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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/9/21)

A Dark dozen before Valentine’s!

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AEW Dark 2

You’re gonna love AEW Dark this week!

Before challenging for the AEW TNT Championship, Joey Janela is going to show us, and maybe Jack Evans, why he is a bad, bad boy!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Natural Nightmares & Nick Comoroto VS Vary Morales & Jersey Muscle Society; The Natural Nightmares & Comoroto win.
  • Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; SCU wins and remains a team.
  • Brian Cage w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick; Cage wins.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Miranda Alize; Rose wins.
  • PAC VS VSK; Pac wins.
  • Sonny Kiss VS KC Navarro; Kiss wins.
  • Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia; Conti wins.
  • Marko Stunt VS Ryan Nemeth; Nemeth wins.
  • “Pretty” Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi VS Shawn Dean & Charlie Bravo; Avalon & Bononi win.
  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Baron Black; Vance wins.
  • Red Velvet w/ Big Swole VS Diamante w/ Ivelisse; Velvet wins.
  • Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Jack Evans w/ Angelico; Janela wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Natural Nightmares & Nick Comoroto VS Vary Morales & Jersey Muscle Society!

Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall got a big win thanks to the Freak Beast, and they’re teaming together again to see if they can repeat that magic! Will Comoroto prove he can do big things for the Nightmare Family?

The teams sort out and The Natural starts against Tony Vincita. They circle, fans rally up and the two tie up. Dustin headlocks, Vincita powers out but Dustin runs him over. Things speed up, Dustin fakes out Vincita’s hurdle to ROCK him with an uppercut! Dustin then arm-drags Vincita and brings him around to wrench. Tag to QT, the Nightmares whip, body shot and knee smash! Standing moonsault from QT, cover, TWO! QT drags Vincita up and around, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Comoroto. Comoroto wrenches Vincita, yanks the arm, and then yanks again. Comoroto rams shoulders into Vincita, and fans rally as Comoroto knuckle locks.

Comoroto lifts Vincita with one arm, then lets him down to run him over! Comoroto brings Vincita up again, whpis him in and throws an elbow! Tag to Dustin, Comoroto whips Dustin for Dustin to whip Comoroto, and Comoroto corner splashes! Comoroto feeds Vincita to Dustin’s spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dustin keeps his cool, drags Vincita up but Vincita knees low! Tag to Steve Gibki but he runs into an arm-drag! Dustin wrenches, elbow breakers, then tags QT. The Nightmares double wrench and double Russian leg sweep! QT brings Gibki up but Gibki rams QT into the other corner! Morales tags in, throws forearms on QT, then brings QT around to throw haymakers.

Morales whips, QT reverses but Morales goes up and over and rolls to dropkick QT! Morales brings QT back, tags Gibki and Gibki fires off. Gibki tags Vincita, and Jersey Muscle whips QT. QT dodges their double clotheslines to then give double clotheslines! QT tags in Comoroto and Comoroto rallies on Jersey Muscle with Polish Hammers! Comoroto scoops and slams Gibki, then scoop slams Vincita, then another scoop slam for Gibki! Vincita staggers into a scoop and a SPINNING SLAM! Fans fire up for Comoroto but Morales tags in. Morales runs at Comoroto and dropkicks him, but Comoroto barely budges! Comoroto TOSSES Morales at Jersey Muscle!

Comoroto drags Morales back up, tags in Dustin and Dustin goes up. Comoroto military presses Morales for Dustin’s SUPER BULLDOG! Cover, Comoroto and the Nightmares win!

Winners: The Natural Nightmares & Nick Comoroto, by pinfall

Now that was big! Will this powerful trio continue to roll on as AEW heads for Revolution?

 

Tag Careers on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!

Another week, another test to see if Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian still have it as a tag team! Will Big Shotty & The Extra Talented make The Addiction quit before ever reaching the AEW World Tag Team titles?

The teams sort out and Daniels starts with Johnson. Fans rally up as Daniels pats Johnson on the shoulder and the two circle. They tie up, Johnson arm-drags and then waits on Daniels. Daniels gets up, circles with Johnson again and they tie up again. Johnson scoops and slams Daniels, but Daniels is right up. Fans rally more as the two circle again. Daniels and Johnson tie up a third time, Johnson headlocks, but Daniels powers out. Things speed up, Daniels arm-drags and hip tosses, then scoops and slams Johnson! Daniels brings Johnson up, wrenches, tags in Kaz, and SCU double wrench to trip Johnson up for a kick, a clubbing clothesline and double stomps!

Kaz keeps on Johnson with a scoop but Johnson slips out and tags Solow. Solow takes his time getting in to slow things down, and he circle with the Heavy Metal Rebel. They fist bump to show respect, tie up, and Kaz gets around to waistlock and mat slam Solow. Kaz shifts to a facelock, Solow moves around but Kaz holds on. Solow fights up to his feet, wrenches out to hammerlock, but Kaz drops to arm-drag Solow over. Kaz keeps on the arm, fans rally up, and Solow fights up to his feet again. Solow pushes the hold back onto Kaz, but Kaz reaches for ropes. Kaz uses the ropes to flip through then arm-drag Solow again! Kaz hooks Solow but Solow spins through to arm-drag Kaz away!

Kaz goes to a corner, Solow runs in, but Kaz dodges. Solow goes up and leaps to arm-drag and dropkick Kaz down! Fans fire up as Solow grins and goes after Kaz. Solow forearms, whips but Kaz dodges. Kaz holds ropes, elbows Solow then tags in Daniels. Kaz whips Solow, Daniels calf kicks Solow down, cover, TWO! Daniels drags Solow up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Daniels whips Solow corner to corner, Solow boots him away, then Solow runs to RANA Daniels to the corner! Solow clotheslines, Johnson tags in and they coordinate, back suplex NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Johnson keeps his cool and he brings Daniels up.

Fans rally, Johnson suplexes high and hard then covers, TWO! Johnson brings Daniels back up, tags Solow, and Solow drags Daniels up to suplex. Daniels fights that off, throws hands then suplexes but Solow slips out and shoves Daniels to ropes. Solow leaps but into Daniels’ fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON! Tag to Kaz, Daniels slingshots for an elbow drop! Kaz slingshots for a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool and he drags Solow up to CHOP him back down! Kaz scoop slams Solow, springboards and drops another leg! Cover, TWO! Kaz stays between Solow and Johnson, then brings Solow up. Tag to Daniels, SCU whip and leap frog to LARIAT Solow! Back suplex splash! Daniels covers, TWO!

Daniels drags Solow up while fans rally. Solow throws body shots, but Daniels CHOPS him down! Tag to Kaz and Kaz stays between Solow and Johnson again. Kaz CHOPS Solow but Solow throws hands! Kaz CHOPS again, Solow throws another haymaker, then Solow dodges. Kaz dodges, both men run, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Both men are down, fans fire up, hot tags to Daniels and Johnson! Big Shotty rallies on the Fallen Angel, then DECKS Kaz! Mule kick and whip, but Daniels reverses! Johnson pops Daniels up to a fireman’s carry, spins and spins, and spins and spins, then lets Daniels down just to dropkick him! Johnson kips up and fires up! BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Johnson almost had Daniels with one of his favorites, but he keeps his focus as he brings Daniels up. Johnson brings Daniels up and buckle bombs him into Solow’s knees! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Solow DOUBLE STOMPS! Johnson covers, TWO!! The combo came close but Johnson keeps cool. Tag to Solow, he and Johnson double suplex but Daniels fights it. Solow and Johnson mug Daniels, double suplex again, but Daniels slips out and tags in Kaz! Kaz shoulders Solow, slingshots over and LARIATS Johnson! Kaz clobbers Solow with elbows and a windmill kick! Johnson falls for it and gets the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!

Kaz whips Solow to ropes, Solow reverses but Kaz rolls off Solow’s back to BACKSTABBER! Feed to Daniels’ GAMANGIRI, Kaz GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Solow survives but Kaz keeps on him. Kaz reels Solow in, chicken wings and turns, but Solow shoves free. Solow runs in, is put on the apron, slingshot CUTTER! Cover, Johnson breaks it! Johnson baits Daniels in and dumps him out! Johnson builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Daniels hits railing! Johnson is fired up, Solow and Kaz get back up. Kaz brings Solow up but Solow rolls Kaz, TWO!!! Kaz narrowly escapes, but runs into Solow’s SCREW HIGH KICK!

Daniels gets back in, Johnson follows, but Solow throws hands on Daniels and Johnson hits Kaz. Johnson and Solow whip SCU at each other, but Daniels ducks and Kaz leaps to CLOBBER Solow! Daniels ROCKS Johnson, feeds him to Kaz for a BOOT, then the HIGH LOW combo! Solow elbows Daniels away, goes up and leaps, but into Kaz’s arms! Kaz adjusts and Daniels goes up, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

SCU wins and stays together as a team! But can Daniels & Kaz make it to the AEW World Tag Team Championships before losing it all?

 

Brian Cage w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick!

The Machine is preparing for his Street Fight alongside Absolute Ricky Starks against Darby Allin and Sting! Will JSP only be a speed bump for the Path of Cage?

The bell rings and JSP runs but into a FLAPJACK! Cage SUPERKICKS JSP right back down, and he fist bumps Hook. Cage drags JSP up, tosses him to a corner and runs in to uppercut, enziguri, and GERMAN SUPLEX JSP halfway across the ring! “Who betta?!” Cage slashes the throat, drags JSP up and reels him in to put on out. POWERBOMB, then a double clutch to POWERBOMB again! And a POWER BREAKER!! Then, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall

Any one of those high impact moves could’ve done it, but The Machine kept going because he wanted to! Will Cage put Sting and Darby through the same level of pain at Revolution?

 

The Acclaimed are in therapy.

Anthony Bowens is singing Chris Jericho’s theme song in his sleep! The therapist asks, “What seems to be the problem?” Bowens continues to quote Judas, “What have we become? Now that we’ve betrayed everyone we’ve ever loved! We pushed them all away.” And yet, Max Caster can’t remember the lyrics. Well, the only way to get past this is to get through together. OH! Of course! Picture it: Us, together. Oh wait, this is becoming a parody of Me & My Shadow as performed by MJF and Chris Jericho. “Welcome to the Dinner Day-Bo-Nair.”

“Judas in my mind, and I think I’m gonna yawn. Hey, it’s the Acclaimed with another hit song! So we cuttin’ the sing along short last week, right before I left lil’ Max in the trash heap, beat ‘im badly, with the KO, beat ‘im so quick like he Jose Conseco! The Acclaimed, yo, it ain’t no thang, when we beat Inner Circle, the bell gon’ ring.” Ding ding! (a ding ding)

“Jericho, leadership skills, you are lacking. Got the foundation of your little group cracking. Sammy cares more about his vlog than the crew, Chris. I’m the plug and you should go acoustic. Turn it down to the subtitles. Your confidence is misplaced like your world title. I beat MJF on the big stage, let me give your hand a little kiss, babe. I leave a bitter taste. You two are so narcissistic, you took a camera crew on a dinner date. It’s okay, make jokes, keep singin’. We are the Acclaimed and we keep ya heads ringin’!” Ding ding (a ding ding) That’s a wrap on the rap, but will the Inner Circle make Caster regret talking crap?

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Miranda Alize!

The Native Beast is back, and she’s ready for the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament! Will she simply make an appetizer out of “Princess Alize” before feasting on the world?

The bell rings and Alize kicks Nyla then runs, wheelbarrows, but the arm-drag is denied! Nyla yanks Alize right up then INVERTED CHOKE SLAMS her! Vickie laughs but Alize dodges Nyla in the corner, only for Nyla to come back and CLOBBER her! Nyla stomps Alize, rains down rights, then runs to SPLASH! Cover, but Nyla lets off because she’s not done with Alize yet. Vickie encourages the violence and Nyla chokes Alize on the ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off at 4, and Vickie SLAPS Alize! Nyla drags Alize up, whips her to ropes, but Alize ducks the boot to throw forearms! Alize runs, rolls and ranas but Nyla blocks!

Alize fights out of the bomb to dodge and duck and dropkick a leg out! Alize blows a kiss to run, into a scoop and TOSS! Nyla throws the gloves away to run in and back elbow Alize, then CLOBBER her again! Nyla finally decides to finish this as she brings Alize up for a BEAST BOMB!! Cover, Nyla wins!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall

Forget an appetizer, that was more like a snack! Will Nyla tear through the tournament bracket even easier?

 

PAC VS VSK!

The Bastard and his team could not overcome the #BizCliz, but that doesn’t intimidate him, it motivates him! Will he use The Visionary to show him his path back to Kenny Omega and perhaps even the AEW World Championship?

The bell rings and Pac doesn’t seem to take VSK seriously. VSK and Pac tie up, Pac puts VSK in a corner and grinds his forearms into him. The ref counts, Pac lets off and VSK comes out. They circle, tie up, and Pac wrenches to yank on VSK’s arm. Pac drags VSK down, keylocks and cranks on the arm. VSK endures, fights up but Pac wrenches the arm again to a wristlock. VSK rolls, handsprings, wrenches through and has the wristlock now. Pac rolls, shifts, wrenches, and drags VSK down to the mat. Pac stomps VSK on the head, then brings VSK up to bump him off buckles! VSK staggers, Pac bumps him off more buckles, then digs his boot into VSK!

The ref counts, Pac lets off at 4, then he stalks VSK along the ropes. Pac kicks VSK down then stomps away at the ropes! Pac digs his boots into VSK again, the ref counts and Pac stops at 4. Pac “apologizes” and he gives toying kicks. VSK staggers to a corner, fans rally, and Pac runs in to whip VSK corner to corner hard! Pac paces while VSK sits up. Pac kicks VSK around, taunts him, then kicks him again. VSK scowls but Pac kicks him again. VSK throws a forearm, so Pac gets around to waistlock! VSK elbows out, slips under and dropkicks Pac to ropes! Pac is pissed now, but he runs into a fireman’s carry and USHIGOROSHI! VSK runs to basement EuroUpper! Cover, ONE!!

VSK fires up, runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Pac drags VSK into the BRUTALIZER!! VSK taps, Pac wins!

Winner: Pac, by submission

VSK was maybe better off not being taken seriously! The Bastard got serious and seriously put the hurt on VSK! Will Pac do the same to the Biz Cliz in the near future?

 

Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS KC Navarro!

The Concrete Rose is rolling from how he, Joey Janela and Bear Country dominated last week. Will the road trip to the top continue? Or will the Truly Blessed by an unfortunate speed bump?

As Kiss goes to the ring, Janela goes over to commentary to say, “That’s one of the most succulent asses in the business!” Janela may have spit into Ricky Starks’ mouth from getting that close on his mic… The Bad Boy clearly puts getting the word out over basic hygiene. The bell rings and Kiss circles with Navarro. They tie up but break, then go again. Navarro waistlocks, Kiss switches but Navarro switches back. Kiss reaches down but Navarro leap frogs over. Navarro springboards, Kiss gets under, Navarro rolls but Kiss hurdles. Navarro rolls off Kiss’ back, Kiss blocks the kick to flip then trip Navarro! Leg drop but Navarro avoids it!

Kiss ducks the Penalty Kick, rolls Navarro up again, TWO! Kiss basement dropkicks Navarro down and now hits the leg drop splits! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Navarro gets to a corner. Kiss storms over, whips Navarro corner to corner but Navarro reverses. Kiss goes up and out and ROUNDHOUSES Navarro. Kiss then shoulders in, slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! SUPERKICK! Fans fire up after Kiss blasts Navarro. Kiss twerks, only to miss the standing moonsasult! Navarro hurries to hammer away then wrap on the sleeper. Kiss fights up, as Navarro as a backpack and rams him into buckles! Kiss ROCKS Navarro with a back elbow, then ROCKS him with a rolling elbow!

Kiss runs but Navarro dodges, goes Spider-Man and baits Kiss into ropes! Navarro runs and hits a swinging dropkick! Navarro runs back in, tilt-o-whirls to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Kiss survives and Navarro grows annoyed. Fans rally up, Navarro aims, and runs at Kiss again, into a SUPERKICK! Kiss reels Navarro in for a sidewalk slam into the corner! Kiss hits AXES & OH’S! Fans fire up as Kiss goes up top, but rethinks his plan. Kiss fireman’s carries instead, to hit a SPLITTING TKO! Cover, Kiss wins!

Winner: Sonny Kiss, by pinfall

The Concrete Rose leaves Navarro with a splitting headache, and is moving on up! Will Kiss be in line for a title just like Janela?

 

Tay Conti VS Alex Gracia!

Both the Brazilian blackbelt and Number 99 are in the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator, so they might face each other soon enough. Will Tay use the Pink Dream as a way to send a message to both enemies and friends?

The bell rings and Conti offers a handshake. Gracia takes the hand, but then Conti brings her in to wrench and wristlock. Gracia knuckle locks with Conti, but Conti uses that to monkey flip and roll back to a cover! TWO, but Conti has Gracia into a facelock. Gracia gets up, Conti holds tight but Gracia wrenches out. Conti counters to a hip toss, then wrenches to KICK Gracia in the chest! Conti blows a kiss for another KICK! Gracia ducks the third kick, rolls Conti, TWO! Conti gets around, waistlocks, rolls Gracia down and has a HEEL HOOK! Gracia endures, Conti pulls on the leg, but they roll and roll into ropes! They roll more and fall off the apron!

Both women stagger up after that rough landing, but Conti pushes Gracia into the ring. Gracia hobbles, Conti hurries after but Gracia ROCKS her with that right! Conti is on ropes, Gracia builds speed, PINK-1-9! Cover, TWO! Gracia keeps on Conti with a full nelson and leans on the hold. Fans rally, Conti fights up, and breaks free to slips around and hammerlock then DDT!! Gracia shakes out the cobwebs, Conti brings her up, Gracia kicks but Conti blocks to KNEE her back! Conti throws forearms over and over, Gracia shoves her away but Conti CLOBBERS her! Conti rallies with clotheslines then HEEL KICKS Gracia down!

Conti whips Gracia to a corner, runs in and KNEES her again! Kenny Omega would be proud of that one! Conti whips, Gracia reverses but Conti breaks free to BOOT Gracia! Conti wrenches, wraps Gracia up, leg half nelson chinlock! Gracia taps, Conti wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by submission

The Blackbelt leaves the Pink Dream feeling blue, but will Conti be able to do the same to the US side of the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator?

 

Marko Stunt VS Ryan Nemeth!

It seems FTR let Fun-Sized go. Surely Stunt will want payback, but will he send a message to Tully, Cash and Dax through the Hollywood Hunk?

Nemeth gets the mic to “address the elephant in the room right now.” He gets the feeling a lot of people in AEW don’t like him. They don’t like that he’s smart, that he’s handsome, or that he’s famous. They don’t like that he’s known around the world, in TV and film, and is a true Hollywood Hunk. Just get the booing out of your systems now. Fans do, but Nemeth says if the people searched within their hearts and minds, they can see they actually like and adore him. Everyone at ringside, in the back and watching online should all say, “I Love Ryan! We All Love Ryan!” Nemeth thanks us, but then Stunt makes his entrance.

The bell rings, Stunt circles with Nemeth, but Nemeth wants Stunt to say he loves Ryan. Stunt just TAIL WHIPS him! Stunt’s learned some stuff from Luchasaurus! Nemeth wants a time out on the apron but Stunt shoves him off! Stunt then runs and DIVES! Direct hit and then Stunt goes after Nemeth with hammering hands! Stunt shoves Nemeth in the ring, fans fire up, and Stunt gets in. Stunt avoids Nemeth’s elbow drop, to then slingshot elbow drop in return! Cover, TWO! Nemeth staggers up and Stunt runs in at the corner. Nemeth dodges, but then so does Stunt! Stunt ducks to ROCK Nemeth, slingshot roll up and a calf kick! Cover, TWO!

Stunt fires himself up, then goes to a corner and climbs up. Nemeth hurries and trips Stunt up! Stunt flops to the mat, Nemeth brings him up, stalling back suplex with a HARD landing! Nemeth drops a fist, then grins as he looms over Stunt. Nemeth brings Stunt around to hammerlock an arm. Fans chant, “We Hate Ryan!” but Nemeth handstands on the hammerlock, then drops knees on it! Nemeth claws Stunt’s face, the ref counts and Nemeth lets off. Nemeth digs Stunt’s face into the mat, but Stunt throws body shots and uppercuts! Stunt runs into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nemeth is annoyed and rains down fists, then brings Stunt up.

Nemeth whips corner to corner hard, then swivels the hips before he runs in and RAMS into Stunt! Nemeth brings Stunt around, swivels a little more, and then a little more, and then again, but Stunt turns the Rude Awakening into a mule kick! But here comes FTR! Or, no, it’s just their music? Nemeth RAMS Stunt into the buckles, RUDE AWAKENING! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Ryan Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth takes advantage of the fact Stunt #FearsTheRevelation and gets his first win in AEW! Will the Hollywood Hunk continue to win until we all love him? As for Stunt, will he and Jurassic Express look to get some revenge on FTR?

 

“Pretty” Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi VS Shawn Dean & Charlie Bravo!

PPA has a new friend in the Brazilian V8 after Bononi physically blasted Big Shotty for winning the Walk-Off. Will Avalon and Bononi prove to be a combination that is both strong and stylish?

The teams sort out and Avalon flexes on Bravo, but Bononi starts. Bononi and Bravo circle, tie up, and Bononi shoves Bravo right to a corner! Bravo brushes that off and circles with Bononi again. They tie up, Bravo gets around to a waistlock but Bononi throws him off! Bravo staggers up, runs in but Bononi scoops and pops Bravo up! Bravo slips off to JAB Bononi! Bravo talks some trash, Bononi choke grips him, and Avalon tags in as Bononi shoves Bravo down! Avalon has Bononi cool off and runs, into an arm-drag! And then another! Bravo hip tosses Avalon then dropkicks him down! Bravo covers, TWO! Bononi was ready but Bravo drags Avalon up to wrench.

Tag to Dean, Bravo whips Avalon in and Dean kicks him! Bravo slides and trips Avalon, then goes up to slingshot leg drop! Dean slingshot elbow drops! Cover, TWO! Dean drags Avalon up, tags in Bravo, and they throw JABS back and forth on Avalon! Bop up, BANG hits! Dean DECKS Bononi for good measure, then Dean and Bravo high-fives and salute. Bravo runs at Avalon, but Bononi moves Avalon out of the way! Bravo tumbles out and hits the floor, then Bononi brings him up to CLOBBER him! Avalon fetches Bravo into the ring, covers, TWO! Avalon drags Bravo up, brings him over and Bononi tags in.

Avalon and Bononi mug Bravo, Bononi stomps a mudhole in, then lets off as the ref counts. Bononi bumps Bravo off buckles, whips him corner to corner then runs in but blocks Bravo’s boot. Bononi CHOPS Bravo, then scoops him for a DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Dean was ready but Bononi drags Bravo up. Avalon tags in, he and Bononi mug Bravo, then Avalon snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Dean is again there but he backs off. Bravo throws body shots, Avalon CLUBS Bravo, tag to Bononi. They mug Bravo more, Bononi brings Bravo around to CLUB him down. Bononi looms over Bravo, taunts him and Dean, but then clamps on to CLUB him again!

Bravo crawls, Bononi stomps him, then drags him up into the corner. Bravo throws hands to fight out of the corner, but Bononi scoops Bravo up! Bravo reaches for Dean but Bononi RAMS Bravo into the corner! Bononi tags Avalon, and scoops Bravo for an INVERTED SLAM! Bononi chinlocks and pulls Bravo back, Avalon runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Bravo is still in this but Avalon drags him up to bump him off buckles. Avalon throws body shots, Bravo hits Bononi then hits Avalon! Bravo baits Avalon into a boot, then dodges him! Hot tag to the Captain! Dean rallies on Avalon, whips him to reel him in, OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!

Bononi runs in but is put in the corner and Dean fires off with kicks! Dean tags Bravo, holds Bononi in, and they both take aim, DOUBLE CANNONBALLS! Dean sets Avalon up, Bravo covers, TWO!! Dean runs at Bononi but is sent out. Dean rocks Bononi but the ref won’t let him in! Bononi FLAPJACKS Bravo, Bononi BLASTS Dean, Avalon hits Marti-KNEES! Cover, Avalon and Bononi win!

Winners: Peter Avalon & Cezar Bononi, by pinfall

Their first time together is triumphant! But they’re going to really be tested on Dynamite! Will Avalon and Bononi be able to take down Big Shotty and his tag partner, Cody Rhodes?

 

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Baron Black!

Number 10 keeps winning and keeps rising up the ranks! But will he be in the AEW Top Five after taking on the EmpBruh?

The bell rings and Vance stares down with Baron. They approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock. They break, go again, and Vance pushes Baron to a corner. The ref counts, Vance lets off fast, and lets Baron come out. Fans rally up as Baron and Vance go again. Baron gets around to get a headlock, but Vance powers out. They collide, neither falls, and they stare down again. Things speed up, Vance hurdles but Baron rolls him up! Vance kicks him away to hit a headlock takeover, but Baron headscissors. Vance pops out, roles reverse as Baron headlock takeovers, Vance headscissors and Baron pops out. Fans rally as the two stare down again.

Baron offers a handshake, Vance hesitates, so Baron makes it a fist bump. Vance goes to return it but Baron CHOPS him! Vance sighs and then scoops Baron to SLAM him! Baron gets up and Vance BOOTS him! Baron goes to a corner, Vance brings him around to whip. Baron holds ropes then kicks back. Baron runs, but leaps into Vance’s arms! Vance FALL AWAY SLAMS! Baron staggers to a corner, Vance runs in and corner clotheslines! Vance CHOPS Baron, ROCKS him with a forearm, then lets off. Baron ROCKS Vance with a sucker punch! Baron runs corner to corner, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Vance fights the exploder off and CHOPS! Baron CHOPS back! Vance CHOPS!

Vance forearms, CHOPS, then whips, but Baron reverses. Baron runs in but into a boot! Baron blocks the boot to a DRAGON SCREW! Baron holds onto the leg, Vance kicks at Baron to get free. Vance swings, Baron spins him around, uppercuts and CHOPS, then spinning CHOPS! Vance drops to his knee, Baron throws clubbing forearms, and Vance goes to a corner. Baron CHOPS him, Vance goes to another corner, but Vance kicks back. Baron throws haymakers, Vance staggers, and fans rally up. Baron wrenches, whips Vance corner to corner hard, then waits on Vance to get up. Vance clutches his back, Baron ROCKS Vance with a EuroUpper!

Vance throws body shots, Baron CLUBS him then drops a knee on him! Baron stalks Vance to a corner, but Vance turns things around to fire off heavy hands! Vance CHOPS, Baron rakes eyes through the mask! The ref reprimands and counts, Baron stops. Vance ROCKS Baron with a right, whips him to ropes, but Baron reverses to knee low and pulls him into a cobra twist. Vance powers up to hip toss out! Vance swings into Baron’s atomic drop and BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Vance survives and Baron is seething while fans fire up! Baron pulls the straps down, Vance slowly gets up, and Baron scowls as he drags Vance up.

Baron throws EuroUppers but Vance staggers about. Vance isn’t going down as Baron throws more EuroUppers, but Baron says he will bow down! Vance blocks the uppercut to DECK Baron! Vance runs in, Baron gets around and scoops but Vance slips out. Vance shoves and CLOBBERS Baron! Vance whips Baron to ropes, and back drops him! Baron goes to a corner, Vance runs in, but Baron boots him! Baron runs at Vance but into the SPINEBUSTER! Vance fires up and he drags Baron around. Dead lift into the POWEBOMB! Cover, Vance wins!

Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall

Number 10 gets another 1-2-3 after a physical fight! Will he continue to fight this hard and head for a title after the Revolution?

 

Red Velvet w/ Big Swole VS Diamante w/ Ivelisse!

The battle with Shaquille O’Neil and Jade Cargill is coming, and things are only heating up! Will Velvet rise above or be crushed by the Cuban Diamond?

The bell rings, Diamante mocks lil’ Velvet but Velvet says they’re the same height. Diamante shoves Velvet, but Velvet gets around to waistlock. Diamante switches, Velvet pries the hold and switches back. Velvet hooks a leg, Diamante stays up and switches to SLAM Velvet down! Fans boo Diamante, but Velvet dodges to dropkick Diamante down! Fans fire up as Velvet stalks Diamante to a corner for body shots. Velvet lets off as the ref counts, but then throws more hands! Velvet stomps Diamante down, digs her boot in and taunts Ivelisse, but Diamante shoves her away! Velvet rolls back to come back with another dropkick! Velvet runs, ranas, and Diamante ends up on ropes!

Velvet runs but misses the knee attack! Ivelisse is there to taunt Velvet, the ref reprimands her and Swole literally scoots over to back Ivelisse off. But in this distraction, Diamante GERMAN SUPLEXES Velvet across the ring! Diamante scowls as she stomps Velvet, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Diamante CHOPS Velvet, throws haymakers, then whips Velvet corner to corner hard! Velvet flops down, Diamante runs in, basement dropkick! Diamante drags Velvet to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Diamante drags Velvet up and RAMS her into the corner! Diamante rams in again and again, then throws elbows.

Diamante stomps Velvet, the ref reprimands and counts but Diamante stops at 4. Diamante runs around the world to basement dropkick but MISS! Velvet and Diamante are down as fans rally up. Velvet gets up, hobbles, but she sees Diamante coming and hits a clothesline! Velvet rallies and CLOBBERS Diamante with an elbow! Velvet stirs it up, takes a taste, and hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Velvet brings Diamante up, Diamante shoves her away then ducks the roundhouse to elbow Velvet! Diamante cravats, knees and SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives and fans fire up but Diamante scowls.

Diamante drags Velvet up, whips but Velvet reverses. Velvet runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Velvet runs and wheelbarrows, to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Velvet is losing her cool but fans rally behind her. Velvet drags Diamante up, whips but Diamante reverses to uppercut! Cover, TWO!! Diamante grows frustrated now, but Ivelisse coaches her up. Swole and the fans rally for Velvet but Diamante mocks the stirring. Diamante mule kicks, hops on but no sunset bomb! Velvet swings but into a back suplex. Velvet lands on her feet, kicks low, HEEL KICK! JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Velvet not only beats one half of the AEW Tag Team Tournament winners, but an entrant in the Women’s World Title Eliminator! But will she be able to topple the towering Jade Cargill on Dynamite?

 

Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss VS Jack Evans w/ Angelico!

The Bad Boy is getting a shot at the AEW TNT Championship for Dynamite, but he needs to be ready for the mouthier half of The Hybrid2 tonight! Will Janela shut Evans up? Or will Evans shut Janela down this close to his golden opportunity?

But the moment Janela is on the ramp, Evans springboards to FLYING KICK him down! The ref reprimands but this isn’t a match yet! Evans sees Janela go off the ramp, to then handspring and Sasuke Special! Janela dodges, Evans comes back but Janela pops him up to the ramp! Evans handstands to then MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Janela! Evans drags Janela up, puts him in the ring, and then the bell finally rings. Evans talks trash as he climbs the corner, but Janela shoves him down! Janela climbs, fans fire up and Janela SUPER CROSSBODIES! Janela hits Evans enough, and the Bad Boy fires up!

Janela puts Evans in, paces around and runs at the corner to back elbow! And a running back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up for Janela as he brings Evans back up. Janela whips Evans corner to corner, Evans goes up and up and over to then show off with handsprings. Janela BOOTS Evans, but Angelico anchors Janela’s foot! Evans handspring ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO! Evans is annoyed but he throws hands down on Janela. Evans whips Janela corner to corner and JUMP KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Evans stomps Janela around. Janela throws hands, they brawl, and Evans CLUBS Janela down.

Evans puts Janela under the bottom rope, then talks trash to Kiss. Kiss gets mad, Angelico comes over, Evans has Janela for a ROPE CHANCERY! The ref is busy with Kiss, and Angelico gets a cheap shot in! Evans tells the ref he doesn’t feel safe with Kiss ringside. Evans covers, TWO! Janela is fired up and he throws haymakers on Evans! Janela whips, Evans reverses and flying elbows Janela down! Evans drags Janela to another cover, TWO! Fans fire up for Janela but Evans grinds Janela down with a chinlock. Fans rally, Evans squeezes tight but Janela fights up. Janela throws body shots, gets free, but Evans gets around to swing and IRON OCTOPUS!

Janela endures, Evans pulls harder, but fans rally. Janela gets a second wind, slips out of the hold to CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Evans rises, Janela runs in and BLASTS Evans out of the ring! Janela then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and fans are thunderous for Janela! Janela puts Evans in, ducks a roundhouse and fireman’s carries again, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives but Janela keeps his cool. Janela aims from a corner and goes up as fans fire up. Evans gets up to ROCK Janela first! Evans climbs up, SUPER STEINER! Evans drags Janela to a drop zone, goes up, PHOENIX SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Evans got more knee than splash but it still wasn’t enough! Evans drags Janela up, KICKS him, but Janela throws a forearm! They go back and forth, Janela throws forearms but Evans KICKS again! Janela throws more forearms, then spins for a ROLLING ELBOW! Janela runs, Evans handsprings to back elbow hard! Evans runs but Janela SPEARS him into the ropes! Janela whips Evans, Evans holds ropes and boots back! Evans is on the apron, springboards up and over but Janela comes back to SUPERKICK! Janela fires up, runs, but Evans dodges to POISON-RANA! Janela still SUPERKICKS?! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!

A standing count begins and it reaches 5 before either sits up. Evans is up first, he goes to a corner, but Janela follows. Janela ROCKS Evans and Evans stumbles to the apron. Janela hurries over but Evans ROUNDHOUSES back! Evans climbs while Janela is down, 450 ONTO KNEES! Cradle cover, TWO!! Evans survives but Janela drags him up. Evans escapes the package driver to ROUNDHOUSE again! Evans runs, but Janela follows, and he LARIATS Evans down! Fans fire up with Janela again and he drags Evans up. Janela hooks Evans up, brings him up, PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Evans survives and no one can believe it!

Janela goes to a corner, climbs back up, and leaps for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Janela wins!!

Winner: Joey Janela, by pinfall

The Bad Boy waged a war with Evans and came out on top! Will Janela and the Relentless Darby Allin find a way to make this look tame by comparison?


My Thoughts:

A very good AEW Dark, and I personally was relieved that it was only 12 matches and just over 90 minutes. We got a great music video from The Acclaimed to plug their match with #Y2MJF, they are truly rising stars not just in AEW but in wrestling today. I think another rising star is Comoroto. He is a great part of the trios matches he has with the Natural Nightmares, and he even has a combo move with Dustin now with that military press to bulldog. If AEW is still working on Trios Championships, I bet Comoroto becomes an honorary Natural Nightmare to help Dustin and QT go for those.

SCU continues their string of wins in their “tag titles or bust” story, but they got a really good match out of Johnson and Solow. Cezar Bononi and Avalon had a good match of their own, and they are going to have a really good match with Johnson and Cody Rhodes. That match could go either way, because Johnson could take the pin, but so could Avalon. Maybe Shaq and Jade get in on that match to mess Cody up and that’s why he and Johnson lose. Wait, that sounds familiar… Well anyway, it’ll mostly be a way to plug the mixed tag match. Velvet VS Diamante was a good match, and I’m a little surprised Velvet won, but she’ll definitely be building momentum on her end as the underdog element of that mixed tag match.

Vance VS Baron was a very good match and I like that commentary mentioned their past from the indies. Vance has mostly been along for the ride in the Dark Order but it’d be great if he got some story and development of his own. And I liked that Stunt’s loss wasn’t just from being the smaller wrestler, but from how there is story with FTR and Jurassic Express. Though honestly, better story would’ve been if Stunt was scheduled for this match, it didn’t happen because FTR kidnapped him, and Nemeth had a match with someone else, but Dark exists in a space where it is both the same night and not the same night as Dynamite on Wednesday.

Janela VS Evans was an incredible Dark main event, that was fast and furious right from the start. Janela wins big to go into his TNT Championship match but I don’t see him winning against Darby. It is really more Darby needs to win to go strong into the AEW Revolution Street Fight. I’m sure if not for the story with Team Taz and Sting, Darby VS Janela could’ve gone either way because they’re both so wild and reckless. Maybe down the line, Janela comes back around, he and Darby relive some of that Cracker Barrel No Holds Barred match from the early days of Dynamite.

My Score: 8.3/10


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

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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