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! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
- Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!
The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?
Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!
Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!
Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!
Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!
Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!
Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!
Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!
Winner: Darby Allin
The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”
Chris Jericho responds!
“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.
“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”
Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!
Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!
Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?
The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!
Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!
AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.
Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!
Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!
Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!
But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!
LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!
But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.
The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.
So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.
But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.
And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!
Jungle Boy is here!
Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!
Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!
JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?
“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”
Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!
They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!
Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!
And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?
Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!
The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?
Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.
The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.
Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!
The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.
Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!
Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!
Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!
AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.
Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.
Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?
AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!
After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?
Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!
As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!
Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.
Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!
Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!
The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!
Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!
Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!
Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.
Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.
Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!
Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!
Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!
Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.
I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.
Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.
Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.
Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.
Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.
Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/9/22)
Best Friends get Dark!
Before entering the AEW Trios Championship Tournament, Best Friends are in action, in separate matches! Will tonight’s Dark be Freshly Squeezed?
- 8 Man Tag: Private Party, The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Isaiah Broner, Brayden Lee, James Alexander & Sam Moore; Private Party, Butcher & Blade win.
- Anna “Jay A.S.” w/ The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Megan Meyers; Anna wins.
- Best Friends w/ Danhausen VS Rohit Raju & Ren Jones; Best Friends win.
- Evil Uno & Preston Vance VS Peter Avalon & JD Drake; Uno & Vance win.
- Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Heather Reckless & Joseline Navarro; Shafir & Nyla win.
- Kris Statlander VS Sierra; Statlander wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Trustbusters VS Sonny Kiss, Zack Clayton & Xavier Walker; The Trustbusters win.
- Six Woman Tag: Ruby Soho, Athena & Hikaru Shida VS Serena Deeb, Leva Bates & Emi Sakura; Soho, Athena & Shida win.
- Orange Cassidy VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Cassidy wins.
So it seems Ari Daivari, Parker Boudreaux & Slim J are a trio now under The Trustbusters name. Good to see Sonny Kiss back in action but Kiss, Clayton & Walker aren’t winning that one. And I’m still wondering if The Wingmen are really a thing with JD Drake also spending time with Anthony Henry as the Workhorsemen. For that matter, why wasn’t it Best Friends VS The Wingmen in a 3v3? Or are they going to use that as an easy win in the opening round of the AEW Trios Championship Tournament?
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