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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/30/21)

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AEW returns to Wednesday and it’s Dynamite!

Before getting back on the road, AEW Dynamite has a big blow-out for Daily’s Place! Will Brian Pillman Jr. end Miro’s reign as TNT Champion?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Eliminator Match: The Young Bucks VS Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M w/ Alexa Abrahantes; Kingston & Penta win and will challenge the Young Bucks for the titles.
  • Jungle Boy VS Jack Evans; Jungle Boy wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Griff Garrison & Julia Hart; Miro wins and retains the title.
  • Britt Baker & Rebel VS Nyla Rose & Vickie Guerrero; Britt & Rebel win.
  • Sammy Guevara VS MJF; MJF wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Chris Jericho joins commentary!

Fans sing Judas as The Demo God, Y2J, and the leader of the Inner Circle is here to be alongside Excalibur, Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross for what might be the last Wednesday Night Dynamite at Daily’s Place for a long, long time!

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships Eliminator Match: The Young Bucks VS Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M w/ Alexa Abrahantes!

Matt & Nick Jackson want to redefine “EVPs,” and are planning to do that at the expense of the Mad King and his once-again best friend! Though, will that be as questionable as their choices in facial hair?

Teams don’t sort out, they start brawling! The bell rings to get this on record as the Bucks kick and knee low. They double whip but Penta kicks Nick and then goes out to SUPERKICK him! Kingston gets around Matt to backslide, TWO!! Matt escapes but Kingston drop toeholds! Penta returns to PENALTY KICK Matt in the face! Gedo Clutch, TWO!! Matt escapes again but Kingston CLUBS him. Fans fire up for Kingston as he CHOPS Matt, then CHOPS again! Kingston scoops to SLAM Matt, then DECKS Nick! Nick gets in but the ref keeps him back. Penta goes up top for some WAZZUP~! Cover, TWO!

Kingston drags Matt away to tag Penta in. They mug Matt in their corner, and fans fire up with Penta. Penta drags Matt back as fans chant, “Cero Meido!” Penta taunts Nick, reels Matt in, but Matt powers Penta into Nick’s ENZIGURI! Matt finally takes his jacket off, then DECKS Kingston, the Bucks clothesline enziguri combo! Penta sits down, Matt goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL ENZIGURI COMBO! Fans boo but the Bucks soak it up while Brandon Cutler does his best to spray them down. Tag to Nick, he drags Penta up and chokes him on ropes! The ref counts, Nick lets off, but Penta eggs Nick on. Nick stomps Penta then gets him up.

Tag to Matt, the Bucks double whip Penta to ropes, then double elbow and double fist drop! The Bucks are in synch right down to the hip thrusts. Matt covers, TWO! Matt stomps Penta to ropes, tag to Nick, and the Bucks get Penta up for another double whip. Penta slides out, baits the Buck sin, and Matt falls for it! Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Penta GAMANGIRIS Nick, goes up top and CROSSBODIES! Tag to Kingston and Kingston rallies on Nick! Then on Matt as he gets in! Nick goes to a corner and gets a SPLASH! Kingston SPLASHES Matt, then fisherman suplexes Nick! Bridging cover, TWO! It wasn’t quite perfect so Nick escapes!

Kingston whips and gives Nick a kitchen sink knee! Kingston powers up but Matt drags him out, so Kingston gives him an EXPLODER! Nick PENALTY KICKS Kingston down, then DECKS Penta! Nick fixes his hair, and Matt sets Kingston up. The Bucks coordinate, STANDING MOONSAULT AND SPLASH! Fans boo but Cutler sprays Nick down. Nick gets Kingston up and in, covers, ONE! Nick throws hands on Kingston, drives in his knees, then runs to stomp Kingston down. Fans boo but Nick soaks up the heat as he does his Macho Man pose. Nick scrapes his laces on Kingston, Kingston grapples with Nick but Nick gets him to the corner.

Matt tags in, the Bucks mug Kingston, but fans rally up. Kingston tries to tackle Matt but Matt CLUBS him down! Matt soaks up the heat, drops a fist, then wraps on a chinlock. Kingston endures, fans rally up and Kingston fights up. Matt throws Kingston down by his head, then stomps him down! Tag to Nick, they mug Kingston with kicks but Kingston is just getting mad! Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Matt KICKS a leg out, Nick SHINING WIZARDS! Shining Wizard for Penta! Tag to Matt and he rains down fists on Kingston! Matt even bites Kingston’s forehead! The ref reprimands so Matt drags Kingston up to tag Nick.

Nick climbs, Matt throws hands on Kingston and fireman’s carries, but Kingston slips off! Kingston shoves Matt into Nick then shoves Matt out! Kingston grins as he looks at Nick stuck up top! Kingston climbs, and headbutts away on Nick over and over! Kingston wobbles, but he fires off more headbutts! Fans fire up with Kingston as he stands up for a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and a standing count begins! Fans rally as Kingston and Nick crawl, hot tags to Penta and Matt! Penta CHOPS away on the Bucks, KICKS away on their legs, then whips Nick. Nick reverses, Penta goes up and over to mule kick Matt! Victory roll, launch to a DDT on Matt!

Penta hits a SLINGBLADE on Nick! Kick and rolling SUNSET BOMB to Matt! Cover, TWO?!!? Even Jericho thinks “That Was Three!” Penta gets Matt up, reels him in and vows to end this! “CERO! MIEDO!” But Matt trips Penta to catapult him into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Nick tags in, springboards, and RANAS Penta! Macho Nick struts about and runs into the corner to SHINING WIZARD, GAMANGIRI, FOREARM and then a- No! No bulldog as Kingston pops Nick up and over! Nick headstands on the top rope, but Penta SUPERKICKS him down! Nick tumbles down into Kingston’s GERMAN SUPELX! BACKSTABBER from Penta! Cover, Matt breaks it in time!!

Matt gets Nick up, Kingston whips Matt but Matt whips Kingston out to the ramp. Matt goes up, CROSSBODY to the ramp! Penta and Nick stand off and fans fire up! Nick throws a haymaker, Penta CHOPS! Nick throws another haymaker, Penta KICKS a leg! Penta whips, Nick flips through the ropes, Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs, blocks Nick’s kick but they switch and switch! Nick grabs the ref to LOW BLOW MULE KICK! Tag to Matt, Matt hurries to get Penta up and Nick climbs! The Elite mock the Lucha Brothers, LB DRIVER!!! Cover, Kingston breaks it in time!! Nick is oddly amused as Kingston and Penta survive!

The Good Brothers show up as Kingston dares the Bucks to bring it. Nick pie faces him, Kingston CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLODER for Nick! Matt ducks the Uraken to SUPERKICK! But Kingston stays up!? SUPERKICK! Still nothing! SUPERKICK from Nick and Kingston goes down! The Bucks get Penta up, Matt holds him while Nick runs, but Penta tosses Nick up and out! The Good Brothers distract the ref as Cutler gets on the apron! But Penta ducks and Matt gets DOUBLE COLD SPRAY!! Cutler, stop already! WAIT! Frankie Kazarian shows up, and CLOBBERS Cutler!! Elite Hunter gets his shot in!

Penta runs to FLY and take out Nick AND the Good Brothers! Matt wipes his face off but Penta reels him in for FEAR FACTRO! Feed to the URAKEN!! Cover, Penta & Kingston win!!

Winners: Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)

The Heavy Metal Rebel celebrates alongside Penta, Kingston and the fans! Will this be the beginning of the end for The Elite’s tyranny over the titles?

 

Christian Cage talks with Jungle Boy backstage.

Captain Charisma says he was proud of JB last Saturday. “We all were proud of you.” Christian’s said it before but he’ll say it again: he doesn’t believe in win and lose, but in win and learn. JB can take something from the loss and be better than he ever was. We all learned that not only can JB stand toe-to-toe with Kenny Omega, but he took him to the brink! Christian believes JB will be champion some day. And tonight is still big! JB could be the first AEW wrestler to make it to fifty wins! So JB should go out there, make some history and get that 5-0.

Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt walk over and they thank Christian for having JB’s back. Now despite what people might think, dinosaurs are very loyal. That means they have Christian’s back. HFO is after him a lot, so that’s great to know. And crazy story, Christian is almost a quarter Kosmoceratops on his mom’s side. Wow, really? Luchasaurus’ Uncle Larry is, too. Family trees aside, will #JungleLife be in full swing and lead JB back to winning ways?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring with The Men of the Year.

AEW returns as Schiavone talks with Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, namely All Ego after he challenged Darby Allin to a Coffin Match! But why specifically that match type? Ethan says to be honest, as fans boo hard, “What I’ve been doing is frankly not enough. It’s not enough, no. My goal… Oh would you shut up and let me talk for a second?!” The fans get louder, actually. Ethan says he is going to speak to Schiavone, then. As he said, what he’s been doing is not enough. His goal isn’t to beat Darby but to exterminate him! No one has tried to cripple Darby more than Ethan!

Ethan threw Darby down the stairs, but he came back. Ethan threw Darby into the crowd, but he came back. Hell, on the independents, Ethan busted Darby’s head, broke an elbow, and Darby just shows up here in AEW! So crippling him physically isn’t an option. The Coffin Match will cripple Darby mentally! Ethan tells Darby, “I am going to beat you in this Coffin Match! And win I beat you, every time you go up for a Coffin Drop, you’re gonna think of me. Every time you even think about doing a Coffin Drop, you’re gonna think of me! And every time you do a Coffin Drop, you’re gonna think of me laying  you in the coffin and closing it shut on your confidence FOREVER!”

But wait, the lights go out! The snow, the crow, and… IT’S STIIIIIING~! He’s pulling out a coffin with a tarp draped over it! Video plays of Darby digging Ethan Page’s grave and setting it on fire! And then out of the coffin here, it IS Darby! Darby ROCKS Ethan, DECKS Scorpio, then gets Ethan in a SLEEPER! Scorpio goes after Darby but Sting gets him for the SCORPION DEATH DROP! Darby chokes Ethan on ropes than rakes his eyes with long fingernails! Security and referees rush in to stop this, and Ethan shouts, “Of course you do this, Darby! You know you can’t beat me at 100%!” But that means the match next week is off!

Ethan wants a contract of no contact before the Coffin Match! And maybe if Darby behaves, maybe they do this at Fyter Fest! All Ego uses this attack as an excuse, but will there be no excuses when the fight finally happens?

 

Jungle Boy VS Jack Evans!

Jurassic Express has joined the fight against the Hardy Family Office, and it starts with Jungle Jack Perry taking on the mouth of The Hybrid2! Will JB jack up Evans’ mouth and shut him up? Or will Evans make JB pay for getting in HFO business?

The bell rings and Evans wants the fans to stop singing with JB’s theme, Jungle Life, but they don’t. JB and Evans circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Evans wrenches out and wristlocks but JB handsprings through to wrench back. Evans handsprings, and headscissors, but JB gets up as Evans handsprings through. JB runs in and gets a headlock takeover! Evans fights up, powers out but JB handsprings over to get the headlock takeover back! Evans headscissors, JB kips free and sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE! Evans sweeps, covers, ONE! JB avoids a dropkick to get the leg lock! Evans scrambles to the ropebreak! JB lets Evans off easy and fans fire up.

JB and Evans approach, Evans kicks low! Evans whips, JB reverses, things speed up but Evans dodges a dropkick now. Evans runs back in to JUMP KICK! JB ends up in a corner, Evans is on him with a wrench, but JB CHOPS! JB knuckle locks, KICKS, and goes up and up and rebounds to arm-drag, then dropkick! JB kips up and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.

JB storms after Evans but Evans sends JB into buckles! Evans then throws JB down, throws down hands, then gets JB up to bump him off buckles. Evans snap suplexes, floats to a cover, TWO! Evans is annoyed but he drags JB up. JB throws hands but Evans clubs and stomps him down! Evans bumps JB off buckles, whips him corner to corner then handsprings in to back elbow! Evans goes to the apron in one swift motion, and then SPRINGBOARD RYDER KICKS! Cover, TWO! Evans is annoyed and argues with the ref, but he gets JB up. Evans throws knees, gets JB up to Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Evans is getting frustrated now as he stalks JB to a corner.

JB CHOPS back, but Evans kicks him down. Evans gets JB up, whips him to ropes, and JUMP KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Evans gets JB back up, brings him to a corner for another buckle bump, then talks trash as he saunters corner to corner. AEW returns to single picture as Evans runs in, but JB elbows him away! And ROCKS him! ANd CHOPS him! JB whips, Evans reverses but JB dropkicks the legs out! JB keeps going, Evans dodges but JB hits the COMEBACK LARIAT! Fans fire up as JB runs in but Evans boots him! Evans spins, but JB blocks the kcik! Evans hurries to get ropes but JB throws Evans out. Evans ROUNDHOUSES, then climbs, talking trash, too!

JB gets right up to fire off hands! JB climbs up, has Evans up top, but Evans slips under to CLUB JB down! Evans goes up to SPIDER GERMAN, but JB lands on his feet! And dropkicks Evans down! Leg lock to SNARE TRAP!! Evans reaches, but is caught! Evans taps, JB wins!

Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission

And there’s Number 50!! But here comes the HFO! Wait, here come Jurassic Express and Christian Cage, too! They run Private Party and TH2 off, Captain Charisma brawls with Big Money Matt! Matt swings into the INVERTED DDT! Christian rips Matt’s jacket off to CHOKE him with it! But Evans returns, only for Christian to ROCK him! Evans takes the shots as Hardy runs away! Christian glares at Matt Hardy, then throws his jacket back at him! When and where will these two living legends throw down to settle the score?

 

MJF speaks.

“I outsmarted you when I became the fox in the hen house known as The Inner Circle, only to create a faction of my own. I outwrestled you, both at Full Gear and at Blood ‘n’ Guts. I have outclassed you on the microphone week after week, and now I’ve dethroned you as the King of AEW. Christopher Jericho, you would think as a 30 year veteran of this sport, you would know when to just call it quits, throw in the towel and walk away when you have been bested by a man who is better than you. There is no shame in that, bud. But no, not you Chris. Not you! Instead, you’ve decided to turn All Elite Wrestling into your own perverted version of Looney Tunes.”

The Inner Circle attacked The Pinnacle in their locker room, they doused them in Bubbly, and absolutely ruined MJF’s limousine. Now, Jericho has decided to attack him during interviews! MJF laughs and says it is because while Jericho thinks MJF is the butt-end of the joke, the reality is, Jericho is the joke. Jericho used to be so cool, a pro-wrestling genius! But now, this is the best Jericho can come up with? It’s sad that Jericho has stooped so low. So MJF will ask Jericho this: “How long exactly are you willing to stoop?” We’ll find out next week, as MJF will present his stipulations to give Jericho in the ultimate opportunity Jericho’s been begging MJF for, and that is one last match together.

All MJF requests is that if Jericho makes it through all of those stipulations, which he won’t, and then after MJF beats Jericho, Jericho leaves MJF alone for good. In the meantime and the between time, MJF will take out all Jericho’s transgressions out on his “cute little protégé,” Sammy Guevara! MJF tells Sammy, “You freakin’ hack,” that a lot of people have been wanting to see this match for a long time. That is because the fans want to know who is really the future of pro-wrestling. And as much as it pains MJF to tell “Samuel,” after tonight’s main event, the fans will say Sammy is the future BECAUSE MJF IS THE NOW!!

MJF promises to embarrass Sammy live on TNT, and then Sammy can go to his blog to tell all the #SammySimps that MJF is better than him, and he knows it. Will MJF survive the Spanish God to give Jericho his list of demands?

 

Alex Abrahantes interviews Andrade El Idolo.

Last week, the Sydal Brothers interrupted the major announcement from Andrade and Vickie Guerrero that was albeit interrupting Matt Sydal’s match. Andrade says he had a great announcement to make, but “Matt Something” interrupted. He interrupted El Idolo! Andrade will make an example of Matt. What do you think of Matt uh, what is it? Sydal. Matt Something VS El Idolo, in Miami, the City of Heat! The City of Latinos! The City of Scarface! So then, in Miami, at AEW Dynamite: Road Rager, El Idolo VS Something. It is made official, Matt Sydal is facing Andrade in Andrade’s first AEW match! Will Andrade get to make his big announcement after defeating the fifth ranked contender?

 

Schiavone is back in the ring!

Schiavone notes the great match we saw just last Saturday, and still AEW World Champion is Kenny Omega! The Best Bout Belt Collector seems to be borrowing facial hair tips from the Bucks but he still has THE AEW World title with him. Omega shakes hands with Schiavone and Schiavone congratulates him on still being “the man” in AEW. Omega takes the mic and says this reminds him about a conversation earlier today. Schiavone himself asked Omega, “For someone as decorated as you in professional wrestling, how do you stay motivated? How is it that you get up every day out of bed and find that next goal that you want to attack? That you find that next plan?”

Schiavone says he didn’t ask Omega any of that today. Oh. Well, Omega will still tell him that today, Omega woke up feeling like a king! It was upon further reflection that Omega realized that he not only defeated the toughest guy in AEW, and the greatest high-flyer in AEW, and the greatest charismatic, merch-selling act in AEW, and the greatest athlete not named Kenny Omega in AEW, he had also defeated the most promising up-and-comer, aka Jungle Boy, and that was just last week. “So it pains me to say that unfortunately with no one left amongst the ranks of AEW, that I will have to take a little bit a chunk of time off.”

But that’s okay because he has other promotions’ belts, so you’ll see him all around the world defending those championships somewhere. So his work here is- Wait, the Dark Order is making their way out! Evil Uno has a mic to say, “Kenny, Kenny, Kenny!” Did we hear Omega right that he has no challengers left? Yes, that’s right. Well, Uno thinks differently. Oh, he does? Wait, is this gonna be Number 5? Five wouldn’t even last two minutes! So why don’t these “video game playing twerps” turn around and walk back up the ramp because they’re not even close to being ranked to facing Omega!

The fans start to pick up on something and Uno says, “You’re right! None of us have enough singles wins to go for the AEW World Championship.” But Uno thinks Omega knows someone who does. Uno thinks Omega knows someone that they have befriended and that Omega used to be very good friends with! THE number one ranked wrestler in All Elite Wrestling, and the fans already know it, too! Omega says if Uno actually means the person he thinks he’s talking about, Omega doesn’t think he’d appreciate them speaking on behalf of him. And if this is the same person Omega thinks it is, then that guy doesn’t have the guts to face him!

If Uno is talking about the person Omega thinks he’s talking about, that guy doesn’t even himself think he has the right to hold up this belt and call himself a champion! So unless Uno has something else to say, this is where Omega bids us adieu. Good bye, mwah, and good night, BANG! Omega turns around, and tells them to chew on that! Omega makes his way through the Dark Order, but will Hangman Page hear all this and start to think he has what it takes?

 

AEW won’t be gone from Daily’s Place forever!

This just in: Wednesday, August 4th, will be Dynamite: Homecoming! After a fiery July, who will make it back to home base for a great return to Jacksonville?

 

Brian Pillman Jr. speaks.

“Forgive me, Miro. Forgive me for not sharing the same faith as you.” BPJ didn’t have much faith or parents to call him own, but he had damn good friends, great teammates who stuck by him through thick and thin. Griff Garrison is like a brother to BPJ. When Miro went after Griff, he made this personal. This is more than a title match, this is BPJ proving Miro isn’t God’s Favorite with his Messiah complex. Miro is just a big bully! A big Bulgarian BITCH!! Will Bulletproof Brian take down The Best Man and take both title and undefeated streak from him?

AEW TNT Championship: Miro VS Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Griff Garrison & Julia Hart!

BPJ gives Julia his jacket and sunglasses to wear at ringside, then waits in the ring as “The Redeemer” makes his way to the ring. Introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Miro’s blessed strength sees him through.

Miro tries the Best Kick but BPJ dodges to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! Miro grabs hair to throw BPJ but BPJ BOOTS and CHOPS back! BPJ whips but Miro reverses to then SAMOAN DROP BPJ! Fans duel as Miro cools off, to then kick BPJ in the side! Miro CLUBS BPJ, brings him up and ROCKS him! BPJ staggers, Miro knocks him down! Miro drags BPJ up, and KICKS him in the chest! BPJ gasps but Miro sits him back up for another KICK! Miro gets BPJ up for a BIG suplex! Miro paces while fans cheer and jeer. BPJ sits up, Miro looms over him, but fans rally up for BPJ and that upsets Miro. BPJ fires off hands, runs but Miro body checks him!

Miro scoops BPJ to FALL AWAY SLAM! BPJ falls out of the ring and Miro smirks as AEW goes picture in picture.

Miro sees BPJ writhing outside. Miro mocks the fans cheering, but Miro waits on BPJ since he has Champion’s Advantage. BPJ gets in before 10 but Miro mugs him in a corner! And then clotheslines him back out of the ring! BPJ flops to the floor, Miro goes out after him this time, and Miro stands BPJ up to bearhug and Belly2Belly suplex! Miro paces while BPJ sputters, and the ref keeps the ring count going. Miro drags BPJ up, scoops him and SNAKE EYES BPJ off the railing! BPJ staggers into the ring but Miro follows him. Miro stalks BPJ to a corner, slaps him around and talks trash. BPJ throws body shots but Miro DECKS him with an uppercut!

Miro gets BPJ up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper, then brings him around for another! BPJ falls over and falls out of the ring, but Miro soaks up the heat. Miro sees BPJ on the apron and goes out after him. Miro gives toying kicks, but BPJ throws body shots. Miro ROCKS BPJ with a forearm, then has him in the ropes as he hooks up the arms! Miro gets fans to boo and jeer as he gives him beats of the Bodhrain like his old pal, Sheamy! But then BPJ HOTSHOTS Miro back! Fans fire up for Brian as he throws hands on Miro! Miro wobbles, BPJ triangle jump dropkicks! Jericho knows that move! Fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Miro with a dropkick!

BPJ is fired up and so are the fans! BPJ fires off haymakers and CHOPS on Miro, then bumps Miro off the apron! BPJ whips Miro into railing, then gets him back to the ring. Miro shoves BPJ away, BPJ shoulders in from the apron then springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!! Miro survives but BPJ isn’t deterred! BPJ tries another springboard, and he fakes Miro out! SUPERKICK! BPJ aims again to SUPERKICK again! Miro staggers about and fans fire up! BPJ reloads, aims again, but Miro blocks the third to spin and ROUNDHOUSE BPJ! Miro snarls as he hits the BEST KICK! BPJ is down and Miro is building up power!

“GAAAAME~! OVAAAAA~!” Miro drags BPJ around to stomp and put on the GAME OVER CAMEL CLUTCH!! BPJ endures, but Miro bends him way back! And makes it a SLEEPER! BPJ is OUT, Miro wins!!

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

Whether or not he is God’s Favorite Champion, Miro is surely the biggest, strongest and meanest champion He hath created! Will Miro continue to dominate until the end of time?

 

Alex Marvez finds the Dark Order backstage.

Hangman Page storms in and he is furious! He knew they’d do something stupid like this! Stu Grayson says if Hangman knew they’d do this, then why didn’t they stop them? Hangman still wants the title! So they made the challenge for him? They think he’s scared of Kenny? No, but he might be scared of failing. It is okay to fail, so long as you get back up on the horse. Yeah! When Uno failed to win the TNT Championship, Hangman hoisted him up to celebrate his efforts. Hangman said win or lose, they’d always have each other’s backs, and they have his back. Everyone tells Hangman he’s got this, and Alex Reynolds says Hangman’s waited long enough. This is his time. Will all this encouragement help the Anxious Millennial Cowboy get over his anxiety and go for the gold?

 

Team Taz speaks.

“As you can see,” the team is not complete because Ricky Starks is not cleared and is not here. Brian Cage, the FTW Champion, is not here. Those two have had a rough relationship and it has been rough on Taz. It has been toxic for the team. It has strained the nerves of Taz, of Will Hobbs, and of Hook. Hook is tired of this, and Hobbs says someone has to figure this out real quick. Taz agrees. And on July 14th, Austin, TX, Fyter Fest, Cage will defend the FTW Championship against the medically cleared Absolute Ricky Starks! Sometimes, families need to have a good ol’ fashioned fight to clear things up! But will this only make things worse for the team?

 

Britt Baker & Rebel VS Nyla Rose & Vickie Guerrero!

The AEW Women’s World Champion and her assistant don’t take The Cougar seriously, but they better take her client, the Native Beast, very seriously! Will Nyla chew up the Doctor and spit her out on her way to the gold? Or will tonight belong to Britt Baker, DMD?

The teams sort out, Vickie and Rebel shove, and Rebel shoves Vickie down! Vickie gets up in a huff, and Britt DECKS her! Britt and Rebel laugh as the bell rings, but Nyla tags in! Nyla is right there as Britt turns around, and she shoves Rebel at her! Britt runs away, Rebel jumps onto Nyla, but Nyla throws her off! Nyla stomps Rebel, clubs her down, then glares at Britt. Nyla drags Rebel around to then drop a SPLASH! Nyla shoves Rebel for Britt to tag but Britt runs away! Rebel can’t believe it, but then she turns around and Nyla CLOBBERS her! Nyla scoop SLAMS then drops a leg on Rebel! Vickie cheers as Nyla drags Rebel up for another scoop and SLAM!

Vickie tags in and has Nyla go fetch something. Vickie goes Latina Heat and climbs up while Nyla gets a table?! Rebel knocks Vickie down off the top then throws her across the way! Cover, TWO! Britt talks trash while Rebel stomps Vickie. Vickie grabs onto Rebel, Rebel stomps her down! Rebel does a dance just to show off, then she goes for Vickie. Vickie gets her for a victory roll! TWO!! Vickie argues the count but she tags Nyla back in, and Nyla CLOBBERS Rebel! Nyla keeps Rebel from Britt and bends her arm back! Rebel endures but Britt isn’t really trying to do anything about it. Nyla throws down hands on Rebel’s ribs but Rebel still endures.

Nyla CLAWS Rebel’s side as she bends her back, but Britt sneaks in. The ref tells her to stay back, and Nyla gets Rebel up to put in an open corner as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns, Nyla whips Rebel to ropes and scoops her for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Nyla runs but Britt gets a cheap shot in! Nyla swipes at her but Britt uses that to HOTSHOT! Nyla staggers and Rebel rolls her up, TWO! Rebel gets up and Britt tags in. Rebel ROCKS Nyla, then Britt SLINGBLADES! Britt gets Nyla up, fisherman but Nyla wrenches out to kick low! Nyla brings Britt in but Britt escapes the bomb to mule kick a leg! Then a SUPERKICK! Rebel gives Britt the glove, but Nyla choke grips! CHOKE SLAM! Nyla roars, drags Britt back up, and hangs her out to dry on ropes. Nyla goes to the corner, climbs and GUILLOTINE KNEE!! Cover, Rebel breaks it!

Nyla gets Rebel up and drags her to ropes. Rebel drags herself out of the ring as Nyla gets Britt in the drop zone. Tag to Vickie and Vickie has Nyla go up! Vickie moves Britt around but Britt boots her into Nyla! Nyla falls, Britt drop toeholds Vickie into the LOCKJAW!!! Vickie taps, Britt & Rebel win!

Winners: Britt Baker & Rebel, by submission

Vickie is furious, perhaps mostly with herself, for losing that one! But Nyla CLOBBERS Britt from behind! Nyla drags Britt up, reels her in, and hits a BEAST BOMB! Vickie sets the table up nearby and Nyla puts Britt on the apron. Vickie cackles as Nyla drags Britt up. The ref tells Nyla not to do this, but Nyla gets Britt up for a BEAST BOMB through the table!! Fans lose their minds as Nyla roars and stands over the AEW Women’s World Champion! Will we see even worse than this on Fyter Fest Night 2?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Road Rager is even bigger than before! Because after winning against the Bucks tonight, Kingston & Penta get their world tag team championship match on July 7th! Will the Bucks lose twice in a row and lose the belts at the same time? Plus, the Summer of Violence and Pain between Inner Circle and Pinnacle continues as we see a Six Man Tag! Jake Hager joins Proud ‘n’ Powerful as they take on Wardlow & FTR! Konnan and Tully Blanchard will both be ringside, will even they get involved in this massive match?

And after The Blade nearly turned Orange Cassidy into pulp, AEW sets up Dynamite’s first ever Mixed Tag Match! The Blade & Bunny VS Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander! Will the HFO pay for what they’ve tried to do to the Best Friends’ friends?

 

The Inner Circle speaks.

Jake Hager bets the Pinnacle is tired of seeing them, because every time they do, one of two things happens: One, Pinnacle gets their asses whooped; Two, see number one. So what’s next? Wardlow almost had Hager’s respect, coming into Hager’s world, fighting him with everything he had, and took it like a man. But then he had “that bitch” Shawn Spears attack from behind, MJF went after Jericho’s arm again, and then punched Dean Malenko in the face! Dean Malenko, in his face! FTR, PNP sees they want to get their hands dirty, so PNP will just get their hands dirtier!

They’ve said it before and will say it again: They like the heart, and the fight. But this will feel that much sweeter when it goes down with the scratching and clawing. When they go head to head and shut it down in Miami, y’all better bring all the fight y’all can! And with the snake, Tully, in FTR’s corner, PNP has their dog, Konnan, in theirs! “You messed up.” Will this be the one that burns it all down?

 

Sammy Guevara VS MJF!

Two of the greatest young talents in pro-wrestling today finally meet 1v1 and close out this explosive return to Wednesdays! Will the Spanish God score a point for the Inner Circle? Or will Maxwell Jacob Friedman get The Pinnacle back on the board?

AEW returns as Sammy makes his entrance. Fans are fired up and the bell rings as the two stare down. MJF approaches but then bails right out, and smirks as he trolls the fans. But Sammy does a spin and lounge, taunting MJF right back. MJF gets in, they tie up, Sammy powers out but MJF runs him over! Things keep going, and MJF Fargo struts over Sammy. Things keep going, MJF gets clipped but Sammy leaps to do his own strut! Fans fire up as MJF runs back in, and things keep going. Sammy jumps and flips but MJF avoids the dropkick. MJF back suplexes but Sammy lands on his feet to swing on MJF! MJF handsprings under, but then Sammy does the same!

Sammy kicks, MJF blocks and flips him to throat chop! The fans boo and MJF soaks it up. MJF runs but Sammy goes sideways to KNEE! Torture rack, but MJF blocks the GTH! MJF wants the arm, Sammy rolls through but MFJ headlocks for the takeover. Sammy headscissors, MJF kips free and roles reverse as Sammy hits a headlock takeover but MJF scissors. Sammy moves around, jackknifes, TWO as MJF bridges! Spin and backslide, TWO as Sammy gets out to get his own! TWO, and MJF tries a cradle, TWO! Sammy has the cradle, TWO! MJF, TWO! Sammy, TWO! MJF, TWO! DOUBLE cradle, TWO!! MJF and Sammy both kip u and fans are thunderous!

Fans cheer for “A E Dub!” as MJF offers a handshake. Sammy knows better and ROCKS MFJ! Sammy RAMS MJF into a corner, keeps on him, fires off, but the ref backs him off. Sammy gets in for more, the ref backs him off again, but MFJ pokes eyes! Sammy blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Sammy heads up top, but MJF rolls away to the far side. Sammy hops down, sees MJF on the outside and fans rally as he builds speed! MJF moves so Sammy stops short. Sammy chases MJF, they get in the ring, Sammy ROCKS MJF to then slingshot and springboard, FLYING CUTTER!! Jackknife cover, TWO! Sammy keeps his cool as MJF goes back to the apron.

Fans rally as Sammy hotshots MJF back down. Sammy goes to the apron now but MJF trips him up! MJF WRINGS Sammy into the railing! Sammy goes down in a heap while MJF soaks up the heat. MJF watches Sammy from the corner as AEW goes picture in picture.

Sammy crawls, MJF goes out to fetch him and whip him into more railing! Sammy staggers to the ring, MJF soaks up the heat, and MJF drags Sammy to a choke! The ref counts, MJF lets off to cover, ONE! Sammy gets to a corner, but MJF chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, MJF lets off and brings Sammy around for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! MJF grows annoyed and he claws Sammy’s face! The ref counts, MJF lets off, but MJF stands on Sammy’s hand! Sammy gets free but MJF stands on the other hand! MJF stomps the fingers, CLAWS MJF on the back, and he brings Sammy up. Sammy CHOPS MJF, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But MJF throws him down by his hair!

The ref reprimands but MJF did the damage. MJF then digs his knee into Sammy’s head and claws at Sammy’s eyes! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off to cover, TWO! MJF stomps Sammy’s legs, grabs a hand and BITES the fingers! The ref reprimands, MJF stops and paces around while Sammy slowly gets up. MJF drags Sammy back down, knees him in the back, then wraps on a chinlock. Sammy endures as AEW returns to single picture, and fans rally as he fights up. Sammy throws body shots, MJF throws hands but Sammy ROCKS him! Sammy whips, MJF holds ropes and reverses, but Sammy holds ropes to throw MJF out! Sammy slides, but into the apron skirt trap!

MJF kicks away on Sammy, then lets off to glare at the booing fans. MJF gets Sammy up, reels Sammy in, but Sammy back drops free! Sammy drags MJF up and into the ring. Fans rally for Sammy as he aims from the apron. Sammy springboards but MJF makes it a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! MJF seethes as Sammy rolls away. Sammy goes to a corner, MJF CLUBS him down! MJF puts Sammy up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. MJF talks trash to the fans, but Sammy resists the superplex! Sammy headbutts MJF and MJF sits on the ropes. Sammy adjusts, fans fire up, and Sammy gets a SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!?!?

Both men are down and fans are thunderous as a standing count begins! MJF hobbles to the ropes, Sammy is on the opposite end. MJF runs in, Sammy dodges and CLOBBERS MJF! And rallies on him! Sammy whips, MJF reverses but Sammy dodges to RAM and ENZIGURI! MJF staggers, Sammy goes up and RYDER KICKS! Sammy runs to clothesline MJF and himself out of the ring! Sammy skins the cat, fans fire up again and Sammy builds speed to FLY!! Fosbury Flop takes out MJF! Sammy puts MJF in, fires up with the fans, and vows to end this! Sammy springboards for a FLYING DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!??! MJF lives but “This is Awesome!”

Another standing count begins as MJF goes to a corner. Sammy gets up, runs in but MJF elbows him away! MJF hops up, and DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Sammy clutches the wrist, MJF wants the arm, but Sammy drop toeholds for a leg trap cradle! TWO, Sammy kicks and throws MJF to the apron. MJF hotshots Sammy back down! MJF gets water from the timekeeper, then takes a chair! But Sammy WRECKS MJF by hitting the chair into MJF! MJF flies into the front row! Sammy is back in the ring, sees where MJF ended up, and goes up top!? MJF stands, only for Sammy to LEAP out at him!! Direct hit but what a narrow window!!

Fans lose their minds again as Sammy and MJF are down in the narrow alleyway! Sammy gets up, drags MJF up as the ring count starts, and Sammy dumps MJF over the railing. Sammy gets MJF up and in at 7 of 10 and then climbs up a corner! The Spanish God never stops flying, but MJF hits ropes to trip him up! MJF climbs up now, brings Sammy up onto his shoulder in a gut wrench, for a SUPER TOMBSTONE?!?!? Cover, TWO?!?!?! Sammy still lives and no one believes it! MJF clutches his leg, he might’ve messed himself up on that one! MJF relieves pressure by moving his kneepad around, and he drags Sammy up. But then MJF falls, the bad leg giving out!

The ref checks on MJF but MJF doesn’t want to lose like this! The ref checks on Sammy and Sammy is somehow still in this, too! MJF gets Sammy up, but again the bad leg brings MJF down! The ref checks on both men but neither man wants to stop because of this! MJF forces himself to stand, and Sammy gets him for a cradle! TWO!?!? MJF escapes with one good leg but Sammy gets to his feet. MJF scoots up to Sammy to CLUB a leg! Sammy goes to the apron, MJF gets him up through the ropes, but Sammy turns Heatseeker into SHIN BREAKER! Sammy shoulders in, slingshots up and over but MJF sits! And holds ropes! But Sammy’s legs get MJF for the sunset, TWO!

Sammy mule kicks then SUPERKICKS MJF down! Sammy torture racks for GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, ROPEBREAK?!! MJF saves himself by mere inches!! Sammy and the fans can’t believe it, but Sammy gets himself fired back up. Sammy vows to end this now, and he gets MJF to a drop zone. Sammy climbs again, but MJF begs for mercy because of the bad leg! Fans don’t believe that, what about Sammy? Sammy still 630 SENTONS!! Cover, TWO?!!? MJF survives again and fans are thunderous! Wait, here comes Shawn Spears! Jericho goes to intercept the Chairman, but WARDLOW attacks Jericho from behind!!

Wardlow SNAKE EYES Jericho on the railing! Spears lurks with his chair as Sammy and MJF stir. Wardlow tells the ref to pay attention as he chokes Jericho, then TOSSES him to the floor! Sammy is stunned, Spears aims and CHAIR SHOTS!! The ref misses Spears take out Sammy for MJF! MJF crawls to cover Sammy, MJF wins!!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall

The Pinnacle’s underhanded chess game wins out! Medics help Jericho up while Wardlow and Spears help MJF up. But with Jericho’s bad arm and MJF’s bad leg, will there be anything left of these two once they finally have it out 1v1?

 

AEW closes with a look back at the Pandemic Era.

From the loss of the late, great Brodie Lee to the arrival of Broken Matt Hardy to the reign of Hikaru Shida, the creation of the TNT Championship, Jon Moxley’s reign as AEW World Champion, FTR showing up, the original Stadium Stampede, and even Mike Tyson showing up, there are truly countless moments that AEW was able to create for us when the world was going through something unlike anything it’d ever seen. But now, AEW hits the road and that means fans all around the country can be back in the audience! What amazing moments will be created now that we can all be All Elite again?


My Thoughts:

What an amazing episode for Dynamite. For one, the closing video package recapping their Pandemic Era was so well done. I don’t know if WWE will do one for the ThunderDome, but can they really get away with one like AEW? Though, maybe JR got confused because he apparently said “Nothing like a WWE Dynamite crowd” after the video package. That aside, the package was great, and this was a great episode as the go-home to the return to touring. Jericho was great on commentary from start to finish, and he being there at the end really added to the main event. Sammy VS MJF was practically a PPV level match, and I knew Saturday that cheating would help him win, but they did a high level job of it. I just hope MJF’s bad leg was more him selling than anything, that’d really hamper the feud.

The AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator was a great opener, and it was so awesome that Kaz showed up to even things up and allow Kingston & Penta to win. I am surprised we’re getting the tag titles for Road Rager and not Fyter Fest but if anything, that’s for the better so there can be a strongly built match for All Out. I can’t be sure The Bucks lose the titles on television, but what a great treat this match is for the fans in Miami either way. Omega had a good promo, and the Dark Order also had a good promo to point out Hangman is still on the list, and I was a bit surprised Hangman didn’t come out to confront Omega until we saw his promo later. Hangman VS Omega is definitely happening, and I hope they use Hangman’s nerves to keep it for All Out.

I almost feel like Christian is being too encouraging of JB, but it does make sense Jurassic Express also become Christian’s allies against The Hardy Family Office. We could end up with an epic 6v6 (Christian, Jurassic Express, Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy VS Hardy, Private Party, The Blade & TH2) before getting Christian VS Hardy 1v1. Speaking of which, the Mixed Tag of Cassidy & Statlander VS The Blade & Bunny will be really good and I’m thinking Cassidy wins so the Best Friends faction stays strong while Trent is out with his neck recovery. As for Jungle Boy VS Evans, that was a great match, and it is great that JB is the first 50-win wrestler in AEW, he really is a workhorse.

I knew Cage VS Starks for the FTW Championship was coming, so it’s great to finally have happening. Ethan Page had a good promo but what helped hype the Coffin Match was Darby attacking with those acrylic nails he put on just so he could claw at Ethan’s face more. Ethan wanting a contractual truce until the match is a great Heel move, and helps explain the pacing so that we have to wait for this match. Sting going after Scorpio to even things out makes me want Sting VS Scorpio 1v1 on the episode before the Coffin Match, and I bet Ethan can use it to go after Sting while holding Darby at bay because Darby can’t given Ethan another reason to push the Coffin Match back.

Andrade had a good promo, Andrade VS Matt Sydal was naturally going to happen, and maybe after he wins, El Idolo makes that announcement. Britt & Rebel VS Vickie & Nyla went about as I expected, Nyla scaring Britt but Vickie taking the loss. However, Nyla putting Britt through a table was quite a surprise. This keeps the math rather even, but I still think Britt finds a way to retain. Britt’s story has to be with Thunder Rosa’s story, Rosa comes back around to finally settle things with her, they could put on an absolute epic for All Out.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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