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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/20/21)

Will it be a silent Knight?

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NXT Coverage 2021

NXT is ready to shine bright on a Tuesday night!

With that, LA Knight takes on Dexter Lumis, Kushida puts his Cruiserweight title on the line, and Warrior of the Sun, Sarray, makes her NXT in-ring debut!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • LA Knight VS Dexter Lumis; Knight wins.
  • Breezango VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
  • Sarray VS Zoey Stark; Sarray wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS ???; Kushida wins and retains the title.
  • Ever-Rise VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Cameron Grimes; O’Reilly wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kyle O’Reilly is back!

After winning the brutal Unsanctioned Match with Adam Cole at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, he’s back and still playing air guitar on his way to the ring! He gets a mic and takes a breath before he says, “In life, we face constant struggles and challenges, and at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, I faced the toughest personal and physical test of my life.” Kyle asks to turn the lights up, but then remembers he had his sunglasses. He’s in a great mood because he’s nowhere near Cole. He can move on and be himself again and it feels good! “I like it a lot!”

Kyle’s never been one to thrust himself into the spotlight, and always realized that his work and his abilities in the ring would speak for themselves. And now that Cole is behind him, Kyle realizes it’s time to move on. “Now, what is next for Kyle O’Reilly? Well, there’s something that I learned at TakeOver; to succeed here, you have to have a killer instinct!” The same instinct Cole has and Kyle always hesitated to use. But he has to be willing to go to extremes and do anything and everything, pay the ultimate sacrifice, to achieve his goals. But what are his goals? What’s the next challenge? What’s the next objective?

Does he continue to prove he’s THE guy here? Does he go for the workhorse title of the North American Championship? Or does he take the killer instinct and hunt down the most dominant force NXT has ever seen? Kyle has all the time in the world to decide. Huh, how clover. He must be thinking of Karrion Kross! But wait, here comes Cameron Grimes! And Grimes apologizes to Kyle for coming out here but he has to say congratulations. Kyle really showed that he can stand and deliver. And to tell the truth, Grimes made a killing on Draft Kings betting on Kyle! They thought Kyle was the underdog but Grimes sees Kyle is a top dog, a big dog!

Maybe if he had someone to watch is back and invest in him, like Grimes, these two could do a lot! Now he’s #CoolKyle, he could have merchandise! Fans like the sound of it already. Grimes says that’s a couple shirts already bought. And think about that moment when Kyle jumped off the top rope and destroyed Cole! They could make that an NFT! You heard of those? Grimes got some already. But think about this! #KOCoin! They could be a great combo and go TO~ THE~ MOOON~! Kyle gets it, right? First of all, YES. Kyle loves it! Grimes is a genius and is killing it in the stonks. By the way, thanks for the hints on “doggy coin,” Kyle loves dogs.

But let’s celebrate the new business partnership, because Kyle just found out he is officially cleared to compete! And he just saw his first opponent around here somewhere… Where is he? Oh, don’t worry, it isn’t Grimes. Wait, is that him over there? Kyle uses his sunglasses to get a better look. Oh hey, it IS Grimes! Kyle DECKS the Carolina Caveman and smirks. Cool Kyle rocks out again, but will he take Grimes for everything he’s worth?

 

NXT GM William Regal welcomes Sarray to the Capital Wrestling Center.

She is honored to be here, but Zoey Stark apologizes for interrupting. She wanted to introduce herself as a fan of Sarray’s. Surely Regal has an opponent in mind for Sarray, but Zoey would like to take the first match against her. Regal likes that idea and asks if Sarray would be up to that. Sarray accepts the challenge and the two shake hands. Will the Warrior of the Sun shine so bright that she burns Stark tonight?

 

NXT, LA Knight wants to talk to ya!

“TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, just two weeks ago, and the highlight of the whole damn thing, L A Knight!” Then a bunch of guys in the Gauntlet Eliminator realized they couldn’t let him take their shine, so they ganged up on him. Guess what, dummies! What goes around, comes around! And that brings us to tonight, “the creepy cross-eyed halfwit,” Dexter Lumis will be looking at Knight but Knight will flip the off the on switch and end him right there! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, yeah! Will Knight talk Lumis’ ear off before knocking him out? Or will we end up with a silent Knight in the CWC?

 

LA Knight VS Dexter Lumis!

NXT returns as Knight makes his entrance, dummies! And then Lumis makes his entrance, and TakeOver revisited begins with the bell! Knight and Lumis stare down, fans rally for Lumis but Knight talks some trash. Knight dares Lumis to do something, they tie up and go around the ring. Lumis puts Knight in a corner, Knight turns it around and the ref counts. Knight lets off, throws hands but Lumis dodges to throw hands back! Knight headlocks, Lumis powers out but Knight runs him over to jackknife cover, TWO! Lumis ROCKS Knight with an uppercut, then whips him to ropes. Knight kicks back, Lumis shakes it off, and CLOBBERS Knight!

Lumis drags Knight up, Knight shoves him and BOOTS him down! Knight talks more trash to “this piece of trash” but gets caught into the SILENCE! Knight scrambles, gets out of the ring, and takes his time returning. Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Knight, Knight grabs a leg but Lumis pulls him up by his ears! Knight hotshots, slingshots and shoulders Lumis down! Knight tells the fans to shut up, then he whips Lumis. Lumis reverses and back drops Knight high and hard! Lumis slithers, Knight backs away, but into the post! Knight’s sword gets bent, Lumis goes out to ROCK him with another uppercut!

Lumis puts Knight in, stalks him and runs corner to corner, but misses! Knight hits a NECKBREAKER! Knight throws Lumis out, fans rally and jeer as NXT goes picture in picture.

Knight paces around while Lumis steadies himself on the outside. The ring count is 5 of 10 but Knight goes out to stomp Lumis down. Knight CLUBS Lumis, brings him up and brings him around the way to bump him off the apron. Lumis hits back, bumps Knight off the apron, then stalks Knight through the ring! Knight flails and gets away, but Lumis stalks him again. They go back in the ring, Knight CLUBS Lumis at the ropes! Knight drags Lumis up, chokes him on the ropes but lets off at 4. Knight paces, stomps Lumis down, then stomps him more. Knight hears the fans taunt him but he gives Lumis a ROPE GUILLOTINE! The ref checks on Lumis but somehow he’s okay.

Knight goes out to CLUB Lumis on the apron, then get in the faces of the fans before he CLUBS Lumis again. Knight goes in the ring, stalks Lumis, but Lumis elbows back. Lumis gets Knight up with a suplex but Knight lands on his feet to hit another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Knight drags Lumis up, clamps onto the shoulders and rams in his knee! And again! Lumis reaches for ropes but Knight mockingly hushes the crowd before wrapping on a chinlock. Lumis endures, Knight leans on the hold, but Lumis fights up to fight out with body shots. Lumis runs but into Knight’s kitchen sink knee! Knight soaks up the heat, runs and drops a knee! Cover, TWO!

Knight is annoyed but he stalks Lumis to a corner. Knight RAMS into Lumis, and again, then talks trash as NXT returns to single picture. Lumis BOOTS back then SPINEBUSTERS! Lumis crawls back to a corner as fans fire up. Knight staggers up, Lumis watches him, and DECKS him with big haymaker after haymaker! Lumis uppercuts, corner clotheslines and BULLDOGS! Knight flounders up again into Lumis’ BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up to DROP THE LEG! Lumis hauls Knight back up, suplexes to slingshot and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Lumis keeps his cool. Lumis wrenches Knight’s neck, gets him up, but Knight throat chops back!

Knight whips but Lumis reverses to send Knight out. Lumis goes out after Knight, but Knight YANKS him into boards! Lumis flounders up and Knight RAMS him into the apron! Lumis crawls, Knight stalks him again, but Lumis uppercuts! Lumis sees Indi Hartwell watching in the crowd! They touch hands through the boards, then go around to the gap. Indi stumbles a bit, seems her nerves are still running high. But Knight CLOBBERS Lumis from behind! “You can’t possibly be interested in a loser like that, seeing a guy walking around with-” Lumis PLANCHAS to shut Knight up! Lumis puts Knight in, gives Indi another long stare, and then goes to the ring.

Indi and Lumis keep looking at each other, Knight gets the CRAVAT DRIVER!! Cover, Knight wins!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Knight just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Indi is worried, did she cost Lumis this match? Can #InDex still work if it keeps getting in the way of success? Indi goes to the ring now, and she stares into Lumis’ eyes again. Fans want to see them “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” but The Way shows up to get in the way! Indi wants to be with Lumis but Theory carries her away. Johnny & Candice tell Lumis no, but will this story have a happy ending?

 

Leon Ruff speaks.

“Swerve, did you have fun standing over me in that ring last week? Because I know I enjoyed standing over you when you were laying unconscious when I smashed your head into these lockers not once, not twice, but three times!” Ruff says Swerve has pushed him too far! Ruff’s already kicked down the door and is just waiting on Swerve to make a move. The ball is in Swerve’s court, but what happens when Ruff busts back into Swerve’s House?

 

Beth Phoenix interviews Io Shirai.

This is the first time since Stand & Deliver that the Evil Genius has been on NXT. Beth takes Shirai back to In Your House, where she won the NXT Women’s Championship. Such emotion in that Triple Threat. That night was the biggest night of Shirai’s life for sure. She knows holding that NXT Women’s Championship means you’re the best in the world. Beth fast-forwards to Stand & Deliver and the boot from Raquel Gonzalez. That might’ve been the turning point, and especially the powerbomb to the floor. What was going on in that moment? Well that obviously hurt. After that, she barely had any energy. And then the last powerbomb ends her 300+ reign.

Shirai says the thing about challenges, Raquel was her biggest and toughest. But when the time is right, Shirai will ask for her rematch. Well with that said, what is next for Shirai? Rest. Shirai defended her title for over 300 days, her body needs time to recover so that she can come back and overcome Raquel. But Franky Monet and her Pomeranian, Preston, interrupt. Franky wants to formally introduce herself to Shirai and congratulate her on that iconic reign. And of course, she is a big fan of Beth’s since she was a kid. Wait, Beth’s not that old… But Franky says if Shirai is going to take time off, well-deserve of course, Franky is going to fill her shoes as the top woman.

Shirai gets mad and calls Franky out in Japanese. Franky thinks she’s better than her? She must be stupid! Franky doesn’t understand Japanese. Yeah well, Shirai prefers cats. Franky just figures Shirai is having a bad day. Will Shirai rest up fast enough to come back and make Monet put her money where her mouth is?

 

Breezango VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

Tyler Breeze & Fandango are fashionable royal guard, and Wade Barrett is actually impressed. As for James Drake & Zack Gibson, well Gibson gets on the mic to respond. “What on earth is this? Are you having a laugh? Typical ignorant Yanks! Have you two lads not learned yet that fun and games will get you nowhere in this job?!” Take that daft cosplay and jog on! For they are Grizzled Young Veterans, and MSK better be watching! Gibson & Drake are SSSOON to be recognized as the next NXT Tag Team Champions! Breezango keeps in character and do not respond as GYV get in the ring.

Liverpool’s Number One & Mr. Mayhem talk trash, but still no response. They reel back, but Breezango intercepts with fists first! Gibson tumbles out, Breezango double clotheslines Drake out, and GYV are fuming! The teams finally sort out, Breeze and Gibson start with the bell, and they tie up. They go around, Gibson puts Breeze in a corner and goes for a leg just to throw body shots and haymakers! Gibson throws elbows and forearms, but Breeze gives them back! Gibson scoops, Breeze slips out and jumps to RANA! Breeze rains down rights, Gibson gets away but Breeze wrenches the arm to grind the shoulder. Fandango tags in, sunset flips, TWO!

Dango CHOPS Gibson again and again, then whips him corner to corner. Drake saves Gibson from the buckles but it does serve as double-edged. Gibson ROCKS Dango, reels him in and suplexes hard! Cover, ONE! Gibson clamps onto Fandango with a chinlock and leans heavy on him. Fandango fights up, Gibson knees him low and CLUBS him to the corner. Tag to Drake, GYV double whip Fandango but he grabs ropes. Fandango sends Gibson out and CLOBBERS Drake! Tag to Breeze, Fandango hangs Drake out to dry and they make it rain with DOUBLE BOOTS! Gibson gets Drake out, Breeze WRECKS them both! Fandango FLIES and takes both Grizzled Young Veterans down! Fans fire up as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Fandango whips Drake corner to corner. Drake goes up, out and shoulders in, then climbs up. Drake leaps but Fandango gets under! Drake tweaks a leg, the ref checks on him. Drake has had bad knees before, this could be more than just a trick. Breeze and Fandango ask, Gibson does, too, but then Gibson thumbs Fandango in the eye! Drake gets right up and it WAS a fake-out! Drake fires off hands, ROCKS Fandango, then stomps away in the corner! Tag to Gibson, GYV gets Dango up for the feed, missile dropkick COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Gibson tries again, TWO!

Gibson clamps back on with a chinlock and he grinds Fandango as fans rally up. Fandango fights up, arm-drags free, but Gibson intercepts! Gibson waistlocks, Fandango elbows free. Gibson ducks the next elbow but Fandango keeps spinning to LARIAT! Hot tag to Drake and he drags Fandango from Breeze! Fandango fights, and gets the tag to Breeze! Prince Pretty rallies on GYV, stomps away on Drake in a corner but lets off at 4. Gibson gets in but gets an ENZIGURI! Breeze aims from the apron, FLYING FOREARM takes down Drake! Gibson runs back in but Breeze sends him into boards!

Breeze goes back to Drake to put him in, and throws big body shots, and a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, ONE as Gibson gets in and Breeze DECKS him! Drake rolls Breeze up, TWO!! Breeze fires haymakers, headlocks, but Gibson tags in as Drake powers out. Leap frog and scoop, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!!

Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall

Gibson & Drake use misdirection to get the advantage, and perhaps they’re on their way back to yet another tag title attempt! Will MSK be ready for another go around from the Dusty Cup?

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.

Indi was so close this time, but The Way stopped her. Indi has so much to say but where to begin? The Way says no, this is done! No more interview, turn the cameras off! Bronson Reed walks in and asks why they keep doing this. Do they not love love? Reed says Lumis would be a great addition to the Gargano Family! And, he still has his own eyes on the NXT North American Championship. Gargano says, “Paws off, big boy!” Reed lost at TakeOver so it’s to the back of the line with him! Then maybe Reed can just rip Gargano up right now?

Theory laughs and says it’s in Reed’s dreams if he thinks he can rip the head off of “Papa John.” Theory already talked with Regal, and the only way Reed gets a shot at Gargano is if he beats Theory! SO get ready to be sent to the back of the line! Reed is ready for, but Gargano is panicking! Since when did Theory talk to Regal?! Why did he make this deal?! Reed squashed Theory, remember?! Ow, ow, ow. But Theory says he has Reed’s number. The Way get their “kids” to head out, but will we ever hear about #InDex? Will Theory be washed away by Reed’s Tsunami?

 

Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.

Earlier tonight was certainly not how Grimes wanted things to go at all. Kyle will end up BACK in the hospital, and Grimes will pay those bills! Ever heard of NFT? Grimes has got him some! He has the official letter right here! “Dear Mr. Grimes, we wanted to take the time to thank you for your extremely high bid on the Ja Morant Bulls bank shot NFT!” They appreciate him seeing the value of non-fungible tokens, aka NFT, but unfortunately, there was an even higher bid just after the auction’s expiration, and had no choice but to accept it. The bidder, Ted DeBiase, sends his best regards and hopes Grimes understands. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE~!! Will Grimes have better luck against Kyle tonight than he did with the auction?

 

Sarray VS Zoey Stark!

The Warrior of the Sun’s in-ring career rises in NXT, but she’s up against a very hungry and determined rising star! Will Stark simply be a falling star against the already very accomplished Sarray?

NXT returns as Sarray makes her first-ever NXT entrance. The bell rings and Stark shakes hands with Sarray to show there is respect here. They circle, approach, and tie up with knuckle locks. Stark shows her strength advantage, but Sarray comes back to go shoulder to shoulder. Stark bends Sarray back, she bridges, but Stark hops on. Sarray stays up, Stark sweeps legs to get the cover, ONE! Stark tries again, ONE and a monkey flip sends Stark flying! Sarray covers, ONE, Stark sweeps legs, ONE as Sarray goes Matrix to escape! Sarray runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up with Sarray as she stands on Stark and stomps her on the back! Sarray springboards to DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans fire up more as Sarray keeps on Stark. Sarray gets a leg, ties it up with the other leg, and has a Figure Four Deathlock! Fans rally with Sarray as she finishes the MUDA LOCK! Stark crawls, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Sarray lets go to kick Stark to a corner, then she whips corner to corner. Stark goes up and over and elbows Sarray before she rolls her out and runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! That was a deep press but Sarray escapes! Stark stomps Sarray, gets her up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Stark keeps her cool as she drags Sarray up. Sarray throws body shots, Stark CLUBS Sarray, and drives in elbows into the shoulders!

Stark clamps on with a chinlock, makes it a cover, TWO! Stark is learning how tough Sarray is, and she bumps Sarray off buckles. Fans rally as Stark stomps Sarray. The ref counts, Stark lets off but comes back to get Sarray up. Sarray ROCKS Stark, Stark stomps Sarray back down! Stark brings Sarray up, snapmares and wraps her up with double chicken wings. Sarray fights up, fans rally as Sarray powers up and powers Stark into buckles! Stark holds on, Sarray powers her into buckles again! Stark throws Sarray into buckles, runs in but is put on the apron! Sarray ROCKS Stark and dropkicks her down!

Stark staggers around the outside but makes her way into the ring. Sarray ROCKS her with another forearm, and another! Stark ROCKS Sarray back, and the forearms fly! Sarray fires up, fires off a flurry, then tops it off with another! Stark follows to KNEE Sarray at ropes! Stark runs but Sarray BLASTS her with a dropkick! Sarray runs side to side to BLAST Stark again! The fans are fired up for the PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stark survives but both women are down as fans fire up. Sarray fires up again, gets Stark but Stark HEEL KICKS and HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Stark kips up, runs, SLIDING KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!

Stark is furious, fans rally and duel, but Stark goes to a corner. Sarray is in the drop zone as Stark 450’s! Sarray dodges and Stark flops! Stark staggers up, into a victory roll! TWO, and Stark HEEL KICKS Sarray back down! Cover, TWO?!? Sarray survives but Stark tries again, TWO!! Stark gets Sarray up, Sarray fights free but Stark reels her back in! Back suplex but Sarray lands on her feet to SOBAT! Sarray ROCKS Stark then calls her shot, “FINISH!” EXPLODER SAIDO SUPLEX! Sarray covers, Sarray wins!

Winner: Sarray, by pinfall

Sarray has the seal of approval from Meiko Satomura and Antonio Inoki for a reason! Stark still respects Sarray, will Sarray get the same from the rest of the roster? Wait, Toni Storm RAMS Stark into the boards! The Lightning From Down Under is furious that Stark beat her in the TakeOver Kickoff Show and is getting her payback! Sarray rushes out to defend Stark but Storm storms off. Will Toni make it her time by any means necessary?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai.

They heard Io Shirai’s comments earlier, and Raquel says while Shirai was a great champion, Raquel will be damned if she hasn’t worked her ass off to kick everyone else’s and prove she is an even greater campeona. Dakota makes sure McKenzie sticks around, because they beat Shirai so badly, she needs a vacation. She better enjoy it. Well a lot of women have their sights set on the title, and Dakota laughs. Is she fishing? She must be talking about Mercedes Martinez. Mercedes wants a title shot, Dakota wants to go to Hogwarts. We don’t always get what we want.

Raquel says if McKenzie is a journalist, here’s the headline: If the women want their shot, they can line up so she can take them down one by one until there’s no one left standing. Now they’re done here. Who steps up, and who gets knocked down, by Big Mami Cool?

 

Candice & Indi talk backstage.

Candice wants her to stop being distracted by boys. Lumis isn’t a boy, he’s a man. Okay ew. But then why can’t they talk this over with Regal? Because Regal is a saboteur, that’s why. Talking things over with Regal hasn’t worked out well for The Way, now has it? Lumis is lurking behind that door! Indi sees him but Candice gets her attention back. They are going to do this their way. Indi stays behind to look at Lumis and Candice comes across “the two dummies” she was looking for, Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart. They still have what belongs to The Way. The Way is family! Well, how does Indi feel? She’s not there. Candice was saying?

Candice slaps Ember’s drink into her face! GRAB HER! Shotzi & Ember get Candice, drag her into the back, and close the door as they rough her up! Will Indi get an earful about this one?

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS ???

Last week, the Time Splitter cashed in on Santos Escobar’s arrogant open challenge and finally got a title in NXT! But now, to celebrate his victory, he’s doing the exact same thing! Will the Super Junior come to regret copying the Emperor of Lucha? Or will he check off his first defense already?

Kushida takes to the mic to explain, “Last week, I won the title in an open challenge. Tonight, I will give the same opportunity. Who wants a title shot!?” Who answers the call? Oney Lorcan does! The former NXT Tag Team Champion was the Fury of 205 Live once upon a time! Will Oney make a dream come true while ruining Kushida’s fairy tale at the same time? The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see how this week’s open challenge goes!

The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Oney puts Kushida in a corner. The ref counts, Oney lets off and Kushida comes back to get a leg. Kushida rolls to get the heel hook but Oney fights to get free. Oney rolls, floats, facelocks and gets an arm. Oney throws Kushida down then headscissors. Kushida fights around, turns Oney and ties up the legs to get a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Oney endures, pops free, covers, ONE!! Oney keeps on the arm, shifts to a wristlock but Kushida rolls. Kushida headscissors, Oney moves around, turns Kushida and ties his legse up in return. Oney reaches and hooks Kushida’s face, but the ref counts. Kushida is free and KICKS Oney’s arm!

Kushida gets Oney’s nose, but Oney avoids the Penalty Kick! Oney headlocks, fans rally for Kushida and he fights up. Kushida powers out, follows, but ducks under Oney to get a body scissor takedown tot he ARMBAR! Oney scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Kushida lets off fast, Oney CHOPS! Kushida KICKS, but runs into an elbow! Oney goes up but Kushida GAMANGIRIS him to the floor! Fans are fired up and so is Kushida as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Oney has Kushida in a motorcycle stretch. Kushida endures, fights up but Oney digs his forehead into Kushida’s back. Kushida fights up, breaks free but Oney knees low and EuroUppers. Kushida fires off kicks, whips but Oney reverses. Oney gets away from the handspring to BLAST Kushida with a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Oney keeps on Kushida, CHOPS him, whips him and kitchen sink knees! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Oney keeps on Kushida with a standing cobra twist! Kushida endures the abdominal stretch, throws elbows into Oney’s arm, and is free! Oney runs in to elbow Kushida at the corner! Oney goes corner to corner, but into a SHOTEI!

Kushida and Oney slowly get back up as fans fire up. Kushida powers up with the power of Liger and SHOTEIS again! Kushida fires off fast hands and kicks, then whips corner to corner. Oney reverses, runs but into an elbow! Kushida goes up to the top rope, aims at the arm and hits a FLYING KNEE to the elbow! Then a flying takedown, but Oney blocks to a waistlock! Kushida switches, FAST BALL! Oney BLASTS Kushida again, then BLOCKBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Oney can’t believe it! Oney throws off his armbands and he glares at Kushida. Oney CHOPS but Kushida just fires up! Oney CHOPS, and CHOPS and CHOPS but Kushida roars!

Kushida ROCKS Oney with a Fast Ball, hip toss and basement dropkick! FAST BALL AGAIN! PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Kushida leaps, HOVERBOARD LOCK!! Oney is down, he taps out! Kushida wins!

Winner: KUSHIDA, by submission (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

The Super Junior might be moving into ultra! Will Kushida continue to give opportunity to top Cruiserweight stars? Wait, former champion Escobar is at the stage, because El Legado attacks in the ring! Kushida fights them but he ends up in a 3v1 situation! Wilde & Mendoza mug Kushida and then give him back to Escobar, but here comes MSK! The Tag Champions help Kushida fight back! Kushida ROCKS Escobar while Carter SUPERKICKS Mendoza and Lee throws Wilde! Kushida handspring heel kicks Escobar out of the ring! Will the champions show their would-be challengers who runs this “bingo” now?

 

Mercedes Martinez speaks.

“Hey, Raquel, I’m waiting on you. I called your ass out last week, and all I hear is silence.” Is Raquel scared of her? Seems like it! Raquel had her chance to say something but she didn’t, Dakota did. Mercedes gets it. Raquel might be the champ, but she’s still in Dakota’s shadow. Dakota barks orders and Raquel does what she’s told like a good lil’ lapdog. But y’know what? Mercedes will do Raquel a solid. She’ll take Dakota out so that nothing, and she means NOTHING, will stand in the way of them and the title. Will Dakota have to watch her back when Mean Ms. Mercedes comes around?

 

Gargano talks with Theory backstage.

So Theory was going to the restroom, and he happened to see Regal, and then…? Theory said if Reed wants his shot, he has to go through Theory! But then Candice walks in and she is a mess! What happened?! She doesn’t want to talk about it, and Indi walks in happily! She saw him! Lumis?! Yeah, but what happened to Candice? Is that gum in her hair? Oh, gum! Theory, no! Indi says she talked to Regal, too! What?! Why!? Regal is giving them another chance at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Oh, well awesome! Hear that, Candice? That’s great, right? Hands in! The… WAY! Just, just give Candice a minute. Will the chance they have not make up for what happened to Candice because of #InDex?

 

Ever-Rise VS Imperium!

While Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are still pals with the Bollywood Boyz on 205 Live, things might be very, very different for them all alone on NXT. Especially against the Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy across the ring from them! Will #EverRiseRule or be conquered by the faction that wants to restore the honor of wrestling with global domination?

The teams sort out, and Fabian Aichner CLOBBERS Marthel! Aichner CLUBS Marthel, whips him corner to corner hard then runs in to back elbow! Aichner wrenches and hits a BIG back suplex! Aichner talks trash, drags Marthel up, but Marthel jawbreakers! Tag to Parker, he runs and leaps, but into Aichner’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Aichner drags Parker up, tags in Barthel, and the Agitator throws Parker into buckles! Barthel sets Marthel up in the corner, tags Aichner, and the Equalizer meets him in the corner with double dropkicks! But here comes Killian Dain! Alexander Wolfe stands in his way, but Parker rolls Aichner up! TWO!!

Parker fires off on Aichner, Aichner shoves and CLOBBERS him! Then BOOTS Marthel for good measure! But now Drake Maverick is here and he sucker punches Wolfe! Dain keeps the peace?! Seems he doesn’t want his current friend and his former friend fighting! Aichner keeps on Parker as Dain & Maverick leave. Tag to Barthel, Imperium sets up and hits the EUROBOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The mat is sacred, and this victory is Imperium’s! But things look to be getting complicated with those Imperium was formerly attached to. Will the Hatchet Man get the Beast of Belfast to consider who he belongs with?

 

Kyle O’Reilly encounters Karrion Kross backstage!

Kyle did put him on notice, so perhaps this is the NEW NXT Champion returning the favor. Will #CoolKyle show how cold he can be against the GameStonks tycoon?

Kyle O’Reilly VS Cameron Grimes!

NXT returns and Grimes makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle and Kyle sits down to already bait Grimes in. Grimes is wary of that, though, and they tie up with collar ‘n’ elbow. Grimes waistlocks, Kyle wrenches the arm and wristlocks. Grimes spins through, steps through and trips Kyle to get a toehold. Kyle uses his free leg to trip Grimes, then he goes after an arm! Grimes scrambles to avoid the wrench, but Kyle gets Grimes up. Grimes wrangles Kyle down but Kyle switches to get a chinlock. Grimes slips out the back, floats to a facelock and then has a top wristlock. Kyle fights up, goes around and switches to hammerlock then headlock for a takeover.

Grimes grows frustrated, but he fights up. Fans rally and duel, Grimes puts Kyle on ropes, and Kyle lets go, only for Grimes to headlock and hit a takeover! Kyle turns it to a cover, ONE! Grimes holds on, fans taunt Grimes with “NFT! NFT!” Grimes fights up, headlocks but Kyle throws body shots. Kyle powers out but Grimes runs him over! Things speed up, Kyle trips Grimes and then gets him up to wrench to a wristlock. Kyle grinds the arm, Grimes endures, but Kyle leans harder on the arm. Grimes gets up, Jams Kyle in the ear, then rocks him with a EuroUpper! Grimes says you don’t sucker punch Grimes! But then Kyle KNEES Grimes down, runs and shouts, to SLAP Grimes in the face!

Kyle smirks as he wrenches Grimes, hammerlocks him and sweeps the leg! Grimes clutches the arm, Kyle boots him at the ropes then KICKS him! Fans rally as Kyle KICKS away on Grimes’ legs. Grimes throws a forearm, CHOPS Kyle, then whips him. Kyle reverses, Grimes sunset flips but Kyle stays up to get the ARMBAR! Grimes scrambles, Kyle just shifts sides to ARMBAR the other arm! Grimes rolls to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Kyle gets Grimes up to wrench an arm. Grimes goes after Kyle’s face but Kyle gets a leg. Grimes hops around, Kyle holds on, Grimes backflips through to DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Kyle flops out from the bad neck and NXT goes picture in picture!

Grimes waits at the ropes as Kyle writhes. Grimes goes out to fetch Kyle, drag him up and throw him into boards! Kyle flounders while checking his face, but Grimes is after him again. Grimes bounces Kyle off the announce desk, then says something to commentary. Grimes puts Kyle on the apron and CLUBS him! Grimes takes his time getting back in the ring, stalks Kyle to ropes and ROCKS him with a haymaker! Kyle checks his jaw, Grimes KICKS him in the chest! And then the leg! Grimes bumps Kyle off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Grimes gets his bad arm moving while he catches his breath.

Grimes drags Kyle to a facelock, pushes him to a cover, TWO! Kyle shakes his head because he’s not giving up, but Grimes clamps on to wrench the neck. Kyle endures, Grimes digs forearms in then drives in elbows! Grimes drops knees, digs them in, then lets off as the ref counts. Grimes says he’s going to the moon, then drags Kyle back up. Grimes KICKS Kyle in the back, clamps on with another neck wrench, and NXT returns to single picture as fans rally up. Kyle endures, Grimes leans on the hold, but Kyle fight sup and fights back! They brawl, Grimes whips and CLOBBERS Kyle again! Kyle flounders, Grimes covers, TWO!

Fans say “This is Awesome!” though Grimes seethes. Grimes KICKS Kyle, and KICKS him again! Grimes digs his boots into Kyle at a corner, lets off as the ref counts, and then whips Kyle corner to corner hard! Kyle hits the mat, Grimes covers, TWO! Kyle clutches his arm, Grimes seethes and clamps onto the neck with another chinlock. Grimes bends Kyle back against a knee but Kyle endures. Grimes keeps trying but Kyle works on prying the grip. Kyle shifts, turns and throws body shots. Grimes keeps hold with a headlock but Kyle powers out. Grimes runs Kyle over, things speed up, and Kyle hits a kitchen sink knee! Fans fire up as Kyle dodges the haymaker to fire off knees!

Kyle fires off strikes, sweeps the leg and fans fire up again! Grimes goes to a corner, Kyle runs corner to corner, and he forearm smashes hard! Kyle wrenches, hits an elbow breaker, then a BIG back suplex, to a KNEEBAR! Grimes rolls around and gets the ropebreak! Kyle lets go fast, Grimes gets up and fans are thunderous. Kyle KICKS Grimes’ leg out and Grimes flips upside-down! Kyle aims again, Grimes dodges to spin and scoop and swing Kyle, but Kyle lands on his feet for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Grimes is fading fast!! Grimes is falling, but Kyle lets him free just to KNEE him in the chest! Kyle reels Grimes in but Grimes scoops, spins and SLAMS Kyle down!! Cover, TWO!!

Kyle survives but Grimes is too tired to be frustrated! Both men slowly rise as the fans rally again. Grimes waistlocks and dead lifts but Kyle elbows free. Grimes CLUBS him on the back, tries again, but Kyle slips around to get the leg! Grimes makes the kneebar a cover, TWO!! Grimes BOOTS Kyle, runs, but Kyle pops him up for a KICK! Grimes SUPER FOREARMS! Kyle KNEES low, AX but Grimes ROUNDHOUSES! Kyle yo-yo’s, into a COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Grimes is beside himself! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but the show has to end somehow! Kyle KICKS Grimes, reels him in, but Grimes knees back!

Grimes kicks, Kyle ducks but Grimes SUPERKICKS back! Kyle rebounds to LARIAT! Kyle fires up, AX and SMASH!! Grimes staggers into Kyle’s BRAINBUSTER!! Kyle isn’t done there, he goes to a corner and climbs up! KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall

It wasn’t heavy metal but it was the same knee attack Kyle used to finish off Adam Cole! Will Kyle use that and his entire arsenal to take titles left and right?


My Thoughts:

Another awesome episode for NXT! And what an awesome main event just for Kyle’s return match. Usually return matches are just above a squash match, but Kyle VS Grimes was worthy of a title opportunity match in itself. Kyle’s return promo was great, and I am excited that he is after all the gold. Kross responding, though silently, is an obvious sign that Kyle is getting his third shot, and maybe the third time is the charm? At the same time, maybe not because Kross only just got this title back and I don’t see NXT taking it from him so soon.

But while Strong kayfabe resigned from NXT and Cole might be going to SmackDown, when will Bobby Fish return at some point? That is the one part of Kyle’s past that I feel like he’d be okay with keeping, so that reDRagon can ride again. They should go for a Two Man Power Trip, too, with Fish going for the North American Championship. In a way, it’ll be like recreating their later runs in ROH. Grimes also cracked me up with the bit about NFT’s. I don’t really get what those are or how they work but clearly WWE invested a lot of their money into it so someone somewhere has to plug it for them, and Grimes is definitely the guy to get onboard with stuff like that.

Zoey Stark stepping up to be Sarray’s first opponent was a great character bit for Stark, and their match was also great for a debut match, which are many times also glorified squash matches. Sarray still wins, of course, and Storm going after Stark was a good bit of story from Stand & Deliver. Storm VS Sarray is itself a natural feud, can really build Sarray in the eyes of fans in America or who just watch WWE/NXT, and definitely keep Sarray busy while Raquel deals with other challengers. Mercedes calling Raquel out and saying she’ll “take out” Dakota is good stuff. Mercedes VS Dakota and the inevitable Mercedes VS Raquel are both going to be awesome, and can make for a solid first defense on Raquel’s record.

Shirai’s interview with Beth was decent enough, and adding Franky Monet did add a bit to it. Shirai probably won’t be away as long as we think if Franky is acting like she’s her replacement. Franky VS Shirai, whenever that happens, will be great stuff, can also establish Franky in the eyes of WWE/NXT fans, and could be a way to send Franky up the ranks while helping Shirai exit to Raw or SmackDown. Everything with The Way was awesome tonight, from Theory stepping in it on behalf of Gargano, and Indi letting Candice down because she’s enamored with Lumis. Indi’s part in Lumis VS Knight was actually played perfectly, and it helps Knight get back up after some admittedly surprising losses.

Ever-Rise VS Imperium was clearly a vehicle to the story progression with Imperium and Killian Dain. He wanted to confront Imperium about before, but he wouldn’t let it become a brawl between Maverick and Wolfe. I think Dain is going to be forced to choose a side, and perhaps to go with the Imperium expansion angle, Dain chooses them because he’s tired of struggling. At the same time, they need to find a way to tie Thatcher back into this to tease that it could be him turning but then it’s Dain. Breezango VS GYV was a lot of fun, but naturally GYV wins to get back up in the tag title hunt.

Kushida having an open challenge for his first defense, and having it so soon, was a surprising move, but it gave is an awesome match with Kushida and Oney. Kushida wins, of course, and of course Legado shows up for payback. MSK joining in to even the numbers was great, and a Six Man of the champions and their challengers is going to be really good. I have a feeling somehow, someway (because Legado cheats 99% of the time), Legado wins so that they all earn their shots at the titles. MSK VS Legado 2v2 will be really good, but I would think MSK wins since GYV is coming around. Escobar VS Kushida go either way, but maybe this is how Escobar is turned away and so he can go after the other titles.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023

Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!

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We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.

Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.

There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
  • Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
  • The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2

 

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida

As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.

Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.

Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.

Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!

Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans

Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.

Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.

The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through. 

Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean

Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.

Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.

Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week. 

Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.

Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King

Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.

Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week. 

Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.

The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann

Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.

An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.

Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.

Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.

 

Overall Score: 5/10

This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.

So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.

Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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

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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?


My Thoughts:

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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