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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Elevation Results & Report! (3/22/21)

Elevation goes even bigger!

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AEW Elevation Coverage

Dark Elevation has a TRIPLE Main Event?!

The premiere was big, but episode two will try to be bigger! AEW Dark: Elevation has three huge matches in a row, and profiles Rising Star, Red Velvet!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tay Conti w/ Negative One VS Ray Lyn; Conti wins.
  • Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Adam Priest; Johnson wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Fuego Del Sol & Jake St. Patrick; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Max Caster VS Ryzin; Caster wins.
  • Leva Bates & Madi Wrenkowski VS Big Swole & Red Velvet; Swole & Velvet win.
  • Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs; Starks & Hobbs win.
  • Danny Limelight VS Baron Black; Limelight wins.
  • Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor VS Ryan Nemeth; Cassidy wins.
  • Ethan Page VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; Page wins.
  • Ryo Mizunami VS Leyla Hirsch; Mizunami wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tay Conti w/ Negative One VS Ray Lyn!

The Brazilian Blackbelt is back at it on behalf of the Dark Order and Anna Jay! Will she put a damper on the Ray of Sunshine’s night to open Elevation?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Ray powers up, and then tie sup with Tay. They let off and fans like that. Ray and Tay tie up again. Tay wrenches, hammerlocks, spins Ray and wristlocks. Ray endures, pulls hair and throws Tay down, but Tay kips up to keylock! Tay bends Ray back against her knee but Ray pulls hair again. Ray puts Tay on ropes, the ref counts and Ray lets off to club Tay! Tay reverses the whip, drops then pops Ray up to a fireman’s carry! Drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi, and Ray is dizzy! Tay runs in but Ray dodges to run and dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Ray is annoyed and talks some trash but Tay gets in her face!

Ray shoves, Tay blocks the kick but Ray gets around to spin Tay for a spinning heel kick! Tay wobbles but she heel kicks back! Both women fire up, run and grab the other for a DOUBLE HAIR PULL FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up as the standing count begins. Tay and Ray slowly get up, head for each other, and engage at 5 of 10. Tay forearms, Ray returns it, but Tay forearms again! Ray CHOPS, Tay CHOPS, repeat! They get up, Ray DOUBLE CHOPS, Tay DOUBLE CHOPS, but now Ray forearms! Tay blocks, full nelsons, but Ray slips out to her own. Tay switches back, spins Ray for a STUNNER! Ray staggers about, into Tay’s waistlock and SWINGING BACKBREAKER!

Ray bails out, Tay aims from the apron and kicks, but Ray ducks! Ray laughs too soon, the PENALTY KICK comes back around! Tay drags Ray at the corner and YANKS her into the post! Ray clutches her arm, Tay drags her up and puts her in the ring. Tay climbs up top, leaps but Ray gets under! Tay rolls and comes back to BOOT! Then KNEE! Tay reels Ray in for the HAMMERLOCK DD-Tay! Cover, Tay wins!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

Tay is rolling through her competition, but there’s still a lot left to go before challenging for the title! Will Conti become a contender soon enough?

 

Lee Johnson w/ Dustin Rhodes VS Adam Priest!

Big Shotty was profiled as the first AEW Rising Star, and he’s going to prove he’s not done climbing the ranks! Will he do just that against the boy from Battleground?

The bell rings and the two circle fast as they feel out the grapple. They tie up, Priest gets an arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Johnson rolls and handsprings to wrench and wring Priest out! Johnson wrenches again, hammerlocks then half nelsons to a snapmare! Johnson shifts to a chinlock, Priest gets up, but Johnson shifts around to a headlock and takeover! Priest headscissors, Johnson moves around to jackknife, TWO as Priest bridges up! Priest spins it around but Johnson turns the backslide against him! TWO, and Johnson arm-drags but Priest arm-drags back! The two stand off and fans cheer the exchange.

Johnson has the fans rallying for him as he circles with Priest again. Johnson offers a handshake, Priest takes it, but then Priest slaps Johnson! Johnson waistlocks, Priest switches and CLUBS him down, then drags Johnson up for a whip. Priest runs in and CHOPS Johnson, then brings him out to DECK him with a EuroUpper! Priest stomps Johnson, Johnson hits back with body shots but Priest still stomps him. Priest drags Johnson up, snap suplexes, and then covers, ONE!! Priest tries again, ONE! Fans cheer but Priest is annoyed. Johnson CHOPS, Priest BOOTS! Priest wrenches, wraps up the arm, and clubs Johnson to cravat, for a CRAVAT RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!

Priest drops elbows on Johnson as fans rally up. Johnson goes to a corner, he CHOPS back, but Priest CHOPS and kicks and CHOPS again! Priest whips corner to corner, Johnson reverses and runs in to clothesline hard! Johnson whips the other way, runs in but blocks a boot! Priest enziguris and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Priest grows frustrated. Priest kicks Johnson around, drags him up but Johnson elbows Priest away to then hit a NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, Johnson gets up and rallies with big clotheslines! Johnson whips but Priest reverses, only for Johnson to hold ropes. Priest runs but is sent out, Johnson FLIES! Direct hit and Johnson fires up!

Johnson gets Priest up, puts him in, reels him in, but Priest blocks the lift to back drop! Johnson tries to sunset flip but Priest sits on the cover, TWO! Johnson manages the sunset, TWO! Johnson high stacks, TWO to a dead lift and BUCKLE BOMB! Priest staggers into Johnson’s fisherman, pump handle, BRAIN DOG!! Cover, Johnson wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Now that’s a big finisher! Will that be what helps bring Johnson to bigger and better in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Ryan Nemeth.

The Hollywood Hunk has a huge match tonight against Orange Cassidy. How is he getting prepared for someone of that caliber? Nemeth will be the first to admit Cassidy is cool. The hair, the shades, the all denim, the hands… in… No, no, Nemeth can’t even pretend. “As a trained, athletic, serious, professional wrestler, nothing disgusts and offends me more than someone like Orange Cassidy.” Cassidy may think he’s cool, but Nemeth will show him he’s no hunk.

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Fuego Del Sol & Jake St. Patrick!

Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. have gotten back on track, but still have a long way to go! Will their hot streak get hotter? Or will it be put out by the Fire of the Sun and JSP?

The teams sort out and the Ivy League MVP starts with Fuego. They circle, Fuego gets a waistlock but Griff switches and slams him down! Griff keeps on the waistlock, floats to a facelock, but Fuego fights up. Griff wrenches, headlocks, Fuego tries to power out but Griff holds on. Griff hits a takeover, but Fuego fights up again. Fuego tries but can’t power out, and Griff grinds harder. Fuego throws Griff off, dropkicks Griff, but Griff stays up to CLOBBER Fuego! JSP tags in and Bulletproof BPJ wants in. Griff tags, BPJ and JSP circle and tie up. BPJ waistlocks, slams JSP down and brings him around for knees and another slam!

BPJ shifts to a facelock, JSP slips out and rolls, but BPJ wrenches and yanks the arm! BPJ wrenches, wristlocks, yanks the arm, but JSP spins and back kicks! And front kicks! And wheel kicks! BPJ ends up in a corner, dodges JSP, and then runs in to clothesline! And CHOP! BPJ whips, JSP reverses, Griff tags in! BPJ runs, dodges JSP to feed him to Griff’s BOOT! Fuego goes to check on JSP before he gets in., Griff facelocks, tags BPJ and scoop SLAMS JSP to give BPJ a boost on the slingshot senton! Tag to Griff, BPJ returns the favor and Griff slingshot leg drops! Griff brings JSP up, tags BPJ back in, they double whip JSP to double elbow him down!

BPJ taunts Fuego with his mullet then slaps JSP around. JSP fights back but BPJ CHOPS him to the corner! And CHOPS him again! Tag to Griff, the Blondes double whip and Griff kicks low for BPJ to swinging neckbreaker! Griff drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Griff keeps JSP from his corner, then brings him back to tag BPJ. BPJ runs in and clotheslines JSP! BPJ stomps JSP, but JSP throws forearms! JSP ROCKS Griff, but BPJ rolls back to get the HALF CRAB! BPJ keeps JSP from Fuego, then sits deep! JSP endures, fights up, rolls through and throws BPJ off! JSP dodges to tag Fuego! Fuego rallies, hits Griff, dodges BPJ then comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor BPJ into Griff!

Fuego gets BPJ, calls for it, but BPJ fights out and whips! Fuego goes up and over, Griff tags in, Fuego rams BPJ into the corner. Fuego rolls, goes up, ROCKS Griff again, and hits the TORNADO DDT on BPJ! But Griff is legal, and hits the ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, the Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

Fuego hit his signature move but on the wrong target! Will he ever get a win with the Tornado? As for Griff & BPJ, will they be heading up the tag team rankings to go for those titles?

 

Max Caster VS Ryzin!

Get ready for another diss track! “I’m Platinum Max, and I’m with the Acclaimed. Yo, Ryzin, you should get a different name. Y’know, somethin’ like ‘Bitch,’ y’know, somethin’ less lame. Or maybe like ‘Butter’ cuz you goin’ down the drain. You got a losing a streak, a streak in your beard, and I heard you go streakin’ cuz your weird. I’m so hot, I could attract your dad. Your red streak makes you look like a maxipad, ya little biiitch~!” Caster roasts Ryzin but will he be the one getting burned in this match?

The bell rings and Caster circles with Ryzin. The fans rally, they tie up, and Caster goes after an arm. Caster wrenches, wristlocks, but Ryzin slips through to headlock. Caster powers out but Ryzin runs him over! Ryzin speeds things up, Caster goes to hip toss but Ryzin blocks. Caster blocks Ryzin’s hip toss but Ryzin knees low, flips over and dropkicks Caster down! Ryzin KICKS Caster in the leg, stalks him to a corner, and KICKS him again! Ryzin runs but Caster LARIATS! Caster drags Ryzin up, wrenches, knuckle locks, and then brings Ryzin around to lift him and hotshot the arm! Fans boo as Caster storms up and throat chops Ryzin!

Caster wenches, grinds Ryzin and stomps the arm! Caster blows kisses but fans boo. Ryzin hits back with body shots and gets a leg to trip Caster up! Ryzin stomps the leg, steps through but Csater boots him into buckles! Caster wrenches an arm for a back drop! Wristlock and cover, TWO! Caster keeps on the arm, taunts Ryzin, but fans rally as Ryzin moves around. Ryzin gets a ropebreak with a foot, Caster lets off. Caster throws forearms, snapmares, then digs his knee into Ryzin’s back! Fans boo as Caster keylocks the arm and drags Ryzin to Shankly Gates! Ryzin powers out, covers, TWO! Ryzin KICKS Caster in the leg again, then KICKS again!

Caster SLAPS Ryzin, but Ryzin blocks the suplex! Ryzin reels Caster in to get a cradle! TWO!! Caster SLAMS Ryzin’s leg! Caster wrenches an arm, hammerlocks and shoots in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Caster tries again, TWO! Again, TWO! Caster KICKS Ryzin to a corner, drags him up and fans rally up. Caster wrenches and wrangles Ryzin down to another keylock but Ryzin endures. Ryzin fights up as fans rally, and he headscisosrs! Caster kips free then kicks low. Caster grabs Ryzin by his beard but Ryzin gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Ryzin brings Ryzin for the corner BULLDOG! Ryzin gives Caster last rites as he goes up and up and MOONSAULTS onto knees!

Caster arm-drags Ryzin then hits a HEADSHOT! And a KICK, back to SHANKLY GATES! Ryzin endures, scoots back to get the ropebreak, but Caster lets off at 4. Caster tries to suplex, but the leg gives out! He still ends up slamming Ryzin on his face, but Ryzin gets up to throw haymakers! Caster ducks to spin Ryzin, wrench and YANK, to then reel him in for a SNAP BRAINBUSTER! Caster isn’t done, he goes up top for the MIC DROP!! Cover, Caster wins!

Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall

Caster tucks Ryzin’s hands into his tights and stomps him! Is that some kind of message to Orange Cassidy? And even if it’s not, will Caster be rapping about all the stars of AEW soon enough?

 

This week’s AEW Rising Star: Red Velvet!

Growing up, her dad was a professional boxer. She’d watch him train, but didn’t think she was destined to be a boxer. She did want to be a fighter, but not in boxing. She was a professional dancer first, but because she loved pro-wrestling ever since she was 9, she gave it a try. 2015, she went to a wrestling school and hasn’t looked back. Cody Rhodes says Velvet wasn’t completely signed at first, but she came out to stake her claim. She called Jade Cargill out, Cody and Brandi are very impressed, and are looking forward to Velvet being a major player in AEW. During this time of a “dumb, awful pandemic,” Velvet is making it clear she’s not a substitute but a star.

Velvet knows she has experience, grit, passion and heart, and she will give it everything to take on everything coming her way. Will the rise of Red Velvet continue until she is the top of the mountain?

 

Leva Bates & Madi Wrenkowski VS Big Swole & Red Velvet!

The Librarian and Miss Reality have gone back and forth in 1v1 competition, but are being put together to see if that can make them a strong tag team. However, they’re up against a strong duo who have teamed and won before! Will Leva and Madi be able to have an impact on the top two contenders to the AEW Women’s World Championship?

The teams sort out and Velvet starts against Leva. They circle, shake hands, and then tie up. Leva headlocks, hits a  takeover, but Velvet headscissors. Leva kips out, Velvet arm-drags her but Leva arm-drags back and has an armlock. Fans cheer the exchange, Leva tags Madi in and they hand off the wrench to a wristlock. Madi yanks on the arm again and again, but Velvet rolls, kips up and wrenches, but Madi pokes her in the eye! Madi whips, Velvet comes back to CLOBBER Madi! Hot tags to Swole and Leva, and things speed up. Swole runs Leva over, flexes, then keeps moving. Leva drops, but Swole gets around to knee low. Swole snapmares and runs to EuroUpper in the back! Cover, TWO!

Swole keeps on Leva with a facelock and clubs her down. Leva jawbreakers free, kicks low then reels her in for a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Leva drags Swole up, wrenches and wristlocks then tags in Madi. Madi gets the hand off again to bump Swole off buckles. Maid stomps, snapmares, and then runs but Swole tosses her away! Swole hits the BASEMENT SHOT! Cover, TWO! Swole is annoyed but she drags Madi up and around to club her in the back. Swole wraps Maid up in a straitjacket stretch, then SWINGS Madi around to SLAM her down! Cover, TWO! Madi survives but Swole drags Madi up. Madi throws body shots, she blocks the boot and makes Swole do the splits to KNEE her down!

Madi chokes Swole and Leva gets in to scold her, but the ref is busy with Leva! Madi chokes Swole more, reaches for a tag, but Leva doesn’t want to because of the cheating. So Madi grabs Leva’s book and SMACKS her with it! Leva is furious, but instead of attacking Madi, she storms off and leaves! Hot tag to Velvet and she rallies on Madi! Drop toehold to ropes and then a DOUBLE KNEE to the back! Leva cheers Velvet on as Velvet hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Velvet stirs it up, brings Madi up and bobs ‘n’ weaves to forearm, kick and HEEL KICK! Velvet runs for JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet & Swole win!

Winners: Red Velvet & Big Swole, by pinfall

But wait! Here come the Vicious Vixens, and Jade Cargill! We knew these three were on the same page when Brandi Rhodes was around, so Swole and Velvet dare them to bring the fight! Will this battle happen when Vickie deems it the right time?

 

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

All Ego faces Number 5 of the Dark Order, how has he prepared for him? How has he prepared for Number 5? The only numbers Ethan cares about are in his win-loss record. Ethan got his first win last week, and will just be adding to it! He’ll do two things tonight. One: win. And two: this is a favor to Dark Order, who don’t seem to like Number 5 in the first place, he’ll get rid of Alan Angels for them. Will Ethan keep racking up wins until he’s in the Top 5?

 

Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs!

Brian Cage surprised all of us, but especially Team Taz, by showing respect to Sting! While The Machine is put aside for the moment, can the Absolute and the Powerhouse prove themselves a powerful combination?

The teams sort out, and Hobbs starts with Nelson. Hobbs powers Nelson right to a corner, RAMS into him again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Hobbs grins and chuckles but Nelson ROCKS him! Hobbs grabs Nelson by his ears, pops him up to a fireman’s carry, but Nelson fights out! Nelson throws more forearms, but Hobbs puts him back in a corner! Nelson boots back, goes up top and leaps, but Hobbs POUNCES the flying tackle out of the air!! Hobbs hauls Nelson up, throws heavy body shots, then whips him into the Team Taz corner hard! Hobbs grins and then stands on Nelson before he tags in Starks.

Starks stomps Nelson, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again. Starks whips Nelson but reels him in, only for Nelson to ROCK Starks! Nelson uppercuts but Starks grabs at him. Isaacs tags in, clubs Starks and wrenches to drive in shoulders. Isaacs fireman’s carries but Starks fights out and clamps onto shoulders. Isaacs elbows and whips but Starks CLOBBERS Isaacs! Starks hits a pose, kicks Isaacs to the ropes then clubs him down. Starks starts to toy with Isaacs but Isaacs hits back! Starks kicks Isaacs down, brings him up for a SLAP, and more slaps, but Isaacs blocks and BACK HANDS! Nelson tags in and Isaacs STUNNERS Starks for Nelson’s CROSSBODY! Cover, Hobbs breaks it!

Hobbs gets Isaacs for a SPINEBUSTER! The ref reprimands, Nelson goes after Starks and runs, but Hook trips Nelson up! Starks strikes a pose, gets Nelson up, for ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Team Taz wins!

Winners: Ricky Starks & “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

Hook gets an assist and Team Taz is climbing back from that brutal Street Fight defeat. But after wrecking the West Coast Wrecking Crew, will Team Taz look to tear into the rest of the AEW Tag Division?

 

AEW has another YouTube show coming in April!

It’ll be AEW Outside the Ring, hosted by Lexy Nair.

 

Danny Limelight VS Baron Black!

The “Radioactive Papi” and the EmpBRUH both want to be on the rise, so Elevation is the perfect place to battle it out! Who climbs over the other to get further up the mountain in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Limelight wrenches the arm. Baron spins, wrenches, wristlocks, but Limelight rolls to wrench back. Baron breaks free to CHOP hard! Limelight goes to ropes, Baron CHOPS him again! Baron whips, Limelight slips up and around to arm-drag! Limelight runs in at the corner, Baron tosses him up but Limelight headstands to boot Baron away! Limelight then adjusts, and springboards for a FLYING RANA! Baron bails out while fans cheer Limelight, and he builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit and Limelight does his dance! “AYE~ PAPI!” Limelight puts Baron in, climbs up top, and leaps again, into an atomic drop!

Baron pops Limelight up, Canadian Rack BACKBREAKER! Baron brings the straps down as Limelight staggers up, and Baron runs corner to corner to CYCLONE CLOTHESLINE! Then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Limelight lives but Baron grits his teeth. Limelight CHOPS, Baron CHOPS, repeat! Baron BOOTS, reels Limelight into a straitjacket, and he drops back for a surfboard style stretch! Limelight endures, slips off and DOUBLE STOMPS! Both men are down but fans fire up! Limelight gets up first, Baron runs in but Limelight elbows him hard! Limelight boots and goes to the apron, then blocks to ENZIGURI!

Limelight goes up top as Baron staggers, but Baron gets under the leap! Limelight gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Limelight kips up and fires up and fans fire up with him! Baron sits up, blocks the buzzsaw and trips Limelight for a CLOVERLEAF! Limelight endures, fights around, and gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, Baron lets go, and is frustrated. Baron goes to the apron with Limelight, drags him up, and swings, but Limelight ducks the chop to POST Baron! Baron goes to the floor, Limelight PENALTY KICKS him down! then springboards to DOUBLE STOMP him!

Limelight gets Baron in, fires himself up, and runs in to wheelbarrow, victory roll to a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Or as Limelight calls it, Morir Soñando! Baron taps, Limelight wins!

Winner: Danny Limelight, by submission

Limelight makes sure Baron got #ToDieDreaming, and now he’s ready to climb! How far will Limelight go and how bright will he shine?

 

Orange Cassidy w/ Chuck Taylor VS Ryan Nemeth!

Freshly Squeezed and the Kentucky Gentleman are preparing for one final showdown with The Best Man and Superbad Kip Sabian on Dynamite. But will the Hollywood Hunk prove to be more than a tune-up for the King of Sloth Style?

The bell rings and Nemeth is impatient with Cassidy. Cassidy goes to put hands in his pockets but Nemeth gets a waistlock first! Nemeth throws Cassidy down, then brings him up to throw him down again! Nemeth brings Cassidy up, Cassidy reaches around but Nemeth keeps his legs away. Cassidy gets his hands in his pockets! And he wiggles down, gets a victory roll, TWO! Nemeth scowls as he circles with Cassidy. Cassidy baits Nemeth with the hands in pockets, gets around to hook, wrench, slip around, hook and slip around again, and arm-drag Nemeth! Then Cassidy springboards to arm-drag again! And then Cassidy lounges on the mat!

Nemeth runs in but Cassidy avoids the elbow drops! Cassidy bails out, goes to put his hands in his pockets but again that’s just bait. Nemeth chases, Cassidy gets back in the ring, and gets his hands in his pockets! Cassidy jumps over, dropkicks and kips up! Cassidy takes off the armband because he’s getting serious, and he leaps, but Nemeth catches him for a HARD back suplex! Cover, ONE, but Nemeth rains down rights! Nemeth swivels the hips, drives Cassidy into the mat, then drops a fist! Nemeth claws Cassidy’s face, punches him down, and fans rally up as Nemeth whips corner to corner. Cassidy bounces off buckles, Nemeth shows off the hips again, and then RAMS into Cassidy!

Nemeth throws knees over and over into Cassidy, wraps an arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Nemeth lets go and brings Cassidy around to hip toss hard! Nemeth slams Cassidy’s arm on the mat, swivels his hips and slams the arm down again! Cover, TWO! Nemeth drags Cassidy up, whips him to the corner again, and Cassidy bounces off the buckles. Nemeth brings Cassidy up to whip, Cassidy goes up and out and then ducks to bump Nemeth off buckles! And then off more buckles! Cassidy goes up top and leaps for a CROSSBODY! Cassidy runs, dodges and tilt-o-whirls for a- No, the arm holds him back! Nemeth hits an ARM CODE BREAKER, then WRINGS Cassidy out!

Nemeth hammerlocks the arm and cranks on it! Nemeth leans all his weight on the arm with a headstand, then shifts sides to pull harder. Nemeth stomps Cassidy at the ropes but the ref has him back off. Nemeth waits for Cassidy to stand, and he runs in, but no satellite DDT! Nemeth dropkicks Cassidy, then goes for another, but Cassidy gets around to run! Tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up for Cassidy as he climbs up and leaps, but into a dropkick! Nemeth leaps for the SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Nemeth is right on him, Rude- No! No awakening, Cassidy rolls Nemeth into the Mouse Trap! Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Freshly Squeezed found a way to win, but Nemeth gets him with the NECKBREAKER! Chuck rushes the ring to attack Nemeth with haymakers and stomps! But JD Drake gets in!? Drake wants payback for the Dark match loss to Chuck and CLOBBERS him! Is JD suddenly a friend of the Hunk? As for Cassidy, he won but got attacked, how will he be feeling going into the Arcade Cabinet match with Miro and Kip?

 

Ethan Page VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order!

We heard from All Ego earlier, but now Number 5 gets to respond with actions! Will Angels quickly change Ethan’s direction by putting a number in the loss column? Or is Ethan putting a Number on the sidelines?

The bell rings and Angels circles with Ethan. They tie up, Ethan powers Angels to a corner, the ref counts but Ethan lets off. Ethan pats Angels on the head, but fans boo. Angels and Ethan circle, tie up, and Ethan powers Angels back. Angels turns things around to put Ethan in the corner and then lets off. Angels pats Ethan on the head, Ethan gets mad but Angels wrenches! Ethan whips, Angels goes up and over to wrench and drag Ethan down! Ethan fights up, knees low, and whips Angels to the apron. Angels lands safe, shoulders in and slingshots over to wrench again! Ethan scoops to SLAM Angels down! Fans boo but Ethan keeps himself calm as he runs in.

Angels goes up and over and runs, dodges and RANAS! Angels keeps going to corner clothesline, then rains down fists! He gets 5, then flips back to dropkick Ethan down! Angels goes corner to corner but Ethan BOOTS back! Ethan bumps Angels off buckles, throws him down and runs him over! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan drags Angels up, wraps him against ropes, and CHOPS him! Ethan whips Angels, Angels tilt-o-whirls and Russian Leg Sweeps! Cover, TWO! Ethan scrambles away, Angels runs at the ropes, but Ethan moves and Angels only gets ropes! Angels is dazed, Ethan drags him up and through the ropes, underhooks for the DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Ethan wraps Angels up in a rear bearhug but Angels endures. Angels fights up, throws elbows, but Ethan squeezes tighter. Angels elbows free, bell slaps, then fires off haymakers! Angels KICKS, KICKS and KICKS, and keeps on giving KICKS, to then miss the buzzsaw! Ethan runs but Angels clobbers him with an elbow! Angels whips, Ethan reverses but Angels goes up and over to enziguri! Angels has Ethan on the ropes again and runs, for the CROSSBODY! Angels gets Ethan for STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives and Angels can’t believe it! But fans rally up and Angels fires up!

Angels aims from a corner, strikes the Dark Order pose, then clamps onto the arms! Ethan fights and arm-drags Angels away, to then scoop. Angels slips off, waistlocks, Ethan elbows and ROUNDHOUSES, then scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Angels lives and Ethan is shocked! Ethan drags Angels up, fans rally and sing, but Ethan reels Angels in. Angels is dead weight but Ethan still gets him up to the crucifix. Angels fights out, mule kicks then moonsaults over! Angels ducks a kick to HEEL KICK, but Ethan LARIATS! Ethan gets the crucifix, for THE EGO’S EDGE! Cover, Ethan wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall

In 1v1, Ethan is 2-0, and gets the 1-2-3 on Number 5. But will All Ego prove he’s Number ONE in All Elite Wrestling?

But Ethan gets a mic and even condescends to Justin Roberts for not getting the mic to him right. Ethan says everyone watching at home is nice, but how about a message for his future competition watching ringside! You don’t need to give him money or praise, but you just got a lesson in how to be the best pro-wrestler for free! YOU’RE WLEOCME! And now, to everyone watching at home, get used to seeing this beautiful face and all the wins he’s going to rack up! All Ego Ethan Page is going to be here for a very, very long time!

 

Ryo Mizunami VS Leyla Hirsch!

Aneki won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, but could not win the title itself at Revolution! But will she be able to redeem herself tonight against some #LEGIT competition?

The bell rings and Ryo circles with Leyla. Fans rally up, they tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ryo pushes Leyla back, Leyla puts Ryo on ropes, and Leyla throws a forearm! Ryo shrugs that off but Leyla fires off more forearms! Ryo kicks low, whips but Leyla rams her with a shoulder! Ryo eggs Leyla on, Leyla runs and rams again! Ryo and Leyla egg each other on, Ryo runs but Leyla clotheslines! Leyla runs but Ryo runs her over! Ryo whips Leyla, runs her over again, and fires up! The fans fire up with Ryo as she clubs Leyla, CHOPS her, but Leyla eggs her on. Ryo CHOPS, CHOPS, and fires off machine gun chops in the corner!

The ref counts, Ryo lets off and apologizes, but then does her dance, to CHOP again! Fans fire up with Aneki, she pantomimes, but Leyla runs in to CLOB her! Leyla RAMS Ryo into the corner, throws forearms, but Ryo eggs her on! Leyla trips Ryo, runs and METEORAS! Then SWINGS, but Ryo catches her to RAM her back in! Ryo drags Leyla up to CLUB her down, then scoops her for a SLAM! And drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Ryo keeps on Leyla with a camel clutch! Leyla endures, fans rally up, and Leyla gets an arm free to slip out. Ryo stomps Leyla down, and fans rally up again. Leyla hits back with forearms but Ryo hits back!

Ryo brings Leyla up, scoops but Leyla slips out. Leyla HEADBUTTS! Both women stagger, but Leyla runs in to clothesline! Leyla puts Ryo up top, Ryo fights back but Leyla throws body shots and a headbutt to the stomach! Ryo pushes Leyla away, adjusts, but Leyla gets up and climbs to SUPER STEINER! Ryo staggers into a KNEE! Leyla hits  a GERMAN SUPLEX! Leyla fires up, fans also fire up, and Ryo gets up, for Leyla to springboard arm-drag to an ARMBAR! But Ryo blocks! Ryo stands up, scoots back and gets the ropebreak! Leyla lets go, fires off forearms again, but Ryo pushes her back for forearms of her own, and a back hand to LARIAT!

Fans fire up, Ryo wants Leyla to rise up! Leyla does rise, but she blocks the lariat to LARIAT back! And again! Ryo stays up, but Leyla keeps hitting! Ryo CLOBBERS Leyla right back! And then drops the leg, brother! Cover, TWO, but into the KATAGATAMI!! Ryo has the head ‘n’ arm triangle, but Leyla rolls out! Leyla hooks Ryo up for a takedown to another ARMBAR! Ryo fights, Leyla stomps her, Ryo gets up and gets through but Leyla makes it a triangle hold! Ryo gets a cover out of it, TWO, and she dead lifts to BOMB Leyla down! Fans fire up again as Leyla CLOBBERS Ryo! Cover, TWO!! Ryo still lives but Leyla SLAPS her! Leyla runs to LARIAT again! Cover, TWO!!

Leyla drags Ryo up by a wristlock, reels her in, OLYMPIC SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! KATAGATAMI!!! Leyla rolls around but Ryo uses that to roll Leyla! Leyla taps, Ryo wins!!

Winner: Ryo Mizunami, by submission

Aneki is victorious! Will this #LEGIT win be what helps Ryo climb up and earn another shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship?


My Thoughts:

A very good second episode. Last week being two hours was quite daunting, but this coming in at 85 minutes was a bit better. Ten matches is a much better card, honestly, but most of them were still rather standard Dark formula, especially with “jobber entrances” being used for the sake of trimming this down. I feel like Elevation needs to be used for stories that don’t have time on Dynamite, this is still some filler. The one that could’ve gone either way on paper was Limelight VS Baron Black, but it’s great to see that Limelight is moving up to being one of those “established names.” He even has a nickname now! I hope he gets to be at least a TNT Championship challenger.

Hell, with as many people as AEW is featuring every single week, is there going to be an AEW Dark Championship? An AEW Junior Heavyweight Championship to parallel NJPW having a Junior Heavyweight Division? A guy like Limelight could totally surge up in a division like that. The “Triple Main Event” was alright, I don’t think either match was all that long, but I do find JD Drake going after Chuck an interesting detail to Cassidy VS Nemeth. Ethan does great on the mic both before and after a solid match with Angels, he’ll definitely be a TNT Champion at some point. And Ryo VS Leyla was very good, deserving of being the main event. Ryo seems to be sticking around so winning makes sense. She’ll probably build in the background of whatever happens with the title.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/25/23)

Will Bryan Danielson’s streak continue?

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Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!

Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
  • #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
  • Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!

The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?

The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.

Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!

Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.

Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!

Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!

Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!

Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!

Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!

Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?

 

AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.

Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!

The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?

AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!

The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!

But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.

Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!

Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!

Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.

Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!

Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!

Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?

“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.

“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?

 

Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!

It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”

Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?

#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!

The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!

Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.

JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.

Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!

Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!

JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!

Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!

Winners: #JungleHook, by submission

All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?

 

Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.

The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.

Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”

Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.

Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.

And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?

Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!

Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!

Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.

Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.

Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!

Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!

Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!

Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!

Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!

Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”

Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?

 

Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!

As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?

The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!

Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!

Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!

The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!

Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?

 

MJF speaks.

“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.

“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.

“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.

“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.

“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!

Jamie Hayter speaks.

“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!

On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?

 

Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!

To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!

AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!

Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!

Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!

Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!

Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!

Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!

Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.

Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!

Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!

Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.


My Thoughts:

A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.

Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.

And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.

Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.

Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.

Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/24/23)

Britt Baker gets Dark!

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Universal Studios belongs to Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

Ahead of a Triple Threat on Wednesday Night Dynamite, Britt Baker returns to AEW Dark for a Tuesday tune-up! Will The Doctor be ready for Toni Storm and Ruby Soho?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Britt Baker VS Billie Starkz; Baker wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Baliyan Akki, Marcus Kross & Vary Morales; The Dark Order wins.
  • Tony Deppen VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Serpentico wins.
  • Matt Sydal VS Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon; Sydal wins.
  • Harley Cameron VS Brittany J; Cameron wins.
  • Madison Rayne VS Kaci Lennox; Rayne wins.
  • Action Andretti VS Bronson w/ The Iron Savages; Action win.
  • Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.

QUICK NOTES

A good line-up, and good to see Matt Sydal back in action. That should be a good return win for him against big bad Bononi. Harley Cameron is a bit of a surprise. Sure, she showed up in AEW sometime last year, but she performed in a musical trio alongside Scarlett Bordeaux and Shotzi Blackheart to cover I Put A Spell On You for WWE around Halloween time. WWE could’ve/should’ve scooped her up then but hey, at least she’s somewhere. Anthony Henry VS Mascara Dorada looks to be a great match-up that could go either way. And of course, Britt will get a win here to be ready for Dynamite on Wednesday.


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