AEW kicks off one hot July with a major rager!
The time has finally come! AEW is back on the road and it will be dynamite! And strap in for this one, because Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall are having a STRAP MATCH!
- South Beach Strap Match: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; Cody wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle w/ Konnan VS The Pinnacle w/ Tully Blanchard; The Pinnacle wins.
- Andrade El Idolo w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Matt Sydal; Andrade wins.
- Mixed Tag: Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander VS The Bunny & The Blade; Cassidy & Statlander win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships Street Fight: The Young Bucks VS Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
South Beach Strap Match: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory!
The Road Rager opens with the American Nightmare once again facing his newest arch nemesis in the ring! But God’s Gift to Wrestling doesn’t want just any grudge match, he wants to literally whip Cody’s ass! Will QT be able to do that and touch all four corners of the ring? Or will Cody leave his mark on Miami and Marshall?
QT asked for this match but now he is telling Cody to shove it. But Cody DIVES out and goes after him! Cody puts QT in, gets the strap on his wrist and then the other end on QT’s, and now the match begins! QT and Cody tug o’ war, Cody kicks QT first and hits the Rhodes Uppercut! Cody throws hands, whips QT to ropes, then uses the strap to get him for a sleeper! QT throws elbows to get free, throws Cody out to the ramp, but Cody uses the strap to yank QT into a hotshot! Cody gets back in, but QT throat chops him! QT bumps Cody off buckles then runs in, but Cody goes up and over! Cody reels QT in for a POWERSLAM!
Miami fires up with Cody as he gathers up some slack, and SMACKS QT on the back! Fans want more but QT hits low! Cody denies the Diamond Cutter but QT mule kicks! QT goes up and Quebradas, into a strap SMACK! Cody SMACKS away on QT and fans fire up! Cody tags a corner, then another! Solow distracts Cody and then attacks him! No Disqualifications and the streak is stopped, but here comes Dustin Rhodes! The Natural ROCKS Solow with uppercuts! And throws him out over the barriers! Comoroto chases them down and those three brawl up to the bleachers! But QT uses the straps to LOW BLOW Cody! And YANK him over!
Cody crawls, QT gathers up some strap and SMACKS Cody on the back! And again! QT chokes Cody with the strap, then drags him around as he tags his first corner! Cody tags, too, but QT tags the second. Cody gets the second, as well, and then they’re on to the third. QT reaches for the fourth but Cody leaps on him! QT back suplexes, Cody lands on his feet, the strap wraps them up, and Cody reaches! QT hits a BIG German Suplex! The streak is over, they’re both starting from scratch! QT gets up, soaks up the heat, but Cody goes out of the ring. QT tags the corner, but he sees Cody outside. QT goes out to reel Cody in! Cody blocks running into the post, to YANK QT into the post!
Fans fire up as Cody high-fives the front row! Arn coaches Cody up and Cody gets back in the ring. QT is busted open but he still gets in the ring. Cody tags a corner, then another. But wait, the lights go out?! And they come back up pretty quickly, but Cody tags the third. Maybe that’s just from the bad weather. But QT reels Cody in for the Lethal Combination! QT stops the streak, and then wraps his fist before he punches Cody in the head! QT gets more slack to SMACK Cody, then he chokes him as he brings him to a corner! QT has Cody but Cody uses the slack to SMACK QT! Cody goes out to climb the ropes, and CHOKE QT in return!
Cody stands over QT as he uses the strap to constrict him! Cody then lets go to SUPER- POWERBOMB!! QT turns Cody’s steiner into his own attack, and both men are down! Fans rally up for Cody but QT stands first. QT tags a corner, hobbles over, and tags another. That’s two out of four but Cody blocks QT’s path to the third. QT throws forearms and wraps Cody up like a mummy! QT hauls Cody up to the top rope, and then drags him out for a DRAPING DIAMOND CUTTER!! QT grins and gets back up. QT has to start again, but he tags one, then two, then three corners! QT could just complete the lap, but Cody anchors him from the fourth!
Cody reels QT in but QT kicks low! QT SMACKS Cody again! Cody gets pissed and fans fire up! QT SMACKS Cody, but Cody just eggs him on! SMACK! SMACK! Cody hulks out and rallies with forearms and a BOOT! Cody haymakers and chops then TOSSES QT across the ring! Cody runs in to headscissor! Cody SMACKS QT back now, and again, and fans fire up more! Cody runs, goes up and up and springboards, SUPER CODY CUTTER!! Cody says he’s gonna end this, and he tags a corner. Another corner, but QT hurries after him! Cody elbows QT, tags the third, and then mule kick LOW BLOWS QT! Cody almost has the fourth, but QT is the anchor now!
QT stands up and glares at Cody as he SPITS on him! Cody shoves QT to then get him for a dragon sleeper, CFROSS RHODES! And then another! And then a THIRD CROSS RHODES! Tag to one corner, then two, then three, then four! Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes
A hat trick and a victory lap, the American Nightmare kicks the Road Rager off with a bang! Has Cody finally let QT behind to head for something more? Or will he run into The Factory again further down the road?
Shawn Spears speaks.
“Sammy! Quite possibly the second greatest chair shot I’ve laid out in AEW last week. But the question on everybody’s lips is, ‘Why?'” C’mon, look at Spears, and then look at Sammy. Sammy’s ego has been his greatest hindrance, thinking he’s always one step ahead when he’s really two steps behind. Spears told Sammy he would- BANG! A chair flies in and hits Spears in the head! Sammy is here! And he takes a seat as he says, “Gotcha, bitch! This is far, far from over!” Will the Spanish God take down the Chair Man once and for all somewhere along the way in this Summer of Violence and Pain?
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone in the ring.
Road Rager continues in Miami and Schiavone says it is time for a special introduction: The one and only AEW World Champion, as well as Don Callis, it’s Kenny Omega! Omega struts out in Zubaz and with Callis behind him, and Schiavone asks about- Callis cuts him off and says he doesn’t have to say anything. Just go in the corner as the geriatric male model you want to be. Callis says it seems like a great time for a history lesson! Kenny and Callis these last several months have made history! Fans taunt Callis with, “You Got Fired!” in regards to Impact Wrestling terminating him. Callis says real men don’t quit, they get fired!
But as he was saying, Kenny “The God of Wrestling, the greatest wrestler ever” has defeated Jon Moxley, Rey Fenix, Jungle Boy, and has won so many titles worldwide, he had to get an entourage just to transport them! So all you “Insect” fans are in the presence of true greatness! You are in the shadow of a wrestling god! Callis was away for a week and realized there’s a big problem here. The problem is that they’ve beaten EVERYONE! No one is left for him to beat! But fans chant, “Cowboy Sh*t! Cowboy Sh*t!” in reference to Hangman Page. Callis ignores that and says Fight for the Fallen is coming, and yet there’s no challenger! Omega’s pinned them all!
This is a desperate situation! Fans chant, “We Want Hangman!” to make it more clear to Callis. Callis says he’ll tell them what they want! But here comes The Dark Order! And Evil Uno opens with, “Well, well, well…” Alex Reynolds holds Uno’s jacket for him, as it is very hot here in Miami. Now, Uno has spent the last few minutes listening to Kenny’s weird uncle talk, and Uno has some questions for “Mr. Omega.” If Callis could step aside, the men are going to talk. Uno wants to know why Omega is ignoring the fans! Why is Omega ignoring the NUMBER ONE RANKED WRESTLER in AEW!? And most of all, why is Omega afraid of Uno’s friend?!
Uno sure has a lot of questions, doesn’t he? A lot of questions for a “non-sport playing numbnut.” But the fans are thunderous for “Cowboy Sh*t! Cowboy Sh*t!” Omega says going back to live crowds is weird, it’s hard to make out what’s being said. But Omega has a question for Uno, and Uno seems pretty smart. A smarter person than he is a good wrestler. But here’s the question: what happens to be the capital of Thailand? Is this a game of trivia? Obviously it is- LOW BLOW! “It’s Bangkok, baby!” And then The Good Brothers jump the Dark Order from behind! They get Alan Angels, Alex Reynolds, Preston Vance, John Silver and even Colt Cabana, but Stu Grayson gets after Omega!
Stu rams into Omega again and again, but Omega knees him back! Nakazawa even helps knock Dark Order members over, then he and the Good Brothers get in as Omega kicks Stu out. The Elite surrounds Uno, gets him up, but here comes Hangman! Hangman rushes the ring, Nakazawa is fed to him as a pawn! Hangman DECKS Nakazawa and he bumps into Omega! Hangman fires off on the Good Brothers and the fans are thunderous again! BOOT for Anderson, forearm for Gallows! Anderson dodges Hangman but gets dumped out! Hangman clotheslines Gallows and himself out! But then Hangman aims, stares Omega down, but Hangman doesn’t slingshot, he steps back in the ring!
Hangman stares down Omega, and Omega tells Hangman he’ snot ready for this 1v1! But Anderson gets up, Hangman DECKS him, and Omega gets away! The Best Bout Machine Belt Collector may not be able to ignore Hangman for much longer, but will this go down at Fight for the Fallen?
Jim Ross has a sit-down interview with Ethan Page and Darby Allin.
JR says this is a very challenging interview to do. He has to say, in all his years of doing this, he is a bit disgusted and uneasy. They each want to end the other’s career and that’s rather sad. Ethan says it isn’t that sad. No, someone losing their livelihood is rather sad to JR. Well maybe Darby deserves it. What makes Ethan say that? What has happened between them for this animosity to be here? Darby stops Ethan to speak up. Darby’s first year in wrestling was Ethan’s 12th. And the fact that Darby got to where Ethan was in that one year eats Ethan alive. So that’s what this is about.
Darby has no walls of complacency. Darby’s been homeless, living out of his car, but where was Ethan? It isn’t Darby’s fault that Ethan got married, never left his hometown, had kids, and let that get in the way. Darby dropped everything to make it somewhere like AEW. Ethan is complacent. Ethan was the big fish in the little pond. And the fact Darby made it to AEW first, Ethan couldn’t stand it. That much, Ethan will agree with. Darby didn’t say a single lie, but he skipped the line! If not for Ethan, Darby would still be living out of his car. Darby would still be doing those same shows, with no money in his pockets.
Ethan plucked Darby from obscurity! Ethan brought Darby in and up in the pro-wrestling world! Those checks Darby cashes are from what he learned by sharing the ring with someone who had 12 more years of experience! Do you know how much it drives Ethan insane that the fact every day since Ethan was born, people told him he’d be a star making money, and then “some runt kid like this, painting his face up to hide the shame from the fact of knowing that without me, you’d be nothing in professional wrestling without me, Darby!” Ethan brought Darby into the business. And next week, in the Coffin Match, Ethan takes him out!
So then, it is official! Next week, Fyter Fest Night 1 in Austin, Texas, AEW’s first Coffin Match! Ethan VS Darby, and JR has no easy feeling about this. Good, because you shouldn’t. Will this intensity only tear the house down in Austin?
Six Man Tag: The Inner Circle w/ Konnan VS The Pinnacle w/ Tully Blanchard!
Jake Hager joins Santana & Ortiz in settling things with Wardlow and FTR! #RockHard won the MMA cage fight, MJF won the singles match with Sammy, but who breaks the tie in this best of series between these feuding factions?
The trios sort out, Dax Harwood starts with Santana, and Santana tackles Dax at the bell! Santana rains down furious forearms, but Dax turns it around to do the same! Santana turns it back around to fire hands, then they get up! Santana DECKS Dax again and again, whips him to a corner, but Dax reverses. Santana comes back to SHOTGUN dropkick! But Dax is back up to LARIAT! Dax dodges the boot, Santana blocks the clothesline, Santana snap suplexes! Uno amigo, fans fire up as he hits dos! Santana gets up again, wrenches and waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX for the third! Fans are fired up with Santana and he runs in to elbow Dax!
Tag to Ortiz, Proud ‘n’ Powerful double whip and Ortiz calf kicks Dax down! Santana uses Ortiz as a step for the STANDING MOONSAULT! Ortiz gets Dax up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ortiz keeps his cool, but Dax CHOPS him down! Tag to Cash Wheeler, and things speed up! Ortiz jumps into a POWERSLAM! Cover, ONE!! Cash gets Ortiz up to ROCK him with an uppercut! Tag to Wardlow, Cash CHOPS Ortiz then Wardlow gut wrench POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO! Wardlow throws hands, puts Ortiz in the corner and tags in Dax. Wardlow RAMS Ortiz, Dax brings Ortiz out to ROCK him with a right!
Dax suplexes and rebounds Ortiz, but Ortiz slips out to get around! Waistlock, but Dax bucks the O’Conner Roll, only to run into an STO! Ortiz rolls Dax to get him up, POWERBOMB! Then he sits Dax up for Santana to KNEE Dax back down! Hager tags in and he runs right in to BLAST Wardlow off the corner! Then he goes corner to corner, HAGER BOMB! Cash runs in but gets an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hager clotheslines Cash out fast, then does the same to Dax! Fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture!
Hager roars and stomps around as the Pinnacle regroups. Tully coaches them up, Dax really got rocked but he manages to get up and in at 7 of 10. Dax calls Santana out, Santana tags in, and they reset. Santana knees low, brings Dax over, tag to Ortiz. PNP double suplex Dax then Ortiz covers, TWO! Ortiz gets Dax up, wrenches, tags Santana back in and Santana clubs Dax’s arm. Santana CHOPS Dax to ropes, then whips him. Dax ducks and dodges to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! The Pinnacle cheers as Dax crawls over and tags Wardlow. Wardlow stomps Santana at the ropes, brings him up and suplex TOSSES him! Wardlow keeps going, another suplex TOSS!
Wardlow gets Santana up, tags Dax in, and Dax bumps Santana off buckles. Dax CHOPS Santana, tags Cash, and then FTR double whip corner to corner. Cash whips Dax in but Santana goes up and over, Dax POSTS himself! Santana gets around Cash for an O’Conner Roll, but he lets go so he can spring up and CUTTER! AEW returns to single picture as fans fire up and both men are down! Cash and Santana crawl, hot tag to Ortiz! Ortiz rallies on Cash, enziguris Wardlow, but Cash kicks low! Cash gets Ortiz up, whips him to a corner, but Ortiz goes up and over. Hager runs in to SPLASH! Ortiz dropkicks, then becomes a step for Santana’s CANNONBALL IN MOTION!
PNP gets Cash up, and feed him to Hager’s SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Wardlow breaks it! Wardlow stomps Ortiz, goes back to the corner, but Ortiz keeps on Cash. Cash powers Ortiz back, Santana tags in, and FTR speeds things up as Cash hurdles. Dax ROCKS, Cash CLUBS, then Dax BOMBS Ortiz! Feed to Cash’s DRAGON SUPLEX, Dax jackknife covers, TWO!! Ortiz survives and fans rally up behind the Inner Circle! Dax gets Ortiz back up, Ortiz blocks the suplex and hits a BRAIN BUSTER! Hot tag to Hager! Hager rallies on The Pinnacle, especially FTR! Hager goes up and hits a HAGER- No, he sees boots coming, and gets an ANKLE LOCK!
Dax CLOBBERS Hager from behind, then reels him in for a whip. Hager revers. Dax dodges and bumps Santana, but Hager BOOTS Dax down! Hager dares Wardlow to get in, and he lets Dax make the tag! Fans are thunderous again as Hager and Wardlow get to go another round! Hager dodges to throw hands, but Wardlow throws them all back! Hager hits back, Wardlow does, too! They fire off fast and furious! Wardlow back drops, Hager sunset flips through to get the ANKLE LOCK! Dax returns but Hager gets him first with a two hand grip! Cash gets in, Hager ROCKS him, but Wardlow CLUBS Hager into the BIG RIG! And Tully distracts the ref, too! Cover, the Pinnacle wins!!
Winners: The Pinnacle, by pinfall
Tully helped FTR sneak that one in, and now the Inner Circle is behind in the series! But Konnan uses a MAD BALL on Wardlow! He barely flinches?! And then Tully CHOP BLOCKS Konnan’s bad leg! PNP get in but The Pinnacle gets away! Will the Inner Circle be able to get back at the Pinnacle down the road?
AEW previews the coming IWGP United States Championship match.
Karl Anderson says, “For the last year, the Good Brothers have changed the landscape of professional wrestling. But we’ve got a problem.” That problem is JON MOXLEY! Omega was the very first IWGP US Champion, and the big problem is that the belt is on Moxley. One of the biggest returns in pro-wrestling that has ever been made a bomb like this is the return of The Machine Gun to NJPW! That was where the Bullet Club was born and where it all began. But Moxley, the fact he has that belt makes them SICK. Moxley, are you ready to defend that title next week, LIVE on night one of Fyter Fest?
When Anderson takes that title, there will be one thing that fans remember: The Good Brothers got to do their favorite thing, #BeatUpJonMoxley! Will it be unscripted violence when Machine Gun welcomes Mox back to the ring?
MJF makes his way to the ring.
The Pinnacle’s leader wishes to give Chris Jericho his list of demands before they have their 1v1 grudge match. We’ll learn what he has planned, after the break.
AEW returns and Chris Jericho makes his entrance. Miami finally gets to sing Judas for him and he revels in it as he joins MJF at a business table that’s been set in the ring. MJF gets upset, then some crazy idiot jumps the rail only to get knocked down. MJF dares another “fat, White trash hicks” to try that so he can beat their ass! But this isn’t about the fans, this is about MJF and Jericho. MJF has beaten Jericho twice, and Jericho is groveling and begging him for another match. “It’s freakin’ sad.” But MJF doesn’t blame Jericho. Everyone wants the #MJFRub. Everyone wants a piece of the KING of AEW! That’s why Jericho is sitting here, waiting for the stipulations.
Jericho wants everyone to hold on with the “Y2J” chants. That died a long time ago, alright? Jericho says he should’ve let that fat guy beat MJF’s ass after all. But we know Jericho! “I’m not gonna back down from you, I’ll accept any stipulation that you lay in front of me.” He’ll stand in front of a Mack truck, swim in a lake infested with piranhas, and even have sex with MJF’s mom. MJF is furious as fans chant, “F His Mom! F His Mom!” And then Jericho adds, “AGAIN!” MJF is furious but he says no, he won’t be rattled. Fans want him to be upset, but he won’t give them what they want!
MJF says it is a shame it’s come to this, because he used to look up to Jericho. MJF followed Jericho every step of his career. Fans taunt MJF, “Who’s Your Daddy?” and he tells them to shut up. MJF knows Jericho’s career, and his favorite part was when Jericho was at odds with Moxley. Remember that one? Jericho VS Moxley in AEW? Does Jericho remember what he put Moxley through in order to get a match with him? Jericho made Moxley wrestle every single person in the Inner Circle first. And while that was heartless, it was oh so inspiring. Karma sucks, doesn’t it? MJF will take what Jericho did and do what MJF does best: make things better.
MJF has a twist here. MJF grew up loving Greek mythology, which is interesting since “Demo God” is like “Demigod,” which is funny because Jericho’s no longer in the key demo. Jericho’s still Jericho, so take it easy on him, guys. But MJF’s favorite myth is the Labors of Hercules. Jericho will have five labors. The first four are opponents of MJF’s choosing, all with different stipulations on top of them, and Jericho must win back-to-back-to-back-to-back. The fifth and final, which will only be if Jericho gets through the first four, which he won’t, will be MJF. Jericho gets one more match with MJF, and when MJF wins for a third time, maybe Jericho gets it that MJF is better than you, and you know it!
So what does “Hercules” say? MJF has a contract, all Jericho has to do is sign on the dotted line. Jericho will say this. If Jericho can’t withstand the “Labors of Jericho,” and if he can’t defeat MJF, maybe Jericho doesn’t deserve to wrestle anymore anyways. But if MJF wants to talk Greek mythology, Jericho’s your guy! Jericho accepts the labors because he is the God of Battle, of Thunder, of War, and he will beat MJF! Fans are fired up as Jericho says he’ll ruin MJF’s life the way MJF tried to ruin his! And that ain’t a myth! Jericho signs, throws the contract back at MJF, but MJF tells him to hold on!
Before Jericho leaves, MJF wants us to know he doesn’t come “from a dumpster fire like Miami, Florida.” MJF comes from the greatest place in the world: Plainview, Long Island, New York! And in Plainview, the deal isn’t done until you shake hands. MJF offers a handshake, and demands Jericho shakes it or the deal is off! Jericho takes it because he has no choice, but then he keeps hold of MJF to reel him in! JUDAS EFFECT! MJF is down in a daze, will Jericho get the better of his challenge like he did right here?
Tony Schiavone interviews Britt Baker & Rebel.
The AEW Women’s World Champion definitely wants to talk about last week and how they were forced to take part in a match no one wanted to see. The champion had to tag with her assistant against known conspirator and danger to society, Nyla Rose, and her senior citizen manager, Vickie Guerrero. The only positive to come out of that was another win for The Doctor, but look at the cost! Poor Reba again has to walk with a crutch! She got in the ring with an unsafe work environment, and she is the one to get hurt. Tony Khan should feel awful! Britt makes and draws him millions! But who’s counting? Not them.
And all for what? To thank Vickie for bringing Khan El Idolo? That’s why this happened. Well Rebel’s knee exploded in a clearly calculated attack, and Britt almost died in that powerbomb through a table! But hey, AEW has El Idolo. But enjoy the blood money. Maybe next week, Dynamite can be live from Saudi Arabia! And as for Nyla, if that was her attempt at softening Britt up for the title match, the only thing soft here is Nyla, the former champion, who will never get it back again! When Britt wins at Fyter Fest Night 2, she won’t just send Nyla to the back of the line, but all the way back to obscurity.
And Britt looked this up, Dallas is “the Big D.” Well, when Britt walks out of there still AEW Women’s World Champion, they’ll turn it into the Big DMD. A lot of words from the Dentist, but will she be made to eat them all in two weeks?
Andrade El Idolo w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Matt Sydal!
The self-proclaimed Face of Latinos has certainly made his presence known, and that includes trying to interject his announcement into one of Matt Sydal’s matches. But will whatever Andrade’s news be come in second to his in-ring debut? Or will Sydal make sure to ruin the moment for him?
The bell rings and Sydal circles with Andrade. They tie up, Andrade puts Sydal in a corner but Sydal pushes back. Andrade wrenches, Sydal wrenches through to wristlock, and then hammerlock. Andrade gets Sydal up but Sydal tilt-o-whirls around to roll Andrade up! TWO, and Andrade gets Sydal up for a SWINGING SUPLEX! Andrade goes to a corner, climbs up, but Sydal gets up to CLUB him down first! Sydal climbs up, Andrade elbows Sydal back, then fans fire up as Andrade MOONSAULTS! Sydal moves, but Andrade MOONSAULTS again! Cover, TWO! Sydal survives but Andrade is amused. Andrade runs in but Sydal deflects boot to trip him up, and MARIPOSA!
Sydal fire sup and KICKS away on Andrade’s leg! Sydal whips, Andrade reverses but Sydal sunset flips. Andrade stays up, rolls to sunset back, TWO! Sydal gets a leg for a spinning toehold! Vickie is furious but Sydal KICKS Andrade again! Andrade CHOPS, Sydal SOBATS! Andrade is down, Sydal goes up, but Andrade DECKS him! Sydal hits the floor and Andrade revels in it as AEW goes picture in picture.
Andrade goes out and drops an ax handle on Sydal. Vickie cheers and so do fans, and Andrade gets Sydal up to snake eyes him off the apron! Andrade gets in the ring while Sydal is down, and the ring count begins. Sydal gets up and gets in at 5 but Andrade dropkicks him back out! Andrade goes out to fetch Sydal, and puts him on the apron for a slingshot dropkick! Sydal falls back to the floor and Andrade grins as he swaggers about. Sydal snarls but Andrade goes back out after him. Andrade puts Sydal in, Vickie rallies the fans, and Andrade snap suplexes! Uno amigo, and Andrade holds on for dos amigos! Andrade gets up again, fans fire up, THREE AMIGOS!
Sydal writhes, Andrade goes to the corner, and fans fire up more, only for Andrade to go back to Sydal. Andrade isn’t give fans everything they want, and he back suplexes, only for Sydal to CROSSBODY out of it! Both men are down as AEW returns to single picture. Sydal gets up, Andrade follows, Sydal KICKS but Andrade forearms! Sydal fires off more strikes, Andrade knees low! Andrade whips Sydal to the corner, runs corner to corner, but Sydal dodges! The knee hits buckles, Sydal keeps moving, WHEEL KICK! Sydal grits his teeth and fires up, fans rally, and Sydal KICKS Andrade! Andrade CHOPS, Sydal KICKS and KICKS then whips!
Andrade holds ropes, Sydal KICKS a leg, but Andrade fires forearms! Andrade shoves, Sydal KICKS back! Sydal fakes Andrade out to ROUNDHOUSE! Sydal rolls Andrade to a ghost pin, TWO!! Andrade escapes and Sydal grows frustrated. Andrade storms over but Sydal JUMP KNEES! Sydal runs but Andrade dodges to come back and LARIAT Sydal inside-out! Andrade puts Sydal in the drop zone, climbs up and shouts out Latino Heat! Andrade climbs, but Sydal gets up after him! Andrade trips Sydal up, aims, but Sydal avoids the Woe Stomps! Sydal gets up, adjusts, and METEORAS! Cover, TWO! Andrade survives but Sydal runs in, only for Andrade to hip toss him into buckles!
Andrade rallies the fans, runs corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Sydal is back down, Andrade says this is HIs moment. Andrade gets Sydal up, hammerlock COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Andrade wins!
Winners: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall
El Idolo hits “El Idolo,” and he wins against the number five ranked wrestler! But he isn’t done, he uses his own belt to tie up Sydal’s arms in a DOUBLE ARMBAR!! The ref reprimands Andrade as he makes Sydal suffer! Andrade lets go, scares the ref off, and then leaves with Vickie. Will Andrade not only be the Face of Latinos, but the face of AEW, by any means necessary?
AEW looks closer at Christian Cage VS Matt Hardy.
Captain Charisma says, “Whenever the lights were brightest, whenever it was the biggest stage, I was always on the side that won.” And Big Money Matt can’t stand it. But Hardy tells Christian, “I have known you for 23 years. And whenever I do something, you do it. Every time I go somewhere, you go there.” Hardy is still convinced that at Double or Nothing, in the Casino Battle Royal, they made a pact. They shook hands, and considering that 23 year span of being frenemies, Christian might’ve honored that pact. But no, he didn’t, and he eliminated Hardy. Christian’s always gone by the rule of “Never trust a rich man with an ill-fitting suit and bad haircut.”
Hardy says he has had enough of this. This is a match 23 years in the making. Christian didn’t come back to be Hardy’s friend, but to cement his legacy. If that bothers Hardy, then they can take care of this. And so, at Fyter Fest Night 1, Big Money Matt VS Christian Cage, 1v1! Christian accepts the challenge, and Hardy vows to end Christian once and for all! But Christian’s challenge back is that Hardy either get on his level, or just get out of the way. Will Hardy put his money where his mouth is? Or will Christian prove he really can #OutWorkEveryone?
Schiavone is in the ring with Arn Anderson.
Schiavone has done this a lot with Coach Arn, but tonight, after Cody’s win, and then Brock Anderson’s win a couple weeks ago, life must be good for Arn. Arn says, “Good God almighty, is it great to be in Miami tonight!” And yes, life is good! They’ve missed the fans! But to get right to it- Wait, the lights go out again! Is this another incident because of the weather? No, this one seems to be because of something more. The lights come back up, and WAIT A MINUTE! Is that Aleister Bl- er uh, Tommy End?! And he hits Arn with the FADE TO BLACK!! The heel kick takes Arn down in one shot! Cody rushes back out there and fans are going nuts!
Cody and Aleister/Tommy stare down! But then Tommy backs off, saying Cody can help Arn. But then FADE TO BLACK!!! Cody goes down in one shot, too, and the man formerly known as Tommy, and formerly known as Aleister, is now MALACHAI BLACK! He has KO’d the Enforcer and the American Nightmare, is he going to bring about the end of the Nightmare Family in AEW?
AEW shares footage from before the broadcast.
Ricky Starks went to the ring and held it hostage, and the rest of Team Taz came out to try and understand what he was doing. Starks explained that his security detail, the Starks Special Security, was here for his protection. The reason he has them is because he is still not medically cleared, and he can’t trust Brian Cage not to go after an injured man. Taz himself came out and asked Starks, “What the hell are you doing right now? This is embarrassing!” They discussed this before! Starks doesn’t need security!
Starks stops Taz there and says what’s really embarrassing is the guy in the back, Brian Cage, who doesn’t know the meaning of the word, “Teammate.” Starks has to do what he has to do, and if that means protecting himself before the FTW Championship match next week, then he will. And after Starks whoops up on Cage and gets that title, Starks is going to party like an FTW Champion. Where Starks is from, the W stands for “Wife,” and in this case, he means Cage’s wife! Taz can’t believe Starks went there, but then here comes Cage! Cage storms the ring and CLOBBERS Starks’ body guards! Cage is more than ready, but will it be an absolute bloodbath at Fyter Fest?
Mixed Tag: Orange Cassidy & Kris Statlander VS The Bunny & The Blade!
Freshly Squeezed and the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien want to settle things with the Hardy Family Office’s devious duo in the worst way possible! So in Dynamite’s first-ever Mixed Tag Match, we see if Cassidy & Statlander can thumbs up and boop their way to victory, or if they get cut up and taken Down the Rabbit Hole.
The teams sort out and the ref checks Blade. The brass knuckles have been found and confiscated! Bunny talks trash on Cassidy as a loser, complete with finger and thumb in an L. Cassidy holds his hands up, and puts them in his pockets! Wait, is this going from Mixed to Co-Ed? Cassidy unleashes the shin kicks on Bunny! Oh the humanity! But Bunny just leaves and Blade takes her place. The match actually starts now, Cassidy loads up the kick, but has to dodge Blade’s clothesline first! Cassidy dropkicks then kips up, all no hands! Fans cheer as Blade flounders up, and Cassidy gets him up in Alabama position! Blade fights free, and CHOPS Cassidy!
Blade whips, Cassidy tilt-o-whirls on the return, but no DDT here! Blade swings Cassidy around to POWERSLAM! Blade fires up and fans boo, but he’s amused by that. Blade brings Cassidy up and reels him in, but the suplex becomes STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Tag to Bunny and Statlander gets in, the forearms fly! Fans fire up, Bunny dodges the clothesline to mule kick! Bunny runs and knees Statlander down! Bunny roars and runs, but into a POWERSLAM from Statlander! Thumbs up and Statlander gets Bunny up for haymakers. Statlander CHOPS Bunny, keeps her in a corner, and CHOPS her again! Statlander gets Bunny up and suplexes, to hold her!
Statlander keeps Bunny up for a count of 10, and then 15 before she SLAMS Bunny down! Statlander somersaults but Bunny dodges the senton! Statlander gets up, runs at Bunny, but Bunny dodges and Blade trips Statlander up! The ref reprimands but Statlander swings on Blade. Bunny blindsides Statlander! Cassidy protests but Bunny drags Statlander up, and POSTS her just as AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny frolics around the ring, then goes corner to corner to SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs and covers, TWO! Statlander toughs it out but Bunny kicks her around. Bunny drags Statlander and stomps the hand! Bunny taunts Cassidy, the ref has him stay back, and Bunny boots Statlander down! Statlande throws hands back, whips, but Bunny reverses to reel Statlander in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bunny CLUBS Statlander and grits her teeth. Bunny looms over Statlander, slaps her around, but Statlander hits back! Statlander fires forearms, runs, but Bunny CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Statlander grits her teeth but Bunny is furious!
Bunny gets Statlander with a chinlock and grinds her down as AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Statlander hits a fisherman FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Bunny survives but Statlander gets her to a drop zone. Statlander climbs, fans fire up, but Blade goes around to trip Cassidy up! And throw him into railing! Statlander is distracted by that, and Bunny goes up to SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down, Blade hurries back and gets the tag! Blade tells Statlander to get out, but she refuses! Cassidy gets up slowly as Statlander eggs Blade on! Blade swings, misses, and Cassidy returns with a BIG CROSSBODY! Cassidy ducks, dodges, and tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! Cover, TWO!
Cassidy keeps going, climbs up a corner, and calls for the 450, only for Bunny to shove him down! But Statlander bumps Bunny off buckles! Bunny flops to the floor, Statlander aims to 450 SPLASH Blade!! The Area 451!! Cassidy gets in to cover, but Bunny drags him out! The ref reprimands but Cassidy can’t do anything to Bunny. Blade gets the knuckles back?! Cassidy takes off his arm band, gets in, but gets a BRASS PUNCH!! Bunny hides the knuckles for Blade, but Statlander manages to tag Cassidy!? The ref tries to tell Blade that as he goes for his cocky cover! Bunny doesn’t understand, either, but Statlander shoves her into Blade! BIG BANG THEORY!! Cover, Statlander & Cassidy win!!
Winners: Kris Statlander & Orange Cassidy, by pinfall
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat! But can these two regroup with their Best Friends to take the fight to the Hardy Family Office once and for all?
AEW commemorates Jungle Boy’s historic 50th win!
They give young Jack Perry a special trophy, and he has a photoshoot with it to celebrate. The first wrestler to hit 50 wins in AEW, will he get another 50 on his way to the top?
Schiavone interviews American Top Team at ringside.
But before Schiavone can say much, Dan Lambert takes over! “When AEW decided to come to Miami, the home of American Top Team, Tony Khan called and asked if the BMF Champion, Jorge Masvidal, and the two-division UFC Champion and greatest female fighter of all time, Amanda Nunes, would make an appearance, nobody said anything about doing an interview or endorsing this show!”
In fact, Lambert storms his way to the ring and as an old school fan, he was skeptical of coming here in the first place. Not because he’s a busy guy running the largest and most successful MMA gym in the history of the planet, or because he’s got better things to do like go to Vegas and see Dustin Poirier knock out Conor McGregor again. No, it is much simpler than that. Lambert was skeptical because of one reason and one reason only: AEW SUCKS!! Lambert thanked Khan for the offer, but said if he wanted to enjoy an evening of pro-wrestling, he’d break out the old VHS, put in some tapes of Florida Championship Wrestling from the 70’s and 80’s, and then sit back and watch some real wrestlers!
That’s right, Lambert wants some Johnny Valentine! Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, Harley Race, Jack Briscoe, they’d tear it up! Lambert would probably get to the Barry Windham and Rick Roode eras, but by then, he’d turn it off because the sad truth is, pro-wrestling’s gone nowhere but down since the late 90’s! This product is unwatchable! Tony Khan said Lambert was wrong, that AEW’s doing it the “right way.” AEW has a locker room full of men and women representing every genre of pro-wrestling, from Lucha Libre to Japanese Strong Style. AEW has a mix of veterans like Christian and Jericho, as well as the greatest up-and-coming talent like Sammy Guevara and Darby Allin.
Lambert says Tony Khan got a big smile on his face after that and said, “Best of all, man, is our fanbase! It’s like a giant family of hardcores coming together to celebrate a new era of professional wrestling.” Khan said they gotta come and see the fans chant “A E W.” The fans chant “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Lambert says that argument sounded good to him, and maybe he was wrong. Here he is, 90 minutes in, and the lesson learned is always trust your instincts! But then Lance Archer storms out to the ring! Lambert tells the “big fella” to hold on. But instead, Archer DECKS Lambert! And then gets him up to the top rope! Inverted crucifix, BLACK OUT BOMB!!
Fans are fired up for the Murderhawk Monster, and American Top Team is definitely shocked! Will Lambert wake up with some newfound respect for AEW?
AEW World Tag Team Championships Street Fight: The Young Bucks VS Eddie Kingston & Penta El Zero M w/ Alex Abrahantes!
Matt & Nick Jackson can’t stand the fact they lost last week, especially since they used every trick they knew against the Mad King and the man with no fear! But now, the kid gloves are off, and just about anything can happen in this one! Will #CeroMiedo make it so that the Bucks have cero oro? Or will there be some new tricks up the Elite’s proverbial sleeves?
AEW returns once more and the Bucks make their entrance, accompanied by Callis and Brandon Cutler. The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and this is going to be a wild end to the Road Rager!
Callis joins commentary at the bell, and Kingston throws a trash can at Matt’s head! Penta goes after Nick with haymakers, then Kingston helps out. The streamers are still in the ring so they’re getting all tangled up in them, and they drag the streamers along as they spill out of the ring. Kingston and Penta mug Nick against railing, but Matt runs in to WRECK the challengers with a dropkick! Nick whips Kingston into railing, Nakazawa is there already to help out, and Matt sends Penta in. Nakazawa sets Kingston and Penta up, but they get away, the DOUBLE SUPERKICKS hit Nakazawa!
Penta KICKS Matt, Kingston CLUBS Nick, and then Kingston POSTS Nick while Penta RAMS Matt into barriers! Fans fire up as Kingston chases Brandon Cutler! Cutler has his cold spray but he is cornered! The Bucks return, Matt CLUBS Penta and Nick JABS Kingston with a chair! Penta hits back but Nick JABS Penta! And then JABS Kingston! Matt ROCKS Penta with a right. Nick stands on top of the chair to soak up the heat. Nick brings Kingston around but Kingston hits back with haymakers! Penta ROCKS Matt, the challengers whip the Bucks, and Penta drop toeholds Matt onto the chair! Kingston drop toeholds Nick into the other side of the chair, and then they get a SUPERKICK DROPKICK SANDWICH!
Fans fire up with Penta and Kingston as Kingston sets the chair up between Nick’s legs! Penta climbs and says QUE PASO~! Nick gets steel to groin!! Fans fire up as Kingston and Penta go outside. They look under the ring, and Kingston brings out a TABLE! Penta also brings out a TABLE! Fans are fired up for one table being put in the ring while Penta sets up the other on the outside. Nick hobbles over to Penta while Kingston sets up his table. Actually, Kingston deconstructs it by ribbing off the frame and tearing up a leg. Penta KICKS Nick, gets the fans to chant, “CERO! MIEDO!” but Nick blocks the table bump to bump Penta instead!
Matt is on the corner and Kingston climbs up after him. Kingston gets Matt up but Nick goes after Kingston! Nick gets under Kingston for a POWERBONB onto the flat table! The fact it’s upside-down means the wood doesn’t break and is just a hard surface to land on! But then Penta has Matt on the apron for a DESTROYER THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Miami loses its mind as those two are down in the wreckage! Penta gets up and crawls around to find another trash can! Cutler checks on Matt as Nick realizes what happened. Nick is on the apron and he PENALTY KICKS the trash can into Penta! Nick mockingly says the kick is good as AEW goes picture in picture.
Penta stirs, Nick goes back to Kingston and stomps him down. Nick puts Kingston’s table in a corner and stands it up. Nick also has the trash can and SMACKS Kingston on the back! Nick kicks at Kingston but he just gets pissed! Kingston gets up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Nick, but Nick BOOTS back! Kingston wobbles and Nick stomps him down! Cutler is spraying Matt down while Nick goes after Kingston more. Nick then goes out to SMACK Penta with the trash can! Cutler helps bring out a third table! They set this one up right where they found it, then Nick goes up to hip thrust and mock the fans. Nick gets Kingston up, wants to suplex, but Kingston fights back!
Kingston CHOPS Nick, but Nick hits back! Nick springboards, into an EXPLODER! Nick hobbles back up, Kingston runs in, but Nick dodges and Kingston goes through the table!! Kingston writhes and gets out from the wreckage, but Nick rains down rights! Nick soaks up the heat as he paces around, and then he BLASTS Penta off the apron! Nick aims at Kingston and stomps him against the ropes! Kingston fights up in the corner, Nick runs in, SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM and BULLDOG! AEW returns to single picture as Nick SMACKS Kingston with the trash can over and over!
Nick presses the can in, goes up top and aims, FULL METAL SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Nick is furious with the ref but the count is fair. Penta slithers in and rolls Nick up! Nick rolls through but Penta SUPERKICKS! Nick wobbles, Penta hits a SLINGBLADE! Matt returns but gets a SLINGBLADE! Penta keeps moving, CODE BREAKER BACK SENTON COMBO! Two Bucks for the price of one, and Penta whips Nick. Nick reverses, Penta goes up and over, and he mule kicks Matt! Victory roll and leap, but Matt NORTHERN LIGHTS Penta away! Kingston gets back up to swing on Matt, but Matt ducks the Uraken to feed Kingston to an ENZIGURI!
Kingston is down, Matt runs in, CANNONBALL ENZIGURI combo! Nick climbs up and Matt gets Kingston with haymakers. Kingston puts up his dukes but Matt still throws hands. Matt fireman’s carries but Penta trips Nick! Kingston shoves Matt at Penta and Penta pops Matt up. Nick helps Matt handstand, but that only gets him a SUPERKICK to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Matt staggers, Penta uses Kingston for a step into the TORNADO DDT! Matt writhes, Kingston gets him up, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Matt flails but Nick adjusts, to 450 SPLASH THE REF?!?! Nick didn’t want to hurt his brother so he takes out the official, just as Matt taps out!!
Nick rakes Kingston’s eyes and fans boo as the Bucks find a way to screw their challengers over after all! And then Nick waves the Good Brothers out! Anderson & Gallows swagger to the ring and they have a baggy with them! Penta sends Nick out but he and Kingston brawl with the Good Brothers! Anderson throws Kingston out, Penta throws Gallows out. The Good Brothers mug Kingston but Penta builds speed to FLY! Direct hit into the railing!! Fans fire up for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as Penta gets Matt up! Cero Miedo, but no Fear Factor! Matt SPEARS Kingston, spins Penta, and Cutler thinks it’s better not to spray this time since he screwed up last time.
Matt tells Cutler to spray but Penta switches! Definitely not the time to spray! But Matt switches back, maybe spray? Cutler tries but Penta bobs ‘n’ weaves around! Penta elbows free, and FRANKIE KAZARIAN gets Cutler off the apron! Kaz aims and POWERBOMBS Cutler through the table!! The Elite Hunter takes down a target and the fans are thunderous! Penta and Kingston regroup, the ref is coming to, FEAR FACTOR to URAKEN!!! Cover but where’s the ref?!? This would’ve been over three seconds ago! A new ref rushes out, gets down to count, but Nick drags him out!! This is like Revolution and THE world title all over again!
But Kaz CLOBBERS Nick! Kaz feeds Nick to the challengers but the Good Brothers clobber Kaz! They give Ka MAGIC KILLER to the floor! Kingston has the baggy the Good Brothers brought, and he pours out THUMBTACKS!! Callis hypocritically says this is too much, when it was his guys that brought the bag! Matt hurries as Kingston reels Nick in, and Matt throws a handful of tacks at Kingston’s FACE!! Matt gets Kingston up, but Penta SMACKS Matt with the trash can! Nick is in a corner, Penta runs in, but Nick puts him on the apron. Nick goes out but Penta ENZIGURIS him down! Penta goes up, drags Nick up to join him, but Nick ROCKS Penta back!
They brawl up top, Nick gets the edge and stands up, SUPER STEINER onto the tacks!! Cover, Matt intercepts Kingston but Kingston shoves him over into Nick! The match continues and Matt got at least one tack on his back! Fans are loving this as Kingston fights both Bucks with CHOPS! But he runs into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Penta gets up, Nick throws tacks at his face! SUPERKICK for Penta, then Nick shoves tacks into Kingston’s mouth! Matt SUPERKICKS the tacks out!! Double cover, the Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Matt & Nick survive by the seats of their very short cut-off jeans! But considering the stacked deck they have every time they play, does anyone stand a chance of every dethroning them?
What a great night here! A great return to a full crowd, return to being on the road and kicking off this month of special episodes. And oddly enough, they get one of the weaker points out of the way with the open. The South Beach Strap Match had the four corners stipulation which I do not like because it frames the finish from the get-go. They were at least smart to tease the “sudden switcheroo” there, where Cody almost tagged the fourth corner, but it was smart to not do that. Still not sure Cody just destroying QT and then tagging all corners unimpeded as better but it wasn’t such forced drama. Maybe now The Factory can feud with other people, add new people, something good for them.
We got a good promo bit from Spears and Sammy setting up their grudge match, a good promo from Christian and Hardy to set up their grudge match, a good promo from Karl Anderson to let us know about him and Moxley for the IWGP US Championship. I don’t see Anderson winning that, it is Moxley’s return to action and his return to being in front of a full crowd. I think someone bigger in NJPW should take the belt and at a NJPW event. NJPW has Resurgence in California in August, maybe someone takes it from Moxley there and then the title is featured on NJPW Strong? It’d make for a bigger card since the NEVER Openweight title is on the line, Jay White VS David Finlay.
We also got great stuff with other promo segments. Callis, Omega and Uno were great, and I saw the “Bangkok” pun coming miles away. Hangman showing up was the right move because he has to show he isn’t afraid, but I feel bad if this ends up Fight for the Fallen’s match. It needs to be for All Out, and maybe Hangman comes out next week to tell us he’s not going for the belt at FFTF, and wants to wait for All Out. Omega can rest up, Hangman can train and tune up, we’ll get them at 100% (certainly in kayfabe) and the best possible match out of them in Chicago. I wouldn’t be surprised if Stu Grayson got the FFTF match since he took the fight to Omega first.
JR sitting with Darby and Ethan was a really good segment, too, both guys were solid in their promos. The Coffin Match could go either way, I have no idea who should win and what that’d mean for their story, but it’ll be one insane match. Seeing Jungle Boy get a legit trophy for his 50th win is cool, it shows AEW wants to be loyal to the “wins and losses matter” kayfabe, and this is really a physical representation of the investment they’re putting in JB and how they see him as the future. MJF and Jericho had quite the wild moment with that rando trying to get in the ring like a dumbass, but they were still able to give us a great face to face. Sad to hear Jericho say “Y2J” is dead, though…
I like the idea that MJF wants Jericho to take on four mystery opponents with mystery stipulations, and I can’t wait to see who and what he chooses. The Six Man of Inner Circle VS Pinnacle was really good, and I should’ve figured the Pinnacle would win to put the pressure on Sammy and Jericho to turn things around and win the unofficial series. Spears VS Sammy should be a chairs match, by the way. Then, Britt’s promo to rant about last week was pretty good. I’m still confident that Britt wins but Nyla is going to get really close. I also liked the classic use of reverse psychology going on with Dan Lambert. Get someone to talk down to fans and the company, he gets Heel Heat, fans show their AEW pride, and they get to cheer Archer as the guy who shut Lambert up. No idea if there’s a plan here but it was good.
Andrade had a very good debut match with Matt Sydal, but of course he was going to have that. His brutality after winning is a good touch, he looks ready to do that to just about anyone put in front of him. Schiavone interviewing Arn turning into that shocking debut was awesome! Aleister doesn’t default back to Tommy, he is trying to redeem the character that was Mr. Black by going by Malachai Black, and him laying out a legend in Arn and the face of AEW in Cody was awesome stuff! This clearly is Cody’s next phase after QT, just look at how he returned in a white suit against Malachai’s black suit in classic light VS darkness trope! But I really hope Aleister wins in the end, Cody can give up something to put over a legit talent like him.
The Mixed Tag was a lot of fun, so much great character work from all four. Statlander hitting a 450 is impressive stuff, and her coming out with the win is great stuff for her as well as the Best Friends faction. Christian VS Hardy may be happening next week but I still hope we get a huge match so all of the HFO members (Private Party, The Hybrid2 and Blade) can take on five others (Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and Jurassic Express while Trent is still out?) in something big. Blood & Guts shouldn’t just be for the biggest factions, give it to this feud to really let those guys cut loose. Jungle Boy and Orange Cassidy on the same team? That’s money right there!
The main event, that tag title Street Fight, that was PPV quality! It was clear there was going to be “overbooking” with Cutler, Nakazawa, the Good Brothers and Kazarian showing up, but they all really enhanced things. It felt like it really could’ve gone the way of Kingston & Penta, and that much was enough to really take things up a notch. The Bucks get such Heel Heat for the interference, but they really did up the brutality to finish it off. Omega VS Hangman with Hangman possibly winning is clear, I really am not sure who takes these from the Bucks. Can the Dark Order get going to parallel Hangman so that they can all reign together?
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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