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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/4/21)

The Dynamite After Double or Nothing!

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AEW Dynamite’s on a Friday night for Double or Nothing Fallout!

What a wild weekend it was! Will the Young Bucks clear out Death Triangle? How big will Britt Baker’s celebration be compared to the Inner Circle’s? And will Jungle Boy build momentum towards his coming world title match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Young Bucks VS PAC & Penta El Zero M; The Young Bucks win.
  • Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson w/ Arn Anderson VS QT Marshall & Anthony Ogogo w/ Aaron Solow; QT & Ogogo win.
  • Christian Cage & Jungle Boy VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy; Christian & Jungle Boy win.
  • Red Velvet w/ Big Swole & KiLynn King VS The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office; Velvet wins.
  • Bullrope Match: Dustin Rhodes VS Nick Comoroto; Dustin wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS PAC & Penta El Zero M!

Matt & Nick Jackson held onto the AEW World Tag Team Championships with some help from their friends, but there ain’t no rest for the wicked! Before tonight, the Bucks attacked Rey Fenix, trying to screw over Death Triangle in advance! Will the Bastard and Cero Miedo not only earn themselves a title shot, but avenge the fallen Firebird?

Before the match, Matt bestows his weird cozy headband to Michael “MT” Nakazawa, but then FRANKIE KAZARIAN attacks! The Heavy Metal Rebel continues his vow to destroy the Elite one man at a time, and he’s going after Nakazawa! The barriers topple over, the Good Brothers rush over but Kaz gets away! The Bucks are furious but the match is waiting! The Bucks go to the apron, Death Triangle BOOT them down! And then DOUBLE FLY! Fans fire up as Penta CHOPS Matt and Pac whips Nick into the stage wall! Matt reaches out for help and Brandon Cutler tries to help Nick while Don Callis runs to commentary.

Nick hits Pac back, Matt uses his own jacket to hit Penta, and the Bucks reel the Death Triangle in. They want double bombs but get double back drops instead! Penta POSTS Matt, Pac brings Matt around and puts him in the ring. Matt clubs away on Pac, the bell finally rings, and Matt throws haymakers. Pac DECKS Matt with one! Pac drags Matt up, bumps him off buckles and Matt’s fancy headband goes flying! Pac gets Matt in a facelock, Penta tags in and whips Matt to ropes. Matt duck sand dodges but into Penta’s modified takedown and package CRADLE! Cover, Nick breaks it! Nick sucker punches Pac then stomps Penta!

Nick drags Matt over and makes the tag, only to run into Penta’s SUPERKICK! Matt is shocked but he tags back in off the ragdoll Nick. Penta SUPERKICKS Matt! Penta tags Pac, Pac slingshots for a CUTTER! Pac then sets up for a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover but Nick breaks it again! Penta gets Nick with a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Pac BOOTS Matt in a corner and puts him in the drop zone! Pac climbs, but Matt bails out. Pac hops down and storms after Matt, but Matt uses Cutler as a shield. Pac shoves Cutler away, and gets around Matt for a back suplex! But Matt lands on his feet, and Nick PENALTY KICKS Pac from the apron!

Nick runs and DECKS Penta off the corner while Matt soaks up the heat. Nick gets Pac up and holds him in place as Matt powers up. Matt builds speed, but slides out to go around the way, and he LARIATS Pac down! The fans boo as the Bucks are hamming it up. Matt goes back to the ring, Nick puts Pac in for him, and Cutler polishes Matt’s boots to keep them nice and shiny. But Matt turns around into Pac’s LARIAT! Nick gets in again to hit Penta down again! And then cartwheel MOONSAULT! Nick taunts Pac, shoulders in and slingshots, into a BOOT! But Matt SPEARS Pac down! Matt rains down fists, then fires up as he paces around.

Matt drops knees on Pac’s head, then paces around more. Matt mocks the fans for their chanting, then gets Pac up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Nick, the Bucks double whip Pac into the corner, but Pac dodges the corner splash! And then the next splash! And then he sidesteps Nick for a SNAP GERMAN! Nick is in a daze as he sits back up and fans fire up for Pac! Hot tag to Penta! Penta SLINGBLADES Matt! SLINGBLADE for Nick! Penta hits a CODE BREAKER SENTON COMBO on both Bucks! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” But Nick is after the mask! Nick whips, Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS!

Penta drags Nick  up but Nick JAWBREAKERS! Matt tags in, but Penta catches him for the pump handle DRIVER! Cover, Nick breaks it again! Pac tags in and he has Matt for a back kick, front kick, and another back kick! Pac runs, but Matt ROCKS him! Matt runs, into a POP-UP SIT-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Matt survives but Pac tags Penta back in. Death Triangle set Matt up for WAZZUP! The double stomps to Matt’s bucks! Pac intercepts Nick as Penta covers but Nick pushes through to break things up again! Pac throws Nick back out, then whips Penta. Matt BOOTS Penta, then BOOTS Pac, and Nick tags in, springboard into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Is this a Superkick Fiesta?

Penta has Nick, Pac goes to a corner! “CERO! MIEDO!” But Nick slips out and Pac has to jump over! Pac and Nick switch again and again, Pac elbows Nick then sets up as a step! Penta launches off Pac for DESTROYER IN MOTION!! Matt manages to tag in and he ROCKS Pac! Matt shoulders into Penta and SLINGSHOT DESTROYERS! Pac runs in but is put on the apron, Matt runs but Pac dumps him out! They’re both on the apron and brawling with big haymakers! Penta and Nick go after each other’s partner and even stare down before simultaneous APRON PACKAGE DRIVER AND GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

Fans are thunderous as Nick and Penta meet in the ring! Nick throws haymakers, Penta CHOPS! Nick punches, Penta KICKS! Penta Cero Miedo pie faces, runs, but Nick uses the ref as the shield! The ref gets knocked down, Nick kicks and tears off Penta’s mask! Wait, he had a second mask on underneath! Nick freaks out as Penta LOW BLOWS him!! FEAR FACTOR!! Tag to Pac, BLACK ARROW!! Cover, Matt breaks it in time!! Pac and Penta are furious, but Pac goes up top again. Matt distracts the ref with talk of neck pain, and Cutler CLOBBERS Pac with his camera! Nick gets Pac in a high stack, the Bucks win!!

Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall

Penta wants to point out a shoulder came up, but the Bucks attack him and Pac! Matt claws at Penta’s mask to rip it, and then the Bucks sit him up, but here comes EDDIE KINGSTON! Jon Moxley may be sidelined because of the BTE Trigger, but he isn’t about to let the Bucks do this to another friend! The Bucks and Cutler scurry away and Callis says Kingston is scary. The Bucks are right to fear the Mad King and Death Triangle, will each and every one of them get revenge on The Elite?

 

AEW returns and Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

We’re just two months away from AEW Rampage, Friday, August 13th! And as debuted at Double or Nothing, one of the analysts for that show will be the WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN, Mark Henry! Fans cheer as Henry makes his way out to the ring and shakes Schiavone’s hand as he gets a mic. He will be one of the commentators for Rampage, and he thanks Schiavone for this moment. Everyone knows Henry loves this business, and he isn’t here to “fix” AEW. “AEW is not broken.” What Henry is here to turn the screws. Then the question we all want to know is: Will Henry get back in the ring again?

Henry says that right now, he won’t say yes, but he’s got a lot left in the tank. But wait, is that Vickie Guerrero shrieking her way out here? It is! And she is telling Schiavone and Henry to move on out of HER ring. They’re not one to argue with a lady, while Vickie is here to introduce a man who has won championships around the world and is a third generation wrestler. Fans boo her shrieking but she says to welcome EL IDOLO!! Wait, what?! ANDRADE!??! IN AEW?!?! We know he is set to face Kenny Omega in AAA for THE AAA Mega Championship, but Andrade is now All Elite! Fans finally cheer, and Andrade says gracias to Vickie.

Andrade knows he used to say, “I am the face of Latinos,” but today, he is saying, “I will be the new face of ALL! ELITE! WRESTLING!” Fans like the sound of that! Andrade shows off his suit, and Vickie tells the fans to cheer. They don’t need to be told, they cheer El Idolo’s arrival and departure. Will Andrade look to take gold from Kenny Omega and just about anyone else in AEW?

 

Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson w/ Arn Anderson VS QT Marshall & Anthony Ogogo w/ Aaron Solow!

The American Nightmare was the American Dream for Double or Nothing, and he defended his homeland with honor. But that doesn’t mean the war between Nightmare Family and QT’s Factory is over! Will Big Shotty help Cody beat The Gifted and Ogogo on this big fight Friday night? Or will being alongside The Factory’s leader tip the scales back in the Olympic boxer’s favor?

The teams sort out, Johnson starts with QT and QT pie faces right away. Johnson ROCKS QT, wrenches, YANKS the arm, and tags in Cody. Cody CLUBS the arm, wrenches and hits a wristlock. Tag to Johnson, they double whip QT and Cody drops so Johnson can dropkick QT! Cover, TWO! Johnson wrenches but QT throws him down by his hair! Tag to Ogogo, Ogogo doesn’t want Johnson, he wants Cody! Johnson gets up and Cody tags in. Fans fire up as they get to see Double or Nothing again. Cody and Ogogo circle, but Cody sees QT creeping in so Cody KNEES QT down! But Ogogo gets Cody for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cody staggers up, Ogogo throws hands and EuroUppers, then QT tags in.

QT and Ogogo mug Cody but Cody fights free! Cody hooks QT’s arm for a modified DDT! Fans rally, Cody tags Johnson! Big Shotty rallies on QT, swings and uppercuts, then a NECKBREAKER! Johnson kips up and fires up and runs at QT, but QT throws him out! Johnson has the ropes, skins the cat and he headscissors QT out! Johnson finishes skinning, but QT avoids the plancha! Johnson avoids a clothesline but not Ogogo’s BOOT! Arn coaches Johnson but QT puts him in. QT drags Johnson up as fans rally, and QT CHOPS Johnson in the corner. Ogogo tags in and he stomps Johnson’s ribs as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ogogo bumps Johnson off buckles and stomps a mudhole into him! Ogogo digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Ogogo gets Johnson back up, throws uppercuts then back elbows. Ogogo chokes Johnson with a forearm in his neck, then ROCKS him as the ref counts. The ref reprimands, Ogogo just shrugs it off and goes back to Johnson. Ogogo whips Johnson corner to corner and runs in to clothesline! Ogogo keeps going, BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Ogogo keeps Johnson from Cody, bumps him off buckles, and tags in QT. QT gets Johnson up but Johnson throws hands! QT kicks low, reels Johnson in and hits a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO!

Cody and Arn rally for Johnson, but QT gets Johnson up and brings him around to knee Johnson’s leg! QT stomps Johnson, keeps between him and Cody, and Johnson grabs at ropes. Johnson gets up to ENZIGURI QT! QT stays standing, catches Johnson’s leap for a SWINGING BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! QT’s lethal combination didn’t finish this but he keeps on Johnson with a neck wrench. Johnson endures, fights up, throws body shots, but QT CLUBS him on the back. QT whips Johnson to ropes, but Johnson flapjack dropkicks him away! AEW returns to single picture as the fans fire up for Big Shotty!

Johnson crawls to the corner, hot tag to Cody! Cody sees QT on the outside and fires off hands! Cody THROWS QT into the ring! QT gets up, Cody hits a clothesline! And a suplex TOSS! QT flounders to a corner but Cody is right on him for a rain of fists! Cody gets all 10, hops down and goes corner to corner, to monkey flip! QT flounders around again, Cody kicks and hits the Rhodes Uppercut! But QT dodges the clothesline to back suplex. Cody lands on his feet and DISASTER KICKS Ogogo! Cody dodges QT for the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Fans are thunderous as Cody has QT all alone! Cody gets a leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR!

QT endures as Cody puts as much leverage as he can. But Ogogo throws Johnson into railing! And then gets in to FROG SPLASH onto Cody!! Ogogo risks his own ribs but he saves QT! QT gets up and stalks Cody, to reel him in for a DIAMOND CUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! And Johnson adds on with a SWANTON BOMB!! All three men are down but Ogogo returns! Johnson dodges, but Ogogo comes back to clothesline both Johnson and himself out! Cody and QT rise slowly, and they throw haymakers! Cody ROCKS QT but Aaron Solow distracts! Cody gets QT with the dragon sleeper, but Ogogo gets in with a KO PUNCH!! QT covers, The Factory wins!

Winners: The Factory, by pinfall

Solow celebrates with his team as Arn comes in to check on Cody. Ogogo’s the man with stone fists, and that shot to Cody’s jaw was definitely a lethal shot! QT gets a mic to say, “I shocked the world! I told you all I could do it!” Schiavone is speechless because he was never a believer in QT! QT shocked the world and now they’re stuck up there with stupid looks on their faces! But Nightmare Family VS The Factory isn’t done tonight! Will Nick Comoroto whoop Dustin Rhodes to complete a sweep on Dynamite? Or can the Natural avenge his brother to close out the show?

 

The Inner Circle heads to the ring!

Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager are back and still together after their emphatic victory over The Pinnacle! The fans sing Judas for them as they get mics, and Jericho revels in it. “Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the 2021 Stadium Stampede Le Champeooons~, THE INNER CIRCLE!” And because they dig the fans so much, thank you so much for the support, everyone live in the audience is getting an Inner Circle Stadium Stampede shirt for free! Just look under your chairs! And this isn’t a prank, either! It’s real, and that’s a lot of shirts!

And now, Jericho introduces us to the reason why the Inner Circle is still together, it’s the hero of Stadium Stampede 2, SAMMY GUEVARA! Fans cheer Sammy on and he says, “I’m on such a high right now.” What a moment Double or Nothing was, ending with 630 onto “that idiot,” Shawn Spears. Sammy used to do the 630 off his mom’s roof in the backyard. He used to do that and mom would tell him, “Sam, get off the roof!” And he’d go, “Okay,” and then just do the 630 anyway. But to go from backyard to the main event of Double of Nothing to close the show, and keep his brothers together, that is a night he’ll never forget. Sammy thanks them all and says he loves them all.

The Inner Circle hug, and then Santana says that’s right about that was the greatest moment in their lives and careers. Like they discussed backstage, what did they do other than keep the crew together? They’ve still gotta pass by The Pinnacle in the hall. They’ve still gotta listen to The Pinnacle’s boasting and bragging about money and suits and limos. So the real accomplishment would be having them in a ditch somewhere on the I-95. But that’s just Santana being Santana. To keep it real, FTR tried to end their careers with those table piledrivers. FTR tried to take food out their families’ mouths. That doesn’t sit right with Santana. So know this: the Inner Circle VS Pinnacle war is FAR FROM OVER!

Jake Hager says, “They LIED to us! They double-crossed us! They tried to end us! Now, they don’t get to say when this is over.” The Pinnacle’s got no choice but to man up and take this ass whooping again, and again, and again, until The Inner Circle says they’re done. Got that, Wardlow? Hager’s pulling Wardlow’s man card first! Wardlow beat Hager once in an AEW ring, but now Hager wants Wardlow to step into an arena he’s never been beaten in: an MMA OCTAGON!! Fans like the sound of that! Hager wants it in two weeks, right here on Dynamite! Man up, Wardlow!

Jericho says the group’s making great points. This war is not over. When he thinks of Shawn Spears, it pisses Jericho off. When he thinks of Wardlow and that powerbomb through the stage that put Jericho out for a month, it pisses him off. But most of all, when he thinks of “that mealy mouthed, pretentious, self-righteous little PRICK, MJF, it pisses me off!!” Sammy feels the same. There’s unfinished business there, too. But the difference here is that MJF tried to end Jericho’s career, and even his life, when he shoved him off Blood & Guts’ cage. Jericho hasn’t been the same since, and he thinks about it every single day.

Jericho wakes up in a cold sweat about how close it was to the end for him. And Jericho realizes, he has to settle the score! So Jericho knows the Inner Circle embarrassed The Pinnacle with a Bubbly bath, but that wasn’t enough. Jericho knows he beat and humiliated MJF in the upper deck, but that wasn’t enough. Jericho says that until he can ruin MJF’s career and life the way he tried to do to Jericho, this will never be over, do you understand him!?

MJF calls Jericho The GOAT, the Greatest of All Time. Jericho isn’t sure if he believes that about himself, but he does believe this: “When I think of MJF saying what he said, if I’m as good as he thinks I am, if I’m good as I need to be to continue to build AEW into the greatest company in the world today…! WHICH IT IS! I must, I will, I need, and I am going to beat MJF! I’ll say it again! I’m going to beat MJF!” This isn’t over, and that’s because the Inner Circle never forgives and sure has hell NEVER F’N FORGETS!! The Painmaker is fired up, and he has his boys backing him up! The Summer of Violence and Pain is just beginning, who will be standing come the Fall?

 

AEW hears from Best Friends.

Chuck Taylor isn’t sure why they’re doing this. Does he have to hold our hands to walk us through it? Does he have to insult our intelligence? If you saw Double or Nothing, you saw what happened. Kenny Omega is supposed to be the best in the world? Trent would like to point out that the “sunglasses comedy guy” had him beat twice in that match. Don Callis, why are you even here? You are a useless conman, and Cassidy should be champion. But bad guys cheat and win. Cassidy says, “If you think this is over, it’s not.” When and where will Freshly Squeezed get his fair shake against the Cleaner?

 

Kenny Omega and Don Callis do video package editing.

Kenny likes those frames. Maybe if there was some filters, it’d make the colors pop. Get the shots of the ref out of there. But this is good here. Alex Marvez apologizes for interrupting but Best Friends are accusing them of cheating Cassidy out of the win. Callis feels like Marvez is the one accusing them of something. Maybe we should move on from this “false narrative,” this “Dark Side of AEW” to the con job (as opposed to screw job) to take the AEW title off Omega. We should talk about the thing they’re working on here. They have the raw footage, and are going to blow the lid off this conspiracy next Friday on Dynamite! They’ll reveal the anti-Omega conspiracy going on around here!

Omega says Nakazawa is on the job, this is hot off the presses. Marvez points out that Omega still has to face Jungle Boy for the AEW World Championship in three weeks, who overcame 20 other competitors and won the Casino Battle Royale. Wow, 20? How many were in the top 5 rankings? Probably none. But there’s a big difference between being a Jungle Boy and a jungle man, and then an even bigger difference than a jungle man and a jungle champion. But the people love him, love to cheer for him. Heck, even Omega loves JB and that music. He can hear it now! Omega sings the Tarzan Boy “OooOOOoOO~,” and Callis joins in. Shouldn’t we go to see Jungle Boy? Yes, JB and Christian Cage are up next!

 

Christian Cage & Jungle Boy VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy!

Captain Charisma was a finalist in the Casino Battle Royale, but as we know, Jungle Boy shocked him and us by winning! But they both have some beef to settle with the Hardy Family Office and are going to do it side by side! Will Christian and JB be able to outwork Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy? Or will Big Money Matt being ringside be a big factor?

The teams sort out, Christian starts with Kassidy and they circle. They tie up, Christian waistlocks then drags Kassidy down to get an arm. Christian tags JB and he climbs to drop ax handles on Kassidy’s arm. JB wrenches the arm, YANKS it, has a wristlock, and tags Christian. Christian takes the arm to hotshot it! Christian gets in to wrench the arm but Kassidy gets free to tag Quen. Quen says he’s got this, but he turns around into Christian’s FLAPJACK! Tag to JB, he and Christian double whip and double hip toss! Cover, ONE! JB facelocks but Quen JAWBREAKERS! Tag to Kassidy and he climbs up to drop ax handles on JB’s arm.

Kassidy wrenches, tags Quen back in, and Quen climbs up to shout out Hardy, but leaps into a kick! JB goes up and over Quen to wrench and CHOP Kassidy! JB knuckle locks with Quen, KICKS his leg, then goes up the ropes for a Arabian DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Private Party ends up outside and fans fire up! Hardy talks trash to JB but JB sees Private Party regroup. JB runs and slides but the HFO disperses! JB elbows Kassidy, goes up to GAMANGIRI Quen down, then climbs. Kassidy anchors a foot but JB pushes him away. JB leaps but Quen dropkicks him out of the air! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps on JB with knees to the back, then drags him up to tag in Kassidy.

Private Party stomp mudholes into JB, then Quen whips Kassidy in. JB tosses Kassidy out, dodges Quen and slides under. Kassidy slingshots but JB dodges the senton! JB shoulders into Quen, slingshots up and over and dodges Kassidy, hot tag to Christian! Christian rallies on Kassidy, Kassidy reverses the whip but Christian CLOBBERS him! Hardy is furious as Christian stands on Kassidy at the ropes! Christian lets off to slingshot and UPPERCUT! Christian gets back in, goes up and hits a FLYING UPPERCUT! Christian waits for Kassidy to stand, but Kassidy kicks low! Kassidy RAMS Christian into the HFO corner but Christian fights out with heavy hands!

Christian has Kassidy in the corner, climbs up and rains down fists! Hardy distracts, Quen HOTSHOTS Christian from the top! JB protests but the ref missed it as Kassidy looms over Christian and AEW goes picture in picture.

Kassidy digs his knee into Christian’s neck and chest, the ref counts and Kassidy lets off at 4. Kassidy gets Christian up to put in the HFO corner and choke him! The ref counts, Kassidy lets off at 4 and Quen gets his cheap shots in. JB protests, but Private Party mug Christian against ropes! The ref counts, Quen stomps choking Christian, but then Kassidy talks trash right to Christian’s face. Quen drags Christian up and in, JB and fans rally but Quen chokes Christian on ropes again! The ref counts, Quen lets off but Kassidy chokes Christian right behind her back! Tag to Kassidy, and he still chokes Christian!

The ref reprimands and counts and Kassidy lets off, to then run and springboard hotshot! Cover, TWO! The HFO is annoyed but Kassidy keeps between Christian and JB. Kassidy wraps on a facelock and grinds Christian back towards the corner. Christian keeps fighting, but Quen gets a foot to drag him back! Kassidy gets Christian up, throws body shots and backs Kassidy down, to then roll him for a cradle! TWO, and Kassidy throat chops Christian down! The ref reprimands but Kassidy sucker punches JB! Kassidy soaks up the heat as AEW returns to single picture, and he stands on Christian’s leg. Tag to Quen and Private Party combine for the wheelbarrow SPLASH!

Quen and Kassidy strike a five second pose! They mock the E&C Connection then stomp Christian down. Quen stands on Christian, stomps him, then tags Kassidy. Private Party gets Christian up and coordinate in a corner, but Christian throws body shots! Kassidy DECKS Christian, then hotshots JB just as he gets back up! Kassidy tags Quen, they drag Christian up, but fans rally as they puppet him for the five second pose. But he grabs them for DOUBLE REVERSE DDT’S! Hardy is furious with his team as Christian reaches for JB! Quen grabs a leg, Christian BOOTS him away, hot tag to Jungle Boy! JB rallies on Quen, then on Kassidy!

JB forearms and CHOPS Quen in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Quen runs in, into an elbow! ROLLING ELBOW! UPPERCUT! JB whips but Quen reverses, only to get the REBOUND LARIAT! Fans fire up for JB and he drags Quen up. SNAP BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Quen survives but JB keeps cool as he WRECKS Kassidy with a dropkick! JB aims from the apron, shoulders into Quen and steps in for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Quen lives but JB has him in the SNARE TRAP!! Kassidy CLOBBERS JB, but Christian gets in to ROCK him with right hands! Christian PLANCHAS but Hardy saves Kassidy! Christian hits floor!

JB grabs at Kassidy but gets a thumb to the eye! Quen rolls JB up and holds tights, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for JB as Quen puts him up top. Quen and Kassidy coordinate, but Christian slides in. JB holds off Gin ‘n’ Juice and Christian SPEARS Kassidy down! JB gets Quen around for a SNARE TRAP!! Quen taps, JB and Christian win!!

Winners: Christian Cage & Jungle Boy, by submission

The third-ranked tag team in AEW is no longer undefeated in 2021! And as for Jungle Boy, he’s another step closer to the world title! Will he be as red hot as the summer itself once he finally faces Kenny Omega?

But Hardy still gets Christian for a TWIST OF FATE to the ramp! The leech is a chicken and he runs away! Will Christian make Big Money Matt pay for this in due time?

 

Team Taz speaks.

“Hangman Page, this past Sunday at Double or Nothing, you got lucky, brother.” Hangman got lucky against Brian Cage and the team. But that’s fine, because while Hangman got one over The Machine, The Machine already has one over on Hangman. Next week, Hangman will pick a partner from The Dark Order to deal with BOTH the Powerhouse and the Machine in a 2v2 tag match! And it’ll be bad news, Taz guarantees it! Go ahead and scout these guys on Elevation, because Cage and Hobbs will tear through two poor sons o’ bitches. Hangman, you will learn that you screwed around with the wrong club. Who will Hangman have backing him up for next week’s third Friday Night Dynamite in a row?

 

Schiavone is back in the ring.

One of the most memorable moments at Double or Nothing was seeing this man in the ring for the first time in over six years, helping his team to victory. Schiavone introduces Darby Allin and… STIIIIIING~! The Relentless and the Icon are here again after winning a traditional tag team match with Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, and Schiavone congratulates them both. That was a sensational night, and everyone was glad to be part of it. Sting takes the mic to say that he has had so many incredible experiences in wrestling. But last Sunday, Double or Nothing, right here in Daily’s Place, will be a night that he never, ever, ever forgets! That stands up to anything he’s ever done in this business!

Fans chant, “You Still Got It!” for Sting and Darby nods agreement. Sting thanks them for that, and appreciates them all. But someone is sarcastically clapping on the titantron. It’s Scorpio Sky, with Ethan Page by his side. Scorpio mockingly says congratulations are in order. “Sting, you were remarkable on Sunday, you really were.” Now we know why he is The Icon. He even smelled good! But what matters is that he was so good that he could even drag Darby Allin over the finish line. Literally! Because when Ethan threw Darby so hard he landed in the front row, if it wasn’t for Sting dragging him over the railing, Darby’d still be down out there.

And furthermore, Ethan wants Darby to know Sting has been carrying Darby through his AEW career! Ethan knows Darby stands for fighting and spirit, but all Ethan sees is a “spineless, codependent BITCH.” So it goes like this: find anyone other than Sting, and prove them wrong! All Ego & The Face of the Revolution have put forth a challenge, and Darby is speechless! Who will the Relentless One turn to in order to settle things with Scorpio & Ethan?

 

AEW returns, with a celebration prepared!

Schiavone is still in the ring, with Vickie Guerrero, Nyla Rose, Chaos Project, The Hybrid2, Diamante and the entire Pretty Picture standing together by a table that has one, something hidden under a red felt cloth, and two, a platter STACKED with burgers. Schiavone says that it was quite the night at Double or Nothing for many, but none bigger, perhaps, than the crowning of a NEW AEW Women’s World Champion! Welcome both Rebel, and The Doctor, BRITT BAKER, DMD! Britt and Rebel make their way out to the ring, the newly redesigned title around Britt’s waist, and Rebel showing off Britt’s new merchandise shirts.

Ryan Nemeth and Rebel help Britt with the ropes, Britt is handed the mic and says, “Wow! Thank you, everybody, form the bottom of my heart for attending my championship celebration. This means the world to me.” And from what she understands, the fans all got freebies tonight. She never thought she could one-up Chris Jericho, but… LA Champion outdid herself because she was gifted 1500 BURGER COUPONS. So get in on the fun, get that coupon! Show ’em off! Uh, are you sure they’re there? Oh, wait, sorry. They’re all still right here, with Britt, where they belong! BRITT did the work, SHE #OutWorkedEveryone, and everyone else was just along for the ride.

You can’t deny that when Britt is on TV, your eyes are glued to her. She promised a whole new era, and damn was she right! Did you know what letters she saw all over the place on Sunday? DMD! And what letters did she hear deafening chants for? DMD! And do you know what three letters will elevate this company to a whole new stratosphere? DMD! The AEW Women’s World Champion! Fans are divided but Britt says she’s going to invite two people worthy enough to come along for the ride. Schiavone, get yourself a burger. Rebel, you, too. Yes, with your hands, Schiavone! Burger cheers!

But Nyla SLAPS the cheeseburgers right out of their hands! And then throws some to the crowd! Well, they won’t hold up flying through the air, but the thought is what counts. Nyla flips Britt off and storms out. The Native Beast even pops the balloons! Will Nyla be feasting on a title opportunity instead?

 

Alex Marvez interviews Eddie Kingston.

The Mad King saved Penta and Pac, but then Penta and Pac storm in and asks what the hell! “Let it be known, we don’t want your help! We don’t need your help! So keep your nose out of our business, ya understand?!” Kingston wants The Bastard and his former best friend to understand, because he’ll keep it simple: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Let that marinate in your brains for a little bit.” Is that Kingston’s way of asking for an alliance against The Elite? Will Death Triangle accept the offer?

 

Red Velvet w/ Big Swole & KiLynn King VS The Bunny w/ The Hardy Family Office!

With a new women’s champion comes new opportunities to be a contender! But will Velvet serve up an L as she stirs it up? Or will Allie drag her down the rabbit hole and frolic her way to the title?

The second Velvet gets in the ring, Bunny attacks! Velvet is ready, though, and she drop toeholds her to ropes! Velvet runs as the bell rings and DOUBLE KNEES Bunny down! Then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bunny bails out and regroups with Blade, but Velvet builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but risky for Velvet! Velvet shakes it off and fires up to get Bunny back in the ring. Velvet drags Bunny to a cover, TWO! Bunny sputters to a corner but Velvet runs in for boxing body shots! The ref counts, Velvet lets off to stomp a mudhole into Bunny! Velvet stirs it up as she digs her boot in and does the splits! The ref counts again, Velvet taunts Blade as she lets off then drags Bunny.

Velvet has Bunny in a drop zone, then she climbs up, but Bunny mule kicks a leg out! Velvet is stuck up top, Bunny SUPERKICKS her to the floor! Blade laughs at Velvet and says that’s what she gets! Bunny skips around, laughs like a hyena, then goes out to fetch Velvet. Bunny stomps Velvet, drags her up, and puts her in. Fans chant “Stir It Up!’ as Bunny stalks Velvet and drags her up. Bunny bumps Velvet off buckles, stomps a mudhole into her now, then runs corner to corner for a SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny growls then laughs then covers, ONE!! Velvet is still in this as AEW goes picture in picture!

Bunny stomps Velvet, Blade talks trash with Swole and King, but Velvet hits Bunny back! Bunny knees low, TOSSES Velvet by her hair, and then soaks up the heat. Bunny gets in Velvet’s face but Velvet hits back! Bunny KICKS Velvet in the side! And CLAWS Velvet’s back! The ref reprimands, Bunny drags Velvet up and CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And whips her, but Velvet ducks, dodges and sunset flips! TWO, and Velvet gets up, only for Bunny to CLOBBER her! Bunny laughs again, covers, TWO! Bunny is back to being frustrated as Velvet survives. Bunny stomps Velvet more, and more, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns Velvet rallies on Allie with forearms! And a calf kick! Velvet fires up with the fans as Bunny flounders to a corner. Velvet runs in to SHINING WIZARD! And RUNNING STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is beside herself but Swole and King coach her up. Velvet gets Bunny up but Bunny ROCKS Velvet and fireman’s carries. Velvet fights out, KICKS and KICKS, then runs, into a SUPERKICK!! Both women flounder, Blade slips Bunny something but Velvet’s friends protest! They’re only helping Bunny get away with this! Bunny aims at Velvet, but misses the brass knuckle punch! Mule kick to JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Incredible! Velvet beats Bunny and is surely moving up the rankings! Will Velvet prove herself a contender? Will Britt Baker have to watch her back, and her teeth, for this one?

 

The Dark Order speaks.

It’s John Silver’s birthday! And #JohnnyHungy! But not just for cake, he’s hungy for gold! He and Tony Khan talked, and while Tony wanted to give Silver another TNT Championship opportunity, Silver’s still not medically cleared. So Silver said to give the shot to Evil Uno! Really!? These opportunities don’t come often so Uno vows to make them proud! The Dark Order is fired up, but can Player One really beat The Best Man? Speaking of…

 

Miro speaks.

THE AEW TNT Champion starts by thanking God for blessing him with physical power. And then a special shout out to his super hot wife. And then Miro brings up what we just learned: Evil Uno is his next challenger? Pfft. That makes no sense. Miro is bigger, faster, and undefeated. Uno comes from an emotional place, but maybe he’ll be too emotionally involved with something that doesn’t belong to him, and that will only get him hurt. Miro has no feelings. He will use this as a teachable moment for the rest of the AEW roster: You don’t come after someone like Miro when you just think you may win. You come after Miro when you know… you can survive! Will Uno simply be the first to fall to the Bulgarian Barbarian?

 

AEW is set for yet another Friday Night Dynamite!

Not only will there be the TNT Championship match, but there will be a Trios Match of The Young Bucks & Brandon Cutler VS Eddie Kingston & Death Triangle! Will the uneasy alliance work out against The Elite? And Team Taz’s challenge has been accepted by Hangman and NUMBER 10, Preston Vance! Will the Dark Order’s behemoth be enough to help the Anxious Millennial Cowboy to stop Cage AND Hobbs?

 

Bullrope Match: Dustin Rhodes VS Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solow!

An AEW first is between a man who dominates this match type, and the Freak Beast of the Factory! They call him the Natural, but will Dustin be able to defy physical limitations against a man who is bigger, stronger and hairier? Or will Comoroto be a wrecking ball that secures the sweep?

AEW returns once more as Comoroto makes his entrance. Dustin meets him at the ramp and the brawl is on! Dustin gets the edge, bumps Comoroto of buckles, but Comoroto doesn’t even flinch! Dustin throws hands but Comoroto knees low! Comoroto gorilla presses then TOSSES Dustin into the ring! The ref hurries to stop this because the rope is the important part of the match! Comoroto lets his hand be strapped in, fans rally up for Dustin, and the bell rings! Comoroto reels Dustin in but Dustin uses that to throw hands! Comoroto shoves, Dustin dodges and trips Comoroto up with the rope, to then YOINK into the Freak Beast’s wrecking balls!

Dustin gets the cowbell and takes aim, but Comoroto dumps him to the apron! Comoroto hotshots Dustin, then chokes him with the strap! Dustin CLOCKS Comoroto with the cowbell! Dustin gets back in, runs and leaps, but into Comrmoto’s arms! Comoroto pops Dustin up, but Dustin slips off and untangles himself to clothesline Comoroto and himself out! Dustin is up first but Comoroto throws hands. Dustin hits Comoroto in the ribs with the cowbell! Comoroto staggers, Dustin hits him again! And ROCKS him with a haymaker! Comoroto shoves Dustin, Dustin runs back in but Comoroto tosses him up and over railing! Dustin lands nicely in a front row seat, and chokes Comoroto with ropes!

Comoroto elbows free, ROCKS Dustin, and Dustin sits back down. Comoroto hops the rail to get Dustin up for haymakers. Comoroto pushes the wrestlers ringside around to clear space, but Fuego Del Sol fights back! Comoroto just TOSSES Fuego into everyone else!! Dustin DECKS Comoroto, and hops back over the railing. Dustin checks on Fuego, he and the others are alright, so Dustin goes looking under the ring. Solow goes after Dustin since there’s no disqualifications, but Dustin fights him off to hit a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Dustin glares at Solow, but Comoroto reels him in for a SPEAR! Fans boo but Comoroto, bloody forehead and all, just roars!

Comoroto paces while Dustin sits up. Comoroto stomps Dustin, drags him up, and bumps him off railing! Fans cheer Dustin on but Comoroto paces. Comoroto drags Dustin up, puts him in the ring, but Dustin bails out the other side. Dustin has the rope around the post and he YANKS Comoroto into steel! And then headlocks, only for Comoroto to pick up and SLAM Dustin into the apron! Comoroto gets in the ring as AEW goes picture in picture.

Comoroto has a crimson mask as he drags Dustin up and into the ring with the rope! Cover, TWO!! Dustin survives but Comoroto paces around as he seethes. Comoroto drags Dustin up, but Dustin throws body shots! Comoroto whips Dustin, and JAMS him with the cowbell! Dustin drops in a heap and Comoroto paces around, still bleeding all over himself. Comoroto HAMMERS Dustin with the cowbell, chokes him with the rope, but Dustin refuses to give up. Comoroto drops ax handles, covers, TWO! Dustin gets up and to a corner, kicks back, and kicks again. Comoroto throws hands, whips corner to corner, and Dustin hits hard!

Comoroto paces, looms over Dustin, and CLOBS him with the cowbell! And then drops elbows! Dustin fires up and fans fire up with him! Dustin ROCKS Comoroto with haymakers, but Comoroto whips. Dustin holds ropes then dumps Comoroto out to the apron. Dustin CHOKES Comoroto now! AEW returns to single picture as Dustin CLUBS away on Comoroto! Solow hurries to help by getting a TABLE! Dustin and Comoroto brawl on the apron, Solow sets that table up nearby, and Comoroto elbows Dustin. Dustin runs but into a scoop! Comoroto aims but Dustin slips off! Dustin has the rope and CLOBBERS Comoroto with it all!

Dustin goes out and fires up as he runs on the apron. Comoroto dodges the kick, gets Dustin off the apron, and POWERBOMBS him through the table!! Solow is fired up and fans lose their minds as Comoroto gets Dustin up and into the ring! Cover, TWO?!?! Dustin survives and no one can believe it! Dustin fires himself up as Comoroto does the same. Solow undoes a buckle pad! But COLTEN GUNN goes after Solow! The Factory’s Ogogo put his brother, Austin, on the shelf for who knows how long, so Colten’s going to get back at someone! Dustin kicks Comoroto, hits the Rhodes Uppercut, then runs to BULLDOG! And then the FINAL RECKONING on the cowbell! Cover, ONE?!?!?

Comoroto roars, he is definitely a Freak Beast! Dustin aims, but Comoroto blocks the cowbell attack! So Dustin LOW BLOWS! Dustin runs to LARIAT, but Comoroto stays up! Dustin tries again, Comoroto is still up! Dustin tries again but Comoroto BOOTS him! Comoroto runs in, but Dustin FLAPJACKS him onto the bare buckle! And then another COWBELL SHOT!! Dustin goes up top, FLYING BULLDOG!! Hogtie cover, Dustin wins!!

Winner: Dustin Rhodes, by pinfall

The Natural managed to defeat one hell of a monster, but the war of Nightmare Family and Factory is just getting hotter! Dustin celebrates with fans, will he and the rest of his team be celebrating more victories over QT and his cohorts?


My Thoughts:

Another awesome AEW, but it seems like June is going to have Dynamite on every night other than Wednesday. Another Friday next week, then Saturday on the 26th to close out the month. I suppose the 16th might be the only Wednesday, but even that could change and put it on Thursday or something. And unless I misheard it at Double or Nothing, did they move Omega VS Jungle Boy? I suppose it works out, JB can get a ton of momentum going into Saturday Night Dynamite, even though Omega is surely retaining. JB & Christian VS Private Party was great stuff, but while JB wins it, I should’ve known Hardy would get the last word on Christian. Those two could have a great match together as Christian clearly moves away from Team Taz while Ricky Starks is still hurt.

Speaking of which, Team Taz of course wants to continue things against Hangman Page, and I like that they’re incorporating The Dark Order into it. Vance is a great choice since he matches up in size, but I have a feeling Vance takes the loss for the team. Hangman VS Cage tiebreaker is coming, and again, I hope the FTW Championship is on the line. Miro VS Uno will be good but probably not a very long match. Miro is going to hold that belt for a long time, I’m sure of it. Depending on who is where and doing what, I don’t see Miro losing until at least Revolution 2022, where either Archer wins on third time’s the charm, or Darby makes a heroic return for this title.

Opening with the Bucks VS Death Triangle was great, and it was a great detail for Frankie Kazarian to get after The Elite again. Turns out, Kaz attacked the wrong crony since it was Cutler who helped the Bucks screw over Pac & Penta. But it was great for Eddie Kingston to show up. With Moxley taking time off for family, and Fenix taken out for story drama, it makes sense for Kingston to make an alliance with Penta and Pac. Their Six Man with Bucks & Cutler will be great stuff, but between cheating and dysfunction, Kingston, Pac & Penta will lose. But again, “enemy of my enemy is my friend” should apply to Kaz, he can join in and we’ll get a huge match of The Elite VS Elite’s enemies.

Cody & Johnson VS QT & Ogogo was really good, but of course this was for the Factory to get back on the board. There is still a lot of pacing stuff that has been weird with this. QT’s bragging promo really should’ve been after The Factory helped him cheat to win a 1v1 match with Cody. And that would’ve still come after a match like we got in tonight’s main event. Dustin VS Comoroto was a very fast but a really good bullrope match. If this was earlier in the night as a main event, had more time to breathe, it would’ve been even better because of the drama and the tension being dragged out so it could sink it. Dustin wins, of course, and I still think we need Dustin VS QT in a grudge match. We should’ve gotten that and QT VS Johnson long before QT VS Cody, but Cody’s gotta get the spotlight.

Mark Henry had a good promo, though it did get cut short by Vickie. But wow, Andrade “El Idolo” Almas in AEW! I hope they find a way to tie in the scheduled AAA Mega Championship match between Andrade and Omega in August as it draws closer. If AEW is going to do crossovers with other companies, now’s the time to make it more than just guest appearances. Omega himself should get into a story where he’s torn between all the companies he’s a champion in. While Omega VS Moose for the Impact World Championship is next week and Omega VS JB for the AEW World Championship is the 26th, there could be even more going on in August with All Out, Omega VS Andrade and whatever Impact will have by then. Omega might be cocky now but I hope he “feels the stress” before the end.

The Inner Circle had a POWERFUL promo tonight, and them giving away those shirts was awesome, both kayfabe and shoot. And given that the series is tied 1-1 in big faction matches, I like that things are breaking off into the separate feuds. Which is oddly backwards, but it’ll definitely help fill out Dynamites and other specials. I’m most interested in Hager VS Wardlow in an AEW take on MMA. Velvet VS Bunny was very good, and it’s great for Velvet to win to stay in the top 5. Like I said for Dark and Elevation earlier in the week, if AEW made “on the bubble” matches matter a bit more, it’d add some drama to matches like this one. I guess they just expect us to feel it, but not everyone is going to keep up with the rankings on their own.

Britt Baker’s celebration went almost how I hoped. Nyla being present to start was interesting, but I like that she comes off the comparative Face simply by throwing burgers and popping balloons. More of the top 5, like Thunder Rosa, Tay Conti and now Leyla Hirsch, showing up would’ve been a nice touch, too, but Nyla doing this to step up clearly sets up a Fyter Fest title match for her and Britt. As I’ve also said for Dark and Elevation, Britt should defend against everyone but Rosa until she just can’t deny Rosa any longer, and we get a huge match for them at whatever PPV AEW wants it to be.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)

Indianapolis gets Elevated!

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Elevation turns it up to nine!

AEW is racing towards Winter is Coming in Indianapolis as The Embassy is in action! Who betta than Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nick Comoroto w/ Aaron Solo VS Hagane Shinno; Shinno wins.
  • Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kitty LaFleur & Alice Crowley; Nyla & Shafir win.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Nikki Victory; Kiera wins.
  • Top Flight VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; Top Flight wins.
  • Madison Rayne VS Emi Sakura; Sakura wins.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ W. Morrissey VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Moriarty wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dan Adams, Star Rider & Façade; The Embassy wins.
  • Alex Reynolds w/ John Silver VS Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford; Kip wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Aaron Solo w/ Nick Comoroto; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A decent line-up. Good to see Top Flight in action after hearing Dante Martin was really hurting after that match with FTR. Good to see Konosuke in action. Reynolds VS Sabian could be a really good one, too. And good to see Kiera Hogan in action now that she’s on her own again. Wouldn’t surprise me if she and Diamante team up to go after The Baddies.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)

Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!

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Rampage Coverage 2022

The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion fights on!

Orange Cassidy defends his AEW All-Atlantic Championship once again, against QT Marshall, and in a LUMBERJACK MATCH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto; Darby wins.
  • Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy; Lethal & Jarrett win.
  • Athena VS Dani Mo; Athena wins.
  • AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall; Cassidy wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Darby Allin VS Cole Karter w/ Nick Comoroto!

The Relentless One wants payback on the punk who impersonated The Icon, Sting, just for a quick buck! And though the real Sting heads to the back, Darby still has back-up in the baseball bat! Darby tells Comoroto to back off, but Comoroto throws his toothpick at him like a bootleg Bad Guy. So Darby CLOBBERS Comoroto with it! And again, and again! Karter stays back to let Comoroto take that beating. Fans fire up for Darby and Darby puts the bat down. Darby dares Karter to try it, and Karter makes a move, but Darby DIVES onto him! Darby RAMS Karter into railing, then SLAMS Karter’s hand off steel steps!

Darby puts Karter in the ring, the bell rings, and Darby aims at Karter again. SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Karter flounders to a corner, Darby fires off forearms on him, but the ref counts. Darby lets off, runs and SHOTGUNS Karter down, and Karter falls out of the ring! Fans fire up and Darby goes up the corner! But Karter shoves Darby! Darby crotches off ropes and falls to the floor! Karter drags Darby up, reel shim in and APRON POWERBOMBS him! Karter then puts Darby in the ring, but fans rally up. Karter looms over Darby, drags him up and whips him to the corner hard! Darby slumps down but Karter drags him up again.

Karter whips corner to corner again and even harder! Fans boo but Karter grins as he stalks Darby to the corner. Karter YANKS Darby right up, to a BUCKLE BOMB! Darby flops down, Karter drags him back up, and Karter DROPKICKS Darby down! Darby slumps out of the ring while Karter blows a kiss to the camera. Karter goes out to drag Darby back up. Karter RAMS Darby into steel steps! Fans boo as Karter swaggers around. Karter drags Darby up and into the ring, fans rally up harder for Darby as Karter stalks him. Karter CLUBS Darby, throws knee after knee, then covers, TWO!

Fans chant “You Look Weak!” at Karter but he drags Darby up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE, and AEW goes picture in picture. Karter sits Darby up to KNEE him in the back. Karter stomps Darby around, drags him up again, and whips him corner to corner hard! Darby bounces off buckles to hit the mat just as hard, and Karter smiles. Karter soaks up the heat, storms over to Darby, and stands him up to CLUB him again. Karter CHOPS Darby, stalks him to a corner, and bumps him off buckles. Karter bumps Darby off more buckles, then throws knees in. Karter CHOPS again, Darby pushes him back, so Karter CLUBS Darby again.

Karter puts Darby in another corner to back elbow. Karter soaks up the heat and Rampage returns to single picture. Karter runs but Darby dodges the splash! COFFIN SPLASH, but Karter waistlocks! Karter wrenches and JUMP KNEES Darby, to then suplex! Darby slips out to CHOP BLOCK! And PENALTY KICK to an arm! Darby snarls, he runs, but Karter ROLLING ELBOWS Darby down! Karter reels Darby in, but Darby fights the lift to wrench out and bend the fingers! Karter ROCKS Darby but Darby holds onto the hand. Karter ROCKS and CLUBS Darby again and again, but Darby twists the wrist!

Karter CLUBS the arms but Darby fires up a la Sting! Darby fires off fast hands, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives but fans still rally for Darby. Darby’s hand is bleeding from somewhere in the fingers, and he crawls to a corner. Darby hops up, but Karter trips Darby up! Karter climbs up, brings Darby up, and he SUPER FALCON ARROWS!! Cover, TWO! Darby survives and Karter is seething. Karter puts Darby in a drop zone and climbs up. Fans rally, Karter climbs, and Karter 450 FLOPS as Darby dodges! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Karter endures, rolls, but Darby wrenches, hammerlocks, and SCORPION DEATH DROPS!!

Fans fire up as Darby goes up top! COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Karter proved he’s worth something, but Darby proved it’s not enough! Will The Relentless One keep rolling until he’s looking at some gold?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

Renee Paquette notes she tried to get a word with the Limitless One last week, but can he give her anything about him and Swerve Strickland? Keith says it is an ongoing conversation, all he can say is… SHANE TAYLOR walks in?! A former ROH World Television Champion and former tag partner of Keith’s is now in AEW! And he’s here to ask Keith, “What is it with you and leaving family, dog?” Keith left Swerve behind two weeks ago, JD in Dallas, and Shane in ROH six years ago. Shane became the greatest ROH TV Champion of all time, but the business here is far from over.

So Shane says they settle this at ROH Final Battle! Shane Taylor & JD Griffey VS Keith Lee and… Well, he may wanna find some help. Swerve walks in now with a big smile on his face. Keith sighs. He asks Swerve, “Can I even count on you, dude?” Swerve takes off his sunglasses but doesn’t say anything. Is Swerve In Our Glory going to have one final battle together?

 

AEW hears from La Faccion Ingobernable and The Dark Order.

Jose the Assistant says, “After months of planning, La Faccion Ingobernable pulled off what nobody expected.” As for John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Silver says they were shocked. The Dark Order has been through a lot together, and for Preston Vance to do something like that blows his mind. The wounds for Silver & Reynolds will heal. But what Vance did to Negative One, Brodie Lee Jr., no one was there for him more than Vance. One day, they will all meet face to face one day, and that is when Vance realizes he made the biggest mistake of his life. But Rush says the Ingobernable Era is about to begin! Will nothing stop LFI now that they have Number 10?

 

Renee Paquette is in the ring.

She wants Indianapolis to help her welcome the AEW World Tag Team Champions, the Acclaimed! And as such, Max Caster says, “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed calling out any team that wants drama! We make ’em say sorry like they were Balenciaga! We got the tag division getting worked up cuz we stay winning like Americans in World Cup. And Jeff Jarrett’s talking out his anus. You can’t throw your weight around like you’re Glenn Jacobs! Homie, this ain’t TNA. In All Elite, Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens takes the mic to say, “INDIANAPOLIIIIIS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” And so Billy Gun scissor fingers~!

Fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Renee says that the tag titles look really nice on them, but it begs the question: what’s next for The Acclaimed? Bowens can’t answer that without first addressing last week’s Dynamite. Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett went and interrupted the scissoring! Fans boo that. Bowens says them doing that can only mean one of two things. One: they’re jealous that EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED! Or two: They wanna shot at the tag titles. Well guess what? You can’t cut the line, and Jeff Jarrett’s Colonel Sanders lookin’ ass just has to wait! Especially because there is a tag team that has been waiting a very, very long time to get their shot first.

Fans chant for FTR, and Bowens says The Acclaimed ARE fighting champions! Caster says, “That’s right!” Bowens says, “We are the Forever Champs!” “That’s right!” “We are the People’s Choice!” “That’s right!” “The People’s Voice!” “That’s right!” “And the people’s voices have been screaming that they want The Acclaimed to fight the best!” Fans fire up for that, but then here come the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. The fans boo because that’s not FTR, those are the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin says look, their old friends, The Acclaimed and “Billy.” But The Acclaimed want the best tag team in the world? “WELL YOU’RE LOOKING AT ‘EM!”

Wait, Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh make their way out here. Sonjay asks what the Gunns are talking about. When he looks at them, all he sees are… ASS BOYS! Fans fire up for that! Sonjay tells the Gunns that what they’re looking at is a two-time Hall of Famer, the best pro-wrestler in the world, and they will show everyone why THEY are the greatest tag team today after they beat Private Party’s asses! Billy has everyone hold on. Fans cheer for Daddy Ass and he says, “Maybe you guys misunderstood what we said, but what we said was, ‘We want the best.'” And here comes F T R!!

Indy fires up as the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, with their AAA, IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships, head to the ring. FTR offer handshakes, and The Acclaimed take it! Fans fire up, it looks like we have a title match made for THIS WEDNESDAY! Will The Acclaimed stay the Forever Champs of AEW? Or will FTR go from three to FOUR pairs of titles draped on them at once?

 

AEW looks closer at the grudge between Hikaru Shida, Penelope Ford & The Bunny.

The Full Metal Warrior herself says “Holy Shida was on a Rampage, and somebody tried to ruin it.” Allie the Bunny says she spent the last six MONTHS rehabbing her neck, “watching other people get opportunities that I deserved.” Shida says if Bunny has something to say, then let’s go. But it will be for the Regina de Wave Championship! The Bunny says she’ll take that title, and make Shida feel how she felt, watching someone else take what was hers. Will The Bunny bring some gold to La Faccion? Or will nothing stop the wave of momentum Shida is riding?

 

Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh VS Private Party w/ Matt Hardy!

Team Double Jay is already waiting, and already promising a big win here tonight. But Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been known to defy expectations before, so will they do that here tonight? Or will the Last Outlaw and his lethal tag team partner prove they are the best team today?

The teams sort out and Kassidy starts against Lethal. They circle, tie up, and Kassidy gets around to headlock. Lethal back suplexes but Kassidy lands on his feet. Lethal blocks Kassidy’s hip toss but then Kassidy slips up and around him to arm-drag! Lethal stagger sup, Kassidy whips but Lethal reverses. Kassidy ducks the lariat to waistlock but Lethal elbows free! Lethal stomps Kassidy to the corner, tags in Jarrett, and fans boo as Jarrett and Lethal mug Kassidy. Jarrett stomps the mudhole, whips but Kassidy reverses to hip toss! Jarrett gets up, Kassidy pops ‘n’ locks, but Jarrett dodges the haymaker to DECK Kassidy!

Fans boo but Jarrett is feeling himself. Jarrett drags Kassidy up but Kassidy wrenches free! Tag to Quen, he leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Kassidy BOOTS Lethal, Quen kicks Jarrett, and Private Party whips Jarrett to the corner. Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, squealing PARTY IN MOTION! Then feed to the DROPKICK! Quen covers, TWO! Quen wrenches, tags Kassidy and Kassidy goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Kassidy struts a la the Nature Boy, and he mocks Jarrett. Jarrett swings, Kassidy blocks, but Jarrett pokes Kassidy in the eye! Then Jarrett DECKS Kassidy! Fans boo, especially as Sonjay struts.

But Hardy pulls Sonjay off the apron! Sonjay gets heated, but it’s Satnam who steps to Hardy! Hardy backs off from the giant, but Lethal drags Kassidy out to RAM him into steel steps! The numbers game is paying off as Rampage goes picture in picture. Hardy helps Kassidy up but Lethal goes out to kick Kassidy down! Lethal RAMS Kassidy into the steel steps! The is busy reprimanding people and that allows Sonjay to get some stomps in! Lethal and Jarrett add theirs, then drag Kassidy up to put him in the ring. Jarrett stomps Kassidy more and more, then tags Lethal. Double Jay double whip but Kassidy reverses to send Lethal at ropes.

Lethal holds ropes to stop himself, and Jarrett hooks Kassidy up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Lethal adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kassidy reaches out but Lethal keeps him from Quen. Lethal bumps Kassidy off buckles, tags Jarrett in, and Jarrett drags Kassidy up to bump off more buckles. Jarrett whips Kassidy corner to corner hard, and Kassidy bounces off buckles. Jarrett puts Kassidy on the ropes to CHOKE him, then he runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts now, as does Lethal and even Satnam. Jarrett then runs to LARIAT Kassidy down! Lethal applauds, tags in, and he covers, TWO!

Lethal CLUBS Kassidy down, covers again, TWO! Lethal rains down furious fists but the ref reprimands about the closed fists. Lethal looms over Kassidy, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Lethal lets out a big “WOO~!” and then grins as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Lethal has Kassidy in a facelock. But Kassidy NORTHERN LIGHTS Lethal away! And then Kassidy springboard STUNNERS Jarrett down! Kassidy dodges Lethal and hot tags Quen! Quen ROCKS Lethal, bumps him off buckles, then springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Quen ducks ‘n’ dodges to flapjack DROPKICK! Fans fire up more as Quen DIVES onto Jarrett! Quen is all fire dup and he high-fives fans. Quen gets in, Lethal sends him out but Kassidy is there! SILLY STRING! Quen hurries up top but Jarrett storms over. Quen DECKS Jarrett, 450s, but has to bail out as Lethal moves!

Quen clutches his rib but Lethal goes after Kassidy. Kassidy kangaroo kicks Lethal into a schoolboy! But the ref is busy with Kassidy! Jarrett gets in to wrench and KNEE Quen! Lethal runs, handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION STROKE COMBINATION! Cover, Team Double Jay wins!

Winners: Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett, by pinfall

Jarrett insists the ref raise his and Lethal’s hands in victory, and Aubrey Edwards obliges. Will Jay & Double J prove they’re the best by climbing those AEW Tag Division rankings?

 

Renee Paquette interviews Saraya.

They’re having their promised sit-down interview two weeks after Saraya won her big return match at Full Gear. How is she feeling after her first match in over five years? Saraya legit has chills even now thinking about it. It was an emotional moment because she never thought she was getting in the ring again. Especially after five long years, yet also oddly short. Five years is long in pro-wrestling, though, and going out there again, it was incredible. What was it like to just talk to her family about this? The Knights are born and bred for wrestling, her brother was there that night. What was that like?

It was incredible having her brother, who has been there for her since day one. He even dressed as the Pink Power Ranger for her first match to be there. He had full on supported her, canceled all other plans, and was just as fired up as she was. She couldn’t help but run up to him to hug it out. Full Gear overall was a huge show, but especially Saraya’s moment for her and the Women’s Division. What is the big takeaway? Full Gear was a special night for the AEW Women’s Division with three matches on one night. Saraya was proud to have had that match with Britt Baker. Britt helped Saraya in many ways as someone who just came back from neck surgery.

Saraya is also proud of Jamie Hayter winning the title, that was a big deal. And even Toni Storm. Saraya saw the interview Renee had with Toni about wanting the title back. Saraya wants all the women here to know that she wants the title, too. It will be her and everyone going head-to-head. Renee looks forward to that, but when and where will The Revolution prove AEW is her house?

 

Athena VS ???

The Fallen Goddess has never been more dangerous. Dark and Elevation have brought out that dark side, and she’s gunning for the OG Badass and the ROH Women’s World Championship at Final Battle! But will she have a bit more than just a tune-up in Dani Mo?

The bell rings, Athena and Dani approach, and Athena DECKS Dani! Athena smirks, brings Dani up and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Another snap suplex! Dos Amigas! Then the ANARCHY for the third! Cover, but Athena lets off! Athena plays like she’s surprised, but then she argues with the ref. Athena corners the ref and dares him to do something, but Dani rolls Athena up! TWO!! Dani hurries up to ROUNDHOUSE Athena! Athena shrugs it off?! Athena DECKS Dani again! And then rains down clubbing forearms! Athena roars and Indy fires up as she drags Dani back up. Athena RAMS Dani into the corner then STOMPS her down!

Athena soaks up the cheers and jeers then goes back for Dani. A fan shouts, “I love you, Athena!” and she says back, “I know.” Athena drags Dani up, reels her in, and gut wrenches to a CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall

But winning isn’t enough for Athena as she drags Dani back up. Fans boo as Athena suplexes to GOURD BUSTER Dani out of the ring!! Dani tumbles but Athena goes out after her again. Athena RAMS Dani into railing, drags her up again, and then RAMS her into steel steps! Dani goes down in a heap and Athena calls out Mercedes! “Mercedes~! Come out and play~!” But when Mercedes doesn’t appear, Athena turns her attention back to Dani. More refs rush out to stop this, and Athena says alright. But then she blasts past them to METEORA Dani into the steel steps! The refs reprimand again, but Athena threatens Aubrey!

Fans boo but Athena grins as she takes her leave. Will this new darkness be what brings Athena into the golden spotlight?

 

Juice Robinson speaks.

“For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is Juice Robinson. And I’m a former three-time IWGP United States Champion. I’m here to issue a challenge for December 10th, in Arlington, Texas, at ROH Final Battle, against the King of TV, Samoa Joe, the ROH Television Champion. Y’know, I’ve done a lot in Japan, but I need to prove myself in America. And if I’m gonna be a superstar on television, then I need that ROH World Television title around my waist. Joe, you may be the King of TV now, but kings get dethroned.” Will the Booster boost his own profile by taking one of #TwoBeltJoe’s belts?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says QT Marshall is facing Orange Cassidy for the All-Atlantic title, but is there any reason he chose to make this a Lumberjack Match? Yes, it’s real simple: After what happened last week with The House of Black, QT wants his first championship opportunity to have no shenanigans. Speaking of shenanigans, QT points out how the Best Friends and Danhausen are dressed! By that, he’s pointing out how they’re in flannel and beanies, just like real lumberjacks. QT says their best friend is about to lose his title and they’re treating this like a joke! Danhausen asks, “Is this a joke!?” And they all bring out (plastic) axes!

Cassidy asks Mark, “Are we allowed to bring axes to the ring?” Mark says, “Absolutely not.” Oh. Well, okay. Mark says it looks like there’s been enough talk, but then Cassidy says no, they weren’t done talking yet. Can they get two more seconds? IT’S TIME! For the main event! Well, alright. But axes or no axes, will Cassidy cut down another contender? Or will QT Marshall finally prove he is God’s Gift to Wrestling?

 

Darby Allin speaks.

“The past few weeks, Full Gear, Rampage, I have been settling some personal scores that have been important to me. And now that those scores have been settled, nothing’s more important to me than winning back that TNT Championship. Samoa Joe. I’m putting out a challenge to you, and you said that you would accept if Wardlow was banned from ringside. This Wednesday in Austin, I’ll do you one more. I’m gonna have Sting banned from ringside, as well, because I want it to be just you and me, Joe.

“These fans chant something. It goes along the lines of, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you. Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Dynamite without it.” Darby is ready to fight to the death, will he become a TWO-TIME TNT Champion? Or will the King of TV still be #TwoBeltJoe going into ROH Final Battle?

 

AEW All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match: Orange Cassidy VS QT Marshall!

Not only are The Factor and Best Friends among the Lumberjacks, but so are The Varsity Athletes, The Trustbusters, Chaos Project, Ortiz, Brandon Cutler, Zack Clayton, Ethan Page, Private Party, and even some Indy indie wrestlers. The more the merrier if it keeps QT safe for the House of Black. But will he be able to focus on Freshly Squeezed? Or will Cassidy continue to be a fighting champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and with nowhere to run and hide, we see who is truly championship material!

The bell rings and as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets, QT rushes in! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and leaps over! Then he SHOTGUNS QT down and kips up! QT bails out but on the Best Friends’ side! They put him in for Cassidy but QT knees low. QT whips Cassidy out to the Factory side of things, but Cassidy fires off “devastating” shin kicks on then, Clayton, Serpentico, and back again. QT runs out but Cassidy whips him around and around into railing! Then back into the ring! Cassidy hurries up top to CROSBODY, but into QT’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, QT whips and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS!

Fans rally for Cassidy but QT drags him up to toss him out. The Firm is there and Ethan tells Hardy to do his job! Hardy says okay, and he helps Cassidy up and into the ring! Fans cheer but Ethan is mad! That’s not what he meant, but that is what Lumberjacks are here for. QT still stomps Cassidy, ROCKS him with a right, then soaks up the heat. Ethan tells Hardy to leave since he’s not willing to play along. But Private Party is also told to stay. Fans boo and Hardy argues with Ethan but Hardy still leaves. QT whips Cassidy corner to corner hard and Cassidy bounces off buckles as AEW goes picture in picture.

QT drags Cassidy up, throws him out the side, and Ari Daivari stomps away on Cassidy! His old buddy, Tony Nese, joins in, as do Josh Woods, Chaos Project and Zack Clayton! They all stomp away, but then Best Friends storm over! They back everyone off and help Cassidy up. Trent puts Cassidy in, but QT is after him already. QT DECKS Cassidy with a right, then covers, TWO! Fans rally and so do the Lumberjacks. QT ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy staggers away, but QT scoops him to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! QT is annoyed but he stomps Cassidy around. QT has the legs to stomp Cassidy in the gut!

QT paces around, QT mocks Cassidy by putting his hands in his tights. QT then stomps Cassidy more, drags him up again, but Cassidy hits a JAWBREAKER! Cassidy throws body shots, but QT CLUBS Cassidy down! QT rains down fists, the ref reprimands about the closed fists, but QT lets off to get in the ref’s face. QT drags Cassidy up, and tosses Cassidy out! The Varsity Athletes and others stomp away, the Best Friends hurry over again and push them all away. Cassidy gets in the ring but QT is after him again. QT whips Cassidy to a corner but Cassidy tumbles up and out! QT storms over but Cassidy dribbles him off buckles!

Cassidy stops, QT staggers away, and Cassidy climbs up again. QT runs back in but Cassidy moves aside and QT smacks off the corner! QT falls down, Cassidy finishes climbing, and he gives a lazy thumbs up as he FALLING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! QT survives and Rampage returns to single picture as Indy rallies up! Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and fires up! But Johnson & Solo rush in! The ref reprimands but Cassidy dodges, and Best Friends get in to clothesline The Factory back out! Fans fire up as Cassidy, Trent & Chuck flex. Then Best Friends DOUBLE PLANCHA the Factory down!

QT handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! QT drags Cassidy up, suplexes, but STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE hits! Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but QT blocks and spins Cassidy around! Inverted crucifix and toss, but Cassidy blocks the cutter! Cassidy shoves QT into buckles, then Alabama lifts, but the back gives up! QT pop-up FOREARMS Cassidy, then reels him in! LAST- RANA!! Cassidy then runs to tilt-o-whirl and whirl and whirl and DDT!! Fans fire up and the Lumberjacks all rally! QT flounders but Cassidy kips up! Fans fire up with Cassidy as he runs in at QT, ORANGE- NO, The Factory gets their leader to safety!

Cassidy frowns while Best Friends storm over again. The Factory backs off, Cassidy climbs up but QT GAMANGIRIS! QT drags Cassidy down, shouts, “I’m gonna break his neck!” but DANHAUSEN steps up! Danhausen CURSES QT!! QT mocks it, flips Danhausen off, then the Factory trips Danhausen off the apron! Best Friends go after them, more Lumberjacks join in, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! APRON BEACH BREAK!! QT flounders, Cassidy aims from the ropes, springboard SWANTON wipes out the Lumberjacks!! Fans are fired up for “Freshly Squeezed! Freshly Squeezed!” as Best Friends and Factory brawl up the ramp!

QT flounders into the ring, Cassidy climbs the corner, but Penelope Ford creeps her way out. The Superbad Girl looks extra bad tonight, but she distracts Cassidy from the apron. The ref reprimands, telling her she has to hop down. But KIP SABIAN appears from outta nowhere! He SHOVES Cassidy off the top, into the DIAMOND CUTTER!!! QT covers, TWO!??! Cassidy survives, and Kip is amused, but QT is furious! QT throws off his elbow pads, runs in, into an ORANGE PUNCH!! And BEACH BREAK!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW All-Atlantic Champion)

Kip Sabian isn’t bothered at all. He applauds Cassidy’s resilience, but then Cassidy DIVES onto Kip! Cassidy and Kip brawl, they go up the ramp, Kip bowls Cassidy to the stage! Kip drags Cassidy up as fans boo and he bowls Cassidy more. The Lumberjacks brawl with their own rivals, the Varsity Athletes are going after Ortiz and Isiah Kassidy! Cutler vlogs this all, but then the lights go out!! And when they come back up, THE HOUSE OF BLACK is here!! Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews are staring Nese & Woods down, while Brody King & Julia Hart stand on the stage. Nese rushes in but gets an STO! Buddy JUMP KNEES Woods!

Buddy POP-UP KNEES Kassidy! Malakai & Buddy stomp away on Kassidy, Brody attacks the Lumberjacks on the ramp! Brody joins the others, fans are thunderous for the House as they mug Ortiz! But then Malakai tells them NO, not Ortiz. What? Why? Is there something Malakai sees in Ortiz? But with the bloodlust needing satisfaction, Buddy drags Serpentico up! DANTE’S INFERNO!! Julia applauds and Indy is fired up! And then the House goes after everyone again! The bodies are sent flying around into railing! Will the House of Black rise to tear down all others in their way?


My Thoughts:

A very good Rampage here to set up a lot more as AEW and ROH head for the New Year. Samoa Joe having two titles means a lot more people are after him. Juice Robinson has a good promo to call out Joe for the ROH TV title, and Juice did have a stint in ROH so this isn’t completely out of nowhere. Darby had a great match with Cole Karter, though it was really more Karter had his best match in AEW, or perhaps his entire career. But I like that Darby wants after the TNT title, he is going to have one hell of a match with Joe on Dynamite. That Dynamite is both a Winter is Coming go-home and ROH Final Battle go-home, so it’ll have to be huge.

Speaking of which, Acclaimed VS FTR for the AEW Tag Team Championships, that is huge. It’s happening this Wednesday as opposed to Winter is Coming, so I have a feeling shenanigans help The Acclaimed retain. The Gunn Sons probably cost FTR so that they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Final Battle, which they will then lose because FTR is probably going to help sell networks on ROH under Tony Khan. We got a good tag match out of Jarrett & Lethal VS Private Party, and of course Sonjay & Satnam are the advantage that helps Jay & Jarrett win. They’ll surely climb the ranks and come around to challenge for the tag titles in time for Revolution in March.

Good backstage segment with Shane Taylor showing up in AEW, and get use of continuity in Keith Lee’s career. I remember watching those days when Keith and Shane made a huge splash in ROH as a team, and then suddenly Keith is in NXT. This is going to be good stuff, but I wonder if Swerve ditches Keith to join up with Shane and take over at least the ROH Tag Division. Good interview promo from Saraya, though it did start to blur the lines of kayfabe and reality just a little when Saraya talked about Britt helping her in that match. But naturally, Saraya wants the AEW Women’s Division to get stronger, but also wants to get in on a title scene. I don’t see Saraya being relegated to Dark and Elevation, so maybe they work out something for a Winter is Coming match.

Speaking of women’s championships, good promo from Shida and Bunny to truly bring the Regina de Wave title onto AEW programming. I’m pretty sure Shida retains that title, but it at least counts as something big for Bunny. Great stuff out of Athena really upping her Heel credentials. Fans still wanted to cheer her dominating Dani but Athena made sure they had something to boo with her extracurriculars after the match. Athena VS Mercedes is going to be great for Final Battle, no idea who wins that one. And good promo from LFI and Dark Order. I bet we see some great tag matches of Rush & Vance VS Silver & Reynolds to not only build both factions back up, but help one get going in the tag title rankings so that one of them (probably LFI) can go after The Acclaimed.

And of course, hilarious and great stuff out of Cassidy and the Lumberjacks. Cassidy was of course winning but I was surprised to see Kip Sabian go after him. That should be a good feud since Kip’s trying this new Joker meets Riddler character. And it was great to see the House of Black appear to beat up every Lumberjack around. Though, I wonder what that detail of Malakai sparing Ortiz the finisher was about. Is the House going to recruit Ortiz to their side? Ortiz and Eddie Kingston feuding with the House would be some awesome stuff. But I wouldn’t want Ortiz betraying Eddie, that’s too much like Vance ditching the Dark Order. House of Black should be raising up some names from Dark or Elevation to give them some TV time.

My Score: 8.7/10


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