Dark is building up for the Spring!
Before Dynamite but after what they did on Elevation, Miro & Kip are in action on AEW Dark to tune up for the Arcade Anarchy! Will they level up before battling Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy?
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Milk Chocolate; The Butcher & Blade win.
- Jazmin Allure VS Madi Wrenkowski; Wrenkowski wins.
- Chaos Project VS Dean Alexander & Justin Law; Chaos Project wins.
- Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS Angelico w/ Jack Evans; Angelico wins.
- Six Man Tag: Evil Uno, Stu Grayson & Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales, Bill Collier & D3; The Dark Order wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Adam Priest & KC Navarro; Jurassic Express wins.
- Diamante VS Vipress; Diamante wins.
- Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott & Chandler Hopkins; Team Taz wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Big Swole, Red Velvet & Kilynn King VS Vertvixen, Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo; Swole, Velvet & King win.
- Michael Nakazawa VS Mike Magnum; Nakazawa wins.
- Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Baron Black & John Skyler; Miro & Kip win.
- Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowen VS Alex Reynolds w/ the Dark Order; Caster wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Milk Chocolate!
There’s not even time for teams to sort out, Butcher and Blade just jump Randy Summers and Brandon Watts! Butcher stomps Summers in the ring while Blade kicks Watts out. Butcher CHOPS Summers, then whips him corner to corner. Summers elbows back, throws forearms, then dodges Butcher’s forearms to ROCK him! Butcher deflects the drop kick, to then back suplex SLAM him down! Butcher hauls Summers up, scoops, tags Blade, and they combine for a lawn dart KICK! Bunny, Hardy and Private Party are loving this as Blade sends Summers to the corner. Watts tags in, but runs into a kick! Blade fires off haymakers and CHOPS, then stomps away!
The ref counts, Blade lets off, and he drags Watts up to CHOP him! Blade whips Watts corner to corner, Watts goes up and over to CHOP back! Watts whips, Blade reverses but Watts goes up and over to CHOP again! Fans rally for Watts but Private Party distracts! Watts goes up and over but Hardy drags him down to SLAM him onto the timekeeper’s table! Hardy fakes like HE is the one attacked, and the HFO play along. Summers checks on Watts, Butcher CLOBBERS him and drags Watts back to the ring. Blade chokes Watts on ropes, the ref counts and Blade lets off. Isiah Kassidy gets his shots in! Butcher tags in, digs his knee into Watts, but lets off as the ref counts.
Butcher drags Watts up, bumps him hard off buckles, then drags him back up. Butcher CHOPS Watts off his feet! Butcher drags Watts up, tags in Blade, and they double headbutt him down! Blade taunts Watts, drags him up and snapmares him to a neck wrench. Blade drives an elbow into Watts’ head, stomps him down, but Watts fights back. Blade rakes Watts’ eyes! Tag to Butcher, and Butcher DECKS Watts with a right. Butcher chokes Watts on ropes, Bunny Allie laughs at Watts again, but Watts hits a jawbreaker! Watts kicks a leg out, hits a mule kick, then tags in Summers! Butcher tags Blade but Summers fires off on Blade!
The ref has to back him down, but he comes back to ROCK Blade, go corner to corner and UPPERCUT! Summers keeps moving, he ducks to mule kick and FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Summers tags Watts and then DECKS Butcher! Milk Chocolate coordinates, but Blade fights the double suplex to swing, into a ROLLING ELBOW, BOOT, front kick and ENZIGURI! Allie distracts, Butcher gets back in and Butcher CLOBBERS Milk Chocolate! Summers is thrown out, Blade gets Watts up, DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, HFO wins!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Milk Chocolate melted and now the HFO is getting that winner’s check! Now that we’re past the first quarter, will Big Money Matt and his clients be flush with cash?
Jazmin Allure VS Madi Wrenkowski!
On this week’s Dark: Elevation, Allure was alongside Tesha Price and lost to the AEW Women’s World Champion and the current #1 contender! Will she face reality that she’s just not there yet? Or will she show Madi otherwise?
Leva Bates is on commentary, as one: she’s excited to watch women’s wrestling growing in AEW, and two: she did team with Madi once and it didn’t really go well. Will the Librarian secretly be rooting one way or another?
The bell rings and Allure rushes and dropkicks Madi! Allure fires off forearms, stomps her in the corner, then brings Madi out. Madi shoves Allure, arm-drags her around, then clamps onto the arm. Allure endures, fans rally, and Leva runs down Madi’s outfit with the one leg tights. Allure arm-drags Madi but Madi drags her back to the armlock. Madi cranks the arm, Allure fights up and throws knees then CLUBS Madi on the back. Allure snapmares then KICKS Madi in the arm! Allure runs and basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Allure drags Madi up and whips. Madi reverses and elbows Allure down! Madi brings Allure up, whips her, and back drops her high and hard!
Allure scrambles out to avoid the cover but Madi pursues. Madi lurks, runs in and CLOBBERS Allure! Madi puts Allure in the ring, brings her back up, but Allure jawbreakers! Madi staggers, Allure clubs her at the ropes, then stomps her down. Allure throws her armband at Madi then stomps her more! Allure snapmares Madi, rains down rights, but the ref counts. Allure lets off then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Allure grows frustrated with Madi already, lets out a squeal, and drags Madi up. Madi reverses the whip then follows, but Allure is ready with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Allure drags Madi up, whips her but Madi holds ropes to kick back!
Madi CLOBBERS Allure again, then dropkicks her down! Allure flounders, Madi runs at the corner to fire off forearms! Madi runs in for another forearm smash, then scoops for a SPINNING SIDEWALK SLAM! Madi runs to SCISSOR KICK! Cover, Madi wins!
Winner: Madi Wrenkowski, by pinfall
Leva lets us know Madi calls that the Reality Check, and Allure just cashed it. Will Madi be checking off a top 5 spot with that in the near future?
Chaos Project VS Dean Alexander & Justin Law!
Luther & Serpentico have been up and down, but they’ll never stop trying! Will the Original Death Dealer and SNAKEMAN get back up against The Sensation and The Law?
Taking a cue from the HFO, Luther doesn’t let his opponents sort out, he makes Serpentico TOPE SUICIDA out onto Alexander! Law realizes what happened and Luther rushes him at the apron! Law shoulders in and slingshots over but Luther CLOBBERS him! Luther kicks Law to a corner, runs in and clotheslines then stomps him down! The ref counts, Luther lets off to then knee low. Tag to Serpentico, he jumps in and they mug Law. Serpentico throws elbows, bumps Law off buckles, stomps him and whips him corner to corner. Law goes up and over, hip tosses Serpentico then arm-drags him! Serpentico staggers into a scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO, right before Luther runs in and elbow drops Serpentico!
Law dropkicks Luther out of the ring! Law throws hands on Serpentico, CHOPS him, then throws more hands. The ref counts, Law whips corner to corner but Serpentico slips out to avoid the corner clothesline. Law DECKS Serpentico but Luther drags him out to throw him into railing! Luther gets away and Serpentico stomps Law down. Serpentico puts Law in, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Luther and he KICKS Law, then reels him in for a clothesline! Luther calls his shot and brings Law up, LUTHER BOMB! Luther DECKS Alexander for good measure, then stomps Law. Luther scoops Law to SLAM him, tag to Serpentico for the slingshot stomps!
Serpentico digs his boots in, lets off to bring Law up, and hits a jawbreaker! Serpentico RAMS Law into the corner, tags Luther in, and Luther uses Serpentico as a weapon again for the human battering ram! Luther KNEES Law to the BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Luther argues the count but it was fair. Luther drags Law up, tags Serpentico, and Serpentico goes up. Luther scoop SLAMS Law, then ROCKET LAUNCHES Serpentico, only for him to FLOP as Law evades! Law gets up, dodges, hot tag to Alexander! Alexander rallies on Chaos Project, uppercuts Luther then back drops Serpentico! Luther swings but misses and Alexander dropkicks him out!
Serpentico rules over to mule kick and whip, but Alexander reverses. Serpentico wheelbarrows but Alexander makes it a half nelson SLAM! Cover, Luther dropkicks it apart! Luther gets out to tag back in, and he runs to DECK Law! Luther swings a heel kick but misses, Alexander fires off haymakers! Alexander whips, Luther reverses and BOOTS him down! Luther drags Alexander up, tags Serpentico back in, and Chaos Project combines for the CREEPING DEATH! Cover, Chaos Project wins!
Winners: Chaos Project, by pinfall
And Chaos Project is back up! Will they stay up and prove themselves a top 5 tag team in AEW?
Sonny Kiss w/ Joey Janela VS Angelico w/ Jack Evans!
The Bad Boy won on Elevation, now the Concrete Rose looks to keep pace! Will Kiss add to The Hybrid2’s woes by beating the South African Submission Specialist?
The bell rings and Kiss circles with Angelico as fans rally up. The two tie up, Angelico gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Kiss rolls, handsprings and handsprings again to wrench and wristlock back! Kiss hammerlocks but Angelico reaches back to get up. Angelico slips through to hammerlock back, then headlock. Kiss endures but Angelico shifts to an arm and wrenches to another wristlock. Angelico kicks Kiss before he can handspring, but Kiss spins and wrenches the wristlock back onto Angelico. Angelico spins, shoots in, has a standing armbar, but Kiss trips him! Kiss wants a kneebar but Angelico gets the ropebreak!
Kiss lets off and fans cheer as Kiss shows Angelico his own technical prowess. Fans rally, the two circle again and they feel out the grapple. Angelico traps both of Kiss’ arms to then get a modified straitjacket clutch! Kiss endures, Angelico headlocks, but Kiss tries to power up. Angelico resists, Kiss shifts to a waistlock, but Angelico switches out. Angelico half nelsons and spins Kiss just to kick him low! Evans mocks Kiss’ pain but Janela tells him to shut up. Angelico whips, then follows, but Kiss arm-drags! Kiss spins through to split leg arm-drag! Kiss goes Matrix to avoid Angelico’s counter attack, and then reaches back to headscissor Angelico down! Fans fire up as Kiss kips up!
Angelico flounders, Evans checks on him but the ref tells him to get away. Kiss runs in, Angelico drop toeholds him into ropes! The ref reprimands and Angelico distracts him so Evans can get a cheap shot! Janela storms over and chases Evans off but the damage is done! Angelico stomps Kiss, drags him around and hooks up the leg to NAPALM DEATH! Kiss endures as Angelico twists one leg and pushes the other. Kiss fights free but Angelico STOMPS Kiss down! Fans boo as Angelico takes a second to check his jaw. Angelico drags Kiss up, but Kiss throws body shots! Kiss ROCKS him with a forearm, then handsprings, but Angelico blocks the heel kick to get a STANDING CRAB!?
Kiss endures, doing his best to stay up, but Angelico throws him down to PENALTY KICK him in the face! Cover, TWO! Angelico keeps cool, drags Kiss back up and wrenches to reel Kiss in. Back suplex but Kiss lands on his feet to RANA Angelico, then dropsault! Angelico goes to a corner, Kiss handsprings in to back body block and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Kiss is shocked but Janela and the fans rally up. Kiss fireman’s carries but Angelico fights free and shoves. Kiss ducks the boot to back kick and run, but Angelico trips up the springboard! Kiss does the splits but Angelico STOMPS the leg!
Angelico gets the legs hooked up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! And NAVARRO DOS MIL!! Kiss endures, clubs at Angelico, but Angelico stomps away! Kiss taps, Angelico wins!
Winner: Angelico, by submission
TH2 goes 1-1 in the Dark, as does Jersey’s Finest. Will Angelico & Evans move up while Janela & Kiss sink down in the rankings?
Max Caster speaks.
“This is Platinum Max Caster, one half of The Acclaimed, the best wrestler alive, but tonight I’m going up against Alex Reynolds of the Dark Order.” Caster wants to take Reynolds back in time, when Caster beat Preston “Number 10” Vance like that, as he snaps his fingers. Everyone says Vance is so big and strong, but Caster is the same size as him! Reynolds is dealing with a heavyweight, so Caster knows he’s scared. Caster knows Reynolds will have back-up from the Dark Order. If it’s Vance, Caster beat him. If it’s Alan Angels, EVERYONE beats him! Hangman Page? Caster could beat Hangman with one hand tied behind his back. And it’d be the good hand, his right.
Caster promises that Reynold’s “nice little face” and his nice little win-loss record is going up against Caster’s “impeccable” record. And y’know what? Caster will have extra help, too! Anthony Bowens is getting better and will be back in Caster’s corner. Caster is going to make a mark, and Reynolds will learn why everyone loves The Acclaimed. And that is a mic drop!
Six Man Tag: Evil Uno, Stu Grayson & Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales, Bill Collier & D3!
Once again, the Dark Order OG and BOOM BOOM combine forces! Will they keep rolling against this new combination before them?
The trios sort out and Uno starts with D3 while Cabana does his best Negative One on the stage. Uno and D3 tie up, Uno puts the Prince of Rom in the corner, but the ref counts. Uno lets off, D3 shoves Uno but Uno CHOPS him off his feet! Uno watches D3 stagger up and they circle again. D3 and Uno feel out the grapple, knuckle lock and have a test of strength. Uno is of course the bigger, stronger man but D3 rolls to wrench the knuckles! D3 laughs but Uno trips him up! Uno pushes the shoulders down, ONE as D3 gets an arm up. Uno pushes it down, ONE as D3 bridges up. D3 gets his legs through to headscissor but Uno pushes that away to flip D3 and drag him up.
D3 uses that to get a headlock, but Uno powers out. D3 rams Uno but Uno rebounds to run him over! Uno brushes off a shoulder and runs but D3 hurdles, into an ATOMIC DROP! Cover, TWO! Uno stomps the hands, hooks the arm, La Magistrol! TWO, but D3 avoids the stomps! Uno shows chop, D3 guards, but Uno waits. D3 lets his guard down, and Uno pokes him in the eye! Fans cheer but the ref reprimands and Uno apologizes profusely. D3 staggers about blindly, Uno is forgiven and he brings D3 around. D3 dropkicks Uno to tag in Collier! Collier is a big man so Uno stays back a second. Fans rally up, Uno and Collier tie up! Collier headlocks, grinds Uno, but Uno powers out.
Collier runs Uno over! Cabana gets in to get in Collier’s face but Uno tags Stu. Stu has Cabana stand down, and now Stu gets in Collier’s face! Collier shoves Stu, Stu CHOPS him! Collier CHOPS back, Stu CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Collier kicks low, throws a BIG haymaker, and then a BIG uppercut! Collier whips corner to corner, run sin but Stu boots him! Stu goes up, leaps, but the tornado DDT is blocked to a suplex! Collier holds Stu up for 5 then SLAMS him down! Collier brings Stu up to headbutt, and then whip to ropes. Stu reverses, Collier kicks but into a RANA! Stu runs, dodges, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Vary tags in and waistlocks but Stu elbows him!
Stu RAMS Vary into the Dark Order corner, tag to Cabana! Stu rolls Vary for Cabana but Cabana is a bit confused. Vary and Cabana tie up. Cabana hammerlocks but Vary throws elbows. Vary goes up but the flying mare stalls for a count of 5! Things speed up, Vary hurdles, Cabana cartwheels, Vary springboards to RANA! Cabana is dizzy, Vary runs in but his rana is turned into an Electric Chair SNAKE EYES! Tag to Uno, Uno suplexes Vary, then stands on his head. Tag to Stu for the running frog splash! Stu bumps Vary off buckles, tags Uno then Uno tags Cabana. Stu whips Uno in to body block Vary, then Uno feeds Vary to Cabana’s scoop and SLAM!
Cabana says he’s okay, and runs corner to corner. Vary dodges the Flying Apple to tag in Collier! Collier bumps Cabana off buckles, throws hands but Cabana throws them and CHOPS in return! Collier RAMS Cabana back into the corner, D3 tags in and runs but into DOUBLE CHOPS! Vary tags in, D3 kicks Cabana then whips Vary for a FLYING BRONCO BUSTER! Vary keeps moving but he runs into a FLYING APPLE! Cabana scowls as he hobbles and tags Stu. Vary tags Collier but Stu rallies on them both! Stu gives Vary an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Collier storms over but into kicks and CHOPS and a HAYMAKER! Stu hits a HUGE URENAGE!
Collier staggers up into the torture rack, but he fights free! Collier shoves Stu, Uno tags in and Stu kicks. Collier tries to suplex but Uno saves him. Stu suplexes Collier, Uno helps hold him up, then they hit the ASSISTED COMPLETE SHOT! Vary runs in, is popped up then tossed for a BOMB! D3 runs in. Stu dodges and Uno ROCKS him! Stu PELES D3, Uno tags Cabana, and the Dark Order combines for the assisted CHICAGO SKYLINE!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
A strong victory from a strong combination! Will Cabana, Uno and Stu become major players in the AEW rankings soon enough?
Jurassic Express VS Adam Priest & KC Navarro!
Jungle Boy won big on Elevation, now it’s up to Luchasaurus and Mark Stunt to keep things rolling! Will the wrestling dinosaur and Fun Size be strong against the boy from Battleground and the #TrulyBlessed?
The teams sort out and Stunt starts against KC. KC brags that usually he’s the “small guy” in a match, but against Stunt, he’s looking huge! Stunt stomps KC’s feet and KC drops to his knees! Stunt says HE’s the big guy now! KC shoves Stunt, Stunt runs and slide sunder to arm-drag KC, then he springboards to SPLASH! KC runs, Stunt dodges and ENZIGURIS! Priest tags in, Stunt tilit-o0w-hrils him for a headscissor! Stunt runs into the corner, Priest dodges but Stunt dodges, too! Stunt goes up for a flying elbow to Priest’s back! Cover, TWO! Priest steadies himself but Stunt is after him. Priest knees low, and TOSSES Stunt to the corner!
Tag to KC, he and Priest bring Stunt up for a double back suplex, but Stunt lands out of it! Tag to Luchasaurus and the BIGGEST man in the match is here. KC runs into a choke grip, as does Priest! DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS!! Double covers, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
Now THAT was big! Jungle Boy makes sure KC and Priest are still breathing, which they are. Will Jurassic Express be bigger than life as they head after the AEW Tag Team Championships and beyond?
Diamante VS Vipress!
Diamante called out Thunder Rosa on Elevation, and now looks to show what’s in store for the former NWA Women’s World Champion! Will Vipress wish someone else drew the Cuban Diamond?
The bell rings and Diamante talks some trash on Vipress. Vipress gives it back and they go forehead to forehead. Diamante throws elbows and forearms, but Vipress gives them back. Diamante knees low, whips but Vipress reverses and follows. Vipress gets under to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Vipress smirks but Diamante talks more smack as they circle. Diamante gets around to club away but Vipress trips her up! Vipress stomps, then digs her boot into Diamante’s face! The ref counts, Vipress lets off and brings Diamante up to double whip. Diamante goes up, Vipress denies the headscissors but gets a MULE KICK for it!
Diamante SHOTGUNS Vipress to the other corner, then adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Diamante is annoyed with Vipress but she still talks trash. Vipress throws Diamante out! Vipress takes her time following after, and kicks, only for Diamante to trip her up hard! Diamante drags Vipress back up to throw into railing! Diamante puts Vipress back in, covers, TWO! Diamante keeps focus as she pushes Vipress around then throws forearms. Fans rally up, Diamante runs to wheelbarrow but Vipress denies the next step. Diamante elbows, Vipress ducks one but not the COMEBACK DISCUS!
Diamante then throws short-arm lariats, and gets her for a straitjacket ARMBAR!! Vipress taps, Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by submission
Diamante shows her versatility, will she use her entire arsenal to take Thunder Rosa down?
Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott & Chandler Hopkins!
Taz himself says everything is fine in the group, despite the (good) things Brian Cage has said about Sting. Will the Machine, Absolute and Powerhouse make their mark as a trio?
The trios sort out, Starks starts against JSP. JSP and Starks circle slowly, tie up, and JSP gets an arm. Starks fights but JSP wrenches to wristlock. Starks pulls hair to get a headlock and grinds JSP down. JSP spins out to then wrench and wristlock back. Starks throws a forearm to ROCK JSP, then he whips JSP to ropes. JSP dodges, RANAS, and dropkicks Starks to the ropes! JSP hurries to wrench, cording hold, and then gets Starks to the corner. Scott tags in., wrenches to an elbow breaker, but Starks again grabs hair. Starks brings Scott over and tags Hobbs, despite Cage reaching out. Hobbs mugs Scott, looms over him, and Starks claims he couldn’t see Cage’s hand.
Hobbs kicks Scott around, whips him hard into a corner, and then grins as he asks, “That hurt, huh?” Hobbs drags Scott up, whips him corner to corner the other way and just as hard! Hobbs scoops, holds Scott up with the one arm, and then RAMS him into buckles! Scott is put in the Tree of Woe, Hobbs taunts him then brings him up to CLUB him out of the Tree! Hobbs chuckles as Scott writhes. Hobbs drags Scott up, fans rally and Scott hits a jawbreaker! Hobbs keeps Scott away from his corner but the ENZIGURI frees him! Hot tag to Hopkins, who fires off with strikes! Hopkins runs but gets CLOBBERED by Hobbs! The Powerhouse is having fun as he looms over Hopkins.
Hopkins is understandably dizzy as Hobbs throws him out hard! Hobbs keeps the ref distracted, Hook gets his shots in! GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Hook feeds Hopkins back in, Hobbs drags Hopkins to a cover, but JSP breaks it! That just angers Hobbs, and he TOSSES JSP out of the ring! Hobbs hauls Hopkins over, but Starks intercepts the tag! Even Hobbs is surprised by that, but Starks fire off on Hopkins. Starks reels Hopkins in, strikes his pose, and brings Hopkins up, but Cage tags in before the ROSHAMBEAUX! Starks didn’t know that, and the ref explains it! Cage brings Hopkins up to top this off with a DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
#WhoBetta? Well, while Hobbs might not see and and Taz himself denies it, there is something brewing between the Absolute and the Machine. Will Team Taz be torn apart over a simple difference of opinion?
Six Woman Tag: Big Swole, Red Velvet & Kilynn King VS Vertvixen, Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo!
Swole and Velvet made a winning combination before, so surely adding The King will only make it stronger! But will the Wrestling Gamer and the Sea Stars prove that otherwise?
The trios sort out, Vox starts against King. Vox and King circle, tie up, and King headlocks. King hits a headlock takeover but Vox headscissors. King kips free but Vox stays away. Tag to Exo, King tags to Swole. Swole and Exo circle as fans rally up for Swole. The two tie up, go around, and Swole spins Exo for a cravat to snapmare! And then a basement uppercut to the back! Swole has Exo on ropes, whips but Exo blocks. Swole ROCKS Exo, whips but Exo reverses, only for Swole to run her over! Swole keeps moving, things speed up but Swole turns the drop into a headlock! Exo fights up but Swole whips her to the corner!
Tag to Velvet, she and Swole double whip Exo for a trip up, but Exo fights through, only to get a calf kick! Cover, ONE! Velvet stays on Exo in a corner with body shots! Velvet throws more hands but Exo throws her to fire off forearms! Exo runs in but into a BOOT! Velvet runs to leap but into a catch, for a gut wrench and SLAM! Cover, Vox hits King and Swole, TWO! Velvet survives but Vert is there to throw King into railing! Swole runs Vert off but the Sea Stars isolate Velvet. Tag to Vox, Exo sets Velvet up for an uppercut! Tag back to Exo, and the Sea Stars double whip Velvet. Velvet ducks, tries to shove the sisters into each other, but Velvet switches to full nelson.
Exo runs in but Velvet dodges, Exo CLOBBERS Vox by accident! Velvet then dodges Exo to hot tag King! King spins Exo around to fire off forearms and CHOPS! King whips, Exo dodges and bails out to taunt King. Exo leads King on a chase, Vert is there to CLOBBER King! Vert shouts, “I told you it was over for you!” Exo puts King in and pushes her to a cover, ONE! King took on Aneki, Ryo Mizunami, this is nothing yet. Vert tags in to mug King and fire forearms! King gives them back, they brawl, and King kicks but so does Vert. They both dodge, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take both women down! Fans fire up as both women crawl for their corners, hot tags to Swole and Vox!
Swole dodges Vox, DECKS Exo, then rallies on both Sea Stars with cross chops! Vox dodges the kicks but not the HEADBUTT! Swole runs at Exo, misses in the corner, but she turns Exo’s attack into an URENAGE! Swole sees Vox coming, gets out of the way and ROCKS her! Step-in CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Vox survives but Swole keeps on her. Swole underhooks, Vert runs in to KNEE Sole down! King and Velvet get in, King DECKS Vert and Velvet brawls with Vox! Vox BOOTS Velvet down, Exo throws King away. The Sea Stars rally up and double DIVE! Down go King and Velvet! Vox fires up, she and Exo throw down hands, but Swole hits them back! It is chaos as Vert DIVES in and bowls them all over!!
Fans are fired up as Vert gets up and roars! Vert rallies her team, the Sea Stars put Swole in. The Sea Stars reel Swole in but Swole fires off forearms and CHOPS! Swole ROCKS Vox, kicks Exo and whips her to a corner. Swole whips Vox in to join her but Exo puts her on the corner. Exo gets Swole for an EXPLODER! Vox climbs up, coordinates with Exo, KNEE-BOARD SENTON onto knees! Swole saves her self, and tags in Velvet! Vert tags in, Velvet dodges her to SCREW HIGH KICK! Exo gets in but Velvet drop toeholds her to ropes! Velvet runs to DOUBLE KNEE Exo down! Vox runs in, King BOOTS her down!
Vert returns, Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves then King ROUNDHOUSES her! Swole gives Vert some DIRTY DANCING, and Velvet hits the HEEL KICK! Cover off “The Chef’s Kiss,” Velvet and team win!!
Winners: Big Swole, Red Velvet & KiLynn King, by pinfall
Adding an extra ingredient DID make this combination stronger! They do a Big Swole, Stir It Up macarena, but then JADE CARGILL shows up! The Storm wants after Velvet and so does Velvet with the Storm! Referees, Swole and King keep these two apart, but it is only a matter of time! What happens when Jade and Velvet throw down 1v1?
Michael Nakazawa VS Mike Magnum!
Kenny Omega’s best friend, personal assistant and who knows what else, is doing this for himself! But will the Turkish Oil Master not be able to give #YourHero the slip?
Wait, Nakazawa’s changing up his name to be “MT Nakazawa,” and he isn’t even dressed in his tights! He’s in his khakis and polo! Does that mean he’s cleaning up his act? The bell rings and Nakazawa circles with Magnum. Nakazawa is getting notes from someone over his headset. Is it Omega? Callis? Nakazawa explains his match has started, he has to call them back. Nakazawa and Magnum circle, but then Nakazawa moves away to talk to whoever again. Magnum turns Nakazawa around to CHOP and CHOP! Nakazawa uses the purple nurple!! Nakazawa headlocks, Magnum powers out but Nakazawa dodges, until the THESZ PRESS!
Nakazawa powers it up to a sunset flip! TWO, and Magnum snapmares Nakazawa around, then cravat KNEE SMASHES! Cover, ONE!! Magnum grows annoyed, Nakazawa gets the headset and lanyard off, but Magnum climbs up. Nakazawa intercepts with a trip up! Magnum lands on his paintbrush, and Nakazawa gives him the HENTAI SLIDE! Nakazawa runs for a RUNNING ELBOW! cover, TWO! Nakazawa checks his headset, then uses the lanyard to CHOKE Magnum! The ref reprimands, Nakazawa lets go but they have to untangle the cords. The ref takes all the stuff off Nakazawa, and Magnum kicks low to SPIKE DDT!
Magnum has his paintbrush, wants to whip but Nakazawa holds ropes. Magnum kicks low, and again, then whips. Nakazawa reverses, Magnum goes up and over and then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa narrowly escapes and Magnum grows frustrated. Magnum stalks up behind Nakazawa, brings him up and fireman’s carries, but Nakazawa grabs ropes! The ref counts, Nakazawa lets go but slips off to grab at the ref. The ref is a shield, Nakazawa gets his laptop and SMACKS Magnum! Fans boo as Nakazawa hobbles and drags Magnum up to scoop and hits a… Uh, Tiger Driver 69? Cover, Nakazawa wins!
Winner: Michael Nakazawa, by pinfall
Kenny Omega’s assistant wins, will he prove himself worthy of both the Kenny Omega AND AEW Top 5 some day?
Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Baron Black & John Skyler!
Team SuperBest prepares for Arcade Anarchy against the Kentucky Gentleman and Freshly Squeezed by taking on the EmpBRUH and the Southern Savior! But will this little bit of level grinding be enough to prepare for such a unique challenge on Dynamite?
The teams sort out and Miro gets in Baron’s face. Miro tells Baron to just back out now before it gets worse. Baron refuses so Miro fires off forearms! Miro throws Baron into railing, then more railing! Miro shouts this is a waste of his time, and he TOSSES Baron into the front row of wrestlers ringside! Miro then chases Skyler into th ering but Skyler hits back! The bell rings, Miro shoves Skyler but Skyler gets up to headbutt and uppercut! Skyler knees Miro, Miro CLOBBERS Skyler! Miro drags Skyler for elbow drops over and over! Miro drags Skyler up and ROCKS him with a forearm! Kip just takes a break to talk with Penelope while Miro ROCKS Skyler again.
Miro DECKS Skyler with that third shot! Fans boo but Miro soaks it up with a big smile on his face. Miro does a very Kurt Angle-esque spin around, but he runs into Skyler’s boot! Miro blocks the next boot, Skyler elbows him away and hops up for a FLYING UPPERCUT! Miro doesn’t fall so Skyler fires off forearms and CHOPS! Miro just gets mad and whips Skyler to the apron. Miro hauls Skyler up but Skyler hotshots Miro! Miro just frowns, but Skyler KICKS him away! Skyler springboards, dodges Miro, then goes up again. Miro yanks Skyler off for THE BEST SAIDO! Skyler staggers about, into THE BEST KICK!
Miro grins as he shouts, “Oh, Charles~!” He wants Chuck to watch as it is GAME OVER for Skyler! Stomp and yes, Game Over DEEP CAMEL CLUTCH!! Skyler taps, Miro and Kip win!
Winners: Miro & Kip Sabian, by submission
Okay, it’s just Miro who won this. And he makes Skyler suffer just a little longer to send a message to Chuck & Cassidy. Miro doesn’t like wasting time, and he vows not just to deal with Chuck & Cassidy quickly, but that he will rip out and eat their guts! Will Miro prove to be the final boss and end this game with the Best Friends?
Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowen VS Alex Reynolds w/ the Dark Order!
The 5 Tool Player is back, and that means The Acclaimed has truly arrived! And of course, Platinum Max has a diss on deck for Number 3! “Platinum Max, I’m fighting Alex Reynolds. He walk around like he a handsome devil. That fake ass wig, no, it didn’t fool me. He’s got more bald spots than QT! I’m bringing The Acclaimed to you. You weren’t my trainer but I’m ’bout to run a train on you! I beat your whole crew up, even Hangman. Your fake tan’s way faker than… Man I hate you! Don’t look at me like that!” Reynolds is getting on Caster’s nerves just from that, will he really get under Caster’s skin after the bell?
Speaking of, the bell rings and Reynolds circles with Caster. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Caster pushes only for Reynolds to get a waistlock. Caster switches and throws Reynolds down by his hair! Fans boo, Caster taunts Reynolds but then hurries out to the apron as Reynolds storms over. Caster regroups with Bowens and Caster tells John Silver to stay back. Reynolds patiently waits and Caster gets back in. They circle, tie up, Reynolds wrenches an arm and wristlocks but Caster spins through to headlock. Reynolds powers out but Caster pulls hair! Caster wrenches but Reynolds returns the favor and uses hair to throw Caster down!
Caster gets bad but Reynolds fires counter punches and EuroUppers! Reynolds wrenches, whips but Caster reverses. Reynolds holds ropes, drop toeholds Caster into them, then goes out for the Drive-By Dropkick! Fans fire up as Reynolds climbs a corner to leap and CROSSBODY! Reynolds bounces off the cover and clutches his arm, Caster goes for it but Reynolds pushes him away. The ref checks with Reynolds, he says it’s alright, and he elbows Caster away to then run and run Caster over! Reynolds holds the bad arm, it is really bothering him. Caster hammerlocks that arm to RAM Reynolds into buckles! Caster goes after the arm to knee it in the elbow, then stomp it down!
Caster gets the arm, brings Reynolds up, CLUBS the bad arm, but Reynolds fires forearms! Caster ROCKS Reynolds, top wristlocks for the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Reynolds grits his teeth and clutches his arm but Caster stalks him to a corner. Reynolds DECKS Caster with a right! Reynolds brings Caster up but Caster gets a leg to a takedown and roll. Caster gets the bad arm to dig his knee into it. Caster hammerlocks the arm and adds a chinlock for a modified camel clutch. Fans rally, Reynolds fights up, and Reynolds throws body shots. Reynolds ROCKS Caster again, whips but Caster reverses. Reynolds holds ropes to kick back! Reynolds throws more big forearms, then CLOBBERS Caster!
Fans rally, Reynolds swings but Caster uses Reynolds’ hair for a HEADSHOT! Caster gets the arms for SHANKLY GATES! Reynolds endures the wristlock camel clutch and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Caster lets go at 4, then stands on Reynolds’ head. The ref counts again, Caster stops at 4, and then catches his breath as he drags Reynolds up. Fans rally, Caster turns Reynolds with his hair, and does it again. Caster keeps wrenching the hair but Reynolds throws body shots and haymakers! Reynolds fires off forearms but Caster wrings the bad arm! Reynolds rolls and BOOTS him away! Reynolds LARIATS, then whips but Caster reverses.
Caster misses, Reynolds goes side to side to elbow! Reynolds keeps going, LEAPING BACK ELBOW! And then a dropkick! Reynolds handsprings and fans fire up with him as Caster staggers up. Reynolds spins Caster to ROCK him, then CRAVAT PLEX! Cover, TWO! Caster survives and Reynolds grows frustrated. Reynolds drags Caster up, reels him in, and tries to fisherman but the bad arm makes that hard. Caster WRINGS Reynolds out this time to then STOMP the bad arm! Caster drags Reynolds back into Shankly Gates but Reynolds flips him to ghost pin! TWO!! Caster swings, Reynolds ducks to waistlock and O’Conner Roll, TWO!
Caster slips under the roll, blocks the school boy and sits on Reynolds, TWO! Reynolds sunsets, ONE, but Caster runs into a pop-up KNEE! Fans are thunderous as Reynolds hurries to cover, but Bowens helps Caster get the ropebreak! Silver storms over to back Bowens down, but Reynolds puts Caster in the drop zone. Reynolds climbs, MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS as Caster moves! Caster gets the 5 Tool Boombox and Bowens distracts the ref! Reynolds ducks the cheap shot, Silver takes the boombox away, but Caster sends Reynolds at Silver! The Beaver Boys avoid the collision, Bowens tosses Caster his chain! It ain’t brass, it’s a PLATINUM KNUCKLE!!
Reynolds is down, Caster goes up top, for the MIC DROP!! Cover, Caster wins!!
Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall
Silver chases Platinum Max off after all that cheating, but The Acclaimed are still going to the winner’s circle. Will Number 4 look to avenge Number 3? Or will he just end up part of a remix on tonight?
A very good episode that kept it to a manageable dozen matches and just over 90 minutes. Some of these matches felt like they should’ve been on Elevation given star power and competitive nature, but I guess they’d be gutting Dark that way. Keeping the balance between the two supplemental AEW shows is the key to keeping fans interested. That said, the Six Woman Tag, the Six Man with Team Taz, and the main event of Caster VS Reynolds were all really good stuff that helps with both story and building up the various midcards.
Vox & Exo, aka Sea Stars, would make a great addition to the unofficial AEW Women’s Tag Team Division. Those medals Diamante & Ivelisse have need to be traded in for belts and then those get defended on all sorts of AEW programming. The dysfunction in Team Taz was a good element to their match, but I do like that the only one who has a problem with Cage is Starks, as he was the only one refusing to let him into the match. If it comes down to less Cage VS Team Taz, more Cage VS Starks, winner stays in Team Taz, that’d be a much better take on this. AEW likes being unique, this would be how to do it. And put the FTW Championship on the line for a little extra.
Caster had a good promo on Reynolds and by extension the entire Dark Order. Caster mentioning Hangman hopefully leads to Caster VS Hangman, because I want to hear Caster’s rap promos on him. Caster VS Reynolds was very good, probably one of Reynolds’ best singles matches in AEW. If Bowens is back on the mend, I’m hoping we get The Acclaimed VS Beaver Boys at some point, too. That is an Elevation main event, maybe even a strong Dynamite opener right there.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/30/22)
The truth shall be revealed!
The Devil of AEW reveals all!
Fans have been waiting, and now, the NEW AEW World Champion, MJF, returns to explain just how he convinced William Regal to screw over Jon Moxley!
- Dax Harwood VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS AR Fox; Joe wins and retains the title.
- Ricky Starks VS Ari Daivari; Starks wins
- Willow Nightingale VS Anna Jay “A S”; Nightingale wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7, Match 3: Death Triangle VS The Elite; The Elite wins and the series is now 2-1, in favor of Death Triangle.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley is here!
The Maniac came dangerously close to annihilating Lord William Regal last week given how angry he was over the Full Gear screwjob. And that anger hasn’t exactly lessened since. But as fans chant for him, he’s here tonight to say, “I grew up about 90 miles from here. When I first started, I used to wrestle here in Indianapolis all the time, down in the old Fountain Square at the Salvation Army Gym.” Fans cheer for that shoutout. “That was a long time ago. This has been a crazy ass ride. You never know what’s around the corner. But there are three constants in this world, three certainties: death; taxes; and Jon Moxley.” Fans also cheer that!
Moxley says “There is nobody that can outwork me, out hustle me, out wrestle me, out fight me, out bleed me or out sweat me! Today, nothing’s really changed. Nothing’s really changed since day one in AEW. I am at THE top of the food chain! I do what I want and I say what I want. This AEW ring belongs to me! And you can bet your ass there is not a man in that locker room, there isn’t a man in this building, there isn’t a man within 100 miles that has the balls to come out here, look me in the eyes and tell me any different.” But here comes HANGMAN! Adam Page is back and Indianapolis can’t believe it!
Hangman storms down to the ring, not yet cleared to compete but clearly not caring! And he gets right in the face with the man who concussed him in Moxley! Fans are ready for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Moxley smirks. “You sure you wanna do this, man, after what happened last time? Oh, I’m sorry. Do you not remember last time?” Hangman DECKS Moxley, proving he does! Hangman keeps after Moxley as they go outside the ring and he fires off! Moxley RAMS Hangman into railing but Hangman DECKS him again! Hangman wants after Moxley but security and referees rush out! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Moxley gets loose, only for Hangman to CLOBBER him!
Hangman rains down fists, Moxley gets back up, and Moxley dares Hangman to try that again. Hangman storms up and he DOES hit Moxley again! Fans are loving it but even MORE refs rush out to stop this! Fans still want to “Let Them Fight!” and Moxley breaks loose! Moxley takes a spill off the ramp, but he gets up again! They scrap, but the security and refs pile on top of them to smother this fight. Moxley goes out one tunnel, Hangman goes out the other, what will keep these two from fighting backstage!?
Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Bryan Danielson!
FTR acknowledged that they have had perhaps the best year possible as a tag team, but Dax the Ax wants to prove himself worthy against THE BEST WRESTLER in the world! The American Dragon accepted that challenge, and now we see if Dax is right. IS Bryan Danielson the best in the world? Or will Dax take that title and add it to his collection?
The bell rings and fans fire up already. Dax and Bryan circle, tie up, “This is Awesome!” already for Indy as the two break. Bryan and Dax circle, tie up again and Bryan headlocks and hits a takeover. Dax headscissors but Bryan moves around. Bryan headstands, turns Dax over, bridges and hooks the legs up. Dax avoids the headlock to facelock, but Bryan puts Dax on the ropes. The ref counts, Bryan lets off, but Dax ducks the kick! Dax and Bryan stare down and fans cheer this opening exchange. Bryan and Dax tie up again, Dax headlocks but Bryan powers out. Dax runs Bryan over, keeps moving, but Bryan drops.
Dax slide sunder the haymaker but swings into a takedown! Dax slips free to step through the legs! Bryan scrambles around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Dax tries to let off but Bryan is the one holding on with a leg scissor. The ref reprimands them both, Bryan lets off but then kicks Dax under the chin! So Dax stomps Bryan in return! Bryan scrambles out of the ring while Dax checks his chin. Fans rally up and the ring count starts. Bryan stands on the apron and has Dax back up. Bryan steps in, he and Dax tie up, and Bryan puts Dax in the corner. Bryan CHOPS, but Dax turns things around to CHOP back!
Dax stands Bryan up to CHOP again! And UPPERCUT! Bryan turns things around to CHOP, and KICK, and CHOP, and KICK, repeat! Bryan whips corner to corner but Dax reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over. Things keep moving, Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a waistlock. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dax CHOPS Bryan again! Dax whips, Bryan reverses but Dax KICKS the back drop! Dax runs in but Bryan whips him out! Dax hits the apron hard, Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Dax ends up in the front row! Fans fire up and Bryan drags Dax up. Bryan ROCKS Dax but Dax CHOPS!
Dax ROCKS Bryan but Bryan fights back, they’re brawling right in front of the fans as AEW goes picture in picture! Dax finds the corner of the railing but Bryan is on him! They throw haymakers and CHOPS, Dax ROCKS Bryan and suplexes him up and over the railing! They crash down right in front of more fans! Indy is loving having the action right at their feet, but the ref checks both men. Dax and Bryan stir, sit up, and Dax fist bumps fans as he returns to ringside. Bryan is slower to stand, crawls his way to the ring, and Dax goes out to meet him. Dax eggs Bryan on, goes back into the ring, and Bryan slowly gets to the apron.
The count is 5 of 10 but Bryan gets in. Dax storms up to Bryan and Bryan eggs him on. Dax ROCKS Bryan, brings him around and CHOPS! And then CHOPS again! Bryan staggers to another corner but Dax follows him over to UPPERCUT! Dax UPPERCUTS again, then CHOPS again! Dax even hurt his hand on that one! Dax drags Bryan up again, to whip corner to corner. Dax runs in but Bryan BOOTS him back! Bryan ROCKS Dax with a forearm, CHOPS back, CHOPS more and more, then spins, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on as Dynamite returns to single picture, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another!
Fans fire up with both men down on the mat. Dax stands up, climbs the corner, but Dax hops down to stalk Bryan. Dax drags Bryan up but Bryan switches. Dax switches, Bryan switches, repeat, but then Dax fakes Bryan out! Dax reels Bryan in but Bryan back drops the driver away! Dax makes that a sunset flip but Bryan rolls through, rolls Dax, and then ducks the haymaker. Dax ducks the roundhouse, then feints a haymaker to reel Bryan in! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Dax can’t believe it! But fans rally up as Dax goes to the corner and climbs up. Dax DIVING HEADBUTTS but FLOPS as Bryan dodges! La Magistrol, TWO!!
Bryan hurries to the apron and Dax runs in, but Bryan jumps over! FLYING KNEE! Direct hit and both men are down on the outside! The ring count climbs, Dax and Bryan stand. Bryan CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Bryan puts Dax in, climbs up the corner himself, and fans rally back up. But Dax ROCKS Bryan first! Dax climbs up, brings Bryan up, but Bryan throws body shots. Bryan slips out to trip Dax up! Dax lands on his ax, Bryan climbs up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The corner came gets a close-up look as those shots hit again and again! Bryan then stands Dax up for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Dax turns it but Bryan rolls it! TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous while Bryan and Dax are both down on the mat! A standing count starts, both slowly rise, and they crawl to each other. Dax gives a junkyard dog headbutt, but Bryan gives it back! Dax headbutts again, but Bryan HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS as he stands up! Bryan whips, Dax reverses and wrenches and short arm LARIATS! But Bryan stays up and shakes his head! Dax LARIATS again, but Bryan still stays up! Dax swings again, Bryan dodges and LARIATS! But Dax stays up! Bryan LARIATS again, but Dax just eggs him on! They DOUBLE LARIAT, and DOUBLE LARIAT and DOUBLE LARIAT again!
Fans fire up as the lariats turn to haymakers, and then both men drop to their feet! Indy hopes they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Dax CLOBBERS Bryan point blank!! But Bryan gets up to LARIAT Dax! Dax and Bryan DOUBLE LARIAT again, and they both flop to the floor! Indy gives a standing ovation, and a standing count starts. “This is Awesome!” as Bryan stands. Bryan’s chest is almost as red as his tights, but then he BUZZ- NO, Dax blocks! Dax JABS, then gets Bryan up for a SLINGSHOT- NO, Bryan RANAS it! But Dax sunset flips that! TWO!! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as both men are down again. A standing count, Bryan and Dax slowly sit up. Bryan stands up to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! Dax ducks the buzzsaw to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Bryan lands on his feet! Bryan ducks, dodges, BUSAIK- NO! Dax blocks the knee to SLINGSHOT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! But Dax has the legs and ties them up! SHARPSHOOTER!! Bryan endures, turns slightly, but Dax uses Bryan’s own kneepad for extra leverage! Bryan still reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Dax lets Bryan go and he drags Bryan away from ropes. Dax steps through but Bryan blocks to drag Dax into a cradle! TWO, Dax has the cradle, TWO!
Bryan has the cradle back, TWO! Dax has it again, TWO! Bryan, TWO!! Dax, TWO!! Bryan shifts to LEBELL LOCK!! Fans fire up as Dax endures! Dax reaches out but he’s so far away, he TAPS! Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Dax tried to slay the American Dragon, but he could not! Bryan may very well be the best wrestler in the world, but he nods and applauds the valiant effort of Dax Harwood. Will Dax still be in the conversation of greatest of all time?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal is back! But this time the prize is a match with MJF for the ring, and the Diamond Ring contender can name the time and place they face him for it! Matt Hardy, Brian Cage, Ethan Page, Jungle Boy, Dalton Castle and Captain Shawn Dean are among the known participants, but who comes out on top to go after MJF’s other precious possession?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Tony Schiavone brings up next week’s special Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal. The Absolute is the #1 contender to MJF’s AEW World Championship, and he’s in action later tonight to warm-up for Winter is Coming. Starks says that’s right, but he would like to make “an absolute announcement.” Starks is entering IN that battle royal! Starks is going to make a judgment call right now: Starks will WIN that battle royal! Why? Because Starks is coming for everything MJF has! The title, the diamond ring, and his spot at the top! Everything MJF has is owed to Starks as well. He is Absolute for a reason, he proves it tonight, next week and ultimate proves it at Winter is Coming! Will Ricky Starks single-handedly change the AEW landscape to close out the year?
Hangman Page is being escorted out by security.
But then he spots Moxley! The brawl is back on!! Who could’ve guessed?! They ditch the couple of security guards, and Hangman TOSSES Moxley into a garage door! Security rushes back in with reinforcements, but Moxley throws them aside to get at Hangman! Security and refs pry these two apart for what feels like the hundredth time already, what will it take for these two to wait for a match?
Renee Paquette holds a special sit-down interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is live in Nashville with Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker and thanks them for this time. She also has the Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli here. She thanks them for being here, and thanks them all for agreeing to no physicality. Renee starts with Claudio, but then Menard speaks up! When Claudio loses to Chris Jericho next week and has no choice but to be in the JAS, “The beautiful thing about being a sports entertainer, Claudio, is you can be anything you want! You like yodeling? You can be a yodeler!” Renee has the JAS calm down, she hadn’t even asked a question.
The JAS oblige, and Renee says that at ROH Final Battle, in the main event, it will be Claudio VS Jericho for the ROH World title. What would it mean to Claudio to regain that title and bring it back to professional wrestling? It would mean a whole lot. That was his first world title anywhere. It would silence the doubting voice in his head that says he can’t win “the big one.” He needs to prove that, and vows he will prove that. Hager speaks up to just say, “I like this hat!” Then he takes out a matching bucket hat from his fanny pack, and he offers it to Claudio! Deep down, Claudio the Sports Entertainer will love the hat. They can be a great tag team again!
Claudio says he is sick of this! He is sick of the JAS, of sit-down interviews, and being on stage with microphones. He came to AEW to prove he is the best WRESTLER! He does that at Final Battle when he beats Jericho! Claudio throws his chair away but the JAS laughs like hyenas. Garcia says the BCC is falling apart! Yuta says Garcia shouldn’t talk about stuff he knows nothing about! Garcia says alright, here’s what he does know: he made the right choice staying with the JAS! Because that little combat club is falling apart! They’ll prove it next week on Dynamite by “beating up some pro-wrestling dorks!” Hager & Garcia VS Claudio & Yuta!
Yuta says he is done with the JAS, the stupid hat, the stupid nicknames, and those suspenders with a belt. What the hell are you doing, Parker? The only reason Garcia isn’t just dead to Yuta is because Yuta wants that ROH Pure Championship! So yeah, tag match challenge accepted. But at Final Battle, Garcia puts the Pure title on the line and they end this. Garcia says okay then. Yuta storms off now, will the BCC reclaim gold and honor to end their 2022?
AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS AR Fox!
Sure, Wardlow wants his belt back, but #TwoBeltsJoe is already ready to move on. Will Joe stay the Double Television Champion? Or will the newest high-flyer to go #AllElite start off with a bang?
The introductions are made, the AEW title is raised, and we see just who is The Face of TNT!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Fans sing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” as the two tie up. Joe powers Fox to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Joe then throws a body shot, JAB, JAB, JAB, JAB, and HEAD CHOP! Fans fire up, Joe stomps Fox and drags him up. Joe DECKS Fox, then mockingly applauds. Joe brings Fox up but Fox throws hands! Joe HEADBUTTS Fox, runs, but Fox goes Matrix to duck the lariat! Fox PELES Joe and Joe tumbles out of the ring! Fans fire up as Fox builds speed and FLIES! But Joe moves aside! Only for Fox to roll through and stand back up! Joe turns around into a BOOT!
Joe gets in the ring, Fox follows and CLUBS away! Joe sweeps the legs! Fox lands on his face, Joe lands on Fox with a SENTON! Joe snarls at Fox as AEW goes picture in picture.
Joe covers, TWO! Joe sits Fox up to CHOP him to ropes, then stands him up. Joe bumps Fox off buckles, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Joe storms up to Fox, drags him up, but Fox throws body shots! Fox runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Joe snarls, stalks Fox and then covers, ONE!! Fox is showing toughness and that amuses Joe. Joe drags Fox up, snapmares him and clamps on a hard neck wrench! Fox endures as Joe leans all his weight on the twist! Fox fights up as fans rally, and Fox throws body shots. Joe throws Fox down by his head! The ref reprimands, and Fox sits up, into a MULE KICK! Cover, TWO!
Now Joe is frustrated as Fox sticks around. Joe stalks Fox to ropes, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Joe CLUBS away on Fox’s back with big forearm shots, then CHOPS him on the back! Fox slumps down and Joe smirks as he digs his boot in. The ref count, Joe lets off, and then Joe paces around. Joe drags Fox back up, HEADBUTTS him, but Fox kicks back! Joe throws a forearm, Fox kicks, repeat, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fox runs, but Joe scoops to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fox barely bridges up for that, and Joe taunts him. Joe puts Fox in a corner, hoists him up top, but Fox throws forearms!
Joe CHOPS Fox back! And then climbs up after Fox, but Fox throws body shots! Joe steps back, Fox FLYING DDTs! Fans fire up and Fox MULE KICKS, BUZZSAWS, but then Joe ducks the heel kick, only to get a BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox hurries up top, 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and shocks Fox! Fans fire up as Fox pounds the mat. Fox has some blood in his mouth but he just goes back up top. Fox leaps, but Joe moves aside. This time Fox crashes and burns! Joe runs to POUNCE Fox into the ropes! Joe hoists Fox up top, tucks him in, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
A strong first defense, he gets both belts on his shoulders, and then he gets a mic. “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome you to a new and glorious era! For I am the One True King of Television!” But Wardlow is on the tron! “Hey, self-proclaimed King of TV. Wow, that’s almost as good as the last nickname you came up with in War Joe. Listen, I hope you enjoyed playing the role, because I’m coming for what’s mine! Cuz Joe, this ain’t your world, this is WARDLOW’S WORLD!” Wardlow has the fans chanting his name, will Joe have to watch his back from now on?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs continues his homecoming journey.
Still in Oakland, California, Hobbs says, “I walk along these streets… I’ve been bullied, I’ve been beaten up. It’s only made me tougher.” The guys on the street rolling dice spot him and give him space. They all wonder who that was, but know not to mess with him. Hobbs continues to narrate, “I’m going to let each and every one of you feel the pain, the hurt, the happiness. I’m taking what belongs to me.”
AEW presents a new Technique By Taz.
We review Hook’s match with Lee Moriarty in defense of the FTW Championship. Taz points out that Hook’s escape from the Border City Stretch was all about breaking wrist control and sitting out to shift and pop free. Then Hook gets the half nelson and cross choke for the Redrum. Moriarty may be a submission savant, but Hook might be a prodigy. Will the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil continue to make his father proud in defending that title?
William Regal is here!
Indianapolis boos as “this snake, this coward” (Excalibur’s words on commentary) makes his way to the ring. Moxley is no longer in the building so Regal doesn’t have to hide. He walks down the Burberry carpet and into the ring where something is on a pedestal under a cover. Regal gets a mic while fans boo more, and he says, “Ladies and gentlemen… Your new AEW World Champion… Maxwell Jacob Friedman!” MJF makes his entrance, here as promised last week. Fans are torn as MJF swaggers his way out, belt around his waist and Burberry scarf around his neck. MJF goes to the ring, mic already in hand.
MJF and Regal hug, and MJF says, “I know you people aren’t very bright, but when The Best Wrestler on God’s Green Earth is holding a microphone, you keep your hillbilly mouths shut.” Fans boo more as MJF says, “I would now like to tell you people how my and Mr. Regal’s unholy union-” Fans tell MJF to STFU and that gives him pause. “How uncouth.” But MJF finishes his thought by saying, “Not too long ago, Mr. Regal sent me an email and it was right after The Firm had attacked me, and that email reads as follows.
“Maxwell, I watched on as The Firm attacked you. It’s become very clear you’ve grown weak. I see all the potential in you to not just become a villain, but the greatest villain of our time. However, as I’ve said previously, you have much to learn. I’m willing to help you reach your true potential, but if you want to get the world title around your waist, this time you mustn’t grab the Dynamite Ring. Instead, you must grab the brass one. Yours Sincerely, Sir William Regal.” It was after that that MJF and Regal secretly met, and MJF is not afraid to admit that Regal is a genius.
MJF was more than apt to listen when Regal said to not use the diamond ring, but the brass knuckles. Regal didn’t want MJF to just beat Moxley, no no. He wanted MJF to leave Moxley with a lesson in the form of an emotional scar so that Moxley will never forget the day that he was outsmarted by MJF. “Now let’s talk about The Firm, shall we?” MJF knows everyone wants to know what he’s going to do to The Firm, “and to be honest, eh. I kinda respect The Firm. They saw a weakness in me, and like sharks smelling blood, they attacked, and I would’ve done the exact same thing.
“And let’s be fair, even if I did harbor some resentment, Mr. Regal, do I really seem like the type to chase anyone down?” Regal says no. MJF says that’d take effort. And as Indy knows oh too well, effort is for poors like all of them! See, MJF is above that. And speaking of things MJF is above, let’s talk about the belt, shall we? When MJF became our AEW World Champion, he made a promise to himself that he’d make changes around here. Out with the old, in with the new, and so looking at this belt, he wants to vomit in his mouth. And that’s not just from being in Indiana.
Fans boo more but MJF says, “It’s because it desperately needs an upgrade. This belt is tacky, it lacks class, and to make matters worse, it reminds me of all the men who held it previously. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, yeah, sure, they were all talented in their own rights, I guess. But I think we can all agree none of them are on my level. And that is specifically why this version of the title, much like all of you, is garbage.” MJF throws down Pretty Platinum! And then Regal unveils the BURBERRY STRAPPED AEW World Championship! MJF introduces to the world, the new and improved AEW World Championship, “Triple B: The Big Burberry Belt!”
Fans boo but MJF says this is now the most important, prestigious and prolific world title in all of pro-wrestling, and that’s because MJF is the one holding it! “No one, and I mean no one, deserves to be recognized as world champion except for me! Not any of your over-hyped, overrated pieces of trash you guys constantly push for. Fake tough guys like Eddie Kingston…” Fans start chanting for “Eddie! Eddie!” MJF says they can chant all they want, Eddie will NEVER be world champion. MJF calls out other fake tough guys like Ricky Starks. Starks is a fake star is what he is!
And speaking of fakes, let’s talk about the worst of the worst, the middest of the mid, fake wrestlers like Bryan Danielson! Fans boo but MJF says, “No offense, in comparison to me, Bryan Danielson couldn’t wrestle his way out of a gaddamn paper bag. No offense, Mr. Regal, you tried everything you could. Some people just can’t be helped.” MJF tells Indy to pipe down, but speaking of people who can’t be helped, here’s a message to everyone on HIS show, in HIS locker room and on HIS roster. “So long as I’m in this company, you will never know what it feels like to be on top, because I am going to be world champion for a very long time. All the way, in fact, until the bidding war of 2024!”
At that time, Triple B will be a bargaining chip to get the biggest money contract in the history of the business! MJF will make more money in a day than any of these white trash hicks in their miserable lives! “I just pray to God the right Khan foots the bill, and Lord knows I ain’t talking about Tony.” MJF grins at the camera because he’s talking about “Mah boi, jolly ol’ Saint Nick! And my other boy, The Game, Trips. And if I’m being completely transparent here, Mr. Regal, come January 1st, 2024, I don’t even know if a wrestling company wins the bidding war, because quite frankly, I am getting sick and tired of having to look at disgusting, grotesque professional wrestling fans on a weekly basis. Maybe Hollywood wins!”
MJF grins as fans boo more. But MJF isn’t deaf. He knows there is an interesting amount of fans who were over the moon for him to become champion! Okay, to those fans, fantastic. But call him “Mystic Max,” because their happiness will soon turn to resentment, because those fans are fickle! “Pretty soon, you’ll be saying stuff like, ‘I am sick of MJF! He’s so boring! He’s so repetitive! All he does is talk! He never wrestles. He’s a coward!’ There it is!” Fans chant “BORING~!” as MJF continues to predict the rants about making opponents jump through hoops. But to those people, MJF says, “Great.”
Because y’know who keeps tuning in, praying to God that someone takes Triple B off MJF? YOU! MJF says during his long and illustrious reign, Triple B will be defended very rarely, and he will wrestler very rarely, because unlike everyone else, he’s a special attraction. “In order for you discussing poors to see me defend my title, nine times outta ten, you will have to reach into your pockets for that small amount of money that you have, and buy a PPV in hopes to see someone dethrone me. Newsflash: they won’t. I am about to have a world title reign that will make Hulk Hogan, JBL and Jeff Jarrett seem short and sweet!
“I am about to have a world title reign that is gonna make that shmuck, Bruno Sammartino, roll in his shitty little grave!” Fans boo as MJF stoops to new lows in his insults. MJF says we are now in the Era of MJF, and his reign of terror has only just begun. Fans boo as he holds up Triple B, but then MJF remembers something! He knows fans are confused by all this, but hold on. MJF brings the brass knuckles out and says without these, and without Regal, none of this is possible. The fans might’ve booed when Regal came out here, but everyone still respects him, both fans and wrestlers alike. Because for 40 YEARS, Regal, has given blood, sweat, tears, and sacrificed so much to the business!
MJF gets fans to cheer Regal because Regal loves the business. So that’s why MJF wanted to say from the bottom of his heart, SUCKER PUNCH WITH THE KNUCKLES!!!! Fans boo as hard as ever as MJF walks over and squats by Regal’s prone body. “It’s funny. You said I had much to learn, and yet you’re the one who made a deal with The Devil. So allow me to leave you with the words you left me seven long years ago. ‘Will, the game has changed. MJF exclusive hires top talents and top world class athletes. When you’re of them, send me your stuff. Yours Sincerely, the World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman.'”
MJF drops the mic, brings Triple B with him, and leaves through the crowd. Bryan hurries to Regal’s side, along with the medics. Regal wanted to make the greatest villain of all time, but he have just created the worst monster of all time! Did MJF cross a line no one should ever cross?
AEW returns as Regal is loaded into an ambulance.
He has a neck brace and backboard as he is on the stretcher. Bryan is there, he’s going to ride with Regal to the hospital. Will Lord Regal be alright? Will someone avenge him by ruining all of MJF’s plans for his future?
Ricky Starks VS Ari Daivari!
Speaking of, the Absolute #1 contender plans to ruin the holidays for MJF by taking both world title AND diamond ring! Will Starks be red hot going into the battle royal? Or will Daivari Dinero already ruin Ricky’s own run?
Before the bell, Stokely Hathaway walks out to have everyone wait. He also has Ethan Page and Matt Hardy with him, and Hardy steals the spotlight by getting the fans cheering for V1 and “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Stokely tells Hardy to get his ass to the back! Hardy smiles, but Ethan tells him to not forget that The Firm owns his ass! And in that Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal, Hardy’s gonna help Ethan win it all, because Ricky took away that #1 contendership away from him! So Ethan vows to take the battle royal from Starks. AND, Ethan is calling his shot right now!
At Winter is Coming, after MJF whoops Starks’ ass around the whole arena defending the world title successfully, Ethan will whoop MJF’s tired ass! Then Ethan will be the one with the diamond ring, and Starks will just watch and cry. IF he makes it to Winter is Coming. Daivari CLOBBERS Starks in the corner! The ref rings the bell, Daivari stomps a mudhole, then he fires off hands. Daivari whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Fans fire up with Starks and he drags Daivari up! Underhooks, gut wrench, ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
Starks looks at Ethan and Stokely as they’re already eating their words. Will All Ego be deflated in that battle royal? Will Starks win big again to then go for BOTH of MJF’s prizes?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, Britt Baker & Rebel.
Tony Schiavone is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, the Doctor, and the Doctor’s Assistant and brings up last week how Britt & Hayter won big in tag team action. Britt wants Tony to keep “Doctor” in how he addresses her. And also, she shouts out the big win by her Pittsburgh Steelers right here in Indianapolis. But let’s talk about what is really concerning: The coming sit-down interview Renee has with Saraya. Hayter has a great idea! Why not a sit-down interview with THE Women’s World Champion! A little chat even. And he will, next week. Renee can sit her ass at home! It’s settled, yours truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.
Willow Nightingale VS Anna Jay “A S” w/ Tay Melo!
Things are getting fierce in the invigorated AEW Women’s Division, and the always positive powerhouse is positively gonna pummel the Star of the Show! Will Willow keep the energy going to the top of the rankings? Or will the Queenslayer choke her out?
The bell rings and Anna smirks as she circles with Willow. Anna avoids Willow but Willow clamps onto an arm! Anna whips free but Willow runs her over! Fans fire up as Willow runs, rolls then runs Anna over! Willow flexes, drags Anna up and short arm LARIATS! And short arm LARIATS again! Anna ELBOWS back but swings into a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Willow runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Anna goes to a corner, fans rally for Willow and she runs in to back body block! Willow does a dance, whips Anna corner to corner, then runs in to back body block again! Anna dodges the lariat to ROCK Willow, run and HEEL KICK!
Anna shoves Willow down, goes up the corner, and leaps for a BLOCKBUSTER! Anna mocks Willow before the cover, ONE!! Anna is upset as AEW goes picture in picture.
Willow gets to ropes but Anna CHOKES her! The ref counts, Anna lets off and paces about. Willow throws body shots but Anna CLUBS her down. Anna CHOKES Willow, the ref counts, but Tay is also talking trash. Anna lets off and Tay gets a cheap shot in! Willow swipes at Tay but she gets away, and then Anna bumps Willow off buckles. Anna stalks Willow, CLUBS her down, then shouts at the fans to shut up. Willow kicks Anna, Anna ROCKS Willow, and Anna whips Willow corner to corner. Anna runs in to back elbow Willow down! Anna talks more trash, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Anna bumps Willow off buckles.
Anna ROCKS Willow again, whips her to ropes, then CLOBBERS her with an elbow! Anna soaks up the heat while Willow crawls. Anna CHOKES Willow on the mat, the ref counts and Anna lets off to then cover, ONE!! Anna is annoyed at Willow’s toughness, and she CLUBS Willow down. Anna bumps Willow off buckles, digs her boots in, then lets off at 4. Tay applauds as Anna snapmares Willow for elbows! Anna clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. But Willow endures and fans rally up. Willow fights up, only for Anna to wrangle her down. Willow fights up again, throws body shots, and AEW returns to single picture.
Willow ROCKS Anna, but Anna ROCKS Willow. Willow ROCKS Anna, so Anna ROCKS Willow! Fans rally as the shots go back and forth, and Willow CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS! Anna KNEES low, whips, but Willow reverses. Willow runs in to back body block in the corner, and LARIAT! Snapmare, run and BOOT! Fans fire up with Willow and she whips Anna to ropes, for a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Anna survives but Willow drags her back up. Willow fireman’s carries, Anna slips off to waistlock but Willow elbows free. Willow runs, into a spin and wrench and HOOK KICK! Then a Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Willow survives and upsets TayJay! Fans fire up and cheer Willow on as she rises up. Anna shouts she’s gonna choke her out! QUEENSLAYER!! But BACKPACK SENTON turns that round! Willow drags Anna up and gut wrenches, but Tay gets on the apron! Willow DECKS her for it! Anna reels Willow in but Willow fights the clinch with elbows! Gut wrench, but Anna hooks a leg to roll! Cradle, TWO!! Anna hurries but Willow BOOTS and LARIATS! Fans fire up and Willow drags Anna back up! Gut wrench, DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall
No weeping Willow here! She’s all smiles as she gets another great win! Will Willow will her way to a title opportunity in time for the holidays?
But wait! TayJay aren’t done having a bad time, cuz RUBY SOHO Is back! Tay thinks she’s coming from the ramp, but nope! Ruby slips in from the crowd! Tay turns around, and Ruby tackles her! Ruby rains down fists! Anna returns but Ruby DECKS her! Tay ROCKS Ruby, but Ruby just grins! Ruby chases Tay out of the ring and brings her around to HEADBUTT! Tay wobbles, Ruby brings Tay around again, into DESTINATION UNKNOWN to the ramp! Ruby sits with Tay and gives her a kiss on the forehead. Is the Runaway going to run through the Brazilian Goddess?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai himself says, “Before this week is done, you will have seen more of us making less of them.” The House is back from the dead, what does this mean for AEW?
Backstage interview with QT Marshall and Orange Cassidy.
Schiavone notes we all saw The Factory and Best Friends fall victim to the return of Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews. They agreed to this time to talk it out. QT wants to talk directly to Cassidy since he keeps getting interrupted. QT wants a shot at the All-Atlantic Championship. Cassidy says no problem. Oh, yeah, okay. Then this Friday on Rampage, it won’t just be a normal match! QT wants a Lumberjack match! Yeah, love it, great. See you then. QT can’t stand that, though he got what he wanted, Cassidy kept talking over him. But since he got what he wanted, will QT get the title? Or will he just get what he deserves?
The Baddies are here!
And it is a celebration for the still undefeated AEW TBS Champion! Jade Cargill is 42-0, has the physical belt back, and has Red Velvet back, though she kicked Kiera Hogan to the curb. That aside, they and Leila Grey go to the ring, Velvet and Leila in magenta to contrast with all the green and gold. The confetti cannons go off with red, while Jade has the mic to say, “Now we all know why we’re here tonight: because of me, and my big ass celebration! But before we begin, let me address something and set the record straight. I made the Baddies, I say who stays and who goes. Now you see, I got rid of the trash last week. So I’m so confused as to why you two were chilling with her this past weekend!”
Velvet shrugs, Leila rolls her eyes, but Jade says she is done playing games! Jade got her belt back from Nyla Rose at Full Gear! Understand that to stand next to Jade is a blessing. So either you two get in line, or they can step. Because they are eating on her dime, making names off of her, and this whole company is eating off of her! SHE is the brightest star the company has! Stand her next to any wrestler in the back, and every consumer knows she’s the star! No one has Jade’s face, Jade’s body, or Jade’s aura. NOBODY! Leila and Velvet seem to agree with that since they’re staying right there in the ring.
Jade then asks the fans, “So you tell me what we’re gonna do about that. And you all can play, but I put asses in seats!” Plenty of the fans agree with that. “I wrestle for bad bitches. Now cameramen, do your job and get my Baddies.” The cameras do in fact find the Indy Baddie Section as Jade continues. “I am the real deal! I am nothing but real. And like I said, I create careers. And speaking of careers, Lil’ Bow Wow is a joke! Is a total joke!” But wait, Bow Wow is on the tron! And he says, “Jadey, baby, you deserve all the flowers in the world. Congratulations on your little win. It was cute, really cute.”
But to get to business, time is money and Bow Wow is all about money. He’s done with his tour, has a lot of time on his hands, so what does that mean? “See you soon. Real, real soon.” Jade doesn’t understand what the hell is going on with Bow Wow, but she and the Baddies storm out of the ring. Who, if anyone, will ever dethrone #ThatBitch?
The Acclaimed speak.
Billy Gunn is with Max Caster & Anthony Bowens backstage, and he’s like a drill sergeant with his trainees. He asks, “Why is there a camera in our face?” Bowens answers, “Because AEW stands for Acclaimed Every Wednesday.” Billy asks, “Why do you two not have a match on Dynamite?” Caster answers, “Because Everyone Loves the Acclaimed, and no one wants to fight us, Daddy Ass.” Billy asks, “And what are you two going to do about it?” Bowens says, “I have an idea, Daddy Ass.” Then would he like to let us all know? Bowens says this Friday on Rampage, they give a tag title opportunity to the best tag team in AEW!
How can that possibly be when THEY are the best team in AEW?! Caster says Bowens meant the second best team, Daddy Ass. Sorry. Okay. Then there’s only one thing left to do: SCISSOR FINGER~!!! Who is the second best team in AEW? AKA the #1 contenders? We’ll see this Friday when Rampage returns to its regular time of 10 PM Eastern!
AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7, Match 3: Death Triangle VS The Elite!
PAC, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M ruined the return of Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks with a bell hammer. Then they cheated the second match with another bell hammer. Will there be THREE hammers in this third match? Or can the Best Bout Machine and his boys finally get on the board?
The fans sing Carry On My Wayward Son for The Elite, and then the introductions are made. But then The Elite attack Death Triangle on the ramp! Omega is after Fenix, Matt Jackson is after Pac and Nick Jackson is after Penta! Fans fire up as the brawl goes from ramp to stage, but then also down the ramp. Indy fires up for “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” as Omega and Nick mug Fenix. Matt ROCKS Penta, the ref reprimands everyone, but Penta runs, into a back drop to the ramp! Nick kicks Fenix, runs to get a boost from Matt, the RANA sends Fenix down the ramp! Omega RAMS Pac into part to the tunnel, to hit a KOTARO KRUSHER to the stage!
The Bucks check on Omega, that elevated bulldog really hurts the tailbone and hip. Nick CLUBS away on Pac, drags him up, and Matt walks Pac with Nick down the ramp. They head for ringside, Omega walks off the pain, and the Bucks set Pac up. Omega runs down the ramp to build up speed, for a SUPERKICK from Pac!! The Lucha Brothers then somersault down the ramp, DOUBLE STUNNERS!! Death Triangle turns things around on Elite and this still isn’t even on record as AEW goes picture in picture!
Fenix CLUBS Omega, ROCKS him and they end up going around the ramp. Matt and Nick hobble, Penta and Pac keep on them. Omega and Fenix brawl just offstage in front of fans. Fenix UPPERCUTS, Penta CLUBS and KICKS Nick to send him along the pyro grate. Nick hits Penta back and TOSSES Penta off onto Fenix and Omega! Pac and Matt brawl at center stage while Nick LEAPS to AX HANDLE Penta back down! Matt KICKS Pac towards that side of the stage, reels him in, but Pac blocks the suplex. Matt keeps trying but Pac throws body shots. Matt throws those shots back, then punches away on Pac’s forehead!
Matt gets space, runs but Pac BOOTS him away! Then Pac says what the hell, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Nick, Omega and the Lucha Brothers!! Death Triangle then drags Nick and Omega up, but Matt SUPER CROSSBODIES them all down! Omega helps Matt up and the Elite drag Death Triangle up. The brawling continues, going back to the ramp and then to ringside. Omega sends Penta into railing while Nick sends Pac into the apron. Fenix whips but Matt reverses to send Fenix into barriers! Matt mocks Fenix’s pain then kicks him down! Matt then brings Fenix around to have him join the others ringside.
Dynamite returns to single picture, Brandon Cutler is vlogging this for The Elite as they set up Death Triangle. They all put one out, but the ref wants this to finally get in the ring. Omega says fine, and he puts Penta in the ring. The bell finally sounds and NOW this is a match! Then Omega kicks Penta out of the ring, the Bucks DOUBLE APRON POWERBOMB Fenix and Pac! Omega then brings Penta around, but Penta fights that bomb off to CHOP Omega! And CHOP Matt! And tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER Nick! Omega rushes back in, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Penta as he shouts, “CERO! MIEDO!”
But then Penta moves, Matt WRECKS the ref with that wrecking ball dropkick!! And Alex Abrahantes sneaks a bell hammer to Penta! Penta hurries, hiding that hammer in his waistband. Penta then sets that down in a corner, and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on The Elite! Penta puts Omega in, grabs said hammer, and fans are torn! Fenix gets in and he tells Penta NO! They’ve already done this enough for his liking! Penta tells him to shut up and just watch! But then Fenix grabs the hammer from Penta! V-TRIGGER hits Fenix!! Fenix flops out of the ring, Penta kicks Omega and tucks! But Omega slips out, the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Penta!
Omega hurries to SNAP DRAGON! Penta flounders, the ref is finally up, and fans are thunderous as Omega drags Penta back up. POWERBOMB, flip over and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, but Pac breaks it! Nick kicks Pac and sends him out. Omega goes corner to corner but Penta BOOTS him away! Nick runs in but is put on the apron! Matt runs in, but he’s also put on the apron. Omega runs back in but Penta dodges so Omega takes the DOUBLE ENZIGURI! Penta SUPERKICKS Omega! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt! Pac BOOTS Nick! Death Triangle sets Omega up in a drop zone, Death Triangle all climb the same corner!
Fans fire up as Death Triangle takes aim at an Elite each! Penta DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS while Fenix and Pac DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Penta hauls Omega up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Penta cannot believe it! Tag to Pac and “This is Awesome!” as Pac goes up top. Nick runs in to get Omega to safety! Nick then ducks under Pac’s leap and SUPERKICKS him on the return! Nick aims at Penta but Penta blocks his superkick! Fenix SUPERKICKS Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! And SUPERKICKS Penta! Matt hits NORTHERN LIGHTS on Penta, and starts up the Polar Express!
But Fenix LEAPS in, only for Matt to catch him! DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans are thunderous as Pac BOOTS Matt down! Omega staggers to a corner, Pac runs in, and he BOOTS Omega! Pac puts Omega up top, climbs up after him, and then stands Omega up. Omega fights the superplex to fire off forearms and elbows! Pac clings to the ropes to stay up! They get forehead to forehead, but Omega fires off forearm after forearm! Pac just keeps taking those shots! Pac HEADBUTTS Omega in return! The brace might’ve helped in that! Pac stands Omega up, for a SUPER FALCON ARROW!!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega survives again and fans are thunderous as AEW goes picture in picture.
Fenix CLOBBERS Matt on the outside, Pac and Omega slowly sit up in the ring. Nick coaches Omega, but Pac drags him to the Death Triangle corner. Pac stomps Omega, kicks him, then drags him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Fenix, he snapmares Omega and BUZZSAWS! Pac KICKS, Penta KICKS, and then Death Triangle TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Jackknife cover, but Nick breaks it! Fenix bumps Omega off buckles, CLUBS him, then tags Penta. Penta turns Omega around to CHOP! Omega staggers but Penta brings him back. Tag to Pac, he CHOPS Omega down! Pac paces while Omega is stinging.
Pac eggs the fans on, taunts the Bucks, but he turns around into a CHOP from Omega! Omega CHOPS but Pac kicks out a leg to BOOT Omega down! Pac then BOOTS Nick down for good measure! Pac kicks Omega around, taunts him, then ROCKS him! Omega ROCKS Pac back! Pac ROCKS Omega, Omega ROCKS Pac, and they go back and forth! Pac fires off a flurry and Omega wobbles! Pac pushes Omega around, Omega throws body shots but they’re a bit weak. Dynamite returns to single picture as Pac eggs Omega on. Omega fires stronger body shots now, so Pac SOBATS! Pac runs, but into a V-TRIGGER!
Pac wobbles against ropes, Omega runs in but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! But Omega is up to LARIAT Pac down! Fans are thunderous and their teams are chomping at the bit! Omega and Pac crawl, reach out, hot tags to Fenix and Nick! They DOUBLE LARIAT, and again, then Fenix shoves, but Nick dodges the rolling sobat! Nick runs in, whips Fenix, but Fenix tiger feint rewinds! Nick ducks the heel kick to SUPERKICK! But Fenix kips up, only for Nick to block that superkick to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fenix stays up so Nick wheelbarrows into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix is still in this but Nick tags Matt.
The Bucks drag Fenix up, double whip, but Fenix ducks and springboards, but the Bucks catch his crossbody! Nick helps Matt position Fenix in the gut wrench, then Nick goes to the apron! But Fenix RANAS Matt into Nick! Fans fire up as Fenix somersaults, but Matt catches him to a fireman’s carry! Nick goes up the corner, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! The full combo of rolling senton, 450 splash and moonsault connects! Cover, but Penta SUPERKICKS it apart! Nick throws Penta back out and fans fire up! Nick and Matt sit Fenix up, B T E- SUPERKICKS from Pac & Penta! Omega ROCKS Pac, ROCKS Penta, CHOPS Pac then CHOPS Penta!
Omega fires off hands on Penta and he drops! Pac swings, into a full nelson! Pac breaks that so Omega waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES, only for Pac to land on his feet! Fenix somersault CUTTERS Omega! Fenix tags Penta, Penta tags Pac. Penta drags Matt up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, Penta tucks Matt in, DOUBLE STOMP FEAR FACTOR!! Fenix then DIVES onto Nick and Omega! Tag to Pac and he climbs up! Penta goes up and up to ESCALERA SPLASH! 450 SPLASH from Pac! Cover, TWO!!! Matt survives and Pac is fuming! Matt flounders to a corner, Pac runs in and UPPERCUTS! Pac reels Matt in to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!!
The Bastard is furious as Matt survives again. Pac drags Matt back into the drop zone then climbs up. BLACK ARROW, into Matt’s knees!!! Cradle, THE ELITE WIN!!!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (the series is now 2-1, in favor of Death Triangle)
FINALLY, The Elite score one on Death Triangle! But they’ve still got a long way to go in this Best of 7! Omega gets the mic to say, “There was never gonna be a sweep, as long as The Cleaner’s in town. We’re bringing this back, it’s gonna be a reverse sweep. And boy, this is the first time in awhile I’ve been able to close a show. So without any further adieu, I must bid you all a good bye, mwah! And good night, BANG! Now play that song again, would ya?” Fans sing Carry On again as Dynamite goes off the air. Will The Elite come back from being down two to win this in six? Or will Winter is Coming cool them off so that Death Triangle can get hot again?
Great Dynamite here to pave more of the road for Winter is Coming. For one, a very creative change to the Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal since the current ringbearer is also the current AEW World Champion. I had a feeling Starks would want in on that on top of being #1 contender to the world title. Starks squashed Daivari, he really should win the battle royal so he can make Winter is Coming a Winner Takes All situation. At the same time, that does seem a shame to have Starks lose both prizes, so maybe Starks calls for a double header? He may not win the belt but he can win the ring and take MJF’s ace in the hole.
And speaking of the battle royal, I do like that Ethan wants to force Hardy to help him, but I bet Hardy finds a way to mess that up for him. Then maybe that starts things towards Hardy liberating himself and Private Party from The Firm. #HardyParty has been building up wins on Dark and Elevation, they could be Trios contenders on the other side of Elite VS Death Triangle, and that could be all the more reason The Firm will want to keep them under contract as long as possible.
Great opening segment from Moxley and the surprise return of Hangman! Of course it turns into a brawl that happens again backstage, and that will definitely be a match for Winter is Coming. And I think we will get the proper finish there we were meant to see in the title match. Amazing first match of the night in Bryan VS Dax tonight. Dax has definitely proven himself as a great wrestler, no matter what division we’re talking about. He loves being a tag guy with Cash, but maybe before calling it a day, Dax will win a midcard title. Perhaps the All-Atlantic Championship since Cassidy loves putting that thing up.
QT and Cassidy had a hilarious little promo to set up a match for Rampage, but a Lumberjack Match is just tailor made for the House of Black showing up and wrecking everyone ringside. I’m pretty sure Cassidy retains the title either way, and he’ll likely defend it against Malakai 1v1. Acclaimed have a good promo to set up a tag title match, but I don’t see FTR stepping up to them on a Rampage. It’ll probably be whoever is second on the contender’s list. And whichever that team is, they’re losing to The Acclaimed. FTR and Gunn Sons have to set up something for Final Battle, it’s what makes sense.
Speaking of other things that were set up for Final Battle and that make sense, great sit-down interview promo from JAS and BCC, especially with Claudio being fed up with the constant interviews. Hager bringing out a second purple bucket hat is hilarious, too. Hager & Garcia VS Claudio & Yuta will be a great tag match, Garcia VS Yuta will be a great Pure title match since we’ve seen it a couple times already. But I cannot be sure where the titles go. Of the two, I see Garcia losing, but then that means Claudio will be forced to sports entertain. A part of me would love seeing what happens with that, though.
The celebration for The Baddies wasn’t much of a celebration, and they didn’t even get to have the clearly red velvet cake. But Jade really amped up her arrogance saying Jade is AEW. I almost thought this was the moment she turned off Velvet and Leila for good, but guess not. And Bow Wow either has a proxy to dethrone Jade, or he is such a distraction that Jade loses. I can’t be sure who Bow Wow introduces in the first idea, while that second idea feels a bit cheap. I suppose it does keep Jade strong in her first loss ever, but Jade is so good as a character that she deserves to be beat by someone straight up so there’s no excuse.
Good match for Willow VS Anna and a very good win for Willow. But since she’s lost multiple times to Jade, she probably has to wait until Jade loses it so she can go after the new champ. And a great return for Ruby in her hometown, she and Willow can both build momentum taking the fight to TayJay. Good promo from Hayter and Britt to keep the “hate-on” for Saraya. Nice return of Technique by Taz, and I really liked the orange filter. No idea who is next for Hook, or who dethrones him, but Hook is finally facing people that challenge him, so that’s good.
Another great vignette for Hobbs. He really should be TNT Champion, but it is nice to get some real depth for his character. He’ll definitely be the next TNT Champion after Wardlow VS Joe. Joe VS Fox was a great match, too, and it’s great for Fox to be somewhere higher profile. MJF continues to be great on the mic, but he should be pissed at whoever made that belt for him. The Big Burberry Belt just looks like a Big Brown Belt because of how muted those colors ended up on the leather. But you do have to appreciate MJF has picked up the mantle of “AEW’s HHH Parody” with Cody Rhodes in WWE.
And just as things were starting to drag on, MJF turns it all around with that sucker punch to Regal! Bryan was devastated, but he’ll surely return with rage, wanting after MJF, and I wonder if Tony Khan already shoots down MJF’s “PPVs only” stipulation by making MJF face Bryan at like Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash to see if MJF even makes it to 2023 as champion. Also, lots of people are talking about Regal going back to WWE but not going back to WWE, I don’t know which will happen, but this is of course a way to write him off for a moment and give him a great return moment to screw MJF over.
And lastly, what a great main event for the trios titles. I feel like half of the segment wasn’t even officially a match. These two teams keep busting out great stuff, and the Death Triangle story with the hammer continues. It more or less cost them tonight, but the Elite had to get on the board somehow. They take a week off from this series next week to come back at Winter is Coming, but I bet there will be a promo where Fenix argues with Penta about the hammer. This is all leading to The Elite getting the belts at the end of the series, and then Death Triangle might fall apart. I don’t really want that, the Trios Division needs trios as great as them, but if even The Dark Order can fall apart, then any trio can.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (11/29/22)
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- Six Man Tag: The Factory VS Justin Corino, Ryan Mooney & Steve Josifi; The Factory wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Chris Wylde; Clayton wins.
- Hikaru Shida w/ Hagane Shinno VS Layla Luciano; Shida wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Tracy Williams, LSG and Jack Tomlinson; The JAS wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tony Deppen; Cage wins.
- Angelico VS Hagane Shinno; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura w/ Baliyan Akki VS Tiara James; Sakura wins.
- Six Man Tag: Hardy Party VS The Wingmen; Hardy Party wins.
Hikaru Shida bringing along Hagane Shinno (formerly known as Madoka) is interesting. More Japanese promotions seem to be willing to let talent work with AEW, and that of course helps AEW get recognition internationally, and helps those promotions get recognition in the USA. Shinno will definitely get a win off Angelico, but AEW’s already such a full roster, who knows if Shinno will see any TV time.
Good to see the Wingmen together again, even if it’s to lose to Hardy Party. But even the Trios Division needs its lower midcard, and that is where The Wingmen will be. Matt Hardy & Private Party might end up becoming The Firm’s Trios Championship contenders if they keep building up wins on AEW YouTube. They could give whoever comes out of the Best of 7 Series a great match, and we could see a lot of overbooked, “internal conflict” of whether Hardy Party is Face or Heel, same as we’re seeing with Death Triangle always resorting to the hammer.
UPDATE: Welp, didn’t think Angelico would win but he did. I guess not ever new star that comes into AEW can just get a free win.
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