The Revolution is so close, AEW Dynamite can almost taste it!
AEW Revolution is returning, and there is a ladder match with major stakes! Who will qualify and be one step closer to the TNT Championship?
- Jon Moxley VS Ryan Nemeth; Moxley wins.
- Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS The Varsity Blondes; Cage & Starks win.
- Brandon Cutler VS Jake Hager; Hager wins.
- Hangman Page VS Isiah Kassidy w/ Matt Hardy; Hangman wins.
- AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament US Bracket: Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Nyla wins and advances.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Rey Fenix VS Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake; Archer wins and joins the AEW Revolution Ladder match.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley VS Ryan Nemeth!
The Maniac is firing up for some huge title matches in the next few weeks! The 26th of February, he defends his IWGP United States Championship against Kenta! The 7th of March, he goes after the title Kenny Omega cheated away from him! Will the Hollywood Hunk merely serve as a tune-up?
The bell rings and Nemeth leaps at Moxley! Moxley denies the satellite DDT, Nemeth comes back to headlock but Moxley powers out. They ram shoulders, Moxley doesn’t budge, and he SLAPS Nemeth off his feet! Fans are fired up already, and Moxley gives Nemeth crossface forearms from all sides! Nemeth flops and flounders away but Moxley stalks behind him. Moxley drags Nemeth up and reels him in, but Nemeth gets around to throat chop! Nemeth rams knees in over and over, then runs, but Moxley gets around to SNAP BACK SUPLEX! Fans fire up again as Moxley looms over Nemeth. Moxley STOMPS Nemeth’s hand, then stalks him as he scrambles away.
Moxley wraps Nemeth’s arm around ropes, pulls on it, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Moxley CHOPS Nemeth in a corner, whips him corner to corner and runs in, but into a boot! Nemeth throws forearms, whips Moxley, but Moxley reverses. Nemeth goes up and over and RAMS in, then runs, only for Moxley to follow and CLOBBER Nemeth in the corner! Moxley runs but Nemeth dropkicks him down! Nemeth drags Moxley up but Moxley gets around to full nelson, then GUILLOTINE! Nemeth endures, Moxley underhooks him, PARADIGM SHIFT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The fans are going wild for the Maniac, and Moxley is ready to run wild in both NJPW Strong and AEW Revolution! Moxley gets a chair, a mic, and takes a seat to say, “From the moment that I woke up in the morning without the AEW World Championship, I knew that I would do whatever it takes for as long as it takes.” Crawl through mud, barbed wire and landmines, he’ll get back to the top and take the hill! And it turns out, that’s exactly what he’ll have to do now.
“What comes to your mind, what images… when you hear the words “Exploding barbed wire deathmatch? Fire, blood, burns, torture, agony? Vintage Japanese wrestling magazines.” Are you disgusted? Revolted? Do your palms sweat and hands shake? Or do you get a sick thrill? Moxley shares what those make him feel, and why he’s made every mistake and bad choice you can think of throughout the course of his life: “I’m an addict. I’m addicted to this!” He wants to live close to the flames. He wants to feel all the blood, sweat and tears, from the bottom of his soul to lay his soul bare! That’s a feeling he can’t get enough of!!
Fans cheer as Moxley says, “The thought, the idea of the Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch, it’s too attractive. It pulls me in! I can’t resist it!” Even if it is a trap by Kenny Omega and his boys, that is not the first in a long line of sad guys who tried to take him out! Now, win, lose or draw, everyone in this building and watching at home, everyone who’s been with him this entire time, we will all know that when it’s all said and done, Moxley gave everything that he had! And if it is all over after Revolution, live on PPV, in the Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch, “that seems like a perfect way, a HELL of a way, to go out.” Fans are thunderous for this match already, but who will survive when Maniac and Cleaner ride the line one more time?
AEW shares a post-Dynamite interview from last week.
Lance Archer and Rey Fenix were both informed that they would have a chance at the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match at the Revolution PPV. Cody Rhodes, Scorpio Sky and Penta El Zero Miedo are in that, but these two have had good chemistry teaming up given their recent matches. Archer wants Alex to understand, iron sharpens iron. They were a killer tag team because of the Murderhawk Monster. Archer doesn’t need to qualify, he’ll kick Fenix’s ass. Fenix wants Alex to translate for him. Archer wants to know what he just said.
Well, Fenix told Alex that Archer is the worst tag partner he’s ever had. Wow, really? Archer gets mad, pushes Fenix, and a brawl is on! Fenix used speed to dodge but not for long! Things didn’t end there, but they will end in the main event! Who joins the American Nightmare, Closer and Cero Miedo at Revolution?
The Young Bucks and family arrive backstage.
Matt & Nick are accompanied by Mama & Papa Jackson and they see the boy son the back of the crew truck. They get a group picture in front of that, and the parents are so proud. Will they be even prouder of their boys when they take it to the Inner Circle at Revolution?
Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS The Varsity Blondes!
The Machine & Absolute are absolutely ready for The Icon and Darby Allin, but Sting has made it known he wants payback tonight. Will Cage & Starks be able to focus on Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. with Sting and the Relentless TNT Champion on the horizon?
Taz joins commentary to say his guys aren’t sweating the Blondes, Hook even has the car running with how quick they’ll handle this. Starks and BPJ start, Starks wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but BPJ wrenches back. BPJ has a wristlock, Starks slips through and wrenches back, but BPJ rolls and cartwheels and handsprings to BOP Starks with a boot! BPJ wrenches, tags Griff, and fans fire up as Griff CLUBS Starks’ arm. Griff wrenches, wristlocks, wrenches again, and tags BPJ back in. BPJ kicks Starks, Starks pulls hair and whips BPJ away, but BPJ gets under. BPJ hurdles, Starks ducks then hurdles, but BPJ trips Starks up! And then WRECKS Starks with a dropkick!
Fans fire up and Taz is annoyed as BPJ puts Starks in. BPJ steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Starks hobbles up, BPJ is after him in the corner with a CHOP! BPJ wrenches then whips corner to corner, runs in but is put on the corner. BPJ ROCKS Starks, springboards, but Starks shoves him down! Starks distracts the ref and Cage drags BPJ up for a POST BOMB!! BPJ even lands hard on the floor before Cage puts him in, and Starks drags BPJ up by his mullet!
AEW goes picture in picture as Starks bumps BPJ off buckles. Cage tags in, stomps BPJ down, then ROCKS BPJ with a right! Cage bumps BPJ off more buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and then whips him back the other way! Cage uppercuts and ENZIGURIS BPJ into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cage fires up while BPJ is punch drunk and flops over. Cover, TWO! Cage throws hands on BPJ, drags him up, and tags Cage in. Team Taz mugs BPJ, Starks CLUBS BPJ down then stomps him. Starks drops a knee, covers, ONE! Starks has BPJ in a corner but BPJ CHOPS back. Starks stomps BPJ, CHOPS him back, then throws down hands!
The ref reprimands, Starks digs his knee in, but then lets off to taunt Griff. Starks reels BPJ in for a facelock, and a snap suplex! Tag to Cage and Cage stomps BPJ. Cage drags BPJ up, RAMS him into the open corner, and then RAMS him some more! Cage CHOPS BPJ, backs up and BOOTS him down! Cage soaks up the heat, drags BPJ up, then whips him corner to corner. BPJ goes up and over, O’Conner Rolls cage, TWO! BPJ hits buckles, Cage back suplexes him! Cover, TWO! Cage drags BPJ up, scoops him, and does bicep curls as AEW returns to single picture. Cage TOSSES BPJ up over his head, then tags in Starks. Starks CLOBBERS BPJ before he reaches Griff!
BPJ sits up and throws hands! BPJ CHOPS, Starks puts BPJ in a corner and CHOPS back! Starks snarls, runs corner to corner and hits a back body block! Starks goes up and hits a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Starks stands on BPJ, drags him up, and tags Cage in. Team Taz mugs BPJ more, Cage DECKS BPJ, and fans boo as Cage bumps him off buckles. Tag to Starks, Team Taz mugs BPJ again, and Starks snapmares BPJ to run and sucker punch Griff! BPJ gets up, Starks rolls him and swings, but BPJ dodges! Hoy tag to Griff! Griff rallies on Team Taz, Cage gets in but Griff BOOTS him back! Fans fire up, Griff hits an IVY LEAGUE SPALSH on Starks! Griff runs and FLIES to take out Cage!!
Fans are thunderous as Griff gets in, gets around Starks, and hits an ATOMIC FACEBUSTER! Cover, but Cage breaks it in time! Cage hauls Griff up but Griff slips out and BPJ hits a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! The Blondes coordinate, get Starks up, and Griff whips to pop Starks up! MISSILE DRPOKICK BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Starks survives and fans are going nuts! Taz is a bit panicked, too, as Griff tags BPJ in. The Blondes double whip Starks but Cage tags in. Starks SPEARS Griff, Cage DISCUS LARIATS BPJ! Cage slashes the throat, drags BPJ up, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
Taz tells Sting he better be paying attention! But wait, the lights go out! A car is pulling along a body bag, and the one driving is STING?! Sting undoes the bag, and out pops Darby Allin! Darby grins as he sports his own take on Sting’s face paint! And then, in the stadium, the snow, the crow and… IT’S STIIIIIING! He’s dragging in the same body bag! But he unzips the bag, to reveal HOOK! Taz’s son, Hook, just went for the same ride Team Taz put Darby through! And in the rafters, HERE COMES DARBY ON A ZIPLINE!! Darby drops in, has his board, and he JAMS Starks and Cage!
Sting gets his shots in, Taz frees his son from the bag, but Darby SMASHES Starks out of the ring! Then PLANCHAS! Sting throws his jacket off, kicks and CHOPS Cage, whips him corner to corner, then CLOBBERS him on the rebound! Sting runs corner to corner for a STINGER SPLASH! Cage wobbles, Sting kicks a leg out, and brings him back into the SCORPION DDT!! Will Sting and Darby do this and more come Revolution?
Tony Schiavone interviews Miro, Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford.
Schiavone already feels uncomfortable as he introduces the Best Man and the Superbad newlyweds. Miro asks why it’s uncomfortable. Because of what happened at the wedding. Kip says the fact they’re even having this interview is a joke! It is a complete joke! Beach Break was supposed to be the best day of their lives, a memory they’d cherish forever. Kip asks Schiavone what happened. It was destroyed. And by who? Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy. Miro says the Superbad Honeymoon didn’t even happen because of Chuck and Orange! And trust Miro, he will get those guys, and he will destroy “that walking human Xanax!”
But caving in Chuck’s head will be different. Not because Chuck can match Miro in the ring. It’s because Miro actually likes Chuck. Chuck is a good guy, he was a good butler, polishing Miro’s car, organizing the kettle bells, folding the laundry, all of that. So Miro wants to tell Chuck that he is welcomed back. Come home, Chuck! Miro will forgive Chuck, though he won’t forget what happened. Wait, an AEW staffer gives Schiavone a note. Schiavone reads it, and it’s a message to Miro! “Will you wrestle us at Revolution? Yes, No, Maybe, circle one. Hugs and kisses, Chuck and Orange.”
This is what Miro is talking about! This is childish! Chuck is not a child, do not act like one! Associating with Cassidy is doing this to him! Chuck can come home and live a good, happy life! Miro chews up the note and spits at Schiavone! That’s not an answer to the note. Will Chuck and Cassidy make the challenge much more mature for Miro next time?
Brandon Cutler VS Jake Hager!
The Dungeon Master wants revenge on behalf of the Young Bucks for what happened after the tag title match last week! But will he only get himself hurt for defending his friends?
The bell rings, fans fire up as Hager and Cutler circle, and the two approach, Cutler dodges to fire off hands, but Hager just tosses Cutler to a corner! Cutler dodges again, fires off more hands, climbs up to rain them down, but Hager picks him up to bring him out! Cutler sunset flips but Hager drags him up to whip. Cutler ducks and dodges to wheelbarrow, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Hager looms over Cutler, deadlifts him and GERMAN SUPLEXES him again! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Hager just fires off body shots in the corner! Cutler sputters as the ref backs Hager off, but Hager comes back to whip corner to corner, and BOOT Cutler down on the rebound!
Hager soaks up the heat, runs corner to corner with Cutler in the drop zone, HAGER BOMB! Cutler flounders to a corner, Hager digs his knee into Cutler’s head, but the ref counts. Hager lets off, drags Cutler back up and whips him to ropes. Cutler kicks Hager back! Then slips out and sends Hager into buckles to KICK again! Hager runs in but Cutler dumps Hager out! Cutler builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Cutler keeps going, and he FLIES! Direct hit takes Hager down and fans are fired up! Cutler pushes Hager in, aims and springboards, into a SPINEBUSTER! Hager fires up, fans boo, but Hager circles like a shark. Hager runs and builds speed to CLOBBER Cutler!! Cover, Hager wins!
Winner: Jake Hager, by pinfall
The Big Hurt put the hurt on Cutler, and the Inner Circle runs in to add on! Santana, Ortiz and Wardlow stomp Cutler down at the ropes but the YOUNG BUCKS run out! SUPERKICKS for Santana and Ortiz! Hager and Wardlow bail out to avoid their own superkicks, and the Bucks shield Cutler. Matt gets a mic to call out Jericho and MJF! “We don’t have to wait until Revolution! How about you get your stupid asses down to this ring, right here, right now?!” Y2MJF have their entrance going, but where are they? They’re talking via titantron as they’re backstage!
Why would they waste time going to the ring when they’ll just beat the living hell out of the Bucks at Revolution to become tag team champions? But they saw someone wandering backstage, does this guy belong to them? PAPA BUCK got beat up!! MJF says Papa being proud of his boys brought a tear to MJF’s eye. Back row to the spotlight. Look at your son, Nick! Jericho RAMS Papa Buck into the picture of Nick! Oh he’s getting blood on it! But he can’t favor one son over the other, say “hi” to MATT! They RAM Matt into that picture, and Jericho mockingly says they should get a doctor! Better yet, the Bucks should hurry to pick up the trash. Then they mock the Buck pose and run off!
The Bucks arrive a second too late, and they go to their father’s side. The Inner Circle runs away in their Escalade, and Matt is beside himself with rage! Will the Bucks make Y2MJF pay for making this personal?
AEW returns with the Bucks getting their father into an ambulance.
The Good Brothers are also with them, and they ride with Nick while Matt stays with Mama Buck. Will Papa Buck be alright after what Y2MJF did to him?
AEW profiles “The Crossroads” super match on next week’s Dynamite!
Originally intended for Revolution, the amazing crossover of Shaquille O’Neil & Jade Cargill VS Cody & Brandi Rhodes had to change when Mr. & Mrs. American Nightmare found out they were expecting! Red Velvet stepped to the plate on behalf of Brandi, and now things will happen on March 3rd, live on TNT!
Excalibur says that Shaq has been a presence for over 25 years. Tony Schiavone says Shaq is very well known even outside of the NBA. Jade had perhaps crossed a line, but Shaq couldn’t help but push the envelope. One thing has led to another, and we’ve reached a boiling point! JR knows this will mean a lot to Velvet so young in her career. Velvet knows she has the experience edge and grit, passion and heart unlike Jade. She will give it everything she’s got! Schiavone wants us to remember that despite Cody’s other ventures, he puts wrestling first. Shaq is not worried about Cody’s legacy, and JR knows that a world class athlete like Shaq isn’t just going to go through the motions.
Shaq has warned Cody that the Shaq Attack is coming. Excalibur says Cody and Velvet can win by relying on their experience and just about every bit of their skill, because they’ll have to. They can’t afford Shaq or Jade to get that one good shot in. JR says Cody is of course going to be a better wrestler, but size and strength are always a factor. That X-factor can be enough for Jade and Shaq to win. Size and strength, experience and skill, what wins when these two teams meet at the Crossroads?
Hangman Page VS Isiah Kassidy w/ Matt Hardy!
The Cowboy got one over on Big Money Matt, but not without Matt coming up with a Plan B! Revolution will have a first-ever 1v1 between these two, with the winner receiving ALL of the loser’s Q1 earnings! Will one of Hardy’s Private Party proteges make Page pay for pulling a fast one? Or will Hangman be hanging tough going towards Revolution’s big money match?
Wait, Hardy has recruited The Hybrid2 to his cause? Are they going to cash in on that $3700 bounty just to soften up Hangman for Hardy? Hangman makes his entrance, and he rushes right at Hardy! Hardy gets away but Kassidy goes after Hangman and the bell rings! Kassidy throws hands, whips but Hangman dodges to ROCK Kassidy with haymakers! Hangman stomps Kassidy in a corner, stomps him even more, then lets off as the ref counts. The fans fire up, Hangman throws his vest aside and whips Kassidy to ropes. Kassidy dodges but leaps into Hangman’s arms for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Hangman kips up, Kassidy bails out, but Hangman hurries after. Kassidy gets back in, Hangman slides in but Kassidy stomps him! Kassidy drags Hangman up, CHOPS him, but Hangman CHOPS him back! Kassidy stomps and whips, Hangman comes back to CLOBBER him! Fans rally for Hangman while Kassidy sits up in a daze. Hardy talks smack to Hangman but Hangman just goes over to Kassidy. Hangman drags Kassidy up, Kassidy throws body shots but Hangman CLUBS him down! Hangman whips Kassidy corner to corner, runs in but Kassidy boots him! Kassidy hops up, leaps, but into a BOOT! Kassidy flops out and Hardy grows frustrated, but Hangman PLANCHAS Kassidy hard!
Fans are thunderous as Hangman glares as Hardy and TH2. Hardy backs up as Hangman storms over, but Hangman refreshes the count. Hangman drags Kassidy up, shoves him into railing, then CLOBBERS him into the front row of wrestlers! The ring count climbs, Hardy tells Hangman he’s a bastard! Hangman refreshes the count again, drags Kassidy from the crowd and dumps him ringside. Hangman stands Kassidy up to CHOP him! Kassidy flounders to the timekeeper’s area but Hangman brings him around to powerbomb lift. Kassidy escapes, gets in the ring but Hangman pursues! TH2 distracts the ref, Hardy anchors Hangman, Kassidy HOTSHOTS Hangman! Hardy POSTS Hangman!!
But the Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds & John Silver appear! They point out something happened, the ref looks and suspects Hardy. Hardy denies involvement but the ref doesn’t trust him! She EJECTS Hardy!! Hardy pleads with Aubrey but she doesn’t care! Fans taunt Hardy with “DELETE! DELETE!” Kassidy puts Hangman in to get past that and stomp Hangman down! Hardy tells TH2 it’s on them now. Kassidy stomps Hangman, but Hangman kicks back! Kassidy stomps more while Silver & Reynolds cheer Hangman on. Kassidy snapmares Hangman, clamps onto the arm and hooks a leg but Hangman throws body shots.
AEW goes picture in picture as Kassidy cranks on the cording hold. Hangman endures, fights free and gets to a corner. Kassidy storms over to stomp Hangman, then he wraps Hangman’s arm around the ropes to YANK on it! Hangman clutches that arm, bails out of the ring, Kassidy pursues and gets in Hangman’s face. Hangman pushes Kassidy back but Kassidy throws body shots. Kassidy puts Hangman’s arm between railing and pulls on it! The ref reprimands, counts, and Kassidy lets go at 4. Kassidy glares at the ref but then talks trash to the Dark Order. Kassidy goes into the ring, Hangman gets in, and Kassidy talks smack on him, only for Hangman to throw heavy hands on him!
Hangman swings, Kassidy whips but Hangman reverses to send Kassidy out of the ring! Hangman gets the bad arm working while Kassidy is down on the outside. Hangman builds speed to DIVE into an uppercut! Kassidy grins as Hangman stirs in the ring. Kassidy gets the arm, pulls it between the ropes, then slingshots to DROP onto the arm! Cover, ONE, but Kassidy SLAMS Hangman’s arm back down! Cover, ONE, so Kassidy SLAMS the arm again! Cover, TWO!! Hangman is still in this and Kassidy grows annoyed. AEW returns to single picture as Kassidy drags Hangman up. Fans rally, Kassidy wrenches to a keylock, but Hangman endures.
Hangman claws at Kassidy’s face to get him away! The ref reprimands, Hangman runs in but is put on the apron! Kassidy ROCKS Hangman, grabs at the bad arm, and wrenches it, only for Hangman to YANK Kassidy into the ropes! The Dark Order rallies behind Hangman and he BOOTS Kassidy away! Hangman slingshots but Kassidy ROCKS him first! Kassidy runs, but Hangman gets in to ROLLING ELBOW Kassidy! Cover, TWO!! Kassidy survives and fans are fired up! Hangman shakes the bad arm, drags Kassidy back up, and whips him to ropes. Kassidy reverses and SCREW HIGH KICKS!
Kassidy runs, but Hangman follows! Kassidy leaps, into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and fans are fired up! The standing count begins, the fans rally up, and both men stand at 3. Hangman runs in at Kassidy to corner clothesline him! Hangman snapmares Kassidy, runs and SLIDING- NO! Kassidy dodges, mule kicks and CHOPS! Kassidy reels Hangman in but Hangman suplexes to BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Kassidy lives and “This is Awesome!” Hangman and Kassidy slowly stir. Hangman aims from a corner, runs at Kassidy, but Kassidy blocks the boot to BOOT back! And enziguri, to a POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!?!
But Kassidy has the arm for an ARMBAR! Hangman endures as Kassidy pulls back! Hangman sits up, and gets the ropebreak! Kassidy lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and Hangman drags himself away. Kassidy gets up, runs over, but Hangman FLIPS him out to the apron! Kassidy grabs at Hangman’s arm but Hangman BOOTS him from below! Hangman runs to triangle LAR- HOT SHOT!! Kassidy counters Hangman at the right time, slithers back up to the apron, and springboards, but no Destroyer! Hangman gives him the DEADEYE! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
The Dark Order are as excited as anyone that Hangman outguns Isiah Kassidy! Matt Hardy returns to say “You chose the Dark Order over Big Money Matt Hardy! I wanted to give you the world, but you betrayed me.” Hardy will hurt him in more ways than he can imagine, and that includes the Dark Order! Hardy kicks Alan Angels out of the tunnel to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s table!! The Dark Order chase after Hardy while Hangman sees what just happened. Will Hardy make everyone pay for Hangman’s gambit?
AEW Media finds Kenny Omega… in a workshop?
Alex Marvez wants to ask Kenny what he’s doing here but Don Callis asks Marvez what he’s doing here. This is a private work space, and this is part of a very secret plan to construct what they’re calling, “The Moxley Extermination Chamber.” Omega says if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself. Not because Omega takes pride in his work, but because after they shred Moxley, Omega wants to know Moxley goes BOOM and BOOM and BOOM because of him! Omega will have all the credit who puts Moxley out of action for good! Back to work, boys! Marvez, get out!! Just what is the Cleaner creating specially for the Maniac?
AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament US Bracket: Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Nyla Rose!
The Dentist took care of a replacement opponent in Madi Wrenkowski while the Native Beast brutalized the Brazilian Blackbelt in Tay Conti. Now these two face off to determine the first US Bracket finalist, and the first overall Final Four entrant! Will the Doctor be in or out after facing this Vicious Vixen?
The bell rings and fans rally as Britt and Nyla circle. They tie up, Nyla shoves Britt down and fans fire up! Britt gets up as Rebel coaches her, and Britt circles with Nyla again. They tie up, Britt headlocks, but Nyla pulls hair! Nyla powers up but Britt grinds the headlock. Nyla powers out, Britt pulls hair and keeps the headlock on! Nyla powers out clean this time and runs Britt over! Nyla scoops Britt and SLAMS her, then waits for her to get up, so she can scoop and SLAM her again! Britt bails out and Rebel is there. Nyla waits as Rebel coaches Britt up. Britt is walking to the stage? She’s throwing a fit, too! Nyla lets Britt do what she wants because a count-out is a win, too!
Britt storms her way back to ringside, tells cameramen to get out of her way, and she gets back in the ring. Nyla storms over but into a kick! Britt runs, dodges but Nyla fireman’s carries to a SAMOAN DROP! Britt grits her teeth but Nyla stomps her to a corner. Nyla digs her boots into Britt in the corner, the ref counts and Nyla lets off at 4. Nyla grins as she sets Britt up, and says she’s going to break Britt again! Nyla runs corner to corner, Rebel gets Britt out of the way, but Nyla stops short. Nyla stomps and chokes Britt at the ropes! The ref reprimands everyone but Britt, Nyla lets off and Britt gets up to BOOT back! Britt goes up top but Nyla ROCKS her first!
Nyla fireman’s carries and just TOSSES Britt! Nyla fires up, stomps Britt and dares her to get up. Britt bails out instead, fans are actually cheering Nyla on, but Rebel tries to counter their cheering with one of her own. Britt is at a corner, Nyla storms over and grabs at Britt through the ropes, only for Britt to YANK Nyla into the post! Was Britt suckering Nyla in!? Nyla hobbles while clutching the arm and the ring count climbs. Britt is after the arm at the railing, and BOOTS it! And BOOTS Nyla again!
AEW goes picture in picture, Britt gets in the ring and Rebel swipes at Nyla. Nyla gets pissed and Rebel runs away! Nyla gets in, Britt stomps her at the ropes over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Britt taunts Nyla, but Nyla hits her low! Britt throws forearms, clubs her down, but Nyla gets up to kick back! Nyla tries to gut wrench but the bad arm holders her back! Britt gives that arm a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nyla is still in this but Britt sits her up to KICK her in the back! And then fakes a kick, to HEEL KICK instead! Britt stands on the bad arm, pulls on it then STOMPS it down! Britt is after the arm with a hammerlock and adds on a chinbar!
Nyla endures, Britt elbows away on the bad arm, then cranks on the hammerlock. Nyla fights up but Britt RAMS her into a corner! Nyla clutches the arm, Britt blows a kiss to the fans, and she pulls off a corner buckle to expose steel! Britt is really raising the stakes as AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and both women are on the top rope! Nyla is in control, and she drags Britt up for a ONE ARMED SUPERPLEX!! Nyla hauls Britt back up, but Britt suplexes Nyla into the corner?! Both women are down, the standing count begins, and Rebel coaches Britt. Britt and Nyla stand at 7, Britt storms over to throw forearms on Nyla! Nyla gets up, Britt runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her! And starts to rally! LEAPING PALM STRIKE! Fans are torn as Nyla drags Britt to a drop zone, and Nyla climbs up. Rebel distracts, Nyla hops down to APRON URENAGE Rebel! Britt superkicks but misses! Nyla mule kicks, and NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO!!
Nyla is beside herself as Britt is still in this. Nyla drags Britt up, reels Britt in, but Britt resists the bomb! Britt slips free and BOOTS Nyla down! Rebel gets Britt her rubber glove, she’s ready to operate! But Britt turns around into a choke grip, and CHOKE SLAM! Rebel gets in but Nyla CLOBBERS her into a corner! Nyla sees she has two targets, and she CANNONBALLS Rebel! Nyla runs at Britt but Britt gets up to send her into the bare buckle! Britt then Russian Leg Sweeps to a RINGS OF SATURN! Nyla resists, Britt hooks her up, and she reaches with the glove hand! Nyla powers up to pick Britt up out of that, for an AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives!!
Nyla resets, and grabs the buckle pad that was set aside. The ref takes that, throws it away, Britt cradles Nyla! TWO, SUPERKICK!! Britt runs in to SUPERKICK again! Nyla is still up!? Britt runs in, tilt-o-whirls and hits a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO, but to the RINGS OF SATURN! Britt wants those teeth! Nyla fights with clubbing forearms! Britt goes to ropes in a daze, staggers into a RIGHT HAND! Nyla drags Britt back up, reels her in, but Britt still resists the lift! Nyla powers through for a NASTY BEAST BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nyla’s bad arm couldn’t help in the cover and Britt survives again! “This is Awesome!” and worthy of this tournament’s golden opportunity!
Nyla drags Britt up, gut wrenches her, but Britt flails free! SUPER- NO! Nyla gets under, BEAST BOMB!! Cover, Nyla wins!!
Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall (advances to the US Bracket Finals)
The Dentist could not break the Native Beast, and now the former AEW Women’s Champion is that much closer to another chance! We find out this Sunday who her opponent will be! Will it be the former NWA Women’s Champion, Thunder Rosa, or the inaugural AEW Women’s Champion and a rival of Nyla’s, the one and only Riho, that meets the beast at the Crossroads?
AEW profiles Jurassic Express VS FTR & Tully Blanchard!
Dax Harwood says that FTR came to AEW with a lot of fanfare because fans have wanted to see dream matches like FTR VS The Young Bucks, FTR VS Kenny Omega & Hangman Page. Oddly enough, the one match FTR wanted most was with Jurassic Express because of the huge differences between Jurassic Express and FTR. Jungle Boy says the first time around with FTR back in the summer, FTR had to cheat to win! JB knows things could’ve been very different that night, and this rivalry has mostly gotten personal because of FTR. FTR kidnapped Marko Stunt! The audacity!
Stunt says they want to cut the horns of the beast that is Luchasaurus, but they didn’t realize that only unleased him! And then they go and kidnap “the weak link” in Stunt? Aren’t #TopGuys supposed to do #TopGuysShit? They don’t realize what they’ve done! Cash Wheeler says last week, Jurassic Express was confident because it was 3v2. But Tully wasn’t there. Tully will be here on 3/3, and when it’s 3v3, not even all three of Jurassic Express can “hold a candle” to Tully! Tully was the engine of the Four Horsemen! Him with FTR is a dream team! Luchasaurus admits Tully might be one of the best all time, but how long has it been since Tully got in the ring? “Things have changed. Times have changed.”
Dax knows it’s been since 1989, over 30 years, that Tully has wrestled in a ring. But he’s coming out of retirement just for Jurassic Express! That’s something Jurassic Express needs to have on their conscience! Even before FTR met Tully, they knew he was one of the most influential wrestlers in their career. With him by their side, they’re even greater than they already were. #TopGuysOut. But will FTR have to be the ones to #FearTheRevenge of Luchasaurus, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt?
AEW has more in store for The Crossroads edition of Dynamite!
Ahead of their AEW World Tag Team Championship match, Y2MJF will have a press conference to discuss that and what they did to Papa Buck earlier tonight! Paul Wight (The Big Show) is officially All Elite, and Tony Schiavone will interview him in preparation of them cohosting the newest AEW weekly program, Dark Elevation! Then, after what went down with Big Money Matt and the Dark Order, there will be a HUGE 10 Man Tag! Hardy leads Private Party and The Hybrid2 against Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Silver, Reynolds, and the man Hardy tossed through a table, Alan Angels! Will the Dark Order make Hardy pay before Hardy and Hangman settle up?
And to fill one of the spots in the Face of the Revolution Ladder match, the Dark Order’s Number 10, Preston Vance, goes 1v1 with The Acclaimed’s Max Caster! And of course, there will be THE AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Finals, only one woman can face Hikaru Shida at Revolution!
Speaking of Revolution, there will be a Casino Tag Team Royale! We already know there will be Bear Country, Private Party, Top Flight, The Butcher & The Blade, Santana & Ortiz, and BOTH the Dark Order’s Uno & Stu and Reynolds & Silver! More will be announced during The Crossroads, but only one team can win a chance at the world tag team championships! And after the albeit “childish” challenge was issued, Miro and Kip have accepted! Will they force “Charles” to return “home?” Or will they get a nice serving of Freshly Squeezed Orange Punch?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Rey Fenix VS Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake!
Cody Rhodes, Scorpio Sky and Fenix’s hermano, Pentagon, have already been named for this match. Another spot will be filled as the Firebird and the Murderhawk battle! Who joins an already star studded match and fight for a TNT Championship opportunity?
The bell rings and Fenix circles with Archer. They get in each other’s face, or rather Fenix in Archer’s shoulder, and Archer shoves him away. Fenix CHOPS Archer, Archer smiles, but Fenix KICKS and KICKS then dodges to mule kick. Archer blocks that last one to flip Fenix, but Fenix lands on his feet! Fenix runs but into a knee! Archer whips, Fenix goes Spiderman to heel kick but Archer deflects that to ROCK Fenix with a right! Archer whips, Fenix goes Spiderman again but the heel kick is still blocks! Fenix blocks the haymaker this time, CHOPS, blocks another haymaker and CHOPS, but Archer choke grips! Archer shoves Fenix to a corner, Fenix goes up and boots back!
Fenix leaps and RANAS Archer to ropes! Archer is up, Fenix handsprings but into a CLUBBING forearm! Fans boo Archer as he shakes out the stars spinning around his head. Archer drags Fenix up, bumps him off buckles hard, and then follows Fenix to the apron! Archer pulls Fenix back against ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and fans start to duel. Archer drags Fenix up, whips him to ropes, but Fenix holds the ropes to stop. Archer runs in but Fenix dumps him out! Fenix builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit, and Fenix tumbles off Archer into the front row! Fenix’s peers help him stay up, and he goes back to ringside after Archer.
Jake the Snake gives Fenix space at the steps as Fenix climbs up. Archer goes to the apron, Fenix climbs up, but now the Snake is lurking! Fenix stumbles and falls to the ramp! But Fenix gets up as Snake talks with Archer, and FLIES over Snake to take Archer down!! Fans are going nuts as Fenix gets up! Fenix glares at Snake, the ref has them stay apart, and Fenix goes to Archer. Fenix puts Archer against railing and CHOPS him! Archer goes around the way, Fenix CHOPS him again, but Archer CHOPS Fenix off his feet! Archer CHOPS Fenix over the railing! Fans are going nuts again as Archer paces and AEW goes picture in picture.
Archer drags Fenix up and over the railing, dumps him to ringside, but Fenix throws body shots. Archer ROCKS Fenix, puts him against the post, but Fenix moves and Archer POSTS himself! Fenix hurries up and DROPKICKS Archer down! Fenix pushes Archer into the ring, goes to the corner and aims, to springboard SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fenix covers again, TWO! Fenix CLOBBERS Archer, covers, ONE!! Fenix ends up tumbling out of the ring from the strength of that kick-out! Fenix gets back in but Archer kicks him low and ROCKS him again! Archer whips Fenix into a corner hard and Fenix flops to the mat.
Archer CLUBS and KICKS Fenix around, stomps him around, then snarls as he covers. TWO, and Archer is annoyed. Archer rains down rights, clubbing crossface forearms, and then covers again, TWO! Archer is even more annoyed with Fenix, glares at the ref, too, then goes back to Fenix at the ropes. Archer smothers Fenix against ropes, the ref counts, but Archer twists Fenix’s neck more. Fenix flops to the apron, Archer drags him back in, and AEW returns to single picture. Fenix fights back with body shots but Archer eggs him on. Fenix CHOPS Archer, CHOPS again, but Archer kicks and ROCKS him again!
Archer paces as fans boo, and Archer drags Fenix from ropes. Archer gives more clubbing forearms, drags Fenix up, but Fenix keeps fighting! Fenix CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Archer CHOPS Fenix! Choke grip but Fenix fights out! Fenix elbows, goes to the apron, goes up but gets caught! Fenix fights the choke slam off so Archer just CLOBBERS him off the apron!! Archer goes out to drag Fenix back up, and whips him hard into the railing! Snake smirks as fans are freaking out! Archer drags Fenix up to whip him even harder into the other railing! The ref wants Archer to get this in the ring, Archer drags Fenix up to ROCK him against more railing! And again! And again!
Archer gets space, runs back in, and CANNONBALLS Fenix into the railing! Archer is having fun as he leaves Fenix behind and fans chant “This is Awesome!” Archer puts Fenix back in, looms over Fenix, and hauls him up for a suplex TOSS! Fenix ends up in a corner and flops against buckles! Archer storms over, drags Fenix up and puts him on the top rope. Archer CHOPS, inverted crucifix lifts, but Fenix slips out to fire off forearms! Fenix waistlocks, Archer elbows free but Fenix shoves him to a corner! 619 to the gut! FLYING DOUBLE STOMPS to the head!! Both men are down and fans are going nuts! Snake is going nuts but in a bad way as Fenix crawls to a cover, ONE?!?
Fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Fenix and Archer flounder up. Fenix CHOPS, wrenches, and fireman’s carries?! Archer slips off to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fenix is down but stirring as fans rally up. Archer slowly stands, storms over to Fenix, and he drags Fenix back up by one arm. Archer CLUBS Fenix, knuckle locks and goes up the corner. Archer walks the tightrope, and gives us the MOONSAULT ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Fenix still lives and Archer sighs. Fans rally and duel as Fenix stirs and gets to a corner. Archer is after him already, puts him through the ropes and bends him back again to CLUB him down! And CHOPS him on the back!
Archer brings Fenix around but Fenix fires off more CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Archer to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Archer reverses hard! Archer runs in to RAM Fenix, then he lets Fenix flop back down. Archer pulls on Fenix’s mask, but lets off to bring him up and around. Fans duel, Archer runs corner to corner and back elbows! Archer keeps moving, but Fenix SUPERKICKS back! Fenix slips out and around to GAMANGIRI! Archer flounders, Fenix dodges his boot to club away at the ropes! Fenix walks the tightrope now to PENALTY KICK! Both men are down, the fans are electric, Fenix covers, TWO!! Archer is still in this but Fenix is on him with DANIELSON STOMPS!
Fenix goes to a corner while Archer is in the drop zone. Fenix hops up and MOONSAULTS, but Archer moves, so Fenix somersaults through! ROLLING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives again and Fenix can’t believe it! Fenix hauls Archer up, Archer whips him away and runs in to ROCK him with a right! Archer puts Fenix up top, hooks legs and brings Fenix out, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives again but Archer drags him back up! Archer goes up the corner, drags Fenix up to join him, but Fenix fights the choke grip to adjust! Archer body shots, Fenix rebounds, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?!? How are either of these guys doing this?!
Fenix fireman’s carries, Archer pulls the mask! Fans boo, Fenix SUPERKICKS, mule kicks, forearms and CHOPS! Fenix fires up, runs, but gets DERAILED!! Both men are down but Archer fires up! Archer drags Fenix up and reel shim in, for a BUCKLE BOMB! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Archer drags Fenix to a corner, hauls him up, CHOPS and inverted crucifix lifts, for the BLACKOUT BOMB!!! Cover, Archer wins!!!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall (advances to the Revolution Ladder Match)
What a battle just to get into the PPV ladder match! How much harder will Archer fight to make sure #EverybodyDies and he gets his shot at Darby Allin? But Archer still shows respect to Fenix by sitting him up and offering a fist bump. Fenix gives that fist bump back, will these two circle back around for another instant classic?
An awesome episode with so much action that this episode went by really fast! Moxley opens with a really good win over Nemeth and a great promo to set up his side of the AEW World Championship match at Revolution. I like that we got a quick segment from Omega later to suggest he’s going to bring out another insane looking structure like that barbed wire bed from Full Gear 2019. The Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch is definitely going to live up to that “Unsanctioned” match from Full Gear 2019, and might possibly outdo it somehow. It can go either way, but it really feels like Omega will retain so that he can keep this story of himself and everyone else in the Elite/Biz Cliz going.
Cage & Starks of course beat the Varsity Blondes but it was a pretty good match. The response from Sting and Darby was great, especially Darby ziplining in. This is like Batman and Robin or something taking on their Rogue’s Gallery. The Street Fight will be really good, but I oddly hope the rest of Team Taz stays out of it so that we can also get Darby VS Hobbs at some point, to revisit how Hobbs betrayed him to join up with Taz. Of course, Darby will also have a challenger after the Face of the Revolution Ladder match, but Darby VS Hobbs can always happen before or after that challenge. The challenge is for the TNT title, but it doesn’t have to be against Darby.
Cutler VS Hager was good, but it mostly worked as a vehicle to what The Inner Circle did to Mr. Jackson. That was some of the blatantly fake blood, but obviously Mr. Jackson wasn’t really going to bleed. They still could’ve done a bit more than paint him, though. The Bucks are definitely going to crash the “press conference” next week and that math will tell us a bit on Revolution. It would be interesting if Santana & Ortiz won the Casino Tag Team Battle Royale, then Y2MJF end up champs, giving us a new wrinkle in the Inner Circle dysfunction.
Hangman VS Kassidy was great, as was Hardy throwing Angels off the stage. Dark Order VS Team Hardy is going to be a really good go-home, and I bet Hangman helps out at some point. The interview segment with Miro & The Superbads was alright, but Chuck challenging Miro through a letter like they’re in grade school was funny. Their tag match at Revolution will be good, and I bet Trent returns through that to help his best friends beat Miro. We got a great hype package for Shaq & Jade VS Cody & Velvet, and another great one for Jurassic Express VS FearTullyReturning, and there’s a lot of other great stuff hyped up for the go-home.
Nyla VS Britt was a great match, but I am a bit surprised Britt didn’t win with cheating. The US Finals might flip the switch from Rosa VS Britt to Nyla VS Riho, another rivalry that was pretty big for the AEW Women’s Division. Maybe AEW will let Rosa’s quest for the AEW Women’s Title, NWA Women’s Title and revenge on Britt be what carries us through Spring into Summer so that by All Out 2021, she’ll have at least checked of two of those things. I’m just not sure the timing of the last few matches in the tournament. I know we get Riho VS Rosa as part of the Sunday special, but is there also going to be another Monday show on YouTube? Or is something planned for a pre-Revolution Dark? Maybe a double header on the go-home? US Finals happens, then the winner immediately has to face the Japan Finals winner?
Archer VS Fenix was awesome! Truly a match of the week contender, maybe even month. With Penta already in the ladder match, it does make some sense for Archer to win and move on. Fenix and Penta are meant to stay on the same page now that Death Triangle is possible, so pitting them against each other at Revolution would go against that. Archer also differs from the other participants so far. Cody is more technical and we have the high-flyer risk-takers in Penta and Scorpio, so Archer as a powerhouse is what changes things up. Number 10 VS Max Caster is an interesting match up that could go either way to add another interesting possibility into the match. I just hope Cody doesn’t end up winning, he doesn’t need to be dominating the TNT Division if he’s also going to be a daddy soon enough.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (4/12/21)
A QUADRUPLE main event?!?
This might be the biggest Dark: Elevation yet!
Wait, AEW Dark: Elevation is giving us a QUADRUPLE main event?! Is that even possible?! Will Death Triangle be stronger than ever going into their AEW World Tag Team Championship match?
- Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Zack Clayton; Vance wins.
- Miro VS Hayden Backlund; Miro wins.
- Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida VS Katalina Perez & Leila Grey; Conti & Shida win.
- The Hybrid2 VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander; The Hybrid2 win.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS John Skyler; Cassidy wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Danny Limelight; Takeshita wins.
- FTR w/ The Pinnacle VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon; FTR wins.
- PAC & Rey Fenix VS Andre Montoya & Vary Morales; PAC & Fenix win.
- Dante Martin VS Baron Black; Dante wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue; Baker wins.
- QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto VS Andrew Palace & Cole Karter; Marshall & Comoroto win.
- Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa; Sydal wins.
- Shanna VS Leyla Hirsch; Hirsch wins.
- Brandon Cutler VS Penta El Zero M w/ Death Triangle; Penta wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Diamante; Rosa wins.
- Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela; Scorpio & Ethan win.
- Best Friends VS Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ JD Drake; Best Friends win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Zack Clayton!
Number 10 isn’t in the AEW Top 5 yet, but he might be after taking on the number one star of MTV’s Jersey Shore! Will Vance convince Clayton to #JoinDarkOrder?
The bell rings, Vance and Clayton circle and tie up. They’re in a deadlock but they break as fans rally. Clayton and Vance go again, tie up, and Vance gets around to headlock and takeover. Clayton headscissors but Vance kips up. Clayton and Vance tie up, Clayton headlocks and hits another takeover but Vance headscissors. Clayton kips free now and the fans rally up. Vance calls for a test of strength, but Clayton kicks low! Clayton headlocks, Vance puts him in a corner, and the ref calls for the break. Clayton SLAPS Vance! Vance shrugs that off, then tackles Clayton! Vance rains down rights, they get up and Vance waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!
Clayton is in a corner, Vance clotheslines him! Vance whips corner to corner, runs in but Clayton dodges and dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Clayton drags Vance up, scrapes laces on Vance’s face- Well, mask, but then kicks him around to a corner. Clayton stomps Vance, throws hands, and then scrapes Vance’s eyes off the ropes! Vance kicks low, CHOPS Clayton in the corner, but Clayton CHOPS back! Clayton stomps and uppercuts Vance over and over! Clayton stomps, then brings Vance up for a suplex to hang Vance out to dry! Vance flops to the mat and fans boo Clayton. Clayton soaks up the heat, gets Vance’s legs, and ROPE GUILLOTINES Vance with the catapult!
Vance flounders about as Clayton soaks up more heat. Clayton chokes Vance on ropes right in front of Negative One! Negative One SPITS in Clayton’s face! Clayton glares, but he CHOPS Vance! Vance shrugs that off, and the forearm! Vance fires up, rallies with big clotheslines, and then a whip into the corner. Vance runs side to side to BOOT Clayton! Vance whips, and SPINEBUSTERS! Negative One and Vance high-five, and Vance gets Clayton in a full nelson! Clayton fights out, shoves Vance at Negative One but Vance stops himself! Vance turns around into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Vance survives and fans rally up but Clayton vows to end this!
Clayton gets Vance up, scoops but Vance slips out to FULL NELSON! Vance thrashes Clayton around and wins!!
Winner: Preston Vance, by submission
Negative One kicks Clayton to the curb, the Dark Order doesn’t need a loser like him! But Vance is still winning, will he keep going until he’s number one?
Miro VS Hayden Backlund!
The Best Man isn’t feeling the best after losing to the Best Friends in Arcade Anarchy. But it isn’t game over for Miro, will he climb up and be ready for bigger and better?
The bell rings and Miro circles with Backlund, then puts him in a corner to fire off hands! Miro lets off as the ref counts, and reels Backlund in to CLOBBER him! Miro KICKS Backlund down, then looms over him. Miro brings Backlund up to KICK in the chest! Miro throws Backlund out hard, then paces about. Miro goes out as stalks Backlund as he flounders, but Backlund YANKS Miro into a post! Backlund fires off hammering fists, but Miro RAMS him into the apron! Miro gets on the apron, Backlund dropkicks! Miro shrugs that off to get in and CLOBBER Backlund again! Miro hauls Backlund up for a SWINGING SLAM!
Backlund writhes, Miro shouts, “GAME! OVAAAA!” Miro STOMPS Backlund, then puts on the GAME OVER CAMEL CLUTCH! Backlund taps, Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by submission
The Best Man is a beast and does not want to waste his time with such weak competition! When will Miro be given the level of competition he wants?
Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida w/ Negative One VS Katalina Perez & Leila Grey!
The combination of Brazilian Blackbelt and Full Metal Warrior was very impressive in their first go, and they’re ready to go again! Will the Queenpin and Top Tier feel below average against the AEW Women’s World Champion and her #1 contender?
The teams sort out, Tay and Perez start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tay throws forearms! Perez gets around to SLAP Tay! Perez tries to say she didn’t mean to, but Tay ROUNDHOUSES back! And KICKS, and KICKS, then uses a monkey flip for the cover! TWO, but Tay drags Perez up and feeds her to Shida’s boots! Judo hip toss and a tag, Shida takes the hand-off to facelock. Perez blocks the suplex, RAMS Shida into the corner, and Grey tags in. Perez & Grey go to double suplex but Shida blocks! Shida tries to double suplex them but that doesn’t work, they double suplex her after all! Shida ends up in a corner, Grey runs in to uppercut!
Grey digs her boots into Shida, BOOTS Shida down, then runs to basement dropkick! Tag to Perez, she hurries but Shida ROCKS her! Perez forearms back and it’s a brawl! Perez CHOPS, Shida forearms, Perez forearms, repeat! Shida DECKS Perez and fans fire up! Hot tags to Tay and Grey! Tai rallies with lariats, then waistlocks to spin Grey for drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Tay rolls, sits Grey up and BOOTS her right down! Cover, TWO! Tay keeps Grey from Perez, tags Shida back in, and Shida climbs up to missile dropkick! Grey flounders but Shida is after her. Perez sucker punches Shida! Tay BOOTS Perez!
Shida and Tay coordinate, whipping each opponent into corners, STEREO KNEES, then DOUBLE DROP SAYANAGIS! DOUBLE TRIANGLE HOLDS!! Both opponents scramble and get to the ropebreak! Shida and Tay let off, Tay dragging Perez out with her. Shida gets Grey up but Grey blocks a suplex to underhook! Shida fights that off to wrench and ENZIGURI! Shida draws her sword, SPINNING KNEE!! Cover, Shida & Tay win!
Winners: Hikaru Shida & Tay Conti, by pinfall
That #KatanaKnee is powerful! Will Shida look to use that to defeat all challengers, even Tay?
The Hybrid2 VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander!
Jack Evans & Angelico are still building up the ranks towards a tag title opportunity, but their confidence never falters. Will they take advantage of the Nightmare Factory trainees after the chaos of QT’s faction revolting?
The teams sort out and the South African Submission Specialist starts against the #GoonPlatoon. They circle, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a wristlock. Bravo spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and fans rally up. Angelico spins, steps through, hooks an arm then wrenches the other back to a wristlock! Angelico then headlocks, shifts sides, and grinds. Bravo powers out, things speed up, Bravo hurdles and arm-drags Angelico! Angelico dodges the next arm-drag to kick Bravo down! Angelico scrapes Bravo, stomps him down, then drags him up to bump him off buckles. Angelico gets in Alexander’s face, just so Evans can claw at Bravo’s face!
Angelico JABS Bravo, tags Evans, and Evans CLUBS Bravo down. Evans wrenches, brings Bravo up and whips, then GAMANGIRIS! Kip up and STANDING SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO! Evans talks trash to Alexander, stomps Bravo more, then throws hands. Evans drags Bravo up, throws knees, then whips Bravo corner to corner. Bravo reverses, Evans goes up and up and over, then SOBATS! Bravo gasps and sputters on the mat, gets to a corner, but Evans whips him corner to corner. Evans runs in, handsprings and back elbows! Evans then springboards to RYDER KICK! Evans talks more trash to Alexander, and then mockingly holds Bravo’s hand out to him, just to stomp Bravo!
Evans sucker punches Alexander, bumps Bravo off Angelico’s boot and tags him in. Bravo fights back but Angelico JABS him down! TH2 double whip Bravo, but Bravo roll sunder to tag Alexander! The Sensation rallies with clotheslines and fans fire up! Alexander gets Angelico up but Evans ENZIGURIS! Bravo whips but Evans reverses to send him out! Evans then SCREW HIGH KICKS from the apron! Angelico trips Alexander, gets the Trailer Hitch, and the NAVARRO DEATH ROLL!! Alexander taps to the Dos Mil, TH2 wins!
Winners: The Hybrid2, by submission
Things are finally looking good for TH2! Will Evans’ mouth and Angelico’s ability get them to the gold they so desire?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa.
Diamante had some bold words for her, saying Rosa doesn’t represent all Latinas, and that she has a huge target on her back now. Well duh, Rosa has a huge… Well the camera can’t see it, but there is a target on it. Rosa is not only one of the best in AEW, but one of the best in the world! She is La Mera Mera not as a gimmick, but that is her lifestyle! She trains, she coaches and she fights! And like Senorita Diamante said, this is her time. But not while Rosa is here! They’re meeting in the ring, Twitter went crazy over this news, and so like Rosa said, she’s ready! Will the Thunder break the Diamond in the Dark?
Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS John Skyler!
Freshly Squeezed put Death Triangle on notice last week in anticipation of the coming AEW World Tag Team Championship match. But will Cassidy be able to calm down and focus on the Southern Savior first?
The bell rings and Skyler is annoyed at the Best Friends and Kris Statlander being ringside. Skyler keeps Cassidy from putting his hands in his pockets, and says if this is a wrestling show, they should wrestle! Cassidy wants to bring his hands into his pockets again, but Skyler pushes them away. Skyler wants Cassidy to tie up with him! Cassidy puts the elbow pad on, circles with Skyler, and fans rally for Cassidy. Cassidy then dodges Skyler, to bring his hands up, but Skyler kicks low! Skyler grins, throws an uppercut but Cassidy dodges! Skyler kicks low again, but again Cassidy dodges his uppercut! Skyler kicks low again, but Cassidy backslides, TWO!
Cassidy gets a waistlock, flying mare, then a chinlock with a thumbs up. Skyler goes after the hand but into a ghost in, TWO! Things speed up, Cassidy table tops Skyler and kips up! And the hands go in the pockets! Cassidy dodges, dropkicks and kips up, all no hands! Cassidy stomps around, builds up speed, but Skyler is up to SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Skyler stomps Cassidy to a corner, digs his knee in, then lets off to talk trash. Skyler brings Cassidy around, whips and headbutts low! Skyler finally throws those uppercuts, then he scoops and SLAMS Cassidy down! Skyler covers, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Another, ONE! Skyler rains down rights in anger, then lets off as fans rally.
Skyler drags Cassidy up, kicks low, then fireman’s carries. Cassidy slips off, shoves and hurdles to then go perpendicular! They run the ropes, Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! And kips up! Skyler walks into a BEACH BREAK! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Statlander helps Cassidy up while the Best Friends get his jacket and sunglasses. And of course, they all group hug! The King of Sloth Style has another win, but will he only be happy when the Death Triangle pays?
AEW’s Rising Star of the week: Shawn Dean!
The Captain was found by The Elite in South Honor Wrestling. He didn’t know how long it would take, but he knew he’d be “one of those guys.” Dean joined the Navy right out of high school, following the tragedy of 9/11/2001. He felt he had to do what he could and spent a few years. That is where he grew up, learning honor, courage and commitment. Taking those values and being dedicated to the process helped him fight until he saw things through. After leaving military, he went to college to try football. He played Arena Football, but still wanted to do more.
Dean started wrestling at 29, locally in Chicago, but he got trained down in Atlanta. He left family behind so that he could provide for them. When it was all said and done, he had only $20 to his name. He thought this was it, but he wasn’t going to quit. He wanted to prove he belonged. He hit his stride, got his bookings, and then the pandemic hit. It felt like the dream was taken away.
But then, a year later, he got a tweet from Tony Khan that read, “Thank you for your service to the USA, and thank you for everything you’ve done for AEW to help us thrive through the pandemic. Your consistent hard work, positivity and reliability have made you so valuable to AEW. Now it’s my honor to officially welcome you aboard!” The Captain was finally #AllElite! Dean had just gotten fired from his other job for going to AEW before. Dean knew that was not what he was meant to do, and for that tweet to show up later meant the world to him. It was vindication for being a hard worker and a good person his whole life. The journey doesn’t stop here, it only begins!
Konosuke Takeshita VS Danny Limelight!
The rising star of Dramatic Dream Team Pro-Wrestling makes his AEW debut! But will the #FutureofDDTPro be ready for the Radioactive Papi?
The bell rings, Limelight and Takeshita circle, then tie up. Takeshita wrenches, Limelight rolls and wrenches back, but Takeshita rolls and trips Limelight up. Takeshita gets a leg, floats but Limelight slips out to facelock. Takeshita slips out, Limelight does it back, then Limelight hammerlocks. Takeshita gets up, headlocks, grinds Limelight down, and fans rally up. Limelight wrenches out, headlocks back, but Takeshita powers out. Things speed up, Takeshita hurdles but Limelight catches him for a prawn hold, TWO! Limelight rolls Takeshita again, TWO!! Fans cheer as the two stand off and nod some respect to the other.
Fans rally, the two circle, Limelight offers a handshake, but then SLAPS Takeshita! No more respect as Limelight fires forearms. Takeshita reverses the whip to LEG LARIAT Limelight down! Takeshita whips Limelight corner to corner, runs to forearm smash, then whips to ropes. Limelight reverses but Takeshita SUPER FOREARMS Limelight down! Fans fire up as Takeshita goes to a corner and climbs up. Takeshita SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Limelight lives and Takeshita is surprised. Takeshita gets Limelight up, Limelight pokes an eye! Limelight double knuckle locks to fire off machine kangaroo kicks!
Limelight throws Takeshita down, then springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer as Takeshita stays in this, but Limelight snapmares and drops an elbow. Limelight KICKS Takeshita in the back, but Takeshita just scowls at him! Limelight KICKS again, but Takeshita gets up. Limelight CHOPS, Takeshita back elbows and CHOPS! Limelight is stinging, Takeshita bumps him off buckles and CHOPS him again! Limelight pokes Takeshita in the eyes again! Fans boo as Limelight does his dance to taunt Takeshita. Limelight brings Takeshita up for a NECKBREAKER! Limelight does his dance on the apron for a SENTON ATOMICO! Cover, TWO!
Limelight gets annoyed now, fires himself up, and slaps Takeshita around. Limelight talks trash and slaps Takeshita, but Takeshita gets up to ROCK him with a forearm! Limelight blocks a kick with a kick, mule kicks, then mule kicks again, only to run into a HUGE BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down but fans fire up! Takeshita gets up, runs corner to corner, HELLUVA KICK! Then a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Limelight lives but Takeshita keeps his cool. Takeshita waistlocks, Limelight elbows free then throws forearms. Takeshita forearms back, Limelight gets in Takeshita’s face, and the brawl is on! Forearm after forearm, Limelight runs into a BOOT! Takeshita runs, into a FOREARM!
Limelight runs, dodges Takeshita but runs into a POP-UP SIT-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? “This is Awesome!” and what Dark: Elevation is about! Takeshita runs corner to corner but Limelight BOOTS him! Limelight drags him into a TARANTULA! The ref counts, Limelight lets go and then springboards in and around for a DEEP IMPACT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Limelight can’t believe Takeshita survives! Fans fire up, Limelight grits his teeth and runs to wheelbarrow, but Takeshita throws that away to ROCK him with that forearm! Whip and DISCUS!! Takeshita fires up, waistlock but Limelight victory rolls, TWO! Takeshita WHEELBARROW GERMANS! Bridging cover, Takeshita wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
The Future of DDT Pro might just be the future of AEW, and the future of wrestling period! Will Takeshita continue to rise up until he explodes onto Dynamite?
Joey Janela finds Sonny Kiss backstage.
“Whoa, what’s up with these cameras? You Team Skit Show now, too?” No, Kiss was trying to find Janela! Where’ he been? Well these girls wanted to suck Janela’s nips. Be right back! NO! They have a match tonight. It’ll take ten seconds. No it’s against Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky! What? Janela thought it was those two guys from Puerto Rico! No, they gotta go. Well alright. Those bad girls can wait, but the Bad Boy is coming for Ethan & Scorpio, and he’s coming hard! But will it not last as long as Janela thinks?
FTR w/ The Pinnacle VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon!
Dax Harwood prepares for a 1v1 with Chris Jericho on Dynamite, and Cash Wheeler will be in his corner. But will they as a duo prove to Y2J why he should care about who they are and what they can do?
The teams sort out, Dax and Lyon start. Lyon keeps the fake wagging tongue in his mouth as he and Dax tie up. Dax puts him in a corner, slaps him all around and snatches the tongue away! And the mask! What disrespect to a luchador! Midas helps get the mask back on, and Lyon rushes Dax. They tie up, Dax headlocks, but Lyon pries out to wrench to a headlock. Dax powers up to pry the hold back to a headlock. Cash misses the tag before Lyon powers out and Dax runs Lyon over! Dax runs, things speed up, Dax blocks the hip toss to SAIDO! Dax CHOPS Lyon, tags Cash this time, and they whip Lyon to CLOBBER him!
Cash looms over Lyon, drags him up, tags Dax back in, and Lyon is fed to a knee! Cash EuroUppers, Dax drags Lyon around and throws EuroUppers of his own. Dax JABS, CHOPS and repeats over and over in an open corner! Lyon wobbles, Dax reels him in for a short-arm LARIAT! Dax drops a leg, drops an elbow and drops a headbutt! Cover, ONE because Dash brings him up! Cover, ONE as Dax does it again! Dax is toying with Lyon then throws him out! Wardlow gets Lyon up for Tully to SLAP! They put Lyon in as Midas protests, and the fans boo as The Pinnacle gets away with it all. Dax drives elbows into Lyon’s head, then whips him to ropes. Lyon dodges, handsprings and NEURALIZER KICKS!
Fans fire up for Lyon as he crawls, hot tag to Midas! Midas fires off haymakers and CHOPS, then a EuroUpper! Midas runs, wheelbarrows, but into a spin and BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Cash, FTR sets up, and gives Midas the MIND BREAKER!! Cover, FTR wins!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall
Not even sure Wardlow & Tully were needed, because FTR were that dominant! But with the rest of The Pinnacle banned from ringside, will things be very different against Le Sex Gods, Jericho & Sammy Guevara?
PAC & Rey Fenix VS Andre Montoya & Vary Morales!
Death Triangle’s Bastard and Firebird are ready for the Young Bucks on Dynamite! Will they simply make their opponents into appetizers?
The teams sort out, Fenix starts with Montoya, and the two circle. Fenix offers a handshake but then leaves Montoya hanging, to SLAP him! Fenix whips, Montoya handsprings over and comes back to RANA! Montoya kips up, Fenix body shots and trips him to JAB him! Fenix gets in Morales’ face, whips Montoya but Morales tags in! Montoya is sent out, Morales FLYING RANAS in! But Fenix puts him in the corner to GMANAGIRI! Tag to Pac, they double suplex but Morales lands out to tag in Montoya! Montoya gets in but is tossed down! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Pac & Fenix mock the Young Bucks’ pose! Pac then turns his attention back to Montoya to stomp him around the ring!
Pac digs his boot into Montoya’s head, then drags him up to snapmare and tag in Fenix. They KICK and KICK and KICK and KICK Montoya, to then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK him down! Fenix lets Montoya go to his corner and tag in Morales. Fenix bobs ‘n’ weaves and DECKS Morales! Fenix runs and runs and runs to SHINING WIZARD from behind! Cover, but Fenix brings Morales up, just to BITE his forehead! Fenix throws hands, KICKS Morales, and tags in Pac. Pac lines up his shot to BOOT Morales in the corner! Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Morales is even tapping but none of that counts! Pac lets off, paces about, and hauls Morales up for a snap suplex!
Morales writhes and gets to a corner, Pac runs in but Morales dodge! Hot tag to Montoya and he rallies on Death Triangle! Montoya fires heavy hands, fires up but Fenix kicks low! Death Triangle whip him, he handsprings to double back elbow! Fans fire up as Pac bails out and Morales SWANTONS him down! Morales puts Pac in for Montoya and he kicks, but Pac blocks! Tag to Fenix, Fenix goes up and Pac sends him over to BOOT him! SUPERKICK from Fenix! DOUBEL SUPERKICKS then DOUBLE BUZZSAWS! Morales runs in, but gets a SNAP GERMAN from Pac!
Fenix sits Montoya up, tags Pac back in, and hands Montoya off into the wheelbarrow, DOUBLE STMOPS and SUPERKICK to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Tag to Fenix, he goes up and leaps for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, Death Triangle wins!
Winners: PAC & Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Tag moves and lightning fast aggression, these two are more than ready! But will they be able to take the titles from the newly focused Young Bucks?
Dante Martin VS Baron Black!
Though Darius is still down, Top Flight is still up as Dante carries on! But will Angel Dorado still shine against the #EmpBRUH?
The bell rings and the two circle. Baron and Dante tie up, Baron wrenches and wristlocks hard, but Dante headlocks and takes over. Baron headscissors, Dante kips out but Baron hits a headlock takeover. Dante headscissors, Baron kips free to sweep the legs and cover, ONE! Dante sweeps and covers, ONE! They stand off and fans cheer the exchange. Baron kicks low, CHOPS, and wrenches to a wristlock. Dante goes up and around the ropes to arm-drag then gets around to arm-drag more! Dropkick-flip and a bypass, things speed up, Baron gets Dante for a waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Baron swaggers about then stomps Dante down.
Baron wrenches, reels Dante in for a knee, and he hooks Dante up into a modified cobra twist! Dante endures, elbows free, and flips through to roll Baron up, TWO!! Dante’s unique leg hook almost had it, but Baron atomic drops hard! Baron runs corner to corner but the cyclone gets a BOOT! Dante dodges to dropkick and dropkick again! Dante RANAS Baron and fans fire up! Baron is in a corner, Dante runs in but is put on the apron. Dante bumps Baron off buckles, springboards around to QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Dante keeps getting closer but fans rally for him as he climbs. Baron gets Dante for a SUPER GERMAN, but Dante lands on his feet?!
Dante runs back in, EXPLODER, but he lands on his feet again!? No one can believe it but Dante smirks as Baron’s straps come down. Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Dante goes up top, steadies himself, 450!! Cover, Dante wins!
Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall
Angel Dorado is red hot after that big win! Will he and his brother continue to be the Coldest Tag Team in the Game when they’re finally back as a team?
Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky speak.
All Ego says they requested this time “to air some grievances, which we’ve been doing quite a lot lately.” But specifically, their opponents tonight, First, Joey Janela. For not having the best singles record, they’ve given Janela TNT Championship opportunities. And now that they say it, Kiss had his own TNT Championship opportunity with his own subpar win-loss record. Wow, really? And yet Scorpio had to earn his shot, in a grueling ladder match that Ethan was even part of! And yet, here Ethan is, too! Amazing singles records, but where is Ethan’s shot? Where is Scorpio’s rematch? Scorpio came so close to taking the title, but they’re not being rewarded. So now, they’ll take anything and everything. This week ends like last week did: their arms raised in victory! #GetUsedToIt!
Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Skye Blue!
The Role Model is back again, ready to rack up wins even though she says they don’t matter! Will Britt take Skye seriously in Skye’s AEW debut?
The bell rings, Britt and Skye circle and fans rally. The two tie up, Britt wrenches then headlocks. Skye waistlocks, spins Britt and wrenches her to a wristlock. Britt spins through to wrench, then wrangles Skye down with a hammerlock to cover, TWO! Britt still has the arm but Skye wrenches and wristlocks back! Britt breaks free to ROCK Skye with a forearm! Britt whips, Skye gets around to whip but Britt reverses. Skye goes Matrix to dodge, but Britt sweeps the arms! Cover, TWO! Britt is surprised but she drags Skye up by her hair to taunt her. Britt ROCKS Skye with a right, brings her around to whip, but Skye dodges so Britt redirects. Skye mule kicks then dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Skye chases Britt to ropes but Britt bails out. Rebel checks on her, Britt composes herself but Skye runs in, only to miss with the dropkick. Britt SUPERKICKS Skye then FISHERMAN NECKBREAKERS to the floor! Britt brags, the ring count climbs, and Britt gest in to argue with the ref. Rebel uses her crutch she doesn’t even really need to choke Skye! Britt waits for Skye to get in, then looms over her. Britt pushes Skye around, talks trash, then brings Skye up. Skye ROCKS Britt again! Britt ROCKS her back, fires off more, then whips. Skye reverses, runs in but Britt dodges. Skye elbows back hard, throws more forearms, then whips again. Skye runs in to HEEL KICK!
Skye keeps going, handspring FOREARM! Fans fire up but Britt BUCKLE SHOTS Skye down! Britt glares at Skye, runs and SUPERKICKS her down! Britt drags Skye up, Alabama lifts and tucks Skye in, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt tells Rebel she doesn’t need the glove, and runs to CURB STOMP instead! Cover, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall
She didn’t even need her finisher, the Lockjaw, to get this win! Tony Schiavone goes to the ring to interview her over her racking up wins. Another way to win, too. The Doctor is in, and will “play by the rules” to do this “bullshit” system and make her way to the top. So we better get a nice little update to the rankings by Dynamite! Will Britt be a top contender? Or does she have a little ways left to go first?
QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solow VS Andrew Palace & Cole Karter!
The Gifted and the Freak Beast broke away from the Nightmare Factory, to be THE Factory! Will they get The Flex and The Thoroughbred to consider signing up with their cause? Or will they just be examples to Cody and the Rhodes Family?
The teams sort out, QT starts against Karter, and the two tie up only for QT to kick low! QT headlocks, Karter powers out but QT runs him over! Things speed up, QT dodges Karter’s hurdle to dropkick him down! Karter scrambles and tags in Palace, and fans taunt, “Cody’s Better!” QT ROCKS Palace for it, and tags Comoroto in. QT whips Comoroto for Comoroto to whip him into corner clotheslines! QT feeds Palace to Comoroto’s BIG sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Comoroto CLUBS Palace, whips him hard into a corner and Palace bounces off buckles! Comoroto drags Palace up, tags QT in and they mug Palace. QT scoops and SLAMS Palace, then drops elbow after elbow, then stands on Palace’s face!
The ref reprimands, QT drags Palace up to snapmare him and tag in Comoroto. Comoroto slingshots for an elbow drop! Solow is the only one that cheers, but Palace fights back! Fans fire up but Comoroto knees Palace down. Comoroto whips corner to corner again but Palace boots him! And elbows! And then dodges to send Comoroto into buckles! Tag to Karter and he clotheslines, but Comoroto stays up! Karter fires off forearms, runs, but Comoroto fireman’s carries for an USHIGOROSHI! Comoroto TOSSES Palace into the ring! Comoroto military presses Palace into the POWERSLAM! Tag back to QT and he gives Karter the DIAMOND CUTTER! Cover, The Factory wins!
Winners: QT Marshall & Nick Comoroto, by pinfall
Solow celebrates with his team, and this might just be the first of many wins for The Factory! Anthony Ogogo has his in-ring debut on Dynamite, will his lethal hands leave someone broken and battered?
Mike Sydal VS Michael Nakazawa!
Another battle of Mikes tonight, even though Kenny Omega’s best friend and personal assistant goes by “MT Nakazawa” now. But are the polo shirt, khakis and headset going to continue being Nakazawa’s good luck charms? Or will the Yoga Monster break Nakazawa’s mojo?
The bell rings and the two circle. Nakazawa gets another call from Kenny Omega and/or Don Callis. He keeps stalling, but Mike keeps his cool by doing some yoga. Nakazawa tries to take advantage but misses the elbow drop! Mike CHOPS, haymakers, but Nakazawa gets him with a PURPLE NURPLE! Mike breaks free, but Nakazawa just PURPLE NURPLES the other nipple!! Nakazawa headlocks, grinds Mike down, and Mike powers up to power out. Nakazawa runs Mike over, things speed up and Mike arm-drags Nakazawa around! Mike gets a chicken wing to a bridge, TWO! Mike stands right up to get the arm and wrenches to a cording hold.
Nakazawa whips free, Mike handsprings around to dropkick him down! Fans fire up as Mike centers himself, but runs into a boot! Nakazawa drop toeholds Mike into buckles, then Nakazawa runs to slide and trip Mike! Nakazawa gets the legs, and pulls the sled into the post! The ref counts, Nakazawa lets off and Mike gets free of the torture. Nakazawa gets in, runs corner to corner, and back elbows! Nakazawa puts Mike on the ropes for the HENTAI SLIDE and ATOMIC DROP! Nakazawa throws Mike by his hair, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Mike fires forearms but Nakazawa gives them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, but Mike gets the edge!
Mike whips but Nakazawa blocks! Mike ROCKS Nakazawa, Nakazawa still blocks so Mike CHOPS! Nakazawa reverses to fireman’s carry but Mike slips off. Mike elbows Nakazawa away, goes up top and leaps over Nakazawa! Mike goes Matrix to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up for Mike as Nakazawa flounders. Mike gets up, whips but Nakazawa reverses. Mike goes up an dover and SUPERKICKS, to the splits for the LEG SWEEP! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa shows the ref his hand, is that blood? Is he busted open? The ref becomes a shield! Mike gets clear, and under the laptop attack! Roll up with a bridge, Mike wins!!
Winner: Mike Sydal, by pinfall
But Nakazawa still SMACKS Mike with the laptop! Mike gets up and Nakazawa runs for his life! Will Nakazawa reconsider using such expensive equipment for his cheap tactics?
Death Triangle speaks.
Fenix says in Spanish, and Pac translates to English, that the Bucks better have been watching tonight. Because that is what’s coming for them! These two are formidable, furious, and will leave Dynamite with the AEW World Tag Team Championships!
Shanna VS Leyla Hirsch!
Portugal’s Perfect Athlete takes on #LEGIT Leyla, this is going to be a strong match-up! But with the rankings ever changing, who gets one step closer to the AEW Women’s World Championship?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Leyla and Shanna feel it out and Leyla gets a leg. Shanna holds her off with a facelock but Leyla get around to ride and body scissor. Shanna rolls, gets the ropebreak, and Leyla lets off. The two reset, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. Shanna waistlocks, throws Leyla but Leyla partially blocks to switch. Shanna facelocks, Leyla pushes her to a cover, ONE! Leyla waistlocks but Shanna fights up. Shanna wrenches, YANKS the arm, armbars but Leyla stays up to roll and trip Shanna. Cover, ONE, and the two stand off. Fans cheer again and the two reset.
Fans cheer “LEGIT! LEGIT!” but Shanna shrugs that off. Leyla gets a waistlock, Shanna headlocks but Leyla drags her down. Shanna still manages a takeover, but Leyla gets up to waistlock again. Shayna thrashes Leyla with a chinbar, goes for chicken wings, but Leyla WRINGS free! Leyla wants the armbar but Shanna gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Leyla lets off and Shanna shoves her. Then SLAPS her! Leyla tackles Shanna to fire off fists! The ref counts, Shanna bails out but Leyla pursues! Shanna knees low, bumps Leyla off buckles, then soaks up whatever heat the fans give her. Shanna RAMS Leyla into railing as the count is 5 of 10, then puts Leyla in at 6.
Shanna looms over Leyla as fans rally, and Shanna KNEES her down! Cover, TWO! Shanna uses the merch shirt to CHOKE Leyla! The ref counts, Leyla drags Shanna down to an ARMBAR!! Shanna blocks and fights up, shifts to a cover, TWO as Leyla gets an arm up! Shanna dead lifts to SLAM Leyla down! Shanna runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Leyla lives but Shanna drags Leyla up. Shanna reels Leyla in, double underhooks for a TIGER- NO! Leyla RANAS to an ARMBAR!! Shanna taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
Leyla gets in Shanna’s face about it, but Shanna goes to kick back! The ref keeps the peace, but this could be a #LEGIT feud! Will Leyla keep going until she’s a legit contender?
Backstage interview with Konosuke Takeshita.
Alex Marvez congratulates him on his win and wants to ask why he’s here, but Omega interrupts because of how Marvez more or less butchered Takeshita’s name. Omega takes over the interview since he speaks Japanese. NOW, Marvez. Omega has Nakazawa show up because even though Omega knows Japanese, he wants Nakazawa to translate for him. “From the desk of Kenny Omega, welcome to AEW! Good to see you again. So I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’re doing a little bit of scouting in AEW. And the talents that make an impact end up on Dynamite, all thanks to yours truly.”
And Omega remembers when he was in DDT, and how he was a nobody then. Takeshita put a roof over Omega’s head, put food in his mouth, and money in his pocket, and he became the star he is today. Now, Takeshita will pay Omega back. So whether Takeshita heard or not, but those Sydals keep getting on Omega’s nerves. So if Takeshita doesn’t mind, they can teach these kids a lesson! Takeshita’s answer? He understands. He will naturally help Omega and be in a team with him. No, no, he’s not teaming with Omega! He’s teaming with Nakazawa! You heard it here first, folks! Takeshita & Nakazawa VS Matt & Mike Sydal! Takeshita is already regretting this. But can he at least make a big impression on AEW and exploded onto Dynamite?
Brandon Cutler VS Penta El Zero M w/ Death Triangle!
The Dungeon Master is, or perhaps was, a good friend of the Young Bucks. The Bucks may not be watching, but if they are, will they see what Cero Miedo does to someone that they used to know?
The bell rings and Penta stares down with Cutler. They circle, Penta takes his glove off and tosses it to his brother. “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” He pushes that in Cutler’s face but Cutler pushes back! They circle, tie up, and Penta waistlocks to ripcord and wrench to a wristlock. Cutler handsprings and wrenches back! Penta trips Cutler, and twists the leg! Penta isolates the other leg, ties them up and has an inverted bow ‘n’ arrow to then get a chinlock. Cutler powers out, hurdles, but Penta KICKS him while he somersaults! Penta swaggers about, runs in but Cutler dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Cutler shoulders in, enziguris and springboards, but Penta gets under to SUPERKICK!
Penta tells Cutler again, CERO MIEDO, and runs, into a dropkick! Penta flops out of the ring, Cutler builds speed and DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up with Penta as he goes up top. Penta jumps but has to roll through his stomps as Cutler moves. Cutler ROUNDHOUSES Penta out of the ring, and DIVES! Direct hit this time and they go into railing! Cutler sees Pac & Fenix looming, but he still gets Penta up and into the ring. Penta mule kicks from the apron! And the goes up and around for a FLYING CANNONBALL! Fenix dusts his brother off and Penta drags Cutler up to KICK him in the leg! Penta puts Cutler in, stalks him and KICKS his leg out!
Fans rally, Penta reels Cutler in and tucks him in, but Cutler slips out of the package driver to waistlock! Penta switches, Cutler bucks him and springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cutler rallies, fisherman to a PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Penta SUPERKICKS Cutler! Cutler still comes back to springboard tornillo arm-drag! Penta makes it a ghost pin, TWO!! Penta and Cutler get up, Penta catches Cutler to a pump handle but Cutler arm-drags free! Cutler leaps, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cutler grows frustrated, he hurries to a corner and jumps up, but Penta SUPERKICKS the legs out!
Penta brings Cutler up, pump handle DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cutler survives again and Penta is shocked! Fans rally, Penta watches Cutler get up slowly, and Penta swings, into Cutler’s full nelsons, spin and SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! The #SavingThrow still couldn’t do it! Cutler hurries to the corner, springboards but the Froggy-Bow is caught to the DARK ARMBAR!!! Penta drags Cutler up to finish him, FEAR FACTOR PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! Cover, Penta wins!
Winner: Penta El Zero M, by pinfall
The Death Triangle sweeps Elevation with no fear and no mercy! They even add insult to injury as they laugh in Cutler’s face! But will this be motivation for the Bucks to fight harder? Or will the Death Triangle become a golden triangle?
Thunder Rosa VS Diamante!
La Mera Mera was called out by the Cuban Diamond just a couple weeks ago, and now is the time to put up or shut up! Will Rosa prove once again that she does belong in AEW?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Diamante gets the headlock. Rosa powers out, fireman’s carries to get the armlock. Diamante fights up, pulls hair, and puts Rosa in a corner. The ref counts, Diamante lets off to CHOP! And CHOP, then whip. Rosa goes up and over and arm-drags Diamante around! Rosa ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl to a takedown! Diamante scrambles to avoid the Fujiwara and Rosa lets off. Rosa builds speed to WRECK Diamante with a dropkick! Rosa kicks Diamante, wrenches and KICKS her, then SLAMS the arm on railing! Rosa kicks Diamante, refreshes the count, then wrenches the arm to POST it!
Diamante goes down in a heap, Rosa drags her back up, and CHOPS her! Diamante CHOPS, but that was the bad arm! diamante gets around, cravats to use the post in a SLICED BREAD to the floor! Diamante gets Rosa up and in at 7 of 10, then stalks her in the ring. Diamante throws hands with the good arm, drags Rosa back up, and fires forearms! Diamante runs and wheelbarrows but Rosa counters with a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rosa wrenches then kicks the arm, and drops down for the Fujiwara! Diamante fights it, Rosa drags her up and whips her hard into buckles! Rosa wraps the arm around ropes, pulls, then runs, but Diamante sends her into buckles!
Diamante comes back with a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Diamante grows frustrated, then drives clubbing forearms in! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rosa but Diamante brings her up for knees. Diamante tries to suplex but Rosa throws body shots, then wrenches to ARM CODE BREAKER! Rosa runs corner to corner, A-List Lariat! SWINGING METEORA! Rosa rolls, runs back in, and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa gets Diamante up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her cool as Diamante survives, and drags her back up as fans rally. Rosa CLUBS Diamante, wrenches and rams shoulders in!
Rosa scoops, Diamante slips off and CLUBS away on Rosa’s shoulder! Diamante has a straitjacket but Rosa powers out to get Diamante down, and traps BOTH arms! Diamante flails, kicks, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Rosa lets go and looms over Diamante. Rosa drags her up, wraps the arm around the ropes, but the ref counts. Rosa lets off, brings Diamante back up, hammerlocks for a takedown, to a KIMURA! Diamante endures the double wristlock, fans rally as she kicks and flails to get a cover, TWO! Diamante LARIATS Rosa down! Diamante throws hands, Rosa wobbles but hits back! Diamante knees low, reels Rosa in and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Rosa and Diamante get up slowly and Rosa throws uppercuts! Rosa fireman’s carries but Diamante fights free! Diamante shoves, wheelbarrows and STUNNERS! Cover, TWO!! Diamante is losing her cool but fans are fired up! Fans rally, Diamante and Rosa throws hands back and forth! Diamante knee slow again, CLUBS Rosa, then hops on, but Rosa makes the sunset flip an ALABAMA SLAM! Rosa hobbles but she gets Diamante up, dragon sleeper to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
And that is another step closer to the top! Will Rosa continue to strike down all opponents until she’s finally facing the AEW Women’s World Champion?
Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela!
We heard from both teams earlier in the night, and clearly All Ego & The Face of the Revolution don’t think Jersey’s Finest are deserving of anything more than a loss! Will the Concrete Rose & Bad Boy show Ethan & Scorpio that
The teams sort out and Janela starts with Scorpio. They circle, tie up, and go around. Scorpio puts Janela in a corner, Janela turns it around and lets off with Scott Hall fingers. Scorpio shoves Janela down! Scorpio drags Janela up, DECKS him with an uppercut, then scrapes his soles off Janela’s face! Tag to Ethan, Scorpio wrenches and Ethan throws body shots. Ethan CLUBS Janela, soaks up the heat, and brings Janela up, only for Janela to wrench! Tag to Kiss, Kiss drops ax handles! Scorpio tags in but he runs into a double hip toss! Jersey’s Finest drop double elbows, and then Kiss wrenches Scorpio.
Tag to Janela, they double whip Scorpio and then trip him up. Janela runs to drop an elbow! Kiss hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Ethan breaks it! Scorpio RAMS Janeal in the corner but he fights back. Janela climbs, Ethan anchors him and Scorpio trips Janela up! Janela tumbles to the mat, Ethan tags in and he drags Janela out to RAM him into railing! Scorpio goes to put Janela in but RAMS him into more railing! Scorpio puts Janela in the ring for Ethan to stomp. Ethan drags Janela up, ROCKS him, and then whips him back in hard! Tag to Scorpio, they mug Janela, and the ref counts. Ethan counts along and leaves at 4, Scorpio digs his boots into Janela.
Scorpio argues with the ref, Ethan claws at Janela’s face! The ref reprimands, Janela throws hands but Scorpio knees low. Scorpio whips, Janela sunset flips, TWO! Scorpio CLOBBERS Janela! Scorpio covers, TWO! Scorpio anchors Janela, tags Ethan, and Ethan stomps Janela to then sucker punch Kiss! Kiss storms in, Ethan backs off, but Ethan drags Janela to claw at his face! Fans boo, Ethan drags Janela up and wrenches him to a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally, Ethan tags Scorpio, they drag Janela up and Scorpio hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Ethan, fans rally, but Ethan stomps Janela down. Janela hits back with body shots and forearms and CHOPS!
Janela reaches for Kiss but Ethan RAMS him into the corner! Ethan digs his shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, and argues with the ref, only for Janela to ROCK him! Janela elbows Scorpio but Ethan ROCKS Janela back! Ethan crosses the arms but no Iconoclasm as Janela fights free! Janela leaps, hot tag to Kiss! Kiss rallies on Scorpio, boots Ethan then fires off to HEEL KICK on Scorpio! Kiss dodges with a handspring to ENZIGURI! Scorpio staggers, Kiss handsprings and elbows Ethan! Scorpio returns for a FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Kiss can’t believe it but he goes back to tag Janela.
Jersey’s Finest see Ethan and Scorpio outside, they DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up, Janela and Kiss high five, and then Janela SUPERKICKS Ethan! Janela puts Scorpio in but Scorpio DDT’s outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!! Janela survives and Scorpio is shocked! Tag to Ethan, he drags Janela up and bumps him off buckles. Ethan fires off haymakers, hoists Janela up, and hits ICONOCLASM! Then he gets Janela up again, crucifix, but Janela gets to the corner! Janela mule kicks, adjusts and QUEBRADAS! Hot tag to Kiss, Jersey’s Finest coordinates, AXES ‘N’ OH INVERTED DDT! Cover, Scorpio break sit! Janela throws Scorpio out, builds speed and DIVES! Wait, did Scorpio counter with a forearm?!
Kiss KICKS Ethan! Kiss goes to a corner, climbs up, but Scorpio gets up to shove him down! Kiss rolls, Scorpio saves Ethan with a GAMANGIRI! Kiss staggers up into Ethan’s SHOULDER TACKLE! Ethan drags Kiss up, crucifix, EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan & Scorpio win!
Winners: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
The ego and the ability are both through the roof on these two, but they’re undefeated as a tag team! Will these two dominate all the divisions and rule over AEW?
Best Friends VS Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ JD Drake!
Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent are reunited, and it feels so good! But before they get their revenge on Death Triangle, can they show these pretty boys that a great tag team is more than just their looks?
The teams sort out, and the Kentucky Gentleman starts with the Hollywood Hunk. They knee-stomp around, circle and approach, and Nemeth waistlocks to shove Chuck. That’s two points as far as he’s concerned. Chuck and Nemeth tie up again, Nemeth waistlocks but Chuck wrenches. Nemeth drops, trips Chuck and that’s two more points by his count. Chuck shrugs that off, ties up with Nemeth and headlocks to punch him! Chuck wrenches, wristlocks, but Nemeth gets away as Trent tags in. Fans rally for Trent now that he’s finally back. He and Nemeth tie up, Trent puts Nemeth in a corner, and the ref counts. Trent lets off and pats a shoulder but Nemeth throat chops!
Nemeth throws haymakers but Trent gives them back! Trent CHOPS, ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth knees low. things speed up, Trent CLOBBERS Nemeth with an elbow! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Tag to Chuck, Best Friends whip Nemeth to double elbow, handshake and double elbow drop! Chuck covers, ONE! Chuck ROCKS Nemeth, wrenches and whips him corner to corner, then runs in but misses! Bononi is there to CLOBBER Chuck! Nemeth tags Bononi in, they mug Chuck and Bononi stomps away! Bononi chokes Chuck on ropes, the ref is busy with the Best Friends protesting, and Bononi tags Nemeth.
Nemeth looms over Chuck as he rains down rights, then reels him into a fireman’s carry takeover! Nemeth drops fists, drags him up and tags in Bononi. The pretty boys mug Chuck, Bononi back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Bononi tags Nemeth back in, they mug Chuck more, and Nemeth talks trash. Chuck fires off hands! Then he dodges to hot tag Trent! Trent DECKS Bononi, LARIATS Nemeth and LARIATS again! Trent runs to knee Nemeth in the corner, then runs to PSYCHO KNEE! Trent ducks Bononi to DECK him, then he elbows Nemeth. Trent slingshot SWANTONS Bononi down on the outside! Trent returns to get Nemeth with a TORNADO DDT!
Fans fire up, Trent tags Chuck, and Best Friends combine for the first time in months, pinball forearms to the SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!?! Nemeth survives but Chuck tags Trent back in! Trent gets Nemeth up to CHOP him, then whips. Nemeth reverses, Bononi trips Trent, but the ref reprimands, Nemeth runs and leaps to SATELLITE DDT! Bononi DECKS Chuck, tags in, and runs to corner clothesline Trent! Pump handle FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Trent lives, Nemeth tags in! Nemeth drags Trent up and Bononi fireman’s carries Chuck, Chuck slips off to POST Bononi!
Nemeth gets Trent up, turns him, and swivels the hips, but Trent turns Rude Awakening into a SAIDO SUPLEX! Trent hauls Nemeth back up, Alabama lifts, Chuck is up top, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall
They’re back together but it’s like Trent never left! Cassidy and Statlander join in for a FOUR CORNERS HUG!! You GOT to give the people what they want! But will Best Friends get what they want in the form of revenge on Death Triangle? Will there be tag titles added on top after Dynamite?
A pretty good Elevation, but again my gripe is that this was SEVENTEEN MATCHES within two and a half hours. Less is more, AEW, since you’re also doing Dark classic tomorrow. Though, I will say that more of these were competitive than usual. I also like that Conti & Shida are still being friendly and a team, but I feel like things will have to get tense very soon with Double or Nothing just next month. It was good that we got to see The Factory in action, their logo looks decent and I like that QT has a recreation of the Nightmare Family/Factory logo with blue paint on it, as they did in their vignette promo to introduce the group.
As I said during Takeshita VS Limelight, that is the kind of stuff we should be getting for Elevation. If Elevation stuck to under two hours, and was maybe 10 of those matches, things would be much better overall. And Takeshita having a connection to Omega from DDT Pro is great, this could be a really good Elevation story for Omega and Nakazawa to be part of. Nakazawa & Takeshita VS The Sydals sounds really fun, should be an Elevation main event to make it important. And should Takeshita win, I would think that helps his case towards making it to Dynamite, both kayfabe and reality.
Shanna VS Leyla was another example of what Elevation should be giving us, as I definitely do sense there could be a solid feud building there. Now, claiming a show has a “quadruple main event” is too over the top, even for wrestling. However, all those matches were solid. We got a lot of good stuff out of Best Friends and Death Triangle, especially PAC & Fenix putting on that tag squash match. Penta VS Cutler was another example of what Elevation should be, and it works well with the story that is building, as was Rosa VS Diamante. Ethan & Scorpio are a strong tag team so even though it seems rather sudden that they formed up, it’s working out to get Ethan going and keep Scorpio moving while the singles titles are rather busy right now.
Best Friends in the main event with Nemeth & Bononi was good, was definitely for the sake of getting Trent going again in a regular tag match, and for the sake of closing out the night on a good note. I probably would’ve gone with Penta VS Cutler just so the last image is Death Triangle mocking Cutler and sending a message to the Bucks before their title match on Dynamite. You gotta let that go-home math and logic play into things a little bit, and that would’ve been a good one to use.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/7/21)
Battle lines have been drawn!
Let them fight on Dynamite!
The Inner Circle is back, Jurassic Express and Bear Country clash, and Darby Allin continues to be a FIGHTING AEW TNT Champion, all in one night!
- Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; Hangman wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Bear Country; Jurassic Express wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi; Darby wins and retains the title.
- The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order; Conti wins.
- Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks; Omega & The Good Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Inner Circle rolls into Daily’s Place!
Chris Jericho in a black Lamborghini, Jake Hager in a Chevy Silverado, Sammy Guevara in a Range Rover, Santana in a Dodge Ram, Ortiz in a Porsche, and motorcycle entourage escorting them in! Y2J, Big Hurt, the Spanish God and the Proud ‘n’ Powerful are returning to AEW in style! But with The Pinnacle somewhere in the building and Mike Tyson expected to return, who’s getting taken out first?!
Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!
Did the Anxious Millennial Cowboy hear Platinum’s new single on AEW Dark last night? Would it change what Hangman’s about to do to Max if it did? Or maybe Max’s improv rap right here will rile him up! “Hangman, you a changed man. Used to be a star, now you fadin’! Platinum, the flyest on the air, catch you slippin’ like Joe Biden on the stairs! So check the thug process. I’m dancin’ with the devil like I’m Lil’ Nas X! And you a one trick pony! Treat me like a breathalyzer and bl-” WHOA~! Bowens stops Caster there, that is a step too far. You can’t say that on TNT, Max! But either way, The Acclaimed have arrived! But then Hangman BOOTS Bowens to get him out of the ring!
Hangman fires off on Caster, the bell rings and Hangman rings Caster’s bell! He bumps Caster off buckles over and over, and over and over, then stops to stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Hangman lets off, and Hangman walks it dry. Hangman drags Caster up, CHOPS him back to the corner, and then whips him to ropes. Hangman CLOBBERS Caster at the ropes, suplexes but Caster slips out! Caster shoves, Hangman dodges and scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, fans fire up, and Hangman snap suplexes Caster after all! Cover, ONE!! Caster surprises Hangman but he keeps his cool as fans rally up.
Hangman CHOPS Caster to a corner, CHOPS him again, but Caster turns things around to fire off forearms! Hangman shoves Caster to BOOT him down! Hangman drags Caster up, wrenches, hits an elbow breaker then wrings Caster to stomp him down! Then he drops a BIG senton! Cover, TWO! Hangman smirks as Caster bails out and fans rally up. Bowens checks on Caster, Hangman heads over but Caster drags him out. Hangman counter punches then RAMS Caster into railing! Hangman puts Caster in, Bowens gets in Hangman’s face, but Hangman lets him be. Caster dropkicks Hangman as he enters! Caster stomps away at the ropes, catches his breath, then stomps him more!
Caster CLUBS Hangman, whips but Hangman reverses to send Caster out of the ring! Hangman runs to TRIANGLE LARIAT Caster down! And then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Caster! Hangman drags Caster up, the ref counts but Hangman CHOPS Caster! Hangman refreshes the count, whips Caster but Caster reverses to send Hangman into railing! Caster runs in but is sent onto the railing! Caster’s gonna be rapping in a higher octave! Hangman then climbs the other railing to leap and LARIAT Caster down! Bowens gets in Hangman’s face again, but Hangman shrugs him off. Hangman gets Bowens’ boombox, tosses it aside, and puts Caster in the ring.
Hangman drags Caster to the corner but Bowens threatens him with the boombox! Caster YANKS Hangman into the post! The ref is busy with Caster and Bowens RAMS Hangman into railing! Bowens puts Hangman in, Caster WRINGS him out, and then Caster throws the arm into the mat. Caster drops knees on the arm, covers, TWO! Fans rally and jeer Caster, and Hangman CHOPS! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, drags Hangman down and has a hammerlock crossface! Fans rally as Hangman endures, and Hangman fights up to arm-drag free! Caster returns but Hangman DECKS him! And again! Hangman dodges to SPINEBUSTER Caster down!
Fans fire up as Caster goes to a corner. Hangman goes corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman keeps going, Caster blocks the suplex and elbows Hangman. Caster blocks the boot, too, spins Hangman but Hangman catches Caster for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans fire up as Caster goes to the apron. Hangman shakes the bad arm out, goes to the apron, drags Caster up, and Alabama lifts! Caster fights for his life, gets free and BOOTS! Hangman forearms, Caster forearms back and they brawl on the edge! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, but runs into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans fire up, Hangman dumps Caster down, and he goes to the apron.
Hangman climbs a corner, but Bowens is there to distract him! Caster gets in to LEAP up, steady himself, and still SUPERPLEX Hangman down! Then he gets the arm, SHANKLY GATES! Hangman endures, crawls his way forward, but Caster sits deep on the hold! Hangman gets the ropebreak with a finger! The ref counts, Caster holds on until 4! Fans rally for Hangman but Caster climbs up top. SPRINBOARD, into a LARIAT! The fans fire up, Hangman Alabama lifts, for- No! Bowens slides the boombox in! The ref obviously sees that, and Hangman picks the boombox up. The ref confiscates it, but Bowens gets Caster his chain!
Caster wraps his fist, Hangman storms over, PLATINUM PUNCH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Caster is shocked but the fans are thunderous! Caster hurries up top, takes aim, MIC DROP FLOPS! Hangman dodges and gets to the apron! Caster staggers up, Hangman slingshots to- No, Bowens anchors him! Hangman mule kicks Bowens, BOOTS Caster, and then ASAI MOONSAULTS Bowens down! Hangman reloads and aims again, BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
The Cowboy secures that number one spot in the rankings! And of course, he toasts with some nearby fellow wrestlers! Will Hangman be saying cheers to a championship opportunity soon enough?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
AEW has great tag teams all around, but here is one of the great teams and the #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, DEATH TRIANGLE! PAC and Rey Fenix won the opportunity in the AEW Revolution Tag Team Battle Royal, but they and Penta El Zero Miedo all stand together with Schiavone. Their shot at the titles are coming, next week on Dynamite! They finally get their shots, but wait! The Best Friends show up? Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and #JustTrent, with the honorary Best Friend, Kris Statlander, walk out on stage, and Cassidy gets the mic! “Y’know… It’s really nice to see all three of you together in the ring again.”
Footage plays, and it turns out to be a highlight reel of the history between these two trios! Revolution 2020 was when Death Triangle brutalized Cassidy after PAC beat him in a 1v1 match. Then on Dynamite from 5/13/2020 was when Fenix Ryder Kicks Cassidy down just because he could! Chuck says that it may have been awhile, but they still remember! Fenix laughs! These guys are crazy! Penta says it’s crazy how they’ve hold onto those moments! Pac says everyone should relax, because he understands why the Best Friend are here. They see the writing on the wall, and want a shot at the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions already! Well they’ve got a lot of work to do because they are FAR from worthy! So jog on and get out of here!
Oh, well, alright. Trent says he was hurt, and now Best Friends are back of the line. They’ll work their way back up, because that’s not a problem when you’re the team with more wins than anyone in this company! But anyway, Pac and Triangle can calm down. The Best Friends are just here to give them a heads up. “The boys are back in town!” Oh, and their new alien friend. Fans fire up as the four put hands in, will the reunited Best Friends be out of this world?
Mike Tyson talks with Coach Urban Meyer.
Is Iron Mike giving or getting pointers on how to handle business?
The Inner Circle heads to the ring!
Fans again get to sing Judas for Jericho as he and the boys return officially, even though we saw them get payback on The Pinnacle last week. Jericho gets the mic first, and he says Jacksonville sounds great tonight! The Inner Circle has a lot to say after the break! Y2J knows his TV, and AEW does go to commercial!
AEW returns, fans chant for Inner Circle and Jericho says they ARE the Inner Circle, and they are Back in Black, baby! “And it was only one short month ago that we were in this ring and given the beatdown of a lifetime by the Pineapple.” Sammy whispers a correction to Jericho, The Pinnacle. And that beatdown taught them a lot. It gave them hospital stays, it gave them stitches, but it gave them a wake-up call. It revealed to them that they’d made a lot of bad decisions over the last six months, that hurt and insulted a lot of people. For that, Jericho apologizes to those people and to the fans.
But all those decisions were on MJF, aka “My Jerkoff Friend.” And My Jerkoff Friend says he outsmarted the Inner Circle, mostly because he’s smarter than Jericho. And that’s true, Jericho isn’t the smartest in a few areas. High school chemistry, terrible. His teacher even asked after a second failed test, “Are you on dope?” An exact quote! Jericho wasn’t, he just wasn’t good in Chemistry. But who is? What Jericho is smart in is pro-wrestling! That is why he brought My Jerkoff Friend into the Inner circle. Not to take him under his wing, but to keep him under his thumb.
Jericho knows how dangerous My Jerkoff Friend is and how talented he is, and how much personality and potential he has. Jericho wanted to use him for all of that, and suck the life out of him into the Inner Circle. They had it all perfectly planned, and knew that MJF would eventually show his true colors. They were ready to kick MJF’s ass, but they didn’t think he’d be a step ahead. They got outsmarted by a man who can do everything except for put on a spray tan. Last week, MJF was oranger than Cassidy and had more streaks than that toilet bowl Jericho shoved his face into! Jericho can’t wait to swirly him again! Fans chant “Swirly! Swirly!”
MJF is only 25 years old! When Jericho was 25, he was still having wet dreams! But MJF at 25 is at the pinnacle of pro-wrestling. See what he did there? But here’s the thing! MJF, you consider yourself a fine wine, that he’ll get better with age. But he doesn’t want to wait for the aging, he wants it all now! He wants to be better than The GOAT, Chris Jericho, now. Those are big, big shoes to fill, MJF. You gotta go smaller, take baby steps. Be better than Peter Avalon, or Michael Nakazawa, or “that stupid Burberry scarf you’ve been wearing for a few years. It’s tired, it’s old, it’s stale, and it sucks!” Time to change it up, MJF! Plus, Jericho was rocking the scarf look a few years ago, so if you’re better than Jericho, why is he stealing Jericho’s shit?
But Jericho has an old clipboard in the back if MJF wants to add it to the list of things he’s stolen from Jericho! Y’see, MJF isn’t as good as he thinks he is, and he believes his own hype. Jericho sees MJF listening to the critics and the fans online. MJF would bee-line after every match or promo he’s ever had just to check what people thought! That’s called “Being a mark.” But Jericho makes it “being a Max,” because Max is a mark for himself! The true issue is that MJF knows he will never, ever be better than Jericho. He will never be better than Jericho, and you know it. That’s because Jericho is a true fine wine that has aged and fermented and soured.
Speaking of sour, just look at the men My Jerkoff Friend has aligned with! Tully Blanchard! He’s the greatest mind in pro-wrestling history? Really? No, he’s the third-string member of the Four Horsemen, stuck between Ole Anderson and Paul Roma. Then there’s FTR! They would be one of the best tag teams in the world today, but they’re completely interchangeable! Which one is which? It’s like the AEW version of The Jonas Brothers, where you know they’re good, you know they make money, but you don’t know any of their names! Is that Dax? Cash? Ax? Smash? Axel? Slash? “I DON’T KNOW!!”
And then of course, there’s Shawn Spears. Such a great upside, so they say, but Jericho’s never seen it. All Jericho has is the number on his phone from when Spears called him after getting fired from “The Fed” 10 years ago, asking for advice. Spears aligning himself with My Jerkoff Friend is about as good a move as rocking the blonde mohawk in 2021. And then there’s Wardlow! Of of course! A million dollar body with a 13 cent brain, and guess what? He’s so dumb, he has to strip naked to count to 21! Think about it, Jericho’s seen him do it. But compared to the Inner Circle, the NEW Inner Circle that will dominate AEW once more but with the fans all behind them, The Pinnacle is good, can beat the crap out of them, but who cares?! The Inner Circle loves to fight!
The bottom line is, the Inner Circle will shove the faces of The Pinnacle up each other’s asses and form a human centipede, with MJF in the back! “You want blood? You want violence? You got it!!” They’ve been waiting for a match since March 25th of last year! Why play grab ass anymore? You want blood and violence? You get it! May 5th, right here at Daily’s Place, for the first time ever, Pinnacle VS Inner Circle, BLOOD AND GUTS!! The Inner Circle is back in black, and now that they’re back, they will kick the ever living shit out of the Pinnacle! “The worst is yet to come, God help you for it!!” FINALLY, the match the world has wanted to see! Will MJF’s future be nothing but suffering for what he has done?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Dasha congratulates Captain Charisma on his victorious AEW in-ring debut. So then, how is he feeling? And what’s next? Christian says last week “was the culmination of an entire year of me scratching, clawing, and grinding in complete solitude for that very moment of stepping through those ropes, kneeling down, kissing that canvas, and taking back what was taken from me seven years ago.” Now he can’t talk about last week without talking about his opponent, Frankie Kazarian. Kaz took him to the deep waters, and pushed him so far down. Christian’s lungs were on fire, and he loved every single second of it!
Fans were in awe of Kaz’s performance, but not Christian, because Christian has always known what Kaz is about. Kaz knows that Christian isn’t like everyone else. When you step into the ring with Christian, you have to bring it up another level. Christian makes others level up! But then Taz interrupts and says for those who don’t know, these two have known each other for a long time. That all said, seven years is a long time. Taz has a team that can help Christian get where he wants to be, so Taz will just get right to his offer: Christian can join Team Taz! They can all help each other, and a guy with Christian’s wealth of knowledge would be a great help.
And before Christian can say too much first, Taz won’t put him on the spot. Christian can sleep on it. Will Captain Charisma choose to join the Path of Rage?
Jurassic Express VS Bear Country!
Two forces of nature will collide, but #OneWillFall. Godzilla VS Kong is in theaters, but here is a pretty good teaser right here! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus represent for the reptiles? Or will the burly Boulder & Bronson bring the heat on behalf of warm-blooded beasts everywhere?
The teams sort out, Luchasaurus steps up to Boulder and fans fire up already! Bronson and JB walk over, and Bronson shoves JB right down! Luchasaurus choke grips Bronson, but Boulder shoves Luchasaurus to the corner! JB returns to SHOTGUN dropkick Bronson, then dodges Boulder to set him up for Luchasaurus’ BOOT! Another SHOTGUN, another BOOT and the Bears are out of the ring! JB builds speed to DIVE into Bronson! JB keeps going, and DIVES again! JB keeps it up, and he FLIES, but into the arms of Bear Country! But JB wriggles free as Luchasaurus FLIES in and bowls Bear Country over!
Fans fire up as JB and Luchasaurus regroup. They get Boulder in, Luchasaurus drags Boulder up but Boulder RAMS him into the corner! Bronson tags in, Boulder whips him in and Bronson SPLASHES Luchasaurus in the corner! Bronson fires off hands, Luchasaurus shoves back but Bronson ROCKS him! Tag to Boulder and now Bronson whips Boulder in, but into a boot then KNEE! Bronson runs in, Luchasaurus goes up and over, then handsprings to dodge Boulder! Hot tag to JB! Luchasaurus elbows Bronson, JB leaps but Boulder catches the rana! Luchasaurus is up top, and LEAPS, but he just bounces off Boulder! Boulder keeps JB up to BOMB him!
AEW goes picture in picture as Boulder grits his teeth as he paces around JB and fans rally up. Boulder brings JB up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Boulder makes sure his arms are working, and Luchasaurus seems to be alright after that crash landing. Tag to Bronson, the bears mug JB, and Bronson drags JB up to DECK him! JB gets to a corner, Bronson storms over but JB kicks back from below. Bronson blocks a kick to rain down furious fists! Bronson lets off as the ref counts, and he drags JB up. JB SLAPS Bronson, CHOPS him, but Bronson HEADBUTTS JB down! Cover, TWO! Bronson grows frustrated but he stalks JB and keeps him from Luchasaurus.
Bronson whips JB to CLOBBER him! Tag to Boulder, Bronson stands on JB and then Boulder steps on him! Boulder drags JB up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! JB writhes but he still reaches for Luchasaurus. Boulder stands on JB’s head, lets off as the ref counts, then drops a big elbow on the back! Boulder drags JB up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner to then back drop on the rebound! AEW returns to single picture as Boulder drags JB up and tags Bronson in. Bear Country mugs JB, then Bronson whips JB into the corner. JB BOOTS back, fights out and slides under but Boulder tags in!
Bronson keeps JB from Luchasaurus, Bear Country double suplexes, but JB lands on his feet! JB dodges and hot tags Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies with big shoulders, BOOTS Boulder then BOOTS him in the corner! Luchasaurus adds Bronson to the pile to fire off hands! GERMAN SUPLEX for Bronson, then Luchasaurus ducks the running knee to kip up and TAIL WHIP! LARIAT! Fans fire up with Luchasaurus and he waits for Boulder to get up. Boulder turns around into a choke grip! Bronson storms over, into a choke grip! The bears break free but Luchasaurus boots through their double clothesline! ROUNDHOUSE to HEEL KICK!
Luchasaurus runs but is put on the apron. He HEADBUTTS Boulder, climbs up, but Boulder trips him up! Boulder climbs up, but Luchasaurus choke grips! Boulder fights it off! But Luchasaurus still gets the grip! Boulder HEADBUTTS Luchasaurus! Boulder gets a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but the fans are fired up! Boulder covers, but JB FROG SPLASHES it apart! Bronson drags JB up to throw him out but JB shoulders back in! JB slingshots and spins around to DDT! JB baits Boulder into Luchasaurus’ EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT! Cover, but Bronson scoops JB for a MICHINOKU DRIVER onto the pin! All four are down and the fans fire up again!
The teams regroup as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Bronson and Boulder combine, head for Luchasaurus, CANNON BEAR!! They drag Luchasaurus to a cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus survives and Boulder can’t believe it! Boulder is frustrated, but he tags Bronson in, and they decide to combine again! Boulder has Bronson on the Electric Chair, but Luchasaurus sits up! JB returns and he dropkicks Boulder’s legs out! Bronson drops into the TAIL WHIP!! Boulder BOOTS Luchasaurus, grabs JB and whips, but JB LARIATS on the return! Luchasaurus pushes Boulder out! Bronson staggers into a choke grip, and the CHOKE SLAM! MESOZOIC MOONSAULT! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
Who needs Godzilla VS Kong? This was a true clash of alpha titans! Will Jurassic Express now pull into the top spot right behind Death Triangle?
AEW hears from QT Marshall.
In reference to Cody Rhodes, “Your mantra should be, ‘Do the work for me.‘ Whether it’s creating this incredible training facility, or carrying your broken down brother through whatever career he had left, ever since the beginning of our ‘friendship,’ all I’ve ever done is do work for you.” QT is sick of the narrative Cody is creating about how he was going out of his way to help QT, but leaving QT dead in the water before he ever got started. Cody wants to doubt QT Marshall’s credentials? Let’s talk about those credentials for a minute. Cody was second fiddle to Ted (DeBiase) Jr, then went hiding behind face paint because even as “Dusty’s kid,” he knew he’d never amount to shit.
But Cody “figured it out” at some point. He got on the indies, surrounded himself with “vanilla midgets,” and felt like the star he knew he’d never be. But QT has surrounded himself with men. Hungry, sick and tired of waiting in the shadows, and that can trust QT and QT can trust back. Because unlike “Bargain Brand Sting,” QT isn’t worried about other people’s success. Aaron Solow, “who will never be known as ‘just somebody’s boyfriend.'” Nick Comoroto, who isn’t just some “body guy.” And Anthony Ogogo, who is a household name in the UK! A mainstream fighter and star! The British follow his career and cheer every punch. Ogogo does Subway commercials for business and knocks people out for fun!
But this ain’t Great Britain, this is “Shitty” America! So all you Yanks are gonna learn soon enough who Ogogo is. QT tells Cody that this is HIS goddamn factory now! Comoroto splashes the Nightmare Factory logo on the wall with blue paint, and this fearsome foursome has left its mark! Will others join them? Or will they simply know not to side with The Prince of Pro-Wrestling?
AEW returns with Schiavone on stage.
This never gets old for Tony. Once again on Dynamite, “It’s STIIIIIIIING~!” The snow, the crow and the Icon! A lot to unpack with the TNT Championship coming up, but Jake the Snake interrupts. “This is not the way we do it. You remember! How can you forget? It’s only been what? Seven days?” They start, Snake and Archer interrupt, Sting does nothing and keeps his mouth shut, or maybe just shuts his hole. Where’s his little gerbil friend, by the way? Yes, he’s a gerbil. But they say insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result, and Snake is a crazy son of a bitch so he should know!
But Archer interrupts now and says this is enough. If that’s insanity, then Snake isn’t the only crazy one, Archer’s “one sick son of a bitch!” And Archer is sick and tired of the AEW agenda! Bring Archer in, bring him to the top, but then send him away. He fights Moxley, then goes away. He works main event after main event, then he goes away. He’s done with that! The world will pay attention to the Murderhawk Monster, and Sting will pay attention closely. This is Archer’s time! Archer should be getting the interviews! Sting doesn’t need to talk because this is Archer’s time! But then Sting snatches the mic away!
“Now it’s MY time!” Then say something! He’d say something if Archer would be slow to speak and quick to listening. Zip up and understand that Sting AGREES! Archer is a main event guy, but then he disappears, and Sting doesn’t understand it, either! Snake, what’s wrong with you? What’s that dumbfounded face for? Tell Archer how to do it! Or maybe just shut your hole now. Sting says Archer IS main event material, he has “it,” but Snake needs to actually help him! Help Archer channel this in the right direction and then he will be in that ring on TNT in a main event, maybe even for the world title, without disappearances. Just make it happen! Make it showtime! If you’ve got it in you, go do it!
Sting storms off, but All Ego, Ethan Page, and the Face of the Revolution, Scorpio Sky, are watching from the bleachers. They don’t seem to see it Sting’s way, but what is Archer’s response? Archer storms off, too, with Snake following. With Ethan and Scorpio have their own input on this?
Team Taz speaks.
But before Taz himself can say anything, Ricky Starks speaks up and wants to start by saying AEW Dark was great! They got the win thank to Brian Cage! And as the winner, let’s hear from Cage! Taz speaks up and says no, not this time. Starks instigated, he isn’t going to get away with it this week. Will Hobbs wants to say something but Taz already knows what he’ll say. Everyone just needs to chill out, get on the same page. Starks, stop instigating. But they’ve got to be real smart, because they’ve got an offer to a real blue chipper in Christian Cage. That could happen! Starks says absolutely. But will they be able to handle having two Cages on the same team? Or will they end up with no Cages in no time?
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
The Relentless wants to be a fighting champion, and another rising star answered the call! Will the Blue Collar Badass prove that even a rugged mug like his can be the Face of the Network? Or will the Icon prove to be a superior wingman to the Hollywood Hunk and the Beautiful Brazilian Beefcake?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the fighting champion is in for a fight!
Darby and JD stare down as fans fire up and rally. They circle, tie up, and JD puts Darby in a corner. The ref counts, Darby ducks a chop and then ducks again. Darby headlocks, JB powers up to throw him to a corner. Darby boots the chop away, shoves JD but JD goes up and over to CHOP him! Darby bails out, fans fire up, and a ring count begins. JD dares Darby to get back in and Darby is on the apron. Darby pie faces JD then dares him to bring it to the outside. JD takes the bait, Darby gets in then WRECKS JD with a dropkick! Darby runs to DIVE and ram JD into railing! Darby gets up top, Nemeth distracts everyone, and Darby leaps, but JD bounces him off his shoulder!
Nemeth laughs at Darby while JD drags him up, but Sting is there to scare Nemeth away! JD puts Darby in to drop a BIG back senton! Sting keeps backing Nemeth all they way to the timekeeper’s table and further away! JD ROCKS Darby, Nemeth keeps running, and JD CHOPS away on Darby! Bononi is still in JD’s corner as JD drops knees then covers, ONE!! Darby sputters but JD brings him up. Darby throws body shots but JD scoops and SLAMS to then drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO!, and AEW goes picture in picture.
JD stalks Darby, drags him up, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. JD waits for Darby to get up, then brings him around to ROCK him with a right! Darby ends up in a corner, JD CHOPS him, then lets him feel it for a moment. Darby gets up, SLAPS JD, but JD SLAPS Darby back! JD whips Darby, LARIATS him inside out, then covers, TWO! Darby survives but JD wraps on a chinlock! JD grinds Darby down into the mat, but Darby fights his way up. Darby throws body shots, but JD back suplexes high and hard! JD drags Darby up the corner with him, but Darby SLAPS JD! And back hands and SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS!
Darby climbs up, fires off more SLAPS, then haymakers! JD shoves Darby away and hits a FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Darby survives, JD grows frustrated, but JD steps on Darby as he goes to the corner. AEW returns to single picture as Darby bails out. JD pursues, stalks Darby, and he brings Darby around but Darby throws body shots! Darby throws a forearm but JD tosses him into ropes to CLOBBER him! JD shouts, “Tonight’s MY night!” Darby crawls, Bononi cheers JD on, and JD refreshes the ring count to then aim at Darby near the railings. JD runs in and CANNONBALLS but only into railing as Darby dodges!
Darby gets to the ring, gets up the corner, and he LEAPS onto both Bononi and JD! Darby gets back in the ring as fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” The ring count is 5 of 10 but JD gets in! Darby clubs away on JD with furious fists, then goes up the corner. JD trips Darby up! JD gets Darby in the Tree of Woe to KICK, CLUB and then sit him up by his chin. Darby SLAPS JD, but JD sits Darby up to CHOP him on the back! Darby is back in the Tree of Woe, JD runs and CANNONBALLS Darby down! JD goes up top fast, VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and JD is shocked! Fans fire up, JD drags Darby back to the drop zone and goes back up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS!
Darby is in the corner, he climbs back up but JD ROCKS him first! JD climbs up now, but Darby SLAPS him! JD SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight up top! But then Darby grabs a hand to BITE it, and hits a SUPER CODE RED!! JD is in a drop zone, Darby goes up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
The Relentless is still champion, still Face of the Network, and still on a hot win streak! But then THE BUTCHER clobbers Darby! The Hardy Family Office is here and they mug Darby on behalf of Hardy himself! Bunny Allie says commentary needs to get their stuff off the table because they’re going to use it! But then Sting and the Dark Order are here to run HFO off! Bunny is furious, but she’s gotta face Tay Conti in the ring now! Is she reconsidering given the HFO ran off? Too late! Tay tackles her on the stage and rains down fury! The refs hurry to break this up because this needs to happen in the ring! Will Tay tear into Bunny on behalf of Darby and the Dark Order?
AEW returns with a backstage interview with Chris Jericho.
Marvez brings up the huge news that Blood & Guts is happening on May 5th! Jericho tells Alex Marvez he’s more handsome than usual. What’s he doing that’s new? But then MJF blindsides Jericho, and the Pinnacle join in! FTR, Shawn Spears, and Wardlow shove Jericho towards gorilla and then the stage! Where is the Inner Circle!? MJF chokes Jericho with his scarf! FTR gets Jericho up for the MIND BREAKER!! Marvez signals to cameras, and the Inner Circle door has been bolted shut! The Inner Circle literally bust through the door to get free! But the Pinnacle keeps mugging Jericho and they get a table!
Spears brings the table to the apron, Wardlow reels Jericho in, but here comes IRON MIKE TYSON!! Tyson and Jericho may not be friends, but Tyson isn’t going to let a group of thugs brutalize Jericho! Thyson fires off on Spears! He rains down fury like in his prime! FTR saves Spears, the Inner Circle rushes to even things up!! The Pinnacle goes running now, and fans are fired up for Tyson standing with the Inner Circle! Is the Baddest Man on the Planet really on Jericho’s side? They shake hands! Jericho and Tyson let bygones be bygones, and Tyson says “up yours” to MJF! Will Iron Mike help the Inner Circle get ready for Blood & Guts?
Schiavone interviews Britt Baker (and Rebel) backstage.
The Doctor has a special announcement, and a small request for Tony Khan. “Tony, give the people what they want already!” A championship match for The Doctor! But she’s ranked fourth, there are others ahead of her. Yeah, let’s talk about those rankings. The win-loss system is UTTER CRAP! Championship opportunities should be based on star power, merchandise sales, and the demographic scores, which Britt is at the top of the food chain. It’s not her fault she had to waste a year putting respect on the women’s division and make history. But like a true Role Model, she will fix the broken system, climb up the rankings, and pretend like it actually matters.
So make sure to tune into Dynamite, Dark and Elevation where you will see The Doctor getting those wins up. Signed yours truly, Britt Baker DMD. Will Britt “expose” the AEW system for what it is?
The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order!
Things may have calmed down from that brawl earlier, but there’s madness just below the surface when it comes to Allie the Bunny. But to counter the HFO being ringside, the Brazilian Blackbelt has not only the Dark Order’s Preston Vance, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and Negative One, but she has Hikaru Shida with her! Will the Numbers game be in Tay’s favor?
The bell rings and these two fire off forearms! Tay gets the edge, Bunny kicks low and clubs away, then CLAWS Tay on the back! Bunny bumps Tay off buckles, Tay wobbles but Bunny bumps her off more buckles! Fans rally for Tay as Bunny digs her boots in! The ref counts, Bunny lets off and the HFO talk trash. Bunny brings Tay up and talks trash but Tay blocks the kick! Tay clinches for an EXPLODER! Bunny flounders, Tay fires up and runs in to BOOT Bunny down! Then she boot WASHES! Bunny flops out of the ring, Tay goes to the apron and aims. Bunny dodges one kick, blocks the next and trips Tay into the apron! Bunny seethes, but then laughs as she brings Tay around to snap suplex to the floor!
Bunny sees Tay floundering to railing, and run sin to SHOTGUN her into the railing! Tay flops down, the HFO is fired up and Bunny drags Tay up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny bumps Tay off the apron, brings her back around and puts her into the ring. Bunny takes a moment to laugh like a hyena, and then she stomps Tay down. Bunny drags Tay up, talks trash and throws big knees into her! Bunny runs and knee lifts Tay down! Cover, TWO! Bunny gets frustrated already but she drags Tay up. Tay fires back with forearms and then reels Bunny into a cradle! TWO, and Bunny CLOBBERS Tay! Cover, TWO! Bunny is angry again but Tay reaches out for her friends. Bunny drags Tay around, looms over her, and brings her into the cobra camel clutch! Tay endures, Bunny thrashes her around, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns as Tay throws Bunny around with drop sayanagis! Tay then gets Bunny up for the swinging BACKBREAKER! Bunny crawls to a corner, Tay runs in but the knee hits buckles! Tay hobbles into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Shida and the Dark Order cheer Tay on but Bunny slaps some fire into herself. Bunny drags Tay up, brings her around, dragon sleepers but Tay fights free! Tay fires off forearms, Hardy gets on the apron and stands in Tay’s way! But Tay dodges Bunny, Bunny avoids running into Hardy, and Tay gets her for a Gory Especial, to the TAY K O!! Cover, TWO!?! Bunny survives and shocks everyone, especially Tay!
Bunny crawls to the apron, Tay drags her back up, but Bunny hotshots her! Tay staggers away onto ropes, Bunny sucker punches Shida! Bunny gets Shida’s kendo stick but all hell breaks loose between Dark Order and HFO! The ref is busy with that, just as Bunny wanted, and she SMACKS Tay with the kendo stick! Is Allie a bunny or a weasel!? Bunny then climbs up, but Shida snatches the stick away! Tay ROCKS Bunny, climbs up to get her, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through, hammerlock, DD-TAY!! Cover, Tay wins!!
Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall
The champion helps her #1 contender, because it’s more about respect than anything! Will these friendly rivals become friendly opponents soon enough?
AEW sets up next week’s big episode of Dynamite!
After calling Darby out on Elevation and Dark, then being part of the attack on him tonight, Matt Hardy gets his shot at the TNT Championship, in a Falls Count Anywhere match! Will Big Money Matt strike gold in Daily’s Place? Then, as we learned earlier tonight, the Young Bucks will defend the AEW Tag Team Championships against Death Triangle’s PAC & Rey Fenix! The Bastard & Firebird were put on notice by Best Friends, but will the titles be part of the mix? And now that he is firmly part of QT’s cell, Anthony Ogogo finally has his AEW in-ring debut! Is Ogogo gonna knock out whoever is put in his path?
And speaking of “finally,” Red Velvet and Jade Cargill go 1v1 so settle the score! Jade won in the mixed tag, but will she pull off sweet victory all on her own? Or will Velvet get her sweet revenge? In fact…
Red Velvet speaks.
“Jade, I finally figured out what your deal is with me. Why you keep looking for me.” It’s because Jade knows that on the night she beat Velvet on national television, Jade knew then and there that she barely got the job done! Jade calls herself #ThatBitch? Then be #ThatBitchWhoGetsTheJobDone!
ONE MORE big match has been made for next week!
After the news of Blood & Guts finally happening, and after Mike Tyson stood alongside the Inner Circle, there’s a huge sampler to whet our appetites! Mike Tyson will be special guest enforcer as Chris Jericho with just Sammy Guevara ringside takes on Dax Hardwood with just Cash Wheeler by his side! That’s right, the rest of the Inner Circle and Pinnacle will be BANNED from ringside during this match to keep this as far as possible! Will Jericho and Tyson rewrite the mistakes of the past together?
Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks!
Did anyone ever imagine the Elite ending up like this? Will there be any going back from this? Or have the bonds between the Best Bout Machine and the Jackson brothers been severed forever?
The trios sort out, Karl Anderson starts with Matt and the fans rally on the Bucks’ side. Callis mocks Matt with how he slapped him and Matt did nothing about it. Matt storms over, Callis backs off, and Omega suddenly wants in. Anderson tags Omega, Omega tries to talk with Matt about this, and Callis scurries to commentary. Omega and Matt tie up, go around, and Omega pulls hair to put Matt on ropes. Matt turns it around, the ref counts, Matt lets off but Omega pie faces. Matt shoves, Omega shoves, things get tense and Matt backs away to tag in Nick. Nick and Omega circle now, and Nick tries to point out this is Callis’ fault.
Omega and Nick tie up, Nick wrenches, Omega wrenches back, but Nick rolls and handsprings to WRING him out! Omega boots Nick away, gets up to headlock but Nick powers out. Omega gets the headlock again, Nick powers out again, but Omega runs him over! Nick gets up and Omega double guns at him. They tie up again, Nick headlocks but Omega powers out. Nick handsprings over, then RANAS Omega out of the ring! Omega paces, gets back in and tags Anderson. The Machine Gun is upset with Nick for teaming with Moxley, then he shoves Nick, but Nick kicks low. Nick whips, Anderson reverses but Nick dodges and springboards to arm-drag then dropkick!
Nick dropkicks Omega as he gets in, but Gallows gets Nick with a choke grip! Nick breaks free, Matt gets in, the Bucks double dropkick Gallows, then Moxley clotheslines Gallows out! Moxley builds speed, TOPE AND DOUBLE PLANCHAS! Fans are thunderous as Moxley and the Bucks regroup and AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley and the Bucks stand down, Nick fetches Anderson into the ring, and Nick wrenches then tags Matt. Matt goes up to drop ax handles on Anderson’s arm. Matt wrenches the arm again and again and then tags in Moxley. Moxley climbs up to drop an ax handle on the arm. Moxley drags Anderson up to wrench, snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Moxley drags Anderson up, tags Matt in and they mug Anderson. Matt wrenches, Anderson powers Matt to the corner, and he throws hands! Tag to Gallows, the Good Brothers mug Matt, then Gallows ROCKS Matt with uppercuts and haymakers, over and over and over! Gallows backs off to throw ’em up, then drags Matt up for a HEADBUTT!
Omega tags in, he and Gallows hand off the wristlock, and Omega wrenches Matt to CLUB the arm! Omega drags Matt to CLUB the arm again, then wraps the arm around ropes to pull! The ref counts, Omega lets off, and bumps Matt off buckles. Tag to Anderson, Anderson snapmares Matt to a chinlock. Matt endures, Anderson cranks back, and Matt fights up to throw body shots. Anderson ROCKS Matt with an uppercut, then CHOPS him! Anderson keeps Matt from his corner as AEW returns to single picture, and whips him back towards the Biz Cliz corner. Matt dropkicks Gallows down, DECKS Omega, then BOOTS Anderson! Matt swings into a back suplex but lands on his feet! Hot tag to Moxley!
Moxley dodges Anderson, DECKS Omega and hits Gallows, then rallies on Anderson! Moxley clotheslines, whips but Anderson reverses! Anderson runs in to clothesline, but Moxley just shrugs it off! Anderson fires off CHOPS but Moxley just leans into them! Moxley SLAPS Anderson, runs and gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Omega gets in, he gets a SNAP GERMAN! Gallows runs in but he gets a BIG GERMAN! Moxley gets Anderson with a sleeper on the apron but Anderson hotshots him! Gallows tags in, runs and YAKUZA KICKS Moxley down! Gallows drags Moxley up to rain down hands, drops an elbow, and covers, TWO!
Gallows throws headbutts, digs his boots into Moxley, and Omega digs his boots in, too. Fans rally for Moxley but Gallows drags Moxley up by his ears. Gallows throws heavy hands and Moxley flounders into a BUZZSAW! Gallows stalks Moxley to a corner, rains down more fists, then goes corner to corner, but Moxley gets up and in his face! Both men dodge and spin, Moxley kicks low to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Moxley heads for the corner, hot tags to Nick and Anderson! Nick dodges Anderson to BLAST Omega! Nick bobs ‘n’ weaves to forearm, back kick, ROUNDHOUSE and have Anderson in a corner!
Gallows gets in, throws hands then throws Nick, but Nick dodges! ROUNDHOUSE, SHINING WIZARD and forearm smash in the corner, the Nick runs at Anderson. Anderson dodges, Nick hits buckles, but then Nick dodges as Anderson runs in! Anderson gets stuck in the corner, Nick runs at Gallows but is put on the apron! Nick ENZIGURIS back, climbs up and DUMDUM STOMPS, to then somersault for the DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up with Nick as he goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS Gallows down! Nick shoulders into Anderson, then slingshots, into the SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down but crawling, hot tags to Matt and Omega!
Omega stops in his tracks when he sees it’s Matt! Omega wants Matt to calm down and have a match, not a brawl. But then Omega rushes Matt, only to be sent into buckles! Matt hip tosses Omega, arm-drags him around, then whips for a BIG back drop! Omega flounders, Matt fires up and aims, but he fakes the superkick to SPIKE DDT! Omega sits up, Matt paces like a shark, and Matt fires up but still hesitates! Omega wobbles, Matt just can’t hit him with the superkick! Fans are upset, Matt checks on Omega but Omega SLAPS Matt! Omega slaps Matt around, daring him to hit him! Matt tackles him and rains down fists!
Matt lets off, Gallows gets in and YAKUZA KICKS! Nick missile dropkicks Gallows, Moxley clotheslines Gallows and himself out! Anderson BLASTS Nick with a EuroUpper! Matt SUPERKICKS Anderson! Omega gets a SNAP DRAGON on Matt! No hesitation from the Cleaner as he gets Matt back up and full nelson again, for ANOTHER SNAP DRAGON! Matt staggers, Omega aims but runs into Moxley’s LARIAT! Matt gets Omega for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! “This is Awesome!” but Callis sounds worried. Matt asks if Omega is alright, but he sees Nick is up top. Matt fireman’s carries, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!! Cover, Anderson breaks it in time!!
Nick whips Anderson back out, then he goes up and up and ESCALARAS to take the Good Brothers down! Matt is again checking on Matt, but Nick wants him to finish this off. The Bucks get Omega up, they have an arm each, B T E- No, Matt hesitates! Moxley tells them to finish this! Matt knows, and says he can do this. Matt and Nick get Onega up again, B T E Tr- No…!! Matt still can’t bring himself to do it! Moxley tags in and says he’ll do this! But Matt won’t let him, so now Mox sees where this is going. Moxley blows past Matt to hit a PARADIGM SHIFT on Omega!! And then a SECOND PARADIGM SHIFT to make a point!! BULLY CHOKE!! Omega is stuck, sputtering, and then Moxley spins Omega-
NICK SUPERKICKS Moxley?! The MATT SUPERKICKS MOXLEY!! Eddie Kingston storms out to ringside, but the Good Brothers jump him! Moxley’s friend gets stomped down by Omega’s friends, but what does all this make the Bucks? MAGIC KILLER to Kingston on the ramp!! Callis says they should get a stretcher for Kingston. The Good Brothers get Moxley up, MAGIC KILLER! They put Omega on Moxley for the cover, the Biz Cliz wins!
Winners: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers, by pinfall
Are the Young Bucks still Omega’s friends? Are they still Biz Cliz 4 Life? Omega wants them to prove their loyalties by doing something more to Moxley! Callis whispers something to Matt, and Matt looks to Nick. They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Moxley down! Fans chant, “You Sold Out!” as Matt refuses the Too Sweet, so they can group hug! When will this emotional roller coaster with the Elite end?
Another great episode for Dynamite, and they’re clearly making a big deal out of no longer having a Wednesday Night War in their way. We’re getting a big episode next week with some good groundwork paved for it tonight, as well as for several more Wednesdays down the line. The first is that we are getting the tag title match now, but Best Friends are starting up their feud with Death Triangle again, with or without the titles. Given how tonight ended, I don’t know if PAC & Fenix win over these solidly Heel Bucks, but getting trios matches out of Death Triangle and Best Friends would still be awesome to see anyway.
We also got some great promos that put in some worked shoot material. Sting actually telling Archer he should be a top guy was great, because it is just as true as he and Archer said. This was also a good twist because where I thought we were getting Heel Archer going against Sting and/or Darby, this could flip Archer back towards a Face direction, and he’ll be taking on Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, since they got cameos in the segment. QT’s promo with his unnamed faction was really good, and I am intrigued to see Ogogo finally get in the ring. Jericho’s promo tearing into MJF and The Pinnacle was an all time great, and is definitely going to be AEW’s best for this entire year. The brawl that followed and Tyson being with Inner Circle is great, as will Blood & Guts FINALLY happening!
Britt Baker’s promo was also good worked shoot adjacent, where she points out how AEW’s win loss record stuff doesn’t work. But instead of saying gimmick matches and tournaments and things are the problem, her character wants to make this into the (WWE) popularity system. This will make for a nice detail of her story as she racks up wins against lower level opponents, much like she’s already started with on Dark and Elevation, and then maybe she gets too cocky and lets one get a quick win off her, thereby ruining her run at the top spot. Plus, it feels like there’s a great story already in the works for Tay and Shida.
We got good intertwining of Darby’s story with Hardy and the Dark Order’s story with Hardy, and how Tay can fit into that against Bunny. Darby VS JD was great stuff, and then there was the great segue of the attack by the HFO, and how Tay and Bunny brawled then had their own solid match. Shida VS Tay is going to be big, and at this rate, could go either way because Tay is a hot hand right now. I’m surprised there wasn’t intertwining with Hangman, but given his great match with Caster to lock in as #1, maybe AEW is going to shift him towards the world title soon. I am also surprised Caster is getting the greenlight on his lyrics but I am not complaining, either.
We got an awesome main event with that 3v3, with great story of the Bucks unable to proverbially pull the trigger on Omega. The Bucks might be coming off a bit too wishy-washy, because they did the group Too Sweet but they then get up set at Callis but now they do this because they just can’t bring themselves to hate Omega. I guess the Biz Cliz can roll as a bigger group, with any number of possibilities given the growing partnerships with Impact and NJPW. But for just AEW, is there a chance Moxley and Kingston can get Death Triangle to side with them for just long enough to take on Omega’s group? Kingston may have been manipulating the Lucha Bros just months ago, but they all have common enemies in Omega and The Bucks. Plus, that’s a wild combination there that needs to be in a match together.
My Score: 9.5/10
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