AEW is taking over the world, but who is taking over AEW?
Darby Allin puts his TNT Championship on the line against Preston Vance, and Kenny Omega makes a triumphant return as AEW AND Impact Champion!
- Hangman Page VS Brian Cage w/ Team Taz; Cage wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Eliminator Match: The Young Bucks VS The Sydal Brothers; The Young Bucks win and deny The Sydal Brothers a title match.
- Penta El Zero M w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Orange Cassidy w/ Trent; Cassidy wins.
- Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian; Statlander wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Nightmare Family VS The Factory; The Factory wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order; Allin wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Hangman Page VS Brian Cage w/ Team Taz!
The Anxious Millennial Cowboy is holding tight to the top spot in the AEW Men’s rankings, but Team Taz blindsides him on the ramp! Hook, Will Hobbs and Ricky Starks stomp away on Hangman, but here comes the Dark Order to back him up! Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Colt Cabana & Alan Angels fight off the others, but Cage gets Hangman up and in position! POWERBOMB to the ramp! Fans boo as Cage gets Hangman in the ring, and while referees usher the others away, the assigned ref asks Hangman if he still wants to do this. Hangman says yes, and the bell rings on this already intense opening contest!
Cage storms after Hangman and stomps away! The ref counts, fans boo and Cage lets off at 4. Cage gets Hangman to throw hands, then he stalks Hangman to another corner for a CHOP! Hangman CHOPS back, Cage DECKS him! Cage drags Hangman up as fans rally, and Cage clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! The Machine looms over Hangman, drags him back up and RAMS him into a corner! Cage RAMS Hangman more, lets off as the ref counts, and comes back to uppercut and GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Hangman is still hanging in there but Cage throws him out of the ring.
Cage and Hangman brawl outside the ring, Cage knees low and THROWS Hangman into barriers! Cage drags Hangman up and THROWS him into railings again! Fans boo, Cage soaks up the heat and gets Hangman back up to wrench for an ARPON BACK SUPLEX! Cage drags Hangman around to CHOP him! Cage refreshes the count, scoops Hangman and SLAMS him to the floor! Cage puts Hangman back in the ring, pushes to a cover, TWO! Hangman survives the onslaught and fans rally up. Cage drags Hangman up, scoops him and uses him for bicep curls! Cage TOSSES Hangman, and hits a STANDING MOONSAULT but onto knees!
Fans fire up as Hangman gets himself to the apron! Cage gets up and Hangman BOOTS him, only for Cage to SUPERKICK! Cage drags Hangman back up, is at the ropes, and DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives and Cage grows frustrated. Fans rally, Cage drags Hangman back up and reels him in. Cage suplexes, but Hangman knees free! Cage spins but Hangman ducks the discus, only for Cage to elbow the waistlock away. Cage whips, Hangman holds ropes, and then dumps Cage out! PLANCHA, but Cage catches Hangman! Hangman slips off to POST Cage!
Hangman gets to the apron, to the corner, and climbs up! Cage turns around for the SUPER MOONSAULT! Hangman gets Cage up and puts him in, then aims from the apron. Slingshot, but no Buckshot as Cage fireman’s carries to the F5! Cover, TWO!?! Cage doesn’t slow down, he POWERBOMBS Hangman, then dead lifts him for a BUCKLE BOMB! Cage brings Hangman back in, suplex to DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
The #1 contender goes down to the FTW World Champion! Will this help Brian Cage leap frog all the way to the top? Can anything stop the Path of Cage?
AEW hears from The Elite.
Matt Jackson asks what Brandon Cutler is doing, he needs to get into the limo. Everyone is crowded inside and Don Callis says they need to celebrate. Kenny Omega is the NEW Impact World Champion! He’s got so many belts, they need a stretch job to have them all! And of course, the Young Bucks still have their tag titles, and Callis is going to be on commentary for their match with the Sydals. Omega is feeling great, feeling freaky, but also feeling upset. Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston drove a TRUCK into their trailer, in an attempt to end the Elite’s lives! But they’re used to “non-sport numb nut people,” from fans to wrestlers to management, trying to stop them.
Wherever they go, the money and the gold follows. They aren’t going to be intimidated or scared! What they did has not fazed Omega. Omega is NOT afraid of Moxley! The Elite is not afraid! But then the honking spooks everyone! Michael Nakazawa apologizes, he accidentally pressed the horn button. Dammit, Nak, don’t do that! But Omega wants us to listen and listen carefully: You mess with one of them you mess with all of them. If you want a fight, they’ll give you a fight! If Kingston wants to fight Omega, he’ll get Nakazawa first! Will the Mad King be able to get past the pawn to get at Omega?
AEW World Tag Team Eliminator Match: The Young Bucks VS The Sydal Brothers!
Just as promised, “The Invisible Hand” that’s been pulling the strings joins commentary to watch as Matt & Nick Jackson take on Matt & Mike, who have been getting on the nerves and in the way of Kenny Omega. Will the AEW World Tag Team Champions cross a team off the list of contenders? Or will the Bucks owe a golden opportunity down the line?
The teams sort out and Matt Jackson starts against Mike Sydal and they circle as fans are fired up. They tie up, Matt wrenches Mike’s arm, Mike rolls and handsprings and wrenches back to a wristlock. Matt flips, kips and throat chops! Matt acts like he doesn’t understand what was wrong, then whips. Mike reverses, does the splits to duck then sweeps the legs! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE and Matt tags Nick. Nick throws his headband at Mike but Mike still arm-drags Nick to an armlock! Mike gets Nick up and Matt Sydal tags in. The Sydals hand off the wrench, Matt slips around to arm-drag but Nick headscissors. Matt kips free, snapmare but Nick kicks low.
Nick scoops but Matt arm-drags Nick again! And again! Matt has Nick in an armlock, then hooks a leg for a modified full nelson! Nick flails, Matt drags him around, and then lets him free to wrench. Tag to Mike, the Sydals whip and drop toehold for the basement dropkick! Matt Jackson runs in but both Sydals go Matrix to then double dropkick Matt down! Fans fire up with the Sydals as they high-ten, and Matt gets Nick. Nick swings but misses, Mike back suplexes but Matt tags in. Mike has Nick in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Nick reverses. Mike CLOBBERS Nick, Matt SUPERKICKS Mike! Matt Sydal runs in but Matt Jackson clotheslines him down!
Matt Jackson paces around Mike, basement dropkicks, and then paces around as AEW goes picture in picture. Matt toys with Mike as he kicks him around, but Mike throws body shots. Matt DECKS Mike, shakes his hand out then takes a breath. Matt gets Mike up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Nick in. Snapmare and slingshot senton fist drop combo! Nick taunts Matt Sydal, then drags Mike up. Nick does a little dance before he DECKS Mike! Nick scoops then SLAMS Mike, drops an elbow but misses! Mike trips up Matt, but Nick PENALTY KICKS Mike from the apron! Nick says the kick is good, and then says the camera man should keep his eye on him or something like that.
Nick puts Mike in, tags Matt, and the Bucks set Mike up for a catapult into the GAMANGIRI! Springboard double stomps across Matt’s knees! The Bucks are in control as AEW goes to break!
AEW returns as Nick and Mike DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Both are down, but while the ref is busy with Matt Sydal, Matt Jackson rolls Nick out of the ring and takes his place! Wait, this can’t work, they’re not twins! The ref still doesn’t realize and he starts a standing count! Open your eyes, ref! Matt flips over, kips up, and the ref realizes what’s going on. He says there was no tag, so Matt Jackson has to get out. But instead, he drags Mike away from his brother, only for Mike to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Matt Sydal! Sydal dropkicks and fires off more kicks on Jackson! Nick gets in, and he gets a wheel kick!
Matt Sydal has Matt Jackson, who the ref is letting be legal, in a Fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Sydal fires off KICKS on Jackson, but he slides under! Pop to a gut wrench, but Sydal changes it as Nick springboards! SLICE JAWBREAKER COMBO! Standing Mariposa! Tag to Mike, “This is Awesome!” as the Sydals hit DOUBLE METEORA! Cover, Nick breaks it! Nick scoops, Mike ducks but BASEMENT SUPERKICK! Matt Sydal avoids screw high kick and double superkicks to DOUBLE RANA! QUESTION MARK to Matt Jackson, then a ghost pin with leg hook! TWO!!! Fans say that was three but maybe more like 2.9!
Matt Sydal puts Matt Jackson up top but Nick attacks! Nick back suplexes, Sydal lands on his feet but Nick BOOTS him down! Nick hops up to join Matt but Sydal SUPER STEINERS Nick away! Sydal then gets Jackson, SUPER- NO! Jackson moves and Sydal crashes and burns on the top rope! Both Matts are down on the mat but fans fire up! Hot tag to Mike! Mike slingshots in, shoves Matt into Nick, then fires up. Matt does the splits! The ref is busy with Nick, Matt STRAIGHT RIGHT LOW BLOWS!! Matt plays shocked but the ref missed it anyway! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Matt Sydal, then a tag! Mike gets a B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
And with that, the Sydals DON’T get a title match! Brandon Cutler helps the Bucks ice down, but someone is speaking on the mic? Frankie Kazarian has the music stop as he and Christopher Daniels stand on stage! Kaz says if Matt has something to say, now’s the perfect time to keep it to yourself. There seems to be a lot of change, with these new Bucks having new attitudes and new questionable wardrobe decisions. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the promise Kaz made last December. The next time SCU loses as a tag team, they’d be done as a tag team. They stand here as the undefeated #1 contenders, and the biggest threat the Bucks have ever faced!
Daniels says right now, all he is is PISSED and FURIOUS! He wanted to wrestle his friends, but he doesn’t see his friends. He sees entitled, overdressed BITCHES! Daniels says this new attitude sucks, and instead of just beating their asses, maybe they’ll take what matters most to the Bucks in those titles. And as #1 contenders, they don’t have to wait. Once the Bucks find their balls, SCU will take those titles and make AEW a better company by taking these a-holes out of it! When it is all or nothing for The Addiction, will they survive as champions? Or will they be put down in their prime?
AEW hears from Jade Cargill.
“Over the past few weeks, every major manager here in AEW is looking to sign me,” but there’s one problem: they want a percentage of her money! They want a cut of Jade’s pie, and it doesn’t work that way. Jade is her own boss, makes her own money, and makes her own moves. They need to impress her before they sign her, because she is #ThatBitch!
Penta El Zero M w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Orange Cassidy w/ Trent!
The war of Death Triangle and Best Friends rages on, and now Cero Miedo looks to make Freshly Squeezed into Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice! But will having no fear mean nothing against a man who has no stress?
The bell rings, Penta fires up but Cassidy puts his hands up. Penta won’t let Cassidy put his hands in his pocket, then rubs Cero Miedo in Cassidy’s face. Cassidy sighs, puts his hands up, but Penta still won’t let him have his way. Penta says it slower this time: CERO… MIEDO! Cassidy still raises his hands, but Penta stops him again! Penta takes off his glove with extra drama this time, and then tosses it to Alex! Penta then makes sure Cassidy listens, Cero Miedo and a real stiff pie face! Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, and tosses them to Trent, but Trent misses. Trent plays it off by staying put. Cassidy gets his hands in his pockets! And he unleashes the sloth kicks! Penta goes to kick but Cassidy dodges!
Cassidy actually speeds things up, dodges and no-hands arm-drags?! Then hurdles, to roll and monkey flip Penta! Cassidy hits a no-hand kip up! Cassidy then uses his hands to get Penta up but Penta fights off Beach Break! Penta wants the package but Cassidy gets free, only to run into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Penta taunts Trent, gets Cassidy up and KICKS his leg! Penta throws forearms in the corner, whips corner to corner, but Cassidy reverses. Cassidy runs in, goes up but gets caught to an Electric Chair, only to spin and arm-drag Penta! And then poses with him with a thumbs up! Penta BITES the thumb! Cassidy ghost pins, TWO!!
Penta and Cassidy reset and Penta gets out. Cassidy WRECKS him with a dropkick, then DIVES, but into a trophy lift! Penta holds Cassidy up with one arm! And then TOSSES him to the apron! Trent checks on Cassidy as AEW goes picture in picture.
Penta watches Cassidy slowly get up, and he KICKS his leg out! Cassidy writhes and clutches the leg but Penta says the kick is good. Penta drags Cassidy up and puts him in the ring, then stalks him. Penta digs his knee into Cassidy’s back and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Cassidy endures, Penta gets him up and whips him to SUPERKICK him down! Penta taunts Trent, goes back to Cassidy, and stomps him in the stomach! Penta dares Trent to do something, then he chokes Cassidy on the ropes! Cassidy endures, the ref counts, Penta lets off at 4 and Alex talks trash. Cassidy sputters and coughs, Trent coaches him up, but Penta gets Cassidy up.
Penta has everyone calm down a moment, and he CHOPS Cassidy! Penta stalks Cassidy, toys with him, then gets his leg on the ropes to KICK it! Cassidy writhes again as he clutches the leg. Penta goes to the apron and stomps away on the leg! Cassidy gets in, Penta stalks him, and Penta swaggers about as Cassidy gets up, just to KICK the leg out again! Penta is having fun now as AEW returns to single picture. Penta stands Cassidy up to whip him corner to corner, then runs in to GAMANGIRI! Penta taunts Trent, gets Cassidy up and whips him the other way. Penta runs in to GAMANGIRI again! Fans rally and duel as Penta gets Cassidy up again.
Penta whips, Cassidy goes up and out, and bumps Penta off buckles! Then off more buckles! Cassidy goes up top and leaps to CROSSBODY! Cassidy bounces off the cover but he keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Penta blocks the DDT! Penta suplexes Cassidy to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, “CERO MIEDO!” “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” as Penta stalks Cassidy. Penta drags Cassidy up, SLAPS him, but Cassidy fires off haymakers and body shots! Penta shoves, Cassidy jumps but into the pump handle PACKAGE DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Penta is going to make him pay for it now!
Penta hammerlocks one arm, grabs the other, but Cassidy reaches for his pocket! Penta brings it back, Cassidy brings it down, and Cassidy gets the hand in his pocket! Penta stomps away in frustration but Cassidy gets away. SUPERKICK from Cassidy, SUPERKICK from Penta! Cassidy runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cassidy stays up, grits his teeth, and runs, into another SUPERKICK! Penta reels Cassidy in, for a DESTROYER!! And then the package- BEACH BREAK!!! Cover, TWO!?! Penta’s shoulder barely comes up but it’s enough! “This is Awesome!” as Penta and Cassidy reset. Penta stalks Cassidy, Cassidy senses him approaching, and the two stare down.
Cassidy punches but Penta KICKS and CHOPS and KICKS! Penta fires off in a corner, the ref counts, Penta lets up at 4 to run side to side, SUPERKICK!! Cassidy is a lump in the corner but Penta drags him back up. Penta says this is over, and he suplexes, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy counters outta nowhere, and gets up top again! Cassidy leaps, DEEP IMPACT!! Penta wobbles, Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl and lots of revolutions, DDT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Alex has a mic to “excuse” himself. Alex wants us to know that if you thought what Penta said about Trent’s Mom last week was bad, you should’ve heard what he said about Cassidy!
Cassidy grabs Alex and TOSSES him into the ring! Alex begs for mercy, but Penta is up and he mule kicks! Penta reels Cassidy in, tucks him in, but Cassidy slips out! Trent gets the mic to Cassidy, ORANGE MIC PUNCH!! Cover, Trent drags Alex away, Cassidy wins!!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Alex might’ve stuck his foot into his mouth as he and Penta pay for what they pulled off last week! But this war is far from over, what will it take to truly settle things between Best Friends and Death Triangle?
Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker.
The Doctor is now the #1 contender to the AEW Women’s World Championship, and she’s so happy! What did she tell us? Does she ever lie? No! She said she was going to work her way up, and look what we have here! The Doctor is at the top of the food chain, not just in merchandise sales, demographic scores and bonafide star power, but she is at the top of the “respected and logical” wins-loss rankings! When it comes to the current AEW Women’s World Champion, we’re going to be reminded why Britt is the Face of the Women’s Division! “Yours truly, the number ONE contender, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.” But will winning the title be as easy as climbing the rankings?
Tony Schiavone presides over the Blood & Guts Parley!
Next week, we will have the ultimate battle in the ultimate battleground of two rings and two cages as the two top factions in AEW wage war! Tonight, we learn which team will have the advantage in that match. Introducing first: The Pinnacle! MJF, Tully Blanchard, FTR, Shawn Spears and Wardlow are accompanied by extra security as they go to the ring. Fans taunt them with, “Pineapple! Pineapple!” And then, the Inner Circle! Their extra security? A motorcycle club! The fans sing Judas for Jericho as he, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana and Ortiz step into the ring and stare down the Pinnacle.
Schiavone begins this face-off by explaining the rules of the Blood & Guts match. There will first be a five minute period where it will be 1v1. Then every two minutes, teams will alternate as they send in another teammate, until all 10 are in the ring. Then and only then can the match end, by only submission or surrender. This parley is to determine which team has the advantage, aka sending their members in first. It will be via coin toss, but Shawn Spears snatches the mic away?! Spears says it won’t be a coin toss! The Pinnacle should get the advantage by default for being “lured” into this match. Advantage: Pinnacle.
And in return, Spears offers a warning: “This doesn’t end well for you boys. You’re looking at five men who are willing to bleed and sacrifice everything for each other! I look across this ring and I do not see the same.” When the hell was the last time Sammy even wrestled a match! Is he even ready for this? Jericho is leading you into very, very deep waters. In one week, Spears will be the guy stepping on Sammy’s head while he’s drowning. Sammy snatches the mic and fans cheer him on as he responds, “Spears, I don’t believe you. And simply, why should I?” Ever since Spears got here, he’s been a failure! The more Sammy thinks about it, the more he realizes Spears was a failure where he used to work, too!
The thing is, the Pinnacle needs to know, on May 5th, Spears will fail again. Because whether it’s 1v1, 2v1, 3v1, all of them at once, it won’t matter! Sammy will let them have the advantage and even be the first man up so he can be the one to whoop all of them! Sammy will start with the guy who serves the popcorn! He’ll fight everyone! Well if that’s the case, then it is agreed! The Pinnacle “wins” the parley, and has the advantage in Blood & Guts!
But the discussion continues, as Cash Wheeler asks Santana & Ortiz to their face, with all honesty, “Please, please do not bring this version of Santana & Ortiz.” Blood & Guts is not the match to bring “these soft, complacent, Jericho lapdogs” that they’ve been the last two years! Cash promises that with every ounce of his being, if they bring that Santana & Ortiz, they won’t make it out. Dax Harwood says next week is almost a guarantee that someone’s career, or even someone’s life, will be shortened. Dax has prepared himself and his family for that. But when the door shuts and he’s staring every single one of them down, “You’re in MY world now, and I ain’t afraid to die!”
Dax tells Ortiz that he has a son at home, and Santana has a baby girl. But that Tuesday, before they leave home to come to Daily’s Place for Blood & Guts, they better hold their kids close and whisper in their ears a message from “Uncle Dax: Daddy ain’t coming back home.” Ortiz tells Santana to calm down, they know what FTR is trying to do. Santana takes a breath, and takes his turn on the mic. “Seven days, boys. Y’all gonna be locked in a cage with us! Y’all haven’t been locked up? Because we have. May 5th, I’mma let my hands do the talking!”
MJF speaks up and says this is a parley, so act like gentlemen. And as a gentleman, MJF wants to say something to Jericho. “Thank you.” Yes, and Jericho has been waiting for that a long time, right? We all know he’s wanted to hear those words from everyone since the inception of AEW, and Jericho has every right to feel that way. Without Jericho, there is no AEW. Jericho was the top guy, the draw, the bridge for every lapsed fan to come over here and check out AEW, and he managed to create the best group in pro-wrestling, The Inner Circle. MJF gives credit where credit is due. He even lets fans chant for Inner Circle.
However, MJF can’t imagine the pressure Jericho must feel. Let’s face it: Every time Jericho comes out here, if he hits anything less than a home run is him taking food out of the mouths of every other person in the company. Jericho puts the company every single time he comes out here! MJF can’t imagine the level of paranoia, stress and restless nights. We see it every night in those bloodshot eyes! Jericho looks exhausted! “Guess it’s true what they say, ‘Heavy lies the crown,'” but MJF says Jericho doesn’t have to worry anymore. After Blood & Guts, MJF will do the humane thing and take that “heavy, heavy burden of a crown” off Jericho to put it atop his head, so that his FAMILY replaces the Inner Circle at the top of AEW!
But don’t get it twisted, now. MJF appreciates everything Jericho’s done for AEW. That is why when it is all said and done, and MJF looks down at the scarred up, mangled body of Jericho, MJF will again say, “Thank you.” Jericho’s spot will be MJF’s! Jericho responds with, “You self-righteous, self-gratifying little prick!” How dare MJF be so entitled to think he can have someone’s spot just because they want it! How dare he think he can just inherit someone’s spot like he inherited the trust fund mommy ‘n’ daddy made for him! Or maybe MJF thinks he can absorb ab spot through osmosis, or a Tetris game where MJF can just slide right in.
It doesn’t work that way! If MJF wants this spot, he has to EARN it! He mentioned last week about how at 25 years old, Jericho was curtain jerking in WCW. Yeah, he was, and he is damn proud of it! That is what led Jericho to where he is today! But what MJF didn’t mention is that at 25 years old, Jericho already headlined arenas around the world, such as Japan, Mexico and Germany, which is another reason why he’s here today! Those were where Jericho learned about respect and other life lessons, and built the reputation he has to be at the top today!
Fans are fired up as Jericho says, “If you want my spot, a good place to start earning it is by beating me and the Inner Circle at Blood & Guts. But you aren’t going to do that because we ARE Blood & Guts!” Jericho won’t let Tully cut into his promo, because if MJF wants to talk family, the Inner Circle IS a family! How long has MJF known his jerkoffs? Three MONTHS?! The Inner Circle has been a family in AEW since day ONE! Hager had Jericho’s back when he was threatened with assassination in Abu Dhabi in 2012! The “lapdogs” are a pack of wild animals that have torn and clawed their way here and Jericho owes them for that!
And Sammy, Jericho brought here personally but because of MJF, Sammy quit! That won’t happen again! MJF won’t get in the way of Inner Circle, he won’t beat them at Blood & Guts! They will never tap out, and you’d have to KILL them to make them surrender! And when that doesn’t happen, the Inner Circle will step on the Pinnacle like the crap they are, wipe them off their shoes, and then look down at the only SPOT they deserve! And to finish, if 1969 was the Summer of Love, 2021 will be the Summer of Violence and Pain! Next week, May 5th, Summer starts early!! The parley is over, but the war is still to come! Will Blood & Guts be the most fitting name a match has ever had?
Eddie Kingston heads to the ring!
Michael “MT” Nakazawa waits, but Kingston says no, he’s not doing this “sports entertainment” type crap! He isn’t doing this, so Kenny better show up. Kingston tells Nakazawa to get out and for Kenny to get in. The Elite walks out, Kingston wants payback for the broken ankle. Omega says Kingston doesn’t get how this works. The Elite are the ones mad at Kingston and need payback on him. “Do you think that if you ask for the champ, you get the champ? No!” So the “goons” are being sent after him first. And then Nakazawa SMACKS Kingston with his laptop! Get him, Nak! Nakazawa gets Kingston up but Kingston elbows the suplex off! Kingston hits an EXPLODER!
Omega keeps shouting for Nakazawa to get Kingston, but what he gets is a URAKEN back hand! Kingston’s even wearing Nakazawa’s headset in case Omega can’t hear him! Kingston gets Nakazawa’s chair, puts it around Nakazawa’s leg, and then gets a mic. “You either get into the ring, or I’m breaking your boy’s ankle!” Omega tries to calm Kingston down but Kingston’s serious! Omega says he understands the threat, and Nakazawa knew what he signed up for. And as a reminder, there’s more than one goon around here. Omega calls for Brandon Cutler, but Cutler is floundering already? Because MOXLEY attacks Omega! Seems Omega forgot Kingston has a friend, too!
Moxley throws Omega into the ring, Kingston throws hands, then Moxley puts on a SLEEPER! Omega fades and Callis panics! Kingston has a chair and he puts it around Omega’s fancy shoe and on his ankle! Omega is in a daze, Callis gets the mic and shouts at Kingston. Kingston says they either get a match with Omega or they break the golden boy’s ankle! Callis says they don’t want to do that but they really do! Callis says okay, they can get whatever they want! Mox, come here. Omega, stop moving! Mox, tell Callis what they want. They want a tag team match with Omega and “this little dipshit with the laptop,” and they want it ASAP!
Okay, okay, Callis promises! YES, they’ll get their match!! Then see you next week! Kingston and Moxley spare Omega and head out. Will the Mad King and the Maniac kick off Blood & Guts with some violence and pain of their own?
AEW is picture in picture as Sammy returns!
The Spanish God brings back his cue cards! “War does not determine who is right, only who is left. On May 5th, at Blood & Guts, I will start the CARNAGE! I will start the WAR! I will be the first man in that cage! And the first man… with Pinnacle BLOOD on his hands!” Sammy has the last word and promises to fire the first shot, but will he be the most pivotal part of the war between Inner Circle and Pinnacle?
Tony Schiavone interviews Taz backstage.
The leader of Team Taz wants to say that we just witnessed Brian Cage beat the #1 wrestler in the world, so that makes Team Taz number one! They have unfinished business with a certain someone, but he hasn’t seen Christian Cage around yet. Oh, here he is, walking in now! Well here’s the deal, Christian! Last week, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs beat Christian’s ass from “pillar to post,” and one mistake cost him! Now Christian will have to deal with someone else in Team Taz! Christian says enough of the games. At one point in time, Taz was one of the baddest dudes, talking a big game and backing it up. He’d beat men down, make them tap out, and make it look easy.
Nowadays, Taz still talks tough, but the backing-it-up part… Not so much. So what did Taz do? He surrounded himself with the biggest and best prospects. And when those guys get the success we all know they’ll get, Taz can be there to bask in it with them, as if he did it himself, just to feed his own ego! Then he sees a guy like Christian, returning after a seven-year retirement, representing everything Taz wishes he could do. Taz wanted to come back but he didn’t, Christian has, and now Taz wants to leech off him! Christian won’t allow that to happen! Taz can send his team one by one, but Christian is fine with that. It isn’t win or lose, but win and learn.
Hobbs learned, and if Starks gets in the ring with Christian, he’ll learn something, too! It might be a bitter pill to swallow, but they’ll be better off for it! And maybe, before it’s too late, they’ll realize they’re all better off without Taz! Will Captain Charisma open Absolute’s eyes soon enough?
Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy VS Penelope Ford w/ Kip Sabian!
The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien became an honorary Best Friend and helped them win Arcade Anarchy, but that didn’t sit well with Mrs. Superbad! Will Penelope get even with Statlander and move up the ranks at the same time?
The bell rings, she and Ford tie up and fire off hands! Ford KICKS, pie faces and runs, but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Ford flounders up, and Kris trophy lifts to SLAM Ford down! Ford bails out, Kris pursues but Ford trips her and drags her to the apron. Ford spins Kris to ROCK her with a forearm! Ford then pushes Kris to a corner, and slingshots, but misses the knee drop! Kris builds speed but Ford moves, so Kris cartwheels out of the ring to BOOP her nose! Kris then fires off forearms, puts Ford in the ring, and gives a thumbs up to Cassidy! Kip shouts at Kris and that distracts her so Ford can BOOT her down! Ford slingshots again for the KNEE DROP!
Fans boo as Ford talks trash on Kris and dribbles her on the floor! Ford drags Kris up and whips her into railings as AEW goes picture in picture!
Ford CLUBS Kris on her back, kicks her around, but Kris kicks back. Ford returns to CLUB Kris on the back, and pushes her into the ring to push her around more. Ford drags Kris back up, kicks her in the face, then again! Kris clubs Ford, Ford BOOTS Kris! Ford scowls as she stalks Kris to a corner, then scrapes her face along the ropes! The ref counts, Ford chokes Kris and gets a kiss from Kip, then lets off at 4. Cassidy shrugs at what Mr. & Mrs. Superbad are even doing, but Ford turns Kris around to motorcycle HOTSHOT her into ropes! The ref reprimands but the damage is done. Ford CLUBS Kris down as AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and the forearms fly back and forth! Kris and Ford brawl to their feet, Ford gets the edge but Kris counters to an STO BACKBREAKER! Ford goes to a corner, Kris runs in and uppercuts! Kris whips Ford back in to uppercut again! And then side-to-side for the KNEE WASH! Kris carries Ford around for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Ford survives but Kris keeps her cool. Kris drags Ford up and runs, but Ford avoid the knee to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kris is in a daze as Ford gets her back up. Ford runs Kris to BULLDOG in the buckles! Ford then goes up top for a BLOCKBUSTER! It wasn’t the cleanest, but Ford covers, TWO!!
Fans rally up and Kip is upset about the count as Ford and Kris slowly rise. Cassidy paces, Ford handsprings corner to corner but Kris dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Kris uses her head to hook a leg, and flips Ford for the SOLAR ECLIPSE! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Kris can’t believe it! Kris throws heavy hands down on Ford, then gets her up to whip. Ford dodges and HEEL KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and fans fire up again! Ford drags Kris up, handsprings, but Kris intercepts with a gut wrench! Kip gets on the apron but Cassidy pulls him down. BIG BANG THEORY! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall
Freshly Squeezed makes sure the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien gets a fair shake, and she gets a big win! Kris boops Ford again before she heads out, but will she be headed to the top of the rankings soon enough?
AEW hears from Preston Vance.
“To be the one to bring the TNT title back to the Dark Order after someone like Brodie had it, that would mean the world to me. That would define my entire career.” Brodie influenced Vance from day one, and is the one who got hi his shot. Vance will never forget the day Brodie gave him a mask and said, “You are one of us.” The TNT Championship is THE title to Vance, because it represents Brodie Lee and the reason why Vance is here. Will Number 10 feel like number one against the Relentless Darby Allin?
Six Man Tag: The Nightmare Family VS The Factory!
Dustin Rhodes, Lee Johnson & Billy Gunn look to represent for Cody against the men who betrayed them! But in another act of defiant disrespect, QT Marshall, Aaron Solow, Nick Comoroto & Anthony Ogogo arrive in the Nightmare Express, the Rhodes Family bus! How did they have the keys for that?! Will the Natural lead Big Shotty & The Ass Man in tearing down the Gifted, the Extra Talented, and the Freak Beast?
In fact, the Nightmare Family doesn’t even care about the bell! They charge The Factory and start throwing hands! Ogogo gets clear as Gunn whips Solow into railing! Johnson fires off hands on QT while Dustin and Comoroto brawl! QT ROCKS Johnson, Gunn whips Solow into more railing, and the brawling goes around the sides! Johnson fires off on QT now, just peppering him with fists! QT shoves Johnson and RAMS him into barriers! Gunn gets Solow in the ring, the bell sounds, and this is finally a match!
QT goes in after Gunn and KICKS him in the bad ribs! Solow tags Comoroto, and Comoroto JAMS a knee into Gunn’s ribs! Comoroto gets Gunn up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo the Factory but Comoroto covers, TWO!! Gunn reaches out but Comoroto waistlocks. Comoroto squeezes Gunn with a rear bearhug but Gunn endures. Gunn fights up, throws elbows, but Comoroto just squeezes tighter! Gunn throws haymakers and he ROCKS Comoroto with the bell clap! Comoroto runs at Gunn but is sent into buckles! Hot tag to Dustin! The Natural rallies on Comoroto but Comoroto stays on his feet! Dustin fires off uppercut after uppercut but the whip is blocked!
Comoroto whips, Dustin stops himself and ROCKS Comoroto with a Rhodes Uppercut! Dustin runs, ducks and dodges, but still gets CLOBBERED! Comoroto seethes, kicks Dustin out of the ring, and tags in QT as AEW goes picture in picture.
QT stalks Dustin, brings him around, and snap suplexes him to the floor! QT scowls as he looms over Dustin, then rains down rights. The ref reprimands and starts a ring count, but QT lets off to get Dustin up and in at 5 of 10. Tag to Solow, the Factory mugs Dustin, and Solow throws forearms. Solow ROCKS Dustin in the corner, CHOPS him, and brings him around to CLUB him down. Solow throws stomps, tags Comoroto, and Comoroto digs his knee in. Tag to QT, Comoroto whips him in to SPLASH Dustin! QT then feeds Dustin to Comoroto’s BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Gunn is there and QT backs way off! Tag to Solow, and he stomps Dustin down.
Solow gets Dustin up but Dustin fires off body shots and uppercuts! Solow shoves and spins for a SCREW HIGH KICK! Dustin staggers into a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dustin is still in this and Solow is losing his cool! Tag to QT, he and Solow get Dustin up and QT DECKS Dustin! QT stomps Dustin on the face, then drags him up, only for Dustin to throw uppercuts! Dustin runs, into a dropkick! QT covers, TWO!! AEW returns to single picture as QT seethes and fans rally for Dustin. QT mule kicks Gunn in the ribs! QT tells Johnson to “SUCK IT!” but he turns around into Dustin’s SPINNING POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Dustin fires himself up and he gets up. He and QT crawl to their corners, hot tag to Johnson and Solow! Johnson dodges Solow to dropkick Comoroto! Then he comes back to rally on Solow with big lariats! Johnson blocks, elbows and NECKBREAKERS! Johnson kips up, fans fire up and Johnson runs at the corner to CHOP LARIAT Solow! Johnson whips, Solow reverses, but Johnson goes up and over to then bait Solow into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, Comoroto breaks it! Comoroto whips, Johnson holds ropes and dumps Comoroto out! QT kicks low, but Johnson tosses him out onto Comoroto! Johnson builds speed and FLIES! The tornillo tope takes QT down!
Comoroto gets in the ring and distracts the ref, Ogogo sucker punches Johnson with that liver quiver! Gunn comes around but Ogogo gets him with one of his own! Solow tags QT, QT covers Johnson, The Factory wins!
Winners: The Factory, by pinfall
The Factory works together well, especially when they had a fourth man in the fight! Comoroto isn’t done, either, as he CLOBBERS Dustin with the cowbell! Dustin is down, QT tells Cody that next week- Wait, Gunn Club comes out to avenge their father! Austin DECKS QT, Colten DECKS him, then Austin hits a THESZ PRESS! Austin fires off hands, then lets QT up just so Colten can dropkick him out of the ring! Solow and Comoroto attack the Gunn boys, and QT retreats to the stolen Nightmare Express! But look who is inside!! IT’S CODY!! He BOOTS QT and fires off hands!! Cody throws QT into the side of the bus, fires off more hands, and then throws him into the bus again!
Cody and QT brawl, QT rakes eyes, and he gets away! Wait, QT went up on top of the bus?! Cody pursues, and the brawl continues! Cody headlock punches QT until he stumbles, and then Cody gets the legs! A Figure Four leglock on top of the bus! QT taps but this isn’t a match, just a fight! Cody has avenged himself and the Nightmare Family, but this is far from over!
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
Despite what was once advertised, “card subject to change.” Blood & Guts won’t be the only bit of violence and pain, as now, after what we just saw, Cody and QT will settle things 1v1 in the ring! But with The Factory allowed ringside, will the numbers game win out again? And on top of all that, the tag match of Kenny Omega & MT Nakazawa VS Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston is made official! Will all these grudges finally be settled on what will surely be the most violent night in AEW history?
Plus, Britt Baker looks to maintain her top spot in the AEW Women’s Division, and there will be a FATAL 4 WAY Tag Team Eliminator, pitting the top four teams against each other! Will SCU survive going against Jurassic Express, The Acclaimed and The Varsity Blondes in one match to get their shot at the Young Bucks?
And there’s more! For May 12th, it will be a special NJPW AEW crossover! Because whether Moxley wins or loses to Omega & Nakazawa next week, he will defend his IWGP United States Championship against Blue Justice, Yuji Nagata! Will Nagata take this title off Moxley and bring it back to Japan?
AEW Media catches up with Kip Sabian backstage.
“I have no idea why you guys think this is such a big deal, everything’s fine.” Kip meets with Miro! The Best Man throws things at Kip then throws Kip at the garage door! “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!?!” Miro keeps throwing Kip around and shouts, “Are you trying to sabotage me?!” Miro uses the garage door chain to CHOKE Kip!! Miro then throws Kip into a locker! And another! And another! “Nobody’s gonna stop me!” Kip keeps trying to explain, but Miro says, “It’s time to pay your dues.” Miro puts Kip’s arm through a doorway, and SLAMS the door shut on it!! Kip writhes and clutches what could be a broken wrist, but Miro comforts Kip?! Miro forgives Kip?! Has the Best Man lost his mind?!
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order!
To prove he is a fighting champion, the Relentless Face of the Network will not stop defending his title until he loses his title! Will tonight be that night when he goes up against the towering and inTENse young behemoth?
The introductions are made, the belt that means so much to so many is raised, and we see the future unfold in another massive main event!
Fans are fired up already as the two circle. They tie up, Vance powers Darby to ropes but lets off fast. Both men stare down and go forehead to forehead before they reset. Fans rally and duel, Darby and Vance tie up again, and Vance puts Darby in a corner, then on the top rope! The ref calls for a break and Vance lets off. Vance doesn’t let his eyes off Darby, and the two circle again. Darby calls for a test of strength, but then gets around to headlock. Vance powers up, Darby thrashes, but Vance powers up again. Darby lands out of the back suplex and headlocks again! Vance powers out, and runs Darby over! Darby flops out to the apron as the Dark Order fires up!
Vance has Darby up, suplexes him back up and holds him for a count of- No, Darby pries free at 7! And he pulls at the eyehole of the mask! Darby headlocks, Vance powers up and swings Darby around for a BACKBREAKER! Darby flounders to a corner as Vance makes sure his face is okay. Darby JABS Vance, but Vance shrugs it off! Vance whips Darby corner to corner hard, then gets him up to whip back the other way even harder! Darby kicks back, Vance yanks Darby up but Darby fights off the powerbomb! CHOP BLOCK to the bad leg! Darby throws down hands, lets off and climbs up, then leaps, but Vance POUNCES him out of the air!
Fans are rallying hard both ways as Vance gets Darby up. Darby claws Vance’s arm to get free as AEW goes picture in picture!
Darby runs but Vance ROCKS him! Darby flops against ropes then hits the mat while Vance shakes out his arms. Cover, TWO! Darby grits his teeth but Vance storms after him in a corner. Vance gets Darby up, reels him in and suplexes, to finally keeps him up for 10 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Vance keeps his cool and stalks Darby to ropes. Darby hits low, gets to a corner, but Vance CHOPS him! Vance throws heavy hands, more CHOPS, then stalks Darby along ropes. Vance CLUBS Darby all the way down to the mat, then covers, ONE!! Darby is not done yet, but Vance gets him up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Vance stalks Darby to ropes again, but Darby throws body shots and CHOPS! Vance CLUBS Darby, has him on the ropes again, and gets him up for a BIG forearm! Darby goes to a corner, Vance runs in and clotheslines! Vance looms over Darby, drags him up, but Darby hits back! Vance BOOTS Darby down! Vance catches his breath while Darby leans against ropes. Vance drags Darby up again, but Darby clubs Vance’s wrists! Vance kicks Darby to ropes as AEW returns to single picture. The Dark Order coaches Vance, he whips and trophy lifts, but Darby flails to make it a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Darby BOOTS from a corner, runs at Vance but into the SPINEBUSTER!
Vance is fired up, as are the other Dark Order members! Vance tries to dead lift Darby, but the bad arm bothers him. So he just uses one arm for a POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Vance grows a bit frustrated but he drags Darby back up. Vance reels Darby in but Darby wrenches free again! Darby gets around for the THROWBACK STUNNER! Darby drags Vance down for a FUJIWARA! Darby bends Vance’s fingers back while pulling the arm, but Vance fights up to back suplex! Darby lands on his feet, wrenches and wrings Vance out to get the Fujiwara again! Vance endures the joint manipulation, manages to drag himself over and gets the ropebreak with the free arm.
Darby stomps the bad arm and Vance writhes on the apron! Darby pursues Vance outside, but Vance RAMS him into railing! And RAMS him into the apron! Sting keeps his distance as Vance puts Darby in. Vance stares Sting down before going around the way. Vance climbs the corner, but Darby catches him first! Darby stands on the hand, stomps it against the crossbar, then kicks Vance down! Vance regroups with Alan Angels, but Darby DIVES onto them both! The rest of the Dark Order hurries over, but they just want to check on Angels and Vance. Sting backs them off, but they get Angels away to their side of the ring.
Darby gets up slowly, but the ref is too busy with Sting! Ethan Page POSTS Darby!! Ethan puts Darby in the ring and blows a kiss, and the only ones who missed it were the ref and Vance! Vance gets in the ring, wonders what happened, but he doesn’t let it get past him! Wheelbarrow STUNGUN GERMAN!! Cover, TWO!!! Darby survives and shocks everyone! Vance keeps his cool as he waits for Darby to get up. Vance locks on half a nelson but Darby fights free! Darby body scissors and rips at the mask!! Then he SLAPS away on Vance! Darby shoves, runs, springboards, but into the FULL NELSON!
Darby tries to break free with help from his leg, but Vance thrashes him around! Darby hangs in there, uses the corner to push back to a cover, DARBY WINS!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
Despite All Ego trying to screw Darby over, he finds a way to win again! Nine successful and consecutive defenses means Darby is setting a new record for this workhorse title! Vance shows respect by helping Darby up, and Darby shows respect by showing the Brodie Lee tribute armband off to the cameras. But Ethan is back! Darby chases him off, and SCORPIO SKY blindsides Sting! Ethan & Scorpio stomp away on Sting and Darby! Scorpio stomps away on Sting’s legs, Ethan helps out, and Scorpio puts on the KNEEBAR OF THE REVOLUTION! Ethan makes Darby watch Sting tap out to Scorpio’s hold!
But here comes Lance Archer and Preston Vance! They chase Scorpio & Ethan off, but the damage has been done! Will anyone teach Ethan & Scorpio a thing about respect? Or will they disrespectfully devastate every division in AEW?
This was another awesome episode here. First off, Hangman VS Cage was a great opener, and I did NOT expect Cage to win! That might actually be another part of the brilliant pacing for Hangman in AEW. A loss at this point could bring Hangman down a few spots, so he’d have to take time to build back up to face Omega. This could be how AEW paces it out so Hangman faces Omega at All Out 2021 and uses that anniversary of the inaugural title match for Hangman’s crowning achievement. Christian and Taz had a very good segment together, too, and this is a good way to set up the series of Christian VS Team Taz, rightfully culminating in Christian Cage VS Brian Cage, maybe IN a cage? CAGECEPTION!!
We got a good and certainly very interesting promo from The Elite. I do like that they’re scared of any and all car horns now because of what Moxley & Kingston did. The Bucks VS The Sydals was a great match, but of course the Bucks win. SCU has a good promo, but as I was saying for Dark classic last night, I just didn’t feel the drama of how SCU has been undefeated since their self-challenge. Now, the Fatal 4 Way of the top teams is a great move to turn up the heat in a short amount of time, but we still should’ve gotten a long string of matches that get more and more intense and competitive, so that SCU at #1 VS Jurassic Express at #2 is this barn burner that SCU manages to win so that they are absolutely red hot going into a match with The Bucks.
Kingston not wanting to play along with a “sports entertainer” (aka WWE) move was very appropriate. Him and Moxley threatening Omega’s leg was a good way of getting their way, but you can bet Nakazawa takes the loss in next week’s tag match. Moxley VS Nagata the week after is going to be solid stuff, and on one hand, being on TNT means more people are likely to watch it than if this was on NJPW Strong, which is only available through the New Japan World streaming service. And on the other, Omega can definitely screw Moxley over so that Nagata gets the title and brings it back to NJPW prime programming. I just don’t know where this is going for Moxley & Kingston, as Moxley’s had his matches with Omega for the AEW title and I don’t see them throwing another one in the mix.
We got a very good match out of Penta VS Cassidy, even with Abrahantes and Trent getting involved. Rey Fenix beat Chuck Taylor on Elevation, Penta beat Trent last Dynamite and Cassidy beats Penta tonight, I hope we can get PAC in on this so that we get all the round robin combinations possible before that eventual Six Man Tag blow-off. Statlander and Ford had their own solid match, but it makes sense for Statlander to win since she’s the one returning and needs to build up strength again in the rankings to match where she was before her absence. Even before Kip jinxed himself with saying it’d be fine, I knew Miro was going to mangle him. Miro should definitely use this as his way to move on from Kip and vice-versa.
We got a very good Six Man Tag out of Nightmare Family VS The Factory, and of course The Factory wins that one. However, I’m a bit disappointed Cody made his return tonight. We should’ve gotten more out of Dustin VS QT before getting to Cody VS QT, but I guess Cody couldn’t help but book himself for what will surely be one of the biggest nights Dynamite has ever had with Blood & Guts. And speaking of B&G, that parley was a great segment with some great promos from both sides, but just saying Pinnacle gets advantage is a bit underwhelming, especially coming from AEW. You have Elevation, why not make it matter by putting the advantage match on there?
We got a good vignette for Preston Vance, and an awesome main event for the TNT Championship. Darby going after the mask only made him out to be a jerk, because Vance isn’t a luchador, that mask is about being in the Dark Order and Brodie seeing his potential. To be honest, Darby could’ve ripped that thing half off and Vance could’ve still fought him without being bothered by it. I should’ve figured Ethan Page would interfere, but it didn’t affect the outcome, and I’m not sure how to feel about that. Is Darby’s power level too high now? Ethan and Scorpio attacking after the match made sense, though, as did Archer helping run them off. I wonder if we get Ethan & Scorpio VS Archer & Vance before Ethan & Scorpio VS Darby & Sting.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
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