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?
- 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?!
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/7/21)
Battle lines have been drawn!
Let them fight on Dynamite!
The Inner Circle is back, Jurassic Express and Bear Country clash, and Darby Allin continues to be a FIGHTING AEW TNT Champion, all in one night!
- Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; Hangman wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Bear Country; Jurassic Express wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi; Darby wins and retains the title.
- The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order; Conti wins.
- Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks; Omega & The Good Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Inner Circle rolls into Daily’s Place!
Chris Jericho in a black Lamborghini, Jake Hager in a Chevy Silverado, Sammy Guevara in a Range Rover, Santana in a Dodge Ram, Ortiz in a Porsche, and motorcycle entourage escorting them in! Y2J, Big Hurt, the Spanish God and the Proud ‘n’ Powerful are returning to AEW in style! But with The Pinnacle somewhere in the building and Mike Tyson expected to return, who’s getting taken out first?!
Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!
Did the Anxious Millennial Cowboy hear Platinum’s new single on AEW Dark last night? Would it change what Hangman’s about to do to Max if it did? Or maybe Max’s improv rap right here will rile him up! “Hangman, you a changed man. Used to be a star, now you fadin’! Platinum, the flyest on the air, catch you slippin’ like Joe Biden on the stairs! So check the thug process. I’m dancin’ with the devil like I’m Lil’ Nas X! And you a one trick pony! Treat me like a breathalyzer and bl-” WHOA~! Bowens stops Caster there, that is a step too far. You can’t say that on TNT, Max! But either way, The Acclaimed have arrived! But then Hangman BOOTS Bowens to get him out of the ring!
Hangman fires off on Caster, the bell rings and Hangman rings Caster’s bell! He bumps Caster off buckles over and over, and over and over, then stops to stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Hangman lets off, and Hangman walks it dry. Hangman drags Caster up, CHOPS him back to the corner, and then whips him to ropes. Hangman CLOBBERS Caster at the ropes, suplexes but Caster slips out! Caster shoves, Hangman dodges and scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, fans fire up, and Hangman snap suplexes Caster after all! Cover, ONE!! Caster surprises Hangman but he keeps his cool as fans rally up.
Hangman CHOPS Caster to a corner, CHOPS him again, but Caster turns things around to fire off forearms! Hangman shoves Caster to BOOT him down! Hangman drags Caster up, wrenches, hits an elbow breaker then wrings Caster to stomp him down! Then he drops a BIG senton! Cover, TWO! Hangman smirks as Caster bails out and fans rally up. Bowens checks on Caster, Hangman heads over but Caster drags him out. Hangman counter punches then RAMS Caster into railing! Hangman puts Caster in, Bowens gets in Hangman’s face, but Hangman lets him be. Caster dropkicks Hangman as he enters! Caster stomps away at the ropes, catches his breath, then stomps him more!
Caster CLUBS Hangman, whips but Hangman reverses to send Caster out of the ring! Hangman runs to TRIANGLE LARIAT Caster down! And then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Caster! Hangman drags Caster up, the ref counts but Hangman CHOPS Caster! Hangman refreshes the count, whips Caster but Caster reverses to send Hangman into railing! Caster runs in but is sent onto the railing! Caster’s gonna be rapping in a higher octave! Hangman then climbs the other railing to leap and LARIAT Caster down! Bowens gets in Hangman’s face again, but Hangman shrugs him off. Hangman gets Bowens’ boombox, tosses it aside, and puts Caster in the ring.
Hangman drags Caster to the corner but Bowens threatens him with the boombox! Caster YANKS Hangman into the post! The ref is busy with Caster and Bowens RAMS Hangman into railing! Bowens puts Hangman in, Caster WRINGS him out, and then Caster throws the arm into the mat. Caster drops knees on the arm, covers, TWO! Fans rally and jeer Caster, and Hangman CHOPS! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, drags Hangman down and has a hammerlock crossface! Fans rally as Hangman endures, and Hangman fights up to arm-drag free! Caster returns but Hangman DECKS him! And again! Hangman dodges to SPINEBUSTER Caster down!
Fans fire up as Caster goes to a corner. Hangman goes corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman keeps going, Caster blocks the suplex and elbows Hangman. Caster blocks the boot, too, spins Hangman but Hangman catches Caster for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans fire up as Caster goes to the apron. Hangman shakes the bad arm out, goes to the apron, drags Caster up, and Alabama lifts! Caster fights for his life, gets free and BOOTS! Hangman forearms, Caster forearms back and they brawl on the edge! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, but runs into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans fire up, Hangman dumps Caster down, and he goes to the apron.
Hangman climbs a corner, but Bowens is there to distract him! Caster gets in to LEAP up, steady himself, and still SUPERPLEX Hangman down! Then he gets the arm, SHANKLY GATES! Hangman endures, crawls his way forward, but Caster sits deep on the hold! Hangman gets the ropebreak with a finger! The ref counts, Caster holds on until 4! Fans rally for Hangman but Caster climbs up top. SPRINBOARD, into a LARIAT! The fans fire up, Hangman Alabama lifts, for- No! Bowens slides the boombox in! The ref obviously sees that, and Hangman picks the boombox up. The ref confiscates it, but Bowens gets Caster his chain!
Caster wraps his fist, Hangman storms over, PLATINUM PUNCH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Caster is shocked but the fans are thunderous! Caster hurries up top, takes aim, MIC DROP FLOPS! Hangman dodges and gets to the apron! Caster staggers up, Hangman slingshots to- No, Bowens anchors him! Hangman mule kicks Bowens, BOOTS Caster, and then ASAI MOONSAULTS Bowens down! Hangman reloads and aims again, BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
The Cowboy secures that number one spot in the rankings! And of course, he toasts with some nearby fellow wrestlers! Will Hangman be saying cheers to a championship opportunity soon enough?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
AEW has great tag teams all around, but here is one of the great teams and the #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, DEATH TRIANGLE! PAC and Rey Fenix won the opportunity in the AEW Revolution Tag Team Battle Royal, but they and Penta El Zero Miedo all stand together with Schiavone. Their shot at the titles are coming, next week on Dynamite! They finally get their shots, but wait! The Best Friends show up? Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and #JustTrent, with the honorary Best Friend, Kris Statlander, walk out on stage, and Cassidy gets the mic! “Y’know… It’s really nice to see all three of you together in the ring again.”
Footage plays, and it turns out to be a highlight reel of the history between these two trios! Revolution 2020 was when Death Triangle brutalized Cassidy after PAC beat him in a 1v1 match. Then on Dynamite from 5/13/2020 was when Fenix Ryder Kicks Cassidy down just because he could! Chuck says that it may have been awhile, but they still remember! Fenix laughs! These guys are crazy! Penta says it’s crazy how they’ve hold onto those moments! Pac says everyone should relax, because he understands why the Best Friend are here. They see the writing on the wall, and want a shot at the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions already! Well they’ve got a lot of work to do because they are FAR from worthy! So jog on and get out of here!
Oh, well, alright. Trent says he was hurt, and now Best Friends are back of the line. They’ll work their way back up, because that’s not a problem when you’re the team with more wins than anyone in this company! But anyway, Pac and Triangle can calm down. The Best Friends are just here to give them a heads up. “The boys are back in town!” Oh, and their new alien friend. Fans fire up as the four put hands in, will the reunited Best Friends be out of this world?
Mike Tyson talks with Coach Urban Meyer.
Is Iron Mike giving or getting pointers on how to handle business?
The Inner Circle heads to the ring!
Fans again get to sing Judas for Jericho as he and the boys return officially, even though we saw them get payback on The Pinnacle last week. Jericho gets the mic first, and he says Jacksonville sounds great tonight! The Inner Circle has a lot to say after the break! Y2J knows his TV, and AEW does go to commercial!
AEW returns, fans chant for Inner Circle and Jericho says they ARE the Inner Circle, and they are Back in Black, baby! “And it was only one short month ago that we were in this ring and given the beatdown of a lifetime by the Pineapple.” Sammy whispers a correction to Jericho, The Pinnacle. And that beatdown taught them a lot. It gave them hospital stays, it gave them stitches, but it gave them a wake-up call. It revealed to them that they’d made a lot of bad decisions over the last six months, that hurt and insulted a lot of people. For that, Jericho apologizes to those people and to the fans.
But all those decisions were on MJF, aka “My Jerkoff Friend.” And My Jerkoff Friend says he outsmarted the Inner Circle, mostly because he’s smarter than Jericho. And that’s true, Jericho isn’t the smartest in a few areas. High school chemistry, terrible. His teacher even asked after a second failed test, “Are you on dope?” An exact quote! Jericho wasn’t, he just wasn’t good in Chemistry. But who is? What Jericho is smart in is pro-wrestling! That is why he brought My Jerkoff Friend into the Inner circle. Not to take him under his wing, but to keep him under his thumb.
Jericho knows how dangerous My Jerkoff Friend is and how talented he is, and how much personality and potential he has. Jericho wanted to use him for all of that, and suck the life out of him into the Inner Circle. They had it all perfectly planned, and knew that MJF would eventually show his true colors. They were ready to kick MJF’s ass, but they didn’t think he’d be a step ahead. They got outsmarted by a man who can do everything except for put on a spray tan. Last week, MJF was oranger than Cassidy and had more streaks than that toilet bowl Jericho shoved his face into! Jericho can’t wait to swirly him again! Fans chant “Swirly! Swirly!”
MJF is only 25 years old! When Jericho was 25, he was still having wet dreams! But MJF at 25 is at the pinnacle of pro-wrestling. See what he did there? But here’s the thing! MJF, you consider yourself a fine wine, that he’ll get better with age. But he doesn’t want to wait for the aging, he wants it all now! He wants to be better than The GOAT, Chris Jericho, now. Those are big, big shoes to fill, MJF. You gotta go smaller, take baby steps. Be better than Peter Avalon, or Michael Nakazawa, or “that stupid Burberry scarf you’ve been wearing for a few years. It’s tired, it’s old, it’s stale, and it sucks!” Time to change it up, MJF! Plus, Jericho was rocking the scarf look a few years ago, so if you’re better than Jericho, why is he stealing Jericho’s shit?
But Jericho has an old clipboard in the back if MJF wants to add it to the list of things he’s stolen from Jericho! Y’see, MJF isn’t as good as he thinks he is, and he believes his own hype. Jericho sees MJF listening to the critics and the fans online. MJF would bee-line after every match or promo he’s ever had just to check what people thought! That’s called “Being a mark.” But Jericho makes it “being a Max,” because Max is a mark for himself! The true issue is that MJF knows he will never, ever be better than Jericho. He will never be better than Jericho, and you know it. That’s because Jericho is a true fine wine that has aged and fermented and soured.
Speaking of sour, just look at the men My Jerkoff Friend has aligned with! Tully Blanchard! He’s the greatest mind in pro-wrestling history? Really? No, he’s the third-string member of the Four Horsemen, stuck between Ole Anderson and Paul Roma. Then there’s FTR! They would be one of the best tag teams in the world today, but they’re completely interchangeable! Which one is which? It’s like the AEW version of The Jonas Brothers, where you know they’re good, you know they make money, but you don’t know any of their names! Is that Dax? Cash? Ax? Smash? Axel? Slash? “I DON’T KNOW!!”
And then of course, there’s Shawn Spears. Such a great upside, so they say, but Jericho’s never seen it. All Jericho has is the number on his phone from when Spears called him after getting fired from “The Fed” 10 years ago, asking for advice. Spears aligning himself with My Jerkoff Friend is about as good a move as rocking the blonde mohawk in 2021. And then there’s Wardlow! Of of course! A million dollar body with a 13 cent brain, and guess what? He’s so dumb, he has to strip naked to count to 21! Think about it, Jericho’s seen him do it. But compared to the Inner Circle, the NEW Inner Circle that will dominate AEW once more but with the fans all behind them, The Pinnacle is good, can beat the crap out of them, but who cares?! The Inner Circle loves to fight!
The bottom line is, the Inner Circle will shove the faces of The Pinnacle up each other’s asses and form a human centipede, with MJF in the back! “You want blood? You want violence? You got it!!” They’ve been waiting for a match since March 25th of last year! Why play grab ass anymore? You want blood and violence? You get it! May 5th, right here at Daily’s Place, for the first time ever, Pinnacle VS Inner Circle, BLOOD AND GUTS!! The Inner Circle is back in black, and now that they’re back, they will kick the ever living shit out of the Pinnacle! “The worst is yet to come, God help you for it!!” FINALLY, the match the world has wanted to see! Will MJF’s future be nothing but suffering for what he has done?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Dasha congratulates Captain Charisma on his victorious AEW in-ring debut. So then, how is he feeling? And what’s next? Christian says last week “was the culmination of an entire year of me scratching, clawing, and grinding in complete solitude for that very moment of stepping through those ropes, kneeling down, kissing that canvas, and taking back what was taken from me seven years ago.” Now he can’t talk about last week without talking about his opponent, Frankie Kazarian. Kaz took him to the deep waters, and pushed him so far down. Christian’s lungs were on fire, and he loved every single second of it!
Fans were in awe of Kaz’s performance, but not Christian, because Christian has always known what Kaz is about. Kaz knows that Christian isn’t like everyone else. When you step into the ring with Christian, you have to bring it up another level. Christian makes others level up! But then Taz interrupts and says for those who don’t know, these two have known each other for a long time. That all said, seven years is a long time. Taz has a team that can help Christian get where he wants to be, so Taz will just get right to his offer: Christian can join Team Taz! They can all help each other, and a guy with Christian’s wealth of knowledge would be a great help.
And before Christian can say too much first, Taz won’t put him on the spot. Christian can sleep on it. Will Captain Charisma choose to join the Path of Rage?
Jurassic Express VS Bear Country!
Two forces of nature will collide, but #OneWillFall. Godzilla VS Kong is in theaters, but here is a pretty good teaser right here! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus represent for the reptiles? Or will the burly Boulder & Bronson bring the heat on behalf of warm-blooded beasts everywhere?
The teams sort out, Luchasaurus steps up to Boulder and fans fire up already! Bronson and JB walk over, and Bronson shoves JB right down! Luchasaurus choke grips Bronson, but Boulder shoves Luchasaurus to the corner! JB returns to SHOTGUN dropkick Bronson, then dodges Boulder to set him up for Luchasaurus’ BOOT! Another SHOTGUN, another BOOT and the Bears are out of the ring! JB builds speed to DIVE into Bronson! JB keeps going, and DIVES again! JB keeps it up, and he FLIES, but into the arms of Bear Country! But JB wriggles free as Luchasaurus FLIES in and bowls Bear Country over!
Fans fire up as JB and Luchasaurus regroup. They get Boulder in, Luchasaurus drags Boulder up but Boulder RAMS him into the corner! Bronson tags in, Boulder whips him in and Bronson SPLASHES Luchasaurus in the corner! Bronson fires off hands, Luchasaurus shoves back but Bronson ROCKS him! Tag to Boulder and now Bronson whips Boulder in, but into a boot then KNEE! Bronson runs in, Luchasaurus goes up and over, then handsprings to dodge Boulder! Hot tag to JB! Luchasaurus elbows Bronson, JB leaps but Boulder catches the rana! Luchasaurus is up top, and LEAPS, but he just bounces off Boulder! Boulder keeps JB up to BOMB him!
AEW goes picture in picture as Boulder grits his teeth as he paces around JB and fans rally up. Boulder brings JB up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Boulder makes sure his arms are working, and Luchasaurus seems to be alright after that crash landing. Tag to Bronson, the bears mug JB, and Bronson drags JB up to DECK him! JB gets to a corner, Bronson storms over but JB kicks back from below. Bronson blocks a kick to rain down furious fists! Bronson lets off as the ref counts, and he drags JB up. JB SLAPS Bronson, CHOPS him, but Bronson HEADBUTTS JB down! Cover, TWO! Bronson grows frustrated but he stalks JB and keeps him from Luchasaurus.
Bronson whips JB to CLOBBER him! Tag to Boulder, Bronson stands on JB and then Boulder steps on him! Boulder drags JB up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! JB writhes but he still reaches for Luchasaurus. Boulder stands on JB’s head, lets off as the ref counts, then drops a big elbow on the back! Boulder drags JB up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner to then back drop on the rebound! AEW returns to single picture as Boulder drags JB up and tags Bronson in. Bear Country mugs JB, then Bronson whips JB into the corner. JB BOOTS back, fights out and slides under but Boulder tags in!
Bronson keeps JB from Luchasaurus, Bear Country double suplexes, but JB lands on his feet! JB dodges and hot tags Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies with big shoulders, BOOTS Boulder then BOOTS him in the corner! Luchasaurus adds Bronson to the pile to fire off hands! GERMAN SUPLEX for Bronson, then Luchasaurus ducks the running knee to kip up and TAIL WHIP! LARIAT! Fans fire up with Luchasaurus and he waits for Boulder to get up. Boulder turns around into a choke grip! Bronson storms over, into a choke grip! The bears break free but Luchasaurus boots through their double clothesline! ROUNDHOUSE to HEEL KICK!
Luchasaurus runs but is put on the apron. He HEADBUTTS Boulder, climbs up, but Boulder trips him up! Boulder climbs up, but Luchasaurus choke grips! Boulder fights it off! But Luchasaurus still gets the grip! Boulder HEADBUTTS Luchasaurus! Boulder gets a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but the fans are fired up! Boulder covers, but JB FROG SPLASHES it apart! Bronson drags JB up to throw him out but JB shoulders back in! JB slingshots and spins around to DDT! JB baits Boulder into Luchasaurus’ EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT! Cover, but Bronson scoops JB for a MICHINOKU DRIVER onto the pin! All four are down and the fans fire up again!
The teams regroup as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Bronson and Boulder combine, head for Luchasaurus, CANNON BEAR!! They drag Luchasaurus to a cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus survives and Boulder can’t believe it! Boulder is frustrated, but he tags Bronson in, and they decide to combine again! Boulder has Bronson on the Electric Chair, but Luchasaurus sits up! JB returns and he dropkicks Boulder’s legs out! Bronson drops into the TAIL WHIP!! Boulder BOOTS Luchasaurus, grabs JB and whips, but JB LARIATS on the return! Luchasaurus pushes Boulder out! Bronson staggers into a choke grip, and the CHOKE SLAM! MESOZOIC MOONSAULT! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
Who needs Godzilla VS Kong? This was a true clash of alpha titans! Will Jurassic Express now pull into the top spot right behind Death Triangle?
AEW hears from QT Marshall.
In reference to Cody Rhodes, “Your mantra should be, ‘Do the work for me.‘ Whether it’s creating this incredible training facility, or carrying your broken down brother through whatever career he had left, ever since the beginning of our ‘friendship,’ all I’ve ever done is do work for you.” QT is sick of the narrative Cody is creating about how he was going out of his way to help QT, but leaving QT dead in the water before he ever got started. Cody wants to doubt QT Marshall’s credentials? Let’s talk about those credentials for a minute. Cody was second fiddle to Ted (DeBiase) Jr, then went hiding behind face paint because even as “Dusty’s kid,” he knew he’d never amount to shit.
But Cody “figured it out” at some point. He got on the indies, surrounded himself with “vanilla midgets,” and felt like the star he knew he’d never be. But QT has surrounded himself with men. Hungry, sick and tired of waiting in the shadows, and that can trust QT and QT can trust back. Because unlike “Bargain Brand Sting,” QT isn’t worried about other people’s success. Aaron Solow, “who will never be known as ‘just somebody’s boyfriend.'” Nick Comoroto, who isn’t just some “body guy.” And Anthony Ogogo, who is a household name in the UK! A mainstream fighter and star! The British follow his career and cheer every punch. Ogogo does Subway commercials for business and knocks people out for fun!
But this ain’t Great Britain, this is “Shitty” America! So all you Yanks are gonna learn soon enough who Ogogo is. QT tells Cody that this is HIS goddamn factory now! Comoroto splashes the Nightmare Factory logo on the wall with blue paint, and this fearsome foursome has left its mark! Will others join them? Or will they simply know not to side with The Prince of Pro-Wrestling?
AEW returns with Schiavone on stage.
This never gets old for Tony. Once again on Dynamite, “It’s STIIIIIIIING~!” The snow, the crow and the Icon! A lot to unpack with the TNT Championship coming up, but Jake the Snake interrupts. “This is not the way we do it. You remember! How can you forget? It’s only been what? Seven days?” They start, Snake and Archer interrupt, Sting does nothing and keeps his mouth shut, or maybe just shuts his hole. Where’s his little gerbil friend, by the way? Yes, he’s a gerbil. But they say insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result, and Snake is a crazy son of a bitch so he should know!
But Archer interrupts now and says this is enough. If that’s insanity, then Snake isn’t the only crazy one, Archer’s “one sick son of a bitch!” And Archer is sick and tired of the AEW agenda! Bring Archer in, bring him to the top, but then send him away. He fights Moxley, then goes away. He works main event after main event, then he goes away. He’s done with that! The world will pay attention to the Murderhawk Monster, and Sting will pay attention closely. This is Archer’s time! Archer should be getting the interviews! Sting doesn’t need to talk because this is Archer’s time! But then Sting snatches the mic away!
“Now it’s MY time!” Then say something! He’d say something if Archer would be slow to speak and quick to listening. Zip up and understand that Sting AGREES! Archer is a main event guy, but then he disappears, and Sting doesn’t understand it, either! Snake, what’s wrong with you? What’s that dumbfounded face for? Tell Archer how to do it! Or maybe just shut your hole now. Sting says Archer IS main event material, he has “it,” but Snake needs to actually help him! Help Archer channel this in the right direction and then he will be in that ring on TNT in a main event, maybe even for the world title, without disappearances. Just make it happen! Make it showtime! If you’ve got it in you, go do it!
Sting storms off, but All Ego, Ethan Page, and the Face of the Revolution, Scorpio Sky, are watching from the bleachers. They don’t seem to see it Sting’s way, but what is Archer’s response? Archer storms off, too, with Snake following. With Ethan and Scorpio have their own input on this?
Team Taz speaks.
But before Taz himself can say anything, Ricky Starks speaks up and wants to start by saying AEW Dark was great! They got the win thank to Brian Cage! And as the winner, let’s hear from Cage! Taz speaks up and says no, not this time. Starks instigated, he isn’t going to get away with it this week. Will Hobbs wants to say something but Taz already knows what he’ll say. Everyone just needs to chill out, get on the same page. Starks, stop instigating. But they’ve got to be real smart, because they’ve got an offer to a real blue chipper in Christian Cage. That could happen! Starks says absolutely. But will they be able to handle having two Cages on the same team? Or will they end up with no Cages in no time?
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
The Relentless wants to be a fighting champion, and another rising star answered the call! Will the Blue Collar Badass prove that even a rugged mug like his can be the Face of the Network? Or will the Icon prove to be a superior wingman to the Hollywood Hunk and the Beautiful Brazilian Beefcake?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the fighting champion is in for a fight!
Darby and JD stare down as fans fire up and rally. They circle, tie up, and JD puts Darby in a corner. The ref counts, Darby ducks a chop and then ducks again. Darby headlocks, JB powers up to throw him to a corner. Darby boots the chop away, shoves JD but JD goes up and over to CHOP him! Darby bails out, fans fire up, and a ring count begins. JD dares Darby to get back in and Darby is on the apron. Darby pie faces JD then dares him to bring it to the outside. JD takes the bait, Darby gets in then WRECKS JD with a dropkick! Darby runs to DIVE and ram JD into railing! Darby gets up top, Nemeth distracts everyone, and Darby leaps, but JD bounces him off his shoulder!
Nemeth laughs at Darby while JD drags him up, but Sting is there to scare Nemeth away! JD puts Darby in to drop a BIG back senton! Sting keeps backing Nemeth all they way to the timekeeper’s table and further away! JD ROCKS Darby, Nemeth keeps running, and JD CHOPS away on Darby! Bononi is still in JD’s corner as JD drops knees then covers, ONE!! Darby sputters but JD brings him up. Darby throws body shots but JD scoops and SLAMS to then drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO!, and AEW goes picture in picture.
JD stalks Darby, drags him up, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. JD waits for Darby to get up, then brings him around to ROCK him with a right! Darby ends up in a corner, JD CHOPS him, then lets him feel it for a moment. Darby gets up, SLAPS JD, but JD SLAPS Darby back! JD whips Darby, LARIATS him inside out, then covers, TWO! Darby survives but JD wraps on a chinlock! JD grinds Darby down into the mat, but Darby fights his way up. Darby throws body shots, but JD back suplexes high and hard! JD drags Darby up the corner with him, but Darby SLAPS JD! And back hands and SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS!
Darby climbs up, fires off more SLAPS, then haymakers! JD shoves Darby away and hits a FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Darby survives, JD grows frustrated, but JD steps on Darby as he goes to the corner. AEW returns to single picture as Darby bails out. JD pursues, stalks Darby, and he brings Darby around but Darby throws body shots! Darby throws a forearm but JD tosses him into ropes to CLOBBER him! JD shouts, “Tonight’s MY night!” Darby crawls, Bononi cheers JD on, and JD refreshes the ring count to then aim at Darby near the railings. JD runs in and CANNONBALLS but only into railing as Darby dodges!
Darby gets to the ring, gets up the corner, and he LEAPS onto both Bononi and JD! Darby gets back in the ring as fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” The ring count is 5 of 10 but JD gets in! Darby clubs away on JD with furious fists, then goes up the corner. JD trips Darby up! JD gets Darby in the Tree of Woe to KICK, CLUB and then sit him up by his chin. Darby SLAPS JD, but JD sits Darby up to CHOP him on the back! Darby is back in the Tree of Woe, JD runs and CANNONBALLS Darby down! JD goes up top fast, VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and JD is shocked! Fans fire up, JD drags Darby back to the drop zone and goes back up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS!
Darby is in the corner, he climbs back up but JD ROCKS him first! JD climbs up now, but Darby SLAPS him! JD SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight up top! But then Darby grabs a hand to BITE it, and hits a SUPER CODE RED!! JD is in a drop zone, Darby goes up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The Relentless is still champion, still Face of the Network, and still on a hot win streak! But then THE BUTCHER clobbers Darby! The Hardy Family Office is here and they mug Darby on behalf of Hardy himself! Bunny Allie says commentary needs to get their stuff off the table because they’re going to use it! But then Sting and the Dark Order are here to run HFO off! Bunny is furious, but she’s gotta face Tay Conti in the ring now! Is she reconsidering given the HFO ran off? Too late! Tay tackles her on the stage and rains down fury! The refs hurry to break this up because this needs to happen in the ring! Will Tay tear into Bunny on behalf of Darby and the Dark Order?
AEW returns with a backstage interview with Chris Jericho.
Marvez brings up the huge news that Blood & Guts is happening on May 5th! Jericho tells Alex Marvez he’s more handsome than usual. What’s he doing that’s new? But then MJF blindsides Jericho, and the Pinnacle join in! FTR, Shawn Spears, and Wardlow shove Jericho towards gorilla and then the stage! Where is the Inner Circle!? MJF chokes Jericho with his scarf! FTR gets Jericho up for the MIND BREAKER!! Marvez signals to cameras, and the Inner Circle door has been bolted shut! The Inner Circle literally bust through the door to get free! But the Pinnacle keeps mugging Jericho and they get a table!
Spears brings the table to the apron, Wardlow reels Jericho in, but here comes IRON MIKE TYSON!! Tyson and Jericho may not be friends, but Tyson isn’t going to let a group of thugs brutalize Jericho! Thyson fires off on Spears! He rains down fury like in his prime! FTR saves Spears, the Inner Circle rushes to even things up!! The Pinnacle goes running now, and fans are fired up for Tyson standing with the Inner Circle! Is the Baddest Man on the Planet really on Jericho’s side? They shake hands! Jericho and Tyson let bygones be bygones, and Tyson says “up yours” to MJF! Will Iron Mike help the Inner Circle get ready for Blood & Guts?
Schiavone interviews Britt Baker (and Rebel) backstage.
The Doctor has a special announcement, and a small request for Tony Khan. “Tony, give the people what they want already!” A championship match for The Doctor! But she’s ranked fourth, there are others ahead of her. Yeah, let’s talk about those rankings. The win-loss system is UTTER CRAP! Championship opportunities should be based on star power, merchandise sales, and the demographic scores, which Britt is at the top of the food chain. It’s not her fault she had to waste a year putting respect on the women’s division and make history. But like a true Role Model, she will fix the broken system, climb up the rankings, and pretend like it actually matters.
So make sure to tune into Dynamite, Dark and Elevation where you will see The Doctor getting those wins up. Signed yours truly, Britt Baker DMD. Will Britt “expose” the AEW system for what it is?
The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order!
Things may have calmed down from that brawl earlier, but there’s madness just below the surface when it comes to Allie the Bunny. But to counter the HFO being ringside, the Brazilian Blackbelt has not only the Dark Order’s Preston Vance, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and Negative One, but she has Hikaru Shida with her! Will the Numbers game be in Tay’s favor?
The bell rings and these two fire off forearms! Tay gets the edge, Bunny kicks low and clubs away, then CLAWS Tay on the back! Bunny bumps Tay off buckles, Tay wobbles but Bunny bumps her off more buckles! Fans rally for Tay as Bunny digs her boots in! The ref counts, Bunny lets off and the HFO talk trash. Bunny brings Tay up and talks trash but Tay blocks the kick! Tay clinches for an EXPLODER! Bunny flounders, Tay fires up and runs in to BOOT Bunny down! Then she boot WASHES! Bunny flops out of the ring, Tay goes to the apron and aims. Bunny dodges one kick, blocks the next and trips Tay into the apron! Bunny seethes, but then laughs as she brings Tay around to snap suplex to the floor!
Bunny sees Tay floundering to railing, and run sin to SHOTGUN her into the railing! Tay flops down, the HFO is fired up and Bunny drags Tay up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny bumps Tay off the apron, brings her back around and puts her into the ring. Bunny takes a moment to laugh like a hyena, and then she stomps Tay down. Bunny drags Tay up, talks trash and throws big knees into her! Bunny runs and knee lifts Tay down! Cover, TWO! Bunny gets frustrated already but she drags Tay up. Tay fires back with forearms and then reels Bunny into a cradle! TWO, and Bunny CLOBBERS Tay! Cover, TWO! Bunny is angry again but Tay reaches out for her friends. Bunny drags Tay around, looms over her, and brings her into the cobra camel clutch! Tay endures, Bunny thrashes her around, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Tay throws Bunny around with drop sayanagis! Tay then gets Bunny up for the swinging BACKBREAKER! Bunny crawls to a corner, Tay runs in but the knee hits buckles! Tay hobbles into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Shida and the Dark Order cheer Tay on but Bunny slaps some fire into herself. Bunny drags Tay up, brings her around, dragon sleepers but Tay fights free! Tay fires off forearms, Hardy gets on the apron and stands in Tay’s way! But Tay dodges Bunny, Bunny avoids running into Hardy, and Tay gets her for a Gory Especial, to the TAY K O!! Cover, TWO!?! Bunny survives and shocks everyone, especially Tay!
Bunny crawls to the apron, Tay drags her back up, but Bunny hotshots her! Tay staggers away onto ropes, Bunny sucker punches Shida! Bunny gets Shida’s kendo stick but all hell breaks loose between Dark Order and HFO! The ref is busy with that, just as Bunny wanted, and she SMACKS Tay with the kendo stick! Is Allie a bunny or a weasel!? Bunny then climbs up, but Shida snatches the stick away! Tay ROCKS Bunny, climbs up to get her, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through, hammerlock, DD-TAY!! Cover, Tay wins!!
Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall
The champion helps her #1 contender, because it’s more about respect than anything! Will these friendly rivals become friendly opponents soon enough?
AEW sets up next week’s big episode of Dynamite!
After calling Darby out on Elevation and Dark, then being part of the attack on him tonight, Matt Hardy gets his shot at the TNT Championship, in a Falls Count Anywhere match! Will Big Money Matt strike gold in Daily’s Place? Then, as we learned earlier tonight, the Young Bucks will defend the AEW Tag Team Championships against Death Triangle’s PAC & Rey Fenix! The Bastard & Firebird were put on notice by Best Friends, but will the titles be part of the mix? And now that he is firmly part of QT’s cell, Anthony Ogogo finally has his AEW in-ring debut! Is Ogogo gonna knock out whoever is put in his path?
And speaking of “finally,” Red Velvet and Jade Cargill go 1v1 so settle the score! Jade won in the mixed tag, but will she pull off sweet victory all on her own? Or will Velvet get her sweet revenge? In fact…
Red Velvet speaks.
“Jade, I finally figured out what your deal is with me. Why you keep looking for me.” It’s because Jade knows that on the night she beat Velvet on national television, Jade knew then and there that she barely got the job done! Jade calls herself #ThatBitch? Then be #ThatBitchWhoGetsTheJobDone!
ONE MORE big match has been made for next week!
After the news of Blood & Guts finally happening, and after Mike Tyson stood alongside the Inner Circle, there’s a huge sampler to whet our appetites! Mike Tyson will be special guest enforcer as Chris Jericho with just Sammy Guevara ringside takes on Dax Hardwood with just Cash Wheeler by his side! That’s right, the rest of the Inner Circle and Pinnacle will be BANNED from ringside during this match to keep this as far as possible! Will Jericho and Tyson rewrite the mistakes of the past together?
Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks!
Did anyone ever imagine the Elite ending up like this? Will there be any going back from this? Or have the bonds between the Best Bout Machine and the Jackson brothers been severed forever?
The trios sort out, Karl Anderson starts with Matt and the fans rally on the Bucks’ side. Callis mocks Matt with how he slapped him and Matt did nothing about it. Matt storms over, Callis backs off, and Omega suddenly wants in. Anderson tags Omega, Omega tries to talk with Matt about this, and Callis scurries to commentary. Omega and Matt tie up, go around, and Omega pulls hair to put Matt on ropes. Matt turns it around, the ref counts, Matt lets off but Omega pie faces. Matt shoves, Omega shoves, things get tense and Matt backs away to tag in Nick. Nick and Omega circle now, and Nick tries to point out this is Callis’ fault.
Omega and Nick tie up, Nick wrenches, Omega wrenches back, but Nick rolls and handsprings to WRING him out! Omega boots Nick away, gets up to headlock but Nick powers out. Omega gets the headlock again, Nick powers out again, but Omega runs him over! Nick gets up and Omega double guns at him. They tie up again, Nick headlocks but Omega powers out. Nick handsprings over, then RANAS Omega out of the ring! Omega paces, gets back in and tags Anderson. The Machine Gun is upset with Nick for teaming with Moxley, then he shoves Nick, but Nick kicks low. Nick whips, Anderson reverses but Nick dodges and springboards to arm-drag then dropkick!
Nick dropkicks Omega as he gets in, but Gallows gets Nick with a choke grip! Nick breaks free, Matt gets in, the Bucks double dropkick Gallows, then Moxley clotheslines Gallows out! Moxley builds speed, TOPE AND DOUBLE PLANCHAS! Fans are thunderous as Moxley and the Bucks regroup and AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley and the Bucks stand down, Nick fetches Anderson into the ring, and Nick wrenches then tags Matt. Matt goes up to drop ax handles on Anderson’s arm. Matt wrenches the arm again and again and then tags in Moxley. Moxley climbs up to drop an ax handle on the arm. Moxley drags Anderson up to wrench, snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Moxley drags Anderson up, tags Matt in and they mug Anderson. Matt wrenches, Anderson powers Matt to the corner, and he throws hands! Tag to Gallows, the Good Brothers mug Matt, then Gallows ROCKS Matt with uppercuts and haymakers, over and over and over! Gallows backs off to throw ’em up, then drags Matt up for a HEADBUTT!
Omega tags in, he and Gallows hand off the wristlock, and Omega wrenches Matt to CLUB the arm! Omega drags Matt to CLUB the arm again, then wraps the arm around ropes to pull! The ref counts, Omega lets off, and bumps Matt off buckles. Tag to Anderson, Anderson snapmares Matt to a chinlock. Matt endures, Anderson cranks back, and Matt fights up to throw body shots. Anderson ROCKS Matt with an uppercut, then CHOPS him! Anderson keeps Matt from his corner as AEW returns to single picture, and whips him back towards the Biz Cliz corner. Matt dropkicks Gallows down, DECKS Omega, then BOOTS Anderson! Matt swings into a back suplex but lands on his feet! Hot tag to Moxley!
Moxley dodges Anderson, DECKS Omega and hits Gallows, then rallies on Anderson! Moxley clotheslines, whips but Anderson reverses! Anderson runs in to clothesline, but Moxley just shrugs it off! Anderson fires off CHOPS but Moxley just leans into them! Moxley SLAPS Anderson, runs and gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Omega gets in, he gets a SNAP GERMAN! Gallows runs in but he gets a BIG GERMAN! Moxley gets Anderson with a sleeper on the apron but Anderson hotshots him! Gallows tags in, runs and YAKUZA KICKS Moxley down! Gallows drags Moxley up to rain down hands, drops an elbow, and covers, TWO!
Gallows throws headbutts, digs his boots into Moxley, and Omega digs his boots in, too. Fans rally for Moxley but Gallows drags Moxley up by his ears. Gallows throws heavy hands and Moxley flounders into a BUZZSAW! Gallows stalks Moxley to a corner, rains down more fists, then goes corner to corner, but Moxley gets up and in his face! Both men dodge and spin, Moxley kicks low to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Moxley heads for the corner, hot tags to Nick and Anderson! Nick dodges Anderson to BLAST Omega! Nick bobs ‘n’ weaves to forearm, back kick, ROUNDHOUSE and have Anderson in a corner!
Gallows gets in, throws hands then throws Nick, but Nick dodges! ROUNDHOUSE, SHINING WIZARD and forearm smash in the corner, the Nick runs at Anderson. Anderson dodges, Nick hits buckles, but then Nick dodges as Anderson runs in! Anderson gets stuck in the corner, Nick runs at Gallows but is put on the apron! Nick ENZIGURIS back, climbs up and DUMDUM STOMPS, to then somersault for the DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up with Nick as he goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS Gallows down! Nick shoulders into Anderson, then slingshots, into the SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down but crawling, hot tags to Matt and Omega!
Omega stops in his tracks when he sees it’s Matt! Omega wants Matt to calm down and have a match, not a brawl. But then Omega rushes Matt, only to be sent into buckles! Matt hip tosses Omega, arm-drags him around, then whips for a BIG back drop! Omega flounders, Matt fires up and aims, but he fakes the superkick to SPIKE DDT! Omega sits up, Matt paces like a shark, and Matt fires up but still hesitates! Omega wobbles, Matt just can’t hit him with the superkick! Fans are upset, Matt checks on Omega but Omega SLAPS Matt! Omega slaps Matt around, daring him to hit him! Matt tackles him and rains down fists!
Matt lets off, Gallows gets in and YAKUZA KICKS! Nick missile dropkicks Gallows, Moxley clotheslines Gallows and himself out! Anderson BLASTS Nick with a EuroUpper! Matt SUPERKICKS Anderson! Omega gets a SNAP DRAGON on Matt! No hesitation from the Cleaner as he gets Matt back up and full nelson again, for ANOTHER SNAP DRAGON! Matt staggers, Omega aims but runs into Moxley’s LARIAT! Matt gets Omega for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! “This is Awesome!” but Callis sounds worried. Matt asks if Omega is alright, but he sees Nick is up top. Matt fireman’s carries, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!! Cover, Anderson breaks it in time!!
Nick whips Anderson back out, then he goes up and up and ESCALARAS to take the Good Brothers down! Matt is again checking on Matt, but Nick wants him to finish this off. The Bucks get Omega up, they have an arm each, B T E- No, Matt hesitates! Moxley tells them to finish this! Matt knows, and says he can do this. Matt and Nick get Onega up again, B T E Tr- No…!! Matt still can’t bring himself to do it! Moxley tags in and says he’ll do this! But Matt won’t let him, so now Mox sees where this is going. Moxley blows past Matt to hit a PARADIGM SHIFT on Omega!! And then a SECOND PARADIGM SHIFT to make a point!! BULLY CHOKE!! Omega is stuck, sputtering, and then Moxley spins Omega-
NICK SUPERKICKS Moxley?! The MATT SUPERKICKS MOXLEY!! Eddie Kingston storms out to ringside, but the Good Brothers jump him! Moxley’s friend gets stomped down by Omega’s friends, but what does all this make the Bucks? MAGIC KILLER to Kingston on the ramp!! Callis says they should get a stretcher for Kingston. The Good Brothers get Moxley up, MAGIC KILLER! They put Omega on Moxley for the cover, the Biz Cliz wins!
Winners: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers, by pinfall
Are the Young Bucks still Omega’s friends? Are they still Biz Cliz 4 Life? Omega wants them to prove their loyalties by doing something more to Moxley! Callis whispers something to Matt, and Matt looks to Nick. They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Moxley down! Fans chant, “You Sold Out!” as Matt refuses the Too Sweet, so they can group hug! When will this emotional roller coaster with the Elite end?
Another great episode for Dynamite, and they’re clearly making a big deal out of no longer having a Wednesday Night War in their way. We’re getting a big episode next week with some good groundwork paved for it tonight, as well as for several more Wednesdays down the line. The first is that we are getting the tag title match now, but Best Friends are starting up their feud with Death Triangle again, with or without the titles. Given how tonight ended, I don’t know if PAC & Fenix win over these solidly Heel Bucks, but getting trios matches out of Death Triangle and Best Friends would still be awesome to see anyway.
We also got some great promos that put in some worked shoot material. Sting actually telling Archer he should be a top guy was great, because it is just as true as he and Archer said. This was also a good twist because where I thought we were getting Heel Archer going against Sting and/or Darby, this could flip Archer back towards a Face direction, and he’ll be taking on Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, since they got cameos in the segment. QT’s promo with his unnamed faction was really good, and I am intrigued to see Ogogo finally get in the ring. Jericho’s promo tearing into MJF and The Pinnacle was an all time great, and is definitely going to be AEW’s best for this entire year. The brawl that followed and Tyson being with Inner Circle is great, as will Blood & Guts FINALLY happening!
Britt Baker’s promo was also good worked shoot adjacent, where she points out how AEW’s win loss record stuff doesn’t work. But instead of saying gimmick matches and tournaments and things are the problem, her character wants to make this into the (WWE) popularity system. This will make for a nice detail of her story as she racks up wins against lower level opponents, much like she’s already started with on Dark and Elevation, and then maybe she gets too cocky and lets one get a quick win off her, thereby ruining her run at the top spot. Plus, it feels like there’s a great story already in the works for Tay and Shida.
We got good intertwining of Darby’s story with Hardy and the Dark Order’s story with Hardy, and how Tay can fit into that against Bunny. Darby VS JD was great stuff, and then there was the great segue of the attack by the HFO, and how Tay and Bunny brawled then had their own solid match. Shida VS Tay is going to be big, and at this rate, could go either way because Tay is a hot hand right now. I’m surprised there wasn’t intertwining with Hangman, but given his great match with Caster to lock in as #1, maybe AEW is going to shift him towards the world title soon. I am also surprised Caster is getting the greenlight on his lyrics but I am not complaining, either.
We got an awesome main event with that 3v3, with great story of the Bucks unable to proverbially pull the trigger on Omega. The Bucks might be coming off a bit too wishy-washy, because they did the group Too Sweet but they then get up set at Callis but now they do this because they just can’t bring themselves to hate Omega. I guess the Biz Cliz can roll as a bigger group, with any number of possibilities given the growing partnerships with Impact and NJPW. But for just AEW, is there a chance Moxley and Kingston can get Death Triangle to side with them for just long enough to take on Omega’s group? Kingston may have been manipulating the Lucha Bros just months ago, but they all have common enemies in Omega and The Bucks. Plus, that’s a wild combination there that needs to be in a match together.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (4/6/21)
Another Dark Dozen on deck!
Who will be left behind in the Dark?
Big Money Matt wants to keep the money train rolling, and that means continuing win streaks! Will he and The Butcher get another W in AEW?
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott & Chandler Hopkins; The Dark Order wins.
- Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS Justin Law, Hayden Backlund & Brick Aldridge; Team Taz wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Rex Lawless & Dean Alexander; Jurassic Express wins.
- Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Fuego Del Sol; Nemeth wins.
- Jon Cruz VS The Butcher w/ The Hardy Family Office; Butcher wins.
- The Sea Stars VS Vertvixen & Jazmin Allure; The Sea Stars win.
- Red Velvet & KiLynn King w/ Big Swole VS Madi Wrenkowski & Vipress; Velvet & King win.
- JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth VS Baron Black; Drake wins.
- Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Aaron Frye & KC Navarro; Kiss & Janela win.
- Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Mike Magnum; Sydal wins.
- Matt Hardy w/ the Hardy Family Office VS Vary Morales; Hardy wins.
- The Hybrid2 VS Bear Country; Bear Country wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott & Chandler Hopkins!
While John Silver recovers, and after Max Caster beat Colt Cabana on Elevation, Evil Uno, Stu Greyson & Alex Reynolds combine forces on classic Dark! But will they truly be a 1-2-3 combination?
The bell rings, Hopkins leads the charge but gets run over by Stu! JSP and Scott get around Uno and Reynolds, but then Uno and Reynolds BOOT them down! Things sort out now and Stu drags Hopkins up. Hopkins swings a hand but gets ROCKED for it! Stu OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Hopkins to the corner, tags in Reynolds, and Reynolds fires off EuroUppers! Hopkins wobbles but back kicks low. Reynolds ends up in a corner, Hopkins runs in but Reynolds dodges, and comes back with a forearm smash! Reynolds runs to LEAPING ELBOW! Hopkins staggers into a dropkick! Reynolds handsprings up, fans fire up and Reynolds brings Hopkins over.
Tag to Uno, Uno tags Stu, and Stu whips Uno for Uno to whip Stu and forearm smash! Drop toehold to basement dropkick, then Stu paces around. Stu drags Hopkins up but Hopkins flapjack hotshots! Tag to Scott and he RAMS Stu into the corner! Scott fires off forearms and uppercuts on Stu, then tags JSP and JSP runs in to uppercut! JSP snapmares and basement EuroUppers! Cover, TWO! JSP brings Stu up, back kicks, front kicks but Stu ducks the roundhouse to URENAGE! Tag to Uno, JSP tags Hopkins but Uno rallies on everyone! BOOT for Hopkins, then Uno blocks Scott’s boot to throw him down and stomp the hands!
Uno basement dropkicks Scott out of the ring, then catches Hopkins for an END OF DAYS! Tag to Stu, Uno scoops Hopkins, and Reynolds tags in before the ELBOW SIDEWALK SLAM! The OG feed Hopkins to Reynolds for a POP-UP KNEE! Fisherman for the CRADLE DRIVER! Cover, The Dark Order win!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
And indeed, Players One, Two and Three get the 1-2-3! Will they continue to stand strong, even with enemies closing in on all sides?
Ryan Nemeth, Cezar Bononi & JD Drake talk backstage.
Beautiful Bononi tells the Hollywood Hunk that this was his idea, and Bononi already said it is “humanly impossible,” so it is all on Nemeth. Nemeth says he needs two wingmen! And this guy will be perfect! They can mold him into something hot, sexy, beautiful, bold, supple! Amazing! JD likes that word but what does “supple” mean? Nemeth says they aren’t going to change who he is, they accept him for who he is, but- JD says he may speak slow with an accent, but he’s not an idiot. These are sounding like fat jokes.
Nemeth says it’s just about going from having the rugged beard to a nice mustache, or bleaching his hair and styling it. Just something to make him sexier. What’s sexier than a hard-working, blue collar badass? Well, we’ll see. Wingmen on three. One, two… Okay only Nemeth is into it, that’s fine. He wants them to know he loves ’em and he’ll see them out there. Will Pretty Peter Avalon’s boys be able to pull it off?
Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS Justin Law, Hayden Backlund & Brick Aldridge!
The Absolute, the Machine and the Powerhouse won their first match as a trio, but it was a bit… tense. Will Team Taz still (not) be fine after another try?
The trios sort out, with Team Taz arguing a little, and Cage gets the team to let him start. Cage starts against Law, and runs him right over! Cage drags Law back up, whips him to a corner but Law goes up and over, only to get caught! Law flails and gets free, dodges Cage and tilt-o-whirls, only for Cage to TOSS him away! Brick tags in, circles with Cage, and fans rally up as the two tie up. Cage gets to a headlock, Brick powers out to a hammerlock then a headlock, but Cage powers out. Brick rams Cage but Cage comes back to ram and ROCK Brick! “Who betta?!” Starks cheers a little too much as Cage whips Brick. Brick reverses but Cage tilt-o-whirls to headscissor!
Cage waits for Brick to get up, then he back kicks and snap suplexes! Cage runs to drop a leg, brother! Cage hauls Brick up, looks at Starks, and tags Hobbs in. Hobbs and Cage mug Brick but Starks lets that slide since he did the same to Cage. Hobbs boxes Brick from all sides, then whips him to ropes. Brick dodges and rams Hobbs! Hobbs staggers but smiles, to then hit a SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs grins wider as he drags Brick up. Hobbs wants a tag, Starks makes sure he gets it first. They mug Brick now, then Starks ROCKS Brick. Brick shoves Starks down and tags in Backlund! Backlund fires off on Starks, then dodges to CLOBBER him!
Fans fire up as Backlund has Starks in the corner! Starks shoves Backlund, DECKS Law, them puts Backlund up and out, and Backlund accidentally elbow drops Law! Starks shoves Backlund in, drags him up and CHOPS, then ROCKS him! Starks plays things up too long and Backlund BOOTS him! Backlund climbs up, leaps and crossbodies, but into Starks’ arms! The ref is busy with this and Hook trips Brick off the apron! Starks adjusts Backlund’s position for the ROSHAMBEAUX! Starks asks if Cage wants to finish this off, then tags him in. Cage drags Backlund back up, and gets him up for the DRILL CLAW! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
Well that seemed rather magnanimous of Starks. Though, he sure is leaning into cheering Cage on… But either way, the team won because they’re #AbsoluteMachines! Who can stop the path of rage?
Jurassic Express VS Rex Lawless & Dean Alexander!
Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are preparing for a kaiju class collision on Dynamite with Bear Country, so they’re gonna represent for Team Godzilla! Will The Pectoral Poseidon and The Sensation make for a good warm-up before the war of the monsters on Wednesday?
The teams sort out and Alexander starts with JB. JB and Alexander circle, tie up, and JB hammerlocks to a headlock. Alexander powers out, comes back but JB headlocks to takeover. Alexander headscissors, JB moves around to pop free and then rolls Alexander back to whip. Alexander reverses, JB dodges and waistlocks, Luchasaurus tags in before the O’Conner Roll. JB gets Alexander up and Luchasaurus BOOTS him into the GERMAN SUPLEX! Lawless tags in and he rams Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus doesn’t budge and he CHOPS back! Lawless brings down the straps and eggs Luchasaurus on. Luchasaurus CHOPS, Lawless BOOTS! Lawless fires up but gets caught for a KNEE!
Luchasaurus whips Lawless to the corner, fires off, and tags in JB. Lawless staggers into the choke grip, and the CHOKE SLAM! Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Alexander, BUZZSAWS Lawless, JB BLINDSIDE ELBOWS! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
The King of the Monsters would be proud! Will the boy and his dinosaur win one for Godzilla on Dynamite?
Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Fuego Del Sol!
The Hollywood Hunk rolls with one of his wingmen and looks to be hotter than even the Fire of the Sun. Will the Blue Collar Badass be there for him, no matter what?
The bell rings and Nemeth and Fuego circle. Fans rally for Fuego as he and Nemeth tie up. Nemeth drops to fireman’s carry takeover, and JD says that’s two points! Nemeth and Fuego reset, Nemeth gets around to waistlock, then throws Fuego down! Another two points! Nemeth taunts Fuego and rubs in the fact he has a 4-0 lead that doesn’t even matter here. Fuego gets him back with arm-drag after arm-drag! Fuego then dodges, tilt-o-whirls and arm-drags again! Fuego grinds Nemeth, twists the wrist, and then kicks the arm! And again! And again and again and again! Fuego gives one last KICK, then wrenches through to a wristlock.
Fuego whips, Nemeth reverses and runs in but Fuego elbows him away! Fuego goes up, hops over and victory rolls to get the legs! Fuego has an inverted surfboard, for the PENDULUM! Nemeth endures, Fuego drops him down hard and body scissors him to a cover, TWO! Fuego hurries up top, fans fire up and he leaps, but no tornado! Nemeth TOSSES Fuego out of the ring hard! JD laughs at Fuego’s pain, and Nemeth goes out to stomp Fuego down. Nemeth puts Fuego in, covers, TWO! Nemeth rains down fists on Fuego then stomps him. Nemeth grinds Fuego’s face into the mat, hammerlocks the arm and twists the arm. Fuego endures, even as Nemeth handstands on the hold!
Nemeth drops to add torque, then he claws Fuego’s face! The ref counts, Nemeth lets off and has Fuego in a corner. Nemeth whips Fuego corner to corner hard, then shows off the hips and thighs. Nemeth runs in to RAM Fuego, then throws in knee after knee! Nemeth drags Fuego up again, back suplexes just to carry Fuego around, then DROPS him! Cover, TWO!! Fuego survives and Nemeth grows frustrated. Nemeth clamps on with a mounted cobra clutch and pulls Fuego back. Fuego endures, Nemeth brings him up, and fans rally as Fuego fights free. Fuego throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then KICKS an arm! Nemeth blocks a kick, flips Fuego but Fuego ENZIGURIS!
Fuego reels Nemeth in but Nemeth wrenches through to fireman’s carry. Fuego fights and gets the arm, then has the dragon sleeper for a BACKBREAKER! Nemeth gets up, Fuego runs in but is put out on the apron! Fuego hotshots the arm! Fuego calls for it, springboards, but into a DROPKICK! Nemeth gets Fuego up for a RUDE AWAKENING! Cover, Nemeth wins!
Winner: Ryan Nemeth, by pinfall
Whatever the points were, the Hollywood Hunk finished it off so he wins either way! Will this be what shows JD that you can be groomed and gritty at the same time?
AEW Outside the Ring is almost here!
The first episode premieres this Friday at 9 AM Eastern! Who will Lexi Nair have as her first guest(s) of her new talk show?
Jon Cruz VS The Butcher w/ The Hardy Family Office!
The apparent father of SNAKEMAN is back, but he’s taking on Big Money Matt’s big, beefy brute! Will Butcher make Cruz into chuck meat in the Dark?
The bell rings, Butcher CLOBBERS Cruz in a corner, then throws off his jacket to headbutt away on Cruz! The ref counts, Butcher waits for Cruz to get up, and then he CHOPS him down! Butcher whips, then CLOBBERS Cruz again! Cover, and Butcher wins!
Winner: The Butcher, by pinfall
Well that was quick! And the HFO throws Cruz out and stand tall together. Will they be taking far more than just the ring in the coming days?
The Sea Stars VS Vertvixen & Jazmin Allure!
Oddly enough, Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo just teamed with the Wrestling Gamer recently and did very well, despite losing. But now the vixen teams with Allure, will they be the ones to sink the Siren and and her sister? Or will Vox and Exo reel them in, hook, line and sinker?
The teams sort out and Vox starts with Allure. They circle, tie up, and Vox slips through to wrench and wristlock. Tag to Exo and the Sea Stars fish hook to BOOT! Cover, ONE! Exo stays on Allure but gets a jawbreaker for it! Allure scrambles and tags in Vert! Vert runs in, Exo goes around but blocks the hip toss to backslide! Cover, TWO! Vert staggers up in to a kick, and Exo whips but Vert reverses. Vert runs but into boots! Exo swings but into a lift and Vert puts Exo in the corner! Vert CLAWS Exo into the Tree of Woe then STOMPS her down! Cover, ONE! Vert pushes Exo around, drags her up but Exo hits back.
Vert facelocks, tags Allure, and they mug Exo. They then put Exo in the corner, Allure CHOPS and fires off forearms! Allure digs her boots in, tags Vert, and Vert digs a forearm into Exo’s face! The ref reprimands, Vert CHOPS Exo, then elbows her! Tag to Allure, and Allure gets in Exo’s face with trash talk before she CHOPS! Exo gets mad and CHOPS back! Allure ROCKS Exo, talks more trash, then CHOPS again! Allure kicks, hooks a leg for an INVERTED PAGE TURNER! Cover, TWO! Exo survives and Allure is shocked! Allure puts Exo in the corner, tags in Vert, and they double forearm smash! Vert ROCKS Vox, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS Exo!
Vert scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Exo survives and Vert is furious! Fans rally up, Vert stomps Exo, and drags her up. “Who do you think you are, Delmi!?” Vert talks a lot of trash, then runs, but Exo dodges to NECKBREAKER! Both women are down and fans fire up! Vert and Exo crawl, hot tag to Vox! Vox shoulders Vert, goes up and over to headscissor, then dodges Allure to CLOBBER her! Vox fires up, ducks a roundhouse, and fish hooks for the LARIAT! Cover, but Allure breaks it! Exo gets Allure and throws her out hard, then regroups with her sister. Vox runs in to uppercut Vert, then feeds her to Exo’s clinch!
EXPLODER into the drop zone, and then Exo becomes Vox’s knee-board for the SENTON! Cover, The Sea Stars win!
Winners: The Sea Stars, by pinfall
The sisters stay afloat in the rising tide! Will they use this wave of momentum to take the AEW Women’s Division by storm?
The Acclaimed have a new music video!
“This goes out to Hangman! In the ring, you can’t hang, man! And when you’re on the show, you’re an eye sore! I’ma knock your ass of the high horse. You don’t have no real friends. Always up in your feelins. Cuz nobody loves you, everybody told me, call the Acclaimed if you’re feelin’ lonely. The Elite didn’t want you, that’s gotta suck. Pour a drink when you wanna keep it bottled up. Ask Kenny, Matt ‘n’ Nick, even Papa Buck. They said, ‘Hangman? No, you can’t hang with us.’ Then you found the Dark Order. It’s like you’re in your prime but you found Pop Warner. You know the truth when you’re looking in the glass. They’ll leave you, too, when I beat that ass!
“This goes out to Hangman! In the ring, you can’t hang, man! And when you’re on the show, you’re an eye sore! I’ma knock ya ass of the high horse. You are not a cowboy! I think you need an Altoid. So get out my face cuz your breath be stinking. Maybe stop drinking. Platinum, see me in the rankings, I’m coming for that numbah one spot. People think it’s ludicrous but I’m proving that it’s not. I’m a shooter, homie. I ain’t moving with the clock. I’ma take you out faster than you take a shot. Cosplay cowboy, probably ride sidesaddle. You probably on all fours, taking five paddles, from the Dark Order in the club house. You went soft but the Platinum is thugged out!
“I beat 10, beat Alex, and Colt, too. I’ll get Five, John Silver, Uno and Stu. And when your friends are all on the shelf, you’ll be back sitting at the bar by yourself. This goes out to Hangman. In the ring, you can’t hang, man. And when you’re on the show, you’re an eye sore! I’ma knock your ass of the high horse. You don’t have no real friends. Always up in your feelins. Cuz nobody loves you, everybody told me. Call the Acclaimed if you’re feelin’ lonely. Call us up! You feelin’ lonely, Hangman? I know you feelin’ lonely.” Platinum just dropped some heavy bars, but will be the one getting dropped on Dynamite?
Red Velvet & KiLynn King w/ Big Swole VS Madi Wrenkowski & Vipress!
Along with Big Swole, Velvet and The King won last week and hope to keep that going! Swole won on Elevation, can Velvet and King win in the Dark? Or will they be forced to face reality by Madi and Vipress?
The teams sort out, King starts against Madi and they tie up. They go around, King headlocks and hits a takeover. Madi headscissors but King kips free. King headlocks again, but Madi pulls hair to pop free to her own headlock. King powers out, then runs Madi over hard! Madi scrambles to a corner, King is on her with stomps and elbows, then whips Madi just to arm-drag her into the corner! Madi scrambles away, Vipress tags in, and Vipress waistlocks King. King slips around to facelock but Vipress wrenches out. King kicks low, tags in Velvet, and they double whip Vipress just to send her into buckles! And again, and then crisscross to throw Vipress down! Cover, ONE!
Velvet tags King in, they hand off the wrench then tag again. They double whip, bypass and calf kick Vipress down! King sets Vipress on the mat and combines with Velvet, wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps on Vipress and drags her up to ROCK her with a right. Velvet whips, Vipress reverses but Velvet mule kicks back! Velvet springboards to crossbody, then slides under to sweep the legs! Velvet stirs it up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps on Vipress but Vipress ROCKS her back! Vipress facelocks, clubs Velvet, Madi distracts the ref and Vipress CLAWS Velvet’s eyes! King storms in but the ref keeps her back!
Vipress shoves Velvet and Madi chokes her in the corner! Tag, and Madi smiles as she throws forearms into Velvet. Madi snapmares to NECK SNAP! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Madi drags Velvet up, tags Vipress, and they bring Velvet around to double whip. They double shoulder Velvet down, Madi hits a BOOM DROP! Vipress covers, TWO! Velvet hits back with body shots but Vipress clubs her, for a ROLLING STO! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives but Vipress drags her into a chinlock. Fans rally as Velvet endures the knee in the back. Velvet fights up, throws body shots but both women throw they other by their hair!
Fans fire up as both women are down and crawling. Hot tags to King and Madi! King rallies on Vipress and Madi with forearms and clotheslines! King blocks a clothesline and kick, Madi ducks King’s heel kick but not the boot, or the ROUNDHOUSE! King reels Madi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Madi flounders, Vipress tags in, but King dodges her. Velvet gets in Vipress’ way, and King SHOTGUNS Vipress down! Tag to Velvet, King feeds Vipress to a BULLDOG! Velvet tops it off with a whip but Vipress DECKS King! Velvet SHINING WIZARDS, then hoists Vipress up top! Velvet ROCKS Vipress, then hits ICONOCLASM! Cover but Madi breaks it!
King rushes in to fire off on Madi! Vipress swings on King but into KINGDOM FALLS! Velvet adds the CHEF’S KISS! Cover, King & Velvet win!
Winners: Red Velvet & KiLynn King, by pinfall
And that’s a sweep on the week! Will Swole, Velvet and King roll together all the way to the top of the AEW Women’s Division?
JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth VS Baron Black!
The Hollywood Hunk set the example, and now the Blue Collar Badass is stepping in the ring! Will he prove that rough and tumble is sexy? Or will he be needing a makeover after taking on the EmpBRUH?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. JD Kicks low, CLUBS Baron, then throws forearms! JD swings a chop but Baron dodges. Baron throws a chop but JD dodges. JD headlocks, Baron powers out but JD whips Baron away. Baron blocks the hip toss, but JD blocks the counter hip toss, and back again. Baron ducks the clothesline to reel JD into a cobra twist! JD endures, Baron digs an elbow in, but JD powers out to hip toss Baron OUT of the ring! Baron crashes down, Nemeth keeps his distance and JD goes out to fetch Baron. JD whips Baron at the post but Baron stops himself! Baron CHOPS JD, but JD pops him to the apron and CLOBBERS him on the rebound!
JD goes up and in to leave Baron behind, and he wants a count out! The ref does count, Baron slowly gets up at 3, and JD counts along as it goes past 5. Baron gets in at 7, JD is after him with CHOPS and forearms! JD stomps Baron down, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, JD lets off and then he brings Baron up. Baron throws body shots, shoves JD over but JD shoves him away. JD runs in to corner splash and Belly2Belly! JD climbs up to hit a VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Baron slowly gets up but JD pushes him around. Fans rally but Baron throws body shots! JD and Baron brawl, JD CHOPS then powers up, but Baron catches him!
JD elbows free to reel Baron in, and suplexes only for Baron to slip out! Baron waistlocks, JD breaks free and shoves Baron, but Baron clotheslines! JD stays up, Baron runs and clotheslines again, but JD is still up! Baron dodges to atomic drop and EuroUpper JD, into a SNAP GERMAN! JD staggers up, Baron brings down the straps! Baron runs corner to corner to DISCUS in the corner, and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! JD survives and Baron grows frustrated. Nemeth coaches JD, Baron gets up and reels JD in. JD back drops but Baron sunset flips then shifts to get the legs! Baron wants the Cloverleaf but JD swats at him then boots him down! JD gets up, grits his teeth and CHOPS again!
JD eggs Baron on so Baron fires up and CHOPS back! JD CHOPS, Baron CHOPS, and it’s a CHOP fight! Fans fire up as they CHOP faster and faster! Baron spins to CHOP again, but then JD ducks the discus to fire off a strike fest, ROUNDHOUSE! JD runs but Baron follows but JD gets around, SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, JD wins!
Winner: JD Drake, by pinfall
Scrap Metal’s chest is bleeding from the damage done by chops alone, but he isn’t even bothered by it! Will JD be even more badass when he takes on Darby Allin for the AEW TNT Championship on Dynamite?
Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Aaron Frye & KC Navarro!
After venting some frustrations and getting past them, Jersey’s Finest rides again! But will the tension and disappointment only return after facing Fry Daddy & The Truly Blessed?
The teams sort out and the Concrete Rose starts, but both KC and Frye rush him! Kiss goes Matrix, the Bad Boy DOUBLE LARIATS KC and Frye down, and then Kiss throws Frye out. Kiss handsprings and back kicks KC, then snapmares to run and basement dropkick! Kiss drags KC up, tags Janela in, and Jersey’s Finest double whip. Kiss drops, Janela atomic drops, and then they combine for a TOSS BOMB! Cover, TWO! Janela drags KC over and lets him tag Frye! Janela then BOOTS Frye, brings him around and suplexes for a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Admittedly, Janela doing a dolphin kick in the pin was a bit cocky of him, but Janela keeps on Frye with a scoop and slam.
Tag to Kiss, Kiss hops up, and hits a splash! Tag to Janela, he goes up and drops a SPLASH! Tag to Kiss, Kiss drops another SPLASH! Tag back to Janela, and yes, it’s another SPLASH! Janela does a Fargo Strut and drops the straps. Kiss and Janela bring Frye up but KC runs in. KC till-o-whirl DDT’s Kiss! Janela pops KC up for the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Frye ROCKS Janela, runs and KNEES him down! Janela goes to a corner, BOOTS then SUPERKICKS Frye down! Kiss fireman’s carries Frye for a SPLIT K O! Janela is up top, and he gives Frye #GreetingsFromAsburyPark! Cover, Jersey’s Finest wins!
Winners: Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss, by pinfall
No tension, no dysfunction, no frustrations, just victory! Will Kiss & Janela finally finish that road trip to the top?
Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Mike Magnum!
The Sydal Brothers may have lost to All Ego and The Face of the Revolution, but that won’t crush their spirits! Will Matt and his third eye find a way forward in the Dark?
The bell rings, Matt wants Magnum to put the paint brush away. Magnum says if Matt has the third eye, then he’ll see the masterpiece Magnum paints on this canvas! Magnum then thrusts the brush at Matt but Matt dodges and KICKS Magnum’s leg! Sydal KICKS the leg more and Magnum hobbles around! Sydal fakes Magnum out with the QUESTION MARK! Then Sydal hits the LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Cover, Sydal wins!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall
And in the blink of a third eye, it’s over! But will it be that easy for him and Mike to rise up the rankings in AEW?
Matt Hardy w/ the Hardy Family Office VS Vary Morales!
Big Money Matt got a win over Alan Angels, and has started checking off members of the Dark Order from his “hit list!” At the same time, he wants after the TNT Champion! Will Vary be a tune-up as he goes after both those goals?
But speaking of Darby, he is watching from his favorite perch in Daily’s Place. The bell rings and fans rally for Vary but the HFO is of course on Hardy’s side. Hardy is pretty sure Vary knows who he is, and of course he does. But Vary and Hardy still tie up, go around, and Hardy puts Vary in the corner. Hardy then RAMS into Vary over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Hardy ROCKS Vary, taunts him, then DECKS him! Hardy scoops Vary for SNAKE EYES, and a LARIAT! Hardy shouts, “The truth is the truth!” and he pushes Vary around. Hardy whips Vary corner to corner but Vary dodges as Hardy runs in.
Vary dropkicks Hardy down, fires off haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts. Vary runs back in but is put on the apron. Vary springboards back in, Hardy dodges and Vary comes back, into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Vary survives but Hardy is furious. Hardy drags Vary up but Darby looks unimpressed. Hardy underhooks Vary for the LEECH HOLD! Vary taps, Hardy wins!
Winner: Matt Hardy, by submission
Big Money Matt isn’t paid by the hour, and he puts Vary away fast! The HFO celebrates with their manager, but Hardy gets a mic to call Darby out. “Darby Allin, you have the AUDACITY to call Big Money Matt a sell-out?!” Darby’s name and image is everywhere on TNT! He’s the “Face of the Network!” DARBY’s the sell-out, not Matt! And when Matt gets the chance, he’ll show how extreme Big Money Matt still is! Did you just see how he leeched the life out of this underling? That’s what Hardy will do to Darby when he takes the TNT Championship! The truth is the truth, but is Hardy still wrong about The Relentless?
The Hybrid2 VS Bear Country!
Angelico & Jack Evans know Boulder & Bronson are headed for a clash of titans with Jurassic Express, but that won’t scare them off! Can TH2 keep from getting lost in Bear Country in the Dark? Or will they merely whet the appetite as the bears head for Dynamite?
The teams sort out, Angelico starts with Bronson and the two circle. They tie up and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico then shifts to a headlock, grinds Bronson down and wrenches to a wristlock. Bronson spins through, drops and waistlocks to slam Angelico down. Angelico moves around, Bronson holds on and they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Bronson lets off clean and waits for Angelico. Angelico shoves Bronson, then gets around to waistlock. Bronson resists the lift, Angelico headlocks, then Angelico wrenches to a wristlock. Angelico uses a cording hold, but Bronson powers out to run Angelico over!
Fans fire up with Bronson but Angelico backs off to tag in Evans. Evans talks trash to the “peasant” and calls out “the big man!” Boulder tags in but Evans shows off his power by doing a handstand push-up. Boulder and Evans tie up, and Boulder doesn’t even budge as Evans pushes! Boulder shoves Evans right out of the ring! Evans claims hair pulling but the ref knows it wasn’t that. Evans gets back in, circles with Boulder and ties up with him again. Again, Boulder doesn’t budge and he shoves Evans. Evans handsprings, runs and dropkicks but Boulder stays up. Evans dropkicks again, then runs, but into a BOOT! Boulder drags Evans up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Bronson.
Bronson whips Boulder in for a BIG corner splash, then Boulder feeds Evans to Bronson’s shoulder tackle! Fans rally for Bear Country as Bronson covers, TWO! Bronson puts Evans in the corner, tags Boulder, and the bears double whip to double press SLAM! Evans flounders, Boulder brings him up and scoops him. Evans claws Boulder’s face! Hot tag to Angelico, and Angelico gets in to fire off JABS! Boulder doesn’t budge, Angelico runs but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Boulder drags Angelico back up, tosses him to the corner and tags in Bronson. The bears mug Angelico, Bronson drags Angelico up to reel him in for a short-arm clothesline! Cover, TWO!
Bronson clamps on a chinlock but Angelico fights up. Angelico fights free, jawbreakers, and tags Evans. Evans springboards for the FLYING SCREW KICK! Evans grins as Bronson goes to the corner. Evans handsprings in but into Bronson’s arms! BEAR-SPLODER! Bronson fires up and the fans join in. Bronson drags Evans up, Evans fires off kicks and body shots, but runs into a kick! Bronson whips, but Evans dropkicks back! Evans boots, Angelico tags in, and Evans gets Bronson in the ropes! Angelico dropkicks Bronson’s legs out! Angelico stomps the knee, has a standing heel hook and Bronson endures! Angelico shifts his hold but Bronson throws haymakers!
Angelico lets go but stomps Bronson down! Bronson boots Angelico away, hot tag to Boulder! Boulder CLOBBERS TH2 then scoop SLAMS Evans! Boulder scoop SLAMS Angelico, and TH2 end up in the corner together. Boulder runs in to SPLASH SANDWICH! Boulder fireman’s carries Angelico, Evans leaps but into Boulder’s arms! FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP COMBO! Boulder fires up now and he tags Bronson back in. The bears combine with the Electric Chair lift, for the BEAR BOMB!! Cover, Bear Country wins!
Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall
Boulder & Bronson are rolling towards their showdown with Jurassic Express! But who will survive when these forces of nature collide on Dynamite?
At an hour and 16, this was a manageable episode of Dark, with a lot of short matches that were still good matches. I do like that we’re getting story progress here, such as with the new group of Nemeth, JD and Bononi, and another great new music video from Max Caster. I also like that Starks and Cage were still being passive aggressive with each other, that is good story for Team Taz there. We got good tune-ups for Jurassic Express and Bear Country going into their match on Dynamite, but I would feel like Jurassic Express wins because they’ve been the hot hand for some time.
My Score: 8.1/10
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