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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/28/21)

Dynamite? On a Friday?

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Double Or Nothing Weekend begins NOW!

Don’t worry, you’re not losing track of time! This is FRIDAY NIGHT Dynamite, and we’re going to celebrate Hikaru Shida’s ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY as AEW Women’s World Champion!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Cezar Bononi w/ The Pretty Picture; Darby wins.
  • Hangman Page VS Joey Janela; Hangman wins.
  • Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS KiLynn King; Cargill wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Dante Martin; Miro wins and retains the title.
  • Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky VS Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Ethan & Scorpio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Daily’s Place is at FULL CAPACITY!

Things will be rocking even harder now that all the seats are filled with AEW faithful!

 

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Cezar Bononi w/ The Pretty Picture!

Daily’s Place is red hot as the Relentless One, accompanied by The Icon, steps up to the Beautiful Brazilian V8! But with bad ribs and an obvious height disadvantage, is Darby being even more reckless than usual this close to a Double or Nothing grudge match?

The bell rings, Darby and Bononi tie up, and Bononi puts Darby in a corner. The ref counts, Bononi grinds his forearms in but lets off, and Darby gets around to CHOP and CHOP! Bononi CLUBS Darby, whips him corner to corner, but Darby gets the arm! Bononi gets a ropebreak, shoves Darby away, and throws body shots! Darby hobbles around but fans rally behind him. Bononi whips, Darby reverses and wants the arm again! Darby drags Bononi down, Bononi gets the ropes again and shoves Darby to kick the ribs! Bononi knees hard and low, fans boo but Bononi gets Darby up to TOSS him into a corner!

Bononi fires off body shots on the ribs, the ref counts and Bononi lets off. Bononi scoops Darby and TOSSES him across the way! Darby writhes and Bononi soaks up the heat from the fans. Darby kicks back but Bononi stomps him down. Bononi scoops and TOSSES Darby again! Bononi looms over Darby, fans rally up but Bononi hoists Darby up to DROP him on the top buckle! Darby flops to the ramp, Sting checks on him but Bononi goes out to fetch Darby. Bononi drags Darby up again and scoops him, to TOSS him into the ring! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Bononi tries again, TWO! Again, TWO! Darby refuses to give in and fans rally up.

Bononi looms over Darby, the Pretty Picture tell fans to stop chanting, but Bononi stomps Darby on the back! Bononi gets Darby up, Darby throws elbows but Bononi CLUBS him! Bononi scoops Darby but Darby slips around to a SLEEPER! Darby is a backpack. Bononi fades, the ref counts as Darby smothers Bononi’s face! Darby stops, Bononi gets the ropebreak, but Darby KICKS the arm! Darby SLAPS away on Bononi, goes for the arm, but Bononi puts Darby in a corner. Bononi throws hands, runs corner to corner but Darby boots him! Darby hops up, for the THROWBACK STUNNER! And a SHOTGUN dropkick!

Bononi is down in a drop zone, and Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

The fans are fired up for the first big win on this big Friday Night Dynamite! Darby gets a mic as Sting joins him in the ring, and Darby says, “Ethan and Scorpio! I’m not gonna wait to get jumped from behind! Come out right now, and let’s do this tonight!” Ethan and Scorpio know he’d like that, and are all smiles as they appear on stage. But Darby expects them to just come down to the ring, in their “fancies,” and fight for free? Grow up, Darby. When they beat him and Sting on Sunday’s big stage, everyone will see the end of one legend, and the beginning of two more. “We out!” But the PRETTY PICTURE attacks Darby and Sting!

Ethan and Scorpio decide to add on! They stomp Darby, go after Sting’s legs, and use a BULLY CHOKE to grind Darby down! Scorpio has a leg, but here comes the DARK ORDER! They run off Ethan & Scorpio just like they did last time! All Ego and the Face of the Revolution will have no choice but to face Evil Uno & Stu Grayson later tonight, will they get a little bit of comeuppance before Double or Nothing?

 

Paul Wight heads to the ring!

The all-time great, the co-host and commentator on Dark: Elevation, and a true giant, is going to preside over this equally massive moment! It will be the official Double or Nothing weigh-in for Cody Rhodes and Anthony Ogogo!

AEW returns and Wight says he feels great being out in front of an amazing crowd! For whatever reason, AEW wanted him to officiate this weigh-in. But this will be a serious weigh-in, so let’s bring out Anthony Ogogo! The Gov’nuh, the Olympic Bronze Medalist and “the man with stone hands” is of course accompanied by The Factory. QT Marshall has a mic to address “Tebow Country” and telling them to have some respect for a real athlete in Ogogo! He also pretends the fans are booing Wight and not his group. Ogogo gets in the ring and Wight tells QT no one paid to hear him jaw. And Ogogo, don’t eye Wight like that or it might be your last night.

Wight now gives the introduction for a man he’s known a long time, who has heart and soul. The American DREAM, Cody Rhodes! Cody has trainees from The Nightmare Factory accompanying him, along with Red Velvet, Lee Johnson, the Rhodes family, and Coach Arn Anderson. Needless to say, QT’s posse is outnumbered here. Cody steps into the ring with Velvet, Dustin, Arn and sister, Kristen. Wight keeps the peace, knowing the bad blood brewing here. Save it all for Double or Nothing, guys. Time for the official weights. First, Cody! After taking off shoes and track suit, Cody stands on the scale in just his Calvin Klein boxer briefs.

Wight adjusts the scale, Ogogo grows impatient but Wight gets a measurement. Cody is weighed in at 218! Cody takes a step back, Ogogo strips down and there are fireworks going because it’s Memorial Day Weekend. Fans chant, “USA! USA!” Ogogo is down to his Union Jack boxer-briefs, steps up, and Wight figures out the scale. Ogogo flexes but Wight figures it out. Ogogo is officially at 219! A very even match-up on weight, and that is what will be on the Tale of the Tape for Double or Nothing! But QT wants people to understand what’s going on here. With all due respect to Wight, Ogogo is heavier and already has victory in his hands!

QT is upset that fans are chanting for Cody when he just said Ogogo wins! Ogogo has a cameraman move so he can get on the corner and flex. Fans boo but the Factory soaks up the heat. Cody gets up on a corner to do the same, and fans cheer! QT has Ogogo flex for another segment of the crowd, but they just boo. Dustin wants after QT but The Factory bails out. Ogogo’s clothes are gathered up, and Cody has fans give it up for the weigh-in’s host, Paul “Big G” Wight! See you all at Double or Nothing, enjoy the rest of the show! Will Cody and Ogogo look to steal the show this Sunday?

 

AEW takes a look at Stadium Stampede II, and what led to it.

Chris Jericho says, “Blood & Guts may seem like the end of The Inner Circle, but in reality, it’s only just the beginning.” Jim Ross says that this is the next chapter. Excalibur notes that last year was the first Stadium Stampede, which the Inner Circle was part of. MJF says the reason he chose this match was because the Inner Circle lost it last year, and that means they’ll lose it again. Tony Schiavone says the battleground is so vast from Daily’s Place to TIAA Stadium, Tully notes there are utensils tools all over the place, there’s no way to really prepare for this. But Jericho says they know what to expect this time, and what to do.

Sammy Guevara says, “What to expect? Expect the unexpected.” JR says The Pinnacle has momentum, but Wight says it is still a toss-up. Experience is name of the game, Ortiz says they won’t lose twice. FTR says this is it, the Inner Circle will lose and disband, there’s no more Inner Circle. MJF says this is going to put the biggest smile on his face. Shawn Spears says some men were born to be buried. Will that be Jericho, Sammy, Santana, Ortiz and Jake Hager?

 

AEW finds Will Hobbs attacking Christian Cage backstage!

Things with Team Taz and Captain Charisma are only escalating as Christian has to elbow Hobbs away from him! Hobbs throws body shots, bounces Christian off cases, then drags him back up. Christian sends Hobbs into the steel fencing, but Hobbs hits back! Christian dodges and Hobbs hits steel with bare fist! Christian has a table stand and SMASHES it on Hobbs’ ribs! Christian goes for the headshot but referees and security stop him! Hobbs and Christian get loose, and Christian SPEARS Hobbs into crates! Other wrestlers rush in now to stop this brawl, but this is only going to get worse in the Casino Battle Royal!

 

Hangman Page VS Joey Janela w/ Sonny Kiss!

Speaking of Team Taz, Taz himself is watching this closely as the Anxious Millennial Cowboy is going to be facing The Machine, Brian Cage, at Double or Nothing! And it seems, despite being ditched during Dark, Sonny is still riding with the Bad Boy! Will Janela finally redeem himself for the loss in the brutal match he and Hangman had back at All In? Or will Hangman shoot Janela down before tangling with the FTW Champion?

The bell rings, fans are fired up already, and Hangman ties right up with Janela. They go around, break, and reset. They tie up again, Hangman headlocks, grinds Janela down, but Janela fights up to power out. Hangman runs Janela over, things speed up and Janela hurdles only for Hangman to hit a headlock takeover. Janela fights up and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Hangman lets off fast, and fans rally up. Hangman and Janela tie up, go around, and Hangman puts Janela in a corner but Janela turns things around. Janela goes to punch but offers a handshake, only to CHOP Hangman when he hesitates! Hangman frowns, puts Janela in the corner and CHOPS back!

Hangman follows Janela to another corner, CHOPS again, but then Janela dodges to CHOP back! And CHOP, and then Fargo strut, only to turn around into a CHOP! Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline and snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Janela up. Janela throws forearms, whips but Hangman reverses. Janela ducks and dodges but is thrown out hard! Hangman aims, slingshots, but Janela avoids the plancha! Janela is on the apron and he SUPERKICKS Hangman, to then run and leap! Hangman catches the crossbody to FALL AWAY SLAM Janela to the floor! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Janela back up and into the ring. Hangman covers, TWO!

Hangman clamps onto Janela with a chinlock, Janela fights up and jawbreakers free! Janela ROCKS Hangman, Hangman ROCKS Janela back! Hangman runs at Janela in a corner but Janela YANKS him into buckles! Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.

Janela soaks up the heat from the fans, stomps a mudhole into Hangman, then walks it off to soak up more heat. Hangman gets up and CHOPS back! Janela CHOPS, Hangman ROCKS him! Janela ROCKS Hangman, snapmares and fist drops! Cover, TWO! Janela chokes Hangman against ropes, lets off at the ref’s count, and bumps Hangman off buckles. Janela throws big haymakers but Hangman hits back! They brawl, Janela wrenches and whips Hangman corner to corner hard! Hangman bounces off buckles and Janela lounges on the mat. Janela drags Hangman up, whips him to ropes, and CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO!

Hangman gets to ropes, Janela stalks over and brings him up for more haymakers. Janela bends Hangman back against ropes, the ref counts and Janela lets off. Janela snapmares Hangman again, clamps on a chinlock and then a neck wrench, but Hangman endures. Hangman fights up, throws body shots, then runs, but into Janela’s clothesline! Janela runs but Hangman clotheslines him out of the ring! AEW returns to single picture as Hangman is down, catching his breath. Hangman goes out, Janela climbs up to the apron, and Hangman Alabama lifts! Janela CLUBS Hangman, throws hands, then eggs Hangman on. Hangman forearms, Janela returns it, and then fireman’s carries!

Hangman slips off, gets in the ring and TRIANGLE LARIATS Janela down! Fans fire up as Hangman aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes the Bad Boy! Hangman puts Janela in, fans are fired up for “COWBOY SHIT!” but Janela stops the Buckshot. Hangman and Janela throw more forearms, Janela runs but Hangman hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Janela escapes and Kiss rallies for him, as do the fans. Hangman and Janela go to opposite corners, Hangman runs corner to corner but Janela BOOTS him! Janela runs, but into the Alabama! Janela sunset flips through, TWO! Janela ROCKS Hangman, runs but into a BOOT!

Fans fire up as Hangman grits his teeth. Hangman drags Janela up, whips him to a corner but Janela reverses. Janela gets around the lariat to CORNER GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman bounces off buckles, Janela goes up top, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Hangman survives and Janela is beside himself. Janela fireman’s carries but Hangman slips out and shoves to ROLLING ELBOW! Janela wobbles, swings but into Hangman’s second ROLLING ELBOW! POP-UP POWERBOMB! Hangman loads up on the apron and the fans fire up! Hangman has a bloody forehead but he doesn’t care, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Hangman gave blood and sweat but no tears in this match, and that might be what it’ll take to take down The Machine! Taz gets on a mic to talk to Hangman, and introduces him to a good friend, the one who will whoop his ass on Sunday! Brian Cage is here in person! Hangman gets a mic to tell Taz to shut up. He knows what’s going on here, so he welcomes Brian to come in. Taz has been doing this over and over! He talks to distract, here comes Ricky Starks and Hook, as expected! Taz says for his guys to go after them, but Hangman says while he expects this from Taz, he expected more from Cage.

Is Cage the kind of guy who needs someone’s help to whoop Hangman’s ass? Doesn’t Cage have balls? Or did they shrink all the way up? Cage should be mad, but he should leave the a-holes out of it to face Hangman like a man! Cage tells Hook to back down and says he won’t need anyone’s help on Sunday! Hangman wants Cage 1v1? Then he’s got it! Because who betta than Cage? Nobody, and definitely not Page! Will the Cowboy be the one to stop the Path of Cage?

 

AEW hears from Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley.

How much did the Young Bucks spend on these Nike Diors? Eddie doesn’t know and he doesn’t care. Moxley doesn’t like ’em, anyway, they’re kinda ugly. But he and Kingston have been having fun with “Rod ‘n’ Todd Flanders” lately. Time to get serious- And then TNT goes to break. Will we hear the rest of what Moxley was about to say when AEW comes back?

TNT returns and yes, we do hear the rest of Moxley’s statement. It’s time to get serious! The Bucks are currently known as the best tag team in the world, while Mox & Kingston aren’t even “a real team.” Just a couple of shmucks put together. At least, that’s how the Bucks feel. What makes a great team? What makes a family? Moxley trusts Kingston with his life! When Moxley was living out of a motel in Philly, Kingston barged in and said they had to take care of a couple of dudes in Manayunk, Moxley simply asked, “Who’s driving?” He has Kingston’s back in war, and Double or Nothing will be a war for the tag team titles!

Moxley loves titles, championships, all that. But he loves that those are the most important tag team championships in the world! Moxley wants those belts. He NEEDS those belts! The Bucks may be a better tag team, a more “well-oiled machine,” but those belts are raw T-bone steaks and these two are pitbulls! So what are the Bucks going to do when these two clamp down on their legs? Moxley wants those belts! Kingston says the Bucks will quit, because they quit on the people, and they quit on the boys in the back. By the way, “boys in the back,” all sitting there, collecting your paychecks, not doing nothing as the Elite go all carny, Kingston and Moxley aren’t happy!

Moxley and Kingston speak for the underdogs! They’re the ones who are going to win the belts! And then everyone will sit there and quit and no longer be part of AEW. Maybe Moxley and Kingston will replace the Bucks as EVP’s! Moxley isn’t so sure about that. Well, either way, they will see the Bucks on Sunday. The pressure’s coming! Will the Bucks crack under it and give up the gold?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring!

Schiavone explains that Kenny Omega and Don Callis expect Orange Cassidy to withdraw from Double or Nothing’s Triple Threat for the AEW World Championship, given the state he was in after the main event match from a couple weeks ago. Tonight, we will hear his response! But it would seem the third man in that equation wants to hear this personally! The Bastard, PAC, heads to the ring! Pac takes Schiavone’s mic and tells him to leave. Pac then says, “Ladies and gentlemen, please accept my sincerest apology. Clearly, you were expecting somebody else!” But Pac is here to tell us that this Sunday, Orange Cassidy is irrelevant!

In fact, the only one that matters at Double or Nothing will be the man who beats Kenny Omega and becomes the NEW AEW World Champion, PAC!! “So Kenny, Kenny, Kenny, is this really your prestigious title reign that you’re proud of? You’re ducking and you’re dodging and you’re manipulating. To be frank, Kenny, it’s pathetic!” So Omega should make amends and stand face-to-face with Pac, so the whole world can see what will happen at Double or Nothing! Where are you, Kenny?!

Callis is on the titantron and asks if Pac really thought he’d let himself get anywhere near Pac for their confrontation? You think he’d be in the same ring, let alone the same building, as him? He’s not, because Pac is too dangerous! Pac a “violent, aggressive, soulless sociopath” so Callis is not going out there. But Omega is! He runs in from behind but Pac is ready and he mule kicks Omega down! Then front kicks, back kicks and runs to BOOT Omega down! The Good Brothers rush out and mug Pac! Fans boo as they stomp and hammer Pac down, but here come the Lucha Brothers! Death Triangle runs the Good Brothers off, but Omega and Pac are still in the ring!

Omega staggers up, and STOMPS Pac down in a corner! Omega gets Pac up, Electric Chair lifts, but here comes Orange Cassidy! He and his Best Friends, Chuck Taylor, Trent, and Kris Statlander, are here, and Cassidy goes to the ring. Cassidy looks in better shape than he did a couple weeks ago, so what’s his answer to Omega and Callis? Cassidy reaches into his jacket pocket, has an envelope with “For Kenny” on it, and hands it over. Omega opens up the envelope, and finds shredded pieces of the withdrawal contract in it! Cassidy’s answer is clear, but just in case Omega doesn’t get it, here’s an ORANGE PUNCH!

Cassidy then eyes the title, goes to pick it up, but Pac stands on the belt. Cassidy looks up at Pac, and Pac kicks him low! Pac reels Cassidy in, but Cassidy slips out of the bomb to ORANGE PUNCH Pac down!! Cassidy puts his sunglasses back on, fans chant for “Freshly Squeezed!” and Cassidy picks up the belt. Will this be what we see at the end of Double or Nothing’s huge Triple Threat? Or are the odds not in the favor of the King of Sloth Style?

 

Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill backstage.

We know she issued an open challenge for tonight, and KiLynn King answered it already. Will that be a difficult match for Jade? King is strong and tough in her own right. Jade scoffs at that idea, but here comes Matt Hardy. Hardy says Double or Nothing will be the biggest day in the history of the Hardy Family Office, because Hardy himself will win the Casino Battle Royal and procure a future AEW World Championship match. Big things are happening for the HFO and she should be part of it. Is she going to side with a winning team?

But Mark Sterling walks in to have Hardy hold on a moment. Jade’s already selected Sterling and is his client now. Plus, Hardy should be way too busy right now, what with that big match and all his other clients. Sterling hates to do this because he’s a fan of Hardy’s, but if Hardy keeps accosting Jade like this, Sterling will have no choice but to slap him with a 50 yard restraining order. And that’d be very problematic once AEW goes on the road again, because Hardy won’t even be able to get in the building. Now, Jade has to get ready for the big match Sterling got for her tonight.

See, the difference between Sterling and Hardy is that Hardy takes 30% off the board. Sterling only gets paid if Jade wins. Which is fine because she always wins. Everything else is pro bono, but no hard feelings, Hardy. Sterling offers Hardy his legal services. Hardy angrily hopes Jade is happy with her decision, then storms off.

Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS KiLynn King!

The storm is coming, and she is still undefeated in AEW. And now with someone by her side to smooth things out for her, is it only a matter of time before Jade storms up to the AEW Women’s World Championship? Or will the King block her path?

The bell rings, Jade “applauds” King, then flexes on her. King flexes, and the two go for a test of strength. They’re evenly matched in side and strength as they go shoulder to shoulder, but Jade bends King back! King bridges, powers back up as fans rally, but Jade breaks the grip to kick King low! Jade drags King up and reels her in for a short-arm clothesline! King gets up, Jade kicks her against ropes then whips her to ropes. King ducks and dodges and leaps but Jade catches her for a set of bicep curls, before the SLAM! Jade swaggers and talks trash as AEW goes picture in picture.

King slowly gets up, catches her breath while Jade keeps talking, and then mule kicks her into a corner! King goes corner to corner to SHOTGUN Jade! Jade puts up boots, King blocks them and swings Jade into ropes, but Jade goes to the apron to shoulder into King! Jade slingshots up and over and keeps moving, to hit a SPINEBUSTER! Jade looms over King, talks more trash, then stomps King down. King keeps sitting up but Jade keeps stomping her down. Jade rains down forearms and fists, drags King up and bumps her off buckles. Jade stomps a mudhole into King, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade seethes as she stalks King, then talks more trash on her.

King gets up, Jade ROCKS her in the corner! Jade whips King corner to corner hard, and King bounces off buckles! Jade stomps King down more, KICKS her in the back, then clamps on a neck wrench. King endures as Jade shifts to a chinlock, fights up but Jade CLUBS her down. AEW returns to single picture as Jade snap suplexes then kips up. Jade drags King up, King throws body shots and forearms! King whips, Jade reverses and sends King out hard! King flounders on the outside as Jade talks trash. Sterling mockingly offers his card to King, King swipes at him! Sterling is upset, King gets on the apron and Jade DECKS her! Sterling takes back his card, too.

Jade drags King up to bump off aprons, shoves her into the ring, but King swings on her, only for Jade to get around and chicken wing the arms! Jade walks around before hitting JADED! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall

Another win under her belt, Jade says she’s #ThatBitch! But will she soon have her shot at the belt after Double or Nothing?

 

AEW hears from Jake the Snake and Lance Archer.

Jake says that yes, if Dante Martin wins tonight, he’ll be the youngest champion ever in AEW. If he wins. If a frog had wings, he’d stop busting his ass on the ground. Archer says that he doesn’t care about Dante. All due respect, hopefully Dante has a great match tonight, but Archer wants to face Miro at Double or Nothing. The ticket has been punched, and Archer wants to punch Miro right in the face! Miro’s done nothing but piss Archer off since he got that title. After Sunday, The Murderhawk Monster will be the NEW TNT Champion! Will Archer get his wish and be facing The Best Man for the title?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Dante Martin!

Speaking of, The Best Man gets his first defense out of the way on Dynamite against Angel Dorado! But will the Bulgarian Barbarian make Dante into a real angel just to send a message to the Murderhawk? Or can all the momentum Dante’s been building on Dark and Dark: Elevation help him pull off the biggest upset in his career?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who heads for Double or Nothing to face Archer!

Miro and Dante circle, fans sing, “Miro’s gonna kill~ you!” and Miro enjoys it. They tie up, Miro KNEES hard and low then fires off in a corner! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, and fans fire up as Miro gets Dante back up, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Miro storms around, KICKS Dante while he’s down, and then scowls as he stands over Dante. Fans want that “One More Time!” but Miro fakes everyone out. Miro grins and fans do admit that was good. Miro drags Dante up but Dante jawbreakers! Miro wobbles but he still reels Dante in for a judo throw! Miro runs but Dante dodges the falling headbutt!

Dante gets to a corner, slips out to the apron as Miro runs in and Miro gets buckles! Dante shoulders, GAMANGIRIS, then springboards up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! Miro gets out fast and then whips Dante at a corner. Dante goes up and over and returns with a springboard missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Dante covers, ONE!! Miro snarls as Dante hurries to another corner. Dante climbs but Miro gets him to ROCK him with a right! Miro stands Dante back up, drags him up and dead lift suplexes high and hard! Dante staggers up into the BEST KICK! Miro smiles and fans fire up, because it’s “GAME OVER!!” Miro stomps, puts on the DEEP came clutch, and Dante taps! Miro wins!

Winner: Miro, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)

Miro makes Dante suffer for thinking he stood a chance, but here comes Jake and Archer! Jake says he has Archer focused and ready for Sunday’s opportunity! Sunday, Miro’s fairy tale ends. Miro huffs and puffs and blows the house down, but Archer doesn’t play fairy tales. No, no. Jake thinks he should speak Miro’s language, and tries Bulgarian. Jake gives us the translation for free: “Why don’t you just shut the F up?” Jake and Archer have had enough! Miro comes in, bullies someone, and thinks he’s special. Archer is ready to go.

Miro gets a mic so he can tell the old fart to shut up! He’s always holding his boy back, but let’s see if we see Archer let loose! C’mon, Lance! You always afraid? Jake says SIC ‘EM! Archer gets in, choke grips, and Miro pops free of the choke grip! Refs rush in but Archer punches and BOOTS Miro down! Fans fire up and Miro wants more, but Archer DECKS him! Jake laughs and wants the party to start! But this has to wait for Double or Nothing! Will Archer finally get the TNT title one year after coming up short?

 

AEW returns and Schiavone is back in the ring!

Referee Bryce Remsburg has an AEW Women’s World Championship in hand as Schiavone notes that it was May 23, 2020, right as the pandemic got going, there was a new champion crowned. She is the longest reigning champion in AEW ever, so tonight we will honor and celebrate that 377 day reign! Welcome to the ring, Hikaru Shida! Fans cheer for the Full Metal Warrior as she makes her entrance, holding her own copy of the AEW Women’s World Championship. Schiavone continues by saying that in honor of this reign, we are presenting for the first time ever, a brand new belt! Bigger, shinier, and something Shida is definitely worthy of!

Remsburg hands the belt to Schiavone, and he puts it around Shida’s waist! Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” and Schiavone congratulates her. She’s earned all of this, this is a big moment, even with the title match this Sunday. Shida takes the mic to say, “When I won this title, there were no fans in here. But tonight, you are here!” Fans cheer because they’re happy to be here for this moment. Shida continues to say, “I’m so proud to share this moment with you, because this title is for you! And you! And you!” But here comes Britt Baker to ruin the fun. She knew she wouldn’t be invited, but she comes in peace, and to congratulate Shida.

Britt hopes Shida understands that she was a champion during the most difficult time in all of pro-wrestling history. And no one can ever take that away from her. This was Shida’s year. But Britt has something she needs to address. Britt has to admit that she misspoke when she talked with JR last week. Britt said something she needs to take back. She said she’s the face of the Women’s Division. But when she wins that brand new belt at Double or Nothing, Britt will be the face of a new ERA. And much like an era before her was about 3:16, this era will be all about DMD. Mic drop and Britt takes her leave. Will Britt prove this is her time? Or will Shida look to go for a second anniversary?

 

Sammy Guevara has his cue cards!

AEW is picture in picture as he delivers a final message. “This Sunday, 48 hours, Spears! With every card you read, your time draws near. My warning you should heed. Your time draws near. At Stadium Stampeded, your time draws near. The Inner Circle will succeed! Your time draws near. No amount of chairs will save you! The Spanish God will… Hit You Up!” A very poetic ultimatum, but will the Pinnacle’s Chair Man fear what’s coming?

 

Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky VS Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!

This showdown was already set from last time, with how the Dark Order ran off All Ego & The Face of the Revolution from an attack on Darby Allin and Sting. After doing so again this week, will things only be more heated? Or will Ethan & Scorpio use Players One & Two as mere warm-ups before their boss battle at Double or Nothing?

Scorpio starts with Uno, they circle, tie up, and Uno powers Scorpio to a corner. Scorpio powers back out but Uno waistlocks. Scorpio switches and slams Uno then walks all over him. Ethan gloats, Uno gets up and circles with Scorpio. Scorpio keeps his hands back though Uno wants a test of strength. Scorpio puts his dukes up then wrenches an arm. Uno wrenches back, wristlocks, but Scorpio rolls. Uno rolls with him to keep the wristlock, then wrenches again to wrangle Scorpio to the mat. Uno drags Scorpio over, Stu tags in, but Scorpio gets away to his corner. Ethan tags in, Stu dodges him to triangle jump and APRON DDT Scorpio down!

Ethan realizes he’s alone with the Dark Order now! He swings on Stu but Stu counter punches and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Uno, he CHOPS Ethan, then CHOPS him again! Tag to Stu, they coordinate for a springboard elbow drop SIDEWALK SLAM! Ethan scrambles away while fans fire up. Ethan wants a timeout but there’s no such thing in wrestling! Stu aims to APRON SENTON Ethan! Ethan gets in the ring but Scorpio trips Stu up hard! Scorpio tags in then slingshot CUTTERS! Scorpio soaks up the heat as AEW goes picture in picture.

Scorpio drags Stu up, whips him to a corner hard, then mocks Sting’s howl before he runs in. STINGER SPLASH! Clearly a message sent to the Icon! Scorpio drags Stu up, tags in Ethan, and they mug Stu. Stu throws body shots on Ethan, but Ethan shoves Stu to then run him over! Ethan knocks Uno down, too, then drags Stu over to tag in Scorpio. Ethan stomps Stu’s legs while Scorpio scrapes his soles on Stu’s face! Stu scrambles to ropes but Scorpio hokes him! The ref counts, Scorpio lets off and gets Stu up to ROCK him with a right! Ethan traps Stu in the corner, Scorpio throws uppercuts!

Scorpio soaks up the heat but Stu kicks and elbows back! Stu throws forearms, Scorpio knees low! Scorpio whips Stu to ropes but Stu sunset flips! Ethan tags in and stomps Stu down! Ethan gets Stu up to whip hard into a corner, but Stu boots him back! Stu hops up, Scorpio anchors his feet and Ethan ROCKS Stu before hitting ICONOCLASM! Ethan drags Stu by an arm, tags Scorpio in, and they mug Stu more. Scorpio paces around Stu, stomps him, then taunts him. Stu goes to the corner but Scorpio throws hands. Scorpio stalks Stu, throws hands, then talks some trash while he chokes Stu in a corner.

AEW returns to single picture while the ref has to keep an angry Uno back. Stu ROCKS Scorpio! And again! Stu CHOPS Scorpio, but Scorpio fireman’s carries! Stu slips off to hit an URENAGE! Both men are down, Scorpio tags Ethan and he drags Stu away. Stu flips back up to his feet, to DOUBLE PELE Ethan & Scorpio! Ethan and Scorpio stagger, Stu fires up with the fans and hot tags Uno! Uno DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES, then rallies with big forearms! Uno whips Ethan but Ethan reverses, only for Uno to RANA?! Scorpio runs but Uno trips him up to stomp the hands! Uno BITES Scorpio’s face! Then hits a SWINGING COMPLETE SHOT!

Ethan runs but Uno blocks the boot, gives it to the ref, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Tag to Stu and fans fire up! They each bring up Scorpio and Ethan, Stu puts Scorpio in a corner but Ethan ROUNDHOUSES Uno! Stu KNEES Ethan into Uno’s boots! “GET OVER HERE!” Uno boots Ethan into Stu’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, and Ethan lands on Scorpio! Fans fire up as Stu and Uno coordinate, for the 450 CANNONBALL COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives and the Dark Order is shocked! Uno tags in, Stu goes to a corner and climbs as fans say, “This is Awesome!” Scorpio saves Ethan from Fatality and rakes Uno’s eyes! Stu rushes Scorpio but gets tripped up into the KNEEBAR!

Ethan gets Uno, crucifix for the EGO’S EDGE!! Ethan covers Uno, Ethan & Scorpio win!

Winners: Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, by pinfall

The Ego and the Face of the Revolution win, and Ethan gets a mic! “Exactly what happened tonight will be happening this Sunday! Whether it’s that heel hook, or the Ego’s Edge, Sting and Darby-” They’re making their way back out! Darby has an army of Sting cosplayers! Darby and the Stingers rush in but Scorpio dumps out all the fake Stings! Wait, that one is the REAL Sting! Darby has Ethan in a sleeper hold, Ethan slips free, and he regroups with Scorpio! Will Sting’s return to a traditional tag match be one to remember?

 

Eric Bischoff heads to the ring!

The trailblazer in wrestling is going to host the celebration of the Inner Circle! We’ll see what Bischoff has to say after the break.

AEW returns once more, and Bischoff has a mic. “Oh, I love you people! Each and every single one of you! But isn’t time a funny thing, when you think about it? 25 years ago last night, as a matter of fact, I had the opportunity to introduce what would become, eventually, one of the factions that many people would say is the greatest faction of all time. On this very network, TNT! How about that?” But tonight, he has the opportunity to introduce another faction, and a group of badasses, that could very well take that crown. Join Bischoff in welcoming The Inner Circle!

Jericho leads the way for Santana, Ortiz, Sammy and Hager as the fans sing Judas. They join Bischoff in the ring and Jericho says it feels so good to be surrounded by fans again! And listen, it feels good to be here with a guy they called to make amends with. Bischoff, thank you for everything you’ve done for Jericho in his career, from WCW and beyond, and thank you for being here tonight. Bischoff thanks Jericho for having him here, and he couldn’t think of a better way to thank Jericho than to show us the sweet video package they put together. A greatest hits, if you will!

The video plays, and it starts with a montage of when they made their Dynamite debut, took the fight to the Nightmare Family and The Elite, to name a few. Spike to Moxley’s eye, car door to Dustin’s arm, sack of oranges to Orange Cassidy, baseball bat to Vanguard 1, and middle fingers all around. The fight with Mike Tyson, the handshake with Mike Tyson, the Bubbly bath for The Pinnacle, the fans cheer for it all. Santana says, “Wow! We’ve done some pretty cool shit, huh, boys?” But do they remember 10/2/2019? The night that everything changed for all of them? The night they created magic, and then 18 months later, they’re here stronger than ever!

Santana says alongside that entire locker room, they took this company, put it on their backs and carried it through the pandemic! “And here we are, standing with the return of the best fans in wrestling today!” If this is the last night as the Inner Circle, if this truly is their last dance, Santana wouldn’t have it any other way than with his brothers in front of all the fans. Ortiz continues by saying, “Yo, that was beautiful, man.” Hager says it was beautiful. He’s always been a believer in “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” so if this is it, then seeing the good times is not what he wants. He wants those hard times! The times they got beaten, bloodied, left with no choice.

Show Hager those times when each man left a part of their soul behind! Show Hager the hard times that make hard men! Those are the moments they should celebrate! Sammy takes the mic and fans cheer him on. “What else is there to say, man? We’ve been through everything together. Hell, when I came to AEW, I was wearing a freaking panda head.” And now, Sammy is in the greatest faction in ALL of pro-wrestling! Until he wasn’t. That time he quit the Inner Circle, he didn’t have his guys with him, he didn’t like that at all. He will do everything in his power to make sure that never happens again! But if it does and this is the end, then thanks for everything.

Jericho says when he was first asked about putting together a faction of his own, he was very hesitant. He doesn’t play well with others, and then he met these guys. “It just felt right!” The first time he saw a picture of all five, he thought, “Wow, these are some badass looking mother-” Ortiz says, “Shut your mouth, Chris.” Jericho adjusts course and says they were like Guns ‘n’ Roses in 1987! The way they looked, the way they thought, they didn’t care about anyone except each other and cared only about putting on the best performances possible, night after night after night!

And that hasn’t changed! Stadium Stampede 2 will be a war, a battle, and if something goes wrong, if they lose, they are going down in a blaze of glory! If this is the last time they’re together, then Jericho has one thing to say to the Inner Circle: “I love you.” Fans cheer that as the Inner Circle hugs it out. Then, they give one last group middle finger! But MJF is on the titantron and says, “Bravo.” MJF cries fake tears as he says that was a touching moment. The love and passion they have is incredible. But it makes him all the more excited for Sunday. Is Wardlow excited? Wardlow nods. How about you, Dean?

MJF moves aside and reveals they have DEAN MALENKO, beat up and stuck against the goal post! “Listen up, Chris! You and your boys better rush down to the stadium right now, before I make the Iceman over here extra cold!” MJF’s sunk to a new low going after someone not even involved in the Inner Circle! The Inner Circle runs as fast as they can from Daily’s Place to TIAA Field, but the Pinnacle AMBUSHES them! It was all MJF’s trap to get some early shots in before Double or Nothing! It’s a brawl all over the sidelines and bleachers! Spears has a chair to SMACK Sammy with! The “Canadian God” is euphoric as he stands over Sammy!

MJF throws Jericho down, Wardlow is after Hager, and FTR has Santana & Ortiz up on the bleacher level, aiming for tables! MJF, Spears and Wardlow all get their respective Inner Circle nemeses, and Tully coordinates for a QUINTUPLE PILEDRIVER, with FTR taking PNP THROUGH TABLES!! Spears sits in his chair, looming over Spears. MJF shouts “This is why when you are in The Pinnacle, you are always on top!” The Pinnacle puts their hands in, and their logo is on the titantron! Will this be what we see on Sunday? Or has the Pinnacle broken the Inner Circle even before Stadium Stampede 2?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode, especially for a go-home that seemed more a formality than anything, where not much would change this close to the PPV and all that. Having all the fans possible in Daily’s Place was great, though, they were fired up the whole night, made this episode feel big, as it should. Miro of course demolished Dante Martin, but he had a great promo with Jake and Archer, and we got a good though short brawl of them. I said this last week that it is hard to tell who wins at Double or Nothing, but I feel Archer needs this more than Miro since there’s the point of it being a year later from when he lost to Cody. So 51-49 in favor of Archer, but it’ll be a badass match of badass big guys either way.

There was some redundancy with Darby, Sting, Ethan and Scorpio, though. Darby VS Bononi was a good match to get fans going at the start, and naturally Darby wins to get momentum. Darby calling Ethan & Scorpio out, them claiming they won’t beat him and Sting up “for free” and all that was fine, but having Dark Order go after Ethan & Scorpio was a bit copy-paste from last week. Then they gave us the flipside after Ethan & Scorpio won that great main event match with Dark Order, and they pulled the “It’s Sting wearing a Sting mask!” move from Sting’s Impact days, that felt like the proper go-home segment. It doesn’t change that Sting & Darby are more than likely winning, in my opinion, so a lot of it just seemed purely for the live fans.

I didn’t expect the weigh-in segment to be in the first half hour, but fine, they got it out of the way. There was somebody new with The Factory that they didn’t bother introducing here, maybe we meet him properly on the Dark episodes set for this week. Again, a lot of this was just posturing by Cody, the weigh-in affects nothing because it’s a non-title match and there are no weight classes in AEW, it is just their way of putting on another layer of sport in their blend of sports entertainment. Is the weight difference of 218 VS 219 and QT’s piss poor way of making it a big deal supposed to be the “standing tall” part in the math? I mean, we’ve all felt Cody is winning this cuz “LOL Cody Wins” but I guess whatever they need to make it fit their logic…

Hobbs and Christian brawling was a great thing, though. Helps hype up their part of the battle royal, could even turn into a Street Fight for these two on the post PPV Dynamite next Friday or sometime later. Hangman VS Janela was very good, though I’m a little disappointed they had a kayfabe way of not making Janela ditching Kiss on Dark a bigger deal. Hangman thwarting an attack by Team Taz by questioning Cage’s manhood was actually a good move. Their match is going to be great, but as I’ve said, that FTW Championship needs to start being defended. Even if it’s just on Dark or Elevation, someone should be having matches with Cage for that.

The promo from Moxley and Kingston was great, but as I wrote, TNT cut away. This Dynamite was live, so obviously they didn’t take into consideration that this prerecorded promo was pretty long. They still gotta figure that kind of stuff out, honestly. I like that Pac “interrupted” the segment for Cassidy’s response to Omega. Callis’ set-up to Omega’s ambush was confusing. Pac was calling out Kenny, why the hell would Callis talk about himself going out there? Lucha Bros running off Good Brothers was fine, Best Friends seeing Cassidy out there was fine, but Cassidy giving Omega an envelope of shredded paper was great stuff. Cassidy standing tall sadly means Omega retains, but that was also expected.

Jade getting a match tonight was a surprise, but I probably just wasn’t paying attention to AEW social media. Of course Jade wins, but I did like the promo before where Hardy finds out too little too late that Jade’s signed Sterling as her manager. I am already waiting to see a Triple Threat where there are also the managers, Jade w/ Sterling VS Nyla w/ Vickie VS Bunny w/ Hardy and we see which Heel manager can pull off a screwjob better. The celebration of Shida’s anniversary wasn’t as big as I expected, but getting a bigger, better belt was cool. Britt showing up was expected, though, and I guess she’s replacing Austin 3:16 with Britt DMD. I feel this is another 51-49, Britt gets the belt since Shida got this moment here, and then the match-ups are freshened up.

Sammy had another good cue card promo, and The Inner Circle celebration was a little less than I expected, but the promos the members had were all good. All of that made me think they really were going to split-up after Double or Nothing, but then there was The Pinnacle’s trap. In the same way The Inner Circle got the better of The Elite last year going into Stadium Stampede I, Pinnacle standing tall over Inner Circle now has to mean they’re losing. Inner Circle will find a way to overcome The Pinnacle, and similarly to Sammy taking that insane One Winged Angel, I bet MJF or Spears are the guys to take an insane finisher spot to end the match.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/3/21)

The Spanish God is on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Will Sammy Guevara still reign?

Tony Nese answers the open challenge for Sammy Guevara’s AEW TNT Championship, but is it too soon for the Premier Athlete to dethrone a Spanish God?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Tony Nese; Guevara wins and retains the title.
  • Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Janai Kai; Cargill wins.
  • Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard; FTR wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Tony Nese!

Rampage opens with gold! But after the Spanish God got sucker punched by the Premier Athlete, will Sammy do Nese the favor of ending that undefeated streak? Or will Nese shock the world by taking this title on his first try?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we see who stays golden in Hotlanta!

Nese and Sammy circle for only a moment before Sammy fires off! Sammy hammers Nese at the ropes, CHOPS him in the corner, then throws more hands. Nese body shots and CLUBS Sammy down, then whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Nese gloats but fans boo. Sammy trips Nese to rain down fists! Nese shoves Sammy away, things speed up, Sammy hurdles and flips over to dropkick Nese down! Nese bails out while Sammy kips up so smooth! Fans fire up while Nese paces around the outside. Sammy builds speed to DIVE and twist! Direct hit with the corkscrew tope and fans are thunderous!

Sammy brings Nese up but Nese RAMS Sammy into the apron! Nese whips but Sammy reverses and Nese hits steel steps! Sammy drags Nese up, puts Nese against railing, and CHPOS him! Nese staggers away but Sammy CLUBS him from behind! Sammy then RAMS Nese into railing! Sammy puts Nese back in, takes a moment for his banged up ribs, and then he climbs up top. Nese trips Sammy up and Sammy gets stuck on the rope! Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, fireman’s carry and GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Sammy down as fans boo. Sammy crawls to ropes but fans rally up. Nese drags Sammy up but Sammy throws body shots.

Nese goes to ropes, but he throat chops back! Nese brings Sammy around to talk trash, throw body shots, then BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sammy clutches the leg where Nese landed, but Nese kicks him around. Nese brings Sammy up to whip corner to corner hard, and Sammy bounces off buckles. Nese flexes but fans boo, and Nese drags Sammy up. Nese whips Sammy into another corner and Sammy again bounces off buckles. Nese runs in, Sammy dodges! Sammy CHOPS Nese, sunset flips, but Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Cover, TWO!

Nese hurries to get Sammy in the body scissors! Sammy endures the squeeze but fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Sammy moves around, throws hands and gets free, but Nese gets a rear bearhug. Sammy throws elbows, Nese back suplexes him down! Nese kicks Sammy around, then mocks the fans chanting for him. Nese stalks Sammy, Sammy CHOPS back. Nese CHOPS Sammy, but Sammy CHOPS again. Nese CHOPS, Sammy CHOPS, repeat! It’s a CHOP fight, until Nese dropkicks Sammy down! Cover, TWO! Nese headlocks and grinds Sammy down as AEW returns to single picture. Sammy fights up, throws body shots, but Nese shifts his hold, only for Sammy to back suplex! Both men are down, but fans rally up. Sammy gets to ropes, he kicks but Nese blocks and trips to a HALF CRAB!

Nese digs a knee into Sammy’s bad ribs while pulling on the leg! Fans rally as Sammy endures, and Sammy turns over to kick and kick and get free! Sammy dodges Nese to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up, Sammy CLOBBERS Nese again! And again! Sammy whips, Nese reverses but Sammy dodges and rams in! ENZIGURI from the apron! Fans fire up as Sammy springboards, triangle jump, SUPER CUTTER! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!! Nese survives but Sammy fires up and slashes the throat! Torture rack, GO TO- NO! Nese blocks the knee to get the HALF CRAB again! Fans rally as Sammy endures the hold all over again! Sammy turns over, cradles, TWO!

Nese runs in but Sammy catches him, only for Nese to slide under and pump handle! Sammy slips out of the scoop, shoves Nese and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for Sammy as he gets back up. Sammy kicks Nese around, pushes him, but Nese pushes back. Sammy clotheslines Nese out of the ring! Sammy goes to the apron, takes a moment, and TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit and fans lose their minds! Sammy gets Nese up and into the ring, then drags himself up to the apron. Sammy springboards but Nese SHORYUKENS! Sammy falls, Nese builds speed, PREMIER FOSBURY FLOP!!

Nese puts Sammy in, gets up top fast, PREMIER 450!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and shocks Nese! Nese is frustrated but fans say “This is Awesome!” Nese drags Sammy up, pushes him around, slaps him around, taunts him, but Sammy fires off forearms! Nese shoves Sammy to ROCK him with that left! Nese runs, Sammy somersaults to ROCK Nese back! Sammy goes to run but Nese reels him in, school boy! TWO, Nese gets Sammy with a dead lift BUCKLE BOMB!! Nese runs but into Sammy’s BOOT! Sammy manages the torture rack, G T H!! Cover, Sammy wins!!

Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Premier Athlete gave Sammy one hell of a challenge, but the Premier winstreak is over! Will the Spanish God reign all the way through the holidays?

 

Jurassic Express & Christian Cage speak.

This is why they gotta trust Captain Charisma on this stuff. No secrets here, the fact that his guys, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus, are the #1 tag team contenders in AEW. But they haven’t forgotten that the Lucha Brothers beat them for that same spot months ago and then went on to beat the Young Bucks. But since then, they’ve beaten The Elite themselves, and now here we are. Momentum is so important, but it can be gone just like that. Opportunities don’t come around every day, and sometimes they never come around again. So they’re going to scout tonight’s main event, even if it doesn’t have Fenix. Everyone is a potential opponent and then they become the targets.

If it sounds like Christian is getting ahead of himself, he’s not. That’s just how confident he is in his guys. If it’s the last thing he does, he’ll make sure Jurassic Express are the next AEW Tag Team Champions! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are fired up, will they be ready to show Penta & Fenix who has #CeroMiedo?

 

Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Janai Kai!

Thunder Rosa joins commentary as promised, because she wants to watch her student give #ThatBitch more than she bargained for. But will Cargill simply make her opponent an example of what’s coming for La Mera Mera in the TBS Championship Tournament?

The bell rings and Cargill doesn’t take “The Kick Demon” seriously. Cargill even dares her to take the headlock. Kai does, only for Cargill to TOSS her away, and then BOOT her right down! Cargill gets the arms, JADED! Cover, Cargill wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall

That might be the fastest win in AEW history! Rosa says all Cargill knows how to do is pose around. But Cargill gets Kai up to rough her up, whip her and BOOT her down! Rosa won’t stand for that, and she runs to the ring! But Mark Sterling gets in her way, so he gets knocked down! Rosa gets in to dodge the boot and tackle Cargill! They brawl, the refs rush in to stop this! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but these two will have to wait until their tournament match! Will Rosa end Cargill’s undefeated streak to then be a finalist for the TBS Championship? Wait, Rosa gets loose and rushes back at the ring! Cargill kicks her away, who will stand tall when they finally have their match?

 

The Super Kliq speaks.

Brandon, c’mon, moron. But Adam Cole calls out Orange Cassidy for coming out while Cole was on commentary. Cassidy tried to take Cole’s spotlight, Cole’s moment, but you saw what happens! Don Callis passes by and says hey, while Cole continues that Cassidy is the laughing stock of AEW. Nick tells the Best Friends, “You think you’re tough guys? We’re tough guys! And when you bring steel chairs into the equation, that’s not gonna end well!” Matt says, “Hey, guys, I have a brilliant idea. How about the Young Bucks return to tag team action Wednesday on Dynamite.” Best Friends can bring their two best guys and we’ll see what happens. CACAW! Brandon, cut. The red button, Brandon!!

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“2point0, congratulations, you beat up the great Chris Jericho. And I do not care. Chris has no business to do with me, you two do. You want to beat me up after my match with Danny Garcia, you want to keep this going, you guys are gonna learn something real plain and clear. You reap what you sew, partna!” Will the Mad King break Matt Lee & Jeff Parker all by himself? Or will he need some back-up to get it done?

 

AEW looks at Bryan Danielson’s grudge against the Dark Order.

John Silver thinks this is Bryan finally showing his true colors. He doesn’t think he can beat Hangman, he’s getting insecure and just taking it out on The Dark Order. Bryan says Silver is the strongest member of the Dark Order, but the thing is, “You become the five people you spend the most time around.” Silver doesn’t spend his time around elite people. But Long Island is Silver’s home. Bryan is known for being fast, good with strikes and submissions, but Silver can do all that, too. But Bryan sees Silver running around, making jokes, being “Johnny Hungy.”

Is that making him a better wrestler? Bryan wasn’t joking around at age 30, he was winning championships. Silver wants to get a big win in his hometown, but Bryan isn’t going to let that happen. Will the American Dragon slay another hometown hero this Wednesday?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After the challenge was thrown out, Best Friends accepted! And they’re bringing ROCKY ROMERO with them! It’ll be Young Bucks VS CHAOS as Rocky and Chuckie T step up for Dynamite!

 

Mark Henry speaks to our main eventers!

PAC, FTR hurt Rey Fenix, and PAC has one eye. How can he fight like that? Does Pac look blind to him? He’s good to go. Malakai Black will pay for what he did, but this is about Fenix. Penta adds, “Because we have Cero! Miedo!” But Cash Wheeler questions how they’re gonna get revenge for Fenix. This was supposed to be FTR getting revenge for Full Gear! Full Gear was where FTR was supposed to make history, but they were robbed! Tonight, once again, Fenix doesn’t have the huevos to show up so they rob that from FTR, too! Dax Harwood adds that this was supposed to be the marker, the night of celebration as the first-ever two-time AEW Tag Team Champions, but Fenix didn’t show up!

Things get heated, but Henry interrupts. Let’s cool off a second. There’s been enough time, it’s time for the main event! Will the Bastard and Penta take down their archenemies once and for all? Or will FTR get some semblance of revenge for what they consider an injustice?

Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard!

AEW returns as Death Triangle make their entrance. The teams sort out, fans chant for “CERO MIEDO!” as Penta starts against Cash. Cash and Penta pace, approach, but Penta is wary of Dax. Cash and Penta approach, Penta trips Cash but Cash scrambles away. Penta and Cash circle, tie up, Cash headlocks then wrenches an arm. Penta trips Cash to have a spinning toehold! Penta makes Cash spread the legs but Cash scrambles away again. Fans rally behind Penta and he eggs Cash on. Cash is flustered just hearing all the “CERO MIEDO” from the fans. Penta takes off the glove, then throws it to Alex. Cash tries but he can’t intercept it!

Cash gets Penta, whips, hurdles, but Penta KICKS his monkey flip down. Tag to Pac, Penta snapmares and Death Triangle double KICK and double DROPKICK! Cash bails out and Dax calls for a timeout. Pac waits, Cash comes back, tag to Dax. Dax and Pac tie up, Pac headlocks and hits a takeover. Dax fights up, pulls hair, powers out but Pac runs him over. Things keep moving, Pac slides under to then hip toss hard! Cash gets in but gets a hip toss! Pac scoops and SLAMS Dax! Pac drags Dax up, wrenches, but Dax pulls hair to whip then CLOBBER Pac! Cash says, “That’s how you do it!” Dax whips but Pac reverses to back drop!

Fans fire up and Pac tags Penta. Penta goes up, Pac sets Dax up, QUE PASO! Cover, Cash breaks it! Cash drags Penta but the ref reprimands. Cash bails out, Dax runs in to ROCK Penta! Tag to Cash, Dax bumps Penta off Cash’s boots! Cash stays between Penta and Pac, and doesn’t even mock Cero Miedo fully because he doesn’t care, Cash brings Penta up to headbutt him down then KICK him in the back. Tag to Dax, FTR stomp Penta’s legs. Dax snap suplexes Penta, tags in Cash, they work together for the assisted leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Penta up, Dax sticks out a leg, but Penta turns it around and feeds Cash to Dax’s knee! Hot tag to Pac!

Pac shoulders into Dax, slingshots up and over then ducks to sobat! Front kick! Sobat again! Pac runs to BOOT Dax down! Fans fire up as Pac runs corner to corner but Dax puts him on the apron! Pac ROCKS Dax, springboards but the depth perception throws him off! Pac tumbles, then Dax DECKS him! Dax drags Pac up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Dax puts Pac on ropes, tags Cash, and Cash chokes Pac! Cash lets off at 4, gets in and stares Penta down. Cash drags Pac up and EuroUppers! Pac flops against ropes, Cash taunts the fans cheering Pac on, then he kicks Pac. Tag to Dax, FTR get a leg each and DOUBLE ROPE GUILLOTINE! Tully high-tens Cash while Dax goes to the apron. Dax stomps Pac into the ring, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Pac fires forearms and elbows to fight out of the corner! Dax kicks low, but Pac turns suplex into cradle! But Cash distracts the ref! Death Triangle would’ve won already!! The ref finally sees, TWO!! Dax CLOBBERS Pac!

Dax drops a leg, then drags Pac by an arm. Dax whips and then catches Pac for a cobra twist! Cash reaches out, FTR forms a chain! Alex points it out, the ref looks but FTR lets go. Pac endures all the same, and then FTR reform the chain! The ref sees it this time and CLUBS it apart! Pac HIP TOSSES Dax down! Cash tags in, CLUBS Pac down and keeps him from Penta! Cash drags Pac into a cobra clutch and grinds him down. Pac endures as Cash leans on the hold. AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up and Pac fights to his feet! Pac moves around and throws Cash out of the ring! Dax hurries to get Cash up and in, then tags in to stay between Pac and Penta!

Dax throws Pac out, fans boo, but the ref keeps Dax in. Cash LEAPS but only gets railing! Pac gets in, Dax anchors his legs, but Pac fights up to ENZIGURI! Pac is free, but Cash trips Penta! Penta storms after Cash, they go into the ring and the ref stops Penta! Dax gives Pac a BACKBREAKER, Cash adds a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, but the ref sees Cash isn’t legal! Pac still kicks out, but now Dax gets in, TWO!! The Bastard survives, but Dax drags Pac up. Fans chant “We Want Penta!” but Dax flips them off. Dax hoists Pac up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to the very top. Pac resists the superplex, throws body shots, then ROCKS Dax!

Dax hops down and crawls away, but he comes back, only for Pac to shove him back down! Pac adjusts, to SHOTGUN missile dropkick! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” while both men are down. Cash gets in but Penta ducks the sucker punch, Pac back drops Cash! Hot tag to Penta! SLINGBLADE for Cash! SLINGBLADE for Dax! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP for FTR! Dax waistlocks, Penta switches but Dax switches back, only for Penta to BOOT Cash! Dax shoves, Penta wheelbarrows Cash to victory roll and jump, DDT to Dax! Fans fire up again as Penta pops Cash up for a snake eyes! Penta runs in, Cash puts him on the apron but Penta ROCKS Cash with a forearm!

Penta SUPERKICKS Dax away, then GAMANGIRIS Cash! Penta goes up top to CROSSBODY Cash! Cover, TWO! Cash escapes but Penta keeps his focus. Penta drags Cash up, whips him but Cash reverses. Penta goes up and over for the BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Penta has the fans rallying again, “CERO MIEDO!” Penta reels Cash in, tucks the arms, but Cash fights out, wrenches and whips. Penta reverses, but Cash POWERSLAMS! Tag to Dax, and Dax climbs as Chas gets Penta up. Wheelbarrow LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives and FTR is furious! Cash gets back in, FTR double whip, but Penta sunset flips Dax! Cash helps Dax stay up but Pac SUPERKICKS!

Penta sobats Dax, then runs in to spin and SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! Penta drags Dax up, tags Pac, and Pac goes up! “CERO!” Cash trips Penta up! Cash throws Penta into railing, Pac BOOTS Cash! Pac climbs up and aims at Dax, CROSSBODY! Dax rolls through to cover, TWO!! Pac BOOTS Dax then runs. Dax dodges to ROCK Pac with a right! Double underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down. Tully gets on the apron to coach Dax but the ref tells him to get down. They’re arguing, Dax suplex but Pac sips out and shoves Dax towards Tully! Dax stops himself, Pac runs in, Dax dodges and Pac CLOBBERS Tully!

Dax O’Conner Rolls but Pac turns it to a EUROCLUTCH! TWO!! Tully flounders, Cash goes over, Penta runs in! Cash avoids the slingblade to TORNADO DDT! Pac clotheslines Dax out hard! Fans fire up as Pac goes to the corner! Pac climbs up, ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on FTR and fans are thunderous again! Pac puts Dax in, but Dax claims his leg hurts. Here comes MALAKAI BLACK! He spits more BLACK MIST into Pac’s eye!! Dax rolls Pac up, FTR wins!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

The Dark Father finishes what he started with The Bastard! Penta goes after FTR, but he gets mugged 2v1, and then they take his mask!! Alex covers Penta with his jacket while FTR laughs about it, playing around with the mask. Malakai gets in the ring to dig his fingers into Pac’s face!! Malakai wants to completely blind Pac!! Fans boo but the Dark Father stops only when he’s satisfied! Is that blood on his hands?! Has the House of Black helped break the Death Triangle completely?


My Thoughts:

What a wild episode for Rampage here. The TNT Championship match as the opener was surprising, but I didn’t see Nese winning anyway. He still gives Sammy a great match, but Sammy retains, and I’m thinking he’ll retain until Battle of the Belts on January 8th. Hopefully Miro’s gotten to have matches and has destroyed many, many men on Dynamite, and even Elevation, so that he has the momentum and the win-loss record to get a match against Sammy. Meanwhile, that was the squashiest squash match Jade Cargill or anyone has had, but we all knew she was winning anyway. Rosa VS Cargill is going to be hot stuff, but I feel like that’s going to be another Cargill win.

Good promos from Eddie Kingston, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express, the Super Kliq, John Silver and Bryan Danielson to hype up the upcoming matches. Christian calling Jurassic Express “his guys” is odd, but I guess he sees himself as a mentor to them when they were doing pretty good on their own. Though, I suppose maybe they wouldn’t have made it past the Super Kliq without him. Where’s Marko Stunt, for that matter? Bucks VS Chuck Taylor & Rocky Romero is going to be a good one, maybe we’ll get an 8 Man Tag of Super Kliq & Bobby Fish VS Cassidy, Yuta, Chuck & Rocky for the TBS premiere.

We got an awesome tag team main event, with Pac doing a great job with just one eye. The fall was still part of the match and not a shoot, I’m sure. Malakai being what screws Death Triangle over was a bit surprising, as was him going after Pac’s eye so aggressively. I feel like Malakai and Pac will have a No Disqualification style blow-off like Cody Rhodes and Andrade just had, but I wonder what kind of kayfabe damage Pac’s eyes will have at this point.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/1/21)

AEW’s in Hotlanta!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

It’s a Dynamite night in Atlanta!

AEW is in Atlanta, and its a hardcore homecoming for the American Nightmare! Will Cody Rhodes get a hero’s welcome in tonight’s Atlanta Street Fight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Alan Angels; Bryan wins.
  • CM Punk VS Lee Moriarty; Punk wins.
  • Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS AC Adams; Wardlow wins.
  • Gunn Club VS Darby Allin & Sting; Darby & Sting win.
  • AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander; Soho wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Atlanta Street Fight: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page is here!

The AEW World Champion is joining commentary to watch this opening match while preparing for Winter is Coming in two weeks, where he’ll face the American Dragon with the title on the line!

Bryan Danielson VS Alan Angels!

AEW in Atlanta isn’t just a homecoming for Cody Rhodes, and Bryan knew it, too. He called out the Dark Order’s hometown heroes, and Number 5 stepped up! Will Angels expose some weaknesses that Hangman can pick up on? Or will he just get his head kicked in?

The bell rings, fans fire up, and Atlanta fires up for Angels. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, full nelsons, but Angels breaks to switch. Bryan switches back, trips Angels up and has the leg for the HALF CRAB! But Angels gets the ropebreak quickly, and Bryan lets off cleanly. Bryan soaks up the heat as he points an ear to the fans. Angels storms over but Bryan uses the ropes for defense. Bryan comes back, he and Angels knuckle lock, but Bryan puts Angels in the corner. Angels dodges the forearm to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! Angels climbs up to rain down fists! He stops at five then flips to CHOP again! Bryan is stinging but he EuroUppers Angels off his feet!

Bryan drops knees on Angels’ head again and again, then mocks Angels to rile up the fans. Angels kicks back, but Bryan shrugs that off. Angels is in a corner, kicks again but Bryan clinches to CHOP again! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP again! Bryan gets Angels back up to EuroUpper, run corner to corner and dropkick! Angels falls and Bryan soaks up the heat in Hotlanta. Bryan bumps Angels off buckles, fires off more EuroUppers, then lets off at the ref’s count before coming back for more. Fans boo as Bryan lets off again, but Bryan brings Angels up to wind up and EuroUpper, into a backslide! TWO, but Angels KICKS and CHOPS in return!

Angels forearms, Bryan shoves, Angels bobs ‘n’ weaves, but Bryan BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES into an ARMBAR! Angels scrambles to the ropebreak! Fans fire up as Bryan lets off. Bryan gets Angels up on the apron, suplexes, but Angels knees free! And then GAMANGIRIS to then springboard and shotgun dropkick Bryan out! Angels kips up and fans fire up as he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Bryan goes into railing! Angels goes up fast to ASAI MOONSAULT Bryan down! Angels puts Bryan in, climbs up but has to jump over. Angels turns around, Bryan runs in, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up and Hangman is loving it as Angels goes up again.

MOONSAULT FLOP! BUSAIKU KNEE!! But Bryan isn’t done here! He gets Angels’ arms and gives Angels DANIELSON STOMPS! Angels is already dazed but Bryan still isn’t done! He flees, gets the leg, HEEL HOOK!! Angels taps, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

Bryan flexes as he holds on longer, but then lets go so he can gloat. Hangman is obviously upset, but Schiavone goes to the ring to interview Bryan. In two weeks, Winter is Coming 2, the world title is on the line. And Bryan looks more than ready. Bryan says he isn’t sure. Hard to tell because if that was the best Atlanta’s got, Bryan whooped his ass! And not only did Bryan kick Angels’ head in, he is pretty sure he snapped an MCL. Not that the fans understand what that means. Bryan knocked out Colt Cabana’s tooth, he just snapped Angels’ MCL, and he knows there’s a Dark Order member from Long Island, so he’ll stomp that guy’s head in, too! And then Hangman.

In Dallas, Texas, home of the Cowboys, that is where Bryan takes the AEW World Championship, and where he shows the entire world that Hangman is a one hit wonder! It isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, but Coward Sh*t! Hangman’s had enough, he gets off commentary! John Silver rushes out and says Hangman isn’t allowed to touch Bryan. But Silver sure can! And so that’s what he’ll do! Johnny Hungy rushes the ring, Bryan bails right out! “You think I’m gonna share the ring with this joke? This joke?! He’s beneath me! Just like you’re beneath me!” Bryan knows Tony Khan said they can’t make contact or Hangman will be suspended if they do.

Bryan would love to slap Hangman in front of the people, but these people don’t deserve to see that. Bryan leaves, Hangman and Silver regroup with Angels. Will things only get hotter as Winter approaches?

 

Miro… is in limbo?

“I’ve been here for weeks, trying to figure out, ‘What should I do?’ What does a man do when his weakness literally separates his head from his heart? And then the vision came to me. So my God, thank you for showing me. For teaching me. For revealing to me. What an a-hole you really are. The line has been drawn, and the Redeemer will storm the Gates of Heaven, and the floor will turn red.” Miro will bring fear. He only has two weaknesses. One he will repair, the other he will embrace. Will Miro break through by breaking those in the ring against him?

 

CM Punk VS Lee Moriarty!

The Best in the World continues to fight and prove he’s still who he is, but against the rising hybrid that is #TygaStyle, will he end up proving MJF right tonight?

Speaking of, MJF makes his way out… Maxwell Jacob Friedman and his Hanukkah themed suit joins commentary to watch this closely. He heard “PG Punk” struggled against QT Marshall last week and has turned to binge drinking. Look how haggard Punk looks right now! Excalibur defends that is not true, and the bell rings. Fans chant for Punk as he shakes hands with Moriarty. They circle, tie up, and Moriarty wrenches the arm. Punk rolls, cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks. MJF calls Moriarty a glorified rookie, Moriarty wrenches and wristlocks to a hammerlock. Punk slips around, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits a takeover.

Moriarty headscissors, Punk moves around, MJF announces that next week, the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale returns and promises he’ll be a threepeat winner. Punk pops out, gets the headlock, but Moriarty uses kicks to pop free. Moriarty wrenches, hammerlocks, spins and snapmares to then ghost pin! TWO, Punk gets up into an arm-drag! Moriarty has the arm-drag, MJF says this is laughable. Schiavone points out MJF barely wrestles compared to Punk. Punk grits his teeth, gets up and powers out. Moriarty runs Punk over, covers, ONE! Arm-drag! Punk fights up, puts Moriarty in the corner, lets off but RAMS his shoulder in! And again, and again! And again and again!

Fans fire up as Punk wrenches and whips Moriarty corner to corner. Moriarty goes up and over and runs but into a calf kick! Punk goes to the apron, aims as Moriarty stands, springboard FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Fans fire up and Punk flexes as AEW goes picture in picture.

Punk drags Moriarty up at the ropes, scoops and SLAMS him, then takes a moment before he brings Moriarty up for another scoop SLAM! Moriarty grits his teeth, Punk listens to the fans, and he brings Moriarty up again to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, TWO! Moriarty gets to ropes, pushes Punk away but Punk stomps him in the corner. Punk whips Moriarty corner to corner hard, and Moriarty bounces off the buckles! Punk brings Moriarty up, shoves him to ropes and headbutts low! Punk throws body shots and forearms, then even KICKS! Punk snapmares, covers, TWO! Punk wraps Moriarty up in a chinlock and body scissors. Moriarty endures as Punk pulls on an ear!

Moriarty fights up, throws elbows, gets free, but Punk gets him for more forearms. Punk runs, but Moriarty CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! AEW returns to single picture, Moriarty goes to another corner. Punk gets up, runs in but Moriarty dodges! Moriarty wrenches, TWEAKS the arm, but Punk runs in. Moriarty puts him on the apron, Punk gets in but Moriarty rallies! Moriarty runs in to uppercut in the corner! He whips, Punk reverses but Moriarty reverses back to WRING out an arm! PENALTY KICK to that arm, then he reels Punk in for a SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty gets Punk back up, suplexes but Punk slips out.

Punk shoves Moriarty, BOOTS from a corner, then goes up to CROSSBODY from the top! Only for Moriarty to roll through! TWO, into the BONE LOCK! Punk endures, fans rally up, Punk reaches out with his legs, but Moriarty kicks the rope to keep them away. The ref reprimands, Punk reaches out again and gets the ROPEBREAK! Moriarty lets Punk go, Punk shoves him away to go to a corner. Punk kicks low, hoists Moriarty up top, then SLAPS Moriarty! Punk climbs up, MJF claims cheating, but Punk SUPER STEINERS, only for Moriarty to make it a sunset flip! TWO, Punk high stacks! TWO and Moriarty pops Punk back into the sunset! TWO!!

Punk sits, TWO! Moriarty has the sunset, TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE from Punk takes Moriarty down! Fans are thunderous while MJF claims loaded kick pad. And that he would’ve either ducked that kick or taken it like a champ. Fans rally up as Punk gets up, MJF questions why this has lasted so long. Punk drags Moriarty up, hammerlocks, blows a kiss, but Moriarty ducks the Pepsi Twist to STEAL THE PEPSI TWIST!! Basement BOOT! Moriarty gets Punk up, facelock to TWISTING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty roars, gets Punk up, suplexes, but Punk slips free to inverted suplex tot he fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Punk wins!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

MJF gets a mic to cut off Punk’s music and talk. “PG Punk. Hey buddy, good to see ya.” But last week, Punk said he was disappointed in MJF. But MJF is proud of Punk. It takes balls to come out here and claim to be Best in the World when he’s struggling to beat QT Marshall and Lee Moriarty. The only thing Punk is the best at now is trying to get in Britt Baker’s pants. What’s the matter? Punk looks unamused. Just like how Britt would look if he got her in bed. This ain’t CM Punk! This is One Punk Chump! Oh does Punk have something to say? Punk gets the mic, and responds with, “You gotta lot of nerve coming out here, talking about pants, Britt Baker’s or otherwise, when you’re clearly wearing Larry David’s pajamas.”

MJF can talk all he wants about Punk struggling with QT or Moriarty. But the fact of the matter is, those guys are better than MJF, and he knows it! Cute, Punk! No, MJF, shut up. They’ll both shut up, MJF can bring his needle dick to the ring, and Punk will kick his ass all the way to Long Island! MJF asks the fans if they want to see these two go at it. Yeah? TOO BAD! MJF says Punk needs MJF more than MJF needs Punk. MJF is the spark to a flame Punk hasn’t had since 2011! But don’t worry. MJF will show everyone what a real pro looks like when he wins the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal in the most magical place in the world, Long Island, New York!

And he will finally be among fans that he loves and appreciate and the feeling is mutual. MJF will be better than Piper in Portland, than Bret in Canada, and better than Punk in Chicago! Laugh all you want dips*its, but there will be people rocking the ‘burb, chanting his name at the top of their lungs. Speaking of loud noises, did Punk bring his dog, Larry? MJF heard him yipping in the back. If MJF were Punk, he wouldn’t bring that flea ridden, disgusting maggot of a dog around here anymore. Because if Punk does, MJF is gonna put Larry to sleep! Punk gets out of the ring and storms right up the ramp! MJF has Wardlow appear!

The refs hurry to stop this from happening, but you don’t threaten a man’s dog and get away with it! Will Punk make sure MJF is the one put out of our misery?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker and team.

The Doctor is still very upset. That is an understatement. It is disgusting that she had to wrestle after Thanksgiving, and it is disgusting that Riho cheated to get a shot at the title. Schiavone asks Jamie Hayter where she was during the Friendsgiving celebration last week. Oh, sorry, she was having one of the best matches in the TBS Championship Tournament. Which she lost. Rebel has Britt cool off, but Hayter says Britt’s best match was against Thunder Rosa, and she also lost. Free therapy, but let’s not focus on the past. This is the present, and over the holiday, the team has had their kumbaya.

Great news, Jamie Hayter will be taking on Riho next week on Dynamite in an absolute slaughter! And if there’s anything left of Riho, then she can get her shot at Britt’s title. But Britt doesn’t think it’ll happen. Yours Truly, Britt Baker, DMD.

 

Adam Cole heads to the ring!

He’ll be joining commentary momentarily, but he and Atlanta know it’s all about the BOOM! Then he leaves the ring to join Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. Cole says the show just got a lot better with him here. But he won’t let Schiavone pretend this is good. Wait, Orange Cassidy shows up? He’s not in the match that’s up next. Freshly Squeezed stares down Cole and Cole gets up. Cole and Cassidy meet halfway and fans fire up as Cassidy takes off the sunglasses. Cassidy holds up a hand to Cole’s face, then holds his hands up to put them in the pockets! But the Young Bucks are creeping up! Cole waves bye, Cassidy turns around to see the Bucks before they can superkick.

Cassidy steps up to the Bucks and fires off the shin kicks! Cole LOW BLOWS Cassidy! The Super Kliq mock Cassidy’s shin kicks with “super” kicks. Then they actually SUPERKICK him down! Cole drags Cassidy to the stage, the Super Kliq sets up, but here come the Best Friends, with chairs! Wheeler Yuta and Chuck Taylor run the Super Kliq off, but will Cole return to commentary?

 

Tony Nese speaks.

Before he was rudely interrupted last week, he was saying how Sammy Guevara doesn’t deserve to be AEW TNT Champion. Friday on Rampage, Nese changes all that and puts the title around a Premier Athlete’s waist. Sammy learned a lesson when he got in Nese’s face. And if he thought Nese kneeling on his ribs was bad, wait until Friday. Will Nese run that knee through Sammy’s head to take the title from him?

 

Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS ???

The Pinnacle’s War Dog is a major reason MJF is still walking right now. But will AC Adams not be so lucky here?

The bell rings, Wardlow and Adams stare down. Wardlow waits on Adams to do something, Adams shoves him. Wardlow knees low, CLUBS him down, then drags Adams up to whip to ropes. Adams ducks and dodges and kicks back, but Wardlow CLOBBERS him! Wardlow hauls Adams up, fires up and POWERBOMBS Adams down! Fans want “One More Time!” so Wardlow gets Adams up for another POWERBOMB! Wardlow isn’t satisfied, neither are the fans! Wardlow gives Adams a THIRD POWERBOMB! A FOURTH! Then a cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

Spears gets in to get his chair shots in! The chair even begins to break! Spears raises Wardlow’s hand in victory, will the Pinnacle do whatever they want in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with PAC, Penta & Alex Abrahantes.

Schiavone notes that it was meant to be FTR VS The Lucha Brothers. However, an injury to Rey Fenix keeps him unable to travel, so it will be Death Triangle, Penta & PAC. Penta tells FTR in Spanish, and Alex translates, “We would’ve loved to defeat you twice in one night, but since you took it upon yourselves to hurt my brother, we’ve got the best ally that we can find in PAC.” But Pac himself has an eyepatch because Malakai Black got him with the black mist. Can he still wrestle? “Tony, Tony, Tony. Am I an invalid? I am good to fight, you understand. Look into my eye.” There’s CERO MIEDO here! Will make FTR the ones who fear what’s coming?

 

Gunn Club VS Darby Allin & Sting!

Billy and his boys are #Gunndefeated and Colten himself is 35-0! But The Relentless One and the Icon are undefeated as a duo in their own right! Whose streak ends in this cold Hotlanta showdown?

The teams sort out and Darby starts against Colten. Fans are fired up for Darby, he ties up with Colten then gets a waistlock. Colten elbows free, headlocks, but Darby powers out, only for Colten to run him over. Colten runs, Darby drop toeholds and then stalks him to arm-drag. Colten blocks, Darby slips under to arm-drag through this time! SHOTGUN dropkick sends Colten to the corner! Colten get sup, but Billy tags in. Papa Gunn stares pat Darby to look at Sting, so Darby tags Sting in! Fans fire up as Sting and Billy step up to each other. Billy throws hands but Sting counter punches! And back hands! And again! And then atomic drops! Sting CLOBBERS Billy!

Sting runs but Billy avoids the splash and regroups with his sons! Sting waits on Billy, fans chant, “You Still Got It!” for the Icon. Billy wants them to shut up, but then he sends Colten in. Sting fires off on Colten, tags in Darby, Darby headlocks. Colten powers out, tags back to Billy, Darby jumps into a waistlock! COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Billy stares Sting down, then drags Darby up by his waistband. Billy bumps Darby off buckles, tags Colten back in, and Colten stomps a mudhole into Darby. The ref counts, Colten lets off, but he drags Darby up to DECK him with a right! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Darby back up and bumps him off buckles.

Tag to Billy, AEW goes picture in picture as he scoops and SLAMS Darby! Billy takes a moment to soak up heat, then he drags Darby back up. Billy elbows Darby right in the head! Darby goes to an open corner but Billy drags him over to tag in Colten. The Gunns mug Darby, Colten CLUBS Darby and whips him to a corner hard! Darby gets stuck in the ropes for a moment before he flops down. Colten drags Darby to a cover, TWO! Colten clamps on a chinlock, Darby endures as Colten leans all his weight on the hold. Darby fights up, and hits a JAWBREAKER! Colten staggers, Darby crawls, but Colten stays between him and Sting.

Colten ROCKS Darby, tags in Billy, and Billy brings Darby around to scoop and carry him around with one arm as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Colten mocks Sting as he get the SHARPSHOOTER! Darby endures, crawls, reaches, but Colten drags him away! Darby slips through to get the ropebreak! Colten lets off to stomp away! Colten mocks Sting, tells him to “Kiss this,” but Darby fights out of the Gunn corner! Darby sunset flips, Colten stays up and Billy reaches out! Darby gets up to shove Colten into Billy! Hot tag to Sting! Sting rallies on Colten, then on Billy! Sting SPLASHES Colten, then SPLASHES Billy! Sting CLOBBERS Billy out of the ring, Colten runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up, Sting beats his chest, and he gets Colten’s legs for the SCORPION DEATH LOCK!!

Colten endures the real deal but Billy slides in! The ref tells him no, but Austin gets in to DECK Sting! Darby DIVES into Austin and they crash into railing! The ref’s checking on Darby and Austin, Billy gets in to FAMOUSER Sting down! Colten crawls to a cover, TWO!! Sting survives, Darby returns and he DIVES into Billy!! Darby BOOTS Colten, THROWBACK STUNNER, into the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting & Darby win!

Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall

No more #Gunndefeated streak! Sting and Darby stand tall as the undefeated duo, will they look to change the AEW Tag Team Division landscape?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Alex Marvez brings up how Jericho came to Eddie Kingston’s aid, but Jericho stops that there. He didn’t save Kingston last week. Kingston was yelling and screaming that he didn’t want Jericho’s help, and so Jericho did not help Kingston. Jericho was there to go after 2point0, that’s the problem. He wanted after Daniel Garcia, Jeff Parker and “square head” Matt Lee. But then those guys run in to go after Jericho! It’s a 3v1 mugging, and they whip him into trunks! Matt gets a chair while Jeff whips Jericho into the garage door! Matt SMACKS Jericho down! They told him to watch his mouth, and this is what happens. But will 2point0 have to worry about the Inner Circle now?

 

Team Taz is on commentary.

And Taz himself says that 25% of that Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal will be Team Taz. That means they have 125% of winning because it comes down to being the final two. The numbers don’t lie, Excalibur! But wait, here comes Lio Rush! Taz thinks Lio is bitter since Dante Martin joined Team Taz just last week. Lio tells Taz, “You’re a commentator, right? So you should know me. It is literally your job to know me. And if that’s the case, you should know that I’ve had the odds stacked against me my entire career. Just like yourself.” So what’s Lio’s point? It just seems crazy to Lio that Taz has 100% of winning this thing. Because then that’s Taz insinuating Lio has 0%.

Well, they took Dante away from Lio. Dante is Team Taz now, they have the numbers. Lio says he is a fighter. Deep down, Taz knows that Lio is a fighert! Hell, the people all know Lio is a fighter! Fans fire up as Lio says he won’t go down without a fight, even if he just has 1% chance. Taz tells Lio he should just retire. Look at this! Dante walks out, Ricky Starks by his side. Team Taz is fully assembled, but will numbers mean nothing when it’s all put to the test?

 

Jade Cargill & Mark Sterling speak.

Smart Mark applauds Thunder Rosa on advancing into the semifinals of the TBS Championship Tournament. But does Rosa think she has a shot against the “uncrowned rookie of the year?” But they put out a challenge for Rampage, Cargill’s show, answered by Rosa’s student, Jinai Kai. Who? Doesn’t matter. Light work. Rosa says hold on. She is here to tell them that Jericho is not gonna be here for Rampage after what just happened. But because Rosa is multi talented, AEW asked her to sub in, and she’s of course going to watch Cargill’s match. Rosa can’t wait to see her student whoop Cargill! Rookie of the year? Shut up with that! But will Cargill just tune up before she and La Mera Mera throw down in the next round?

 

AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander!

The wait is finally over, the quarterfinals are coming to a close! Will the Runaway or the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien take that next step towards history?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. They tie up, fans duel, Kris wrenches and cording holds. Ruby wrenches, hammerlocks, but Kris reaches back and headlocks to a takeover. Ruby moves around, rolls to a cover, ONE! Kris holds on, Ruby fights up and Ruby pries the hold, only for Kris to hold tighter. Ruby powers out, headlocks back, but Kris powers out to scoop. Ruby tilt-o-whirls through but Kris blocks the leg sweep. Ruby wants the backslide now but Kris fights that, too! Ruby spins Kris, shows haymaker but Kris ducks! Ruby holds back, and fans cheer as the two reset.

Ruby and Kris tie up, Kris waistlocks, headlocks, grinds Ruby down but Ruby powers up. Kris holds on tight, then whips Ruby, but Ruby crucifix to a sunset flip! Kris rolls through but she holds off on the boot to boop! Ruby gets up in a huff, but she cools off to tie up with Kris again. Kris whips, Ruby comes back to a roll-up, TWO! Kris cradles, TWO! Ruby runs in, no monkey flip as Kris blocks! Kris slingshots Ruby off ropes but now Ruby monkey flips, only for Kris to handstand! Fans fire up as the two stand off again. Ruby blocks the boop to arm-drag! Ruby runs, Kris dodges, Ruby wheelbarrows and arm-drags!

Ruby runs in at the corner, Kris dodges but Ruby goes up the corner for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Ruby keeps it moving, as she spins Kris for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Ruby keeps cool but fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ruby brings Kris up, facelock for a suplex, but Kris blocks. Kris suplexes but Ruby blocks. They fight for control, they each get closer and closer, but Kris powers Ruby up and holds her there for a count of 10, then SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris gets the arms and has a motorcycle stretch on Ruby. Ruby endures the knee in her back, fights her way up, but Kris keeps the hold on. Ruby turns things around and has the motorcycle stretch on Kris, knee in the back included! Kris endures, fights up, turns things back to arm-drag Ruby away! Ruby keeps moving, Kris hurdles but Ruby waistlocks. Kris bucks the O’Conner Roll and dodges Ruby to POWERSLAM!

But Ruby avoids the senton to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Both women are down and fans fire up! A standing count starts as AEW returns to single picture. Ruby gets to a corner and stands at 6. Kris runs in but into an STO! Ruby goes up, leaps, SUPER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kris survives, Ruby seethes and mule kicks Kris down! Cover, TWO! Ruby grows frustrated, she drags Kris up, reels Kris in, but Kris fights the suplex with punches! Kris runs but Ruby yanks her back and runs to wheelbarrow, but Kris makes it a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kris fires up and fans rally behind her. Kris drags Ruby by a leg, hooks her up and has the SPIDER CRAB STRETCH!

Ruby endures, but she fights to headscissor. But Kris deadlifts to BUCKLE BOMB her instead! Fisherman for the SPINNING BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby survives and Kris can’t believe it! Kris drags Ruby up, shoves her to a corner, then runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Then side to side, into Ruby’s elbow! Ruby forearms, headbutts, then SUPERKICKS Kris to a corner! Ruby fires off forearm after forearm, but Kris shoves her away. Ruby ducks and goes up, but no Nightshade as Kris blocks! Kris has Ruby in the Electric Chair, but Ruby is fighting! POISON-RANA, and the SPIKE-RANA!! Cover, TWO?!? And Ruby’s completely shocked!

Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this one as Ruby drags Kris up. Ruby wrenches, but Kris blocks the kick! Roll and gut wrench, victory roll from Ruby! RUBY WINS!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

The Runaway has fought her way into the next round! But they still respect each other and hug it out. Kris is the only one with a first round bye to lose, is this a sign that Ruby has what it takes to become champion? Or will Nyla Rose just be the wall in the way of Destination Unknown? Wait, Vickie Guerrero is on stage? She talks trash to Kris, and Nyla rushes into the ring to YANK Ruby off the corner! Kris rushes back in to run Nyla off, but will Ruby be the one to get revenge on the Native Beast?

 

Atlanta Street Fight: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose!

Things have only escalated between the American Nightmare and the Face of Latinos, and a hammerlock DDT to bare concrete is why they’re throwing away the rules here in Hotlanta! But will Andrade really look to spill the hometown hero’s blood just to settle the score?

Cody makes his entrance, with Coach Arn by his side, but Andrade and even Jose rush them! Arn falls into the gap between stage and ramp! Andrade and Cody brawl down the ramp, then they fight through the gap between ramp and railing. Cody kicks low and bumps Andrade off railing, while Arn is up and throwing hands on Jose! Arn starts sending Jose back through the tunnel, while Cody SPLASHES Andrade with someone’s drink! Andrade returns the favor and SPLASHES Cody with someone else’s drink! They make their way to the backside of the railing and to the upper bleachers, and Cody chucks the trashcan at Andrade!

Cody BOOTS Andrade, bumps Andrade off more railing, Atlanta is on Cody’s side as he throws haymakers and elbows. Cody hops up onto the railing, fans fire up as he MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Andrade! Cody sits Andrade up to punch him in the head, then he brings Andrade up, only for Andrade to shove him into railing. Andrade CHOPS Cody, moves the steel steps aside, then fireman’s carries Cody to SNAKE EYES him off the edge of the steps! Cody flounders, Andrade drags him up and headlocks. But Cody POSTS Andrade! Cody sees T-Pain, says hey, then Cody borrows his chair! And he SMACKS Andrade on the back, then CLOBBERS him with the chair!

Atlanta is thunderous as Cody drags Andrade up to RAM him into railing. Andrade CHOPS back! Cody CHOPS Andrade, then puts him in the ring. Fans are fired up, so is Cody, but Andrade shoves him into a corner! Andrade runs in, Cody goes up and over to POWRESLAM! Off comes the weight belt, but Andrade LOW BLOWS Cody! All legal in a Street Fight! Andrade grabs the weight belt now and has a sinister grin! Andrade LASHES Cody with the belt! Then he tosses it to the fans for a free souvenir! Andrade then hurries to his bag of tricks, and he brings out handcuffs! But then, he brings out Jose’s laptop! HEADSHOT with the screen!

Andrade picks up pieces of the laptop to SMACK Cody with it! Cody bails out, Andrade does, too. Andrade finds the chair Cody was using, and he bring sit over, to SMACK Cody down! Andrade then brings out chain from under the ring! And a trash can lid, too. Cody crawls to get the chain while Andrade keeps bringing things out. He brings out a TABLE! But he decides not to, the fans liked it too much. Andrade gets up, Cody rushes over but Andrade hotshots him away! Andrade gets the chain to LASH, but Cody dodges! Cody gets the chair but Andrade stomps him down! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Andrade shakes his head and wags his fingers. He does things his way!

Andrade brings Cody up, knees him low, then fireman’s carries to WASTELAND SLAM him into a drop zone. Andrade puts the chair on Cody’s chest, goes up top, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT onto Cody and chair! Cover, TWO! Cody is still in this but Andrade also has to catch his breath. Andrade brings Cody up to back suplex but Cody lands on his feet to LOW BLOW in return! Cody fires up and fans are torn. Cody runs, springboards, but Andrade shoves him down! Cody tumbles down and fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Andrade sputters, flops out of the ring, and brings out more chairs. Cody gets water to refresh, but Arn and Jose return? Jose is taking the fight to Arn?! Cody throws forearms on Andrade, Arn hits Jose back and shoves him down on the ramp! Arn throws body shots and then rips Jose’s shirt open so he can throw hands right on bare skin! Jose scrambles up, eggs Arn on, but he just gets more heavy hands! Andrade sets up the timekeeper’s table, puts Cody on the apron, but Cody kicks him back! Cody lines up the shot, but Andrade knees free! Andrade haymakers, Cody haymakers back! Cody gets the edge, but Andrade BOOTS him right down!

Both men flop back into the ring, Andrade bails back out. Andrade goes to his bag of tricks, but nothing in there is good enough. Andrade gets another chair, Cody clutches his arm. Andrade gets in, and he gets that steel chain! Andrade wraps it around his fist, FULL METAL HAYMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives, Andrade can’t believe it! Andrade drags Cody around, gets a chair and puts it back on Cody’s chest. Andrade goes to a corner, climbs up, and AEW returns to single picture while fans duel. MOONSAULT but Cody THROWS the chair! Andrade falls and Cody fires himself back up! Cody and Andrade stand, and Cody throws counter punches!

Cody whips, Andrade boots back from the corner! Cody gets the chain! FULL METAL HAYMAKER in return! Cody drags Andrade up, scoops, and POWERSLAMS! Andrade rolls to the ropes but Cody fires up. Cody builds speed and DIVES, into a CHAIR! Andrade returns the favor from the interrupted moonsault! Andrade tears off his shirt, and he starts pulling floor mats away, just like he did last week! Cody is busted open, but Andrade reels him in! Hammerlock, but Cody back drops out! Andrade falls on bare concrete! Cody drags Andrade up, puts him in the ring, and he moves floormats aside so he can get a kendo stick!

Wait, that’s not good enough. Cody gets the SLEDGE HAMMER!! But then no, he changes his mind. A GOLDEN SHOVEL!? Cody’s ready to bury Andrade! Wait, Jose is back, and he has a literal stun gun! But Cody CLOBBERS him with the golden shovel! Cody puts that down, but Andrade goes up! ESCALARA CROSSBODY!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Cody gets in the ring, Andrade pursues. Andrade has a chair, he stalks Cody to a corner, and he wedges it into Cody’s face! Fans still want tables, but Andrade wants to use this chair no matter what. Andrade fires up, goes corner to corner, CIEN KNEES!! Fans lose their minds as Cody sputters.

Andrade drags Cody to a cover, TWO!! Cody is still in this and Andrade can’t believe it! Andrade goes out, fans still duel, and finally Andrade brings out a table! Andrade puts the table in the ring, brings it to a corner for a ramp, and then he throws knees on Cody. Cody kicks back, drops for the Rhodes Uppercut! Cody runs but Andrade hip tosses Cody through the table! Andrade then goes back out, to fetch a second table! Fans fire up as Andrade puts that in the ring now. But Cody grabs one end and it’s a tug-o-war! The table still gets set up, Andrade SMACKS Cody off the table! Andrade goes up the corner, fans fire up, but Cody trips him up!

Cody climbs and has Andrade, only for Andrade to fight back! Andrade headbutts and Cody hops down. Andrade adjusts, but Cody trips him again! Andrade is backwards, and who is this getting in the ring? It’s BRANDI RHODES! Mrs. American Nightmare is putting LIGHTER FLUID on the table!! And she even gets a lighter, and the TABLE IS ON FIRE!! INVERTED SUPERPLEX THROUGH THE BURNING TABLE!! Cover while both men are on fire, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The ref puts out the flames, medics check on both men, but the Nightmare Family stands tall! These two quite literally burned it down, but will this put things to rest for Cody and Andrade? Or are things only heating up from here?


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! First off, we at the Chairshot all wish Jim Ross well as he starts his treatment for skin cancer. We got great guest commentators, and it all tied in with story each time. Hangman watching the great Bryan VS Angels match was logical, and again Bryan continues to win with whatever move he wants. They could’ve done better to give us the “hold harmless agreement” part of this, though maybe that was on social media. But it was a good layer in story, and John Silver coming out to go after Bryan was great, too. Bryan VS Silver is going to be a great go-home match to Winter is Coming 2 on the 15th. But while the title match is on a themed episode, I don’t see Hangman losing so soon.

Miro is taking things to a new level with his promos, and I guess we’re finally going to get that path of destruction he was talking about that AEW didn’t give him before. I again say Miro should be showing up on episodes of Elevation wrecking people. MJF watching Punk VS Moriarty was logical, and what a great match for Moriarty. MJF and Punk having another promo showdown was alright, but it’s hard to follow up last week’s. MJF threatening Punk’s dog was maybe a bit much, and I’m not even sure the point of him saying Punk wants to get with Britt Baker. I really hope  MJF loses this year’s Dynamite Diamond Ring matches so it takes away his ace in the hole.

Good dysfunction tease for Team Britt. I feel like it isn’t quite as squashed as Britt says, but I’m thinking Riho gets the better of them again and wins over Hayter. The Team Taz and Lio Rush bit was good stuff. Taz dropping his own take on Steiner Math was random, but maybe to poke fun at NXT for constantly doing Steiner references with Bron Breakker. I have a feeling Lio will get the better of Team Taz until it comes down to facing Dante. Maybe someone in Team Taz wins the Dynamite Diamond Ring, like Ricky Starks so he can add it to having the FTW Championship. Meanwhile, a damn shame Fenix got hurt again. But Pac and Penta will have a great match with FTR in his place.

The Super Kliq and Best Friends moment was great stuff, and I hope this becomes a Six Man Tag for Winter is Coming. It’s a pretty decent move for Cole & The Bucks since Jurassic Express is moving onto the tag title chase, as soon as the tag champs aren’t busy with FTR. Jericho getting jumped by 2point0 is of course the next step in the story with Jericho and Kingston perhaps teaming up. Tony Nese has a decent promo, but he’s still losing that TNT Championship match on Rampage. The Gunn Club VS Darby & Sting tag match was great stuff, but naturally Darby & Sting win. No idea where it goes from here, Darby & Sting don’t have a third for a Six Man Tag where Austin joins in.

Cargill, Sterling and Rosa had a good promo segment, but pretty sure Cargill wins on Rampage. And even then, I’m thinking Cargill wins against Rosa. Soho VS Statlander here tonight was awesome stuff, certainly both their best match in AEW. Soho winning makes sense, she was basically the underdog here and is again the underdog against Nyla Rose. Soho VS Nyla is going to be great stuff, too, I wonder if AEW is going to find a way to push this to the TBS change episode on January 5th. The first episode on TBS crowning the inaugural TBS Champion, makes sense from a marketing standpoint.

And of course, Cody Rhodes in the main event! It was pretty wild stuff, like Arn shoot falling backwards off the ramp. I did not think Jose would even give him a good fight but Jose comes back so he could take the golden shove shot. Cody is tongue in cheek teasing all of us with these references to Triple H and everything HHH has been guilty of in terms of backstage politicking and onscreen burying. Brandi being the catalyst for maybe not so much Cody’s win but certainly escalating things in an attempt to get the fans marking out. No idea where this goes, either, other than perhaps one more match with Malakai.

How do they escalate from a burning table, though? Cody always bleeds, too, so would it have to be something close to the Omega VS Moxley Unsanctioned match from Full Gear a couple years ago.

My Score: 9/10


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