST him! Hardy runs at JB, JB throws him out but Hardy holds on! Miro shoves Johnson into Janela then ROUNDHOSUES Johnson, before he OVERHEAD suplexes Janela! BEST KICK for Johnson! Miro throws Johnson out and ELIMINATES him! Janela leaps, into Miro’s arms! Miro swings and SLAMS The Bad Boy down!

Hardy bumps into Miro and throws forearms! Miro shoves Hardy, but Hardy elbows back! Hardy kicks low but no Twist as Miro puts Hardy on the apron! Hardy holds the ropes, Quen runs in, Hardy Party Silly String, but Miro shoves and ELIMINATES Quen! And then DECKS Hardy to ELIMINATE him! He CLOBBERS Janela and ELIMINATES him! Miro and Jungle Boy are part of the final five with the Inner Circle. And the Inner Circle attacks Miro 3v1! Fans boo but Miro explodes out! Miro and Wardlow stare down as fans fire up! Miro and Wardlow throw hands back and forth and fans are loving it! Wardlow gets the edge but Miro knees low! And again! And again!

Miro ROCKS Wardlow but he stays up! Sammy and MJF go after Miro! Wardlow mugs Miro with their help! But Miro explodes out again, only for Wardlow to CLOBBER him! Wardlow and the Inner Circle drag Miro up, throw him out and ELIMINATE him! Now JB finds himself all alone against the Inner Circle, and the fans are on JB’s side! MJF talks trash but JB boots him! JB throws Sammy out, rams Wardlow, but Sammy shoulders into JB. JB boots Sammy, Sammy BOOTS JB! Sammy leaps, kicks, JB flips him but Sammy lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! JB throws Sammy up, Sammy lands on the opposite side of the corner and hops to the top, only for JB to KICK him!

JB goes up after Sammy, but MJF shoves them both off!! MJF ELIMINATES JB and Sammy, but wait! He and Wardlow aren’t the last two! Orange Cassidy was never thrown over the top rope! Wardlow goes out to fetch Cassidy and puts him in! The fans are definitely on Cassidy’s side as Wardlow scoops him. Cassidy slips out and and shoves Wardlow into MJF! Wardlow saves MJF from tumbling out! ORANGE PUNCH for Wardlow! ORNAGE PUNCH for MJF! ORANGE PUNCH AGAIN for Wardlow! Cassidy dumps Wardlow out and ELIMINATES him!!

Winners: MJF and Orange Cassidy (will fight for the Dynamite Diamond Ring next week)

Next week, the Salt of the Earth and Freshly Squeezed will fight for the $50,000 ring! Best Friends come out to celebrate with Cassidy, but they have to worry about Miro and Kip going after them! Will Cassidy add a diamond ring to that Orange Punch? Will Trent and Chuck take care of the Best and Superbad?

 

Chris Jericho w/ The Inner Circle VS Frankie Kazarian!

After finally facing The Addiction last week in a tag match, Le Champion wants after the Heavy Metal Rebel! Will Jericho win this first-ever match-up the same way he did last week? Or will he actually do it on his own this time?

AEW returns as Jericho makes his entrance, sporting a new jacket and a shirt from his Painmaker fashion collection. Jake Hager and Ortiz are with him as fans sing Judas. The bell rings and Kaz is ready to go. Jericho circles with Kaz, they tie up, and Kaz headlocks to hit the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Kaz pops out and fans cheer as the two reset. Kaz waits as Jericho remembers to take off his belt. Kaz wants him to put the belt away but Jericho throws it at him! Kaz throws it back at Jericho, and the two tie up. Kaz headlocks, and holds on as Jericho tries to power out. Jericho throws body shots, back suplexes but Kaz lands on his feet! Kaz drop toeholds Jericho to ropes, then slingshots out to uppercut! Kaz slingshots in for the Oklahoma Roll, TWO!

Kaz has the headlock again, fans rally and duel, but Jericho throws body shots to power out. They collide shoulders, and then Jericho pokes Kaz in the eye! Jericho soaks up both cheers and jeers then he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho whips and dropkicks Kaz down and Kaz bails out. Fans fire up and Jericho soaks it all in, before he goes back to Kaz. Jericho triangle jumps but Kaz jumps in. Kaz blocks Jericho’s boot to trip Jericho up! Kaz slingshots for an apron leg drop! Jericho tumbles down, Kaz dodges Hager and CLOBBERS Ortiz! Kaz dodges Hager again and kicks Hager away! Jericho gets in the ring to CODE BREAKER Kaz!

Jericho runs to stomp Kaz down! Jericho drags Kaz up, suplexes him and hangs him out to dry! Then Jericho runs to BLAST Kaz off the apron! Fans fire up and Ortiz gets away with mad ball smacks on Kaz as AEW goes picture in picture!

Ortiz keeps hitting Kaz while Jericho distracts the ref. Kaz tries to hit back but Ortiz and Hager get back. Jericho goes out to throw forearms but Kaz hits back! THey brawl. Jericho CHOPS and whips Kaz into railing! The railing almost falls over, Kaz went flying that hard! Ortiz talks some trash on Kaz while Jericho paces. Jericho puts Kaz in, but Kaz CHOPS back! ANd CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Kaz runs, but Jericho LARIATS! Jericho stands on Kaz at the ropes while soaking up the heat! The ref counts, Jericho lets off and Jericho kicks Kaz around to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kaz sputters while Hager and Ortiz mock him, then Ortiz gets another cheap shot in!

Jericho drags Kaz up, bumps him off buckles, then bumps him again. Jericho goes to the apron, throws forearms on Kaz, and then climbs up as Kaz flounders. Jericho JABS Kaz away, finishes climbing, and leaps, into a body shot form Kaz! Both men are down but they start throwing forearms as they’re on the mat! They go back and forth, brawling as they stand, and Jericho kicks low! Jericho suplexes, holds Kaz up for a count of 10 and drops Kaz as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho again soaks up the cheers and jeers while double gunning. Jericho goes back to drag Kaz up and CHOPS him to a corner.

Jericho throws haymakers, whips Kaz corner to corner, but Kaz sees the bulldog coming to backslide Jericho! TWO!! Kaz CHOPS and runs, to then clobber Jericho! Kaz starts rallying and he whips, only for Jericho to reverse. Kaz leaps to clobber Jericho with forearms! Fans are divided as Kaz whips Jericho but Jericho denies the dropkick! Jericho springboards, LIONSAULT onto knees! Kaz springboards for a leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives but Kaz keeps his focus. Jericho goes to a corner, Kaz runs in but Jericho boots him away! Jericho hops up, Kaz ROCKS him first! Kaz climbs up, throws more hands on Jericho, and then brings Jericho up to the very top, for a FLUX CAPACITOR!? Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Kaz can’t believe it!

Fans fire up as Kaz paces around Jericho. Kaz drags Jericho up, chicken wings and turns him, but Jericho shoves Kaz into buckles! Jericho runs in but Kaz blocks the Code Breaker! Kaz has the legs and tries to turn Jericho over, and to a BOSTON CRAB! Ortiz gets in Kaz’s face but the ref keeps her eyes on him! Jericho crawls, Hager has Ortiz stay back, but then Kaz drags Jericho back from ropes!! Ortiz barks at Kaz, but here come MJF and Wardlow! MJF has a towel?! Hager tells MJF not to throw it in, like he did to Cody Rhodes way back when! Sammy gets in and stops MJF, and Jericho gets the ropebreak! Kaz lets Jericho go and now the ref has to keep her eyes on everyone.

Sammy rats MFJ out but Kaz sunset flips Jericho! TWO!! Inside cradle, TWO!! Kaz throws hands, Jericho dodges, JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall

Well, Jericho did do this on his own, to some degree. But then MJF and Sammy argue and start shoving! The rest of the Inner Circle intervenes, mostly the OG sticking with Sammy! Jericho shouts and tells them to “stop this sh*t!” Jericho has had enough of the infighting! This is not what they talked about! Jericho says everyone has seven days to think this through. Then there will be an ultimatum. Either they ALL work together as a team, or the Inner Circle… BREAKS UP FOREVER! Seven days, that’s it! Will everyone fall in line behind Le Champion? Or will the Inner Circle just fall apart?

 

Backstage interview with The Young Bucks!

Alex Marvez is with Matt and Nick Jackson, and it has been announced that they will take on The Hybrid2 next week! Nick asks if Marvez remembers them superkicking him in the face. He does. Matt remembers, too. And Matt remembers Full Gear, facing FTR in one of the best tag team matches ever, and then winning the AEW World Tag Team Championships. The people are saying the Bucks are the best in the business. That made the Bucks want to be fighting champions, and they’re facing TH2 next week!

Now, TH2, you guys don’t have a record worthy of the tag titles, but if they happen to beat the Bucks, then they’ll get that shot. But a different team walks in, it’s The Acclaimed! Anthony Bowens takes the mic from Marvez so he and Max Caster can talk to the Bucks. They’re not sure if the Bucks read the memo, but Bowens and Caster, the Acclaimed, have arrived. And they have something to say about their “new book.” Bowens contains his laughter before telling Caster to hit it! “Yo, the Young Bucks are a couple a dumb punks on the cover of your book, looking at each other’s junk. It probably got moved to the adult section. Can’t tell through your tights, did y’all have erections?

“I’m just saying that it’s strange, y’all two are brothers looking at each other’s thangs. We’ll put you on the shelf, just to make a name. I’m Max, that’s Anthony, we are The Acclaimed.” Matt asks if someone else has already done this gimmick. Not like Max did. And look behind you! TH2 bust in and take down the Bucks! WORLD STAR~! Jack Evans trashes Nick literally, and then Angelico stomps Matt into his leg lock! But SCU barge in, they have no love lost for TH2! TH2 bail, with the Acclaimed not too far behind! Will the Bucks make sure Evans and Angelico are the ones getting dumped like garbage next week? Will the Acclaimed get a scratch on their record soon enough?

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Leyla Hirsch!

The Dentist has been having fun on her new AEW Dark Talk Show, The Waiting Room, but now it’s time to get serious. In fact, it’s time to get LEGIT against a real wrestling standout! Will “The Baddest Bitch on the Block” make sure all the “riffraff” understand they’re just going to be brushed to the side?

The bell rings and Britt pretends to be so~ scared~ of Leyla. But then she mocks how short Leyla is compared to her. But Leyla gets an arm and drags Britt down! Britt scrambles to the ropes and Leyla lets off. Leyla dares Britt to bring it, then gets around to drag her down and float all over her! Leyla slaps Britt around, Britt scrambles to ropes again. Fans chant “Too Legit, Too Legit For Britt!” as Leyla headlocks and hits the takeover. Britt headscissors, moves around, and gets the arms, but Leyla powers through to jackknife. ONE and Leyla has the headlock!

Britt fights up, Leyla wrenches and wristlocks! Britt wrenches back and waistlocks to spin and snapmare Leyla, but Leyla throws Britt to the ARMBAR! Britt clasps hands, then goes after Leyla’s mouth! Leyla spits Britt’s hand away but Britt rolls her to SUPERKICK! Britt brings Leyla up and hits a DDT! Fans boo as Britt looms over Leyla. Britt drags Leyla up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Britt cravats and throws knees, but then gloats as she walks around. Leyla throws body shots but Britt clubs her down and wraps on a facelock. Britt manages a suplex, then poses for the cameras. Britt stalks Leyla to the ropes, kicks her then stands on her! The ref counts, Britt lets off but kicks Leyla more. Leyla hits back but Britt boots her down. Britt has the arms, pulls Leyla back and STOMPS her into the ropes! Leyla flounders but Britt goes to the apron. Britt and Rebel mock Leyla but Leyla CHOPS back! Britt SMACKS Leyla in the head, then drags Leyla to the corner as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Britt snap suplexes Leyla down! Fans boo Britt as she talks trash on Leyla, and then fans rally up for Leyla! Leyla gets up, grabs Britt but Britt throws forearms. Leyla forearms back! And more! Leyla runs to CLOBBER Britt on the ropes, then BOOTS her, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Leyla and she grabs at Britt, but Britt bails out. Rebel checks on Britt but Leyla runs and DIVES! Rebel takes the hit for Britt, but Britt SLING BLADES Leyla down! Britt gets back in the ring to leave Leyla at the mercy of the count. Britt goes back out as Leyla gets up, and she kicks, only for Leyla to block! Britt stomps Leyla away, then drags her back up.

Fans jeer but Britt puts Leyla in and brings her up, only for Leyla to wrench and KNEE her down! ARMBAR!! Britt makes it a cover, TWO, and Leyla still has the arm! Britt fights up, spins around and gets Leyla in the crossface! Britt keeps fighting through, but Leyla rolls it to the ARMBAR!! Britt flails, kicks, rolls and gets free, but Leyla blocks the kick to KNEE again! Leyla goes to a corner but Rebel distracts the ref! Britt rushes in but Leyla goes up an dover! Britt buckle shots Leyla then reels her in for the FISHERMAN SCREW! Britt isn’t done, she drags Leyla into the Rings of Saturn, and the LOCKJAW!! Leyla taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

But Thunder Rosa strikes!! Rosa wants revenge on Britt but Britt hits back! They brawl, the ref tries to separate things but Rosa and Britt just keep throwing hands! More refs rush out to break this up, even though fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Rebel is furious enough that SHE goes after Rosa! But Leyla SAIDOS Rebel! And then Rosa and Britt brawl again! More officials rush out to keep this from continuing, but this will surely happen somewhere down the line! Will the Doctor be able to survive the Thunder?

 

Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson & Darby Allin VS Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Team Taz!

This has been brewing for a long time. Team Taz has hated Darby Allin ever since the #Relentless rejected Taz’s teachings. They’ve also disliked the American Nightmare for what they perceive as his arrogant attitude. But now, a shocking betrayal by the Embodiment of Willpower, as well as a war of words between Cody and Taz, escalates this to a new level! Will the Prince of Pro-Wrestling and the Face of TNT survive the war Absolute and Powerhouse are bringing to their door?

The second Team Taz hits the ring, Cody and Darby go after them! They brawl, the bell rings to put this on record, and Hobbs turns things around on Cody. Hobbs runs in but Cody dodges and Hobbs gets buckles! Cody dropkicks Hobbs out, then Darby whips Starks, but Starks reverses, only for Darby to springboard and Trust Fall into Starks! Darby drags Starks up to tag in Cody, and they mug Starks in the corner. Cody CLUBS Starks and has control as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Darby has Starks in the corner to throw body shots. Cody tags in, they double whip and Darby dropkicks Starks’ legs out, for Cody to dead lift suplex Starks up, to hold for a count of 10 before the gourd buster! Fans rally as Cody stalks Starks to the corner. Cody throws forearms and body shots, but Starks turns things around to CHOP Cody! Cody turns things around to CHOP Starks! Cody glares at Taz but Hobbs dares him to stare him down. Cody wrenches Starks, tags in Darby but Starks breaks free to SLAP Darby! Starks bails out and baits Darby into Team Taz territory, for Hobbs to CLOBBER him!

Hobbs drags Darby up and throws him into barriers! Then drags him up and puts him in the ring for Starks. Tag to Hobbs, they mug Darby, then Hobbs drags Darby up. Fans jeer, “You Sold Out!” but Hobbs holds Darby up in the suplex for 5 before slamming Darby down! Hobbs mocks Cody by doing push-ups, then he CLUBS Darby before tagging in Starks. Team Taz yank Darby up just to SLAM him down! Cover, TWO! Starks drags Darby to a chinlock but fans rally up. Starks throws knees, spins and scoops Darby to then slam him into the corner! Tag Hobbs, Hobbs steps on Darby!

Hobbs taunts Darby to go tag Cody, but then he wraps on a rear bearhug! Taz says for Hobbs to squeeze Darby and that’s what Hobbs does! Darby endures, fans rally and Darby elbows Hobbs! Hobbs holds on, drags Darby back up but Darby throws more elbows. Hobbs hauls Darby up for a BACKBREAKER! Hobbs holds Darby’s hand out to Cody but then slams hit down! Hobbs drags Darby away, tags Starks in, and Team Taz mug Darby with stomps. Starks blows a kiss to cameras before he puts Darby in a corner. Starks whips, Darby dodges in the corner but Starks ROCKS him with a right! Darby dodges, goes up but the two collide heads! Fans rally up as both men are down!

Darby and Starks stir, crawl for their corners, but Starks tags Hobbs in first! Hobbs hurries in and he stomps Darby down, right in front of Cody! Hobbs flips Cody off then drags Darby up. Darby pries at a hand and pulls on fingers! But Hobbs holds onto Darby, and thrashes him in a front bearhug! Hobbs throws Darby to the corner, and taunts Cody. The ref is busy with Cody and Starks gets cheap shots in on Darby! Hobbs stomps Darby, the ref reprimands but Darby hits Starks! Darby boots Hobbs, leap sup and over but the sunset doesn’t work! Hobbs hauls Darby back up, and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES him!

Hobbs looms over Darby, drags him away and flips Cody off again. Tag to Starks, Hobbs digs boots in, then sets Darby up to whip Stark sin. Darby boots but Starks blocks to back suplex. Darby lands on his feet, and slips out of Hobbs’ suplex to tag in Cody! Cody springboard missile dropkicks Hobbs down! Cody BOOTS Starks, whips him corner to corner but Starks reverses! Cody goes up and over to powerslam Starks! Off comes the weight belt, and it goes FLYING to the fans! Arn and Taz argue, the ref is distracted, Starks rakes Cody’s eyes! But Cody still jumps of Starks’ spear and Starks gets buckles! Cody gives Hobbs a BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK!

Cody sees Starks coming, spins him and dragon sleepers, but Starks snapmres free! Cody kicks and Rhodes Uppercuts! Cody tags in Darby as he leaps, NIGHTMARE CUTTER! Darby climbs while Cody FLIES out to take down Hobbs! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby and Cody win!

Winners: Darby Allin & Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

Team Taz is furious, and Hobbs CLOBBERS Darby! Arn goes after Hobbs?! Fans fire up but Starks just spins Arn around, Arn DECKS Starks! Hobbs grabs Arn, Starks kicks Arn down! Team Taz is mugging Arn! But here comes Dustin Rhodes! The Natural fires off hands on Team Taz! Hobbs whips Dustin but gets the BULLDOG! Starks gets a POWRESLAM! But Brian Cage arrives, and he clobbers Dustin! Taz gets in as Cage gives Dustin the F5!! Hobbs chokes Cody, then hauls him up. Cage drags Dustin up, Starks rakes Cody’s eyes, and Hobbs has the FTW Championship! Cody fights but gets an F5! Hobbs wants to finish this off, they bring Cody up for-

Wait, the lights go out?! And the screen turns on to play the Winter is Coming package? Winter is Coming, yes, but so is… STING!??! THE ICON IS ALL ELITE!! For the first time in almost 20 years, Sting and his BAT are on TNT! Team Taz is in shock and the fans are losing their minds! Sting and Arn stare down, and then Sting looks at Dustin and Cody. Sting also stares Darby down, face to face. The chills aren’t just because it’s winter, it’s because of this incredible moment! Sting howls and the fans join in! What will Sting do now that he is in AEW?

 

AEW has a lot set up for next week!

Not only will MJF and Orange Cassidy face off for that very valuable Dynamite Diamond Ring, and not only will the Young Bucks give The Hybrid2 their (non-title) opportunity to prove themselves, but Dustin Rhodes will take on The Dark Order’s Number 10, Preston Vance! Will the Natural put this naturally gifted young man to the test? Plus, the Inner Circle’s ultimatum will be answered, united they stand or divided they fall! And FTR make their in-ring return to Dynamite! They look to #FindTheirRedemption, as they take on the newly named “Varsity Blondes,” Griff Garrison and Brian Pillman Jr!

Then, the Living Dead Girl will be back in action! Will Abadon be haunting her way up the ranks in the AEW Women’s Division? And after their confrontation last week, the Murderhawk Monster joins forces with the Lucha Brothers to take on “The Fam!” Eddie Kingston, The Butcher and the Blade may have #CeroMiedo like Penta and Fenix, but will that matter when #EverybodyDies? And, with Sting making his appearance tonight, and his contract being for a good, long time, he will speak to the world next week! What will he have to say about being #AllElite?

 

Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida!

The Full Metal Warrior was confronted by Abadon, and was reluctant to engage. It’s not that she’s afraid. Abadon wants a title match, fine! She’s just some girl doing zombie cosplay. Shida likes to cosplay, too, just normal- Wait, what was that noise? Can they start over? No, it’s live. Oh, right. Um, well, bye! Shida says she’s not afraid, but it’s hard to deny her reaction just now.

 

AEW hears from Jon Moxley.

“I touched down in Jacksonville late last night, and I could feel the tension in the air. The calm before the storm. Today feels like a holiday. People showed up early, wearing collars and ties, freshly pressed suits.” There’s a sort of magic in the air. This is the biggest night in AEW Dynamite history, look how far they have come! Just two years ago, AEW was little more than an idea, and Moxley? The whole word was writing him off as “burnt out, washed up.” But Moxley took his hand, reared back, and bitch slapped the entire pro-wrestling world!

Moxley says he and Omega have been on this collision course their entire lives, whether they knew it or not. They’re destined to be rivals as two “diametrically opposed individuals” who want the same thing. They’re the two best wrestlers in the world, and they are two warriors battling on the mountaintop with lightning crashing! “It’s a long way down. The stakes couldn’t have been higher.” Contract: signed. Promos: cut. And tonight, they go out there and make the fans go absolutely bananas. But when there can only be one, who will be THE AEW World Champion?

 

AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Kenny Omega!

Just as the Maniac said, no more talk, it’s time for action! This is a main event a long time coming, no matter who you ask! First, “he has held 16 different singles titles. He is currently on an AEW 11 match singles winning streak. His 33 wins are more than anyone on the AEW roster. In addition to impressive in-ring feats, he recently launched his very own REDCON supplement line, as well. He weight in tonight at 224 pounds. He was born and raised 1670 miles northwest of Nooorth Carolina~!” This is, KENNY, OOOOMEEEEGAAAA~! But no Sweepettes this time, it wasn’t in the budget nor time allotted.

Then, the champion makes his entrance, with far less rigmarole but just as much of an ovation as he heads down the bleachers. The Fighting Pride of the Eastside of Cincinnati and the Cleaner meet again in the ring after over a year, to determine who is THE best wrestler in the world today!

AEW returns and the belt is raised. Fans are fired up already and the bell rings! Moxley and Omega get face to face, talk just a little smack and then back up. Omega offers a handshake, Moxley leaves him hanging, and the two tie up. They go around, Moxley waistlocks but Omega gets to ropes before the sleeper can lock in! The ref has Moxley back off and Moxley tells Omega it was that close. Fans rally and duel, Moxley and Omega circle, and they tie up again. Omega waistlocks, throws Moxley down, floats around and facelocks. Moxley rolls to get his own facelock but Omega pries free. Omega wristlocks then snapmares to chinlock.

Moxley endures, fights up, pries the hold apart and trips Omega up. Omega gets up fast and fans cheer as the two stand off. They circle again, Moxley and Omega feel out the grapple and Omega headlocks. Moxley endures and powers out, but Omega rams shoulders. Moxley rebounds to run Omega over, then hits a headlock takeover! Omega keeps his shoulders up to roll Moxley to a corner, TWO! Moxley holds on tight, Omega fights up, but Omega puts Moxley in the corner. The ref calls for the break but Omega throws a body shot! Moxley goes to a corner, Omega throws more hands, then CHOPS Moxley in the corner! But Omega’s the one stinging from that.

Omega CHOPS again, and CHOPS again, but Moxley just gets in Omega’s face! Moxley throws forearms, whips Omega, then runs in to clothesline! Moxley keeps moving but Omega RANAS Moxley down! Moxley bails out and Omega has the Terminator drums going. Omega builds speed, Moxley slides in and hits a SCRAPBUSTER! Omega writhe and rolls to the apron and Moxley CLOBBERS him! Moxley goes out after Omega as fans rally and duel. Moxley drags Omega up and throws haymakers and CHOPS! Moxley whips Omega but Omega reverses to send Moxley into railing! Omega drags Moxley up to throw into more railing, then whips again, but Moxley reverses!

Omega stops himself from hitting railing, elbows Moxley back, then hops up, only for Moxley to bring him down! Moxley back suplexes, Omega lands on his feet and kicks Moxley low. Omega reels Moxley in but it’s Moxley who snap suplexes Omega to the floor! Omega writhes, Moxley goes into the ring but comes back out. Moxley drags Omega up and throws him into railing again! Omega clutches his stomach as Moxley puts him into more railing! Omega tumbles up and over, then Moxley goes around to join him! Moxley stalks Omega into the seating area and throws hands as AEW goes picture in picture.

Omega staggers, Moxley follows him and punches him up the stairs. They go to more seating and the CHOPS fly! Moxley CHOPS, Omega CHOPS, repeat! Moxley kicks low, and throws Omega into the front row! Luckily no one was there because of socially distanced seating. Moxley tells fans to hang loose and fire up as he drags Omega off the seats. Moxley drags Omega back to ringside, and then SMACKS his head off an open chair! Moxley knows the ref wants this to be in the ring but Moxley drags Omega around to headlock punch him. Omega CHOPS back! Omega CLUBS Moxley then RAMS him into the apron! And CHOPS him again!

Omega staggers about but Moxley trips him up! Moxley has the legs, to CATAPULT Omega into the post! Omega checks his face while Moxley leaves him behind. The ref has Moxley stay in the ring this time and a count begins. Omega shakes out the stars, but Moxley goes back out anyway! Moxley drags Omega up and puts him in the ring, and he takes his time getting back in. “I love this sh*t!” But then Omega dropkicks his legs between the ropes! And hits a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

AEW returns to single picture as Omega drags Moxley down, for a SHINBREAKER to railing! Moxley falls, clutching that knee! Omega puts Moxley back in as fans rally and duel. Omega springboards to missile dropkick the leg out! Omega keeps going, KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives the leap frog bulldog but Omega keeps on him in a corner with stomps! Omega stomps the bad leg, then the chest, then the bad leg. Omega drags Moxley back up, CHOPS him again, then goes after the leg. Omega wraps the leg around ropes but Moxley tries to fight back with a sleeper hold! The ref counts on Omega, and Omega stops at 4. The ref counts on Moxley, but then Omega grabs the leg again!

The ref reprimands both men and the ropebreak is honored, only for Omega to KICK the inner thigh! Omega runs side to side to dropkick the leg! Moxley flops down, Omega goes corner to corner, but Moxley LARIATS first! Fans fire up as both men are down, and a standing count begins. Moxley shakes his head and gets up at 4! Moxley hobbles over to mega but Omega grapevines the leg for a KNEEBAR! Moxley endures, Omega also has the foot, then shifts to a heel hook! Moxley endures, drags himself over and gets the ropebreak. Omega lets go, watches Moxley hobble, and then wrenches him to CHOP! And he kicks the leg, to then CHOP again!

Omega brings Moxley up again to kick the leg, CHOP the chest, and then fisherman the leg to the fireman’s carry! “You! Can’t! Escape!” But Moxley does escape, and shoves Omega into buckles, and then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley drags Omega up again for another GERMAN! Fans rally as both men slowly stand, and Moxley reels Omega in. Omega blocks the third German, throws elbows, but Moxley spins him to scoop. Omega fights that off but Moxley throws headbutts! Moxley pump handles for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Omega survives but Moxley keeps his cool. Fans fire up with Moxley as he drags Omega back up and reels him in for the X-PLEX! Cover, TWO!

Omega grits his teeth while Moxley clutches the leg, and fans rally as AEW goes picture in picture again. Moxley and Omega crawl to each other and Moxley throws a forearm. Omega returns the forearm, but Moxley throws another one! Omega throws a forearm, Moxley throws a forearm, repeat! They pick up speed, Moxley throws forearms from all sides then adds a headbutt! Moxley gets up, grabs a leg and drags Omega into an STF! Omega endures but Moxley shifts to a full crossface! Moxley cranks back, Omega endures and fights, but then rolls to a cover! TWO, ghost pin, TWO!! Moxley is right on Omega with a chinlock!

Omega endures and gets the ropes, but Moxley lets off at 3. Moxley paces, drags Moxley up and puts him on ropes. Moxley runs in to CHOP, then CHOPS again! Moxley goes to chop again but Omega knees him away! Moxley comes back and CHPOS after all! And CHOPS again! And then runs, but Omega throws Moxley out! Omega dropkicks Moxley away, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit as AEW returns to single picture! Fans fire up while the ref checks on Moxley, but Omega drags him up and into the ring. Omega has fans fire up and springboards in, into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Why doesn’t Moxley cover?!

Moxley goes out, looks under the ring, and brings out chairs?! This isn’t No Disqualifications! Omega dared Moxley to keep “the trash wrestling” out of this, but Moxley is still angry over whatever backstage attack that was a few weeks ago! Moxley takes the chairs, and sits them up? Moxley takes a seat and wants Omega to sit in the other. Omega accepts this odd invitation, because this is Moxley’s “gentlemanly challenge.” Moxley dares Omega to hit him! So Omega SLAPS him! Moxley likes that, and SLAPS Omega! Omega SLAPS, Moxley SLAPS! Now they’re throwing JABS! And haymakers! Faster and faster, and fans fire up! Moxley ROCKS Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS! So much for being gentlemen!

Omega drags Moxley up, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! And then, ANOTHER SNAP DRAGON! Moxley gets up, Omega says BANG, and runs, but Moxley dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Omega flounders up, kicks back and V-TRIGGERS! Omega runs, Moxley KING KONG LARIATS! Fans fire up and declare “This is Awesome!” Moxley drags Omega up, underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Omega survives?! Did Moxley take too long to cover? Omega bails out but Moxley hurries after! Moxley builds speed, and DIVES, into a V-TRIGGER!! Omega took Moxley out of the air!! Omega drags Moxley up and into the ring as fans lose their minds!

Omega climbs up top, Moxley stands, Omega missile dropkicks him in the back! Moxley flounders to a corner, Omega runs corner to corner, BLINDSIDE V-TRIGGER! Omega reels Moxley in, underhooks, TIGER DRIVER ’98! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Omega won’t give up! Point-blank V-TRIGGER! Omega smirks as he loads up again, ANOTHER V-TRIGGER! And then, with some space, Moxley BLOCKS the V-Trigger! Moxley throws a forearm, runs, but into a V-TRIGGER! Omega reels Moxley into the Electric Chair, but Moxley slips off! Omega slips out of the underhooks to steal the hooks, but Moxley slips out to try the sleeper!

Omega slips out to waistlock but Moxley elbows free, only to run into a dropkick! Omega calls back to the Rainmaker, to ripcord and V-TRIGGER!! Then the Electric Chair, but Moxley fights back! So Omega shifts to COYT’S WRATH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives again but Omega shakes his head. Omega drags Moxley to a drop zone and then goes to the corner. Omega climbs as fans rally, but Moxley rises to SHOVE Omega down! Omega avoids hitting heaters but Moxley ROCKS him with a forearm! Moxley trips Omega and Omega hits the apron.

Moxley harkens back to Full Gear 2019, PARADIGM SHIFT into the heaters! It isn’t exactly the stage installations from Full Gear, but the ref says they need the medic! Moxley paces while the medics check Omega. Don Callis leaves commentary to check on Omega as they are close friends, practically family. Moxley grows impatient and he storms back to Omega. He shoves refs aside and gets Omega in the ring! Moxley doesn’t cover, he rains down fists! Callis gets a mic because he wants to talk! Clearly Omega is in bad shape, so Callis wants to talk to Moxley. Callis taps Moxley on the shoulder, but Moxley DECKS Callis!

The ref checks on Callis now, but wait, did Callis’ mic get thrown into the ring? Omega grabs the mic?! Moxley turns back to Omega, and Omega CLOBBERS Moxley with the mic!! Omega was faking being in bad shape?! Omega “flounders” as Moxley is bleeding from the mic shot! Moxley is legitimately dazed as Omega pulls the knee pad down, V-TRIGGER!! Then ANOTHER V-TRIGGER! Both of those target the bloody forehead, but then the BLINDSIDE V-TRIGGER, and ANOTHER V-TRIGGER!! Shot after shot but Omega isn’t done with Moxley! Omega Electric Chair lifts Moxley, for ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, Omega wins!!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Champion)

The first time anyone has pinned Jon Moxley in AEW, and it’s because The Cleaner had help from a friend! Callis helps Omega celebrate, they’re both just fine as they bug out to the back! Tony Khan himself is furious as to what just happened, but there’s no undoing the Winter Screwjob now! Omega and Callis are going to the way, way back, and to the parking lot where their car is waiting! Marvez tries to get a word about what just happened, but Callis says you’ll find out on Tuesday! Because Callis and Omega will tell us all on IMPACT! Eddie Kingston shows up at the last minute, not for his old friend but because he wants after Lance Archer! But what’s the point as AEW is closing the night?! Are we really going to have to watch Impact Wrestling on AXS TV to figure out what just happened?!


My Thoughts:

An amazing episode! Went so smoothly, with such great action and story from beginning to end! The Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal was great stuff, and it was really telling as to where this new Matt Hardy is going. Granted, battle royals are “every person for themselves” but he didn’t show any allegiances when dealing with Private Party. The Inner Circle naturally worked together, and it worked towards story that MJF went into business for himself, so to speak. That element also fed into Jericho VS Kaz, as the dysfunction already got to a point that Jericho is wiling to lay it all on the line. I feel like this is another rushed pacing for AEW, but it might not be so bad.

It was also great to see Hangman working with Silver and Reynolds, even just a little. That story will be fun to continue. And if it’s MJF VS Cassidy for the diamond ring, I honestly can’t be sure how it goes. MJF has already has the ring for over a year but he can continue to make history as a two-time ring winner. Cassidy probably wouldn’t even get that he won a diamond ring, and would just let one of the Best Friends hold onto it. At the same time, the ring could feed into the “ultimatum” and how the Inner Circle might choose to stick together.

Britt VS Leyla was a really good match but Britt of course wins on kayfabe. Thunder Rosa coming back for revenge was a great move, that match is going to be great. Shida being scared of Abadon to the point where a random noise spooked her is great for Abadon as she’s climbing up the ranks in more ways than one. That match-up will be a great opportunity for Shida to show some character depth and personality range she hasn’t with matches against Nyla Rose and the others.

The tag match of Darby, Cody and Team Taz was pretty good stuff, but I should’ve seen Darby and Cody taking the win here to tie things up from the loss before. Cage and Dustin get involved and that easily can become a Six Man Tag, but then what a HUGE surprise to have STING joining AEW! He jumps into a big story right away by scaring off Team Taz, yet staring down the Nightmare Family and Darby. I wonder if things turn into an 8 Man if Taz gets back in the ring for one match. Whatever the case, Sting being anywhere again is great.

And then that main event, what a great match and great story! We all knew Omega was going Heel but I didn’t think he’d have a partnership with Don Callis! And I didn’t expect it to pay off, or for it to mean we were getting crossover with IMPACT! I don’t know about changing my schedule to include Impact, but this is all the more reason to be keeping up with Andrew Balaz here on Chairshot for all his Impact coverage.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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