Dynamite is going to be just as explosive as Revolution!
(Or maybe more so) Darby Allin defends his AEW TNT Championship against Scorpio Sky! Will Darby still be the Face of TNT going against the Face of the Revolution?
- Matt Jackson w/ Nick Jackson VS Rey Fenix w/ PAC; Fenix wins.
- Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Seth Gargis; Cody wins.
- Ethan Page VS Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall; Ethan wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida, Thunder Rosa & Ryo Mizunami VS Maki Itoh, Britt Baker & Nyla Rose; Shida, Rosa & Mizunami win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Scorpio Sky; Allin wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Matt Jackson w/ Nick Jackson VS Rey Fenix w/ PAC!
The Young Bucks are still the AEW World Tag Team Champions after making it through Y2MJF, but it is Death Triangle’s Firebird and Bastard heading for them after winning the Casino Tag Team Battle Royal! Will Matt or Fenix be the ones taking the lead in the build to their tag battle?
The bell rings and fans fire up already as these two circle. They tie up, Fenix wrenches to an armlock then hammerlock, then traps Matt with one arm to throw body shots. Fenix wrenches, Matt wrenches, fans duel, and Fenix moves around. Fenix drops, spins, wrenches and wristlocks to a hammerlock, but Matt recaches back to flying-mare! Matt chinlocks, wrenches, but Fenix dropkicks Matt down! Fans cheer and SCU watches from the bleachers as the two reset. Fenix and Matt knuckle lock but Matt kicks and CHOPS, then whips to hip toss. Fenix rebounds off ropes to handspring free! Matt runs in but Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS!
Fenix goes up and up and around and arm-drags Matt out of the ring! Fenix builds speed but stops as Matt gets away. Fenix then steps out to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up as Fenix puts Matt in, dodges him and springboards for a headbutt! Fenix then goes up and up and FLIES to take Matt down! And then FLIES to do it again! Nick coaches Matt up but the fans are fired up for Fenix. Pac glares at Nick but Fenix comes out to fetch Matt into the ring. Fenix CLUBS Matt, drags him back into a sleeper and body scissors! Fans rally as Matt endures, and Matt makes the hold a cover, ONE! Fenix body scissor clutches to a cover, TWO! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt down!
Fans are fired up as Matt crawls to a corner. Fenix drags Matt up to put him in a corner, then CHOPS him! Fenix wristlocks but Matt tries to monkey flip. Fenix denies that, they both end up on the ropes and they start throwing CHOPS! Fenix gest the edge, springs up but into a SUPER POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as Fenix bails out. Matt goes out to fetch him but his back is bothering him. Matt brings Fenix up, RAMS him into the apron, then puts him in. Matt slingshots and sentons, covers, TWO! Matt keeps his cool as he drags Fenix from ropes to club him down! Fenix writhes, fans rally, and Matt stomps Fenix down.
Pac coaches Fenix but Matt clamps on with a partial camel clutch. Fenix endures, fans rally up, and Fenix throws elbows and body shots! Fenix CHOPS, then whips, but Matt dodges and wheelbarrows to Victory Roll Facebuster! Cover, ONE!! Matt is surprised but he keeps on Fenix and reels him in. Fenix drops to his knees, Matt brings him back up and tries another bomb but Fenix ranas! Matt rolls through to get the legs tied up, SHARPSHOOTER! Fenix powers his way to the ropebreak! Matt lets go, Fenix gets to a corner, and Matt stomps and clubs Fenix down. Matt brings Fenix around for haymakers, then runs in, but Fenix SUPERKICKS!
Fenix hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE, then puts Matt in for the JUMPING SOBAT! Fenix goes up and up and missile dropkicks Matt back down! Fans fire up as Fenix drags Matt up, fireman’s carries, but Fenix’s back gives up! Fenix throws hands even from the mat, but Matt CLUBS him in the back. Matt runs, into a SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Fans rally, the ref has a standing count, but Matt and Fenix get up at 5. Fenix throws hands, Matt returns them, and the fans rally as they brawl. Both men ROCK the other, but Fenix tilt-o-whirls to then get Matt in a standing Bow ‘n’ Arrow, spins Matt around to a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives and Fenix is sore!
Matt goes to the ramp side but Fenix hits him first. Fenix climbs the ropes but Matt throws body shots then suplexes. Fenix fights free, dodges a boot and CHOPS Matt! Fenix goes to the corner, walks the tightrope but Matt dodges! Matt shoulders in, slingshots up and over and hits a DESTROYER!! Fenix bails out but Matt goes out for a DESTROYER to the floor!! Matt leaves Fenix behind and a ring count begins! Pac shouts at Fenix and coaches him, but the count is already 5 and Fenix hasn’t gotten up. The count is 8, Fenix springs right up! Fenix is in at 9.9! Matt goes up, Fenix is in the drop zone, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! And Matt can’t believe it!
Fans rally, SCU nod, and Matt gets the SHARPSHOOTER on! Fenix endures as Matt sits deep! Fans rally and duel, Fenix powers up but he can’t! Fenix flails, reaches, powers up again, Matt drops and Fenix gets the ropebreak! Matt drags Fenix away, tries again but Fenix kicks Matt down. Fenix runs in, Matt moves, Nick gets WRECKED with the dropkick! Matt runs at Fenix, dodges him, and SUPERKICKS Pac for getting too close! Fenix says this is between him and Matt, so Matt gets in and they throw haymakers! Matt dodges to shove but Fenix elbows then QUEBRADAS! Matt gets under but Fenix waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Matt lands on his feet to SUPERKICK!
Matt whips, Fenix goes Spiderman but Matt ducks the heel kick to SUPERKICK! Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK back!! Both men are down but fans again chant, “This is Awesome!” Fenix and Matt slowly sit up and get forehead to forehead. They throw haymakers, Fenix CHOPS, but Matt CHOPS back! They throw more hands, they DORCK each other, Matt blocks the roundhouse to spin Fenix but SUPERKICKS COLLIDE! They ROCK each other, but then Matt gut wrenches Fenix! Fenix fights free to scoop Matt, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
And that’s a win over one-half of the tag team champions! Will Death Triangle soon take those titles for their own? Or will things be different when the Bucks are together for a Superkick Party?
Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston speak!
The Mad King is first, saying, “Well folks, here it is. The big explanation everyone wants to know about. It’s a little embarrassing, but y’know, I’m me.” When Kingston hurried out at Revolution to cover up his friend, Moxley, thinking there was going to be this huge explosion, all these fireworks, he got a flashback to the last time he had that anxiety. The last time he had this kind of panic, he couldn’t breathe. That’s when Kingston was in a jail cell, getting ready for court, with the guards telling him he was going to Rikers, “Sing Sing,” and everything went black. So go ahead, make fun of him. He’s not speaking for you or to you, but to those who understand where he’s coming from.
So Kingston tells Kenny Omega, “Kenny! You think this is a video game? Look at the heat!” Kingston puts his hand over the little fire he and Moxley have going, and Kingston says that is what he felt! Look at his hand! He didn’t scar them up playing video games! Omega thinks he’s the Joker or something? You think this is funny? Moxley says Omega wasn’t joking. He really wanted to blow everyone up. Kingston says there’s no way. Omega’s the Joker to Moxley’s Batman. Moxley thinks that’s cool, but he’s pretty sure Omega was really trying. Kingston says Omega isn’t that nuts.
Moxley doesn’t know who paid for the bomb. Kingston says Impact probably paid for it, and Moxley can see that. But when that bomb came in the mail, did it have the big bold letters of ACME on it? Moxley’s made more explosive volcanos in fourth grade science class. “What the hell was that?” But Mox had an Explosive Barbed Wire Deathmatch live on PPV, and all he got was a lousy T-shirt. Okay, it’s a cool T-shirt, but Moxley didn’t win the title back. Omega was the better man at Revolution. But Moxley did get his drinking buddy back. Moxley knew that wasn’t Kingston that one time. Well the world title makes you do crazy things.
Moxley says Kingston could’ve come out a little earlier, when he was getting the crap kicked out of him and all that. Moxley jokes that Kingston had to get his eyebrows done and his good shoes on. Kingston had Butcher and Blade. “You already know my style, B! It’s 1998 forever in my head.” Well it’s good that they didn’t get blown up at Revolution. But Moxley kinda wanted to see a bomb go off. A lot of people did. But Moxley tells Kenny and the Good Brothers, if they’re going to flash a weapon, they better use it. Does this mean Moxley and Kingston are going to make sure the Biz Cliz pays for even thinking they could end the Maniac’s run?
Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Seth Gargis!
The American Nightmare managed to fight through a bad shoulder to make it to the end of the Face of the Revolution ladder match, but he still didn’t win it. Will he be able to power through and start back on the path towards the TNT Championship?
The bell rings, Cody and Gargis circle and tie up. Cody wrenches to a wristlock but Gargis reverses, only for Cody to DECK him! Cody scoops Gargis and carries him around to hit an OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Fans fire up as Cody gets the legs, steps through, and gets the FIGURE FOUR! Gargis endures, claws at the hold but he’s caught, he taps out! Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission
The Prince of Pro-Wrestling wasn’t playing around, he got that done fast! Tony Schiavone goes to the ring and Arn tells him he’s on the clock. Schiavone’s mic takes a second to get working so Cody tosses him a good one. Schiavone asks about the shoulder, how Shaq threw him around and all that, but how is Cody feeling? Well Cody will talk about it, and losing the ladder match, and- Wait, Penta is interrupting from Spanish Commentary! Penta has Alex stand up to help translate. Penta tells Cody to SHUT UP, then tells Alex to tell us that when it comes to Cody, “He’s a thousand times better than you!” And then, if Cody is the Prince of Pro-Wrestling, that makes Penta the LORD OF LUCHA!
Penta heads for the ring with Alex and fans chant “Lord of Lucha Libre!” Penta then speaks English to the American Nightmare to say, “You serious? At Revolution, you lost!” And had it just been Cody and Penta and a ring, Cody would have lost even more than the match! And you know why? Well Alex translates that Cody is lucky Penta didn’t focus on hurting that arm even more, because it would’ve been so bad, Cody couldn’t even be able to pick up his newborn baby girl! WHOA~! Cody runs at Penta and they brawl!! Security and other wrestlers hurry to break this one up but way more need to hold Cody back than Penta!
Cody is furious, but for now, Penta gets away with insulting the Rhodes family. Will Cody make Penta put his money where his mouth is and get in the ring with him 1v1?
Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy are at the arcade.
But they’re not here to play games. Chuck speaks to Miro and Kip Sabian as he says, “Boys. We’ve been at this a long time. Too damn long.” Kip, Miro and Penelope first break Trent and put him on the shelf. They make Chuck their butler, put him through a window, and then they tried to take out Cassidy here. Wait, Cassidy, you didn’t even put coins in the machine? Well anyway, Chuck and Cassidy want one more match. If Miro does that, Chuck will give Miro what he wants. Chuck will be Miro’s butler forever if he loses.
But Cassidy had a brilliant idea earlier. What if they take all these arcade games that Miro loves so much, put them ringside, then put Miro’s head through every single one? Cassidy takes off the sunglasses as he says, “And then we break you.” An arcade cabinet tag match?! Will that be the key to ending this back and forth with the Best Man? Or will it just be #GAMEOVER for the Best Friends?
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone on stage.
And ladies and gentlemen, it’s STIIIIIING~! The Icon won the Street Fight at Revolution alongside Darby Allin, and what a comeback to action! Sting says Darby is “a dangerous, dangerous man.” Darby puts his life on the line every single night, takes risks, and that isn’t even everything. It isn’t even a calculated risk, and that is why Darby is dangerous. Then combine that with the Stinger and a “menacing” location like the streets, and BOOM! The Stinger and Darby get a win!
But then wait! Lance Archer and Jake the Snake are making their way out! “If you’re not going to give us time, then we are going to take the time.” And since Sting is wasting time, now is the time for Archer to let us know he never needed a ladder match to prove he IS the Face of the Revolution! If things don’t change, Archer is going to take much, much more than just time. Schiavone understands that but this was Sting’s time. Oh sorry, is that how this is going to go. Well, then bye Stanger. You’ll have your time, for now. Just remember that. With that, Archer and Jake take their leave.
Schiavone apologizes on Archer’s behalf, and Stinger says that’s fine, see you in the next one. Will the Murderhawk Monster make sure the Icon understands how dangerous this jungle can be?
Backstage interview with Lee Johnson and QT Marshall.
Dasha asks QT for some insight on what happened in the tag team battle royal, when he just left Dustin Rhodes during the middle of all that. QT says he’s only human, his emotions got the better of him, but the Nightmare Family will deal with it. Right now is about Big Shotty Lee Johnson, and the huge match he has with Ethan Page. Ethan has a lot to prove, but so does Johnson, and he wants to pick up another win. AEW has technical difficulties but that’s because All Ego is already headed to the ring!
Ethan Page VS Lee Johnson w/ QT Marshall!
The newest signee to AEW made a huge debut at Revolution, and after losing, he DEMANDED a huge singles match for Dynamite. But Ethan is upset that QT is accompanying Johnson and “occupying 33.3% of MY spotlight!” But will this angry, agitated and annoyed Ethan Page make Johnson pay for this?
The bell rings and Johnson circles with Ethan. Ethan kicks low, ROCKS Johnson, then has him in a corner to whip corner to corner. Ethan goes up and over, handsprings then dodges to shove Ethan to ropes. Ethan dodges but Johnson dropkicks him down! Johnson drags Ethan up, wrenches, but Ethan puts him on the ropes. The ref calls for a break and gets between them, but Ethan gets a HARD sucker punch in! Ethan has Johnson in a corner, stomps him and brings him out to suplex. Johnson slips out, waistlocks, but Ethan fights that and elbows free to CLOBBER Johnson! Ethan paces and Johnson goes to a corner, Ethan runs in but Johnson elbows him away!
Johnson BOOTS Ethan, swings, but into Ethan’s waistlock. Ethan puts Johnson in a corner, throws elbows, then snapmares him for a BIG shoulder tackle! Ethan soaks up the heat as Johnson is down, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Johnson goes to the apron, Ethan goes out after him, and brings Johnson up for a fireman’s carry. Johnson fights free with elbows and is back in he ring to ENZIGURI Ethan down! Johnson then PLANCHAS and takes Ethan down! Johnson fires up and fans rally as he brings Ethan up. Ethan RAMS Johnson into railing, then underhooks to get Johnson up on the railing, for a DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Johnson writhes and the ref checks on him with Ethan seethes and snarls. Ethan drags Johnson up, puts him in the ring, and stomps him down. QT coaches Johnson but Ethan drags him up to DECK him!
Johnson goes to another corner, Ethan brings him up and scoops him for a SPINNING BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Johnson survives that and pie faces Ethan! Ethan gets mad but Johnson throws hands! Ethan kicks low, whips Johnson to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Johnson flounders to a corner, Ethan storms over and CLUBS him down. Ethan digs his knee into Johnson’s back then wraps on a rear bearhug. Johnson endures, QT coaches him, and Johnson fights up to throw elbows. Ethan CLUBS Johnson, CLUBS him again, then wraps on the bearhug as AEW goes to single picture.
Fans rally again, Ethan drags Johnson up, but Johnson throws elbows and gets free to throw forearms. Ethan knees low, swings but Johnson counter punches to ROCK Ethan! Ethan ducks the swing to back suplex Johnson but Johnson lands on is feet! Johnson blocks a punch, elbows Ethan and hits a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as Johnson stalks Ethan, waistlocks, but Ethan elbows the back suplex away. Ethan goes to run but Johnson reels him in for BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Johnson usually ends matches with that but Ethan survives! Fans rally, Johnson throws his wrist tape away and goes at Ethan in a corner.
Ethan hits Johnson away, climbs up, but Johnson hits him! Johnson climbs up to throw forearms, then brings Ethan up. Ethan throws body shots, scoops Johnson and SUPER SLAMS him! Ethan then hops down, steps in and hits a SPRINGBOARD CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Johnson survives but Ethan keeps on Johnson in a corner. Ethan hoists Johnson up top, climbs up to join him, but Johnson hits him away. Johnson leaps over but jams a leg! Ethan wants after him but the ref keeps him back. Ethan shrugs and BOOTS Johnson down! Fans boo but Ethan ignores them as Johnson bails out. Johnson wants a hand from QT but QT just stands there as Ethan goes out to fetch Johnson.
Ethan drags Johnson up, puts him in, and stalk Johnson to bring him up to a Canadian rack. Ethan sets Johnson up for SPLASH MOUNTAIN! Cover, Ethan wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
The #EgosEdge is what wins Ethan’s first singles match, but he adds on by stomping away on Johnson! QT still doesn’t even do anything!? Dustin Rhodes runs out to run Ethan off, but again Dustin has to question what the hell is going on with QT! QT is just walking away! Is QT quitting the Nightmare Family without an explanation?
AEW Media catches up with Hangman Page.
Alex Marvez is curious as to how Hangman is spending the money he earned from the Big Money Match, and we see him zip in on a Snapper Pro riding mower! Is this one of the purchases made using Matt Hardy’s first quarter earnings? Hangman says he got six bottles of whiskey, a brand new saddle, and the entire Dwight Yoakam vinyl collection, and even donated most of it to the Jacksonville Education Fund. But yeah, this riding mower is one of the purchases. Time to cut some grass!
John Silver comes by and asks if Hangman has room for more people on the mower. Sure, why not! But wait, the rest of the Dark Order gets on! Uno, Stu, Reynolds, Cabana and Vance get on with Silver, but Angels is left off. There’s a weight limit and Angels was too slow. Now let’s get ice cream! YEEEAH~! Hangman puts pedal to the metal, and Angels says he’ll see them there. Will the Cowboy and his posse party hardy with Matt Hardy’s money?
AEW returns and Schiavone is back on stage.
Of all the things that happened this Sunday at Revolution was the arrival of this next guest, a great tag team champion in his career, and a great singles champion, too. This man officially signed with AEW this Sunday, and now we get to hear from CHRISTIAN CAGE! But wait, no, these are the Sweepettes. This isn’t for Christian, this is for KENNY OMEGA!! The man who is still AEW World Champion rolls in with the men who helped him win! Don Callis, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson follow Omega to the ring, and Callis has the mic to interview him.
Fans boo but Callis says, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry but I guess you’re not going to get to hear from the brand new signee of AEW, because in case you’re new around here, new signee, Kenny Omega, Don Callis & the Good Brothers, we call the shots around here. We take what we want, and then we take a little more, so we’re taking this time for ourselves.” And as Callis stands here next to “the greatest wrestler who ever lived, the God of Professional Wrestling,” and the KING OF THE DEATHMATCH! Callis tells Omega that on Sunday, at Revolution, “it all went according to plan.” Well, almost. Oh yes, that. The explosion not heard around the world.
Callis finds it interesting. They’ve taken a lot of heat since then, being blamed for us not getting what we wanted. Well, Callis will neither confirm nor deny if they had something to do with that. But what Callis will confirm is how happy it made Callis to take away what fans wanted! To take away things! Tony Khan wants AEW to make memories, Callis and Omega make HISTORY, and that is what they did when Omega beat Moxley! That is what they do! But they took away Moxley’s big moment when he wanted to die in a blaze of glory! They took away Eddie Kingston’s star-making, heroic moment!
Callis says he learned about win-win situations. If the ring had blown up, Team Omega wins. Moxley and Kingston would be gone, and Omega would be champion. But if the ring somehow didn’t blow up, which it didn’t, then that’s a bigger win because Mox & Kingston look like idiots and Team Omega still has the world title! So they do what they do all the time: WIN! Omega says he’s got goosebumps just thinking about what it would’ve looked like to see Moxley vaporized in the middle of the ring! That would’ve been a dream come true to never worry about Moxley. But now it’s just as sweet to have the eternal memory of seeing Moxley embarrassed in the ring, leaving him a loser.
And what a cherry on top for Kingston, the thing they never even factored in, never expected, for their childhood friendship to be what rescued and “dry humped” Moxley in the middle of the ring as sparklers shot off! But talk about memories- Kingston storms out to the ring! He sees it’s 3v1 since Callis doesn’t count, but Callis says this is alright. Callis knows Kingston and Kingston knows he knows Callis. So Callis says he had Kingston in Impact because he is talented, tough, and the star in that face of his. Kingston had it all, but why did Callis fire him? And that is what happened.
It’s because Kingston did there that he’s done his whole life: When Kingston is this close to success and the “brass ring,” he self-sabotages! Just like at Revolution when he laid there and everyone laughed! That was Kingston’s moment, and they took it away! Fans rally for Kingston but Callis says he’s outgunned. But because Callis likes Kingston, he gives Kingston a chance to get out of here with what’s left of his pride intact. Kingston will have 10 seconds before he gets his ass kicked. So here it is! The countdown, just like Revolution! OH NO~! Someone save Omega~! Kingston falls on Omega and then… Nothing.
Omega sits up and mocks Kingston’s anxiety. Did we blow up? Nope! Omega almost passed out as he flashbacked to detention! But Kingston is in the ring with the best champion ever, looking like a joke, standing with four guys who could whoop his ass. Omega counts Callis, apparently. But Kingston is stone-faced. Does he want to hit Omega? Huh? Wanna hit the champ? Well here’s his big shot! Take a swing and see what happens! You don’t have the balls, Kingston! But Kingston DECKS Omega! The Good Brothers are right on Kingston with haymakers, but Moxley gets in! Omega is out cold, Moxley and Kingston fight off Gallows & Anderson!
Things spill out of the ring, Moxley throws Anderson into barriers, and here comes… CHRISTIAN CAGE! The brawling continues as Captain Charisma finally gets his time on Dynamite! Christian looks around at the Peeps, but focuses in on the Cleaner who is coming to. Christian goes to the ring, Omega gets up, and the two stare down. Omega talks trash, saying Christian is in his ring now. But then Omega offers a handshake? Christian hesitates, fans aren’t sure about it, but Omega takes a swing! Christian catches him and turns him, but Callis gets Omega out of the Killswitch!
Callis holds Omega back, but Christian holds up the AEW World Championship! Is Christian going to add this title to his already historic list of accolades?
Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida, Thunder Rosa & Ryo Mizunami VS Maki Itoh, Britt Baker & Nyla Rose!
The Full Metal Warrior is still AEW Women’s World Champion, and finally has a win against her rival, Aneki! But they weren’t able to soak in the moment at Revolution because of the Native Beast, the Doctor and the Fired Idol! Will Shida, Rosa and Ryo make these Vicious Vixens, the Role Model and the Cutest in the World regret ruining the moment?
Wait, as Itoh is performing her theme song, Rosa, Ryo and Shida rush Nyla and Britt! They all brawl, Itoh just tunes it out, and Shida clashes with Rebel, kendo stick VS crutch! Britt brawls with Rosa but runs away, and Nyla ROCKS Ryo. Vickie helps Rebel by kicking Shida in the leg! The ref tries to sort things out but Itoh is still performing. Vickie chokes Shida with her kendo stick! Rebel then throws Shida over to her corner and Itoh finishes her song. Shida rushes Itoh but Itoh BOPS her with the mic! And again! And again! Itoh takes off her headphones and finally gets into fight mode as she puts Shida into the ring.
The bell sounds and Itoh fires up to drop the Kokeshi, but misses! Shida KICKS Itoh, drags her up, and whips her to a corner. Itoh reverses, runs in and elbows! Itoh fires up, climbs up, and asks, “Who is the cutest in the world? ITOH-CHAN DEEESU~!” She rains down fists, but Shida carries Itoh away! Itoh fights free and stomps Shida’s foot! Itoh flips Shida off, but Shida grabs the dirty birds to pull them back! Shida arm-drags Itoh by the fingers! Tag to Ryo and she fires off machine gun chops! Ryo lets off and apologizes to the ref, to then shake it up and CHOP again! Ryo fires up with the fans, does the pantomime, and then runs in to clothesline!
Itoh flounders to her corner and tags Nyla, but Ryo tags Rosa. Rosa KICKS away on Nyla’s leg, then dropkicks her to ropes! Rosa fires forearms, Nyla forearms back! They go forearm for forearm, Rosa runs but Vickie is in the way! Nyla CLOBBERS Rosa, covers, ONE!! Nyla drags Rosa up and whips her to the corner, to then throw body shots as AEW goes picture in picture.
Nyla wrenches Rosa, whips her back in hard, then pie faces Ryo and taunts Shida! The ref is busy with all that, and Britt chokes Rosa! Nyla goes back to Rosa, drags her up, and tags in Itoh. Nyla snapmares Rosa then snap suplexes her, and Itoh fires up again, for the KOKESHI! Itoh is fired up, she covers, TWO! Itoh drags Rosa away from her corner to wrap on a chinlock. Rosa endures, elbows over and over, but can’t get free. Itoh puts Rosa on ropes, kicks her, then tags in Britt. Britt throws forearms but Rosa hits back. Britt puts Rosa in the corner and chokes her! The ref counts, Britt lets off to ROCK Rosa again! Britt drags Rosa around, and pulls her against the post!
The ref reprimands but Nyla adds her boot, and both Rebel and Vickie mock Rosa’s pain! The ref counts and everyone backs off, and Britt gets in while Itoh gets a bop in on Rosa. Britt tags Nyla, Nyla throws body shots on Rosa then snapmares for a NECK SNAPPER! Nyla drags Rosa up to waistlock but Rosa resists the lift. Rosa elbows free, throws more elbows, then wheelbarrows to a BULLDOG! Nyla flounders and flops, hot tags to Britt and Ryo! Aneki rallies on Britt, Itoh, and shoves Nyla into Britt, to then SPEAR Nyla!
AEW returns to single picture as fans fire up with Ryo! Ryo tags Shida, Shida baseball slides Nyla off the apron, and then Ryo whips Rosa into Britt! Shida runs in to KNEE Britt, then Shida wedges Britt in the corner for Ryo to be the human weapon, snap suplex into Britt! Shida covers, TWO! Itoh is also there but Ryo is after her. Ryo waistlocks Itoh, Shida powers up, but Britt ducks the drawing blade kick, and Itoh gets free to HEADBUTT Shida! Itoh fires up but Ryo CLOBBERS her! Nyla kicks Ryo, drags her up, but Rosa tags in and dropkicks Nyla! Rosa aims at Britt as she runs in at Britt and rams into her!
Rosa bumps Britt off buckles, throws elbows, then clotheslines! Rosa puts Britt out to join the others, and then she climbs the corner. Rosa LEAPS onto everyone, and takes them out with the Cancun Tornado! Fans fire up with Rosa as she drags Itoh up and around to put in the ring. Vickie swipes at Rosa but she kicks her away. Itoh forearms Rosa, reels her in and goes up the corner, for the TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives but Itoh shouts to the corner. Vickie distracts the ref, Rebel has the crutch! Itoh shoves Rosa, Rosa blocks the crutch attack and shoves Rebel down onto the pile outside!
Itoh kicks Rosa, fires up and runs, but into a scoop! THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Rosa and team win!!
Winners: Thunder Rosa, Hikaru Shida & Ryo Mizunami, by pinfall
But then Britt SMACKS Rosa with the crutch! The Role Model is a sore loser! Ryo, Nyla, Shida and Itoh brawl on the outside, Britt digs the crutch into Rosa’s head! Britt then drags Rosa around to the Rings of Saturn, and the LOCKJAW!! Rebel and Vickie add on where they can, and Rebel even digs the crutch into Rosa’s face! Britt lets Rosa go, but will she be facing revenge soon enough?
Matt Hardy and Private Party speak.
They want Hardy to cheer up. Hardy says he’s been reflecting the last few days, and he says they need to bring more money in. Yeah, Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy are pumped! But Hardy says he needs more money. What Hangman did is criminal! He’s stealing from Hardy like a bizarro Robin Hood! Sure, it was one safe, but Hardy’s been filling up safes with money for his entire life! Smart! Hardy has money to sustain the business to April. So therefore, he is adding an addition to the Hardy Empire. Wait, another person outside of Private Party? Yes. Hardy got a huge money deal with AEW that is so big, Hardy’s managerial fee won’t even be noticed. He introduces them to… Butcher, Blade & The Bunny!
Wait, seriously? Well they have a really good look. Butcher, Blade & Private Party together are going to DESTROY whoever is against them on the debut episode of Dark: Elevation! And then they all will destroy The Dark Order for what they and Hangman did to Hardy! Will Kingston’s former fam help Hardy make up what he lost in blood money?
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin VS Scorpio Sky!
The Relentless One won alongside The Icon, and clearly if this match is still happening, he was able to walk after falling down with Brian Cage. As for The Closer, he was the one who climbed up and finally took down a “brass ring” to become the Face of the Revolution! But after this, will Scorpio be the Face of TNT? Or will the champion still be relentless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this revolution will be televised!
Fans rally and duel as Darby and Scorpio stare down. They fist bump to show there is respect, and then the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Scorpio powers Darby back, only for the two to break. They circle and tie up again, and Darby headlocks to hit a takeover. Scorpio fights up, powers Darby to ropes then powers out, and he trips Darby up to float to the headlock. Darby slips out and hammerlocks, but Scorpio rolls and gets up, only for Darby to wrangle him back down. Fans rally, Scorpio fights up, but Darby works on the wristlock. Scorpio scoops but Darby slips out to roll Scorpio, TWO! Darby jackknifes, TWO! Scorpio gets away to a corner and fans fire up!
Darby waits as Scorpio cools off. They circle again, tie up, and Darby gets around to a waistlock. Scorpio tries to throw Darby off but Darby holds on tight! Darby rolls Scorpio around and around but Scorpio gets the ropebreak. Darby holds on as the ref counts but lets off at 4. Darby stays close, though, and Scorpio gets annoyed. Scorpio gets up and shoves Darby away, but the two circle again. They tie up, Scorpio waistlocks and throws Darby down! Scorpio pushes Darby to a cover, ONE! Scorpio keeps on Darby with a waistlock, Darby moves around and throws Scorpio out! Darby builds speed and slides but Scorpio gets in to slingshot. Darby evades so Scorpio goes to the apron.
Scorpio jumps over Darby’s swipe, Darby gets on the apron and slingshots up and over but he jams his leg! Scorpio shows no mercy and CLOBBERS Darby! Darby crawls to a corner, clutching his ankle. Scorpio drags Darby up, throws EuroUppers, then brings Darby around for more! Darby falls over, Scorpio covers, TWO! Scorpio grows annoyed, grabs Darby’s arm and brings him up to scoop for a BIG BACKBREAKER! Scorpio pushes on Darby in a backbreaker rack but Darby endures. Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.
Darby fights free by pulling on Scorpio’s arm and then WRINGS him out! Darby clubs Scorpio, CHOPS him, then hobbles over to the corner, Darby whips, Scorpio reverses and Darby hits buckles hard! Both men are down but fans rally up. Scorpio drags Darby up, whips again, then body shots to a Russian Leg Sweep! Scorpio drops an ax handle, then drags Darby round for a leg hook full nelson! Darby endures, Scorpio puts more pressure on the arms, but Darby pushes back to a cover! TWO, and Scorpio changes things to a sleeper hold with body scissors. Darby endures again, fights up, but Scorpio shifts to a chinlock. Darby gets up but Scorpio shifts to a cobra twist!
Scorpio gets the bad leg and pulls it back for more leverage! Darby endures, fights against the hold, and AEW returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Darby throws Scorpio away with a hip toss! Scorpio gets up to CHOP Darby, then whips him, only for Darby to reverse. Scorpio sunset flips but Darby sits on it, TWO! Darby hurries after Scorpio but Scorpio DECKS him! Fans still rally and duel as Scorpio drags Darby back up. Darby resists, Scorpio kicks and clubs him, but Darby gets around to hit a THROWBACK! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Both men are down as Darby is too sore to be frustrated. Fans rally and Darby rises, and he brings Scorpio up.
Scorpio throws body shots, runs, but into a headbutt! Darby rolls, runs back in, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio survives and fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as Darby crawls to a corner. Scorpio gets up, runs in, but Darby boots him away! Darby jumps over and runs, into Scorpio’s BOOT! Scorpio drags Darby up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Scorpio holds on and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Scorpio still holds on, but Darby fights with elbows! Darby pries free, pulls on Scorpio’s fingers, but Scorpio headbutts him in the back! And then CORNER GERMANS Darby down! Darby slumps in the corner and Scorpio goes to the apron as fans rally up again.
Scorpio aims at Darby, slingshots in, but Darby shoves him down! Scorpio hits the apron then the floor, and Darby builds speed to DIVE! INTO A CUTTER!! Scorpio and Darby are both down and fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” Scorpio puts Darby in, covers, TWO!? Darby still lives and Scorpio can’t believe it! Fans sing and duel but Scorpio drags Darby back up. Scorpio throws knees, fisherman’s for the BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Scorpio drags Darby back up, hoists him to the top rope backwards, but Darby throws more elbows! Darby sends Scorpio down, adjusts and aims, COFFIN DROP INTO A POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?!?
Scorpio has answers to Darby’s moves but not what will finish him! Scorpio drags Darby up, fireman’s carry, TK- NO! Cradle counter, DARBY WINS!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
In the blink of an eye and by the seat of his pants, Darby keeps the title! Scorpio can’t believe it, but he has to accept it. Darby shows Scorpio respect because he deserves it, but Scorpio doesn’t like it! Scorpio trips Darby up and gets a HEEL HOOK! Darby is tapping but it’s too late! The referees rush out to pry Scorpio away but Darby’s bad leg suffers so much damage before they succeed! Scorpio cools off and then… smiles at what he just did! Will the Closer become something much more sinister now?
AEW prepares for a St. Patrick’s Day Slam!
After the confrontation we saw, Moxley and Kingston are united against Team Omega, and they’re going to team up against the Good Brothers! Will the Maniac and the Mad King get some semblance of revenge on Gallows & Anderson? Another confrontation results in a match tonight as Cody and Penta will face off 1v1! Will Penta do as he promised and cripple Cody? Plus, after seeing Big Money Matt sign two big bruisers, the expanded Hardy Party takes on Jurassic Express and Bear Country in a massive 10 Man Tag! Will this big match get Matt some of that big money back?
And after her successful in-ring debut alongside Shaq, Jade Cargill is back for her first singles match! Will the female titan strike down another mere mortal that thinks they can stop her? Then, last but far from least, Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa will settle things once and for all, in the UNSANCTIONED, LIGHTS OUT NO HOLDS BARRED main event!! Will Rosa finally break Britt and check off one of her goals for 2021?
It’s time for the Inner Circle War Council!
Chris Jericho and MJF lead the way for Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz as fans sing Judas. Jericho says, “When any great army needs to change their course in the middle of a battle, they have a war council to decide the best possible way to continue on in the combat, and that’s what we’re doing tonight.” They’ve been in a bit of a decline the last few weeks, even the last few months, and it’s easily remedied. They are the smartest in the business today. Time for a new attitude, outlook and maybe even some new members? MJF wants Jericho to wait a moment. “With all due respect, I really don’t think we need to add a new member. In fact, quite the contrary.”
If MJF is being honest, he thinks that maybe they need to let someone go. Wait, Sammy Guevara returns?! Well, the Spanish God quit this team a few weeks ago but he’s suddenly back! Fans are excited to see Sammy but Jericho is a bit amazed. We all remember this guy, right? “SAMMY! SAMMY!” Well that’s funny, because Jericho said he never wanted to see or hear from him again, so what is he doing here? Sammy knows he’s the last person Jericho wants to see, and he knows Jericho isn’t happy with him. But Jericho needs to see something. Oh, is that so? Sammy has a lot of guts. Jericho says Sammy is DEAD to them! They don’t want him here!
Sammy tells Jericho to just listen. “After everything we’ve been through, from the first Dynamite ’til now. After everything we’ve done, I need you to listen to me! I need you to see this!” Just look at the screen! Jericho looks at the titantron, and Sammy’s vlog plays? Sammy set up a camera in the Inner Circle’s room earlier tonight! And then we fast-forward to MJF meeting with the others, and he said tonight was the night. They’ve been talking about this for months, but it’s all agreed that there needs to be new leadership in the Inner Circle! And they know who that should be, right? They cut off the head of the snake, and give Jericho a little good-bye. They all agreed to it?!
MJF says he didn’t want Jericho to find out that way, but oh well. GET HIM! Hager, Santana and Ortiz step up to Sammy and Jericho! But then… They turn on MJF! Perhaps they set MJF up! MJF wants them to hold on, but Jericho tells him, “Shut up, you stupid son of a bitch!” Did MJF really think they don’t talk to each other every single day?! Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” at MJF as Jericho says, “You really don’t think we were waiting for you to hang yourself, MJ?” Jericho says that since he’s the one that brought MJF in, he’ll be the one to bring him out! Jericho shoves MJF down! MJF has fear in his eyes as he begs for mercy. “On behalf of Jericho and the Inner Circle, your ass is FIRED!”
MJF wants Jericho to wait! But Jericho says on top of that, the Inner Circle is going to give him an old school beatdown! But MJF wants Jericho to hear him out! MJF didn’t want to take over, he swears! He swears!! MJF is crying?! But MJF says it’s because he was too busy “building my own!” What!? The lights go out, and then when they come back up, Wardlow is here, with Tully Blanchard, FTR and Shawn Spears!! The Inner Circle turns around to basically stare down a bizarro version of themselves! And then they brawl!! FTR SMASHES beer bottles on Hager, Spears SMACKS Sammy with a chair, then everyone else brawl!
Spears SMACKS Sammy again, FTR and PNP brawl, and Hager is after Jericho! Spears wedges a chair into a corner, to CURBO STOMP Sammy into it! Wardlow digs his boots into Jericho, FTR POSTS Santana, and then mug Ortiz! Spears helps drag Ortiz down then Cash is after Santana! PNP get cuffed, Wardlow ROCKS Jericho, and MJF just watches from a corner. Wardlow drags Jericho up top, and gives him thumbs down! FALLING KNEE SMASH! FTR then drag PNP up, Tully goes up a corner, DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVERS!! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage has been done! MJF hops down and Wardlow drags Jericho up, for MJF to DYNAMITE DIAMOND PUNCH!
Jericho is bleeding from where the ring got him, and he reaches for Floyd the Baseball Bat. MJF stands on Jericho’s hand, Tully gets the bat up for MJF, and as Jericho tries to stand, bleeding all over himself, MJF JAMS Jericho with the bat, then BASHES him out of the ring! MJF tosses the bat aside, he and his circle loom over Jericho at the ramp, and then decide they’re not done with him! They drag Jericho to the stage and then to the side, for Wardlow to reel Jericho in! Wardlow POWERBOMBS Jericho off the stage!! Jericho crashes through spare tables, and MJF’s circle look down on him. Will a new force take over AEW?
What a powerful episode for AEW, especially to follow the PPV! Firstly, I like that they did address the lackluster explosion at the end of Revolution. Kingston and Moxley were able to laugh it off, Callis did a decent job of playing it off in kayfabe like it still worked out in their favor, and in a way it did, but I would’ve worded it differently. But we got a great moment with them all and then Christian Cage on top of it. I had the strangest feeling as things were being set up that Christian would immediately go for the world title, though that again flies in the face of the ranking system AEW loves to say matters. I do think Kingston & Moxley VS Good Brothers is going to be a great match next week.
Matt Jackson VS Fenix was a great opener, and it was a great move for Fenix to win that. I’m kinda hoping we get Nick VS Pac on the flipside soon, and then since they can’t drag the tag title match out to Double or Nothing in May, perhaps the title match happens on March 31st or April 7th. April 7th might be better to try and counterprogram WWE building up a huge week to WrestleMania. Penta starting beef with Cody was a really good move, too, and I almost want to see a trios match, Death Triangle VS Cody & The Bucks. All those matches could go either way, including the title match, but it’d make sense if the Bucks retained and made it to Double or Nothing or even All Out this year.
I won’t hold this against the episode, but HOLY HELL the technical difficulties during everything with QT, Johnson and Ethan Page. Were we getting audio from a basketball game happening somewhere? C’mon, TNT… But Johnson VS Ethan was a really good match, and Ethan is already put at a high level kicking out of Johnson’s finisher. QT’s turn is continuing to get interesting, as he just doesn’t even care about Johnson or Dustin and just walks away. I almost feel like QT and Ethan should just forces in a faction of their own and start a feud with the Nightmare Family since we’re not doing Nightmare Family VS Dark Order after the loss of Brodie Lee.
The Dark Order and Hangman had a really fun segment for as short as it was. I like that they’re also honoring Brodie Lee by having a riding mower. But I guess those other mowers from last year aren’t around anymore, so maybe Hangman can buy them all new ones and they can all ride together so that no one gets left behind. Hardy’s response kinda fits what I expected, with Hardy needing more cashflows, and that means more members of his stable. A little disappointed that it’s not The Hybrid2, but maybe whatever is keeping Angelico away is why they can’t do that now. Or if Angelico gets to come back in time, they also join up and it can be an insane 7v7 match with Dark Order and Hangman for Double or Nothing.
The Six Woman Tag was a lot of fun, especially Maki Itoh. Itoh-chan is definitely a comedic genius, and she does great as a character and wrestler. The Faces winning here makes sense after the Heels got the drop on them at Revolution. But then the Heels stand tall because they’re sore losers, and now we’re getting the first-ever Women’s Unsanctioned Match! Rosa VS Britt is going to be amazing, but ironically it won’t matter towards one of them going after the title because it’s “unsanctioned.” At the same time, Big Swole needs to be given her story with Shida because of that great promo about the rankings on the pre-PPV Dark. If it matters, make it matter and give Swole her shot!
The TNT Championship was awesome stuff, too, and it was incredible to see Scorpio have those counters. Darby getting a quick win off a cradle was definitely to keep Scorpio strong even in losing, and Scorpio is definitely turning. If he could do a Heel Hook that dangerous, he probably should’ve used it on Darby in the match, but maybe he will from now on, and in a rematch. Then, the War Council was great, especially with the swerves. It was a bit odd, though, for Sammy to have video evidence on MJF to show Jericho, but then Jericho technically knew all along because the Inner Circle talks privately. But then MJF swerves back to reveal his own group, and the beatdown was quite impressive. That should totally be how AEW looks to bring back Blood & Guts, or introduce a similar match, 5v5 to settle things between Inner Circle and MJF.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The best tag teams collide!
Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?
In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?
- Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
- AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
- Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
- Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!
Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?
Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.
The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.
Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!
Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!
Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!
But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!
JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!
JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!
Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!
Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.
Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!
Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!
Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)
But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”
Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.
MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”
Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!
Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!
“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.
“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.
“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.
Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?
Darby Allin speaks.
“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”
Samoa Joe responds.
“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.
“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?
AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!
#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!
The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!
Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!
Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.
Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.
Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.
Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”
Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!
Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!
Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?
Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.
Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?
Chris Jericho speaks.
“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”
Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!
Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?
The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!
Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”
Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.
Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!
Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.
Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.
Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.
Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!
Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!
Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!
Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall
Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.
The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.
MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”
So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?
Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”
The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?
The House of Black speak.
Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”
Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?
AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.
Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?
Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”
Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?
Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!
The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?
The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!
Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!
Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.
Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.
Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!
Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!
Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!
Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall
Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?
Backstage interview with Saraya.
Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”
So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.
Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?
Caster of course has a rap on deck! “Acclaimed on the mic, it’s about to be a problem. You the Top Guys but you ’bout to the bottoms. Whole world just scissoring. We gonna beat y’all down right in the ring! FTR, you’re a joke. I think your name stands for Find The Remote! Yo, you just a hocker. You gonna lose just like Herschel Walker.” Bowens gets the mic to say, “AUSTIIIIN, TEXAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And he does! The introductions are made, the AEW belts are raised, and we see who has what it takes to be THE BEST team in the world!
The teams sort out and fans are thunderous for both teams. Bowens and Dax start, they circle, and fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Bowens smirks and conducts the fans while Dax keeps his cool. They tie up, go around, and Dax puts Bowens in the corner. Tag to Cash but Bowens gets away. Cash and Bowens circle now, and we see Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett all watching backstage. Cash and Bowens tie up, Bowens headlocks but Cash turns it around. Bowens powers out but Cash runs him over. Things speed up, Cash hits a headlock takeover but Bowens headscissors. Cash kips free and hits another headlock takeover.
Bowens headscissors again, Cash kips free again, avoids a sweep and waistlocks to roll and bridge to a cover, TWO! Cash hits another headlock takeover but Bowens rolls that to a cover, TWO! Bowens and Cash stand off and fans fire up. Cash talks with Dax, then Bowens tags Caster in. Cash tags Dax, Caster swaggers and taunts Dax. They circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Caster powers out, Dax runs him over! Things keep moving, Caster hurdles and hip tosses! Caster then dropkicks Dax, arm-drags him, and he grinds the shoulder! Fans fire up as Caster brings Dax over. Tag to Bowens, they hand off the wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! But Dax ROCKS Bowens!
Dax bumps Bowens off buckles, CHOPS him, and fans “WOO~!” Bowens fires forearms in return, then CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS! Bowens CHOPS! Bowens fires more forearms, then whips, but Dax blocks a hip toss, only for Bowens to block a hip toss, and repeat! They go around and around, they end up on the ropes and the ref counts. Fans fire up as Dax slowly lets off, but Bowens shoves him. Cash steps in, but then so does Caster, and things are heated between the teams. The ref has them cool off, but then the brawl erupts! Austin is loving this as Cash UPPERCUTS Caster while Bowens has Dax in the corner!
Caster gets up, he dodges Cash to clothesline Cash out! Cash lands hard while Dax turns things around on Bowens. Dax ROCKS Bowens but Caster scoops him to SLAM him! Bowens goes up, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and Bowens calls to Caster. They SCISSOR FINGER! Bowens tags Caster back in, then he drags Dax up. The Acclaimed mug Dax, Caster whips but Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Caster! Dax ties Caster up, but Caster punches and BOOTS his way out of the Sharpshooter! Caster has the legs now, and he figures out the hook. Cash runs in but Bowens trips him! Bowens steps through, The Acclaimed have DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!
Fans are thunderous as FTR endures! Dax crawls, ROPEBREAK, and The Acclaimed let off. FTR regroups on the outside while Daddy Ass SCISSOR FINGERS his boys! Caster goes out to ROCK Dax, and Bowens is after Cash. Cash POSTS Bowens, Dax ROCKS Caster! Cash BOOTS Caster, Dax moves the apron skirt out of the way so Cash can bump Caster right off the edge! Then they put Caster under the ring, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Caster with the ring frame! Caster writhes while checking his teeth, and FTR SCISSOR FINGER! Fans aren’t sure what to make of that as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cash mocks the fans with the scissor fingers while Billy checks Caster. Dax shouts at him to get back, then he puts Caster in the ring. Dax storms up on Caster and BOOTS him down! Tag to Cash, and Dax bumps Caster off Cash’s knees. Caster staggers, Cash CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Caster flops over and Cash soaks up the cheers and jeers. Caster gest to ropes, Cash is on him with a EuroUpper! Cash flexes and then drags Caster up to snapmare. Cash clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Caster around. Caster endures as Cash grinds him down into the mat. Caster fights up, throws body shots, but Cash shoves and RAMS into him!
Cash headlocks, then short arm LARIATS Caster down! Tag to Dax, he drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax drags Caster up and around, for a BIG back suplex! Tag to Cash, he stays between Caster and Bowens, and he sits Caster up for the chinlock. Caster endures again as Cash grinds him back down. Fans rally, Caster fights up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Caster throws body shots, arm-drags free, but Cash KNEES Caster down! Cash brings Caster up to CHOP him, then he hoists Caster to the top rope. Cash ROCKS Caster, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Caster resists, throws body shots, and fans fire up!
Caster shoves Cash down! Caster adjusts, CROSSBODIES, and both men are down! Austin is thunderous as both men crawl. Team Double Jay all critique what they’re seeing, wanting someone to capitalize. Hot tag from Cash to Dax! Dax stays between The Acclaimed and he DECKS Caster! Dax takes a swing on Bowens but he avoids it, and then Dax turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tag to Bowens! Bowens rallies on FTR with haymakers and elbows! Bowens kicks Dax low, then CLUBS and CLUBS and ELBOWS and CLUBS away on Dax! Fans fire up with Bowens and he dodges Cash to mule kick, front KICK and FAMOUSER!
Dax returns but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Dax down! Bowens runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens grows frustrated. Billy coaches him through it and fans are dueling. Bowens watches Dax rise, to mule kick, front KICK and FAM- NO, Dax slips out to GERMAN SUPELX! Dax holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax drags Bowens up again, but Bowens switches! They go to ropes, O’Conner, TWO and Cash is there! Bowens stops from running into Cash, but then Dax rushes in! Bowens moves, Dax stops from running into Cash! Bowens runs in, Dax moves, and Bowens does run into Cash!
Cash goes down, Bowens wobbles, Dax O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Dax stops himself in time from hitting buckles, but he turns around into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Bowens is beside himself! Fans are thunderous all over again! Bowens drags Dax up, ducks his haymaker, but Cash tags in before the atomic drop! Bowens elbows Cash, ROCKS Dax, then wrenches Dax’s arm. Dax ROCKS Bowens, reels him in, Cash goes up! SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bowens survives and FTR can’t believe it! Cash cools off, he drags Bowens around and tags in Dax.
Fans rally for Bowens but FTR drag Bowens up again. They double suplex, but Caster SPEARS Cash! Bowens cradles Dax, TWO!!! Bowens ROLLING ELBOWS Dax down, then tags Caster! They roll Dax into Caster’s wheelbarrow, Bowens runs around, WHEELBARROW CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives again and The Acclaimed can’t believe it! The Acclaimed hurry as fans duel again. Caster drags Dax up, coordinates with Bowens, but Dax slips out of the bomb! Dax BOOTS Caster into Bowens! Bowens falls out, Cash slides in! Dax whips, but Caster fights the flapjack! Bowens shoves Cash into Dax!
Dax stays up and swings on Caster, but Caster dodges! Caster gets Dax up, but now Dax fights the flapjack! Cash CLOBBERS Bowens! Dax sunset flips, Caster rolls through and runs at Dax! Dax POSTS Caster with that! And then the BIG RIG!!! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked and FTR cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Cash watches Bowens on the apron. Cash runs in to BLAST him to the railing! Dax drags Caster up, he hoists Caster up top then tags Cash. Dax climbs up after Caster while Cash goes to the other corner. But Bowens DECKS Dax! Cash leaps but into the ARRIVAL!! Caster adjusts, for the MIC DROP FLOP!!
Cash avoids disaster, but Bowens CLOBBERS Dax! Bowens swings at Cash, but into a Gory Especial, and GORY BOMB!! Caster rolls Cash up! TWO!! Caster BOOTS Cash, CHOPS him, but Cash DISCUS LARIATS!! Cover, TWO!! Cash drags Caster up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! Cash reels Caster in, hauls him up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife, but Caster rolls it through!! THE ACCLAIMED WIN!!!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
FTR is shocked! Caster & Bowens win by the skin of their teeth, but all it takes is a moment! But to show respect to Cash & Dax, they offer up the scissor fingers. FTR join in on a HUGE SCISSORING! But then from the back, the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are sarcastically clapping. Austin tells FTR, “So close! Legacy, bye-bye. And Colten, the fans thought we would get involved? Haha, no. You guys are TRASH!” Colten says, “But Austin, they’ve had a pretty good year. And we don’t want it to end yet. So we got you guys some Christmas presents.”
Austin & Colten bring out a couple stockings, and Austin reads the card. “Oh, it looks like it’s written in blood. It’s from… DEM BOYS! The Briscoe Bros! Saturday, Final Battle!” But wait, there’s more! In the stockings, Austin & Colten bring out DOG COLLARS!! The Briscoes want a Double Dog Collar Tag Team Match! “Merry Christmas, b*tch!!” Jay & Mark Briscoe threw out the challenge, and FTR are all for it! But will the three-belt champions soon lose one of those in the most brutal way possible?
A pretty awesome episode for AEW here as a go-home to a lot of things going on under the AEW umbrella. For one, great battle royal to open the night. I knew Starks would win but AEW still does a great job with the chaotic nature of battle royals, and in using them to give us a lot of story at once. I bet Jungle Boy moves on from Luchasaurus & Christian Cage (for now) by taking on The Firm after that just nasty looking apron choke slam JB took from Morrissey. Plus, there was a lot going on with Matt Hardy and Ethan Page, Hardy is going to be conflicted all the way until the moment Hardy can’t take it anymore and he rebels against The Firm.
Then after the win, Starks and MJF have an amazing promo. Starks tore into MJF, but because Starks stood tall tonight, I’m pretty sure MJF retains his title and diamond ring. A bit of a shame for Starks then, but he’s proven himself a world title picture guy, so surely Starks finds his way back around during MJF’s “reign of terror.” Great promos from Darby and Joe ahead of their title match, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone take a powerslam to bare concrete and still wrestle. I figured Joe would retain, though, as he now has Wardlow coming for him. Joe VS Juice happens at Final Battle, Joe surely retains there, too, and then I think we get Joe VS Wardlow for Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash. Joe can try ducking Wardlow but he can’t duck him for three months to get to AEW Revolution.
Speaking of one of the things to come out of the battle royal, I like that Cassidy and Kip had an interaction. But at the same time, Kip using what happened in the battle royal as an excuse not to face Cassidy for Rampage was pretty good Heel stuff. Cassidy could be facing just about anyone with Kip able to bring anyone in, but I would love if they used this moment to bring Miro back. There’s a lot of reasons why, from Kip being the guy who brought Miro into AEW to begin with, and Miro wanting the All-Atlantic Championship from how he almost had that title in the first place. And that’d be something to make Rampage an amazing episode.
Good promos from Hayter, Saraya and Britt, and I like that Hayter wants to be a fighting champion. She helped hype up Shida VS Bunny, and now that the winner gets a title match, that’s going to be even better stuff. I think Shida wins to retain, and then Shida and Hayter can have a big match for one of the holiday episodes. Britt challenging Saraya for a match in January is pretty interesting stuff, and of course it’s a tag match so Britt doesn’t have to face Saraya 1v1. I think Saraya ends up bringing Toni Storm into that match, and there’s a way to get them all into the title scene. I would love if this led to Britt VS Hayter to give us the story they could’ve/should’ve before.
Good match from The Baddies VS Kiera, Skye & Rayne. It was rather awkward booking that Kiera tags in right as she was doing great, but someone needed to take that loss other than her. Jade stays undefeated but Kiera could be the one they’ll build into taking the TBS Championship off her. Kiera is also returning to her “Fire” look from Women of Wrestling, so that’s pretty cool. Kiera and Jade can go full Starfire VS Blackfire from the Teen Titans and that’d be a great little nod to both their nerdier sides given all of Jade’s great cosplay ring gears for her big matches. Now, sadly, Bow Wow might still be a distraction for Jade, but at least Kiera will be someone we’ve seen in AEW and not someone brand new brought in just to beat Jade.
Great promo from Moxley to call out Hangman while hyping up BCC VS JAS. And good promo from Jericho to hype up his match with Claudio. Great tag match as well, and BCC winning out makes sense. The go-home math adds up to where JAS finds a way to retain the titles. Regal having a video message that was rather “If you’re seeing this, I’m dead” trope. But I’m a little perplexed by Regal’s logic, and by the BCC more or less shrugging it off. I thought it would’ve been more effective if someone attacked during that moment but I supposed that’d be too much given BCC VS JAS has to still wrap up. Moxley VS Konosuke will be great stuff, but Moxley is surely winning, and then Hangman probably comes out to make a challenge for Winter is Coming or New Year’s Smash.
Really good promo from The House of Black, and who knows who they’ll face first, because it’s all to bide their time until Death Triangle VS The Elite settles. Then the House can go after the AEW Trios Champions for the next feud. And then we got an awesome tag team championship main event. Acclaimed VS FTR was borderline PPV level, but I’m honestly surprised The Acclaimed won. This really should’ve been a bigger moment than it was treated, because we were then just given the Ass Boys being the proxies to the Briscoes. This is sadly a spotlight on how Tony Khan isn’t able to handle both companies at once, because one, should we not have had FTR VS Gunn Sons by this point? The Gunns have been pestering FTR for so long, they should get a shot at the ROH titles!
Yes, Briscoes VS FTR Part 3 with dog collars is going to be awesome stuff that makes Final Battle even better, but c’mon. Unless FTR is dropping those belts to Briscoes, it’s going to be even worse when the Ass Boys take the titles off them. I know FTR has been busy with the other two belts of theirs, but c’mon. The Gunns were mocking FTR a couple months ago at Battle of the Belts 4, that should’ve given us a promo of the two teams arguing, an ROH tag title match happens, and there, done. Ass Boys get their shot, they miss, they move on to try the AEW World Tag titles because The Firm wants all sorts of belts.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/6/22)
Atlantic City gets Dark!
Anyone feeling luck in the Dark?
With AEW Dynamite tomorrow and ROH Final Battle this weekend, Dark brings out Dalton Castle & The Boys! Will the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions find worthy opponents in time for December 10th?
- Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Justin Corino, Jaden Valo & Defarge; Castle & The Boys win.
- Leva Bates VS Abadon; Abadon wins.
- Brian Cage VS Leon Ruffin; Cage wins.
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS The Brick City Boyz; Lethal & Singh win.
- Athena VS B3CCA; Athena wins.
- Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Trent wins.
A shorter card here, and from way back a month ago when AEW was in Atlantic City ahead of Full Gear. Dalton Castle & The Boys are in action on this episode because per last night’s Elevation, they more or less called out The Embassy. Castle & The Boys VS Cage & The Gates of Agony probably ends up a Final Battle preshow match, and I feel like that would/should be the time The Embassy takes those titles. Castle & The Boys have been great ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Embassy is going to look like a joke if they can’t get a pin off one of the Boys.
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