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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Elevation Results & Report! (4/5/21)

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AEW Elevation Coverage

Dark: Elevation keeps on rising to new heights!

AEW springs into action as Spring is in the air! And in the main event, All Ego & Scorpio take on Matt & Mike Sydal in a rather surprising grudge match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Bill Collier; Hangman wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Alex Gracia; Baker wins.
  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Danny Limelight; Vance wins.
  • Big Swole VS Jazmin Allure; Swole wins.
  • Michael Nakazawa VS Vary Morales; Nakazawa wins.
  • Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Baron Black; Archer wins.
  • Ryo Mizunami VS Tesha Price; Mizunami wins.
  • Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order; Caster wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Hardy Family Office w/ Matt Hardy VS Adam Priest, Ryzin, D3 & Fuego Del Sol; The HFO wins.
  • Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; Hardy wins.
  • Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS The Sydal Brothers; Scorpio & Ethan win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page VS Bill Collier!

The Cowboy rides again, and he’s taking on #BillyThreeBelts! But will being simultaneous IWC Super Indy Champion, STW Heavyweight Champion and Revenge Pro World Champion be enough to help #BigTimeBill survive some real cowboy shit?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Collier fireman’s carries but Hangman slips off and shoves. Hangman waistlocks, Collier bucks him and runs him over! Collier fires up, runs, but Hangman drops to CHOP! And CHOP! Hangman eggs Collier on and Collier CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, Hangman gest the edge then runs, but the boot is blocked! Collier ROCKS Hangman and he goes floundering to an apron! Collier brings Hangman back in and ROCKS him with an uppercut. Collier headbutts, Hangman hits back with forearms but Collier knees low! Collier brings Hangman around, suplexes, and holds him up! Fans rally as Collier drops Hangman at 10!

Collier runs and drops a BIG leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Hangman checks his face but Collier brings Hangman up. Collier scoops and swings Hangman but Hangman slips out to throw Collier out. Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Big Time Bill! Fans fire up as Hangman keeps on Collier and puts him in the ring. Hangman boots Collier, and boots again, and again! Collier stays up, Hangman runs and gets around to scoop Collier! FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman Alabama lifts but Collier clubs free. Collier goes up the ropes but Hangman BOOTS him!

Hangman climbs up, and gets Collier for the- NO! Collier blocks the Super Steiner, but Hangman double clutches to SUPER STEINER after all! Hangman runs and clothesline hard in the corner! Hangman keeps going, LARIAT but Collier stays up! So Hangman slingshots to BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

The Cowboy wrangles in the big bronco and gets a big win! And he even shows Collier respect by sharing a beer with him. Is Hangman finally ready to get that big one?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo!

Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. know the Nightmare Factor is reeling from what QT Marshall did on Dynamite, but they aren’t going to go easy on The Sensation and #GoonPlatoon! Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ take the win to head up the AEW Tag Division rankings?

The bell rings and Griff starts with Alexander. They tie up, Alexander headlocks, but Griff slips through to get a headlock back. Griff wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks again, then wrenches again. Tag to BPJ, and BPJ clubs the arm. BPJ CHOPS, wrenches, then tags Griff back in. BPJ YANKS the arm, Griff goes up to drop an ax handle. Griff wrenches, wristlocks, headlocks and hits the takeover. Alexander makes it a cover, ONE and Griff holds on. Alexander fights up, Griff tags to BPJ, and Griff shifts so the Blondes can mug Alexander. BPJ hits a headlock takeover and grinds Alexander down. Alexander fights up, Griff tags in, and BPJ CHOPS Alexander to wrench and whip.

Griff drop toeholds and BPJ runs to DOUBLE STOMP Alexander! Griff covers, TWO! Fans rally as Griff brings Alexander up to scoop, but Alexander slips out to chop block! Alexander drags Griff over, tag to Bravo, and Bravo drags Griff to the post! Bravo SLAMS one leg into the post, then drags Griff to a cover, ONE!! Griff clutches his leg but Bravo drags him up and over. Bravo tags Alexander then whips Griff into buckles. Alexander gets Griff for the Russian Leg Sweep! Tag to Bravo, and the two double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Alexander keeps on Griff. Alexander tags Bravo, they double back suplex but Griff lands on his feet.

The bad leg jams but Griff puts Alexander on the apron. Griff elbows Bravo, then Alexander, then dodges to hot tag BPJ! BPJ rallies, hits a POWERSLAM, then builds speed to WRECK Bravo with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Bulletproof as he gets Bravo up and into the ring. BPJ tags Griff, the Blondes coordinate for a pop-up, BPJ climbs fast, MISSILE DROPKICK BOMB! Cover, The Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

In the blink of an eye, the MVP and BPJ get the 1-2-3! Will they keep going and get up into the top five?

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Alex Gracia!

The Doctor is back in her first match after the brutal Unsanctioned battle with Thunder Rosa! And she’s taking on the Pink Dream, another of La Mera Mera’s students! Will Britt establish that she is still the (self-proclaimed) Face of the Women’s Division in AEW?

Britt wears her new merchandise, commemorating the Unsanctioned match and the blood going down Britt’s face, as she gets a mic. “Look at that face!” But Alex Gracia. She got an entrance and everything! But we all know how this is going to go: Britt’s the star, Gracia’s the “enhancement talent,” this will be quick and no one will remember Gracia. But Gracia had a great showing against Thunder Rosa. And because Britt is so motivated to continue to elevate women’s wrestling on Elevation as the face of women’s wrestling, Britt wants to give Gracia her best showing. Gracia still won’t win, but let’s put some respect on the Pink Dream!

Britt has Rebel move aside, and Rebel still pretends she’s really hurt when she’s not. Britt says she isn’t just a great Deathmatch wrestler, but she’s also great at Greco-Roman, freestyle, and whatever other styles that she can’t remember right now. So how about we do referee position so Gracia can have a fair chance? No funny business, she’ll put the mic down, and she’ll let Gracia approach. Gracia is still wary of Rebel, but Britt says let’s go. Gracia walks over, still doesn’t take this seriously, but she does kneel down and move in. The bell rings, Britt reels Gracia into the Rings of Saturn! “And just like that, the Pink Dream is over. Reba, get the glove.”

The glove is sent in, Britt puts it on, and puts Gracia in the LOCKJAW! Gracia taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

Well, she didn’t lie. There was no funny business, it was just that she suckered Gracia in from the start. A win is a win, will Britt continue on until she really is the face of the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Danny Limelight!

Number 10, and the entire Dark Order, have been having to deal with doubters and deriders like Max Caster and the Hardy Family Office. Will Vance prove that there is still strength in the Numbers?

The bell rings and Vance stares Limelight down. They circle, go around, and tie up. Vance shoves Limelight away, and Limelight gets up in a huff. They circle, Limelight kicks low then throws a forearm! Limelight goes to buckle bump but Vance blocks to bump and bump Limelight in return. Limelight throws forearms but Vance this back and finishes the set of four! Vance scoops, Limelight slips out and shoves but Vance runs him over! Limelight gets up but gets tossed with a back drop! Limelight staggers into a scoop, and Vance carries Limelight around before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Vance storms back over but Limelight sends him into buckles!

Limelight goes to the apron, hotshots an arm, and Vance flops out of the ring. Limelight ROUNDHOUSES the arm, then puts Vance back in. Limelight mocks the Dark Order pose while doing his dance, and Vance ROCKS him! Vance runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Limelight stomps Vance, kicks him around, and wraps the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Limelight lets off but kicks the rope to jam the arm. Vance hits back, CHOPS and forearms but Limelight kicks! Limelight forearms, kicks, wrenches and hammerlocks to then bring Vance down. Vance endures the grind, Limelight steps through to La Magistrol, TWO! Limelight KICKS Vance down, then kicks Vance again.

Limelight has Vance in a corner, fires forearms but Vance hits back! Vance fires more forearms but Limelight KICKS the bad arm! Limelight brings Vance up for some forearms, then whips him to ropes. Vance reverses, Limelight reverses back and drags Vance into a Fujiwara! Vance powers out to a cover, TWO! BUZZSAW! Limelight runs, but into Vance’s LARIAT! Vance rallies with more clotheslines, then runs, but misses in a corner. Vance BOOTS Limelight, hops up and leaps for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Fans fire up but Limelight elbows Vance away. Limelight runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Vance stalks behind Limelight, full nelsons, but Limelight throws Vance down!

Limelight traps the arm and gets a headlock, but Vance powers to a cover, TWO! Vance is free, blocks the kick and BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Limelight lives but Vance gets mad! Vance drags Limelight around, gets the legs, but Limelight wants the TRIANGLE HOLD! Vance is caught, Limelight squeezes tight, but Vance hammers away! Vance gets free, Limelight KICKS the bad arm again! Limelight KICKS the leg, hops on to be a sleeper but Vance throws him off and gets a full nelson! Vance thrashes Limelight, Limelight goes out! Vance wins!

Winner: Preston Vance, by submission

Rare that Vance wins by submission, but it shows he’s not just one-dimensional! Will Number 10 break into the top five thanks to that new facet of his arsenal?

 

Big Swole VS Jazmin Allure!

Just because she’s not #1 contender right now doesn’t mean the chase after Hikaru Shida’s AEW Women’s Championship is over! Will Swole take control of the rankings again and then finally get after the Full Metal Warrior?

The bell rings and the two circle. Swole and Allure tie up, Swole puts Allure on ropes. Swole lets off to flex, and fans cheer as Allure circles with her again. They tie up, Swole waistlocks then slams Allure down. Swole drops knees into Allure’s back, clamps on with another waistlock, then shifts to a seated cobra twist. Allure fights up, tries to hip toss but Swole blocks that to hip toss first! Swole goes out after Allure, brings her around and whips her into railing, then into apron, then back again! Swole puts Allure in, stalks up behind her, and knocks her down to get a Camel Clutch! Allure endures as Swole bends her back, then Swole CLUBS Allure down.

Swole drags Allure up but Allure throws body shots! Allure runs, ducks and doges but the kitchen sink knee hits! Swole hits the blindside basement EuroUpper! Swole gets the legs but Allure kicks her low! Swole dodges a clothesline but not the back elbows. Allure runs, dodges and rallies with clotheslines and arm-drags! Allure sweeps the legs, runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Allure is frustrated and she rains down fists! Swole shoves her away, Allure aims from a corner and runs at Swole, but Swole catches her for the SWOLE-ENAGE! Swole drags Allure up, reels her in and underhooks for the TIGER DRIVER, into the CLOVERLEAF! Allure taps, Swole wins!

Winner: Big Swole, by submission

Much like Preston Vance, Swole shows she is more than just power! She gets a submission win, will beefing up her technical prowess be what helps her get to the title?

 

Backstage interview with The Sydal Brothers.

After their confrontation last week with Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, what is their mindset? Mike won’t lie that he was feeling pretty beat-up. But he’s a Sydal, and Sydals bend but don’t break. That is why Mike is still standing and is ready to fight alongside his brother. Matt says that he is disappointed in Scorpio. Scorpio welcomed Matt to AEW but he turned out to be a phony! And it’s nonsense for them to think the Sydals are the ones to pick a fight with. They’re brothers! Their bond is unbreakable! And Ethan & Scorpio have payback coming! So listen very carefully: The Sydals look through them and their makeshift partnership, and on Elevation, you will see what the Sydals are saying.

 

Michael Nakazawa VS Vary Morales!

Kenny Omega’s best friend, personal assistant and whatever else he needs managed to win last week while still wearing his polo and khakis! Will he “amaze” us by doing it again this week?

Yes, it does seem “MT Nakazawa” will still be in his polo and khakis, but he again doesn’t leave his headset behind. Someone is calling for a quick conversation, but Vary snatches the headset! Nakazawa and Vary tug-o-war, and Nakazawa reels Vary in for a headlock. Vary powers out, then uses the cord to reel him in! Vary dodges, tilt-o-whirls and sends Nakazawa into ropes! Vary keeps moving for a BIG springboard arm-drag! Nakazawa gets up, throws hands but Vary blocks to knuckle lock! Vary stomps a foot, goes up and up and tightrope walks for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa is still in this but Vary still has the knuckle lock!

Vary goes up and up again, but Nakazawa trips him up! Nakazawa puts Vary on the ropes, for the HENTAI SLIDE! Nakazawa bounces Vary around to then atomic drop, run and CLOBBER Vary with the forearm! Cover, TWO! Vary survives some serious damage, but Nakazawa uses the headset cord to choke him! The ref reprimands, takes the headset away and Nakazawa brings Vary up for a big forearm! Nakazawa brings Vary around, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Vary kicks back, runs again, gets around and throws clotheslines! Nakazawa stays up, Vary dodges and dropkicks Nakazawa down! Nakazawa bails out, Vary goes up and LEAPS for a huge crossbody!

Fans fire up with Vary and Vary drags Nakazawa up and into the ring. Cover, TWO!! Nakazawa survives but fans rally behind Vary. Vary goes corner to corner but Nakazawa elbows him, then three point stance for the SPEAR! Nakazawa won’t end it here, he gives pelvic thrusts before he scoops Vary. Vary slips off and rolls Nakazawa up, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Nakazawa staggers into the ref, Vary runs in but the ref is used as a shield! LAPTOP SHOT!! Nakazawa gets away with it, but he won’t end it there! Nakazawa scoops for the TIGER DRIVER 69!! Cover, Nakazawa wins!

Winner: Michael Nakazawa, by pinfall

He may no longer be the Turkish Oil Master, but he is still finding controversial ways to win! Will Nakazawa continue to triumphantly represent the office of Kenny Omega?

 

Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Baron Black!

The Murderhawk Monster has been warning everyone from TNT Champion, Darby Allin, to The Icon, Sting, that he’ll tear them apart on his way to the title. But only now does he finally return to action. Will the EmpBRUH be the first to suffer Archer’s wrath?

Jake the Snake goes to commentary for this, as Archer drags Baron out to the ring with him!! The Snake is amused as Archer finishes his entrance and the bell rings. Archer throws his shirt at Baron, Baron CHOPS back but it doesn’t even make Archer flinch! Baron fires off more chops, then runs, but gets run over! Archer stomps Baron, Snake chuckles and Archer reels Baron in to CLOBBER him! Archer drags Baron up, chokes him on the ropes, then lets off to run and CLOBBER Baron from behind!

Snake knows Archer has been targeting Sting, but he says Archer is smart enough to know that if you want to get something done, you go to where the noise is. There’s buzz around Sting, that’s where Archer is going. Archer fires off hands on Baron in the corner but lets off as the ref counts. Archer drags Baron up to throw him HARD into the other corner! Archer turns Baron around, goes up the corner and hits a VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Archer pushes Baron around. Baron CHOPS and throws hands but Archer DECKS him with one!

Baron sits up in a daze, Archer looms over him, and Archer hauls Baron up to reel him in again. Baron dodges, uppercuts and CHOPS then spins to CHOP again! Baron whips, Archer reverses and runs, but into a boot! Baron comes back, into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM! Archer brings Baron back up, puts him up top, ROCKS him and then inverted crucifix, and Snake tells commentary thanks for having him. BLACKOUT! Cover, Archer wins!

Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall

The Murderhawk Monster doesn’t need to change his style, because it keeps on winning! But Archer and Snake aren’t leaving just yet, Snake goes to the ring to speak on a mic. “Now Lance, I wish you’d given me a couple more minutes. I was over there at the desk, and I was about to ask the Big uh… Guy a little something. But I just didn’t have time. But I will tell you, they’re asking us why we’re always invading the space of Sting. Why not?” Well maybe someone will try and remove them. They sit in the locker room cuz no one wants to get in with Archer. No one invites them anywhere. So they invite themselves. Archer is given the mic and says it’s very simple: it’s Archer’s time.

But week after week, Sting gets an interview, Darby gets an interview, but no one wants the Murderhawk Monster. Everyone’s scared. Why are Archer & Snake doing what they’re doing? Archer isn’t a good guy or bad guy. Like he says, everybody dies! But you might as well take one of the biggest dog’s time, and that’s Sting. There’s nothing but respect here because like Archer said, without the Icon, there is no Murderhawk Monster. Sting inspired every wrestler that works in AEW who watched Sting on TNT back in the day. But then Sting came back to TNT and made it all about him! Fans chant for Sting but Archer promises they’ll be chanting for Archer one day.

So one way or another, whether Sting’s with him or against him, Sting’s time is Archer’s time. And like Sting used to say, “It’s Showtime!” #EverybodyDies, but will that apply to The Icon and the Relentless?

 

Ryo Mizunami VS Tesha Price!

Aneki won in quite the match with KiLynn King last week, but she’s still got a ways to go before she can face the AEW Women’s World Champion again. Will Tesha pay the price of paving Ryo’s road to redemption?

The bell rings and Price can’t even take Aneki seriously. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ryo powers Price back, puts her on ropes, and Price shouts for her to back off. The ref counts, Ryo lets off and Price gets mad at the ref. Ryo kicks Price low, whips her to ropes, and runs her over! Price flounders about and to a corner, but Ryo brings her around to scoop. Price slips out, pulls Ryo’s hair, then puts her in a corner. The ref counts, Ryo powers up and scoops Price to SLAM her! Ryo gets mad now, and runs in, but into a drop toehold into ropes! Price goes to the apron to ROCK Ryo! Price gets in, bumps Ryo off buckles, then brings her around to whip corner to corner.

Ryo returns and runs Price over again! Ryo fires up, Price flounders and wobbles, and Ryo brings Price up. Price breaks free but Ryo throws a forearm! Price hits back, so Ryo hits again! Ryo eggs Price on, Price throws another forearm! Ryo CHOPS back! Ryo CHOPS again, and Price staggers into another CHOP! Ryo unleashes the machine gun CHOPS! Price covers up as best as she can but Ryo just fires off with both hands! Ryo does her dance, gets that energy flowing, but Price dodges! Price BITES that arm!! Price lets off as the ref counts, and then bumps Ryo off buckles. Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ryo in the corner! Then Price runs to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Price is furious already but Ryo isn’t any happier. Price fires forearms, then whips to ropes, but Ryo reverses. Price kicks back, Ryo ducks but gets the roundhouse! Price reels Ryo in, but Ryo resists the full nelson! Ryo spins out, CHOPS Price, then LARIATS! Price staggers up and ducks the leg to come back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Price survives but Ryo drops a leg, brother! And another leg, brother! And a third leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ryo roars but fans rally up behind her. Price flounders, Ryo drags her up and torture racks, but Price claws at Ryo’s face! Price is free, rolls Ryo up, TWO!! Price almost has Ryo so she rolls her again, TWO!

Ryo swings, but Price gets her for a backslide! Ryo resists, reverses and flips Price but Price sunset flips! TWO, and Price ENZIGURIS! Ryo staggers, Price runs but Ryo CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Price is still in this but Ryo is firing up again! Ryo SPEARS Price down, covers, and wins!

Winner: Ryo Mizunami, by pinfall

Price brought the fire to match Aneki but not the power! Ryo keeps on rolling, and is almost back to the top! Will she get right up past some big names to face Hikaru Shida one more time?

 

Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order!

Platinum Max is at it again, ready to rip into BOOM BOOM with some bars! “Platinum Max, I’ve got the boom boom. I’ma sweep the Dark Order, get a broom soon. You once were a legend, now you’re just a novelty. The Dark Order’s more forced than your comedy! Yo, and we the real stars. I’ma put you on your back like a RealDoll. Put screws to you like a shop class. You’re getting canceled like your podcast!” It sucks, Colt. Max tried to listen. Bowens says The Acclaimed have arrived, but will they leave with another win?

The bell rings and Cabana rushes Caster. Caster gets to ropes for defense, Cabana lets off and the two circle. They tie up, go all around and Cabana gets Caster in a corner, but Caster turns it around. Caster lets off with a shove but Cabana shoves Caster down! Caster scrambles to a corner, Cabana shows the dancing pecs, and the two go again. Cabana wrenches, hammerlocks and cranks, but Caster spins around to hammerlock back. Cabana headlocks to a takeover, covers, ONE! Cabana headlocks and takes over again, cover, TWO! Caster has a cover, ONE! Cabana keeps the headlock, Caster gets another cover, ONE! They repeat, ONE, and Cabana wrenches.

Cabana whips, Caster reverses but Cabana goes up and over and comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Fans fire up, Cabana runs in but Bowens helps Caster avoid the monkey flip! Caster gets Cabana’s arm to WRING it out! Cabana bails out, Evil Uno checks on him, Caster ties up his boot. Bowens is there to put Cabana in the ring, Caster drives knees in! Caster stomps Cabana, drags him around by his arm, but Cabana resists the wristlock. Caster makes it a cover, ONE, and Cabana sunset flips, TWO! Caster has the leg, rolls Cabana around to then float to the arm! Caster pushes back for a Fujiwara but Cabana endures and rolls Caster to a cover, ONE!

Caster CLOBBERS Cabana with a clothesline! Cabana goes to a rope, Caster wraps the arm around it! The ref counts, Caster lets off at 3, and Uno coaches Cabana up. Cabana sits up, snarls and throws body shots. Caster gets the bad arm and CLUBS it! And CLUBS it! Caster drags Cabana back up, Cabana throws hands, but Caster whips Cabana into buckles! Caster gets the top wristlock for the takedown! Cover, TWO! Caster tries again, TWO! Caster SLAMS the arm on the mat, stomps away on it, then rains down fists on Cabana! Cover, TWO! Cabana grits his teeth as he gets up but Caster stalks behind him. Caster wraps the arm around rope to club away on it!

Cabana elbows free with the good arm, goes to a corner, but Caster runs in to throat chop! Caster whips corner to corner, runs in, but Cabana ducks and Caster hits buckles! Fans fire up as Cabana aims from the apron. Cabana shoulders into Caster, but can’t slingshot with the bad arm! Caster goes to buckle bump but Cabana ROCKS him, then corner bumps him instead! Cabana whips, Caster reverses but Cabana dodges to JAB, JAB and winds up, BIONIC ELBOW! Caster is in a corner, FLYING APPLE from Cabana! Cabana goes up and leaps, but double hops to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Cabana grits his teeth, drags Caster up and fans rally behind him.

Cabana tries to facelock but Caster wrenches out, only for Cabana to CHOP! And CHOP! Caster ducks a chop for a HEADSHOT! SHANKLY GATES!! Cabana endures the wristlock camel clutch, pops it to a cover, TWO!! Caster narrowly escapes, gets the arm and YANKS it! Caster runs into a HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives, Bowens is on the apron to distract, but Bowens throws the chain too far! Uno catches it, now the ref is distracted with Uno! Bowens slides the boombox in, and Caster gives Cabana a drop toehold right onto it!! That 5 Tool bait and switch gets Caster the roll up and the win!!

Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall

Caster didn’t need to drop the mic, he dropped the bass on Boom Boom! Will this help Platinum Max going into his Dynamite showdown with Hangman?

 

8 Man Tag: The Hardy Family Office w/ Matt Hardy VS Adam Priest, Ryzin, D3 & Fuego Del Sol!

Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, the Butcher and the Blade have proven to be a formidable formation, and Big Money Matt can just smell the profits coming in! Will they continue to cash in the winner’s checks as they plot their payback on Hangman Page?

The teams don’t have time to sort out before the HFO all just jump the other team! Private Party keeps the Prince of Rome in while Butcher & Blade throw everyone else out. Private Party stomp away, then clear out for Butcher to corner clothesline! Hardy loves this! Blade whips D3 into the corner hard, then tags Butcher in. Bunny Allie wants to see violence and they mug D3 then CLUB him down. Butcher stalks D3, chokes him on ropes, and Allie laughs at the pain. Hardy says this is art! This is beautiful destruction! Butcher ROCKS D3, tags in Kassidy and Kassidy fires off with CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Kassidy stomps away, backs off as the ref counts, but Blade chokes D3!

D3 fights back but Quen holds him. Kassidy knees low, whips but D3 reverses, only to get a flapjack HOTSHOT! Tag to Quen and he drops knees on D3! The ref counts as Quen digs his knee in, and Quen lets off at 4. Quen drags D3 up, but D3 RANAS, only for Quen to come back with a BIG dropkick! Kassidy says that’s greatness! You can’t put a price on that! Quen drops a leg then drags D3 over again. Quen CHOPS D3, tags Blade, and they mug D3 in the corner. Blade CHOPS and forearms then digs his fingers in! Blade throws D3 out hard, distracts the ref, and Bunny gets her stomps in! D3’s team protests but Kassidy puts D3 in.

Blade kicks D3 around, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Blade keeps D3 in the HFO territory to tag in Quen, for Mongolian Chops! Quen brings D3 around, suplexes but D3 slips out! Hot tag to Fuego! Fuego dodges, fires off on Private Party with forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy shoves, Fuego dodges Quen but no tornado DDT! Kassidy throws Fuego to Quen but Fuego wheelbarrows then flies to Kassidy to rana Kassidy into Quen! Fuego goes to the corner, DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Private Party is down, cover on Kassidy, but Butcher & Blade break it up! Ryzin leads the charge, he, D3 and Priest brawl with Butcher & Blade but they all get thrown out again!

Kassidy throws D3 into stage wall, tags in, and Private Party has Fuego for the DOUBLE GIRI SANDWICH! Tag to Blade, Kassidy feeds Fuego to him and Butcher, DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, HFO wins!

Winners: The Hardy Family Office, by pinfall

Hardy’s team is a well-oiled machine! But will it turn into a money-printing machine as AEW heads into the Spring?

 

AEW presents: Showcase!

For this segment’s debut edition, Paul Wight interviews John Silver! Silver flexes as Wight asks him to tell us about himself. From Beaver Boys to Dark Order, how has that changed his career? Silver says he had a long journey before arriving in AEW. He started wrestling at 14, because he was a beefy 110 already. Alex Reynolds had just started training, too, and so right away they clicked and became a team. They made it “The Beaver Boys” as a reference to a favorite joke from The Tim & Eric Show. It still took them a long time to really get anywhere. About 15 years, actually.

They got to the show, knew they had a match, and saw the board with them as “local talent.” They thought they were done already. But they still gave it their all against Santana & Ortiz, showed everyone what they had. Stu & Uno came to them, said they were starting to recruit for the Dark Order, so Silver & Reynolds signed up. That was the best decision ever. Wight asks about the impact Brodie Lee had on Silver, both personally and professionally. It was huge. Brodie immediately took the Dark Order to the next level. One word to describe Brodie is “generous.” Brodie was nice, truly cared about helping them rather than himself, and wanted them all to get better as performers and people.

Lastly, Wight notes how Silver left it all in the ring in that TNT Championship match with Darby Allin. Tell us about that and other personal goals Silver has in AEW. Well, Silver needs to heal up after that nasty spill. He fought through the pain to finish, and he was so close, too. It was definitely a moment where Silver realized he was at “that level.” Sting and Darby showing him respect was awesome after growing up watching Sting. Once Silver is healed up, he’ll go after all the gold! He and Reynolds can be tag campions, he can get another shot at the TNT Championship, and why stop there? Get the world title, too! Wight loves that confidence, and is careful giving Silver the handshake. Wight thanks us for tuning in, and hopes you enjoy the rest of the night!

 

Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order!

Now Big Money Matt goes into business for himself! Will he make Number 5 look worthless in front of his friends?

The bell rings and Angels circles with Hardy. They approach and Hardy talks to Angels that he isn’t important ot the Dark Order. Angels shoves Hardy, Hardy swings but Angels dodges to fire off hands! Angels rams into Hardy, fires off more hands and then stomps! The ref backs Angels off, Hardy BOOTS Angels and then GERMANS SUPLEXES him into buckles! Hardy mockingly asks if Angels is alright, then drags him up to throw elbows. Hardy puts Angels through ropes to bend him back! The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, and then drags Angels back up to whip. Hardy elbows Angels down, drops a leg, then fires up. “I am Matt Hardy!”

Hardy drags Angels up, Angels throws body shots and haymakers! Angels backs Hardy down but Hardy kicks low! Hardy whips Angels corner to corner, but Angels goes up, only to get caught for a SNAKE EYES! Hardy runs to CLOBBER Angels! Hardy grins as he goes up the corner. Angels staggers up as Hardy fires up, and Hardy leaps for the elbow! Hardy calls his shot, throws off his shirt and waits on Angels. Angels stands, turns around, Hardy kicks but NO Twist! Angels whips, Hardy reverses and kicks back! Hardy reels Angels in, to get Angels up to the Canadian rack then crucifix, but Angels SPIKE RANA counters!! Hardy flounders while Angels goes to ropes.

Hardy staggers over but into kick after kick after KICK! Angels powers up to swing, but Hardy ducks to body shot! Angels counters the Twist to a backslide, TWO! Angels basement dropkicks Hardy down! Fans fire up, Hardy is on ropes, Angels runs to CROSSBODY against the ropes! Then the STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and Angels is shocked! Angels glares from a corner, waits on Hardy, and runs to go up and up and MOONSAULT but FLOP! Hardy gets up, reels Angels in, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!! Angels survives but Hardy snarls. Hardy drags Angels up, reels him in, but still no Twist! WING SNAPPER!!

Hardy flounders away to avoid the cover!  Fans boo and Angels is frustrated. Angels goes out to fetch Hardy, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Angels slowly climbs but Hardy kicks the ropes to hit him low! DRAPING DDT! Hardy drags Angels up, underhooks, and gets a GUILLOTINE BUTTERFLY! Angels taps, Hardy wins!

Winner: Matt Hardy, by submission

The first time Hardy uses “The Leech,” it works! Will Hardy be winning his own money on top of the 30% he skims off the HFO?

Hardy gets a mic to say, “Today is April 5th. And that means March Madness is over!” He’s sure there are those at home, watching in their La-Z-Boys because they’re lazy, watching the NCAA basketball championship tonight. But what you should ALWAYS be watching is Hardy! April means Hardy is making 100% of HIS money now! He is so angry after the first quarter, he’ll take it all out on the Dark Order! Number 5 was just number one on the Dark Order hit list! Hardy vows to go through each and every one of them until he destroys the Dark Order! He and the HFO will dominate AEW and take all the money and titles for their own!

Speaking of titles, Hardy heard what Darby Allin had to say. Darby called the “Kingmaker” a sell-out?! Darby grew up idolizing Hardy! Hardy didn’t sell out, he smartened up! Hardy is here to make money and to take that TNT Championship! It will be his along with the paycheck that comes with it! Darby, you’re on Hardy’s list!

 

Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS The Sydal Brothers!

The Closer has had it with being a stepping stone to success, and now he and All Ego look to step over others and take everything in AEW for their own! Will Matt & Mike keep that from happening? Or will they just be the first of many?

The teams sort out, Matt starts with Scorpio. They talk trash, Scorpio pushes Matt but Matt points to his third eye. Forearms start flying, Matt kicks then fires off! Ethan gets in, Mike jumps in and it is a brawl! Scorpio & Ethan go to swing but both Sydals go Matrix! The Sydals mule kick and Ethan tumbles out! The Sydals whip, drop toehold and basement dropkick Scorpio! Cover, TWO! Matt keeps on Scorpio, puts him on ropes and tags in Mike, for a draping double stomp! Matt snapmares Scorpio to Mike’s STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mike fires off on Scorpio in a corner, rains down rights, but has to hit Ethan away!

Scorpio mule kicks Mike, and Ethan drags Mike out as Scorpio DECKS Matt! Ethan RAMS Mike into railing, then gives him an APRON SHIN BREAKER! Scorpio drags Mike in, covers, TWO! Scorpio keeps on Mike, drags him over and tags in Ethan. They mug Mike, and Ethan ROCKS Mike with a right. Ethan CLUBS Mike down, talks trash, then stomps the bad leg. Ethan drags Mike around, then stomps the leg again! Ethan tags Scorpio in, and Scorpio stomps Mike down. Scorpio gets the leg, Mike kicks at him, but Scorpio scrapes soles on Mike’s face! Scorpio drags Mike up, wrenches to a BACKBREAKER, then pushes with the backbreaker rack! Cover, TWO!

Scorpio tags Ethan, they mug Mike again, and Ethan brings Mike up for another SHIN BREAKER! Ethan has the foot with an ankle lock, tags Scorpio, and Scorpio stomps the leg. Scorpio says he’s going to end this, and he works to turn Mike over. Mike resists but is still put into the HALF CRAB! Mike reaches out, Scorpio STOMPS the foot! Mike fires hands, ROCKS Scorpio, and hobbles, but can’t get away! Scorpio waistlocks but Mike makes that a victory roll, TWO!! Mike dodges Scorpio, hot tag to Matt! Matt rallies with kicks all over Scorpio and a BIG sobat! Ethan gets in to get a WHEEL KCIK! Matt reels Scorpio in, fisherman for the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Matt grows frustrated but he drags Scorpio up with a dragon sleeper. Scorpio snapmares free, Ethan tags in, Matt RANAS Scorpio but Ethan BLASTS him with a shoulder! Ethan drags Matt up, runs, but Matt ducks the boot to slip around and ROUNDHOUSE Ethan down! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives and Matt is shocked! Matt tags Mike in, the Sydals drag Ethan up, but Ethan fights them off! Ethan brings the Sydals around but they double wrench, double wristlock and SLAM Ethan down! Mike high stacks, Scorpio breaks it! Matt dropkicks Scorpio out and regroups with Mike! But the ref won’t let them abuse the double team rule, and Scorpio CLOBBERS Mike!

Scorpio DECKS Matt, Ethan dead lifts Mike to the EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan & Scorpio win!

Winners: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, by pinfall

The Face of the Revolution and All Ego meshed incredibly well as a tag team and this was just their first time out! Is this just the first of many, many, MANY wins for these two?


My Thoughts:

This episode of Elevation was a good length with an hour and 37 minutes, but with 12 matches, none of them were that long. I like that we got this Showcase sit-down interview, where it was partially in character but also pulled back the curtain a little to get some genuine out-of-character answers from Silver, and it’s bringing us back to the “From Unwanted to Undeniable” segments with Cody Rhodes interviewing members of AEW. That is again how Elevation has felt: a throwback to Dark’s first few weeks, but that’s not always a bad thing. However, with the 12 matches all being short, that is how Dark feels now, and that’s not really a good thing.

Regular Dark should be the short YouTube show with all the short matches, and Elevation should be longer but with less matches. I do like that Britt made her match with Gracia into a unique take on a squash, where it was a trap more than anything. Hangman’s opener was good, everything with the Dark Order was good because of the stories that are intertwining, such as with Max Caster and the Hardy Family Office, and there were some good progress here and there for other stories, like Archer going after Sting or Scorpio & Ethan teaming up, but it’d all feel more substantial if it was maybe 8 matches, not 12, and those 8 got to breathe.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/7/21)

Battle lines have been drawn!

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Let them fight on Dynamite!

The Inner Circle is back, Jurassic Express and Bear Country clash, and Darby Allin continues to be a FIGHTING AEW TNT Champion, all in one night!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens; Hangman wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS Bear Country; Jurassic Express wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi; Darby wins and retains the title.
  • The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order; Conti wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks; Omega & The Good Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Inner Circle rolls into Daily’s Place!

Chris Jericho in a black Lamborghini, Jake Hager in a Chevy Silverado, Sammy Guevara in a Range Rover, Santana in a Dodge Ram, Ortiz in a Porsche, and motorcycle entourage escorting them in! Y2J, Big Hurt, the Spanish God and the Proud ‘n’ Powerful are returning to AEW in style! But with The Pinnacle somewhere in the building and Mike Tyson expected to return, who’s getting taken out first?!

 

Hangman Page VS Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens!

Did the Anxious Millennial Cowboy hear Platinum’s new single on AEW Dark last night? Would it change what Hangman’s about to do to Max if it did? Or maybe Max’s improv rap right here will rile him up! “Hangman, you a changed man. Used to be a star, now you fadin’! Platinum, the flyest on the air, catch you slippin’ like Joe Biden on the stairs! So check the thug process. I’m dancin’ with the devil like I’m Lil’ Nas X! And you a one trick pony! Treat me like a breathalyzer and bl-” WHOA~! Bowens stops Caster there, that is a step too far. You can’t say that on TNT, Max! But either way, The Acclaimed have arrived! But then Hangman BOOTS Bowens to get him out of the ring!

Hangman fires off on Caster, the bell rings and Hangman rings Caster’s bell! He bumps Caster off buckles over and over, and over and over, then stops to stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Hangman lets off, and Hangman walks it dry. Hangman drags Caster up, CHOPS him back to the corner, and then whips him to ropes. Hangman CLOBBERS Caster at the ropes, suplexes but Caster slips out! Caster shoves, Hangman dodges and scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, fans fire up, and Hangman snap suplexes Caster after all! Cover, ONE!! Caster surprises Hangman but he keeps his cool as fans rally up.

Hangman CHOPS Caster to a corner, CHOPS him again, but Caster turns things around to fire off forearms! Hangman shoves Caster to BOOT him down! Hangman drags Caster up, wrenches, hits an elbow breaker then wrings Caster to stomp him down! Then he drops a BIG senton! Cover, TWO! Hangman smirks as Caster bails out and fans rally up. Bowens checks on Caster, Hangman heads over but Caster drags him out. Hangman counter punches then RAMS Caster into railing! Hangman puts Caster in, Bowens gets in Hangman’s face, but Hangman lets him be. Caster dropkicks Hangman as he enters! Caster stomps away at the ropes, catches his breath, then stomps him more!

Caster CLUBS Hangman, whips but Hangman reverses to send Caster out of the ring! Hangman runs to TRIANGLE LARIAT Caster down! And then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Caster! Hangman drags Caster up, the ref counts but Hangman CHOPS Caster! Hangman refreshes the count, whips Caster but Caster reverses to send Hangman into railing! Caster runs in but is sent onto the railing! Caster’s gonna be rapping in a higher octave! Hangman then climbs the other railing to leap and LARIAT Caster down! Bowens gets in Hangman’s face again, but Hangman shrugs him off. Hangman gets Bowens’ boombox, tosses it aside, and puts Caster in the ring.

Hangman drags Caster to the corner but Bowens threatens him with the boombox! Caster YANKS Hangman into the post! The ref is busy with Caster and Bowens RAMS Hangman into railing! Bowens puts Hangman in, Caster WRINGS him out, and then Caster throws the arm into the mat. Caster drops knees on the arm, covers, TWO! Fans rally and jeer Caster, and Hangman CHOPS! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, drags Hangman down and has a hammerlock crossface! Fans rally as Hangman endures, and Hangman fights up to arm-drag free! Caster returns but Hangman DECKS him! And again! Hangman dodges to SPINEBUSTER Caster down!

Fans fire up as Caster goes to a corner. Hangman goes corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman keeps going, Caster blocks the suplex and elbows Hangman. Caster blocks the boot, too, spins Hangman but Hangman catches Caster for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans fire up as Caster goes to the apron. Hangman shakes the bad arm out, goes to the apron, drags Caster up, and Alabama lifts! Caster fights for his life, gets free and BOOTS! Hangman forearms, Caster forearms back and they brawl on the edge! Caster CLUBS the bad arm, but runs into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans fire up, Hangman dumps Caster down, and he goes to the apron.

Hangman climbs a corner, but Bowens is there to distract him! Caster gets in to LEAP up, steady himself, and still SUPERPLEX Hangman down! Then he gets the arm, SHANKLY GATES! Hangman endures, crawls his way forward, but Caster sits deep on the hold! Hangman gets the ropebreak with a finger! The ref counts, Caster holds on until 4! Fans rally for Hangman but Caster climbs up top. SPRINBOARD, into a LARIAT! The fans fire up, Hangman Alabama lifts, for- No! Bowens slides the boombox in! The ref obviously sees that, and Hangman picks the boombox up. The ref confiscates it, but Bowens gets Caster his chain!

Caster wraps his fist, Hangman storms over, PLATINUM PUNCH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Caster is shocked but the fans are thunderous! Caster hurries up top, takes aim, MIC DROP FLOPS! Hangman dodges and gets to the apron! Caster staggers up, Hangman slingshots to- No, Bowens anchors him! Hangman mule kicks Bowens, BOOTS Caster, and then ASAI MOONSAULTS Bowens down! Hangman reloads and aims again, BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

The Cowboy secures that number one spot in the rankings! And of course, he toasts with some nearby fellow wrestlers! Will Hangman be saying cheers to a championship opportunity soon enough?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

AEW has great tag teams all around, but here is one of the great teams and the #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, DEATH TRIANGLE! PAC and Rey Fenix won the opportunity in the AEW Revolution Tag Team Battle Royal, but they and Penta El Zero Miedo all stand together with Schiavone. Their shot at the titles are coming, next week on Dynamite! They finally get their shots, but wait! The Best Friends show up? Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and #JustTrent, with the honorary Best Friend, Kris Statlander, walk out on stage, and Cassidy gets the mic! “Y’know… It’s really nice to see all three of you together in the ring again.”

Footage plays, and it turns out to be a highlight reel of the history between these two trios! Revolution 2020 was when Death Triangle brutalized Cassidy after PAC beat him in a 1v1 match. Then on Dynamite from 5/13/2020 was when Fenix Ryder Kicks Cassidy down just because he could! Chuck says that it may have been awhile, but they still remember! Fenix laughs! These guys are crazy! Penta says it’s crazy how they’ve hold onto those moments! Pac says everyone should relax, because he understands why the Best Friend  are here. They see the writing on the wall, and want a shot at the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions already! Well they’ve got a lot of work to do because they are FAR from worthy! So jog on and get out of here!

Oh, well, alright. Trent says he was hurt, and now Best Friends are back of the line. They’ll work their way back up, because that’s not a problem when you’re the team with more wins than anyone in this company! But anyway, Pac and Triangle can calm down. The Best Friends are just here to give them a heads up. “The boys are back in town!” Oh, and their new alien friend. Fans fire up as the four put hands in, will the reunited Best Friends be out of this world?

 

Mike Tyson talks with Coach Urban Meyer.

Is Iron Mike giving or getting pointers on how to handle business?

 

The Inner Circle heads to the ring!

Fans again get to sing Judas for Jericho as he and the boys return officially, even though we saw them get payback on The Pinnacle last week. Jericho gets the mic first, and he says Jacksonville sounds great tonight! The Inner Circle has a lot to say after the break! Y2J knows his TV, and AEW does go to commercial!

AEW returns, fans chant for Inner Circle and Jericho says they ARE the Inner Circle, and they are Back in Black, baby! “And it was only one short month ago that we were in this ring and given the beatdown of a lifetime by the Pineapple.” Sammy whispers a correction to Jericho, The Pinnacle. And that beatdown taught them a lot. It gave them hospital stays, it gave them stitches, but it gave them a wake-up call. It revealed to them that they’d made a lot of bad decisions over the last six months, that hurt and insulted a lot of people. For that, Jericho apologizes to those people and to the fans.

But all those decisions were on MJF, aka “My Jerkoff Friend.” And My Jerkoff Friend says he outsmarted the Inner Circle, mostly because he’s smarter than Jericho. And that’s true, Jericho isn’t the smartest in a few areas. High school chemistry, terrible. His teacher even asked after a second failed test, “Are you on dope?” An exact quote! Jericho wasn’t, he just wasn’t good in Chemistry. But who is? What Jericho is smart in is pro-wrestling! That is why he brought My Jerkoff Friend into the Inner circle. Not to take him under his wing, but to keep him under his thumb.

Jericho knows how dangerous My Jerkoff Friend is and how talented he is, and how much personality and potential he has. Jericho wanted to use him for all of that, and suck the life out of him into the Inner Circle. They had it all perfectly planned, and knew that MJF would eventually show his true colors. They were ready to kick MJF’s ass, but they didn’t think he’d be a step ahead. They got outsmarted by a man who can do everything except for put on a spray tan. Last week, MJF was oranger than Cassidy and had more streaks than that toilet bowl Jericho shoved his face into! Jericho can’t wait to swirly him again! Fans chant “Swirly! Swirly!”

MJF is only 25 years old! When Jericho was 25, he was still having wet dreams! But MJF at 25 is at the pinnacle of pro-wrestling. See what he did there? But here’s the thing! MJF, you consider yourself a fine wine, that he’ll get better with age. But he doesn’t want to wait for the aging, he wants it all now! He wants to be better than The GOAT, Chris Jericho, now. Those are big, big shoes to fill, MJF. You gotta go smaller, take baby steps. Be better than Peter Avalon, or Michael Nakazawa, or “that stupid Burberry scarf you’ve been wearing for a few years. It’s tired, it’s old, it’s stale, and it sucks!” Time to change it up, MJF! Plus, Jericho was rocking the scarf look a few years ago, so if you’re better than Jericho, why is he stealing Jericho’s shit?

But Jericho has an old clipboard in the back if MJF wants to add it to the list of things he’s stolen from Jericho! Y’see, MJF isn’t as good as he thinks he is, and he believes his own hype. Jericho sees MJF listening to the critics and the fans online. MJF would bee-line after every match or promo he’s ever had just to check what people thought! That’s called “Being a mark.” But Jericho makes it “being a Max,” because Max is a mark for himself! The true issue is that MJF knows he will never, ever be better than Jericho. He will never be better than Jericho, and you know it. That’s because Jericho is a true fine wine that has aged and fermented and soured.

Speaking of sour, just look at the men My Jerkoff Friend has aligned with! Tully Blanchard! He’s the greatest mind in pro-wrestling history? Really? No, he’s the third-string member of the Four Horsemen, stuck between Ole Anderson and Paul Roma. Then there’s FTR! They would be one of the best tag teams in the world today, but they’re completely interchangeable! Which one is which? It’s like the AEW version of The Jonas Brothers, where you know they’re good, you know they make money, but you don’t know any of their names! Is that Dax? Cash? Ax? Smash? Axel? Slash? “I DON’T KNOW!!”

And then of course, there’s Shawn Spears. Such a great upside, so they say, but Jericho’s never seen it. All Jericho has is the number on his phone from when Spears called him after getting fired from “The Fed” 10 years ago, asking for advice. Spears aligning himself with My Jerkoff Friend is about as good a move as rocking the blonde mohawk in 2021. And then there’s Wardlow! Of of course! A million dollar body with a 13 cent brain, and guess what? He’s so dumb, he has to strip naked to count to 21! Think about it, Jericho’s seen him do it. But compared to the Inner Circle, the NEW Inner Circle that will dominate AEW once more but with the fans all behind them, The Pinnacle is good, can beat the crap out of them, but who cares?! The Inner Circle loves to fight!

The bottom line is, the Inner Circle will shove the faces of The Pinnacle up each other’s asses and form a human centipede, with MJF in the back! “You want blood? You want violence? You got it!!” They’ve been waiting for a match since March 25th of last year! Why play grab ass anymore? You want blood and violence? You get it! May 5th, right here at Daily’s Place, for the first time ever, Pinnacle VS Inner Circle, BLOOD AND GUTS!! The Inner Circle is back in black, and now that they’re back, they will kick the ever living shit out of the Pinnacle! “The worst is yet to come, God help you for it!!” FINALLY, the match the world has wanted to see! Will MJF’s future be nothing but suffering for what he has done?

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage.

Dasha congratulates Captain Charisma on his victorious AEW in-ring debut. So then, how is he feeling? And what’s next? Christian says last week “was the culmination of an entire year of me scratching, clawing, and grinding in complete solitude for that very moment of stepping through those ropes, kneeling down, kissing that canvas, and taking back what was taken from me seven years ago.” Now he can’t talk about last week without talking about his opponent, Frankie Kazarian. Kaz took him to the deep waters, and pushed him so far down. Christian’s lungs were on fire, and he loved every single second of it!

Fans were in awe of Kaz’s performance, but not Christian, because Christian has always known what Kaz is about. Kaz knows that Christian isn’t like everyone else. When you step into the ring with Christian, you have to bring it up another level. Christian makes others level up! But then Taz interrupts and says for those who don’t know, these two have known each other for a long time. That all said, seven years is a long time. Taz has a team that can help Christian get where he wants to be, so Taz will just get right to his offer: Christian can join Team Taz! They can all help each other, and a guy with Christian’s wealth of knowledge would be a great help.

And before Christian can say too much first, Taz won’t put him on the spot. Christian can sleep on it. Will Captain Charisma choose to join the Path of Rage?

 

Jurassic Express VS Bear Country!

Two forces of nature will collide, but #OneWillFall. Godzilla VS Kong is in theaters, but here is a pretty good teaser right here! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus represent for the reptiles? Or will the burly Boulder & Bronson bring the heat on behalf of warm-blooded beasts everywhere?

The teams sort out, Luchasaurus steps up to Boulder and fans fire up already! Bronson and JB walk over, and Bronson shoves JB right down! Luchasaurus choke grips Bronson, but Boulder shoves Luchasaurus to the corner! JB returns to SHOTGUN dropkick Bronson, then dodges Boulder to set him up for Luchasaurus’ BOOT! Another SHOTGUN, another BOOT and the Bears are out of the ring! JB builds speed to DIVE into Bronson! JB keeps going, and DIVES again! JB keeps it up, and he FLIES, but into the arms of Bear Country! But JB wriggles free as Luchasaurus FLIES in and bowls Bear Country over!

Fans fire up as JB and Luchasaurus regroup. They get Boulder in, Luchasaurus drags Boulder up but Boulder RAMS him into the corner! Bronson tags in, Boulder whips him in and Bronson SPLASHES Luchasaurus in the corner! Bronson fires off hands, Luchasaurus shoves back but Bronson ROCKS him! Tag to Boulder and now Bronson whips Boulder in, but into a boot then KNEE! Bronson runs in, Luchasaurus goes up and over, then handsprings to dodge Boulder! Hot tag to JB! Luchasaurus elbows Bronson, JB leaps but Boulder catches the rana! Luchasaurus is up top, and LEAPS, but he just bounces off Boulder! Boulder keeps JB up to BOMB him!

AEW goes picture in picture as Boulder grits his teeth as he paces around JB and fans rally up. Boulder brings JB up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Boulder makes sure his arms are working, and Luchasaurus seems to be alright after that crash landing. Tag to Bronson, the bears mug JB, and Bronson drags JB up to DECK him! JB gets to a corner, Bronson storms over but JB kicks back from below. Bronson blocks a kick to rain down furious fists! Bronson lets off as the ref counts, and he drags JB up. JB SLAPS Bronson, CHOPS him, but Bronson HEADBUTTS JB down! Cover, TWO! Bronson grows frustrated but he stalks JB and keeps him from Luchasaurus.

Bronson whips JB to CLOBBER him! Tag to Boulder, Bronson stands on JB and then Boulder steps on him! Boulder drags JB up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! JB writhes but he still reaches for Luchasaurus. Boulder stands on JB’s head, lets off as the ref counts, then drops a big elbow on the back! Boulder drags JB up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner to then back drop on the rebound! AEW returns to single picture as Boulder drags JB up and tags Bronson in. Bear Country mugs JB, then Bronson whips JB into the corner. JB BOOTS back, fights out and slides under but Boulder tags in!

Bronson keeps JB from Luchasaurus, Bear Country double suplexes, but JB lands on his feet! JB dodges and hot tags Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus rallies with big shoulders, BOOTS Boulder then BOOTS him in the corner! Luchasaurus adds Bronson to the pile to fire off hands! GERMAN SUPLEX for Bronson, then Luchasaurus ducks the running knee to kip up and TAIL WHIP! LARIAT! Fans fire up with Luchasaurus and he waits for Boulder to get up. Boulder turns around into a choke grip! Bronson storms over, into a choke grip! The bears break free but Luchasaurus boots through their double clothesline! ROUNDHOUSE to HEEL KICK!

Luchasaurus runs but is put on the apron. He HEADBUTTS Boulder, climbs up, but Boulder trips him up! Boulder climbs up, but Luchasaurus choke grips! Boulder fights it off! But Luchasaurus still gets the grip! Boulder HEADBUTTS Luchasaurus! Boulder gets a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down but the fans are fired up! Boulder covers, but JB FROG SPLASHES it apart! Bronson drags JB up to throw him out but JB shoulders back in! JB slingshots and spins around to DDT! JB baits Boulder into Luchasaurus’ EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT! Cover, but Bronson scoops JB for a MICHINOKU DRIVER onto the pin! All four are down and the fans fire up again!

The teams regroup as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Bronson and Boulder combine, head for Luchasaurus, CANNON BEAR!! They drag Luchasaurus to a cover, TWO!! Luchasaurus survives and Boulder can’t believe it! Boulder is frustrated, but he tags Bronson in, and they decide to combine again! Boulder has Bronson on the Electric Chair, but Luchasaurus sits up! JB returns and he dropkicks Boulder’s legs out! Bronson drops into the TAIL WHIP!! Boulder BOOTS Luchasaurus, grabs JB and whips, but JB LARIATS on the return! Luchasaurus pushes Boulder out! Bronson staggers into a choke grip, and the CHOKE SLAM! MESOZOIC MOONSAULT! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

Who needs Godzilla VS Kong? This was a true clash of alpha titans! Will Jurassic Express now pull into the top spot right behind Death Triangle?

 

AEW hears from QT Marshall.

In reference to Cody Rhodes, “Your mantra should be, ‘Do the work for me.‘ Whether it’s creating this incredible training facility, or carrying your broken down brother through whatever career he had left, ever since the beginning of our ‘friendship,’ all I’ve ever done is do work for you.” QT is sick of the narrative Cody is creating about how he was going out of his way to help QT, but leaving QT dead in the water before he ever got started. Cody wants to doubt QT Marshall’s credentials? Let’s talk about those credentials for a minute. Cody was second fiddle to Ted (DeBiase) Jr, then went hiding behind face paint because even as “Dusty’s kid,” he knew he’d never amount to shit.

But Cody “figured it out” at some point. He got on the indies, surrounded himself with “vanilla midgets,” and felt like the star he knew he’d never be. But QT has surrounded himself with men. Hungry, sick and tired of waiting in the shadows, and that can trust QT and QT can trust back. Because unlike “Bargain Brand Sting,” QT isn’t worried about other people’s success. Aaron Solow, “who will never be known as ‘just somebody’s boyfriend.'” Nick Comoroto, who isn’t just some “body guy.” And Anthony Ogogo, who is a household name in the UK! A mainstream fighter and star! The British follow his career and cheer every punch. Ogogo does Subway commercials for business and knocks people out for fun!

But this ain’t Great Britain, this is “Shitty” America! So all you Yanks are gonna learn soon enough who Ogogo is. QT tells Cody that this is HIS goddamn factory now! Comoroto splashes the Nightmare Factory logo on the wall with blue paint, and this fearsome foursome has left its mark! Will others join them? Or will they simply know not to side with The Prince of Pro-Wrestling?

 

AEW returns with Schiavone on stage.

This never gets old for Tony. Once again on Dynamite, “It’s STIIIIIIIING~!” The snow, the crow and the Icon! A lot to unpack with the TNT Championship coming up, but Jake the Snake interrupts. “This is not the way we do it. You remember! How can you forget? It’s only been what? Seven days?” They start, Snake and Archer interrupt, Sting does nothing and keeps his mouth shut, or maybe just shuts his hole. Where’s his little gerbil friend, by the way? Yes, he’s a gerbil. But they say insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result, and Snake is a crazy son of a bitch so he should know!

But Archer interrupts now and says this is enough. If that’s insanity, then Snake isn’t the only crazy one, Archer’s “one sick son of a bitch!” And Archer is sick and tired of the AEW agenda! Bring Archer in, bring him to the top, but then send him away. He fights Moxley, then goes away. He works main event after main event, then he goes away. He’s done with that! The world will pay attention to the Murderhawk Monster, and Sting will pay attention closely. This is Archer’s time! Archer should be getting the interviews! Sting doesn’t need to talk because this is Archer’s time! But then Sting snatches the mic away!

“Now it’s MY time!” Then say something! He’d say something if Archer would be slow to speak and quick to listening. Zip up and understand that Sting AGREES! Archer is a main event guy, but then he disappears, and Sting doesn’t understand it, either! Snake, what’s wrong with you? What’s that dumbfounded face for? Tell Archer how to do it! Or maybe just shut your hole now. Sting says Archer IS main event material, he has “it,” but Snake needs to actually help him! Help Archer channel this in the right direction and then he will be in that ring on TNT in a main event, maybe even for the world title, without disappearances. Just make it happen! Make it showtime! If you’ve got it in you, go do it!

Sting storms off, but All Ego, Ethan Page, and the Face of the Revolution, Scorpio Sky, are watching from the bleachers. They don’t seem to see it Sting’s way, but what is Archer’s response? Archer storms off, too, with Snake following. With Ethan and Scorpio have their own input on this?

 

Team Taz speaks.

But before Taz himself can say anything, Ricky Starks speaks up and wants to start by saying AEW Dark was great! They got the win thank to Brian Cage! And as the winner, let’s hear from Cage! Taz speaks up and says no, not this time. Starks instigated, he isn’t going to get away with it this week. Will Hobbs wants to say something but Taz already knows what he’ll say. Everyone just needs to chill out, get on the same page. Starks, stop instigating. But they’ve got to be real smart, because they’ve got an offer to a real blue chipper in Christian Cage. That could happen! Starks says absolutely. But will they be able to handle having two Cages on the same team? Or will they end up with no Cages in no time?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

The Relentless wants to be a fighting champion, and another rising star answered the call! Will the Blue Collar Badass prove that even a rugged mug like his can be the Face of the Network? Or will the Icon prove to be a superior wingman to the Hollywood Hunk and the Beautiful Brazilian Beefcake?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the fighting champion is in for a fight!

Darby and JD stare down as fans fire up and rally. They circle, tie up, and JD puts Darby in a corner. The ref counts, Darby ducks a chop and then ducks again. Darby headlocks, JB powers up to throw him to a corner. Darby boots the chop away, shoves JD but JD goes up and over to CHOP him! Darby bails out, fans fire up, and a ring count begins. JD dares Darby to get back in and Darby is on the apron. Darby pie faces JD then dares him to bring it to the outside. JD takes the bait, Darby gets in then WRECKS JD with a dropkick! Darby runs to DIVE and ram JD into railing! Darby gets up top, Nemeth distracts everyone, and Darby leaps, but JD bounces him off his shoulder!

Nemeth laughs at Darby while JD drags him up, but Sting is there to scare Nemeth away! JD puts Darby in to drop a  BIG back senton! Sting keeps backing Nemeth all they way to the timekeeper’s table and further away! JD ROCKS Darby, Nemeth keeps running, and JD CHOPS away on Darby! Bononi is still in JD’s corner as JD drops knees then covers, ONE!! Darby sputters but JD brings him up. Darby throws body shots but JD scoops and SLAMS to then drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO!, and AEW goes picture in picture.

JD stalks Darby, drags him up, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. JD waits for Darby to get up, then brings him around to ROCK him with a right! Darby ends up in a corner, JD CHOPS him, then lets him feel it for a moment. Darby gets up, SLAPS JD, but JD SLAPS Darby back! JD whips Darby, LARIATS him inside out, then covers, TWO! Darby survives but JD wraps on a chinlock! JD grinds Darby down into the mat, but Darby fights his way up. Darby throws body shots, but JD back suplexes high and hard! JD drags Darby up the corner with him, but Darby SLAPS JD! And back hands and SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS!

Darby climbs up, fires off more SLAPS, then haymakers! JD shoves Darby away and hits a FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Darby survives, JD grows frustrated, but JD steps on Darby as he goes to the corner. AEW returns to single picture as Darby bails out. JD pursues, stalks Darby, and he brings Darby around but Darby throws body shots! Darby throws a forearm but JD tosses him into ropes to CLOBBER him! JD shouts, “Tonight’s MY night!” Darby crawls, Bononi cheers JD on, and JD refreshes the ring count to then aim at Darby near the railings. JD runs in and CANNONBALLS but only into railing as Darby dodges!

Darby gets to the ring, gets up the corner, and he LEAPS onto both Bononi and JD! Darby gets back in the ring as fans are fired up for “A E DUB!” The ring count is 5 of 10 but JD gets in! Darby clubs away on JD with furious fists, then goes up the corner. JD trips Darby up! JD gets Darby in the Tree of Woe to KICK, CLUB and then sit him up by his chin. Darby SLAPS JD, but JD sits Darby up to CHOP him on the back! Darby is back in the Tree of Woe, JD runs and CANNONBALLS Darby down! JD goes up top fast, VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and JD is shocked! Fans fire up, JD drags Darby back to the drop zone and goes back up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS!

Darby is in the corner, he climbs back up but JD ROCKS him first! JD climbs up now, but Darby SLAPS him! JD SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight up top! But then Darby grabs a hand to BITE it, and hits a SUPER CODE RED!! JD is in a drop zone, Darby goes up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!

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

The Relentless is still champion, still Face of the Network, and still on a hot win streak! But then THE BUTCHER clobbers Darby! The Hardy Family Office is here and they mug Darby on behalf of Hardy himself! Bunny Allie says commentary needs to get their stuff off the table because they’re going to use it! But then Sting and the Dark Order are here to run HFO off! Bunny is furious, but she’s gotta face Tay Conti in the ring now! Is she reconsidering given the HFO ran off? Too late! Tay tackles her on the stage and rains down fury! The refs hurry to break this up because this needs to happen in the ring! Will Tay tear into Bunny on behalf of Darby and the Dark Order?

 

AEW returns with a backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Marvez brings up the huge news that Blood & Guts is happening on May 5th! Jericho tells Alex Marvez he’s more handsome than usual. What’s he doing that’s new? But then MJF blindsides Jericho, and the Pinnacle join in! FTR, Shawn Spears, and Wardlow shove Jericho towards gorilla and then the stage! Where is the Inner Circle!? MJF chokes Jericho with his scarf! FTR gets Jericho up for the MIND BREAKER!! Marvez signals to cameras, and the Inner Circle door has been bolted shut! The Inner Circle literally bust through the door to get free! But the Pinnacle keeps mugging Jericho and they get a table!

Spears brings the table to the apron, Wardlow reels Jericho in, but here comes IRON MIKE TYSON!! Tyson and Jericho may not be friends, but Tyson isn’t going to let a group of thugs brutalize Jericho! Thyson fires off on Spears! He rains down fury like in his prime! FTR saves Spears, the Inner Circle rushes to even things up!! The Pinnacle goes running now, and fans are fired up for Tyson standing with the Inner Circle! Is the Baddest Man on the Planet really on Jericho’s side? They shake hands! Jericho and Tyson let bygones be bygones, and Tyson says “up yours” to MJF! Will Iron Mike help the Inner Circle get ready for Blood & Guts?

 

Schiavone interviews Britt Baker (and Rebel) backstage.

The Doctor has a special announcement, and a small request for Tony Khan. “Tony, give the people what they want already!” A championship match for The Doctor! But she’s ranked fourth, there are others ahead of her. Yeah, let’s talk about those rankings. The win-loss system is UTTER CRAP! Championship opportunities should be based on star power, merchandise sales, and the demographic scores, which Britt is at the top of the food chain. It’s not her fault she had to waste a year putting respect on the women’s division and make history. But like a true Role Model, she will fix the broken system, climb up the rankings, and pretend like it actually matters.

So make sure to tune into Dynamite, Dark and Elevation where you will see The Doctor getting those wins up. Signed yours truly, Britt Baker DMD. Will Britt “expose” the AEW system for what it is?

 

The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Tay Conti w/ The Dark Order!

Things may have calmed down from that brawl earlier, but there’s madness just below the surface when it comes to Allie the Bunny. But to counter the HFO being ringside, the Brazilian Blackbelt has not only the Dark Order’s Preston Vance, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson and Negative One, but she has Hikaru Shida with her! Will the Numbers game be in Tay’s favor?

The bell rings and these two fire off forearms! Tay gets the edge, Bunny kicks low and clubs away, then CLAWS Tay on the back! Bunny bumps Tay off buckles, Tay wobbles but Bunny bumps her off more buckles! Fans rally for Tay as Bunny digs her boots in! The ref counts, Bunny lets off and the HFO talk trash. Bunny brings Tay up and talks trash but Tay blocks the kick! Tay clinches for an EXPLODER! Bunny flounders, Tay fires up and runs in to BOOT Bunny down! Then she boot WASHES! Bunny flops out of the ring, Tay goes to the apron and aims. Bunny dodges one kick, blocks the next and trips Tay into the apron! Bunny seethes, but then laughs as she brings Tay around to snap suplex to the floor!

Bunny sees Tay floundering to railing, and run sin to SHOTGUN her into the railing! Tay flops down, the HFO is fired up and Bunny drags Tay up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Bunny bumps Tay off the apron, brings her back around and puts her into the ring. Bunny takes a moment to laugh like a hyena, and then she stomps Tay down. Bunny drags Tay up, talks trash and throws big knees into her! Bunny runs and knee lifts Tay down! Cover, TWO! Bunny gets frustrated already but she drags Tay up. Tay fires back with forearms and then reels Bunny into a cradle! TWO, and Bunny CLOBBERS Tay! Cover, TWO! Bunny is angry again but Tay reaches out for her friends. Bunny drags Tay around, looms over her, and brings her into the cobra camel clutch! Tay endures, Bunny thrashes her around, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns as Tay throws Bunny around with drop sayanagis! Tay then gets Bunny up for the swinging BACKBREAKER! Bunny crawls to a corner, Tay runs in but the knee hits buckles! Tay hobbles into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Shida and the Dark Order cheer Tay on but Bunny slaps some fire into herself. Bunny drags Tay up, brings her around, dragon sleepers but Tay fights free! Tay fires off forearms, Hardy gets on the apron and stands in Tay’s way! But Tay dodges Bunny, Bunny avoids running into Hardy, and Tay gets her for a Gory Especial, to the TAY K O!! Cover, TWO!?! Bunny survives and shocks everyone, especially Tay!

Bunny crawls to the apron, Tay drags her back up, but Bunny hotshots her! Tay staggers away onto ropes, Bunny sucker punches Shida! Bunny gets Shida’s kendo stick but all hell breaks loose between Dark Order and HFO! The ref is busy with that, just as Bunny wanted, and she SMACKS Tay with the kendo stick! Is Allie a bunny or a weasel!? Bunny then climbs up, but Shida snatches the stick away! Tay ROCKS Bunny, climbs up to get her, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through, hammerlock, DD-TAY!! Cover, Tay wins!!

Winner: Tay Conti, by pinfall

The champion helps her #1 contender, because it’s more about respect than anything! Will these friendly rivals become friendly opponents soon enough?

 

AEW sets up next week’s big episode of Dynamite!

After calling Darby out on Elevation and Dark, then being part of the attack on him tonight, Matt Hardy gets his shot at the TNT Championship, in a Falls Count Anywhere match! Will Big Money Matt strike gold in Daily’s Place? Then, as we learned earlier tonight, the Young Bucks will defend the AEW Tag Team Championships against Death Triangle’s PAC & Rey Fenix! The Bastard & Firebird were put on notice by Best Friends, but will the titles be part of the mix? And now that he is firmly part of QT’s cell, Anthony Ogogo finally has his AEW in-ring debut! Is Ogogo gonna knock out whoever is put in his path?

And speaking of “finally,” Red Velvet and Jade Cargill go 1v1 so settle the score! Jade won in the mixed tag, but will she pull off sweet victory all on her own? Or will Velvet get her sweet revenge? In fact…

Red Velvet speaks.

“Jade, I finally figured out what your deal is with me. Why you keep looking for me.” It’s because Jade knows that on the night she beat Velvet on national television, Jade knew then and there that she barely got the job done! Jade calls herself #ThatBitch? Then be #ThatBitchWhoGetsTheJobDone!

 

ONE MORE big match has been made for next week!

After the news of Blood & Guts finally happening, and after Mike Tyson stood alongside the Inner Circle, there’s a huge sampler to whet our appetites! Mike Tyson will be special guest enforcer as Chris Jericho with just Sammy Guevara ringside takes on Dax Hardwood with just Cash Wheeler by his side! That’s right, the rest of the Inner Circle and Pinnacle will be BANNED from ringside during this match to keep this as far as possible! Will Jericho and Tyson rewrite the mistakes of the past together?

 

Six Man Tag: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers VS Jon Moxley & The Young Bucks!

Did anyone ever imagine the Elite ending up like this? Will there be any going back from this? Or have the bonds between the Best Bout Machine and the Jackson brothers been severed forever?

The trios sort out, Karl Anderson starts with Matt and the fans rally on the Bucks’ side. Callis mocks Matt with how he slapped him and Matt did nothing about it. Matt storms over, Callis backs off, and Omega suddenly wants in. Anderson tags Omega, Omega tries to talk with Matt about this, and Callis scurries to commentary. Omega and Matt tie up, go around, and Omega pulls hair to put Matt on ropes. Matt turns it around, the ref counts, Matt lets off but Omega pie faces. Matt shoves, Omega shoves, things get tense and Matt backs away to tag in Nick. Nick and Omega circle now, and Nick tries to point out this is Callis’ fault.

Omega and Nick tie up, Nick wrenches, Omega wrenches back, but Nick rolls and handsprings to WRING him out! Omega boots Nick away, gets up to headlock but Nick powers out. Omega gets the headlock again, Nick powers out again, but Omega runs him over! Nick gets up and Omega double guns at him. They tie up again, Nick headlocks but Omega powers out. Nick handsprings over, then RANAS Omega out of the ring! Omega paces, gets back in and tags Anderson. The Machine Gun is upset with Nick for teaming with Moxley, then he shoves Nick, but Nick kicks low. Nick whips, Anderson reverses but Nick dodges and springboards to arm-drag then dropkick!

Nick dropkicks Omega as he gets in, but Gallows gets Nick with a choke grip! Nick breaks free, Matt gets in, the Bucks double dropkick Gallows, then Moxley clotheslines Gallows out! Moxley builds speed, TOPE AND DOUBLE PLANCHAS! Fans are thunderous as Moxley and the Bucks regroup and AEW goes picture in picture!

Moxley and the Bucks stand down, Nick fetches Anderson into the ring, and Nick wrenches then tags Matt. Matt goes up to drop ax handles on Anderson’s arm. Matt wrenches the arm again and again and then tags in Moxley. Moxley climbs up to drop an ax handle on the arm. Moxley drags Anderson up to wrench, snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Moxley drags Anderson up, tags Matt in and they mug Anderson. Matt wrenches, Anderson powers Matt to the corner, and he throws hands! Tag to Gallows, the Good Brothers mug Matt, then Gallows ROCKS Matt with uppercuts and haymakers, over and over and over! Gallows backs off to throw ’em up, then drags Matt up for a HEADBUTT!

Omega tags in, he and Gallows hand off the wristlock, and Omega wrenches Matt to CLUB the arm! Omega drags Matt to CLUB the arm again, then wraps the arm around ropes to pull! The ref counts, Omega lets off, and bumps Matt off buckles. Tag to Anderson, Anderson snapmares Matt to a chinlock. Matt endures, Anderson cranks back, and Matt fights up to throw body shots. Anderson ROCKS Matt with an uppercut, then CHOPS him! Anderson keeps Matt from his corner as AEW returns to single picture, and whips him back towards the Biz Cliz corner. Matt dropkicks Gallows down, DECKS Omega, then BOOTS Anderson! Matt swings into a back suplex but lands on his feet! Hot tag to Moxley!

Moxley dodges Anderson, DECKS Omega and hits Gallows, then rallies on Anderson! Moxley clotheslines, whips but Anderson reverses! Anderson runs in to clothesline, but Moxley just shrugs it off! Anderson fires off CHOPS but Moxley just leans into them! Moxley SLAPS Anderson, runs and gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Omega gets in, he gets a SNAP GERMAN! Gallows runs in but he gets a BIG GERMAN! Moxley gets Anderson with a sleeper on the apron but Anderson hotshots him! Gallows tags in, runs and YAKUZA KICKS Moxley down! Gallows drags Moxley up to rain down hands, drops an elbow, and covers, TWO!

Gallows throws headbutts, digs his boots into Moxley, and Omega digs his boots in, too. Fans rally for Moxley but Gallows drags Moxley up by his ears. Gallows throws heavy hands and Moxley flounders into a BUZZSAW! Gallows stalks Moxley to a corner, rains down more fists, then goes corner to corner, but Moxley gets up and in his face! Both men dodge and spin, Moxley kicks low to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Moxley heads for the corner, hot tags to Nick and Anderson! Nick dodges Anderson to BLAST Omega! Nick bobs ‘n’ weaves to forearm, back kick, ROUNDHOUSE and have Anderson in a corner!

Gallows gets in, throws hands then throws Nick, but Nick dodges! ROUNDHOUSE, SHINING WIZARD and forearm smash in the corner, the Nick runs at Anderson. Anderson dodges, Nick hits buckles, but then Nick dodges as Anderson runs in! Anderson gets stuck in the corner, Nick runs at Gallows but is put on the apron! Nick ENZIGURIS back, climbs up and DUMDUM STOMPS, to then somersault for the DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up with Nick as he goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS Gallows down! Nick shoulders into Anderson, then slingshots, into the SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down but crawling, hot tags to Matt and Omega!

Omega stops in his tracks when he sees it’s Matt! Omega wants Matt to calm down and have a match, not a brawl. But then Omega rushes Matt, only to be sent into buckles! Matt hip tosses Omega, arm-drags him around, then whips for a BIG back drop! Omega flounders, Matt fires up and aims, but he fakes the superkick to SPIKE DDT! Omega sits up, Matt paces like a shark, and Matt fires up but still hesitates! Omega wobbles, Matt just can’t hit him with the superkick! Fans are upset, Matt checks on Omega but Omega SLAPS Matt! Omega slaps Matt around, daring him to hit him! Matt tackles him and rains down fists!

Matt lets off, Gallows gets in and YAKUZA KICKS! Nick missile dropkicks Gallows, Moxley clotheslines Gallows and himself out! Anderson BLASTS Nick with a EuroUpper! Matt SUPERKICKS Anderson! Omega gets a SNAP DRAGON on Matt! No hesitation from the Cleaner as he gets Matt back up and full nelson again, for ANOTHER SNAP DRAGON! Matt staggers, Omega aims but runs into Moxley’s LARIAT! Matt gets Omega for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! “This is Awesome!” but Callis sounds worried. Matt asks if Omega is alright, but he sees Nick is up top. Matt fireman’s carries, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!! Cover, Anderson breaks it in time!!

Nick whips Anderson back out, then he goes up and up and ESCALARAS to take the Good Brothers down! Matt is again checking on Matt, but Nick wants him to finish this off. The Bucks get Omega up, they have an arm each, B T E- No, Matt hesitates! Moxley tells them to finish this! Matt knows, and says he can do this. Matt and Nick get Onega up again, B T E Tr- No…!! Matt still can’t bring himself to do it! Moxley tags in and says he’ll do this! But Matt won’t let him, so now Mox sees where this is going. Moxley blows past Matt to hit a PARADIGM SHIFT on Omega!! And then a SECOND PARADIGM SHIFT to make a point!! BULLY CHOKE!! Omega is stuck, sputtering, and then Moxley spins Omega-

NICK SUPERKICKS Moxley?! The MATT SUPERKICKS MOXLEY!! Eddie Kingston storms out to ringside, but the Good Brothers jump him! Moxley’s friend gets stomped down by Omega’s friends, but what does all this make the Bucks? MAGIC KILLER to Kingston on the ramp!! Callis says they should get a stretcher for Kingston. The Good Brothers get Moxley up, MAGIC KILLER! They put Omega on Moxley for the cover, the Biz Cliz wins!

Winners: Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

Are the Young Bucks still Omega’s friends? Are they still Biz Cliz 4 Life? Omega wants them to prove their loyalties by doing something more to Moxley! Callis whispers something to Matt, and Matt looks to Nick. They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Moxley down! Fans chant, “You Sold Out!” as Matt refuses the Too Sweet, so they can group hug! When will this emotional roller coaster with the Elite end?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for Dynamite, and they’re clearly making a big deal out of no longer having a Wednesday Night War in their way. We’re getting a big episode next week with some good groundwork paved for it tonight, as well as for several more Wednesdays down the line. The first is that we are getting the tag title match now, but Best Friends are starting up their feud with Death Triangle again, with or without the titles. Given how tonight ended, I don’t know if PAC & Fenix win over these solidly Heel Bucks, but getting trios matches out of Death Triangle and Best Friends would still be awesome to see anyway.

We also got some great promos that put in some worked shoot material. Sting actually telling Archer he should be a top guy was great, because it is just as true as he and Archer said. This was also a good twist because where I thought we were getting Heel Archer going against Sting and/or Darby, this could flip Archer back towards a Face direction, and he’ll be taking on Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, since they got cameos in the segment. QT’s promo with his unnamed faction was really good, and I am intrigued to see Ogogo finally get in the ring. Jericho’s promo tearing into MJF and The Pinnacle was an all time great, and is definitely going to be AEW’s best for this entire year. The brawl that followed and Tyson being with Inner Circle is great, as will Blood & Guts FINALLY happening!

Britt Baker’s promo was also good worked shoot adjacent, where she points out how AEW’s win loss record stuff doesn’t work. But instead of saying gimmick matches and tournaments and things are the problem, her character wants to make this into the (WWE) popularity system. This will make for a nice detail of her story as she racks up wins against lower level opponents, much like she’s already started with on Dark and Elevation, and then maybe she gets too cocky and lets one get a quick win off her, thereby ruining her run at the top spot. Plus, it feels like there’s a great story already in the works for Tay and Shida.

We got good intertwining of Darby’s story with Hardy and the Dark Order’s story with Hardy, and how Tay can fit into that against Bunny. Darby VS JD was great stuff, and then there was the great segue of the attack by the HFO, and how Tay and Bunny brawled then had their own solid match. Shida VS Tay is going to be big, and at this rate, could go either way because Tay is a hot hand right now. I’m surprised there wasn’t intertwining with Hangman, but given his great match with Caster to lock in as #1, maybe AEW is going to shift him towards the world title soon. I am also surprised Caster is getting the greenlight on his lyrics but I am not complaining, either.

We got an awesome main event with that 3v3, with great story of the Bucks unable to proverbially pull the trigger on Omega. The Bucks might be coming off a bit too wishy-washy, because they did the group Too Sweet but they then get up set at Callis but now they do this because they just can’t bring themselves to hate Omega. I guess the Biz Cliz can roll as a bigger group, with any number of possibilities given the growing partnerships with Impact and NJPW. But for just AEW, is there a chance Moxley and Kingston can get Death Triangle to side with them for just long enough to take on Omega’s group? Kingston may have been manipulating the Lucha Bros just months ago, but they all have common enemies in Omega and The Bucks. Plus, that’s a wild combination there that needs to be in a match together.

My Score: 9.5/10


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AEW Dark 2

Who will be left behind in the Dark?

Big Money Matt wants to keep the money train rolling, and that means continuing win streaks! Will he and The Butcher get another W in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott & Chandler Hopkins; The Dark Order wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS Justin Law, Hayden Backlund & Brick Aldridge; Team Taz wins.
  • Jurassic Express VS Rex Lawless & Dean Alexander; Jurassic Express wins.
  • Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Fuego Del Sol; Nemeth wins.
  • Jon Cruz VS The Butcher w/ The Hardy Family Office; Butcher wins.
  • The Sea Stars VS Vertvixen & Jazmin Allure; The Sea Stars win.
  • Red Velvet & KiLynn King w/ Big Swole VS Madi Wrenkowski & Vipress; Velvet & King win.
  • JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth VS Baron Black; Drake wins.
  • Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Aaron Frye & KC Navarro; Kiss & Janela win.
  • Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Mike Magnum; Sydal wins.
  • Matt Hardy w/ the Hardy Family Office VS Vary Morales; Hardy wins.
  • The Hybrid2 VS Bear Country; Bear Country wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Jake St. Patrick, Sage Scott & Chandler Hopkins!

While John Silver recovers, and after Max Caster beat Colt Cabana on Elevation, Evil Uno, Stu Greyson & Alex Reynolds combine forces on classic Dark! But will they truly be a 1-2-3 combination?

The bell rings, Hopkins leads the charge but gets run over by Stu! JSP and Scott get around Uno and Reynolds, but then Uno and Reynolds BOOT them down! Things sort out now and Stu drags Hopkins up. Hopkins swings a hand but gets ROCKED for it! Stu OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Hopkins to the corner, tags in Reynolds, and Reynolds fires off EuroUppers! Hopkins wobbles but back kicks low. Reynolds ends up in a corner, Hopkins runs in but Reynolds dodges, and comes back with a forearm smash! Reynolds runs to LEAPING ELBOW! Hopkins staggers into a dropkick! Reynolds handsprings up, fans fire up and Reynolds brings Hopkins over.

Tag to Uno, Uno tags Stu, and Stu whips Uno for Uno to whip Stu and forearm smash! Drop toehold to basement dropkick, then Stu paces around. Stu drags Hopkins up but Hopkins flapjack hotshots! Tag to Scott and he RAMS Stu into the corner! Scott fires off forearms and uppercuts on Stu, then tags JSP and JSP runs in to uppercut! JSP snapmares and basement EuroUppers! Cover, TWO! JSP brings Stu up, back kicks, front kicks but Stu ducks the roundhouse to URENAGE! Tag to Uno, JSP tags Hopkins but Uno rallies on everyone! BOOT for Hopkins, then Uno blocks Scott’s boot to throw him down and stomp the hands!

Uno basement dropkicks Scott out of the ring, then catches Hopkins for an END OF DAYS! Tag to Stu, Uno scoops Hopkins, and Reynolds tags in before the ELBOW SIDEWALK SLAM! The OG feed Hopkins to Reynolds for a POP-UP KNEE! Fisherman for the CRADLE DRIVER! Cover, The Dark Order win!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

And indeed, Players One, Two and Three get the 1-2-3! Will they continue to stand strong, even with enemies closing in on all sides?

 

Ryan Nemeth, Cezar Bononi & JD Drake talk backstage.

Beautiful Bononi tells the Hollywood Hunk that this was his idea, and Bononi already said it is “humanly impossible,” so it is all on Nemeth. Nemeth says he needs two wingmen! And this guy will be perfect! They can mold him into something hot, sexy, beautiful, bold, supple! Amazing! JD likes that word but what does “supple” mean? Nemeth says they aren’t going to change who he is, they accept him for who he is, but- JD says he may speak slow with an accent, but he’s not an idiot. These are sounding like fat jokes.

Nemeth says it’s just about going from having the rugged beard to a nice mustache, or bleaching his hair and styling it. Just something to make him sexier. What’s sexier than a hard-working, blue collar badass? Well, we’ll see. Wingmen on three. One, two… Okay only Nemeth is into it, that’s fine. He wants them to know he loves ’em and he’ll see them out there. Will Pretty Peter Avalon’s boys be able to pull it off?

 

Six Man Tag: Team Taz VS Justin Law, Hayden Backlund & Brick Aldridge!

The Absolute, the Machine and the Powerhouse won their first match as a trio, but it was a bit… tense. Will Team Taz still (not) be fine after another try?

The trios sort out, with Team Taz arguing a little, and Cage gets the team to let him start. Cage starts against Law, and runs him right over! Cage drags Law back up, whips him to a corner but Law goes up and over, only to get caught! Law flails and gets free, dodges Cage and tilt-o-whirls, only for Cage to TOSS him away! Brick tags in, circles with Cage, and fans rally up as the two tie up. Cage gets to a headlock, Brick powers out to a hammerlock then a headlock, but Cage powers out. Brick rams Cage but Cage comes back to ram and ROCK Brick! “Who betta?!” Starks cheers a little too much as Cage whips Brick. Brick reverses but Cage tilt-o-whirls to headscissor!

Cage waits for Brick to get up, then he back kicks and snap suplexes! Cage runs to drop a leg, brother! Cage hauls Brick up, looks at Starks, and tags Hobbs in. Hobbs and Cage mug Brick but Starks lets that slide since he did the same to Cage. Hobbs boxes Brick from all sides, then whips him to ropes. Brick dodges and rams Hobbs! Hobbs staggers but smiles, to then hit a SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs grins wider as he drags Brick up. Hobbs wants a tag, Starks makes sure he gets it first. They mug Brick now, then Starks ROCKS Brick. Brick shoves Starks down and tags in Backlund! Backlund fires off on Starks, then dodges to CLOBBER him!

Fans fire up as Backlund has Starks in the corner! Starks shoves Backlund, DECKS Law, them puts Backlund up and out, and Backlund accidentally elbow drops Law! Starks shoves Backlund in, drags him up and CHOPS, then ROCKS him! Starks plays things up too long and Backlund BOOTS him! Backlund climbs up, leaps and crossbodies, but into Starks’ arms! The ref is busy with this and Hook trips Brick off the apron! Starks adjusts Backlund’s position for the ROSHAMBEAUX! Starks asks if Cage wants to finish this off, then tags him in. Cage drags Backlund back up, and gets him up for the DRILL CLAW! Cover, Team Taz wins!

Winners: Team Taz, by pinfall

Well that seemed rather magnanimous of Starks. Though, he sure is leaning into cheering Cage on… But either way, the team won because they’re #AbsoluteMachines! Who can stop the path of rage?

 

Jurassic Express VS Rex Lawless & Dean Alexander!

Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are preparing for a kaiju class collision on Dynamite with Bear Country, so they’re gonna represent for Team Godzilla! Will The Pectoral Poseidon and The Sensation make for a good warm-up before the war of the monsters on Wednesday?

The teams sort out and Alexander starts with JB. JB and Alexander circle, tie up, and JB hammerlocks to a headlock. Alexander powers out, comes back but JB headlocks to takeover. Alexander headscissors, JB moves around to pop free and then rolls Alexander back to whip. Alexander reverses, JB dodges and waistlocks, Luchasaurus tags in before the O’Conner Roll. JB gets Alexander up and Luchasaurus BOOTS him into the GERMAN SUPLEX! Lawless tags in and he rams Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus doesn’t budge and he CHOPS back! Lawless brings down the straps and eggs Luchasaurus on. Luchasaurus CHOPS, Lawless BOOTS! Lawless fires up but gets caught for a KNEE!

Luchasaurus whips Lawless to the corner, fires off, and tags in JB. Lawless staggers into the choke grip, and the CHOKE SLAM! Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Alexander, BUZZSAWS Lawless, JB BLINDSIDE ELBOWS! Cover, Jurassic Express wins!

Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall

The King of the Monsters would be proud! Will the boy and his dinosaur win one for Godzilla on Dynamite?

 

Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Fuego Del Sol!

The Hollywood Hunk rolls with one of his wingmen and looks to be hotter than even the Fire of the Sun. Will the Blue Collar Badass be there for him, no matter what?

The bell rings and Nemeth and Fuego circle. Fans rally for Fuego as he and Nemeth tie up. Nemeth drops to fireman’s carry takeover, and JD says that’s two points! Nemeth and Fuego reset, Nemeth gets around to waistlock, then throws Fuego down! Another two points! Nemeth taunts Fuego and rubs in the fact he has a 4-0 lead that doesn’t even matter here. Fuego gets him back with arm-drag after arm-drag! Fuego then dodges, tilt-o-whirls and arm-drags again! Fuego grinds Nemeth, twists the wrist, and then kicks the arm! And again! And again and again and again! Fuego gives one last KICK, then wrenches through to a wristlock.

Fuego whips, Nemeth reverses and runs in but Fuego elbows him away! Fuego goes up, hops over and victory rolls to get the legs! Fuego has an inverted surfboard, for the PENDULUM! Nemeth endures, Fuego drops him down hard and body scissors him to a cover, TWO! Fuego hurries up top, fans fire up and he leaps, but no tornado! Nemeth TOSSES Fuego out of the ring hard! JD laughs at Fuego’s pain, and Nemeth goes out to stomp Fuego down. Nemeth puts Fuego in, covers, TWO! Nemeth rains down fists on Fuego then stomps him. Nemeth grinds Fuego’s face into the mat, hammerlocks the arm and twists the arm. Fuego endures, even as Nemeth handstands on the hold!

Nemeth drops to add torque, then he claws Fuego’s face! The ref counts, Nemeth lets off and has Fuego in a corner. Nemeth whips Fuego corner to corner hard, then shows off the hips and thighs. Nemeth runs in to RAM Fuego, then throws in knee after knee! Nemeth drags Fuego up again, back suplexes just to carry Fuego around, then DROPS him! Cover, TWO!! Fuego survives and Nemeth grows frustrated. Nemeth clamps on with a mounted cobra clutch and pulls Fuego back. Fuego endures, Nemeth brings him up, and fans rally as Fuego fights free. Fuego throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then KICKS an arm! Nemeth blocks a kick, flips Fuego but Fuego ENZIGURIS!

Fuego reels Nemeth in but Nemeth wrenches through to fireman’s carry. Fuego fights and gets the arm, then has the dragon sleeper for a BACKBREAKER! Nemeth gets up, Fuego runs in but is put out on the apron! Fuego hotshots the arm! Fuego calls for it, springboards, but into a DROPKICK! Nemeth gets Fuego up for a RUDE AWAKENING! Cover, Nemeth wins!

Winner: Ryan Nemeth, by pinfall

Whatever the points were, the Hollywood Hunk finished it off so he wins either way! Will this be what shows JD that you can be groomed and gritty at the same time?

 

AEW Outside the Ring is almost here!

The first episode premieres this Friday at 9 AM Eastern! Who will Lexi Nair have as her first guest(s) of her new talk show?

 

Jon Cruz VS The Butcher w/ The Hardy Family Office!

The apparent father of SNAKEMAN is back, but he’s taking on Big Money Matt’s big, beefy brute! Will Butcher make Cruz into chuck meat in the Dark?

The bell rings, Butcher CLOBBERS Cruz in a corner, then throws off his jacket to headbutt away on Cruz! The ref counts, Butcher waits for Cruz to get up, and then he CHOPS him down! Butcher whips, then CLOBBERS Cruz again! Cover, and Butcher wins!

Winner: The Butcher, by pinfall

Well that was quick! And the HFO throws Cruz out and stand tall together. Will they be taking far more than just the ring in the coming days?

 

The Sea Stars VS Vertvixen & Jazmin Allure!

Oddly enough, Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo just teamed with the Wrestling Gamer recently and did very well, despite losing. But now the vixen teams with Allure, will they be the ones to sink the Siren and and her sister? Or will Vox and Exo reel them in, hook, line and sinker?

The teams sort out and Vox starts with Allure. They circle, tie up, and Vox slips through to wrench and wristlock. Tag to Exo and the Sea Stars fish hook to BOOT! Cover, ONE! Exo stays on Allure but gets a jawbreaker for it! Allure scrambles and tags in Vert! Vert runs in, Exo goes around but blocks the hip toss to backslide! Cover, TWO! Vert staggers up in to a kick, and Exo whips but Vert reverses. Vert runs but into boots! Exo swings but into a lift and Vert puts Exo in the corner! Vert CLAWS Exo into the Tree of Woe then STOMPS her down! Cover, ONE! Vert pushes Exo around, drags her up but Exo hits back.

Vert facelocks, tags Allure, and they mug Exo. They then put Exo in the corner, Allure CHOPS and fires off forearms! Allure digs her boots in, tags Vert, and Vert digs a forearm into Exo’s face! The ref reprimands, Vert CHOPS Exo, then elbows her! Tag to Allure, and Allure gets in Exo’s face with trash talk before she CHOPS! Exo gets mad and CHOPS back! Allure ROCKS Exo, talks more trash, then CHOPS again! Allure kicks, hooks a leg for an INVERTED PAGE TURNER! Cover, TWO! Exo survives and Allure is shocked! Allure puts Exo in the corner, tags in Vert, and they double forearm smash! Vert ROCKS Vox, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS Exo!

Vert scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Exo survives and Vert is furious! Fans rally up, Vert stomps Exo, and drags her up. “Who do you think you are, Delmi!?” Vert talks a lot of trash, then runs, but Exo dodges to NECKBREAKER! Both women are down and fans fire up! Vert and Exo crawl, hot tag to Vox! Vox shoulders Vert, goes up and over to headscissor, then dodges Allure to CLOBBER her! Vox fires up, ducks a roundhouse, and fish hooks for the LARIAT! Cover, but Allure breaks it! Exo gets Allure and throws her out hard, then regroups with her sister. Vox runs in to uppercut Vert, then feeds her to Exo’s clinch!

EXPLODER into the drop zone, and then Exo becomes Vox’s knee-board for the SENTON! Cover, The Sea Stars win!

Winners: The Sea Stars, by pinfall

The sisters stay afloat in the rising tide! Will they use this wave of momentum to take the AEW Women’s Division by storm?

 

The Acclaimed have a new music video!

“This goes out to Hangman! In the ring, you can’t hang, man! And when you’re on the show, you’re an eye sore! I’ma knock your ass of the high horse. You don’t have no real friends. Always up in your feelins. Cuz nobody loves you, everybody told me, call the Acclaimed if you’re feelin’ lonely. The Elite didn’t want you, that’s gotta suck. Pour a drink when you wanna keep it bottled up. Ask Kenny, Matt ‘n’ Nick, even Papa Buck. They said, ‘Hangman? No, you can’t hang with us.’ Then you found the Dark Order. It’s like you’re in your prime but you found Pop Warner. You know the truth when you’re looking in the glass. They’ll leave you, too, when I beat that ass!

“This goes out to Hangman! In the ring, you can’t hang, man! And when you’re on the show, you’re an eye sore! I’ma knock ya ass of the high horse. You are not a cowboy! I think you need an Altoid. So get out my face cuz your breath be stinking. Maybe stop drinking. Platinum, see me in the rankings, I’m coming for that numbah one spot. People think it’s ludicrous but I’m proving that it’s not. I’m a shooter, homie. I ain’t moving with the clock. I’ma take you out faster than you take a shot. Cosplay cowboy, probably ride sidesaddle. You probably on all fours, taking five paddles, from the Dark Order in the club house. You went soft but the Platinum is thugged out!

“I beat 10, beat Alex, and Colt, too. I’ll get Five, John Silver, Uno and Stu. And when your friends are all on the shelf, you’ll be back sitting at the bar by yourself. This goes out to Hangman. In the ring, you can’t hang, man. And when you’re on the show, you’re an eye sore! I’ma knock your ass of the high horse. You don’t have no real friends. Always up in your feelins. Cuz nobody loves you, everybody told me. Call the Acclaimed if you’re feelin’ lonely. Call us up! You feelin’ lonely, Hangman? I know you feelin’ lonely.” Platinum just dropped some heavy bars, but will be the one getting dropped on Dynamite?

 

Red Velvet & KiLynn King w/ Big Swole VS Madi Wrenkowski & Vipress!

Along with Big Swole, Velvet and The King won last week and hope to keep that going! Swole won on Elevation, can Velvet and King win in the Dark? Or will they be forced to face reality by Madi and Vipress?

The teams sort out, King starts against Madi and they tie up. They go around, King headlocks and hits a takeover. Madi headscissors but King kips free. King headlocks again, but Madi pulls hair to pop free to her own headlock. King powers out, then runs Madi over hard! Madi scrambles to a corner, King is on her with stomps and elbows, then whips Madi just to arm-drag her into the corner! Madi scrambles away, Vipress tags in, and Vipress waistlocks King. King slips around to facelock but Vipress wrenches out. King kicks low, tags in Velvet, and they double whip Vipress just to send her into buckles! And again, and then crisscross to throw Vipress down! Cover, ONE!

Velvet tags King in, they hand off the wrench then tag again. They double whip, bypass and calf kick Vipress down! King sets Vipress on the mat and combines with Velvet, wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps on Vipress and drags her up to ROCK her with a right. Velvet whips, Vipress reverses but Velvet mule kicks back! Velvet springboards to crossbody, then slides under to sweep the legs! Velvet stirs it up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Velvet keeps on Vipress but Vipress ROCKS her back! Vipress facelocks, clubs Velvet, Madi distracts the ref and Vipress CLAWS Velvet’s eyes! King storms in but the ref keeps her back!

Vipress shoves Velvet and Madi chokes her in the corner! Tag, and Madi smiles as she throws forearms into Velvet. Madi snapmares to NECK SNAP! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Madi drags Velvet up, tags Vipress, and they bring Velvet around to double whip. They double shoulder Velvet down, Madi hits a BOOM DROP! Vipress covers, TWO! Velvet hits back with body shots but Vipress clubs her, for a ROLLING STO! Cover, TWO!! Velvet survives but Vipress drags her into a chinlock. Fans rally as Velvet endures the knee in the back. Velvet fights up, throws body shots but both women throw they other by their hair!

Fans fire up as both women are down and crawling. Hot tags to King and Madi! King rallies on Vipress and Madi with forearms and clotheslines! King blocks a clothesline and kick, Madi ducks King’s heel kick but not the boot, or the ROUNDHOUSE! King reels Madi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Madi flounders, Vipress tags in, but King dodges her. Velvet gets in Vipress’ way, and King SHOTGUNS Vipress down! Tag to Velvet, King feeds Vipress to a BULLDOG! Velvet tops it off with a whip but Vipress DECKS King! Velvet SHINING WIZARDS, then hoists Vipress up top! Velvet ROCKS Vipress, then hits ICONOCLASM! Cover but Madi breaks it!

King rushes in to fire off on Madi! Vipress swings on King but into KINGDOM FALLS! Velvet adds the CHEF’S KISS! Cover, King & Velvet win!

Winners: Red Velvet & KiLynn King, by pinfall

And that’s a sweep on the week! Will Swole, Velvet and King roll together all the way to the top of the AEW Women’s Division?

 

JD Drake w/ Ryan Nemeth VS Baron Black!

The Hollywood Hunk set the example, and now the Blue Collar Badass is stepping in the ring! Will he prove that rough and tumble is sexy? Or will he be needing a makeover after taking on the EmpBRUH?

The bell rings and fans rally up already. JD Kicks low, CLUBS Baron, then throws forearms! JD swings a chop but Baron dodges. Baron throws a chop but JD dodges. JD headlocks, Baron powers out but JD whips Baron away. Baron blocks the hip toss, but JD blocks the counter hip toss, and back again. Baron ducks the clothesline to reel JD into a cobra twist! JD endures, Baron digs an elbow in, but JD powers out to hip toss Baron OUT of the ring! Baron crashes down, Nemeth keeps his distance and JD goes out to fetch Baron. JD whips Baron at the post but Baron stops himself! Baron CHOPS JD, but JD pops him to the apron and CLOBBERS him on the rebound!

JD goes up and in to leave Baron behind, and he wants a count out! The ref does count, Baron slowly gets up at 3, and JD counts along as it goes past 5. Baron gets in at 7, JD is after him with CHOPS and forearms! JD stomps Baron down, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, JD lets off and then he brings Baron up. Baron throws body shots, shoves JD over but JD shoves him away. JD runs in to corner splash and Belly2Belly! JD climbs up to hit a VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Baron slowly gets up but JD pushes him around. Fans rally but Baron throws body shots! JD and Baron brawl, JD CHOPS then powers up, but Baron catches him!

JD elbows free to reel Baron in, and suplexes only for Baron to slip out! Baron waistlocks, JD breaks free and shoves Baron, but Baron clotheslines! JD stays up, Baron runs and clotheslines again, but JD is still up! Baron dodges to atomic drop and EuroUpper JD, into a SNAP GERMAN! JD staggers up, Baron brings down the straps! Baron runs corner to corner to DISCUS in the corner, and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! JD survives and Baron grows frustrated. Nemeth coaches JD, Baron gets up and reels JD in. JD back drops but Baron sunset flips then shifts to get the legs! Baron wants the Cloverleaf but JD swats at him then boots him down! JD gets up, grits his teeth and CHOPS again!

JD eggs Baron on so Baron fires up and CHOPS back! JD CHOPS, Baron CHOPS, and it’s a CHOP fight! Fans fire up as they CHOP faster and faster! Baron spins to CHOP again, but then JD ducks the discus to fire off a strike fest, ROUNDHOUSE! JD runs but Baron follows but JD gets around, SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, JD wins!

Winner: JD Drake, by pinfall

Scrap Metal’s chest is bleeding from the damage done by chops alone, but he isn’t even bothered by it! Will JD be even more badass when he takes on Darby Allin for the AEW TNT Championship on Dynamite?

 

Sonny Kiss & Joey Janela VS Aaron Frye & KC Navarro!

After venting some frustrations and getting past them, Jersey’s Finest rides again! But will the tension and disappointment only return after facing Fry Daddy & The Truly Blessed?

The teams sort out and the Concrete Rose starts, but both KC and Frye rush him! Kiss goes Matrix, the Bad Boy DOUBLE LARIATS KC and Frye down, and then Kiss throws Frye out. Kiss handsprings and back kicks KC, then snapmares to run and basement dropkick! Kiss drags KC up, tags Janela in, and Jersey’s Finest double whip. Kiss drops, Janela atomic drops, and then they combine for a TOSS BOMB! Cover, TWO! Janela drags KC over and lets him tag Frye! Janela then BOOTS Frye, brings him around and suplexes for a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Admittedly, Janela doing a dolphin kick in the pin was a bit cocky of him, but Janela keeps on Frye with a scoop and slam.

Tag to Kiss, Kiss hops up, and hits a splash! Tag to Janela, he goes up and drops a SPLASH! Tag to Kiss, Kiss drops another SPLASH! Tag back to Janela, and yes, it’s another SPLASH! Janela does a Fargo Strut and drops the straps. Kiss and Janela bring Frye up but KC runs in. KC till-o-whirl DDT’s Kiss! Janela pops KC up for the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Frye ROCKS Janela, runs and KNEES him down! Janela goes to a corner, BOOTS then SUPERKICKS Frye down! Kiss fireman’s carries Frye for a SPLIT K O! Janela is up top, and he gives Frye #GreetingsFromAsburyPark! Cover, Jersey’s Finest wins!

Winners: Joey Janela & Sonny Kiss, by pinfall

No tension, no dysfunction, no frustrations, just victory! Will Kiss & Janela finally finish that road trip to the top?

 

Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal VS Mike Magnum!

The Sydal Brothers may have lost to All Ego and The Face of the Revolution, but that won’t crush their spirits! Will Matt and his third eye find a way forward in the Dark?

The bell rings, Matt wants Magnum to put the paint brush away. Magnum says if Matt has the third eye, then he’ll see the masterpiece Magnum paints on this canvas! Magnum then thrusts the brush at Matt but Matt dodges and KICKS Magnum’s leg! Sydal KICKS the leg more and Magnum hobbles around! Sydal fakes Magnum out with the QUESTION MARK! Then Sydal hits the LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Cover, Sydal wins!

Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall

And in the blink of a third eye, it’s over! But will it be that easy for him and Mike to rise up the rankings in AEW?

 

Matt Hardy w/ the Hardy Family Office VS Vary Morales!

Big Money Matt got a win over Alan Angels, and has started checking off members of the Dark Order from his “hit list!” At the same time, he wants after the TNT Champion! Will Vary be a tune-up as he goes after both those goals?

But speaking of Darby, he is watching from his favorite perch in Daily’s Place. The bell rings and fans rally for Vary but the HFO is of course on Hardy’s side. Hardy is pretty sure Vary knows who he is, and of course he does. But Vary and Hardy still tie up, go around, and Hardy puts Vary in the corner. Hardy then RAMS into Vary over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Hardy ROCKS Vary, taunts him, then DECKS him! Hardy scoops Vary for SNAKE EYES, and a LARIAT! Hardy shouts, “The truth is the truth!” and he pushes Vary around. Hardy whips Vary corner to corner but Vary dodges as Hardy runs in.

Vary dropkicks Hardy down, fires off haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts. Vary runs back in but is put on the apron. Vary springboards back in, Hardy dodges and Vary comes back, into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Vary survives but Hardy is furious. Hardy drags Vary up but Darby looks unimpressed. Hardy underhooks Vary for the LEECH HOLD! Vary taps, Hardy wins!

Winner: Matt Hardy, by submission

Big Money Matt isn’t paid by the hour, and he puts Vary away fast! The HFO celebrates with their manager, but Hardy gets a mic to call Darby out. “Darby Allin, you have the AUDACITY to call Big Money Matt a sell-out?!” Darby’s name and image is everywhere on TNT! He’s the “Face of the Network!” DARBY’s the sell-out, not Matt! And when Matt gets the chance, he’ll show how extreme Big Money Matt still is! Did you just see how he leeched the life out of this underling? That’s what Hardy will do to Darby when he takes the TNT Championship! The truth is the truth, but is Hardy still wrong about The Relentless?

 

The Hybrid2 VS Bear Country!

Angelico & Jack Evans know Boulder & Bronson are headed for a clash of titans with Jurassic Express, but that won’t scare them off! Can TH2 keep from getting lost in Bear Country in the Dark? Or will they merely whet the appetite as the bears head for Dynamite?

The teams sort out, Angelico starts with Bronson and the two circle. They tie up and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico then shifts to a headlock, grinds Bronson down and wrenches to a wristlock. Bronson spins through, drops and waistlocks to slam Angelico down. Angelico moves around, Bronson holds on and they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Bronson lets off clean and waits for Angelico. Angelico shoves Bronson, then gets around to waistlock. Bronson resists the lift, Angelico headlocks, then Angelico wrenches to a wristlock. Angelico uses a cording hold, but Bronson powers out to run Angelico over!

Fans fire up with Bronson but Angelico backs off to tag in Evans. Evans talks trash to the “peasant” and calls out “the big man!” Boulder tags in but Evans shows off his power by doing a handstand push-up. Boulder and Evans tie up, and Boulder doesn’t even budge as Evans pushes! Boulder shoves Evans right out of the ring! Evans claims hair pulling but the ref knows it wasn’t that. Evans gets back in, circles with Boulder and ties up with him again. Again, Boulder doesn’t budge and he shoves Evans. Evans handsprings, runs and dropkicks but Boulder stays up. Evans dropkicks again, then runs, but into a BOOT! Boulder drags Evans up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Bronson.

Bronson whips Boulder in for a BIG corner splash, then Boulder feeds Evans to Bronson’s shoulder tackle! Fans rally for Bear Country as Bronson covers, TWO! Bronson puts Evans in the corner, tags Boulder, and the bears double whip to double press SLAM! Evans flounders, Boulder brings him up and scoops him. Evans claws Boulder’s face! Hot tag to Angelico, and Angelico gets in to fire off JABS! Boulder doesn’t budge, Angelico runs but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Boulder drags Angelico back up, tosses him to the corner and tags in Bronson. The bears mug Angelico, Bronson drags Angelico up to reel him in for a short-arm clothesline! Cover, TWO!

Bronson clamps on a chinlock but Angelico fights up. Angelico fights free, jawbreakers, and tags Evans. Evans springboards for the FLYING SCREW KICK! Evans grins as Bronson goes to the corner. Evans handsprings in but into Bronson’s arms! BEAR-SPLODER! Bronson fires up and the fans join in. Bronson drags Evans up, Evans fires off kicks and body shots, but runs into a kick! Bronson whips, but Evans dropkicks back! Evans boots, Angelico tags in, and Evans gets Bronson in the ropes! Angelico dropkicks Bronson’s legs out! Angelico stomps the knee, has a standing heel hook and Bronson endures! Angelico shifts his hold but Bronson throws haymakers!

Angelico lets go but stomps Bronson down! Bronson boots Angelico away, hot tag to Boulder! Boulder CLOBBERS TH2 then scoop SLAMS Evans! Boulder scoop SLAMS Angelico, and TH2 end up in the corner together. Boulder runs in to SPLASH SANDWICH! Boulder fireman’s carries Angelico, Evans leaps but into Boulder’s arms! FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP COMBO! Boulder fires up now and he tags Bronson back in. The bears combine with the Electric Chair lift, for the BEAR BOMB!! Cover, Bear Country wins!

Winners: Bear Country, by pinfall

Boulder & Bronson are rolling towards their showdown with Jurassic Express! But who will survive when these forces of nature collide on Dynamite?


My Thoughts:

At an hour and 16, this was a manageable episode of Dark, with a lot of short matches that were still good matches. I do like that we’re getting story progress here, such as with the new group of Nemeth, JD and Bononi, and another great new music video from Max Caster. I also like that Starks and Cage were still being passive aggressive with each other, that is good story for Team Taz there. We got good tune-ups for Jurassic Express and Bear Country going into their match on Dynamite, but I would feel like Jurassic Express wins because they’ve been the hot hand for some time.

My Score: 8.1/10


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