Kenny Omega elevates AEW Dark: Elevation!
The AEW World Champion wants to shut the Sydal Brothers down, and he is enlisting “MT” Nakazawa and DDT’s Future, Konosuke Takeshita, to do it!
- Hangman Page VS Spencer Slade; Hangman wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Tesha Price; Baker wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon; Jurassic Express wins.
- The Hybrid2 VS Vary Morales & Andre Montoya; The Hybrid2 win.
- Ricky Starks & Brian Cage VS Mike Magnum & Stone Rockwell; Starks & Cage win.
- Abadon VS Skye Blue; Abadon wins.
- Orange Cassidy w/ Best Friends VS Prince Kai; Cassidy wins.
- Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Colt Cabana & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Private Party wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS Shawna Reed; Rosa wins.
- Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Kit Sackett & Hayden Backlund; Best Friends win.
- Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami VS Madi Wrenkowski & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero; Hirsch & Mizunami win.
- Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory; Gunn wins.
- Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo; Scorpio & Ethan win.
- Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa VS Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers; Omega, Takeshita & Nakazawa win.
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Hangman Page VS Spencer Slade!
The Anxious Millennial Cowboy is back to open Elevation, and looking to maintain his #1 contender’s spot! Will he keep riding high to keep nipping at Kenny Omega’s heels?
Hangman fakes Slade out at the ropes, then gets in to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! The bell rings, Hangman bumps Slade off buckles, CHOPS then whips, but Slade ducks and dodges to leap into Hangman’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are fired up for Hangman, he drags Slade up but Slade blocks the suplex. Slade wrenches out to ROCK Hangman, JAB and JAB, then run, only for Hangman to follow and CLOBBER him! Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman shoves Slade to an adjacent corner, and runs side to side to clothesline! And then they go to the next corner for another clothesline! Hangman throws Slade down, runs to SLIDING LARIAT!
Hangman waits for Slade to get up, and pops him up for a POWERBOMB! High stack, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
And he didn’t even need his best shot! Is Hangman saving that one for Ricky Starks on Dynamite?
Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Tesha Price!
The Doctor is in, and planning to continue her climb up the AEW Women’s Division rankings. Will Tesha pay the price for Britt’s success?
The bell rings and Britt circles with Tesha. The fans rally for Tesha and she gets into it, but Britt doesn’t take her seriously. They tie up, Britt wrenches to a hammerlock, then shifts to a headlock. Tesha powers to a headlock of her own and she hits a takeover. Britt headscissors, double underhooks and grinds Tesha to the cover. TWO, and Britt gets Tesha in another hammerlock. Tesha rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock of her own. Britt fights up, reaches back to shift through and ROCK Tesha with a right! Britt reels Tesha in for more with Rebel being the only one cheering. Britt whips, Tesha kicks, Britt ducks but Tesha ROUNDHOUSES!
Tesha forearms and whips, Britt reverses and stays clear as Tesha goes up. Tesha dodges, but Britt blocks the kick to give a kick! Britt whips but Tesha blocks! Britt ROCKS Tesha, whips but Tesha reverses, but the cravat is a bit messy. Britt turns things around to give Tesha a BUCKLE SHOT! Tesha is in a daze as Britt goes out, and Britt pulls Tesha into the post by her arms! The ref counts, Britt lets off with a scuff of her boot, and then goes into the ring. Rebel laughs at Tesha’s pain while the ref is arguing with Britt, and then Rebel uses her towel to SLAP Tesha! Britt storms back over, drags Tesha up and reels her in for a cravat.
Britt throws knees, Tesha staggers about, and Britt soaks up the heat before she snapmares Tesha down. Britt wraps Tesha up in a chinlock and chicken wing, but fans rally for Tesha as she scrambles around. Britt turns Tesha away from ropes, grinds her down, but Tesha gets a ropebreak with a foot. Britt lets off but stands on Tesha’s head! Britt lets off at 4 then scuffs Tesha’s face again. Tesha comes back to roll Britt up! TWO, and Britt gets mad! Tesha dodges, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Fans boo but Britt brags again. Britt drags Tesha up, Tesha throws forearms! Tesha breaks free, dodges and ENZIGURIS, then mule kicks to DECK Britt with a forearm! Cover, TWO!
Britt survives and Tesha starts to grow frustrated. Tesha storms after Britt at ropes, drags her up and fires off more forearms! Britt reverses the whip to reel Tesha in for a DDT! Britt gets the glove from Rebel, puts it on, and takes her time getting Tesha back up. Britt Alabama lifts, tucks Tesha in and hits the AIR RAID CRASH! Rings of Saturn, LOCKJAW!! Tesha taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
Britt holds on until she’s satisfied, and smiles as she finally lets Tesha go. With Tay Conti getting her title shot this Wednesday, will Britt be poised for her shot right after?
Jurassic Express VS Midas Black & Jay Lyon!
After conquering Bear Country, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are poised in the AEW Tag Division’s top five! Will they be elevated and prove they’re #1?
The teams sort out, JB and Lyon start, and they approach. JB is curious about the steak in Lyon’s “teeth.” JB tugs on it, Lyon uses the steak to arm-drag JB away! Lyon uppercuts in the corner, tags to Midas and they double whip. Things speed up, drop toehold and a somersault senton! Cover, ONE! Midas wrenches JB, tags in Lyon, and they hand-off to wrench to a headlock. JB powers out, Luchasaurus tags in but so does Midas. Luchasaurus BOOTS Lyon down but Midas gets in Luchasaurus’ face. Luchasaurus throws Midas to the corner! Luchasaurus fires off and ROCKS Midas with that uppercut! Tag to JB, feed to feed to WHEELBARROW GERMAN!
Lyon tags back in, but he is wary of Luchasaurus. Lyon offers Luchasaurus the steak, but Luchasaurus is an herbivore! TAIL WHIP!! JB and Luchasaurus get each man up in a fireman’s carry, EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT to a JUNGLE HAMMER! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
JB offers the ref Lyon’s stake and the ref takes it. Will JB and Luchasaurus be poised to add some gold to their diet?
The Hybrid2 VS Vary Morales & Andre Montoya!
Jack Evans & Angelico are just outside the top five but want in on the action! Will they bump off Morales & Montoya on their way to bumping off one of the other top ranking teams?
The teams sort out, Angelico and Vary start. They circle, but then Evans wants in. Angelico tags Evans, and he circles with Vary. Evans tries to get a beat going, then he pie faces Vary before he pommels to a headstand. Vary BOOTS him down! Vary headlocks Evans, grinds him down, but Evans fights out and powers out. Evans ducks, hurdles but Vary shoves to overhead suplex! Fans rally as Vary runs in but Evans boots him while going to the apron. Springboard screw high kick! Evans bumps Vary off buckles, tags Angelico in, and Angelico brings Vary around for a lifting COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!
Vary crawls but Angelico stomps him down! Angelico ties Vary up with a double chicken wing and uses Vary like a boogey board! Angelico then rolls Vary over to a cover, TWO! Angelico stomps Vary back down then taunts Montoya. Angelico gets Vary up, knees low and wrenches him to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Angelico keeps cool, drags Vary back and stomps him down again. Angelico drags Vary to hook the arm, roll him with it and then get the other arm for a recliner! Vary gets the ropebreak, Angelico stays on until 4 before he lets off. Angelico JABS Vary in a corner, then JABS him, then whips him corner to corner. Angelico runs in but Vary BOOTS him!
Vary hops up, leaps and missile dropkicks! Fans rally as both men are down, and the two crawl. Hot tag to Montoya! Wheel kick for Angelico, and clotheslines for Evans! Montoya DECKS Evans, then dropkicks Angelico! Fans fire up as Montoya kips up, to a somersault COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Evans breaks it! Vary SUPERKICKS Evans down! Vary gets Evans up to whip but Evans reverses. Vary holds ropes, dumps Evans up and out, then slingshots, but Evans trips him up! Evans uses the apron for a SKY TWISTER! Montoya fires off forearms on Angelico, then handsprings, into a KICK!
Angelico gets the legs, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL!! Navarro Dos Mil! Montoya taps, TH2 wins!
Winner: The Hybrid2, by submission
Evans adds insult to injury as he stomps Montoya down, and TH2 is moving up the ranks! But will they get into the top five in time for the next AEW Tag Team Championship match?
AEW presents Showcase: The Acclaimed!
Max Caster & Anthony Bowens sit with Paul Wight, and he asks about their journey to AEW. Well it’s been great, fantastic. They’ve become the best tag company in just six months. They got signed together, during the worst year ever, 2020. No jobs, no money, but they’re so good that they got the best jobs possible! They took that to the top, but it had its struggles. Bowens has been doing this 8 years, carrots dangled in front of him. Bowens represents the LGBT community but had years living in fear if he could do this or not. So being here is a great opportunity. Wight says that is great that Bowens can take that brave first step.
And they’re both very confident, they’re not taking a back seat to anyone. What’s next for them? There’s a reason Caster & Bowens are “The Acclaimed.” What is it that Bowens can’t do? He has magazine covers, red carpets and commercials, a fashion model with a YouTube channel that has more subscribers than some people who’ve been on TV for years! And Caster is the most intelligent, talented rapper on the planet! Wight thinks there’s so much sugar, he might get diabetes. But he asks The Acclaimed about Bowens’ injury update. Well he was wrestling with a torn meniscus since November, yet they’re still #4. Imagine if he were 100%!
But he is getting all the emails and posts with well-wishes. He’ll be back in no time, and The Acclaimed will be back up top. Then how big is it to make an impact every time you walk down to the ring? Caster says there’s something different about them when they walk out on stage. They look great, most handsome in AEW, and then Caster has his best rap ever again and again. World class athletes, world class on the mic. Making an impression was important as two singles guys who became a team. Tony Khan saw how acclaimed each man was, put them together, and they were main-eventing for the tag titles! It is just so easy for them!
Wight is impressed, wishes Bowens his speedy recovery, and hopes they keep pushing for the gold. Then on behalf of them, Wight will thank the fans. They can always have them back to talk more, but this is Paul Wight for Platinum Max & Critically Acclaimed Bowens!
Ricky Starks & Brian Cage VS Mike Magnum & Stone Rockwell!
The #AbsoluteMachines are teaming again, but will they be working well together again? Or is now the moment Team Taz starts to crumble from the inside out?
The teams sort out and Cage starts against Magnum. They tie up, Cage knees low and headlocks tight. Magnum powers out, Cage ducks and dodges to then catch Magnum out of the air! Magnum slips off but Cage elbows and whips. Cage hurdles, drops and dropkicks! Fans fire up for The Machine and he drags Magnum back up. Starks tags in, climbs up, and strikes a pose before dropping a fist into Magnum’s ribs. Starks toys with Magnum, throws forearms, CLUBS Magnum down, then sucker punches Rockwell! Magnum scoops Starks for a slam! Magnum brings Starks around, tags in Rockwell, and they mug Starks in the corner.
Rockwell ROCKS Starks with an uppercut, throws body shots and more uppercuts, then clubs him on the back! Rockwell brings Starks around for another uppercut but Starks kicks and CHOPS! Rockwell rocks Starks right back! Rockwell whips, Starks holds ropes and BOOTS Rockwell down! Starks strikes another pose but Rockwell hits him! Rockwell whips, Cage tags in, and Rockwell gets Starks for a suplex, but Cage bails Starks out! Cage turns Rockwell for a flurry of kicks and a SUPERKICK! Tag to Starks, Team Taz double suplexes but Rockwell slips out! Roll up but Starks breaks it!
Starks and Cage argue about who was in the wrong, but Magnum runs in and Starks SPEARS him down! Starks lets Cage handle the rest, and he gives Rockwell a POWERBOMB! Then a roll into a facelock, tag to Starks. Canadian rack hand-off to the ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Team Taz wins!
Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall
There was a slight hiccup but they still finished strong! Will the #AbsoluteMachines be able to stick together and prove themselves worthy of the AEW Tag Division top five?
Abadon VS Skye Blue!
The nightmare is back again as the Living Dead Girl returns to action! Will Abadon be seeing red as she locks eyes on Skye Blue?
The bell rings and Abadon drops to all fours to start crawling around. Blue is very wary as Abadon creeps over. Blue rushes in but into a waistlock and SLAM! Abadon fires off hammering fists, then tells the ref to shut up about the count! Abadon whips Blue, Blue leaps but into Abadon’s arms! Abadon swings Blue around for a BACKBREAKER! Abadon chokes Blue! The ref counts, Abadon lets off and shouts at the ref, but then misses in the corner. Blue comes back to BOOT Abadon, then handsprings in to forearm smash! Abadon pulls herself up by her hair, and then CLOBBERS Blue! Abadon waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEXES, and stalks Blue to the other corner for a METEORA!
Abadon drags Blue up, digs her into the buckles, then snapmares her down to run and SPLASH! Abadon doesn’t cover, she is having too much fun hurting Blue! The fans rally, Abadon dribbles Blue off the mat! Abadon drags Blue up but Blue fires forearms! Blue runs, dropkicks the leg out then runs to a corner. Abadon kicks Blue’s legs out! Abadon ROCKS Blue in the back, runs corner to corner to SPLASH, then drags Blue out with a Gory Especial, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
And with that, the nightmare creeps along back up the ranks! Will she be casting a shadow over the top five soon enough?
Orange Cassidy VS Prince Kai!
Freshly Squeezed has put Death Triangle on notice, but he will have to get serious to take those three on. Can Cassidy get warmed up against the Prince Charming of Wrestling?
Kai makes sure Justin Roberts gives him the proper introduction, “Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye.” Standing before you weighing in at 200 “glorious golden pounds,” he is Prince Charming to the ladies and the most handsome man in all the world to everyone else. Kai soaks in the heat and his own ego, the bell rings, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Cassidy was serious but Kai wasn’t, and that’s what happens! Will Cassidy be even more serious against Penta, Fenix & PAC?
Private Party w/ Matt Hardy VS Colt Cabana & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order!
Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy look to forward Big Money Matt’s vendetta against The Dark Order, and that brings them to taking on BOOM BOOM and “The Handsome Devil!” Will the Hardy Family Office be rolling up to the winner’s pay window? Or will Hardy be leeching off 30% of a loss tonight?
The teams sort out but both members of Private Party get in Reynolds’ face. Cabana protests, he goes back, and Private Party mugs Reynolds! Kassidy rains down rights, drags Reynolds up to forearm and CHOP on repeat! Kassidy lets off to flex on Cabana, but he runs back into buckles! Reynolds runs to clobber Kassidy then dropkick him! Kassidy bails out, Reynolds kips up, and Dark Order is at the corner. Kassidy shoves Uno, Stu shoves Kassidy! The referee sees that and EJECTS the rest of the Dark Order! Cabana protests but the ref’s orders are absolute! Hardy says it should’ve been a DQ but the ref says this match will continue.
Reynolds goes at Kassidy on the apron but Kassidy hotshots him away! Kassidy gets in but Reynolds CLOBBERS him! Tag to Cabana, Reynolds feeds Kassidy to a LARIAT! Cabana drops a big elbow, then another one! Kassidy flounders, Cabana covers, TWO! Cabana brings Kassidy up but Kassidy claws Cabana’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Quen tags in. Cabana drop toeholds Quen, floats to get the facelock and an elbow! Cabana bumps Quen off buckles, tags Reynolds in and Reynolds fires off on Quen! Quen tries to bail out but Reynolds whips him away. Quen stops himself, elbows Reynolds, but Reynolds clotheslines Quen out!
Reynolds builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Quen into railing! Reynolds backs Hardy off, gets Quen in, but Quen distracts the ref and Hardy RAMS Reynolds into railing! Hardy gets away with it as Cabana protests, and Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy goes up a corner to SUPER MOONSAULT Reynolds down! Kassidy dusts himself off, and drags Reynolds up to throw into more railing! Kassidy goes into the ring to Tranquilo, but Cabana coaches Reynolds up. Reynolds gets in, Kassidy stomps him down then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Kassidy lets off and digs knees into Reynolds at the ropes! Hardy tells Kassidy to hurt Reynolds but Reynolds hits back! Kassidy suplexes Reynolds, covers, TWO!
Tag to Quen, Private Party mugs Reynolds, and Quen stomps away! The ref counts, Quen lets off but Kassidy gets his boots in! Cabana protests again but Kassidy lets off before the ref sees. Quen taunts Cabana, keeps Reynolds down with a facelock, and then drags him up. Tag to Kassidy, Private Party mugs Reynolds more, and Kassidy drags Reynolds away. Reynolds rolls Kassidy up! TWO, but Kassidy gets Reynolds with a facelock. Kassidy suplexes, Reynolds fights it, and then Reynolds pops Kassidy up for a KNEE! Quen tags in, he keeps Reynolds from Cabana but not for long! Hot tag to Cabana!
Cabana shoulders Quen, throws him into Kassidy, then runs to duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Fans fire up as Cabana fires off JABS on Quen! Flip, flop and fly, but Kassidy gets the BIONIC ELBOW! Quen gets a BIONIC ELBOW, and a SUPERMAN SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally with Cabana as he gets Quen up to CHOP! Cabana ROCKS Quen with a right, wrenches and whips but Quen handsprings to ENZIGURI! Quen runs in at a corner but Cabana dodges! Cabana fireman’s carries but Quen fights out! Cabana throws Quen, Silly String brings him back! Reynolds CLOBBERS Kassidy, Cabana bucks Quen, but Quen PELES!
Quen slingshots to SENTON Reynolds, then Quen heads up top! 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Cabana survives and fans rally up! Cabana ROCKS Quen, then runs in, but Kassidy bails Quen out and takes the hit for himself! Cabana ROCKS Quen, ripcords him to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ASSISTED DARK DESTROYER! SUPERMAN CLUTCH, but Kassidy is legal after all! Kassidy rolls Cabana up, Private Party wins!!
Winners: Private Party, by pinfall
The switcheroo took everyone by surprise! Private Party gets a win and Hardy gets his cut, will they continue to climb up the ranks while checking off the Numbers?
Thunder Rosa VS Shawna Reed!
La Mera Mera has issued her warning to the AEW Women’s World Champion AND NWA Women’s World Champion, but still has a ways to go before getting after either. Will she at least be teaching schoolgirl Shawna a thing or two tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle as fans sing for Thunder. They tie up, Rosa waistlocks but Reed switches but so does Rosa. Rosa trips Reed, facelocks but Reed slips through. Rosa hammerlocks, Reed rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Rosa drop toeholds and twists the leg. Rosa floats to a facelock but Reed gets up to hammerlock back. They stand, Rosa reaches back to get a cording hold, then arm-drags Reed away. Reed comes back, Rosa rolls her and runs to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Rosa keeps her cool, she kicks Reed around, and then has Reed in a corner. Rosa digs her boots in, the ref counts and Rosa lets off.
Rosa bumps Reed off buckles, CHOPS her in the corner, then gives Reed another CHOP! Rosa bumps Reed off buckles, CHOPS her again, then throws elbow after elbow. Reed shoves Rosa, then dodges to send Rosa into the corner. Reed stomps away then runs side to side to HIP ATTACK! Cover, ONE! Reed clubs Rosa down, then some more, but Rosa throws body shots. Rosa snapmares, KICKS Reed on the back, then stomps Reed. Rosa lets off to drag Reed out and cover, TWO! Rosa clamps onto Reed, bumps her off buckles again then runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Reed flops around, Rosa gives her a SWINGING METEORA!
Rosa goes corner to corner again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Rosa then BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps her cool as fans rally up. Rosa drags Reed up, throws EuroUppers, then reels back, but Reed spins her for a CRAVAT FACEBUSTER! Reed hooks Rosa with a leg and bends the arm! Rosa powers through that to cover, TWO! Reed throws body shots, Rosa CHOPS and CHOPS and BACK HANDS! Rosa reels Reed in, says this is it, and scoops for the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
Britt Baker is ahead of Rosa in the rankings but that could change soon enough! Will Rosa overtake Britt in the top five on the other side of Dynamite?
Best Friends w/ Orange Cassidy VS Kit Sackett & Hayden Backlund!
Freshly Squeezed made quick work of his match, but surely Chuck Taylor & #JustTrent will have to put in more effort. Will they be running hot as they go after Death Triangle for the past?
The teams sort out, Trent starts with Sackett, and they circle. They tie up, Trent waistlocks to the slam, then floats all over and slaps Sackett around. Sackett gets up, circles with Trent again, and they tie up with knuckle locks. Sackett headlocks, Trent powers out and things speed up. Sackett kicks Trent, but Trent LARIATS Sackett! Fans fire up as Trent drags Sackett up for forearms! Trent ROCKS Sackett, and hits a SNAP SAIDO! Backlund tags in and ROCKS Trent! Backlund whips, Chuck tags in, and Trent feeds Backlund to the SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Chuck follows Backlund out of the ring to whip him into railing! Sackett comes over but Chuck kicks him down!
Chuck puts Backlund in, tags in Trent, and they look to end this already! AWFUL WAFFLE to the BIG PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall
Double the piledrivers, double the hurt! But will #JustTrent be enough to take on Cero Miedo on Dynamite?
Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami VS Madi Wrenkowski & Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero!
For the first time anywhere, #LEGIT teams with Aneki to take on Ms. Reality and The Native Beast! Vicious Vixen Vickie makes her entrance first and gets right in Justin Roberts’ face! “EXCUSE ME~! Who are you!? What’re you even doing here?! A five year old has better announcing skills than you do! Get out of MY ring!” Justin leaves like a scolded dog and Vickie introduces the team of Madi Wrenkowski and the fiercest woman in ALL of pro-wrestling, the Native Beast, NYLA ROSE! Will Vickie also be looking to give the victorious announcement at the end of this?
The teams sort out, Madi insists she start so Nyla lets her, against Leyla. They circle, tie up, and Leyla waistlocks to slam Madi down. Madi scrambles, throws elbows to get up, but Leyla wrenches through. Tag to Mizunami but Madi gets away to tag in Nyla. Nyla and Ryo circle, Nyla shoves but Ryo shoves back. They shove more and more, Nyla pie faces but Ryo fires up to fire haymakers with Nyla! Nyla claws Ryo’s face, whips her to ropes but Ryo reverses, only for Nyla to run her over! Nyla stomps Ryo, drives in elbows, then scoops Ryo up for a SLAM! Nyla drops a leg, covers, TWO! Nyla runs, Madi tags in and Nyla SPLASHES! Nyla didn’t even notice the tag and she is upset!
Madi goes to cover, ONE!! Madi clamps onto Ryo’s arms, Ryo endures the motorcycle stretch and fans rally up. Ryo fights up, fires up and fans fire up with her. Ryo breaks free but Madi kicks low! Madi throws forearms and eggs Ryo on. Ryo likes that and eggs Madi on. Madi throws another forearm, Ryo stays up so Madi throws more. Madi kicks and forearms but Ryo CHOPS! Madi kicks, Ryo CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ryo CHOPS Madi to a corner, CHOPS her more and fires off the machine gun chops! Fans cheer but the ref counts, and Ryo lets off with an apology. Ryo gets funky before she CHOPS Madi again! Ryo pantomimes and it pisses Nyla off!
Ryo runs in to clothesline Madi down! Cover, TWO! Ryo tags Leyla in, and Leyla gets a whip from Rhyo to clothesline Madi! Leyla feeds Madi to Ryo’s POWERSLAM! Ryo gives Leyla another boost, up and up and ARM-DRAG SENTON! Ryo goes to intercept Nyla but Nyla blasts past her to break the cover! Nyla DECKS Ryo, gets after Leyla, and Madi helps with the double suplex! Cover, TWO! Madi tries another cover, TWO! Madi drags Leyla to the ropes and chokes her with a knee! The ref counts, Madi lets off but Vickie SLAPS Leyla! Madi gets Leyla up for a REALITY FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Leyla survives but Madi runs, only for Leyla to dodge the scissor kick! ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Ryo intercepts Nyla better this time, and Madi taps!! Leyla & Ryo win!
Winners: Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami, by submission
Vickie shrieks in anger because that armbar was legit! Will Leyla & Ryo be leaving the Vicious Vixens behind in the rankings?
Austin Gunn w/ Colten Gunn VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory!
Normally the Gunn Club rolls in three wide, but the boys want to see if they can do it on their own! Will Solow shoot first and show that one Gunn isn’t enough to take him down?
Comoroto drags the steel steps up to the ramp, positions them, and QT uses the steps as seating. Solow and Austin fire off but Austin gets the edge! Austin fires off in the corner, then glares at QT. Nightmare Family gives Factory a warning, but Solow reverses the whip. Austin comes back to CLOBBER Solow! Austin glares at QT, clotheslines Solow and himself out of the ring, but Austin is right up to stalk after Solow. Comoroto is nearby but Colten keeps his eyes on him. Austin puts Solow in, glances at Comoroto, but he’s ready for Solow’s cheap shot! “We’re supposed to be family!” Solow BOOTS Austin down, no family here!
Solow throws Austin down, kicks him and throws forearms, then stomps him at the ropes. Solow takes his shirt off to throw it at Austin, then BOOTS him down! Solow gets Austin up but Austin fires body shots. Solow stomps Austin again, drags him up and chokes him on ropes in front of QT! QT smirks in Austin’s face as Solow lets off. Solow brings Austin up, reels him in and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Solow and QT are annoyed, Austin throws body shots and whips. Solow reverses and CLOBBERS Austin with an elbow! Solow drags Austin to throw down fists because he wants to hurt Austin! Austin gets away to a corner while Solow talks trash to Colten.
Solow runs corner to corner and Austin BOOTS him! And elbows him! Austin CLOBBERS Solow down! Fans fire up with Austin and Colten cheers his brother on. Austin rallies on Solow, then runs to uppercut in the corner! Austin keeps going, dodges and trips Solow to then THROWBACK! Comoroto distracts from the apron, Solow throat chops then SCREW HIGH KICKS! High stack cover, TWO!! Austin survives and QT is upset. Colten gets in Comoroto’s face but Comoroto knees low, then runs in, but is sent into railing! Colten calls QT out now, but Solow gets Austin up. QT says to finish this! Solow tucks Austin in, but Austin spins out to QUICK DRAW!! Cover, Austin wins!!
Winner: Austin Gunn, by pinfall
QT is disappointed in Solow, but he has Comoroto stand down. The Factory will wait for a better opportunity to finish off the Nightmare Family. Who will be the first to fall in this growing blood feud?
Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo!
The Face of the Revolution & All Ego want their opportunities and they want them now! Will they use the last remnants of the Nightmare Factory to make their case in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Scorpio starts against Bravo and the two circle. They tie up, Scorpio waistlocks and throws Bravo down. Bravo crawls to the ropebreak and Scorpio lets off to pat Bravo on the head. Bravo shrugs that off and fires himself back up as he circles with Scorpio. They tie up, Scorpio headlocks, Bravo powers up but can’t power out right away. Bravo gets it on the second try but Scorpio runs him over. Things speed up, Bravo hurdles but Scorpio denies the hip toss. Things speed up again, Scorpio catches Bravo with a kick! Bravo wobbles and Scorpio tips him over! Scorpio lets Bravo flounder to his corner and tags in Alexander.
Ethan puffs himself up and tags in, and he circles with Alexander. They tie up, Ethan pushes Alexander to a corner but the ref counts. Ethan lets off, Alexander fires off haymakers and stomps! Alexander facelocks but Ethan suplexes first! Ethan glares at Alexander and runs to drop a BIG elbow! Ethan drags Alexander up, elbows him on the back, and then brings Alexander up to shove and ROCK him with a right! Ethan throws more elbows, tags Scorpio, and they mug Alexander. Scorpio knuckle locks and wrenches Alexander but Alexander clotheslines free! Tag to Bravo, he runs and DECKS Ethan!
Alexander snapmares Scorpio, and then coordinates with Bravo to double basement dropkick Scorpio down! Tag back to Alexander, he gets Scorpio up, but Ethan drags Bravo out of the ring to CLOBBER him with the shoulder tackle! Scorpio slips out of the fireman’s carry to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Scorpio gets Alexander’s leg for the KNEEBAR! Alexander taps, Scorpio & Ethan win!
Winners: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, by submission
This egotistical duo take down the #GoonPlatoon and The Sensation, because they’re becoming the sensation of the tag division! But they’re not done here! Ethan sees Bravo is back in the ring, and drags him up to hit EGO’S EDGE!! Will Scorpio & Ethan become the Faces of AEW by any means necessary?
Backstage interview with Austin Gunn.
Dasha congratulates Austin for the win tonight, but this is only the beginning. Austin says, “Where I come from, family means everything. A family means everything! I was raised to believe that, QT made me believe that, but QT has torn this whole family apart. So is this feud far from over?” Billy comes by to comfort his son, and has him move on to finish where he left off. This isn’t over because… QT walks in. QT wants to talk to Billy alone. Dasha moves aside, QT says this has nothing to do with Gunn Club. Billy’s boys are like QT’s boys.
Billy tells QT to stop right there. He has lost the right to say that! He lost the right to say that the second one of QT’s goons hit Billy in the back with a chair and Comoroto bulldoze Austin & Colten. This has gone too far! QT DECKS Billy!! “Was that too far, Billy?” QT walks away, but will he be made to pay for it soon enough?
Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa VS Danny Limelight & The Sydal Brothers!
The Cleaner wanted this to be the Future of DDT Pro repaying all his hard work, but it seems Tony Khan again had different plans. But will having the AEW World Champion by their side help Takeshita and Nakazawa shut down the Radioactive Papi and his real target, the Sydals, once and for all?
Omega complains about something to commentary, and it’s that he was forced to be part of this on Elevation. Omega will have to take that up with Khan, but the trios sort out and Nakazawa gives Omega a headset so they can talk during the match. Limelight starts with Nakazawa, but Nakazawa takes a second to talk to Omega. Omega pretends like he isn’t, but Nakazawa dodges Limelight. That’s probably thanks to Omega’s play calling. Omega says more things, and Nakazawa walks over to tag him in. Omega and Limelight circle, Omega tells the ref to shut up about the headset, but then Omega dodges Limelight to again talk to Nakazawa. They decide to take Takeshita in, and he’s just as confused as anyone.
Takeshita and Limelight tie up, Takeshita headlocks but Limelight powers out, only for Takeshita to run him over. Things speed up, Takeshita waistlocks but Limelight elbows free, only to run into a FLAPJACK! Cover, ONE, but Takeshita clamps onto an arm. Fans rally, Limelight gets up and Takeshita tags Omega. Omega hops up to drop ax handles on the arm! Omega wrenches Limelight, wristlocks, tags in Nakazawa, and Nakazawa CLUBS the arm! Nakazawa scoops Limelight to SLAM him, then tags Omega back in. Omega and Nakazawa split the wishbone! Omega and Nakazawa double armlock for the double JAM the shoulders!
Tag to Nakazawa again and he drags Limelight up to club him down. Nakazawa bumps Limelight off buckles but Limelight hits back! Nakazawa CHOPS, Omega talks trash, and Nakazawa CHOPS again! Limelight shoves Nakazawa but Nakazawa CLUBS him again! Nakazawa wrenches, whips and Limelight slides off to SHOVE Omega and Takeshita down! Limelight shoves Nakazawa out, tags in Mike Sydal then FLIES to take out Omega and Nakazawa! Limelight puts Nakazawa in for Mike Sydal, but Nakazawa gives him DOUBLE PURPLE NURPLES!! Mike goes Matrix to avoid the lariat and he ENZIGURIS! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Nakazawa survives but Matt tags in. Matt BOOTS Nakazawa down, Mike goes up and Matt joins him for a SYDAL BROTHER METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Nakazawa survives again but Sydal runs to SLIDING KICK! Matt points to his third eye but Nakazawa blocks the whip. Nakazawa whips, Omega gets a cheap shot in then grabs Matt., Nakazawa runs in but Matt dodges and Nakazawa hits Omega down! Nakazawa whips to fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Nakazawa gets up, hot tag to Omega! Omega gets Matt Sydal up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega seethes, drags Matt over and bumps him off buckles. Omega wants Takeshita to be ready for the boot feed next time.
Omega tags him in, Takeshita throws haymakers, whips and calf kicks! Cover, but Limelight breaks it! Takeshita tags Omega back in, they double whip and double elbow Matt down! Omega goes nuts as he digs his boot into Matt’s head! The ref counts, Omega lets off and drags Matt to drop elbows! Cover, TWO! Omega mockingly holds Matt’s hand out to Mike and Limelight, then brings Matt up by his hair. Matt blocks the suplex, and again, but Omega CLUBS him down! And CLUBS him again! Omega drags Matt up, throws more elbows and a CHOP! Omega suplexes, but Matt knees free! Omega staggers, kicks back and BLASTS Mike off the apron!
Limelight gets clear, Matt Sydal WHEEL KICKS Omega down! Hot tags to Takeshita and Limelight! Limelight ducks under Takeshita’s leap, then redirects to RANA! Limelight runs corner to corner, but he’s put on the apron. Limelight ENZIGURIS Takeshita, then leaps to FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Takeshita survives, staggers about, but the Sydals return. Matt whips Mike in to uppercut Takeshita, then adds his back elbow. Limelight runs in but misses! Omega and Nakazawa drag the Sydals out, back elbow over and over on Limelight, then feed to Takeshita’s BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!??! Takeshita is shocked, but Omega calls the shots.
Manhattan drop to atomic drop to KOTARO KRUSHER! Takeshita adds on a lot of speed for his SUPER LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!?!? How is Limelight doing this?! Omega is furious, and he demands to tag in. Takeshita gives him the tag, Omega storms about and says this is done! Omega gets Limelight up, reels him in for a full nelson, but Limelight resists! Fans rally, Limelight hooks legs and breaks the nelson to elbow Omega! Limelight runs, into a ROLLING ELBOW! Omega reels Limelight in, SNAP DRAG- Limelight lands on his feet?! Omega ducks the enziguri, Electric Chairs but Limelight fights free! Limelight ROCKS Omega in a corner! Matt climbs up for a METEORA!
Limelight SPRINGBOARD TORNADO DDT’S! Cover, TWO!!! Omega survives and Limelight can’t believe it! Limelight drags Omega over, tags in Mike and Mike climbs, but Nakazawa is there. Mike kicks him away, cartwheels to avoid the boot, but leaps into the SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega tags Takeshita in and he runs corner to corner to BOOT Mike! Then the SNAP BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mike survives and Takeshita can’t believe it! Takeshita throws off his armband, builds speed again, but Mike does the splits to school boy and bridge! TWO, ROUNDHOUSE! Mike goes to a corner and climbs up again, but Nakazawa RAMS Matt to railing and trips Mike up!
Matt goes after Nakazawa as Nakazawa traps Mike’s leg! Matt hammers Nakazawa, Omega holds Mike, and Takeshita springboards to COAST2COAST!! Takeshita fireman’s carries Mike for the GUTBUSTER DROP! Omega intercepts Limelight with a V-TRIGGER! Takeshita finishes Mike with the GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Takeshita and team win!
Winners: Kenny Omega, Konosuke Takeshita & MT Nakazawa, by pinfall
The Cleaner is proud of Takeshita, mostly because he didn’t lose this for them. Will Omega make Takeshita part of his trusted support team? Or will the Future of DDT Pro see through Omega’s façade soon enough?
A very fun episode for under an hour and 45. The main event definitely felt a lot stronger than most Dark/Elevation main events, and it is slowly building this story on the side for Omega with Takeshita being brought into the fold. Takeshita choosing his side could be made into a big moment, and could move Takeshita from Elevation to Dynamite sometime in the summer. We also got good story progress out of QT and the Gunn Club boys. The Gunn Club could have a really good Six Man match with The Factory before QT goes after Cody directly again. Team Taz get another win but clearly there’s more passive aggressiveness in there, so I can’t wait to see how that turns into active aggression.
Private Party getting a win over Dark Order works with the overall story Hardy has with them and Hangman, and Hangman keeps winning to keep at the top. Hangman VS Starks is going to be a great match on Dynamite, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Hardy found a way to sabotage Hangman to delay his shot at the world title. Double or Nothing is coming up and I feel like with the pacing they’ve done with Hangman would call for him skipping this PPV to then get his shot at perhaps All Out. It’d be so fitting for Hangman, who missed out his chance at the very first All Out, to then get that title at All Out 2021, off of Omega, as the ultimate culmination of everything Hangman’s been through in AEW.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
Elevation turns it up to nine!
AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?
- Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
- Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
- Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
- Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
- Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
- Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
- Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.
A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion fights on!
Orange Cassidy defends his AEW All-Atlantic Championship once again, against QT Marshall, and in a LUMBERJACK MATCH!
- Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto; Darby wins.
- Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy; Lethal & Jarrett win.
- Athena VS Dani Mo; Athena wins.
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto!
The Relentless One wants payback on the punk who impersonated The Icon, Sting, just for a quick buck! And though the real Sting heads to the back, Darby still has back-up in the baseball bat! Darby tells Comoroto to back off, but Comoroto throws his toothpick at him like a bootleg Bad Guy. So Darby CLOBBERS Comoroto with it! And again, and again! Karter stays back to let Comoroto take that beating. Fans fire up for Darby and Darby puts the bat down. Darby dares Karter to try it, and Karter makes a move, but Darby DIVES onto him! Darby RAMS Karter into railing, then SLAMS Karter’s hand off steel steps!
Darby puts Karter in the ring, the bell rings, and Darby aims at Karter again. SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Karter flounders to a corner, Darby fires off forearms on him, but the ref counts. Darby lets off, runs and SHOTGUNS Karter down, and Karter falls out of the ring! Fans fire up and Darby goes up the corner! But Karter shoves Darby! Darby crotches off ropes and falls to the floor! Karter drags Darby up, reel shim in and APRON POWERBOMBS him! Karter then puts Darby in the ring, but fans rally up. Karter looms over Darby, drags him up and whips him to the corner hard! Darby slumps down but Karter drags him up again.
Karter whips corner to corner again and even harder! Fans boo but Karter grins as he stalks Darby to the corner. Karter YANKS Darby right up, to a BUCKLE BOMB! Darby flops down, Karter drags him back up, and Karter DROPKICKS Darby down! Darby slumps out of the ring while Karter blows a kiss to the camera. Karter goes out to drag Darby back up. Karter RAMS Darby into steel steps! Fans boo as Karter swaggers around. Karter drags Darby up and into the ring, fans rally up harder for Darby as Karter stalks him. Karter CLUBS Darby, throws knee after knee, then covers, TWO!
Fans chant “You Look Weak!” at Karter but he drags Darby up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE, and AEW goes picture in picture. Karter sits Darby up to KNEE him in the back. Karter stomps Darby around, drags him up again, and whips him corner to corner hard! Darby bounces off buckles to hit the mat just as hard, and Karter smiles. Karter soaks up the heat, storms over to Darby, and stands him up to CLUB him again. Karter CHOPS Darby, stalks him to a corner, and bumps him off buckles. Karter bumps Darby off more buckles, then throws knees in. Karter CHOPS again, Darby pushes him back, so Karter CLUBS Darby again.
Karter puts Darby in another corner to back elbow. Karter soaks up the heat and Rampage returns to single picture. Karter runs but Darby dodges the splash! COFFIN SPLASH, but Karter waistlocks! Karter wrenches and JUMP KNEES Darby, to then suplex! Darby slips out to CHOP BLOCK! And PENALTY KICK to an arm! Darby snarls, he runs, but Karter ROLLING ELBOWS Darby down! Karter reels Darby in, but Darby fights the lift to wrench out and bend the fingers! Karter ROCKS Darby but Darby holds onto the hand. Karter ROCKS and CLUBS Darby again and again, but Darby twists the wrist!
Karter CLUBS the arms but Darby fires up a la Sting! Darby fires off fast hands, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives but fans still rally for Darby. Darby’s hand is bleeding from somewhere in the fingers, and he crawls to a corner. Darby hops up, but Karter trips Darby up! Karter climbs up, brings Darby up, and he SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Cover, TWO! Darby survives and Karter is seething. Karter puts Darby in a drop zone and climbs up. Fans rally, Karter climbs, and Karter 450 FLOPS as Darby dodges! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Karter endures, rolls, but Darby wrenches, hammerlocks, and SCORPION DEATH DROPS!!
Fans fire up as Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall
Karter proved he’s worth something, but Darby proved it’s not enough! Will The Relentless One keep rolling until he’s looking at some gold?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Renee Paquette notes she tried to get a word with the Limitless One last week, but can he give her anything about him and Swerve Strickland? Keith says it is an ongoing conversation, all he can say is… SHANE TAYLOR walks in?! A former ROH World Television Champion and former tag partner of Keith’s is now in AEW! And he’s here to ask Keith, “What is it with you and leaving family, dog?” Keith left Swerve behind two weeks ago, JD in Dallas, and Shane in ROH six years ago. Shane became the greatest ROH TV Champion of all time, but the business here is far from over.
So Shane says they settle this at ROH Final Battle! Shane Taylor & JD Griffey VS Keith Lee and… Well, he may wanna find some help. Swerve walks in now with a big smile on his face. Keith sighs. He asks Swerve, “Can I even count on you, dude?” Swerve takes off his sunglasses but doesn’t say anything. Is Swerve In Our Glory going to have one final battle together?
AEW hears from La Faccion Ingobernable and The Dark Order.
Jose the Assistant says, “After months of planning, La Faccion Ingobernable pulled off what nobody expected.” As for John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Silver says they were shocked. The Dark Order has been through a lot together, and for Preston Vance to do something like that blows his mind. The wounds for Silver & Reynolds will heal. But what Vance did to Negative One, Brodie Lee Jr., no one was there for him more than Vance. One day, they will all meet face to face one day, and that is when Vance realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life. But Rush says the Ingobernable Era is about to begin! Will nothing stop LFI now that they have Number 10?
Renee Paquette is in the ring.
She wants Indianapolis to help her welcome the AEW World Tag Team Champions, the Acclaimed! And as such, Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed calling out any team that wants drama! We make ’em say sorry like they were Balenciaga! We got the tag division getting worked up cuz we stay winning like Americans in World Cup. And Jeff Jarrett’s talking out his anus. You can’t throw your weight around like you’re Glenn Jacobs! Homie, this ain’t TNA. In All Elite, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to say, “INDIANAPOLIIIIIS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And so Billy Gun scissor fingers~!
Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Renee says that the tag titles look really nice on them, but it begs the question: what’s next for The Acclaimed? Bowens can’t answer that without first addressing last week’s Dynamite. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett went and interrupted the scissoring! Fans boo that. Bowens says them doing that can only mean one of two things. One: they’re jealous that EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Or two: They wanna shot at the tag titles. Well guess what? You can’t cut the line, and Jeff Jarrett’s Colonel Sanders lookin’ ass just has to wait! Especially because there is a tag team that has been waiting a very, very long time to get their shot first.
Fans chant for FTR, and Bowens says The Acclaimed ARE fighting champions! Caster says, “That’s right!” Bowens says, “We are the Forever Champs!” “That’s right!” “We are the People’s Choice!” “That’s right!” “The People’s Voice!” “That’s right!” “And the people’s voices have been screaming that they want The Acclaimed to fight the best!” Fans fire up for that, but then here come the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. The fans boo because that’s not FTR, those are the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin says look, their old friends, The Acclaimed and “Billy.” But The Acclaimed want the best tag team in the world? “WELL YOU’RE LOOKING AT ‘EM!”
Wait, Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh make their way out here. Sonjay asks what the Gunns are talking about. When he looks at them, all he sees are… ASS BOYS! Fans fire up for that! Sonjay tells the Gunns that what they’re looking at is a two-time Hall of Famer, the best pro-wrestler in the world, and they will show everyone why THEY are the greatest tag team today after they beat Private Party’s asses! Billy has everyone hold on. Fans cheer for Daddy Ass and he says, “Maybe you guys misunderstood what we said, but what we said was, ‘We want the best.'” And here comes F T R!!
Indy fires up as the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, with their AAA, IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships, head to the ring. FTR offer handshakes, and The Acclaimed take it! Fans fire up, it looks like we have a title match made for THIS WEDNESDAY! Will The Acclaimed stay the Forever Champs of AEW? Or will FTR go from three to FOUR pairs of titles draped on them at once?
AEW looks closer at the grudge between Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford & The Bunny.
The Full Metal Warrior herself says “Holy Shida was on a Rampage, and somebody tried to ruin it.” Allie the Bunny says she spent the last six MONTHS rehabbing her neck, “watching other people get opportunities that I deserved.” Shida says if Bunny has something to say, then let’s go. But it will be for the Regina de Wave Championship! The Bunny says she’ll take that title, and make Shida feel how she felt, watching someone else take what was hers. Will The Bunny bring some gold to La Faccion? Or will nothing stop the wave of momentum Shida is riding?
Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy!
Team Double Jay is already waiting, and already promising a big win here tonight. But Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been known to defy expectations before, so will they do that here tonight? Or will the Last Outlaw and his lethal tag team partner prove they are the best team today?
The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Lethal. They circle, tie up, and Kassidy gets around to headlock. Lethal back suplexes but Kassidy lands on his feet. Lethal blocks Kassidy’s hip toss but then Kassidy slips up and around him to arm-drag! Lethal stagger sup, Kassidy whips but Lethal reverses. Kassidy ducks the lariat to waistlock but Lethal elbows free! Lethal stomps Kassidy to the corner, tags in Jarrett, and fans boo as Jarrett and Lethal mug Kassidy. Jarrett stomps the mudhole, whips but Kassidy reverses to hip toss! Jarrett gets up, Kassidy pops ‘n’ locks, but Jarrett dodges the haymaker to DECK Kassidy!
Fans boo but Jarrett is feeling himself. Jarrett drags Kassidy up but Kassidy wrenches free! Tag to Quen, he leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Kassidy BOOTS Lethal, Quen kicks Jarrett, and Private Party whips Jarrett to the corner. Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, squealing PARTY IN MOTION! Then feed to the DROPKICK! Quen covers, TWO! Quen wrenches, tags Kassidy and Kassidy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Kassidy struts a la the Nature Boy, and he mocks Jarrett. Jarrett swings, Kassidy blocks, but Jarrett pokes Kassidy in the eye! Then Jarrett DECKS Kassidy! Fans boo, especially as Sonjay struts.
But Hardy pulls Sonjay off the apron! Sonjay gets heated, but it’s Satnam who steps to Hardy! Hardy backs off from the giant, but Lethal drags Kassidy out to RAM him into steel steps! The numbers game is paying off as Rampage goes picture in picture. Hardy helps Kassidy up but Lethal goes out to kick Kassidy down! Lethal RAMS Kassidy into the steel steps! The is busy reprimanding people and that allows Sonjay to get some stomps in! Lethal and Jarrett add theirs, then drag Kassidy up to put him in the ring. Jarrett stomps Kassidy more and more, then tags Lethal. Double Jay double whip but Kassidy reverses to send Lethal at ropes.
Lethal holds ropes to stop himself, and Jarrett hooks Kassidy up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Lethal adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy reaches out but Lethal keeps him from Quen. Lethal bumps Kassidy off buckles, tags Jarrett in, and Jarrett drags Kassidy up to bump off more buckles. Jarrett whips Kassidy corner to corner hard, and Kassidy bounces off buckles. Jarrett puts Kassidy on the ropes to CHOKE him, then he runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts now, as does Lethal and even Satnam. Jarrett then runs to LARIAT Kassidy down! Lethal applauds, tags in, and he covers, TWO!
Lethal CLUBS Kassidy down, covers again, TWO! Lethal rains down furious fists but the ref reprimands about the closed fists. Lethal looms over Kassidy, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Lethal lets out a big “WOO~!” and then grins as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Lethal has Kassidy in a facelock. But Kassidy NORTHERN LIGHTS Lethal away! And then Kassidy springboard STUNNERS Jarrett down! Kassidy dodges Lethal and hot tags Quen! Quen ROCKS Lethal, bumps him off buckles, then springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Quen ducks ‘n’ dodges to flapjack DROPKICK! Fans fire up more as Quen DIVES onto Jarrett! Quen is all fire dup and he high-fives fans. Quen gets in, Lethal sends him out but Kassidy is there! SILLY STRING! Quen hurries up top but Jarrett storms over. Quen DECKS Jarrett, 450s, but has to bail out as Lethal moves!
Quen clutches his rib but Lethal goes after Kassidy. Kassidy kangaroo kicks Lethal into a schoolboy! But the ref is busy with Kassidy! Jarrett gets in to wrench and KNEE Quen! Lethal runs, handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION STROKE COMBINATION! Cover, Team Double Jay wins!
Winners: Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, by pinfall
Jarrett insists the ref raise his and Lethal’s hands in victory, and Aubrey Edwards obliges. Will Jay & Double J prove they’re the best by climbing those AEW Tag Division rankings?
Renee Paquette interviews Saraya.
They’re having their promised sit-down interview two weeks after Saraya won her big return match at Full Gear. How is she feeling after her first match in over five years? Saraya legit has chills even now thinking about it. It was an emotional moment because she never thought she was getting in the ring again. Especially after five long years, yet also oddly short. Five years is long in pro-wrestling, though, and going out there again, it was incredible. What was it like to just talk to her family about this? The Knights are born and bred for wrestling, her brother was there that night. What was that like?
It was incredible having her brother, who has been there for her since day one. He even dressed as the Pink Power Ranger for her first match to be there. He had full on supported her, canceled all other plans, and was just as fired up as she was. She couldn’t help but run up to him to hug it out. Full Gear overall was a huge show, but especially Saraya’s moment for her and the Women’s Division. What is the big takeaway? Full Gear was a special night for the AEW Women’s Division with three matches on one night. Saraya was proud to have had that match with Britt Baker. Britt helped Saraya in many ways as someone who just came back from neck surgery.
Saraya is also proud of Jamie Hayter winning the title, that was a big deal. And even Toni Storm. Saraya saw the interview Renee had with Toni about wanting the title back. Saraya wants all the women here to know that she wants the title, too. It will be her and everyone going head-to-head. Renee looks forward to that, but when and where will The Revolution prove AEW is her house?
Athena VS ???
The Fallen Goddess has never been more dangerous. Dark and Elevation have brought out that dark side, and she’s gunning for the OG Badass and the ROH Women’s World Championship at Final Battle! But will she have a bit more than just a tune-up in Dani Mo?
The bell rings, Athena and Dani approach, and Athena DECKS Dani! Athena smirks, brings Dani up and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex! Dos Amigas! Then the ANARCHY for the third! Cover, but Athena lets off! Athena plays like she’s surprised, but then she argues with the ref. Athena corners the ref and dares him to do something, but Dani rolls Athena up! TWO!! Dani hurries up to ROUNDHOUSE Athena! Athena shrugs it off?! Athena DECKS Dani again! And then rains down clubbing forearms! Athena roars and Indy fires up as she drags Dani back up. Athena RAMS Dani into the corner then STOMPS her down!
Athena soaks up the cheers and jeers then goes back for Dani. A fan shouts, “I love you, Athena!” and she says back, “I know.” Athena drags Dani up, reels her in, and gut wrenches to a CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall
But winning isn’t enough for Athena as she drags Dani back up. Fans boo as Athena suplexes to GOURD BUSTER Dani out of the ring!! Dani tumbles but Athena goes out after her again. Athena RAMS Dani into railing, drags her up again, and then RAMS her into steel steps! Dani goes down in a heap and Athena calls out Mercedes! “Mercedes~! Come out and play~!” But when Mercedes doesn’t appear, Athena turns her attention back to Dani. More refs rush out to stop this, and Athena says alright. But then she blasts past them to METEORA Dani into the steel steps! The refs reprimand again, but Athena threatens Aubrey!
Fans boo but Athena grins as she takes her leave. Will this new darkness be what brings Athena into the golden spotlight?
Juice Robinson speaks.
“For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Juice Robinson. And I’m a former three-time IWGP United States Champion. I’m here to issue a challenge for December 10th, in Arlington, Texas, at ROH Final Battle, against the King of TV, Samoa Joe, the ROH Television Champion. Y’know, I’ve done a lot in Japan, but I need to prove myself in America. And if I’m gonna be a superstar on television, then I need that ROH World Television title around my waist. Joe, you may be the King of TV now, but kings get dethroned.” Will the Booster boost his own profile by taking one of #TwoBeltJoe’s belts?
Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.
The World’s Strongest Man says QT Marshall is facing Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic title, but is there any reason he chose to make this a Lumberjack Match? Yes, it’s real simple: After what happened last week with The House of Black, QT wants his first championship opportunity to have no shenanigans. Speaking of shenanigans, QT points out how the Best Friends and Danhausen are dressed! By that, he’s pointing out how they’re in flannel and beanies, just like real lumberjacks. QT says their best friend is about to lose his title and they’re treating this like a joke! Danhausen asks, “Is this a joke!?” And they all bring out (plastic) axes!
Cassidy asks Mark, “Are we allowed to bring axes to the ring?” Mark says, “Absolutely not.” Oh. Well, okay. Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk, but then Cassidy says no, they weren’t done talking yet. Can they get two more seconds? IT’S TIME! For the main event! Well, alright. But axes or no axes, will Cassidy cut down another contender? Or will QT Marshall finally prove he is God’s Gift to Wrestling?
Darby Allin speaks.
“The past few weeks, Full Gear, Rampage, I have been settling some personal scores that have been important to me. And now that those scores have been settled, nothing’s more important to me than winning back that TNT Championship. Samoa Joe. I’m putting out a challenge to you, and you said that you would accept if Wardlow was banned from ringside. This Wednesday in Austin, I’ll do you one more. I’m gonna have Sting banned from ringside, as well, because I want it to be just you and me, Joe.
“These fans chant something. It goes along the lines of, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you. Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Dynamite without it.” Darby is ready to fight to the death, will he become a TWO-TIME TNT Champion? Or will the King of TV still be #TwoBeltJoe going into ROH Final Battle?
AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall!
Not only are The Factor and Best Friends among the Lumberjacks, but so are The Varsity Athletes, The Trustbusters, Chaos Project, Ortiz, Brandon Cutler, Zack Clayton, Ethan Page, Private Party, and even some Indy indie wrestlers. The more the merrier if it keeps QT safe for the House of Black. But will he be able to focus on Freshly Squeezed? Or will Cassidy continue to be a fighting champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with nowhere to run and hide, we see who is truly championship material!
The bell rings and as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, QT rushes in! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and leaps over! Then he SHOTGUNS QT down and kips up! QT bails out but on the Best Friends’ side! They put him in for Cassidy but QT knees low. QT whips Cassidy out to the Factory side of things, but Cassidy fires off “devastating” shin kicks on then, Clayton, Serpentico, and back again. QT runs out but Cassidy whips him around and around into railing! Then back into the ring! Cassidy hurries up top to CROSBODY, but into QT’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, QT whips and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS!
Fans rally for Cassidy but QT drags him up to toss him out. The Firm is there and Ethan tells Hardy to do his job! Hardy says okay, and he helps Cassidy up and into the ring! Fans cheer but Ethan is mad! That’s not what he meant, but that is what Lumberjacks are here for. QT still stomps Cassidy, ROCKS him with a right, then soaks up the heat. Ethan tells Hardy to leave since he’s not willing to play along. But Private Party is also told to stay. Fans boo and Hardy argues with Ethan but Hardy still leaves. QT whips Cassidy corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.
QT drags Cassidy up, throws him out the side, and Ari Daivari stomps away on Cassidy! His old buddy, Tony Nese, joins in, as do Josh Woods, Chaos Project and Zack Clayton! They all stomp away, but then Best Friends storm over! They back everyone off and help Cassidy up. Trent puts Cassidy in, but QT is after him already. QT DECKS Cassidy with a right, then covers, TWO! Fans rally and so do the Lumberjacks. QT ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy staggers away, but QT scoops him to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! QT is annoyed but he stomps Cassidy around. QT has the legs to stomp Cassidy in the gut!
QT paces around, QT mocks Cassidy by putting his hands in his tights. QT then stomps Cassidy more, drags him up again, but Cassidy hits a JAWBREAKER! Cassidy throws body shots, but QT CLUBS Cassidy down! QT rains down fists, the ref reprimands about the closed fists, but QT lets off to get in the ref’s face. QT drags Cassidy up, and tosses Cassidy out! The Varsity Athletes and others stomp away, the Best Friends hurry over again and push them all away. Cassidy gets in the ring but QT is after him again. QT whips Cassidy to a corner but Cassidy tumbles up and out! QT storms over but Cassidy dribbles him off buckles!
Cassidy stops, QT staggers away, and Cassidy climbs up again. QT runs back in but Cassidy moves aside and QT smacks off the corner! QT falls down, Cassidy finishes climbing, and he gives a lazy thumbs up as he FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Rampage returns to single picture as Indy rallies up! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and fires up! But Johnson & Solo rush in! The ref reprimands but Cassidy dodges, and Best Friends get in to clothesline The Factory back out! Fans fire up as Cassidy, Trent & Chuck flex. Then Best Friends DOUBLE PLANCHA the Factory down!
QT handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! QT drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but QT blocks and spins Cassidy around! Inverted crucifix and toss, but Cassidy blocks the cutter! Cassidy shoves QT into buckles, then Alabama lifts, but the back gives up! QT pop-up FOREARMS Cassidy, then reels him in! LAST- RANA!! Cassidy then runs to tilt-o-whirl and whirl and whirl and DDT!! Fans fire up and the Lumberjacks all rally! QT flounders but Cassidy kips up! Fans fire up with Cassidy as he runs in at QT, ORANGE- NO, The Factory gets their leader to safety!
Cassidy frowns while Best Friends storm over again. The Factory backs off, Cassidy climbs up but QT GAMANGIRIS! QT drags Cassidy down, shouts, “I’m gonna break his neck!” but DANHAUSEN steps up! Danhausen CURSES QT!! QT mocks it, flips Danhausen off, then the Factory trips Danhausen off the apron! Best Friends go after them, more Lumberjacks join in, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! APRON BEACH BREAK!! QT flounders, Cassidy aims from the ropes, springboard SWANTON wipes out the Lumberjacks!! Fans are fired up for “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!” as Best Friends and Factory brawl up the ramp!
QT flounders into the ring, Cassidy climbs the corner, but Penelope Ford creeps her way out. The Superbad Girl looks extra bad tonight, but she distracts Cassidy from the apron. The ref reprimands, telling her she has to hop down. But KIP SABIAN appears from outta nowhere! He SHOVES Cassidy off the top, into the DIAMOND CUTTER!!! QT covers, TWO!??! Cassidy survives, and Kip is amused, but QT is furious! QT throws off his elbow pads, runs in, into an ORANGE PUNCH!! And BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
Kip Sabian isn’t bothered at all. He applauds Cassidy’s resilience, but then Cassidy DIVES onto Kip! Cassidy and Kip brawl, they go up the ramp, Kip bowls Cassidy to the stage! Kip drags Cassidy up as fans boo and he bowls Cassidy more. The Lumberjacks brawl with their own rivals, the Varsity Athletes are going after Ortiz and Isiah Kassidy! Cutler vlogs this all, but then the lights go out!! And when they come back up, THE HOUSE OF BLACK is here!! Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews are staring Nese & Woods down, while Brody King & Julia Hart stand on the stage. Nese rushes in but gets an STO! Buddy JUMP KNEES Woods!
Buddy POP-UP KNEES Kassidy! Malakai & Buddy stomp away on Kassidy, Brody attacks the Lumberjacks on the ramp! Brody joins the others, fans are thunderous for the House as they mug Ortiz! But then Malakai tells them NO, not Ortiz. What? Why? Is there something Malakai sees in Ortiz? But with the bloodlust needing satisfaction, Buddy drags Serpentico up! DANTE’S INFERNO!! Julia applauds and Indy is fired up! And then the House goes after everyone again! The bodies are sent flying around into railing! Will the House of Black rise to tear down all others in their way?
A very good Rampage here to set up a lot more as AEW and ROH head for the New Year. Samoa Joe having two titles means a lot more people are after him. Juice Robinson has a good promo to call out Joe for the ROH TV title, and Juice did have a stint in ROH so this isn’t completely out of nowhere. Darby had a great match with Cole Karter, though it was really more Karter had his best match in AEW, or perhaps his entire career. But I like that Darby wants after the TNT title, he is going to have one hell of a match with Joe on Dynamite. That Dynamite is both a Winter is Coming go-home and ROH Final Battle go-home, so it’ll have to be huge.
Speaking of which, Acclaimed VS FTR for the AEW Tag Team Championships, that is huge. It’s happening this Wednesday as opposed to Winter is Coming, so I have a feeling shenanigans help The Acclaimed retain. The Gunn Sons probably cost FTR so that they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Final Battle, which they will then lose because FTR is probably going to help sell networks on ROH under Tony Khan. We got a good tag match out of Jarrett & Lethal VS Private Party, and of course Sonjay & Satnam are the advantage that helps Jay & Jarrett win. They’ll surely climb the ranks and come around to challenge for the tag titles in time for Revolution in March.
Good backstage segment with Shane Taylor showing up in AEW, and get use of continuity in Keith Lee’s career. I remember watching those days when Keith and Shane made a huge splash in ROH as a team, and then suddenly Keith is in NXT. This is going to be good stuff, but I wonder if Swerve ditches Keith to join up with Shane and take over at least the ROH Tag Division. Good interview promo from Saraya, though it did start to blur the lines of kayfabe and reality just a little when Saraya talked about Britt helping her in that match. But naturally, Saraya wants the AEW Women’s Division to get stronger, but also wants to get in on a title scene. I don’t see Saraya being relegated to Dark and Elevation, so maybe they work out something for a Winter is Coming match.
Speaking of women’s championships, good promo from Shida and Bunny to truly bring the Regina de Wave title onto AEW programming. I’m pretty sure Shida retains that title, but it at least counts as something big for Bunny. Great stuff out of Athena really upping her Heel credentials. Fans still wanted to cheer her dominating Dani but Athena made sure they had something to boo with her extracurriculars after the match. Athena VS Mercedes is going to be great for Final Battle, no idea who wins that one. And good promo from LFI and Dark Order. I bet we see some great tag matches of Rush & Vance VS Silver & Reynolds to not only build both factions back up, but help one get going in the tag title rankings so that one of them (probably LFI) can go after The Acclaimed.
And of course, hilarious and great stuff out of Cassidy and the Lumberjacks. Cassidy was of course winning but I was surprised to see Kip Sabian go after him. That should be a good feud since Kip’s trying this new Joker meets Riddler character. And it was great to see the House of Black appear to beat up every Lumberjack around. Though, I wonder what that detail of Malakai sparing Ortiz the finisher was about. Is the House going to recruit Ortiz to their side? Ortiz and Eddie Kingston feuding with the House would be some awesome stuff. But I wouldn’t want Ortiz betraying Eddie, that’s too much like Vance ditching the Dark Order. House of Black should be raising up some names from Dark or Elevation to give them some TV time.
My Score: 8.7/10
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