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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (4/13/21)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jay Lyon & Midas Black; SCU wins and stays a team.
  • Matt Sydal VS Luther; Sydal wins.
  • Alan Angels & Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett; Angels & Vance win.
  • Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Jake Manning; Cabana wins.
  • Red Velvet & Big Swole w/ KiLynn King VS Amber Nova & Queen Aminata; Velvet & Swole win.
  • Aaron Solow w/ The Factory VS Fuego del Sol; Solow wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Stone Rockwell, Mike Magnum & Andrew Palace; The Gunn Club wins.
  • Madi Wrenkowski VS KiLynn King; King wins.
  • Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Ken Broadway; Hardy wins.
  • Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales & Spencer Slade; The Dark Order wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shawna Reed; Britt wins.
  • Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander; Cage & Starks win.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Leila Grey; Nyla wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Prince Kai and Will Allday; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Cole Karter; Archer wins.
  • Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; Reynolds wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tag Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Jay Lyon & Midas Black!

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian start off Dark by putting their partnership on the line! They’ve been going strong ever since starting this self-challenge, but will the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel suddenly fall apart?

The teams sort out, Kaz starts with Midas and they circle. Fans rally up, Kaz and Midas tie up, and Kaz waistlocks to slam Midas down! Kaz facelocks, grinds Midas down, but Midas fights up and around. Kaz hammerlocks Midas to then headlock, but Midas powers out. Kaz runs Midas over, things speed up and Kaz blocks a hip toss to arm-drag then CLOBBER Midas! Kaz stays between Midas and Lyon and he CHOPS Midas down! Kaz CHOPS Midas in the open corner, puts him back in and then bumps him off Daniels’ boot! Tag to Daniels, he stays between Midas and Lyon to gut wrench suplex! Daniels wags his finger at Lyon then goes back to Midas.

Fans rally, Daniels throws hands on Midas then scoops, but Midas slips around to shove Daniels into Lyon’s kick! Lyon tags in, he scoops and spins around, then SLAMS Daniels down! Midas sets up the hoop, Lyon dives through it to SENTON Daniels! Cover, TWO! Lyon drags Daniels up to throw forearms, then whips Daniels to ropes. Daniels ducks and dodges to kick Lyon, and STO! Fans fire up with SCU as Daniels tags Kaz in. SCU mugs Lyon, Kaz brings him around and whips into Daniels’ BOOT! SCU gets Lyon with a HIGH LOW! Midas runs into boots! They whip Midas and pop him up for the NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO!

Lyon staggers into a gut wrench, and gets the BEST MELZTER EVER! Cover, SCU wins!

Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)

And The Addiction continues! They’ll be watching Young Bucks VS Death Triangle very closely, who will they get to face on the other side of Dynamite?

 

Matt Sydal VS Luther!

The Yoga Monster and SNAKEMAN are staying in the back so that this will be a 1v1 fight of men with third eyes! Whose sight will be 20/20/20 vision and find their path to victory?

The bell rings and the two compare third eyes, but Luther kicks low and fires off haymakers! Luther snapmares but Sydal handsprings through! Sydal deflects a boot, KICKS away on a leg, then STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Sydal CLUBS Luther, KICKS his leg, then whips him to ropes. Luther reverses, Sydal sunset flips, TWO! BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Lyther endures, Sydal pokes his third eye, but Luther fights up! Cover, TWO! Luther BOOTS Sydal, ROCKS him and stomps him! Luther bumps Sydal off the buckles, CLUBS him in the back, and then whips Sydal corner to corner to run in and clothesline!

Sydal sputters, Luther kicks him and digs his fingers into Sydal’s two normal eyes! Luther chokes Sydal on the ropes, the ref counts, Luther lets off. Luther says HE has the third eye! And then he argues with the ref, drags Sydal up, and kicks back. Fans rally and duel as Sydal catches Luther for a roll-up, TWO! Luther kicks Sydal, reels him in but Sydal gets around to waistlock. Luther elbows free, runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Sydal gets up. Luthre stands to get more KICKS! Sydal SOBATS Luther down and fans fire up again! Sydal drags Luther up, fisherman for the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Luther survives and Sydal is shocked!

Luther gets up, Sydal runs in and BRONCO BUSTERS! Sydal has Luther floundering into a drop zone! Sydal springboards but Luther trips him up! Sydal tumbles out to the floor, Luther goes out to KICK Sydal, then whip him hard into railing! Fans rally and duel again, Luther drags Sydal up and scoops him, to SLAM him into railing! Sydal flops down, Luther refreshes the ring count, and Luther stomps Sydal down. Fans rally, Luther drags Sydal up to mock Mike Sydal in the crowd, and throw Matt Sydal into more railings! Mike cheers Matt on but Luther tells him to shut up. Luther puts Matt in, drops knees on his back, and then throws down fists!

Luther drags Sydal up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Luther bends Sydal in a backbreaker rack, Sydal endures, so Luther shoves him down. Luther gets Sydal up to KICK his legs! Sydal KICKS back, and it’s a KICK fight! Sydal KICKS more and more, then fakes Luther out to QUESTION MARK! Luther shrugs that off to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sydal flounders up into a BOOT! Luther drags Sydal back up, reels him in, and calls for his shot, but Sydal slips out! Sydal ducks the kick to ROUNDHOUSE! Sydal hooks Luther up, LIGHTNING SPIRAL!! Cover, Sydal wins!

Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall

Luther’s third eye lost its focus and Sydal struck him down! Will Matt be flying higher as AEW moves into the Spring?

 

Alan Angels & Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Hayden Backlund & Kit Sackett!

Numbers 5 & 10 combine forces again, looking to prove that all of the Dark Order’s tag teams are top five material! Vance won big on his own on Elevation, will he and Angels fly even higher together?

The teams sort out and Vance starts with Sackett. Negative One gives some last minute coaching, then Vance and Sackett circle. They tie up, Vance hammerlocks then headlocks to the takeover. Vance grinds Sackett, Sackett fights up and powers Vance to ropes. The ref counts, Sackett lets off but then comes back to headlock again. Vance powers out and runs Sackett over! Things speed up, Vance gets under the hurdle to hit another headlock takeover! Fans cheer, Sackett fights up but Vance wrenches. Angels tags in, Vance whips Sackett and then back drops him! Angels is up top for a basement missile dropkick!

Angels drags Sackett up, throws forearm after forearm after forearm! Angels unleashes then KICKS Sackett down! Angels glares at Backlund, but Sackett rakes Angels’ eyes! Tag to Backlund, he and Sackett mug Angels to then double whip him corner to corner. Angels goes up and over Sacket, under Backlund, then RANAS Backlund into giving Sackett a spear! Angels then ATHLETIC PLEXES Backlund away! Angels has Backlund on the apron, suplexes him but Backlund slips free! Sackett tags in as Backlund ducks and dodges, and Sackett CLOBBERS Angels! Sackett back suplexes but Angels lands on his feet, tag to Vance!

Vance rallies on Sackett, has him in a corner and BOOTS him! Vance scoops, Sackett slips out and then shoves, only to run into a SPINEBUSTER! Vance powers up but Backlund drags him out! Vance dodges Backlund, Angels ROUNDHOUSES Backlund down! Sackett builds speed but into a KNEE! Angels then adds his “THIS IS GONNA SUCK!” CROSSBODY! FULL NELSON!! Vance thrashes Sackett into going to sleep, the Dark Order wins!

Winners: Alan Angels & Preston Vance, by submission

The Dark Order is three duos deep as the nickel ‘n’ dime package gets another win! Will 5 & 10 be joining the top five in time for Dynamite’s AEW World Tag Team Championship match?

 

Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Jake Manning!

BOOM BOOM! The Dark Order continues as Cabana welcomes “Mr. Elite” to All Elite! Will Manning prove he belongs here? Or will he decide to #JoinDarkOrder?

The bell rings and “The Man Scout” reluctantly puts his scout manual away. Manning and Cabana tie up, and Cabana scoop SLAMS Manning! Cabana waits on Manning to get up, but Manning goes back to his book. Manning says his back hurts, and that his manual advises against such situations. The ref gets Manning to put the book back down and continue the match. Manning and Cabana tie up, Manning waistlocks but Cabana reaches down to trip him up. Cabana runs, cartwheels over and scoops Manning to SLAM him again! Manning scrambles back to his manual again, reads but Cabana snatches it away!

Cabana takes the book on a game of cat ‘n’ mouse with Manning, then tosses it to roll Manning up, TWO! Now there’s a tug-o-war for the book! The ref takes it away and Manning CLOBBERS Cabana! Manning clubs Cabana, throws forearms, but now it’s a brawl! Cabana ROCKS Manning, whips but Manning reverses to sunset Cabana into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Manning is shocked but he goes up top. Fans rally, Manning leaps, but into a HAYMAKER! Manning staggers around into DOUBLE CHOPS! Cabana JABS and JABS, flips, flops and flies, BIONIC ELBOW! FLYING APPLE in the corner, and then Cabana goes up top. Cabana leaps, hops again as Manning moves, SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Cabana stands Manning up to CHOP! And CHOP! Manning ducks the chop to hit a LETHAL COMBINATION! Cover, TWO!! Manning can’t believe it! Manning goes up top but Cabana anchors his foot, to trip him up! Cabana gets the legs, turns Manning around, BILLY GOAT’S CURSE!! Manning taps, Cabana wins!

Winner: Colt Cabana, by submission

Negative One gets Manning’s book to look through it, and then throws it to the trash! Will Dark Order continue to roll on through the rankings in all divisions?

 

Red Velvet & Big Swole w/ KiLynn King VS Amber Nova & Queen Aminata!

This winning combination is back together again, right before Velvet is about to have her 1v1 rematch with Jade Cargill! Will Velvet and Swole be sweet, not sour, before Velvet takes on the power of #ThatBitch?

The teams sort out, Swole starts against Nova and the two circle as fans rally. Swole and Nova tie up, Swole shoves Nova away, and Aminata tags in already. Aminata says she’s got this, and Swole mocks her. Things speed up, Swole drop toeholds to then basement dropkick! Aminata hits back with body shots and a big forearm, but Swole forearms back! Swole whips Aminata to the corner and ROCKS her with an uppercut! Tag to Velvet, they double whip and trip Aminata up to then hurdle, elbow and Cover, ONE! Aminata tags out to Nova, she and Velvet tie up and Nova headlocks. Velvet powers out, Nova runs her over, and things speed up again, but Velvet calf kicks Nova down!

Velvet drags Nova up, Nova uppercuts! Nova NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Nova knocks Velvet down, talks trash, then drags Velvet up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Aminata and she fires forearms then a snapmare. Aminata hushes the crowd to then KICK Velvet on the back! Cover, TWO! Aminata brings Velvet up to whip her into Nova’s headscissors and DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Swole protests, the ref reprimands, Aminata HIP ATTACKS Velvet in the corner! Cover, TWO! Velvet survives but Aminata smirks, runs and kicks but Velvet gets under it! Hot tag to Swole, and Swole CLOBBERS Aminata!

Swole rallies with forearms, ROUNDHOUSES Nova, but Aminata ducks the kicks to get the HEADBUTT! Aminata keeps moving, Swole SPEARS her down! Cover, Nova breaks it! Velvet fires off on Nova, Swole fires off on Aminata, then they trade to EuroUpper! DOUBLE BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Swole drags Aminata by her legs but Aminata kicks her away! Hot tags to Nova and Velvet! Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves, kicks and CHEF’S KISS!! Cover, Velvet & Swole win!

Winners: Red Velvet & Big Swole, by pinfall

The combination known as #Swolvet is getting stronger! But here comes Jade Cargill! She wants to stir up trouble again, but Swole and King try to keep Velvet back. She blows past them to DIVE and take out Jade at the ramp! They brawl on the ramp, referees rush to stop this, and both King and Swole stay between Velvet and Jade! This is where it stops for now, but this is definitely going to explode on Dynamite!

 

Aaron Solow w/ The Factory VS Fuego del Sol!

QT Marshall and Nick Comoroto won big for their brand new faction, and now it’s time for the Extra Talented to get his! Will he put out the Fire of the Sun and prove everyone should come work for The Factory?

Fuego stares down QT and Comoroto, but Solow BLINDSIDES him! The bell rings and Solow stomps Fuego down! Fans jeer as Solow RAMS Fuego into buckles! Solow kicks Fuego, backs off then drags Fuego up to scoop him for a SLAM! Solow runs to drop a BIG knee! Fans boo but Solow blows kisses. Solow stomps Fuego to a corner, drags Fuego up and CHOPS him! Solow brings Fuego up to EXPLODER! Fuego tumbles all the way to the other corner, and Solow grins as he hurries over to choke Fuego on ropes! The ref counts, Solow lets off and drags Fuego back up. Fans rally for Fuego and he throws body shots, but Solow DECKS him!

Solow scoops Fuego to SLAM him into buckles! Solow talks trash, fans still rally but Solow drags Fuego up to stomp and kick him. Solow toys with Fuego but Fuego fires off! Solow blocks a kick, flips Fuego but he lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Fuego runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT! Fuego keeps going to RAM into Solow! Fuego cradles to the FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Solow scrambles up but Fuego is up top! Fuego leaps but Solow gets under, Things speed up, Fuego tilt-o-whirls but no DDT! SCREW HIGH KICK! Solow fires up now, QT tells him to finish this! Solow obeys, underhooks Fuego’s arm for a TRAPPED ARM PEDIGREE! Cover, Solow wins!

Winner: Aaron Solow, by pinfall

The Extra Talented put something extra on that one! Will The Factory dominate all of AEW?

 

Ryan Nemeth speaks.

“Every week, every show, every match, every opponent, The Hollywood Hunk proves he is a dominant force in AEW.” Looking at the numbers alone, Nemeth wins nearly half the time. Whether it’s Nemeth and Reynolds with Negative One, Tay Conti, whoever, Nemeth isn’t afraid of the cronies. Reynolds is technically sound, good looking, and a winner. But he is no hunk. Will Nemeth be looking his best against Number 3 of the Dark Order?

 

Six Man Tag: The Gunn Club VS Stone Rockwell, Mike Magnum & Andrew Palace!

Billy and his boys are still rolling as an undefeated trio! But they’re up against some pretty big guns on the other side! Will the Gunn Club finally be outdrawn in the Dark?

The teams sort out, and after rock-paper-scissors, Colten starts against Rockwell the Indiana Jones cosplayer. Fans rally for Colten as Rockwell offers a handshake. Colten asks what’s going on and Papa Gunn says not to fall for it. Fans want Colten to shake his hand, but Rockwell rushes in! Colten gets the arm, wrenches, but Rockwell pulls hair to get the wrench! Colten wrenches it back, Rockwell RAMS him into a corner! Rockwell lets off to body shot hard! Rockwell whips, Colten runs him over! Colten runs, things speed up, Colten whips Rockwell again and then comes back for a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Austin, Palace tags in but Austin whips.

Palace reverses, Austin dodges and trips Palace up to THROWBACK! Austin fires off hype bullets, tags in Billy, and they whip Palace to body shot and BOOT! Magnum tags in, fans fire up with Billy as he and the “Starving Artist” circle. Magnum kicks and haymakers, runs to duck and dodge, but Billy CLOBBERS him! “SUCK IT!” The ref reprimands but Billy drags Magnum  up. Billy suplexes and SLAMS Magnum down! Cover, Palace and Rockwell break it! Austin runs in to CROSSBODY them both down! Billy tags Colten, he gets Magnum up, COLT 45! Cover, the Gunn Club wins!

Winners: The Gunn Club, by pinfall

The Gunns shoot down the Magnum, and are now 12-0 as a trio! Will this lead them to big things in AEW in the near future?

 

Madi Wrenkowski VS KiLynn King!

Ms. Reality takes on The King as both of them look to climb the ranks of the AEW Women’s Division! Will Madi make King face the reality that she’s not ready for the big time?

The bell rings, the two circle, King dodges Madi to fire off forearms. King whips, arm-drags Madi around, then kicks low and hard. King runs to basement boot Madi out! Fans fire up as King drags Madi up, but Madi trips King! Madi drags King out but King hits back! King ROCKS Madi with forearms but Madi RAMS King into the apron, RAMS her into the barrier, then RAMS her back the other way! Madi ROCKS King, CHOPS her, but King grits her teeth. Madi puts King in the ring, fires off kicks, then runs, to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Madi keeps on King with knees and a BIG FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! King survives and Madi argues with the ref but the count is fair.

Fans rally, Madi gets King up and clubs her on the back. Madi runs but King dodges the boot to CLOBBER her! Things speed up, King blocks a punch to ROUNDHOUSE then GERMAN SUPLEX! Madi flounders, King runs corner to corner and SHOTGUNS Madi into buckles! King goes corner to corner again but misses! Madi runs in but the monkey flip is caught! Madi fights free of the grip but King hits KINGDOM FALL!! Cover, King wins!

Winner: KiLynn King, by pinfall

Madi ended up facing reality that she isn’t ready to dethrone The King! But will King prove she can be the champion of this division?

 

Alex Reynolds speaks.

“Tonight, State Farm presents: The Hollywood Hunk, Ryan Nemeth VS The Handsome Devil, Alex Reynolds.” Negative One says Nemeth was his babysitter. He sat on Negative One? Negative One is fired up, and wants to attack! Relax, Nemeth isn’t in the camera. Save it for the ring. Reynolds says that he isn’t taking this lightly. He and John Silver talked with the State Farm Superfan, Aaron, and came up with some moves to debut tonight. Reynolds has tricks up his sleeves. He won’t just win this for him or the Dark Order, but for Aaron and State Farm! Because like a good neighbor~, State Farm is there~! Will Nemeth need insurance for what could happen to his good looks?

 

Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Ken Broadway!

The truth is the truth, and the truth is that Big Money Matt is going for gold! But will Hardy be rolling into his TNT Championship showdown with Darby Allin?

Broadway also knows how to make it rain, and the HFO scoop up some of that to add to their revenue. The bell rings and Darby Allin is watching from his usual spot in the bleachers. Broadway and Hardy tie up, Hardy wrenches to an elbow breaker then a wristlock. Broadway spins and wrenches and wristlocks back! Hardy wrenches, headlocks, but Broadway powers out, only for Hardy to pull hair! Hardy headlocks again, Broadway throws body shots and powers out this time, only for Hardy to run him over! Hardy drags Broadway up to bump him off buckles, and again and again and again and again! Hardy stops as the ref counts, and he watches Broadway flounder.

Hardy gets Broadway up to SLAP him in the corner! Hardy runs in but Broadway dodges to CHOP! Hardy turns things around to CHOP again! Hardy throws forearms, but Broadway fires back! Broadway climbs up, but Hardy carries him to HOTSHOT him off ropes! Hardy gets Broadway up to bend him against the ropes, and Private Party mocks Broadway. Hardy CLUBS Broadway, throws forearms in a corner, but lets off to run in, only for Broadway to elbow back! Broadway BOOTS Hardy down, climbs up the corner, and MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS! Hardy gets him for a SIDE EFFECT!

Hardy shouts, “The truth is the truth!” He points to Darby and says, “This is you tomorrow night!” Hardy drags Broadway up for a TWIST OF FATE! Darby dares Hardy to bring it, but Hardy drags Broadway into THE LEECH HOLD!! Broadway taps, Hardy wins!

Winner: Matt Hardy, by submission

The HFO celebrates with Hardy but Darby still dares Hardy to bring it as he holds up his TNT Championship. Hardy gets a mic and tells Darby, “Listen to me very closely. Tomorrow nigh to Dynamite, in Falls Count Anywhere, I am going to show you just how extreme Big Money Matt can still be! And I promise you, Darby, I am going to leech the TNT title from around your waist!” Will Hardy put his money where his mouth is when he and Darby can fight all over Daily’s Place?

 

Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Vary Morales & Spencer Slade!

We saw big wins for the Dark Order with Cabana, Angels and Vance, but now the OG get in the ring! Will Players One and Two not be left behind by their recruits?

The teams sort out, Stu starts with Slade and CLOBBERS him! And again! Stu scoops, Slade escapes and shoves him, tag to Vary! Vary leaps, into Stu’s arms! Stu RAMS Vary into the corner, tags to Uno and he elbows Vary! Uno whips Stu into Vary for a forearm, then Stu whips Vary into Uno’s BOOT! Vary tags Slade, Uno blocks his boot! Uno promises to put the foot down, and then throws Slade to STOMP the hands! Uno DECKS Slade, tags Stu, and they combine for the springboard elbow drop SIDEWALK SLAM! Vary runs into a kick! The Dark Order pinball Vary around, TOSS POWERBOMB! Tag to Uno, they get Slade up, FATALITY!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!

Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall

The originals win fast, but then have to keep Negative One from tearing into Slade! Will Uno & Stu lead the way for the Dark Order into tag team supremacy?

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shawna Reed!

The Doctor is doing double duty as she’s on Dark after being on Elevation! Though she calls the AEW system BS, will Britt still get another win to head towards the AEW Women’s World Championship?

The bell rings and Reed rushes Britt with forearms! Britt shoves her away, they speed up, and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt gets Reed up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Reed flounders to a corner, Britt pulls Reed’s pigtails into the corner! Britt lets off to then ROCK Reed! Reed turns things around to fire off furious fists! Reed whips, Britt reverses and redirects but Reed sidesteps, only for Britt to hit SLINGBLADE! Fans boo but Britt spells it out for us, only for Reed to roll her up! TWO, but Reed basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Reed drags Britt up, fisherman but Britt wrenches free to kick low! Britt reels Reed in to FISHERMAN NECKBREAKER!

Britt checks her teeth, then drags Reed around by her hair. SUPERKICK! Britt says hold on, and she SUPERKICKS again! Britt gets the glove, puts it on, and drags Reed into the Rings of Saturn, and the LOCKJAW!! Reed taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

The Doctor smothers the schoolgirl to teach her a lesson: Don’t punch above your proverbial weight class. Will Britt become the role model and the workhorse of the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Team Taz VS Carlie Bravo & Dean Alexander!

The #AbsoluteMachines have been rather dysfunctional lately, but the old saying is that winning fixes everything. Will Cage & Starks take care of the #GoonPlatoon and The Sensation and put the past behind them?

The teams sort out and Starks starts with Bravo. Bravo and Starks circle, they tie up, and Starks headlocks. Starks grinds Bravo but Bravo powers out. Bravo hurdles but Starks whips him hard to the outside! Starks distracts the ref so Hook can CLOBBER Bravo! Bravo flounders up only for Will Hobbs to CLOBBER him! Hook gets Bravo in and Starks drags Bravo up. Tag to Cage, Starks scoops Bravo to hand him over to Cage. Cage does bicep curls then TOSSES Bravo! Alexander runs in but Starks intercepts with a kick! Starks helps Cage get Alexander up, for a POWEBOMB! Starks then gets Bravo set up for Cage and Cage climbs up to DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!

Cage fires up, “Who betta?!” Cage sees Starks get in because he wants to get Alexander up. Fireman’s carry and another hand-off, for Cage to F5!! Taz is confused as to why Starks is doing all this, as Starks gets Bravo up and tells Cage to end this! Cage suplexes to DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Team Taz wins!

Winners: Brian Cage & Ricky Starks, by pinfall

Starks gets a lot of assists here, and shares in the win as he hands Cage his FTW Championship. Is this a sign that Team Taz is united? Or is Starks being that passive aggressive?

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Leila Grey!

The Native Beast is hungry for another chance at the AEW Women’s World Championship, and she’s got a Top Tier appetizer in front of her! Will this be a bite-sized snack before going after the champ?

As Vickie makes her entrance, she shrilly shouts, “EXCUSE ME!!” Though, when is it ever not shrill? Anyway, Vickie storms down to the ring to tell Justin Roberts SUCKS, and decides to do this right! Now get the HELL out of the ring! Vickie introduces “the most feared and destructive woman in all of wrestling history,” Vickie’s client, NYLA ROSE! Then Vickie demands fans give Nyla a standing ovation just for the entrance. Nyla gets in the ring, the bell sounds, and Nyla CLOBBERS Grey! Nyla bumps Grey off buckles, fires off body shots, then whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up but gets caught for a POWERSLAM!

Nyla stalks Grey to the apron, Vickie laughs at Grey’s pain, but Grey hotshots Nyla away! Grey runs and lariats, but Nyla stays up! Grey tries again and again, then dropkicks a leg out! Nyla still stands but Grey knee lifts! Nyla CLOBBERS her again! Nyla drags Grey up, reels her in and LARIATS her down! “I own this ring!” Nyla bumps Grey off buckles, stomps her then tosses her! Nyla fires up, runs corner to corner and back body blocks! Then she runs to SPEAR Grey down! Nyla drags Grey up, reels her in and hits a BEAST BOMB! Cover, Nyla wins!

Winner: Nyla Rose, by pinfall

Grey is going to be black ‘n’ blue in the morning after this one. Vickie says she told us so! Nyla grins as she gets a taste, but will her appetite only be appeased when she gets after Hikaru Shida?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Prince Kai and Will Allday!

Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. have been on a roll, but there’s still a long road ahead of them. Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ get another A+ after taking on the Prince Charming of Wrestling and Mr. All Day Every Day?

The teams sort out, BPJ starts against Allday, and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Allday arm-drags BPJ away. BPJ runs back to tie up again, gets the arm and wrenches. BPJ YANKS the arm, wrenches more, but Allday rolls and rolls then handsprings to wrench back. BPJ rolls, handsprings and rolls to then BOP Allday in the head! BPJ arm-drags Allday down to drag him over to tag Griff. Griff elbows Allday’s arm, then wrenches to an arm-drag and armlock. Allday fights up, Griff wrenches, tags BPJ in and the Blondes double wrench to snapmare. KICK and a LEG DROP, brother! Cover, TWO!

BPJ clamps onto Allday with a keylock, wristlock then top lock. Allday fights but BPJ wrenches through. BPJ CHOPS Allday, whips him away but Allday turns things around and Kai gets a cheap shot in! Allday CLOBBERS BPJ, covers, TWO! Kai tags in and clubs BPJ down, though Allday didn’t see that coming. Kai bumps BPJ off buckles, stomps him down, and soaks up the heat. Kai runs into a big elbow! BPJ runs, Kai slides under but BPJ ducks. Kai ducks and NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Kai seethes but tells Allday, “That’s how you do it!” Kai underhooks but BPJ wrenches free. Kai blocks the kick, BPJ dodges the punch and tags in Griff!

Griff rallies on Kai and Allday! Griff CLOBBERS Kai, CLOBBERS Allday, BOOTS Kai then BACK DROPS Allday! Fans fire up as the Ivy League SPLASH hits! Griff whips Kai into Allday to SPLASH SANDWICH! Fireman’s carry but Kai rolls Griff up, TWO! Kai ROCKS Griff! BPJ tags in, Griff IVY LEAGUE ELBOWS, BPJ springboard LARIATS! Cover, the Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

Griff and BPJ are rolling! Can they get any hotter before going for tag team championships?

 

Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Cole Karter!

Much to his surprise, the Murderhawk Monster has Sting’s support in going for the top! Will he use that motivation to maul his way back to a title?

Archer gets in the ring and BOOTS Karter right down! Jake the Snake chuckles on commentary as the bell rings. Karter fires back but Archer knees low, CLUBS him down, and hauls him up to reel him in. Karter dodges, leaps, but bounces off! Archer stomps Karter, hauls him up and puts him in a corner to fire off heavy hands! Archer whips Karter hard into the corner and Karter bounces off again! Archer hauls Karter up for a suplex TOSS! Archer drags Karter up, SLAPS him, but Karter fires back again! Archer ROCKS Karter, then DECKS him! Archer drags Karter back up, bumps him off buckles then holds him in there to run corner to corner and ELBOW!

Archer keeps going, another ELBOW, then another ELBOW! Karter flops down, Archer grins as he paces around, and then Archer looms over him. Karter sits up in a daze, Archer slaps him, and Karter fires off again! Archer KNEES low, then reels Karter in for the short-arm CLOTHESLINE! Jake the Snake likes that as Archer drags Karter up. Archer hoists Karter up top, but Karter fights! Jake the Snake admires the heart, Karter leaps into a choke grip! CHOKE- NO! Karter slips free, elbows back, and then sends Archer into buckles! Karter fires off, Archer shoves him but the ROLLING ELBOW comes back! Karter fires up, but runs into a FOREARM!

Archer reels Karter in, CHOKE SLAM! Archer drags Karter back up, wristlock ripcord, for a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Archer wins!

Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall

Jake thanks Excalibur and Taz for their time, and says he and Archer are gonna go for cheeseburgers. Will Archer only be satisfied when he gets to eat everyone else in AEW alive?

 

Ryan Nemeth w/ JD Drake VS Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order!

We heard the Hollywood Hunk throw some shade on Number 3, but now we’re in the Dark main event! Will Nemeth score lots of points before he gets the 1-2-3? Or will that 50% win-loss ratio tip in Reynolds’ favor tonight?

The bell rings and John Silver joins commentary to watch his tag partner take on Nemeth. Nemeth clobbers Reynolds from behind! Nemeth wrenches, back suplexes and holds him u p before slamming him down! Cover, ONE!! Silver is already upset but Nemeth rakes Reynolds’ eyes. Nemeth throws hands, RAMS into Reynolds in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Reynolds comes back to CLOBBER Nemeth! Reynolds whips Nemeth but Nemeth reverses to send Reynolds out hard! Nemeth goes out, throws hands, then RAMS Reynolds into the apron! Nemeth puts Reynolds in, drags him up and throws forearms! Reynolds hits back with body shots and forearms!

Reynolds backs Nemeth down, EuroUppers then whips to ropes. Nemeth sunset flips but Reynolds slips through to get the legs! Reynolds puts on the SCHOOL OF FORT KNOX! Nemeth endures the modified Cloverleaf, and gets the ropebreak! Reynolds lets go, Nemeth cheap shots him then dropkicks him down! Nemeth cranks on a hammerlock and digs knees into Reynolds’ back. Nemeth does a headstand to put on more pressure, then falls back to crank the hold! Nemeth pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nemeth shifts to a chinbar and armlock. Reynolds arm-drags free, elbows Nemeth away and rallies with clotheslines!

Reynolds whips, Nemeth reverses but Reynolds dodges to FOREARM! Reynolds runs to FLYING BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as Reynolds kips up! Reynolds gets Nemeth up, wrenches and kicks low, then reels him in. Shout out to Brodie with the BIG OL’ BOMB! Then a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO!! Reynolds drags Nemeth up, Nemeth CLOBBERS him point-blank! Nemeth drags Reynolds up, swivels hips but Reynolds shoves him into buckles! Scoop and the HONK HONK SWINGING SLAM!! Cover, Reynolds wins!

Winner: Alex Reynolds, by pinfall

Big thanks from the Dark Order to Superfan Aaron for unlocking those moves in Number 3! Will everyone get out of the way of the HONK HONK as Dark Order storms down the tracks?


My Thoughts:

A good Dark, mostly because it was an hour and 35 minutes, but it was still a lot of matches crammed into that time. AEW is probably going to continue to be unpredictable with episode lengths and match totals so I don’t know if I can maintain doing Dark and Elevation when I’m also covering WWE’s Raw and NXT on these same days. I feel like the SCU’s matches need to be Elevation by default because of their self-challenge of “next time we lose, we break up” angle. That said, it’s also a giveaway that these two aren’t losing before getting a title opportunity, so maybe that’s why they’re still being put on Dark.

I also feel like Velvet should be on Elevation if she and Jade are going to be getting after each other. They’re supposed to be the rising stars but they weren’t on the show that’s about rising stars in exchange for… Well, Elevation actually had a lot of solid matches worthy of it, but they could’ve still put this one there since they love going bigger. Team Taz had a good story, too, where now Starks is going past being chippy with Cage to being overly helpful. This has to implode at some point, and they fight for the FTW Championship on at least Dynamite.

I do like that Britt had another match tonight, because she is determined to get wins to play by the AEW rules. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had another double header next week between Elevation and Dark to try and stuff the win-loss record and rankings. Double or Nothing 2021 is still six weeks away, so if AEW had the contenders all fight each other at some point in not a tournament but more a best-of series, that’d be really good to have Britt try and jump over Big Swole and Tay Conti to go after Shida. Also, AEW really just let Swole’s promo of being determined to get her shot drop like a lead balloon. Swole needs to get hungry again and get in all the other contenders’ faces as she takes over the contender race.

The Dark Order tying in the State Farm deal and the superfan Zoom call they apparently had was really nice. They’re definitely Faces doing things like that, and of course Reynolds uses the moves (and their names) suggested by the superfan. WWE gets product tie-ins and sponsorship deals, so AEW can have them, too! Either way, I think Reynolds was going to win because The Dark Order has been on fire. One of these days, one of their tag combinations is going to get at the tag titles, and that is going to be a lot of fun.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

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

 

AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Adam Cole speaks.

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

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

 

Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: #JungleHook, by submission

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page.

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

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

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

 

Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall

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

 

MJF speaks.

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

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

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

Jamie Hayter speaks.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!

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

 

Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Britt Baker gets Dark!

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Universal Studios belongs to Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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


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