Dark is darkest when the Dark Order is here!
Daily’s Place stays dark as Abadon, the Hardy Family Office and the Dark Order are among those sticking around AEW home base!
- The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Ryan Mantell; Blade wins.
- Thunder Rosa VS KiLynn King; Rosa wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order & Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart VS The Acclaimed & Private Party; The Acclaimed & Private Party win.
- Abadon VS Promise Braxton; Abadon wins.
- The Bunny w/ The Blade VS Big Swole; The Bunny wins.
- Wardlow VS Chad Lennex w/ Dustin Rhodes; Wardlow wins.
- Dustin Rhodes VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory; Dustin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dustin Rhodes speaks.
“Aaron Solow. I have been in this industry for five decades. And you, jumping people from behind all the time. There comes a time in every man’s life, as yourself, when you have to choose sides. Unfortunately, you chose the wrong side. QT’s not it. Comoroto’s not it. The Factory’s not it.” Solow hit Dustin from behind with a chair, Dustin didn’t forget. But now, Solow, you step into DUSTIN’S backyard, the home of the Natural, the home of the Texas Longhorns and the home of Dustin kicking your ass!! Tonight, Solow, strap up, look Dustin dead in the eyes and know that Dustin’s taking you out! “Tonight, you’re going to school, son! You better be ready.”
The Blade w/ The Bunny VS Ryan Mantell!
Big Money Matt Hardy’s meanest, sliest, most dangerous mercenary is ready to crush Freshly Squeezed at Fyter Fest Night Two, but he’ll gladly sharpen his edge against Austin’s own Mantell! Will Blade be razor sharp and laser focused going into his rematch with Orange Cassidy?
The bell rings and Blade circles with Mantell as fans fire up. The two approach, Blade kicks low and bumps Mantell off buckles. Blade throws hands, scrapes Mantell’s face on ropes, then CHOPS him in the other corner. Blade bumps Mantell off more buckles, gives him more CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Blade runs in to CHOP, then soaks up the heat as Mantell sits down. Blade storms over to stomp a mudhole into Mantell like a certain other Austin! The ref counts, Blade lets off, and Bunny chokes Mantell! Then CLAWS him! Bunny gets away with it, Blade whips and CLOBBERS Mantell! Fans boo but he just soaks it up again.
Blade gets Mantell up, reel shim in, gut wrench and DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, Blade wins!
Winner: The Blade, by pinfall
Bunny laughs at Mantell’s pain, and Blade is ready for Freshly Squeezed! Will Blade change Cassidy’s nickname to Freshly Sliced tomorrow night?
Thunder Rosa VS KiLynn King!
La Mera Mera is steadily staying strong in the top five rankings of the AEW Women’s Division, but the Queen of Crazy still wants in! Will Rosa keep the thunder rolling, or will King put her in checkmate?
The bell rings, King and Rosa circle and they tie up. Rosa waistlocks, King switches and Rosa arm-drags King around. Fans rally behind Rosa but King arm-drags her in return. King stays focused but can’t believe so few are cheering her. Rosa drop toeholds King onto ropes! Rosa chokes King, runs and dropkicks her in the back! Fans fire up for Rosa but King gets her in a cradle, TWO! Rosa kicks low, CHOPS King then whips, but King reverses to reel her in for shoulders! King steps over, omoplata and then an armlock, but Rosa rolls through to get the PERUVIAN- No, King slips out of the “Peruvian Necktie” to get a chinlock. Rosa endures, fights up, and jawbreakers free!
King staggers, fans rally as Rosa CHOPS her again. Rosa swings but King choke grips. Rosa turns slam into wheelbarrow and KNEE! Rosa runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE King down! Then Rosa rolls, runs corner to corner again, basement dropkick! Fans fire up more as Rosa underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! King survives a rough landing but Rosa gets her up. King ROCKS Rosa, Rosa comes back but King boots and GERMAN SUPLEXES her! Rosa sits up in a daze and King fires up! King gets Rosa up, back suplex but Rosa lands on her feet! BACKSTABBER! PERUVIAN NECKTIE! King taps, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission
No one likes wearing neckties that tight, King had to fold! Will Rosa build towards the top and take on whoever has the AEW Women’s Championship after Fyter Fest?
8 Man Tag: The Dark Order & Varsity Blonds w/ Julia Hart VS The Acclaimed & Private Party!
Alan Angels and Preston Vance, the nickel ‘n’ dime duo, team up with Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison to see if they can blitz Max Caster, Anthony Bowens, Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy. But Platinum Max starts us off with another diss rap! “The Acclaimed, we’re always in harmony. Yo, Ten, tell Five stop calling me. Yo Blonds, I think you need to talk to me. How y’all adults yet you still on varsity? Yo, Texas, y’all haters. I wanna bounce like your Democrat lawmakers! Yo, wait a second. Julia, The Acclaimed got you a present!” Caster brings out something long and floppy, but it looks to just be a baguette. Austin, The Acclaimed has arrived, but will they get sacked?
The teams sort out, Kassidy starts with Vance and they circle. Fans rally up as they tie up, Kassidy headlocks but Vance powers out to run him over! Fans cheer but Kassidy gets up. Kassidy and Vance reset, Kassidy waistlocks but Vance bucks him off. Vance runs but things speed up. Vance gets around, Kassidy elbows free of the waistlock, but Vance runs to run Kassidy over again! Kassidy keeps going but Vance catches him to a stalling suplex! Quen saves Kassidy but Vance dodges them for Angels to FLY in! Direct hit on Private Party, Angels gets Quen out! Vance runs, Griff tags in and Vance BOOTS Kassidy in a corner!
Griff tags BPJ in, Vance feeds Kassidy to their DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Kassidy hurries but the Acclaimed leave him hanging?! Maybe he can use the bread? BPJ arm-drags Kassidy down and has an armlock. Fans rally for Pillman as he YANKS Kassidy’s arm. Kassidy gets to ropes, BPJ lets off, but Kassidy sucker punches him! BPJ CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And whips, but Kassidy reverses, and Quen trips BPJ up! Kassidy runs in, BPJ back drops, SILLY STRING hits him down! Fans boo and Kassidy soaks it all up. Tag to Caster and he CLUBS BPJ down! Caster taunts Griff, bumps BPJ off buckles, then tags Bowens. The Acclaimed stomp a mudhole into BPJ then let off as the ref counts.
Tag to Quen, he drops ax handles on BPJ. Quen KNEES BPJ against the ropes, and again, then tags in Kassidy. Private Party double whip, double elbow and shout out the Hardy Boys with the fist drop moonsault combo! Cover, TWO! Kassidy RAMS BPJ into a corner, tags Quen, and then Private Party double whips him corner to corner. Quen runs in but BPJ BOOTS him down! Kassidy tries Party in Motion but gets caught! And SLAMMED onto Quen! Fans fire up with BPJ as he hot tags Griff! Griff rallies on The Acclaimed, BOOTS Caster then BOOTS him again! Griff dodges Bowens to back drop high and hard! Fans are thunderous as Griff tags Vance.
Griff Ivy League SPLASHES Bowens then feeds him to Vance’s SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Angels and he goes up to MOONSAULT! Cover, Quen breaks it! Fans boo but Vance clotheslines Quen out! Vance runs but into Kassidy’s ENZIGURI! But Griff gets Kassidy with tat ROLLING ELBOW! Caster dropkicks Griff, dodges BPJ, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! Bowens is in, fires off a strike fest, and a FIVE TOOL BRAINBUSTER!! But speaking of, Five runs in, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them down! The crowd is thunderous as everyone is down! A standing count climbs, Angels gets up but Bowens throws him into buckles!
Bowens crawls, gets his boombox, but Julia sees that! She grabs the boombox from Bowens and Angels rolls Bowens up! TWO!! Bowens staggers up, Angels sidesteps to STANDING SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Bowens survives and Angels can’t believe it! Angels hurries up top again as fans rally up, but Caster anchors him! Angles fights Caster, but ends up getting GIN & JUICE!! Caster hits the MIC DROP!! Cover, Acclaimed & Private Party win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & The Private Party, by pinfall
Angels could only do so much on his own, but now Bowens gets a mic to say last week, Bowens said things about “poor innocent Julia and her trip to Paris,” and he feels bad about it now. So from the bottom of The Acclaimed’s heart, that THEY DON’T GIVE A SH*T!! The Acclaimed is tired of playing second fiddle to a team who’s strongest member is the cheerleader who loves to be tag teamed! The Acclaimed will make the Blonds’ lives hell until the Acclaimed get what they want: an AEW Tag Team title match! Now that’s a mic drop! Fans boo the vulgarity and disrespect, but will Griff & Brian make sure Caster & Bowens learn when to shut up?
Abadon VS Promise Braxton!
The Living Dead Girl finally gets to leave Daily’s Place and haunt the live crowds! Will Abadon break a Promise tonight and haunt all our dreams?
The bell rings and Promise is very wary of Abadon and for good reason. They approach, but then Promise avoids the tie up. Abadon is already annoyed, they tie up after all and Abadon throws Promise down! Promise gets to a corner, dodges Abadon and CHOPS, but Abadon doesn’t flinch! Promise throws forearms, whips Abadon but Abadon reverses to send Promise into buckles! And CLOBBERS her from behind! Abadon dribbles Promise off the mat! The ref counts, Abadon lets off and then drags Promise up. Promise throws body shots, runs, but Abdon hits a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Abadon doesn’t end it there, she sits Promise up for the leg wrap DDT! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
And the nightmare continues! Will Abadon be creeping up in the shadow of Fyter Fest’s AEW Women’s Championship match to challenge the winner?
The Bunny w/ The Blade VS Big Swole!
While Blade sharpened his edge earlier against Mantell, we see if this rabid rabbit can sink her teeth into Swole! But Swole is pumping up to crack Diamante, will she use Bunny as a heavy bag to tune up?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Swole gets a point of leverage. She powers Bunny back to a corner and lets off clean, but Bunny pie faces! Swole fires off on her and Bunny screams for the ropebreak. The ref backs Swole off, Swole ducks the sucker punch to fire off on Bunny again! Sowle whips corner to corner, Bunny reverses but Swole goes up and over and keeps moving. Bunny chases, dodges, rolls Swole, ONE! Swole runs back in but Bunny runs her over! Things keep moving, Swole trips Bunny up and runs to EuroUpper from behind! Swole flexes and fans fire up, but Diamante talks trash from the stage!
Diamante gets Swole’s attention and asks if maybe we should call Swole “Big Mouth.” Bunny CHOP BLOCKS Swole! Diamante says Swole looks busy, maybe she’ll pull up a chair ringside. Bunny bumps Swole off buckles, stomps her, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Bunny lets off, and then Bunny frolics around the ring. Bunny runs in to SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny rolls Swole to a cover, TWO! Swole survives, Diamante talks some trash from the timekeeper’s area, but Swole fights Bunny back with body shots. Swole throat chops then knocks her down! Swole runs and rallies with forearms. Bunny ducks one kick, jumps another, but the HEADBUTT hits!
Swole staggers, gets Bunny up, and whips her to a corner. Swole runs in to corner clothesline! Bunny fights but Swole stomps away! Swole YANKS Bunny, but Blade distracts! Swole was going for her cloverleaf but Bunny boots her away! Bunny dodges, Swole runs into buckles, and Diamante gets a cheap shot in! Bunny rolls Swole, and with tights held! Bunny wins!
Winner: Bunny, by pinfall
Diamante laughs at Swole and Bunny benefits from the help. Swole realizes what happened, and needless to say, is NOT happy about it. Will Swole prove you can break diamonds when she finally gets her hands on Diamante?
Wardlow VS Chad Lennex w/ Dustin Rhodes!
The Pinnacle’s Mr. Mayhem is looking to stay sharp should MJF call upon him in the “Labours of Jericho.” For now, he looks to take on one of The Natural’s students. Will Wardlow’s brutality be even bigger here in Texas?
The bell rings and Chad fires himself up, only to run into a SPINEBUSTER! Wardlow drags Chad right back up, puts him on the corner, and gives him a thumbs down! CASUALTY OF WAR!! The ref hurries in, this is done!
Winner: Wardlow, by knockout
Wardlow doesn’t show mercy but he did make this a quick one! Will Wardlow get to do the same to Jericho soon enough?
Big Swole speaks.
“Diamante, let me cut to the nitty gritty. I don’t like people messing with my money. I don’t like people messing with my winning streak.” And Diamante went and did that! Diamante sure seems to be an attention seeker. Did mama not give Diamante enough attention growing up? Because she has all of Swole’s now. This match that Diamante desperately wants can be any place, any time. It’s on Diamante now. When and where will this finally go down?
Dustin Rhodes VS Aaron Solow w/ The Factory!
The Natural said his piece, and now it is time for action! Will the Extra Talented Solow regret ever choosing QT Marshall over the Nightmare Family?
But QT gets on the mic during the entrance. “Well, well, Austin, Texas.” Why are they booing themselves? They’re dumber than he thought! Obviously, QT is spinning that, they’re booing him. But yeah, yeah, Austin is the hometown of The Natural. But what people don’t realize is that for a few years, it was also the home of Aaron Solow. And this is the level of respect they showed him, which is why he left and went to Atlanta. Now he is part of the Factory and enjoy the “uptick” as they say in the business. Because unlike the Nightmare Family, QT is not a glory hog, so he gives the mic to Solow so he can speak to Austin.
“Y’know, guys, this is a big night for me. I don’t know if you guys understand that. I’m wrestling a living legend in Dustin Rhodes! Right here in his hometown of Austin, Texas, and I’ve never wrestled on a stage as big as this.” Just the crappy bars downtown and the stupid cinemas here. But forget about him for a second, this is Dustin’s night. So go ahead and give him a big round of applause, because Solow is in his prime while Dustin’s been around for five decades. Who knows how much gas Dustin has left. This might be the last time they see him here! Dustin does make his entrance and the fans do get loud, will Dustin show he has plenty left in the tank to take care of Solow?
But as Dustin is up on the corner to pose for the crowd, Solow attacks! The bell rings to get this on record as Solow fires off on Dustin all around the ring. Solow shoves but Dustin dodges to clothesline Solow out! Dustin goes out after him, throws uppercuts, and he bumps Solow off the timekeeper’s table. Dustin CHOPS Solow against railing, CHOPS him again, then stalks him around the way., The Factory has to back off as Dustin CLUBS Solow then puts him in the ring. Dustin sees QT creep up, and Solow attacks! Solow whips Dustin into the POST! Dustin falls to the floor, Solow backs off but goes out to fetch Dustin.
Fans boo, Solow soaks up the heat and he stomps Dustin at the railing. Solow ROCKS Dustin, CHOPS him, and CHOPS again! Solow puts Dustin in, but Dustin throws body shots! Dustin runs but Solow kitchen sink knees him! Cover, TWO! Dustin is still in this and The Factory is annoyed. Solow kicks Dustin around, throws forearms, but the ref backs him off. Solow argues with the ref so that QT can get a cheap shot in! Fans boo as QT gets away with it, and then Solow mocks the “hook ’em horns” hand sign. Solow runs corner to corner and BRONCO BUSTERS! Solow adds on like ol’ Goldie used to, and then he covers, TWO!
Dustin gets away and fans fire up. Solow drags Dustin up, Dustin ROCKS him with uppercuts and haymakers Solow knees low, runs, but into Dustin’s atomic drop! Dustin ROCKS Solow with more uppercuts, then gets him in a corner for- No! Solow denies the Bulldog, shoves Dustin to a corner, but Dustin bounces off and heads collide! Both men are down, a standing count begins, and the Factory rallies for Solow while Austin rallies for Dustin. Solow crawls over, Dustin sits up, and both men are up at 7 of 10. Solow swings but Dustin dodges, ducks and rallies with lariats! Dustin whips, Solow reverses, but Dustin says not today! UPPERCUT!
Dustin gets Solow for a POWERSLAM! Solow scrambles to a corner as fans fire up! Dustin whips, Solow reverses but Dustin kicks Solow to then hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Solow survives and shocks everyone! Dustin fires up, the fans fire up with him, and he gets Solow back up. Dustin suplexes but Solow slips out to SUPERKICK! Dustin rebounds to BOOT! Solow rebounds to KNEE! Dustin rebounds but Solow gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dustin slowly rises, Solow takes aim, SCREW HIGH KICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Dustin survives and The Factory is furious! Solow gets Dustin up and reels him in to underhook.
Dustin trips him to CATAPULT him into buckles! But Solow goes up to come back with a DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Dustin still lives but Solow throws hands! Dustin stays up and rebounds off ropes again and again. Dustin slips around, shoves, comes back but no bulldog, but Dustin comes back! NOW BULLDOG! Cover, Dustin wins!
Winner: Dustin Rhodes, by pinfall
It may’ve taken him a few shots to hit the target, but The Natural still takes Solow down! Austin celebrates with Dustin, will this make The Factory reconsider feuding with the family?
That’s right, everybody! Because Dark was just seven matches and just 47 minutes, I’m willing to do PBP again! And this time, Dark is on location! That does work since a lot of the wrestlers made the trip to Texas. I will say again as I did last night, why not just put Blade and Bunny on the Elevation card since they made an appearance to threaten Cassidy? Blade gets a fast but strong win over Mantell, but why not just have Bunny VS Swole next? Bunny made her entrance with Blade, let Swole make her entrance, match time. Bunny VS Swole was still very good, even with the “overbooking” of Diamante getting involved, and it does benefit both sides for Swole to lose to cheating. Swole VS Diamante is going to be a great one, could even main event Dark or Elevation.
Rosa VS King was also a very good match, and I like this switch from using the driver to using the submission in Rosa’s finisher game. Rosa VS Britt has to be happening come All Out, but considering the two have already done an amazing Unsanctioned match, I feel like the only way to step it up is to have a Submission Match or something closely related so those two can torment each other for however long. Then we got a truly big time 8 Man Tag, Caster still brings the heat with his raps, and I do like that The Acclaimed and Varsity Blonds are building their own feud within these group tag matches.
Abadon is back, I’m still scared, she wins, I’m convinced Britt is stuck between her and settling things with Rosa. I really do need to see Britt and Rebel scared out of their minds by Abadon, maybe they save that story for October. And between Dustin’s very good promo to open and his great main event with Solow to close, this was definitely The Natural’s episode. I still personally hope for Dustin VS QT in the grudge match we never really got, maybe that happens the closer we get to All Out. Bunkhouse Match 2, QT, Solow & Comoroto VS Dustin, Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson, should be the one true blow-off of The Factory VS Nightmare Family.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (12/5/22)
Indianapolis gets Elevated!
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?
- 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.
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.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
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!
- 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?
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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