The Prizefighter calls out SmackDown’s Head of the Table!
Kevin Owens was defiant as he told Roman Reigns he’s neither fears nor respects him! Will we see the Tribal Chief put fear into Kevin’s heart?
- Bayley VS Natalya; Natalya wins.
- Pat Patterson Tribute Six Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Big E VS Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler & Shinsuke Nakamura; Bryan, Mysterio & Big E win.
- Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Kevin Owens & Otis VS Roman Reigns & Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Kevin & Otis win by disqualification.
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WWE and SmackDown mourn the loss of Pat Patterson.
The stars of Friday nights, as well as legends and even Vince McMahon, are on stage. Michael Cole tells us of the loss of the WWE Hall of Famer. “Tonight, we pay tribute to a man who touched our hearts.” An incredible mind, body and spirit have been lost. Please join in a moment of silence for the ten bell salute. #ThankYouPat, you will be missed.
Kayla Braxton welcomes us to the show!
She will have a special in-ring interview in a moment with the man joining his cousin Jey in a match against Kevin Owens and Otis! It is none other than “arguably one of the most, if not the most, dominant superstar of his era, a five-time heavyweight champion, a Royal Rumble match winner, a former United States, Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion,” the Head of the Table, #TheBestoftheBest and THE Universal Champion, ROMAN REIGNS! The Tribal Chief, his Special Counsel, and Jey Uso all head to the ring together, at the pace Roman sets. Fans give thumbs down as Roman holds up the Universal Championship.
Kayla holds the mic to Roman and Roman says she missed part of his announcement. She needs to do it right. Which one did she miss? Heyman says it is the “Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion.” Kayla apologizes then asks about Roman’s comments to Jey about his status and perception here on SmackDown. But he is a commanding presence in the ThunderDome, so what happened last week?
Footage replays of Roman grilling Jey about Team SmackDown being swept at Survivor Series. There is no fear, no respect, from the roster or even their own family. Jey of course took this to mean to attack all those who “did them wrong,” from Daniel Bryan to Otis. And Kevin Owens got in Roman’s face about it, and that resulted in a main event match that turned into Jey trying to break Kevin on behalf of Roman. But Kevin would not be broken, and he dealt some damage to Jey!
Back in the present, Kayla asks about Kevin saying he does not fear Roman, but then Roman avoided confronting Kevin himself. Does Roman fear Kevin? Roman laughs that off. “This is probably the biggest thing you’ve ever done in your career,” the most viewed thing she has ever been part of, and she goes and asks stupid questions? There is a man of experience and tenure on commentary in Michael Cole, but they took a chance on Kayla in allowing her this moment. And this is how she talks to Your Tribal Chief? Next question.
Then what about Jey. A lot of the fans are wondering: Is Roman just using Jey as a pawn? Manipulating him even. Manipulating? Stupid words for stupid people. Does he look like someone who manipulates? He is a protector and provider. He just said, he is the Head of the Table. Jey Uso, one half of the greatest tag team in their generation, and what has he done on his own now? Has Kayla not done research and looked at the facts? Heyman went to bat for her because of Talking Smack, and she blows it. Two strikes. Heyman, handle the amateur.
Heyman asks Kayla rather quickly, who over the last five weeks has been main-evented on SmackDown each and every week? “The answer to that rhetorical question is Jey Uso.” How have the ratings been? According to Fox, the highest surge tis entire calendar year. Why? Because of Jey! And is that manipulating? No! Roman has given his entire FAMILY something to aspire to. Roman is a motivator! But wait, here comes Kevin! Kevin has a mic to say, “Last week, I made it pretty clear I don’t fear you. And since we’ve established you don’t fear me, I don’t see the point of waiting for later tonight!” Roman didn’t go to Kevin, so Kevin will go to Roman, and we’ll settle this now! What’s Roman’s response?
Jey snatches the mic and says “We get down, Uce! We run this show! We accept, easy!” Kevin wants Jey to take a moment because he wasn’t talking to the busboy. He was talking to the Head of the Table. So what does Roman say? If not now, then how about T, L, C? Or not even that! Roman is the Head of the Table, right? “Let’s get a table in there! Let’s get a ladder, let’s get some chairs! Put that title on the line, and you and I settle this like men.” What does Roman say to Kevin’s challenge? Heyman snatches the mic back but Kevin says they could just do this now. Kevin puts the mic down to give Roman a chance.
This is what Kevin wants, right? That’s the best for Kevin, “being on the Island of Relevancy.” But Roman has trained Jey well. They don’t back down from anyone, they do not fear anyone. Roman says Jey already said it, they accept. And Kevin is lucky. If Roman was the man he used to be, he’d whoop Kevin’s ass right now! “But there’s a time and a place for everything. And the time’s not right.” Roman isn’t a savage. He’s a gentleman. “There’s a lady in the ring. Grow up.” Roman, Heyman and Jey take their leave, but Kevin wants to say one more thing. “I just want you to know, you want me to grow up, I’ll row up when you grow up some balls.” Roman says he’s a gentleman, but is acting more like a bitch. Roman shrugs that off, but will he make Kevin pay for that in the tag match main event?
Roman’s party talks backstage.
Jey apologizes, but Kevin was out of line so Jey had to tell him what for all that disrespect! “My bad, I probably overstepped this time, again. My bad.” Roman has Jey calm down. It’s okay. Roman knows Jey meant well. “Just remember: there’s consequences for everything that we do. I love you.” Is this another warning from the Tribal Chief? What will happen if Jey loses again?
And it’s official!
TLC will have a TLC match for THE Universal Championship! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he shuts Roman up and dethrones him?
Bayley VS Natalya!
The Role Model still says SmackDown is HER show, since she was the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion. But the most winningest woman in WWE history wants to show her that’s not the case! Will Bayley have to sink the #BOAT to solidify her legacy?
SmackDown returns, Natty makes her entrance, and Bianca Belair is on commentary. Cole and Corey congratulate her on the win over Natty last week, and the bell rings on this match. Natty and Bayley tie up, Natty headlocks to hit the takeover but Bayley headscissors back. Natty pops free, the two reset, and they circle. Bayley kicks low, wrenches the arm and pulls it through the ropes to wrap it around the rope, then she fires off on Natty’s head! Bayley clubs Natty down, tells Bianca to watch, and then hits the hotshot! Natty tumbles down, Bianca says she is minding her business. Bayley talks trash before going out again and gives Natty a corner dropkick!
The ring count climbs as Bayley talks more trash, then Bayley refreshes the count. Bayley gets at Bianca again but Natty whips Bayley into steel steps! Bianca taunts Bayley to get in so she isn’t counted out, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Bayley clubs Natty down. Bayley dodges a discus to SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Bayley grows annoyed and Bayley gets the legs. Natty stops Bayley from stealing the Sharpshooter, to drag Bayley down. Bayley kicks Natty away, then runs to KNEE her down! Natty gets up, Bayley steals the DISCUS! Bayley soaks up the heat from the ThunderDome but Natty O’Conner rolls! TWO and Natty hits buckles! Natty dodges and Bayley knees the buckles, then Natty trips her and gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Bianca claps at Bayley, Bayley taps out!! Natty wins!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
This isn’t an upset because Natty is the #BOAT, Best of All Time! The EST rubs it in Bayley’s face, but when will these two face of to settle who is at the top of the SmackDown Women’s Division?
SmackDown pays further tribute to Pat Patterson.
We celebrate the life of the legend we lost, with Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way,” and Pat’s own karaoke cover of it, playing. The inaugural WWF/WWE Intercontinental Champion, the inventor of the Royal Rumble match, and the architect of countless memories in pro-wrestling history, we will never forget him. Thank you, Pat, for everything.
Pat Patterson Tribute Six Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Big E VS Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler & Shinsuke Nakamura!
With the original 1979 Intercontinental Championship ringside, this match has not only the current WWE Intercontinental Champion but five former ones in one match! But with the chase after that title still going, will this match go a long way to determining The Great Liberator’s next challenger?
SmackDown returns and the Show-Off makes his entrance. Second, the King of Strong Style, and then Pat Patterson’s favorite, Sami Zayn! The teams sort out and Rey starts with Nakamura. They approach, Nakamura kicks and scoops but Rey slips out to waistlock. Nakamura elbows free, runs Rey over, then speeds things up. Mysterio dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Tag to Big E but Nakamura gets away to tag in Ziggler. Ziggler and Big E tie up, Ziggler gets a leg but Big E fights that off. Ziggler waistlocks, Big E swivels the hips to get free, and then he fireman’s carries to toss Ziggler away!
Big E wrenches Ziggler’s arm, tags in Bryan, and Bryan goes up to drop ax handles on the arm! Bryan keeps on that arm with a wrench, then throws a European Uppercut! And again! Bryan wrenches, double wristlocks but Ziggler powers out, but Bryan runs him over! Things speed up, Sami swipes Bryan, Ziggler CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Sami plays innocent while also telling commentary to tell us he is a “master strategist.” Ziggler taunts Bryan, then whips Bryan to the corner, but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan keeps moving, dodges Ziggler and DIVEs onto Sami! Bryan forearms Ziggler, DECKS Nakamura, then he climbs up top! Ziggler dropkicks Bryan down to the ground! Sami’s team is in control as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ziggler rains rights down on Bryan. Ziggler dares Bryan to do something, and Bryan fights back out of the corner! Bryan DECKS Sami, elbows Nakamura but Ziggler kicks low! “I say when we’re done here!” Ziggler whips, Bryan dodges and ducks, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES take both men down! Ziggler and Bryan crawl, hot tags to Nakamura and Big E! Former NXT Champions tie up, and Big E throws Nakamura with overhead suplexes! Then the belly2belly! Fans clap on their screens as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs and SPLASHES down! But he’s not done there! Big E claps it up, whips Nakamura, but Nakamura reverses. Big E ducks one kick but not the other!
Big E flounders to a corner, Nakamura runs, but into the URENAG-E! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ziggler drags Big E up, whips him but Big E reverses to put Ziggler out. Big E runs, but into a knee! Speaking of, Nakamura runs in, but Big E scoops! Sami tags in as Nakamura escapes! Sami runs at Big E, but Big E dodges! Big E runs in but Sami moves and Big E POSTS himself! Rey tags in to springboard sunset flip! TWO!! Sami swings, Mysterio dodges and huricanranas! Sami flounder sup into a wheelbarrow and- BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Sami counters, covers, TWO!! Mysterio survives and Sami is furious! Tag to Ziggler and he runs at Mysterio, but misses the splash! Hot tag to Bryan!
Bryan runs in at Ziggler for a dropkick! And then YES KICKS! Ziggler flounders in the corner but the kicks keep coming! Bryan lets off and drags Ziggler up to put him up top. Bryan climbs up to join Ziggler, stands up and SUPER STEINERS! But Ziggler sunset flips it?! TWO, and Ziggler jackknifes! TWO as Bryan bridges up! Bryan spins Ziggler around to backslide, but Ziggler fights it to the last! Bryan still gets the shoulders down, TWO! YES KICK! Ziggler flounders, Bryan gives another YES KICK! And then another! And another! Ziggler flounders around more, Bryan powers up, but Ziggler dodges the buzzsaw to FAMOUSER! Cover, but Big E breaks it!
Nakamura DYNAMIC DROPKICKKS Big E! Rey seated sentons Nakamura! Sami drags Rey up to throw him into barriers! Sami hurries up and tags in off Ziggler! Ziggler aims, tunes up the band, and Bryan stands. Bryan ducks the superkick to RUNNING KNEE! But Sami rolls Bryan up! TWO, and the YES LOCK is one! Sami endures, reaches around, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go reluctantly but he drags Sami right back up. Bryan whips, Sami kicks him back! Sami kicks again, reels Bryan in, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! and tow a cover, TWO!! Sami escapes, but Bryan cradles! Team Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, Big E & Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
And a win Pat would be proud of! But the fight might not be over! Bryan, Rey and Big E get back in and they stare Sami’s team down. Sami, Nakamura and Ziggler huddle up and decide to rush Bryan’s team! But Ziggler leaves the others hanging! Sami and Nakamura get thrown out, and Ziggler sees he’s all alone… Ziggler says they all go way back, so they should be friends! Ziggler offers a handshake to them all, but when no one accepts, he drops to his knees to beg for mercy. Yes? No? High five? But then Bryan sees the sucker punch coming, and he atomic drops Ziggler! Rey watches, Ziggler end sup on ropes, 619!! To the BIG ENDING! That’s for you, Pat!
Kayla interviews Kevin backstage.
She says he made a “bold choice” to stand up to Roman. Not just tonight in the tag match, but a TLC match at TLC for the Universal title. What is it about Roman that upsets him? What bothers Kevin about Roman is that he used to respect Roman, even looked up to him. As big as a star as Roman was, he never looked down on others. He never needed a private room. “But not anymore.” IT might be Heyman or Roman started seeing himself this way, but it doesn’t matter. Kevin again admits he’s done awful things to people, but he’s trying to make amends. Whether it’s staff, other superstars, without them there is no Kevin.
Kalisto accidentally walks in and apologizes. Kevin compliments him on the fedora. The what? Your hat, Kalisto. Oh, right. Kevin continues to say that Roman is now an “arrogant jackass.” He can’t say what else he wants to say, but it’s all there. Fans chant it sometimes. “You’re a hmm hmm.” Otis comes by and he likes that tune. It’s “A-” No no no. Remember, we’re on Fox. Right, sorry. But Kevin and Otis will talk now about their match.
Otis knows Kevin’s rep as a tag partner is pretty bad, but Otis also knows Kevin’s a “blue collar brawler” like him, too. Not afraid to get dirty. What Kevin’s said about Roman is right. Roman doesn’t respect others. Otis will get his hands on them and bulldoze right through them! Kevin likes that. Fist bump. Oof, that’s a strong fist. Will the Prizefighter and the Blue Collar Workin’ Man put in some work against the Tribal Chief?
SmackDown holds a dual video interview with Sasha Banks and Carmella.
These two obviously can’t have a face-to-face after the blindside attacks both have pulled off on the other. Michael Cole wants to ask Carmella something first but Sasha says Mella has run her mouth enough. Oh riveting! Sasha’s gonna say the usual, right? She’s the boss, the standard, the blueprint, blah blah blah. Yes, and she is the SmackDown Women’s Champion, too! And Mella is “the chick who keeps on attacking me from behind every week because you’re not woman enough to do it to my face.” Mella has Sasha’s attention, let’s settle this.
Cole then asks Sasha about Mella’s comments. Mella has said she used to be like Sasha, from having the title to the admiration of the fans, but was doing everything for fans. Are they more alike than Sasha thinks? Sasha just laughs and says no. Mella wishes she was like Sasha. Oh, a Nicki Minaj wannabe? No thanks. Pff, get new material, Mella, Sasha’s heard that one. Cole says they’ve known each other since training at the Performance Center. Yes, that is a long time. They used to train with each other, that is why Sasha will give Mella her props. A former SmackDown Women’s Champion, the first ever Ms. Money in the Bank. Mella points out she was the first two-time Ms. MITB, did it in a row. Get the facts straight.
Sasha says Mella needed help every time. The guy with no chin, then R-Truth. Mella says she can’t help it if men are obsessed with her. Mella can say it however she wants, but there’s a reason these two haven’t faced 1v1. Sasha is out of Mella’s league. Always have, always will be, no matter how hard Mella tries. Oh is that so? If Sasha wants to get personal, get real, let’s get real. Sasha is jealous of Mella! Sasha’s blood boils because this was Mella’s dream. All Sasha has ever wanted to be was a WWE Superstar. She worked her butt of to be the best. Mella walked in on a whim and it all came easily to her. She skyrockets to the top, with only half the work. Mella held on that SmackDown Women’s Championship longer than Sasha’s multiple reigns combined!
So yeah, Mella is not like Sasha. She’s superior in every way, and Sasha can’t stand it. Sasha sees “the hot chick eye candy,” not the “competitor.” Well guess what, Sasha? She is the hot chick that will embarrass Sasha and take her title! What’s embarrassing is that Mella thinks she stands a chance. Mella wants her shot? She has it, 1v1, at TLC! But Sasha promises her this: “You ain’t ever been in the ring with a badder bitch than me!” Mella hangs up on her end, but will Sasha be the one to call her bluff come TLC?
Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin!
Though he is accompanied out by Aalyah, Dominik and Rey Mysterio, Murphy has to prove he can win this without their help! Will the former disciple prove he can stand up to the King of the Ring on his own?
SmackDown returns as Murphy gets fist bumps for luck from Aalyah, Dom and Rey. Corbin makes his entrance, and he has back-up! Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, formerly of the Forgotten Sons, are by the king’s side to cancel out the Mysterios being in Murphy’s corner. The bell rings and Murphy circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Murphy to a corner but lets off to then RAM into Murphy again and again! Corbin lets off again, and Murphy elbows back! Murphy leaps into Corbin’s arms and Corbin RAMS him back into the corner! The ref counts, Corbin TOSSES Murphy across the way! Corbin taunts the Mysterios while he stalks Murphy to the apron, and TOSSES him back in!
Corbin drags Murphy around but Murphy kicks him back! Murphy avoids the stop, the hands, and then jawbreakers back! Murphy runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Murphy shoulders Corbin back then climbs up top! Corbin choke grips Murphy but Murphy fights free! Murphy boots Corbin, leaps, sunset flips, but Corbin stays up! Corbin drags Murphy back up, knees low and hard, then knees Murphy again. Corbin whips, Murphy dodges and huricanranas! Corbin tumbles out, Murphy wrecks him with a dropkick! Then Murphy slingshots out, lands on the apron and dodges a sweep to PENALTY KICK Corbin down!
The Mysterios stare down with the hooded pages, but the ref warns them all to stay back, Murphy goes out, Corbin RAMS him into the apron, then TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! A cameraman is part of the collateral and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns yet again, and Corbin is raining down elbows into Murphy’s shoulder and neck! Corbin finally stops and he stares the Mysterios down. Murphy stirs, Corbin drags Murphy up, whips him to a corner, and then runs in. Murphy dodges, Corbin slides out then in and spins Murphy to a COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but his pages, Cutler and Blake, move closer to the Mysterios. Corbin taunts Aalyah, “Watch what happens to your boyfriend!” and he rains down rights on Murphy’s head. Corbin drags Murphy up, runs and DECKS him with a right hand!
Corbin grins as his pages nod in approval. Corbin mockingly claps and he sits Murphy back up, to DECK him again! Murphy stirs, sits up and pushes Corbin, but Corbin sits him up again. Murphy dodges the haymaker, kicks a leg out and puts on a sleeper hold! Corbin endures, fights up and powers Murphy to a corner! Murphy lets go, but then climbs back on to be a backpack! Corbin puts Murphy on the top rope, the ref counts, Murphy lets go at 4! Corbin breathes but Murphy CLUBS him down! Murphy adjusts and missile dropkicks Corbin down! Rey coaches Murphy up, Dom and Aalyah cheer him on.
Corbin and Murphy throw hands, Murphy blocks to fire off a strike fest! He stops a foot but misses the knee! Corbin shoves Murphy, blocks his boot but not the next! Murphy goes up and over, Corbin slides out then in, into the KNEE TRIGGER! Corbin flops out of the ring, Murphy hurries out after him, and Murphy puts Corbin in the ring. The pages creep over but the Mysterios are there to back Murphy up. Murphy goes to the apron, swing kicks Corbin away, and Murphy goes up. But then the pages pounce on Rey and Dom! Murphy sees this as Cutler throws Rey into barriers! Murphy stops them from doing the same to Dom, and chases the pages around the ring! They go in the ring, and Murphy follows, but Corbin is waiting with END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!
Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall
The formerly Forgotten Sons are now the King’s Court, and they helped Corbin get revenge on Murphy! But is this battle only escalating into a war?
The Street Profits are fired up!
Doth Montez’s eyes deceive him? Does King Corbin have plans? Anything can happen in the WWE! But even tonight in the main event, Kevin and Otis could get even with the Head of the Table, Roman, and his cousin, Jey! So many questions! Can you trust KO? Can Jey make it up to Big Uce? Who knows, but uh, KO has a history. Yeah but Otis doesn’t want that smoke. And is Roman mad at Jey or not? Dawkins says it’s very confusing. This is a different Roman, thinking he’s Jordan. Not saying what’s up to the homies, and not even coming to Marty’s party.
But then Robert Roode interrupts, saying it’s “funny” how the Profits will talk about everyone else’s business, except the fact that Ziggler and Roode beat them and should be champions. Cesaro comes in and knows the Profits haven’t been around for more than a cup of coffee, but Cesaro-Shinsuke is the S Tier team here. AKA Number one. Do they have titles? Nope! These four argue, but will the title chase be settled in the ring soon enough?
Kevin Owens & Otis VS Roman Reigns & Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!
The Prizefighter doesn’t fear the Tribal Chief, and the Blue Collar Brawler is HANGRY to get after #MainEventJey! But will they both get what they want in this tag team grudge match? Or will they be made to acknowledge the Head of the Table is the Universal Champion?
SmackDown returns as Jey makes his entrance first, followed by… No one? Is Roman no-showing the main event what he meant by “consequences?” That’s harsh. But Jey still goes into the ring and takes on Otis to start! Jey and Otis tie up, Otis throws Jey down hard! Otis throws big haymakers to swat Jey around the ring! Jey flounders, Otis drags him up and bumps him off buckles! Otis CLUBS Jey, Jey fires forearms back! Otis CLUBS Jey again, then TOSSES him across the ring! Otis stalks Jey but Jey throws forearms! Jey ROCKS Otis, runs, but Otis DISCUS LARIATS Jey down! “OH YEAH~!” Not quite Macho Man but that lariat was savage!
Otis drags Jey up, whips him to the corner, and Kevin taunts how Jey has no one to tag. Jey dodges, Otis POSTS himself! Kevin tags in and he goes after Jey with forearms meant for Roman! Kevin lets off, drags Jey up and whips him corner to corner. Jey reverses, Kevin rebounds off buckles into a SAMOAN DROP! And now Roman arrives! Roman waited until Kevin was vulnerable for even a moment, and he’s here to stand by his cousin. Kevin enziguris Jey back! Roman is already disappointed but Otis is fired up as both men are down. Jey crawls over, but ROman doesn’t even wait for a tag to SUPERMAN PUNCH Otis down!
The ref reprimands, Roman goes out and stalks Otis. Roman bumps Otis off the apron, and then off the announce desk! And then POSTS him!! Roman takes out the anger he has for Kevin on Otis as he RAMS him into steel steps! And then he takes the steps apart, and JAMS Otis with it! And again! And again! The Tribal Chief shows no mercy to the Dozer! Kevin goes after Roman and hits him back! Kevin bounces Roman off the desk, but Jey DIVES in to take Kevin down! The Bloodline’s blood is boiling as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more, Otis was taken away but Kevin fires off on Roman! Kevin kicks and whips but Roman reverses to LEAPING LARIAT! Roman drags Kevin up, pushes him around and wrenches him to tag in Jey. Jey and Roman mug Kevin, then feed Kevin to a BIG uppercut from Jey! Roman takes his time exiting and Jey talks trash on Kevin. “That’s your problem, Kevin Owens! You talk too damn much!” Jey hammers away on Kevin in a corner, then lets off at the ref’s count. Jey gets in Kevin’s face as he claws his face! The ref counts again, Jey lets off and Jey goes to the other corner. “You gotta get this! Now I gotta get you!” Jey paces, “UCE! OH!” But Kevin avoids the hip attack! Kevin comes back to CANNONBALL!
Both Kevin and Jey are down and Roman literally facepalms at his cousin’s bravado. Jey gets up, swings on Kevin but Kevin counter punches and CHOPS! And forearms, and CHOPS! Kevin whips, Jey reverses, Kevin kicks him away but Jey uppercuts! Kevin rebounds to LARIAT! And back senton! Kevin whips Jey but Jey holds ropes to uppercut back! Jey swings, into Kevin’s spin and kick and DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman is getting upset with Jey but Kevin hears that. Kevin dares Roman to handle his business instead! Kevin runs at Jey but gets another elbow. Jey runs into Kevin’s SAMOAN DROP! Roman seethes as Kevin talks more trash! “Get in the ring!”
Roman does get in, Jey sneaks up but Kevin is ready and ROCKS Jey with an uppercut! But then Kevin turns around into Roman’s uppercut! The ref reprimands but Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey heads up top, takes aim, but Roman tells him to get down to tag out? “This is my show. I finish the show. Get down and tag out.” Jey listens to Roman, dragging Kevin over. But Kevin throws hands and DECKS Roman! Kevin blocks the kick, gives a kick and a STUNNER! Cover, Roman breaks it! The ref says to stop, but Roman puts on the GUILLOTINE! The ref calls for the bell!!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Otis, by disqualification
But Roman still puts Kevin to sleep with the guillotine hold! And then Jey fetches chairs for Roman! They each have one, and the Bloodline circles Kevin. The ref tries to stop them but Roman SMACKS Kevin, Jey SMACKS Kevin, and repeat! Even Heyman is horrified! Roman wants Jey to make Kevin understand, and Jey puts a chair on Kevin’s chest! Jey climbs, FULL METAL USO SPLASH! Jey takes almost as much damage as Kevin but it was clearly worth it. But then Roman SMACKS Jey!?! “What do I have to tell you ever time?!” Roman hates repeating himself, and he just keeps hitting Jey!
Roman takes the title from Heyman and puts it on Kevin’s chest. “You trying to split me and my family up?! You want my attention!? You have the whole world watching!” This is what Roman is going to teach Kevin! Kevin wants to try to take the family from the top, over a title! Kevin is trying to make Roman out to be a monster! Roman says this is just the beginning. Roman will take Kevin’s manhood, his livelihood, and then he will make the entire Owens family fear Roman! Roman holds his title up overhead, showing the Tribal Chief is in fact a tyrant with an iron fist. Will he use that fist to crush everyone underneath him?
WOW! What an episode for SmackDown! For one, so much great stuff to pay tribute and honor the memory of Pat Patterson. It was a great idea to feature Intercontinental Champions of past and present in one great Six Man Tag. The Faces go over because I’m thinking that’s what Patterson would’ve wanted. Bryan got the quick pin win on Sami, so maybe they have one more go for the title, but Big E also has a new solo entrance so maybe he’s not too far behind. I would love if there was another big match to determine who challenges Sami next, another way to honor Pat before the year is out. There’s definitely going to be something at TLC, that just makes sense.
I will say the gripe from tonight was that we didn’t get as much as we should have out of the Women’s Division. Bayley VS Natty should’ve been bigger than it was, since a good portion of time was used up with a commercial break. But it would make a lot of sense if Bayley VS Bianca was next week, and then Natty is on commentary, and then all three compete in a Triple Threat to name a contender for the title match at Royal Rumble. Sasha and Mella had a good back and forth on their “war of words” promo segment, and a match is being made for TLC obviously. Maybe it’s a Ladder match to reference Mella winning the Women’s MITB.
Corbin VS Murphy was a pretty good match, even with it being overbooked on purpose. I was moderately disappointed that Corbin’s back-up were the returning Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler, but at the same time, this is to separate them from the old Forgotten Sons gimmick that got tainted by controversy around Jaxson Ryker’s social media. It does make for interesting continuity, though, since Blake and Murphy finally meet again after all this time. I suppose this is as good of a Six Man situation as anything, with Corbin, Cutler and Blake going against Murphy and the Mysterios. It can still result in the winning side coming out strong towards the Intercontinental and/or Tag Team titles.
Then THE story was once again on fire! Roman was fitting the condescending role perfectly, just as Kevin then framed later in his interview. Speaking of which, did Kalisto legitimately not know Kevin’s interview was in that area? That moment seemed legitimately awkward, and this is live television, after all. This episode was recorded live, right? Because I’d think they’d just edit that part out or something. Anyway, the promos were great, the character work was great, the match was amazing! Roman tried to turn Otis into ground beef or something! And then after basically throwing the match to get after Kevin, Roman prove he is just cold-blooded now, beating up Jey almost as bad because Jey got ahead of himself again. This Tribal Chief Samoan sociopath Roman is a true highlight of 2020.
My Score: 8.8/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 1.19.2021
So Hard to Kill definitely put a few things to bed while setting up an insinuation that this AEW angle is far from over. Does Moose go right after Rich? Do more AEW stars invade? Who framed Roger Rabbit…erhm…Larry D?
So Hard to Kill definitely put a few things to bed while setting up an insinuation that this AEW angle is far from over. Does Moose go right after Rich? Do more AEW stars invade? Who framed Roger Rabbit…erhm…Larry D?
Aside from those question, now we just get to sit back and see how Impact will start building the next few months of stories. Remember, we’ve got Rebellion in April; so that means we’ve go three months to fill!
Apparently the show gets kicked off with an answer to one of my questions! Moose and Rich are definitely not friends.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 20, 2021
- Eric Young w/Deaner & Joe Doering vs Rhino w/Cousin Jake: EY wins via Spinning Toe Hold – **
- Kimber Lee &Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz: Susan wins via Rollup – ** ½
- Brian Myers vs Fallah Bahh: Myers wins via Charging Lariat – **
- Private Party w/Big Money Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns (James Storm & Chris Sabin): Private Party win via Gin & Juice – *** ½
Eric Young w/Deaner & Joe Doering vs Rhino w/Cousin Jake
EY starts with a head of steam, but Rhino side steps and takes control of the match. As he whips EY in the corner, EY does the Flair up and over, runs to the other turnbuckle, gets on the top and Rhino catches him. EY goes after the eyes, then nearly bumps referee Brian Hebner, forcing him to cower in the corner, and EY hits the back kick low blow.
From there on, Rhino is picked apart, the cronies of Violent By Design interfere, grab a leg, add some punishment, and it’s all but over. Young slaps on the Spinning Toe Hold, and makes Rhino tap out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 20, 2021
The Good Brothers come out, mostly tooting their own horns about being the biggest draws and Biz Cliz references. A Magic Killer, a 1,2,3 and a just Too…oh thank Christ it’s Chris Sabin! Sabin points out that the Motor City Machine Guns should be number one contenders, Good Brothers say he has a point but he has no partner. Cue the James Storm music. Time to run back Beer Guns!
James Storm is about to hit the catch phrase…and wait, Big Money Matt Hardy’s music hits with Private Party? Ohh…we’re getting more AEW cross over. Hardy goes for a Hardy Math moment, and it’s mediocre. He does make plenty of references to old Impact gimmicks, moments and it’s decent enough as the greedy heel manager.
Matt Cardona interview in typical older Zack Ryder style of just trying to prove himself. I’m anticipating a Myers v Cardona match soon since he made not so veiled shots at Myers’ new persona.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 20, 2021
Kimber Lee &Susan w/Deonna Purrazzo vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz
Jordynne and Jazz really do beat down on Kimber and Susan for the better portion of the match. Susan showed a lot of personality being the Karen/Cornette whatever you want to call her. She makes Kimber hold the tag rope, she holds the rope and just gets smarmy and sarcastic in her mannerisms. Susan really shined getting over this character and Kimber was mostly there for the match.
The finish came with Susan begging, Jazz getting cocky and then Susan shoving her into Deonna with the Knockouts title while the referee was distracted. Susan gets the Rollup win!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 20, 2021
This was a clever way to write off Taya with her setting up Larry D to kill Bravo, and the little reference Tommy makes were amusing, and the Rosemary moment was honestly a little touching. I’m just happy they didn’t kill another person.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 20, 2021
Khan is still cringe to watch do whatever he thinks acting is, but my main takeaway is apparently it only costs 100 dollars for ad time during Impact? I SMELL an Opportunity!
Rich calls out Moose, for the inevitable “let’s do it now” talk. Moose tells him it’s on his time and not on Rich Swann’s time. Rich acts calm, and then snaps. We get a small scuffle, which ends with Moose missing the Spear into Rich hitting a Phoenix Splash to look good at the end of the segment.
Brian Myers vs Fallah Bahh
Myers had his issues getting anything going against Fallah, but Fallah stood his ground, built up momentum knocked Myers head off and went to go for his signature “No No No”. Since Myers Always Uses His Head, Myers moved into the finger and acted like he was poked in the eye. The referee was distracted, Myers shoved him off, Punt to the little Bahhs, Charging Lariat, and Myers gets the win.
Interview segment with Ace Austin and Fulton, they mock Josh Alexander and Matt Cardona. Ace reuses his tweet of Always Ready for Catering, and just play the cocky/jaded heel who deserved better. Josh Alexander gets sick of hearing it and trades words before Fulton and Ace attack him. Cardona makes the save and we look have set up Cardona & Alexander versus Fulton & Ace for next week, most likely.
Tickets for the Fire 'n' Flava Fest suddenly disappeared when @FearHavok and @nevaehOi4k showed interest. #IMPACTonAXSTV @RealTSteelz @HoganKnowsBest3 @RefBrandonTolle @MrsAIPAlisha pic.twitter.com/uLIJrTyGo2
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 20, 2021
Private Party w/Big Money Matt Hardy vs Beer Guns (James Storm & Chris Sabin)
Fast paced as expected, but early on we see Tony Khan and Jerry Lynn walk out to sit at ringside and watch the match. Storm didn’t slow down too much, which is surprising since aside from his brief stint back in Impact at the end of 2020, we saw him tagging with Eli Drake in much slower, less workrate dependent matches.
Private Party were their usual high flying, fun having, break dance inspired flourishes to some offense we’ve seen for years. Beer Guns had a cool tandem move with Sabin Sunset Flipping from outside in, Quen rolled right into the Backstabber from James Storm. Lots of signature spam, a few dives, highlighted by a nice Fosbury Flop from Quen.
Sabin looked to be setting up for the finish, when Jerry Lynn hops the familiar guardrail, grabs Sabin’s foot while Matt Hardy distracted the ref; and Private Party hit Gin & Juice for the heel tactic upset! Interestingly, Private Party still comes off as great babyface kids who are being swindled by scummy adults. So they aren’t playing heel, but everyone around them is doing it for them.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
For only having four matches, the highlights from Hard to Kill segued nicely into current segments, and the show felt very full and active. We managed to squeeze in most of the roster, a few AEW guest appearances, and writing off a character without murder or sci fi fantasy shenanigans for the first time since Austin Aries just walked off after a loss.
Susan is going to be a bigger joy to watch than Susie, I’m nearly positive. Matt Hardy and Jerry Lynn toying with their old Impact/TNA ties and coming in to purposely try and destroy Impact has something artistic about it. I still hate everything about Tony Khan, and yes I know the gimmick seems to be the smarmy smug rich kid who thinks he’s a nice guy but is just a toolbox. But I just don’t enjoy his portrayal, he’s trying far too hard and being too over the top, so it’s a cringe induced hatred not a character hatred.
Fire and Flava Fest next week should be great! Brian Myers starting an angle with Eddie Edwards will be quality wrestling. Oh and yes, if it involves Josh Alexander, I’m all for it; so the Ace Austin story should be great. I’m a sucker for good technical wrestling badasses *waves at Minoru Suzuki*.
All in all, damn good show with a little bit of everything. Great way to follow a PPV.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/19/21)
Dark has CERO! MIEDO!
The Lucha Brothers come to AEW Dark!
Another hefty helping of AEW Dark has a big tag team match of Chaos Project VS Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo! Will Luther and Serpentico fail to put fear in Death Triangle’s hearts?
- Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express; Luchasaurus wins.
- Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano; Guevara wins.
- Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto; Scorpio wins.
- Shanna VS Marti Daniels; Shanna wins.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales; Gunn Club wins.
- Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight; Proud ‘n’ Powerful win.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Private Party wins.
- Big Swole VS Alex Gracia; Swole wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton; Kiss wins.
- Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch; Top Flight wins.
- Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez; Ivelisse & Diamante win.
- The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol; The Acclaimed wins.
- Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project; The Lucha Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brandon Cutler VS Luchasaurus w/ Jurassic Express!
The Dungeon Master’s still on a win streak, but will it go extinct against the wrestling dinosaur? Luchasaurus gets a mic and says, “Boys, I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. Er, the wooly mammoth.” Or rather, the dragon? There are no talking dragons in AEW, and why should you believe the talking dinosaur? Because he has a Masters Degree. We all know it’s just Brandon Cutler, so let’s have the match already. Cutler makes his entrance, and he stands face to face with Luchasaurus. Cutler of course takes the dragon mask, and the match begins!
Cutler sneaks up on Luchasaurus as he talks to the boys and rolls him up! TWO and Cutler hurries to the apron. Cutler slides under, avoids a stomp and then kicks Luchasaurus away! Cutler hurries up to slingshot and kick! Luchasaurus just gets mad! Cutler blocks the chop, gives a CHOP, but Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch! Cutler CHOPS, goes up and up but the arm-drag is blocked! Luchasaurus throws Cutler up top, Cutler boots him away but Luchasaurus BOOTS him down! The ref reprimands Luchasaurus but he just growls.
Luchasaurus goes out to fetch Cutler, and CHOPS him against the railing! And CHOPS him again! Luchasaurus brings Cutler around to CHOP him down! Luchasaurus refreshes the count and Marko Stunt hopes Cutler doesn’t take this personally. Cutler crawls but Luchasaurus reels him into a wheelbarrow, to swing him into railing! Luchasaurus continues to stalk Cutler, drags him back up, but Cutler CHOPS! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, and he boots Cutler into more railing, then BOOTS him over the railing! Cutler flounders up and Luchasaurus TOSSES him back to the ring! The ref counts but Luchasaurus puts Cutler in at 3.
Luchasaurus gets on the apron, Cutler ROUNDHOUSES! Luchasaurus stays up, grabs at Cutler, but Cutler hotshots him down! Cutler builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Luchasaurus gets into the ring but Cutler slingshots for the senton! Cutler keeps moving, LONG DISTANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus growls, Cutler fires off hands but Luchasaurus just gets angrier. Luchasaurus blocks, KNEES, boots and HEADBUTTS! Cutler staggers up, Luchasaurus puts him in a corner for fast hands! The uppercut sends Cutler to the apron! Luchasaurus TOSSES Cutler back in! And then CLOBBERS him!
Fans fire up as Luchasaurus choke grips Cutler, but Cutler slips out of the choke slam! Cutler dumps Luchasaurus out, slingshots and PLANCHAS both men are down! Cutler puts Luchasaurus in, aims from an apron, springboard for the FROGGY BOW! Luchasaurus sits up before Cutler could cover! Cutler runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cutler springboards again, FROGGY BOW! Cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus still lives and Cutler can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Cutler heads to a corner and climbs, but Luchasaurus has him first with a choke grip!
Cutler clubs him away, leaps over but Luchasaurus ducks under to TAIL WHIP! AND CHOKE SLAM! Cutler ends up folded on his head!! Cover, TWO!?! Cutler lives and Luchasaurus can’t believe it! Luchasaurus aims as Cutler gets up, then spins, for the BUZZSAW! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
The win streak is extinct, but Jungle Boy and Stunt jokingly resuscitate Cutler. Will Jurassic Express get back on track in the AEW Tag Division? Can Cutler recover to start a new win streak?
Sammy Guevara VS El Australiano!
The Best Ever, the Spanish God, and one half of the Inner Circle’s primary tag team? Well, Sammy will team with Jake Hager for Dynamite to take on the other teams formed within the faction, but will The Australian ruin his tune-up?
The bell rings and fans rally as Sammy and Australiano circle. They tie up, Sammy waistlocks and slams Australiano to then spin and float and pose. Sammy backs off to lounge on the ropes, then circles with Australiano again. They approach but Australiano has Sammy stop. Australiano wants to see Sammy’s moves, then starts dancing around. Sammy swings on Australiano, Australiano ducks and uppercuts! Sammy keeps coming with fast hands, Australiano blocks and blocks and HELL STAB uppercuts! Australiano dances, blocks Sammy’s kick and ducks the enziguri to hit the corkscrew senton!
Australiano jumps the sweep, handsprings and goes around and around to headscissor Sammy to a corner! Australiano does his dance, goes after Sammy in the corner, but Sammy turns it around to CHOP! Australiano returns the CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Sammy reverses, Australiano goes up and over and Sammy hits buckles! Corner 619! Australiano heads up top, TORNILLO BODY ATTACK! A direct hit but a rough one for both men! Sammy rolls out of the ring and walks it off, but Australiano gets to a corner and up top again, for another TORNILLO! Another rough landing but Australiano gets up! Fans rally as Australiano and Sammy stand.
Australiano puts Sammy in and goes to the corner, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!! Sammy bails out and Australiano is beside himself! Australiano hurries as Sammy slowly stands, and he goes to the apron for a Penalty Kick. Sammy ducks it, Australiano SHOOTING STARS, into a SUPERKICK! Sammy takes Australiano out of the air and brings him up to whip into railing! Sammy swaggers, drags Australiano up and snap suplexes! Sammy puts Australiano in the ring, back suplex to a DDT!! Cover, TWO!?! Australiano survives and Sammy is surprised. Sammy drags Australiano to a drop zone, climbs up top, and fans rally up as Sammy SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!
Australiano drags Sammy to the drop zone, climbs back up top, and SIDEWAYS MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Australiano bounces off the cover! Australiano crawls back and covers, ROPEBREAK! Sammy saves himself and Australiano can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Australiano drags Sammy up to a fireman’s carry but Sammy elbows free. Sammy shoves Australiano to the corner, Australiano hops up and trust falls back, but Sammy catches him into the torture rack! GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, Sammy wins!
Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
Sammy applauds Australiano’s efforts, but obviously Australiano’s best wasn’t better than the Best Ever! Sammy gets the mic to say, “I’m gonna make this quick. I know Taz has after parties to get to.” So Sammy makes sure we zoom in on the shoulder. Do you see that? No, you probably can’t. But he feels it. He feels when the weight gets heavier every single day, week, month. It’s a chip on his shoulder! There will be gold on these shoulders one day. Not only is Sammy carrying Dark, but he’s carrying Dynamite and every PPV he’s on because he’s the best worker in AEW!
Oh, is he just Jericho’s sidekick? That’s the only reason he’s here? We all know Jericho brought Sammy here, but here’s a secret: “I wasn’t some friendly favor of Chris Jericho.” Jericho is a father figure, a mentor, and the scout who saw Sammy busting his ass, and Jericho was the one saying AEW needs Sammy! Clap for the GOAT! But Sammy sets the record straight: he’s here because of work, and that work will get him every single championship AEW has! Whoever it is, update the rankings, because whether it’s Darby Allin or Kenny Omega, Sammy’s coming for everyone. Will Sammy’s pursuit of gold begin when he and Hager become THE tag team in the Inner Circle?
Scorpio Sky VS Nick Comoroto!
While The Addiction of SoCal Uncensored are on a tag team quest that’s titles or bust, the Closer wants to climb up the ranks in his own right! Will he be able to #ReachForTheSky against the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball?
The bell rings and Scorpio circles with Comoroto. Scorpio headlocks but Comoroto shoves him right off. They circle again, Scorpio gets around then gets the headlock, but Comoroto blocks the takeover! Comoroto shoves, Scorpio rams him with a shoulder but bounces off! Comoroto and Scorpio circle, test of strength, but Scorpio dropkicks him to a corner! Scorpio fires off with forearms and uppercuts, but Comoroto tosses Scorpio into the corner! Scorpio gets away, throws a forearm and runs, Scorpio dodges the clothesline but Comoroto blocks the drop toehold! Scorpio goes to a corner, boots Comoroto away and goes up the corner, FLYING RANA! Cover, ONE!!
Scorpio drops elbows on Comoroto and whips but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto whips, Scorpio holds ropes and elbows back. Scorpio goes to the apron, Comoroto grabs a leg but Scorpio clubs away on his back. Comoroto dodges the next forearm to hotshot Scorpio’s back! Comoroto drags Scorpio back into the ring, and stomps away on the back! Fans boo as Comoroto scowls and paces. Comoroto drags Scorpio up into the corner to throw forearms on the back, then RAM his shoulder in! Comoroto whips corner to corner hard and Scorpio falls to the mat! Fans rally, Comoroto stomps Scorpio then digs his knee into Scorpio’s back.
Comoroto drags Scorpio to a corner and bends him back against the post! The ref counts, Comoroto stops at 4, then stalks Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio throws haymakers and elbows, then goes up to leap, into Comoroto’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives but Comoroto digs his forearm into Scorpio’s face. Comoroto drags Scorpio up, scoops him and hits another BACKBREAKER! Comoroto makes it a backbreaker bend but lets off to loom over Scorpio. Comoroto straddle attacks Scorpio, then looms over him as he slowly gets up. Comoroto jumps again, Scorpio turns over, but Comoroto anticipates the knees! Comoroto grabs the legs, turns Scorpio over and has a HALF CRAB!
Scorpio endures, fans rally up, and Scorpio fights up towards the ropes for the ropebreak! Comoroto lets go quickly but he drags Scorpio from ropes. Scorpio kicks Comoroto away, Comoroto comes back but Scorpio dumps him out! Comoroto hurries back in but Scorpio clotheslines Comoroto and himself out! Scorpio hurries back in as Comoroto gets up, and Scorpio PLANCHAS to take Comoroto back down! Fans fire up as Scorpio gets up and hobbles. Scorpio puts Comoroto back in, climbs up top, and leaps for the missile dropkick! Scorpio fires up and he back kicks to then run and DUMDUM STOMP!
Comoroto staggers up, Scorpio fireman’s carries but the back gives up! Comoroto fireman’s carries Scorpio for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Comoroto is furious and he rains down rights! Comoroto roars, drags Scorpio back up and scoops him, but Scorpio slips off to BOOT! Comoroto just roars, so Scorpio BOOTS him again! Scorpio manages the fireman’s carry for the T K O! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
That was definitely a big challenge, but Scorpio overcame it! Will he rise up in the rankings to go after gold in the near future?
Shanna VS Marti Daniels!
So far, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s return has been perfect! She’s on a young win streak, but will that change against one of AEW’s newest additions?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Shanna pushes Marti but Marti pushes Shanna away. Shanna ducks the boot, dropkicks a leg out and then runs to blindside elbow! Roll into the ghost pin, TWO! Shanna clubs away on Marti, then snapmares her to a running elbow drop! And then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps cool and brings Marti up with chicken wings, but Marti breaks free to pull Shanna’s hair. The ref reprimands, Marti whips Shanna and BOOTS her down! Marti stomps Shanna, soaks up the heat from the fans, then drags Shanna up to whip again. Marti elbows Shanna down hard and taunts the booing fans.
Fans rally for Shanna as Marti brings her up and tosses her by her hair! Marti stomps Shanna around, Shanna gets to the ropes and Marti drags her up. Marti talks trash but Shanna fires back with elbows and forearms! Shanna kicks, Marti blocks but Shanna enziguris! Marti ends up in a corner, fans fire up and Shanna runs in to elbow! Shanna keeps going, forearm smash! Shanna runs for a SUPER FOREARM! Marti rushes in, but Shanna slips around for a STUNNER! Shanna powers up, runs and hits a basement dropkick at the ropes! She drags Marti up with chicken wings, for the TIGER SUPLEX!
The bridging cover falls apart so Shanna drags Marti up again, for ANOTHER TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna continues to build her power level in the AEW Women’s Division! But will she be able to go Super Shanna and become a contender to the championship?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Mike Verna & Baron Black!
Eddie Kingston’s family still has a lot of beef with the Lucha Brothers but they’ll hash that out soon enough. Will the Real Man of Steel and EmpBruh be ground beef after tonight?
The teams sort out, Blade starts with Verna and they tie up. They go around, Blade puts Verna in a corner but they go around on the ropes. Verna puts Blade in the corner, Blade turns it around and the ref counts. Blade and Verna let off at 4, and then stare down before tying up again. Blade headlocks, wrenches, hammerlocks, and slaps Verna around, to the delight of Bunny Allie. Verna elbows out, runs and runs Blade over! Verna runs, Blade drops then hurdles but Verna leaps over to go up and huricanrana! Verna is on Blade at the ropes, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Verna CHOPS Blade again, whips him to ropes, but Blade reverses.
Verna ducks and dodges to leap, into a POWERBOMB! Baron tags in and stares Blade down. Blade tags Butcher and Butcher circles with Baron. They approach, Baron slips around, headlocks, but Butcher powers out. Butcher blocks a whip and reverses it, but Baron hurdles over to waistlock. Butcher bucks the roll-up, Baron gets around to uppercut and CHOP and spinning CHOP! Butcher reels Baron in for a BACKBREAKER! Butcher snap suplexes Baron away from the corner, tags in Blade, and Blade chokes Baron on the ropes! The ref counts but Blade lets off at 4. Bunny Allie talks trash and chokes Baron herself!
Blade throws hands on Baron in the corner, digs his knees in, but stops as the ref counts. Tag to Butcher, Butcher CHOPS Baron, CHOPS him again, and bumps Baron off buckles. Butcher stomps Baron, brings Baron up to dig into the ropes, then whips him into the corner. Tag to Blade, they mug Baron, double wrench and double CHOP him down! Blade drags Baron up, fans rally as Blade whips, but Baron rolls up off the kitchen sink, TWO! HALF CRAB! Butcher gets in but the ref stops him, Bunny CLAWS Baron’s face! Blade ROCKS Baron in the corner, bumps him off buckles and tags in Butcher. Butcher throws hands on Baron, stomps him, then ROCKS him with a right of his own!
Butcher hauls Baron up, tags in Blade, and then atomic drop to Blade’s NECKBREAKER! Blade kicks Baron around, kicks him out of the ring, and argues with the ref. Bunny rains down fists on Baron, then gets away with her obnoxious laugh. Butcher puts Baron in for Blade and Blade drags Baron up. Tag to Butcher, they double suplex but Baron fights out! Baron elbows Blade, BOOTS Butcher, then ducks the double clothesline to tag in Verna! Verna rallies with forearms and CHOPS! Verna kicks Butcher but he blocks, only to enziguri! SPINNING POWERSLAM for Blade! Verna says hey yo to Bunny then runs in to forearm Butcher at the corner!
Verna climbs up, leaps and missile dropkicks Butcher away! Verna kicks Blade, DECKS Butcher, then fireman’s carries Blade! Bunny distracts, Blade rakes Verna’s eyes and shoves him to a corner. Butcher clotheslines, Blade CHOPS, then a feed to the BODY CHECK! Baron gets in but he gets the back suplex choke slam combo! Blade and Butcher drag Verna up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher and Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Verna was on the chopping block and got cut down! Will the Mad King’s knights conquer the AEW Tag Division soon enough?
Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Ryzin, Adam Priest & Vary Morales!
AEW keeps setting them up, Billy and his boys, Austin and Colten, keep knocking ’em down! Will that streak continue the deeper we go into the new year?
The trios sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Billy starts with Morales. Billy and Morales circle, tie up, and Billy barely budges as Morales tries his hardest. Billy shoves Morales away, Morales tags in Priest, and Priest ties up with Billy. Billy shoves Priest away with ease, but Ryzin tags in. Ryzin flexes and circles with Billy, to kick low and throw haymakers! Ryzin has BIlly in a corner, punches the headband off, but Billy reverses the rip to then scoop and sidewalk slam! Fans rally while Ryzin writhes, and Billy drags Ryzin up to tag Austin in. Austin tags Colten in, Billy whips Ryzin for Austin to body shot and Colten to dropkick! Colten covers, TWO!
Colten keeps on Ryzin’s arm, drags him over and tags in Austin. The Gunn brothers hand off, wrench but Ryzin powers out. Austin dodges the clothesline but not the SUPERKICK! Ryzin tags in Morales, things speed up, Austin hurdles but Morales shoves. Austin comes back to dodge and trip Morales up! Then the THROWBACK! Fans are fired up and Austin brings Morales up for haymakers. Austin hip tosses but Morales flips through to kick low! Morales runs, Priest tags in, Morales slips out of the back drop and Priest CLOBBERS Austin! Priest stomps Austin into the ocrner, tags in Ryzin, and they mug Austin with more stomps.
Ryzin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Ryzin lets off. Ryzin KICKS Austin then tags in Morales. They mug Austin, Morales drags Austin up to whip him to a corner, and hits a HIGH Bronco Buster! Morales snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Morales drags Austin up, wrenches the arm and drags him over to tag in Ryzin. Ryzin throws haymakers, then taunts the Gunns with “SUCK IT!” But Austin boots back! AUstin fights back in enemy territory but Ryzin ROCKS him with a right! Ryzin brings Austin out but Austin suplexes Ryzin first! Hot tags to Colten and Morales! Colten rallies with big rights, Priest runs in to get some rights, too!
Colten hits a corner splash on Priest, then a corner splash on Morales! Tilt-o-whirl SLAM for Priest, and a running POWRESLAM for Morales! Cover, Ryzin breaks it! Billy goes after Ryzin and clotheslines him out! The brothers coordinate, double hip, back drop to neckbreaker! The 3:10 to Yuma! Cover, Gunn Club wins!
Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall
And the Gunn Club keeps on rolling! Will they be aiming for titles in the new year?
Proud ‘n’ Powerful VS Jon Cruz & Danny Limelight!
Much like Sammy Guevara earlier tonight, Santana and Ortiz want to be THE tag team within the Inner Circle! Will they finally get to do what they came to AEW to do? Or will this tune-up turn into a speed bump to that journey?
The teams sort out and Limelight starts with Santana. Limelight fires off on Santana but Santana gets around for a waistlock and HARD slam! Santana drags Limelight up but Limelight arm-drags then dropkicks him! Limelight kips up, kicks away on Santana at the ropes, then runs. Santana drops, gets around and shotgun boots Limelight down! Santana puts Limelight in the corner, tags in Ortiz, then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cruz leaps in but into a SUPERKICK! PNP fire off hands on Cruz, then coordinate for a wheelbarrow cutter! Cruz flounders out and Ortiz focuses on Limelight.
Ortiz brings Limelight around, up, Santana tags in, and Ortiz POWERBOMBS to swing Limelight into the PENALTY KICK! High stack, PNP wins!!
Winners: Proud ‘n’ Powerful, by pinfall
Santana and Ortiz put this one away fast! That is definitely a message sent to their Inner Circle brothers that they need to bring even better than their A Game’s to Dynamite! Will it be as it was always meant to be for Santana and Ortiz? Will they finally be the ones hunting down the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
“Pretty” Peter Avalon is here!
#PPAAllDay goes to the ring with a mic to say, “Oh, AEW, it’s time for me to grace you all with my presence, and baby, you’re welcome.” Avalon gives his proper introductions as the biggest man in pro-wrestling, the most handsome man in AEW, and the premier attraction on AEW Dark. For those who already know him, you know he’s on a winning streak, beating the most handsome men in wrestling. But it is time to take things to the next level. There are career defining matches and moments, and it is time Avalon had one of those! Pretty Peter’s Pageant Provocation presents: The Walk Off.
Lee Johnson is a handsome young man and Avalon was checking him out. Avalon gave Johnson an 8 x 10, which Johnson accepted. That meant Johnson also accepted his challenge for “The Walk Off.” But what is The Walk Off? Here are the rules! There will be three “pretty” judges as each man is allowed one outfit. They will each take 10 steps forward, a pose, and then a turn to walk back. Anyone can win at wrestling, but it takes a REAL MAN to win such a cosmetic contest! Avalon tells Johnson that next week on Dark, he will prove to “each and every one of these goofs” that it is #PPAAllDay. Who wins the inaugural AEW Walk Off?
Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy vented about how this new money hungry Hardy is hogging a lot of their revenue. Hardy says his cut won’t matter when the checks get bigger and bigger. But will Big Shotty and The Extra Talented ruin the fun and earn that winner’s purse instead?
The teams sort out and Quen starts against Solow. They circle, tie up, Solow gets the arm but Quen floats over to get a facelock. Solow wrenches out to a wristlock, Quen rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Solow powers out, Quen runs him over, and Quen fakes out Solow’s drop down for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR to his back! Fans cheer and Quen takes a bow. Hardy tells Quen to keep on Solow and Quen runs in, but Solow elbows Quen away! Hardy trips Solow while the ref is busy with Quen, and Quen knows it. Quen lets it slide, he wants to shake Solow’s hand and Solow takes it, to get the headlock! Quen powers out but Solow dropkicks him down!
Solow drags Quen up, tags Johnson, and they double whip Quen for double elbows! Cover, ONE, and Quen tags in Kassidy. Johnson hurdles but Kassidy headscissors! Johnson bails out, Kassidy builds speed, but Hardy is too close. Kassidy has Hardy give them space but Hardy says he needs to take care of business. Hardy throws off his suit jacket in frustration as Kassidy gets a dropkick from Johnson! Hardy and Private Party argue a bit, he wants to see his boys get fired up! “By any means necessary!” Kassidy gets in, kicks Johnson and throws forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy wrenches, elbow breakers but Johnson headlocks. Kassidy throws body shots, powers out and Quen tags in.
Kassidy ducks the clothesline, Quen atomic drops and Kassidy throws Johnson down! Kassidy runs and DECKS Solow while Quen catapults Johnson into the corner! Kassidy comes back, Quen is the step for the PARTY in Motion! Quen dropkicks Solow out and Hardy is liking what he’s seeing! Quen drops knees on Johnson, fans rally up and Quen CHOPS Johnson down! Tag to Kassidy, Quen scoops Johnson for the slam, but Hardy wants Kassidy to finish this. Kassidy ditches the slingshot but his elbow drop still misses! Johnson back drops Quen and hits BLUE THUNDER BOMB on Kassidy! Hardy is frustrated as Solow tags in.
Solow brings Kassidy up for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Solow drags Kassidy up and Hardy says this is embarrassing! Kassidy powers his way towards the corner, throws body shots, then slips out to jawbreaker! Quen tags in, they double whip Solow, and use a unique leap frog to trip Solow up for the dropkick! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps on Solow with stomp after stomp, then brings Solow up to whip. Solow kicks the back drop away, tags in Johnson, and they coordinate for a back suplex neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool as he drags Quen up and fans rally. Solow tags back in, he and Johnson double suplex but Quen fights out and DOUBLE RANAS!
Tag to Kassidy, Kassidy rallies with big clotheslines on Solow! Kassidy back kicks Solow to the corner, whips him corner to corner but Solow reverses, only for Kassidy to triangle STUNNER Johnson off the apron! Solow runs in but into a boot! Kassidy runs but Solow gets a waistlock. Kassidy standing switches, Quen tags in before the O’Conner roll, but Solow slips out. Kassidy hip tosses Solow down, Quen springboards to SPLASH! Cover, but Johnson breaks it! Kassidy dropkicks Johnson down but might’ve hurt his own leg. Quen drags Solow up, scoops, but Solow slips off. O’Conner roll, TWO!
Hardy ROCKS Solow as the ref is busy with Quen! Tag to Kassidy, Private Party drags Solow up, DOUBLE ENZIGURI SANDWICH! Cover, Private Party wins!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
Quen and Kassidy win to get that winner’s paycheck, but Kassidy is clutching his leg! Did doing things Hardy’s way cost Private Party more than they know?
Big Swole VS Alex Gracia!
The championship chase is never done, and Big Swole still stands as #1 contender! But will the dream of gold be ruined by the Pink Dream?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Swole circles with Gracia. They tie up, go around, and Swole wrenches to a wristlock. Gracia rolls, wrenches back, but Swole slips around to a hammerlock then headlock. Gracia pries free, wrenches to get her own headlock and she grinds on the hold. Swole powers out, follows then runs Gracia over! Swole keeps moving, Gracia drops but swings only to miss. Swole then shoves and clobbers Gracia with an elbow! Gracia goes to the apron, Swole drags her up, but Gracia throws a forearm back! Gracia throws more forearms, gets in and drop toeholds Swole to ropes! Gracia runs, 619! Cover, ONE!!
Gracia keeps on Swole and clamps onto the arm to then throw it down. Gracia stands on the arm, and drops a leg on it! Gracia gets the other arm and drops an elbow on it! Gracia wristlocks but fans rally up as Swole fights back. Swole whips, Gracia reverses but Swole goes up and over and rolls. Swole runs back in but only gets buckles! Gracia hits a back elbow, then runs in to KICK Swole down! Cover, TWO! Gracia drags Swole up, Swole throws body shots and forearms! Swole goes to run, Gracia reels her in but Swole elbows away! Swole denies the neckbreaker to BOOT Gracia down!
Fans fire up with Swole as she aims at Gracia, and Swole rallies with big shoulders and cross chops! Swole fires off forearms, Gracia ducks a kick, jumps the sweep, but the HEADBUTT hits! Swole reels Gracia in, ripcords and takes her DIRTY DANCING! Cover, Swole wins!
Winner: Big Swole, by pinfall
Swole may be balancing her style with technique, but all she needed was one swift strike! Will Swole be poised for a title match with Hikaru Shida soon enough?
Sonny Kiss VS Zack Clayton!
The Concrete Rose once again rolls solo with the Bad Boy still out after what Kenny Omega did to him. Will Kiss be able to stay strong without Joey Janela?
The bell rings and Kiss circles with Clayton. They tie up, Kiss waistlocks but Clayton pries at the hold. Kiss hooks a leg, trips Clayton up and floats to a facelock. Clayton powers up and tosses Kiss to a corner! Clayton runs in, Kiss goes up and over, and then Kiss ROUNDHOUSES Clayton! Kiss runs corner to corner and handsprings but Clayton dodges. Clayton runs back in into an ax kick, and then Kiss RANAS him to ropes! Kiss hurries up to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up with Kiss and Kiss runs, but into Clayton’s LARIAT! Clayton checks his face, drags Kiss back up with a facelock and suplexes. Clayton holds Kiss up for a count of 10 before SLAMMING him down!
Clayton runs for a LEAPING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Clayton keeps cool and wraps Kiss up with a chinlock. Kiss breaks free to ROCK Clayton, then counter punch! Kiss dodges to ROCK Clayton with a forearm! Clayton and Kiss go to opposite corners, they run at each other and Kiss slides under to then dropkick Clayton to the corner! Kiss runs in to ENZIGURI! Clayton staggers, Kiss whips but Clayton reverses. Kiss tumbles to the apron, ROUNDHOUSES again and Clayton is down! Kiss steps up and slingshots to SPLIT LEG DROP! Fans fire up, Kiss dodges Clayton and ROLLING ELBOWS! Kiss spins to mule kick, front kick and LEAPING COMPLETE SHOTS!
Kiss goes to a corner, takes aim and FLYING SPLIT LEG DROPS! Cover, Kiss wins!
Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall
The aggression was turned up to 11 for Kiss! Will this be the spark he needs to get up and after some gold?
Top Flight VS KC Navarro & A.J. Kirsch!
Darius & Dante Martin are the coldest tag team in the game but are also getting pretty hot in the AEW Tag Division. Will they keep that ice in their veins and continue to blaze a trail against The Truly Blessed and the Best of the West?
Teams sort out and Darius starts with Kirsch. They circle, Navarro talks some smack, but Darius ties up with Kirsch. Kirsch headlocks, Darius powers out but Kirsch gets around to headlock again. Darius rolls Kirsch off the headlock but Kirsch runs him over! Things speed up, Kirsch blocks Darius’ hip toss but Darius blocks one in return. Darius slips around to arm-drag Kirsch away, then he wrenches the arm and tags in Dante. The brothers hand-off, Darius decks Navarro and Dante wrings Kirsch out for Darius to basement dropkick! Navarro gets in, kicks both brothers then runs, but into double CHOPS!
Top Flight feeds Navarro to a spin around and ankle pick, roll through with the arm, and double KICKS! Kirsch kicks Top Flight back, drags Dante up but Dante gets away! Navarro tags in but Dante arm-drags him down! Navarro headscissors, Dante pops out, things speed up and Navarro rolls off Dante’s back to CHOP him! Navarro fires up and whips but Dante reverses. Dante hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks, only to miss! Navarro smirks and pats Dante on the head, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT SHOTGUN! Dante drags Navarro up but Navarro SAIDOS out hard! Navarro is furious, he throws forearms and tags in Kirsch.
Kirsch rams into Dante, talks trash, but Dante shoves him away to ROCK him! Dante DECKS Navarro, boots Kirsch, then hops up, but Navarro shoves Dante off into Kirsch’s atomic drop! Kirsch trips Dante, drops an elbow and then digs forearms into Dante’s face to talk some trash. Kirsch CLUBS Dante, whips him to the corner, then runs in to clothesline! Kirsch reels Dante into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Dante fights back but Kirsch CLUBS him! Navarro tags in, he and Kirsch mug Dante, then Navarro chokes Dante on the ropes! The ref counts, Navarro lets off, but Kirsch hotshots Dante down! Navarro drags Dante into a roll up, TWO!
Navarro drags Dante back up, has the leg and flips Dante but Dante lands on his feet! Darius tags in, Dante holds off Navarro’s powerbomb and Darius CROSSBODIES! Darius DECKS Kirsch, BOOTS Navarro, then jumps up, over, handsprings and whips to STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Kirsch breaks it in time! Kirsch whips Darius but Darius throws him out! Dante hurries over, and goes off the corner to MOONSAULT Kirsch down! Darius has Navarro, tilt-o-whirl and roll to the rolling cradle! Top Flight wins!
Winners: Top Flight, by pinfall
If you blinked, you probably missed it, so it’s a good thing it’s on YouTube! Will Top Flight be at the top of the division in the blink of an eye?
Ivelisse & Diamante VS Tesha Price & Katalina Perez!
La Sicaria & The Cuban Diamond are back in the ring together again, still looking to show everyone why they’re worthy of the AEW Women’s Tag Cup medals! Will Tesha and the Queenpin pay the price of disagreeing with that?
The teams sort out and Diamante starts with Price. They talk some trash as they circle, then they tie up and Diamante gets around to CLUB Price. Price comes back to throw forearms then whip, but Diamante blocks the hip toss. Price knees low, flips up and around but Diamante blocks the arm-drag. Price kicks from below, gets the arm-drag then arm-drags again. Diamante ends up in the corner, Price tags Perez and they double snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Perez hip tosses Diamante and basement dropkicks, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Perez stakls Diamante but misses the dropkick this time! Diamante gets the legs, catapults Perez into buckles and Ivelisse tags in.
Ivelisse KICKS Perez in the back, dragon sleepers for the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse thrashes Perez around, the ref reprimands and Ivelisse lets off. Ivelisse brings Perez up to club her and snap suplex! Ivelisse rolls back into the guillotine! Perez endures, fights her way up but Ivelisse wrangles her back down. Perez pushes to a cover, TWO! Ivelisse kicks Perez and then DECKS her! Ivelisse bumps Perez off buckles, tags Diamante then CHOPS Perez! Diamante runs in to clothesline, Ivelisse RAMS in, and Diamante ROCKS Perez with a forearm! Diamante snapmares Perez, chinlocks with the armlock, but fans rally up for Perez.
Perez fights up, throws elbows but Diamante CLUBS her! Diamante fires off forearms, Perez back kicks and runs, to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Both women are down and fans rally up. Diamante and Perez crawl, hot tags to Ivelisse and Price! Price rallies with forearms and uppercuts, and she sees Diamante coming to DECK her! Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ivelisse at the corner! Ivelisse staggers, Price runs to BULLDOG her down! Cover, TWO! Price keeps on Ivelisse but Ivelisse headbutts low! Ivelisse shoves Price to the corner but Price elbows Diamante down to then dropkick Ivelisse!
Price tags in Perez, they bring Ivelisse around but Ivelisse fights out of the suplex. Price enziguris, Perez hits a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, but Diamante breaks it! Diamante throws Price out and goes after her with haymakers, Ivelises rolls and ENZIGURIS Perez down! Cover, Ivelisse & Diamante win!
Winners: Ivelisse & Diamante, by pinfall
And the Women’s Tag Cup winners keep on winning! Will this prove they’re deserving of more gold in the Women’s Division?
The Acclaimed VS Shawn Dean & Fuego Del Sol!
Platinum Max Caster and the 5 Tool Player, Anthony Bowens, are back again! “We gonna pour the water on Fuego. He only wear a mask cuz he couldn’t draw a peso. Standing on my payload, you still three feet! My last rap got me heat, but they can’t see me! Shawn Dean comin’ back but it’s just a repeat. You could call me daddy, you’re about to be beat, yo! Your only talent is gettin’ no dough, you’d get voted off of the Go Big Show, real quick. REAL quick.” Will the Acclaimed go big or go home after firing up The Captain and the Fire of the Sun?
The teams sort out and Caster starts with Fuego. They circle, tie up, and Caster wrenches to a wristlock. Fuego uses the ropes to flip through, wristlocks back but Caster wrenches to knee low! Bowens cheers but the fans boo as Caster suplexes. Fuego knees free but Caster shoves him away from the DDT! Caster wants Fuego to cool off, and Dean tags in. Caster and the Captain circle, approach, and Caster BOOTS Dean in the face! Caster headlocks, Dean powers out but Caster runs him over. Caster blows a kiss, scuffs Dean, then things speed up. Dean hurdles, leaps, but Caster catches him! Dean slips off the scoop, O’Conner roll, TWO!
Dean ends up on the apron but he slingshots in to roll Caster! Dean can’t hold the cover but Caster is still stuck upside-down for a second. Caster hurries to his feet, Dean gets around his haymaker, and then Dean rams his shoulder low into Caster’s stomach. Dean goes up, boots Caster away, then leaps for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up as Dean watches Caster get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE but Dean is back on Caster. Dean reaches to tag Fuego but Caster rakes eyes and jawbreakers! Caster brings Dean around to whip but Dean reverses. Bowens tags in, Caster sunset flips but Dean stays up, to get the NECKBREAKER TO KNEES! Bowens covers, TWO!
Bowens drags Dean away to throw forearms, then CHOPS Dean in the corner! And CHOPS again! And again! Bowens tags Caster, The Acclaimed double back suplex but Dean lands on his feet! Dean dodges and The Acclaimed collide, tag to Fuego! Fuego springboards to double missile dropkick! Fuego hits a back body block on Bowens, tilt-o-whirls Caster into Bowens and The Acclaimed go down! Fuego cravats Caster, uses Bowens for the boost to SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO! Caster survives but Fuego stays fired up! Fuego runs and tilt-o-whirls but the DDT is blocked to a BRAIN BUSTER!
Tag to Bowens, Caster BOOTS Dean down and Bowens brings Fuego up. The Acclaimed coordinate, SIDE EFFECT and MACHO ELBOW! Bowens covers off Critically Acclaimed, The Acclaimed wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
Dropping bars and racking up wins, Caster and Bowens are still running hot! Will they find their way back to a tag team championship match as the new year rolls on?
Lucha Brothers w/ PAC VS Chaos Project!
Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero Miedo still have a score to settle with Eddie Kingston & The Fam, but they’ll settle for the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN. Will two-thirds of Death Triangle stay sharp at the expense of Luther and Serpentico?
The teams sort out and Penta starts with Luther. Fans rally as the two circle and stare down. Luther tries poking at Penta’s third eye, but Penta tells him to listen. CERO! MIEDO! Serpentico gets in but Fenix jumps in, too! The ref tries to keep this from turning into a brawl, and Serpentico and Fenix both back off. Penta mule kicks Luther and headlocks but Luther powers out and BOOTS! Luther whips Penta to the corner, runs in to fire off haymakers, then whips Penta out, only for Penta to reverse and send him back in! Serpentico tags in and crossbodies! Serpentico dodges Penta but Fenix tags in and jumps in ahead of Serpentico!
Fenix shoves Serpentico, Serpentico fixes his head and shoves back. Serpentico runs, wheelbarrows but Fenix blocks the arm-drag. Fenix spina around, Serpentico blocks the whip but Fenix bucks the roll up. Fenix again blocks the wheelbarrow but Serpentico pushes off the ropes to sunset flip! TWO, they both go for headlocks but both slip away and fans cheer. Fenix offers a handshake, but Serpentico hesitates and Fenix CHOPS! Fenix SUPERKICKS Serpentico, tags Penta and then the brothers double whip. Serpentico holds ropes and BOOTS back! Luther ROCKS Penta, Serpentico rolls Penta to basement DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Serpentico drags Penta up and tags in Luther. Serpentico snapmares and kicks Penta, then Luther stomps Penta. Luther makes Serpentico a weapon, assisted atomic leg drop! Cover, TWO! Luther argues the count but the ref lets him vent. Luther stomps Penta, drags him up and tags Serpentico in. Chaos Project mugs Penta, Luther scoop slams Penta then again uses Serpentico. Serpentico lands out of the lift and stomps Penta. Luther runs and still uses Serpentico in the BULLDOG SPLASH! Luther dribbles Serpentico off of Penta! Cover, ONE!! Serpentico drags Penta and tags in Luther. Chaos Project mug Penta then Luther CLUBS Penta down.
Tag to Serpentico, Chaos Project mugs Penta then double whip him to a corner. Serpentico runs in, Penta puts him on the top rope and CHOPS. Penta mule kicks Luther then sends him into Serpentico’s trouser snake! Penta runs and SLINGBLADES Luther down! Fans fire up with Penta, he heads to the corner and tags in Fenix! Fenix slingshots and dropkicks Luther down! Fenix BOOTS Serpentico, brings him around, and Gory Especial, GORY BOMB AND LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fenix runs corner to corner but Serpentico SUPERKICKS! Penta enziguris Serpentico, Fenix tags him in, POWERBOMB and WAZZAP! Cover, but Luther breaks it!
Fenix SUPERKICKS Luther down! Penta drags Serpentico up, Fenix is up top, CERO! MIEDO! But Luther trips Fenix up! Serpentico slips out of the driver to run, roll and go up, but Penta SUPERKICKS him! Fenix runs the tightrope to KICK Luther away, then coordinates with Penta again, for the L B DRIVER!! Cover, Lucha Brothers win!
Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
Death Triangle celebrates in the ring, Penta and Fenix are rolling! Will they settle things with The Butcher & The Blade while also going for the gold?
A very good Dark, but I have to say the main event should’ve had more time to breathe. Lucha Brothers VS Chaos Project was good for being under 10 minutes but they could easily have gotten this to 15 minutes if they wanted. The Acclaimed had a great match with Dean and Fuego, and Caster had another good diss rap. I like the character bits with Luchasaurus and Cutler, and I guess Cutler’s been acting like he’s a real dragon outside of Dynamite and Dark. There’s great irony in Luchasaurus, who claims to be a real dinosaur man, calling out Cutler as a fake dragon man. Cutler’s little win streak is over but I’m sure he’ll get back on track with next week’s Dark.
Australiano is crazy doing all those spinning moves, and I really did think he and Sammy got hurt a few different times. Sammy wins, Santana and Ortiz win, they’re all going strong into the Inner Circle’s Triple Threat Tag, but I’m pretty sure they’re losing because it just feels like Jericho and MJF are taking the win. Hardy and Private Party had a good moment, but I hope Kassidy isn’t hurt there. Apparently something big happened on Impact tonight with them, so hopefully they can follow through.
And while Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson in a “Walk Off” sounds really goofy, I bet it’ll be a lot of fun, and it is at least good progression of this character for Avalon. I wonder if Johnson wins to infuriate Avalon and then we get a match between them where Johnson ends Avalon’s own win streak. Dark being as long as it is, we need story progression to keep viewer interest.
My Score: 8.1/10
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