Will Dynamite’s Holiday Bash be a SUPERKICK PARTAAAAAY~?
The Acclaimed, Max Caster and Anthony Bowens, have arrived! But will they be AEW World Tag Team Champions after facing the Young Bucks?
- The Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho & MJF VS Top Flight; The Inner Circle wins.
- Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana; Jurassic Express wins.
- The Butcher w/ The Fam VS PAC w/ The Lucha Brothers; PAC wins.
- Dustin Rhodes w/ Lee Johnson VS Evil Uno w/ Stu Grayson; Dustin wins.
- Hikaru Shida VS Alex Gracia; Shida wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS The Acclaimed; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Inner Circle’s Chris Jericho & MJF VS Top Flight!
Jake Hager accompanies Le Champion and the New York Times’ Best Performance of 2020 winner as they enjoy the fans singing Judas for the holidays. But will the Demo God and the Ratings Ruler show Darrius and Dante Martin that they’re not ready to hang with the big boys yet?
The teams sort out and Darrius starts with Jericho, and fans rally as Darrius gets in Jericho’s face. Jericho pie faces Darrius but Darrius throws hands! Jericho rakes eyes, hits back and CHOPS Darrius to the corner! Jericho CHOPS, and haymakers, then gloats as fans boo. Jericho whips Darrius corner to corner but Darrius goes up and over, only to run into a BOOT! Jericho runs but Darrius hurdles to enziguri! Dante gets a shot in, then Darrius, then back to Dante. Tag to Dante, and Top Flight double whip to double trip, then a roll and handspring, DOUBLE KICKS! Cover, ONE! MJF is furious but Dante fires off haymakers on Jericho. Dante whips, Jericho kicks and then whips Dante to the corner!
Tag to MJF, fans boo as the Inner Circle’s alphas dig boots into Dante. MJF dares Dante to take his shot and fans rally for Top Flight. Dante and MJF tie up, MJF puts Dante in a corner, then SLAPS him! Dante kicks back but MJF kick slow, then whips. Dante reverses, hurdles and hurdles to dropkick MJF down! MJF bails out and fans are fired up as the Inner Circle regroups. MJF gets in but Darrius backs up his brother. The brawl is on! MJF and Dante, Darrius and Jericho, but Top Flight gets the edge with CHOPS! Top Flight climb up to rain down punches in stereo! They go all the way to 10, flip back, and then dodge and go up and over to double dropkick! The Inner Circle is reeling s Top Flight holds the ring!
Darrius eggs Jericho on while he regroups with Hager. Darrius goes out, Dante fetches MJF but MJF SLAPS him! Dante chases MJF but Jericho CLOBBERS him! Darrius goes after MJF but MJF DECKS him! MJF stands on Dante’s neck and dares him to fight! The Inner Circle high-ten before they put Dante in. MJF drops an elbow, covers, TWO! MJF drags Dante over, Jericho tags in and the Inner Circle mugs Dante. Jericho snapmares Dante, KICKS him, and fans boo as he has the cocky pin, ONE! Jericho soaks up the heat and MJF joins in while Jericho taunts Darrius. Jericho slaps Dante, Dante hits back with haymakers! Dante runs but into a kitchen sink knee!
Jericho stomps Dante, hoists him up and hits a high back suplex! Dante flounders but Jericho drags Dante away. Tag to MJF, they double whip and double FLAPJACK Dante down! MJF steps on Dante while taunting Darrius, as does Jericho. MJF SLAPS Darrius, then CHOKES Dante! The ref is too busy with Darrius, then MJF covers, ONE! MJF is annoyed with Dante, drags him up, and feeds him to Jericho’s boot! Tag to Jericho, they stand on Dante again, but let off as the ref counts. Jericho drags Dante around to ROPE GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Dante sputters and Jericho distracts the ref, Hager and MJF get their cheap shots in! Jericho covers with feet on ropes, TWO!
Jericho SLAPS Dante again, drags him up to bump off buckles, then hoists him up top. Fans boo and jeer as Jericho CHOPS Dante! Jericho climbs up, throws haymakers, then brings Dante all the way up. Dante throws body shots and throws Jericho down! Jericho gets up for Dante’s HIGH crossbody! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to MJF and Darrius! Darrius dodges MJF to BLAST Jericho! Then he BOOTS MJF, hops up and leaps over to handspring and redirect MJF, STANDING SPANISH FLY! And a DIVE onto Jericho! Darrius goes right up top, MJF staggers over into the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!!
Darrius keeps his eyes on MJF as MJF sits up, BUZZSAW! Darrius sees Jericho get in and uses him for the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Dante, they combine for a lift and rope for the LEAP FROG ATTACK! O’Conner roll with bridge, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Dante drags MJF up for forearm after forearm! Dante whips, goes the other way, MJF redirects to POWERBOMB Dante! Tag to Jericho, for a LIONSAULT! Cover as MJF DECKS Darrius, TWO!! Dante survives and the Inner Circle is furious! Darrius throws MJF into railing, Dante counters the Walls into a cradle, TWO!! Jericho escapes, Dante runs in and Jericho lifts, but Darrius tags!
Jericho throws Dante, Darrius runs in, the sunset flip CATAPULTS Dante onto MJF! Darrius has Jericho, TWO!?! Jericho narrowly escapes but Darrius gets right up. Fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” but Jericho CLOBBERS Darrius! Jericho throws down hands, grinds Darrius’ face into the mat, then tags in MJF. MJF throws off his own frustrated fists and taunts Darrius as he digs his boots in. The Inner Circle double whip, but Darrius DOUBLE DDT’s out of the back drop! Darrius CLOBBERS Jericho out of the ring, Dante finishes it off by throwing him over the timekeeper’s table!
Darrius clobbers MJF, goes to the apron, but Hager YANKS him out of the air! MJF has Darrius for the HEATSEEKER!! Cover, The Inner Circle wins!
Winners: The Inner Circle, by pinfall
The numbers game won this for the Inner Circle! Hager fetches a microphone to congratulate them. “I’ve got to get this off my chest. It’s been two weeks since the Inner Circle came together, two weeks since we said we are a team, and in those two weeks, we have won because every single member of the Inner Circle has done their job.” Except for one! Where is WARDLOW?! Oh right, he’s away for “Family business.” THIS is family business! It pisses Hager off that Wardlow can choose when to come. Hager is the guy who does his job. MJF and Wardlow wanted to be in the Inner Circle because we all know this faction is the shining star of AEW.
Yes, Wardlow is an asset, but he’s also an asshole. Hager talked with Tony Khan, and live next week, HAGER VS WARDLOW! And Wardlow better show up. The Big Hurt has put out an ultimatum of his own, and Jericho had no idea he’d done it, either! Will the Inner Circle truly be united after the behemoths battle it out?
The Acclaimed have a diss track music video!
Titled “Buck Hunt,” “Every time I shoot, better duck, son! And I know that you don’t really want none. When Acclaimed in the house, better bounce, say bye to your loved ones.” They’re on the hunt this evening, here for a couple reasons. They got the titles, say they’re the best but we need a reminder. “Who quit Twitter cuz the fans all hate ’em? Who kissed Dave’s ass for a star ratin’? You guys! Now you gettin’ destroyed, Acclaimed turning Young Bucks into young boys!” Well, Max Caster can talk the talk and Bowens can hype him up, but will they both be able to walk the walk against THE AEW World Tag Team Champions?
AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
The Icon is back! “THIS! IS! STIIIING~!” The crow, the snow, and then the man, the myth, the legend! Sting joins Schiavone in the ring, and Schiavone says, another great reception. How does it feel to be back on TNT and then in AEW? Sting says he already touched on it before, he feels and he knows that he has come full circle. He is back in the jungle, on TNT, and says he was a part of building the original jungle. He’s glad to see the jungle is still alive and is excited to be part of it!
So then why is Sting here? He said he wasn’t here for Cody Rhodes, but he did mention the TNT Champion, Darby Allin. Tell us more in-depth why he is here! Sting can’t answer that easily, that’s a deep question. When he thinks on that question, he goes back in time looking for his break. And he saw one of the greatest ever, one adored by fans all over the world, he is talking about The American Dream, DUSTY RHODES! “God rest his soul, Dusty!” Because of Dusty, he told “Stinger baby, we gonna put some color on your face. We gonna put some color on your tights, color on your boots, I want you to glow in the dark, babay!” Then he’ll be with the Nature Boy, Ric Flair, and it’ll be funky like a monkey, if you will. And then yes, Sting was wrestling one of the best ever in main event matches.
Fast forward to now, Cody in the ring, son of Dusty, Sting couldn’t stay away. Sting just had to be part of AEW and what Cody was doing! Fans chant, “Welcome Home!” and Sting thanks them because it’s good to be home! As for Darby- Team Taz cuts in. Taz says this is all very emotional and, if he could steal a line, it brings a tear to a glass eye. Taz has known Sting a long time, and anyone who really knows Sting is that Sting is only for Sting. Ricky Starks says Team Taz doesn’t care about his business with Darby or Cody, just that he keeps interfering with their business. Starks says Stinger’s gonna get hurt in their jungle.
Taz says he is standing here with four hungry tigers ready to bite Sting’s head off! It’s go time! Team Taz heads to the ring but the lights go out! Well Sting is already here so… DARBY is in the ring! Well that’s no problem for Team Taz. Sting and baseball bat, Darby and skateboard, Team Taz will fight another day. And that day will be 1/6/21, TNT Championship, Darby VS Cage, and Cage rips Darby’s head off! Team Taz will see you in the new year. BUt Cage speaks up and says what if he doesn’t want to wait? He’s dressed and ready to go, just give him the greenlight! Fans want to “Let them fight!” but Taz says the new year is the time. Will the Reckless Face of TNT still be champion come that time?
And speaking of Darby, he looks to Sting as the two hold onto their signature weapons. Fans are loving that scene as it is! Will there come a time when these two are in a match together?
MJF has a cameraman with him backstage.
MJF tells the cameraman he doesn’t have him here to show how good he is, but because this is the right thing to do. MJF walks in and wants to talk with Santana and Ortiz. He just wants a minute of their time. MJF heard what happened, how they lost somebody really close to them recently, and MJF says the most important person in his life was his grandfather. He just lost his grandfather from cancer, so from the bottom of his heart, MJF tells Santana how hard that is, and he is here for him. Santana stands up, tells MJF to keep his head up, and then they shake hands and hug it out. Ortiz also shakes hands, but no hug. Has MJF at least gotten one of the Proud ‘n’ Powerful to accept him?
Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS The Dark Order’s 5, 10 & Colt Cabana!
Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt are going to show the full power of their trio as they go up against Alan Angels, Preston Vance and BOOM BOOM! Will the boys and their dinosaur stay on track in the tag team division rankings?
The trios sort out and Fun-Sized starts with Cabana, and Cabana doesn’t take Stunt all that seriously. Stunt shimmies and tie sup with Cabana, and Cabana jokes that Stunt is so strong. Cabana puts Stunt in a corner, and up top and pats him on his head. Stunt jumps and RANAS Cabana away! Then dropkicks him! Angels tags in and runs into an arm-drag! Stunt has the arm, tags JB and they whip Angels for the atomic drop and step-up BOOT! Jackknife cover, TWO! JB CHOPS Angels, whips him then hurdles, drops and dropkicks! Cover, TWO! JB stays on Angels, Stunt tags in and they whip. Angels reverses JB but JB slides and Stunt dropkicks! Then they combine, RIPCORD SPLASH AND LEG DROP! Cover, but Cabana tosses Stunt off!
Stunt gets mad and shoves Cabana, then goes back to Angels. Angels picks Stunt up to ram him into the corner! Tag to Cabana, Cabana gets in Stunt’s face and throws big elbows! Stunt ducks a few, and then the double chop, to hot tag Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus CHOPS Cabana and Cabana flops out of the ring. Vance gets in but Luchasaurus boots and CHOPS him down! Luchasaurus tags Stunt in, scoops Vance to slam him, and Stunt leaps in, wheelbarrow SPLASH combo! And then a tag to JB for the wheelbarrow senton! JB goes up, KNEEBOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! Vance survives but fans are fire dup for Jurassic Express!
JB CHOPS Vance, whips but Vance reverses. Vance runs in, only gets buckles as JB goes out! JB slides around, shoulders in then slingshots over. JB wheelbarrows, Vance shoves him and Cabana is there to catch him! JB fights Cabana off but Angels KICKS JB down! Vance wheelbarrow hotshot GERMANS! Fans boo as the Dark Order gets away with all this! Cover, TWO! Vance looms over JB as AEW goes picture in picture.
Vance drags JB up, CHOPS him, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Angels and Angels rolls to run in for a forearm! Angels snapmares and splashes down! Cover, TWO! Angels keeps on JB with a facelock, brings him back and tags in Cabana. They mug JB, then Cabana grins as he looms over JB. JB kicks back, kicks again, but Cabana blocks and trips him for an elbow drop! JB writhes, Cabana covers, TWO! Cabana is annoyed but he keeps JB from the Jurassic Express by throwing him out of the ring! Cabana goes out, JB fights off the Dark Order with boots and elbows! JB gets back in the ring, but Cabana intercepts with a shoulder tackle!
Cabana swaggers about, bumps JB off buckles then tags in Angels. Angels stomps JB around, brings him up and whips him to kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Angels grows annoyed, he covers again, TWO! Angels stomps JB, drags JB up but JB throws hands. Angels DECKS JB, whips him to the corner, and tags Vance as AEW returns to single picture. Fans rally for JB as Vance whips Angels in. JB fights back again with more boots and elbows! JB leaps into Vance’s arms! Angels dropkicks into the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Vance is frustrated, Cabana mockingly tells JB he can do it, and Vance whips JB, but JB slips off. Vance shoves again, JB rebound LARIATS!
Fans fire up as both men are down! JB and Vance crawl, hot tag to Angels! Angels drags JB away, back suplexes, but JB lands on his feet and dodges, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies on the Dark Order, tosses Angels in to fire off BIG hands! Angels flops into a wheelbarrow GERMAN! Luchasaurus kips up and fans are fired up! Vance is in, Luchasaurus shoves him but Vance BOOTS! Luchasaurus just TAIL WHIPS back! Angels is up, leaps, but into a choke grip! Angels is thrown into Cabana, then gets the CHOKE SLAM! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Vance breaks it in time! Fans are fired up as Luchasaurus tags Stunt!
Stunt goes up, stands on Luchasaurus’ shoulders, Cabana gets a BOOT and a CROSSBODY! SPINNING BUZZSAW! Stunt builds speed and DIVES into a forearm! Vance puts Stunt back in, then gets Angels in. Luchasaurus grabs Vance but Cabana POSTS the dinosaur! Vance feeds Stunt to a BIONIC ELBOW! Tag to Angels, SPINEBUSTER to FROG SPLASH! Cover, but JB just manages to break it! Angels is furious, he whips but Stunt reverses to dropkick Angels into Vance and Cabana! JB tags in, dodges Angels and dropkicks Vance and Cabana! SUPERKICK for Angels, Stunt is a weapon as Luchasaurus THROWS him onto Cabana and Vance! Angels is up, he gets the BACK SUPLEX TO BOMB! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
A huge win for the #3 ranked tag team, and Schiavone gets to the ring to interview them. “Here they are, Jurassic Express! They are the #3 ranked contenders to the World Tag Team Championships, continuing to rise through the ranks.” Stunt says it feels so good to be bac on Dynamite! But FTR cuts him off to say it’s time for trained professionals to speak. FTR is the 2020 Tag Team of the Year! Every time they hold up the symbol, three fingers but not the middle one, it is the best there is!
Jurassic “Park” wants to take FTR down to make a name for themselves, but you’ve got until 1/6/21. Cash, Dax and Tully are chomping at the bit. It used to be business, now it’s personal. They’re on a quest to get the tag titles back, and no dinosaur is gonna stop them. If Stunt sticks his nose in, Tully might just give him a flashback to the 80’s.
Alex Marvez finds Don Callis and Kenny Omega at the hotel.
He tries to ask what they think about next week’s AEW World Championship match against Rey Fenix, but Callis keeps telling Marvez that if he wants a statement, this is their private time. What is he doing lurking and looking for the champion? Very creepy. But Callis wants to get something off his chest. It’s something about being in this business for 30 years that he can’t understand why Khan let wrestlers run amuck! Wrestlers like PAC thinks he’s an executive, making title matches for the champion! What a joke! It has to stop! This is the WORLD champion, who does what he does. They aren’t to be dictated to by the “talent.” What a joke!
Marvez keeps trying to ask Omega his part, so Omega says if he wants a scoop from the champ, here’s a message to Fenix and even PAC! Translate this at your leisure. Here’s a year in review for the two of them: AEW World Tag Team Championship match, Fenix choked; AAA Mega Championship match, Fenix choked; AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament, against his own brother, someone who loves him and he loves back, Fenix choked. And Fenix had a nasty little bump on his head that kept him from continuing. What does he think happens against someone who is a little pissed off? Someone who doesn’t love, and actually despises Fenix? The person who beat his brother’s ass in the tournament!
Omega is worried that he won’t just hurt Fenix, but put him out for good! But even if he does, Omega has friends at Impact Wrestling who would happily take him back! Right, Mr. Callis? Who knows. He’s a bit injury prone, a bit fragile. Maybe they can call Konnan about something. Oh yeah, AAA will take him back. But seriously, when the phone rings, Omega answers the call. Fenix trips over his own two feet and gets hurt along the way. Fenix gets hurt, Omega gets titles, that’s just how it is! See you at New Year’s Smash!
The Butcher w/ The Fam VS PAC w/ The Lucha Brothers!
Everyone was surprised last week to see The Bastard was back so soon! The Mad King is using Andy Williams as a pawn, but that won’t keep him safe forever! Will Pac cut down The Butcher to get one step closer to a fight with Kingston?
Kingston joins commentary to talk trash on Pac, and it seems Penta El Zero M is the only brother here because Fenix is focused purely on Omega. The bell rings and Pac gets right in Butcher’s face. The two are forehead to forehead, Pac eggs Butcher on and Butcher puts him in a corner. Pac dodges to KICK a leg, then he eggs Butcher on. Pac dodges again, kicks and kicks, but Butcher throws Pac out hard! Butcher goes out, Pac gets in and dropkicks Butcher down! Butcher gets in, Pac slips out and Butcher gives chase. Pac gets back in then dropkicks Butcher as he slides in! Pac fires off KICK after KICK but Butcher stays up! Pac keeps throwing KICKS, then he runs to DROPKICK!
Fans cheer Pac as he runs, but Butcher runs, dodges and BODY CHECKS Pac! Butcher stomps Pac, drags him up and bumps him off buckles hard! Pac clutches his neck but Butcher digs his knee in! The ref counts, Butcher lets off at 4, then stalks Pac around. Fans boo and jeer as Butcher stomps Pac and clubs him! Butcher CHOPS Pac against ropes, but Pac kicks back. Butcher throws hands, and TOSSES Pac hard! Butcher stomps Pac, looms over him, and has Blade and Bunny cheering for him. Butcher brings Pac up to DECK him! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and Bunny tells them to shut up! Butcher whips Pac hard into a corner, then runs in to stomp Pac down!
Pentagon gets in Bunny’s and Blade’s face as Butcher whips Pac harder into the other corner! Fans jeer with “Butcher Sucks!” as Butcher looms over Pac. Pac throws body shots but Butcher CLUBS him down! Butcher drags Pac up, CHOPS him again, then looms over him. Butcher drags Pac up, puts him back in a corner, then paces. Pentagon talks smack but Butcher goes back to Pac. Pac kicks low, then kicks again! And again! Butcher STOMPS Pac back down, then throws big haymakers! Butcher grabs at Pac but Pac slips out. Butcher goes out, Pac kicks back! And again! And again!
Butcher knees low then whips him, but Pac reverses! Butcher hits railing, but he comes back to BOOT Pac! Butcher gets in the face of the wrestlers ringside as AEW goes picture in picture.
Butcher drags Pac up while the ref keeps Pentagon, Bunny and Blade back. Butcher whips Pac into more railing, then stares into the camera. Butcher stomps Pac, drags him back up, puts him in, then slithers up behind him. Butcher stomps Pac more, drops a knee, then another, then stands on Pac’s head at the ropes! The ref counts, Butcher lets off and paces while soaking up some heat. Butcher drags Pac up, gut wrench dead lifts and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Butcher seethes but he stomps Pac more. Butcher stomps Pac again, drags him up by his head, but Pac is practically dead weight. Butcher DECKS Pac with a right!
Butcher takes his time bringing Pac back up, but Pac jawbreakers back! AEW returns to single picture and Pac KICKS away on Butcher’s leg! Butcher drops to a knee but Pac keeps giving KICKS! And a mule kick, another KICK, then a SUPERKICK! Butcher is dazed, Pac fires up with the fans and he goes up top! Pac watches like a hawk as Butcher slowly rises, then Pac leaps for the missile dropkick! Butcher goes to the other corner and Pac hurries up! But Blade POSTS Pentagon to distract Pac! Pac points them out to the ref but Butcher CLOBBERS him! Butcher drags Pac up, back suplexes for the SLAM! Butcher reels Pac in, brings him back up, and RUNNING BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?!
Kingston, Blade and Bunny are upset but Kingston tells Butcher to keep his focus! Butcher and Blade argue the count but the ref says two is two! Butcher drags Pac back up, Kingston tells him to go faster! Butcher isn’t, and Kingston gets off commentary to tell him. Lance Archer appears and Kingston hurries back to commentary for safety. Butcher runs at Pac, Pac ROUNDHOUSES him down! Archer dares Kingston to do something but Kingston stays put. Pac goes up top again, for the BLACK ARROW! Cover, Pac wins!
Winner: PAC, by pinfall
The Murderhawk Monster doesn’t care about the match, he wants Kingston to man up and fight. But Pentagon and Pac celebrate this win, until Archer gets in the ring. Archer nods to Pac while Kingston vents on commentary. Neither of these guys are gonna get the King! But will he be proven dead wrong when #EverybodyDies?
Jade Cargill speaks.
“Congratulations, Brandi. As a great mother, I’m here to tell you motherhood is a beautiful thing.” But how convenient when a talent like her shows up in AEW, Brandi is pregnant. But all those CBO duties and responsibilities in the AEW Women’s Division will be taken care of now that she’s gone. Shaq called out Cody, Jade is calling Brandi out. They better find Jade a worthy opponent, because she is tired of this s*it. The clock is ticking. Will Jade be given her in-ring debut before the new year?
Schiavone is with the Superbad Couple and Miro!
Just as The Best Man gave away last week, Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford have chosen a wedding date! Miro wants everyone to smile and act like they’re happy for his friends! Kip says Schiavone should be honored, because this is the first-ever wrestling wedding on TNT! This will be a huge deal! Not just for Kip or for Penelope, or just for Miro or for AEW! This is a massive deal for all the fans at home! Kip knows how much the fans can’t wait to see the wedding. Kip sees all the posts and tweets about how much the fans adore them, and how this is the best moment in the many fans’ “small, insignificant lives.”
So what they are going to do now, is they’re going to give us all a gift. They are going to show us exactly the date Kip and Penelope will be married on. Here we go! Wait, it’s Orange Cassidy and Best Friends instead! Wait, the video is playing, but where are they? Kip and Miro were just trolling us! This is the reality: Trent is being put in an ambulance! Someone got to him already, and it isn’t hard to figure out who. Chuck and Orange go with Trent, there won’t be any party crashing now. What a shame! They said they were going to be here but oh well.
And finally, the wedding date will be FEBRUARY 3RD! A beach wedding for AEW Beach Break! You heard it here first! Not just a wedding, but a beach extravaganza! That will be THE moment that defines AEW! Kip, Penelope and THE BEST MAN, 2/3/21!
Dustin Rhodes w/ Lee Johnson VS Evil Uno w/ Stu Grayson!
The Natural was never going to #JoinDarkOrder, but the recruiters suggesting he’d be Seven was only salt in the wound. Will Dustin destroy every last one of them to finally run them out of AEW?
But the second Dustin gets in, Uno DECKS him! The ref reprimands but the damage is done, and Uno chases Dustin outside to CHOP him! Dustin gets in, Uno fires off in a corner, but the ref tries to pull him away. The bell finally rings and Dustin CLOBBERS Uno! Dustin rallies on Uno, throws haymakers then climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count it out and Dustin gets to 9, tells Uno to suck it, then hits the tenth! Dustin runs and BOOTS Uno down! Fans fire up as Dustin whips Uno to ropes, but Uno denies the powerslam to stomp a hand! Uno dropkicks Dustin down and out, then goes out to whip Dustin into railing! Dustin comes back and ROCKS Uno!
The ring count climbs, Uno throat chops Dustin then CHOPS him in the chest! Uno throws more hands, then swings a chop but Dustin ducks and the hand hits railing! Then Dustin throws the hand into railing! And again! Uno runs away, clutching that hand, and Dustin goes in after him. Dustin CHOPS Uno, then tortures the hand! Uno tries to get at Dustin’s eye but the ref counts. Dustin lets off, grabs Uno by his mask and throws an elbow! Dustin throws more hands, talks trash and holds up seven in Uno’s face. Dustin throws haymakers, the ref counts, Dustin lets off at 4 but with a lot of fire!
Fans are fired up with Dustin and he whips Uno corner to corner. Dustin runs in, Uno dodges and BOOTS Dustin down! Uno hurries up top, and hits a SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! Stu cheers Uno as he stands on Dustin’s hand, and then he stomps it! AEW goes picture in picture as Uno soaks up the heat.
Uno tries to get his bad hand working and he drags Dustin up for elbows. Dustin goes to a corner, Uno throws forearms to his back and stalks him to ropes. Uno chokes Dustin, the ref counts, Uno lets off at 4. Stu taunts Dustin, Johnson rallies the fans and Dustin gets up. Uno is on Dustin but Dustin throws hands! Dustin runs, Uno kicks him low and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Uno is frustrated, and his hand still hurts, so he stomps Dustin at the ropes. Uno digs his boots in, the ref counts and Uno lets off. Dustin flops out of the ring, Uno goes out after him, and he RAMS Dustin into railing! And whips Dustin into the apron! Uno refreshes the count, probably at seven, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Uno gives Dustin a PILEDRIVER! Fans boo as Uno covers with a deep lateral press, TWO??!? Uno can’t believe Dustin survives! Fans are fired up and Uno works on his bad hand as Dustin rises. Dustin throws body shots, Uno throws haymakers, and Dustin uppercuts! The brawling continues as Uno JABS, Dustin throws haymakers and JABS of his own! Dustin fires off, flip, flop, flies and shows Uno a dirty two, before the BIONIC ELBOW! Uno flounders, Dustin runs but into a boot! Dustin BOOTS back and Uno goes down! Dustin drags Uno up, reels him in, but Uno HOOK KICKS!
Both men go to opposite corners as fans fire up! Stu coaches Uno, Uno runs in but Dustin dodges to run and BULLDOG! Cover, Dustin wins!!
Winner: Dustin Rhodes, by pinfall
That’s a way to reject an offer! Dustin isn’t Seven, he isn’t just a Number, he is a Rhodes! Uno offers a handshake because he still wants Dustin to #JoinDarkOrder. This is how good he is without them, he can only get better with them! Dustin flips Uno off again, then BOOTS him down! Stu CLOBBERS Dustin, Johnson gets in to get a KNEE! Stu hoists Dustin up, for NIGHTFALL!! Uno shoves Stu but here comes QT Marshall! QT fires off on the Dark Order OG, but gets mugged and DECKED! Uno wants Stu to remember what they’re here for, but then Johnson missile dropkicks them BOTH down! The Dark Order retreats, will they have to go elsewhere to find new members?
Schiavone interviews Shawn Spears.
But Spears asks Schiavone why he left the industry for 15 years. Well, Schiavone was burnt out. Exactly why Spears wants Schiavone to hear this. Spears bet on himself, left New York, but the grass isn’t always greener. “You can change the letters, but you can’t always change the glass ceiling.” The black glove? Never needed it. Spears is more talented than 95% of the AEW roster, and any other roster on the planet today! Spears looks better, works better, and obviously talks better, and yet why is everyone making him think he’s not? It’s management. Spears’ walks into AEW hot as hell, only to find himself digging his way out of a hole Khan and Cody pushed him into.
Spears sees himself going down the same path he went down before. He recognizes it “clear as day,” and he will be damned if he has it happen again. Schiavone doesn’t mean to interrupt, but maybe Spears’ problem… is Spears. Spears thought of that a lot, actually. Bringing it up now, not for a damn second did Spears think that! Who does Schiavone think he is? Spears could be working anywhere in the world and he has to go waste his time with Schiavone. Spears wants management to know that Spears will come back, if he feels like it. Is #PERFECT10N on his way out of AEW already?
Dasha interviews Hikaru Shida.
The AEW Women’s World Champion is about to face Alex Gracia, but Abadon has been haunting her. Has that affected Shida’s ability to prepare for any match? Shida would answer, but Abadon attacks again!! They brawl, security hurries to pull them apart, but while Abadon leaves, Shida has to go to the ring! Will the Full Metal Warrior be able to focus enough to take the Pink Dream on seriously?
Hikaru Shida VS Alex Gracia!
Gracia earned this non-title opportunity by defeating KiLynn King on AEW Dark, but now she could have a golden opportunity! Will Gracia pounce on the face Shida’s focus is split?
The bell rings and Shida fires off on Gracia, but Gracia blocks the suplex. Shida bumps Gracia off buckles over and over, then throws big forearms and haymakers! clearly Shida is furious, and she whips Gracia corner to corner. Gracia dodges, runs and dropkicks Shida, but Shida comes back with a dropkick of her own! Gracia bails out, Shida hurries out to go around the way and DECK Gracia! Shida puts Gracia in, covers, TWO! Shida keeps on Gracia by dragging her up, but Gracia is dead weight. Shida does get Gracia up but Gracia inside cradles, she was playing possum! TWO, and Shida kicks her low!
Shida whips, Gracia reverses and elbows Shida down! Then BOOT WASHES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Gracia goes after the champ with forearms, but Shida just tanks them! Shida kicks low, reels Gracia in, and suplexes, for a SLAM! Fans fire up with Shida now as she follows Gracia out. Shida clubs Gracia on the apron, gets some space, then KNEES her back in! Shida glares into the darkness, perhaps seeing Abadon in the space. Wait, Abadon IS in the shadows!! Abadon shouts at Shida, Shida shouts back, Shida BOOTS Abadon and throws her down! Shida rains down fists on the freakish stalker but the ring count is climbing!
Shida SLAMS Abadon into railing, then hurries in at 8! To TAMA- No! Gracia rolls Shida up, TWO!! Gracia runs, tilt-o-whirls, but into a BACKBREAKER! Shida keeps going, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
Even with Abadon trying to get in her head, Shida powered through and defeats her actual opponent! But Shida has her kendo stick and she storms over to where she left Abadon for dead. She pokes Abadon, and Abadon revives! Abadon throws her into railing, but Shida comes back to scrap with her! Abadon DECKS Shida, then drags her up to put her against railing. Abadon climbs up to BITE Shida on the neck!! Abadon is trying to drain the life out of Shida!! Shida manages to get Abadon off of her, but Abadon has tasted blood! Will Abadon taste championship gold soon enough?
BREAKING NEWS for New Year’s Smash, Night 1!
Not only will Rey Fenix have his match for THE AEW World Championship against Kenny Omega, but Abadon is getting HER shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship! Will Abadon take more than just a bite out of Shida when these two finally face off again?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS The Acclaimed!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens go out first, and they still have a diss track for Matt & Nick! “Yo, uh, yo! Acclaimed got 8 straight wins, people still don’t know how Acclaimed we’ve been! Every single week, going higher in the rankings. Hope you a freak, we about to do a spanking! Tonight the Bucks are in danger, Acclaimed stay hotter than Topanga, I wager. Bucks ain’t got balls, they can play with ours. If they really wanna know, we comin’ in hard~! Damn baby~!” Bowens shouts, “AEW!! The Acclaimed have arrived!” But will they thrive or even survive the SUPERKICK PARTAAAY~?!
The official introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we start with big brother Matt and Platinum Caster. They circle, fans fire up, and the two tie up. Caster headlocks, wrenches, wristlocks, but Matt rolls and handsprings to break free and wrench back! Matt clubs away on Caster’s arm, wrenches it again but Caster ROCKS Matt! Caster brings Matt up to throw more hands as the Young Buck bucks are blown in by the wind. Caster whips, Matt slides under and dropkicks Caster! Caster runs back but into an arm-drag! Matt clamps onto the arm, fans rally as Matt wrenches and tags in Nick. Nick goes up to drop ax handles!
Nick wrenches, Caster ROCKS him, tags in Bowens, but Nick arm-drags Bowens! Tag to Matt, they double wrench the 5 Tool Player to CHOP and whip and elbow down! Caster runs in, gets double kicks to a double suplex onto Bowens! Alley-oop dropkick two-for-one special! The Acclaimed bail out but the Bucks double baseball slide dropkick! Fans are fired up as Matt and Nick whip Bowens to one railing, and Caster the other way. Caster reverses, Nick jumps up and over to throw hands! Matt SPEARS Caster! Then Matt positions Caster for another Bucks classic! Nick uses railing to help, they hit RISKY BUSINESS to the floor!
Fans are fired up as Matt puts Bowens back in. Bowens has a leg guard, Matt just drags him over to tag in Nick. Catapult to KICK! And then Bowens is stuck on Matt’s knees, springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Bowens survives but Nick tags in Matt. The Bucks mug Bowens, Matt throws hands, then he runs, but Caster trips him! Bowens DECKS Nick, drags Matt up to throw forearms, then tags Caster. The Acclaimed, pass the wrench between them, kick then double wrench for a mule kick stomp combo! Cover, TWO! Bowens keeps on Matt and tags Caster back in.
The Acclaimed double whip, Matt ducks and Nick tags in! Matt dodges, sucker Caster into being thrown out, then he ROUNDHOUSES Bowens into Nick’s crossbody! Fans fire up as Nick rallies on Bowens, hits Caster and then hits Bowens back down! Nick shoulders into Bowens from the apron, and slingshot FACEBUSTERS! Cartwheel MOONSAULT onto Caster! Nick goes up and aims at Bowens, for a SWANTON onto knees! Bowens saves himself, Caster adds on with an apron back suplex! Bowens gets Nick with stomps, rains down fists, and AEW goes picture in picture as Bowens covers, TWO!
Bowens drags Nick over, tags in Caster, and The Acclaimed double suplex! Cover, TWO! Caster keeps Nick down with an armlock but fans rally up. Caster drags Nick over, Bowens tags in, and they mug Nick. Bowens bumps Nick off buckles, CHOPS him, then wrenches him to an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens grows annoyed and he drags Nick up, but Nick fires off hands! Bowens stomps low, throws forearms, then whips Nick corner to corner hard! Nick bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Bowens drags him to tag in Caster. Caster stomps Nick, drags him up and warps him up in a cobra clutch.
Nick fights up, fights out but Caster back suplexes high and hard! Caster drops an elbow but misses as Nick goes out! Nick trips up Bowens, runs for his corner but Caster back suplexes! Nick lands on his feet, sunset flips Caster, TWO! Caster grabs Nick’s foot, drags him away, but Nick kicks him! AEW returns with single picture just as Bowens trips Matt off the corner! Caster CLOBBERS Nick, whips him corner to corner, then RAMS into him! Bowens tags in, Caster digs his shoulder in and Bowens throws forearms! Caster forearms, Bowens forearms, then Caster dropkicks! Cover, TWO! The Acclaimed is growing frustrated but the fans are fired up!
Caster tags back in, Bowens torture racks but Nick slips out! Bowens switches, Nick back shim down and dodges, Caster hits Bowens! Nick slides under both Bowens and Caster to thot tag Matt! Matt fires off fast hands on The Acclaimed! Matt throat chops Caster, fakes Bowens out and DOUBLE DDT’s the Acclaimed down! Matt drags Caster up, ROCKS him, then whips. Caster reverses, Matt slides out then baits him in. Caster falls for it and gets a PENALTY KICK from Nick! Matt runs at Bowens, Bowens elbows him, but Bowens runs into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express is taking off! Matt steps through, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Nick whips but Cater reverses to send him into railing! Caster gets in to throw hands on Matt but Matt holds onto Bowens! Caster finally gets Matt down but Matt eggs him on as he gets back up! Cater runs but Nick drags him out to put him in a SHARPSHOOTER, too! The Acclaimed endure dual Sharpshooters, but Bowens powers up! ROPEBREAK! Matt lets go and so does Nick, but the Bucks have the fans rallying behind them. Matt runs in but Bowens BOOTS him! Bowens goes up, gets caught and Nick tags in! Electric Chair, up, up and DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Jackknife cover, TWO!!
The Bucks drag Bowens to a drop zone and call for a combo! Nick goes up, Caster trips him up! Matt rushes over but Caster kicks low! Caster whips Matt over the railing! Caster tags in, climbs up to join Nick, and SUPERPLEXES! Roll through, Bowens is up top, CROSSBODY SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, but Matt breaks it in time! Fans are thunderous as Matt returns to his corner and everyone else is down. A standing count starts, hot tag to Matt! Matt fires hands on Caster but Caster hits back! These two brawl, Matt gets the edge but Caster rakes eyes! The ref reprimands but Caster doesn’t care.
Caster suplexes, Matt slips out and SUPERKICKS! ROLLING ELBOW from Bowens! SUPERKICK from Nick! SUPERKICK to the ref!! Caster sees that and creeps up behind Nick to pop-up LOW BLOW! Bowens has the ACCLAIMED BOOMBOX!! Cover, but the ref can’t count! A spare ref rushes out, he counts, TWO!?!? Nick survives and The Acclaimed is shocked! Bowens hurries out and tells Caster to get Nick up. Caster scoops, but Nick shoves Cater into Bowens! Matt runs to slingshot sunset! Bowens holds on, Nick SUPERKICKS him off the ropes, Matt finishes the POWERBOMB through the timekeeper’s table!! Bowens just got wrecked!
SUPERKICK for Caster! Tag to Matt, the Bucks drag Caster up, B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, The Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Matt and Nick don’t need to make up diss tracks because actions speak louder than words! Was this a loud and clear message to the entire tag division on what it’ll take to stop them?
A very strong episode for AEW to start their holiday triple header. Top Flight looked really good against MJF and Jericho, but naturally as Heels, Hager helps MJF and Jericho win. I like that Hager called out Wardlow, it might make him come off more dedicated but he also might end up the Heel in this if he says that family issues aren’t as important. MJF himself is also doing something more Face if he’s opening up about what happened to his own family, and it does make for an interesting wrinkle that only Santana is sympathetic.
We still only got so much out of Sting tonight, but it does seem obvious he and Darby Allin are going to be working together closely. Team Taz keeps calling Sting, Cody and Darby out, I’m still waiting on the Six Man where Cody joins in. Jade Cargill calling Brandi out was a natural move, I’m interested in seeing who Brandi sets up as her first opponent. Maybe Brandi should pit Jade against the Vicious Vixens and make her face Nyla Rose. A Face authority figure doing that to the Heels is a great way of comeuppance that I don’t think has been done much at all. Spears has a strong promo to put himself over, I guess this means he’s ditching Tully, since Tully is going all in on FTR.
Callis and Omega had a good promo, mostly Omega’s part. I do like that Omega is also including AAA in this with referencing the Mega Championship, and AEW is really setting up a great network with the other promotions for even more crossover potential in the future. Fenix being gone during Pac VS Butcher was a really nice touch, and the match itself was a good one. Archer showing up made sense, but it might only be a matter of time before he and Pac fight it out to get at Kingston, playing into Kingston’s hand. Dustin VS Uno was a really good match, and I’m expecting a Six Man now, of Johnson and Natural Nightmares VS Uno, Stu and perhaps a returning Brodie Lee to really amp up the story.
Jurassic Express VS Dark Order was a really good Six Man, and FTR calling Stunt, JB and Luchasaurus out was a good move. That’s going to be a very telling match on who is first to challenge for the titles in 2021. The Acclaimed had an honestly great music video, and another good diss rap promo on The Bucks during the entrance. Caster is at least consistent, and both he and Bowens as a team are doing great for being a young, new team. But of course the Bucks win, they’ve got a long way to go still before losing. And there’s a good chance, they only lose to a team like FTR, on a big AEW PPV, namely Double Or Nothing or All Out.
I knew Abadon would get involved with the Shida VS Gracia segment. Her attack beforehand and during didn’t stop Shida from winning, but how fitting for Abadon to bite Shida and “bite off” some of her skin. Their title match for New Year’s Smash Night 1 is going to be intense, but I wonder if a disqualification ending pushes things further down the line, such as to Revolution. Miro giving away the wedding date announcement last week to Best Friends was apparently bait as the Best Friends apparently got jumped at some point. Depending on how they kayfabe this, Trent might not be seen until February 3rd so that he can crash AEW’s first-ever wrestler wedding.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/6/21)
A Dark Dozen before Revolution!
It’s a bonus Dark before AEW Revolution!
AEW Revolution is coming, but there is still some Dark to get through! Will the Murderhawk Monster be rolling into that Face of the Revolution Ladder match?
- The Natural Nightmares VS Cezar Bononi & Peter Avalon; The Natural Nightmares win.
- Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy VS JD Drake; Chuck wins.
- Penta El Zero M VS Azriel; Penta wins.
- Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS John Skyler; Archer wins.
- Ricky Starks & Brian Cage w/ Hook VS Angel Fashion & Fuego del Sol; Starks & Cage win.
- Jack Evans w/ Angelico VS Jake St. Patrick; Evans wins.
- The Gunn Club VS M’Badu & D3; wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Tesha Price; Rosa wins.
- Bear Country VS Ryzin & Cameron Stewart; Bear Country wins.
- Preston Vance & Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order VS LaBron Kozone & Vary Morales; Vance & Angles win.
- Tay Conti VS Leila Grey; Conti wins.
- The Sydal Brothers VS Chaos Project; The Sydal Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Natural Nightmares VS Cezar Bononi & Peter Avalon!
Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall are ready for the Casino Tag Battle Royal, but so are the Brazilian V8 and “Pretty” Peter! Who builds some momentum before running into the Revolution?
The teams sort out, Bononi starts with Dustin, and they circle. Fans rally for Dustin but PPA tells them to shut up. Bononi and Dustin tie up and Bononi shoves Dustin to a corner. Dustin comes back to headlock but Bononi powers out. Dustin rams Bononi but Bononi stays up and shakes his head. Dustin runs again, he dodges Bononi’s clothesline to ROCK him with an uppercut! Dustin wrenches and puts Bononi in the corner, QT tags in and Dustin whips QT in to forearm smash! QT feeds Bononi to Dustin’s POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as QT ROCKS Bononi, whips him, but Bononi reverses. QT holds ropes, BOOTS Bononi, but Avalon gets a cheap shot in!
Bononi then stomps away on QT at the ropes! Tag to Avalon, they mug QT, and Avalon CHOPS! Avalon clubs QT to the other corner, wrenches and whips him corner to corner, and QT bounces off buckles. Avalon stomps QT but fans rally up. Bononi tags in, they mug QT again, but QT hits back! Bononi knees low and throws hard back elbows! Bononi dares QT to reach for Dustin, but QT throws body shots. Bononi throws elbows but QT handsprings for a NEURALIZER! Bononi staggers and Avalon tags in to drag QT from Dustin. QT boots Avalon away and hot tags to Dustin! Dustin dodges Avalon and rallies with clotheslines! Dustin whips and back drops Avalon!
Bononi gets in to kick low, then he whips Dustin. Dustin stops and uppercuts Bononi! Dustin CLOBBERS Bononi, and gets Avalon with a POWERSLAM! Dustin drags Avalon up but Bononi clubs him! QT gets in to ROCK Bononi with haymakers! Bononi knees low, throws QT out, but Dustin clotheslines Bononi out! Dustin dodges Avalon to hit a BULLDOG! Cover, Dustin & QT win!
Winners: The Natural Nightmares, by pinfall
The Natural is fired up because he and the Gift are ready for the Casino Tag Battle Royal! But will they win it and become contenders?
Chuck Taylor w/ Orange Cassidy VS JD Drake!
The Kentucky Gentleman and Freshly Squeezed will be in for a fight with the Superbad and Best Man! But first, can Chuck get through a scrap with Scrap Metal?
The bell rings, Chuck and JD circle and tie up, and JD puts Chuck on the ropes. The ref calls for the break, JD goes to chop but Chuck dodges! Chuck and JD reset, tie up, and Chuck waistlocks. JD pries free to a keylock but Chuck goes to hook a leg. JD blocks that but Chuck wrenches through and gets a headlock. JD powers out and throws Chuck to a corner, then runs in. Chuck dodges, hits an arm-drag and grinds JD down. JD fights up, fans rally, and JD pulls air to whip Chuck away. Chuck comes back and JD runs him over! Things speed up, Chuck hurdles over and arm-drags JD again! JD gets up but Chuck dropkicks him out! JD is frustrated, but Chuck goes out to pursue.
Chuck goes around the way, but JD pops him up against ropes to DECK him! JD takes a moment while the ref and Cassidy check on Chuck. JD then drags Chuck up to bump him off buckles and ROCK him with a right! JD puts Chuck in, and drops a senton! Cover, TWO! JD stomps Chuck to ropes, chokes him against the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 3. JD brings Chuck up to CHOP him, then stalks him as he crawls. JD stomps Chuck’s fingers, throws haymakers then whips, and clotheslines to a falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! JD drags Chuck into a chinlock and digs his knee in. Cassidy rallies the fans and Chuck fights back with body shots.
Fans rally, JD shoves Chuck and atomic drops to a SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO! JD gets annoyed, drags Chuck up and CHOPS him! Chuck grits his teeth and CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! JD fires up but Chuck ducks to CHOP again! Chuck whips, JD reverses but Chuck reverses back to feed him SOLE FOOD! Chuck runs and BOOTS JD down! Fans fire up, Chuck drags JD up and whips but JD goes up and over. JD runs in but into a Sexy Chuckie Knee! Chuck gets JD for an URENAGE! Chuck double guns, Cassidy kinda double guns, and Chuck goes up top to MOONSAULT! JD moves and elbows Chuck away!
JD hops up top and leaps for a FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chuck lives but JD is right on him with a POINT-BLANK LARIAT! Cover, TWO! JD grows frustrated but fans fire up. JD goes to the corner, gives a thumbs down and climbs up. Chuck shoves him down onto his scrap metal! Chuck drags JD back for a SUPER AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, Chuck wins!
Winner: Chuck Taylor, by pinfall
That was a big win for the Kentucky Gentleman! But then Penelope Ford struts out on stage? And KIP SABIAN attacks from outta nowhere! Chuck goes after Kip but Miro grabs Chuck for a cobra clutch! Miro thrashes Chuck while Kip chokes Cassidy! Chuck fades out and Miro throws him down! Fans boo but Miro gets a mic. “Wake up, Charles! You’re not done.” He splashes water all over Chuck, and Miro tells him today is a day to learn. Chuck should’ve come talk to Miro like a man, but he ran to the office like a little boy! Chuck could’ve been something but now he’s just wasting their time!
Miro is better than Chuck and Cassidy, he should be AEW World Champion, but they’re taking up his precious time! Miro doesn’t need to be answering notes to make matches! So for that, Chuck is going to see his little friend get what Chuck will get at Revolution! Kip drags Cassidy up, Miro gives the shin kicks, then a BEST KICK! Cassidy is in a daze as he’s down on the stage! Miro tells Chuck will get twice as bad on Sunday! Will Miro & Kip break the Best Friends for good?
Penta El Zero M VS Azriel!
The third point of the Death Triangle is back! And though he’ll surely want revenge on Kenny Omega and his Biz Cliz, he’s going into the Face of the Revolution Ladder match! Will Cero Miedo strike fear into everyone with his Dark return?
The bell rings and Penta circles with Azriel. They tie up, Penta shoves Azriel, and then gets him to a half nelson, spin, hammerlock and a trip. Penta rolls Azriel but Azriel kips up to arm-drag Penta! Penta arm-drags back, then runs. Azriel bypasses but Penta CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Penta swaggers over, CHOPS Azriel in the corner, then whips him to ropes. Penta SPINEBUSTERS, but Azriel headscissors and swings to throw Penta away! Things speed up, Azriel rolls back but into a PENALTY KICK! Penta and fans fire up, and Penta swaggers as he stalks Azriel to a corner. Penta KICKS out a leg! Azriel clutches the knee, but Penta drags him up to put him against ropes.
Penta lets off to CHOP Azriel down! Penta drags Azriel up, whips him but Azriel dodges and RANAS! Azriel arm-drags again, and dropkicks Penta to a corner! Azriel runs but into a SUPERKICK! Azriel runs back in but misses, and Penta goes for a monkey flip but Azriel puts him on the top rope. Penta blocks Azriel’s haymaker, Azriel blocks the boot, and then Azriel DECKS Penta off the top! Penta goes to the floor, Azriel builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and Azriel fires up! Azriel goes to the ring, puts Penta in and climbs back up, to leap INTO A SUPERKICK! Penta looms over Azriel, drags him up, and clubs him on the back.
Penta shouts CERO MIEDO in his face, runs, but Azriel knees him in the ropes! Azriel whips, knees Penta again, then whips for another knee! Azriel whips to wrench and knee again. Azriel wraps Penta into a cobra clutch for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Azriel grits his teeth, goes to the top rope, and FROG SPLASHES, onto knees! Penta drags Azriel up, pump handle half nelson for the PACKAGE DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Azriel survives and Penta can’t believe it! Penta drags Azriel back in, CERO MIEDO for the true package. Azriel slips out, Penta mule kicks and runs, SPRINGBOARD DESTROYER!!
But Penta isn’t done there, he’s going to make Azriel pay! DARK ARMBAR!!! Cover, Penta wins!
Winner: Penta El Zero M, by pinfall
Not only is Penta building momentum, he’s proving his edge is as sharp as ever! Will Penta do even worse to the others in order to become the Face of the Revolution?
Big Swole speaks!
“There’s a word going around that Big Swole is ‘underutilized.’ Nah, I’m under valued! I’ve scratched and clawed through Crohn’s Disease to become a contender. And when I did, I was met, nah, nah, I was slapped in the damn face with a tournament announcement for something that I have already earned!” Swole knows that the rankings are reset every year, but she was 38-hot about this! SO much, she took time off. And she kept thinking, “It doesn’t matter. The results of the tournament doesn’t matter. But it does.”
Swole is genuinely happy for Ryo Mizunami, and she’ll encourage everyone to watch as the “number one contender” takes on Hikaru Shida. And then whoever is champion after Revolution, congratulations! You’re a champion in debt! They owe Swole, and you don’t wanna owe Swole! Swole will “fight errybody and they momma to get what’s mine!” After Revolution, payment is due, and Swole’s price is gold! No more playing around, Swole’s going after the top spot! But will it be the Full Metal Warrior or Aneki that will be facing the REAL #1 contender?
Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS John Skyler!
The Murderhawk Monster is also heading into the Face of the Revolution Ladder match, and is ready to remind AEW that #EverybodyDies! Will the Southern Savior be no different in the Dark?
The bell rings and Archer circles with Skyler. They tie up, and Archer throws Skyler right down and kicks him to a corner. Archer bumps Skyler off buckles, ROCKS him with a forearm, then digs his knee into Skyler’s head. The ref counts, Archer lets off, but he drags Skyler up to CLUB him back down! Archer sits Skyler up to CLUB him again, and then paces around. Skyler gets up but Archer choke grips. Skyler pulls Archer’s hair, kicks a leg, then fires off forearms! Skyler CHOPS away on Archer but he doesn’t flinch! Skyler kicks a leg, headlocks, but Archer powers him to a corner. Archer runs in, Skyler dodges, runs back in and uppercuts! Skyler runs and hits another uppercut!
Skyler wants the hat trick but Archer BOOTS him down! Archer then runs to DERAIL Skyler! Fans fire up as Archer dares Skyler to get up. Skyler crawls, Archer puts him in a corner and runs in to back elbow! And then again! And then again! Archer pushes Skyler aside to talk to the camera that this will be nothing compared to Sunday. Archer turns around, Skyler hits back, but Archer DECKS him! Archer drags Skyler up for a full nelson SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Skyler actually survives and Archer applauds him. Archer drags Skyler back up, and TWO HAND SUPLEXES Skyler to a corner!
Skyler flounders up, Archer runs in, but Skyler boots him! Skyler hops up top but Archer ROCKS him with an uppercut! Archer drags Skyler out in the inverted crucifix, for the BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
Jake gets a mic and says, “Lance, what have you gotten us into?” Six men, one is a mystery, but does it really matter? Jake likes surprises, don’t you? That’s what she said. But you put five men in the ring with Archer, and one of them being Cody Rhodes, Jake and Archer want to make him scream in pain. But how horrible, his wife is pregnant! That makes Jake weep. But what doesn’t bother Jake is taking what they thought was theirs and making it his! Archer takes the mic to say AEW will either give it to them, or they’ll take it. It has been a LONG year since debuting in AEW, and the TNT Championship was always meant to be his.
Archer is very, very happy Cody is in the match, because Archer is going to take Cody’s daughter’s daddy away from her. There will be no Daddy’s Little Girl. And all the other bodies in the ring, get in Archer’s way, he dares you! Nothing will stop Archer from taking the brass ring, putting Darby in pain like he’s never felt before, and becoming the rightful TNT Championship! Archer doesn’t care if you’re qualified or a random surprise, #EverybodyDies! Will the Murderhawk Monster be the Face of the Revolution?
Ricky Starks & Brian Cage w/ Hook VS Angel Fashion & Fuego del Sol!
Team Taz keeps trying to take the fight to Sting and Darby Allin but they keep getting checked. The Street Fight is coming, will the #AbsoluteMachines use the Fashionable Hombre and Fire of the Sun for a warm-up before Revolution?
The teams sort out, Starks starts with Fuego and circle. Fans rally for Fuego as he ties up with Starks but Starks waistlocks to slam him down! Starks brags that he didn’t even take the chains off, but Fuego fights up. Fuego reaches back, and flying-mares! Fuego mule kicks, runs but Starks scoops for a BIG back suplex! Starks strikes a pose, drags Fuego up, and suplexes. Cage tags in during the delay, then takes the hand-off into a stalling suplex! Cage holds Fuego up for a count of 10 before slamming him down! Fans boo but Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Fuego up, whips and CLOBBERS him with an elbow!
Cage drags Fuego back up, scoops him and uses Fuego for bicep curls. Fans boo but Cage tosses Fuego, only for Fuego to hot tag Fashion! Fashion runs, lariats, but Cage stays up! Cage runs, Fashion dodges to kick, kick and leap, into a SLAM! Fuego runs in but into a FLAPJACK! Starks gets in to SPEAR Fuego inside-out! Cage mule kicks, suplexes Fashion and holds him up, for a DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks & Brian Cage, by pinfall
And it was that easy! But of course, things will be very different at Revolution. Will the #AbsoluteMachines take the sting out of the Icon and the Relentless?
Jack Evans w/ Angelico VS Jake St. Patrick!
The Hybrid2 are going into the Casino Tag Battle Royal, but the mouthier half is tuning up on his own. Will Evans win for both him and Angelico so they can be contenders?
The bell rings and Evans circles and ties up with JSP. Evans wrenches to a wristlock, then shifts through to drop toehold. Evans floats to a facelock, JSP fights his way up, and JSP back drops free! Evans gets a headlock but JSP powers out, only for Evans to run him over! Things speed up, JSP hurdles then drops to dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as JSP runs in and uppercuts Evans! JSP snapmares and runs to PENALTY KICK! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! JSP grows frustrated already but he drags Evans up to uppercut! JSP whips Evans to a corner, Evans handsprings through and comes back to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans boo but Evans is pissed with JSP.
Evans drags JSP up, throws big knees, then wrenches JSP to a whip, and BIG gamangiri! STANDING SKY TWIST! Cover, TWO! JSP survives but sputters to a corner and Evans is after him. Evans throws haymakers, wrenches and whips, but JSP reverses to run in and uppercut! JSP rolls and runs back in, but Evans sends him into buckles! Evans somersaults back to a Pele, then drags JSP down to a KIMURA! JSP clasps hands to resist and the two move around. JSP gets a ropebreak with his foot! Evans lets go and drags JSP up but JSP mule kicks, front kicks and enziguris, but Evans ducks the buzzsaw, only to get the second! Cover, TWO!!
JSP fires up, fans rally with him, and he drags Evans up to ROCK him! JSP whips Evans to ropes, Evans holds ropes to stop, and then Evans boots JSP to go to the apron. Evans kicks JSP low, slingshots up and over and backslides to then bridge! TWO, and Evans can’t believe it! JSP fireman’s carries to GO TO KICK! And then a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives and JSP is shocked! Fans fire up as JSP goes to a corner. JSP climbs up top, but Evans hurries to jump up behind! SPIDER GERMAN! Evans sits back up and adjusts to leap, 630 SENTON! Cover, Evans wins!
Winner: Jack Evans, by pinfall
Evans from the Heavens came crashing down on JSP and has the momentum! But will it help TH2 become THE #1 contenders?
The Acclaimed drop another new single!
“Ladder match, ladder match, make the haters sadder match! All the fans cheering for me, ‘Get up on the ladder’ match! Ladder match, ladder match, quiet down the chatter match. Going for the gold but you know my name is Platinum Max! Ladder match, battle raps, creatin’ all these bets like my kids, call ’em Cabbage Patch. They wanna beat me, they gonna need a magic act. Cody’s only it it cuz he’s got big leagued by the Shaq Attack. Facts are facts, Platinum Max, damn Cody how you not embarrassed? Tony Khan’s the Biden, you just Kamala Harris. Yep, vice-president. So what if fans are never rootin? Cody’s the office, he’s no Face of the Revolution!
“Speaking of faces, we got Penta, yo, this guy is frontin’. He’s wearin’ paint and a mask, must be hidin’ somethin’. Why you scared, man? What happened to the Cero Miedo? Platinum Max, I rock the ice and you got cero fuego! Scorpio, I read your horoscope and then died of boredom. If you won the title shot, you’d trade it for a pair of Jordans. I ain’t scared of Lance, choke him with ponytail. I am with the Acclaimed, Platinum Max, I’m the holy grail!
“Ladder match, ladder match, make the haters sadder match! Say a little prayer like their name is Burt Bacharach. Think you gotta chance, man? I gotta laugh at that. Going for the gold but you know my name is Platinum Max!” Once again, Catser is dropping bars, but will Platinum not get the gold as easily?
The Gunn Club VS M’Badu & D3!
Billy’s boys are teaming up as a duo again, but against the Nigerian Warrior and Prince of Roma! Will the Gunn Club still be hitting the mark on behalf of the Nightmare Family?
The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Austin starts with D3. They circle, tie up, and D3 waistlocks. Austin headlocks free, but D3 wrenches out. Austin gets a hammerlock, D3 spins through and whips but Austin goes up and over. Things speed up and Austin trips D3 to then hit a Throwback! D3 hurries and tags M’Badu in! Austin is wary but he ties up with M’Badu. M’Badu shoves Austin away and Colten tags in. Colten and M’Badu tie up, and they’re in a deadlock so they break. They go again, M’Badu gets the arm but Colten wrenches back. COlsten ducks the haymaker and runs, then slips out of the scoop. Things speed up. Colten hurdles and dropkicks M’Badu!
Tag to Austin, Colten whips him and to uppercut M’Badu! Austin keeps going, but M’Badu catches him for a POWERSLAM! Cover, ONE!! Tag to D3, he clubs away on Austin, then eggs him on. Austin throws body shots but D3 uppercuts and neckbreakers! Austin flounders, D3 puts him in the corner. D3 kicks Austin’s ribs, tags in M’Badu, and they mug Austin. M’Badu fires up, runs corner to corner and SPLASHES! Austin staggers and swings but is probably seeing double. Austin falls over, M’Badu covers him, ONE!! M’Badu tags D3, they drag Austin up and double whip.
Austin holds ropes, kicks M’Badu but he runs into D3’s slingblade, to counter it into a BACKBREAKER! M’Badu runs in but Austin dumps him out, hot tag to Colten! Colten rallies on D3 with big clotheslines! M’Badu tags in but Colten dodges to neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Colten as he runs and SPLASHES D3! Then SPLASHES M’Badu! Then scoops D3 for a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! M’Badu whips but Colten throws him out and Austin dropkicks him down! The Gunn Brothers double whip D3, for the 3:10 TO YUMA! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
Whether just two or the whole trio, the Gunns are shooting on all cylinders! Will they and Papa Gunn be sharp towards some kind of title opportunity?
Thunder Rosa VS Tesha Price!
La Mera Mera didn’t get to accomplish her 2021 resolutions in the AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, but there’s still time! She’s going to get her shot at Britt Baker in the Revolution Buy-In, will Tesha be paying the price of admission?
The bell rings and Rosa circles with Price. They tie up, go around, and Rosa gets around to waistlock. Price sits down, pries at the hold and tells the ref to go away and stop bothering her. Rosa rolls Price to a lateral press, TWO! Rosa has a full nelson, Price fights up and pries free to arm-drag Rosa! Fans rally as Price feels proud of herself. She and Rosa circle, approach, and Rosa kicks low to CHOP hard! Rosa has Price in a corner, CHOPS her again, and then stands her up to bump off buckles. Rosa whips but Price blocks so Rosa ROCKS her! Price still reverse the whip to kick low and roar at Rosa. Price runs, goes up the ropes and flying arm-drags Rosa away!
Price runs, Rosa dodges and comes back for a hard arm-drag to a lateral press, TWO! Rosa whips, Price reverses but Rosa rolls her and shotguns her down! Fans fire up while Price is furious, but Rosa is on her with BIG forearms! Rosa whips corner to corner, Price goes up but Rosa catches her to an ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, ONE!! Price survives but Rosa has her right into a CROSSFACE! And then the Rings of Saturn! With a leg hook! Price endures, tells the ref to shut up, but Rosa rolls her around to a cover, TWO! Rosa drags Price up, elbows her in the corner and elbows her again, to then run corner to corner, only for Price to dodge!
Price goes around the way to handspring KICK Rosa! Rosa avoids the bulldog to SNAP GERMAN! Rosa fires up and fans follow her. Price staggers up, Rosa runs in at the corner and A-List Lariats! Rosa dumps Price down to hit a SWINGING METEORA! Price panics, Rosa has her on ropes for the BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Price is showing what she’s worth but Rosa just runs again. Price drop toeholds Rosa into ropes! Price is shrieking as she goes to the apron and ROCKS Rosa with a forearm! Cover, TWO!! Price is furious but Rosa fires off fast hands! Rosa scoops for the THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
The Thunder rolls into Revolution! Will she and Riho be able to shut the Dentist’s mouth once and for all?
Bear Country VS Ryzin & Cameron Stewart!
Bronson & Boulder are rolling as of late, and they’re ready to roll right into that Casino Tag Battle Royal at Revolution! Will this match be but a speedbump on their road to the top?
The teams sort out and Ryzin starts against Bronson. They circle, approach but Ryzin dodges and laughs at Bronson. Bronson grabs his finger and bends it! Ryzin throws haymakers but Bronson just smirks. Bronson tosses Ryzin to a corner, fires off body shots and clubbing forearms! Bronson fires up and fans fire up with him! Bronson whips Ryzin and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Ryzin sputters as Bronson runs but Ryzin gets away to tag out to CMS! CMS runs in but Bronson CLOBBERS him! Bronson runs and drops a BIG bear elbow! Bronson drags CMS up, CLUBS him, then has him in the corner to tag Boulder.
Boulder drags CMS up, TOSSES him to the open corner, then throws big back elbows and clubbing clotheslines! Boulder whips corner to corner, CMS rebounds into a BIG back drop! Boulder drags CMS back up, puts him in the corner and tags Bronson. Bronson whips Boulder in to SPLASH CMS! Boulder feeds CMS to Bronson’s elbow! Fans fire up and Bronson feeds off it as he looms over CMS. Bronson drags CMS up, CMS fights back with body shots, but Bronson blocks the whip. Bronson whips CMS, Ryzin tags in, CMS sunset flips and Ryzin runs in! CMS avoids the worst and both he and Ryzin kick Bronson. They double whip, but Bronson breaks through, and Boulder CLOBBERS CMS & Ryzin!
Fans fire up as Boulder lines up CMS and Ryzin for a DOUBLE SCOOP SLAM! Boulder makes sure they stay stacked as he tags in Bronson. Bronson climbs up, Boulder Electric Chair lifts him, and they hit the BEAR COUNTRY SPLASH! Double cover, Bear Country wins!
Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall
But wait! Here comes Bunny Allie! That can only mean the “wolves” aren’t far behind! And here they are! Blade BLINDSIDES Boulder, Butcher ambushes Bronson, and they beat the Bears down with CHAIRS! They SMACK and SMACK and SMACK away on Bronson & Boulder, and Bunny laughs more like a hyena! Blade digs his foot into Boulder’s face while Butcher gets in Bronson’s face! The “wolves” sit Boulder up for Bunny to slap and slap and stomp! Referees rush out to stop this, but the damage has been done! Blade tells the Bears to do themselves a favor and stay off Revolution! But will The Butcher & The Blade still find themselves lost in Bear Country soon enough?
Preston Vance & Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order VS LaBron Kozone & Vary Morales!
Number 10 didn’t make it into the Face of the Revolution Ladder match, but he and Number 5 can still climb up the tag team rankings! Will they be rolling strong with the rest of the Dark Order going into Revolution?
The teams sort out and Vance starts with the Ring Warrior, Kozone. They circle, Kozone goes for a leg but Vance avoids the grip. Vance nods, knowing this is serious. They tie up, Kozone headlocks and throws punches! Kozone runs but into an elbow. Vance dodges the back hand to ROCK Kozone back. Vance whips, Kozone reverses but the pounce isn’t enough to knock Vance over! Vance hip tosses, but Kozone comes back to ROLLING ELBOW! Kozone gloats but Vance BOOTS him down! Vance lets Kozone tag Morales in as he tags in Angels. Angels runs Morales over, things speed up, and MOrales follows to run Angels over!
Things keep moving, Angels drop but the hip toss is blocked to a headscissors! Morales dodges Angels but Angels headscissors back! Morales arm-drags, Angels arm-drags, but the dropkicks cancel out! Much respect between the teams, but then Morales tries to ambush! Angels was ready, he dropkicks Morales down and gets upset with Morales. Angels climbs up to rain down lefts. They count, and Angels makes sure to top it off at five! Tag to Vance, he whips Angels in to clothesline Morales, then scoops Morales, SHOTGUN FALL AWAY COMBO! Fans fire up as Vance looms over Morales. Vance brings Morales up to suplex and stall, for a count of 10!
Morales staggers to a corner, Vance whips him corner to corner then runs in to clothesline! Vance whips back the other way, but Morales boots back this time! Morales hops up to flying missile dropkick! Hot tags to Kozone and Angels! Angels rallies on Kozone, then dodges to enziguri! Angels kips up while Kozone staggers to ropes. Angels says, “This is gonna suck!” CROSSBODY against the ropes! Angels then DIVES to take out Morales! Fans fire up with Angels as he goes back to Kozone, dodges him and fireman’s carries! SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, but Morales breaks it! Vance gets in and hits Morales with a SPINEBUSTER!
Vance tosses Morales, Angels tags him in, and they give Kozone the WING SNAPPER to the hammerlock, INVERTED RAINMAKER! Cover, The Dark Order wins!
Winners: Preston Vance & Alan Angels, by pinfall
Whether it’s 5 & 10, 3 & 4, or the OG, Uno & Stu, the Dark Order is ready to dominate the Casino Tag Battle Royal! Will the AEW World Tag Team Championships #JoinDarkOrder one way or another?
Tay Conti w/ Negative One VS Leila Grey!
The Brazilian Blackbelt could not overcome the Native Beast in the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, but she can always fight her way up the rankings! Will the stop the #UnstoppableDanger in Grey’s Dark debut?
The bell rings and Conti circles with Grey. They tie up, Grey pushes Conti away and shows off her dance moves. Conti and Grey tie up again, Conti headlocks and grinds Grey down. Conti shifts around, wrenches the arm, but Grey throws Conti by her hair! Conti kips up to wrench and hammerlock and get the headlock back! Grey stomps Conti’s feet, gets the headlock in return, but Conti powers out. Conti kicks and BOOTS, then waistlocks Grey. Grey back hands but Conti ducks that to throw Grey around! Conti sits Grey up to KIKCK her in the chest, then KICK her again! Conti even blows a kiss, but Grey ducks the buzzsaw, only to get the HEEL KICK!
Grey bails out, Conti pursues while Negative One trolls Grey. Conti throws forearms on Grey, puts her in the ring, and pursues. Grey swings but Conti counter punches! Conti whips Grey to a corner, runs in but Grey dodges and Conti POSTS herself! Grey KCIKS away on Conti, then digs her boot in! The ref counts, Grey lets off to snapmare Conti and Negative One is having a fit! Grey runs to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Grey drags Conti up, “You think you’re better than me?!” Grey pie faces Conti, Conti CHOPS her! Conti throws forearms, throws Grey around with sayanagi once, twice, three times!
Conti whips but Grey reverses, but Conti goes to the apron and Grey gets buckles! Conti climbs, leaps over, and runs back in to BOOT Grey! And KNEE! Conti drags Grey out to the HAMMERLOCK DDT! Cover, Conti wins!
Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall
Conti stays strong in the absence of her best friend, Anna Jay, and celebrates with Negative One! Will they manage to convince more members of the AEW roster to #JoinDarkOrder?
The Sydal Brothers VS Chaos Project!
Two more teams who are entering the Casino Tag Battle Royal are battling it out for final momentum! But will Matt & Mike be able to overcome the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN in this Dark main event?
The teams sort out, Mike starts with Serpentico and they circle. Fans rally up, Serpentico and Mike approach, but Luther attacks! Matt gets in but Serpentico clubs him down! Luther clubs Mike, then whips Serpentico, but both Sydals go Matrix! Then the Sydals double dropkick Chaos Project down! The Sydals double whip Serpentico to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mike throws EuroUppers, then tags in Matt. Serpentico is on the ropes for the DRAPING DOUBLE STOMPS! Mike scoops Serpentico for the SNAP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Matt stomps Serpentico, throws his knee in, but Serpentico throws body shots. Serpentico runs, into an elbow!
Tag to Mike, and they set Serpentico up again for more DRAPING DOUBLE STOMPS! Mike snapmares Serpentico, and hits a STANDIN MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Serpentico flounders and Luther shrieks but Mike CHOPS Serpentico. Mike throws a headbutt, whips but Serpentico reverses. Luther gets a cheap shot but Mike kicks him back! Serpentico scoops, Mike sips out to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Mike CLUBS Serpentico, whips him corner to corner, then runs in only to be put on the apron. Mike blocks the forearm but Luther anchors his feet! Serpentico hotshots Mike and then Luther THROWS him into railing!
The ref reprimands Luther and Matt hurries over but Luther puts Mike in. Serpentico runs for an ax handle drop! Cover, TWO! Serpentico drags Mike up, tags Luther in, and they mug Mike. Luther chokes Mike on the rpoes, the ref counts and Luther throws Mike down at 4. Luther stomps Mike, whips him into the corner and throws a hip check! Tag to Serpentico, and Luther whips him in for a splash! Serpentico is fired up but Luther SPLASHES him and Mike! Then Luther BOWLS Serpentico into Mike! Serpentico rains down rights on Mike, then drags him up. Fans rally, Luther tags in and Chaos Project mugs Mike again.
Luther snap butterfly suplexes and drops a knee on Mike. Tag to Serpentico while standing on Mike’s head! Serpentico is again use as the weapon, ATOMIC LEG DROP! Luther pushes Serpentico to run and BULLDOG SPLASH him onto Mike! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico drags Mike over to tag Luther in. Luther stomps Mike, kicks him to ropes, then brings him up again. Luther CLUBS Mike, snapmares him down and clamps on a chinlock. Mike endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Mike runs but Luther BOOTS him down! Luther just drags Serpentico in, he feeds Mike to Serpentico, to then run, LARIAT to Serpentico to force the DDT! Cover, TWO!
Luther drags Mike up and puts him in a corner. Luther stomps Mike, throws haymakers, then tags in Serpentico officially now. Luther scoop slams Mike, then scoop slam SENTONS Serpentico onto Mike’s knees! Mike saves himself but Luther stomps him down! Luther drags Mike up, Mike slips out of the back suplex to dodge and hot tag! Matt rallies with big kicks on Chaos Project! SOBAT for Luther, WINDMILL for Serpentico! Matt brings Serpentico around to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Matt keeps close. Matt drags him up but Serpentico fireman’s carries back! Matt fights free, Luther runs in, but gets the JAWBREAKER SLICE COMBO!
STANDING MARIPOSA for Serpentico! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Matt reels Serpentico into the Russian Leg Sweep, and COBRA CLUTCH STRETCH! Luther CLOBBERS Matt! Mike runs in but Luther swings on him. Matt SUPERKICKS to the splits! Matt and Mike coordinate, Mike climbs but Serpentico fights free to avoid the cartwheel! Matt KNEES and ROUNDHOUSES Serpentico, Mike joins in, they DOUBLE LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, the Sydals win!
Winners: The Sydal Brothers, by pinfall
Lightning doesn’t strike twice, but it does strike twice over! Will Matt & Mike make major waves in the tag team battle royal? Will they become contenders in the blink of a third eye?
A pretty good Dark, though at just over 90 minutes, I don’t think any of these matches were all that long. I will say, Tesha Price’s dramatic behavior in her match was pretty funny and it kinda works as a character trait. I also liked that Bononi and Avalon put a twist on their entrance with Bononi towing Avalon on his heart bed. Miro attacking Chuck after his match was a good, last minute way to build things for their tag match, and I almost hope that Cassidy “won’t be able to compete” at Revolution, and just as it looks like Chuck might be in a handicap match, Trent returns! That way, Trent can get his own payback on Miro, and the Best Friends move on from the Best Man and Kip in one fell swoop.
Another highlight was Big Swole giving us a great promo for her story. I was hoping someone at some point in AEW would bring up how they are doing these tournaments and battle royals and ladder matches when THE RANKINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO MATTER. While tournaments, battle royals and ladder matches are lots of fun, if you say the rankings matter, that the win-loss records matter, then you use that as priority. Swole should’ve been facing Shida for a PPV, and then either the tournament finals happened on the same PPV, or was just setting someone up for after the PPV. Shida VS Mizunami will still be great, but I appreciate that Swole is hangry for her opportunity.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/3/21)
Dynamite’s headed for Revolution!
AEW’s stars meet at the Crossroads!
Before the Revolution returns, AEW Dynamite ignites! And Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet meet Jade Cargill & SHAQUILLE O’NEAL in a stacked crossover Mixed Tag Match!
- Mixed Tag Match: Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet VS Jade Cargill & Shaquille O’Neal; Jade & Shaq win.
- PAC & Rey Fenix VS John Skyler & D3; PAC & Fenix win.
- Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS FTR & Tully Blanchard w/ JJ Dylan; FTR & Blanchard win.
- AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Nyla Rose VS Ryo Mizunami; Mizunami wins and will face Hikaru Shida for the title at AEW Revolution.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Preston Vance VS Max Caster; Caster wins and advances to the Revolution Ladder Match.
- Matt Hardy & Marq Quen VS Hangman Page & John Silver; Hangman & Silver win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mixed Tag Match: Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet w/ Arn Anderson VS Jade Cargill & Shaquille O’Neal!
What a way to open the last Dynamite before Revolution! The American Nightmare’s battle with Shaq has been a long time coming, and it’s finally happening! Will Cody and Velvet stir it up against a duo of debuting giants?
The teams sort out and Cody starts with Shaq! The fans rally already as the two circle. Cody fires himself up and ties up with Shaq. Cody wrenches but Shaq SHOVES him down! Shaq double guns but Cody gets up to his feet. Fans rally and duel, Shaq encourages them to get louder, and things circle. Shaq shows off some rope a dope, then ties up with Cody again. Shaq powers Cody to a corner but Cody slips away to CHOP and CHOP! Shaq just tosses Cody in to CHOP him back! He didn’t even hit that hard and how loud was that?! Shaq CLUBS Cody, whips him and back drops him high and hard! Shaq has Cody in the corner and CHOPS him again! And KNEES him low and hard!
Cody staggers to the other corner, fans rally and duel more, and Shaq CHOPS him again! Cody ends up in the corner, Jade tags in! Velvet steps in, and the two stare down. Jade kicks Velvet low, whips her to a corner, but Velvet goes up and over and builds speed, only to run into a fireman’s carry! Velvet fights out with elbows, waistlocks, but Jade bucks her away. Jade BOOTS Velvet down, then shows off the fight pose. Velvet staggers to a corner, Jade runs in but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick and HEEL KICK! Velvet forearms but Jade ROCLS Velvet, TOSSES her, then chokes her in the corner! The ref counts, Jade lets off, then TOSSES Velvet across the way!
Fans fire up and duel as Jade shows off by doing push-ups. Jade storms over to Velvet, whips her corner to corner hard, then soaks up some heat. Velvet BOOTS Jade from the corner, hops up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! But Jade rolls through to FALL AWAY SLAM, and kip up! Jade fires up, and she pie faces Cody! Cody gets in to KNEE Shaq! Shaq gets up, Austin Gunn SMACKS him with a chair! But Shaq doesn’t flinch! Shaq turns around and CLUBS Austin, and his brother Colten! QT Marshall gets grabbed, the ref tells Shaq to stop! Shaq lets off, but Velvet SUPER MOONSAULTS onto everyone else!! Fans are fired up and Velvet stirs it up!
Jade gets in the ring, Velvet pursues, and she brings Jade up to ROCK her with forearms! Velvet whips, Jade reverses and kicks low to trip Velvet up. Jade hooks up the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Velvet endures as Jade flexes and copies Cody. But Velvet turns it over onto Jade! Jade endures now, powers it back and pushes up, then blows a kiss to Cody. Velvet endures so Jade lets Velvet free to bring her up. Velvet throws body shots but Jade sweeps the legs! Jade goes out side, and starts looking under the ring! Jade brings out a TABLE! But this isn’t No Disqualifications! The ref and Shaq argue, Jade sets the table up, but Arn and the ref shout at her to stop.
Velvet goes out after Jade and clubs her! And bumps her off the table, to then put her in the ring! Velvet moves the table further from the ring, to bring out a second table! Velvet sets this table up, and it seems both women must just want to hurt each other, winning and losing be damned! Velvet goes up but Jade ROCKS her at the apron! Velvet shoulders back in, runs but Jade blocks the boot, only to take the ENZIGURI! Velvet hobbles and tags to Cody! Shaq gets in and he flexes on Cody. Shaq wants a test of strength, but then he switches hands on Cody. Cody still tries, they tie up, and Cody kicks low! But Shaq hits a knee! Shaq shouts out Brodie for a POWERBOMB!
Shaq mocks Cody but Cody BOPS him with the uppercut! And SCOOP SLAMS Shaq!! Cover, TWO!! Cody goes flying off the kick out, he tags to Velvet! Jade gets in but Velvet throws forearms! Jade gives them back and they go back and forth! Velvet CHOPS, Jade CHOPS! Velvet throws a forearm, another, another, but Jade CHOPS again! Velvet SLAPS Jade, Jade knees Velvet! Jade runs into a calf kick! Velvet fires up, runs, but into Jade’s SPINEBUSTER! Jade flexes and covers, Cody pulls her off! Cody hits Shaq, runs, and FLIES! Cody and Shaq crash through the tables!! Fans lose their minds, Jade freaks out, too, and Velvet is waiting! Jade turns around, for a SPEAR! Cover, TWO!!
Arn coaches Velvet to keep on Jade and she brings Jade up. Velvet clinches, scoops, but Jade is too tall! Jade scoops Velvet, but Velvet slips out. Jade blocks the forearm, spins Velvet and chicken wings, for a GLAM SLAM!! Cover, Jade and Shaq win!!
Winners: Jade Cargill & Shaquille O’Neal, by pinfall
Jade stands tall but Shaq looks out cold from crashing through the hardwood! Will Shaq be alright after his AEW debut? Is this win just the first of many for Jade?
AEW medics take care of Shaq.
They get him on a gurney, load him into an ambulance, and take him to local facility. Tony Schiavone wants a quick word, but… Where did Shaq go? Is Shaq magic?!
PAC & Rey Fenix VS John Skyler & D3!
Though they do not have their third point, Penta El Zero M, The Bastard and the Firebird are here to represent the Death Triangle! Will they bring the pain to the Southern Savior & the Prince of Rome?
The teams sort out, Fenix SUPERKICKS D3 off the apron and Pac ROCKS Skyler! Pac kicks and kicks and runs to BOOT Skyler down! Skyler scrambles, Pac tags to Fenix, and Death Triangle double whip to shove and BOOT him, UPPERCUT and SUPERKICK SWEEP COMBO! Fans fire up as Fenix goes up to tightrope KICK D3 back down! Pac FLIES and FOSBURY FLOPS D3 down! Fenix gives Skyler a fireman’s carry to the corner, Pac tags back in, Wasteland Slam to 450 SPLASH! Tag back to Fenix, Skyler is fed to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Death Triangle wins!
Winners: PAC & Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Deadly as ever, Pac and Fenix make fast work of their opponents tonight! Will they only be more dangerous once Pentagon returns?
The Inner Circle heads to the ring!
The dastardly duo of Chris Jericho & MJF are here for a press conference to supposedly answer for everything they did to the Young Bucks’ father last week. Fans sing Judas for Jericho and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Dasha is at the official podium as MJF and Jericho take their seats. The first question is from Barstool Sports, and is about what the AEW World Tag Team Championships mean to Y2MJF. Jericho says that everyone knows he is LE CHAMPION! That isn’t just a nickname, t’s the truth! But it’s been one year since he lost the AEW World Championship, so it’s time he has a title again! But with all the accolades he has, the greatness he has, he is a seven-time world tag team champion! SEVEN! With some of the biggest names in the industry, including Dwayne Johnson and Paul Wight! But none of them are better than MJF! And it is time for them to beat the hell out of the Young Bucks, just like they did to their stupid father!!
The second question is from Conrad Thompson of Grilling JR. The fighting is over, what are the odds of letting Sammy Guevara back into the Inner Circle? MJF can’t believe “turkey tits” here just asked that. Jericho said he never wanted to hear that name again, so get out of here! Go back to Nebraska! Next question! Brandon Walker of Barstool Sports ask why they attacked Papa Buck. Why? MJF is so sick of the shmucks out there making Papa Buck out to be a martyr! He attacked Jericho first! He did! So what they did was self-defense! But the worst part is that “that old worthless sack of crap” got his blood on MJF’s custom suit!
MJF knows most people can’t comprehend how expensive that is, but to put it in ways they can, he doesn’t shop at Target and Baby Gap! And if you thought what they did to Papa was bad, just wait until they get their hands on “Malnourished Matt” and “Not so Slick, I wish my hair was way more thick Nick!” But hey, it wasn’t their idea to attack Papa Buck, no. Did the Bucks think it was that smart to bring their bitch-ass pops down here? Especially knowing there isn’t a line that the Inner Circle wouldn’t cross? The Bucks need to do better. NEXT!
And it’s Eric Bischoff from 83 Weeks. His question is two parts, and he’ll direct the first part to Jericho. Do they know the condition of Papa Buck? And in Jericho’s list of stupid ideas, where does motivating the Bucks to come at you with a vengeance rank? Just curious. Jericho tells “Eric B” to shut his mouth! And second, they don’t know the condition of Papa Buck and they don’t care! As far as Matt & Nick go- They’re here! Matt & Nick step out on stage and glare at the Inner Circle. Nick knew that once this got started, the Inner Circle “pricks” would hurt their friends. But hurting their father makes this thing personal!
Matt says that their dad is the greatest dad in the world! He taught them everything they needed to know to be the men they are today! Being compassionate, have faith, love your family! They love their family! Papa Buck did everything that MJF’s and Jericho’s dads apparently failed at with them! Papa Buck taught them to dream big, and when he couldn’t afford to put them through college, he built them their own wrestling ring with his bare hands! Papa Buck taught them not to just stand idly by and let someone else do the work. You do it yourself! That DIY spirit is what created the Young Bucks, Being the Elite, and ALL ELITE WRESTLING! Without Papa Buck, there would be no Young Bucks or an AEW!
Laugh now, but do you know what that means? Then that means MJF is still at home, unemployed, on call with the Rosie O’Donnell Show! And for Jericho, let’s be honest! He’d be jerking the curtain at “the Performance Center.” Because Papa Buck taught them empathy, faith, family and one other thing! Stand up for yourselves and maybe kick some ass! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for tY2MJF! Things bust off with the Inner Circle but Brandon Cutler gets in! Referees rush out to stop this but that’s easier said than done! Wardlow tackles Cutler, Matt SUPERKICKS Santana and Nick tosses Ortiz! The Good Brothers are here to help out! They have tables set up and Nick ROCKS Ortiz!
Matt heads over, dares someone else to come get them, and Nick puts Ortiz on a table. Karl Anderson keeps Ortiz down while Nick climbs up! Nick aims from above the tunnel, and Matt has Santana off the stage! 450 AND MACHO ELBOWS through tables!! The Bucks are fired up and Y2MJF look worried, as they should! Will Matt & Nick teach Jericho & MJF what happens when real men fight back?
AEW profiles what it means to have an “Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match.”
America hasn’t seen something like this in 25 years! Once you hit the barbed wire ropes and trigger the switches, there WILL be explosions! Not only that, but the barbed wire will cut you up mercilessly! This will be something to remember for a long, long time because of the violence, the unknown, and the two men in it. Atsuhi Onita says the rules here are fitting for Moxley and Omega. It is unpredictable, dangerous, and painful. But Moxley’s honor won’t let him do any less to take Omega out or be forced into retirement trying. Will the Maniac take back what the Cleaner stole from him? Or will he give up everything in return?
Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS FTR & Tully Blanchard w/ JJ Dylan!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are more than honored to have a legendary tag team wrestler come out of retirement for one night and join them in battle! But will it also be the end of them as Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus & Marko Stunt are coming #ForTheirRevenge?
AEW returns and Jurassic Express make their entrance. The trios sort out, Tully starts with Stunt and they tie up. Tully puts Stun in the corner, fires off body shots and knees, then tags in Dax. Stunt slips away, Jurassic Express back him up, and they stare FTullyR down! Stunt swipes at Cash but everyone cools off. Jungle Boy tags in, he and Dax tie up as a return from their great singles showdown. Dax puts JB in a corner, the ref calls for a break but Dax throws body shots and CHOPS! Dax throws EuroUppers, pulls hair, but JB elbows Dax, hits Cash, repeat! JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, whips, but Dax runs him over!
Things speed up, JB hurdles, drops, hurdles and dropkicks! Cash runs in but gets a dropkick! Tully distracts JB, Dax shoves him but JB rebound LARIATS! JB GERMAN SUPELXES Cash, trips up Dax, and gest the SNARE TRAP! Cash gets in to drag JB off the hold! JB trips Cash up and puts CASH in the Snare Trap! It’s on the outside so Cash tapping doesn’t matter! Dax gets something from Dillon! Tully talks with the ref about JB holding onto his hold, JB goes in and Dax SMACKS JB with a shoe!! Cover, TWO!! JB survives the classic SHOE screw job! Fans fire up, Dax bumps JB off buckles and tags in Tully. They mug JB, Tully CHOPS JB and JB bails out.
FTR hold the rope and Tully builds speed, to Fargo Strut instead. Tag to Dax, he drags JB up and throws him hard into railing! Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.
Dax THROWS JB into more railing, then pulls up floor mats! Dax scoops and SLAMS JB on the bare concrete! JB writhes, Dax talks trash, then he drags JB up and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Tag to Cash, Cash fetches JB and toys with him. Cash puts JB in, drags JB up and whips him for a HARD shoulder at the ropes! Cash DECKS JB with a EuroUpper! FTR soak up the heat as Cash stomps JB down! Tag to Tully and he stomps JB around. Tully drags JB up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Dax. Dax drags JB by his hair, CLUBS him on his back, then paces about. Tully stands on JB’s hair out of the ref’s sight!
Dax drags JB up, snapmares him and wraps on a chinlock. Dax grinds JB down and thrashes him around into a stretch. Dax fish hooks JB’s face, the ref reprimands, so Dax jams an elbow into JB”s face! Dax clamps onto JB’s face again with a smothering chinlock! JB endures as Dax grinds his forearm in over an dover, but the ref reprimands. Dax lets off, taunts Stunt, but the ref keeps Stunt out. Dax puts JB in a corner and CHOPS him! AEW returns to single picture as the CHOPS fly, and JB hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, fans rally up, Cash tags in to intercept JB! Cash scoops and RAMS JB into a corner, to then SLAM him down!
Cash hops up and leaps, but the Vader Bomb gets BOOTS! JB is down, as is Cash, and fans rally as they crawl! Hot tags to Dax and LUCHASAURUS! Luchasaurus runs FTR over, throws big hands and CHOPS, then BOOTS Cash and mule kicks Dax! Luchasaurus fires off on Cash in a corner and Tully starts slipping in. Stunt becomes Luchasaurus’ weapon to CROSSBODY Tully down! Luchasaurus choke grips FTR, but they both kick low! Cash DECKS Stunt, then FTR whips Luchasaurus corner to corner! Luchasaurus powers through their double clothesline to waistlock Cash! Cash grabs at Dax, Luchasaurus GERMAN SUPLEXES them both!! AND KIPS UP!
Fans are thunderous for Luchasaurus as he choke grips Dax. Dax slips out of the lift, baits Luchasaurus into a corner and POSTS him! Dax climbs up, JB runs over to go up and SUPER STEINER Dax into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus is surprised but he tags JB in. Cash drags Luchasaurus out to TORNADO DDT him to the floor! JB WRECKS Cash with a dropkick, Dax runs in but JB elbows and ECKS him! JB DECKS Tully, climbs up top, but Cash returns to anchor JB! Dax climbs, Cash tags in! SUPERPLEX and FROG SPLASH! The Power and Glory! Cover, TWO!! Cash GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! SNAP DRAGON! Bridging cover, STUNT SPLASHES IN!
Tully goes after Stunt to slingshot BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans can’t believe they’re seeing it again! But Tully turns around and Luchasaurus is there! Tully eggs him on, Luchasaurus choke grips, but Luchasaurus has a heart, so he just TAIL WHIPS Tully instead! JB tags Luchasaurus in, they focus on Cash, JURASSIC EXPRESS! Cover off the back suplex bomb, TWO!?!? Cash survives but barely! JB builds speed to DIVE, but who was that in the beanie?! He took the shot for JB, and Dax gets Luchasaurus so the same mystery man can CLOBBER Luchasaurus! Tag to Cash, then to Tully! They combine for a DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, FTullyRwins!!
Winners: FTR & Tully Blanchard, by pinfall
One way or another, the returning legend gets a win alongside the self-professed best tag team ever! And speaking of all that controversy, the man in the beanie was SHAWN SPEARS! The Chair Man returns, and is now on the team! Coach Arn is watching from the tunnel, and says he’s seeing this foursome. Is this a revival of the Horsemen?
Tony Schiavone is on stage with big news!
AEW is expanding and now has a third show of in-ring programming: Dark Elevation! And his cohost for that will be… THE GIANT, PAUL WIGHT! #NoMoreBS, but definitely big things for AEW! Schiavone is glad to have “G” here, and the fans are loving this! Did anyone see this turn coming? But that aside, Schiavone’s known Wight since he had long hair and a bright future. Wight is so happy to be in AEW. Fans chant “Welcome Home!” and Wight is definitely glad to be back on TNT. He is looking forward to working with the talent in AEW, and cohosting Elevation with Schiavone. There, Wight can do color commentary on the amazing and young talent!
But don’t worry, Wight will take this job seriously, too. He has a scoop! The biggest scoop EVER! Oh? This Sunday, AEW Revolution, they will hire and put under contract a Hall of Fame talent that will be a HUGE asset to AEW! But it’s not who you think. You’ll find out and Wight wants us to know you heard it here first! Who could Wight be suggesting?
AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Ryo Mizunami!
Two hard hitting wrestlers had hard fought roads to this moment! The Native Beast beat the Brazilian Blackbelt, the Doctor and the former NWA Women’s World Champion, while Aneki defeated “Fallen Idol” Maki Itoh, THE Aja Kong, and “Magical Girl” Yuka Sakazaki! The Full Metal Warrior, Hikaru Shida, is watching this one very closely, but which familiar foe will she be facing at Revolution?
The bell rings and the two circle as fans fire up. Ryo is fired up already but Nyla just doesn’t seem to get what’s going on with her. They tie up, Ryo tries to power Nyla back but Vickie shouts for Nyla to push her back. Nyla does push Ryo to ropes, but the ref counts and Nyla lets off. Nyla swings, Ryo dodges to fire off forearms! Ryo runs, rams Nyla, but Nyla stays up. Ryo powers up and runs, but Nyla stays up again. Nyla ROCKS Ryo with a right but Ryo hits back! They go back and forth with forearms, faster and faster! Ryo gets the edge, whips, but Nyla reverses. Ryo dodges but Nyla runs her over! Nyla mocks Aneki’s dance moves before stomps Ryo down.
Nyla drags Ryo up, reels her in, but Ryo back drops her away! Aneki unleashes the real dance moves, runs in and forearm smashes Nyla! Ryo shoulders, CHOPS, CHOPS and machine gun CHOPS away! Kojima would be proud! Ryo apologizes to the ref, fires up some more, and CHOPS again! Nyla sputters, Ryo fires up, does some miming, and runs in to CLOBBER Nyla! Cover, ONE!! Nyla gets up but Ryo keeps focus. Ryo powers up but Vickie distracts her! Nyla BOOTS Ryo down then hits a SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Vickie is furious but Nyla chokes Ryo at the ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off, and Ryo is in more pain from Vickie’s shrieking than anything.
Nyla whips Ryo, scoops her and POWERSLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Nyla grows annoyed as AEW goes picture in picture.
Nyla drags Ryo up, chokes her on ropes again, and Vickie is again in Ryo’s face! Nyla lets off as the ref counts, Vickie keeps screeching at Ryo, and Nyla stalks Ryo to a corner. Ryo hits back but Nyla stomps her down. Nyla drags Ryo up, bumps her off buckles, then stands on her! The ref counts, Nyla lets off at 4, and then goes out to drag Ryo to the outside. Nyla RAMS Ryo into railing! Nyla makes sure Shida is watching as she drags Ryo up and makes her way to the fans. Nyla CLUBS Ryo down, drags her over, and RAMS her into railing again! Ryo sputters, staggers up, and Nyla gets in Shida’s face about the cup and the belt.
Nyla goes back to Ryo but Ryo hits body shots! Nyla CLUBS Ryo, puts her in the ring, then follows to stomp away! Nyla drags Ryo around into a chinlock stretch but Ryo endures. Nyla slowly hooks Ryo up into a camel clutch but still Ryo endures. Fans rally, Ryo reaches and powers up, but Nyla CLUBS her down! Nyla drags Ryo up, whips her to the corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Nyla keeps moving but Ryo follows to clothesline! AEW returns to single picture as Ryo reels Nyla in. Nyla is too big to scoop, and she scoops Ryo to SLAM her instead! Fans boo as Nyla steps on Ryo on the way to the corner. Nyla climbs up, leaps, but her Swanton FLOPS!
Ryo fires up again and fans are rallying with her! Ryo slaps some sense into herself, Nyla runs in but Ryo dumps her out! Ryo runs and RAMS Nyla off the apron! Aneki’s fire is back as Ryo drags Nyla up and reels her in. Nyla bumps Ryo off the apron first! Nyla climbs up, Vickie is shriller than ever, but Ryo SWEEPS THE LEGS! Nyla hits apron, Ryo climbs up fast, and APRON LEG DROPS!! Nyla staggers and sputters then falls over! The ring count climbs, Ryo waits in the ring and fans rally for “A E DUB!” Nyla slowly rises at 5 of 10, Vickie is freaking out, but Ryo sees Nyla won’t stay down forever! Ryo climbs, Nyla gets back in, and Ryo LEAPS for another leg drop! Cover, TWO!!
Ryo grows frustrated but she drags Nyla up to fire off forearms from all sides! Ryo has Nyla wobbling but Nyla stays up! Nyla ROCKS Ryo right back! Ryo gets up again, throws a forearm, but Nyla throws a clothesline! They keep hitting back and forth, Nyla ROCKS Ryo again, then runs, but Ryo swats the lariat away! Ryo fires off lariats point blank! Nyla stays up, Ryo runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Nyla drags Ryo up fast, fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!?! Ryo survives and fans are fired up! “This is Awesome!” but Nyla isn’t done yet! She hangs Ryo out to dry, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs, leaps, GUILLOTINE KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Vickie is shrieking like the banshee she is as Nyla drags Ryo around. Fans are fired up for Ryo as Ryo resists the bomb lift! Ryo throws body shots and palm strikes, then hits an EXPLODER!! Nyla is in a drop zone, Ryo hurries up top! Nyla hurries up, too, and ROCKS Ryo with a haymaker! Nyla climbs, brings Ryo up, and hits a SUPERPLEX!! Nyla slowly crawls to the cover, TWO!! Ryo gets a waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Ryo fires up again, Nyla stands, Ryo SPEARS!! Ryo drags Nyla back to a drop zone, goes back up top, and Vickie is losing her mind as Ryo hits the SUPER LEG DROP!! Cover, RYO WINS!!
Winner: Ryo Mizunami, by pinfall (wins the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament)
Shida commends Ryo on that fight, and hands her the Women’s Eliminator Cup. Ryo thanks her and shakes her hand, to then SUCKER PUNCH her! Ryo eggs her on and Shida hits back! They brawl, Shida DECKS her challenger, and picks up her belt again. What a way to say hi to an old rival! Imagine what that title match is going to be like!
AEW returns with Schiavone back in the ring.
The Street Fight at Revolution is coming, so Schiavone introduces… STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow and the Icon! Sting walks out and fans are fired up to see him. Schiavone says Sting came back with Darby Allin last week to take the fight back to Team Taz. Sting has never looked better, and Sting says it’s great Schiavone says that. It evolves every single week, but then Sting found out a couple weeks ago he wasn’t when he got powerbomb’d by Cage! But Sting thanks The Machine for shaking off that rust! Sting feels like he’s ready for that Street Fight!
But then Ricky Starks comes out to tell “Stinger Man” to pump the brakes. He’s here on his own, so don’t worry about an attack. Starks is sick of the “Budding romance.” We’ve seen things go back and forth, but Sting showed something Starks hadn’t seen. Sting tore it up, and Starks is man enough to admit he saw something he hadn’t seen, and that was the fire! Sting’s still got it! But even so, Starks still doesn’t see the Icon. He SLAPS Sting, so Sting DECKS Starks! Sting rips Starks’ shirt off and whips him out of his shoes to CLOBBER him! Starks flounders, Sting is on him for another whip! STINGER SPLASH! Starks flops down, Sting gets the legs! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Starks endures, taps, but here comes Team Taz! Hook gets Sting in a sleeper! Sting SMACKS Hook away, but Will Hobbs gets Starks out and Cage attacks Sting! But here comes DARBY ALLIN! No zipline this time, he just jumps on Cage’s back! Cage rams him into buckles but Darby holds on! Sting runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Darby goes up top, to missile dropkick! The Icon and the Relentless run off Team Taz, but what happens when things are finally unleashed for the Street Fight!?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Max Caster!
Number 10 surely heard Platinum’s diss track just for him, and now it’s time for him to respond directly! Scorpio Sky also watches from commentary to see who joins him, Cody Rhodes, Lance Archer and, if he is medically cleared, Penta El Zero M at Revolution! But first, Platinum gives us a special bonus track on Preston! “Listen! Listen! This guy’s big but a small talker. I shoot you up like Lady Gaga’s dog walker! This dude is mad soft, there is no future if you take your mask off! His names 10 but a 5 in the looks department. Like the fireball just hit Ronnie Garvin! Now you gettin’ burnt up! Platinum Max, I got this place turnt up!”
He ain’t done spittin’! Negative One ’bout to catch a butt whippin’! See Max in the streets- Negative One is fired up and Vance holds him back. Caster skips the rest and that was for the best, but who will get this won and head for Revolution?
The bell rings, Caster and Vance circle as fans rally. They tie up, Vance rolls Caster up, TWO! Caster scrambles away and tries to mock Vance still. Caster calls for a test of strength but kicks low. Caster clamps onto an arm, Vance powers out but Caster runs Vance over! Scorpio runs both guys down as being less skilled wrestlers, Caster runs but Vance goes to hip toss. Caster blocks but Vance blocks back to CLOBBER Caster! Cover, TWO! Vance drags Caster up, headlocks, but Caster powers out. Vance runs Caster over, things speed up, and Vance crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Vance keeps on Caster and hauls Caster up, but Caster gets away to a corner.
Vance CHOPS Caster, keeps him close and climbs up to rain down punches! Fans count and Vance gets only 4 before Caster slips out. Caster runs, only gets buckles, and Vance finishes the punches to get 10! Vance has fans fired up, runs in and CLOBBERS Caster out of the ring! Fans rally while Scorpio continues to talk trash on even Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer. Vance bumps Caster off the apron, then again, then runs in, only for Caster to POST him! Caster runs in to dropkick Vance into barriers!
AEW goes picture in picture as Caster mugs Vance and puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Caster grows annoyed, but he clamps onto an arm to grind Vance down. Vance fights up but Caster wrangles him down with a wristlock! Vance grinds forearms in Caster’s face but Caster holds on to drag Vance up again. Caster wrenches, yanks the arm, then whips Vance, only for Vance to reverse. Caster slips off the spinebuster and CLUBS Vance down! Caster pulls on the arm, hammerlocks it, and locks it down to taunt and KNEE Vance! Vance gets to a corner, Caster wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Caster lets off at 4, and he goes after Vance in another corner.
Vance fires body shots back, but Caster wrenches and YANKS the arm again! Caster clamps on with smothering chinlock and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and both men rise, but Vance rallies with big clotheslines! Vance whips Caster, and back drops him high and hard! Caster goes to a corner, Vance runs in but Caster elbows him away! Caster runs but into the SPINEBUSTER! Scorpio puts his hoodie over more than these two, but Caster puts Vance on the apron. Vance SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives but fans rally with Vance as he aims from a corner. Caster staggers up, Vance runs in, but Caster hits a takedown! Caster has SHANKLY GATES! Vance endures the keylock stretch and gets the ropebreak with feet!
Caster lets off just long enough to SNAP BRAINBUSTER Vance! Caster goes up top as Scorpio says that’s dumb, and Vance avoids the Mic Drop Elbow! Vance and Caster slowly rise again, and Vance runs in at the corner! Caster boots Vance, hops up, but Caster’s rana is blocked to a BOMB! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Caster survives and Vance can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Vance drags Caster. Caster kicks Vance away, then yanks him into ropes! Caster distracts the ref, and is that Jack Evans with Anthony Bowens’ boombox?! Evans CRACKS Vance with it!! Evans slithers under the ring, Caster covers Vance, Caster wins!!
Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall (advances to the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match)
Scorpio says Caster will just be disappointed now because he’s going to lose that Ladder match! But wait, Evans did that favor to Caster as a way to get paid by #BigMoneyMatt! A whopping $4200 for taking out Number 10 of the Dark Order! This is all because Hardy hates Hangman for pulling one over on him! Caster is fine with that, but will he benefit from all 4200 reasons he just won?
AEW has big things for Revolution Weekend!
First of all, AEW Dark has a special airing on Saturday to fit in all the action before the PPV! Then, a Buy-In match has been made! Britt Baker & Rebel will face Thunder Rosa & Riho! Will The Doctor and her assistant be able to beat a former NWA Women’s Champion and a former AEW Women’s Champion in one match?
The Best Man gave “Charles” Taylor a week, but he couldn’t even face Miro like a man! Miro is just trying to protect Chuck but now he has to hurt him! The people will now get what they want: DESTRUCTION! Miro is going to stop playing games, and it will be GAME OVER for Chuck!! Will the Best Man and Kip “Superbad” Sabian put a stop to all the fun the Best Friends are having?
Matt Hardy & Marq Quen VS Hangman Page & John Silver!
Before the Big Money bet, Hardy and his other Private Party protégé will take on the Cowboy and Number 3! But after what we just saw Hardy pay Evans to do to Number 10, will Hangman & Johnny Hungy eat Hardy and Quen alive?
The teams sort out, Silver and Quen start and circle. Fans rally, Silver shoots in to TOSS Quen, then he clamps on with a headlock. Quen gets the ropebreak, Silver lets up, and Quen powers Silver to the corner. Hardy steps back as Quen lets off for the new ropebreak, and Hardy gets a cheap shot in! Quen clubs away on Silver, kicks him to a corner, then wrenches him to tag Hardy in. Hardy Party mugs Silver, Hardy wrenches but Silver ROCKS him! Silver headlocks, Hardy throws body shots, and powers out. Hangman tags in, Hardy shoves Silver at him! Hangman and Silver hug it out and Hardy eggs Hangman on, only to tag Quen back in.
Quen and Hangman circle, Hangman dodges the clothesline to fire off haymakers! AEW goes picture in picture as Hangman stomps away in the corner!
The ref counts, Hangman lets off, and Hangman is fired up as he scrapes Quen on the ropes! Hangman whips, back drops Quen high and hard, then swings on Hardy! Hardy gets away, Hangman goes back to Quen and drags him up. Tag to Silver, they mug Quen, and Silver whips Quen to back drop him high and hard, too! Silver’s friggin’ jacked, baby! Silver drags Quen up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Hangman, they double whip Quen but Quen kicks them back! Quen throws hands, runs, but into a DOUBLE BACK DROP that sends him flipping through the air! Quen flops to the apron and Hangman stalks over to bring him back in.
Hangman drags Quen up, CHOPS him off his feet, then drags him back up. Hangman snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Quen hurries to ropes but Hangman drags him back up. Tag to Silver, they mug Quen at ropes, and Silver throws big haymakers! Quen ends up in a corner, Silver fires off more shots, then he TOSSES Quen across the way! Silver flexes on Hardy, looms over Quen, and brings him up for forearms. AEW returns to single picture as Silver military presses Quen. Quen slips off and shoves Silver to the apron and fires off! Quen chokes Silver on the ropes, the ref counts, Quen lets off but Hardy hits an APRON SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo but Hardy gets away with that one.
Quen tags Hardy, Hardy drags Silver up and ROCKS him with a haymaker. Hardy bumps Silver off the apron, puts him back in and then covers, TWO! Hardy rains down rights, drags Silver up and puts him back in the corner. Quen tags in, they mug Silver with knees to his back, then stomps to his front! Quen digs his boots in, the ref counts and Quen lets off. Quen flexes now then drags Silver up to scoop and SLAM! Tag to Hardy, he hops up and soaks up the heat before he jumps, into Silver’s KICK! Both Silver and Hardy are down, crawling, and Hardy tries to keep Silver from Hangman. Silver BOOTS Hardy away, and reaches out!
Hardy drags Silver away again, but Silver gets around to hit a STANDING SLICED BREAD! Hot tags to Hangman and Quen! Hangman rallies on Quen with big forearms! Hangman whips, Quen dodges but Quen runs into a POP-UP SPINEBSUTER! Hangman runs at Hardy but Hardy avoids the boot! Hangman drags Quen up, Quen kicks a leg and whips Hangman to the corner! Hardy holds Hangman but Hangman gets away as Quen runs in, and the BOOT hits Hardy! Hangman scoops Quen for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and PLANCHAS Hardy down! Hangman rains down rights, puts Hardy in the ring, but Quen is after Hangman with stomps!
Fans boo but Quen pie faces Hangman, only to run into a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Quen back up and throws him to the corner. Hangman dares Hardy to man up and tag in, but Quen bails out to regroup with Hardy instead. Hardy puts Quen back in, but Hangman kicks and suplexes him. Quen slips out to dropkick Hangman’s leg! NOW Hardy wants in, so Quen tags him! Hardy hits Hangman with a neckbreaker! Hardy calls for his finish, kicks but Hangman slips out to back suplex! Quen runs in but Hangman dumps him out! Silver tags in and he SPEARS Hardy!
Silver fires off furious fists, but Hardy hits a Twist, only for Silver to backslide! Hardy rolls off, but Silver kicks, KICKS, SUPERKICKS and BRAINBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Silver’s Beaver Boy Blitz couldn’t finish this! Quen trips Hangman off the apron, hotshots Silver, and Hardy hits a back suplex! Tag to Quen, Quen climbs up, Silver stands up to get the MISSILE DROPKICK! Quen gets up, runs in but Silver OBOTS! Hangman tags in, Silver is the decoy and he KICKS Quen to send into Hangman’s ROLLING ELBOW! Silver ENZIGURIS, Hangman POP-UP POWERBOMBS Quen!
Silver reels Quen in to wheelbarrow, GERMAN SUPLEX, to the BUCK SHOT!! Hangman stares Hardy down and Hardy backs off! Cover, Hangman & Silver win!
Winners: Hangman Page & John Silver
But Hardy is a sore loser and he assaults the winners with a mic! Hardy tells Hangman that he hates him, and in their Big Money Match, Hardy will take everything from Hangman! This was all just a trap! Hardy is going to make it so Hangman won’t even make it to Revolution! But here comes the rest of the Dark Order to attack Hardy! Maybe Hardy is the one who won’t make it to the PPV! But here come the Casino Battle Royal field! Butcher and Blade, Chaos Project, Cezar Bononi & “Pretty” Peter Avalon attack the Dark Order, but then they’re countered by Bear Country, the Varsity Blondes, the Natural Nightmares, the Sydal Brothers and SCU!! It is tag team turmoil in the ring to say the least, and Negative One is just reveling in it from the stage!
BUT HERE COMES DEATH TRIANGLE!! PAC & Fenix are last minute entries in that match and they want to get their shots in! Hardy tries to run away but Negative One tells him he’s in for a bad time on Sunday! Will Hangman be the one to bankrupt Big Money Matt after the Revolution?
An awesome episode for AEW, and even a great go-home. I didn’t think we’d open with the Mixed Tag, but Shaq was great, of course Jade was good, and though Shaq took that table spot, it makes sense for his team to win. Jade has been waiting a long time for this debut so it makes sense for her to win and start her career off strong. Shaq’s disappearing act was interesting, I have no idea what that could mean. We got a great Six Man out of FTR and Jurassic Express, but I should’ve figured FTR finds a way to cheat and win. Shawn Spears being part of that is a natural move, and it just makes sense that he is part of their faction now. I don’t know if “FTR” will be the name that applies to the group or if they’ll have some new name, but it’s about time this happened.
Nyla VS Ryo was a great match, and I am happily surprised that Ryo won. As great in story it would’ve been for Nyla and Shida to have a rematch from Double or Nothing, I feel like it is much better for everyone watching to see Shida VS Ryo, which we certainly haven’t seen in AEW and hasn’t happened in some time. With that match up, I feel like the title match could go either way. If Ryo wins, that’d freshen up some things, even though Shida hasn’t faced everyone yet. Nyla is still considered top ranked contender, so she could still face the winner from Revolution over the Summer, and we could even work our way to Shida VS Nyla at Double or Nothing 2021, almost one year after the previous match-up.
Sting and Darby had another short spot with Team Taz, but I have no idea if it adds anything to what we’ve already seen. We got a great segment with the Inner Circle and Young Bucks, where another AEW press conference of course has Eric Bischoff for last. The Bucks had a great response promo and then a great double table spot. Maybe a little risky, but what else is new for these two? I feel like standing tall here could mean the Bucks lose, and that could also suggest who is coming out of the Casino Tag Battle Royal. PAC & Fenix win fast and then get in on the tag brawl at the end of the night. I don’t see them winning, but them getting in makes sense with Penta in the ladder match.
Speaking of, Caster VS Vance was a great match, but it makes a lot of sense in story for Vance to get screwed over by Hardy and Evans. I had a feeling the other night with Dark that Caster was going to win since Archer is already the powerhouse in that match. There is still one spot left, so either the bonus Dark gives us that qualifier, or that sixth person is the person Paul Wight introduces. That latter possibility would actually be pretty big, because Wight promises that will be a (WWE) Hall of Famer, someone everyone knows yet “not who we’d expect.” No idea who that could be, but I’d love to see them show up and do big things in the ladder match.
Meanwhile, Hardy loses the tag match tonight, but doesn’t stand tall even after he attacks, so the math makes me think Hangman loses his Q1 earnings. I feel like that’d work in story, because then Hangman can #JoinDarkOrder and lean on them for support. Hangman’s struggles have been great pacing in his AEW career, and maybe even his career as a whole, so giving up money to find the friendships that will really build him back up is a great element to that. With this, Hangman can totally become AEW World Champion come All Out 2021 or so.
My Score: 9.6/10
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