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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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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/3/21)

The Spanish God is on a Rampage!

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Will Sammy Guevara still reign?

Tony Nese answers the open challenge for Sammy Guevara’s AEW TNT Championship, but is it too soon for the Premier Athlete to dethrone a Spanish God?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Tony Nese; Guevara wins and retains the title.
  • Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Janai Kai; Cargill wins.
  • Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard; FTR wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara VS Tony Nese!

Rampage opens with gold! But after the Spanish God got sucker punched by the Premier Athlete, will Sammy do Nese the favor of ending that undefeated streak? Or will Nese shock the world by taking this title on his first try?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we see who stays golden in Hotlanta!

Nese and Sammy circle for only a moment before Sammy fires off! Sammy hammers Nese at the ropes, CHOPS him in the corner, then throws more hands. Nese body shots and CLUBS Sammy down, then whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Nese gloats but fans boo. Sammy trips Nese to rain down fists! Nese shoves Sammy away, things speed up, Sammy hurdles and flips over to dropkick Nese down! Nese bails out while Sammy kips up so smooth! Fans fire up while Nese paces around the outside. Sammy builds speed to DIVE and twist! Direct hit with the corkscrew tope and fans are thunderous!

Sammy brings Nese up but Nese RAMS Sammy into the apron! Nese whips but Sammy reverses and Nese hits steel steps! Sammy drags Nese up, puts Nese against railing, and CHPOS him! Nese staggers away but Sammy CLUBS him from behind! Sammy then RAMS Nese into railing! Sammy puts Nese back in, takes a moment for his banged up ribs, and then he climbs up top. Nese trips Sammy up and Sammy gets stuck on the rope! Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, fireman’s carry and GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Sammy down as fans boo. Sammy crawls to ropes but fans rally up. Nese drags Sammy up but Sammy throws body shots.

Nese goes to ropes, but he throat chops back! Nese brings Sammy around to talk trash, throw body shots, then BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sammy clutches the leg where Nese landed, but Nese kicks him around. Nese brings Sammy up to whip corner to corner hard, and Sammy bounces off buckles. Nese flexes but fans boo, and Nese drags Sammy up. Nese whips Sammy into another corner and Sammy again bounces off buckles. Nese runs in, Sammy dodges! Sammy CHOPS Nese, sunset flips, but Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Cover, TWO!

Nese hurries to get Sammy in the body scissors! Sammy endures the squeeze but fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Sammy moves around, throws hands and gets free, but Nese gets a rear bearhug. Sammy throws elbows, Nese back suplexes him down! Nese kicks Sammy around, then mocks the fans chanting for him. Nese stalks Sammy, Sammy CHOPS back. Nese CHOPS Sammy, but Sammy CHOPS again. Nese CHOPS, Sammy CHOPS, repeat! It’s a CHOP fight, until Nese dropkicks Sammy down! Cover, TWO! Nese headlocks and grinds Sammy down as AEW returns to single picture. Sammy fights up, throws body shots, but Nese shifts his hold, only for Sammy to back suplex! Both men are down, but fans rally up. Sammy gets to ropes, he kicks but Nese blocks and trips to a HALF CRAB!

Nese digs a knee into Sammy’s bad ribs while pulling on the leg! Fans rally as Sammy endures, and Sammy turns over to kick and kick and get free! Sammy dodges Nese to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up, Sammy CLOBBERS Nese again! And again! Sammy whips, Nese reverses but Sammy dodges and rams in! ENZIGURI from the apron! Fans fire up as Sammy springboards, triangle jump, SUPER CUTTER! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!! Nese survives but Sammy fires up and slashes the throat! Torture rack, GO TO- NO! Nese blocks the knee to get the HALF CRAB again! Fans rally as Sammy endures the hold all over again! Sammy turns over, cradles, TWO!

Nese runs in but Sammy catches him, only for Nese to slide under and pump handle! Sammy slips out of the scoop, shoves Nese and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for Sammy as he gets back up. Sammy kicks Nese around, pushes him, but Nese pushes back. Sammy clotheslines Nese out of the ring! Sammy goes to the apron, takes a moment, and TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit and fans lose their minds! Sammy gets Nese up and into the ring, then drags himself up to the apron. Sammy springboards but Nese SHORYUKENS! Sammy falls, Nese builds speed, PREMIER FOSBURY FLOP!!

Nese puts Sammy in, gets up top fast, PREMIER 450!! Cover, TWO!?! Sammy survives and shocks Nese! Nese is frustrated but fans say “This is Awesome!” Nese drags Sammy up, pushes him around, slaps him around, taunts him, but Sammy fires off forearms! Nese shoves Sammy to ROCK him with that left! Nese runs, Sammy somersaults to ROCK Nese back! Sammy goes to run but Nese reels him in, school boy! TWO, Nese gets Sammy with a dead lift BUCKLE BOMB!! Nese runs but into Sammy’s BOOT! Sammy manages the torture rack, G T H!! Cover, Sammy wins!!

Winner: Sammy Guevara, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Premier Athlete gave Sammy one hell of a challenge, but the Premier winstreak is over! Will the Spanish God reign all the way through the holidays?

 

Jurassic Express & Christian Cage speak.

This is why they gotta trust Captain Charisma on this stuff. No secrets here, the fact that his guys, Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus, are the #1 tag team contenders in AEW. But they haven’t forgotten that the Lucha Brothers beat them for that same spot months ago and then went on to beat the Young Bucks. But since then, they’ve beaten The Elite themselves, and now here we are. Momentum is so important, but it can be gone just like that. Opportunities don’t come around every day, and sometimes they never come around again. So they’re going to scout tonight’s main event, even if it doesn’t have Fenix. Everyone is a potential opponent and then they become the targets.

If it sounds like Christian is getting ahead of himself, he’s not. That’s just how confident he is in his guys. If it’s the last thing he does, he’ll make sure Jurassic Express are the next AEW Tag Team Champions! Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus are fired up, will they be ready to show Penta & Fenix who has #CeroMiedo?

 

Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Janai Kai!

Thunder Rosa joins commentary as promised, because she wants to watch her student give #ThatBitch more than she bargained for. But will Cargill simply make her opponent an example of what’s coming for La Mera Mera in the TBS Championship Tournament?

The bell rings and Cargill doesn’t take “The Kick Demon” seriously. Cargill even dares her to take the headlock. Kai does, only for Cargill to TOSS her away, and then BOOT her right down! Cargill gets the arms, JADED! Cover, Cargill wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall

That might be the fastest win in AEW history! Rosa says all Cargill knows how to do is pose around. But Cargill gets Kai up to rough her up, whip her and BOOT her down! Rosa won’t stand for that, and she runs to the ring! But Mark Sterling gets in her way, so he gets knocked down! Rosa gets in to dodge the boot and tackle Cargill! They brawl, the refs rush in to stop this! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but these two will have to wait until their tournament match! Will Rosa end Cargill’s undefeated streak to then be a finalist for the TBS Championship? Wait, Rosa gets loose and rushes back at the ring! Cargill kicks her away, who will stand tall when they finally have their match?

 

The Super Kliq speaks.

Brandon, c’mon, moron. But Adam Cole calls out Orange Cassidy for coming out while Cole was on commentary. Cassidy tried to take Cole’s spotlight, Cole’s moment, but you saw what happens! Don Callis passes by and says hey, while Cole continues that Cassidy is the laughing stock of AEW. Nick tells the Best Friends, “You think you’re tough guys? We’re tough guys! And when you bring steel chairs into the equation, that’s not gonna end well!” Matt says, “Hey, guys, I have a brilliant idea. How about the Young Bucks return to tag team action Wednesday on Dynamite.” Best Friends can bring their two best guys and we’ll see what happens. CACAW! Brandon, cut. The red button, Brandon!!

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“2point0, congratulations, you beat up the great Chris Jericho. And I do not care. Chris has no business to do with me, you two do. You want to beat me up after my match with Danny Garcia, you want to keep this going, you guys are gonna learn something real plain and clear. You reap what you sew, partna!” Will the Mad King break Matt Lee & Jeff Parker all by himself? Or will he need some back-up to get it done?

 

AEW looks at Bryan Danielson’s grudge against the Dark Order.

John Silver thinks this is Bryan finally showing his true colors. He doesn’t think he can beat Hangman, he’s getting insecure and just taking it out on The Dark Order. Bryan says Silver is the strongest member of the Dark Order, but the thing is, “You become the five people you spend the most time around.” Silver doesn’t spend his time around elite people. But Long Island is Silver’s home. Bryan is known for being fast, good with strikes and submissions, but Silver can do all that, too. But Bryan sees Silver running around, making jokes, being “Johnny Hungy.”

Is that making him a better wrestler? Bryan wasn’t joking around at age 30, he was winning championships. Silver wants to get a big win in his hometown, but Bryan isn’t going to let that happen. Will the American Dragon slay another hometown hero this Wednesday?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After the challenge was thrown out, Best Friends accepted! And they’re bringing ROCKY ROMERO with them! It’ll be Young Bucks VS CHAOS as Rocky and Chuckie T step up for Dynamite!

 

Mark Henry speaks to our main eventers!

PAC, FTR hurt Rey Fenix, and PAC has one eye. How can he fight like that? Does Pac look blind to him? He’s good to go. Malakai Black will pay for what he did, but this is about Fenix. Penta adds, “Because we have Cero! Miedo!” But Cash Wheeler questions how they’re gonna get revenge for Fenix. This was supposed to be FTR getting revenge for Full Gear! Full Gear was where FTR was supposed to make history, but they were robbed! Tonight, once again, Fenix doesn’t have the huevos to show up so they rob that from FTR, too! Dax Harwood adds that this was supposed to be the marker, the night of celebration as the first-ever two-time AEW Tag Team Champions, but Fenix didn’t show up!

Things get heated, but Henry interrupts. Let’s cool off a second. There’s been enough time, it’s time for the main event! Will the Bastard and Penta take down their archenemies once and for all? Or will FTR get some semblance of revenge for what they consider an injustice?

Death Triangle w/ Alex Abrahantes VS FTR w/ Tully Blanchard!

AEW returns as Death Triangle make their entrance. The teams sort out, fans chant for “CERO MIEDO!” as Penta starts against Cash. Cash and Penta pace, approach, but Penta is wary of Dax. Cash and Penta approach, Penta trips Cash but Cash scrambles away. Penta and Cash circle, tie up, Cash headlocks then wrenches an arm. Penta trips Cash to have a spinning toehold! Penta makes Cash spread the legs but Cash scrambles away again. Fans rally behind Penta and he eggs Cash on. Cash is flustered just hearing all the “CERO MIEDO” from the fans. Penta takes off the glove, then throws it to Alex. Cash tries but he can’t intercept it!

Cash gets Penta, whips, hurdles, but Penta KICKS his monkey flip down. Tag to Pac, Penta snapmares and Death Triangle double KICK and double DROPKICK! Cash bails out and Dax calls for a timeout. Pac waits, Cash comes back, tag to Dax. Dax and Pac tie up, Pac headlocks and hits a takeover. Dax fights up, pulls hair, powers out but Pac runs him over. Things keep moving, Pac slides under to then hip toss hard! Cash gets in but gets a hip toss! Pac scoops and SLAMS Dax! Pac drags Dax up, wrenches, but Dax pulls hair to whip then CLOBBER Pac! Cash says, “That’s how you do it!” Dax whips but Pac reverses to back drop!

Fans fire up and Pac tags Penta. Penta goes up, Pac sets Dax up, QUE PASO! Cover, Cash breaks it! Cash drags Penta but the ref reprimands. Cash bails out, Dax runs in to ROCK Penta! Tag to Cash, Dax bumps Penta off Cash’s boots! Cash stays between Penta and Pac, and doesn’t even mock Cero Miedo fully because he doesn’t care, Cash brings Penta up to headbutt him down then KICK him in the back. Tag to Dax, FTR stomp Penta’s legs. Dax snap suplexes Penta, tags in Cash, they work together for the assisted leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Penta up, Dax sticks out a leg, but Penta turns it around and feeds Cash to Dax’s knee! Hot tag to Pac!

Pac shoulders into Dax, slingshots up and over then ducks to sobat! Front kick! Sobat again! Pac runs to BOOT Dax down! Fans fire up as Pac runs corner to corner but Dax puts him on the apron! Pac ROCKS Dax, springboards but the depth perception throws him off! Pac tumbles, then Dax DECKS him! Dax drags Pac up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Dax puts Pac on ropes, tags Cash, and Cash chokes Pac! Cash lets off at 4, gets in and stares Penta down. Cash drags Pac up and EuroUppers! Pac flops against ropes, Cash taunts the fans cheering Pac on, then he kicks Pac. Tag to Dax, FTR get a leg each and DOUBLE ROPE GUILLOTINE! Tully high-tens Cash while Dax goes to the apron. Dax stomps Pac into the ring, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Pac fires forearms and elbows to fight out of the corner! Dax kicks low, but Pac turns suplex into cradle! But Cash distracts the ref! Death Triangle would’ve won already!! The ref finally sees, TWO!! Dax CLOBBERS Pac!

Dax drops a leg, then drags Pac by an arm. Dax whips and then catches Pac for a cobra twist! Cash reaches out, FTR forms a chain! Alex points it out, the ref looks but FTR lets go. Pac endures all the same, and then FTR reform the chain! The ref sees it this time and CLUBS it apart! Pac HIP TOSSES Dax down! Cash tags in, CLUBS Pac down and keeps him from Penta! Cash drags Pac into a cobra clutch and grinds him down. Pac endures as Cash leans on the hold. AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up and Pac fights to his feet! Pac moves around and throws Cash out of the ring! Dax hurries to get Cash up and in, then tags in to stay between Pac and Penta!

Dax throws Pac out, fans boo, but the ref keeps Dax in. Cash LEAPS but only gets railing! Pac gets in, Dax anchors his legs, but Pac fights up to ENZIGURI! Pac is free, but Cash trips Penta! Penta storms after Cash, they go into the ring and the ref stops Penta! Dax gives Pac a BACKBREAKER, Cash adds a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, but the ref sees Cash isn’t legal! Pac still kicks out, but now Dax gets in, TWO!! The Bastard survives, but Dax drags Pac up. Fans chant “We Want Penta!” but Dax flips them off. Dax hoists Pac up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to the very top. Pac resists the superplex, throws body shots, then ROCKS Dax!

Dax hops down and crawls away, but he comes back, only for Pac to shove him back down! Pac adjusts, to SHOTGUN missile dropkick! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” while both men are down. Cash gets in but Penta ducks the sucker punch, Pac back drops Cash! Hot tag to Penta! SLINGBLADE for Cash! SLINGBLADE for Dax! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP for FTR! Dax waistlocks, Penta switches but Dax switches back, only for Penta to BOOT Cash! Dax shoves, Penta wheelbarrows Cash to victory roll and jump, DDT to Dax! Fans fire up again as Penta pops Cash up for a snake eyes! Penta runs in, Cash puts him on the apron but Penta ROCKS Cash with a forearm!

Penta SUPERKICKS Dax away, then GAMANGIRIS Cash! Penta goes up top to CROSSBODY Cash! Cover, TWO! Cash escapes but Penta keeps his focus. Penta drags Cash up, whips him but Cash reverses. Penta goes up and over for the BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Penta has the fans rallying again, “CERO MIEDO!” Penta reels Cash in, tucks the arms, but Cash fights out, wrenches and whips. Penta reverses, but Cash POWERSLAMS! Tag to Dax, and Dax climbs as Chas gets Penta up. Wheelbarrow LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives and FTR is furious! Cash gets back in, FTR double whip, but Penta sunset flips Dax! Cash helps Dax stay up but Pac SUPERKICKS!

Penta sobats Dax, then runs in to spin and SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! Penta drags Dax up, tags Pac, and Pac goes up! “CERO!” Cash trips Penta up! Cash throws Penta into railing, Pac BOOTS Cash! Pac climbs up and aims at Dax, CROSSBODY! Dax rolls through to cover, TWO!! Pac BOOTS Dax then runs. Dax dodges to ROCK Pac with a right! Double underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down. Tully gets on the apron to coach Dax but the ref tells him to get down. They’re arguing, Dax suplex but Pac sips out and shoves Dax towards Tully! Dax stops himself, Pac runs in, Dax dodges and Pac CLOBBERS Tully!

Dax O’Conner Rolls but Pac turns it to a EUROCLUTCH! TWO!! Tully flounders, Cash goes over, Penta runs in! Cash avoids the slingblade to TORNADO DDT! Pac clotheslines Dax out hard! Fans fire up as Pac goes to the corner! Pac climbs up, ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on FTR and fans are thunderous again! Pac puts Dax in, but Dax claims his leg hurts. Here comes MALAKAI BLACK! He spits more BLACK MIST into Pac’s eye!! Dax rolls Pac up, FTR wins!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

The Dark Father finishes what he started with The Bastard! Penta goes after FTR, but he gets mugged 2v1, and then they take his mask!! Alex covers Penta with his jacket while FTR laughs about it, playing around with the mask. Malakai gets in the ring to dig his fingers into Pac’s face!! Malakai wants to completely blind Pac!! Fans boo but the Dark Father stops only when he’s satisfied! Is that blood on his hands?! Has the House of Black helped break the Death Triangle completely?


My Thoughts:

What a wild episode for Rampage here. The TNT Championship match as the opener was surprising, but I didn’t see Nese winning anyway. He still gives Sammy a great match, but Sammy retains, and I’m thinking he’ll retain until Battle of the Belts on January 8th. Hopefully Miro’s gotten to have matches and has destroyed many, many men on Dynamite, and even Elevation, so that he has the momentum and the win-loss record to get a match against Sammy. Meanwhile, that was the squashiest squash match Jade Cargill or anyone has had, but we all knew she was winning anyway. Rosa VS Cargill is going to be hot stuff, but I feel like that’s going to be another Cargill win.

Good promos from Eddie Kingston, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express, the Super Kliq, John Silver and Bryan Danielson to hype up the upcoming matches. Christian calling Jurassic Express “his guys” is odd, but I guess he sees himself as a mentor to them when they were doing pretty good on their own. Though, I suppose maybe they wouldn’t have made it past the Super Kliq without him. Where’s Marko Stunt, for that matter? Bucks VS Chuck Taylor & Rocky Romero is going to be a good one, maybe we’ll get an 8 Man Tag of Super Kliq & Bobby Fish VS Cassidy, Yuta, Chuck & Rocky for the TBS premiere.

We got an awesome tag team main event, with Pac doing a great job with just one eye. The fall was still part of the match and not a shoot, I’m sure. Malakai being what screws Death Triangle over was a bit surprising, as was him going after Pac’s eye so aggressively. I feel like Malakai and Pac will have a No Disqualification style blow-off like Cody Rhodes and Andrade just had, but I wonder what kind of kayfabe damage Pac’s eyes will have at this point.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/1/21)

AEW’s in Hotlanta!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

It’s a Dynamite night in Atlanta!

AEW is in Atlanta, and its a hardcore homecoming for the American Nightmare! Will Cody Rhodes get a hero’s welcome in tonight’s Atlanta Street Fight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Alan Angels; Bryan wins.
  • CM Punk VS Lee Moriarty; Punk wins.
  • Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS AC Adams; Wardlow wins.
  • Gunn Club VS Darby Allin & Sting; Darby & Sting win.
  • AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander; Soho wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Atlanta Street Fight: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page is here!

The AEW World Champion is joining commentary to watch this opening match while preparing for Winter is Coming in two weeks, where he’ll face the American Dragon with the title on the line!

Bryan Danielson VS Alan Angels!

AEW in Atlanta isn’t just a homecoming for Cody Rhodes, and Bryan knew it, too. He called out the Dark Order’s hometown heroes, and Number 5 stepped up! Will Angels expose some weaknesses that Hangman can pick up on? Or will he just get his head kicked in?

The bell rings, fans fire up, and Atlanta fires up for Angels. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, full nelsons, but Angels breaks to switch. Bryan switches back, trips Angels up and has the leg for the HALF CRAB! But Angels gets the ropebreak quickly, and Bryan lets off cleanly. Bryan soaks up the heat as he points an ear to the fans. Angels storms over but Bryan uses the ropes for defense. Bryan comes back, he and Angels knuckle lock, but Bryan puts Angels in the corner. Angels dodges the forearm to CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP! Angels climbs up to rain down fists! He stops at five then flips to CHOP again! Bryan is stinging but he EuroUppers Angels off his feet!

Bryan drops knees on Angels’ head again and again, then mocks Angels to rile up the fans. Angels kicks back, but Bryan shrugs that off. Angels is in a corner, kicks again but Bryan clinches to CHOP again! And KICK! And CHOP! And KICK! And CHOP again! Bryan gets Angels back up to EuroUpper, run corner to corner and dropkick! Angels falls and Bryan soaks up the heat in Hotlanta. Bryan bumps Angels off buckles, fires off more EuroUppers, then lets off at the ref’s count before coming back for more. Fans boo as Bryan lets off again, but Bryan brings Angels up to wind up and EuroUpper, into a backslide! TWO, but Angels KICKS and CHOPS in return!

Angels forearms, Bryan shoves, Angels bobs ‘n’ weaves, but Bryan BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES into an ARMBAR! Angels scrambles to the ropebreak! Fans fire up as Bryan lets off. Bryan gets Angels up on the apron, suplexes, but Angels knees free! And then GAMANGIRIS to then springboard and shotgun dropkick Bryan out! Angels kips up and fans fire up as he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Bryan goes into railing! Angels goes up fast to ASAI MOONSAULT Bryan down! Angels puts Bryan in, climbs up but has to jump over. Angels turns around, Bryan runs in, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up and Hangman is loving it as Angels goes up again.

MOONSAULT FLOP! BUSAIKU KNEE!! But Bryan isn’t done here! He gets Angels’ arms and gives Angels DANIELSON STOMPS! Angels is already dazed but Bryan still isn’t done! He flees, gets the leg, HEEL HOOK!! Angels taps, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission

Bryan flexes as he holds on longer, but then lets go so he can gloat. Hangman is obviously upset, but Schiavone goes to the ring to interview Bryan. In two weeks, Winter is Coming 2, the world title is on the line. And Bryan looks more than ready. Bryan says he isn’t sure. Hard to tell because if that was the best Atlanta’s got, Bryan whooped his ass! And not only did Bryan kick Angels’ head in, he is pretty sure he snapped an MCL. Not that the fans understand what that means. Bryan knocked out Colt Cabana’s tooth, he just snapped Angels’ MCL, and he knows there’s a Dark Order member from Long Island, so he’ll stomp that guy’s head in, too! And then Hangman.

In Dallas, Texas, home of the Cowboys, that is where Bryan takes the AEW World Championship, and where he shows the entire world that Hangman is a one hit wonder! It isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, but Coward Sh*t! Hangman’s had enough, he gets off commentary! John Silver rushes out and says Hangman isn’t allowed to touch Bryan. But Silver sure can! And so that’s what he’ll do! Johnny Hungy rushes the ring, Bryan bails right out! “You think I’m gonna share the ring with this joke? This joke?! He’s beneath me! Just like you’re beneath me!” Bryan knows Tony Khan said they can’t make contact or Hangman will be suspended if they do.

Bryan would love to slap Hangman in front of the people, but these people don’t deserve to see that. Bryan leaves, Hangman and Silver regroup with Angels. Will things only get hotter as Winter approaches?

 

Miro… is in limbo?

“I’ve been here for weeks, trying to figure out, ‘What should I do?’ What does a man do when his weakness literally separates his head from his heart? And then the vision came to me. So my God, thank you for showing me. For teaching me. For revealing to me. What an a-hole you really are. The line has been drawn, and the Redeemer will storm the Gates of Heaven, and the floor will turn red.” Miro will bring fear. He only has two weaknesses. One he will repair, the other he will embrace. Will Miro break through by breaking those in the ring against him?

 

CM Punk VS Lee Moriarty!

The Best in the World continues to fight and prove he’s still who he is, but against the rising hybrid that is #TygaStyle, will he end up proving MJF right tonight?

Speaking of, MJF makes his way out… Maxwell Jacob Friedman and his Hanukkah themed suit joins commentary to watch this closely. He heard “PG Punk” struggled against QT Marshall last week and has turned to binge drinking. Look how haggard Punk looks right now! Excalibur defends that is not true, and the bell rings. Fans chant for Punk as he shakes hands with Moriarty. They circle, tie up, and Moriarty wrenches the arm. Punk rolls, cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks. MJF calls Moriarty a glorified rookie, Moriarty wrenches and wristlocks to a hammerlock. Punk slips around, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits a takeover.

Moriarty headscissors, Punk moves around, MJF announces that next week, the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royale returns and promises he’ll be a threepeat winner. Punk pops out, gets the headlock, but Moriarty uses kicks to pop free. Moriarty wrenches, hammerlocks, spins and snapmares to then ghost pin! TWO, Punk gets up into an arm-drag! Moriarty has the arm-drag, MJF says this is laughable. Schiavone points out MJF barely wrestles compared to Punk. Punk grits his teeth, gets up and powers out. Moriarty runs Punk over, covers, ONE! Arm-drag! Punk fights up, puts Moriarty in the corner, lets off but RAMS his shoulder in! And again, and again! And again and again!

Fans fire up as Punk wrenches and whips Moriarty corner to corner. Moriarty goes up and over and runs but into a calf kick! Punk goes to the apron, aims as Moriarty stands, springboard FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Fans fire up and Punk flexes as AEW goes picture in picture.

Punk drags Moriarty up at the ropes, scoops and SLAMS him, then takes a moment before he brings Moriarty up for another scoop SLAM! Moriarty grits his teeth, Punk listens to the fans, and he brings Moriarty up again to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, TWO! Moriarty gets to ropes, pushes Punk away but Punk stomps him in the corner. Punk whips Moriarty corner to corner hard, and Moriarty bounces off the buckles! Punk brings Moriarty up, shoves him to ropes and headbutts low! Punk throws body shots and forearms, then even KICKS! Punk snapmares, covers, TWO! Punk wraps Moriarty up in a chinlock and body scissors. Moriarty endures as Punk pulls on an ear!

Moriarty fights up, throws elbows, gets free, but Punk gets him for more forearms. Punk runs, but Moriarty CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! AEW returns to single picture, Moriarty goes to another corner. Punk gets up, runs in but Moriarty dodges! Moriarty wrenches, TWEAKS the arm, but Punk runs in. Moriarty puts him on the apron, Punk gets in but Moriarty rallies! Moriarty runs in to uppercut in the corner! He whips, Punk reverses but Moriarty reverses back to WRING out an arm! PENALTY KICK to that arm, then he reels Punk in for a SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty gets Punk back up, suplexes but Punk slips out.

Punk shoves Moriarty, BOOTS from a corner, then goes up to CROSSBODY from the top! Only for Moriarty to roll through! TWO, into the BONE LOCK! Punk endures, fans rally up, Punk reaches out with his legs, but Moriarty kicks the rope to keep them away. The ref reprimands, Punk reaches out again and gets the ROPEBREAK! Moriarty lets Punk go, Punk shoves him away to go to a corner. Punk kicks low, hoists Moriarty up top, then SLAPS Moriarty! Punk climbs up, MJF claims cheating, but Punk SUPER STEINERS, only for Moriarty to make it a sunset flip! TWO, Punk high stacks! TWO and Moriarty pops Punk back into the sunset! TWO!!

Punk sits, TWO! Moriarty has the sunset, TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE from Punk takes Moriarty down! Fans are thunderous while MJF claims loaded kick pad. And that he would’ve either ducked that kick or taken it like a champ. Fans rally up as Punk gets up, MJF questions why this has lasted so long. Punk drags Moriarty up, hammerlocks, blows a kiss, but Moriarty ducks the Pepsi Twist to STEAL THE PEPSI TWIST!! Basement BOOT! Moriarty gets Punk up, facelock to TWISTING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty roars, gets Punk up, suplexes, but Punk slips free to inverted suplex tot he fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP!! Cover, Punk wins!

Winner: CM Punk, by pinfall

MJF gets a mic to cut off Punk’s music and talk. “PG Punk. Hey buddy, good to see ya.” But last week, Punk said he was disappointed in MJF. But MJF is proud of Punk. It takes balls to come out here and claim to be Best in the World when he’s struggling to beat QT Marshall and Lee Moriarty. The only thing Punk is the best at now is trying to get in Britt Baker’s pants. What’s the matter? Punk looks unamused. Just like how Britt would look if he got her in bed. This ain’t CM Punk! This is One Punk Chump! Oh does Punk have something to say? Punk gets the mic, and responds with, “You gotta lot of nerve coming out here, talking about pants, Britt Baker’s or otherwise, when you’re clearly wearing Larry David’s pajamas.”

MJF can talk all he wants about Punk struggling with QT or Moriarty. But the fact of the matter is, those guys are better than MJF, and he knows it! Cute, Punk! No, MJF, shut up. They’ll both shut up, MJF can bring his needle dick to the ring, and Punk will kick his ass all the way to Long Island! MJF asks the fans if they want to see these two go at it. Yeah? TOO BAD! MJF says Punk needs MJF more than MJF needs Punk. MJF is the spark to a flame Punk hasn’t had since 2011! But don’t worry. MJF will show everyone what a real pro looks like when he wins the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal in the most magical place in the world, Long Island, New York!

And he will finally be among fans that he loves and appreciate and the feeling is mutual. MJF will be better than Piper in Portland, than Bret in Canada, and better than Punk in Chicago! Laugh all you want dips*its, but there will be people rocking the ‘burb, chanting his name at the top of their lungs. Speaking of loud noises, did Punk bring his dog, Larry? MJF heard him yipping in the back. If MJF were Punk, he wouldn’t bring that flea ridden, disgusting maggot of a dog around here anymore. Because if Punk does, MJF is gonna put Larry to sleep! Punk gets out of the ring and storms right up the ramp! MJF has Wardlow appear!

The refs hurry to stop this from happening, but you don’t threaten a man’s dog and get away with it! Will Punk make sure MJF is the one put out of our misery?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker and team.

The Doctor is still very upset. That is an understatement. It is disgusting that she had to wrestle after Thanksgiving, and it is disgusting that Riho cheated to get a shot at the title. Schiavone asks Jamie Hayter where she was during the Friendsgiving celebration last week. Oh, sorry, she was having one of the best matches in the TBS Championship Tournament. Which she lost. Rebel has Britt cool off, but Hayter says Britt’s best match was against Thunder Rosa, and she also lost. Free therapy, but let’s not focus on the past. This is the present, and over the holiday, the team has had their kumbaya.

Great news, Jamie Hayter will be taking on Riho next week on Dynamite in an absolute slaughter! And if there’s anything left of Riho, then she can get her shot at Britt’s title. But Britt doesn’t think it’ll happen. Yours Truly, Britt Baker, DMD.

 

Adam Cole heads to the ring!

He’ll be joining commentary momentarily, but he and Atlanta know it’s all about the BOOM! Then he leaves the ring to join Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. Cole says the show just got a lot better with him here. But he won’t let Schiavone pretend this is good. Wait, Orange Cassidy shows up? He’s not in the match that’s up next. Freshly Squeezed stares down Cole and Cole gets up. Cole and Cassidy meet halfway and fans fire up as Cassidy takes off the sunglasses. Cassidy holds up a hand to Cole’s face, then holds his hands up to put them in the pockets! But the Young Bucks are creeping up! Cole waves bye, Cassidy turns around to see the Bucks before they can superkick.

Cassidy steps up to the Bucks and fires off the shin kicks! Cole LOW BLOWS Cassidy! The Super Kliq mock Cassidy’s shin kicks with “super” kicks. Then they actually SUPERKICK him down! Cole drags Cassidy to the stage, the Super Kliq sets up, but here come the Best Friends, with chairs! Wheeler Yuta and Chuck Taylor run the Super Kliq off, but will Cole return to commentary?

 

Tony Nese speaks.

Before he was rudely interrupted last week, he was saying how Sammy Guevara doesn’t deserve to be AEW TNT Champion. Friday on Rampage, Nese changes all that and puts the title around a Premier Athlete’s waist. Sammy learned a lesson when he got in Nese’s face. And if he thought Nese kneeling on his ribs was bad, wait until Friday. Will Nese run that knee through Sammy’s head to take the title from him?

 

Wardlow w/ Shawn Spears VS ???

The Pinnacle’s War Dog is a major reason MJF is still walking right now. But will AC Adams not be so lucky here?

The bell rings, Wardlow and Adams stare down. Wardlow waits on Adams to do something, Adams shoves him. Wardlow knees low, CLUBS him down, then drags Adams up to whip to ropes. Adams ducks and dodges and kicks back, but Wardlow CLOBBERS him! Wardlow hauls Adams up, fires up and POWERBOMBS Adams down! Fans want “One More Time!” so Wardlow gets Adams up for another POWERBOMB! Wardlow isn’t satisfied, neither are the fans! Wardlow gives Adams a THIRD POWERBOMB! A FOURTH! Then a cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

Spears gets in to get his chair shots in! The chair even begins to break! Spears raises Wardlow’s hand in victory, will the Pinnacle do whatever they want in AEW?

 

Backstage interview with PAC, Penta & Alex Abrahantes.

Schiavone notes that it was meant to be FTR VS The Lucha Brothers. However, an injury to Rey Fenix keeps him unable to travel, so it will be Death Triangle, Penta & PAC. Penta tells FTR in Spanish, and Alex translates, “We would’ve loved to defeat you twice in one night, but since you took it upon yourselves to hurt my brother, we’ve got the best ally that we can find in PAC.” But Pac himself has an eyepatch because Malakai Black got him with the black mist. Can he still wrestle? “Tony, Tony, Tony. Am I an invalid? I am good to fight, you understand. Look into my eye.” There’s CERO MIEDO here! Will make FTR the ones who fear what’s coming?

 

Gunn Club VS Darby Allin & Sting!

Billy and his boys are #Gunndefeated and Colten himself is 35-0! But The Relentless One and the Icon are undefeated as a duo in their own right! Whose streak ends in this cold Hotlanta showdown?

The teams sort out and Darby starts against Colten. Fans are fired up for Darby, he ties up with Colten then gets a waistlock. Colten elbows free, headlocks, but Darby powers out, only for Colten to run him over. Colten runs, Darby drop toeholds and then stalks him to arm-drag. Colten blocks, Darby slips under to arm-drag through this time! SHOTGUN dropkick sends Colten to the corner! Colten get sup, but Billy tags in. Papa Gunn stares pat Darby to look at Sting, so Darby tags Sting in! Fans fire up as Sting and Billy step up to each other. Billy throws hands but Sting counter punches! And back hands! And again! And then atomic drops! Sting CLOBBERS Billy!

Sting runs but Billy avoids the splash and regroups with his sons! Sting waits on Billy, fans chant, “You Still Got It!” for the Icon. Billy wants them to shut up, but then he sends Colten in. Sting fires off on Colten, tags in Darby, Darby headlocks. Colten powers out, tags back to Billy, Darby jumps into a waistlock! COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Billy stares Sting down, then drags Darby up by his waistband. Billy bumps Darby off buckles, tags Colten back in, and Colten stomps a mudhole into Darby. The ref counts, Colten lets off, but he drags Darby up to DECK him with a right! Colten soaks up the heat, drags Darby back up and bumps him off buckles.

Tag to Billy, AEW goes picture in picture as he scoops and SLAMS Darby! Billy takes a moment to soak up heat, then he drags Darby back up. Billy elbows Darby right in the head! Darby goes to an open corner but Billy drags him over to tag in Colten. The Gunns mug Darby, Colten CLUBS Darby and whips him to a corner hard! Darby gets stuck in the ropes for a moment before he flops down. Colten drags Darby to a cover, TWO! Colten clamps on a chinlock, Darby endures as Colten leans all his weight on the hold. Darby fights up, and hits a JAWBREAKER! Colten staggers, Darby crawls, but Colten stays between him and Sting.

Colten ROCKS Darby, tags in Billy, and Billy brings Darby around to scoop and carry him around with one arm as AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Colten mocks Sting as he get the SHARPSHOOTER! Darby endures, crawls, reaches, but Colten drags him away! Darby slips through to get the ropebreak! Colten lets off to stomp away! Colten mocks Sting, tells him to “Kiss this,” but Darby fights out of the Gunn corner! Darby sunset flips, Colten stays up and Billy reaches out! Darby gets up to shove Colten into Billy! Hot tag to Sting! Sting rallies on Colten, then on Billy! Sting SPLASHES Colten, then SPLASHES Billy! Sting CLOBBERS Billy out of the ring, Colten runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up, Sting beats his chest, and he gets Colten’s legs for the SCORPION DEATH LOCK!!

Colten endures the real deal but Billy slides in! The ref tells him no, but Austin gets in to DECK Sting! Darby DIVES into Austin and they crash into railing! The ref’s checking on Darby and Austin, Billy gets in to FAMOUSER Sting down! Colten crawls to a cover, TWO!! Sting survives, Darby returns and he DIVES into Billy!! Darby BOOTS Colten, THROWBACK STUNNER, into the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting & Darby win!

Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall

No more #Gunndefeated streak! Sting and Darby stand tall as the undefeated duo, will they look to change the AEW Tag Team Division landscape?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Alex Marvez brings up how Jericho came to Eddie Kingston’s aid, but Jericho stops that there. He didn’t save Kingston last week. Kingston was yelling and screaming that he didn’t want Jericho’s help, and so Jericho did not help Kingston. Jericho was there to go after 2point0, that’s the problem. He wanted after Daniel Garcia, Jeff Parker and “square head” Matt Lee. But then those guys run in to go after Jericho! It’s a 3v1 mugging, and they whip him into trunks! Matt gets a chair while Jeff whips Jericho into the garage door! Matt SMACKS Jericho down! They told him to watch his mouth, and this is what happens. But will 2point0 have to worry about the Inner Circle now?

 

Team Taz is on commentary.

And Taz himself says that 25% of that Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal will be Team Taz. That means they have 125% of winning because it comes down to being the final two. The numbers don’t lie, Excalibur! But wait, here comes Lio Rush! Taz thinks Lio is bitter since Dante Martin joined Team Taz just last week. Lio tells Taz, “You’re a commentator, right? So you should know me. It is literally your job to know me. And if that’s the case, you should know that I’ve had the odds stacked against me my entire career. Just like yourself.” So what’s Lio’s point? It just seems crazy to Lio that Taz has 100% of winning this thing. Because then that’s Taz insinuating Lio has 0%.

Well, they took Dante away from Lio. Dante is Team Taz now, they have the numbers. Lio says he is a fighter. Deep down, Taz knows that Lio is a fighert! Hell, the people all know Lio is a fighter! Fans fire up as Lio says he won’t go down without a fight, even if he just has 1% chance. Taz tells Lio he should just retire. Look at this! Dante walks out, Ricky Starks by his side. Team Taz is fully assembled, but will numbers mean nothing when it’s all put to the test?

 

Jade Cargill & Mark Sterling speak.

Smart Mark applauds Thunder Rosa on advancing into the semifinals of the TBS Championship Tournament. But does Rosa think she has a shot against the “uncrowned rookie of the year?” But they put out a challenge for Rampage, Cargill’s show, answered by Rosa’s student, Jinai Kai. Who? Doesn’t matter. Light work. Rosa says hold on. She is here to tell them that Jericho is not gonna be here for Rampage after what just happened. But because Rosa is multi talented, AEW asked her to sub in, and she’s of course going to watch Cargill’s match. Rosa can’t wait to see her student whoop Cargill! Rookie of the year? Shut up with that! But will Cargill just tune up before she and La Mera Mera throw down in the next round?

 

AEW TBS Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander!

The wait is finally over, the quarterfinals are coming to a close! Will the Runaway or the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien take that next step towards history?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. They tie up, fans duel, Kris wrenches and cording holds. Ruby wrenches, hammerlocks, but Kris reaches back and headlocks to a takeover. Ruby moves around, rolls to a cover, ONE! Kris holds on, Ruby fights up and Ruby pries the hold, only for Kris to hold tighter. Ruby powers out, headlocks back, but Kris powers out to scoop. Ruby tilt-o-whirls through but Kris blocks the leg sweep. Ruby wants the backslide now but Kris fights that, too! Ruby spins Kris, shows haymaker but Kris ducks! Ruby holds back, and fans cheer as the two reset.

Ruby and Kris tie up, Kris waistlocks, headlocks, grinds Ruby down but Ruby powers up. Kris holds on tight, then whips Ruby, but Ruby crucifix to a sunset flip! Kris rolls through but she holds off on the boot to boop! Ruby gets up in a huff, but she cools off to tie up with Kris again. Kris whips, Ruby comes back to a roll-up, TWO! Kris cradles, TWO! Ruby runs in, no monkey flip as Kris blocks! Kris slingshots Ruby off ropes but now Ruby monkey flips, only for Kris to handstand! Fans fire up as the two stand off again. Ruby blocks the boop to arm-drag! Ruby runs, Kris dodges, Ruby wheelbarrows and arm-drags!

Ruby runs in at the corner, Kris dodges but Ruby goes up the corner for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Ruby keeps it moving, as she spins Kris for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Ruby keeps cool but fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Ruby brings Kris up, facelock for a suplex, but Kris blocks. Kris suplexes but Ruby blocks. They fight for control, they each get closer and closer, but Kris powers Ruby up and holds her there for a count of 10, then SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris gets the arms and has a motorcycle stretch on Ruby. Ruby endures the knee in her back, fights her way up, but Kris keeps the hold on. Ruby turns things around and has the motorcycle stretch on Kris, knee in the back included! Kris endures, fights up, turns things back to arm-drag Ruby away! Ruby keeps moving, Kris hurdles but Ruby waistlocks. Kris bucks the O’Conner Roll and dodges Ruby to POWERSLAM!

But Ruby avoids the senton to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Both women are down and fans fire up! A standing count starts as AEW returns to single picture. Ruby gets to a corner and stands at 6. Kris runs in but into an STO! Ruby goes up, leaps, SUPER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kris survives, Ruby seethes and mule kicks Kris down! Cover, TWO! Ruby grows frustrated, she drags Kris up, reels Kris in, but Kris fights the suplex with punches! Kris runs but Ruby yanks her back and runs to wheelbarrow, but Kris makes it a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kris fires up and fans rally behind her. Kris drags Ruby by a leg, hooks her up and has the SPIDER CRAB STRETCH!

Ruby endures, but she fights to headscissor. But Kris deadlifts to BUCKLE BOMB her instead! Fisherman for the SPINNING BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby survives and Kris can’t believe it! Kris drags Ruby up, shoves her to a corner, then runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Then side to side, into Ruby’s elbow! Ruby forearms, headbutts, then SUPERKICKS Kris to a corner! Ruby fires off forearm after forearm, but Kris shoves her away. Ruby ducks and goes up, but no Nightshade as Kris blocks! Kris has Ruby in the Electric Chair, but Ruby is fighting! POISON-RANA, and the SPIKE-RANA!! Cover, TWO?!? And Ruby’s completely shocked!

Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this one as Ruby drags Kris up. Ruby wrenches, but Kris blocks the kick! Roll and gut wrench, victory roll from Ruby! RUBY WINS!!

Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

The Runaway has fought her way into the next round! But they still respect each other and hug it out. Kris is the only one with a first round bye to lose, is this a sign that Ruby has what it takes to become champion? Or will Nyla Rose just be the wall in the way of Destination Unknown? Wait, Vickie Guerrero is on stage? She talks trash to Kris, and Nyla rushes into the ring to YANK Ruby off the corner! Kris rushes back in to run Nyla off, but will Ruby be the one to get revenge on the Native Beast?

 

Atlanta Street Fight: Cody Rhodes w/ Arn Anderson VS Andrade El Idolo w/ Jose!

Things have only escalated between the American Nightmare and the Face of Latinos, and a hammerlock DDT to bare concrete is why they’re throwing away the rules here in Hotlanta! But will Andrade really look to spill the hometown hero’s blood just to settle the score?

Cody makes his entrance, with Coach Arn by his side, but Andrade and even Jose rush them! Arn falls into the gap between stage and ramp! Andrade and Cody brawl down the ramp, then they fight through the gap between ramp and railing. Cody kicks low and bumps Andrade off railing, while Arn is up and throwing hands on Jose! Arn starts sending Jose back through the tunnel, while Cody SPLASHES Andrade with someone’s drink! Andrade returns the favor and SPLASHES Cody with someone else’s drink! They make their way to the backside of the railing and to the upper bleachers, and Cody chucks the trashcan at Andrade!

Cody BOOTS Andrade, bumps Andrade off more railing, Atlanta is on Cody’s side as he throws haymakers and elbows. Cody hops up onto the railing, fans fire up as he MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Andrade! Cody sits Andrade up to punch him in the head, then he brings Andrade up, only for Andrade to shove him into railing. Andrade CHOPS Cody, moves the steel steps aside, then fireman’s carries Cody to SNAKE EYES him off the edge of the steps! Cody flounders, Andrade drags him up and headlocks. But Cody POSTS Andrade! Cody sees T-Pain, says hey, then Cody borrows his chair! And he SMACKS Andrade on the back, then CLOBBERS him with the chair!

Atlanta is thunderous as Cody drags Andrade up to RAM him into railing. Andrade CHOPS back! Cody CHOPS Andrade, then puts him in the ring. Fans are fired up, so is Cody, but Andrade shoves him into a corner! Andrade runs in, Cody goes up and over to POWRESLAM! Off comes the weight belt, but Andrade LOW BLOWS Cody! All legal in a Street Fight! Andrade grabs the weight belt now and has a sinister grin! Andrade LASHES Cody with the belt! Then he tosses it to the fans for a free souvenir! Andrade then hurries to his bag of tricks, and he brings out handcuffs! But then, he brings out Jose’s laptop! HEADSHOT with the screen!

Andrade picks up pieces of the laptop to SMACK Cody with it! Cody bails out, Andrade does, too. Andrade finds the chair Cody was using, and he bring sit over, to SMACK Cody down! Andrade then brings out chain from under the ring! And a trash can lid, too. Cody crawls to get the chain while Andrade keeps bringing things out. He brings out a TABLE! But he decides not to, the fans liked it too much. Andrade gets up, Cody rushes over but Andrade hotshots him away! Andrade gets the chain to LASH, but Cody dodges! Cody gets the chair but Andrade stomps him down! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Andrade shakes his head and wags his fingers. He does things his way!

Andrade brings Cody up, knees him low, then fireman’s carries to WASTELAND SLAM him into a drop zone. Andrade puts the chair on Cody’s chest, goes up top, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT onto Cody and chair! Cover, TWO! Cody is still in this but Andrade also has to catch his breath. Andrade brings Cody up to back suplex but Cody lands on his feet to LOW BLOW in return! Cody fires up and fans are torn. Cody runs, springboards, but Andrade shoves him down! Cody tumbles down and fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Andrade sputters, flops out of the ring, and brings out more chairs. Cody gets water to refresh, but Arn and Jose return? Jose is taking the fight to Arn?! Cody throws forearms on Andrade, Arn hits Jose back and shoves him down on the ramp! Arn throws body shots and then rips Jose’s shirt open so he can throw hands right on bare skin! Jose scrambles up, eggs Arn on, but he just gets more heavy hands! Andrade sets up the timekeeper’s table, puts Cody on the apron, but Cody kicks him back! Cody lines up the shot, but Andrade knees free! Andrade haymakers, Cody haymakers back! Cody gets the edge, but Andrade BOOTS him right down!

Both men flop back into the ring, Andrade bails back out. Andrade goes to his bag of tricks, but nothing in there is good enough. Andrade gets another chair, Cody clutches his arm. Andrade gets in, and he gets that steel chain! Andrade wraps it around his fist, FULL METAL HAYMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives, Andrade can’t believe it! Andrade drags Cody around, gets a chair and puts it back on Cody’s chest. Andrade goes to a corner, climbs up, and AEW returns to single picture while fans duel. MOONSAULT but Cody THROWS the chair! Andrade falls and Cody fires himself back up! Cody and Andrade stand, and Cody throws counter punches!

Cody whips, Andrade boots back from the corner! Cody gets the chain! FULL METAL HAYMAKER in return! Cody drags Andrade up, scoops, and POWERSLAMS! Andrade rolls to the ropes but Cody fires up. Cody builds speed and DIVES, into a CHAIR! Andrade returns the favor from the interrupted moonsault! Andrade tears off his shirt, and he starts pulling floor mats away, just like he did last week! Cody is busted open, but Andrade reels him in! Hammerlock, but Cody back drops out! Andrade falls on bare concrete! Cody drags Andrade up, puts him in the ring, and he moves floormats aside so he can get a kendo stick!

Wait, that’s not good enough. Cody gets the SLEDGE HAMMER!! But then no, he changes his mind. A GOLDEN SHOVEL!? Cody’s ready to bury Andrade! Wait, Jose is back, and he has a literal stun gun! But Cody CLOBBERS him with the golden shovel! Cody puts that down, but Andrade goes up! ESCALARA CROSSBODY!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Cody gets in the ring, Andrade pursues. Andrade has a chair, he stalks Cody to a corner, and he wedges it into Cody’s face! Fans still want tables, but Andrade wants to use this chair no matter what. Andrade fires up, goes corner to corner, CIEN KNEES!! Fans lose their minds as Cody sputters.

Andrade drags Cody to a cover, TWO!! Cody is still in this and Andrade can’t believe it! Andrade goes out, fans still duel, and finally Andrade brings out a table! Andrade puts the table in the ring, brings it to a corner for a ramp, and then he throws knees on Cody. Cody kicks back, drops for the Rhodes Uppercut! Cody runs but Andrade hip tosses Cody through the table! Andrade then goes back out, to fetch a second table! Fans fire up as Andrade puts that in the ring now. But Cody grabs one end and it’s a tug-o-war! The table still gets set up, Andrade SMACKS Cody off the table! Andrade goes up the corner, fans fire up, but Cody trips him up!

Cody climbs and has Andrade, only for Andrade to fight back! Andrade headbutts and Cody hops down. Andrade adjusts, but Cody trips him again! Andrade is backwards, and who is this getting in the ring? It’s BRANDI RHODES! Mrs. American Nightmare is putting LIGHTER FLUID on the table!! And she even gets a lighter, and the TABLE IS ON FIRE!! INVERTED SUPERPLEX THROUGH THE BURNING TABLE!! Cover while both men are on fire, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The ref puts out the flames, medics check on both men, but the Nightmare Family stands tall! These two quite literally burned it down, but will this put things to rest for Cody and Andrade? Or are things only heating up from here?


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! First off, we at the Chairshot all wish Jim Ross well as he starts his treatment for skin cancer. We got great guest commentators, and it all tied in with story each time. Hangman watching the great Bryan VS Angels match was logical, and again Bryan continues to win with whatever move he wants. They could’ve done better to give us the “hold harmless agreement” part of this, though maybe that was on social media. But it was a good layer in story, and John Silver coming out to go after Bryan was great, too. Bryan VS Silver is going to be a great go-home match to Winter is Coming 2 on the 15th. But while the title match is on a themed episode, I don’t see Hangman losing so soon.

Miro is taking things to a new level with his promos, and I guess we’re finally going to get that path of destruction he was talking about that AEW didn’t give him before. I again say Miro should be showing up on episodes of Elevation wrecking people. MJF watching Punk VS Moriarty was logical, and what a great match for Moriarty. MJF and Punk having another promo showdown was alright, but it’s hard to follow up last week’s. MJF threatening Punk’s dog was maybe a bit much, and I’m not even sure the point of him saying Punk wants to get with Britt Baker. I really hope  MJF loses this year’s Dynamite Diamond Ring matches so it takes away his ace in the hole.

Good dysfunction tease for Team Britt. I feel like it isn’t quite as squashed as Britt says, but I’m thinking Riho gets the better of them again and wins over Hayter. The Team Taz and Lio Rush bit was good stuff. Taz dropping his own take on Steiner Math was random, but maybe to poke fun at NXT for constantly doing Steiner references with Bron Breakker. I have a feeling Lio will get the better of Team Taz until it comes down to facing Dante. Maybe someone in Team Taz wins the Dynamite Diamond Ring, like Ricky Starks so he can add it to having the FTW Championship. Meanwhile, a damn shame Fenix got hurt again. But Pac and Penta will have a great match with FTR in his place.

The Super Kliq and Best Friends moment was great stuff, and I hope this becomes a Six Man Tag for Winter is Coming. It’s a pretty decent move for Cole & The Bucks since Jurassic Express is moving onto the tag title chase, as soon as the tag champs aren’t busy with FTR. Jericho getting jumped by 2point0 is of course the next step in the story with Jericho and Kingston perhaps teaming up. Tony Nese has a decent promo, but he’s still losing that TNT Championship match on Rampage. The Gunn Club VS Darby & Sting tag match was great stuff, but naturally Darby & Sting win. No idea where it goes from here, Darby & Sting don’t have a third for a Six Man Tag where Austin joins in.

Cargill, Sterling and Rosa had a good promo segment, but pretty sure Cargill wins on Rampage. And even then, I’m thinking Cargill wins against Rosa. Soho VS Statlander here tonight was awesome stuff, certainly both their best match in AEW. Soho winning makes sense, she was basically the underdog here and is again the underdog against Nyla Rose. Soho VS Nyla is going to be great stuff, too, I wonder if AEW is going to find a way to push this to the TBS change episode on January 5th. The first episode on TBS crowning the inaugural TBS Champion, makes sense from a marketing standpoint.

And of course, Cody Rhodes in the main event! It was pretty wild stuff, like Arn shoot falling backwards off the ramp. I did not think Jose would even give him a good fight but Jose comes back so he could take the golden shove shot. Cody is tongue in cheek teasing all of us with these references to Triple H and everything HHH has been guilty of in terms of backstage politicking and onscreen burying. Brandi being the catalyst for maybe not so much Cody’s win but certainly escalating things in an attempt to get the fans marking out. No idea where this goes, either, other than perhaps one more match with Malakai.

How do they escalate from a burning table, though? Cody always bleeds, too, so would it have to be something close to the Omega VS Moxley Unsanctioned match from Full Gear a couple years ago.

My Score: 9/10


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