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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/11/21)

Jericho is so close and yet so far from the goal!

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Will Chris Jericho be the next Casualty of War(dlow)?

The Dark Order looks to make an impact, The Elite keeps their momentum going, and Chris Jericho takes on Mr. Mayhem, all tonight on AEW Dynamite!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Dante Martin & The Sydal Brothers; The Elite wins.
  • Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia w/ 2.0; Allin wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Wheeler Yuta VS The Hardy Family Office; The HFO wins.
  • Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy; Statlander wins.
  • Impact World Tag Team Championships: The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order; The Good Brothers win and retain the titles.
  • The Fourth Labour of Jericho: Chris Jericho VS Wardlow w/ MJF; Jericho wins and advances to the Fifth and Final Labour.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW mourns the loss of “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton.

 

MJF speaks.

“Christopher. I’ve already beaten you twice and you’ve never beaten me. You’re ego can’t handle that, can it, bud? That’s why week in and week out, you chase redemption with reckless abandonment. Throughout these labors, you’ve put yourself through more physical and emotional turmoil than any other man has ever had to bear. But holy s*it, has it made for some great television!” But c’mon, Chris, even MJF is starting to feel bad for you. You’ve been through so much and are now so close to the goal, the match with MJF… Only to be stopped at an arm’s length from the finish line, by the most dangerous, most volatile, fastest, strongest big man this sport has EVER seen, Wardlow.

But look, Jericho. MJF wants to throw a little scenario out. Let’s just say “Hercules” by grace of the Greek gods vanquishes the “titan” and we do get Jericho VS MJF. After all Jericho’s been through, he finds out that MJF is still better than you, and he knows it. Wardlow adds, “I’m definitely gonna beat him.” Like how he beat Cody in that cage match? This time, get the job done. MJF leaves his apple in Wardlow’s hand before leaving, and he doesn’t see Wardlow crush the apple while glaring at MJF. Will the Salt of the Earth have to be careful he isn’t also a Casualty of Wardlow?

 

Six Man Tag: The Elite VS Dante Martin & The Sydal Brothers!

Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks are still feeling good after they dunked on Hangman Page at Fight for the Fallen and after they did him dirty again at Homecoming. But there is always a #1 contender, and CHRISTIAN CAGE is waiting at All Out! Will the Belt Collecting Best Bout Machine use Matt, Mike and Angel Dorado as warm-ups for the coming match with Captain Charisma?

The trios sort out, Omega gets in Dante’s face but the ref keeps him back. Instead, Matt Jackson and Matt Sydal start. Omega is still barking in the ring but the ref gets him to stand on the corner. Sydal and Jackson circle, tie up, go around, and Jackson cravats. Sydal handsprings through the snapmare, Sydal fireman’s carries Jackson, but Jackson kips up to throat chop Sydal! Fans boo as Jackson scoops and SLAMS Sydal, then swivels them hips! Fans boo, those aren’t good hips. Jackson says, “One more?” He scoops but Sydal springs and arm-drags to sweep a leg and STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up for Sydal but Omega is livid already!

Tag to Mike Sydal, he climbs, Matt Sydal gets Matt Jackson stretched out for DOUBLE STOMPS! Mike wrenches but Matt (Jackson) pulls hair! Jackson puts Mike in a corner, whips corner to corner but Mike goes up and over then handsprings to arm-drag Jackson around! Mike keeps hold of the arm, steps over, hammerlock to La Magistrol, TWO! Jackson escapes but Mike drags him to the corner. Tag to Dante and he wrenches Matt (Jackson). But Matt pokes eyes! Tag to Nick Jackson and he headlocks. Nick grinds, Dante powers out but Nick runs Dante over.  ick gloats, things speed up, Dante hurdles and dropkicks Nick down!

Nick scrambles and tags in Matt. Matt runs in, but Dante dodges and goes UP to RANA Matt out! But Omega gets in to CLOBBER Dante! Omega says HE is the champ, which is true, but the Sydals both get in. Omega blocks double kicks but gets DOUBLE ENZIGURIS! The Sydals and Dante coordinate, build speed, and TRIPLE BASEBALL SLIDE! Then they handspring and slingshot feint, to then have the Sydals give Dante a BOOST into the TRIPLE CROSSBODY! Fans are thunderous already as Dante goes up! BIG Crossbody, cover, TWO! Tag to Mike and he gets Matt (Jackson) up. Matt swings but Mike ducks and does the splits!

Mike sweeps the legs to then jump over, and then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mike gets Matt up but Matt JAWBREAKERS! Tag to Omega and fans boo loudly, but still cheer, too. Mike dropkicks but Omega swats it away! Omega soaks up all the cheers and jeers then SLAPS Mike around! Omega reels Mike in, gets him up but Mike slips free to ROCK Omega! Mike runs but into Nick’s cheap shot! Omega comes back to PIE FACE BULLDOG! Omega tags Nick and Nick DECKS Dante and ROCKS Matt Sydal! Omega gets one stomp in before Nick stomps away on Mike. Nick paces about then KICKS Mike down!

Nick drags Mike up and bumps him up off Omega’s boot! Nick drags Mike back out to scoop and SLAM! Tag to Omega, he scrapes his soles on Mike’s face! Omega runs to then flash elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Omega gets Mike up to bump off both Bucks’ boots. Tag to Matt, he throws hands on Mike over and over and stomps away but the ref pulls him away. Fans boo as Jackson taunts Sydal. Cutler sprays down Omega, Omega tags back in. Omega clubs Mike, drags him up and tells Pittsburgh to hush. They boo instead, but Omega CHOPS Mike off his feet! Omega has Mike’s legs, looks around as if looking for approval, but fans boo instead.

Dante and Sydal get angry, the ref keeps them back, and Omega digs his heel into Mike’s groin! The Bucks get in, Nick rolls Mike so Matt can wheelbarrow lift, and Omega adds double CHOPS before Nick slingshots and FACEBUSTERS! The wheelbarrow stays up, KOTARO KRUSHER COMBO! The Bucks blast Dante and Sydal while Omega covers Mike, TWO!! Mike is frustrating The Elite, but Nick tags in. Nick tags Matt, the Bucks get Mike up, double back suplex but he lands on his feet to DECK Omega! Mike dodges Matt Jackson, goes MATRIX to dodge Nick, and hot tags Matt Sydal! Sydal fires off kicks on the Bucks, dodges Omega and WHEEL KICKS him!

Matt Sydal gets Matt Jackson for a fisherman BUSTER! Cover, Nick breaks it! Sydal blocks Nick’s Superkick, hands it to Nick’s brother, then DOUBLE RANAS the Bucks! Fans fire up as Sydal keeps moving, to tilt-o-whirl SLAM Jackson down, to the COBRA CROSSFACE! Nick gets in and stomps Sydal but he refuses to let go! Dante gets in and throws Nick out. Mike gets in to add on a MUTA LOCK! Matt Jackson endures double submissions, but Omega gets in to scrape Mike off and SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX him down! Then he dodges Matt Sydal to SNAP DRAGON! Omega fires up but fans are divided. Dante jumps in, Omega dodges and SNAP-

DANTE LANDS ON HIS FEET?! And then uses ropes to flip up and over Omega, to ENZIGURI! Dante goes to the corner and fans are electric! Hot tag to Dante! Dante runs in to rally on the Bucks! Dante rains down fists in the corner then leaps up over Nick! Dante dropkicks Nick into Matt to then DIVE onto Omega! Dante is fired up and the fans are right there with him! Dante gets Omega up but Omega shoves him. Dante slips up and in, boots Omega, then runs again to go up and LEAP to RANA Omega into barriers! Triangle jump QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!!! So close and yet so far!! But Dante keeps his cool as fans are volcanic!

“THIS IS AWESOME!” as Dante goes to a corner and climbs. Dantre leaps before Nick can get him, but Nick follows to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! But Mike ROUNDHOUSES! Matt Jackson DDT’s Mike, Matt Sydal KNEES Matt Jackson! Omega V-TRIGGERS Sydal and is fired up again! Omega tags in now, storms over to Dante, and he drags Dante up for a fisherman, AOI SHOUDO USHIRGOROSHI! Fans boo hard as ever but Omega doesn’t care. Omega aims, BANG, and V-TRIGGER! Omega drags Dante back up to Electric Chair and ONE WINGED AN- WHAT!? Dante handsprings out! And PELES Omega back!

Omega staggers, but comes back to V-TRIGGER! Omega gets Dante up and underhooks, but Dante sips out of Tiger Driver to schoolboy, TWO!!! Dante gets Omega for a backslide but Omega rolls through to V-TRIGGER AGAIN! Omega gets Dante up, Electric Chair lifts, the Bucks SUPERKICK the Sydals as Omega hits ONE WINGED ANGEL!!!  But that’s not enough?! The Bucks have Dante up, Omega adds in, B T V E (Being the VERY Elite) TRIGGER!! Cover, The Elite win!!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall

As much speed, agility and heart Dante and the Sydals have, it was just not enough to outdo whatever makes The Elite The Elite! Don Callis finally joins his boys ringside, and Tony Schiavone joins them all for a post-match interview. Schiavone feels Dante didn’t deserve all he got, but then Callis snatches the mic. “Pittsburgh, you’ve never seen a winning team like The Elite before!” It is great to be out here with the greatest tag team- Wait, here comes CHRISTIAN! Callis says, “Look! It’s Christian Cage the Stanford Stooge. Hey, buddy, I know you’re not that bright, but even you can count! There’s ten of us, and only one of you!” But Omega, the Bucks, Cutler, Michael Nakazawa and Callis make six. Oh wait, Omega’s four belts…

Jurassic Express helps change those odds! Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt are the #1 contenders to the tag team titles, so they have business with the Bucks! This tense standoff continue, after the break!

 

AEW returns as Christian and Jurassic Express are in the ring.

Schiavone is presiding over this meeting of champions and contenders, but then Callis snatches the mic from him again… Callis tells the contenders that he knows what we all know. Christian gets his AEW World Championship match at All Out, September 5th, in Chicago. Naturally hearing “Chicago,” fans chant “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” Callis ignores that to tell Christian that he and Omega are actually very happy about this news. Christian is one hell of a wrestler, and a hell of a ring general. Christian also has one of the best finishers he’s ever seen. In fact, Omega can’t wait to kick out of it.

So Callis isn’t sure why Christian is here when the match is still three weeks away. Unless, is Christian nervous? Well don’t be, because Kenny Omega is going to make sure that Christian FINALLY has that 5 star match he’s always wanted. So go back to sitting on the bench and wait your turn, Christian. Or did you think they were going to give him the match in Pittsburgh?! What a joke! Christian asks if Callis is finished, “you carney piece o’ s*it!” Fans like that one! Christian apologizes, he takes that back. What he should’ve said, since we’re in Pittsburgh, is, “Are you finished, you carney jagoff?” Fans REALLY like that one!

The Bucks shield Callis’ ears from the fans repeating “JAGOFF! JAGOFF!” at him. But Christian continues to say that he talked to Tony Khan, and he was also with Impact executive, Scott Demore. The conversation the three of them had has it locked in: All Out, Omega VS Christian for “the biggest prize in this sport, the most important championship in this sport, the AEW World Championship!” But unless Christian is counting wrong, Omega has more than one world championship.

And in that conversation with Scott and Tony, Omega WILL be wrestling in Pittsburgh, this Friday, the Rampage premiere, and the very first match in Rampage history! It will be Omega VS Christian, for the IMPACT World Championship!! The fans go nuts! Omega is furious with Callis and Christian, but the music plays Christian off! Omega shouts, “You don’t do this to me! You don’t talk to me like this!” He may be angry now, but just wait until he’s on Rampage!

But hold on, someone calls for music to stop. Jungle Boy says he complete forgot. He and Luchasaurus also talked to Tony Khan, and they learned they also have a pretty big match coming up. Tony said that next week on Dynamite, Jurassic Express is facing the Bucks for the AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS! T-Minus 7 days until Houston feels out of this world! But hold on again, Omega is still ranting and furious! He wants to ask if the fans are singing along with Tarzan Boy, “OooOOOooOoOoh oh oh ooOOH,” or saying “NooOOOooOOo, no no NooOO” ??

Is Omega asking that for real or…? Well Omega wants out of here, and the Elite follow with him. Will gold be moving around all over the place this next week?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

Starting in Dutch, then moving to English, he asks, “Am I really the bad guy in this story? It’s only because I sense doubt from a lot of you.” Malakai made good on everything he said he’d do: he promised it would be quick, short, and violent, and it was. But the narrative has flip-flopped in society, to where “he who speaks the truth is labeled the fool.” There is no room for fools, for second guessing or doubt in the House of Black. They’re both lonely men, Malakai and Cody. But Cody is lonely because he surrounds himself with peopled, Malakai is alone because he chose to be.

And while they’re on the subject of Cody, it seems Cody has one foot in the grave. Malakai wants Cody to let him know when he wants help getting the rest of his body in there. As for the rest of AEW, Malakai wants them to know that when he appears before them, he will make them “feel so desolate and alone, the only ones you’ll have left to talk to are the shadows. Then you will truly, truly understand that the volume of your voice is so low… You’ll realize you’ve been arguing with God.” Ominous and powerful worlds from an ominous and powerful man, but will, or rather can, Cody rise back up from the darkness?

 

Speaking of Cody, Rhodes to the Top is almost ready!

TNT gives us a special look at the reality show about AEW, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, and everything in between, “like you’ve never seen before!” Cody and Brandi are willing to share, will you be there to watch?

 

Miro speaks.

“As a hot and humble man, I live to serve my vengeful God, and please my perfect wife over and over.” So when Lee Johnson challenged him last week for the TNT Championship, Miro was “called to forgive.” And after he beat the HELL out of Johnson, he did forgive. The ret of the locker room is afraid! Despite what they say in interviews, backstage, to themselves, about how much they love AEW and would die for it, “here’s your chance.” AEW tried tricks to make Johnson a contender, now they are offering someone a contract, only if they defeat Miro. Fuego Del Sol, you are striving for Rampage. Miro will cleanse with pain, for this is the word of The Redeemer.

 

Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Danny Garcia w/ 2.0!

While the Relentless One has the Icon, #RedDeath has Matt Lee and Jeff Parker! Garcia and 2.0 warned Darby and “Stinger” about this, but will they be the ones needing to heed their words?

The bell rings and fans fire up as Darby stares Garcia down. They circle, approach, tie up and are in a deadlock. Fans cheer as Garcia gets Darby to a corner but the ref counts. Garcia is aggressive even in the ropebreak but Darby doesn’t flinch. Garcia pats Darby on the cheek, but Darby keeps cool. They circle again, tie up, Darby gets around, full nelsons, spins Garcia to a hammerlock, then snapmare then run him over with a shoulder. Cover, TWO! Darby headlocks, Garcia fights up, fights out, but Darby grinds Garcia down. Garcia fights up again, chinbars then back suplexes, but Darby lands on his feet. Garcia runs Darby over, cover, TWO!

Garcia clamps onto an armlock and bends fingers back as fans rally. Darby fights up, Garcia grinds him down, but Darby fights up. Darby rolls, Garcia wrangles him back down. Fans rally for Darby as he gets up and chinbars to push Garcia off the armlock. Darby then gets around, waistlock to O’Conner Roll, TWO! Jackknife on the rebound, TWO as Garcia bridges! Spin, backslide, TWO! Garcia gets legs, Darby scrambles and gets ropes. The ref counts, Garcia lets off but with a kick. Fans boo that chippy shot and Darby shoves Garcia. Garcia rushes into a drop toehold! FUJIWARA but Garcia gets rope. Darby lets off and fans cheer the standoff.

Darby and Garcia reset, tie up, Darby wrenches and hammerlocks but Garcia reaches back for a headlock. Garcia pulls nose while Matt Lee distracts the ref! Darby gets to ropes but Jeff Parker trips him up! Sting backs Matt down but Garcia gets Darby up to TOSS him shoulders first into buckles! The Red Death glares at the cameras before going to cover Darby. TWO, and AEW goes picture in picture!

Garcia clamps onto the arm, wrenches the arm, pulls on the arm, digs his knuckles into the shoulder, then stomps the arm! Darby drags himself to a corner, Garcia gets Darby to his feet and ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia fireman’s carries to throw Darby down, then has an omoplata SNAP! Garcia’s innovation is torturing Darby, as is the hammerlocks and knee drop. Garcia gets Darby up, suplexes but Darby blocks. Darby hooks legs, throws body shots, then snap suplexes Garcia first! Cover, TWO! Garcia gets to the apron, Darby hurries over but Garcia HOTSHOTS him down! The Red Death takes over again as AEW goes to break!

AEW returns as Garcia CLUBS Darby’s bad arm in a corner. Garcia uppercuts the arm, Darby claws at Garcia but Garcia CLUBS the arm again. Garcia whips corner into corner, runs in and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” but Garcia whips Darby corner to corner again. Darby dodges and Garcia’s dropkick hits buckles! Darby goes up now that Garcia is down, but 2.0 barks at him! Garcia trips Darby up! Fans boo 2.0, the ref reprimands them, and they back off. Garcia drags Darby back with a hammerlock BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Garcia has Darby’s arm and gives some Danielson-esque stomps. Garcia then leg hooks Darby’s arms for a GROUND MOTORCYLE STRETCH!

Darby endures, Garcia stomps away on Darby’s head, but Darby gets a ropebreak with the toe of his shoe! The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, and fans boo Garcia as he stalks Darby. Garcia CHOPS Darby on the back and Darby snarls! Darby choke grips to SLAP, SLAP and SLAP Garcia! But Garcia clubs, UPPERCUTS, and suplexes, only for Darby to slip out! Darby ducks, dodges, springboards, INTO A REAR NAKED CHOKE! Darby rolls back to a cover, TWO! Sunset flip but Darby rolls through to roll Garcia and THROWBACK STUNNER!! Darby goes up, fans are thunderous, COFFIN DROP! Cover, Darby wins!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

The Relentless One survived Red Death, but now 2.0 mug him! Sting fights them off and fights them up the ramp! Then Darby TACKLES Parker! Darby rains down hands, Sting gets Lee up to snap suplex him on the ramp! Fans are fired up again as Sting helps Parker up. To PUNCH him! And DECK him! Darby and Sting circle like sharks and that makes 2.0 scramble away! Will any and all wrestlers coming to AEW have to worry about these two?

 

Death Triangle speaks.

For once, all three men (four with Alex Abrahantes nearby) are here at once, and Rey Fenix asks Penta and Pac, “Did you see all the things Andrade is trying to do?” They need to do something back! They are DEATH TRIANGLE! Penta says he wants Andrade first! And as Penta tells Andrade in Spanish what’s coming for him, Abrahantes stops him before he goes a little too far. Abrahantes then starts to translate Penta’s words, but Pac speaks up, saying he has this. Penta, Fenix, you don’t need to worry about Andrade, let The Bastard focus on him. The Lucha Brothers just need to focus on getting those AEW World Tag Team Championships!

Pac knows they’re undeniably the best, and they deserve gold! As for El Idolo, Pac says, “The reality is this: we don’t know ya, we don’t like ya, and we certainly don’t know why you’re apparently obsessed with Death Triangle. But that. Stops. Now.” And if Andrade has a problem, anywhere and anytime, “come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough. I’m easy to find.”

 

Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor & Wheeler Yuta VS The Hardy Family Office!

Freshly Squeezed, the Kentucky Gentlemen and even The Decoder have been hoping to get at Big Money Matt this whole time, and now they have a chance. But when it’s a #HardyParty, will even the Best Friends & Friends have a bad time?

The trios sort out and Hardy starts against Cassidy. Fans are fired up already as Hardy is talking trash on Cassidy. Cassidy just puts his hands up, brings them back down, but Hardy “DELETES” Cassidy putting his hands in his pockets. Cassidy tries again, DELETE. DELETE! DELETE! Cassidy grabs Hardy’s delete hand and wrenches it, into Cassidy’s pocket! Wait, what? Hardy swings on Cassidy but Cassidy rolls him up! TWO, and Cassidy comes back, into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy goes to a corner, hops up and fans boo as he plays it up. But Cassidy rolls away. Slowly, but away. Hardy runs corner to corner but Cassidy dodges and Hardy hits buckles!

Cassidy goes up slowly, then thinks again and goes to the bottom rope, and mocks Hardy’s finger guns, to FALLING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy hits back, headlocks, tags Marq Quen and Quen clubs Cassidy. Tag to Isiah Kassidy, Private Party double whips, then set up, PARTY IN MO- Nope! Cassidy dodges and Kassidy hits buckles, then Cassidy shoves Quen out of the ring. Cassidy tags Yuta, then shows off some hidden agility! Kassidy covers up and squeals, but Cassidy unleashes the SHIN KICKS! Cassidy fires up the crowd, sets up as a step stool, and it’s WHEELER IN MOTION! Then Chuck is in, he ripcords to SOLE FOOD!

Wheeler gets Kassidy for a modified BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Wheeler keeps on Kassidy as fans rally up. He whips Kassidy but Kassidy reverses and Quen gets a cheap shot in. Quen ducks the retaliation, Kassidy runs in but Yuta dodges! Private Party start up and hit SILLY STRING! Kassidy hits Cassidy and Chuck, covers Yuta, TWO! Kassidy gets Yuta up and snap suplexes as AEW goes picture in picture.

Kassidy covers, TWO! Kassidy keeps on Yuta, tags Quen, and they throw Yuta out. Quen mugs Yuta, throws him into railing, then knees him against the apron. Quen bumps Yuta off the apron again, and again, then clubs away on him! The Blade and Bunny taunt Yuta as Quen drags him into the ring. Quen stomps Yuta, puts him in the corner, rams his shoulder in, and Hardy messes with Yuta’s hair. Hardy tags in, he and Quen mug Yuta, and Hardy rams his shoulder in now. Tag to Kassidy and they mug Yuta before Kassidy drags Yuta around by his hair. Kassidy mocks, “Him? Him?!” Kassidy shoves Yuta down, covers, ONE! Kassidy clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Yuta.

Yuta fights up, fights back, fans fire up and he gets free. But Kassidy reels him in for a back suplex! Kassidy grinds, tags Hardy, then Hardy tags Quen. Private Party whip Yuta and double elbow him down, for a TRIPLE COMBO: Hardy Fist Drop, Quen STANDING MOONSAULT, Kassidy SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives that Hardy Party party mix, but Quen bumps him off buckles. Tag to Kassidy, they mug and stomp Yuta, but the ref counts. Kassidy lets off to “talk” to the ref, distracting him from seeing Quen put Yuta in a SLEEPER! Quen lets go before the ref sees, and then Kassidy tags Quen in.

AEW returns to single picture, Private Party double whip Yuta to the corner. Quen swings on Best Friends, then runs at Yuta. Yuta elbow shim away, BOOTS Kassidy, then hops up to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up while Yuta and Private Party are down! Bunny gets mad so Hardy gets in to distract the ref! The ref doesn’t see Bunny pull Cassidy down from the apron! But Kris Statlander gets in her face about it! Fans fire up as these two argue, but here comes NYLA ROSE! She POUNCES Kris down, because their match is later! Then Jack Evans DECKS Cassidy! Fans boo as the ref misses all of this!

Private Party gets Yuta up, they aim for the corner, but Yuta slips out of the lift! Hot tag to Chuckie T! Fans fire up as Chuck rallies on HFO! BOOT for Quen, spin around for Kassidy, and shove into Quen! Then Chuck DIVES out onto The Blade and Angelico! Chuck hurries back in but Kassidy kicks him. Kassidy runs, Chuck pops him up, SQUEALING Flapjack! Pop-up POWEROBMB onto Kassidy for Quen! Chuck gets Quen up again, for a SPINNING LIGER BOMB! Cover, but Hardy breaks it! Fans boo but Cassidy gets in, dodges and tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! Fans fire up as Cassidy DIVES onto Hardy! Chuck aims at Quen, runs in at the corner, and clotheslines!

Yuta tags in, Chuck gets Quen around for an UREANGE! Yuta is up, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Quen keeps the HFO in this but Yuta keeps his cool. Fans rally up, Yuta stands Quen to whip. Quen holds ropes, boots Yta away, then DECKS Chuck! But Quen runs into a waistlock, fights around, and Kassidy tags in. Quen elbows free then PELES! Yuta falls out of the ring, but rewinds back in! Waistlock, GERMAN for Quen! Cover, but not only is Quen not the legal man, Kassidy SWANTONS it apart! Cover on Yuta, TWO!! Private Party can’t believe this isn’t over and they’re getting mad! Kassidy storms in after Yuta and gets him up to the top rope.

Tag to Quen, Kassidy climbs, and Quen joins in. But Chuck drags Kassidy down, Hardy drags Chuck out, Hardy throws Chuck over railing! Yuta shoves Quen away to stop the superplex, but Quen comes back to RANA, GIN ‘N’ JUICE!! Cover, but CASSIDY breaks it! Cassidy dodges Kassidy to ORANGE PUNCH! Cassidy sees Jack barking, swings at him, but Hardy throws Quen INTO Cassidy like a Spear! Hardy sees Yuta get up, kick and TWIST OF FATE! Cover, the HFO wins!!

Winners: The Hardy Family Office, by pinfall

This really was the entire HFO’s win, because Blade, the Hybrid2, Bunny, and even people outside of the office were beating up on the Best Friends & Friends! Is there any stopping this conglomerate?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade El Idolo & Chavo Guerrero Jr.

Dasha welcomes them both and speaks to the “harsh words” from Death Triangle. Andrade chuckles but tells Pac, “You are very ungrateful.” Chavo repeats, “You are very ungrateful!” All El Idolo has shown is respect, in the forms of first class air travel, limousine service and champagne, and this is the thanks he gets? Pac, be careful what you wish for. Chavo speaks up again and says, “What if you teach Pac who the boss is at All Out?” Oy, El Idolo IS the boss. Yes, and while El Idolo knows that, and while Chavo knows that, Pac will find out at All Out! Chavo grins and Andrade glares, will The Bastard be ready for this lesson?

 

AEW looks closer still at FTR VS Proud ‘n’ Powerful.

Ortiz starts with, “Every time we face adversity, we face it head-on. We’re hungrier than ever! If you two have the cajones to step back in the ring with us, I guarantee you, the outcome is gonna be different.” Santana says, “At the first sign of trouble, y’all decide to grab y’all’s ball and go home. Y’know what we’re taught where we’re from? You get a scar, you give your blood, you wrap that s*it up and keep it pushin’ to finish the match!” They are coming for blood over and over and over! FTR better show up and show out, cuz Santana & Ortiz are here, and they ain’t going nowhere.

 

Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Kris Statlander w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Native Beast truly blindside the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien earlier tonight, firing the first shot in this rematch from Revolution. But speaking of revolutions, those always come back around. Will Statlander make sure what Nyla did to her comes back around in the ring?

But then Nyla CLOBBERS Statlander the second she’s in the ring! The ref has the bell ring to get this on record, and Nyla drags Kris up to scoop, but Kris slips out and things speed up. Kris dodges Nyla to ram shoulders, but neither falls! Kris kicks, kicks and ROUNDHOUSES! Vickie is furious as Kris runs, but Nyla goes goes the other way to POUNCE Kris to the ropes! Fans boo as Nyla chokes Kris on ropes. The ref counts, Nyla lets off, and Vickie laughs at Kris’ pain. Nyla drags Kris up but Kris throws hands. Nyla CLUBS Kris down, Kris hits back. Vickie gets angrier as the brawling continues. Kris ROCKS Nyla, runs, but Nula reels her in for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fans boo but Nyla keeps going, only for Kris to dump her out! Kris builds speed to slide, but Nyla jumps over! Kris yanks Nyla off the apron, Nyla gets caught in the apron skirt while smacking off the edge! Kris goes up, and does the APRON PENDULUM MOONSAULT! Direct hit, Vickie is furious, but Kris gets Nyla into the ring. Kris gives thumbs up to Cassidy but Vickie gets in Cassidy’s face. They “argue,” she SHRIEKS, and Nyla APRON CHOKE SLAMS Kris down! Nyla drags Kris in, covers, TWO!! Vickie is still shrill as Nyla gets Kris up to hang her out to dry. Nyla goes to a corner, climbs up, but Kris handstands out of the situation! Only for Nyla to hop down and SPEAR her down!

Nyla gets Kris up, rams her into the corner, then pie faces her. Nyla puts Kris up top, climbs up, but Kris slips out! Kris carries Nyla in a POWERBOMB! Fans fire up for Kris as she climbs up top! Vickie shouts to Nyla, but Kris hits the AREA 451 SPLASH!! Cover, KRIS WINS!!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

Revolution and earlier tonight have been avenged! Will the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien soon find herself becoming the Galaxy’s Greatest Women’s Champion?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

Matt & Nick are still amped up, “Look who it is! CACAW!” It’s the greatest tag team of all time, the Young Bucks. Cutler is like a silent hype man behind them as Matt says, “Last week, the EVP’s, the Extremely VIOLENT People, struck again. Bye-bye, Hangman. Aw, man, so sad.” And then earlier tonight, in that Six Man Tag, the Elite showed the world why they’re elite. And for the past few months to a YEAR now, they have dominated and shown the entire AEW Tag Division that the Bucks are the GOATS and there ain’t nobody in their league. Next week, it’ll be as easy as a lay-up! Nick goes for one, but gets denied by Luchasaurus!

JB has the ball, Luchasaurus screens Matt hard, and JB takes it to the hole! Luchasaurus tops it off with, “Not in my house!” The Bucks are stunned, claim foul, Cutler agrees but they tell him to shut it. But will they get the calls they want when Dynamite is in Houston?

 

Red Velvet speaks.

“How do I feel about Dr. Britt Baker being AEW Women’s Champion? There’s a little bit of a mutual respect for what she’s doing. She’s grinding, she’s starting a new era, and she’s making sure that everyone knows her name, so I cannot be upset with that. But I can’t say I’m too happy about it her being at the top.” Britt rubbed it in that she beat Velvet in under three minutes, but Velvet says when she first got here, she had to prove herself. “Nobody knew who Red Velvet was. So I knew I had to show what I had to get up in the ranks.” Getting in there with anyone and everyone and not being afraid is what helped Velvet get up into the top five and show the world who she is and what she does in the ring.

The case has been made, the title match is coming, at the AEW Rampage debut in #Brittsburgh! Will Velvet go on a Rampage and take the title from the Dentist? Speaking of…

 

Tony Schiavone introduces Britt Baker!

The Terrible Towels are whipping around as Britt walks out in front of her hometown crowd in the Pittsburgh colors and with plenty of pyro. Britt joins Schiavone in the ring as fans chant “D M D! D M D!” Friday, on TNT and in this very same building, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be on the line against a young lady who’s on the rise in Velvet. Britt says she really can’t comment on Velvet’s rise, because it wouldn’t be fair. Britt can’t relate, she’s always been at the top of AEW. She’s always been the face of the division, and the Baddest B*tch on the Block!

But Velvet’s fearlessness, she can relate to. Because Britt wasn’t afraid to step up when this company “desperately” needed a new Women’s Champion. A new era! Britt wasn’t afraid to step up when this city needed a champion. Pitt agrees with Britt, and she says she bleeds black ‘n’ gold, but it’s obvious that this has been a difficult year for all of us. So Pittsburgh, PA, she presents to you “hope.” The fans LOVE that! “Speaking of hope… Red, you might’ve had a glimmer of it, if you were wrestling me in any other city. But not Pittsburgh! Not here, not #Brittsburgh!”

If Velvet wanted to swim with the sharks, Britt’s gonna drag her to the deep end! This Friday, for the DEBUT of AEW Rampage. Britt VS Velvet in the main event! So, Schiavone, how about we practice. “And still, your AEW Women’s World Champion… Dr. Britt Baker,” and Pitt finishes it off, “D! M! D!” But here comes Velvet! They brawl in the ring and Pittsburgh boos the challenger! Referees drag Velvet off but she and Britt still want to fight now! They still have to wait, but will we see on Friday, Britt Baker proving this isn’t just Steel Country, this is GOLD country? Or will Velvet have her #JustDesserts when she gets her first taste of the title?

 

AEW looks closer at Ricky Starks VS Brian Cage.

The Absolute FTW Champion tells The Machine, “It’s like we keep missing each other, like two ships passing each other in the night.” Cage says Starks is confusing “missing” for “running.” But Starks says Cage can find him, next week in the best place Starks could ever be: the spotlight on Dynamite! And it’ll be them 1v1, man to man. No Hook, no Taz, no Will Hobbs. Well unfortunately for Ricky, Cage knows when he’s lying! It’s cuz Starks’ lips are moving. If Starks wants Cage face to face, man to man, then that’s not fair at all for Starks. Cage isn’t a man, he’s a MACHINE! Will this be an absolute scrap when these two finally meet in a match?

 

Impact World Tag Team Championships: The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order!

While Rampage has a big Impact World Championship match set, this will be the historic first time Impact Wrestling’s gold is featured in an AEW ring! As such, can Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson keep Evil Uno & Stu Grayson down? Or can the Dark Order make an impact on the multi-promotional landscape?

The introductions are made, but as the Good Brothers (and Brandon Cutler) take their time getting to the ring, Stu FLIES out onto them! Direct hit at the ramp with that tope conjilo, then Stu RAMPS Gallows into steps! Stu gets The Machine Gun into the ring, the bell rings to get this on record, and Uno fires off JAB after JAB and a CHOP! Bump off buckles, tag to Stu, and given last week’s disagreement about helping/not helping Hangman it seems only Colt Cabana is here ringside to cheer them on. Feed to Stu’s Atomic Drop and Uno adds a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Dark Order as Stu drags Anderson back up and tags in Uno.

Uno and Stu have Anderson for a roll up, TWO! Uno drags Anderson up to throw hands, then he whips Anderson to the corner. Stu tags in, Stu whips Uno but Uno whips to send Stu in, into a BOOT! Stu is down, Anderson puts Uno on the apron, but Uno ROCKS Anderson! Uno bumps Anderson off buckles and Cabana cheers them on. Uno fires the crowd up but Cutler anchors his foot to yank him down! Fans boo but Cabana DECKS Cutler! Cutler clutches at his face mask! Cabana chases Cutler away, band here comes Frankie Kazarian! Kaz CLOBBERS Cutler! Anderson is furious seeing that, and at Kaz dragging cutler away!

Anderson refocuses as Gallows BOOTS Stu down! Gallows throws hands on Uno, fans boo, and Anderson soaks it all up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Gallows bumps Uno off apron, whips’ him into railing, then shoves him down! Gallows soaks up the heat as he goes back to the Good Brother corner. The ref starts the ring count, Stu checks on Uno, and Uno gets up at 5. Uno catches his breath and gets in at 8, but Anderson stomps away on him! The ref counts as Anderson stands on Uno’s face, but Anderson stops to bump him off buckles. Tag to Gallows, he brings Uno around and throws body shots! And an uppercut! Uno sits down, the ref reprimands Gallows, but Gallows just laughs it off. Gallows runs in to back elbow Uno down! Gallows pushes Uno around to then drop an elbow! Tag to Anderson and the Good Brothers mug Uno!

Anderson has Uno in a corner, he throws body shots now, then tags Gallows in. Snapmare for Uno, and Anderson digs at the mask! Gallows runs to BOOT Uno down! Cover, TWO! Gallows bumps Uno off buckles, throws big uppercuts, then tags in Anderson. Uno ROCKS Anderson, elbows Gallows, repeat! Anderson uppercuts, brings Uno around to whip him corner to corner hard, then talks trash. Anderson tells Stu something and Stu shouts back at Anderson. Anderson runs into the corner only for Uno to elbow him away! AEW returns to singles picture as Uno runs and RANAS Anderson! And then hurries to tag Stu!

Fans fire up as Stu ROCKS Anderson, but Gallows hurries to back Anderson up. Stu slingshots, steps over Anderson, and hits Gallows with a TORNADO DDT! Then he gets up, dodges Anderson and rallies with big forearms! Then gets Anderson for a BIG Urenage! Stu keeps going, LION TORNILLO!? Cover, Gallows breaks it! Gallows tags in, goes after Stu and fireman’s carries. Stu fights with elbows, slips off and brings Gallows into the torture rack?! But Gallows is too big and Stu falls down. Tag to Anderson, but the Good Brothers get a DOUBLE PELE! Hot tag to Uno! The Dark Order coordinate, Uno BOOTS Anderson into Stu’s KNEE, and then Anderson wobbles and sways!

Stu shouts, “GET OVER HERE!” and Uno kangaroo kicks Anderson into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Anderson lands on Gallows! Stu hurries up top as fans are thunderous again! Uno and Stu coordinate again, CANNONBALL 450 SPLASH IN STEREO~! Uno covers Anderson, TWO!! Anderson survives and everyone else is in shock! Fans rally up, Uno tags Stu and they coordinate again. Uno gets Anderson up, Gory Especial, Stu is up top. But Anderson slips out, shoves Uno and Stu leaps over into Gallows’ UPPERCUT! Gallows and Anderson get Stu up, but Uno stops the Magic Killer! Gallows ROCKS Uno, runs but Uno dumps him out!

Uno whips Stu to have him DIVE and take out Gallows! Anderson rushes Uno but gets caught for END OF DAYS! Uno fires up and the fans do, too! Uno and Stu coordinate again and Uno gets Anderson back up in the Gory Especial! Wait, Gallows threw in one of the title belts! The ref grabs it, that distracts him long enough for Gallows to TRIP Stu! Uno lets Anderson down to swipe at Gallows but he gets away, and then GUN STUN!! Gallows drags Stu of the corner, right into the MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, the Good Brothers win!!

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall (still Impact World Tag Team Champions)

The Dark Order failed to make an impact on the Elite’s Impact Tag Team title reign, and it feels like they just keep losing! What will it take for Uno, Stu and the entire group to get back on the horse and ride with their heads held high again?

 

AEW hears from the NWA Women’s World Champion.

“I’m Kamille, the Brickhouse, and I would describe my style as hard-hitting and IDGAF.” She knows Leyla Hirsch is a shoot wrestler, great ground game, but one thing Kamille wants Leyla to know: she won’t get Kamille off her feet. Leyla is undoubtedly the underdog here, okay? “Oooh~, the forbidden door~. We’ve opened it, haven’t we?” August 28th, NWA EMPOWERR, the whole world will see Kamille beat Leyla. Kamille is confident, but will Leyla prove she’s so legit, Kamille will have to quit?

 

Tony Schiavone and The Factory are in the ring.

Finally, after putting it off for weeks, QT Marshall is here with Schiavone for the apology. Three weeks and this is finally the time. But QT snatches the mic to say that Schiavone has QT’s words twisted, just like everyone else here. QT said there was going to be an apology, not that he’d apologize. The last few weeks, Schiavone should apologize to QT! Fans boo but Aaron Solo tells them to shut up. QT says if we waited on Schiavone having an apology, we’d be here forever and no one has that kind of time. So QT will apologize to Schiavone. Not for the protein shake being poured on his head, no. But for what The Factory is about to Schiavone’s son, Chris, right now!

What?! Comoroto drags Chris Schiavone from the front row into the ring! Chris wants to be a wrestler, is that right? Schiavone warns QT but QT says, “Don’t do what? Don’t do this?” GUT PUNCH! Comoroto holds Schiavone to make him watch! Fans boo as QT says Schiavone should’ve just apologized. Schiavone says he DOES apologize! For everything and anything! But then he still calls QT an SOB. Well apology not accepted! DIAMOND CUTTER for Chris!! But here comes PAUL WIGHT! Big Paul is a good friend and Schiavone’s Elevation commentary partner, he is NOT going to stand by and let this go any further!

Schiavone gets his son Chris to safety as Wight gets in the ring! Comoroto is big but Wight is a GIATN! So they feed SOLO to him! Wight choke grips Solo but just glares at QT as he GIANT CHOKE SLAMS Solow down! Will QT apologize or just stay away from the ring altogether?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

Houston’s own Sammy Guevera will be back in action in a grudge match with Shawn Spears! Plus, Sammy promises a major announcement to accompany his in-ring return. Will it be all good things from the Spanish God? Or will the Chair Man look to ruin it all?

Then, after the confrontation between them, Darby & Sting will team up against 2.0 in a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! No restraints on this one, will the Stinger strike in the Lonestar State?

 

The Fourth Labour of Jericho: Chris Jericho VS Wardlow w/ MJF!

The Demo God, Le Champion, the Painmaker defeated Shawn Spears, survived Nick Gage, and found away to fly against Juventud Guerrera. But now, MJF uses his biggest muscle of all in The Pinnacle’s peerless powerhouse! Will, or rather can, Jericho make it to the final chapter of this epic?

Jericho revels in Pittsburgh singing Judas to him, then Wardlow makes his entrance. MJF of course has to make his own separate entrance to one, soak his ego in the heat from the fans, and two, make a point that he is (supposedly) just an impartial ringside enforcer. The bell rings and fans are fired up for Jericho. Jericho fires off on Wardlow with haymakers! Wardlow tosses Jericho into a corner and fires off haymakers of his own! Wardlow RAMS into Jericho, stomps a mudhole in, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans boo Wardlow as he gets Jericho up to throw more hands. Wardlow whips Jericho corner to corner, then runs in, but into boots!

Jericho goes up the corner, leaps, and ax handles Wardlow! Wardlow staggers but into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, ONE!?! Jericho is shocked and Wardlow is grinning. Wardlow gets up and RAMS Jericho into a corner! And RAMS him more! Wardlow throws hands, then TOSSES Jericho across the way! Jericho clutches back while Wardlow stalks up behind him. MJF is “impartially” telling fans to shut their mouths, as Wardlow gets Jericho up for a suplex TOSS! Fans chant, “Wardlow Sucks! Wardlow Sucks!” Wardlow drags Jericho up and suplex TOSSES him again! MJF asks where the taunting is now as Wardlow clotheslines Jericho up and out of the ring!

Wardlow stalks Jericho on the outside, CLUBS him down, then bumps him off the apron. The ref starts a ring count, Wardlow CLUBS Jericho more, and Wardlow whips Jericho hard into railing! The ring count is now 5 of 10 but Wardlow just waves it off as he stomps Jericho. Wardlow CLUBS Jericho, puts him in, and then drags him back out, thereby refreshing the count! Wardlow ROCKS Jericho, grins and trophy lifts Jericho, rams him into the post then SLAMS him on the apron! Jericho staggers, Wardlow bearhugs him against the railing! Then he RAMS Jericho into a post! Wardlow drags Jericho up into the ring, MJF “impartially” claps for Mr. Mayhem.

Wardlow brings Jericho up, reels him in, and POWERBOMBS him right down! Wardlow drags Jericho up again, MJF “impartially” says “One more time!” and so Wardlow brings Jericho up again. Jericho tries to Rana but he’s not stronger than Wardlow! Wardlow brings Jericho up again, to BOMB him again!  Wardlow paces as AEW goes picture in picture.

Wardlow paces, taunts fans to keep chanting and then shouts back, “WHO SUCKS?!” Wardlow stalks Jericho to ropes, digs his knee into Jericho’s back but the ref counts. Wardlow stops at 4, then MJF “impartially” CHOKES Jericho on the ropes! Wardlow “apologizes” to the ref so MJF can just keep choking Jericho! MJF finally lets go and Wardlow reels Jericho back in. Wardlow lifts Jericho for a THIRD POWERBOMB! Wardlow looms over Jericho, drags him up, and reels him in again. A FOURTH POWERBOMB! Fitting as this is the fourth labour. Wardlow struts about, MJF talks trash to fans, and Wardlow stalks Jericho as he stirs.

Wardlow dares Jericho to stand, Jericho drags himself up by Wardlow’s straps, and Wardlow grins as he looks Jericho in the eyes. Wardlow DECKS Jericho, then taunts him to get back up. Jericho does and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Wardlow just gets mad, pie faces and pushes Jericho around, then kicks low to reel Jericho in. Wardlow gets Jericho up for a FIFTH POWERBOMB! Wardlow soaks up the heat, MJF “impartially” says, “That’s right!” and AEW returns to single picture.

Wardlow drags Jericho back up but fans rally for Jericho. Wardlow reels Jericho in, gets him up for a SIXTH POWERBOMB! MJF pretends to cry to mock the Jericho fans here. Wardlow kicks Jericho around but Jericho pushes himself up. Wardlow slaps Jericho around and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Wardlow shoves Jericho, catches his crossbody, and pops him up to a fireman’s carry! For the F10!! Jericho writhes but still gets up! MJF wants Wardlow to inflict MORE pain, and Wardlow gets Jericho up in a corner. Wardlow hoists Jericho up top, brings him out along the ropes, but Jericho sees the knee coming!

Jericho trips Wardlow for the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous as Wardlow endures! Jericho makes sure Wardlow is facing away from the ropes, but then MJF RAKES Jericho’s eyes! Jericho lets the hold go as fans boo! MJF slithers into the ring, but the ref spots him! And EJECTS him! MJF was the only one who said MJF was a ringside enforcer, the ref still has the power to throw his ass out! And MJF is furious about it! Wardlow is, too, but he just goes back to Jericho. Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat! The ref is distracted by the irate MJF and security that is dragging him away, Jericho STRIKES Wardlow with Floyd! JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (advances to the Fifth and FINAL Labour)

Maxwell Jagoff- Er, Jacob Friedman is freaking out! All his planning, scheming, and effort might have just been for naught! Wait, Shawn Spears?! And he attacks Jericho from behind!! The Chair Man is still doing MJF’s dirty work, was this a Plan B?! But wait, here comes SAMMY! Sammy SPEARS Spears! His in-ring return is set for next week, but that doesn’t mean he can’t run out and beat the hell out of his bitter rival! But Wardlow gets back up to BOOT Sammy down! Sammy still fires off on Spears, so Wardlow throws Sammy away! MJF storms down the ramp, throws off his jacket, gets in the ring as Wardlow SPINEBUSTERS Sammy, and MJF drags Jericho around.

MJF puts on the SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA ARMBAR! And drops elbows, and pulls off the elbow brace, and puts the FUJIWARA back on!! Spears and Wardlow stomp Sammy, Jericho TAPS to the armbar but it doesn’t matter here! But here comes JAKE HAGER! Rock Hard, Big Hurt, either way he’s mad as hell! MJF shouts, “WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA!” Chris, you might have gotten to Labour Number 5, and the rematch with MJF, but Jericho still doesn’t know the stipulations! “Next week, I’m gonna take away something from you that you love, that you cherish. Something that has helped you win each and every single one of these labors thus far.”

MJF tells Jericho that next week, #NOJUDASEFFECT! No Judas the song, even! Jericho will come out to DEAD SILENCE so the SHMUCKS can’t sing along to that “crappy little song!” And if Jericho uses the Judas Effect in the match, MJF automatically wins! Now, forget the stipulation a moment and call him Mystic Max. “Cuz baby, I’m about to make a prediction for next week: You’re gonna find out that when it comes to me, you haven’t just met your match, you’ve met your successor! There’s a new king in town, and his name is MAXWELL! JACOB! FRIEDMAN!!”

Jericho’s best weapon is disallowed, but can he make this so-called king look more like a fool by once again overcoming the stacked deck?


My Thoughts:

This was a fired up and amazing episode for AEW! Though I suppose it was going to be, as it also acted as a “go-home” of sorts to the Rampage premiere. I had a feeling Rampage being one hour, an episode would have three matches, no more, no less. This debut episode is going to be a powerful first episode, but definitely building off a lot of the powerful, highly exciting action we got tonight. The opening Six Man was a lot of fun, because Dante and the Sydals all got to look great even in losing. This was proof that AEW sees big things in Dante, and that even the  veteran wrestlers see those things in Dante.

The following promo segment was great stuff, too. Christian Cage being set up as the All Out challenger was given with Fight for the Fallen and Hangman Page losing the World Title Eliminator 10 Man. But the twist of Omega defending the Impact title was great. Omega’s greed is coming back to bite him, and that is great for the fans! Then Miro had another hilarious yet intimidating promo to set up Fuego’s title opportunity that is also an AEW contract opportunity, a great match for a guy who has worked as hard as Fuego. I have a feeling that Fuego will still be offered the contract because of his valiant effort in fighting Miro.

Obviously Pittsburgh’s favorite segment was Britt Baker’s. And to be fair, it was a great segment. Heel or Face is clearly matter of perspective, even if she does Heel behavior. Velvet had a great promo beforehand and then their brawl was great. That match being the main event for Rampage is the perfect move on many levels, and Rampage could feel like a one hour sampler of an AEW PPV. But being that Britt is in her hometown, she is definitely winning this. AEW doesn’t do that “hometown hero loses because lol” thing, especially with this case where just THAT many fans are behind their hometown wrestler. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like the energy here tonight.

Allin VS Garcia was an awesome match, with both great technical skill and high speed action. 2.0 still carry over their hilarious personalities and attitudes from being Ever-Rise in WWE/NXT/205 Live, because that’s how it should be. Their match with Allin and Sting is going to be great stuff for both in-ring and character work, but surely Allin and Sting win that. We got great promos from Death Triangle and Team El Idolo, and it is more good character work that the Lucha Brothers wanted after Andrade but Pac is taking lead. It both does and doesn’t confirm Andrade’s claims that the Lucha Bros are working for Pac, since the brothers let Pac have his say.

Andrade VS PAC at All Out is going to be a great one, could steal the show if they go all out, and I have a feeling Chavo will help Andrade win. After all, it is the Guerrero way. Also wow Vickie turned up the shrew quality of her character up to a new level tonight. She played her part well in Kris VS Nyla but what a great win for Statlander here tonight. And of course that was after the other great Six Man, HFO VS Best Friends & Friends (that’s just my name for them by the way). I feel like Best Friends will need to reach out to even more “good friends” to help even the numbers with HFO for some massive, almost team battle royal match.

In fact, I’d love that to happen! HFO has 6, so BF&F would need three more, and I don’t know if Trent’s recovered from his surgery to be cleared. I would’ve said Jurassic Express but they also had a great part in that promo showdown with The Elite, as well as the backstage promo with the basketball. Someone needs to shut “GET DUNKED ON” before the Elite gives up the basketball gimmick, though, I really mean that. Kamille had a good promo calling out Leyla, Starks VS Cage had a very good vignette to hype their match, I wonder if the FTW Championship can be on Rampage’s second episode, just so it doesn’t have to worry about being crammed into what will surely be a stacked All Out card.

The Impact Tag title match was a lot of fun, and they did a great job making it look like Dark Order was close. This match and how it was only Cabana ringside were actually great details in this overall story for the group. They keep losing the “big ones,” Hangman keeps losing “the ones before the big ones,” and as much as Hangman said he needed time alone, I bet he and the Dark Order regroup, commiserate, and formulate a way to get everyone something as Dynamite enters Year 3. Malakai Black had a great promo to describe both Cody’s situation and his own, and I actually laughed at the juxtaposition with the reality show plug. Kinda proving Malakai’s point, Cody.

I figured QT’s apology thing was all a trap, and while I had stated I wished Gunn Club would come to Schiavone’s rescue, it is pretty cool that Paul “Formerly the Big Show” Wight was the one to step up. He’s got QT on the run, he should still have back-up in the form of the Gunn Club, they can have a Six Man with The Factory’s QT, Comoroto and Solo at least the All Out Buy-In. And of course, last but not least, the Fourth Labour of Jericho. MJF is a great Heel and he kept Pittsburgh riled up, and even Wardlow was showing he knows how to rile people up with both words and with just smug body language.

The match itself was a bit slow grinding but that was the point of it. Wardlow didn’t want MJF getting on him about failing, MJF wanted Jericho to suffer, but all of that bit them both in the butt. Jericho wins again, the brawling was great to hype up Sammy VS Spears, and “You Can’t Use Your Finisher(s)” is actually a smart move because of how cowardly it is. MJF is thinking the Judas Effect is Jericho’s only good move, when we all see Jericho still pulling out the Walls, the Lionsault, and the Code Breaker. Yes, those moves have been nerfed in favor of the Judas Effect being booked strong, but I would love if Jericho brought out something he literally hasn’t used in years to defeat MJF and just make him stew in it.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

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

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

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

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

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

Backstage interview with LFI.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

QUICK NOTES

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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